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Old 14-01-2013, 16:00
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After seeing a couple of threads out there on Classic Who today, the first I've seen in a while, I thought it would be nice to have a thread on this forum that caters specifically for Classic Who.

It's only natural for the New Series to be more popular and I don't mean this in a critical way, but the show does span more than just the 8 years since 2005 and I do get really bored of seeing endless threads on New Series topics. Doctor Who is so diverse and has such an enormous back catalogue, there's more to it than River Song, the Ponds, Madame Kovarian, how long Matt Smith will be in the role for and so on.

That's why I started the threads on every Classic Who story last year which were well received. Now I'm hoping in it's 50th anniversary year, this thread will go alongside the New Series stuff and promote discussion on the Classic Series. There are no limits or rules, anything goes, aside from the fact that obviously it is based on Classic Who as the centre point of discussion. I think this has been done before, but I'm going to try and get it going again.

Just to start off a discussion which will hopefully evolve into other areas, perhaps people would like to discuss what got them into Classic Who in the first place. Like a certain Doctor, companion, monster, or maybe like me you caught an episode at random and it got you hooked.

As I've said many times before, it was Logopolis that got me into it but I had seen various episodes in isolation previous to this. I remember The Doctor and Romana stuck in the swamp threatened by Kroll in the same named story and being terrified by both Scaroth and yes, even the 'scary' Creature from the following story!


Anyway, really hope this thread takes off. I know there are some Classic Who fans out there from the threads I did last year. If you're bored of all the New Series threads like I am, this is for you!

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Old 14-01-2013, 17:42
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Hullo Daveyboy! This is a good idea. I do love all the classic series and might try and watch a few as the anniversarry approaches (still a bit yet though so thats good). I got into Dr Who in the years after the Classic Series had ended but before NuWho, and whenever I think of Cassic Who, or how Dr Who SHOULD be I always think of dark, gothic stuff, or perhaps, countryside-set, Quatermass-type stories, probably from all the Pertwee or black+white adventures I used to watch, or the hints of some of T Baker's stuff from VHS adverts etc, and reading the old TARGET books. I'm not sure exactly what the first few Dr Who's I'd have watched would be, but thinking about it, it was probably actually Peter Cushings Dalek Movies. It was the Daleks that got me hooked. I know I bumped into lots of other stuff inbetween, mainly from Pertwee, but I remember spending years looking for a VHS copy of Genesis of the Daleks (instead, I eventually got a DVD) after watching clips of Davros and his powerful scenes with T Baker from a 40th anniversarry documentary I've got really vivid memories of. And I just got more and more into all and, well, hello
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Old 14-01-2013, 18:20
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Hullo Daveyboy! This is a good idea. I do love all the classic series and might try and watch a few as the anniversarry approaches (still a bit yet though so thats good). I got into Dr Who in the years after the Classic Series had ended but before NuWho, and whenever I think of Cassic Who, or how Dr Who SHOULD be I always think of dark, gothic stuff, or perhaps, countryside-set, Quatermass-type stories, probably from all the Pertwee or black+white adventures I used to watch, or the hints of some of T Baker's stuff from VHS adverts etc, and reading the old TARGET books. I'm not sure exactly what the first few Dr Who's I'd have watched would be, but thinking about it, it was probably actually Peter Cushings Dalek Movies. It was the Daleks that got me hooked. I know I bumped into lots of other stuff inbetween, mainly from Pertwee, but I remember spending years looking for a VHS copy of Genesis of the Daleks (instead, I eventually got a DVD) after watching clips of Davros and his powerful scenes with T Baker from a 40th anniversarry documentary I've got really vivid memories of. And I just got more and more into all and, well, hello
Hi Soviet!

Yes, before the videos became on general release, I used to collect all the Target Books as well. Thing is, not all them are available, like City Of Death but it used to be great fun collecting them.

I have to say it was great fun discovering all the other Doctors as I thought for many months that Tom Baker was the First Doctor. That's why it was a good idea JNT organised all the specials in the early 80's to make us new fans aware that wasn't the case. I also used to dislike William Hartnell's Doctor to start with but after all these years it's good I can now see how good he really was, as is the case with Colin Baker.


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Old 14-01-2013, 18:27
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I love the Classic Series. The Mind Robber, Tomb Of The Cybermen, Vengeance On Varos and The Curse Of Peladon are all favourites of mine. My favourite Doctor is Patrick Troughton of course from the Classic Series and many of my favourite companions such as Ace, Jo and Peri are from the Classic Era too. I wish they'd bring Sil and The Ice Warriors back. Apparantly in 1986, if a series hadn't been cancelled- those two enemies would have been in an episode together.
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Old 14-01-2013, 18:46
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I love the Classic Series. The Mind Robber, Tomb Of The Cybermen, Vengeance On Varos and The Curse Of Peladon are all favourites of mine. My favourite Doctor is Patrick Troughton of course from the Classic Series and many of my favourite companions such as Ace, Jo and Peri are from the Classic Era too. I wish they'd bring Sil and The Ice Warriors back. Apparantly in 1986, if a series hadn't been cancelled- those two enemies would have been in an episode together.
Yes, I would like to have seen that too. That original Season 23 was also to have featured The Celestial Toymaker as well, which was an absolute shame. As you say, Sil, The Ice Warriors and him would be a really good villain to have back in the New Show. I'm surprised The Toymaker wasn't used again prior to his planned reappearance in that cancelled Season as The First Doctor did say they would meet again, didn't think it would be that long though!

