Nothing is more important than my egomania!
Flatline, definitely - a Doctor-lite episode with a curious plot element most likely inspired by a Tom Baker story. Can't wait to see the fandom explode with "Clara Who" complains! :D
11 minutes ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)
Thank you. A wonderful tribute to a fantastic voice actress and one of the greatest Big Finish characters.
4 hours, 35 minutes ago on A Whology: Maggie Stables
@007 Bond 50 She has a different head... I mean, hair!
11 hours, 23 minutes ago on Kill The Moon Promo Pics
Is it just me or the other spacesuit guy (3rd picture in the first row) looks like Steven Moffat?..
11 hours, 33 minutes ago on Kill The Moon Promo Pics
@YaelMoise @supermoff will kill the moon! @Ultimately Amazing Superior Notsosmartguy 2099 @Antee991166 Ahem, since we're including the likes of Adam and Mickey, why everyone is forgetting Wilf?!
23 hours, 15 minutes ago on Remembering the Ponds – 2 Years On
- There is something extremely wrong with
everybody who votes the AI scores.
- Basically, don't you always think
- Look at them.
- They look fine to me, they're just
watching TV and rating.
- Are they?
- OK, no. No, they're not really watching.
- Something else they're not doing.
1 day, 4 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
Great picks. I love it how
three of these scenes are from the pre-title sequence, although I would have
put the opening scene much higher.
Shortly before the robot was defeated for the first
time, a chair was sucked into the Time Vortex. Later, when the Vortex opened
again, the same chair flew out first, before the robot reappeared. I have
absolutely no idea why, but I really loved this little inner continuity detail!
1 day, 21 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From The Caretaker
@Master Michael MoonWhile the Doctor generally never liked soldiers, Twelve strangely seems to be especially harsh on them. Considering how one of his best friends was a military who once taught maths at a school, his attitude towards Danny was somewhat weird in this episode...
@Bojurie Time goes faster within the show. For all we know it could have been a year since the events of Into the Dalek now. A lot of things happen to the characters off-screen, we only see so little of their lives on TV. Just look at the Ponds' timeline: in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe it's already been 2 years for them since their last meeting with the Doctor, then Pond Life covers nearly half a year, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship occurs ten months later and The Power of Three covers well over a year. That's nearly half a decade in just half a series! Also Clara aged three years between The Bells of Saint John and Deep Breath, although for us it's only been a year and a half.
1 day, 21 hours ago on The Caretaker Review
@RUAZ Hey, you seem to be quite uncomfortable with the fact that most people are actually enjoying the series, as recently you've been trying to represent the general positive outlook as something bad or wrong. If people give high marks and disagree with critical views, it doesn't necessarily mean that they don't have an opinion and just want to maintain some illusion of amazingness. It just means they have an opinion different to yours. And if someone doesn't share an opinion with someone else it's only natural that they express their disagreement. Many people who, as you put it, "slagged him off" last week, nevertheless commented on the good quality of Clint's writing.
1 day, 22 hours ago on The Caretaker Review
@Scootersfood I'm more curious about how did they escape that planet without the vibro-cutters!
2 days, 1 hour ago on The Caretaker Review
@theshipoftime The Doctor mentioned knowing another teacher, explained that residual artron energy in the school attracted the robot and commented "home, sweet home" upon entering a nearby junkyard.
2 days, 5 hours ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
@Oodkind is nuking spiders. @Robertclose Gotta disagree a lot. While it's true that in Series 7B Clara didn't really develop, it isn't necessarily a bad thing - hardly any classic companions had much development, but it doesn't stop us from loving them! I never understood people saying that they barely knew Clara or how she had no personality. We saw her backstory, what sort of person is she, what does she like, what is she afraid of, why she became a nanny, etc - more than enough to make her real and relatable, at least for some of us. It's just that with the Eleventh Doctor she was "the boss" and things were quite easy for her, but now she has to deal with a very different, "darker" new Doctor, as well as a job and a boyfriend, and is put into more stressful situations. Thus we see different sides of her character and more development, but it's not like she didn't have these traits and now suddenly she does - we previously saw her being a control freak in Hide, for example.
