Friday, 8 June 2007

Dr....Who?




I told you it was inevitable. I just won’t write about things in a normal way or just describe things simply. This isn’t what this blog is for, it is more of a mean to go over the top and have a cheeky look at things. But enough of my delusions of grandeur, there are bigger things than me and you at stake (not really but I always wanted to say that….for the time being writing it will have to do…lol). Today, as I was lazily seating on my ass in the living room, TV switched on and running, I heard a familiar theme tune coming from it. It was a theme, I hadn’t heard in a while and it brought back memories. Memories from the time I was a kid in Karpenisi, Greece around 5-6 years old and the couple of public TV stations available back then were broadcasting an abundance of BBC made programs to fill in their then pristine schedules. One of those TV series was “Dr Who”.



These are the 10 incarnations of the character, throughtout the years. Thanks fuck his haircut improved since the old shows. Man check out those mullets, I bet they were self aware as well... creepy!


Although not really a kid friendly program, I had watched certain episodes back then (blame it on my parents being too busy or my kid curiosity thriving I managed to watch uninterrupted). I don’t remember much about it, just that Dr Who was a totally nuts dude, dressed in a cowboy hat, a trenchcoat and a green scarf (hardly a superhero outfit then, lol) played with gusto and flare by a guy with curly hair (later in my life I learnt that the actor’s name was Tom Baker, more useless knowledge plaguing my ever diminishing brain capacity then, lol). For the uninitiated among you, Dr Who was a time travelling dude that was shifting chronological eras and possibly planets using his ever trusty time travelling phone booth to reach new places (I told you it is nuts but hey it is a BBC program after all it doesn’t have to make sense just look at the abundance of gardening and antique shows on it, at least last time I checked, lol).



Parking space availability is not an issue for this baby...heh


Regardless if the so called “Dr” was more of in need of a doctor himself (blame it on his insanity or genius I always have trouble distinguishing between the two, lol) he had a certain wild charm that I appreciated (no one said that I have good taste so bare with me…). From what I can recall this guy had some eternal enemies that looked like huge tin robots with massive globes sticking out of them and kept shouting “exterminate, exterminate, exterminate” (I guess the script writers didn’t have a thesaurus at hand for variety’s sake so they stuck with that throughout…). The temporary effect of watching this wacky show on TV was a couple of restless nights for kidpoolite (heh), where I dreamt of those tin robots chasing me in my house as I was attempting to take a leak (so for all the parents out there DO WATCH OUT what your kids watch on TV, this was a selfless advice by Deadpoolite, for additional help call the Merc with a mouth hotline: 0101-0101-1979, individual charges apply depending on your pockets depth, lol).



Exterminate, exterminate, exterminate... it may look like a glorified old fashioned trash bin with delusions of grandeur but boy did it scare me as a child...


Forward to the present day then, when I heard the familiar tune (albeit remixed) playing once again on the TV set. This was “Dr Who” remastered for the next generation with a youthful little chap playing the central part. It was all played tongue in cheek as before with a distinct retro quality to the whole affair. In one intense moment, the “Dr Who of 2007” started screaming and gave one of his trademark wacky stares to the unfortunate victim of his verbal abuse. At that particular moment I grinned with content (now being a guy in the second half of his twenties instead of a kid) and recognized the same nutjob character that had made an impression on me as a boy. It seems they pulled it off once again and the current production is much better than the old one overall, albeit they got the means to make this whole sci-fi gig work better. However, it isn’t predominantly a matter of technological superiority over the old show that made me once again be sold on this show. It is more a case of the makers of this one retaining the soul of the series intact and respectfully updating it for the current generation of viewers. Their soul is in the right place it seems and I like that in those soulless times we live in…


Let's give the good doctor some credit shall we...he sure doesnt pick his sidekicks from the bargain basement... as Johnny Bravo would say..."Whoa, you sexy mommas!"...

I like my “Lost”, “Prison Break”, “Heroes” fixes as much as the next guy. Regardless, I only got all “puppy eyed” when I heard the eponymous “Dr Who theme” once again. It is a matter of acquired taste this show, some will deem it “too retro”, some will say “it’s crap”, some will just not get it… it is all good. After all this is an intelligent sci-fi show that doesn’t try to “out-Gollum , Gollum” with its special effects. Instead, this show is wearing its proverbial heart on its sleeve and doesn’t take itself too seriously… For the people that “do get the joke” it seems to be just what “the doctor” ordered (excuse the pun couldn’t resist it, lol). So, I am now looking forward to watch the rest of the episodes of this series’ rebirth… or maybe not… it is the thought that counts after all…


"He looks absolutely daft in this picture but I forgive him, he does a wonderful job portraying Dr Who , go Tennant!"

p.s. I like the “Orbital remix” of the “Dr Who theme” best. For some reason I wanted to say that…go figure…..lol!

