"When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.” - C.S. Lewis
90% of the time it's just misleading, rather than outright lies.
5 hours, 13 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
6 hours, 22 minutes ago on In the Forest of the Night Advance Review
Screw my Chemistry AS, this is way more fun than homework.
10 hours, 5 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
He makes an interesting point and its worded quite well, shame that he's aiming in the wrong direction.
2 days, 7 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
Spoilers, spoilers everywhere
If this had been a Series 7 episode I'd probably be praising it has a welcome break from the usual mediocrity, however as a Series 8 episode my main feelings are that it's not as good as usual. Which I guess is a good thing, looking at the bigger picture. And pretty much everything in this episode works pretty well, but there are still some little flaws here and there. The Boneless are a really cool enemy, both when they were 2D and when they became 3D, but they do look a little more daft than sinister. Still, the idea behind them is very chilling, and shows that Matthieson's ability to create monsters didn't end with the Foretold. I hope he gets the chance to come back next series with even more new and intriguing monsters. Meanwhile, the guest characters were pretty good. Rigsy was a really nice, cool character, although part of me wishes he could've had his moment of self-sacrifice (then again, he was necessary for the resolution of the episode, which I thought was very clever). Fenton was a little one dimensional in his gittishness, but he made me hate him, which was probably the point. The rest of the characters were just sort of there, speaking in slightly OTT Bristolian accents and getting killed. The Doctor's really good again here, although his big speech at the end felt a little forced (nowhere near as bad as the one in The Rings of Akhaten, though). Also his little dance after he thinks he's saved the TARDIS from the train is adorable, and just goes to show he can be just as happy and jolly as any previous Doctors and isn't just moody. However, the star of the show is easily Clara. Jenna Coleman owns ever line, and delivers a performance even better than the ones she gave in Kill the Moon (her acting is one of its redeeming features) and Deep Breath. Clara's character is continuing to develop in an interesting way, the lies she's told to Danny surely about to come back and bite her on the bum, while at the end of the episode we got a very intriguing insight into how she's changing, because of spending time with the Doctor no doubt, and also that Missy seems to have a very particular interest in her. With the finale only a few weeks away, it seems right that they should start ramping up the interest in the heaven-arc again.
Series 8 episodes:
1. Mummy on the Orient Express 10/10
2. Listen 10/10
3. Into the Dalek 9.5/10
4. Deep Breath 8.5/10
5. The Caretaker 8.5/10
6. Robot of Sherwood 8/10
7. Time Heist 8/10
8. Flatline 7.5/10
9. Kill the Moon 7/10
3 days, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
It's going well. Certainly capable of becoming my favourite Moffat series.
4 days, 4 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
Saying "that's not attitude to have" comes across as disrespectful and snappy, no matter what you actually meant by it.
You were a tad snappy.
"That's no attitude to have" - it's like David didn't even leave an impression. Just let Yosh hate it if he wants to hate it.
4 days, 5 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
You mean you finished Series 4 and now it's onto Series 5, right?
4 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
Pond dating and RTD dating come to mind.
4 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
Quite possibly it is. XD We're certainly more in synch than we were over Series 7 Part One...
6 days, 5 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
DB: 8.5/10 ITD: 9.5/10 ROS: 8/10 L: 10/10 TH: 8/10 TC: 8.5/10 KTM: 7/10 MOTOE: 10/10 So the series average is 8.7/10. I'm anxious about the next few episodes, each has the potential to go quite badly, but still, hopefully they'll maintain the high quality already established.
Who says it has to be one? I'd love to come out of Dark Water questioning all of the "heroes".
And R.E.M. One of their best songs is called Man on the Moon, surely they can find a way to include that.
6 days, 6 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
Doctor Who needs more Pink Floyd. And David Bowie. Plenty of Bowie.
6 days, 7 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
Hello there! (I'm cautiously optimistic. It looks like it might be a good version of Fear Her.)
6 days, 9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
Disappointed The Honourable Woman doesn't have a presence on either of these lists, Stephen Rea deserves best drama performance more than almost anyone (Capaldi and Lancahire being the only exceptions). Speaking of which, I really hope he's in Doctor Who some time soon.
