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The Newly Regenerated Doctor Who Thread

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So, Christmas is approaching, and with it a brand new Doctor who episode, and seeing as it's no longer series 5, I thought it would be time for a new, more generalised Doctor who thread!

For those who are new to the series, It features a humanoid Alien (timelord) called the Doctor, who travels in time and space in the TARDIS. He's the last of his race, and when he dies, he regenerates into a new person (up to 13 times). So far he has done so 11 times, with the current, 11th doctor being Matt Smith.
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To kick things off, here's a trailer for the new Doctor who ipod/iphone/ipad/android game: The mazes of time!

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  • So, lots of "Doctor Who" fans are having babies, are they?

    http://news.sky.com/story/972097/harry-and-amelia-most-popular-baby-names

    (Mind you, since when is Amy Pond married to Harry? Why isn't Rory such a popular name?!)

  • Big news dump ahoy!

    Doctor Who returns Sept 1st on both BBC One (no time given just yet, presumably 6.20) and BBC America (at 9pm) (no word on Australian air date)

    Matt has signed on to continue playing the role through the whole of Series Eight (which will air in 2014). This means, given his 42 episodes broadcast/filmed, he will officially have more time in the role than Tennant did.

    Also, first six episode titles:

    Asylum of the Daleks
    Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
    A Town Called Mercy
    The Power of Three
    The Angels Take Manhattan
    The Snowman

    The final of those, the Christmas Special, is allegedly a loose adaptation of Frosty the Snowman.

  • SEPTEMBER? Aw man...

    At least you guys in America don't have to wait ages after it airs in the UK.

  • @Friar said:
    @Tjibbbe: If you do get time, and aren't bored to death of the show before you reach McGann, I would say picking up the 4 EDA series is a must. Or at least Series 1, "The Zygon who fell to earth", "An Earthly Child" and Series 4. Those to me are the replacement to the TV series, feeling much closer to the direction of the movie (and the modern series) than the main range does. Plus, there's far fewer of them (35 50 minute episodes as opposed to a bajillion 25 minute ones). EDA series 4 is the best the show has ever been. But it needs the ones I mentioned above to understand it to the fullest extent. You could probably skimp on series 1, just picking up the first two and last two, I suppose.

    Hey, I followed your advice! I'm pretty hungry for more Who, and I've always been interested in the Big Finish stuff, but I never knew where to start. I'm travelling a lot, so it's nice to have something to listen to. I always liked audio plays - in the past I've listened to Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Dirk Gently, Sherlock Holmes and the Discworld stuff, all of which I loved. I guess it won't matter a lot if I haven't seen anything from Doctor 5, 6 or 7 yet?

    Anyway, I picked up the first EDA series. So far, I've listened to both parts of Blood of the Daleks and Horror of Glam Rock. I'm not completely sold on it yet. The actors are all great though, and I'm really enjoying Paul McGann so far. Sheridan Smith seems a pretty standard companion in these first couple of episodes, but she's not annoying me or anything. Production values and editing are good as well, good use of sound effects and music. As for the stories themselves: I probably enjoyed Blood of the Daleks the most, although it was a pretty average Dalek-story. Good atmosphere, but nothing special. Didn't like Glam Rock that much. Again, good actors, but a rather weak story. It's all enjoyable enough to listen though, and I do like having some brand new adventures (and a brand new doctor!) to explore. Still, I'm hoping the stories will get a bit better as time goes on.

    Thanks for the recommendation though, I'll probably finish this set of McGann-episodes (and if I'm enjoying it enough I'll try to stick with it until the fourth season). I'm interested in picking up a couple of the recent Fourth Doctor-stories as well. Any advice on that? There seems to be an overarching storyline with these McGann episodes (which I really enjoy), is it the same for the Tom Baker episodes? I know Tom did some episodes for the BBC (starting with Hornet's nest) before he went to Big Finish. Are those two things totally seperate or is it the same production team and storyline? I'm obviously saving all the other Doctor-stuff until I've seen their television-stories.

