Doctor Who
Doctor Who
TV-PG | 23 November 1963 (USA)
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  • Reviews

    I don't have all the words right now but this film is a work of art.

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    a film so unique, intoxicating and bizarre that it not only demands another viewing, but is also forgivable as a satirical comedy where the jokes eventually take the back seat.

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    The story, direction, characters, and writing/dialogue is akin to taking a tranquilizer shot to the neck, but everything else was so well done.

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    Billy Ollie

    Through painfully honest and emotional moments, the movie becomes irresistibly relatable

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    This classic series of Doctor Who is awesome with each era bringing something new to the Legacy of the. See were it all started with An Unearthly and see where is ended with Survival its a hell of a ride lets break down the eras.Now the first two eras i find really hard to watch due to most of the episodes being missing. However the stories i have seen i really enjoy Dalek Invasion of Earth is incredible and The Tenth Planet is awesome. With the second doctor i enjoyed The Invasion and Tomb of the Cybermen two great cybermen episodes who are my favourite villains now have seen 3rd Doctor onwards in its entirety and its Classic so lets break down then Eras.The Jon Pertwee era on Doctor Who such a classic era and a great part of Doctor Who history Pertwee plays this role beautifuly and this for me is when Doctor Who feels Dr Who unlike the two era's that came before. This era introduced alot of classic monsters that would be remembered by Dr Who fans forever like the Sea Devils, Silurians and the Sontaran which had there first appearance in The Time warrior. This era is also when I first saw the Ice Warriors in Curse and Monster of Peladon such great episodes now there some episodes I don't like for example the Green Death isn't brilliant and I've never really enjoyed Invasion of the Dinosaurs. This era also introduced two of my characters in the whole show the first one being The Master a brilliant villian in Dr Who history and his relationship with the Doctor is always brilliant. The other being Omega who was in The Three Doctors such a brilliant character and has a great backstory and such a great part of Dr Who law this is a character I want back in the New series and I prefer his look in this over his look in the 5th Doctor era. My favourite episodes in this era are definitely the three Doctors and the sea Devils which are just classic Dr who and episodes that all fans must see in my opinion. I also like that fact the Dr is stranded on earth during his era didn't think it would work but I love it and him for Unit his just awesome and makes for some really good stories.The Tom Baker era of Doctor Who my second favourite era in Classic Who and one of my favourite Doctors. This era has some of the best stories in Doctor Who history like City of Death, Pyramids of Mars and Deadly Assassin just to name few. However I think the best story in this era is definitely Genesis of the Daleks this story is just perfect and should be watched by any doctor who fan it's introduces one the best villains in tv history in Davros the creater of the Daleks such a great and interesting character and any scene with him and the Doctor is just pure gold and down Doctor Who's best moments. Davros isn't the only great villian in this era though Sutekh in Pyramids of Mars is incredible and really want him back in NuWho and season 13 is my second favourite season in Classic Who. I also really like the Key to Time season very enjoyable season. However there are some stories I'm not a fan of like Underworld and Meglos very disappointing stories in my opinion and ones I probably won't revisit that often. This era introduces me to my favourite companion in the Classic Run Romana II played by Lalla Ward. I also want to talk about Logopolis which is one of my favourite and I think Tom has the most interesting regeneration in my opinion.My favourite era in Classic Who is definitely the Peter Davison years this was the era In classic who I watched from beginning to end and loved it all now there are some episodes that aren't perfect like Time Flight and Warriors of the Deep but there some of favourite stories in all of Dr who In this era like Earthshock being my favourite Cyberman story of all time and Caves of Androzani being my favourite episode from the classic era. This era also some of my favourite villains introduced like the Tellaliptals in The Visitation and also the return of Omega in Arc of Infinity which is great. Fantastic era all round and Davison remains my favourite Classic Dr.The Colin Baker era definitely the most underrated era of Doctor Who in my opinion I personally like this era and I really Colin Baker as the Doctor think he played it really well I dont think every episode is perfect I'm not a massive fan of Time Lash and Twin Dilema has some issues. But there are some great stories in this era I love Vengeance on Varos and The Two Doctors. And trail of a Timelord, Revelation of the Daleks and Mark of the Rani are great as well. However my favourite story is definitely Attack of the Cybermen such a great story.The Sylvester McCoy era definitely my least favourite era in Doctor Who and still my least favourite Doctor this era has some really bad stories like The Happiness Patrol and my least favourite Cybermen story in Silver Nemesis and Ghost Light is just plain weird. However there are some great moments in this era and some stories I really like for example I love Survival and Remembrance of the Daleks and I really enjoy Curse of Fenric and Battlefield I also think Time and Rani is very underrated and one of my favourite episodes in this era. This era did also introduce one of favourite companions in Ace such a badass character and loved were her story going but still there just are alot of flawed stories and sometimes I'm not a fan of how he played the Doctor although he does have some great moments just a flawed era overall.Verdict 9/10 great piece of British Tv not all eras are perfect but alot of fun to watch and Dr Who is still my favourite show

