Please please Please tell me I'm not the only Doctor Who fan! :D :D :D
<-- I might ask if we can add a TARDIS emoticon to our Emoticon list! for now I'm using the one from www.exisle.net . . .
**waves Bad Wolf flag**
My friend and I just finished the third season of the new series. My boyfriend is showing me select episodes from the classic series, cause he has all the DVDS.
Both of us are on the The Gallifrey Base Forum, although I'm not actually on there a lot. ...like a lot of forums...
I can't wait to see the next special!!!
Awesome!! I was just considering going onto the Base and asking whether there's knitting patterns, because honestly, scarves are all I can knit....
Just wanted to add: Farewell Tenth Doctor, and welcome Eleven!
The catch phrase idea has never been one I am happy with, save Eccelston's "Fantastic!" Alonzy and Geronimo sound forced mostly. Still, Tweed jacket!!
Just started watching it tonight and I love it! The character is amazing - I love this actor and his smile and all his energy.... I don't want the doctors to change.
As of now, in the 2005 series, I have watched the first 3 episodes.
Such a newbie!
If you are interested in exploring the classic series which ran from 1963-1989 (as well as the 1996 TV movie which gets lumped with the classic series), you may want to check out the following stories (classic show was half hour seriealized fiction):
-AN UNEARTHLY CHILD (first ever episode ever. the three episodes following the first one are boring, but that first episode is great).
-THE MIND ROBBER - a five part story with the second Doctor Patrick Troughton as he gets stuck in the "land of fiction." A little bit bizzare and out there, and all around entertaining.
-SPEARHEAD FROM SPACE - the first ever colour story, first third Doctor story, and it kicks off the three year period in which the Doctor was stuck on Earth 1970s (or was it the 1980s? ;) )
-THE THREE DOCTORS - first time the Doctor ever met his past selves. It goes about as well as you would think it would with three arogent Time Lords :D
-GENESIS OF THE DALEKS - the origin of the classic foes, and from exiting show runner Russell T Davis, the event that got the ball rolling towards the Time War mentioned in the current series.
-CITY OF DEATH - written by Douglas Adams (under a pen name), this is one of the best episodes you will see. Witty, clever and tightly structured, with a story involving aliens, Paris, Da Vinci and art fraud :)
-CAVES OF ANDROZANI - while I would watch some other Peter Davison stories before this, this story, his final episode, is brilliant and is regularly voted the best story of both the classic and new series.
-VENGENCE ON VAROS - Colin Baker's best story during his time as the Doctor. Politically charged, clever, and with some rich satire. Also very dark.
-REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKS - now wer are in the era of MY favorite Doctor. A Dalek adventure in 1960s London with the Doctor slowly developing his more manipulative persona.
-GHOST LIGHT - Perhaps my favorite classic story, but it is a very, VERY dense story, one which ususally takes multiple viewings just to totally wrap your head around the story. Gothic Victorian atmosphere, beautiful writing, and Sylvester McCoy's best performance as the Doctor.
My college friends and husband adored this series! Going back 30 years or more here. On dates, my husband and I would watch together. My husband's other great obsession at the time, besides his Cessna airplane and his computer, was the Prairie Home Companion. We still listen to that every week. Oh yeah, and he watched This Old House, enough to be dangerous with power tools. Now he is dangerous in the kitchen with inspiration from the Food Network.
I remember calling my college hallmate and best buddy from my grad school apartment. She was a year behind me and still in college with half our mutual friends. They were all watching Dr. Who. She shouted, "Don't you realize what time it is? Call back later!"
Cool pix! I remember my husband was partial to Tom Baker, so he'd watch the re-runs.
Excellent pics of the Docs! Of note though, the actor in the photo of the first Doctor isn't William Hartnell, but rather Richard Hurdnell who filled in for the long dead Hartnell in the Five Doctor's TV special.
heh, geek chic.
As much as I love Ten, I also want to see what Matt can do. I think that part of what makes the series so great is that every so often, the main character literally COMPLETELY CHANGES!! And at first, Matt reminded me of certain characters of a book series that shall not be named, but now he kinda reminds me of Simon Tam from Firefly...
Sure! In addition to the ones I recomended in post 8:
-The Dalek Invasion of Earth - a six part story featuring the second ever Dalek appearence. It is a bit slow and clunky, but the character development is well done and features the touching, first ever leaving of a companion.
-The Time Warrior - Sarah Jane's first story! It is a pretty straight forward story, but the fun comes from watching Sarah Jane try and figure everything out for the first time ever :)
-The Deadly Assassin - EXCELLENT story. The Doctor returns to Gallifrey, and becomes involved in some very corrupt political dealings, with a certain individual pulling the strings...
