DOCTOR WHO is something I'd heard about since childhood, but I never felt much curiosity for it beyond knowing Douglas Adams was involve for a stretch. Yet, as fate would have it, there wasn't anything else to watch when "Rose", the debut episode of the Eccelston year, had its American premiere on Formerly-Known-As-Scifi. I was hooked, and even got a slightly more expensive cable plan just so I could stay up to date with the series when it shifted to BBC America. And while I haven't gotten past season 1 of SARAH JANE ADVENTURES (it's something I know I would have loved when I was younger), I'm just as deep into TORCHWOOD and the dark mirror Captain Jack has become to the whimsical Doctor.
I've also taken the bold step of going back to the beginning, pushing through all of William Hartnell's season 1 (including Titan novelizations and recordings of the missing eps) and the first two arcs of season 2. I had to set it aside due to some goings on, but I'm looking forward to getting back at it in the near future as, even back in those early days when even the people writing the show had no idea who this strange man was or where he came from, you could see that the sparks of creativity, wit, and humanity were already firmly in place.
Fantastic episode, everybody. Tessa, you are in for one treat after another as you keep exploring. Rowan, you floored me with your Dalek speech. Magnificent.
I know! Our intrepid editor (me) is going on vacation next week, so rather than skipping a month, we bumped things up a bit. Enjoy!
As for being a Who virgin, so am I. My only experience with the show is being freaked out by the disembodied head of Tom Baker receding into a starfield with the freaky music playing when my mother would catch episodes on PBS. I was so freaked I couldn't be in the room when the show was on.
(I'm slowly realizing that my mom is, if not closeted, a quiet geek and that's awesome.)
Despite the minor childhood trauma, after this episode I totally want to try some Who. So short answer: no. As usual, the hosts and guests have done a great job introducing people to an area of geekery.
I was happy to see this episode. And really Rowan and Martin's talking about it resparked my love for the series (not that it ever really left, I'm going to my first Gallifrey One convention in a couple of months) but it it had me grinning ear to ear on a day that I really did appreciate the boost, after being sick all weekend.
To me what really makes the show so amazing, so magical is that it can do anything. It can be silly, it can be scary, it can be romantic and it can be sad and sometimes, when it is exceptioanlly good it can be all those all the same time. It, much like the Doctor, is bound by no rule, no authority. It can tell any type of story it desires and can change on a whim, even the Doctor. It's benevolant chaos, wrapped in a bow, delievered in a blue box.
That said Kevin, you really need to get caught up on the Matt Smith stuff. I suspect the people who you heard from who didn't care for it didn't like it because it wasn't David Tennant. Personally I think he's brillant and most of the people whom I've talked to about it agree.
But I've always leaned towards Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart's take on which Doctor is the best, "The Doctor? Lovely chap. All of them."
FANTASTIC episode! (Too bad it took me forever to catch up on Season 5, I didn't want to be spoiled so late listen is late!)
“I’m adorable and charming and everybody loves me on the intertubes.” 1) Yes, yes you are and yes we do, Dayna and 2) That needs to be an icon
”Nobody loves me.” I love you, Kevin! In a platonic kind of way!
Who on Who? I think I read a fanfic like that once …
You lost your porn?! Oh noes! *wibbles*
Wait, what, absinthe?! What?! Who is this man?! And when can I meet him? If I end up moving to Chicago I will totally look him up!
”Rubbed it in on twitter 80,000 times! “I did not rub it in on twitter!” Stop fighting, mom and dad!
I had a friend who had ginormous headphones and a teeny tiny shuffle iPod. He was hilarious and awesome.
“Kevin, settle down, you’re too tense.” *snerk* (Hey, I thought it was funny!)
”Porn contributions to Dayna …” *sporfles*
Steven Moffat: Lord of Nightmares, Master of our Psyches!
“God steals a time machine, makes some friends.” Huh … that’s actually a pretty good summary, isn’t it?
Haven’t we all promised to ourselves that we’ll marry Sarah Jane Smith?
“The triumph of intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism.” Oooooooo! That’s a fantastic summation!
It took me a little while to love Matt Smith, I was cautious at first, because the last time I watched a regeneration (Nine to Ten) I was PISSED and it took me most of season 2 to accept Ten as the Doctor. Eleven won me over, though. It was hard at first, because he looks quite a bit like David Tennant, but his mannerisms and tactics morphed into his own character and then I loved him, because he was like Merlin in a young man’s body and he wasn’t angsting about the Time War or in love with humanity, he was going through the adventures with the maturity and mania that comes with being old and realizing that. Yes, he has wisdom and he makes good use of that, but he’s still spry and a little crazy, but ultimately he cares and does what’s right.
I also loved the ‘fairy tale’ quality of season 5. Especially Amy: not wanting to grow up, going around in her nightgown like Wendy …
Oh god, Nine was my first Doctor and he will always be one of my favorites. I’m never gonna let go of his hand. I agree with Kevin: ever since Nine, I say “FANTASTIC!” all the time.
My favorite Companions are: Donna Noble, Donna Noble, DONNA NOBLE, and Sarah Jane Smith. And Rory. (Is it obvious I’ve only seen about three or four Old Who episodes?) I like what I’ve seen of Jo Grant and the Brig as well.
The Angels are the scariest thing EVER. Steven Moffat managed to make reeeeeeeeaaaaaally slow stone statues TERRIFYING.
… wow, that whole Dalek explanation was SCARY. *shudders*
Big Finish is the reason Eight is one of my favorite Doctors. The movie was TERRIBLE, the audio adventures are KICKASS, and Paul McGann’s voice is the leading cause of global warming.
I’m not a big fan of Martha, but I’m also not a Martha-hater. I don’t think her character was handled very well at all. She had her moments, especially in the three-part finale, especially in her breaking-up with the Doctor, but Ten treated her like crap and her character didn’t really have an arc. To me, Martha symbolizes wasted potential: RTD spent a whole season telling us how awesome Rose was and how SAD Ten was without WONDERFUL SUPER SPECIAL MARY-SUE ROSE. *headdesk*
I really need to get caught up on the Sarah Jane Adventures, don’t I?
Hang on, Doctor Who/Superhero geek emporium in the middle of the gay district in Chicago?! Where geeky girls might try to chat me up?! I’m visiting Chicago soon! Address please!!!!!!!!
NEIL GAIMAN CO-WROTE AN UPCOMING DOCTOR WHO EPISODE!??!?!?!?!?!??!?!?! *flails and diez of geeky joy*
Great episode, but I wouldn’t have minded if it had gone on for longer, though. Much, much longer. Nothing better than listening to geeks debate their favorite Doctors, favorite Companions, and favorite episodes, all while remaining good friends and not getting into horrible fights.