I have become Oodkind.
@Mr 11 I'm leaving the day after! Screw packing, I'm watching Deep Breath!
7 hours, 54 minutes 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!
8 hours, 1 minute ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally
@The Questor ...running from rhino's? You have a very interesting life.
8 hours, 3 minutes ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally
@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.
1 day, 3 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.
2 days, 4 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.
2 days, 4 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!
3 days, 3 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.
4 days, 3 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!
4 days, 10 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!
5 days, 8 hours 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.
6 days, 7 hours 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.
6 days, 9 hours 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, 1 day 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, 2 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, 3 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, 4 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, 4 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, 4 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer
@Angie Whodini Well, people named Angie never are very good at communicating... ;)
@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.
1 week, 5 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer
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!
1 week, 5 days 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 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, 2 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 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, 2 days ago on Series 8 Finale Filming: Beyond the Grave
@Malohkeh @Deus_Ex_Machina Not really. Most characters stay dead. It's just that that exact thing happened to Rory in Cold Blood and The Pandorica Opens. Not to mention Amy's Choice, The Doctor's Wife, Black Spot, Day of the Moon, and The Angels Take Manhattan.
They have to reuse props to keep in the budget. Pete Tyler's house had the same foyer as the hotel in The Angels Take Manhatten, etc. I'm guessing they are being refurbished and teised, or simply put in the background.
@ilyootha @Ryan Nicholson I do find the Nightmare in Silver ones rather chilling, though.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Series 8 Finale Filming: Beyond the Grave
@TakeTheType40 is now...CyberDead! I was thinking it before I saw the picture too! It makes sense...
The problem is that we need an article like this at all. The idea was that the cybermen were on a crashed ship and losing power? Then say that. Present them as a few survivors in a struggle to survive. As it was, they didn't seem to be in a struggle. They didn't say that their resources were wearing down, so they couldn't do a normal conversion. After all, they had enough power for teleports and everything! It had an interesting idea, but it lacked good execution. I've found a lot of Roberts' episodes that way, unfortunately.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on The Common Criticisms of Closing Time
For some reason this reminds me of the key to time arc.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Series 8: Meet the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere
Agreed. Variety is the spice of life.
Unless your British. I believe spice tea is their "spice of life." *shields myself*
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Should Doctor Who Adopt a Darker Tone?
I disagree. I'm not a fan of the fantastical fairy tale tone. I think it worked well in series 5-- a nice deep breath (pun intended) of fresh air after the overly intense RTD specials, but it got old. Moffat's more whimsical style worked really well in small portions but too much is just too much. Much like candy: a jelly baby or two is great, but eat 34 in a row and you get sick.
I did appreciate the darker tones of Mercy, even if it wasn't my favorite episode. AGMGTW was also darker. However, there is a difference between dark moments in a fantastical show and a darker-themed show with funny, lighter moments. Compare series one to series seven: there's a clear difference. Paul Cornell's episodes are prime examples.
Matt's run was a bit silly for me. I would appreciate a return of a more Eccelston feel. One thing RTD did well.
All time lords are descended from humans. That's his big series nine reveal. I'm worried now...
4 weeks ago on Moffat: Who says the Doctor is NOT human?
The cybermen couldn't convert him because he's not human.
Every Time Lord episode made it obvious they were not human.
In Rose, Rose asks "are you alien?" And he answered "yes."
The Doctor is NOT HUMAN.
It's so obvious: Clara is The Rani. Silly Moffat, thinking he can deceive us.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Moffat Teases Massive Cliffhanger
Rest in peace, "We promise." That last part makes me think soneone is starting a campaign to kil someone/something. Perhaps trying to destroy Gallifrey? It looks like UNIT is back to, based on the museum.
1 month ago on Series 8 Filming: Finale Clue
Let's Kill Hitler - 7/10. I pretty much agree exactly with the article. Some parts were great, and it was funny, but a lot didn't seem to work out well and it didn't come together very well. I would say it is above average, just because it moves on the arc and has some funny moments, but it definitely wasn't my favorite of the arc.
Night Terrors - 5/10. Very average. Really, to me it was typical Gatiss writing. It had good elements, but on a whole there were to many cringe-worthy moments and ridiculous plot points. The kid is an alien? Really? It had some scary moments, which was good, but overall it was forgettable.
The Girl who Waited - 8.5/10. I can't say it was the most interesting episode I've seen, but the framework and execution was very strong. It had a lot of emotional, sad moments which I thought was quite good, and it really was fantastic for character development of the Ponds.
The God Complex - 9/10. I rate this episode highly simply because it was so well done. The story itself, while scary, was a bit lacking at times, but it was made up for in strong directing and acting. It was a masterpiece in my opinion, even if the story wasn't my favorite.
Closing Time - 6/10. Again, this article nails it on the head. I loved to silence part of it-- seeing the Doctor handle his coming death. The cyberman element was stupid, however, and the resolution was far from good. It would have been much better if Roberts had come up with a new villain. As it was, it was flawed.
The Wedding of River Song - 8/10. I found it underwhelming. A lot just came off as too silly, and unlike the writer said, I found the resolution a bit of a cop-out. I would have preferred a more complex solution that we could have seen being built up instead of the "oh wait, I am the tesselecta, not the Doctor" as we got. It just didn't live up to the hype it created. The wedding seemed rushed and tacked on too. However, it had it's good moments.
I think as it turned out, Moffat built up to much in the arc and couldn't tie it together well enough, leaving a lot of awkward holes. In my opinion, he should have cut the fat out of the finale and tied more up, which would have made Time of the Doctor a lot less cluttered. It wasn't a bad series, but it seemed to go downhill later in the series.
1 month ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 6 (Episodes 8-13)