30 January 2013

A New Direction

After reviewing the result from those first analyses, I have determined that there isn't as much to be garnered from the type of analysis embarked on. Simply looking at a pure Character by Character network wasn't enough. To get to the heart of the matter, I need to look at other pieces of the stories. Skill Sets, Knowledge, and Resources available.

I updated the first season with new information and have done preliminary tests. Each of the stories from Hartnell's first season are different beasts. Some are condensed character pieces [An Unearthly Child and Edge of Destruction] to elaborate, roaming dramas [The Daleks and Marco Polo].

A new direction will be taken dealing more with the individual stories, how the characters relate to those stories, and how a group of stories bind together for a cohesive section of Doctor Who.

When working with any large dataset, there are times you trod down a path confident that you will find some amazing stuff. But there are other times that hit a dead-end and realize it's time to turn around and try another route. So it is with this project.

Again, I thank you for your patience. It is a work in progress and I made a wrong turn but have steered it back on course.

28 January 2013

Back On Track...

After a review of the importing process, I found the problem and have taken steps to correct it. This means adjusting all the analyses with updated charts and re-writing parts of the analyses. The corrections are mostly minor, but there was a few items which just couldn't be let go. So it was my decision to start again to make sure that the analyses were thorough and correct.

Without dwelling into the details it had to do with the difference of working with binary networks and weighted networks. If that makes sense to you, then kudos. If it makes no sense, it won't matter in the long run.

Thank you for your patience.

27 January 2013

Gallifrey, We Have A Problem...

When you run tests on large datasets, there can be times when the results become skewed due to unseen errors to the procedures. This is one of those times.

I had one of the project scientist look over the data and procedure. They found a problem with how the data was compiled into the individual networks. Some of the links for the character networks combined improperly and resulted in larger link weights. This, in turn, altered the results.

I am working on how to proceed with the corrections. But that means the previous analyses will need to be rerun and new results will be posted.

I was told that I am not alone in this.

I have begun correcting the data and will start a new set next week. This is a small setback but I am doing all I can in order to correct the problem.

I thank you for your patience.

25 January 2013

First-Second Doctors-Analysis

TARDISEach analysis gets a picture of the character being analyzed. In this case, there are two Doctors. I needed a picture to represent multiple Doctors so what better image than the TARDIS.

This is where the network will begin to take shape. The previous posts had a limited amount of characters are very local connections. Expanding to two Doctors will show how it's not a pure linear timeline but rather how the little twiddlely bits from the past grab onto the present network. And with each Doctor this will become more apparent.

23 January 2013


General TimeTable

In general, I find it takes three to four days to run the analysis and checkout the results. That's on a regular network. A network of a Doctor takes a day or two extra. Presumably the first of the multi-Doctor network analysis it will take an extra day or two. There are many things to look at and check. Add to the fact that I have a job and sometimes that job takes my attention. At other times that job annoys me and makes me not want to work on this and go watch a movie instead.


I see updates coming every three to six days. On many of those in-between days there probably will not be any postings. I would like to put extra stuff up but have found that this only takes time away from the analysis and can be somewhat distracting, especially if I head off on the trail of something and spend an hour of two before I get back to my actual work. So I hope that you don't mind that the posts are sometimes scarce. I try to make up for not posting everyday with insightful reviews of the character's networks.

Thank you...

21 January 2013

Second Doctor-Analysis

Second DoctorPatrick Troughton took over from William Hartnell with a complete switch in personalities. The show-runners knew trying to replace Hartnell with an actor who tried to be like Hartnell would not work.

The show also switched gears from the random encounters to a more uniform story line, either Monster of the Week or Base Under Siege.

NOTE : Starting with the Second Doctor I am revising the style of the analysis. The measures have individual charts and these charts use actual unscaled numbers. The standard practice was to scale all results fit between 0 and 1 enabling the user to compare different measures on a similar number range. But for these analyses, the unscaled numbers make more sense when not doing comparisons. The previous analyses are correct but not as clear as they could be. If the project calls for it, I will redo the results in this style.

18 January 2013

Zoe-Companion Analysis

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Zoë, the next attempt from Doctor Who of a futuristic mod-girl. And their convoluted attempts at futuristic clothing. Since I have Zoë in her glittery catsuit on the top of the page, I thought the poly-vinyl costume would be appropriate.

Zoë couldn't be more different than her predecessor, Victoria. Possibly, the show runners looked back at having two Companions from the past and felt it was time to revisit the future - only dressed up in the wildest clothes possible.

