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  • From the Beginning: The First Doctor   5 years 2 weeks ago

    This story, the CELESTIAL TOYMAKER could have been so much more but maybe the team didn't want to scare children too much. As it is, it's a strange story and I'm glad that DW can tell a story that so surreal, a bit babyish, a bit oddball, and plenty strange. I'm also glad for a chance to change and make it so that this isn't just a space fantasy but a truly otherworld dimension and Gough and Hartnell together are magical. Still it is a bit dull and slow in places and could stand to have been trimmed by an episode. It is really one of the first surreal places the crew visit. Gough also makes one feel as if he really has the power he talks about but...a lot of this is not explained even down to the Toymaker's toys or maybe it is and I wasn't paying attention. Somehow I can't be too hard on this story as it really is unique and if you focus on it too much, it's very very disturbing. IF you don't, it's just Steven and Dodo playing games while the DOctor plays trilogic games invisble some of the time. I like that Steven was willing to sacrifice himself and it was truly upsetting that Dodo's sympathy for Cyril made her lose and have to go back to the start...and she could lose her life for that moment of being human and caring! That's scary! Still, the sameness of the episodes is annoying and one ep in particular, maybe 3, has the kitchen sequence...that was really poor. All in all, for trying I"d have to give this a 5 or 6 out of 10.       

  • EARTHSHOCK   5 years 2 weeks ago

    4

    Okay I still get a lump in my throat watching this. And no where else. Anyway, I almost cried. There are two ways of looking at this. One: Adric failed miserably and died for nothing and what was going to happen had he been there or not happened and the dinos were killed off. It would have happened if he were on board or not and I believe this is how the novelization makes it seem AND probably what Eric Saward  intended and the production team. The other way of looking at it and the more optimistic is that Adric slowed the Freighter down enough to stop it from splitting Earth in two or destroying it utterly. His interference caused the Frieigther to not have the same impact it would have had. This some small mammals survived, thus the Earth itself wasn't split in two and survived and the dinos were wiped out by Adric's moves. To be fair, almost everyone talks about the Earth being destroyed totally. Almost everyone says that the Earth will never have existed...thus the second thing holds some water. On the other hand, the Cyberleader talks of other Cybermen troops moving in and dealing with or rounding up the survivors. WHAT? So he thought Earth wouldn't be destroyed. Adric talks of the idea that the planet will still be there but unusuable. I'd like to live in denial this one time and say that Adric saved the Earth and even took out the dinos by tampering with the device but ...tha'ts not what the actors, writrs, and team say happened...I"d like to have him the hero in the end but really he just mucked it up, I guess. But on the other hand the Friegither explodes before it hits the Earth.

    There's some real sloppiness going on here: one moment a female trooper is grabbed frm behind by a Cybermaan as Scott and two other males enter the TARDIS and the next...THAT same female is entering the TARDIS with Scott and one other male. Later, one of the males stands guard for Scott and then that one is the one that is iwth himn on the bridge and the other one who went iwth Scott is seen on guard duty which where ...you get the idea. I think their names are Marshall and Brooks and they seem to change places magically from the hallway to the bridge!  On leaving the TARDIS, Scott leaves with one male and one female but she's gone again never to be seen again. And it seems Marshall was either killed by a Cyberman i the battle or was left on the station, I"m not sure which as Brooks escapes with the women and Scott. WHy they left Adric on board is beyond me, the door closed --they could have opened it and got him. 

    The bridge scenes are all tense and nicely done. The Doctor's debate with the Cyberleader is well done and he loses the debate and allows Adric to remain on board. He should have sat down and refused to go.   

    Nyssa using a gun, being forced too could go a long way emtionally and it was nice to see her get some action and go against her peaceful ways. It was also very rewarding to have the Doctor kill the Cyberman with Adric's gold badge.

    Adric's death scene is still sad and still unforgetable and the entire ending is well done and really works in terms of gripping you in a terrible state...

    I can't watch this again so I guess this is it for me.

    Also remember I didn't know how Adric would die only that he would and the tension was almost unbearable as the wounded Cyberman came up on to the bridge. Would he shoot Adric?

    All in all, a good story wiht ALOT OF production problems that should have been caught and fixed. Matthew claims he wasn't sad but in past interviews he claims he was. I wouldnt blame him.

    Adric was, as I've gone on about elsewhere a missed oppurtunity to follow a male companion from boyhood to adulthood and the team failed this utterly.     

