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The kick off to the new series of Dr Who starts tonight at 8.30 approx.

Saturday the series continues.

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Great show, PQ was superb, even on the SD channel.

Bit of cross advertising, both Torchwood, and Dr Who have references to the other.

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Great show, PQ was superb, even on the SD channel.

Bit of cross advertising, both Torchwood, and Dr Who have references to the other.

It was great to see David Tennant back in action. This is a marquee show for the BBC and has a budget to match.

Writing, acting and direction were all top notch.

Everything Torchwood isn't. :lol:

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Was it HD?

Didn't check, ABC doesn't seem to advertise what they are bçasting.

But if it wasn't then who needs it?

The PQ was terrific.

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Was it HD?

Upscaled yes, which on seeing the opening titles it all started to break up, as such SD was better.

However, Doctor Who IS NOT shot in HD, its an SD only show, main reason given is money and time, mostly for the CGI stuff which takes that much longer to do in HD (torchwood has much less CGI, hence why it is shot in HD).

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Upscaled yes, which on seeing the opening titles it all started to break up, as such SD was better.

However, Doctor Who IS NOT shot in HD, its an SD only show, main reason given is money and time, mostly for the CGI stuff which takes that much longer to do in HD (torchwood has much less CGI, hence why it is shot in HD).

So there is no point waiting for an HD disc release of the show?

I would have hoped the BBC would have shown a bit more foresight and appreciated which direction the global television market is moving in.

It would have been a great cash cow for them in years to come.

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So there is no point waiting for an HD disc release of the show?

nope, no point whatsoever, well, apart from maybe a whole season in SD on a single disc, but I doubt that will happen either.

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So there is no point waiting for an HD disc release of the show?

I would have hoped the BBC would have shown a bit more foresight and appreciated which direction the global television market is moving in.

It would have been a great cash cow for them in years to come.

i doubt making in in HD would increase revenue enough to cover the cost of making it, might generate good karma but thats about it. As it stands the final epp was the most watched program in the UK on the night, proving that good content is still king

i remember the days of Blakes 7 when one of the props was an old photocopier, those were the days

:-)

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i remember the days of Blakes 7 when one of the props was an old photocopier, those were the days

:-)

Now THAT was a great show, except for the Grand Final.

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Now THAT was a great show, except for the Grand Final.

I always figured they might get away with doing another season of that, despite the finale. It would have been easy. Just one presumption needed: Avon ducked :)

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Just a few points:

- The CGI can still be the same price if they shoot 1080p25 instead of 576p25, and downconvert it before giving it to the CGI guys. It would look a lot better this way, of course. (And Sony offered to lend them the cameras for free back in 2004).

- They actually shoot in 576i50 (much like the classic series) then run it through a filmising filter (at least as of 2005). The evidence is there if you watch the camera crew's preview monitors on Doctor Who Confidential via UKTV.

- The CGI guys actually do some (just a few) of the effects sequences in HD anyway, to make the quality more acceptable. An example is the World War II blimp scene with the London Blitz in the background.

- It's not entirely unfeasible that the first few years of this new series will be remastered and re-released in a better format many years in the future, on highdef DVDs. The original camera tapes, if they are kept (but I'm told they probably weren't), could be used to recreate a lot of the show in far better quality if the conversion was redone (even with ordinary home PCs) and/or the requirement for 25fps was scrapped.

- Torchwood on the other hand is shot properly on 1080p25 (4:2:0 colour notwithstanding; dunno, not sure at all there). It seems to be 1440x1080 only though. But converting it to 1080p50 would be a far simpler one-step process compared to getting the new Doctor Whos turned into optimum-quality 576p25 or 576p50.

CK.

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