Random Ramblings of a Dilusional Depressive with Megalomanic Mania (and a soft spot for cute chicks in short skirts).
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
The Changing Face of Who
A new archive of early classic Who documents is published online today by the BBC, including internal memos on the first regeneration. The documents have resurfaced following research for this weeks Radio Times, which features a Dalek cover and articles (more about that in my next post...)
The Doctor's transformation was meant to convey the "hell and dank horror" of the hallucinogenic drug, according to papers published on the BBC Archive.
In an internal memo dating from 1966, producers outlined how the original Doctor, William Hartnell, would be transformed for his successor Patrick Troughton.
"The metaphysical change... is a horrifying experience - an experience in which he relives some of the most unendurable moments of his long life, including the galactic war," it said.
"It is as if he has had the LSD drug and instead of experiencing the kicks, he has the hell and dank horror which can be its effect," the memo added.
The archive is padded out with old Radio Times cuttings, but includes other interesting internal documents such as audience research reports for new Doctors and internal memo's detailing new characters for Pertwee's second season (Jo and the Master).
View the archive here. BBC News have picked up on the story here.
More to the point, what's it all about? Me? Well no, not really. (OK, just a bit) But Who. Who? Doctor Who. What? No, not Doctor What, although he's here somewhere as well (or will be). Doctor Who, the typically British and uniquely odd BBC TV time-travelling series, which started way back in 1963 and is still going strong today. Blending the old and the new, aiming to bring you all the stuff you didn't know and even the stuff you didn't know you needed to know... and more! And me? A mad manic megalomaniac... with a dash of delusional paranoia, the ups and downs of a flip-flop, oh, and a constant headache...
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