Nov 15, 2013
Movie Meltdown - Episode 251
As we reach the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, we're going to be trying a little experiment with our movie o' the week. So pretty much none of our gang has paid much attention to Doctor Who over the years. So what happens if we watch the one-off movie they did in '96 trying to reboot the series? Will we as new viewers be won over? Will it even make sense to non-fans? That's what we'll find out in this episode as we join forces with the guys from "Tower of Technobabble" and discuss the 1996 movie "Doctor Who" starring Paul McGann, Daphne Ashbrook and Eric Roberts.
And as we play with our toy Tardis, we also mention... the wilderness years, The Mysterians, The Eye, trying to please everybody, TV serials, love at second sight, BBC, coming with your own nickname, Tom Baker, British cheese and American cheese, The Avengers, K.I.T.T's seats go all the way back, get your geek on, Star Trek, loud costumes, coming out of the Doctor Who closet, an 8-year old with the biggest gun, Spock, Peter Cushing, Phantom Menace, working at Pottery Barn, Freaks and Geeks, my knees were blue, the most Doctor Who cleavage, because we didn't have cable... there was nothing else to watch, cravats are cool, being half-human, inside space baseball, George Lazenby, Planet of Fire... google image it, Supernatural, giving your brother hell, panto, Stingray, feelin' Canada, double reboot, Quatermass, Universal monsters, pretty girls wearing mini-skirts, solving problems with fists, Thunderbirds, not entirely displeasurable, British fan culture, having a companion, British humor, Firefly, Space Loews, Star Trek: The Next Generation, chicken clucking, wearing a wig, allergic to the make-up, a ninja turtles vibe, Rose's perspective and my secret pain.
Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for the 1996 movie "Doctor Who". Plus Ben also tries to explain the whole Who mythology to a bunch of clueless movie fans.
"The people that remade the show for 2005, they looked at the '96 movie... and almost step-by-step they did the opposite of what they did. It kind of became a lesson in how to not make a successful TV pilot."