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'Doctor Who' 60th Anniversary Specials

Featuring my fave companion, Donna Noble, and DL fave NPH as a hammy gay villain of some sort.

Three episodes coming in November, presumably ending with Ncuti Gatwa's regen.

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by Anonymousreply 223March 23, 2024 12:46 AM

I am so fucking excited for this. I have watched the trailer a ridiculous number of times. The trailer is incredible. I can't wait to see Donna Noble again.

by Anonymousreply 1September 28, 2023 2:42 AM

[quote]The trailer is incredible.

Has a very cinematic look to it

by Anonymousreply 2September 28, 2023 2:54 AM

Catherine Tate is so good in this. As is the woman who plays her mother who is so similar to Anne Reid.

Tennant and Tate have such good chemistry.

I've not watched Heartstopper but is Yasmin Finney as stiff in that as she is in this? She sounds medicated.

by Anonymousreply 3November 25, 2023 6:24 PM

Gone. Full. Tranny.

by Anonymousreply 4November 25, 2023 7:39 PM

Great special. I loved the new Tardis control room. The plot twist was seen from a mile away.

by Anonymousreply 5November 25, 2023 8:44 PM

R5 Do you mean the tranny? Or the solving of the Doctor/Donna problem?

by Anonymousreply 6November 25, 2023 10:00 PM

I'm guessing that there is a gap between the regeneration and this incident. Typically, the Doctor needs lots of time to adjust while he is 'still cooking'. Right from the beginning he was all there and having fun. When he regenerated he was confused about having the same face. In this episode he had made peace with it and no longer wondered. This episode may have happened years after the regeneration, no?

by Anonymousreply 7November 26, 2023 4:04 AM

He did Children in need inbetween, and said an hour ago he was a fantastic woman, so, at least an hour.

by Anonymousreply 8November 26, 2023 4:28 AM

The trans/pronouns thing with Jason/Rose and the Meep was as subtle as a turd in jiffy bag but it was very RTD. It didn't help that Rose looks like Strictly's Johannes in a cheap wig and was wooden throughout. Donna's relationship with her mother was always difficult and highlighting Donna's experience as a mother was well done. But the whole "trans as a super power" reveal was ridiculous.

Neil Patrick Harris needs to save the day now.

by Anonymousreply 9November 26, 2023 7:01 AM


by Anonymousreply 10November 26, 2023 8:26 AM

[quote]and DL fave NPH as a hammy gay villain of some sort.

Hammy gay like Batman's Caesar Romero's Joker, or hammy gay, caftan wearing Victor Buono's King Tut?

by Anonymousreply 11November 26, 2023 9:49 AM

I wish they started the episode with either a "Previously On..." or just went straight into the episode, because that intro with him talking to us was so awkward. The mixing of SD and HD footage was jarring as well and, more importantly, made me feel like on old bitch.

DL fave Miriam Margolyes did fantastic voice work as Meep, but she's always excelled at that, so no surprise there. The twist was obvious from the start, like r5 said.

I really wish they treated the trans and nonbinary stuff more organically, especially because these people themselves say they don't want to be presented (only) in preachy PSAs. Feels so '90s and that's unfortunately just RTD showing his age. Same for the disabled stuff. It's not doing anyone any favours, it just serves to give the showrunner the false impression that he's changing the world. Hopefully they got it out of their system now and we can have more subtlety going forward, especially with the black gay Doctor entering stage soon. I don't want pushback from the haters because they feel they're being lectured to.

Preachiness aside, the episode felt like quintessential RTD Doctor Who – nowhere near as polished and convoluted as Moffat, not as boring and clunky as Chibnall, but rather just campy and fun. Which isn't bad and I think I might start watching the show again.

by Anonymousreply 12November 26, 2023 11:25 AM

Oh, and Catherine Tate is ridiculously good at this, as r3 already mentioned. So much fun to watch, I'm glad she'll get more than a one-off special.

by Anonymousreply 13November 26, 2023 11:33 AM

Loved the episode. Loved almost everything about it. David Tennant WAS the Doctor without missing a beat. His chemistry with Catherine Tate couldn't have been any better. The plot was admittedly simple, but the relationships were written beautifully. Especially Sylvia and Donna were quite complex. Donna's poor husband got a bit of a short stick but otherwise everybody was fun to watch. I didn't notice any heavy handed preachiness. The pronoun discussion with the Meep and the soldier apologizing for the stairs were a bit on the nose, but otherwise it was fine to me.

by Anonymousreply 14November 26, 2023 12:33 PM

This is the most I've enjoyed Who in years. Tennant and Tate didn't miss a beat. If anything, I'm only sad we're only getting two more of these.

I actually think the pronoun stuff and the binary/non-binary bit wasn't so much about being a PSA, it was kind of there to intentionally troll the people who would post angry missives about how the show just raped their childhoods on Twitter.

It's clear the BBC put Disney's money to really good use. The look of the special was a level beyond even the highest production values we've seen before.

All Hail the Meep!

by Anonymousreply 15November 26, 2023 12:46 PM

Looking around online, people seem to have loved the episode, heavy-handedness notwithstanding. It's quite the feat for RTD to pull people back to his era of Doctor Who so quickly and seamlessly. Fingers crossed this isn't just down to Tennant's and Tate's chemistry and continues even after Gatwa's arrival.

[quote]The look of the special was a level beyond even the highest production values we've seen before.

I agree when it comes to the street battle and the sonic screwdriver stuff, but I think Moffat's episodes looked... glossier somehow? Or maybe the set design was just more twee during his tenure and that's what's throwing me off.

by Anonymousreply 16November 26, 2023 12:51 PM

I miss Catherine Tate's old teeth BUT her veneers are fantastic, so she gets a pass. I'd like to get mine done where she got them done, for sure. Her bangs have also gotten an upgrade since her old Donna days, they are just majestic.

I have to finish Queen of Oz one of these days, loved it but didn't finish it because there was just too much other stuff to watch.

by Anonymousreply 17November 26, 2023 1:02 PM

I tried watching Queen Of Oz but it was soooooo poor.

I couldn't remember the lottery ticket storyline from the 00s - can someone remind me?

by Anonymousreply 18November 26, 2023 1:28 PM

At the conclusion of "The End of Time," when Ten was going around visiting all his companions before he regenerated, when he went to see (from a distance) Donna and Shaun's wedding, he left her a winning lottery ticket as a wedding present.

by Anonymousreply 19November 26, 2023 1:30 PM

[quote]I tried watching Queen Of Oz but it was soooooo poor.

Really? I thought it was really well-written comedy, I love seeing horrible people having to eat shit five times harder than they dish it out. It felt like watching Trump be put through the wringer, oddly relaxing.

I also have no memory of the lottery arc.

by Anonymousreply 20November 26, 2023 1:31 PM

Dr. Who became far too HIP for me years ago- they are desperate to please a young demographic.

I liked it better in the 1970's with Tom Baker- he was my favorite for some reason.

by Anonymousreply 21November 26, 2023 1:33 PM

[quote]I also have no memory of the lottery arc.

It's not an arc. It's like one snippet of a scene.

So, Ten goes around and interacts briefly with all his companions--He saves Martha and Mickey from a Sontaran, keeps Luke from getting hit by a car and says goodbye to Sarah Jane, arranges an introduction between Jack and (the extremely masculine) Russell Tovey's character Alonso from "Voyage of the Damned," visits the great-granddaughter of the woman he romanced in "Human Nature"/"Family of Blood" (who is named Verity Newman after Verity Lambert and Sydney Newman), has a brief moment with Rose shortly before she meets Nine, and gives Wilf the lottery ticket for Donna.

by Anonymousreply 22November 26, 2023 1:43 PM

Thanks. And god damn, that's a lot of money, I totally get her melting down. Her house looked kinda posh though, so she's not exactly struggling. Speaking as one, poor people don't have ceilings that high.

by Anonymousreply 23November 26, 2023 1:53 PM

Had no idea Baker was still around, he looked so frail in his last cameo in 2013. Christ, has it really been a decade since The Day of the Doctor? That's crazy.

