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Good article, just one point though where it comes to the energy/mass stuff. It's definitely true that these two things are interchangeable, but only very near the speed of light. This is why it's so difficult to get to the speed of light, because the faster you get the more mass you receive, and as f=ma having more mass will make you accelerate slower.
So, basically what I'm trying to say is that this wouldn't work unless the space dragon/moon is moving near the speed of light, which it's clearly not. Now, my explanation for how the laying of the moon egg works is slightly more biological and a little less complicated than yours.
The thing laying the egg is an ancient space dragon from space, and it's a dragon and we've never seen it before. We can't exactly claim to understand exactly how it's reproductive system works, so it's not too far fetched that it laid an egg as far as I'm concerned. But I am officially headcanoning the idea that it's reproductive system revolves around the theory of relativity and mass as energy, because that would be awesome!
3 months, 1 week ago on Sciencey Wiencey: Kill the Moon
@yoshfiction I don't think it was out of character so much as it was just experimentation with this new regeneration - remember, the Doctor thinks he's completely in the right on this one. When Clara shouts at him at the end of the episode, it takes him a while to fully understand even why she's angry. From his point of view, he's giving them the choice without interfering. He was always going to be there to save them, and there's no doubt that he was closely watching them and the moon to make sure they were out of danger while making their decision.
I personally think it's a fascinating angle to take, and I will always appreciate the episode for trying something new with the Doctor and his morals.
@Battlion @Pockydon It's still enough to start to grate on me, it's not a very good joke anyway.
4 months, 1 week ago on Last Christmas New Clip
His music in series 8 didn't do anything for me, it was mostly extremely repetitive and didn't fit the scene or tone it was trying to convey. Not necessarily a problem with Murray, just the way his music is being used. Dark Water was brilliantly scored though.
I was really enjoying this clip, very well directed and that, all up until that sodding car keys joke. It was funny the first time, ish. It stops being funny when you use it over and over again during increasingly inappropriate circumstances.
I'm worried. Series 8 was amazing, but I'm really genuinely worried that Moffat is going to repeat the past and do another TDTWATW.
Ah, right. Still, from an A-Level mathematician's perspective, that is a slightly annoying way of expressing it. XD
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Clara, or a New Companion for Series 9?
People are saying they want a new companion, but do you honestly think Moffat is capable of writing another new one? He only just managed it with Clara.
I don't think your maths is exactly right there...
Also, Clara's exit in Death in Heaven was one of the best companion exits New Who has done. It was a wonderful scene, showing what is probably one of the most nuanced, complicated and interesting Doctor-Companion relationships the show has ever seen. It let them part on good terms for once, just trying to make the other happy. I loved it, so I'm kind of angry that they couldn't just let that be the ending, and instead they're bringing Clara back for a Christmas special to let her leave then.
There's always the possibility that Clara won't leave in this, but if she does I won't be very happy. At all. Just let things go!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Last Christmas: Short Synopsis
Am I the only one here who isn't very excited for this at all? Series 8 was excellent, but this just looks like such a generic Moffat Christmas special. None of the promotional material, aside from the second long clip of whatever the alien is, has excited me at all. It's just left me feeling like I've seen it all before. I hope I'm surprised when I actually see it, but as of now I'm not enthused by it.
Well, my favourite won.
One of my other favourites lost, but you can't have everything. Generally speaking the list is alright, and at the end of the day none of the finales are bad, some are just better than others.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on New Who Finale Face-Off: Your Top 8
It depends what you're specifically asking - Christopher Eccleston was my first, he was the one who started me on the journey, and I loved the show ever since I saw Rose. But I wasn't fanatical about it. Not as fanatical as when Matt Smith came along. He started seeping into me, my personality, my gestures, how I moved around. I started talking like him, quoting him. My entire day would be spent speculating about the show, I became obsessed, more than I am now, and more than I was before him.
So to answer your question, Christopher Eccleston was my first Doctor, and he was a mighty fine one. But Matt Smith made me truly connect with the show like no other Doctor had.
I'm voting for Chris though, because if I don't someone will probably shout at me, and at the end of the day he was the one who started me on this grand journey. So yeah, well done Mr Eccleston, one of the most underrated Doctors of them all.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on From 1-12: Who is YOUR Doctor?
I will unconditionally love Moffat forever if that actually happens.
5 months ago on Christmas Special: Santa is Real, Not Evil
What a ridiculous statement. It's Santa, not Satan (in fairness, it is just a one letter difference :P).
Time isn't one of his best, no, but I myself really enjoy watching it, and at the end of the day that's all that matters. And Listen is one of the best things I've ever seen, honestly speaking.
5 months ago on Moffat’s Best Monsters, Tricks & Stories (So Far)
I think it's a testament to how brilliant Moffat is that there's so much stuff that hasn't been included. By that I mainly mean that The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang is so unfalteringly perfect in every way, I'm so surprised it wasn't included (his trickery with the Pandorica, the cliffhanger at the end, the timey-wimey jumps, the tear jerking speech to little Amelia). Also Blink. And Let's Kill Hitler (sorry!). And The Wedding of River Song (also sorry!).
