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unfeathered: (First Doctor)
Saturday, October 12th, 2013 04:44 pm
I have to admit, I was rather ridiculously excited to be getting 'new' (i.e. new to me!) classic Who on telly again and tried not to get my hopes up too far as the last couple of First Doctor stories I've watched, I've found pretty boring. But this was one was great! Really good pacing – barely a dully moment! – a witty script, beautiful costumes, a fantastic storyline for Barbara that really allowed her to shine, Ian looking gorgeously handsome strutting around being heroic, a softer side to the Doctor (how cute was he flirting???) and not too much of Susan. Jack and I watched the whole thing in one sitting and both thoroughly enjoyed it!

Thank you Watch! :-)
unfeathered: (Christmas TARDIS)
Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 03:05 pm
One of the several classic DW serials I got for Christmas was The Key to Time and last night, feeling ill and knackered and not up to anything requiring great attention, I watched the first two episodes of The Ribos Operation.

Ramblings on childhood viewing of DW )

I'm looking forward to the rest of the season now!

(Note to self: remember to look for more classic Who icons)
unfeathered: (Five & AinleyMaster)
Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 10:17 pm
One good thing that came out of me being so tired and out of it last week was that I actually sat down and watched quite a bit of telly. I watched several episodes of Torchwood, one of Buffy, two of Angel, one of Dollhouse, and finally The Five Doctors. So have a review!

Review of The Five Doctors )
unfeathered: (Jack John together)
Saturday, July 25th, 2009 09:50 pm
Unexpected drabble time!

Title: What's in a Name?
Fandom: Doctor Who/Torchwood
Author: [livejournal.com profile] unfeathered
Character(s): John Hart, Jack Harkness
Rating: G
Word Count: 100
Spoilers: Vague for The Sea Devils and Captain Jack Harkness
Disclaimer: Not mine
Summary: John ruminates on where he and Jack took their names from.
Author’s Note: Why yes, I have been watching The Sea Devils recently! How could you tell? *g*

What's in a Name?
unfeathered: (Five & AinleyMaster)
Saturday, April 25th, 2009 02:21 pm
I watched this ahead of schedule because I am role-playing Jack/Rani and I thought it sensible to learn more about the character. And a fantastic character she is too - cool and sexy and utterly fascinating as a villain who's not intrinsically villainous like the Master but merely absorbed by her science and not at all concerned about the effects of it on anyone else. And the interplay between her and the Master is hugely entertaining, even if they do both give in to the Doctor a little too easily.

Unfortunately, the Rani and the Master are by far the best things in this serial. (Oh, and the scenery of Blists Hill museum, which I visited on a family holiday not that long after this serial was made in 1984.) I'd been interested to see how I liked watching the Sixth Doctor again, because when I first watched his stories (as a pre/early-teen) I thought Colin Baker rather hot. Not as hot as Peter Davison, of course, but still rather hot. But in the snippets I've seen since then, however, I didn't like him. And, yeah, I didn't like him in this either. He has the same arrogance and rudeness that all incarnations of the Doctor display, but in him, rather than being cool or funny, they're just annoying. I couldn't like him.

And as for Peri... What is the point of her character? I don't think it's Nicola Bryant's fault - I've seen her in other things since and she was all right - as much as the writers/directors. All she seems to do is state the obvious, look frightened (which she admittedly does very well *g*) and get in the way/fail to save the Doctor. I don't think she actually did anything useful, apart from collect the plant for the sleeping draught, and even that involved getting caught in a minefield and getting a rather handsome young man turned into a tree!

It's a shame, because it's a relatively good story and it was beautifully shot. Mind you, don't get me started on those atrocious 'northern' accents! *g*

ETA: Nearly forgot to mention, this was my first good look at the Master's TCE and wow. Could that thing be any more phallic????

Also: Has anyone ever slashed Ainley!Master/Avon? Because they should.
unfeathered: (Default)
Monday, March 23rd, 2009 09:08 pm
I really, really enjoyed this series. It's seven episodes long but the story kept going and didn't feel as if it was dragging at any point. And it kept you thinking too. A great moral dilemma – humans v. the creatures who were there first and wanted to take back the earth. I loved the Doctor trying so hard to get both sides to work and live together, and then, when that didn't work, at least getting the Silurians to go back into their stasis – only to find at the very end that the Brigadier was blowing them up.

Fantastic expansion on the relationship between the Doctor and the Brigadier in this one. Where is the Doctor/Brigadier slash? There must be some, surely? Especially with the Doctor looking so damn sexy in his white t-shirt and jeans and all those muscles… d'you know, I think Three is actually the 'fittest'-looking Doctor of them all, really! Not bad, at Jon Pertwee's age!

Other things spotted:

Bessie!!!! (Bessie is about the only thing I remember about Three.)

