Okay, we need to talk about the Doc again. All three of us.
It's the end (of anticipation), but has the moment has been prepared for? Based on the schedule and the BBC's announcement, it looks like Sci-Fi will air Series Two starting on September 29. However, based upon word given by a source to Outpost Gallifrey's Shaun Lyon, there's the possibility that "The Christmas Invasion" won't air first and could be pushed back to December. While it appears challenging for Sci-Fi to schedule with the episode itself running about 59 minutes, what's the harm in putting it in a 90-minute or even two-hour block? I'm shuddering to think of a chopped-up 44 minute version right now. TCI is the post-regeneration episode and serves as a transition from Eccelston to Tennant. I hope Sci-Fi debunks this and gives us series two in its proper order.
Yet it is nice to know that the next Christmas special signals that the Doctor is cashing in on success. If you're really feeling daring about spoilers, you could view the OG news page or even the BBC official site to see
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the Doctor's new...accessory.
In my opinion, series two is full of wonderful highs and some middling disappointments. I like Tennant's potrayal of the Doctor so far, but it seems he loses some momentum in the later episodes. Although he has a more festive demeanor, his Doctor is still haunted by the Time War and the loss of the Time Lords. I also that that Graeme Harper's return was more vital than Lis Sladen's as he almost single-handedly salvages the Cyberman two-parter from a by-the-numbers script.
So...anyone else excited?
EDIT: Now that I've gotten past the excitement and finally read the BBC announcment in full, it looks like we'll see "Invasion" first. Whew
I'm absolutely THRILLED that all of us here in the States will be able to see the second season so soon!
I was actually kinda' fearful for a while that Doctor Who wouldn't return until after Battlestar Galactica's new season would finish, and at worst, the show wouldn't be renewed, since, IMO, Sci Fi didn't do all that great a job of promoting it, as opposed to, say, the Stargate shows, and thus, ratings held to around 1.1 or so, according to the Nielsens.
But I thankfully was wrong. The end of September can't come soon enough! And just think-- more than likely, we'll be getting 'Who' and BG back-to-back!
A regenerated Doctor, Cybermen, K-9 and Sarah Jane Smith? AND the two-part season finale with one of the biggest showdowns in 'Doctor Who' lore?! SWEEEEEEET!
If they did bump TCI to Christmas (and they REALLY shouldn't, btw), they should promote it as a special Doctor Who TV movie. Maybe film some kind of special intro scene with Tennant and Piper (doubtful, I know) where they set up a flashback to their first adventure with his new look.
But that still wouldn't work because of all the necessary Torchwood setup. Oh well, we're still getting Series 2 on Sci-Fi, so that's something to celebrate about.
Originally posted by RKMtwinA regenerated Doctor, Cybermen, K-9 and Sarah Jane Smith? AND the two-part season finale with one of the biggest showdowns in 'Doctor Who' lore?! SWEEEEEEET!
Dammit! I 'obtained' the second series and the wife and I watched it two weeks ago. If I'd know it was going to be such a short wait, I would have ... waited.
Anyway, to discuss the 2nd season finale...
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The Daleks & Cybermen talking smack to each other stands as one of the best moments of the season.
Dalek Thay: Identify Yourself! Cybermen: You will identify first! Dalek Thay: State you designation! Cybermen: You will identify first! Dalek Thay: IDENTIFY! Mickey Smith: It's like a Stephen Hawking speaking clock Cybermen: That is illogical you will modify Dalek Thay: Daleks do not take orders Cybermen: You have been identified as Daleks Dalek Sec: Outline Resembles the inferior species known as Cybermen! Cyberman: Our species are similar, though your design is inelegant. Dalek: Daleks have no concept of elegance. Cyberman: This is obvious. But consider, our technologies are compatible. Together we could upgrade the universe. Dalek: You propose an alliance? Cyberman: This is correct. Dalek: Request denied! Cyberman: Hostile elements will be deleted. Dalek: Exterminate! Cyber Leader: Daleks be warned. You have declared war upon the Cybermen. Dalek Sek: This is not war. This is pest control. Cyber Leader: We have five million Cybermen, how many are you? Dalek Sek: Four. Cyber Leader: You would destroy the Cybermen with four Daleks? Dalek Sek: We would destroy the Cybermen with one Dalek. You are superior in only one respect. Cyber Leader: What is that? Dalek Sek: You are better at dying!
