Doctor Who: The Eleventh Hour

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  1. Alphanumeric

    Alphanumeric New Member

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    I've stayed away from as many spoilers as possible for this episode, as I totally wanted to come into it fresh. I was worried, I mean RTD, managed to bring back the Doctor and update him yet keep him pretty much that same, Could Moffat pull it off? or would this new beginning also be the beginning of the end? I waited eagerly for Easter Sunday to arrive so that I could watch it.

    Only to discover it was broadcast on Saturday.

    Doh!

    So I finally manage to watch the episode and what did I think?

    Absolutely note perfect.

    I think the new Theme song is going to take some getting used to, but I didn't outright hate it. And the new intro is is at the same time different enough and yet still the same.

    And I will admit to being a little disappointed with the new console room, I was hoping that they would have been just a little bit more outrageous with it. But basically, except for being a bit larger, it's still basically the same.

    As I've mentioned elsewhere, The thing that struck me most about this episode is how right they got the sense of whimsy, which to me is critical to new nuwho (although going by doctors that would be new, new, new new, new...nevermind)

    RTD's Doctors were always a melancholy sort. Always looking away with a tear in their eye. But this doctor is bright and fresh and surprisingly happy.

    Matt Smith IS the Doctor. he just radiated that sense of authority and trust that would make a complete stranger do whatever weird or dangerous thing he asked of you because you trusted him.

    And Karen Gillian as a distrustful but strong young lady makes perfect sense as a companion.

    Plus I like that fact that right off the bat, Moffat completely embraces the shows past. I can understand RTD's reluctance to lean on what came before when trying to bring back the series, but I think most people are ready now to check out the back catalog. (if they haven't already done so.)

    I'm also glad that Moffat is continuing on with the season arc.

    And finally, no (so far,) hanky panky.

    All in all, I can't wait for the next episode.
     
  2. Tikiman

    Tikiman The Internet has left me in despair.

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    I loved it as well.

    I was a little worried about Matt Smith, but he came through with flying colors. The new companion is cute as all hell and strong without being naggy. Like you, I found the new theme and logo a bit off, but I have a feeling I will get used to it.

    The episode itself was great. Amazing mix of sci-fi and Doctor driven madness and a satisfying ending. RTD's episodes tended to have conclusions that were pretty outlandish, but this one was pretty damn believable. Had some pretty well done effects. I also really liked the nod to all the previous Doctors. Moffat was also able to set up what I am guessing will be the seasons ending end-of-the-universe threat quite well. And the trailer at the end looked down right fantastic. Really looking forward to this season now.
     
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    I thought Matt Smith and the new companion were both pretty good. But the actual story in the episode was kind of lame. Just some guy/dog growling, and walking around... not very exciting, IMO. The whole Amy/Doctor relationship felt a LOT like Doctor & Madame de Pompadour from "The Girl in the Fireplace" in Season 2. (Funnily enough, Moffat also wrote that episode). I'll need to save my full judgement on how this new season will go for a few episodes in.

    And yeah, the theme was way too weird for the first half of it... :o Going to have to get used to that
     
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    I farking hate you all ... no bbc from Charter ... I have to wait for Netflix DVDs :rant:
     
  5. Tikiman

    Tikiman The Internet has left me in despair.

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    Or use torrents...
     
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    :werd:

    I enjoyed "The Beast Below" far more than the season premiere... and the next episode looks awesome. Winston Churchill + Daleks :noes:
     
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    Tikiman The Internet has left me in despair.

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    Same! I read a few other reviews of people who did not like it, but I thought it was quite well done. And I agree, the next one looks amazing. British branded Daleks and dog fighting in space? awesome!
     
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    WTF Power Ranger Daleks!?
     
  9. Tikiman

    Tikiman The Internet has left me in despair.

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    :rofl: Same thing I thought when I saw them.

    Next episode looks pretty good. River Song is back, I was hoping she would be this season. In fact, looks like she will show up in four episodes this season.
     
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    :rofl: Holy fuck that episode was amazing. Non-stop action and crazyness. Those Weeping Angels are creepy... I won't be here to watch the next two eps :wtc: So out until May 9th
     
  11. Surgie

    Surgie Mein Führer, I can walk!

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    Amy trapped with the video recording Angel... :eek4: :wtc: :wtc:
     
  12. Tikiman

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    Good episode. Those Angels were creepy as shit. And River Song continues to be the most interesting character besides the Doctor himself. Wonder if they will ever show her "first" meeting with the Doctor.
     

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