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Old 11-02-2013, 21:15
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2013 is proving to be the most divisive year amongst fans since the revival eight years ago. Some people are loving the exposure the show is getting, what with global interest, high-profile names all over it and more merchandise than ever. Others aren't enjoying it so much, what with massive gaps between broadcasts, fragmented series, changes in episode pacing (i.e. the removal of two-parters), and opinions all over the place on developments surrounding the 50th Anniversary.

One thing that I've heard mentioned a lot in recent months is interest in the show. The audience that watches Doctor Who in 2013 is somewhat different to the one that watched back in 2005 (let alone 1963!). Some people have been with the revival since Series 1, a lot of people picked up at Series 2, there was probably another surge around Series 5.

What I'm wondering is, how has your interest in Doctor Who changed over time? Has it constantly fluctuated, in which case when since 2005 has it been 'unmissable' and at other times 'difficult to care about'? Have you found yourself planning your Saturdays around watching Doctor Who, or have you found yourself sighing in disinterest or disappointment over the show or its production? Has your interest peaked at a specific point, or has it dwindled? Do you have mid-series blues, could you not care less about gaps between series, or have the gaps led you to consider whether you'll be watching in future? I'm simply interested in what Doctor Who means to its viewers... a lot of which will come and go, a lot of which stay loyal. How do you see Doctor Who in 2013... is it tailing off a bit since it was revived, or is it in its prime?
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Old 11-02-2013, 21:24
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Watched Doctor Who a little bit in series 1 but was only about 12 and didn't have the pick of what was on the telly. Started to really get into it when Tennant joined, and actually the series where my interest began to peak and I saw every episode was series 3. I still saw Rose as my favourite though (so actually her last episodes probably gripped me more). Continued my love for the show (and reruns of series 1 and 2) until the start of series 5.

Began to lose interest. Quite liked 11 but Amy was getting on my nerves. Had sudden peaks of interest again for certain episodes (Vincent & the Doctor, A Christmas Carol and the Doctor's Wife) but otherwise hit some terrible lows. Never been more bored watching the show than in the silurian episodes of series 5 and the second 2 parter of series 6. Lost the enjoyment of the 'journey' of the show somewhat inbetween these couple of series.

Series 7 - I knew Amy was on her way out and was prepared for someone new to refresh the show a little and renew my interest. The surprise appearance of Jenna was great and I got quite hooked into this part of the series. Can't help but admit I wasn't sad to see Amy and Rory go. Loved the Christmas special and can see myself gaining interest again!
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:35
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Started to lose interest as series 5 went along and the introduction of the irritating Amy and Rory and even more so with series 6 with the over complicated arc even to the point that I'd record it on sky plus and watch it later and delete it straight after and I usually used to watch an episode several times. The whole splitting of series has really annoyed me too. My interest is slighty renewed with the introduction of JLC.
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:58
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I've been interested since 2005 but my interest really picked up in series 2 and then waned a bit towards the end of Tennant's era. I'm much keener on the Moffat/Smith version of the show.

My main interest is still the classic series. New Who's biggest impact on me has been to rekindle that interest.
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:11
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When it came back I was very excited and when the show started it was a bit disappointing because it wasn't the show I loved. However I soon got into it and enjoyed it for what it was and though I was getting a little tired of RTD around Voyage Of The Dammed he bounced back with Series 4 which for me is the only one that gets close to the quality of the Classic show.

Since then it has been one crushing disappointment after another with the terrible specials, the shock of how bad Moffat has made the show - particularly Series 6 which (The Doctors Wife excepted) was the worst in the history of the show. Thankfully Series 7 was better and at last we have got shot of Amy and Rory. I must thank Moffat for making the show so bad that he helped push me into getting more into Big Finish to get my Who fix and the standard of their output is light years ahead of TV Who. So my love for the classic show is bigger than ever but I can't get excited about the modern show at all these days.
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:49
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I was a casual viewer for the first 2 series, not being too fussed if I missed the occasional episodes, and when I went to Uni I stopped watching it all together. But then I bought Series 3 on DVD and got pretty obsessed with it. My interest hit it's peak at around Series 5, dipped during Series 6 but has gone back up with Series 7.
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:43
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Very much losing interest. Moffatt/Smith not my cup of tea. Too sci-fi and not enough character.

The relentless mucking about in the scheduling doesn't help either. Hard to keep up with the excitement when we're chucked little bits of Who here and there and then have to wait months and months for confirmation of when there will be any more.

