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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.
4 days, 17 hours 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...
5 days, 7 hours 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.
1 week, 6 days 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 weeks, 3 days 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 weeks, 4 days 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 weeks, 5 days 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 weeks, 3 days 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 weeks, 6 days 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!
1 month 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!
1 month, 1 week 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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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!
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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'.
1 month, 3 weeks 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!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on McGann Signed Petition for 8th Doctor Spin-off
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Dear Whovians…
Loving the leaked Capaldi intro. The BBC really pulled out all the stops this time!
2 months 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
2 months 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.
2 months ago on On First View: The Caves of Androzani
*all people can do is moan
2 months 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.
2 months 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.
To be honest, I find the majority of series 7 pretty boring. That's not to say there aren't some good episodes (Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, Hide, The Crimson Horror and The Name of the Doctor all filled me with absolute glee when I first saw them), but those good episodes can't excuse the absolute disasters (Asylum of the Daleks, Cold War and Journey to the Center of the TARDIS). Of course, this is just my personal opinion, but I really did feel let down by some of the stories.
The Blockbuster of the Week format didn't help either, as there were plenty of ideas that were too big for a 45 minute episode, and needed a second part. When I think of series 7, I think of a bunch of amazing ideas that were just wasted by one thing or another.
Then again, maybe it's just that my expectations were far too high. In the 50th anniversary year, I expected the best run of episodes we'd ever had, and we really didn't get that. So I can't fault it too much for my own mistake of getting my hopes up. And I completely agree with what you said about Moffat, The Day of the Doctor and The Time of the Doctor. Moffat is my favourite Doctor Who writer, and those are two of my favourite episodes. It's just such a shame that the series itself was so...meh.
2 months, 1 week ago on Why I Love… Series 7
I'm actually inclined to agree with you on this one. People just don't seem to understand the concept of a teaser trailer. It's not meant to be big and epic - it's meant to tease!
2 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Confirmed for August, First Teaser Trailer
Sorry, just gawping at how awesome Peter Capaldi looks. I can't wait!
It is possible to like more than one show at the same time...
2 months, 2 weeks ago on 2014 BAFTA Television Awards: Day Triumphs!
That's a good point, the only way of watching Breaking Bad was through box sets or Netflix. I think it's a real testament to the show that it got this popular through word of mouth.
From John Hurt to Howard's custard. Lovely transition!
Good god, Breaking Bad vs Doctor Who. I want to say Doctor Who out of principle, it being the 50th anniversary and all, but series 7 part 2 was just a bit meh IMO. Whereas Breaking Bad was one of the best series of television I have ever seen. The final 3 episodes, Ozymandias, Granite State and Felina, just blew everything Doctor Who had to offer completely out of the water.
Great article! I agree with most of these, but I must disagree with number 2.
The Vashta Nerada was, in my opinion, only intended as a one off villain. They worked because we were in their forest, and as The Doctor said in the episode, they've never manifested in such a massive way anywhere before. Of course, that doesn't mean it couldn't happen, but perhaps the reason why the haven't been misused yet was because they were a one off.
But having The Beast as a primary series antagonist would be a fantastic idea! What better enemy than the Devil himself? Although, the Beast from TIM and TSP is technically dead. Just saying. XD
3 months, 1 week ago on 5 New Who Monsters in Need of a Return
Always good to see some fresh blood writing for the show!
3 months, 1 week ago on Peter Harness Writing for Series 8?
If you take away the Doctor/TARDIS relationship you wouldn't have a story at all, but you can't call that a flaw. If you took away the Silence occupying earth you wouldn't have a Day of the Moon, but that doesn't make it a bad episode. Heck, if you took away the Doctor/TARDIS relationship you wouldn't even have a show in the first place.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Dream Run (Episodes 1-8)
That would've defeated the point of the episode. The whole thing was about deciding which one was real and which one was fake - if the village was too insane then it would have been obvious which was which. The episode was about Amy choosing Rory over the Doctor, and realising that the man who died for her is worth it far more than the man who made her wait. It was a beautifully executed character piece, and while I do love AGMGTW, Amy's Choice is easily the better episode.
Blimey, that's gonna be an interesting result. That's probably the most impressive group of episodes in this poll, with The Girl Who Waited, Vincent and the Doctor and The Doctor Dances also taking the slot.
Don't forget Midnight!
I'm quite happy with these results, only episodes 1 and 3 were what I actually voted for, but the rest are still very good and worthy of a win.
Okay, this is getting hilarious! David Tennant's birthday is the day after David Bradley's birthday, who just so happens to share a first name, which closely follows his father in laws birthday, which is then followed by the current Doctor's birthday who also shares a name. Cool!
Anyway, happy birthday David Tennant, one of my favourite Doctors!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Happy Birthday, David Tennant!
Happy Birthday David Bradley, you did the Whoniverse proud!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Celebrating David Bradley