I reckon there's two types of TV viewer, neither of them right or wrong. The first type watches something while it is new and original, then loses interest as it goes into variations on a theme (even if the quality is just as good - or even slightly improving). The second type will keep watching it and enjoying it as long as the quality remains good.
I think all the Doctor Who Christmas specials have been below average for the current series, and this was no exception.
I would say I've mostly been Type Two (for telly, radio, books, comics, towels,etc) with entertainment historically, though in the last couple of years I find myself veering more towards Type One. Life just seems too short now to perservere with series (in any media) that take a dip in the hope they will get better later on. Case in point was the Heroes TV show. Season 1 was mostly entertaining tosh but I didn't feel it had legs to keep going so didn't watch Season 2. Heck, I've been a life-long buyer of the Fantastic Four comic but am dropping it after the next (and last) issue of the current creative team as I don't care for the team taking it over whereas previously I would have bought it anyway, because, you know, it's the Fantastic Four.
Interesting how tastes change with age.
As for Doctor Who, the Christmas specials are arguably aimed at a different audience with a different function from the regular series and so I appraise them differently.
Last Edit: Dec 29, 2007 12:50:50 GMT by The Doctor
Continuing through The Key to Time. Watched the rest of The Stones of Blood. Pretty bonkers. Not sure it's one to re-watch much but entertaining enough for a spin and passed a pleasant 90 mins this evening. The Ogri are great. RTD must do a story on the planet of the Ogri that is mentioned! I also wish to see Nimon V Ogri. And also, I'd like a pony.
Watched the first two episodes of The Power of Kroll. Watchable with a faint air of crap. I think this is probably best watched with beer but I only had pepsi.
Hmmm. So far, only The Pirate Planet is what I would call brilliant. The season will have to pick up if it's not to be fed to ebay.
El cheapo ebay-procured remastered soundtrack of Fury From The Deep arrived today. Hurrah! So looking forward to hearing that without all the tape hiss, etc.
Last Edit: Dec 29, 2007 23:01:21 GMT by The Doctor
I pretty much agree with everyone concerning New Who. I think Ralph is correct in that it's amazing how it's kicked off and found a huge new audience. I think RTD has generally done a great job in bringing it back and giving Who a new life. But I also agree with Martin, in that, for me, it's slipping into a set formula- the Buffy analogy is spot on. I am dreading the involvement of Tate. I don't think that's gunna work at all.
I was the one who let you know, I was your sorry ever after, '84, '85. Give me new toys and I'll decide, but I'm really only after, '84, '85.
Not that bothered about Tate. Can't judge her companion really until the actual episodes air. Besides, Who has had crap companions before and still had good stories. I enjoy the likes of 'Earthshock' even though it has Tegan in it.
I'd agree with Ralph, it isn't really possible to judge what Catherine Tate will be like until we actually see here in the role. I was discussing this with my sister after rewatching the 2006 Christmas special and it occured to me that there are in that seventy minutes actually several different versions of what the character of Donna might be like - she goes through permutations that are far enough apart that they could easily be separate characters. What the character will actually turn into in the context of the weekly show is anyone's guess.
(actually the more I think about it the more interested I am in having a more mature actress in the slot. Not 100% on their actual choice, but the general idea of it seems like a good idea. They have very much drifted into the format of "The Doctor and a young, slightly niaeve 'girl' sidekick" as the core characters of the series. Reusing Donna might be an attempt to try to feel out the limits of their format by changing the nature of the character relationships).
Just watched this love fest fro Blakes 7 on BBC4 and what you just said rang something with me When Sarah Jane came back it worked...with an older woman I agree..a woman with maturity will be a good change...bring in Servalan grin
"Remember..wherever you go, there you are" - Buckaroo Banzai
There have been 'Davros returns' rumours every series since the show came back. The current rumours may have more of a grain of truth to them as the return of the Daleks' creator could make story sense after the events of Evolution of the Daleks. We shall see.
In other news, I'm still making my way through The Key To Time boxset. Well, there's a lot in it! Caught up with the docus on the first four stories, which are all very well done, in particular the spotlight on producer Graham Williams which does a lot to humanise the man and explain some of the creative decisions of his era better than anything else I've seen/read. Watched The Androids of Tara. Quite good fun, though a point knocked off for only one short appearance by the fantastically crap monkey beast creature thing in part 1. Though infinity points added on for having Mary Tamm play three characters. Phwoarrrrrr!
HOT DAMN!!!!!! I love The Invasion of Time! Some of Tom's best acting in the first three episodes. Used to have the VHS so a must-have on DVD!
I wonder if there will be a CGI option to replace the Vardans...
Why would you want to replace the tin-foil aliens! (Or do you mean the dull jumpsuit versions?)
I remember "Invasion of Time" being really rather entertaining the only time I saw it - admittedly I had consumed a bit of drinkables and I was in convivial company so this may colour my opinion of the story.
The current rumours may have more of a grain of truth to them as the return of the Daleks' creator could make story sense after the events of Evolution of the Daleks. We shall see.
As Terry Molloy pointed out at a convention I saw him at a couple of years ago, why does Davros' next appearance have to be chronological? It's a time travel series; we can go back to before he created the Daleks, before Genesis of the Daleks.
William Hartnell would have been 100 years old today.