The BBC's spinners have worked themselves into a right state over the news that filming has kicked off on the seventh series of Doctor Who. Viewers are promised 14 "blockbuster-movie episodes" as Arthur Darvill and Karen Gillan embark on "their final, rollercoaster voyage" with Matt Smith's Time Lord. Arthur Darvill, Matt …
Re: Am I the only one.....
My wife hates him (as The Doctor, not personally!)
I simply think his forehead is waaaay too big, but maybe that's to accommodate the necessary time-lord brain-power
Re: Am I the only one.....
I assume employing an animated fringe strategically positioned ontop of a frantic running-around lunatic was cheaper than employing an actor like Ecclestone or Tennant.
Re: Am I the only one.....
The only (modern) doctor I liked was Christopher Eccleston. Mainly because he didn't care about others' morality. DT was good in the role, I just didn't care for that particular role.
Last series was awful
Bring back David Tennant, the old writers and production team and stop making into a kids programme.
Re: Last series was awful
Er, it was originally a kids programme. It did get a little violent in the 80s, but that's because John Nathan-Turner wanted it that way and probably gave the BBC a reason to think about axing it.
Re: Re: Last series was awful
Um - surely it was always a family programme.
Family != Children
LOHAN Meets TARDIS
Now that's a good idea...
Have to say that sets in new series are better (don't look like they are made from cardboard), but some of the stories are very poor. And fixing the chameleon circuit, what were they thinking....
Have been some classics since the restart though (The Library double episode for one)
Can we have a Dalek logo (probably not I guess due to Marketing and such....)
Matt has no gloss
Sorry but I just can’t get excited about this.
Matt Smith makes a poor Doctor. He’s too small. He’s too lanky. He’s too young. He doesn’t have screen presence. His voice is weedy and expressionless. He comes across as a gawky teenager literally playing “Doctor Who”.
All this might be forgiven if the storylines were any good, but since Tennant’s departure the stories have been ridiculous, and, frankly, all over the place.
Doctor Who needs a radical revamp in time for the 50th Anniversary. The Doctor and his two current companions need replacing post haste, so that some life can be breathed back into the brand.
Matt Smith should step aside and make way for someone he could do justice to the role: Paul Shane. With Sue Pollard and Orm & Cheap as the companions.
I thought Amy Pond wasn't going to be in it anymore. I was going to quit watching on account of it being rubbish but I might have to continue now.
The thing is, Moffat finished the "how did the Doctor die" story arc with the Doctor having to avoid attracting attention. And I want to see how he handles that, because if he can manage a season which doesn't need the end of Earth, the end of the Universe, or the end of Time, as a climax, the show can be sustained for a long time. I have mixed feelings about some of his writing, but at his best you see marvels.
Just don't blink.
Re: Mixed Feelings
"the Doctor having to avoid attracting attention"
Not really necessary, since he's a time traveller. Even if I "know" that the Doctor died and I see him walking around, I can legitimately think that I'm seeing the Doctor before he "died", at a time further in the future.
In general I love the series, I just wish that (a) they stop it with the high-speed complex explanations that are un-understandable gibberish (b) stop the over-use of the sonic screwdriver. It's become too much of a cop-out, how about some more inventiveness to get out of tricky situations? It's basically cheating (c) not over-use long and convoluted story-arcs and do a few more stand-alone episodes (Blink - Best episode ever)
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well, the doctor didn't actually die... the guy you see walking round may or may not be him! :)
Now go and re-watch that episode, and you will understand... :) :)
If you are too slow for the 'high-speed complex explanations' , then you need to work a lot harder at being a Whovian.. you have got a recording device????
Long and convoluted story-arcs are what makes the series very watchable, and re-watchable.. if you cannot handle it, try the children's spin off, Sarah Jane adventures...
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Actually he finied the "how did the Doctor die" story arc by him, er, pretending to and The Laws Of Time wouldn't notice! Bloody big crappy cop-out pile-of that was :-\
New villains and monsters
Are there that many unemployed PMs out there?
