SciFi channel is now airing the first series of Dr Who starring David Tennant. This past Friday's episode is the one where the Doctor and Rose end up in Victorian England and have to deal with the Empire of the Wolf. I absolutely loved the efforts by Rose to get Queen Victoria to say 'I am not amused'. It really cracked me up... especially when the queen delivered the line at the end of the episode.
I did find one thing interesting. The way I heard the story a performer made a disparaging remark about someone in the royal family while doing a performance before Queen Victoria and she responded with 'We are not amused.', a line I've used often. Can any of the Brits who visit here clarify if she is purported to haved used 'I' instead of the royal 'we'?
The ABC showed the final episode of that series on Saturday night. What a fantastic finale (which I won't spoil).
Alas and alack, we are between final episodes of Dr Who (David Tennant - surely the best!) Not sure about the young shaver they've chosen for the next incarnation - but we weren't sure about Christopher Eccleston or David Tennant and they turned out to be 'fantastic'. Pity they gave John Simm the part of the Master - he would have made a terrific doctor.
Thought I'd put in my two penn'orth.
Yes, I like David Tennant the best of all the Doctors (I wasn't terribly fond of Christopher Eccleston). You may be right about John Simm... but he makes a terrific Master, in my opinion.
Just a comment on The End of Time (Pt 1)... I think having the Master fly about and blast energy beams from his arms is just a wee bit over the top. I can't think of anything that has happened before that would foreshadow a Time Lord being able to do anything like this, even in the Master's state of not quite fully reincarnated. But I'm enjoying this all the same.
I did really like the Waters of Mars... especially the way the time line adjusted itself after the Doctor interfered with a 'fixed point in time'. I think I now understand why the Doctor refers to Captain Jack as that and why he can't do anything about it.
Woe is me. I can't cope. Just trying to come to terms with David Tennant's regeneration. I thought it was brilliantly done all round.
I'm currently re-reading perils gate and travelling with Arithon and Elaira through the thick of Davien's maze. Added to January blues, it's heavy hearted stuff all round.
Are you fully up to date with Doctor Who in the US now then, Trys? Thought you guys were a little behind us. Do you think DT's doctor was better than Tom Bakers?
As far as I've ever known, Queen Victoria did say "we" but I'm no expert. x
My favorite doctors prior to David Tennant: Jon Pertwee first and then Tom Baker. David Tennant is very much my favorite doctor now. I'm just truly sad to see him go.
With the airing of The End of Time, part 2, last night we are up to date. I think The End of Time episodes aired one after the UK airings. However, I think the The Planet of the Dead and The Waters of Mars (aired in December) aired sometime after the UK airings.
BBC America aired the entire set of David Tennant episodes back to back starting at midnight December 30th. This was rather nice, though I did not get to see Empire of the Wolf this time. Odd they wouldn't use 'we' but instead used 'I'.
So what do you think the next series of Doctor Who will be like? No David Tennant. No Russell T. Davies. Could be quite different.
Well, Trys, I am struggling big time with losing David Tennant because I just think his portrayal of our beloved Doctor was genius. We feel like we've lost a family member in our household right now.
Having said all that, I am very excited by the prospect of Matt Smith's Doctor. The trailer for the new series looks action packed. We think the new doctor may be energetic and contemporary. I was expecting a re-vamp and I've just discovered the new logo. It looks fresh...
Change is often a good thing and I think DT was right to quit at the top; he's had such brilliant storylines, it's hard to imagine where they could take him next. One of the things I've loved about his Doctor though was the "human" side of the character. I'll be interested to see how Matt Smith develops the character.
I think the new head writer is Stephen Moffat, who's been writing for Doctor Who for years, so that's reassuring from a continuity point of view. In the trailer for 2010 series there was a dalek and I spied weeping angels so they're clearly not dropping off every baddie as was reported over here last year.
It is exciting, I've lived through seven-ish regenerations now and I've got that feeling of anticipation, but it's hard to see our much-loved Doctor leave so heartbreakingly. Tom Baker was always my favourite but I think David Tennant even tops him.
What does everyone else think? How about a fave Doctor poll?
I agree about the 'humanity' of David Tennant's Doctor. With his portrayals of Davies's marvelous scripts I've never been emotionally moved by any previous Doctor Whos. The scenes (two times) with the Doctor and Rose at Black Wolf Bay were so moving I had tears in my eyes. Initially I had negative reactions to the Donna Noble character (both as the bride and later when she became a companion) but the character grew so much with this Doctor, perhaps more than any companion since Layla, that I was truly saddened when she had to lose all of her growth, and again David Tennant was simply brilliant.
Regarding Stephen Moffat, I didn't realize he had Doctor Who credits. I knew he was the writer (creater?) of the Coupling show that I found to be extraordinarily funny. I just looked him up on Wikipedia. He wrote some of my most favorite episodes of Doctor Who: "Blink", "Silence in the Library" / "Forest of the Dead", and "The Empty Child" / "The Doctor Dances". So this is good news.
I read somewhere that the weeping angels were comping back. That was a truly 'creepy' episode.
I'm also looking forward to Matt Smith. Do you know when episodes start airing in the UK?
I'm also looking forward to series 4 of Torchwood. Just read that it is going to happen.
The new series is due to start in the spring. In previous years, full series have begun at Easter if memory serves me. We had "Planet of the Dead" over here last Easter but had to wait until November for "Waters of Mars".
Yeah, I loved "Blink" too, I'm really excited that the angels are coming back. My girls are eagerly awaiting with a sort of dread, they are unanimous that these are the Doctor's scariest emenies of all!
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I wondered if there might be a link between the weeping angels and the two disgraced timelords from the "End of Time part 2", they had identical poses and the Timothy Dalton character made some reference to angels didn't he? I'll have to watch it again. Incidentally, whilst watching we were all wildly speculating if the female timelord might have been the Doctor's mother! And whether The Master could possibly be the Doctor's brother!! Hope we get to see John Simm's Master again at some future date.
I liked the Library one too, I wonder if we'll ever get to meet the woman (can't remember her name) from the Doctor's future, the one with the sonic screwdriver.
So, what did you love about John Pertwee, Trys? I can only just remember him but he's my older brother's favourite. (Just got Deja Vu, have we had this conversation before?)
I wondered also if the female time lord might be the Doctor's mother. Didn't cross my mind about the Master being a brother. If you recall when the Master and the Doctor faced off in the warehouse in EoT Pt 1, the Master referenced running across the fields of 'my father's land'... not 'our' father.
The woman's name from Silence in the Library was Professor River Song. The curious incident here is that she knows the Doctor's name and he indicated that he would only give his name in a particular circumstance but never said what. Intimacy? Marriage? Very curious that.
My very first exposure to Doctor Who occurred late in the '60s. I saw the movie, Doctor Who and the Daleks (out in 1965) starring Peter Cushing as the doctor. My second exposure was Tom Baker and I had a bit of 'culture' shock as I thought of the Doctor as an old man. When I finally saw a Jon Pertwee episode that version of the Doctor fit well with the Peter Cushing image (note William Hartnell didn't fulfill that image as well). But after a while I really grew to like Tom Baker.