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[User Picture]From: beable
2014-10-21 04:49 pm (UTC)

A couple of DR Who related comments

Firstly: Check out the Amazon reviews for 8th season DVD (ok, not all of them but there are some entertaining ones that have been rated upwards so they should be fairly prominent) : http://www.amazon.co.uk/Doctor-Who-Complete-8-DVD/dp/B00I3JR9SG/ref=sr_1_2?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1413909214&sr=1-2&keywords=Peter+Capaldi

For example: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/pdp/profile/AZE8K1F7MZX6S/ref=cm_cr_dp_pdp

Secondly: I am thrilled with the Flatline episode, it was the kind of episode I have always been waiting for (one of my LJ interests is 2 dimensional gravity experiments).

Thirdly: In answer to your question of how I am liking this season (asked a week or two ago), generally I am enjoying it. I like Capaldi's doctor when he is reigned in (the Caretaker episode was so painful I could barely watch it).

I do agree with your general complain about Moffat and characterization fitting the plot rather than the plot developing around the characters, however I think that we were spoilt by Russell Davies - who, regardless of therest of his faults - did know how to develop characters (at least half of the time).

I remember old Who character development, and it was frankly awful much of the time - even worse than Moffat.

My current big complaints are:
- I know from The Doctor Dances/Empty Child that Moffat ought to be capable of better (but maybe that was what the power of combining Moffat and Davies created).
- I am angry at Davies for introducing the seasonal big story/hints/arc thing as a toy in the arsenal to play with for Dr Who. Davies with the bad wolf thing and harold saxon thing and bees dissappearing handled it well - it was subtle (subtle enough that I didn't even notice the bad wolf references in the 1st season until the characters themselves did), and it did not detract for the episodes. Moffat's season arcs have been about as subtle as a baseball bat carrying a nuclear warhead. I can't bring myself to give a shit what this whole afterlife storyline is going to be about.

I like the 8th Doctor (when he isn't negging Clara). I like Clara. I want to like Danny, but we don't have enough info to categorize him. I loved Disruptive Influence (including in the moon episode).

I loved the little Addams Family moment when he moved the Tardis.

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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2014-10-22 06:51 am (UTC)

Re: A couple of DR Who related comments

Streets ahead indeed!

I thought "Flatline" was what I've been waiting for for a good long time, but then I went an re-visited "The Satan Pit. Now I'm not so sure.

But I'm enjoying this series more than the last one, or two, or three. Capaldi is a really good actor and Coleman is much better than was Karen Gillan (apropos of nothing directly related, have you had the misfortune of checking out Selfie? I'd forgotten just how bad American sit-coms can be — though, come to think of it, Shatner's last try wasn't that long ago was it?). On the whole though, I don't think the scripts are any better.

Speaking of Davies, I think we were spoiled only by Davies' first two series. After that, things ranged from iffy to awful, with only a random good one here and there to keep us hoping for a better tomorrow.

I'm not angry at Davies for introducing the seasonal arc, but I'm angry at Late Davies and All Moffat for doing it even though they had no good reason for it. To paraphrase Tom Lehrer said, if you can't come up with a good over-arching story, then the least you can do is to shut up (and tell some good small stories. After all, it worked for Shakespeare; most of his stories were self-contained, he left the "to be continueds" for the really special material.

I like the 8th Doctor (when he isn't negging Clara)

Er, you did mean the 12th Doctor, right?

But the Adams Family moment was ass — in the good sense of the term.
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[User Picture]From: beable
2014-10-22 01:27 pm (UTC)

Re: A couple of DR Who related comments

I did mean the 12th Doctor.

Although I really like the 8th Doctor. The mini-episode Night of the Doctor is a balm to re-watch when I am disappointed at things in the full episodes.

I have to admit - watching the DVD extras for series 5 and series 6 with the little vignettes improved some of the things I had been unhappy with - but having that improvement come from gap-fillers rather than actual episodes is a cheat. Still it explains to me why Moffat can get short pieces like Night of the Doctor so right while otherwise drifting.

Anyways, going back to the 8th Doctor, then in a perfect world I would love to see the spin-off series with a current Paul McGann (as opposed to a 90s Paul McGann) being the 8th Doctor. I hate the Doctor Who movie, but it seems clear that that was hardly McGann's fault.

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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2014-10-22 04:18 pm (UTC)

Re: A couple of DR Who related comments

I hate the Doctor Who movie, but it seems clear that that was hardly McGann's fault.

Oh yeah, there was nothing wrong with him. Just with every other thing in that attrocity!
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[User Picture]From: beable
2014-10-22 01:38 pm (UTC)


In answer to your question about sitcoms, I generally find them un-watchable, and rarely funny.

Actually, I find even older situational comedies (e.g. Shakespeare) very stressful, although at least there they are well-written and sometimes funny as well.

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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2014-10-22 04:21 pm (UTC)

Re: Sitcoms

Mostly, I agree. But have you checked out Community? I think even you might appreciate that one.
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[User Picture]From: beable
2014-10-22 08:51 pm (UTC)

Re: Sitcoms

I've seen the first couple of episodes. I think I need to specifically check out the episode that was Hugo (or something or other) nominated - the one with time travel or parallel worlds or something like that.

But otherwise still not my thing.

Speaking of which, I am currently BORED out of my skull at the moment.
My office is still in the lockdown zone (they've cut most of the other gov employees who are further from Parliament Hill loose). We weren't able to go down to the food court to get lunch, so I'm hungry, and some of my co-workers are watching Transformers 4 - which as a movie was engaging for about 5 minutes before I got bored and came back to my desk.
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