Unwilling Adventurer

Katie and Claire.

-First Doctor era obsessed, Ian and Barbara worshippers, William Russell devotees,The Adventures of Sir Lancelot fans.

Expect a lot of One era gushing. Feel free to say hi!

"As we learn about each other, so we learn about ourselves."- First Doctor.
Posts tagged "Classic Who"

The Doctor and Ian being adorable.

We love the team development during the first three stories so much. It was what got us originally hooked on the One era. We watched ‘An Unearthly Child’ and were so interested in the dynamic that we were being given, and the conflicts that had been presented, that we just couldn’t wait to get to the next serial and the next. Seeing Ian and Barbara stand up to the Doctor and challenge his decisions was one of our favourite things. They were teaching him all the time and it was just really rewarding to watch. The end scene of ‘The Edge of Destruction’ just beautifully brings together this story of the forging of the team, these four strangers who had to get along through such peril. And with it brings a whole new set of possibilities for our travellers. The serials are wonderful singularly but they really add so much more when you think of them as a whole, as a journey of four people- two aliens and two humans, so mistrusting of the other, and realising they can work together, and even better than that they can become friends over time. They just have to put the effort in, and they really do.

I’d done a lot of television before Doctor Who, as a sort of dashing man of action, and this is what attracted Verity Lambert the producer. We had a long chat in the BBC bar and we got on very well. She was something very new to the BBC-all the people I’d worked with were about the age I am now, like old schoolmasters. And suddenly here was this attractive young woman. She explained that they were trying to create something different. I liked her, and the more she talked about it the more I liked the idea.
William Russell (SFX magazine, 2005)

DOCTOR: Now they’re all gone. All gone. None of them could understand. Not even my little Susan or Vicki, and yes … Barbara and Chatterton… Chesterton! They were all too impatient to get back to their own time. And now… Steven. Perhaps I should go home, back to my own planet. But I can’t. I can’t.

Mentions of the previous companions who have left the TARDIS.

The Doctor and Vicki reference their adventure on Xeros in Galaxy 4

30 Day Summer Time Doctor Who Challenge- Day 29-Who is your favorite Time Lord other than the Doctor? The Rani? The Master? 

"And remember…no more monkery!"

The Meddling Monk.

Our favourite is the Monk, the tinkering with history menace who thought that changing the outcome of the Battle of Hastings was no big deal, and had a checklist where he could cross off his interfering shenanigans. Meeting King Harold is apparently his prime directive.

The Monk and the Doctor are a great double act and provided so many amusing moments in ‘the Time Meddler’ which is just a fantastic serial, and is of course our first look at one of the Doctor’s own people. We love that the Monk was never evil but rather he was changing things for his own amusement. The Monk also returned in ‘the Daleks’ Master Plan’. What a great character who suited Hartnell’s Doctor so well.

"Dear dear me, what an un-trusting nature you have my son." - the Monk

'We used to have terrific arguments about the script. We were always re-writing 'I can't possibly say that, Ian doesn't talk like that! You can't make me say it.' The first day- the readthrough- of each new script was always fun. There was always an argument though. Sometimes it was quite serious.”

"Between who?"

"It’d be the new director whoever that was, arguing with us, really- Bill, Jackie, Carole and I. We’d already been on the phone to each other, discussing the various points we wanted altered. Sometimes we won, sometimes we didn’t, but it was always an interesting day. We made friends with the script editor, who became a sort of chum who we would take for drinks and say, ‘Now look, I’ve been dashing about shouting ‘look out!’ it’s time I did something more than that.’ Ian was an action man really, so I had to be in the action, and the action had to happen. When it wasn’t happening, I would complain bitterly. I’d say ‘Ian can’t just sit around, I want to go do something.’ I was always shooting off my mouth. I never felt shy about saying my bit, or what I felt about the part."

- William Russell being interviewed for Doctor Who magazine. (issue 448)

Adorable miniature Ian and Barbara after travelling in a briefcase (as you do).

Sometimes we think about the fact that early Who put together a 25 minute episode in one week, recorded it in about an hour and a half on a Friday, and did this for around 48 weeks of the year, and it was still such good quality and full of creativity and great storytelling. Sometimes we just think about that and feel really inspired. 

Making Monsters

Lovely Companions (in no particular order) part 5

Lovely Companions (in no particular order) part 4

Lovely companions (in no particular order) part 3