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    Which William Hartnell story is the best? Views: 2818
     Friday, February 10 2006 @ 02:36 PM EST
    As William Hartnell is my favourite doctor, I thought I would set up quiz; at the end of the week, I plan to check all the answers and find a current favourite, my vote is: The Daleks.
    Here are all the stories(in order)
    An Unearthly Child
    The Daleks
    The Edge Of Destruction
    Marco Polo
    The Keys Of Marinus
    The Aztecs
    The Sensorites
    The Reign Of Terror
    Planet Of Giants
    The Dalek Invasion Of Earth
    The Rescue
    The Romans
    The Crusade
    The Space Museum
    The Chase
    The Time Meddler
    Galaxy 4(finally, the 'the...'s have stopped)
    Mission To The Unknown
    The Myth Makers
    The Daleks' Master Plan
    The Massacre
    The Ark
    The Celestial Toymaker
    The Gunfighters
    The Savages
    The War Machines
    The Smugglers
    The 10th Planet(Far too many'the...'s!)
    (Some Of These You may not have seen, as some are missing from the BBC)
    Please let me know if I have missed any.

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     Friday, February 10 2006 @ 03:03 PM EST

    I'm waiting to hear the missing episodes (actually the whole story) of The Reign Of Terror before I make a decision. I've seen the surviving episodes on video, but want to experience the whole story first. When my favorite importer in the States gets it in, I'll place the order.

    Taras

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     Friday, February 10 2006 @ 04:04 PM EST
    When people who have not seen Hartnell ask which one they should see first, I usually recommend The Rescue. Not only because its only a two-parter and thus pretty compact (quite fast passed by Hartnell era standards) but I just feel he comes across so well in it, not old or cranky but rather more majestic and grand (especially the final scene).
    The Time Meddler is my personal fave, but actually Im in the middle of Keys of Marinus rerun right now and am really quite enjoying it. Funny enough Im just about to start episode 4 (the Snows of Terror), quite appropriate considering New York Citys weekend weather forecast.

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     Friday, February 10 2006 @ 10:07 PM EST
    I really liked The Dalek Master Plan because it was a long story but didn't feel like it. It kept moving (literally) around from one focus to another with quite a few good momments which I will not describe for spoiler sake.

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     Saturday, February 11 2006 @ 06:45 AM EST
    One thing it's best to try and watch these stories in order, as each episode begins just before the previous ended,
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     Saturday, March 11 2006 @ 05:55 PM EST
    Well, if you consider "Unearthly" as separate from "Tribe of Gum", then "An Unearthly Child" just can't be touched. But if you have to lump episodes 2-4 in with episode 1, the whole block's rating goes way down.

    If you're gonna talk about all of them, regardless as to whether they exist as videos, I suppose I'd go with "Marco Polo".

    If you're talking about the best of the surviving stories, I think it's "The Romans", with "The Daleks" very close behind.

    "I think of myself as ambitious in casting terms, and I know that Bonnie [Langford] has the potential to make the part totally unirritating . . ." JNT, 1986
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     Saturday, March 11 2006 @ 10:28 PM EST
    I'm sorry but I just don't like Hartnell. "The Keys of Marinus" is about the only one I can tolerate because I like puzzles. I'd probably enjoy "The Celestial Toymaker" too if it were intact. The episode on the Lost in Time collection is very good. I'd like to see "The Tenth Planet." To me "The Gunfighters" is probably one of the worst EVER Doctor Who stories and "The Space Museum" is a close runner-up.

    I'll admit that I've never really listened to the audio tapes that are out there. Maybe I'd have a different opinion.

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     Sunday, March 12 2006 @ 02:02 AM EST

    I've just recently enjoyed watching The Time Meddler, The Rescue and The Romans.

    Taras

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     Sunday, March 12 2006 @ 09:23 AM EST
    I have a new current favourite: The Aztecs, the fact that The Doctor accidently gets engaged is good.

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     Sunday, March 12 2006 @ 09:25 AM EST
    Remember The Tenth Planet is available inthe Cybermen boxset with all the surviving episodes and the last episode using the whole soundtrack and surviving stills.

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     Sunday, March 12 2006 @ 09:27 AM EST
    [Quote  by:  JeffL] I'm sorry but I just don't like Hartnell. "The Keys of Marinus" is about the only one I can tolerate because I like puzzles. I'd probably enjoy "The Celestial Toymaker" too if it were intact. The episode on the <i>Lost in Time</i> collection is very good. I'd like to see "The Tenth Planet." To me "The Gunfighters" is probably one of the worst EVER Doctor Who stories and "The Space Museum" is a close runner-up.


    The Gunfighters is nearly always thought to be the worst Hartnell story although in terms of viewing the worst is The Smugglers(it might be The Savages)

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    I'll admit that I've never really listened to the audio tapes that are out there. Maybe I'd have a different opinion.

    I am the Master, and you will obey me. You will obey me.
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     Sunday, March 12 2006 @ 09:47 AM EST
    Well maybe you guys are convincing me to revisit Hartnell. I really haven't watched many of his stories in over fifteen years. I watched them all as they aired on my local PBS station at the time but I could never get into them. Perhaps...being older and allegedly wiser...I might have a change of heart.

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     Tuesday, April 18 2006 @ 04:09 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  DarthSkeptical] Well, if you consider "Unearthly" as separate from "Tribe of Gum", then "An Unearthly Child" just can't be touched. But if you have to lump episodes 2-4 in with episode 1, the whole block's rating goes way down.

    If you're gonna talk about all of them, regardless as to whether they exist as videos, I suppose I'd go with "Marco Polo".

    If you're talking about the best of the surviving stories, I think it's "The Romans", with "The Daleks" very close behind.
    I have to agree 'Marco Polo' is excellent.

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     Monday, June 19 2006 @ 11:14 AM EDT
    Honestly, there's really a lot to like about the Hartnell era. I keep revisiting this thread, even though it's not changing a great deal, just to see if anything's new here. Since it's not, I guess I'll throw in a couple more that I like. While they're stories usually passed over, I actually really enjoy "The Sensorites" and "The Space Museum". I'll even go out on a limb and say that, aside from Part 1 of "An Unearthly Child", maybe the best single episode of the Hartnell era is Part 1 of "The Space Museum".

    "I think of myself as ambitious in casting terms, and I know that Bonnie [Langford] has the potential to make the part totally unirritating . . ." JNT, 1986
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     Saturday, September 16 2006 @ 10:30 PM EDT
    I taped most of the Hartnell episodes on my local PBS station back in the late '80's. Unfortunately, those tapes have really decayed over the years and are practically unwatchable.

    But as I've been buying the Hartnell DVD's and rewatching them my opinion is changing a little. I think I prefer 2nd and 3rd season Hartnell to Season #1. I really don't like Tribes of Gum or the original The Daleks stories. They seem to take an eternity to get through. Same with The Aztecs. But The Daleks Invasion of Earth is quite good. I haven't picked up my copy of The Web Planet yet. I have a 20% off coupon I can use at Borders next week. I'll probably buy it then.

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