Thursday, March 26, 2009

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DOCTOR WHO: THE ARK
BBC Audio

Yeah, yeah... I know. More Doctor Who stuff. This should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me.

I'm neck deep in laying out the first issue of my new (and still secret) project, so I'm back to listening to audiobooks while I draw. I obviously can't listen to them when I'm writing, but I really enjoy them when I'm drawing.

I burned through 2 very, very long Stephen King audiobooks while I finished the last issue of MIRROR'S EDGE, so I thought I'd switch over to something a little less involved -- one of the BBC Audio Original Staging releases of old Doctor Who episodes.

Back in the 60s when DW started, the BBC had a habit of destroying the prints of many of their shows. This was before home video and DVD, so no one really saw a reason to save them. Sadly, this means many early episodes of DW are long gone. But some of the audio tracks survived and the BBC has released them with linking narration. The result is a cross between an old radio show and an audiobook.

They're fun to listen to, and other than reading the Target novelizations, these audio releases are the only way to experience these older stories. I've got quite a collection of them on my iTunes by now. This particular one features the first Doctor -- William Hartnell. It's a fun story with some surprisingly sophisticated ideas considering it was made in the 1960s.

Just wish the video had survived, as well. I love watching the old B&W episodes of DOCTOR WHO. In a funny way, they have aged better than the full color WHO from the 1980s.

2 comments:

Jericho said...

I agree, I remembering listening to old dw with my uncle larry and it was amazing. the current writers could take a cue from the OLD old days about the story telling. Great stuff sir!

matthew dow smith said...

I don't know, Jericho. I think the new show writers are about as sharp as they get. Definitely different than the old series, but sharp nonetheless.

Still, gotta love these early stories. They really were ambitious, especially when you consider the tiny little budgets they were working with. I mean, it's great to see DW with state-of-the-art special effects, but I like the homemade quality of the early stuff.

Call me old-fashioned, but it's fun.

--MDS