Michael Stailey wrote:More Daleks? Is there some kind of mandatory appearance of them and the Cybermen each series?
mkiker2089 wrote:So what do i need to see before this? I get confused not having BBC and having to netflix it. I've seen the one where he (other doctor) goes to Mars and one where he goes to a dessert planet. What's in between? Have they shown the regeneration yet?
HGervais wrote:New trailer for the first series featuring Matt Smith. Coming this Easter.
Steve T Power wrote:I bailed on the previous series pretty quickly... is this being considered a relaunch again? Or a continuation of the Eccleston/Tennant Whos.
Either way, it looks pretty awesome.
HGervais wrote:Steve T Power wrote:I bailed on the previous series pretty quickly... is this being considered a relaunch again? Or a continuation of the Eccleston/Tennant Whos.
Either way, it looks pretty awesome.
Not really a relaunch. Smith is the 11th Doctor but I do think with Moffat we are going to see something of a return to a classical approach to Doctor Who. Moffat has spoken at length of his love for certain periods of the show's history and Smith has said Patrick Troughton is his favorite Doctor...which speaks volumes to me as I hold the same opinion. To bad you bailed. The previous four series and the specials of last year could be something of a mixed bag but generally the high notes far exceeded the low ones. Certainly the episodes written by Steven Moffat were some of the best in the show's 50 year history and Tennant really was a great Doctor.
HGervais wrote:The spoiler free version is Matt Smith is everything The Doctor should be. At the risk of gushing let me just say he left me thinking David Who?....sorry..could not resist but really he is that good. He is as assured a Doctor as we have seen since Tom Baker. Amy Pond is also as good a companion as the show has ever introduced with a backstory that gives her instant levels of complexity. Moffat clearly gets what makes the show tick and while he throws a lot of plates in the air the episode never feels crowded and the hour plus running time zips by. It even has some dodgy CGI. Oh and the new TARDIS looks gorgeous. Retro and yet very strange, alien and modern. Welcome back Doctor.
I will admit that I was kind of tired of Tennant towards the end or was at least tired of the way he was being written. The whole woe-is-me, self-pity thing just got in the way and sucked a lot of the joy out of the character.
Polynikes wrote:One of my children also said that he did not like the changes to the signature tune or the opening titles sequence. What do Dr Who afficionados think?
HGervais wrote:Oh and how about the little Union Jack on the Dalak in the BBC trailer?
Paul Kile wrote:But what has me REALLY jazzed are the quick shots in the Preview (after Episode 1) showing what look like Spitfires engaged in a space battle!
HGervais wrote:So three episodes in and so far, three winners. The thing which surprises me is how much lower key the new series has been so far. Last night's Dalek episode was a good example. The writing is witty and efficient while Smith continues to channel his inner Patrick Troughton.
So I liked the way Moffat & Gatiss brought the Daleks back and set them up for future use.
Kenneth Morgan wrote:Sight unseen, though, the Dalek story better be good; I'm actually pretty tired of them by now.
HGervais wrote:Matt Smith is easily one of the best Doctors we have seen and Moffat's take on the series has been one of intelligence, grace & humor, sorry, humour. Personally I grew way too tired of RTD's style of almost always going over-the-top and Tennant's Doctor grew far too tiresome in his constant self-pity. Smith brings back the joy of being The Doctor that I associate with the series and the character. Plus, I think Moffat is much more in-tune with the vibe from the original series. Sure it is filtered through today's storytelling techniques & methods but this series has more like "classic" who than almost anything RTD produced. And dude, you are always trying to top yourself and that which came before you. You strive to make your mark and to leave the fans slack-jawed and jumping on the internet or the phone to talk about what went on in that episode with your friends. I don't think you are a killjoy, I just think you are wrong.
One thing I really like is how Moffat has played fair with his big reveal. The clues for this episode have been there since the first episode of the new series. And for a writer that has been as obsessed with perception as Moffat has during his tenure with the series as a whole, "The Pandorica Opens" comes as no surprise.
HGervais wrote:"The Big Bang" = pretty great TV. Smith owns the role now and Moffat has crafted what is far and away the most consistent and rewarding series since the show returned.
HGervais wrote:In the aspect of the finale using a deus ex machina, yes it was RTD-like except this deus ex machina felt like it made sense in an organic way but the thing I got out of the finale that for as big as the previous episode was this was more intimate and personal in a way RTD never really approached. That and the entire season was much better plotted than anything the previous regime did. I often felt like Davies was winging it a lot of the time where as with "The Big Bang" you could almost hear all the pieces falling into place. As far as Amy...one of the key points made during the series is how some things are never really forgotten and if it was Amy's memories which helped recreate the universe, and those memories helped along by a life's exposure to the rift, is it really that much of a stretch to think that with the right prompts Amy's submerged memories could come to the surface and restore The Doctor? "Nothing remembered can ever truly be lost” And the way Moffat writes about time is nothing short of brilliant.
Again, I think you are totally wrong and completely miss the boat. The writing was of the highest standard, this series was of the highest standard and Matt Smith IS The Doctor.....I don't know how anyone can look at his speech to a sleeping Ameila Pond and not be truly moved. Oh and I loved the way several very large questions were left hanging for future series not the least of which is who is River Song and what is The Silence?
Polynikes wrote:I think this is one of those cases where we have to agree to disagree. We are at polar opposites in our respective views of several aspects of this series. I hope that the Christmas special will prove to be one we all enjoy.
HGervais wrote:Polynikes wrote:I think this is one of those cases where we have to agree to disagree. We are at polar opposites in our respective views of several aspects of this series. I hope that the Christmas special will prove to be one we all enjoy.
True. And after reading about a dozen reviews of the finale and most of the comments with them, you are very much in the minority to the point it almost makes me wonder if we watched the same thing.
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