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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!
5 days, 7 hours 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 week, 4 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #11
1 week, 5 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #10
Thank you! :) You've summed up why Pertwee is still my favourite Doctor.
2 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.
5 months, 1 week 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.
5 months, 1 week 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
5 months, 1 week ago on 12 Great Moments From Flatline
I never thought I'd see the show pull the classic "hammer space"-gag so literally xD
5 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.
5 months, 2 weeks 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.
5 months, 2 weeks 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.
5 months, 2 weeks 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.
5 months, 2 weeks 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.
5 months, 2 weeks 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.
5 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. :)
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Review
@Mark McCullough It's an Illuminati conspiracy!
Very good choices. As a sequel to last week's story this episode did an excellent job in establishing the Twelfth Doctor's character, as well as his relationship with Clara and other companions. Clara's use of the word "addiction" before the ending is a very good way to describe how people traveling with the Tardis become thrill-junkies of sort, which is why so many of them have failed to quit even when they've realized that they should at least take a break from it.
@DocWhoLocked Overall I'd say that Capaldi's Doctor has been in personality a lot like Tom on a bad day. He's like Tom crossed with Hartnell and Eccleston.
@XavierDuPinz @MaraBackman Why yes, thank you!
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express
I totally agree that there is a new Moffat behind the show these days, so much that it feels like a different person would be in charge of it. I knew that there would be some changes when the Doctor regenerated and that the show would adapt to the characteristics of a new actor, but I honestly hadn't expected that it would change so much in tone, pacing and directorial style.
This one was even better than I had hoped for. They had a story that combined a great homage to both the works of Agatha Christie and to old-school horror movies (quite a bit closer to Universal than Hammer, contrary to what I had expected), together with a good focus on the dynamic between the Doctor and many of his companions who become addicted to traveling with the Tardis. I also greatly enjoyed how the story featured many implied stories about the guest characters and what they had been through prior to getting on the train, which is a great way of reminding us that the universe doesn't revolve just around the Doctor. That one of the many things I feel that they have strongly improved upon during Series 8, which in tone has felt like a pleasant combination of Series 1-4 and of Doctor Who during the 1970's, particularly Tom Baker's tenure.
I would like to see Frank Skinner return, as there have been other guest characters that have returned later on and become fully-fledged companions, such as Donna. Skinner's background in comedy and the character's snarky janitorial attitude would make him a delightful companion to the Doctor.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who Extra: Mummy on the Orient Express
Looking at the situation from the viewpoint of some regular person in that situation, I would not have believed the strange person, who is not a recognized figure of authority and might as well just be a crack-pot eco-terrorist who hacked herself to the television broadcast.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Poll: Lights On or Lights Off?
@JFrance The problem is that then Liz Shaw wouldn't be considered a companion, as she never set foot in the Tardis.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Is Courtney Woods a Companion?
@Angie Whodini will foretell... YOUR DEATH! But that is the scariness of the whole thing: There are no outside marks on her so people believe that she just had a hallucination and died of a heart-attack, which means that they don't know what to expect. She was so utterly terrified and helpless that the very slow and deliberate way it scared her to death was creepily similar to how rape-scenes are often filmed.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Clip & Intro
@waterfallbooks I don't either, because River Song isn't in awe of the Doctor and impressed by him in the same ways as his companions tend to be. In that way she's like the Brig, who is essentially the Doctor's equal and has the willpower to order him around on occasion and face otherworldly horrors in a more independent manner.
@Polyphase It could have been some type of side-effect of a being from outside of our universe and not compliant to its laws suddenly appearing like that, which is probably what caused the lunar gravity to go wonky in the first place. I'm not saying the creature was made of anti-matter, because that would have caused a much less peaceful reaction, but that it could in true Lovecraftian fashion be made of a material unknown to our universe and the laws of physics are adapting to it one step behind.
