This week’s Friday Night Who might be a bit of a stretch…not knowing much about “Listen” other than it possibly could involve ghosts…we decided to the 9th Doctor story with “ghosts” “The Unquiet Dead”.
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This week for Friday Night Who we return to 2005, with the 9th Doctor story The Long Game.
Why are we going back to the “new” series for Friday Night Who? Well Prisoners of Time comic reasons that’s why.
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In this week’s show, we take a look back over the Ninth Doctor’s era. First a look at the recently aired, The Doctor Revisited – The Ninth Doctor. Then we gather up all the episodes in Series One to weed down our picks for the best representation of Nine’s run.
Plus, big news of the week, as we discuss the newly released 50th Anniversary trailer and look at all its goodness.
And, of course, your feedback.
Links mentioned in the show:
Michelle’s note about “Ghost Light” in the preface of Lungbarow” – If you can get a hold of a copy of the book, it lays out the process of the novel including some interesting facts about how the premise was changed and set on Earth for the Ghost Light T.V. story. Sounds like things got watered down in the mix and the idea plays out better in the novel, Lungbarrow.
For this week’s Friday Night Who was watch the 9th Doctor’s swan song “Bad Wolf” and “The Parting Of The Ways” as we continue our countdown in 11 weeks for 11 Doctors.
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We wrap up the end of May with ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston in The End Of The World for Friday Night Who. This one is on Netflix and various other sources, so you’ve got no excuse not to join us!
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“Chris met with Steven Moffat a couple of times to talk about Steven’s plans for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode,” an official source said.
“After careful thought, Chris decided not to be in the episode. He wishes the team all the best.”
As reported last week, David Tennant, Bille Piper and John Hurt will join Matt Smith & Jenna Louise Coleman.
Also guest starring, Joanna Page (Gavin & Stacy). Several pictures of the first read through were released by the BBC.
For Friday Night Who this week we return to the 9th Doctor era with “The Empty Child” and “The Doctor Dances”
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For Beatles buffs “Lennon Naked” may be a refreshing look at one of the members of the band. However if you aren’t very well versed in the lives of the Beatles, it can be a little tough to watch and follow along.
Lennon Naked is a televised bio-pic that aired on BBC-4 then PBS focusing on the life of John Lennon between 1967 and 1971. Christopher Eccleston plays the titular character and does a decent job. There are moments when I was watching that I was aware it was Eccleston, and others where it could have been Lennon himself. The biggest asset for Eccleston selling the role, is that he always has long hair covering his distinguishable ears. Overall he does a decent job encapsulating Lennon.
The real standout in this tele-movie is Naoko Mori (Who and Torchwood fans will know her as Toshiko Sato or Tosh) as Yoko Ono. At first I didn’t like her portrayal of Yoko, but then the more she was on screen the more I liked her in the role.
As for the rest of the cast, I was very disappointed by Andrew Scott (he played Jim Moriarty in Steven Moffat’s “Sherlock”) as Paul McCartney. He had the look down of Paul, but his voice didn’t have enough of the Liverpool accent that Paul has. Perhaps it’s because Scott’s voice is much lower than McCartney’s was at that time period. Everyone else did decent jobs, for as small of roles as they were given. The men who played Ringo and George looked like the actual men from a distance, but on close ups they didn’t match the look very well. Overall, seeing the 4 Beatles together in a far shot (which wasn’t very often) it looked like it could have been actual footage. Another unfortunate thing was that the other 3 members of the Beatles had only a couple of scenes in the whole movie. I would have liked to see more of the interaction of the band.
As for the plot of “Lennon Naked” there isn’t much of a coherent story line. There were many points during “Lennon Naked” that I was confused as to what they were talking about. It is an interesting character study of a very enigmatic man, who isn’t portrayed in a very good light, he comes across as brash, rude and unpleasant. There is a lot of focus on John reflecting on his childhood, and his abandonment from his dad. While a large part of the film focuses on his and Yoko’s relationship, something seemed lacking. I appreciated that they explored the couple’s struggle conceiving, and the impact that had on John.
One thing to consider on if you want to watch “Lennon Naked” is that as the title suggests, there is some nudity in the movie. There is a scene where John and Yoko take the “Two Virgins” album cover, and several afterwards where John remains naked. This isn’t partial nudity. Seeing Eccleston’s “Sonic Screwdriver” is something I didn’t necessarily need to see, and now something I can not un-see.
For major Beatles fans this could be a must watch. For a casual fan I wouldn’t suggest it without doing more research into John’s life first. And if you have any preconceived ideas that John was overall a nice fun loving guy, this film will shatter those images of Lennon for you.
Lennon Naked – B-
Eccleston played the Ninth Doctor in the BBC’s long-running science-fiction drama series when it returned to TV screens in 2005. However, he left the series after only 13 episodes, handing over the role to David Tennant. Speaking to Graham Norton this morning, the 47-year-old actor said he was very pleased to have been a part of Doctor Who, “I’m very proud of what we did over those 13 episodes. My intention was to make the show a success so that the next series could follow, so I’d done what I wanted to do.”
However, when Norton hinted about a possible multi-doctor story for 2013’s 50th Anniversary and asked if Eccleston would return to the series, he said: “No, never bathe in the same river twice.”