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You can disagree all you want. She had way too little going for her in Series 7 for me to care about her, so everything happening to her in Series 8 is a major improvement in my book which also applies to everything else that has happened after Matt Smith left. If it keeps going on this way then I'm just glad that I can pretend that most of Series 5-7 didn't happen at all.
3 hours, 48 minutes ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
@ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus As I said before, I'm okay with it now even though I would not at all have liked it last year. I never really liked the idea of her being connected to the Doctor's entire time-stream or anything else about her being the Impossible Girl, just as I hated what happened with River Song and the idea of her also being retconned into past stories. But the difference between Series 7 and 8 is that Clara is a more fleshed-out character now and has a well-established life and personality outside of the Tardis, while she was before just a pretty yet boring plot-device.
3 hours, 56 minutes ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
I've enjoyed her being more of a "regular" companion in Series 8, because it makes her much more relatable than when her entire purpose in the show was to be a big mystery for the Doctor to solve. I hope she's done with being the Impossible girl and that they won't do anything of the sort again.
4 hours, 9 minutes ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
@Scootersfood can sense your guilt @MaraBackman @Adric the Genius Which in all fairness has been said before, where the result has seldom been worthy of the hype.
5 hours, 8 minutes ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon
@Adric the Genius @MaraBackman Seems like a possibility, but I'm still a bit skeptical about that. Killing a child is always a risky maneuver, but especially so in a show directed primarily at a family audience. There are so many ways it can go wrong, so I'm not entirely sure that they would want to take too big risks.
17 hours, 23 minutes ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon
@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! Which applies to most other incarnations of the Doctor as well. Depending on the situation at hand the guy can be a truly horrifyingly callous creature, but it does make sense in that he's still not human, no matter how much "humanity he stuffs inside of him". He's still an alien with a bizarre alien mentality.
17 hours, 44 minutes ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon
@stargazer0118 @Ottoman14 Technically if you count some of his mercy-kills, like when he realized that there was no way to save Martha's cousin.
18 hours, 5 minutes ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon
@Oodkind I hope he doesn't do what Jack Harkness did in Children of Earth, but if the girl does die I'd prefer if he didn't intend for her to die.
18 hours, 35 minutes ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon
@stargazer0118 @YaelMoise @MaraBackman There was the red variant in 42, but apparently they preferredthe suit to be orange and the helmet to be yellow. It looks quite a bit like a diving suit that way.
18 hours, 48 minutes ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon
@Esterath @stargazer0118 @YaelMoise He was seen to wear it in the brief snippet from before he went on his journey.
18 hours, 49 minutes ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon
@ilyootha @MaraBackman @stargazer0118 @YaelMoise Maybe that's the logo of whatever NASA-like organization came on top during the Space Race of the 2050's?
18 hours, 56 minutes ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon
@YaelMoise @MaraBackman @stargazer0118 Yes, but that's a boring answer when you think about all the potential in-universe explanations we could speculate about.
18 hours, 58 minutes ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon
@stargazer0118 @YaelMoise Perhaps it's fashionable for space-suits to be orange some time after the early 2100's, which then replaces the now iconic white michelin-man outfit?
18 hours, 59 minutes ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon
The Doctor has done many, many reprehensible things in the past, lots of which make even his strangling of Peri look pretty tame. I have no idea what Capaldi could possibly do that could make this episode so shocking, plus that there seems to be at least one episode per season that is touted as an epic game-breaker, so I'll just wait and see what it might be.
19 hours, 3 minutes ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon
@fear No More, LISTEN Not to mention the pacing, which takes its sweet time to establish a very creepy and paranoia-inducing atmosphere.
21 hours, 14 minutes ago on Listen Review
@Gustaff @MaraBackmanThe nature of the Time-lock is very vague, but it apparently applies to Gallifrey's "present" at least and prevents those Time Lords from leaving the planet or traveling through its history, while everything is seemingly normal for the Time Lords of the past.
