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Re: Doctor Who

Post by linus » Tue Sep 25, 2012 09:01

Gordon wrote:And the whole thing about them wanting to commit to life by getting full time jobs? Guess what!? As pointed out about 5 minutes later, time travel allows you to go off for a year and still keep your full time job.
I think this has been explained though, that they can go off for weeks at a time and return to where they left off but they've still aged in that time (potentially a problem) and as an idea that you could stop your 'real life', go and do all these incredible things but then have to slip back into the normality of your 'real life', that's interesting but it's never fully explored and the impact of incredible things happening to ordinary folk- while apart from some initial panic- is never really fully acknowledged or considered in doctor who world... I think that would be interesting, but doctor who isn't the place for that, it seems

which is a shame, aliens are either a threat- wanting to destroy earth/the doctor/the universe- or are kindly and beneficent (a rather old empire colonial view of 'foreigners'), the cubes could've been just passing through, their motive unclear to begin with, but which would've allowed for the doctor to hang out on earth and see the ponds in their everyday lives (and perhaps be moved/impressed by that) and the 'passing through' thing would've been a neat comment on the doctor and his relationship with his assistants

when I watched doctor who as a kid, I was into the monsters and the weirdness and- as it was the pertwee and baker years- the strangeness of the doctor himself, the assistants were on the periphery (for me) and it was only as I got a little older that I began to notice them a little more, um, eagerly

the other thing I loved was the build up of the threat and the cliffhanger endings

new doctor who can be good at the build up of the threat, the impending peril but is scuppered by not having (regularly) the cliffhangers... stories often seemed rushed to a conclusion and endings often feel tagged on, it seems, with the doctor waving his sonic screwdriver about and making everything alright again and- worse, much worse- there's always some *feelings* and some 'growing and learning'

fuck that, I'm watching doctor who or at least I want to be... this week's episode was more reason not to bother, to give up wishing and hoping I can have that giddy, goofy, creepy, spooky fun telly of my childhood replicated

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Re: Doctor Who

Post by tompony » Tue Sep 25, 2012 09:03

It sounds to me like more of you should try the "spilling pasta and meatballs all over the carpet with five minutes to go" approach. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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Re: Doctor Who

Post by Gordon » Tue Sep 25, 2012 16:34

tompony wrote:It sounds to me like more of you should try the "spilling pasta and meatballs all over the carpet with five minutes to go" approach. I can't recommend it highly enough.
I have something similar called unexpected discovery of anonymous cat vom.

I'm glad no ones too disturbed by my slight rant. I only really know post 2005 Doctor Who, and I do for the most part enjoy it. I even liked that Christmas opera special.
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Post by Gordon » Tue Sep 25, 2012 16:36

tonieee wrote:I did quite enjoy it until the sudden lack of an ending. The old DW fan in me especially liked the reference to the Zygons (one of my favourite DW monsters) though I wish we could have seen them and also UNIT and the Brigs daughter being in it. What were the people in the square mouths for? Did I miss an explanation of them?
They were people controlled by a robot which randomly kidnapped people for no reason. Now how long can you be in cardiac arrest for?
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Re: Doctor Who

Post by Gordon » Sat Sep 29, 2012 20:14

That was much better (aside from "can't go back in time" nonsense). Why doesn't SteMo just write them all. Annoying that we have to wait 'til Christmas even if it's for the new annoying companion.
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Re: Doctor Who

Post by Gordon » Wed Dec 26, 2012 15:39

That was pretty good wasn't it? Especially for A Christmas Special.
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Re: Doctor Who

Post by paukl » Wed Dec 26, 2012 17:53

I really didn't like it. The Christmas ones are always a bit pap for me.

The new companion stuff is interesting though, I was wondering how they were going to explain her reappearance so making that the focus of the next half of the series has got me interested.

It's just weird to think the same person that wrote Blink also wrote that.