Re: New villains and monsters
Skip the PMs. Go to the source: Psychopathic Corporate Oligarchs, such as Dark Overlord Rupert Murdoch. Can't you see him as yet another wizened and botched reincarnation of The Master, snarling and waving a cane at the Doctor, threatening to cast the TARDIS into oblivion? There's evil for you!
It's all relative (natch!)
I think it's down to opinion on the whole Matt Smith vs David Tennant stuff and even down to the direction of the show. I personally felt that David Tennant's Doctor was a bit too 'human' and emotional and that the story lines were sheer pantomime. Daleks in New York was a particularly bad example but the Ood and the Doctor Donna pish was even worse, not to mention the clearly plastic spider on Donna's back in Turn Left.
I really like Matt Smith though, he seems to have this ability to look either 25 or 70 depending on how he screws up his face and I like his childish view on the world because that's what the Doctor is, a big kid. And I also really like Steven Moffat's writing but I accept it's not for everyone because it's complicated. I'm not being condescending here, some people (gimps like me) are quite happy to watch the episodes 2 and 3 times and buy the box sets on Blu Ray so stories that make more sense the second time round are great. But if you just want to switch on, watch and switch off then I suppose it can be a bit frustrating.
Really looking forward to the new series. If Steven Moffat can make a watchable Christmas Special then I'm sure he can nail another series before his head gets too big and he needs to be replaced.
P.s. when Matt does leave can we PLEASE have Benedict Cumberbatch??? Pretty please?? With sugar on??
Re: It's all relative (natch!)
I believe Benedict Cumberbatch was interested in the role of the 11th Doctor, but ultimately decided against it. He's a fan of the show and would like to appear in an episode though!
>180km from London
I have to agree with the comments about how
Probability of location <= 180 km from London, given time of story <= 10 years from now := .99
And look at the highly hyped "Doctor goes to the US" - did they send him someplace really interesting, like Yellowstone? Or the Grand Canyon? Or if the National Parks Service isn't cooperating, maybe Palo Duro canyon? You mean to tell me that with a friggin TARDIS the Doctor's never gone sight-seeing?
One or two almost throw-away shots (e.g. Hoover Dam), and that's it.
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The US scenes looked like they'd been shot in GTA: San Andreas, I thought...
Cumberbatch would be good, actually.
Of course, he'll never do it, he's rising too fast right now, and frankly Smith is doing a decent enough job to my mind.
What will be interesting though is if Mark Gaitiss is writing more episodes - he's *good*
My favourite ones are the ones that take place far from earth.
(Think ones like Genesis of the Dalek's are best).
Don't like Amy Pond or Rorrie or River Song.
Quite liked the doctor's daughter though and the character of the tardis.
I think it is better to do long proper stories in 4 parts or whatever (45*4 is long enough for a decent story on an alien world).
For decent movie sci fi you need at least 2hrs so I don't get how 14 "blockbuster-movie episodes" can happen.
The thing I would be most interested in would be the timewar. (Timelords vs Dalek's).
Dunno whether it was the 8th or 9th doctor who was around then or not.
I liked the Christopher Eccleston series better than any of the other new ones. (Get the impression they spent more money on it - but I am not that bothered about fancy effects - mainly bothered about quality of dialog and alien worlds).
Genesis of the daleks was the start of the time war.
mr baker was sent back in time to destroy the daleks' grandmother before they were born, but in the end had an ethical problem with the mission and didn't.
Just another vote for Cumberbatch !
Guest starring Madonna...
who gets devoured by the Fendal.
I hope there's an episode where they run into Red Dwarf
Kryten can call the cybermen a bunch of Smeeeeee Heeeeeeee. 's. and Cat can have a go at the chewy bits inside the daleks while mocking their poor dressing skills. As for lister and rimmer... business as usual...
Re: I hope there's an episode where they run into Red Dwarf
Grant-Naylor would at least be able to write more inventive episodes than the current crop of writers.
