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Old 03-26-2005, 01:56 PM   #1
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The Official Doctor Who Thread
WARNING from Joe3DR: This thread has discussions of the current episodes of the new series in the UK as well as older discussions. Tread lightly if you don't want the new stuff spoiled.

WOW! What can i say, just got off from watching the first episode of Dr. Who and i was not dissapointed at all!

I don't want to spoil it for those in other countries who have to wait for it, but it was great.

I was planning on recording it to my HDD so i could watch it again (as i have no tapes), but i hadn't got the time to set it up before hand. Nevermind.

The only bad thing about the episode was that the BBC ***** up the transmission a bit and had (what i think was) sound from BBC 3's dance show interfering with the broadcast in the first 5-10 mins. That would spoil it for anyone who recorded it and wanted a pristine copy.

As for Eccleston, he was great as the new Doctor. Although i think Billie is also good as a companion, i didn't/ couldn't relate to her character very well - partially due to her smiling during running sequences....

Overall EXCELLENT! *Rubs hands together*
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Old 03-26-2005, 02:00 PM   #2
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first time i've ever watched it

very impressed so far

cant wait for next episode...
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Old 03-26-2005, 02:03 PM   #3
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Yeah, the next episode looks VERY intriguing! Hopefully i'll record it next week.
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Old 03-26-2005, 02:04 PM   #4
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Don't you guys think it was all a bit *too* silly?
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Old 03-26-2005, 02:09 PM   #5
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I'd never watched an actual current Dr. Who episode, so this was a new experience for me. It was a bit goofy at times, and I found it underwhelming. However I think it has potential...
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Old 03-26-2005, 02:09 PM   #6
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at times, yes. but it didnt seem to bother me.
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Old 03-26-2005, 02:10 PM   #7
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I liked the silliness of Doctor Who in general. I don't think it's ever been serious as a series. I didn't think it was too silly. I've only disliked K-9 and the "WhoMobile" in all the series.... they were silly.

Eccleston makes me think of a combination of Colin Baker and Silvester McCoy.... he has his playful thoughtful side, but there is the hint of a darker layer underneath.
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Old 03-26-2005, 02:41 PM   #8
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Doh! I missed it!
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Old 03-26-2005, 02:47 PM   #9
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Don't you guys think it was all a bit *too* silly?
It was slightly tongue in cheeck, but Dr Who always has been. That show has never quite taken itself seriously.

I was incredibly impressed by the whole thing, 45 minutes just flew by. It was great. No complaints at all. Christopher Eccleston was exactly what the show needed: a very talented actor with great presence, who gave the Doctor a sense of danger *and* fun, that, IMO, it never had in the Colin Baker and Sylvester MacCoy years. I can't wait for the next episode.

Also, if we are going to discuss plot details, howabout we use spoiler text?

<table><tr><th><font size="-1">Spoiler below:</font></th></tr><tr><td class="spoiler"> The biggest laugh in the show, for me and my g/f, was when the Doctor pulled off the auton's head, and the couple sitting behind him screamed like hell! </td></tr></table>
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Old 03-26-2005, 02:50 PM   #10
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If i was 8 years old again, I would be absolutely scared shedless.

When the guy lost his head in the restaurant and started thrashing around down on the tables with his massive plastic club hands smashing stuff up, it was brilliant and he was seriously pissed off in a headless rage. Definately hide behind the sofa moment.
Absolutely fantastic with the pumping music.

A thoroughly enjoyble episode.

If it wasnt Dr.Who, I would have thought it was a corney B movie, but nostalgia wins the day.
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Old 03-26-2005, 03:02 PM   #11
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Sylvester McCoy liked it (link to BBC page)
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Old 03-26-2005, 04:53 PM   #12
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The thing i want to know most is (spoilers):

<font color="#1F1F22"> When the doctor looks in the mirror and exclaims: "Oh! Ah well, could have been worse i suppose." I presume he was referring to his regeneration.... but how did he die? Forgetting the crap that was the film, they didn't explain this and i would love to know how it happened..... </font>
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Old 03-26-2005, 04:54 PM   #13
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I never really got into Doctor Who. I don't know why.
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Old 03-26-2005, 05:00 PM   #14
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The thing i want to know most is (spoilers):

<font color="#1F1F22"> When the doctor looks in the mirror and exclaims: "Oh! Ah well, could have been worse i suppose." I presume he was referring to his regeneration.... but how did he die? Forgetting the crap that was the film, they didn't explain this and i would love to know how it happened..... </font>
His regeneration will be addressed at a later date, I believe, - we only saw Pertwee's (sp?) regeneration in flashback, so its not like this hasn't happened before. What I want to know is, did the Paul McGann film actually happen? Was it canon?

