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101 Re: Which Who Stories Have you seen lately? on Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:31 pm

Black Orchid. Always loved this, still do. Big Grin

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102 Re: Which Who Stories Have you seen lately? on Tue May 01, 2018 3:12 pm

The Aztecs, I prefer The Crusades but The Aztecs is complete and out on DVD so...

Some people don't seem to think too highly of the first season, admittedly it does lurch about quite a bit but this story has no filler, which is a bit of rarity, and it's pacier than something like The Reign of Terror. The only thing wrong with The Aztecs is that Susan is woefully underused, no wonder Carole left the show. I love the ethical dilemmas in this and everyone seems to have their own agenda, The Doctor accidentally getting engaged is a greater touch.

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103 Re: Which Who Stories Have you seen lately? on Tue May 01, 2018 3:45 pm

The only thing wrong with The Aztecs is that Susan is woefully underused, no wonder Carole left the show.

Yes, Susan was treated rather horribly by the writers for pretty much her entire run. She was good in part one of An Unearthly Child, where her character was genuinely interesting and mysterious. But after that, she pretty much devolved into a whiny, incompetent, screaming damsel in distress. Even when they brought her back in The Five Doctors she was completely wasted. As she spent almost the entire episode just standing around in the TARDIS doing nothing.

Susan's character deserved so much better. It's why I've always been such a big advocate for a Susan spinoff show.

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104 Re: Which Who Stories Have you seen lately? on Tue May 01, 2018 8:14 pm

I've watched bugger all recently and I doubt I'll watch any Who again. My interest in it has been plummeting for a year or so.


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105 Re: Which Who Stories Have you seen lately? on Wed May 02, 2018 1:32 am

You miserable bugger. I watch one every fortnight! Big Grin Razz

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106 Re: Which Who Stories Have you seen lately? on Thu May 03, 2018 4:02 pm

I rotate regularly between Whoflix's edits (for when I spend a whole day on the computer) and the full DVDs for when I have an afternoon to myself

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107 Re: Which Who Stories Have you seen lately? on Thu May 03, 2018 6:42 pm

Parting of The Ways at 3am on a German TV pirate stream. Slightly less annoying dubbed into German, but still a towering pile of horse shit.

'Böse Wolf' tatsächlich.

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108 Re: Which Who Stories Have you seen lately? on Wed May 16, 2018 1:20 am

Just finished reading through the graphic novel 'Hunters of the Burning Stone'.

It was originally released as a comic story on DWM back in 2013 to commemorate the show's 50th anniversary, but was later released alongside two other stories as part of a collection just a few months afterwards. It features the return of Ian and Barbara as they both go on one last adventure with the Doctor. Specifically Matt Smith's Doctor.

I won't spoil anything, but I will say that I really enjoyed it. It's a very fun, nostalgic story that fans of the Hartnell era will get a huge kick out of. Ian and Barbara are both portrayed very faithfully to their TV counterparts, and the banter they have with the 11th Doctor is great. Ian's dialogue in particular is excellent.

I also loved the huge amount of callbacks and references to the Hartnell era. There's also a few really obscure and subtle references thrown in there that only the most diehard of Classic Who fans will pick up on.

The ending is really well executed too. It has a nice little twist, and it provides a really nice sense of closure for both Ian and Barbara. Really, the only complaint I have is that Barbara is fairly underutilised throughout the story. Her dialogue is nowhere near as good as Ian's, and she's completely absent for a huge chunk of it.

Overall though, it's still a great read and a pretty decent tribute for two of the show's original companions.

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109 Re: Which Who Stories Have you seen lately? on Wed May 16, 2018 2:34 am

Pirate Planet. My least favourite of the KTT season, and of Adams' three scripts, but I enjoyed it more this time than a few years back. I was very impressed with the PQ even on a bigger TV; the location footage is really amazingly good looking.

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110 Re: Which Who Stories Have you seen lately? on Wed May 16, 2018 8:33 am

Warriors Gate, a story ahead of its time.


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JNT gives us an extreme Doctor, in the way that Rob Liefeld comics, Poochie from the Simpsons, and Mountain Dew Code Red are extreme: A crude version of the good stuff that equates being louder with being more awesome.
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111 Re: Which Who Stories Have you seen lately? on Wed May 16, 2018 8:36 am

What is this WhoFlix you speak of?


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Colin Baker was an excruciating failure as DW, routinely ranked dead last in fan polls and widely considered the start of the careening path to cancellation a few years later.
The best that can be said for it is that the idea behind the Sixth Doctor's unlikeable character wasn't terrible; but the actual presentation was not just terrible, but toxic.
JNT gives us an extreme Doctor, in the way that Rob Liefeld comics, Poochie from the Simpsons, and Mountain Dew Code Red are extreme: A crude version of the good stuff that equates being louder with being more awesome.
The obnoxiousness of the Doctor's personality might have worked better if they hired someone who could actually act, but all the audience got was horrible OTT pantomiming flaring nostrils.
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112 Re: Which Who Stories Have you seen lately? on Sun May 20, 2018 4:16 am

The last half of Listen yesterday. First one I've watched for a while.

