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Doctor Who Comeback

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the rec.arts.drwho.moderated dept.

Sci-Fi 538

ElGuapoGolf writes "According to the Daily Telegraph, Doctor Who is set to return to the airwaves. According to the article, it's going to be written by the same guy who created the series 'Queer As Folk'. Not sure if we'll get to see it in the US, but I guess it's a good time to start bugging your cable company to carry BBC America if they don't already."

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SCO acquires a new business partner - GNAA (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7062770)

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Re:SCO acquires a new business partner - GNAA (-1, Troll)

frp001 (227227) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062874)

Darl-eks?

Re:SCO acquires a new business partner - GNAA (-1, Offtopic)

Hieronymus Howard (215725) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062970)

SCO Darleks? Litigate! Litigate! Exterminate!

Eeek! (5, Funny)

dustmote (572761) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062781)

My god, I think I just had a nerdgasm. I've been waiting to hear this for years. :)

Re:Eeek! (2, Funny)

T-Kir (597145) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062840)

I saw the 'behind the series' program about Queer As Folk UK last week, and your nerdgasm takes on a whole new meaning (shampoo, err showergel?).

In the interview though, Russell Davies is a huge fan of Dr Who... if there was ever someone who could have used their work to say 'I Love Dr Who' in giant pink neon lights, then Queer As Folk would be it.

Re:Eeek! (3, Informative)

dustmote (572761) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062919)

The Doctor tended to be a nonsexual character, most of the time. I don't think it will be too much of an issue, if Davies is fan enough to stick to that as a vital part of the show. Having the Doctor get involved with his companions would probably screw the plots up something awful, although I expect we will all find something to complain about in the new series. I'm just happy to hear that something is being done at all, for now.

His assistants weren't (2, Insightful)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 10 years ago | (#7063012)

Mmmm, Leela... That really wasn't quite *enough* rabbit fur, was it?

Re:His assistants weren't (1)

dustmote (572761) | more than 10 years ago | (#7063045)

Yeah, that's true. I had a crush on the second Romona when I was a kid - enough to memorize a name like Veradnalundar, which I have no doubt misspelled and some Slashdot person will no doubt correct me on. But I can pronounce it, doggone it.

PLEASE HELP! (-1)

DaddyExcellent (632540) | more than 10 years ago | (#7063041)

I am a fisherman, and I fish out in the North Sea, near oil-rigs. I mainly fish for crabs but generally sell anything I catch. On my small boat is a laptop with Linux installed, which is running open source software for controlling the electronical fishing rods, which hauntingly swing and sway above the cold blue surface of the sea.

While I find being able to administer my fiashing rods from the powerful BASH shell both efficient, safe and empowering, this software has a bug which causes a huge 20 farad capacitor in the rod to discharge into the ocean at random intervals. The voltage induced is so large that it causes various potentially hazardous metals to be come electroplated to the hull of my ship. Often by the time I reach harbour my ship is so laden with electrolysed metal that it is barely bouyant, and occasionally I am not allowed entry.

This is killing my buisnes. While I love the ideals of Linux, the inherent instability is not tolerable. So I am asking, are there any quality fishing-rod control programs available for Windows or Apple operating systems?

First post? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7062783)

First post?

Die, Bitch (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7062785)

Hopefully it won't be as queer as "
Queer as folk"

Torygraph (-1, Troll)

brejc8 (223089) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062786)

Just to put people into context, The Daily Telegraph is quite a homophobic right wing paper.
To be read with a pinch of salt.

Re:Torygraph (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7062849)

homophobic?

care to back this up?

Let's keep the politics out of it please... (5, Informative)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062858)

Irrespective of the politics of The Daily Telegraph, the story's quite accurate. So, in the context of this story, your "to be read with a pinch of salt" is as redundant as your lambasting of the paper's editorial slant (and people who rip The Guardian for being a "communist rag" are just as bad, if not worse).

As I pointed out in my other post [slashdot.org] below, the story's being reported by the BBC too. And given that Doctor Who is a BBC production, that makes it pretty hard to refute.

