Sci-Fi Doctor Who (BBC current version)

Jethro

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Audience figues are in free fall for season eleven of new Who, not entirely sure Chibnall will be around post this season considering a lot of reviews are getting nasty.
 

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‘Doctor Who’: The First Female Doctor Makes Her Mark

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It’s not until someone calls her “madam” and informs her that she’s a woman that she actually slows down to consider the implications. “Am I?” she says, eyebrows raising with mild curiosity. “Does it suit me?”

But she’s quickly back off and running; an alien invasion waits for no one, not even a regenerating Time Lord getting used to her new form (the thirteenth of the series overall). In fact, that question never gets answered directly in “The Woman Who Fell to Earth,” the episode in which Jodie Whittaker debuts as the first female Doctor in over 50 years of “Doctor Who.” In fairness, it doesn’t have to; Whittaker’s deft, frenetic, confident performance speaks for itself. Within minutes she’s made it clear that yes, being a woman suits the Doctor just fine........."
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‘Doctor Who’: The First Female Doctor Makes Her Mark (SPOILERS)

Those of us who have explored time travel - done time travel - moved through the
dimensions of other worlds, other times, other universes - We understand that sex and gender
are irrelevant - The sexual dimension that Humans are stuck in has nothing to do with the larger
game plan playing out in real time now.

THE NEW DOCTOR HAS LANDED!
 

Kevin

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So far the current season with Whitaker hasn't been bad. I think Capaldi had a stronger start but overall I think Whitaker's Doctor is more like 'classic Who' versus Smith & Tennant.
 

RobertLCollins

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I agree. A few of the episodes were powerful. I didn't think there was really awful episode this season, which is better than some of the past seasons. I am bummed that there won't be a Series 12 until 2020, but that's kinda how series are playing out these days outside of American network TV.
 

Jethro

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Xmas special is now the New Year's special, and Chibs is bringing back the Daleks to try and win back some viewers.

After the last three seasons taking a year out is probably a good idea. Bring back Tenant and Davis is my call.
 

roseman57

Ensign
Where is the topic on this? Judging from the lack of conversation on it...I'm gonna guess people are hating it? Well I love it, and if you do too, come and chat about it here!

Jai :rain:
Nope, not hating it. Just very, very busy the past few months dealing with serious medical issue cross country and funeral stuff. 2019 will see some posts from me.
 

Kevin

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How many people are watching Doctor Who on streaming services like Netflix? I usually DVR the new shows off of BBC America and fast forward through the commercials so I may not have noticed this otherwise... the streaming rights for Who are switching to HBO Max. Yes, another streaming service for people to deal with as shows continue to get scattered across about a dozen competing streaming services. :(


The Doctor is heading to HBO Max after the WarnerMedia streaming service picked up the exclusive streaming rights to long-running BBC Studios drama Doctor Who.

The service will have all 11 seasons of the sci-fi fan favorite at launch in spring 2020 including the SVOD premiere of season 11, which stars Jodie Whittaker. As part of the deal with BBC Studios, the streamer will be the exclusive SVOD home for future seasons after they air on BBC America.

In addition to Doctor Who, HBO Max has licensed 700 episodes of landmark BBC series including Ricky Gervais’ The Office, Top Gear, Luther and The Honorable Woman.
 

RobertLCollins

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How many people are watching Doctor Who on streaming services like Netflix? I usually DVR the new shows off of BBC America and fast forward through the commercials so I may not have noticed this otherwise... the streaming rights for Who are switching to HBO Max. Yes, another streaming service for people to deal with as shows continue to get scattered across about a dozen competing streaming services. :(

The new Doctor Who left Netflix in the US a few years ago and moved to Amazon Prime. Netflix has been allowing old series and movies to leave for some time now. They’ve been concentrating on their original programming.

It’s possible that this is happening because Amazon wants to do the same, in that they’d rather have people go to their streaming service for originals. It’s also possible that the BBC wanted to move more of their new programming to one streaming service. As they’re working with HBO on at least one series, and maybe a few others, HBOMax may have seemed a good bet.

I plan to still buy a season pass at Apple so I can download episodes if I want to.

Finally, this doesn’t affect the classic Who that’s still on BritBox. Which, I just saw, has the olD BBC Hitch-Hiker’s Guide TV series. They also just announced they’re getting All Creatures Great and Small, which hasn’t been available in the US since it ran on PBS in the 80s. Now if BritBox could add Blake’s 7...
 

Kevin

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The new Doctor Who left Netflix in the US a few years ago and moved to Amazon Prime. Netflix has been allowing old series and movies to leave for some time now. They’ve been concentrating on their original programming.
The new Disney streaming service, resulting in them pulling the Disney/Marvel/Star Wars titles, isn't helping Netflix either. I hadn't seen Captain Marvel yet, it won't be on Netflix. Now Disney has confirmed that all of the Netflix Marvel shows are considered non-canon and that and canon versions would be any reboots on their own service. That's a shame because there was some quality stuff in there.

