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I guess the key word is "played" - McCoy spent longer as the current Doctor, but Tennant spent more time actually playing him - i.e. dressing up and running about fighting Daleks and shit. So I suppose they're technically correct.
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Frank, I think you know my views on deconstructionist analysis of Doctor Who (I'm with Richard Dawkins on this: "Show me a relativist at 30,000 feet and I'll show you a hypocrite"). And yet I'm still cheered by the publication of this book, because you are officially A Good Sort, and I know it will at least have some good jokes in it. Good on yer son.
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I wasn't intending to start a fan pissing contest - I'm not sure where this thing about being a "real" fan came from. I raised the question of whether people actually ENJOY watching Doctor Who, which is a different matter entirely; it seems like a lot of "real" fans are the only people who don't these days... I will say this, though: personal taste is one thing, but preferring The Trial of a Time Lord to this year's series is just weird: like saying Home and Away is better than The Godfather and then asking people to respect your opinion anyway.
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The 'something borrowed, something blue' bit was just amazing - it may be the first flush of giddy enthusiasm, but I'm calling that as Doctor Who's finest ever moment.
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Yeah but, you know, just saying...
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Exactly. So Amy likes Romans. What difference does that make to anything?
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Apparently it's Victoria Park in Cardiff.
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Neil: Honestly, I've never understood the canonisation of Genesis of the Daleks. I love Michael Wisher's Davros, the production design is terrific - that palette of grey and black - and there's a certain grim satisfaction to be had from the ultimate expression of the Dalek/Nazi parable. But the story itself, lest we forget, was written by Terry Nation, and there's only so much magic even the great Bob Holmes could work on that, especially stretched over six episodes. At the end of the day, it's a story about a thousand year war of attrition between two civilisations several feet apart from each other, allowing characters from either bloc to pop in and out of each other's domes like neighbours popping in for a cup of sugar. It makes the "several generations living and dying in a week" nonsense of The Doctor's Daughter look positively credible. And then there is The Clam. Supervoc: You may have a point about The Christmas Invasion. Let's go for Inferno instead. Stuart: My sister is married to Patrick Stewart's nephew. I've never met him (Patrick Stewart, I mean - obviously I've met my brother-in-law).
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Apologies, no offence intended. But it does irk me when people accuse music - whether it's a rock song or Murray Gold - of being "emotionally manipulative". I mean, you might as well say the same about the script, the direction or the acting: they're all elements working together to achieve the same result. But maybe I'm just a big softie - I never had much time for the cold, clinical - and, yes, emotionally retarded - approach of yer Kubricks, personally.
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"Before we – and when I say we, I mean the Daily Mail – start to get too exercised about sacrificing the artistic integrity of The Show in favour of selling more stuff to kids..." http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1268439/Doctor-Whos-Rainbow-Daleks-target-toy-shops.html Sigh.
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Well quite. Also, I'm not sure where people have been getting this idea about expectations being too high for this episode - it was always the one I had my doubts about. I just wasn't expecting sodding Pinocchio on top of everything else.
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Terrific review Frank. What's surprised me reading the book is just how much influence Ben Cook has had on the finished show: suggesting the whole "feral Master" idea, initiating the Christmas scheduling, even talking Russell out of doing the "small", spaceship-bound Tennant finale in favour of the big, bombastic mess we got instead. In fact, without Cook, we'd probably be looking at an autumn 2010 start for Series Five. So he's saved us an even longer wait, but also denied Who its natural slot. I'm not sure what to think about that.
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Whether or not you like the character, I'd say Baker does a fantastic job of playing it as written on the page. As a 12-year-old, I fell in love with him instantly - bad costume, bad perm, bad dialogue and all. He charmed me, and he still does. So bloody there.
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Five parts Tennant to one part Eccles is not THAT different to their actual screentimes, is it? But, generally, yes, it was the same old, same old. Is it time for someone to compile a dictionary of Nu-Who cliches (the modern equivalent to the old "reckless innocent" or "roadster")? Eccleston "kicking down the door" is definitely one of them. He'd make a good bailiff.
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"I thought I said it was either Courtney or the talking cabbage."
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The Tewwances had me literally crying with laughter. (I was going to say it literally made me die laughing, but you'd probably have seen through that...)
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I suspect it will be in Airey's pet "How did it all go right for...?" strand, so might actually be quite a puff piece, albeit one with a "difficult journey" along the way...
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Here's something else someone will say: "That's why they need children - because of their imagination and creativity. The [XXX] are channelling that psychic energy!". Because, let's face it, someone always does.
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An American colleague of mine recently asked: "Who exactly is this Bay-sil Brush guy?" Priceless!
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