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Old 04-24-22, 11:34 PM
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Re: Doctor Who (BBC America) -- Series 13 Discussion Thread -- premieres 10/31/21

This season any good? I haven’t seen any of it. I thought last season was pretty poor.
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This season any good? I havenít seen any of it. I thought last season was pretty poor.
If you didn't like series 12, I don't see how you'd enjoy series 13. Flux is like the last two episodes of series 12, it throws big ideas at you at a rapid pace, then just as quickly abandons them. "War of the Sontarans" is likely the best episode, in that it almost works as a standalone, ignoring some mention of Flux and the very end. The biggest takeaway from the series is that The Doctor has a new companion, Dan.

Maybe skip over series 13 and just watch the two specials, since I found those entertaining and they're both relatively self-contained.
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Really brining episode. I agree it felt like an old classic Who episode.

I enjoyed Dan in the Flux, but he pretty much has nothing to do here. I wonder if heíll stay through for the new Dr. I hope Yaz goes regardless. Sheís had a few good moments, but is well overstayed. If anybody should have stayed it was Graham.

The trailer seems to bring a lot of elements from the last season and the Flux back, so hopefully the closeout will be on par with the quality of the Flux.

Without spoilers, I donít think anybody has been announced. Is the new Dr not always introduced at the end of the last Drís ep? I guess it doesnít air until the fall (?), but assume itís all in the bag.
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Without spoilers, I donít think anybody has been announced. Is the new Dr not always introduced at the end of the last Drís ep? I guess it doesnít air until the fall (?), but assume itís all in the bag.
Might be an interesting change to hold off on the announcement and it is seen on screen at the regeneration but I gather they will drop the name in the summer.
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The announcement of who plays the new Doctor has always been before the finale episode/special of the last since the revival in 2005. I think it's largely because it's too big a thing to keep secret. The actor is going to have to start turning down offers for other shows/films, and the show is going to have to start pre-production on the next series, which means costuming, promotional materials, cast readings, etc. Better to control the release of info via an announcement instead of via a leak.

I personally only recall Capaldi and Jodi getting their own announcement special. I guess Matt Smith was announced on an episode of Doctor Who Confidential, but that didn't air here in the US.

And of course, in-show they've put the regeneration at the end of the last actor's last episode/special since the revival, which means the new Doctor first appears at the end of that episode, instead of having the previous actor come back for the new series to just regenerate in the first episode. However, Capaldi, or at least his eyebrows, did get a cameo one special earlier in Day of the Doctor. Also, if you go back to older Doctor Who, Jon Pertwee first played the Third Doctor at the beginning of Series 7 (the regeneration wasn't shown on-screen, the first and only time due to 8 getting a regeneration scene in a short webisode decades later), the regeneration of 6th to 7th was in the first episode of the 24th season (and Colin Baker declined to come back to film it), and the regeneration of 7th to 8th was in the 1996 TV movie.
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Ncuti Gatwa will take over from Jodie Whittaker as the star of Doctor Who, the BBC has announced.

The 29-year-old will become the 14th Time Lord on the popular science fiction show, and the first non-white actor to play the lead role.

Scottish actor Gatwa, who was born in Rwanda, is best known for starring in Netflix's sitcom Sex Education.

He said he was "deeply honoured, beyond excited and of course a little bit scared".

He added: "This role and show means so much to so many around the world, including myself, and each one of my incredibly talented predecessors has handled that unique responsibility and privilege with the utmost care.

"I will endeavour my upmost to do the same."

Showrunner Russell T Davies said Gatwa "dazzled us" in his audition.

"Sometimes talent walks through the door and it's so bright and bold and brilliant, I just stand back in awe and thank my lucky stars," Davies said.

The Queer As Folk and It's A Sin writer is returning as the programme's showrunner after departing the show in 2009.

Whittaker took over as the Time Lord in 2017 as the first female doctor.
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-61371123

I like him on Sex Education. I guess we'll see how it goes...
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Re: Doctor Who (BBC America) -- Series 13 Discussion Thread -- premieres 10/31/21

Just watched an interview with him and he seems to have a good energy but I havenít seen any of his actual work yet.

