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     Saturday, February 11 2006 @ 05:14 PM EST
    I'm planning to watch Curse of Fenric soon and, since I've not seen it before, would like some recommendations on how best to approach it; i.e., the dvd has the regular episodic version plus a "tv movie" version available.

    Which one will make for a better first viewing?

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks!

    Neil

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     Saturday, February 11 2006 @ 06:19 PM EST

    Neil,

    If you have the time to watch it in one go, the extended version is enjoyable. But obviously, no cliffhangers... Frown This is my favorite story of season 26, and I enjoy watching it in both formats, even though I normally prefer the episodic format. I love Mike Ayers' soundtrack for this story, and it used to be a staple in my Discman in the mid-'90s. If you are watching it for the first time, the episodic format is what most people saw first, so you may want to go with that, and save the extended version for a second viewing, when you want to get a better grasp of what is going on. There is a lot in this story, but thankfully, it's not as cryptic (though it has cryptography and a crypt Smile ) as Ghostlight.

    Taras

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     Saturday, February 11 2006 @ 09:11 PM EST
    The extended version has quite a few deleted scenes put back in and many scenes are arranged in correct order unlike the aired version which had to be changed around to fix problems resulting from the cut scenes. It is much better to watch even without cliffhangers.

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     Thursday, February 16 2006 @ 02:35 AM EST
    One of the advantages I found was that, with the two versions, I could watch the commentary on the original and watch the movie-version as well. And all without it feeling too repetitive. :-)

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     Thursday, February 16 2006 @ 01:49 PM EST
    I just did that yesterday Razz

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     Thursday, February 16 2006 @ 04:52 PM EST
    Thanks for the great input! I think I'm going to try the movie then episodes w/commentary idea.

    As soon as I can get the time...

    Neil

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     Thursday, February 23 2006 @ 08:48 AM EST
    For me the Directors cut version on the DVD is the best one it shows how the story was meant to be seen.it also cuts out a lot of the continuity errors.

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     Friday, February 24 2006 @ 01:06 AM EST
    I say watch the extended one, and then read the book.

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     Saturday, March 11 2006 @ 05:43 PM EST
    I'd say plan to watch something else entirely and make better use of your time. But if you must, do the movie. It makes moderately more sense.

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     Saturday, March 11 2006 @ 09:51 PM EST
    My PBS station in the '80's always showed all Doctor Who stories in the "movie" format. They got rid of the cliffhangers altogether. So that's the way I originally saw that story anyway. But when I bought the DVD, I watched it in the episode format.

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