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I really want to see photos of the alternate outfits that were considered. Matt's original planned outfit would have looked good on Jack Sparrow, so they did wisely in letting him choose something himself.
17 hours, 57 minutes ago on Moffat on Capaldi’s “Grey-haired stick-insect” Look
@supermoff @MaraBackman @NumberNine Same here. Douglas was not a prolific writer, but apparently he left quite a bit of unfinished stories that could be adapted as episodes or novels.
3 days, 11 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8
@Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @BobbieBob I'm guessing he means that Capaldi knows what to expect from each writer's style.
@supermoff @MaraBackman @NumberNine Pretty much, in the grand scale of things. I've easily been to much, much, much, much worse places, which is why I limit my commenting to a select few places.
But speaking of Hitchhiker's Guide: I'd wish for some references, either to the content of the franchise or its tone, because the similarities between THGTTG and Series 1 is what made me a fan of Doctor Who.
@supermoff @MaraBackman @NumberNine Most arguments between fans of anything can be summarized thusly: Putting yourself into another person's head and trying to understand their viewpoint on something demands effort, while it's so much easier to just declare them stupid for not sharing the supposed correct opinion.
3 days, 12 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8
@supermoff @MaraBackman @NumberNine I have a theory about that, which would explain all conflicts in the world. There is a limit to how much empathy people are capable of feeling, which they reserve to people or groups that they identify with for one reason or other. People claiming themselves to be open-minded are actually far from it, as opening their minds to one viewpoint causes them to close their minds to something else and makes it impossible for them to understand that viewpoint instead.
@supermoff @MaraBackman @NumberNine True. Personally, I don't care one way or other about how positive people are about something, as long as they allow others to be grumpy and vice versa. It really does not affect me whether someone wants to give 11/10 to surprisingly many things, although the one exception is if I want a recommendation for something.
@supermoff @NumberNine Well, in a way it can be if it's enforced on people who don't entirely share the sentiment. Too much positivity is just as bad as too much negativity, if even mildly expressed dissenting opinions lead to the "shut up and stop watching"-treatment, which has happened frequently here as well.
@supermoff @MaraBackman @The Outer Space K9 He does look very similar to Archie Bunker in that photo, whenever he was reacting to something stupid. I'm also reminded of the meme "Son I am disappoint". My guess is that his reactions could be similar to Eccleston's understated "... Ah..!" whenever he realized he was in trouble.
3 days, 15 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8
@supermoff @The Outer Space K9 I have a feeling that most humourous moments involving this Doctor will be about him snarking with a deadpan face, or having some other understated reaction to something bizarre.
@stargazer0118 @The Outer Space K9 From his comments I get the feeling that he was opposed partly to the flirting and the Doctor's excessive youthfulness by the time it was his turn to take over. He seems to want back the grouchiness of many Classic Doctors, as well as the fighting-man's toughness exhibited by some incarnations, particularly Hartnell and Eccleston.
@Malohkeh @MeglosProductions The problem with discussing quality is that the very notion of quality is subjective when it comes to entertainment. There is really no objective way to argue what counts for a good episode and what doesn't, so one person's gold is another person's s**t.
3 days, 16 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8
@awkward912 @MaraBackman @supermoff @MeglosProductions Well, attacking one episode simply because someone else would not enjoy another episode would be the opposite of harmony.
@supermoff It does have some great visuals and I enjoy the design of the enemies, but the story feels a bit uneven in tone and content. It feels like it tries partly to be a rough draft of Eleven's first season, particularly with Reinette seeming like a demure prototype of Amelia and River. But it also seems like it would want to be a gruesome horror story similar to Bob Holmes' more macabre work, as well as a romantic historical story, but it tries to do too many things at once and feels very meh to me. I guess that it could have benefited from some polishing or by turning it into a two-parter, to properly explore the different elements.
3 days, 17 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8
@supermoff @MaraBackman @MeglosProductions Can't say that I've seen any support outside of fans of Tennant that are more diehard than myself. The Girl in the Fireplace is the only episode of Moffat's from before Series 5 that leaves me utterly cold and unimpressed, even though it does have some potential. Overall I enjoy Series 2 as much as I do because of the varied content that makes it almost seem that there would be more episodes than just 13, as well as some of my favourite one-off stories and my favourite season finale.
@supermoff @MeglosProductions @MaraBackman I guess I'm one of the few people who really likes Series 2 and 3, with the former being one of my favourite seasons overall.
@supermoff @MaraBackman And the Gothic Horror and genre-blending of Bob Holmes ^^
3 days, 18 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8
@supermoff @MaraBackman Same here :) My ideal would be something reminiscent of Series 1-5, as well as a much stronger resemblance to 1970's Who.
@supermoff Overall the feel of Series 6 and 7A was a bit too angsty for my taste and the drama failed to affect me as intended, while the very dark storyline about Amy's pregnancy felt very inappropriate for Doctor Who. It felt to me like the show was getting more distant from its roots by flirting with fans of much more edgy and grim American scifi and shows like Supernatural, while the moments of whimsy frequently felt too over the top which made the entire viewing experience very uneven and frankly uncomfortable. But that is simply because each viewer is wired differently and has different preferences, while the subjective viewing experience causes people to disagree on what stories are closer to proper Who and which writer "gets" the Doctor better.