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by Anonymousreply 24November 26, 2023 4:04 PM

[quote]Had no idea Baker was still around, he looked so frail in his last cameo in 2013.

He did a cameo when they released "Shada" with the missing scenes filled in with animation, which was in like 2018 or so.

The man's almost 90. I'm just impressed he's still so sharp.

by Anonymousreply 25November 26, 2023 4:07 PM

Yeah, I was going through his IMDb and saw he still does some voice work here and there, impressive.

by Anonymousreply 26November 26, 2023 4:10 PM

[quote]So, Ten goes around and interacts briefly with all his companions--He saves Martha and Mickey from a Sontaran, keeps Luke from getting hit by a car and says goodbye to Sarah Jane, arranges an introduction between Jack and (the extremely masculine) Russell Tovey's character Alonso from "Voyage of the Damned," visits the great-granddaughter of the woman he romanced in "Human Nature"/"Family of Blood" (who is named Verity Newman after Verity Lambert and Sydney Newman), has a brief moment with Rose shortly before she meets Nine, and gives Wilf the lottery ticket for Donna.

Thank you - I remember this now.

I have a desire to watch Turn Left now. And Blink. And the one with Tracy Ann Oberman as Yvonne Hartman.

by Anonymousreply 27November 26, 2023 4:13 PM

they were def after the hip/youth crowd in the 70s. see your birth certificate.

they bought a house in london and taxes, etc. is why they must keep working.

by Anonymousreply 28November 26, 2023 4:18 PM

Conversely, I have a desire to travel forward in time and watch the damn Ncuti Gatwa episodes already, I'm so curious as to how that'll work out. NPH already let it slip last year that the whole thing will be super gay, but I wonder how that'll be handled in practice. Will we get a male River Song for him to smooch? Do Time Lords do bigamy?

by Anonymousreply 29November 26, 2023 4:20 PM

Is the Rose better better on Sex Education. Cause boring as fuck here.

by Anonymousreply 30November 26, 2023 5:05 PM

She's in Heartstopper, not Sex Education. And she's okay there, if a bit stilted at times. Definitely one of the weakest members of the cast though, along with that asexual aspie and the blonde lesbian. I actually winced at Donna's "she's a horrible actress" joke because yikes, RTD couldn't have known it would land on a meta level as well.

I'm still chuckling at the thought of a 14-year-old kid lecturing a 900-year-old gender-fluid alien on pronouns. I mean, how does shit like that not get flagged in the writers' room?

by Anonymousreply 31November 26, 2023 5:16 PM

R31 Thank you, I don't watch those shows.

Heard an interview with RTD. Says the end of the specials will show something never seen before. I think he may kill The Doctor, and then Rose will regenerate into new Who. Of course, that would be bad optics, but he seems obsessed now with serving the haters.

by Anonymousreply 32November 26, 2023 5:26 PM

I mean, at the end of the specials Tennant will regenerate into a black gay man, played by Ncuti Gatwa. Which is technically something we have never seen before, lol.

I fell off the Chibnall train very early on, but didn't he introduce many things we'd never seen before as well? Did a quick search just now and apparently the Doctor is no longer from Gallifrey, he regenerated multiple times before the First Doctor, and he now has endless regenerations. Huge alterations to the canon from a relatively poor showrunner, very interesting.

by Anonymousreply 33November 26, 2023 5:37 PM

R33 Everyone hates The Timeless Child.

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by Anonymousreply 34November 26, 2023 5:46 PM

r34 Dear lord, that was abysmal. And I'm not just talking about the writing, but the whole package. Not even the dreamy Sacha Dhawan with his velvety voice and the beautiful hair and the perfectly-trimmed beard could sell that horseshit to me, and I once lobbied hard on DL for him to be cast as the next Doctor AND the next Bond.

I mean, just laughable. Chibnall did that one trauma porn show – relying on shock value of paedophilia before the whole QAnon hysteria – that took off among the fraus and suddenly he gets the reins to Doctor Who? They should have left the show rest for a couple of years instead.

by Anonymousreply 35November 26, 2023 6:03 PM

Well only 4 weeks and a day until The Church on Ruby Road.

I was a casual fan as a child (Peter Davison regenerating into Colin Baker was my era) and enjoyed the Eccleston series. The Tennant era got better and better and Matt Smith was enjoyable but by the time of Capaldi it all felt like it had been done before. Cybermen again. Daleks again.

The quality of the writing but also the calibre of the actors made the series. Simon Callow, Annette Badland, Penelope Wilton, Pauline Collins, Shirley Henderson, Carey Mulligan, Derek Jacobi, Sarah Lancashire, Miss Kylie Ann Minogue, Alex Kingston, Lindsay Duncan, Gemma Chan, David Harewood, Timothy Dalton and Clare Bloom. That's just the RTD era and I know I've forgotten some.

The Michael Gambon Katherine Jenkins Christmas Carol episode was one of the most beautiful pieces of TV.

by Anonymousreply 36November 26, 2023 6:16 PM

[quote]Carey Mulligan

If Sally Sparrow had been played by anyone else, "Blink" never would have worked.

by Anonymousreply 37November 26, 2023 6:55 PM

OK, so this was the first of the three intermezzo episodes before the Ncuti episodes?

What was it titled?

by Anonymousreply 38November 26, 2023 9:09 PM

"The Star Beast."

Also, if you want to stream Classic Who, it's available on BritBox with a subscription or Tubi with commercials.

Eldrad must live!

by Anonymousreply 39November 26, 2023 10:07 PM

Doctor Woo.

by Anonymousreply 40November 27, 2023 1:07 AM

Hail to the Meep!

by Anonymousreply 41November 27, 2023 1:35 AM

Tennant was so hot 15 years ago.

by Anonymousreply 42November 27, 2023 1:41 AM

He is a bit jowly these days, isn't he? Which is unfortunate because it serves to remind me of my own developing jowls. Gravity sucks.

He can still run like hell, though.

by Anonymousreply 43November 27, 2023 3:41 AM

One of my favourite bits was the idiotic "scientific" things they were calling out to each other when trying to prevent the rocket from taking off. "Inculcate the thrusters", etc.

by Anonymousreply 44November 27, 2023 4:21 AM

Yeah, I cringed at the first one, thinking the writers made a mistake and used the wrong words, but then realised the whole thing was a gag and a bit of a parody of Star Trek's technobabble.

by Anonymousreply 45November 27, 2023 4:32 AM


by Anonymousreply 46November 27, 2023 6:28 AM

First look at Christmas special. New companion was obviously cast to make him appear taller, which is smart. Both their jackets give off a comforting vibe, this is going to be so damn cosy, I can feel it already.

[quote]During an appearance on the BBC's Morning Live, Davies teased what viewers can expect from the Christmas Day episode: "It's really exciting, it's thrilling, it's explosive, it's brilliant. You've seen Ncuti in Sex Education, he is just the most phenomenal human being. Christmas Day is a new start again, come and join a brand new adventure."

Okay, don't oversell it, babe.

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by Anonymousreply 47November 28, 2023 11:00 AM

Some of the online bullying of Yasmin Finney is quite unpleasant.

