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JALman
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.47
Whoever stuck around for the whole season will probably enjoy the next few weeks as Series One wraps up and the Ninth Doctor gets into one more big entanglement.

Now, I think I mentioned in the last DW thread about the Long Game having more significance than just "Adam gets dumped." The TARDIS returns to the same station, now filled with futuristic representations of your favorite (or not) reality/game shows. Some viewers might squirm at the thought of the Doctor being a contestant on a Channel 4000 reality show, yet seeing the Doctor and other characters interact intrigued me.

This episode intrigued me so much that I became a fan. I used to hate Doctor Who with a passion. I loathed at the idea of regeneration and didn't care much for most of the actors who played the lead. I thought that the original series lasting 26 years just meant it was mostly overrated sci-fi drivel that hung on and on and on.

Seeing the events that transpire in the episode turned me around to appreciating Who. I liked the Eccleston's portrayal of the Ninth Doctor even though he could be all over the place at times (e.g. episode #6). Despite his short tenure, he deserves huge credit for making the new series a success. Some credit should go to Billie Piper for being a solid actress; however, as I'm also following Series Two the Rose Tyler character is having some credibility issues. That's not Piper's fault; I think the writers are going hit-and-miss with Rose.

ENJOY the last of Series One, America. The Bad Wolf will whimper :-)

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I happened along while flipping around to see it was Bad Wolf.

I hope people here are watching it.





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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.86
    Originally posted by odessasteps

    I happened along while flipping around to see it was Bad Wolf.

    I hope people here are watching it.


Go figure, I STILL haven't been able to catch it regularly. I will probably spring for the DVD set on Independence Day (and not watch those, either)



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.20
A little tease from the UK: David Tennant's even better than Eccleston as the Doctor. And the two-part Cyberman story in season two is the best new Who yet.

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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.54
I can't say enough good things about the new Doctor Who series. The stories have been excellent, and the acting superb. And already, I know I'm going to miss Christopher Eccleston.

I'm glad to hear that David Tennant's doing a great job as the Doctor, and I can't WAIT for the second season to air here in the US (provided, of course, Sci-Fi will air it... and they better!)

"Bad Wolf" is one of the best episodes of the season, in my opinion, and I feel that it's a very tightly-written and directed story. The bigger budget for Doctor Who showed in spades in this episode, and really made particular aspects of the show very convincing and realistic.

And just think-- next week is the season finale!

I too plan on buying the DVD set, and even though I too, may not get around to ever watching more than a couple of episodes from the set, I'll be very pleased just to know that I have them (I've got He-Man and Transformers DVDs that I've hardly had the chance to view also).

BTW, for any W's living outside of the States who have had the chance to watch the second season, what were your impressions of "School Reunion?" That looks like such an awesome episode!



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.20
"School Reunion"'s a fun episode, but perhaps not quite as good as the cast and set-up would lead you to believe. There's some sloppy steorytelling towards the end, but there's also some outstanding interaction between the Doc and Tony Head's character. Look for a great dialogue scene next to the school swimming pool!



To those who say people wouldn't look; they wouldn't be interested; they're too complacent, indifferent and insulated, I can only reply: There is, in one reporter's opinion, considerable evidence against that contention. But even if they are right, what have they got to lose? Because if they are right, and this instrument is good for nothing but to entertain, amuse and insulate, then the tube is flickering now and we will soon see that the whole struggle is lost. This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires, and lights, in a box.-Edward R. Murrow
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.57
    Originally posted by oldschoolhero
    "School Reunion"'s a fun episode, but perhaps not quite as good as the cast and set-up would lead you to believe. There's some sloppy steorytelling towards the end, but there's also some outstanding interaction between the Doc and Tony Head's character. Look for a great dialogue scene next to the school swimming pool!

I like the other conversation at the computer lab, where a character mentions something directly from Series One to "push" the Doctor towards his decision...


Spoiler Below: Highlight text to read

...to not join the Headmaster to rebuild the Time Lords


That character arguably shows more maturity compared to an earlier adventure with the Doctor where the Doc comes to a moral decision. Those who've seen the episode may know which adventure I'm referring to.

Now the sappier parts were appropriate given that most viewers (e.g. me) don't have much of a history with Sarah Jane and K9. Lis Sladen did Sarah for over three decades and probably knows the character in her sleep, thus Tennant has to carry the responsibility of believing the Doc and Sarah's relationship shared a strong bond. Oh, and K9 was K9. Some of better moments were some LOL moments from Mickey.



    And the two-part Cyberman story in season two is the best new Who yet.


I liked it, but it was because of the director almost single-handedly salvaging an average, clich-ridden script into a rousing adventure on screen. What did you think about Rose in the two-parter? I think she deserved what she got.

After watching last weekend's new story, "Back to the Quarry" might supplant "Tooth and Claw" as my favorite of Series Two.
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.00
For anyone who hasn't been able to watch this program, you'll definitely want to grab it on Netflix, or do yourself a real favor and just buy the DVD set. It's really too bad that Who hasn't received a lot of attention here in the states. I kind of wonder how this program would've done if it was on a premium channel like HBO or on network TV like NBC. Doctor Who seriously is a show that a network could put into whatever their powerhouse schedule is. Aside from the cool special effects and it's heritage as the longest running sci-fi program in TV history, it's just a damn good show.

The first season almost plays out as one gigantic epic like the "War Games" or "Trial of A Timelord" (two season long stories from past Doctor Who seasons, for those who aren't Who watchers yet).

One primary continuity string that exists exists in the series, as well as other loops and connections between various different episodes. We get an idea where the Doctor has been all this time, and we finally get to see the weight of his activities since he's been away. All with a roller coaster crescendo into what should be an explosive season finale in "The Parting of the Ways".
Doctor Who really is an example of how TV should be done,
and easily stands up to the "HBO" quality of shows.

Grouped with Battlestar Galactica, to the resurgence of the Firefly franchise, and to a degree- all the comic book films, we could see a true science fiction renaissance in the US. It's good to be a geek in the 2000's!
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yeah! you were all right! this was really great!! people should loose a chance to watch for this!
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.57
    Originally posted by Davros
    I kind of wonder how this program would've done if it was on a premium channel like HBO or on network TV like NBC.

DW won't be a good fit for a "serious" network like HBO and moving to a premium channel could do worse to divide the potential audience in the States. The show's also part of the NBC family; considering where far down it fits in the NBC/Universal pecking order and how imports are generally treated here, I doubt anyone at NBC is considering bringing Who to broadcast TV.

It's a niche show on a niche channel pulling decent ratings during their rerun season. If it had monster ratings maybe Sci-Fi would find ways to bring DW onto USA or even NBC if they're daring.

Since I'm tired of the debate of whether it was best to be on Sci-Fi, I'm just happy that DW has a decent U.S. home at all (no, BBC America does not count ). I sense how well the DVD release goes decides whether Sci-Fi will pick up the option for Series Two.

On another note, the Children In Need special that follows the end of episode 13 isn't included in the network TV rights. To recap, there wasn't much to it but Rose "I can't believe it's you" reactions and the Doctor's reassurances, and...


Spoiler Below: Highlight text to read

Coughing up some of the energy which leads to the Doctor feeling barely well enough to change course and send Rose home for Christmas.


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