The Fastest Thing Alive... and also a huge fan of Colin Baker.
This is basically the reason Series 1 is the best New Series season for me. It doesn't foreshadow, but it instead hints at something that may or ma not be a coincidence. Think of the A113 easter egg in Pixar movies. That isn't a story arc (I think), but a nod to the roots.
For me, Series 6 has the most OTT arc created. It starts with an excellent bang, then there's subtle hints to what's to come. Then the mid point happpens and then were just left there thinking, ok, now what? Then the show comes back, and the ac has basically gone (excluding minor death hints), only appearing again in full until the end of Closing Time. This isn't really satisfying to me, where Series 6 just suddenly remembers it has an arc. It's why Series 6 is my least favourite series, it just doesn't feel complete for me.
You might say the Classic Series is boring because it has no story arcs, but it wasn't written like that. Suspence was it's key front, ensuring viewers didn't want to miss whats coming next week. Some things like the AMAZING Trial of a Time Lord arc are somethings I enjoy watching over and over because it has excellent build up to a massive event, and when it ends, it doesn't really end! That's how I like it! I'm liking Series 8 more tan most, because it's similar to Series 1, whilst having it's own identity. Hopefully the finale can live up to what it promises.
2 hours, 55 minutes ago on The Trouble with Story Arcs
The Classic Series, I feel, built itself on suspence, light horror, and fantasy like stories. The New Series, from a production standpoint, takes an entirely different approach, with drama and connected stories taking centre front. The Classics are more about the extended adventure rather than the bigger picture.
3 hours, 6 minutes ago on The Trouble with Story Arcs
The Classic Series had about, like, 6 story arcs during it's 26 year run. Pretty sure that didn't effect anything at all, considering it's what made the New Series.
Doctor Who is a sci-fi show first, alot of people tend to forget that.
3 hours, 9 minutes ago on The Trouble with Story Arcs
I wouldn't necessarily say invisible monsters are the scariest, but rather, for humans anyway, the fear would relate to the unknown. Not know what could be chasing you, wanting to do something bad to you. I would relate it so such real life events like a loved one keeping a secret from you, or you being the last person to know a significant fact, or maybe even people unsure on very personal things, such as sexuality, or emotions. It's probably why the prospect of space travel and the greater universe beyond what we know terrifies people; because you don't know what's out there. You don't know if it's something positive or negative. And that alone is fear enough. These episodes really highlight a basic human fear, which is why they're all bloody brilliant and effective in their storytelling and usage of a monster that you know nothing about, not even appearance.
6 hours, 30 minutes ago on The Invisible Enemy: Are the Unseen Monsters the Scariest?
Capaldi is right, we don't really have cliffhangers anymore. Don't you miss those? At least Dark Water will hopefully provide an amazing one!!
9 hours, 15 minutes ago on Introduction to Dark Water
Blimey, since everyone else is doing lists, might aswell do my own.
Amy's Choice - 8/10 (Only by virtue of being a companion centred episodes. Amy's Choice is awesome, but these types episodes are just wrong to me)
Vincent and the Doctor - 10/10
The Curse of the Black Spot - 4/10 (Pirates didn't walk the plank in real life, silly Steve =P)
The Doctor's Wife - 10/10
The Rings of Akhaten - 2/10 (Breathing in space? C'mon now, you can do better, hence Hide)
Kill The Moon - 10/10
Mummy on the Orient Express - 10/10
In The Forest of the Night - 8/10
Honestly, can't really pick between Curtis, Gaiman, Harness or Mathieson, they're basically as amazing as eachother on their first outing.
1 day, 2 hours ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts
Richard Curtis, Neil Gaiman, Peter Harness, or Jamie Mathieson. Why must you be so unfair on us MWTV.
1 day, 3 hours ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts
So, Series 8 would technically be longer than your standard 13 episode series? If so, excellently awesome. Loving Series 8.