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    This British science-fiction/fantasy television series (commonly referred to as the classic "Doctor Who" series) features an alien time traveler who journeys across time and space. The character, known only as the Doctor, has a habit of becoming involved in various situations during his travels. The Doctor is usually accompanied by one or more traveling companions, most of whom are humans from Earth. As a consequence of a malfunctioning chameleon circuit, the exterior of the Doctor's time machine is permanently disguised as a blue British police box.This show is the longest-running science fiction series in the history of television. The series evolves along with the evolution of the technology of television itself, with episodes serving as samples of television from different eras.The role of the Doctor was played by a number of different actors. As the show's lead actor was replaced, the change in the Doctor's appearance was explained in terms of a regeneration process which helped the Doctor to recover from potentially lethal injuries. Each actor played the Doctor in a different way, giving each Doctor a different style and personality. While the recasting of roles usually resulted in negative consequences for other television shows, the regeneration of the Doctor in this series usually caused a great deal of interest and excitement. The change of Doctors breathed new life into the series and kept the show fresh.The Doctor frequently encountered a number of regular villains on the show. The most popular villains were the Daleks, which were mutants encased inside robotic bodies resembling salt and pepper shakers. Other popular villains included the Cybermen, the Sontarans, and the Ice Warriors. The Doctor's ultimate foe was the Master, who originated on the Doctor's home world of Gallifrey.The classic series ran from 1963 to 1989. Adventures from the classic series typically spanned several episodes, most of which ended in cliffhangers. Public television stations in the United States frequently edited the episodes together into longer movies. After the end of the classic television series, the adventures of the Doctor continued with a television movie in 1996 followed by a new television series which started in 2005.This series was always interesting. Adventures ranged from historic stories set in the past to futuristic stories set in space. The show was always colorful and exciting. The constantly evolving nature of the series resulted in the show being embraced by multiple generations of television viewers over the decades. This show is highly recommended

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    "Doctor Who" is simply one of the greatest works of science fiction ever to appear on television. The only thing holding it short of absolute, unmitigated greatness is its amazing longevity (26 seasons) which ensured that there would be a good number of lousy episodes.The American version of this show is "Star Trek", of which I'm also a fan. The differences between the two series might be used as a basis of contrasting the two nations, but I'll only contrast the shows because it's much simpler: 1) "Star Trek" has an ensemble cast, each of whom are designed to appeal to different demographics. "Doctor Who" has one regular character, the Doctor. To be fair, the Doctor has been played by ten different actors so far, each to a different effect.2) The heroes of "Star Trek" -- and while we're at it, the average US sf series -- represent a quasi-military organization tasked with keeping the peace throughout the galaxy, exploring, and righting wrongs. The Doctor doesn't follow anyone's orders, and largely makes it up as he goes along. To be honest, he's a bit of an anarchist at times, and at the very least usually totally anti-authoritarian.c) The Enterprise is a huge starship with a crew of hundreds, equipped with futuristic technology and run sometimes like a battleship, sometimes like a hot rod. The TARDIS is an antique time machine/spaceship in the shape of an antique British police telephone box.5) The Federation are the good guys. We like the Federation; they represent everything that is good and worth preserving about humanity. On the other hand: the Time Lords. Corrupt, petty, self-serving, bureaucratic. The Doctor ran off with the TARDIS to get away from them.Which is not to say that one show is inherently superior to the other. I like them both. But, as an American, "Doctor Who" is a refreshing change of pace from the standard formula of American television. The hero questions authority at every turn; he doesn't need a badge or a gun to back up his sense of morality; he is usually neither handsome nor physically strong, and there's barely a hint of sexuality. He's a champion of the oppressed and the underdog, totally free of political or nationalistic concerns.He may have had a good understanding of Right and Wrong, but what he lacked was a budget. Luckily, the BBC of old did not care, and they continued to produce the series so long as it had excellent writing and acting, which it did for the majority of its run. Each of the actors playing the Doctor has his strengths: my favorites are Patrick Troughton and Sylvester McCoy. Lack of funds ironically meant that there was no limit to what they could do: they knew it would look silly regardless, so they said to hell with it and threw everything they had up onto the screen. The result is colorful and imaginative and often very exciting. Say what you will about the show, it was never drab.

