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The robot's face looks similar to the Sandminer-robots in Robots of Death, which is yet another thing that makes the current season feel so Classic-y. :)
8 hours, 33 minutes ago on Robot of Sherwood Pics
@Favonian Squall If I was reminded of having worn something like that when I was younger, then I'd be miffed too.
21 hours, 17 minutes ago on Your Verdict on Deep Breath
@ Notsosmartguy @MaraBackman Let's assume that each of them tells us something about the Doctor, in the way that the Doctor and the Daleks have more in common than he'd care to admit. The entire monologue about the Half-Face Man stuffing lots of humanity into himself was also a commentary on the Doctor's experiences shaping his existence, so we might expect all of these robots to mirror something about the Doctor.
21 hours, 28 minutes ago on Your Verdict on Deep Breath
@ Notsosmartguy And other mechanical beings, such as Daleks and Cybermen which count as cyborgs.
21 hours, 33 minutes ago on Your Verdict on Deep Breath
@ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey @Moxx Mr Asimov would agree with that quite a bit. If the robot's computer-brain has become altered so much that it can have delusions of humanity, that don't fit its original programming, then it is at least very close to some manner of sapience. Even if it wasn't counted as murder, but letting the poor thing out of its misery, the Doctor still has enough blood on his hands to be a mass murderer.
22 hours, 32 minutes ago on Your Verdict on Deep Breath
@supermoff of Sherwood @MaraBackman Kinda, but it's very difficult to do so as they went about it very differently with different agendas in each episode. Matt's character was properly introduced in that we got to know what type of personality he has and what type of quirks he would exhibit throughout his run, while Capaldi is still very reserved and we'll apparently get to know him only once we've watched most of the season. We don't even know yet how much of his behaviour in Deep Breath was actually him and not just a temporary quirk of the regeneration trauma.
22 hours, 44 minutes ago on Your Verdict on Deep Breath
I'd say that they are as equal as it gets, with personal preference playing a huge role in which one is considered the better one. But the main problem with comparing the two is that each episode belongs to a different genre. They're like Alien and Aliens: One is a slow-moving creepy horror movie and the other one is a fast-paced action adventure.
23 hours, 6 minutes ago on Your Verdict on Deep Breath
@LucasW I thought that it fit with how reserved and distant this incarnation is compared to his predecessor.
23 hours, 16 minutes ago on Your Verdict on Deep Breath
@JohnHurtDoctor @MaraBackman Depending on how she's handled, it could work. I am skeptical by default, but I'm willing to see if the character works better than most children in fiction.
23 hours, 17 minutes ago on A Study of Pink: Danny Speculation
Compared to polls from the past three years the votes were distributed more widely, rather than a clear majority voting for 9 or 10. My guess is that it is because so many in the current fanbase became fans during Matt's tenure and are used to style of his tenure, while the style of Capaldi's tenure has so far been much closer to the preceding RTD-era with elements reminiscent of Pertwee's and Tom's tenures. After getting used to the defining qualities of Matt's Doctor and stories, it is understandable if many are still on the fence.
23 hours, 20 minutes ago on Your Verdict on Deep Breath
She's also apparently Danny's sister, with whom they'll travel in a future episode.
1 day, 5 hours ago on A Study of Pink: Danny Speculation
I like the title. It sounds like a play in the same vein as The Death of a Salesman.
1 day, 5 hours ago on Time Trips: The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Time Traveller
That screenshot of Capaldi makes him look remarkably similar to Hartnell.
1 day, 5 hours ago on Interview: Billy Hanshaw on Series 8′s Title Sequence
@ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey To be honest I didn't know what to expect with him, because I had no point of reference other than a photo. So I went to my default state of being a bit worried that he might be cocky and unlikeable, or that he'd in a worse case be very bland and uninteresting.
1 day, 19 hours ago on A Study of Pink: Danny Speculation
@cyberbrayde Now that you mention it, yeah. She's could be a bit like a younger Ace.
@supermoff @MaraBackman The Doctor is very dishonest with himself, because he has many times shown himself to be good as both a lone warrior and as a leader of warfare, but he refuses to admit it. If Danny does become a loyal soldier of the Doctor's and dies while saving both him and Clara during some crisis, then it would be understandable for the Doctor to take charge of the situation. Preferably with a saber in hand, surrounded by 17th century Highlanders.
"Men of Scotland! Do you want to live forever?!"
1 day, 21 hours ago on A Study of Pink: Danny Speculation
@supermoff @MaraBackman I can imagine Danny's possible death making the Doctor embrace his role as a military leader, which he has a natural affinity to.
I think that the Doctor will at first try to enforce a "no soldiers
and/or boyfriends"-policy on the TARDIS, similar to how Eccleston didn't want things to get "domestic". But he'll soon relent
and let Danny join them and could see the merit in his company. They could even bond over their similar backgrounds as soldiers and for suffering from PTSD.
