New Dr Who series

(79 Posts)
LetUsPrey Sun 15-Jul-12 22:42:31

Not sure whether this is old news or not, but according to one of my nephews the new series of Dr Who starts six weeks as yesterday - 25th August.

I've just watched the teaser trailer too. Looks amazing!

NicholasTeakozy Mon 16-Jul-12 15:13:38

How lovely of them to show it on my birthday! grin

poppedoutforapintofmilk Tue 17-Jul-12 17:05:43

Brilliant! I hope the plots are less complicated/convoluted than the last series. I'm of average intelligence I reckon, but at times was struggling to work out what the heck was going on with River, in particular.

LetUsPrey Tue 17-Jul-12 18:37:49

Teaser trailer here

The western episode is, I think, episode three.

It all looks fantastic! grin

Tee2072 Tue 17-Jul-12 20:42:39

Moffat doesn't even know what was going on with River!

wasabipeanut Tue 17-Jul-12 20:45:11

Oooooooohhhhhhhh. <Excited>

NellyBluth Wed 18-Jul-12 20:47:34

Yes, "ooooooooooh" indeed! That's only just over a month away now!

Mrsjay Thu 19-Jul-12 13:16:49

eeek excited I saw the trailer and whooped a little grin

RIVER IS my favourite character i adore her
hated the whole amy thing though but I guess they had to do something to resolve who river was

Doomfinger Thu 19-Jul-12 13:52:19

I'm not sure if I'm excited TBH. Looks good but having watched the DT years a few times (thanks to my Whoovian 3yo!) on Watch and Sky+ (my nickname refers to my wedding so you can probably guess which episode is on Sky+ and I'm made to play regularly!) I've decided that since MS/ SM have taken over it's just not the same. I'm not sure if that's down to MS or he's just not getting the storylines.

Mrsjay Thu 19-Jul-12 14:05:22

oh DT is by far the best recent doctor his storylines were amazing i miss him sad

Why would it start in the summer hols? sad silly schedulers should have put it on the first week in September.

Cakebot Thu 19-Jul-12 15:25:47

I love MS. I think it might be the storylines that are a bit odd, but I think he has the character down to a tee. My Whoovian 5 year old is getting a bit bored of waiting now and has seen the reruns too often. I'm hoping he gets back into it when it comes back on. Cbeebies is driving me to distraction!

Quenelle Thu 19-Jul-12 15:29:48

I'm with Doomfinger. I just can't get into the MS ones. I don't think he's the problem, I think it's the writing. Amy and whatsisname didn't help either.

And I was always a huge fan of the Stephen Moffat episodes in the DT days.

I will still be watching but I haven't re-watched any of the MS ones and I've watched the CE and DT series repeatedly.

ALittleScatterOfRain Thu 19-Jul-12 15:33:11

The trailer looks good, but I'm another one hoping it's less confusing than last series.

When you get the producer on Confidential explaining the plot you know it's got a bit out of hand grin

Cakebot Thu 19-Jul-12 16:25:20

You need to watch the series 6 DVD about 20 times, and then just ignore virtually everything ever mentioned about Rivers timeline ( I love her too, but Moffatt has put some needlessly unexplainable things into her story, like the meetings in reverse order). Then it all makes perfect sense!

Pinot Thu 19-Jul-12 16:30:20


Eruvande Thu 19-Jul-12 17:58:24

Squee indeed. I didn't really enjoy the second MS series, but I'm hoping the departure of Amy and Rory will perk me up a bit. Haven't been able to find the muse for Matt Smith fanfic, so it must be bad grin

Cakebot Thu 19-Jul-12 18:03:54

I'm really surprised no one seems to like Smith on here. He always comes across as a bit of a prat in real life, but as the Doctor, DH and I took to him immediately and DS adores him, so much so that he has a trademark bow tie collection of his own! He has seen the DT episodes too, but luffs MS.

BertieBotts Thu 19-Jul-12 18:05:28

I adore him as the doctor.

So excited! grin

NellyBluth Thu 19-Jul-12 18:32:20

Love MS as the Doctor too. I mean, I love DT too, but while DT was blatantly the 'fit' Doctor, but MS is doing an incredible job of seeming so old, which DT never quite nailed. Plus amusingly batty too. I think I actually found the MS series funnier in general. (Just caught up with the Craig/Cybermen episode, which reminded me how funny MS can be - "Have you redecorated? I don't like it...")

Jux Thu 19-Jul-12 18:51:47

Oh I do hope they get rid of River and that silly story line.

