While the rest of the country checks out Todd MacFarlane’s family guy version of the Oscars Dr. Who fans in America will be tuned to BBC America to watch the 2nd Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special featuring Patrick Troughton as the 2nd Doctor.
The selection of Tomb of the Cybermen as tonight’s episode was almost by default. Of the 4 part 2nd Doctor Episodes the only other adventure that exists in its entirety is the Krotons and while that episode has the advantage of Zoe rather than Victoria who was a much longer lasting companion the Krotons are such a campy looking monster that modern Doctor Who fans not familiar with the old series would likely rebel.
Next month with Jon Pertwee there will be a lot more flexibility a full Seven Four Part stories are available ( I don’t count the planet of the Dinosaurs as one episode is not in color.) including two Dalek Stories, 2 Master Stories and the introduction of both Sarah Jane Smith and the Sontarans in the Time Warrior.
If that episode was not the first Sarah Jane I would suspect it would be the one but if I had to bet money I would suppose it would the the Claws of Axos.
It features the Master and Jo Grant and the Brigadier and is an excellent representative of the series. Only the Three Doctors would be superior but because it was a special it’s not as fitting.
Do you disagree? Tell me, which 3rd Doctor 4 part episode would YOU choose if you were BBC America to represent the five years of his run?
The BBC has made a concerted effort this year to push Doctor Who in America. One of the things that might confuse people are the different faces.
Doctor Who has been around almost as long as I have. The First episode premiered just six months after I was born. The series the actor in the lead role William Hartnell was an elderly man and when it became plain that he couldn’t continue the brilliant idea of having the Doctor “regenerate” into a totally new body (and a new personality) came up.
Each doctor is the same man, with the same memories, but with a different appearance and personality.
So to those of my readers who are not familiar with the history of the Doctor Who here is the complete history of Regeneration from Daily Motion via user regenerating Tardis who did a marvelous job putting it together (sorry about the ads they come with the package).
One of the things that us old timers who have followed the series for decades love is to see the return of old foes, this episode we see old foes that we haven’t seen since the time of the 5th doctor (unless you follow the audios).
For most of the people seeing this episode, there is a sense of mystery, what is happening to the corpses? Why are people disappearing and what does this have to do with the drilling project going on?
For us old hands it is very familiar. Almost a repeat in may ways of a classic episode from the 3rd Doctor’s first season.
There is the aspect of separation Amy, the Doctor and Rory all on their own, that’s not bad, and the how will the people manage under pressure without the Doctor to keep them straight, that’s not bad either.
But it just never manages to raise itself beyond that point. You wait for a climax that seems to never come. The cliff hangers for part two are OK but it just didn’t excite me
If you didn’t get a chance to check out the story set in 1588 and don’t want to come in at the end the Title page is here. Simply go on through the 63 pages. The Archive page featuring 3-10 pages at a time is here.
The Next new adventure is called Outrage. Since he has now done the 3rd, 5th, and 8th Doctors we can assume that we will be seeing a different one(s). Anyone want to make book on which one(s)?