Doctor Who Season 6: SPOILERS!

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  1. Wulfa_Jones

    Wulfa_Jones Gentleman and Scholar

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    Bally good opening episode!

    I liked how they handled the introduction of Amy Pond. I do think she'll make the most interesting assistant yet with her eccentricities almost matching the Doctor's. It also helps that she is quite attractive in a quirky way.

    Matt Smith has a lot of boyish charm and youth energy. His carefree attitude is refreshing after Tennant's Doctor seemed to have weight of the universe on his shoulders in his last few outings.

    The episode itself was enjoyable. Wasn't the most amazing plot, but it did the job of introducing the characters and letting us get to know the Doctor. Did have some great sequences and for me, the Doctor running around a little English village is quintessential Who.

    I loved the fire engine scene - when Amy receives the text to same duck and the ladder crashes though the window. A very playful scene.

    The clips of future episodes hold some very promising looking stuff, I think this will be a season well worth watching.
     
  2. Loerwyn

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    Hmm.
    Matt Smith was pretty good - Better than I expected. His performance did remind me a lot of Tennant in that he's quite witty and fast paced.
    The new companion... I think I was too busy drooling to really have any comments on her performance.
    Did anyone else think the Sonic Screwdriver she picked out of the room looked suspiciously like the pen version they sold as a toy? It looked a bit too similar!
    But it was a good start, and I think I might continue watching this series :)
     
  3. NilsDesperandum

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    A better start than for either Ecclestone's or Tennant's Doctor IMO, but then it should have been, really. They've had plenty of time to perfect it and the momentum (and presumably the budget) behind the programme has built up immensely over the last few series, thanks in main to Tennant's excellent portrayal.

    We watched it as a family, and all enjoyed it. It was fun, clever and had good charachterisation. Matt Smith slots straight in.

    For me, the defining scene was the Doctor's confrontation with the Atraxi and his assertion that the Earth was protected. The imagery of the previous Doctors that was conjured up to reinforce this fact might be seen by some as an overused ploy, but it gave me goosebumps nonetheless!

    We are all looking forward to next Saturday night!

    Bravo!

    ND
     
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    Agreed!

    I thoroughly enjoyed the first episode. Seemed strange to get a lighthearted attitude after so long with DT's seriousness but MS managed it while still dishing out the punishment.

    I didn't think there was that much change in the Tardis? A few colour changes and some mezzanine but otherwise.... however, I liked the hint of further unseen reaches with the library and swimming pool. Reminds me of the original.

    High hopes.
     
  5. thehindmost

    thehindmost Nerdlinger extraordinaire

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    That was much better than I thought it would be. I think this guys gonna do a good job filling Tennant's shoes. Tardis redesign is pretty cool too, the same old design but superficially much different. I just hope Ms. Pond keeps an array of outfits around like that police costume. ;)
     
  6. Betthany85

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    So glad to hear all the excitement! Only 10 days to go for those of us in the US! Thought i would also share that there's now a FREE nine-minute preview avaible on iTunes! Enjoy!
     
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    You needn't wait out the lag time if you poke around on the interwub...
     
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    Episode 2 this evening.

    Hmm. Quite clever, but I just kept thinking one word:
    Discworld!

    Still motoring along nicely. The scripts are much better than RTD's, in my opinion.

    Mark
     
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    yeah I thought the exact same thing lol.
     
  10. Holbrook

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    Scripts are good. Matt Smith is good, I like.

    Niggles;

    Ep 1

    Bad blue screen when Dr driving fire engine. (he was turning wheel one way, engine going straight on!)

    Went from soaking wet to dry clothes in a matter of minutes.


    Ep 2

    Self-cleaning clothes and hair washed, blow-dried and styled with a few paces :eek:

    Must be something about not allowing the actors to stand around in wet clothes for long ;)
     
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    Enjoyed No. 2. I also noticed the mysterious clean up of Starwhale puke but it only niggled for a second.

    I thought the storyline wasn't as original as it could have been. Big ship + mysteries in the depths. However, good fun and the recurring crack in reality theme....what's going on there?

