Doctor Who "The Time of the Doctor" 12/25/13

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  1. Dec 25, 2013 #1 of 204
    JohnB1000

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    Comparable to the Day of the Doctor for me. A great episode but not one of my favorites ever. I was really glad they had the real Amy at the end, would have seemed weird without her.

    At one point I thought that Smith was just going to age into Capaldi without a regen. I don't think this resolves the Galifrey thing but I thought it might for a while. Smith looked like Gordon Ramsey as he aged then like William Hartnell for a while :D
     
  2. Dec 25, 2013 #2 of 204
    Kamakzie

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    Yeah it was just alright for me. Not one of the best eps. I'm always skeptical with a new regeneration but will give Peter Capaldi a fair chance.
     
  3. Dec 25, 2013 #3 of 204
    JohnB1000

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    I liked the few moments we saw of him.
     
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    Raisltin Majere

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    It was good, not great. For me, Day of The Doctor was great.

    I definitely got something in my eye when The Doctor was walking off to his death
     
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    I thought it was a fairly sizable letdown compared to Day of the Doctor. I mean, I expected some, but really, that was a pretty major step back from that. Really, that was a long bit of absolutely nothing going on. Baddies attack, they repel, attack, repel, Doctor regenerates. That's really the sum total of the plot. I could've gotten all of that from the previews.
     
  6. Dec 25, 2013 #6 of 204
    JohnB1000

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    It had to find the Christmas show balance and mostly failed because it was too 'inside' for the casual viewer.
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    The best thing about it is they seem to have cleared the decks of a lot of the stuff that's been going on for years, and more and more been dragging things down. They seem to be set for a nice clean slate with Capaldi.
     
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    My only concern is how Jenna will factor in at this point. Sometimes it works surprisingly well when they keep a companion on during a Doctor regeneration - Billie Piper, for example, worked well with both Eccleston and Tennant. Here? I'm not as sure.

    No knock on Jenna is implied by any means, but no matter what you think of Smith's Doctor, one of the true joys of the past few years was when you had some really good moments between him and Jenna. Her appearance in "The Snowmen" was absolutely cracking, for instance. I'm just not sure that the same chemistry will hold true with her and Capaldi.

    I am telling myself that they must have considered that, had some sort of screen test with the two of them, and that it will work out just fine, but I remain unsure.
     
  9. Dec 25, 2013 #9 of 204
    JohnB1000

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    I was sure Clara was going to be Daleked at some point to tie that up also.
     
  10. Dec 25, 2013 #10 of 204
    scandia101

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    I thought it was just plain awful.
     
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    cstelter

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    They made a big deal about how he would never forget one bit of himself. Then he apparently forgot how to fly the TARDIS. I wonder if they will (at least temporarily) allow the new set of regens to block his old memories completely.... I hope not.

    My kids immediately noticed the change in music in the interestingly fast regen and thought it sounded to be a great new theme.

    I think living for what 300? 600? 1000? years on Trenzalor will enable a more believable change in demeanor. I read he will likely be a bit more growly--- more like Hartnel or Collin Baker. Unlike with Baker, I could see him being a bit growly again and having to soften as the season progresses due to his past N years of fighting on Trenzalor.
     
  12. Dec 25, 2013 #12 of 204
    Rob Helmerichs

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    He's always a bit loopy coming out of the regeneration. I see no reason to believe this is anything different.
     
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    zordude

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    I thought this ep was a bit of a letdown.

    The first 300 years he was there aged him way too much
     
  14. Dec 25, 2013 #14 of 204
    Azlen

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    The one thing that seemed off to me is at the end of Day of the Doctor he seemed to have a direction, finding Gallifrey. At the beginning of this episode, it didn't seem to be a concern at all. It was almost like, except for a passing reference, there was no link between the two episodes at all.
     
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    Shakhari

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    Any episode where the only way to move the plot forward is with expository narration is not a good episode.

    Did I miss something about Clara's family? I thought her parents were dead.
     
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    Only her mother. I'd assume that the lady next to her dad was possibly a step-mom.
     
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    Kamakzie

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    I assume the new Capaldi episodes start around March-April time frame?
     
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    TiVaholic

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    I may have forgotten something from Day of the Doctor, but where did the Cyberman head ("Handles") come from?
     
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    LoadStar

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    Something that happened off screen. We never got an explanation. Nor an explanation as to where the Doctor got the Dalek eyestalk he was carrying at the beginning either.
     
  20. Dec 26, 2013 #20 of 204
    secondclaw

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    Awful for the most part. Any time there is an alien planet called Christmas, I loose all suspension of disbelief. The changeover was great though, was never a big fan of Smith, so hopefully new guy will be better. And I really hope sure runners find a better use for Jenna. The actress is great, but the character doesn't really develop much.

    I would say though that at least they did take care of The Silence. And I really liked Tasha Lem character, hope she will show up again.
     

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