I have become Oodkind.
@supermoff @Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @Oodkind @TheNightmareChild sees into your soul! I can see how people didn't like the Doctor Dying and all that, but I thought the Silence were a very formidable villain in Series 6. I thought the Wedding of River Song wasn't as good as the rest of the arc , and the solution to the 'death' arc wasn't the strongest, but the series opener was great, 7th on my list, and AGMGTW is also fairly high up at 22nd.
17 hours, 25 minutes ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 2)
@supermoff @Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @TheNightmareChild sees into your soul! I agree. I liked the arc quite a bit, at least in the first half. It had some boring filler episodes, but some gems too. I didn't particularly like the direction it took in the second half, but it's certainly better than mediocre as a whole.
17 hours, 41 minutes ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 2)
@Ollie Walton Harrod @hpcwarlord I believe he's making a reference to a line Peter Capaldi once delivered...
18 hours, 8 minutes ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8
@supermoff @SteviePenny And the companion is Caecilius. Just Peter Capaldi. Peter Capaldi. By Peter Capaldi. Directed by Peter Capaldi. With this theme song:
18 hours, 20 minutes ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8
The more I hear about Capaldi, the more I like him. I feel more comfortable knowing that he, a lifelong fan, is keeping tabs on Moffat and Company. One thing I never liked about Moffat's writing in general was his obsession with flirting. I didn't particularly like how he portrayed the Doctor in The Girl and the Fireplace (though the episode was very well done), and though the River/Doctor stuff was kind of sweet, I think the flirting went over the top. I'm glad Capaldi is putting an end to it.
I liked Matt's Doctor a lot, but I think the problem with Matt was that he wasn't an experienced, well known actor and didn't have the authority to control the show. If you listen to a lot of what he says, he wasn't happy about a lot of plots, but wasn't in the position to change it. Checks and balances are important, and I think it's good if the lead actor can provide some balance so that one man can't put the show into the wrong direction.
18 hours, 24 minutes ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8
@YaelMoise @MatthewBagnall I think you can see it behind him. It's the same color as his jacket.
1 day, 16 hours ago on Listen! Series 8 Teaser Trailer
@Mikeyboss182 Yeah, it wasn't as good as the last two, but hopefully it will make sense when we see it in context.
1 day, 19 hours ago on Listen! Series 8 Teaser Trailer
So many 10/10s! I rated the episodes on a more balanced scale, with 5/10 being about average, so everything may look low.
The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe - 3/10. Sorry, but I found this one boring. Also, Marge wasn't the best actor, which made her character not very likable to me. I thought The Doctor acted a bit too silly after Series 6, and I didn't like a lot of the plot.
Asylum of the Daleks - 8.5/10. I have mixed feelings about the episode. A lot of it is really good, and I think it is above average, in fact, quite good. Some of it seemed a bit odd, so I don't give it full marks. Probably my favorite of the series, though.
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship - 5/10. I thought it was quite average. Smith's acting redeemed it a lot, but the plot was too ridiculous for me. The extra character thing was weird (Hunter and Egyptian Queen romance?) and I thought Amy and Rory's part in it was quite weak. It was enjoyable for the most part, but not a favorite.
A Town Called Mercy - 6/10. Above average, and I thought the ideas presented were good. I'm not the biggest fan of westerns in general, but it was better than most.
The Power of Three - 6/10. I liked much of the narrative, but the ending seemed cut off and the flow was awkward. If it had another part, it could have been brilliant, but it seemed a bit cheesy at the end. And may I point out that while they were talking about the "Power of Three," Brian was helping the whole time, so it was actually a team of four?
The Angels Take Manhattan - 7/10. This goes into my category of flawed gems. I think the Amy/Rory part of the episode was really good, but it was definitely lacking. Moffat's writing disappointed me with this one. River's appearance was thrown in and she wasn't really justified. The Angel paradox thing seemed a bit to convenient. The Doctor could go back and get Rory once, but not when they both went back? I'm still not sold on that.
