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2013-06-14 06:22:56 PM
If this is true, then holy shiat.
 
2013-06-14 07:05:31 PM
Why do humans look like Timelords?
 
2013-06-14 07:09:09 PM
That's cool news.

I've tried to watch the 'Classic Who' episodes that BBC-America has been running along with their history of the doctors specials, but I just haven't been able to get into any of them.  I've loved the show since it came back with Eccleston, so I'd like to enjoy the older stuff.

I wonder if that is from viewing the episodes in a vacuum instead of starting out from the beginning of each Doctor's run.  I'll have to give an entire classic season a chance from the start to see if that helps.
 
2013-06-14 07:21:22 PM
I'll get excited when somebody at the BBC confirms it.
 
2013-06-14 07:23:41 PM

TuteTibiImperes: That's cool news.

I've tried to watch the 'Classic Who' episodes that BBC-America has been running along with their history of the doctors specials, but I just haven't been able to get into any of them.  I've loved the show since it came back with Eccleston, so I'd like to enjoy the older stuff.

I wonder if that is from viewing the episodes in a vacuum instead of starting out from the beginning of each Doctor's run.  I'll have to give an entire classic season a chance from the start to see if that helps.


I think that, coming from 'nu-Who', it is harder to go back and watch the classic stories. The way the stories are broken up is different, being anywhere from 2-6 parts for one story, each part being shorter, the pacing is slower, and let's be honest, the production values are terrible. I grew up on Classic Who, starting with Jon Pertwee, so I've loved the show for a long time. But seeing the old episodes is a little tough nowadays, just because of the above reasons.

If you can do it, though, I highly recommend it. There are a lot of great stories and performances.
 
2013-06-14 07:25:28 PM
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2013-06-14 07:27:31 PM
I actually got goosebumps.......
 
2013-06-14 07:32:29 PM

SilentStrider: If this is true, then holy shiat.

 
2013-06-14 07:38:25 PM
Someone made a backup of the Library at Alexandria?
 
2013-06-14 07:39:25 PM
Please please please please please please please please be true.
 
2013-06-14 07:40:16 PM
oh please be for reals please please please.  I love original Who.  The insanely cheesy production values are part of the magic...
 
2013-06-14 07:43:00 PM
I suspect the guy who found these is gonna get PAID. Very very cool.
 
2013-06-14 07:43:13 PM
Does this mean we get to see more of Zoe's ass? Cause I want to see more of Zoe's ass.

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2013-06-14 07:44:20 PM
Uh, I'm pretty sure there's a schedule when the "tons of Who material has been found in some studio in Africa" article has to pop up and this article is late.
I'm pretty sure I've read this year's version already a couple of months ago (probably when the airing of the 2nd half of the last season started), so excuse me if my pants are staying dry.
 
2013-06-14 07:44:43 PM

cptjeff: I suspect the guy who found these is gonna get PAID. Very very cool.


Some eccentric engineer is getting a frkkin statue outside BBC headquarters
 
2013-06-14 07:54:46 PM
My brother and I used to watch Doctor Who a ton on PBS in the very early 80's.  They had lots of really old episodes. I didn't know anything about it back then.  Still don't really care.  But I wonder if I've seen some of the long missing stuff.
 
2013-06-14 07:56:29 PM
Several were never shown in Africa according to the comments, so I hope they're using that as a broad coverup location to not let it be know where the footage actually is. If true.
 
2013-06-14 07:57:20 PM
Until this is confirmed, this is as predictable and exciting a story as the War on Christmas stories in December.
 
2013-06-14 08:04:29 PM
I would love for this to be true. I have been a fan since Tom Baker, and for some reason I think i saw a few from Jon Pertwee. Would LOVE to see the originals that kicked it all off.
 
2013-06-14 08:06:19 PM
Whenever I read "Whovians" I always think it's about these guys at first:

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2013-06-14 08:08:27 PM

ekdikeo4: My brother and I used to watch Doctor Who a ton on PBS in the very early 80's.  They had lots of really old episodes. I didn't know anything about it back then.  Still don't really care.  But I wonder if I've seen some of the long missing stuff.


