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     Monday, January 05 2009 @ 04:54 PM EST
    Besides getting a new Doctor & companion in 2010 what else do you think will change for the program?
    I bet we get a new opening sequence, a new console room, and I feel the show will be recorded with HD cameras like Torchwood.

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     Monday, January 05 2009 @ 07:42 PM EST


    I had heard some time ago that BBC was to go to all HD by 2010. If so, yes, that should include DW.

    As for what else, well it is all up to Steven Moffat and the budget I would imagine. New Doctor, new costume. That much is a given.

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     Monday, January 05 2009 @ 10:47 PM EST
    Some predictions for what won't change:

    1) Sexual tension in the TARDIS. We may not have a long-running romantic subplot, but when Steven Moffat advances the Nine/Rose relationship in "The Doctor Dances", heavily alludes to romance with Madame de Pompadour and River Song, jokes about Doctor Who "finally hitting puberty" in 1996, and casts a fairly handsome 26-year-old as the Eleventh Doctor, you can bet that there will be the occasional snog, double entendre and attachment.

    2) Lots and lots of running.

    3) Occasionally daft science in service to the plot or characterization.

    4) A mix of storytelling styles ranging from pseudo-Gothic horror to slapstick.

    5) Very careful, judicious use of past continuity/nods to fans.

    I don't think that it will be as flamboyant a show as RTD preferred; he had no fear of putting the show "over the top" on occasion (and more power to him for it!). I do think that it will otherwise have a similar pace, sense of humor and drama.

    That said, I expect it will feel like a different show even though the formula will be similar. RTD appears to be wrapping up most of his plot and character threads and giving Moffat a blank canvas to work with.

    Some folks have quibbled with the BBC's restarting the series numbering in 2005. I suspect it might be just as appropriate to restart it in 2010; Moffat will have the option to barely look back at 2005-09. Much as I love the RTD era, it might be best for the show if he takes it.

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     Monday, January 05 2009 @ 11:04 PM EST
    [Quote  by:  FixerMX] Some predictions for what won't change:

    1) Sexual tension in the TARDIS. We may not have a long-running romantic subplot, but when Steven Moffat advances the Nine/Rose relationship in "The Doctor Dances", heavily alludes to romance with Madame de Pompadour and River Song, jokes about Doctor Who "finally hitting puberty" in 1996, and casts a fairly handsome 26-year-old as the Eleventh Doctor, you can bet that there will be the occasional snog, double entendre and attachment.
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    I suspect this to be the case as well unfortunately. I fear it will only get worse though now. But we shall see.

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     Monday, January 05 2009 @ 11:17 PM EST
    If the BBC does go all HD by 2010, then a new TARDIS console room is a virtual certainty. From what I've heard, the set won't stand up to HD scrutiny. I'd tend to think that necessarily means a new opening sequence too, as I don't think they made an HD version of it. Plus, I rather suspect that Moffat's too steeped in the traditions of the old series not to change the titles, if there's the slightest excuse for doing so.

    I'm firmly hoping for a change in the number of the regular cast. These flirtations with semi-regular third companions have proven that the "crowded TARDIS" is a dramatically interesting TARDIS. I also tend to think that somewhere deep in Moffat's soul is a desire to do the Davison era better. I think his history of writing for ensemble casts, as with Coupling, will make at least a three-person TARDIS a done deal. If you look at his episodes, they all have had the Doctor plus at least two companions.

    In the longer term, I think we might see Moffat helming a spin-off, but it won't be either of the two we currently have.

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     Tuesday, January 06 2009 @ 12:18 AM EST
    [Quote  by:  Louis]
    [Quote  by:  FixerMX] Some predictions for what won't change:

    1) Sexual tension in the TARDIS. We may not have a long-running romantic subplot, but when Steven Moffat advances the Nine/Rose relationship in "The Doctor Dances", heavily alludes to romance with Madame de Pompadour and River Song, jokes about Doctor Who "finally hitting puberty" in 1996, and casts a fairly handsome 26-year-old as the Eleventh Doctor, you can bet that there will be the occasional snog, double entendre and attachment.
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    I suspect this to be the case as well unfortunately. I fear it will only get worse though now. But we shall see.

    Cheers,
    Louis


    I must admit to sharing this concern. Although I count myself as a proud fan of Moffat's storytelling, his tendency to introduce themes from modern romantic fiction has never sat well with me. And I'm not embarrassed to say this is the "little kid inside" talking. As a child, one of the things I liked about the Doctor was his complete disinterest in the advances of a coquette. As far as I'm concerned, those mannerisms never made the character seem two-dimensional or cartoonish. While my adolescence and early teenage years were filled with unrequited feelings and bad dates, it was actually comforting to sit down and watch the Doctor be "above it all". Deep down, I guess I still feel the same way.

