Torchwood: Sleeper

sleeperWriter: James Moran

Director: Colin Teague

Producer: Richard Stokes

Summary: An alien masquerading as a human woman has killed some burglars and Torchwood investigates, only to discover that she’s gone native, forgetting who she truly is.

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Eighth Doctor: Blood of the Daleks (Pt. 1)

blood of the daleks 1Writer: Steve Lyons

Director: Nicholas Briggs

Producers: Andy Hardwick & Gareth Jenkins

Companion: Lucie Miller (Sheridan Smith)

Series: Eighth Doctor New Adventures Series 1.1

Summary: The Doctor discovers a woman from 21st Century Earth has been transported into his TARDIS by the Time Lords, with little memory of her encounter. When he tries to return her to Earth, he encounters a force field and the impact sends him towards a settlement called Red Rock Rising. The settlement has lost many resources and acid rain falls from the skies. The acting president receives a signal from an alien ship that promises to help them escape. But that alien ship is actually a Dalek fleet.

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Overview: The Christopher Eccleston Era (2005)

ninth doctorRussell T. Davies would be the person who would save Doctor Who from disappearing altogether.  He’d had some clout thanks to the success of his program Queer as Folk. He brought in several people who’d worked on Big Finish and Doctor Who novels, such as Paul Cornell, Mark Gatiss, and Rob Shearman. Rather than reboot the universe, he created the Ninth Doctor, having the Eighth Doctor regenerate off-screen. That Doctor would be Christopher Eccleston.

Oh, I did it again. I picked another stupid ape! I should’ve known. It’s not about showing you the universe, it never is. It’s about the universe doing something for you!–“Father’s Day”

About Christopher Eccleston

He was born into a working class family in Langworthy, Salford.  He had twin brothers who were eight years older than him He starred in Let Him Have It, earning his first breakthrough role in TV. When Eccleston became the Ninth Doctor, he was the first actor to play the role who was born after the series began in the 60’s.

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Editorial: A Masterful Ranking

In “Remembrance of the Daleks”, the Doctor muses “You can always tell a man by the quality of his enemies”. To me, the Master is the most definitive enemy of the Doctor.” He is everything the Doctor isn’t. He manipulates time and space for his own goals, while the Doctor would rather maintain the flow of time correctly, because he knows how dangerous changing events is. The Master manipulates people, either compelling them to do his bidding unwillingly, while the Doctor would rather respect the freedom of others.

As with Doctor, several people have played the Master since his appearance in “Terror of the Autons”. This editorial is my personal ranking of the Masters.

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Fifth: Kinda

kindaWriter: Christopher Bailey

Director: Peter Grimwade

Producer: John Nathan-Turner

Companions: Adric (Matthew Waterhouse), Nyssa (Sarah Sutton), Tegan Jovanka (Janet Fielding)

No. of Episodes: 4

Season: 19, ep 3 (9-12)

Summary: The Doctor and companions visit the planet Deva Loka, inhabited by a primitive race called the Kinda.  An expedition is attempting to colonize the planet, but many members are disappearing and they suspect the Kinda are behind it all. In the midst of all this, Tegan is possessed by an entity known as the Mara.

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Overview: The Paul McGann Era (1996-current)

paul mcgannThe period between 1989-2005 is dubbed the “Wilderness Years”. With no new Doctor Who material, the “expanded universe” kept it alive through books published by Virgin books (not to be confused with the record company of the same name), which eventually spun off into the Bernice Summerfield series. Doctor Who Magazine was also still being published.

But in 1996, the Doctor Who TV movie aired. Produced by American producer Phillip David Segal, it starred Paul McGann as the Doctor.  While the movie bombed, it provided a bridge between the Classic and current revival of Doctor Who. Big Finish began work in 2000 with their own stories, eventually adding Paul McGann to the ranks, and even though he regenerated in the web episode “Night of the Doctor”, Big Finish is still producing more audio dramas starring Paul McGann to this day.

About Paul McGann

Paul McGann was born in Liverpool into an Irish Roman Catholic family.  He and his siblings were encouraged to pursue their talents. McGann’s breakthrough role was in the series Give Us a Break, which only lasted one season. His first major role was as Percy Toplis in The Monocled Mutineer. He later became part of the “Brit Pack”, a group of British actors including Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, and Tim Roth.  he also had small roles in Alien III and The Three Musketeers.

“It appeas someone has forced a role upon me. I prefer to find my own role to play.”–The Chimes of Midnight

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Frostfire

frostfireWriter: Marc Platt

Director/Producer: Mark J. Thompson

Companion/Narrator: Vicki (Maureen O’Brien)

Series/Number: 1.1

Running Time: 1 hour

Summary: Vicki has become the Lady Cressida, and is now living in ancient Troy with the prince Trolius, continuing from the missing episode, “The Mythmakers”. She recollects when she, the Doctor, and Steven went to the Frost Fair in 1814. An egg has been discovered and a dragon has hatched from it, and is named The Cinder. Jane Austen may become its first victim!

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Overview: The Sylvester McCoy Era (1987-1989)

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Colin Baker had had enough.  He’d been fired from Doctor Who, and didn’t even bother to come back for his regeneration.  John Nathan-Turner was still producer, but it seemed the only reason he still held the job was that no one else wanted it.  Eric Saward, his long-running script editor, had left his position, citing tensions as a result of the epic “Trial of a Time Lord”. Nathan-Turner was given one last chance to save Doctor Who. He hired Sylvester McCoy as the new Seventh Doctor. The final era had begun.

About Sylvester McCoy

McCoy’s real name is Percy James Kent-Smith and was born on August 20, 1943. He earned his pseudonym when he created a character named Sylveste McCoy while part of the Ken Campbell Roadshow comedy troupe. An r was added to his first name due to a superstition about a name that had 13 letters. He had numerous roles in British television and even starred alongside Laurence Olivier in the 1979 Dracula. He has also sung in the Welsh National Opera.

Crush the lesser races! Conquer the galaxy! UNIMAGINABLE POWER! UNLIMITED RICE PUDDING! ET CETERA, ET CETERA!”–“Remembrance of the Daleks”

In a Nutshell

  • Andrew Cartmel became the new and final script editor for the Classic Era. He had an anarchist attitude that was reflected in many episodes during this era.
  • The Rani, Daleks, Cybermen, and Anthony Ainley’s version of the Master all made their final appearances in the Classic period during McCoy’s era. Of the four villains mentioned, only the Rani has not appeared in the revival, although she has appeared in Big Finish albeit with a different actress.

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