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  1. The Friendly Dalek

    General Chat

    Here in England people seem to be pretty good when it comes to clapping and making noise during big event films. From my experience people tend to remain silent during the film but then erupt into applause at the end.
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    General Chat

    So Twice Upon A Time level then? I'm gonna need to prepare myself for tonight.
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    My huge Doctor Who episode marathon.

    I'm pretty sure that's the most I've written about one episode for a while. To say I have strong feelings about this episode would be an understatement. This one might lead to some interesting discussion as well, because I'm not sure if this episode is hated by the majority or not.
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    My huge Doctor Who episode marathon.

    Let's Kill Hitler- Blimey. How did we go from A Good Man Goes To War to this rubbish? Let's start with what I like. Smith, Gillan and Darvill. Time to move on to the negatives. Firstly, this episode has absolutely nothing to do with the man in the title, which makes me wonder why they bothered including him in the first place. Placing The Doctor into the middle of WW2 could have been interesting, but this episode completely wastes that setting. Hitler does nothing, and is reduced to being the victim of a few jokes. If you're going to include a historical figure who has had such a major influence on the lives of so many people, I think that the production team should have treated it with a bit more respect than to make a load of jokes involving Hitler and then leave him out of the rest of the episode. Just for clarification, I don't mean it is disrespectful to him (yes I have been mis-interpreted as having thought that when talking about this episode in this way in the past). He was a bad person who did many bad things. I think it is disrespectful to those who's lives he has impacted in the real world to just make him a joke. I don't think there was a way that this show could have dealt with a person like Hitler and remain respectful to the people who's families were affected by him. It's a very sensitive subject, and unless this show wanted to make a much darker story out of this subject matter, they shouldn't have tried at all, because making Hitler a walking joke just doesn't feel right to me. This is the point where River becomes unlikeable in my eyes. Her character is all over the place. Firstly, Mels is very unlikeable, and the actress does a decent job but her dialogue is awful. Alex Kingston is just as unlikeable in this episode. Again, she does the best with what she has, but the way her character is written here really annoys me. I still don't know how she has the ability to regenerate in the first place. She was conceived in the TARDIS (as revealed in the previous episode), but does that give a person the ability to regenerate? If there;s another explanation for this that I've missed please let me know. The Teselecta isn't interesting at all in my opinion, and the way it was utilised in this story was pretty dull. This story also has no clear villain. It certainly isn't Hitler, due to his immediate side-lining right after his introduction. It isn't the Teselecta, considering that thing is out to kill River after identifying her as the person who will kill The Doctor. So does that make River the villain of this episode, especially considering she poisons and nearly kills The Doctor in this episode? Making an established character like River the villain out of the blue just doesn't work for me. A major reason as to why the reveal at the end of the previous episode worked is because none of the character's had any idea what was happening. The reveal in question is the one regarding River being Amy and Rory's daughter. This worked so well in my opinion because they barely know who River is, so to have it revealed that she is their daughter has a clear impact on those characters, which also extends to the audience. This episode ruins that concept, as it reveals that Mels was a friend of theirs for a long time. So the fact that they spent so much more time together than we thoguht they had lessens the impact of the reveal in my opinion. This is the hardest issue to explain I think. To put it in the simplest way I can think, it has a larger impact to know that the few times that Amy and Rory met the adult River were the only times they saw her outside of seeing her as a baby, rather than learning that River was close to her parent's for much longer than we previously thought. It is a more tragic and emotional story to go with the idea that they barely know their daughter, so this episode removes that emotional aspect of their story. This episode also falls flat as a result of the series arc. We know from the very first episode in this series that The Doctor will die in Utah after being shot by the astronaut. A large amount of this episode is focused on The Doctor trying to recover from being poisoned, but there's no tension here, as we know he has to survive so he can die later in the desert. The pacing is bad, the plot is all over the place, and the dialogue is boring. I like the performances from the three leads (as always), and I also like The Doctor's black costume, with the cane and the top hat. I like how that looks, but other than those things this episode has no redeeming qualities. This is truly bottom-of-the-barrel Who. Overall- 1/10.
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    My huge Doctor Who episode marathon.

    Series 6 is definitely the series with the weakest arc in my opinion, but it is also the one with the most complex arc. Most arcs in Who are just a repeated word or phrase which is revealed to have more relevancy as the series goes on, and although this series does definitely have foreshowing like that, it does get more complex as it goes. The first half of this series is fine, but the second half takes it way over the limit, with stories like Let's Kill Hitler and The Wedding Of River Song going overboard on the over-arching narrative at the expense of a cohesive story, both in terms of the overall arc and the episode it is in. This is also the turning point for River's character in my opinion. I can't fault Moffat for his ambition, but he really did allow these massive and complex arcs to overshadow the story at hand, and as a result series like 6 and 9 (if memory serves the arc in that series wasn't well handled either, but i'll see if I still think that when I reach that series) end up feeling weaker than most because there is no satisfying resolution to the arc, because they are so much more complex, and as a result the resolution needed to equal that in order to give it a satisfying end. I do find myself watching episodes from series 7 more than series 5 or 6 (controversial I know, but more on that when we reach series 7), so I think that Smith's era had great content throughout, but the quality definitely drops a lot in this middle portion of his era.
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    My huge Doctor Who episode marathon.

