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5, 5, 9, 4. Perhaps I am too harsh on Hide, but that ending was awful. It could have been a classic episode if they had simply got rid of one of the monsters and got rid of the love story aspect. As for The Crimson Horror, I assumed beforehand that this would be one of the worst episodes of the series, and I was proven wrong. I haven't watched it for a while, but it was quite unique in comparison to most new Doctor Who episodes. I think the only one which really comes close to The Crimson Horror's style would be Deep Breath, which I also thought was a great episode. Nightmare in Silver would have been far better if the Cybermen couldn't upgrade so quickly, and I'm still not a huge fan of the design. It's an improvement over the previous design, yes, but it still doesn't come close to matching the creepiness of the early Cybermen.
4 days, 3 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 2
5, 6, 5. The Bells of Saint John never did much for me. I like Rings for a few reasons, mainly the soundtrack, but there are obvious flaws (and woefully underused villains) which prevent it from being the superb episode it should have been. Cold War also has many flaws, with one of the main flaws being the Ice Warrior's unmasked design, and it could also have been a much greater story than it actually was.
4 days, 3 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1
8, 5, 9, 9, 10.
1 week, 5 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 3
Vampires of Venice: 5
Amy's Choice: 7
The Hungry Earth: 8
Cold Blood: 6
I feel like The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood would have worked better just as an extended episode. Cold Blood seemed to drag out at times, especially during the negotiation scenes. Also, I do hope we get to see the other Silurian sub-species again. The new Silurians look great with their masks on, but I don't like how they're almost identical to humans without their masks.
1 week, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 2
I think it can, and should, be put on hiatus though. Certainly not right now, but maybe in a few series time after Capaldi (and perhaps another Doctor) have left. It might allow time to explore other areas of the Whoniverse with dedicated time for spin-offs or other media. In fact, another year with just specials (a la 2009) would be intriguing, though I'd hope that we'd get higher quality stories. 'Planet of the Dead' and 'The End of Time' aren't that good, but 'The Waters of Mars', 'The Eleventh Hour,' 'The Day of the Doctor,' and 'Deep Breath' all prove that the programme can have superb non-Christmas specials which are longer than an hour.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on RTD: It’s Now Impossible For Doctor Who To Ever Be Axed
Russell, it's great that you're moving on and writing new things, but please don't abandon what many people love you for the most. It does seem a little harsh on your fans to say, "Nothing is more important to me than my own stuff." Other writers manage it well - JK Rowling has moved on to Cormoran Strike and other projects, but she still writes snippets (and screenplays!) for the Harry Potter universe, so can you please follow her lead?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Russell T Davies on New Who’s 10th Anniversary
@Stradiwhovius Whilst watching it I hoped that the old Clara twist wouldn't be a dream, because I didn't want her to go like that, but I also wanted to see a new companion. In hindsight, I think it would have been quite a good exit for Clara (though questions would again be raised about why the Doctor couldn't just go back in time as with the Ponds).
2 months ago on Festive Face-Off: Last Christmas vs A Christmas Carol
@supermoff My scores aren't totally accurate:
1: A Christmas Carol - 9.1/10
2: Last Christmas - 8.4/10
3: The Snowmen - 7.9/10 (Sir Ian wasn't used well, and the Ice Governess wasn't great)
4: The Christmas Invasion - 7.3/10
5: The End of Time - 6.9/10 (However, I felt Part 2 was better than Part 1)
6: The Time of the Doctor - 6.3/10
7: The Runaway Bride - 6.0/10
8: Voyage of the Damned - 5.5/10
9: The Doctor, The Widow, and the Wardrobe - 4.9/10 (If it wasn't for that last scene...)
10: The Next Doctor: 3.5/10 (CyberKing. Agh.)
I think these will also change. I ought to watch The Time of the Doctor again, but my main issues were how it dealt with story arcs, Tasha Lem, the episode feeling a bit cramped, and the Daleks ("You will die now, Doctor." Okay, get on with it then!)
