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RE: Doctor Who - Handman - 11-03-2018

Looks like I might be falling into this cycle for this one.  I never hated Capaldi, I've always thought he is the best of the new series, but I found the writing lackluster.  Definitely was more excited that Moffat was leaving than anything else, but I'm still wary.

RE: Doctor Who - ChainsawAsh - 11-03-2018

Finally caught up.

This season is okay so far, and Whittaker is good, but nothing has stood out. I was most disappointed to not see any of the Doctor's beneath-the-surface fury come out at Not!Trump when he shot the spider - that would have been a perfect moment for it.

To me, you can't quite be the Doctor if you can't get that aspect right - I felt it in Capaldi from the start, in Smith from the end of The Beast Below, in Tennant fairly early on, in Eccleston almost straight through his whole run, in McGann in several of his audio's (Scherzo still has me scared of him), and in all of the classic Doctors bar maybe Davison, who I never really connected with as a Doctor either.

I'm hoping Whitaker will get a chance to show the Doctor's rage before this series is up. She's nailed everything else - hell, she's got the childlike sense of wonder at the universe that no Doctor since McGann has quite perfectly encapsulated - and she came close in Rosa, but I still can't see her delivering Smith's "Colonel Runaway" speech, for example.

But it's still fairly early. I'm excited for some episodes that don't have Chibnall with a writing credit.

RE: Doctor Who - Handman - 11-03-2018

This is not the first time I've heard her compared to Davison's down-to-earth Doctor.  And it makes sense, given Capaldi's pretty alien nature.  New Doctors generally try to really be different from the previous one.

RE: Doctor Who - Zarius - 11-04-2018

RTD's "Damaged Goods" availible for a cheap price. Already nabbed it as an early Christmas present for myself, will listen to it on December 25th (might be the only Who to enjoy since rumours are we're not getting a special until New Year's Day)

RE: Doctor Who - Handman - 11-04-2018

RE: Doctor Who - bionicbob - 11-04-2018

Have refrained thus far from commenting but....

Four episodes in and... "meh"

Clearly, it will take more than a gender swap and a fantastic performance from Whittaker to reinvigorate this franchise.

While the episodes thus far are better constructed and concluded than most Moffat era stories, they all feel very average and unmemorable.  Even "Rosa", thus far easily the best episode, was not enough to excite or surprise me.

The new companion dynamic is Fine.  It is comfortable and safe.   

Not sure about the new TARDIS.   I guess they trying for a more alien look?  But so far, the huge alien crystals and the angles they are filming, makes the Tardis feel smaller to me.

I was really hoping for a more dramatic, bolder tone change in the storytelling.   I recognize that in any franchise there is a certain built in story formula that must be adhered to, but that should not preclude the producers from pushing the boundaries of that formula.   In the classic era at least, each new Doctor (and production team) attempted to go in new different directions, thus giving each new Doctor era its own distinct feel.   This so far to me feels like just more of the same.  I mean it is not bad.  It is Fine.   But I am really struggling to find a reason to tune in each week or even set my PVR.

RE: Doctor Who - Handman - 11-04-2018

Here are Matt Smith's first four episodes:

1.  The Eleventh Hour
2.  The Beast Below
3.  Victory of the Daleks
4.  The Time of the Angels

It's still not fair to judge how this series is going.  Beast Below and Victory of the Daleks are especially bad, but I suppose the Eleventh Hour was just so good that it didn't matter as much.  We've still got time.  It's not as good as I'd hoped it'd be, but it can always get better, and we haven't yet had an outright bad episode.

RE: Doctor Who - ChainsawAsh - 11-04-2018

Beast Below wasn't too bad - at the very least we got a great performance out of Matt when he had to make the big decision at the end. I'd honestly put it about at the same level as 11x02.

RE: Doctor Who - Handman - 11-04-2018

At any rate, it's roughly the same, wouldn't you say?  You could make the argument that S11 or S5 is stronger than the other based on those few first episodes.  The better ones like Amy's Choice and Vincent and the Doctor only showed up in the latter half of the season, so I'm optimistic we might get something good later on this year.

RE: Doctor Who - ChainsawAsh - 11-04-2018

Well, I really liked tonight's episode, despite not being hugely fond of the message behind the pregnancy storyline. I have a feeling this one's going to go the route of "42" and be mostly forgotten, though, which is funny because I also really like "42."

Did we ever get an answer for why the one medic was concerned about what he saw on the Doctor's "chart" when she was waking up? I must've missed it if they said what it was.

So, halfway through the season, I'd say:

1. "The Woman Who Fell to Earth" - 8/10
2. "The Ghost Monument" - 7/10
3. "Rosa" - 9/10
4. "Arachnids in the UK" - 6/10
5. "The Tsuranga Conundrum" - 8/10

So pretty much a 7.5/10 season so far from me.