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Re: New Doctor Who
« Reply #400 on: June 20, 2010, 01:34:28 PM »

[spoiler]I saw the Doctor being the most dangerous thing in the universe almost from the first mention of the supposed purpose of the Pandorica, but that it was a trap rather than an already occupied prison did manage to catch me by surprise.[/spoiler]
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Re: New Doctor Who
« Reply #401 on: June 20, 2010, 02:33:45 PM »

Right, same here.  Expected they'd open it up to find [spoiler]the Doctor already inside.  Or possibly the Dream Lord.[/spoiler]
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Re: New Doctor Who
« Reply #402 on: June 20, 2010, 02:40:09 PM »

Stray thought after watching this last episode about what happens next: [spoiler]Maybe these guys just accidentally saved the doctor by stuffing him inside Space Fort Knox while the Universe explodes?[/spoiler]
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Re: New Doctor Who
« Reply #403 on: June 20, 2010, 03:07:53 PM »

[spoiler]That's about the only thing I can figure to get the Duke Boys out of this one. I wonder if this is another case of this Doctor having figured out what's going on (ie His question to Amy about whether or not it ever bothers her that her life makes no sense) and that locking him away prevented him from saving the Universe, and he'll have to find some way to do that after escaping the Pandorica because really, "confirmed the extent of his capabilities"? I think not. I really wonder what this means for Amy. Is she even real? Will this be the one Companion per season thing again, and this is her exit point? All very fascinating, and for once not just two hours of unmitigated fan-wank[/spoiler]
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Re: New Doctor Who
« Reply #404 on: June 21, 2010, 05:16:19 PM »

Among other things Johnston points out on his weekly Doctor Who spoilers: the Doctor's line, in Flesh and Stone, "There's one thing you don't put into a trap -- and thatís ME."
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Re: New Doctor Who
« Reply #405 on: June 22, 2010, 06:15:41 PM »

Okay, THAT is how you do a part 1.
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Re: New Doctor Who
« Reply #406 on: June 26, 2010, 03:45:24 PM »

Okay, THAT is how you do a part 1.

Also, probably, a part 2.

Way to fold in some silly shit we already knew damn well weren't continuity errors. Also, the whole "Man, Rory's kind of a pathetic ass" thing is well undermined by the "yeah, but he's a pathetic ass who waits around being heroic for a couple thousand years while dressed like a Roman" thing. Big fun all around, and a whole hell of a lot less of the kind of not really very good stuff I was starting to take for granted with this thing. But still a little of that. At least the Doc isn't a complete and total self-insertion aspie fantasy this time around. Just mostly.

Hell, the girlfriend has been watching these things of her own accord after I exposed her to the better bits, and now I get to be all "I told you so! You know, about that thing with the giant cyberman stomping Victorian shitsville! Will you listen to me now?"

Also liking that the cause of all this nonsense wasn't completely wrapped up. You know you're getting another season. Go ahead and drag a few things. I'll wait.

Probably should have thrown in some spoiler tags, but I guess I'll leave it to Thad. That's whatchacall delegating, I think.
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Re: New Doctor Who
« Reply #407 on: June 26, 2010, 04:56:56 PM »

A week is the statute of limitations on Doctor Who spoilers anyway. Also, downloading part 2 right now.
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Re: New Doctor Who
« Reply #408 on: June 26, 2010, 05:55:25 PM »

This was fantastic.
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Re: New Doctor Who
« Reply #409 on: June 26, 2010, 06:08:51 PM »

[spoiler]So apparently Sharkey's spoilers were so ambiguous I thought he was talking about the previous episode. Anyway, holy fucking shit, awesome episode. The only problem is that, instead of leaving me sort of worn out on the whole Doctor Who thing for awhile, long enough for a new season to roll around anyway, right now I have a huge Doctor Who boner that won't be satisfied in the least until December[/spoiler]
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Re: New Doctor Who
« Reply #410 on: June 26, 2010, 08:41:52 PM »

I, too, am experiencing a[spoiler] continuing Doctor Who erection[/spoiler] not unlike, I assume, Bal's.

Fezes are cool.
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Re: New Doctor Who
« Reply #411 on: June 26, 2010, 08:50:32 PM »

I'll have to get a new Fez...
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Re: New Doctor Who
« Reply #412 on: June 27, 2010, 10:34:25 AM »

The only problem is that, instead of leaving me sort of worn out on the whole Doctor Who thing for awhile, long enough for a new season to roll around anyway, right now I have a huge Doctor Who boner that won't be satisfied in the least until December

We're getting 4 games and a 2-part Sarah Jane episode.

(Well, 3 more games.  But I still haven't set up the first one.)

(EDIT: Make that 2 more; the second episode has posted.  The PC version, anyway; the Mac version's due out Wednesday.)

Anyway: yeah, I'm standing by the "best season out of all 31 of them" evaluation.  Just great shit.  A little slow on the whole "I'm dying" bit, but the payoff, and the importance of Amy's wedding, were quite good indeed.

And plenty to whet our appetites for the coming year.  Sounds like River's going to be front-and-center again soon, and if I had to guess I'd say that's Liz X we'll be seeing again come December.

(I still think the "Nobody remembers the Cyberman" wasn't deliberate on Rusty's part so much as Moffat using the cracks to retroactively explain every single plothole in the history of the series.  Which I kinda love.)

