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Dr Who. -You Missed 'The Empty Child'?

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Sunday, May 14, 2006 11:28 AM

GIXXER


From the GallifreyOne website news for obsessives page.

May 10 2006

Ratings for the ninth episode of the first season of the new series, The Empty Child, on US television on the Sci Fi Channel, have come in: the telecast had a household rating of 1.04 with an average of 1.2 million viewers, a drop of a tenth of a million viewers and the lowest broadcast of the new season to date. (The broadcast took place on Cinco de Mayo, however, with viewing levels possibly affected in the evening; ratings on the broadcast networks were also noticeably down that night.) Season-to-date, Sci Fi reports that Doctor Who is currently averaging a 1.29 household rating and an average audience of 1.5 million viewers for the season.


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I'm not certain of the context, but it does seem to me that that's a very small number of viewers.

Is it getting the Firefly Fox Treatment or something?

Shame, because that was an OoG - league episode, and everyone should see it, and the second part too.

(It's got an American in it you know.)



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Sunday, May 14, 2006 11:42 AM

COPILOT


The sci-fi channel doesn't have that many viewers to begin with unfortunatly. I recorded it and watch the it twice
Well I'm assuming I did because I record and rewatch every episode of Dr. Who that airs.

An I carried such a torch

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Monday, May 15, 2006 5:01 AM

PATSRULE


a cable rating over 1.0 for scifi is pretty good. If I remember, Battlestar Galactica was getting about a 2.3? And that was a runaway success! For Doctor Who to be getting over 1.0, on friday nights during the summer is better than I would have expected.

It was a very good episode, by the way!

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Monday, May 15, 2006 9:18 AM

GIXXER


Oh, OK then.

At least they are giving it a decent shake here. 7.00pm on a Saturday. The Anthony Head episode a couple of weeks back raked in 8.3 million couch potatoes.

Which was nice.

Actually, should be at least 8,300,002 because no-one canvassed me and Mrs G.

Wait till you get a load of Part 2.

Best escape from a cliffhanger ever, shelves and an ending that is so wallowingly great, by rights it should be disappearing in a welter of mawkish sugariness. But it doesn't. Perfect.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006 10:23 AM

CHRISTHECYNIC


Is he really an American? I mean is he even from earth? We just know what he said he was and how he spoke, but in Doctor Who accents of time travelers' mean nothing.

-

Anyway, I loved that and I loved the fact that it made a big deal that the ending was not typical, and thus something to be savored.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006 5:27 PM

LESATHER


The character was from the 51st Century and posing as an American flier during WWII. But I think the "American" reference is more towards John Barrowman himself. John was born in Scotland, but raised near Chicago and done acting work in the US and the UK...in fact he was in "The Producers" which came out on DVD today.

"Jayne is a girl's name" - River

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006 5:35 PM

EMBERS


Quote:

Originally posted by Gixxer:
I'm not certain of the context, but it does seem to me that that's a very small number of viewers.

Is it getting the Firefly Fox Treatment or something?



yeah, patsrule is right: not only is sci-fi channel cable, it isn't basic cable (you pay almost twice as much to get it, along with other stations)
so considering, that is actually a good rating.

And it was a great two part episode!

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Friday, May 19, 2006 5:03 PM

GUYWHOWANTSAFIREFLYOFHISOWN


me see- it was great!


*coughs* mmmmuummyy are you m- my mummy?

http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/llama.php
-try it out, I dare you

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Friday, May 19, 2006 5:22 PM

ALIENZOOKEEPER


I quite agree about it almost being mawkish and sugary... But then, I plead being very tired right then, and might have been crying- alright, there was blubbering and s@#t.

'Just this once, everybody lives!', indeed.

