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    General Chat

    Thanks.
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    To be honest my favourite episode of the series was Kerblam!
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    There's only one episode in that Series which I would say that I actually like and want to watch again, and in a series of 10 episodes (11 if you count Resolution) that really isn't a good sign.
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    My huge Doctor Who episode marathon.

    Starting today, I will be watching every single Doctor Who episode in order. I've seen all of them at least once at some point, but I've never gone through the entire show like this before. I will watch one or two episodes a day, and I will write mini reviews in here. I'm hoping other DW fans here will get involved in discussing the episodes, and maybe give their own reviews. After each season I will also give an overall rating for that season. I'm pretty sure the next LFCC will be here before I've finished.
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    You don't have to look very hard online to see some very vocal discussions regarding the quality of Series 11. It happens on both ends, I have seen people say it is the worst thing to ever happen and others saying that absolutely everything about it was perfect, but these groups are never respectful of the opinions of the other. Due to this I tend to avoid talking about Series 11 just because it is a lot easier than dealing with some people. My marathon will be fun when I reach that series... I definitely have a lot of issues with that Series which I will explain in further detail when I get to those episodes, but I will say I agree with everything you said, except I personally don't think the series opener was a great episode. I am glad you liked it but I didn't, which is a shame because I really wanted to like it. But yeah, you are certainly not the only one who feels that way about that series.
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    Unfortunately I have to agree with you there. Bradley Walsh is excellent, but he is the only one of the main regulars which I actually liked (Tosin Cole is also likeable, but not to the same extent). As much as I wanted to love Series 11 I was immensely let down by it. I think that with the correct writing and directing Jodie could make a good Doctor, but we haven't been given anything yet which proves that. Although if SM want to get Jodie or any of the other leads at an event I wouldn't complain.
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    My huge Doctor Who episode marathon.

    The Lazarus Experiment- This episode reminds me a lot of a B-grade sci fi monster movie, and as I find films like that entertaining, I will admit that I have a lot of fun with this one. It has a somewhat interesting premise, and Mark Gatiss is wonderful as Lazarus. I'm not a fan of the design of the Lazarus monster, and the effects definitely haven't stood the test of time very well. The rest of the supporting cast are fine but no one stands out except for Gatiss. David Tennant and Freema Agyeman are great of course. The dialogue is dodgy, and the story seems to have some tonal issues. It should have been much darker and grittier than it is in my opinion. I really like all of the references to The Quatermass Experiment, such as how the monster is killed in a church for example. Other than that I don't really have any other thoughts on this episode. It is heavily flawed, but despite it's obvious issues I still end up being entertained by it. Overall- 4/10.
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    General Chat

    Raylenth got there first.
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    Exclusive gift???

    I hope so because I wouldn't mind getting a Tom Baker print.
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    My huge Doctor Who episode marathon.

    I am really sorry, but lots of things have come up over today and the next few days so I'm having to halt the marathon. I should be continuing on Thursday if all goes well.
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    Store Batch query

    So will there be different batch numbers for diamond photos and diamond autos? So I'm batch 3 for Tom's photo shoot, but as there's twice as many people in the photo batch as the autograph batches, would I be safe to assume that I would be around batch 6 for the autographs, or would I be batch 3 for both?
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    Guest Suggestions

    John Levene would be awesome.
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    My huge Doctor Who episode marathon.

    Daleks In Manhattan/Evolution Of The Daleks- This story is a major disappointment, and the first bad Dalek story of modern Who. The American setting is nice, and it gives a unique identity to this story. The supporting cast are mixed in terms of the quality of their acting. The standouts are Miranda Raison, Ryan Carnes and Hugh Quarshie, and it is cool to see Andrew Garfield in Doctor Who. David Tennant and Freema Agyeman are great, and it is around this time that I think they really start to have great chemistry together. It is also a mixed bag in regards to dialogue, some of the lines and the delivery are atrocious. There are a few ideas in this two pater which could have been effective had the execution been better, such as the human-Dalek hybrid. That could have been an interesting thing to explore, but it is done so poorly here, and the cliffhanger is laughable because the hybrid looks silly. The Daleks themselves are actually quite good, and at least this story gets the attitudes of the Daleks right, such as how the others refuse to accept Sec as the human-Dalek hybrid because he becomes "impure", and the entire Dalek race has to remain pure in their eyes in order to survive. Eric Loren clearly ties to give his best performance, but he is given bad material to work with. However, any scene in which The Doctor interacts with the Daleks is great. The pig-slaves are an awful idea, and they look ridiculous. The Dalek's plan in this story is daft, and the pacing is horrible, it really didn't need to be two parts long. Not much really happens, which makes it feel really slow and dull. Overall- 4/10.
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    General Chat

    I think you can guess who mine is but I won't risk saying their name.
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    Countdown!

