Saturday, 1 January 2000

Doctor Who

Britain's answer to Star Trek (except it predates it and the Borg are clearly redesigned Cybermen), Doctor Who ran short serials made up of 2-6 episodes (mostly) from 1963-1989, then came back with a bang in 45-minute single story form (more or less) in 2005. In between, the BBC joined with several American companies to produce a TV movie starring Paul McGann. Many fans of Classic Who, New Who or both despise this one-off adventure - I love it. Paul McGann is far and away my favourite Doctor, probably because he's the first one I saw, having grown up in the otherwise Who-less 1990s.

The show has changed a lot over the course of fifty years, and although it doesn't always deliver, the good episodes are very, very good. The Doctor's ship, the TARDIS, travels throughout time and space so every now and again, to my delight, the Doctor visits the Classical world and I get to blog about it. In recent years, he has also acquired an archaeologist friend who's basically a female Indiana Jones, so I blog about her too.

Classic Who

The Romans
The Slave Traders
All Roads Lead to Rome
Conspiracy
Inferno

The Myth Makers
Temple of Secrets
Small Prophet, Quick Return
Death of a Spy
Horse of Destruction

New Who
4.2 The Fires of Pompeii
4.8/4.9 Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead

5.4 The Time of Angels
5.5 Flesh and Stone
5.12 The Pandorica Opens
5.13 The Big Bang

6.1 The Impossible Astronaut and 6.2 Day of the Moon
6.3 The Curse of the Black Spot
6.7 A Good Man Goes to War
6.8 Let's Kill Hitler
6.13 The Wedding of River Song

7.2 Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
7.12 Nightmare in Silver

The Day of the Doctor

2 comments:

  1. Hey Doctor Who came first, so it's not "Britain's answer to Star Trek". However I'm sure the tropes in both series fed off each other.

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  2. Good point! This is what happens when you grow up in the 90s and see Star Trek first. I'll amend it!

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