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Old 26-12-2005, 15:13   #1
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Is the New Doctor Who a good blind buy ?

Hi

I have never watched the new Doctor Who ( 2005 )

In fact ... I have never watched the old one too ( I live in Spain ).

Anyway ... I will probably buy it ...

But first I need some opinions.

Is the New Doctor Who a good blind buy ?

thanks

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Old 26-12-2005, 15:15   #2
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From what I've seen of people's reactions it can be a bit of a marmite series for some people. They repeat episodes all the time on UK Gold so it might be worth watching a couple on there before making a decision.
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Old 26-12-2005, 15:17   #3
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It's a good buy for the blind.

Thought it was an awful series to be honest.
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Old 26-12-2005, 15:19   #4
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As you haven't seen an episode of Doctor Who before new or old then I reckon you would like it, there is probably one or perhaps two episodes that are not brilliant but some of the others are pretty good. As Harsin says if you can picked up UK Gold it might be worth checking them on there first.
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Old 26-12-2005, 21:11   #5
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It's a good blind buy so long as you understand you are buying a fun family show. Don't expect hardcore sci-fi like Star Trek or Battlestar Galactica.
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Old 27-12-2005, 13:38   #6
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It's a good blind buy so long as you understand you are buying a fun family show. Don't expect hardcore sci-fi like Star Trek or Battlestar Galactica.
It is precisely the fact it is a fun family show that makes it such a refreshing series and although I do like both Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica, I much prefer to watch Doctor Who.
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Old 27-12-2005, 14:04   #7
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They repeat episodes all the time on UK Gold so it might be worth watching a couple on there before making a decision.
BBC Three are also repeating all of them this week.
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Old 27-12-2005, 20:46   #8
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As others have said - it depends what you are expecting from it - perhaps you should tell us why you are thinking of buying it?

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Old 28-12-2005, 03:51   #9
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There's not really anything else like it out there, never was. It's a lot more jokey than most SF shows, too much so for some people. It's very whimsical as well. The plots are a bit simplified for the most part, but every episode has some classic lines to be had, and the quality of the scripts are generally pretty good. It's laugh out loud funny quite a lot of the time, although this will depend on your sense of humour.

It's mostly self contained episodes or two parters and the quality varies from week to week. There is an ongoing story but that doesn't really come to much until near the end.

I'd say coming into it without expectations, you'd be likely to enjoy it. Most of the series' critics seem to want it to be darker and more serious, or a bit less kiddy-orientated, dare I say it. You'll miss out on the nostalgic rush of hearing the TARDIS engines again, or seeing the Daleks return which have doubtlessly papered over the cracks for many. It's not perfect, but then again it only the first season out of a guaranteed three so far.

The bottom line for me is that it's good fast-paced in your face fun, and it will either go right over your head, or grow to obsess you like nothing before it.

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Don't expect hardcore sci-fi like Star Trek or Battlestar Galactica.
Or something fun either.

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Old 29-12-2005, 09:46   #11
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should you buy it?

I should cocoa.

But then I'm a fan, but as people have said without knowing your tastes its hard to say, but the fact it went down so well over here with the british general public is an attester to the fact its an enjoyable watch. Dr Who is fan, sometimes its annoying in its cheesy puerile omoments, but they are few and far between and you have such fun watching it, especially if you have afondnness for old horror films, as Dr Who has always tried to scare.

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Or something fun either.
Fun is something Doctor Who has in abundance.
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Fun is something Doctor Who has in abundance.
I'd be nice if he shared it with the audience then
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I'd be nice if he shared it with the audience then
What's it like being in the minority? Cold and damp and bitter I'd guess.
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It's a fun show for kids, with a few bits that make it appeal to adults, especially in the dialogue. The effects are pretty ropey, and the stories a bit cheesy, but if that floats your boat, then you should buy it.

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I am not a fan of Sci-Fi at all but I had memories of watching Dr Who as a kid and loving being scared by it so i thought I'd watch it. On the whole I loved it! There were a couple of dodgy episodes (the 1st being one of them IIRC) but there were also a couple of episodes I found genuinely scarey (the one set in WW2 actually gave me a nightmare!). I found the series as a whole great entertainment and fun watching. I'd recommend it unless you're a hard core Sci-Fi fan who hates plot holes
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The effects are pretty ropey
I'd say that the effects in the new series are pretty good considering that this series has probably less than half of the budget that equivalent US shows get.
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As others have already a couple of the episodes were a bit poor (most notably the first, and the alien invasion two parter) but overall it's a great series. It is the one programme that myself, my wife and three kids (two girls 13 and 11, and a boy aged 8) all sat down together to watch religiously every week, and we are all looking forward to the (avoiding a minefield here with series numbering!) next season in the spring.
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I'd say that the effects in the new series are pretty good considering that this series has probably less than half of the budget that equivalent US shows get.
I agree, the effects are generally excellent and just a handful didn't work for me. By that I mean although a few fx didn't work IMO they were far from ropey, and I would say there were merely slightly unconvincing. Overall the effects were fine and served their purpose, which was to assist the telling of stories.
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