"Acting" like the Doctor

Discussion in 'Doctor Who' started by NickInABox, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. NickInABox

    NickInABox Captain Captain

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2009
    Location:
    The not-so-Great-anymore White North
    Hello Whovians! I'm not exactly sure if this should be going here, but it's definitely Who related and... well... this is the Doctor Who forum..

    SO! This Halloween, I'm going to be dressing up as Tom Baker's Doctor, and in my usual fashion, not only do I have to look the part (which I can easily do), but I have to act the part.

    Three years ago I dressed up as Sarah Palin and won best costume at the college, and I was in character the whooooole daaaay.

    So my question is, what tips could y'all give to someone in order for them to successfully act as The Doctor (speech mannerisms, physical mannerisms, etc)? 4th Doctor-centric tips preferred, but any kind of Doctor act-y advice would be greatly appreciated! Pics and/or videos will come when the time is right.

    It's a weird question, I know, but it's definitely a great question to ask to get varying perspectives on who the Doctor is from people. And a surefire way to get me to win best costume ;)
     
  2. Sindatur

    Sindatur The Gray Owl Wizard Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2011
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA
    Obviously the Jelly babies, and for that matter pockets full of gizmos and such. Pay attention to his eyes if you view some footage (Youtube or other streaming sites can get you episodes to watch), he drives home the point with different looks in his eyes.

    ETA: He also had a tendency sometimes to have an "Aw Shucks" attitude
     
  3. NickInABox

    NickInABox Captain Captain

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2009
    Location:
    The not-so-Great-anymore White North
    OBVIOUSLY the jelly babies. Would sour patch kids suffice?
     
  4. Sindatur

    Sindatur The Gray Owl Wizard Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2011
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA
    I'd use them, but, you'd have to ask a Brit if they made sour Jelly Babies.
     
  5. NickInABox

    NickInABox Captain Captain

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2009
    Location:
    The not-so-Great-anymore White North
    I think sour patch kids are more yummy :p Might go over better with the Canadian crowd :p
     
  6. TigerBait

    TigerBait Captain Captain

    Joined:
    May 11, 2001
    Location:
    Charlotte NC , USA
    use the word 'darling' quite a bit, and you'll have a fantastic tom baker.
     
  7. Silent_Bob

    Silent_Bob Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2001
    Practice intense staring in the mirror and work on your vocal range. You need to be able to go from calm jollity to booming intensity in moments.
     
  8. G2309

    G2309 Captain Captain

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
    Try to stay in character don't laugh at your own mannerisms its more effective for laughs. Being silly and eccentric but with great dignity is what I remember the 4th Doctor for
     
  9. NickInABox

    NickInABox Captain Captain

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2009
    Location:
    The not-so-Great-anymore White North
    Oh, I can do that. I played Palin straight the whole night.


    Got an example?
     
  10. Sindatur

    Sindatur The Gray Owl Wizard Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2011
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA
    Oh, Tom...Sorry to bring it up again so many years later, but, beginning with The Mary Tamm Key to Time Series, you started breaking out with embarrassing cold sores and had quite a few episodes that featured them :(
     
  11. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Admiral Premium Member

    Joined:
    May 19, 2005
    Location:
    Far North Chicago Suburbs
    The guy in this video does a good Tom Baker.

    [YT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35uYgSYXtfA[/YT]

    Also, any other Dead Ringers/Doctor Who spoofs he might be in are likely just as good.
     
  12. Australis

    Australis Writer Admiral

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2005
    A deep voice. Work on it. :)
     
  13. Winterwind

    Winterwind Commodore Commodore

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2007
    Location:
    London, Canada
    As a Canadian, I hate sour candies and can't think of I single person I know that likes them. :)
     
  14. Andrew_Kearley

    Andrew_Kearley Captain Captain

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2007
    Location:
    Moonbase Alpha
    The real knack to doing the fourth Doctor: whenever anyone says anything to you, especially anything that's slightly unexpected or surprising, pause for two seconds, then suddenly turn to face them and exclaim "WHAT????"
     
  15. 23skidoo

    23skidoo Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2002
    Location:
    Fifth Circle of Hell
    If you have any British shops that sell candy you should be able to get jelly babies. Here in Calgary there are shops that sell them, both loose and prepacked (Maynards makes them and in fact for about 6 months they were actually available at Safeway). There's enough time to special order too. (If you're in Calgary the best place for "classic" jelly babies is the candy shop on High Street in McKenzie Towne; if you're in Saskatoon the candy shops at the Centre and Lawson malls carry them).

    There is no substitute. ;) And however you buy them, decanter them into a paper bag. Oh and also remember proper Fourth Doctor (and apparently any other actor in Doctor Who) etiquette when eating them - you bite the head off first and then eat the rest, regardless of how small they are. And anyone accepting a jelly baby from you has to, for some reason, sniff them first even though they have no odor.

    Other tips: always act as if you're in charge and know where you're going - even if you aren't and don't. You also have to balance the Doctor's mood swings: I've seen scenes where the Doctor has gone from indifference to anger to happiness virtually in the space of a single sentence.

    A attributed to Tom Baker personally whenever he appeared as the Doctor at events, etc - children take priority over all others. Although fandom argues over the notion of Doctor Who being a kid's show, Baker embraced this back in the 70s.

    Alex
     
  16. Dick_Valentine

    Dick_Valentine Commander Red Shirt

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2011
    Location:
    Birmingham, UK (Not Alabama)
    Wow their 4th Doctor is pretty good but their 10th is terrible and the 7th is just Patrick Moore! :wtf:

    Never liked Dead Ringers, too poncy and smarmy...

    Also It's Christmas at THE DOCTOR'S...when will society learn ;)
     
  17. C.E. Evans

    C.E. Evans Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2001
    Location:
    Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
    David Tennant actually channels a very good Tom Baker at times, even doing the occasional drawn-out "Well..." before going into an explanation of something and the intense [highlight]stare[/highlight] whenever he discovers a horrible secret.

    Physically, the Fourth Doctor kind of bounces along slightly when he walks, with fairly long strides. If he's wearing a short jacket or frock coat, his hands will be in his trouser pockets while he walks. Not so much when wearing a long coat (his arms will then swing somewhat noticeably).
     
  18. Newspaper Taxi

    Newspaper Taxi Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2004
    Location:
    Newspaper Taxi
    Are you as tall as Baker? Doctor Four frequently leans/hunches in closer to people when he talks to them -- smiling, to make them more comfortable. (Although it can come off a little creepy.) He also listens to people really well and nods alot while listening, and smiles in response.
     
  19. Timby

    Timby You will choke on those words, Guile. Administrator

    Joined:
    May 28, 2001
    Be very, very drunk.
     
  20. FalTorPan

    FalTorPan Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2000
    Location:
    Out there... thataway.
    Why not just study the source material -- episodes starring Tom Baker?