I have a lot of mates who are not Who fans but enjoyed the show when it first came back in 2005. Sadly, they seem to be the ones who are not watching now and most simply don't enjoy it as much since Moffatt took over.
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:58
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I liked series 1 at first, then increasingly disliked RTD's writing and Eccleston's Doctor, so missed a few episodes.

Got caught up in series 2 and loved all of Tennant's tenure - I even got to like RTD's stuff, well most of it. My favourite episodes were the ones Moffat wrote. Loved the last half of series 3 and the whole of series 4 beyond reason; less keen on the Specials.

Bored with most of series 5, though I loved Matt. Hated the series 6 arc, though I loved River. One or two wonderful episodes in these series, but mostly dull or daft, or downright dreadful. Far too magical and not sci-fi enough.

Loved series 7a. Loved the Christmas special, and Clara.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:07
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Jenna Louise Coleman has reignited my interest. The character brightens up the screen and is fleshed out better. The Clara story has brought about a new chapter in Doctor Who.

I wasn't fond of those awful Ponds. River/Melody was great.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:35
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I've been watching it since forever. The new series since it came back in 2005 constantly leaves me disappointed and I can't really work out why. It's should be at it's best that it's ever been but to me there's always something missing from it.
The show looks great but that's all I can say about it.
Maybe it's the writing. I'd love to see some of the writers from the classic series do some episodes.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:42
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Series 1 - interesting. Tonally difficult to adjust to, patchy quality and writing, highs and lows. Wouldn't miss it, partly out of fascination about where it was wanting to go, and partly because I thought it might the only series we got.
Series 2 & 3 - a bit more settled, a much better idea of what it wants to be, but a little predictable for it. Missable - didn't feel like I was missing much by not paying attention, didn't mind missing episodes.
Series 4 - much better. Donna brought much more spark and snap to the adventures. The show seemed to be having much more fun with itself.
Series 5 & 6 - the pinnacle for me. The spark and fun from the last series was brought to the forefront and it took us on more of a ride, as well as subverting expectations and twisting plots along the way. Some of the best openings and closers of all time. Couldn't miss it.
Series 7 - Like the standalone stories, think there was no reason to have brought Amy and Rory back for them though, sort of like when they dragged Only Fools and Horses past their obvious ending. Love the buzz created by the movie look and feel - kept my attention. High hopes for the second half.
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Old 12-02-2013, 13:05
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Doctor Who used to be my favourite tv show.

I don't think it makes the top ten anymore. With the exception of the odd episode I find it to lack heart and spirit and a coherent vision/direction.
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Old 12-02-2013, 13:31
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Series 1 - didn't watch it even though I was a casual fan during the Classic series. Had better things to do on Saturdays.
Series 2 - intended to watch because Tennant looked interesting, think I caught Girl in the Fireplace, maybe one other. Again something to do with Saturdays, I didn't do TV at that time.
Series 3 - Major interest because of Saxon hints. Even though the first half was lame, made time to watch (as they aired) & record all episodes with obsession that was rewarded with the second half of the series.
Series 4 - obsession peaked, discovered this forum which fueled it - and sustained even through the Specials year.
Series 5 - liked Smith but for some reason became slightly less interested even though the show looked better than ever.
Series 6 - absolutely loved the first half, especially the opening 2 parter (Day of the Moon and whatever the other was called). Splitting the series killed it for me, the second half for the first time in years I wasn't bothered about watching as it aired. Episodes were meh too.
Series 7 - increased interest but I just had to use Google to remember the episodes (not a good sign). I liked all except the Dinosaur and Angels ones. Really looking forward to the remainder!
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Old 12-02-2013, 14:06
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Been a fan since rose but did see the 96 movie with 8. Yes you get a couple of bad episodes a series. Majority are good though. 7.2 and the 50th should have some great lines and drama.
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Old 12-02-2013, 14:12
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Watched Rose but didn't hook me enough to go beyond a few episodes. Got back into it around series 3 and filled in what I'd missed via DVD and was really into the show then, interest has waned a lot since the specials not really sure why, think I prefered RTD's style (even though I think Moffat is a much better writer).
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Old 12-02-2013, 14:32
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My interest has increased over the years but the lack of forthcoming information at times can be a little frustrating though.
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Old 12-02-2013, 15:02
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I'm fan from the Classic era and have never missed an episode in 40 odd years.
Loved the revival. Always found myself viewing the Next Time trailers with a child like excitment.
Got to say though that from Series 5 onwards I've often found myself watching the Next Time trailers hoping that next week's episode would be better than this week's. Very telling.
That said, I still wouldn't miss an episode!
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Old 12-02-2013, 16:15
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I'm almost as obsessed with it as I was when I watched it for the first time back in 2005. My interest hasn't waned in the slightest.
Saying that however, I can't say I think about it, discuss it with my friends or speculate about it as much as I used to due to the fact that we've had only 6 episodes all without any form of story arc in over a year. Hopefully this will change and things will return somewhat to normal with series 8 and the 50th anniversary.
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Old 12-02-2013, 17:15
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Been pretty much obsessed since back before 2005 when I first got into it. This obssession has only got worse as it's gone on (though I was always most in love with series 5-6.1, this was when I was most into it, brilliant Doctor, brilliant companions, brilliant stories. Never have I been more gripped by a TV Show, hopefully, series 7.2 will see Moffatt be just as good as he was then)
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Old 12-02-2013, 18:04
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I'm a new doctor who fan... Why didn't I discover it before
Currently watching series 3 repeats on the watch channel..
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Old 12-02-2013, 18:40
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Enjoyed the 2005 series but then hated (and I do mean hated) the rest of the RTD era to the point where I stopped watching regularly. Enjoyed things a lot more since Steven Moffat took over. It's rather telling that my DVD collection starts with Unearthly Child, stops at the TV Movie and resumes with Eleventh Hour.
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Old 12-02-2013, 19:55
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I've religiously watched every episode, recording those that I've missed live since it came back in 2005. I was on holiday in Egypt the day it came back and so saw the second episode before the first - which turned out to be a good thing. If I'd seen "Rose" first, I might have been hesitant... But I got used to the new style quickly and it got scheduled as unmissable each week along with "Confidential" and the repeat on Sunday night.

