Short Trips Volume 1: Police and Shreeves

short tripsWriter: Adam Smith

Directors: Nicholas Briggs & Ken Bentley

Producers: Nicholas Briggs & Martin Montague

Doctor: Seventh

Running Time: 21 minutes

Narrator: Sophia Aldred

Summary: Ace meets a Shreeve, a shape-shifting species that takes the form of the most dominant species on the planet.

Review: I thought the idea of a species that instinctively takes the form of the most dominant species on a planet was a great idea, but this story has the same problem as “The Death Dealer”–it’s too short for the full investment. I feel this could’ve been a full episode.

Overall: 5/10

 

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Overview: The Jon Pertwee Era (1970-1974)

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The Jon Pertwee Era marked the transition from black and white to color.  It brought many changes to the show’s structure, as this was the final era in which episodes were still being wiped. As a result of Troughton’s final serial “The War Games”, the Time Lords had exiled the Doctor on earth, taking away the one thing he valued most–freedom. Now, the menaces would have to come to him.

“Courage isn’t just a matter of not being frightened, you know. It’s being afraid and doing what you have to do anyway.”–Planet of the Daleks

About Jon Pertwee

Pertwee was born in Chelsea, England. Acting ran in his family–his father was an actor, and his cousin Bill was in the comedy Dad’s Army. His son Sean currently plays Alfred Pennyworth on Gotham.

Pertwee was an officer in the Royal Navy and was on the survivors of the HMS Hood after it sunk during WWII. After the war, he became a well-known comedy actor.

During his tenure as the Third Doctor, Pertwee felt as though the cast and crew were a surrogate family. He saw Barry Letts as a sort of surrogate father, and John Levene saw Pertwee as a surrogate father, as his relationship with his own father was estranged at best. He even had a close friendship with Roger Delgado, the first actor to portray the Master. In fact, it was his untilmely death that led to Pertwee’s departure.

After he left Doctor Who, Pertwee continued to find work. He was in Worzel Gummridge, and voiced for SuperTed. He also appeared in video games based on Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. He appeared as the Doctor in two stage plays and in a never-finished fan project (he died before it could be finished).

In a Nutshell

  • Catch Phrases: “Reverse the polarity”, “Oh good grief”
  • The Pertwee Era had shorter seasons than its predecessors. Season 7 had a total of 21 episodes; and seasons 8-11 had between 25-26. From season 8 on, no episodes were over 6 parts.
  • Two openings were used during this era, for the first time ever. A colorized howlaround was used for most of the era, while the final season introduced the famous “diamond logo”, which was used the longest in the show’s history.
  • First appearance of the Autons: “Spearhead From Space”
  • First appearance of the Silurians: “The Silurians”
  • First appearance of Roger Delgado as the Master: “Terror of the Autons”
  • First appearance of Omega, First multi-Doctor story: “The Three Doctors”
  • First appearance of he Sontarans: “The Time Warrior”
  • First mention of Gallifrey by name: “The Time Warrior”

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Third: Terror of The Autons

terrorWriter: Robert Holmes

Director & Producer: Barry Letts

Companions: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney) and Jo Grant (Katy Manning)

Season/Episodes: 8, ep 1 (1-4)

Summary: The Doctor is attempting an experiment that catches fire, which is when he meets his new companion, Jo Grant.  Later, a Time Lord contacts the Doctor to inform him that the Master has been sighted on Earth and he’s aligned himself with the Autons.

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Overview: The Patrick Troughton Era (1966-1969)

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With William Hartnell stepping down, Innes Lloyd brought in Patrick Troughton. Like his predecessor, Troughton continued to lay down the foundation of the show, and became the Doctor many successors attempt to emulate in some way.

“There are some corners of the universe which have bred the most terrible things. Things that act against everything we believe in. They must be fought.”–The Moonbase

About Patrick Troughton

Troughton was born in 1920, in Middlesex. He attended the Embassy School of Acting and later joined the Tonbridge Repertory Company.  One of Troughton’s most famous roles prior to the Second Doctor was in Robin Hood (he was the first the play the title character on television).

