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Doctor Who was never actually canceled in 1989. The brass at the BBC would never come right out and say that because they didn't want a repeat of the controversy which happened after the 1985 "resting" during Colin Baker's tenure. The same BBC brass simply said something akin to, "We're going to look into new ways of producing the series, perhaps partnering with other production companies. We want to make Doctor Who faster, better, stronger." Etc., etc. (Again, what I just wrote isn't an actual quote, it's just "basically" what the BBC were saying at the time. But, no, the BBC never actually officially canceled Doctor Who.)
I myself am holding out for a 12 and 1/2 year anniversary special for the return of the show.
I just hope that whoever is in charge at that time doesn't decide to celebrate by coming up with "The Anti-War Doctor" or "The God Doctor" (an off-shoot of the 4th Doctor after he puts the Key To Time together and gets all "possessed") or something like that. Or a Doctor derived from The Watcher, between 4's regeneration into 5. (You know, it "turns out" that the Watcher actually got up before becoming Davison, and went and had a bunch of his own adventures without telling anyone, and eventually came back and then fully regenerated into the 5th Doctor. And here he is now, helping celebrate by appearing for the first time ever in the 12 and 1/2 year anniversary special. That would be sort of irritating.)
1 week, 3 days ago on Will There Be a 10th Anniversary Special for the Revival?
@ProfWimsey @The MasterDoctor Hi, Prof. McGann is a year and a half younger than Peter Capaldi. Even if Capaldi did 4 years, McGann would be 58, and I don't think that's too old. Going off "Night of", I don't think he shows his age. Also, the dozens of regular viewers (for every fan) possibly wouldn't know McGann from any other new actor in the role. Or perhaps they would have the familiar knowledge that he had been in the 96 movie and "Night", but it wouldn't cause them any concern, because a great actor is a great actor. And McGann is exactly that.
I just can't see McGann re-taking the role as being any different to the "regular viewers" than any other actor taking the role. (Also, as much as I would love for Capaldi to do 8 years as the Doctor, I can't see an actor of his caliber wanting to go more than 4 years at the most. I just hope he doesn't follow in Eccleston's path and limit himself to 1 !) I will say though, that it would seem more likely that the show-runner at that time, and the BBC itself, will probably want to go back to a more "youthful" Doctor after Capaldi's run. Still, I'll always have hope for McGann's return, one way or another.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on What If… the 8th Doctor Had Had a Full TV Run?
Don't know why so many comments are going on about "what could have been" or how "different things would be now" if McGann had gotten a series after the 96 movie. This isn't a DW episode. There's no "timey-wimey" threat of Eccleston, Tennant and Smith's eras disappearing from the time vortex or of the Doctor suddenly becoming "definitely" half-human.
Let's look forward to "what could be". Peter Capaldi is just about to begin his tenure as the Doctor. But eventually, after three or five or eight years (hopefully eight!) he'll decide to move on. It will be time for a new Doctor. But why not, instead, at that point, go back and find out what the 8th Doctor's era was?
The BBC could, after Capaldi leaves, bring McGann back to the role of the Doctor and do several years of the 8th Doctor. Paul McGann proved in those very few 7 minutes of "Night of" that he has the character down. (If not all those years of audios!) McGann is an actor of extraordinary talent. He deserves a series as the 8th Doctor. The 8th Doctor deserves a series. WE, the fans of Doctor Who, deserve a series of the 8th Doctor!
2 weeks, 4 days ago on What If… the 8th Doctor Had Had a Full TV Run?
Hoping "Deep Breath" plays in theaters here in the US on August 25th. (It would have to be after BBC America airs it to get the highest ratings possible.)
Perhaps Fathom Events will be making an announcement soon? I mean come on... "Feature Length"? Just beggin' for it!
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Series 8: Watch Deep Breath First
You want to see a REAL Sontaran? Watch Pertwee's "The Time Warrior" which introduced both the Sontarans and Sarah-Jane Smith. The Sontaran in that one, Lynx, would take one look at Strax and off him just by flexing his big toe.