1 day, 8 hours ago on BBC Confirms Hour Long Series 8 Finale
@not764 For a theory that has basically no evidence and no proof, people seem to just accept that quite easily. It's what Nightmare in Silver should've been, but preferably a war rather than a merger, because merging with inferior creatures is something Cybermen just do not do.
1 day, 12 hours ago on Dark Water Clip
My feelings towards this are improving with this preview. Only slightly though. Those Cybermen still rub me the wrong way...
1 day, 23 hours ago on Dark Water Advance Preview
So they removed the stomping, only to bring it back. Seriously, the Cybermen just keep doing 180's. I didn't know they were the Doctor Who equivalent of the Xbox One. I'm also getting sick of the Cybus theme. You can imply all you want that these are the Mondasian Cybermen, but it ain't happening with the stomping and the Cybus theme sticking around.
2 days, 5 hours ago on Dark Water Clip
That absolutely and completely defeats the entire point of Cybermen. I'm questioning whether you've seen ANY Cyberman episode. They're cyborgs, not robots!
Their costume has nothing to do with movements, they were full armors. It's the coriography that matters, and the New Series makes this weird emphasis on them being robots, but they aren't. What was wrong with the Classics? Nothing! Why fix what isn't broken? I like Cyberme from our universe. I like Cybermen saying Erradicate and Convert. I like seeing their gory and mangled insides. Why crap all over a perfect legacy? Cybermen only have annoying voices in the New Series because, oh look, it makes them robots! And they aren't!
Daleks aren't robots either! They're mutants of life support!
Robots are in every sci fi thing ever, if the Cybermen are robots, then they're as generic and boring as the rest of them. Well, in the New Series. Big Finish don't make this mistake in the slightet.
3 days, 11 hours ago on Why I Love… Nightmare in Silver
Now, I have 2 theories for the people taking pictures.
A) They got used to the invsions from before and just letting it run it's course
B) They love Iron Man's crazy new look. It IS Iron Man, at the end of the day. I wonder if Rohdy is under one of the suits...
3 days, 20 hours ago on Dark Water Promo Pics
Just as I thought, the Classic Cyber head might aswell be Handles again.
Once again, it's an unsatisfying "Meh" from me.
3 days, 21 hours ago on Dark Water Promo Pics
Just something I noticed rereading the article, the first picture, the Nightmare in Silver poster 2 (as I refer it to as) literally highlights one of my problems of the story, that being the new redesign isn't even in the centre, it's the boomin' Cybus one. Reminisant of the story, really.
YOU CANNOT UNSEE.
3 days, 21 hours ago on Why I Love… Nightmare in Silver
I have higher hopes for a Sontaran episode, than I do for a Cyberman episode that could be considered, at best, "passable".
3 days, 22 hours ago on Why I Love… Nightmare in Silver
"Right, how do we make Cybermen scary again?"
"Just switch on Death Star mode, should be enough to entertain the kids. It's only Cybermen afterall, Daleks is what we need more of!"
Why do I imagine this as the truth? It's kinda funny, actually.
I'll be honest, I've always had a dislike for companion centred episodes, and I don't care how good they are. They're fundimentally wrong to me, just give me pure Doctor Who please.
(Amy's Choice and The Girl Who Waited are FINE, I just don't think of them when deciding which episode to rewatch).
Just to clarify, I have tremendously high hopes for the STORY of the finale, I loved the next time trailer in forest, it's just that the Cybermen make me say Meh to it all. The story won't be bad (I hope), but the Cybermen, for me, are just nothing. It's just beating a dead horse now.
Also, Moffat bringning back the stomping. Strike One.
Some points in the article, I certainly agree with. Them saying Delete IS embarrasing, I've alway hated it, and it just made them boring robots. I too was hopeful when I saw the redesign. They looked nicer, yet a little too tight. I had my hopes up.
Hope is a strong word, isn't it? Hopes were destroyed here.