On a side note, the doctor doesn't actually die. His body gets so worn out he just needs a new one,
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Old 03-26-2005, 05:42 PM   #15
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Musn't read spoilers! Does anyone know if they will repeat it this week?
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Old 03-26-2005, 07:58 PM   #16
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Happy to see the positive reports! I'm downloading the episode over bit torrent, so I'll have to watch it later, maybe tomorrow.
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Old 03-27-2005, 08:12 AM   #17
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Despite missing the first ten minutes, I thought it was great. I think Eccleston and Piper look like making a good pair.

<table><tr><th><font size="-1">Spoiler below:</font></th></tr><tr><td class="spoiler"> That bit with the London eye in the background and a very confused Doctor had me cracking up. </td></tr></table>
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Old 03-27-2005, 09:27 AM   #18
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Remeber how the fat guy had pictures of the doctor going back hundreds of years, and in the first episode he was surprised by his face?
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Old 03-27-2005, 09:45 AM   #19
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BBC3 is running the show at 7PM tonight for you in the UK lucky enough to see it. The BBC says the ratings hit up to 10.5 million last night.

I'm still waiting on someone in the US to pick it up.
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Old 03-27-2005, 10:00 AM   #20
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Remeber how the fat guy had pictures of the doctor going back hundreds of years, and in the first episode he was surprised by his face?
Nice of you to blurt that spoiler out loud.....

Anyway the answer is quite simple:

<font color="#1F1F22"> If he is in the past, it's because he has visited the past in the future - he travels in time, have you ever seen Bill and Ted's exellent adventure? That simple-minded movie pretty much explains the concepts of time travel. It's also a good laugh.... </font>
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Old 03-27-2005, 11:24 AM   #21
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His regeneration will be addressed at a later date, I believe, - we only saw Pertwee's (sp?) regeneration in flashback, so its not like this hasn't happened before. What I want to know is, did the Paul McGann film actually happen? Was it canon?
I recall reading in SFX that it wasnt canon, so Eccelston would have regenerated from McCoy.

BTW as a long time Dotor Who fan I loved the new show. I thought it hit the right mix of fun and fear, I look forward to see where the show takes us from here - some of the upcoming episodes sound "a bit good".

I wonder if/when well see the return of The Master?
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Old 03-27-2005, 11:34 AM   #22
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I used to love Dr Who and was sure I would be dissapointed but I loved. Perfect balance of humour and action - it's not intended to be series.

My favorite line....

<table><tr><th><font size="-1">Spoiler below:</font></th></tr><tr><td class="spoiler">
Billie: If you're from another planet why do you have a Northern accent?

Dr: Other planets have a North
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Old 03-27-2005, 12:58 PM   #23
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Yeah, that was the funniest line in the programme. Loved it.
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Old 03-27-2005, 02:04 PM   #24
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I quite enjoyed it. Yes, it was rather silly at times - but Dr. Who always has been.

I think Billie Piper is quite good, too. I wasn't really sure what her acting ability would be like, but she's not bad at all.

I've not actually watched that many of the old Dr. Who episodes. I watched all of the Sylvester McCoy episodes, simply because I was the 'right age' at that time. And I've watched a lot of the Tom Baker episodes. But aside from that, I'm not a Dr. Who aficionado.

But it gave me goosebumps when I heard the sound of the TARIDS as it disappeared. I've always loved that sound.

The theme tune wasn't as good as it used to be, though
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The theme tune wasn't as good as it used to be, though
The theme tune is actually a remix of the one used when the program aired in the 1960's.
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Old 03-27-2005, 08:20 PM   #26
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O.K., I just finished watching it, and that was very cool! I think Eccelston is going to make a very cool Doctor. He's relatable but dark and mysterious. He also reminded me a bit of my personal fave, Peter Davison. I like how Sylvester McCoy describes the new Doctor: "He had this manic grin which worried me. We were not sure if he was on the edge of insanity or not, which was rather good. He just ran into danger with such gusto, he galloped at it joyfully."

