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1. NOVELTY CREDITS. You just know it's going to be fabulous when something this computertastic starts you off.

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2. EEEVIL COMPUTERS. WOTAN declares that 'Doctor Who Is Required.' We all stick our fingers in our ears and pretend we didn't notice.

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3. EEEVIL WASHING WAR MACHINES. A screencap cannot capture the terror invoked by one of these vicious bastards, trundling towards you like a milk float of death. (Seriously, this bit has some back projection to die for.) There are 12 of these beasts, you know! Although we only see two of them. Or possibly one. Get behind that sofa!

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8. 1960S EMPTY LONDON. Bloody hell, where is everything?

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4. THIS BLOKE. Do not mess with him, for he is hardcore.

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'He looks such a kind old bloke too, doesn't he?' grumbles Ben, when told there are more important things to do than rescue Polly. 'He's got other things to think about, mate,' says a friendly army bloke. Like performing Jimmy Savile impressions at a big box of monster! Jangle Jangle, Now Then Now Then...

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5. DEPARTING DODO. Not because I am mean (although for the youngest actress ever to play a female companion, Jackie Lane does an amazing impersonation of a 40-year-old...er...that was quite mean, possibly), but because her totally random departure results in this face:

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Poor Emo Doctor. Look, they are the original Seven 'n' Ace!

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(Let's overlook the fact that she's possessed at that point and he hasn't actually noticed, ok?)


6. 'DIG YOUR FAB GEAR!' Technical pull, Doctor? Nice one.

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It is sad that the New Skool contemporary companions don't bring the lolz like this. Presumably you can't really take Ten to 'Inferno, the hottest nightspot in town' for comedy purposes, because he would just dance like a twat until you somehow managed to drag him home again. Boo.


7. POLLY'S FACE WHEN SHE IS POSSESSED. Sarcastic evil incarnate.

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8. POLLY'S FACE WHEN SHE ISN'T POSSESSED.

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'Any time you want a little brightness in your life, come to Pol.' OK! She's lovely.


9. BEN'S FACE, ALL THE TIME, AND HIS HAT, AND HIS LOVELY TROUSERS. 'I'm no deb's delight!' he declares. Not in that outfit, dear, no.

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Yes, he is on the crew of the HMS Teazer. You really couldn't make this up. (Expect me to return to the subject of Ben soon. Those cheekbones are awfully familiar...)


10. POLLY AND BEN! Because, suggestive hat aside, they are completely hilarious together. And mostly they are burninated, so we must rejoice over the parts where they aren't.

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I rest my case.

Comments

[identity profile] bibliophile1887.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 28th, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC)
I love this story. It's just flippin' awesome.

Okay, I mostly love it for the Ring porn, but it's still an awesome don't-fuck-with-the-First-Doctor story.
[identity profile] pontisbright.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 28th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
He is totally hardcore in it, yes. I'm afraid I was concentrating on things other than ringporn while capping, but here's this leftover one (with Scary Cackling Dodo as a free bonus!).

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[identity profile] bibliophile1887.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 28th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, I've got scads of caps from that story. Lovely...
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[personal profile] nwhyte wrote:
Apr. 28th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
Oooh, give me more Dodo!!!!
[identity profile] ionlylurkhere.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 28th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
Yay! This story is such a great mix of cool stuff and utter crack.

I had never noticed the name of Ben's ship before. Oh dear.
[identity profile] pontisbright.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 28th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
I loved it lots. The disco bits were totally Adam Adamantish, and then there was all the silly running about and daft robots and 'oh no computers are all EVIL!' business. And shiny new companions for me to play with, hurrah!
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[identity profile] calapine.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 28th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, oh, I love Polly. She is wonderful and totally unappreciated and it makes me sad (and I suppose Ben is alright too) and this has one of my favourite scenes in it, when Hartnell's looking STRAIGHT AT THE CAMERA facing the War Machine and all the soldier dudes are running off behind him. WIN!
[identity profile] pontisbright.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 28th, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
She's fabulous! I thought she looked quite classy already, but she gets such a fantastic intro, all confidence and cheerfulness, eye-rolling away her rubbishy secretarial job with a clear sense of 'I am cleverer than my boss' approach, and being called upon to cheer up random sailors at the local disco. YAY.

One is fabulous in that scene. Armed only with his brain :)
[identity profile] alocin42.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 28th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)
Familiar cheekbones indeed - for a moment then I thought that was a random black and white picture of Turlough dressed as a sailor you'd snuck in there!

Even-Older-Skool Who seems filled with a wonderful mixture of bizarre facial expressions...
[identity profile] pontisbright.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 28th, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
Seriously, wait till you see the picspam I have planned. It's quite spooky in places.

Yay for random caps which make people look a bit weird and mutant!
[identity profile] sovietkiki.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 28th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
And mostly they are burninated, so we must rejoice over the parts where they aren't.

I would give anything to have The Macra Terror back for Ben/Polly. THEY WERE SO WIN IN THAT EPISODE AUDIO.
[identity profile] pontisbright.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 28th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC)
I haven't heard it yet: bit afeared of audio-only things (though clearly my new Ben-Polly love will have to get over that). But giant crabs are always going to be brilliant.
[identity profile] sovietkiki.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 28th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
The Macra Terror is a truly stunning audio; you won't be disappointed. I was a bit dubious because I listened to The Highlanders and didn't think much of it, even with Frazer's fabulous commentary, but The Macra Terror carries it's own.

