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1 freetoken  Wed, Jul 24, 2013 11:48:47pm

“The Enemy Within” was not a particularly bad movie, as far as made-for-TV movies go, but it was definitely not British in flavor, and that is why the Brits hate it. The movie is just too American for them.

2 hartly  Thu, Jul 25, 2013 7:27:30am

# 1 Feetoken - I agree with part of this observation, that the made for TV movie wasn’t bad for a TV movie (to be honest I prefer it to much of the RTD/Steven Moffatt series), but with all due respect I don’t know that it was too American for the Brits. They do after all flock in huge numbers to American movies every year. And I’m not sure I really agree that there was an “American flavor” to it anyway. The Brits have made tons of insubstantial, escapist movies and TV series over the years, despite their undeserved reputation for producing only thought-provoking fair.

This is kind of beside the point: I’ve often heard it said that American fans liked classic Dr. Who for its Britishness. I think the reverse was usually the case: most Dr. Who fans liked Britain because they perceived it to be Dr. Who-ish. I know this was the case with me, and as I’ve discovered over the years how un Dr. Who-ish Britain really is (I’m talking classic Who here, not nuWho, which is undeniably British in texture and tone) I’ve lost a lot of my youthful anglophilia.

3 hartly  Thu, Jul 25, 2013 7:29:10am

As regards the period pieces from first and second Dr’s eras, if we’re talking straight historicals The Romans and The Gunfighters still exist, though neither is anywhere near as good as the Aztecs, in my opinion.

4 ProTARDISLiberal  Thu, Jul 25, 2013 7:29:46am

re: #1 freetoken

I would really adivse watching that review.

Eric Roberts as the Master was a….problem.

5 hartly  Thu, Jul 25, 2013 7:46:07am

My pick for next Dr: Lani Tupu


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