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Posted: 01 June 2013 04:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 316 ]
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is Matt really leaving?

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Posted: 01 June 2013 05:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 317 ]
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We’ll have to wait until November (for the 50th Anniversary special) but I very much doubt it. No matter what the last ten seconds of the last episode looked like, remember it’s all “a big ball of wibbly-wobbly… timey-wimey… stuff”.  wink

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Posted: 01 June 2013 10:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 318 ]
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Well it’s on the BBC national news, so I guess his departure is confirmed! The Beeb say his final appearance will be the Christmas special this year. They’ve just this minute run a lengthy piece on Smith on the news, and he is apparently only appearing in the 50th and then for the regeneration at Christmas. Only two more episodes then. Sad :(

He was a terrific Doctor I reckon. Better than Tennant (heresy I know!!). But Eccleston’s still the best “new” doctor in my book.

And so we welcome the 12th Doctor, either the final or penultimate. When that actor moves on, what’s the Beeb going to do then…......

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Posted: 02 June 2013 02:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 319 ]
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I guess I now know how those of you who loved Tennant felt when he was leaving… A bit crushed inside.

I hope the next Doctor lives up to what his (or her) predecessors left behind.

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Posted: 02 June 2013 05:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 320 ]
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Eustace Scrubb, I owe you an apology.  Ultimately, you were right.  At that earlier time however, I had doubts given the source of the original story (a tabloid paper similar to the National Enquirer) and the contradictory reports from several other sources.

You might want to gear up your “guessing” thread as it is relevant once more.

Sincerely,

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Posted: 02 June 2013 08:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 321 ]
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Moffat needs to go, not Smith.  I feel Moffat is one of the WORST writers in the history of the show.

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Posted: 02 June 2013 09:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 322 ]
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TheCastellan - 02 June 2013 08:17 AM

Moffat needs to go, not Smith.  I feel Moffat is one of the WORST writers in the history of the show.

It reminds me a bit of what Steve Allen said about Mel Brooks years ago, “His material is pretty good but he needs a truck to deliver it.”

Moffat’s biggest problem is that he has too much story for so little time. If he’d just stop trying to prove how clever he is his material might be more enjoyable.

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Posted: 02 June 2013 12:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 323 ]
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I felt Clara was a bit of a let down - in the Neil Gaiman episode she seemed to be channelling Amy, but for most of the others she was lacking in definition. Soufflé Girl and Barmaid/Governess seemed much more defined, and interesting.

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Posted: 02 June 2013 01:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 324 ]
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TheCastellan - 02 June 2013 08:17 AM

Moffat needs to go, not Smith.  I feel Moffat is one of the WORST writers in the history of the show.

I disagree to some extent. He can be an excellent writer (Blink, Silence in the Library, The Girl in the Fireplace) but I don’t think he’s that great as the man in charge (head writer/executive producer). If he went back to just being one of the writers I think he would produce great things again. I am looking forward to the John Hurt stuff however.

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Posted: 02 June 2013 03:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 325 ]
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Well, looks like I was wrong as well. November, here we come…

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Posted: 02 June 2013 03:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 326 ]
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OddOneOut - 02 June 2013 01:11 PM
TheCastellan - 02 June 2013 08:17 AM

Moffat needs to go, not Smith.  I feel Moffat is one of the WORST writers in the history of the show.

I disagree to some extent. He can be an excellent writer (Blink, Silence in the Library, The Girl in the Fireplace) but I don’t think he’s that great as the man in charge (head writer/executive producer). If he went back to just being one of the writers I think he would produce great things again. I am looking forward to the John Hurt stuff however.

I feel Bink is HIGHLY overrated.  To me, it’s one of the WORST episodes made.  And the last few years it was “THE POND SHOW!”, and I can’t stand Riversong.

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Posted: 03 June 2013 06:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 327 ]
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if Clara seemed to be channeling Amy in Gaiman’s story, it’s because she was Amy.  Neil has said that the worst thing about writing for Doctor Who (apart from the pay being low) is that just as a script is finished and done with, news arrives that the main companions have changed and it needs to be rewritten - in double quick time, and no extra fee.

Personally i think Moffat’s stories are among the best, but he’s probably not the best man for the helm..  However, I do think he’s done a better job of it than Davies did.  I know that’s controversial, but i didn’t really like what RTD did with the show.

  I have mixed feelings about Riversong.  very well portrayed by Alex, but the character is too much of a Mary-Sue.  I don’t think we have seen the last of her - her parting shot hints that she know’s a little more of the Doctor’s future, suggesting he still has another adventure or two with her earlier self.

I liked Matt Smith’s portrayal as the Doctor, but I had a feeling he would leave the show after this season, and it is probably the right time.  Doctor Who is not a soap, and picking the right moment to leave is crucial to his career.

One thing that both Davies and Moffatt have done that harks back to the very genesis of the show is to underline the basic truth that it isn’t all about monsters and a strange man in a time machine - it’s about the companions.  Though i do wish that every new companion is not ultimately revealed to be the “most important person in the universe” - it’s becoming too much of a cliche.

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Posted: 03 June 2013 11:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 328 ]
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nightkin - 03 June 2013 06:21 AM

if Clara seemed to be channeling Amy in Gaiman’s story, it’s because she was Amy.  Neil has said that the worst thing about writing for Doctor Who (apart from the pay being low) is that just as a script is finished and done with, news arrives that the main companions have changed and it needs to be rewritten - in double quick time, and no extra fee.

Personally i think Moffat’s stories are among the best, but he’s probably not the best man for the helm..  However, I do think he’s done a better job of it than Davies did.  I know that’s controversial, but i didn’t really like what RTD did with the show.

  I have mixed feelings about Riversong.  very well portrayed by Alex, but the character is too much of a Mary-Sue.  I don’t think we have seen the last of her - her parting shot hints that she know’s a little more of the Doctor’s future, suggesting he still has another adventure or two with her earlier self.

I liked Matt Smith’s portrayal as the Doctor, but I had a feeling he would leave the show after this season, and it is probably the right time.  Doctor Who is not a soap, and picking the right moment to leave is crucial to his career.

One thing that both Davies and Moffatt have done that harks back to the very genesis of the show is to underline the basic truth that it isn’t all about monsters and a strange man in a time machine - it’s about the companions.  Though i do wish that every new companion is not ultimately revealed to be the “most important person in the universe” - it’s becoming too much of a cliche.

Personally, I am not for the “it’s the companions” element, I prefer it to focus on the Doctor, and not those following him.

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Posted: 03 June 2013 01:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 329 ]
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Originally that’s how it was - the show was about two schoolteachers kidnapped by a mysterious old man and his granddaughter.  Ian and Barbara played a very important role in the stories.  Gradually the emphasis changed, and by the time Jon Pertwee took over the show was all about the Doctor, and the companion was merely there to get into trouble, scream, and ask silly questions so the Doctor could explain the plot.  they became little more than exposition tools.

Timelords are too powerful.  eventually they all turn mad, bad, and dangerous to know; but the Doctor staves this off by taking human companions.  there humanity acts as his moral compass and keeps him human.

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Posted: 03 June 2013 03:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 330 ]
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nightkin - 03 June 2013 01:04 PM

Timelords are too powerful.  eventually they all turn mad, bad, and dangerous to know; but the Doctor staves this off by taking human companions.  there humanity acts as his moral compass and keeps him human.

<nod> As seen in “The Waters Of Mars”. And remember the consequences of what didn’t happen that one almost-time when Donna wasn’t there to whack the Doctor with a clue stick…

(Sigh… time travel… need more verbs and tenses…)  smirk

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