This scene was so unflattering and does make it obvious that she is a young adult male playing a school age teenager, which makes the "male presenting" line really unfortunate

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by Anonymousreply 48November 28, 2023 12:29 PM

r48 I can almost feel the hammer coming out of that telly to beat me over the head. The explanation that Donna survived the metacrisis because she had a kid was sufficient already – if also problematic because you're implying simply breeding saved a woman's life – but then they just kept going. I do think the writers were kinda backed into a corner because they couldn't have Donna and her kid running around with all this power inside them, they needed definitive closure for her character. Hence this wince-inducing moment.

by Anonymousreply 49November 28, 2023 12:40 PM

R48 I can't act, don't ask me.

by Anonymousreply 50November 28, 2023 5:41 PM

I *just* found out that Tenant and Tate were back for three episodes. I tapped out during Capaldi’s tenure because it got boring as hell and never saw any of Whittaker’s but I had to watch this because Ten and Donna are my favorite Doctor and companion and I really felt like they ruined her ending. I was absolutely convinced that Donna Noble was “The Woman” regenerated after thousands of years and was actually the Doctor’s mother. Somewhere along the line it was said he was half human. Her name was Donna Noble Temple which literally translates to Lady Time Lord! And when The Woman kept appearing it was to Donna’s grandfather Wilf. All signs pointed to Donna=the Doctor’s mom, and they went out of their way to make it clear there was never any romantic feelings between the two.

But a friend told me that theory was explained away in the seasons I missed. I’m guessing that was the Timeless Child?

I mean if River Song can regenerate simply because she was conceived by two humans on the TARDIS, surely Doctor Donna can.

But I was confused by the ending of this episode. Did Donna and Rose give up their Time Lord power or just whatever it is that would kill them?

I actually liked Rose and the actress playing her. And loved Donna’s fierce protectiveness.

So I have no idea what the hell is going on, but it was great to see Tenant and Tate back together. Surely they’re the most popular Doctor and companion of the modern series.

I’ll watch the next two specials, but I may tap out again. It sounds like they’ve taken the story so off the rails that it’ll be impossible to ever fix.

But who knows. If you have a machine that can travel through time AND space, I guess any problem can be corrected.

by Anonymousreply 51November 30, 2023 4:56 AM

[quote]Did Donna and Rose give up their Time Lord power or just whatever it is that would kill them?

Yes, they completely shed any Time Lord powers they had.

by Anonymousreply 52November 30, 2023 5:48 AM

It made no sense. Non binary explodey time lord power and....stuff?

by Anonymousreply 53November 30, 2023 5:51 AM

[quote]Yes, they completely shed any Time Lord powers they had.

Well, then that was dumb! And it seems like lazy writing to make it something so easy to give up.

by Anonymousreply 54November 30, 2023 5:58 AM

Donna's original ending was cruel and made no sense in the first place, so I'm not bothered by this resolution being equally silly. They simply needed an excuse to relieve her of her powers and de-gaslight her, and they chose the currently relevant social issue to do it.

by Anonymousreply 55November 30, 2023 5:59 AM

Nah, RTD would have chosen that issue 20 years ago. He's always been woke.

by Anonymousreply 56November 30, 2023 1:20 PM

He absolutely would not have covered trans issues twenty years ago, the whole gay Torchwood thing was considered extremely progressive already. And the non-binary thing wasn't even around yet. I recall the zeitgeist of that time period and no one was even fucking talking about trans people, we were too busy fighting for marriage equality.

by Anonymousreply 57November 30, 2023 1:53 PM

There were heaps of gay jokes in the Eccleston and Tennant Doctor Who, before Torchwood existed. It was very clear in Who that Captain Jack was not only rampantly bisexual but fancied Tennant. There was also the more serious storyline about the little gay boy amidst the celebrations of the Coronation in 1952. So all of that was very woke, considering that Who was considered a show that children would watch.

Trans issues were not the Zeitgeist, but they always existed (cf Priscilla Queen of the Desert). If they had been relevant to one of his plots, as they were to this one, he'd have included them then for sure. You're right however that "non-binary" per se was only invented recently.

by Anonymousreply 58November 30, 2023 2:13 PM

RTD made a point of making Eccleston/Tennant era whatever the 00s version of woke was.

Class, race, sexuality. Teenager Rose Tyler, working class shop girl with her black boyfriend living in a council block estate with mum. Aspirational middle class black medical student Martha Jones. Captain Jack and Ianto and the Victorian lesbians and all the other gay friendly stuff.

I'm not sure if it's surprising if RTD hasn't faced any consequence for the appalling culture on set with Barrowman's behaviour. As Noel Clarke said, it's different if you're gay.

by Anonymousreply 59November 30, 2023 4:06 PM

Times were different back then in that regard as well, hence Weinstein doing what he was doing pretty much out in the open and people just kinda going along with it, even joking about it.

by Anonymousreply 60November 30, 2023 4:35 PM

Did anyone else notice that to unlock Donna’s memory of him the Doctor just had to recite his 10 word crypto wallet password?

by Anonymousreply 61November 30, 2023 4:45 PM

I mean, that's sort of how the American president would launch nukes as well. It's been proven that just two or three random words together make for an extremely strong password, even without any bells and whistles.

by Anonymousreply 62November 30, 2023 4:56 PM

[quote]This scene was so unflattering and does make it obvious that she is a young adult male playing a school age teenager, which makes the "male presenting" line really unfortunate


by Anonymousreply 63November 30, 2023 5:09 PM

I chuckled when granny slipped with the pronouns in the kitchen and Donna looked at her like she was J. K. Rowling incarnate. How can you look at your own mother like she's nothing but a turd over such a simple mistake? That look of disgust should be reserved for certified deplorable members of the family, in my opinion. Like, proper outspoken Trump voters who didn't see the light in 2020 and are voting for him again next year.

by Anonymousreply 64November 30, 2023 5:16 PM

I wasn’t bothered at all by the Rose character or actress, but it seemed kinda like they were implying that all the suppressed memories Donna had of her time with the Doctor came out in life by doing things like giving away all the lottery money and having a daughter named Rose.

But wouldn’t have Rose chosen that name for herself? I guess they could argue that some of those memories ended up in Rose along with the Time Lord energy and knowledge (which I still think that just “letting go” of was a stupid way to end that problem!)

by Anonymousreply 65November 30, 2023 6:12 PM

R65 he is a shit actor, without question. Little charisma and just stands there.

by Anonymousreply 66November 30, 2023 7:32 PM

shut up and when is the new one?

by Anonymousreply 67November 30, 2023 11:26 PM

Why are trans actors so bad?

by Anonymousreply 68December 1, 2023 2:11 AM

eyebrows are hard to finesse.

by Anonymousreply 69December 1, 2023 2:13 AM

I understand the bad ratings and reviews.

It wasn't woke enough. Obviously.

Let's make this happen, Doctrexx Whose

by Anonymousreply 70December 1, 2023 2:19 AM

I hope the trans haters all get killed by a trans Dalek this Christmas. “EXXXTERRRMINATE! SASHAY! SLAAAAYYY!”

My holiday wish. 😇🥳🤗

by Anonymousreply 71December 1, 2023 2:52 AM

r68, not true. I was quite captivated by the evil genius of Jesse James Keitel on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. Really liked her on that pitiful Big Sky. As ANY actor, she is not only quite good, she has a very watchable quality.

by Anonymousreply 72December 1, 2023 3:19 AM

R72, you just named the rare Dodo bird.

by Anonymousreply 73December 1, 2023 5:54 AM

R65, it is stated that Rose DID choose that name for herself.

If I've understood correctly, the reason Donna didn't die when she recognised the Doctor was that back when she had Rose or whatever his name was (I missed the male name on my one viewing) part of the Time Lord in her passed to Rose. "They" (meaning Rose, not Rose and Donna) thus started to do things like choose that name, make stuffed toys that looked like aliens Donna had met, etc. Because it was spread out across the two, the effect wasn't strong enough to kill either of them. That's where the "binary/non-binary" joke came in, although if we look closely the cure is in the binary, and the non-binary mentions are just for wokeness.

I look forward to the day IT gets attacked for being binary.

by Anonymousreply 74December 1, 2023 5:58 AM

More images from the Christmas special. Nice to see Davina doing some dramatic acting. Those goblins look so friggin' cute!

r67 Next episode airs tomorrow.

