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5281  Travels In Time And Space / The 1960's / Re: Second Doctor marathon on: November 20, 2010, 09:46:56 pm
There was a lot wrong with it, but I think the two big ones were giving the Quarks cutesy voices (I'm sure it seemed a good idea when they discussed it in the pub, but...) and the complete failure to portray a pacifist society convincingly - it was done far better with the Thals in The Daleks.
5282  Travels In Time And Space / Mission To The Unknown / Re: Companions that never were on: November 20, 2010, 09:43:54 pm
Ben and Polly were great.

One I'd have liked to see as a proper companion (she was, but only briefly) is Katarina.  It was the first time they'd had a companion who was clueless about even modern technology, let alone the future, and I loved the way they handled that with Jamie, Victoria and Leela.  I'd love to have seen Katarina gradually coming to terms with the fact that it's not all just magic.
5283  Travels In Time And Space / Mission To The Unknown / Re: Recurring Characters on: November 20, 2010, 09:40:51 pm
I think RTD overdid the extended family thing.  It worked fine with Rose, but it wore a bit thin after that (although I loved Wilf).  It would be nice occasionally to have a companion who didn't have anything to go back to - well, not much.  Even Ace went back once.
5284  Travels In Time And Space / Mission To The Unknown / Re: Where & When In The Universe on: November 20, 2010, 09:37:24 pm
I like a good mixture of past, present, future and planets - I agree it's been a bit too earthbound recently.  The historical period I'd love to see, because they've never done it, is classical Greece.  Also, it would be nice to occasionally have a purely historical story, as opposed to history-with-an-alien-threat.  Some of the ones they did in the first few years were awesome.

I agree about the companions - some historical figures and some aliens.
5285  Travels In Time And Space / The Crusade / Re: Discussion thread for DW on Children in Need 19/11/10 on: November 20, 2010, 09:31:13 pm
Katherine Jenkins I will say nothing about as I am in a positive mood (and also Kylie was wonderful in VOTD so perhaps I'm worrying over nothing).

Well, Kylie was an actress before she was a singer - at least, she was in Neighbours, which is close Cool

I was a little disappointed just to get a trailer, but I'm looking forward to the Special.
5286  The Doctor In The TARDIS Help Centre / Introductions / Re: I am doctor_murdock!!! on: November 20, 2010, 09:27:11 pm
Welcome to the forum, Astrid.
5287  Travels In Time And Space / The Crusade / Re: Neil Gaiman Episode Details on: November 19, 2010, 10:09:49 pm
The other character who could possibly have a new face would be Susan.
5288  Travels In Time And Space / The 1960's / Re: Second Doctor marathon on: November 19, 2010, 01:11:24 am
I started well before I joined this forum, and it all tended to be a bit haphazard - I'd watch a couple of episodes when I had a spare hour.  They're well worth checking out, though - there are only really a couple of duds during that period (I'm looking at you, The Dominators Cool)  Overall, they're very high standard.

Incidentally, the very first 2nd Doctor story, Power of the Daleks, features Daleks who are very insistent that all they want is to serve humanity.  Now where have I come across that idea recently?
5289  Travels In Time And Space / The 1960's / Second Doctor marathon on: November 16, 2010, 04:38:32 pm
Not exactly a proper watchathon, but I feel I should record that over the last couple of months I've watched every 2nd Doctor story (complete or reconstructed) in order, from Power of the Daleks to The War Games - probably the most difficult of the lot to achieve.  Absolutely awesome, especially being able to see things develop (like Jamie's accent  Cool)  Some great stories, such as The Faceless Ones and Evil of the Daleks, and the whole of series 5 (the one with Victoria) was fantastic - Cybermen, Yeti, Ice Warriors and sentient seaweed.
5290  Travels In Time And Space / Doctor Who In The News / Re: Tennant To Star In New Chris Chibnall Drama on: November 14, 2010, 02:43:41 pm
I saw this on BBC teletext today.
5291  The Doctor In The TARDIS Help Centre / Introductions / Re: Hi All on: November 14, 2010, 02:41:22 pm
WElcome to the forum  Cool
5292  Travels In Time And Space / The Invasion Of Time / Re: Delia Derbyshire Documentary On BBC1 on: November 13, 2010, 05:49:51 pm
Thanks for that - I can get the regional channels, but I don't usually check them.
5293  The Doctor In The TARDIS Help Centre / Introductions / Re: Oh, a new one! on: November 13, 2010, 05:48:20 pm
Welcome to the forum.  The question is... which Guardian are you?  Cool
5294  Travels In Time And Space / The Invasion Of Time / Re: Delia Derbyshire Documentary On BBC1 on: November 12, 2010, 09:36:09 pm
I've seen bits of DVD extras about her, but this should be interesting.
5295  Travels In Time And Space / The 1970's / Re: Frontier In Space on: November 11, 2010, 11:34:57 pm
Im intrigued now about the First Doctor. I expected them all to be charming and placid but it seems like the first one is a grumpy git Tongue Im sure that if I watch enough I will 'get' him though and probably love him like the others I have seen

He has a real 'alien' quality about him. The thing I love about him is that he really conveys the impression that he views humans as one step removed from the Ants. I think, in places, nostalgia gives him a helping hand (most of the fans I know tend to prefer Troughton as the Doctor) but I guess you can never underestimate the impact of Hartnell. He got the show off the ground and was as popular as any actor to play the role. If you're looking for a real insight into the way he plays the role, perhaps jump straight to The Dalek Invasion of Earth or The War Machines - they are real quality.

Or The Aztecs - the only time in the classic series the Doctor ever had a romantic subplot, which he handles beautifully  Cool

I always very much felt that it's contact with Ian and Barbara that gets him used to humans and makes him the time lord he becomes.  He's grumpy a lot of the time, but there are moments when he switches on the charm, and you can see the later Doctors in him.
5296  76 Totter's Lane / The Scanner Screen / Re: Mara Tales on: November 11, 2010, 01:17:39 am
I think I marginally prefer Snakedance, but they're both great.
5297  Travels In Time And Space / The 1970's / Re: Frontier In Space on: November 11, 2010, 01:15:43 am
Me too.

Actually, one thing that might throw you a bit if you're not expecting it is that the Doctor starts off as a much less sympathetic character than he becomes.  Don't worry, he mellows over the first few stories, though the 1st Doc was always the most abrasive.
5298  76 Totter's Lane / The Scanner Screen / Re: Frontios on: November 08, 2010, 11:37:43 pm
Either that  or give him a sloppy kiss  Tongue
5299  76 Totter's Lane / The Scanner Screen / Re: Mara Tales on: November 08, 2010, 11:36:21 pm
Looking very louche  Cool
5300  76 Totter's Lane / The Scanner Screen / Re: Mara Tales on: November 08, 2010, 09:48:12 pm
I have both of these on video, and they're good stories, apart from some effects and the rather lame excuse for giving Sarah Sutton a holiday for Kinda.  They'll go on my list.
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