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Doctor Who - "The Woman Who Fell to Earth" - S11E01 - OAD 10/7/2018

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  1. Oct 7, 2018 #1 of 51
    kdmorse

    kdmorse Well-Known Member

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    I'm going to say it was allright, standard issue "First episode of a new Doctor" episode, new Doctor, new friends, new feel to it, etc..

    But what the heck was the point of the DNA bombs? Or more specifically, implanting them but leaving them detonated? If you want to kill all the witnesses, just kill all the witnesses as you leave. ;)
     
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    cbrrider

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    I liked the episode. Good start for the new Doctor. Just one question ... how did she survive falling from outer space? Probably something to do with regeneration energy being a cure all for not burning up in the atmosphere and being flat as a pancake when she hit the train?
     
  3. Oct 8, 2018 #3 of 51
    Beryl

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    Loved the season premiere.

    The new Doctor was very believable. She had mannerisms and inflections (though feminized) like the previous Doctor.
     
  4. Oct 8, 2018 #4 of 51
    cheesesteak

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    I really liked this episode. I even watched it twice. Jodie Whittaker did great as the Doctor. Hopefully she'll get good stories. Her Doctor seemed to channel aspects of David Tennant's energy. Their voices are similar too. I always thought Tennant's voice was pitched too high to carry gravitas but it sounds right for a woman.

    The only two things that didn't make sense to me were how did the guy looking for his sister get the big purple Hershey Kiss to the garage and how the alien was supposed to get back home when he broke the spaceship into pieces when he exited it.

    I was NOT happy that Grace died. I'm pretty sure the "real" companions will grow on me but she was the best secondary character in this episode.

    I know this is a time travel show but Yaz being a cop should present some significant scheduling issues.

    I felt for the stuntman who had to fall off that bike about 20 times.

    One thing I thought was weird wasn't in the episode itself. In the post-episode show, the guy, who was credited with being a big Doctor Who fan, said that he was happy to see brown people like him on the show. I've always thought that New Who has always been racially progressive in its casting, especially with interracial relationships. I don't remember seeing any brown people in Classic Who, let alone any significant ones, but New Who has had them from the beginning with Mickey, Martha, Donna's husband, Bill and many less significant tertiary characters.
     
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  5. Oct 8, 2018 #5 of 51
    Rob Helmerichs

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    Usually "brown" refers to Hispanic and Middle-Eastern/South Asian people, not black people...
     
  6. Oct 8, 2018 #6 of 51
    DeDondeEs

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    I thought it was ok and look forward to more episodes.

    A huge pet peeve of mine are TV shows where almost the entire episode takes place at night where everything, including indoor scenes, are dimly lit. For some reason shows filmed like that literally make me fall asleep, no matter how good the writing or acting or time of day.
     
  7. Oct 8, 2018 #7 of 51
    cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

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    This is why I've never made it through a Harry Potter movie. I've fallen asleep on every one I tried to watch.
     
  8. Oct 8, 2018 #8 of 51
    ThePennyDropped

    ThePennyDropped Now I get it.

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    I liked both the episode and the new Doctor. I also felt that the new Doctor had similar mannerisms and speech qualities to David Tennant's Doctor, which I welcome. It's nice to have a somewhat manic energy to your Doctor. Ah, that new Doctor smell. :)
     
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    pgogborn

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    I am extremely unhappy, not only was she a good actor/character in any terms I thought she was going to make a return to something Russell T Davies excelled at and Steven Moffat was not good at - a companion's mother as an interesting and important character.

    The only upside her death was part of the episode being a complete break from early era Steven "nobody dies" Moffat.
     
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    Another pet peeve of mine was part of this - a sudden transition from day to night when it seems very little time has passed for what the characters are doing. When this happens my general assumption is planned shooting schedules slipped.
     
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    BBC Radio Five Live wanted people to come on its afternoon show to review the show, on air the announcer said "get in contact using the the hashtag who review". Somebody did not think that one through.
     
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    I assumed most ‘night’ scenes on TV these days were actually filmed day for night where the scenes are actually shot in daylight using a dark filter over the lens or where it is filtered in post production.

    I’ve read that actual night filming can be tricky with wages, work schedules, and the special low light equipment needed.
     
  13. Rob Helmerichs

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    It's difficult to shoot at dawn or dusk, because the light changes very quickly. That's why there are often such abrupt changes from day to night and back in shows/movies without big budgets.

    There's an eight-minute scene in Jupiter Ascending that takes place outdoors in Chicago during daybreak. It took them six months (!) to film it. Every day at dawn they'd go out and shoot for a few minutes.
     
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    My question now is:
    Will the entire first season be a quest for the TARDIS?
     
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    I hope not.
     
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    That did work right for me. LOL.
     
  17. Rob Helmerichs

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    He (well, she now, but he then) has been trapped on Earth before. Until the very end, I wondered if that's where they were headed this season...
     
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    I loved it. Probably my favorite Doctor Who episode in a very long time and I thought Jodi Whittaker was fabulous.

    I really liked her outfit for most of the episode - I was a little disappointed they decided to give her a new wardrobe. I was hoping Ryan S would be the new companion... I really liked him also.
     
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  19. Rob Helmerichs

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    Well, she couldn't just go on wearing Peter Capaldi's costumes forever. Eventually she would have needed her own look! ;)
     
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  20. trainman

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    I have personal experience -- from living across the street from where they were being filmed -- so I can tell you that all the night "pit" scenes on "Parks and Recreation" were actually filmed at night.

    (Also, "day for night" is really noticeable, and tends to only show up in the very lowest of low-budget shows/movies.)
     
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