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The Doctor is a gangsta

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May 30, 2011 at 8:00 pm

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The All Asked For Who

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I’d like to welcome you all lords and ladies, gentlemen, ladies, time-ladies, time-lords, aliens and those of you in the cheap seats to a documentary produced and aired by WYES-TV New Orleans in 1986, focusing on Panopticon, the first US Doctor Who convention. (1, 2, 3) (MLYT, in authentic multi-copy VHS fuzz-o-vision!)

Bonus: A Life in the Day: Tom Baker

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April 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Every version of the Dr Who theme

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2001: A Who Odyssey

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November 21, 2009 at 12:11 pm

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The 10 least necessary Doctor Who figures

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What is says on the tin. Number One is hilarious… is it actually for real? Oh yes.

I can’t help thinking that they over-ordered far two many frame things for Casandra ‘skins’ and got RTD to write in her demise just that they could flog ‘Destroyed Cassandra’.

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July 17, 2009 at 10:48 am

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Doctor Who – The City Of Death

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Two timelords

Two timelords

‘The City Of Death’ remains one of the most well-loved stories of classic Who and also the one that retained the highest viewing figures (no doubt helped by the ITV strike going on at the time, leaving nothing much else to watch…) The story featured, for the first time in Who, filming outside the UK, namely on the streets of Paris. This was seen as a first-time experiment for more overseas filming to expand on the over-used limited range of landscapes that were a short hop from London – mainly various quarries – that had doubled for alien planets. So, instead of lots of endless running down corridors, we get endless running down Parisian boulevards… Actually that’s a little harsh – some of those scenes are exceptionally well shot for a television show of the time and border on the cinematic

The Doctor and his then companion and fellow time lord Romana (in her school-girlish Lalla Ward incarnation) are having a holiday in the French capital; seeing the Eiffel Tower, visiting the Louvre. Things become more interesting when, in a café, they Doctor experiences a couple of some sort of time slip. Then, whilst viewing the Mona Lisa, he spots an attractive lady with a strange bracelet of alien technology and surreptitiously takes hold of it.
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“In the modern Doctor Who series, the sonic screwdriver has more in common with a magic wand than an actual mechanical device.”

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Whilst I still watch it (I dropped Torchwood after the first series and Primeval recently… never got into the Sarah Jane thing) and for the most part it’s pretty entertaining – there’s usually at least one stand-out episode each series – the new Doctor Who has some terribly lazy writing at times. Especially when it’s a Russell T Davies script. This article on the use of the sonic screwdriver as some sort of magic plot-solving device sums up a lot of my thoughts on the matter. And don’t even get me started on the that magic-paper thing…

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June 29, 2009 at 2:33 pm