The Obits Thread: It's the End, but...
Posted Jun 1, 2006 @ 2:04 AM
The particular event that moved me to create this thread is the death of Peter Bryant. He was Associate Producer on 4-8: "The Faceless Ones" and 4-9: "The Evil of the Daleks" acting as Script Editor on the later as well as 5-3: "The Ice Warriors" and 5-4: "The Enemy of the World".
During a turbulent changeover in production teams he became Producer for one story 5-1: "The Tomb of the Cybermen", before being given the job full time from 5-5: "The Web of Fear" and leaving at the end of the Troughton era with 6-6: "The Space Pirates", a new producer being brought in for Troughton's very last story to provide continuity for the Troughton-Pertwee changover.
It seems a tragic shame that, of the 75 episodes he was involved in, only 42 survive today but those 42 include some of the best Doctor Who ever made and we should, perhaps, be thankful for that.
Posted Jul 23, 2006 @ 1:50 PM
In addition to producing the first three seasons of Blake's 7, his long career with the BBC as a director and producer also allowed him the chance to direct many Doctor Who serials throughout the '60s and '70s; happily, all of them survive, and a staggering number are classics (among them "The Mind Robber", "The War Games", "Genesis of the Daleks", "Planet of Evil" and "The Talons of Weng-Chiang"), thanks in no small part to his pacy, assured direction.
Posted Feb 23, 2011 @ 2:55 AM
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Posted Apr 19, 2011 @ 3:55 PM
Sarah Jane bridged the gap again and again, effortlessly. Between Jo and the last days of Pertwee. Between the Third and Fourth Doctors. Between the last days of UNIT and the Doctor's return to space and time. Between the old Who and the new Who. And finally, between the Tenth and Eleventh Doctor.
Was there ever a more moving relationship between any Doctor and companion, and one that spanned so many incarnations? How superb Lis was with Tom Baker - I could watch anything with them, just laughing, joking, caring. Their time together is one of the most joyous and brilliant stints in the history of Doctor Who.
What I loved most about Lis was the quiet heartbreak and pathos she played, which was even more powerful because she was usually stiff upper lip, get moving. One I will always remember is in K9 and Company, when she learns she has a gift from the Doctor. She smiles, wistfully, and says something like, "Oh Doctor...you did remember me after all."
At least her work reached a whole new generation, a generation who got to see her better than ever, bridging the gap one last time. It's something I never thought possible and now I'm so incredibly grateful for the Sarah Jane Adventures.
I'm glad Sarah can say hello to Harry again, and the Brigadier, and so many others.
I just wish we didn't have to say goodbye to Elisabeth Sladen.
Posted Apr 19, 2011 @ 4:32 PM
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Posted Apr 19, 2011 @ 8:24 PM
Her goodbye scene with Tom Baker, mostly adlibbed, is a beautiful moment between two pros.
Sarah Jane was smart, talented, and the model for many a girlfriend...even the wife to some extent.
RIP, Ms. Sladen. Thoughts and prayers to your family.
Posted Feb 25, 2012 @ 3:15 PM
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Posted Mar 6, 2012 @ 12:01 PM
Sad. "The Brain of Morbius" was one of the first stories I saw. I loved it.
Posted Jun 21, 2012 @ 10:00 AM
RIP, Ms. John. We know you did more than "Doctor Who," but that's what we'll mourn for most.
Posted Jun 21, 2012 @ 5:53 PM
Posted Jun 22, 2012 @ 4:09 AM
Caroline was wonderful as Liz but I think her best work was as Liz's stark, callous, but ultimately decent doppleganger in Inferno. Seeing Elizabeth slowly begin to respect the Doctor, ending in her shocking murder of the insane Brigade Leader, is a moment I will never forget.
My favorite Liz story wasn't even one on the show. It was a Brief Encounter, from Doctor Who Magazine, about twenty years ago. The Fourth Doctor showed up to take her on a trip in the TARDIS, and she ate a jelly baby. It was just so surprising and sweet, and innocent.
Posted Jul 26, 2012 @ 3:44 AM
Damn!! Will excellent people from 70's Who please stop dying?
Not just yet. Mary Tamm (aka Romana One) has just died.
And considering one of the few things confirmed for the Olympics opening ceremony is the theme song from Doctor Who, this couldn't have come at a worse time.
Edited by SnideAsides, Jul 26, 2012 @ 3:52 AM.
Posted Jul 26, 2012 @ 4:03 AM
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Posted Jul 26, 2012 @ 9:55 AM
Mary was one of the most gorgeous women ever on Doctor Who, or on television, or anywhere. She was delicious as Romana. I loved Leela and I was so annoyed with the way they handled her exit, but as soon as I saw this endlessly tall woman with such beautiful skin and hair and eyes and flowing white gown, I was fascinated.
Not only was Mary beautiful, she had a rich voice, charisma, good dramatic and comedic skills.
Mary complained about the writing for Romana, and it's not difficult to see why, when you get a glimpse of her potential in some of those stories.
My all time favorite story for her (and for the show in general) is Stones of Blood. Sure, it's silly to see Romana dangling off a cliff, but I love all the time she has in that story sitting and talking with Beatrix Lehman. I love how her cool presence is offset by Vivien, who is also very sleek, but boiling with rage underneath that simpering grin.
Her Romana was always an equal to the Doctor, yet, she also grew, and learned. It was a delicate balance but Mary always made it believable.
Thank you for what you gave us, Mary, and say hi to Lis, Caroline, Nick, and so many others.
Posted Jul 26, 2012 @ 5:34 PM
Posted Aug 10, 2012 @ 8:14 AM
I can't imagine what their family is going through.