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Old 05-12-24, 02:34 AM
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Re: Doctor Who - Season 1 Thread - S: Ncuti Gatwa

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Yes, for some reason they are calling it episode one; in the UK the Christmas specials are always separate from the seasons/series.
Yeah it is a seperate listing here too but then gets relisted under Season 1.
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I love Millie Gibson/Ruby sooo much. I’m still getting a feel for the new Doctor but this is the best I’ve felt about this series in YEARS!
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Re: Doctor Who - Season 1 Thread - S: Ncuti Gatwa

Ncuti is an absolute joy to watch -- it's wonderful to have a Doctor who actually feels like he enjoys being the Doctor -- but the stories have been terrible.

Davies is leaning way too far into camp in Ncuti's first three episodes. I was initially cool with the goblins and flying ship in the Christmas special, but the next two episodes have featured talking babies running a space ship and the Doctor dueling Jinx Monsoon with animated sheet music. Not to mention completely wasting a guest appearance by the Beatles.

Wild speculation time: We're leading up the return of Susan. She got name-dropped in "The Devil's Chord" that ended with a musical number about a "Twist at the end." Not to mention that the Doctor also brought up the Tardis being an acronym for Time And Relative Dimension in Space (which is what Susan named it in the first episode back in 1963.

Look at the credits and one of the actresses is named... Susan Twist.

Was Susan the mysterious woman who left Ruby at the church? Is Ruby The Doctor's great-granddaughter?

After watching "The Church on Ruby Road," I thought that maybe the woman who left baby Ruby on the church doorstep would be Ruby herself, but now I'm not sure. And there's still the matter of the woman who lives next door to Ruby who knew about the Tardis.
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Re: Doctor Who - Season 1 Thread - S: Ncuti Gatwa

Originally Posted by Josh-da-man
Ncuti is an absolute joy to watch -- it's wonderful to have a Doctor who actually feels like he enjoys being the Doctor -- but the stories have been terrible.

Davies is leaning way too far into camp in Ncuti's first three episodes. I was initially cool with the goblins and flying ship in the Christmas special, but the next two episodes have featured talking babies running a space ship and the Doctor dueling Jinx Monsoon with animated sheet music. Not to mention completely wasting a guest appearance by the Beatles.
The episodes are completely RTD, but even more so. It's like he's off the leash, like whatever sensibilities during his first run that stated "you can't do that on Doctor Who" are completely gone.

That said, the next episode is a Stephen Moffat penned one, so we may get a more classical, twisty episode. That said, RTD wrote, solo, 6 out of the 8 episodes this season, so expect more RTD wackiness.


Originally Posted by Josh-da-man
Wild speculation time: We're leading up the return of Susan. She got name-dropped in "The Devil's Chord" that ended with a musical number about a "Twist at the end." Not to mention that the Doctor also brought up the Tardis being an acronym for Time And Relative Dimension in Space (which is what Susan named it in the first episode back in 1963.

Look at the credits and one of the actresses is named... Susan Twist.
I thought the twist was that we saw Harry Arbinger (aka H. Arbinger, aka harbinger) peaking out of a room during the dance sequence, suggesting another Toymaker offspring, or maybe He Who Waits, is paying attention.

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I'm not going to say all old white women look the same but Susan Twist isn't the the neighbor who knew what a Tardis was in the Christmas episode is she? I think her name was Mrs. Flood?
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Re: Doctor Who - Season 1 Thread - S: Ncuti Gatwa

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I'm not going to say all old white women look the same but Susan Twist isn't the the neighbor who knew what a Tardis was in the Christmas episode is she? I think her name was Mrs. Flood?
No, Mrs. Flood is Ruby's neighbor, who is played by Anita Dobson, who also happens to be the wife of astrophysicist Brian May. And I think her husband has a second job, too.

Susan Twist is an actress who has had bit parts in four of the episodes since RTD's return... she was Mrs. Merridew in "Wild Blue Yonder," she was the concertgoer in "Church on Ruby Road" who requested Gaudete, she was one of the people who abandoned the space station in "Space Babies," and she was the woman who sold the Doctor and Ruby tea at the EMI canteen in "The Devil's Chord." She's also, apparently, going to appear in the next episode, too.

Seems like RTD is planting another "Bad Wolf" in this season.

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Re: Doctor Who - Season 1 Thread - S: Ncuti Gatwa

Ruby is Susan or Susan's daughter
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Re: Doctor Who - Season 1 Thread - S: Ncuti Gatwa

Well... "Boom" was immensely better than the previous two episodes.
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"Boom" is peak Moffat. When he's good, he's good, and he's very good at self-contained stories. A very clever and twisty story, but also with some emotional heft; you care about the guest characters, even after knowing them for only a few minutes. One minor complaint is that I think the actor for Splice was maybe a bit too old for the way that character acted. It seems like the character was written as younger, but maybe they were tired of all the age restrictions from filming Space Babies.

There's this short video where Stephen Moffat explains his inspiration for the story:

It ends up being almost a bottle episode. There's only a handful of sets, and like 90% of the episode happens on one of them. It's really interesting to see the show constrained that way.

Now a little more spoilery, this article goes into more speculation about Susan Twist, who's role in this episode is pretty prominent:
https://www.radiotimes.com/tv/sci-fi...st-newsupdate/

Also, the "Easter eggs" and references in the episode explained:
https://mashable.com/article/doctor-...om-easter-eggs

And an interview with Stephen Moffat about the episode, which includes a spoiler about next season's casting that was already announced. but people may not have been paying attention:
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv...al-1235903042/
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Re: Doctor Who - Season 1 Thread - S: Ncuti Gatwa

Originally Posted by Jay G.
"Boom" is peak Moffat. When he's good, he's good, and he's very good at self-contained stories. A very clever and twisty story, but also with some emotional heft; you care about the guest characters, even after knowing them for only a few minutes.
Yeah, Moffat really can knock it out of the park with single stories. It's too bad he couldn't sustain that momentum when he was showrunner, though. A lot of neat ideas -- Van Gogh painting the exploding TARDIS, the Silence, the Doctor's grave -- that he never could gel into cohesive and satisfying season-long arcs.

It also featured that odd obsession Moffat seems to have with malfunctioning medical equipment. It's a quirk/kink that seems show up in a lot of his stories in one form or another.

Still probably the best episode since "Heaven Sent."
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Re: Doctor Who - Season 1 Thread - S: Ncuti Gatwa

Oh, that's good
Originally Posted by Josh-da-man
No, Mrs. Flood is Ruby's neighbor, who is played by Anita Dobson, who also happens to be the wife of astrophysicist Brian May. And I think her husband has a second job, too.

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