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Rated Flesh & Stone

Post by Hourglass on Sat May 01, 2010 8:00 pm

What did you guys think?

I absolutely loved it. First 10/10 I have been able to give a New who episode. Smith is just perfect in the role.

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sat May 01, 2010 8:16 pm

Yay! I came in here all prepared to give it 10/10 but worried that I would be the only one to do so.

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Post by Hourglass on Sat May 01, 2010 8:36 pm

Do you feel much of a tonal shift in these new episodes Lucy? For me its like the outlandish "end of universe- arrrg" stuff is dealt with much more subtly and thus is more believable.

I also like how we are getting an actual arc which is being expanded on each ep, thus preventing the RTD blowout endings in which one ep ties all the ends together (badly) and then part two resolves them (badly). Moffats approach gives them much more time to breath. it also injects a lot more interest into the arc itself.

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Re: Rated Flesh & Stone

Post by tony ingram on Sat May 01, 2010 9:42 pm

Absolutely loved it-creepy in places, clever in others, and not a bad performance in the whole thing, even the minor characters were great. I'm also finding Amy a far realer and more complex character than any previous new Who companion, and far more likable too.

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Re: Rated Flesh & Stone

Post by felneymike on Sun May 02, 2010 12:24 am

"I don't think you quite GRASP the GRAVITY of the situation" ...brilliant!

My girlfriend loves horror films, i want to send her Blink and the two "Doom" episodes. Also my mum is pretty impressed that they've invented something scarier than Cybermen!

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Post by codywillis1 on Sun May 02, 2010 1:57 am

Sounds promising.

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Re: Rated Flesh & Stone

Post by Lucy McGough on Sun May 02, 2010 9:05 am

Hourglass wrote:Do you feel much of a tonal shift in these new episodes Lucy? For me its like the outlandish "end of universe- arrrg" stuff is dealt with much more subtly and thus is more believable.
Yes, you're absolutely right.

tony ingram wrote:I'm also finding Amy a far realer and more complex character than any previous new Who companion, and far more likable too.
I agree.

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Re: Rated Flesh & Stone

Post by tony ingram on Sun May 02, 2010 9:16 am

A lot of people don't seem to be warming to Pond as a character, saying she's abrasive and unlikable. Looking around at the various message boards though, a good 75% of those complaints appear to be from women. Does she have the kind of personality that puts other women's backs up, I wonder?

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Post by Hourglass on Sun May 02, 2010 10:10 am

I think they are just coming from people who were RTD supporters an can't stand the fact that Tennant has gone.

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sun May 02, 2010 10:14 am

tony ingram wrote:A lot of people don't seem to be warming to Pond as a character, saying she's abrasive and unlikable. Looking around at the various message boards though, a good 75% of those complaints appear to be from women. Does she have the kind of personality that puts other women's backs up, I wonder?
I'm not sure. I mean, I really like her. She's bolshy, self-confident and vulnerable all at the same time. She doesn't worship the Doctor, but she doesn't disrespect him either.

And she's brave and selfless. She was prepared to be left to the Angels so that the Doctor could save River and the clerics.

OTOH, if someone fancied the Doctor I can see why they might not take to Miss Pond... Very Happy

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Post by tony ingram on Sun May 02, 2010 10:19 am

Lucy McGough wrote:
tony ingram wrote:A lot of people don't seem to be warming to Pond as a character, saying she's abrasive and unlikable. Looking around at the various message boards though, a good 75% of those complaints appear to be from women. Does she have the kind of personality that puts other women's backs up, I wonder?
I'm not sure. I mean, I really like her. She's bolshy, self-confident and vulnerable all at the same time. She doesn't worship the Doctor, but she doesn't disrespect him either.

And she's brave and selfless. She was prepared to be left to the Angels so that the Doctor could save River and the clerics.

OTOH, if someone fancied the Doctor I can see why they might not take to Miss Pond... Very Happy
I think a lot of her self confidence and brashness is an act, she's clearly got issues and tries very hard to project an image of not being bothered by anything.

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sun May 02, 2010 10:21 am

Good for her. Better than moping around like a wet Bank Holiday all the time.

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Post by tony ingram on Sun May 02, 2010 10:23 am

Lucy McGough wrote:Good for her. Better than moping around like a wet Bank Holiday all the time.
Speaking of which... Crying or Very sad

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Re: Rated Flesh & Stone

Post by Lucy McGough on Sun May 02, 2010 10:29 am

What up?

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Post by tony ingram on Sun May 02, 2010 10:33 am

Lucy McGough wrote:What up?
It's chucking it down up here-and tomorrow looks like going the same way. Why does every bank holiday weekend have to involve rain?

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Re: Rated Flesh & Stone

Post by Hourglass on Sun May 02, 2010 11:00 am

And RTD said he wrote good female characters. I know a lot of women who quit doctor who saying RTDs portrayal of women was appalling. I asked one of them what they made of Pond and they said she's quite good.

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Post by tony ingram on Sun May 02, 2010 11:02 am

Hourglass wrote:And RTD said he wrote good female characters. I know a lot of women who quit doctor who saying RTDs portrayal of women was appalling. I asked one of them what they made of Pond and they said she's quite good.
If you've watched Moffat's other work, particularly 'Coupling', I think he's generally quite strong on female characters.