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by Anonymousreply 75December 1, 2023 12:51 PM

R71 Daleks are binary.

by Anonymousreply 76December 1, 2023 5:27 PM

So the first of three interim episodes was The Star Beast.

The second is going to be Wild Blue Yonder (A Christmas Special).

And a third unnamed


by Anonymousreply 77December 2, 2023 1:15 AM

OK, The Church on Ruby Road is?

by Anonymousreply 78December 2, 2023 1:16 AM

[quote]And a third unnamed

The third one is called “The Giggle” and is on December 9th, r77

The second one, Wild Blue Yonder, airs tomorrow December 2nd.

by Anonymousreply 79December 2, 2023 1:20 AM

Ok, the last episode of the Jodie S13 series Doctor Who S13 E10 The Power of the Doctor.

The RTD interim episodes are

The Star Beast

Wild blue Yonder

The Giggle

with the Christmas Special

The Church on Ruby Road.

OK, is that correct?

by Anonymousreply 80December 2, 2023 1:55 AM

R80 Children In Need.

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by Anonymousreply 81December 2, 2023 2:05 AM

I heard that RTD was going back to the minisodes of 11.

Is this one of them, r81?

by Anonymousreply 82December 2, 2023 2:21 AM

R82 No, it was the Children In need special. That is a charity drive on British TV every year for children, they have done them since the start. So, connected but separate.

by Anonymousreply 83December 2, 2023 2:25 AM

R82 This was the big one, between 10 and 11.

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by Anonymousreply 84December 2, 2023 2:27 AM

I have a whole bunch of "Night and the Doctor" minis.

I thought that DW did Red Nose days as well?

by Anonymousreply 85December 2, 2023 2:34 AM

Comic Relief.

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by Anonymousreply 86December 2, 2023 3:01 AM

Is Comic Relief Red Nose Day?

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by Anonymousreply 87December 2, 2023 3:03 AM

Wild Blue Yonder didn’t feel like an episode big enough to be part of the 60th anniversary celebrations. Felt more like a mid season filler.

by Anonymousreply 88December 3, 2023 3:41 AM

^ I thought so, too. Didn't feel special, more like a bottle show.

by Anonymousreply 89December 3, 2023 5:15 AM

I was (stupidly) sure they were going to end it without him realizing before they left. It’s not like ANY of the Doctor’s companions end up living happily ever after their encounters with him. They may ultimately get some small reward somewhere down the road. Rose was left in tears in an alternate dimension and thought she’d never see him again until they gave her a human Doctor years later. Donna’s whole memory was wiped. Poor Amy and Rory had to live the rest of their lives in a small apartment in Brooklyn in the 1920s reliving the same day for eternity, Clara is a millisecond away from death and has to spend the rest of her life traveling the universe with Arya Stark AFTER they killed her boyfriend in a car accident(!), and I don’t even want to talk about what they did to Bill! I couldn’t even watch the 13th Doctor, so I just assume something awful happened to her companions as well. Even his own WIFE died the very first day he met her.

Martha and Mickey ended up married, but they also ended up working for UNIT, so I’m guessing it’s more likely that one or both of them died during an alien invasion when the Doctor wasn’t around and never got to have kids much less grandkids to hold.

Basically, meeting the Doctor sounds like the worst thing that could possibly happen to you.

If a Brit of any age, gender, or race pops out of a big blue police box, and asks you if you want a ride, the answer should be a stern NO.

See all of time and space? No. I’d rather still be alive and on earth after 13 episodes, thank you very much.

by Anonymousreply 90December 3, 2023 5:38 AM

Isaac Newton is works in a call center.

by Anonymousreply 91December 3, 2023 9:22 AM

[quote]Wild Blue Yonder didn’t feel like an episode big enough to be part of the 60th anniversary celebrations. Felt more like a mid season filler.

It should have been a 45 minute episode not an hour long special. Tate and Tennant clearly had fun making it but it was a chore.

by Anonymousreply 92December 3, 2023 9:27 AM

clever to do doctor-donna/doctor before the big reveal.

by Anonymousreply 93December 3, 2023 12:26 PM

I’m not following you r93. Do what with Doctor-Donna/Donna before what big reveal?

by Anonymousreply 94December 3, 2023 12:31 PM

bring in them before the new doctor to gain viewership.

by Anonymousreply 95December 3, 2023 12:34 PM

Green screen and some of the CG looked really iffy towards the start, but I don't know whether it improved later on or if I just got used to it. Definitely doesn't look like your Doctor Who of old. Fun episode, I enjoyed it even more than last week's. Neither have felt particularly like 60th anniversary specials, although I have a suspicion that was always just a marketing gimmick; the real purpose of these is to be the least awkward bridge possible between Whittaker and Gatwa. Some acknowledgement of Chibnall's arcs here and there, but also a very palpable desire to move on.

RTD ever so slowly working the gay/bisexual/ pansexual angle in, did you catch that remark by Donna?

by Anonymousreply 96December 3, 2023 4:21 PM

RTD slowly working in gay/bisexual/pansexual r96? Well bless your heart.

by Anonymousreply 97December 3, 2023 4:44 PM

I meant specifically for the Doctor, not just in general.

by Anonymousreply 98December 3, 2023 4:46 PM

So what was the pre-title scene with Isaac Newton about? Did that have any relevancy for the rest of the episode or 14th arc?

by Anonymousreply 99December 3, 2023 5:03 PM


by Anonymousreply 100December 3, 2023 5:12 PM

The purpose of the Newton scene was just to introduce the running mavity gag, and also to piss off the kind of people RTD wants to piss off by casting a POC actor as Newton.

by Anonymousreply 101December 3, 2023 5:19 PM

R101 So completely pointless, then.

by Anonymousreply 102December 3, 2023 5:24 PM

R102 Like the specials so far.

by Anonymousreply 103December 3, 2023 5:29 PM

Isaac Newton was played by gay actor Nathanial Curtis from It’s A Sin, the tall Indian guy who told Olly Alexander to wash his arse before he fucked him.

Having a camp non white Isaac Newton to open the show and get the anti woke brigade frothing did the trick.

by Anonymousreply 104December 3, 2023 5:32 PM

It is just silly, he is a historical figure.

by Anonymousreply 105December 3, 2023 5:40 PM

I’m actually really glad they didn’t retcon the Timeless Child stuff.

Not that I think it was great or necessary, but because I’d much rather see the show owning its shit instead of trying to pretend it didn’t happen.

It’s very clear that RTD has no fucks to give about the Twitter chattering class, and I’m here for it.

by Anonymousreply 106December 3, 2023 6:30 PM

R106 But the stories are utter shite, and that is actually all that matters. Not the tantrums of a sad man trying to be hip for the mentally ill.

by Anonymousreply 107December 4, 2023 12:09 AM

Potentially controversial new Doctor Who mythology to be unveiled in the Christmas special. (Let me guess, he's been into dick this whole time.) Also, a lot more fantasy to be introduced in Season 14.

[quote]“The show is taking a sly step towards fantasy, which will annoy people to whom it’s a hard science-fiction show.”

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by Anonymousreply 108December 8, 2023 5:46 PM

Anyone who thinks that Doctor Who has ever been "hard science fiction," has no idea what that term means.

by Anonymousreply 109December 8, 2023 6:01 PM

This is going to be really shit, isn't it?

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by Anonymousreply 110December 8, 2023 6:04 PM

Well, when Donna said he wasn't from Gallifrey, he seemed to be visibly upset.

It seems to set the Chinball nonsense into Cannon.

by Anonymousreply 111December 8, 2023 10:16 PM

Doctor Who is not science fiction, it's science fantasy.

by Anonymousreply 112December 8, 2023 10:54 PM

r111 Indeed. Just stupid.

by Anonymousreply 113December 9, 2023 2:36 AM

[quote]It seems to set the Chinball nonsense into Cannon.

