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(BBC America)   The Doctors Revisited has reached the Fourth Doctor's era, so prepare to see The Doctor and Sarah Jane attempt to stop android mummies from molesting random passersby in Doctor Who: 'The Pyramids of Mars', 8 PM on BBC America   (bbcamerica.com ) divider line
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2013-04-28 11:03:19 AM  
You can't stop the Mummy manboobs...

www.squaremans.com
 
2013-04-28 11:16:34 AM  
Oh Sarah Jane...
 
2013-04-28 12:42:28 PM  
I have to say I'm kinda pissed that they seem to be choosing the old episodes they are highlighting off of Netflix.
Not that Pyramids of Mars is the worst episode, but jesus farking christ it's not the best.
 
2013-04-28 01:02:17 PM  

cretinbob: I have to say I'm kinda pissed that they seem to be choosing the old episodes they are highlighting off of Netflix.
Not that Pyramids of Mars is the worst episode, but jesus farking christ it's not the best.


I get the feeling that this is part of the deal: BBCAmerica's not allowed to run classic episodes that can't be found on Netflix.

/makes me wonder what they're going to do for Doctors 6 and 8.
 
2013-04-28 01:12:41 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: cretinbob: I have to say I'm kinda pissed that they seem to be choosing the old episodes they are highlighting off of Netflix.
Not that Pyramids of Mars is the worst episode, but jesus farking christ it's not the best.

I get the feeling that this is part of the deal: BBCAmerica's not allowed to run classic episodes that can't be found on Netflix.

/makes me wonder what they're going to do for Doctors 6 and 8.


Six... I'm betting on Vengeance on Varos. The Two Doctors is getting a BFI showing, but that's a three-parter, which for that season means it's over two and a half hours.

8 only has one choice to show.

Now, there's always the chance those shows pop up on Netflixn around airtime.
 
2013-04-28 01:26:10 PM  
Yeah, there was a licensing change when they restarted the series.

But seriously, they couldn't have loaned the The Deadly Assassin for one night?
That explains SOOOOOOOO much.

Watch it here
 
2013-04-28 01:33:52 PM  

cretinbob: Yeah, there was a licensing change when they restarted the series.

But seriously, they couldn't have loaned the The Deadly Assassin for one night?
That explains SOOOOOOOO much.

Watch it here


Honestly, I would have said Robots of Death.
 
2013-04-28 02:02:58 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Honestly, I would have said Robots of Death.


Yeah, that's a good one too.

Deadly Assassin has a lot of explanation about the Timelords, the TARDIS and The Doctor's relationship with them.
 
2013-04-28 02:34:54 PM  
Best. Classic Doctor. Ever.
 
2013-04-28 04:15:01 PM  
It's wierd how much the Fourth Doctor looks like Bob Dylan.
 
2013-04-28 05:25:37 PM  
In my presence, you are but an ant, a termite. Abase yourself before me, you grovelling insect.

/random farker
 
2013-04-28 05:30:01 PM  

cretinbob: FirstNationalBastard: Honestly, I would have said Robots of Death.

Yeah, that's a good one too.

Deadly Assassin has a lot of explanation about the Timelords, the TARDIS and The Doctor's relationship with them.


I'm exceptionally fond of City of Death, though it doesn't provide the insight about the Time Lords Deadly Assassin does.

/Quite fond of Tom Baker's Doctor in general
 
2013-04-28 06:05:36 PM  

cretinbob: I have to say I'm kinda pissed that they seem to be choosing the old episodes they are highlighting off of Netflix.
Not that Pyramids of Mars is the worst episode, but jesus farking christ it's not the best.


I agree.  There are far better episodes, and this is one they've been pushing before.  I've seen it enough.  I was hoping for pretty much any other epsiode.
 
2013-04-28 07:32:40 PM  
pics.wikifeet.com
 
2013-04-28 07:41:38 PM  
As a child, this episode taught me about the delay between transmission and reception, and how it becomes measurable on a human timescale when large distances are involved, even at the speed of light.  Or rather, the delay between stopping a transmitter and ceasing to receive the signal.

I think it might also have been the first occasion I saw the whole "alternative universe" theme explored, when we briefly see what the world looks like if the heroes don't finish what they'd already started.

They were eye-opening moments for a small boy, both for science and storytelling techniques.

Also Elisabeth Sladen was freaking hot.
 
2013-04-28 07:47:45 PM  
Pyramids of Mars sounds like a lost Edgar Rice Burroughs book.
 
