Doctor Who taking a gap year

Discussion in 'TV Show Forum' started by IndianaBlues, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. IndianaBlues

    IndianaBlues
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2005
    Messages:
    2,060
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    86
    Ratings:
    +364
  2. Steven

    Steven
    Senior Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2005
    Messages:
    37,609
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Ratings:
    +6,600
    Now all I need to hear is BB is taking a "gap year" as well and its :clap:
     
  3. LV426

    LV426
    Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2000
    Messages:
    13,723
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Somewhere in South Yorkshire
    Ratings:
    +6,295
    If Catherine Tate is to be persistent through 2008, then 2008 will also be a gap year as far as I am concerned. In fact, that may easily be enough to make me forget to bother watching again. In fact, it began to suffer as soon as Eccleston left IMO.
     
  4. Ian J

    Ian J
    Banned

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2001
    Messages:
    25,639
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Ratings:
    +4,906
    I also believe that Dr Who went downhill since the last regeneration as David Tennant seems to play the role at the Power Rangers level
     
  5. brian s

    brian s
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2007
    Messages:
    55,824
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Alice in Sunderland,Tyne&wear
    Ratings:
    +15,206
    This is confirmed on the BBC's own Who site. Let's hope they are very special.

    Cheers
    Bri
     
  6. krish

    krish
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2005
    Messages:
    36,135
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Astral Crescent, Zoovroozlechester, Betelgeuse V
    Ratings:
    +16,958
    this kind of confirms the rumours leaked in the tabloids some time ago

    ... they first said Who would be cancelled after season 4, then that it would only be back for specials, and also that DT would certainly not be doing a fifth series as he's signed up for Hamlet at the RSC during 2008/09 when he would normally expected to be shooting Who

    So what we have is the beeb bending over backwards to accomodate DT's sabbatical, even though he's most probably not going to return for series 5 in 2010 (apart from a regeneration scene perhaps) which will hopefully see Steven Moffat running the show.

    Also looks like the break is to enable them to gear up for the change in production team and transition to HD ... effectively a new show requiring the same kind of lead time as when it returned in 2005 having been announced 2/3 years earlier.
     
  7. brian s

    brian s
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2007
    Messages:
    55,824
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Alice in Sunderland,Tyne&wear
    Ratings:
    +15,206
    Has there been any word of the length of the episodes? If there were 90minute specials that would almost be half a series.

    All the best
    Bri
     
  8. pags payback

    pags payback
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    I have to agree with you Eccleston was superb but however I put down David Tennant's sub-par Dr Who down to writing not the actor's ability. Admittedly Eccleston raised the bar with what he was given. Even the poor episodes Eccleston was an extreme highlight which Tennant has not managed on equivalent episodes. But I do feel Tennant has suffered with a lot more weaker material .

    I also have to agree with you that Catherine Tate being named as the companion seems an odd choice and I can't help but think it's a red herring. While I'm sure certain quarters liked her, a large percentage absolutely hated her. So I think maybe they're trying to give the UK public a surprise for a change. UNLESS the gap year is about RTD going into rehab for an addiction to hallucinogenic drugs, I can't explain Catherine Tate replacing an excellent companion with any rational reasons... Even more so with the actress who played Sally Sparrow proving herself during the terrific episode "blink".

    As for the "special" episodes filling between season 4 and 5 if RTD is behind them I have little to no faith that they are going to be anything but :censored: poor just like the Christmas specials.

    Now if MOFFAT (spelling?) was writing any specials I would have infinitely more Faith. He appears to be the only writer of any talent working on Dr Who, let's hope by the time season five appears he's hired other quality writers !


    I would imagine they would be feature length.

    The question is will the Christmas 2008 special be one of the three specials between season 4 and 5? Will this mean that there will only be a Christmas 2008, Christmas 2009 and one more "special" as part of the three "specials".
     
  9. brian s

    brian s
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2007
    Messages:
    55,824
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Alice in Sunderland,Tyne&wear
    Ratings:
    +15,206
    Only if Xmas 2009 was on Xmas Eve and that would be taking the pee.

