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Flatline was awesome! It was basically Fear Her only good.
There are a few minor nitpicks - mainly Capaldi's hair being cut halfway through. But my only actual complaint is Murray Gold. I'm sorry, but he's really not been very good this series. The music itself isn't bad, it's the use. It wasn't "Oh my god what the feck is that, Jesus Christ please hide me this is terrifying" music, which is what many scenes of the episode were obviously going for. Tension, suspense and horror seem to mean nothing to Murray anymore. Also, I didn't catch a lot of the Doctor's speech at the end, mainly due to how unbelievably loud the music was. And, the 12th Doctor's theme is really good, but it seems to be another case of what I'm now calling 'I am the Doctor Syndrome', in which a good piece of music is being overused to the point of insanity and has stopped sounding cool, and started sounding repetitive and boring.
I like Murray Gold, but his overly bombastic music has really grated on my this series. His series 6 soundtrack is probably my favourite of all Who, but that's because it fit the tone of the series. Series 8 is meant to be dark and scary and unknown, but you wouldn't know that from listening to the music.
Minor rant aside, Flatline was amazing. Solid 9/10. A collection of great ideas, all of which were brilliantly executed and brilliantly made by the production team. Jamie Mathieson needs to come back next year.
2 days, 16 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
That was pretty darn awesome! The scene with the nervous system on the wall and the swinging chair and Danny on the phone was amazing, and the 3D zombie things were actually genuinely pretty frighting.
My only complaint was the Doctor's hair as soon as it entered siege mode - you dont just cut Capaldi's hair halfway through an episode! That was really off-putting.
But minor nitpick aside, this episode was great! Strong 9/10
2 days, 17 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
@Doctor What @Pockydon No, the answer is self preservation.
6 days, 16 hours ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote
Honestly, the people who voted Lights On probably weren't actually putting themselves into the situation. If you've been living on an earth ravaged by the moon, and you're told that there's going to be an unknown space dragon that could destroy the planet, of course you'd vote lights off. You don't know how it will end, you don't know what the creature is, you don't know how it will influence humanity.
Yes, letting the creature live is clearly the best choice. But you wouldn't know that in this situation, and judging by Ludvik's state of mind and the unanimous vote in the episode, the earth must be in a pretty bad way as a result of this thing.
1 week ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote
Really really good episode, fun and creative while still being dark and actually kinda scary. Probably 9/10 at the moment, though that rating may go up. I really really liked this!
1 week, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express
Very true. That's fair enough if people didn't enjoy it, I just don't understand why or how. XD
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon
People complaining that it didn't meet their expectations annoy me so much. Why can't you just enjoy a good story, packed to the bone with good ideas and interesting concepts? Why does everything have to meet the insanely lofty expectations of big epic tumblr moments, instead of a decent story with interesting characters?
Honestly, I'm coming across harsh but this just bugs me. Kill the Moon is a perfectly crafted script with an actual plot and characters that act like people, why is that not good enough?
Kill the Moon is probably one of my favourite episodes ever. I loved it to pieces. It had an actual plot and good characters (Hermione Norris is perfect) and it was just so bloody good.
The ending was unexpected and heartbreaking and I think I might cry because this was just perfect and amazing and Peter Harness please stay.
Kill the Moon is a perfect episode, I dont care what anyone says!
So far, I think this has been the best series of them all. We'll need to wait and see if it can beat series 5, but there hasn't been an episode I would call bad so far.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
A very solid 9/10! Such a fun episode, it had me in fits of laughter numerous times. I could quote it all day, but my favourite line had to be:
"Wait, you're from space? You said you were from Blackpool!"
Honestly though, the episode was surprisingly emotional as well, and the Scovox Blitzer was an awesome design (shut up, it looked cool!)
Also can I just mention how utterly perfect Peter Capaldi is? Seriously, his comedic timing in this episode is flawless.
Two unbelievably dreadful episode and a good one. Granted, Time Heist had it's flaws, but it was leagues ahead of either of the other two.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Face-Off: The Thompson Episodes
It was alright. Best of Thompson's scrips, but I suspect that's more down to Moffat's influence than Thompson's. But it was an enjoyable episode with a great monster and some fantastic production values.