    A Good Man Goes To War- This is one of my favourite episodes of the Smith era. Steven Moffat crafted an epic mid season story, and I love it for its ambition and scope. The entire cast are great. The regulars are at their best, and the supporting cast is very good. I loved seeing the Paternoster gang in this story. The visuals are excellent, as is the pacing. The dialogue is brilliant for the most part, and I love the reveals in this story, and where the characters are left by the end of the episode. It's easier to just say what doesn't work in my eyes rather than list everything that does as well. I think this story loses points in the villain department. Madame Kovarian isn't that interesting, and the Headless Monks are pretty bland in my opinion. I also have a small gripe with the pre-credits sequence in this episode. I think that The Doctor blowing up all of the spaceships belonging to the Cybermen was unnecessary. It makes for a nice spectacle and starts the episode off on a high note, but I just don't think it was necessary for The Doctor to do that. Also, the supporting characters never really get that much time given to their development. The fast pacing of this episode leaves many of the new characters with no interesting personalities or development. other than those points, I love everything this episode does, and it is one of the ones from this era which I re-watch the most. Overall- 9/10. It isn't a perfect episode but I love it for what it is, and what it adds to the lead characters. It's also just a well paced and entertaining episode.
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    My huge Doctor Who episode marathon.

    Well we're bound to disagree at some point, if we agreed on every episode the discussion here would be a lot less interesting.
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    My huge Doctor Who episode marathon.

    The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People- Much like the previous story, there are some interesting ideas on display here, but the execution really lets them down. The leads are good, and it's fun to see Matt Smith play both The Doctor and the Ganger version of The Doctor. The supporting cast are fine at best, but the vast majority of the characters are expendable, throw away characters with nothing memorable about them. The dialogue isn't great, so it's not entirely the actor's fault considering none of them were given great material. The only interesting one is Jennifer, played by Sarah Smart. There's a nice dynamic between Jennifer and Rory, but her character is massively let down when she becomes the monster thing, it looks bad and does exciting. I did also like wat was done with the character of Jimmy, and how it explored his relationship with his son. The Flesh, and The Gangers themselves, is an interesting concept. I like how this story attempts to explore the themes of wether the Gangers should be treated as less human than real people, but it isn't executed in a satisfying way, so it's a great idea that isn't allowed to develop fully, thus losing it's impact. The pacing for this story is awful. This story really didn't need to be a two-parter, there isn't enough content here to cover that amount of time and it really shows. There were many points where I found myself checking my watch to see how long was left because I was bored, and that definitely isn't a good sign. Perhaps it wouldn't have dragged so much if I didn't watch both parts back to back, but who knows? The visuals are fine (except for monster Jennifer, which was awful). Overall- 3/10.
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    New Attendees Advice Thread

    If you are referring to photo shoot tickets, yes you can buy them from the sales desk at the event, so long as the shoot isn't sold out.
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    My huge Doctor Who episode marathon.

    My favourite will always be the TARDIS interior used by 4-7. I especially love that one, but of course I like them all.
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    My huge Doctor Who episode marathon.

    That's interesting, I never knew that.
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    My huge Doctor Who episode marathon.

    The Doctor's Wife- If I was to look at episodes which suffered the most from budgetary limitations, this would definitely be an example I would point to. Neil Gaiman's concepts are so imaginative and so crazy that they would never be realised on a BBC budget. The dialogue is golden in this story, as are the performances from the leads. Although the focus is on Smith and Jones (see what I did there? ), Gillan and Darvill get some excellent scenes, and the plot regarding them isn't dull at all. The main plot focuses on The Doctor and Idris, and it's brilliant. Suranne Jones gives a brilliant performances, and she really is believable as being the physical manifestation of the TARDIS's soul (well, the TARDIS's matrix, but that doesn't quite roll of the tongue as simply ). I've always thought that the title was odd. The TARDIS isn't the Doctor's wife, so I don't have a clue why the episode is called that if I'm honest. The main problem is the supporting characters. There is a very small cast in this story, and they all do a fine job, but the characters of Auntie, Uncle and Nephew are really bland in my opinion. House is great, but the others aren't interesting at all. This is an example of where the budget ruins a good idea. Auntie and Uncle are supposed to be made of body parts stolen from other creatures, but their appearance really doesn't give off that impression. Also, why is Nephew an Ood? The inclusion of an Ood always felt forced to me, as it adds absolutely nothing to the story, except for allowing a few references to previous stories to be made. The makeshift TARDIS console doesn't look that good either. Gaiman has this same problem in Nightmare In Silver, his concepts are often ruined in their execution. Overall- 8/10. This high score is well earned by the excellent performances and Gaiman's wonderful writing. The pacing is good, as are most of the visuals. Just about everything in this episode is great except for the couple of issues I mentioned previously.
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    My huge Doctor Who episode marathon.