Nope, these never aired on PBS.
 
2013-06-14 08:08:47 PM

ekdikeo4: My brother and I used to watch Doctor Who a ton on PBS in the very early 80's.  They had lots of really old episodes. I didn't know anything about it back then.  Still don't really care.  But I wonder if I've seen some of the long missing stuff.


The UK stopped junking the episodes in the '70s, so probably not.
 
2013-06-14 08:10:48 PM

Piizzadude: I would love for this to be true. I have been a fan since Tom Baker, and for some reason I think i saw a few from Jon Pertwee. Would LOVE to see the originals that kicked it all off.


They're on Youtube and Dailymotion (at least the episodes that are still around) -- the first three serials exist in their entirety.
 
2013-06-14 08:11:29 PM

TuteTibiImperes: That's cool news.

I've tried to watch the 'Classic Who' episodes that BBC-America has been running along with their history of the doctors specials, but I just haven't been able to get into any of them.  I've loved the show since it came back with Eccleston, so I'd like to enjoy the older stuff.

I wonder if that is from viewing the episodes in a vacuum instead of starting out from the beginning of each Doctor's run.  I'll have to give an entire classic season a chance from the start to see if that helps.


Doctor Who has ALWAYS been flawed.   In the old days, they had no budget, terrible sets, sometimes passable, sometimes ridiculous costumes, and thrown together scripts.     So, they acted their bums off and took themselves incredibly seriously to pull off the show.   There was almost a literary quality about the productions.  Scores were fairly minimal, but effective. They also had a lot of time to fill, and would film long sequences with no dialogue at all.

Today's post MTV era Doctor Who has different flaws.   The budget is adequate (but not what it was a few years ago).   Costumes are better.  Sets are better. The score is better, but not always well applied--sometimes it's brilliant.   However the stories are often silly crap.   They don't take themselves nearly as seriously and over act so much.    Stories tend to wrap up in an hour which could have used more time to flesh out and details are not always expanded on.   Some of the endings are very rushed to fit in an hour.      The whole format of the current show is very much based in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with a 'story of the season' in place of a 'seasonal big bad'.

Having said that, it is difficult to appreciate both side by side.   The older stuff seems more like a novel,  and the newer more like a comic book.
 
2013-06-14 08:11:31 PM
"Stories. Not episodes."  I don't understand the difference.  Maybe multiple episodes per story?
 
2013-06-14 08:20:16 PM

PanicMan: "Stories. Not episodes."  I don't understand the difference.  Maybe multiple episodes per story?


Exactly. Who-classic took severalshorter episodes to do what nu-who does in one.
 
2013-06-14 08:22:08 PM

PanicMan: "Stories. Not episodes."  I don't understand the difference.  Maybe multiple episodes per story?


yes. The stories for the original series were serialized. That is, broken up into chunks and aired weekly.  For example Genesis of the Daleks was originally aired in six parts of 25 minutes each.
 
2013-06-14 08:26:07 PM
Ah, thanks!
 
2013-06-14 08:30:33 PM

Rhypskallion: TuteTibiImperes: That's cool news.

I've tried to watch the 'Classic Who' episodes that BBC-America has been running along with their history of the doctors specials, but I just haven't been able to get into any of them.  I've loved the show since it came back with Eccleston, so I'd like to enjoy the older stuff.

I wonder if that is from viewing the episodes in a vacuum instead of starting out from the beginning of each Doctor's run.  I'll have to give an entire classic season a chance from the start to see if that helps.

Doctor Who has ALWAYS been flawed.   In the old days, they had no budget, terrible sets, sometimes passable, sometimes ridiculous costumes, and thrown together scripts.     So, they acted their bums off and took themselves incredibly seriously to pull off the show.   There was almost a literary quality about the productions.  Scores were fairly minimal, but effective. They also had a lot of time to fill, and would film long sequences with no dialogue at all.

