May 02, 2005
Recently I had an opportunity to watch the new series of Battlestar Galactica, which I had heard many good things about. Just the mini-series mind you, I haven’t seen any of the regular series.
Despte all of the plaudits it has received, I can’t say I was overly impressed. It was all right, but it didn’t blow me away the way it has with a number of my peers. I found it to be cold, bleak, relatively emotionless and somewhat depressing - which is perhaps understandable given the subject matter, but not really what I look for in a television program.
Worst of all, I think its a shame that the series hasn’t just been updated (that I agree with), it has also been up-graded in terms of the appropriate age group. Its no longer a series for kids, in my view (which makes me really puzzled as to why they brought back the awful character of Boxey, the one element of the 70’s original that didn’t even deserve to exist as an idea). I saw the original Battlestar Galactica for my 6th birthday party in 1978 and loved it. If I had a 6 year old son, I wouldn’t let them watch the new Galactica, at least until they got a few years older and more mature to handle the more mature subject matter.
What’s the connection to Doctor Who? Simply that I’m glad that Doctor Who didn’t go down the same route with its comeback. It came back updated, but the age group has remained the same. Its suitable for viewers of all ages, which is how the series always was, and how I think it always should be. The spectacular success of the new series in the UK and to a lesser extent in Canada, suggests they made the right move.
Posted by John on Monday, May 2 at 8:29 am
April 27, 2005
My, Doctor Who is getting mentioned everwhere these days. The American political blog Kos talks about the political satire in Aliens of London and World War Three, calling these two stories a “spectacular allegory.”
There are plenty of spoilers after the sixth paragraph. If you’ve seen the stories, have a read to find out what the American left wing thinks of the show.
They also mention the “anti-xenophobic subtext of Carnival of Monsters,” and they call The Sunmakers “kafkaesque.”
Posted by John on Wednesday, April 27 at 4:00 pm
April 22, 2005
Readers of Livejournal know about that community’s obsession with creating geeky, funny, soft-focus icons for their fandoms. Now us Doctor Who fans can be part of the love. Let’s hope we’re ready. omg teh wangst!!1
and my favourite…
Posted by John on Friday, April 22 at 5:37 pm
April 20, 2005
The Doctor Who Blog has moved to a new hosting service for your comfort and convenience.
Posted by John on Wednesday, April 20 at 5:01 pm
April 17, 2005
It’s amazing to think that by 2006 our favourite television hero will have hit double figures in terms of the number actors to have played him on television. In case you haven’t seen it on the www.dwin.org main page, David Tennant was announced as the 10th Doctor yesterday by the BBC.
I suppose that reaching 10 actors to play the role happened quicker than anyone thought it was going to happen when the series was announced to be coming back in September 2003 - but looking at it another way, if the series had never gone off the air to begin with we’d probably be on our 12th, 13th or even 14th Doctor by now, given that most actors only stay in the role for 3 years. It’s still an incredible achievement for a television series - just imagine asking the original production team back in 1963 if they thought this would be happening 42 years into the future. William Hartnell was the most optimistic of the original cast, believing the show could be so unbelievably successful that it might run for as many as 5 years. And look at it now!
William, Patrick, Jon, Tom, Peter, Colin, Sylvester, Paul, Christopher and now David (with a very appropriate last name for Doctor number ten). Ten different actors, ten different first names, ten different incarnations, but one Doctor Who.
Posted by John on Sunday, April 17 at 8:00 am
April 14, 2005
(Contains fairly mild spoilers for The Unquiet Dead and
The End of the World)
So I call my mum back in England and ask about my nephews
(ages 5 and 9)...
Me: So did the kids watch Doctor Who?
Me: They liked it?
Mum: Um, yes. It was a bit scary for them I think.
Me: Scary in a good way?
Mum: Yes, they were scared of the ghosts but they didn’t have nightmares. Lots of questions about coffins and death though. Last week’s they handled much better. Future stories with aliens and spaceships they can’t get enough of, though after last week’s episode we had to sit Stephen down and convince him that the world isn’t about to blow up.
Me: Are all the kids talking about it at school?
Mum: Yes, they’re all watching it. The boys at least.
Me: Are you enjoying it?
Mum: Yes I am!
Me: Who are you and what have you done with my mother?
Mum: It’s so much better than the old one. It occurred to me though, if it really happened, we’d never know.
Mum: If aliens really had invaded in the nineteenth century and someone stopped them, we’d have no idea it had happened.
Welcome back Doctor Who!
Posted by John on Thursday, April 14 at 6:17 pm
April 10, 2005
More things I thought I’d never see: Doctor Who not only continues to trounce Ant and Dec in their timeslot, but with 8.3 million people watching The Unquiet Dead, Doctor Who also managed to score higher ratings than a Royal Wedding (6.2 million), a Grand National (7.3 million) and even Casualty (8.0 million) too.
We’re still waiting for the fan prophesy of doom of viewers switching off en masse after the news of Eccleston’s departure to happen, but it doesn’t seem to be occuring. All we can say is, hooray for the British viewing public for having more faith in Doctor Who!
Posted by Graeme on Sunday, April 10 at 7:27 am
April 09, 2005
Wasn’t it cool when the Doctor does that thing in the restaurant, and that guy screams, and the Doctor grins like he’s having the time of his life.
That was awesome.
Posted by John on Saturday, April 9 at 8:11 pm
April 07, 2005
The premiere of Doctor Who destroyed in the ratings on April the 5th. Doctor Who did extremely well on the CBC with over 986 000 viewers. Compared to the 9.9 million in UK this number might seem small…but for Canadian television numbers, and for the CBC this is HUGE, and exactly where we wanted the show to come in at.
Doctor Who did not win the evenings rating’s war across the board…it did, however, win for the network. Four shows on other major Canadian networks beat Doctor Who. They were American Idol (2 508 000) which was in the same time slot, The Amazing Race (3 140 000), LAW AND ORDER:SVU (1 294 000) and CTV National News (1 428 000). Three of those shows are big US productions, with an established following while the news is…THE NEWS!
Put it another way Doctor Who DESTROYED House, Judging Amy, CBC’s News, Jag, The Outer Limits, Blue Jays baseball, and a host of other programs in and around that time slot.
So this fan is very happy indeed, and I’m sure the CBC is as well. Doctor Who won CBC’s night, and reportedly did more than double what programming that slot normally gets on a Tuesday evening. On any day 986 000+ viewing the CBC is amazing… I can only think of Hockey getting better numbers than Doctor Who. And this number only reflects what the industry can measure…so I’m sure the numbers are even higher here in Canada, as well as in the UK.
It’s this fan’s opinion that Doctor Who will have a nice run on the Mother Corp, and that we’ll be seeing Series two on the Ceeb before too long.
Posted by Rod on Thursday, April 7 at 4:18 pm
April 06, 2005
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