    Bri
     
  10. krish

    krish
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2005
    Messages:
    36,135
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Astral Crescent, Zoovroozlechester, Betelgeuse V
    Ratings:
    +16,958
    Him, Paul Cornell (Father's Day & Human Nature/ Family Of Blood adapted from his novel) and Rob Shearman (Dalek - slightly adapted from his audio play Jubilee) have been the best Dr Who writers, all with strong Dr Who credentials well before the series returned
     
  11. brian s

    brian s
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2007
    Messages:
    55,824
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Alice in Sunderland,Tyne&wear
    Ratings:
    +15,206
    Quite agree and I seem to be one of the few to think RTD is good for Who. Without him there'd be nothing to pull apart. It could be better but I'd rather have some Who than none at all.

    Best wishes
    Bri
     
  12. soundstory

    soundstory
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2006
    Messages:
    4,414
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    86
    Ratings:
    +229
    The longer the break the better, RTD should have well and truely moved on to butchering another BBC classic series by then.
     
  13. brian s

    brian s
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2007
    Messages:
    55,824
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Alice in Sunderland,Tyne&wear
    Ratings:
    +15,206
    Krish

    Is this just speculation or have you heard something? HD Who would be very nice.:thumbsup: Hope they up the budget to cope with it.

    Cheers
    Bri
     
  14. krish

    krish
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2005
    Messages:
    36,135
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Astral Crescent, Zoovroozlechester, Betelgeuse V
    Ratings:
    +16,958
    I heard it mentioned when the series came back ... that if it was successful and recommissioned for a few more seasons that they intended to shoot in HD by 2010. It was also mentioned when Torchwood started that this was a testbed for it.

    Still somewhat speculative though ;)
     
  15. brian s

    brian s
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2007
    Messages:
    55,824
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Alice in Sunderland,Tyne&wear
    Ratings:
    +15,206
    Thanks Krish

    I don't have access to Sky HD so I hope any HD Who is released quickly to HD DVD and/or Blu-Ray.

    All the best
    Bri
     
  16. Oakwood

    Oakwood
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 22, 2006
    Messages:
    186
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Derby
    Ratings:
    +9
    As a "Who" viewer from day 1, I have to say that Russell T Davies has to be congratulated for what he has done. Some diehard Who fans(with an encyclopaedic memory of every episode from 1963) might disagree, but its been a cracking piece of entertainment for a Saturday night.

    If the gap year, with specials, means that we get a full series with David Tennant in 2010, that"s great. If not, he should be thanked with Christopher Ecclestone for doing a grand job, along with RTD(and the whole production team) as well as Billie Piper in resurrecting and revitalising a piece of tv history. Roll on Kylie on the Titanic this Xmas!
     
  17. brian s

    brian s
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2007
    Messages:
    55,824
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Alice in Sunderland,Tyne&wear
    Ratings:
    +15,206

    As a diehard fan of the old school I agree with most of what you've said but lookig forward to Kylie I am not.

    Cheers
    Bri
     
  18. krish

    krish
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2005
    Messages:
    36,135
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Astral Crescent, Zoovroozlechester, Betelgeuse V
    Ratings:
    +16,958
    I agree too, as a who fan not quite from day one as it was 8 years years before I was born, but certainly from Tom Bakers early days ;)

    Though I do think RTD should bow out (as he most probably intends to do) after season 4 and those 3 specials; something JN-T failed to do contributing to its original demise
     
  19. brian s

    brian s
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2007
    Messages:
    55,824
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Alice in Sunderland,Tyne&wear
    Ratings:
    +15,206
    I once operated the lift for JNT. Not some code as you might imagine nor am I a lift operator. Just happened to be in a lift with JNT, S McCoy and Sarah Sutton. This was much later than her Who days but she was still very nice.

    JNT should have bowed out sooner than he did but even he,in his way did a good job. Given that RTD has Who, Torchwood and Sarah Jane I agree it's time he should give up.

    Cheers
    Bri
     
  20. krish

    krish
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2005
    Messages:
    36,135
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Astral Crescent, Zoovroozlechester, Betelgeuse V
    Ratings:
    +16,958
    I used to fancy Nyssa, I think it was just after she got rid of her silly Trakenian outfit and showed a bit of leg. Have also met S McCoy on a flight back from Las Vegas in 2004 ... he was travelling economy class, and a very friendly chap :smashin:
     
  21. brian s

    brian s
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2007
    Messages:
    55,824
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Alice in Sunderland,Tyne&wear
    Ratings:
    +15,206
    Can you remember her last story and she just got rid of her outfit? No reason whatsoever as I recall.

    Still, drool
    Bri

    NB

    Yes, nice chap. All of them.
     

Share This Page

Loading...