dbskyler: (Four and Sarah Pyramids of Mars)
BBC America is going to start showing Fourth Doctor episodes! I swear, I am almost as excited about this as I am about new Doctor Who tomorrow. They claim they'll be showing "the Fourth Doctor's best episodes," but WHICH ONES? They don't say! I am on pins and needles. What will they start off with? Ooh, could it be Horns of Nimon?*

They don't even say how long they're going to keep this going for, but they do have a nifty promotional trailer. Not sure if it will play outside of the US, but in case it does, here's the link: http://www.bbcamerica.com/doctor-who/videos/have-breakfast-with-baker/





*I suspect it won't be Horns of Nimon.
dbskyler: (dalek tea)
"Deep Breath" is on in three days! It feels weird, like it's now coming very soon after waiting a very long time for it. BBC America is turning into the "All Doctor Who, All the Time" channel, which is kind of fun. Except for when they freaked me out by running a "Three Musketeers" commercial right after a Doctor Who trailer, and I hadn't known that Peter Capaldi also plays the Cardinal in that show. I hadn't been paying full attention, but then I was all, "What?! Is this a different show? Are they doing a Three Musketeers crossover with Doctor Who? Or am I starting to imagine Peter Capaldi is in everything?" But apparently Peter Capaldi actually is in everything.

Not much longer to wait!
dbskyler: (ten_fez)
BBC America has started to run ads for the new series of Doctor Who. These ads are a black screen with the Doctor Who theme music, and a promise that we are getting the new series "in August." WHEN IN AUGUST???!

Not that I'm counting the days or anything . . .
dbskyler: (the Brig)
So you know that "live around the world" Doctor Who announcement today? Not so live, here. We here in Pacific Time didn't get it until three hours later.

I've encountered "time zone bias" before -- all the major events here are geared towards Eastern Time, and we either get them three hours later (Saturday Night Live isn't ever live), or they start ridiculously early for us (the Oscars begin at 6 pm, despite the fact that they're being broadcast FROM CALIFORNIA).

But one thing I will say for our American networks -- when they promise us a live show, it is ACTUALLY LIVE. If it's going to be tape-delayed by three hours, then they say "live on the east coast" and we here in the west know we're going to get screwed again. But the major television events -- like the Oscars, and the Super Bowl -- that are advertised as live for everyone, are actually live for everyone.

BBC America, you suck. That is all.

(And no, I'm not mad because I missed hearing the announcement at the same time as everyone else -- I wasn't even home then. Nor am I mad because I recorded at the wrong time, because I checked BBCA's schedule and did record at the correct time. I am mad because WHEN YOU GO TO ALL THE TROUBLE TO ANNOUNCE SOMETHING WILL GET BROADCAST LIVE AROUND THE WORLD, THAT INCLUDES US, YOU JERKS.)
dbskyler: (Rassilon)
BBC America is going to be broadcasting Broadchurch here soon, and in their advertising they've been saying things like "The most popular drama since Downton Abbey," etc. Well, I love Downton Abbey, but I'm feeling cautious about Broadchurch, even though it does have David Tennant in it and I am a fan of his acting ability. Here's what I'm worried about:

-- It's apparently a crime drama, and I don't tend to enjoy crime dramas. I don't watch NCIS, or Law & Order: [fill-in-the-blank here], or any of the multitude of other crime shows, at least not on a regular basis. Mysteries and who-done-its in and of themselves don't interest me, so shows that are all about piling on the "wtf" tangents will lose me (i.e., "Lost").

-- I don't tend to like gritty realism, hopelessness, or violence in my TV shows. (Another reason why I don't watch modern crime dramas.) For example, I am a huge fan of the 1970's-era Battlestar Galactica, but not of the revised Battlestar Galactica, even though I can objectively recognize that the revised version was a better show. It was too gritty for me, and not nearly as much fun.

-- It's written by Chibnall, who has written some of my least-favorite episodes of Doctor Who, and none of my favorites.

Of course, the most sensible thing to do would be to try watching the thing and see if I like it or not -- at worst I would lose a little time -- but I find myself hoping for more information before I give it a shot.

So, here's my question to those of you who have seen Broadchurch: Did you like it? Based on what you know of me, any guesses on whether I will like it? (It's okay if you guess wrong.)
dbskyler: (tardis)
I'm watching the Doctors Revisited special for the Seventh Doctor right now, and thoroughly enjoying it. They have Bonnie Langford back again -- the first time a companion has been interviewed in more than one special -- and Sophie Aldred, and Sylvester McCoy.

The best quotes so far have been from Sophie. First she said that Sylvester would take every opportunity to "bring out those spoons," and then she said that her biggest claim to fame as a companion is that she beat up a Dalek with a baseball bat, and it would probably be on her tombstone.