But either way, it doesn't matter what possible explanation we might argue about, because my point is that there is plenty of room for the writers to fit in there whatever type of explanation they want to, if they can be bothered to make up one. The Doctor can apparently travel to his home planet's past, either knowingly or accidentally, but it doesn't really matter how. Perhaps the Moment just decided to give him alone this possibility to enter and leave the, but he would have to figure it out when he was ready to become a Messiah-figure to the good Gallifreyans. Or something like that.
1 day, 16 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant
@Gustaff @MaraBackman Sure it makes a lot of sense, when you think about real-world technology development from the past 30+ years. The Type 40 was a museum piece when he stole it and he's been gone from Gallifrey for who-knows-how-long, when all sorts of developments could have happened when old technology was discarded due to being useless. A computer from today takes a lot of work to run games and other programs from the 1980's. The same applies to increasingly outdated stuff like VCRs, cassettes and other things that might stand a better chance of surviving unattended than lots of modern gadgets.
@Gustaff @MaraBackman Possibly, for a multitude of different reasons that could be made up at the spot without contradicting prior episodes. The simplest potential reason might be that his Tardis is of an older model which might be incompatible with newer Time Lord technology, which might make it possible for the Doctor to enter and leave the time-lock (or whatever it's called now) while newer Tardises get stuck. That is, if the Moment is also of newer tech than a Type 40, but then there might be dozens of other explanations to a situation unique to the Doctor.
@Gustaff @MaraBackman I didn't say that there were no barriers, just that they might have applied to everybody else but him.
I can think of two possibilities: Either the barn is on another planet than Gallifrey, most likely a neighbouring world somehow connected to Time Lord civilization, or then the barn was on the actual Gallifrey and the Doctor chose to never visit the planet after the Time War was locked away. Perhaps the Doctor chose to exile himself from his homeworld, while the frequently discussed barriers never applied to him? It would fit his post-War guilt-induced personality to torture himself with having the means to go back home, but denying it from himself.
@ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus @MaraBackman @Adric the Genius That could actually still happen, if some story would be about an enemy trying to hurt the Doctor as much as possible before letting him be killed. Someone could raise Adric from the dead and brainwash him into believing that the Doctor abandoned him, all the while giving him a Winter Soldier-esque make-over.
1 day, 19 hours ago on Listen Review
@Adric the Genius @MaraBackman @ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus Yeah, poor Adric. Quite honestly he's nowhere near as annoying as most Classic-fans make him out to be, as if he'd be a British version of Wesley Crusher. My guess is that his main problem was that his intended function as something for the audience to relate to worked a bit too well, as the young boys in the audience of the time didn't take kindly to how much he seemed to reflect them like an unflattering mirror-image. And for that he had to die, but at least his death was handled with more dignity than Jason Todd and other kid-heroes in the same situation.
@ilyootha @MaraBackman At the very least Benton should have a cameo at an emergency council of some sort, wearing lots of military bling.
@Clara Laurinda @MaraBackman @ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus Susan could still make an appearance some day, with very poignant references to the speech about "no tears or anxieties".
@ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus @MaraBackman If there will be more UNIT-based stories then Martha and Mickey can both decide to not be freelance anymore. Imagine a brand new UNIT made of Mister and Missus Smith, Kate Stewart, Osgood and Colonel Mace promoted to Brigadier :D
@ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus @MaraBackman Just as with Martha and Sarah Jane :)
1 day, 20 hours ago on Listen Review
@ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus To me it's a very good sign that I actually liked the episode in part because of how Clara-centric it was, which would not have been the case a year ago if the episode had been made back then. Clara's character has been improved so well that I don't mind anymore that she's gotten this important for the Doctor, as she seems to deserve it now after she had to get used to a very different new Doctor.
As for where this is heading for her, I hope for a mundane exit for her, of her own accord. She already has one foot out the Tardis door, so it should be easier for her to have a more casual exit like Martha and most Classic companions did.
Awesome review again, Clint!
