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.

My review of the Big Finish Adventure Survival of the Fittest featuring Sylvester McCoy as the 7th Doctor and Tracy Childs as Klein is available at Amazon.com here.

This CD features not one but TWO bonus stories, the conclusion of the Three Doctors saga featuring the Brigadier, Polly and Thomas Brewster and a special one part preview called Klein’s story with special guest star Paul McGann as the 8th doctor? Or is he someone else?

As always you can pick up the episode at Mike’s Comics and you can listen to a preview here.

My review of Big Finish #130 A thousand Tiny Wings staring Sylvester McCoy as the 7th Doctor and re-introducing Tracy Childs as Klein is available at Amazon.com here.

It is not often that you see a sequel to an adventure, particularly one from 9 years earlier but the unresolved paradox of a Nazi from a future where Germany won World War 2 loose in our reality is practically irresistible and it works!

As always you can pick up the episode at Mike’s Comics and you can listen to a preview here.

My review of the Big Finish Doctor Who adventure #25 Colditz featuring Sylvester McCoy as the 7th Doctor Sophie Aldred as Ace and future 10th Doctor David Tennant as Feldwebel Kurtz is available at Amazon.com here.

It was a first rate adventure but the most interesting Character is played by Tracy Childs as Klein. Her interaction with the Doctor just cries out for a sequel.

As always you can pick up the episode at Mike’s Comics and you can listen to a preview here.

My review of the Big finish Adventure 121: Enemy of the Daleks staring Sylvester McCoy as the 7th Doctor, Sophie Aldred as Ace and Phillip Oliver as Hex is available at Amazon.com here.

As always you can pick up the episode at Mike’s Comics and you can listen to a preview here.

Update: Wrong link for the preview, corrected.

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.

…in 1989.

Sylvester McCoy, the actor who played Doctor Who for two years in the 1980s, has revealed that left-wing scriptwriters hired by the BBC wrote propaganda into the plots in an attempt to undermine Margaret Thatcher’s premiership.

Shades of the Adventures of Robin Hood circa 1955:

“The idea of bringing politics into Doctor Who was deliberate, but we had to do it very quietly and certainly didn’t shout about it,” said McCoy.

“We were a group of politically motivated people and it seemed the right thing to do. At the time Doctor Who used satire to put political messages out there in the way they used to do in places like Czechoslovakia. Our feeling was that Margaret Thatcher was far more terrifying than any monster the Doctor had encountered. Those who wanted to see the messages saw them; others, including one producer, didn’t.”

And the Doctor wasn’t alone in this belief:

Sophie Aldred, who played Ace, the Doctor’s feminist companion, said a shared contempt for right-wing ideology had inspired “a real bonding process” for cast and crew.

“Thatcher was our prime minister and we weren’t happy,” she said.

Well of course they weren’t, after all you had people like Sakharov repressed not to mention people shot trying to cross the wall. Thatcher had much to answer for, oh wait that was East Germany and the Soviets the people Thatcher was opposing wasn’t it?

Well it didn’t matter after all it wasn’t as if a leftist tilt would kill a British institution that had existed for 26 years…oh wait:

However, ratings slumped from a high of 16m, when Tom Baker was the Doctor a decade earlier, to 3m and the show was taken off air twice: in 1986-7 by Michael Grade, then the director of programmes — who said it had “no redeeming features” — and again in 1989, two years after Grade had left the BBC.

Ah the joys of the left managing to make a British institution so unpalatable that it could not survive. One interesting thing to note, You see that same tilt in a few of the 7th doctor audios such as The Fearmonger. I wonder if this will come up in some of the commentaries?


Update:
I just realized that I neglected to give the deserved hat tip to Life Dr. Who and Combom. Very much my bad.

My review of the Big Finish adventure Doctor Who adventure number #70 Unregenerate featuring Sylvester McCoy as the 7th doctor and Bonnie Langford as Melaine Bush is available at Amazon.com here.

This is an excellent example of a so so story being made pretty good by a cast that knows what they are doing.

Another odd thing about the 7th Doctor Mel adventures are the timelines, in most of the Big Finish adventures the come in sequence in the sense that the big finish adventures with the same companion follow each other sequentially. For whatever reason the Mel adventures with the 7th doctor don’t follow that rule (check out Wikipedia for the sequencing.)

I have absolutely no explanation for that and it’s not all that important but it is interesting.

Since Rich has finished his last story and hasn’t started his next story yet and we need a change of pace to get my mind off of all of the stupid stuff we’ve had to deal with today.

So lets have a fun poll that has (almost) nothing political about it:

The Ron Paul thing BTW is a running gag and the only thing from Charles worth emulating these days