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RE: Doctor Who - Zarius - 12-07-2018

Tons of news today

Jodie confirms she's staying on as The Doctor for Series 12


New Year Special's villains are

The Daleks

No full series in 2019. Chibnall and Jodie had a "bad day" and ALMOST quit, but smoothed things over with the BBC.

RE: Doctor Who - Handman - 12-07-2018

But we've had an official statement that we will have series 12 in 2019.  Though I've heard rumours that it will only be 6 episodes.

RE: Doctor Who - bionicbob - 12-07-2018

(12-07-2018, 12:52 PM)Zarius Wrote: Tons of news today...

All very interesting.  Great to hear viewership and sales are up despite the very vocal naysaying on the old inter web.

I can not believe this weekend is the main series finale already!?! 10 episodes already?  And still I am not certain how I feel about this latest incarnation?   I do not think it is bad show.  It has had some very nice moments.  I find Whittaker very enjoyable, though I do not feel she has really owned the character yet.  And while I understand the stand alone (no season arc) format is great for pulling in (and hopefully keeping) new viewers uneducated in Who, the lack of an underlying driving/building narrative has made many of the aired episodes  very forgettable to me and may be why I am shocked we are at the end already.

I watched an interesting analysis of this season of Who, in which the reviewer proposed that perhaps it is the lack of allegory and whimsy in this new version that has ruffled long time Whovians?   This series certainly seems to have gone out of its way to try to feel more grounded in terms of production design, episode scoring, cinematography and narrative.   And for me, the strongest stories are been the ones that dealt directly with real world history -- Rosa Parks, Demons of Punjab and Wichfinder.   While I for one, am happy the Fairy Tales Moffat era has come to close, I think like many fans of the classic age, I was hoping for a return to Harder Science Fiction, rather than a real world problem solver procedural that this season sort of feels like to me.

When I think back on this season, somehow this show that is about All Of Time and Space, feels smaller.
While I do not think we need a return to the always epic, messy rollercoaster madness of the Smith/Capaldi years, it would be nice to get some sense of wonder and grandeur that existed in the Tennant or Classic age.   I mean, even the TARDIS feels smaller.  Except for a few tight close up shots around the door and console, I have no sense of its interior design or size.

As I said before, I think its still an enjoyable, if somewhat forgettable, new season.  And like many New Doctors first seasons from the classic era, it seems to be struggling to find its own unique voice while battling to keep old and news fans happy.

I dunno.  Change is good.  Change is bad.  Don't change too much.  You didn't change enough.  Tongue

RE: Doctor Who - Zarius - 12-07-2018

Ed Hime (writer of "It Takes You Away", aka "The One With The Frog") will be returning for series 12, he has the season listed on his CV

RE: Doctor Who - bionicbob - 12-07-2018

So has anyone picked up the Peter Davison Blu Ray set yet?

I pre-ordered mine ages ago, the Region One release date was Dec 3, but Amazon still has not shipped my order.

I was completely satisfied with the Tom Baker set, the picture/sound quality was excellent and the bonus features were very entertaining.... and the space it saves on the shelf is amazeballs! lol

I hope with the announcement of the next Tom Baker being so close after Davison's, that it means these sets will be coming out on a more regular schedule... every quarter maybe???

RE: Doctor Who - Handman - 12-07-2018

Yeah, looks that way.  I just ordered the first Baker set, I'm afraid I won't get another chance.  I just hope they corrected the discs.  I'll probably get the others later.  But I'm most looking forward to having the Pertwee, Tom and McCoy years.

RE: Doctor Who - bionicbob - 12-08-2018

I really enjoy this fellow's channel.... his love for all things WHO is so earnest, positive and pure.  

RE: Doctor Who - Handman - 12-09-2018

(12-07-2018, 01:40 PM)Handman Wrote: But we've had an official statement that we will have series 12 in 2019.  Though I've heard rumours that it will only be 6 episodes.

Well, scratch that.  It's official.


RE: Doctor Who - Zarius - 12-10-2018

This was a weak finale, but it did tie up loose ends from the first episode of the series. At times it felt like a rip-off of Pirate Planet and Stolen Earth, and the returning villain didn't do a hell of a lot other than brag. Bradley was the breakout star of the episode and got the best scenes. Yippe-Ki-Hay

RE: Doctor Who - Handman - 12-10-2018

Bradley was the breakout star of the entire season, as far as I'm concerned.  And I'm pretty sure the New Years Special could potentially be the best episode of the lot, based on the trailer alone.  Too many episodes were spent just talking (which wouldn't be bad if the dialogue was memorable, but it wasn't), with not much action in them.  It looks like that may change with this next one.  I can only hope.