Two days ago, Revenge of the Film Nerds were guests of Culture Shock Events at the Lords of Time convention in Sydney. The con featured seven guests most famous for their contributions to Doctor Who, which this year celebrates its 50th year since it first hit our television screens.
First up, the event features Janet Fielding, whom played Tegan Jovanka, companion to the 5th Doctor. It also featured John Leeson, the voice of K-9, and Nicholas Briggs, who is the modern voice of both Daleks and Cybermen, as well as various other aliens. Most fans were there, however, to meet four Doctors. Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, and Paul McGann were all in attendance. Catch the video of our interview with them below;
Those that have been following our Podcast will be aware that in our last episode we had an interview with Robbie, director of Culture Shock Events. In said interview, he offered us a double pass to Lords of Time this weekend at Rydges World Square. The event features FOUR Doctors!! That’s right, four!! Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, and Paul McGann. If that is not enough, they have Janet Fielding, who played companion Tegan Jovanka to Davison’s Doctor, John Leeson the voice of K-9, and Nicholas Briggs who is the modern voice of the Daleks.
There are only 17 tickets left to the event, so this could be your last chance to get in. For your chance to win, tell us who your favourite Doctor is and why in the form below. Entries close at midnight this Friday, with winners to be contacted on Saturday.
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Significant contributions to the Whoniverse: Unfortunately, the most significant thing that stands out for Sylvester McCoy’s tenure as the Doctor is that he was the last Doctor in the classic run of Doctor Who. This is quite unfair, as McCoy was fantastic in the role, and personally I would love to have seen him play the role a bit longer into the period that the Doctor was absent from our screens.
McCoy’s Doctor met with all the classic villains… The Master (still played by Anthony Ainley), the Cybermen, and the Daleks. He also reunited with the Brigadier, on the final occasion he appeared in a regular episode of the series. In addition to this, there is a very amusing story-line that reveals the Doctor was indeed Merlin from Arthurian legend. In hindsight, this is extremely amusing given the same actor has taken on the role of another prominent wizard, Radagast the Brown from The Hobbit.
Of course, with the series ending in 1989, it meant the show was not running for the 30th anniversary in 1993. A special of sorts did occur though, featuring McCoy, Pertwee, both Bakers and Davison. It was a charity special for Children in Need, called Dimensions in Time, intersecting the Doctor with another popular BBC series EastEnders. Many former companions also appeared, and The Rani also made a return. McCoy was to return one more time after this, to regenerate into Paul McGann in the 1996 telemovie. As a result, though the record of most episodes still goes to Tom Baker, McCoy technically is the one man to play the Doctor for the longest period of time. Continue reading →
Time Lords have the rule of both space and time, but Homo sapiens do not. Our time is running out to get tickets to the latest Culture Shock Event….
That’s right, FOUR DOCTORS!! Five through Eight inclusive. To break it down even further, that means Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann. That is not all, however… Janet Fielding, whom played companion Janet Fielding alongside Davsion, will also be in attendance, as well as John Leeson, voice of K9. Unfortunately, Frazer Hines has had to pull out, which is a real shame as he was quite the entertaining gentleman at last year’s Heroes and Villains convention.
To book your tickets, visit the Culture Shock Events website. We here at Revenge of the Film Nerds look forward to catching up with you all.
While you are at it, don’t forget about our competition which we are currently running, thanks to our friends at CSE!!
Significant contributions to the Whoniverse: The second Baker to take on the role of the Doctor bears little similarity to previous incarnations other than his surname. He was more brash and certainly more egotistical, and had the worst fashion sense of any to date. I can understand his portrayal being divisive at the time, yet by modern standards an attempt to shake things up a bit and being less predictable certainly had some merit.
A recurring character was introduced in a Sixth Doctor story in the form of a Time Lady, known as The Rani. To my recollection, this is the first non-companion Time Lady we have met in the series outside of the realms of Gallifrey. She forms the role of recurring villain who is out for herself, as ill at ease working with the Master just as she is ill at ease working with the Doctor. Her story will prove to intersect quite significantly with the Doctor’s at a later date.
As already alluded to, i think one of the most memorable elements of the sixth Doctor is his outfit, which was as brash and loud as the man was himself. This was not a Doctor accustomed to stealth. Fitting with this nature is the storyline that I feel dominate’s this Doctor’s tenure; Trial of a Time Lord. The Doctor’s actions past and present come under direct scrutiny by the Time Lords, with the Doctor’s exuberance proving potentially disastrous. It is interesting to note that prior to this story, there had been a number of season-long storylines. However, these stories had been loosely connected serials with an end of season pay-off. Trial of a Time Lordwas a full season story bearing only one title, though subsequently story titles have been added. It was a bold move which also led to another first… the Doctor meeting a future incarnation.
Significant contributions to the Whoniverse: Firstly, and most clearly, the advent of the Third Doctor was also the advent for colour in Doctor Who. Hence, this post as well will be more colourful than my First Doctor and Second Doctor summaries. In addition, this Doctor remains on Earth for the majority of his tenure, as a result of the ruling of the Time Lords. This does not stop him continually trying to fix his TARDIS though, while helping UNIT on a fairly regular basis. The Third Doctor does get a regular nemesis, in the form of The Master, another Time Lord that will remain a thorn in his side right up until modern times. Roger Delgado played the character during the Pertwee era. New recurring aliens were also introduced, including the Silurians, the Sontarans, and the Autons. For the first time, a Doctor also had a phrase that for perpetuity is recognised as being unique to this regeneration; “Reverse the polarity”. Pertwee was still playing the Doctor on the shows tenth anniversary. Hence, he had the honour of being the lead Doctor in the series on the first occasion when his predecessors all appeared on-screen with him. Sadly, this was to be William Hartnell’s last ever appearance on the show. Finally, the term regeneration is uttered for the first time, and it only took us the third regeneration to get there!!