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 Posted:   Jun 28, 2009 - 12:35 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I'm one of those U.S. fans who watched Dr. Who when Tom Baker was in the role and when he left, I did, too. Plus, none of my friends (I was nine) were into the show, so my interest diminished. Now, after reading the excellent ABOUT TIME book on the Tom Baker era, I find myself wanting to catch up on everything I missed, beginning with the Peter Davison era. I got ABOUT TIME vol 5 for Christmas last year and plan on reading that as a reference source along with the episodes you recommend.

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2009 - 12:52 PM   
 By:   Moonie   (Member)

Peter Davison is my favorite doctor lets see...

Castrovalva
Earthshock
TimeFlight
The Five Doctors
Arc of Infinity

all I can think of right now but those stand out in my mind.

If I spelled any of those wrong I apologize.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2009 - 1:13 PM   
 By:   Simon Gomersall   (Member)

I would add

Mawdryn Undead
Resurrection of the Daleks
Caves of Androzani

Cheers


SG

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2009 - 4:34 PM   
 By:   Moonie   (Member)

I would add

Mawdryn Undead
Resurrection of the Daleks
Caves of Androzani

Cheers


SG



Right On!!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2009 - 12:05 AM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

I would add

Mawdryn Undead
Resurrection of the Daleks
Caves of Androzani

Cheers

SG


Resurection of the Daleks is proof of what one of the writers of the series once said: "If the series was good, it was very good, if it was bad, it was very bad" and man was "Resurection" an example of bad.
Personally, I used to like "The visitation". Interesting concept, only that lizard... oh man what a bummer, as the writer himself says in the DVD extras interview.
Besides being a nice kind of Doctor and not tempramental or designer quirky (unlike the most recent two specimen), he also had the best looking assistents:

Tegan (looking at her best here)


and

Peri (oh why that faux US accent?)


Both of them sadly enough had to play somewhat whining characters but they looked so damned good playing them.

As for the candidates of assitents now: Lily Allen?! Nooooooo. As if the godawful terminally unfunny Katherin Tate weren't bad enough. It goes from bad to worse. I'm willing to give the new doctor a chance but that Allen burk? NO WAY! Besides having a face that looks like something Don Bluth drew in his Disney days, she is an unpleasant item.

No Peter Davison was from an interesting time with more interesting assistants too. That are already two bests on his record.

D.S.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2009 - 6:44 AM   
 By:   Reeler   (Member)

Peter was a noble Doctor (and is an excellent and varied actor), but I have to admit he should have added more humor. His Castrovalva role is one of my favorites because he got to add different character traits. Arc of Infinity is another good one because he plays an opposite baddie. Even though Tom is my favorite, I can still see why some consider Troughton to be the best. His role in the Two Doctors is outstanding. Maybe the best post-Tom Baker period is Colin's year of doing Trial of a Timelord.

 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2009 - 7:49 AM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)


Peri (oh why that faux US accent?)


God, how I hated that. Totally kept me from liking the character.

"But Docterrrrrrrrrrrrrr!"

 
 Posted:   Jul 1, 2009 - 5:47 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Thanks for the suggestions. I take it that the 1980s, beginning with Davison isn't held in high regard, but then again it all depends on who one asks!

BTW, I've often associated the Davison period with New Wave/New Romantic music fans and lo and behold in ABOUT TIME 5, the authors go and make that connection, beginning with Tom Baker's last episodes--the start of the John Nathan Turner reign!

 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2009 - 4:49 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Review of The Black Guardian Trilogy boxset.

http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content/id/71301/doctor-who-the-black-guardian-trilogy.html

 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2009 - 5:13 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

I didn't give Peter much of a chance back in the day. But after having recently finished his series, "The Last Detective" I think I'll give those episodes another chance. "The Last Detective" is an excellent series by the way. Highly recommended.

