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Kitchen Sink Pirates - Tonight's Who.
Well, last season's third episode was pretty much a dud too.

This was one of those episodes where the writer, actors and production crew were having far more fun than the viewers. They were all, also, trying too hard.
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Sums it up perfectly. I think they threw every cliche, including the kitchen sink, at it!

Dr Who's on borrowed time with me now anyway. I can't warm to Matt Smith. I don't much care for the girl playing Amy. Only River Song and a vague wish to know how they're going to resolve what they started in ep 1 of this batch makes me keep half an eye on it.

Actually, I adore this crew, and as I loathed Ten, and Rose, and Donna, and Mickey...

As someone who watched the series from the very start, I like the way Smith echoes Hartnell and Troughton.

I don't remember the older doctors well enough -- my peak Dr Who time was Jon Pertwee and early Tom Baker.

I liked Christopher Eccleston -- the balance between black humour and edginess worked well. Rose et al were just there and didn't specially interest me -- particularly when it all started becoming lovey-dovey with the assistants.

I liked Donna more than I thought I would, if only on the grounds she was older and took no crap off the doctor. In the end, though, I was watching for Bernard Cribbens *g*.

I hate Tom Baker nearly as much as I hate Tennant, and possibly even more than I hate Colin Baker.

LOL! JP I did like; TB was when I started to lose interest. I think my league of shame would be:

Colin Baker
Sylvester McCoy
Matt Smith
Tom Baker

Tennant I could take or leave. One or two eps worked well for me (the WW1 ones - Family of Blood?) Otherwise, I watched without being hugely engaged.

In other words, you liked the episodes written by Moffat and Cornell. (I have fondness for the Cornell-written Captain Britain and MI13, though this may be because I have loved one of the characters ever since he appeared back in the 1970s, and I love Paul's picture of a multi-cultural mythic Britain.)

I also like the McCoy era, though that has a lot to do with some excellent writing (Remembrance of the Daleks, yay!) and my adoration of Ace.

Oddly enough, I generally don't like Moffat's eps -- I'm probably the only person in the universe who went 'meh' to the blink statues!

I re-watched the gas mask eps from Eccleston's reign when I was up at bigtitch's at Easter. They stood up pretty well to a second go through.

I think you've pretty much nailed it, actually - further evidence being garnered from the Confidential ep right afterwards...

(And I totally agree about Victory of the Daleks too - I think that's one's tied for first place as my least favourite episode of them all...)

Neil Gaiman's The Doctor's Wife next week!

Yes, it looked very interesting!

Although I have to say, my only exposure to anything Neil Gaiman related to date is 'Good Omens', which I really didn't get/enjoy all that much, so there's part of me that's a tiny bit worried (but only a tiny bit!).

Are you sure? You didn't see any of the films Beowulf (scriptwriter), Coraline (based on a Gaiman novel) or Stardust (based on a Gaiman sort-of Graphic Novel)?

Sandman is astonishing...

Or, for that matter, the Bab5 episode Day of the Dead, or the TV series Neverwhere (original screenplay) or the (very odd) film Mirrormask

Edited at 2011-05-07 07:39 pm (UTC)

Ah, yes, I have seen Stardust! Forgot about that! That's the only one of the stuff you've listed though, and I've definitely never read any of his books...

He made his name with possibly the greatest comic book fantasy series of all time, Sandman, which spun off half a dozen other well-regarded books.

I like most of his novels, but particularly Anansi Boys which takes the theme of his huge (and a bit turgid) American Gods and makes it shorter, snappier, funnier and more meaningful. Then there's The Graveyard Book which is, sort of, the Jungle Book with ghosts instead of jungle animals. Deserved its Hugo, its Carnegie, its Newbery and its Locus awards.

I'm sensing I'm in a minority but I actually enjoyed it. Yes, it was a bit of a retread but I liked the pirates. I did think the Doctor would have more of an effort to save more of the marked men but still, on the whole, I enjoyed it far more than I expected to. A lot of this is down to Matt Smith's portrayal of the Doctor - he's the first of the new Docs to really nail it imo - and the current Tardis Team.

No, not a great episode by any means but i still found it enjoyable.

I think this episode is a demonstration of how good Doctor Who usually is. Not in and of itself, but for the fact that we're disappointed when it's "only" as good as a bog-standard children's show episode. As dark and scary as it's gotten from time to time over the last couple of full seasons ("Midnight" still freaks me right the hell out), it's easy to forget that this show is technically meant for kids.

On a related note: Doctor Who demonstrates why e-books are a really good idea.

Well, technically it is a 'family' show, which supposedly has something in it for everyone from kids to grandparents.

It started in 1963 as a children's educational programme, broadcast around 5 o'clock in the acknowledged 'children's hour' slot towards the back end, which was meant for 10 to 16 year olds.

Its current BBC slot, somewhere between 6 and 7 pm is meant to be able to be watched by everyone. It has to be said that the explicitly children's shows, The Sarah Jane Adventures and MI High are rarely this silly.

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