Spontaneous combustion...is that like love at first sight?
FINALLY. I need the piece I suspect will be on Who Are You from the scene where the War Doctor and the Moment discuss ending the war. And most of the Time stuff.
2 days, 13 hours ago on The Day / Time of the Doctor Soundtrack
@bringmeknitting ...I suspect so, but I really hope not.
3 days ago on Dark Water Clip
@YaelMoise @Polyphase @DocWhoFan Ephemeric beam locators.
3 days, 3 hours ago on Dark Water Clip
@The Administrator And Moffat didn't write. :P
3 days, 4 hours ago on Dark Water Clip
@thedoctorisinthehouse Probably not. No, Missy is not River. It would make about as much sense as being Adric.
4 days, 7 hours ago on Dark Water Promo Pics
Okay, picture 8 is hilarious. Seb is...I don't even know, and Missy's like 'See this? See what I have to put up with?' doing an Office-style look to camera XD
@The Whoniversal Man Well, it was already implied by Remembrance...could be interesting...
4 days, 12 hours ago on Dark Water TV Trailer
@Clara Laurinda @TheOncomingHurricane @TARDlSkey @LGwalchmai95 Whatever's in your imagination, it's probably worse...
4 days, 20 hours ago on Dark Water TV Trailer
@Clara Laurinda @TheOncomingHurricane @TARDlSkey @LGwalchmai95 ...Don't tell me you googled it.
4 days, 21 hours ago on Dark Water TV Trailer
@The 14th Doctor It is technically true. Barring manipulation of time, Rory has only died once and he stayed dead. The others were near misses or didn't actually happen - in Amy's Choice it was a dream and in TDW it was an illusion in Amy's head.
@TARDlSkey @LGwalchmai95 @TheOncomingHurricane You should hear a certain Chelsea chant about celery...
@LGwalchmai95 @TheOncomingHurricane @TARDlSkey Put him away again...
@TARDlSkey @TheOncomingHurricane ...You watch some dodgy stuff.
'I hope my boyfriend wasn't too mean to you.' That would be one messed up family...
@The Finn @Beasts_a_Snarling is in some... Dark Water..... Also technically all it has to do to achieve that is beat Name. Name is good, but it's not -that- good.
@The Finn @TheOncomingHurricane @Beasts_a_Snarling is in some... Dark Water..... Well, my hype is only for myself. I've never been disappointed off the back of my own hype for something.
4 days, 22 hours ago on Dark Water TV Trailer
@Beasts_a_Snarling is in some... Dark Water..... I hyped up Listen, and it exceeded expectation. I have an odd relationship with hype.
I think this is going to be the best finale since Pandorica.
@The MasterDoctor @pyroclasticflow @MrRazza has regenerated into Hippy 12 You do know that the echo was in fact connected to the TARDIS?
1 week, 1 day ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode
@7pitpat7 ...I think we gathered that.
How far down in age does Coal Hill go? Those look like primary school kids to me, whereas Courtney very definitely was not...
1 week, 4 days ago on In the Forest of the Night Promo Pics
...I swear to god if people post spoilers from this (and they will) I will kill someone.
1 week, 4 days ago on Watch Death in Heaven Early
I still think 'What the bloody hell?' when I see this synopsis...
3 weeks, 1 day ago on In the Forest of the Night Official Synopsis
@RobertMadsen 'wish they had concentrated on a character driven episode for the Wallander-writer or a pure spectacular horror-spider flick.' As Harness pitched it, it was his idea.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on 2nd Opinion: Kill the Moon
@Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen @TheOncomingHurricane @Clara Laurinda @G_Unitt How many pro-choicers can you find in favour of abortion at the 9 month stage? Because that would be the equivalent.
@Clara Laurinda @TheOncomingHurricane @G_Unitt I can't honestly see the pro-life reading. I'm baffled by it, for reasons I dealt with in another comment above.
Bah. *always a woman's
The moon inspiring humanity to travel the stars was unnecessary; as Adelaide was motivated by a Dalek and went on to inspire the rest of humanity – but perhaps that was undone by Amy Pond and her magical mind.
I think you missed some key points in both The Big Bang and The Waters of Mars - Amy's mind wouldn't have undone anything. Redone it after the cracks ate it, yes. As for The Waters of Mars, she inspires her granddaughter, specifically. The Brookes are a pivotal part in humanity's space exploration, but the only way you can reconcile today's declining interest of governments in actually sending people into space is if there was a major sea change (if you'll pardon the pun). From the Earth we're shown in KtM, the Bowie Base project just 9 years later (I think the proximity is intentional) would not have got funding without this happening.
As for the pro-life reading of the episode, I'm sorry, I just don't see it. In fact I see it the opposite way, I think it's explicitly pro-choice, and there's plenty of text and subtext in support of it. I'll start with the obvious one:
"Womankind, it's your choice." (What a line right there.)
This is clear invocation of the pro-choice argument - it's up to individual women to decide whether an abortion is right for them. It's not up to governments, whose hijacking of the democratic process (those are whole power grids being turned off, it's inevitable this was the case) is rightly ignored. It's not up to men either, which is why the Doctor leaves the narrative until the decision has been made.
One of the things I found most interesting to think about is that Courtney's opinion is presented as valid and is respected, when (even if the voting age has been lowered to 16, which by 2049 I very much hope so) as a 15 year old teenager she would have been ineligible to vote and thus her voice would go ignored in the referendum even if it was fairly conducted. Despite that, her opinion on the debate is treated as more valid than that of the Doctor; who as a man will never be able to give birth (female Doctor debate notwithstanding); at least, that's the subtext (the text obviously being that he's not one of humanity). Thus, he will never be able to have a personal understanding of the implications of having/not having an abortion.
