May 31, 2006

Can He Change Back?


Sean Connery or Roger Moore? Dick York or Dick Sargent? Paul Martin or Stephen Harper?  Such are the age old comparisons drawn between old and new, predecessor and successor.  Numerous actors have donned the role of our favourite Timelord, and no doubt a number of pub brawls have erupted over the years in defence of William Hartnell’s honour or Paul McGann’s right to be in the “union.” 

But can we truly trust our judgements around a new Doctor? Do Gallifreyans age like a good bottle of single malt scotch or do they eventually rot the lining of your stomach like a cheap bottle of hooch? Individual tastes will decide how far back in the liquor cabinet Sylvester McCoy belongs.

And what of Christopher Eccelston, the man who carried the hopes of a generation on his back, and David Tennant who carried the rest.

Eccleston exploded on the scene to the delight of the general public, with perhaps a more mixed reaction from old time fandom. Reactions ranged from “he’s enigmatic and edgy” to “the man’s a grinning fool.” Some fans saw Dalek as a turning point, with a script that allowed the actor to show a wider range of emotion and reaction. Others experienced religion with his masterful performance in The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances. Still others released a collective sigh of relief when his departure was announced.

Suddenly fans came out of the woodwork declaring that Eccleston had never really gelled as the Doctor. Tenant became the poster boy for a fresh start; the bugs had been worked out, and now we’d get “real” Doctor Who.

And it’s June 2006, half of the second season has been broadcast in Britain.  Tenant has been described as “lacking the dramatic weight” of Eccelston, too angry, too manic. Many fans are pining for Eccleston, wondering how he might have played a particular scene or changed the tone of a particular story.

Here we go again…

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May 23, 2006

I Bring You Sutekh’s Satan’s Gift of Death

Best Doctor Who casting news of the century

My girlfriend can only recite one line of Classic Series Doctor Who dialogue—“I am Sutekh the destroyer”. Actually, she usually calls him ‘Soltek’, but the impression Gabriel Woolf made is still nonetheless there.

Me, I still get goosebumps when Woolf as Sutekh says “your evil is my good” and have been that way for the past 22 years.

This is a nice bit of casting, and I can’t help but think that both Russell T Davies and Matthew Jones—who used dialogue from Pyramids of Mars to brilliant effect in Queer As Folk—had more than a small part in this.

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May 17, 2006


Raf was telling his tiny assistant: ‘If any of those Doctor Who fans come in, demanding this month’s book, just tell them the delivery’s late and they’ll have to wait.’ His voice was soft and breathy. The contrast with the girl’s voice was marked. She rasped back at him: ‘Sure thing. Raf. Doctor Who fans are the worst, aren’t they?’

Sadly, Raf was shaking his head. ‘Unfortunately not, Vicki. There are far worse Fans out there. But we get them all. We’re the ones in the firing line when they come out to feed their funny appetites.’ Suddenly he looked up at Colin. ‘I know what you’re going to say.’

‘But you’re a fan as well!’ Colin complied.

from To the Devil - a Diva! by Paul Magrs (2004)

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May 11, 2006

10 things to do while you’re waiting for the next episode of Doctor Who…


10. Drum the Doctor Who theme on your keyboard
9.  Engage in a torrent of ethical angsting (for a bit anyway)
8.  Spell-check your “Bring back Doctor Who” email to the Sci-Fi network
7.  Help Mickey defend the Earth
6.  Watch the trailer over and over and over and over and over again
5.  Renew your DWIN membership online
4.  Curse the NHL Players Association for not holding out longer
3.  Generate new anagrams of ‘Doctor Who’ for use in future season story arcs (“Crow Dot Ho”, “Crowd Hoot” “Cohort Dow”) and then register all possible domain names. 
2.  Make dire predictions on Outpost Gallifrey
1.  Clean the dust off your VHS copies

roll for your regeneration

The comic Full Frontal Nerdity has a funny installment today about the Doctor Who role-playing game (the FASA version - you can see the box). Those of us who have played it know that regenerations can happen that frequently.

Still waiting for a d20 Doctor Who game…

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May 08, 2006


Oh Wow!

Just when you think Doctor Who’s success story can’t get anymore awesome, something else even more amazing happens. Congratulations to all!

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May 07, 2006

New Dubai

I don’t think it’s a spoiler to point out that one of the towers of New Earth (seen in a few images on the BBC site) seems to be copied from one of the most luxuriant hotels in the world, the Burj al-Arab hotel in Dubai. And also, according to some people, it looks a bit like a cat!


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April 28, 2006

The 2007 Crew

The latest DWM has the writers for Season 3 of Doctor Who. Russell Davies, will write the Christmas special and a few episodes and also joining him are Stephen Fry (held over from last year), Paul Cornell (writing a two-parter), Steven Moffatt, Script editor Helen Raynor gets a two-parter as well and new series writer wannabe Gareth Roberts finally gets his shot at writing Doctor Who on TV—having written Doctor Who for the books, audios, short stories, annuals, interactive TV specials and mobile phone episodettes. And that was just the past 12 months!*

If Season One’s line up was a ‘dream team’ of the best writers from the interegnum between series, and this year was a crew of new and dynamic writers (plus a couple from last season and a much-loved former DWM columnist turned successful screenwriter), season three seems to have a bit of both: familiar names (both in terms of Who work and past work on the series) and a couple of new names just to mix it up a bit (I’m looking forward to seeing what Helen Raynor brings and Stephen Fry had me at hello back when he was announed last year)

While the second season is just unfolding in Britain even as we speak, we’re already excited about what’s in store for the Doctor and Rose beyond this year! Roll on 2007!

* Okay, pedants, Gareth didn’t write an audio in the past 12 months!

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April 27, 2006

Doctor Who: the widget

If you’re a Mac user, make sure you don’t fall behind on your Doctor Who news with this nifty widget. It displays news feeds from the BBC or the OG, but not both at once, unfortunately.

For instance, today I learned about the cover design of the series 2, volume 2 DVD, and now I can impress people who are not quite as sad as me.

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April 17, 2006

Confidientially Disappointing

No, we’re not talking about New Earth (ask us at the Doctor Who Blog about that when it’s on Canadian television) but about recent goings on at the usually amazing official BBC Doctor Who site

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Last year, we were able to watch Doctor Who Confidential online. Not this year. Oh, there’s a page for it alright, but it’s just showing us trivia and a listing of all the music North American fans won’t be able to experience because by the time it makes the Series Two DVD it will all be cut out (for rights issues) along with all the classic series stuff (for no good reason).

It’s a shame they’re not putting the episodes online. They obviously were a great draw for BBC3 last year even when the episodes were online, so why not put them up now? It’s a nice added draw to the site and demonstrates that the powers-that-be are aware that not all Doctor Who fans have access to British digital cable.

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