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1 hour, 21 minutes ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #10
Ten, definitely. One of the many problems I had with Eleven was that on paper he was too similar to Ten, but because the actor's portrayal wasn't to my liking he didn't work for me.
2 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #8
@supermoff It looks like something from 2000AD and the earliest editions of Warhammer 40K, which fits with the Gallifreyan military looking like the Imperial Guard.
2 days, 20 hours ago on BBC Reveals New Series 9 Monster
I see that there must be some huge fans of 2000AD working on Capaldi's tenure, as was shown with the Skovox Blitzer last year.
Hmm. The War Doctor did make a very strong impression in his mere 60 minutes and is because of the among my favourite portrayals of the character. But I'm going with Twelve, because he was exactly what I needed at a point when I had more or less given up on the show ever being enjoyable for me again. It also helped that Capaldi's performance and character harkens back to the Classic-Doctors, which has made the tone closer to both the thriller-esque Doctor Who of the 1970's and the RTD-era, both of which stand out as my favourite periods of the show's history. Capaldi made a great impression and not only lived up to my hopes, but did even better. That's why I'm voting for Capaldi this time.
3 days, 13 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #7
I'm going with Eccleston, even though it's a very tough match for me. I had a lot of fun with Tennant and I like him slightly better as a character, but Eccleston did such a phenomenally solid season of straight wins. Eccleston is such a helluva tough act to follow, so it's inevitable that my vote goes to him.
3 days, 17 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #6
Happy Birthday to my favourite modern Doctor! :)
6 days, 18 hours ago on Happy Birthday, David Tennant!
I'm going with the War Doctor, as I've already mentioned that I connected far better with him over 60 minutes than with eleven over three years.
6 days, 19 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #5
As with Eccleston earlier, Tennant gets my vote on this one because his tenure is finished and can be viewed in its entirety, while Capaldi's tenure has only just begun. However, Capaldi's future has so much potential that after he's finished he might become my new favourite modern Doctor.
1 week, 1 day ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #4
Nine, without any doubt whatsoever.
1 week, 2 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #3
Ten for me. As much as I like the War Doctor, Ten is still my favourite of the modern Doctors.
1 week, 3 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #2
This doesn't really work, as Eccleston's body of Who-work has already happened and can be analyzed in its complete state, while Capaldi has only just begun his tenure. Thus it's too early to tell. But if I have to choose, then it's Eccleston.
1 week, 4 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #1
@TheRiseOfTheTwelfth @MaraBackman I didn't really dislike Kill the Moon, but I'm using it as an example due to its tonal similarities to most of Matt Smith's tenure, as well as because the dark sci-fi tone was abandoned a bit too quickly. Many people tend to focus on the light-hearted side of Eleven's adventures, particularly when complaing about things becoming too childish, while forgetting how incredibly dark and depressing the show could get at that period. Especially with Series 6 and its horrific story revolving around Amy's pregnancy. I myself didn't dislike Eleven's character and adventures due to excessive whimsiness, but because there was very seldom any middle ground between extreme emotions.
1 week, 5 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Twelfth Doctor
@Typo42 "Magic Carrots" @MaraBackman It's besides the point whether anything worked with Matt or not. The issue is that the tone and content of the episode felt too much like the fairytale-stuff from Matt's tenure and I would prefer that the show moved further away from that.
As I've said before, Series 8 still had some tonal leftovers from Matt Smith's tenure that I didn't really care for and made the season a bit uneven. Episodes like Kill the Moon and Forest of the Night were way too much like Matt Smith-stories for my taste and Clara's leave-or-stay dilemma took up too much space for my liking, made worse that she's had a few fake-outs already and still stayed on.While I think that the character was massively improved from the talking MacGuffin she was in Series 7, I would like a new companion pretty soon.
But besides the leftovers from Series 5-7 I liked the season in its entirety a lot more than anything after Series 4, particularly because I felt that almost everything improved with Capaldi's Doctor. Casting older than 35 was a wise choice, as both Matt Smith and Peter Davison felt for me way too young for the role. Capaldi being an older gentleman helped me connect better with the new Doctor, partly because it is one of the many reasons he feels closer to the Classic Doctors than any of the modern ones.
