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2013-01-06 03:18:45 PM  
The artwork isn't special edition, the DVD releases are.

Of course, "Special Edition" is just code for "rereleases of DVDs from nearly a decade ago because we're almost out of unreleased on DVD serials to put out".

Although they are cleaning the rereleases up and making them look better. The Vengeance on Varos SE was lightyears ahead of the original release, and Spearhead From Space was noticeably cleaner, and ready for the Bluray due out in June.
 
2013-01-06 06:38:57 PM  
Both of which are on Netflix atm, so why is this news?
 
2013-01-06 06:42:28 PM  
As long as the BBC wants that much money per classic story, they can forget it.

...even with prettier artwork.
 
2013-01-06 06:44:41 PM  
They also added some extra features, IIRC.
 
2013-01-06 06:47:01 PM  
Is that a Chia Dr. Who?
 
2013-01-06 06:53:53 PM  
Ok, Whovians,

I started watching with the 9th Doctor, who I wasn't crazy about, but I love both Tennant and Smith. I want to watch some of the older ones -- where should I start?
 
2013-01-06 07:00:18 PM  

e lo: Ok, Whovians,

I started watching with the 9th Doctor, who I wasn't crazy about, but I love both Tennant and Smith. I want to watch some of the older ones -- where should I start?


I'm not a Whovian (yet), but since there's so much Classic Who on Netflix right now, I just started with the earliest they got and am moving forward through that. The old stuff is really cheezy, but still kinda good.
 
2013-01-06 07:12:34 PM  
Have both of these on order from Amazon...

Where to start? Well, it's currently not available, but the 'Beginning' set is good as it features 'An Unearthly Child', the first serial. I would go for one from each Doctor. I know Netflix has it right now. So...

First Doctor - Already mentioned (plus the set include the first appearance of the Daleks.
Second Doctor - Tomb of the Cybermen
Third Doctor - Inferno
Fourth Doctor - Genesis of the Daleks
Fifth Doctor - The Caves of Androzani
Sixth Doctor - The Trial of a Timelord (four serials)
Seventh Doctor - The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
Eight Doctor - The Movie (shown on Fox back in 1996)

Sadly, much of the First and Second Doctor's filmography was lost due to an insanely stupid decision to erase the videotapes and/or burn film copies that had been sent to other nations in the British Commonwealth. The Second Doctor was particularly raped, with only five serials surviving intact. Look it up on Wikipedia. I would add one thing: the SFX of pre-relaunch Doctor Who is sad when compared to what we have now. You will either hate it or learn to accept it as cheesy fun. Old Doctor Who is incredibly cheesy and therein lay its charm. Enjoy!
 
2013-01-06 07:14:49 PM  

e lo: Ok, Whovians,

I started watching with the 9th Doctor, who I wasn't crazy about, but I love both Tennant and Smith. I want to watch some of the older ones -- where should I start?


Maybe it's because I have vague memories of seeing him on PBS in the late 70's, but Tom Baker has always been my favorite of the older Doctors.
 
2013-01-06 07:18:46 PM  

e lo: I want to watch some of the older ones -- where should I start?


I like to pick a "best of" for each Doctor:
1) An Unearthly Child
2) Invasion (the animated reconstruction makes the Cybermen look more badass than they truly deserve)
3) Spearhead from Space (also his first, and yes, Inferno is better, but it's a Mirror Universe episode, which is hard to enjoy if you're not already a fan)
4) City of Death (please forgive it the vacation montage)
5) Caves of Adrozani
6) Vengeance on Varos
7) I'm actually a little weak on McCoy's era, but anything but the "Happiness Patrol"
 
2013-01-06 07:20:19 PM  
Let me know if they do something similar with Genesis of the Daleks. I'd love to see what artwork they do for that. Or Tomb of the Cybermen.

flaminio: e lo: Ok, Whovians,

I started watching with the 9th Doctor, who I wasn't crazy about, but I love both Tennant and Smith. I want to watch some of the older ones -- where should I start?