  • From the Beginning: The First Doctor   5 years 2 weeks ago

    So a return to a more classic Sci-Fi story. Fairly enjoyable, although it does seem a little slow. It reminded me a little of of Brave New World (No children in either society!), but nothing exceptional (good or Bad) a definite improvement on some of the preceeding stories.

    And so farewell episode titles. Hello story titles with part numbers. (until 2005 when we will go back to episode titles)

    Also farewell Steven Tyler. I have not really taken to him, as well documented above (can it really be 44 episodes since you joined in the Chase?). I watch with some humor as Dodo asks the Doctor if they will see him again. The Doctor replies that with the nature of Space and Time travel you never know. I am thinking that in the Doctor's head, he is thinking 'No, cause I'm going to dump you as soon as we next land'.

    It was nice that Steven, didn't leave because a) the Doctor had kicked him off the ship b) they had got him home c) He fell in love with some girl that he had met for about 20 minutes.

    And so onto the War Machines to round out Series 3. I watched this 4 or 5 months ago before starting my from the beginning marathon. It will be interesting toi see if my perspective has changed when I rewatch the DVD.

  • daveac vblog   5 years 2 weeks ago

    Torchwood and RTD covered

    Cheers, daveac

  • Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 155   5 years 2 weeks ago

    thanks Guy's for the plug I'm 'dead chuffed' and by the way the Rememberance of the Daleks DVD special is the same one included in the Davros box set *cheat*

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   5 years 2 weeks ago

    - Ian 15              - Zoe 13                   - Romana I 11           - Barbara 12
    - Liz 6      
              - Donna 14              
    - Vicki 7                    - The Brigadier 20 
    - Nyssa 8            
    - Stephen 6               - Jo Grant 19 (+1)      - Tegan 6   
    - Polly 8              - Sarah Jane 18         - Ben 10             
    Harry 15           
    - Jamie 19                 Leela 14
    -
    Victoria 7          - K9 2 (-2)                 - Captain Jack 5

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    22. Rose                 23. Peri                 24. Ace                       25. Martha
    26. Turlough            27. Romana II      
    28. Mickey                  29: Adric
    30. Susan               
    31: Grace              32: Dodo                    33: Mel

  • The Doctor's Personality   5 years 2 weeks ago

    I understand what you're saying, but you're not suppose to know every nitty-gritty detail about the Doctor, because once you do, the mystic is over.  Ultimately, the show is over cause there is nothing left to fantasy and the imagination.

    In a highly paradoxical universe of love and hate, life and death; it's pretty difficult (even for the Doctor) not being a bit hypocritical at times. Yes! The Doctor has killed--a number that probably ranges in the high billions; but he has made a conscious choice and judgement that is in the best interest of the universe as a whole and not to a small band of people.  In the Doctor's decision making process, the needs of the many--literally--outweigh the needs of the few.  As for others, like the Doctor's companions in some cases; they too have a choice whether or not to shoot a gun.  The Doctor may be "functional" in some areas and "dysfunctional" in others, but notice that it is a dysfunctional universe--and at times fighting fire with fire maybe the only thing left that's in the best interest of the universe at large.

    Many things were said about the Doctors 1-8 and the variable personalities that this single entity possesses.  Yes, many differences and few similiarities, but the same guy.  A well put phrase sums up the Doctor and has contributed to the mystery of the Doctor and why the show has been a huge success for 45 years: "In short, he's an angel and a devil. He's the best savior and the worst bastard".  A paradoxical universe may just need a paradoxical person.  The Doctor is on an even keel.

    Jim-----------------------

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   5 years 2 weeks ago

    - Ian 15              - Zoe 13                   - Romana I 11           - Barbara 12
    - Liz 6      
              - Donna 14              
    - Vicki 7                    - The Brigadier 20 
    - Nyssa 8            
    - Stephen 6               - Jo Grant 18 (+1)      - Tegan 6   
    - Polly 8              - Sarah Jane 18         - Ben 10             
    Harry 15           
    - Jamie 19                 Leela 14
    -
    Victoria 7          - K9 4 (-2)                 - Captain Jack 5

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    22. Rose                 23. Peri                 24. Ace                       25. Martha
    26. Turlough            27. Romana II      
    28. Mickey                  29: Adric
    30. Susan               
    31: Grace              32: Dodo                    33: Mel

