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Loerwyn
August 4th, 2012, 12:31 PM
So, with Series 7 supposedly about three weeks away (supposedly!), I thought it best to start the discussion topic.

And, to start discussion, here's a one-and-a-half minute trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrEUBl2pacU).

I'm quite excited about it, but at the same time I'm a little concerned. The last series or so hasn't been particularly great for the most part and whilst we've had some really good episodes, it seems like the characters of Amy and Rory are causing a lot of issues. That's not to say they're bad, of course, simply that they're not being used in the best possible way.

This series is, I think, the end for Amy & Rory, we'll have more River Song, um... and I'm not sure what else.

ansuzmannaz
August 4th, 2012, 08:10 PM
I liked the last season overall, though I'd agree it's a tad uneven. The whole River Song arc is interesting, but it needs more meat, if you ask me. As for Amy and Rory: they are exiting stage left mid-season, so we'll be getting a new companion as of the Christmas Special.

I just hope that the American release schedule is sane. I usually buy a season pass on iTunes, and I hope they don't go for a darned weekly schedule halfway through the season. I need my Who fix!

Priestvyrce
August 5th, 2012, 12:22 PM
Thiugh there were some episodes that I thought were a bit dodgy, the finding the way out of the Doctor's future death was fairly neat. I did think that it was going to be the flesh stuff, instead of what was done. Still, I'm incredibly excited about the coming season.

Loerwyn
August 25th, 2012, 02:27 PM
Apparently the new series starts on the BBC on September 1st, not August 25th as I originally believed.

sink_plunger
August 25th, 2012, 02:46 PM
I'm a member of a podcast that provides weekly commentaries for the new episodes as they go out, so I'm keeping a fairly close eye on this one!

I felt the last series was strangely less than the sum of its parts - some brilliant individual episodes, but the overall story arc just didn't make a huge amount of sense. It sounds as though they're going for a more traditional run of standalone stories this year though, so we'll have to wait and see how it plays out.

I'm very excited to see the return of the Daleks as a credible force after so long in the wilderness. Especially as this series sees the return of the Special Weapons Dalek from the Classic Series (not seen since 1988)!

Is anyone else worried that Chris Chibnall is writing so many episodes this year, though? His previous output hasn't been the best.

Hobbit
August 25th, 2012, 03:02 PM
Hi Sink plunger (love the name!). Best of luck with the podcasts: we'll be interested to hear what you think.

On my part, you're talking to some who, after watching the series for most of his life (over 40 years worth!), is at a point where after he struggled through the last series, and is really not sure whether he will continue with this. I'm willing to give it a try but the Christmas special was just dreadful and I'm not sure the new episodes will be any better. Love to be proved wrong, but Matt Smith's not for me.

The Daleks were always my favourites but already I'm uneasy: Daleks asking for the Doctors help? Wouldn't happen.... and so we're potentially on a wrong foot for starters. Some of the plot holes you could drive a bus through last year, to be told 'it's just a show, don't take it too seriously....'

All sounds negative: but I do feel that the series isn't for me any more. I am greatly disillusioned but willing to be persuaded differently!

Hope others feel differently...

Mark

Loerwyn
August 25th, 2012, 03:22 PM
DOCTOR. STIR OUR TEA OR YOU WILL BE EXTERMINATED

- Genuine line from the next episode.

sink_plunger
August 25th, 2012, 06:29 PM
Hi Sink plunger (love the name!). Best of luck with the podcasts: we'll be interested to hear what you think.

On my part, you're talking to some who, after watching the series for most of his life (over 40 years worth!), is at a point where after he struggled through the last series, and is really not sure whether he will continue with this. I'm willing to give it a try but the Christmas special was just dreadful and I'm not sure the new episodes will be any better.

I know exactly what you mean, Hobbit. I grew up watching the tail end of the classic series and became a proper fan just in time to see the show disappear from the airwaves, so I was highly excited to see it come back (and, as I live in Cardiff, filmed on my doorstep, no less!) I loved the whole of the first series and thought the following years offered up a lot of good stuff but, by Series 4 my enthusiasm was waning rapidly.

Maybe it's just because I'm older now, but the heart seems to have gone out of the show. In some respects, it's a victim of its own success - by the time David Tennant left, I think the show had fallen in love with its own star. It was too conscious of his popularity, and it became a vehicle for his Doctor, at the expense of pretty much everything else. That's why, good as he was, I was relieved when he stepped down.

Steven Moffat and Matt Smith have shaken things up nicely and I loved Series 5. But as I mentioned in my last post, I don't feel Series 6 was able to maintain the quality. The show seems to have stopped exploring ideas, and questing into the unknown. And that's a problem.

Still, hope springs eternal, and I'm sure Series 7 will have a lot of surprises up its sleeve for us!

Loerwyn
August 26th, 2012, 03:01 AM
Matt Smith is a fairly good Doctor (his voice acting skills in the Adventure Games left something to be desired, though), but as I've said in previous topics he's been hamstrung by a lot of really bad scripts.

When you look at episodes like A Good Man Goes To War, you see that with the right script(s) and cast, he can shine.

sink_plunger
August 27th, 2012, 05:46 AM
Matt Smith is a fairly good Doctor (his voice acting skills in the Adventure Games left something to be desired, though), but as I've said in previous topics he's been hamstrung by a lot of really bad scripts.

When you look at episodes like A Good Man Goes To War, you see that with the right script(s) and cast, he can shine.

Agreed. As a fan of Troughton and McCoy, I'm a fan of the mad professor approach and am really enjoying Matt Smith's portrayal. He's always watchable, even when the story isn't up to scratch.