I'm not a Whovian (yet), but since there's so much Classic Who on Netflix right now, I just started with the earliest they got and am moving forward through that. The old stuff is really cheezy, but still kinda good.


paradoxically, the special effects get kinda worse as you get into the 80's. The dumbass running the BBC at the time was a real dick to the show and it showed in their budget. Still good stories and acting, but the special effects can be laughable almost.

I'm personally a fan of Eccleston, but I can see why not everyone is.  I sorta consider him my "first" doctor (even though I've been watching since the mid-80's), since he was the first person I recognized playing the part that I'd known from something else (28 Days Later).
 
2013-01-06 07:21:29 PM  

e lo: Ok, Whovians,

I started watching with the 9th Doctor, who I wasn't crazy about, but I love both Tennant and Smith. I want to watch some of the older ones -- where should I start?


Try maybe the 3rd/4th Doctors as a starting point.

The 3rd doctor was played as a Kungfu Dandy by Jon Pertwee while the 4th Doctor comes across as a bit bi-polar (all jokes and jellybabies until things get serious then the dark side comes out) and is played very well by Tom Baker.

As reference I am a Tom Baker fan (got the scarf to prove it) but there were some great stories in the Pertwee era as well.

A thing I think is a problem for people trying to get into the older Who is the dodgy SFX ~ we are kind of spoiled these days and old school cheap & dodgy SFX jar our suspension of disbelief.

If you can get past that the stories of the Pertwee/Baker period were mostly excellent and a lot of them still resonate well with current issues like environmental concerns (the Green Death), technology taking control (Robots of Death) and some are just good genre stories ~ Pyramids of Mars is a smart sci-fi horror.

Some of the best things about this period are the enemies. The Cyberman, for example, were really evil and nasty ~ not the watered down version we get today. Even the Sontarans come across as something to be feared not patted on the head.

It also has THE Dalek story ~ 'Genesis of the Daleks'.

The added bonus is the companions ~ while there was still a 'damsel in distress' element inherent to the serial form the writers (wisely) often broke the mold.

After Adric comes in for the 4th Doctor it all starts to go downhill a bit though...
 
2013-01-06 07:22:46 PM  
The BBC really needs to just hire James Hance already.
 
2013-01-06 07:23:23 PM  

Kell Hound: Second Doctor - Tomb of the Cybermen


A good episode, but please excuse the casual racism. It was the 60s.

Kell Hound: Sixth Doctor - The Trial of a Timelord (four serials)


Four serials? It's basically his entire run. And they're very hit or miss. I wouldn't subject a newb to that entire monstrosity all at once. "Vengeance" is a nice, palatable chunk and is probably one of the better episodes of any Doctor's era.

Kell Hound: Old Doctor Who is incredibly cheesy and therein lay its charm


It is, and honestly, I miss the daft cliffhangers.
 
2013-01-06 07:23:46 PM  

t3knomanser: 7) I'm actually a little weak on McCoy's era, but anything but the "Happiness Patrol"


Remembrance of the Daleks is good, if only to see just how much of a manipulative bastard Seven could be.
There's also The Curse of Fenric.
 
2013-01-06 07:26:34 PM  
Keep in mind too, if you're going to check out the early stuff, first and second doctors, that a lot of it has been lost thanks to idiots who wiped the original master tapes, so there's chunks of the first two Doctors that you won't be able to see again.
 
2013-01-06 07:30:37 PM  
Awesome, thanks all. I knew I could count on Fark for Doctor Who suggestions. And I'm not worried at all about the cheesy effects. I think the idea is endearing. The little bit of arc in which K-9 reappeared with Tennant was awesome.

/Off to Netflix!
 
2013-01-06 07:45:14 PM  
I'll just leave this here.


50 years in 7 minutes.
 
2013-01-06 08:23:31 PM  
Oh and fans, if you've not seen Curse of the Fatal Death, go look on youtube for it. Its an affectionate parody done in the late 90's, written by Moffatt, and starring Rowan Atkinson as The Doctor and Jonathan Pryce as The Master.
 
