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Hmm... Not expecting much from this episode now. The 'Skovox Blitzer' looks pretty bad (and it has a terrible name, really).
1 day, 1 hour ago on Next Time: The Caretaker
Yes, the narrator is irritating, but I still rather like these. They're no way near as good as Confidential, but they're something. But seriously, could they not think of something a little more creative than USB ports? I mean, they weren't even USB 3.0 (going by the colour)...
1 day, 1 hour ago on Doctor Who Extra: Time Heist
6/10. Good episode, but I'm trying to adjust my rankings. I'd still happily watch that episode again, because it actually got the love story ending right (unlike Hide), but somehow it felt a bit lacking (could be the air vents).
Deep Breath - 8.5/10
Into the Dalek - 8/10
Robot of Sherwood - 7/10
Listen - 9/10
Time Heist - 6/10
A very strong series so far - if this standard is kept up, it may end up being my favourite series of all.
1 day, 3 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
Listen. It was scarier, that's what it comes down to for me. The episode also manages to cover a huge amount without ever feeling rushed, which is quite a talent. I love Blink, but I think I love Listen just a tiny bit more.
3 days, 1 hour ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen
@DWTV Ah, I see. Rings holds a special place in my heart, even though I think it has far too many flaws. I find it comforting, somehow. But I think it's especially bad that those two episodes came after one another... Series 2 was an odd series.
3 days, 1 hour ago on Time Heist Spoiler-Free Review
@DWTV @Handles @Planet of the Deaf As I'm afraid I don't wish to trawl through all the episode reviews, what's the lowest score that's been awarded (to the best of your knowledge)?
3 days, 2 hours ago on Time Heist Spoiler-Free Review
@Planet of the Deaf @Handles True. Den of Geek seems to think that it's a good episode apart from a slightly muddled ending. We'll see - at least I won't feel let down by hype.
@The Finn I was expecting at least a fleeting reference, as with Robot of Sherwood. Seems rather odd, I can't remember such a thing happening before (in the Moffat era at least).
@Planet of the Deaf @DWTV Exactly, I nearly posted that. My scores are almost always "against all TV shows," because I just find it so hard to give Doctor Who lower than a 6/10. It's one of very few programmes which can have a really poor episode but still bring me back the next week. And even in the poor episodes there are usually quite a few memorable/funny moments.
@DWTV Yes, of course! But it's not superb, and I very rarely see any "average" scores.
@ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus @Handles Yeah, same, but sometimes that can be hard if you hear that other people don't like it either. For example, I loved Deep Breath (apart from Strax and the over-sized T-Rex), but no one else in my family liked it, and I always find shows more enjoyable when I watch them with others.
@ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus Yeah, I thought it was fantastic (bar the fact that the ending rewrote the whole of the episode's timeline), but I probably won't enjoy it as much now that I've heard so much criticism directed towards it.
This is a bit disappointing to hear, given that some people who'd seen the leaked episode/read the script said the episode was fantastic, but I guess they're never going to be totally reliable. Anyway, DWTV gave Robot of Sherwood 7/10, and I thought that was a perfectly enjoyable (albeit unremarkable) episode, so the same may go for Time Heist. Really, I'm just hoping that Kill The Moon, Mummy on the Orient Express, Flatline, and Dark Water/Death in Paradise are good. I don't ask for much, do I?
@TheCyberDoctor is Heisting @Handles Yeah, I jumped a little when we first saw the Droid underneath the bed, but other than that it was just a beautiful episode - not scary. I didn't find Blink that scary really, but I found The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone and The Angels Take Manhattan pretty scary (the latter was creepy rather than scary) despite those both being considered weaker stories by most. I do love Blink, of course, but I think the highlight of the episode is Sally Sparrow and the "timey-wimey" DVDs, though the concept of the Angels is still fantastic. Again, I love the concept of Midnight, and I thought it was a superb episode, but it didn't scare me. As for Silence in the Library, I avoided shadows for a few days after that, and I've been trying to get out of bed very quickly after watching Listen for fear of a hand grabbing me... I must also confess something - I've always found the Autons really freaky. The newer ones which look identical to humans aren't scary at all, but the originals still cause me to jump if I ever walk too close to a mannequin
4 days, 6 hours ago on Tantalising Details on Episodes 5-8 of Series 8
@TardisBoy I know, I read that, but the Radio Times and Digital Spy say it's because of Strictly and ratings?