Overall I very much like Twelve's characterization as a more gritty and crusty Doctor, whose dialogue is laced with acerbic wit (a phrase I really like) while he also hides a lot of compassion. Twelve is also quite alien and with his anger-issues he feels in many ways like Tom Baker's Doctor, if he was constantly hungover and looking for a fight. Sometimes there was too much anger, though, and his repeated antipathy towards soldiers grew old quite quickly. So I'd like to see Twelve mellow out just a tiny fraction, so that his swashbuckling action-hero tendencies might be enhanced to a more Jon Pertwee-ish direction.
In short: There is much to like, but also room for improvement. I'm growing more interested in new writers and somewhere along the
line a new showrunner, so that Capaldi can shine on his own. Currently it's too early to tell, but judging by Series 8 I'm giving 8/10 for now.
@TARDISGUY123 @MaraBackman I hadn't really thought of Time Heist like that, but you do have a point. With some tweaking it could have been even more appropriate for Capaldi with a 70's thriller-atmosphere, but Kill the Moon and Forest of the Night were way too much like the over-emotional stuff from Series 6 and 7 for my taste.
1 week, 5 days ago on Should Series 9 Be Moffat’s Last?
Very tricky. Since I didn't like the general direction of Moffat's first three seasons, Series 8 was in many ways a welcome change to me. But for all my love for Series 8 it still had some tonal leftovers from Matt Smith's tenure that made it a bit uneven. Personally, I enjoyed best the episodes that were closer to Classic Who during Hinchcliffe's era, as well as like more conventional sci-fi. That's why I hope that Series 8 was a stepping-stone towards that type of general feeling for the show, with Series 9 becoming even less like Series 6 + 7 and giving Capaldi more free reign.
1 week, 6 days ago on Should Series 9 Be Moffat’s Last?
10/10. In his brief appearance I considered the War Doctor to be more the Doctor than Eleven felt to me at any point after Series 5. Considering how much I was initially against a secret incarnation, for fear of it stealing Paul McGann's thunder, it's quite impressive how incredibly well Moffat managed to write a Classic-y Doctor and get on my good side again. Moffat managed to make this brand new Doctor feel so familiar as if he'd been a part of the show for a very long time, which worked tremendously thanks to Hurt's performance. In retrospect the War Doctor is a bit of a sneak preview of what has happened with Capaldi's Doctor, with both of them being darkly pragmatic Doctors, except that Hurt was crusty in a more jovial manner and more open with his warmer side.
2 weeks ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the War Doctor
Unfortunately this Doctor was not by cup of tea at all, and I'll leave it at that, but his story and characterization did have some brief moments that I liked a bit. 5/10.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Eleventh Doctor
I gave Christopher Eccleston a 10, as he had an unbelievably solid and nearly flawless run of episodes. While I had more fun with Tennant's doctor, his tenure did have a few stinkers and I wasn't 100% satisfied with everything, but I still give him a very strong 9. As characters I enjoy Nine and Ten equally, but Ten was the more fun one and he has the same outlandish cheeky charm as Tom Baker did, as well as The Grin. The Grin is whenever Ten or Four flash that wall of teeth and you know that things are about to get insanely awesome. :)
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Tenth Doctor
Hah! Good to begin with a realistic choice, as Graham Norton could quite possibly work. After all, there is a sizable portion of the fandom who want an Irish actor in the role.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on 5 Candidates for the 13th Doctor
Of all writers featured in Series 8 I'd say that Mathieson is the one
who closest manages to recreate the feel of a Classic episode from the
1970's, which I consider to be the franchise's golden age. Mummy felt in many ways like an episode featuring Tom Baker, produced by Phillip Hinchcliffe and written by Robert Holmes, except with modern effects and a better budget. Obviously I'd want the entire show to become more like this in tone and style.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on 5 Reasons To Rejoice At Jamie Mathieson’s Return
Ten years is an incredibly long time for any TV-show, especially in today's network climate when most new shows get only a single season. Ever since 1963 the show has pretty much always been on the verge of cancellation, even more so each time the Doctor has regenerated and with each new season following that. Every season of Doctor Who is not just a very lucky break, but short of a miracle. Good work!