2013-04-28 07:50:12 PM  

cretinbob: I have to say I'm kinda pissed that they seem to be choosing the old episodes they are highlighting off of Netflix.
Not that Pyramids of Mars is the worst episode, but jesus farking christ it's not the best.


Well, if they wanted to be really newsworthy they'd show Shada...
 
2013-04-28 07:56:52 PM  

Apos: Best. Classic Doctor. Ever.


Nope.

Talons of Weng Chiang.


/just read a great couple of books on Kindle - Dalek I Loved You and Who Goes There
//Nick Griffiths' memoirs with Doctor Who themes
///highly recommended
 
2013-04-28 08:10:04 PM  

Arthur Jumbles: [pics.wikifeet.com image 850x1068]


Like the fist of an irritated Time Lord...
 
2013-04-28 08:11:13 PM  
Typical 1970's Doctor Who:  great concept, uneven execution.  What really saves this episode is Gabriel Woolf's vocals as Sutekh:  the man's voice just dripped menace in every syllable.
 
2013-04-28 08:14:07 PM  

Brakefornobody: Typical 1970's Doctor Who:  great concept, uneven execution.  What really saves this episode is Gabriel Woolf's vocals as Sutekh:  the man's voice just dripped menace in every syllable.


To be fair, their special effects budget was 10 pounds and a case of Bass.
 
2013-04-28 08:15:45 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: cretinbob: I have to say I'm kinda pissed that they seem to be choosing the old episodes they are highlighting off of Netflix.
Not that Pyramids of Mars is the worst episode, but jesus farking christ it's not the best.

I get the feeling that this is part of the deal: BBCAmerica's not allowed to run classic episodes that can't be found on Netflix.

/makes me wonder what they're going to do for Doctors 6 and 8.

Six... I'm betting on Vengeance on Varos. The Two Doctors is getting a BFI showing, but that's a three-parter, which for that season means it's over two and a half hours.

8 only has one choice to show.

Now, there's always the chance those shows pop up on Netflixn around airtime.


They could always do the animated Shada with #8
 
2013-04-28 08:16:34 PM  

FrancoFile: Brakefornobody: Typical 1970's Doctor Who:  great concept, uneven execution.  What really saves this episode is Gabriel Woolf's vocals as Sutekh:  the man's voice just dripped menace in every syllable.

To be fair, their special effects budget was 10 pounds and a case of Bass.


And they got better effects from the case of Bass.
 
2013-04-28 08:26:19 PM  
I'm slightly disappointed in the choice of episodes.  I really thought it would be Genisus Of The Daleks.
 
2013-04-28 08:34:48 PM  

browneye: I'm slightly disappointed in the choice of episodes.  I really thought it would be Genisus Of The Daleks.


Logopolis could have been interesting, especially if they went with Castrovala for #5. Although that'd mean they couldn't use Caves for 5...
 
2013-04-28 08:38:57 PM  
I would have chosen Genesis of the Daleks, also.
 
2013-04-28 08:45:09 PM  

browneye: I'm slightly disappointed in the choice of episodes.  I really thought it would be Genisus Of The Daleks.


Can you cram a six-part arc into two hours? Would have been my choice otherwise.

"Deadly Assassin" would have been nice, but I also see it as they needed to show a Sarah Jane arc. "Ark in Space" would have done the job just as well.
 
2013-04-28 08:50:59 PM  
I was disappointed with this one. No coverage of either of the Romanas, nothing about the Key arc...

And yes, I'm missing Harry Sullivan (a personal favorite). But he was on for only a few stories, and at least they showed him in a clip. The Romanas were a horrendous omission.

Genesis of the Daleks would have been a great choice.
 
2013-04-28 09:14:05 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: You can't stop the Mummy manboobs...

[www.squaremans.com image 720x480]


HUGS!
 
2013-04-28 09:18:41 PM  
 
2013-04-28 09:31:55 PM  

cretinbob: I have to say I'm kinda pissed that they seem to be choosing the old episodes they are highlighting off of Netflix.
Not that Pyramids of Mars is the worst episode, but jesus farking christ it's not the best.


they seem to be choosing the ones i have dvds of
 
2013-04-28 09:36:15 PM  
i bring sutekh's gift of ocelots to all human life
 
2013-04-28 10:01:58 PM  

Mentat: Oh Sarah Jane...


OUR Sarah Jane....

news.bbcimg.co.uk

/We miss you, Liz Sladen.
 
2013-04-28 10:15:02 PM  
Pyramids of Mars... back before fez's were cool.
 
2013-04-28 10:16:42 PM  
Tom Baker's hair is so hot in this episode.
 