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     Tuesday, January 06 2009 @ 12:41 AM EST


    True, if it does indeed go to HD, then I believe the opening title sequence would have to be redone anyway for HD. So if they are going to have to redo it anyway for HD, I would be surprised if they didn't change or tweak it in some way.

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     Tuesday, January 06 2009 @ 07:10 AM EST
    A change in the Tardis control room would be cool, although the "coral desk top theme" of the new series has been easily my favourite.

    New titles, maybe harking back to the pre-eighties spooky intros could be interesting.

    I'd really like to see a more crowded Tardis too. I think some sexual tension is almost guaranteed. i actually don't mind the love interest aspect of the new series, although maybe if they do go down that route again, it might be more interesting to have it between companions this time. The Doctor constantly falling in love only to have it dashed somehow will wear thin very quickly.

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     Tuesday, January 06 2009 @ 07:13 AM EST
    we need new titles anyway. they hardly ever transfer onto dvd/recording with out fragmenting. (to my eyes)

    AND HOPEFULLY a new theme tune or even a return to the 2005 theme.

    the TARDIS needs a revamp for HD. The Prop is showing ware.

    Id love to see a scene where he flicks between "desk top otions" and we see the classic option... maybe listed as "Retro" or even a story set inside the TARDIS where they use the secandary console room.

    ah such fan nonsence... wont happen

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     Tuesday, January 06 2009 @ 10:59 AM EST
    Sir, I love the current theme.

    For this affront to my musical tastes, I shall have to travel to your country and smite you. Can I borrow some cash for airfare?

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     Tuesday, January 06 2009 @ 12:46 PM EST
    So, I'd love to see the TARDIS landing in some post-apocalyptic landscape, the Doctor wandering out and finding a male companion unconscious, wounded and with (apparently amnesia). The Doctor takes the companion on board but then is forced to flee its landing site for some reason.
    The next landing takes the TARDIS to Earth and picks up a second companion: female and a strong-authority figure - maybe a police officer - different from doting the females of the past and somebody with as much of a sense of justice and need to interfere as the Doctor.
    Maybe the new Doctor, at first, is less certain of himelf in this new regeneration and some of the situations that he finds himself in are driven more by the companions.
    The story arc for the season gradually unfolds the mystery of the male comapnion. Who is he really? What are his secrets? And the love interest, cos yes I agree there will be one, will gradually unfold between the two companions with this younger less certain Doctor, ironically thrown into the role of confidant.
    Well, that's my idea anyway.

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     Monday, March 02 2009 @ 03:28 PM EST


    The Mirror.co.uk is reporting earlier rumours of a TARDIS make-over. If true, as we know this won't be the first time the TARDIS had make-over nor likely will it be the last.

    Arrow Doctor Who exclusive: TARDIS to be redesigned for arrival of new Time Lord Matt Smith

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     Monday, March 02 2009 @ 04:01 PM EST
    I wonder if that really is the case or if it's more likely that they've picked up on the fact that the set is going to be rebuilding the set(s) ready for HD and have twisted it in to 'redesigning'?

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     Tuesday, March 03 2009 @ 05:21 AM EST
    1. More straight people. I know it sounds biased, but it seemed every time the Doctor met someone new, they were either gay or on their way (i refer mainly to Midnight, but there are other instances, i recall this issue being picked up on an episode of Podshock once)

    2. With regards to a more crowded scene. I'm afraid the new format of the show has made this virtually impossible. 4 x 50minute specials will not give us enough time for character development. Also, it will hinder the plot, CROWDED being the operative word. The classic series had the opportunity for multi-episode stories where the crew would get split up and each character go off on a tangent of their own, only for the Doctor to save the day and the crew to be reunited at the end. I believe they tried this format in The Doctor's Daughter but it showed, with limited time, how it didn't work. IMHO.

    3. I'd also quite like a new console room. As Tin Dog mentioned, the old one is wearing out. A console made of junk, chairs fit from the dump and a sickly green colour will have to go. But i'm sure Doctor OneOne will have some new fashion ideas!


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     Tuesday, March 03 2009 @ 01:59 PM EST
    [Quote  by:  stjohnny] 1. More straight people. I know it sounds biased, but it seemed every time the Doctor met someone new, they were either gay or on their way (i refer mainly to Midnight, but there are other instances, i recall this issue being picked up on an episode of Podshock once)



    More straight people? More straight people??? You got to be kidding? What's next, more white people? More Christian people?

    I'm sorry, that is simply homophobic. The Doctor meets plenty of straight people in the new series and throughout the series' history itself. The vast majority of the characters we see are not gay or bi or Captain Jack. It's about time we see more diversity in the series.

    So I say, bring on the diversity!

    Cheers,
    Louis

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