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 Posted:   Sep 26, 2021 - 2:01 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

Personally I would pick the best person in the audition.

Yes of course. The best young, female black rising star who's a friend of Russell T. Davies.

Young, female, trans, vegan, black rising star who’s a friend of Russell T. Davies.


Young, queer, female, trans, vegan, black rising star who’s a friend of Russell T. Davies.

 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2021 - 7:51 AM   
 By:   litefoot   (Member)

Where is Mr Hickling? He is unusually quiet given recent developments. I thought he'd have commented on the return of Russell T Davies.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2021 - 11:27 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Lol. For a number for reasons, main one being my first grandchild, girl, born in June, I haven't been able to get on here as much as I'd like. Time gets shorter!

Obviously in some ways I've been bursting at the seams to chime in on this one. Who'd have thought it? Like someone said earlier, where to begin?

Except two things. First, I've no doubt RTD will use his skill of knowing the tv landscape. In 2005 it was purely the UK. Now it's everything else. Netflix, Disney + etc. And he's no fool. Second, I too worry about the now burst female Doctor threshold. Hate it. And will never feel the same while ever this is part of the deal.

But he and his cohorts who begged him into the job back in '05, are part of a deal where money comes into it. Jodie's face has been kept off EVERYTHING to do with the commercial side of Who. Even the UK official magazine has kept her off the covers for the most part. So I would suspect he and they will tread carefully in this time of HBO team up.

No way of knowing at this stage where it will go. But at least RTD has more fondness for the original series from 1963 to 1989 (and the US tv movie), than either of his successors.

Remember this: In an interview with both RTD and original producer (and therefore part originator) Verity Lambert, Russell praised all-time turkey (in some ways) The Web Planet. A story (set on an intelligent insect populated planet where only the regular cast were human) which really needed Attack of the Clones style sfx to make it, but done on a videos soap budget, so looks like HR Puffenstuff/UK panto... . Steven Moffat on the other hand SLAGGED IT OFF after his star, Peter Capaldi, said what wonderful memories he had of it. ON LIVE TELLY!

When you are in charge of a franchise, you support it, not pull it down. So my feelings about RTD are that he will do his best with both leanings to his LGBT support, and love of the show and it's history.

But yes one thing is for sure. The BBC are desperate to make it work. They know the latest version is unpopular, and they've gone back to it's 'recreator' to put it right after the mega success of his first round. Whether it will work only time will tell.

But desperation is the key word here.

 
 Posted:   Oct 10, 2021 - 10:09 AM   
 By:   litefoot   (Member)

Welcome back Paul!

Meanwhile, it's been announced that the next season - the six part 'Flux' - premieres on 31st October.

 
 Posted:   Oct 10, 2021 - 1:28 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

 
 Posted:   Oct 18, 2021 - 12:16 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

https://www.doctorwhonews.net/2021/10/doctor_who_flux.html

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 19, 2021 - 6:21 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

It all looks jolly enough and I'm sure there'll be some crowd pleasing moments among the crap. The Sontaran (on horseback no less) looks like step more in the traditional direction. Not bothered about dog-boy. As the host said on the Graham Norton chat show last Friday night, on which Jodie was a guest, it looks like Chewbacca.

 
 Posted:   Oct 19, 2021 - 6:54 AM   
 By:   King Solium   (Member)



Her performance, I dunno. Its like shes acting for a preadolescences audience. I know Who is supposed to be a "kids" show but its for adults too.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 19, 2021 - 6:59 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

It reminds me of those little pre-record set-ups you get at Disney and Universal, on the screens all along the queue, while you're waiting in line to go on a Simulator Ride (BTTF etc).
So naff and amateurish!!

 
 Posted:   Oct 19, 2021 - 7:06 AM   
 By:   King Solium   (Member)

It reminds me of those little pre-record set-ups you get at Disney and Universal, on the screens all along the queue, while you're waiting in line to go on a Simulator Ride (BTTF etc).
So naff and amateurish!!


