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  1.  (11198.21)
    @spike3185 while he's a showrunner I don't think it is run fully as a US style writer's room. Certainly that wasn't the case under Russell T Davies.
    http://www.theguardian.com/culture/tvandradioblog/2008/feb/28/britishtvshouldmakeroomfo
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2013
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    Remember UK folks, it's the Mark Gatiss drama about the creation of the show in the 60's on BBC2 tonight.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2013
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    Well that was damned impressive. Fun, and a little bit sad at the same time.

    (Quite a few lines are 'signature' lines used by later Doctor's, which was a nice touch. Although not sure about the Matt Smith cameo)
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2013
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    See, I'm a soppy git, especially when it comes to Who, so the Matt Smith bit was when I switched from gently misting up to actually weeping. But I can see how someone less sentimental might have found that moment a bit schmaltzy.

    Poor old Bill Hartnell, though.
    • CommentAuthorbadbear
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd 2013
     (11198.25)
    @curb: I found the moment jarring for the same reason, but I'm a cold hearted bastard.

    I'm watching all the William Hartnell episodes at the moment, so I thought the whole thing was lovely. Very touchingly acted and written, and gave me a slightly new perspective on watching the first Doctor.

    Also made me miss The Hour something rotten. :(

    Can't wait till tomorrow!
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd 2013 edited
     (11198.26)
    When does the special episode air on TV?

    As far as I can tell it is a special theater event thing.

    EDIT: Never mind. The BBC America website has teh details. I was trusting my DVR program guide.
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      CommentAuthorSlick
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2013
     (11198.27)
    Today's Google logo has a Dr Who game in it.
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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2013 edited
     (11198.28)
    So the Clara thing... I need to vent because no one seems to agree with me:

    Inquisitive, curious, unflappable, strong-minded, gorgeous, attracted to the Doctor (on at least one level), quick-witted and a little reckless.
    Did I just describe Clara? Or River? Or Amy? Or Sally Sparrow?
    His women are Concepts built on a template rather than People. The Girl Who Waited. The Backward Relationship. The Girl Who Died Twice. Etc.
    That's my issue. Pure and simple.

    After Moffat took over, his "time travel is magic with no restrictions" version of things, his female characters, his vile debasement of the Angels (Blink is still my favourite Who episode I've ever seen) and other things have meant that I got to a point in the last series of Who where I was ready to be annoyed by each episode. He turned it around at the halfway point and actually managed to get me interested in the show again by the end. Now I'm actually looking forward to seeing Day of the Doctor tomorrow evening when I get back to the UK. Despite the Clara thing.
  2.  (11198.29)
    Magnus -- I'm with you on that one. The companions are all very similar to each other, but I also have a similar complaint about the doctors (but I won't get into that on here).
    I think someone mentioned, once upon a time, that the companions are too much like the doctor when compared to the original series. I think it was during a discussion about if the doctor should be a female or not that someone brought it up, and that it didn't matter because the female companions are, essentially, another version of the doctor anyway.
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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2013
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    They have been under Moffat. There was a lot more variety with the RTD companions, I feel.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2013
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    That was pretty damned impressive I thought.

    It avoided the usual over-complication of Moffat's previous attempts at a grand finale, and managed to be a good celebration of the shows history as well. It's also cemented the fact that while I like Matt Smith's Doctor, I still prefer David Tennant's take on it.

    (I suspect Moffat is saving his brain-breaking stuff for Christmas, where he's going to have to try and pay off every dangling plot thread from the past 3 seasons)
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2013
     (11198.32)


    and then my first ever out-loud squee.
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      CommentAuthorTF
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2013
     (11198.33)
    That was wonderful.
  3.  (11198.34)
    Writing this without spoilers as best I can: the meeting with the Curator towards the end of the episode. Thank you, writers, thank you.
  4.  (11198.35)
    I got up at 3:00am this morning to watch the simulcast and have to say I loved just about every minute of it. I must also admit to shedding a few manly tears at one point, which just goes to show what a tragic Who fan I am :)

    Extra points for the Capaldi cameo and the throwaway reference to the UNIT dating controversy.

    And a billion billion points for the Curator!
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2013
     (11198.36)
    The Curator was pure fan service, but very welcome.
    Tom Baker is scary old, but obviously quite lucid and . . . damn, such a voice! If he were voicing an advert for chicken pox infections, I'd go get me one.
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      CommentAuthorPurple Wyrm
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2013 edited
     (11198.37)
    @StefanJ -
    He apparently once told our own Warren "I can make whippet shit sound like the Old Testament."

    There's also a set of classic outtakes here
    • CommentAuthorbadbear
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2013
     (11198.38)
    For those of you who can access iplayer, Peter Davison has written a short film about past Doctors trying to get into the anniversary special and it is a DELIGHT.

    The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2013
     (11198.39)
    Indeed it is. The specials have been pretty damn good all round, but sneaking Five(ish) in under the radar was a real bonus.
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      CommentAuthorteasmaid
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2013
     (11198.40)
    I went to the cinema to see it with my 10 year old. There was a fantastic Sontaran intro and a pretty amusing Smith/Tennant 3D intro.
    I actually made an involuntary noise at the glimpse of the next doctor and was grinning like a complete fool all through the curator scene. It was brilliant.