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30th Nov '17 7:56:40 AM Siempie
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** Not to be overlooked, ''lots'' of actors from the new and classic series immediately took to Twitter to express their whole-hearted endorsement of Whittaker, with comments ranging from Creator/BilliePiper's simple "YES!", to Creator/ColinBaker's pride that his own daughters will now have a female Doctor to admire. Other actors like Creator/SylvesterMcCoy, Creator/ChristopherEccelston, Creator/DavidTennant, Creator/MattSmith, Creator/PeterCapadli, Creator/SophieAldred, Janet Fielding, Creator/KarenGillan, Creator/ArthurDarvill, Creator/FreemaAgyeman, Creator/AlexKingston, Creator/JohnBarrowman, Creator/PearlMackie, and Creator/MarkGatiss all welcomed Whittaker to the ''Doctor Who'' family.

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** Not to be overlooked, ''lots'' of actors from the new and classic series immediately took to Twitter to express their whole-hearted endorsement of Whittaker, with comments ranging from Creator/BilliePiper's simple "YES!", to Creator/ColinBaker's pride that his own daughters will now have a female Doctor to admire. Other actors like Creator/SylvesterMcCoy, Creator/ChristopherEccelston, Creator/ChristopherEccleston, Creator/DavidTennant, Creator/MattSmith, Creator/PeterCapadli, Creator/PeterCapaldi, Creator/SophieAldred, Janet Fielding, Creator/KarenGillan, Creator/ArthurDarvill, Creator/FreemaAgyeman, Creator/AlexKingston, Creator/JohnBarrowman, Creator/PearlMackie, and Creator/MarkGatiss all welcomed Whittaker to the ''Doctor Who'' family.
22nd Nov '17 6:11:13 PM ClintEastwood
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* Midway through his career as the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee put the ''Doctor Who'' theme to words in the form of "Who is the Doctor?", spoken more or less in-character. Among other things, the results stand as a powerful challenge [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7tKAi-lDhM to the dominance of the Villain Song.]]

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* Midway through his career as the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee Creator/JonPertwee put the ''Doctor Who'' theme to words in the form of "Who is the Doctor?", spoken more or less in-character. Among other things, the results stand as a powerful challenge [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7tKAi-lDhM to the dominance of the Villain Song.]]



* And the reveal that he [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2283542/Double-O-Who-Jon-Pertwees-secret-life-wartime-agent--years-did-battle-Daleks.html used to be an intelligence agent]] during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, reporting directly to Churchill himself.

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* And the reveal that he [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2283542/Double-O-Who-Jon-Pertwees-secret-life-wartime-agent--years-did-battle-Daleks.html used to be an intelligence agent]] during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, reporting directly to Churchill UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill himself.



* He is, to date, the only actor to play the Doctor and have written his own Doctor Who stories.
* Similar to [=McCoy's=] and [=McGann's=] cold readings of Doctor Who speeches, we have Colin Baker doing a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcFUK-X0Ox8 cold reading]] of the Doctor's speech from "The Rings of Akhaten".

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* He is, to date, the only actor to play the Doctor and have written his own Doctor Who ''Doctor Who'' stories.
* Similar to [=McCoy's=] and [=McGann's=] cold readings of Doctor Who speeches, we have Colin Baker Creator/ColinBaker doing a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcFUK-X0Ox8 cold reading]] of the Doctor's speech from "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E7TheRingsOfAkhaten The Rings of Akhaten".
Akhaten]]".



* The Seventh Doctor's UnflinchingWalk in "The Greatest Show in the Galaxy" was pretty awesome for Sylvester [=McCoy=] too: the explosion was somewhat bigger than the special effects crew were expecting, and it doesn't faze him at all.

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* The Seventh Doctor's UnflinchingWalk in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E4TheGreatestShowInTheGalaxy The Greatest Show in the Galaxy" Galaxy]]" was pretty awesome for Sylvester [=McCoy=] Creator/SylvesterMcCoy too: the explosion was somewhat bigger than the special effects crew were expecting, and it doesn't faze him at all.



* In the filming of "Battlefield", Sylvester [=McCoy=] arguably saved Sophie Aldred's life when he noticed a watertank used for a booby-trap holding Ace was about to crack and pour water onto a floor covered in electrical cables; in a second, he managed to get the stage hands to pull her out just before the glass broke.

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* In the filming of "Battlefield", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26Battlefield Battlefield]]", Sylvester [=McCoy=] arguably saved Sophie Aldred's Creator/SophieAldred's life when he noticed a watertank used for a booby-trap holding Ace was about to crack and pour water onto a floor covered in electrical cables; in a second, he managed to get the stage hands to pull her out just before the glass broke.