"Famous foes" showcased the Rani, which is a little weird I think because she was introduced in a Sixth Doctor episode, but I suppose the pickings were slim.

Steven Moffat said some great things, and especially praised Sylvester's ability to be very comic with this tremendous layer of sadness underneath.

And now we're into "Remembrance of the Daleks." Steven Moffat introduced it, and he began by confessing that he didn't like the Seventh Doctor's first episodes, but he nevertheless cut short a meeting for "Press Gang" to rush home and watch "Remembrance," and he was completely blown away by it.

And now, my off-the-cuff reactions to "Remembrance of the Daleks," which I have seen before, but don't remember very well:

spoilers for Remembrance of the Daleks )

No hint of whether they're going to do a retrospective for the Eighth Doctor. Hard though it would be to do one, I kind of hope they do!
dbskyler: (Rassilon)
Finally got the chance to watch the Doctors Revisited special for the Sixth Doctor. It was fine -- nothing great, but nothing bad, either. Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, and Bonnie Langford were all interviewed, plus Steven Moffat and other people. For the first time, David Tennant wasn't interviewed; I wonder if that's because he was too busy at the time of shooting, or because he didn't have much to say about the Sixth Doctor? (I suspect the former.)

Their chosen episode for Six was Vengeance on Varos, and I realized I'd never seen it! So I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. Also, it was again introduced by Steven Moffat, and I am starting to suspect that he is the one choosing which episodes to show. Regardless if it's him or not, the choices have been uniformly good, even if they haven't always been the ones I would personally choose. I was pleasantly surprised by V on V -- it was really an excellent episode, and Colin was in great form as the Doctor. I found myself really appreciating his physicality, and I loved one point in particular where he seemed to be purposefully imitating Peter Davison.

slight spoilers for Vengeance on Varos )

Only one more "regular" special left -- I wonder which episode they're going to show for Seven? And I wonder what sort of retrospective they'll do for Eight? Do they have the rights to broadcast the TVM? Will they bother to cover him at all?
dbskyler: (tardis)
BBCA's Fifth Doctor Revisited special is on my television right now, and for the first time, they have covered everyone -- Adric, Nyssa, Tegan, Turlough, and Peri have all made an appearance! Not only that, but Matthew, Sarah, Janet, Mark, and Nicola have all been interviewed! (And by the way, I would never have recognized Matthew Waterhouse, but he sounds exactly the same!)

After the sad and sometimes downright shameful companion omissions of past specials, it's nice to have everyone recognized and celebrated in this one. Peter Davison was also interviewed. I assume they'll continue with the Doctor interviews from now on -- hopefully everyone will agree to do it (can't wait to hear what Colin has to say!)

And now they're into the Fifth Doctor episode. And the chosen one? It's Earthshock! I guessed they would do Caves of Androzani, so I was wrong. I had to laugh, though, because in Steven Moffat's introduction to the episode, he made a point of talking about a surprise at the end -- but the surprise had already been given away in the special! With quotes from everyone, including Steven! So I guess the episode introductions get filmed at a different time than the retrospective interviews. I wonder if they're filmed first, or later? How far in advance does BBCA choose the episode? Do they know which one they're showing for the Sixth Doctor yet?

Anyway, on to watching Earthshock! I'm pleased, because for once it's an episode I haven't seen for ages, and I don't remember it that well. Although I do remember what happens at the end . . . ; )

ETA: And, now I remember why I haven't re-watched this episode in such a long time.

spoilers for Earthshock )
dbskyler: (Four and Sarah Pyramids of Mars)
The "Doctors Revisited" Fourth Doctor special is on my TV right now, so here we go with a liveblog!

-- TOM BAKER!!!! They interviewed Tom Baker! HOORAY!!!!!!!!
-- Steven Moffat is obviously a huge fan of the Fourth Doctor. He has good taste. : )
-- And look what's coming up after the commercial break -- Sarah Jane!
-- And, it's over. Not much time spent on her, but some very nice things were said. And apparently David Tennant tweaked the script for "School Reunion" so the Doctor would call her "Sarah," and not "Sarah Jane." The benefits of having a real fanboy play the Doctor!
-- Look now, it's Louise Jamison! Awww. And John Leeson! Double awww.
-- Okay, now they're into clips and "famous foes," etc. Zygons and Davros so far. The more I watch, the more I find myself smiling. The Fourth Doctor really is MY Doctor. He just looks so right on the screen.
-- And ahhhhhh, it's over? IT'S OVER??? BUT . . . ROMANA! THEY DIDN'T COVER ROMANA! AT ALL!!!!!!!!! NOT EVEN ONE LITTLE CLIP!!!! WTH?????????????????

