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The Martians and Us 

Documentary series looking at British science fiction writers and their influence.
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Peter Capaldi ...  Narrator 3 episodes, 2006
Roger Luckhurst Roger Luckhurst ...  Self - University of London 3 episodes, 2006
Kim Newman ...  Self - Critic 3 episodes, 2006
Brian Stableford Brian Stableford ...  Self 3 episodes, 2006
Brian Aldiss Brian Aldiss ...  Self 2 episodes, 2006
Doris Lessing ...  Self 2 episodes, 2006
Will Self Will Self ...  Self 2 episodes, 2006

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Documentary series looking at British science fiction writers and their influence.

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Capaldiwatching The Martians and Us
12 August 2018 | by nekosenseiSee all my reviews

Capaldi's narration of this 2006 documentary miniseries on the history of British science fiction, like Capaldi's casting in the 2013 film "World War Z" as a doctor working for WHO, sparks conspiratorial thoughts about how long ago the creators of New Who were considering casting him as the Doctor and how open a secret this was. I do think Capaldi's Doctor would have gone over better if he'd been cast in the role when he was younger and more boyfriendy. Tennant might have made a very good Malcolm Tucker, come to think of it.

I'm ignorant enough about British science fiction that I don't have any arguments about how it's presented here (its progressive emphasis on social issues and multiculturalism would probably gripe reactionaries.) I enjoyed its eclectic style, combining high art cinematic flourishes, interviews, video clips, reenactments, and interpretative dance, and of course Capaldi's narration, which, since he did it not only before he was the Doctor but before he was totally solidified in the collective mind as Malcolm Tucker, he brings his full actorly range to, and has a lot of fun with it. He does his main narration in "his" Scottish accent, then adjusts as needed to the different readings he gives from the SF literature, getting in some very funny digs at the Anglos. Again I don't know how SF fans will take this series but it's a treat for Capaldi fans.


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13 November 2006 (UK) See more »

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