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I was tearing up at the end. The Doctor has an inner life and we were glimpsing it.

He's also a bit of a bastard; He loves 'em and leaves 'em. One of the great things about the Doctor- from Hartnell on- is that he's never been blandly heroic.

This was the best episode of the second season (thus far).

I still feel the episodes are too short. The bad guys aren't given long enough to establish themselves.

Tony Head's performance made me want to see him as Count Dracula. What a fine actor he is! "Pitch perfect" said the director.

I'm getting accustomed to David Tennant.

I feel like Rose does about Mickey: does he really have to come along?
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Chris Ecclestone was tremendous. The best actor ever to play the role. I miss him.

I admire David Tennant. I thought he was fantabulous in Casanova. He's as good an actor as Ecclestone, but very different. I haven't adjusted yet.

I still say these episodes are too fast. The Big Bad is no sooner established than it's shot down in flames. I'd like to see more time allowed for world-building. More time for the very fine actors they've engaged to just mooch about and be touching and witty.

More time for suspense.

I understand the Beeb are prepared to offer Billie Piper all the Kingdoms of the Earth to stay on board.

As well they might!
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David Tennant does this thing with his nose that reminds me of the late great Kenneth Williams. It was particularly cool when his Casanova came over all Carry-on.

Casanova made me a life-long member of the David Tennant fan-club (seems like he's a really nice bloke in "real" life too) but whether he'll stop us pining for Chris Ecclestone remains to be seen.

He spent much of the special Christmas edition in bed regenerating. It was a bit of a tease. By the end of the show he'd bonded with Billie Piper's Rose, but will she have the chemistry with him that she had with Ecclestone? I rather doubt it. Tennant- in spite of Casanova- isn't really a sex-pot. He has more of a kid-brother vibe- with a dollop of Carry-on sauce.

Expect more comedy?

Where Chris wore leather jacket and jeans, Tennant has been through the racks and come out with a smart suit and an ankle length duster. Just a hint of Nemo perhaps?

(Really bad pun coming in to land)

*Wrinkles on the bridge of the nose, flared nostrils*- Oooooooo, Matrix!

Dr Who

Apr. 3rd, 2005 09:19 am
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I'm old enough to have seen the second ever episode of Doctor Who. I don't know why I missed the first, but I think it had something to do with rehearsing a play at Church.

My favourite Doctor is Patrick Troughton. He was fey, comedic, otherworldly- a magician and trickster, part Pied Piper, part Wizard of Oz.

He became my role model.

By the time Tom Baker arrived I had stopped being a regular viewer. I guess I was away at boarding school.

The Colin Baker episodes were the worst. His Doctor was a roaring bully and there was too much sadistic violence. I wasn't sorry the show got cancelled.
It had gone off.

I liked Sylvester McCoy. I was watching with my kids by now.

The TV film with Paul McGann was utterly misconceived- a poor stab at a Hollywood action movie. Dr Who isn't about freeway chases, it's about magic and wonder and anything being possible.

The new series with Christopher Eccleston is a miraculous return to form.
It has witty and imaginative scripts, great effects, expensive actors, fascinating aliens. Last night's episode gave us a tree woman (several billion years into the future) who said she was descended from the rain forests.

You'll believe a Dalek can fly!


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