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Dr Who Rolls On

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the tardis-ho dept.

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derek_farn writes "It looks like us lucky Brits will be getting a Dr Who christmas special, plus a third series has been commissioned. Those of you who get their news from the BBC web site will know that the current Dr Who, Christopher Eccleston, left after the first series and was replaced by the actor who recently played Casanova in a mini-series (not quite the same as the women wearing lycra in Star Trek, but we Brits are a bit more reserved)."

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Badwolf (1)

Paris The Pirate (799954) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843174)

The Badwolf is Dr Who.

Re:Badwolf (1)

EnderWigginsXenocide (852478) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843241)

Badwolf will be The Master I reckon. But I'm probably wrong.

Re:Badwolf (3, Informative)

spookymonster (238226) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843466)

Badwolf will be The Master I reckon. But I'm probably wrong.

Yup, you're wrong. The IMDB [imdb.com] entry for this last episode originally had a casting for Davros (it has since been changed). The Master has never appeared on the casting list. Most likely, we're going to see Davros, or the Emperor Dalek, as the big baddy for the final episode.

However, there are other theories out there, some of which are bolstered by the casting Laura Frazer as the Tardis's Voice. Is the Tardis itself the Bad Wolf? Or maybe there's something/someone else inside the Tardis, manipulating it and/or the Doctor? When you consider the US made-for-TV Dr. Who movie from 1996 and how it ended, your original suggestion may not be too far from the mark.

Another theory has it that the Controller (the girl that Transmatted the Doctor onto Space Station 5 in the first place) may have been using time travelling technology to send subliminal S.O.S.es to the Doctor, in the hopes that she would draw his attention without revealing herself to her silent masters.

Who knows? Indeed! We'll see tomorrow (or Sunday even, thanks to my friend B.T.).

Re:Badwolf (1)

neil.pearce (53830) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843802)

Who knows?

If you really want to spoil it, you can visit Outpost Gallifrey [gallifreyone.com].
You'll need to sign up and then modify your user settings so you can get into the "spoiler" forum group.

The final episode was shown Wednesday night at some BAFTA [bafta.org] shindig, where they also talked about the new series.

The entire synopsis is posted for those who can't wait.

Re:Badwolf (1)

Alioth (221270) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843849)

The Daleks killed Davros in "The Genesis of the Daleks" (a 1975 6-parter, with Tom Baker as The Doctor).

Of course that doesn't exclude the possibility that the Daleks have created a Davros-replacement as their new 'supreme Dalek' since then.

Re:Badwolf (1)

SamSim (630795) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843652)

Pretty sure the Master isn't going to appear in this series. RTD is trying to bring in new viewers, not alienate everybody except existing fans, which is what bringing in the Master would achieve.

I think the Bad Wolf references are all attempts by the Controller to get the Doctor's attention, my opinion is outlined in more detail on my Bad Wolf page here [ucam.org]. I'm also of the opinion that [ucam.org] the mysterious "They survived through me!" voice is the Face of Boe...

Summary (1)

823723423 (826403) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843181)

[1]Jane Tranter, BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning, confirmed last night that a third series of Doctor Who - plus a second Christmas special - has been commissioned.

Re:Summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12843237)

The drama commissioner commissioned a drama?! stop the presses!

FP what (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12843184)

First Post what?

Rose (4, Informative)

EnderWigginsXenocide (852478) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843186)

Rose (played by Billie Piper) will also stay on for the entire second season, despite rumors that said otherwise.

Re:Rose (2, Interesting)

Trigun (685027) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843229)

That's all I need to know to keep watching.

Although, I thought Chris Eccleston was brilliant and this new guy has some big shoes to fill.

Re:Rose (0)

SquadBoy (167263) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843325)

Yes. The new guy has a lot to live up to.

Rose is *brliiant*. Best. Sidekick. Ever. Mostly because she is not a sidekick.

