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 Post subject: Re: Doctor Who
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 16:48 
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Oh goody. Mark Gatiss

And with those words, any hope of me not finding it amazingly irritating disappear.


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 Post subject: Re: Doctor Who
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 16:59 
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The Christmas specials are usually written for viewing after several sherries, so I'm keeping an open mind.

And thanks to the Guardian posting it on their front page, I'm now aware of a huge spoiler. Grrr...


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 17:04 
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The Christmas specials are usually written for viewing after several sherries, so I'm keeping an open mind.

And thanks to the Guardian posting it on their front page, I'm now aware of a huge spoiler. Grrr...

Adric is back!


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 Post subject: Re: Doctor Who
PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:00 
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Out of curiosity, I watched the first three and a bit original 'Doctor Who' stories recently ('An Unearthly Child', 'the Daleks, 'the Edge of Destruction', plus the reconstructed half hour of 'Marco Polo'. Some thoughts, that probably won't be news to anyone who hasn't has seen them:

- The first doc is a nasty, manipulative bastard. Not in a 'I've a plan' way, like 12, but in an actually threatening to kill someone and even secretly disabling the Tardis and feigning ignorance way. I'd heard he was a bit gruff, but nothing that bad.

- Susan goes from being a strong, clever, and independent teenager in episode one to a weak, pathetic, screaming ditz in episode two, and never recovers. It's shocking how poorly she's used.

- Ian looks like Nick Clegg, and is very much the star of the show.

- 'The Edge of Destruction' is a like a 'Twilight Zone' episode and surprisingly enjoyable.

- I don't really care about caveman politics. Particularly not over three episodes.

- The bit where Barbara is running through the twisty corridors before being pressed up against the wall as we are introduced to the Daleks is actually quite tense.

- The Daleks have way too much dialogue.

Probably won't continue the series for a bit, but might go and seek out other Doctors.


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 Post subject: Re: Doctor Who
PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:29 
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Those comments do match up pretty well with this

http://wifeinspace.com/2011/01/an-unearthly-child/

(If you have not read it before a fan gets his wife to watch / comment on each and every episode of 'classic' who)

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 Post subject: Re: Doctor Who
PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:30 
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I'm about halfway through the First Doctor era at the moment. There are some good stories (The Romans, The Aztecs, The Dalek Invasion of Earth) but there are some right stinkers too (The Sensorites and the Web Planet stand out as being utterly without redemption).

He mellows as it gets to season 2, although not much. He is a paternalistic knowitall. Then again 10 does come back to this and state he was trying to act all grown up and important like you do when you're young.

I'm looking forward to getting to the Second Doctor.


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 Post subject: Re: Doctor Who
PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:34 
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Those comments do match up pretty well with this

http://wifeinspace.com/2011/01/an-unearthly-child/

(If you have not read it before a fan gets his wife to watch / comment on each and every episode of 'classic' who)


Heh, been a few years since I last flicked through that blog. I loved the spin-off book. Didn't realise my brainsplurge would be quite as in line with her views, but hey, 'call it please, research'.

I'm sure there's a tense, allegorical, drama to be written about the discovery of fire and leadership and suchlike, but that one isn't it. The skulls with flames in were quite scary, however.


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 Post subject: Re: Doctor Who
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I'm looking forward to getting to the Second Doctor.


The biggest problem with the Second Doctor is just how few of his stories survive :-(

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Lonewolves wrote:
I'm about halfway through the First Doctor era at the moment. There are some good stories (The Romans, The Aztecs, The Dalek Invasion of Earth) but there are some right stinkers too (The Sensorites and the Web Planet stand out as being utterly without redemption).


I watched 'the Aztecs' about ten years ago and remember enjoying it. Might see what else the library has. I've seen some Troughton and he's very much the definitive portrayal of the Doc.

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Then again 10 does come back to this and state he was trying to act all grown up and important like you do when you're young.


Ouch :) But so true.

