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@Doctor When The working title was "Robots of Sherwood". Don't know why Gatiss changed it...
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Robot of Sherwood Pics
I voted 8/10 so I'm pretty accurate. I also prefer The Eleventh Hour, which I give a great 9/10. However, I feel embarassed, I voted "Yes, the Doctor killed him" but now I've watched Into the Dalek and saw the death of Gretchen, I think he didn't, he just made the Half-face Man suicide... hope we'll get an answer in the finale. Or not, could be fun to leave this doubtful scene for Capaldi's last episode or for ever ?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Your Verdict on Deep Breath
The directing was amazing ! Loved it as I expected. Didn't feel that rush honestly. 8/10
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek
Well that's basically like the emotional inhibitors in The Age of Steel in a bit more complex way. That's honestly not a big spoiler, surely the episode will go much further into the Daleks' system and their moral fonctionnement.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Into the (Mind of the) Dalek
I agree with most of this review, Into the Dalek feels a bit deja-vu but I really liked this one. It got excellent lines, Twelve and Clara are awesome (again) and it got many clever ideas. Sadly I wasn't expecting a great direction since I really disliked it in Capaldi's first episode, and this review isn't quite reassuring... But the script is great, really dark, smart and simple. Unfortunately, some teasers spoilt some plot twists if you are clever but that really isn't important, because the script is still really great and isn't like "omg it's cheaap" as the promise could look, no, it remains simple and well-executed. The characters are as great as in The Waters of Mars and the Daleks are excellent in there, perhaps not scary but who cares ? I've never been scared by Daleks and Doctor Who isn't always about scaring people. There is a palpable sense of threat and that's what matters, moreover, there are really good scenes between the Dalek and the Doctor. And I mean like really, I got chills. There are nice callbacks too. IMO it's better than Deep Breath, I'd rate it 8 out of 10. Phil Ford is really a talented writer.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Into the Dalek Spoiler-Free Review
Easy choice for me, The Eleventh Hour. Deep Breath is very good but The Eleventh Hour got one big advantage : his direction is wonderful, whereas Weathley's in Deep Breath look a bit... dull. And I love all the "imaginary friend/little girl" thing. Sorry.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Face-Off: The Eleventh Hour vs Deep Breath
First time I actually prefer the BBC America Trailer. It's just they basically change the order of the scenes but it's much more epic.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Next Time: Into The Dalek
@Mikeyboss182 Same, that's actually my main isue against Deep Breath. There are some lovely ideas and brilliant execution (clients in the restaurant we didn't notice, the Doctor's head reflected in the mirror while he's talking to the half-faced man) but besides that there are spotted green screens, poor action scene and a poor edition with bloopers... It just sounded old and it just wasn't really beautiful IMO.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
@Riker Clara, for me, brings nothing to the table except some boo-hoo, I miss my Doctor, I'm in trouble help save me. Sorry, are you sure we're speaking of Clara and not Rose ? Just wondering. Perhpas not in that episode but Clara is globally one of the most independant companion with Donna for the new series.
Great review ! I'd rate it 8/10 too ! (Rose was 7, The Christmas Invasion 7, The Eleventh Hour 9). I've a few issues with the use of the dinosaure and with Strax, but it's still an amazing start for Capaldi and Clara.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Deep Breath Spoiler-Free Review
@Antee991166 @supermoff Showing them moving is the best thing Moffat has ever done with Weeping Angels. It was totally unconceivable, it was really dangerous with fans (and this scene is actually divisive) but like you said : the camera didn't show them moving because the camera was our eyes so we can get into the episode. In that forest, we're not in the episode and showing them moving was the best way so we were litteraly affraid of them, for Amy. Plus, Amy had her eyes closed and Amy = the companion and the companion = us. I love Flesh & Stone for that scene, though I must say Blink is still the mastepiece in my eyes.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Moffat Teases “Major Foe” For Series 8
A-MA-ZING ! Into the Dalek, Flatline and the series finale look the best. I can't wait to see Listen neither !