1 week, 1 day ago on Capaldi vs Coleman in 2015 NTAs
I did, but I got bored when I watched one of the episodes this series (possibly the second) on iPlayer, so I've pretty much given up on it.
1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/beyond-the-whoniverse/
Yeah, apparently he's lost the email with his password or something.
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
Mummy on the Orient Express
Having properly thought about it, I can safely say that I loved this episode, and it's my favourite of this series. And really, the main reason for that, is that it just felt like really good, old school Doctor Who. With an excellent Doctor/companion dynamic, a likeable range of guest characters, a scary monster that actually kills people we care about (that hasn't happened in a while), and a plot that seamlessly blends genres. I can't fault the acting or characterisation, with Capaldi in particular stealing the show (when doesn't he?), although I have to say Frank Skinner did an excellent job as Perkins, very impressive when you consider he's a comedian by profession, not an actor. I'll admit I was quite sad when he didn't join the TARDIS at the end, he and Capaldi has sizzling chemistry from the start. The way in which the Doctor and Clara's argument last episode was handled I actually found to be brilliant, and the decision from Clara to stay with the Doctor feels like a natural continuation of their story (I can't wait to see Danny's reaction when he realises Clara and the Doctor are still travelling together). The Mummy, whilst not of the standard set by the Beast, the Flood and the Weeping Angels, is still a pretty chilling monster, and I'm glad they didn't hold back too much with the design. The explanation behind it actually works really well, as did the twist in the middle when it turned out Gus had orchestrated the whole thing (I wonder who he is, hopefully we'll find out without having to wait four years). There are plenty of scenes that stood out, such as the Professor and Captain's deaths, the opening sequence, the final scenes between the Doctor and Clara, the bit when the Doctor worked out the mystery, the twist at the half-way point, the Doctor and Perkins first meeting and the bit when the Doctor and Clara first arrive. I could probably list some more, but I think I've gotten across the general fact that I loved this episode, start to finish, and if I tried to flaw it I'd probably be nitpicking to the extreme. I guess it's sort of poetic. Like Clara, I lost some confidence in this series after Kill the Moon, but that wobble is definitely over and I'm ready for the final four episodes to (hopefully) blow me away. Oh, and Foxes cameo was pretty good, nothing outstanding but a nice touch, especially as she was singing one of my favourite songs.
8. Kill the Moon 7/10
DWTV? SF's wondering if he can be let back on WD, he feels like he can offer something to discussions now the series is in full swing.
The classic music in the background does ruin it slightly, but if you ignore that this is amazing.
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
Or worse still, she survives an adventure, and then gets hit by a car.
Don't have a little brother, so I'll just do my best friend instead (first one's me, second is him): Deep Breath: 8.5/10, 5/10. Into the Dalek: 9.5/10, 8/10. Robot of Sherwood: 8/10, 6/10. Listen: 10/10, 6/10. Time Heist: 8/10, 7.5/10. The Caretaker: 8.5/10, 7/10. Kill the Moon: 7/10, 1/10.
1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
I wish they'd gone for pr*ck. Happy medium, and if they can put it in Guardians of the Galaxy they can put it in Doctor Who.
To be fair that moment was around the half hour mark, so on transmission it might have been just past 9, making it perfectly fine as it would be post-watershed.
To be fair it is an old argument (one life vs many), done in Doctor Who many times (TFOP, TDOTD, TBB to name a few). I don't think they meant this specific argument.
1 week, 5 days ago on Poll: Lights On or Lights Off?
I enjoyed the Series 6 arc during Part 1, and this series' one has got me intrigued, but I mostly agree.
For me it's: 1. Series 3 2. Series 4 3. Series 6A 4. Series 1 5. Series 8 6. Series 2 7. Series 5 8. Series 7 9. Series 6B
Series 6 is my favourite Matt Smith series, and if Part One was counted as a separate entity it'd be my third favourite of New Who (after Series 3 and 4, which it'll take a lot to surpass). I think the dark tone really worked well (as is the case in Series 8, although they seem a little...reserved at the moment). Moffat suits darker storylines more than he did the lighter tones of Series 5 and 7.
Well whatever happens someone'll complain about it. Best not to worry.
1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
The cause of the contradictions might be that different people are complaining about Capaldi than complained about Smith.