But don't get me wrong. I like Strax. I would just like to see the Sontarans once again presented as the strong, ruthless aliens they were in the early years.
1 month ago on DWM #475: Vastra, Strax & Jenny are Back
@the nob @The MasterDoctor D'oh!
2 months ago on Speed limit up to 50 on Rakow Road
Thank-you to the Transportation Committee and the County Board for
recognizing the need for this change on Rakow. Now, how about a 5 mile
per hour increase on Route 14 between Lincoln Ave in Fox River Grove and
Jandus Cut-Off Road in Cary? An increase to 40 would mean everyone
will be able to travel at 45mph (the speed at which most travel this
stretch of road already) without worry of a ticket, and the fine
Officers of Fox River Grove and Cary could patrol in areas where they
are needed more.
@beskar You're absolutely right. He was just as "Doctor-y" as any of the others.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat: Day Was My Most Difficult Script Ever
@geronimon Carole Ann Ford as the Moment would have been fantastic. I'm sure they brought back Billie Piper because... WOW. She's Billie Piper!
You want to see an adult Adipose? Try watching the end of the movie, "Ghostbusters". The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man could just be an Adipose all growed-up and then some!
3 months ago on 5 New Who Monsters in Need of a Return
I certainly appreciate what Davies was attempting with "Midnight". However, it's a prime example of an episode in which what transpires is due only to the fact that the script itself requires it. The Doctor doesn't solve the problem. Why? No, not because the "creature" is too powerful. The Doctor fails simply because the author of the piece wanted to do an episode where the Doctor fails.
The creature isn't very powerful. It knocks on the outside of the transport, seeps it's way in and takes over a weak human. Then it starts repeating what others say, eventually taking advantage of the Doctor's difference and begins "pre-repeating" what the Doctor is going to say. Ultimately, the Doctor should have had no problem overcoming the intruder. Since initial viewing, I've not been able to get past the thought that the Third Doctor would have beaten the creature in no time. The Fourth Doctor would have done away with it with no problem. Even Tennant's Doctor, had he been written "in-character" for this episode, should have easily won the battle with this creature.
The episode is an exceptional example of a "bottle" show. (Almost entirely filmed on the same set.) It does deserve recognition for that. It's not a terrible episode by any means. If anything, this episode is much more overrated than underrated. If others were to really think about the Doctor's out-of-the-norm behavior in this episode, due to the requirements of the script itself, they might reevaluate "Midnight" and it's held-high status.
3 months, 1 week ago on Midnight in Perspective
I think "Midnight" is extremely overrated. Lesley Sharp is indeed excellent as Sky (both "before" and "after"). To me, the Doctor is very much out of character. No one on that transport vehicle has any redeeming qualities. Worst of all though (to me, I acknowledge) is that the Doctor doesn't work out how to get out of it. And when you think about it (as I have) there's a very obvious "out" for the Doctor when the "creature" has him beaten. (Hint: The Doctor's a TIME Lord.) I appreciate what Davies was doing. He wanted to show the Doctor as being vulnerable and for once, unable to be the hero. But for me, the Doctor should have worked this one out eventually. He was also a jerk to Donna afterwards, too.
3 months, 1 week ago on The Tenth Doctor: Five Favourites
I can understand a member of the aristocracy not knowing what an Oyster card was. When the original George Bush was President of the United States, he was given a tour of a grocery store. At the check-out counter, he was absolutely amazed by the product code-scanner. He had never seen one before and hadn't even known they existed. It really brought to the forefront how far out of touch the wealthy can be with what "common folk" contend with every day.
I agree with the author of the piece. The character had potential and it would have been interesting to see how things would have proceeded had she become a regular companion on the show.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Lady Christina de Souza: The Companion Who Never Was
First I find out that Rush is releasing an album of Christmas and Holiday Song Favorites and then I come here and find out that Capaldi is really playing the Master. Wow. Unbelievable!
