Max said: "Yes, I should have said Fox TV in conjunction with BBC. I had so much hope for that film ... until I saw it ... I mean, it was OK, but that was it ... just OK ..."
It would have taken a real fan of the show to have labeled that movie "OK". More accurately, it seemed as if FOX's intent might have been to deliberately sabotage the return of the series. No fault of the cast - I personally thought McGann was actually quite well suited to the role. Too bad they wasted it.
And... well, apologies for that... the then president of FOX Network hailed from a family native to my own home town... buddies and cronies with some folks that I *used* to work for. Somehow... I feel partially responsible.
Max said: "But the 2005 relaunch was everything I coudl have hoped ... I LOVE THIS SHOW!!!"
No question that I would agree. What amazes me is how they can pack so much into one hour episodes, and still manage to pull off such satisfyingly entertaining stories. This is a sure sign of creative talent... with great acting as a bonus. And though some may never be able to get past Tom Baker...
( who really was great!... I mean, who else could smile manically while delivering lines like: "I say, what a wonderful butler! He's so violent!"... and get away with it? )
... the new series casts have also certainly had a lot going for them, as well. And not just the actors in the title role. Speaking of which......
Max said: "@betajet: "Who can believe that by the 25th Century they haven't developed a cure for baldness?" I sure they had -- it was a personal choice."
It certainly hasn't done Karen Gillan ( Amy Pond to Matt Smith's Doctor ), a tremendous actress in her own right, any harm to her career, at least:
And, if comic-book movies aren't your thing, she has also starred in the recent "cult classic" thriller, Oculus.... and will be co-starring in a new American ABC series, Selfie, in the fall. Hope it all goes well for her, as I think she deserves success.
No question, Orphan Black is the top show in Max's list, it's only a tough choice against Doctor Who.
One good aspect of all these shows is that they have short seasons ("series" in the UK) so one can alternate on streaming a couple of them each week in 1's or 2's as they are not all running at the same time. (I'm a cord-cutter, don't have cable.) My own rotation, besides the two shows mentioned, are Continuum (we get the first run in Canada), Defiance, The Last Ship, and 24 (the recent 12 hour run). The only regular network show (20-22 episodes) that I have followed recently is Grimm, initially tuning in out of curiosity because it is set in Portland, Oregon.
The only show on Max's list that I don't watch, but which I could have liked, is Falling Skies. Into season 4, it's too far along to catch up.
I have been flying overseas a fair bit lately so that's how I get my fix of House of Cards and the first few episodes of Stephen Merchant's cringingly funny Hello, Ladies. One of my constraints is that my show choice is constrained by free streaming on channel sites (no Netflix, no HBO/SHO) or other legal means like airlines.
Tonight, I am going to try out The Strain, which debuted last week. :)
@betajet ...steer clear of The Saragossa Manuscript...
A co-worker of mine thought that was the best movie made and got a bunch of us to go see it when it was in the theater once a year (this theater had a different old movie every night). The first time I was totally confused, the second time I followed most of it and the third time I was mildly disappointed that they didn't return to the original scene. I didn't realize there was a book but I shouldn't be suprised.