The Doctors Revisited UK Schedule | Doctor Who TV
The BBC has rele
ased its schedule for "The Doctors Revisited" in the UK. The first one airs Saturday, 12 October, at 2 p.m., to be followed immediately by "The Aztecs." The Second Doctor's special will be the following day, Sunday, 13 October, again at 2. The next episodes will be aired on successive Saturdays and Sundays, with each special followed by one of the iconic stories for that particular Doctor's era.ETA:
Although this is a BBC production, it will be broadcast on WATCH
, a satellite station that is partly owned by BBC. Here is WATCH’s page with an overview
of the eleven Doctors.
I've already seen the first eight, since I live in the U.S., where, unusually, we're getting this before they do in the UK. I imagine it's because there is a higher proportion of New Who fans in the U.S. who have little or no knowledge of the Classic series, so they've been trying to drum up additional interest in the 50th anniversary as the anniversary of the entire run of Who, not just the past 8 years of the new Doctors.
My own favorite "classic" Doctor was Three -- he was "my" Doctor, the one I first watched -- but each of the classic Doctors has something to commend, and when I re-watch old serials, whichever Doctor is in it at the time becomes my favorite in that moment. They are all "The Doctor."
I find as I watch the First Doctor serials that I enjoy him and William Hartnell's performance much more than I did when watching reruns of them as a kid, when they were aired by my local PBS station when the Third Doctor was between seasons. Then, I found him incomprehensible, and even though both the First and Third Doctors had a streak of superiority and arrogance about them, the Third Doctor was more accessible. It probably helped, too, that the production values were somewhat higher by the early 70s, so even though the sets and costumes may look cheesy today (and, to be frank, they often struck me that way even when I was a kid -- but I'd get so sucked into the stories, I'd forget that), the quality was higher than it had been in the early and mid-60s.
"The Doctors Revisited" is a good way to become acquainted, or reacquainted, with all of the Doctors, past and present.