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    Dr. Who

    Have any of you seen the remake of the old Dr. Who series?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/

    It comes on here on the SciFi channel. I see that it is a bbc production so I assume that you in the UK have seen it. I have watched a few episods, and I feel it is okay. I think one of the main reasons I like it is that it is a trip down memory lane to see how they use so much from the old show (from the '60).

    I hear some of the sounds and it makes me think of being a teen again, before I could drive and when I lived so far out in the country there was nothing else to do on a Saturday night but watch public television.

    I don't know how many of you remember or have seen the old show with the curly headed dude with the long scarf.

    I don't care for the Rose Tyler chick much in the new series. But I do like the new Doctor. The only thing I don't like about the show which is much like the old show is that the pace seems to be so slow. Too much standing around talking and looking at each other.

    But all in all I like the show.
    People often tell me that I fail to see the gravity of the situation.
    I see the gravity, and I say...

    Step right up folks and watch me defy gravity!

    #2
    Overall the new series is great - personally I prefer Rose's long-suffering boyfriend, Mickey, to her as he's got far more pathos. Christopher Ecclestone was a great doctor too: troubled, tragic and conflicted, but witty and ruthless enough not to get too emo on us.

    (For those who didn't know, Ecclestone jumped ship/Tardis after the first series over fears he would be type-cast. It also allowed the Beeb to reintroduce the Doc's ability to regenerate - or should be 'recast'? - to all the kiddies who weren't alive last time around.)

    The second series is now on BBC1 on Saturdays. So far so good and they're bringing back K9 and the Cybermen! The new doctor, Neil Tennant, is great too: much more confident and assured, with a dash of cold mercilessness. It's good to have the Doctor back...

    [SPOILER!] It's a shame about the other Time Lords on Gallifrey, though. EXTERMINATE!

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      #3
      Originally posted by Truculent Sheep
      (For those who didn't know, Ecclestone jumped ship/Tardis after the first series over fears he would be type-cast. It also allowed the Beeb to reintroduce the Doc's ability to regenerate - or should be 'recast'? - to all the kiddies who weren't alive last time around.)
      Actually, all signs point to the idea that Ecclestone was only contracted for one season. The producers made the correct choice not to start the series with a regeneration, but wanted to get to one quickly. Plus the feeling was in order to get Ecclestone, they promised him only one season.

      Like many BBC media battles (with Sky1) even the "leak" of the regeneration was specially timed to ensure the most media coverage about Dr Who. So Ecclestone took one for the team and appeared as if he was "too-good" for the role.

      - Matt
      Student of Wan Yi Chuan Kung Fu,
      Kali, & what ever works
      Renaissance Martial Arts
      Rochester, NY

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        #4
        Everyone went on about the old ones...I tried to watch them but didn't get it.

        I have no interest in seening a remake.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Truculent Sheep
          Overall the new series is great - personally I prefer Rose's long-suffering boyfriend, Mickey, to her as he's got far more pathos. Christopher Ecclestone was a great doctor too: troubled, tragic and conflicted, but witty and ruthless enough not to get too emo on us.

          (For those who didn't know, Ecclestone jumped ship/Tardis after the first series over fears he would be type-cast. It also allowed the Beeb to reintroduce the Doc's ability to regenerate - or should be 'recast'? - to all the kiddies who weren't alive last time around.)

          The second series is now on BBC1 on Saturdays. So far so good and they're bringing back K9 and the Cybermen! The new doctor, Neil Tennant, is great too: much more confident and assured, with a dash of cold mercilessness. It's good to have the Doctor back...

          [SPOILER!] It's a shame about the other Time Lords on Gallifrey, though. EXTERMINATE!
          For once it appears that y'all are ahead of us. We are still in the first season here. with Ecclestone as the Dr. We haven't seen the new Neil Tennant Dr. Is he as good as Ecclestone?
          People often tell me that I fail to see the gravity of the situation.
          I see the gravity, and I say...

          Step right up folks and watch me defy gravity!

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            #6
            Tennant is as good, but more understated.

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            Matt, the official line from the BBC is that he only had a one series contract, but that was spin: Ecclestone made his decision and the BBC reacted accordingly. However, Ecclestone's leaving was successfully handled, so any damage was prevented. If anything, Ecclestone is now guaranteed cult status precisely because he did a runner, and it was good PR for the series too. Compare that to Tom Baker - a Doctor for seven years - who had to be forced out to make way for Peter Davison in 1981!

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              #7
              it's David, not Neil Tennant.
              I'm loving the new series, but I've always loved Dr Who, when I was little the old ones were shown at about 7pm on a friday night, it was great! I am also a bit of a geek, so Dr Who is great on that front too.

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                #8
                I know it's David - but for some odd reason I keep mixing him up with Neil Tennant from the Pet Shop Boys.

                [obscure allusion]It's a sin...[/obscure allusion]

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                  #9
                  Has anyone played the dalek game on the website that Rhamma posted? It fucking kicks ass

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Mr Han
                    Has anyone played the dalek game on the website that Rhamma posted? It fucking kicks ass
                    Yes I did, it is fun! At first I though it was stupid until I started getting other components.
                    People often tell me that I fail to see the gravity of the situation.
                    I see the gravity, and I say...

                    Step right up folks and watch me defy gravity!

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Truculent Sheep
                      Matt, the official line from the BBC is that he only had a one series contract, but that was spin: Ecclestone made his decision and the BBC reacted accordingly. However, Ecclestone's leaving was successfully handled, so any damage was prevented. If anything, Ecclestone is now guaranteed cult status precisely because he did a runner, and it was good PR for the series too. Compare that to Tom Baker - a Doctor for seven years - who had to be forced out to make way for Peter Davison in 1981!
                      Sorry, based on everything I have read, I don't buy it.

                      Russell Davies was on record explaining that he didn't want to start with a regeneration for plot reasons (in doing so demonstrated what was wrong with the telefilm). At the same time he wanted to get the regeneration in early to establish it as canon.

                      The entire thing was planned (Rich Johnson of Lying in the Gutter's fame did a solid breakdown of everything based on inside contact from the BBC).

                      Note the fact that the leak happened on the same day as Sky announced that Ant and Dec (a pair of 7-year old interviewers) had secured an interview with Tony Blair.

                      Now I do think Eccleston was probably concerned about typecasting. But chances are his deal with the BBC was originial one season and out for that specific reason. Plus Tennant was already a favorite of Davies for the part (as they had been working together on Cassanova).

                      Davies is a shrewd operator. This entire thing was a media work from the beginning.

                      - Matt
                      Student of Wan Yi Chuan Kung Fu,
                      Kali, & what ever works
                      Renaissance Martial Arts
                      Rochester, NY

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Truculent Sheep

                        The second series is now on BBC1 on Saturdays. So far so good and they're bringing back K9 and the Cybermen!
                        Christ, bringing back K9? At least i dont have to worry about Boxey bringing back Daggit on Battlestar Galactica.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by daigoro
                          Christ, bringing back K9? At least i dont have to worry about Boxey bringing back Daggit on Battlestar Galactica.
                          Oh Fuck!

                          I HATED that stupid kid, and that stupid robot!
                          People often tell me that I fail to see the gravity of the situation.
                          I see the gravity, and I say...

                          Step right up folks and watch me defy gravity!

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                            #14
                            Matt, I believe a liberal application of Occam's Razor is needed here. Reading between the lines, it all just seems like a few fortuitous coincidences and Russel T thinking on his feet.

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