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Twelve Who companions

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Bernice Summerfield (Lisa Bowerman), Ace (Sophie Aldred), Adric (Matthew Waterhouse), Nyssa (Sarah Sutton), Tegan (Janet Fielding), Leela (Louise Jameson), Romana II (Lalla Ward), K9 (John Leeson), Victoria (Deborah Watling), Susan (Carole Ann Ford), and Jo Grant (Katy Manning) are entertained by Polly (Anneke Wills) in Slough earlier today.

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daveon
Aug. 3rd, 2013 07:00 pm (UTC)
Have you been able to watch the BBC America program covering each of the Doctors with commentary from the cast and Moffet et al? It's had a lot of interesting articles with various companions.

Although I am a little shocked to realize I'm basically the same age as the last batch from the late 80s. Also that apparently Nicola Bryant has the same portrait in her attic as Elizabeth Sladen because she's aging better than some of the others who are younger than she is.

They've shown an episode after each documentary. This week was Remberance of the Daleks which aged much better than I remembered, unlike, sadly, most of the others.
pmcray
Aug. 9th, 2013 09:42 am (UTC)
I have just watched "Remembrance", which I have to admit I score below both "Paradise Towers" and "Dragonfire". There are good things about it: Ace, lots of Daleks getting blown up, the levitating coffin, and some effective special effects (the levitating Dalek and the Dalek shuttle landing in the playground). But a lot of of it is just plain lazy: the pre-credits sequence in the first episode, the pupils in school uniform, the wrong book in the chemistry lab on the French revolution, the lack of any mentions of the Kennedy assassination (surely this could have been combined with the Dalek attack to create more tension - is it all part of the Dalek invasion plan?), the strange fact that it is still light at 17:15 on a late November Saturday. (I think the easiest explanation is that the story is set in April 1964 and the Association are the kind of incompetently run organisation that does get round to changing the month on its calendar, but that's not, I think, the intent of the production.) And the "No Coloureds" sign would have been even more shocking had it said "No Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish". (Ace could have turned out to be of Irish descent.)

Which others have you seen and thought hadn't aged so well?
daveon
Aug. 9th, 2013 02:42 pm (UTC)
I just gave up on Vengence on Varos which felt pretty poor really, and prior to that they showed Earthshock which had pretty awful pacing in the first 2 episodes. I think that may have been a problem with trying to pace stories with so many companions.

Paradise Towers I don't really remember, although there is the Bonnie Langford issue there.

Dragonfire I'd need to watch again.

Remberance. I remembered being annoyed at the daylight thing when I saw it first time. The lack of reference to the Kennedy Assassination is lazy too. 1963 though? I think the NO IRISH stuff had definitely been left off in favour of other immigration? Wasn't that more 1950s?

Apart from that the pacing was excellent, some of the effects held up well, the general story hangs together and the breadcrumbs of the Cartmell Storyline were excellent.
pmcray
Aug. 9th, 2013 03:13 pm (UTC)
I quite liked "Earthshock" in some ways. The location scenes are pretty well-handled. And it's got Beryl Read in it! VoV is OK, but perhaps a little overrated. Langford is actually fine. The problem is, like Bryant, that she is given ridiculous clothes and little to do except be a peril monkey. Which is why Ace in RotD is a breath of fresh air.

Certainly we get the true Seven here for the first time and McCoy feels much more at home in the role. No-one's slumming it here because it's a bit of just throwaway fluff for kids. But there are lots of bits that are pretty silly - the little girl with her electricity-based powers is all a bit comics-y for my taste. And why does she kill Smith except that she's bad and he's bad? As for the bit with the umbrella and the wire, what the point of that? They don't do anything in the shuttle other than have one of the characters jump down a grav-shute (presumably). A problem with a lot of "Who" is the characters rarely act as though they are in continuing firefight situation with a superior force. OK, this is part of the grammar of popular television.

I think there was still plenty of anti-Irish prejudice amongst racists in the East End in the early 1960s.
daveon
Aug. 9th, 2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
The shuttle bit only makes sense if they'd explained more that the only way to get out was through the playground and needed the ground defences turned off. Of course, my problem was with the inspection hatch falling off when opened.

Bonnie Langford still grates badly. I suspect the problem was living with a grandmother who loved all the variety show crap that she'd been a staple in for a decade. That woman had form. That's all I'm saying. I agree that Ace was a breath of fresh air into the role. Although as much as I like Sophie Aldred, she could be a little wodden at times.
pmcray
Aug. 9th, 2013 04:47 pm (UTC)
Langford was miscast. But she's fine as far as she is allowed to go. She's just given nothing to do. Neither was Bryant. Or really any of the female companions between Romana II and Ace.

Probably RotD would have been better as a six-parter. Also, I suspect that Cartmel was, although in many what the show needed, no Robert Holmes or RTD.
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