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10:32 pm:
The new series of Doctor Who left me curious about what the old ones had been like. I was born in 1979, so I was 10 years old when the series was cancelled. I dimly remember watching it, but not any specific stories (until the dreadful Children in Need story). I definitely remember Bonnie Langford, Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred, I'm not sure about the others. But I've not watched a whole serial straight through.

So. I got hold of and watched Pyramids of Mars, with Tom Baker. I would probably have got City of Death due to Douglas Adams, but that's not out yet and this was a well-recommended one. Wasn't really sure what to make of it. Frankly, I don't like the direction and acting styles - it's too like a play, with characters waiting their turn to say their lines. There was also vast over-use of the protagonists finding out useful information by overhearing it accidentally. The way the final cliffhanger was resolved was awful (ooh, the Doctor is about to be killed... so, Sutekh CHANGES HIS MIND). However, it did have its moments. Some of the scenes with the mummies were actually quite tense, and the bit when the Doctor disarms a man with his scarf was pretty good.

I (on Tuesday and today) have watched The Curse of Fenric. This is a very different beast, being the penultimate Doctor Who serial, and made in 1989. I'm surprised however, that it was so different in style from the Tom Baker serial. There are extras, it's quite a bit pacier, there are some blanks you are left to fill in, sometimes you can work things out before the characters do, sometimes they know things we don't.

Does anyone else percieve the difference in styles here? I would say it is at least if not more of a big difference than between the 1989 and 2005 series. I wonder how many pages of script a day they are shooting now, versus then?


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From:greeba
Date:July 21st, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC)
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I have a fearsome pile of Doggie Who DVD and VHS if you want to sample some more. You did pick two very good examples to start with, though. One of the best is to be released on DVD soon, too; City of Death is due in September I believe.

You're right about the change in style, this comes not only with changes in trend and times but also with producers and script editors.
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From:greeba
Date:July 21st, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC)
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PS what you say about it being like a play is often the case with Who; The 3-camera studio recordings are often played out as if to an audience, and directors sometimes struggled to make them look and read more interestingly. I noticed something like that in Revelation of the Daleks today, an episide from 1985 that just got released. There were two characters talking and walking off, then two more sneaking on stage left and sneaking off stage right, like it was being played to a panto audience.
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From:abigailb
Date:July 22nd, 2005 08:30 am (UTC)
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That would be good. :) Any suggestions?
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From:verlaine
Date:July 21st, 2005 11:49 pm (UTC)
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Heh. Have you tried any of the old Hartnell serials? Most of them are to Pyramids of Mars what Pyramids is to the 2005 show, pace-wise ;)
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From:greeba
Date:July 22nd, 2005 06:22 am (UTC)
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"a 13-part epic..."
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From:verlaine
Date:July 22nd, 2005 08:32 am (UTC)
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And "The Daleks' Master Plan" is one of the pacier ones ;)
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From:abigailb
Date:July 22nd, 2005 08:57 am (UTC)
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I suspect my obviously ADD-addled brain would not be able to cope.
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From:grim_tim
Date:July 22nd, 2005 11:45 am (UTC)
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You need to watch The Talons of Weng Chiang, another Tom Baker one.
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From:greeba
Date:July 23rd, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC)
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Word.
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From:qfyd
Date:January 23rd, 2006 09:23 am (UTC)
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Beware the eye of the Dragon!
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