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I feel like I'm the only one who likes Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS. Other than the rushed ending I thought that was a terrific episode.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Top Stories & Doctors (According to DWM 2014)
That wouldn't make sense, as that would be The Time of the Doctor.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Two-Part Finale for Series 8
Are you talking about the non-split runs? Because in Series 6 and 7 there were quite a few 'meh' episodes. I'd argue that some of the non-split series also had more than one 'meh' episode too (looking at you, Series 2).
Here's hoping for a finale with the same quality as Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways. In my eyes that's still the best two-parter finale to date (if not the best finale). Also, I imagine the Christmas Special probably will be part of Series 8 and thus be included in the box set. If we assume that Series 8 broadcasts on the last Saturday of August (30th), then there will be just five weeks between Episode 12 and the Christmas Special. In fact, Episode 12 would air just before the 51st Anniversary, which is set to be a massive event. But I don't see why they wouldn't include the Christmas Special in the Series 8 box set, unless they just want to take advantage of the fact that people will want to buy it for Christmas?
Where did The Parting of the Ways come? Surely that should be taken into account with Bad Wolf?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Analysing The Top Doctor Who Stories (DWM 2014)
@TheCapaldiMasterplan @Handles That sounds about right. Hopefully that'll be enough time for it to start getting a bit dark in the evenings for the later episodes.
2 months ago on Series 8 Confirmed for August, First Teaser Trailer
I can't be the only one who hopes that Gallifrey isn't even found in Capaldi's era, surely? I wouldn't mind Capaldi coming close to finding it, but I don't want his incarnation to be the one who finds it and transports it back to where it belongs. Alternatively, he could find it, but have no idea how to get it back... But I haven't developed that idea any further!
2 months ago on Peter De Jersey Hopeful for Gallifrey Return
@Planet of the Deaf Why can't they just go back to the traditional Pertwee/McGann logo? Obviously the show is about change, but does everything have to change?
August? Wow. Didn't expect it to come so soon. Must be late August, surely?
I would quite like to see a Weeping Angels origin story. That would be pretty creepy.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on 5 New Who Monsters in Need of a Return
@ChrissyPaton I thought so too. The eyebrows need to be more prominent, though.
3 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming: A Castle and a Villain
@The Watchful Guardian @Type40Charlie They seemed like they were in Nightmare in Silver... (I know they're not, but their robotics have got a bit out of hand lately, so it wouldn't surprise me if Moffat/Gatiss did say they were robots for this episode).
It's a tough choice between The Pandorica Opens and Bad Wolf for me. But I'll go for the former, as Bad Wolf suffers slightly from the fact that, in an aim to be satirical, RTD uses too much pop-culture so the episode isn't quite as relevant today as it was then. I'm pretty sure half of the shows mentioned or shown (Weakest Link, Ground Force, What Not to Wear) are no longer on air, so it's not quite the same. Still, it's a cracking episode. To put them in order:
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 12
Oh, Hide... So close, yet so far. I voted for The Family of Blood, but it's tied with The Satan Pit for me. However, I voted for The Impossible Planet yesterday, so this balances things out for me! In close third comes The Empty Child.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 9
@Polyphase Oi. To be fair, I get what you mean, but Handles didn't sound like a Cyberman, nor did he really look like one, whereas Strax looks and sounds like a Sontaran.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Time of the Doctor
If this is true, I really hope it doesn't mean that the Doctor is going to find Gallifrey at the end of Series 8. That would be a rather pitiful conclusion to what should be a fairly long story arc.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Major Series 8 Villain Revealed?
Six. I like it, bar the ending, although I'm not sure I was that pleased to have this as the penultimate episode with the Ponds. But it has its good moments, and it reinvented UNIT into a far more likeable force (I wasn't a huge fan of Series 1 - 4 UNIT). We also got to see Brian again, for what will probably the last time (sadly).
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Power of Three
It shouldn't have been two parts, it just needed better pacing, which would have allowed more time for a better resolution.
The last voiceover is just a cheesy line to say that the Shakri were no match for "the power of three" of the Doctor, Amy, and Rory.
