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    How do you feel about the new series episode format (45 min)?

    It is what the show needs today, it is modern TV. 81 (50.31%)
    I like the older format of 25 min episodes with cliffhangers. 27 (16.77%)
    I am not sure / can't decide. 50 (31.06%)
    I haven't seen the new series yet. 3 (1.86%)
    161 votes | 6 comments
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    How do you feel about the new series episode format (45 min)?
    Authored by: mad4plaid on Wednesday, February 22 2006 @ 11:48 AM MST
    I really love the 45 minute format -- heck, the longer the better in my opinion. The result of the longer time is more complete plot lines, and more thorough interaction between the characters.
    How do you feel about the new series episode format (45 min)?
    Authored by: tarashnat on Wednesday, February 22 2006 @ 06:37 PM MST

    I prefer thirteen 45 minute episodes to fourteen 25 minute episodes. But then again, there have been longer episodes before. Ressurection of the Daleks was shown as two 45 minute episodes to avoid a programming conflict, The Five Doctors was a 90 minute special, season 22 was thirteen 45 minute episodes, and Doctor Who: The Movie was 85 minutes long. There is something to be said for the cliffhanger, but only if it is done well. Possibly, by having fewer of them in a season, they can be more dramatic.

    Then again, the episodes of series one mostly ran short, and the decision to add recaps and trailers was due to this.

    I liked the proper Tom Baker era when there were twenty six 25 minute episodes per season, but since this is the equivalent of the current output (thirteen 45 minute episodes), I am content... well, mostly. There are still fifteen Who-less years to be made up for, so that is about 195 "missing episodes" if we go by the current output. :)


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    How do you feel about the new series episode format (45 min)?
    Authored by: Stephemu on Friday, February 24 2006 @ 03:28 AM MST
    I chose the first option, but I don't think it has much to do with it being modern
    TV; I just like the longer episodes. There's not a whole lot in it (naturally I'd
    watch it no matter what the episode times were), but I think longer episodes are
    better because they allow you to better immerse yourself in the story before you
    are once again plucked back to reality. It allows the atmosphere to grow, and
    you can get lost in the adventure. It gives you longer before you find yourself
    saying 'Oh what, no! It can't finish yet...'
    How do you feel about the new series episode format (45 min)?
    Authored by: MikeD on Monday, April 03 2006 @ 03:39 PM MDT
    I like the 45 minute format but what would have been even better would be 60 minute episodes. It would have allowed them to flesh out the one-part stories we had in the first season.

    Full 60 minute episodes are the standard for most BBC dramas these days (Spooks, Hustle, Murphy's Law, Life on Mars, etc). You can do so much more with just an extra 15 minutes. The Christmas Invasion is a great example of this. It feels like so much happens than in some of the regular 45 minute episodes.

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