Intolerant? Me?: The 6th Doctor
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Okay kids, this is where it gets complicated. It’s 1985, I’m sixteen years old and the Doctor has just strangled his companion. And that’s when I left. Except for a couple of episodes in the McCoy era I would not watch new Who for almost 20 years. And that’s a shame.
The Illusion Is Always One of Normality: The 5th Doctor
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Every new portrayal of the Doctor is in many ways a reaction to the previous. So after 7 years of Tom Baker’s bombastic, over-the-top performance (and to a certain extent Pretwee’s) we get Peter Davison’s 5th Doctor played with grace and subtlety. Well, as subtle as one can get wearing a cricket outfit and huge question marks on you collar.
Reverse the Polarity: The 3rd Doctor
Monday, 18 November 2013
It was during this time that my local PBS station acquired episodes of the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee. And I eagerly ate them up. The station didn’t acquire all the episodes and they were frequently aired out-of-order. So my introduction to Three was a bit disjointed. Still, I enjoyed them well enough but I must admit there was something that didn’t sit well with me.
The Definite Article You Might Say: The 4th Doctor
Sunday, 17 November 2013
What they say in fandom is that the first Doctor you see, the one who is in place when you first start watching, is your Doctor; the one that all other Doctors are judged by. For me this is true and more so. You see, for me the fourth Doctor was the first doctor and the only Doctor. I didn’t know there were any others or that there was going to be any others.