Doctor Who’s Canadian Connection

Canadian doctors barred from performing ‘virginity tests’

Pancras Station in London. And he never knew his father, Bradley told critics in Los Angeles. It was just not a very good start in life But one feels that it left him with a deep insecurity. Also lovingly recreated is the retro BBC set where directors were only allowed to stop filming four times per episode because the cameras and equipment were so cumbersome. Most people didnt know that Newman insisted on reshooting the entire first episode because he wasnt happy with the quality of it, according to director Terry McDonough. And Doctor Who was perilously close to being cancelled if not for Newmans insistence. His famous instincts were wrong however, when it came to no bug-eyed monsters or robots. For lack of a better script, Lambert got her now-famous Daleks, and the rest is history. The docudrama leads nicely into the culmination of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebrations, which includes Spaces commercial-free broadcast of the telefilm The Day of the Doctor on Nov. 23. The show promises to be something of a Doctor Who-lopolooza for hard core fans, with Matt Smith, the current and 11th doctor teaming up with his predecessor David Tennant and another prior incarnation of the time lord (played by John Hurt) to reveal a plot brewing in Londons National Gallery. At half a century, the show is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running science fiction show globally. Perhaps accounting for its success is that the premise and promise of Doctor Who has never wavered. When it was first pitched, it was supposed to be a show where C.S. Lewis meets H.G. Wells meets Father Christmas. But according to actor Smith, the current Doctor Who, it is a lot simpler than that. Its a show about a man, who is over a thousand and travels around the universe in a blue box which is bigger on the inside than the outside, says Smith.

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The Montreal Gazette reports the Quebec College of Physicians issued the decree after two University of Montreal ethics specialists were alerted by school staff to separate incidents involving the matter. Imagine a doctor who does a gynecological examination with the sole purpose of … it goes beyond the imagination. And its degrading to women, Charles Bernard, president of the College des medecins, told The Gazette. The Quebec College of Physicians is, among other things, responsible for dispensing ethical guidance on medical issues for its many member physicians. The Gazette writes University of Montreal ethicists were contacted by a clinic nurse after a young woman asked the health professional during a routine medical exam whether, she was still marriageable. But by then, it seems the ethicists were already grappling with the issue. Two weeks prior, the same researchers reportedly fielded a call concerning an adolescent whose family had forced her to undergo a chastity test at a local clinic. The girl subsequently told her school nurse, who then contacted the university. We got the impression that the physician was pressured by the family in the emergency room. The father was very insistent about having the certificate, and to get rid of the problem, the doctor did it, University of Montreal researcher Marie-Eve Bouthillier reportedly said. The Gazette writes Canadian officials have focused on the issue of late, or since the bodies of four women of Afghan descent were discovered in Ontario in 2009. They were reportedly murdered by relatives in so-called honor killings.

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Doctor Who’s Canadian connection

Grierson coined the term documentary. He came to Canada at the start of the Second World War to produce propaganda (a term he embraced) against Nazism. He initiated a cadre of young Canadians into film who shared the leftwing politics of that era, when the Soviet Union was our ally. But at wars end, an anti-communist campaign was orchestrated across North America. Grierson was driven from film and many at the NFB though not Newman lost jobs. Like other Canadians with political and artistic impulses, he went to the U.K., which was less repressive than the U.S. There he became head of drama at ITV, creating the series The Avengers; then he took the same post at the BBC, generating Doctor Who and much else. It may seem odd work for a Canadian. But every empire recruits talent from the colonies. It uses them to renew its own sapped vitality. You saw that in Sundays pre-film: Newman as the brash irreverent Canuck who stirs things up at the staid, establishment BBC. He in turn recruits internal outsiders, like the BBCs first woman producer and first Indian director: the posh wog and the pushy Jewish bird, as they describe themselves. Each side thinks theyre using the other and they are. By the 1970s a Canadian could don a lumberjack shirt and Greb Kodiaks to found a London theatre or gallery and the Brits would follow, awestruck. It was a version of good old American can-do, acceptable because it presented as Canadian. In the 1970s Newman returned to Canada to head the NFB himself.



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