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Credit where it's Who Mar. 26th, 2005 07:45 pm
Well, that worked for me. If you're going to have Billie Piper acting, having her playing herself is probably the best bet.

Oh and the Tardis looks *fantastic*.

Enough said. I was going to get dinner 40 minutes ago but got *really* distracted. Better try that again now.

Anyone who knows me will realise that a TV show that keeps me from dinner is something really rather unusual. And indeed I only really started watching it to have *some* idea of what you were all likely to be on about on LJ for the next week or so ;) But it really grabbed me.

I've never been a great addict to the previous series (although I saw a fair bit of the McCoy series (gods he was irritating) and had a bit of a crush on Ace ;), but I've seen bits of a fair few series. To me, this one stands well in that tradition - the Doctor is very well cast; the same "bloody monkeys" attitude, the refusal to explain anything until he feels like it, and a colossal dose of irreverance. Plus a manic grin to be truly proud of ;) I feel they've made a good job of keeping the character similar enough to be the Doctor, while different enough to be a new incarnation and also be updated for today.

Piper's actually very well cast too - the Doctor's assistant has never been a role for a great actress, more a (fairly independent-minded) foil/balance for his unpredictability. And that works well; she's *kind of* playing herself - at least she's convincing (so far) in the role.

The boyfriend however really wasn't much of an actor. Pity he survived the wheelie-bin.

The tardis: Ohhhhh yes. Bastard lovechild of the engine room of HMS Belfast and the new Victoria Line station. Kinda steampunk, and shiny in just the right way. Slightly less ostentatious in its departures? Looking forward to seeing more of the inside.

The production values seem to have survived well too; the "what big wheel?" scene at the London Eye was a touch overplayed, but gets let off on that grin ;) It's not trying to be deadly serious; it' all fun - amusingly corny; the special effects were sufficiently low budget to work (the antenna sequences being a good example) - shades of Red Dwarf in there, almost.

Basically, they've not tried to 'fix' the show. It wasn't broken.

Oh and the mannequins. Just scary enough to work (made me jump a few times) but still fine "baddies". And a treat for depersonalisation fetishists everywhere ;)
Oh, and the aliens in the trailer for the next ep looked *very* Dr Who.

I enjoyed it. Not sure I'll religiously watch the rest of the series (I very rarely do with TV) but I suspect I'll enjoy it when I do.

From: deliberateblank
Date: March 26th, 2005 - 07:59 pm (Link)
Very LEXX though.

And the whole London Eye thing? Is it just me that remembers the Dead Ringers episode where they had the Tom Baker impersonator boarding the Eye and claiming to the unsuspecting passengers that it was some sort of evil alien spacecraft? Copying the piss-take just, well, takes the piss.
From: wechsler
Date: March 26th, 2005 - 09:35 pm (Link)
Never really saw much "Lexx", and wasn't hugely taken with it. Also hadn't seen the Dead Ringers thing, and I suspected when they were looking for "some sort of dome or wheel in the center of the city" that it was going to be the Assembly Building. Probably couldn't have done the special effects with that, though.
From: ciphergoth
Date: March 27th, 2005 - 12:27 am (Link)
I thought it would be the Dome :-)
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: March 28th, 2005 - 11:37 am (Link)
I'd guessed Dome as well.
From: cookwitch
Date: March 26th, 2005 - 08:43 pm (Link)
Seconded. I did really enjoy it. I like the new Dr and Billie was, well, a lot better than I expected. I was also happy with the Tardis interior - different enough to just be a souped up version of the old girl.

I hate anything to do with mannequins at the best of times but I did enjoy this.

Enjoy your dinner!
From: thekumquat
Date: March 26th, 2005 - 09:06 pm (Link)
I enjoyed it. I have the possible advantage of never having seen a whole episode of the original - just soaked in all the snippets in popular culture.

Have the wheelie bin aliens been done before somewhere - it seemed a bit familiar?
From: cookwitch
Date: March 26th, 2005 - 09:38 pm (Link)
When the bin swallowed the boyfriend and burped, my immediate response was "That's like The Luggage!" It pleased me. :))
From: wechsler
Date: March 26th, 2005 - 09:52 pm (Link)
Very corny, and completely out of "character", but also very well-placed and funny. Quite a clear signal on how they intend to play the series.
From: reddragdiva
Date: March 26th, 2005 - 11:58 pm (Link)
We saw him stick to the wheelie bin and said "It's going to swallow him and then it's going to burp, isn't it." Then we applauded when it did.
From: cookwitch
Date: March 27th, 2005 - 12:02 am (Link)
*giggles* So did we!
From: otterylexa
Date: March 29th, 2005 - 12:36 am (Link)
The burp annoyed me, personnaly.
Also, how come she didn't notice that he suddenly couldn't drive?
From: djm4
Date: March 26th, 2005 - 10:04 pm (Link)
Have the wheelie bin aliens been done before somewhere - it seemed a bit familiar?

Yes, the Autons and the Nestine Consciousness were in Jon Pertwee's first story, and returned a year later. The 'shop dummies coming to life' scenes is one of the best-remembered scenes in old Doctor Who, so it was cunning to use them in a series with such a new look otherwise.
From: mrph
Date: March 26th, 2005 - 10:42 pm (Link)
...and the wheelie bin was entirely in the spirit of their first appearances (didn't they have a maan-eating black plastic chair?), too. Well, except for the burp...
From: modalsynthesis
Date: March 27th, 2005 - 07:36 am (Link)
I have to wait until April 5th to see it (since I'm opting not to Bittorrent it).

Fortunately it's only a wait until the 5th, since CBC will be showing it and I get CBC on cable. Yay!


From: bondagewoodelf
Date: March 27th, 2005 - 09:30 am (Link)
Pity he survived the wheelie-bin.

Exactly my thoughts. Good that he's probably out of sight from now on.