Been in a Doctor Who fan since 2005. Love the classics and the modern series. Love all The Doctors and the vast majority of companions. Looking forward to the rest of Series 8!
@Adric the Genius I quite like Adric as well, I just think in some episodes they went too far with his arrogance.
11 minutes ago on Won’t Somebody Think of the Children!?
Very good article. People who are incredibly rude and aggressive to child actors are idiots, since that sort of behaviour is never justified against anyone. That being said, I can honestly say that I think the child actors on Who have been a mixed bag and as a result I am wary when I see more of them coming this way. Keep in mind it's not just Doctor Who that I have problem with this, other shows such as The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones got me cautious with the inclusion of child actors, although in the cases of those shows the actors were pretty good (I want Masie Williams on DW!). I'll keep an open mind for this weeks episode and the little girl in the preview clip was alright, but I'm still keeping my expectations down.
17 minutes ago on Won’t Somebody Think of the Children!?
This episode has a lot of potential, but I'm still cautious about getting too excited about it...
7 hours, 25 minutes ago on In the Forest of the Night Clip
One of the biggest problems Doctor Who finales seem to have, is that they have to do one better than the previous year's. First, we just had Daleks. Second, we had Daleks and Cybermen. Third, we had The Master returning. Fourth, we had even more Daleks and every previous modern companion returning. Fifth, we had the universe ending! Sixth, we had The Doctor dying! Seventh, we might found out The Doctor's name! You see what I mean?
8 hours, 5 minutes ago on Death in Heaven Official Synopsis
Of course, not everyone is enjoying Capaldi's Doctor and most people have fair reasons for that. I hope most people will come round to Capaldi eventually, but he'll never be for everyone.
22 hours, 3 minutes ago on Who is the Twelfth Doctor?
Very good article! Capaldi really has met my expectations and even succeeded them! Firstly, he is an older Doctor, while that doesn't necessarily impact on the acting skill or character, I was worried the production team would be too scared to go for an older Doctor due to the popularity of youthful Tennant and Smith. So I was pleased they had the confidence to go with an older Doctor. Secondly, he is a darker Doctor which once again was on my wish list, so I have been very pleased with how his Doctor has been balanced. While the whimsical Smith was brilliant, his best moments were often when he was unpredictable and angry and having Capaldi have them more regularly is a good thing for me! Finally, he has the right mixture of old and new. We see plenty of 1, 3, 4, 6, 7 & 9 in him, as well as something original, which is always the right balance. Its still too early to tell, but Capaldi is definitely in the running for one of my favourite Doctors and hope we have many years of him to come!
22 hours, 6 minutes ago on Who is the Twelfth Doctor?
I haven't lied in the past when I've said I'm not particularly fond of Gaiman's episodes, but I wouldn't scream in agony if it was announced he was returning, I just wouldn't be particularly excited. I'd much rather have Neil Cross or Toby Whithouse return.
1 day, 3 hours ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode
@Calebxy @Antee991166 I suppose the Series 8 arc is more obvious than a simple phrase being uttered every few episodes, but compared to Series 3 & 4 where there were constant subtle hints and the characters having a vague idea of something being up, I think it is slightly less obvious than that.
1 day, 22 hours ago on In the Forest of the Night Advance Review
@TardisBoy I am curious as to what The Doctor has been doing in between his trips with Clara...
@supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. @Antee991166 It definitely makes things more exciting! Its like Series 3, lots of little clues for the audience to pick up on but that the main characters are more or less oblivious to it. I'll be very curious to see The Doctor's and Clara's reaction to Missy.
@Qbrain @Antee991166 I don't mind long, complicated arcs in principle so long as they work, which I didn't feel Series 6's did. It would definitely be an interesting surprise if there was some connection between all the episodes that we didn't see.
@supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. @Antee991166 I see it this way. The Doctor was fully aware of the "impossible girl" mystery, whereas this series The Doctor and Clara have been oblivious to the machinations of Missy, so it feels like they've just been travelling, as opposed to Series 7 where The Doctor was on a mission to unravel the mysteries of Clara.
I think its fair to say that Series 8 has had the lightest story arc in all of Moffat's tenure and possibly even the whole of New Who. Whether or not that's a good thing is up to the individual whovian, but I think it has made a nice change so that we can purely standalone stories, although I wouldn't mind a heavier arc for Series 9.
