Friday, August 17, 2007

Life, the Universe, and Doctor Who

Since, at 55 comments, I think we can consider the last discussion post a success, let's go ahead and do it again.

The Doctor Who episode airing tonight in the US is "42." If anybody wants to comment on the episode, or on Doctor Who in general, or even to drift off into long conversations about different shows entirely, as happened last time, feel free. Just remember, no spoilers for anything past "42." Thanks!

45 comments:

  1. I wonder what this message thread will morph into.

    I liked "42." More, I think, than most. No spoilers, but I think it's safe to say that, if there was any filler or episodes you could miss, that ends now.

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  2. don't know, but I'm looking forward to finding out. :)

    "42" is another one I liked better on second viewing than on first, myself. Even if I do still pretty much think of it as filler, it's entirely decent filler.

    But, yeah, no more remotely filler-ish episodes from now on. Make sure your recordin'-machines are set to grab the rest of the season, guys, because it's gonna be quite a ride. :)

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  3. Just watched 42, I cant wait to see where this cloak and dagger is going.
    I did tape it and will watch again tomorrow. I dont want to miss any of the dialouge. "Thread On"

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  4. Oh, man, you are turning into a genuine fan, aren't you? Wow. :)

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  5. I must confess after craving Doctor Who all week that my watching of the episode was interrupted by "Lifeforce" hmmmm Will discuss my review today after I finish watching

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  6. Lifeforce? Wasn't that that really forgettable space vampire movie with Patrick Stewart?

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  7. Betty said:"Lifeforce? Wasn't that that really forgettable space vampire movie with Patrick Stewart?"

    Yes although the shriveled up people were very well done

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  8. I picked up The Invasion, btw. I like it quite a bit. The Cosgrove Hall animation is interesting, though there were two spots it made me think of South Park.
    Hopefully some other soundtracks are recovered and lost episodes can be reconstructed. I am also not opposed to Cosgrove reconstructing them with the help of similar sounding voice-over artists.
    As for 42, you know my opinion.

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  9. I'm not sure exactly which soundtracks exist and which don't, but I'm hoping we'll see more in the future, too. I think doing it with animation is a brilliant idea.

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  10. Even Janice is into the Doctor.

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  11. You know, I seem to remember her mother coming into the room where I was watching it once when I was a teenager and exclaiming, "Oh, Doctor Who!" And Janice going, "You too?" and looking at us both in utter bemusement, like she couldn't figure either of us out.

    Nice to know that she's one of us now, too. ;)

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  12. Totally not into Dr Who but we were in Hastings last night where they have a collection of Dr. Who "action figures" and I thought of you. ;)

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  13. I want some! I have a little Seventh Doctor I got ages ago, although he lost his umbrella somewhere along the way. He's not very good, though. I bet the new ones are better.

    And have you tried getting into Doctor Who? You never know, you might like it. :)

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  14. Well, when you come up for MythBusters, check out the Hastings on Tramway and Caldelaria. That's where the action figures were. There were several different ones.

    And no, haven't tried to get into it because that's just what I need...something else that takes me away from my school work ;)

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  15. Ah, yeah, Hasting often has really cool stuff. Friends of mine got a nifty toy Dalek there once. (I was jealous. It was much cooler than my little wind-up one. :))

    But Doctor Who is fun! It's a distraction that clears the mind and recharges the imagination. :)

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  16. Heaven help me, I sort of want a Face of Boe "action" figure:

    http://www.doctorwhotoys.net/faceofboe.jpg

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  17. Ooh, now that would be an interesting thing to keep on one's desk at work. :)

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  18. And it has an animated mouth!

    I'm worried, because I'm only slightly kidding about this. I bought a killer rabbit stapler the other day, so clearly I've lost some of my senses.

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  19. Okay, Amazon won't ship it to the US apparently... So, if I buy one, it'll have to wait.

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  20. Animated mouth?! Oh, boy, you have no idea how difficult it is not to make a spoilery joke in utterly bad taste. So, um, just assume I've just made it. ;)

    And, hey, why would I expect you to be kidding? :)

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  21. Well, if you really want it, you could have Amazon ship it to somebody in the UK, and then have them send it to you. I helped a friend in New Zealand score a Darth Tater that way once. :)

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  22. No, my mistake. It's available through Amazon's US site, too.

    Now the question is, is it worth nearly $40...?

