[watching] Doctor Who

while also blaming greedy Disney corporate executives who destroyed the EU they could not understand.
And there it is. I've seen you call Disney "Nasty" and "Greedy" before, and that's not critique. However, it's clear to me that you have a bone of contention for Disney.

You can't blame Disney for ditching the old EU in favour of their own canon, allowing them to deliver us shows like The Mandalorian and Ob-Wan Kenobi series. They couldn't do that within the old canon, because it was really, really bloated. What's more, how many casual cinema goers or TV viewers are going to care about the old EU? I can tell you, hardly any of them. And what did George Lucas do with his Star Wars? Most of the time, he left it fester and stagnate, until it was time to milk the Star Wars cash cow. If he truly cared about Star Wars, he would not have sold it to Disney.

Besides Remi, if you really like the old EU, then the books and graphic novels are still in print as the Legend range for those who enjoy the old EU material.
 
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The first trailer for Legend of the Sea Devils. It looks marvellous!
One of my criticisms of the whole run of "new Who" has been an over reliance on old monsters to the point of flogging a dead horse. Having said which, I am okay with a return of the Sea Devils because they haven't been used too much and are therefore still interesting.

They've appeared in the "extended universe" more than they have on TV. In fact if they decide to respect the Virgin New Adventures then the Sea Devils are basically Deep Ones, complete with Dagon worship.

Also nice to see a real (if mythologised) historical character, Ching Shi (Zheng Yi Sao) in the mix.
 
One of my criticisms of the whole run of "new Who" has been an over reliance on old monsters to the point of flogging a dead horse. Having said which, I am okay with a return of the Sea Devils because they haven't been used too much and are therefore still interesting.
Chris Chibnall tried to do away with relying on returning monsters in Series 11 and fans complained. It seems that fans are happy to see returning monsters. I for one am looking forward to the return of the Sea Devils, and one thing Chibnall does well is reinvent the image of classic monsters in way that closely resembles their look from the classic series.

They've appeared in the "extended universe" more than they have on TV. In fact if they decide to respect the Virgin New Adventures then the Sea Devils are basically Deep Ones, complete with Dagon worship.
I believe that the old Virgin range is no longer considered canon - even if it was canon in the first place.

Also nice to see a real (if mythologised) historical character, Ching Shi (Zheng Yi Sao) in the mix.
I like it when historical characters appear in the series in an unusual way. HG Wells in Timelash was one, for example, where he ends up in the Doctor's TARDIS purely by chance, and his adventure inspires him to write The Time Machine.
 
I liked the one in ancient Rome in which the Doctor met the family from the then-current GCSE Latin course (whose name escapes me). Not really historical, but there are a lot of teachers in my family, so it raised a few smiles.
 
I liked the one in ancient Rome in which the Doctor met the family from the then-current GCSE Latin course (whose name escapes me). Not really historical, but there are a lot of teachers in my family, so it raised a few smiles.
That was one of my favourite Doctor moments. My wife and I both did that course and when Peter Capaldi was introduced as Caecilius, we both started listing of the other characters from the course, Grumio the cook, Rex the dog and Matella his wife (spelling probably wrong, it's been a while...) Couldn't believe it when some of them were also in it! Caught the Doctor Confidential afterwards where Davies came clean about his inspiration. Made it all the better when Caecilius/Capaldi returned as the Doctor.
 
I have some news. Last month saw the first readthrough for the 60th Anniversary Special, and Monday just gone saw the start of rehearsals. It is very likely we will get announcement some time this month, perhaps after Legends of the Sea Devils has aired on the 17th.
 
A friend pointed out to me that Chris Chibnall is actually a good writer and showrunner, because he feels that Flux was a triumph. It was well written, produced under difficult pandemic conditions, it's a visual spectacular, and did very well in the TV charts here in the UK. Chibnall has certainly had more hits than misses, and fans don't give him the credit he deserves, because they're too focused on the fact we have a female Doctor. I must say I have to agree with him.

My friend went on to say that many of the classic writers we hold in high esteem, such as Robert Holmes, lifted their plots for their scripts from films and books. Paradise Towers written by Stephen Wyatt is obviously heavily influenced by the book High Rise, and The Brain of Morbius (Terrance Dicks and Robert Holmes) is a retelling of Frankenstein, for example. I'm sure that Davies, Moffat, and Chibnall have done likewise as well.
 
I keep finding that people are somewhat confused about or totally misunderstand Sony's involvement in the next incarnation of Doctor Who. Sony have only bought Sky's stake in Bad Wolf Studios. Like Sky before them, who didn't put any money into BBC's adaptation of His Dark Materials, Sony won't be putting any money into Doctor Who, and won't have any creative control. They just own a stake in a company that BBC are outsourcing the production to. Russell T Davies doesn't have a stake in or own Bad Wolf either. In fact he has very little say in that department. He's been hired by the BBC to showrun Doctor Who, and therefore he is employed by the BBC and not Bad Wolf Studios.

Furthermore, the money Sony is investing in Bad Wolf is not going straight to Doctor Who. Between £50-60m that is being invested is going into recruitment, the training of any potential recruits, and for infrastructure upgrades for the Bad Wolf studios. None of the money is going to any productions. Bad Wolf produces TV programming for other broadcasters as well as the BBC, and like the BBC, it is those broadcasters who pay for production. The BBC is simply outsourcing the production of Doctor Who and other programmes to Bad Wolf, like they did with BBC Studios, but the BBC is still paying for these productions. BBC America currently does pay a small percentage of the costs, so that they can exclusively broadcast Doctor Who in the United States.
 
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Whilst the story wasn't exactly as good as Flux, Legend of the Sea Devils was fun, enjoyable and not too complicated. The special effects were amazing and the Sea Devils looked really cool. Overall it felt a bit rushed, but that's forgivable considering it was squeezed into the production schedule as an extra episode.

The coming soon trailer...

...was simply the best thing about this episode, with some familiar faces such as Ace and Tegan returning. With the Daleks, The Cybermen, and The Master. I'm now looking forward to Jodie's final outing.
 
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Must confess I was disappointed by the episode, but...

excited to see Ace. Missed Tegen. Hope the finale does them justice.
 
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