[watching] Doctor Who

#21
Episode 2 was okay...entirely predictable from start to finish and a bit heavy handed at times, but perfectly good fun.

And I really enjoyed the first look at the new Tardis interior. Also...left over Stenza weapons, Stenza conquests, the Stenza Tim Shaw in the first episode...anyone would think the Stenza are going to be a big significant element this season, maybe even a season arc.
 
#22
There is a "who" shop in Upton Park, East London that has been around forever. I thought this had closed, but as it hasn't I may visit it in a couple of weeks.
 
#24
When I saw the topic of the episode, I found myself dreading the Who team would end up producing something cringeworthy, overly preachy, or tasteless. I needn't have worried; it was a triumph.

Some anchors need to be dropped, to steal a phrase from TV Tropes.
 
#25
With Series 12 rumoured to begin on New Year's Day, Chris Chibnall has announced that Series 13 is now in the works. I know the BBC have commissioned up to series 15, as the overseas streaming rights to series 13-15 were recently sold to HBO.

What would people like to see in series 12?
 

Cybe

Lay member
#27
I didn't really watch the last season, mainly because I was burned out after the previous two before it.

But I'm liking the look of the new one and I'm ready to give it a new shot!
 
#28
With Series 12 rumoured to begin on New Year's Day, Chris Chibnall has announced that Series 13 is now in the works. I know the BBC have commissioned up to series 15, as the overseas streaming rights to series 13-15 were recently sold to HBO.

What would people like to see in series 12?
Dr Who is back at 6.55pm on New Years Day with an episode titled Spyfall.
 
#30
What would people like to see in series 12?
I've been thinking about this for a while (a few years, in fact), and you know what I want from series 12, 13 and beyond? A regular series. You know, one series a year, that sort of thing? Not a series whenever the actors and celebrity show-runner can manage to fit it in around their other priorities.

It's not like the show isn't high profile for the BBC, and presumably it earns them a fair whack in overseas rights and merchandising. Putting it out on a regular schedule doesn't seem to be asking too much. It's not like I'm demanding an episode every week (although the BBC does have a little experience at producing shows in that format), or even 22 episodes a year.

Ahem. Sorry about that, I'll get back into my box now...
 

Guvnor

The Guvnor
Staff member
#31
I've been thinking about this for a while (a few years, in fact), and you know what I want from series 12, 13 and beyond? A regular series. You know, one series a year, that sort of thing? Not a series whenever the actors and celebrity show-runner can manage to fit it in around their other priorities.

It's not like the show isn't high profile for the BBC, and presumably it earns them a fair whack in overseas rights and merchandising. Putting it out on a regular schedule doesn't seem to be asking too much. It's not like I'm demanding an episode every week (although the BBC does have a little experience at producing shows in that format), or even 22 episodes a year.

Ahem. Sorry about that, I'll get back into my box now...
Hear hear
 
#32
From what I’ve been told, series 13 to 15 have been commissioned, with Jodie given the option to extend her contract until the end of series 15. The BBC seem happy with the current set up. However, that’s no garuntee of regular series every year.
 
#33
The only thing I want from new Nu Who is a bloody ongoing storyline. The best recent series have been the ones with the ongoing threads running through them - Bad Wolf, the disappearing planets, the Silence etc - that have come to something. In the old days, the four episode stories did the job. Nowadays, single long episodes just don't do it. TV has changed and serialisation is a thing.
 
#35
The first part of Spyfall was a strong opener. I throughly enjoyed it. It looks like they took what worked best in the last series and simply ran with it.

I loved the reveal of Sacha Dhawan as the Master. I loved him as the villain in Iron Fist. Nice to see the Tissue Compression Eliminator being brought back as well.
 
#36
My thoughts about the episode Orphan 55. Despite its flaws, I enjoyed the episode. It does, however, reuse a number of Dr Who tropes. The story itself was not as strong as the opening story Spyfall and was a little bumpy in places. A strong 6 out of 10 for me.

Further thoughts that contain spoilers:

The idea of a ravaged future Earth we have seen before, in such stories as The Ark in Space, Day of the Daleks and The Mysterious Planet. The idea of humans evolving into monsters like the Dregs was explored in the Third Doctor adventure The Mutants. The holiday resort on a hostile planet was truly inspired by The Leisure Hive and there was also a touch of Ice World from Dragonsfire. This is also the possible future polluted Earth where humans have evolved into the Haemovores (The Curse of Fenric).
 
#37
This is slightly left field I know, but I was in Worcester Wetherspoons between Christmas and New Year. At the adjacent table there were four huge nu-metal type grebos earnestly discussing the current Dr Who. They were of the view that Jodie Whittaker was doing a good job but hadn’t been best served by the quality of the scripts. Not a very scientific sample I suppose, but interesting to hear what some genuine fans think.
 
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First Age

D&D h@ck3r and Hopepunk
Staff member
#38
This is slightly left field I know, but I was in Worcester Wetherspoons between Christmas and New Year.
That's a decent stint. You'll have see a lot of life.

I'm out of Dr Who. Have been for a while. Might dip in again in a new season.
 
#40
Orphan 55 was disappointing. Spyfall was solid and a beautiful nostalgia-fest, while serving up plenty of modern sensibilities.

Scary hunting monsters that surround the Doctor and friends, but don't pursue when they run back to the transporter. The old couple who manage to share a final few words, despite no reasonable explanation as to why the old man would be kept alive. A transporter that's precisely enough NOT to save everyone. A bunch of corridors and limited scenery that suggests this was an easy way to save money. Inexplicable pairings and that weird ion shield that managed to get the creatures to leave and somehow pushed some of them through the walls (I mean, that old man survived... so, he must have been pushed through a wall or carried off by a creature that escaped before the ion field reasserted itself). And that damned speech, that was all message and very little delivery.
 
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