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Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion (Contains Spoilers)

Post  jorowi on October 9th 2018, 9:33 am

This is a thread for people to discuss the newest Doctor Who series. Talk about the good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly.

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Post  jorowi on October 9th 2018, 9:58 am

If I'm being honest, I was a bit underwhelmed by the first episode. I think they played it a little too safe.

There were a few things that stuck out to me:

1. At one point The Doctor comments that she hasn't been a woman in a long time. I can't remember if the 9th Doctor made a similar comment or not.
2. Watching The Doctor make her sonic screwdriver was neat but not believable within the Whoverse. If she could make a sonic from materials on earth, what is stopping someone else?
3. The baddie was kinda dumb, especially the teeth thing. Also, it's it so cold where he lives that touching humans freezes them to death, taking off his helmet would probably boil his face off.
4. The previous Doctor's clothes fit the new Doctor too-well. Capaldi is 6' tall and Whittaker is 5'6". There should've been some interplay there.
5. I feel like the writers are trying to hard to make the show inclusive. Here's a black guy with a disability. Here's a woman of immigrant parents. Here's a mixed-race couple. Here's a cat-dog. Tell good stories with good characters. Make these things matter to the story you're trying to tell rather than shoehorn in representation.
6. I liked the slow-burn. The Doctor once again establishes that she is a protector of Earth.
7. I'm looking forward to interactions with old companions and characters. Seeing their reaction to The Doctor's new form should make for some good comedy (as long as it's clean).


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Post  AdamCollings on October 9th 2018, 10:00 pm

Some valid observations, John.

I believe the Doctor says, "It's been a while since I've bought women's clothing", which technically could mean he bought clothes for his wife, or even for Susan. I personally don't buy that The Doctor has ever been female before, as I don't see how that can fit with canon.

The diversity thing didn't really bother me. I liked all those characters and felt like they were people first. But I agree that they should make these things matter. They did a little of that with Ryan's disability making it difficult for him to climb the stairs, but I hope they do more with stuff like that in the future.
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Post  AdamCollings on October 23rd 2018, 3:42 am

So, I enjoyed the second episode more than the first. It was a fun little adventure with an interesting twist on The Hunger Games.

But it was episode 3 that really did it for me. We haven't had a decent "go back in time and meet someone famous from history" episode since Vincent And The Doctor. This one matched, and maybe even exceeded that one. The episode was powerful, moreso because of what it meant personally to the characters. It moved me, and had my wife literally in tears. It wasn't without some minor logical flaws, and I'd have liked to understand more about the villain and his motivations, but all in all, a beautiful episode.
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Post  jorowi on October 23rd 2018, 9:48 am

Episode 3 was intense. The slap near the beginning of the episode was so shocking! The writers could've gone much darker but I'm glad they went the non-violence route. I could see a story where Ryan either dies or comes very close to death. The end where the Doctor and the companions become part of history was so heavy.


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