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Thread: Jodie Whittaker IS the Thirteenth Doctor

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    Quote Originally Posted by LonnieFisher View Post
    It took me two sittings to finish the newest episode. It really is terrible. The writing sucks, and every episode is worse than the one before it. It's so sad...
    No. I thought the first was slow and uninteresting. Not 'bad'. I have not been impressed with most, but I really liked "Rosa"

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    I'm going to take the unpopular opinion that the new series is ok. I'd give Capaldi's last season a solid A and this one a B right now.

    While I find her delivery Tennant/ Smith like, I find the general tone of the show/her Doctor more in line with the Davison era. I'm ok with that.

    I've generally enjoyed all the episodes thus far. I'd probably rank The Woman Who Fell to Earth as the least, but even that was entertaining.

    I agree with Brian that the PTing reminded me of Stitch. Who borrows stuff all the time, so I'm ok with that. I thought they balanced the cute with the menace well. My kids also enjoyed it and I think Conundrum was their favorite of the season thus. I also don't hate the Adipose or Brannigan's kittens in reference.

    The show has undergone a huge tonal shift and I get why people might not like it. They do really need to knock one out of the park to solidify the season.
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    I think what the show needs now, is a solid (and serious) episode with a classic bad guy. When you bring in lots of new elements, you need the rest to be familiar as a transition tool. Go back to basics.
    Because we have so many companions, the Doctor doesn't get enough attention so she can establish her position as the lead. Right now, the female companion just isn't doing much, so I'd let her go. Two companions is a lot easier to work with. So perhaps a Cyberman episode, where it all goes wrong and she gets badly wounded, enough for her to be taken back home. A wake up call for the Tardis crew and the viewer.


    The new motto of the Doctor "I just want to help people" is a bit bland, so I'd like to see that "spiced up" a bit. Throw in some more weird behavior, she's an alien!

    And I keep getting that "kids show" vibe, with which I mean low-level writing, a bit uninspired, and you know how it all is going to end, right? That, IMO, is the big problem. It's boring. I'm still watching, but the FF button is working overtime, and that's a sad thing….
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gorn Captain View Post
    I think what the show needs now, is a solid (and serious) episode with a classic bad guy.

    I think you've made a good point about the stakes of the show, it hasn't really felt like anything has been much of a threat. It doesn't even have to be a recurring villain, I'd be happy with a new creation that was well made and better thought out.

    I'd love to see something like a rival timelord that isn't out to conquer the world but has a more violent approach to saving it, it would see the Doctor having to defend her position and testing her character. Like you said, maybe she fails, lot of good ideas in that and it's largely unexplored.

    Whittaker also needs to figure out her Doctor soon too, maybe take some risks with it. It's very safe right now but it's also inconsistent.

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    Interesting episode tonight.
    The increased production values of this season are very evident... almost cinematic in scope
    Really liked the design of the aliens in this one.
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    'Punjab' was one of the best episode so far, although it felt a bit out of place. What did I miss from last week? How did they get back to the Tardis?
    The aliens were an unnecessary part too. The historical issues were way more interesting, and the aliens just seemed like a reason for The Doctor to stay around. A straight historical adventure would have been better. I did like that Yaz never changed anything, thus avoiding the 'you destroyed your own future' plot that 99.9% of time travel stories take.
    I like Yaz and Graham a lot.

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    There was much more to like in this episode, nice mystery leading up to it and I especially enjoyed a setting we haven't seen before.

    I also didn't mind the twist with the aliens but i agree that they weren't as interesting as the historical conflict itself. I would have been fine with a straight history and yes, what a relief we didn't get a "Marty McFly" plot. Kudos for an unhappy ending too.

    It still feels like the Doctor is an afterthought in the writing process like they mapped out this whole thing with Yaz and needed something to placate her so she just wasn't a taxi.

    Folks keep telling me that the four-person Tardis is an homage to the Hartnell era but those shows usually had 2 or more hours to tell a single story, in this format, it's tougher to spin all those plates.

    Graham is my favourite character in this new season, they've really done a nice job with him.

    Oh and the "this is an important episode, so we close with a meaningful song over the end credits" thing can stop now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by palitoy View Post

    Oh and the "this is an important episode, so we close with a meaningful song over the end credits" thing can stop now.
    And it was even a Punjab style arrangement of the Doctor Who theme, too.
    No idea what the lyrics were, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Banner View Post
    And it was even a Punjab style arrangement of the Doctor Who theme, too.
    No idea what the lyrics were, though.
    Is that what it was? Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the show overall just found that cheesy, they did the same thing on "Rosa" and I kinda groaned then. It reminds me when sitcoms would get all serious and their credits would be silent.

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    Yeah, I also find it annoying, to be honest
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