The Doctor (Introduction to Dr. Who)
Though I knew very little of the famous Doctor, actor/writer John Reid Adams happily helped me get up to speed. Though John did most of the talking in this, I really felt that the video could have gone on for much longer, and I would have continued to be just as interested. Since this was filmed, I started watching the 2005 version of Doctor Who, and I absolutely love the concept. So, just like I did, if you want an introduction to the Doctor, try starting here.
John Reid Adams
Matt Refghi: So, hello, sir.
John Reid Adams: Hello, how’s it going?
Matt: I saw you here, and I wanted to mention – you look like you’re from the Doctor Who universe.
John: Oh, very much so. Fifty years, I’d say it’s a safe bet.
Matt: Fifty years. (laughs) And I wanted to know, because I’m not familiar with Doctor Who, but I know a lot of people love it. A lot my friends tells me that it’s great.
Matt: I’ve seen a scarf around that people reference as Doctor Who.
John: Yes, well that’s like a badge of honor for a lot of people, years ago, when the fourth Doctor in the 1970s, when people were like “oh, that’s the bloke with the scarf, innit?”
Matt: Cool, so I like references like that. And I kind of wanted to know, alright, people love this, there’s a lot of references to the show, and I was curious about that. And I wanted to know… when it comes to a series like Doctor Who, where do we start? Because I know there’s a lot of history.
John: Well, for a lot of people, especially in the case of Americans, I feel it’s personally best to start with the new series with Christopher Eccleston, and move forward from there. Like you do with other television series, and once you do become up to speed on that, then I say, you know, jump back and start watching the classic series, but don’t, you’re not required to have to start at the beginning, and move forward. There are actually wonderful stories from different eras you start with, because, one thing I’m discovering is with modern audiences nowadays, we, you know, we love production value, we love special effects, but the thing is the series back then, like most television series back then, were not famed for their elaborate special effects. We watched Star Trek, the old Star Trek, and we could see the seam on the mustache! That’s not working! That’s not working there, so you really have to cash in on the story and the acting, especially with Doctor Who being from England – they invited acting! They invited good writing, so that’s kind of what kept the show going, so the story telling is the main thing that kept that show running for so long, and that’s why it’s still as popular as it is, you know, for fifty odd years.
Matt: Great, great. I wanted to, as you discussing this, mentioning this, you said the special effects… it reminds me of Red Dwarf. Because Red Dwarf also British, special effects… not the best, especially at the start, especially, but there’s still a charm to that.
John: It’s… and a lot of it has to do with the characters. You love the characters, and the writing, and see that’s all you need – frankly, in the end, anything, that’s all you need. After all, you watch Evil Dead 2, the special effects are pretty rubbish, but you know you watch it because it’s bloody hilarious.