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor Who’s Revival: 10 Years On
Both are good in their own way, but my vote goes to Mummy as it feels closer to Classic Who (particularly The Robots of Death from Tom Baker's tenure). Overall I'd hope for the show on average to stick close to a similar Hinchcliffe-ian tone in future episodes.
1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #11
1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #10
Thank you! :) You've summed up why Pertwee is still my favourite Doctor.
3 months ago on Doctor Who In Perspective 1970-1974
Looking at the character-designs, this could be a good look for a potential animated spinoff. A few years ago there was a proposal for a strangely animesque animated series, of which I don't know much beyond the choices in art direction and that was enough to make me glad that it failed. These designs look better, so it could work pretty well.
6 months ago on The Doctor and the Dalek
It's a very tough choice. Both episodes are excellent stories but also very different in style, with Flatline being the less conventional one as it's primarily focused on the companion yet it is only partway a Doctor-lite. I'd say that they are roughly equal, but if I have to choose one of them then I'll pick the one that was slightly more enjoyable for myself. Mummy on the Orient Express hit the right buttons for me, as I'm a sucker for both old-fashioned murder mysteries and classic horror, which this episode delivered in a marvelous way that reminds me of Bob Holmes' episodes.
6 months ago on Face-Off: Mummy vs Flatline
This was another truly remarkable episode from Mathieson. If he'll keep on churning hits like these once per season he might become the next Moffat. :D
6 months ago on 12 Great Moments From Flatline
I never thought I'd see the show pull the classic "hammer space"-gag so literally xD
6 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
@Ivegotkidneys in 3.14159265358979D It would be cool if there was a nightmare-sequence of a huge reddish wall with creepy effeminate eyes threatening someone.
6 months, 1 week ago on The Complete Eighth Series DVD Extras
Compared to the multiple stripped-down releases for Series 7 this is an improvement, as I like myself a good making-of and extra stuff such as the documentaries with Davison. But even without the extra material I'd buy the DVD for this season, because it's been the most consistently enjoyable season since Series 4 and thus the first I'll put my money on after the boxes Series 1-4 and the Specials. :)
@Master Michael Moon Yeah, during Series 7 I would have agreed with her being too influential due to both her mystery and then having retroactively affected every incarnation of the Doctor, which rubbed me the wrong way in the same way as River Song did. However, Series 8 has wisely avoided too many references to the previous season and thus Deep Breath felt like a fresh start for her, so I can ignore everything I disliked about her character and role back then. That is why Clara is to me a typical companion now, as she hasn't really been any more influential than the other companions since 2005. I'd say that Rose, Martha, Donna, Amy and Clara have all done roughly just as much to influence and help their respective Doctors.
6 months, 1 week ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’
Ooh, nice! Doctor Who: The Ultimate Time Lord is an excellent documentary.
@supermoff is now in 2D! @LGwalchmai95 Very Galadriel-y.
6 months, 1 week ago on Piper Praises Capaldi, Unsure on Another Return
@sontaran17 @MaraBackman Same here. I'd want the next companion to be someone similar to Lynda "with a Y": A regular girl off the street who is seemingly unremarkable and mystery-free, but can still be a worthy follower.
Hypothetically speaking, if it had been Capaldi's Doctor who starred in Series 1 then I guess that the dynamic between Rose and the Doctor would have been closer to McCoy and Ace.
@ Notsosmartguy likes watching "Clara Who" @MaraBackman True dat.