That must have been quite painful for Aileen.

by Anonymousreply 114December 9, 2023 4:45 AM

I hope it was, rammed into the cannon and shoved up her ass.


by Anonymousreply 115December 9, 2023 5:46 AM

I didn't recognise the very handsome Charlie de Melo from Coronation Street without his beard.

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by Anonymousreply 116December 9, 2023 5:50 PM

The Indian Isaac Newron was ridiculous.

by Anonymousreply 117December 9, 2023 6:17 PM

Last week's episode felt stretched out and this episode felt too rushed. NPH clearly had ball but the WORLD IN PERIL aspect was so brief and weak. Maybe it made sense to the hard core fans who remember the Toymaker. That ball game???? What the fuck was that? Did they run out of money? The Spice Girls scene made me think of John Simm doing the Scissor Sisters.

Overall the 3 episodes were very underwhelming but maybe I'm not a big enough fan or too old now to appreciate it.

by Anonymousreply 118December 9, 2023 6:42 PM

I have thoroughly enjoyed all three of these. Knowing that they can bring in Donna and Mel makes me more interested in the UNIT spinoff that Disney apparently wants.

Also, they’re not being subtle about Fifteen being gay, and I’m here for it.

I’m excited for what comes next, and I haven’t been like this for a long time.

by Anonymousreply 119December 9, 2023 8:16 PM

There’s a preview for “The Church of Ruby Road” on the Doctor Who YouTube, and it’s got Fifteen dancing in what appears to be a gay bar.

It’s also so upbeat. I’m encouraged.

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by Anonymousreply 120December 9, 2023 11:15 PM

How come nobody ever commented on the fact that he regenerated (bigenerated?) with a shirt and tie but no pants? I kept thinking I was imagining that he was in his underwear because nobody never said anything and he still never put pants on.

Whatever. I like him.

by Anonymousreply 121December 10, 2023 7:38 AM

[quote]How come nobody ever commented on the fact that he regenerated (bigenerated?) with a shirt and tie but no pants?

Watch the scene again. Both Doctors are left with one half of the full attire on them – Tennant has the undershirt, the vest, and the pants, while Gatwa has the shirt, the tie, and the boxers. As I was watching the scene, I actually thought to myself that Tennant's balls must suddenly be feeling really chilly up there on that tower.

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by Anonymousreply 122December 10, 2023 10:49 AM

I enjoyed it, although that intro was so rushed and its editing choppy (Charlie de Melo is a handsome fucker). The music was so loud throughout, I struggled to hear the dialogue at times. I suppose this is what NPH meant by the series being super gay – confetti and lipsyncing to Spice Girls and doing snow angels in rose petals. We'll see if that sort of sensibility carries on into the next season as well. Gatwa is sporting a skirt in that Christmas special trailer, so I suppose that'll very much be the case. I just hope he's more fun now after letting Tennant deal with all the past trauma. Clean slate.

Basically no payoff to the fact that everyone in the real world was cancelling each other, RTD just used that bit for a throwaway line. No mention of the fact that Donna put her own mother on cancellation notice for misgendering Rose that one time.

Really not a fan of how disabled people were presented in these two episodes. Everyone was policing their language and constantly asking whether she was offended. That hasn't been my experience with wheelchair-bound people at all. In fact, they all fucking hate that patronising bullshit that centres their disability in their interactions with others.

What was going on with Gatwa's Rs? Some of them were rhotic and some of them were not? It was jarring, I'm sure there's a creative reason behind it. Perhaps he's still transitioning?

The actor playing Ibrahim is tall and handsome, but he walks quite doily – not so much like a seasoned special ops guy, more like a male model sashaying down the catwalk. So that made me laugh. Here pictured smelling cookies with Joanna Lumley and a Stevie Nicks knockoff of some kind. His hair looks much nicer here than that horrid greasejob they gave him on the show.

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by Anonymousreply 123December 10, 2023 11:17 AM

This extra in the back crossed the screen early on and he has a nice ass, but he very clearly has never held a corded phone in his life. Was there no one around to show him how it's done? Or was the extras wrangler a clueless Zoomer as well?

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by Anonymousreply 124December 10, 2023 11:23 AM

[quote]The Indian Isaac Newron was ridiculous.

The thread about this on the main Europe subreddit exploded and had to be locked, so I guess the casting achieved its purpose. I just find it funny that in a show with a flying, time-travelling phone box, *this* is where some people draw the line.

by Anonymousreply 125December 10, 2023 12:31 PM

God, I want Tennant to pound my bussy.

by Anonymousreply 126December 10, 2023 12:56 PM

Some viewers seem to forget that the Whoniverse isn't our universe and never has been. To be fair, Chibnall with his sledgehammer finger-wagging also seemed to forget this. Anyone who was genuinely and seriously worried about anachronism in Dr Who, rather than promoting an agenda, would have had a aneurism decades ago. Getting into a froth over a fantasy series is ludicrous.

by Anonymousreply 127December 10, 2023 1:30 PM

Don't we all, R126?

by Anonymousreply 128December 10, 2023 1:42 PM

This beauty, Glen Fox, went to RADA, but is now operating a Jewish space laser on Doctor Who. The joys of showbiz, eh?

I wouldn't mind him blasting my buss with whatever he wanted.

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by Anonymousreply 129December 10, 2023 2:08 PM

Out of costume.

I love fixating on extras and bit parts I'll probably never see again.

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by Anonymousreply 130December 10, 2023 2:08 PM

[quote] The Indian Isaac Newton was ridiculous

Imagine the uproar if they travelled back in time to early 1960s Alabama and met up with Dr. Martin Luther King, as portrayed by Matt Bomer.

by Anonymousreply 131December 10, 2023 2:54 PM

Specious logic, seeing how the whites weren't the ones being enslaved and later discriminated against.

by Anonymousreply 132December 10, 2023 2:59 PM

R132 is using illogical (SJW) thinking. R131 is correct.

What's next? Othello as Asian?

by Anonymousreply 133December 10, 2023 5:28 PM

He is not, in fact, correct. And I feel bad for you for not understanding the concept of punching down. You'd think a homo would be familiar with that, although you do type like someone who's lived a largely sheltered life.

by Anonymousreply 134December 10, 2023 5:31 PM

Punching down = another SJW concept. You must be a Gen Z'er.

by Anonymousreply 135December 10, 2023 5:38 PM

Nathaniel Curtis is the actor who played Isaac Newton - as mentioned previously he was in It's A Sin.

He's a British actor with some Indian heritage.

Does the X% Indian heritage cancel out all future roles as British historical figures?

by Anonymousreply 136December 10, 2023 5:39 PM

Yes, it does.

by Anonymousreply 137December 10, 2023 6:26 PM

R136 Yes, it does.

by Anonymousreply 138December 10, 2023 7:23 PM

Gotta say, RTD introduced Ncuti Gatwa in the most flattering outfit. Those legs, and that ass in white boxer briefs. Hmmm...

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by Anonymousreply 139December 10, 2023 8:57 PM

The BBC's own review of the new series.

In fact, it's difficult to imagine even the most fervent fan being anything other than a little underwhelmed by this first special.

And although the show has always been progressive – look at the number of stories over the decades about, for example, threats to the environment – this special is preachy, and by the end, little more than a delivery system for 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑴𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒂𝒈𝒆.

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by Anonymousreply 140December 10, 2023 9:45 PM

I hope the gold tooth doesn't mean that this incarnation is gone. Would love to see much more of him.

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by Anonymousreply 141December 10, 2023 9:57 PM

Yes, they were, R132, at least enslaved. The Barbary pirates and Western Asian slave takers were still active in Isaac Newton's lifetime, channelling large numbers of white slaves into the Ottoman Empire and North Africa. True, they didn't end up a discriminated-against minority, due to them being mostly castrated or worked to death on the galleys.

by Anonymousreply 142December 10, 2023 10:03 PM

[quote]Watch the scene again. Both Doctors are left with one half of the full attire on them – Tennant has the undershirt, the vest, and the pants, while Gatwa has the shirt, the tie, and the boxers.

