The idea is simple, like a book club each week we will select something Doctor Who, be it an episode (preferably of the classics, as most of us haven't seen them,but want to), an audiobook, a book or a movie; we find somewhere online that has it (or upload it ourselves if we can't find it), we post the link here, everyone watches it and we comment on it (video responses welcomed).
Feel free to live your suggestions, as my knowledge of the classics is quite limited and I can't suggest more then 3 or 4 episodes.
Also if you a megaupload,rapidshare, etc account we could possibly use to share whatever we are reviewing one week,please let us know.
I kept notes during the episode, here they are (excuse any spelling mistakes, spellcheker isn't working):
Episode 2 The Daleks – Part 1 The Dead Planet
The concern about radiation is interesting, shows the time period, cold war
Love the Geiger counter going up oh the omnicious music
Terry nation, get used to that name, we will be seeing it a lot
The petrified forest what a great scenario
“well I’m coming too” , oh susan what obnoxious voice you have
The explanation of ian´s and barbara’s feelings is done superbely in this episode, great dialogue
Poor susan, no wonder she´s so obnoxious, her no one pays attention to her, it´s all a cry to be acknowledged, tragic really
Oh the ridiculous creature explanation, you know what I would love to see a giant version of this thing on modern who, rampaging aroung and acting like a lizard version of magneto
It´s strange that with the early concern for radiation, that he can´t see this was caused by an atom bomb
Again, the sets on this episode are amazing
Die susan! Die!
Nice moment of suspence, doh it could have been better executed, mainly the actress fault, she´s terrible at panic momenta
The doctor admitting to Barbara he doesn’t always understand susan is such an endearing moment
So you bitch and sulk about how no one believes you yet two seconds later it´s all good…susan are you bipolar?
The whole food scene confuses me, why put it in at all? I feel like a fan wrote to the bbc asking things like, were do ian and Barbara sleep, what do they eat and they decided to actualy put it on the show. I suppose if those house of the future things are from this time it will make sence too, as it will as fascinating to the then audience as amy pond floating in space is to us now
You sneaky old bastard, oh got to love that sneaky grin
Love the city, the endless corridors, and the reverderating sound gives a great image of solitude
What a great acting on barbara’s actress, her fear is great
And what an amasing end scene, so horror movie, oh love it
Part 2 – The Survivors
Susan, master of stating the obvious
What the frick, you weren’t even looking at the dalek, are afraid of walls?
Oh the old guns and killing animation, wow…
Why susan, why that laughter?
The daleks say that they had a war with the tahls 500 years ago, if you use this to try to put together a time line (as every episode with the daleks must take place sometime in those 500 years from becoming daleks because of the neutron war until this episode were they die) you will see just how inconsistent they time line is...The neutron war must have given them plot hole powers
That’s some lock, you’re telling me that old doctor never missed the right hole, not even when they are running for their lives? And susan can’t just tell him what hole in the lock it is, say insert it in 5th hole from the left, is that too hard?
This whole plot seem contrived to make susan the one that has to go
These daleks are more polite then their past selves
Susan, my hero, everyone is dieying and yet...
God you’re a bad actress, which is why the episode should never have gone out of its way to put you in this situation, yes it’s the one that most inspires fear in us, poor 16 year old girl in a jungle full of mutations, but that loses it’s effect when you don’t care for the character and her actress does such a horrible job at being afraid
Part 3 – The Escape
Why, why do you suddenly trust him? You back away from him and a second later you trust him completely
New daleks would never give them food, water and let them sleep
So they planted food in a radiation infested land nothing happed to them? Or it made them mutate into perfect humans,right...
The daleks as philosophers, i love this
Did he just make that joke in a children’s program?
Wow the hell does everyone on this planet understand written English?
You correct their use of adjectives when held at gun point?!
I have never liked a dalek so much “Stop that noise!!” indeed, you tell it to her!!
"Do you think it was an accident?" Are you kidding me?! That was the most unrealistic fight ever!
