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10 hours ago, odessasteps said:

I can understand the desire to course correct after how continuity heavy the show was under Moffat. 

I can understand them trying to differentiate from Moffat's tenure but... I can't help but think that the establish lore are pieces of Lego that doesn't need to be discorded/ignored just because you want to build something new. An essential part of modern Who is the extensive (and often bizarre)  history.

It's hard enough to sell a new Doctor to the audience, but to establish a whole new set of lore alongside that just makes it much harder. Funny enough, the new Doctor is perfectly fine... it just seems the world she is in is a spin-off (ala Torchwood or Class).

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25 minutes into the New Year's Day episode of Doctor Who and it's shit.

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I haven't watched it yet, but I flipped by a few times last night and the giant rubber squid on the girl's back looked supremely cheesy.

Honestly, having watched the whole season except for the NYD episode, Whittaker's performance works for me.  Almost nothing else does.  Really didn't dig the writing except a few eps in the middle, the new companions, the vibe of the show, the new enemies, etc.  Honestly, kinda preferred the Capaldi run by  fair margin and I wasn't terribly into those episodes when the y  aired. 

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We caught, in passing, a lot of the season marathon yesterday and it was my second time seeing the episodes. I'd say that there were a lot where I liked 70-80% of it but not necessarily everything. Some of the mechanics of Rosa with them having to contrive everyone being in the right place at the right time felt clunky even though the emotional beats were there. There were episodes where I really liked the setting/premise such as Tsuranga and Kerblam! where I thought the central plot/mystery didn't work great. Witchfinders (almost solely on Cumming's performance) and Punjab (which I thought hit almost all marks) were the best of the season. The biggest issue was that they didn't pack in enough worldbuilding/stakes. Not a lot really felt like it mattered on a big picture level and you really need some of that with modern Who. 

I liked the NYE special fine as part of the rebuild and though that the Dalek was sufficiently scary/dangerous, though the ending was too abrupt. 

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Anyone know the rationale behind the blu ray releases of classic Who? Unless I’m mistaken, they went from Tom Baker’s first season to Peter Dsvison’s First season and are now releasing Baker’s final season. That’s ... an odd assortment. They skipped over the best of the Baker years.

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I am officially over the Time War. They should've done the War Doctor season and left everything else to the imagination rather than doing 16 eps each with Jacobi and McGann stretched over 5 years.

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On 2/3/2019 at 6:27 AM, Control said:

Anyone know the rationale behind the blu ray releases of classic Who? Unless I’m mistaken, they went from Tom Baker’s first season to Peter Dsvison’s First season and are now releasing Baker’s final season. That’s ... an odd assortment. They skipped over the best of the Baker years.

Wild guess on my part but... it maybe because they are still trying to recover and are recovering missing episodes.

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Yeah, I think it’s honestly just “which seasons can be most easily upgraded.” Rumour is next seasons are 10 and 26.

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