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Re: Doctor Who

Postby Darkflame » 05 Jun 2017, 10:18

Yes Id agree with that. Its a mostly different feel to the last few seasons.

That said, for a 3 parter (sort of) the last epp indeed resolved way too easy.
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Re: Doctor Who

Postby Arclight_Dynamo » 05 Jun 2017, 13:56

I liked the first 15 minutes of the most recent episode. A lot. But following the twist, I felt it went downhill fast.
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Re: Doctor Who

Postby Merrymaker_Mortalis » 06 Jun 2017, 09:44

I think the way the ending worked was:

The monks made the pact through Love.
The maintain control through "love". As in, the people cheer the tyranny and believe that the monks are nurturing them.

However, Bill's memory of her mother creates a feeling of sincere love. And this feeling is broadcasted to the world. True love. Which makes the monk's love seem fake in comparison.


But I agree that I felt like things were a little letdown and easy after the twist. Maybe the plot would have been more interesting if The Doctor was trying to antagonise Bill into hating him, to sever the pact that was made. Love turn to hatred.
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Re: Doctor Who

Postby tbug » 13 Jun 2017, 19:52

Empress of Mars felt old school the whole time, but getting Ysanne Churchman in to voice Alpha Centauri brought a serious smile to my face. Now I'm rewatching the Curse of Peladon.
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Re: Doctor Who

Postby Robo4900 » 14 Jun 2017, 15:49

I thought it was a little predictable at times, and honestly, I think it's the weakest of this season so far.

But yeah, Alpha Centauri with the original voice actress was an excellent nod. Loved that. And in a way, it provides a pretty great lead-in to Curse Of Peladon. :)
Although the timing probably works out that Peladon was a good few decades later, at least.
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Re: Doctor Who

Postby tbug » 14 Jun 2017, 16:05

I looked it up, and it's about two thousand years later. It's about Peladon joining the Federation, which is the political entity that rose up when the First Great and Bountiful Human Empire disintegrated in the wake of the sun's solar flare problem. Curse of Peladon is roughly contemporary with The Beast Below.

I'm halfway through my Curse of Paladon rewatch. The Sarah Jane Peladon adventure's up next!
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Re: Doctor Who

Postby Robo4900 » 14 Jun 2017, 16:14

Ah. So I was a bit off with that. XD
Interesting, though.

Ah, cool. I wasn't such a fan of the second Peladon story, but I suppose it makes sense to give it a watch along with the classic first one. :)
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Re: Doctor Who

Postby tbug » 14 Jun 2017, 16:28

I guess to do them justice I'll have to finish with the Sarah Jane Adventures story where Jo showed up and the two of them reminisced about Peladon. :D I agree that the Jo story was the better of the two originals.
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Re: Doctor Who

Postby Robo4900 » 15 Jun 2017, 08:47

Oh yeah, I forgot about that.
For all its faults, that spin-off did have some damn good episodes. :)
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Re: Doctor Who

Postby Robo4900 » 24 Jun 2017, 12:04

Loved this episode.

I knew about both twists, and I think I would have enjoyed it more without knowing in advance. However, the episode still kicked all kinds of ass, and I can't wait for next week.

As a side-note, the title of this episode was in the opening line of my favourite Rush song, and I'd never realised it was a line from a famous poem.
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Re: Doctor Who

Postby Arclight_Dynamo » 25 Jun 2017, 22:54

What you said in the spoiler text, 100%. This was a *solid* episode.
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Re: Doctor Who

Postby PlasmaCow » 29 Jun 2017, 12:59

knowing John Simm was coming back, it only took me till his 2nd scene to twig it was him in disguise.
Didn't stop me enjoying it, don't think they did a particularly good job of emphasising just how long Bill had waited for.
Very interested to see what comes in the finale and Christmas special, which presumably will deal with the fallout from the finale. Hope Moffatt doesn't cock it up with yet another a surprise magic reset maguffin.
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Re: Doctor Who

Postby PlasmaCow » 02 Jul 2017, 15:44

Not quite a magic reset button, but not far off it...
I'm guessing a Cyber-Master might be the next appearance of the Master in a couple years time.
I don't quite understand why Nardol & co didn't head right to the top of the ship in the elevator - he does know how to fly the Tardis after all and the Doctor was planning to sacrifice himself anyway.

All that said it was still very enjoyable, along with all the Missy/Master jibes.
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Re: Doctor Who

Postby Robo4900 » 03 Jul 2017, 10:36

Loved it. It was flawed, but great fun, tied up the loose ends nicely, and although I think last week's was a better episode, this was great fun, and really well acted. Can't wait for the Xmas special.