* His [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhlmNkk5r0k cold reading]] of the Eleventh Doctor's speech from "The Pandorica Opens".

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* His [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhlmNkk5r0k cold reading]] of the Eleventh Doctor's speech from "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The Pandorica Opens".
Opens]]".



* Akin to [=McCoy=]'s cold reading of Eleven's speech, here's [=McGann=]'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIKpBoJKqas&feature=related cold reading]] of the First Doctor's "One day, I shall come back" speech from ''The Dalek Invasion of Earth''.
* Returning after seventeen years to play the Eighth Doctor [[BackForTheDead once more]] in ''Night of the Doctor''.

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* Akin to [=McCoy=]'s cold reading of Eleven's speech, here's [=McGann=]'s Creator/PaulMcGann's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIKpBoJKqas&feature=related cold reading]] of the First Doctor's "One day, I shall come back" speech from ''The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDaleksInvasionOfEarth The Dalek Invasion of Earth''.
Earth]]".
* Returning after seventeen years to play the Eighth Doctor [[BackForTheDead once more]] in ''Night "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor The Night of the Doctor''.
Doctor]]".



* John Hurt puts such weight and gravitas into his performance you might forget [[SpotlightStealingSquad the episode's about three Doctors]].

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* John Hurt Creator/JohnHurt puts such weight and gravitas into his performance you might forget [[SpotlightStealingSquad the episode's about three Doctors]].



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW1x2TmIq8s&NR=1 The full list recounted to Martha in "Human Nature"]]. Since Tennant was required to ad-lib about a minute of footage that would be fast-forwarded, he just rambled on aimlessly a bit before jumping right back into character at the end. The bit about pears isn't an ad-lib, though; it's from the novel that the episode was based on.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW1x2TmIq8s&NR=1 The full list list]] recounted to Martha in "Human Nature"]]. "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature Human Nature]]". Since Tennant Creator/DavidTennant was required to ad-lib about a minute of footage that would be fast-forwarded, he just rambled on aimlessly a bit before jumping right back into character at the end. The bit about pears isn't an ad-lib, though; it's from the novel that the episode was based on.



* To top it off, behold [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giaMRyn47Xg the Ballad of Russell and Julie]] about Doctor Who's revival, as sung by David Tennant, Catherine Tate and John Barrowman. Epic Awesomeness.

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* To top it off, behold [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giaMRyn47Xg the Ballad of Russell and Julie]] about Doctor Who's ''Doctor Who'''s revival, as sung by David Tennant, Catherine Tate Creator/DavidTennant, Creator/CatherineTate and John Barrowman.Creator/JohnBarrowman. Epic Awesomeness.



* Sladen's reaction to Sontaran general Styre in "The Sontaran Experiment" was enough to have the director leaping up and down with joy - actually running up the West Country equivalent of a mountain to congratulate her on the scene. And these moments are only added onto with the second season premiere of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' when Sarah Jane sees a Sontaran space pod, and knows exactly how screwed they are.
* In "The Stolen Earth", she achieved levels of fear with a tiny little tremble and a pale face that would take screams on a King Kong level from lesser actresses.

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* Sladen's reaction to Sontaran general Styre in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E3TheSontaranExperiment The Sontaran Experiment" Experiment]]" was enough to have the director leaping up and down with joy - actually running up the West Country equivalent of a mountain to congratulate her on the scene. And these moments are only added onto with the second season premiere of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' when Sarah Jane sees a Sontaran space pod, and knows exactly how screwed they are.
* In "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth The Stolen Earth", Earth]]", she achieved levels of fear with a tiny little tremble and a pale face that would take screams on a King Kong ''Film/KingKong'' level from lesser actresses.



* At the end of "Bad Wolf" we see thousands and thousands and thousands of Daleks all chanting EX-TER-MIN-ATE. For the first time, the show was able to transcend budgetary considerations and deliver not just a tabletop full of dapol toys, not just cardboard cutouts propped up in the background, not just three Daleks driving around in a circle trying desperately to look like many, but a proper, honest-to-god army to be feared.

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* At the end of "Bad Wolf" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E12BadWolf Bad Wolf]]" we see thousands and thousands and thousands of Daleks all chanting EX-TER-MIN-ATE. For the first time, the show was able to transcend budgetary considerations and deliver not just a tabletop full of dapol toys, not just cardboard cutouts propped up in the background, not just three Daleks driving around in a circle trying desperately to look like many, but a proper, honest-to-god army to be feared.



