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Re: Doctor Who

Post by Spectral Knight » 08 Nov 2018, 16:08

Das, not withstanding that many of the earlier Doctors have used guns in the past, my point was why introduce Chekhov's Gun (a very appropriate name in this instance!), if the outcome is a stilted piece of dialogue. Better storytelling would be to avoid the use / presence of firearms (as like you said, we're generally a friendly bunch without the need for loads of guns to be around) in the story in the first-place.

It's the crap dialogue in this series about not liking guns that I have an issue with - not the Doctor not being a fan of firearms.
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Re: Doctor Who

Post by EvilMonkeyPope » 12 Nov 2018, 08:36

This was the best episode of the season so far because Chibnall didn’t write it! Kudos to Vinay Patel!
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Re: Doctor Who

Post by Spectral Knight » 12 Nov 2018, 11:14

Yeah, it was better than others. Point of note, so far the best villains this series have been the manifestations of hatred, and racist intolerance by humans in this and the Rosa Parks episode. Also, more tinkering with odd bits and bobs by the Doctor - which I like as a trait.

The alien threats this series either haven't really been threats after all, or just weak (despite impressive visuals on occasions). Are any of the classic villain aliens on the cards? Daleks? Cybermen? Sontarans? Zygons? Weeping Angels?
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Re: Doctor Who

Post by Blackcyclops » 12 Nov 2018, 13:51

Nope...creators specifically said not this season.
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Re: Doctor Who

Post by Blackcyclops » 12 Nov 2018, 13:51

Which to be honest, the one race who need a breather are Weeping angels. They went from the stuff of nightmares under Davis to kinda corny under Moffat.
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Re: Doctor Who

Post by Spectral Knight » 12 Nov 2018, 14:21

Blackcyclops wrote:
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Nope...creators specifically said not this season.
Really? Do you have a source - I'd assume they state the why they're given them the miss, which I'd be interested in having a gander at.
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Which to be honest, the one race who need a breather are Weeping angels. They went from the stuff of nightmares under Davis to kinda corny under Moffat.
Didn't Moffat create the Weeping Angels in the first place? I thought Blink was one of his. I don't think any of the Angel-centric stories were corny (Angels Take Manhattan was fantastic as a closer for Amy and Rory) - but the cameo appearances of them haven't been as good.
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Re: Doctor Who

Post by Blackcyclops » 12 Nov 2018, 14:24

I saw a quote from him on CBR, it was a direct quote so I took it as a fact.

You’re right he was their creator.

The overall episode was great but they no longer, as a threat had that same bang. They’re kinda like the Brood of Doctor Who. Originally, terrifying...now it’s like “oh look, the Brood” lol
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Re: Doctor Who

Post by Spectral Knight » 12 Nov 2018, 14:34

Okay, I've just done a bit of hunting, and whilst the Daleks are ruled out, none of the other established enemy races have been ruled out (as far as I can tell).

Haha - nice comparison. I think it might be because Blink was such well-crafted single episode, it's hard to live up to their debut, but I still have that '"Holy...f..." moment when they appear, just because you know shit's going down when they are the main villains.
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Re: Doctor Who

Post by EvilMonkeyPope » 11 Jan 2019, 23:40

It turns out I didn't like this season. I kept putting it off because writing it was a bummer. A comprehensive essay of how Doctor Who squandered fantastic opportunities is no fun.
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Re: Doctor Who

Post by Nu-D » 26 Feb 2019, 01:29

I’m assuming the 20% viewer rating on rotten tomatos is because of a coordinated campaign of jagoffs, right?

So what’s the verdict? I saw episode 1, but I’m waiting for the rest to show up on Prime. Does the season hold up? I was pretty bored by Capaldi’s doctor, so I’m hoping this feels more energetic and fresh.

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Post by EvilMonkeyPope » 26 Feb 2019, 04:58

It wasn't my cup of tea. It didn't feel fresh or energetic. (More thorough explanation available at the link above.)

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Re: Doctor Who

Post by Spectral Knight » 26 Feb 2019, 09:07

It was...okay. I prefer Capaldi's Doctor by a country mile, so it might appeal to you.

There were good stories around discrimination and racial intolerance, though the more conventional alien threat episodes were crap. Also, probably one too many assistants in the Doctor's 'fam' - Yas' only highlights were the episode looking at her family history, and even then she was bland.. .

Far, far too many mentions of how the Doctor hates guns, as alluded to earlier in this thread.

Worth watching, but don't expect it to be brilliant, as it isn't. It's not as bad the 20% rating would imply, but a judgement somewhere between 40% and 60% would be hard to argue with.
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Re: Doctor Who

Post by Magik84 » 26 Feb 2019, 12:46

I think it's like most seasons of Doctor Who, a mixed bag. There some episodes I really liked others were a bit meh. I did find it a bit fresher, I liked the "family" companions rather than young potential love interest who might drag along her boyfriend. Capaldi's last season with Pearl Mackie I did quite enjoy, but again there were some episodes that dragged. I like Jodie Whitaker and look forward to see how she settles in next season.
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