They might just say there were a few masters between Simm and Gomez, or they might just use the old "I escaped" excuse, or they could have the Time Lords revive the Master/Missy with a new regeneration cycle... There are a multitude of ways.
Nardole and co. couldn't go up the lift, because as they travelled up the lift, their travel time relative to the Cybermen downstairs would be vastly extended, and by the time they get to the top, there could be Cybermen coming out of the lifts within seconds, all of which are highly advanced, and have used the years to plan how to kill the people. You saw how far the Cybermen progressed in the couple of days the main characters spent on floor 507.

I really didn't like the fact Bill got to live after all, and got a happy ending. In isolation, I'd probably be fine with it, but Moffat's done that with every companion so far. In fact, it's almost exactly the same as Clara's ending.
I'm a little sad we probably won't see any more Nardole. He was one of the best things about this season, and I'd have loved to see him stay on.
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Holy crap, that ending scene. I didn't see that coming. This Christmas special could be really damn awesome.
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Re: Doctor Who

Postby tbug » 04 Jul 2017, 19:56

It's a longstanding tradition that the Master is killed off "permanently" and then he just shows up again and it isn't explained. Admittedly New Who hasn't done as much of that, but there's still plenty of precedent. If they feel the need to explain it they could say that in addition to remembering to carry a dematerialization circuit she also remembered to protect her back against the Master's ray.

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Re: Doctor Who

Postby Robo4900 » 05 Jul 2017, 10:44

I'd say a week or two is a safe margin.
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Re: Doctor Who

Postby PlasmaCow » 05 Jul 2017, 12:40

Robo4900 wrote:Nardole and co. couldn't go up the lift, because as they travelled up the lift, their travel time relative to the Cybermen downstairs would be vastly extended, and by the time they get to the top, there could be Cybermen coming out of the lifts within seconds, all of which are highly advanced, and have used the years to plan how to kill the people. You saw how far the Cybermen progressed in the couple of days the main characters spent on floor 507.


Yeah I understood that bit, I just thought that with the Doctor blowing up all the cybermen on 507 at once would've given them the clear air to use the lift.

The very very end of the episode came as less of a surprise to me as I was watching a recording of the sunday evening, so had seen the promo photo for the christmas special on facebook already.
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Re: Doctor Who

Postby tbug » 05 Jul 2017, 15:28

I guess it's time to rewatch The Tenth Planet, which is the Cyberman serial during which the first Doctor regenerates, and which takes place in Antarctica. This seems all rather relevant.
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Re: Doctor Who

Postby Robo4900 » 06 Jul 2017, 08:48

In my book, there's no such thing as a bad excuse to rewatch the Tenth Planet. And honestly, even though it would of course be better to have the real thing, I love the look of the animated episode 4.

PlasmaCow -- Perhaps, but they probably wouldn't have been able to go up very far before time would accelerate to a degree that the Doctor blowing everything up would already be a long-past event that's well taken care of. They could have just gone to the floor they ended up climbing to by lift, but if they did take the lifts, the Cybermen would know where they'd escaped to. By taking the vents, they're essentially off the radar, just like they were before Missy called the lift earlier on.
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Re: Doctor Who

Postby Darkflame » 07 Jul 2017, 12:01

Overall pretty darn good imho. SG1 used the same concept at one point, incidentally.

So...errr....did the bad guys all win off-camera?
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Re: Doctor Who

Postby Gap Filler » 16 Jul 2017, 08:42

Good to know the modern tradition of massive swathes of fandom been given a fresh excuse to hatewatch has been happily continued.

Who'd've thought barely a minute of a blonde woman in a big coat walking in the woods would kick up such a fuss.
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Re: Doctor Who

Postby tbug » 16 Jul 2017, 09:01

I'm unfamiliar with Jodie Whittaker's work, but I hope that Chris Chibnall gives her great scripts and that she's awesome.

(Why do I ever read the comments on announcement videos!?)
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Re: Doctor Who

Postby Necabo » 16 Jul 2017, 11:15

tbug wrote:I'm unfamiliar with Jodie Whittaker's work, but I hope that Chris Chibnall gives her great scripts and that she's awesome.

(Why do I ever read the comments on announcement videos!?)



Those comment though :cry: weeping for humanity.
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On a positive note, I am excited. She looks like she would give a fresh spin to the series. And even though I am indeed not familiar with her, the look she has in those last few seconds is very Doctor to me already :) But then, I am not a salty "fan"boy or an internet gatekeeper which helps.
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Re: Doctor Who

Postby Merrymaker_Mortalis » 16 Jul 2017, 11:43

I thought she was great in Attack The Block and Black Mirror - The Entire History of You.
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Re: Doctor Who

Postby Elomin Sha » 16 Jul 2017, 13:44

I stopped watching Doctor Who a few series ago, because it was getting boring. One thing that is confusing me; they're calling Jodie the 13th Doctor, but shouldn't she should be the 14th (13th regeneration)? Am I missing something?
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