That's what we wanted them to do, yep (1)

ianscot (591483) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062892)

The BBC story mentions the names of the previous series, but fails to insert the faked-up notion that there's some sort of conflict involving the potential gayness of the Doctor or something. It also doesn't go out of its way to describe the earlier series as "controversial."

Nobody said the story was bogus, the poster just winced at the weird sidelight of anxiety that this big time Dr. Who fan was going to write him as a flaming cross-dresser or something. I had the same reaction to the Telegraph article, without any real bias about the Telegraph coming in.

Yeah, that was "the conflict" (1)

ianscot (591483) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062862)

Sure does read like the article's looking for some controversy there, doesn't it? The BBC person "insisting" that she doesn't expect a gay Dr. Who is conspicuous -- whenever a simple assertion is described as "insisting" or "admitting" something, it makes a person wary.

Note to Telegraph writers and editors: it's possible for gay people to have interests outside of their gayness, however distracted you may be by that side of their lives. (Additional note: Dr. Who fandom is probably a more distinctive trait than this writer's sexual orientation.)

Re:Yeah, that was "the conflict" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7063011)

Yes it is possible for gay people to have interests outside of gayness, buy who would give a damn about the interests of a f#*ked up, morally devoid group of people anyway.

You have to take everything that comes out of their mouth or brain with a grain of salt and be on the defense to protect the morality of our society (that is rapidly declining because of people like them).

Re:Torygraph (1)

splateagle (557203) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062915)

indeed it is, but the Beeb are carrying the same story [bbc.co.uk] which means no salt pinches required

(incidentally what does the politics of a paper have to do with the veracity of its entertainment coverage?)

Re:Torygraph (1)

Zemran (3101) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062952)

Several actors have already been approached regarding who will play the new doctor. On TV last night someone said "why not have a female doctor" :) Although this may seem sacreligious, it would be a laugh.

Re:Torygraph (1)

AllUsernamesAreGone (688381) | more than 10 years ago | (#7063043)

Sacrelige? Probably, and depending on which woman plays the good Doctor, they may have to add an "a" to the name....

(that's my juvenile joke for the day delt with...)

Re:Torygraph (0)

CALBIZ (705833) | more than 10 years ago | (#7063009)

Just to put poeople into context, Tory may be hetrophobic. I saw QAF's once, WOW, sick and wrong is the nicest thing I can say. Hope the legendary Doc Who doesnt get preverted. Too bad Tom Baker couldn't make a come back, by far the best Doc Who.

Next in the pipeline... (-1, Redundant)

dysprosia (661648) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062794)

According to the article, it's going to be written by the same guy who created the series 'Queer As Folk'.
So will the next thing to come from this guy is "Queer As Who"?

It's about time ! (2, Insightful)

doc_smiley (710573) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062796)

Now if they can just get Tom Baker.... Still, I am not sure if this is going to be successful. People today don't seem to appreciate the 'intellectual' hero, they want action. Maybe they are going to cast Arnold as the new doc?

Re:It's about time ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7062861)

... yeah but people who watch Doctor Who aren't like normal people.

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No lead actor yet (2, Funny)

henrygb (668225) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062797)

At least (unlike James Bond) they have an excuse for changing the main actor, and so keep costs down.

If it is not cheap then it is not Doctor Who.

Re:No lead actor yet (2, Interesting)

AlecC (512609) | more than 10 years ago | (#7063049)

If it is not cheap then it is not Doctor Who.

Yes - up to a point. Certainly they won't have a chance of competing with Hollywood whizz-bang effects and shouldn't try. But things have moved on a bit, and expectations are higher. Thery have to be 2000s cheap, not 1970s cheap.

On the other hand, al low budget can be a great stimulator of originality. The TV Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy did very well for cheap, I thought. We need just the right amount of tongue-in-cheek. If they take the great legacy of Dr Who too seriously, it will become pompous, whereas if they take it too lightly, it will become silly.