2013-04-28 10:20:08 PM  

djhannu: Pyramids of Mars... back before fez's were cool.


upload.wikimedia.org

fez's what?
 
2013-04-28 10:32:07 PM  

djhannu: Pyramids of Mars... back before fez's were cool.


Okay, he's wearing a fez and playing sinister music on a pipe organ. Are we sure the audience will understand that he's a bad guy?
 
2013-04-28 10:33:29 PM  

Brakefornobody: Typical 1970's Doctor Who:  great concept, uneven execution.  What really saves this episode is Gabriel Woolf's vocals as Sutekh:  the man's voice just dripped menace in every syllable.


Didn't he also do the voice of somebody in the revived Who?

Wasn't "House", I remember that much.  Maybe the Devil from the pit-in-space episodes.
 
2013-04-28 10:46:16 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: browneye: I'm slightly disappointed in the choice of episodes.  I really thought it would be Genisus Of The Daleks.

Can you cram a six-part arc into two hours? Would have been my choice otherwise.

"Deadly Assassin" would have been nice, but I also see it as they needed to show a Sarah Jane arc. "Ark in Space" would have done the job just as well.


It's BBC America, there were edits.

/Checked the Itunes version for comparison of episode three's final five minutes.
//Edits/licensing/Adric be damned, would rather see Earthshock than Caves of Androzani on the next Revisited
 
2013-04-28 10:46:16 PM  

over_and_done: Brakefornobody: Typical 1970's Doctor Who:  great concept, uneven execution.  What really saves this episode is Gabriel Woolf's vocals as Sutekh:  the man's voice just dripped menace in every syllable.

Didn't he also do the voice of somebody in the revived Who?

Wasn't "House", I remember that much.  Maybe the Devil from the pit-in-space episodes.


Yep, he voiced The Beast.
 
2013-04-28 10:51:27 PM  

Wasn't Looking at his Neck: OtherLittleGuy: browneye: I'm slightly disappointed in the choice of episodes.  I really thought it would be Genisus Of The Daleks.

Can you cram a six-part arc into two hours? Would have been my choice otherwise.

"Deadly Assassin" would have been nice, but I also see it as they needed to show a Sarah Jane arc. "Ark in Space" would have done the job just as well.

It's BBC America, there were edits.

/Checked the Itunes version for comparison of episode three's final five minutes.
//Edits/licensing/Adric be damned, would rather see Earthshock than Caves of Androzani on the next Revisited


I think bbc america did more of what some of the dvds have done where they re-edit it to have more fast paced movie feel taking out the padding out they had to make 4 eps and the cliffhangers

/prefer it the original way
 
2013-04-28 10:58:01 PM  

over_and_done: Brakefornobody: Typical 1970's Doctor Who:  great concept, uneven execution.  What really saves this episode is Gabriel Woolf's vocals as Sutekh:  the man's voice just dripped menace in every syllable.

Didn't he also do the voice of somebody in the revived Who?

Wasn't "House", I remember that much.  Maybe the Devil from the pit-in-space episodes.


Yes he did Satan's voice in The Satan Pit.
 
2013-04-28 11:25:13 PM  
I just watched this one a month or so ago, dammit.

It would have killed them to get ahold of a Douglas Adams episode?
 
2013-04-28 11:45:52 PM  
Anybody know of a good place to watch the Classic episodes that Netflix doesn't have?

The ones that still exist, anyway.
 
2013-04-28 11:49:01 PM  
It's a crime to skip Baker's first season, Robot (a very Pertwee episode) aside.

Ark in Space.  Fantastic episode other than the ridiculous bugs towards the end.
Links straight into The Sontaran Experiment, which was a throwaway but still, Sontarans.
Links straight into Genesis of the Daleks, which despite some retconning, is one of the absolute classics of Baker's tenure.
Links straight into Revenge of the Cybermen, rather weaker but still neat because it revisits the Ark at a different time, and it was Baker's only Cyberman episode.

Whole season had a solid story arc, and hit three of the major recurring baddies in a row - it was really solid.
 
2013-04-29 12:28:39 AM  
Baker is my favorite doctor, and I too was a little disappointed at how superficial the coverage was.   I was reminded by Pyramids of Mars just how much they depended on chromakey effects during Baker's years.
 
2013-04-29 12:37:49 AM  
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2013-04-29 12:38:58 AM  

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: I just watched this one a month or so ago, dammit.

It would have killed them to get ahold of a Douglas Adams episode?


If they have the rights to the same ones as Netflix, which seems to be the trend, they could have done either City of Death or The Pirate Planet, both of which would have been good choices.