I haven't read the Advance Reviews for the previous episodes since I didn't want to have any expectations, but I decided to let myself read up on this one. My expectations for this episode are relatively low, simply because something about it seems a bit...off. I'm hoping for a 7, but I won't be surprised for a 6, but I doubt it will go higher than an 8 for me. As usual we'll have to wait and see, but I'm glad that I'm keeping my expectations down.
@ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. @Antee991166 @LGwalchmai95 That's why I don't judge the writers since its a very common trope in media. But like I said, we should not be showing violence against anybody as a viable way of making a point. Clara should have definitely shouted at The Doctor and shown him how he was wrong, but slapping is just crude.
2 days, 20 hours ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”
@ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. @Antee991166 @LGwalchmai95 That's the crux of the problem for me. The idea that its fine to hit a man, but not a woman. Obviously the majority of domestic violence is against women and on the whole women come the worse off, but it does still happen to men and that can't be ignored.
@ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. @LGwalchmai95 Let's say if Clara was being incredibly inappropriate, would it be acceptable for The Doctor to slap her?
An interesting, alternative look on the "Clara Who" debate. Although, I would quite strongly take with issue with The Doctor being "stupid" for forgetting he wrote listen on a chalkboard. The same could be applied to not making the connection between Orson and Danny Pink. Its not stupidity, its eccentricity. Einstein was obviously a genius, but he often forgot where he lived, but that doesn't make him stupid. Not entirely on topic I know but I thought it was a point worth mentioning.
However, more on topic, you are absolutely right that the whole situation depends on whether you like Clara, as that depends on whether you like her greater role in the show. I think we'll have to wait and see what happens in the finale, I'll be very curious how this debate will change.
@supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. I really want him to return for Series 9, along with Toby Whithouse and Neil Cross.
2 days, 23 hours ago on Face-Off: Mummy vs Flatline
Mummy on the Orient Express, but only by a tiny margin.
Personally I loved Flatline and Series 8 is shaping up to be one of my favourite series and Capaldi as one of my favourite Doctors, so its a shame that David hasn't been feeling that. Still, both very well written reviews nonetheless.
3 days, 3 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: Flatline
@Master Michael Moon I want to love Listen, but I feel the episode is split into two parts which feel very separate. Its like there was a first and final act but no middle act. What's actually in the episode is great, but it doesn't work very well together for me.
3 days, 22 hours ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking
Ahhh, I was hoping it could reach No. 1! But I guess 2nd place is nothing to be ashamed of. My rankings for this series are:
1. Mummy on the Orient Express-10/10
3. Into the Dalek-9/10
4. Deep Breath-8/10
5. The Caretaker-8/10
6. Time Heist-8/10
7. Listen-?/10 (jostling between a 7 & 8 for this one)
8. Robot of Sherwood-7/10
9. Kill the Moon-5/10
@Regenerated Catterson I can't quite understand The Sontaran Stratagem, The Unquiet Dead or The Masque of Mandragora. They're not bad episodes, but they're hardly amazing.
4 days, 1 hour ago on Watch Death in Heaven Early
RIP. Definitely one of the best parts of A Trial of a Time Lord.
4 days, 7 hours ago on R.I.P. Lynda Bellingham
*sigh* One day we'll get a proper Doctor Who game.
4 days, 7 hours ago on The Doctor and the Dalek
@The Finn Can't forget Logopolis either!
4 days, 22 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From Flatline
@gunslinger19 @Antee991166 @supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. I think Delgado's Master was a little bit like that, although he did still sometimes want to destroy everything for the sake of it. Ainley's Master was a pantomime villain, he gave a good performance but I've never warmed to his Master. Simm's Master was just completely mad, which I guess gave a fresh perspective on him. It would be good to see a Master as you've described though. Fingers crossed for Series 9!
@gunslinger19 @supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. I completely agree with that, although I think most villains in Doctor Who believe they have some good reason to do what they do. Cybermen believe they are helping people by converting them, Sontarans are so engulfed in war they see they no other way of living, Zygons wanted to conquer Earth because they lost their own world.
Great list for a great episode! I personally would add the giant hand attack somewhere, it really freaked me out! Although, once again it was not the sonic that saved the day, The Doctor had already planned to send them back but he needed the TARDIS at full power to do so, the sonic presumably simply activated this plan.