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  23. I bought Gavin's son a 10th Doctor figure which came with a remote control, talking K-9. I also bought him the Werewolf. Other action figures include Cybermen, Autons, the clockwork robots, a remote control Dalek, Krilitains, that huge giant spider queen from Christmas, and I think I saw a slytheen in there too. Rose and Jack and the Face of Boe have figures, but no ninth Doctor.

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  24. Rather embarrassingly, my immediate first though upon finishing reading that comment was "Oooh, I wonder what action figure Jack is wearing?"

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  25. http://www.doctorwhotoys.net/index.htm

    Check it out.

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  26. *peers at Jack* They put him in that? Ugh! Where's the leather?! Or at least that really cool coat?

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  27. Fred: The other day, I received my university's quarterly injury report. (I am not making this up.) One of the incidents stated that an employee was "writing a note" when his/her "foot was struck by stapler". Thanks to you mentioning the killer rabbit stapler, I no longer wonder how this could have happened.

    Betty (and others): Rejoice; this is *not* a _Pinky & the Brain_ reference! While watching the "Miss Marple: Ordeal by Innocence" episode of PBS's _Mystery_ on Sunday night, I saw a familiar face (and voice). It was Camille Coduri, who was Rose's mum on seasons 1 & 2 of the current _Doctor_. (IMDB lists her age as 5 years older than I, which confirms my depression that I am closer to her age than Rose's.)

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  28. No, no, no. We cannot be Jackie's age. No.

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  29. Well... I think she's older than than 41!

    This is so unrelated but it's said that when I Google myself, I don't come up with anything. I'm not interesting!!!!!!!!!

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  30. I think you're interesting.

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  31. said=sad.

    Betty:Thanks!

    By the way I think Gary is having Stargate withdrawl

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  32. Ha-ha! I've still got six seasons of Stargate to watch! No withdrawal for me! See, there are advantages to only watching things on DVD.

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  33. Kathy; you are one of the most interesting people I know. But then again, I`m predudice.

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  34. I've still got six seasons of Stargate to watch!

    I'm surprised you didn't rush through or skip ahead just to see the Farscape parody.

    Claudia Black has been pretty terrific on the show. It's a shame it was canceled.

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  35. Oh, I did. Then I went back and started from the beginning. :)

    And it's depressing how many times one hears "It's a shame it was canceled." Hell, it's depressing how many times I've heard that in conjunction with Claudia Black...

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  36. She really was a revelation for me. I knew she was good, obviously, but Vala is such a different character from Aeryn, and Black displays such a gift for comedy in the role... It's something you see in Farscape episodes like "Out of Their Heads" (a personal favorite), but I was still a little amazed.

    And she worked very well with Michael Shanks.

    There are still a couple of direct-to-DVD movies, though, and Atlantis, so Stargate withdrawal won't go on forever.

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  37. She really is amazingly versatile. Although seeing her do an American accent on that one Dresden Files episode she was in freaked me out a little bit. :)

    And, sigh. Direct-to-DVD movies may assuage your withdrawals, but they just give me farther to go to catch up. :)

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  38. She was on Dresden Files? I think I might have known this, but this is another reason for me to rent the DVD.

    Ben Browder was good on Stargate, too, but he took a little longer to really ease into the role...and I felt like they were trying too hard to make him a combination of Jack O'Neil and John Crichton.

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  39. She was only on one episode, but I wouldn't have been surprised to see her re-appear if that show hadn't gone and gotten its ass canceled, too.

    And if you combined Jack O'Neil and John Crichton, wouldn't you pretty much have, um... John Crichton? They're already awfully similar, except for the fact that Jack is more military and a bit less unstable, and John is more geeky and has the pop-culture-references knob dialed up another notch or three.

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  40. I just think they didn't know what to do with the character, whereas Vala came pretty much fully formed. Which might have had something to do with her first appearance being a guest-starring role.

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  41. It can definitely be problematic, writing in a new character to fill a departing character's shoes. I think it oftenis a better situation when a guest character comes in and just clicks in such a way that everybody goes, "Hey! We ought to keep this one!"

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  42. Hmm...here's an idea (that would of course never work): a show built completely around guest characters from other shows!

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  43. I wouldn't put it past the networks to try it. :)

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  44. It'd be like one giant fan fiction mashup gone wild.

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