And it looks like Jack will also be staying on which is great news. Having said that I know of a few geek girls who would *kill* to have a uncut version of the last episode, if you know what I mean.

Re:Rose (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12843359)

A few of us geek guys too :)

Really, a show with something for everyone.

Re:Rose (2, Interesting)

Trigun (685027) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843377)

Is Jack a permanent member of the Tardis crew? I was hoping he'd just be a recurring character, showing up every other/third episode. Putting too many people in the Tardis, no matter how big it is on the inside, cramps the whole style.

Re:Rose (2, Interesting)

VdG (633317) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843495)

I gather it was decided that they needed someone to shoot the bad guys. Neither The Doctor nor Rose do. That's probably why Jack has an American accent.

Re:Rose (2, Informative)

SquadBoy (167263) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843512)

I know that he will be at least a recurring character. Not sure how often he'll be around. If you can, get the last Confidential where they talk about why they have Jack around. Very interesting stuff.

Re:Rose (1)

rayde (738949) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843364)

i agree totally.. eccleston brought a new energy to the series, and a growing legion of new fans. i, for one, am sorry to see him go.

as an aside to the real die-hards... isn't the Doctor only supposed to have 10 regenerations (with Tennant being the 10th)? wasn't that a bit short-sighted of the writers?

Re:Rose (1)

c4miles (249464) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843472)

The Doctor has 13 incarnations, or 12 regenerations, IIRC. there's some debate over whether Paul McGann counts from the movie.

However, I seem to remember that there is a McGuffin that allowed The Master more than his 13 allotted regenerations - shouldn't be surprised if something similar is written in for the Doctor when his time finally comes.

Re:Rose (1)

forkazoo (138186) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843499)

It's twelve, but they were only on the fourth actor at the point that was first stated, IIRC. 13 forms seemed like way plenty back in 1975 or whenever it was. I mean, seriously, how many writers really expect a show to (mostly ocntinuously) last like 50 years? Averaging four years per actor, 13 doctors would have taken 52 seasons! They didn't know that Paul McGann would only last one show, and Christopher eccelston would only last one season, etc.

Re:Rose (2, Informative)

Trigun (685027) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843536)

Wikipedia states twelve:

It was established in The Deadly Assassin that a Time Lord can regenerate twelve times before permanently dying, though as with most such "rules" there were occasionally exceptions. For more on this see: Time Lord.

Companions Changing (1)

Feneric (765069) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843394)

Companions should change more frequently than Doctors. Otherwise, it's hard to explain the Doctor's age increases.

Consider that:

  • In the second Doctor series, he listed his age at around 450.
  • In the fourth Doctor series, he stated his age was around 750.
  • In the sixth Doctor series, he said he was 900.
  • Early in the seventh Doctor series, he claimed he had been travelling over 900 years.

Granted, the ninth Doctor has given his age at around 900 (which he's probably not being too truthful about because if the general trend continued he should have passed 1000 in his seventh form) but even still if a human companion sticks around for an entire Doctor's tenure and doesn't seem to age much it makes it hard to explain the Doctor's passing of years.

Re:Companions Changing (2, Insightful)

VdG (633317) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843538)

Don't be so parochial! You're assuming they were all talking about Earth years.

Dr. Rose (2, Insightful)

glrotate (300695) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843779)

Who has turned into a miserable chick flick. While Piper is cute enough, I really don't need a Sci-Fi Gimore Girls or Dawson Creek.

Not to mention the weak attempt at social commentary, "No Doctor, don't kill the Dalek, then you'll be just as evil as he is", or the constant references to the UN as if it were a legitimate institution.

Bottom Line: Eccelston is very good, Piper is cute, the chemistry is good, but the writing is way too estrogen infused.