But I think they wanted to do a Sarah Jane serial, and those are both Romanas.
 
2013-04-29 12:42:02 AM  

AnotherBluesStringer: know of a good place to watch the Classic episodes that Netflix doesn't have?


Check your e-mail.
 
2013-04-29 12:51:24 AM  
Let me know when we hit "Logopolis."
 
2013-04-29 02:04:17 AM  

zombiegoat: Let me know when we hit "Logopolis."


Will the moment be prepared for?

/incidental music for that episode was creepy awesome
 
2013-04-29 02:40:03 AM  
I'm guessing 7 gets The Curse of Fenric or Remembrance of the Daleks.

/Either way, Ace.
//Loves me some Ace.
 
2013-04-29 03:41:37 AM  

ZeroCorpse: I'm guessing 7 gets The Curse of Fenric or Remembrance of the Daleks.

/Either way, Ace.
//Loves me some Ace.


Curse of Fenric has already been edited into movie form with new special effects (IIRC) for DVD, so that does seem the most likely choice.
 
2013-04-29 03:44:05 AM  

LograyX: [25.media.tumblr.com image 500x278]


I love Tom Baker, but him as an elf? He's a bit....meaty
 
2013-04-29 06:12:13 AM  

LograyX: [25.media.tumblr.com image 500x278]


I HATE to have to ask, but where was that from?
 
2013-04-29 06:50:10 AM  

baltimoreblonde: LograyX: [25.media.tumblr.com image 500x278]

I HATE to have to ask, but where was that from?


Dungeons and Dragons (I somehow ended up with all 3 (?) of them on DVD).
 
2013-04-29 06:53:30 AM  

Mega Steve: LograyX: [25.media.tumblr.com image 500x278]

I love Tom Baker, but him as an elf? He's a bit....meaty


Thanks to you I was this close to making an alt named Meaty the Elf.
 
2013-04-29 09:25:56 AM  
You know, for someone who is going to be eighty-years-old next year, Tom Baker is hold up pretty damn well.
He sounds exactly the same as he did forty years ago and he seems to have pretty much the same personality.  Cool.
 
2013-04-29 09:40:44 AM  
Should have shown 'Talons of..'

/only Doctor Who DVD I own is 'Pyramids..'
//"Murder! Murder!"
 
2013-04-29 10:31:48 AM  

stellarossa: Should have shown 'Talons of..'

/only Doctor Who DVD I own is 'Pyramids..'
//"Murder! Murder!"


At six episodes, Talons of Weng Chiang was probably too long for the two hour slot BBCA schedules these in, and they probably figure people won't have the attention span for a three hour story.
 
2013-04-29 11:11:30 AM  
Doesn't the whole Sutekh storyline completely ten-car-pileup with the whole Ice Warriors storyline? They both couldn't have been on Mars and neither knew about the other, could they?
 
2013-04-29 11:16:06 AM  

TV's Vinnie: Doesn't the whole Sutekh storyline completely ten-car-pileup with the whole Ice Warriors storyline? They both couldn't have been on Mars and neither knew about the other, could they?


Sure they could.   Ancient artifacts being unknown alien resting places is a genre staple, and Who has used this many times.
 
2013-04-29 11:16:51 AM  
I recall reading an entry at Tom Baker's blog about how he and Anthony Hopkins would go out dining together (both were members of the Royal Shakespeare Company at the time) and talking about how 13 proof wine is far better in red sauce than mere ten per cent.

Just the idea of the 4th Doctor dining with Hannibal Lecter is far too much WOO for my imagination.
 
2013-04-29 11:24:26 AM  
I feel bad for whomever has to pick the "definitive" story from the Colin Baker era. What a huge sewage pool of runny wet sh*t to wade through.

And the Sylvester McCoy stuff? I just know that they're gonna ignore "Remembrance of the Daleks" and pick "The Greatest Show In The Galaxy" instead (which was like something they fished out of the dumpster behind the offices of 2000AD.

Oh, and to keep the "Doctors as fantasy characters" micro-meme going......

filmreviewonline.com
 
2013-04-29 11:39:42 AM  
Netflix Canada has Tomb of the Cybermen.

I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard at fifty cent budgets.

Case in point:  Large dude is fighting the Cybermen Controller, they grapple, go offscreen, Large dude comes back holding Controller over his head, which is clearly a dummy, hurls it on the control console, which you can tell especially that it's a dummy as the head comes off, it slumps to the ground, next shot is the Controller lying on his stomach, intact.

I laughed for ten minutes during that.
 