Electric powered daleks, oh my
Those are a lot of supositions I don’t think you should have arrived at, expecialy considering how long it took you to figure out about the neutron bomb
And my god what a ridiculous plan, the dalek gets on the rug for one second and puf, it’s dead, the voice, ian fitting in there, all wrong
Part 4 – The Ambush
Love the hand moving out of the cloack, giving just us the glimpse to get our imagination going
I do love how they tell us something to get us thinking at the beginning of the episode and only get to it at the end, such a simple way to build tension
Well that’s convenient, and probably impossible
I hate that they convince the tahls into war
Why did the daleks think that they became dependant on radiation, rather then thinking that the tahls tampered with the drugs or that drugs that work on the tahls have a diferent effect on daleks (for that matter lucky they worked on our team)
"There is no indignity in being afraid to die, but there is a terrible shame in being afraid to live", what a great phrase, that's going in my quote book
Rest of the episodes (i started to get bored and kept worst notes)
Ok, where the fuck did they get giant mirrors?
Well that was an lame ass fight, and how the hell did it cause a cave in
Omg Barbara just broke a bit of thr stirefome clif!
Why couldn’t the daleks simply have put a piece of radioactive stone in their armor and presto, radioactivity to last them a life time.
And the doctor saying he couldn’t help them, he is apparently able to fix nuclear reactors, but finding a way to disperse radiation into the city, oh no too complicated, he could have simply told them, quickly all of you inside the nuclear reactor and remove all radiation protection
So The Doctor was once a pioneer, very interesting
I quite enjoyed this episode,the sets are amazing, the whole radiation scenario is interesting (especially for the time) and the horror elements are great. Sadly I think it starts strong and becomes more boring as each part progresses.
Interestingly according to one of the books, after leaving the Doctor, Ian and Barbara will have a son, who they name John Alydon Ganatus Chesterton after their Thal friends. He grows up to become a famous singer... and, interestingly enough, is married to the Fifth Doctor's companion Tegan Jovanka (how canon are the books, I don't know)
Ok, since we decided to watch everything, this week we will go back and watch the parts we missed after An Unearthly child (incidentally, episode one, of which An Unearthly Child is part one,is called 100,000 BC):
And to see if we can reduce the time it will take us the see everything, whenever the episodes have few parts, we will watch two in a row, so this week we will also watch, episode 3 ,Inside the Ship:
Wow that is an awesome site, thank you so much!!
We watched The Daleks last week, this week we are watching Archisode 3, Inside the Ship ( better know by the name of its part 1, The Edge of Destruction) and because we have since decided to watch everything instead of just a few select episodes, we are also going to watch the episodes we skipped, which are parts 2,3 and 4 of Archisode 1.
Next week we are back to our regular schedule with Archisode 4, Marco Polo
Here my review of 100,000 BC and Inside the Ship.
As I previously said I don't like 100,000 BC, the action is predominately fixed on the cavemen and they just aren't´that interesting, maybe it´s the black and white, but most of the time i had a hard time picking Kal and the other contender for chief apart, which makes it hard to both follow and care about what´s going on.
As positive things I like the fact that the cavepeople had previously discovered fire, it avoids the paradox of having them learn from ian. They could have had a plot where the doctor teach them and I'm glad they didn't. It also leaves us to wonder what happened after our travellers left, who did and up making fire? And that sparked curiosity may fulfil the show's intention of being educational. Another thing i liked was how the doctor interacted with the clan in the kicking kal out part,
Inside the Ship is another meh one, it is interesting to have the whole action take place inside the ship (doh i suspect this probably because they spend the whole budget on the scenarios for The Daleks), the problem with this is that the quality then depends on the actors and they don't do that good a job, It's interesting to see how the ship tried to warn them and how how their perception of her intelligence ("it thinks like a machine, it certainly isn't alive") will change when compared with recent episodes like, The Doctor's Wife
Ok people, you had 8 days to watch the episodes, give us your review and let us proceed to Marco Polo