As we near the release date for Doctor Who in the U.K., podcasts, articles, interviews, images and clips have are giving us a steady stream of news about our favorite Time Lord. Will he wear a face this time around that will become our favorite? Will it be the face for the next new generation of Who Fans? Everyone has a different answer, but the one thing we all have in common is that the news is piquing all our curiosities.
Because the news is so scattered across the internet, I thought I’d compile it all here in one spot for my readers, and thank you, those of youu who have joined my Feedburner and RSS feeds from the links to my 5th Doctor fan fiction on Whofic and FanFiction.net. More will be coming your way as well in stories, avatars and wallpapers, I promise.
Recent Who News as of Tuesday, March 23, 2010:
On Blogtor Who –
Steven Moffat – BBC Breakfast Interview is also here “STEVEN MOFFAT was a guest on today’s edition of BBC Breakfast…In it he confirms that an old monster will return, the Weeping Angels are “way worse this time” and that Matt is an “elegant shambles”.” I love the term, “elegant shambles”! SPOILER ALERT in the links on this page. If you don’t want to know anything further about specific episodes, DON’T click on any video clips without reading the accompanying descriptions, OR on the “2010: THE NEW SERIES” episode links on the right-hand side of the page. There are no plot spoilers in the 2010 links, BUT there are episode images and SCRIPT EXCERPTS…I am so loving this ‘site…
Blogtor Who also contains press launch interviews with Matt, Karen & David, 1st episode clip snippets, pics of the spread in the Radio Times, more snippets from Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, links to tons more video, pics and to their friends at Den of Geek for a spoiler-free review.
I have been wanting to do a review of the music for the new Doctor Who series ever since the first album came out in 2006. There are currently three soundtracks out; Doctor Who: Original Television Soundtrack (original mushc from Series One and Two), Doctor Who, Series 3 and Doctor Who, Series 4. I will touch base on all of them here.
Every year I go to our local Doctor Who convention, Gallifrey, at the LAX Mariott, I pick up as much music as I do visual Who fare. A soundtrack is so important, it makes the literal difference between how you perceive the identical story, but one version with a good soundtrack and one with an awesome soundtrack.
We are deeply sense-driven beings at times, and some of us more than others. Visuals can touch you – as in the case of the opening fanfare scene of flying through the Time Vortex, but without the music, it is harder to get that “rush” or “buzz” of excitement that comes from deep within our brain as it is stimulated by a sweeping score.
The first television soundtrack, released in 2006, did not fail to deliver. I always get a chill listening to the first track, simply titled, “Doctor Who Theme”, but not simple in how it makes me shiver with excitement. There are a few tracks on here that don’t float my boat, #30 for one (I could do without vocals, thank you), but I gladly put up paying for them with such treasures as the hypnotic track #3, “The Doctor’s Theme”. Evocative of the lonliness and heartache of a Time Lord forever on the run, who must always and ever let go of the friends and companions he makes on the way, it never fails to bring me to tears and move me down to my soul’s very core. Several pieces are sprinkled with snippets of this haunted, deeply moving theme, coined the “Bad Wolf Theme” by its composer Murray Gold. It is a testament to the deep, intertwined relationship between Rose Tyler and the Doctor that this piece was, “initially associated with the Doctor’s dark and private history, but later became identifed with the “‘Bad Wolf’ plot strand”, a plot that saw Rose risk destruction of her humanity by becoming the “Time Goddess” – all to save her beloved doctor’s current life.
“Martha’s Theme” – track #2 in the Series 3 collection, is airy and light, like the flirtatious, come-hither-and-see-the-stars-with-me glance the Doctor gives Martha after they get back to Earth, escaping a Judoon occupation on the Moon. An amazing soundtrack compilation too good to pass up, too much stuff to include here!