  • DOCTOR IN DISTRESS   5 years 2 weeks ago

    We already have a thread for Doctor in Distress. Please go there to further the conversation. Tongue out

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   5 years 2 weeks ago

    - Ian 15              - Zoe 13                   - Romana I 11           - Barbara 12
    - Liz 6      
              - Donna 14              
    - Vicki 7                    - The Brigadier 20 
    - Nyssa 8            
    - Stephen 6               - Jo Grant 17             - Tegan 6 (+1)  
    - Polly 8              - Sarah Jane 18         - Ben 10 (-2)             
    Harry 15           
    - Jamie 19                 Leela 14
    -
    Victoria 7          - K9 6                       - Captain Jack 5

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    22. Rose                 23. Peri                 24. Ace                      25. Martha
    26. Turlough            27. Romana II      
    28. Mickey                  29: Adric
    30. Susan               
    31: Grace              32: Dodo                    33: Mel

  • Torchwood: Asylum   5 years 2 weeks ago

    Well I managed to download the first and second radio plays, however the third one I'm getting a not allowed error :-(

    Curiously I can still download the second radio play still now.

    Does anyone have the third?

    Thanks

    Don't worry, sorted it out :-D

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   5 years 2 weeks ago

    - Ian 15              - Zoe 13                   - Romana I 11           - Barbara 12
    - Liz 6      
              - Donna 14              
    - Vicki 7                    - The Brigadier 20 
    - Nyssa 8            
    - Stephen 6               - Jo Grant 17             - Tegan 5  
    - Polly 8              - Sarah Jane 18         - Ben 12             
    Harry 15(+1)     
    - Jamie 19                 Leela 14
    -
    Victoria 7          - K9 6                       - Captain Jack 5(-2)

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    22. Rose                 23. Peri                 24. Ace                      25. Martha
    26. Turlough            27. Romana II      
    28. Mickey                  29: Adric
    30. Susan               
    31: Grace              32: Dodo                    33: Mel

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   5 years 2 weeks ago

    - Ian 15              - Zoe 13                   - Romana I 11           - Barbara 12
    - Liz 6      
              - Donna 14              
    - Vicki 7                    - The Brigadier 20 
    - Nyssa 8            
    - Stephen 6               - Jo Grant 17             - Tegan 5 (-2) 
    - Polly 8              - Sarah Jane 18         - Ben 12 (+1)
    Harry 14      
         
    - Jamie 19                 Leela 14
    -
    Victoria 7          - K9 6                       - Captain Jack 7

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    22. Rose                 23. Peri                 24. Ace                      25. Martha
    26. Turlough            27. Romana II      
    28. Mickey                  29: Adric
    30. Susan               
    31: Grace              32: Dodo                    33: Mel

  • Torchwood Radio Plays Available for 7 Days   5 years 2 weeks ago

    Well I tried to download part three (The Dead Line) today - it was locked out to non-UK residents.

    Oh well what can I do but listen and not download.

    BBC, you need to stop the region blocking.Tongue out It doesn't make sense to do things that way.

  • From the Beginning: The First Doctor   5 years 2 weeks ago

    Well, I found this the opposite of the Massacre, I was not particularly impressed with the first three episodes, but thuroughly enjoyed the final one.

    Dodo was great in this story, but I found Steven annoying and wet (he certainly is no Ian). In fact Dodo reminded me of Jessie from Toy Story 2.

    Doc Holiday was a great character, up to no good, yet likeable. Everyone else was unsympathetic, including the Earps. Hartnell was pretty good in this Story and took the Doctorly stance of violence never solves anything.

    A 7/10 but mainly for the final episode.

  • From the Beginning: The First Doctor   5 years 2 weeks ago

    I had been looking forward to this story, as I have often heard people talking enthusiastically about it. However, I found it somewhat long and un interesting.

    Essentially, the Doctor was out of the story (I have read that this was because Hartnell's contract had ended and the producer intended him to reappear as a different actor - Ultimately the shows management was replaced and Hartnell's contract extended).

    This left us with Dodo and Steven in a series of overlong 'puzzles'. These all seemed to be drawn out too long, it would have been better if the toymaker's side only resorted to cheating if our heroes were about to win, rather than just cheating from the outset.

    Why does the toymaker, want to play the games if the other side has no chance of winning, he states he is tired of this world and would like to move onto the next one.

    The Doctor's solution from escaping the final dilema  was the only truely great good moment in the story.

