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Great Jumping Gobstoppers! The Missing Episode Thread’s Closed

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Great Jumping Gobstoppers! The Missing Episode Thread's Closed

Following the closure of a prominent Doctor Who forum’s Missing Episodes Thread fans have been experiencing massive withdrawal symptoms. The end of the week cannot come soon enough!

Source for the cartoon of Patrick Troughton is Murray Ewing – http://www.murrayewing.co.uk/mewsings/2011/04/. No copyright infringement intended.

Meme text by The Doctor Who Mind Robber.

Vivien Fleming

©Vivien Fleming, 2013.

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Chook of the Week – The Fourth Doctor

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Chook of the Week - The Fourth Doctor

This week’s winner of Chook of the Week goes to an eccentric character known as the Fourth Doctor. All beak and curls, the Doctor is highly energetic and has a fine, distinguished crow. He is frequently mistaken for the aged Tom Baker so being vain, the Doctor is considering dying his feathers brown. Originally a recluse, the Doctor spent time in a monastery before determining that his vocation was marriage. Keen to catch up on lost time, the Doctor has had three wives. An extremely popular rooster he is indeed!

The Fourth Doctor with one of his former wives, Dusty.

The Fourth Doctor with one of his former wives, Dusty.

Chook of the Week – The Third Doctor

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Third Doctor

Welcome to our “Chook of the Week”. Our first winner is a fine specimen known as the Third Doctor. Displaying a superior plumage of white feathers, The Third Doctor is a mix of White Silky and commercial White Leghorn. When combed and coiffured with skill, the Third Doctor’s mane of feathers can take on a decidedly bouffant style. Strong willed and critical of authority, the Third Doctor chooses to crow whenever and wherever he desires. Other poultry take glee in attempting to identify the source and mimic the sound of his peculiar crowing diction.

One season down, 32 to go!

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One season down, 33 to go!

I’ve now finished watching the first season of Doctor Who and only have another 32 seasons to go. Watch out for reviews of “The Keys of Marinus”, “The Aztecs”, “The Sensorites” and “The Reign of Terror” over the next few days.

Dr. Who and the Daleks

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Doctor Who and the Daleks

Within 18 months of the broadcasting of the BBC serial, The Daleks, Dalekmania had gripped the UK. The Daleks were now to be seen in all their colourful glory on the big screen in this somewhat sanitized adaptation starring Peter Cushing.

A brief step sideways in our chronological journey through 50 years of Doctor Who takes us to the big screen colour remake of The Daleks. Quite unexpectedly the second Doctor Who serial brought forth an almost instantaneous wave of Dalekmania. Sydney Newman, the Canadian born BBC Head of Drama, had famously been quoted as saying that Who was to have “no bug eyed monsters”. Newman subsequently admitted his error of judgement and acknowledged that it was the Daleks that propelled Who to great success.

Dr. Who and the Daleks' Susan, Barbara, Doctor and Ian.

Dr. Who and the Daleks’ Susan, Barbara, Dr. Who and Ian.

Whilst the dialogue remained reasonably true to Terry Nation’s original script, the screen adaptation of The Daleks took considerable liberties in reimaging the central characters of The Doctor, Susan, Barbara and Ian. The Doctor is not an alien, but rather an eccentric grandfather who builds a Tardis in the backyard of his suburban home. He is referred to throughout as “Dr.Who” rather than The Doctor. His grand-daughter, Susan, is much younger than the television portrayal and is perhaps 8 or 9 years old. Barbara is not a 30ish school teacher but rather Dr. Who’s eldest grand-daughter who is in her late teens. Her new boyfriend, Ian, is not the mature, intelligent and resourceful (single) teacher we see in Who, but rather a babbling klutz. Ian’s principal role is to provide comic relief and couldn’t be further from William Russell’s portrayal of Ian as the moral compass of Who.

Some mighty fine looking Daleks.

Some mighty fine looking Daleks.

Characterization aside, Dr. Who and The Daleks is nonetheless a fun, if somewhat inane, romp and is undeniably beautifully realized in colour. The Daleks are spectacular in their colourful diversity and are of much more solid construction than their TV counterparts. Voiced by Who’s David Graham and Peter Hawkins, who unfortunately aren’t so credited, they thankfully sound totally authentic. The Thals also look spectacular, and somewhat camp, on screen with their blonde wigs, heavy bluish green eye shadow and yellow lipstick. Although lacking the darkness and depth of the original television serial Dr.Who and the Daleks is nonetheless worth a view for purely nostalgic purposes. Having now been released on Blu Ray it’s sure to look even more astounding.

The gorgeous Thals.

The gorgeous Thals.

Vivien Fleming

©Vivien Fleming, 2013.