i would like to give a brief shoutout to 2005 Doctor Who
i was ten years old when parting of the ways came out and when jack kissed the doctor it was the first time little me had ever seen an openly gay, affectionate interaction between two men that wasn’t immediately followed by one person yelling angrily or a punchline you know? like the doctor didn’t react in any negative way, he just let jack kiss him goodbye no big deal (but the thing was it was a big deal to little me i just didn’t know why yet) and it didn’t take away from the emotional aspect of the scene, if anything it added to it
It’s difficult with Russell because he doesn’t like spoilers. When we worked together on the show, we tried not to spoil each other. I’m really serious. When I was doing ‘Silence in the Library,’ [he said], ‘I want you to have River Song pre-figure something about what’s going to happen to Donna, and I said, ‘Don’t tell me what’s going to happen to Donna!’ And I said, ‘What kind of thing is it?’ ‘It’s sad, Steven. It’s very very sad.’ I said, ‘OK OK, I’ll put something sad in.’ Julie Gardner was sitting there saying, ‘You’re working on the same TV show. You can’t behave like this.’
I tune in to watch [Doctor Who] every week, I never miss it. Obviously my friends are making it but they never tell me what’s coming up so it’s a surprise every week. It’s like when I was young again. I got the job at Doctor Who because I was a fan and then I used to watch it as a surprise every week so I’ve gone back to when I was 14.
Behind the Scenes of The Unicorn and the Wasp (Part Five)
Excerpts from Jason Arnopp’s article in DWM 396:
David’s favorite detective, we later learn, is Columbo. He’s shocked to hear that, when asked, none of his fellow cast members chose Peter Falk’s scruffy sleuth.
“I thought everyone would say Columbo!” he frowns. “What did they choose?”
Well, Tom Goodman-Hill (Reverend Golightly) and Leena Dhingra (Ms Chandrakala) voted for Sherlock Holmes. Felicity Jones went for Dick Tracey (”He has a good hat”), while Fenella Woolgar (Agatha Christie) understandably chose Joan Hicksons’ Miss Marple. Then there were some relatively obscure ones from novels.
“Oh,” he chuckles, “they’re just trying to prove how bloomin’ exotic they are. It’s like those people who go on Desert Island Discs and choose all classical music, when actually all they’ve got at home is a few Beverley Craven albums. And there’s nothing wrong with a Beverley Craven album! But I’m sticking with Columbo - he’s just so cool. A mind like a trap, hidden in a body like a dung-heap. There’s also something quite Doctor-ish about him, so that’s probably why he appeals to me.”
Cripes! If The Unicorn and the Wasp’s cast and crew had to kill someone, what would be their murder weapon of choice?
Catherine Tate: “Sarcasm”
Russell T. Davies: “A great big gun, and then an axe, and then a steamroller. If I want ‘em dead, they’re dead. Failing that, I’d send in Jackie Tyler”.
Graeme Harper: “I like the idea of killing someone with a pointed piece of ice. Then it would melt, and no one would be able to tell how you’d done it!”
Fenella Woolgar: “Kindness!”
Gareth Roberts: “I would read them the Collected Columns of Polly Toynbee and bore them to death.”
David Tennant: “Something that didn’t make it too painful for them. Although, presumably I’d be killing them because they’d slighted me in some way. But I’d hope that, even in that state of psychosis, I’d manage some empathy. I’d like it to be a painless poison, so they’ll slip away into a sleep. Either that… or a gunshot to the face.”
