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« Reply #120 on: August 25, 2014, 07:13:22 PM »

I actually wasn't a big fan of the new episode. I like Capaldi, and I'm definitely interested to see where the season is going, but I felt the actual story was incredibly boring. I am also SO sick of Vastra. She's fine, but we've seen her far to often recently (and by 'recently' I mean last season).
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« Reply #121 on: August 25, 2014, 11:39:23 PM »

Hype train was too high on this, obviously. New Doctor is fine but how long can something stay 'Hip'? I know more than a few people who are iffy now. It's a shame.
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« Reply #122 on: August 26, 2014, 12:29:23 AM »

Watched it again. Capaldi is great and the chemistry with Clara is evident. Hype be damned. Not an epic start but it's still great watching.
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« Reply #123 on: August 26, 2014, 12:30:37 AM »

I didn't care much for the start (where he's sort of bumbling about), but there was clear "Doctor"-material in there by the end.

Looking forward to the rest of it. :)
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« Reply #124 on: August 26, 2014, 10:48:09 AM »

I liked it, actually. My boyfriend had to twist my arm about it when it was airing since I was already losing interest in Matt Smiths run who has been my least favourite of all the revived series Doctors. Yeah, yeah, I know a lot of people love him. The only thing that made me enjoy his run truly was Amy, and when she left for Clara I wasn't really feeling it. Clara felt like a cardboard cutout most of the time, just there, despite this apparently amazing role in the Doctors life as The Impossible Girl.

Clara felt a bit redeemed for me in this episode. Yeah she was kinda a bit of an idiot when the Doctor regenerated (hasn't she seen EVERY Doctor regeneration??? Why did this phase her?) but the sort of tension she had with Capaldi was great, as Vastra said it was nice to see her get her feathers ruffled for once. I really miss Amy's fieryness. The villain was a bit neither here nor there for me, just a vehicle to get the ball rolling.
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« Reply #125 on: August 26, 2014, 02:49:59 PM »

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I liked Matt Smith's version of the Doctor (unfortunately coming off Tennant he felt kind of similar in some ways and tamer in others...but I did like the excitement he had!).  I loved Amy (as you say, she was 'firey', and I liked how she played with the 'weird' that's thrown at them).  I even liked Rory a bit as a sort-of good-hearted punching bag.

But I agree, I think the plots during the Matt Smith era were a bit heavy and it got kind of annoying.  It never really sat right with me.

I am looking forward to Capaldi if for nothing more than a fresh slate.  Daresay, it's kind of nice he's a little less of a pretty boy too (not that it's ever a bad thing, but just to change things up).
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« Reply #126 on: August 31, 2014, 03:43:22 AM »

Hype train was too high on this, obviously. New Doctor is fine but how long can something stay 'Hip'? I know more than a few people who are iffy now. It's a shame.

I'm really happy so far. Tonally this feels very different from Smith and Tennant and I'm glad.

The Daleks tonight actually felt threatening again.

I'm very keen to see where this season is headed.
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« Reply #127 on: September 10, 2014, 02:32:28 PM »

Is Capaldi the best Doctor of the new series run?

Yes. Yes he is.
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« Reply #128 on: September 10, 2014, 09:21:03 PM »

Is Capaldi the best Doctor of the new series run?

Yes. Yes he is.
WAY too soon for such a statement.
The new Doctor is so much (and I hate this trendy word) "darker" than Matt Smith's. He's almost mean. Incredibly cynical. It's like everything that has come before is finally making it's way out. Capaldi IS doing a great job with him so far.
I did like Robot of Sherwood. Fun episode.
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« Reply #129 on: September 11, 2014, 07:54:35 AM »

I'm still weary of Capaldi. I'm liking him as a doctor, but his episodes have just been booooooooring. Into the Dalek was fun, but Dinosaurs in the 1800s (don't feel like looking up the title) and Robot of Sherwood were just okay. Robot of Sherwood was definetly better than his first episode, but I've never been a huge fan of when the Doctor visits the past, and I've ALSO never been a fan of Robin Hood. It was a good comedy episode, but otherwise I was bored throughout it. Next week looks to be a pretty good horror episode though, and I will NEVER write of Doctor Who as a show. Unless a girl becomes Doctor. Its not sexist thing but...Just think, if the Doctor were to be come a woman wouldn't his personality change completely? Which goes against that there is always a little bit of the Doctor in there. And I don't seem to recall David or Chris ever hitting on Jack Harkness.
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« Reply #130 on: September 11, 2014, 12:40:10 PM »

...and I will NEVER write of Doctor Who as a show. Unless a girl becomes Doctor. Its not sexist thing but...Just think, if the Doctor were to be come a woman wouldn't his personality change completely?


Mmm yes, s/he'd probably be more fragile, and complainy, and bitchy, and PMS-y.  It'd be awful, out of line for the show, and would destroy the series more than bad writing ever will. 

