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The BBC Releases Synopses Of The First Three Episodes Of DOCTOR WHO Season/Series Seven, And Images As Well!

Published at: Aug. 15, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST by merrick

 

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BBC has released synopsis of the first three episodes of DOCTOR WHO Season/Series 7.  Keep in mind, these are officially issued descriptions and, thus, aren't likely to contain anything terribly spoilery.  

Episode 1: Asylum Of The Daleks - Kidnapped by his oldest foe, the Doctor is forced on an impossible mission - to a place even the Daleks are too terrified to enter... the Asylum. A planetary prison confining the most terrifying and insane of their kind, the Doctor and the Ponds must find an escape route. But with Amy and Rory’s relationship in meltdown, and an army of mad Daleks closing in, it is up to the Doctor to save their lives, as well as the Pond’s marriage.
Episode 2: Dinosaurs On A Spaceship - An unmanned spaceship hurtles towards certain destruction - unless the Doctor can save it, and its impossible cargo... of dinosaurs! By his side a ragtag gang of adventurers; a big game hunter, an Egyptian Queen and a surprised member of the Pond family. But little does the Doctor know there is someone else onboard who will stop at nothing to keep hold of his precious, prehistoric cargo.
Episode 3: A Town Called Mercy - The Doctor gets a Stetson (and a gun!), and finds himself the reluctant Sheriff of a Western town under siege by a relentless cyborg, who goes by the name of the Gunslinger. But who is he and what does he want? The answer seems to lie with the mysterious, Kahler-Jex, an alien doctor (yes another one!) whose initial appearance is hiding a dark secret.

Al in all, we know know the titles and authors of the first five Season/Series 7 episodes.  Asylum of the Daleks is scripted by current WHO mastermind Steven Moffat, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship is written by Chris Chibnall (S5's The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood) , A Town Called Mercy is by Toby Whithouse (S5's The Vampires of Venice and S6's The God Complex), The Power of Three by Chris Chibnall, and The Angels Take Manhattan - which exits current companions Amy and Rory - is by Steven Moffat.  

Some new images from this first batch of episodes are also making the rounds.  A few of them are presentd here, but you can JUMP TO BBC for a broader (and EMBIGGENABLE!) selction.  Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.  My 5 year old heard rthat title and practically pooped himself.  This may well be the first DOCTOR WHO episode he watches...

 

 

 

 

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  • Aug. 15, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Cannot Wait!!

    by Fettster_uk

    This series is gonna be awesome!

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Who killed all these Daleks?

    by Fettster_uk

    Who do you think?

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Adric

    by dalybear

    There should be an Adric reference

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST

    When?

    by INWOsuxRED

    I thought they would announce right after, or even during the Olympics. WHEN???

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Mercy.....MERCY!!!!

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    ; )

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST

    So did that first official BBC Season 7 trailer spoil 'Mercy'?

    by tangcameo

    Since we see two characters who kinda both look familiar (trying to be as nonspoilery as possible)?

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    /\ possible barest of ***spoilers*** in that last post /\

    by tangcameo

  • like here and in Parting of The Ways/Doomsday et al, don't do much for me. <p> In relation to Daleks, NuWho has yet to top 'Dalek' with Eccleston for me. One Dalek > Many

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST

    River is not in the wild west epi

    by gcodori

    the first trailer shows some other curly haired lady in the wild west episode, not River.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Have they ditched the multicoloured Daleks?

    by Octavian

    Imagine that Asylum wideshot with a red one, a blue one, a yellow one, an orange one... Somehow rather less dramatic. Moffat really needs to deliver with this series. I am fearful.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Expectations

    by veteran_of_mu

    #1 is just to setup the dynamic for #5. #2 is about how much FX have improved since Pertwee's puppetsaurs. #3 is every bit as much a crap sandwich as the trailers make it appear. #4 is all about Amy, Rory and River #5 kills Amy and reintroduces the Master Who is, of course, Rory.

