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    Rewatched The Deadly Assassain yesterday for the first time in a long while. Is it the best classic Doctor Who episode? Could well be... The scenes in The Matrix were my introduction to surreal horror as a kid. I don't know how old I was when the clown in the mirror gave me a jolt. I'm guessing I was quite young but there's plenty in there to unnerve even an older child. Those scenes hold up very nicely 30 years later.
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    The festive special was fine. I suppose. Unexceptional. Not festive and in no way special. But fine. What was a worry though was that they seemed to be laying the groundwork for a Yaz/Doctor romance. Holy shit. It's like Chibnall's sitting there trying to work out new ways to piss people off.

    Allow me to prematurely rant ( because hopefully this goes nowhere).

    I'm not okay with human doctor romances. It's one of the reasons I largely bypassed the Davies era. The Moffatt approach that the young female companions could be besotted with the doctor but that just made him uncomfortable I could handle. I prefer an entirely sexless tardis but that was sorta fun. River Song I can give a pass to as she was kind of, sort of, a time lord. But not fucking Yaz. The least interesting companion the doctors ever had. I won't have it I tell ya. Christ if Chibnall's not happy with the diversity that he currently has with two female doctors, one of them black, and needs to also make the doctor a lesbian can we at least bring back Bill Potts for her to be lesbian with? Bill had spunk. As mentioned, I don't hold with Doctor/human relationships but I can totally see why she'd go Bill. But fucking Yaz... I mean really.
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    I agree with the special. Thought it was okay but nothing special. Nice to see it back on the air though.

    I also tend to agree about romances with the Doctor and the companions, it really should be avoided but television likes to have romances. Since it appears that Whittaker will be leaving at the end of the season (have no idea why the stick to a 3 year cycle with the Doctors), I'm not sure if there is a romance angle will mean much.

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    Season 24 release video. Like the previous one a little bit naff, a little bit charming and most of all very odd.



    I've got a soft for Sylvester run. I think he was on when I was at just the right age for me to have a strong attachment to him as the doctor even if the episodes are, objectively speaking, not always great.

    Season 24 though is the Mel season. No Ace yet. They also hadn't really got into trying to show the doctor as a dark mysterious figure. God knows where they were going with that... I'm guessing they didn't know either but it would have to have been better than the Timeless Child nonsense we've had foisted upon us since.

    I do quite like the Paradise Towers episode. Really struggles with budget and direction but there's some nice ideas in there.
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    I really disliked Sylvester McCoy. I'm not sure if I even watched the last season with him. I probably did but just erased it from my memory.

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    I like the way he roooooolls his vowels. His enunciation is heaps of fun to me. Most of Sylvester's run isn't hugely watchable but he had a couple good serials. The Curse Of Fenris and The Greatest Show In The Galaxy are two that I would think would appeal to cult film fans. TGSITG had some great surreal imagery. A pair of circus folk escaping through an endless desert while colourful kites spy on their position and chase is given by clowns in limousines being one that sticks in my memory. While COF feels a bit more sophisticated than your standard classic Dr Who. I certainly rate it a big step up from anything in Colin's run. Now that was some dire who.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dom D View Post
    I like the way he roooooolls his vowels. His enunciation is heaps of fun to me. Most of Sylvester's run isn't hugely watchable but he had a couple good serials. The Curse Of Fenris and The Greatest Show In The Galaxy are two that I would think would appeal to cult film fans. TGSITG had some great surreal imagery. A pair of circus folk escaping through an endless desert while colourful kites spy on their position and chase is given by clowns in limousines being one that sticks in my memory. While COF feels a bit more sophisticated than your standard classic Dr Who. I certainly rate it a big step up from anything in Colin's run. Now that was some dire who.
    Funny but I didn't mind Colin Baker.

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    Good article about "Doctor Who's The Daemons, weird children's TV of the 1970s, and the inescapable presence of Nigel Kneale."

    https://headpress.com/doctor-who-the-daemons/
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