The second Doctor - "quintessentially and eccentrically English"...
Over on Albion Awakening, John Fitzgerald shares his spontaneous reaction to the 'vicious, calculated and deliberate spoiling' of an English institution.
Interestingly, it is exactly three years ago that I finally walked away from this programme, never to return.
Before reading Fitzgerald's post (yes, I've heard that the Doctor's latest regeneration is as a woman, a 'Time Lady') I wanted to share my general displeasure with the 2005 incarnation of the series.
Yes, "you have to move with the times" as the Third Doctor said to the Second in The Three Doctors (1973) so I guess it's moot to disdain the better special effects (which were improving throughout the original series) and the apparently higher budgets. But the overall film-making approach seems to have been copied from the Harry Potter movies, whose style was set by Chris Columbus, a protege of Steven Spielberg, himself heavily influenced by Disney films. Columbus, Spielberg, and Disney are fine in their places, but not in Doctor Who.
By the way, I didn't see any episodes of Doctor Who until I was twenty, so I'm not wedded to any of the actors as a childhood favorite. In my opinion, John Pertwee and Tom Baker benefited from the best scripts and some of the cleverest limited-budget crew innovation.
Oh-- I just revisited your 2015 post. I forgot that I commented then as "anonymous", saying the essentially the same things. Still true.
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