2013-01-06 08:31:09 PM  

Old enough to know better: I'll just leave this here.


50 years in 7 minutes.


AWESOME!
 
2013-01-06 08:42:36 PM  

Kell Hound: Have both of these on order from Amazon...

Where to start? Well, it's currently not available, but the 'Beginning' set is good as it features 'An Unearthly Child', the first serial. I would go for one from each Doctor. I know Netflix has it right now. So...

First Doctor - Already mentioned (plus the set include the first appearance of the Daleks.
Second Doctor - Tomb of the Cybermen
Third Doctor - Inferno
Fourth Doctor - Genesis of the Daleks
Fifth Doctor - The Caves of Androzani
Sixth Doctor - The Trial of a Timelord (four serials)
Seventh Doctor - The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
Eight Doctor - The Movie (shown on Fox back in 1996)



I'd also like to add "The Five Doctors" and "The Three Doctors".
 
2013-01-06 09:36:40 PM  
In other news "Women Have Vaginas And They Are Much More Fun."
 
2013-01-06 10:01:05 PM  

mltain: In other news "Women Have Vaginas And They Are Much More Fun."


Says the guy whose problems are so thoroughly resolved that he has time to go on the internet and taunt fans of a popular sci-fi/horror drama.
 
2013-01-06 10:46:12 PM  

JolobinSmokin: I just switched to directTV for the 3D channels from dish, but since I don't know the channel #'s very well, my wife and I have been using amazon instant

Amazon instant > Netflix

I'd never used it but have amazon prime acct, it's like Netflix with "free for service "TV shows and movies, but I can also instantly rent a new movie instead of wait on that farking stupid Netflix list and pray the movie I want comes,

Fark that,


Anyway, I'd never seen Dr. who and neither had my wife and its a lot of fun, we started torch wood too after seeing the starz series.

Born in the 1970's and never saw a single episode until last week.

It's quite fun


Dear god you actually wanted to watch Torchwood after the craptastic Starz series? You must be masochists, that variation sucked donkey cock. Children of Earth was good but heart wrenching, and the original series had it's moments, but Miracle Day was garbage.
 
2013-01-06 10:52:25 PM  

JolobinSmokin: Born in the 1970's and never saw a single episode until last week.

It's quite fun


you're in for a large amount of work in catching up.
But its fun, so there's that.
 
2013-01-06 11:17:52 PM  

e lo: Ok, Whovians,

I started watching with the 9th Doctor, who I wasn't crazy about, but I love both Tennant and Smith. I want to watch some of the older ones -- where should I start?


You may wan to do the Tom Baker eps in order. His is the first Doctor with no gaps in the episodes and in many ways the most accessable. His first season is continuity heavy and very strong. After that, you can go back to the previous Docs or go ahead.

Or, if you want t dive into the best, go for 'Genesis of the Daleks.'
 
2013-01-06 11:19:57 PM  
I keep clicking on these Dr. Who links, only to remember that this show blows.
 
2013-01-06 11:32:50 PM  

UnderwaterAlly: I keep clicking on these Dr. Who links, only to remember that this show blows me away with how awesome it is.


FTFY
 
2013-01-06 11:40:01 PM  
On the plus side, with 4-8 months between batches of new episodes, you've got plenty of time to get caught up.
 
2013-01-06 11:41:07 PM  

Wolfmanjames: You may wan to do the Tom Baker eps in order. His is the first Doctor with no gaps in the episodes and in many ways the most accessable. His first season is continuity heavy and very strong. After that, you can go back to the previous Docs or go ahead.


The Key to Time series is the only one (prior to the reboot) that had an arc through the entire series (IIRC). Interesting. I lived for the show as a kid, some of it is good, some is awful.
 