With RTD back I think this will be good and not feel like stunt casting (which unfortunately Jodie felt like because Chibnall let her down with weak writing).
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Re: Doctor Who (BBC America) -- Series 13 Discussion Thread -- premieres 10/31/21

I don't know much about Ncuti (heck, I don't even know how to pronounce his name!) but I've heard good things about him and have full trust in RTD back at the helm, so I'm expecting we're in for some fun.
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Re: Doctor Who (BBC America) -- Series 13 Discussion Thread -- premieres 10/31/21

A cool choice, and they really couldnít go back to a white guy at the moment. More than anything Iím waiting for the writer regeneration because the terrible scripts have chased me away from watching much of Jodieís Doctor after the first season or so. Iíd like to be excited by the show again.
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I don't know much about Ncuti (heck, I don't even know how to pronounce his name!) but I've heard good things about him and have full trust in RTD back at the helm, so I'm expecting we're in for some fun.
"Shooty" I think.
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Re: Doctor Who (BBC America) -- Series 13 Discussion Thread -- premieres 10/31/21

Maybe now that they have a male doctor who is young and attractive will draw some fans back to the show.

I suspect women left it in droves after they replaced Matt Smith with a grumpy old bastard -- I used to see women wearing Doctor Who shirts quite a bit in public, and those dried up as soon as Capaldi was announced.

Hopefully the new Who has the quirky charm that Tennant and Smith had that concealed a serious don't-fuck-with-me badass vibe.

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Yep, this will work out as well as Jodie did! Time to skip another 3 years
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Yep, this will work out as well as Jodie did! Time to skip another 3 years
Dude we get it; you only think white men can succeed. No need to post the same comment in tons of threads.
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I imagine that they're gonna be changing the TARDIS exterior now.
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Dude we get it; you only think white men can succeed. No need to post the same comment in tons of threads.
When I saw his name as the last post in this thread, I had a sense of what the tone or content of the post would beÖ

Km not familiar with the actorís work, but open to somebody new and younger to take on the role (ala Tenant and Smith).
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When I saw his name as the last post in this thread, I had a sense of what the tone or content of the post would beÖ

Km not familiar with the actorís work, but open to somebody new and younger to take on the role (ala Tenant and Smith).
They went full woke and checked off two boxes this time around. Itís not surprising, and Iím sure I already speculated it would be a mix of diversity picks.

Letís talk around episode 4 and see how well received this was to viewers in terms of ratings. You can say ďgood pickĒ but viewers will determine that, like they have with all the other ones.
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I've been watching Sex Education from the start and go hot and cold on his character. He does seem to be a decent actor and he has something of a manic energy on SE so he has the potential to bring some youth and vigor to the role. That said I loved Jodie W in a number of other roles and never got into her as the doctor but I do consider myself a casual fan.
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Somebody's been taking his red pills!
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C'mon, give Gizmo a break. How would you feel if all your life people on TV looked like you and had the same gender, sexual orientation, and skin color as you and then all of a sudden you see people of other genders and races who don't look like you on screen? They have different upbringing, different feelings and wants and needs right, so how can he relate to them and enjoy these shows? If only Fox News had a scripted channel, amirite Gizzy?
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They went full woke and checked off two boxes this time around.
What are the two boxes? He's black and... Scottish?
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What are the two boxes? He's black and... Scottish?
He apparently can't separate the actor from his character in Sex Education?
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It's kind of weird they picked an actor from a pornographic show to play the Doctor, but I guess they already did that with Matt Smith too.
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It's kind of weird they picked an actor from a pornographic show to play the Doctor, but I guess they already did that with Matt Smith too.
I haven't seen the show, but my understanding is that Sex Education is rated TV-MA and deals with frank discussions and depictions of sex, but it isn't pornographic.

Also important to remember that Russel T Davies made Queer as Folk before he rebooted Doctor Who, and made It's a Sin during his hiatus from the show.

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