May 10, 2005

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

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May 07, 2005

Web of Lies (new series spoilers!)

Aside from giving us a wonderful new series, the BBC are really going for value-added content in a big way. Just look at the official site to get an idea of what I mean.

In the run up to the new series, much bitching abounded regarding the content the BBC’s own Doctor Who page. Let’s face it, Who Spy was about as thrilling as pictures of cameras and cups of tea. Probably because it was pictures of cameras and cups of tea. Since the first UK broadcast the site has had a weekly front-page redesign, lots of behind-the-scenes material added, tantalising glimpses of running themes, even a Dalek game!

Best of all are the spoof sites (some of which also contain spoilers!) From the start, Clive’s website has really existed and is updated nearly every week. Geocomtex from Dalek have their own site, as does UNIT. Most intriguing of all, and frustratingly devoid of content right now, is this site. Has this been registered by the BBC, or an enthusiastic fan? Time will tell…

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May 05, 2005

Hail to the Dalek!

In honour of the might, history and lore of the Dalek Empire I’ve surrendered the Blog Banner to them.  Welcome back!

I was a bit worried about how the New Series would handle the return of the Daleks and (re-)introduce The Evil Pepper Pots to a world where Battlestar Galacticas and Episode III’s run wild.  You can quote Jubilee, argue Genesis, and slag Rememberance all you want, in the end DALEK stands on it’s own two feet (if it had any), and fulfills the apprehensive “introduction mandate”. From here the series can go any way it wants with the Daleks, and I look forward to being along for the ride.  Nice work Rob, RTD, BBC et al.

Long Live The Daleks!

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Brighton

Birthplace of Myth Makers co-editor Richard Salter and now site of the very first new series oriented exhibition.

Coincidence? We think so. Nonetheless, there’s something cool for fans to do next time they want to visit Brighton pier besides reenacting the opening of The Leisure Hive, episode one.

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May 02, 2005

The Kids are alright

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.

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April 27, 2005

political analysis

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.”

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April 22, 2005

*iconluv*

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…


and so on…

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April 20, 2005

We have a new home

The Doctor Who Blog has moved to a new hosting service for your comfort and convenience.

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April 17, 2005

The Ten Doctors

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.

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April 14, 2005

Conversations with my mother

(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?
Mum: Yes.
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.
Me: Pardon?
Mum: If aliens really had invaded in the nineteenth century and someone stopped them, we’d have no idea it had happened.
Me: Riiiiiiight…

Welcome back Doctor Who!

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