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     Wednesday, April 15 2009 @ 09:35 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  texastimelord] Did anyone notice the lack of TARDIS interior scenes? I wonder if we will see any in The Water of Mars special this November. Makes me think the production team has already dismantled the current one. I do remember reading that Tennant's console would not hold up to HD scrutiny.


    It could also be that they need time to "touch it up" a little. Remember this episode was put together on an incredibly tight schedule - less than 3 months from the start of shooting to broadcast!

    I don't think there's any way Russell doesn't have a "Wilf enters the console room" scene! We all now how much he loves that scene! Smile

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     Wednesday, April 15 2009 @ 04:22 PM EDT
    the Sock Puppet video is very funny, thanks for posting it

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     Wednesday, April 15 2009 @ 04:37 PM EDT
    Yeah. Now that I've thought about it and on reflection thanks to your posts---I would have to see it in a new light and give it a 3/10 or a 4/10. Positives? It was well filmed, well lit, and...and...it wasn't more than one part really. More positives: It wasn't as bad as some of the more recent stuff. I wasn't terribly bored by it.

    Also the Krynoid and the Swarm together as the same type of thing? Not really. Krynoids take over humans and incorporate them into them, horrifyingly and the Swarm just merely eats people and are done with them.

    Truly I can't do it without the negatives: the acting was not good from anyone involved I'm afraid. It felt as if they were just following along with the numbers or playing the lines by rote. The Brig or whatever she was was boring and had no personality. The stupid Lee Evans character was not funny or real or anything really. He added nothing to the story. The Big Red Button wasn't funny and I dn't care if harked back to the Christmas Invasion,...at least in that great story it made some sense. David and Christina (the character) had NO chemistry or rapport. It was forced. In fact, everyone just kind of speaks to each other. The story was predictable but at least it wasn't morbid and awful. The action could have been better and more urgent.

    The other thing: The whole "Your song is up" bit. We've heard it before. Oooohhhh. Who cares. It's just another gimmick. We know, we all know he's going to regenerate...so big deal. Glad that this know all Doctor will get his soon. That said, it is also irritating how this Doctor has to have others prove themselves to him as if they are worthless compared to him and those he deems fit. It's as if he's judging everyone and thy have to meet hsi standards. I also had tis problem with the dumping Adam episode. "I only take the best". Indeed.

    In past days, the Fourth Doctor offered rides to almost anyone. The Fifth had a whole menagerie in his Tardis in some stories. And if Peri, Mel, and Turlough are the best...blimey!

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     Wednesday, April 15 2009 @ 04:43 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  Chase]
    Also the Krynoid and the Swarm together as the same type of thing? Not really. Krynoids take over humans and incorporate them into them, horrifyingly and the Swarm just merely eats people and are done with them.


    Oh good grief, Chase. Are you being obtuse? "Same type of thing" doesn't mean THE SAME. It means that they are similar. They both follow their nature, rather than being a "Villain" per se with a plot, per se. Surely you see the difference between the Krynoids and Sutekh? And if so, why compare The Swarm to Sutekh?

    Honestly!

    Oh, and glad you've just come clean. You obviously don't have much sense of fun and take all this far too seriously. Can you go and find a Primeval board and bother them?

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     Wednesday, April 15 2009 @ 04:48 PM EDT
    The Krynoid knows what it is doing and is intelligent. I don't thnk the Swarm is/was.

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     Wednesday, April 15 2009 @ 04:50 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  Chase] The Krynoid knows what it is doing and is intelligent. I don't thnk the Swarm is/was.


    No any more than the Swarm it doesn't. Harrison Chase does, but the Krynoid is just a monster, looking for something to eat to get big enough to reproduce. Have you actually watched SEEDS OF DOOM lately? The Doctor explains the Krynoid life cycle very clearly.

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     Wednesday, April 15 2009 @ 04:55 PM EDT
    Yes, at one point it says, "Give us the Doctor and you will be spared." Intelligence. The Doctor says it is no longer Keeler but the Krynoid. Sarah says, "IT speaks." It also organizes a mass attack of regular plants and senses the Doctor's knowledge of the Krynoid.

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     Wednesday, April 15 2009 @ 04:57 PM EDT
    Fair enough. But its hardly Sutekh-level intelligence is it? Wink

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     Wednesday, April 15 2009 @ 09:59 PM EDT
    All in all, I enjoyed this one enough. Nothing spectacular about it, the usual plot holes you can drive a bus through (pun intended), etc.

    I guess I didn't have any major problems with it, beyond the fact that it didn't really feel like it was worth the wait. It just felt like a standard episode.

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     Thursday, April 16 2009 @ 09:53 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  silvanthalas] I guess I didn't have any major problems with it, beyond the fact that it didn't really feel like it was worth the wait. It just felt like a standard episode.


    I agree. I liked it. But given that there are only 4 specials this year I expected something big from them. But I am getting the feeling that the first two will be 'regular-esque' and the last two will be the big guns.

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     Thursday, April 16 2009 @ 04:15 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  daveac]
    Started well - looked great - didn't like the main part with too many solutions provided by the companions bag or with their talents.

    He's a good roundup of the episode:-



    Cheers, daveac


    I was just about to post the same YouTube video. Great stuff.

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     Thursday, April 16 2009 @ 06:43 PM EDT
    Not too bad but not great. Decent entertainment though (unlike the BGT freak show on ITV) but still had a standard Series 4 episode feel to it rather than a Special. The word "romp" has seem to have been accepted to described the episode. About right but the Carry On films were a romp as well and it definitely would have been special if they'd gone for the romp factor with gusto Wink Lee Evans as the new Kenneth Williams? unfortunately not but he was surprisingly likeable in it though. Anyway, the Confidential was pretty good (lots of moaning about sand and wind) but definitely looking forward to the next one (even if it might lack the Ice Warriors). By the way, I've never got round to posting this but in the Confidentials for all the series, don't you think the choreographer lady is amusing in the way she ends up making all the "monsters" walk in the same way. The fly people walked in the exact same style as the Pig Slaves, the Hath, etc. Very funny. Having said that, how many ways are there to walk menacingly or slowly or both?

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     Tuesday, April 21 2009 @ 06:31 PM EDT
    Is is just me, or did Lady Christina look as if she were Gwen Cooper's little sister? Overall, a fun ride. Christina was a bit of an uber-girl scout though. And really, after all the movies, no alarm on the top of the display? Oh well. Now the long wait for the next episode.

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     Tuesday, June 02 2009 @ 05:50 AM EDT
    Good, fun episode. Liked some of the references such the Giant Robot and the Doc going on about his teeth (regeneration hints).

    I read a rumor somewhere that Professor Malcolm Taylor is the Meddling Monk in disguise. As much as I like his character that would be a cool twist.

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     Tuesday, June 02 2009 @ 09:51 PM EDT
    Yeah you guys are right. I hate it. My rewatch score: 1 out 10

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