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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 hour, 49 minutes 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 ;)
6 hours, 7 minutes ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Partners in Crime
@ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey @JamesStroud Here's a pitch for a story: Small vermin come aboard the Tardis, causing much damage to the circuitry and the Tardis crashes into a spaceship on an important diplomatic mission. The creatures run amok in the style of the Gremlins and start to mutate due to the temporal energy at play.
15 hours, 2 minutes ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Partners in Crime
Ah, the video works again! Quite lovely :)
15 hours, 25 minutes ago on Capaldi on Coleman Leaving Rumours
This is among my favourite episodes, because it made my 1# team-up in the TARDIS a reality. Donna is still my favourite companion and every moment in Series 4 between Tennant and Tate is magic. :)
16 hours, 14 minutes ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Partners in Crime
@Oodkind @ilyootha is back in home Universe Could be pretty much aything even if Clara isn't physically there, such as a flashback or a pre-recorded Christmas message. If Clara actually leaves after the finale for Series 8 then I'd prefer if it's the latter, after a voluntary exit.
18 hours, 9 minutes ago on Capaldi on Coleman Leaving Rumours
The plot thickens...
18 hours, 11 minutes ago on Capaldi on Coleman Leaving Rumours
@Ottoman14 It also makes the "Everybody lives"-moments so much more precious. :)
18 hours, 50 minutes ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”
@supermoff @MaraBackman It seems likely that it might be happening, considering what has been implied. But it also gives me further reason to paranoia, as I suggested such a development already two years ago. :P
18 hours, 59 minutes ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”
I wonder, could it be that there will be much loss of life because of the Doctor screwing up? I haven't read a single synopsis or spoiler, so I don't want to be corrected on this, but I have a theory concerning the coming dark times. I have a feeling that the new Doctor will screw up somehow, or then he will find out about the consequences of his predecessor's mistakes, which causes him to become more openly ruthless and destructive. This would then backfire spectacularly around the halfway-point of the season, after which he would strive to correct his new mistakes and might try to soften a bit.
19 hours, 4 minutes ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”
@Oodkind "I hate Moffat; he always kills my favorite characters. I'm still mad about what he did to Rose."
Bwa ha ha haa! xD
20 hours, 9 minutes ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”
@Ottoman14 I feel really sorry for whoever takes over after Moffat, because s/he will be compared to both predecessors and have diehard fans of both scrutinizing their every move. It might be best if the successor is someone relatively unknown, who doesn't have any previous hype to live up to, so that their contribution will be what matters. It could also be interesting if the next showrunner won't be working as headwriter, but more in a position of producer and script editor like in the days of Letts and Dicks or Hinchcliffe and Holmes.
20 hours, 11 minutes ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”
@RoastNewt @Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! It could be interesting if Moffat's successor was someone whom the fandom is less acquainted with, so that we'll be in for surprises.
20 hours, 21 minutes ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”
@ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey @MaraBackman @stargazer0118 @supermoff @Exalos You never know. I'm just wondering whether we'll see any tension between Clara and her father's new missus, which would be understandable. If her family life will be featured then I have a feeling that Clara's eventual exit might be voluntary, because of her wanting to stay with her family.
20 hours, 23 minutes ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”
We won't know until we've seen it.
20 hours, 34 minutes ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”
@ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey @MaraBackman @stargazer0118 @supermoff @Exalos I agree. The addition of family life helped show that the companions don't exist in a vacuum and that their absence affects their surroundings. I missed that and wish that we could have seen more of Amy and Rory's family, perhaps even that Brian had been introduced much sooner. But I have a feeling that this aspect will return now that Clara's family was included and that she seems to be dating.
20 hours, 35 minutes ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”
20 hours, 41 minutes ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”
@supermoff @MaraBackman And again we will disagree on which side is the worse one, based on personal experience.
20 hours, 46 minutes ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”
@stargazer0118 @supermoff @Exalos Indeed. He got a lot of s**t for having a "gay agenda" and for doing things different from his predecessors, but that goes with the job.
