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« on: February 27, 2007, 02:44:32 am »

Now, not all Doctors have been very steampunk, but the current incarnation of the tardis strikes me as very steampunk inspired.

<img src="http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/gallery/mobile/176/hologram.jpg" />

Wouldn't you say?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/gallery/tardis/1024/02.jpg

And the Victorian episodes of both recent series were super (The Unquiet Dead, and Tooth and Claw).
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2007, 03:22:12 am »

The 8th Doctor was more consciously Victorian - both in his costume and in his TARDIS - but I think that had more to do with how he was in an American-made TV movie and nothing says "British" to Americans quite like Victorian archetypes. One of Dr. Who's writers even complained that many Americans seem to think that England is trapped perpetually in the 1800s ^_Q
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2007, 03:40:32 am »

Ah, yes. Americans.

Still, this TARDIS is my favorite of all. Always has been, even when I first saw it at age seven or so.

<img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/20/Secondaryconsole.jpg" />
Now that is cool.
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2007, 04:43:35 am »

I did like Jon Pertwee as Dr. Who, #4 was it?  And his Edwardian dress and car could be seen as steampunk.

But I think the most Steampunk episode I recall for it atmospherics and themes was the Brain of Morbius arc with Tom Baker.

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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2007, 04:45:35 am »

Oh, and the interiors of the Torchwood facilicity in Cardiff have strong steampunk overtones. 
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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2007, 07:20:36 am »

Yeah, I feel there are a lot of SP themes running through Dr Who.

Pertwee was #3, Baker was #4. It was Baker who got the most Steamy, in my opinion, with stories like "The Talons of Weng Chung", as well as "Brain of Morbius". You are right, though, in that BoM was originally written for Pertwee, but they shelved it for various reasons.

There was also an excellent Peter Davidson (#5) story, called "Enlightenment", in which a race of godlike beings sailed various antique Earth sailing ships through space, in a race. The Dr and companions spend most of the story on an Edwardian yacht, having to don primitive looking spacesuits to go out on decks.

In the most recent series, with David Tennant as the Doctor, the TARDIS and crew got sucked into an alternate universe that had Zeppelins flying all around London, and the Cybermen (human brains trapped in machine bodies) from there made a distinctly steam-hissy hydraulic noise.

So, yeah... I'm feeling a lot of influences there.
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« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2007, 12:13:51 pm »

Personally I loved the space-age-clockwork automatons in "The Girl in the Fireplace". It's got to be my favorite episode so far.
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« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2007, 11:23:58 pm »

Well, that's where I got my name from, so it's a given- I'm the person I am today, thanks to the Doctor!

The latest serieses are really rather good, no wobbly cardboard sets there! The big gun in Tooth and Claw is the the most obvious Steampunk artifact recently, but as already noted the wooden console room of the 4th Doctor and the McGann TV Movie console room are the most central Steampunk aspects, but there's also 'The Androids Of Tara', from the Key To Time Season (Tom Baker and Romana 1), a tale of a 19th Century middle Europe style planet, where the ruler was to be replaced with an android double- a rip off of, sorry, homage to 'The Prisoner of Zenda, check it out if you can, it's rather fun!
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« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2007, 12:48:40 am »

Well, Edward Alan Thomas (the Production Designer for the modern series) seems to be new to the PD game, so I am having difficulty tracking down any of his other work. Still, he has made sure to include little touches, like the TARDIS monitors displaying mystifying little read outs in the form of graphics like these:

<img src="http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f213/5tephe/my%20creations/tardis_display.jpg" />
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« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2007, 03:24:15 am »

Totally agree about "The girl in the fireplace" being an awesome very SP episode. It was one of my husband's and mine favorite episodes from the newest season.

We are actually considering borrowing or putting the older stuff into our Netflix queue now.
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« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2007, 02:24:29 am »

As a side note a small deadicated few have been punking up the Dr Who theme for years, allow me (if I may) present you with the steampunkiest examples:

http://whomix.trilete.net/download.php?remixid=171

http://whomix.trilete.net/download.php?remixid=169

http://whomix.trilete.net/download.php?remixid=160
The second half is the killer!!!!

http://whomix.trilete.net/download.php?remixid=137
Old favorite, had to be done. Go Baker, you mad bastard you.

http://whomix.trilete.net/download.php?remixid=136
Elfman maximus.

http://whomix.trilete.net/download.php?remixid=105
Bit flutey

http://whomix.trilete.net/download.php?remixid=74


And my one small frivolity:
http://whomix.trilete.net/download.php?remixid=207

Not strictly steampunk but well worth it.
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« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2007, 04:33:29 am »

cool remixes

I renember in silver nemesis the dr made ace a new stereo that was rather steampunky.


and Ive been investigateing season 27 (the cancelled 1990 season)

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« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2007, 11:38:03 pm »

The second to last mix was freaking awesome!
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« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2007, 02:53:21 am »

The second to last mix was freaking awesome!

It's the one Darker Projects uses for their series. It is quite sourcey.
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« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2007, 02:58:59 am »

It was cool, because I was listenting to the first ones, saying to myself... hey this would be a fun theme to cover, then I heard theirs, and was like... oh nevermind, because that's pretty much how I would do my version LOL.

You have heard the KLF - Doctorin' the Tardis right?
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« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2007, 03:51:27 pm »

It was cool, because I was listenting to the first ones, saying to myself... hey this would be a fun theme to cover, then I heard theirs, and was like... oh nevermind, because that's pretty much how I would do my version LOL.

You have heard the KLF - Doctorin' the Tardis right?

Isn't that a song that's a requirement to own, in order to even be called a Whovian?
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« Reply #16 on: March 11, 2007, 08:53:16 pm »

It was cool, because I was listenting to the first ones, saying to myself... hey this would be a fun theme to cover, then I heard theirs, and was like... oh nevermind, because that's pretty much how I would do my version LOL.

You have heard the KLF - Doctorin' the Tardis right?

Isn't that a song that's a requirement to own, in order to even be called a Whovian?
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