2 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Last Christmas
@supermoff I thought it seemed like the type of episode where the Trickster could have worked well, actually. Clara dreaming of Christmas with Danny seemed a lot like the kind of thing the Trickster might do (or CAL from Silence in the Library, actually).
@Planet of the Christmas Pudding Brains @Handles Really? You could quite clearly see that they were on a green screen for the sleigh scene, I thought it looked a lot neater in A Christmas Carol.
@bakugan13112001 @Hoorn Presumably because of Danny.
@Master No More May I ask how?
I think I'll go for 8/10. Dodgy CGI at times (the sleigh scene), the elves annoyed me (Sorry Dan), and it borrowed a bit too much from Inception, however it was still a very intriguing (and exciting) episode. It doesn't beat A Christmas Carol for me though, but that will take a lot to top. Also, I hope the Dream Crabs return, but I'm fairly certain they will. Bring on Series 9!
@SANTA-ran17 agent of C.L.A.R.A @Handles Yeah, and by the way she woke up, I think Shona was the only one who had a vague memory of what had happened? It's hard to say.
@Lord Styro the Drashig That's what I'm thinking. I hope this isn't the case though because Moffat said no-one would see his cliffhanger coming... I want to be surprised!
I assumed that Clara would be leaving as soon as Shona said, "You look like a magician." Hence, The Magician's Apprentice. So now I'm left confused... Perhaps they're going to find Shona and we'll have a TARDIS trio again?
@KCi Williams is Moffat @IceDaleks And another nod towards Inception.
@Planet of the Christmas Pudding Brains @TARDlSkey Tangerine at end either says that Santa is real or that they're dreaming. Assuming dreaming, the Doctor is still at that volcano from Dark Water. Dream Crabs used at the volcano... Therefore the Master survives? Long shot, perhaps.
@TARDlSkey Looked almost identical to the volcano from Dark Water, hence I believe that Series 9's cliffhanger will be that it was all a dream. Seriously.
I'm still processing it, but I think I actually rather liked that. However, it would have been better if it wasn't so similar to Inception.
Series 9 cliffhanger? It was all a dream.
@Notsosmartguy In fairness, Batman/Superman makes sense as they're in the same universe (Nolan's Batman wasn't, but that trilogy would have just been weird with Superman involved). I would like to see more shows set in the Doctor Who universe, though. (I love all the subtle hints that The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Doctor Who are in the same universe.)
2 months, 1 week ago on Gatiss: I don’t see why people are so obsessed with ‘Wholock’
I like the Victorian Christmas specials, though they both have their flaws, and I adore 'A Christmas Carol' (though I'm certain Abigail comes out for many more Christmas Eves than the counter allows). As for the rest, I'm not really a huge fan. Many of the specials feature a lot of forced references to Christmas, such as 'The End of Time,' 'The Time of the Doctor', and I imagine 'Last Christmas' will be the same.* Overall I'm not really sure which I like the most, but 'A Christmas Carol' has many Victorian elements to it, so it would probably be that category.
*In defence of 'Last Christmas' before it has even aired, Father Christmas was made a canonical character in 'A Christmas Carol' anyway.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Christmas Conundrum
@Distilledoreo I agree, I'd really like to see a regeneration episode which doesn't try to be so 'epic.' We've yet to have one of those in New Who (including McGann, though The Night of the Doctor was superb so I'll let that one off). I'm no expert, but as far as I'm aware the classic Who regenerations weren't as big an event.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Capaldi Doesn’t Plan to Regenerate “For a While”
I genuinely thought she left at the end of Death In Heaven. I was surprised to see her in the preview for the Christmas special.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat Can’t Confirm Jenna Coleman for Series 9
1, 5, 8, 3, 7, 6, 2, and 4. Okay, there's a little bit of hypocrisy going on here. I love Series 1's finale despite the deus ex machina ending, but then I hate Series 4's finale because of the deus ex machina ending (though in fairness there were other things wrong with that finale - RTD tried to make it far too epic by bringing back so many companions, and it made the Daleks look incredibly stupid whilst Series 1 made them look mad (in a good way)). Honestly, I don't think any of the finales are that good besides Series 1 and 5. Death in Heaven was good but a bit of a let down from Dark Water, a problem which Series 3 also suffers from, whilst Series 6 was a mess.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)
I thought Clara had left now?
