Case in point
: I have subjected my poor hubby
to Classic Who as well. The first time he heard Four say, "well..." in that drawn out way that Tennant has adopted, he just laughed out loud at the connection.
So yes, I'd say RTD has found a fine balance between old and new, making NuWho accessible to everyone, but sparking interest in Classic Who and (from what I've seen), giving long-time fans plenty to latch onto as well. His writing decisions aren't all "perfect," but overall, I have to say I think he's done the franchise a service.
I know I'm
Personally I need more time and discussions about RTD's run with the series as well as watching and listening to the classic serial again.
The first time he heard Four say, "well..." in that drawn out way that Tennant has adopted, he just laughed out loud at the connection.
I have to make a note of this and see it for myself. This is the type of little thing that makes me so happy. I love how they acknowledge the past. I loved when the Doctor went to Pompeii and told Donna, "If they mention anything about a fire, I wasn't here." I know I probably mangled the actual line but I loved the little tie in to William Hartnell's Doctor in The Romans.
Tom Baker was the Doctor I grew up watching after seeing Peter Davison in Castrovalva one saturday on PBS in the states. While I can say he has a fond spot in my heart as the Doctor, I can not say which is my favorite since they are all really the same person. I was not upset like most fans about the idea of a big budget movie and then series, in fact I thought it was about time. While I love the low budget charm of the old series the big budget helps the story and opens up so much more. In fact, thanks to 'Dalek', we now know what those bumps on the Daleks can do.
For any fan of the show, I would again recommend the Cadmium2- The Podcast of Cult Britannia : http://cadmium2.wordpress.com/
and the facebook site of that group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=10990030091
for reviews of the old series. Like them you should watch and listen to the episodes, as many as you can find, in the order they aired. It does give you a greater appreciation of how the serial developed and grew.
Things I have learned: Barbara and Ian were great companions and I miss them. The Doctor would have never become what he is now without their influence as this fans video tribute testifies to here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&hl=e ... 6LA97klg4A
The Dalek's Masterplan was a much better story the I had thought it would be, excluding The Feast of Steven.
Steven was a great companion and it is a horrible shame that most of the episodes lost had him in them.
William Hartnell's farewell to Susan was a teary-eyed moment and very well done.
The first appearance of the Cybermen is chilling when you look at them. Sure they are not the classic image we see today but something far more grotesque. The socks over there face might see silly but think about the fact that this shows they are far more human at this stage then later Cybermen who are more machine.
I highly reccomend any fan to listen to their reviews and to watch and listen to the serial in the order it was aired, even the episodes you dislike.
I look forward to seeing Matt Smith and Moffat's run of the Doctor and hope someday we will see the Cybermen from his timeline, not the alternate reality version.
PS, I love this avatar image.