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Old 14-01-2013, 18:55
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Yes, I would like to have seen that too. That original Season 23 was also to have featured The Celestial Toymaker as well, which was an absolute shame. As you say, Sil, The Ice Warriors and him would be a really good villain to have back in the New Show. I'm surprised The Toymaker wasn't used again prior to his planned reappearance in that cancelled Season as The First Doctor did say they would meet again, didn't think it would be that long though!

I really thought he was going to be in 'Night Terrors'
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Old 14-01-2013, 19:28
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I was brought up on the Tom Baker era. Loved K9 and Romana was my favourite assistant at the time. Loved the show when Tom was in it, was devastated when he regenerated into Davison. Soon forgave Davision though, as he became my 2nd favourite Doctor. Thought his stories were very good. Liked Nyssa, Tegan was ok, but hated Adric.

Liked Colin Baker as the Doctor, although his stories weren't the best. Had a thing for Peri,was gutted when she left.

Stopped watching when Sylvester was the Doctor, although his time in the show got better near the end.
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Old 14-01-2013, 19:42
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I really thought he was going to be in 'Night Terrors'
Really? What made you think that?

I was brought up on the Tom Baker era. Loved K9 and Romana was my favourite assistant at the time. Loved the show when Tom was in it, was devastated when he regenerated into Davison. Soon forgave Davision though, as he became my 2nd favourite Doctor. Thought his stories were very good. Liked Nyssa, Tegan was ok, but hated Adric.

Liked Colin Baker as the Doctor, although his stories weren't the best. Had a thing for Peri,was gutted when she left.

Stopped watching when Sylvester was the Doctor, although his time in the show got better near the end.
Ahhh, so did I, so did I.......
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Old 14-01-2013, 19:48
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Really? What made you think that?



Ahhh, so did I, so did I.......
Still do!
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Old 14-01-2013, 19:55
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She hasn't aged since then, either!
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Old 14-01-2013, 20:02
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Hinchcliffe years = perfect tele for the 5 year old me
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Old 14-01-2013, 20:57
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Hinchcliffe years = perfect tele for the 5 year old me
Truly the golden era of Who as far as im concerned. My earliest memory of the programme is Destiny of the Daleks so I only discovered the Hinchcliffe episodes when I saw them on VHS. My dad rented (the vids cost 25 back then!) Pyramids of Mars for me one day when I was poorly and I was hooked from that moment on. They're the only ones that I watch over and over and over again. My favourite Doctor, my favourite companions, the best titles, the best tardis interiors. Just the best!
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Old 14-01-2013, 23:13
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She hasn't aged since then, either!
The Peri Era was a truly marvellous time to be a Doctor Who fan! One day she will come back, yes, one day.......

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Old 15-01-2013, 14:10
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbdrks5jckI

I think this is that documentary I was talking about which I'm sure a lot of you will find interesting. I'm not sure if I'm thinking of another one though, I wonder if anyone can help me track it down. For some reason I have 2 vivid memories of it. 1. I seem to remember a bit of direction/editing at the beginning where you were in the London docks, looking up and bridges between builidings or something. It's the same area, and same sort of stuff, that was used in Resurrection of the Daleks, however I'm POSITIVE they werent just clips from that story. I also remember some of sort of coundown where it would give the number of regenerations a Tiem lord would have, ending on 12 or 13. And I'm pretty sure I remember, for some reason, a clip of the 1st Doctor walking down this big avenue sort of thing, with hedges on either side, I'm thinking it might have been from Reign if terror, just after or before the regeneration countdown thingy. Also, I think it was from the 90's not 2003. Any one got any ideas? Ring any bells?
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Old 15-01-2013, 15:04
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbdrks5jckI

I think this is that documentary I was talking about which I'm sure a lot of you will find interesting. I'm not sure if I'm thinking of another one though, I wonder if anyone can help me track it down. For some reason I have 2 vivid memories of it. 1. I seem to remember a bit of direction/editing at the beginning where you were in the London docks, looking up and bridges between builidings or something. It's the same area, and same sort of stuff, that was used in Resurrection of the Daleks, however I'm POSITIVE they werent just clips from that story. I also remember some of sort of coundown where it would give the number of regenerations a Tiem lord would have, ending on 12 or 13. And I'm pretty sure I remember, for some reason, a clip of the 1st Doctor walking down this big avenue sort of thing, with hedges on either side, I'm thinking it might have been from Reign if terror, just after or before the regeneration countdown thingy. Also, I think it was from the 90's not 2003. Any one got any ideas? Ring any bells?
I think the docks clips are from the Thirty Years In The TARDIS where the young boy featured throughout the documentary is seen near the docks near Tower Bridge entering the TARDIS, as you say, the same location as Resurrection Of The Daleks.

