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October 22, 2018 6:40 am  #1201

Re: Doctor Who

I'm watching them on catch-up now, so a bit behind! 


October 22, 2018 6:46 am  #1202

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Last night's episode was the best Dr Who I have ever seen.


October 22, 2018 6:30 pm  #1203

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I loved the episode (best of Jodie's that we've seen so far), but had quite a few little quibbles.  One being that Rosa Parks didn't fit the description I've read of her.  It felt a bit "educational" and expositional at times (although I know I have to bear in mind that it's aimed at children who might not know the background detail!).  And the end speech didn't come off so well for me - I think maybe the writing rather than the delivery.  But I did find it an emotional episode and really warmed to all the companions.  There were some very funny parts too! 


October 22, 2018 6:56 pm  #1204

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I don't really know what Rosa Parks was like, so I can't speak to that. I'll have to see what I can find out. It looks like Radio Times put out an article about her portrayal in the episode.

I did recognize Vinette Robinson (Sally Donovan) playing her, though.

But overall I thought it was the best of the series so far. Exciting, funny, and moving in the end. I like that they acknowledge the fact that time travel to the past, especially to certain times and places, might not go so well for certain people because of prejudices of the day.

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Clueing for looks.

October 22, 2018 7:22 pm  #1205

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Well, I don't know if the description I've read of Rosa is accurate anyway! I'd read that she came across as quiet and shy, and I didn't really get that from the episode.  But it may have been that the writers did their research and what was shown was closer to the truth than what I've read.  Or it may be that this portrayal got the point across better - I did really like the portrayal. 


December 14, 2018 5:32 pm  #1206

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So what did you think of the latest series?  Mixed feelings here.  I like Jodie, but there's something missing, and I think that is to do with her scripts rather than her acting.   She feels very "light" after Peter, if you know what I mean, and I feel we've lost some aspects of the Doctor that made her a deeper, more nuanced character.  But then, I don't think Peter's first series was so good as the later ones either.  And I do think Jodie had some great moments.   I hate to say it, but if feels a bit dumbed down too.   I do feel Steven Moffat gave the audiences a bit more credit - I know it's kind of a children's series, but that doesn't mean everything has to be spelled out and simplified.  But I do think there were some really good episodes - sadly, not the Chris Chibnall written ones, but it may be he is fine as showrunner, if he steps back a little from the writing.  My favourite episode was "It Takes You Away".  "Witchfinders" and "Kerblam" were also very good. 

I love Graham as a companion.  The other two haven't really grabbed me.  There have been some great guest stars, but I feel underused, especially Art Malik.  However, Alan Cumming was fantastic, and I would love if King James I&VI could pop up in later episodes!  I think the episodes have looked fantastic - I don't know anything about cinematography, but they do look great! 

I was really disappointed about the series being broadcast later in the year, then changed to Sundays, and then the change from Christmas to New Year, and then finally the revelation that there won't be a series next year at all!  It's one of the very few TV programmes that I regularly watch, and I'm sad that it's being treated like this.

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December 14, 2018 5:34 pm  #1207

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I have to say, I was very surprised...
I really enjoyed it.
I did miss Steven, though.


December 14, 2018 6:02 pm  #1208

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Definitely!  Although the consolation for me is that there were some good guest writers.  I'm delighted to see that Ed Hime has Series 12 listed on his professional page!  I'd be happy if the others come back too.  And yes, I did enjoy most of the episodes, even a couple of the not so good ones!


January 29, 2020 7:40 pm  #1209

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How are we enjoying Jodie's second series?  I have watched out of order, and have still to see the Tesla one, but the most recent one was fantastic!  I absolutely loved

the alternate Doctor! 

.  I did not see that coming!  I'm also excited about the

return of the Master!

.  Great casting choices for both of those. 

This series feels a bit more Moffaty.  Maybe it's the hint of an overarching storyline. 


January 29, 2020 7:42 pm  #1210

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I got the Moffat vibe, too...
I also loved the reappearance of somebody else.
The Tesla one is very like The Current War, but I loved it.
Yes, Dr Who is great!


November 22, 2021 9:33 pm  #1211

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Is anybody else watching the new series?   For some reason, I had quite low expectations of it, but it turns out it's fantastic!   We have a series with cliffhangers now, instead of standalone episodes and I'm finding it quite gripping. I suppose I'd forgotten how exciting is it waiting for another episode to continue the story!  Yesterday's was such good fun!  And quite scary!   I do think Jodie is being given some better lines now, and making the most of it.  It also looks amazing - I don't know if they've upped the budget on special effects?


November 22, 2021 9:50 pm  #1212

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Trailer, very slightly spoilery if you don't want to know anything at all before watching!  It shows some returning monsters!



November 23, 2021 6:31 am  #1213

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Yes, I always watch and indeed enjoy.
I am a bit of a fake Whovian to be honest.
I have watched the show for all of my life.
But I don't always get it!


November 23, 2021 7:30 pm  #1214

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Me too, Besleybean! I think particularly the Moffat storylines got very complicated at times.  And I always forget what happens week to week, never mind season to season!  I would love to get involved in all the discussion and speculation on other forums but it's beyond me!  So I'm being a bit more challenged by having on six episode series rather than one-off, ha ha! However, as light entertainment to enjoy without thinking too much, this is really coming up trumps. 

I'm really intrigued to know what is actually going on. 

Just a shame it's only six episodes!  I was looking back at the earlier runs because I was sure I remembered we used to have storylines with cliffhangers like this, and yes, we did, but we had several a year!  We used to have it weekly for half the year - now it looks like just 6 episodes and a Christmas special.  We didn't know we had it so good!


November 23, 2021 7:32 pm  #1215

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I have to say that the Moffat/Matt Smith days have the happiest memories...just cos of the Sherlock associations, with Mark often being involved too.
And Whovians have always had so much more than we ever got with Sherlock!

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May 8, 2022 2:09 pm  #1216

Re: Doctor Who
New Doctor Who announced!  And it's yet another Scot!  I was slightly hoping for an older Doctor but Ncuti is great: will be interesting now it's Russell T Davies' show again! 


May 8, 2022 2:11 pm  #1217

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I know nothng about the guy, but good to hear that he is another Scot!


May 8, 2022 2:41 pm  #1218

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I've seen him in Sex Education and everybody in that is really good to be honest: I think Asa Butterfield was suggested for the Doctor at one point. 

So funny, Matt Smith must be the only Southerner since Peter Davison in the early 80s!  I think all the rest are Scottish or Northern (had to check a couple I wasn't sure about - and I suppose John Hurt is a bit of a mix, and I haven't counted Jo Martin)!


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