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(Deadline)   6.79 million people tuned in to watch the UK premiere of Doctor Who season 8--the most viewers the show has had since 2010--in order to ensure themselves the show again had a decent, respectable Doctor and not some Fez-wearing hipster   (deadline.com ) divider line
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2014-08-24 12:22:37 PM  
Having seen the leaked copy I watched it to see the finished special effects.

/Still want a Madame Vastra and Jenny series. With Strax.
 
2014-08-24 12:42:50 PM  
Hey now.  Don't knock the fez.
 
2014-08-24 12:45:13 PM  

xanadian: Hey now.  Don't knock the fez.


I have grey hair now. Grey hair is cool.
 
2014-08-24 12:46:18 PM  
Hmm.  I wonder if Doctor Who is on On-Demand now.  We don't get the BBC America channel here (unless you pay extra)...but you CAN watch BBC America shows on demand.  It's very weird.
 
2014-08-24 01:40:25 PM  
Episode itself was kind of meh, but Peter Capaldi was absolutely awesome.
 
2014-08-24 01:51:45 PM  
In before the "ITZ A FARKING KIDS SHOW" trolls show up.
 
2014-08-24 01:57:08 PM  
Great episode, great performances all around.

I do miss Matt Smith's Doctor - my favorite so far - but Capaldi seems like he was a fantastic choice as well.

"Spontaneous combustion? I dunno. I probably blame the English."
 
2014-08-24 01:58:50 PM  
I thoroughly enjoyed last nights premiere and am looking forward to more of Capaldi.
 
2014-08-24 02:02:44 PM  
Between this and "the Day of the Doctor", it seems these same-day event shows with limited theatrical runs bring in an audience and they're going to keep doing them from now on.
 
2014-08-24 02:04:42 PM  
"Look at these eyebrows. These are attack eyebrows! They could take off bottle caps!"
 
2014-08-24 02:08:11 PM  

mongbiohazard: Great episode, great performances all around.

I do miss Matt Smith's Doctor - my favorite so far - but Capaldi seems like he was a fantastic choice as well.

"Spontaneous combustion? I dunno. I probably blame the English."


Y'know... Differing opinion here. While I didn't not like Smith's Doctor, he definitely wasn't my favorite. I'd ave to go back to Baker on that one, and it appears Capaldi is too a little bit.
 
2014-08-24 02:11:24 PM  
I sense a certain major of English at work here...
 
2014-08-24 02:15:38 PM  
Decent episode but Capaldi was excellent. They just need to get rid o Clara and they should be all set.

And Matt Smith was awesome, fez and all.
 
2014-08-24 02:16:50 PM  

angrymacface: I sense a certain major of English at work here...


Wasn't me.

My gimmick is anti-Amy Pond. I'm already composing the headline for when Selfie is canceled in a couple months.

Anyway, 6.79 doesn't sound that impressive, but it'll probably be over 10 or 11 million after the live+ and BBC Player numbers are in.
 
2014-08-24 02:19:28 PM  
Not the best episode ever but Capaldi put on a acting clinic. I expect to series to totally rock once it catches up to him.
 
2014-08-24 02:20:13 PM  

Savage Belief: mongbiohazard: Great episode, great performances all around.

I do miss Matt Smith's Doctor - my favorite so far - but Capaldi seems like he was a fantastic choice as well.

"Spontaneous combustion? I dunno. I probably blame the English."

Y'know... Differing opinion here. While I didn't not like Smith's Doctor, he definitely wasn't my favorite. I'd ave to go back to Baker on that one, and it appears Capaldi is too a little bit.


Baker was my favorite for pretty much most of my life. I never thought anyone was ever going to knock him out of the #1 spot for me, but Smith managed to. But different strokes for different folks, right?

Not sure where I'll end up placing Capaldi, but if yesterday's episode is any indication he'll be ranking very high for me indeed. I thought Capaldi did just a wonderful job.
 
2014-08-24 02:25:13 PM  

mongbiohazard: Great episode, great performances all around.

I do miss Matt Smith's Doctor - my favorite so far - but Capaldi seems like he was a fantastic choice as well.

"Spontaneous combustion? I dunno. I probably blame the English."


His subtle jabs at the English were very funny.  I have to say I very much like Capaldi's incarnation of The Doctor.
 
2014-08-24 02:26:31 PM  
I've seen the first 5 episodes from the leaks at a buddy's house. Smith was god tier as the doctor, however Capaldi is a god in the role.  It only gets better.
 
