Summary:  Can the forgotten heroes of ages past gain their rightful due?

 

Plot:  Peter Davison , Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy find themselves getting more and more concerned as the filming dates for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special comes ever closed ad they’re not called.    Their repeated calls to Stephen Moffat offices go unanswered and they are driving their families up the wall.  Finally with time running short they decide along  to act with Paul McGann (schedule permitting) to do something about it as Tom Baker is caught in a time eddy.  But if they can’t get Stephen Moffat  to change his minds can they someone sneak onto the set and get themselves in the episode without getting caught and thrown off the set?

 

Writing:  Peter Davison story is simply fantastic poking fun at all the idioms of both Doctor Who and the fleeting attention of fame.  The genius of the story is that while Doctor Who fans   a person who has never seen the show can easily understand the plot and the comedy.  It both respects and lampoons all the people involved.   The perspective of dealing with the fans on a daily basis really make a huge difference

 

Acting:   Davison Baker and McCoy all pull it off brilliantly McGann in a smaller role work very well.  John Barrowman who was also disappointed in not making the 50th has a great atypical part.  The number of cameos from not only those involved in the show but the  great and famous from Olivia Colman to Peter Jackson are all excellent but my favorites are the families particular  Colin Baker wife who is just hilarious.  Russell T Davies & Steven Moffat

Anniversary:  Do I really have to say it?

 

Great Moments:  The Dream sequence, playing with toys,  don’t tell anyone, celery and ice cream, I’ve locked all the doors,  Autographs That’s the making of Documentary,  Russell’s call.

 

Oddities:    If you look at the Shroud Scene in this picture and in the actual special they sure look alike, (and one of the shrouded Zygons in the actual special is suspiciously short.)

 

Pet Peeves:   Why are John Barrowman CD’s legal tender to get into the Doctor Who Experience?

 

Great Quote(s)

Jenna Louise Colman:  You were always my mon’s favorite…pause, camera moves forward then back to her  You were always my favorite

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Janet Fielding: Your dreaming Pete, they’re not going to call you Pete, They don’t want you Pete, they don’t want any of you Pete, Get up and walk the dog.

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Colin Baker: Oh you’re in the hobbit I didn’t know

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Peter Davison: this is not some flash in the pan 500 million dollars picture, this is important!

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Final Verdict:  Five Stars and easily of the 4 50th anniversary specials including the big finish , the Night of the Doctor and the Day of the Doctor the best of the batch.  Simply

If we were to rank this in the Doctor who specials of the Matt smith Era, it would be first.

We really can’t rank this as a Doctor Who episode but If we were to rank this in the Doctor Who episodes of the Matt Smith Era it would be 1st.  If I did rank it as an episode in the Matt Smith era it would be just behind Let’s Kill Hitler at 3rd.

Oh just watch it now

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).


Regenerations: An Extened Look – Part 1 by RegeneratingTardis

The second set of regenerations 4-6


Regenerations: An Extened Look – Part 2 by RegeneratingTardis

These videos were first put on YouTube but were blocked there all except for this one which was ironically blocked by Daily Motion

And this last one brings you up to date:


Regenerations: An Extened Look – Part FNARG… by RegeneratingTardis

If that doesn’t get you interested in the series I don’t know what will.

4 days short of the start of Season 6 of the New Doctor Who. Some crushing news for fans of Doctor Who:

Sladen had been suffering from cancer, BBC entertainment reporter Lizo Mzimba said. It had not been widely known that the actress was in ill health.

He said: “She was one of the most popular Doctor Who companions of all time, and one of the people who managed to do both old Doctor Who and Doctor Who when it came back.”

She has been active in the Doctor Who series since 1973 staring opposite the 3rd Doctor Jon Pertwee, Stayed on two years with Tom Baker, appeared with the 5 doctors special with 5th Doctor Peter Davidson, Appeared in audio adventures for Big Finish (including Zagreus with the 8th Doctor) and in the Dimensions in Time Special along with Doctors 3-7, Came back triumphantly in the Second Series of the New doctor Who series appearing 4 times with David Tennant, and during the run of her current series the Sarah Jane Adventures appeared opposite both Nicholas Courtney (the Brigadier) Katy Manning (Jo Grant) and 11th Doctor Matt Smith. If she had lived there is no doubt the series would have continued as long as she did.

No person has been more closely associated with the series or more universally loved by fans of the show. Tens of millions will mourn her.

Update: At Big Finish Nick Briggs reveals that she was going to be doing new audio adventures with Tom Baker at Big Finish if she had lived, how wonderful those would have been.

To non geeks it is just another birth announcement. Actor David Tennant and his girlfriend Georgia Moffett (daughter of actor Peter Davison) are parents of their first child together.

However if you are a Doctor Who Geek you could put it this way…

The Daughter of the 5th Doctor who played the Daughter of the 10th doctor started dating the 10th doctor and has given birth to her first child, who is also the child of the Tenth Doctor.

That makes this kid, the Grandchild of the 5th doctor, the child of the 10th doctor the son of the daughter of the 10th doctor who played the daughter of the 10th doctor making kid the grandchild of the 10th doctor as well as the child of the 10th doctor who is of course the same person as the 5th doctor. And of course since the Doctor kid’s mother is the doctor’s daughter that makes the kid the sister of the doctor’s daughter since he is the doctor’s kid who is also his mother. And of course since she the 5th doctors daughter went to school with the 6th doctor’s daughter we could make it sound even more complicated than this if we wanted to.

Yeah I know it doesn’t mean anything but all I could think of when I heard about it was that old song, I’m my own Grandpa.

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

Rating ***

Last episode: Amy’s Choice

Next episode: Cold Blood

Actual Cover Mutant Phase
My review of Big Finish Adventure #15. The Mutant Phase. Featuring the 5th Doctor and Nyssa is available at Amazon.com here.

Although in general an above average audio there are some exchanges between the Doctor and Nyssa that are particularly memorable and the

As always you can pick this up at Mike’s comics. You can also listen to a trailer the adventure here.

Alternate cover via Colin Brockhuirt

I’ve mentioned this before but Colin Brockhurst has done some first rate alternative cover art for some Big Finish CD’s. I think his mutant Phase cover is one of his best. Big Finish should really consider using his art professionally.

My Review of the 5th Doctor Adventure Land of the Dead staring Peter Davidson as the 5th Doctor and Sarah Sutton as Nyssa (Big Finish Adventure #4) is available at Amazon.com here.

It’s interesting to note that counting the first adventure which featured Doctors 5-7, three of the first 4 Big Finish Doctor Who adventures featured Peter Davidson. This was before the series settled into the routine of the past few years where you have three consecutive stories in the same line with the same doctor released sequentially.

As always you can pick this up at Mike’s comics. You can also listen to a trailer the adventure here.

Big Finish #34
My Review of Big Finish adventure Spare Parts #34 in the Doctor Who main series, featuring Peter Davidson as the Fifth Doctor and Sarah Sutton as Nyssa is available at Amazon.com here.

This was actually one of the first 10 big finish adventures I picked up, I don’t see how I missed reviewing it before. Since it led to getting almost the entire series that alone should tell you it is worth your money.

BTW you can listen to the trailer for this adventure here. You can purchase a download direct from Big Finish or the CD from Mike’s Comics here.

It’s moments like this:

Yes my inner geek is really shining today, it’s been highly repressed for a bit.

Update: Is there a line better than “Basically, RUN!”?

Update 2: Yes I had to use a 2nd video the first one was pulled.