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Post by Mrs Figg on Wed Dec 21, 2016 1:52 pm

well 2016 just keeps on giving so maybe this will be more of same... silent

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:30 pm

{{Radio Times review of the xmas episode- they say its spoiler free but its not entirely and assumes you at east no the general premise of the episode from trailers and publicity blurb.}}


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'it’s probably for the best that new superhero-themed offering The Return of Doctor Mysterio (the first Doctor Who episode in a whole year) is a tale on the lighter side, a story of love, heroics and living brains that tells a fun and breezy story over 60 minutes with some great gags and characterisation.

The Superman/Clark Kent references are acknowledged early on and actually make some sense within the context of the story (in as much as the sci-fi technobabble in Doctor Who ever makes sense), and in many ways the whole story is a love letter to the Christopher Reeve era of the Man of Steel.

Star Justin Chatwin is no Reeve, but his Grant is a winsomely bashful hero well-paired with Charity Wakefield’s intrepid journalist Lucy, creating a two-person love triangle between woman, hero and dork alter-ego that’s charming enough on screen to carry the whole episode.

Though that’s not to say that Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor fades into the background, with the now-experienced Time Lord swinging from windows, solving puzzles and cracking some (genuinely funny) jokes all over the shop, while simultaneously battling a mysterious organisation.
Capaldi could probably do this performance in his sleep by now, the darker Doctor of his first series replaced by a friendlier sort who is kind to children but can still whip out some black humour or talk down a scar-faced villain with a gun. Here’s hoping he can keep up the momentum for next year’s full series.

It’s not a perfect episode – there are a few clunky lines and misjudged moments, and Matt Lucas’ returning guest character Nardole will probably continue to divide viewers – but overall it’s a surprisingly heartfelt, funny and entertaining hour of television (albeit not a very Christmassy one) from a premise that seemed like an odd choice when it was first announced.

All in all, after a long absence you’ll be very glad that Doctor Mysterio made his return this Christmas.'

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Re: All New Who

Post by Mrs Figg on Wed Dec 21, 2016 4:07 pm

sounds bloody awful.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Wed Dec 21, 2016 11:32 pm

{{How on earth do you get 'sounds bloody awful' from a review that sums it up as a 'heartfelt, funny and entertaining hour of television' ? scratch }}



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Re: All New Who

Post by Mrs Figg on Wed Dec 21, 2016 11:34 pm

I am a sarcastic cynical Mancunian, that's why. Razz Bah Humbug to one and all!

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Re: All New Who

Post by halfwise on Wed Dec 21, 2016 11:56 pm

Well a crossover between superman and Dr Who does not automatically sound like a good idea...

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Re: All New Who

Post by Pettytyrant101 on Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:01 am

{{A lot of Doctor Who doesn't sound like a good idea when put starkly- Doctor who and Santa Claus doesnt sound like a good crossover but Last Christmas was a fine enough sci-fi Who slant xmas romp, Doctor Who meets the Celestial Toymaker doesn't sound great either when the 1st Doctor did it- but it was! Doctor Who versus the Bassetts sweety logo doesn't sound like its going to be a subtle satire on the Thatcher government- but it was!
Thats the magic of Who Very Happy }}

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Re: All New Who

Post by Pettytyrant101 on Thu Dec 22, 2016 1:42 pm

{{Doctor Puppet xmas vid! }}


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Re: All New Who

Post by Pettytyrant101 on Thu Dec 22, 2016 2:56 pm

{{Watching a Q&A with Moffat and he was asked about if he would return at some future point to write another episode.

His reply was to harken back to when RTD left and decided not to write again for Who - but then Moffat said he could never say never because he very nearly did get RTD to come back- saying they had story lines and everything planned out but in the end it was other work commitments that made it not happen- otherwise it would have.
That could have been interesting- they do compliment each other well as writers- RTD has the character and emotional drama nailed, and Moffat the plotting and staging nailed.

The full Q&A is with the Oxford Union and is quite interesting but not short-

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Re: All New Who

Post by Pettytyrant101 on Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:05 pm

{{{Its xmas and no better way than to ge tinthe xmas spirit than with my favourite Who xmas special. A Whovian take on a Dickens xmas classic with the 11th Doctor- A Christmas Carol. With Michael Gambon and Katherine Jenkins guest starring.
Its a complete standalone, so even if you've never seen an episode before its one you can jump right into and follow along for the xmas ride just fine. Enjoy! }}}



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Re: All New Who

Post by Pettytyrant101 on Fri Dec 23, 2016 6:09 pm

{{You know a fan trailer for an episode is going to be good when you find it via it being flagged up on the blog of the episodes director!}}


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Re: All New Who

Post by Pettytyrant101 on Sun Dec 25, 2016 7:44 pm

{{That was fun! Very Happy My family loved that one- and Capaldi was effortless. Liked what they've done with Nardole too. Fun, magical, very silly, a touch gooey in all senses of the word, very funny and great xmas family entertainment. Welcome back Doctor 2016 has really needed you!!! }}}

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Re: All New Who

Post by malickfan on Sun Dec 25, 2016 9:31 pm

Pettytyrant101 wrote:{{That was fun! Very Happy My family loved that one- and Capaldi was effortless. Liked what they've done with Nardole too. Fun, magical, very silly, a touch gooey in all senses of the word, very funny and great xmas family entertainment.  Welcome back Doctor 2016 has really needed you!!! }}}

I thought the 'plot' was very thin, it was a little slow to start off with and mostly served as a crutch to write the Grant/Lucy romance scenes around, but I really enjoyed it, kinda daft and fluffy but one of the better Xmas specials, agreed about Nardole, very curious as to whether the ending with UNIT will tie in with the arc of Series 10.

