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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe View Post
    it's a children's programme that's been crap for over 30 years
    I'd go along with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DSJR View Post

    Yeah, we 'Aspies' do like our set routines and when they change, it throws us big-time.
    And yet Dr Who changes constantly! I can barely remember the William Hartnell Doctor (maybe we didn't have a TV then), so Jon Pertwee is the 'right' person in the role for me. Tom Baker seemed OTT, and anyway I was thinking I was bit too old to be watching a kid's programme by the time he took over. Soon after, I was without a TV again, so the Dr Who habit was broken.

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    I last consciously paid attention to Doctor Who, when Jon Pertwee starred in the early seventies. He was perfect for the role, bringing a humour and eccentricity, that the rather bluff William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton did not have. And Katy Manning was cute.

    Since then, I've only seen it when others in our home have watched it and from what I saw, it did not seem as good.





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    After observing the behaviour of my brother in law at a recent party I can only assume he is either aspergers or is entirely devoid of tact.

    So much so that I now introduce him to people like "this is xxxx, my brother in law, he's a tactless f**ker" so as they don't get offended. My sister seems to love him though
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    Quote Originally Posted by DSJR View Post
    Doctor Who was never intended originally as 'just' a children's programme you know. I seem to recall it was funded by the main BBC Drama wing rather than 'Children's TV.' In the 60's, the companions were chosen to keep Mum and Dad involved as well...
    Indeed (which is why it was so good), and for me that's patently obvious when you do comparisons with the current version, and it's why now (as an adult) it puts me off, as that 'kiddification' gets on my nerves.

    The other major difference, and for me an integral part of what Dr Who was all about, was the accompanying superb sound effects, created by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, which added to the dark and eerie atmosphere, during stories, I loved in the original series.

    That's nonexistent now, and been replaced with (often) over the top special effects, designed to appeal to today's kids, with low-attention spans. Hey ho......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe View Post
    So it's a children's programme that's been crap for over 30 years in your opinion.
    Nope, not quite. It's gradually been getting 'crapper', post Tom Baker, to the point of where it is now. Of the new doctors, Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant were half decent, as were their respective assistants, but the rest for me haven't been worthy of the position.

    As long as its current audience is happy with it, I don't see the problem.
    Indeed, but people like me (and I suspect Dave) would've liked to have seen it remain truer to its original roots, as that format is what attracted us to the programme in the first place. In that respect, it's rather like it is with music...

    Often a band's first album is their best album, and they can never quite capture or recreate the 'original sound'/vibe, or what fans considered was best about that first album, in later albums.

    Essentially, when you 'taste' something you like, you simply want MORE of the SAME, but next time perhaps even better, not a completely different flavour (or product) altogether.

    And so it is with Dr Who. 1963-1981: the golden years! After that, forget it...

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    My system:

    Modified Technics SL-1210MK5G/Mike New high-precision bearing & baseplate/Mike New ETP platter/Bruil record weight/Nagaoka GL602 crystal T/T mat. Paul Hynes SR7EHD PSU (plus regulator modules)/DCSXL pure-silver DC lead. Ortofon RS-212D tonearm/'Speedy Steve' custom-made Ebony armboard. Yannis Tome 423.5 Phono Silver-Litz tonearm cable, with Furutech CF-DIN(R) and Eichmann silver Bullet Plugs. Cartridges: Denon DL-S1 in AT MG-10 headshell with AT-6106 Quattro Hybrid lead-wire. Denon DL-103C1 in '103U' headshell with AT-609 silver lead-wire. Vintage Denon DL-103AU in AT-Ti15ANV Titanium Headshell. Shure M55E in Denon PCL-300 headshell with 6N silver lead-wire. Shure original USA SC35C. Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 transport/DAC. Raspberry Pi-3 Model B and IQaudio Pi-DAC+/Paul Hynes SR3DR-05 linear PSU/Williams Audio NAS linear PSU. Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X preamp. Stereo Coffee LDR. Head-amp: Paul Hynes design/SR5 PSU. Also modified Lentek. Tube Distinctions 50W Class A P/P Copper amp with cryo-treated Tung Sol KT150s. Speakers: 'Lockwood Majors', using 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds, modified with bespoke crossovers. Also Celestion Ditton 15XRs. Stands: Mana Acoustics (non-magnetic stainless steel 'clones’). Hi-Fi Racks Podium T/T wall shelf. Sony ST-5055L tuner. Cables: Furukawa EE/F-S 2mm & 2.6mm solid-core mains leads, fitted with Furutech FI-50 IECs and FI-1363Rs. Stereo interconnects: Sommer Carbokab 225 (with silver-plated MS Audio non-metallic POM RCAs). Speaker cable: VDH 'The Wind' Hybrid II. Digital coaxial cable: 1m Trompeter Electronics Triax TRC-75-2, with MS Audio ‘Starline' silver-plated RCAs. Mains block: Mark Grant 6-way, modded with Furutech FP-1363R sockets and Furukawa cable. Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW 16.5 record cleaner.