Free copy of "Honey to the B" for Insightful mods (3, Funny)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843796)

Here's the full interview with Billie Piper:

Interviewer: Thank you for agreeing to chat with us, Billie. First off, why did you decide to stay on 'Doctor Who' for another series?
Billie: Because I want to! Because I want to!
Interviewer: I see... so your enthusiasm for the show is as strong as ever. I'm sure the fans will be pleased to hear that. The other question everyone's been asking is.... why you always run around in crowds?
Billie: Because I want to! Because I want to!
Interviewer: Why d'you always have to dance all night?
Billie: Because I want to! Because I want to!
Interviewer: Why d'you always say what's on your mind?
Billie: Because I want to! Because I want to!
Interviewer: Uh, it doesn't sound like you have a lot on your mind. What makes you think you can get away with palming one-dimensional answers off on your fans?
Billie: I can do anything that I want, I can, I can, I can, I can do anything that I want
Interviewer: Finally, in response to rumours of your sexuality, the question everyone wants an answer to- "Do you have a girlfriend?"

(Billie kicks the interviewer where it hurts and storms off).

sorry, but whats the point on this??? (-1, Troll)

griasr (822487) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843202)

sorry, but whats the point on this???

Re:sorry, but whats the point on this??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12843397)

I could tell you, but what's the point?

Re:sorry, but whats the point on this??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12843399)

about as much point as you wasting other peoples air

Good news! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12843213)

Let me be the first non-Brit to say: Hooray!

Third series? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12843222)

How is this the third series? It's more like the twelfth.

Re:Third series? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12843246)

or 29th...

Re:Third series? (3, Interesting)

RonnyJ (651856) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843456)

This new 'first' series is considered by some to be the 27th series of Doctor Who, and by others to be the first series of a new production (although I'm not sure on the exact reasoning behind either viewpoint). This new 'third' series will therefore be considered the 29th series by some.

Also, in case any Americans are reading this and are slightly confused, we tend to use the word 'series' instead of 'season'.

Re:Third series? (1)

spookymonster (238226) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843571)

This new 'first' series is considered by some to be the 27th series of Doctor Who, and by others to be the first series of a new production (although I'm not sure on the exact reasoning behind either viewpoint)

The original series ran for 23 years, from 1962 to 1985 (IIRC). It was then put on hiatus for a year, only to return for a 2 year run, finally shutting down production in 1987. This was considered the second series. Not including assorted made-for-TV movies in both the US and UK, the Doctor didn't return to TV until this new (third) series, beginning in March 2005. That makes 27 years, with 9 different actors (10 if you include David Tennant tomorrow night) officially playing the role of the Doctor (again, not counting movies or radio programs).

Re:Third series? (1)

SamSim (630795) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843541)

It'd be the 29th, actually. The current series is the 27th. But all the documents related to it list it as season 1. And the IMDB considers them separate shows. Whatever you like, really.

I just want to say... (4, Informative)

exp(pi*sqrt(163)) (613870) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843248)

...the series so far has been truly awesome. I'm watching AVIs in the US that I download from a Tivo in the UK each week. I feel like I ought to be paying the BBC money to encourage them to keep up the good work - but I guess I'll just buy the boxed set when it's released.

The whole Bad Wolf thing has been particularly entertaining. They're even making comparisons [telegraph.co.uk] to Pynchon in the UK.

Beg, buy, borrow or steal it. Whatever, just make sure you watch it!

Re:I just want to say... (1)

djdavetrouble (442175) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843653)

Hear Hear, I have been downloading eps via BT, and get pretty shaky when I have to wait a whole week for a conclusion to a 2 episode cycle. I tried to like battlestar gallactica, but between the wierd editing style they tried to give it and the darkness of the material, I couldn't make it past 3 episodes.

Doctor Who with Eccleston feels fun, fantastic, eerie, and lurches around time/space in an exciting non linear fashion. I love it, I haven't gotten into a show like this in years. I would also buy it on DVD. Is it even broadcast in america?