- The Keeper of Traken / Logopolis / Castrovalva - these three stories mark the end of Tom Baker as the Doctor and the start of Peter Davison's run. Traken is an excellent story, Logopolis, Baker's last, is a let down but important, and Castrovalva is nothing great but lets Peter Davison have fun as his Doctor spends time figuring out who he is :)
-Earthshock - A dark story, it's events would haunt the Doctor for the rest of Davison's time as the character (so much so that his last line comes back to a key part of this story)
- The Five Doctors - again, not great but TONS of fun as the first five Doctors (well, almost. William Hartnell has neary ten years dead by the time this was made, so another actor filled in and fans were not pleased, understandably. Tom Baker refused involvement, so he is written off using unused footage) get in each other's way after they are all mysteriously captured and brought to Gallifrey.
-The Trial of a Time Lord - a fourteen part epic that is made up of four parts: three adventures held together by the ongoing trial of the Doctor by his own people. There are some massive flaws in the story, but it was a bold expirement at the time and knowing what happens here makes the ending of THE WATERS OF MARS all the more frightening.
- All of series 26 - the final series of the classic show featuring my favorite Doctor, Sylvester McCoy. While all four stories (Battlefield, Ghost Light, The Curse of Fenric and Survival) are not connected, the series as a whole more or less follows the Doctor helping his companion Ace to face her fears and grow as a person. "Batlefield" is probably the weakest of the group, with some awful music and awkward writing, but is still fun. I've already gone over Ghost Light in post 8; CURSE OF FENRIC is best to see if you can get the special edition edit which presents the story as a whole film rather than four parts. The pacing is better and the extra scenes add much to the story as a whole. SURVIVAL is the final classic who story, and easily shows that the series was already heading in the director RTD took the new series.
-the 1996 TVM - While not great (by a long shot), Paul McGann gives a FANTASTIC performance as the Doctor and you get to see the best TARDIS set there has been. Also, RTD would borrow ideas and concepts from the film which make their way into the current series, and seeing how the Doctor was before the Time War adds a bit of tragedy to the story.
AH why haven't I come across this thread before?
I am not into the old series much, just the 'new', especially David Tennant of course! I love how his name even goes with the role.....just destiny that he would play the 10th doctor!
Has anyone seen the comedy skit with David Tennant and Catherine Tate (Lauren Cooper) ?
I don't know how many times I have played that.
Anyway as for catch phrases, I don't think I will like Geronemo....but I loved 'fantastic' and 'brilliant' and 'Alonzy!' (hehe on the Titanic episode....'ive always wanted to say this....Alonzy Alonso!')
I think the repetition throughout the series is excellent....like all the 'were so not a couple' bits with Donna Noble, and 'Harriet Jones, former Prime Minister.....yes we know who you are'.
Oh and how they have different music for each of the companions and main enemies.
Does anyone end up with a Pommy accent though after watching Dr Who?
Does anyone end up with a Pommy accent though after watching Dr Who?
**raises hand** I do, occassionally. Especially when I run the marathons. Three seasons, plus specials, in one weekend, with no sleep.
The Tate/Tennant sketch is gold, and he just showed up in her christmas special this past year as well :) I highlyn recomend finding episodes of the Chatherine Tate show if you can!
Also, for anyone interested, I posted my review for the second Dr. Who film from the 1960s. It was based on a serial from the second year of the show, but changes the Doctor into a human as in the first film. Cushing returns as well.
I have just watched the new trailer for Series 5 with Matt smith.
Oh to be in the UK right now!
I have seen Steven Moffat/Matt Smith/Karen Gillian's first episode, and let me say, they have done an amazing job. It really does feel like a fresh start, while still being the same show, with an almost Tim Burton-ish feel to it all. Matt Smith is already looking like he might trump my all time favorite Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, and Karen might just have the most complex character of the entire new series.
Yay! I finally watched the new episode!
A lot better than I expected. I just never thought I could like anouther doctor after Ten.
Although the end was a bit corny perhaps?
I am really loving Matt Smith as the Doctor - and that is something I never thought I would say because I was such a fan of David Tennant's Doctor.
Very, very impressed with this season.
Also, loving that we have a really smart, switched on companion.
Giggle. I'm a post-impressionist-ish artist who had to try to replicate Van Gogh's style in Fine Art classes. :D
Haven't seen latest episode yet, but this shall be interesting
We used to watch Dr. Who back in the 70's and 80's (mostly Tom Baker), and then we quit watching TV althogether for awhile and have recently rediscovered Dr. Who, starting with DVD's of the Chris Eccleston series. We've just finished his only season and are starting in on the ones with David Tennant. Love it!
Tabitha in AK
Oh, nice to see Doctor Who fans here. I must admit, I was disapointed that the "Paging Dr. Who?" forum wasn't actually about Doctor Who... :)
I've been a fan since the 80s and am loving the new series even more, though the old series still has a special place for me. Can't wait for the final 7 episodes of this season in the fall!
My ex introduced me to the series. We were at a convention together. I am happy to go to a new convention in December, which I hope I can save enough money for. It will be my first time alone in a conference, but I think I will like it. I prefer travelling alone.