2 months ago on Moffat Previews Series 8 in Radio Times
@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! I though Victory is rubbish from the middle of the episode to the end, and there's 10 minute of nothing at the end where just nothing happens.. in what another 45 minutes episode would have improved that ?
(I also like the three stories you pointed out though, three good stories from Gatiss imo)
2 months ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 1-6)
@The Genie @Galax Amazing ! Maybe not as brilliant as The Eleventh Hour, it's really different, and I think people will be disappointed with some anticipated stuffs (Strax, the dinosaur..) but the plot is great, jokes and callbacks are great, many many little clues for the story arc, Clara is awesome (the amount of her haters will HUGELY drop after this episode) and Capaldi is really awesome. And I mean really, it's not just to say something everyone who saw him says, he is brilliant from A to Z ;)
@supermoff @Galax @Gallifrey FP I've read it and I can say it's his worst script ever if you don't count Victory. :/ But maybe with Capaldi, some funny scenes and a good directing, it can still be decent entertainment...
@supermoff @Galax @ahunter8056 @gameguy523 Yeah but Doctor isn't Sherlock and Doctor Who isn't Broadchurch and Doctor Who isn't Luther you know... Doctor Who is Doctor Who, some writers simply have flaws we can see on each of their eps. ^^
@ahunter8056 @gameguy523 Journey is great and well-writen. Characters were poor yes, like in The Curse of the Black Spot (which is still far worst than Journey imo). Maybe Moffat will change that. But I must admit, Moffat + Ford and Moffat + Roberts are catching my interest, but Moffat + Thompson isn't really promising... they have basically the same type of writing so I don't know what one could bring to the other.
@Gallifrey FP Everyone who read it said it was poor... usual Gatiss stuff.
Having already seen Deep Breath, I went for Into the Daleks. Phil Ford... Moffat... Daleks and Capaldi... Danny... PHIL FORD !
@Gustaff Well, you can just picture it, if a crack we didn't see erased the cyberman, let's assume another erased the dinosaur :p
2 months, 1 week ago on Deep Breath Synopsis
@TARDlSkey @Galax My suggestion about Pond Life in TPOT implies making a much more consistent (55, 60, 75 minutes, two-parter ?) story.
Day wasn't a story about how Eight regenerated, because Night exists. Day was still a story about the War Doctor, it is his only episodes for now and forever, so it would have been everything but pointless to show his early-life...
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat: Big Plans For Future Online Episodes
I don't like that. I would have liked to see Pond Life spread in The Power of Three and other Series 7A episodes. I would have liked to see The Night as a War Doctor's flashback in The Day. I love both, I love many of these little Doctor Who, but I don't like the minisode thing and when yu start to think "should have been in the ep" it's bad.
I remember a BEAUTIFUL prequel of Let's Kill Hitler, with not really many views, but it did what Series 6 never did (bar the Amy/Kovarian scene in the finale) : showing serious consequences for Amy with her baby stolen from her. It would be almost always better if it was in the episodes...
I've been spoilt and honestly, I don't think it should deserve a theatrical release, especially if you compare it with TDOTD. But I'm never going to discourage Doctor Who on big screen, that's amazing ! Anyway very intersting article, we should get an updated view after the broadcast !
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Does Deep Breath Really Deserve a Theatrical Release?
The Doctor’s companion should be someone that travels with him and helps out every now and then, not someone that his life depends on. Stupid. The Doctor and Doctor Who should be as showrunners/producer/actors/wirters/creators want it to be, not like some fans want it with things never changing. And actually Donna was just "the most important person in the universe" in Series 4 while Rose seems to be the Doctor's world so... nothing changed with Clara.
In the classic series, the companions were simply just the Doctor’s friends and assistants; there was never any romance
Yeah, and in the classic series, there were no coloured people/companion and One actually has been racist once with arab people. Time to evolve don't you think ? Nowadays kissng and flirting on TV isn't a shame...
Especially in The Time of the Doctor, the Doctor even wanted to get rid of her!
