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QuantumMechanic

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  1. QuantumMechanic

    The Thirteenth Doctor: Jodie Whittaker

    That's why I want to see Chibnall defenestrated -- so we can get compelling stories and give Whitaker something good to act to so she can really shine.
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    Return to Bravo: Anticipation and Fears

    We're back to TRESemmé and Maybelline. Also, this year the prize is $250,000 from Pilot and another $50,000 from Blueprint. Also, CFDA is one of the sponsors.
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    Doctor Who in the Media

    The New Statesman has a short piece that comes down very close to where I am: https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/tv-radio/2019/01/why-isn-t-jodie-whittaker-s-doctor-who-lead-character-her-own-damn-show "Actually, there are quite a lot of things bugging me: the endless telling not showing; the complete lack of subplots; the scenes with so many characters in that they look like a publicity shot of the Polyphonic Spree; the dialogue so on the nose that it makes you sneeze. But most of those are obvious, and they’ve been there all along, and either they bother you or they don’t, and if they don’t fair enough. Lucky you. There’s another, though, that it took me an embarrassingly long time to spot – although, in my defence, it is hidden behind both the blizzard of pre-season publicity and the single best thing about the entire season." His thesis is, of course, that the "another" thing is what the question in the headline asks.
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    Doctor Who in the Media

    To me it's not an issue about being political or not, it's how you do it. Something can be political, even very political, and still be good, interesting writing. And something can be political, even very political, and not be dropping supremely obvious and on-the-nose anvils all the time. I wish to god Chibnall would learn that if he's going to be continuing to make Doctor Who his personal soapbox.
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    S11.E10: The Battle Of Ranskoor Av Kolos

    We've decided to start re-watching Series 5 and last night's rewatch of "The Eleventh Hour" just drives home how far this season has fallen (and yes, I know that "The Beast Below" and "Victory of the Daleks" up next are nothing to write home about).
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    Doctor Who in the Media

    A thousand times "yes". Chibnall clearly cares more about politics than writing a good story (I'll be charitable and assume his ideologuing is sincere as opposed to just ass-kissing the zeitgeist). He doesn't seem to understand that it's possible to make people think and to teach them lessons without dropping anvils on them.
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    The Twelfth Doctor: Let's Not Argue About Numbers

    I wish they had brought in Bill in season 9. I wanted to watch Doctor Who, not Clara Who.
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    S11.E10: The Battle Of Ranskoor Av Kolos

    Reluctance, yes, but not ruling it out out of hand. After his original "Do I have the right?" angsting and then seeing again how bad Davros and the Daleks were, Four ultimately did decide to set off the bomb in the incubator room (though IIRC he had to abandon the wires before he could do it and the bomb was ultimately detonated by a Dalek running over the bare wires).
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    Doctor Who in the Media

    That's over the top. But the show certainly would be better without him. Keep Whittaker and Walsh, though!
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    The Thirteenth Doctor: Jodie Whittaker

    The Chibnall part would be wonderful news if true (sadly, I doubt it). I'm liking Whittaker, but she'd be so much better with better scripts. (And unsurprisingly, the best shows of the season weren't written by Chibnall.)
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    S11.E10: The Battle Of Ranskoor Av Kolos

    Killing Tim Shaw would have been a nice change from the mindless pacifism of Chibnall (the only thing mindless pacifism does IRL is get lots and lots of people killed and Chibby's advocacy of it is yet another strike against him) and made people think.
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    S11.E09: It Takes You Away

    Chris Chibnall says "Hi!"
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    S11.E05: The Tsuranga Conundrum

    Ugh. Vanilla straight line plot. And. So. Much. Talking. Still liking Thirteen. And Graham is such a find. But overall a “is anything going to happen?” non-entity of an episode. Well, it was written by Chibnall so I guess I should be thankful it wasn’t worse.
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    S11.E04: Arachnids in the UK

    Chibnall has said it is using an American-style writers' room.
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    S11.E04: Arachnids in the UK

    Still liking Thirteen and Graham quite a bit. (And how could you not like Ryan's shadow puppets!). But, sadly, Chibnall is fulfilling pretty much every (low) expectation I had of him. Also, I can understand the desire to get away from The Moff's twisty, overly-cleverish style, but I think they've gone way too far the other way.
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