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  • #74838
    JimTheFish @jimthefish
    Time Lord

    And just to whet appetites for Saturday…. (from Threads)

    Russell T. Davies in Doctor Who Magazine: “…there will be controversial events in [The Giggle]. If you watched the commentary on iPlayer, I unroll a whole new Doctor Who mythology for you, based around the events taking place… The commentary will have information that will rock the world… it’s a whole new way of of looking at the history of Doctor Who and I can’t wait to see the reaction.”

    #74839
    blenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave

    @jimthefish

    Why do I feel more nervous than exhilarated about that announcement?

     

    #74842
    JimTheFish @jimthefish
    Time Lord

    @blenkinsopthebrave

    lol, yes, it does have shades of Timeless Child v2 about it….

    #74845
    blenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave

    @jimthefish

    I think what I am anxious about is summed up in a word: Marvel

     

    #74848
    TranslatorCircuit @translatorcircuit

    This sounds like great news! I don’t know what to make of the UK viewing figures, though. It sounds to me like lots of traitors who abandoned Doctor Who because there was a female Doctor haven’t returned to watch these specials. I watched “The Star Beast” and “Wild Blue Yonder” both live. It sounds like a big shakeup is coming. “Timeless Child V2” is a great idea. I hope this will increase Doctor Who’s popularity. Of course, TV series such as “I’m a Celebrity” and “Strictly Come Dancing” are total crap made for morons! One of my fantasies is for some Daleks and Cybermen to invade the set of Strictly, killing all the contestants and judges.

    #74849
    Dentarthurdent @dentarthurdent

    @translatorcircuit   Your last sentence rings a bell.   I should perhaps say that I’m absolutely not a gun lover, nor do I wish to raise the issue here,  but in past decades when American sitcoms (which Mrs D had a regrettable tendency to watch) were replete with cute smartass kids delivering ‘clever’ one-liners to a laugh track, the only way I could stay in the room was to fantasise walking onto set holding a Thompson gun and emptying an entire 100-round drum magazine into the assembled cast.    It made me feel so much better.   🙂

    These days sitcoms seem to have been replaced by ‘reality’ shows as the nadir of television dreadfulness.

    #74853
    Mudlark @mudlark

    @jimthefish

    On the subject of The Celestial Toymaker which came up in the discussion of The Wild Blue Yonder, it has been confirmed that animated versions of the lost episodes are to be made.

    https://www.radiotimes.com/tv/sci-fi/doctor-who-the-celestial-toymaker-animation-confirmed-newsupdate

    #74862
    JimTheFish @jimthefish
    Time Lord

    Hi, @mudlark, yes, saw that. I see also that there’s a rumble of ARSE about the animation style but I have to admit that I rather like it. (Oh, and @blenkinsopthebrave, Celestial Toymaker, such as it is, duly watched. Lots of fun, despite having two of the most annoying companions ever on board and Hartnell being just a bit too pixie-ish for my taste.

    Very much looking forward to The Giggle. The only thing I really want to see is Tennant saying ‘I want to go’, or words to that effect at the point of regeneration….

    #74930
    blenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave

    Christmas trailer (and I would say we are heading in a more fantasy trajectory)

    #74932
    JimTheFish @jimthefish
    Time Lord

    @blenkinsopthebrave

    Yep, that positively screams Harry Potter, doesn’t it? Though to be fair, pretty sure Rusty said that the show was going to lean heavily into a fantasy direction going forward. Looks like he wasn’t joking….

    #74946
    winston @winston

    @blenkinsopthebrave  Well, the new Doctor has a lot of energy and seems to be a Doctor of action.

    This clip shows some wonderful sets and creatures and action. I can’t wait but since I have not watched the 3 specials yet it will be awhile. I always say you have to have patience to be a Whovian and I have a lot. Thanks for the link.

    stay safe

    #74948
    WhoHar @whohar

    @jimthefish

    The only thing I really want to see is Tennant saying ‘I want to go’,

    Allons-y is close enough I guess….

    #74972
    blenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave

    the BBC has just released…the Goblin Song from the Christmas Special

    @jimthefish – If you thought the trailer screamed Harry Potter, this screams pure and utter fantasy. I will try and reserve judgement until Christmas.

     

    #74973
    WhoHar @whohar

    @blenkinsopthebrave

    One of the most bizarre DW-related clips I’ve seen. And with Jabba the Hut Goblin King no less.

    Christmas is going to be…interesting.

    #74978
    Dentarthurdent @dentarthurdent

    Bloody hell.   (Am I allowed to say that?   Well I just did   🙂

    Who has gone full Henson with this one!    Reminds me of Labyrinth, though this goblin king is a lot less good-looking than David Bowie.   An upbeat, cheerful, catchy song about – eating babies.   Ironically I guess, it’s pretty much in the Christmas tradition – most fairy tales were quite remarkably gruesome, after all.

    It’s certainly – different.