* Back in the 1980s, Sylvester [=McCoy=]'s era was scheduled against UK soap ''Series/CoronationStreet'', and got clobbered, getting some of the lowest ratings in Who's history. Fast forward twenty years: "The End of Time" Part Two was scheduled against ''Coronation Street'', and ''won'' (10.4 million to Corrie's 8.6 million on overnights).
* Steven Moffat turning the series title into a nearly 50-year old [[ArcWords Arc Word]].
* The special effects team during "The Girl in the Fireplace". Apparently they decided that the iconic Doctor-astride-a-horse-through-a-mirror-into-a-ballroom shot was quite literally impossible to produce. After episode writer Creator/StevenMoffat threw, to quote the man himself, "the biggest queeny strop yet done on ''Doctor Who''" and cried like an infant, the team basically decided to give "impossible" the finger and do it anyway. And it was awesome.

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* Back in the 1980s, Sylvester [=McCoy=]'s era was scheduled against UK soap ''Series/CoronationStreet'', and got clobbered, getting some of the lowest ratings in Who's history. Fast forward twenty years: "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time" Time]]" Part Two was scheduled against ''Coronation Street'', and ''won'' (10.4 million to Corrie's 8.6 million on overnights).
* Steven Moffat Creator/StevenMoffat turning the series title into a nearly 50-year old [[ArcWords Arc Word]].
* The special effects team during "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace The Girl in the Fireplace".Fireplace]]". Apparently they decided that the iconic Doctor-astride-a-horse-through-a-mirror-into-a-ballroom shot was quite literally impossible to produce. After episode writer Creator/StevenMoffat threw, to quote the man himself, "the biggest queeny strop yet done on ''Doctor Who''" and cried like an infant, the team basically decided to give "impossible" the finger and do it anyway. And it was awesome.



* In America, the Series 7 Part 2 Blu-ray was given to several hundred people in error before the airing of "The Name of the Doctor". Normally revealing a finale early is disastrous, but Moffat managed to keep fans quiet by promising a release of an interview of David Tennant and Matt Smith if the fans were good. The fans kept the secret, and Moffat [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Em8lmmTNkA complied]].
* On November 25, 2013, ''The Day of The Doctor'' grossed $4.8 million. In 660 theaters. ''In. One. Night.'' Two days ''after'' it premiered on BBC America. For perspective, it was number two behind ''Film/TheHungerGamesCatchingFire'' that day. It made more than ''Film/TheFifthEstate'' did in its entire run and almost as much as the 3D run of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. Again, in ''one night''. Not too shabby.

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* In America, the Series 7 Part 2 Blu-ray was given to several hundred people in error before the airing of "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor The Name of the Doctor". Doctor]]". Normally revealing a finale early is disastrous, but Moffat managed to keep fans quiet by promising a release of an interview of David Tennant Creator/DavidTennant and Matt Smith Creator/MattSmith if the fans were good. The fans kept the secret, and Moffat [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Em8lmmTNkA complied]].
* On November 25, 2013, ''The "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of The Doctor'' the Doctor]]" grossed $4.8 million. In 660 theaters. ''In. One. Night.'' Two days ''after'' it premiered on BBC America. For perspective, it was number two behind ''Film/TheHungerGamesCatchingFire'' that day. It made more than ''Film/TheFifthEstate'' did in its entire run and almost as much as the 3D run of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. Again, in ''one night''. Not too shabby.



* In 2016, the BBC commissioned an ''entire'' lost story to be reconstructed in animation. Which story? Why, "The Power of the Daleks", the first story of the Second Doctor era! OK, so it was limited animation but you have to give them credit for doing it in black and white and color!

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* In 2016, the BBC commissioned an ''entire'' lost story to be reconstructed in animation. Which story? Why, "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E3ThePowerOfTheDaleks The Power of the Daleks", Daleks]]", the first story of the Second Doctor era! OK, so it was limited animation but you have to give them credit for doing it in black and white and color!



** Not to be overlooked, ''lots'' of actors from the new and classic series immediately took to Twitter to express their whole-hearted endorsement of Whittaker, with comments ranging from Billie Piper's simple "YES!", to Colin Baker's pride that his own daughters will now have a female Doctor to admire. Other actors like Creator/SylvesterMcCoy, Creator/KarenGillan, Creator/ArthurDarvill, Creator/FreemaAgyeman, Creator/AlexKingston, Creator/JohnBarrowman, Pearl Mackie, and Creator/MarkGatiss all welcomed Whittaker to the ''Doctor Who'' family.

