john_amend_all
Christmas special trailer 
24th-Jul-2017 12:16 am
john_amend_all: (crichtardis)
The trailer for the 2017 DW Christmas special can be found here or here.

My main thought is that Bradley as One is falling deeply into the Uncanny Valley for me — he looks just different enough from Hartnell (particularly when he's smiling) to be distracting. And, as his initial line demonstrates all too clearly, he sounds nothing like Hartnell.

It looks like there's an ersatz Polly too (as others have pointed out, her dress is pink when the original was red. Presumably, this makes her a pale imitation <rimshot>).

This could be a very weird Christmas...

In other news: I recently discovered that a romance novel author asked P. G. Wodehouse if they could use the name Rosie M. Banks. He said yes. I'm tempted to add the summary to the Generator, perhaps with an explanatory note.

Comments 
24th-Jul-2017 04:26 am (UTC)
clocketpatch: A small, innocent-looking red alarm clock, stuck forever at 10 to 7. (Default)
Very uncanny valley. I didn't know that was possible with real people.
24th-Jul-2017 12:42 pm (UTC)
john_amend_all: (marple)
I think it can happen with impersonations, though normally the impersonator's far enough away, at least in appearance, to be on the other side of the Valley.
24th-Jul-2017 07:33 am (UTC)
lost_spook: (dw - bill)
My main thought is that Bradley as One is falling deeply into the Uncanny Valley for me — he looks just different enough from Hartnell (particularly when he's smiling) to be distracting. And, as his initial line demonstrates all too clearly, he sounds nothing like Hartnell.

This was my thought from the first moment we knew it was happening - he did a decent job in the biopic, but he was never really like William Hartnell, which, as you say, is so thoroughly underlined by how different is delivery of that line is - he has none of Hartnell's fierceness and strength and spark, or his mischievous charm. I don't really suppose anybody could have, but Richard Hurndall was a reasonably decent fake One.

Still, ironically, I am way happier if we get an actual clip of William Hartnell in it just to show everyone that than if we don't.

Fake POlly, though! Aargh. Why. Why Mark Gatiss? Why?

And yet BILL!! Hurrah! <3

It will clearly be a mixed experience, that's for sure.

LOL at PG Wodehouse and Rosie M Banks! That's lovely. The summary's not as dramatic as most of them, but I'm not sure it needs a note.
24th-Jul-2017 12:31 pm (UTC)
john_amend_all: (wiztardis)
I remember commenting on the docudrama that he was playing Hartnell-as-One flatly and woodenly, but I thought that might be a choice specific to the docudrama. And he does seem to be taking a different approach this time, but the word that keeps popping into my mind is 'simpering', which isn't exactly a word one associates with the Doctor.

Well, we shall see.
24th-Jul-2017 04:29 pm (UTC)
lost_spook: (Default)
the word that keeps popping into my mind is 'simpering', w

Oh, dear, that is much too apt. Oh dear. I mean, in the documdrama, he was very good at giving us a worn-out, aging actor, William Hartnell, but his few bits as One didn't work at all so well. Because we know what Hartnell was like there, and not like that, really.

Oh, well. I suspect it'll still be fun.
24th-Jul-2017 07:38 pm (UTC)
lost_spook: (Northanger reading)
Also not directly related, but I was playing with the generator the other day and got this:

526) Devilish Lord, Mysterious Miss by Anne Burrows
The totally emo Lord Jason King has still to recover from the death seven years ago of Annabelle Hurst, whose body was never found...
So when he encounters a fragile-looking woman, the image of his betrothed, Jason is convinced Annabelle is still alive. But what should he do to claim her...?


... I can't remember how that summary went but I'm pretty sure it isn't actually supposed to say 'totally emo'. Even if he was. :lol:

(THis, btw, does not sound even remotely implausible as a Department S plot.)
24th-Jul-2017 07:42 pm (UTC)
john_amend_all: (gia)
That's an Easter egg. In that prompt it replaces 'brooding' with 'totally emo' approximately one time in seven, because I thought your amendment was too good to ignore :-)
24th-Jul-2017 07:45 pm (UTC)
lost_spook: (Default)
Aww, cool! :-D

I was v amused, but couldn't remember ever having spotted it before, so that explains it. Ha.
24th-Jul-2017 02:28 pm (UTC)
pedanther: (Default)
Why Mark Gatiss? Why?

This is the question I am asking myself most emphatically after watching the trailer.
24th-Jul-2017 04:31 pm (UTC)
lost_spook: (dw - bill)
I'm glad it's not just me! Why? Why???

Oh well. BILL at least, BILL. <3 (Although alas the only real Bill in it.)
24th-Jul-2017 06:14 pm (UTC)
dbskyler: (Bill smile)
Add me to the people asking that question! Especially as he was given special biling -- "MARK GATISS" -- as if we're supposed to care it's him! Other than wishing it wasn't him, of course . . .
24th-Jul-2017 07:07 pm (UTC)
john_amend_all: (nineemma)
Dear me, Mr Gatiss certainly seems to be a stone in my circle's collective shoe.

Still, at least he isn't playing Adam Adamant...


... WE HOPE.
29th-Jul-2017 09:14 am (UTC)
newmoonstar: (Second Doctor and Polly)
Yes, I'm rather afraid of the Christmas special, tbh. I didn't have a problem with David Bradley playing William Hartnell, but having him actually play the Doctor is another kettle of fish entirely. The audience wasn't intimately familiar with what William Hartnell sounded or looked like in real life, so we can suspend disbelief, but we certainly are intimately familiar with what the First Doctor looks and sounds like, and David Bradley is... not it. :/

And anyway, shouldn't the 12th Doctor's last episode be about his character, and catering to his fans, rather than recasting and sticking in characters most Nuvians don't even know? I fail to see what audience they think they're serving with all this.

(And now I will take off my Worried Classic Whovian hat to giggle at the Wodehouse reference, lol)
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