I've also collected every single DVD, including all classics. I can tell where my interest has peaked and waned by where they are on the shelves (ones at the front obviously get watched more). Series 5, 6 still in their shrinkwrappers, along with "Twin Dilemma", "Frontios" and a couple of other stinkers. Probably says it all (except that I'm probably going to have to replace Series 4 as it's getting battered to death with playing). There was nothing clever or surprising to me about the stories in 5/6; they just seemed to be deliberate attempts to obscure like a game of charades. Even my partner guessed the the 'reveal' of Series 6 and so a great big missable yawn.
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Old 12-02-2013, 20:26
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Was very interested in the first, Eccleston-centred DW series. Enjoyed the
second season despite some wonky scripts and too much Doctah-Wose
stuff. Season 3 started off well but climaxed in one of the worst pieces of
British TV ever made, LOTTL. Didn't pay much attention to S4 and the awful
Donna, or S5.
My interest returned when Moffat and Matt Smith came along, and so far the
show has been consistantly good, if not as great as Moffat's previous DW
scripts led me to expect.
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Old 12-02-2013, 22:25
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When it came back it was a bit different to 'classic who' but I liked it all the same.
Series 2 was good, maybe not quite as good, still better than most things on telly, but by half way through Rose was getting a bit tired and 'bunny-boiler-ish'. Some really good episodes in there and also a couple of the worst ones. Series 3 was a bit more fresh again and built up well to a great finish. Everyone at work was talking about what was happening etc. A real buzz about the show getting me excited about what would happen next. Series 4 did pretty much the same thing, but I think started from a bit higher position in terms of excitement, and maybe reached about the same level by the end, as series 3.

The specials year brought a lot of expectation by the time each one rolled round. Wish there were a couple more of them maybe. Some of it could have been better but they were still good. Waters of Mars was probably the best of that lot. It feels a bit like the period that we are in now, with not quite getting as much as we usually do over the past year or so.

Then came series 5. It was all a bit new again and nobody knew what to expect really. (I think some people seem to not like that it changed and STILL wont give it a chance). I thought 'lets see how the new guys do'. It was good, and I liked the new style. It seemed to be moving back to 'classic who' again and the style of the show was definitely moving towards that. Series 6 was absolutely awesome- the best yet. (It's not that hard to follow if you watch all the episodes. Once you see the last one it is a real 'AAAHHHHH so THAT's what happened' moment). The last episodes were totally crazily excellent and excellently cray. Totally brilliant telly. It is great when a story can surprise you. I've also thought it was more sci fi and 'sciency' and had moved away from some of the more emotional and magicky stuff that had been scattered through much of all previous series'. Some people have thought the opposite, but c'est la vie' ( of course I'm right and everyone else is wrong, so there hehe)

The wait for series 7 to start seemed to last forever after that, then we've only had half the series so I think that has definitely detracted somewhat from the enjoyment of it. Some really good episodes in there though, but also one or 2 moments of not so good stuff. So far not so good as series 6 overall, I think. I'm still hoping there will be some more stuff revealed about some parts from 7a in the second half. Some sort of machinations that have been going on, that we will only realise at the very end, which have been woven in to the 7a stories, and suddenly the secret story arc is all revealed. I know there is not supposed to be one, but if there is a secret one it would add more depth to the 7a stories, provide another excuse for me to watch them again, and also make me appreciate those episodes a bit more for their part in the overall story.