3 months, 2 weeks ago on 2014 Christmas Special: Children in Need Clip
@Stradiwhovius That's the main question I have too. I don't really remember Missy mentioning how she "chose" Clara.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven
@TardisBoy is the Mistress I agree. I hope she's back, because she's a brilliant Master.
@The Lazy Cat Needs Her Inhaler They both lied. I think it was an acceptance from both of them that they couldn't carry on.
@Pipnant @thebluetooth @Handles Perhaps it was because he trusted her for a change and thought that Gallifrey was back? The look when he turned away from the TARDIS door seemed to suggest, "What have I done?" to me.
Err... Hang on. Surely Missy can't have died? She would have collapsed and regenerated, or at least collapsed and refused to regenerate?
Not sure how I rate it. I thought it was good, but I don't feel satisfied... Surely Missy has to come back? And Osgood?
Whilst I assumed the Master would come back at some point at the time of Series Three, it was still a huge shock when Utopia aired. Sadly, I think I give in too easily to spoilers to be truly shocked about characters in Doctor Who now... (Though that's not always the case - the appearance of Twelve and the Curator was a complete surprise for me in The Day of the Doctor.)
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Face-Off: Utopia vs Dark Water
Blimey, sorry, someone on Reddit just pointed out that the Doctor cremated the Master. I don't know how I forgot that, but what's the betting that'll appear next week?
4 months ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water
@madscotsmandoctor Sorry for your loss. This episode is going to get a lot of complaints. My dad couldn't cope with it either.
@The Administrator has never existed! Damn I was just about to post that... ;) Makes you wonder if Moffat's reusing old plots...
@DanielBurgess1 Presumably Simm's Master couldn't handle it when he was transported back to Gallifrey, and regenerated. After all, the Master would have been thrown out of this universe into the pocket universe from The Day of the Doctor, so it's hardly an easy journey.
@Clara Bosswald still wants a Black Widow Movie @Handles Haha, wouldn't that be in about eleven incarnations' time though? But I'm definitely more receptive to the idea of a female Doctor now that we've seen that Missy is the Master...
Damn. Don't suppose we could reuse Michelle Gomez for the first female Doctor too, could we?
That was hard to watch (and too much for my dad) but well done Moffat for getting the emotions right. Not sure I can give it a ten yet, because honestly I was kind of hoping for someone over than the Master, but Michelle has done such a great job that I'm not too bothered. But now this begs the question... Who is Seb?
@Scootersfood, Secret Agent of C.L.A.R.A. Pardon?
4 months ago on Dark Water Clip
@Mati C Bit rude.
4 months, 1 week ago on Dark Water Promo Pics
@DWTV I take it we'll still get a rating?
4 months, 1 week ago on Dark Water TV Trailer
I guess the 'city' 19 seconds in is heaven/the Nethersphere, going off the circular window (as seen in the last scene of The Caretaker).
I went for 3/10. Possibly a bit harsh, maybe I should have gone for 4 due to Peter being wonderful once again, but the plot, message, and direction were all sub-par.
4 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night
How did Maebh manage to outrun two wolves?
@Raingembow Firefly things. They did something. And then when they flew away the trees flew away.
I'm actually not looking forward to this episode now... I think it's highly likely that it won't work out which would be a shame after such a good series. Hopefully I'm wrong.
4 months, 1 week ago on Next Time: Dark Water
I'm pretty sure they wouldn't put such large spoilers in the trailer. Clara was talking to a Cyberman after all, so she probably *has* existed, and as for the first bit... I can only assume she's being controlled by someone.