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** Not to be overlooked, ''lots'' of actors from the new and classic series immediately took to Twitter to express their whole-hearted endorsement of Whittaker, with comments ranging from Billie Piper's Creator/BilliePiper's simple "YES!", to Colin Baker's Creator/ColinBaker's pride that his own daughters will now have a female Doctor to admire. Other actors like Creator/SylvesterMcCoy, Creator/ChristopherEccelston, Creator/DavidTennant, Creator/MattSmith, Creator/PeterCapadli, Creator/SophieAldred, Janet Fielding, Creator/KarenGillan, Creator/ArthurDarvill, Creator/FreemaAgyeman, Creator/AlexKingston, Creator/JohnBarrowman, Pearl Mackie, Creator/PearlMackie, and Creator/MarkGatiss all welcomed Whittaker to the ''Doctor Who'' family.
3rd Sep '17 7:01:17 AM NB2000
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** Not to be overlooked, ''lots'' of actors from the new and classic series immediately took to Twitter to express their whole-hearted endorsement of Whittaker, with comments ranging from Billie Piper's simple "YES!", to Colin Baker's pride that his own daughters will now have a female Doctor to admire. Other actos like Creator/SylvesterMcCoy, Creator/KarenGillan, Creator/ArthurDarvill, Creator/FreemaAgyeman, Creator/AlexKingston, Creator/JohnBarrowman, Pearl Mackie, and Creator/MarkGatiss all welcomed Whittaker to the ''Doctor Who'' family.

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** Not to be overlooked, ''lots'' of actors from the new and classic series immediately took to Twitter to express their whole-hearted endorsement of Whittaker, with comments ranging from Billie Piper's simple "YES!", to Colin Baker's pride that his own daughters will now have a female Doctor to admire. Other actos actors like Creator/SylvesterMcCoy, Creator/KarenGillan, Creator/ArthurDarvill, Creator/FreemaAgyeman, Creator/AlexKingston, Creator/JohnBarrowman, Pearl Mackie, and Creator/MarkGatiss all welcomed Whittaker to the ''Doctor Who'' family.
18th Aug '17 5:06:48 PM JamesAustin
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** Not to be overlooked, ''lots'' of actors from the new and classic series immediately took to Twitter to express their whole-hearted endorsement of Whittaker, with comments ranging from Billie Piper's simple "YES!", to Colin Baker's pride that his own daughters will now have a female Doctor to admire.

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** Not to be overlooked, ''lots'' of actors from the new and classic series immediately took to Twitter to express their whole-hearted endorsement of Whittaker, with comments ranging from Billie Piper's simple "YES!", to Colin Baker's pride that his own daughters will now have a female Doctor to admire. Other actos like Creator/SylvesterMcCoy, Creator/KarenGillan, Creator/ArthurDarvill, Creator/FreemaAgyeman, Creator/AlexKingston, Creator/JohnBarrowman, Pearl Mackie, and Creator/MarkGatiss all welcomed Whittaker to the ''Doctor Who'' family.
22nd Jul '17 2:11:24 PM Sharlee
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** The fact that a show once best-known for its cheesy bubble-wrap space monsters can now ''get'' the likes of Creator/JohnHurt, Creator/DerekJacobi, or Creator/TimothyDalton to portray its greatest hero and most dreaded villains as a BigNameCameo.

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** The fact that a show once best-known for its cheesy bubble-wrap space monsters can now ''get'' the likes of Creator/JohnHurt, Creator/DerekJacobi, or Creator/TimothyDalton to portray its greatest hero and or most dreaded villains as TheCameo. And not even as a BigNameCameo.promotional StuntCasting gimmick, but as an unadvertised ''surprise'' for the fans!
22nd Jul '17 2:09:23 PM Sharlee
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** The fact that a show once best-known for its cheesy bubble-wrap space monsters can now ''get'' the likes of Creator/JohnHurt, Creator/DerekJacobi, or Creator/TimothyDalton to portray its greatest hero and most dreaded villains as a BigNameCameo.
20th Jul '17 1:09:50 PM Pren
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** The BBC was also quick to confirm that Whittaker would be getting the exact same paycheck as Capaldi, at a time when it was under intense scrutiny for its gender pay gap.
19th Jul '17 12:27:40 PM Sharlee
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* The fact that no British holiday season would feel complete anymore without the show's annual ChristmasEpisode, which inevitably warms viewers' hearts and caps off family gatherings on a high note, deserves special props. Eat your heart out, ''Series/CallTheMidwife''!
19th Jul '17 12:12:23 PM Sharlee
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** Not to be overlooked, ''lots'' of actors from the new and classic series immediately took to Twitter to express their whole-hearted endorsement of Whittaker, with comments ranging from Billie Piper's simple "YES!", to Colin Baker's pride that his own daughters will now have a female Doctor to admire.
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** Whittaker also quickly started tackling the inevitable backlash to her casting head on, mocking everyone complaining for being frightened of her gender.
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