Apparently Jackson has been a fan for ages. Probably saw the same episodes I did, way back when; they were all shown in New Zealand. Indeed, some of the ‘lost episodes’ surfaced here – and a friend of mine recovered some of the censored clips.
To me this show is the sci-fi equivalent of Coronation Street. Apart from a hiatus in the 1990s, it’s been around as long, and it’s got the same status in its genre. For a long time it was typical BBC; great acting, great scripts, and miniscule production budgets which gave the ’60’s and ’70’s era show a kind of cardboard, painted yoghurt-pot charm.
Outside hard-core fans, I believe it’s only really broken into the US market in the last year or two. Same great acting, same great scripts with that wonderful blend of whimsy and tongue-in-cheek ‘science’. And now, top-notch effects.
Question. Does anybody in the US know Dr Who from its earlier years? And if you’re from the UK, did you watch it in the Troughton, Pertwee and Baker days, with those painted Daleks wobbling along under pedal power, in a universe where every alien world was Winspit Quarry and Cybermen had but to take London to conquer the world?
And has anybody seen the Viz parody? Dr Poo. Classic Who. Classic Viz, with all that this implies. Be warned. Here’s a link.
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