Originally posted by Davros For instance, how long was the Time War, or series of Time Wars, and who was involved? (Cybermen, Sontarans, the Galactic Federation of Planets- apparently the Slitheen etc.).
The first six paragraphs in the "last great Time War" section is an overview of the events of the Time War after the first six episodes. The rest of that contains major spoiler material for the rest of series one.
Since this is now the tenth Doctor, and he only has 12 regenerations, will we see hints of the Valyard come forth?
My personal hope was the Peri would wake up and the Valyard season would turn out to be a bad dream. I enjoyed Colin Baker's first season a lot more, particularly "Attack of the Cybermen", "The Two Doctors", and "Revelation of the Daleks", all for very different reasons.
If I never see the Valyard again...
*shudders* I hope we don't see the Valeyard again, but
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The Tenth Doctor gives several looks of righteous indignation, especially when making a "no higher authority" remark. He also states that he gives no second chances because he's "that sort of a man."
Doc Ten tends to flip a switch to "cheerful guy who's pissed off" mode when he senses danger. Maybe his arrogance hints to the Valeyard, but I doubt it.
Well, as far as the Valeyard goes, I think it's very interesting that the Doctor seems to get just a little more bitter with age (and regenerations). Also, if the Valeyard is indeed some weird distillation of the Doctor's evil in between is penultimate and last regenerations, it is possible that the Valeyard may never come to be, or that even since he does (because he does!) the Valeyard himself simply coexists with the Doctor's other regenerations and hence, is another villain that's just out there, up to various no-goodery and shenanigans. He just won't be the last word when it comes to who the Doctor ends up becoming.
And at least by the sound of it, did someone pee in the tenth Doctor's Wheaties or what? Color me intrigued!!!
And in my opinion odessasteps, I'd wait for until the entire second season comes out on DVD, so that way you can get it all in one go, possibly saving money in the process ultimately.
...Then again though, being a Doctor Who nut that I am, if I knew for sure whether or not my DVD player could play whatever format the first Season 2 DVD is in, and (figuratively speaking) I had the dough in my hand right now, curiosity would kill the cat, who'd then regenerate, and then it'd be killed again, and I'd go to amazon and buy it. :D
I personally wait for entire DVD sets (seasons) to come out because in the end, there's cash to be saved, and I hate to jones for other episodes, knowing I can't see them yet.
If anyone's read the article on Wikipedia about the Time War, it's a really good read. It is stated there within that in a story written by Davies, ther's a monument for all of the fallen on a planet (it escapes me at the moment), with perhaps a cryptic message for the Doctor stating "You are not alone". It alludes to the fact the Doctor may not be the last Time Lord. There's only one other TL that is as savvy, battle hardened and clever enough to survive armegeddon, and that's the Master.
I also have a theory that the Doctor and the Master are brothers. The theory is lengthy, but I'll spare evreryone, but a couple of points...The Doctor calls the Master Jehosephat in the "Five Doctors". Also, neither one of them seems to be able to do eachother in- they always show restraint when imminent defeat is at hand (Claws of Axos, the Daemons, Time Monster, etc.). It is obvious the two have a connection going back a long way. And as far as what we've seen on TV, possibly as far back as the War Games. (The War Chief must be the Master- that's another theory). Sorry for going a bit off topic- just wanted to throw this your guys' way. Enjoy Who tonight in the US.
I've just seen not one, but two of the most emotional Who episodes ever.
"Father's Day" comes thisclose to breaking my heart and I don't let fictional characters do that. Nice to see Pete Tyler figure out what needed to be done. The ending was all telegraphed a mile away, but it still sad to watch. Oh and for the not-a-couple relationship that they have, Rose is sure willing to peer into the Doctor's jacket pocket...
The TARDIS rebuilding may have a precedent from the original series, but I first thought how the writer could mine ideas from "Scream of the Shalka." Later I discovered that it was the same writer. Well, Richard E. Grant will still always be my Doctor. or not
Now for "School Reunion"
If anyone is curious about the Who is Doctor Who Web site but haven't watched series two yet, I would not suggest visiting there anytime soon.
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Liked the return of the two companions. Sarah Jane and the Doctor basically stated that they loved each other without any wild romantic gestures. K9 helps save the day yet gets destroyed. The Doctor builds Mark IV so Sarah won't be so misty-eyed about it.