The Snowmen - 7/10. I enjoyed a lot of it, but the GI arc never satisfied me. A lot wasn't explained: What was with the snow being telepathic in the first place? Was the Great Intelligence infesting it? And since when does snow reflect things? It set up The Impossible Girl stuff well, and the Doctor's seclusion was an interesting idea, but it had fundamental flaws.
I usually am more positive in my ratings, but this one was a bit weak. Series 7 was one of my least favorites. Writing seemed to go downhill in the first half, and the second half had execution problems. There were a lot of missed opportunities.
1 day, 19 hours ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 1)
So we the first teaser, apparently for Episode one, the second, apparently for Episode two, and this is apparently for episode four. I guess Robin Hood is too silly to make a cool trailer?
Anyway, I think we can all agree that Capaldi is epic. Also, the new TARDIS looks great!
1 day, 20 hours ago on Listen! Series 8 Teaser Trailer
@supermoff Well, it puts her at about 28 when she started Torchwood. That seems right.
1 day, 21 hours ago on The Evolution of Gwen Elizabeth Cooper
@TheNightmareChild sees into your soul! @sontaran17 @awkward912 So did I! I didn't know it was considered bad... I thought it was quite scary.
@MetamorphmagusWho I thought similar when I first watched it. Season 1 is a bit racy, but it gets a lot better as it goes on. It originated on BBC three or four, so it was gory, but in season 2, it moved to BBC one and got a lot more family-friendly. Keep watching, especially later seasons.
I liked a lot of it, but I have a few problems.
First, the clock tower regeneration. The laser arm thing was stupid, in my opinion. It was a stupid way of destroying the Daleks, and made no sense. Yes, regeneration energy could harm things, but taking down a massive dalek ship thousands of feet in the air? And then all the debris coming down on the town the Doctor spent a thousand years protecting (though the society didn't advance at all)? I didn't like that.
I liked the speech a lot, and I think that whole scene you mentioned was great. However, I think Amy's scene was badly done. Her attitude was a bit off, stroking his face and all that. It didn't seem like Amy, and I think it could have been done better. The concept was good, but the execution was lacking.
The speech was brilliant, but then we got to The Sneeze. I think it could have been a brilliant idea to have him gone in a flash like that, but it didn't work. Part of my problem was leaning over like he did. If he had stood up and changed in a short burst, it would have been good. Instead, he leaned over like a very powerful sneeze, and came up as Capaldi. It looked like a low-budget fan film with awkward camera cuts instead of a BBC hit show. Again, the idea was good, but the execution wasn't.
I think overall, the regeneration scene was very powerful, but the way it was done lacked a lot. If you sit and think about it, it's easy to justify it all in your head and pretend it was a lot better than it was, but when you actually watch it, it's a bit disappointing.
1 day, 21 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration
@Mr 11 I'm leaving the day after! Screw packing, I'm watching Deep Breath!
2 days, 19 hours ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally
I'm glad they're doing this. The 50th seemed to be a big hit, and hopefully it will attract new fans. I probably will just watch it on TV, but I'm glad they have this option open!
@The Questor ...running from rhino's? You have a very interesting life.
@sontaran17 You need to look at the tone of his passage. He does not say "The Doctor doesn't care what number he is, just that he is the doctor." He says:“It’s a long time into the show before any such nonsense ever comes up.
It’s purely us lot, us fans, wittering on about calling him the Third or
the Fourth Doctor – which is actually quite an unpleasant thing to do..."
His use of words, "nonsense," "wittering" and so on indicate that he looking at people's numbering of doctors negatively. He is not simply saying it doesn't matter, he is saying that numerical titles, and those who use them, are wrong. He is condemning numerical titles, and calling what fans do nonsense. This is why people don't like him.
3 days, 15 hours ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title
Moffat's tone always strikes me as odd. He always acts like he's
complaining. I don't totally disagree, I don't think the Doctor would
think of himself as the "12th incarnation" or anything like that, but
calling the way fans differentiate between the doctors "nonsense" is a
weird way to say it. I know fans often hate on him, but being ornery
towards them won't help them like him more.
