Too Soon for The Doctor’s Greatest Moments?

Posted by: Dr. Geek

Do not get me wrong, I am enjoying the three part mini series – Doctor Who Greatest Moments, but since the show only focuses on the “New Who”, it seems odd that they would feel the need to have such a retrospective so soon?

Do people really have that short of a memory? Is series 5 really going to be that different?

I think this mini-mini series has less to do with celebrating Who, and more with the realization that they spred the 10th Doctor’s final stories too far appart, and they needed something Who related to fill the gap.

As cool as this mini series has been I would have preferred new content.

What do you think?

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Dr. Geek holds two doctorate degrees and is an archaeologist and an attorney who has done extensive research on myths and their impact on modern archaeology and modern storytelling. He appreciates the history and mythology woven together in the Doctor Who shows.


  1. Elisa J  September 3, 2009

    I think you’re absolutely right. They realized the gap between ‘Planet of the Dean’ and ‘Waters of Mars’ was so long that people might begin to lose interest.

    I also think that the PTB might be just a trifle worried since fan reaction to Moffet’s interpretation of Who has not been as ‘wonderful’ as they hoped for. I think they are worried that ‘New Who’ may not survive so they’re trying to rake in every bit of revenue they can while the getting’s good.

    Just MHO.

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  2. Dr. Geek  September 3, 2009

    Has there been fan reaction to Mofffet Who? I mean we have seen the Doctor’s new costume and the new TARDIS exterior, and I bet reaction is mixed, but has there been a chance for any substantive reaction?

    Maybe there does not need to be for TPTB to get worried.

    I just hope the last specials are well special. We have already had the mega reunion show with every new companion so I hope the last two stories are more than that.

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  3. Erik  September 4, 2009

    I remember fan reaction not being so swell at other new Doctor’s looks & such while the current Doc has yet to finish his run…and the show survived and thrived. We’re in such a new culture now were everything is instantaneous that back in the ’80s if a guy said to his friend, “The new Doctor looks weird and his coat is really annoying” or “The new Doctor is that guy who stuffs live ferrets down his pants?!?!” (both of which I said), it stayed between those two people and wasn’t instantly broadcast all over the world via the internet. Heck, imagine the internet’s reaction the first time it would have seen Tom Baker after getting used to Pertwee’s Dandyness.

    I agree with you, Calliope. This also harkens to the days when in the middle of a sit-coms series they would have a “The Story So Far” episode, which would just be a glorified clip show. But with the current attention span in the world being that of an asthmatic gnat, I’m sure they felt they had to do something.

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  4. Dr. Geek  September 4, 2009

    This is so true. The internet has brought fans together but now everyone hears the unfiltered chatter.

    Luckily TPTB do not seem to be swayed so much by public opinion.
    I hate clip shows, Eureka’s latest episode was primarily a clip show and I was bored bored bored.

    At least the Greatest Moments has some retrospective moments?

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  5. sandra742  September 9, 2009

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  6. Dr. Geek  September 9, 2009

    Welcome, I am glad you like it.

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  7. whochick  September 9, 2009

    I’m really looking forward to the New Who, FWIW.

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