Mrsjay Thu 19-Jul-12 19:37:46

Oh i do like him Its not that i dont i just preferred david <swoon> he was a good doctor no , although i couldnt stand Rose tyler she did my head in and had a horsey face grin

NO sweetie River is amazing i adore her,

Doomfinger Thu 19-Jul-12 19:41:24

It feels like they've swapped the scripts for Sarah-Jane Adventures. I think it's all in the script. I think I'd feel better about MS if he had the powerful scripts that DT had.

Eeee! Excited!

I thought I would never accept another doctor after DT but I do luff MS more than I suspect is reasonable. Hence my nickname blush

Agree with nelly wrt river's timeline. When I think of it as just mixed up rather than back to front it helps.

Can't wait now!

LetUsPrey Thu 19-Jul-12 19:43:44

I liked River but the storyline made my brain want to fall out of my ears.

DH is in the DT as Doctor Who camp. I prefer MS.

I liked Donna because, whilst the Doctor/Rose falling for each other thing was very lovely, I prefer it when that romantic frisson isn't there IYSWIM.

I flipped between not liking Amy and liking her on a regular basis. One thing I did like about her though was her nail polishgrin [shallow].

And I have a bit of a girl crush on Alex Kingston too, so I'll be glad if there's more River timelines grin

LetUsPrey Thu 19-Jul-12 19:45:31

By the way, I'm not 100% about the start date of 25th August. You might want to double check it on t'internet and not take my word for it.

If I'm wrong, then I place all blame entirely upon my nephew.

Mrsjay Thu 19-Jul-12 19:47:38

Oh aye i did have a mushy brain and this confused at the River story and I hated that she was amy and rory's daughter but she was such a cool character wasnt she

Mrsjay Thu 19-Jul-12 19:48:35

MY dds have it on countdown 'somewhere' maybe steven moffats twitter DD1 is a huge DT fan and she is a bit meh about Matt smith

Mrsjay Thu 19-Jul-12 19:50:31

yes Donna was my favourite as well all this mushy after the dr rubbish did me in and martha was just URGh with fawning after him glad she got over him and got with MICKEY of all people

NellyBluth Thu 19-Jul-12 19:50:53

I loved the fact that River is an older woman (I use the term loosely, I just mean she's not 21) but she's allowed to be a cool, sexy action girl. Alex Kingston rocks.

Nelly I think you've stolen my brain, that's why I love AK grin

Mrsjay Thu 19-Jul-12 19:55:37

I loved the fact that River is an older woman (I use the term loosely, I just mean she's not 21) but she's allowed to be a cool, sexy action girl. Alex Kingston rocks.

yip grin

Maryz Thu 19-Jul-12 20:01:07

Oh, I am very excited.

How nice to have it starting before the kids go back to school. Just to break them into the autumn gently.

Mrsjay Thu 19-Jul-12 20:03:47

I think dd will be back at school by then oh well give her something to look forward to on the saturday

riversongismyhero Thu 19-Jul-12 20:10:09

i think my name might give me away here but i loooved the river storyline. I'm relatively new to the who only picking it up halfway through DTs time (who incidently DP has a total man crush on teehee) but i have to say i couldnt actually commit to either side of the DT/MS debate

i equally like both for different reasons MS i find hilarious and DT brilliant at that hint of darkness. I agree with the poster who said that ms is old in a way DT wasn't.


Maryz Thu 19-Jul-12 20:10:24

I can't find a date, but it says here that there are only 5 episodes and a Christmas special, and the rest are after Christmas sad

Oh. sad

Mrsjay Thu 19-Jul-12 20:11:26

didnt they do that last series as well I am sure there was a huge break christmas then it was on again

Mrsjay Thu 19-Jul-12 20:12:41

I think matt smiths doctor is a bit wiser and david tennants doctor was a bit l lonelier and troubled sigh

Maryz Thu 19-Jul-12 20:28:34

I think that was what I liked about DT, the troubled bit.

I seem to be alone in liking Christopher Eccleston as the doctor - he was the one who got me hooked first, and I think he did a great job of introducing us to the modern version of The Doctor.

Everyone forgets about him sad.

Jux Thu 19-Jul-12 20:36:46

I see I'm outnumbered on the riversong thing. I don't find her timeline confusing just pointless, derivative and uninteresting. I also find the actress posturing and declamatory - rubbish in fact - so even less interest in her silly story.

On the other hand, MS is one of my favourite Drs since it started up again, though I liked DT, but MS is infinitely pref. I also like Amy, but hey, I guess I have to be wrong about one thing or else I'd be perfect, and then everybody'd know I was not actually human, but an alien.

