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Old 12-25-2005, 10:57 PM   #1 (Print)
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Big Grin New Doctor Who Episode

FYI: A new episode of Doctor who is on the newsgroups. It's a Christmas Invasion story with the 'new' Doctor. It aired Christmas Day 2005, in the United Kingdom.

Cosmic adventures with the Gallifreyan Timelord, in a Christmas special
starring David Tennant as the new Doctor. The Tardis falls to Earth on
Christmas Eve, bringing the new Doctor home to Rose's family. But while his
regeneration goes wrong, Santa-shaped assassins and deadly Christmas trees
herald the approach of a terrible danger from the stars. The Sycorax are
coming, and without the Doctor, the human race is helpless.

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Old 12-25-2005, 11:35 PM   #2 (Print)
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Anyone in Canada (or close by) and gets the CBC it is listed as being on Monday at 8PM.
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Old 12-26-2005, 12:43 AM   #3 (Print)
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It's pretty good. Saw it as it aired on BBC. David is different than Christopher, going to take a few more episodes before i decide on him.

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Old 12-26-2005, 05:41 PM   #4 (Print)
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I just watched this episode after downloading it via a torrent.

It was quite good.

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Old 12-26-2005, 08:32 PM   #5 (Print)
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I too thought it was quite good, and the scenes from the upcomming series look good.

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Old 12-27-2005, 01:20 AM   #6 (Print)
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I too thought it was quite good, and the scenes from the upcomming series look good.


Anyone notice that the secret weapon used at the end was named Torchwood?
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Old 12-27-2005, 09:14 AM   #7 (Print)
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Anyone notice that the secret weapon used at the end was named Torchwood?


They threw the name around enough. I think they wanted to make sure it was pretty obvious.

Spoilerizing because I know many haven't seen the episode yet.

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I liked the bits about being awakened to soon, that he wasn't quite ready, I took it as a way to kinda off handedly mention the early departure of Ecclesson and the need to bring in a new Doctor after only 1 series.

Also liked how they noted that only about 15 hours has passed from the Doctor's PoV since he regenerated, tho it's been months on Earth.


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Old 12-27-2005, 09:57 AM   #8 (Print)
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Anyone notice that the secret weapon used at the end was named Torchwood?


I really enjoyed it as did my daughter

What is the significance of the name Torchwood?
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Old 12-27-2005, 10:10 AM   #9 (Print)
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From the IMDB :

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When the first series was being made, television pirates were desperate to acquire the preview tapes. One of the people in the office had the idea of labeling the tapes with the anagram "Torchwood" rather than "Doctor Who", as a security measure to disguise the tapes when they were delivered from Cardiff to London. Writer Russell T. Davies liked this idea so much that it later inspired him to use it as a title when creating the spin-off series, "Torchwood" (2006).
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Old 12-27-2005, 10:12 AM   #10 (Print)
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Thanks. I Googled Torchwood and got nothing.

Can't wait 'til the spring...
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Old 12-27-2005, 10:15 AM   #11 (Print)
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I liked the bits about being awakened to soon, that he wasn't quite ready, I took it as a way to kinda off handedly mention the early departure of Ecclesson and the need to bring in a new Doctor after only 1 series.


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Except that Eccleston was only ever intended to be in one series, and in fact Tennant was the one they wanted all along (they went with Eccleston for the first series because they thought he was a bigger draw, and could build an audience).

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Old 12-27-2005, 10:22 AM   #12 (Print)
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Except that Eccleston was only ever intended to be in one series, and in fact Tennant was the one they wanted all along (they went with Eccleston for the first series because they thought he was a bigger draw, and could build an audience).



That doesn't fit with what happened, Eccleston announced he would not return directly after the Rose aired last year, I didn't take that as the BBC's intent, as a matter of fact they seemed rather surprised. His decision to leave for fear of typecasting or whatever version you believe seemed to be totally Eccleston's decision.

Tho Tennent was their first choice, the BBC had to be happy with the response Eccleston got.

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Old 12-27-2005, 10:36 AM   #13 (Print)
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That doesn't fit with what happened, Eccleston announced he would not return directly after the Rose aired last year, I didn't take that as the BBC's intent, as a matter of fact they seemed rather surprised. His decision to leave for fear of typecasting or whatever version you believe seemed to be totally Eccleston's decision.

Tho Tennent was their first choice, the BBC had to be happy with the response Eccleston got.

I think the fact that he only had a one-year contract--pretty much unheard of in ongoing series television--says it all.

And I'm pretty sure he said in interviews (after the fact) that there was never any intention of him going beyond the first year, although I'm sure the BBC would have been delighted if he'd changed his mind.

What caught the BBC off-guard, I think, wasn't that he left the show, but that he said publically he was leaving the show before the transformation scene, which they wanted to be a surprise.

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Old 12-27-2005, 12:12 PM   #14 (Print)
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On a side note...

I have read that a Region 1 DVD release of the first new season of Doctor Who is in the works. At least the BBC isn't leaving everyone in the US out.
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Old 12-27-2005, 12:14 PM   #15 (Print)
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On a side note...

I have read that a Region 1 DVD release of the first new season of Doctor Who is in the works. At least the BBC isn't leaving everyone in the US out.


It's scheduled for US release on Feb 14th.

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Old 12-27-2005, 02:58 PM   #16 (Print)
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Note that 'Torchwood' is an anagram for 'Doctor Who
Interesting comparison made:

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In light of the anticipated difference in tone and content, some fans have begun to regard Torchwood as the Angel to Doctor Who's Buffy.

It does sound like Russel T. Davies is the British Joss Whedon.

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Old 12-27-2005, 06:23 PM   #17 (Print)
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You'll be seeing more and more of "Torchwood" as the second series progress, the background behind it and it's formation, and the people involved (hopefully Sally ).

Then when Captain Jack shows up as .....

but prehaps I've said too much (nothing that's not already known in the press...)

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Old 12-28-2005, 01:13 AM   #18 (Print)
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Is Dr. Who on television in US? I would love to see new episodes.
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Old 12-28-2005, 05:21 AM   #19 (Print)
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I saw it last night, and enjoyed it a lot--especially after the Doctor had his tea.

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Old 12-28-2005, 10:15 AM   #20 (Print)
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Pretty kitty Nuns! New evil robots? Rather familiar ... Cybermen?!? NEW CYBERMEN?!?!??! ACK!!!!

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Old 12-28-2005, 01:41 PM   #22 (Print)
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Heh, that was exactly my reaction.

I might just lurk the newsgroups this year, although I've waited for the first set to make it here before watching anything but "Rose".
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Old 12-28-2005, 01:49 PM   #23 (Print)
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Is Dr. Who on television in US? I would love to see new episodes.


Not yet. The BBC is apparently looking for a huge licence fee and no one wants to pony it up. I think it is a matter of time before either the BBC cuts the fee to spur sales of the DVD or a network decides the DVDs are selling well enough to spring for the show.

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