The episode doesn't say that the decision to abort is always wrong, it says the decision to abort is always a woman. That's the only absolutism on display. And to back that up, there is an abortion, just not the one we'd expect, that of the nuclear bombs. There's a point to that close up of the screen saying 'ABORTED'. What this demonstrates, in the same situation, is that there are times when a woman feels it is right to abort, and there are times that a woman will feel it is wrong. The existence of both of those is a good thing and is exactly what being pro-choice is all about.
I've seen people say that Clara's reaction implies that men should not allow women to make difficult decisions. That's not the case. So, if men, represented by the Doctor, have no place in making the actual choice, then do they have a role in abortion, and if so, what is it? The answer is that they're there to provide moral and emotional support and advice, if it's wanted of them. Because Twelve is a bit of a klutz when it comes to emotions, he doesn't recognise that the first 2 are important, hints at the "right" answer to this particular case and then leaves.
What the Doctor does in this case by withholding information from Clara, is akin to a member of the clergy refusing to help someone seeking their advice or telling them directly not to have an abortion as (they believe) it's a sin et cetera. Or, to consider the other point of view, a doctor or other medical practitioner not giving information on the risks and potential ramification to mental health of having an abortion. This is what Clara objects to, not being given the choice, but not being fully informed, and not being supported while making that decision.
@MaraBackman @AlexOsirisGlass @SonicTheHedgehogRules There is a point to that though, Game of Thrones is essentially War of the Roses on a massive scale. There are a few British colloquialisms in the books as well, despite having an American author.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Downey Jr on Who Role: “Anything’s possible”
@G_Unitt But how was it pro-life? I saw it being rather explicitly pro-choice, myself.
@Typo42 @TheOncomingHurricane '100% Dalek DNA would presumably have recessive genes and 'junk' DNA that came from the original humanoid Kaleds.'
Except this doesn't work. We saw what happened when human and Dalek mixed...we got Human Dalek Sec. Apparently those that are more Dalek than this still look completely human. There's no consistency of anything in the episode, and this is no exception.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Kill The Moon Review
@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! I draw the line at Expelliarmus being a resolution, mind XD
@MaraBackman It's been a long while since I agreed with you so completely. I'm glad this is what it was over.
@Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen @PCAriza @Grandfather This Series for me, has felt more like Series 1 than anything except possibly Series 5.
@PaddyB @TheOncomingHurricane Unfortunately, it gets it wrong in about every area, not just science. It really is irredeemably bad.
If we're going to knock this for scientific inaccuracy (and despite being a science student I don't feel inclined to), it's only fair to point out that it's nowhere near the worst science the show ever had, that would be Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks because you don't need to consult a scientist, you just know: DNA cannot pass through lightning, and secondly humans with 100% Dalek DNA would look, well, like Daleks, not like humans.
@Banannam 'In my opinion, Toby Whithouse would have been a perfect writer for this episode, especially given his track record of dealing with big issues and examining how the Doctor approaches them'
You must be joking, because it's horrendous.
@mrpaddy1984 I just thought it couldn't be heard through the glass. It was apparently reinforced against meteors, and I sometimes have trouble hearing through double glazing!
@stargazer0118 @TheForgotten TheForgotten is not David. He used to be called YouWillObeyMe on here.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
@TheTimeTraveller is the 12th Doctor ...That didn't answer the question XD
1 month ago on Kill the Moon Advance Review
So, here's a Kill the Moon review roundup so far:
Steven Moffat calls this ‘proper drama’ and he’s not wrong. It’s proper drama, proper old school sci-fi, and proper scary. It is also that rare thing in Doctor Who: completely unpredictable.(5/5) - Cultbox
It's barely worth hunting for the foibles in the case of Kill The Moon. It's tense, it's superbly executed, and it's the kind of episode that you skip to as fast as possible when you get the boxset home. - Den of Geek
If it's grown-up Doctor Who that you're craving then Kill The Moon is as close to 10 out of 10 as you are likely to find. - Warped Factor
Kill The Moon is very sci-fi, very horror and very personal - for me, already a modern day classic. And the best Doctor Who in years. - Blogtor Who
Well then...get hype!
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
@Master Michael Moon You think that of every episode for some reason...
1 month ago on Next Time: Kill The Moon
@ClaireAbraham @TheOncomingHurricane @Oliver J. "cool" No, he doesn't have a point. Because well, by his logic, The Waters of Mars is a copy of every DW base under siege story ever.
I notice the theme tune on the trailers has finally been sorted, at our end at least!
@Oliver J. "cool" "Let's completely ignore what 'copy and paste' means" - a stupid and ignorant comment is born.
@Planet of the Deaf @Horus Killed The Moon Well, they stopped doing TV trailers after either Cold War or Hide. A decision which was really, really stupid. Name was an exception.
1 month ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
And another thing, here's a list of episodes Time Heist rated higher than on just final figures:
The Empty Child
The Parting of the Ways
The Idiot's Lantern
The Impossible Planet
The Satan Pit (6.08?! I think that's the lowest rating of a revived series ep ever and it was brilliant!)
Daleks In Manhattan
Evolution of the Daleks
Blink (yes, really)
The Poison Sky
Silence in the Library (apparently 1.57 million more people watched the second part, WTF)
The Hungry Earth
Vincent and the Doctor
The Big Bang
The Almost People
The God Complex
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
The Crimson Horror
Nightmare in Silver
@RUAZ When there's been a substantial dip in viewership in the middle of pretty much every series, this is a ludicrous argument.
@MatthewBagnall @TheOncomingHurricane You do realise it was not on against the X Factor in...either of those series?