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Roth
Jul 9, 2016
Probation
Can't post for 32 minutes!


We've somehow been missing a thread on the longest run sci-fi tv series in the world, and I've recently started catching up from where I left off, so here's a low effort thread about Doctor Who.


I left off after Angels Take Manhatten, so I've still got a little bit of Matt Smith left to go before I hit Peter Capaldi. It's enjoyable enough, and I'm more fond of Matt Smith's portrayal than I remember being at the time. Clara just seems to be kinda there for now. Feels like most of her character is invested in being a mystery box so far.

Also this scene was amazing

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josh04
Oct 19, 2008

I'll see you in the dome





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsAVx0u9Cw4

RBA Starblade
Apr 27, 2008

Going Home.



Games Idiot Court Jester


Doctor Whom

FunkyAl
Mar 28, 2010

Your vitals soar.


The last episode I watched was "Midnight" which was really great! Better than I remember even. Like a one room play or a twilight zine kinda show. Great acting, great use /of/ acting as a confusing device for an alien understanding.

Two episodes later I'm watching donna noble with a bug on her back and I'm back out again!

josh04
Oct 19, 2008

I'll see you in the dome





The back-bug episode slaps, both for the scenes where Catherine Tate is forced to pretend that a clearly static plastic prop is clinging to her, and for the overt commentary on racist British society.

Farmer Crack-Ass
Jan 2, 2001

~this is me posting irl~



dr. who

Who What Now
Sep 10, 2006

In the cheery brightness of the 41st millennium there is only CHRISTMAS SPIRIT!


I would like to thank OP for making a thread where I can make this joke.

Ahem.




Doctor Poo

Farmer Crack-Ass
Jan 2, 2001

~this is me posting irl~


Who What Now posted:

I would like to thank OP for making a thread where I can make this joke.

Ahem.




Doctor Poo

all my golden fivebabies, are now yours

Big Beef City
Aug 15, 2013




Ric Flair, kicking open the door of the TARDIS, attired in what you might expect of either him or the titular role. I present to you: Dr. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooo

Bonzo
Mar 11, 2004

Just like Mama used to make it!


For the last few years, my wife and I take edibles and then watch a classic episode before bed. We are just about done with #5's first season. Old Doctor Who is so chill.

RadicalTranslation
Jan 26, 2021



I had started watching all of Doctor Who from the beginning for whatever reason in the middle of last year but (as with most things) petered off again. The actual production history behind early Doctor Who tends to be better than the episodes themselves lol

Bootcha
Nov 13, 2012

Truly, the pinnacle of goaltending


Grimey Drawer

I wanted every single PBS telethon Dr. Who goodies.

FunkyAl
Mar 28, 2010

Your vitals soar.


josh04 posted:

The back-bug episode slaps, both for the scenes where Catherine Tate is forced to pretend that a clearly static plastic prop is clinging to her, and for the overt commentary on racist British society.

Was that commentary? The exotic evil alien planet that is just Chinatown? I turned it off halfway lol

josh04
Oct 19, 2008

I'll see you in the dome





Oh god no, not that. Over halfway through the episode Britain descends into a racist post-apocalypse state after London gets space-nuked and there's a scene where all the non-white characters are rounded up by the army.

mind the walrus
Sep 22, 2006



FunkyAl posted:

Was that commentary? The exotic evil alien planet that is just Chinatown? I turned it off halfway lol
They round up Italian immigrants to a genocide camp in order to protect the borders and it's way, way better than it has any right to be thanks to older character actors selling the gently caress out of it.

Also that episode gets brownie points for literally taking all of the plots of Doctor Who episodes up to that point and saying "ok so the Doctor's not there, so what happens to Earth?" and basically showing the decline from a ground-level perspective. For such a garish, camp aesthetic the RTD folk could slap surprisingly hard when they wanted, and if you can look past the 00s candy-color cringe they've aged well. It's hard to look past though. My girlfriend and I use Doctor Who to goof off and unwind, where we can talk while watching something, and she had a blast slamming Catherine Tate's fashion.

Roth posted:

I left off after Angels Take Manhatten, so I've still got a little bit of Matt Smith left to go before I hit Peter Capaldi. It's enjoyable enough, and I'm more fond of Matt Smith's portrayal than I remember being at the time. Clara just seems to be kinda there for now. Feels like most of her character is invested in being a mystery box so far.
I think the going theory is that Moffat was overextended and dropped multiple balls, and basically cost us an extra series of Matt Smith and brought Clara in too early. She makes a lot more "sense" once Capaldi shows up and her mystery box poo poo (which sucks) is in the past and firmly forgotten.

Capaldi's era is also aging well. I felt it was mostly hot garbage in the first half but it finds a groove and it has some of the best Cybermen-- yes the loving Cybermen-- stories the show ever did. It helps when you realize that Capaldi-era productions and acting were, by Doctor Who standards, a lot more subtle and understated than the Smith/Tennant stuff ever was.

FunkyAl
Mar 28, 2010

Your vitals soar.


mind the walrus posted:

They round up Italian immigrants to a genocide camp in order to protect the borders and it's way, way better than it has any right to be thanks to older character actors selling the gently caress out of it.

Also that episode gets brownie points for literally taking all of the plots of Doctor Who episodes up to that point and saying "ok so the Doctor's not there, so what happens to Earth?" and basically showing the decline from a ground-level perspective. For such a garish, camp aesthetic the RTD folk could slap surprisingly hard when they wanted, and if you can look past the 00s candy-color cringe they've aged well. It's hard to look past though. My girlfriend and I use Doctor Who to goof off and unwind, where we can talk while watching something, and she had a blast slamming Catherine Tate's fashion.


At his best, I have no idea what tone Russel T Davies is going for.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bbb56jZo0rE

What the hell was this????

mind the walrus
Sep 22, 2006



Yeah RTD had lots of nadirs and the camp was pretty awful. I honestly felt bad for John Simms and was happy that Moffat gave him a proper story to flex in:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBIpFAZPpAg

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FunkyAl
Mar 28, 2010

Your vitals soar.


mind the walrus posted:

Yeah RTD had lots of nadirs and the camp was pretty awful. I honestly felt bad for John Simms and was happy that Moffat gave him a proper story to flex in:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBIpFAZPpAg

I will say, it was great when simm ate the sandwich really fast. RTD gave us that.

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