For me I'd spent 4 years investing in all these characters, that seeing them all happy and together and saving Earth meant I could overlook these things. I had barely any emotional investment in the main story of Kill the Moon so the flaws stood out bigger.
Kneecap? I'm all for kicking, but I aim for a slightly, ahem, higher region.
Depends on your perspective I guess. Personally I think both are a bit too daft, but neither is distressingly so. The Moon Egg just edges it in the daftness area because it wasn't even done that well (IMO).
I've felt the coldness and ruthlessness is there, but it's been less pronounced. His treatment of Danny, is attitude in KTM, his argument with Psi, he's still got this dark side to him, but it's not been given the chance to shine through properly. Because we're yet to see him truly furious.
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
Yeah, if they don't try to explain it I'll just assume it's some super-duper sci-fi thing. And as my friend said, if the plot makes me forget it's on a space-train, I won't care. The scientific inaccuracies were at the heart of the story in KTM, and thus were impossible to ignore.
To be honest, it was particularly far-fetched in this episode, compared to other ones. Every concept they came up with was a scientific mess. At least most of the time they don't go into very much detail at all and thus we don't have to worry.
To be fair, I wasn't that invested in KTM anyway (until the last five minutes), so the flaws stood out more.
The problem being Kill the Moon a) was sold to us as "proper sci-fi", which means it has to pay attention to the science side of things, and b) had a plot based on a lot of science and pretended to be very scientific in the language it used, which ultimately made it come across as pretentious. It felt as if the writer was saying "I know what I'm going on about" when evidently he did not.
You know, I really hope Moffat leaves some time soon. I think Series 8 has been a step-up (so far), but most of my friends and family disagree, and the classic Moffat flaws are ever-present. Why doesn't anyone die anymore? You'd think with a Heaven storyline going on in the background they'd try and stick a few important good guys in there, but so far the biggest one we've had is Gretchen. The threats aren't very memorable, and the characters are pushed right to the forefront in too many episodes. And the whole thing feels like it's being played safe, too safe. Gone are the days when the Doctor's arrogance drove a woman to suicide. When the companion's kid is brainwashed to murder the Doctor. When characters we knew and loved got gunned down by the Daleks in cold blood. Yeah it's a kid's show, but I was 6 when I watched Dalek, and I barely batted an eyelid. The first ever story featured a brutal fight between two cavemen. Doctor Who can be dark, daring, edge-of-your-seat stuff, and I feel someone new and fresh is needed, someone to shake it up, be more daring, but in a different way to the way Moffat has been in the past. Someone who'll make me come out of an episode thinking "I did not expect that at all".
As a separate note, for the love of God, BBC, STOP OVERHYPING IT! Yeah they've got to get people to tune in and watch it, but throw a true, proper, exciting, dramatic curveball one week which you haven't so much as hinted at and everyone'll be talking about it, people might get curious and tune in next week. If nothing else, it'll please and excite the viewers they already have, which number a pretty impressive amount anyway.
1. The Waters of Mars 2. Midnight 3. The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit 4. Genesis of the Daleks (purely for Davros' speech) 5. Blink
Legasp! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARK!
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
David! Never do that again.
I won't deny this has upset me, and I won't deny I hope one day you come back. But I respect you for making this choice. I hope if (hopefully when) you come back, the atmosphere around here will have changed.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
David, don't leave like this. Some uncomfortable truths have come to light in this conversation, but we might as well take from them and try to make ourselves better people. Yes, I believe a lot of the flaws you've stated stem from our human nature, but it is also human nature to persist and do good, and if you let this fracture the community we won't be able to do that. If you stay, and if you reconcile with Connor, and he reconciles with you, then we can grow and be better. If you don't, there's no telling where any of us'll end up, or if any good will come of what's been said here. That's my two cents.
Monsters and villains of Series 8 so far?
1. Hiders 9.5/10
2. Half-Face 9/10
3. The Teller 8.5/10
4. Karabraxos 8.5/10
5. Daleks 8/10
6. The Sheriff 8/10
7. Spiders 6.5/10
8. Robot Knights 6.5/10
9. Skovox Blitzer 5.5/10
Best final scene would be even more of a killer.