In 2005, Doctor Who returned to TV screens with a new cast and crew. After being off the air for over 15 years, a lot had changed in the TV landscape. With shows like Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica having reboots of their own that paved the way for Who to return, it would not be the same show that earlier generations remembered.
One of the biggest differences was the ending of the serial format that had served the show well for twenty five years. Another was the upgrade to how the show looked.
Gone were the obviously rubber costumes and over the top masks that did little to suspend disbelief. The show would now have world class effects, make-up and costumes. But for many people who had hidden behind the couch as children, this was a sad state of affairs.
Here is a list of the best (worst) looking aliens from each of the original series’ Doctors.
November 23rd is less than a week away, and in these 11 days leading to the Doctor Who 50th anniversary we here at Nerd Bastard’s want to share with you a few of our favorite Whovian things. We’re currently staring down that 50th anniversary as we’re only two days away! Last year, as we were approaching Season 7 of Doctor Who, we Bastards all got together and discussed our favorite Doctors. Picking a favorite Doctor is a defining moment for a Whovian. It’s when you finally commit to the fandom, make a choice, and label yourself as that kind of fan. Since we’re Patrick Troughton days away from “The Day of the Doctor” I’ll be making a case for why the Second Doctor is so fantastic, as well as sharing who my fellow Bastards picked as their favorites. (more…)
This week we’ve been hearing all sorts of rumblings about the BBC discovering a stash of their Classic Doctor Who catalogue, missing since the episodes originally aired almost fifty years ago. First there were rumors, then the discovery was confirmed, and now, nine episodes have been released, completely remastered, for purchase on iTunes. (more…)
UPDATE! While the press conference in where the reveal of which episodes have been found, news of when they’ll release, and perhaps a screening has been postponed till Friday, the BBC has confirmed that is indeed what the mysterious Doctor Who press conference will be all about. With 106 episodes of Doctor Who currently missing you better believe the discovery of any of these lost episodes is wonderful news to Whovians’ ears.
Fans of Doctor Who are entering a shiny new year. The show has reached a new apex of popularity, DVDs and Blurays of almost every episode are available worldwide and we’re weeks away from basking in the warm glow of a new Doctor Who Christmas special. For longtime fans of Classic Who we’ve got even greater news. Two episodes of the series which had been thought to have been lost forever were recently rediscovered and returned to the BBC.
Some of you might be thinking, “Lost? What do you mean, lost?” Well, in the 60s in their infinite wisdom the BBC would re-record over the tapes of television episodes. You can’t completely blame them, even though we do, because at that time episodes were never re-aired and they weren’t sold on any format to be viewed at home. After an episode aired there was no reason to hang on to it. Sadly, this means dozens upon dozens of Doctor Who episodes, mostly from the original Doctor, William Hartnell and his successor, Patrick Troughton‘s tenure in the TARDIS, disappeared never to be seen again. Occasionally an episode or two would be found at the studio of a BBC affiliate, but since the 1990’s most of those episodes had been recovered.
Amazingly, two new episodes have been found, the third episode of the Hartnell serial “Galaxy 4” and the second episode of Troughton’s “The Underwater Menace” (Doctor Who stories used to be told in four to six part serials as opposed to one contained episode). The were discovered by film aficionado Terry Burnett who purchased them in the 1980s. They had originally been owned by Australia’s ABC channel.
Watch the news report below and rejoice in knowing more of Doctor Who‘s amazing 48 year history has been found!