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Teach me about Dr Who

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Ereth, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. Sep 3, 2013 #21 of 151

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

    Dec 26, 2005
    A Galaxy...

    This was me. I had enough previous knowledge to get it but really enjoyed the reboot with Eccleston.
  2. Sep 3, 2013 #22 of 151

    Azlen Active Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    Peoria, AZ
    One of the things I really don't like about Moffat's companions is he has made them puzzles to be solved rather than ordinary people that the Doctor has taken them along with him. I like Jenna Louise-Coleman though but could have done without the impossible girl thing.
  3. Sep 3, 2013 #23 of 151

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

    Oct 20, 2007
    MN, greater...
    Blink is an excellent episode, but I think it's too far from a normal episode to tell someone that they can base an opinion on the whole series on it.
  4. Sep 3, 2013 #24 of 151

    mr.unnatural Active Member

    Feb 2, 2006
    I've seen every episode of Doctor Who. In fact, I just got done watching the 8th Doctor with Paul McGann for the first time last night as one of the Doctor Who Revisited specials. My first Doctor was Tom Baker as I got into it by watching the PBS reruns of the series. The show eventually cycled back to the first Doctor with William Hartnell until I saw all episodes up to that point. I stuck with it through the Sylvester McCoy series until they stopped airing it.

    The original series was absolutely cheesy and the production values were about what you'd expect from a show produced back in the 60's. Still, it was a lot of fun to watch. The 2005 reboot was a huge shot in the arm for the series. I've liked each Doctor from Christoper Eccleston to the current series with Matt Smith. Each actor imparts his own character into the Doctor, which is part of what makes the show so interesting. Production values and storylines have improved dramatically since the original series, although it still gets a bit cheesy from time to time.

    I was disappointed to hear that Matt Smith will be leaving the show in favor of a newer, but older, Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi. I hear that the Christmas 2013 special episode will be his last.

    If you're interested in seeing what the original series is all about, you might try to see if BBC America is airing any reruns of the Doctor Who Revisited specials. They've been airing about once a month since early this year. Each one focuses on one of the Doctors starting with the first Doctor Who. There's about one hour of interviews and discussions with past cast members and production crew followed by one "classic" episode of Doctor Who featuring that specific Doctor.
  5. Sep 3, 2013 #25 of 151

    Azlen Active Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    Peoria, AZ
    Yes and no. I don't think that liking it means that you will automatically like the rest of the series because it isn't really a doctor centric episode but if you don't like the "wibbly wobbly timey wimey" stuff then you probably won't like the rest of the series. One of the most important things from that episode though is that Carey Mulligan definitely looks better with longer hair.
  6. Sep 3, 2013 #26 of 151

    jgickler Mr. Rolleyes

    Apr 7, 2000
    Princeton, Iowa
    I started with the 9th doctor, and didn't really feel the need to go back to the classic Doctor Who episodes until recently. There were a few things I missed without knowing the history, but nothing that got in the way of my enjoyment. I have just about finished watching the Doctor Who revisited episodes, and have enjoyed learning about the past Doctors. However, after watching an episode of each, I really don't have any desire to try and rewatch any of the classic DW episodes.

    One thing I would suggest, if Ereth plans on watching Torchwood as well, is trying to watch the two series in the sequence that they aired. There is enough cross over of ideas that you lose a little something watching the two series out of sync, as I did.
  7. Sep 3, 2013 #27 of 151

    getreal postcrastinator

    Sep 29, 2003
    I would think that the Daleks might freak him out, and although "Blink" is my favorite episode, it could be too intense for your 11-year old son, as scary things happen in the dark.

    I remember seeing the first Harry Potter movie where parents brought their younger children, and many had to leave the theatre early with their crying, traumatised children.
  8. Sep 3, 2013 #28 of 151

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    If an 11 year old is traumatized (and not in a good way) by Blink, they wont be ready for the real world in 7 years. We are talking 11, not 7.
  9. Sep 3, 2013 #29 of 151

    sushikitten 143 down, ??? to go! TCF Club

    Jan 27, 2005
    DC-ish Suburbia
    Just as an FYI Netflix doesn't have everything unless they've added some Christmas specials since I watched about a year ago. I remember watching them in Netflix order and was completely lost at one point...because as I discovered...no Christmas special. Now, there are some there, but they aren't under the general Doctor Who episodes/seasons so you have to search them out.
  10. Sep 3, 2013 #30 of 151

    getreal postcrastinator

    Sep 29, 2003
    Yeah but, Tony, you're a tough guy. 11 year olds are still pre-pubescent, and some boys are naturally more sensitive than you were. That'll be up to Swirl_Junkie to judge his boy's tolerance level. But generally the Dr. Who episodes are fun and silly and suspenseful and adventurous, yet not really written as a kid show. It's written for a mature adult audience.
  11. Sep 3, 2013 #31 of 151

    phox_mulder I get paid 2watch TV

    Feb 23, 2006
    Salt Lake...
    Dr Who in produced and marketed in England as a childrens show.