I'd almost certainly by a TARDIS set if a good enough model could be created. Preferably, it would be just like the set they use for the actual TARDIS, with a TARDIS door and a large dome which is open on one side. Then you could perhaps have another model to go with it which provides the actual box. Personally, I'd want the 2010-2012 TARDIS, but I'd be happy with the present TARDIS - or even the War Doctor's!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Infinite Potential: Doctor Who and LEGO
@Clara Laurinda @Americanwhovian John Leekley. You can find a list of the episodes by searching for 'The Leekley Bible' and clicking the Wikipedia link.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat: Remaking Doctor Who would be Insane
@Tobias_Vaughn Manky Dan? :S
4 months, 4 weeks ago on A Few Thoughts On Danny Pink
@StephenAHayes No, it should have been ME!
@Seaborn W Deadman Hey, I know someone with the last name Hate, and another with the last name of Love. :P I think they've probably had a lot more stick. ;)
@Seaborn W Deadman Probably coincidence. ;) It would be more noticeable had RTD written Danny's character, considering Mr. Blue is played by Marc Warren, aka Elton Pope!
Someone on Gallifrey Base pointed out that he might be like Billy Shipton from Blink? I'm not sure how they're getting this (hopefully from filming), but I wouldn't mind that sort of character. Billy was a definite flirt, but as long as it isn't too romantic, I'll be happy.
@Seaborn W Deadman It reminded me of Danny Blue from Hustle... But maybe I'm just missing Hustle too much.
Sorry, off-topic, but Livefyre thinks I'm trying to post "malformed content," does anyone know what this means?
Steven Moffat as The Master.
5 months ago on A Time Lord Wish List
@Shadestryke I think he'd make a fantastic Doctor, actually.
It's annoying. I really like this episode, because it's quite light-hearted. But that's another reason why I don't like it - it bastardised the Cybermen a bit too much. Had this episode used another, less iconic villain, I would probably have given it in the region of 7-9, but sadly I'm going to have to give it a 5.
5 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: Closing Time
Underrated, I'd say, but still not an episode I'm in desperate need to re-watch. So I'll go for a 5.
5 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: Night Terrors
@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen @trenzalew Read the scores as "in relation to other Doctor Who episodes," not "in relation to other programmes."
I can understand criticism towards Tasha Lem, who seemed to be a copy of River in my eyes, but for every other female character that Moffat has created I can't see why there is any criticism. Some people just want to attack Moffat because he isn't RTD - not that the opposite doesn't also happen, of course.
5 months ago on Gillan on Moffat Female Character Criticisms
@LGwalchmai95 Thank you. It hit me hard too.
5 months, 1 week ago on 10 Most Heartbreaking New Who Moments
@BiBernardus And that reminds me, I said I'd watch The Waters of Mars tonight.
10/10, for me. Easily the best Christmas special to date, and arguably in the top ten of greatest New Who episodes.
5 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: A Christmas Carol & Series 5 Recap
@ivegotkidneys Sadly there is a thing called copyright.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful
@floppy_who What is said incident?
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Lodger
I'm not a great fan of Corden, but this surprised me. I gave it 8/10. It's far better than Closing Time, in my opinion, which suffered from a really poor usage of the Cybermen. However, as this has an original villain, (although technically the Silence), I think this episode works well.
@shyx111 I was going to say that Curtis could have left the monster out, but that was the reason why the Doctor went to see Van Gogh in the first place... I think it should just have been more threatening, whilst still retaining the parallels with Vincent. It was effectively another star whale from The Beast Below. A monster like the 'crooked man' from Hide could actually have worked here, although the scare factor would have to be toned down a tad. But, had it featured in this episode, I would have forgiven the love-story twist.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Vincent and the Doctor
@FallenNocturne You mean you aren't a Tumblr fanatic who says, "I can't" or "the feels" whenever somebody mentions Van Gogh.
9/10. An instant classic for me, albeit more as a drama exploring one of the eponymous characters than as an episode of sci-fi. I believe that the only thing which stops this episode from being a ten is the Krafayis - it obviously wasn't meant to be much of a threat or the main focus of the episode, but I feel they could have found a better way of doing it. Tony Curran was superb, though, and I love how Curtis got around the issue of his Scottish accent. This episode also displayed excellent acting from Karen and, of course, Matt. Oh, and we also got to see Bill Nighy praising bow ties.