R122, thank you. I TOTALLY missed that!! I guess because 14’s undershirt was white like his other shirt, I didn’t even realize he’s lost it, his tie and shoes. (Or I was so enthralled by 15’s legs and lack of pants I pretty much stopped paying attention to 14!!)

I was slightly disappointed to see the trailer for the Christmas special and that 15 now has pants. 😝

by Anonymousreply 143December 10, 2023 10:05 PM

[quote]Punching down = another SJW concept. You must be a Gen Z'er.

To be fair, I'm a Boomer and "punching down" is a concept that's been used all my life. Chris Lilley always gave me the creeps, even when dealing with a privileged character like the private schoolgirl, because he always punches down. In J'aime's case, she may be privileged in class and race but she was a whole lot younger than Lilley.

by Anonymousreply 144December 11, 2023 3:11 AM

r142 Wrong, it wasn't nearly as systematic and didn't occur in such enormous numbers as the Transatlantic slave trade, you're being obtuse on purpose. But I don't really intend to discuss this "the whites had it just as bad" line of argument with someone who is quite obviously incredibly racist.

by Anonymousreply 145December 11, 2023 4:16 AM

People who continue to use the term "SJW" in the year of our Lord 2023 are just pathetic. I have nothing to say to those dinosaur turds that time has passed by, I just block at this point.

by Anonymousreply 146December 11, 2023 4:16 AM

r122, so, in other words, Tennant is freeballing the rest of the episode?

by Anonymousreply 147December 11, 2023 7:52 AM

So, R145, you shift the goalposts from 'It didn't happen to whites' to 'It didn't happen so much to whites' - classic arguing in bad faith. And it was you who brought the subject up in the first place, of course,

by Anonymousreply 148December 11, 2023 8:56 AM

Well, that's what RTD would like you to think, R147. Not wanting to put the dampeners on you, but it IS acting.

by Anonymousreply 149December 11, 2023 11:48 AM

Um, r145 and 148, it may be just me, but here in this Doctor Who thread I really don't care about the outcome of your niche dispute. Why don't you just sit back for an hour, watch Doctor Who as intended - as entertainment for the whole family. Just have fun.

by Anonymousreply 150December 11, 2023 12:14 PM

Something must be fun to have fun with it. RTD reaching a hammer through the screen and pounding home "the message" isn't very jolly.

Neil Patrick Harris' Toymaker dance was good but even there the Doctor has to interrupt to tell UNIT "nothing is binary".

And I already knew Neil could dance.

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by Anonymousreply 151December 11, 2023 5:53 PM

R146 sounds like he needs a safe space and maybe some crayons and puppies to play with.

by Anonymousreply 152December 12, 2023 1:35 AM

i always sneered at this series because of the dorky fandom but there must be something to it. where do dlers recommend starting?

by Anonymousreply 153December 13, 2023 10:16 PM

r153, at the reboot of the crummy kids show, Ninth Doctor Episode: Rose.

by Anonymousreply 154December 14, 2023 12:36 AM

Here ya go r153.

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by Anonymousreply 156December 14, 2023 2:40 AM

Christopher Eccleston has major BDF.

by Anonymousreply 157December 14, 2023 3:27 AM

Christopher Eccleston is asked what would it take to get him to return to Doctor Who.

“Sack Russell T Davies,” he said. “Sack [producer] Jane Tranter. Sack Phil Collinson. Sack Julie Gardner. And I’ll come back. So can you arrange that?”

by Anonymousreply 158December 17, 2023 2:59 AM

He sounds bitter. And it probably had more weight if others agreed with him. But nobody does. Not only had David Tennant the best time ever with Davies, Tranter, Collinson and Gardner as Ten; he even came back to work more with them. Maybe it's you, Chris. Besides, didn't Davies even apologize for not being the best and most protective producer in 2004/2005? I guess that wasn't enough for an apology, or there was more.

It's a shame really. I liked Eccleston's Nine a lot. It was such a unique version of the Doctor.

by Anonymousreply 159December 17, 2023 4:17 AM

I knew some people working on the reboot series of Doctor Who in 2004 and it was a shitshow as has been documented by others. Chaotic, unprofessional and very, very unhappy.

Eccleston had been in countless big budget movies and prestige tv productions by that point - Our Friends In The North, Cracker, Hillsborough, Clocking Off, Othello and The Second Coming were all BAFTA nominated with most winning - and he was appalled by what was going on. Yes Eccleston can be pompous but he was the voice of calm and experience on the set.

Billie Piper was only 21 but making a "comeback" and as famous for her drug use and failed marriage as she was for her music career. Cast in a major acting role with limited acting experience. The definition of vulnerable, but she wasn't supported by the mostly gay male crew and production team.

John Barrowman's behaviour on set was not just well known but encouraged by some senior members of the production team. David Tennant commented about the culture on set and how he and Steven Moffat were often the only two straight men, and they'd go off together and talk about straight things. Phil Collinson left the set for a period during one of the later series.

But back to Eccleston, a statement was released by the BBC saying he was "tired" after the filming of the first series and that's why he wasn't returning. The BBC apologised after threats of legal action, something the BBC rarely does.

Despite that, the rebooted series won Best Drama Series at the 2006 BAFTAs.

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by Anonymousreply 160December 17, 2023 7:47 AM

[quote] the rebooted series won Best Drama Series at the 2006 BAFTAs.

And in 2023 it comes to this.

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by Anonymousreply 161December 17, 2023 8:57 AM

The producers killed Doctor Who with the woke bullshit this season.

by Anonymousreply 162December 17, 2023 9:31 AM

[quote] The producers killed Doctor Who with the woke bullshit this season.

Perhaps a bit sooner

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by Anonymousreply 163December 17, 2023 9:51 AM

The series is not being received well by those who are actually watching it. On IMDb, “The Star Beast” received a 5.2 rating out of 10. “Wild Blue Yonder” has a 6.5 out of 10, and “The Giggle” currently has a 7.5 out of 10.

Overall, the series has a 6.6 out of 10 rating.

Doctor Who ratings on IMDb

The series fares even worse on Rotten Tomatoes. The show currently has a 43% average audience score.

Doctor Who ratings on Rotten Tomatoes

The series has also been lampooned by previous fans of the series. Pop culture expert and lover of old Doctor Who, Gary Buechler, the host of the YouTube channel Nerdrotic savaged “The Star Beast” episode noting it was “sacrificed on the altar of agenda” and that “the now third reboot of Doctor Who was murdered in its crib.”

RELATED: Showrunner Russell T Davies Promises Ncuti Gatwa’s Run As The Doctor Will “Unroll A Whole New Doctor Who Mythology,” Admits New Fantasy Focus “Will Annoy People”

It’s unlikely the series viewership will recover, but will instead continued its continued decline. In fact, showrunner Russell T. Davies announced that upcoming episodes of the show will “annoy people.”

He told Radio Times, “The show is taking a sly step towards fantasy, which will annoy people to whom it’s a hard science-fiction show.”

Davies added, “Episode two next year is wildly fantasy. Completely making up scenarios on-screen that we’ve never been able to show before. But the following episode is proper hard science-fiction.”

Showrunner Russell T Davies Promises Ncuti Gatwa’s Run As The Doctor Will “Unroll A Whole New Doctor Who Mythology,” Admits New Fantasy Focus “Will Annoy People”

It’s unlikely the series viewership will recover, but will instead continued its continued decline. In fact, showrunner Russell T. Davies announced that upcoming episodes of the show will “annoy people.”

