The adventures in time and space of the Doctor, a Time Lord who changes appearance and personality by regenerating when near death, and is joined by companions in battles against aliens and other megalomaniacs.
When the newly-crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister Anna teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition.
The Doctor, a Time Lord/Lady from the race whose home planet is Gallifrey, travels through time and space in their ship the T.A.R.D.I.S. (an acronym for Time and Relative Dimension In Space) with numerous companions. From time to time The Doctor regenerates into a new form (which is how the series has been running since the departure of the original actor, William Hartnell, in 1966).Written by
This series was not the only popular reboot of a TV series from the 1960s. At the same time, Gerry Anderson, who was famous for the 1960's puppet TV series that used a technique called "Supermarionation" (used in shows such as Supercar (1961), Fireball XL5 (1962), Stingray (1964) and Joe 90 (1968)) was about to launch a CGI remake of Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967) called Captain Scarlet (2005) on rival network ITV. Anderson was informed that New Captain Scarlet would be aired in a Saturday evening slot, same as the BBC was going to do with the revival of Doctor Who, which premiered a month after New Captain Scarlet. However at the last moment ITV, who had invested a large amount of money into New Captain Scarlet, went to Gerry and his production company and asked them to replace the series theme music with an updated version of the original Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967) theme sung by The Spectrum, using a popular band/recording artist of that year. It is believed that ITV had wanted to cash in on the popularity of Busted's Thunderbirds Are Go! song from the soundtrack of Thunderbirds (2004) (which was a movie based on Gerry's original Thunderbirds (1965) TV series). The costs involved would have been enormous and would have been met by the production company rather than ITV, so Gerry refused, knowing that there would be consequences and so ITV ordered the airing date be brought forward before Gerry could go back and make any adjustments and changes that the series needed, including changes in the opening titles. Then ITV buried New Captain Scarlet in a Saturday Morning slot within the Ministry of Mayhem show, splitting each episode in two and providing very little publicity. Meanwhile, Doctor Who became a cult hit for the BBC whilst New Captain Scarlet is largely forgotten about and was never repeated on ITV. Gerry later Died in a nursing home, on December 26, 2012, near Oxfordshire, England. Gerrys own son Jamie Anderson is a fan of the original Doctor Who as well the revival series, he even appeared in Doctor Who: 30 Years in the Tardis (1993) and is also a writer and director of Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories, in fact, his father has joked that "The real tragedy of my life is that my son, Jamie, is a Doctor Who fan."
List of Doctor Who Big Finish Audio Plays directed by Jaimie Anderson:
Doctor Who: The Waters of Amsterdam (January 2016)
On the 2012 episodes, the title logo is decorated with a motif related to each episode's theme. On episode one, "Asylum of the Daleks", it was decorated with dots like the ones covering a Dalek body. On episode 2, "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" it was decorated in green-like vegetation. On episode 3, "A Town Called Mercy" it was made of wooden boards, like the buildings of the Far West town on the episode. And on episode 4, "The Power of Three", it was decorated with a pattern made of cubes. See more »
In Season 5, Amy has a prologue that only exists in syndicated versions and isn't present in the original UK airings. It doesn't appear on home media (DVD) either. See more »
Make what you will of the pilot episode of the new Doctor Who. I myself was fairly dubious upon first viewing, yet by the second episode, Russell T Davies had established a mark that makes this series his own! Gone are the wobbly sets and loose plots without continuity. Despite the episodes being manned by several writers, Davies manages to ingeniously weave them together. From the very first episode, he leaves the slight inkling of an epic subplot; the Doctor's heartfelt, almost-apologetic excuse to the Nestene Consciousness ("I couldn't save your world - I couldn't save ANY of them) is incredibly engaging and it was this very line that drew me in to offer the series a second chance.
And I'm incredibly glad I did. The series takes everything that made the original series popular and updates it for a new generation. The villains, the ideals and the themes all reflect a world that people are living in today. And then Davies also adds something new to the character of the Doctor - a REAL mythology. He no longer has that familiar skip in his step that he was famous for - he's running on low battery power - and he has something no other Doctor had; a survivor's guilt. A man left homeless by an epic war between an ancient and familiar enemy. He carries both the burden of the loss of his home and people, but also the guilt that he somehow had a hand in it.
This subplot runs through the course of the series and works incredibly well; that no matter how random the location or episode plot, beneath it lays that familiar drive that is guiding the audience toward the two-part finale. And what a finale! Not to spoil it for those who haven't seen the series, but everything regarding the Time War comes to an explosive crescendo and at long last the Doctor appears to be able to put his demons to rest.
And then there's Rose! Well, I thought she was amazing and such a well-rounded character. You can believe her and the fact that she is very much our eyes and ears on both the Doctor and the life he gives her makes her even more endearing. But what sets her out from her predecessors (as with the Doctor) is she has a mythology of her own. A life, a family, a home - and Davies taps into those unanswered questions from the old series excellently. What happens to her life away from the Doctor? Do her friends and family miss her? Will she come back? If anything, Rose is just as important as the Doctor. They have the electrifying chemistry that bristled with Lois Lane and Clark Kent, Mulder and Scully and all the other great "Will-they/won't-they" characters. With some shows, pairing off the characters kills off a program, but with these - you almost feel that it would only take the future plots and scenes even further! This series is fantastic - despite its one of two slight hiccups (Episodes 4/5) - and it is clear that both Davies and the BBC have taken slight influences from popular sci-fi shows such as Buffy and Angel. Though, this is in no way a criticism. If you want to be the best, you have to study the best. Adapting the story arc (episode 6), placing a Big Bad to the forefront of the series and throwing in an enigmatic hook (Bad Wolf) gives the show an excellent feel of continuity and does not feel out of place in today's society.
The Doctor's back - and he's here to stay! (and PS - things, in my opinion, look VERY promising with Mr. Tennant.)
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