Having carped on, nevertheless Rejoice!, for the Doctor is returning. Better to try and fail than not to try at all. Daleks on the London Eye, Cybermen in the Eden Project and a blue police box in Downing Street - if we're lucky.

new sidekick? (-1, Redundant)

icebones (707368) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062799)

According to the article, it's going to be written by the same guy who created the series 'Queer As Folk'.

So now the Doctor's sidekick will be a young gay guy intsead of a pretty young girl?

Dr.Who is back! (5, Interesting)

BigBadBus (653823) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062803)

Funny, my post to Slashdot was rejected...grrr :( Anyway, now that the show is coming back, it might be worthwhile reminding fans that the history of the show is incomplete, so while Dr.Who's future is assured, its past is very patchy. Theres an initiative to find lost UK TV treasures: have a look here [btinternet.com]

YES!! (4, Funny)

evilspyperson (708956) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062804)

Dr. who is comng back, kill the fatted calf, fetch our finest wine, Horray! I's about time this happened.

Sounds like... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7062805)

Queer eye for the timelord guy

I'll get my coat

Re:Sounds like... (1, Funny)

QuackQuack (550293) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062830)

On the other hand, maybe the Colin Baker outfit will never see the light of day again!

BitTorrent (4, Funny)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062808)

Not sure if we'll get to see it in the US

I hear with this magical thing called The Internet, you can download TV shows and give those who want to control viewership, demographics, audience, and timed 'rollouts'(ie, UK now, US 4 months later, or vise-versa) a conniption.

I've been watching the BBC's (unedited, ie, stupidified-and-more-commericals-for-us-market) Spooks, aka MI-5. I watched the start of season 2 while A&E was still running teasers for the previous show.

I've also managed to watch Enterprise about 6 hours before it airs- and I can skip the #$@!ing annoying theme song. They should look on the bright side- with the commercials, I'd loose motivation after the first commercial break.

Re:BitTorrent (3, Interesting)

sanqui (448244) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062911)

It's pretty funny to see it put that way: for geeks outside the US, grabbing TV shows on the net is pretty much de rigeur.

But you should hear the laughing fits us non-USians go into when we see discussions about region-code-free DVD players for a north american audience...

On topic: Russell T. Davies (the "guy" referred to in the article) is also a great big fan and an author of Doctor Who fiction. Queer As Folk gives a pretty good indication of his talent when it comes to putting "non-standard" content in a po-mo TV context, which is why Who fans are getting pretty excited about this.

Re:BitTorrent (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7062990)

LOOSE rhymes with NOOSE.

Thanks.

Re:BitTorrent (1)

Ubergrendle (531719) | more than 10 years ago | (#7063024)

With all due respect, if the revival Dr Who is equivalent to the quality of Enterprise, I'd rather they not revive the series at all. I am still very skeptical, despite this article. I've heard at least a dozen 'credible' rumours of the past decade referring to the resurrection of the series -- Speilberg has optioned it; it will become a weekly radio play; Fox has optioned it; etc.

Re:BitTorrent (2, Interesting)

lgftsa (617184) | more than 10 years ago | (#7063062)

I've also managed to watch Enterprise about 6 hours before it airs- and I can skip the #$@!ing annoying theme song. They should look on the bright side- with the commercials, I'd loose motivation after the first commercial break.

By "They", I assume you mean the people behind the Enterprise series. I hate to break it to you, but they don't want you to watch the series, just the commercials. The revenue generated by the show(merchandise, etc) barely pays for the toilet paper in the restroom.

They'd prefer to run uninterrupted commercials with no content - this is the whole premise behind free-to-air programming. It's a balance of rewards and punishments, where they supply just enough reward(content) to keep you coming back for more punishment(commercials).

But who will be the Doctor? (1)

Kell Bengal (711123) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062811)

I wonder what lucky actor will find the role that will make (or break?) their career. How will that effect the series itself? Interesting potential.

Re:But who will be the Doctor? (1)

EddWo (180780) | more than 10 years ago | (#7063039)

It said somewhere that it would be Richard E Grant.

