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The (Regenerated) Doctor Who Thread: Reverse the Polarity!

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What did you think of "The Tsuranga Conundrum"?

"Bit of a legend, though." - 5/5
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"You don't have to be perfect, you just have to be there." - 4/5
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"Bit tricky in the middle, turns out alright in the end." - 3/5
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The (Regenerated) Doctor Who Thread: Reverse the Polarity!

Postby Astrolinium » Sat Oct 17, 2015 8:52 pm



THE UNIVERSE IS CALLING

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NEXT TIME: DEMONS OF THE PUNJAB

"You mean you're deliberately choosing to go on the run from your own people, in a rackety old TARDIS?"

"Why not? After all, that's how it all started."

Doctor Who is the (nearly) perennial science fiction show which has so ingrained itself into the consciousness of the United Kingdom and beyond, on the days that it can bother calling itself science fiction. Since November 23rd, 1963, the Doctor and company have sailed through space and time, combating evil, righting wrongs, and being extraordinarily silly. The Doctor is a Time Lord, a member of an alien race with two hearts and not a brain between them, fled from decadence in a stolen time machine (the TARDIS - Time And Relative Dimension In Space) to vworp from adventure to adventure. Sometimes she is a homeless wanderer, sometimes she is a champion of justice, and sometimes she is a lonely god, but she is always the smartest and most charming man in the room. She is joined by one or more companions, outsiders to her life and our eyes into the workings of a madman's mind - typically, a young Earth girl with a scream that can shatter glass and a formidable amount of moxy. Together, the Doctor and her friends battle against vicious monsters and insane tyrants, from the likes of the murderous Daleks, soulless Cybermen, and the wicked Master, to those of the Freudian Vervoids, the unconvincing Nimons, and the inspired Slitheen. She does it with style, with gravitas, and with her trusty screwdriver shades screwdriver. Sure, it sounds inane, but don't worry: it's a lot bigger on the inside.

There are some corners of the universe which have bred the most terrible things. Things which act against everything we believe in. Things which bear a strange resemblance to men in rubber suits. They must be fought!

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This year, 2018, marks fifty-five years of Doctor Who in every medium conceivable - making it the longest running science fiction show in televisual history. (Eat that, Star Trek.) Books, comics, radio plays, the small screen, the big screen, fairly average medium-sized screens, even video games: if you can think of it, the Doctor is having adventures there. As we begin the eleventh series of the revived show (and Season 37 of the show entire) and embark alongside the thirteenth numbered incarnation of everyone's favorite Time Lord, we find ourselves the same as ever: the Doctor and her companions in an impossible blue box, passing through, helping out, learning. Though much has changed since that police box landed in a junkyard so many years ago, children are still hiding from Daleks behind sofas, the Master is still delightfully evil, and the Doctor's clothes are still utterly ridiculous. There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, and the sea's asleep, and the rivers dream. People made of smoke and cities made of song. Somewhere there's danger, somewhere there's injustice, and somewhere else, the tea's getting cold. It is a good year to love Who, as it is every year.

Well, come on!

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We have work to do.


Scientific-ish Lungbarrowian Index of Ratings from Polling (SLIRP)
Data from our weekly polls on how NS Users are liking Series 11 so far.

Episode54321Aggregate Score
11.01 ("The Woman Who Fell to Earth")41%32%24%0%3%4.08
11.02 ("The Ghost Monument")12%58%27%0%4%3.77
11.03 ("Rosa")37%11%30%15%7%3.56
11.04 ("Arachnids in the UK")21%58%8%13%0%3.87
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Postby Nationstatelandsville » Sat Oct 17, 2015 8:58 pm

One post in, and we've already had too much fun.

Much in the spirit of the show.
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Postby Ameriganastan » Sat Oct 17, 2015 9:08 pm

I liked it.
Not sure what his logic was for making her immortal, though.
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Postby Aqizithiuda » Sat Oct 17, 2015 9:13 pm

I'm sticking with my 1/5 rating. So much wrong with that episode.
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Postby Astrolinium » Sat Oct 17, 2015 9:17 pm

I thought it was a bit of a bizarre episode, but I was watching on BBC America because I'm home this weekend, so I'll have to wait for full judgment until I can view it without the interruption of commercials. Lots of good stuff there, but it did all feel somewhat cobbled together, and the spinny bit at the end with Ashildr was... weird.
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Postby Wisconsin9 » Sat Oct 17, 2015 9:20 pm

I approve of everything I've seen in this thread so far. Now it's time for me to watch the new episode while I dust out my computer.
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Postby Wisconsin9 » Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:25 pm

I liked it, especially that Time Lord Victorious vibe at the end. The explanation for Twelve's face wasn't bad. I wouldn't have minded a grand cosmic mystery that has the stars go out midway through, but sometimes the simple, mushy stuff is nice.
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Postby Nightkill the Emperor » Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:33 pm

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Postby Ameriganastan » Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:39 pm

Wisconsin9 wrote:I liked it, especially that Time Lord Victorious vibe at the end. The explanation for Twelve's face wasn't bad. I wouldn't have minded a grand cosmic mystery that has the stars go out midway through, but sometimes the simple, mushy stuff is nice.