Mrsjay Thu 19-Jul-12 20:41:25

I know poor chris thats when i first started watching but on Watch or Uk gold cant remember, he was good but he seemed really angry the doctor cant be angry he can be wacky and a bit dottery or troubled but not angry although david tennant did angry rather well , I loved the whole david tennant exit story i howled and sobbed ,

Mrsjay Thu 19-Jul-12 20:42:38

actually the Empty child with christopher eccleston is one of my favourite episodes I Hid behind a cushion ,

confessions of scared doctor who fan then aged 38 and a half grin

Shouldacouldawoulda Thu 19-Jul-12 20:44:01

Oh thank goodness we will be back from our holiday in time.

Maryz Thu 19-Jul-12 20:47:46

I agree there Jux. To me she will always be the irritating doctor from ER hmm

Maryz Thu 19-Jul-12 20:48:27

MrsJay, was that the gas mask one? With "I want my mummy"? I had nightmares about that for years.

Mrsjay Thu 19-Jul-12 20:49:09

I saw A K boobies in moll flanders hehehe it was on a few months ago on the freeview history channel

Mrsjay Thu 19-Jul-12 20:49:59

"MrsJay, was that the gas mask one? With "I want my mummy"? I had nightmares about that for years"

Aye it scared me witless <shudder>

Odmedod Thu 19-Jul-12 21:14:27

Christopher Eccleston's Dr seemed very caring actually, but very removed from humans, unlike DT who seemed to try very hard to emulate humans, and MS who seems to very much enjoy the company of humans IYSWIM.
(and yes 'are you my mummy' is just spine chilling <shudder>)

Alex Kingston is a fine, fine woman, isn't she envy

GoldMedalTeakozy Thu 19-Jul-12 21:31:33

Oh yes Odmedod, she is.

Cakebot Fri 20-Jul-12 09:28:08

That's what I like about AK and RS. She is a strong, clever woman, cleverer than him in a lot of ways, and she's not the usual simpering 25 year old. I think AK and MS's portrayal of the characters' relationship is spot on even though there is about a 20 year age gap between them in reality.
(I know she's also a psychopath, and obsessed with a man she hardly knows etc etc, but I still think she's kickass!)

Jux Fri 20-Jul-12 10:35:37

I would probably 'like' Riversong more if she were played by a different actor. Then I would mind less about the silliness of her story.

Mrsjay Fri 20-Jul-12 10:38:26

I would probably 'like' Riversong more if she were played by a different actor. Then I would mind less about the silliness of her story

soooo who would you have as River then

Quenelle Fri 20-Jul-12 11:24:37

Maryz, I mentioned CE way back up there ^^ I loved him too.

Donna is my favourite companion. She was very 'normal', not very heroic or clever but so courageous in a moral sense. I hated the idea of Catherine Tate doing it at first but they created a brilliant character there.

I loved River Song when she first appeared in The Library (shock I always do scared face when I say that because those episodes scared the shit out of me). I am obviously biased towards positive older female characters being 43 myself. But they could have been much more subtle and clever about the way a love affair was conducted through different points in time. I think they ripped the arse cheeks out of that story in the end.

I may be showing my age here but does anyone else think the MS Dr is like a young (but also not young) Johnny Ball?

Cakebot Fri 20-Jul-12 12:40:50

I do think they need to wrap up the River Song love story now though, even though I love her. I think they need to explain how a toddler in 1969 New York ended up in Leadworth, what happened to her after she escaped and what happened between her and the Doctor between the beginning of S5 after which presumably she was released from prison and her death in S4. It would be much easier to explain the Doctor's behaviour towards her if it wasn't for that stupid 'We meet in reverse order' nonsense. That's why I ignore it and just put it down to Moffatt painting himself into a corner that he can't now get out of and that they are just meeting in a jumbled up order.
( Yes, to Johnny Ball, now you mention it!)

Jux Fri 20-Jul-12 14:38:44

Somebody good, Maryz grin

Doomfinger Fri 20-Jul-12 20:39:33

Alex is obviously at least her third regeneration (Melody, Mels - I'm assuming their baby was not black and I think there was some reference to her choosing that regeneration - River) so we don't even know how old Meoldy/River is, she could easily be 100s of years old. Leaves a lot of room for back story!

showtunesgirl Fri 20-Jul-12 21:03:39

I heart Alex Kingston as River. Bring her back purlease!

LetUsPrey Fri 20-Jul-12 21:56:59

Quenelle - Donna was my favourite too!

See what you mean about the MS/Johnny Ball similarity. The way they move, the ?physicality (is that the right word?).