2014-08-24 02:26:48 PM  
Capaldi is so good he made Clara a better a character.
 
2014-08-24 02:27:50 PM  

xanadian: Hey now.  Don't knock the fez.


Love the fez. Fezzes are cool.
 
2014-08-24 02:30:23 PM  
i.dailymail.co.uk

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2014-08-24 02:33:07 PM  

t1874311: I've seen the first 5 episodes from the leaks at a buddy's house.

[citation needed]

 
2014-08-24 02:36:46 PM  

xanadian: Hmm.  I wonder if Doctor Who is on On-Demand now.  We don't get the BBC America channel here (unless you pay extra)...but you CAN watch BBC America shows on demand.  It's very weird.


The new episodes usually show up on Amazon Instant Video the next day.

/I don't have TV. Not going to pay cable $90 a month for Dr. Who and Honey Boo Boo.
 
2014-08-24 02:36:52 PM  

Cepheus Crater: Decent episode but Capaldi was excellent. They just need to get rid o Clara and they should be all set.

And Matt Smith was awesome, fez and all.




I didn't like Capaldi...he and Clara had zero charisma together.
 
2014-08-24 02:39:43 PM  
Anyone who has "been in a band with Craig Ferguson" on his resume' is fine with me.
 
2014-08-24 02:44:00 PM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: Cepheus Crater: Decent episode but Capaldi was excellent. They just need to get rid o Clara and they should be all set.

And Matt Smith was awesome, fez and all.

I didn't like Capaldi...he and Clara had zero charisma together.


Which makes it sadder for me seeing the character giving him a shot and knowing she's leaving the show, which tells me she failed.
 
2014-08-24 02:44:03 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: My gimmick is anti-Amy Pond. I'm already composing the headline for when Selfie is canceled in a couple months.


static2.hypable.com

I bet you're LOVING that she will probably play a key role GotG2, not to mention that Nebula is being set up to have the same key role in the Infinity Gauntlet that she did in the comics.
 
2014-08-24 02:44:11 PM  

Snargi: xanadian: Hmm.  I wonder if Doctor Who is on On-Demand now.  We don't get the BBC America channel here (unless you pay extra)...but you CAN watch BBC America shows on demand.  It's very weird.

The new episodes usually show up on Amazon Instant Video the next day.

/I don't have TV. Not going to pay cable $90 a month for Dr. Who and Honey Boo Boo.


Same here.  I have all of series 5-7 thru Amazon.
 
2014-08-24 02:46:37 PM  

Snargi: The new episodes usually show up on Amazon Instant Video the next day.


iTunes has it, but they are charging a LOT. $7.99 for the episode, compared to the $2.99 they usually charge per episode for HD. I know it was longer than normal, but that is a tad high.
 
2014-08-24 02:51:43 PM  

TV's Vinnie: t1874311: I've seen the first 5 episodes from the leaks at a buddy's house.

[citation needed]


They're on the bay of pirates , black and white work print releases, sent to bbc miami for translation for BBC's latin market or some such reasons. if you Search for doctor who series 8 unedited it should pop right up on the bay of pirates.
 
2014-08-24 02:52:45 PM  

Mad_Radhu: FirstNationalBastard: My gimmick is anti-Amy Pond. I'm already composing the headline for when Selfie is canceled in a couple months.

[static2.hypable.com image 850x1239]

I bet you're LOVING that she will probably play a key role GotG2, not to mention that Nebula is being set up to have the same key role in the Infinity Gauntlet that she did in the comics.


Which is a shame considering she was obviously the weakest actress is the series.
 
2014-08-24 02:53:36 PM  
6.79M doesn't sound like all that much to me, especially since there were episodes from the classic era that rocked audiences of 15M or more. I think that says more about the modern-day insignificance of first-time viewer ratings than anything else, though. When final figures were in, "Day of the Doctor" had over 25 million people watching at the same time - but it was beaten in its home country by something called "Strictly Come Dancing."

I sincerely hope the bean-counters at the Beeb are taking into account the aftermarket and overseas sales - something they didn't do in 1989.

(Of course, it also got a 32 share...I can't math this.)
 
2014-08-24 02:53:40 PM  
http://www.free-tv-video-online.me/internet/doctor_who_%282005%29/sea s on_8.html

Wait a few days after the initial broadcast date for each episode.  I burned through Season 5 of Archer in two days thanks to Free TV.  (NOTICE: Install popup blockers galore).
 
