Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Trippy Time Lords

The new Dr Who is set to premier this weekend and it will be interesting to see where they take it.

David Tennant will be a hard act to follow, but I'll keep an open mind until I see what they do. Unfortunately it looks set to continue the pattern of of having a bored and/or frustrated middle class woman who meets the slightly eccentric but charming Doctor who then whisks her off on a series of thrilling adventures. I can't shake the feeling they're targeting the same sexually frustrated audience that loves Twilight.

And in an odd bit of news, Mick Farren blogged yesterday about documents that have turned up which show that the Doctor's regenerations were modeled on bad acid trips.

“Internal BBC memos have revealed how Doctor Who's regenerations were modelled on bad LSD trips. Documents published for the first time describe how the Doctor's occasional transformations were supposed to convey the "hell and dank horror" of the hallucinogenic drug."

No wonder the Fifth Doctor was stuck in that wheelchair for so long after regenerating.


Robert Saint John said...

Saw the premiere (The Eleventh Hour) here in SF at WonderCon a few weeks back, and it was wonderful. Simple story with brilliant moments and this Doctor and Amy are just so "right". I thought I wouldn't know until mid-season whether I was hooked or not (it took me 2 or 3 stories to get used to Tennant), but Matt Smith had me by the end of the episode.

But I've been watching since 1978, so I'm pretty used to this by now. The only Doctor I never liked was Colin Baker, and it took me until the next season to really like McCoy.

Jerry Cornelius said...

That's good to hear. I'm glad he found his feet right off the bat.

I never actively disliked SM the way most people did (my cousin still hates him) but CB was the worst. If his name hadn't been "Baker" he never would have gotten the pert.