15 comments:

ComicGeek said...

Who?

Deadpoolite said...

Glad you read the whole blog entry (..or not...lol). People like you is what keeps me going with this blog,heh.

Maybe I should booby trap the comments area. You know trigger an explosion if someone writes less than 10 words or so.

Let me sleep on it a little,lol.

ComicGeek said...

Actually I scrolled down and saw boobies and was completely thrown off for a good 5 minutes... lol

Deadpoolite said...

Man you are so deep, you scare me sometimes:).

Still nothing puts a smile on our faces like a good, juicy pair of boo...

(DP clears throat...and shouts)

This is still a FAMILY FRIENDLY blog...everyone...ladies dont clear off...oh damn! There goes my adoring public...lol

ComicGeek said...

First my blog went downhill, now it your turn.... MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Deadpoolite said...

Dude...I am Deadpoolite, I got a healing factor remember. Joke is on you, lol.

Just a temporary setback I assure you or as Monty Pythons so acutely commented "It is just a flesh wound!"

Heh!

What was this blog entry about anyway? I totally forgot it, with all this excess commenting... And I wrote the damn thing! LOL

Talk about timeless writing,lol!

ComicGeek said...

Who?

Zhu said...

Never heard of it. Am I too old ? Too young ?

I do remember watching Mac Giver though.

Deadpoolite said...

@comic geek

Yeah I see your point,lol. I will never submit to defeat though, it isnt what I do,lol. As the other hairy healing gifted mutant would say : "I am the best there is at what I do"

Still havent found what that is though....lol

@zhu Mc gyver was classic! I am at the second half of my 20s myself so if you are around that age (never ask a lady about her age now, I've been verbally abused enough times to know that,lol), you could be aware of it (most likely not though). "Dr Who" is so British it hurts but since I lived in the UK for 5 plus years I have a soft spot for all their posturing and resting on past laurels. You know they still believe they are an Empire deep inside....heh. Still I dig their sense of humour and their unique approach to genres like comedy or sci fi. It is low budget but it is intelligent low budget. Dr Who was destined for a niche market all along...

Zhu said...

I'M 24 and I won't slap you in the face for "asking" about my age because it's Saturday and it's sunny :D

I might have seen it in France under another name then... But I didn't watch TV much when I was young. Blame my parents.

Deadpoolite said...

I'd rather give them a medal instead for protecting you from all the crap on the little silly box! I mean look at me TV, TV and more TV and here I am blogging my madness away day after day!

Great career choice but the pay sucks,lol!

As for the Dr Who thing, the series had been defunct for quite a while now and it was only ressurected in 2004 or so. Out of the bunch of Dr WhoS spanning the different eras, I was only familiar with Tom Baker (he is the guy with the curly hair top right of the picture I put on the blog). Judging from their dress sense I think it was a wise choice,lol!

Getty72 said...

Firstly, thanks for your comments on my blog!!!

Secondly...well, do we have a closet Doctor Who fan in our midst? Asking who somebody's favorite "Doctor Who" is, is a bit like asking who their favorite "James Bond" is - it all depends on who was on TV when you were young. Tom Baker (the guy with the hat, curly hair and long scarf) is by far my favorite - as he was the one that I grew watching (and also the one I pretended to be, as I jumped in and out the red telephone box at the end of my street). The spooky music was synonymous with hiding behind the sofa as a child - pure classic television. However, I have had the opportunity to watch most of the shows with David Tennant and he is also a pretty good Doctor. Also, coming from the town of Swindon in England, I also had the luxury of going to the same school as Billie Piper (the blonde girl in your post) - although she was a few years my junior (10yrs in fact).

Anywayz, I'm gonna return to my little Empire now and wrap my 10ft scarf around my neck....LOL!

Great blog, even better post...you rekindled a few fond memories of my childhood.

Will be back to read more soon.

Deadpoolite said...

Welcome to my little realm of madness getty72! (Obviously, you got a couple of screws loose as well since you are browsing around these blogging parts but that is a different matter for a different time,lol)!

Just joking...heh!

Thanks for your kind words(oh I am such a big softie aint I? Somebody give me a tissue!LOL) and hope you stick around.

Did I mention, I really like that rotating cube at your site (that IS your site right?....lol). It is one of the coolest effects I ve seen in a while so well done for that.

Talk to ya soon!

dunno said...

omg i used to love dr who.i'm still singing that funky tune from the credits!!!

dunno said...

τωρα προσεξα την billie piper.εκει εφτασε πλεον η καριερα της???