Re:I just want to say... (1)

SoCalEd (842421) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843850)

Totally agreed. I've been anxiously awaiting each week's episode in AVI format from a friend Tivo'ing it off the Beeb. BTW, did Empty Child give anyone else the creeps? A very well done episode, IMO, as was Dalek.

Re:I just want to say... (0)

exp(pi*sqrt(163)) (613870) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843930)

Both parts of The Empty Child will surely be considered among the best episodes of Dr Who ever. I'm sure young kids watching it would have been wetting themselves with fear.

But after a great start I think Daleks was the weakest or second weakest episode this season. I was hoping for schlock, but instead got schmalz.

too much (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12843255)

stuff about "we" and "us" brits, the writer was obviously not british.

The reserved British... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12843266)

"not quite the same as the women wearing lycra in Star Trek, but we Brits are a bit more reserved"

Speaking as a descendant of two not so lovely branches on the human tree -- the French and the British -- I have to say that being reserved is generally a good idea when you are British.

(BTW...the Poles and nations north and east of Poland along with most Asian-Pacific nations seem to have the best looking people with some exceptions. Unfortunately, not a close branch for me...and quite distant from the Brits.)

Re:The reserved British... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12843395)

I very much know what you mean.

In England, too much redheads and fat girls.

In France, too much plain ugly girls (loads of acne too).

I want to be Japaneeese.

too many redheads? (1)

bobalu (1921) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843433)

That's a problem? Methinks you guys are doing better than you let on...

Re:too many redheads? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12843582)

That's your tastes ... Personally redheads really put me off. Ginger pubes. Ewww.

Re:too many redheads? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12843609)

Ginger pubes. Ewww.

English redheads don't look as good as Irish redheads.

Scottish redheads can be hot so long as they don't have a forest sized thatch from stem to stern.

Re:The reserved British... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12843614)

French and British you say... that means you have the characteristics of both...

You're shit in bed, and you have bad breath.

Exterminate the Writer/Producer (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12843269)

Russell T. Davies has reimagined the show as homosexual innuendo, Dr Who was always camp but now it's a Gay drama series.

Re:Exterminate the Writer/Producer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12843461)

Dr Who was always camp but now it's a Gay drama series.

Experiment!
Experiment!
EXPERIMENT!

Really liking this new Dr Who (1)

Ianing (715094) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843274)

I'm really liking this new season. Its ashame that Christopher Eccleston is leaving. I think he does a great job, and Him and Billie Piper have great chemistry on screen.

Re:Really liking this new Dr Who (1)

Malc (1751) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843457)

He's a great actor eh? He does a lot of very different characters. Remember Shallow Grave? I haven't seen it for years, but his character still sticks in my memory - almost as much as Ewan McGregor's, and he was only in a supporting role.

Doctor thoughts (1)

frankthechicken (607647) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843310)

Ecclestone made a damn fine doctor, making the series seem a bit darker than usual, whilst still keeping the series "Britishness".

I hadn't seen David Tennant before Casanova (a good little series IMHO), but I thought he gave the series both levity and a certain ruggedness, which are essentials to being a good doctor.

Hopefully he will continue what has been a very promising start to the new Doctor Who, though I do kind of miss the wobbly sets (The Slitheen kind of brought back the memories).

Re:Doctor thoughts (1)

Alioth (221270) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843552)

I watched "The Genesis of the Daleks" (a six-parter with Tom Baker as the Doctor) to help remember what they were like.

It also reminded me that Tom Basker was THE Doctor. However, Eccleston gives Baker a really good run for his money.

Re:Doctor thoughts (1)

TrippTDF (513419) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843622)

Eccleston DOES give Baker a run for his money, and I wonder if he'll make a few appearences on the new series. There were lots of episodes in the past whith multiple doctors.

Some of you might want to read this... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12843311)

Hey looks like there is a new site bashing linux [lunixsucks.org]
Just thought I would post it so people are aware of this. Maybe Bill is behind it....

