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Doctor Who has scared the crap out of me four times that I can remember. The first was in The Unquiet Dead, when I was about 8 or 9 years old, and the zombies reawakened with Rose in the room. I remember crying and screaming and not being able to get to sleep at all because of how scared I was.
This is the only time the monster has been seen moving, or we've known what it is. The second time was in Blink, but it can be argued that the Weeping Angels also have elements of the fear of the unknown, as I remember being particularly scared of not actually knowing what they look like. We know what they look like in stone form, but a statue of a person looks nothing like the actual human. And that scared me a lot!
The third and fourth time are, surprisingly, both from series 8, and both feature on this list. The scene with the bed-sheet in Listen was very, very well handled, and I was genuinely worried about what would happen if they saw whoever or whatever it was under the sheet.
The fourth time was more of a jump-scare than anything, but it was in Flatline. It was when that guy (I cant remember his name, sorry!) was grabbed by the hand in the middle of the tunnel and pulled to his death, screaming. That properly shocked me, and while I noticed there was something going on in the background, I wasn't expecting a bloody giant hand to come reaching out of nowhere and drag someone to their doom. It gave me a big shock, and while it wasn't so much a fear of the unknown, it was still scary.
So my answer to the question of this article is I have no idea. Unknown monsters are definitely harder to write for, but can often be much more rewarding. I think I stopped being scared by physical monsters by the time The Flood came about in The Waters of Mars, as I wasn't scared by them at all, I was far too caught up in the drama and The Doctor's breakdown.
10 hours, 28 minutes ago on The Invisible Enemy: Are the Unseen Monsters the Scariest?
True, and I would much prefer to bring back someone like Richard Curtis or Simon Nye, who have a real chance of delivering something amazing, than Mark Gattiss or Steve Thomson for example, who aren't exactly the most thrilling of Doctor Who writers. Still, I like having new writers because it means I have no idea what to expect from the episode, which is how I want Doctor Who to be. I don't like going into a Moffat episode (I do like Moffat, but he's a good example) and knowing exactly what I'm going to get. Yes, it's going to be good, but it's not got the mysterious and exciting feeling of going into an episode with a completely new writer having no idea what to expect.
1 day, 19 hours ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts
@Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom! Thing is, almost everyone who wrote one of these and went on to write another did significantly worse on the second attempt. Neil Gaiman wrote The Doctor's Wife, but he went on to write Nightmare in Silver, which I like, but it's nowhere near as good as his first one. The RIngs of Akhaten is the second episode Neil Cross wrote, and most people would argue it's by far the inferior one. Obviously this doesn't apply to any of the others, or to Jamie Matheson, where both of his scripts were amazing, but it does show an interesting trend that people's first attempts are often their best.
I might be looking far too much into this, but if you want further proof, just look at Steven Moffat, and how his episodes generally declined!
@supermoff is now supermissy.
Amy's Choice - 10/10
Vincent and the Doctor - 10/10
The Curse of the Black Spot - 3/10
The Doctor's Wife - 10/10
The Rings of Akhaten - 5/10
Kill the Moon - 10/10
Mummy on the Orient Express - 10/10
In the Forest of the Night - 7/10
It's surprising just how amazing this group of episodes is. If this doesn't scream for more new writers, I don't know what does!
@not-so-dalek @Pockydon No, that would be ridiculous! XD
The theory is that 3W and Missy have created a TV Show about the Doctor called Doctor Who. It's a Doctor Who TV show within Doctor Who, presumably encompassing everything with Missy (so all of series 8).
This would explain a few things. Firstly, the synopsis for Death in Heaven says the Doctor "Takes to the air in a startling new role" - meaning he's on TV playing a different character. The line "Clara Oswald never existed" could relate to the fact that Clara was just an actress hired to play the companion - there never was a real Clara. This would also explain the "I have chosen well" at the end of Flatline, as Missy presumably chose the actress and created the character (the closest we'll get to Steven Moffat actually being in the show). Finally, it would be a nice little explanation for the Doctor Who poster on the side of the London bus in In the Forest of the Night.
What it doesn't explain is what exactly heaven is, what is Seb's role, and what it has to do with anything we've seen all series. I'm not saying this is what's going to happen, but based purely on the Death in Heaven synopsis and about 50% of minor teases from Missy, it could be plausible.
1 day, 19 hours ago on BBC Confirms Hour Long Series 8 Finale
It's between Vincent and the Doctor and Amy's Choice, both of which are in my top 10 favorite episodes ever. Vincent and the Doctor would have to win though.