“Voyage of the Damned Suite” – track #12 jumps through highlights of diverse, sweeping music litanies heard throughout other track, highlighting the best of the tragic tale of the doomed starship, “Titanic”. Starting out as “James Bondish” as the Doctor in his black tux (and who can resist that?), moving quickly through heroic strands of the-day-is-saved “bits” to brief and sad, poingnant touches on the all-too-brief Doctor companion Astrid’s ghostly appearance after her ultimate sacrifice to save the Time Lord, ship and crew. I particularly love the driving, urgent bits as they run through the ship, racing against time to avoid an atmospheric re-entry death of everyone aboard.
It’s impossible to go over all the amazing pieces of music on each album (nearly 30 pieces on each album!), so please take it from a particular and discerning lover of movie and t.v. soundtracks and rest assured, these three are worth every penny you spend to get them.
“You know what, Doctor? You were my Doctor.”
Only someone who is another Doctor Who fan can appreciate the depth and beauty of that statement in the Children in Need BBC Special “Time Crash”. The ones who grew up with Doctor Who – watching it despite the low-budget, sometimes bad special effects, bad scripts, men in rubber monster suits. Our show has come so very far in one generation that it now overcomes all that with the force of the Eye of Harmony (and if you are reading this and don’t know what the Eye of Harmony is and are not Doctor Who fan, do yourself a favor and check out a few episodes of the series). But I ramble…I am here to celebrate Davison’s years as the Doctor and remember why I got into Dr. Who in the first place. It was because of Peter himself.
My husband and I were science fiction, card game, etc. vendors back in those days…hitting science fiction conventions like Loscon, Baycon, World Con, Westercon, Con Dor and of course, Gallifrey. In 1995 at Galley, I was sitting at the table by myself. Everyone else (even all the dealers), had gone to a panel and I was literally the only one left in that small dealer’s room. A tall, young, blonde man came by, holding a guitar, and we struck up a conversation. He was sweet and pleasant to talk to and just to be around. I took an instant liking to him; the soft, musical lilt to his voice, the good looks, shy smile and gentle demeanor. The amazing qualities I had married my husband for just six years before, were reflected in his eyes.
I had no interest at the time in Doctor Who and knew nothing about the show except it was British and I hadn’t been hooked into liking it because I was put off by Tom Baker’s interpretation of the character, but we never mentioned Dr. Who (we talked about his guitar!), so it was a warm, friendly few words we exchanged and that was it. The amusing conversation with my husband when he came back to the table went something like this:
“Dennis, do we have any video tapes of Peter Davison’s years as the Doctor?”
“Sure. Why? You haven’t been interested in watching before now.”
I shrugged. “I know, but he came by the dealer’s table while everyone was out and he’s a really nice guy. I want to see him act.”
It was then Dennis’s jaw hit the floor in amazement and his own bad luck at having just missed meeting him.
As I said in another post, I was never into Dr. Who in the Tom Baker years – an anomaly in my generation. Tom Baker was everyone’s Doctor. Why wasn’t he mine? Looking back, I think it came down to what spoke to my heart. The reason so many people love Dr. Who the world over is partly because each regeneration of the Doctor has a different enough personality that they appeal to their own fan base. As a recent observation, I always knew Peter Davison had fans, just like every other Time Lord incarnation, but until I put up the video capture of the message Davison sent to the Gallifrey One: Blackjack 21 convention and started seeing the comments left by viewers, I don’t think I ever realized what other fans thought of him.
Silly, isn’t it?
In my research of the 5th Doctor’s legacy on the internet, I came across a snippet of an interview (or was it an observation) that Peter made of his own tenure as our Fifth Time Lord from Gallifrey. He said he thought if he had been older when he had done the part he would have done a better job of acting. I smiled at the humbleness of the comment – heck, wouldn’t every actor dedicated to improving their craft say and feel that way? It’s just part of why he appeals to me and so many others the world over so much, that humbleness. He didn’t have the “yes, I am marvelous, aren’t I?” bravado and bohemian qualities of Tom Baker.
