Dr Who Restoration Project

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Go here http://www.restoration-team.co.uk/ for a comprehensive treasure trove of data about the current on-going transfer of the Dr. Who series (going since the 60's remember!) to DVD. This will be of interest of anyone who is into video/audio editing.

Given that you are a Dr. Who fan as well Bill, I thought that you would especially enjoy this.

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New doctor to be revealed at Christmas

Matt Smith bows out in the Christmas special.

50th anniversary is in November..

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22741493

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Dr. Who Musings

Though I had heard of Dr. Who growing up, I didn't get a chance to watch it until I met a friend in college who collected several of the DVDs from the Tom Baker years and I have to say I enjoyed them for their high camp, story arcs across several episodes, and nice theme music. The variety of genres depending on the storyline was nice, too.

The dodgy special effects kind of added to the appeal, really. I haven't seen the new episodes of it and I understand there are a LOT of Dr. Who episodes out there.

That's a very nice link to the site, though. It's rare to get an in-depth look into the audio/video restoration process. I was doing some experimenting recently rendering video captured from a GBA emulator to be sharp enough to look good blown up at TV quality and came out with some success, but this kind of thing takes much longer that one might think.

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Sylvester McCoy is Scottish

Sylvester McCoy is Scottish (or Scots as they prefer to be called). His accent isn't very strong, but the mix of English/Scots probably left Americans baffled.

I'm old-school as well - watched the Pertwee/Tom Baker era and then lost interest. Loved Blakes 7 - also out on DVD in the UK now.

Tom Baker is now the narrator/commentator on the great British comedy series "Little Britain" - our crazy Dutch friends probably like this!

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Yeah, though for the most part, the science was pathetic and incorrect during the first Doctor's run, but yeah, it was intended as a type of educational children's program originally. If I remember, the first Doctor was occasionally referred to as "Professor" (and of course "Grandfather" by his "granddaughter").

And yes, some PBS stations actually have shown it in the original way, episodically. They were broken up into roughly half hour episodes with the usual opening with the familiar Doctor Who music and credits at the end. For most PBS stations, these were mashed up into often just one episode, though sometimes even that wasn't possible and there were multiple parts.

I LOVED the episodes with two or more Doctors. They were some of the most fun. I obviously most favored Doctor's two through six, but my favorite companions were Sarah Jane Smith (with Pertwee and Baker), K-9 and the second Romana. I liked several of them though, but favorites are favories.

I remember for one of my few after school activities, this one in I think 7th or 8th grade, I was in "Olympics of the Mind", changed to "OM" for copyright reasons. Anyway, a group of us entered the build a cheap robot contest, where the robot had to do some basic things, like move, have an impact sensor, have an arm to pick stuff up, etc. Our robot was a replica of K-9, which was kind of neat. I wish we took pictures. And no, we didn't win, as in our second contest there were some issues with wiring and what-not (more specifically, I cost us points by moving the extension cord and knocking what the "arm" was holding out). It was probably for the best we didn't go further, as frankly our robot exceeded what you were supposed to spend budget-wise. Our robot was fully automatic, remote controlled and powered, while a lot of others were controlled by strings and what-not.

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Early Dr Who

Yes, I remember watching a Dr Who documentary that was going on about how the show was first intended to be an educational program for kids. I guess a director or producer at some point realized that daleks were mere interesting than always having the Doctor involved in some historical situation. Indeed, it's funny that I can't remember a single episode before Pertwee shows up.

The episodes featuring multiple doctors are always fun.

I'm a bit confused on one point. How does British TV handle these episodes? Do they show them as one big, uninterrupted block like on PBS, or do they split them up into a 30-min segments and air them daily or weekly? I really hate having the interruptions and much prefer the movie-length versions that tend to get shown on PBS (I guess they probably are too lame to show any of them now.)

Also, did you have those weirdo PBS fund raisers for science fiction programming? I remember watching these guys dress up in alien costumes and the like to try to get people to fund the programming. Pretty fun stuff, though it was annoying how often they cut into the program. Thank God they only did it twice a year or so.