    The mystery of the toymaker is interesting but is ultimately never explained in later stories (unless the Big Finish version of the unmade Colin Baker stories has a big reveal in it).

    Nice to see Carmen ('allo 'allo) Silvera as the queen of hearts/clown/cook.

    I am finding the serials of series three a bit weaker in general than the two previous series. 

  • From the Beginning: The First Doctor   5 years 2 weeks ago

    Well for the first two episodes of the story it seems like the TARDIS has landed on the Golgafrincham's B Ark, because it is universally populated with awful b-movie actors. The level of overacting by the humans is just unbelievable.

    The only nice touch in the story is returning to the same place (though one presumes it has actually moved through space over the centuries) 700 years later for a separate yet connected story.

    I found both parts of the story quite weak (typical 1960's sci-fi twaddle) but at least the acting in the second half was slightly less OTT.

    It is good to know that in the fucture cataclysmic disasters will not kill us, but merely turn us into non-corporeal super beings.

    Another 5 out of 10.

    BTW Dodo seemed to be wearing and Adric style tunic for most of the story, though I don't find her as bad as I was expecting from the recent companion poll voting. Previously I had only seen her in the War Machines, where her character cannot be fairly judged.

  • Torchwood Radio Plays Available for 7 Days   5 years 2 weeks ago

    Asylum can be added to a playlist on UTube.  This is free to everyone if they are a subscriber to UTube. This is not ideal, but at least you can listen to it at your leisure.  Put Asylum and Golden Age( Thursday's play) on my playlist last night

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   5 years 2 weeks ago

    - Ian 15              - Zoe 13                   - Romana I 11           - Barbara 12
    - Liz 6      
              - Donna 14              
    - Vicki 7                    - The Brigadier 20 (+1) 
    - Nyssa 8            
    - Stephen 6               - Jo Grant 17             - Tegan 7 
    - Polly 8              - Sarah Jane 18         - Ben 11
    Harry 14      
         
    - Jamie 19                 Leela 14
    -
    Victoria 7          - K9 6                       - Captain Jack 7 (-2)

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    22. Rose                 23. Peri                 24. Ace                      25. Martha
    26. Turlough            27. Romana II      
    28. Mickey                  29: Adric
    30. Susan               
    31: Grace              32: Dodo                    33: Mel

  • The Doctor's Personality   5 years 2 weeks ago

    Another thing that mostly Doc4 has but 2,5,6, 7, and somewhat in 8 have is HYPERNESS. You often feel that you're on a roller coaster ride with him. He points in one direction but goes in another , rambles on about scienfitic things, historical things, time things on and one, some of which makes some sense, sometimes condrdicting himself and others in the same rmable. He moves fast, whirls, turns, runs, slides on his knees, flies through doors, kicks at boxes when angry, etc you know HYPER  mostly in a posotive way 

  • The Doctor's Personality   5 years 2 weeks ago

    Doc One: at first crankly, almost villainous and almost evil. He wanted to escape the prehistoric past even if meant killing a caveman wiht a boulder. He didn't like the teachers barging their way into his TARDIS and at least twice threatens to kick them off his Ship. He is protective but also patronizing to Susan at first. Later he mellows. With Vicki he's much more like a less cranky old man and more jolly and happy go lucky. He likes sarcastic comments as when Steven says something later on and notes something. The Doc turns to all the things in the control room and names them, "Sheer poetry my boy!" By the time of THE WAR MACHINES he's THE Doctor, putting himself in the line of fire and when all others run, including the military, he stands his ground, putting himself in front of a war machine. He also is mysterious and hides many things and secrets, uses a ring and sometimes a cane. He laughs almost manically when something befalls him that he has to fake his way out of like playing   a harp, singing, or playing a game to win back his TARDIS in MARCO POLO. Earlier on POLO he was very much seemingly insane when Polo refused to let him back into his TARDIS. He also retired to  a tent never to talk to anyone for quite a bit. AZTECS has him somewhat contemplative about why he can't ever have a relationship with Cameca (or any woman?). This Doctor expects loyalty and when Dodo just leaves without saying goodbye,he's rightfully angry and bemused. He's fuly understanding of Vicki leaving though and seems to have a strong understanding of the past and the role that he and others play in it or can't play in it. He's at his most serious when in the past. Except when his tooth aches or peple keep handing him guns. Desptie being quite angry at times, he can be talked to and can have his mind changed and even apologizes to Barbara once. When things happen that he thinks are ironic, he can laugh and heehaw almost as if he were losing his mind. Yet he could be very forceful and makes loud speeches like all the Doctors. And in one or two stories, CRUSADES and MASSACRE and ROMANS, he shows some physical strength. This Doc, like almost all the others, lets his curiousity get the better of him. In fact, he tricks the othres ito venturing into a city just to explore it. How washe to know the DALEKS lived in it. He even used a fake broken fluid link that made the others have to go iwth him into the city just so he could explore. As he got on, he began to mutter under his breath, make flubs, bloopers, get names wrong, mix up words, etc as he got older or maybe he wasnted othrs to think he was getting so old he couldn't be the Doctor any more and stp his enemies. Yet the truth is by TENTH PLANET he was old and had to regenerate into...