I really like it whenever DW uses animatronic masks and other practical effects to portray the crazy aliens that can be found in the Whoniverse. Although I'd wish they'd go even further with it and have more stories (or perhaps an entire season) set away from Earth, so that there'd be even more aliens involved. As I'm a huge fan of practical effects and puppets I'd also want to see the show take cues from Farscape and feature even important characters portrayed by puppets, which that show managed to do very well with two regular cast members.
2 days, 4 hours ago on Time Heist Promo Pics
@ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus @MaraBackman I know. Lies are never good for arguing one's opinion.
2 days, 20 hours ago on Why The Decline in Overnight Ratings Doesn’t Matter
@ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus Technically the show could be considered to be in danger of being ruined even if there wouldn't be any risk of it being cancelled, as long as we're only talking about the subjective notion of quality. No matter what happens with the show, it's always ruined or improved for someone.
It's been roughly a decade since I last watched something on TV when it was scheduled to be aired, so I've never cared much about viewing figures one way or the other. The show has had nine years to re-establish its position as significant cult programming, so it's fine now. Moffat himself mentioned how near the show was to getting axed when Tennant left, as the show's renewal was still so relatively new that it was unthinkable for many that there'd even be a show without Ten. As much as I disliked the direction the show took under Moffat's first Doctor's tenure I'm still glad that it proved as popular with others as it did, because it proved to the higher-ups that the show wasn't solely dependent on its main star and could still find appeal in even wider audiences. The show has become a revered institution again and it is safe, at least when it comes to overall popularity and it will go on for several more years. Even if a particular era, tenure or season is not to everybody's liking, there is always hope for the unhappy ones that there will be changes in the future to their liking. It happened to me and many others who didn't care very much for Series 5-7, so it can also happen to those who hate Series 8 right now. It's all about patience and not listening to the cranky people who tell you to quit watching if you don't like it right now.
2 days, 21 hours ago on Why The Decline in Overnight Ratings Doesn’t Matter
Well, Sontarans are apparently supposed to be a species of clones, in some stories of one single person, so it's improbable for morphological reasons but not impossible.
3 days, 15 hours ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?
@ilyootha @MaraBackman Or having such slender shoulders, so it could be something entirely new.
3 days, 16 hours ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?
Maybe. It could have been a child and the flash we saw could have been the light reflected from a doorknob. What little could be seen of the face actually looked quite similar to a Sontaran's eyebrows and nose, which is too pronounced to be that of a child unless he or she was suffering from severe acromegaly. Either way, I kinda wish that it would be something more exotic than a mundane explanation.
@Planet of the Deaf I'd say that it is because comedians could be the best type of actors for Doctor Who, for a few reasons. One reason is the inherent ridiculousness of the show, which appeals to the inner child of adults even more than to actual children. That's why comedians won't have as much problem getting into the absurd things the show is famous for, such as a species communicating through their eyebrows or robotic parodies of famous TV-hosts. Another reason is the "Tom Hanks-principle", as I like to call it: Comedy is much more difficult than drama, because it demands much more from a performer when it comes to timing, line-delivery and control of facial movements, which makes it relatively easy for good comedians to succeed with serious drama.
3 days, 17 hours ago on Nick Frost Cast in Christmas Special?
Truly atmospheric episode, with a great blend of horror and somber character drama. I'd say that Moffat has managed to properly return to his pre-Series 5 greatness, with his stories becoming much closer to his earlier one-shots in impact. I particularly enjoy how much more effective the emotional bits have become, now that it's been strongly toned down from the previous two seasons' worth of trying too much to be heartbreaking all the time. I'm happy now that they've found a tone and a rhythm that isn't too excessive for my taste anymore. :)
There's just one thing I'm wondering about: What was the thing on Danny's bed? What little was visible of its face looked quite a bit like a Sontaran. When the Doctor woke up he said "Sontarans perverting the course of human history". Is that what it might have been about?