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    Doctor Who may have changing scenario's, but the broad format was the same and the escapism may have helped, I don't know I remember hating every new actor to play the role at first. Only now with the recordings on the shelf, can I go back and see that these 'new' characters weren't bad at all, each bringing a fresh aspect to the character while staying true to the original concept - in my opinion. My favourite Doctor has to be Patrick Troughton - I loathed him at first in his first story (Power of the Daleks), yet he was deliberately trying to throw the audience a little before settling into the wonderful, intelligent and naughty/irreverent character he became, such a shame that so much of his work for the show is missing and possibly lost forever now. Pertwee too I disliked, yet he developed a wonderful almost fatherly kind of way and of course the action-man side appealed to teenage boys, the 'Brigadier' (and the needle between them) also inforcing that role. The current stuff, most of it, rewards a second look as there's so much going on you can't take it in on first watching. Only the recent 'Moffat-era' stories cause me to run from the hills although that may change. A show that was an important part of my childhood and I'll never fully abandon it. This new gender-change will rock it to the core though, so we'll see. Can't see young boys playing with a female Doctor model against the toy Daleks and Cybermen though, so a potential toy revenue channel may have been blocked from the start.

    Back to Aspies and audio... I can think of one speaker designer who is almost certainly off the scale with his attitude and utter blind dedication to his products, design procedures and so on and I'm sure there are others in this industry. The problem comes when they know a lot about a little yet think they know everything about it all (Roy Gandy was very much like this in the early days of Rega and for years, there was a kind of patronising smugness permeating through the company). If I come across like this I apologise... Also been reading the 1976 Angus McKenzie speaker tests he did for the first HiFi Choice. My Gawd he was scathing of so many models and didn't hold back in an almost rude way - another utterly dedicated soul who didn't suffer fools gladly I was told. Some of the smaller models may have been blown in the high-power tests apparently done before the listening tests were carried out though and I remember when the Audiomaster Image 2's came back after a rotten review, A severely upset Robin Marshall showed us the destroyed crossovers with overheated tweeter coils and melted caps - severe damage as I recall - maybe this is what started him on the road to ever simpler speaker designs, culminating in the (to me) endearing Epos ES14. The Audiomaster 3/5A's (also not liked as much as the Chartwell equivalent, when they should have been similar - only the BBC had centre-line identical ones and these had XLR connectors on the back) were also overheated, but everything still worked I remember.
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    Watched up til tom baker went, although not avidlŷ. Wasnt a big telly adictvwhen young. Didnt have much tv anyway, initial,y only a couple of channels and not all day. May only have been one
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    There were only really a few good episodes in the Pertwee/Baker era. Before it was rubbish and after Baker it was rubbish again. Did watch some of the Tennant episodes but he carried it really, the stories were pretty weak on the whole.

    My favourite stories remain Genesis of The Daleks, The Ark In Space, Robots Of Death and The Pyramids of Mars. Watched them all again last year. Now these could be remade with a bigger budget and some CGI effects to tart them up a bit and they would be tremendous. Ironic how back then they did not have the budget or technical capability to make the most of the great scripts, when now that they do they don't have any great scripts to work with.

    The writers ought to re-watch those classics and learn from them instead of obsessing over who is gay and lesbian. Do they not realise that no-one who is not gay or lesbian gives a toss about that shit? They marred the otherwise brilliant Sherlock Holmes series with that crap, not enough to ruin it but they tried their hardest.

    As for new Doctor being a woman, who cares? They buried the original concept of the show years ago already. It can't get any worse now whatever they do.
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    Nobody seems to mention Sylvester McCoy. I agree. Probably best forgotten!
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