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Doctor Who Series 10 Discussion (with Spoilers)

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So tonight was the premiere of the latest season of Doctor Who, and the show was in fine form indeed. Bill is already a wel-defined character, and no doubt will be a joy to watch this year. And I thought the premise of the episode did a great job of showcasing what the show can do and where it can go. It reintroduced the concepts of the The Doctor, the TARDIS, and all...while also setting up our new companion and adding in a few layers of mystery such as why the Doctor has stopped travelling and is on Earth as a professor, and what exactly is up with him and Nardole. 

I plan to watch it again when I get home from work and probably write up a full review on my Who blog. 

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Just watched "The Pilot" tonight; loved it!  Bill is a terrific fit to the Whoniverse; my wife and I loved her right off.  

 

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The plot was an interesting mix of Tennant's "Waters of Mars" and the Hartnell episode "The Chase."  It also confirms something I've known for a long time; unwanted water/liquid/whatever is a terrifying thing (hehe).   The images of the alien fuel/liquid menacingly dripping very much reminded me of WOM.

I also loved the Doctor trying to send wet-Heather into 'fire' by landing the Tardis on Skaro during the long stalemate preceding the events of the classic series' "Destiny of the Daleks."  I geeked aloud seeing the Movellans retreating... that was cool (I love that episode!). 

The resolution was touching, sad, and a nice little life lesson about 'letting go.'   Well done.   VERY promising. :thumbup:

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I read that. It could be fun, which is what Christmas Specials are all about for me, but it would almost feel too meta having a guy who played the actor now play the part, you know what I mean? Also I am always instantly skeptical of the Mirror stories. They don't have the best track record when it comes to reporting Who in my opinion. 

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I loved ep 1. Delivered everything it promised.  Bill is awesome. My only regret is that because of the showrunner changeover, it seems likely we'll have her for only one season. they did used to carry companions over in the classic show, but in this age of authorial ascendancy over any other concern, I suspect Chibbers will come along with all new characters of his own. Which is a shame - I'd like her to be more than "one-and-gone."

But then, I was hoping for more Capaldi, too. A full four years, y'know? All good things... 

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7 minutes ago, Robin Bland said:

I loved ep 1. Delivered everything it promised.  Bill is awesome. My only regret is that because of the showrunner changeover, it seems likely we'll have her for only one season. they did used to carry companions over in the classic show, but in this age of authorial ascendancy over any other concern, I suspect Chibbers will come along with all new characters of his own. Which is a shame - I'd like her to be more than "one-and-gone."

But then, I was hoping for more Capaldi, too. A full four years, y'know? All good things... 

You really think she'll be gone with Capaldi?   I hope not.  The companions usually act as the audience surrogate bridge between old and new Doctors.  It'd be a shame since Bill was so likable right out of the box too.  I like Nardole, but if a companion from the Capaldi era had to get the axe?  I'd give it to Nardole first; he's little more than a one-man/droid Greek chorus anyway.   Maybe Chibnall could make his mark by introducing a second companion rather than eliminate Bill so soon... 

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37 minutes ago, Sehlat Vie said:

You really think she'll be gone with Capaldi?   I hope not.  The companions usually act as the audience surrogate bridge between old and new Doctors.  It'd be a shame since Bill was so likable right out of the box too.  I like Nardole, but if a companion from the Capaldi era had to get the axe?  I'd give it to Nardole first; he's little more than a one-man/droid Greek chorus anyway.   Maybe Chibnall could make his mark by introducing a second companion rather than eliminate Bill so soon... 

Not always. Tenth was alone and we started afresh with Eleven. I too hope she sticks around with Chibnall. We do know he asked Capaldi to stay (or at least the BBC did), there is a chance he is hoping for some continuity and could keep here on. 

I do like Nardole, but I think it is very clear he is only around for this season. 

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5 hours ago, Sehlat Vie said:

You really think she'll be gone with Capaldi?   I hope not.  The companions usually act as the audience surrogate bridge between old and new Doctors.  It'd be a shame since Bill was so likable right out of the box too.  I like Nardole, but if a companion from the Capaldi era had to get the axe?  I'd give it to Nardole first; he's little more than a one-man/droid Greek chorus anyway.   Maybe Chibnall could make his mark by introducing a second companion rather than eliminate Bill so soon... 

There's no hard and fast rule that says she'll go - it's just what I suspect will happen. I'd love to be proved wrong. The only precedent in the modern era is the handover from RTD to Moffat.

On the other hand, if the BBC ask him to keep Bill, perhaps he will.

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Just watched Doctor Who, "Smile" (2017). 

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******** SPOILERISH JIBBER JABBER BELOW ********

 

 

At first, it felt like a reworking of the old Sylvester McCoy-era episode "Happiness Patrol" (I almost groaned aloud at the early similarities) but it rapidly turns into something very different and clever.   A bit of the Tom Baker-era episode, "The Ark In Space" thrown in too (the colony ship stuff; with a sentient lifeform seemingly stalking the suspended crew).  Also liking Bill quite a lot as well (her quip on the Doctor's running: "Like a penguin with its ass on fire..." :giggle:).  

Clever 21st century-isms with Bill taking phone pics and the interface robots communicating via emojis (a very simple and universal human language if ever there was one, right?).  Nice idea.   Granted, it may seriously date this episode in a decade or less, but its use right now is spot on.  The changing emoji faces kind of reminded me of Kevin Spacey's HAL 9000-like "Gerty" in 2009's little gem of a movie, "Moon" (costarring Sam Rockwell and well worth a look). 

Nice little "Devil in the Dark"-style solution to the robot/human conflict as well.  Had a nice chuckle when the emoji interface flashed a British pound sterling after the Doctor mentions "rent."  :P   And speaking of ST, the grounded colony spaceship's LCARS-like cross section and "United Earth" emblem had a certain Star Trek-ishness to it.

Overall a solid little episode and very much the kind of story I like on DW; the episodes that show the 'two steps forward, one step backward' awkward progress of the human race as it clumsily makes it way across the stars. 

More like this one, please.  :thumbup:

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After having seen "The Pilot" and "Smile": A very solid start for Bill and the season, IMO, even if it wasn't groundbreaking.

My first impression of Bill is that I like her, but nowhere near the degree of being impressed like by Clara or Rose, she's blander in comparison. I can't quite shake off the feeling she'll end up as a "filler companion", much like Martha (but we'll see).

The two stories are entertaining, sufficiently clever and very solid, but not really groundbreaking... I got the feeling of having seen many of their elements before, in some combination or another. But not everything has to be groundbreaking all the time, does it? Decent, solid crafting is not bad either.

So yeah, a decent start. (And thanks to Amazon Prime, I can watch the episodes the day after the UK premiere, yay! :) )

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