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You haven't seen City of Death yet? :confused: That's a shame, as I still think it's the greatest Doctor Who tv story ever broadcast.

I think it was in the Romana years, which was when I stopped watching Dr Who. I couldn't stand K-9 and Romana as assistants!

Did you read Douglas Adams Dirk Gentley books? The story is similar to one of those (not sure if it was the first or the second - the one with time travel.)

I read Dirk Gentlys Holographic Detective Agency, but unfortunately it made no impression on me at all, and I can't remember *anything* about it :(
 

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horacethegrey

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Aw hell... :.-(

Cold Blood - Really felt a bit by the numbers for the most part, but was made up by the last 10 mins. I do like the resolution between the Silurians and Humans though, didn't feel like a copout. Smith is again in top form, and it's nice to see his Doctor won't be much of a arrogant and judgemental prat like Tennant was. Supoorting cast also shone, particularly Meera Syal as Nasreen and Nia Roberts as Ambrose. But-

[sblock]Why oh why did they have to kill Rory? :.-( He was great! I really hope whatever end the season reaches has him returning in some form. [/sblock]
 
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Morrus

Well, that was fun
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Apologies for the cross-post.

He found a piece of the TARDIS in the crack. My predictions are correct. I know what's going on, and this whole series is not what it appears to be.

Go watch Coupling. Observe Moffat's writing style, especially the episodes where he plays with sequential alternate viewpoints of various scenes showing how the scene is utterly different to what you thought it was (which he LOVES to do). Then think about Doctor Who, and consider how all his previous episodes (Blink, Girl in the Fireplace, Libraryx2) all involve a look at the time travel concept and manipulaton of that concept. He's never told a linear story in his life, in Doctor Who or any other show. The man's schtick is to show you things which are utterly not what they appear to be, and then later show you how it really is; and now he gets to do it in a show which actually has real time travel in it as the core concept. The whole series is a bluff (and not in a Dallas-style "it was all a dream" kind of way, but in a "when I add these salient details later you'll see it in an entirely differently way" kind of way).

We're in for a real shock. This whole series is a time travel story, and the reveal is gonna make us view all these episodes totally differently, because whatever we thought was going on wasn't going on. The "jacket" theory* (Time of Angels) and the other random theories are just pointers to that.

Watch Coupling.

Or watch the rest of this series of Doctor Who.

Basically he plays with the idea of showing scenes from one point of view, and then showing them from another and they're completely different yet identical, and tell an entirely different story. I can't really explain it, but it works and it's very clever.

The best explanation is to watch Coupling, see him do it frequently without the benefit of time travel as a plot point, then watch his Who episodes over the last 5 years, understand that for the first time he's responsible for an entire series' story arc, and realise it's all gonna be a time travel/perception reveal. Things we've seen aren't as we think they are.

This entire season is one time travel story. And we'll put it together later and wonder how we didn't figure it out earlier.


*Big spoilerific theory from fans who rewatch episodes a lot. Let's just say that it's fairly certain that there's more than one Doctor in this series, that we've seen evidence of such and probably not noticed it, but it will seem obvious later on in a Sixth Sense kick-yourself kinda way.
 

horacethegrey

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So the whole season 5 is just one big Timey Wimey ball by the Moff? ;)

Not that I'm complaining. As I said before, Steven Moffat is the only writer in the new series who seems game to mess about with the notion of time, which is perfect for Doctor Who! As he said in a recent interview, "the Doctor doesn't just travel in a time machine, he lives in one." The character doesn't look at time the same way we mere mortals do.

One thing though...

He's never told a linear story in his life, in Doctor Who or any other show.

I thought The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances were pretty linear stories IMO. Not being a smartass, but just worth a mention is all. :eek: Can't comment on Coupling or any other show Moffat has written.
 




Felon

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Oookay, was the use of the screwdriver in *this* episode sufficient to quality as magic-wandy? Preventing point-blank death by firing squad by disabling all their guns isn't playing a get-out-of-jail-free card?
 
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Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Oookay, was the use of the screwdriver in *this* episode sufficient to quality to qualify as a magic-wandy? Preventing point-blank death by firing squad by disabling all their guns isn't playing a get-out-of-jail-free card?

Yeah, I gotta admit it went to far with it this time - enough to bug me a bit! I'm fine with it unlocking doors, scanning stuff, and interfacing with computers, but making guns explode goes past my personal line.
 

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