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Doctor Who - February 14th!

PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 8:09 pm
by thomasgaffney
I've been stuck in Baltimore all day and away from the Zone, so I haven't found if anyone mentioned this yet, but...

The BBC is releasing the complete Christopher Eccleston season of Doctor Who in the US in February 14th. Having seen the first two episodes so far, I cannot wait!

PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 9:15 pm
by burlivesleftnut
Are they really that good?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 9:24 pm
by bluebottle
i loved it... and i think that people who didn't like the original series liked (will like) it.

there's a couple of clunkers, but it's the best season of who i've ever seen.

PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 9:30 pm
by TonyWilson
The first episode isn't that good in my opinion, but the second is cracking, after that the quality is high all the way through, episode 6 (i think it's 6 anyway) is definitely the best.

PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 9:31 pm
by burlivesleftnut
Well I think its fucking woeful that we don't have this available yet.

PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 9:34 pm
by TonyWilson
Couldn't have put it better myself......oh wait!

PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2005 12:01 am
by thomasgaffney
Burl, I see that others replied already, but to answer your question, yes they are that good.

Both the wife and I used to watch them in the early 80s on PBS on Saturday nights and we are big fans. Tom Baker, best in my opinion. And having seen, now, the first 3 episodes we love the new Doctor Who. I've also spoken to a friend who never watched the old ones, and he liked the new series too. They held off selling the DVDs in the US in hopes that Sci-Fi or someone would pick up the show. I guess they got tired of waiting.....

PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2005 12:09 am
by burlivesleftnut
Wow, is your wife a geek too?

PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2005 12:10 am
by thomasgaffney
Yes. But if she knew that I said that, she would totally kick my ass...

PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2005 12:14 am
by burlivesleftnut
Man you are so lucky. Every time I mention something geekly to my boyfriend his eyes glaze over. Its embarassing.

PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2005 12:17 am
by thomasgaffney
Ha! Thanks. That one, I can pass along to the missus. Yeah, I had a few girlfriends that were like that too. That's why when the wife came along and told me how she used to watch Doctor Who, I made sure to grab onto her for life!

Re: Doctor Who - February 14th!

PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2005 12:50 am
by ONeillSG1
thomasgaffney wrote:I've been stuck in Baltimore all day and away from the Zone, so I haven't found if anyone mentioned this yet, but...

The BBC is releasing the complete Christopher Eccleston season of Doctor Who in the US in February 14th. Having seen the first two episodes so far, I cannot wait!


In America?

Region 1?

<young Anakin Skywalker> YIPPEE!!! </young Anakin Skywalker>

PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 3:37 pm
by bamf
Im a big Tom Baker fan myself. Its lame that the BBC doesnt put more of his stuff out on the dvd. At least they are giving the new series a proper treatment.

PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 3:50 pm
by xantheman
We already have it in the UK. It has a preview of the xmas special the BBC are showing on Christmas day. Santas with trombone flamethrowers, Yay!

PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 4:10 pm
by The Vicar
Am willing to suspend disbelief until I actually see the Eccelson Whos, but he's really going to have to show me something to beat out Tom Baker.

PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 4:18 pm
by thomasgaffney
The Vicar wrote:Am willing to suspend disbelief until I actually see the Eccelson Whos, but he's really going to have to show me something to beat out Tom Baker.


Hey, Vicar. I don't think he's a good as Tom Baker, but I've seen the first 3 episodes so far, and the man rocks as the Doctor. Harkens back to the pre-Colin Baker golden years.

PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 4:20 pm
by The Vicar
"Hey, Vicar. I don't think he's a good as Tom Baker, but I've seen the first 3 episodes so far, and the man rocks as the Doctor. Harkens back to the pre-Colin Baker golden years."

Okay, I'll be happy to take that. I'm no snob - good Doctor Who is good Doctor Who. And the bump up technically should be nice as well, in terms of SFX. I'm on board. Can't wait...

PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 4:21 pm
by Gabriel
I was a bit disappointed with the new Doctor Who show. I felt that it was very 'chav' Brit and lacking in qualities that will easily carry abroad (try to understand half of what Eccleston's soccer hooligan portrayal of The Doctor is saying!!)

It is also obviously shot on digibeta video with a film effect, so I can understand why the US networks have passed on it - it looks cheap compared with modern American shows!

If the BBC, knowing how popular the show is in Britain, tweaked it ever so slightly - casting the very-talented David Tennant as Eccleston's replacement is a good start - and started shooting it on high definition video they could have a bigger international hit in the English-speaking world!

In fairness, several episodes showed a lot of potential and I can give what is, in effect, a first season a lot of benefit of the doubt. I'll look forward to season two with interest!

Curiously, the new show has revived a lot of my interest in the original show. I won't be buying the Eccleston season, but I'll definitely be buying the BBC's The Beginning set which contains restored versions of the 1963 original episodes.

Oh and please don't descend on me with the Wrath of God/RTD if you disagree with my opinion of the new show! I'm well aware that hell hath no fury like an RTD fan disagreed with and I don't hate it or anything!!!!

PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 4:24 pm
by thomasgaffney
Okay, I'll agree that I didn't understand everything that Eccleston said, but I excepted that being American. However, I didn't mind the production values, as I have several Tom Baker and Jon Pertwee episodes on tape and the new Doctor is about a million times better.

Besides, Doctor Who isn't about great special effects and it never has been. Great characters, villians, stories. That's what I look for.

PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2005 8:56 pm
by Shane
The Accent is much more subdued than in other British Television.

PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2005 8:59 pm
by thomasgaffney
Shane wrote:The Accent is much more subdued than in other British Television.


Good point. I can understand more in Doctor Who, than in The Mighty Boosh, Green Wing, Black Books, My Family, or Smoking Room.

PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2005 9:09 pm
by Shane
Yeah I watch alot of BBC and Smoking room is the worse with the accents for me