They came out even more robotic than before! How do you even DO that? Problem one arised from having the previous designs there, the Cybus ones with the logo, and the ones without, on display like some kind of Museum Of Wasted Opportunities. Why do you even need them? It confuses the Cybermen further than they already were! Secondly, why do they move like they have a stick lodged somewhere ghastly? Their coriography is horrid, it extends the robot problem even more. Thirdly, THEY REMOVE LIMBS!! CYBERMEN DON'T DO THAT!! Once their head is gone, game over! It's finished! What is this, some kind of robot fun house? Fourthly, their overpowerness. If you keep it up, they'll just gain Superman syndrome, where writers have no idea wha to do wit em (although that was an issue since The Next Doctor).
It's the Cybermen that's Nightmare in Silver's problem, not the story. The story is subpar at best, and references to Tomb and Revenge don't mean squat when, let's face it, Tomb an Revenge are BETTER. The kids mean nothing to me, the characters mean nothing to me (except Doc and Clara), because they serve as no point of interest to me, considering how poorly the Cybermen are done.
This story destroyed my hope for good Cybermen, and it's the reason I'm absolutely dredding the Series 8 finale, with the trailer honestly continued the trend I was hoping against. The Cybermen are dead in the New Series for me, Big Finish do a better job without even trying, and honestly, I prefer it this way.
Wowzers, close vote. It's basically my opinion on the episodes, except opposite. Still both are very wonderful.
4 days, 2 hours ago on Your Verdict on Flatline & Episode Ranking
Oh god, I don't want Mr Clever again, he was horrid. >_<
6 days ago on Next Time: Dark Water
We hyped for greatness, we got disappoiment. And people say the kids were the biggest problem? They were the smallest.
Them being total machine defeats the purpose of Cyberman and makes them boring as hell generic robots.
Well, the ARE robots in the New Series anyway. Can't see evidence against it. The scare factor comes from knowing the gruesomeness that lies underneath, and the fact that these peoplea re "saved" from their emotions. If we wanted robots, those 2 robots from Dinosaurs on a Spaceship are all the robot I need
Good thing Cybermen in the New Seris have nothing inside them, fits the Iron Man suit billing quite well.
I honestly don't get the fasination with the 60's era Cybermen. Hey, don't get me wrong, they're amazing, but those 80's Cybermen are just something else, and they're superior in my eyes. Dem voices, pure wn.
The head doesn't feel like it suits the body. Then again, maybe the reason people like it is because it reminds them of something actually worth reading/watching?
Hey, someone ELSE whos a massive Cyberman fan AND who hates them in the New Series! Wowzers that's rare!
You're right I suppose, but I'm going in with low expectations for them.
Doctor Who and the Army of Iron Man Suits, anyone?
He has to do more than cheap references to The Invasion for them to be even close to redeemed
6 days, 1 hour ago on Next Time: Dark Water
Considering every Moffat finale, he probably will. It's Cybermen in the New Series anyway, I tend to expect it.
You know, if Cybermen designs currently weren't an Iron Man rip off enough, the fact that they fly, if it IS them, is just a pretty terrible excuse to make them interesing IMO.
Yep, exactly as I predicted. Incredibly interesting and exciting looking story, underwhelmig use of Cybermen.
If you're gunna redesign them at the very least stop giving them the Cybus tropes. We got over stomping.
Nice little episode this. Excellent little happy ending fairy tale ending.
6 days, 1 hour ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night
Still not really doing it for me. Guess I have to see a trailer before I can even begin to be excited...
1 week ago on Death in Heaven Official Synopsis
@Beasts_a_Snarling is a Tigger... Or Rather Tiger.. I'd consider it a double edges sword. One one side, you have the highly rated and loved "The Doctor's Wife", and then on the other, you have the much poorer received, and fanbase dividing "Nightmare in Silver", so he's basically "eh" now. I'm personally skeptical about him returning, hence why I say let him do original monsters only. I don't want Nightmare in Silver 2.0.