To me a companion is someone close to the Doctor and joins in on his adventures, whether they travel together by Tardis or not. They don't have to be with him for long, as the Trojan girl Katarina appeared in just two stories and she is considered a companion, so it is a matter of a person's devotion to the Doctor. Merely traveling in the Tardis isn't enough, as I would never count Adam Mitchell as a companion of the Doctor, because his whole existence was a way to show that not all people are worthy of being companions. I'd say that it's primarily about what type of friendship or other form of familiarity there is between the Doctor and those he interacts with, so supporting characters and family members like Jackie Tyler aren't really companions in my book. Wilf started out in a position similar to Jackie's but he became promoted into a companion when he took a more active part in the Doctor's adventures, which I'd also apply to people like Mickey and even more to Rory and Craig. But then there are characters that are very close to the Doctor but I still wouldn't consider them companions to him, because their association with him and they have independent adventures of their own. That's why The Paternoster Gang, River Song, Jack Harkness and the Brigadier don't register as companions for me, particularly because the Brig has had authority over the Doctor and is not in awe of him in the same way as others. Then we have characters like Jackson Lake and Lady Christina, whom I don't group with other one-shot companions because the Doctor was their companion in their respective adventures.
Courtney? I say yes, at least partly. She is on her way to become a fully-fledged companion as the Doctor was considering her as a replacement to Clara and then later took her to the moon as a bass-ackwards way to apologize for absent-mindedly insulting her. She's currently so young that the Doctor should (probably) understand that he can't endanger a child's life, so I think he'll wait until she's older and has put the problems with puberty behind her.
Looks like a cross between Agatha Christie and a Hammer Horror. Can't wait! :D
I get the feeling that it doesn't refer to an alien ecosystem invading Earth, as in War of the Worlds, but regular local plant-life gone wild. Does this mean that there will be trees growing fast enough to crush houses and people?
5 months, 3 weeks ago on In the Forest of the Night Official Synopsis
@Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh is in the Secret Play! Shh! Nationality shouldn't be an issue, as long as there is a great actor involved. If the audiences absolutely must have a British-sounding accent then RDJ has showed that he can cover that well enough. My personal pick for a potential female Doctor is Australian actress Claudia Black, who can make a passable British accent but sounds much cooler speaking posh Australian.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Downey Jr on Who Role: “Anything’s possible”
@NameOfDoctorHere He could also appear as Tony Stark if the legal teams of Marvel studios and BBC can reach an agreement, as the comics published by Marvel UK established Doctor Who as a part of the Marvel universe.
@TheOncomingHurricane @MaraBackman @AlexOsirisGlass @SonicTheHedgehogRules True, for the books at least. The TV-show is still tonally closer to other HBO-shows that are more obviously geared to shock and/or titillate American viewers, so I'd still call it an American show in spite of the big presence of great British actors and the historical similarities.
There is a very old established trend that movies and shows that are about ancient historical periods and similar fantasy-settings should not feature people talking with American accents, because so many American viewers have expressed trouble with taking it seriously if there are no British-y accents involved. It began with movies about Romans and medieval times where the upper-class was always portrayed by Brits while commoners and slaves talked like Americans, which stopped some time after the 1960's. With some exceptions, it's been almost like a natural law that people in fantasy movies and historical stories should sound like outside-expectations of Brits, which is why nobody has a thick southern drawl in The Lord of the Rings or Rome.
@simon delafield @AlexOsirisGlass @SonicTheHedgehogRules Only a few people have complained about Brits stealing the jobs of American actors, which Stephen Colbert and other comedians have made fun of.
@Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh is in the Secret Play! Shh! Yup, totally possible.
@Gallade Zero @AlexOsirisGlass @SonicTheHedgehogRules He's one of the most notable. Other prominent examples are Ian McShane, Stephen Moyer, Dominic West and Lena Headey (as well as 90% of her castmates on GoT).
@ Notsosmartguy Yup. Just look at this list: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Marvel_Comics_titles
DW can in theory crossover with every single one of these thanks to its old comics being published by Marvel UK :D
@AlexOsirisGlass @SonicTheHedgehogRules How so? More and more protagonists in US shows are portrayed by non-American actors speaking with an American accent, while the cast of Game of Thrones is mostly British.