Comments on the new Doctor Who?

Comments on the new Doctor Who?

Postby Fink on Sun May 22, 2005 4:27 pm

Possible *SPOILER ALERT*, just discussing the first episode.




Interesting pace this time around.

They ran an entire Nestene story in 45 minutes. I wonder if this is the new format or that one-episode story was done to start things off with a bang. I haven't read anything online (can you tell?). I was trying to leave some surprises for the actual viewing.

I quite liked the 'companion' set-up, introducing the supporting characters before we saw The Doctor. I guess they've done that before, but there seemed to be a fairly gritty reality to them, their mundane lives compared to that of this enigmatic & evasive stranger. The internet conspiracy scene was fairly amusing, apart from that inevitable belch from the wheely-bin.

I also liked the fast-forward scenes. They seemed to reduce an entire day's activity on earth to an insignificant blip on the universal scale of all things, as it would appear if you travelled time & space.

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Erm, yeah, that's about all for now.
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Postby makepeace on Sun May 22, 2005 6:41 pm

I liked it. I liked the new Doctor. Most of all I liked that it's not a reinvention but a continuation (well, so far).
I kind of liked the dynamic between Rose and her boyfriend though. A bit of a shame they couldn't both have become companions.
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Postby gavin on Mon May 23, 2005 8:52 am

Been watching the doctor- theirs things I like and things I DON"T! But as i write this I just realized I have seen the first 7 eps due to freinds downloading stuff. Hm... well lets just say they have changed a few things permanetly! One I really really really do not agree with. In all its a very pretty show done well- theirs much more expolsions and high energy nowdays and their is such a concentration on earth its a bit weird to me. Gues they are trying to get new people to watch it.
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Postby Fink on Mon May 23, 2005 9:30 am

Earth, yeah.. it gets a bit old.

At one point he was exiled to Earth & did everything he could to get away, but I suppose you could explain that away as a freedom of choice thing. The early 1970's were just rife with alien invasion. I suppose, in terms of fiction, the Time Lords dumped him there in that particularly turbulent time to do their dirty work.

In production terms, I read somewhere they did that so they could save money on costuming and sets & funnel it into switching to colour TV. I wonder if the Earth-focused decision was in part fuelled by the same kind of concerns, only this time to afford them more digital aliens and explosions. Filming in London would have saved them a heap of design work over establishing an alien world & I suppose it instantly engages the audience if they're going to give a damn either way.

I did like The Doctor's character, from what I saw. He had a job to do and he got on with it with minimal investment into the locals he encountered. But I did get an impression from the outset that he engineered the situation to get Rose to travel with him, all that deliberate evasiveness and so on. The boyfriend didn't really stand a chance, poor frightened sod, after all he'd been through. Never trust a man in a leather sports jacket with a time machine.
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Postby tonia on Mon May 23, 2005 12:31 pm

I like what I've seen of the new Doctor Who - quite a lot of fun with Christopher Eccleston plays the Doctor as slightly mad and ruthless. The special effects are a bit hokey compared to some SF series on TV today, but lets face it, if it was too slick, it wouldn't be "Doctor Who".
I thought the first episode suffered a bit from over exposition, but I suppose the show is trying for a new audience as well - the episodes I've seen seem to be self contained too unlike the original.
Pity Eccleston is only doing one series and the rumours mill about the new Doctor includes Eddie Izzard, who I think would make a great Doctor.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_radio/4395849.stm
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Postby Fink on Mon May 23, 2005 9:48 pm

Ooh yeah, Eddie would be great :D
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Postby The Intruder on Mon May 23, 2005 10:18 pm

Nope. David Tennant apparently, according to my co-conspirator, who's finger is more firmly on the pulse of these things than mine.

http://www.david-tennant.com/ This is he. He's a goodly actor, and there's rumour of him wanting to be the first Doctor in a kilt. Which is just pornography, as far as I'm concerned.

Along with Eccleston, I'm *really* not used to the Doctor being a bit of alright.

I'm just not.

But hey, given that no actor is going to want to repeat Tom Baker's typecasting, I'm sure we'll also get Izzard at some point. Twelve regenerations? Who said. Shhhh. Write that bit out...
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Postby azahru on Tue May 24, 2005 7:24 am

I certainly liked it and the new look tardis is slowly growing on me (I too have watched passed episode 1 thanks to the internet). I friend of mine who subscribes to Docto Who Magazine informs we that most of the shots in London are done in Wales, it's a BBC Wales production!
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Postby Pirotess on Tue May 24, 2005 9:28 pm

I really enjoyed it too! We could probably download it all but eight cents a day yadda yadda. It was the kind of creepy I've always associated with Dr. Who, and I really liked the fact that it had been transplanted into the current decade but didn't date itself too easily. As with Mr. Wonka, it feels incredibly weird to think the Doctor is a bit of all right. :x

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Postby Aaron on Sat Aug 06, 2005 1:08 pm

I've watched it all, and I really like it. Was worried that it was a kids show based on the first few episodes, but it get's very mature as the show grows. The final episode is great. Can't wait for the next series.
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