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Handman

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#1255408
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Doctor Who
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I’ve seen all of what exists, other than The Invasion and The War Games in full (but I have seen clips of the important bits). He’s definitely great in his own right, but he has a different sort of presence to him. I’ve previously stated he’s my favorite of them all, but after revisiting Hartnell’s era recently, I really enjoy his characterization. It’s a shame that whenever they want to try to go back to it, it doesn’t fare so well with viewers (Colin Baker, Peter Capaldi).

Hartnell made his presence known, Troughton disguised his cunning into foolishness. But both are great. Of all the eras, the 60s are what I’d most want to rewatch.

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#1255325
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Doctor Who
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Anyone see the new episode? Another quasi-historical, it seems. I haven’t seen it, but finally watched last week’s episode yesterday… it was better than the spiders, and I actually liked the monster. Still not extraordinary, but it was decent. I still didn’t really feel anything for the characters. Oh, and I still miss Capaldi.

Also been watching the Hartnell era, most of it for the first time, and I just adore it. The Rescue and The Romans were both extraordinarily good, and legitimately funny in the case of The Romans. I’m waiting on receiving more DVDs of his, but I expect even the more maligned stories like The Gunfighters to have something for me to enjoy.

So why do I love Hartnell and don’t particularly care for this new series? It’s all in the writing, the characters, and the tone. There’s a lot more time spent just getting to know the characters, where they just goof off for a good five minutes, and Hartnell has a lot of presence that Jodie just can’t match (and I don’t really think any who have followed him have). The stories are witty, and don’t take themselves too seriously, which is just a joy.

By contrast, Chibnall seems to be taking these generic stories way too seriously, and doesn’t give enough for our characters to really do. Jodie still hasn’t established her Doctor, and I’ve been able to insert other Doctors into her place and the story remains relatively unchanged. It’s just so generic by contrast, which is kind of crazy given how ridiculous the concept of the show is.

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#1254645
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Doctor Who
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I lament the fact that Capaldi didn’t stick around another year. Supposedly, he had the option. Much of his era was beset by production troubles (Jenna Coleman’s indecisiveness causing hasty rewrites, no 2016 series, etc. etc.) and he never got a fair shot. I always liked his edge (series 9 onwards, they tried way too hard his first year) that seems to be lost in Jodie’s portrayal. We’ve gone back to another childish Doctor. To be fair, Jodie hasn’t had a proper chance to prove herself yet, but still… Capaldi’s performance was masterful.

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#1254369
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All Things Star Trek
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Even the odd numbered TOS films have something going for them that they’re enjoyable enough for me. Search for Spock is definitely the best of them, but kind of just ends up being a “bottle episode” to explain why Spock is in #4. TMP is great but needs a tighter edit and more character moments. Final Frontier has the great character moments, and some great themes, but is filled with just too much silliness for it to really work.

Honestly, as time goes on, and I keep seeing what they’re doing with Trek now, those movies only get better and better.

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#1254194
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The all-purpose ART thread!
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ray_afraid said:

Handman said:

I’ve got a few doodles I drew when I was bored in lectures over the past year or so. You might recognize the first one.

Spock

A few days ago I started watching the original show again, and found my original doodle looked a bit more like an older Spock. I can’t quite figure out how to draw Kirk.

New Spock with Kirk

Very cool to find out that your avatar is your own work.
Makes me feel like a chump… I should get back to work.
*Ray now nervously awaits the expected non-response from someone he admires…

Thanks, and good luck on yours. And if you mean to say I’m the someone who’s admired, haha, I appreciate the sentiment, but I’m not worthy of admiration, really.

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#1253938
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Doctor Who
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Been looking back at Capaldi moments… It’s a lot better than I remember. I wish I appreciated it more. It’s still too early to weigh judgement on this new showrunner, but there hasn’t been an absolute masterpiece of an episode yet to compare to the heights of, say, Vincent and the Doctor or Heaven Sent. Rosa comes close, but I don’t think it’s quite there.