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Ups and downs

These classic Doctor Who aliens will be in Season 4. That's good.

No more Deadwood. That's bad.

David Tennant is likely to stay on for a fifth season of Doctor Who following the "gap year" of three TV movies. That's good.

They're remaking Near Dark, a film only released in 1987. The Horror remake bandwagon careens, driverless, through yet more innocent pedestrians. (That's bad, by the way.)


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missfairchild
Oct. 3rd, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
They're remaking Near Dark

OH MY GOD NO. The fools.
iainjclark
Oct. 3rd, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
Much the same as my reaction!
fba
Oct. 3rd, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)
I'm wondering if the 'gap year' is not just to allow Tennant to carry on for a fifth full year, but also to allow Moffat to fit in his TinTin writing commitments...
iainjclark
Oct. 3rd, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
I can definitely see them hanging on for Tennant, but it depends how critical they think Moffat is to Doctor Who. And also whether he's even been offered it or is considering it.
fba
Oct. 3rd, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
I think if they lose Davies (and tbh the gap is probably for Davies' benefit as much as Tennant's) they need someone that knows the show and has a track record of *running* shows as well as solid writing. I can't think of anyone more qualified than Moffat and I think the BBC knows it too. Two Hugos and near universal acclaim probably help too...
snowking
Oct. 3rd, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
I'd have thought 3 Tintin movies would keep Moffat busy longer than the "gap year".
fba
Oct. 3rd, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
Well - the script for this year will be done and dusted. If he takes over Who it'll either be 2010 or 2011 - does it take four years to write three movies? I guess it depends on how much he is involved in the actual production of them...
snowking
Oct. 3rd, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC)
Well, Jackson and Spielberg aren't the rushing types really. Still maybe they'll just take a few drafts from him and send him on his way.
iainjclark
Oct. 3rd, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
Yes, I agree, though I'm sure that Moffat must be a strong contender to run Doctor Who - if he's interested and available.
despotliz
Oct. 3rd, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
Hey, is that little picture on the Who article Kylie in the Christmas special?
iainjclark
Oct. 3rd, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
I do believe it be.
fba
Oct. 3rd, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
Yup.

Presumably it is OK for Kylie to dress up as a maid as she is Australian...
iainjclark
Oct. 3rd, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
Anything but a convict, basically. ;-)

Good point, though.
veggiesu
Oct. 3rd, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
RIP, Deadwood *sniffle*
snowking
Oct. 3rd, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
"I'll be god damned. Shit kicker heaven."

Have to say I don't care much about the Sontarans. I'd be very surprised if Donna doesn't make some potato based jokes...
iainjclark
Oct. 3rd, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
The Sontaran make-up looked pretty decent in their first couple of apearances. Odd and strange and potato-like, but effective. After that they became progressively sillier and less convincing.

On the other hand, some cool Sontaran vs Rutan deathmatch action would be nice.
fba
Oct. 3rd, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
The Sontaran make-up looked pretty decent in their first couple of apearances. Odd and strange and potato-like, but effective. After that they became progressively sillier and less convincing.

I didn't think the Sontarans changed much at all really. I can't remember having seen Invasion of Time all the way through, and while I'm rather partial to The Two Doctors it definitely isn't the their finest moment... The Time Warrior and The Sontaran Experiment are both very good though...

I think The Mill would realise the Rutans rather well - so I'd be up for that.
iainjclark
Oct. 3rd, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
I don't know what it is. There was something about the original make-up that didn't look precisely like an actor with his head in a bag. It had a certain solidity and a proper skin texture. The later ones were more obviously a designed piece of make-up. It's like the difference between the original Davros mask and all the other ones!
tizzle_b
Oct. 3rd, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC)
Who film? Meh. Don't think I'd personally be bothered about a film. I like it as a TV show; it's very indulgent TV but a full film? Hmm.
iainjclark
Oct. 3rd, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
Bah!

Okay, maybe not.

I agree. Who under RTD has tried to be filmic but it's not very good at it. It's far better at being quirky and small scale.
fba
Oct. 4th, 2007 12:57 pm (UTC)
I'm generally ambivalent about films made directly from TV shows as they tend to be feature length episodes of the show with a bigger budget rather than actually being a film. I'm afraid even Serenity falls into the category - though it is one of the better examples of TV-show-films. Coming back to a TV show years later as a film can work though - but usually doesn't...
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