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  • The Doctor's Personality   7 years 7 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   7 years 7 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   7 years 7 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   7 years 7 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.

  • Tom Baker is back as the Doctor!!!!!   7 years 7 weeks ago

    Details on the five part "Hornet's Nest" series on this link

    http://www.galaxy4.co.uk/products.php?sec_id=106

  • The Doctor's Personality   7 years 7 weeks ago

    I've been watching DW for sometime now and there is no fixed personality type to the Doctor.  I believe that this feature of the show is what has contributed to the shows long-running success.  If you ever get a chance to see all 10 Doctors in action you will notice that each is quite different from the next.  Just because the personalities are different, it is still the same being, because his mind/memories are exactly the same.  With the exception of the newly acquired experiences of the subsequent Doctor. 

    The next 11th Doctor will bring his own element to the show; brand new, even for old DW fans.  We don't know what Matt Smith will bring to the show and that unknown factor adds to the shows enjoyability.  The unexpected is a recurring theme in the show.  Fans expect the unexpected.  The power of the Doctor Who series lies with its flexibility and constant mutations to something else.

    The great thing about DW show is that its a time-travel adventure stories; therefore, you can pick up watching the show at any point in time and still understand the overall theme.  So, starting with David Tennant (10th Doctor) is a great point to start.  Work the episodes in any order you wish and you won't be dissappointed.

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

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   7 years 7 weeks ago

    - Ian 15              - Zoe 13                   - Romana I 11           - Barbara 12
    - Liz 6      
              - Donna 14              
    - Vicki 7                    - The Brigadier 19
    - Nyssa 8            
    - Stephen 6               - Jo Grant 17             - Tegan 7 
    - Polly 8              - Sarah Jane 18 (+1)  - Ben 11
    Harry 14      
         
    - Jamie 19                 Leela 14
    -
    Victoria 7          - K9 6                       - Captain Jack 9 (-2)

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    22. Rose 0               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   7 years 7 weeks ago

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

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    22. Rose 0 (-2)        23. Peri                 24. Ace                      25. Martha
    26. Turlough            27. Romana II      
    28. Mickey                  29: Adric
    30. Susan               
    31: Grace              32: Dodo                    33: Mel

     

    PS: Sorry for the sappy title for this postEmbarassed

  • Tom Baker is back as the Doctor!!!!!   7 years 7 weeks ago

    I have not heard anything of it as well.

  • Tom Baker is back as the Doctor!!!!!   7 years 7 weeks ago

    This is the first time that I've head of this story.

    I knew he was in the cast of 'Monarch of the Glen' and 'Little Britain' But this is news to me.

    As to him being the Doctor - I have found no news story about it. I've checked BBC, the mirror, the guardian, digital spy and other sources.

    Let me know where you heard this from. I'd like to check this out.

  • EARTHSHOCK   7 years 7 weeks ago

    2

    that was just as good. Beryl Reid is a bit shocking but whatever, not too bad. The change to the space ship was an interesting one. Once again, Adric is correct in that they were being too casual about announcing their presense as this idiot Doctor keeps waving about and yelling to be caught. Adric wanted to go back but I guess he wanted to come with the Doctor. Earlier a nice "make up" scene between the two of them and an earlier scene of Adric helping the Doc disarm a bomb. All well done, well acted, well scripted...all for once. Of course, the Cyberplan makes little sense. Why plant a bomb in a cave where it might be seen? Why put guards over it that might be seen? Why not just stick it in a hole someplace or a forest where no one might find it? How did it get to Earth? Why not detonate it right away? Why leave it there for so long? It does'nt really make sense.

    Once again Matthew does a good job here and the Adric part, a shame that it's NOW only being written excellently, is well done. The guest stars are rising to the occasion and we hear our first "Brave heart, Tegan"  from the Doctor, apparently improvised by Davison.

    When I first saw this, I didn't get the idea that the beam came from the spaceship but the Doctor explained that the crew probably didn't know anything about it. Then...why were the Cybermen or whatever was on the ship start killing crewmembers? Did they get too close to something? Explanations later and mindyou, those don't make much sense either but have fun, this story is full of tension and action...DW action that is, which means two fourth the action yu'd find in a movie like ALIEN. Wonder why that came to mind?

    This is also a bit like the best of Cybermen as in the 1980s DWmagazine kept telling us how great TomB OF THE CYBERMEN was and how the other Cyber stories had bombs, weaknesses of the Cybermen exploited, Cybermen hiding and skulking as in THE MOONBASE, etc. The only thing missing was a Cybermat. Not that this was bad. EARTHSHOCK might just be the best CYBERMEN story ever...until the two parter RISE OF THE CYBERMEN in the new show.

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   7 years 7 weeks ago

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

    ___________________________________________________________________________

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

  • EARTHSHOCK   7 years 7 weeks ago

    1

    That was a great start. Yes, the Doc, Nyssa and Tegan are sticking their heads up too high and could be shot as Davison comments on on the commentary but whatever. This episode builds nicely and creepily (is that a word?). The TARDIS scenes are super and this team is now a full fledged family. I love Tegan's look when the Doctor tells her, "Do you really think I'd be making all this fuss if it weren't?" She looks like a scolded puppy, bvacking off, for once. I also think most of what Adric says rings true to most teenagers or at least some of them, maybe not now but back then and maybe now too, who knows? I think what he says is true. The Doc never wants to be criticized...at least this Doc. Even Tom Baker's Doctor took criticism, sometimes from himself  as well as Romana and others. And almost all the other Doctors explained things ...to everyone. It does seem as if some time may have gone by but since the book BLACK ORCHID is brought up...who knows? That Adric feels made fun of, teased and ingnored in favor of Nyssa and Tegan seems apt and unfair of the Doctor to do. He does do al those things. And this Doc and Adric sitting down and talking...maybe the Doc meant his previous self. THEY got along. That Doctor cared about Adric a lot. This Doc...not so sure. I also love love love Adric's line, "You know since his regeneration, I think he's become decidedly immature."  I also love a very short bit when outside, the Doc is goaded by Tegan and Nyssa into at least accepting to look at Adric's calculations. He says, "I'm not promising anything."  To which Nyssa says, "no, of course not, Doctor."  At that moment, he's heading for the door of the TARDIS and Nyssa and Tegan exchange looks, knowing amused looks and as the Doctor hears Nyssa's comment late, he lately turns around in a sort of shock that she said it. That's brilliant!

