Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Who Do You Love?

Who'd think these guys would be one and the same? Yes, both these men are The Doctor. William Hartnell (left) and Matt Smith (right) are two of the eleven actors who've tackled one of the most British characters on television: the time traveller from the planet Gallifrey. The character's ability to "regenerate", or to change his physical appearance while still being the same person, is one of the most brilliant ideas to emerge from the minds of producers and writers. This allows one to keep a show going long after the main actor leaves.

Now, combining both the original series (which lasted 26 years) with the revived series (now on 5 years), there are many, many stories to cover. I hope to write a review for each story released on DVD. This will be a welcome break from film, and frankly, it's strictly personal. I enjoy the series, have been a fan for many years, and I'd like to provide my own perspective. Some of the original stories are quite good, while some of the revived are quite awful. Something new doesn't necessarily mean improved, and a "classic" doesn't mean it is brilliant. I hope to do this every other Thursday, when my library offers Teen Scene activities, starting from the very first story, An Unearthly Child, down to the most recent, which at the moment of this writing is Planet of the Dead (though I suspect soon both The Waters of Mars and The End of Time will be released on DVD, and maybe even Series 5). I will follow the example of Doctor Who Magazine, which recently released its own poll of all the stories and use their rating system of 1-10.

Well, let's hope that I can do this and do Doctor Who justice. Up this month, Stories 001 & 002: An Unearthly Child and The Daleks.

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