See it in the US (5, Insightful)

QuackQuack (550293) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062812)

I don't think we'll need to worry whether we will get to see it in the US, since the original series has a pretty well established following. Maybe BBC America will actually start showing something other than "Changing Rooms" or "Ground Forces" repeats, if not, there's always PBS, and SCI-FI

Re:See it in the US (-1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7062896)

hey - don't knock Ground Force.

It's got Charlie Dimmock.

How many redhead babes in America don't wear bras on prime-time national tele?

Didn't think so.

I'll stick to Charlie, thank you very much.

Re:See it in the US (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7062930)

Ground Force is crap now Alan has left. Ah well.

ENGLAND SI CRAP. PLZ STFU. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7062995)

Re:See it in the US (1)

QuackQuack (550293) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062992)

I'm not knocking "Ground Force", I just don't think country would be harmed if BBC America showed it less than 12 hours every day. ;-)

More info... (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7062815)

...Direct from BBC News [bbc.co.uk]

Also on BBC News (5, Informative)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062818)

BBC News story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_ra dio/3140786.stm [bbc.co.uk]

BBC News discussion: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/3142006.s tm [bbc.co.uk]

Persononally, if Paul McGann isn't coming back to play the Doctor then I'd prefer Colin Firth, Sean Bean or Sean Pertwee (Jon Pertwee's, the third Doctor, son) to get the title role.

Re:Also on BBC News (3, Insightful)

Elian (10270) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062865)

If they're not bringing back one of the previous actors, maybe we'll get lucky and they'll get Rowan Atkinson...

Genius. Absolute genius. (1)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 10 years ago | (#7063063)

Oh yeah. He would be good.

Re:Also on BBC News (2, Interesting)

mccalli (323026) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062902)

...or Sean Pertwee (Jon Pertwee's, the third Doctor, son) to get the title role.

Sean Pertwee already ruled himself out a few months ago. He said he simply couldn't do it - he said he had very definite ideas about how the Doctor should be, the interviewer asked "You mean he was your dad?", and Sean just said "Yes".

All in The Metro, a London freebie paper picked up my a fair number of commuters including myself.

Cheers
Ian

Re:Also on BBC News (3, Interesting)

ralphclark (11346) | more than 10 years ago | (#7063066)

No - Alan Rickman for Dr Who!!

Yay (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7062822)

Killer metallic salt and pepper shakers, ugly 1960s red phone booths, and an aging guy with a curly afro. I can't wait for this to appear on the airwaves again.

Re:Yay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7062868)

I have to adjust the color on my TV. I had always thought the TARDIS was blue.

Re:Yay (1)

jejones (115979) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062964)

Not just killer metallic salt and pepper shakers, but killer metallic salt and pepper shakers that would rule the universe were it not for stairs.

Re:Yay (1)

Zog The Undeniable (632031) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062997)

It was a BLUE police call box. Philistine!

Some more links... (2, Informative)

Zocalo (252965) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062823)

And I was just about to submit this too... Still, here are some more links since the BBC [bbc.co.uk] and Sky News [sky.com] are covering it too. Looks like they might actually be serious about going ahead with it this time!

Special effects? (1, Funny)

rhetland (259464) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062829)


I remember the Dr. Who of old and the amazingly horrible special effects. I mean, they were bad..

However, even cheezy Fox series have pretty decent (by 1970s standard) special effects.

Will the new (gay?) Dr. Who take advantage of these?

Will we finally find out how the Daleks climb stairs?

Re:Special effects? (1)

trash eighty (457611) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062869)

they've shown how Daleks clib stairs already... some kind of jet pack

Re:Special effects? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7062927)

they've shown how Daleks clib stairs already... some kind of jet pack

Explanation from the novellisation: they usually hover anyway, and it overdrove it's motivator units to get up the stairs.
Explanation from the BBC: it was lifted on a forklift truck which was deleted in post production :-)

Re:Special effects? (1)

trash eighty (457611) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062939)

i've definately seen in at least one Dr Who episode Daleks climb stairs with a rather lovely blue jet

Re:Special effects? (1, Funny)

dustmote (572761) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062951)

EXTER-MIN-ATE...EXTER-MIN-ATE...uh, say could you hit third floor for me, perhaps? Thanks, guv. EXTER-MIN-ATE!

