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Rate "The Doctor's Wife"

Post by Patrick on Wed May 11, 2011 8:22 pm

This was supposed to be Zoltar's post, but he's feeling a bit under the weather just now. So I'm going to do my best to post this in the style of Zoltar.

((((((((((((((((((((Everyone))))))))))))))))))))))

And I mean that! (Unless you name is Sid Seadevil- that's Patrick typing, not Zoltar.)

So, transmission of Episode 4 of Series 6, "The Doctor's Wife", will air in both the UK and North America, and probably lots of other places, too. (we shouldn't forget the other places Doctor Who will air, that would be unkind), on Saturday, May 14th. Now, standard to procedures around the OW, this thread will remain locked until after UK transmission of the episode. Which means, ((((((((peeps on this side of the Atlantic))))))), if you peek in here before transmission on BBC-America, you might come across spoilers, so enter this thread at your own risk if you haven't seen it yet.

We'll unlock this thread following UK transmission of the story.

Now remember, this is Neil Gaiman's debut at Doctor Who, which makes this a pretty important story. So we want to hear what you thought of it. Please post your thoughts.

(There. I think I sounded at least slightly Zoltar-esque. Quiet, Sid!)

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Re: Rate "The Doctor's Wife"

Post by Sid Seadevil on Sat May 14, 2011 11:18 am

That was the distillation of everything just everything I've always believed that the Doctor's Relationship to his TARDIS is.

Touching and just magical.

I loved each and every moment of it.


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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Sat May 14, 2011 11:25 am

Superb stuff. Mad as a box of frogs, with light, dark and every shade in between. Throw in pleasing nods to past Who and other sci-fi and it's a stonewall 5/5. Smile

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Post by Sid Seadevil on Sat May 14, 2011 11:27 am

I rather suspected your reaction wouldn't be a million miles away from mine on this, old chap. Smile
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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Sat May 14, 2011 11:30 am

At times I found myself being entranced.

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Post by Sid Seadevil on Sat May 14, 2011 11:57 am

Entranced and enchanted here. Gaiman's always delightfully askew sensibilities brought to full focus on our favourite Time Lord and his universe was everything I had always hoped it would be.

And a big, BIG hand to Suranne Jones, who I felt was absolutely pitch-perfect amongst what was already a clutch of excellent performances.
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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Sat May 14, 2011 12:00 pm

Agreed. First *on air transmission* for me so far this series. There's nowt quite like watching it as it goes out.

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Post by Sid Seadevil on Sat May 14, 2011 12:05 pm

Absolutely. You're timing for your couldn't have worked out better. Smile
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Post by John the Vic on Sat May 14, 2011 2:32 pm

My reaction to most episodes is always positive, as I love the show no matter what has happened to it, past or present.. However, that was a masterpiece of emotion, a fantastic piece of writing, and an episode that almost certainly exceeds others like "Blink", and "Vincent", and must rank as one of the very best ever written.. I must admit that having seen Suranne Jones play the whinging character of Karen in Coronation Street, I was sceptical at first when I heard that she would be in an episode of Doctor Who, and especially in such an important one as this.. I needn't have worried, as she was excellent.. Watch it again? you bet I will.. And again.. And again.. Smile
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Post by Sid Seadevil on Sat May 14, 2011 3:30 pm

You aren't alone in watching again, John. This is one story I can absolutely guarantee I'll be revisiting many times in the future.


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Post by stanmore on Sat May 14, 2011 3:43 pm

I thought it was beautiful. My first non-debatable 5/5 Klassik since Human Nature. Might watch it again now. It might have been designed for me; a story for an incurable fanboy that has the nasty habit of personifying inanimate objects...


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Post by Johnstone McGuckian on Sat May 14, 2011 4:07 pm

Total, complete and absolute classic! It was simply everything that WHO should be. If you didn't like it then I suggest you seek medical help.

