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#1 of 751 OFFLINE   LeslieG

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Posted March 23 2010 - 10:02 AM

Hi everyone! I'm here on behalf of BBC America and wanted to make sure you all knew the details for the for the US premiere of Doctor Who on Saturday, April 17th at 9/8c. In honor of the new series, the first episode will be extended with limited commercials interruptions. We are so excited to have Matt Smith step into the role of the Doctor and we can't wait to see what you all think.

Also, be sure to check out our latest video interviews with Matt Smith and Steven Moffat: www.bbcamerica.com/shows/doctor-who/video/new-series-videos.jsp, complete with lots of details on the new TARDIS.

Enjoy!




#2 of 751 ONLINE   Adam Lenhardt

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Posted April 09 2010 - 06:17 PM

I don't get BBC America and I never bothered to watch the show when it was on SciFi/Syfy. I knew the basics -- time traveling alien that regenerates as a new actor every so often and zooms around in a flying police box -- but that was it. But a friend of mine from across the pond had the premiere on his laptop and showed it to me. I was completely enchanted, with a 65 minute jaunt that was totally accessible.

NOTE: SPOILERS

The Doctor has apparently just finished regenerating, and his police box is crashing and burning over London. It crashes into a garden shed behind an old country house in a little English village. From there it takes on the air of a fairy tale, with the Doctor as a most unreliable fairy godparent. Matt Smith is delightful as a good-natured fellow who broadcasts total confidence as everything goes to pieces around him. Living in the house in front of the garden shed is a seven year old Scottish girl named Amelia Pond. She indulges his eccentricities, sure that he has been sent to her to fix the most ominous crack in her wall. As it turns out, he's uniquely qualified for the job but not so great at dealing with the unintended consequences. Events transpire that dramatically transform Amelia's life, until the Doctor meets her again twelve years later, now played by Karen Gillan, armed with her own accumulated eccentricities. Gillan's job is a thankless one, basically to react to the craziness that surrounds the Doctor. What makes her so effective is that the way she reacts is sometimes more surprising than what she is reacting to. Her Amy Pond is pretty in a fairly natural sort of way, but she's allowed to carry a hefty share of the humor. I would be willing to watch a show starring her character even without the Doctor to bounce off of. The dialog, especially between Pond and the Doctor, is constant and unyielding, bringing to mind the meter of speech from "The West Wing".

CONCLUSION: I need to find somebody with BBC America and hope future episodes aren't gutted like the "Life on Mars" eps tended to be.


#3 of 751 OFFLINE   Tony J Case

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Posted April 09 2010 - 08:05 PM

Based on what I saw of the episodes when I was at the gym working out, I'd never EVER watch Dr Who on BBC America. Specificly, the episode was The Fires of Pompeii, and the whole bloody ending was butchered! Seriously ravaged with a massive spike (with plenty of splinters) up the ass! The entire emotional content and coda was removed!

So, no - I'll keep -ahem- getting them through other means*.

*and before the "You cant pirate! It's wrong! " crowd goes nuts on me, I'll just point to my entire Who collection on DVD, consisting of every single episode (the one that's propped up by my mountain of David Tennant action figures). Aunty Beeb will get her money from me soon enough. I have no guilt here.

Besides, that would mean waiting another 14 days for the episodes. I would surely explode if I had to wait longer. (:



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Posted April 10 2010 - 04:11 AM

BBC America has stopped editing the episodes, at least for their premiere and possibly all together so edited episodes aren't a concern anymore. If you think BBC America was ruthless with their editing you should be lucky you didn't have to watch Journeys End on the CBC here in Canada. They cut out 20 minutes to fit the 65 minute episode into a 60 minute slot with commercials.You can read a list of the edits here: http://dwin.org/article.php?sid=262 The CBC also decided to skip Voyage of the Damned entirely and it still hasn't aired in english on Canadian tv.

The Eleventh Hour is a good episode with lots of foreshadowing. The new opening titles and theme tune will take awhile to get used to but I'm confidant that Doctor Who is in good hands. Its great to finally have a full season again. I don't know how fans survived the wilderness years of 1989-2005.


#5 of 751 OFFLINE   Tony J Case

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Posted April 10 2010 - 06:21 AM

Really? Ouch - 20 minutes! That;s sad indeed.

As for the 16 years of nothing - well, I did have Big Finish audios and the novel range to keep me going. But you know the old joke: How many Dr Who fans does it take to change a lightbulb? None - they just sit patiently in the dark and wait for it to come back on. (:

As for the episode, it was good - but it's a bit hard to judge if I like the new guy from it or not, being that he's got the post regeneration jitters and all. Give me a couple more weeks to evaluate him and give him a fair shake, and THEN I'll tell you where he stacks up.