On the point he
brought up, I can't say I totally agree with his sentiment. First of
all, it's strange he of all people brought this up, because his first
episode as showrunner was called "The Eleventh Hour," note the "eleven,"
his door in The God Complex was 11, which shows that the Nick Hurran
and Toby Whithouse think of him as the eleventh, and Time of the Doctor
was full of "I'm the eleventh" dialogue. So Moffat isn't exactly
discontinuing that idea. And when he brought this up, I immediately
thought of everyone's favorite "Time and the Rani" in which the Seventh
Doctor refers to himself as his seventh persona, or something along
those lines. In The Five Doctors, the First mentions that there are now
five of them. It shows that The Doctor knows which number he is. Sure,
he doesn't go around saying "I'm the twelfth doctor" or anything, but he
is aware of the number of bodies he has had. I really don't see
Moffat's point of complaining about it except to annoy the fans like a little kid who no one likes.
People complain about how fans fight to much, but here we have Moffat fueling it.
I'd still like to see a Capaldi written and directed episode.
4 days, 16 hours ago on Moffat: Peter Jackson Episode Will Probably Happen
@Seaborn W Deadman It's possible. It says "[A] strong emotional story about Clara and the Doctor and the fact that the
way they interact might not be healthy for everyone around them."
That could indicate Danny Pink or some other recurring character dies. That might make Clara want to leave.
4 days, 16 hours ago on SFX #251 Previews Series 8
Great article once again! I didn't know anything about the 27 control room-- very interesting. I wonder what Doctor Who would be like if it wasn't canceled. I like your analysis of the war doctor's TARDIS too. Good work!
5 days, 14 hours ago on How does the TARDIS reflect the Doctor? (Part 2)
I like Nine/Ten's room, but I agree with Wilf-- it could be cleaner. Smith's first seemed to fit him perfectly, though it strikes me as a bit cluttered. I like the concept of Smith's second, because it is similar to the originals, giving a sense of polish and machine, but still has the awe of the modern rooms, but I never did like how dark it was. The new lighting makes it look very promising! I'll have to see it more before making a firm decision.
So what will Twelve be like, based on the room? Well with all those bookcases, I'm guessing he will have more of a professor quality. The lighting suggests he will be a bit more laid back as well, which would fit with his age.
6 days, 14 hours ago on How does the TARDIS reflect the Doctor?
Sounds very promising. I'm glad he is bringing back more consequences, because it seemed like, aside from Series 6A, nothing really mattered. RTD did really well with the companion thing, and I would be glad for a return to more families. It gives a character more room to develop if they have a believable backstory that fits with their actions. Hopefully Moffat will be able to pull this off and deliver a good series!
6 days, 21 hours ago on Moffat: Series 8 Not A Fairytale, There Are Consequences
The Scream with the silence. So perfect that I don't know why it hasn't been done until now!
1 week ago on Weird and Wonderful
I think the biggest problem with the ever-powerful device to solve the problem is that it overshadows the Doctor's uniqueness. I mean, if Rory's dad had a sonic screwdriver, he could have solved the problem in Power of Three. If the doctor uses his gadget instead of his brain, it makes him seem just like a person who happens to have a magic wand instead of the brilliant alien he is.
1 week, 1 day ago on Doctor Who’s Biggest Deus Ex Machina
I think it has become overplayed, especially with the "energy weapon" thing in Day of the Doctor and Closing Time. I liked it better when it was, as the Doctor said to Jenny, a harmless piece of equipment. I would favor a return to hope 9 and 10 used it: open doors, disable computers and such. But things like shooting bad guys? I didn't really like that.
It's also become a bit overplayed in disabling things, as the Power of Three screamed. I can understand disabling the computer, but seriously, bringing everyone back to life? Controlling all the cubes? It should have been a lot harder than that. Another reason why that episode needed a second part.
