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The hype train is almost at the station! Big Grin





Let the Doctor WHo rave begin!



EDIT:

This interview with the new composer sounds great, taking it back to the original theme:

So... an extended edition of the episode is going to be broadcast on BBC America in an hour.  Anyone know what's different?  Or is that just what aired in the UK earlier, and the US first run was abridged?  There was no opening title sequence when I watched it earlier, which seems like a severe omission. 


As it stands, I'd give the episode a C.  A completely average Doctor Who episode, pretty unremarkable in most respects.  Jodie is a natural in the role, channeling bits of Smith and Tennant, and I'm looking forward to more of her Doctor.
I really didn't like the first episode. It was predictable (the thing that happened towards the end of the episode that I can't explain because of spoilers), full of baffling decisions (the sonic screwdriver looks like a sex toy and the Doctor's costume looks worse than the 6th doctor's in my opinion) and tropes of Chibnall's past works creeping their way in (terrible/pointless voice-overs). I think I might just retire from watching TV Who and stick with the weird and wonderful world of Big Finish.
I had a good time, but it was just passable at best. Not the worst thing Chibnall's written, but very meek in comparison to Moffat's Eleventh Hour or even the likes of Spearhead From Space and Castrovalva. It's a good thing "Open Air" doesn't exist now, or Pip and Jane would be giving Chris his receipt. Big Grin


Jodie was great though, she really commanded authority and had the vital energy needed to keep up in the role, she'll be bringing me back next week, and at least we have a decent theme again and more of a throwback to the old music too.
^ More or less agreed. Jodie was even better than I'd hoped.


Random spoilerish thoughts: Loved the sequence of The Doctor forging the new sonic-screwdriver out of "Sheffield Steel" and old circuit boards. Once again they've upped the production values and filmic look. I really hope the promises of self-contained adventures are true and less of the multi-episode, overly-convoluted episodes of recent years. The story itself was okay but I'll forgive that when they had to establish so many new characters in an hour. I'm very much looking forward to having three companions of different ages and attitudes, instead of the same carbon-copy twenty-something girl we've had since the show came back in '05 (a few examples excepting, Cpt Jack, Bill Potts etc). I can't wait to see the new titles and theme next week. The Doctor p**sing off the evil "Tzim-Sha" alien by mispronouncing his name as "Tim Shaw?" was a hoot.
This is so bloody catchy

(10-08-2018, 03:48 AM)Zarius Wrote: [ -> ]I had a good time, but it was just passable at best. Not the worst thing Chibnall's written, but very meek in comparison to Moffat's Eleventh Hour or even the likes of Spearhead From Space and Castrovalva. It's a good thing "Open Air" doesn't exist now, or Pip and Jane would be giving Chris his receipt. Big Grin


Jodie was great though, she really commanded authority and had the vital energy needed to keep up in the role, she'll be bringing me back next week, and at least we have a decent theme again and more of a throwback to the old music too.


I am not a huge fan of Eleventh Hour. To me it makes Matt Smith look like a jerk. He finds a little girl who lives alone, makes her cook for him, and throws her food away. And it's played for laughs. I know she said she lives with the Aunt but we never see the Aunt when Amy is a kid. I was really relieved the new clothing scene went by fast in The Woman Who Fell To Earth because I was worried they'd try another long stretch of the Doctor throwing things as "comedy". 

I liked the new episode a lot, and was actually really impressed with how movie-like it is in presentation. Until the tooth guy comes out of the pod. His character design looked cheap and generic. Only took me out for a second, I was into it the rest of the way. 

Of course, any first episode of a new Doctor only needs to introduce them, and I like Jodie a lot already. A couple highlights:
"Not anymore!" (the phone)
"I'm sure it's fine." (the Swiss army)
"These legs definitely used to be longer." (the crane)
"Yup!" (the clothes)
I liked it a lot. Jodie felt like the Doctor right away, the new characters are interesting, and the story was good. 


It's unusual for a regeneration episode not to be a comedy, but I like Chibnall challenging the conventions. (And not all of them up until now have been comedies, anyway.) The visuals were good; the music was a nice change of pace; and the somber conclusion definitely feels like a change to the status quo. 
 

I like this one much better than "Deep Breath."
I have to say, this is the most engaging Doctor Who episode I've seen for a long time... a simple story, free from Moffatt's convoluted ramblings, it was fun, breezy and also very poignant.  Jodie was also excellent, making quite an impact for her first story.  

It also looked fantastic.. it's clear the photography has gone up a notch, so this bodes well for the rest of the season.  Also, best of all, the music is so much better.  It's far better balanced that Murray Gold's over-the-top style, feeling more like it's creating soundscapes and serving the story.

All in all, a very promising start.
This weeks was good, on par with last week (again not a great script) but I love the new [SPOILER] and the characters are great Big Grin

i love Jodie, Bradley, Tosin and Mandip but I think the main issue for me is with both this and last weeks Chibnall's writing. I'm totally with these characters but the way he works a Doctor Who story has never been great