@Chris502 Apparently it was Strictly that did that? Well, that's what the Radio Times and Digital Spy say anyway. But it could be both.
I'm so glad that Mummy isn't going to be the romp it sounds like it should be. I got quite worried when I heard that both Frank Skinner and Foxes were in this episode, but this has raised my expectations. Also, Kill the Moon sounds fantastic, but I do hope the controversial scene isn't too controversial.
@supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... @deathbird Perhaps the TARDIS will have to drag him there, kicking and screaming?
@TheCyberDoctor is Heisting Weirdly, I haven't found quite a few of these scary. I don't see what's so scary about the Clockwork Droids, Weeping Angels (they have a few good jump scares but that's it really), Midnight, or the werewolf. The Silence, Flood, Vashta Nerada, Toby Zed, and Listen, however, they're scary.
@Paulb_47 Yes, it's probably true. Quite a few of my friends are 'big' Doctor Who fans, but they haven't really enjoyed much of Series 8 so far. Two of them say that Capaldi's acting isn't "genuine" (I think they meant that they don't see him as the Doctor yet), but to me it just sounds like most of them are still trying to get over Matt and even David. I got over Matt by the end of Deep Breath. I adore Matt Smith, and think he's a superb Doctor, but given one or two more episodes, I imagine Capaldi will overtake Matt as my favourite.
6 days, 4 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
I'd be very surprised if Listen didn't come top - that said, there were quite a few people who weren't keen on it, so that could bring the score down? Either way, Series 8 has been an amazing leap in quality over Series 7, so I'm quietly confident that Time Heist will be a good story too.
6 days, 4 hours ago on Your Verdict on Robot of Sherwood
@They're all my favorite Bank Robber Perhaps the Doctor gave it to Orson? He might have wanted to play a bit of a prank on Clara, as she's already seen that suit, so she'd expect to see the Doctor inside it (and that's what she did expect).
6 days, 4 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
If I'm honest, I expected it to be cancelled again at some point in the relatively near future, but I imagine it would be an official hiatus rather than what happened in the '80s. By the time we reach the end of the Fourteenth Doctor's run (blimey) I could quite easily imagine a 3-5 year hiatus taking place.
6 days, 7 hours ago on Why The Decline in Overnight Ratings Doesn’t Matter
@doc_rocker_ It wasn't meant to be scary. Doctor Who episodes don't have to be scary, they can just be a bit of fun. (In fact I'd say that most episodes aren't scary.)
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood
@bringmeknitting @Handles Perhaps, but going by the description I think it works fine without it. The only issue is that you never find out that the Sheriff is half-robot, but I guess it might be released as a deleted scene if it isn't intact.
I've just realised that the title only makes sense with the cut scene (or at least I think it does). The 'robot' is the Sheriff, because otherwise it would have been called Robots of Sherwood.
7/10. Good - and very funny - apart from that Golden Arrow resolution, which seemed a little cheap, but still an enjoyable episode which I'd happily re-watch. The ending is no way near as bad as, say, The Power of Three, or Hide, but it'll take quite a bit to be worse than either of those. I wouldn't say it's an episode you're meant to take too seriously anyway (come on, it's about Robin Hood), so I'll let it off. I'm very pleased with Series 8 so far, can't wait for Listen!
I actually thought the pacing was superb in this episode (albeit I thought Danny's introduction dragged a little, but not too much). And the CGI! Goodness me that was good. There were just a few moments where it looked a bit dodgy - the antibodies mainly, I think - but otherwise it was top notch. I'm sure this will become one of my favourite episodes with a few rewatches, and it's probably the second best Dalek story of New Who (after Dalek of course). It beats Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways because the ending is a lot better, and I didn't notice many references in the script that would become dated over the years (Ground Force, The Weakest Link, and some of the other shows are no longer running so it makes it highly unlikely that the Daleks would bring them back). So a few faults, which I can't quite put my finger on, but brilliant performances from Peter, Jenna, and Zawe, so this deserves 8/10, I think.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek
@MeglosProductions Critics have, overall, received it very well, and the screenings gave it good reviews too. So they're probably going off critics, I guess.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
@ahunter8056 @supermoff But it was no longer really a robot. It used so many human parts that it started to develop emotions, similar to the Daleks in Series 1.