Point is, I love every episode on this list, and Moffat is one of the few writers where I love almost everything he's done, bar one or two exceptions here or there. He's without a doubt one of the best writers the show has ever had, and one of the best writers working in the industry today.
Happy Birthday Moff! And thanks for all the fish!
5 months ago on Doctor Who TV Readers’ Final Series 8 Episode Ranking
In what way was the arc-resolution in Death in Heaven half-a*sed? It explained everything to do with the actual arc, yes, but series 8 has been for more about the character development and the Doctor and Clara's relationship than anything else, which is something that I feel Death in Heaven resolved perfectly. That last scene when they're lying to eachother basically sums up their relationship and change throughout the entire series...and it's brilliant. Also, condemning an entire episode because it has some dodgy science in a science-fiction show always annoys me. Especially in Doctor Who, where it's more fantasy-fiction than science. I'd rather have good ideas and a good story, with interesting characters and character actions and solid moral dilemma than "Ooh, look at me, I know how it really works! I'm a scientist!!!".
Everyone else is doing it...
1. Listen - 10/10 - Elegantly written and beautifully made, honestly one of my favourite Doctor Who stories ever.
2. Kill the Moon - 10/10 - Doctor Who has never been a show about hard science. It's not Interstellar. Stop acting like it is. This episode is amazing.
3. Dark Water/Death in Heaven - 10/10 - An emotional and brilliant end to the series, wrapping up the character arcs perfectly. Also the Gallifrey scene.
4. Mummy on the Orient Express- 10/10 - Just really good fun to watch, and a great mystery, while still oozing style.
5. Flatline - 10/10 - Intelligent and fascinating, a great monster and a brilliant look into our main characters and how they see each other.
6. The Caretaker - 9/10 - This makes me not only laugh, but feel genuinely happy. A hilariously lovely little episode, I love it to bits.
7. Into the Dalek - 9/10 - The only good Dalek story in the entire Moffat era. And it's a really good one.
8. Deep Breath - 8/10 - A fantastic introductory episode, with enough room to breathe. A very promising start to the series.
9. Robot of Sherwood - 7/10 - Hilarious and entertaining, and while it's not without it's flaws, it's definitely great at what it sets out to do.
10. In the Forest of the Night - 6/10 - I appreciate this for what it tried to do, more than what it actually is.
11. Time Heist - 5/10 - Not bad, but it's definitely not good. An amazing idea, yet again wasted.
So yeah, this series has been pretty darn special as far as I'm concerned.
It's not so much about how frequently the Daleks are used, it's more about whether or not their stories are any good. The Daleks had appeared 3 times in the space of 4 stories from The Day of the Doctor to Into the Dalek, and I loved them in ITD because they actually acted like Daleks.
5 months ago on Moffat: Daleks Are Not A Contractual Obligation
This is definitely one of the most underrated stories in all of New-Who, and while I may be in the relative minority of people who love series 6, I still don't understand where the hate for this finale comes from. The first 15-20 minutes are basically perfect, and the scene atop the pyramid is enough on it's own to make this one of my personal favourites. How on earth did this only score a 7.40/7.45 for finale rating/arc resolution!? The theme of the Doctor being a danger to people and the universe was dealt with beautifully in this episode, and while it doesn't answer every question we had, the conclusion to the death of the Doctor arc was more than satisfying.
5 months ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 6
Never have "Happy Easter" and "Leave some room for a tangerine, Doctor" ever sounded more threatening.
5 months ago on 2014 Christmas Special: Children in Need Clip
Still my favourite ever story, and still just as incredible as it was the first time I watched it.
5 months ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 5
Gomez is actually my favourite, surprisingly. She's just totally insane, and she's probably the first proper human-looking character/monster I've actually been scared by. She's ruthless and mean and cruel, but Gomez makes her more than that. The performance is sublime, and I want her to return very very soon.
5 months ago on Face-Off: New Who Masters
He's honestly one of the best actors ever to play the Doctor. I love him, and I love 12.
5 months, 1 week ago on Poll: Capaldi’s Doctor – Hit or Miss?
@TardisBoy is the Mistress For the record, I'm not saying you're not allowed to have an opinion. Of course you are! I'm just saying that the reasons stated in this review seem like they were taken from a completely different episode, because I feel the exact opposite about basically all of them. We're perfectly entitled to having a positive opinion, just as much as you are entitled to having a negative one!
5 months, 1 week ago on Death in Heaven Review (Part 1)
@Clara Laurinda @Pockydon Maybe I've been seeing a completely different set of episodes to everyone else!?
That would explain Asylum of the Daleks...
I don't mean to sound harsh, but reading this review, it honestly does feel like you've seen a completely different episode to the one I did.
@Mermeht I don't think it's that much of a burning question. He went back to Gallifrey and the Time War, and it turns out Gallifrey wasn't actually destroyed. It's not that hard.
