Dr. Who on Sci-Fi Channel in March

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  1. Mar 8, 2006 #81 of 145
    edc

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    The quality is excellent, every episode has commentary (although none with Eccleston), and there are 8 or so featurettes spread across the discs. An extra DVD includes cut-down versions of "Doctor Who Confidential" (a 30-minute behind-the-scenes show aired immediately after the original UK airings).

    Be forewarned that the UK release has had some quality control issues, and the boxes are an odd size/shape, and fall apart if you look at them funny.

    There might be a bit of a discount with the US release, but TPTB like to keep pricing fairly uniform.
     
  2. Mar 8, 2006 #82 of 145
    edc

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    The first season was widescreen, shot on 625-line digital betacam PAL. This was upconverted for digital broadcast in Canada.

    I believe the second season is being filmed in HD, although I have no idea whether it will be distributed in that format.
     
  3. Mar 8, 2006 #83 of 145
    Langree

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    Does anyone know the start date for airings of the second series in the UK? I looked on the site but could only find "Spring".
     
  4. Mar 9, 2006 #84 of 145
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    Seems likely to be April, but no date yet:

    "Meanwhile, we wait for word of the Series 2 premiere date for Doctor
    Who in the UK. It will almost certainly premiere in April, but when?
    As with Series 1 and The Christmas Invasion, we will probably know
    as soon as the BBC makes a final decision, and it'll probably be
    just a few weeks before the premiere."

    http://www.gallifreyone.com/thisweek.php
     
  5. Mar 9, 2006 #85 of 145
    rkester

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    Question... I noticed that the box set said "Series 1" and not "Season 1" is that a UKism or something? To me, series means the entire show, like "friends" or "frasier" are both series.
     
  6. Mar 9, 2006 #86 of 145
    Rob Helmerichs

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    Yeah, "Series" is British for "Season."

    Why can't those Brits just learn English like the rest of the world?
     
  7. Mar 9, 2006 #87 of 145
    PJO1966

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    It is a UKism... what we call a season, they call a series.
     
  8. Mar 9, 2006 #88 of 145
    Brown57

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    Milton...
    I guess it is a UKism then. Dr Who is a programme (the word "show" isn't really used) that is shown in several "series". When we refer to seasons in a TV context it would only be to, for instance, "the new spring season on BBC1", which would refer to the totality of new season programmes, not any one in particular.
    Clear as mud? :D
     
  9. Mar 9, 2006 #89 of 145
    rkester

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    this is confusing me. but it does make sense.

    so, i need to find a pal uk based dvd to try in my player and if it works i think im going to spring for the "series 1" UK edition of DW.

    I'm so a big time UMF freak and the idea of watching it in good quality all in a short period thrills me much more than watching it off SF channel in poor quality with commercials and being forced to wait months to see the whole thing.
     
  10. Mar 9, 2006 #90 of 145
    Guindalf

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    Bittorrent is your friend!
     
  11. Mar 9, 2006 #91 of 145
    edc

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    ...but not necessarily a friend of the people who make the show.

    My suggestion to you would be:

    (1) Buy the Canadian discs (assuming the cash isn't a problem). Cheaper, it arrives faster, you get better packaging, and no format conversion.

    (2) TiVo the series, whether you watch them or not. If the first series is somewhat successful on SF, that greatly increases the odds of seeing S2 quickly, and a DVD box shortly (as in months) after the UK one.
     
  12. Mar 9, 2006 #92 of 145
    rkester

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    No bit torrent for me. I'm a good person who pays for his stuff.

    I thought that the UK ones were cheaper based on the math I did... but im sure I miscalc'd as I dont order from outside the US much so im not aware of the fees and such.
     
  13. Mar 9, 2006 #93 of 145
    Pralix

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    Bittorrent (and newsgroups) may not be the friend of the people who make the show but I don't think it has hurt the show. In fact I think it has helped the popularity has helped influence the Sci-Fi channel to bring it here. I don't think that when "Rose" was "accidently" released into the wilds of the internet that it was an accident. It helped build the popularity before the show aired officially.
     
  14. Mar 10, 2006 #94 of 145
    esperantisto

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    Actually both terms (series and season) are used in the UK. In fact, Season 27 of Doctor Who is Series 1.
     
  15. Mar 10, 2006 #95 of 145
    Langree

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    My tivo picked up both episodes for next week (Rose and The End of the World) today. I've seen them all but am looking forward to this.
     
  16. Mar 10, 2006 #96 of 145
    Guindalf

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    Oh? And I'm a bad person who doesn't?

    There's no suggestion that my 19" flat panel monitor can compare with my 53" widescreen TV, so I'll own the DVDs at some stage. I got the shows last year, just after they aired in the UK (within 48 hours), in HD and without commercial interruption. And, at the time, there were NO plans to show them here. Not only have I seen them, but I've been able to sing their praises and encourage others to watch, so don't give me that "holier than thou" crap.

    Bittorrent is NOT just a piracy tool as you seem to think. I can legally keep up with a show that I used to watch in the UK by downloading the episodes. It used to be on BBC America, but they dropped it because it doesn't appeal to an American audience and this is the only way I can see it. I'm not harming anyone and I don't have the option to buy it on DVD or any other format. (For those interested, it's a four-times weekly soap called EastEnders, so you see it's not really possible to release on DVD).

    So next time you want to pre-judge someone, think about it first. If Bittorrent was just for piracy, it would more than likely have been removed a long time ago.
     
  17. Mar 10, 2006 #97 of 145
    rkester

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    I came -->||<-- this close to ordering the CA version yesterday. I went all the way to the last button click to finalize the order and stopped.

    I think I will wait until I have watched the first episode or 2 and make the final decision then. that kind of money could get me 2 seasons/series of Monk or other shows I want, so need to be 100% sure.
     
  18. Mar 10, 2006 #98 of 145
    cheesesteak

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    I've seen most of the episodes. Looking forward to seeing it on my tv screen and not on my iPod or computer screen. I like this version of Doctor Who a lot. It's fun. And I think Billie Piper is pretty.
     
  19. Mar 10, 2006 #99 of 145
    Sherminator

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    Guindalf, the PDTV versions of Doctor Who (& Life on Mars, if your interested) looked fantastic! on my 61" HDTV when converted to DVD.

    And I will be watching them on SCI-FI next week (albeit in crappy stretched letterbox because my TV cannot zoom when in progressive).
     
  20. NJChris

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    I converted them to DVD too and watched. But I'm looking forward to seeing them without the PAL-->NTSC conversion which caused a bit of jerkiness (which I got used to and didnt notice most of the time)
     

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