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Post by tompony » Wed Dec 26, 2012 18:37

I liked it. I think I've generally quite enjoyed the Christmas specials but this one felt less like a standalone treat and more like a set up for the next series. I enjoyed it on those terms though, I thought it was funny and full of thrills and it raised my expectations for the next series for sure!

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Re: Doctor Who

Post by tonieee » Thu Dec 27, 2012 15:24

I liked the new TARDIS and the TARDIS in a cloud and the new title sequence was an improvement on the last one.

I especially didn't like the way they defeated the monsters but I never do these days.

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Re: Doctor Who

Post by Jangloid Mark » Thu Dec 27, 2012 16:55

I thought it was pretty good...I love the setup for the second half of the series...and loved the new tardis and spiral staircase....

I thought the Sontaron was a bit crap, though....

May I also say that I thought Clara was utterly cute?
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Re: Doctor Who

Post by Gordon » Thu Dec 27, 2012 17:08

I preferred her when she was in a dalek.
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Re: Doctor Who

Post by tompony » Thu Dec 27, 2012 17:44

I thought she was incredibly annoying in the Dalek one, but had no such concerns in the Christmas special.

Of course, she might be incredibly annoying again when she comes back again because she's somebody different or whatever.

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Re: Doctor Who

Post by Jangloid Mark » Thu Dec 27, 2012 21:34

Just watched the Dalek one again...and must say, I thought she was really cute (and not in the least but annoying) in that one too...

I didn't pick up on the fact that it was her (the souffle thing was a bit of a giveaway, but, I completely missed it) until right at the end...

...but, how can she die twice? I like that the last few Doctor Who series present as many questions as they answer....
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Re: Doctor Who

Post by Elvistears » Sun Dec 30, 2012 18:11

Jangloid Mark wrote:.

...but, how can she die twice? I like that the last few Doctor Who series present as many questions as they answer....
She'll have to get used to dying a whole lot more often than that if the last pair of companions are anything to go by.

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Re: Doctor Who

Post by jayen_aitch » Mon Dec 31, 2012 00:12

Gordon wrote:That was pretty good wasn't it? Especially for A Christmas Special.
I enjoyed it, it was scary, and christmassy...

I wonder how large a part the doctors team of helpers from around the cosmos will play in the next season.

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Re: Doctor Who

Post by Gordon » Tue May 14, 2013 07:25

So... It's all been a bit rubbs, eh?
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Re: Doctor Who

Post by linus » Tue May 14, 2013 07:47

this week's one was better than most, I tend to doze off midway through every doctor who episode I watch but this one kept me alert and interested

I prefer carla to amy, there are more yocks in this series and the jumpy bits have been more effective because of that, I think, because they've achieved a more natural balance between one and t'other, light and shade and all that- also I really like matt smith

however, I'm not really a doctor who nut, I don't make great claims for it or have overinflated expectations so I'm not sat there on a saturday teatime (or sunday morning watching the bits I fell asleep during) ready to hate it because ultimately it's a telly programme for kids

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Re: Doctor Who

Post by tompony » Tue May 14, 2013 10:35

I thought the ghost episode from a few weeks back was brilliant, one of the best episodes for a good while. Most of the other episodes have felt a bit filler-y to me, but they've mostly been pretty entertaining. I liked Warwick Davies in the most recent one but the rest of the plot didn't do much for me.

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Re: Doctor Who

Post by lynsosaurus » Tue May 14, 2013 11:24

I thought the ghost one was amazing as well! And I thought this weekend's one was ace, I especially liked the old split brain thing with Matt Smith. I didn't really like the new companion much but I'm warming to her loads now. A lot of this series has been underwhelming for me personally, but even when it's not amazing it's still a good weekend watch, innit?

Has everyone seen the news about the leaked DVDs? DOH!

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Re: Doctor Who

Post by linus » Tue May 14, 2013 11:27

I think the ghost one has been the pick of the bunch so far, the russian submarine one started well but went to piddle

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