Richard Armitage in new audio Doctor Who spinoff

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~ by Servetus on June 27, 2020.

25 Responses to “Richard Armitage in new audio Doctor Who spinoff”

  1. A man after my own heart! I’m a long-time Whovian and my favorite Doctor (before even Tennant) is Tom Baker. Can’t wait to hear this.

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  2. While I really liked Big Finish’s Martian Invasion of Earth, I think it might be hard to listen to just part 4 of a Doctor Who series. I did watch some of the David Tennant shows with my younger son, but can’t say that I’m a Whovian. It’s much more of a British thing to grow up on Doctor Who. For me, it was reruns of the original Star Trek, in terms of sci-fi.

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    • We have so many similar reactions. I thought — ooh, Big Finish! — do I need to listen to three previous series? — this wouldn’t be a problem if it were Star Trek.

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      • True… I just had an awful thought though of Armitage doing Shatner doing Kirk!

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        • I’m afraid Shatner is really the only person who can do that: he’s inimitable. I saw “Obsession” (the one with the dikoronium gas creature) this week and really Shatner was doing. it. every. single. sentence!

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          • Gotta love him. (Or hate him, as some do.)

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            • he’s everywhere now. Dad watches this nutty reality tv show called “The Curse of Oak Island” and Shatner was on for (I think) two episodes of that, and now he’s hosting another show that dad has started watching, one of those “unexplained events” shows. (And I guess Zach Pinto has started hosting the reboot of “In Search Of,” in a weird parallel to Leonard Nimoy).

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              • I think he’s one of those people who has to keep working for his own sanity. I hadn’t heard about the In Search Of reboot — Zach Quinto I guess.

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                • oops, yeah. Quinto!

                  Shatner also has an (admirable?) capacity not to feel embarrassed or self-conscious about what he does.

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                  • True… Shatner doing Rocket Man .. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8wI4jMxveyI.

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                    • I had heard about that for many years but never seen it!

                      I wonder what EJ thinks about that.

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                    • Certainly his own take on it! Hard to know what to think of it!

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                    • I’m going to say — it’s too long without singing. He’s not doing so badly until the piece swings into the chorus, where the spoken narration doesn’t work. And then: Shatner can’t sing. He tries manfully and that’s almost funny.

                      But then it depends a bit on how seriously you take the song. Like, how is one supposed to take the line “and I’m gonna be high as a kite by then.” It’s obviously double entendre, but did EJ wants us to take that as a joke, or more seriously (as in: I need to take drugs to cope with my job). I’ve always assumed the latter, and that “Rocketman” is a sad song. But maybe not?

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                    • I’ve never seen anything where Shatner says whether he intended them as dramatic readings to be taken seriously or whether he knew they were kind of ridiculous for being overly dramatic. I think he knew afterwards for sure and isn’t afraid to laugh at himself. I’ve always thought Rocketman is sad too, but this does give it a bit of a different spin.

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                    • Doesn’t mind laughing at himself: agree.

                      I just read a new unauthorized biography of Shatner and another thing it makes clear is his ongoing need for money (multiple marriages, divorces, children, alimony, child uspport) and his financial ups and downs. This “reading” occurred very much at what would have been the height of that situation.

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                    • I was thinking of that in terms of his recent tv work. His fourth marriage ended in divorce this year. Although you’d think he’d have a pretty good fortune by now.

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                    • You’d hope. I don’t know what his official residence is. If he lives in California, it’s a community property state, so a prenup wouldn’t help him all that much. I hope he’s not struggling, in any case. But in light of that basic problem, it’s once again interesting that he was so hostile to the fan circuit for so long. It might have helped him out.

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                    • Yeah California I think. He and his latest now ex-wife has a reno show redoing their house a few years ago that I watched a few times.

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  3. I remember a time when I was excited that he may be cast as The Master on the television programme (that went to the excellent John Simm) but i can’t summon the same feelings for another audio work especially if I have to buy 4 parts to listen to one lol
    It’s such a pity he couldn’t have maintained a good relationship with the BBC or he might have been doing the Alan Bennett monologues with his previous cast mates like Lesley Manville and Martin Freeman.

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  4. I suppose part of the reason I’m excited for this is because I’ve been a Whovian for about 30 years. Georgia Public Television used to broadcast Doctor Who (as well as Red Dwarf, Blake’s 7, and Torchwood) on the weekends, so I sort of grew up on Who. I’m as big a fan of the Doctor as I am of Star Trek, which I started watching when I was about 4 – one of my earliest t.v. memories is listening for Scotty’s voice so I knew I had the right channel.

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    • I used to watch the Doctor Who episodes on public TV, too, back in the 80s — Tom Baker and Peter Davison — and I enjoyed them, but ST will probably always have first place in my heart. I’ve been watching “all Star Trek” on H & I after dad goes to bed and am actually getting into the plot of DS9 beyond my appreciation for the actors, which I didn’t predict.

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      • I’m glad you’re coming to appreciate DS9. IMO, it’s the best of the modern Treks. I watched it back in the 90s when it was first on and I was in my twenties. Watching it now in my late 40s, it has an extra resonance for me than it did twenty plus years ago.

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        • I did see some of it in the 90s (before I moved to Germany, which cut off my relationship with both DS9 and Voyager), but I think I thought of it as a show with great characters / actors but not much of an interesting story. Very much agree that a lot of the stories seem very contemporarily resonant.

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