January 06, 2019
Posted by: Rick C at Sun Jan 6 18:21:54 2019 (Iwkd4)
Posted by: Ben at Sun Jan 6 22:01:18 2019 (4TRZx)
Posted by: J Greely at Mon Jan 7 03:46:54 2019 (tgyIO)
In fact, one of the things I liked most is that *I didn't need to know anything going into the series*. No one had to sit next to me while I hit pause and explain what this was or that was or what series or Dr. I needed to watch understand something. That was *immensely* satisfying, as it has been a problem for me trying to enjoy Dr. Who in the past. Maybe that makes this a "noob" series, which detracts from long-time fans' enjoyment...I can see that happening.
I like Jodie Whittaker as an actress, and I liked the character she played. What it has to do with previous portrayals of The Doctor Who character, I can't say. The supporting cast was fine; nothing really jumped out at me.
The look and design has been fun. There is a somewhat consistent vibrant look to everything that I think fits a light sci-fi/fantasy series. Speaking of which, the episodes in space and on other planets were by far my favorites, compared to the Earth time travel episodes. I read more than one person describe these episodes as "Quantum Dr. Who" or "Dr. Who Leap", which is a fair criticism. They were *mostly* enjoyable enough, but those episodes re-tread some oft-visited stories and plots...it's hard to do something new or interesting that way. Maybe Britons found it fresh; I know Gen-Xers in the U.S. didn't.
I haven't watched the last couple of episodes; maybe those will affect my enjoyment, but I though it was good, fun, light sci-fi. For the most part. And I like Jodie Whittaker. That's about it.
Posted by: Ben at Mon Jan 7 09:44:03 2019 (osxtX)
Posted by: Rick C at Mon Jan 7 10:36:50 2019 (Q/JG2)
Posted by: Ben at Mon Jan 7 11:57:53 2019 (pMvSF)
And, yes, Capaldi's episodes were mostly angry and college-student political.
Posted by: J Greely at Mon Jan 7 13:25:51 2019 (tgyIO)
Peter Davison was fun, but he had one drawback: following the immensely popular Tom Baker. Sometimes when they make major cast changes in a show, they make the remaining/new characters sort of go through hell to indicate to the audience that the show's changing, and I think the BBC did that with him.
Posted by: Rick C at Mon Jan 7 20:00:31 2019 (Iwkd4)
Capaldi also got some really terrible scripts, to the point that his last season consisted mostly of suicide attempts. Maybe someday he can hire Fred Savage and do a "good parts" compilation. :-)
Posted by: J Greely at Mon Jan 7 20:32:37 2019 (tgyIO)
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