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Well thanks very mu...oh, the other Damon. I hopped on board here just after the show relaunched 6 years ago. The early horror towards Aliens in London, the Cyberwoman commentary, Reichenbach Balls... I'm glad the archives will remain. Thanks for all the hard work, reviews and laughs over the years. Splendid fellows, all of ya.
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First half better than the second half, where Graham ramps it up to 11 and Liz has little to do but slump in chains and groan a bit, but still decent. Death of the Doctor the standout for this season, but Lost in Time was also worthwhile and I have a little fondness still for The Nightmare Man thanks to Bleach's cartoonish contortions.
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God bless the TV Movie!
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Sarah Jane was having her flashbacks at the funeral, and she was just picturing the Third Doctor when Jo bumbled in.
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As if I needed even MORE hype for this episode, heh...
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I loved the old Sarah Jane in Clyde's nightmare. Completely dotty. And I did like Bleach's turn as well, moving about like Warner Bros version of 1922 Nosferatu, with his best scene being his confrontation with Sarah Jane in the attic. I can imagine some younger viewers being really horrified by the dreams as well, as the other three line up to bad-mouth Luke and burn his pictures! Maybe a bit over-familiar in its message and sentimentality for a stony old soul like me, but a good start to the season.
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Heard about this book just only a couple days ago from somewhere that totally escapes me at the moment, and was pleased about it. Hope sales go well!
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"ITV's been blown off the air!" Hehehe! Thanks for such a detailed write-up! Sounds like a memorable time.
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"It’s a measure of the quality of this show that we would immediately assume some clever timey-wimey trickery over a mere continuity blunder. And then be proved right." Very well put.
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Ah, that wasn't Prisoner Zero's voice? Interesting!
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Looking forward to your Eighth audio reviews as ever; I'd tell you my favourite from the series but I don't want to influence anything! ;) And yeah, SJA will be eagerly looked forward to for That Episode...like That Episode with Tennant last year.
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"At some point, her “spoilers” catchphrase will begin to tire" Mmm, earlier this year ;) I think the 'Silence will fall!' voice is just Prisoner Zero, isn't it? Repeating the sound byte from The Eleventh Hour? And I think really think that the machine in The Lodger was just a throwaway thing, always did; which means I'll be thrilled if Moffat proves me wrong, but I just think it was not intended to be anything than just a suitable plot device (or orginally Meglos!)
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I'm actually trying not to think about this all too much, with just 4 days to go now I want to keep an open mind and not settle on a solution that could be wrong. There are several interesting possibilities and I just hope the Moff has picked a damn good one! This could be the best finale we've had so far if so.
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I thought it was good, threw a lot at the wall and most of it stuck. Still a good bit of mystery still to solve. Good first halves have not generally been a problem with the season finales though! See how the final episode goes...
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Okay, finally seen The Lodger! Quick version - everything Smith did was brilliant. Everything else was decent to dull. A mixed bag but, thanks to Smith, a fairly entertaining one. I liked it better than the Vincent story for starters, and streets ahead of Victory. This has been a pretty up-and-down season for me though, I think I'm more in line with Neil than some of the more ebulliant reviewers here so far. Hoping the finale delivers.
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Good review, but you'll forgive me if I choose to stay 'emotionally retarded' about this episode then.
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This has caused quite a kerfuffle hasn't it? I didn't love it, I didn't hate it; I remained resolutely unmoved even in the big art scene for Vinny at the end. I understood and appreciated it but didn't feel moved to tears by it. And that's how the episode ended up for me. I could watch it again, I could just as happily not. Middle of the road. One thing I'll definitely say is I think it would've been better without the Krafayis.
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I'd actually held off watching The Hungry Earth so I could do a double-header on Saturday. So what did I make of it? It fell flat. I don't like the Silurian re-design. Too human, both in voice and look, and taking away the third eye is like swiping the eye stalk from a Dalek or the handlebars from a Cyberman. I also refuse to bite on Rory's death, it's meant to be shocking yet I'm resolutely unmoved because I just figure they'll timey-wimey their way out of it yet again. If Rory isn't strolling about right as rain by the end of episode 13, I'll eat my hat (and also give this episode some belated credit). Problem is, those two elements were the biggest of the piece. So the rest, a re-tread mixture of the watchable and the mudane enlightened by Smith, did not make much of an impression on me. It's better than Victory, but still near the bottom of my picks from this season so far. And wasn't that cuddly old Silurian scientist just the cutest! Why, he wouldn't hurt a hair on that little kid's head! The Doctor loves him, what a swell guy, what with all that vivisection of live and conscious humans, he's so adorable! Possibly the most muddled-headed approach to a character since old Six-y suggested he'd been wrong about that old softie Lytton.
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I had a good time. I thought it was very slick and entertaining. Not the deepest thing in the world, the vampire tease never really convinced and the sunlight angle was both inconsistantly done and just odd when all was revealed - vampires are one thing, why would fish people burst into flames and disintergrate in seconds from the sun? But Matt kept it all going, he's really superb, isn't it? Bursting through the cake, the way he's able to balance those awkward geeky moments with some damn fine speechifying, the odd movements and quirky delivery. You really do watch him above everything, which in an episode with such lovely scenary as this is quite something.
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Neil - do NOT read the Androzani.com review ;)
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Who can be wobbly on its sci-fi and attempts to get too bogged down in precise scientific detail have been traditionally iffy. I think it's closer to Star Wars than Star Trek in that approach...science fantasy, perhaps. Go down one route and it's long explanations about tachyonics ahoy. It's a show about a shape-shifting bloke in a magic flying time travel box, after all. Pratchett said he still loves the show anyway so he's clearly a yoghurt fan! ;)
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Making your head hurt, but in a good way, would be music to Moffat's ears I'm sure.
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Sounds a good theory. I just doubt the production team thought it through that much ;)
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Yeah, it's either the biggest Who continuity miss in years or something is up! Couldn't agree more with you about Girl in the Fireplace either, I wasn't even a fan of the Doctor-Rose "One Tuwoo Luv" stuff but it really does knock that arc right into a cocked hat as he merrily falls deeply in love with Madame Pomp within a single episode.
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Thumbs up. Enjoyed it a lot, following up a good first half with a better second half. Love Eleven's flares of anger. Love that they're tackling this glowy time crack now rather than just another six weeks of zooming close ups and DUNNNNNNN stingers. Love that creepy awesomeness of finally seeing the Angels as they move. Love that Moffat may be making moves to get the genie back in the bottle a bit re. Cyber Kings, Dalek invasions, Earth zooming through the cosmos and so on. Even Amy flinging herself at the Doctor was beliveable. This is possibly the most fractured Doctor-Companion relationship yet, there's some deep problems at the heart of it that makes it intriging.
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