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    Posted: 07/August/2012 at 21:35
So can anyone explain to me how a Brit-owned forum could have a “General Television” section without a Doctor Who thread?

  
I’m impatiently waiting for the new season to start. I’m annoyed that it’s been nearly a full year between new episodes. The 2011 series in general annoyed me, first was the delayed start and then the long mid-season break.  The break especially was annoying. This was a 13 episode series, not 22 (the common length of a full season in the US.) But enough about that…
 
BBC has posted a new teaser trailer:
 
 
That link may not work in all countries.
Here's an alternative link from BBC America YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5iwoRA2Cas 
BBC Worldwide (shorter version): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BtPbh2GCZw
 
 
Overall I’ve been most pleased that BBC America has taken off first-run airings in the US.  New episodes are now airing just 6 hours after being shown in the UK, whereas it took Sci-Fi Channel months to air new shows. Plus Sci-Fi used to air 6 episodes, and then wait 3 months before showing the remaining 6-7 episodes of that year’s series.
 
I’ve finally grown accustomed to Matt Smith’s portrayal of the Doctor and now enjoy him. I like the approach Smith has taken towards the Doctor. I’ve heard it summarized as ‘sometimes genius is mistaken for madness.’ The Doctor is usually the smartest man in the room, but it’s hard to follow his reasoning and behavior at times because he can’t always explain it in terms we mere humans can understand.
 
I completely loathe companion Amy Pond. I’ve been very eager to see her left aside. I wanted to gag at every attempt to tease a romance between Amy and the Doctor. As I’ve increasingly found Amy to be a self-centered bitch.
 
Ironically, I’ve taken a liking to co-companion Rory the more he has appeared. Rory has matured during his travels with the Doctor. Unfortunately, since he’s married to Amy it’s near impossible for Rory to continue to travel with the Doctor with bringing the wife along.
 
This past series also resolved many of River Song’s mysteries. Too bad I had already grown tired of the character. It was more intriguing when she only appeared maybe twice in a series. But she had become the semi-official third companion and that eroded her charm.
 
So overall, I’m more than ready for a new companion to join the Doctor on his adventures. Jenna-Louise Coleman is an actress that I’m unfamiliar with. So that will help as I won’t have any preconceptions about her abilities.
 
 
 
 
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it's kinda an odd thing for me.
 
i know when it comes on i will watch. i know when i watch, i will enjoy. i know that once it's finished, and i look back on the series, i'll be disappointed overall.
 
i'm part of a sci-fi centric forum - Geek Chocolate - which a mate of mine had set up once the Sci-Fi Now forum was shut down by that magazine - not really the magazines fault, the publishers, Imagine, never put any effort into the forums for their magazines, as the site was litters with spammers and the admin team were the editors of the actual magazine, who were obviously too busy most times actually putting that month's issue to bed, and getting the next month's ready, so really, Imagine should have employed a seperate group of workers to take care of the forums - and while that's going slow, Doctor Who  was immediately put up there, primarily because on SFN, we would all buy into the hype, allow ourselves to overhype the series, to the point it could not live up to expectations.
 
to be honest, Doctor Who is like Merlin to me. it's a show i'll watch, a show i'll enjoy while watching it, but that on reflection cannot, sadly, compete with most American shows - or even Canadian programming like Being Erica or Eli Stone - for mainly the reason you put, the fact that a series here - Doctor Who being the exception, as that runs upto 13 episodes a series, ignoring the break - runs for up to 8 episodes, compared to 3 times the length of an American season.
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I liked how the new season kicked off. Always like to see the Daleks pop up.
 

 
I found the whole "Asylum of the Daleks" a weird setting. The sheer notion of a dumping ground for defective Daleks was both unsettling and yet logical. At least from the rationale of the Daleks.
 

 
Didn't care for the whole sub-plot regarding Amy and Rory getting divorced. It just didn't seem to add anything to overall story. More like a plot device to allow Amy to be snarky. Also didn't care for how it was all resolved in 40 minutes.
 
I'm so ready for a new companion. The whole "Girl Who Waited" tag was supposed to make Amy sound determined, but now it makes me think she's a pathetic little girl that never learn how to grow up and move on. I've gone from annoyed with Amy to wishing the character would just die already.
 
My wife was disappoint that Oswin didn't become the Doctor's new companion. I agree with her. I would rather see a clever intelligent companion than more of whiny Amy.
 

 
Oh well, hopefully Jenna-Louise Coleman's Clara will be very similar to her Oswin role. I suspect the 2 characters will be connected in some way.
 

 
 
Well, I'm ready for "Dinosaurs On a Spaceship" now.
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if there is not a line along the lines of this in the next episode, i'll be sorely disappointed:
 
"Enough is enough! I have had it with these motherfucking dinosaurs on this motherfucking spaceship!"
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can't see it happening unless the doctor dies and regenerates as Samuel L.


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Originally posted by DangerZone DangerZone wrote:

can't see it happening unless the doctor dies and regenerates as Samuel L.
 
YES!
 
and in a kilt...LOL
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Sadly no Sam Jackson.
 

 
 
 
"Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" was a descent little episode. Not great, but not horrible either. If anything it felt like a bunch of different ideas thrown together. But the introduction of too many new characters in too small a time frame was the main flaw for me.
 

 
First, the location, a dinosaur ark, was great. There was a lot of interesting ideas that could have come from that. But the cool setting was only the backdrop. It could have been more, something like “Silence in the Library” were the location was a crucial piece of the episode. But I liked the mix of CGI and animatronics. (Poor Tricey.)
 
