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January 25, 2012 7:36 AM   Subscribe

Every Doctor Who story, 1963-2011, a tribute clip from YouTube user Babelcolour. If this is your kinda thing, you might dig the rest of their videos.
posted by jbickers (38 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite

 
Needs more Dalek.
posted by Fizz at 7:46 AM on January 25, 2012


Needs less Eurythmics.
posted by bicyclefish at 7:56 AM on January 25, 2012


/chant "There's only One Tom Baker, One Tom Baker..."

I thought some of these were destroyed by the beeb in the 60s?
posted by marienbad at 8:03 AM on January 25, 2012


My day is made.
posted by Sassenach at 8:08 AM on January 25, 2012


Your first doctor you experience is the only doctor, the rest are just facsimiles.
posted by Virtblue at 8:09 AM on January 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Nah, that's just hyperbole. For some reason the last series set me off watching a lot of old episodes (I'm not alone in this), and I found that I liked the older ones and the newer ones more as a result. The only ones I have a problem with now is from the beginning of Davison to the second series of McCoy, and even then there are bits that I enjoyed immensely.
posted by Grangousier at 8:15 AM on January 25, 2012


I thought some of these were destroyed by the beeb in the 60s?

Many were. Some series had one or more episodes deleted, others survive only as brief clips and audio recordings. Several Pertwee-era episodes were only preserved in black and white.
posted by permafrost at 8:17 AM on January 25, 2012


Arrive to mystery. Run from Monsters. Outwit lead monster. Fin.
posted by roue at 8:17 AM on January 25, 2012


The lead monster doesn't always have a fin, you know.
posted by maudlin at 8:26 AM on January 25, 2012 [8 favorites]


For those who are more steeped in Whovian arcana than I...Is it a subtext to the Doctor's story that he gets younger with each regeneration? Or is this appearance merely an artifact of our culture's predisposition toward youth?
posted by Thorzdad at 8:29 AM on January 25, 2012


Moffatt wanted to cast an older actor until he saw Matt Smith, so I'd say the latter to a certain extent. It's not metaplot, anyway.
posted by Grangousier at 8:32 AM on January 25, 2012


It's less linear than it looks, though the trend is clearer overall, but the ages on takeover are 55,46,50,40,29,40,44,36,41,34, and 27.
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 8:45 AM on January 25, 2012


Moffatt wanted to cast an older actor until he saw Matt Smith

I wish he'd gone with the young version of Amy Pond, rather than the eye candy version. That would have been a lot more interesting.
posted by Leon at 8:46 AM on January 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


Wow, this was fun. I have been wanting to explore more older WHO and this has whetted my appetite.
posted by OolooKitty at 8:50 AM on January 25, 2012


Your first doctor you experience is the only doctor, the rest are just facsimiles.

I actually imprinted on the third doctor I ran into instead... (or the fourth, if you count my briefly seeing clips of Tom Baker in the 70's; but back then I was only seven and easily startled so even just the opeing credits usually made me whimper and change the channel).
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:01 AM on January 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


I started watching with the Ninth Doctor; my favorites are Five and Eleven, although I am very fond of everyone but Six. I am enough of a fan of the classic series that I just started a tumblr devoted to Classic Who costuming. (here, self-link obvs.) My favorite serial is probably Castrovalva, though City of Death is a close second, and The War Games a close third. I get together with a friend every couple of weeks to polish off a serial and a couple of bottles of wine. It's great fun, and I love that there's still so much left that I haven't seen. This video nearly got me taking notes on which ones I want to watch next.
posted by nonasuch at 9:21 AM on January 25, 2012 [4 favorites]


Everyone click nonasuch's self-link, it's awesome.
posted by Ian A.T. at 10:01 AM on January 25, 2012


Thank you! I was inspired by the considerably-more-awesome Star Trek: TNG fashion blog, Fashion It So.
posted by nonasuch at 10:25 AM on January 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Is it a subtext to the Doctor's story that he gets younger with each regeneration? Or is this appearance merely an artifact of our culture's predisposition toward youth?

I read a fan-analysis somewhere (maybe on MetaFilter?) talking about how the relative regression in age can be seen as indicative of the Doctor maturing and caring less about appearances. Now that he's on his 11th regeneration, he's seen enough and done enough that he's comfortable with who he is, and as a result doesn't need the "distinguished older gentleman" look to project confidence and command respect. I don't know if this was planned, but I certainly think it's an interesting interpretation of the Doctor's psyche.

Eleven is my doctor, though I've seen the Tennant and Eccleston seasons and some Tom Baker serials. The day Matt Smith leaves the show will be a sad day indeed in my house studio apartment, filled with much wailing and gnashing of teeth and curling up in foetal positions. I'm already distraught enough about the next season being Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill's last major season.
posted by Phire at 10:45 AM on January 25, 2012


Even though the age thing is not metaplot, I could totally see Steven Moffat doing something with it for the 50th anniversary. Like, he regenerates into an embryo, and is then reborn as a woman.
posted by jbickers at 10:48 AM on January 25, 2012


That was unexpectedly fun. It was interesting how well a single clip from a show could evoke the whole show for me. I didn't expect my reactions to the appearance of my favorites, oh there's The Stones of Blood! Hey, The Happiness Patrol! Etc. etc. And then there was the pang of loss for episodes I know are lost and I'll never see. But as the compilation reached the end, hey, there are still minutes left, there are no episodes left to fill that.. oh but yes there are. I wasn't aware there were so many one-off episodes. And yeah, I knew about the non-canonical materials that I didn't really think deserved a spot in this compilation. My sister once bought me a VHS tape of that stupid Peter Cushing movie, I watched a few minutes and immediately knew why it was non-canonical, and turned it off.

