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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

More Movie Comments

In a comment about a Doctor Who film, shrinkwrapped mentioned that there was already a Doctor Who movie back in 1996. I was really discussing a major feature film to be seen in movie theaters earlier -- not a TV movie, which, after all, would also arguably include The Five Doctors.

The 1996 TV movie has some of the flaws that I was discussing about a non-series adaptation of Doctor Who -- it needs to be all things at once; and so you get the wierd time mechanations, and it becomes all about the Doctor Who myth in a big sense, when really that's very rarely what good Doctor Who is all about.

For me, it's as much that you can tell have radically different stories from one story to the next that is part of the joy of Doctor Who -- the far future one week, the victorian era the next; where you have a wide variety of different styles of stories; some more tragic, others more comedic. I think that diversity is lost when -- as you would have to do in a film -- you're telling only one story. It sort of has to be the "Ultimate Doctor Who story" each time -- and the thing is, with Doctor Who, there really isn't *one* story.

I can see by my logs that with the Christmas Invasion airing in the UK and Canada, having Torchwood as the site name is getting me a few more hits.

Oddly, The Christmas Invasion is one of the clearest signals about how much of a success the series has been in the UK, but also how they aren't really considering the American market anymore -- the earliest it makes any sense to show the episode, after all, is December 2006 in the US market. Unless they go with a Christmas-in-July type thing.

Of course, my assumption is we'll see it as a DVD release in the fall of 2006 (perhaps as part of a general Series 2 boxed set), as it has aired in Canada and that market has aired the new Doctor Who while it hasn't aired here yet.


At 6:25 AM, Blogger Starbuck said...

There's often a few political digs which might scare away the American networks.

It's probably a bit too forward-thinking for them...

At 4:41 PM, Blogger K. said...

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