...Haha that made NO SENSE.
[identity profile] pontisbright.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 28th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
Ooh, ok. I shall investiagte further. I did manage to get through a whole episode of a recon the other day which is a first, so perhaps my tolerance levels are increasing.

Besides, CRABS!
[identity profile] sovietkiki.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 28th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
I think because The Macra Terror's creepy factor relies on the sound effects and character dialogue is the reason it carries over so well. I dunno. It just feels like the type of adventure that should have been an audio. Or something.

NTS: Stop commenting when what you have to say is total bat droppings.
[identity profile] pontisbright.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 28th, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC)
Not bat droppings at all: I've often thought that the early episode scripts read more like audio plays than television anyway. The way companions are always 'Look, Doctor! That lake, it's made entirely of ice!' because otherwise the *ahem* fine quality modelwork might be a little hard to interpret otherwise. Comes in handy these days.

Sadly not true for all the ones where it's just people going 'aaaaargh!' in a corridor. Listening to companions climbing up a hill? Not so edifying.
[identity profile] sovietkiki.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 28th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
I suppose they also had people saying "LOOK DOCTOR A HUUUUGE MONSTER IS OVER THAR!" because the scriptwriters might have been used to writing radio productions, particularly if it was BBC? I dunno, my history of telly is a bit crap. ;)
[identity profile] snowgrouse.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 28th, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
BEN IS SO GAY. HE IS NEARLY AS GAY AS TURLOUGH AND JAMIE.

Thank you for teh lolz:). One'll fix it, rattle rattle, jewelry jewelry...
[identity profile] pontisbright.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 28th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
He manages to be hugely gay but also very cutely chasing some skirt. He's an equal opportunity tart, I'd reckon. Can't wait to see the (pathetically small amount of) stuff with him and Jamie together.
[identity profile] frankymole.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 28th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
"2. EEEVIL COMPUTERS. WOTAN declares that 'Doctor Who Is Required.' We all stick our fingers in our ears and pretend we didn't notice."

LOL, why? Since he was credited as this name for 3 years already, had this name on the credits for the next 15 seasons, and was even called this when it returned in 2005? (What was MCGann credited as, btw?).

The giveaway is that his car has the numberplate "WHO 1" ;) May not be his real name, but it is one he adopted gladly...
[identity profile] pontisbright.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 28th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
You are ignoring the part where we stick our fingers in our ears to ignore the parts of Who we don't like. (Sometimes this requires sticking fingers in eyes too. This is why we have lots of fingers.)
[identity profile] frankymole.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 28th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
I actually enjoy the sticking-in of fingers. Am I bad?
[identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 28th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
Sadly, I am always too worried that Hartnell will keel over and die on screen after any strenuous activity (like getting up from a chair or walking ten feet) to ever enjoy his episodes.

But Ben is strangely mesmerizing...
[identity profile] pontisbright.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 28th, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC)
I thought he seemed quite sprightly in this one compared to many - but then he did spend quite a lot of it sitting in a chair. This obviously allows all his companions to have more fun than anyone else's, of course, so yay for that.

Ben is captivating indeed. I wish there was more of him, it's going to be awfully difficult to fangirl him to death as things are...
[identity profile] wishfulaces.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 29th, 2007 05:25 am (UTC)
you would be surprised at how easy it actually is to fangirl him with access only to 3.68 videos, a couple full-length novels, and the odd one or three short stories.

Then again, I just love me a good cockney sailor.
[identity profile] spiritedchaos.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 28th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
I think the thing I love most about One is his haughty peacock 'look at my lovely clothes' thing that he does, like in the fifth cap down. He could probably out swank the subsequent regenerations (even Six!) with impressive ease.
[identity profile] pontisbright.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 28th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
One does indulge in absurd amounts of dressing up compared to the rest. At one point he tells Ben to hold his cloak and make sure it doesn't drape on the floor IN THE MIDDLE OF DESTROYING ONE OF THE MACHINES. This is one man who has his priorities quite clear :)
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[identity profile] lizbee.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 28th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
Polly is unbearably beautiful. Last night, in a fit of boredom, I sat down and sketched every single Hartnell companion. And Polly is just -- the face, the hair, the cheekbones, even her eyebrows are perfect.

In some photos, she looks like a young Jackie Tyler. They have the same hair. Which is also fab.

*goes off to make Polly icons*
[identity profile] pontisbright.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 29th, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
She's SO gorgeous. Fab hair and awesome bone structure and all tall and gorgeous. I adore the idea that Jackie used to look like that. :)

I must and shall acquire some icons!
[identity profile] vandonovan.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 29th, 2007 06:28 am (UTC)
How I love them and this serial and this picspam of this serial. YAY.
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[identity profile] lithrael.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 30th, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC)
Agreed. Verily. OMG TEAZER. <3
[identity profile] livii.livejournal.com wrote:
May. 2nd, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC)
Yay! This is an as fab serial and I am so happy to see more love for it. And for Ben and Polly OMG! (I stick my fingers in my ears at the Dodo bits lalalalala).

I missed the "Teazer" bit before. OH, BEN.

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