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Title: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: greypoint on September 25, 2009, 10:38:56 PM
Come on -don't just say you've never watched it! :D
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: Oldboy on September 25, 2009, 11:09:19 PM
Just voted for Tom Baker, as I think he represented both wisdom and a youthful appearance. I watched it from the start when the scenery looked very wooden and ready to fall down at the slightest touch.  ;D
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: Hybridphotog on September 25, 2009, 11:29:42 PM
Having grown up watching Doctor Who, with only a couple of episodes (if that) of Jon Pertwee 'under my belt', my vote goes to the mad-eyed Tom Baker. :)
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on September 26, 2009, 12:01:30 AM
Watched it for donkeys years and have a load of stuff on DVD. Plus the grandson has all the toys and other stuff at my expense.
Eccleston gets my vote just ahead of Tom Baker.
IMHO he fitted the brief totally
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: spinner on September 26, 2009, 12:20:18 AM
Watched it for donkeys years and have a load of stuff on DVD. Plus the grandson has all the toys and other stuff at my expense.
Eccleston gets my vote just ahead of Tom Baker.
IMHO he fitted the brief totally

Agreed!!
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: greypoint on September 26, 2009, 07:24:37 AM
I'm old enough to have to admit seeing the very first episode - I believe it caused quite a stir for it's originality and quality....we were less critical about TV programmes then ::) I've watched some of the old ones recently and Tom Baker still gets my vote. I think it's hard to compare the old ones with the glossy special effects of today. For the rather less expensive looking old style you need to watch The Sarah Jane Adventures on CBBC where they seem to be confined to one monster per show but you do occasionally get to see K9!
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: Eileen on September 26, 2009, 07:47:56 AM
Tom Baker for me too. From what I can make out, he seems nearly as strange off the screen as on. I think both Christopher Ecclestone and David Tennant in recent times have done a pretty good job also.
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: anglefire on September 26, 2009, 08:07:41 AM
Before the new series started I would probably have said Jon Pertwee, but now I think he's edged out by David Tennant and Christ Eccleston. Again, before David started, I would have said Chris - but now he is just edged out himself by David.

The new one about to start will be interesting. My initial thoughts are that I dont like him - but I said that about David Tennant too!
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: Sarasocke on September 26, 2009, 08:09:50 AM
Crumbs - this is one of the things I've been missing all these years since I left the UK (36 years ago  :legit:)
I used to watch when it first started, but I haven't the foggiest who all the actors are.
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: greypoint on September 26, 2009, 08:16:36 AM
I don't like the look of the new one either - he was in a series just after his being the new Dr. was announced but did'nt seem that charismatic. Can't see them ever going for another old actor like William Hartnell again - I don't think kids today would accept a grandfather figure like we had to ;)
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: Oldboy on September 26, 2009, 11:13:26 AM
I don't like the look of the new one either - he was in a series just after his being the new Dr. was announced but did'nt seem that charismatic. Can't see them ever going for another old actor like William Hartnell again - I don't think kids today would accept a grandfather figure like we had to ;)

I think William Hartnell was picked because he looked like the mad scientist with his mane of long white hair.  ;D
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: greypoint on September 26, 2009, 11:44:50 AM
...and he was always fluffing his lines. Production values were' nt quite as high then either. Same with the very early Avengers [I've got most of them on video - must update to DVD ::)] - there's one episode when Honor Blackman trips as she enters Steed's flat! ooh - that's another question - who was the best female Avengers star? And does anyone remember the name of the very first one...and it was'nt the aforementioned.
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on September 26, 2009, 11:50:31 AM
Honor Blackman who played Cathy Gale was the first female
http://www.ardis.co.uk/tvandfilm/avengers.htm
now I do feel old
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: greypoint on September 26, 2009, 12:57:01 PM
Taking the episodes in strictly chronological order you are right, as Cathy Gale did feature in a couple of the first of series two. But for several episodes in the first series after Ian Hendry left, Steed was assisted by a singer called Venus Smith played by Julie Stevens. These are possibly some of the worst episodes of that series. Perhaps that's the reason she has largely been forgotten!
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: michaelb104 on September 26, 2009, 01:05:05 PM
For me it's got to be Chris Eccleston as I never really watched it as a kid - the cyber men used to scare the ........ out of me  :legit:
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: Simple on September 26, 2009, 05:20:49 PM
Voted for Tom Baker, because that is the only one I can recollect of being dr Who.
I am from Holland, so that is my excuse. ;)
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: Hinfrance on September 26, 2009, 06:39:47 PM
Patrick Troughton for me.

The best ever baddy was the Celestial Toymaker played by Michael Gough. Very spooky when you're only 10 years old . .
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: picsfor on September 26, 2009, 07:05:27 PM
Watched it since Patrick Troughton.
My favourite was always Tom Baker but when it returned i was taken with Christopher Ecclestone.
He was the right man to bring it back and i'm really sad he only done the one season.
He was good for at least another one if not 2 seasons - hence he got my vote.
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: chris@seary.com on September 27, 2009, 05:35:05 PM
Yeah, I think Chris Ecclestone would have fared better if he'd stayed longer. Leaving after just one series, he kind of disappeared from the mind a bit. He got my vote for being the one who brought Doctor Who back again after all those years.
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: DaveB on September 27, 2009, 07:43:47 PM
Troughton was great, Tom Baker was the best and the one I voted for. There's two off the list though...Peter Cushing from the films and Paul McGann.
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: ABERS on September 27, 2009, 10:33:12 PM
Tom Baker gets my vote.