Nefertiti was great. She was strong, fierce, feisty, independent and regal. And above all, she was still damn sexy. Hopefully this isn’t the last we’ve seen of her.
 

 
Riddell seemed an underdeveloped character. I figured the name was a play on “Riddle” and there was some joke there as he wasn’t any historical figure I’ve ever heard of.
 
Seeing Rory’s father Brian, seemed to be the focus. This was supposed to give us some additional insight into Rory’s character. Oddly, this made me think of the episodes with Wilf. Brian was a refreshing character that hasn’t become accustomed to the Doctor’s world.
 


 
However I found Solomon the trader to be a dull villain. I don’t mind a change up from the big world/universe destroying villains. But Solomon seemed so dull.  His robotic henchmen were more entertaining.
 

 
The Doctor has slowly taken a more moody turn. When he steps back he looks at Amy and Rory with a certain sadness or melancholy. As if he already knows that their time together is coming to an end. And it will be tragic.
 

 
Next up: “A Town Called Mercy.”
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"A Town Called Mercy"
 
This wasn't a bad episode. But it felt like a fill-in. It was (and may still be) standard practice in comic book publishing to have back-up scripts ready in case the next issue was delayed. The fill-in was usually a simple self-contained issue that really didn't have any relationship with the current story arc. It was easy in team books, although as a reader you weren't supposed to ask "Why are we following the Vision to the dry cleaners when the rest of the Avengers were just in the middle of a battle with invading Kree?" That's what this episode felt like. There was nothing really tied into the overall arc of Amy & Rory's completion of being the Doctor's companions.
 
So we got a different alien doctor and were given a story lamenting "Who decides what justice is?" Well, it the framework of this universe it's supposed to be the Doctor. But this time he hesitates and seems angry about being the responsible alien interloper. I got the whole parallels between the Doctor and Doctor Jex, but I don’t want a wishy-washy Doctor.
 

 
The Western setting was well done and actually makes me want to see the Doctor visit the Old West again (even if it’s really southern Spain fill-in for the American West.) I liked seeing Ben Browder from Stargate SG-1 as the Marshall. But I think it was Susan that stole the show.
 

 
The Gunslinger cyborg was disappointing. There was too heavy a Star Trek Borg influence in his design. The recycled Dalek eye was a cute touch, but cyborgs are not supposed to be cute. Worst element had to be his arm-cannon thingamajig. It looked like it was made out of foam rubber and wobbled like it was ready to fall off at any moment.  I've seen better robot cowboys.
 

 
 
"The Power of Three"
 
This was a very good episode. It got back on track with the overriding story arc. I liked see Rory’s dad again. Brian is a great domestic counter to the time-space traveling Doctor. There’s a great contrast in the two as each occupies a world that the other can barely comprehend.
 

 
The cube slow invasion was a great conundrum. What were these seemingly harmless objects and where did they come from?
 
There was some good comedy watching the Doctor trying to tolerate domestic life with the Ponds (poor Rory.) Getting hooked on Wii Tennis?
 

 
The ending was a let-down. There was introduction of a somewhat random villain and the whole situation was quickly wrapped up with a tidy bow. Unless this alien pest controller is going to return later this season, this was a waste.
 
That aside, it was a very good episode. And it got me looking forward to the next show. 
 
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Saturday's episode signals the hiatus until the new year.
 
River Song is back...
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Somewhere over the last 3 series, a significant change occurred with the Doctor. Beyond the physical regeneration, his character had changed. He was no longer a man of mystery, the Doctor was a man-child. A child that needed tending and looking after and that responsibility fell to Amy and Rory.
 
Maybe it was intended to be some sort of karmic balancing act. Amy & Rory had their daughter stolen away, so they gained a surrogate child to tend to. But the Doctor needs to grow up. So it was time for Rory and Amy to away.
 
This is an episode that shouldn’t be reflected upon too heavily. There was a lot of mumbo-jumbo batted around to distract from large plot-holes (and there were plenty). But I’ll refrain from the nit-picking. This was meant to be an emotional episode. Ultimately Amy and Rory committed themselves to their love for each and left the Doctor behind.
 
The Weeping Angels are easily the creepiest villains yet. Unlike the Daleks or Cybermen, the Weeping Angles rarely appear. This keeps them scarier than most of the Doctor’s foes. The Silence have already appeared in more episodes and they have lost some of their evil aura because of it.
 

 
I’m wondering what’s up with the light bulbs. So far there has been some flickering light bulb in each episode. I’m thinking this like “Bad Wolf” was years ago. A repeated foreshadowed image meant as a warning.
 

 
Of course the hotel in this episode was filled with flickering lights, so maybe that's what being foreshadowed. But there's also been a lot of egg and Christmas references too. Xmas could just be about the upcoming Xmas show that intros the new companion. Still no idea about the eggs...

But before the credits finished, I thought to myself “What about Brian?” Rory’s father Brian has been a treat this series. Last episode he was the one that urged the two of them to go on another adventure with the Doctor. What happens to Brian? Does the Doctor return to tell him? Or does Brian just worry himself to death?
 
 
We got a short teaser commercial for the Christmas episode. It’s bit annoying to now have to wait 3 months. I’m not sure as the reasoning behind this. But as long as the balance of this series’ episodes follow in short order, I’ll be fine. I just don’t want another longer break until Easter for new shows.
 

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