BTW, before I tick off too many people saying I don’t like Tom Baker’s interpretation, that was then. I have since grown up and grown into liking and appreciating his and all the Doctor personas – yes, even a bit of Colin Baker’s brashness and dare-to-wear attitude that went along with that awesome patchwork coat…I really do like it, LOL!
Another article I read yesterday highlights another quality that Davison brought to Doctor Number Five that I hadn’t seen before and it touched me. He was no longer the Doctor in Control. The one who knew what to do in every situation – he was VULNERABLE. He’d faint, need attention and fussing over, but hate it because he DID need it. He’d make mistakes, but all would work out in the end. His interpretation fit with the new generation watching Doctor Who. They loved it and finally, so did I.
Thank you, Peter.
It’s a little dark, but I was so glad this turned out as well as it did. How thoughtful of Peter to send this to the convention in his absence!
Dennis and I always love this convention…oh my goodness. How could I not adore it when I met Peter Davison (my favorite Doctor) in 1995 at The Six Wives of Gallifrey One? Getting the chance to talk to him, one-on-one, for several minutes while no one else was around, launched my interest in finally sitting down and taking another go at understanding a show that had left me very confused and disinterested when viewing it back in my childhood.
Okay, yes, this used to be embarassing to admit, but I didn’t understand British humor until I was in my 30s. It was only because Peter was so incredibly nice and sweet and gentle that I got intensely interested in watching the show. He was so much like my husband, Dennis, that the instant linking to the persona behind the 5th Doctor was completely natural.
That was why I wasn’t worried at all about his beautful daughter, Georgia Moffett, being anything but a reflection of her father. This being her first convention, she said in the closing ceremonies that she had a marvelous time and the fans were wonderful and awesome and fantastic and she thoroughly enjoyed her first Gallifrey experience. Between Dennis and I, we have wonderful memories of her relating her experiences of being the daughter of parents who were both actors, (Her father: “You will always be broke and starve if you become an actor.”), which she said gratefully has not been the case thus far. When acting with her father, upon the director wanting her character to be more flirty with Peter, she replied, “I can’t do that…he’s my father!” Good for her! And two of the most touching things he said to her were, 1. about being in Doctor Who, “It’s your turn now, kiddo.”, and 2. when acting with her, he said he doesn’t always see the women she has become, but sees, “his little girl”. This is the beauty in the heart of the man I have come to adore as my favorite Doctor, that place challenged only by David Tennant, and then, it is a neck-and-neck race.
This being the case, you can only imagine my glee and joy when the Children in Need special, “Time Crash”, aired. If you haven’t seen it, or are wondering who Peter Davison is and was he a good Doctor, let me answer those by directing you to this YouTube video of that very special special:
An awesome Gallifrey this year, with great costumes of Timelords:
A fantastic cosplay of Sally Sparrow and a Weeping Angel from the Tennant episode, “Blink”, a HUGELY popular and scary episode, ranking among the cream of the best of the crop of his era so far:
Am soooo looking forward to next year’s Gallifrey when Peter Davison will be back and we have had the first year of the new Matt Smith Doctor. We also got to preview the brand new trailer for his era:
He already looks promising, though the outfit does look like he mugged a schoolteacher…*sigh* Guess they all can’t be dressed as hot as David Tennant.
OMG! My,what skinny, chicken legs you have, David Tennant!
Scary that he is actually better looking than some women I’ve seen at local science fiction conventions, LMAO!!!
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We were afraid that Catherine Tate wouldn’t pass muster as a Timelord’s companion back when it was announced that she was the new resident of the TARDIS. She was known as a comedian across the pond. Happily, we had an open mind and grew to love her performances. This is a great piece with David Tennant and took great coordination in dialogue. Enjoy!
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If you harbor some fantasy about having David Tennant in his underwear, tied to your bed, here’s a taste of what that would look like…
Notice I didn’t say it was some sort of sick fantasy…hey…bondage can be fun! *evil, wicked grin!*