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Totally Doctor Who

April 13th, 2006 (10:31 am)

Quick reminder for Doctor Who fans in the UK - today sees the start of Totally Doctor Who at 5pm, BBC1. It's a children's fanzine type show, so no idea what it's going to be like. I suspect there might be some trailers for the new season in there though....

And for those of you in the US, we apologise immensely for the farting aliens two-parter. On the bright side, this Friday you get one of the best episodes ever : "Dalek". Hugo Award nominated, and totally deserving of it. Don't miss it.


Posted by: Brendan (brendanm720)
Posted at: April 13th, 2006 07:31 am (UTC)
Firefly - Book - Special Hell

That's okay. The makers of Dr. Who will be going to Book's Special Hell just for those two episodes.

But, the return of the daleks... Neat.

[is reminded of Dalek Song]


Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: April 13th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
Hermione - Know everything

Interestingly, those two and "Rose" were the first three filmed and all by the same director. Keith Boak, the director in question, does seem to have burned his bridges with the production team. There was no love lost between himself and Eccleston and being able to keep your lead happy and on set should be at least *part* of the job (some people in the UK had claimed they'd seen Eccleston and Boak having arguments on location). In one interview Eccleston said he'd gotten extremely well with cast and crew except for one un-named director who he said made alterations to the script without consulting the writer - which Eccleston considered unacceptable and unprofessional.

Like I said, Eccleston didn't name the director but it's hard to imagine who else he was talking about...

He also caused some headaches, production-wise. One thing I heard was that, during the filming for Rose, the actors playing Autons had two types of head - one that sealed at the back for filming from behind, and another that was open at the back so that they could breath more easily if only being shot from the front. However, Boak filmed several shots where he had Autons with 'open' heads with their backs to the camera, simply trusting the CGI crew would fix it. And they *did* fix it -- but it was an expense they could have done without.

Even RTD - who always goes out of his way to say nice things about people - made a subtly damning remark. He took responsibility for any production problems in the first block of episodes - but took that responsibility in the form of talking the blame for not stopping Boak from making mistakes. His take is that he and the other producers' instincts were telling them that some of Boak's choices were wrong ones, but that they lacked (at that point) the confidence to tackle him over it.

Considering that a program like this hasn't been made in the UK for almost 20 years it's probably inevitable that these mistakes *had* to be made, simply so they'd know what *not* to do in the future. In all fairness, Boak's main problem was being up first.

Personally, it was the triple cliffhanger that I hated here. I got the idea from the first flash round all three locations - making me revisit it again and again and again just annoyed me.

Posted by: Spectacularly Adequate Empress (empressvesica)
Posted at: April 13th, 2006 07:49 am (UTC)
Fables - Cindy smirk

Oh good. You all didn't love those either. Actually, I thought they were kinda funny. I love the Doctor sealing them in the room and then realizing there is no plan for getting out. Nice.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: April 13th, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
Booster Stylish [wildecate]

That's the Doctor for you - solve one problem at a time, then deal with the consequences.

Your icon reminds me that the new Fables is out. It's got Snow in it....

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Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: April 13th, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC)
Boromir shiny

Lovely little touch though with the Silthleen being a family name, rather than the traditional sci-fi all planet inhabitants are the same.

Posted by: Daveosaurus (southerndave)
Posted at: April 15th, 2006 05:02 am (UTC)

I must say the idea of sending farting aliens over to the country that gave the world "Blazing Saddles" sounds a little bit like sending coals to Newcastle...

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