6 months, 1 week ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote
@ Notsosmartguy likes watching "Clara Who" @MaraBackman @Scootersfood has 66 Seconds to live... Alright. But that typical reaction is still understandable if there is nothing in-story to prepare humanity for a first encounter with a non-human civilization. After this many millennia we can make realistic assumptions about other human cultures than whichever we happen to belong to, even if we'd have first contact with an "undiscovered" tribe somewhere, because we are all the same species. But an organism different to our own and exhibiting sentience? That is something we are completely unprepared for because we can't imagine a different mentality to what we are used to expect from other humans, which makes the situation unpredictable in the worst manner possible. It's also enough to shatter the world-view of many people, as 18th century enlightenment and subsequent materialist world-views have made the mainstream culture less open to the idea that there might be other intelligent life in the universe than humanity. My guess is that a person from centuries ago would have been much better at coping with first contact than modern humans are, because beings such as angels and various creatures from folklore used to be an accepted fact of life rather than derided as superstition.
@ Notsosmartguy likes watching "Clara Who" @MaraBackman Which is something I'm a bit disappointed we didn't get to see. Although, the newest episode did make a point about there being a long break which had softened the edge of her anger, as well as her becoming addicted to traveling in the Tardis.
@ Notsosmartguy likes watching "Clara Who" @MaraBackman Yeah, but I think a part of her is even more furious at the thought that it seemingly wasn't a gamble at all. From the Doctor's viewpoint it was probably guaranteed that she'd make the choice he considered to be the correct one because he has faith in her, while from her viewpoint she felt like he views her as a predictable and well-trained pet.
@ Notsosmartguy likes watching "Clara Who" @MaraBackman @Scootersfood has 66 Seconds to live... I'm a bit confused here. Could you give me areal-world example of what you're talking about, or are you talking about the average result of humanity encountering extra-terrestrials in fiction?
@ Notsosmartguy likes watching "Clara Who" @MaraBackman Yes, but you could also argue that the only difference between him pushing the button and Clara doing it is that he seemingly puts the responsibility on someone else, so that he won't be accused of acting on his god complex. That is one big reason to why Clara was so upset at the Doctor: In her eyes he had reduced her to a tool or a pawn and she was angry at herself for being so predictable to him.
@ Notsosmartguy likes watching "Clara Who" I think people would have seen it as him being much more disrespectful of humanity that way. Clara being a human, so the impact of someone going against the choice of humanity and making the decision for them is lessened somewhat. If the Doctor had done it then he could have come across like a god lording over humanity and taking away free will from them.
The new Cybermen are slowly growing on me. I just hope that they get less growl-y voices when they return.
6 months, 1 week ago on DWM #479: Heaven or Hell?
@ Notsosmartguy likes watching "Clara Who" @Scootersfood has 66 Seconds to live... Which is not an unreasonable reaction when there is something potentially dangerous around that could harm everybody's children.
@Scootersfood has 66 Seconds to live... I think it might be due to many voters not trying hard enough to put themselves into the situation at hand. Going by what was said in the episode about tidal waves and the huge lightless spots on the Earth, I'd guess that it was so bad that quite a few people would not be living in their own homes anymore, but in shelters of some kind where they might not have access to television. But let's suppose that most people can still be in their homes and they still have televisions or computers in working order, so that Clara's message can reach the majority of humanity. I seriously doubt that people would have taken the message seriously, but rather have seen her as an attention-seeking hacker who might be a deluded hippie who decided to lecture people on environmentalism at the worst possible moment, or then that she was just mocking everybody for the hell they had already been through. But let's assume again that the message reaches people and everybody believes her about the big moon-sized creature about to hatch. I'm positive that basic survival instinct would kick in and people would decide to turn their lights off, because even if the debris of the egg-shell wouldn't be a danger then there would be the very real worry that the moon-sized draconic eldritch abomination might get hungry. "It's either us or it", which is how I believe people would react to something like that if they would at all bother to take the crazy lady seriously, if they can even hear her.
@Clara Laurinda @Mikeyboss182 Yup. Very probably foreshadowing to her future exit hapening fairly soon, because otherwise the scene would have played out completely differently.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on 12 Great Moments From Mummy on the Orient Express
@BazHood @MaraBackman @DocWhoLocked Yeah, there is a bit so far. But to be honest I had originally hoped for him to have been much closer to Pertwee, but character development over this and following seasons might lead to more of it. :)
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Review
@Mark McCullough It's an Illuminati conspiracy!