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Discussion in 'Personal' started by Vince_Ulam, Jul 15, 2018.
I am singularly unexcited at the prospect of the next series:
Why is that then? You don’t have to watch it.
I thought people stopped watching Dr Who sometime around puberty
For the same reason people visit Classical ruins.
The little girls in my class (year 3) are all thrilled and looking forward to it. Go figure.
I'm not an avid viewer like my husband but I will be watching the first episode with the new Doctor. I wish Capt Jack Harkness would come back. And K9.
It has not been watchable since David Tennant.
Actually, it has been utter rubbish since The Doctor was played by Patrick Troughton.
William Hartnell was still the best.
It's funny how we all have our favourite Doctors. I would have said it's not been watchable since Sylvester McCoy but I have enjoyed some of the episode of the newer incarnations. I much prefer when the episodes are truly stand-alone and don't have some bigger mystery to confuse you.
McCoy was always under-rated...
And agreed on the ''bigger mystery'' point... Moffat wound himself into knots trying to untangle the crack in time, the silence, the question blehblehbleh...
As for the teaser on the OP... well I stopped watching half way through Matt Smith [sorry a bit after puberty] and nothing there interested me enough to entice me back.
I think we all have our favourite Doctors because we prefer the one that was around when we were growing up; mine is certainly Tom Baker and I think it went downhill with Sylvester McCoy (not his fault, it is well documented that the BBC wanted to get rid of the show). Most of the Doctors since the return have been pretty good - I think it’s a shame that Christopher Ecclestone only did one series - but I wasn’t keen on Matt Smith. The storylines have definitely become more adult and I miss the days of cliffhangers at he end of each episode.
The trailer doesn’t enthuse me about the new series. The jury will be out longer with this seriesthan previous ones because it’s the first female Doctor.
It all comes down to the scripts. I was no fan of Colin Baker, Matt Smith or Peter Capaldi, but even they had occasional episodes that worked well. Pertwee and Baker had a better 'batting average' of good episodes because they still had the likes of Terry Nation and Terrence ***** writing for them.
My biggest complaint about the trailer above is that the Doctor seems to be recruiting the cast of Blue Peter. And the more they make the show about the companions, the less interesting I find it,
Moffat's constant trailing of mysteries was all a ruse to keep people watching until he could get the next season's budget approved. When it became apparent that these trails led nowhere it became threadbare quickly. Doctor Who works best as a serial.
He takes his writing cues from Damien Lindelof but doesn't execute them as well, which is saying something:
It's a running problem throughout all of Moffat's work. This documentary, long but punchy, shows this and highlights his other failings via Sherlock, Jekyll & Doctor Who:
It's well worth a watch. It seems that Moffat shows are family projects.
Good up to Tom Baker, pretty rubbish after (although I was a kid so was looking through a perception filter). New series not bad, but Eccleston way over the top. Stories just got stupid after Tennant. Amy Pond rubbish got incomprehensible, then worse after with Clara. River Song was annoying. The baddies are not very good these days, and sorting everything out in one episode is too predictable. Cybermen were cool when they first brought them back, then went silly. Some aliens should have been forgotten about, like Ice Warriors, and Ood. John Simm was brilliantly over the top as the master.
About the same time they stopped pony club and tennis.
Aye I've watched that one... I never got Sherlock like everyone else... I liked the performances but the storytelling was always off whack to me.
Agreed. The Van Gogh episode was beautiful.
I liked the earlier ones but, again, it got a bit silly. There's too much "...and he woke up and it was all a dream. The End." about some of the mysteries.