Nice clip from Vampires of Venice, as shown of Jonathan Ross. Hartnell appears on a library card.
I'd've preferred it if it had been Colin or Sylv.
Quit a bit of different stuff in this one. I'm warming to Smith.
I found this video of Colin Baker, in full sixth Doctor mode, presenting the videoGaiden awards in 2006.
Watch out for a neat bit of tie-in scripting among the award for Chuckie Egg and the DS in a pleasingly surreal vid.
I was going to write something about this but all I can think of is Murray Gold's terrible music.
It was pretty refreshing to see the Eleventh Doctor punching some bloke's lights clean out on the new series trailer than showed back in January, following a few years of sanctimonious stuff from RTD and Ten about how 'violence is bad, m'kay?'.
So much so that it stirred my mind back to a simpler time when The Doctor would casually dispatch villains in a variety of ways, including blasting them with guns, pushing them into acid baths and gassing them with cyanide. The good old days, as I like to call them.
So, I've compiled a list of ten moments of shocking violence in Doctor Who - perpetrated by the Time Lord himself.
1. An Unearthly Child
The original and the best. The First Doctor is stopped by Ian, seconds before he stoves in the head of a wounded caveman with a rock.
2. The Dominators
The Second Doctor places a nuclear device on the Dominators' ship, blowing them out of the sky.
The Third Doctor smilingly explains to the Brigadier than the Venusian grip he has applied to Stahlman will soon paralyse him for life. Similar venusian chops, kicks and jabs pepper the Third Doctor's era.
4. Day of the Daleks
The Doctor casually blasts an approaching Ogron, blowing Ten's 'be the man who never would' speech out of the water.
5. The Brain of Morbius
The Fourth Doctor gasses Solon with cyanide, in a move that could easily have left him and Sarah sealed in a crypt forever.
6. The Seeds of Doom
Four punches out a henchman with a thinly-disguised relish. Later on he twists Scorby's neck, as if to break it, after punching him in the gut.
7. Arc of Infinity
The Fifth Doctor simply shoots Omega.
8. The Twin Dilemma
The Sixth Doctor tries to strangle Peri to death.
9. Vengeance on Varos
Take your pick. Doc Six maneuvers two guards into a BATH OF ACID and leaves two different booby traps involving stinging plants and a laser to kill two cannibals and a guard.
10. The Two Doctors
The Sixth Doctor chloroforms Shockeye to death.
I've got nothing on the rest, barring the Seventh Doctor's disabling of Patterson in Survival and the Ninth Doctor's knocking out a guard in the one where Rose turns into the Time Vortex, or whatever the hell it is that happens in that episode.
Have I missed any obvious ones? It wouldn't surprise me to discover that Hartnell stabbed someone in the neck in one of his less obvious stories.
The latest new trailer for the new series, which begins on 3 April 2010, is hitting the net - boasting some pretty impressive visuals and some superbly bashed up traditional monsters.
Here's what the Daily Fail has to say on the subject:
The episode, entitled The Eleventh Hour, follows him and new companion Amy Pond played by Gillan, fight a new gruesome shapeshifting monster dubbed Prisoner Zero with just 20 minutes to save the world.
Equally monstrous is Matt Smith's jaw, which seems to be doing some shape-shifting of its own.
The clip also seems to show a rather different TARDIS interior, the return of the Weeping Angels and Nick Brigg's latest holiday down-payment.
Peter Davison couldn't make the Gallifrey One convention this year, he's starring in the Legally Blonde musical alongside Sheridan Smith, but he sent this remote message by way of greeting.
Davison, who was My Doctor as it goes, shows his comic skills off and a willingness to send himself up that has served him well through his career. There's also a very Doctorish moment at 4.10 to look out for.
And if you think that's good, wait until the very end.
And here's another little vignette of Peter being amusing in The Kidnappers, along with Mark Gatiss and David Walliams from BBC2's Doctor Who night which, startlingly, was over ten years ago.
"Do you think it would be alright to... kiss Peter Davison?"
From time to time I wonder whatever happened to Neil Penswick, author of the The Pit - probably the most derided book in Doctor Who history.