  • @Tjibbbe said: Thanks for the recommendation though, I'll probably finish this set of McGann-episodes (and if I'm enjoying it enough I'll try to stick with it until the fourth season). I'm interested in picking up a couple of the recent Fourth Doctor-stories as well. Any advice on that? There seems to be an overarching storyline with these McGann episodes (which I really enjoy), is it the same for the Tom Baker episodes? I know Tom did some episodes for the BBC (starting with Hornet's nest) before he went to Big Finish. Are those two things totally seperate or is it the same production team and storyline? I'm obviously saving all the other Doctor-stuff until I've seen their television-stories.

    Tom's first series has has an okay reception; mostly, people haven't liked Tom in the two-part hour long format (although 1.05 and 1.06 form a four-parter). There's nowhere near as much linking overarching story, as well. Judging purely by fan reception (I haven't gotten any of them either, yet!), it's probably only worthwhile to get The Renaissance Man and the Wrath of the Iceni. However, there's the Lost Stories box set, which has a six parter and a four parter, which has been acclaimed as some of BF's best output. Tad on the pricey side for just two stories, though.

  • Tom Baker's series for the BBC and for Big Finish are entirely seperate.

    The BBC series comprises three seasons, "Hornet's Nest", "Demon Quest" and "Serpent Crest". These are partly narrated - particularly "Hornet's Nest" and partly acted-out. Tom Baker takes a while to get back into character - in the early episodes of "Hornet's Nest" he sounds like a narrator even when he's acting - but all in all I'm enjoying these immensely. Not least because each individual episode is semi-self-contained, so I can spread out the cost of buying the CDs or downloads by only listening to one (an hour long) every month or so. Whereas I find it difficult to restrict the four episodes/two hours of Big Finish to as many days!

  • @Tjibbbe said: Hey, I followed your advice! I'm pretty hungry for more Who, and I've always been interested in the Big Finish stuff, but I never knew where to start. I'm travelling a lot, so it's nice to have something to listen to. I always liked audio plays - in the past I've listened to Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Dirk Gently, Sherlock Holmes and the Discworld stuff, all of which I loved. I guess it won't matter a lot if I haven't seen anything from Doctor 5, 6 or 7 yet?

    Anyway, I picked up the first EDA series. So far, I've listened to both parts of Blood of the Daleks and Horror of Glam Rock. I'm not completely sold on it yet. The actors are all great though, and I'm really enjoying Paul McGann so far. Sheridan Smith seems a pretty standard companion in these first couple of episodes, but she's not annoying me or anything. Production values and editing are good as well, good use of sound effects and music. As for the stories themselves: I probably enjoyed Blood of the Daleks the most, although it was a pretty average Dalek-story. Good atmosphere, but nothing special. Didn't like Glam Rock that much. Again, good actors, but a rather weak story. It's all enjoyable enough to listen though, and I do like having some brand new adventures (and a brand new doctor!) to explore. Still, I'm hoping the stories will get a bit better as time goes on.

    Thanks for the recommendation though, I'll probably finish this set of McGann-episodes (and if I'm enjoying it enough I'll try to stick with it until the fourth season). I'm interested in picking up a couple of the recent Fourth Doctor-stories as well. Any advice on that? There seems to be an overarching storyline with these McGann episodes (which I really enjoy), is it the same for the Tom Baker episodes? I know Tom did some episodes for the BBC (starting with Hornet's nest) before he went to Big Finish. Are those two things totally seperate or is it the same production team and storyline? I'm obviously saving all the other Doctor-stuff until I've seen their television-stories.

    Glad to hear you decided to give the EDA's a go. They can be a bit hit and miss (Especially series 3), but stick with it, Series 4 has the best storylines I've seen/heard in the show. It reduced me to tears, which the show has only managed to do once, to a lesser extent.

    As someone has already said, The Tom Baker audios by the BBC are essentially audiobooks, narrated by him. I couldn't stand them myself.

  • They have unveiled the first Rory action figure, and... Well...

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  • It's like they hit him in the face with a frying pan a couple dozen times. That's just bad.

  • If you didn't say it was Rory I wouldn't have known.

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