Re: I hope there's an episode where they run into Red Dwarf
Dude, I would LOVE it if those two could sit in the same room and write something together. Like a new series of Red Dwarf that didn't suck balls. Since season 6 it's been mince.
But, seriously, the writers of Doctor Who have done some pretty inventive episodes. People need to remember that we're not supposed to be the target audience, kids are!! Go write an adult Doctor Who show and get that aired, I'd watch!
Oscar-winner Helen Mirren recently said that she wants to star in Doctor Who, but not as a companion or a guest star. She wants to be the Doctor.
“I would like to play the new female Doctor Who. I don’t want to just be his sidekick,” she tells the UK’s Daily Mirror.
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And why not! Then Doctor Helen Who could go back in time and wed himself, both mothering and fathering Susan, completing the cycle in divine style back at the beginning. I get writing credit!
Speaking of Susan: Since when is she dead in the series? Why is the Doctor always going on about being 'the last Timelord' when Susan was last seen living back on Earth, nowhere near Gallifrey or the Time War? Attention writers: The Doctor Susan Adventures! The new spinoff series for kids to replace the sadly demised 'Sarah Jane Adventures'. I get writing credit!
Then Susan can go back in time and secretly watch her parent(s) getting married, leaving a very special wedding present at their doorstep: An old Mark I, Type 40 TARDIS. How's that for a plot cycle in a cycle? I get writing credit! ;-Derek
Just let it die
"...big, blockbuster-movie episodes..."
Yep. I'm sure even more CGI, explosions and shoutyness will more than adequately compensate for the five-second attention span plots and cast who make the inhabitants of Hollyoaks look gnarled and gritty.
Any fule kno that the last real Dr. Who was Tom Baker. Every incarnation since then has just been embarrassing. Ecclestone might have pulled it off, if he'd stayed in the role for longer than five minutes and not set the current precedent for luvvies doing a season or two of Dr. Who as a quick bit of panto, before moving onto the next 'real' job.
Won't somebody think of the children, hiding behind the sofa!
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Baker is still my favorite Dr, but I'd never go so far as to say EVERY incarnation since then has been embarrassing.
Does it HAVE to be blockbusters all the way? Can it not just be spooky, broody, cleverly written mystery-fiction the way it used to be in the Good Days? I fear we are to be subject to more Orchestras, farting aliens, gay sharks and other bollocks. Sorry just BITTER, was so disappointed by most of the reboot, though it had some highlights along the way. It needs the highlights to become the norm. I do like Matt Smith, he's up there with Chris Ecclestone, who was up there with Tom Baker (I hear there were interlopers attempting to fill in between those real doctors but we'll ignore them).
David Tennant was the best doctor of all time if you ask me, Smith is well just awful a pathetic attempt at a doctor, I can't even watch a episode with him in it because quite frankly I bleed from my anus when I try.
then your watching it wrong..
maybe a Doctor could help..?? /coat -->door
because Captain Jack's visiting.
Nuwho is Cbeebee's
Wadda wanna be when i grow up - Cousin Justine! :-)
Now if someone made a TV production of Faction Paradox.
A female lead role and the "goodies" are almost as amoral (inhuman) as the baddies.
The reason they will not make this into a TV show is that it maps too well with renegades against the status quo. Far to many *real* renegades to allow it on TV. Just give then reality, game shows and CBBC style who pap to keep em distracted.
Return to Peladon
One of my favourite Pertwee stories
Or more overlapping different regenerations - perhaps with Sean playing the part of the third Dr?
Upvote for return of his clone daughter.
And definitely more family friendly - just watched "Talons" on Windows Media Center, didn't realise they had a few different episodes on there - including Adrozani for those wanting a Peri fix...
Re: Return to Peladon
I'd love to see another visit to Peladon. I've been thinking of storylines for it.
Perhaps The Doctor could be tasked by the Earth's High Commission to return to Peladon for some diplomatic reason. Call it "The Peladon Brief"