30 Days of Summer Break Doctor Who Day 02: What’s your favorite episode of Doctor Who (and why)?
Does an episode/webcast/radio play count?
Because I love “Shada.” I’m a sucker for radio plays. They’re so versatile, and they can convey so much with just sound—such as the Doctor finding a rubber ducky in his workshop. “Come on, Doctor, find the old—oh, I wonder what this is.” *squack squack* “Ooh, well, nevermind.” So when I heard about this mythical “lost episode” and discovered that it had been rewritten into a radio drama with the still-mysterious Eighth Doctor, well! (The radio play was also, of course, adapted into a FLASH animation webcast, which can still be viewed here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/webcasts/shada/ )
I’ve seen the bits and pieces of the original Fourth Doctor serial that managed to be filmed before production ended, but I think I prefer it with Eight. I love the idea of him just vworping into the Presidential residence and whisking Romana away because he’s abruptly bothered by a dream of something that happened—or, perhaps, didn’t happen—four regenerations ago. He and Romana are just so delightful together, and the story itself is the perfect mix of silly and serious. (Heavy on the silly, with just enough serious accents.) Douglas Adam’s dialogue is chock-full of wonderful one-liners, too, and they still fit wonderfully with the updated cast.
It also tells you several helpful things: that the TARDIS does indeed have a kitchen and you don’t need to worry about food going out of date; that books are the key to great powers and places; and that your professor may in fact be a renegade Time Lord with his TARDIS parked into your apartment hallway.
"Imperative to locate Doctor-master! He is in danger! Stand clear! Preparing blaster fire!" "Um, K-9, hold on. See those signs there? What do they say? They say ‘open’ and ‘close.’ Shall we try that first?" *vvrrrrrr* " … Most satisfactory."
30 Days of Summer Break Doctor Who Day 01: Which regeneration of The Doctor would you most want to meet and why?
I actually thought about this for quite some time. My automatic answer is Eleven, ‘cause, well! He really is my Doctor. He’s so very … whimsical. =D He approaches everything with a delighted enthusiasm, a perpetual sense of excitement—and yet you know that underneath the kiddie joy, he’s taking it all seriously. (Probably.)
His dialogue reminds me of my mental processes—or the ridiculous things I’ll say while explaining things of no consequence. It’s like the filter that most people have between what they’re thinking and what they’re saying just doesn’t work for him. It’s so much fun.
Admittedly, I might have to keep my distance: I feel like I’d occasionally be in danger of being whacked by his wild gesticulations. But really, there’s just so much adorable in the awkward moments where he doesn’t know where to put his hands:
And let’s not forget this:
Really, what else could you possibly want in your cake? =D