  • Some moments since Moffat took over seemed rushed like he was doing Sherlock and DW at the same time and focused more on Sherlock.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST

    September 1st

    by dj_bollocks

    That is all...

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Anticipation Anxiety

    by Dreamfasting

    After so many months ... now is the dangerous window, where the imagination is firing up and promos ramp up and we diehard children-at-heart have to walk the careful line between fully enjoying the dreams to come and overhyping our imaginations to impossible standards :)

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 7:51 p.m. CST

    caractacuspotts

    by mukhtabi

    I think most of your expectations are very spot on. But I don't think Rory will end up being the Master. Although, if somehow the Master manages to take over Rory's body as Amy dies, well that would be the one scenario I would buy...

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Whatever horrible end they have planned for the Ponds

    by jimbojones123

    Will be erased in the 50th when whichever character(s) comes back from death. It will happen.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Caractacuspotts - puppetsaurs

    by jpwishbone

    My earliest memories of Doctor Who are of the dinosaurs with John Pertwee. To a 5 year old boy, they were pretty awesome and just a bit scary. Probably seem a bit lame now, but those memories have stuck with me ever since. Always glad to see dinosaurs returning to Doctor Who.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 1:56 a.m. CST

    As an 80s kid

    by gb

    McCoy will forever be my doctor, tried to watch this a few times but I have never been able to connect with the last few time lords. I have to admit that this looks quite promosing though and might give it a try.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 2:29 a.m. CST

    I want this motherfuckin' dinosaurs offa my motherfuckin' spaceship!

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Never liked the Ponds, so good riddance to them. Also -

    by Ecto-1

    I'm totally sick of River Song. I really wish they would wrap up her storyline and have done with it. And PLEASE, stop bringing back the weeping angels. They were cool in their first appearance but it should have been left at that. Moffat has done some okay stuff with his run, but over all I've found it to be nowhere near as enjoyable as what Russell Davies did. But Matt Smith's performance as the Doctor make up for it. The Doctor's companions have all been much the same to me. Never liked Rose, Billie Piper is an awful actress. Martha was just a Rose clone which was a shame as I thought that Freema was a good actress. The Ponds were just crap on pretty much every level for me. Donna has by far been my fave. I thought she was great as she was so different from the other companions, and catherine tate was wonderful in the role. I wonder what the new companion will be like... With no current Torchwood series being broadcasted, here's hoping there won't be any crossover stuff between them. I'd rather see more of UNIT.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Neither of the pOnds will die.....

    by sam jacksons wig

    ..thay promised us an emotional exit, but why does that have to mean death? So there wont be any back from the death nonsense for the 50th when they DO return along with everyone else who's still alive. (literally rather than figuratively) Remember, Rory really can't die as he's an automatron and has died already about 800 times.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 3:29 a.m. CST

    Replies

    by veteran_of_mu

    @dreamfasting, There is no line. @Mushtabi, Who has a time lady daughter, regenerates regularly, had a suspicious pocket watch until the doc picked his pocket, and recognized a miniaturization ray before he had any right to do so? Rory is SO the Master. @Sam, He's not been an auton since Big Bang 2.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 4:05 a.m. CST

    @caractacuspotts -

    by V'Shael

    *Who has a time lady daughter, regenerates regularly, * Sorry, what? Regenerates regularly? Evidence please. *had a suspicious pocket watch until the doc picked his pocket, * Again, what? *and recognized a miniaturization ray before he had any right to do so?* Just because you're slow on the uptake doesn't mean Rory has to be. It was pretty obvious it was a miniaturization ray of some kind.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 4:05 a.m. CST

    I love WESTWORLD...

    by DC Films

    Can't believe this is it's first 'remake'... I wish Cronenberg would remake it, though :)

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 6:57 a.m. CST

    I miss David Tennant.

    by Volllllume3

    Matt Smith just isn't doing it for me.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Kinda spoilery...

    by StatelyWayneManor

    ...if there is a pic of the Ponds still hanging around in episode 3.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST

    @v'shael

    by veteran_of_mu

    Apologies if this gets up your nose. Well aware you prefer a more conservative interpretation of what's going on and have no problem with that. But enjoy playing with it. Regenerates ... "The man who dies and dies again. Die one last time" Now I happily admit we've seen no Rory regeneration on camera. In fact we've seen none of Rory coming back to life on camera except the resuscitation in TCOTBS. But that doesn't mean it's not regeneration. It's at least as good as regeneration. After all, technically speaking, Rory Williams is actually older than the Doctor ... The pocket picking is also not on camera. There is a bulge - or a bagginess - in Rory's pocket in the TEH "i saw what did i see i saw" scene. The doc pats Rory down and could have pocketed a chameleon arch ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDKW8gMhAvU has the sequence where the Doc pokes Rory in the head while talking about "a living but dormant mind". Could be a joke of course ... And then there's the miniaturization ray crack in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPGNdcSDbQw . Why do that if it's not a hint? Seems like a pretty heavy underscore in the dialog to me ... but no worries if you don't agree ...

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Hey!

    by veteran_of_mu

    What do you mean, slow of mind?

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Whoops, just for the record

    by veteran_of_mu

    Riffing on Groo, not offended.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 9:24 a.m. CST

    @caractacuspotts - I wouldn't have gone with Groo

    by V'Shael

    but my mind went to Homer Simpson Something said - not good - what was it? Homer is slow! (That whole routine.) And yes, I'm one of those fans that sees zero point and gets zero enjoyment from seeing the far flung heights of fan theorising. That was all good and well when there were years and years without any new Who, and all you could do was re-interpret the existing episodes in new and interesting ways. But with new episodes abounding, and the writers putting actual mysteries with actual solutions in the stories, I much prefer to stick to the facts. And when you (or let's face it anyone else) starts going on about fob watches or regenerations as if they were absolutely factual but which simply have no evidence for them, I have to chip in like a pair of lead weighted shoes on the otherwise soaring flights of fancy. Think of me as someone trying to prevent an Icarus 2 situation, rather than your average internet killjoy.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 9:29 a.m. CST

    statelywaynemanor

    by DoctorTom

    I don't know if that's spoilery at all, or at least any more spoilery than the fact that Moffat and others (Smith, Gillen, Darvill, etc.) have repeatedly stated that the last episode for the Ponds will be episode 5 - The Angels Take Manhattan (that one sounds like they should use the Muppet Show theme instead of the Doctor Who theme for the episode)

  • at least they'll change the look of the Doctor Who logo a bit. Supposedly for the first episode the logo will be black with silver bumps, and for the dinosaur episode it will be scaly. Undoubtedly for The Angels Take Manhattan it will look like stone, even though with that title it should look like it's made of felt possibly with Statler and Waldorf sitting on the logo, heckling.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Caractuspotts - Rory's pocket

    by DoctorTom

    that bulge wasn't a watch, Rory was just glad to see the Doctor. ;)

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Just a quick HAT for S7 episode 5/ S5 episode 1

    by DoctorTom

    I'm sure we'll get something tying into the Eleventh Hour, when we saw something briefly run very fast across the screen when Amelia was going out to wait for the Doctor. Speculation had been previously that it was the Doctor - but it didn't fit with the Doctor's reaapearance in the past with The Big Bang. She was already asleep outside when he got there, and didn't go any further into the past - which he would have had to do in order to have been the Doctor at that time doing the running. It got away from me yeah. Well I can hear you. Well not hear you exactly, but I know everything that you're going to say. Look to your left. I've got a copy of the finished transcript, its on my auto cue. I told you, I'm a time traveler! I got it in the future Wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey... ******** Sorry about that, but we were talking about an episode with the Weeping Angels, and I had a sentence that got away from me and started to comment on it, then realized that we had that in the first story that the Angels appeared in. I don't think it's the Doctor who did the rushing around. I also suspect that it's not Prisoner Zero, even though the episode seemed to make us want to think that at the time. There's 2 possibilities. The first is that it's one of the Angels who was rushing around up there. The second is that it's one of the Ponds sent back in time by the Angels. I would pick Rory over Amy since it would also be a chance to explain the whole 1990 date on Rory's hospital badge when he was in 2008 (2 years before the very end of the episode). He didn't look like he had worked at the hospital for 18 years at that point. There's probably more than one Rory rushing around then. The only reason I didn't say it had to be Rory back there is that we have seen them before use that rushing motion to indicate Angels moving around when nobody's watching them. I'm pretty sure Rory would still be back there, but there might still be something going on with the Angels even in the past - maybe an Angel sucked into the crack in the two parter in Season 5 fell out of the crack in Amelia's bedroom?