At the moment, since there doesn't appear to be that ( a few guesses of what could be, but nothing solid) the 7a episodes do seem to lack something. That's not to take away from their individual merits, because some of them were excellent, but it would squeeze an extra bit of enjoyment in there for me. They do seem a little bit out of place at the moment, so here's hoping it all fits in once we've seen the lot.

The Christmas ep was a real gem I thought. Definitely the best Christmas ep at least anyway, and lots of intrigue to think about for the upcoming episodes.
The mucking about with the schedules/ timetabling of the show has definitely been a let down. The quality of the show is still great though, which ultimately is what matters most. But at the same times, who doesn't want more of what they like? So, getting a lot of it, then suddenly getting less DOES feel like a let down, no matter which way it gets diced up. I would liken it a bit to ancient Roman times, when the 'peasant class' (plebs) were given the free bread dole and free shows at the collosseum. Literally 'Bread and circuses' to keep the masses happy and content. If there was ever a time when the rulers couldn't provide any of that, there would be riots and the mob would trash the place. So um, I guess that means if I don't get more Doctor Who right now, then I should go trash the nearest city centre or something.....

Right I'm off then. I might not be able to post anything tomorrow, as I might be spending a few days in a jail cell
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Old 13-02-2013, 00:21
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Its been an interesting journey especially thinking how i felt then and rewatching since.

Season 1 - Enjoyed the Chris Doctor and Rose except for the farting Slithreen which in tone seemed a bit juvenille.But there were some real crackers in there and it was emotional, funny and I loved the subtle Bad Wolf theme. Looking at it now it seems more 'gritty' than later series. Oh and meeting Tosh for the first time and Captain Jack- I play quite a few stories from this season and they stand up well.


Season 2- New hearthrob Doctor. Enjoyed the Doctor/ Rose/ Mickey dynamic at the time because I think it was the first time the Doctor had get involved with a companion and I wanted to see where it would go.. Looking back now Rose seems a bit jealous and immature which was annoying. Sarah Jane!. Many excellent stories but a couple which seemed rushed and uncertain. I've played quite a few stories again from this season. I remember the OMG moment in Doomsday as Rose and the Doctor were seperated. Gave me tingles. Not the same impact now of course but Ithought very powerful then.

Season 3 - A different companion Martha and a different dynamic. still good stories but it felt like a different season in some respects.I felt as if Russell was a little bit tired and some of the writing didnt seem as sharp but I still watched of course. Russell does write the Master and Captain jack back in in one of my favourite stories - Utopia and I enjoy the threat of the Toclafane and Martha's journey. Its just struck me that the season is a lot about losing or gaining faith. Looking back I can appreciate more some stories like the Lazarus experiment and Gridlock but cant watch the Gollum Doctor.Low point.

Season 4- Well this is the one season I can watch over and over. No romance or unrequited love just solid grown up friendship with the delightful Bernard Cribbins to boot. Originally Donna seemed brash but she is becoming a better character each time i've rewatched.The finale was pure indulgence and the Doctor / Donna is a dodgyresolution but otherwise 5 excellent stories in a row at the end. Julian Bleach as Davros is sooo good.

Season 5- Good debut by Matt. Must admit have watched this season probably the least. Nice to see some established but new to Who writers.to bring in fresh talent and show their worth and but Amy is a stroppy character i cant watch this season too much again.Like the intrigue about Riverthough. Best story for Matt is the Angels story .Moffat has brought a new style in which is intriguing

Season 6 - Good start with a very promising mystery which had me excited but then the season becomes convulated like an episode of Lost by the arc and creates a disappointing mid season cliffhanger about a major character Looks very good visually but the arc resolution at the end feels contrived. Moffat is getting self indulgent with all the timey wimey stuff as Russell could do sometimes ( Gollum, The Tardis pulling a planet)

I watched 'Black Spot' recently on BBC3 and how irritating to see Madame Kovarian pop up in the middle of a pirate ship like a bad reminder. Felt disillusioned by the end of this series.

Season 7A - Have stand alone stories again hurrah but variable. dont like the movie type theme of the week. but great surprise to see Clara at the start. She knocks Amy out of the park.Matt is still delivering all dark and brooding and thank god the Ponds are gone.
Will watch all the season before deciding if to get the DVD's

I've stopped trying to remember all the episodes titles too as they are too long sometimes.
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