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Subj: Re: Are the Peter Cushing Dr Movies seen as being Canon?
Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2020 at 04:32:04 pm GMT (Viewed 46 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Are the Peter Cushing Dr Movies seen as being Canon?
Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2020 at 02:18:11 pm GMT (Viewed 46 times)


    It would be pointless. The two films exist in their own particular world, their own particular time and place. Peter Cushing brought the character to life, and yes you could recast with a replacement actor, but it is all a little pointless.

    There are rumours, reports, that originally there was going to be a third film in the series, possibly another Dalek story and based on 1965's The Chase, and that's about as ambitious as this film 'Dr Who' was. Logically you have to believe he would have been having other adventures, exploring human history, landing on random planets, but in the end this was and is a childrens character. If 'Dr Who' were to land in the year 2020 I would have a hard time imagining it to be our 2020, his 2020 would be silver suits, bases on the moon, transmats, and everyone living happy and in flying cars more than likely... regardless of the problems though I do love the character. It's largely down to Peter Cushing's performance and the sheer escapism of him and Tardis, but I am happy to accept him as being his own Doctor and every bit as valid and effective as the television Timelord. \(yes\)

I agree with everything you've said. But more...

The tv show had the advantage of being able to change and adapt by virtue of having new episodes made each year. The Cushing films never had that luxury and as such are forever trapped in the amber of 1965/66, a pristine time capsule of a long gone era of British fim making, of Saturday morning trips to he cinema beautifully preserved in the design, the writing and the performances in those films.

I'd hate to see that defiled. I shudder at the thought of what a Chris Chibnall or a Steven Moffat would do to the Cushing Doctor. I don't even want to think about how a young, modern writer would handle those characters today (Although Moffat's assassination of the Hartnell Doctor in 'Twice Upon a Time' might be some indication of the kind of thing we could expect).

Leave the time capsule undisturbed, is my feeling.

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