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Rory isn't The Master! LOL

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    Timelords can recognise one another. The only reason The Doctor didn't realise who Mr Saxon was is explained as being due to his satellite network.

  • When converted by the chameleon arch, they're not recognized as Time Lords. That's why the Family couldn't trace him. IF (and that's a mighty big if) Rory was the Master converted by a chameleon arch he wouldn't be detected. I don't think he's the Master, though.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 10:25 a.m. CST

    doctortom

    by DrMorbius

    Angels take Manhatten ... Statler & Waldorf ... HAH!

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 10:44 a.m. CST

    @doctor tom - Actually, that figure in the kitchen...

    by V'Shael

    was explained in the commentary on the DVD. At first, they wanted people to think it was prisoner zero, but it is actually Matt Smith, and the plan was that it would tie back to his travels in the finale. However, they didn't go with that plan in the end.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Muppets take Doctor Who

    by Murphy7

    While I would dearly love to see a muppetized Doctor & Companions, which would be plenty funny, And since they tapped Ben Browder for the western themed episode. Why not cap off the Farscape connections with enlisting Claudia Black as the Rani? Perhance to daydream.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Rory as the Master

    by Murphy7

    Fun way to keep the actor around, at least.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST

    It wouldn't have to be Claudia Black, murphy7

    by DoctorTom

    You could get Rebecca "Commandant Cleavage" Riggs to play the Rani. Although if they do come through with the Blakes 7 reboot she'd do well as Servalan; that might be typecasting her, though.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST

    v'shael

    by DoctorTom

    since it obviously didn't work quite the way they wanted, they're free to use it in some different way. Heck, it could still be Matt Smith, sent back by an Angel to that time, and the Doctor's trying to get to a place where he knows there was a crack in time so he can jump in again to try to take a shortcut back to 2012. Or they retcon it to being Rory even though it might have been Matt Smith who actually performed in the scene (he moved fast enough where you could rationalize it being either one).

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 11:21 a.m. CST

    @doctortom - time lords noticing time lords

    by Dreamfasting

    Or, more generally, when $technobattle they don't recognize each other.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 11:22 a.m. CST

    typo

    by Dreamfasting

    oops ... that was supposed to be $technobabble. My brain is elsewhere today.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Changes to the theme song for the fifth episode leaked

    by DoctorTom

    River: It's time to kill the Daleks It's time to fight the fights It's time to meet the Doctor on the Doctor Who tonight. Doctor: It's time to put on bow ties It's time to dress up right It's time to meet the Doctor on the Doctor Who tonight. Rory: Why do I have to die here? Amy: I guess we'll never know Rory: It's gone all wibbly wobbly Amy: No matter where we go TARDIS Crew: And now let's get things started Daleks: Why don't you get things started Doctor: It's time to get things started Cast: On the most inspirational celebrational TARDIS National This is what we call it, Doctor Who! (blatting sound from a Graske playing a trumpet, sitting on top of the logo)