    I'm mainly going for Tom Baker, but I will be seeing some others as well.
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    My huge Doctor Who episode marathon.

    I'm really excited for the animated version of The Macra Terror. And I agree that the Macra are kind of wasted in this story. Any giant creature could have done the same job, so I'm almost certain that the Macra were only included for the reason of pleasing older fans who knew what they were.
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    My huge Doctor Who episode marathon.

    I agree with everything you said. Have you seen (or rather heard) The Macra Terror? If so, what do you think of their portrayal in this story when compared to that one? And if you haven't seen The Macra Terror, do you think that the Macra in this story are memorable monsters?
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    LATEST GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT - TOM BAKER

    If anyone still needs to get a diamond pass for Tom I suggest you act quickly, there's only 5 left and I'm not sure if any more will be added.
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    My huge Doctor Who episode marathon.

    Gridlock- The series is back on form. This is an excellent and highly underrated episode in my opinion. David Tennant shines, and he is given wonderful material to work with. The scenes in which The Doctor reminisces about Gallifrey are some of my favourites. Freema Agyeman is also brilliant. The supporting cast are excellent, and Ardal O'Hanlon gives a great performance as Brannigan. I love the pacing of this episode, and the concept of this story is crazy yet so interesting at the same time. The ending is also very good and doesn't feel rushed at all, unlike many other modern Who episodes. The Face Of Boe is also given a nice ending to his arc. The visuals are also very good. My only issue is the Macra. To people who have only seen Gridlock, I'm sure they are fine with the Macra and just think of them as another monster of the week type of villain. However, I think that The Macra Terror gives us a much better version of these creatures. In this story they are just giant crabs which attack things, and due to this we get no hints of their intelligence, which disappoints me as I love The Macra Terror. Overall- 9/10. I just went back and looked at my review of The Macra Terror in this thread. I only gave it a 6/10, I don't know what I was thinking. I must have been really tired that day or something. I would easily give it an 8 now.
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    If you can, print off the confirmation emails and then present them when you go to collect your passes and you should be fine.
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    Talks

    For those of you who haven't seen, this has been put up on the home page on the main website. I have copied and pasted this from that page. The talks will include a must see Fresh Prince of Bel-Air talk with the wonderful Joseph Marcell and Karyn Parsons, Katee Sackhoff telling us about her life and work, David Anders giving us some iZombie insights and Ted Rami scaring us with some horror insights. There will also be amazing Doctor Who & Legends of Tomorrow panels (Participants to be confirmed) We will also be announcing more some keep an eye on here and Facebook
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    Countdown!

    Just two weeks to go.
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    My huge Doctor Who episode marathon.

    The Shakespeare Code- This is another meh story which is just fine. The main cast are good, although I wasn't impressed by Dean Lennox Kelly as Shakespeare. However, Freema Agyeman shines in this episode. David Tennant is great, but The Doctor is rather unlikable here, and I think this an issue which continues throughout a fair number of episodes in this series. I get it is because he is upset after losing Rose, and treats Marta poorly because of that, but making The Doctor unlikable is a very risky move which didn't pay off in this instance in my opinion. This story tackles issues of racism in a far better fashion to later stories such as Thin Ice in my opinion. It develops the characters of Martha without adding authenticity to the setting without feeling forced. The Carrionites are decent villains. They look interesting, and the actresses who play the main there do a great job, but they fall under the forgettable villain category. They serve their villainous purpose fine, but they are quite bland. The production design is excellent, and overall this episode looks gorgeous. The set and costume design is great, and the visual effects also look good. The dialogue is ok, but some of the dialogue isn't that great, and at points the delivery is poor from some cast members. The pacing is also off at points. Overall- 5/10.
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    LATEST GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT - TOM BAKER

    Ignore this, I tried to send a gif but it didn't work. I still can't get them to work on my mobile devices but they work on pc. I still think that's strange but oh well. I'll quote it instead, "I understood that reference."
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    LATEST GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT - TOM BAKER

    I don't think the price is correct on that one.
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