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    • [IMG]http://www.wilson203.freeserve.co.uk/Doc%201.jpg[/IMG] [URL=http://www.wilson203.freeserve.co.uk/MyDoctorWhoSitepg2.html]William Hartnell 1963-66[/URL]
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    • [IMG]http://www.wilson203.freeserve.co.uk/Doc%202.jpg[/IMG] [URL=http://www.wilson203.freeserve.co.uk/MyDoctorWhoSitepg3.html]Patrick Troughton 1966-69[/URL]
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    • [IMG]http://www.wilson203.freeserve.co.uk/Doc%203.jpg[/IMG] [URL=http://www.wilson203.freeserve.co.uk/MyDoctorWhoSitepg4.html]Jon Pertwee 1970-74[/URL]
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    • [IMG]http://www.wilson203.freeserve.co.uk/Doc%204.jpg[/IMG] [URL=http://www.wilson203.freeserve.co.uk/MyDoctorWhoSitepg5.html]Tom Baker 1974-81[/URL]
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    • [IMG]http://www.wilson203.freeserve.co.uk/Doc%205.jpg[/IMG] [URL=http://www.wilson203.freeserve.co.uk/MyDoctorWhoSitepg6.html]Peter Davison 1981-84[/URL]
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    • [IMG]http://www.wilson203.freeserve.co.uk/Doc%206.jpg[/IMG] [URL=http://www.wilson203.freeserve.co.uk/MyDoctorWhoSitepg7.html]Colin Baker 1984-86[/URL]
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    • [IMG]http://www.wilson203.freeserve.co.uk/Doc%207.jpg[/IMG] [URL=http://www.wilson203.freeserve.co.uk/MyDoctorWhoSitepg8.html]Sylvester McCoy 1987-89[/URL]
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    • [IMG]http://www.wilson203.freeserve.co.uk/Doc8.jpg[/IMG] [URL=http://www.wilson203.freeserve.co.uk/MyDoctorWhoSitepg9.htm]Paul McGann 1996[/URL]
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Wow, this thread took quite awhile to find... lol. Anyways, here are some updates to the original story. As some of you may know by now, Eddie Izzard is not the ninth incarnation of the time-hopping, space traveling Dr. Who. That honor goes to Christopher Eccleston, star of such movies as Shallow Grave and 28 Days Later, and also the new face of Grand Moff Tarkin in Revenge of the Sith. I like Eccleston, though I thought this was a curious choice, since I personally have never seen Eccleston play a character that wasn't all deadly serious, or even had a hint of a sense of humor. Perhaps that is one of the reasons he took the role - to show the world his lighter side.

But the real reason for my initial search is that one of the new DR. Who episodes has been leaked onto the internet. The BBC reports that...

Thousands of fans, unwilling or unable to wait for the scheduled broadcast date in three weeks' time, downloaded the show using the popular file-trading software BitTorrent and other file-trading networks.

"It shows how much demand there is for 'Doctor Who,"' a BBC spokesman said, sounding a positive note. "Years later there is a huge audience desperate for the new series.

Full story here.

BTW, here is the list of past DR.'s, and the years they were on the show. Perhaps a poll on which one was favored by A&F fans of the series?

William Hartnell 1963-66

Patrick Troughton 1966-69

Jon Pertwee 1970-74

Tom Baker 1974-81

Peter Davison 1981-84

Colin Baker 1984-86

Sylvester McCoy 1987-89

Paul McGann 1996

Edited by Baal_T'shuvah

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Ha! Can't wait to catch this series as it airs. On pins and needles...

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Davison is at least as pretty as McGann. he was a pretty good Doctor... his run was pretty short though.

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I grew up with Davidson as the doctor (and actually cried when one of his assistants died)

Eccleston exhibited humour in "The Second Coming" notably his great closing line to the end of part 1.

"...maybe 2"

Matt

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Davison will always be the womanizing Tristan Farnon, younger brother to Siegfried, in All Creatures Great and Small, to me. smile.gif

(And how cool to see Robert Hardy, AKA Siegfried, as Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter movies! Makes me wonder what the James Herriot guy is up to now. Alas, the last time I saw Carol Drinkwater, AKA Mrs Herriot, she was drunk and naked in An Awfully Big Adventure...)

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I just realized that this is the second time Eccleston has played the same character as Peter Cushing. As well as Grand Moff Tarkin, Cushing also played DR. WHO in the films Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) and Daleks -- Invasion Earth 2150 (1966). Perhaps Eccleston can star in some Hammer Horror remakes that once starred Cushing. He'd probably make a terrific Baron von Frankenstein, and I'm sure he'd be a better Van Helsing than... wait, I don't want to give Steven Sommers any ideas.

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I'm not sure. The Cushing films were to the real Dr Who as Never say never again is to the real James Bond Franchise.

I think its safe to say that you can leave Joanna Lumley off the list though.

Matt

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who voted for Colin "I want Dr Who to have a beard and who cares if my resulting sacking means we never get to see the end of this story" Baker?

Matt

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Two interesting articles from The Times. In Doctor Who puts accent on a new look to old show Christopher Eccleston reveals both that he didn't like Dr WHo as a kid, and that the show has been written by Russell Davies (writer of Queer as Folk), and that his assitant is played by Billie Piper (Billie Piper?).

and then there's The First Review

Matt

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Surprisingly this made front page news in many of the papers over here a few days ago.

Seems though that now 3 of the last 4 doctors have failed to go the distance. Timelords in crisis?