I like AK as River Song but confused isn't the word. However, I particularly liked it when she shot the fez smile!

Ripeberry Fri 20-Jul-12 23:16:26

And the new 'Doctor Who Experience' just opened today in Cardiff Bay. Pity that you have to book tickets ahead and can't just turn up :-(

Mrsjay Fri 20-Jul-12 23:18:02

has it <hides this from daughters> grin I think it is the touring one we went to see the other cardiff one you didnt need to book for it,

Jux Wed 25-Jul-12 12:07:59

Maryz, you asked me who I would have chosen to play Riversong. Here's my top 3:

Juliet Stephenson
Caroline Harker
Susannah Doyle

JS is the actor of her generation, I think, and is probably too busy.
CH is not far behind (imo)

There are others but I have to try to remember what I saw them in and then look at cast lists, and then get images (crap with names I am).

Christopher Ecclestone is my favourite Doctor too, and Donna definitely the best companion, although I have a soft spot for Rose- when she gets all chavvy and tough! Hate Martha, I missed most of that series cos she got on my wick that much.

As an aside, Christopher Ecclestone would be my choice for Jack Reacher, instead of shitty little Tom Cruise. I know it's not related, but hey ho!

LetUsPrey Thu 26-Jul-12 15:55:06

From the Doctor Who Tumblr saying there's no official start date yet. Meanies.

Rollergirl1 Thu 26-Jul-12 18:26:44

I 100% agree with Jux on River. I really wish they'd dispense with her character. I find both the story-line and AK equally irritating. I don't know if it's the character or the actress but I just find her utterly smug.

I also really like MS and Amy and think the chemistry between the two of them is electric. I always felt like Rory was a bit of a spare part, but I think that was the intention.

With regards to DT, once again I think he was meant to be the tortured one. It's while DT is in the role of the Doctor that he and the audience start to realise just how destructive his presence can sometimes be. There is a scene in the episode where he becomes the human John Smith and falls in love with the nurse, where he asks her to come with him and be his companion. She says no and then she asks him if anyone would have died if it hadn't been for him.

Cakebot Thu 26-Jul-12 18:35:16

The dialogue at the end of that episode is electric. She really shows him who he is. I always remember the bit when she said John Smith was braver than him, because he chose to die to save others, presumably leaving unsaid that people died because the Doctor was trying not to die by becoming human

LetUsPrey Thu 26-Jul-12 18:37:43

I sobbed myself stupid during that episode.

showtunesgirl Fri 27-Jul-12 10:47:40

I cried myself silly at Doomsday when they say goodbye on the beach.

Cakebot Fri 27-Jul-12 11:27:08

I hated Doomsday! I thought it completely ruined Roses character and completely took away the impact of the first goodbye when Rose was trapped in the parallel universe. I don't think they should have brought her back, especially not to live out her days with a clone!

Jux Fri 27-Jul-12 14:51:12

I missed all the Christopher Eccleston series. How do I get to see The Empty Child? Can't find it on the old interweb.

Cakebot Fri 27-Jul-12 18:49:10

If you have a Virgin box, series 1-4 is on the on demand service. Dunno how to get them if not.

iklboo Fri 27-Jul-12 18:58:14

The Girl Who Waited was a beautiful episode.
River Song could buy me a drink in The Turning Tavern
Christopher Eccleston has touched my bum.

QuenelleOJersey2012 Fri 27-Jul-12 19:12:42

'If you have a Virgin box, series 1-4 is on the on demand service.'

Same with BT Vision atm too.

QuenelleOJersey2012 Fri 27-Jul-12 19:12:42

'If you have a Virgin box, series 1-4 is on the on demand service.'

Same with BT Vision atm too.

JUbilympiX Fri 27-Jul-12 19:13:55

Sadly we don't Cakebot, we're not even cabled up here, nor will ever be sad. It's Sky or nothing. For us that means nothing.

ChoccyJules Mon 30-Jul-12 21:10:52

Clearly having read the thread thus far I will be the only one with a bit of a crush on Rory, then.

Donna was the best modern companion.

Doctors-wise, it seems to fluctuate btwn which episode I am watching at the time, I can magic up a soft spot for any of them!

JUbilympiX Mon 30-Jul-12 22:02:01

We don't have BT vision either! We have Freeview and that's it.

TeamSledward Wed 02-Jan-13 11:01:37

Sorry, know this is an old thread, but has anyone been to the Dr Who Experience in Cardiff.
DH wants to take our dc and is tempted by the merchandise ticket where the kids get a t shirt and certificate but I'm a bit shock at £70 family ticket price.

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