Post by Doctor Dracula! on Dec 26, 2017 19:32:05 GMT
I'll have to watch again to really decide, but Bradley was better than I was expecting, even if Moffat decided to pretend the 1st Doc was a sexist pig. Not sure why Moffat lost interest completely at the end as Capaldi was forced to spout some crap about only children being able to hear his name, and an incedibly boring regeneration scene - perhaps the 'least' ever.
"I could easily kill you now - but I'm determined to have your brain!"
Post by Draculasaurus on Dec 26, 2017 20:54:55 GMT
I forgot about that about children being able to hear his name. Terrible. I think they cranked up the music at that part to try to cover that dumb line. Like little girl Amy Pond: one trip forward in the TARDIS and now some feisty slut knows your name! They grow up!
Post by Not the Mind Probe!!! on Dec 27, 2017 0:41:28 GMT
A pretty unconventional episode, in that there was no real villain. I liked that. The only thing that really irritated me was the portrayal of the First Doctor as a sexist, which knocks it down a good few points for me.
Capaldi's final speech would have been perfect as well if they had cut a few of the lines, and hadn't drawn it out so long.
Total non event for me. Can't bear Gatiss, and he was as flat and unconvincing as ever. Did not like what they did to the First Doctor at all - why trash and distort your own history in this way. Next they'll be saying that the Toymaker is racist. Really don't think Bradley has much screen prescense or performance range.
Most of all, there was no story at all - no threat or tension, endless awful scenes of dialogue. Feast of Steven was superior to this one!
It was a pile of No. 2 - hence my rating on our rate-o-meter.
Jon Pertwee vs Vincent Price. Who is the hero, and who the villain? This battle could cost the Earth!
Disappointed with it overall. The performances were good all round for me and I liked that there was no big bad/unnecessary monster of the week. However, the whole characterisation of the first Doctor was really poor with a great opportunity to introduce him to a new generation thrown away for some cheap, self-congratulatory, Sandifer-esque smugness. Unfortunately that's also going to tarnish every future discussion of the character from now on. As if it wasn't difficult enough to discuss 60s Doctor Who already without people criticising it for not upholding to current modern day moral standards.
Also wasn't too keen on the whole 'captain is an ancestor of Lethbridge-Stewart' thing. I know it was meant to be a nice touch but I would rather he stayed nameless to tie in with the 'unknown soldier' that died during WW1. That way you can provide a motivation for the Testimony into collecting the memories of the forgotten people from history and provide both Doctor Whos with motivations to change to carry on helping these unknown people that he/she helps.
Finally, Jodie didn't have much too say/do (which is fine) but do they really have to do that blow up the Tardis again? Sure, it's probably a lot of fun to blow up the set, but you can just have her change it because she doesn't like it and provide a visual opportunity to see a further insight into her characterisation of Doctor Who.
Post by Not the Mind Probe!!! on Dec 27, 2017 14:03:03 GMT
I just think it's mighty ironic that Moffat is portraying One as a misogynist, when one of his very first companions is a stronger, better written female character than over half the ones Moffat's given us in his time.
Post by Draculasaurus on Dec 27, 2017 17:05:08 GMT
I'm hoping that the whole falling out of the TARDIS is a set up for Jodie Whottaker bringing back the beroundeled and zigzagged inner doors and perhaps saving herself from the fall by having to overtax and ruin the sonic screwdriver.
I think Capaldi's final advice speech should have been written on his chalk boards. That would have been more in character for his professorly incarnation, it would have also given him a editorial voice to say that about pears was dumb and erase it, if jokes had to be in that part at all.
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