2014-08-24 02:54:22 PM  

llortcM_yllort: Mad_Radhu: FirstNationalBastard: My gimmick is anti-Amy Pond. I'm already composing the headline for when Selfie is canceled in a couple months.

[static2.hypable.com image 850x1239]

I bet you're LOVING that she will probably play a key role GotG2, not to mention that Nebula is being set up to have the same key role in the Infinity Gauntlet that she did in the comics.

Which is a shame considering she was obviously the weakest actress is the series.


I mean movie, not series.
 
2014-08-24 03:08:26 PM  
"I'm not your boyfriend."

THANK YOU!

"I don't think I'm a hugging person now."

HURRAY!

Capaldi and his mighty eyebrows were excellent. I have hope for this new season. And Clara can't leave fast enough.
 
2014-08-24 03:11:07 PM  

peasandcarrots: 6.79M doesn't sound like all that much to me, especially since there were episodes from the classic era that rocked audiences of 15M or more. I think that says more about the modern-day insignificance of first-time viewer ratings than anything else, though.


Yeah. Overnight viewing figures don't mean as much as they used to. Many more channels competing for viewers too...

When final figures were in, "Day of the Doctor" had over 25 million people watching at the same time - but it was beaten in its home country by something called "Strictly Come Dancing."

That's the format sold to the US as "Dancing With the Stars".

Sorry for that.

I sincerely hope the bean-counters at the Beeb are taking into account the aftermarket and overseas sales - something they didn't do in 1989.

As I recall, Michael Grade - then one of the higher-ups at the Beeb - had a personal beef with Doctor Who, which played a big part in its cancellation.

/And I'm recalling the subliminal flash of "Michael Grade is a coont" that Chris Morris put into one of his Channel 4 shows when Grade was involved with C4.
 
2014-08-24 03:19:42 PM  
"I have the horrible feeling that I'm going to have to kill you. I thought you might appreciate a drink first. I know I would."

Smith could have sold that the same way he could sell the occasional threat or action-hero line, but Capaldi delivered it as though it was a simple though regrettable fact. It felt far more like the way a classic Doctor would have delivered it, and it's sold me totally on Capaldi.
 
2014-08-24 03:25:45 PM  

Flint Ironstag: Having seen the leaked copy I watched it to see the finished special effects.

/Still want a Madame Vastra and Jenny series. With Strax.


No. No Paternoster series unless they can think up a few more dimensions for the characters. All they've had so far is the basic premise for the characters (Jenny and Vastra are crime-fighting lesbians. Strax has no concept of gender and thinks the answer to everything is to kill it.). That was The Snowmen.

Then we got The Crimson Horror. Jenny and Vastra are crime-fighting lesbians. Strax has no concept of gender and thinks the answer to everything is to kill it.

Then we got The Name of the Doctor. Jenny and Vastra are crime-fighting lesbians. Strax has no concept of gender and thinks the answer to everything is to kill it.

Now we have Deep Breath. Jenny and Vastra are crime-fighting lesbians (They're married now. Have we mentioned that they're married? Because they're married. And we should also point out that they're married. Married.). Strax has no concept of gender and thinks the answer to everything is to kill it.

Classic Moffat. He has a good idea, then has no clue what to do with it.
 
2014-08-24 03:33:05 PM  
I'll miss Matt Smith, but so far so good with Capaldi.  Attack eyebrows indeed.
 
2014-08-24 03:33:23 PM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: Cepheus Crater: Decent episode but Capaldi was excellent. They just need to get rid o Clara and they should be all set.

And Matt Smith was awesome, fez and all.

I didn't like Capaldi...he and Clara had zero charisma together.


Same here, but for me it's Clara that seems awkward and out of place.
 
2014-08-24 03:41:10 PM  

Son of Thunder: Flint Ironstag: Having seen the leaked copy I watched it to see the finished special effects.

/Still want a Madame Vastra and Jenny series. With Strax.

No. No Paternoster series unless they can think up a few more dimensions for the characters. All they've had so far is the basic premise for the characters (Jenny and Vastra are crime-fighting lesbians. Strax has no concept of gender and thinks the answer to everything is to kill it.). That was The Snowmen.

Then we got The Crimson Horror. Jenny and Vastra are crime-fighting lesbians. Strax has no concept of gender and thinks the answer to everything is to kill it.

Then we got The Name of the Doctor. Jenny and Vastra are crime-fighting lesbians. Strax has no concept of gender and thinks the answer to everything is to kill it.

Now we have Deep Breath. Jenny and Vastra are crime-fighting lesbians (They're married now. Have we mentioned that they're married? Because they're married. And we should also point out that they're married. Married.). Strax has no concept of gender and thinks the answer to everything is to kill it.

