July 28th, 2006
|10:06 pm - Dipping into Old School|
So, in a Doctor Who disc swap (Don't ask...) I asked for a random Old School DVD and got given... The Five Doctors.
I'm ten minutes into it, and whee! It makes no sense, and the special effects are incredibly dodgy, but damn it's fun.
Also, it keeps giving me flashbacks - well, flash-forwards, technically - to New Who episodes.
*runs off to watch more*
- Why the hell is there a road in the Death Zone?
- Two and the Brigadier are love. Srsly.
- But I don't like fake!One. I want the real One back.
- That was a seriously dodgy ankle twist, Susan.
- The Raston Warrior Robot is crack in a silver leotard. I want one.
- ...Did Three just cop a feel of Sarah Jane?
- Fake!Zoe is wearing a bubble-wrap dress. A bubble-wrap dress! *dies*
- I heart Borusa's goth!evil!outfit.
- "Reverse the polarity of the neutron flow!" *cheers*
- "Immortality is a curse." O_O Now that's familiar.
- Two and Three fighting is the Best. Thing. Ever. I love them both.
- I love how at the end the Doctor just flees after being made President. Seriously awesome.
- I love my cracktastic show. Seriously. Even when it is bad, it's endlessly entertaining.
Flash-forwards to the New Series? Like what? Please spoil!
Five does lots of very Ten-like pocket acting. And when he passes out at one point, he does the hands-on-two-people's-shoulders like Ten does with Mickey and Jackie in TCI.
Um, there's also Sarah Jane being upset and slightly odd around the Doctor, which might just be me retcon-ing stuff after School Reunion.
Oh, and there's a line about Immortality being a curse, which I quite liked.
Five is so Tennant's Doctor. At his age, Four would be his first, but he's so clearly imprinted upon Five in so many ways.
Possibly part of why I (a year and a half his senior, and a Five-favorer since early adolescence) adore him so...
He's got Four's mad grin. But I remember reading that his gran knitted him a Fourth Doctor scarf. And then after the regeneration, knitted him a cricket jumper.
But that's so sweet.
He's got bits of all of them, really, which is so traditional.
You MUST see "Castrovalva," if for nothing else than for Peter's dead-on impressions of all his predecessors in the course of the regeneration crisis. Especially his One, which is positively eerie -- channeled through all 6'1" and 30 years old of him! And Peter has said that Two was his favorite (even though One would be his first, since he was 12 when the show started), and you can see a lot of little homages in his mannerisms when you know that, even though he's so very much his own Doctor and uses them so very much his own way.
Tennant has built on that history in much the same way -- lots of Five mannerisms, but a very different persona. Nos posted something early in the season about how people were saying Ten was like Five, but she couldn't see it except that they were both young. And I agreed with her at the time, but as the season progressed I saw more and more little pieces, just arranged in a completely new way.
My hubby describes him as "like a hyper Peter Davison." Which I can see, but then it's a very childlike, Four kind of hyper. Which can turn on a dime, Seven-style, from "harmless and silly" to "scary as hell and answerable to nobody, without the slightest question of what is right." Those three are the main ingredients he's rearranged (plus the new stuff he brings in) to make a new Doctor, but there really are bits of everyone in there. It's such a delight.
There was a fab thread in the OG just after The Christmas Invasion, listing moments from that in which he was like previous Doctors.
And I am fascinated by your Doctor analysis, even if I haven't seen enough of the past Doctor to judge it's correctness. I seem to recall a lot of remarks about Ten being like Four, Seven and Two, though, if that tells you anything.
...And now I want an icon with "Splendid fellows, all of you." and pictures of all ten Doctors on it.
Awesome. I'll have to check it out!