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113 Re: Which Who Stories Have you seen lately? on Sun May 20, 2018 5:08 pm

@Lunchtoiletdweller wrote:What is this WhoFlix you speak of?

A faneditor, he's trimmed the fat off virtually every Classic Who story and is finishing off the new series too (up to Capaldi, he refuses to watch Jodie)

Here's his website

https://whoflix.wordpress.com/

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114 Re: Which Who Stories Have you seen lately? on Sun May 20, 2018 7:01 pm

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Tried watching Revenge of the Cybermen on youtube but I couldn't get into it.

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115 Re: Which Who Stories Have you seen lately? on Sun May 20, 2018 7:21 pm

Did you try watching it at 1.5x speed?

That's what the Time Team recommends. Big Grin

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116 Re: Which Who Stories Have you seen lately? on Sun May 20, 2018 7:45 pm

I hate Revenge of the Cybermen. Silver Nemesis may be considered worse but I find that one infinitely more entertaining despite some embarrassing moments of stupidity. The "Doctor Who?" bits are a bit too much for me but it has plenty of good action scenes and I can't help but love the character of Richard. Revenge just bores the hell out me despite it having some very good actors and a few decent cliffhangers.


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117 Re: Which Who Stories Have you seen lately? on Sun May 20, 2018 10:54 pm

I have to agree - Revenge is one of Tom's worst IMO. Even as a kid I was disappointed by it.

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118 Re: Which Who Stories Have you seen lately? on Wed May 30, 2018 8:57 pm

I usually have it on in the background when I'm at home. I watch the entire 26 Seasons every month thereabouts, including reconstructions.

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119 Re: Which Who Stories Have you seen lately? on Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:04 pm

Nu-Who Season 10, I just felt numb to it. Probably Capaldi's best season. No idea why people like Empress of Mars so much. The silly deaths of the soldiers really undermines dramatic tension

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120 Re: Which Who Stories Have you seen lately? on Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:12 pm

DMP.

The last 3 episodes are some of the best the series has ever done.

Chen receives payback for his delusions of grandeur and power, Sara makes a tragic mistake, and ending has spectacular pathos thanks to the acting of Purvis and Hartnell.

"The waste...What a terrible waste." Miles better than anything in New Who.

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121 Re: Which Who Stories Have you seen lately? on Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:15 pm

The Mark of the Rani.

Kind of a mixed bag to be honest. On one hand, part one is quite good. It's fairly well paced, there aren't any obvious plot holes, the 6th Doctor is on excellent form and the scenes between the Master and the Rani are great. The Master dressing up as a scarecrow at the beginning of the story for absolutely no reason at all was pretty dumb. But that aside, there aren't really any major problems with this particular episode.      

Part two on the other hand is rather dull. The pacing is nowhere near as engaging as part one, and a fair amount of stupidity occurs. Like the Doctor somehow managing to unlock the Rani's TARDIS with his own key. Or the Rani planting landmines in the forest that can somehow turn people into trees, even though there's no possible way she can know that the Doctor will walk through that particular area. Or the Doctor foolishly giving Peri the task of escorting both the Master and the Rani at gunpoint all by herself.

The scene at the end where the baby dinosaur in Rani's TARDIS falls out of it's jar and grows bigger and bigger due to a time spillage was rather goofy, but it didn't really bother me that much personally.    

Personally, I'd say it's a rather mediocre story overall.

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122 Re: Which Who Stories Have you seen lately? on Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:19 pm

Timelash : one of the first stories I saw. It's representative of the more chaotic side of the JNT era; direction is all over the place. I liked the novelisation though...


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123 Re: Which Who Stories Have you seen lately? on Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:07 am

Not actually watched a lot of Who in the last few months for the first time in years. Been too angry at the state of it.

But TBH I'm done being angry so I feel like watching a Hartnell again.

I'd say Hartnell is my third favourite Doctor now. It used to go Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker and Matt Smith with the others being ranked equally (though to be honest I was just being nice. Now if I'm honest I'd say 9 and 10 were the worst two without question.)

Now however whilst I still like Matt I think Hartnell was among the top 3. People don't appreciate what a unique, complex, and original character he created.

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124 Re: Which Who Stories Have you seen lately? on Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:16 am

He is my 2nd favourite after Tom.

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125 Re: Which Who Stories Have you seen lately? on Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:46 am

Yes, Hartnell's Doctor is painfully underrated.

Almost every single time someone makes a thread asking who your favourite Doctor is, Hartnell's name rarely comes up. And it's a real shame, because his Doctor was an absolute joy to watch.

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