Classic Moffat. He has a good idea, then has no clue what to do with it.


I take your point, though as supporting characters in DW their job in this episode was to be continuity. The whole episode was about convincing viewers that Capaldi was The Doctor, hence Clara's doubts and Vastra's arguement about prejudice.

And I still give Moffatt huge residual benefit from Coupling.
 
2014-08-24 03:44:03 PM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: he and Clara had zero charisma together.


Well that was kind of the point for the episode.
 
2014-08-24 03:47:56 PM  

Flint Ironstag: The whole episode was about convincing viewers that Capaldi was The Doctor, hence Clara's doubts and Vastra's arguement about prejudice.


Also how many times has the Doctor said that regenerating is not exactly on him and does have some lingering effects? Nice to see Moffat actually deal with that. Also since each new Doctor is effectively a new character instead of having him go headlong into something spend some time on actually introducing the character.
 
2014-08-24 03:48:34 PM  
BTW everyone caught where the Doctor actually gave the answer to where he'd seen this before right?
 
2014-08-24 03:52:28 PM  

Son of Thunder: Flint Ironstag: Having seen the leaked copy I watched it to see the finished special effects.

/Still want a Madame Vastra and Jenny series. With Strax.

No. No Paternoster series unless they can think up a few more dimensions for the characters. All they've had so far is the basic premise for the characters (Jenny and Vastra are crime-fighting lesbians. Strax has no concept of gender and thinks the answer to everything is to kill it.). That was The Snowmen.

Then we got The Crimson Horror. Jenny and Vastra are crime-fighting lesbians. Strax has no concept of gender and thinks the answer to everything is to kill it.

Then we got The Name of the Doctor. Jenny and Vastra are crime-fighting lesbians. Strax has no concept of gender and thinks the answer to everything is to kill it.

Now we have Deep Breath. Jenny and Vastra are crime-fighting lesbians (They're married now. Have we mentioned that they're married? Because they're married. And we should also point out that they're married. Married.). Strax has no concept of gender and thinks the answer to everything is to kill it.

Classic Moffat. He has a good idea, then has no clue what to do with it.


They were married in The Snowmen.
 
2014-08-24 03:53:37 PM  

xanadian: Snargi: xanadian: Hmm.  I wonder if Doctor Who is on On-Demand now.  We don't get the BBC America channel here (unless you pay extra)...but you CAN watch BBC America shows on demand.  It's very weird.

The new episodes usually show up on Amazon Instant Video the next day.

/I don't have TV. Not going to pay cable $90 a month for Dr. Who and Honey Boo Boo.

Same here.  I have all of series 5-7 thru Amazon.


I didn't know that there were seven seasons of Honey Boo Boo. Personally I don't like Honey Boo Boo but if you enjoy it that much then more power to you.
 
2014-08-24 03:59:53 PM  
I know it's only been one episode, but, I think Smith was able to play the range a bit better going from "Look at me, I'm so eccentric and wacky" to "I'm deadly serious" -- I'm thinking specifically of the "Colonel Run Away" speech at Demon's Run for my example.

But, there is no way in hell that Matt Smith could deliver a line like the (SPOILER) (paraphrased) "I'm afraid I'm going to have to kill you" line to the robot and make me think "Holy fark. The Doctor is going to straight-up murder this thing." like Capaldi did.
 
2014-08-24 04:01:36 PM  

Savage Belief: In before the "ITZ A FARKING KIDS SHOW" trolls show up.


--Wait, so you guys can watch a British Sid & Marty Krofft program but you guys biatch when we have a thread about Nickelodeon / Disney shows?
 
2014-08-24 04:07:54 PM  
The story was kinda meh (especially the first 15-20 minutes). It didn't really pick up steam until the second half. But holy hell is Capaldi incredible. Moffat better not screw this up.
 
2014-08-24 04:08:16 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I know it's only been one episode, but, I think Smith was able to play the range a bit better going from "Look at me, I'm so eccentric and wacky" to "I'm deadly serious" -- I'm thinking specifically of the "Colonel Run Away" speech at Demon's Run for my example.

But, there is no way in hell that Matt Smith could deliver a line like the (SPOILER) (paraphrased) "I'm afraid I'm going to have to kill you" line to the robot and make me think "Holy fark. The Doctor is going to straight-up murder this thing." like Capaldi did.


I felt it was a very real threat after watching him in The Thick of It.
 
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