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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 day, 14 hours 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 week ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?
I really don't enjoy LISTENING to this narrator...
1 week, 1 day 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 week, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
No. It's not.
1 week, 2 days 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!
1 month, 2 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 week, 5 days 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.
2 weeks, 1 day 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.
2 weeks, 1 day 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.
1 month, 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!
1 month, 2 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.
1 month, 2 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.
1 month, 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.
1 month, 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.
1 month, 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.
1 month, 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...
1 month, 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.
2 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.
2 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.
2 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.
2 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!
2 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.
2 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!
2 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!
3 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.
3 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!
3 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.
3 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'.
3 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who World Tour To Promote Series 8
My only objection with this is it diminishing the Doctor from the main show, and I don't think that's what anyone wants, especially not in their first series. But if they found a way to make it without interfering with the main show, then absolutely definitely. Heck, anything to see Paul McGann again!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on McGann Signed Petition for 8th Doctor Spin-off
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Dear Whovians…
Loving the leaked Capaldi intro. The BBC really pulled out all the stops this time!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful
This run of episodes is simply flawless where I'm concerned.
Amy's Choice - Has gone from being a nice little episode which I enjoyed to being one of my favourites. 10/10
The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood - Shook me to the core when I first watched it. Cold Blood was probably my favourite episode for about a week. 10/10
Vincent and the Doctor - Made me actually cry, and still kinda does. 10/10
The Lodger - If there's a weak link in this batch, it's here. But still, this is the strongest weak link I've ever seen. Absolutely hilarious and great fun to watch. 9/10
The Pandorica Opens/The Big Band - My favourite two episodes in, like, forever. Best cliffhanger in Doctor Who history, IMO. Also one of the best resolutions. 10/10
3 months, 3 weeks ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 5 (Episodes 7-13)
This remains one of my favourite stories, and I'm glad you liked it! I get what you mean about high expectations which can sometimes dampen the appeal of a story first time you watch it, which probably explains why I enjoyed this story so much, as I had no idea what the general fan reception to it was.
This is a serial that I can watch over and over again without getting bored, which still manages to surprise me every time I watch it, and which I can (and have) talked about for hours on end. It's fantastic.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on On First View: The Caves of Androzani
*all people can do is moan
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat Clarifies “Ugly Doctors” Comments
I feel quite sorry for Moffat, he writes some genuinely fantastic stuff and all people can do it moan.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Analysing The Top Doctor Who Stories (DWM 2014)
I wouldn't say The Crimson Horror is funny because of it's badness, more that it's funny deliberately because of how ridiculous it is.
I actually found Timelash bearable when I watched it. Actually, I really quite enjoyed it! Maybe it's just because my expectations were so low anything could surpass them, but I was really genuinely impressed. Colin Baker was absolutely fantastic, I thought the time-delay-device was quite an interesting idea, and the bad stuff was so laughably bad that...well, it was laughable! Sure, it's not 'good' by any stretch of the imagination, but I liked it a whole lot more than Fear Her.