    #74979
    JimTheFish @jimthefish
    Time Lord

    Yep, watched this last night and it’s very much channeling Labyrinth – but as that’s a favourite film of mine of got no problems with that. I guess what RTD is going for is the ‘Big Xmas movie’ vibe now that all the traditional Xmas tropes have been played out. It definitely reminds me of the ‘Dance, Magic, Dance’ sequence in Labyrinth.

    I wonder though if we can take it as a statement on the future direction of the show (bearing in mind that RTD has said they’re going in a more fantasy direction now). I can see the wisdom in that, actually. As has often been discussed on these hallowed pages, the ‘science’ part of the SF in Who has often been dramatically overstated and it has much more fantasy in its creative DNA. And after 15 years maybe RTD feels that the hard SF tropes are getting a bit played out and leaning into a more fantasy direction will lessen the reliance on them and of endlessly recycling the Who back catalogue (although I’m sure there’ll still be a lot of that.)

    #74980
    JimTheFish @jimthefish
    Time Lord

    Yep, watched this last night and it’s very much channeling Labyrinth – but as that’s a favourite film of mine of got no problems with that. I guess what RTD is going for is the ‘Big Xmas movie’ vibe now that all the traditional Xmas tropes have been played out. It definitely reminds me of the ‘Dance, Magic, Dance’ sequence in Labyrinth.

    I wonder though if we can take it as a statement on the future direction of the show (bearing in mind that RTD has said they’re going in a more fantasy direction now). I can see the wisdom in that, actually. As has often been discussed on these hallowed pages, the ‘science’ part of the SF in Who has often been dramatically overstated and it has much more fantasy in its creative DNA. And after 15 years maybe RTD feels that the hard SF tropes are getting a bit played out and leaning into a more fantasy direction will lessen the reliance on them and of endlessly recycling the Who back catalogue (although I’m sure there’ll still be a lot of that.)

    #74996
    Mudlark @mudlark

    @blenkinsopthebrave

    Interesting but, um, for the sake of the spoiler averse perhaps it might have been more appropriately posted in BBC Approved Spoilers. I have a theory about the plot of the Christmas special based on this and other scraps of information let fall in the advance publicity but will post it there, just in case.

    @dentarthurdent

    most fairy tales were quite remarkably gruesome, after all.

    Indeed they are, unless bowdlerised to protect the supposedly delicate sensibilities of the very young. If they are anything like I was the little ghouls will probably lap this up with delight.

     

    #75001
    blenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave

    @mudlark The BBC seems to be flooding the airwaves with clips at the moment, encouraging all to see, but yes, perhaps I should err on the side of caution with future clips.

     

    #75002
    Mudlark @mudlark

    @blenkinsopthebrave

    There certainly has been a flood of advance material – publicity to attract new viewers or to encourage viewers who abandoned the show to return, no doubt.

    Maybe I’m being over cautious; it’s just that I seem to recall that trailers and clips released in advance, and all discussion thereof, used to be quarantined in the Approved Spoilers forum

    #75003
    Mudlark @mudlark

    Judging by the video, an enormous amount of work must have gone into the set and the FX, whether CGI or prosthetics or a mixture of these. I ended up watching it frame by frame, and the amount and fineness of the detail, particularly in the decaying woodwork of the ship, is staggering. After the episode airs I can foresee myself  re-watching the whole thing in the same way.

    #75140
    blenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave

    Trailer for new season

     

    #75163
    janetteB @janetteb

    @blenkinsopthebrave. Thank you for sharing the new trailer. IT looks promising, a refreshing change for a trailer.

    Really looking forward now to the new series having watched the specials.

    Cheers

    Janette

    #75179
    nerys @nerys

    @blenkinsopthebrave Oh, that does look good! I refuse to subscribe to Disney+ simply to keep up with one series I love, so I will have to wait and see if our library system will be getting it in digital form. Up to this point, they’ve been very good at adding each season’s and the specials DVDs and Blu-rays to their collection. I don’t know if the change in Canadian distributor will change that. I hope not.

    #75364
    TranslatorCircuit @translatorcircuit

    I don’t know what to make of the viewing figures in the UK for the four recent specials, or the news that Millie Gibson has already left and been replaced! What do people on here think of all this news? Of course, there are also some YouTube channels saying that Doctor Who is dead.

     

    #75371
    janetteB @janetteb

    @translatorcircuit Most of RTD’s companions have only done one series, ie, Martha and Donna so I would not be too concerned. I think the return of RTD heralds a new era for Who or at least that is what BBC is thinking.

    Cheers

    Janette

    #75384
    TXJESSIE @txjessie

    This just in! I’ve been trying to find the Doctor Who Regeneration set and couldn’t find it anywhere… I looked on Amazon – no luck, eBay – one listing, but cost to much. Finally found it here. Plus, I get FREE SHIPPING. I’m sooooo excited!

    https://www.calendars.com/shop/doctor-who-regeneration-two-figure-collector-set/202400017563

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