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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Doctor Who has officially regenerated into their 13th incarnation during the Christmas Special. Peter Capaldi bowed out in style today by joining forces with the first ever Doctor to save the life of an Army Captain -- and the world in general once again. The festive episode, titled Twice Upon a Time, saw the Doctors collide at the South Pole and heading off on one final adventure. (Warning: Story and videos contain spoilers for Whovians.)





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As nice as it was to see an interpretation of the First Doctor again, the script was embarrassingly bad, emphasizing how cloying and recycled Steven Moffat's storytelling became the past several years. The first words uttered by the new Doctor were unintelligible without the closed captioning, which is not a good sign for the future.

If you look on YouTube, you can find a parody of Doctor Who called "The Curse of Fatal Death" (also written by Steven Moffat), from 1999. If you watch it, you'll realize that having the Doctor regenerate into a female body for his 13th incarnation is just a fulfillment of the show runner's male ego.

#1 | Posted by sentinel at 2017-12-25 09:47 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

- just a fulfillment

Everybody's a psychologist.... and a perpetual critic.

"By keeping the narrative arcs to a concentrated minimum, Steven Moffat – for his final Doctor Who script – can flesh these characters and their stories out (and he really does), free from the need to gallop through exposition to get to a resolution. The advantage here is we all know where "Twice Upon a Time" was heading, but it was about how it was going to get there."


"It's an almost impossible task to cram all of that into 60 minutes and that's before Steven Moffat decided to bring back the first incarnation of The Doctor!

This evening the 2017 Christmas special Twice Upon A Time finally aired and for the most part... it worked!

It's an emotional rollercoaster to watch and the minutes whizz by so fast, too fast. I felt the ticking clock in my living room was ticking a little louder, counting down to the moment we had to say goodbye to Capaldi's Doctor."


As a Christmas Special, a send-off to Capaldi, and an brief introduction to a female #13, it was always going to be more busy fun than a seeker of critical acclaim. And misogynists definitely won't like the whole idea. Present company excepted, hopefully.

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2017-12-25 10:18 PM | Reply

"And misogynists definitely won't like the whole idea."

Oh, so this is another Clinton thread?

Or are we supposed to take the idea seriously that gender swapping the Doctor is somehow a profound idea when the next show runner is still part of the same old good-ol'-boys club that have been running the show since it was resurrected in the last decade?

The original series was probably at its greatest with its original producer, who happened to be a woman, and then again in the 70's during the Hinchcliffe-Baker-Holmes era. Back in those days, the people in charge behind the scenes never stuck around as long as, much less longer than any one Doctor. Because the show wasn't about them, like it is now (and essentially has been since the 1980s).

#3 | Posted by sentinel at 2017-12-25 11:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


Admitting one's HDS is the first step in the road to recovery.

- somehow a profound idea

1 out of 13 is different, if not profound. But it does seem to upset you. Wonder why?

- The original series

Thanks for clarifying for us that your brightly burning Stephen Moffat Vendetta, after all, we hear about it every time there is a Dr Who thread; I was beginning to think that he must have at one time TP'd your house with your old rejected manuscripts... but it appears you have a hard on for the producers as well.

Let's agree about the Tom Baker years, though, as they were my youthful favorites, too, and it's the season to be merry.

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2017-12-26 12:36 PM | Reply

Corky, all I did was point out the parallel between those who throw around the "misogyny" label at anyone who criticizes Clinton and anyone who doesn't praise the latest casting of the Doctor as the greatest thing since sliced bread. It's a valid comparison between the same types of people who resort to that type of name calling when they don't have an argument.

I find it ironic that many who champion the latest casting as progressive will give a free pass to the extremely sexist and problematic writing the past few years by the same person who built the show up to this moment, including the fact he took a giant crap on the legacy of the only woman producer. David Bradley did a decent job with what he had to work with, but the Christmas special script portrayed a sexist caricature that was a complete misrepresentation and distortion of what the original Doctor was like. Verity Lambert is probably rolling in her grave.

"Let's agree about the Tom Baker years, though, as they were my youthful favorites, too, and it's the season to be merry."

Yes, we agree on that. Heck, I even enjoy episodes from the 1980s, although I recognize there was ugly stuff going on behind the scenes and some of the bad decisions led to the show being taken off the air for 15 years. I just don't want to see that happen again, but when the ratings have fallen every year for the past five years, it makes the female casting of the Doctor look like a desperate move. And that's unfortunate. I genuinely hope Chibnall can turn it around, lightning strikes again and the show can inspire a sense of wonder without being stuck up its own arse.

#5 | Posted by sentinel at 2017-12-26 01:35 PM | Reply

- anyone who doesn't praise the latest casting of the Doctor as the greatest thing since sliced bread.

I don't think we know how that's going to werk out, same as we didn't know about Capaldi and I had my doubts there. But he did well with what he had to werk with, is my opinion now. I just don't think most people are so into the past producers and writers and really don't care to be, they just want an entertaining, maybe even thoughtful and insightful show, and if it has a good connection with the original material, all the better.

Here's a cool little Tom Baker interview, btw....


#6 | Posted by Corky at 2017-12-26 01:51 PM | Reply

Saw it. Rather liked it.

#7 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2017-12-28 09:06 AM | Reply

I am stuck with Dr Who my wife and son won't watch Capaldi but get pissy with me when I try and watch without them. They keep saying we'll restart with Tennant or Smith then after we watched those guys we'll be prepared for Capaldi.

Meanwhile because we have pretty much memorized every Tennant and Smith episode the excitement to watch is gone. So I'm stuck in season 9. Supposedly my wife is going out of town with the kids in January so maybe I can catch up.

#8 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2017-12-28 09:21 AM | Reply

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