NewWho companions all had pretty big roles in the series, from controlling all time and space to remembering the Doctor back into existence, and all had a large part of the series centered around them. I personally fail to take some people's complaints about the show becoming too much like a soap about Clara's life seriously, because in my view it's the exact same thing that happened with Rose, Donna, etc. Except that I prefer how it's being done with Clara, as there are no likes of Jackie Tyler around to annoy me. Besides, in this episode it was actually Danny who saved the day, very much like Rose did in the eponymous episode - the Doctor did 90% of the job but a companion made a key contribution.
2 days, 8 hours ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
Interesting how they're using the traditional "sting" before the titles again. So far it's been only in Robot of Sherwood, Time Heist and The Caretaker, which means they switched to it mid-production block 2, so it's likely that they'll keep it for the rest of the series! :D
2 days, 20 hours ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
@MetamorphmagusWho likes Conventions @Scootersfood @RUAZ "Paternoster Gang, UNIT, Eighth Doctor, Clara Who, The Abzorbaloff and Friends"
Is it all one title?
@Antee991166 I'd say Courtney in this episode is a huge improvement on herself from Deep Breath and Into the Dalek!
2 days, 21 hours ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
@MalevDraizhen @ Notsosmartguy The new Caretaker. In case you didn't notice, the show has been centering around companions A LOT since 2005, for better or worse.
5 days, 3 hours ago on Time Heist Review
While I enjoyed Time Heist a lot, I went for Journey, which I think is rather underrated. It had some very creative ideas and great Doctor/companion moments, and made use of combining several time travel concepts (a time loop which is itself only a part of a possible future - I used to think of it as a plot hole, now I think it's a very clever idea XD). My only problem with the episode is that it doesn't quite live up to its potential, as for the most the episode we see a few of the same corridors and copies of the main control room. Seriously, not even one room with good old round things?! Even The Invasion of Time with its crappy disused hospital interior felt much more like a "journey to the centre of the TARDIS" than Journey itself.
5 days, 20 hours ago on Face-Off: The Thompson Episodes
@Master Michael Moon @TardisBoyDepends on how you define "cop-out". Personally I have absolutely no problems with this resolution because a) the hint to it was actually there all along and b) time loops are cool.
@MaraBackman @ilyootha @Angie Whodini just bought a star system As far as I'm concerned these things were never the case. Throughout Series 7B Clara's mystery was kept to background, and in some episodes wasn't mentioned at all, whilst there also was enough of her personality and background to connect to her, at least for me. I get that some people say that she didn't get much development in S7B, but I don't think she actually needed to, because she already was a real and interesting character. And while she has indeed influenced the Doctor a lot, I fail to see the problem with it, because that's basically what companions do all the time, especially in "key" episodes like finales and specials, and Clara just happened to appear in more of them due to the 50th's timing.
6 days, 9 hours ago on Time Heist Review
@Angie Whodini just bought a star system
Clara has an arc around her - Clara is just a mystery, she doesn't have a personality!
Clara makes a brave sacrifice to save the Doctor - Clara is just a plot device!
We get to see more of Clara's character - Clara is too influential!
Clara behaves like an ordinary companion - Clara is useless!
I'll never get it I suppose...
6 days, 19 hours ago on Time Heist Review
@Planet of the Deaf Yeah, it's the first time ever I saw a picture of Clara/Jenna and didn't think "she looks great". She does look great on the fifth photo from the end, though!
1 week ago on The Caretaker Promo Pics
@supermoff is your new lodger- I mean, caretaker. Mmm, numbery-wumbery stuff :D
1 week ago on Your Verdict on Listen & Episode Ranking
Although it's no secret that I mostly come from the anti-Rose camp, recent rewatch of Series 1 made Rose grow on me a lot. Despite everything, it's hard to deny that Rose is adored by many people and that she was integral to the comeback's success. And Jamie is arguably the best male companion to date, it was an absolute joy to see him with the Second Doctor and Zoe!
