“You know when you see a photograph of someone you know, but it’s from years before you knew them. It’s like they’re not quite finished—they’re not done yet. Yes, The Doctor’s here. He came when I called just like he always does. But not “my” Doctor. Now my Doctor, I’ve seen whole armies turn and run away. And he’d just swagger off, back to his TARDIS. And open the doors with a snap of his fingers. The Doctor. In the TARDIS. Next stop: Everywhere.”—
“Steven Moffat, who is the current man behind Doctor Who…the showrunner, the impressario, the God…has trained squads of Ninja Assassins. Probably there are a couple of people in this audience tonight who are plants.If I actually got to the point of saying ‘OK, I will tell you what you want to know’…something would happen. And then I would crumble. Smoking gently, probably. A mysterious black figure would exit and next be seen in Cardiff, saying ‘Mission accomplished’. Steven Moffat would go ‘Good. And he didn’t say anything?’ And the figure would say ‘No’. I tell you NOTHING.”—Neil Gaiman Reveals Why Secrets Don’t Leak Out Of The Doctor Who Office | Gizmodo Australia
The Doctor Who: Revisited special on the First Doctor was brilliant! I’d be surprised if anyone who watched it didn’t get interested in watching the First Doctor era!
They talked about One’s great character development and they showed some great clips like his “Not for long” from The Dalek Invasion of Earth and the “space helmet for a cow” line from The Time Meddler and some of them all being adorable in The Romans. And William Russell was there! And they talked about how revolutionary it was and how amazing it must have been to see it not knowing anything. And they did a brief overview of about half of One’s companions. They said Susan was the kind of person who made you want to hug her but also had that mysterious quality, they went on about how Ian was a dashing hero and you couldn’t ask for a better teacher, Moffat called Barbara sexy (though perhaps controversially chose this to mention over “badass” and “perfect”), they went over how great Steven and the Doctor played off each other, and how Ben and Polly ended up setting the tone for a lot of the show of the Doctor being well and truly the lead and the young contemporary companions being along for the ride.
Everything was just so great and everyone was fanboying/fangirling so damn hard, over the Hartnell era, and broadcasting it to modern Whovians!
(And then there was Barrowman who was so peculiar and went on about how weird the Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon was to happen in the middle of a serial, but I can’t really argue with him, and then Caroline Skinner called The Gunfighters “striking”, in a positive way, so it’s all good).
You made my night and I love you guys. My sister and I watched The Aztecs together and had a fantastic night. The documentary beforehand was amazing. It was fun seeing David Tennant display his fanboy qualites. AND OMG YOU INCLUDED WILLIAM RUSSELL AND PETER PURVES AND IT WAS THE BEST THING EVER.
You also introduced people to classic who and that is something I can’t thank you enough for. Job well done my friends!