2013-01-06 11:43:57 PM  

JolobinSmokin: I just switched to directTV for the 3D channels from dish, but since I don't know the channel #'s very well, my wife and I have been using amazon instant

Amazon instant > Netflix

I'd never used it but have amazon prime acct, it's like Netflix with "free for service "TV shows and movies, but I can also instantly rent a new movie instead of wait on that farking stupid Netflix list and pray the movie I want comes,

Fark that,


Anyway, I'd never seen Dr. who and neither had my wife and its a lot of fun, we started torch wood too after seeing the starz series.

Born in the 1970's and never saw a single episode until last week.

It's quite fun


I second the praise for Amazon Instant Watch, all of the free content on there is in and of itself worth the price of Amazon Prime. I just wish you could stream movies in HD on your computer though, I have no desire to buy Roku or something just so I can watch movies in HD, and there's no real reason for it since they let you stream TV shows in HD. I have no desire to buy an internet enabled device when my laptop hooked up over HDMI works just as well.
 
2013-01-06 11:55:31 PM  

King Something: mltain: In other news "Women Have Vaginas And They Are Much More Fun."

Says the guy whose problems are so thoroughly resolved that he has time to go on the internet and taunt fans of a popular sci-fi/horror drama.


If mltain has the time to read up, come in here and make that comment, he has no woman in his life. That explains the bitterness. Besides, if he was half a man, he'd convert his girlfriends to fans like the rest of us.
 
2013-01-07 12:30:57 AM  

UnderwaterAlly: I keep clicking on these Dr. Who links

 
2013-01-07 05:10:26 AM  

UnderwaterAlly: I keep clicking on these Dr. Who links, only to remember that this show blows.


Insanity or masochism, drunkenness or boredom?
 
2013-01-07 06:02:26 AM  
HairyOne:
If you can get past that the stories of the Pertwee/Baker period were mostly excellent and a lot of them still resonate well with current issues like environmental concerns (the Green Death), technology taking control (Robots of Death) and some are just good genre stories ~ Pyramids of Mars is a smart sci-fi horror.

"Robots of Death" and "Pyramids of Mars" are great! How could anyone who's a fan not like them? I confused "The Green Death" with "The Seeds of Doom", which is also a great Baker ep.
 
2013-01-07 07:48:48 AM  

Kell Hound: Sixth Doctor - The Trial of a Timelord (four serials)


I'd recommend the Two Doctors over this. Trial is pretty boring.

Kell Hound: Seventh Doctor - The Greatest Show in the Galaxy


No. Just no.
 
2013-01-07 08:32:46 AM  

mltain: In other news "Women Have Vaginas And They Are Much More Fun."


Au contraire, oh special one - me and my vagina love Doctor Who, and lack of penis has never been an issue. You're just doing it wrong.

Also, this. Trust me, Whovians get laid.
 
2013-01-07 08:36:47 AM  

Old enough to know better: I'll just leave this here.


50 years in 7 minutes.


Ahh yes LastWhovian does great videos, also worth checking out babelcolor as well
 
2013-01-07 01:29:53 PM  
e lo: Ok, Whovians,

I started watching with the 9th Doctor, who I wasn't crazy about, but I love both Tennant and Smith. I want to watch some of the older ones -- where should I start?


As someone who just went back to do so, I like Tom Baker. I caught a few of his eppies on PBS in the day. If you want a Doctor with presence like Tennant or Smith, you want to see Tom Baker.

What was more annoying than the bad special effects was the crappy ACTING. Everyone acts like they're doing Shakespeare on stage at least in the early ones. By contrast the Doctor seems like the most normal person around.
 
2013-01-07 01:31:51 PM  

Tax Boy: Kell Hound: Sixth Doctor - The Trial of a Timelord (four serials)

I'd recommend the Two Doctors over this. Trial is pretty boring.

Kell Hound: Seventh Doctor - The Greatest Show in the Galaxy

No. Just no.


For the McCoy era Curse of Fenric and Remembrance of the Darleks or the two bests and rate as some of the best Who ever.
 
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