But on the whole?  Sure, it was clearly the conclusion of a 13-episode story arc, but it didn't trip all over itself trying to be an ENDING like Rusty's finales always did.  If there were a new episode next week, it would fit right in.

So!  Anybody got City of the Daleks running?  I've got it downloaded but since I need to set up a proxy to install it, and since I'm wary of the torrent I grabbed because apparently some of them have trojans, I might re-download.
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Re: New Doctor Who
« Reply #413 on: June 27, 2010, 03:20:09 PM »

Well, that was awesome. Loved part one too, but part two was less RTD-style excess and more just plain exactly what I want to see from Doctor Who. Fezzes ARE cool.
Anybody got City of the Daleks running?  I've got it downloaded but since I need to set up a proxy to install it, and since I'm wary of the torrent I grabbed because apparently some of them have trojans, I might re-download.
Might be able to set you up on our VPN for this purpose. But I won't even be on the same continent as the server for another two weeks, so if you've got aspirations of playing that thing any time soon then some proxy fiddling seems to be the way to go.

I've not tried the games yet and don't really know all that much about them apart from the blocky graphics somehow seem to be able to render Matt Smith's horse face perfectly. Could be good for a Who fix now the series is over. Are they canon?
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Re: New Doctor Who
« Reply #414 on: June 27, 2010, 03:38:49 PM »

Thad I'm kind of horrified that you are apparently following Sarah Jane Adventures. This is like Doctor Who Extreme all over again!
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Re: New Doctor Who
« Reply #415 on: June 27, 2010, 09:56:37 PM »

Might be able to set you up on our VPN for this purpose. But I won't even be on the same continent as the server for another two weeks, so if you've got aspirations of playing that thing any time soon then some proxy fiddling seems to be the way to go.

Will keep it in mind, but I think they're supposed to start getting US releases within the next few weeks.

Are they canon?

I'm solidly in the "who gives a fuck" camp, but they've played them up like they are.  My guess is the most we'll ever see them referred to on the show are wink-and-nod one-liners, though.

Thad I'm kind of horrified that you are apparently following Sarah Jane Adventures. This is like Doctor Who Extreme all over again!

Not following it, no.  I've only seen the two-parter with the Brigadier and the two-parter with the Tenth Doctor.

[spoiler]The best parts were the Brigadier and the Tenth Doctor.[/spoiler]

...Oh hey, 5000th post.  How 'bout that.  Wonder when people will stop talking about how I'm never here?  Probably about the same time they stop talking about how I'm constantly banning people and locking threads.
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Re: New Doctor Who
« Reply #416 on: June 28, 2010, 06:28:24 AM »

As an aside Thad this overmoderation kick of yours simply must stop.
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Re: New Doctor Who
« Reply #417 on: June 28, 2010, 06:53:47 AM »

Your words are wasted Mothra, Thad is clearly MAD WITH POWER.
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Re: New Doctor Who
« Reply #418 on: June 28, 2010, 09:13:10 PM »

Couldn't get the game to install under Windows even with proxy set up for some reason.  I've seen reports that it works in Wine, but for me it just hung with an empty progress bar.

Mac version works.  Authentication was one-time; game works fine without a proxy after installation.  So, assuming the Windows version is the same way, the comparisons to Ubisoft DRM I've seen are grossly exaggerated.

Not a bad little game for its budget.  Stealth's not my favorite genre but it's really the one that makes the most sense given that Daleks are unstoppable killing machines with a very narrow field of vision.  (Would be nice if the subsequent episodes took on different styles of play depending on the enemy, but I'm guessing they won't.)

Got through the first act, which had some neat opening visuals but then took place mostly in a subway.  Made it to Skaro; the room you materialize in reminds me pleasantly of the cell where the Doctor and his companions were held in the first Dalek serial.

There's a line in there about how they've fixed the place up since he was there last.  Wonder if he's referring to a specific serial or if it's some as-yet-untold story in the Time War.

I don't think they've revealed the monsters for the remaining two eps yet.  Silurians are a safe bet given their prominence in this past season.  I'd guess either Sontarans or Autons for the remaining episode, flesh out what they're doing prior to the finale a bit.

Also: How many fucking Doctors are running around 1963 London, anyway?
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Re: New Doctor Who
« Reply #419 on: July 03, 2010, 07:53:23 PM »

Finished ep 1.  Decent enough; not great, not too bad.  Not an important entry into canon or anything (the plot can probably be summed up in 3-4 sentences), and it's best not to try to think about things like why a Dalek who just saw the Doctor would remain stationary and eventually go off alert if he walked away for a minute.

Best thing about it is the atmosphere of the environments; unfortunately, in fine Doctor Who tradition, it takes some very cool locales and turns them into running along identical corridors.  Yeah, I know this isn't big-budget, but I was hoping to actually get to EXPLORE the Dalek city, not just see it out a window.

On the plus side, they have a bit of fun with the time travel aspect; you visit the Dalek city after it's been rebuilt, and then go back in time to when it's still in ruins.

Also, Amy starts fading out due to the Daleks changing history, and this actually becomes a kind of neat gameplay mechanic.

Again, nothing spectacular, but you can kill an hour or two with it.

And Ep 2's out now; haven't tried it yet but I read a review that said it's better.  Apparently not as many bad Mass Effect-style minigames.
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