To PROTECT her. Did you watch the ep ? Although, I agree with you for her being a little to "off" with Eleven in this episode. I didn't like her in it. But seriously, the "Eleven tricked her twice, so their relationship is rubbish!" is seriously the poorest argument I've ever seen.
That's a question of taste. I agree with Moffat when he said that the life of the companion shouldn't matter, it's the adventure with the Doctor we should look for. But a great background in terms of characters isn't bad neither, when it's as good as the Noble family (the Tyler family was funny).
we get the whole leaf story and the love story (again, romance!) between Clara’s mum and dad
OMG we saw romance between a mum and a dad who loved each other, help me I don't want to live in this world !!
Can't we get ridd of the romance argument ? It's in every series with every characters from Jack to Rory to Rose to Amy...
My opinion : I love Clara. I agree she isn't the best companion. I agree she is too involved in the plots, like in TDOTD and TTOTD where I didn't like her... I don't like Clara's "the Doctor's angel" side, in fact, but that's not a big issue. Oh and for now, I find her a little too flawless but it will change in Series 8, it's obvious, with her control freak, so we will really see the difference between 11 and 12 and I love this idea of developpment (you Moffat planned everything ? Doubt it !). A bit of nonsense in the "unpopular" article, though : "She is too much involved being the Doctor's savior !" "She is useless !" What ? She can't be pointless and too involved, make your choice xD But overall I like this "double article" really, even if there's some points in the both side I really don't agree with. Anyway in some way she is my favourite companion as she is the one I really care for the much, we really get into the TARDIS with her eyes, she really helps by being so fresh and natural and her "secret" didn't stop me to love her throughout Series 7. Oh and Jenna Coleman is, with Tate, the best actress who plays a companion in the history of the show. Clara is nothing without Coleman, I don't know how she manages but she brings so much to her character.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Popular / Unpopular Opinion: Clara Oswald
@SonicTheHedgehogRules (How come nobody asks how they breath? I was questioning it throughout!) Because for Clara it would have been totally out-of-character... Can you picture the dialogue ?
"Doctor, how are we breathing ?"
"... Girl, Akhaten is a planet. Some planets have an atmosphere..."
"Ah you're right."
It really annoys me when people criticize the consistence of the plot in TROA just because "how could they breath it's stupid no one said it how stupid is that !!!"... Although I know you surely have different points against Akhaten but this is the one you used and it's silly. Like if everything should be tell on screen so you can understand. Come on, Moffat is right, we're not stupid.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 2)
Glad to see so much positivy for TBOSJ, TROA and JTTCOTT ! Love your article. So sad it was the second last one ! My rankings :
The Bells of Saint John - 8/10
The Rings of Akhaten - 8/10
Cold War - 7/10
Hide - 9/10
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS - 9/10
The Crimson Horror - 6/10
Nightmare in Silver - 7/10
@SonicTheHedgehogRules (Daleks are democratic now? Yeah ok lol) - What's wrong with that ? It's a great and subtle satire, like a warning : "it's not because you have a government that everything is perfect". The Beast Below and Gridlock are other (great imo) episodes dealing with that, except the plot is more focused on it.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 1)
I love Series 7A as a whole but I won't be as generous as you for individual rankings.
The only episodes who really shine are Moffats. ATCM and TPOT are solid enough and again, formed a really strong little arc where the Doctor just loose the control on his life and on his companions. Dinosaurs is decent but is really the low point.
I must be the only one who loved Clara in Series 7B but didn't like her in The Day and The Time of the Doctor... She's so more like a character in her early episodes than her late, in spite of her mystery. In her late episodes, she basically is a plot-use who rescued the Doctor and said the good things to each doctor so they can live - hurraaaaaay... Well, anyway I'm sure I'l like her with Capaldi. Good article btw, agreed with your other points ;)
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Five Expectations for Series 8
YES YES YES YES YES !
