Monday, 30 June 2014

Great Doctor Who Quotes #9

The Doctor: "If someone who knew the future, pointed out a child to you and told you that that child would grow up totally evil, to be a ruthless dictator who would destroy millions of lives... could you then kill that child?"
Sarah Jane: "We're talking about the Daleks. The most evil creatures ever invented. You must destroy them. You must complete your mission for the Time Lords!"
The Doctor : "Do I have the right? Simply touch one wire against the other and that's it. The Daleks cease to exist. Hundreds of millions of people, thousands of generations can live without fear... in peace, and never even know the word 'Dalek'."
Sarah Jane: "Then why wait? If it was a disease or some sort of bacteria you were destroying, you wouldn't hesitate."
The Doctor : "But if I...wipe out a whole intelligent life form, then I become like them. I'd be no better than the Daleks."

Genesis of the Daleks, Part 6 
(April 12th 1975)
Written by Terry Nation

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Great Doctor Who Quotes #8

"My dear Steven, history sometimes gives us a terrible shock, and that is because we don’t quite fully understand. Why should we? After all, we’re too small to realize its final pattern. Therefore don’t try and judge it from where you stand. I was right to do as I did. Yes, that I firmly believe.
Steven… Even after all this time, he cannot understand. I dare not change the course of history. Well, at least I taught him to take some precautions; he did remember to look at the scanner before he opened the doors. And now, they’re all gone. All gone. None of them could understand. Not even my little Susan. Or Vicki. And as for Barbara and…Chesterton - they were all too impatient to get back to their own time. And now, Steven. Perhaps I should go home. Back to my own planet. But I can’t… I can’t…"

- The Doctor, The Massacre, Episode 4: Bell of Doom
(February 26 1966)
Written by Donald Tosh & John Lucarotti

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Doctor Who Tops SFX Poll

The farewell between the Doctor and Rose Tyler at Bad Wolf Bay has been named the greatest sci-fi/fantasy scene of all time. The scene, from the climax of Doomsday (first shown in July 2006), was voted top of SFX magazine's poll by over 96,000 readers to mark their 250th issue.
David Tennant told SFX that "Russell [T Davies] had weaved some glorious magic for two seasons and it all came together so perfectly in this scene that people still talk to me about it.. they always will. Murray Gold created some heart stopping music that accentuates the misery and Billie Piper is just breathtakingly good. Whatever else I do.. this will be a moment I will be forever proud to look back on."
Doctor Who saw off competition from Hollywood blockbusters (Alien, Back to the Future, Star Wars), Game of Thrones, and the Harry Potter books.

Great Doctor Who Quotes #7

You know when, sometimes you meet someone so beautiful, and then you actually talk to them and five minutes later, they’re as dull as a brick? Then there’s other people, and you meet them and you think, ‘Not bad; they’re okay.’ And then you get to know them, and their face sort of becomes them, like their personality is written all over it. And they just turn into something so beautiful. Rory’s the most beautiful man I’ve ever met.

- Amy Pond, The Girl Who Waited
(September 10 2011)
Written by Tom MacRae

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Great Doctor Who Quotes #6

"Do you know, like we were saying, about the Earth revolving? It's like when you were a kid, the first time they tell you that the world's turning and you just can't quite believe it because it looks like it's standing still. I can feel it. The turn of the Earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinning at a thousand miles an hour, the entire planet is hurtling around the sun at sixty seven thousand miles an hour, and I can feel it. We're travelling through space, you and me, clinging to the skin of this tiny little world, and if we let go... that's who I am. Now forget me, Rose Tyler. Go home."

- The Doctor, Rose (March 26 2005)
Written by Russell T Davies

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Doctor Who Vs. Coronation Street, Part 8: 1979-1982

By 1979, Corrie had scant competition within its primetime time slot. But some critics suggested that the programme had grown complacent, whilst moving away from socially aware storylines, and was again accused of presenting a dated view of working-class life. The late 1970's however, saw the show's popularity grow, and
Corrie regularly topped the TV ratings. The series was again affected by industrial action when the whole ITV network was blacked out for 75 days, from August 10th to October 24th 1979.
The early 1980's would prove to be one of the show's most popular periods, and earned its highest viewing figures since its heyday. Ena Sharples (played by Violet Carson since 1960) left Corrie in 1980, and the wedding of Ken Barlow and Deirdre Langton in 1981 was watched by over 24 million viewers.
 Then in 1982, a brand-new exterior set finally replaced the original, which was little more than a dated facade.
These four years on the Street featured another nineteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • Michael Melia (Cummings) was a Terileptil in The Visitation
  • Bill McGuirk (Wilson here; and DC Banks, 1984) was a Guard in The Enemy of the World, and a Policeman in (episode 3 of) Terror of the Autons
  • Paul Seed (Father Harris) was the Graff Vynda-Ka in The Ribos Operation
  • Sue Wallace (Mrs. Fletcher here; and Jean, 2005) voiced Mrs. Baddeley for The Chimes of Midnight, Edith for Season of Fear (both 2002), and Mertil for The Whispering Forest (2010) - all from Big Finish
  • Richard Shaw (Johnson) was Lobos in The Space Museum, Cross in Frontier in Space, and Lakh in Underworld
  • Jonathan Caplan (Cheveski) was Roskal in Planet of Fire
  • Christian Rodska (Newton) voiced Laan Carder for Faith Stealer (BF, 2004), and Reverend Small for Hornet's Nest: The Dead Shoes (AudioGo, 2009)
  • Tenniel Evans (DI Vaughan) was Major Daly in Carnival of Monsters
  • director (of episodes 2078 and 2079) Kenny McBain helmed The Horns of Nimon too
  • Paul Lowther (Jackson) was a Knight in The King's Demons, and an Orderly in Frontios
  • Gilbert Wynne (Dodds) was Thara in The Krotons
  • Brian Miller (Elliott here; Pughes, 2012) - the husband of Elizabeth Sladen - was Dugdale in Snakedance, voiced the Daleks for Resurrection and Remembrance of the Daleks, and was Barney in Deep Breath
  • Graham Seed (Solicitor) voiced Pyrepoint for the forthcoming Big Finish play The Romance of Crime
  • David Simeon (Simpson here; and Dr. Bird, 1998) was Private Latimer in (episodes 1 and 3 of) Inferno, and Alastair Fergus in The Daemons (1)
  • Dave Hill (Hurst) voiced Nessican for Death Comes to Time
  • Tony Osoba (McGregor here; and Peter Ingram, 1990) was Lan in Destiny of the Daleks, Kracauer in Dragonfire, and has been cast in Series 8
  • Philip Jackson (Smitty) voiced Laxton for Valhalla (BF, 2007)
  • Mark Eden (Randle here, and Alan Bradley, 1986-89) and Lesley Manville (Jill) both appeared in An Adventure in Space and Time, as Donald Baverstock (pictued) and Heather Hartnell respectively - Eden had played the titular Venetian in Marco Polo