Posts Tagged ‘Peter Davison’

Back in February I went to the Doctor Who convention here in Los Angeles.  The main selling point this year for me was the fact that The Fifth Doctor [Peter Davison] would be appearing.  I’ve been watching Doctor Who since I was 12 or so, and he’s always been my favorite but I’d never met him.  The foremost objective of the day:  get my picture with him.

This was to be relatively easy, as there were scheduled photo ops throughout the weekend.  As I sat in line, dressed as his character from 30 years ago, I worked out how pitch my photo idea to him.  Then it happened.  This was clearly a “step up, smile, *flash*, move along” situation so I didn’t have much time to explain.  I approached him, shook his hand and said, “I think it would be funny if we were back to back, and I looked really super-excited while you looked scared/angry or miserable.”

We took the shot, I shook his hand again and moved along.  Probably 20 seconds with him, but this is the result:

 

I like it.  A lot.

So much so, that I saw some potential here.

I don’t know how many of you Doctor Who fans read the Target Novelizations of the episodes back in they day, but my friend Bob and I collected the heck out of those things.  We each had over a hundred at one point (although Bob had considerably more).  I found my next challenge…to turn this picture into the Target Book cover of my OWN Fifth Doctor Adventure!

Here is THAT result:

 

I like it.  A lot.

 

This is what I do with my time,

Kev

 So… I was pretty tough on the new kid.  First of all he’s a kid.  Second of all if you are going to cast a tall, lanky, goofy-lookin’ guy as The Doctor you cast ME, dangit!

I saw the first trailer for the next series of Doctor Who with our brand spanking new Doctor and thought it looked OK.  I could have gone without the shot of the sunglasses going up and down (and more kissing?  really?) but it showed potential. 

Then a few days ago I saw this trailer and I find it MAGICAL (I suggest you expand the video to fill the screen and maybe turn up the sound a bit):

And I REALLY like the talking at the end – and the delivery!  It makes me feel optimistic about the future of my favorite show.

All of time and space.
Everywhere and anywhere.
Every star that ever was.
Where do you want to start?

I’ll be heading to the Doctor Who convention by LAX this weekend “Gallifrey One” and will be in costume as this guy.  When I first decided this I did it to switch up from being the Fifth Doctor all the time.  I’ve been Five for the last two years, plus Peter Davison (the actor who PLAYED Five) is going to be at Gallifrey next year so I’ll definitely have to be him then so a break seemed like a good idea to break up the monotony.

Plus Five’s sweater makes me look fat (even more than my gut does!).

But now – without even seeing the first episode – I’m excited about the direction of the show!

If you’re at the con say howdy!

I would totally never ever do this… unless I would DEFINITELY get away with it:

Doctor in Distress!

Kev

I had recently discussed my disappointment in the casting of a 26 year old kid as the new face of Doctor Who.  I really want The Doctor to have some gravitas and I find that the idea of a babyface doesn’t really help that.  Then came the rumors of what his costume would be.  Many were reporting that the BBC were going to play up the youthful appearance of the good Doctor and he would be wearing a hoodie and a t-shirt.  I was pretty much banging my head against the wall.  I was greatly concerned that they were marketing directly to the 12 year olds.

Let’s have a look at the past, shall we?

William Hartnell as The First Doctor (the original, you might say).

William Hartnell as The First Doctor (the original, you might say).

The First Doctor:  Whaddya’ gonna’ do?  He’s an old man.  He dresses like it.  Fine by me.

Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor

Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor

The Second Doctor:  This fits his persona as a “cosmic hobo”.  Solid idea for this character.

Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor

Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor

The Third Doctor: This took a fun turn!  From the “cosmic hobo” to frilly shirts and a cape!  Pertwee truly defined dashing in his tenure.

Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor

Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor

The Fourth Doctor: This is what most non-fans think of when they hear “Doctor Who”.  “That crazy guy with the scarf” and sometimes a mention of a robot dog (K-9).  Iconic.

Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor

Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor

The Fifth Doctor (my favorite!): This costume would be perfect if it wasn’t for the silly striped pants and the goofy stick of celery on his lapel.  That celery is being weird for the sake of being weird.  I do have that sweater, however.

Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor

Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor

The Sixth Doctor: We don’t talk about the Sixth Doctor’s costume.

It’s really a shame – especially considering that Colin wanted a costume more like what turned out to be the Ninth Doctor’s.

Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor

Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor

The Seventh Doctor: I’m going to say something that is going to piss off a lot of Doctor Who fans.  I don’t hate the question marks.  I don’t know, I just thought it was fun!  It was a bitch, though, drawing red question marks all over my sweater.

Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor

Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor

The Eighth Doctor: This seems like a throwback to the era of the First and Second Doctors.  Classy.  I like it.

Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor

Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor

The Ninth Doctor: This costume frustrated a lot of fans in the respect that it’s not really a costume.  A sweater (different sweaters with different colors – the first time that The Doctor regularly alternated his outfit), a leather jacket, some dark pants and boots.  Sometimes we like The Doctor to have a bit of flash, but I believe this costume is just what Doctor Who needed at the time of the show’s resurgence.

David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor

David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor

The Tenth Doctor: Ah, David, I’m going to miss you, pal.  You are a heckuvan actor and play The Doctor with passion.  The costume is fun – somewhat timeless.  David suggested putting his personal Converse shoes on with the pinstripe suit was a nice touch.

And now…I was bracing for a friggin’ Russell Brand impersonator…a hoodie…a t-shirt… and here is the Eleventh Doctor:

Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, and Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor

Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, and Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor

TARDIS, Companion, and The Doctor

TARDIS, Companion, and The Doctor

I freaking love it!  You see, Steven Moffat is smart.  You’ve got this young kid as a 900 year old Time Lord.  How do you give us the impression that he has an old soul?  Dress him like an old school teacher!  Plus – the TARDIS has had a bit of an overhaul as well.  Bigger, bluer and they brought back the St. John Ambulance badge to the right door, not seen since the 1960’s.

After months of nervousness about the direction of my beloved show, I have been re-energized with excitement!

Thank you, Steven Moffat!

Kev