 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2009 - 7:08 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

I didn't give Peter much of a chance back in the day. But after having recently finished his series, "The Last Detective" I think I'll give those episodes another chance. "The Last Detective" is an excellent series by the way. Highly recommended.

Another recommended series is A Very Peculiar Practice (1986), which also starred David Troughton, and Campion (1989).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Very_Peculiar_Practice

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campion_(TV_series)

 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2009 - 9:36 AM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

Davison was one of my least favorite Doctors and part of that may be because his portrayal as Tristan Farnan from All Creatures Great and Small made too much of an impression on me to shake it from my consciousness. So much so that my wife and I decided to name our son Tristan after the character and the Wagner opera the character was named after because we both loved the show dearly around the time he was born (and I'm a long time Wagnerite).

My favorite Davison though is The Five Doctors, not so much because of Davison, but because of having all of the Doctors (well sort of) and many of the past companions all together in a special 20th anniversary feature length episode. Several recurring foes also appear.

 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2009 - 10:53 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

My favourite Davison story is Caves of Androzani. A good script from Robert Holmes and directed by Graeme Harper.

 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2010 - 12:59 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

New Fifth Doctor Audios Announced

Big Finish announced today details of the upcoming three-story season of Fifth Doctor stories, featuring Peter Davison as the Doctor, Sarah Sutton as Nyssa, Janet Fielding as Tegan and Mark Strickson as Turlough, the first time this TARDIS team had acted together since 1983.

According to executive producer Nicholas Briggs, "The three stories were recorded just after Christmas, and everyone was on brilliant form. It was quite thrilling to hear [the cast] recreating their roles so authentically. These adventures sound just like they've fallen through a time warp!"

He aded: “The mood during the recording was quite rambunctious and everyone had such a brilliant time that I wouldn’t be surprised to see this team reunited again some time in the near future…”

The series will debut in July, and the first story released will be Cobwebs by Jonathan Morris. The story guest-stars Helen Griffin (Mrs. Moore in "Rise of the Cybermen"), Raymond Coulthard of Hotel Babylon and Adrian Lukis (Peak Practice). The TARDIS crew lands on a scientific base and it becomes obvious that they've been there before...only for them it hasn't happened yet.

The second story is The Whispering Forest by Stephen Cole, set on an alien world where a colony has become obsessed with cleanliness – while strange creatures are prowling among the trees. The guest cast includes Paul Shelley (previously Persuasion in "Four to Doomsday"), Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films...and Patrick Troughton's grandson) and Hayley Atwell (recently in the Prisoner remake).

Wrapping up the series, with the blessings of original creator Christopher Bailey, the Mara makes a welcome return in The Cradle of the Snake by Marc Platt, in which the TARDIS crew revisits the planet Manussa. “When we knew we could get these characters back together, we realised we wanted to bring back the Mara because it was an iconic monster from the Davison era,” says Briggs. "Marc Platt seemed the obvious choice to write it – because Marc does ‘weird’ so wonderfully!”

http://gallifreynewsbase.blogspot.com/

http://www.bigfinish.com/news/Fifth-Doctor-Snaketacular%21

 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2010 - 12:20 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I've ordered the New Beginnings box set which has the last two Tom Baker stories (Keeper of Traken, Logopolis) as well as the first Davison story, Castrovalva. I'm getting this largely because of the Baker adventures but for the price ($32.99) it'll be a good way to get started on the Fifth Doctor's era.

Celery on his lapel???

 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2010 - 1:37 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

I've ordered the New Beginnings box set which has the last two Tom Baker stories (Keeper of Traken, Logopolis) as well as the first Davison story, Castrovalva. I'm getting this largely because of the Baker adventures but for the price ($32.99) it'll be a good way to get started on the Fifth Doctor's era.

Celery on his lapel???


