So, it's out on Monday. Thought we could use a hread for it pre-release to then use as a discussion thread.
What do you want from this set, and indeed from the series? General thoughts?
I'm very excited about Mark Bonnar as The Eleven. He's one of the most intense actors in British tv. I'm glad he's going to be playing the role as someone else playing "Rogue Timelord Number 435" might not quite cut it but I have no concern with Mark.
Looking forward to more Liv - one of my top companions ever. And Helen...a new companion. How exciting!
I'm hoping that there are a few carefree, standalone adventures along the 4 boxsets. Dark Eyes had a real moody vibe, a forebearing that was in all the stories to some extent. It worked there marvellously but I do miss the fun, breezy McGann of Max Warp or Situation Vacant.
I do wish thugh that BF hadn't had you know who on the trailer. That would have made an awesome surprise on listening. That's twic in a row they've "spoiled" that actor being on a big release boxset that would have sold itself anyway without adding him on.
I agree with you on both the hope for a lighter story as well as BF putting the "surprise" actor on the trailer. I would much rather have been surprised.
As for the tone of the stories, I really miss the light-hearted and joyous 8th Doctor that we had with Charley and Lucie. However, I don't see it happening very often considering we're getting something called "Doom Coalition" and then entering the Time War.
Yeah, I suppose the name is rather ominous but we've got the first McGann release in nearly 5 years not to feature Daleks or The Master. It would be cool if - knowing The Time War paints them in a corner - BF made just a few stories out of the 16 a bit less....foreshadowing.
I am not a student of human nature. I am a professor of a far wider academy of which human nature is merely a part.
I have grown to like McGann as the Doctor, I already knew of his work outside of the 8th incarnation, so I knew of his calibre. I heard a description once by a singer songwriter Donnie Vie for the US Band Enuff z' Nuff, on how he could just open his mouth and effortless sing with what was apparently now effort. He replied to the interviewer with, "well I don't know why, but the best description I can give is, it's as simple as cocking the hammer of a gun, and when I say the words, I have pulled that vocal trigger, and there is no more effort than that, I am blessed I suppose". McGann as the Doctor for me is like this, it's almost like he turns up a the studios, folds back the page of the script and BANG! you are off. I cannot wait for this release, I have listened to the Dark Eyes, and, it has it's faults as the narrative can be a little heavy, but, McGann as an individual is simply profound, at ease, and generates through his confident performance, confidence in the other cast members. So Excited, I know I will listen to this in one sitting....
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Post by MichaelHocking1 on Oct 7, 2015 3:11:15 GMT
While not a compliant about the release itself and I know I've said this many times, but I'd like some levity in future Eighth Doctor releases at some point. The problem of course is that for a large portion of the customer base Eight is the man trying to be above the darkness around him.
Maybe the conclusion of Doom Coliation will feature a lighter status quo for Eight making that Time War prequel boxset hit all the hader....
I love that we're getting more and more release dates from BF these days, makes for a real event style affair. Don't get me wrong, it's great when a story just drops into your account but there's something about being able to count down to the 'big day'.
Very much looking forward to Monday, I'm off work as well so I'll be tucking straight in as soon as it drops.
Post by Audio Watchdog on Oct 11, 2015 0:46:39 GMT
I too felt like Dark Eyes was something of a mixed bag. The highs were really high while the lows were average Who. I also would like a return of the more carefree 8th Doctor but who knows if we will ever hear that version of him again. It could well be that McGann likes the dark & moody stuff and they consider that as they move forward. Anyway, new 8th Doctor material is always a cause for happiness. Here is hoping Doom Coalition is great.
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