(edited by Zundian on 10.8.06 1729) (Edit: Typo in the closing tag = busted tables. -drjayphd)
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I'm very stoked for the coming season. I didn't expect to see it until the new year or later. Now it's like having Christmas in September! Woo Hoo!
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*Walks in with notepad and makes headcount* Five? Doesn't matter because the nice thing about a Doctor Who bandwagon is that it can be bigger on the inside than on the outside.
I've been reading some of the older Who threads lately so I'd like to make some comments:
Re: Valeyard - There's an audio drama, "He Jests at Scars," a What-If scenario which sets him up as the victor of season 23's trial and takes all the Doctor's lives. Now ruining the vast reaches of time within the Doctor's lifetime, the only force in the galaxy that can stop him is...Mel. Interesting yet dark for those who "believe" in the mythos of the Doctor.
Re: Eighth Doctor - Follow this link and scroll about halfway down to check out last week's Doctor Who drama starring Paul McGann. However, the current serial is Douglas Adams' "Shada," which is already available as a webcast. I'm not sure whether the current BBC7 broadcast is the commercially available extended version or not. Coming soon is "Storm Warning," the first Eighth Doctor audio drama.
I'm sooo looking forward to hearing the further adventures of this Doctor.
Re: Fifth Doctor - Two recent photos of the portrayer of Mr. Meek 'n Mild himself are available here and here.
Also, are any Davros fans interested in the chronicles of "Young Davros?"
Lastly, I wonder if Boston Idol saw Series One 'til the end? I kinda miss having something to debate about.
I think there are alot more people watching Doctor Who than we think. Strangely enough, ask some people you know about what a Dalek is, the Doctor Who theme song, or the Tardis, and you may find yourself pleasantly suprised.
Also, according to the Sci Fi schedulebot (whatever the f@ck that is), "The Christmas Invasion" will be a two hour special that will kick off the debut of Season 2. If TCI only runs at 63 minutes, then they could tack on the Children in Need 5 1/2 minute special (which is pretty darn relevant to tie the two seasons together) to flesh the time out a bit. And depending on how long "Attck of the Graske" is, that would round out the two hours nicely.
Man, it's really good to be a DW fan and sci fi fan right now. DW and BG back to back?! Believe it. That is the schedule in starting in October. I call that the best night of television this fall.
"I've got all of season one on the TiVo but haven't had a chance to watch it yet." The nice thing is, if you can't fire the Tivo up at a convenient time, plant yourself down on the 29th if you can, and you should be able to catch a few of the essential episodes of S1 before the S2 debut. (although all the shows are fantastic.)
I hate to seemingly bump the thread, but now Who gets a schedule upgrade to 8:00-9:30 and 9:30-10:30 September 29 likely meaning a proper 90-minute-with-ads "The Christmas Invasion" will be aired with minimal/no cutting and "New Earth" airs after this.
Originally posted by Davros If TCI only runs at 63 minutes, then they could tack on the Children in Need 5 1/2 minute special (which is pretty darn relevant to tie the two seasons together) to flesh the time out a bit. And depending on how long "Attck of the Graske" is, that would round out the two hours nicely.
I don't know whether that "Pudsey Cutaway" and "Graske" will make it to Sci-Fi. They're not huge losses if we don't see them. For "Graske," I don't believe there's an American television equivalent to the interactive red button and having saw it, it is more of a game for kids. Furthermore, "Cutaway" isn't as essential to New Who as some would make it out to be.
If anyone is desperate enough to view either, it can found where the usual suspects are. They're probably high on many fans' wishlists to make the Series Two DVDs.
Quagmire tearing into Brian felt like a very good rant on the show for the last three years to those who think it has become too political. I did like the new black character epically him giving the Heimlich to Lois. It was a solid episode.