5/5
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Post by Patrick on Sat May 14, 2011 4:35 pm

Wow! The episode doesn't air over here for another hour and a half, and it has a 100% 5/5 rating from everyone who's posted on the other side of the pond. I can't wait to see it!
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Post by Johnstone McGuckian on Sat May 14, 2011 5:10 pm

You're in for one hell of a treat.
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Post by Zoltar on Sat May 14, 2011 5:15 pm

Hey, where do you guys keep the "6" button? Well, I'll call it 5/5 for now.

stanmore wrote:It might have been designed for me; a story for an incurable fanboy that has the nasty habit of personifying inanimate objects...
You and me both, Stan. You and me both.
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Post by Sid Seadevil on Sat May 14, 2011 5:52 pm

Zoltar wrote:
stanmore wrote:It might have been designed for me; a story for an incurable fanboy that has the nasty habit of personifying inanimate objects...
You and me both, Stan. You and me both.
And neither of you are alone in doing that. A successive line of computers all named "Joyce", an even longer unbroken line of bicycles all named "Gwendolyn"; all of which seem to inherit certain idiosyncrasies from their predecessors. All of which I view as being "alive" in some vague, ill-definable way.

Truth is I love them - and they all appear to at least reciprocate to a certain, nebulous, indefinable degree.

I'm ready for my padded cell now.

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Post by Colin Hicks on Sat May 14, 2011 6:09 pm

That was absolute balls-to-the-wall blinding. Why can't it be like this every week?

5/5, of course.

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Post by Patrick on Sat May 14, 2011 7:16 pm

That was beautiful. I mean really, really wonderful. It all hinged upon finding an actress to credibly play the part of the TARDIS, and they did it. And it worked. In spades! Cripes, I can't wait to watch this again when BBC-America airs it 10 PM. I think The Doctor's Wife may easily justify a place in as a jewel in the crown of Doctor Who. I absolutely loved this story.

And I shall no longer feel any sense of shame for naming my cars. And talking to them. And having zen moments with them as I change the oil.

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Post by Dave Webb on Sun May 15, 2011 1:49 am

I never give anything 5/5. Ever.

That was a wonderful episode of Doctor Who. It had excellent dialog, it had nods to continuity done in a way that makes old fans happy while leaving new fans included, it had strong performances from the cast, the lead actor got to be subtle and nuanced and powerful and...

Of course it's getting a 5. What else could it get?

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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Sun May 15, 2011 2:35 am

Patrick wrote:And I shall no longer feel any sense of shame for naming my cars. And talking to them. And having zen moments with them as I change the oil.

Too much information Patrick...............

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Post by Sid Seadevil on Sun May 15, 2011 3:03 am

I watched it again in the early hours just before heading off to bed. It was if anything even more wonderful than on the first viewing.

Tis the stuff that fan (and quality televisual) dreams are made of.
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Post by Zoltar on Sun May 15, 2011 10:41 am

Patrick wrote:And I shall no longer feel any sense of shame for naming my cars.

Nor should you, my friend.

Patrick wrote:And talking to them.
Well, quite.

Patrick wrote:And having zen moments with them as I change the oil.
Suspect

Sid Seadevil wrote:I watched it again in the early hours just before heading off to bed. It was if anything even more wonderful than on the first viewing.

Tis the stuff that fan (and quality televisual) dreams are made of.
Yep, I liked it even more on the second viewing too.
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Post by Sid Seadevil on Sun May 15, 2011 11:39 am

Patrick wrote:And I shall no longer feel any sense of shame for naming my cars.

Zoltar wrote:Nor should you, my friend.
Indeed.

Patrick wrote:And talking to them.
Zoltar wrote:Well, quite.
Absolutely.

Patrick wrote:And having zen moments with them as I change the oil.
Zoltar wrote:Suspect
VERY Suspect

Sid Seadevil wrote:I watched it again in the early hours just before heading off to bed. It was if anything even more wonderful than on the first viewing.

Tis the stuff that fan (and quality televisual) dreams are made of.
Zoltar wrote:Yep, I liked it even more on the second viewing too.
And even more on the third. I'm watching the BBC 3 repeat even as I type. Very Happy
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Post by Zoltar on Sun May 15, 2011 11:43 am

Sid Seadevil wrote:And even more on the third. I'm watching the BBC 3 repeat even as I type. Very Happy
I'm looking forward to my third viewing as well. Very Happy And I'm tracking down the confidential for this one as well.

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Post by Dave Webb on Sun May 15, 2011 11:46 am

Zoltar wrote:
Sid Seadevil wrote:And even more on the third. I'm watching the BBC 3 repeat even as I type. Very Happy
I'm looking forward to my third viewing as well. Very Happy And I'm tracking down the confidential for this one as well.

It has added Neil Gaiman. And TARDIS based nostalgia.

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