The Pit was a relatively early New Adventure, from a time when the Virgin series had yet to find its feet, and wasn't generally liked. In fact, everyone who's ever read it seems to swear it's the worst book ever written.
I remember reading a few pages of it, not especially enjoying it, and moving on to something else, probably re-reading Timewyrm: Exodus or something.
I'm a big fan of those New Adventures, as they introduced me to a lot of science-fiction concepts and styles, which in turn led to other stuff. They came along at the right time for me
But a lot of those books stand up as sci-fi novels in their own right to my mind, and I liked where it took Doctor Who, taking the themes and approach of the later Cartmel series on TV and running with them.
For many they went too far, but I don't generally reckon so. Ben Aaronovitch's Transit probably did and is not a great book, but I enjoyed it. And the hard futuristic sci-fi novels of Kate Orman, Andy Lane, Lance Parkin and Andrew Cartmel - among the best - take the same characters, language, setting and mise-en-scene as Transit and create a whole new universe within the, er, Whoniverse.
So, I have a soft spot for the NAs. And now and again I find myself wondering what happened to the authors. Much of them are still involved with Doctor Who, some at high levels, though it often seems to be the least interesting ones.
Many can be found on Gallifrey Base, or on blogs or Twitter.
But Neil Penswick? Where the hell has he ended up? Tragically he's the only one of the NA writers not to have his own Wikipedia entry.
I seem to recall from the blurb on the back of The Pit that he lived in Bedford. Is he still there? What's he doing these days? If anyone knows, can you tell me?.
If only to mark the upcoming 20th anniversary of the publication of The Pit?
Roger Delgado would have been 92 as of yesterday, so here's a short video of some of his best bits as The Master.
Happy birthday Roger Caesar Marius Bernard de Delgado Torres Castillo Roberto.
More TV bemusement from Probic Vent's kin.
Any Dream Will Do is one of those shows that carries a horrible fascination. The format is similar to last year’s How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, except, this time, the contestants are men (well, boys, to be accurate). They’re involved in a slightly freakish battle to play the musical’s lead part – or ‘be Joseph’ as host Graham Norton has it – in a new version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
This is, of course, one of the many crimes committed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. He must be raking it in, you might think, and you’d be right, for not only does he judge the auditions, he also has the temerity to sit overseeing affairs throughout the entire show like a gaunt old vampire.
The analogy becomes even more fitting when you examine the nature of the show. For one thing, it seems to have been deliberately constructed to play to Lloyd Webber’s sense of self-importance. Graham Norton referring to him as ‘his lordship’ or pointing out that Lloyd Webber is ‘lording it’ is fairly obvious grist to the mill. (As an aside, why do presenters still feel the need to make puns, given that they’re almost universally derided?)
But then we have to wonder why Lloyd Webber is sat apart from all the other judges on a throne-like seat, looking studiously bored at proceedings.
To further compound matters, not only are the young actors made to physically strip to the waist in order to perform (singing) for Lloyd Webber halfway through last week’s show, but they’re a suspiciously young, nubile and attractive bunch. In fact, they’re exactly the sort of lads who would delight any carnivorous old queen who may happen to be watching (naming no names, and clearly I’m not talking about Lloyd Webber, as he’s married with children).
For extra perviness, the scene where the fellers perform half-naked is performed not only in front of Lloyd Webber, but also their own mothers. Why, for God’s sake? The implied reason is to give the contestants a small dose of the kind of nerves they’ll face whilst performing on-stage. The real reason is that someone’s just decided it would be amusingly degrading, like much of the program.
There’s truly a sense that almost anything can happen in Any Dream Will Do. It wouldn’t come as much of a surprise if Graham Norton suddenly announced a huge orgy, featuring all the contestants, judges and maybe willing members of the audience.
Lloyd Webber would oversee the whole thing from his cobweb-strewn chair, of course, his face a mask-like visage of studied boredom and indifference as he hums a cloying tune to accompany proceedings. The fact that the show’s before the watershed is irrelevant, too; this is Lloyd Webber’s show, and he could buy the BBC if he wanted. Anyway, let him have his fun. He did write Jesus Christ Superstar.