Between The Mandalorian and the Marvel stuff I'm getting ever so closer to giving in to temptation and signing up for Disney's service. I'd like to check out Doom Patrol but I'm not signing up for DC's service just for that (and what I've seen of Titans doesn't appeal to me at all). For CBS's stuff I have no interest in Discovery but the new Picard series looks interesting but I'm not signing up just for that. AT&T, which owns both DirecTV and Time-Warner (which in turn owns HBO), is trying multiple streaming services to see what sticks to the proverbial wall and gets any traction. Renaming HBO Go to HBO Max and then making deals like this with BBC America will certainly help that one. Oh, and of course, there's Hulu out there which is now the exclusive home of The Orville; one more show I won't be watching any more of. :(

Thinking out loud, it's no wonder why this Summer I find myself actually watching *less* TV and going back to exploring Kindle titles. 📚

because Amazon wants to do the same, in that they’d rather have people go to their streaming service for originals.
We have a Prime account so I watch the Amazon stuff on my X-Box. Compared to the Netflix app I find the Amazon app excruciatingly awful to use. Except for their high profile stuff that they hype I'm likely missing most of the stuff on there.
Now if BritBox could add Blake’s 7...
And you just answered a question I was going to ask. :D I've seem commercials for BritBox but, until yourself, have never come across a single person who actually used it.
 

RobertLCollins

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Writer
I’ve heard a few DW podcasters talk about having BritBox. I’m going to resubscribe soon. I know that Steven of Radio Free Skaro has talked about it, not just for DW, but in discovering/rediscovering The Sandbaggers, a gritty spy series from the late 70s (one I remember from back in the day).

I hear you about not watching more. I haven’t gotten into a new series in years. For me, it’s a bit of, “I’m a writer, I should read more.” I also don’t want to get invested in a series and see it cancelled partway through or stick the landing.
 

Jethro

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Staff member
Revolution of the Daleks - sums up the current issues the franchise is facing, plot holes galore, lore kicked to curb if the script requires it, and dramatic bits that are simple cringe worthy.

Developments

Ryan and Graham have left the show, don't blame them, Whittacker has stated 2021 will be her final year, thank god for that but would have preferred Chibs to have been given the arse and see what another show runner could have done with the Jodie Doctor.

Season 23 Boxset, McCoy era, becoming available in Commonwealth Countries, the BBC have really out done themselves with these collections. Pre-ordered my copy already.
 

Jethro

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Good news for suffering Who fans.

Both Jodie and Chibs out in 2022! Yay, though I think the pair hav3e between them fatally injured the franchise.

Need better writers and someone that gets the weight the Doctor carries, and jettison the SJW rubbish. Real Fans of the franchise want solid story lines, a good Doctor, and monsters ... lots of monsters.
 

Jethro

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Well we are into series thirteen and Chibs has promised a whole new six part season, sort of like classic Who did but with more stories.

Anyways the first one dropped, will have to have another look, not as bad as I thought it would be but that could be due to the warp factor 13 pace.
 

Kevin

Code Monkey
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Anyways the first one dropped, will have to have another look, not as bad as I thought it would be but that could be due to the warp factor 13 pace.
I just want to know why the main villains look like a bad disco act from the 70's complete with glitter makeup?
 

Kevin

Code Monkey
Staff member
Flux, it's... it's not getting better. Now even more of the classic Doctor Who backstory is being retconned to tie it in with the horrible 'Timeless Child' premise to the point where the entire "Doctor Who" character is being rewritten.

Whomever green lit this storyline made a horrible mistake. :(
 

Jethro

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Kevin just about to watch episode five, thankfully only one more after that, but hell yeah this is getting a whole lot worse.

Caught up with a bunch of people over the last week who were on a private board discussing all things Who during the Tennant years. Views range from gave up on it five or so series ago, to didn't realise it was on. Sad indictment that Whovians are no longer watching.

Not even sure RTD is going to save this franchise from another journey into the wilderness.
 

Kevin

Code Monkey
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Kevin just about to watch episode five, thankfully only one more after that, but hell yeah this is getting a whole lot worse.
I just watched ep 5 and it looks like this is how they'll end up doing a likely soft-reboot of the "Who-verse" when the current series ends. No more restrictions on the number of regenerations and the existence of multi-verses. They weren't happy with just retconning the Doctor, U.N.I.T. has been hit as well. Of course New Who already decimated the legacy of U.N.I.T previously so this retcon isn't as bad as what they are doing to the title character but, still, it seems like goal of FLUX has been to have the current actor's exit arc to be a Scorched-Earth policy for any future Who.
 

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