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Twelfth, unless you're including the War Doctor in your count (which most people, including Moffat and the BBC, do not). That'd take it to Thirteenth. The only way of reaching the conclusion that he's the Fourteenth is if you take into consideration Tennant's half-regeneration, but that would be plain incorrect - he used a "packet" or portion of his regeneration energy, but remained the Tenth Doctor. I presume the error is down to people equating "regeneration" to "incarnation", but Meta-Ten and the War Doctor prove the exceptions. False-Ten/Meta-Ten stayed in his current incarnation despite regenerating, and the War Doctor used a regeneration but didn't consider his incarnation as being "The Doctor".
3 days, 13 hours ago on Is Doctor Who History Repeating Itself?
Ignore the Daily Fail. I didn't even bother clicking that one. All the rest, from the same time (Telegraph, Mirror, etc, plus Wired and a few others) reported a three year contract with the option to extend it to five.
5 days, 21 hours ago on Capaldi Unclear on Series 9 Return
A quick Google search disagrees. Matt Smith started on a three-year contract with the option to extend it to up to five years. It was reported everywhere.
6 days, 14 hours ago on Capaldi Unclear on Series 9 Return
I'm pretty sure Matt had a multiple year contract with the show, did he not? I definitely recall reports (their accuracy is another matter) when he was cast that he was tied down to a three year contract with the option to extend it further, which would make a lot more sense than limiting your lead talent to a year-by-year contract, especially when the exposure that Who gives an actor immediately opens up a whole host of other opportunities in TV and Film. For a show the size of Doctor Who, I simply can't imagine that they'd be silly enough not to tie their lead actors to a longer-term commitment.
I'd never heard of the guy until he was cast in Doctor Who. From what I recall (I researched him out of curiosity), he was a regular on Emmerdale a few years back and he was in a supernatural drama called "Hex" quite a while ago. Other than that, I don't think he's done much of note. Just walk-ons and small parts in Casualty, Doctors and the like. Assuming he performs well, Doctor Who will probably be the role that really launches him.
1 week ago on Coleman on Clara and Danny in Series 8
If that were the case, and he was speaking in reference to the content of past episodes, then his subsequent follow-up statement that "the question is certainly addressed" would be false, as neither The Fires of Pompeii or Children of Earth ever made any reference to Capaldi's shareware face. So logically, I can only deduce that he's speaking in reference to what's to come, in the scripts that he has so far read/performed.
1 week, 1 day ago on Capaldi’s Hint On Past Whoniverse Appearances
Half an answer doesn't satisfy anyone. If you don't think it should be explained, then seeing it given any sort of explanation will leave you dissatisfied. If you do think it should be explained, then an ambiguous half-answer that keeps you guessing will leave you dissatisfied. It's the only solution that's guaranteed to aggravate both parties, not appease them. If you asked me the time, and I told you it's "quarter past something", would that be enough for you?
I'm pretty sure that his last remarks are a mislead - he's not going to give the game away by dropping such heavy hints. He may be new to the role, but I'm confident Moffat has him well-schooled on how to be overly ambiguous, deceptive and evasive already. So I have to doubt that Caucillus was, as some are now suggesting, 12 going undercover or similar such. What does concern me here is how Capaldi says the full answer "isn't there", as if they're just going to allude to his prior appearances but not actually explain it, which would be a huge letdown considering how much talk we've heard about this subject (not from the fandom, but from the Moff himself). Fingers crossed that too is a bluff.
Got to agree on The Eleventh Hour. It started and ended well, and had a few nice moments in the middle, but by and large I didn't find it all that interesting or exciting (even if it was a slight step up over, say, Partners in Crime or New Earth). As far as NuWho Doctor debuts, it's always been Rose for me - until now. I think Deep Breath has surpassed the competition at long last; it's a very solid episode, and I'm expecting a lot of people to love it. As far as general opening episodes go, I think anyone will be hard-pressed to top The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon any time soon though, and Asylum of the Daleks doesn't fall a great deal shorter.
1 week, 2 days ago on Deep Breath: A Recipe for Success
1 week, 2 days ago on Talalay Talks “Action-Packed, Emotional” Series 8 Finale
I loved the voices. I can't explain why, there's no logical reason for it other than that they were a bit creepy - and you're right that they weren't easy to understand at times. It sounded like someone talking really slowly into an industrial fan, recorded on a dictaphone caught in an electrical storm from the other end of a telephone line. But something about it still just... worked.
That's a fair enough assessment. I wasn't particularly keen on the Cybusmen myself but I feel that for all their misgivings redesign-wise, they were at least a pretty imposing and credible threat in Series 2, when they last featured prominently. Compared to some of the other Classic monsters to have been reincarnated - say, the Sontarans, or Silurians - and their stories so far, I'd say Rise of the Cybermen/Age of Steel was actually a pretty good run-out for the old blighters. Even Army of Ghosts/Doomsday was decent enough for them - miles ahead of Closing Time or Nightmare. The Cybermen certainly haven't been all they could be in Nu Who, but as it stands I'd say they're at their lowest ebb yet.