Can anyone remember how many regenerations the doctor was originally meant to be able to have. I seem to remember it being either 9 or 13. (not that I see that being a barrier to a profitable TV franchise)

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13 I believe, but they've already mentioned in past shows that it is possible for a Time Lord to acquire (illegally) or be awarded (by Gallifrey) more regenerations.

And it's 13 *regenerations* -- since Hartnell played the *original* Doctor, there can be 14 Doctors in all before it becomes an issue.

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And it's 13 *regenerations* -- since Hartnell played the *original* Doctor, there can be 14 Doctors in all before it becomes an issue.

...because then Congress would have to intervene. w00t.gif

I'm sorry, I'm sorry... I'm not a Dr. Who fan, and the jokes are just too tempting. I don't mean to mock those who know and love the show.

I just can't help myself.

No hard feelings, please.

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What? Unbeliever! smile.gif

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but they've already mentioned in past shows that it is possible for a Time Lord to acquire (illegally) or be awarded (by Gallifrey) more regenerations.

I bet that little get out clause was wheeled out post Colin Baker

Matt

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BBC News announces that actor David Tennant will be taking over the role of DR. WHO. Tennant has been featured in such films as Bright Young Things and Jude the Obscure (starring previous Dr. Who incarnation Christopher Eccleston). Tennant will also appear later this year in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as Barty Crouch Jr.

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Damaris study guide for Dr. Who, eps. 1-3, plus link to a related article.

I'm not watching--it's not on my cable system--but have lots of acquaintances who are fans.

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Tom Baker, man!

OM, DAVROS!

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Davison is at least as pretty as McGann. he was a pretty good Doctor... his run was pretty short though.

Davison was my second fave. Stapled celery and all.

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My three favorite doctors are Tom Baker, Peter Davison, and Colin Baker.

A lot of people really detest Colin's run as the Doctor, but I thought he was *hilarious*. He had this impatient arrogance that would quickly turn to panic when he realized that the people around him were simply too slow to understand what he was talking about, which usually increased the amount of danger he was in dramatically.

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FWIW, the new series of Dr. Who started on Saturday, but it seems awfully low on originallity. Anyone who has watched "Red Dwarf" will be outraged at the use of a new breed of enemies who have evolved from cats, and a talking flat thing called Casandra is straight out of that show.

Later episodes are bringing back K9 and Sarah Jane, and when I saw DAvid Tennant at Christmas he was frankly awful.

Did anyone actually see it though?

Matt

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Tempted though I am to spend large amounts of time I don't have replying to every comment posted in this thread over the last couple of years, I will restrict myself to this announcement by the BBC today that there will be a spin-off show based around Sarah-Jane Smith (one of the best companions until Billie Piper proved herself to have been a very adept bit of casting - I expected the worst from her and was at times blown away). I dreaded the episode in the 2006 series which saw the return of her and the robo-mutt K-9 (who I first liked as a kid, but grew to detest) but found myself delighted to see them both reunited with the Doctor. It's to be for the BBC's channel for older children, CBBC, and will first air early next years. See the BBC press release.

Incidentally, a point of pedantry: a number of posts refer to the Doctor as 'Doctor Who' - he has always been 'the Doctor'. Well, almost always - in 'The War Machines' (1966) two characters refer to him as Doctor Who; in 'The Highlanders' (1967) he signs himself as Doctor Von Wer; in 'The Underwater Menace' (1967) he signs himself as Dr W; and Jon Pertwee's second story was called 'Doctor Who and the Silurians' (1970) - but these are slips and deviations from over 40 years of calling him 'the doctor'. 'Doctor Who' is raising a question.

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True, although if you look at some of the old stuff you could buy (by "old" I mean "from the 70s") there were magazines full of what could charitably be described as "fan fiction" that actually called him "Doctor Who."

As in, "What do we now, Doctor Who? The bug eyed alien is about to eat us." "Doctor Who, do you think you can fix the Tardis in time for us to escape?" "How are you doing, Doctor Who? I haven't seen you for regenerations!"

No, I'm not kidding. I used to have them.

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I'm still waiting for Torchwood to start - the first DW spin-off (though with no crossover of stories) series based around the Torchwood Institute and starring John Barrowman as Captain Jack. It's due to start this autumn (Fall) but the BBC are often very cagey about precise dates - they often won't even confirm which week something is due to be broadcast until 3 weeks before. My guess is it will be the first week of October which enables them to run the 13 weeks up to Christmas when we will get another Christmas special.

Torchwood will be broadcast post-watershed and is squarely aimed at adult fans of DW. Russell T. Davies (one of the most gifted of British TV writers - and a strong atheist) says:

"Torchwood is a British sci-fi paranoid thriller, a cop show with a sense of humour. It's dark, wild and sexy, it's the X Files meets This Life. It's a stand-alone series for adult audiences which will have its own unique identity.

And Stuart Murphy, Controller of BBC Three says:

The renegades investigate human and alien crime, as well as alien technology that has fallen to Earth. Torchwood is sinister and psychological – Russell was really keen to play with your head – as well as being very British and modern and real. But at the centre of the drama are warm, human relationships and the overcoming of adversity.

I hadn't realised Doctor Who was getting such a good response in Canada that Torchwood and series 3 are co-production deals with CBC (which I assume means CBC help pay for its production rather than pay to show it later; BBC Wales are still making the series). The 2006 series is apparently being broadcast on CBC this Fall.

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I'm watching the new season opener right now!

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