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I've watched the first three Doctor Who serials over the past few nights, and they're great. Hurray. I'm not sure whether to go in chronological order from here, or pick up whatever bargains I see on DVD... I've ordered The Aztecs, anyway. And Barbara and Ian might be my favourite companions yet. Barbara does a good bit of girly screaming, but also has stand-up rows with the Doctor and saves the day. Ian takes over as leader and does Science and doesn't take off his tie until he's facing almost certain death for the third time in 24 hours. And even then he folds it up neatly and puts it in his pocket. One is very different to today's Doctor - not very heroic at all, although I hear he changes later on. At the moment he's at best a liability and at worst the bad guy.

I was surprised by how much flesh was on show back then, compared to now. Both of the first two serials had tribes running around in variations on Not Much, and both had several knock-down fights and battles where you got to see a lot of muscly legs and arms and torsos. (And occasionally Y fronts.) Even the third one, with just the four main characters in the Tardis, had Ian flailing around in a dressing gown and exposing manly thighs. Er, I may think up something more intellectual to comment on later.

I'm buying a sofa and a couple of chairs from a friend of a friend, and I've inadvisedly arranged for him to drop them off at 8.30 tomorrow morning. So I'll need to go to bed early...ish. But yay sofa-bed! And very cheap, so I can afford to buy a three-seater that I really like to go with it. The stray chairs will be handy for when we get role-playing going here, which should be soon. And I have space for one of them, anyway...some furniture rearrangement may be on the cards.

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kniblet
Apr. 18th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
We thought First Doctor was a crotchety old xenophobe. Granted, we only watched one arc, then gave up and switched to Three. But we're watching them in order. (Will catch up on One and Two later.)
pickwick
Apr. 18th, 2008 12:35 pm (UTC)
Well, yes he is, but I kind of like seeing the Doctor not being The Best Thing Ever. It's interesting, especially since I do like the three companions.
laserboy
Apr. 18th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
The Aztecs is a great story! The first Doctor was an interesting one. I was never too sure about just how much of the stammering and nervousness was intentional, but apparently it was all part of how he saw the character.
pickwick
Apr. 18th, 2008 12:36 pm (UTC)
Ooh, interesting. Yeah, it's kind of weird because it's all shot so fast and all his line fluffs are left in, so you're never sure what's a bad line reading and what's intentional.
londonkds
Apr. 18th, 2008 05:33 am (UTC)
The Aztecs has the single most badass companion moment I have ever seen, even including the Baseball Bat Of Rassilon.
pickwick
Apr. 18th, 2008 12:37 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I can't wait now. Yay for badass companions!
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pickwick
Apr. 18th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I'd forgotten about DVD.co.uk, for some reason. I've ordered a few from Play and one from HMV, because it was cheapest there, for some reason.
blue_condition
Apr. 18th, 2008 05:49 am (UTC)
The Best Companion Ever was Caroline John as Liz Shaw. No debate. The ideal pairing would've been her and Derek Newark (Greg Sutton in Inferno) - he was the best surrogate-companion character I've yet seen in Who.

Hartnell was playing the Doctor so far from the roles he was used to (gangsters and sergeants!) that to me it's always fun watching him deliberately playing against type. I watched The Way Ahead again the other week and his tough but fair, no-nonesense platoon sergeant in that was superb - the way he gradually went from being the enemy of his raw recruits to the man they trusted and respected was wonderfully portrayed. A very underrated actor, even if his last season of DW was seriously affected by his illness.
pickwick
Apr. 18th, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
Ah, see, I don't know who these people are yet :)

I'm surprised how impressed I am by Hartnell even though there's so much more line fluffing and so on left in. TV in those days was much closer to stage acting, in a way - I was reading bits and bobs about it, and I think every 25-minute episode was filmed in one day, pretty much.
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