1 week, 1 day ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode
@Chris502 The stuff that got cut was probably the stuff that would've actually made it good.
@Gustaff I find it completely bizzare when I see people really hating on the 2-parter. I mean, it's such a fantastic comeback for the Sontarans, and it's the best they've ever been in the show, both narrativly and visually (could use black and silver armor though). This leads into the current problem; the Sontarans are played off as some kind of joke within the Moffat era (Pandorica Opens aside), when it was proven only a few years ago they were a huge threat to humans. It's actually why I wish Cybermen weren't in the Series 8 finale, and it was instead the Sontarans, considering, within the New Series anyway, the Sontarans are much better monsters.
@stargazer0118 @MrRazza has regenerated into Hippy 12 I'd say the kids were the smallest problem that episode had.
Considering Nightmare in Silver, I hope that, if he actually does come back, he stays far, far, FAR away from Classic monsters. Original ideas and monsters, please, it's what made him a great writer to begin with. With lack of female writers, writers are writers, regardless of gender. If a writer has an amazing idea, let them on board! I love The Sontaran Stratagem/The Poison Sky (much more than Strax's continuous reappearances), so the more female writers, or writers in general, the merrier.
@Switcharoo @SonicTheHedgehogRules These replies though, brings a pure smile to my face, XD
1 week, 1 day ago on In the Forest of the Night Advance Review
That 7/10 though...
I'm one of those people who adore's Clara. She's the collective spirit of every previous New Series companion, but with the added benefit of actually being written in a manner that can't really make her an annoying character. She's always a joy to watch, and considering the 12th Doctor, is a PERFECT contrast. Well, I feel this anyway. She has a very interesting story arc, and currently, I'm loving the Clara/Danny relationship, because it's the best relationship portrayed on Doctor Who. Listen and Kill The Moon were probably my favourite 2 episodes for her, because her character changes in a way we haven't seen, and I'm loving ever moment. This is why I feel Series 8 is just so close to perfection, something I haven't seen since Series 1. The way I see it is like this, if people really hate Clara so much that it bothers the enjoyment of the show, I say those people should maybe have a break until Clara leaves. I mean, nobody is forcing you to watch Doctor Who, right? I'm sure plenty of people did that when Tennant left, or when Smith left. But this is just me, really.
1 week, 2 days ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”
Mummy on the Orient Express. By literally 0.05%. Both of them are absolutely superb, stunning, excellent pieces of television glory, but it's Mummy that takes that top spot for me. Seriously, they're both REALLY amazing stories, so nothing against either. Also, please bring Jamie Mathieson back for Series 9, this guy needs to bring out more amazingness.
1 week, 3 days ago on Face-Off: Mummy vs Flatline
Shame I can't go to these. Alas, I trust nothing will leak for such a hefty finale.
Out of curiosity, what's The Prisoner? I've never heard of it before. Sounds interesting!
1 week, 4 days ago on Watch Death in Heaven Early
@Scootersfood has 66 Seconds to live... @SonicTheHedgehogRules @Master Michael Moon Probably when the soundtrack drops. I prefer it to I Am The Doctor already, tbh.
1 week, 5 days ago on Next Time: In the Forest of the Night
@SulaymanKhan @SonicTheHedgehogRules Oh, right! I got really confused there, XD!
1 week, 6 days ago on Next Time: In the Forest of the Night
@Master Michael Moon I'm always surprised how people can name Doctor Who soundtrack pieces. For me, if the tracks aren't repeated constantly (I Am The Doctor, 12th Doctor's theme as examples), it just disappears from my mind completely.
@SulaymanKhan Hang on, didn't Season 8 end nearly 40 years ago...? I'm confused.
Gotta love that 80's TARDIS door noise. And that amazing iPad cameo! XD
1 week, 6 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline