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Doctor Who

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by Jekyll, Apr 11, 2010.

  1. Jr Mouse

    Jr Mouse Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Smith's Doctor may be one of my favorite TV characters ever.
     


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    Damn, definitely gotta see it then. My gf tried to get me into Tennant, and it was okay, but not good enough to enthrall me the way Baker did (and still does). I think she just likes crushing on him though more than the actual show, like Game of Thrones, when Drogo died, she completely lost interest in that one hah.
     
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    Just do what I did and start with Matt Smith's run. It's all on Netflix and Amazon streaming.
     


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    Nice, thanks :)
     


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    Ok so I finally spent some more time watching Tennant's run on Dr. Who. His first season wasn't doing anything for me and I found Rose annoying and generally unpleasant to look at. It seems to be his second season when the show starts getting interesting. The production values get better and I am liking Martha so far.

    My plan is to keep at it for now. Still think Smith's run is much more enjoyable, but I am starting to see hints of why Tennant is loved by so many fans.
     


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    I liked "Smith and Jones" but thought "Shakespeare Code," "Gridlock," the Dalek eps and "Lazarus" were weak. Second half of that season has some good ones, though.

    Be curious to see what you think of Martha when all is said and done.
     


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    I liked Shakespeare Code, but agree Gridlock was kind of weak. So far Martha has been enjoyable enough. As I said, I didn't care for Rose and I was also glad that the bride from the first episode of season 2 didn't stick around.

    Do they ever get into grander overreaching story arcs like they do in Smith's run? So far everything feels like stand alone episodes with not that much tied together.
     


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    Martha really comes in as a breath of fresh air. I'll hold off on further discussion so I don't prejudice your opinion one way or another.

    The last Smith season was by far the most arc-intensive. The Eccleston and Tennant years have arcs that are barely there.
     


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    I thought season one of Smith's run also had a good arc, but agree that season 2 was the strongest. I enjoy this type of storytelling in TV so that could also be part of why it appeals to me more then the older stuff.
     


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    I like Matt Smith's Doctor, but I think I'm burnt out on this "new" Doctor Who.

    It's too much style over substance... loud intrusive music... shouting to heighten the sense of danger.... over the top acting.... but most of the time I can't remember anything about the storyline (if there was one).

    Bored with it now.

    (Tennant was great, my favorite of the three new Docs)
     


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    While I think there is plenty of substance mixed in with the style, most of what your describe there are things I enjoy about the new run. :)
     


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    Ironically, the best Smith moments are when he's allowed to be quiet, like when he's facing his demise at little Amelia's bedside. Wish they wrote the character like that more often, because that's when Smith really shines.

    Will be curious to see what the new season's like. All the stories are supposed to be stand-alones -- no two-parters.
     


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    I would argue that if they did it more often it wouldn't be as effective as a character moment.


    I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that Amy is leaving this year. I know it's common for the Doctor to get new companions as the show goes on, but I have grown attached to the dynamic her and the Doctor have.
     


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    Yeah, but I'm not suggesting they lay on the schmaltz, like they often did during the Tennant years. This business of the Doctor being manic most of the time is very much a product of the new series. In the old series, he was often eccentric, moody, etc. But he wasn't always on. Taking it back down a notch or two, even to the Eccleston levels of a few years ago, would do Smith a world of service, IMO.

    I like her too. Probably my favorite of the new series companions.
     


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    No I understand where you are coming from. Just really enjoy the manic in this series. :embar:
     


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