Happy birthday to Frazer and Billie!
1 week ago on Celebrating “The Highlander” and “The Bad Wolf”
Nice picks. I would have put
the pre-title sequence higher up, I love the scenes in Clara's flat and how
they go from funny to mysterious, before cutting to a different setting
altogether. The return of the memory worms is a nice continuity detail. And yay,
the traditional "sting"! Works great with any theme.
The ending was great, I like your idea that seeing the
two Tellers reunited was the Doctor's reward! It was a pleasure to see the
TARDIS team having fun and eating take-away meals (seriously, why nobody ever
thought of this before?!) and Clara asking the Doctor not to rob any banks
without her - gotta enjoy the friendly atmosphere aboard the TARDIS while it
lasts! Who knows how things might change in the upcoming episodes...
1 week, 2 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Time Heist
@YaelMoise Of course he is, but not in the same way as Eleven was. Capaldi did say once that the relationship between Twelve and Clara "is not romantic, but it’s not without love". He doesn't see it as a date, at least not in the same sense as the one Danny and Clara are going on, which he thinks is something boring compared to robbing a galactic bank with a hacker, a shapeshifter and the coolest guy in the Universe. He is just jealous that there is another guy who also gets Clara's attention!
1 week, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
@joegilmour What's more important, it's running through the same corridor!
@supermoff is your new lodger- I mean, caretaker. They should get rid of this narrator and hire the Narrator instead (since they got him for this episode to voice bank announcements anyway!)
1 week, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Extra: Time Heist
@Master Michael Moon @Planet of the Deaf @EternalVortex Of course, she even commented on how she can't change into the Doctor now!
@sontaran17 @EternalVortex For all we know they could have several off-screen adventures set after the main events of the episode but before Psi and Saibra left! Actually, in my headcanon they did now.
The Doctor still hasn't patched the telephone back through the console unit! Didn't one of the trailers prove otherwise?
I'm unsure how to rate this episode - it was good, but I can't decide how exactly good yet. Certainly not 10/10 good, but probably higher than 7/10 good. But I really enjoyed it!
@TheEleventhWheatley @ilyootha His voice was the one announcing that the vault was opening.
I wish The Stanley Parable Narrator had a bigger role!
@Planet of the Deaf @ilyootha @Status: Stuck in the vortex
Each number is an octal code for a letter or a symbol. In this table: asciitable.com/index/asciifull.gif every number in the Oct column has a matching symbol in the Chr column: 40 is space, 152 is "j", 165 is "u" and so on. Thus what's written in numbers there is actually "jub vf gur nepuvgrpg".
The Caesar cipher shifts every letter of the alphabet a specific amount of positions, like if you want to encode "Clara" with a 1-position shift, you change "a" to "b", "c" to "d", "l" to "m" and so on, and thus get "Dmbsb" (or "Bkzqz", if you shift in the other direction). So if you take "jub vf gur nepuvgrpg" and shift every letter 13 positions backwards you'll get "who is the architect".
Wibbly-wobbly, numbery-wumbery stuff.
1 week, 3 days ago on Time Heist – 12 Hints & Teasers
@Status: Stuck in the vortex @ilyootha It's a Caeser cipher with a shift of 13 letters, written in octal codes of its ASCII characters
Bonus 2 reads "who is the architect"!
"Doctor Who - Deep Breath has a final Live+7 UK TV audience
of 10.76 million viewers.
The Live+7 figure includes not only those who watch
the BBC One broadcast and those who time-shift it, but also those who watch the
repeats on other UK channels and those who watch the programme on i-Player. The
total figure is an estimate of the total number of unique viewers, who have watched
the episode on television, within one week on broadcast. The
Deep Breath figure was made up of
·6.807 million -
Watched Live or by delayed recording on the same day
·0.456 million - watched a repeat
·2.525 million - watched on
·0.971 million - watched on
66% of the audience watched it Live or on the same day
compared with a BBC average of 87%. 22% watched on time-shift where the average
is 6%, and 9% watched on iPlayer compared to an average for all BBC programmes
The figure does not include those who watched only at
Not bad, eh?
