… the 2nd Doctor, played by Patrick Troughton.
Comparing Eleven to Two is practically a cliche at this point, but, hey, it fits. Matt Smith himself has said in interviews that Troughton inspires a great deal of his performance. (And costume - Smith suggested the bowtie as an ever-cool tribute.)
They’re certainly both silly - Smith’s is the face that spawned a thousand gifs, while Troughton’s approach to filming can be partly summarized as “improvising nonsense and getting away with it because there wasn’t enough time to do re-takes.” But they’re also incredible at serious moments. Two doesn’t come with nearly as much heartbreaking continuity, but Troughton still pulls off scary, sweet, and somber scenes that hold up after half a century.
If you’re going to start watching Two, might as well watch the story that Matt Smith did: Tomb of the Cybermen. It’s got some flaws (including a racially uncomfortable side character - thanks, 1960s!) but has a solid mix of humor and suspense, and it’s a good showcase for companions Jamie and Victoria.
What a coincidence! You can watch Tomb of the Cybermen this Sunday just after the 8/7c BBC America world premiere of The Second Doctor Revisited Doctor Who special with David Tennant, John Barrowman, Steven Moffat, and others.
DOCTOR WHO REVISTED: PATRICK TROUGHTON - The Second Doctor. Feb 24 on BBCAmerica
2013 is DOCTOR WHO’s 50th Anniversary. Each month, BBC AMERICA takes the TARDIS back in time with Brand New Specials on all eleven Doctors.
Don’t miss the Premiere of the second DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTORS REVISITED Special, plus the classic Second Doctor episode “The Tomb of the Cybermen” Sunday Feb 24 at 8pm ET on BBC America.
Take an in-depth look at the second incarnation of the truly timeless Time Lord, who brought a new energy, impish charm & boundless enthusiasm to the role, and meet his fearless Scottish highlander companion, Jamie McCrimmon. Plus, get a close look at one of his most iconic foes, the Cybermen! With exclusive interviews with stars David Tennant & John Barrowman, Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat, Executive Producer Caro Skinner, and more!
Then, in “The Tomb of the Cybermen,” the TARDIS arrives on the planet Telos where an Earth archaeological expedition, led by Professor Parry, is attempting to uncover the lost tombs of the Cybermen…
Okay, so this happened earlier. It was one part “I needed proof -for myself and others- that this is truly a man of many faces (how does he change his face like that?)” and one part “Patrick Troughton, what is your face? I kind of like it.” And one part “I just do what I want and this happened.”
Now I feel like I have an ultimate Patrick Troughton face reference for the future. Which might just very well be used and used often.
But, again, how is this all the same man?
Classic 1960s Doctor Who on the big screen and a top line-up of guests – it’s another hit for the British Film Institute…
This month, the BFI turned the clock back to 1967 for the stone-cold classic, The Tomb of the Cybermen, starring second Doctor Patrick Troughton….
Read the story at Radio Times
Patrick Troughton on the set of Doctor Who: The Abominable Snowmen
Time to reveal this month’s Doctor Who ebook short story author…
and it’s Michael Scott, New York Times best-selling author of ‘The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel’.
Michael’s Second Doctor story, ‘The Nameless City’, is published by Puffin on 23rd February.
Well, fairly complete anyway. You can’t blame the writers of Doctor Who for seeking inspiration from the moon from time to time. Frankly, when the entire universe, now and always, is your playpen for making up dramas, you’re going to occasionally cast about you for inspiration, seizing upon anything you can see and starting from there. We’re just lucky no one has seriously pitched an alien race that looks like a laptop on a desk with a big empty white page on its screen, although it’s bound to happen sooner or later.
So, here is a reasonably concise list of the times the Doctor has gone to visit the moon, or referred to the moon, or being involved in a thing that is influenced heavily by the moon. I say reasonably because a) this only applies to TV stories and b) I might’ve missed one, or two.
Let’s see, shall we?
Oh man oh man I just had to post this HE’S SO ADORABLE ALL THE LITTLE DETAILS ARE PERFECT AND HIS HAAAAAAAAIR
I love that wee cosmic hobo
A rumply Two with his funny face is my favorite kind of Two~
And the slightly wonky TARDIS! Wonderful, little details are also my favorite.
Find out more about the Doctor’s old enemy…The Snowmen saw the return of the Great Intelligence, the malevolent force that threatened to destroy humanity through the sinister Doctor Simeon. It was the first adventure in over forty years to feature the Intelligence, so what’s the story behind this terrifying and mysterious foe?
The Great Intelligence first appeared The Abominable Snowmen, a 1967 story set in a remote Himalayan monastery. It returned the following year in The Web of Fear where the Doctor was able to foil its attack focussed on the London Underground and the 2012 Christmas Special saw the Time Lord facing his old enemy in Victorian England.
We’ve received lots of questions about the Intelligence’s previous appearances and so we’re delighted to roll out our Great Intelligence Collection. All three of their adventures are included and the collection comprises clips, information about the stories, galleries (including a behind-the-scenes look at their debut), Fourth Dimensions and much more…
The new pages include:
The Abominable Snowmen: Travel to the Himalayas for the Intelligence’s first adventure.
The Web of Fear: The Intelligence invades the London Underground
Disclaimer: these are not meant to be defining characteristics of each Doctor. They are all meant to be facets of his personality overall :)
The collection marks the 50th anniversary of sci-fi show Doctor Who, with all 11 Doctors getting their own first class stamp.
Four of the show’s most notorious villains, including the Daleks and the Cybermen, star on the second class set.
The show first ran from 1963 to 1989. A successful revival returned it to Saturday night schedules in 2005.
Andrew Hammond of the Royal Mail said the commemorative selection “pay tribute to the brilliant actors that have played the Doctor over the years, as well as the adversaries that helped make the show so popular”
Second Doctor - “You probably can’t remember your family.”
“Oh yes, I can when I want to. And that’s the point, really. I have to really want to, to bring them back in front of my eyes. The rest of the time they… they sleep in my mind and I forget. And so will you. Oh yes, you will. You’ll find there’s so much else to think about. To remember. Our lives are different to anybody else’s. That’s the exciting thing, that nobody in the universe can do what we’re doing.”
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