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Capaldi is Not the Doctor!
@VERITASERUMUK "No one knows who the Rani is." If that's the case, as Moffat seems to believe, then here's what you, as a writer, do: TEACH THEM WHO THE RANI IS!
Just as with the Master and Davros, as VERITASERUMUK put it. The majority of new fans didn't know of the Master or Davros, so the writers had to teach them - or show them. Yes, that's it. Show them. Television is a visual medium. So that's what the production needs to do with a character like the Rani. SHOW those new fans who the Rani is.
This is what capable, talented writers/producers (etc.) do.
4 months ago on Kate O’Mara: An Appreciation
Other than her appearances as the Rani, Kate O'Mara was also in an episode of "Absolutely Fabulous" in which she played Patsy's sister. O'Mara was hysterical in the part!
Martinus did indeed direct (among the other DW's mentioned in the article) "Spearhead From Space" which is one of the absolute BEST episodes of Doctor Who EVER!. Jon Pertwee's debut story is brilliant and much of that is due to the director.
4 months ago on Obituaries: Kate O’Mara, Derek Martinus
He had me at... "Kidneys".
4 months, 1 week ago on How Can Capaldi Win Over Previous Fans?
@MatthewGregoryBurns Yes, the audios are a legitimate format. However, the audience those audios reach is miniscule in comparison to the audience the TV show reaches. McGann deserves that TV audience and that large TV audience (the vast majority of which don't even know the audios exist) deserve to see McGann as the 8th Doctor in a TV series. (I know I deserve it! Hah!)
4 months, 3 weeks ago on McGann in the 11th Doctor’s TARDIS!
So Peter Capaldi will be on our screens as the 12th Doctor. Wonderful. Truly, wonderful. I can't wait to see his take on the role.
HOWEVER... Eventually, Peter Capaldi is going to announce that he will leave the role. Maybe that will be at the end of the 8th series, maybe it will be at the end of the 14th series. So why not, at that time...
The producer (at that time) could announce that while the 12th Doctor's era is ending, the plan is to not do the Thirteenth Doctor, just yet. Instead, GO BACK IN TIME (It is a series about Time Travel, after all!) and let the world see what the Doctor was like when he was in his 8th incarnation!
As Capaldi's 12th Doctor begins to regenerate, have the screen fade to black and a notation come up on screen: 'MEANWHILE, 500 YEARS PREVIOUSLY... " and then have the picture come up and it's McGann's 8th Doctor at the console.
I really don't think viewers would be confused by this. Not even the most casual of viewers. McGann deserves to have his Day. The 8th Doctor deserves to have his day. Doctor Who fans deserve to see the years of McGann's 8th Doctor!!!
@doctorwho7thdoctor Could be kind of strange though: The Master: "Help! I've regenerated and I'm in this previous Doctor! Someone... get me out!"
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Major Series 8 Villain Revealed?
Idris Elba as the Master. That would AWESOME!
The ending would have been absolutely FANTASTIC if it had gone like this:
Clara, in the 11th Doctor's timestream, runs into the safety of the 11th Doctor's arms. They turn to see a figure standing, facing away from them. Clara: "I encountered all your former selves, but I never saw him. Who is that?" Doctor: "I assure you, you would not have wanted to have ever encountered HIM." The figure turns to face them and speaks: "I'm the Doctor, but probably not the one you were expecting." Then, an on-screen notation: Reintroducing Paul McGann as The Doctor".