@TheOncomingStorm If there would be any flirting from Capaldi, then I hope that it would be of a more chaste and understated variety like Pertwee's charming interaction with Liz Shaw.
@supermoff Indeed. Claiming that the show would be close to cancellation would be false, but there have at times during the show's history been trends that will worry many fans about the direction the show is taking. For instance, Series 6 had me seriously worried about what was going to happen to one of my favourite shows, because it seemed at the time to be shifting towards favouring a new demographic that I didn't want to be part of.
@supermoff It was for those of us who didn't like the style of the past three years, so we will enjoy the possibility that the show will again become enjoyable for us as well.
3 days, 19 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8
Finally something from the man himself. And he said the right thing for me at every point, so I feel even more secure in Doctor Who becoming more to my taste again. :)
I wonder if there is any chance of later on getting all of these together, minus Name and Time, once the limited edition is sold out?
6 days, 10 hours ago on Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection DVD & Blu-ray
@YaelMoise @MaraBackman @LucasW I'm fine with it myself. It makes sense to me for him to talk about his past incarnations that way, partly because many people tend to view their past selves in a similar way, especially from different stages of development from childhood to adulthood.
As for getting mowed down, I was not present for any of that. I'm siding with the original poster about ignoring Moffat's comments from now on, because there is not much point in discussing any of it. I'm getting quite tired of this fandom, as both Moffat's most vocal detractors and defendants reflect poorly on him and the entire show.
6 days, 11 hours ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title
@almond_ellis And he himself said it to Craig in The Lodger.
6 days, 12 hours ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title
@LucasW The Doctor does often refer to his prior incarnations almost as if they were separate people, as well as express either annoyance or fondness for some of them. For instance, Two and Three bickered like a pair of siblings while Ten was very fond of Five.
6 days, 13 hours ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title
As long as this means that there won't be any puns involving the number twelve in the show or the promotion, because the puns about eleven grew grating after some time.
@The Finn There are times when I wish that they had kept the limits from the 70's, when the Sonic could only open electronic locks. That meant that the Doctor had to find a different type of lockpick in the past.
1 week, 3 days ago on Doctor Who’s Biggest Deus Ex Machina
I think that one of the easiest solutions to preventing the Sonic (or any other gadget) from becoming an instant plot-solver would be to show the Doctor putting effort into using it. If he just flicks the Sonic almost nonchalantly to solve a problem then it doesn't look too serious, but if he puts a great deal of effort into it and the strain is visible then it works better to establish the seriousness of the situation.
Personally I found the use of the Sonic to be justified in TROA, because they established that the technology in the Pyramid was sonic-based and the Vigil used sonic attacks. It also helped that the Doctor was shown to get tired from the effort to use the Sonic and almost getting beaten by the attacking Vigil, had they not stopped because of Akhaten waking up.
1 week, 4 days ago on Doctor Who’s Biggest Deus Ex Machina
I think that the Sonic is best used as a useful tool for minor hindrances and maintenance. That's why I feel that it would be good for it to be downgraded considerably, with limits to its effectiveness so that it won't be a plot-solver. One way to do this would be to show the doctor using multiple little gadgets for various purposes, as well as often having him MacGyver some ingenious improvised solutions.
@supermoff @MaraBackman @Huknar As long as they don't start making random electronic vocalizations when attacking, like they did in that story.
1 week, 4 days ago on Cybermen Invade London (Again!)
@Huknar The Cybermen are reminiscent of Cold War-era paranoia of communist infiltration so I'd like them to have more pleasant and soothing voices, because that would make them more creepy as they assimilate people "for their own good".
I really like that photo. It reminds me of old art deco-style posters and the Cyberman looks like the Iron Giant when he made his Superman-pose.
@supermoff @MaraBackman Or then they could put him in predicaments similar to what Nine went through, but show how Capaldi would solve them differently. It's a fun thought-experiment to imagine the outcome of various stories with a different Doctor.
1 week, 5 days ago on Will There Be a 10th Anniversary Special for the Revival?
I don't think that an entire special is needed to commemorate the 10th anniversary, for the same reasons as mentioned below. But I would like to see some acknowledgement of it within the show, perhaps in the first episode of Series 9 or through the entire season. For instance, they could deal with ideas that were introduced during Series 1 and show how the Doctor has moved onwards. Or, alternatively, how the universe has moved onwards.
Warning: An off topic rant, based on the comments today. I see that "fan girl" is once again used as a slur, this time it's used against those who would for one reason or other have be against Capaldi's casting, but it's also used to discredit dissenting opinions in so many other occasions as well. Regardless of what it is about each time it's used, I'm really sick of seeing that term used so very often. It is used whenever people wish to belittle others in the wider fandom for not sharing whatever opinions and tastes are deemed to be right, because most of the time fan girl is used as a label to denote a lack of intelligence in whoever can be lumped together with everybody else disagreeing with an implied proper opinion. Apply that to almost any argument within the fandom and sooner or later you'll find a lot of people discrediting any opinion other than their own. The reason I'm so tired of the term is because of the implied misogyny that often goes along with it, which "fan boy" lacks even though it is also used to describe obnoxious behaviour.
