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29 August 2012 @ 03:08 pm

  1. Although this is technically the third episode with Ten and Rose together, it's the first where neither of them spend a significant portion of time unconscious. So: what did you think of the way they behaved in this episode? Cute first date, or obnoxiously flirty?

  2. Werewolves and monks and Queen Victoria, oh my! Did you like the plot of this episode? Queen Victoria is also the second historical figure we've now seen in New Who. Did you think she was portrayed respectfully? Do you like episodes with historical figures?

  3. In the end, Queen Victoria banishes both of them and establishes the Torchwood Institute. Do you think Queen Victoria's reaction was appropriate, or a bit melodramatic? Were the Doctor and Rose in the wrong, or was Queen Victoria unappreciative towards people who'd just saved her life? Knowing what becomes of Torchwood later in this series, what do you think its creation here suggests?
25 August 2012 @ 11:56 am

lol I love this episode, but I'm not sure how much meat there is on it in terms of discussion. So uh:

  1. Alright, the moral issue in this episode. Were the Sisters of Plenitude justified in what they were doing or was it every bit as terrible as Ten was yelling about?

  2. How bad is the science in this episode on a scale of one to ten?

  3. What did you think of Cassandra this time around? We see more of her in this episode and she also has some development. Did you think it was well done? What about the implied time loop of the last person to ever tell her she's beautiful being... her? Was that a sweet ending, or just a bit weird?

  4. Who makes the funniest Cassandra? Zoe Wanamaker, Billie Piper, David Tennant, that guy who plays Chip?

  5. In this episode Ten kisses Rose, reforms the bad guy, sees the birth of a new species and saves the day by hugging. It's pretty much all downhill from here for him isn't it?

If you didn't watch the Children in Need special aka the Pudsey cutaway (it's not on Netflix), here it is in all its youtube glory!

1. This is first regeneration of the New Who Era. How do you think it was handled? Was this a good transition from one Doctor to the next? There is a fair amount of meta commentary by the characters about the change. Did that help the transition or did it pull you out of the story?

2. How does this episode set up Rose's story for the rest of series 2? How does this episode fit into her arc from series 1?

3. What did you make of Ten? How was this episode for a first impression? How does he compare to Nine?

4. What do you think about the conflict between Harriet Jones and the Doctor? Is one of the them completely in the right while the other is in the wrong?
doctorwho_meta is happy to be affiliating with the Doctor Who Rewatch community)! As we rewatch a few classic episodes here on dwrewatch over the next few months, doctorwho-meta will be joining in for some extra meta!

The Doctor Who Meta Community is a weekly discussion comm that sponsors topics relating to both Nu Who and Classic Who. Every Monday is a new topic relating to Nu Who, and every Wednesday is a new topic relating to Classic Who.

This time, we discuss how Genesis of the Daleks might have been different with a different Doctor - feel free to come share your thoughts! =)
18 August 2012 @ 10:18 am

Here were are! Our first Classic Who discussion post!

1. This serial is basically "if you could go back in time and kill Hitler as a child, would you?". So, would you? And what do you make of the Doctor's struggle over this question? How do you compare his reluctance to touch the wires and destroy the incubation chamber to his reluctance to destroy the Daleks in "The Parting of the Ways"?

2. Another major theme of the this episode is about the senselessness of war and the importance of resistance groups and fighting oppressive regimes. Do you think the serial does a good job of exploring those ideas? How do you see those themes being expressed in the story?

3. How is this not a fixed point in time? What do you think of the concept of a fixed point in time anyway, since it seems to be super arbitrary?

4. WHERE DID SARAH JANE GET HER NEW CLOTHES? She starts out the episode in this outfit and is wearing this one by the end. Did I zone out and miss a scene where she got new clothes?

5. For first time Classic Who viewers, the uh... difference in quality of the special effects can be distracting. Were there any moments like that that brought you out of the story?

6. What exactly does the Doctor mean at the end of the serial?

SARAH: You don't seem too disappointed. We've failed, haven't we?
DOCTOR: Failed? No, not really. You see, I know that although the Daleks will create havoc and destruction for millions of years, I know also that out of their evil must come something good.

Does this bit of dialogue (the closing lines of the serial) affect how you see the serial? What does this mean in terms of what the point of the entire serial was to begin with anyway?
17 August 2012 @ 11:16 am
Last time we did a rewatch, we would do polls at the end to see what everyone's favorite episodes were and since it was a lot of fun we decided to do it again.

The first poll is ticky boxes so you can choose as many episodes as you would like. The second polls is my favorite because it is radio buttons so you can only choose ONE. BWAAHAHAHA.

Fight for your favorites in the comments! Tell everyone how wrong their opinions are!

Or just discuss the series as a whole. Whatever.

Which are your favorite episodes from series 1?

The End of the World
The Unquiet Dead
Aliens of London/World War Three
The Long Game
Father's Day
The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
Boom Town
Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways

What is your #1 favorite story from series 1?

The End of the World
The Unquiet Dead
Aliens of London/World War Three
The Long Game
Father's Day
The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
Boom Town
Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways
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Aaand we're done series 1!

This episode is pretty chock full of stuff to talk about, so I'm sure I've just kind of chosen a few. As always, feel free to answer any/all of these or bring up something else that you wanted to discuss.