5 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven
10/10 for the story as a whole, there was so much in there that it will definitely take a few more re-watches to appreciate everything. But as of now, this is definitely one of my favourite finales.
MOFFAT ACTUALLY KILLED SOMEONE!
Honestly, as a series finale, that was masterful. The best finale since The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang.
Okay, it's not that good, but I just need some time to breathe because dat ending
MWTV, now that you've seen the entire series, how would you rank it compared to the others? What was your favourite episode?
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Death in Heaven Advance Review
@Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom! They did make a point of him being more human than machine because of how much he upgraded himself. All you really need for a Cyberman is a mind and a body, and Half-Face probably met the requirements for both of those.
The more I hear about this episode, the more mental it sounds. And I like that. I like that a lot.
@TheOncomingFish It was fairly obvious to me that it was just a way of converting the dead into Cybermen, and not the real afterlife, which is slightly disappointing, but oh well.
To answer your questions, yes, the people in the Nethersphere have been/will be converted into Cybermen, so they're all actually dead. And what Seb and Doctor Chang said was true, you do still feel what happens to you, so I assume that person was just feeling themselves getting converted and this was Seb's explanation. Remember, it's a con. They want to convince people that what they're experiencing is the real afterlife.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on BBC Defends Dark Water Complaints
Well, this is difficult.
I've only just started watching American Horror Story and The Walking Dead, but if the first season is anything to go by, both of these shows will be serious competition.
Game of Thrones, however, has easily beat Doctor Who for the past couple of years, and season 4 is arguably my favourite. So this is a very tough vote, because I've loved series 8 of Doctor Who as well.
I've gone for Doctor Who, mainly because I feel like more people will vote for Game of Thrones than Doctor Who.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who Battling Game of Thrones
Numerous spelling errors, sorry about that. Blame Livefyre.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on 2nd Opinion: Dark Water
I had a really good comment written out about this which I spent ages on, but the infuriatingly stupid malformed content crap isn't letting me post it. In a nutshell, I think daming an entire story based on one idea you didn't like seems a bit Mary Whitehouse, and really quite unfair. It's also heavily implied in the episode that the Nethersphere isn't actually the real afterlife, it's just Missy and the Cybermen's new plan to convert all the dead of the human race - the actual afterlife (if there is one at all) is probably nothing like this. Finally, Doctor Who is a science fiction television program which doesn't claim to have any basis in reality, and I think kids are perfectly aware of. I was when I started watching it.
I don't know about Dank Water, but I would've been anticipating Dark Water and obsessing over that teaser far too much. I'm happy he didn't tell us anything though, Moffat's teasing is always disappointing in some way or another.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Poll: The Missy Reveal
I remember before I saw Dark Water I was really hopeful that Missy would turn out to be The Master, because then she could regenerate into Charles Dance at the end of Death in Heaven. Now I'm happy she's The Master because Michelle Gomez is an absolutely fabulous actress and completely owns the role in every way possible.
I'd just like to say this because after reading through some of these comments, I'm getting really annoyed by how over the top some of these reactions are, and also how dismissive others are.
Changing gender, be it a regenerating Time Lord in Doctor Who or having a sex change in real life, is a big deal. Just waving it away and saying "Oh, men and women are equal, it's all perfectly fine, nothing has changed" is a very naive way of looking at it, in my opinion. Yes, ideally men and women would be socially equal, with equal rights and no difference in how they are treated. But that's not the case. I'm sorry, it's just true. Of course we all want equality, and we're definitely the closest to having equality we've ever been, but that doesn't mean for a second that there aren't still issues. Prancing about and pretending that men and women are exactly the same doesn't help anyone.
On the other hand, changing a character's gender is not the end of the world, be it for you or the character. Missy is still The Master. They're still the same person. She's just regenerated and got, in this case, a significantly different incarnation than the last one. Each incarnation of any Time Lord is different, just look at how the Doctor went from being almost completely asexual to snogging every companion. I don't see why it's such a big deal here. Yes, The Master is a she now. Get over it.
@TardisBoy is in Heaven I personally thought the reveal was very well handled, and while I'm not over the moon about The Missy Master snogging Capaldi, the gender swap was still a cool twist I think. The way I see it, they've established that Time Lords can change gender, might as well make use of it to do something cool with an old fan-favourite.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water
@MWTV I remember you saying there were two scenes removed. What was the other one?
I knew the cybermen were in it, but I still shouted "Oh sh*t, they're cybermen!" when they were revealed. Now that's good writing!
That was absolutely stunning, my heart is racing. It's only part one but Moffat has done something pretty darned special here.
Episode rating 10/10, definitely. I predicted Missy's identity (yaay!) and the revelation of what happens when you die was so perfectly handled, easily the most chilling thing Doctor Who has done in absolutely ages. The Cybermen reveal was perfect. Clara was perfect. Everything was amazing, well done Moffat, jesus christ, I cant contain myself.
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.
5 months, 2 weeks 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.
5 months, 2 weeks 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.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on BBC Confirms Hour Long Series 8 Finale