@Capaldi Is God @Handles @ilyootha is back in home Universe @darklugia565 Yes, it appears you're right... "I don't like being wrong in public."
@Capaldi Is God @Handles @ilyootha is back in home Universe @darklugia565 Really? Oh damn... That's a shame.
@FanSince1970 I didn't much like the last series, but still love the Eleventh Doctor, but I loved this episode.
@ilyootha is back in home Universe @Handles @darklugia565 I'm pretty sure they are... I could be wrong, but the similarity was striking to me.
@ilyootha is back in home Universe @darklugia565 @Handles Think back to 'Rose.'
@Sharaz_Jek It's not that bad. The Slitheen used whole skinned humans as suits, for example, it's been done before.
Did anyone else notice the amazing cameo? The conspiracy theorist? I thought it was brilliant. I didn't like one or two things about this episode - Missy and the frequent "just-in-case-you-didn't-know-they're-lesbians" scenes - but other than that I thought it was brilliant.
9/10. Fantastic apart from the Missy scene, which gave too much away.
Prisoner Zero? Eh? This sounds very intriguing then. I assumed that the "long forgotten foe" that the Radio Times talked about would be the Clockwork Droids. I know they don't look quite the same as the droids in Deep Breath, but they could just be different models.
1 month ago on Details on Series 8’s First Four Episodes
This is brilliant. Can we get an appearance from the 'angriest man in Scotland' too?
1 month ago on Chris Addison to Guest in Series 8 Finale
@SGMusic Yeah, it doesn't seem right it all. It should either be 'Robots of Sherwood' or 'The Robot of Sherwood.'
1 month ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 1-6)
Perhaps an unpopular opinion, but I'd love it if Moffat could get Disney on board to help them make some episodes (or minisodes) of that Gravity Falls style animated Doctor Who. Definitely not a replacement of the full show, but it would be a nice quasi spin-off for either iPlayer or CBBC.
1 month, 1 week ago on The Series 8 Title Sequence
Is the theme similar to the Peter Howell theme from the 80s? If so, I'm a fan.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Series 8 Title Sequence
Vod! Vod's in Doctor Who! (Zawe Ashton if you haven't watched Fresh Meat.) I remember that she was one of the most frequently mentioned names when the female Doctor rumours were rampant, so I'm glad she's on the show in some form now.
But these clips are wonderful. I have very high expectations now, especially from what I've heard about Deep Breath (read Den of Geek's spoiler free review if you want). Capaldi looks set to be one of my favourites already. (One of. It will take some doing to top Pat and Matt for me.)
1 month, 2 weeks ago on BBC News Series 8 Preview Featuring Into the Dalek Clips
Unless Eccleston agrees to come back, I see no need to do a 10th Anniversary special. But a minisode would be lovely, especially if it was about 15 minutes long. Or even just a regular episode written by RTD, perhaps with some Autons thrown in if he can shake them up a bit.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on No 10th Anniversary Special For New Who?
@VictorWong1 I don't think they'd give a high profile actor such a small role. I mean, it's not like they did that when Sir Ian McKellan was on the show, did they?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Zoe Saldana Wants Doctor Who Role
Yes please. And I'd quite like another Star Trek actor to have a role too... You know who I mean.
Series 6 was probably the darkest New Who series. There are only four episodes (assuming you don't include A Christmas Carol, though that had dark moments) which I wouldn't class as particularly dark (The Curse of the Black Spot, Let's Kill Hitler, Closing Time, and The Wedding of River Song). Even then, these episodes had their fair share of dark moments, though in the case of The Curse of the Black Spot and Closing Time it was just when Kovarian popped up. But I'd say this was the only consistently dark series.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on What Actually Makes a Story Dark?
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.
3 months, 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.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Two-Part Finale for Series 8