Troughton left the show in 1969, citing both a hectic schedule and concerns about being typecast in science fiction. He would return as the Second Doctor for three Multi-Doctor stories before his death in 1986.

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Short Trips Vol 1: Wings of A Butterfly

short trips 1Writer/Narrator: Colin Baker

Directors: Nicholas Briggs & Ken Bentley

Producers: Nicholas Briggs & Martin Montague

Doctor: Sixth

Running Time: 19 minutes

Summary: The Doctor is visiting Gallifrey, and runs into an old friend and mentor named Duothernos. He wants him to use the TARDIS to tracel to the planet Bixor and discover why a planet that had such a rich and thriving culture has suddenly eradicated itself.

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Overview: The William Hartnell Era (1963-66)

One day, I shall come back. Yes, I shall come back. Until then, there must be no regrets, no anxieties. Just go forward in all your beliefs and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine.”–“The Dalek Invasion of Earth

Welcome to my new “Overview” series. This will provide you with basic information on each Doctor. I will give you info on the actor, the companions, and the impact he had on the show’s history. I will close with an opinion on the era as a whole and recommend my favorite episodes.

About William Hartnell

William Hartnell was the son of Lucy Hartnell, an unmarried mother, and was raised in a foster family. He started out as an actor in 1928 in the play Miss Elizabeth’s Prisoner, where he met his wife, Heather McIntyre. His first movie was Say It With Music. Most of his roles were either comic characters or “tough guys”. It was his role in The Sporting Life that inspired Doctor Who’s co-creator Verity Lambert to cast him as the first Doctor. Tired of being typecast and intrigued at the aspect of acting in a children’s show, he took the job.

William Hartnell struggled with atherosclerosis, which resulted in what many fans call “Hartnell flubs.” He retired from acting after he was replaced by Patrick Troughton, but returned to the role of the Doctor for one last time in “The Three Doctors”. He died in 1975.

In a Nutshell:

  • Catch Phrases: “What’s that?” “Hmm?” “My child/boy”, “Goodness, gracious me!”
  • Many episodes from Hartnell’s era are missing. Some serials have replaced these episodes with animated reconstructions.
  • Classic Doctor Who was broadcast in a serial format, with each episode usually running for 25 minutes. For most of Hartnell’s era, each episode had an individual title. This stopped with “The Savages”.
  • First appearance of the Daleks: “The Daleks”
  • First “pure historical” episode: “Marco Polo”
  • First “pseudo-historical episode: “The Time Meddler”
  • First Cybermen episode/First regeneration episode: “The Tenth Planet”

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Editorial: What Doctor Who Means to Me

Doctor Who has been going on for over 50 years. We’ve had 12 Doctors, (13 if you count John Hurt), a successful revival, countless audio dramas from Big Finish, at least three spinoffs. I’m always surprised at how long this show has lasted. Even being cancelled didn’t stop it completely. Most shows don’t bounce back after a cancellation, and if they do get revived, it doesn’t last. So why has this show lasted? Why do people like me enjoy it so much?

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Sixth: Attack of the Cybermen

Doctor Who - Attack of the CybermenWriter: Paula Moore (note: This is a pseudonym. The story is believed to have been the work of both Paula Woosley and Eric Saward, with some contributions by Ian Levine.)

Director: Matthew Robinson

Producer: John Nathan-Turner

Companion: Peri Brown (Nicola Bryant)

Season: 22, episode 1 and 2 (note: each episode was 45 minutes long.

Summary: The Doctor is repairing the Chameleon Circuit when he receives a distress signal and learns that the Cybermen are invading Earth. They want to take over the TARDIS to change history so that Mondas was never destroyed. They are assisted by Lytton, a man the Fifth Doctor once met.

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