Bingo! You just reminded me what else it reminds me of. The performance on those old Power Records albums.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 19, 2021 - 7:56 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Here are the two people the current 'Doctor' reminds me of. All done before and totally wrong for the role. If anyone was going to sell the character as female to me it's definitely not her. The best she's done as research is watch a bit of NuWho, probably David Tennant, and take the comedy half without any gravitas that even Tennant possessed.

All the men so far were either diehards (Tennant and Capaldi were both super fans with fan club memberships etc) while Eccleston was very aware of Pertwee and Tom Baker (evidenced in interview comments), and Matt Smith watched a classic Patrick Troughton story and nailed it from the off.


First Jane Horrocks as Bubble from Absolutely Fabulous. Great clip when you consider her first line!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yORnRxTVQmc

And then Su Pollard as the maid in UK sitcom Hi De Hi:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PxvRofzPus

This is no one's idea of a classic UK sf icon. Whatever Russell T Davies has in store, and I'm expecting a lot of none-pleasing of old timers like me, surely it can't be as miscast and utterly wrong as this.

I don't think I've seen the teaser properly before. The more recent trailer is far more impressive. But (the teaser) it is SOOOO amateur I can't speak.

 
 Posted:   Oct 19, 2021 - 2:15 PM   
 By:   litefoot   (Member)

Not bothered about dog-boy.

I didn't care for that. Straight out of the RTD school of thinking (humans with cat heads, pig heads, fly heads, vulture heads). And yawn to Cybermen, again. But the rest looks fine and I'm looking forward to it.

I'm really dreading Russell's return. I will enjoy these final nine episodes while I can.

 
 Posted:   Oct 25, 2021 - 3:41 PM   
 By:   litefoot   (Member)

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2021 - 6:34 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Anyone remember a Star Trek movie where an entity was making it's way through the cosmos destroying everything in it's path? Certainly the Who boss Chris Chibnall does. Last night the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who: Flux also had an entity doing a similar thing.

Anyway, it was a jolly affair with lots of action (hardly stopped for a second) and sfx, an amiable John Bishop, a much improved companion in Yaz (stealing the scene from the lead), and a dog man with a northern English accent. Maybe he was a Yorkshire Terrier. Some genuinely scary moments. The Sontarans are back. Not so much midgets this time. Their make up was a nice throwback to the 70s, though a backstep in quality from the last decent bunch (before Steven Moffat turned his into a comic part).

All it needed was a decent Doctor.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2021 - 12:54 PM   
 By:   TheAvenger   (Member)

Typical Chibnall - layer after layer after layer of dense plot at the cost of decent characterisation and aliens that just happen to resemble Earth animals. I’d say I’d be pleased to see the back of him but since he is being replaced by Russell T Davies I’ll recant that. I’d rather plot on plot writing with stupid aliens than Davies’ “clever” timey-wimey stories infused with habitual, unnecessary and irrelevant LGBTQ references.

 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2021 - 2:42 PM   
 By:   litefoot   (Member)

7.5/10. It was very entertaining. A million plot points to pick up. Probably one in each episode.

I will miss this level of professionalism when RTD returns to the fold.

 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2021 - 3:58 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Anyone remember a Star Trek movie where an entity was making it's way through the cosmos destroying everything in it's path? Certainly the Who boss Chris Chibnall does. Last night the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who: Flux also had an entity doing a similar thing.

Anyway, it was a jolly affair with lots of action (hardly stopped for a second) and sfx, an amiable John Bishop, a much improved companion in Yaz (stealing the scene from the lead), and a dog man with a northern English accent. Maybe he was a Yorkshire Terrier. Some genuinely scary moments. The Sontarans are back. Not so much midgets this time. Their make up was a nice throwback to the 70s, though a backstep in quality from the last decent bunch (before Steven Moffat turned his into a comic part).

All it needed was a decent Doctor.


I wasn't that o=impressed with the episode, more Chibnall nonsense. However, I was impressed with John Bishop. Review seem to single him out as one of the highlights. In a way, he reminded me of Frazer Hines and to a degree, the Pauline Collins character from The Faceless Ones. Nice to see a Scouser in the series. Not suer what the American fans will make of his accent. I hope they keep him around for a while.

 
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