Honest Trailers does Doctor Who

The crew at Screen Junkies took on the Herculean task of making an Honest Trailer about Doctor Who, which involved sitting down and watching a lot of old TV.  This ended up being broken out into two videos cover classic and modern versions of the show.

Classic

Modern

Both videos try to get to the heart of each era.

Being a big fan of Screen Junkies as well as a peripheral fan of the Doctor, I also went and watched the Honest Trailers Commentary for both the classic and modern trailers where they talk about the trailer and spending lots of time watching, digesting, processing, and, in the case of the classic era, just finding seasons and episodes of the show.

There is about an hour and a half of time spent.  I enjoyed it, but I like that sort of thing.  I am the type that used to listen to the director’s commentary audio track on DVDs until the idea became mandatory for video releases and they started all getting pretty samey and dull.  Some, like the discussion track with Mike Nichols and Steven Soderbergh on the DVD for Catch-22 are wonderful.  And if you haven’t listened to both audio commentary tracks for Monty Python and the Holy Grail you cannot consider yourself a true fan.

But I digress, as usual.

Back on the topic at hand, I will say that in my own personal timeline of Doctor Who it is Tom Baker who is the Doctor, bordered by Peter Davison at the more recent end, who I think of as the guy from All Creatures Great and Small and who I sometimes mix up in my head with Tim Brooke-Taylor, and Jon Pertwee at the distant end, the old guy who I don’t recognize from anything else unless I go read his bio.

This pretty much corresponds with the primary age of television in my youth, starting with getting a small black and white Sony TV in my bedroom and ending when I got a personal computer.  After that I became a much more deliberate watcher of television.  I turn on the TV to watch something specifically and rarely just sit and watch whatever is on.  There wasn’t a TV in my dorm room in college and I went through about half the 90s with no live TV at all, just a VCR and a membership to the video rental store around the corner… and a girlfriend who recorded episodes of The Simpsons for me now and then.

And, in one final digression, what is up with that League of Legends ad that has been playing in front of videos on YouTube lately?  I guess the casual art style is open and friendly, but is it really depicting the game being advertised?  I don’t expect them to say up front that random strangers will swear at you constantly, but the whole thing doesn’t show anything about the game itself.  But I am always suspicious of ads for a product that don’t actually show the product.

6 thoughts on “Honest Trailers does Doctor Who

  1. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Vigo – It seems to depend on the ad (and likely how much the advertiser has paid). The League of Legends ad was skippable after five seconds, but I do get other ads that have to play out for as long as 30 seconds. YouTube has to make money and I am not willing to pay for ad-free access, so it is the price I pay instead.

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  2. wowstorylines

    Thanks for the giggles – I never really watched a whole lot of Dr. Who, however, I would catch it now and again – my kids are real fanatics with Dr. Who, so, I get all of the information from them. :D

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  3. bhagpuss

    I watch YouTube via Firefox with NoScript and UBlock Origin on and I get no ads of any length or kind. Doesn’t help with the endless insane channel suggestions though…

    I grew up watching Dr Who. Tom Baker is also my main Doctor although I watched all his predecessors as they appeared and carried on watching until the original run ended with the final Sylvester McCoy episodes. I have yet to watch any of the revived shows other than a couple of Christmas specials although I have most of them on DVD. I have a terrible habit of buying DVDs and not watching them…

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