I think you've hit the nail on the head with that last sentence. In fact, I'm coining the term "Moffat's Law" for that hypothesis right now.
Agreed - after Closing Time and Nightmare in Silver, I feel they're in a bit of a rut, and nothing would do them more favours than being the main threat of a finale (provided their entire fleet doesn't just get wiped out...). Plus, as you say, they don't really feel over-used yet in Nu Who. Although they've featured in the last two series, you have to go back to early David Tennant to see more of them (if you discount cameos, like TPO and AGMGTW). I have this horrible feeling that they may end up being used as a tool by a bigger villain though (probably The Master, now Moffat has said it isn't happening :P), which wouldn't do them many favours at all.
I completely agree with the bulk of what you say, but I find your Game of Thrones comparison quite odd. I'd posit that, whilst it may be possible (if you're lucky), Game of Thrones is actually one of the most difficult shows to engage with online, or within the fandom, without the heavy risk of being spoiled in some way or another. Whilst the show airs, I actually make a point of avoiding all social media and sites that report on it between the American airing of an episode and whenever I get chance to watch it, because I've been spoiled too many times in the past, by too many people, in too many corners of the web. Doctor Who, however, I certainly don't find that problem with. The spoilers I know are ones I've actively sought out (for better or worse). I'm yet to see anything notable posted other than on articles clearly marked as spoilers.
1 week, 3 days ago on Deep Breath Screenings & Spoilers: Pros & Cons
There are probably reasons behind it, be they a lack of tax incentives, the cost of transporation/travel, or whatever else (I'm no expert, I'm just speculating here), but it does seem odd that they're willing to film in Croatia, the United States, Spain, etc, and yet they've not capitalised on the tremendous scenery of Ireland. I'd sure as hell take it over another episode in Cardiff. I'd like to imagine that it's only a matter of time, and the real reason it's yet to happen is simply that they've yet to have a story that has both the budget for, and a setting conducive to, filming over there. Who doesn't film abroad often, and when they do it's usually so they can make use of a location that's unlike anything you'll find anywhere in England, be it sprawling snowy mountaintops, unusual foreign architecture or the landmarks of the Utah desert. Whilst Ireland is truly beautiful, it's mostly the countryside and castles that attract filming there - and unfortunately, it's probably easier and cheaper to substitute English countryside and castles for those purposes when called for. It's a shame, but it's understandable.
1 week, 3 days ago on Doctor Who – A Global Phenomenon: Part 8: The Emerald Isle
I simply don't understand the appeal of "Wholock". It makes about as much sense to me as an episode where The Doctor finds out he's the third Mitchell brother and moves into the Queen Vic, or inexplicably turns up on Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents to get lairy in Magaluf whilst Clara looks disappointed in him. They're two completely, wholly independent franchises with their own complex, internal Universes that render them effectively mutually exclusive. Any attempt to roll them into one would just be embarrassing and an insult to both shows. Thank Rassilon for all those "killjoys" (sane people with too much love and respect for both shows) who are reigning him in; my faith in Moffat has taken another huge hit just by virtue of his willingness to do this. Now excuse me whilst I go watch the episode of Breaking Bad where the zombies from The Walking Dead turn up and are only defeated by an alliance of Dora the Explorer, He-Man and the entire cast of Glee.
1 week, 3 days ago on Moffat Would Do ‘Wholock’
No. You have to fill out the relevant paperwork first. New rules I'm afraid.
1 week, 5 days ago on Deep Breath Synopsis
They probably don't think there'd be much appeal in an online miniseries where a suave and deceitful narcissist conquers worlds, enslaves populations and forms unnecessarily convoluted plans and alliances with all kinds of nefarious aliens without ever getting his comeuppance. But now I've put it into words, I have to disagree with them completely. How can we get this commissioned?
1 week, 5 days ago on Moffat on Why the Master Won’t Be Back
They did stop the Time Lords returning (sort of), but in doing so they had their entire fleet obliterated once again, which I think we'd all grown pretty sick of seeing. It was much more of a loss for them than it was a win. It'd be like if I went down to the shop for the morning paper and lost all my limbs. Sure, I might have the newspaper, but it still wasn't a very successful mission all things considered.
Don't be silly. They don't make magic rings that fit a goldfish.
I've thought about this long and hard, and the best idea I've come up with is that The Doctor forgets to feed The Master's pet goldfish while he was stuck in the Time War. It died, and now the The Master's got a bigger chip on his shoulder than ever.
