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An Adventure in Space and Time

November 21st, 2013 (11:00 pm)

Brief reaction as I have to get up and cross London to the ExCel tomorrow for the 'Celebration'... but it was corny, with some overdone sentiment and dramatised the mythology and communal memory of Doctor Who as much as it did (very selectively) the facts and personalities - but it was still a tremendous achievement within eighty-five minutes, with lots of groans here as dialogue was transplanted or the in-references were made. Shoulder to Shoulder indeed. It annoyed me and tugged at my heartstrings in equal measure. There was some overacting from the principals when in character, particularly during the first recording of An Unearthly Child, but David Bradley was superb.

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2013/11/21/an-adventure-in-space-and-time.html.

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Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: November 21st, 2013 11:14 pm (UTC)
dalek

Put us out of our misery - while we spotted William Russell, we completely failed to spot Carole Ann Ford. In fact, I even watched it through again at speed looking for any woman of around about the right age, or who looked like what I think Carole Ann Ford would look like today. She's in the credits as "Joyce". Who was "Joyce"?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 21st, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
Hartnell words

I have no idea - I'd forgotten she was in it! The camera lingered on Jean Marsh and Anneke Wills in the Verity farewell party scene (a few months too early, historically) but I didn't spot Carole Ann.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 22nd, 2013 12:21 am (UTC)

She was the woman who called the children in from playing to watch Doctor Who in the town square scene, I learn.

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: November 22nd, 2013 12:34 am (UTC)
Leekley

Glad to learn this as I was similarly puzzled. I'm also glad to learn that it really was Jean Marsh and Anneke Wills, as I wondered if I was seeing things - I'd heard about William Russell's and Carole Ann Ford's cameos, but not theirs, so it was a bit of a double-take moment for me.

Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: November 22nd, 2013 09:17 am (UTC)
cyberleader

She was on our shortlist as one of the few older women in the play*, but I didn't recognise her (she had a headscarf on I think, which probably didn't help). I recognised Jean Marsh but not Anneke Wills. I wonder why Mr Purves didn't appear.






* That seems an old-fashioned term, but it also seems like the term that would have been used in 1963.

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: November 23rd, 2013 09:35 pm (UTC)
Leekley

I wonder why Mr Purves didn't appear.

I wondered if Peter Purves was deemed too distractingly recognizable as TV present Peter Purves.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 24th, 2013 02:13 am (UTC)

Very probable!

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: November 22nd, 2013 12:30 am (UTC)
Leekley

I think I enjoyed it more than you! As did my parents, but they quizzed me afterwards as to how accurate it was. I didn't find the sentiment overdone and I expected a lot of poetic licence in condensing and simplifying three years of material. I think I have grown used to groan-inducing in-jokes in contemporary Doctor Who and its associated programming. That said, now we'll never get rid of the myth that Sydney Newman was Doctor Who's only begetter (DWM has been repeating this recently too, less justifiably), nor that the repeat of An Unearthly Child was due to the Kennedy Assassination. But, on the whole, I found this very satisfying.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 22nd, 2013 01:13 am (UTC)

I enjoyed it! My sister only saw the last five minutes and was extremely moved. Yes, some people are going to be misled...