Now THAT... would have been an incredible cliff-hanger ending! Imagine what the speculation would have been regarding the upcoming 50th anniversary episode, if this had been what had happened.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Name of the Doctor
So how come when Time-Stream Clara, in her various incarnations, encounters the earlier Doctors, she knows who he is: "Doctor, take this TARDIS", "There's the Doctor hanging around Ice World" (etc.) Then when Time-Stream Clara encounters the 11th Doctor as Dalek-Clara and Victorian-Clara, she has no idea who the 11th Doctor is? She's always supposed to be there to specifically help him. Wha'd I miss? A really good episode though. 8/10
Those Drashigs were an amazingly good effect for 1973. Very frightening. Just imagine what the modern effects department could do with the Drashigs if they were to return! Oh, and they could be the pets of the Ogrons. Actually... now that I think of it, the Ogrons could be the pets of the Drashigs!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on 5 Underrated Doctor Who Monsters and Villains
Just to make the Doctor come across as more "responsible", it should have been in the script that the Doctor and Clara brought the two kids back to the TARDIS and told them to "stay". Then (as any previous companion would have done) once the Doc and Clara left, the two kids would have snuck back out of the TARDIS to go on "an adventure".
I wish Gaiman and Moffat had had the guts to let the kids actually be transformed into Cyberbrats. That would have been incredibly chilling and it would have led to a real battle between the Doctor and the CyberDoctor with the Doctor demanding the children be (somehow) transformed back.; (And those kid actors were awful. Thankful that the Cybermen shut them up for most of the episode.) Seriously, can you imagine how scary that would have been for kids watching to see kids transformed into Cybermen? That would have been great!
As fantastic as Matt Smith was in both roles of the Doctor and the CyberDoctor, his approach to the CyberDoctor was completely wrong. The CyberDoc should have been emotionless, calm and determined to succeed. He most certainly should not have been even wackier than the Doctor. Again, Smith was brilliant. The writing/direction got the CyberDoc wrong.
What was the point of giving the Cybermen the ability to move at super-speed - their movement not even visible to the human eye - then have them completely forget about using that super-speed? That "super-speed" made for a great scene when it happened. But then, once again, the writer and director completely forgot about this new ability! Also, the constant "upgrade" ability seemed to take away more than anything. Star Trek's Borg were always adapting, now the Cybermen are able to always be upgrading. Still doesn't seem to do much for them.
I almost forgot to mention... We were treated to a glimpse of all the previous Doctors. Did you almost forget about that too? Perhaps that's because it just wasn't really all that special this time. It just sort of seemed 'thrown in" without any real purpose. Odd that it had happened previously in another Cybermen episode, "The Next Doctor". It was a real treat in that one. Here it was actually forgettable.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Nightmare in Silver
Apparently all three guest actors in this episode attended the Matthew Waterhouse School of Acting. Smith and Coleman were excellent, of course. The biggest problem with the episode though was the Reset Button. This is one of the absolute laziest tools a writer can use. "It never happened" should be stricken from use - forbidden. Writers should never be allowed to use it again, and not only in "Doctor Who". Lots of interesting events through-out the episode, certainly. But again, turns out they never happened. 6/10
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
I commented about this episode not long ago:
"Power of Three" should have been a two parter. The first part could have ended at the point where the cubes attacked. A very good cliffhanger would have been the Doctor's heart attack. There could have been some good character moments to fill out the full 45 minutes of part one.
Part Two would have led to the discovery of the Shakri ship. There could have been loads of story added that took place on the ship while Kate Stewart back on Earth dealt with the continuing cube attack. There could have been a real good encounter with the Shakri guy.
It also would have been nice if the Doctor had actually rescued all the people lying unconscious on the lab tables on the Shakri ship instead of leaving them there for the explosion. Then too, there should have been a more realistic resolve to all the people on Earth who were seen "just getting up and walking away" after their cube-induced heart-attacks were over.
5 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Power of Three
@DasManiac "Never be released on DVD outside the UK"??? Oh no! I did not know this. I've been sitting here staring at the wall, waiting for word of it's release date. Where did you get this info from? A good source? Or is this just rumor? Oh and thanks for knowing that it was Fathom Events.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Recovered Troughton Episodes Screening
What was the company in the United States that was responsible for getting "Day of the Doctor" into theaters over here? "Day of... " turned out to be their biggest profit-making event ever. Maybe they could get ahold of these two Troughton stories and get them into theaters here also. I'd be willing to bet that practically the exact number of fans who saw "Day of... " in the theater here would be back for the Troughtons also.