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Posted April 11 2010 - 09:44 AM

Well, two episodes into it, and the show is still pretty rough. I've not quite warmed to the new guy yet, and the story was good but kind of rough around the edges. Actually, rough is a good way of putting it - yeah sure it's been running for the last 40 years, but with an all new cast and crew (mostly) you really have to come into it like it's a brand new show. It's still in the shakedown portion of the voyage, working the kinks out.

Doesnt help matters that I watched the Sarah Jane episodes with David guest-starring right before I put on the Beast Below - wow, what a contrast between the two doctors. Ah well, I'll give Matt a fair shake before rendering a final judgment.

And of course next week - Daleks! Always cool to get the Daleks! (:


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Posted April 11 2010 - 02:16 PM

I have no other choice but to get the show using "alternate means." I have one shot to watch the show in its original format with all of its emotional impact left untouched, and the only choices I have are to watch it live on the BBC in the UK (which I can't do since I don't live there), or get it on the Internet.

North America is a territory where for a multitude of boneheaded reasons, foreign productions are routinely butchered beyond recognition, ruling out every single North American broadcaster as a reliable source for high quality BBC television programs. We have no other choice but to obtain them via alternate (and 100% reliable) sources.

As for the choice of the new Doctor and companion, I definitely like. And while the look of the new Doctor Who is miles ahead of what was presented from the sixties to the eighties, by keeping the technique of occasionally replacing the Doctor and companion at regular intervals, this ensures we have a fresh new crew at the helm without altering the general premise of the show. It's a fantastic anti-boredom device.

Churchill and Daleks working together? What the... /img/vbsmilies/htf/biggrin.gif


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Posted April 12 2010 - 03:06 AM

 Matt and Karen are doing fine. Scripts need a bit of work but I am sure we are in fine hands with Moffit. Give it time people. The first couple of episodes with Eccelston were a bit wet as well.

#9 of 751 OFFLINE   Tony J Case

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Posted April 12 2010 - 04:31 PM

Seriouly, if I suffered through horrible episodes like Cyberwoman and Countrycide - AND still made it to the end of the season - a couple of weak episodes at the start of a season with a new Doctor isn't going to put me off.


#10 of 751 OFFLINE   Francois Caron

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Posted April 14 2010 - 01:50 AM

Aren't Cyberwoman and Countrycide from Torchwood? /img/vbsmilies/htf/smile.gif

To be honest, I actually liked Countrycide very much.


#11 of 751 OFFLINE   Stephen Orr

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Posted April 14 2010 - 05:57 AM

I agree that we still haven't had the "knock-out" ep like "Blink" or "The Girl in the Fireplace." The adventures have been mild, at worst. I think the Doctor and Amy are just fine, though, and I have enjoyed their interaction. And yes, I can't wait for Daleks defending Britain in WWII. LOL.


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Posted April 14 2010 - 06:39 PM



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Aren't Cyberwoman and Countrycide from Torchwood?
Yeah, but that's more or less the point - if it were not thanks to my loyalty to the parent program, I would have given up on Torchwood long before the end of the first season. So if I can make it through a season of shit (more or less), and come out the other end with awesome episodes like Children of Earth, then I can put up with a couple of "Meh" Who episodes while they find their feet.


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Posted April 15 2010 - 10:01 AM

As a "Doctor Who" newbie, I have to ask: are the companions usually as independent as Amy Pond? She more or less forces the Doctor to treat her as an equal, even when he clearly doesn't intend to. She doesn't take it for granted that this ancient extraterrestrial with vast, practically omnipotent knowledge will make the right decisions.

I think the second episode was about further fleshing out the new Doctor's personality; underneath the happy-go-lucky, breezy surface is an arrogant, angry, deeply passionate intellect that respects and admires compassion but isn't necessarily compassionate by first instinct.


#14 of 751 OFFLINE   Tony J Case

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Posted April 15 2010 - 05:52 PM



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As a "Doctor Who" newbie, I have to ask: are the companions usually as independent as Amy Pond? She more or less forces the Doctor to treat her as an equal, even when he clearly doesn't intend to. She doesn't take it for granted that this ancient extraterrestrial with vast, practically omnipotent knowledge will make the right decisions.
That depends on when in the series you are talking about. Back in the 60's, the roll of the companion was largely someone to scream at the monsters and trip over things and twist their ankles. Later in the 70's, they were tougher, womens libbers with spunk and fire (And occasionally moments of screaming at the monsters and twisting ankles). Sarah Jane, Leela and Romana were pretty independent - and in the case of Romana, a peer of the Doctor.

