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  • Rich Lock,

    Robyn? Does "Clean Peter Davison opening" mean that somewhere there is a Dirty Peter Davison opening?

    Tom's coming!

    Now there's a first: collaborative Dr Who slashfic on PAS.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    Just to go against the prevailing mood: Meh.

    I realise I am about to get pounced upon, but I've never loved Doctor Who. I remember it vaguely from childhood, with John Pertwee, and the scarf. And hte Daleks. But I don't remember it ever being scared.

    And I was recently convinced to watch some of the Christopher Ecclestone episodes. And while they were...entertaining, I don't feel like I am missing out on much by not devoting myself to the series.

    Although, because of my friends, I seem to spend A LOT of time discussing it.

    Also:

    I so wanted a long long scarf, but Mum wouldn't let me

    I did offer to knit someone one recently, so your dream doesn't have to die.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    Oh, but if you are in Wellington, and are a fan, I hope someoen has already pointed you to this

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    I remember seeing the "Dr Who and the Daleks" episode/s? Found the daleks a big letdown(they were poor little mutants), and Dr Who not in the least entrancing, so I've never watched the thing, in all it's subsequent incarnations, at all.

    But hey, each to our own-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    He is one rather odd man but gotta love his work - wasn't he also in the Narnia TV series as a mudwiggle?

    Yep, he was Puddleglum in the fantabulous BBC Narnia miniseries of The Silver Chair. I remember very vividly getting the video of that when I was four and being puzzled for *years* because in the blurb he was described as "Tom (Doctor Who) Baker" and I couldn't work out why someone would have Doctor Who as a middle name.

    (The BBC adaptations are 300% better than the new movies, Y/Y?)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Just to go against the prevailing mood

    Same (ducks). It's always been there in the background (Baker - Pertwee was Worzel) but the writing has often been clunky and the campy tone does nothing for me. I really maintain an interest more because I know others who love the show.

    And fortunately I never saw Billie Piper in that role (or as a pop singer) enough to cloud her performance in Secret Diary of a Callgirl.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19735 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Puddleglum the Marshwiggle! The *only* character I really liked from the Narnia series (of books) tho' Reepicheep ran him a close second.)
    I mean, anyone who smoked a pipe of mudlike tobacco, and the smoke seeped earthwards/lived in a wigwam in a swamp/subsisted on eels? What was there not to love?

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Don't worry, Megan, I loved Clash of The Titans (especially Ralph Fiennes playing Hades as Voldemort with a nose and hair) so my pop-cult snob street cred is roughly zero... Your lamentable lack of taste and sense of cultural history will pass - for now.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I've taught my girls how to hide behind the sofa.

    I really, really did that. Web of Fear, it may have been.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22843 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Donna not so much.

    You're kidding. You weren't moved by the tragedy of a woman who saves the universe at the cost of forgetting it all, and once again becoming a nobody? You're a brute, sir.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22843 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    I really, really did that. Web of Fear, it may have been.

    We should start a club. Dr Who. Have couch, will hide behind it.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    I was an extremely wimpy child (and I'm quite a pathetic adult too, TBT), so I never got much past the opening credits without being paralysed with fear and having to turn it off. Oh dear.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    First time I really appreciated Ecclestone's ability:

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19735 posts Report Reply

  • Russell C,

    Donna not so much.
    You're kidding. You weren't moved by the tragedy of a woman who saves the universe at the cost of forgetting it all, and once again becoming a nobody? You're a brute, sir.

    I know I know, but the character was so whiny and annoying it made me wish Nissa, Tegan and Adric came back, heck maybe even Turlough.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 37 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    I know I know, but the character was so whiny and annoying it made me wish Nissa, Tegan and Adric came back, heck maybe even Turlough.

    Oh, someone wants a fight... Donna was the first bloody companion in nu Who history who could be out late on a school night without a permission slip, and didn't develop a nauseating insta-crush on The Doctor (and don't anyone even dare mention Captain Jack).

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Karen White,

    I so wanted a long long scarf, but Mum wouldn't let me

    I did offer to knit someone one recently, so your dream doesn't have to die.