4 days, 2 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
@ Notsosmartguy @MaraBackman They have already mentioned previously the importance of the sun to ancient celebrations, in A Christmas Carol, but they left out the part about blood (preferably human) was vital to make the sun rise again after the winter solstice and for a new spring to be guaranteed. So my idea was that this ancient creature would re-awaken after a few millennia of slumber and then proceed to blot out the sun, in order to blackmail humanity to worship it as in ages past.
4 days, 3 hours ago on Nick Frost Cast in Christmas Special?
@ Notsosmartguy I once had an idea for a story where the origins of Christmas and Santa are explored, with the revelation that one of the inspirations for Yuletide would be an ancient and very Krampus-like monster related to the Nimons and Minotaurs.
4 days, 4 hours ago on Nick Frost Cast in Christmas Special?
For a few years now I've been hoping that they'd make a Christmas special about the grim and grisly origins of the holiday and the evolution of the Santa-figure, from a primal bloodthirsty winter-god and goat-like fertility symbol to the jolly fat man we know today.
@supermoff is alone. Listen... @MaraBackman @ Notsosmartguy I feel the need to point out that I don't get a parental vibe so far at all, but that as I already mentioned it might change with a situation we haven't witnessed yet.
6 days, 20 hours ago on The Caretaker BBC Synopsis
@ Notsosmartguy @MaraBackman Maybe, but there is still a different dynamic going on between the two pairings. Ten and Donna appeared close to each other in age, which made them appear as equals gave their friendship the type of dynamic you'd expect from two thirty-plussers enjoying each others' company after having matured from that of two twenty-somethings. The friendship between Clara and Twelve is currently closest to Sarah Jane and Three, or Ace and Seven, in that they are more or less equals but the Doctor's age and experience gives him an advantage in most situations, while the human companion helps remind him that people wish to be treated as people.
6 days, 21 hours ago on The Caretaker BBC Synopsis
@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! Not in general, but we've yet to see them in such a situation as the one in this episode so there is a possibility that it might change a bit.
@ Notsosmartguy @MaraBackman Maybe with Eleven, but probably not with the current dynamic. It would be more fitting for Capaldi's Doctor to view Clara as something of a daughter-figure, now that this incarnation is more okay with showing and acting his age. That's why he might develop some fatherly antagonism towards her young suitor.
"but worse, and any second now, Danny Pink and the Doctor are going to meet."
So they might play it out like a prospective son-in-law meeting his disapproving father-in-law?
For me it is after all these years still the very excellent The Unquiet Dead, even The Crimson Horror is a close second. Overall I have enjoyed Gatiss' episodes (besides Night Terrors), mainly because of the human element he gives to historical celebrities and how well he manages to write people of past eras without passing any judgement on their much different cultures. That is the best part about his historicals, exemplified in how he handled the uncertainty of changing times and generational conflicts in the 1950's.
1 week ago on Face-Off: The Gatiss Episodes
Now that Clara's status as the Impossible Girl is no longer important to the overall plot and she's been able to function as a "regular" companion (with the lack of a better term) she's a lot more interesting and entertaining, because she came across as too perfect most of the time. The romantic friendship between her and Eleven didn't really do anything for me either, so I was glad to see a very different dynamic between her and Twelve, particularly as he has already infuriated her to the point of showing her angry and vengeful side. Clara feels much more like a real person now, so there has been a significant improvement.
1 week, 2 days ago on Mission Impossible: Clara Oswald in Review – Part 1
@ Notsosmartguy @MaraBackman As I've said before, I want to see an intergalactic space-mafia featuring the Slitheen and other criminal Raxacoricofallapatorians, as well as the Mentors as shady bankers.
1 week, 2 days ago on Your Verdict on Into the Dalek
@ Notsosmartguy @MaraBackman Hell, the season managed to make ordinary fat people the subject of creepy paranoia in the first two-parter, even with all the fart jokes.
I'd say that Series 1 is among the most solid seasons the show has ever had, with not a single episode that wouldn't somehow be worth watching.