@supermoff @MaraBackman @Jaylcookie Definitely. That's why I'd be okay with more cheap-looking effects, as long as they can make it work within its context.
1 day, 23 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From Into the Dalek
@supermoff @Jaylcookie Yup, plus that Doctor Who is one of those shows where the effects don't have to look convincing.
@Jaylcookie Not that I would have noticed anything of lesser quality, or been bothered by it, but it's not an anniversary year anymore so they most likely won't go full-on Hollywood very much. That said, I've found the effects to have still been excellent for a TV-show, in both episodes.
@Christoph1337 @MaraBackman The Doctor is still a damaged war veteran, regardless of how visible that part of his personality might be in different incarnations. Ten and Eleven were trying to run away from their past as a warrior, while Nine had been more open about his pain and anger. Twelve doesn't seem to be over it, but he does seem to be more comfortable with his past.
2 days, 3 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From Into the Dalek
I took the Doctor's refusal to bring
along Journey to be an example of his previously expressed wish to not repeat his prior
mistakes. He has in previous incarnations managed to weaponize some of his companions and even created an army out of them and other people he has met over the centuries, which quite understandably seems to trouble him a lot. We've seen multiple times that despite the Doctor's expressed skeptical attitude towards military hierarchy he is a natural leader and very good at organizing his followers into crack-team commandos, even when they comprise several different time-displaced cultures and species. That is why I believe that he rejected Journey Blue, because she would have been too easily turned into a warrior loyal to him.
As for Danny being an ex-soldier, I think that the Doctor would at first try to enforce a "no soldiers and/or boyfriends"-policy on the TARDIS, but he might pretty soon relent and let Danny join them. They could even bond over their mutual experiences of warfare and suffering from PTSD, as the Doctor has done through all modern incarnations so far.
2 days, 4 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From Into the Dalek
@GRANDMARSHALL Easy with the all-caps there. Am I correct in assuming that you're referring to lines like "Men are monkeys" and such? I can't honestly say that I would have been offended by such things or believe that the show would have shifted gears to become excessively misandric all of a sudden, because such talk sounds like something the men's liberation movement would rant about. o.O
2 days, 7 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek
@TheDreamer My guess is that "Missy" is the Black Guardian or some other seemingly supernatural entity that the Doctor has foiled in the past.
2 days, 8 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek
@JamesSkippins The Doctor has always been skeptical of the military and always shown some measure of distrust for soldiers, until he's met ones that have earned his respect. I personally took the doctor's refusal to bring along Journey to be an example of him not wanting to repeat his prior mistakes, in this case creating an army out of companions.
@Moreroundthings I'd say that there is a slowly emerging set of standards, caused partly by the veterans of the internet becoming fed up with the ever-increasing traffic and the problems that come with it. Speaking as someone old enough to have become acquainted with the internet back in the days of dial-up, those in my age-group had to gradually learn how to maneuver the webways and how to interact properly, which worked somewhat because we were fewer and older than the very big group that discovered the internet when it had already become more commonplace. I shudder at the thought of how many children have access to the internet and social media without any adult supervision, because it is akin to teaching someone how to swim by throwing them into the ocean from a boat. That is why I won't allow any of my kids to surf alone until I've taught them caution and etiquette, or until they are old enough to leave my house.
@ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey @Moreroundthings That's why proper professional critics have rules that they should follow, because you must be able to justify an opinion beyond "it's gr8" or "it sux". The same standards should also be applied to regular internet interaction, which is why I'd make classes in internet use mandatory for schools.
Then we have the question of when criticism can be considered unfair or not. The only absolute rule for that which I can think of right now is when the critique mentions something irrelevant to the thing being criticized, like the creator's private habits and political views. For instance, Roman Polanski is a damn good filmmaker and his crimes are irrelevant when describing his work, while on the flipside his damn good filmmaking does not excuse him for the crime he committed. Because each experience of a work of art is subjective people tend to experience it according to however their brains are wired, as well as what their taste and preference is like. That's why I try to accept the relevance of even minor complaints or complaints that I have severe difficulty relating to. But it's very easy to fall in the trap of equating all criticism to mindless bashing of whatever it is that I like.
One of the problems is that there is so much passion involved in any given fandom and people tend to view something they enjoy as an extension of themselves, which means that criticism of the thing they like becomes in their mind criticism of themselves. Most people can't handle criticism very well and will feel at least a tad offended when someone tells them that their work is less than ideal, which also applies to their preferred form of entertainment. That's why we get flame wars so easily even when no intended trolling is involved.
2 days, 9 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek
@ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey @MaraBackman @Epicity *Shrugs* Even if there would be a difference, do you have the right to make the distinction of whether someone's grievance is valid or not? Because that type of thinking and division of criticism into being valid or not means that people won't accept criticism if it doesn't match with their own opinion at all, which makes it very difficult for people of different opinions to see eye to eye.
@ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey @Epicity It's just a pity that people can't always handle the dissenters' opinions very well. Even if someone would have a complaint about something very minor, like a certain character saying a line in a trailer, it's still never okay for a few dozen people to jump on them.
@Epicity Since people started to give the controversial opinions so much attention.
@Planet of the Deaf If this was a different type of show, then they might subvert that particular characteristic by making her more like Cameron on House, meaning that she's drawn to "broken things".
@SamFuller1 It would make sense, with Tennant's comment in Time Crash about the younger Doctors being pompous and trying to come across as very important.
Connor, just let us complain if we want to. Many of us don't like the sound of the man's voice, particularly as he sounds like the people who always interrupt end credits of tv-shows by yammering on insipidly, like a second-rate radio host. You like him? Fine. But don't use such a high-and-mighty tone to belittle the opinions of people who don't like something. That is just as much a reason for the fandom not getting along as the negativity you yourself are combating.
2 days, 10 hours ago on Doctor Who Extra: Into the Dalek
The narrator's forced enthusiasm is quite grating. He sounds like a reluctant kid's show host who hates children, like a more smooth-sounding Krusty the Klown.
2 days, 19 hours ago on Doctor Who Extra: Into the Dalek
@GallifreyanPiemaker @MaraBackman Oh yes, I tend to be very vocal in my grumbling and whining. :P
All the news and hints from the past six or so months have been very promising, to the point of feeling almost fine tuned to my personal wishes, but I've tried to curb my enthusiasm as much as possible for fear of disappointment. So far the new season has managed to hit the right buttons for me and made Doctor Who my favourite show again, because it feels both the same as when I fell in love with it and also renewed. They'll have to screw up royally for me to not like what's going on. :)
2 days, 20 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek
This was another great episode for several reasons, one being Capaldi's Doctor shaping up to be a delightfully grumpy incarnation, with a nasty sense of humour that feels like Tennant with a bad hangover. I also very much like the scifi-elements becoming more pronounced than in previous years and the episode gets even more love for being the first Dalek-episode I've enjoyed in years. If Series 8 keeps going on this way, then Capaldi's tenure will be like an ideal combination of the things I loved about 70's Who and the RTD-era. :D
@ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey @MaraBackman I'm more curious to see if there will be some truth to the fairytales that the Master got the name from, if these entities are what the Doctor might be afraid of.
3 days, 22 hours ago on Listen BBC Synopsis
@MeglosProductions After Deep Breath I'm more and more convinced that the entire season will be to my liking. I have a strong feeling of familiarity to the RTD-era, but without it being too similar and still being its own thing.
Hmm. I wonder if there might be something relating to the stories about the Toclafane from the Doctor's childhood? There is also room for exploring other things that still exist at the end of the universe, as well as the cryptic description of what happens afterwards.
4 days ago on Listen BBC Synopsis
@RoastNewt Ditto. The only thing I'd change would be to tweak the theme into a lower pitch, to give the clockwork a similar sound to the theme for the Terminator and the Isengard-leitmotif, so that it would sound more sinister.
4 days, 7 hours ago on Examining Series 8′s New Title Sequence
I still find it very strange that the show has so very rarely used any clockwork-motifs, even though it is primarily about time-travel. Besides the new title sequence the motif has been used most of all in the proposed cartoon by Nelvana back in the 80's.
Many have already mentioned how they feel unsure about who the new Doctor is,at least as much as he himself was during the episode. There was an excellent article on DoG about how the episode handles the identity of the Doctor: denofgeek.com/tv/doctor-who/31836/doctor-who-deep-breath-identity-and-furious-mirrors
5 days ago on Face-Off: The Eleventh Hour vs Deep Breath
@Ivegotkidneys is in a Dalek Capaldi's is sharper and looks like it could be used as a weapon.
5 days, 1 hour ago on Face-Off: The Eleventh Hour vs Deep Breath
Deep Breath does have an unfair advantage in that it is more recent and feels more fresh, because it is yet to be affected by the episodes following it. Both are excellent openers for their respective Doctor's tenure and great episodes overall, but my vote goes to Deep Breath because I prefer Capaldi's take on the Doctor and I like the slow creepy atmosphere better.
@Master Michael Moon If "Missy" is who I suspect her to be, then Half-Face's return is very possible.
5 days, 6 hours ago on Ferdinando on the Possible Return of Half-Face
Being a tragic villain that could be pitied, the Half-Face Man does have potential to be redeemed in the future and could become an ally of the Doctor.
5 days, 7 hours ago on Ferdinando on the Possible Return of Half-Face
His hair has grown out quite a bit after the first promo-shot. He's starting to look more and more like a punk-rocker Pertwee :)
1 week, 4 days ago on Doctor Who Crash Lands in Parliament Square
@ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey @MaraBackman @JamesStroud No need to. He'll probably find out about it sooner or later ;)
1 week, 4 days ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Partners in Crime