Avon!!!! (All right, Paul Darrow – a very young Paul Darrow, as one of the Brigadier's soldiers. It was his voice that made me recognise him. You can't miss that grating voice.)

Geoffrey Palmer!!!! (I don't think I'd ever seen him looking so young.)

And an interesting little note to add to the Doctor's confusion about his age: "You know, I'm beginning to lose confidence for the first time in my life - and that covers several thousand years." I suppose he could be talking about the several thousand years that he's visited over his lifetime, but it's a bit odd. They really should have paid more attention to canon as they were writing it! :-)

(NB. Must get a Three icon. I've still got another three serials with him in! Maybe a 'Three iz fit' icon. Hmmm...)
unfeathered: (Default)
Friday, February 27th, 2009 11:37 pm
(Or perhaps I should be referring to it as the 51st DW serial. I'm not sure which convention is used!)

Wow. I don't think I've watched any of the Third Doctor serials (oh, except a short bit of The Mind of Evil on YouTube, in black and white) since I've been an adult. As a consequence, I had no idea that Jon Pertwee was so damn sexy!

The rest is under the cut )

Overall, very enjoyable and I'm glad I bought it. I've still got the commentaries (I think there's one for each of the four episodes!) and a few extras to watch, too!

And now it's late, I'm tired, and so I'm going to bed. :-)
unfeathered: (Fangirls @ 2 o'clock)
Thursday, February 26th, 2009 11:10 pm
(aka I've now finished the box-set of the first three serials)

There are some great extras on the Edge of Destruction DVD – on that one because the serial's only two episodes long.

There's a 45 minute documentary about 'The Origins of Doctor Who', which was a fascinating look into how it was thought up and started production and almost got cancelled after shooting the first episode etc. etc. Some interesting shots of 'Studio D' where it was filmed and some of the sets.

There's also a half-hour look at the rather complicated plot etc. of the Edge of Destruction, which works better than a commentary on this one because it gives you a chance to focus visually on some of the things you might have missed first time round.

Then there are other short documentaries about the TARDIS set, the creation of the Doctor Who theme tune (which was fascinating – the whole thing was created by splicing bits of tape together!), and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, which created all the sound-effects and some of the music.

Throughout most of the documentaries there are interviews with several of the behind the scenes people, and also with William Russell (Ian Chesterton), who looks great and is a real sweetie, and Carole Ann Ford (Susan), who looks pretty awful, I have to say! They were on most of the commentaries too.

Finally, there's a very condensed (7 episodes condensed to 30 minutes!) version of the Marco Polo serial which followed Edge of Destruction. Its recording has been lost, but the audio track remains and they've cleverly used parts of this along with a lot of still photographs to make it work perfectly well as a story. I really enjoyed it!

And I'm going to miss the First Doctor, and Ian and Barbara and Susan. I haven't got any more with them on. :-(

My Second Doctor story (Tomb of the Cybermen) hasn't arrived yet so I'm not sure what I'll watch next. I have a feeling I might be tempted to skip to something with the Master in... *g*
unfeathered: (Default)
Saturday, February 21st, 2009 10:44 pm
A very unusual (and short - only two episodes) serial - especially because it takes place entirely on the TARDIS with no extra actors other than the regulars. I'm not sure I entirely understood what was going on, but they certainly had a lot of fun, with acting amnesia and OOC (making us think they'd been taken over by something, though that was a red herring) and accusing each other of messing with the TARDIS' systems etc. etc.

(Wiki entry here if anyone wants a synopsis - they explain the story better than I could!)

Interesting/fun things under the cut )
unfeathered: (Nine hee)
Friday, February 13th, 2009 11:06 pm
Hmmm. I never know what icon to use for these reviews. I need one of those with lots of Doctors on. Or a generic 'Classic Who' one, or something! :-)

Cut for length )

Anyway, in summary, I really, really enjoyed this serial. It's well-written, well-acted and a great story!
unfeathered: (Ten eyebrow)
Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 10:59 am
I watched the commentaries last night and one of the most interesting things was when they talked about the TARDIS internal set. Apparently the guy who created it didn't want to do it and did it all at the last minute - which is pretty impressive when you consider just how much of that original design has lasted right up until now! He came up with the idea for basing it all on hexagons - the hexagonal console and the round/hexagon-shapes on the walls.

Cut for length )
unfeathered: (Default)
Monday, February 2nd, 2009 11:23 pm
A very mixed reaction to this one. It was fascinating to see what the very first DW serial was like - and about - but to be honest, the fact that it was about a tribe of cavemen meant that to me it was pretty damn boring. Cavemen really aren't my thing. Not to mention the complete absense of worry about timelines and showing the cavemen how to make fire etc. etc.!

Cut for length )
And next, I get the Daleks! Yippeee!!! :-)