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mike js



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:53 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Yay for Carey Mulligan winning a BAFTA! I haven't seen that film, but from Bleak House and the Doctor Who episode, Blink, she is an excellent actress and I hope she does well in her film career.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought she looked fabulous too - great to see her doing well.


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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2010 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weak apologies for contributing nothing for a while then popping in to go off topic for the board.

I had been tentatively looking forward to the new Doctor Who, with Russel T Davies bowing out and Steven Moffat seeming a much better writer. After five episodes or so, I think it is quite promising. Matt Smith is excellent, I think. Karen Gillan could be good too, though the character of Amy is a bit forward so far; hoping it will settle down. I really liked the very young Amy in the first episode; much more charming than the older Amy so far!

The Dalek episode was laughably bad - haven't all the Dalek episodes since the revival been embarrassing? Only saving grace was the Dalek asking if someone would like a cup of tea.

Moffat's Weeping Angels are great. I think the quiet and simple Blink worked better than the two-parter, but the new ones were clever and not obvious sequel material. I gather there was a rough idea of doing an Aliens type of follow on to Blink's Alien. We even have the 'marines' and the character referred to as Bishop!

Some great banter and wordplay from Moffat's pen.

All in all, not bad, but I'd like to feel it can improve. Still, it's only a kids' show - or something.


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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must admit I am quietly optimistic about this new series, I wasn't too sure about the new doctor to start with - possibly me I just don't like change!  Wink  

I like the new assistant, she's fiesty and yet not annoying with it.  There has been a marked improvement on the stories since RTD's departure, although I thought the dalek one was very tongue in cheek almost a send up of them - loved the dalek asking if anyone wanted any tea.  The return of the statues was was welcome they ranked for me one of the cleverest ideas Dr Who came up with for a long time, and naturally unnerving and sinister.  I am interested to see where this River Song thing is going to go and how it unfolds I just hope they don't make things overly complicated or drag it out too long as it could get tedious.  A comment at the end makes me think she is going to be key if and when they decide to end Dr Who for good as she says she was in prison for killing a man and she says it was a good man the best man she ever met, a little obvious maybe and I could be totally wrong but I think a seed was planted there, like back in the library episode where this one that has just been shown was first mentioned, when she was going through the diary with him asking if he remembered any of the times they had met up.


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PostPosted: Tue May 11, 2010 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I haven't been hugely impressed so far and thought Moffat would give us better stories.

Oh, and it's a family programme, not a kids' one!



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I seem to have been hoping that the revived Doctor Who would be good for some years now. I'm trapped watching it for old times' sake I suppose, and almost always feeling embarrassed that it is so weak.

I saw the series opener last night and thought it was just curiously dull. I like Matt Smith as the doctor, or thought I did, but found the Doctor very irritating in this one. Amy is pretty much always irritating (and young Amelia was so lovely!)

I thought Steven Moffat was going to be good, but he is really racking up the terrible episodes now.

Will the BBC ever do something interesting in SF? Outcasts was so staggeringly bad that it made Doctor Who look deep.

It is a shock to hear that Elisabeth Sladen has died. A highlight of the revival was a chance to see her again.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I quite enjoyed it last night, but can't say I really followed the story!  I like Matt Smith very much as the Doctor, but as you say, Amy Pond is so irritating - and she only has one facial expression and one way of standing, on or off set.

I watched the 15-minute tribute to Elisabeth Sladen afterwards on CBBC, and was in tears - it was a lovely programme, and showed how much could be got into 15 minutes.  It was also a reminder of how good Dr Who used to be...

I gave up during the Tennant reign, and gave up in the last series too, but thought I'd give it another go - but like you, mike, had hoped for better things from Steven Moffat (while not being quite as convinced by his previous stories as some others).  Matt Smith deserves better.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evie, I only saw the last ten minutes of the tribute to Elisabeth Sladen, but it was lovely. Sarah Jane was an endearing character, and the little I saw and heard of Elisabeth herself was likewise.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought Doctor Who last night was brilliant. If you compare that opener to the one with the walking blobs of fat (adipose?) then it was in another league.

Matt Smith just gets better and better. With a non linear narrative, answers aren't going to be straightforward or make sense from only 45 mins. However, a few key strands are developing and I am intrigued how it will be resolved next episode and as the series progresses. There is a fine line of making it too complicated or confusing but I think it's walking the right side of that line at the moment. That might change of course.

Evie - I think Karen Gillan / Amy Pond is actually pretty good and certainly not one note. The bit when the Doctor is questioning her in the Tardis as she holds back the big secret was brilliantly done. Off screen, she seems a little bonkers but in a quirky and charming way.


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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I really enjoyed the latest episode, The Doctor's Wife, written by Neil Gaiman. It restored my faith that the show still has real potential.

The Auntie and Uncle characters were nicely acted, and I thought Suranne Jones was excellent as the character that I cannot describe without spoiling the story! Some emotional heart to go with the fun and adventure.

Neil Gaiman really seems to know and like the Doctor Who form, and I do hope he might write a future epsisode or two. I watched the 'making of' documentary on BBC Three, and his readings of the script were brilliantly atmospheric.

Has anyone read any of his books?



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