Re:Some of you might want to read this... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12843372)

That makes me want to register lunixsucks-sucks.org

ford timelord (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12843312)

They should have gotten Ford Timelord play the new Doctor.

Will this Dr. Who tackle harsh political issues? (4, Interesting)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843363)

The original Dr. Who series was quick to tackle very controversial political issues, such as (in the early 1970s) the lack of British participation in the American occupation of Vietnam, as well as the threat of terrorism from various groups in Ireland, but with a futuristic setting and insight.

While I haven't seen it, I must ask, does this Dr. Who series do the same? Are they tackling issues such as the torture of innocents at Abu-Ghraib, Guantanamo, etc.? Will they look at the issues behind the fakery of terrorism?

In short, is this new series a provocative, worthwhile viewing experience?

Re:Will this Dr. Who tackle harsh political issues (1)

FusionDragon2099 (799857) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843464)

They parodied the circumstances leading up to the Iraq war in a two-parter with nonexistant "massive weapons of destruction" orbiting the Earth, so they're tackling political issues, all right.

Re:Will this Dr. Who tackle harsh political issues (2, Informative)

NickFortune (613926) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843489)

Well, some interesting subtext regarding manipulative media and corrupt politicians, just off the top of my head. There's not been much that I saw as a reference to a specific topic, but it satisfied my adult self as well as the inner child.

I've enjoyed nothing on TV this much since the demise of Bab5. Watch it. It's good.

Re:Will this Dr. Who tackle harsh political issues (2, Informative)

fartymenams (890764) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843498)

Not only have they gone after the non-existent WMD's in Iraq, but also capital punishment and the population being controlled by cable news channels...

Re:Will this Dr. Who tackle harsh political issues (1)

SamSim (630795) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843575)

Well, the episode "The Long Game" deals with the manipulation of individuals through the media, specifically the news. Take a look at the current state of Fox News and so on and I'm sure we can all find something to nod knowingly at...

It's just a matter of emphasis. The right word in the right broadcast repeated often enough can destabilise an economy, invent an enemy, change a vote..."
Anybody else thinking the word "terrorism"?

Huh? (1)

Mac Degger (576336) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843365)

I have to say: a brave (potentially stupid) decision by the Beeb. A new doctor in the second season can make or break that season. So commissioning a /third/ season before an episode with the twelfth doctor has been seen by the general public is, IMO, a dumb/dangerous decision.

Christmas Special? (4, Funny)

Solder Fumes (797270) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843376)

Ummm...I wonder if the wide-eyed little Daleks will run to the hearth and find their stockings full of EXTERMINATE? Will Dr. Who don a white beard and hitch a team of reindeer to the Tardis because Santa's sleigh can't hold enough presents for everyone? And what about the smash holiday hit at the end, "We Wish Who a Merry Christmas"

Re:Christmas Special? (1)

CableModemSniper (556285) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843478)

Well the Dr. did suggest recently that he was Santa Claus. "Proving" it by telling Rose she got a red bike on her tenth birthday.

Re:Christmas Special? (1)

SamSim (630795) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843610)

Well, there's a throwaway line at the conclusion of "The Doctor Dances" where the Doctor has successfully wrapped up the adventure - with zero fatalities, an almost unique event in DW history. Rose remarks, "Look at you, beaming away like you're Father Christmas!" to which he instantly replies "Who says I'm not? Red-bicycle-when-you-were-twelve."

Could've just been dropped in by Stephen Moffat (who wrote that episode) for laughs... but who knows?

They sort-of did a special once before (1)

jd (1658) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843814)

"Feast of Steven" (episode 7 of "The Dalek Masterplan") was a christmassy pause in the story and was taken even further into the realms of a special when William Hartnell broke out of character and wished the audience a merry christmas. (As editing didn't exist, back then, there was nothing the BBC could do at the time, though the Director and Producer were said to be furious. Strangely, this story was never sold overseas and was never placed in the BBC archives.)


