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Doctor Who 2009/2010 Remaining Specials Update

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by Stewart Vernon, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    I had mixed feelings about the logo. I like the text-only version... not so much the DW with the blinking light atop.
     
  2. russ9

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    FYI - the Premiere on BBC America runs 70 minutes, the episode itself is 65 minutes, so about 15 minutes will be cut....
     
  3. Stewart Vernon

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    Are you sure?

    Usually BBC America runs those 65-70 minute episodes in a 90 minute timeslot... so while there are cuts made, I don't believe they've ever cut as much as 10-15 minutes total from an episode before.
     
  4. russ9

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    From the BBC America Website:

    9:00 PM
    Doctor Who - Episode 1 (70 min)
    It's the season premiere of the latest reboot of the BBC's iconic BAFTA-winning fantasy drama, Doctor Who, following the mysterious Doctor and his enigmatic new companion as they travel through space and time. Season 5 (2010) Ep. 14
    10:10 PM
    The Graham Norton Show - Episode 1 (50 min)



    The episode is 65 minutes long, so that's about 10 minutes cut out
     
  5. djlong

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    Well, the file I have from the BBC takes a little less than 65 minutes to play. If they're only giving 70 minutes, something is going to have to go.
     
  6. Stewart Vernon

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    I know they also cheat on the end credits... They run a promo spot while the credits are going, so that is like a 2-fer for those couple of minutes.

    What's weird... is that I was reading that they are basically finishing up this season now... and will start filming the Christmas special and next season this June/July... so they'll likely be done with next year's shows before the end of this year!

    The British do their TV in an entirely different way... shooting an entire season of a show almost a full year before it will air in some cases.
     
  7. bobl

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    I've now watched the first three Matt Smith episodes in HD (mkv files). I've had trouble with the quality of all three. There's substantial pixelation in all of them. I watched last year's four specials in HD plus the third season of the Sarah Jane Adventures in HD and all of those files were fine. Anyone else run into this problem? Any solution if you did?
     
  8. djlong

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    I can't say that I noticed any pixellation in the MKV HD files that I watched.
     
  9. bobl

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    I'm watching them using Divx software running under Windows 7. I'm wondering if you might be using something different? Also, maybe I need to update my copy of Divx?
     
  10. cstelter

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    I caught a quick blurb about BMW sponsoring 'this limited commercial break' or something like that during the 2nd commercial break. I just timed the commercial breaks (there were two unless I missed one) at about 7 minutes 13s combined. So I guess that left about 63 minutes of show. They ran what seemed to be a season preview in the upper left 2/3 of the screen at the same time as the credits rolling (quite fast it seemed) on the right hand side. I suspect that the full 65 minute run had the theme music with the credits in addition to a teaser?
     
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    I'm using DivX 7 installed on a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate - through Windows Media Center.

    The only hesitation I've been getting at all are some intermittent network issues that I'm chasing down.
     
  12. bobl

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    I checked the mkv files for the first three Matt Smith episodes on my Vista setup and they played fine (the same files pixelate greatly on my Windows 7 machine). I see that there is now a Divx 8 so I'm going to try that on my Windows 7 machine. Will report back.
     
  13. bobl

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    Updating to Divx Plus 8 solved the problem. Everything now plays well. This update also allowed me to remove AC3Filter software which had been needed to enable the audio for the mkv files.
     
  14. dreadlk

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    Ok I wanted to wait until at least 4 episodes had passed before making a Judgment.

    If this is the new "Doctor Who" I am not impressed! While Matt as the Doctor is great, the stories seem odd and almost not real.

    Now I have a feeling about something and it's just a hunch a wild guess but it could be what Davies meant when he said Moffets idea for season 5 was brilliant.

    First of all I found it very odd that David Tenants Doctor said "I don't want to go" I also found all his other previous protesting about regeneration to be very odd; as most Doctors just except the regeneration process.

    Why I feel the story might not be what we think, if you have not seen the first 4 episode don’t read this.

    A few things I noticed:

    The Cracks in the Wall and all over the place, they follow the Doctor and he said it’s were two parts of space and time that don’t belong meet and are being pushed together.

    The fact that his new companion knew nothing about the Darlecks, almost like she was not on earth at the time or this is not the same earth.

    The weird wormhole effects, that seem like your going down some sort of alternate reality wormhole and its getting worst with each episode.

    The fact that the Director said they wanted to change everything yet Matt’s Doctor is
    Surprisingly just like David’s, Doctor. Matt’s doctor even suffers from the one major flaw that David’s regeneration was suppose to fix; his ballooning ego and feeling of supremacy.

    Secondly his new companion is almost exactly like a younger version of DONNA! She talks like her and behaves like her and she also seems to have a spark of intelligence that comes out during danger that is almost like the Doctor Donna character.

    River’s character is also interesting, they keep stressing the out of order way that they keep meeting, and in the Library episode she had to look into David’s eye’s before she said your not the Doctor I know, your too Young! It was like she recognized the Face but only knew from his eye's that he lacked the experiences of the Doctor she knew.



    My conclusion so far is that the David Tenant Doctor held on too tightly, he somehow messed up the regeneration and that leaves the door open for this return.

    BTW I am not one of those Fans that just cant except Matt. I like the guy, I find him to be a great Doctor but the writing is another story, it seems really weird like I am in some sort of Bizzaro universe with a Bizzaro Doctor and Fat multi colored Darlecks.
     
  15. RasputinAXP

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    The multicolor Daleks are throwbacks to the Daleks from the Doctor Who movie from the mid 60s.

    Otherwise, I think Matt Smith's doing great.
     
  16. dreadlk

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    Listen carefully to what Amy says just before she passes out on the Rock!

    I think I got this season figured out, but I won't even post it as a spoiler. Anybody who wants to figure whats going on just take a careful look at the Season 4 episodes involving 'The Library".
     
  17. xmguy

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    I think this season is a bit different. Ofcouse I did like Russell T Davis better than Moffet from The Library episode and now head writer. But to quote River "Oh, those spoilers". LOL! I'll reserve final judgement til later on.
     

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