...What was the explanation? Cause I didn't really get it.
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Postby Wisconsin9 » Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:48 pm

Ameriganastan wrote:
Wisconsin9 wrote:I liked it, especially that Time Lord Victorious vibe at the end. The explanation for Twelve's face wasn't bad. I wouldn't have minded a grand cosmic mystery that has the stars go out midway through, but sometimes the simple, mushy stuff is nice.

...What was the explanation? Cause I didn't really get it.

It's basically his subconscious saying, "Hey, remember this guy you saved even though you honestly kind of shouldn't have? DO MORE OF THAT." That's how I understood it, at least.
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Postby The New Great Roman Empire » Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:53 pm

It was a good one, but I think we're nearing on the filler episodes of the season >.>
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Postby Ameriganastan » Sat Oct 17, 2015 11:08 pm

Wisconsin9 wrote:
Ameriganastan wrote:...What was the explanation? Cause I didn't really get it.

It's basically his subconscious saying, "Hey, remember this guy you saved even though you honestly kind of shouldn't have? DO MORE OF THAT." That's how I understood it, at least.

Oh. Yeah, that does make sort-of sense.
Not sure why his subconscious decided she needed to be immortal, though.
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Postby The New Great Roman Empire » Sat Oct 17, 2015 11:10 pm

Ameriganastan wrote:
Wisconsin9 wrote:
It's basically his subconscious saying, "Hey, remember this guy you saved even though you honestly kind of shouldn't have? DO MORE OF THAT." That's how I understood it, at least.

Oh. Yeah, that does make sort-of sense.
Not sure why his subconscious decided she needed to be immortal, though.

No other way to make her live?
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Postby Forsher » Sat Oct 17, 2015 11:38 pm

Just watching the Viking Episode (Odin just turned up, now ads) but I have to say the second part of the lake one wasn't as good as the first part.
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Postby Wisconsin9 » Sun Oct 18, 2015 12:21 am

Ameriganastan wrote:
Wisconsin9 wrote:
It's basically his subconscious saying, "Hey, remember this guy you saved even though you honestly kind of shouldn't have? DO MORE OF THAT." That's how I understood it, at least.

Oh. Yeah, that does make sort-of sense.
Not sure why his subconscious decided she needed to be immortal, though.

I don't think it particularly did. I think he just finally had enough of people going and dying on him, so he told the world to bend over. Like a said, a more subtle variant on the Time Lord Victorious.
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Postby Eastfield Lodge » Sun Oct 18, 2015 1:23 am


THE FUCK WAS THAT!?!?!

Ameriganastan wrote:I liked it.
Not sure what his logic was for making her immortal, though.

Strangely enough, I didn't particularly like it.
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Why do the Vikings have horns of their helmets?

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Postby Aqizithiuda » Sun Oct 18, 2015 2:36 am

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Why do the Vikings have horns of their helmets?

This is annoying me.


Because the writer, director and costume designers have virtually zero knowledge of Norse religion, armour design or culture and absolutely no respect for any of it.
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Postby Dumb Ideologies » Sun Oct 18, 2015 2:43 am

One of the silly mid-season kid-friendly romps. A 2/5 for most of the episode, but it got interesting enough at the end to push it up to a 3.
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Postby The Huskar Social Union » Sun Oct 18, 2015 3:08 am

Aqizithiuda wrote:
The Huskar Social Union wrote:
Why do the Vikings have horns of their helmets?

This is annoying me.


Because the writer, director and costume designers have virtually zero knowledge of Norse religion, armour design or culture and absolutely no respect for any of it.

It would seem, though as my brother said its a more kid oriented episode so ill give them a pass, mostly.

Overall the episode was alright in my opinion, nothing overly brilliant or badly done for me.
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Postby Chelta » Sun Oct 18, 2015 4:53 am

I really enjoyed it. Not as interesting a narrative as the first two stories, but enjoyable and well-composed nonetheless. I'm slightly underwhelmed by the revelation to the mystery of the Doctor's face, but something tells me that's not all there is to it...
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