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST

    The problem with fan theories

    by ByTor

    Is that they invariably turn out to be rubbish. I include my own theories in that bucket, so I'm not trying to just take shots at people. After Stolen Earth, my daughter and I re-watched it several times and took reams of notes. We also read various theories on GB (caveat: I can only take GB for maybe ten minutes at a time before I want to begin an enforced eugenics program). They were all nonsense. Hyper-observing details tends to make something out of nothing (e.g. the Doctor patting Rory down). Having said that, Moffat does like to be sneaky. I expect the date on the badge does mean something, because it was zoomed in on and it seems a bizarre props mistake.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Get your point bytor but conversely

    by tomdolan04

    I found some of the fan theories on these very docbacks regarding the Pandorica and the Wedding of River Song better and more interesting than some of the resolutions we got.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Not disagreeing, tomdolan04

    by ByTor

    So I guess it depends on the end goal: to suss out/predict what will happen, or to exercise our creative muscles. And while I enjoy the exercise of thinking up creative solutions, I'm usually more interested in what's actually going to happen on the show.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST

    The Master's TARDIS is

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    parked on top of Amelia Pond's house. The 3rd floor on a 2 story house, just like in The Lodger.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 12:23 p.m. CST

    mj's ghost - unlikely

    by DoctorTom

    If they felt the need to have an invisible ship up there, it would more likely be one of the Lodger style ships, fully functional, with the Silence involved.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 12:55 p.m. CST

    doctortom

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    Silence of the Drums perhaps?

  • "Highlander" or...NOT *crawls back into hole to avoid being pelted by rotten fruit*

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST

    And I'll check one in the "Please, no Rory as the Master" column...

    by obijuanmartinez

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    obijuanmartinez

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    Part of the Quickening is leaving skidmarks in your undies.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Two Chibnalls and two Moffats?

    by buggerbugger

    That's four ways to not inspire confidence.

  • ...a powerful & poignant scene - Simm & Tennant were really cranking on all cylinders for that scene. Sadly, the "No One Dies" dictum so prevalent in SF / comics prevailed, and instead of taking his place behind Roger Delgado as #2 on the all-time "Master" list (yep, he could'a bumped Anthony Ainley, methinks), they knee-capped all that awesomeness by bringing him back. Boo. Hiss, I say!

  • whether or not you have Simm play him. If he ever made it out of the timelock, we could have a Master that no longer hears the drums. The direction he takes after that could be interesting. He might be (partially) reformed, or at least have different priorities now.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 3:49 p.m. CST

    I forgive the gurning Simm's portrayal for one simple reason

    by V'Shael

    Get out of the way.

  • The first time Rory walked into the TARDIS, he was not overwhelmed by the "bigger on the inside" nature of it, he simply said it was another dimension, remember? Add that to the "He is the Master" HAT :P

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST

    yeah yeah yeah, but what's the DATE!?

    by mistergreen

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 10:20 p.m. CST

    I just don't get excited about Matt Smith episodes

    by FrodoFraggins

    I'm not sure why, but he's just not a Doctor I really care about. He's more of a caricature.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 5:33 a.m. CST

    Rory's HAT & the Master's TARDIS

    by veteran_of_mu

    First, while the Doc didn't recognise the Master when he was Prof. YANA, I think he did recognise him as Rory. This is because he was tipped off by the invisible TARDIS that is parked on top of the duck pond and stopping ducks from swimming there. That had to be the Master's TARDIS because otherwise the Doc wouldn't have asked "What is that?", but instead "How did that get there?" Having filched the chameleon arch the Doc would want the Master as close as possible. "[He's] my responsibility from now on. The only safe place for him is the TARDIS." (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcJ5lXqXm5Y). Hence good old bumbling Rory lubing the temporal manifold while looking up Amy's old address.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Half way through THE KROTONS

    by Rebel Scumb

    I'm quite enjoying it. The only Troughton I'd ever seen before this and Mind Robber were his many Multi-doctor appearances What I'm really blown away by is how much better the pacing is in the 2nd doctor stories than any of the other classic era doctor's I've seen. It's also directed a lot more cinematically than the Pertwee/Baker/Davison era stuff. Which is odd because it's older and is still shot on video for the most part. I love the classic Whos, but as Merrick often points out in his reviews, the main issue is usually the pacing, and not enough story stretched over far too many episodes, but these Troughton ones (at least the ones I've seen) are really fast paced and jam packed. And love that Zoe!

