Last Classic Who Story you watched

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  1. Orac Zen

    Orac Zen Mischief Manager Super Moderator

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    That's debatable too, IMO.

    Mary Tamm's Romana is / was a vastly superior character to Ward's. But to each their own.


    Watched Day of the Daleks last night. More Pertwee goodness (loved him dealing with a guerrilla without spilling a drop of the wine he was holding, then proceeding to drink said wine as though nothing had happened), but this serial isn't exactly a high point of his tenure and it was interesting to learn that (apparently) neither he nor Katy Manning thought much of it. The new Dalek voices and sound effects didn't do much for me. The Brigadier was in superb form but aside from that and Pertwee's usual brilliance, this wasn't quite as good as I'd remembered it.
     
  2. Candlelight

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    After thinking I wouldn't watch another classic Who story for a while I find myself being drawn to the Pertwee era, and so am three episodes into The Ambassadors of Death (in full unrestored colour-and-black-and-white goodness).

    Enjoying it so far. Been 20 years since I last watched it.
     
  3. Pindar

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    I started in on The Deadly Assassin again last night, it's been a long time since I watched it.

    I forgot all about the out of place Star Wars scroll at the beginning with Tom's voice over about Gallifrey.
     
  4. The Borgified Corpse

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    I generally prefer Mary Tamm to Lalla Ward. Ward had her moments, particularly in "City of Death" & "The Horns of Nimon." And I love Ward wearing a pink version of the Doctor's costume in "Destiny of the Daleks." But overall, I much prefer Tamm's snotty, imperious interpretation of the character. She did a much better job of taking the piss out of the Doctor, which created a lot more character conflict.

    Katy Manning is just hoping that you won't watch it and therefore won't notice the parts where you can see up her skirt!;)

    I'm currently making my way through "The War Games" again. I think I left off around Part 6. This story gets better each time I see it (other than some of the dodgy Southern accents in the American Civil War zone). While it is very long, it's also pretty well paced and has a nice build up as it keeps dropping hints about the origins of the Doctor & the War Chief. And Lt. Carstairs & Lady Jennifer are great one-off companions. Plus, I love the way that the Doctor keeps bluffing his way into assisting the alien scientist, even after the War Chief already exposed him once.:techman:
     
  5. OmahaStar

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    Knowing that today would be slow (less than 1/2 of my co-workers made it in today), I loaded up my Nook with episodes of classic Who, and watched one episode from each Doctor.

    1 - The Gunfighters, part 1
    2 & 3 - The Three Doctors, parts 1 and 2
    4 - The Sontaran Experiment (both parts)
    5 - Black Orchid (both parts)
    6 - Twin Dilemma, part 1
    7 - Silver Nemesis, part 1

    It's been a sort of marvelous day, I think. :)
     
  6. Pindar

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    Nice, I have one day left then 10 days off for Christmas. I see lots of Who watching on the horizon.
     
  7. Count Zero

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    Yeah, that's one of my favourite scenes. I also appreciate the Doctor's casual disregard concerning personal property in this one.


    Oh, I was thinking about rewatching this recently, this time on DVD because I also remembered it as being quite good. I believe I read somewhere that Jon and Katy didn't like it because of the underwhelming number of enemies during the assault and thought it was silly for that reason.


    Interesting. I wouldn't call it well paced at all, at least when looking at all of it. Some of the plot struck me as needlessly repetitive and I think it would benefit greatly from being two episodes shorter. I did love the Timelords part of the story.


    I've also felt like rewatching some Pertwee era serials. I watched The Three Doctors and really enjoyed it despite the somewhat silly and shallow storyline for the banter between the Doctors, especially Two and Three, and the Brig, the quirky supporting characters, the various 'people discover the inside of the Tardis' scenes and lots of memorable lines.

    Right now, I'm watching The Mind of Evil and so far, it's as good as I remembered. This one has some of my favourite Third Doctor scenes and I just love the interaction between him and the Master.
     
  8. FalTorPan

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    "The Chase." Loved it. Hartnell is underrated.
     
  9. Count Zero

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    In enjoyed that one a lot, too. A chase through time and space is a pretty cool story idea and I loved the different places they went to. The appearance of the Beatles on the Doctor's TV thing was a nice treat for me as a fan.
     
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  10. Pindar

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    Not by me. I love the Hartnell era.
     
  11. sidious618

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    For Christmas I got "The Awakening" and "Ghost Light." I haven't seen "The Awakening" in over a decade so I'm excited to see it again, especially since it features my favorite Doctor.
     
  12. VDCNI

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    Agree about Hartnell but for me The Chase is one of his worst stories - only episode 6 works well.
     
  13. Orac Zen

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    Yeah, I read somewhere that Jon Pertwee thought an attack by two Daleks was pretty ridiculous, but I seem to recall they weren't impressed with it in general. I may well be thinking of something else, though.

    Hartnell is very much underrated. There are some...err...ordinary serials in his era but his Doctor (along with many of his companions) is brilliant, IMO.
     
  14. sidious618

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    So I watched The Awakening and found it to be quite similar to Moffat's Who in its tone.
     
  15. VDCNI

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    Listened again to Marco Polo - one of the greatest Who stories.

    Had a bad cold over Christmas and was in a lot so managed to watch quite a few Davison's with the commentary on - Davison and Fielding make a great team, very funny.
     
  16. Count Zero

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    I watched The Horror of Fang Rock last night which I had started weeks ago but then got distracted away from. While the story itself didn't really grab me I enjoyed the quirky and interesting minor characters, Leela's and the Doctor's interactions and also Tom Baker's antics. It's quite the contrast to Pertwee's Doctor but I like the craziness. I especially enjoyed the few scenes where Leela reminded him that he was a Timelord and that therefore he'd make short work of the enemy. That he had to be reminded of his power and skills and see the trust others have in him was a nice touch.
     
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    I finished Warrior's Gate just this morning, it's a great but sad story as it's the lst Romana story and it heralds the end of the Tom Baker era.
     
  18. sidious618

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    That episode has some awesome, darker moments for the Doctor such as when he gleefully announces that they're probably all going to die. :lol:
     
  19. Count Zero

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    Yeah, that made me laugh.
     
  20. Mr Pointy Ears

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    The Daleks.