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Old March 9 2013, 09:29 PM   #136
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"Talons" also has some unfortunate racial stereotyping and yellowface casting that makes it problematical today.

"The Daemons" is a good choice for Pertwee, but it's five episodes, not four. I won't be surprised if they do "The Three Doctors." But of the other 4-parters, I think I'd like to see either "The Curse of Peladon" or "The Time Warrior." As for Tom Baker 4-parters, there are several good candidates -- "The Ark in Space," "The Deadly Assassin," "The Robots of Death" (one of the most acclaimed serials), "Logopolis."
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Old March 13 2013, 03:59 PM   #137
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Do we know what Pertwee serial airs and when yet?
This is my own theory, which could admittedly be full of hot air. At anyrate, I think the pick for the Pertwee serial will be meaningful in terms of whether we'll get a multi-Doctor anniversary special.

If they pick The Three Doctors, it's to set the stage for newbies about the idea of multiple Doctors.

However, if they don't pick The Three Doctors, it's because they don't want people to expect a multi-Doctor anniversary special.

So, depending on the anniversary plans, I'm thinking it's either The Three Doctors or Terror of the Autons.

Terror fits well because its 4 episodes, introduces the Master, and showcases UNIT. It's a good way to showcase that particular era.

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Old March 13 2013, 05:09 PM   #138
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This is my own theory, which could admittedly be full of hot air. At anyrate, I think the pick for the Pertwee serial will be meaningful in terms of whether we'll get a multi-Doctor anniversary special.

If they pick The Three Doctors, it's to set the stage for newbies about the idea of multiple Doctors.

However, if they don't pick The Three Doctors, it's because they don't want people to expect a multi-Doctor anniversary special.
The problem there is that it's BBC America that's running the past-Doctor specials, and despite the name, they're not really the same entity as the BBC. They're owned by BBC Worldwide, but they're an American network with American executives (which is why they show so much American TV with only tenuous British connections, like Star Trek TNG). So the people who make the decisions about what programs BBC America will broadcast are not the same people who are making the decisions about what new Doctor Who stories BBC Cymru Wales will produce. Which means that the BBCA schedulers might not actually know what the anniversary special will be about.
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Old March 13 2013, 06:59 PM   #139
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I suspect that there is a stronger connection between them, particularly for Doctor Who. But, like I said, I'm only guessing!
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Old March 13 2013, 07:12 PM   #140
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I could've sworn I'd seen it posted somewhere (Maybe Syfy Forums?) that Pertwee's Serial was already announced as Spearhead from Space?

ETA: Yea, here it is
http://press.bbcamerica.com/program.jsp?id=102366
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Old March 13 2013, 07:29 PM   #141
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^ Interesting. So, if my theory holds, no multi-Doctor special. Although, I suppose they could still air The Five Doctors or The Two Doctors. But, could this be a step to not fan the fires for a multi-Doctor special?

I'm surprised they picked Spearhead. It's a bit slow in my opinion and there are better 4 part options available, including Terror of the Autons if they wanted the Autons. I think Terror does a better job with the Autons too and intros the Master. YMMV.

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Old March 13 2013, 08:10 PM   #142
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^ Interesting. So, if my theory holds, no multi-Doctor special. Although, I suppose they could still air The Five Doctors or The Two Doctors. But, could this be a step to not fan the fires for a multi-Doctor special?

I'm surprised they picked Spearhead. It's a bit slow in my opinion and there are better 4 part options available, including Terror of the Autons if they wanted the Autons. I think Terror does a better job with the Autons too and intros the Master. YMMV.

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Yea, The first Serial is not very representative of a Doctor, and most of them aren't the best stories.The Opening Serial is best reserved for doing a full run of a Doctor's stories, IMHO
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Old March 14 2013, 07:43 AM   #143
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Spearhead is a much better story that Terror Of The Autons but Terror is more representative of the era and features the 3rd Doctor more so I'm surprised they didn't go for that.

Spearhead is getting a Blu-Ray release this year though so I wonder if they are able to show the HD version.
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Old March 14 2013, 12:45 PM   #144
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Spearhead is a much better story that Terror Of The Autons but Terror is more representative of the era and features the 3rd Doctor more so I'm surprised they didn't go for that.

Spearhead is getting a Blu-Ray release this year though so I wonder if they are able to show the HD version.
They didn't show the superior versions of The Aztecs or Tomb of the Cybermen, so, I very much doubt they'll show the Superior version of Spearhead From Space, before it's released.
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Old March 14 2013, 01:56 PM   #145
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^ Interesting. So, if my theory holds, no multi-Doctor special. Although, I suppose they could still air The Five Doctors or The Two Doctors. But, could this be a step to not fan the fires for a multi-Doctor special?

I'm surprised they picked Spearhead. It's a bit slow in my opinion and there are better 4 part options available, including Terror of the Autons if they wanted the Autons. I think Terror does a better job with the Autons too and intros the Master. YMMV.

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I think "Spearhead..." does neatly establish the Third Doctor's exile on Earth, the beginning of his association with UNIT, and his official working relationship with the Brigadier--all of them comprising a big chunk of the show's overall history. The Autons might just be gravy, but they could also serve as the link to the show's 2005 revival with "Rose," IMO.
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Old March 16 2013, 08:31 PM   #146
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"The Daemons" is a good choice for Pertwee, but it's five episodes, not four.
Delgado was his evil best in that. Sad if they don't choose it. Maybe if the don't run the previous flashback--they had Aztecs and Tomb together last time.
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Old March 18 2013, 01:06 AM   #147
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If they do go with 'Spearheads', at least it has the virtue of being the first DW ep shot in color.

I've not seen that one and it would be cool to see it as it was Pertwee's first outing. I'd rather see 'The Time Warrior' again, but will be happy with whatever we end up with.
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Old March 18 2013, 01:09 PM   #148
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Spearhead from Space also has the advantage of having one of the more iconic shots from Classic Who.
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Old March 18 2013, 01:27 PM   #149
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Spearhead from Space also has the advantage of having one of the more iconic shots from Classic Who.
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Old March 18 2013, 01:35 PM   #150
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The Autons breaking out of the glass displays in the mall?
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