I now want a Big Finish spinoff covering the years 12 and River spent on Darillum.

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Re: All New Who

Post by Pettytyrant101 on Sun Dec 25, 2016 9:47 pm

I thought the 'plot' was very thin- Malick

{{ No argument there. On the otherhand my family consisted of 7 to early 70's and everyone followed the plot, everyone laughed at the funny bits, the little uns got wide eyed at the cool stuff and 'eewwed' the nasty stuff and were scared by the scary stuff. And I think the only joke that went by anyone was the pokemon Go joke which went right over the head of the oldest there but delighted the youngest.
So plot, definitely a bit thin- but in terms of hitting its target audience on xmas day?
I'd agree with you that it was one of the better xmas specials. }}

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Re: All New Who

Post by azriel on Sun Dec 25, 2016 10:22 pm

I fell asleep ! Neutral I fooking missed it !

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Sun Dec 25, 2016 10:25 pm

{{{{ Mad i-player is your friend- too many minced frogs in the xmas brew I suspect! Suspect }}}

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Post by azriel on Sun Dec 25, 2016 11:18 pm

*burrrrrp* yep, that & too many Newt cocktails Smile

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Re: All New Who

Post by Pettytyrant101 on Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:45 am

{{Press roundup- generally good }}}

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'Steven Moffat has written a heart-warming drama, free of schmaltz and sentiment, seasoned with action, romance and mildly icky gore, and with a linear plot that is perfectly digestible for a family audience on Christmas Day. Awash with CGI and under the direction of Ed Bazalgette, it looks gorgeous, cinematically and technically proficient. I hope he returns to the Who fold soon, although he’s not booked in yet for any 2017 episodes.
To cap it all, Capaldi. He’s brilliant. Long may he remain the Doctor.
In short, an unmitigated rave from me this year. The Return of Doctor Mysterio easily garners five stars'- Radio Times

'...Doctor Who's 2016 Christmas special, its first outing for a whole 12 months, is simply an enormous amount of fun....its true power lies in simply being a warm, charming and very funny hour – a fine festive offering that ranks among the best Doctor Who's produced.'- Digital Spy

'The Return Of Doctor Mysterio is now the twelfth modern Doctor Who Christmas special, and a very confident, enjoyable and often very funny one. It’s, simply, a lot of fun, with some added sprinkles on top for comic book nerds. I’ve seen it twice now, and both times, it left a rather sizeable grin on my face. Roll on series 10. Roll on more Capaldi...'- Den of Geek

'Wonderfully witty, just festive enough and perfectly pitched between spills, thrills and scares, this was the time-travelling franchise’s best and most family-friendly Christmas special for five years.'- The Telegraph

'Having settled into the role, Capaldi’s Doctor is as reliably daft as the brush the actor’s hair resembles. Amen to that....it ranks in my personal top five of Christmas Doctor Whos.'- The Guardian

'a funny, light script, good guest appearances (I’d happily see Grant and Lucy again) and a very confident Doctor, the episode is a great set up for a series 10 which looks like it’ll be getting back to basics.'- scifi now

' Not a bad way to spend Christmas....a pretty lightweight entry in the Twelfth Doctor’s oeuvre, which considering the events of last season isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But the different elements of the episode don’t come together as smoothly as they could. 7/10'- IGN


{{For the record I gave it an 8 on Gallifrey Base taken as a xmas ep}}



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Re: All New Who

Post by Forest Shepherd on Mon Dec 26, 2016 8:26 am

Oh yeah I forgot Moffat stepped down from show-running.

Geez it's been a long time since there's been any Doctor Who news.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:09 am

{{He hasn't stepped down yet Forest- he wrote this xmas episode and he is showrunner for series 10 this year- which is his last- his final episode will be the 2017 xmas episode}}

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Re: All New Who

Post by Amarië on Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:51 am

Pettytyrant101 wrote:{{He hasn't stepped down yet Forest- he wrote this xmas episode and he is showrunner for series 10 this year- which is his last- his final episode will be the 2017 xmas episode}}

...And then we will have something fresh to argue about!!  
cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers


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Re: All New Who

Post by Pettytyrant101 on Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:09 am

{{I was on Gallifrey Base and there's already folk got the knives out for Chibnall! Mad That place hasn't changed! The review thread for this episode is littered with 'this is the worst episode of anything ever' posts and when you look at the votes cast at the top its sitting at 8 out of 10 as the most popular vote cast.


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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:25 am

{{Series 10 trailer from the end of the xmas ep- unrelated to xmas ep so no spoilers for it}}}




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Post by azriel on Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:35 am

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Post by Mrs Figg on Mon Dec 26, 2016 2:35 pm

wont be able to watch it here. No

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