He told Radio Times, “The show is taking a sly step towards fantasy, which will annoy people to whom it’s a hard science-fiction show.”

by Anonymousreply 164December 17, 2023 10:04 AM

^ That is some post. Per IMDb the scores are 7.0, 8.3 and 8.4. Cannot find any specific rating for the anniversary episodes on Rotten Tomatoes. I can only see that 13th last season received a viewer score of 44%. Would you please post the applicable link to the episodes with the 14th Doctor on Rotten Tomatoes?

by Anonymousreply 165December 17, 2023 11:29 AM

Oh never mind. I found it.

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by Anonymousreply 166December 17, 2023 11:30 AM

[quote] Christopher Eccleston is asked what would it take to get him to return to Doctor Who.

I'd say one requirement is that there is someone to ask him back. If he was open for a return and the only condition was 'no RTD' then I am assuming that he wasn't asked by neither Moffat nor Chibnall. There were plenty opportunities for a return, especially for the War Doctor special. Either he wasn't ready for a return then or he wasn't asked.

by Anonymousreply 167December 17, 2023 2:00 PM

RTD has written a bridge Doctor(s) to hopscotch over the fetid pile of Chinball detritus.

Like dropped stitches in crochet, RTD is pulling from 10 to14 and 15.

To further give validity to the new RTD era, Smith and Capaldi need to meet Gatwa and put further distance between Whittiker and 15.

by Anonymousreply 168December 17, 2023 2:52 PM

And FFS, River Song can regenerate. Get some of that Tardis Core/Gallifrean juice to The Library and do it.

We know her mind has not degenerated with all those Women's Institute Teas with the gals. Fix her body.

And let her kill the Vasta Nerada.

by Anonymousreply 169December 17, 2023 2:55 PM

The BBC's Imagine series profiled Russell T Davies this week. It's a very comprehensive review of his career that skates over Eccleston's problems and simply lies and says he couldn't do a second series.

But he talks about Queer As Folk and how scandalous it was and said if it was being made now Nathan wouldn't be a 15 year old gay boy he would be trans.

There's a clip of the Christmas episode with the goblins and all I'll say is that the TRAs obsessed with JK Rowling pushing antisemitic tropes in Harry Potter will be outraged by the episode.

by Anonymousreply 170December 19, 2023 9:49 PM

I don't think Stuart Alan jones would fuck a 15 year old Tranny.

by Anonymousreply 171December 19, 2023 11:07 PM

R170. Nah they’re saying that these goblins are ok. And besides it’s now acceptable to be antisemitic in their minds.

by Anonymousreply 172December 20, 2023 3:00 AM

[quote][R170]. Nah they’re saying that these goblins are ok. And besides it’s now acceptable to be antisemitic in their minds.

Goblins stealing children ON CHRISTMAS DAY to feed to their fat slimy goblin king.

by Anonymousreply 173December 20, 2023 8:33 AM

Apparently, if you watch the Doctor Who Christmas special on Christmas Day, you'll have a smaller chance of dying the following year. It's science and everything.

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by Anonymousreply 174December 20, 2023 2:56 PM

HOWLING at the trans singer/best friend introduced in the first few minutes.

Imagine the discussion RTD had with the producers. "I want to fuck of all the TERFs to make her look as many as possible. No, no facial hair, but as tall as possible and not in the slightest bit passing".

Also the department store with the falling snowball head was the same department store (Howells in Cardiff) Rose Tyler worked in when the mannequins attacked. It's since closed down.

by Anonymousreply 175December 25, 2023 5:14 PM

[quote] if you watch the Doctor Who Christmas special on Christmas Day, you'll have a smaller chance of dying the following year. It's science and everything.

The new Chibnall-RTD philosophy of the show will almost certainly invalidate and reverse those old findings

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by Anonymousreply 176December 25, 2023 5:32 PM

Verdict: better than expected. Didn't like the Goblins and those scenes were naff and cheap looking (was Gremlins really 40 years ago?) but the introduction of Ruby and the Davina stuff was well done. Ncuti looks great and has presence.

POTENTIAL SPOILER: All the way through I was thinking that you don't cast Anita Dobson in a totally thankless role and then, well, yes.

The trailer looks ok. Jonathan Groff on period drama is delicious.

by Anonymousreply 177December 25, 2023 6:00 PM

Blechhhh. Absolute shit fest. Great acting if you like cheese and ham with a big side of corn. I stopped watching because of Tennant and Tate, and returned when they left.

by Anonymousreply 178December 25, 2023 7:25 PM

I've got nothing to say about Special #4, and that says it all, really.

by Anonymousreply 179December 26, 2023 4:56 AM

Very likable Doctor and companion. Absolutely ridiculous and pointless plot.

I guess it can only get better from here. Or worse.

by Anonymousreply 180December 26, 2023 6:17 AM

Bullshit PR piece from the Daily Mail, paid for by the BBC ?

𝐃𝐨𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫 𝐖𝐡𝐨 𝐟𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝐠𝐨 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐝 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐍𝐜𝐮𝐭𝐢 𝐆𝐚𝐭𝐰𝐚'𝐬 𝐝𝐞𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐋𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐁𝐁𝐂 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐦𝐚𝐬 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥: '𝐇𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠!'

Penned by showrunner Russell T Davies, 𝑵𝒄𝒖𝒕𝒊'𝒔 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒖𝒏𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒑𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒔𝒆𝒅 by fans, with many stunned to learn of his unexpected singing talents during the episode's musical number.

by Anonymousreply 181December 26, 2023 12:30 PM

Writing a story for a news site about what people are saying on social media is the cheapest form of journalism going.

by Anonymousreply 182December 26, 2023 1:02 PM

This episode had a pretty wonky feel to it, I wonder if that's due to the nature of it being a special or if this is how the whole season will feel like.

I've noticed this in The Giggle as well, but there is a thing where snappy editing – which I normally enjoy – can be too snappy. There are very few quiet moments in this that would allow for the dynamic moments to pop more. The worst example of this was Ruby being shown bored at a bar for two or three seconds before she sees the Doctor. The music is blaring throughout, so there's no contrast between her state and the moment of her seeing the Doctor. Very shoddy direction, editing, but I suspect also storyboarding by RTD. The whole thing felt like it was hastily assembled together. The goblins were cute, but also had that naff CG feel that doesn't really go with Doctor Who.

The refurbished Big Ben looks so good, although it now makes even more apparent the sad state of the Parliament building.

The lady at the end is older Ruby? Why did she look into the camera, what am I missing here?

Loved the singing, should be a regular occurrence.

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by Anonymousreply 183December 26, 2023 1:12 PM

Is the lady at the end older Ruby? They didn’t do a good job making it clear who she was or why she knew what a TARDIS was.

I just thought Ruby was too wide-eyed and happy while discovering that goblins were about to EAT her new baby sister!!

And nothing in the whole story even hinted at why she was important or what the significance of being born at 2 pm on Xmas eve was. Or what they’re going to do about crack, who her mother (or whoever left her) was or why she’s so drawn to the Doctor and he to her.

I could excuse a few unanswered questions if I thought they’d be answered during the season’s episodes, but they didn’t even give a single hint to ANYTHING that was going on! She was just a too happy young woman who was overly excited by a baby getting eaten and her apartment cracking in half!! So frustrating!!!

After this season, two seasons tops with the 15th Doctor, I want a 16th Doctor played by Martin Freeman or Jason Isaacs and at least ONE full season where River Song is his companion and we get to see the great romance that they’ve hinted at but never actually shown. I don’t think this is the right Doctor, him being young and gay and all.

I demand it!!

by Anonymousreply 184December 26, 2023 6:16 PM

[quote] I want a 16th Doctor played by Martin Freeman or Jason Isaacs

Do you really think the BBC under its current management will ever allow another straight white male Doctor ?

by Anonymousreply 185December 26, 2023 6:35 PM

It barely allows any white straight males at all.

by Anonymousreply 186December 26, 2023 8:05 PM

[quote] Do you really think the BBC under its current management will ever allow another straight white male Doctor ?