There have also been Christmas spin-offs for Doctor Who, including a rather naff pop song titled "I want a Dalek for Christmas".

Phone Booth? (3, Funny)

JJ (29711) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843384)

Does he travel now in a cell phone? There's an interdimensional trick . . .

Ahem! (1, Flamebait)

Dystopian Rebel (714995) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843390)

"but we Brits are a bit more reserved."

Except at football* games, of course.

*"soccer", for the colonies

Re:Ahem! (1)

PakProtector (115173) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843563)

Some of the members of the colonies sincerely wish to have our independence revoked.

Sincerely yours, Carl Eric von Kleist, IV
Second Emperor of the United States of America
Defender of Mexico and Canada
Voted 'Most likely to be killed in a manner involving Chopsticks'
Wholely Owned and Operated by the Frobozz Magic Company, Ltd.

great (3, Interesting)

some_god (614082) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843425)

i have never seen any of the older dr who episodes, i think i have seen a dr who movie but i can barely remember it, but i absolutely love the new episodes! every time they have a "to be continued..." episode
I sit and plan how to infiltrate the bbc james bond style just so i can see the next ep.

I really hope this new guy can match Eccleston, but right now i find Eccleston to be one of the best actors on tv, i even include voice actors in this statement.
the scene in the last ep when he is holding a bfg and then throws it to the guy he is pointing it at saying "like i was ever going to use that" or something like that was brilliant.

sorry for sounding so fanboyish but this show seams to drag this side of me out in the open, my beloved sarcasm is blown away when dr.who is on hehe.

older episodes (1)

bobalu (1921) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843528)

Ah, you should definitely be able to find some tapes of the older episodes. I've been watching a few lately because the heat has kept me upstairs and I just have a VCR there. It's really interesting to see how the different doctors played the part, and if you've ever considered the "Mary Ann vs. Ginger" question there are a number of lovely companions to check out.

One significant difference (3, Interesting)

jd (1658) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843950)

The number of episodes in a season has dropped over time. The original few seasons had 40+ episodes. By Tom Baker's era, this had dropped to 25, and Sylvester McCoy's was down to 12.


This makes a big difference, as it mean that early stories could be longer if needed (6-part and 8-part stories were not uncommon, and the longest was 13), which made for potentially richer stories. On the flip-side, the actors were pushed to their physical limits and there simply wasn't that much time available for script editing or rehearsal.


The practical upshot is that modern stories have to sell on impact (there isn't time for an in-depth plot), whereas older stories had to sell on plot twists (otherwise nobody would tune in next week).


Personally, I think the 25 episode format was the ideal balance and I wish they would switch back to that. Since Dr Who has proven so popular in its revival, it is possible the BBC might do that. Especially as the actors are only lasting one season anyway. The BBC might as well get the most for its money.

Year of the '60s/70s Remakes (1)

Animats (122034) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843485)

"Bewitched". "Herbie, Fully Loaded". "Batman Begins". "The Longest Yard". "Battlestar Galactica". "Oceans' 12". "Disney Princess Collection". "Pink Panther". And now, "Dr Who".

Major concept shortage this year.

Re:Year of the '60s/70s Remakes (1)

MayonakaHa (562348) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843611)

Except Dr Who isn't a remake. It's a continuation of the series in a new style. And Battlestar Galactica is actually pretty damn good.

I've always thought UK Scifi was missing something (1)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843507)

Women in Lycra!

I mean, come one! Jeri Lynn Ryan! It's so obvious now that you point it out.

Christmas special (2, Informative)

jangobongo (812593) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843514)

Originally, I was going to ask if it is possible to make a Christmas special that doesn't suck (a la The Star Wars Holiday Special, but then I came across this [scotsman.com], where it says:
"Russell is giving nothing away about what will happen in the Christmas special, although he does reveal that there will be a regeneration sequence in which ninth Doctor Chris becomes tenth Doctor David."
That actually sounds like it could be interesting. The article also gives away some other small spoilers.

