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    Did Doctor Who end in 1969? (apologies to Mad Norwegian) Views: 866
     Thursday, May 17 2007 @ 11:32 PM EDT
    I've been making my way through these Mad Norwegian About Time books (think literary criticism applied to Doctor Who), and the second volume has an interesting essay that explores this question. As I better familiarize myself with the Hartnell and Troughton eras (which I'm really enjoying), I can see a degree of difference between the Troughton and Pertwee eras that seems so much greater than that between Doctors 1 and 2.

    I've often read about the sea change ushered in by Troughton (e.g. introducing regeneration, establishing essential MO for the Doctor, driving a formula, etc.). And while all of this is true, the move from b&w to color in 1970 is arguably even more significant: a complete reboot of the show with all new actors (excepting brig & co.) and a completely different premise. Instead of a show about an enigmatic cosmic wanderer, you have this new show about a benevolent, earth-bound alien aiding a military organization in defending against hostile aliens. And the Tardis, so central to enabling the earlier adventures, is suddenly in the background (occasionally shown like a car on cinder blocks).

    I would think that this would have been more drastic a change to first-time viewers than the changeover to Troughton. Any first-timers out there who can speak to this?

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     Saturday, July 07 2007 @ 09:11 PM EDT
    That is an interesting observation. It certainly gained a definite direction by the Troughton era but I have always wondered why there was a drastic change in the formula for the Pertwee years.

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     Saturday, July 07 2007 @ 09:34 PM EDT
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    And while all of this is true, the move from b&w to color in 1970 is arguably even more significant: a complete reboot of the show with all new actors (excepting brig & co.) and a completely different premise. Instead of a show about an enigmatic cosmic wanderer, you have this new show about a benevolent, earth-bound alien aiding a military organization in defending against hostile aliens. And the Tardis, so central to enabling the earlier adventures, is suddenly in the background (occasionally shown like a car on cinder blocks).





    The change in the series format was deliberate, but was entirely down to reducing the production costs of the show.

    As detailed in "Doctor Who Magazine: In their own words, Volume 2: 1970 - 76" the cost of moving from B&W to Colour was expensive They "couldn't afford .. to keep on creating spaceships and monster suits all over the place, and Going out to the back end of nowhere to film alien planets" (Derrick Sherwin DWM 166).

    UNIT base can be a re-occuring set, can use the same vehicles again and again etc etc. You can reuse old costumes by having 'Classic" enemies return.

    I believe the idea of cost containment is the reason that the Doctor is effectively trapped on Earth even in the new Series. Often period Earth (cause the BBC has lots of access to Costumes and Period Locations) but Earth none the less.


    Even the Doctor's recent trip to the Moon seemed to occur in a Hostipal (which I'm sure is much easier - and cheaper - to film).


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