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Wisdom of the Doctor by Faticia Wisdom of the Doctor by Faticia
Where else can one get such wisdom? ;)

The picture is from the episode Pyramids of Mars. (Remember folks, with classic Doctor Who, the worse the episode title, the better the episode!) I don't recall when he said this quote. It is on the edge of my memory... Okay, he said it in Robot--thank you ~Squeaky-The-Duck!

I could make a better version of this now that I own the DVD, but I think the crummy quality of the picture adds a sort of charm to it.

RIP Elisabeth Sladen. You will be missed.

Made with GIMP 2009. All rights regarding Doctor Who belong to the BBC.
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It was my first classic episode. My first episode was 'The Eleventh Hour.' I watched several NuWho episodes after that and wanted to see some Classic Who, so someone on a Facebook fan page hooked me up with a link to where I could watch all the classic eps online, and I decided to start with Tom Baker because I had heard he was the best. And he is. By far. I remember laughing at the special effects (the robot itself in particular), but amazingly, I didn't let that deter me from watching more classic episodes, and now I've seen seasons 11 through 21 and about half of Season 22 (loving Colin Baker by the way). But Tom will always be my favorite. :D
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Faticia May 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so glad to hear someone else who loves the classics and doesn't crab about the bad effects or the slower pacing! Personally, I think the very fact that the effects are terrible is good for the show (at least the classics) because you have to imagine quite a bit of stuff (like fear the monsters in Ark in Space!... that look like they are men in sleeping bags wrapped in bubble wrap-lol!). The end result has always been for me that I am more involved in the episode and am more likely to have nightmares from it (though The Silence in series 6 is getting really close to causing me to lose sleep).

Btw, I think the tank in Robot was even more impressive than the robot. ;) I was half expecting to see a hand and hear someone saying "vroom vroom!" lol!

Personally, two of my college friends introduced me to Doctor Who. We always have Doctor Who Fridays. Between that and my own time, I've watched half the first (I'm currently watching The Chase), all the third (I ADORE him!), all the fourth (Tom all the way), I've watched the first three of the fifth Doctor (he and the tenth have a lot in common), the sixth up through The Two Doctors, the eighth's movie (ugh! though its so bad its funny), and all the NuWho.
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One thing I like about the Old School show is that there's just as much character depth as there is in NuWho, only it's not laid out for you in these big emotional moments with the angst-y music and everything (Murray Gold IS brilliant though). You actually have to use your brain and LOOK for it in the old show. Like, I noticed while watching 'Ark in Space', there's this progression throughout the episode, the Doctor's opinion of Harry seems to change. At the beginning, in part one, he's insulting Harry and getting annoyed with him, but near the end of part four, when the Doctor thinks he's about to die, he instructs Harry to "Just look after Sarah." There's real depth in that line, if you think about it, because hey, here's this guy that the Doctor didn't even LIKE a few hours ago, and now the Doctor is entrusting Harry with the task of looking after his (the Doctor's) best friend, someone he cares about deeply.

Now, had they done a scene like that in NuWho, it would have been this big emotional moment, with the music and everything. Personally I think it's just as poignant (maybe even more so) the way it was. It's so simple that you can miss it at first (it took until my SIXTH time watching Ark in Space to catch it), but it's still deep.

Or in 'The Brain of Morbius', the way Sarah reaches out for the Doctor's hand when she's been blinded, and the fact that he was willing to risk his life to help get her sight back. I mean, that turned out to be unnecessary, but just the fact that he was willing to DO it.....

And on a slightly unrelated note, assuming Madame Whitehouse had not been campaigning back in the 70s, and they had actually been able to occasionally insert off-color jokes into the show like they do now, couldn't you just picture Harry and Four having that whole "Yours is bigger than mine," "Let's not go there." conversation? Cause I totally think Ian Marter and Tom Baker could have pulled that scene off brilliantly.
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Faticia May 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree that the classics have all that character hidden. Just wait until you watch the third Doctor and see the Master. I believe it is the first time we meet him. I won't say anything more. ;)

As far as the joke, I'm not too sure it really would have fit either of them, but that's just me.
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Well maybe I just thought the joke would work because I see a lot of similarities between the Series 12 team and the NuWho series 5/6 team, so I try to imagine them in each other's situations sometimes.
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Faticia May 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I could see that. However, I am fairly certain Sarah Jane would just laugh if someone suggested her and Harry as a couple.
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Yeah but I don't think Harry would object to it. :D
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Faticia May 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, yeah. I have to agree with that-lol. I miss Harry. I really wish the actor hadn't died. *whimper*
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The quote is from Tom Baker's first ever episode, 'Robot'. It's certainly one of his most memorable. :D
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Faticia May 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's where it's from! That was my very first episode (which I watched two years ago). Gotta love that awesome dialogue coupled with those horrible, horrible special effects! ;)
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