Christmas special? (3, Funny)

Yankel (770174) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843587)

I'm happy about a third season already being confirmed. However... Christmas special... what's up with that?

[TARDIS materializes on a cold Arctic plane.. The Doctor and Rose walk out shivering..]

Rose: Where are we, Doctor?
Doctor: Oi! The North Pole, of course -- 25 c.e. We're here to witness the first time Jesus delivers gifts to children around the world.
Rose: What the...?

Re:Christmas special? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12843769)

Rose: Wait! Stop that reindeer! It's going to run over Jesus!

Rose is dejected after having failed to stop the incident.

Rose (to Doctor): Can we ... can we go back and try again?
Doctor: Your wish is my command. But be careful what you wish for.

Eccleston made a good doctor. (2, Funny)

Goalie_Ca (584234) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843624)

I must admit i had never really heard of doctor who until the new series was shown on cbc. It's not something that's shown on space even. I don't really have a frame of reference to compare Eccleston to but I thought he did a very good job.

I was also kind of happy they kept the daleks with the R2D2 design. I heard they were going to switch to some spider like thing. Don't mess with success or you'll end up like star trek ;)

One thing that does annoy me is the short season. 13 episodes hardly feels like enough. At least it was longer than the hockey season. Movie night in canada is hardly the beer drinking hot wing fest that hockey night in canada used to be.

Yeah But (1, Informative)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843845)

The Daleks couldn't even chase you if the building you ran into wasn't handcap-accessable! Yeah there was that rocket thing in a later episode but that was just plain awkward and I bet a lot of Daleks gave their lives testing the prototypes! If they're as smart as they think they are (And they HAVE somehow managed to oppress a LARGE chunk of the universe at various times) then you'd think they could design a body that could GO UP STAIRS.

Of course, the robotic spider body should still have the toilet plunger laser gun...

Re:Eccleston made a good doctor. (1)

Alioth (221270) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843892)

The Daleks, I think, are rather good. Unlike most aliens, they don't look like humans - inside the Dalek machine is a bizarre, octopus-like creature. Not many SF programmes do that sort of thing.

If you want to see some older Dr. Who (wobbly scenery and all), then get a BitTorrent client and head on out to The Pirate Bay - there's some episodes floating around there. Be on the lookout for "The Genesis of the Daleks". Tom Baker is widely thought of as the best Doctor of the old series.

Re:Eccleston made a good doctor. (1)

British (51765) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843945)

If you want to see some older Dr. Who (wobbly scenery and all), then get a BitTorrent client and head on out to The Pirate Bay - there's some episodes floating around there. Be on the lookout for "The Genesis of the Daleks". Tom Baker is widely thought of as the best Doctor of the old series.

I bittorrented Genesis like 3 weeks ago(thanks to whoever ripped it), and it was better than I remembered. It had a very involved plot, a decent budget, and overall yes, one of the best Doctor Who stories ever.

It didn't wrap things up in 5 minutes like the new series, thankfully.

So who is this doctor you mentioned? (4, Funny)

spun (1352) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843682)

Yes.

His name?

Who.

The doctor!

Doctor Who!

I don't know, you brought him up! So what's his name?

No, Who is his name. Watt inevented the steam engine...

What invented the steam engine?!? Who were we talking about?

Yes.

Re:So who is this doctor you mentioned? (1)

davidmcw (97565) | more than 8 years ago | (#12843861)

Ahhh, its good to see the old classics getting rolled up and dusted off a bit sometimes.

For anyone that doesn't know abou the classic, here you go http://www.whos-on-first.com/ [whos-on-first.com], bloody brilliant. I remember seeing it for the first time when I was about 8 or nine and crying with laughter.

3rd Series? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12843857)

this is 29th series not 3rd
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