I can't take credit for either idea - it's just stuff I've seen speculated about before - but it's still my personal preference until I see something even more clever. To paraphrase AD&C's words, fans really do come up with some fantastic ideas sometimes.
I get chills just reading those words. I was originally looking for a decent pic of Arby/Pietre, but I came across this one and couldn't refuse.
I prefer the idea that he's kept in the wings until Gallifrey has been retrieved and restored. Being "abandoned" by the Doctor to the mercy of the Time Lords and the Time War once again (even though that's not quite what happened, this is the Master we're talking about) would give just cause for him to return to his antagonistic ways and create a whole new foundation for their rivalry/relationship. The return to a hostile dynamic would make a little less sense to me if the Master managed to escape by himself soon after TEOT. Plus, I've got a fondness for the idea that when The Doctor finally makes it "home", he discovers that The Master has mounted a coup of Time Lord society after Rassilon's fall, and is now the Lord-President of his people. What a cliffhanger ending that'd be.
Exactly. Even the Daleks believe the Universe would be a better place if it was only populated by Daleks. That's pure evil to the rest of us, but to them it simply makes sense.
If I remember rightly, Simm didn't even want to play the character that way - it was only on RTD's absolute insistence that he went along with it and played the eccentric, over-the-top madman. Fortunately, he absolutely nailed it (in my eyes, at least).
Until, of course, the Doctor regenerates so hard that every Dalek dies. Again. It was all going so well for the little Pepperpots until Moffat needed a way to massively over-dramatise that pre-regeneration regeneration scene. :( Hopefully that's just a one off, and the credibility he started to build for them can begin to be restored once more.
Shhh. We agreed we'd keep this low-key, remember? <3 xo
1 week, 5 days ago on Capaldi Signed Up For Doctor Who Series 9?
Bah, The Master's story is never "done". Whilst ever The Doctor is still out there, so too should be The Master. There's no end to the number of directions they could take them - I'd never have imagined that the latter would be re-envisioned as a literal mad man with the former desperate to save and redeem him (and heartbroken that he couldn't), but they pulled that card and it worked an absolute treat. If they think that particular element of the story is "done", fair enough, but then why not take it in a different direction? As much as Simm's incarnation remains my favourite (even edging out the fantastic Delgado), Capaldi's Doctor is just screaming for a more Classic-inspired take on his archnemesis, a little bit more sane, cunning, devious and despicable. A performance that's more nuanced than the bouncing-off-the-walls style of Simm's Master and Tennant's Doctor. If the Daleks and Cybermen, which are largely very one-dimensional monsters, can return year after year, then why not a character as versatile and murky as The Master, with arguably far more potential goals or methods of achieving them? To me, he seems like the one villain who never, ever should go away for good. And also, Moffat lies.
Yes. I really do have this much time on my hands. I also took the liberty of adding a sombrero. I should find something more productive to do. i60.tinypic. com/24g69ox. png
This is a much darker Doctor. He simply kills everybody who saw the Dinosaur. Simple.
It does say "Dinosaur", not "Dinosaurs". I think you might be misinterpreting/over-reading.
No worries! Obviously, your mileage may vary, but I was pleasantly surprised so I'm hopeful that plenty of other Paternoster-skeptics will be too.
1 week, 5 days ago on 12 Spoiler-Free Thoughts on Deep Breath
This is good news. But it's not surprising. At all. After Eccleston, I find it very hard to believe they'd cast an actor in the role without some kind of commitment to at least 2-3 series, whether verbal, contractual or whatever. Still, it's always nice to have confirmation (if anything The Sun reports can ever be considered "confirmation" prior to being verified by someone more reliable...).
Damn. That means it's 100% confirmed that Capaldi's leaving this year. :(
I think the only way that it detracts from the species as a whole is that he's pretty much their only representative in the show. We hardly ever get to see the "real" Sontarans, the much more serious, militaristic kind. We only ever see Strax acting the fool. If we were to occasionally get an actual Sontaran story, I think that'd go a long way to remedying any damage Strax has caused (then again, I thought they were handled quite poorly in Series 4 too...). As you say, he's just one lone individual - but he's the only one we ever seem to see, and so he's got a lot of influence over how the audience perceives his fictional species.
Tricky question. Certainly, as a jumping-on point for a whole new set of adventures under a whole new Doctor, it's not a bad place to begin. But at the same time, without trying to say anything spoiler-ish, it's a teensy bit self-referential in spots. It helps you to appreciate and understand the episode if you're familiar with what's come before it, otherwise there are probably some things you'd need to spend your time trying to explain. It's not quite as "clean" a jumping-on point as, say, "Rose" or perhaps "The Eleventh Hour". But it's certainly not the worst place to begin.
