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Sunday, August 04, 2013

The 'Vark Opines, wherein he deals with Him who is Who.

Peter Capaldi announced as the new Doctor

I do not know about this actor. I did not know about Eccleston, Tennant, or Smith, so it's up for grabs. I am reasonably assured that despite the darker opinions on the Internet, Moffat and Co. have no interest in torpedoing their cash cow. (Pause and meditate upon that image). We've had Dark and Brooding, Pretty Boy, and Pardon Me, I Have a Face Like a Shoe. This guy has the Look that may make for an interesting personality. I'm willing to give him the chance.
As I said on Facebook when tasked by a young friend, I really could care less. It is a good show, I will watch it, unless it is unexpectedly execrable. I believe that it transcends the actor. Doctor Who survived Colin Baker.

Yeah. I went there.


Rigel Kent said...

"Doctor Who survived Colin Baker."

Wow, that's just mean. True, but mean. I've actually never seen any of the Colin Baker Doctor Who episodes except clips here and there.

A lot of Tom Baker (of course) and Peter Davison. And a little of the three before them, but no Colin Baker or Sylvester McCoy.

Oh, good Lord. I now have an almost irresistible urge to make a pun based on the Doctor having been played by an actor with the surname McCoy.

That's it, I've gotta run before the urge overtakes me!

The Aardvark said...

Dammit, Jim, I'm a doctor, not The Doctor!

Bless you for spelling "Davison" correctly.
The Colin Baker episodes can be rewarding. The "Trial of a Time Lord" arc showcases the acerbic wit of Colin Baker's Doctor. He can be an unpleasant jerk, though.

You MUST see McCoy. He may be my overall favorite.

Rigel Kent said...

"Trial of a Time Lord" is what I think of when I consider checking out Colin Baker's Doctor Who. From what I've heard of it it's supposed to be very good.

My only concern is whether I would need to be familiar with other Colin Baker episodes to appreciate it fully since they are trying him for things he's done. Since you've seen it do you think that's something I should be worried about?

As to McCoy's Who, is there a particular episode you would recommend?

The Aardvark said...

McCoy: "Remembrance of the Daleks" is amazing. "The Greatest Show in the Galaxy" is nice and creepy.
I think "Trial" can stand alone. There are sufficient flashbacks, if I recall, to clue you in. It also uncrates some Time Lord info.

Rigel Kent said...

Thanks for the advice.

Michael W said...

I only remember Peter Capaldi from his first big role in one of my favorite films: 1983's "Local Hero". It'll be interesting to see how he handles the TARDIS.

"Remembrance of the Daleks" was not only a great McCoy episode, but the finest Dalek story in my opinion since "Genesis of the Daleks". After that I'd recommend "Silver Nemesis" and "The Happiness Patrol" as good McCoy episodes.

The Aardvark said...

The McCoy writers (and star!) were rabidly anti-Thatcher, and wrote with that in mind. "The Happiness Patrol" is a classic example of their activist work.

Rigel Kent said...

Allow me introduce Rigel's Law on "message" fiction.

If the story is good it doesn't matter how much I disagree with your message.

If the story is not good it doesn't matter how much I agree with your message.

And this applies no matter the format of the story, be it book, movie or TV show.

Doom said...

Doctor who? :p

The Aardvark said...

Who's on first.