20 hours, 53 minutes ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”
Not from where I'm standing. Whatever others might do first or afterwards does not justify a similar response. It irks me quite a bit the way many fans of Moffat tend to behave like absolute bullies whenever there is even slight criticism and gang up on people, after which there will be much moaning to justify such behaviour as if they were occupying the moral high-ground. The repeated whining about people being whiny doesn't make things any better and defending Moffat or anybody else in the show just has the opposite effect.
20 hours, 54 minutes ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”
@Exalos I'd put most of the blame on his more over-zealous fans, who reflect poorly on him and make people less willing to accept him.
21 hours, 4 minutes ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”
It's ultimately a matter of balance whether something works or not. For
instance, the issue of darkness contra lightness is the same as the
differences in structure between Series 6 and 7. Many fans who didn't
like the strong overarching storyline of 6 didn't like the
blockbuster-format of 7 either, which has to do with how it was handled.
There has been quite a lot of bashing of the criticism leveled at the
structure of Series 7, because people were supposedly ungrateful even
after they were given "what they asked for", which is a gross
oversimplification of the matter at hand. It's going to be the same with any added darkness, as people will have different opinions about what is well-balanced an what is not.
21 hours, 25 minutes ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”
@stargazer0118 @MaraBackman Which is wise of him, so that he gets varied feedback from others than just those who enjoy his stories 100%. It's also very reassuring to see such an adult reaction to criticism, compared to how some other creators tend to childishly lash out at "blind hate". Although I have to admit that I'm a bit weirded out by how many points seem to answer my own complaints about Matt's tenure and what I wanted to see changed.
22 hours, 10 minutes ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”
@ClassicWhovian It would in particular raise the stakes of various adventures if we saw regular people dying more often, even if it's just in the background. While I don't think that they should kill people all the time, as it could desensitize the audience, I still think that there should be more meaningful deaths that stick. I'm still miffed by the cop-out in Name and the even worse one dealing with Strax' return, so I hope to see much less of that.
22 hours, 18 minutes ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”
Mr Moffat, I have a question: Have you by any chance been reading through my comments from all over the internet from the past three years? Because most of the implied changes in Series 8 seem to be from my personal wish-list. I would like to thank you in advance for the effort.
23 hours, 25 minutes ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”
Nice to see the clockwork-motif worked into the cover. It's rather strange how little it's been used over the decades, when comparing to how commonplace it is in stories about time-travel.
4 days, 1 hour ago on Radio Times: Series 8 Cover
@The_Eternal_Dalek @MaraBackman But hardly enough to call her one of the longest-standing, when you consider the likes of Sarah Jane, Tegan, Nyssa, Amy, the Brigadier and a select few others who were in the show for three years or more.
5 days ago on Jenna Coleman Leaving at Christmas?
@Strontium Can't say that I would be too bothered either, at least not the way things were left at the end of Series 7. But there is a possibility that a changed dynamic and some development might make the character endearing for me as well.
"One of the longest-standing companions ever"?
Not really, if she leaves after just one and a half seasons.
5 days, 1 hour ago on Jenna Coleman Leaving at Christmas?
So this is the real deal now? Awesome! I really enjoy the clockwork-theme going through it and I have hoped for something like this for a long time. I'm pleased if the rendition of the theme also sounds like this, because it is closer to the Series 1-3 rendition, which is still my favourite.
6 days, 19 hours ago on The Series 8 Title Sequence
@VictorWong1 It's the same fear that Moffat described from the time when Tennant left and one of the reasons poor Colin got sacked.
1 week ago on Capaldi Unclear on Series 9 Return
@parrot999 If I remember correctly, the Sisterhood are Gallifreyans who rejected a Time Lord-ruled civilization, but still retain much of the same culture.
1 week, 1 day ago on Series 8 “Faces” Deep Breath BBC Radio Trailer
@The Finn @MaraBackman I interpreted the line as a question whether someone could have chosen this particular face for him, as well as his previous faces.
Perhaps he's just traumatized after such a long pause in regenerating into a mature face? He's perhaps grown used to looking youthful, even if Eleven did get wrinkly over time.
@Antee991166 My guess is that this sound clip is from the part where he still thinks he's Eleven and acts like he would have.
Hmm. Seems that he's aware that the face came from someone he's met before.
@robohappy @MaraBackman Then Colin and McGann would most likely still be considered to be the "bad ones" among all the Doctors.