14 January 2013

Victoria-Companion Analysis

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VictoriaI wasn't sure if I wanted long-dress, low cleavage Victoria or mini-skirted mod Victoria. So I made a gif of the two extremes.

A unique time for The Doctor's Companions, the last time the Doctor travels with two Companions from the past. [I discount Leela, her savagery was artifical].

But the entire universe is primitive compared to the Doctor. He likes his primitives to at least understand electricity and appreciate a proper sewage system.

11 January 2013

Jamie-Companion Analysis

JamieJamie McCrimmon spent a considerable length of time as a Companion. The rumor of Jamie as a one-off character floated around. False. Filming for the next story [The Underwater Menace] had begun before the Highlanders finished airing and Jamie, the Companion, was slated to be in it. [Wood & Miles, 2006]

His addition to Team TARDIS set in motion the problem of two male Companions. This inevitably saw the departure of Ben [and subsequently Polly].

Originally either contemporary or future people accompanied the Doctor. No reason for the Doctor explain everything to them. After the aborted attempt with Katarina, they attempted another historical Companion. It went well. So well another historical Companion joined Jamie - Victoria Waterfield from Victorian England. Now the Doctor had two Companions from the past.

The networks have gotten a makeover after getting some advice from one of the project scientists. Hopefully this cleared up any confusion.

09 January 2013

Jamie [Coming soon to a blog near you]

Yes, I am in the process of completing the analysis of Jamie. With Jamie spanning nearly three seasons, this is taking more time than a few others.

Plus the fact I went back to work after a two week holiday. Now I realize how much I was actually able to get done without having to go to campus five days a week.

But rest assured that with all the work I'm doing on Jamie's tenure on the TARDIS, it will also make the analyses of Victoria and Zöe go a bit quicker also as Jamie's time covers both of their stays in the TARDIS.

I hope to have this finished and posted on Monday.


06 January 2013

Unasked Questions-How Did This Network Come About?

So, you might wonder WHY this project came about. Why did I decide to delve into Doctor Who in this manner. Let me shed some information on its background.


The university department I work at does practical work in network analysis. It handles some very complicated datasets for some serious customers. And although pouring over large amounts of some dull email data or reviewing the data from the some revolutions going on in the world, the processes can provide some insights on viewing connections between people, places and things.  But I thought I wanted something a little more "toward my general interests". Thus, into my head popped Doctor Who. Now there's a dataset. Nearly fifty years of data. One of the most complicated interpersonal networks I could ever think of.

04 January 2013

Unasked Questions About Network Analysis

As a retrospective, I thought I'd put all the previous networks up in one post to show how each of the Companions [ or Companion pairs ] compared. You'll notice that in each Companion's network, they are the closest character to the Doctor. After looking at all these networks together, I thought it might be helpful to answer a few unasked questions. Because I know that when I first started, they were the type of questions I had to ask.

At the end of the Second Doctor's network analysis I'm sure there will be additional unasked questions that I will think of.

First Doctor-Network Analysis

01DoctorFinally, the First Doctor. A network unlike any of the Companions - huge in comparison. Also much more complicated as it encompasses both The Three Doctors and the Five Doctors stories. Those two stories created quite a few connections, just like The Five Doctors did for Susan.

Various reason are given not liking the First Doctor's tenure: slow-plodding stories, men-in-rubber-suit monsters, a mean Doctor with a vicious attitude and [strangely enough] it was in black & white.

But examine any other show you enjoy and you'll find instances to apply some of these same criticisms [except for the black & white part].

But that innovation. I don't look at The Web Planet as a ridiculous story about funny looking butterfly people. I think of it as one of the most ambitious experimentations ever done on 1960s television. At times, I wish more shows had that type ingenuity. David Whitaker [ first script editor ] helped lay the foundation in season one that would eventually became the Intelligent TARDIS.

02 January 2013

The Doctor's Girls-Polly, And Her Good Friend - Ben

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Ben And PollyAnd now, the proper Dolly Bird, Polly - and her handsome male counterpart, Ben. What the producers and writers had tried for with Dodo, they finally got right with Polly.

With Polly, Doctor Who had moved into the swinging sixties, go-go boots and all. Anneke Wills was ready, willing, and able. And she even came complete with her own wardrobe.

The last pair added to Team TARDIS consisted of a pair of schoolteachers that represented Mom and Dad. Now it looks like they decided to add a pair that represented your older brother and sister. Older than the child viewer, but younger than Barbara and Ian...

01 January 2013