ANYWAYS.  I actually really like Capaldi as a Doctor and I think we needed a slightly more serious incanation; but the episode plots so far are only 'ok'.  You can tell he's still a Doctor at heart though (A reviewer said it best: "..The amazing plan that the Doctor comes up with to defeat Rusty... hinges on Clara doing something brilliant but completely unspecified to unlock the memory, and then the Doctor will show Rusty something so beautiful that it will turn him good forever, but he has absolutely no idea what that thing might be").   He still needs those BIGGER titles like "Blink", "Midnight", or somehow manage to sell as grand ideas like "The Impossible Planet" did.  The ones so far have been a bit more "fun"; they're entertaining, but not particularly interesting or unique (I usually write off Dalek episodes since I can't take them seriously as villains; they're just a bit too ridiculous for me, and for the "most dangerous enemy", the Doctor seems to take care of them often enough).

Next episode preview looked promising.
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« Reply #131 on: September 12, 2014, 06:59:42 AM »

Unless a girl becomes Doctor. Its not sexist thing but...Just think, if the Doctor were to be come a woman wouldn't his personality change completely? Which goes against that there is always a little bit of the Doctor in there. And I don't seem to recall David or Chris ever hitting on Jack Harkness.
O_O I don't even know where to start on this. I think I'm just going to go with, if you feel the need to preface a statement with "its not a (insert adjective here) thing," then you really need to think long and hard about the statement that follows. As odds are the following sentence probably is the adjective and that is why you felt it was necessary to say that preface. So....yeah.

P.S. The Doctor has totally flirted with Jack Harkness in at least Jack's first appearance. Might have been toned down in later episodes, but it was totally there.
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« Reply #132 on: September 14, 2014, 12:53:51 AM »

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Wow!  Brilliant episode from start to finish ---- you can kinda tell when an episode will be "that episode".

Paradoxes aside (that I wanted blurt out while they were happening), I loved some of the vague details and lingering mysteries we get in this Doctor Who milestone.  But generally; I think this episode was ABOUT mystery, intrigue, and personal paranoias and obsessions even though the episode would try to have you think so otherwise.

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I LOVED seeing Gallifrey (what strange little bit of it we saw); but more than that, I loved how still...mysterious it all was.  Why was the lil' Doctor crying?  Why stay in the barn?  Was that his family? Friends?  Did they live rurally?  Getting into the Academy to become a Time Lord?????  We don't know.... but cool!

Also, nothing says a dude is into your MORE (or "true love") than fucking up two dates and still desperate and happy to try again and make it work.  Mr Pink is a handsome looking fella to boot; they'd have beautiful....dirty-blonde afro'd babies?

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« Reply #133 on: September 15, 2014, 09:44:05 PM »

I actually thought it was pretty bad. The teaser promised us something that never really happened. I was expecting a creepy monster of the week episode, but we got something entirely not that
The story was all over the place, and made no sense.
There were a few good lines, and a few good moments, but the rest was just...ugh.
And I really wish the doctor would stop insulting Clara on her appearance! It's like a creepy old man trying to re-assure himself that he's not turned on by the hot young lady, when it's the exact opposite. It's mostly just mean, though, and serves no point in the story.
MaryAnns review explains pretty much how I saw this episode better than I can:
http://www.flickfilosopher.com/2014/09/doctor-blogging-listen.html
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« Reply #134 on: September 15, 2014, 10:11:08 PM »

I actually thought it was pretty bad. The teaser promised us something that never really happened. I was expecting a creepy monster of the week episode, but we got something entirely not that
The story was all over the place, and made no sense.
There were a few good lines, and a few good moments, but the rest was just...ugh.
And I really wish the doctor would stop insulting Clara on her appearance! It's like a creepy old man trying to re-assure himself that he's not turned on by the hot young lady, when it's the exact opposite. It's mostly just mean, though, and serves no point in the story.
MaryAnns review explains pretty much how I saw this episode better than I can:
http://www.flickfilosopher.com/2014/09/doctor-blogging-listen.html

I agree that he's meaner than he has to be; but I kinda like him putting her down after a trend of [mostly] super foxy companions.  I think it'd be creepier if he did go va-va-voom for her.  He's a bitter old grump and she's...quite the opposite.  Yeah it makes for a bit of a "perfect strangers" chemistry...ho hum.  Could be worse.

I agree the plot was a mess (it kept making me question what and why was "this" or "that" relevant) but I'm glad it wasn't a big, bad monster; there are plenty of Who episodes that do that and plenty more that will.  I do wish they kept with the idea pitched at the start: An evolutionary species who's strength is to hide (and that you'd never know it if it did its job well enough).  Rather, I felt a *bunch* of ideas in this episode would have been fine on their own (the creepy orphanage, the end of the universe, the locked door, the last man alive, Pink's descendants, Clara's butchered date/s/, Doctor's childhood, boogeymen, etc.).  The "genre" and connections felt messy, but I did like how it advances what we know about Clara and The Doctor.
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