For the record: I am not defending the hate against Capaldi or any other Doctor, or refuting the claims that there are fans who prefer their Doctors youthful and "hawt". But I am protesting the casual misogyny that pops up very often in a traditionally male-dominated social group, such as the common geek.
1 week, 5 days ago on Barrowman on Jack’s Future, Capaldi Critics
@Malohkeh To me it's mainly about his charisma, as with Tennant's performance. But it's such a subjective experience, so I understand if neither is everybody's cup of tea.
@The_Eternal_Dalek @MaraBackman @VictorWong1 To be fair, most Capaldi-haters I've seen in various parts of the internet have been male hipster-geeks in their 20's, who are angry that the new Doctor is not someone that they would see as a positive reflection of themselves and their lifestyle, which makes them jump to the conclusion that they won't be able to relate to Capaldi at all. Others I've seen have been young enough to confuse 55 with 85 and are mocking Capaldi because of that.
“And for those critics who sit behind their keyboards and say ‘Capaldi’s
not going to be good…’ Shut up! Because you’ll watch the show anyway.
You go on the journey the Doctor takes you on no matter who is playing
True. Even if someone would not like a new Doctor as much as a previous one, they should at the very least wait until they've seen the new Doctor in action.
@VictorWong1 Most of the anti-Capaldi sentiment seems to be on Facebook and Youtube, from what I've seen.
Changes to the tune does have an effect. Of all renditions of the theme since 2005 I still prefer the first one, but I was okay with the second one and it didn't lessen my enjoyment of Series 4 and the Specials. But Matt's first tune was a contributing factor in my lessened enjoyment of the show, as it sounded too much like annoying Euro-pop for my taste. His second theme was a bit of an improvement, although it was a bit too busy with the various snippets from prior renditions. I'd hope for the next variation of the theme to be a bit slower and more orchestral-sounding, close to McGann's theme in the TV-movie.
1 week, 5 days ago on The Importance of Doctor Who’s Theme Tunes
Very good examples. The War Games in particular manages to keep a tight pacing that makes the story feel so gripping, that you can easily forget how long it actually is. In the best cases the pacing and writing of the old serials is so strong that they manage to create truly complex and multi-layered stories that would be much more difficult to make these days, even as two-parters. That's why I've been thinking for a long time about the possibilities of changing the format at some point, to something closer to the format of the Classic show.
Whenever this subject is discussed, most people seem to be in favour of going for fewer yet longer episodes per season. Personally, I would not want fewer stories at all, partly because the wait between seasons would feel longer. Also, I believe that a larger amount of stories offers more room for variation between stories and a bigger possibility that there might be something to enjoy for viewers of many different tastes. The unrealistic ideal for me would be to go for 22 50-minute episodes per season, as with most Star Treks and Farscape, but it seems very unlikely that would ever happen. So what I feel could work would be a season of twenty 30-minute episodes, organized into two-parters and multi-parters according to each story's need. Between the more demanding multi-parters they could have single "breather-episodes", that could focus on minor threats or character interaction.
1 week, 6 days ago on Are Longer Stories Better? Five Classics
Very different feel to the Eleventh Doctor's trailers, much more edgy and rough with an angrily trippy music. I'm reminded of Eccleston's launch trailer and even though Twelve is not wearing a leather jacket, I do get a feel of a badass leather jacket-mentality from him. I'm so glad to see a Doctor to my liking! :D
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer
@Notsosmartguy sells propane and propaneaccessories @MaraBackman Definitely. I've had an idea about the Doctor investigating an alternate timeline where the level of technology on Earth becomes too advanced for its time, which causes historical conflicts to become much more destructive than they were.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Where Doctor Who Could Improve and How
It would be nice to see a proper return of the pure historicals, in part because it has become predictable that the foes will always be either aliens or time-travelers. There is one great recent exception, The Crimson Horror, which had a villain from that time-period and who managed to create advanced steampunk-technology on her own. That is why I'd really want to see some retro-futuristic scifi, such as steampunk and diesel punk, as well as homages to old-fashioned adventure stories. But seeing a pure historical story seems more likely and I too would want to see the cultures of the past explored, to teach a modern audience about these people with enough cultural relativism to show the merits of these civilizations. For instance, there could again be a story like The Unquiet Dead where they show that the companions and the audience shouldn't judge the people of the past according to modern standards, or make condescending attempts to enlighten them
@DaftDalek @MaraBackman I completely understand if they want to make changes for the benefit of a new audience and the continuity and canon have been lax enough to allow almost anything, but the problem I have is with the timing. Doctor Who at that time was essentially an 80's show that was brought back in the 90's, which means that it would have been subjected to the same kind of treatment as many other properties before it, so that it would be updated into something more fashionable.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on What If… the 8th Doctor Had Had a Full TV Run?
I believe that McGann could have been excellent if his planned seven-year run had become a reality, but there were some strange ideas at the time about what to change in the show to better suit American sensibilities of the time.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Series 8: Deep Breath First Look