    The dino thing makes sense. Recently saw ANIMAL ARMEGGDEON and its was heart breaking. Cause Adric died. No just kidding. Cause it just was.

    The guest cast is pretty good, the music tense and apt. The story moving along and the caves look like caves. The robot androids are pretty creepy and the gore , well disgusting really. If I didn't know it was the Cybermen at the end, I would have been totally suprised. Even so, I thought it was a good ending and a good cliffhanger.

    Oh and Adric's also right about something always inteferring from he and the Doc having a talk or having any meaningful stuff going on. It happens again here! Oh and the Doc seems not to want to lose Adric for some reason and Adric seems to want the Doctor to stop him. Are these two a couple? :) Or maybe it's just parental and teen growing pains...either way they finally got the relationships correct here.            

  • Torchwood: Asylum   7 years 7 weeks ago

    Since the BBC is still being assinine about sharing, is anyone willing to share the download? I don't have the time to listen to it streaming.

  • Twilight Zone Marathon (Sci-Fi channel - US)   7 years 7 weeks ago
  • Torchwood Radio Plays Available for 7 Days   7 years 7 weeks ago

    Just tried to download the first part listed above and I got the message 'not allowed' in the file name box.

    However at the time of writing this part 2 can still be downloaded.

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

    Two days running and stateside DLs are still not blocked.

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   7 years 7 weeks ago

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

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    23. Peri 0 (-2)          24. Ace                 25. Martha
    26. Turlough            27. Romana II      
    28. Mickey                  29: Adric
    30. Susan               
    31: Grace              32: Dodo                    33: Mel

  • Let Me In/Let the Right One In (some spoilers)   7 years 7 weeks ago

    Yes, I agree, however, I feel the movie could have been SO much better. I mean it's a  five star movie out of five the way it is now but...if they did it more like the book and more like...I don't know with some explanation and background....then again maybe they'd have gotten into trouble doing that!

  • Let Me In/Let the Right One In (some spoilers)   7 years 8 weeks ago

    Definitely a worthy Vamp flick.  1 must be the patient moviewatcher type though.  The MTV/VH1/Nickelodeon crowd may not be able to handle this type of pace, LOL! Tongue out

  • Louis at the Gallifreyan Embassy table (1986)   7 years 8 weeks ago

    You don't want to know how young I was when this picture was taken.  Wink

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   7 years 8 weeks ago

    - Ian 15 (+1)       - Zoe 13                   - Romana I 11           - Barbara 12
    - Liz 8  
                   - Donna 14              
    - Vicki 7                    - The Brigadier 19
    - Nyssa 8            
    - Stephen 6               - Jo Grant 17             - Tegan 6
    - Polly 8              - Sarah Jane 17         - Ben 11
    Harry 14      
         
    - Jamie 19 (+1)         Leela 14
    - Rose 4 (-2)       -
    Victoria 6                - K9 6                       - Captain Jack 10

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    23. Peri 0 (-2)          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   7 years 8 weeks ago

    Peri nipped off!

  • THE VISITATION   7 years 8 weeks ago
    4

    4

     

    A fair ending. I like the way Nyssa is characterized as not gloating over the death of the android. I like how Adric is used, however, he's still the one making ALL the mistakes, such as in the end battle, he stumbles and alerts, accidentally, the aliens to the group being there. Tegan and Nyssa both come off better in this episode. The Doctor doesn't.

    The Doctor's unnecessasily mean to both Tegan and Adric. He doesn't explain thing to either of them despite them both showing curiousity, he has snap comments for Adric and Tegan, he almost yells at Tegan outright in a temper outburst, and he is'nt at all grateful that Adric flies the Tardis to free him from what is esstentially a prison...in a room with glass windows that the Doctor can't get out of. Tegan tells Adric she's pleased to see him and from here the pair are actually quite friendly to each other, a friendship which I'm sure will cement itself in hundreds of episodes later from now, right?

    Anyway Davison's Doctor comes off badly here in more ways than one. He's sarcastic, mean spirited, has'n't time for Adric, nor does he treat Tegan like  a friend at all (but I DO love his line to Tegan's, "Groggy, sore and bad tempered."  To that assesment of how she feels, he comments, "Oaah, almost your old self."  Richard Mace does a bit here and the five pretty much polish off the Terileptils, as in KILL THEM! Not that the things didn't deserve it for what they were about to do.

    The whole fire ending is a good one. In the TARDIS scenes, at the end, Davison gives more nasty remarks to Adric's curious nature and sarcastic comments. The scene of Adric flying the TARDIS with Nyssa giving him confidence boosting is very, very good. I wish that they had put in the cross your fingers bit from FULL CIRCLE here. It's funny Adric knows the Doc so well that he bangs the console to get it going.

    All in all a good story if a bit weak in the last episode but still head and shoulders above all else that follows for the most part.   

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   7 years 8 weeks ago

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

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    23. Peri 0 (-2)          24. Ace                 25. Martha
    26. Turlough            27. Romana II      
    28. Mickey                  29: Adric
    30. Susan               
    31: Grace              32: Dodo                    33: Mel

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