Like David Tennant?

by Anonymousreply 187December 26, 2023 9:13 PM

Ooh, I really like the idea of a Jason Isaacs Dr. Who.

He'd have to wear a wig of some kind, of course

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by Anonymousreply 188December 26, 2023 10:04 PM

I enjoyed the Xmas special, I thought it was fun. I wasn't super crazy about the musical number, and after the dance number in The Giggle, I am hoping that those aren't going to become a regular feature. Doctor Who Christmas specials are frequently cheesy, though. Spinning trees, and evil Santa robots, walking trees, snowmen, dream crabs, Kylie Minogue and the Titanic (space variety,) etc...

by Anonymousreply 189December 27, 2023 2:44 AM

R189, I get that the Christmas specials are meant to be whimsical, but did Ruby need a huge smile on her face while her baby sister was kidnapped and about to be eaten by goblins and she just discovered that there are goblins and time travelers? I don’t blame the actress. She was charming. That was a script and directorial choice. It was so inappropriate.

by Anonymousreply 190December 27, 2023 3:10 AM

That wasn't her baby sister, just a baby dropped off for a couple of days.

If I were her, I'd smile in wonderment and awe, too.

by Anonymousreply 191December 27, 2023 5:54 AM

God, there was very little story.

by Anonymousreply 192December 27, 2023 6:01 AM

I also think Anita Dobson will be another Claire Bloom situation.

by Anonymousreply 193December 27, 2023 6:02 AM

[quote] Kylie Minogue and the Titanic

I thought it was lovely how they gave such an unknown person a nice supporting role. This will probably lead her obituary.

by Anonymousreply 194December 27, 2023 6:27 AM

The Christmas Day episode was utter drivel. Odd to watch the two leads struggle so badly and in vain to impose themselves on their characters. Gatwa in particular seemed lost trying a bit of this and a bit of that style of acting ending up a mess.

Ironic that RTD the once saviour of the show should be the one to deliver the final nail.

by Anonymousreply 195December 27, 2023 10:01 AM

r195, if you haven't noticed, Gatwa is the first reboot of New Who after the show runner who shall not be named.

Give it time. The first outing is always exposition. What was definitely exposed was Disney's devotion to CGI.

No more duct tape and bubble wrap monsters.

by Anonymousreply 196December 27, 2023 10:18 AM

Both Tom Baker and Eccleston have BDF. Colin Baker was sexy when young. Tennant used to be cute

Davison was really handsome

by Anonymousreply 197December 27, 2023 10:52 AM

[quote] That wasn't her baby sister, just a baby dropped off for a couple of days.

They made a big deal of her mooning over all the photos of her 32 other “family” members on the refrigerator. I think it’s fair to call the baby her sister.

[quote]If I were her, I'd smile in wonderment and awe, too.

Over a baby getting eaten inside a flying pirate ship? I’d be horrified!

by Anonymousreply 198December 27, 2023 11:19 AM

Now that the 14th Doctor has his own TARDIS and seems to be living with the Noble-Temples, I decree that all future specials star David Tennant and Catherine Tate.


by Anonymousreply 199December 27, 2023 11:22 AM

I would still disagree. The baby is there for few days. She would not even care for the baby if it weren't for the goblins.

by Anonymousreply 200December 27, 2023 11:23 AM

Anita Dobson has a continuing role in this season.

Also, she's married to an astrophysicist, so that's quite a nice in-joke in itself.

by Anonymousreply 201December 27, 2023 12:50 PM

I wonder if "mavity" will continue into the new season along with the "anti-mavity" gloves. Do I need to teach that word to my spellcheck, which keeps changing it to cavity?

The most disconcerting thing in the episode was the sonic screwdriver being shaped like an oddly shaped remote control.

by Anonymousreply 202December 27, 2023 12:53 PM

[quote] the sonic screwdriver being shaped like an oddly shaped remote control.

Gen Z gets confused by the concept of a screwdriver, but a remote they understand

by Anonymousreply 203December 27, 2023 1:02 PM

OMG, if writers eliminated everything Gen Z gets confused by we'd just have wall to wall reality TV.

by Anonymousreply 204December 27, 2023 1:04 PM

I'm Adopted.

by Anonymousreply 205December 27, 2023 4:26 PM

Was that Chibnall residue or has he always been adopted?

by Anonymousreply 206December 27, 2023 4:36 PM

I think Gatwa is very charming but the weight of this role will be tricky for him. I also prefer his natural accent which is a soft Scots as he grew up in Scotland- it’s inconsistent right now and I’m not sure it’s an acting choice.

I only watched 10 min total of Jodie, not my thing, so I hope this era is better. RTD needs to step away from the typewriter though.

by Anonymousreply 207December 27, 2023 4:49 PM

R208 Chibnall bullshit.

by Anonymousreply 208December 27, 2023 5:17 PM

Tristan the 5th doctor is gorgeous

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by Anonymousreply 209December 27, 2023 8:26 PM

R209 Interviewed him once. Utter sweetheart.

by Anonymousreply 210December 28, 2023 3:37 AM

I didn’t see this posted or mentioned above but there’s a trailer for the whole season up on IMDb and Jinkx Monsoon is in it. She’s in episode 2.

It’s going to be a very, very, very gay season.

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by Anonymousreply 211December 30, 2023 9:37 PM

Oh. Well googling it, apparently this has been news since April!!

Never mind! Carry on.

by Anonymousreply 212December 30, 2023 9:39 PM

Ever since the Moffatt years I keep wondering if names have a meaning. "Ruby Sunday"? hmmm... I also wonder if the new baby's race matching 15th's matters.

It sounded like RTD is open to pick up 'the Doctor was abandoned' idea. Wasn't that what Chibnall & the 14th started? I remember a Gallifreyan raised him up as a baby. But was he abandoned or kidnapped by the scientist?

by Anonymousreply 213December 31, 2023 12:39 PM

It’s been reported / rumoured that Millie, the actress who is the latest companion has been fired for on set diva behaviour and will only be in the first 3 episodes of the second Ncuti season before being replaced.

by Anonymousreply 214January 20, 2024 5:41 AM

r214 Holy shit, that's some good gossip. If it's true, she'll never work again – RTD will put up with a lot of diva behaviour, so it must have been particularly bad.

by Anonymousreply 215January 20, 2024 5:52 AM

[quote] It’s been reported / rumoured

Confirmed in the Mail, the Mirror, and the Sun

Scapegoat for the poor reception to the new series ?

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by Anonymousreply 216January 20, 2024 6:05 AM

Poor reception of the new series? We've only had one full episode of both of them together, the other two were throwback episodes and an attempt to transition away from the Chibnall mess.

I prefer Varada Sethu, personally. Hopefully this combo doesn't alienate the white audiences too much.

by Anonymousreply 217January 20, 2024 6:14 AM

I suppose this means we've seen the last of Ruby's mom and grandma as well. That's a shame.

by Anonymousreply 218January 20, 2024 7:00 AM

Then this would be an epic time to bring back Bill as a companion.

by Anonymousreply 219January 20, 2024 4:49 PM

The fans on Reddit are in complete denial, thinking that surely Millie's exit was planned by RTD this early on all along. No negativity tolerated, they're even saying the press is being mean to her by making it seem like she got sacked, lmao.

by Anonymousreply 220January 20, 2024 5:11 PM


May 10th.

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by Anonymousreply 221March 23, 2024 12:06 AM

They're bringing back Moffat to try to save the show

Sounds like trying to save Titanic with a mop

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by Anonymousreply 222March 23, 2024 12:38 AM

I mean, he's writing one episode, that's hardly being called back to save the show. Certain scenes in the trailer did have a Moffatian feel to me even before I read he was returning for an episode.

by Anonymousreply 223March 23, 2024 12:46 AM
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