That's a good boxset. The documentaries are interesting, detailing the troubled history behind the Baker stories.
An explanation was finally given to the question as to why the Fifth Doctor wore a stick of celery on his lapel since Castrovalva (1982). His incarnation of the Doctor was allergic to certain gases in the "Praxis" range, which would turn the celery purple if it came into contact with them. The Doctor would then eat the celery. This allergy did not appear to be one shared by any incarnation prior to or since Davison. In reality, Davison requested that an explanation be given in his final story and Eric Saward worked an explanation into the final script.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Caves_of_Androzani

 
 Posted:   Mar 22, 2010 - 8:10 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

An explanation was finally given to the question as to why the Fifth Doctor wore a stick of celery on his lapel since Castrovalva (1982). His incarnation of the Doctor was allergic to certain gases in the "Praxis" range, which would turn the celery purple if it came into contact with them. The Doctor would then eat the celery. This allergy did not appear to be one shared by any incarnation prior to or since Davison. In reality, Davison requested that an explanation be given in his final story and Eric Saward worked an explanation into the final script.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Caves_of_Androzani


As uninspired as the celery concept is, at least the explanation spares us thirty years of fan speculation and interpretations of why it was there. *Whew*!

 
 Posted:   Mar 22, 2010 - 8:33 AM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

funny enough, when I first got into the Doctor, it was during showing of Tom Baker's final year. So when Davison came on, I didn't have the same attaching to Baker as so many others did and really enjoyed his work. Some of the stories were somewhat meandering to fit the standard 4 part length (most could have been 3), and I was no fan of Adric, but at least he had an amazing exit. I remember thinking Sarah Sutton (Nyssa) was really pretty, but recently, I wondered what I was smoking back then. She was sweet enough, but she could be a little on the homely side. Jon Nathan-Turner decided to up the leg quotent and put her in a slightly skimpy outfit. Then I remember reading a review of her last episode where her skirt was torn away while trying to escape some bad guy. When I saw the episode, it was, frankly, laughable. She screens, cut to a shot of her skirt dropping and she runs away. it looked like she got scared, dropped her skirt and ran. Anyway, Janet Fielding was much prettier, if a little more annoying.

Actually, come to think of it, I was never a fan of most of the Doctor's companions. After a while, it felt that they were there just to be there. Like squeezing another pointless Moneypenny scene in a Roger Moore Bond film. Well, okay, Turlough was pretty good when he was bad, and Sarah Jane was cute. But I didn't really love a companion until the new series gave us Rose.

 
 Posted:   Mar 22, 2010 - 8:38 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

But I didn't really love a companion until the new series gave us Rose.

I don't mind companions, it's their friggin' families that they keep foisting on us in the new series that turns me off. Did we ever see Sarah Jane's Aunt Lavinia?

I'm also against the soap opera love story angle that Rose and even Martha were pushed into. Sarah Jane's farewell in "The Hand of Fear" was wonderfully understated and so...English. I prefer the unsaid and understated emotions over the makeup-smearing farewells of the new series, but I also dislike the way that Leela was taken out of the old series...

 
 Posted:   Mar 22, 2010 - 11:11 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

But I didn't really love a companion until the new series gave us Rose.

I don't mind companions, it's their friggin' families that they keep foisting on us in the new series that turns me off. Did we ever see Sarah Jane's Aunt Lavinia?

I'm also against the soap opera love story angle that Rose and even Martha were pushed into. Sarah Jane's farewell in "The Hand of Fear" was wonderfully understated and so...English. I prefer the unsaid and understated emotions over the makeup-smearing farewells of the new series, but I also dislike the way that Leela was taken out of the old series...


Tom Baker disliked Leela's character concept because he felt that she was too violent.Jameson reports that he was cold to her for the first several stories they did together. Eventually, during the filming of Horror of Fang Rock, she insisted on multiple takes of a scene in which he repeatedly entered the scene early, thereby upstaging her. This incident appears to have increased Baker's respect for her, and their working relationship substantially improved thereafter.

 
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