Today's post MTV era Doctor Who has different flaws.   The budget is adequate (but not what it was a few years ago).   Costumes are better.  Sets are better. The score is better, but not always well applied--sometimes it's brilliant.   However the stories are often silly crap.   They don't take themselves nearly as seriously and over act so much.    Stories tend to wrap up in an hour which could have used more time to flesh out and details are not always expanded on.   Some of the endings are very rushed to fit in an hour.      The whole format of the current show is very much based in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with a 'story of the season' in place of a 'seasonal big bad'.

Having said that, it is difficult to appreciate both side by side.   The older stuff seems more like a novel,  and the newer more like a comic book.


 I think the (mostly lack of) musical score is one of the things that weirds me out most about the older episodes. It's just too quiet too much of the time, it's unsettling.
 
2013-06-14 08:45:57 PM
Most of the old Doctor Who was cheesy, low budget crap.  I could never get into it.  But I love the reboot.
 
2013-06-14 08:52:20 PM
/reads article...

www.lolbrary.com

/got a cigarette?
 
2013-06-14 09:05:07 PM
Back in '06 I accidentally stumbled upon a Doctor Who marathon on the Sci-Fi channel (Labor Day marathon). Came in early on "The Empty Child" episode and got hooked. Watched the rest of the marathon and then went to Youtube looking for the rest of the series. When that was done, I then watched the second season. Then I started watching the older Docs, starting with Baker's "Genesis of the Daleks." By then I was a full fledged fan. I could appreciate what the older shows were doing. Yeah, they didn't have the money for sets or costumes, but the stories were fantastic. So I didn't mind what would be considered "cheesy" by today's standards.
 
2013-06-14 09:05:50 PM
From the article it seems it was scripts that where never filmed.

Which makes it good material for the new Dr Who producers to explore.

BTW: if you want to explore classic DW...start with Tom Baker and go backwards.
 
2013-06-14 09:07:31 PM

Richard_The_Clown: Back in '06 I accidentally stumbled upon a Doctor Who marathon on the Sci-Fi channel (Labor Day marathon). Came in early on "The Empty Child" episode and got hooked. Watched the rest of the marathon and then went to Youtube looking for the rest of the series. When that was done, I then watched the second season. Then I started watching the older Docs, starting with Baker's "Genesis of the Daleks." By then I was a full fledged fan. I could appreciate what the older shows were doing. Yeah, they didn't have the money for sets or costumes, but the stories were fantastic. So I didn't mind what would be considered "cheesy" by today's standards.


Pretty much; you have to take the stories on the original series with that particular grain of salt.
 
2013-06-14 09:08:02 PM

PanicMan: "Stories. Not episodes."  I don't understand the difference.  Maybe multiple episodes per story?


Yes. There were generally six 22 minute episodes per story, sometimes more sometimes less. They were shown weekly in the UK. In America they'd be shown all at once. That was one of the kick ass things about Doctor Who was that it was a movie every week.

Now it takes the whole season of 44 minute episodes to make a story, even though most people haven't caught on to that yet.
 
2013-06-14 09:14:18 PM
Oh great, now it's just going to become the Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart Show.
 
2013-06-14 09:19:35 PM

Mentat: Oh great, now it's just going to become the Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart Show.


And that's bad how?
 
2013-06-14 09:30:45 PM

Jocundry: Mentat: Oh great, now it's just going to become the Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart Show.

And that's bad how?


I loved the Brig. Professional enough not to put up with the Doctor's BS, but open-minded enough to know when the Doctor knew what he was doing. And, boy, did he love shooting at stuff (or ordering it shot at).
 
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2013-06-14 09:44:47 PM

cretinbob: Now it takes the whole season of 44 minute episodes to make a story, even though most people haven't caught on to that yet.


Largely because the season doesn't really have a coherent story. Since NuWho came back, it's been lots of little hints across the season which add up to nothing of any real significance. If the season finales ever had any real  oomphto them, that might be something, but from Bad Wolf to the Pandorica to the Impossible Girl, they've all been a let down. The hints have been more interesting than the results.
 
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