The other clips with the countdown could possibly have come from the Resistance Is Useless Documentary where they showed Miss Kelly from The Seeds Of Death in a clip from that story as she fires the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe of in that rocket. That Reign Of Terror Clip could have come from that as well. Not saying I'm right, it's just a possibility.

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Old 15-01-2013, 21:01
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And I'm pretty sure I remember, for some reason, a clip of the 1st Doctor walking down this big avenue sort of thing, with hedges on either side, I'm thinking it might have been from Reign if terror, just after or before the regeneration countdown thingy.
That wasn't Richard Hurndall's capture scene in The Five Doctors was it? I'm guessing it isn't, because I suspect you may have seen that!

You can look through some old Radio Times here if you want to try nail down the documentary you're thinking of. There are loads of them, and they include listings, and are ace. I lost a couple of hours yesterday reading them!
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Old 15-01-2013, 21:27
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To be honest, I love both the Classic Series and the New Series. Both have their amazing stories, plots, Doctors, companions, monsters and moments, etc. I don't think one is better than the other really.
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Old 15-01-2013, 21:36
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To be honest, I love both the Classic Series and the New Series. Both have their amazing stories, plots, Doctors, companions, monsters and moments, etc. I don't think one is better than the other really.
I didn't say that one is better than the other. The reason I started this thread is to keep the Classic series out there amongst the New Series ones, especially in this Anniversary year. It wasn't supposed to be a debate about which is best, just an alternative, that's all!

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Old 15-01-2013, 22:45
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That wasn't Richard Hurndall's capture scene in The Five Doctors was it? I'm guessing it isn't, because I suspect you may have seen that!

You can look through some old Radio Times here if you want to try nail down the documentary you're thinking of. There are loads of them, and they include listings, and are ace. I lost a couple of hours yesterday reading them!
Oooh, all those old Radiotimes stuff are wonderful, lovet he interview with Mark Gatiss, and I've still got all the old stuff from the 30th Anniversarry one from 2003 (I've worked out I must have fallen in love with Dr Who in the early 2000's rather than the the late 90's as I first thought)
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Old 15-01-2013, 23:10
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I just heard the First Doctor say:

'Yes, I don't stink.'

My evening is complete!
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Old 16-01-2013, 08:36
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Oooh, all those old Radiotimes stuff are wonderful, lovet he interview with Mark Gatiss, and I've still got all the old stuff from the 30th Anniversarry one from 2003 (I've worked out I must have fallen in love with Dr Who in the early 2000's rather than the the late 90's as I first thought)
I have loads of stuff from the 30th Anniversary. There's all those mini-documentaries that preceded the Planet Of The Daleks repeats, the Resistance Is Useless and Thirty Years In The TARDIS Documentary, plus an unofficial one based on the book about the show, where one of the former Directors(can't remember which one) categorically stated Doctor Who would never come back!

That Radio Times is covering the Doctor Who Night which i think was from the 40th Anniversary which Tom Baker presented. That's where David Walliams and Mark Gatiss did some hilarious sketches. Really was a good night's viewing!

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Old 16-01-2013, 14:03
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I didn't say that one is better than the other. The reason I started this thread is to keep the Classic series out there amongst the New Series ones, especially in this Anniversary year. It wasn't supposed to be a debate about which is best, just an alternative, that's all!

Oh, I know.

Anyways, last Classic Series stories I watched was Planet Of Fire and Mindwarp.
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Old 16-01-2013, 18:26
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Oh, I know.

Anyways, last Classic Series stories I watched was Planet Of Fire and Mindwarp.
Are you a secret Peri fan by any chance?! What was it, seeing her in a bikini or with a bald head?!
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Old 17-01-2013, 10:46
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Always good to see the Classic Series been kept in the conciousness, amongst all the New series banter.
Personally I remember being in the schoolyard in the early 1980s (gives your age away) and a friend had the Doctor Who Magazine, he mentioned it was on this week. It was the Five Doctors, so not a bad one to get introduced to the show with all the Doctors, Gallifrey, Cybermen, a Dalek, the Master, Yeti etc...
Always remember the Cybermen getting done on the Chessboard. So that really is my first memory of the show.
Peter Davison was my first doctor and for nostalgic reasons is the Doctor to me, what about everyone else? I do love Tom Baker though, ticks every box for what I consider how the role should be played.
Hoping this thread stays around as one of the regularly contributed threads.
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Old 17-01-2013, 11:04
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To be honest, I love both the Classic Series and the New Series. Both have their amazing stories, plots, Doctors, companions, monsters and moments, etc. I don't think one is better than the other really.
That's the great thing about the two. I do love a reference to the classic series in the new series. Such as in Human Nature where the Doctor says his parents names are Verity and Sydney .
On the whole when I recount my favourite stories and this is not me comparing, there are as many classic as well as new series ones. It does shock me a bit when you see the amount of people who love the new series, and say they haven't watched much of the classic series.

Are you a secret Peri fan by any chance?! What was it, seeing her in a bikini or with a bald head?!
Even with a bald head she is a stunner. Hopefully she turns up again on screen. She'd be the sexy older woman now wouldn't she!
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