In the 80's, the companion was more eye candy that anything (Peri, for example) - except for Ace, who attacked Daleks with a baseball bat.

Actually Ace was more or less where the series would take Rose, a well developed character with episodes dedicated to fleshing out her backstory. She took no shit and was very much the equal of the Doctor.


#15 of 751 OFFLINE   PhilipG

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Posted April 15 2010 - 07:47 PM

I disagree with a lot of what Tony said! ;-)  :-)

Who companions have pretty much always been smart, independent characters. In the 60s, the first two (human) companions, Ian and Barbara, were teachers.  Dr Who started off more as an educational show (focus on historicals), with monsters occasionally thrown in.  The Doctor had several companions accompany him at the time.  The scriptwriters would generally split the companions up so that one pairing would have to rescue the other.

For most of the time after the Doctor's second regeneration, there would be one companion only - and that companion was invariably a pretty girl.  Sometimes she'd be a bit wishy-washy (Jo, Peri) but much more often than not she'd be independent and headstrong - all the better for going wandering off and getting herself into trouble.

80's companions more eye-candy than anything?  Nah.  Nyssa was beautiful but intellectual.  Teagan was a short, loud-mouthed Aussie.  Adric a maths genius.  Turlough wanted to kill the Doctor.  Peri *was* eye-candy!  Mel definitely not eye-candy and had a terribly shrill scream but was very independent too - and did boss the Doctor about.  Ace was just a yob.

My favourite periods of Who have been whenever there were multiple companions - and usually the second (male) companion was excellent, from Ian, to Jamie, the Brigadier, Harry and Turlough.  (forget Adric, ha!).  I hope New Who will add some more companions and it make it less about the Doctor... unfortunately I don't see that happening.

Adam, your question is rather like the question that always gets asked of the new Bond girl, "Is your character stronger, more independent, than the past Bond girls?"  With a few exceptions, they always *were* strong and independent. :-)


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Posted April 16 2010 - 05:06 PM




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Who companions have pretty much always been smart, independent characters. In the 60s, the first two (human) companions, Ian and Barbara, were teachers.  Dr Who started off more as an educational show (focus on historicals), with monsters occasionally thrown in.  The Doctor had several companions accompany him at the time.  The scriptwriters would generally split the companions up so that one pairing would have to rescue the other.
I'll give you that Barbra was a strong, well written character, but Susan couldnt go 30 feet without screaming or twisting an ankle - so much so that Carol Anne Ford left the series because her part had degenerated into helpless damsel in distress. Heck, Victoria killed a monster of the week by screaming into the PA system in Fury from the Deep.

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80's companions more eye-candy than anything?  Nah.  Nyssa was beautiful but intellectual.
But still she was the weakest of the 5th Doctor era - and even she too succumbed to gratuitous eye candy for no good reason, when apparently one of the sysmptems of the Lazars Plague was "Take off all your clothes down to your underwear".


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Posted April 16 2010 - 07:43 PM



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But still she was the weakest of the 5th Doctor era - and even she too succumbed to gratuitous eye candy for no good reason, when apparently one of the sysmptems of the Lazars Plague was "Take off all your clothes down to your underwear".
Nyssa the weakest?!  Take that back! :-D  I adored Nyssa....  yes, I was about 5 at the time, but she was miles better than Adric despite her being totally underused.  Her strip-down on Terminus was more weird than anything else, but that was such a strange story anyway.  If you include the introduction of Peri that's just two intentionally-gratuitous moments in the whole of 80's Who.  Include the other Peri "wobbles" and that's still not enough to back up your original statement! :-P


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Posted April 18 2010 - 05:59 AM

Okay, I should clarify - she was the weakest of the female companions. If you throw Adric into the mix, then yeah, she's not the lowest on the ladder. Still, she was never my favorite of the bunch*. But yeah, fair enough.

*At least on television. She's been handled much better in the Big Finish audio range and Sarah Sutton's gotten a chance to show off her acting chops there.

Anyway, off I go to watch Victory of the Daleks. . . .


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Posted April 18 2010 - 04:38 PM

Why should Amy Pond have remembered the Daleks?


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Posted April 19 2010 - 05:02 AM

I haven't seen Victory of the Daleks yet so I don't really know what you're referring to but the Daleks invaded London sometime in 2007 in the season 2 episode Doomsday where they openly fought the Cybermen and at some point in 2009 the Daleks moved the Earth halfway across the galaxy and invaded the planet in full force for the season 4 finale. There's no way these events could be covered up so Amy and the rest of the world should be aware of the Daleks, assuming she comes from a point after 2007.




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