I do have some minor complaints, mainly the fact that they weren't really doing a heist. They were just walking around and hoping to find some cases then using whatever was inside. What I would've liked (and I can't criticize the episode for what I wanted it to be like, this is just in terms of personal enjoyment) was for a chunk of the episode to be dedicated to planning the mission, then watching them act it out. Obviously the plan will go wrong, like in any heist movie. That would've been cool.
Also, Murray Gold needs to calm down. There were numerous times when I couldn't hear the dialogue because of how loud his music was.
It was still a fun episode though, with a really interesting ending. I have no idea what rating to give it, let's just say 8/10.
1 month ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
I think the story is a lot more interesting if you go by the assumption that there isn't a monster.
1 month ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?
I really don't enjoy LISTENING to this narrator...
1 month, 1 week ago on Doctor Who Extra: Listen
That's the only word I can think of to describe this episode. Everything about it was perfect. I loved the writing, the acting, the directing, the effects, the core concept of the episode made me so excited! I loved the scene at the end, and my god, when Clara said the word "companion" I was honestly on the verge of tears.
My god, was it scary. It creeped me out in a way Doctor Who never has. Yes, the weeping angels were scary. Yes, the Gas-Mask dummies were scary. Yes, the zombies were scary. But they never got under your skin. Not in the way this did. I don't think I'm going to sleep tonight, really.
That was the best episode since The Big Bang. That was easily in the top 5 episodes Moffat has ever written, and probably in the top 10 New-Who stories in general. In fact, I'd go as far to say that may well be one of my favorite stories in the entire shows history.
1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
No. It's not.
1 month, 1 week ago on Is Capaldi’s Accent Causing Issues?
After about a day of thinking and reflecting, Deep Breath is probably one of my favourite series openers, if not my actual favourite. It's brilliantly paced, scary, and showcases the new Doctor in a fantastic way. It's also absolutely hilarious, with a particular scene which I wont spoil (although it does feature a lovely cameo from Liz Sladen's husband), which had the audience in tears of laughter.
Not only did Deep Breath make me extremely excited for Peter Capaldi, it also quelled some of my doubts about Moffat that have been building recently. The pessimism is gone. BRING ON SERIES 8!
2 months, 1 week ago on 12 Spoiler-Free Thoughts on Deep Breath
I must strongly disagree with what you said about Robin Hood being a legend and therefore including him is a flaw. Yes, he's not real. But neither is The Doctor. Neither are the Daleks. We don't criticise Journey's End because Earth didn't actually get pulled across the sky, do we? We don't criticise any given historical story because there's no evidence that The Doctor or any of the aliens were actually there, do we?
I just think it's a bit silly to dedicate so much space in a review to such a trivial aspect. Especially not when the whole message of the story is that the story we tell will live on, even if we don't, and when so much time within the episode is also dedicated to the fact that Robin Hood never actually existed.
Just enjoy the episode (or don't enjoy it) for what it was - not for refusing to do exactly what you asked of it.
1 month, 1 week ago on Robot of Sherwood Review
I'm a bit annoyed about this to be honest. It wasn't just a random little scene, it was a pretty vital plot point. I had no idea the Sheriff was part robot in the edited version, and even if it wasn't important, it sounds like a pretty funny scene which I would like to see. Oh well.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Robot of Sherwood: What Was Cut
What a romp! Such an enjoyable little episode. I need to watch it again, but it was so nice to have something fun after the last 3 or 4 episodes of dark themes and really heavy stuff. Tom Reilly was superb, and I laughed a lot. Mark Gatiss has found his element, I think.
7/10 for now.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood
At least two parts of that trailer that I'd rather not have seen before watching the episode. They're both quite minor, but ruin otherwise awesome moments, the line from Clara at the end being one of them.
Still, it's a decent trailer. Someone should do an article about 'spoilers' in trailers.
