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Re: Dr Who 23/4/11: The Impossible Spaceman
« Reply #1 on: 23 April, 2011, 07:02:57 PM »
Ive a DR Who fan on and off for the last 30 years atleast this is the first ive watched since the change of doctors.

Ive missed out quite a bit but that was a good episode and now has me hooked
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Re: Dr Who 23/4/11: The Impossible Spaceman
« Reply #2 on: 23 April, 2011, 07:06:04 PM »
I didnt get it, must admit its the first Who I've seem with Matt Smith but it just seemed to me that all the things that annoyed me about the other new 'Who's' are still there and maybe even worse, just running around, pulling levers and lots of people trying to tell people stuff and never quite managing it. For gods sake has anyone ever wanted to say something and never been able to fit it in especially with all the pauses in their dialogue.

For me Alex Kingston was the best thing about it, I admit I think she's fit but her character actually seemed interesting.

I'll watch it next week but I wont be suprised if it isnt just a lot of shouting and running round in circles.


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Re: Dr Who 23/4/11: The Impossible Spaceman
« Reply #3 on: 23 April, 2011, 07:08:56 PM »
Fuck me, that was a bit good. Great start to the series. I can't wait to see where it goes, and the Silence are the first truly creepy monsters for a long time. A couple of early questions/theories...

Where is the future Doc's TARDIS? He appears to have driven into the desert so maybe it has been lost by that point in his timeline. Oh, or possibly it's linked to the meta-TARDIS that River and Rory found. They're grown right? So, it could be a 'cutting' of some sort of the big blue.


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Re: Dr Who 23/4/11: The Impossible Spaceman
« Reply #4 on: 23 April, 2011, 07:28:57 PM »
I thought it was a superb episode, in many ways quintessential Moffatt. (Should watch it again using Adrian's bingo board.) A lot of nods of the head to other episodes or classic Moffatty inflections though. We have creatures that it's dangerous to take your eyes off (just like the Weeping Angels), temporal paradox, spooky little children, impossible communications, haunted astronaut suits ('Forest of the Dead') - the works. Agree with Mr. Penguin... those aliens were terrifying. And yup, Jim is right... that was indeed the ship from The Lodger. Very impressive start to the series.

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Re: Dr Who 23/4/11: The Impossible Spaceman
« Reply #5 on: 23 April, 2011, 07:35:36 PM »
I liked it but I didn't have the patience for the story. I just laughed at the clever-funny dialogue, goggled at the scary aliens, played spot the Cardiff location filming and ogled at Alex Kingston, then asked the good woman to explain it to me. And drank whisky.
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Re: Dr Who 23/4/11: The Impossible Spaceman
« Reply #6 on: 23 April, 2011, 07:51:14 PM »
Thought that was great. Albeit a tad scary for 6pm - I think I'm in trouble with my sis in law for getting my 2.5 yr niece too scared. As she doesn't habitually watch Who the "dr will fix it" doesn't really work.

Loved the suggestion that the chameleon circuit is just one more thing that the dr has forgotten about how to drive the Tardis. And the official tease of a spoiler was dealt with deftly in the first few minutes to set up the whole shebang. Wonderful.

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Re: Dr Who 23/4/11: The Impossible Spaceman
« Reply #7 on: 23 April, 2011, 08:00:02 PM »
No. No it was just horrible.

It was so complicated and confusing! I long for the days of Russell T Davies when there was only one plot a series, and there was a clear romance between the companion and the Doctor - when all of the characters weren't complex and the monsters were just animal heads.



...but seriously I've heard people actually saying things like this. Good lord I'm glad they don't have anything to do with it. It's nice to have a head writer with a brain :)

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Re: Dr Who 23/4/11: The Impossible Spaceman
« Reply #8 on: 23 April, 2011, 08:14:26 PM »
Should watch it again using Adrian's bingo board.


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Re: Dr Who 23/4/11: The Impossible Spaceman
« Reply #9 on: 23 April, 2011, 08:16:48 PM »
It was so complicated and confusing! I long for the days of Russell T Davies...

...but seriously I've heard people actually saying things like this.

Comments like this are cropping up online, from people who watch and review television - science fiction television specifically - for a living.

Although to be fair, SFX (the only print sci-fi mag I read, can't speak for any others) have been up RTDs arse for years so I suppose it's not something that should come as a surprise.
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Re: Dr Who 23/4/11: The Impossible Spaceman
« Reply #10 on: 23 April, 2011, 08:31:33 PM »
Well to be fair I thought it was just okay. Nice set up and all but no sense of were its going as an episode in its own right. It seemed almost too self satisfied, like it was enjoying all the mysteries it was dangling in front of us. Some of the poignant dialogue seemed so self consciously poignant. I have a few theories about stuff but assume that I was meant to have them and was being led down a path so that when everything comes out it'll feel more twisty.

Still much to like and I really enjoyed the not FBI fella, great character. Looking forward to seeing where ALL the things set up led.

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Re: Dr Who 23/4/11: The Impossible Spaceman
« Reply #11 on: 23 April, 2011, 08:47:10 PM »
Let's see.. by my count that's an arguable 11 out of 16 on the Moffattometer. (Cheers, Adrian!) Which I calculate to be about the same as 'The Empty Child'. Worthy company.  :)

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Re: Dr Who 23/4/11: The Impossible Spaceman
« Reply #14 on: 23 April, 2011, 09:45:44 PM »
Great stuff. dark and no cringing.