There are two themes to this new version I really like. One is the unfolding of exactly what disaster overtook the Doctors' people. Kind of an Incedible Hulk/ Bruce Banner thing, where you know this guy is always going to be moving on, and the best he can hope for is... to save the world!? (Yeah, that's what I just wrote 8-)

The other is just how dangerous this life is, for the innocent bystanders. Is The Doctor a catalyst for disaster, or is he just a Tourist who shows up where the volcano is about to blow?

Vince

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Friday, May 19, 2006 5:22 PM

EMBERS


Quote:

Originally posted by Guywhowantsafireflyofhisown:


http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/llama.php
-try it out, I dare you


OMG that video is the funniest thing EVER

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Friday, May 19, 2006 5:39 PM

GUYWHOWANTSAFIREFLYOFHISOWN


thank you, I think so

http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/llama.php
-try it out, I dare you

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Friday, May 19, 2006 10:37 PM

SPACEANJL


The Daleks call the Doctor the 'Oncoming Storm'. And there's something in the eyes - he's the lone survivor of a race that set themselves up to police time and space and made a of it. An atonement thing, perhaps?

I admit to being deeply conflicted myself - and somehow Christopher Eccleston grinning in a friendly fashion still scares the crap out of me...in a good way.

ps don't know where you've got to - I'm a Brit awaiting the next episode of series 2.

SpaceAnJL

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Saturday, May 20, 2006 1:13 AM

DALLASFIREFLY


I had heard of the original Doctor Who series but had never watched it. Then I checked out the second episode of this season and my first thought was WTF? A time machine/payphone? Despite the low grade fx the show grew on me, mainly because Eccleston is a good actor and Billie Piper is hot.

I wanna be Mr. Baccarin!

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Saturday, May 20, 2006 1:49 AM

SIMONWHO


Quote:

Originally posted by embers:
Quote:

Originally posted by Guywhowantsafireflyofhisown:


http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/llama.php
-try it out, I dare you


OMG that video is the funniest thing EVER



Just to tie in with the above and this thread (caution, spoilers for season 1 of Doctor Who):

http://artistic-insanity.net/song/daleksong.html


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Saturday, May 20, 2006 2:59 AM

JONUS


I was so annoyed with "The Empty Child" I had to fast forward through both parts (I tivo-ed it). That kid saying "Mummy? Mummy? Are you my mummy? Mummy?" just annoyed the crap outta me. Doctor Who is kinda like Farscape. You have some great episodes but there's some that are just so terrible that you can't bear to watch.

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Saturday, May 20, 2006 3:08 AM

EMMARIGBY


Really? I thought that was one of the best episodes. Scared the out of me. Guess everyone's different. Some people juggle geese!

(I've even heard that some people don't like Firefly, but I'm dismissing this as a vicious romour!)

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Saturday, May 20, 2006 3:11 AM

GIXXER


Ah well, I reckon it's an all-time classic, me.

Mostly because I grew up with Dr Who, and it was always all about suspense and horror, rather than your whizz-bang Sci-Fi stuff.

This was an absolutely bang-on return to its roots cunningly smuggled into a series delivered in the modern microphonic style.

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Saturday, May 20, 2006 6:47 AM

SIMONWHO


What's even more impressive is that it's now the third most watched show in the UK, despite it being on at practically offpeak hours *and* with a shifting time slot.

And yes, that kid is scary. Scary scary.

Muuuummmmy.

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Monday, May 22, 2006 4:54 PM

RMMC


Quote:

Originally posted by AlienZookeeper:

The other is just how dangerous this life is, for the innocent bystanders. Is The Doctor a catalyst for disaster, or is he just a Tourist who shows up where the volcano is about to blow?
Vince



Catalyst. It's something that's gonna happen, but once the Doctor shows up, it'll happen THEN.

I just loved the Empty Child.

For the TARDIS confused--it in theory can look like anything (chameleon circuit). Problem is, the Doctor absconded with a broken one and it got stuck looking like it, as the first place he hit was 1960's England.

“It’s brilliant. I’m not sure if it’s Marxism in action or a West End musical.” -- The 9th Doctor

*****
RMMC

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