Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Sunday, June 3, 2007 9:56 pm

A love song to a show I’ve never seen by a band I’d never heard of

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I’ve never seen “Dr. Who,” but two or three generations of Britons and Americans have — it’s the longest running TV show in history. Something like 736 episodes, in fact. But this music video is far and away the best I’ve seen on YouTube and among the best I’ve seen anywhere, ever. Supposedly it includes all 10 (?) of the actors who played the title character over the years and something like all 43 of his female companions.

Like the best music videos, it takes the song somewhere it wasn’t originally intended to go. Like the best songs, it doesn’t sound hard to sing or play and the lyrics rip your heart out from the first hearing.

This is a work of love. You don’t see many of those these days … even on YouTube.

UPDATE: There’ll be another resurrection of the series in 2010. (h/t: Avedon)

1 Comment

  1. You should know Carbon Leaf from reading all the raves I’ve given them on my blog. This is one of the better songs from the pride of Richmond, Va.

    I only caught one brief glimpse of Peri, the first American companion, when Peter Davison was carrying her into the TARDIS. I hadn’t seen that clip in at least 15 years, but I recognized the significance right away. At that point, Davison’s Doctor has only another five minutes or so remaining. They’ve both been poisoned, and the Doctor has managed to wring a bit of the antidote from a cave. But he only has enough for one dose. He gives it to Peri, then regenerates into Colin Baker.

    The companions who appear most prominently are probably the best-remember. Sarah Jane Smith appears with both Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker — I hear she was brought back after a 30-year absence (granted, the show itself was absent for perhaps 15 years of that stretch) in a recent episode. In the episodes since the show was revived, Rose (Billie Piper, a megastar in Britain) seems to have gained staggering popularity, enough that the recappers on the U.S. TV sites shed virtual tears when she left.

    As you can tell, I was a huge fan once upon a time. I checked out the newest series a couple of times out of curiosity. It’s well-done, but I’m not quite as into it as I was. My biggest complaint is that they’re trumping up romantic feelings between the Doctor and his companion (who, in the past, wasn’t always female). They did in the Americanized TV movie with Paul McGann, who appears briefly for posterity. The first “new” doctor, Christopher Eccleston, kissed Rose, but with a purpose — he was draining a life force from her that would have killed her but instead merely forces him to regenerate into David Tennant. With Tennant, they seem to have made it more obviously a love story (so I hear), which just isn’t true to the character.

    The best part of the 21st century episodes is Eccleston, who you may have seen on “Heroes.” He was fantastic — equal parts caustic and caring.

    Comment by Beau Dure — Monday, June 4, 2007 8:50 pm @ 8:50 pm

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