2 months, 1 week ago on Deep Breath TV Trailer
Just watched it online - I absolutely love it! Exactly the kind of title sequence I've been hoping for. They've all been focused on space travel, it's nice to see one based on the time travel part of the show instead.
The theme is probably my favourite rendition of the new series, it sounds really spacey and cool. I love it!
2 months, 1 week ago on The Series 8 Title Sequence
Wait, you saw that!? That made my day, the fact that he acknowledged us was seriously awesome. And I remember the cosplayers! I must have seen you at some point, but I obviously didn't know it was you. And I managed to get Jenna Coleman's autograph, but Peter Capaldi just stayed on your side and Moffat moved over to you literally just as I was about to get his, so that was annoying, XD.
2 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who World Tour: Cardiff Launch Pics
Seriously? That's awesome, you should have said hi, I'm sure he wouldn't have minded! Unfortunately I'm not in Cardiff today, I stuck around for about an hour after the screening then went home. But the fact that you were actually there is pretty darn awesome!
Awwmahgawd, in the thumnail for that video I'm literally a frame off camera. I recognize the security guy to the left of the shot. I remember watching Jenna, Moffat and Capaldi's interviews live! This event was totally awesome, the world tour will be absolutely brilliant.
No spoilers, but Deep Breath was generally a very solid and enjoyable episode. There's a lot to criticise if you're looking for it, but there's also a helluva lot to love. It was 'dark', if you'll mind the word. It was the scariest Doctor Who has been for while, as it was very suspenseful and had a lot of moments where you actually felt like the characters were in genuine danger, which is something that's been missing from Doctor Who recently.
This is also the episode that will hopefully win over all of the Clara naysayers, as she is absolutely brilliant in it. Like, she's amazing. Like, her best episode so far. Her character actually, like, has a character, and you really do get a sense of who she actually is. She also proves herself massively as a companion. In a way, this is much more her story than the Doctors.
Not forgetting about the Doctor, he's amazing. Peter Capaldi will own the role. The future is in safe hands...
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who World Tour: Cardiff Launch Pics
It's always weird reading things like this that you saw in person. Not to rub it in or anything, but Deep Breath was awesome! And yes, Steven Moffat seemed pretty adamant that there wont be a massive thing for the 10th anniversary, until he said that he could be lying, at which point everyone in the hall burst out laughing and applauded. Brill.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on No 10th Anniversary Special For New Who?
He's very right about all television becoming digital on the internet, and I love the sound of having more minisodes. I dont really like the idea of completely cutting out the story part of the regeneration, as I think he's completely wrong that people only care about the bit when he dies. Still, this is generally good news.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat: Big Plans For Future Online Episodes
Hearing 'More like series 5' was very nice, although it didn't come from Moffat himself.
However, for some reason I'm not so happy about this line: “It’s not just about the Cybermen. It’s a good, action-packed, mad one.”
Please god don't let this be another Time of the Doctor, where the Cybermen are in it for a cameo but don't actually do anything. It's cheapening them.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat on Series 8’s Smaller Story Arc
This is one of the most encouraging interviews I've heard so far. It seems, largely from Capaldi's own input, that we're leaving the broken series 7 format of 'blockbuster of the week', which never gave any of those stories a chance to shine, and we're moving into a much more interesting, story driven series. I like this a lot.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8
Well, series 8 has some of the weirdest teasers I've seen in quite a while. I'm definitely intrigued...
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Listen! Series 8 Teaser Trailer
I want Captain Jack on Doctor Who or Torchwood again, even if it's just for a proper goodbye. I don't want Miracle Day to be the last we see of such an awesome character.
3 months ago on Barrowman on Jack’s Future, Capaldi Critics
I still don't understand how people can't find Strax funny, Vastra awesome and Jenny lovable. As far as I'm concerned they're one of the best groups of supporting characters the show has had.
3 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Launch Trailer Breakdown
'Daleks! Why of course. The question is, will they actually exterminate someone?'
