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Doctor Who S5 credits Buffy style

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To celebrate the 14th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (as the two-part opener of Welcome to the Hellmouth / The Harvest first aired on 10th March 1997), here’s a brilliant fanvid by YouTube user punkocarp, combining two of the greatest shows of all time, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Doctor Who; setting clips from Doctor Who Season 5 (and at least one from the Season 6 trailer) to Nerf Herder’s endlessly relistenable Buffy the Vampire Slayer theme tune.

The end result, featuring the Doctor, Amy, Rory, and River Song, is awesome, being probably the best one of these credit mashups I’ve seen. The tight editing perfectly captures the energy, the goofy character moments, the action, drama, the special effects, and the fun of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer opening credits. What’s more, it’s a great choice of shows to put together, as they’re similar in many ways (especially the rebooted Doctor Who).

Both are genre shows with devoted cult followings, showing us fantastic characters experiencing plenty of terrific adventures spanning many different genres, taking in science fiction, fantasy, action, adventure, comedy, horror, and drama, often all in a single episode. They both balance standalone stories with larger, serialised ones, with nuWho (under Russell T. Davies for the first four seasons and the specials, and now Steven Moffat from Season 5 onwards) taking its cues from Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this respect.

Doctor Who’s popularity exploded (at least in the UK) following Russell T. Davies’ tremendously successful reboot. However, the proposed Buffy reboot movie is unlikely to do the same, given the lack of Joss Whedon’s involvement (“I’d always hoped that Buffy would live on after my death. But, you know, after…”), and the fact that none of the actors from the series would reprise their characters, due to both loyalty to Joss and the fact that the production only has the rights to characters from the original movie.

It would be wonderful if screenwriter Whit Anderson (apparently a huge Buffy fan) were somehow to succeed in making something which is true to Joss’ conception of the series, and a good story and worthwhile part of the mythos in its own right, bringing in many more fans to the franchise. But it’s a daunting task, and one that few fans are convinced that it’s necessary to undertake in the first place, given the huge potential for, well, ruining the franchise. At any rate, at least we’ll still have seven seasons of greatness.  And hopefully the constantly regenerating Doctor Who will continue, and continue to amaze, for many years to come.

See also:

In Praise of... The Best. Fanvid. Ever.

Top 10 Best Doctor Who Series 5 Moments


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