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  1. c-cat114

    Doctor Who

    Just watched the New Year special. Um. Was Murray Gold back for the soundtrack? Also another episode where almost all of the supporting cast endear me more than the 'fam' ugh. But..... Was better than 90% of the series I guess. I liked some of the direction and the Sheffield catacombs were lovely. 6/10 imo.
  2. c-cat114

    Illustration Club

    Doodled on phone while silently cursing my surroundings and very near neighbour.....
  3. c-cat114

    Doctor Who

    well I think some people will tune in not that they know it's the Daleks.... But no I just wondered if they've seen the 'it had better be the Daleks or,....' tweets and thought they need to get the Twittering masses back on side. Total guess on my side, just wondered is all. Seems a bit of a 180 from thought processes up to now, but that said they might always have been planning a reveal in the days coming up to broadcast.
  4. c-cat114

    Doctor Who

    Panic response to negative comments you think?
  5. Utterly utterly fabulous. Loved it. And the end of credits sequence? Want to see the sequel STAT.
  6. c-cat114

    Doctor Who

    I rewatched Tale of Two Dr's and Woman who fell to Earth last night while working. Obvs Capaldi episodes has issues and is rescued by Cap and Brad... Bill is as fab as always and the script is OK... Not without criticism. I remember hating then and now the Dr's regeneration speech which was just painfully crap and makes me now wonder if it was a Chibnall addition.. But regardless. Woman Who fell to earth is painfully clunky in comparison, the casting, the interaction, the delivery. When the Dr falls into the train its beginning to be better, almost, but it still begs the question is that it?? Dr falls from Upper earth orbit from an exploding Tardis and the resolution is that she just lands on a train? Rubbish. Utter bilge. And set up a series of every ounce of not positive WTF moments. Again, I'm absolutely fascinated that maybe almost half of the audience liked it (although given the replies on social media I'd say it looks like far less) , in the same way that almost half of voters voted for Trump or Brexit and almost half liked Last Jedi. It just seems such an illogical thing, given the problems.
  7. 4th is sign up and yes... Does make sense and I can imagine their Christmas will be hyper hectic as a result of the timing. But sigh. Sods law and all that. Oddly enough I was convinced I was signed up for it but for life of me can't find which email account....
  8. c-cat114

    Doctor Who

    Oh they'll definitely be happy enough with the viewing figures which were surprisingly strong throughout. I was anticipating a bit more of a drop off from the mid point on so that's one strength they'll see. However they'll calculate that against the social commentary and Im guessing they're going to be worrying about the year on year drop off and that'll affect the planning for next year from now on in. One thing I'm wondering if will have an impact (and I'm intrigued to know sales figures on) is the merch. Will be interesting to see how that holds up and if that factors into behind the scenes discussions.
  9. c-cat114

    Doctor Who

    I wouldn't be surprised if both Whittaker and Chibnall leave at the end of the next series.... But of course that depends on how well the new year's and following series are judged. It's a year of negativity though, I suspect... And I can't imagine the BBC won't be watching the comments. There'll be a bit of public entrenchment and support and all sorts of background shenanigans I'm guessing.
  10. Bugger. Have always read the newsletter on the website. That serves me well right.
  11. c-cat114

    Doctor Who

    Yeah in retrospect motivation was the wrong word (although tbh I think some viewers are allowing the, at best variable, quality a pass because they want the content to succeed no matter the quality of it, plus I'd been teaching inteinsic and extrinsic through the day so was in my mind). Rationale would be a better word for it. I'm all for differences in taste and that's totally fine. Some people will like something and others not. But when something has a quantifiable lowering of quality/capability or when a story has that many plot holes and lack of drive I just totally don't get it. if the series had starred Capaldi people would be slamming the stage school cbeebies delivery/lack of plot/lack of decent antagonists/plank based protagonists etc. Last Jedi was a better example in ways as it was so horribly devisive, which I think this will be seen as in the future too. I'd far preferred to have liked the series. I still don't think I'd have liked Whittaker and Walsh but I didn't like Martha or Rose but gave them as little thought as I could and enjoyed the bits I liked. This series had low levels of competence written all over it and it staggers me that it has its champions as much as it has. That a moderate percentage of people hail Graham as one of best bits blows my mind. Anyhow no, I don't see it as the best series for years it's Who's TLJ moment. Divisive, easily ridiculed, awful script and damages the brand.
  12. c-cat114