I know I would.
@TheLiverOfMorbius Again, as I wrote above, you yourself and anyone else can consider the audios canon. It's just not "official". "Night of... " wasn't aired on television, so that's where any sort of question of "canon" comes in. I loved "Night" and I'm willing to consider it canon, as I think most who saw it are.
Moffat and Russell T. Davies both spoke of what's "official canon" and what's not in interviews in Doctor Who Magazine. They both acknowledged - as have BBC representatives - that the TV series is all "canon". Neither Moffat, Davies or those BBC representatives have acknowledged the audios or books or comics as "official" canon. They all did acknowledge that all fans can look upon them (the audios, books etc.) as they wish. They just aren't "official". Only once something is mentioned on the TV series does it become "official canon". That's why only the names of the companions mentioned in "Night of..." are "official canon" (again, if "Night of... " is itself considered canon.) The 8th Doctor mentioned those names, but he didn't mention any particular (audio) adventures with those companions.
But again, above all else, you're free to believe what you want to believe. It's just not "official". That's all.
Oh, and that's a great name, The LiverOfMorbius!
5 months, 2 weeks ago on What if… the 8th Doctor was the War Doctor?
Agree wholeheartedly with this article. For me, "Day of... " will always be tainted (as great as I thought it was) due to Moffat opting to "squish in" a brand new, never-known-of-previously Doctor. Or "War Doctor". This was THEE opportune moment to feature Paul McGann once again as the 8th Doctor.
We know that Moffat had originally planned out a story featuring Eccleston. So when Eccleston opted out, Moffat decided to stick with his story and force the new "War Doctor" in. All he had to do was alter his story ever so slightly, and he could have brought back McGann's 8th Doctor. A 50th anniversary story was an obvious time to have done it. Moffat later said that he didn't feel the 8th Doctor would have fought the Time War. To me, that's a slap in the face to Paul McGann and his acting ability. McGann would have been great as a "war-torn" version of his Doctor. A man so changed by the tragic and horrific events he would have by then witnessed.
It's incredibly unfortunate that it's "too late now".
@MJJ Only the names of the companions can be considered "canon". (And this is actually only if the minisode "Night of..." can actually be considered canon itself!) The audio stories themselves do not automatically become canon. Same as any other audio story featuring any other name of any other Doctors' companion. (Of course, unofficially, you yourself and anyone else, can consider them however you want. It's just not "official".)
@randomperson357 Yes, Moffat did say that he couldn't see the 8th Doctor being the one who fought the Time War. Too me, this is incredibly insulting to Paul McGann. The man is AN ACTOR! McGann not only could have, but he would have been great as the war-damaged Doctor.
Also, if you really think about it, John Hurt's version of the War Doctor wasn't exactly all that war-torn, was he? To me, he came across as sort of soft and cushy, like an old comfy chair. He was very much "the Doctor"!
I've written this before, and I most likely will again. "Vincent and the Doctor" is not only an example of "Doctor Who" at it's absolute definitive best. This episode is also an example of ALL Television at IT'S absolute definitive best. One of the best pieces of television ever produced - anywhere. 100/10!
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Vincent and the Doctor
@loug @The MasterDoctor Sure there's a "Day of the Doctor". Canon-wise, we really didn't need to see how the War Doctor came into existence. Prior to the surprise premiere of "Night of...", everyone was anticipating "Day of" and John Hurt as the War Doctor without any wonder as to how he came into being. "Night of... " was a great though.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Who is the Doctor?
@loug One could argue that even "Night of the Doctor" itself may not be "canon" because it isn't part of the actual television series. Same with any of the "minisodes", etc. (I myself loved "Night of the Doctor".) The only thing otherwise "canonized" by "Night of the Doctor" were the names - and only the names - of the companions. The comics, books and audios are still "officially" unofficial. But to each his own, of course