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Fun clip from the premiere, debuting unedited a week from Sunday at 1:45 PM EDT on BBC America:

An encore, edited to run in the time allotted, will air at 8 PM in primetime.
 

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NO OPENING TITLES????

and BBC America cut off the end titles.

The episode was OK. Not great, not bad
 

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I guess the only simulcast part of it was that it started at the same time.

At 8 PM tonight they have extra material?
 

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I love post-regeneration episodes. The Doctor is reinvented, and the show -- to a greater or lesser extent -- is reinvented.

The great accomplishment of Jodie Whittaker is that I instantly accepted that I was watching the Doctor. The vessel had changed, the personality had changed, but I believed that I was watching the same character. Just the right mix of authority, insanity, and ingenuity.

It's exciting to be under a new showrunner, too. I love Steven Moffat, and I think he will always be remembered for delivering some of the most iconic hours of "Who". But by Matt Smith's last run, I was starting to feel too familiar with his bag of tricks. Capaldi's Doctor was great and got better over the course of his run, such that I really hated to lose him at the end. But it's exciting to have a new hand at the helm.

This was not a Moffat-esque episode. It was smaller, more intimate. The threat was back to being a guy in a suit. The rhythms were different. I don't know that it will be better, but I don't know what to expect and that in and of itself is exciting.

I like the new companions well enough, especially Yaz, who is so eager to prove herself and yet so impatient to reach the finish line. Those are dangerous qualities in someone in the vicinity of the Doctor.

And I enjoyed the cliffhanger, in which one story is thoroughly wrapped up and the next story is briefly introduced. "Supergirl" often uses the same device, and it's one I enjoy. It feels like a callback to the old days of serialized storytelling, which was always deceptively episodic.

I wonder what happened to that bead of regeneration energy that came off the Doctor and floated away?

NO OPENING TITLES????
This was really striking to me, too. I think it's the first time ever for a full-length "Who" episode, though some (like the found footage episode early in Capaldi's run) have had modified title sequences.

“There’s a new opening title sequence too, and a new arrangement of the opening theme, by our brilliant new composer Segun Akinola,” according to the new showrunner. “You’ll have to wait till episode two to see those in situ, though. Episode one starts slightly differently.”

So it sounds like the titles will be back next week.

Also interesting that the show has adopted the Netflix 2:1 aspect ratio. I wonder if this is going 4k in post.
 
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I don't like the new format where an episode runs for 45 minutes to an hour and everything is wrapped up in time for tea. The show was much better when a story line was played out over 4 to 6 episodes with a weekly cliffhanger. The first episode was rather pedestrian and frankly low budget.
 
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Also interesting that the show has adopted the Netflix 2:1 aspect ratio. I wonder if this is going 4k in post.
It was plain ol 1.78.1 here on BBCA. Either way, the show appears to have been center cropped from 2.35:1.
 

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I enjoyed the episode but it was jarring with the change of the Doctor, the writers, the companions, the cinematography and the sudden lack of opening titles. This might as well as been the first season of a new re-imagined series instead of season 11 of the series that RTD started. I watched on iTunes and they did show it 2:1 at 50hz.
 
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I was happy with it. Not thrilled however because I feel that the stories had become overly repetitive at the end of Tennant's run. I had barely made it through Smith's run, and dropped the show midway through Capaldi's first season. I'll give Whittaker a chance since she's a very credible Doctor, but I also need to see a new approach in the storytelling.

Also, spotted during the show. This is a real place! :D

 

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I guess the only simulcast part of it was that it started at the same time.

At 8 PM tonight they have extra material?
I watched the version with extra material and as far as I would tell it didn't have any extra BBC material. What is did have was during the ad breaks parts of the NYCC Doctor Who panel.
 
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The whole reason I didn't watch at 1:45 ET yesterday was because I knew BBCA was going to use it as an excuse to cram 45 minutes of commercials into an hour of material. And I was right.

Anyway, love Whittaker as the Doctor, the episode was decent.
 

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I thought it was a pretty good intro for a new Doctor, new companions, and a new creative team.

And yes, Whittaker absolutely owns the role. Looking forward to seeing where she and the writers take it.
 
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I was happy with it. Not thrilled however because I feel that the stories had become overly repetitive at the end of Tennant's run. I had barely made it through Smith's run, and dropped the show midway through Capaldi's first season. I'll give Whittaker a chance since she's a very credible Doctor, but I also need to see a new approach in the storytelling.

Also, spotted during the show. This is a real place! :D

If you live in Ottawa, you know it is!
 

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All of the elements of a "Doctor Who" episode were there this week, but the episode never really came together for me.

I believe this is the first TARDIS to have white text on black background for the "Pull to Open" sign since the TV Movie with Paul McGann. The interior is very alien.
 

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Saw the episode yesterday and enjoyed it. It definitely lays in some mysteries for later in the season. I was quite surprised that the Stenza are not going to be one-shot villains. We just heard more of them here, but we are sure to see more later.
 

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Every Doctor takes a little while to come into the role, but I really like Jodie Whittaker's take already. Yes she's somewhat channelling some previous versions but I think that is intentional and somewhat necessary for her to be accepted as the same entity.

it can only get better better from here, and that's great.
 
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