    Looking forward to the Daleks.
     
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    Apparantly they spent a full day filming the scene in the mouth (I watched Confidential :p ). That'd probably explain why they were dry, as the next scene would probably have been filmed later on.. Not sure.
     
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    Have to agree with the EP2 criticism about the self-cleaning clothes.

    But for the most part, quite a good episode. I did laugh at Liz-10, especially when she said:
    "I'm the bloody Queen!"
    Or something to that effect.

    There was one section, right near the end, that annoyed me though.
    When the Doctor snapped at Amy/Amelia/Make Your Bloody Mind Up. Was it just a lack of clear thinking on his part (which I doubt), or something else? He knew she had, basically, no choice when she 'voted'. I didn't feel throwing it in her face was something the Doctor would do. Maybe it's because it was so... similar to his own situation? He just lost all logic and snapped, maybe. I'm not sure.

    But sarcastic yay time. Another WW2 episode next week.
     
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    Don't forget, fans - It's US premiere week on BBC America! Here's a clip to get those of us who haven't seen it excited... The Doctor meets Amy Pond!
     
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    ABC premiered series 5 at midnight last night in Australia on their online iView service. I didn’t stay up until midnight but I watched The Eleventh Hour first thing this morning. My take on it – damn near perfect. Matt Smith is a brilliant Doctor. He is young, but his odd looks and mature demeanour make him perfect for the role. He has a great sense of comic timing but can also tap into deep banks of earnestness when required. Karen Gillian is not only gorgeous, but pulls off the tough and resourceful companion role without coming off like a thin piece of eye candy (though I did appreciate the miniskirt). The story was good, if not for a slightly dues ex resolution that is a common feature in most Doctor Who stories. I loved Time Traveller’s Wife elements of the Doctor’s meeting with Amy. It certainly had a fairytale quality, as overtly referenced in the script, which has set up their relationship as something special and over-and-above the usual Doctor-companion relationship. The plot had the right mix of humour, creepiness and pathos. Who didn’t get goose bumps when the Andraxes eyeball viewed the montage of all the previous Doctors through which Smith emerges? The science fiction elements to the plot were also reasonably clever, not necessarily always the case for Doctor Who. I also liked the way the series arc was set up with Prisoner Zero’s declaration that “The Pandorica is broken. Silence will fall.” Awesome stuff. It wasn’t all perfect but it was as good as, if not better, than I’d hoped.
     
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    So, I just (finally) saw episode #3.

    No really strong feelings about it, but there was something quite funny that happened (those who saw it will know what I mean). 8/10, I guess.
     
  17. Chuffalump

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    Not that impressed with No 3. General story OK but somehow building and installing advanced technology in ten minutes????!!!!!!!!! I think not. A wave of the sonic screwdriver would have been more convincing.

    Also, new Daleks suck. Sigh... will probably get used to them though.
     
  18. Loerwyn

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    Pretty much my thoughts. A lot of it made very little sense!

    Not to mention they've gone all Mini with the Daleks (as in making them fat). I just sighed and continued watching.
     
  19. Betthany85

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    FYI - there's an abbreviated version of the "Doctor Who Confidential" for "The Eleventh Hour" on the BBC America website! Confidentials are behind-the-scenes looks at individual episodes but they only air in the UK so check out some of the footage on our website!
     
  20. Wulfa_Jones

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    The return of The Weeping Angels and River Song... what a great episode. This is what Doctor Who should be like all the time. Two part episode allow the story to develop at a much better pace. Hopefully, the second part won't fail like so many of the two part episodes from previous - including Moffat's own. However, based on the trail for the next episode... looks seriously good.

    Even though I knew what the Angels did, there were still a few jumpy moments and I think young children would have been quite scared. However, the scariest moment - during the climax of the episode a giant bobble headed Graham Norton cartoon appeared advertising the next programme. Well done BBC for spoiling the mood!

    It was particularly amusing if you watched Doctor Who: Confidential as they discussed in great length how important this scene was only for it to be ruined by a rather large and animated advert for Over The Rainbow to ruin it.
     
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