    Doctor Who

    Occasionally I worry that I've become a huge grump and can't enjoy things that are good without just wanting to pile in and criticise the smallest things. Or I wish I could just find enjoyment in new Dr Who and The Last Jedi and similar. Then along come things like Infinity War and Isle of Dogs and Legion and Coco (or even last series of Dr Who which despite peaks and troughs I mostly loved) and so on and I think no, there's enjoyment to be had This latest Who series was abject crap that said. I'm glad you enjoyed it but, on a technical, aesthetic, narrative, acted and created level it was sub par/improvable in every way. There were some aspects that weren't too bad and, from an externalising viewpoint I can see why some could see a female Dr as hugely exciting. But really - the series has been crap and I suspect wont survive the passage of time. What I can't understand, and occasionally I dwell on it, is the motivations or expectations of people who did like this series or Prometheus or Last Jedi or similar. That completely bewilders me.
  13. Blimey: harsh I don't think it'll be a poor man's tool. I have a cautious amount of optimism that 3 of the 4 component parts will work really well and be entry level points for music sequencing, 3d modelling etc. I really REALLY hope that the VR art aspect works well as that's the bit I'm most wanting to delve into. I'm surprised they've not examined the idea of it as a coding/teaching tool as that would fit right into a wide age range of STEM subjects nicely. They may well be, that said, I know nothing. It's certainly going to go into a VR art room my college is building I hope. What I worry about, that said, is a No Man's Sky style backlash where the Web piles on aspects that need improving or that we get a game which, on release, needs a hundred weekly patches. I also worry that the sales figures for a game which has been in high profile development for as long as it has.... Well. I hope it reaches them as the rationale and high concept for the game has the potential to be awesome.
  14. What no posts for this since Nov?? This remains, 3 years in, absolutely my most anticipated Ps4 game. I bought the console last Christmas in the hope that the beta would hit... And still remain hopeful something might still happen this year, beta or demo wise (although that said it's becoming a very faint and forlorn hope). Regardless - given the sheer scale of ambition that this promises am surprised the thread has sunk so much...
  15. c-cat114

    Doctor Who

    Tldr: series end was as bad as series. Just caught up with the final ep. Almost a good one. Almost. Bar for the fact that so much of it was knuckle bitungly stupid. Still cannot see how or why Walsh gets so many positive comments. He is such a one note actor that squinting when he says he's going to kill someone comes off as finally a new facial expression. The rest of Team Tardis is similarly bad/boring, just no one mentions them for the most part except for the diversity bullet points. My daughters boyfriend has dyspraxia and is, daily, a clumsy oaf (which is only partially down to the dysoraxia sigh). To see how little it affects Ryan until there's a ladder is.. Well... Maybe they should have had a Dalek for an assistant. Whittaker is OK, can think of a hundred female actors who would take the role and made it their own. She's just an accent and a lack of ideas most of the time. A vessel for exposition more than a story driver. When there's the opportunity to do some soul searching it's always glossed over with a sentence. Chibnall's writing has had the occasional glimmer of a good idea mired by a complete inability to tell a story which would bear anything more than a cursory investigation. When characters talk to each other they're generally both facing stage front. It's so hammy, talky. Ugh. With the exception of the music every aspect of the show is far less good than prior series, even at their worst. I assume there will be one hell of a post mortem at the BBC to see why the social sentiment is.... At best divided... They will be used to bad reviews I'm sure but any glance at the replies to official Dr Who tweets is almost universally dismissive of the scripts. In many ways it's a shame - this should have been a bold new era and instead it gives ammo to the anti female Dr crowd (although tbh I don't think Whittaker is that good an actor but it's a her thing rather than a female thing. Missy was brilliant for example). But as soon as Chibnall was installed as a writer I should have gone to a bookies and placed a bet on how bad the series would be. Wasn't rocket science. Ugh. Such a shame. Can't wait for the negativity on Twitter when the 'ultimate bad guy' buried under the planet turns out to be CyberWoman rather than a Dalek

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