Looks like it has potential. I'm not so sure how well Moffat will do making them scary, as he historically has been better at emotionless, inanimate monsters, but if he can pull this off it could be the best cyberman story in a long while.
1 week, 1 day ago on Cybermen Invade London (Again!)
@TheNightmareChild sees into your soul! I love "All the Strange, Strange Creatures" too. It's just so epic. He's written a bunch of great less-used themes too. I love "Martha's Quest," only played in two episodes but still fantastic, and "The Dream of a Normal Death" fits its moments so well. I really don't know how he comes up with such great music, but he's really one of the best composers of recent times. Without him, John Williams, and other brilliant composers, TV would be a dismal place.
1 week, 3 days ago on The Importance of Doctor Who’s Theme Tunes
I have to say, I love Murray Gold's work. All of it is so thematic and moving, instead of just plain background music. I like a lot of classic who, but it just isn't the same without the brilliant music. I get that some people don't like it because it's not sci-fi enough, but I think it compliments the show really well.
I don't particularly like the current theme, it's a bit too metallic for me, but I Ioved all the rest of the openings, and I hope there will be a great new arrangement for Series 8!
@YaelMoise @sontaran17 I agree completely. The years on Trenzalore were passed over like they were nothing. I would have liked to see more of the troubles of war rather than simply "This is how the Doctor got old." There were definitely other things I didn't like, for example the whole Tasha Lem thing was silly (She is too strong-willed to age/turn into a dalek puppet? Really, that's the best you can do?) and I didn't particularly like the Silence arc tie-up, but after all the build-up to the "endless, bitter war," I would have liked to see the war rather than simply Tasha explaining it like a footnote in a children's history textbook.
1 week, 4 days ago on Are Longer Stories Better? Five Classics
I think the length of an episode really depends on the episode involved. I think for a complex story, like most of the ones presented here, more parts are necessary. Other times, a shorter story is better, because it fits in everything needed for development without seeming dragged on.
As for two-parters, I think some stories really need more time and two parts works really well, because they are simply too complicated to be fit in 45 minutes. For example, imagine if The Impossible Planet/Satan's Pit was only one part; it would have been rushed. But would it have been better longer? Probably not; it would just get tiring. Meanwhile, episodes like Midnight do really well as one stand-alone episode. Imagine if it was 90 minutes: it would have seemed dragged on and lost it's feel.
Some episodes need more time than they were given. This was a main problem with Series 7: I believe The Power of Three, Nightmare in Silver and Time of the Doctor all could have used more time. As they are, they seem rushed. That's the problem with the "blockbuster" format: an hour often isn't enough.
I think most of the criticism of losing two-parters is because of that: many episodes produced last series have needed more time. If they were all perfectly-timed episodes like Blink, Midnight, or The Doctor's Wife, which all fit in perfectly into their allotted times, I don't think anyone would be complaining. But with stories so complex, it seemed rushed and missing something.
@MrRazza, the Newly Qualified Omega Identifier
I agree, just making everyone die doesn't do anything. It needs to have some emotion around it. The thing that makes death special is that it makes things that kill seem more dangerous.
Imagine if the Daleks, instead of exterminating people, always froze people's legs (as they did in The Daleks) instead of killing them: they just wouldn't have the same effect as the insensitive murderers they are now. Or if, instead of the Master killing people in Last of the Time Lords, he simply put them in labor camps. He would still seem terrible, but just not have the same effect as the madman who kills for fun.
However, killing people all the time will just make it wear thin. We see this in Star Trek, with "red shirts" always being killed off throughout every episode with no consequences, and it turns into more of a normal occurrence than a life dying.
Basically, making the enemy kill someone good will often increase their villainy, but thinking that all they have to do is kill people to be awesome is wrong. We need more than just killing to make a good episode. Otherwise, it just turns into another silly action film.
1 week, 5 days ago on How Far Into Darkness will the 12th Doctor Take Us?