    DOC TWO: seems to be stupid and clowning but underneath planning out things, thinking through things. Yet at times he's incredibly sensitive and will have short but meaningful talks with Victoria and others about their feelings. He's not above using Jamie and tricking him to get what he wants at least once or twice. He seems to know he's a genius but in a rumpled uniform and h elikes it that way as MACRA TERROR reveals that he doesn't like this new cleaned up Doctor that a machine makes for him. When he passed trhough it, it cleaned him up. He likes to keep everyone guesssing, perhaps becaus they'd worry if they knew he was making it up as he went along. Yet he caused TOMB OF THE CYBERMEN to be open. Ther'es sometimes a feeling as in MIND ROBBER that he's in over his head and can't get the job done but he usualy finds a way. WHen serious, he can level with even villains as in THE INVASION and get them to see the light, sometimes too late but when comedic, he can be very very funny and this masks, sometimes what he is doing. At other times he realizes he's been very very stupid and makes very dangerous stupid mistakes and then he's veyr angry at himself. He also seems rather harried at times and also can be somewhat cowardly at other times (as in THE ICE WARRIORS when confronted with a very large Ice Warrior face to face for the first time he tries to leave the ship, despite the fact that Victoria is on board still a prisoner and he says, "Oh my word!"). He, like Doctor Four, can be so curious, that he has to go out and explore just to know where he'd been. Once ina place, he almost can't turn back. He can also be revenge oriented as in WHEEL IN SPACE when he makes two Cybermen pay for killing Gemma and others. Sometimes his forgetfulness makes his companons almost die...and he likes to whoop and yell when in danger or as he runs from Cybermen firing at his butt and when a camera is pointed at  him in THE INVASION he has to tidy up his hair and pose...He'a also been described as cute...and preoccupied with his flute... ther'es the feeling of a pixie who fell from grace but still has penned up energy but also of someone who has little physical strength unlike...

    Doc Three

    At first Doc 3 is very impatient with the Earth world he finds himself stranded on. He's rude and crass almost to the point of the DAEMONS. After he's almost killed for being truthful (he does not want the DAEMONS rule of Earth to be passed on to him) and for not wanting the Master to die and it is Jo's spiritual truth that saves the day, he mellows. He's almost always charming with Liz from day one ("Look, do I really have to call you Miss Shaw?") but others, usually bureucrats, pub owners, bar tenders, government peple, all feel his wrath. He's almost brotherly to the Master, even fatherly at times and even seems happy the man gets away once or twice, despite teh fact that the man is a killer. This Doctor is more forthcoming with his being conceited, even though the other two are, they dn't seem to think they are. I love the SEA DEVILS scene where he's built some contraption and his face turns quite proud and he's So enjoying his own superiority when the whole thing just blows up almost in his face and the sad look he has after that. Great! This Doctor thinks he can barter peace between humans and other races, even though he seems to fail twice (SILURIANS and SEA DEVILS). He acts non chalant around other races, even ones that are very different. He also realizes he's racist around ICE Warriors when he treats them as if they are still evil enemies even though they have changed. This Doc is very protective of Jo and even of old people on Earth (a trait he shares with the Fourth Doctor, who also seems very at home around old people). But by PLANE OF SPIDERS, the Doctor has to learn that his ways are not always best, that his high thoughts of himself have to go...that he isn't always right and that he has to face himself and his own shortcomings...Jo's leaving him in GREEN DEATH shows his sadness at this and of being alone and possibly not ever being able to hook up with human women...or woman of any kind but tha't s another post. This Doctor shot and killed an Ogron. This Doc also seems ot have joined Earth groups and Earth associations. At first, this Doc wanted to get away from Earth badly but by his "death" he returns to it to becomes...