3 months ago on McGann: Charles Dance Would Be a Great Master
Thanks very much for the breakdown DWTV ! I only have two complaints : re-used pictures and lines (that's really frustrating) and that robot from Robots of Sherwood. Poor design IMO. Otherwise it sounds pretty encouraging !!
3 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Launch Trailer Breakdown
@stargazer0118 @DavidBlyth @Galax Thanks. And I'm not growing out of DW, I just don't share all those "OMG THUS GOING TO BE BEST SERIES EVER" or "CAPALDI IS ALREADY MY FAVOURITE DOCTOR". I'm very glad for people who think that, seriously, I'd like to be like them but I'm just "Ok it seems not bad, alright, let's see what it is".
3 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer
Honestly, the previous launch trailers were better. I don't like when they put a few pictures and lot of cuts like at 0:38. I'm not that thrilled. And that dinosaurs stuff looks like a scam, it won't be a large part of the episode.
I don't have any problems with them. I think some minor but great appearence like in The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang or The Time of the Doctor don't count. So, we had : Victory of the Daleks, then nothing until Asylum of the Daleks, then The Day of the Doctor where they weren't the main focus... As for the Cybermen, Closing Time and Nightmare in Silver. But the second one is the only real Cybermen centric. It's not really much and it doesn't bother me. They were far more used in the RTD era (5 stories for the Daleks, 3 for the Cybermen).
And I saw the spoilers for Series 8 and the return of the Cybermen looks AWWWWESOME. So I really don't mind a return if a writer wants it to and has good ideas.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Are the Big Enemies Being Overused?
@Amy is Hannibal Yes she can. River: I'll tell her to write an afterword.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Finale Filming: Beyond the Grave
@SonicTheHedgehogRules Oh don't worry, I wasn't offended. I think the debate on TATM has already been approached on this site. Anyway : DOCTOR: You are creating fixed time. I will never be able to see you again.I don't think it's a plot hole. If he saw her grave and red her last words, it's fixed and they couldn't seen each other again. The place/the time doesn't matter (nobody mentioned NY or 1938 at the end of the episode, River even said she's going to see her ! what matters is the Doctor and the Ponds, that's it). Anyway I think it was Amy The Consulting Key or someone else on thissite who explained perfectly this in another topic.
But even if you think it's a plot hole, the Doctor SAID he couldn't see them again. I mean it is stated, so I don't see why he couldn't be sad ? Perhaps it makes no sense for you or others because it's a "plot hole" but it makes sense in the series, for the characters so I don't see why you are surprised, of course if he could he would have joined them, it's not a question of being "lazy" or not (I'm refering to your first post)...
@Me and Stuff Maybe I'm crazy but do you have a link ? :)
@stargazer0118 @TARDISkey221B @NeutronFlow @Notsosmartguy @Ryan Nicholson True for the kids, wrong for the 2-parter bit. That's just something haters of the current format have said but Gaiman didn't have time for 90 minutes and both Moffat and Gaiman knew it...
@RyanFee "Death in Heaven", remember, it could be an imaginary place or a part of a dream and stuff...
@SonicTheHedgehogRules Then the Doctor was too lazy to wait 5 years (TIME MACHINE REMINDER), or just write a message for them to go at a certain place at a certain time for a pick up. I know you hate this episode but stop being silly : the Doctor can't see them. That's it. No matter you like this ending or not, no matter you think it's well explained or not, it is said. And it's actually full of sense to be emotional with their farwells because just in the previous episode they made their choice and wanted to travel with their friend forever. Then they took a last ride in the TARDIS and never saw the Doctor again, and lived in another time. If you can't understand why peope felt emotional for TATM then I'm sure you can't for Doomsday neither ? Rose lived happily ever after with her family, but never saw again his Doctor again and lived in another world... though Journey's End made it clear, it's a full happy ending for her, but that's another subject.
@Amy is Hannibal Ahah yeah but surely they lied on their birthdate ;) I think Moffat just wanted to keep their current age in S7A secret.
@JFrance Well not every stone indicates the date of the death.
