The Official Doctor Who Thread Page 473

  • wuntyphyve 19 Nov 2018 08:09:46 12,414 posts
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    Yeah that got the thumbs up in my household. My boy was a bit upset about the deaths but we enjoyed it overall.
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 22 Nov 2018 18:59:55 10,783 posts
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    Rewatching Demons of the Punjab with Mrs Maybe (not a sci-fi fan) and I think the histories this series are probably among the best tv of the year.

    Especially given it's essentially children's television delivering dramas as powerful Jaz's grandparents.
  • Alastair 25 Nov 2018 19:26:34 23,684 posts
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    Another good one. The Boy is too scared to go into the dark bathroom to brush his teeth in case there are zombies in there.
    Alan Cummings was good as King James, imo.
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 25 Nov 2018 19:33:12 10,783 posts
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    Those mud zombies gave me a total Curse of Fenric vibe. I can see a lot of kids having a lasting impression of there horrible dirty Ringu looking shuffle.

    Cumming bordering of Blackadder-esque was marvellous.

    Has any other post-reboot Doctor gone this long from regeneration without any duds?
  • garsync 25 Nov 2018 19:47:26 167 posts
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    Thought that was a dud for me, plot, pace and tone was all over the place. Alan was having fun chewing the scenery and I have always liked him (need to watch Bernard and the Genie at Christmas), but didn't seem to fit in. Muddy alien in a fancy wig? Churchill and Victoria episodes were much better as I recall. The Rosa episode was historical, this was something else.

    The doctor is still doing a poor Tennant impression.

    How many different Belstaff jackets does Graham have?
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 25 Nov 2018 20:18:01 10,783 posts
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    Churchill and the Dad's Army Daleks?!
  • garsync 25 Nov 2018 20:32:33 167 posts
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    Yeah this one was that bad :)
  • garsync 25 Nov 2018 20:32:34 167 posts
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  • simpleexplodingmaybe 26 Nov 2018 10:18:42 10,783 posts
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    Fix?
  • robthehermit 26 Nov 2018 10:19:10 7,412 posts
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    Thread broken?
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 26 Nov 2018 10:23:15 10,783 posts
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    Reversed the polarity and brought back a year's worth of missing posts

    If only it was as easy to fix garsync's broken opinion
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 26 Nov 2018 10:25:02 20,366 posts
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  • robthehermit 26 Nov 2018 10:36:04 7,412 posts
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    .
  • robthehermit 26 Nov 2018 10:36:55 7,412 posts
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    @Decks You did that on purpose didn't you.
  • Alastair 26 Nov 2018 10:51:55 23,684 posts
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    Decks is such a rascal!
  • challenge_hanukkah 2 Dec 2018 19:14:23 11,025 posts
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    I hope the frog is supposed to look that bad.
  • Stuz359 2 Dec 2018 19:23:33 138 posts
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    Horrific act of child abuse seemingly ignored
  • Stoatboy 2 Dec 2018 20:54:21 116 posts
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    Stuz359 wrote:
    Horrific act of child abuse seemingly ignored
    It wasn't ignored. It wasn't front and centre, because the point was more about the grief at the loss of a loved one, which was what the sentient Universe was exploiting (hence trying to get at Graham through Grace). But it was made really obvious that he'd screwed things up regarding the child.

    What did you want them to do? Really stick the boot in - highlight him as an absolute dick, when it was shown that he came to realise that anyway (the writing on the wall made it crystal).
  • stephenb 2 Dec 2018 21:06:51 3,425 posts
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    So if your child is blind maybe you could pretend to hammer a load of wood to your idyllic cottage, instead of actually hammering a load of wood to your idyllic cottage?

    Edited by stephenb at 21:07:12 02-12-2018
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 2 Dec 2018 22:05:19 10,783 posts
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    Feel a bit conflicted about that one. The human drama held it together but the sci-fi elements didn't really work for me.

    The frog felt like someone you'd meet in a Douglas Adams story and the orc in the cave was kind of redundant once the wider plot opened up.

    Still though, it's impossible to hate anything set in Scandinavia for me.

    Also SLAAAAAAYER
  • RGeefe 2 Dec 2018 23:02:22 369 posts
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    what the actual fuck did I just watch?

    Bradley Walsh holding the whole fucking shambles together once again.
    How can a sci-fi show have such shit sci-fi?
  • Sharz 5 Dec 2018 12:53:15 1,900 posts
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    Frankly it was a terrible story. The human elements were a stretch and the sci-fi concepts didn't make any sense.

    Normally you expect one of the three elements to work, not to all be bat shit mental. It feels like with this series they want every episode to have a message and really want to drive the point home. Which is all well and good if you have an actual message rather than just draping concepts around. Oh so caring for family right got it, lets now invent a type of universe and a buffer universe out of thin air to justify someone leaving their daughter.
  • Devilligan 9 Dec 2018 21:01:01 598 posts
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    Worst finale we've had in years imho.

    Crap returning villain who stood about until someone shot him in the foot, weak stakes for the Tardis team, and Chibnall once again focusing on telling rather than showing.
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 9 Dec 2018 23:28:55 10,783 posts
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    I thought it was a fun finale.

    We've had too many THIS IS THE END OF ALL THINGS ISNT IT EPIC LOOK AT HOW HUGE IT ALL IS finales so having this one be one where the stakes were personal and based in faith and who the participants believe themselves to be was refreshing.

    I think that's something that's characterised this series a lot, like a lot of the Tennant-era, it feels light and fresh again. For all it's tackled some huge issues it's never felt like it's been suffocating beneath it's own continuity or importance the way the worst of the last few Doctors did.
  • Alastair 10 Dec 2018 07:11:14 23,684 posts
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    My target demographic viewer liked it. He was happy because it was wasnít as scary as some of the other episodes.
    He wasnít happy to hear that it was last in the series. And wax then placated by the New Year Special trailer. I havenít the heart to tell him the next series will be in 2020.
  • GuybrushFreepwood 10 Dec 2018 07:14:37 1,191 posts
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    I had a look at the reviews for this series. The critics tend to like it (or the first episode anyway) but the majority of the public dont. Viewing figures have also been falling a lot. Hopefully next series will be less preachy and the doctor will be less clueless.
  • robthehermit 10 Dec 2018 11:15:11 7,412 posts
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    Lizo Mzimba, the BBC's entertainment correspondent, said while there was "a recognition that fans might want a series every single year, Doctor Who has almost uniquely complex filming requirements and a lengthy post-production period".

    Doesn't seem to have troubled them every other year.

    Still, depending on when in 2020 it's being shown, the actual delay might only be a few months. I'm more pissed off about the bump from Christmas to New Year to be honest.
  • X201 10 Dec 2018 11:38:44 19,279 posts
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    GuybrushFreepwood wrote:
    Viewing figures have also been falling a lot.
    It's been the same as every series of Doctor Who, a drop off throughout the series after the first episode. The viewing figures for this series are up on the last two Capaldi series and on a par with the Matt Smith episodes.
  • nickthegun 10 Dec 2018 11:47:37 78,293 posts
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    I thought it was pretty good, comparatively. For a sci-fi, its still mediocre but for Dr. Who it was actually decent.

    Was slightly puzzled by the lack of blowback for the 5 planets those two magic aliens genocided, though. 'Just following orders' isn't a great message.
  • Alastair 10 Dec 2018 12:01:08 23,684 posts
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    To be honest, I fell asleep for the first half of the episode as I'd just had my most excellent Sunday roast.
    So, I didn't really have a clue what was going on..
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