I'm ready for a change. When I first saw Series 5, I was a big fan of the new, whimsical tone and all the funny, lighthearted moments. But, in my opinion, it got old. After a while, Smith's childish acts got less spontaneous and funny and more tiring, so I'm ready for a few seasons (maybe more than a few) of an older, more mature doctor.
On the other hand, I don't want him to seem like an slightly evil, dark alien. No Jack Harkness, as much as I like him. I would like it if he kept the morals of 10, just adopted a more series tone, like Nine, Seven (in his later years) or Three.
I didn't realize there was a large fan base in South Korea! That's really cool.
1 week, 6 days ago on An Audience with Capaldi & Coleman, Seoul World Tour Updates
We seem to be growing, though! At least among the younger crowd.
@liveanidea Or perhaps a logical explanation this time? That would be a nice change.
1 week, 6 days ago on Series 8 Launch Trailer Breakdown
@Gustaff Well, he does seem to have half a metal face, like he's been reconstructed. Plus, the episode is rumored to be the return of the clockwork droids (though that hasn't been confirmed) so maybe the droids stole body parts and reconstructed him.
@Adric the Genius With Phil Ford, I bet they will.
Well, Angie in Nightmare in Silver wasn't too good at it either. I was just pointing out the similarity. Though @angie whodini is a lot better!
1 week, 6 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer
@Angie Whodini Well, people named Angie never are very good at communicating... ;)
2 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer
@Furfie It seems the TARDIS has received a small makeover. It is more orange now, as opposed to the blue-green lights last year. There are also bookcases with chalkboards on the top balcony, sort of like a professor's study.
0:45 That's the headdress of a Pompeii soothsayer! And the "It's about time I did something about that" line makes me wonder, is he revisiting pompeii to stop himself from having to blow it up? That's potential for a rather dark plot...
@Huknar It might be just the lighting, but it's possible. To me it sounds more like somethings along the lines of Dalek Caan: some dalek who is not part of the collective. Perhaps it's the return of Oswin! That would be an interesting twist...
@Huknar Well, at least we have the wonderful trailer to focus on today!
2 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful
Yay, the comment system is back open! SPOILER!!!! THE DALEKS WILL SAY EXTERMINATE!!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry, I couldn't resist. Anyway, at 40 seconds, is Clara falling back through the Doctor's timeline? Strange... Also, nice bookcases, Doctor!
Wow! That's all I can say... but I think I will love this Doctor! The tone feels great, as long as it is not PURELY this. The show still needs a lighter side-- it needs balance. And I think it will have that, based on what I've read. (I read the first scene of each episode-- it's really not a spoiler if it is revealed in the first 2 minutes, is it?) I can't wait for August 23!
Also, I love the new TARDIS lighting. I didn't think the aqua was that great; a bit too dark.
@KingOfTheInterWebs has Kidneys @TheCyberDoctor is Undead @TardisBoy And McGann probably wouldn't have been cast in the first place if it had just continued on from 1989.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on What If… the 8th Doctor Had Had a Full TV Run?
Interesting idea, but it never bothered me. I think this idea would bother me more, actually.
In my view, it's not a coincidence that Time Lords and Humans look the same: I think the Doctor comes to Earth because they look like him. Think about it: there are billions of species in the universe. Though the probability of two species looking the same is small, out of all the species in the universe two must look similar. The Doctor found a planet that looked Time Lord because he could fit in.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Why does the Doctor LOOK human?
Wait, like Danny Pink! Danny is actually grown by davros from the doctor's kidneys to help the alliance of Davros, The Rani and Omega turn the doctor into the valeyard!
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Series 8: New Teaser Trailer “I see into your soul, Doctor”
@TARDISkey221B I meant to say 'reused' not 'teised.' That's what I'm saying: they have to reuse props to save money. They are probably just covering Amy, Rory, and Clara and using it as a generic tombstone, maybe to be blown up or something.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Series 8 Finale Filming: Beyond the Grave