Doctor Who: OAD 10/11/14, "Mummy on the Orient Express"

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Unbeliever, Oct 12, 2014.

  1. danterner

    danterner Not it!

    Mar 4, 2005
    Greenacres, FL


    It drove me batty. It was so distracting that while watching it just now, I paused halfway through to google "Doctor Who Mummy Orient feels like filmed on video" to see whether anyone else felt similarly. (Ironically, your post was high in the returned search results). I rationalized that maybe it was done intentionally because it gave it more of the feel of an old classic serial. But watching the promo for next week it seemed to share the same effect. If it's truly a BBCA thing, then I think I may start watching on iTunes.
  2. Craigbob

    Craigbob Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2006
    Land of...
    I liked this episode and really feel like Capaldi's coming into his own. It also made sense as to the reason the Doctor's been such an a-hole this season.

    I also noticed the soap opera effect on this ep. I had to check my plasma to see if it had motion smoothing turned on somehow as I always disable that.
  3. morac

    morac Cat God TCF Club

    Mar 14, 2003
    I noticed the soap opera effect on my LCD TV at times. It was really jarring when the Doctor was walking and he would speed up and slow down.

    Based on the post above it appears BBCA is doing this. I wonder if that also explains the messed up sound since they have to remux the video.
  4. BrettStah

    BrettStah Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Nov 12, 2000
    San Antonio
    That is ridiculous. Yet another reason to acquire the original version that airs on the BBC...
  5. Vendikarr

    Vendikarr New Member

    Feb 24, 2004


    After giving it several episodes, I find I'm just not enjoying this season. The Doctor and Clara don't really have any chemistry. Clara and Danny don't seem to either. And Capaldi just hasn't grabbed me. Maybe I'll just take this regeneration off and come back for the next.
  6. busyba

    busyba The Funcooker

    Feb 5, 2003
    "Answer me or I'll smack you so hard you'll regenerate!" :eek: :eek: :eek: :D

    (Or was that in Kill the Moon? I watched them back-to-back. :eek:)
  7. NJChris

    NJChris Kermie Loves Elmo TCF Club

    May 11, 2001
    Mine did not have the soap opera effect. I hate that effect with a passion and did not see it when i watched (Cablevision).

    I enjoyed this one a lot.
  8. AeneaGames

    AeneaGames Member

    May 2, 2009
    Different tastes...

    When I got my new HD tv which did motion smoothing I kinda felt like I was watching a videogame instead, the high res and the fakeness of the movements made me think that!
  9. JerryLBell

    JerryLBell Active Member

    May 3, 2002
    I'm enjoying Capaldi more and more. I love how he's so amazingly un-comforting. Of course, here he mentioned that part of that was to keep Gus from suspecting what he was going to do. Still, when some about-to-die character asks the Doctor if he's going to save him or her, his response of, "No! You're going to die!" just cracks me up.
  10. sushikitten


    Jan 27, 2005
    No one else noticed that Clara's hair side sweep changed sides for a brief moment in the Tardis at the end? Hubby didn't believe me so rewound and yep, it switched mid-scene for like one shot.

    I'm still not loving Capaldi. He has good moments, but it's going to take a lot more to bring him even remotely close to the other docs.
  11. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    Absolutely loved this episode. Clara's potential departure forced a prickly doctor to open up. He so reminds me of doctors of the past. They weren't always warm and fuzzy and funny and made hard decisions to get to the end.

    The very end was like a new beginning for Clara and the doctor. The final scenes showed in full glory the chemistry between them.

    I think the character development has settled in and the ride is going to be good.

    The change has been a bit jarring from Tennant/Smith but I think that was intentional. Now we see the raw doctor. The man who makes hard decisions because they are right. Not because they make people happy. They solve mysteries and pay off in the long run. It makes sense that the doctor would see the big picture rather than focusing on saving a single life. And he would do it in an alien way because he is alien.

    Much harder to write and it has been uneven but they are getting to where it pays off.
  12. secondclaw

    secondclaw Member

    Oct 3, 2004
    Was certainly a better episode than I thought it would be. Train in space, with smoke coming out of the engine was ridiculous, but after Titanic in space and dinosaurs in space, I can ignore it somewhat.
    I hope now that Clara had a change of heart, their chemistry will improve a bit.
  13. kdmorse

    kdmorse Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jan 29, 2001
    Germantown, MD
    Just watched it, a little late to the party.

    I genuinely enjoyed it. Some of the will they/won't they stay together was still a bit awkwardly forced. But there was nothing that annoyed me, or made me severely roll my eyes, unlike other episodes this season.

    This was the first episode so far the seemed like a regular Doctor Who episode, was paced and flowed like a regular Doctor Who episode, and ended like a regular Doctor Who episode.

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