I looked over the entire list of WHO threads... and none of them seemed appropriate for this post. So I decided, however reluctantly, to start yet another one. Ah well. ENJOY!
Pertwee was my first Doctor, and I didn't take to him at first, either. It's funny, because watching his shows as they've been released on disk, I quite enjoy them, now. Age brings a different perspective, perhaps.
I'm watching a pile of Pertwees right now, all back-to-back...
SPEARHEAD FROM SPACE
TERROR OF THE AUTONS
THE MIND OF EVIL
THE CLAWS OF AXOS
COLONY IN SPACE (severely edited)
THE SEA DEVILS
up for tonight: THE TIME MONSTER !
Sometimes it’s difficult to separate the Doctor from the show. [DISCLAIMER: I started watching Doctor Who just a few short years ago.] For example, although it took me a while to warm up to him, I think Tom Baker is one of the best Doctors, but I don’t particularly like most of the stories during his era.
My “first” Doctor was William Hartnell, and the commonly held belief that your first Doctor remains your favorite is certainly true in my case. Of course, not all of his stories were top-notch, either, but like Tom Baker who would follow him, his performances, shaky as they could be at times, transcended the show’s budgetary shortcomings.
I’m sorry to say that Collin Baker is probably my least favorite Doctor (that jacket!), but I agree with you he didn’t get a fair shake. In contention for least favorite is Peter Davison, which I also regret saying because he seems like such a nice guy. But what it all boils down to is that the Fifth Doctor is too bland and the Sixth is too arrogant.
Some of the more recent Doctors have been pretty good, too. ;)
There are quite a few over-long WHO stories that can be described as "runarounds", as the plot goes in circles as a way to pad it out (quite like FLASH GORDON'S TRIPS TO MARS). I remember the 1st time I saw it, thinking "FRONTIER IN SPACE" was perhaps the only WHO "runaround" where I didn't mind so much. Even so, had it been 4 or 5 episodes instead of 6, I bet I'd have liked it a lot more.
PLANET OF THE DALEKS followed on, and was another 6 parts. In effect, since the 2 stories are connected, it seems an attempt to recreate THE DALEK MASTER PLAN, which was 12 parts plus a separate prologue (13 in all). I think part 3 of PLANET... was only available as a B&W copy in the 80's, so my PBS station ran it as a movie with the B&W part MISSING!!! (So it's one of 2 Pertwee episodes I've still never seen.)
The last 2 days:
THE TIME WARRIOR
INVASION OF THE DINOSAURS (pts. 2-6)
DEATH TO THE DALEKS (only a 4-parter, but still cold have been better at 3)
After falling completely in love with Jo all over again (that's 2 runs in a row she had that effect on me), Sarah's kinda funny. She was my absolute FAVORITE female character on TV for the whole of the 80's, and yet, the last time I watched my collection, she was one of the only girls on the show who didn't affect me at all. (It's as if I somehow "got over her"...)
She starts with such a fire in her and a real chip on her shoulder, all bull-headed and getting herself into so much trouble (starting with suspecting The Doctor to be the baddie in her debut story), before drastically lightening up by her 3rd story, and becoming so much nicer, more likable, and almost frantic at times. Lis Sladen may be an Aquarius, but Sarah feels more like a Gemini (borderline-schizo). There's moments in her first 2 stories where she makes Jo seem much smarter than she is, but beginning with her 3rd, there's moment where she begins to seem smarter than THE DOCTOR. I think that, coupled with her firery temper, is what made her and The Doctor such a great team (much like The Doctor and Romana II).
