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Who’s Your Doctor?



Watched a bit of telly while I took a break for lunch. The Sci-Fi channel is showing episodes from the first season of the revamped Doctor Who.  


 

Being old, I remember William Hartnell, but my first Doctor Who was Patrick Troughton.  
                                                                                                                

To this day he remains my favorite, with Tom Baker coming in a close second.   That said, I’ve enjoyed watching the revival, and the scary statue episode, Blink, from last year ranks as one of the best ever.

              

 

As for the bad guys, there’ve been so many.






But nothing comes close to the Daleks. 
 

                                    

 

How about you. Who was your first Doctor, and who is your favorite baddie? 




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vaughan_stanger
Jun. 16th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
>> To this day he remains my favorite, with Tom Baker coming in a close second. That said, I’ve enjoyed watching the revival, and the scary statue episode, Blink, from last year ranks as one of the best ever.

Seconded on every point!

I've also greatly enjoyed David Tennant's interpretation.
jongibbs
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
I've always enjoyed the different approaches each actor brings to the role. Despite my initial shock/disappointment when I heard that Matt Smith got the role (nothing personal, just don't think he's old enough yet), I'll be interested to see what he does.

What about Doctor Who Villians? You got a favorite?
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jongibbs
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
Excellent! We don't get the children in need stuff over here. That was really good. Thanks for sharing :)
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karen_w_newton
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
Tom Baker was my first doctor, so to speak, but David Tennant is my favorite. As for villains, I always thought the Master was the best, because he is, in a way, the Doctor gone bad.

You should add favorite companion to the list. Mine would be Adric, for the old series, and probably Donna for the new. I didn't like her that much on the "Runaway Bride" but she grew on me. I like my companions to have compassion, and I thought they both did.

jongibbs
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
The Master was in a lot of the Jon Pertwee episodes (they were both stranded on Earth). I remember when he's in prison, watching The Clangers and thinking they were real :)
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dferguson
Jun. 16th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
Tom Baker was my first and still favorite Doctor. As for villains, I've always had a liking for The Sontarans.

My partner Tom Deja and I did a two-part episode about Doctor Who for our BETTER IN THE DARK podcast where we reviewed our favorite Doctor Who episodes and 'Blink' was right up there as one of our favorites. One the best and scariest hours of television I've ever seen.
jongibbs
Jun. 16th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
I couldn't believe how scary that episode was. I also loved the 'timey wimey' line :)
txtriffidranch
Jun. 16th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
Being American, naturally my first Doctor was Tom Baker, but I was relatively lucky. Literally weeks after Star Wars premiered, WOR-TV in New York started running Robot and The Ark In Space, so I was watching them in 30-minute increments about four years before it started showing up anywhere else. By 1985, I was living in Texas, and the Dallas public television station started running the show, again starting with Tom Baker, at around midnight on Saturday night. Before the station realized it, Doctor Who was its most popular show, and half of the clubs in Dallas would go quiet for two hours every Saturday night when the station started running the Peter Davison and Colin Baker episodes starting in 1987. (By 1989, that station reserved Friday night at midnight for reruns of what Hartnell, Troughton, and Pertwee episodes were available, so you actually had viewing parties involving some of the most interesting characters in the state. Since I was actually familiar with the show beforehand, I was rather popular at those viewing parties for a while, especially when I passed on that Ridley Scott was almost responsible for designing the Daleks.)

Of course, my troublemaking didn't end there. On the bright side, I used to come out to one particular park field not far from where I live right now, just to watch Dallas's cricket team practice. The spectators were surprised to see an American who knew anything about cricket, and they were even more surprised to discover that I was also an enthusiastic Doctor Who fan at the time. The bad news was that, thanks to one quick smartaleck comment at work, I now have an actual FBI record for allegedly selling government secrets to the Daleks. (As I told Harlan Ellison well afterward, I'd never sell government secrets to the Daleks. The Sontarans and the Cybermen pay more.)
jongibbs
Jun. 16th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
I didn't know they started with Tom Baker over here. You mention Colin Baker. I rather liked him in the role. I always felt the BBC treated him badly.

As for secrets, I think the only one the Daleks would want is 'How to unstick plungers from wet walls ;)
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cathschaffstump
Jun. 16th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
Jon Pertwee.

The Master mark 1. Roger Delgado, all the way!

Catherine
jongibbs
Jun. 16th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
Jon Pertwee, aka The Karate Doc :)
carriejones
Jun. 16th, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
My first Doctor was Peter Davidson. It started my love of tall, blonde, British men, i am sorry to say since there weren't any tall, blonde, British men in Bedford, NH.

I loved the Daleks.
jongibbs
Jun. 17th, 2009 07:25 am (UTC)
And as far as I know, there's only a short, bald one in NJ ;)
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jongibbs
Jun. 17th, 2009 07:26 am (UTC)
The special effects are cheesy at best - almost as bad as the sci-fi Saturday movies, but the old episodes are loads of fun :)
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dynastic_queen
Jun. 27th, 2009 07:11 am (UTC)
I am very late to this party, but absolutely cannot pass it up!

Tom Baker was my first, and is my favorite doctor. Although I will say John Pertwee was wonderfully charming in person. There isn't really a Doctor I didn't like, because they all brought different things to the role. Sylvester McCoy's facial expressions were just hilarious. Peter Davidson was awfully nice to look at. :) Colin Baker is the least memorable of the bunch, for me. I hope one day to see Hartnell and Troughton, somehow.

Frankly, I was afraid when it revived. I didn't want it to be ruined. But Eccelston and Tennant both made me very happy.

As far as old villains go, I loved the first Master, the Cybermen, and that hideous crustacean that called itself the Swarm. Mobius had his moments. But, as you said, nothing comes close to the Daleks.

Blink is my favorite episode to date.

I suppose that covers about everything, eh? :D My brothers and I have been Who Fanatics for so long, I don't remember when we started.
jongibbs
Jun. 27th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
You're never too late for a Doctor Who party. that's why we have the TARDIS :)

I really liked Eccelston in the role. I wish he'd stayed on for a second season, though I like David Tennant too.
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