Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by Jekyll, Apr 11, 2010.
First official photos of the next companion with the Doctor.
I was able to finish up David's run as the Doctor. It really does get much better after the first season, but I think I am enjoying Matt's run more so far. What surprised me the most was how improved a character Donna was when she returned. I went from hating her to thinking she was easily David's best companion. It was nice to see that character develop without all the sexual tension that seems to be the norm with them.
I thought Tennant's departure was handled terribly. Ick.
Liked Donna for the reason you mentioned. The show has really overdone the "companion wubs the Doctor" bit. Enough of that, please.
Having Tennant moon over Rose ruined Martha's chances of becoming a successful companion.
Yeah that TV movie was an odd way to see David off. It had some good moments, but lacked emotional impact. Plus it kind of dragged on once he got hit with radiation as he said his good-byes.
Official air dates for the start of series 7.
First ep looks incredible. Can't wait to see the old-school Daleks, even if they're just background decoration.
Fingers crossed for a great season. Will be interesting to see how a whole season of one-parters plays out.
I'm ok with the one-parters as some of my least favorite episodes from the last couple seasons were two-parters. Only thing that gives me pause is the idea of Amy and Mr Pond being sent off in a single episode. Loosing a companion is a fairly big deal and I hope it gives them enough screen time to handle it properly. Maybe it will be set up over the course of the season to feel natural.
Some of the best have been one-parters as well. At the same time, Victory of the Daleks was one part, and that one showed up all the problems of trying to cram too much into 45 mins. Hopefully the "mini movie" approach pans out. I just worry that we're swinging from one extreme -- the season-long arc -- to the other.
If nothing else, a season of standalones will make it easier for Americans to jump on board. Seems like there's a big push for that.
Have they said there won't be a season long arc? You can still do an arc without two-part episodes. Maybe I missed it, but I don't believe they have dismissed the idea of an overall arc for fans to follow to the end of the season. If anything, I am expecting it based off the tease from last season's ending.
No, they haven't. But the switch to standalones is a pretty dramatic change in the wake of some rather sharp criticism of how the last arc played out. I'll be surprised if this season has anything nearly that complex or demanding of viewer attention. Maybe something more RTD-ish.
I enjoyed the last season, for the most part, but I did think they risked losing the casual viewer.
I didn't understand the criticism over the ending of last season. It played out well and I like that they set up something grander. What will disappoint me is if they don't do anything with it over the next season or two.
I'm a fan of this style of story telling. An overall arc that is slowly played out among various stand alone episodes. Buffy did it well and Doctor Who has been giving me a similar vibe.
EDIT: The more I think about this, the more I believe i'm correct here. Just because they announced they won't have any two part episodes, does not mean you should read into it that they won't have an overall season arc to follow.
I can understand most of the criticism, even if it doesn't bother me as much as it does some people. The big reveal about River was a bit hokey, even soap-ish, and a lot of the storylines didn't pay off -- the Silents were left hanging (har har), the explosion of the Tardis went unexplained, and Madame Kovarian was never fleshed out satisfactorily. Admittedly, I think a lot of the objections arose because people expected something more definitive than they got. But, at the same time, I don't think that was an unreasonable expectation. Maybe the season will hold up better in context a few years down the line, but on its own, even I found it a bit lacking.
The scene with the Doctor finding out about the Brigadier's death is a good example of the fannishness of it. As an old-school Who fan, I loved it. But for most folks -- even folks who have watched the new series since the beginning -- it must have been baffling. Seems crazy that a plot point hinges on the death of a character that's never been in the modern version of the show.
Well, as I said I will be disappointed if they don't continue with the plot threads that are still open. Agree that people wanted something more definitive, but I have faith we will get there in time.
Thought they handled the big reveal about River nicely. I'm just not the biggest fan of her character and hope they cut down on the use of her this season. She works best when they don't make the show feel so focused on her. Plus I am disappointed they teased you with and then took away the one thing that made her future more interesting, the ability to regenerate.
It's funny, but I read a lot of bitching online that the current run does not pay enough fan service by referencing its past. Seems to be a sticking point for a lot of the oldschool fans.
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