    I just have to assume British Children are more mature than their American counterparts.

    I never saw kids shows like that growing up.

  12. Sep 3, 2013 #32 of 151

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

    Jul 24, 2001
    Milwaukee, WI
    Is it really, though? I've always understood the (sadly, now former) Sarah Jane Adventures to be the real children's show in the Doctor Who universe, Torchwood to be the obviously adult show in the universe, and Doctor Who to be right in the middle as more of a 'family' show.
  13. Sep 3, 2013 #33 of 151

    uncdrew Annie 2.0

    Aug 6, 2002
    Down South
    I miss Rose
  14. Sep 3, 2013 #34 of 151

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Tom Baker
  15. Sep 3, 2013 #35 of 151

    phox_mulder I get paid 2watch TV

    Feb 23, 2006
    Salt Lake...
    Either last Series, or the one before, when they still did Confidentials, they had a contest for pretty young kids to write mini episode in their school classes, then they had the winners come to the set and they made the episode.

    They also showed fan meet-n-greets and there were a whole lot of kids showing up in England, mainly young adults in the US (and some much older).

  16. Sep 3, 2013 #36 of 151

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    Found this quote attributed to Moffat:

    "Everyone by the end of the opening music is a kid! It is watched by more adults than kids, but there is something at its heart, which belongs to children. All the best stuff is children's. You look at a risotto on a menu and you see the children's menu and there's sausage and chips. All the good stuff belongs to children."

    I find Grimm's Fairy Tales scarier than anything on Doctor Who.
  17. Sep 3, 2013 #37 of 151

    Philosofy Super Duper Member

    Feb 21, 2000
    Ereth, I think you would enjoy this series if you set your expectations properly. Its not a drama like ST:TNG, or Babylon 5. However, there come some very well thought out plot points that make Babylon 5 look like Battlestar Galactica. Think of it in the vein of Buffy. It has its funny moments, and some drama (though Buffy is more dramatic.) Also, you have to just go with it sometimes. Its science fiction, emphasis on the fiction. Just keep in mind that a sonic screwdriver can do just about anything, and the laws of physics are made to be broken. The first episode (Rose) kind of sets the tempo: plastic men. If you're ok with animated plastic, and not thinking about how they move or are there wires, are they cyborgs, or how they communicate, then you'll be fine.
  18. Sep 4, 2013 #38 of 151

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

    Jan 5, 2002
    Berkeley CA
    If I were to pick out a single outstanding episode, my choice would be School Reunion (2005 Who Season 2 episode 3).

    You get a fabulous performance by Tony Head. You have David Tennant. You have the return of Liz Sladen as Sarah Jane. You have K-9. The companions are fun. Just a great solid episode all around.

    My favorite Eccleston moment is in "Dalek".
  19. Sep 4, 2013 #39 of 151

    Ereth Unemployed Bum

    Jun 16, 2000
    I just watched the first 2005 episode "Rose". I enjoyed it quite a bit, but I must admit the plastic men made me think I should watch "Westworld" and I was terribly amused that Rose didn't notice how plastic her boyfriend was.

    There were a couple of laugh out loud moments and I still have no idea what Rose said just before she made the heroic swing to save the day, but I enjoyed it quite a bit.

    I'm not ALWAYS picky about SF. I love "Quark", after all. It felt more like Twilight Zone than Star Trek, but that's ok, I love the Zone.

    Oh, and I spent significant time thinking how sad it is that they don't sell that model VW Beetle in America any more, and also that having a black man stuck to the trash can in a clear "tar baby" moment would get so MUCH grief were it done in America. :)
  20. Sep 4, 2013 #40 of 151

    kdmorse Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 2001
    Germantown, MD
    This is exactly the sort of thing we pick on as "Campy". And after 50 years, it's just part of the charm of the show.

    If this silliness at times amuses you, you'll do fine ;)

    Edit: Also, neither the Autons, nor the Nestene Consciousness are new enemies. So some of their look was sortof a throwback to the original costumes. That happens here and there....

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