I was, for a time, deeply besotted with Linda from 'Press Gang' when I was younger... Embarassed

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Re: Rated Flesh & Stone

Post by felneymike on Sun May 02, 2010 11:26 am

Was coupling the one that started and ended in Portmeirion? I remember seeing some of that and thought it was good.

Speaking of which, has a Who episode ever been set in Portmeirion, and if not why not.

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Post by tony ingram on Sun May 02, 2010 11:33 am

felneymike wrote:Was coupling the one that started and ended in Portmeirion? I remember seeing some of that and thought it was good.

Speaking of which, has a Who episode ever been set in Portmeirion, and if not why not.
No, Coupling didn't feature Portmeirion as far as I remember. But as far as Doctor Who goes, The Masque of Mandragora was partly filmed there.

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Post by Hourglass on Sun May 02, 2010 1:52 pm

What other stuff has Moffat made? Did he write a Virgin New Adventure too?

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Post by tony ingram on Sun May 02, 2010 3:00 pm

Hourglass wrote:What other stuff has Moffat made? Did he write a Virgin New Adventure too?
Never did a Virgin book, no. He got his break with the childrens series 'Press Gang' (1989-93) which was based around a student newspaper (and which also made Julia Sawalha famous). Then he wrote a succession of comedies, 'Joking Apart' (1993-95) which was about a stand up comedian going through a marriage break-up inspired by Moffat's own, 'Chalk' (1997) set in a school run by a manic deputy head, and 'Coupling' (2000-2004), again inspired by Moffat's own experiences, in particular his relationship with his second wife. Since then he's written 'Jekyll' (2007) and the first of a trilogy of 'Tin-Tin' movies for Steven Spielberg. He turned down the opportunity to do the remaining two Tin-Tin movies in order to produce Doctor Who. He's also currently involved in a new project about Sherlock Holmes.

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Re: Rated Flesh & Stone

Post by tony ingram on Sun May 02, 2010 5:04 pm

Overnight ratings are in for this episode: 6.9 million. That's pretty good, ahead of mid season episodes in previous years, and if the time shift works out roughly as it has in the last few weeks the eventual final ratings should be over 8 million again!

Incidentally, just re-watched last night'sdid anyone else notice the apparent 'continuity error' in the forest scene (which is obviously anything but)?

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Re: Rated Flesh & Stone

Post by Hourglass on Mon May 03, 2010 12:30 am

Dp you mean the jacket error?

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Post by codywillis1 on Mon May 03, 2010 1:26 am

tony ingram wrote:
Hourglass wrote:And RTD said he wrote good female characters. I know a lot of women who quit doctor who saying RTDs portrayal of women was appalling. I asked one of them what they made of Pond and they said she's quite good.
If you've watched Moffat's other work, particularly 'Coupling', I think he's generally quite strong on female characters.

I was, for a time, deeply besotted with Linda from 'Press Gang' when I was younger... Embarassed

Who wasn't? Very Happy

He does like his females borderline crazy, mind. Wink

Anyhoo, thought this was excellent for the most part. Clearly the best Who story for quite some time. Smith is already more of a Doctor than Tencrybaby ever was. Laughing

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Re: Rated Flesh & Stone

Post by tony ingram on Mon May 03, 2010 9:26 am

Hourglass wrote:Dp you mean the jacket error?
Was it an error? Watch it again; not only does the Doctor mysteriously have his jacket back when he returns to impart his ambiguous message to Amy, he's also wearing a slightly different shirt and tie. And his appearance in the next scene gives no indication that that that scene never occurred.

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Re: Rated Flesh & Stone

Post by felneymike on Mon May 03, 2010 5:25 pm

I've only ever seen the first episode of Chalk... twice! Once when it was broadcast and again when i found a video of the first three in a bargain bin. Might have to watch another tonight...

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Post by tony ingram on Mon May 03, 2010 5:27 pm

felneymike wrote:I've only ever seen the first episode of Chalk... twice! Once when it was broadcast and again when i found a video of the first three in a bargain bin. Might have to watch another tonight...
Chalk is like Marmite, you either love it or hate it. Personally, I loved it. Very Happy

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Re: Rated Flesh & Stone

Post by felneymike on Wed May 05, 2010 9:55 pm

I'm just surprised somebody else knows it even existed!

Next you'll be telling me you remember the Lock, Stock TV series...

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Post by tony ingram on Wed May 05, 2010 10:00 pm

felneymike wrote:I'm just surprised somebody else knows it even existed!

Next you'll be telling me you remember the Lock, Stock TV series...
Oh, yes-didn't title every week, wasn't there? 'Lock, Stock &...'

I quite liked it, as I recall.

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Post by felneymike on Sun May 09, 2010 12:00 am

Haha, yep. I thought two sips was the best one, from what i remember. And the one where the pikey's prize bull was stolen. It came out on DVD and was one of the first we bought, however my brother decided to spin them around in the case in a stupid display of "showing mum how they work" and now they don't work. I still have a half-hearted look in charity shops for another copy.

As we're on the subject of "stuff nobody remembers", who remembers the adventures of special agents Fax Smoulder and Donut Sulky?

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