But overall, I was surprised at how much Who I've seen. I recently went back and started watching it all from the beginning. I got as far as The Sensorites before I fizzled out. These episodes move so slowly compared to modern TV, I started watching them on the computer while doing other things. But then there are reconstructions where you have to watch the video with printed descriptions of the action. It was agonizing. But I think I'll have to go back to it and start watching them again.

And yeah, nonasuch's site is awesome. Nothing goes unnoticed to a Whovian, but it is always fun when those things are subjected to such intense scrutiny.
posted by charlie don't surf at 11:17 AM on January 25, 2012


the relative regression in age can be seen as indicative of the Doctor maturing and caring less about appearances

Moffat sorta lampshades this in that Children In Need special with Peter Davison and David Tennant. Speaking to the Fifth Doctor, the then-current Doctor says:

"Back when I first started, at the very beginning, I was always trying to be old and grumpy and important—like you do, when you're young."

I've always found this to be a really elegant and even touching (if just a bit handwavey) explanation for the Doctor getting younger as the years pass.
posted by Ian A.T. at 11:30 AM on January 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


It's less linear than it looks, though the trend is clearer overall, but the ages on takeover are 55,46,50,40,29,40,44,36,41,34, and 27.

Look, you can rationalize it all you want, but none of them looks a day under nine hundred to me.
posted by dhartung at 11:45 AM on January 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


...and is then reborn as a woman.
They did that! Sort of. Okay, not really. But Joanna Lumley as the Doctor was pretty awesome.

I'm still nursing a hope that Patterson Joseph will be in the running for the next Doctor.
posted by smirkette at 12:38 PM on January 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Haven't had a chance to watch the video (it's queued) but nonasuch, I had to pop in and say your tumblr is indeed awesome!
posted by immlass at 1:08 PM on January 25, 2012


This just in: Series 7 will be Matt Smith's last.
posted by jbickers at 1:13 PM on January 25, 2012


WHAT.

WHAT.

WHAT.

I just watched a Graham Norton interview with him over Christmas in which he said he'd be around for longer!

Or did I mishear in my eagerness for more Matt Smith?

cry
posted by Phire at 1:38 PM on January 25, 2012


Phire, I think there's conflicting messages out there, and they all come from him. Still, the RadioTimes confirms via tweet, so it's up to Smith to clarify one way or the other, or leave us all in suspense until the season starts later this year. I'd like to think he'd be the Doctor at the anniversary though.
posted by ZeusHumms at 1:46 PM on January 25, 2012


Also, Phire, it's not a question of him being around longer, it's how much longer.
posted by ZeusHumms at 1:48 PM on January 25, 2012


My impression of the interview was that the 7th series would be Karen Gillan's last series, and he said he would miss working with her, but seemed eager to work with new people. I guess that could be interpreted as "new people outside of Who", as well.
posted by Phire at 1:58 PM on January 25, 2012


From Doctor Who Magazine, via Twitter:

"Re Matt Smith's direct quote: "I have one more year of Who." That doesn't mean he is leaving afterwards. He says he has "no plans to leave.""
posted by jbickers at 2:10 PM on January 25, 2012


The time before dinner when parents would have a whiskey and us kids would sit in front of the TV and get our daily dose of terror.
posted by mattoxic at 6:47 PM on January 25, 2012


Your first doctor you experience is the only doctor, the rest are just facsimiles.

My first Doctor was Jon Pertwee.

Tom Baker FTW!
posted by flabdablet at 9:23 PM on January 25, 2012


1) MY GODS IS IT SERIES 7 YET?!

2) How can Eleven have one more year of Who with no plans to leave? Losing Rory & Amy is sadness enough...
posted by Space Kitty at 11:09 PM on January 25, 2012


Space Kitty, Moffat tweeted about it earlier today.
posted by kimota at 10:29 AM on January 26, 2012


Your first doctor you experience is the only doctor, the rest are just facsimiles.

Not even close. My first Doctor was Tom Baker. As I've said in other Who threads, Baker's Doctor just creeps me out too much. Like the odd uncle your parents don't want you being alone with.

I'm very partial all the Doctors of the modern reboot era, though not equally. I think Smith has been the best of the lot, though I really wish Eccleston had stayed on longer and they had played his Doctor a shade darker and more serious. I pine for a more "adult" Doctor series. Not BSG "adult" of course. Just not so...whiz-bang. Tennant brings up a distant third. He was a bit too manic for me after awhile.
posted by Thorzdad at 12:56 PM on January 26, 2012


As for Smith and his "year of Who" statement...Perhaps that's all he's contracted for right now? Perhaps it's his way to send a message to the producers?
posted by Thorzdad at 12:59 PM on January 26, 2012


People quoting Matt Smith's talking about "a year of Who" are not quoting the complete sentence. The full sentence is that he would do another year of Who before starting to look into some film work.

He said nothing to indicate he would give up being on Who in order to make that happen; David Tennant did some other televison and stage work while he was The Doctor, since there's usually a break in filming of a few months' duration, and it's reasonable to assume Matt Smith could do the same.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 1:04 PM on January 26, 2012 [2 favorites]


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