Dr Who, I miss you…

This year, so far,  we’ve had two of the promised four Doctor Who special episodes and while they’ve been sufficiently Who-ish; Planet of the Dead featured a BBC budget Lara Croft-esque character called Lady Christina and The Next Doctor with an anatomically ambivalent CyberKing, the knowledge that this is  the delicious David Tennant’s protracted swan-song has made it a miserable experience so far.

Oh yes, Mr Tennant I’d climb into your TARDIS any day of the week  but I’m not so sure about this new chap Matt Smith, there is something vaguely unnerving about an actor born in 1982-the Peter Davidson era- playing a 900 year old time-lord. There is also a new assistant in the pipeline and with almost unimaginable self-restraint the new ginger –haired, Scottish lassie has been named Amy rather than the infinitely more obvious Heather or Agnes, this may yet prove a mistake as no-one likes a stereotype better than your average telly viewer and Scottish stereotypes are just so much fun, usually corrupt coppers or whiney, malnourished druggie/ crims.

We won’t be able to enjoy the next series for some considerable time here in far-flung NZ so in the meantime the library has oodles of Dr Who DVDs, audio-books, novels and magazines featuring the Doctor in his many guises. Yes, the vintage TV series sets do wobble and every second story-line was filmed in a quarry in the Cotswolds but for sheer nostalgia and a chance to hide in terror behind the couch again, they are well worth another watch. And although I must confess to having become a little fatigued by story editor Russell T Davies’s plots, the latest Doctor Who series have lots of famous acting faces, racey plots and fantastic CGI.  The empty child and The doctor dances with Chrstopher Eccleston are two of my favourite episodes and won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic presentation.

Beeb drama at its very best!

7 thoughts on “Dr Who, I miss you…

  1. Donna 15 October 2009 / 2:16 pm

    I’m sorry dear but the TARDIS is rather full with David T, Ralph Fiennes, Kimi Raikkonnen and I. You’ll have to find alternative transport. Ta ta!

    • Donna 15 October 2009 / 2:17 pm

      Oh and Old Dr Who Christopher Eccleston is of course on board too.

  2. joyciescotland 15 October 2009 / 2:39 pm

    Not partial to Tom, Patrick, Jon or William then Donna. Bet you’ve snuck Paul McGann into the “Love TARDIS” too!

    • Donna 15 October 2009 / 3:02 pm

      As he was in The Monocled Mutineer though, he was a bit OTT and bad-haired as Dr Who. Thanks for conceding so gracefully.

  3. zackids 15 October 2009 / 6:42 pm

    There’s definitely something special about Dr Who – it’s the only sci-fi that my girlfriend will happily watch with me. Some of my favourite Dr Who episodes were written by Stephen Moffat and he’s taking over the helm of the Tardis for the next series so hopefully the storylines will be even better. It definitely won’t be the same without David Tennant though. That man rocks!

  4. Shirlette 25 October 2009 / 5:23 pm

    And what about K9? It was one of my favorite companions when I was a teenager and I really really whated to keep him. Is he still lurking in the tardis?

  5. Joyce Fraser 26 October 2009 / 6:07 pm

    I think Donna has dog-napped K9 too!

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