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Any Whovians?

Discussion in 'Television' started by Stormagadon, Dec 12, 2014.

  1. Stormagadon

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    Do we have any Doctor Who fans here?

    It's no secret, it's my favorite TV show.

    What do you guys and gals think?
     
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    I’m a recent convert myself. After watching the first season of Sherlock ( and oddly for some reason I watched Torchwood first) I got caught up on NuWho right around the time Smith’s tenure started and I’ve been hooked ever since. My knowledge of classic who is limited to say the least, but I made a point to go back and watch at least 1 series from each classic doctor just so I could get a broader understanding of the series history.

    But really I lean more towards the new series. It has its flaws from time to time, but Moffatt can be a great writer when he wants to be and I’ve enjoyed all 8 seasons of the new show to varying degrees.
     
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    Very nice!
    I agree with you, most shows have flaws, and that's just par for the course most of the time. I enjoy the classic series quite a lot too (although I don't enjoy the 7th Doctor's stories as much), but, that's just me.
    If you haven't seen it yet, the Key to Time series is really good! It has the overarching story arc like NuWho, and Tom Baker as the Doctor is just sublime!
     
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    I discovered Doctor Who through the Tom Baker series when I was in high school. Still have my old scarf and everything. :D

    But I really feel that once the series returned in 2005, it finally went beyond the charmingly cheesy BBC soundstage play and became something far more engaging and compelling. I still love the old ones, but IMHO the "rebooted" series is much better. The stories are excellent, the characters are interesting and memorable, and I think they've knocked it out of the park with each of the four Doctors they've cast since 2005. Can't wait for next season!
     
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    All FIVE doctors. Don't forget John Hurt! :)
     
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    Gadzooks! How could I have gone and forgotten the War Doctor?!

    Five... yes. :oops:
     
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    Big ol' Whovian here, though a reluctant starter. I'm not a big fan of sci fi or fantasy (she writes on a Star Wars forum...) SW had always been my 'exception', really, and I'd seen the occasional snippet of Who and decided it just wasn't for me. One of the main problems I have with sci fi is the prevalent dystopian nature of most of it- the future ain't half bleak (perhaps one of the reasons why Star Wars was a different story, it being set 'a long time ago')...

    I made the mistake of watching a few out of context bits of Who episodes set in the future and I wasn't taken by it. Then a friend whose internet wasn't working at uni came to my room and forced me to watch a two parter because she wanted so badly to see the end of it. I spent the entire time irritated that I didn't have a clue what was going on, and because I can't stand not knowing things I ended up watching every episode of the reboot, which is what my friend had planned all along. Well played, friend, well played.

    Was thrilled when Capaldi was announced as the new doctor, he's long been one of my favourite actors.

    Oh, and have a funny video...

     
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    Awesome! I have a friend making me a scarf too, so I'm looking forward to wearing that thing all around! (And yes, I will wear it to the TFA premier... mixing genres, I know)

    I definitely agree, since 2005 the show has become much more engaging and exciting, but I would say for the wider audience at large. I love the classics too, and while they are VERY cheesy, it's still a good show. Certainly has it's flaws, but I enjoy some old episodes more than some newer ones. But, to each to his own! Glad you enjoy the Classics too!
    Ouch. Yeah, watching anything you don't immediately get really puts a negative effect on a show.

    I see your point, there's certainly an aspect of the future being rather gloomy. There's definitely been a lot of that in "NuWho" and even a bit in the Classics, but there's also been that nice sense of being in the future that is bright and good. And I agree, sic-fi often makes the future a dystopian world, and if not handled or done well it gets tedious. One of the reasons I enjoy Doctor Who is that it does paint the future (at times) in a good light, a place/time to look forward to, and somewhere you wouldn't mind living in one day.

    Ah friends... If you are ever interested in trying to watch a full episode, I'd recommend The Eleventh Hour. Come to the show with a fresh mind, forget anything you've been told, and watch that episode. It starts with a new Doctor, and reexplains some of the confusing stuff.
     
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    That is one of my personal all time favorites. My wife and I make Fish fingers and custard every year for the season premiere (don't eat them together though). No other first episode for a doctor hits the ground running that well. Matt smith is on his game from the start. Amy Pond is at the peak of fun feistiness. A few good sci-fi concepts, a solid villain, and the introduction of the cracks in time. Solid all around.
     
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    Definitely! I tried fish fingers and custard... it was interesting...

    Ever try jelly babies? Or jammy dodgers?
     
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    Funny you ask. I just had Jammy Dodgers for the first time a couple weeks back. I was on vacation down in Orlando and they sell them in the England pavilion in Epcot so I had to buy them. They were much better than fish fingers and custard, I'll say that.
     
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    Huge Who fan here. Love the reboot but old enough of a fan to scream like a girl when I saw the Night of the Doctor short.

    My faves are Troughton, Pertwee, Baker, Smith, and Capaldi. The first three episodes this season were meh, but from four on, Capaldi knocked it out of the park. He might become my all time favorite.
     
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    I've watched them all now (approximately ten times a piece). Matt Smith was my first Doctor, by virtue of friend making me watch the first two episodes of his second series, but then I started from the beginning of the reboot. Loving Twelve so far and very much looking forward to seeing more of him and his eyebrows.
     
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    Ah, very good! I hope you enjoy the show! Twelve is certainly awesome.
     
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    Indeed! The very first Who I ever saw was "Seeds of Doom" with Tom Baker, which I recall being sort of a Who version of "The Thing". Loved it, and just kept on watching. And yeah, there were great stories in the old series, despite the cheese. And I don't even mind the cheese all that much. I'm fine with watching old BBC studio-filmed programs - "I, Claudius" is one that I can't recommend highly enough.


    One of the things I've really loved about the new Who series is all of the call-backs to the classic series - the sound of the Tardis and the Daleks, the goofy, rubbery-looking aliens, the "round things" in the Tardis, Twelve (or "THIRTEEN!!"?) busting out a cigarette case full of neatly arranged Jelly Babies...
     
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    Exactly! I rate Doctor Who on the pizza scale. Even if it's really cheesy... IT'S STILL GOOD!

    "What are the round things?"

    And I may or may not have gotten a cigarette case at Christmas... for the purpose of carrying jelly babies...
     
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    Love Doctor Who, IMM David Tennant was the best.
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    Tennant was a great Doctor! I don't think he's my favorite, but easily one of the best.
     
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    Who was yours?
     
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    That's a tough one. It's a toss between Patrick Troughton, Tom Baker, and Matt Smith. And now Peter Capaldi is getting up there...
     
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