Billie Piper is also surprisingly good. She's nice to look at but she's smart and in control. She seems she's not going to be the cowering female companion from the days of old. Oh, and I really like the dematerialization sequence.

Yeah, I had a few quibbles. The climax was a bit of a bore. <table><tr><th><font size="-1">Spoiler below:</font></th></tr><tr><td class="spoiler">The Doctor didn't seem to be struggling nearly hard enough, and letting Rose save the day sort of undermined the strength of his character.</td></tr></table> But that's really my only complaint. The writing was, for the most part, smart and sharp. All in all, there was far more to like than to dislike. At 45 minutes, it almost seemed too short.

I'm definitely looking forward to the future episodes!
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Old 03-27-2005, 08:35 PM   #27
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What I want to know is, did the Paul McGann film actually happen? Was it canon?
To my knowledge, Paul McGann is officially recognized as the 8th Doctor. Whether or not his only episode is canon (especially that rubbish about the Doctor being half-human) I couldn't say.
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Old 03-30-2005, 11:05 AM   #28
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Great news for Whovians:

The BBC has given the greenlight to a second season!
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Old 03-30-2005, 12:36 PM   #29
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Already? They only had one episode!

How many viewers (estimated) wacthed the show on saturday anyway?
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Already? They only had one episode!

How many viewers (estimated) wacthed the show on saturday anyway?
About 10 million or so, which, I believe is about half the people watching TV on saturday evening in the UK.

Let us all give praise to Russel T. Davis.
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Already? They only had one episode!
I know. I was a bit surprised myself, but apparently the BBC was happy with the ratings and fan reaction. Though the obvious question is, what are they going to do if the next 12 episodes tank?
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Old 03-30-2005, 07:25 PM   #32
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Well, Eccleston was no Tom Baker.

Eccleston quits Doctor Who role

Good riddance...
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Old 03-31-2005, 01:32 AM   #33
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well after some of you saying how good it was, i thought i'd give it a download.....

i watched 5 minutes.....deleted
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Old 03-31-2005, 02:06 AM   #34
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I thought he was good! Shame he is leaving...

As for watching 5 minutes? You watch the first five minutes of the first episode of any new show and you would delete it - setting up the scene and characters is the most boring part of a series.... but it has to be done.


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Also, what are they going to do? Deny Eccleston's existance and say that the new actor is the 9th doctor? Or go through ANOTHER transformation? We'll be at the 12th and final one by the end of next year at this rate.... also i couldn't stand if that cassanova dude was picked.... he's too wimpy......
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I'd like to see Richard E Grant, or perhaps Eddie Izzard as the Doctor.
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Old 03-31-2005, 06:27 AM   #36
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Theres a poll on the BBC site for 5 possible new doctor choices. I voted for Alan Davies.

Who will be the next Doctor Who?
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Old 03-31-2005, 08:17 AM   #37
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He's quitting after one season? That really sucks! We'll see how the rest of the season shakes out, but he certainly has the potential to be one of the best Doctor's ever.

Well, shame on Russel T. Davies and the rest of the Who crew for not picking a lead who was committed to the project for the long-term.

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We'll be at the 12th and final one by the end of next year at this rate....
If memory serves, the Doctor can regenerate 12 times, so the final incarnation would actually be number 13 (Hartnell's incarnation is the Doctor's original appearance.)

But I agree, let's hope they don't move through Doctor's too quickly.
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Theres a poll on the BBC site for 5 possible new doctor choices. I voted for Alan Davies.

Who will be the next Doctor Who?
While i love Alan Davis (he is really funny!) i don't think that he'd suit being the doctor - too sarcastic i feel....

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Oh yeah, i voted for Richard E Grant.
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The BBC webiste says they are talking to someone named David Tennant, though at Outpost Gallifrey they are wondering why not let Paul McGann come back and do the role. Even the TVM detractors say his audio dramas as the Doctor have been quite good.
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I'd like to see McGann come back as well, I thought that he showed potential in the dire movie as well as the radio series. But I don't see that happening. I'd love to see Richard E Grant as the next Doctor - as he is so intense....
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