1 week, 2 days ago on In Defense of Colin Baker
Overall I like Colin's Doctor, especially the moments when he's allowed to shine and show that Sixie is among the most compassionate Doctors under the surface. Whenever there were bad decisions during his tenure, I put no blame on him but on the show being in such a desperate situation at the time. Thankfully his work for Big Finish has improved his reputation substantially.
Hypothetically speaking: If Caecilius turned out to actually be the Doctor "undercover", because he decided to turn himself into a human and have a family in Pompeii (from which Frobisher is probably descended), then why? Will Twelve decide to lay low in Roman times due to something in the future that requires his absence, and will he by either design or accident end up as the person he met as Ten? Is it to keep the timeline intact or something else?
Personally, I'd prefer if they just go with a simple explanation comparable to my own theory for why Five regenerated into a man similar to Maxil, that the Doctor's regeneration is affected by subconscious desires and fears. If Five wanted to become stronger and more assertive to better protect his loved ones, then maybe Eleven had a gush of paternal feelings for his companions, which made him want to grow as a man into someone more fatherly? That said, I hope that they won't reveal anything too sinister about Caecilius as I liked his mildly sitcommish "bumbling dad" persona.
1 week, 2 days ago on Capaldi’s Hint On Past Whoniverse Appearances
That's an excellent recipe, which should work well with regular episodes just as well as with openers. Two thumbs up!
1 week, 2 days ago on Deep Breath: A Recipe for Success
@TardisBoy Frankly, the complainers about the complaining were being a lot worse about it and the arrogance of that side was more appalling to watch.
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
And resentment is a gift that always keeps on giving, as people are very seldom willing to change their minds or habits about something when they are told to agree with the general consensus, or alternatively that they must respect minority-opinions from people being obnoxious about whatever the hell they are talking about.
1 week, 3 days ago on Deep Breath TV Trailer
Positivity is good and all and I understand that people are getting tired of negativity within the fandom, but to be quite frank the reaction to said negativity has been actually worse than any perceived whining on the part of the original complainers. Complaining about a line that one would consider to be overused or said by the wrong character can be seen as petty, compared to a wide array of larger issues in the big picture. But it is just as petty to put this much time and effort to get all high and mighty concerning the issue and putting down those who voiced the complaints in the first place. That is a large reason to why this fandom keeps fighting, as people keep causing resentment in each other by constantly belittling opinions other than their own. Enforced positivity in all instances and repeated demands of silencing negative opinions, regardless of what the issue would be, is akin to censorship and censorship does not help create an ideal environment for healthy discourse of any kind.
@Undiscovered Adventure You don't owe any special allegiance to any one franchise. See what the world has to offer you and enjoy its fruit, however you want.
@Calebxy @MaraBackman @AztecsDaleksAndCavemen A direct-to-DVD movie starring Ianto Jones' actor as Watson, in a very bizarre steampunk-y adaptation of Sherlock Holmes complete with dinosaurs, robots and airships, one of which is shaped like a fire-breathing dragon.
@ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey @Antee991166 @newhorizons Most likely that's just a case of situational bias, that causes an illusion of it being worse here because you are more familiar with this particular fandom. As someone who has been subjected to various fandoms and survived the hellhole known as the IMDB-boards, it's the same wherever people take something too seriously and have too much time on their hands.
@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! My guess is that he'll have her "accidentally" fall out of the Tardis while in space, with her dangling outside by a cable that he for one reason or other won't pull inside until they have to land.
@PK-S @MaraBackman @AztecsDaleksAndCavemen The two projects seem remarkably similar, so I'm getting a feeling that Moffat saw the movie and decided that he'll do it a lot better. :P
@supermoff @MaraBackman @Sneezed Regeneration Personally, I'm unaffected by this particular issue. I'm just very nosy :P
@supermoff @MaraBackman @Sneezed Regeneration I know that it's really difficult to not be affected by negative opinions about something you like, because there is a part of your brain that interprets it as an insult towards you for liking it. That's what I believe to be the reason for why people don't like critics. I try (and often fail) to think of it like this: The one time it is justified to be offended by negative opinions is when they actively insult people who like something.