    DOC FOUR-see the current Doctor Who magazine

    A true force of nature and yet...one that is a whirlwind of energy, rambling speeches of briiilaince and nonsense. He can be quite caringand kind and pateint one moment and with one person but quite cranklly, nasty, and snappish the next second. He sometimes does'nt look others in the eyes, acts superior, then belittles himself. He also can say one thing and then the next moment say the exact opposite believing both ("It's a mistake to clutter eon's pockets, Harry"  and then "Never throw anything away Harry"). Getting away from UNIT, fed up with the boredom of the military and of being stuck on Earth, he became introspective and perhaps grew more cranky ("I'm a time Lord") approaching a middle age of Time Lordness maybe. Once he returned to Gallifrey, he loosened up and then when he returned a second time (INVASION OF TIME) he loosened up even more, even getting a Time Lady companion, which really made him go mad and loosen up and have fun more. He was wacky, making quips, puns, engaging in slapstick, in changing people's percecptions but also railing against evil and injustice as in THE PIRATE PLANET. He knew dangerous beings when he saw them even if they used bluster and falseness to  cover and hide their true intent. Although he hated violence he once carried an elephant gun to shoot a giant rat. And he would kill others using gas, explosions, etc. This Doctor would race through doorways, slide on the floor, run fast, get hit with opening doors and boxes, make mistakes flying the tardis amlost as a death wish at times. He would also hit himself in the head and talk to himself when he had to. Like Doc2, alot of his strnageness was a cover but alot of it was from his experiences beingt so dangerous. He has to act childlike at times. He finds routine boring and tedious. he j okes that interfering is something he does well and does it best. He also considers time his business, especialy when something is intefering wtih time itself...

    Doc5 :in over his head and he knows it. He's mean to his companions at times, sarcastic to them and only them, and short breaths fill his ramblings. He seems like an old man trapped in a young man's body.  He wants desperately to use ropes and string and paper clips to solve problems but he can't always. I've heard him desecribed by Stven Moffat as "a man who's better than the Universe he's trying to save". I guess that fits but I can never forgive him for not saving Adric and for not going back in time to tr y to save him. He can't reallly greive properly and instead just takes the girls on a holiday to cheer them up...or tries to.  This Doc seems to botch a lot up. He also has a kind of force opstimsim that just does not seem to fit his experiences. When dealing with his companoins he has little to no prescense, takes on favorites wtihout admitting to it, gravitates towrds girls but never touches them and does touch his male companions, can't really tell someone something agreesively but tries to put a nice spin on things. In short, he's playing things safe and yet he can't. He doesn't like most of his companions but tries to bear them for some reason known only to him.   He wants desperately to be a nice guy but deep down he feels he';s better than eveyrone.  

    Doc6: perhaps as  reaction to 5, 6 is brash, loud, boisterius, thinks he is good looking, noble, and perfect. He's not. He tries tokill peri in his regeneration fits but once he settles in he has this warmth that shines through at times and is not above hugging Mel or Peri and cheernig them up. More oftne than not, thugh, he's fighting verbally iwth them. In the tv stories he's making sardonic comments to those who die fighting him and he's not above smothernig a cannibalistic alien and using a formula on him to kill him. yet he doens't kil the Master or the Rani when he had the chance. He's also very over the top and conceited, knowing he should probably mediate for a few years straight on through. He doens't care if he's a nice guy and says what he means to everyone, regardless if it hurts anyone. He shoots from the hip and puts people i their place. That said, he has tons of peple who respect him and work with him. He also misjudges his own greatness at times and doesn't really read peple correctly, pehaps having problems as he is alienating them.  He loves bad jokes. And makes them.

    Doc7: perhaps as a reaction to the ineptness of 5 and the poor thoughtlessness of 6, this Doctor later becomes a manipultoar of things. He goes and finds out what will happen and then journies to set things right, usig his companions and anything and anyone else around him to set things right. He's a bit unscruplous in this. He tres to act like he's a friend to all young people and yet...he's somewhat phony. He also, unlike  docs2 and 4 and maybe 5 and defintaly 6, tries to fit into popular culture, pplaing the spoons and taking in other things. He seems, at first, to be a bigger buffoon than all the others but that soon gives way to an introspective Doctor who wants to wright things that are wrong by any means possible. That said, at times he's in over his head and doesn't take into accoutn some things. THta puts him in over his head furhter and further utnil he needs someone to gethim out of it. He's not always likeable bu tnot always untrstuworty either. He can be playful.