I wouldn't worry too much about that - I've never been a fan of Strax (or the rest of the Paternoster Gang for that matter), but they all outshone themselves in Deep Breath, in my opinion. None of them have undergone any considerable character shift, so I can only attribute this to how they were used in the episode, but Strax in particular didn't feel as jarring, cringe-worthy and out of place to me as he has done in every prior appearance. I get the impression that he's still very much the comic relief of the trio, but that aspect of him seems to have been toned down a fraction in this episode at least. He felt more like he belongs in the show, rather than being tacked-on, which is a tremendous relief given that Moffat clearly has designs for the Paternosters under Capaldi.
I love the idea of a fleeting Nine/Rose cameo in whatever episode lands closest to the 10th Nu Who Anniversary; I really don't feel a whole special is warranted, but there's absolutely no reason not to pay a little homage in the regular show, a small nod toward the show's post-revival longevity. It could easily be done without Eccleston too, with a decent double and some creative framing. That'd be the perfect way to commemorate the 10th (for me, at least).
1 week, 6 days ago on No 10th Anniversary Special For New Who?
Sure, the specifics of their cases are different, but I think the fact remains that if Eccleston were to return, there would be very few people pedantic enough to keep bemoaning his abstinence from the 50th. Besides, there was no 30th Anniversary, remember? We all got together and agreed that it never, ever happened.
I couldn't disagree more. No doubt there would be some snarky fans who'd berate him for it, but by and large I think the fandom would be pretty darn happy that he'd changed his mind. Tom Baker refused to return for anniversary specials back in the Classic run (most notably The Five Doctors, where they substituted in some unused footage from the incomplete Shada serial and said he was trapped in some temporal disturbance), but how many of us cried "hypocrite!" when he turned up in last year's 50th Special? If Eccleston ever does return to the franchise, he'll most likely get a very warm welcome from the vast majority.
I'm pretty sure that sequence does indeed say "Eleventh". I've just re-watched it on YouTube for my own peace of mind, and it sounds pretty clear to me.
4 weeks ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title
It's true that he doesn't include his incarnation number as part of his name when he introduces himself, but what would be the point given that most species know nothing of regeneration? There are instances where he does refer to himself by number under other contexts, though - such as when he headbutts Craig in the Lodger to transfer knowledge to him secretly, and specifically states "Eleventh" while pointing to his own face to clarify that he's the Eleventh incarnation. So it can't be the case that The Doctor simply doesn't differentiate between his own incarnations, he clearly does. He just doesn't treat it as a de facto part of his name, the way us IRL fans do for the convenience of discussion.
I imagine that given his prestige, if he does ever direct an episode of Doctor Who it'll be one of the bigger budget episodes of its series - and I'd stake money on it being either the series opener or the finale.
4 weeks ago on Moffat: Peter Jackson Episode Will Probably Happen
Yeah that's perfectly fair - the difference in lighting really does alter the mood. But ultimately the set itself didn't change, which is the only reason I tend to think of it as Eccleston's TARDIS even despite Tennant's longer stint in it. Both are valid though, I don't intend to criticise.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on How does the TARDIS reflect the Doctor?
You know, you actually might be. I've seen practically every element of the show slagged off by somebody, at some point, but I can't recall seeing anyone ever speak ill of the TV movie console room. I thought it was one of those things that everyone automatically loved, like finding a fiver in your pocket or watching David Tennant shake his fist and say "Barrrrowmaaaaan!"
It makes me sad when people call it "the Tennant one". :( I know he used it too, but... poor Eccleston. He finds a brilliant new desktop theme, and his successor gets all the credit.
I'd all but forgotten about the Tom Baker era secondary control room - looking back, I really quite like it. When compared to all the other Classic control rooms, which each have their characteristic nuances whilst broadly trying to imitate one another's core design, it almost feels as if it was the precursor to the post-revival approach toward the TARDIS design: making each one visually/aesthetically unique. It wasn't a total fresh start, like we've had during the NuWho makeovers (you still had the "round things" adorning the walls, the same shape of console, etc), but the wood and stained glass was in such contrast to the sterility of the other console rooms of its time that really does ooze personality. By and large though, I don't think the TARDIS interiors, for the most part, were a great reflection of their current inhabitant until at least the movie. That seems to be the point when they really started trying to give the room some real personality and to try and match it to the current inhabitant - the grand, gothic library was was the perfect match for a lonesome, aging 7th Doctor, and a good fit for the 8th considering his style of dress. Then we got much more alien again with Eccleston, which the Coral look couldn't have been more ideal for, and Smith gets his weird, asymmetrical labyrinth, which suited him to a T. Really makes me wish that hadn't redesigned the TARDIS again so late into Smith's era, as it means that like Tennant, Capaldi will have to make do with a TARDIS that, to me, was clearly designed with the previous Doctor in mind. I want to see what they'd be able to come up with if they were starting afresh to design a purely-Capaldi TARDIS control room.
"The Doctor's Wife" was great and that season had the usual mix of both good and bad episodes.
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