Nora Freeze wrote:
Haha! You dare to challenge the sheer level of my Whovian nature? No, really, I am a bit fan of the old series, skipped most of 3's episodes though, something about him annoyed me. I have seen all of 5,6,7's and the TV movie, along with a large bit of 4's run and all the new series. Unfortunately, only bits of 1 and 2's episodes exist. So, I've watched some of those. Audio books redeem poor 6 & 7's run for the most part. *Take a breath!* Whew, Yeah, so Doctor Who... Like Star Trek for people who love British shows. (Possibly better in quite a few regards). Can they really be compared-no! Stop...I have rambled enough.
Those are fighting words! It's open season, now!
I own almost all the stories that are out on DVD (although I'm not as big into the black and white era of the first two Doctors, I have accumulated the major milestone stories). The TV movie finally got released in the U.S., which makes me very happy. So, am I to gather that you've listened to some of the audios? You're right, they give Doctors Six and Seven a chance to do better stuff than the original TV show's production staff gave them (although some of Seven's darker stories hold a lot of promise).
The Books, they can't be underestimated! Roughly 60 novels about Seven, more than 70 novels about number Eight from the TV movie, and about that many original novels + change for all the prior Doctors. Then there is the short running series of novellas, followed by spin-off stories from one of them. There was also the Faction Paradox spin-off from the Eighth Doctor novels, a further series of novels and audiodrama (great stuff, the dark corners of a version of the Doctor Who universe, with glimpses at what a Time War looks like). Some people credit the novels that were written between the new and old show as kind of a test-bed for story concepts and approaches which eventually manifested in the way the new version of the show has been conceived and implemented. I have plenty of non-fiction, too. And, crazy enough, those short novelizations of the old TV stories, for when the fans of the old show didn't have video players to watch the stories again. Collections of the comics!
I've submitted some writing to a couple of non-fiction books about DW fans, one was published a couple years ago, and the more recent submission should be printed early next year.
It took me a while to appreciate Doctor number Three, too. He is not as eccentric as some of the Doctors, but there is so much heart in the actor, and his production team. Jon Pertwee came from a comedy radio background, but he wanted to take DW very seriously. He didn't shy away from humor, though, and his humor is warm and understated. Plus, he was way cool! He was a middle aged actor who loved gadgets and gizmos and tech-y stuff, karate, and fast vehicles, and doing his own stunts (anecdotally, he had a tatoo in the Navy after a hard drinking memory blackout, which was probably a bit more scandalous in those days)!
At the same time, he also treated the character of the Doctor with responsibility when it came to kids who looked up to the Doctor, ethics-wise. As for the show's production during his time, well, they did fair chunks of outdoor filming, so a lot of his stories have a great film look to them (as opposed to video, used for in-studio). The writers were obvious with their scientific morality stories, but their hearts and minds were in the right place. When I watch his stories, a major component of enjoying them for me is that behind the scenes Jon Pertwee enjoyed it so much, and put such energy into it, and strove to make the working environment a joy for all of his co-workers. He is not my favorite Doctor, and it's not my favorite era of the show, but the undercurrent of enthusiasm is the perfect comfort remedy for those times when I enter the long, dark tea-time of the soul.
At this point, I've really gone crazy with my own rambling. Ah, competition aside, let's forget it. You like DW, I like DW. I don't want to compete, let's be friends instead.