Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Beginning...


Welcome to The APC Net, a project dedicated to a critical analysis and appreciation of Doctor Who. This won't be a news site, mostly because there are plenty of sites around the Interwebs that offer news from the world of Doctor Who. The crux of this blog will be a complete critical review of each televised Doctor Who story, from An Unearthly Child all the way to the present day. I'll be looking at the stories themselves, their places in the overall structure of the series and offering a small look into the history of the production of the show.

Hopefully, if you're a fan, you'll find some info and insights that you maybe haven’t considered that may increase, in some small way, your enjoyment of the show. If you're a fan of the new series and have never seen the classic show, this project hopefully will inspire you to go back and check out the stories that made this show a phenomenon in the first place. And if you've never seen any Doctor Who before, then hopefully you'll read some of this and then check some out.

I'll be reviewing only televised adventures; no novels, comics, audio plays, etc. This isn't to say I won’t dive into those eventually, but to keep things simple I'll be looking at the series only. The only exception will be the two feature films starring Peter Cushing that were made in the 1960s.

I'll also be doing research into the production history of the show, offering tidbits that will hopefully give a broader view on why certain decisions were made and how they affected what arrived on the screen. At the close of each respective Doctor's era, I'll be offering an overview of that time in the show's history, including my selections for the best and worst stories of the era.

Doctor Who is my favourite television series ever. I truly believe the central concept of an enigmatic alien who travels through time and space in blue police box is one of the great concepts created for television. I also think that the Doctor himself is one of the great children's heroes of all time; a man whose only authority is his own moral code and whose only weapon is his brilliance. What better message to send to kids than the fact that you don't need a gun or a badge to be a hero, only the willingness to stand up for your beliefs and the conviction and intelligence to defend those beliefs. The Doctor stands for imagination, exploration, tolerance and adventure.

If you're wondering about the name of the project itself, it comes from The Deadly Assassin, and stands for the Amplified Panatropic Computer Network. We'll get to what it means when we get to that story.

My next post will go over how the series was created, and the people behind it.

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