So, I've FINALLY gotten the DVD's of the most recent season (they call it the FIRST season -- what were they thinking?) of Dr. Who. And I'm watching it.
It's so much superior to when SciFi Network broadcasted it. It's not cut up with extremely annoying commercials, for one thing.
They did a really good job. Eccleston has exactly that quirky, "whatever happens, happens" smiling outlook on life.
September 6th, 2006 7:41pm
Let me know when you've watched the episode in WWII London - then we can really talk about Eccleston's acting. :)
September 6th, 2006 7:42pm
Got to love the daleks.
By the way, afficionados usually object to the abbriviation of Doctor since it implies that "who" is his name. But he's just "the doctor".
I've seen the first season. Since the series languished for a number of years, first season seems fair enough. It's not you wanted to call Star Trek The Next Generation "Season 4."
Haven't cared enough to watch the 2nd though.
September 6th, 2006 7:49pm
The second season (or series as they say) was even better I think. Especially towards the end, the season final really grabbed me by the balls.
Is that a sexy grabbed you by the balls, or a gay grabbed you by the balls?
I guess I'll have to DL the second season now.
September 6th, 2006 8:21pm
I guess the phrase "had me glued to my seat" would have been more ideomatic, but I figure if something has you by the balls you arn't going to move about much.
Hey, if it grabbed you by the balls it grabbed you by the balls. No reason to get all shy about it now.
September 6th, 2006 9:08pm
I shall be getting the second season box set as soon as it is out. No spoilers until then please...
September 6th, 2006 10:04pm
I grew up watching Dr. Who on PBS. Tom Baker was my fave Doctor.
This could just be the nostalgia talking but ... I can't watch the 'new' seasons w/Eccleston and Tennant. It's not their acting that bugs me, but the way that it seems the producers/writers/whomever are playing the whole thing for laughs.
It's really unwatchable for me. :(
September 7th, 2006 1:04am
You don't like them playing it for laughs, then you link to Tom Baker?
September 7th, 2006 1:14am
He played a jolly/quirky Doctor (I'll accept it from an ancient, not-quite-all-knowing alien dude), but the rest of the cast played it straight and the effects may have been rubbery/fake but the plotlines were written fairly earnestly.
I just watched a show a couple of nights ago (the one where the alien invaders caused everyone with a certain blood type to go stand on building roofs worldwide) and the way the aliens were dealt with was ... too silly.
The way that the PM character introduced herself, was also pure corn and obviously written that way.
September 7th, 2006 1:18am
Not all the episodes were played that way.. it bounces between silly and serious.
September 7th, 2006 2:27am
By not watching the second series you miss a better Doctor, the return of Sarah Jane & K9 and a family friendly reference to oral sex with a paving slab ;-)
a cynic writes...
September 7th, 2006 5:38am
It bored off the socks and trousers of the Harbour Master. There are some nice moments - the opening episode of series two, for example - but it's just not me. I'll have to go back and watch old Who and see if I like that now.
That is, check to see whether the series has changed or me.
It's a little uneven, I'll give you that. I got through the first 4 episodes or so last night. Basically, they've got one main writer, then three others they invited in. And once you know that, each writer's biases in how they see The Doctor are pretty clear.
Also, almost every episode is directed by a different person. This doesn't have as major an effect as the writing, though.
Still, even with the uneven-ness, I think it's close to excellent. (although the aliens 'unzipping' their heads again and again and again and... was getting REALLY old by the end).
The Dalek episode was brilliant, for example.
September 7th, 2006 9:41am