As for the so-called "American Doctor Who," that was a disgrace. Within a few minutes, they had him shooting a gun at someone, which the real Doctor would NEVER do, having sex (again, totally wrong), and also having people call him "Doctor Who." Now, anyone, and I mean ANYONE who has watched the series, knows that no one in the show calls him "Doctor Who," but only "Doctor" (though I believe I've heard him called "Professor" before as well). At any rate, it's stunning how badly Doctor Who made the transition into America...Ouch.

I just hope that no American director ever gets the idea to make a new Blakes 7. I shudder to think what'd they do to characters like Orac or Avon. I'm guessing Villa would be made into some sort of cute "CGI" monstrosity.

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I was a fan of Colin Baker,

I was a fan of Colin Baker, so I never did much get into McCoy, despite trying. I think unlike the other Doctor's, yes, all six of the prior ones (not counting the one-off movies), McCoy had the thickest "accent", making it very difficult for an untrained ear to truly make out what he was saying. We went from "proper British" speaking in all the other Doctor's, Shakesperean in most cases, to McCoy, whose accent is probably some Welsh offshoot or something.

The only Doctor besides McCoy I really didn't care for was the first Doctor, and that's not really his fault. It was a rough show done with lots of one takes, so there were a plethora of flubbed lines and poor science. By the second doctor, Troughton, things picked up considerably.

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Blakes 7 Wacky Wardrobes

The one thing I never understood about Blakes 7 was those wacky outfits they were always wearing. I know that an early episode mentioned that there was a room on the Liberator that contained an abundance of clothes (we never see this room). Yet, why would anyone want to dress up in a belt and tunic from the Middle Ages one day, a 70s era evening dress the next, and finally end up in leather? I guess it is part of the fun of the show to laugh at their selections, but, really, the wardrobes were hopelessly wacky. It's almost as though the cast were just randomly picking up stuff from the BBC's other programs without any thought towards consistency.

Am I missing out on some aspect of the British character that would explain all this? I know that in the majority of American science fiction shows (Star Trek, etc.) the characters usually wear uniforms or very similar outfits from show to show. I think the only character on Star Trek TNG that regularly changed her attire was Counsellor Troi, and that never really made sense either. (Indeed, in one episode the Enterprise gets a new captain temporarily, who promptly commands Troi to start wearing a proper uniform). The obvious question is why Picard and Riker allowed it in the first place.

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Blakes 7 'rules'

Yes, Blakes 7 is amazing. Got the series on DVD. Childhood favourite of mine I must say.
Orac, the cube computer was a great find. What about the Avon character. Just recently I saw a photo of the group, man they've aged!


Former glory

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blake's_7


Blake today ;)

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Doctor Who

I've been a huge Doctor Who fan since I was old enough to remember. When I was a bit a wee tot, the local PBS channel would play 30 minute snippets of the show everyday. Who could forget the daleks and Leela?

Like most people I know who started watching the show in the 80s, my favorite Doctor is Tom Baker. I love the guy! I was even happy to see him in that terrible movie Dungeons and Dragons, and I took it personally when he was turned down for the role of Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. However, I do like Pertwee quite a bit as well. Though did you the episode where he takes off his short and has a big tattoo? Didn't exactly fit with my expectations...!

I just couldn't ever get into Sylvester McCoy. I don't know why, but the guy really annoyed me.

Do you guys like Blakes 7 as well? I'm currently watching that show again. Kerr Avon is a great character!

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Great stuff, Davy. Sadly,

Great stuff, Davy. Sadly, I'll admit that while I watched almost every original episode of the first 7 doctors, I never got through the awful 8th TV movie with Eric Roberts, and never did see the ressurection of the series with the 9th Doctor from a few years back now. I DVR'd every episode, but didn't get around to watching any from season one before we moved last month. I had to give the DVR back to the cable company of course. Now I have a new DVR and have to see if I can actually catch the new series again on Sci-Fi...

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