This might be my opinion, but I really hate when some Doctor Who fans act like RTD invented Doctor Who, and that his series are the standard for what Doctor Who should be. Particularly when they whine about how apparently the Doctor doesn’t care about people anymore, as if 10′s hypocritical “no guns”, savior-complex pacifism is the end-all, be-all for the Doctor. Like I’m sorry if 10 tricked you into thinking that the Doctor never does wrong, but he has a long history of morally questionable decisions. 10 wanted to see himself as morally unambiguous, and the narrative presented him as such, which in my opinion was a mistake. The Waters of Mars was the only time that 10 was ever called out for his savior complex, but by that time it was too late to actually go anywhere with that development. On the other hand, both 12 and the narrative surrounding him are painfully aware of his moral ambiguity. When the Doctor does something that seems heartless, it’s not “bad writing”, it’s the character actually being explored and developed in a way that the Tennant era didn’t do until it was too late. The Moffat era is hyperaware of itself. Characters make mistakes and are frequently called out on them. When was Rose ever called out for abandoning her boyfriend without Mickey being painted as the villain? Compare this to Clara’s arc in series 8, where both she and the narrative are perfectly aware that lying to Danny isn’t good, but she keeps doing it anyway due to her growing adventure addiction, which leads into her series 9 character arc. That’s interesting, complex development, where the narrative is aware of the characters’ flaws, and calls them out on it. But no, Smith’s Doctor used a gun that one time, which Tennant’s Doctor said was bad, so clearly he’s not the Doctor, Moffat has never seen a single episode in his life and should hang up his pen in shame and disgrace.
So basically, it just really grinds my gears that there’s this whole host of fans who don’t appreciate the intricacies of Moffat’s characterization just because it’s not like RTD’s which they now think is the standard that all DW should be held to.
Excerpts from Benjamin Cook’s “Things We Learned This Christmas” article in DWM 378
Russell T Davies is nine foot tall, according to BBC Radio Wales
But he isn’t remotely scared of spiders. “Cardiff Bay is a breeding ground in the Summer,” he bemoans. “You end up crawling with bloody spiders. Leave your window open at night, and you wake up webbed! I’m fed up of them, and this is my revenge.” The Runaway Bride is all Cardiff-inspired, then? “Yes. Next year, it’ll be Doctor Who and the Speed Bumps!”
Interviewing Euros Lyn as he makes his way up a mountain in Dublin isn’t as hard as you might think. “I’m filming a show for the BBC,” he explains, “about a policeman who wants to avenge his wife’s murder.”
When Donna tries to hail a cab, the script specifies: ‘Fast and zippy sequence. Music like Yello’s The Race.’ However, Murray Gold composed a Yello-inspired orchestral piece.
David Tennant only pretends to be Scottish for a wacky gimmick. Really he’s Welsh. Honest!
From July 2004, this is my very first drawing of a Toclafane! Back in Series One, when we thought we’d lost the Daleks and I had to think of something for Rob Shearman to replace them with, I came up with this. They weren’t called Toclafane back then, they were just Future Humans. And those are the sort of boots that I imagined Chris wearing.
-Russell T Davies, The Writer’s Tale: The Final Chapter
I’m really sick of misunderstandings of Russell T Davies’ characterization of the Doctor being used to treat basic aspects of the character present since the beginning as out of character.
The Doctor was never a perfect hero who loves every little person. Not even in the Davies era, no matter what some claim. He can be shortsighted and selfish and condescending, and has had those aspects since the beginning. Even in The End of Time, Ten seriously contemplates not saving Wilf. The Doctor’s not pure and good. He just strives to be, and on a good day succeeds in helping and learning however he can. And both Davies and Moffat explore that tension in really interesting ways.
RTD fans....you might want to watch “Doctor Who“ again
I know a lot of people have kind of fallen off the Doctor Who boat since Moffat has been showrunner. We all have our reasons—we don’t connect with his characters; we miss the warm, emotional aspects of Russell T Davies’s stories; we’re tired of timey-wimey nonsense. I get all of that, totally, because I’ve had a lot of problems with Moffat’s showrunning style as well. It’s felt like a struggle to keep watching, sometimes.
But if you’ve given up on Who, I would strongly encourage you to give it another chance right now. The new companion, Bill, has just been introduced, but I already adore her. She has all the real-world grounding I’ve missed, she’s smart, she’s as well-rounded and alive and beautiful as Donna or Martha or Rose. She is a tender character, with weakness and flaws and great strengths. And the show is clearly centered on her, more than any plot madness or the Doctor’s enigmatic reputation. The show feels totally new—watching “The Pilot” felt like the show had reinvented itself before my eyes. There are still a few issues, but overall, I want to watch Doctor Who again. No, in fact, I’m delighted to.
So, if you’re an RTD fan—or just a fan who abandoned the show—please give the show another shot. Bill is worth it. She really is.