Re:Special effects? (2, Funny)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 10 years ago | (#7063087)

With the new improved gay daleks it will more likely be FOR-NI-CATE...FOR-NI-CATE...

Re:Special effects? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7062949)

In Rememberance of the Daleks (a Sylvester McCoy adventure)they were shown to have rocket booster thingies in their bases with which they could float up stairs.

Cheap cheap cheap (5, Insightful)

ianscot (591483) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062980)

Oh, God, I hope they don't go with smooth CGI effects. Five years ago Star Trek TNG was already much too glitzy for Dr. Who.

What this show is is a quick, enjoyably-written little Sci Fi serial thing. Everything should be done low-budget. The casting always was -- when someone got too pricey the Dr. got a new incarnation, right?

And costumes -- how could anyone ever get a cheap costume device that's as good as Tom Baker's scarf?

Cheap and fun. Concentrate on adapting decent little Sci Fi short story ideas for scripts. This could be a Simpsons, if you get the right mix.

BBC Report on this (-1, Redundant)

RatFink100 (189508) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062834)

here [bbc.co.uk]

Reincarnations (3, Insightful)

OwnedByTwoCats (124103) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062835)

Has it really been fourteen years since the last Dr. Who episode was made for television? Wow. I've missed the old timelord.

I don't think I will ever be as excited as when Star Trek: The Next Generation came back on TV, but that was also, what, sixteen years ago? Time marches on. We get older, get real lives, more responsibilities. Sigh.

Re:Reincarnations (1)

dustmote (572761) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062880)

I was around the same age. I used to be such a huge fan when I was a kid, I actually dragged my parents to a Dr. Who convention. First scifi con I ever went to. There was a cameraman set up in the lobby to take pictures of people next to a TARDIS mock-up, and when he left to use the bathroom he would put a sign up on his tripod that said "Dalek under construction: please do not disturb". Looking back, this did not bode well for my social life in the school years that followed. :)

Second childhood (4, Interesting)

mccalli (323026) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062944)

We get older, get real lives, more responsibilities. Sigh.

Actually, I'm much more of a fan now than I was then. Don't get me wrong - I used to really enjoy it. It's just that I don't think I was old enough to really understand some of it.

I started watching the reruns on UK Gold and, courtesy of Tivo, I watched from the beginning of the Pertwee era right through to the (merciful) end. Changed my views too - as a kid I remember Tom Baker being the best, but I personally prefer Pertwee and Davison now.

Oh, and real life definitely caught up with me. I'm now working, married, have one kid and expecting another any day now, mortgage, two hungry cars to feed...all we need is a dog and we'd be the perfect TV advert family. I'm pretty hopeful about this - recent TV sci-fi has been very same'ish, and I'm looking forward to the different direction that Doctor Who took.

Cheers,
Ian

MATRIX ENDING LEAKED ** MAJOR SPOILER** (-1, Troll)

Sonnenschein (701061) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062837)

Sorry, thought I'd post it in this thread so as not to spoil it for the matrix fans in the earlier story.

It turns out, the matrix and zion were just a computer game. They show the kid is playing it at the end of the movie, the same kid from The Last Starfighter [amazon.com] ! He's 38 years old and still plugging quarters into that damned machine.

And this time the doctor will be Gay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7062851)

No surprise there ;-)

Quote (2, Funny)

secondsun (195377) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062854)

Considering the writer's past...
Dr: "Aren't you going to say it is bigger on the inside and on the outside?"
Colonel: "I believe that is bloody obvious!"

Grammar, tsk, tsk, tsk... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7062856)

Sheesh guys, try using a spelling and grammar checker once in a while... It's not "Doctor Who Comeback", but "the doctor, who came back".