I met him a couple of times when he came to our AV facility to do a voice overs on a couple of short in house training videos. Great guy, lots of fun, but what impressed me was his total professionalism. He watched the video along with the script about four times, made notes on the script and appeared to conduct himself with one hand whilst speaking. In between when things were stopped for adjustments  etc. he just sat back and read a book.
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: Carlj on September 27, 2009, 10:47:33 PM
Tom all the way for me. Eccentric, alien, performances from him make him the definitive Dr Who.

And he's now got his own official site!

www.tom-baker.co.uk

Check out his cats!
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: Bingo on September 28, 2009, 12:04:18 AM
  :-\ I can remember hiding behind the sofa from the darleks at my aunts when I was about eight or nine, Patrick Troughton was the doc then, but I think Christopher Eccleston has been the best for me, never thought David Tennant would be able to fill his boots but he’s not done a bad job. Can’t see this new kid being up to much when he takes over though.
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: greypoint on September 28, 2009, 06:23:06 AM
One criticism I have of the current Dr Who adventures is that the majority are one episode - just a few stretch to two. It should really be a cliff hanger serial as it was in the past. I suppose it's a modern day short attention span thing.
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: hevans on September 28, 2009, 08:48:13 AM
One criticism I have of the current Dr Who adventures is that the majority are one episode - just a few stretch to two. It should really be a cliff hanger serial as it was in the past. I suppose it's a modern day short attention span thing.
I've found quite the opposite. There are the odd two parters, and loads of single episodes, but after watching them all you discover that there is a common story line that runs through them. Although this common story line is usually somewhat subtle, c.f. "Bad Wolf".

Personally, I harbour a dislike of Eccleston's portrayal and his apparent use of the Dr Who character as a vehicle for career advancement: "Play the part, get the media exposure and then quit". Quitting after a single series was just too obvious a move. Also his impulsive characterisation and wildly swinging moods didn't really lend themselves to the concept of a person that is normally in control and a leader.

Tom Baker was also a bit too pompous to be entirely enjoyable. I think most of his following comes from having been the Dr. for so long.

As for Tennent, I thought he was probably the best. Although you can't help but wonder how the other actors would have handled the same scripts. It is, after all, the script and situation that ultimately defines the personality of the characters.

The best modern episode, though, has to be "Blink". The one with the statues ... I still look suspiciously at gargoyles.

H.
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: Sarasocke on September 28, 2009, 09:36:09 AM
Hugh - I'm jealous - do you get the BBC where you are ?
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: hevans on September 28, 2009, 11:15:09 AM
Hugh - I'm jealous - do you get the BBC where you are ?

Via the cable company and their digital service we get BBC 1,2,3,4, prime and world. However, if you want to use the Iplayer...you can't. Unless you do what I've done and connect the PC up to the TV, go to VPNUK.co.uk, register for a VPN account and then run your computer with that VPN service. It makes your computer officially on one of the UK networks, and bob's your uncle, the iplayer is no longer thinking you're sausage-side.

H.
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: Hinfrance on September 28, 2009, 11:46:53 AM
We're lucky here I guess, the satellite signal is stronger than it was in the UK (Hugh could no doubt explain why). So we get all the free to air satellite channels. I also have a VPN set up, but rarely use it as Vista refuses to connect to it for some reason.

Blink was voted the second best episode of Dr Who ever, the first placed one was a Peter Davison one: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/09/17/best_who_ever/

As an aside I have an advert at the bottom of my screen asking me if I like Sarah Palin. Bemused just about covers that one.
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: hevans on September 28, 2009, 02:06:06 PM
We're lucky here I guess, the satellite signal is stronger than it was in the UK (Hugh could no doubt explain why).
because you're further south and closer to the satellite - less atmosphere for the signal to travel through. Probably a drier air column above your head as well.

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So we get all the free to air satellite channels. I also have a VPN set up, but rarely use it as Vista refuses to connect to it for some reason.
Hmmm, I've only tried it with XP. Haven't bothered to go the Vista route yet. Can't see what more I'd be getting for the money.

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Blink was voted the second best episode of Dr Who ever, the first placed one was a Peter Davison one: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/09/17/best_who_ever/
Hmmm....have to see the Davidson one sometime.

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As an aside I have an advert at the bottom of my screen asking me if I like Sarah Palin. Bemused just about covers that one.
Scared covers it for me.
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: Sarasocke on September 28, 2009, 05:03:09 PM
Thanks Hugh, I shall look into it. I've never heard of VPN. I keep hoping that German TV will show stuff in dual audio (switchable between original and German), but that's only available on pay TV. Not that we don't pay for the normal cable TV ...  :P
Title: Re: The totally trivial Poll - 1.Dr.Who
Post by: DaveB on September 30, 2009, 12:03:08 PM
I thought Blink was the best of the most recent....good story...spooky and best of all Tennant was only in it for about a minute. ;D He's just a gurning Jarvis Cocker wannabe