Best question of the day! XD
In all seriousness though, I suspect the reused shots must have something to do with the plot. Perhaps part of the series arc? Or maybe it has something to do with Clara, since she's fragmented through all of the Doctors lives. If it's literally just reused special effects shots then I'll be a bit angry.
Actually, looking at it, there is quite a lot of stuff that could be mistaken for series 6. The shot you're talking about looks almost exactly the same! Weird.
3 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer
No, that's when the screening of Deep Breath is in Cardiff. But I wouldn't put it past them! XD
What a fantastic trailer! Watched it while eating dinner and gravy nearly went everywhere. Totally pumped for this series, despite all the script leaks and spoilers. Cant wait for August 7th...
They're not really 'deaths' in the traditional sense. River was still in the show, and her consciousness lived on. Amy and Rory didn't actually die on screen. And Clara Oswin Oswald and Oswin Oswald were both just versions of another character who hasn't died, and they're technically still in the show. What I would like is for a character to properly die, on screen, and not come back. Ever. Well, maybe in flashbacks or hallucinations or something, but never actually come back as a physical person to interact with the Doctor. Death needs to mean something.
3 months, 1 week ago on Where Doctor Who Could Improve and How
I must say that I think I said 'I must say' far too much in that comment. Sorry. It's a shame I can't edit it...
I must say, I fully agree with everything you said here. Doctor Who is still one of my favourite shows ever, but after watching some other shows like Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones, the cracks do start to show. You've highlighted some things that aren't necessarily glaring issues, but would definitely make the show far more enjoyable if they were properly addressed.
Jon Pertwee is one of my favourite Doctors, even though I've seen arguably very little from him. Inferno remains one of my favourite Doctor Who stories, and as you said in your review, the ending is one of the most haunting and shocking in Doctor Who history.
Happy Birthday Jon!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on The 3rd Doctor: Five Favourites
Well, this is amazing. My Dad's friend went to school with Mr Cottrell Boyce, and is in regular contact with him, so he's sent him a couple of my articles and basically said that I exist. That's pretty darn awesome.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8: Frank Cottrell Boyce Confirmed
That's awesome! Here's hoping for 60 minute episodes for the entire series, which would solve the biggest problem with Series 7. In fact, the idea of 60 minute episodes just sends shivers of pure awesome down my spine!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 8 Airdate Confirmed, New Trailer & Image
I have no idea what to make of the title, it seems a bit meh right now, but I'm sure it'll grow on me.
Still, THE DOCTOR IS RETURNING!
Well, this is good. This is AMAZING! That trailer is just the best. Shame I'll be on holiday...
Also, when they say 'feature length', exactly how feature are we talking? Because if it's longer than the 50th anniversary I will eat my socks.
Either way, someone's getting fired.
Another fantastic article, well done. I personally think it's basically part of our jobs as Doctor Who fans to retcon things and fix plotholes, and it's something I greatly enjoy doing, so this article was a very nice read!
4 months ago on WHOops! When Doctor Who Gets It Wrong
That's what I was thinking while reading the article. Believe me, it's well written, but basically everyone I talk to in real life is a moderate passive watcher of the show, who watch it and enjoy it but don't love or hate it. And as you said Mr Bond, their opinions can often be very enlightening, and shouldn't be dismissed.
4 months, 1 week ago on Yes, I’m a Whovian, but I’m one of the nice ones
Okay, I think I know what it feels like for my jaw to actually hit the floor completely unexpectedly. This is amazing news! The Stanley Parable is absolutely something else, and his voice just makes it. Series 8 just got real!
4 months, 1 week ago on Stanley Parable Narrator Cast in Doctor Who
I was honestly never really worried about this problem, I was just having too much fun watching the Doctors save Gallifrey. But I understand why you dislike it. It does sort of dampen the Eccleston/Tennant series, even if they don't remember.
4 months, 1 week ago on Why Bringing Back Gallifrey is Wrong
This sounds very exciting! Doctor Who really is picking up if the BBC are willing to fund this. Yet another thing to silence all the nonsense rumors about Doctor Who 'dying'.
4 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who World Tour To Promote Series 8