    I've just found my winter project!

    http://www.androgums.org/scarf.html

    http://www.doctorwhoscarf.com/instructions.php

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 79 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    but the character was so whiny and annoying it made me wish Nissa, Tegan and Adric came back, heck maybe even Turlough

    Wait a minute, what the hell was wrong with Nyssa?

    I liked Donna too - stroppy, redhead, think we're done, really. And I was even more impressed after seeing Catherine Tate on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and wanting to kill her quite, quite dead.

    and don't anyone even dare mention Captain Jack

    Right, I'll head off back to Twitter then...

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • 81stcolumn,

    The Krotons.....

    Nawthshaw • Since Nov 2006 • 790 posts Report Reply

  • Isabel Hitchings,

    Am I the only person who kind of likes Rose then?

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 719 posts Report Reply

  • kalypso,

    I've taught my girls how to hide behind the sofa.

    I really, really did that. Web of Fear, it may have been.

    Glad to know I am not the only one who remembers Patrick Troughton. The yetis were scary but the cybermen were the ones who terrified me the most. I can still remember nightmares I had about them.

    My father tells stories of me watching Dr Who as a kid, eyes glued to the screen while I slowly back away from the TV and end up either in his lap or (yes) behind the couch.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2010 • 13 posts Report Reply

  • philipmatthews,

    A friend once told me even earlier Doctor Who played on regional TV in New Zealand but I've never seen that confirmed anywhere.

    This handy link tells you that it started on regional TV way back in September 1964. Christchurch seems to have got it for six weeks before anyone else.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2007 • 656 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    I liked Donna too - stroppy, redhead, think we're done, really

    Indeed - and wanting to avoid spoilage since the BBC seems to getting in touch with reality, and getting the new Doctor Who to air overseas with commendable dispatch, I'll just say that Amy Pond is shaping up to continue in the fine tradition of gingas with attitude. Also seriously WTF? final shot in The Eleventh Hour wasn't it?

    Am I the only person who kind of likes Rose then?

    Oh, I didn't dislike Rose precisely. I just found the "o noez, I hav crush on Doctor" element of Rose and Martha (partially redeemed by a legendary departure at the end of 'Last of the Time Lords") rather sick-making, though there are penty who beg to differ. I got the stage where I was frequently muttering "Could the Doctor please come across a woman (or Captain Jack and William Shakespeare) who doesn't want to fuck him on sight?" Donna and Adelaide were a breath of fresh sexually un-tense air in that respect.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    Am I the only person who kind of likes Rose then?

    No. I know lots of people hate her. I also know someone who hated The Girl in the Fireplace, because she loved Rose so much. (Again, Sophia Myles's breasts. What's not to love?)

    There wasn't one of the modern companions I actually disliked. I felt sorry for poor Martha, she just got totally shafted. She could have been interesting, but she just got to be Rose Again.

    And like Grace said, now they've all got families. Clearly we're going that way with Amy too, because we're going to see that bunch of anciliary characters again. (Re the Buffy thing, there's a lovely wee bit in The Writer's Tale where Russell Davies is having dinner with Kylie Minogue and James Marsters, and can't get over how James is even hotter in real life. Bless.)

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    There wasn't one of the modern companions I actually disliked. I felt sorry for poor Martha, she just got totally shafted. She could have been interesting, but she just got to be Rose Again.

    Oh I don't know about that - I rather liked the way Martha decided to stop being so damn pathetic anf get a life of her own. (Not that I consider Mickey any kind of trading down.) Couldn't imagine Rose ever doing that - and if Moffat ever brings her back, stick a fork in it because we are done.

    (Re the Buffy thing, there's a lovely wee bit in The Writer's Tale where Russell Davies is having dinner with Kylie Minogue and James Marsters, and can't get over how James is even hotter in real life. Bless.)

    There's also the not-at-all-creepy-though-it-should-be crush on Russell Tovey, which I heartily endorse. (BTW, anyone know who has the New Zealand rights to 'Being Human' and if we're ever going to see it?)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

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