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Posted: 1/28/2013 2:38:42 PM

for the 50th Anniversary of the BBC Doctor Who Sci-Fi series, BBC America is running a monthly three hour show called The Doctors Revisited about all eleven actors who played "The Doctor" from November 23rd, 1963 thru now. yesterday, Sunday Feb 27th, they showcased the 1st Doctor William Hartnell who played him thru September 11th, 1965. they did 45 minutes on Hartnell, his "companions" and the monsters, aliens and villians in his episodes. also showed all of the four part serial The Aztecs with Hartnell from 1964

as a die hard Doctor Who fan who used to watch the series on PBS back in the 1970's, 80's and 90's. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the series, esp the parts with my three favorite Doctors of all time, the 3rd Doctor Jon Pertwee, who played The Doctor for six seasons, the 4th Doctor Tom Baker, who played him for seven seasons and is voted the BEST Doctor EVER (I agree), and the 7th Doctor Sylvester McCoy, who was the last Doctor of the original series shown here in America on PBS, and played him for three seasons ending on December 6th, 1986. he was the most comic of the Doctors.

this is a MUST VIEW for Doctor Who fans. I really can't understand WHY BBC America does NOT "reincarnate" the old series episodes. much like the original Star Trek, they were VERY innovative

btw, the new season of Doctor Who, with Matt Smith as the 11th "regeneration" of The Doctor, returns to BBC America Saturday March 30th. they killed off his "companions" Amy Pond (Karen Gillian) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) in the last episode from last season and I will be interested to see who replaces them.

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Posted: 1/29/2013 10:45:34 PM

Before the modern series, Doctor Who popularity was highest during Tom Baker and Jon Pertwee era.  David Tennant is the most popular of recent doctors. 

Reruns of old series had been televised in the past.  But black and white episodes have weak video quality with many Troughton episodes losted.  There is probably not enough public demand for reruns.

Amy and Rory weren't killed by stone angels.  They are just trapped in New York's past with the doctor unable to reach them by Tardis.  Their fate is similar to Rose being trapped in alternative Earth dimension. 

In the 2012 Christmas special, Clare is introduced as the new companion.  But she has died before as a dalek in earlier episode.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 5:16:20 PM

But black and white episodes have weak video quality with many Troughton episodes losted.

I was somewhat suprised they had the Hartnell episodes that made up The Aztecs seriel. I'm pretty sure they used "Kinescope" (aka " "Telerecording" in Britain), which was filming television off a video monitor, to record the early Hartnell and Troughton shows and most of those were NOT saved. also when BBC switched to video tape, they taped over many Troughton episodes  

it will be interesting to see what seriel they pick for the upcoming Troughton special which should play sometime in Febuary.

Jon Pertwee and esp Tom Baker were definately the most popular of the early Doctors. Sylvester McCoy was pretty well received too. I think all three of the "modern" Doctors, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and the current Matt Smith, have been excellent as where the "companions" Billie Piper as Rose Tyler, the VERY tasty Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones, Catherine Tate as Donna Noble, Karen Gillan as Amy Pond and here husband Rory Williams played by Arthur Darvill who, unfortunately, have all been written out of the script. it will be interesting to see WHO replaces them. I think that Alex Kingston as River Song still remains.

my favorite "companions" of all time were Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, who first appeared with Pertwee and continued with Baker. I believe she is the longest running "companion" even appearing in two of the 2008 episodes with Tennant, the Brigadier, commander of UNIT, who was played Nicholas Courtney was a recurring character from the Troughton era thru Sylvester McCoy, Louise Jameson as "Leela of the Sevateem",  and (of course) John Leeson as the voice of K-9, both with Baker. Martha Jones and River Song are my favorites of the "moderns". I wish the modern show would revitalize K-9

favorite "adversaries" of all time that are NOT Daleks or Cybermen have to be Davros, who invented the Daleks, the Doctors fellow "evil renegade" Time Lord, The Master, who is loosly based on the Sherlock Holmes character Professor Moriarty, and the pompous, militaristic Sontarans. I think the Weeping Angels, the Silence and the Ood are the best of the moderns although the Ood really are not villainous. they are just an alien race that has been enslaved trying to get free of their human masters.

all things Doctor Who wikipage >>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Who

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Posted: 2/4/2013 11:07:16 AM
I remember watching this as a kid during the Tom Baker years. I stopped watching when the next doctor took over. Caught a couple episode recently. Tom Baker will always be Doctor Who to me.
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Posted: 2/5/2013 3:08:31 PM
The Women of Doctor Who on BBC America Sunday Feb 10th @ 2:00 am pacific time. hopefully they go back to the "classics" and not just the current series.
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Posted: 2/17/2013 1:59:54 PM

The Doctors Revisited: The Second Doctor, featuring the 2nd Doctor Patrick Troughton, premiers on BBC America Sunday Feb 24th at 8pm eastern time.  same 3 hour format as with The First Doctor featuring William Hartnell with a 40 minute segmet on Troughton's "companions" and "adversaries" followed by the classic Troughton serial "The Tomb of the Cybermen"

they are also re-running The First Doctor with Hartnell and his serial "The Aztecs" the same night.

I'm REALLY looking forward to both the Third and Fourth Doctors with Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker the next two months as they were my favorites

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Posted: 4/21/2013 8:42:10 PM

BBS America's Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited has BOTH The Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) and The Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) airing Sunday April 28th starting @ 2:00 pm pacific

same format as with the First and Second Doctors (William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton). a 40 minute "overview" of their time as "The Doctor" with interviews from still living cast members and "modern" Doctor Who cast and crew followed by one of their serials. for Pertwee they selected the 1970 "Spearhead from Space" and for Baker the 1975 "Pyramids of Mars".

somewhat suprised they didn't select Baker's "Genesis of the Daleks" which is the #1 rated Doctor Who serial of all time BUT it was 6 episodes vs "Pyramids" 4 and they may NOT have had the time

Baker and Pertwee are STILL rated #1 and #2 Doctors of all time SO THIS is a "MUST view-record" for ANY Doctor Who fan. 

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Posted: 4/21/2013 9:17:55 PM
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Posted: 4/22/2013 10:31:37 PM
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Posted: 7/17/2013 2:13:10 PM
my favorite of the "Original Doctors", after the "First Four" and esp Baker and Pertwee, the 7th Doctor Sylvester McCoy is showing on "The Doctors Revisited" on BBC American Saturday July 27th @ 7:00 pm pacific time. same 45 minute discussion format followed by the 4 episode classic Remembrance of the Daleks. one of the last appearances by Terry Molloy as Davros creator of the Daleks. McCoy played The Doctor for laughs more than any other previous and and up to the current "Modern Doctor" Matt Smith.
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