2013-04-29 12:44:46 PM  

TV's Vinnie: I feel bad for whomever has to pick the "definitive" story from the Colin Baker era. What a huge sewage pool of runny wet sh*t to wade through.

And the Sylvester McCoy stuff? I just know that they're gonna ignore "Remembrance of the Daleks" and pick "The Greatest Show In The Galaxy" instead (which was like something they fished out of the dumpster behind the offices of 2000AD.

Oh, and to keep the "Doctors as fantasy characters" micro-meme going......

[filmreviewonline.com image 850x477]


For MCoy's stuff, I'm thinking they'll go for 'Time and the Rani'.
 
2013-04-29 12:50:56 PM  
stellarossa:
For MCoy's stuff, I'm thinking they'll go for 'Time and the Rani'.

It really is his only classic episode isn't it?
 
2013-04-29 12:52:05 PM  

TV's Vinnie: I feel bad for whomever has to pick the "definitive" story from the Colin Baker era. What a huge sewage pool of runny wet sh*t to wade through.


Should do The Two Doctors just for some extra bonus Troughton.  It was terrible but hey, Troughton.

Revelation of the Daleks would be tolerable I suppose.

But watch them do The Twin Dilemma.
 
2013-04-29 12:54:49 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: stellarossa: Should have shown 'Talons of..'

/only Doctor Who DVD I own is 'Pyramids..'
//"Murder! Murder!"

At six episodes, Talons of Weng Chiang was probably too long for the two hour slot BBCA schedules these in, and they probably figure people won't have the attention span for a three hour story.


Wearily, I agree with you. Gone, forever it seems, are the days of multiple-episode story arcs. Unless it's The Doctor mithering on about the latest most special gal pal ever, stories are neatly wrapped up in an hour, including commercials. Pivotal characters are not given enough time to be developed, leading the viewer not to care about their fate as much, if at all.

Pyramids of Mars did have some cheesiness to it; the much-maligned chromakey for one. However it was a pretty good story, complete with ciffhanger, and you got Mr Bronson thrown in, too.
 
2013-04-29 12:55:08 PM  
I guess there really is no choice for the 8th is there?   Eric Roberts on BBC.   Who would've thunk it.
 
2013-04-29 01:04:01 PM  

Rhypskallion: stellarossa:
For MCoy's stuff, I'm thinking they'll go for 'Time and the Rani'.

It really is his only classic episode isn't it?


Yes, which means they'll show some shiat like Delta and the Bannerman or The Happiness Patrol instead, when most people would be happy to watch either the Rani or Remembrance.
 
2013-04-29 02:35:04 PM  

DemonEater: TV's Vinnie: I feel bad for whomever has to pick the "definitive" story from the Colin Baker era. What a huge sewage pool of runny wet sh*t to wade through.

Should do The Two Doctors just for some extra bonus Troughton.  It was terrible but hey, Troughton.

Revelation of the Daleks would be tolerable I suppose.

But watch them do The Twin Dilemma.


please no

i say they'll do vengence on varos
 
2013-04-29 02:42:49 PM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: DemonEater: TV's Vinnie: I feel bad for whomever has to pick the "definitive" story from the Colin Baker era. What a huge sewage pool of runny wet sh*t to wade through.

Should do The Two Doctors just for some extra bonus Troughton.  It was terrible but hey, Troughton.

Revelation of the Daleks would be tolerable I suppose.

But watch them do The Twin Dilemma.

please no

i say they'll do vengence on varos


It's the only logical choice.

It's the one Baker 2 serial that lived up to the promise of the ending of Caves of Androzani.
 
2013-04-29 03:16:44 PM  

TV's Vinnie: I feel bad for whomever has to pick the "definitive" story from the Colin Baker era. What a huge sewage pool of runny wet sh*t to wade through.


Hey, now... I liked Six. I first got into the show with Six, and then went back and watched others.

And Peri didn't hurt things, either. She stuck with Six for most of his run, despite the fact that he constantly yelled at her, and began their relationship by choking the crap out of her.
 
2013-04-29 08:55:30 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Doesn't the whole Sutekh storyline completely ten-car-pileup with the whole Ice Warriors storyline? They both couldn't have been on Mars and neither knew about the other, could they?


Sutekh himself was never on Mars. The power source for the device keeping him imprisoned WAS, that's why they used the TARDIS to go there. Scarman was in Egypt when he found Sutekh's "tomb" and got zapped.
 
2013-04-30 06:24:39 AM  
Oh, I always thought Pyramids of Mars was one of the great old scary ones.  Mainly because the existence of life itself seemed to be at stake.
 
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