Also, I listened to some 'Big Finish' on holiday. 'Spare Parts' was awesome. Go and listen to it if you haven't.


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 Post subject: Re: Doctor Who
PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:39 
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I bought the first War Doctor serial so I might get the other ones now that John Hurt has passed on. :(


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 Post subject: Re: Doctor Who
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I did a nerdy squee when I realised that the fluid link in the 'Daleks' is re-used in the most recent series finale. I then felt dirty.


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 Post subject: Re: Doctor Who
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Also, I listened to some 'Big Finish' on holiday. 'Spare Parts' was awesome. Go and listen to it if you haven't.


Spotify link for Spare Parts :

https://play.spotify.com/album/5P3s705CiB6qOqGhUGEKol

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I'm currently finding that I like 8 and Charley more than the actual stories they're in, although I've only heard the first four so far (and the less said about 'Minuet in Hell' the better).


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Lonewolves wrote:

I'm looking forward to getting to the Second Doctor.


Just out of interest, what service are you using to watch them? Have you downloaded them or are you streaming them from somewhere?


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I borrowed the DVDs from the library.


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Lonewolves wrote:

I'm looking forward to getting to the Second Doctor.


Just out of interest, what service are you using to watch them? Have you downloaded them or are you streaming them from somewhere?

My dad's DVD collection :D


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 Post subject: Re: Doctor Who
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If you want to connect via a system which shows you in another country they are all on Britbox

https://www.britbox.com/

(not available in the UK)

Demonoid torrent site used to have torrents for them grouped by Doctor (no idea if Demonoid still exists or if the torrents would still be seeded)

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The Time Meddler is excellent by the way. I mean 8-9/10 good. Probably the first one I've genuinely enjoyed in its own right and not just for the time.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:19 
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I'm no Whovian, but I think the prospect of Bradley Walsh in my face would really piss on my temporal chips.


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 Post subject: Re: Doctor Who
PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:26 
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I'm no Whovian, but I think the prospect of Bradley Walsh in my face would really piss on my temporal chips.

People said that about Catherine Tate and she was fantastic. I'm happy to go in with an open mind.

In other news we finally got round to constructing my Lego DW set that I've had for about two years now. It's really quite clever! The exterior of the TARDIS clips on and off so you can display it as the normal box or as part of the control room.

The only minor quibbles I have are that the scales are a bit weird. The minifigs are too small for the exterior of the TARDIS and the daleks are too large compared to the people. On the whole I'm delighted though.


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Looks ace.
I like the Weeping Angel figure!


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People said that about Catherine Tate and she was fantastic.


Also Billie Piper.


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It goes quite well with my official Doctor Who Lego rip-off set they used to do.


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it is a great set.. It lives next to my Ecto 1

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 14:46 
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So having watched all of the complete First Doctor stories I managed to download the entirety of the classic Who stories including reconstructions of the missing episodes (either official or fan made). So now I've got to go back and watch the 17 serials I haven't seen now.

However I'm going to crack on with the Second Doctor for now and maybe go back to them before the Third.

I'm still not sure if I can watch the Dalek 12(!) parter though.


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Finished the Second Doctor now, boy does he go out with a bang. His last serial is an epic 10-parter called the War Games.

He had some terrible stories and some great ones, but he played the part very well and I much preferred him to Hartnell. Zoe and Jamie were probably his best companions.

I've just watched the first Third Doctor story (Spearhead from Space) and loved it. It's in colour and everything! I think I'm going to like Jon Pertwee a lot.


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Finished the Second Doctor now, boy does he go out with a bang. His last serial is an epic 10-parter called the War Games.


I've got that one. The plot gets wonderfully complicated over the episodes but the general idea is brilliant and Troughton is an utter joy. The American Civil War uniforms are hilariously farby.

Got the Aztecs waiting for me in the library. I enjoyed the first two and last two episodes of the Keys of Marianus: the middle bit was irritating filler.


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