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Doctor Who "Bigger on the inside..."

View Poll Results: Favourite Season-long Story arc?
The Master (Series 8 - OldWho) 4 11.76%
Space Station Nerva (Series 12 - OldWho) 4 11.76%
The Key to Time (Series 16 - OldWho) 16 47.06%
Entropy (Series 18 - OldWho) 6 17.65%
The Trial of a Time Lord (Series 23 - OldWho) 7 20.59%
Bad Wolf (Series 1 - NuWho) 10 29.41%
Torchwood (Series 2 - NuWho) 1 2.94%
Mr. Saxon (Series 3 - NuWho) 6 17.65%
Medusa Cascade (Series 4 - NuWho) 3 8.82%
"He will knock four times." (Series 4B - NuWho) 3 8.82%
Cracks in the Universe (Series 5 - NuWho) 17 50.00%
Death of the Doctor (Series 6 - NuWho) 4 11.76%
The Impossible Girl (Series 7 - NuWho) 7 20.59%
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Old April 28 2014, 04:05 AM   #16
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Re: Best Season-long Story arc

The E-Space trilogy was just slapped together though, State Of Decay was even produced before Full Circle and it wasn't until Full Circle that Tom Baker decided to leave the series. And really unlike RTD's seasons JNT's seasons were a bit of a mess most of the time, JNT wasn't a writer so his seveal script editors had to take up the slack.

Still I thought the Tennant years got progressively better in every regard, personally I can't say the same for Matt Smith's seasons.
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Old April 30 2014, 09:59 PM   #17
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Re: Best Season-long Story arc

You forgot the "Black Guardian" trilogy of "Mawdyrn Undead", "Terminus" and "Enlightenment", which I though worked fairly well as OldWho story arcs went. There was also the entire 26th season, which was written to have common threads running through it that focused heavily on Ace's character.

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Old April 30 2014, 10:22 PM   #18
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Re: Best Season-long Story arc

I didn't. I specifically mentioned season-long arcs. Otherwise I'd mention other arcs.

And I haven't considered that, re:Ace in series 26... could you elaborate please?
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Old May 1 2014, 12:00 AM   #19
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Re: Best Season-long Story arc

Fair enough - though the "Entropy" arc technically does not include "The Leisure Hive" which started off that season; and you could argue that the E-Space Trilogy instead leads to the "New Master" trilogy of "The Keeper of Traken", "Logopolis" and "Castrovalva", though it's probably better to say that it's more just more serial-focused than before. Similarly, there is the "Let's get Tegan home" series of adventures that starts with "Castrovalva" and takes the whole season to accomplish. Not really an arc, but it was part of the narrative that was driving the show back to London 1980-1.

The season 26 stories were consciously focused on Ace's development, and formed the climax of the so-called "Fenric arc" that actually spans from "Dragonfire" (Ace's introduction), through "The Curse of Fenric" and arguably including "Survival". If anything, it's comparable to Clara's arc, though seen through 1980s storytelling.

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Old May 1 2014, 12:48 AM   #20
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Hm, funny point about the lets-take-Tegan-home thing... though yeah, I wouldn't call it a narrative either - more like a purpose for the character, like for Ian and Barbara in the first two seasons.

And Leisure Hive effectively ends the random travels that the Doctor went through because of the Black Guardian and the Randomizer, and as such its the beginning of a a new chapter for the Doc - one that eventually made up for the subtlest, most RTD-esque arc in OldWho. And thats one thing I really like about that series. Though technically you're right, series-wise it started that arc, like Rose started the Bad Wolf arc even though there's not a single mention of it there (it actually starts appearing in the next story).

As for the Ace thing... thats not really a season-long arc, is it? Its an arc that spans through Ace's time with the Doctor, in a similar way as how series 1-7 form a Post-Time War arc for the Doctor, ending with the 50th anniversary special that revises that story for him again. Still, its not without merit, all things said and done... I always thought Ace was the proto-NuWho companion, in both attitude and the way she handled herself in action.
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Old May 4 2014, 10:35 PM   #21
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Re: Best Season-long Story arc

Most of the Moffat arcs are crap. Bad Wolf was probably be the best of the new series arcs.

Key to Time wins old who.
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