And yes, the Fourth Doctor episode is now on my TV, but I can't get too excited by that, because I own it. And have watched it many, many times. (No, it's not "Genesis of the Daleks," hooray! And yes, it is a Sarah Jane episode. "Pyramids of Mars," my prediction was correct! Although much as I love this one, I still would have chosen "City of Death" instead.)
dbskyler: (the Brig)
The one good thing about commercials is they give me a chance to immediately type up my reactions, so here we go for the Third Doctor special.

Camille Coduri! Camille Coduri talking about how sexy Jon Pertwee is! Hurrah!!

And Hugh Bonneville??!! It's a little bizarre to have him talking about the Third Doctor, but I suppose that he too is of the correct age to have grown up watching those episodes.

And Richard Franklin!!!

Steven Moffat on "Spearhead from Space": "What was the plan, exactly? 'We're going to conquer the world by planting dummies in shop windows!'"

Aww, and Moffat is heaping praise on Nicholas Courtney and on Roger Delgado. Yes, I agree completely!!!

And of course everyone is also praising Jon Pertwee, which is only fair as this is his special. Now I wonder if they will actually interview Tom Baker in the Fourth Doctor special. Oooh, I hope they do!

Speaking of actors who are still alive, we don't have anything from Katy Manning yet. Perhaps they didn't include her. Bah. Well, maybe she wasn't available.

. . . and it just ended. No Katy. And nothing on Sarah Jane, although they did cover Liz Shaw and Jo Grant. That's a little disappointing, but I suspect they will do a lot on Sarah Jane for the Fourth Doctor special. Except they have a lot of companions to cover for him. But then maybe they'll do the same thing and leave Adric and Nyssa and Tegan for the Fifth Doctor?

Okay, on to watching (or rather, re-watching) "Spearhead from Space!" And here I thought they were going to choose "Terror of the Autons" as the Third Doctor episode to screen. Do I get partial credit for at least getting the invading force correct?
dbskyler: (Sarah SJA)
Okay, I admit that I didn't have high hopes for this special -- it had all the earmarks of a typical BBCA special (mindless fluff interspersed with clips). But while those are indeed the basic ingredients, the execution this time around is very well done. First of all, the "fluff" interviews, while indeed fluff, are delivered by people I actually want to hear from -- i.e., the actors involved. We don't have "person I've never heard of" giving their opinion on Amelia Pond, we have Karen Gillan giving her opinion. Which instantly makes it much more interesting. We also have Arthur Darvill, and Freema Agyeman, and Noel Clarke, and John Barrowman, and Jenna Louise-Coleman, and Steven Moffat, and David Tennant, and Matt Smith.

The other thing they have finally got right is that instead of just giving us clips, they are giving us backstage moments. There are backstage scenes I've never seen before, and scenes from the show that are from a backstage angle (i.e., you can see sound crew or camera crew in the shot), which again makes it far more interesting to watch. (Hee hee, I'm typing this as I'm watching, and they just did a clip where Nick Briggs is chanting "exterminate" into the microphone, and we hear the director yell "cut!" and the "exterminate"s kind of peter out in a very funny way.)

And yes, they covered Sarah Jane, and oh it was so sad but also so sweet. David Tennant and John Barrowman both fanboyed about her, which I always love because they became fans at the same time as I did, back in the '70s, and in the same way, through growing up watching her episodes. John: "If you have a little Sarah Jane in your companion, you're a good companion." Awwwwww!

And, it just ended. I'm actually sad. And now, the Third Doctor special is up next. Hopefully it will be good, too!
dbskyler: (Eleven proud)
. . . is on my television right now! Hooray for part 2 of the BBCA retrospective!

It was preceded by a special on the Second Doctor that was pretty good. I especially liked the comments from David Tennant, Steven Moffat, Wendy Padbury, and Frazier Hines. (Frazier: "The Second Doctor is my favorite." Not surprising, but nice to hear it stated. *g*)

But my favorite part was when Moffat introduced Tomb of the Cybermen: "It doesn't really make sense, but then it's not the only Doctor Who episode you can say that about . . ." LOL!! ". . . Still, it's creepy, and it's atmospheric, and it's absolutely brilliant." You know, I think I could say exactly the same thing about The Pandorica Opens. :D

ETA: It's Bitey! The first time the Doctor encounters a cybermat! :D :D :D Okay, I am unreasonably fond of cybermats. Sorry, it's a thing. Carry on with the episode now.
dbskyler: (freema_peter)
So apparently BBC America will be showing "Tomb of the Cybermen" for their 2nd Doctor installment of "Doctors Revisited." Which is good, and another great choice after "The Aztecs" for the 1st Doctor, except for one tiny little detail: I've already seen both of those episodes!!!!!!! Okay, they're great episodes, and that's one of the reasons why I've seen them (also they, you know, exist, unlike some of the other choices), but how amazing would it be for BBCA to broadcast a Classic Who episode that I haven't already seen?