    Doc8: romantic in tone, in voice, in action, he seems damaged in some ways, stronger than th eothers in other ways. He regenerated alone and late...alomst comign back from death. He remembers romantic things, recalls that he loves humans, and tries to make peace with even the Master if he can. He wants to have others see their own self worth and tries to tel them their futures if he can to give  them a push in the right dirction. That said, the spinoffs take him in different directions but it is in that tv movie that he really shines as angel who says what he means in a romantic, almost soft style.                 

  • The Doctor's Personality   5 years 2 weeks ago

    I was thinking about this today too oddly enough. The Doctor should have a personality, even if it changes slightly over time. If one is really into any show one wants to find out all about the characters, making it difficult to find out all there is to know about the Doctor, because let's face it, there's still a lot we don't know, even if you include the spinoffs. What was his life like during the younger Hartnell time? The whole continunity thing is fun but it really doesn't answer a ton of questions about the Doc, his home life, his planet, the Other, the culture, Time Tots, etc. Susan? All the experiences of the past shape a person and how has the Doctor been shaped?

    In many ways the Doctor is a hypocrite who likes what he likes and wants what he wants when he wants it. He says he abhors violence and yet he kills...alot. He's allied with military groups. He sides with Earthlings even though they have at least once been responsible for the deaths of aliens and life forms on their own planet. He hates guns and never carries one but allows others to do the gun shooting for him (and in rare moments even carries one himself). He's highly funcctional on one level but hhighly dyfunctional on another.

    The Doc seems to have the social graces down but I think he's probably not relaly very good at some of them; he's claimed to be rubbish at weddings but has mingled with kings, queens, meglomaniacs, and the aristocracy in his time. SOme stupid novels even put him friend with Hitler (but maybe that's a ploy to get the man to do what he wants) and one of the tv stories has him friend with Mao Tse Tung. He also is friends with Nelson and Napoleon, two sides if a conflict so maybe he plays one off the other.?

    Each Doctor is selfish and sly and uses people. Each gets increasingly jealous around females (except the best Doctor Tom Baker) so much so in fact that the insecure Doctor (Yes, he is) has a breakdown after the Davison regeneration and goes back in the next regneration to being an Uncle Type. He can't even kiss  a girl until his 8th self and even then it's not really lasting or meaningful. And then we have the damaged selfish 9th Doctor who makes fun of Mickey, taunting him, and getting others to see the "good" in themselves by shaking them out of their comfort zones. Is that good? Who knows? Then we have the 10th, mister macho who has to compare penis size with most men, show off around almost anyone, act conceited, hostile and put out and put off if anyone he doesn't like does something better than he does. He'a also patronizing to people he does like. He assorts with more military men and even UNIT. He seems to hold the Master and want to save him just because he's his own race despite what the nightmare man has done. Yet he is willing to destroy many other villains not of his race.

    In short, he's an angel and a devil. He's the best savior and the worst bastard.         

  • From the Beginning: The First Doctor   5 years 2 weeks ago

    I cannot agree. I think taken for what it was from the era it was in and made, the MASSACRE is as good as the show can get in the past. I like that there are no alien monsters. The Doctor wants to visit a friend, and that's all. He can't change time all the time and he knows that. Even his friend is killed I believe, making this trip more dangerous than seven space trips into the future. The Doctor that gets involved: is he right in doing so? Is he really saving people or giving a cost to the timelines? He's always on about not changing time but he does it all the time and that nonsense that he knows what he's doing is bullcrap. He doesn't for he makes as many mistakes as his companions. It is a cold time traveler that survives and protects the universe but it's not a hero and the Doctor is played as both. I still cannot believe he didn;t try to keep Ann with them either but I'm not sure she'd have made a good companion. Steven's dilemma is a good one and I like it. I like him in this. The double thing I can ignore. It's been done, worse, even on this show but done better too elsewhere. Here, it's not too bad and gives me a chance to see Hartnell in  a new role and to be  honest it's hard to imagine it is the same actor doing both roles as he's fantastic in both. The tension of the time is felt and I really like the entire thing except that awful Dodo arrival scene. I do like the speech the Doctor makes when he thinks Steven has left him. Steven then forgets about a child being hit by a car (Was it bad?) and runs into the TARDIS worried a policeman is on the way to find it. Dodo runs in to get help for the kid and forgetrs about the boy too. I hope he wasn't badly hurt. A poor ending. The dialog in the entire thing was well done except in this scene. I like the guest characters too, and both sides are portrayed well with the horror of religion being used as politics and self aggranizement. I 'd give it a 7 out of 10 or maybee even a 9 out of ten.  