People always say your first Doctor is your favorite, but my first was Peter Cushing, followed by Jon Pertwee, then Tom Baker... and my favorite is Sylvester McCoy! (Go figure) I only recently read that after Colin Baker was fired by the BBC, the producer (JNT) specifically went looking for "a Patrick Troughton type". Boy, did he find one!! Even so, those IDIOTS who were so hell-bent on driving the BBC's #1 BIGGEST money-maker worldside OFF the air tried to prevent McCoy from being hired. I think they were just determined not to approve ANYBODY, they just wanted to use every excuse they could to screw the show over. Anyway, despite a rather dodgy 1st season (after all this time, I do like "PARASIDE TOWERS" and "DELTA AND THE BANNERMEN"-- there, I've said it), I did like McCoy from the very first. I tend to think his GOOFY side is what makes his "mysterious" side work so well. You just don't expect someone who looks like THAT to be dangerous.
Over time, I came to realize that Patrick Troughton was my 2nd favorite, and Tom Baker, my 3rd. Crazy, huh? (Peter Cushing might be higher on the list, except he only did 2 stories, and they're not exactly part of the same continuity! Although, his 2nd film remains my #1 FAVORITE Dalek story, bar none.)
A good friend of mine has offered the opinion that Roger Delgado would have made a better Doctor than Jon Pertwee. If you watch the scene in "THE CLAWS OF AXOS" where he's messing about with The Doctor's TARDIS, you can see what he means.
Tom Baker was my first encounter with Doctor Who, and of all episodes, his first. I had no idea what I was getting into with this sometimes arrogant, sometimes teaching, often matter-of-fact alien in a blue box. But I loved it. It was such a complete departure from the repeats of Star Trek & less-than-amusing Lost In Space, confusing Time Tunnel & others (Batman doesn't count here). The strange into music would confuse my mother, "What is that noise?! THAT'S music?! for a CHILDREN'S show??" But she soon understood my utter fascination with the show. Sometimes a half-season would repeat twice, even thrice before the remaining season would play, and years before the heart-breaking final episode & Doctor #4's regeneration. Again, my heart cried out when the Sonic Screwdriver was destroyed.
It would be decades, with scant news of subesquent regenerations & companion changes, before the TV movie aired on American stations. After watching it, I understood why that version of my beloved programme (yes, when such a show reaches THAT level of reverence, it deserves the classical entitlement) never saw production, never mind actual airing.
It was more years still before "SyFy" aired the new series with Christopher Eccleston, Doctor #9, and I watched it. New actor, new stories, new companions. THE MAGIC WAS BACK! It didn't take long for me to fill the gaps (borrowed & rented DVDs, YouTube clips, official & fan sites, ect.), allowing me to experience nearly all of the Doctor's incarnations. I am proud to say, even though I may not dress up, own a toy K-9 nor a Sonic Screwdriver, I AM A WHOVIAN. And yes, if a strange man wearing a bow tie showed up in a strange blue police-box & offered to show me the Universe, I'd leave a note for my folks & be off in a double-heartbeat.
(A side-annecdote; One of my most prized possessions comes indirectly from Dr. Who. It was the first airings of Genesis of the Daleks with Tom Baker giving Davros a right headache, as my mom noticed his lengthy scarf. She asked me to it's full length--and with so little accurate info available at the time--I gave her what measurements I knew of. She offered to knit me a scarf from the scraps & leftover wool from her other afghan projects; I agreed & some months later I was presented with THIS. My own non-regulation, non-official pattern Dr.Who-inspired scarf. It's 17 ft 9 in long, 10 in. wide, weighs a few pounds, and I love it dearly. I've brought it to ICON, my local sci-fi convention often, & gotten smiles, applause, even offers of CASH for it. It's served as a neck-warmer, a lap-warmer/hand-warmer, head-rest and pillow. But I'll never part with it. I plan to be interred with it. Why? because not only was it inspired by one of my all-time favorite shows, my mom made it.)
That is an awesome scarf.
Yesterday I saw PYGMALION for the first time. I've seen MY FAIR LADY 3 times, but this is the first time I saw the original film, the one without the songs. And Leslie Howard was amazing to watch! In some scenes, he reminded me a lot of Peter Davison from the show CAMPION. Which is to say, he reminded me of how Peter Davison's Doctor should have been-- but never was.