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Another point about Simm's The Master

    by Rebel Scumb

    and I'm not so much thinking about crazy anime cannibal master from the end of time, because I don't see that aspect as Simms fault. But the thing to remember aside from the obvious: 1) the master is a reflection of the doctor, so he is the 'anti-david tennant' 2)each incarnation of the Doctor has been wildly different, so why shouldn't the Master be the same way? After all if anything it's odd that the Delgado and Ainley Masters are so similar in appearance and behavior But anyways, the NEW point I was going to make, is that new-Who is essentially a 'post apocalyptic' Who. Post-time war, post genocide of the timelords, etc. So a lot of things are heightened and shaken up because of that. The master we had in the classic stories was a Master of the status quo of the universe, but the Simm Master is a master after the bomb dropped essentially. He's bound to be different. But I do think when he comes back next, we should see Simm regenerate into someone new, who is equally unique and villanous in a different way.

  • Not sure what it is, I've been watching lots of classic who lately, so it's not that I'm turned off of the series. And I've liked the Matt Smith stuff to date. Maybe it was just that past xmas special really left a bad taste in my mouth and I forget what it's like to anticipate new GOOD Who. Oh well, not sure yet whether I'll be torrenting it when it comes back in a few weeks, or just waiting until next year when the blu-ray comes out. It's more just weird that I can't really trace what caused my lack of excitement, even the new trailer did nothing for me, which is odd because it is chock full of goodies.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Rebel Scumb

    by pearlanddean

    The Master isn't meant to be the opposite of the Doctor, there were more renegade Time Lords than him (The Rani, Meddling Monk). And the reason Ainley kept the look of Delgado is that he was at the end of his regenerations and was stuck with that body. Although it had deteriorated somewhat as seen in the Deadly Assassin and Keeper of Traken.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Carqactuspotts - one problem with the HAT

    by DoctorTom

    I don't see Time Lords regenerating into plastic Autons.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Rebel - Season 7

    by DoctorTom

    I can fully understand how the last Christmas Special could dampen interest - it was like somebody trying to cook a souffle while on stage with the cast of Riverdance. Despite the ingredients being there, it was bound to fall flat. Which is odd, since the year before he had given us the best Christmas Doctor Who special that's been made so far (though, I have hopes for this year's given a couple of leaked photos). Maybe it's the talk of trying to turn each episode into a mini-blockbuster, combined with talk in previous years (I believe by both production crews in different years) that they were trying to make the Christmas specials mini-blockbusters and the way the Christmas episodes usually turn out compared to the normal episodes that has kept you from getting enthused. I'd suggest trying the Dalek episode first and base a decision to wait on how that episode turns out.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST

    I share your sentiments rebel

    by tomdolan04

    but as an aside my four year old daughter loved the xmas special visually and for some reason doesnt like any other Who ive shuffled her way. Odd. It was funny showing her a Tenant Who - she adamantly shouted 'thats not the doctor!!'. Ill work on her :)

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Could be DoctorTom, that sort of makes sense.

    by Rebel Scumb

    Tomdolan that's a funny story!

  • Aug. 18, 2012, 5:16 a.m. CST

    @v'shael

    by veteran_of_mu

    My friend, I truly appreciate the care and thought you put into your post, and your perspective on DW in general. Indeed I appreciate all the folks here. These days the Docback is my local - my Gavagan's or Callahan's. Merrick as the Mick, and V'shael yourself perhaps as Fast Eddie Costigan. It's possible to take such metaphors too far, but if anyone on this planet stands a chance of turning telepathic it's probably us. As to HATs, yes, I cheated by not labelling them as such. I'm pretty certain that wherever it is the Moff goes with his circus, it won't be coming to my town or anywhere near. But you never know - if it ever turns out that one of my HATs does land on that distant lofty cranium you may trust that I shall puff up and swagger through the Docback confidently predicting still more preposterous and outlandish folderol. Until then, however, I promise I will be more careful to call a sombrero a chapeau. Ta, mate.