Of course, I am currently making that less likely by what's currently in my DVD player: "The Sea Devils," a 3rd Doctor episode that I haven't seen before. But BBCA is unlikely to choose that one for the 3rd Doctor anyway, right?
dbskyler: (tardis)
And I don't mean "on my TV" as in I'm playing a DVD, I mean it's actually being broadcast by BBC America! It's the First Doctor episode "The Aztecs." I've already seen it, but it's on my TV! In all its glorious black-and-whiteness! Also, there's a logo in the upper right-hand corner of a TARDIS and "50 years."

Hurrah!!!!!!!!

Are they going to broadcast one Classic Who episode for every Doctor? I saw something about a "Doctors revisited" special, but I assumed it was going to be another one of BBCA's frankly disappointing retrospective shows with clips and inane commentary. But an actual episode is a wonderful surprise!
dbskyler: (Ten expression)
Watching the BBC America special "The Women of Doctor Who" right now, and already I'm very disappointed because it's clear they're doing New Who only. It doesn't look like they're even going to mention Sarah Jane. Instead it was all Rose Rose Rose, and now that we're past the first commercial break it's Martha Martha Martha. I guess Donna will be up next, and then Amy, and then River Song, and the show will be over? Or maybe they'll do River Song, and then Amy. Ooh, suspense!

Wait a minute, Yvonne Hartman?! They're doing Yvonne Hartman now. Why? This makes no sense. Why Yvonne and not Jackie? Or Harriet Jones?

Okay, and now Idris?? I have no idea where they're going now. They haven't even done Donna yet. Are they saving Donna for later?

Okay, I guess I have to keep watching now just to see what they do next. It's still a disappointment, though. It would've been so much better if they'd started with Barbara.

ETA: Okay, they did just do Sarah. All the clips were from New Who, but they did slip in a couple of stills from the '70s.

greetings

Aug. 13th, 2011 10:05 pm
dbskyler: (up to eleven)
I'm back, which some of you know already as I've been leaving comments on people's posts. For some reason I haven't been feeling much like posting, though. Maybe because I don't have much to post about?

Anyway, how's it going? Let's see, what can I say?

I'm watching the BBC America special "Best of the Doctor" right now. It's a little weird; clips from S5 and S6 interspersed with "celebrities" (most of whom I don't know -- I'm so out of the loop) talking about the Doctor and Doctor Who in general. I'm a little bored by it (which is why I'm posting during it). I think it's mostly geared towards new viewers who need an introduction to the show, but then I wonder if any new viewers would be bothering to watch it.

Ooh, my favorite "Law and Order UK" commercial just came on. "Out of the police box, into the courtroom" intones the narrator, as they show us close-ups of Peter Davison and Freema. It's Doctor Who as a courtroom drama! Maybe I have to watch it now.

Okay, this special is picking up a little bit finally. It's still fairly mindless to watch, but fun to see the clips, and Chris Hardwick is complaining about how Steven Moffat is driving him crazy, which is amusing. He doesn't know how Moffat is going to write his way out of what happened at the beginning of "The Impossible Astronaut." He's looking directly at the camera and kind of whining, "Steven." I think we're all feeling that way, Chris!

Oh, and now the special's over. Well, that killed an hour. I should go do something productive now, shouldn't I?
dbskyler: (eleven smile)
Watching Doctor Who at the Proms RIGHT NOW on my TELEVISION! And I'm actually looking forward to the commercial breaks, because there are recorded greetings from Matt, Karen, Arthur and Alex for ME! Well, for viewers of BBC America, but that's ME!

Given that there is one greeting (so far) with Alex Kingston in it, I'm guessing they recorded the greetings when they were out here filming in Utah.

And wow, this orchestra is really, really good. It's amazing to listen to them "live." The show looks awesome, and they did a great job of capturing the action for television, too!

And this is just the warm-up, because the Doctor Who Christmas special will be broadcast later TODAY (today, today, today)!!!!

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it, and to everyone, happy December 25th!
dbskyler: (eleven)
I was out today so I set the VCR to tape "The Beast Below" at 6 p.m., but I just found out that I accidentally taped what was on at 6 a.m. instead!

Fortunately, it's on again at 9 p.m., but now I have to WAIT to see it! Arrgghhh!

In the meantime, I am watching the repeat of "Eleventh Hour" that's currently on, and I'm taking mental notes every time BBC America cuts a scene. Wow, they've cut quite a lot so far. I'm happy they showed the full uncut episode last week, but people catching it for the first time tonight are really missing out. I sincerely hope they're not cutting "Beast Below" or any of the subsequent episodes this badly, or I might just change my resolve to watch them on BBC America.

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