  1. Obviously this episode calls back to "The Long Game", and we find out that the propaganda machine the Doctor toppled earlier in the series ended up leaving the Earth vulnerable to the Daleks, of all things. What did you think of the way this episode opens with a riff on three popular (at the time) reality shows? Funny or a bit too camp? What about the ~deadly~ twist on the games, and the subsequent reveal that the disintegrator beams aren't really what they seem to be?

  2. This episode also starts the noble New Who tradition of non-stop Daleks. Do you think they're used well in this episode? What about the relationship they have with and the effect they have on the Doctor?

  3. All season long, the show has built the mystery of "Bad Wolf", and finally in "The Parting of the Ways" we learn what it means. Did you like the way the mystery was developed? Was it interesting? Did you like the reveal as a plot development, or did you think it was too much of a literal deus ex machina? What do you think it means for Rose as a character, if anything?

  4. As a season finale, this also brings us to the end of the first part of Rose's journey as a companion. How do you think Rose grew and changed over the series? Did you think her progression from shop girl to time traveller as well done?

  5. What about her relationship with the Doctor by this point? Where do you think they stand by the time Nine regenerates?

  6. And of course, this is the last episode we have with the Ninth Doctor. What did you think about his story, overall? Did you think he developed well over his thirteen episodes? In what ways? What about his regeneration scene, both in terms of how he regenerates and his ~final words~?

Also remember that for Saturday we're watching "Genesis of the Daleks"!
11 August 2012 @ 10:21 pm
Apologies for being so late with the post today! Both mods were out most of the day, but it's before midnight in my timezone, so it still counts as being on time imo!

1. There's some debate on this, so do YOU think that the Mickey/Rose relationship ends here? What do you think about their conversations in this episode? How do you think each of them has handled their relationship thus far?

2. In light of this, what do you make of the Doctor/Rose relationship at this point? Where is the Doctor in his feelings for Rose and what are Rose's feelings for him?

3. What do you think about the Doctor/Rose/Jack relationship in this episode? How do they function as a team and what are the dynamics?

4. What do you think of the Doctor's decision to take Margaret/Blon back to Raxacoricofallapatorius, knowing that she will be painfull executed once she's there? Do the Doctor and Margaret/Blon's interactions develop the Doctor as a character?

ALSO! The winner of the Classic Who poll was "Genesis of the Daleks"! Four, Sarah Jane, Harry, Davros, Daleks! Oh my!

I haven't found a download yet, BUT it is up on youtube! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJbUhVAUxeY is the first part of the first episode (for those not aware of the way that Classic Who works, each serial is made up of 4 or so half hour long episodes). But please let me know if you find a download and I shall continue to search too!

  1. Probably the most notable thing about this episode is the fact that it's our introduction to Jack Harkness. What was your first impression of Jack here, and did your impression change? Looking back, do you think this is a good introduction to his character? Jack begins the episode as a con man and ends the episode willing to sacrifice himself for others. What did you think of his progression?

  2. The other focus in The Doctor Dances is the Doctor and Rose's relationship. What did you think of the way it developed here? The "dancing" scene? What do you think it suggests about the way the Doctor and Rose view each other and their relationship?

  3. As to the overall plot -- this is the first of many times that New Who uses WWII as a backdrop. How did you think that was handled in this episode? Did you find the "empty child" frightening? If so, does knowing its origins on rewatch chance anything? What did you think of Nancy? What about the revelation about Nancy's relationship with Jamie? The "everybody lives!" ending?

  4. The episode ends with Jack coming along for the ride for the rest of s1. Were you excited to see his dynamic with the Doctor and Rose, or wary? How do you feel about it now? Do you like Jack's relationship with Rose, and the Doctor? What do you think Jack brings to Team TARDIS?

PS: don't forget to vote for which Classic serial we should watch! Poll will close on Saturday.
06 August 2012 @ 01:44 pm
We're approaching the mid-way point with s1, which means we should start thinking about the Classic Who serial we want to watch when we finish s1. The choices below were pulled from this post; for simplicity I chose only the ones that had at least one comment of support. That doesn't mean these are the only serials we can possibly watch ever, but for this round I figured a small number was probably good.

Which serial would you like to watch this time? (Saturday, Aug 18)

Genesis of the Daleks (Sarah Jane, Four and Harry! Davros! Moral dilemmas!)
The Five Doctors (One(ish), Two, Three, Five and some recycled footage of Four! Companions! The Master! Rassilon! Audio commentary from Helen Raynor, Phil Colinson and David Tennant!)
The Happiness Patrol (Seven and Ace! Crazy monsters made of candy! The 80s!)
Black Orchid (Five, Nyssa, Tegan, and Adric! A 1920s mystery! Dancing!)
An Unearthly Child (One, Susan, Barbara and Ian! The show's ~humble beginnings!)
The Androids of Tara (Four and Romana I! Androids! Sassy hats!)
The Caves of Androzani (Five + Peri! Creepy dudes in leather! The importance of celery!)
The Sea Devils (Three and Jo! The Master! The Doctor and the Master grudgingly working together!)

If you wanna know more about any of these options, you can check the original suggestion post which have some summaries (or of course Wikipedia). Keep in mind that even if we don't pick your favourite this time, we'll be voting on and watching more serials as we go along.