Theory 3, aka The Codswallop Theory:
An Auton copy of the Doctor is created, much like that of Rory, who only vaguely remembers who he is a copy of. He is thrust back into Ancient Pompeii, and a later version of said Auton Doctor is seen in pre-revolution France, posing as a Cardinal. His life spans many centuries, and is rather weary, so this causes the Auton Doctor to get rather frustrated and angry at the world, and his memories of Time Lord yore start to come back. By the 21st century we see him causing harm to his supposed children under the alias of John Frobisher. Ashamed of his actions, he goes into politics, adopting the new name of Malcolm, but he cannot refrain from venting his anger upon others.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Some Theories on Capaldi’s Familiar Face
@Ava Averson I'm pretty sure he'd still want to write a few episodes now and again even if he did step down as head writer!
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Steven Moffat on his Doctor Who Future
8/10. Some brilliant concepts in this episode, and Toby Jones was simply superb. The only things that irritated me were the pacing - at times it felt a little sluggish, but it soon picked up again - and the Eknodines (I believe that's what they were called). Sure, they were just a creation in a dream, but they could have been designed a little better. But then CGI has never really been Who's strong point.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Amy’s Choice
I don't really remember this episode, if I'm honest! I should re-watch it at some point. I don't remember liking the CGI in this episode though.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Vampires of Venice
@Americanwhovian 11 only talked about him after his secret had been revealed, by which point he had been "reinstated" as a Doctor, although he was still referred to as Mr. Grumpy.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on What if… the Ninth Doctor was the War Doctor?
@DrunkenDalek I think he may have been referring to River Song, not that I share that particular opinion! Anyway, doesn't it make sense for River Song to be less mature - and therefore a bit more irritating to some - earlier on in her timeline? I'm a big fan of River though, personally - the only episode of hers which I haven't liked is Let's Kill Hitler.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Time of Angels / Flesh & Stone
@AlessandroArsuffi With regards to your first point, the Angels have only had three appearances since this episode, two of which were cameos (The God Complex and The Time of the Doctor). Personally, I found The Angels Take Manhattan to be the scariest... Well, perhaps "creepiest" would be a better word.
@Me and Stuff I believe Moffat says he was inspired by Aliens, which he considers to be one of the greatest sequels of one time. He wanted to make it more of a thriller than a horror (like Blink was (sort of)).
@FallenNocturne Do you have notes on every New Who episode?
@The Mind Probe If they'd done that for the decrepit Angels, that could have worked quite nicely, but I seem to remember we only saw the "restored" Angels moving.
8/10. I really liked this one, and in fact I found it scarier than Blink! It did have its flaws though - the Angels moving being the most obvious one - but they weren't enough to stop me from enjoying this story.
@TheIdleIdol @Handles @Lewis94. Haha, fair enough!
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Site Update: 3 February 2014
Ha! I said I'd be more harsh and I discover many people are opting for scores in the region of 2 - 4.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Victory of the Daleks
@ivegotkidneys Other than other Daleks, I don't think so.
@Daleks But it was a victory for you! Your species was reborn with pure Dalek DNA!
@Pockydon I don't think they've been totally scrapped, have they? We saw a few in Asylum of the Daleks, although I don't recall seeing any in The Time of the Doctor.
I've decided to be more harsh with my scoring. I've given this a 6. Honestly, I enjoyed this more than The Beast Below on my first watch, but with rewatchs I really began to notice the flaws - Spitfires in space, a soppy ending, "one ship survived" and poorly designed Paradigm Daleks. However, it did show of more of Matt's superb acting, allowing us to see both his jovial and his (slightly) dark sides. I think it's quite a fun romp, but it wasn't the story the Daleks deserved for their first appearance in Series 5.
@TheIdleIdol @Lewis94. And then there were the occasions when someone would come along and downvote every comment for no reason whatsoever.
@Lewis94. So far it's not too bad for me - DISQUS was really buggy. Whenever there was a new comment and I scrolled down, the "X new comments above/below" notification would freeze on the screen multiple times. The page would end up being full of little boxes saying "X new comments above/below" and you wouldn't be able to see the comments if you didn't click the boxes, which was quite hard considering how fast people comment here!
@Chronos the Horseman @Handles Affirmative.
@Lewis94. It's to prevent people from fundamentally changing the content of their comment, I believe.