Saturday, February 04, 2006

For the past

twenty or so months, the ABC, the Australian public broadcaster - public in so far as the conservative government, that continues to tighten the purse strings because it thinks the ABC has a leftwing bias, will let it be - has been replaying episodes of Doctor Who, starting with ones made in 1963 & continuing through to 1989 ones. Four evenings a week, then five, then two episodes a night. Fucked up dinner preparations, but I watched them all.

Seven different leading actors across the years - regeneration in a new body was the cause of the transitions - from grandfather characters through to nerds. My favourite was Tom Baker, the fourth Doctor, though it helped that this was the time when the best scripts were coming through. I might be wrong about this, but I think it was about this time that Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was, first, writing scripts, then acting as script editor.

Dr Who was amateurly done, though it improved with age (& technology), but one of the joys from this point in time is picking out just who ripped it off over the years. Star Trek definitely, Star Wars just a little & a mutual ripping off.

After 1989 it went across to radio with the same voices. I think the comic books & the paperbacks continue to come out. & a couple of years ago back to TV, different Doctors, a new one in each of the three new series, although so far in Australia we've only seen the first.

Now the replays have ended. My evenings won't be the same, though the dinners may get more attention in their making.

1 comment:

richard lopez said...

our own pbs i think aired all of the old bbc _dr who_ programs way back in the late 80s, early 90s. i tried watching them all, but surely missed out on whole years' worth. loved the cheesiness, the crappy cotumes, and the idiocies of the villains and the good dr. don't know if adams worked on the episodes i watched then, but the bbc also did adams' _hitchhiker's guied_ in the same fashion, with bad sets, terrible fx, and terrible acting. that was the best, and sure the hell beats hollywood's total fuck-up inspired by adams' hilarious books.