30 days of summertime Doctor Who → day 4
who has been your favorite historical appearance?
"When I was a boy in Venice, they told me that in Cathay there was a stone that burned. I did not believe, but there is such a stone. I have seen it. And if stone burns, why not a caravan that flies? Birds fly; I have even seen fish that fly. You are asking me to believe that your caravan can defy the passage of the sun? Move not merely from one place to another, but from today into tomorrow, today to yesterday?" (x)
30 day summer break doctor who-day 20- what is your fave guest appearence by someone from history?
This question sounds like actual historical figures were actors in Doctor Who but anyway…
NERO: Fool! Idiot! Traitor! Pig! I’ll stick you both in the arena, on an island with water all round, a…and in the water there will be Alligators and the water level will be raised and the Alligators will get you! Fool! Traitor…!
It has to be Nero from 1965 story The Romans. Nero was Doctor Who’s first attempt at an historical comedy character and trying to break away from pure historical. Although Nero wasn’t historically accurate in many respects, the emphasis was on his humour and his interaction with both the Doctor and Barbara. This kind of character set the mould for the historical characters in New Who such as Churchill, Shakespeare etc. Nero was pure fun but also extremely brutal, his humour lightened the brutality of the Roman era and also lightened the actuality of Barbara’s predicament but it was also educational and worked around fact.
What we love most is the scene with him chasing Barbara around as if they’re in a carry on film, that and the scene where he and the Doctor are in the sauna together (what an image!) it also was great in these days because you got to know the history and the character without ANY alien threat.
Also we love Marco Polo and this is astonishing that he is one of our favourites considering the seven episodes only exist in audio and telesnaps. Marco is real, well characterised and has some of the most poetic speeches, his relationships with Tegana, the Doctor, Ian and Barbara are explored well and in such depth that you wouldn’t be able to do in 45 minute episodes.
Also love Vincent Van Gogh-our favourite artist and in our opinion the best historical figure in the new series, just wish his story wasn’t blighted by an invisible alien that didn’t need to be there; Vincent was a tortured soul and overall Amy realised that she could never have helped him, but we love the idea that before he died he at least knew that people would appreciate his art forever.
And on that note, hope the new episodes will have some historical figures, though am sure pure historicals are gone forever :(