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    While I fully acknowledge that the "traditional" Doctor Who series has endured its ups and downs, I gave it a perfect rating because of its very concept and energy. One character, the time-traveling Doctor, could be interpreted by several different actors in so many different aspects. This ensures a long lifespan for any television show, but the Doctor's space-time travels offer so many story-telling opportunities, regardless of the limited BBC budget or the occasional blooper. Doctor Who began as a BBC family show in 1963, in those days when families -- especially in the UK -- were fortunate to own a single TV set. Most fans consider the classic show in terms of which actor portrayed the Time Lord during which period. When William Hartnell began this role in 1963, no one could have envisioned six other actors playing the same character, until the conceptual introduction of "regeneration" in 1966's "The Tenth Planet." Hence, the Second Doctor, played for three years by Patrick Troughton, has his own "era" of adventures before his regeneration into Jon Pertwee in 1969's "The War Games," and so forth.Unfortunately, many of the episodes of Hartnell and Troughton's tenures were destroyed by the BBC (or stolen in some cases) when their 1960s overseas resale values had expired. Periodically, "lost treasures" have been recovered by the BBC, such as the entire four-part Patrick Troughton story, "Tomb of the Cybermen," located in 1991 at Hong Kong.One of the show's perennial attractions were its monsters and villains, adversaries for the Doctor and his friends. Beginning with the Daleks, those robotic mutants who spawned two films and "Dalekmania," Doctor Who has created its own unique mythology. Cybermen, while similar to the Cybernauts from the original TV Avengers, certainly inspired Star Trek: TNG's well-known Borg Collective. Other alien races have been introduced, as well as the Doctor's renegade arch-enemy, the Master. At various points in the show's history, Doctor Who attempted to grow in terms of maturity, albeit not in the provocative sense of the 2005 BBC-Wales production. In fact, I approve of IMDb's separate category for the newer series, because it bears only topical similarity to the original. Unfortunately for traditional Doctor Who, parental concern over violence (mostly alarmist) and conservative watchdogs like Mary Whitehouse served as a shackle to prevent the show from reaching its logical potential. In comparison to U.S. productions, however, this series seldom ventured beyond PG boundaries of violence. Sexuality rarely entered the picture, even though many of the Doctor's female companions were considered attractive, even glamorous.I am not going to speculate on my favorite Doctors, because I have enjoyed each actor's contributions at various points. I will leave prospective Doctor Who fans to discover their "favorite" Doctors for themselves. But as to general hints, William Hartnell began the role as a stern grandfatherly figure with occasional whimsy, while Patrick Troughton's whimsical wanderings masked an enigmatic intellect. Jon Pertwee's debonair Third Doctor resembled John Steed of the Avengers with perhaps a dash of James Bond, with Pertwee's love of gadgets and cars. Pertwee's era also debuted in color, well-remembered for its contemporary Earth-based format and the UNIT family.After 7 years as the Doctor, Tom Baker became an icon, especially in the United States, where syndication and Public TV brought new fans and convention appearances starting in 1979. Baker's trademark grin and long scarf became famous, as did his off-screen clashes with some directors and producers. But Tom Baker's departure in 1981 marked a great time of trouble for the classic series. Incoming producer John-Nathan Turner would helm the series for its remaining decade, but he would be challenged to retain the show's once-invincible position. Arguably, Turner's removal of Doctor Who from its traditional Saturday tea-time slot caused a decline in viewers. John-Nathan Turner sought to attract famous guest stars, and wanted a well-known actor to play the Fifth Doctor. Previous Doctors had been played by experienced character actors, whilst Tom Baker had been a virtual unknown. Peter Davison, already a television star in England, portrayed a much younger Doctor in a cricket blazer, with more subtle humor and a touch of irascibility. Davison's tenure lasted only three years, before John-Nathan Turner chose Colin Baker, best known for playing villains. Wearing a psychedelic jacket and a cat badge, the Sixth Doctor's crusade for galactic justice was plagued by renewed complaints of violence. After a year's hiatus, Doctor Who seasons were reduced to 14 episodes and four stories, and Colin Baker was unfairly dismissed in 1986 by BBC chief Michael Grade.Doctor Who might have been phased out without a trace, if not for the valiant efforts of Sylvester McCoy, another obscure actor chosen to play the Seventh Doctor. After an uncertain first season, McCoy's portrayal had won over young fans despite some rather weak story lines. However, his last two seasons featured some genuine classic moments. Toward the end, McCoy's portrayal grew more somber and manipulative, even toward his companion, Ace. But when the series finally ended in 1989, the Seventh Doctor's era ended on a high note in "Survival," after the Doctor and Ace outwit the Master for a final victory. One can still take the original series without reading the copious fan-fiction novels that ensued after 1991, or accepting the premises of either the 1996 Telemovie or the new series, which has destroyed or radically altered many of Doctor Who's original concepts. 26 years remains a body of work unto itself, and I believe families can still sit together and enjoy the legend almost 50 years after it began.

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