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  • The countdown is killing me! Just do it already, rip my heart out!

    I’m looking forward to the Christmas episode, I’m fine with Whittaker, but, no more PCap!

    Argh!

    (Yes, I know, this post in neither helpful nor enlightening. The fan-girl struggle is real.)

     

    Hiker

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    @whisht

    Yes, the Doctor is rather shouty here. I wonder whether that was to do with Hartnell’s ill health in any way.

    In general, I’d say this is possibly the most ‘modern’ of all his serials. As I said before, it’s setting the template for a big chunk of the Troughton era and also has that Quatermass-ey vibe of early Pertwee too.

    And I’ll be…[Read more]

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  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Tenth Planet part 3

    The special effect for the spaceship formation looks suspiciously like a black backcloth with holes cut in it, mounted on a circular frame so they can turn it round, then backlit.

    William Hartnell isn’t in this episode at all; his stand-in is playing ‘collapsing Doctor’. That’s why we don’t see the face. It was Acute Bronchitis, it seems, and he…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Tenth Planet part 2

    Audio commentary time

    The Cybermen are rated ‘terrifying’ by the actors. The costume was like a very tight tracksuit covered in plastic – very, very hot. There was some Cyber-fainting.

    Anneke Wills notes that the crew were all dedicated to making Who work. The designer talks through the design process: read the script, discuss with director,…[Read more]

  • wolfweed replied to the topic The Tenth Planet part 3

    There’s not much I can say about this episode…

    The Doctor falls…

    Polly put the kettle on…

    That ventilation shaft looks quite roomy – I’m sure that Barclay would fit!

    vent

    Derek Martinus keeps the tension flowing with plenty of big close-ups.

     

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    Now here’s an interesting episode in the tale. Not only is the fourth episode missing (don’t worry, there’s a reconstruction for next week), but the Doctor is missing from this third episode.

    Days before filming, William Hartnell told the BBC that he was too ill to appear. Script editor Gerry Davis quickly rewrote the script, had the Doctor…[Read more]

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