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« on: June 04, 2012, 01:56:03 am »

One of the things that stood out to me when I first watched this was the stuff with the little comments and asides to the camera. I wasn't keen on it at first but the more I see it, the more it feels like it fits the story and adds to it somewhat.

What are your thoughts on it?
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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2012, 12:54:21 pm »

I'm pretty sure that this was down to the actor misreading the cues on the script rather than it actually meant to be there. I'm sure it says that on one of the extras.
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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2012, 05:31:08 pm »

This is probably the part I liked the least. Every time it happened it took me out of the story a little bit. It's not just this though, I don't like it in any story.
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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2012, 08:17:41 pm »

I'm pretty sure that this was down to the actor misreading the cues on the script rather than it actually meant to be there. I'm sure it says that on one of the extras.

But if that's the case then why keep it in? Or why not tell him after the first time he did it? It doesn't particularly bother me that it's there but I don't particularly like it either.
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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2012, 12:40:17 am »

I've never really understood the point of why they were there, or if they were an accident, why they were kept. I'd prefer that they weren't, but their being there doesn't spoil the story in any way.
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2012, 11:34:46 am »

I liked it. It was odd but it wasn't bad. It sort of suited his character I thought
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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2012, 12:32:04 pm »

It didn't bother me.  It's a dramatic convention that people say their thoughts out loud - especially OTT villains Cool
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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2012, 04:55:04 pm »

I'd never really questioned it before. Just accepted it as part of the story. I think that Doctor Who has always tried to push boundries and throw in new ideas and ways of doing things and so to me this never felt all that out of the ordinary. It wasn't really even the first time either, though definitely the most frequent.
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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2012, 09:39:01 pm »

I think it works. It's not something I would like to see too often because I think it takes you out of the story a bit and makes it seem less real, if that makes sense, but as a one off it was ok.
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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2012, 09:43:04 pm »

It works very well in some dramas (see, for example, the wonderful asides by "Francis Urquart" in "The House of Cards") I remember watching it at the time and thinking it seemed a little weird but I've just accepted it as part of the charm of the episode. Besides, Tom Baker regularly made asides to the camera during his time.
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« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2012, 01:24:47 am »

Besides, Tom Baker regularly made asides to the camera during his time.

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« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2012, 12:15:13 am »

I've seen the story enough times that it goes by unnoticed now, but generally I'm not a big fan of it in any show. Except Miranda Tongue
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