But if it's written by . . . (5, Funny)

TinheadNed (142620) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062857)

But if it's written by a gay guy, then we could have a camp Doctor, who dresses is really stupid clothes and doesn't seem particularly interested in women . . .

Hang on . .

PS Hurrah! Dr Who is back in 2005!

Ooh mr nasty.. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7062866)

I can't wait to see who they pick to play the part of the good doctors "BARELY LEGAL!" sidekick helper girly girl.

Retardis? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7062871)

So are we up for allot of hot anal sex parties inside the tardis? there's plenty of room for everyone in there.....

Remember that hair?! (1)

PSaltyDS (467134) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062881)

If anybody needed a "Queer Eye for the Geek Guy" make over, it Doc Who [plus.com] !

Any technology that is distinguishable from magic is not sufficiently advanced.

possible cartoon .. (1)

mlush (620447) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062890)

a month or two ago I was listening to a (Radio 4) program about the ressurection of 70 TV shows and it was mentioned that they were working on a animated version of Dr Who... perhaps 'upgraded' to live action?

Re:possible cartoon .. (3, Informative)

manichawk (154084) | more than 10 years ago | (#7063078)

The cartoon has already been made, and it was in fact a remake of a (partially completed) set of tv episodes. You can watch the anims (dont expect movie quality CGI) here at the beeb [bbc.co.uk] .

Re:possible cartoon .. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7063079)

Richard E Grant is doing the animated webcast version later this year; this is not an upgrade of that but is in addition to it
Richard (as has probably been stated elsewhere) is on the 'suspects' list to play the Doc live action as well as voicing him in the webcast ...

Russell T Davies (2, Informative)

nattt (568106) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062895)

Russell T Davies also wrote Century Falls and Dark Season, which were pretty good early 90s children's TV series. However, he is a fan of Doctor Who, so as long as he can keep the "fan wank" out of the script, it should be good.

Re:Russell T Davies (1)

RatFink100 (189508) | more than 10 years ago | (#7063016)

"fanwank" is a term usually used when fans come up with explanations to bridge the gaps or plot-holes not explained by the show explicitly.

Hence by definition if it's in an actual filmed script it's not fanwank.

The question is... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7062906)

...will Tommy still be singing?

No. (1, Interesting)

Moderation abuser (184013) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062909)

Dr Who's time is past and this is just sentimental nostalgia. It was fine for children 25 years ago but it's return will be nothing more than a disappointment.

Re:No. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7063088)

Dr Who's time is past and this is just sentimental nostalgia. It was fine for children 25 years ago but it's return will be nothing more than a disappointment.

Is Dr. Who some British program? I've heard the name mentioned from time to time by complete dorks, but I've never seen any of the episodes. This isn't one of those gay programs like Red Dwarf where you have to be British or a dork wannabe to get their humor is it?

Telegraph logic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7062912)

Telegraph logic is interesting. He has written two series about gay men therefore he may make The Doctor gay. Which is of course "alarming".
So, since he has written a drama about Christ he may reveal that The Doctor is/was actually Jesus. When you think about it they both came back from the dead, subsequently weren't recognised by friends, and all those miracles could be explained by the Doc's technology. I wonder if the Telegraph would find that alarming.

Only ONE true Doctor (5, Interesting)

MImeKillEr (445828) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062913)

And that would be Tom Baker [allscifi.com] . 'Nuff said.

I guess I like this iteration of The Doctor the most since he's the first one I ever saw.

I get BBCAmerica. Unfortunately, Doctor Who airs while I'm at work, and its in the digital band so I can't use my PC to "tivo" it. Using the VCR to record it is so "90s".

Re:Only ONE true Doctor (4, Interesting)

dustmote (572761) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062973)

Eh, everyone likes whichever doctor they saw first, best. I'm a big fan of Pertwee, Baker, McCoy, in that order, although I like all of them. Well, the sixth doctor kind of got on my nerves, to tell the truth. And the bad Fox movie wasn't very good, although the actor who played the doctor was okay. And the Hammer films don't count. No, doggone it, they don't.