  • EARTHSHOCK   5 years 2 weeks ago

    3

    That had a lot of action, technobabble, and Adric fun. It's as if Saward were packing in all the Adric he can because he's on his way out. The Cybermen stuck in the door, Tegan running around and shooting Cybermen, Nyssa basically being safe and sound in the Tardis ranting on about dangerous magnetic fluctuations and stuff, Scott being all butch, etc. The battles are fast paced and not very laughable although other scenes are: including a stick being waved around for light by a crewmember, a clipboard holding phantom (one of the crew), and two Cybermen being spied on are talking like two human beings making hand gestures (maybe they are always like this away from human eyes). Davison finally has some presense, too bad after this story, it won't matter to me because he was always the Doctor that let Adric die and stay dead. A word about Adric's death while it's on my mind: if you were younger than maybe you loved him, if you were a self absorbed person older than Adric or Waterhouse, thinking you were so much better and so great, then you probably did'nt like him at all. Many of the younger fans loved him; many of the older ones didn't or the same age as either Adric or Waterhouse, take your pick as the age difference wasn't that great. Anyone not lking him didn't look at the potential the charcter had and still does have, noting the poor acting ( I just don't see the totallity of the bad acting to be honest especialy compared to Sutton and Fielding), and the whining (teens do that too). Whatever.

    Anyway the Cyber plan is crap as ever. WTF? They haave a second back up plan like the Master had in CASTROVALVA in case their first one didn't work. And that one? Load a million or so Cybermen on a frieghter (HOW'd they do that?) and crash it into Earth! WTF? Also: what? How did Ringway deceive them? Why was he working for them? Why would they just kill him? and I'll go into the whole time travel thing later in ep4 and the two POVs as to whether or not Adric caused it to go back in time and almost let the dinos live or was it the Cybermen's fault? Or did Adric actually save anyone or anything or the timelines or did his sacrifice savenothing and change nothing? All that guff later.

    For now, the ep is fun and fast paced and the cliffhanger good but...really it looked wrong visually. I liked the two women in the control room, yes even Reid. If nothing else, she was different. The battles were okay and Tegan doesn't annoy here. I love her self description of her being "I'm just a mouth on legs."  In a way she should have stayed put too. If she did, then perhaps the bargaining tool they would have used would have been Adric and he'd be alive today. So she didn't really help at all did she?

    The Doctor is quite funny in "You never change, always the perfect guests,"  just after the Cybermen kill Ringway. I also like Adric's "NO" to when the Cybermen were about to kill the Doctor or he thought they were. Again, I had no idea when Adric would die, for all I knew it could have been at any moment in any ep and that made it more tense for me. His interaction with Davison's Doctor here is at its height and its best. Too bad it didn't continue.      

  • From the Beginning: The First Doctor   5 years 2 weeks ago

    Spoilers Alert!!!!!

     

    Well this was a somewhat mixed story. I thoroughly enjoyed the first three episodes. Which had a great level of mystery and intrigue, but was sorely dissapointed by the concluding episode.

    The fact that the Abbot and the Doctor look and sound identical (but are in fact seperate people) just stretches the suspension of disbelief too far. I like Steven believed that the Abbot had to be the Doctor and the great mystery was what could he possibly be up to? Therefore revealing that he wan't the Doctor after he is killed by the crowd merely gives lets down the suspense built up over the preceeding episodes without the satisfaction of a plot reveal.

    Steven does get to sow his metal in this story, spending most of the time 'doing the right thing'. It was a shame that 'Anne Chaplet' was not taken aboard the TARDIS rather than Dodo as she seemed a good character (though it was odd to hear a French servin wench with a Northen English dialect). The actress seemed familiar, a quick inspection of IMDB reveals that she was played by John Hurt's first wife, Annette Robinson.

    I disliked the way the Doctor decided to 'run for it' once he had reconnected with Steve and just left the characters to get on with the slaughter. By the time it had finished one was left with the feeling that nothing had been accomplished but a lot of needless chasing around.

    Probably a 7/10 for the first three episodes, dropping to a 5/10 for the final one.

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