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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by emandbri, Jul 8, 2007.
Okay I'll start. I really like Martha and I'm looking forward to this season!
Same here. I liked the episode. It's been way too long since we've seen The Doctor.
I too am enjoying the new season so far.
Martha is a natural companion for the Doctor: smart and curious, sensitive, and kind. She's good in a fight. She faces her fears and moves forward.
I don't mind that she's easy on the eyes
The opening sequence - the mobile phone conference with her family - was brilliant. I'm not saying it's original, but it was well executed.
When this series works best, I think, it plays off the romantic sparks and lively interactions of the Doctor and the companion. The high points of the story are the same as in any romance: in the initial meeting, in the worst and best of times, and in parting.
The series is built on a form of narrative perspective that works best in science fiction and fantasy: we see ourselves (the human species) through the eyes of an alien "person". The Doctor has lived a long time and experienced many forms of life and civilization. He sees us clearly, with all our flaws, yet he is still eager to know us, and to help us. He knows our history, how we began and how we will end. His role is to bear witness to our story, just as the companions are witnesses to (brief parts of) his story.
This narrative device succeeds to the extent that we can identify with both the protagonist and companion. We must believe in the (mostly sublimated) romance between the main characters to get the full emotional impact.
(See also Buffy/Angel, "Babylon 5", "Star Trek" etc.)
Not only that, watching the Doctor is just plain fun!
It doesn't hurt that he's easy on the eyes, either.
For the record, the name of the show is not now, and has never been "D R WHO" or "Dr Who" It is "Doctor Who," fully spelled out, and the title character is "The Doctor"
If you haven't checked it out yet, have a look at Torchwood. There is also a K-9 program in the works and this year will see a season of Sarah Jane Adventures. A postscript to season 3 includes an animated cartoon which isn't too hard to find online.
I'm also discovering that public TV is running these without commercial interruption and captioned well. Seems that BBCA and SciFi aren't too careful about breaks, recaps and 'coming next.' Public TV is also running the 'behind the scenes' series immediately after each episode which gives a great deal of information about the actors, storylines, etc.
The Sarah Jane Adventures
In addition to the correction Zordude provided, the most you really can say about the forthcoming K-9 series is that it's "inspired by" the character on Doctor Who.
The character was licensed out to another company, and the resulting series will have no connection to the Doctor Who universe. No history will be carried over to this new series, and events in this new series will stand alone and have no connection in any of the "official" series.
Not only is Martha nice on the eyes, but her sister ain't too shabby either.
I wish the Dragoon(?) were more human-ish than rino-ish.
I am disappointed that bruce willis didn't come in to "negotiate" with the rhinos.
Also disappointed that they allowed this notion of "cheating" where he can go back in the timeline as long as he does something to offset it. Is that from previous episodes or something they just invented?
LOL...that's exactly what I thought when they took their helmets off
I already forgot what TARDIS stands for...
Time and Relative Dimension....something or other?
[geek] Time and Relative Dimension in Space[/geek]
An abbreviation that was supposedly invented by the Dr.'s granddaughter Susan, but was later used by at least two other Gallifreans who likely wouldn't have gotten it from her. (One of them being The Master.)
I think it was during either Tom Baker's run or Peter Davidson's that we heard one Time Lord use the term "time capsule", so from this we know the people of Gallifrey didn't use the same type of allergy pills we do.
I really liked this episode. It was, in my opinion, quite superior to "The Runaway Bride" just before it. That story of particles that he recognized instantly, even though they haven't existed for (billions?) of years was just silly. The "cops" removing the hospital to a location where they have jurisdiction, and then returning it was well done and completely in character, for whatever they were. They were a little uncomfortably similar to the Vogons in Hitchhiker's but they were quite well played anyway.
They saved a lot of money by having only one of them without his helmet.
Brilliant move--stop the killer MRI machine by... unplugging it! Who would have thought?
My first thought was, how can they still breathe? It must be a force field. I was gratified that I didn't have to wait for the story to address this, and it was an actual plot point with the air running out.
You've got to love the black magic marker "X" on the hand as a confirmation of having been scanned and okay.
That Hospital must have a dandy backup power supply to allow the Doctor to up the radioactivity by so much, and for plasmavore (?) to up the MRI power by so much.
Rain falling up looks almost the same as falling down. They were transported to the moon pretty quickly.
Well, they haven't existed except that they are in the TARDIS and are how it can move through time. A Time Lord might just recognize the particle that his people destroyed, except for the few reserved for their own personal use.
That was nice, showing the gages on the oxygen tanks to demonstrate they were running out of air was odd.
And unless the force field was letting carbon dioxide escape, the CO2 buildup would be a problem long before you ran out of oxygen.
Considering that it's a hospital, I'd venture that there are a number of gases whose buildup would be a problem.
When they showed the oxygen tank there was a nurse with a mask over a patient's face. And a remark was made about the oxygen running low. It made a good visual for the situation they were in.
Are you referring to methane.
I bet, in the history of the human race so far, no hospital has ever moved that fast before.