At least it's not Fox producing the new series (1)

andykuan (522434) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062914)

Just as long as they pretend that the Fox TV Dr. Who special (from 7 years ago) never happened, I'll be happy. It was so painfully Hollywood. I think there's something to be said for the British sensibilities that came through in the original series.

I'm going to have to renew my membership with the Dr. Who Fan Club of America!

We are the superior beings! (-1)

ben_of_copenhagen (649118) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062938)

Exterminate! Exterminate! sorry about that. Couldnt really help myself...

Sad News (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7062948)

I was just listening to talk radio and heard that rock singer Robert Palmer has died of a heart attack at age 54. His suave image and slick videos helped define the MTV image in the 80's, and I'm sure he'll be missed by many music fans around the world.

that really sux (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7062963)

I loved that guy!

So will Dr. Who be gay? (-1, Redundant)

inteller (599544) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062960)

Since it is going to be written by the Queer As Folk dude.

Re:So will Dr. Who be gay? (2)

iainl (136759) | more than 10 years ago | (#7063004)

Probably not, as he's proved himself perfectly capable of writing straight characters elsewhere.

The one real piece of importance about his having written QAF is the number of Dr. Who references in the series; its obvious that his statements about being a fan aren't just a new "I've got this job, and now the source material looks good" thing.

Most rediculous show ever (1, Funny)

91degrees (207121) | more than 10 years ago | (#7062965)

It was the least realistic show in history! I mean what was with the spaceship design? A Blue box? Rockets are meant to be streamlined. Something that shape wouldn't be able to get anywhere. And how is it that nobody noticed that the inside couldn't have possibly fitted inside the box. Clearly stuff inside the spaceship were filmed in a studio.

Worse that that though, the sense of history was daft. Sometimes he was in ancient Rome, other times he was on a different planet. How does that happen? The romans only had rudimentary space capability, that could barely manage a low earth orbit, let alone get to another planet.

Re:Most rediculous show ever (-1)

SydBarrett (65592) | more than 10 years ago | (#7063015)

A wizard did it

Bah! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7062974)

Worst show EVAR!!!1!!1

AWESOME (1)

jkuester (666426) | more than 10 years ago | (#7063055)

This is GREAT news. I get DVD episodes every 2 weeks of the old shows through columbia house. I just hope that the new shows are better then the movie. I was not thrilled with the movie. I hope they keep the low budget nature of Doctor Who. That is what made it so funny. That is what made things like Mystery Science Theater 3000 good (low budget).

Slashdot Poll (1)

Waffle Iron (339739) | more than 10 years ago | (#7063057)

Back in the 80s, what was the dorkiest clothing item you could wear to school?

( ) Red zippered Michael Jackson jacket
( ) Star Trek shirt
( ) Loverboy style headband
( ) Pink knit Izod shirt
( ) 15-foot long Tom Baker scarf

Anyone care to point to a privacy-free version? (1)

fleener (140714) | more than 10 years ago | (#7063059)

Oh how I love cookied-required web sites.

"To see the report or section you have just selected, you need to login, or register if you have not previously done so. Registration takes a moment and gives you access to deeper levels of telegraph.co.uk content. We benefit from registration because we get a clearer view of our readership. You benefit because that view helps us to improve the site."

Can anyone point to a good version?

New Dr. Who music? (1)

that _evil _gleek (598545) | more than 10 years ago | (#7063064)

New Dr. Who music or are using one of the older ones?

BBC America? (1)

VernonNemitz (581327) | more than 10 years ago | (#7063077)

Might it be simpler to bug the SciFi Channel to make a time slot available for Dr. Who, than to bug all those different cable companies to add a whole channel?

Trust the BBC...now?? (2, Interesting)

ader (1402) | more than 10 years ago | (#7063085)

Hmmm, considering how well the BBC have looked after the show [fluff.org] in the past, I'd give this news only two cheers. Still, what next - the Goodies?

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