The Time Lords were addressed directly via the Headmaster tempting the Doc to use the Krillitane's (ie Monster of the Week) potential ability to acquire the building blocks of the universe to rebuild the race. Yikes.
The highlight of the show was Shaggy, er Mickey saying some laugh-out-loud stuff. His feeling of not "[being] the tin dog" helps him decide to join the TARDIS crew.
IMO, "Reunion" wasn't as rewatchable as "Claw" and it's probably my least favorite of series two, I guess I'll rewatch about a half-dozen times before "The Girl in the Fireplace."
Any season one watchers still reading this who get nostalgic about the Doctor's relationship with his companions would likely find "Reunion" good, if not exceptional when it'll air in the States.
For those of you W's who don't watch Doctor Who, I entreat you, I implore you to watch this fantastic piece of television.
After watching "Dalek" a couple of weeks ago, I was convinced that it had to be the best episode of the season. Now, after watching Doctor Who on Sci-Fi this past weekend, all I can say is that "Father's Day"-- this terrific story about wanting to change the past, how people look up to the ones they love, and how inviolable and precious life is-- is not only the best Doctor Who story of this season that I've seen so far, but may be arguably the best Doctor Who story EVER.
The science fiction element was stronger than many episodes of the ORIGINAL series. The performances, especially the portrayal of Rose's dad, were perfect. The incidental music was magnificent, and by the time the episode ended, I was constantly wiping my face of tears.
"Father's Day" is quintessential Doctor Who, period. And as each week goes by, watching one awesome story after the next, as a Doctor Who fan I'm completely envious of everyone else around the world who gets a chance to see all the episodes of the new series before we here in America do!
And, BTW, Sarah Jane Smith is my favorite companion of them all. But Rose Tyler is starting to make me reconsider this. In my opinion, Elisabeth Sladen's and Billie Piper's performances as companions stand apart from all the rest. They, just as much as any actor who's played the role of the Doctor, define the era they belong to and what this series is all about in general. And the fact that in season two, one episode of Doctor Who has them both? Brilliant. The return of K-9? Sweet!
Plus, season two will bring to us THE RETURN OF THE CYBERMEN?!?! I thank goodness for Russell T. Davies.
C'mon Sci Fi!!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Pick up season two NOW and have Doctor Who on Friday nights all the way up to Battlestar Galactica's return from hiatus!
Father's Day was tremendous. I had a hard time keeping the tears back. This episode epitomizes what Doctor Who is all about. Good acting, good sci fi, and thought provoking concepts, all mixed together with action that doesn't go OTT. Yes bro- it is definitely essential Doctor Who!This week's show ought to be awesome, and is called by a lot of fans the best episode of the season. We'll see.
As far as School Reunion goes, I've read all the reviews at Outpost Gallifrey. Damn. It looks like such a good ep. I am also using all of my self restraint to not watch the episode clips on YouTube.
C'mon Sci Fi- bring us season 2 pleeeeeeease!
Question for JALman and anyone elso who may have seen Tooth and Claw... Does all the hype about that episode live up to the show? Is it THAT good? (I bet it is)
Originally posted by DavrosQuestion for JALman and anyone elso who may have seen Tooth and Claw... Does all the hype about that episode live up to the show? Is it THAT good? (I bet it is)
Let me try to put my thoughts in a way that doesn't spoil...
Although I exposed myself to little pre-episode hype, I think it's very good. The director did a great job filming the episode. The look is much different than most of the episodes of the new series and was likely inspired by "28 Days Later." The most interesting part is seeing the Doctor and Rose react to the happenings around them and the consequences that follow.
There is one plot element that isn't quite resolved and may give viewers a "What happened to that/them" moment. Also, Tennant speaks with his natural accent in this one and the actress who plays the Queen exudes dignity and some toughness.
The Doctor also gives what's arguably the most "smart-aleck" line of the new series:
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(Apologizing for not warning Queen Victoria about the martial-arts wielding monks, who were disguised as butlers/servants)
Laird: Did you notice anything strange about the household staff?
Doctor: They were bald, athletic...the wife's away...I thought you were happy.