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What do you think of this week's episode?
5: The Battle of the Atlantic 20%  20%  [ 2 ]
4: The Battle of Britain 50%  50%  [ 5 ]
3: The Battle of Peleliu 10%  10%  [ 1 ]
2: The Battle of the Bulge 10%  10%  [ 1 ]
1: The Battle of Monte Casino 10%  10%  [ 1 ]
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:15 pm 
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Last episode of the season. Only 3 weeks until the next episode. That's when the long wait will kick in again.

After a promising start, the season has been trampling along not really fulfilling that initial good start. Last chance to wow this season.

Next time trailer below.

Big question of the week is how many have stuck around to comment and vote.



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:53 pm 
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Well, I had to give it a 3 again. A relatively good idea executed competently, but there are too many things I didn't like to give it any more than an average score.

Once again I'm just feeling that I'm an adult watching a kid's programme because I used to watch it as a kid, and I haven't honestly felt that in any way before, not with the TV film, not since it returned with Eccleston and not even watching repeats of old Who.

And this series has felt low-budget. I know original Who was quite obviously so, but through the Russell T and Moffat runs it didn't, and now there seems to be a real lack of polish. Those dead-planets-in-a-plastic-box things were terrible.

Tim Shaw again. As my good friend AC said to me, "It'll probably be Tim Shaw again in the finale". And it was. As unconvincingly threatening as in the premier, and as easily defeated. Shoot him in the foot? Hmm.

Massive blunder in the writing when they went into the TARDIS and The Doctor made a comment about it being surprising and the Ux guy says "dimensionally transcendental", and then there's nothing, just cuts to the rest of the story. What? No reaction at all.

Being quite negative but I'm, well, feeling quite negative.

Whittaker's Doctor. Liked her performance in the first few episodes, but it hasn't evolved at all, she's still doing exactly the same thing, like the regeneration has still just happened. This Doctor just doesn't seem in control, more blundering through situations rather haphazardly and getting a good result almost by accident. Not how I see The Doctor.

Anyway, after a good start I've been massively underwhelmed by this season. I blame Chibnal.

Daleks in the New Year Christmas special then...

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:29 am 
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As an episode, it's quite good. If this had been fifth or sixth episode, it would have been better received I think. As a season finale it's a vast disappointment. Having Tim Shaw bookend the season with no connective tissue between was a mistake.

The episode itself. Great to see a planet looking like a quarry again. Lifted out of the callback to Classic Who by the wide shot of the crashed ships. So in me evoking Karen for a setting to mash up the Twin Dilemma and Time and the Rani.

Agree that the crystals looked terrible. This new designer doesn't seem to get that the HD cameras they are using show everything. Either that or he is trying to evoke late 70s Who. On the bright side they didn't turn out to be the Key to Time which at one point crossed my mind.


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Well I thought it was excellent but then putting it against the rest of the season made it easy for it to be. It actually felt like a Dr Who story and Jodie finally seemed to have gotten over her regeneration.

Overall it's been a bit of a hot & miss season I thought. Definitely more orientated toward the 'kid' demographic than the 'Adult/Young Adult' demographic of days gone by.
I do think the lack of a (coherent) arc has affected it too. Not sure I'm keen on Chibnall as show runner either.

Seems a shame that after the NYD episode that's it until 2020 apparently.

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thought this was deathky dull and tedious .... have enjoyed the rest of teh the season though and am looking forward to NYD

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Written by showrunner Chris Chibnall and directed by Jamie Childs and they bookend the series as they performed the same function for the season opener The Woman Who Fell To Earth and I can’t say the finale title is one I am able to remember by heart.
Guest stars Phyliss Logan and Mark Addy.
As this is the finale of Jodie Whittaker’s first season as the Doctor, Star Trek: Discovery also had a Battle on the opposite side of its own first season with the second episode Battle at the Binary Stars.
The trailer has the Doctor reacting to a voice that she is familiar with. Had me thinking that it was someone very old but I should not have been surprised that it is an enemy that is more recent and it is Tim Shaw from The Woman Who Fell To Earth making him another bookender of the season and no doubt that it helped that Samuel Oatley as Tim Shaw got directed by the same director in Childs.
Taken aback when that hand appeared in that pod.
Ryan uses a gun. While I am not advocating the use of weapons, Ryan does make effective use of a gun here unlike when he went all Rambo in The Ghost Monument as this time he knew what he was doing.
Incidentally the Ghost Monument is mentioned by the Doctor as we got a reminder that what the TARDIS was called back in that episode.
Surprised when Graham makes reference to Die Hard with him saying “Yippee ki yay” as he does a Bruce Willis with him carrying a gun and going after Tim Shaw.
Fanboy moment when Delph says dimensional transcendental when he and Andinio entered the TARDIS.
Surprising the Doctor makes references to events of Journey’s End & Boom Town.
In fact the premise displayed here is similar to that of The Stolen Earth/ Journey’s End.
Incidentally a clip of Boom Town was shown later on in Whovians.
Ryan finally gives Graham a fist bump with Graham asking now what. Well that is what happens when someone gets what he or she wants.
Glad that Graham did not kill Tim Shaw as he and Ryan places him in the stasis pod and told him to remember Grace’s name.
Intriguing Next Time trailer for the New Year’s Day Special which is now known as Resolution with the Doctor stating that the Earth is protected this year and every year reflecting the theme of the special.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:08 pm 
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This season didn't seem as long as usual, were the previous ones more than 10 episodes?


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aphaniusmento wrote:
This season didn't seem as long as usual, were the previous ones more than 10 episodes?


Generally 12-13 episodes

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