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Old October 21 2013, 05:42 PM   #1
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50th anniversary being sold short

I have to be very honest here: I do feel that the apparent lack of any Doctors or companions from before the 2005 revival is selling the fiftieth anniversary short, and not living up to its full potential. Paul McGann has done yet another interview where he firmly states that he's not in the special, and by this point, I'm starting to find all these claims that he's lying a bit hard to swallow. I know his voice could briefly (and faintly) be heard in the recent trailer, but......that's not really good enough, he deserves proper recognition. I'm aware that Moffat has said there are still some surprises in store, but if said surprises turn out to be River Song and/or the Paternoster Gang, I give up. That simply isn't how you honor half a century.
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Old October 21 2013, 05:48 PM   #2
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Re: 50th anniversary being sold short

How many threads are you going to start in this topic?
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Old October 21 2013, 05:52 PM   #3
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Re: 50th anniversary being sold short

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How many threads are you going to start in this topic?
At the rate of about 1 thread every 2 weeks, I figure there's time for about 3 more before the Anniversary Special airs
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Old October 21 2013, 06:38 PM   #4
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As I said elsewhere - there may not be appearances, but I wouldn't be surprised if there wasn't a flashback to McGann regenerating into Hurt, and another of Hurt to Eccleston, using doubles and existing footage.

I think that's the best we can hope for.
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Old October 21 2013, 07:13 PM   #5
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I'm with Noddy. I don't even particularly like River or the detective trio.
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Old October 21 2013, 07:17 PM   #6
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It's always a good idea to get most of one's objections in well ahead of airing so that one can revisit them after the crime, time dated, to demonstrate one's absolute rightness.
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Old October 21 2013, 07:28 PM   #7
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It's always a good idea to get most of one's objections in well ahead of airing so that one can revisit them after the crime, time dated, to demonstrate one's absolute rightness.
Yes. God forbid anyone should watch the bloody thing before forming a view on it!
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Old October 21 2013, 07:51 PM   #8
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I have to be very honest here: I do feel that the apparent lack of any Doctors or companions from before the 2005 revival is selling the fiftieth anniversary short, and not living up to its full potential. Paul McGann has done yet another interview where he firmly states that he's not in the special, and by this point, I'm starting to find all these claims that he's lying a bit hard to swallow. I know his voice could briefly (and faintly) be heard in the recent trailer, but......that's not really good enough, he deserves proper recognition. I'm aware that Moffat has said there are still some surprises in store, but if said surprises turn out to be River Song and/or the Paternoster Gang, I give up. That simply isn't how you honor half a century.
Proper recognition of what? Proper recognition from who?
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Old October 21 2013, 08:05 PM   #9
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Re: 50th anniversary being sold short

Also I would like to add the at almost one month out we still dont have a real trailer (beyond the all cgi teaser). Not just the the special but still no trailer for 'Adventures in Time and Space'. The BBC also basically lied to us in June when it said it had no recovered episodes when clearly it did. What is wrong with the BBC? don't they believe in hyping things up to build a bigger audience? Maybe its a British thing.. who knows.
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Old October 21 2013, 08:15 PM   #10
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Also I would like to add the at almost one month out we still dont have a real trailer (beyond the all cgi teaser). Not just the the special but still no trailer for 'Adventures in Time and Space'.
I'm a bit concerned with the lack of a trailer or any wider promotion for the Gatiss film. Unless you were already a Doctor Who fan and knew that it was coming, you wouldn't know that it existed. It's a project that really should have been a part of the winter BBC drama trailer, and because it's not concerns me as it gives the impression that the BBC is trying to quietly bury the project. If it turns out that the lack of promotion for the Gatiss docudrama is coming out Cardiff, then they're making a mistake; this isn't a project where "If you build it, they will come." It was probably never going to be a huge success, granted, but the marketing of it, or rather the lack thereof, really smacks of malpractice.
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Old October 21 2013, 08:27 PM   #11
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^ We're still more than a month out. Fans know it'll be on. More casual fans will need to be informed, but not too early. Casual fans won't be making plans around it this far out.

Non-fans probably won't bother to watch for the most part.

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Old October 21 2013, 08:38 PM   #12
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^ We're still more than a month out. Fans know it'll be on. More casual fans will need to be informed, but not too early. Casual fans won't be making plans around it this far out.

Non-fans probably won't bother to watch for the most part.
I saw the leaded SDCC trailer, and I think that it really needs to be marketed to the audience that watched The Hour. That's basically what it is. The Hour: Doctor Who.

The one outlet that has their hands tied, unfortunately, is BBC America. They financed the thing, and they would like a return on their investment.
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Old October 21 2013, 08:53 PM   #13
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While I'm reserving judgement on the quality of both the 50th anniversary episode as well as the Gatiss film, I have to agree that the lack of real promotion outside of the usual channels is somewhat perplexing..

When Smith hit his stride, Dr. Who was all over the place... Entertainment Weekly had a BIG spread as well as the cover... Merch flew off the shelves and it seemed like the show couldn't get any bigger... They're running out of time, if they have something like that in the works again...
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Old October 21 2013, 10:34 PM   #14
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They haven't promoted the Gatiss film either? Aside from the photos? Hmm.
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Old October 21 2013, 11:12 PM   #15
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Honestly, the BBC seem like they're underestimating the impact and significance of both the 50th anniversary special and the docudrama. Its bizarre, but its almost like they don't give a damn.
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