    The Curse Of The Black Spot- I'm not a fan of this one. It's frustrating, because there is fun with to be had with this episode. I'm not bored when I watch it, but there's no reason why I would ever want to come back and watch it. The leads are great, and they're clearly enjoying the change of pace which this story offers compared to what they would usually have to do. Of the supporting cast, Hugh Bonneville gives a good performance, but none of the other characters are interesting at all. The visuals are excellent. The Siren is also a very weak villain. It wasn't intimidating at all, and as a result of that I didn't feel much tension in this one because the villain wasn't threatening. However, I thought that it was visually interesting at least, and Lily Cole did a good job playing it. It probably doesn't help this episode that it came right after the Silence two-parter, which is a far bigger story in terms of scale and threat, so this one seems dull and lacking in comparison. The resolution of this episode seems too similar to the ending of The Doctor Dances to be memorable in my eyes. It's a rushed resolution with no build-up, so it just doesn't flow with the rest of the episode in my eyes. So overall, I can watch this episode and enjoy myself, and the central performances and visuals help make it a decent, although unfortunately not at all memorable, story. Overall- 4/10.
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    My huge Doctor Who episode marathon.

    The Impossible Astronaut/Day Of The Moon- This is one of my favourite series openers. Moffat delivered an excellent start to this series. The acting is top notch from everyone. Smith, Gillan and Darvill have really settled into their roles by this point, and give very confident and impressive performances. Alex Kingston is great, as is Mark Sheppard. The Silence are brilliant monsters, but they suffer the same problems as the Weeping Angels in my opinion. They are frightening here, but as we learn more about them over the course of this series and the next one, they lose their impact for me. The visuals in this story are excellent, and the American locations look great. Most of the cgi is good as well. The pacing is excellent. The dialogue is great for the most part, and there are some very chilling moments, especially in the orphanage. I believe that Moffat nailed the set up of this story excellently in the first part, but the second part doesn't quite provide a fully satisfying resolution. Also, the scene in which The Doctor defats the Silence is an annoying one for me. I think it is clever how the moon landing was incorporated into their defeat, but the way that River circles around shooting them all in an over the top action scene just didn't work in my eyes. This story also did a very good job at setting up the series' arcs. It manages to set up multiple arcs (Amy's pregnancy, the continuation of the Silence arc from series r5, the introduction of Madame Kovarian etc) whilst providing a good story in it's own right, which is certainly impressive. Overall- 9/10. Onw thing I noticed upon rewatching this story. A key element of this story is The Doctor being shot and killed at the start of the first part. We see that he is shot once, and then begins to regenerate. He is then show again whilst regenerating and is killed. This makes sense, because we know that killing a Time Lord during regeneration will flat out kill them and stops them from regenerating. The problem is, later stories show us that this Doctor is the 13th in this regeneration cycle, so he shouldn't have begun to regenerate because he had no regenerations left at this point. of course the real world answer to why this happens is because the War Doctor wasn't even a concept at this point, but it's an interesting thing to think about in universe with the knowledge of what is revealed in series 7.
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    My huge Doctor Who episode marathon.

    A Christmas Carol- Despite this story being one of the most predictable the show has ever produced (considering it is basically the orignal story that everyone knows, just ever so slightly tweaked), this episode is still very enjoyable. Moffat proves he can write a good Christmas episode, as the dialogue is excellent. This is a very fun episode in my opinion, and the pacing is great. The cast are fantastic. Matt Smith really shines, and Michael Gambon is excellent as Kazran. Kazran is an interesting character, even if his character arc is essentially exactly the same as what happens to Scrooge in the orignal Christmas Carol story. Katherine Jenkins is good, and her singing is great. The production as a whole looks and sounds fantastic. The set design etc is excellent. The main issue I have with this episode is some over-the-top ideas which I don't think worked (the flying sharks are a great example), and the sub-plot regarding Amy and Rory. When the story is focused on The Doctor and Kazran it is really fun, but the secondary plot is dull and uninteresting, and I just wanted to return to the Kazran story whenever we cut back to Amy and Rory. Overall- 8/10.
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