Special mention to The Doctor's Wife, Kill the Moon, Mummy on the Orient Express and In the Forest of the Night, all of which are very good, or at least interesting, episodes.
Also, having finally read the Death in Heaven synopsis, I really do think the TV Show theory could be plausible. I don't know if I'd like it though, it's an interesting idea, but series 8 has been too good for it to all have been fake. Same goes for Clara - if the theory is true, it would mean that fake TV Clara is a significantly better character than the actual, real Clara.
1 day, 23 hours ago on BBC Confirms Hour Long Series 8 Finale
@MWTV Hopefully this isn't too spoilery a question, but is Missy annoying with the constant "You know who I am"s, and is her reveal actually good? Is it just another disappointing Moffat reveal that goes nowhere and doesn't live up to the hype?
3 days, 15 hours ago on Dark Water Clip
@MWTV Do you think the episode will still be enjoyable even after having seen all the trailers, or is a lot of it ruined?
Completely agree, this is definitely one of the best of series 7. Considering the Cybermen's treatment in stories such as Closing Time, I'm surprised people dislike this so much.
4 days, 15 hours ago on Why I Love… Nightmare in Silver
You know, after watching this again, I really do like it. It's a lovely little story with some great moments and easily the best child characters in the show since Amelia Pond. It really did make me laugh on numerous occasions, and despite the awful ending, it was generally very well written. The scene when Clara asks the Doctor to save himself, and he quotes Kill the Moon, was a beautiful scene in both writing and execution. It's little scenes like these, that have no overall impact on the story but instead choose to explore these characters and say something about them and what they're going through, that make this episode something quite special.
Frank Cottrell Boyce's style of writing Doctor Who - focusing more on the characters and the message than the science - is one that is desperately needed in every series of Doctor Who. The whimsical, jolly, fairytale charm of his writing is just a joy to watch, and it suits Doctor Who, a show which has never been totally 100% scientific.
Yes, there are things that aren't explained (the awful voice modulation on the floaty fairy things possessing Meadbh that were impossible to understand didn't help), and yes, the very final scene is dreadful, but that doesn't ruin an otherwise magical story about the wonders of nature and the earth.
I was far too harsh on this when I first saw it, and having watched it again, I really think I appreciate it a lot more. Well done Frank, please come back next year (and bring Neil Gaiman too, that would make me very happy).
6 days, 14 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night
I really don't know how to rate this. I don't hate it, but I don't dislike it either, and it wasn't boring enough to be a 'meh'. It was definitely entertaining, I'll say that much.
I'll give it a 6/10 for the moment, but I really don't know.
Also, everyone else is doing it, so here's my list of the series thus far:
1. Listen - 10/10
2. Kill the Moon - 10/10
3. Mummy on the Orient Express - 10/10
4. Flatline - 9/10
5. The Caretaker - 9/10
6. Into the Dalek - 9/10
7. Deep Breath - 8/10
8. In the Forest of the Night - 6/10
9. Robot of Sherwood - 6/10
10. Time Heist - 5/10
6 days, 17 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night
I really have no idea what to think. There were good things (some great one-liners and a wonderful score), and some bad things (that ending where the missing sister appears was absolutely dreadful).
Is it bad that this is all I can remember after watching that episode?
6 days, 17 hours ago on Next Time: Dark Water
No. Character development doesn't automatically equal overshadowing. People were complaining that she didn't have a character and was a non-entity, yet they keep complaining when she gets given a character and actually proves herself as a companion.
Clara has been incredible in this series, Jenna Coleman has been absolutely superb in every episode, and the fact that people are complaining about arguably the best improvement of a character in the show's entire history is truly baffling to me.
1 week ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?
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.
1 week, 6 days 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
@Doctor What @Pockydon No, the answer is self preservation.
2 weeks, 3 days 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.
2 weeks, 4 days 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!
2 weeks, 6 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
3 weeks, 6 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.
1 month 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.
1 month 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, 1 week 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, 2 weeks ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?
I really don't enjoy LISTENING to this narrator...
1 month, 2 weeks 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, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
No. It's not.
1 month, 2 weeks 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, 3 weeks 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, 3 weeks 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, 3 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, 3 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, 3 weeks 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, 3 weeks 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, 3 weeks 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...
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, 3 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, 3 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, 4 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.
3 months 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...
3 months, 1 week 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, 2 weeks 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, 2 weeks 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, 2 weeks 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