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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 01:31pm on 2006-04-22 under , ,

I'm not a serious Dr. Who fan, and when I channel-surf past it I only get sucked in to watching the rest of the episode about a quarter of the time, but I've seen enough to have a basic idea what's going on and why so many of my friends like it, and I've enjoyed some episodes while getting bored with others.

I noticed that the episode showing on MPT at midnight is "The Three Doctors". I've heard of this episode -- it's one I recall friends mentioning by title in conversations both heard and overheard. But I don't remember what was said about it.

So here's my question: given what I described in the first paragraph, is this an episode I should go out of my way to watch (that is, set he VCR to grab it for whenver I start catching up on television again)? Or should I just treat it as any other episode, letting it go by or possiby getting sucked in if I happen to have the set turned on then, with no special effort one ay or t'other?

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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 05:45pm on 2006-04-22
If you liked the first three Doctors -- Pertwee and his two predecessors -- you'll like it. If not, not. It's more than just another episode; there are a lot of in-jokes and good things. I happen to like 'The Five Doctors' better because it includes Tom Baker, but that's me.
posted by [identity profile] also-huey.livejournal.com at 05:54pm on 2006-04-22
It is one of the better early episodes, and worth seeing if only because the majority of the Hartnell and Troughton episodes were lost in a fire at the BBC. Since Doctor Who predates the whole "season-ending cliffhanger" idea that seems to have infected every adventure series, this is one of only a few 'special' episodes to occur throughout the series, and the first that I'm aware of that survives.

I vote 'tape it'.
posted by [identity profile] clauclauclaudia.livejournal.com at 06:00pm on 2006-04-22
I'm inclined to agree. If nothing else, it'll give you a compare-and-contrast among the first three actors, which may increase appreciation of any of the rest of their episodes you should wander across.
posted by [identity profile] jmthane.livejournal.com at 01:09pm on 2006-04-23
I'm a fan, so of course, I'd say tape and watch (if I didn't already have it taped :-) ). But there are corrections to be made here:

the majority of the Hartnell and Troughton episodes were lost in a fire at the BBC

No and yes and no. 17 of Hartnell's 29 stories exist in their entirety, and and additional 5 of the stories are missing some episodes, but not all. So a majority of Hartnell's episodes actually exist.

Of Troughton's 21, however, only 6 exist in their entirety. A further 12 have only 1 or 2 episodes intact. So I would agree that a majority of Troughton's got wiped.

Alas, it was nothing as spectacular as a fire. They have (or had) storage problems. Specifically, room to store things. So many things got erased and reused, including the black-and-white episodes of Doctor Who. Or that was the initial plan. Surprisingly, they actually failed to erase all of the episodes (obviously), and a few have been found in other places around the world (notably the Troughton story "The Tomb of the Cybermen", which is brilliant). They also wiped some of Pertwee's colour episodes, although they kept the black-and-white versions of them which were sent to areas of the world where black-and-white was still the standard for transmission. Pertwee's story "Invasion of the Dinosaurs" is (or was - I do not know if they have recovered a broadcast-quality copy of that episode; I have a non-broadcast quality copy) missing part 1 because it was titled simply "Invasion" (to keep the dinosaurs a secret until the reveal at the end of the episode), and that was the first season they did not transfer from colour to black-and-white for transmission in other areas.

The "The Three Doctors" was indeed the first "special" episode, celebrating the show's tenth anniversary. "The Five Doctors" was the next "special", for the twentieth.

Yes, I'm a Who geek. Why do you ask? :-D
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posted by [identity profile] hobbitblue.livejournal.com at 07:03pm on 2006-04-22
Its fun watching Troughton & Pertwee trading insults, for sure, I enjoyed it, I think you should tape it and watch it, yes.
posted by [identity profile] kara-h.livejournal.com at 12:19am on 2006-04-23
Tape and/or watch it?

One word: *YES*
posted by [identity profile] blumindy.livejournal.com at 01:15am on 2006-04-23
I agree with [livejournal.com profile] hobbitblue entirely although I freely admit that I've been a fan since my teens and am greatly enjoying the latest series now that it has made it to the US.
I always found Pertwee amusing and he is absolutely the spitting image of the drunken Rabbi who preformed my wedding.

Tape away!
posted by [identity profile] realinterrobang.livejournal.com at 08:18am on 2006-04-23
he is absolutely the spitting image of the drunken Rabbi who preformed my wedding.

I hate to laugh, since it's not funny but it's funny, but ROFLMAO!! I actually had to go do a Google Image search because of that, as I wasn't sure which one he was, me not being a Who fan of long standing. (Something about that filmed-stage-play ethos always put me off, but then again, I don't like live theatre; it's so much better read... *snertle*)

The second thing I thought of was, "That sounds like the rabbi D. had when he was a kid..." (Third thought: How many Irish rabbis are there?) It's late and I'm going to bed, lehit bye, and forgive me...



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