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I was just now seized with an extremely strong desire to watch some Doctor Who from the Jon Pertwee years. Possibly this has to do with drinking too much wine with dinner and reading Bill Bryson's Notes from a Small Island. I am sure there is a connection somewhere.

Jon Pertwee was not my first Doctor; Peter Davison was. I remember quite clearly the shock and dismay when I sat down in front of the TV at some godawful hour of the morning (which is when my PBS station chose to air Doctor Who), to find out that the cliffhanger from the week before (that I cannot now really remember, except that it was from midway through Peter Davison's run, not the end of it) wasn't to be resolved at all, but instead to find that it had been replaced by more or less the same opening credits and yet a switch to black and white film and some small dark-haired man regenerating into a white-haired guy with a tattoo. To say that I was dumbfounded would be an understatement. In the first place, I desperately loved Peter Davison. (And had since first seeing him on All Creatures Great and Small.) In the second place, this was in the days before the internet, and I was an isolated little geek, and I had very little notion about the history of the program, and still less notion of the fact that the episodes involving the Fifth Doctor were the Very Latest Thing and my PBS station only owned the episodes of Doctors Three through Five, so that once they were done with Five, they were obliged to start over again with Three.

And yet despite this rocky beginning, I actually grew to love Jon Pertwee, and his Doctor, and Jo. And the Brigadier, whom I already knew but who was a lot younger then. And Benton. And an entirely different Master. And Britain of circa 1970 through 1974. Tom Baker, when he came along, was nice enough. But while I am still fond of the Peter Davison era, because that was my Era of Discovery, I think that I might be fondest of Jon Pertwee's run as the Doctor.

I think it's probably out on DVD.

Also, I think that wine makes me maudlin. Or something.

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okojosan
Nov. 9th, 2004 02:01 am (UTC)
Tom Baker was my first Doctor, and I loved him and his goofy long scarf. I loved Peter Davison and John Pertwee as well- John Pertwee was the cool grandfather with his cool old car, and Peter Davison was like the cool older brother (though I really loved Turlough. Man, I had the hots for Turlough, and I think Terminus was my favorite episode ever.)

Oddly, I've been wishing I could watch some Doctor Who lately, too. The Flash cartoon was nice but didn't quite scratch that itch.
eregyrn
Nov. 9th, 2004 03:41 pm (UTC)
Turlough was pretty cool; better than Adric! But my heart belonged to Peter Davison, so...

I think in fact that Peter Davison was the whole reason I discovered Doctor Who. Because I knew his name from ACGS, and I think there was a blurb in the TV Guide when my PBS station was premiering his first ep of DW, "Castrovalva". So I tuned in.
telepresence
Nov. 9th, 2004 03:25 am (UTC)
I knew Baker first, then Davison, then Pertwee.I liked all three, Baker slighty the most. I could never warm to Dr. Moe and I thought all this Dalek fighting and such was too strenuous for Dr. Grandpa to be messing with.

Baker 2 was just Davison on speed, and then I liked Sylvester McCoy, mostly because they did some wacky stuff with the backstory at that point.
keiko_kirin
Nov. 9th, 2004 04:05 am (UTC)
Pertwee, Tom Baker, and Davison were my favorite doctors, although some of the Patrick Troughton era ones were interesting stories (and Jamie was cute). Oddly enough about a month ago I had a severe yen for watching some Pertwee Doctor Who! I was thinking about his velvet jacket and his voice: he was cool. But I gave all my DW tapes away when I moved 6 years ago. Although I think I have the Tom Baker era Mask of Mandragora tape still because it was weird and funky.

Ah, nostalgia.
eregyrn
Nov. 9th, 2004 03:49 pm (UTC)
I was kind of intrigued by Troughton when I finally got to see "The Five Doctors", which was the big event not long after I got hooked on the show; plus of course, got to see him in "The Three Doctors" as well. But to this day, I don't think I've ever seen a full story from his era, nor from the Hartnell era. My local PBS station just didn't get them. And when I was in college, nobody but nobody had them on tape.

Jon Pertwee's voice... *SWOON* Hoo-boy, when I first saw a program that had his son Sean in it? And it was like seeing Jon Pertwee in his early 30s? With the eyes? And the nose? And the VOICE? *SIGH* *fans self* (I will *still* go out of my way to watch crappy things that Sean Pertwee is in; good lord, I watched the first half of "Dog Soldiers"! Which reminds me, still haven't rented "Blue Juice"...)
hungrytiger
Nov. 9th, 2004 02:32 pm (UTC)
I started with Baker, and enjoyed the show, but Davison was where it really clicked for me. Actually, the last couple of Baker stories and the first few Davison ones were probably my favorite [particularly the two right at the change, Logopolis (Baker's last) and Castrovalva (Davison's first)]. I had known about how the Doctor regenerated, but hadn't seen it before and the personality changes really got me hooked.

Of course, the fact that I totally identified with Adric and had a major crush on Nyssa probably also something to do with that being my favorite period of the show. What can I say, I've always had a thing for women with curly hair :-)

Anyone know where I can download an MP3 of the theme song? Now that I'm thinking about it, it's going to be stuck in my head all day, so I might as well play it for real.

eregyrn
Nov. 9th, 2004 03:42 pm (UTC)
Wow. Are you, like, the only person in the world who liked Adric? Let alone, identified with him! ;-)
karlchristian
Nov. 9th, 2004 03:14 pm (UTC)
Got a bunch on video if you're interested.
eregyrn
Nov. 9th, 2004 03:42 pm (UTC)
I had this feeling you might... yeah, I might like to borrow some of the JP years episodes...
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