@Malohkeh @stargazer0118 @Galax He stole the TARDIS I'd say.
.... Seriously? I mean, a picture of the baby angel still IN the box ? Come on. That's not a fan who filmed this far away. Obviously, there's a cat out of the bag among the production team ! x)
Well at least it's intriguing and the title gets more and more exciting... thanks you mister the Cat !
“The Cybermen were defeated by love, it was too easy and it was a Deus Ex Machina” No, its not a DEM, no. It's not inconsistent. It makes sense. But it's still a really lazy solution as it is the SAME as before... Seriously, before Neil Gaiman, the Cybermen in the NuWho had always been defeated by making tgem realize who they were and/or implementing emotions in their brain. Boring.
“The Cybermen were not in it long enough.” Cybermen in NIS are also in reconstruction and it is still the main focus... I mean, they WERE not in it long enough. Perhaps it was a good choice, still, the focus are once again on Craig & the Doctor. But this time I feel it didn't really work. There were good things to do with the Doctor knowing he will die the day after, but all we get is some lines from the Doctor that Craig never heard... “The Cybermen were not scary enough.” Ah, you take for exemple people they kill/convert. That's not a good thing. One person (Oswin) = Daleks scary. Thousands of people (Daleks in Manhattan) = Daleks not scary... ? Conclusion : there's no need to kill to be scary. There is also the directing, the sense of threat in the script... And there were actually scary pictures in NIS and some REALLY dark concepts in the two-parter from Series 2. What for Closing Time ? They are trapped, we don't really see them, when they can get the Doctor they leave him...
Don't get me wrong, I pretty like this story... I mean, 5, maybe 6/10 ? The first part is great but... the Cybermen weren't well used and the ending was a huge let down. Basically :
"IM GOING TO SAVE YOU WITH MY MOUSE"
"You have failed !"
"Ok but Craig you're going to die but me too !" God that line was selfish... An overall it was just ridiculous.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on The Common Criticisms of Closing Time
@Antee991166 @Galax @Baker Street is excited for Series 8! Exactly. Highly anticipated episodes are often the ones that have disappointed the most. Series 7 is a good example.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014): What We Know UPDATE
@Baker Street is excited for Series 8! Honestly I think it can be the worst too. Lot of companions, but what for character developpments ? And Clara ? Episode 1 : Victorian set *yawn* again ! Episode 2 : Daleks ? Victory of the Daleks ? *argh* Episode 3 - Mark Gatiss. Argh. Episode 4 - Does Moffat still know how to write a 45-min-standalone story with a kitsh alien ? Episode 5 - Stephen Thompson... argh. Episode 6 - Low Budget with another sequel to The Lodger ? Closing Time wasn't as good as the original so... AND Cybermen for the finale... AND many guest-stars. I don't say it's my case, absolutely not, I love Clara, I love Thompson, I love Capaldi and Moffat and I'm verry thrilled, but I know some fans who are VERY worried and I can understand why. It's just a matter of taste, good for you if you only see things you like here. Anyway I don't understand how we can say "it will be the best !!!" come on, how do you know ? :p A premise can always be amazing...
@UghAnotherID Why that ? I think when he said "the next series" he was referring to us with our point of view... ?
3 months, 3 weeks ago on An Earthly Gallifrey
@supermoff The most obvious way, since she doesn't seem to love the Twelfth and she loved Eleven, it would be her decision to leave. Or, she could get used to Capaldi and finally, in an epic finale, decided to stay... and then she's been killed. Oh that would be rude. Or third choice : as she has always wanted to see the stars, a ending like Jenny in The Doctor's Daughter. Her own time machine.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Should Doctor Who Adopt a Darker Tone?
@stargazer0118 @LotsOfPlanetsHaveANorth @Ollie Walton Harrod Examples ? What The Doctor's Wife brings to the show. Amy's Choice. A Good Man Goes to War.The Snowmen. John Hurt. The moment. And next series : Clara and her relation with Capaldi. As for the RTD era the whole Time War act, from Rose to The End of Time.