1 week, 3 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
OK, I'm ditching the "blind" approach for this one.
The first bonus looks like a row of hexadecimal numbers and reads "NILGHTMRNLXMLVSG" in Unicode - dunno what to do with it next. The second bonus is octal numbers, probably ciphered codes for an ASCII text - if so, it reads something like "jub vfgu nepuvgpg". Whether I'm right or not and if I am, how do decipher these texts, I have no idea!
@mrpaddy1984 The sets were rubbish, I agree, but at least there was a large variety of them!
1 week, 4 days ago on Time Heist Spoiler-Free Review
@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! I agree, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS was pretty good. My only problem with it is that because they kept returning to the console room (even though it wasn't the same console room!), and because we saw very little of the TARDIS interior, it didn't feel like a "journey to the centre of the TARDIS" much, something that serials like The Invasion of Time and Castrovalva were more successful at.
@The Lazy Cat is in on the Time Heist @ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus @Planet of the Deaf Oh, while you're still here - you know how we sometimes imagine or joke about Clara's own show (and how other people complain that it's what Doctor Who is becoming)?.. Well, I was sort of bored the other night and had a bit of fun imagining, and ended up doing this:
I thought you may like it or even use in one of your Clara articles or something ;)
1 week, 4 days ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
Well done DWTV, I think this may be your most cruel poll! :D
1 week, 4 days ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen
@Rani Nose Clara's splinters were all born to various families, grew up, had lives of their own. It wasn't like the original Clara physically cloned herself, more like her essence set a pattern across the Doctor's timeline so that more Claras were born throughout it. The current Clara being a splinter makes no sense to me, because that would mean that the real Clara somehow disappeared and a new person was suddenly created out of thin air, which is not how Clara's splinters came to existence.
1 week, 5 days ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
@MrRazza, Latest Result: Mr Pink is Human But then the Doctor was quite "cruel and cowardly" in An Unearthly Child, so he still wasn't quite the Doctor that we know, neither before nor after Clara visited him.
I don't see why Clara (or any other companion) should need a massive narrative justification to do extraordinary things, because that's what companions do. She doesn't have to be a manifestation of the TARDIS or a Time Lady with erased memories or Missy's agent or whatever to help the Doctor time and time again. She's Clara Oswald, a fascinating character and the Doctor's loyal companion, that's the only justification she needs. Yes, she is helped by an ontological paradox here or a mysterious Missy there, and that's really great to have some cool narrative stuff like that, but it shouldn't overshadow the character. So far I think it doesn't, and let it stay that way!
@Planet of the Deaf @Dalekium She'll start up her own burlesque group, with Strax and Orson
1 week, 5 days ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon
@Planet of the Deaf @ilyootha @yoshfiction @stargazer0118 @YaelMoise
But Orson is seen wearing the exact same spacesuit in the 22nd century news broadcast, complete with SB6 logo... What's even more curious is that Eleven's suit in Hide didn't have a SB6 logo, and judging by filming photos, neither have any of suits in Kill the Moon!
My theory is that at some point after TWOM, the Doctor gave the original SB6 suit to a NASA-like organisation, which in turn by coincidence issued it to Orson when he signed up for the time travel experiment. Alternatively, Orson could have inherited it from Danny or Clara, who will get it from the Doctor at some point in the future. Either way, the Doctor liked the design and either made a few copies of the suit or went to 4100s and got a few more, but without any logos.
@MaraBackman @stargazer0118 @YaelMoise Sanctury Base logos on spacesuits must be also a part of that fashion then! XD
@yoshfiction @stargazer0118 @YaelMoise Except that it's a 42nd century spacesuit and Orson had it in the 22nd before he met the Doctor.