Out of interest, I know its still early days, but where would everyone place Capaldi on best to worst Doctor's list? I don't have a definitive list, but I'm pretty sure Capaldi has surpassed Tennant and Smith (sorry guys) and potentially even Eccleston. Up against the likes of Tom Baker and Patrick Troughton, I'm not so sure but its close!
5 days, 2 hours ago on Flatline Review
@HowieFisher The finale will be a deciding factor for me, but even if it sucks, the majority of this series has still been brilliant and is definitely in the running for best modern series.
@supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. @ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. She does still feel very disjointed. I thought Clara was "meh" in Series 7, but like many people I've grown to love her in Series 8. So I went back to re-watch Series 7 with a more positive outlook on her character, and even then she felt a bit "off". The only stories where I recognised her as Clara were Neil Cross' scripts and maybe Name of the Doctor.
5 days, 3 hours ago on Flatline Review
Very good review, and I agree with pretty much all of it! Flatline has taken the place of 2nd best episode of this series, after only Mummy on the Orient Express. If I had to choose at this very moment, I probably would pick Mathieson to be the next showrunner, but I'll refrain from making such a big statement for the moment I think.
Okay, after re-watching I'm upgrading my score to a 9. So my ratings for this series are:
5 days, 6 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
@supermoff, member of C.L.A.R.A. To be honest the part that freaked me the most out was the hand grabbing that man. I literally fell off my sofa!
5 days, 20 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
@Clara Bosswald is the Doctor. It was quite cruel, but it was a brilliant quote!
5 days, 22 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
@Oliver J. "cool" It confirms that they must be villains!
@The Administrator I'm guessing you haven't enjoyed Series 8 that much? : p
@supermoff, member of C.L.A.R.A. @Antee991166 I suppose it could be the editing, but I'm not too bothered about special effects, I guess I was just hoping for a landscape shot of London full of trees, but that will probably happen in the actual episode itself. As for child actors, I feel most of them on the show have been "ok", with a fair few being bad and some being pretty good. Caitlin Blackwood playing Amelia Pond was probably the best. The children in the trailer were okay, but I'm cautious of what 45 minutes with them will be like.
5 days, 22 hours ago on Next Time: In the Forest of the Night
Have to confess this looks a little...cheap. I'm sorry but a lot of the CGI and effects didn't look that good to me. Plus, I hate to say it again, but child actors put me on edge because they vary so much in quality. I'll keep an open mind, but I'm avoiding getting too excited about this. Although, Frank Cotrell Boyce is a very good writer, so hopefully the story will still be good.
I'm leaning on an 8/10. Not as good as Mummy on the Orient Express, but still very good! Mathieson, I demand you return for Series 9!
@The Lazy Cat is Watching Some Clara Who Wasn't there meant to be something about the TARDIS not liking her? We haven't really seen that this series, they seem to get on quite well.
6 days, 22 hours ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’
@supermoff, member of C.L.A.R.A. @ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. @The Lazy Cat is Watching Some Clara Who "No no not the hugging! I'm against the hugging!"
Very well written article. I think the main reason "Clara Who" has become a thing is whether or not you like Clara. Personally, I and many others on this site do love her so her increased role in this series has been a positive one. However, if you don't like Clara (which is a perfectly fine opinion to have) then her increased role is going to effect your enjoyment of the show. I struggle with Series 2 because Rose has a large part in it and I don't like Rose (she's alright in Series 1). However, for people who love Rose Series 2 is going to be absolutely brilliant.
Hopefully the issues of whether Clara has too great a role will be resolved at the end of this series. One thing I do know, that is if Clara does die, then Clara fans will be weeping, and Clara haters will be cheering. It will definitely be interesting.
Some really good extra features here. How come its only Doctor Who DVD's that bother to even have special features anymore? This will probably be the first series I buy from almost the beginning. I only got round to buying Series 6 & 7 this September!
1 week ago on The Complete Eighth Series DVD Extras
Wow, that 2nd clip is amazing!
1 week ago on Flatline Clip
Very good article, but I'm surprised probably the most famous art-focused episode is not on this list. In the City of Death, not only do The Doctor and Romana go and see the Mona Lisa, but it also plays a large part in the plot and the episode looks at the idea of what makes art valuable. Plus who can forget this dialogue exchange between The Doctor and Romana while looking at the Mona Lisa:
Romana: Why hasn't she got any eyebrows?
Doctor: What? Is that all you can say "no eyebrows"?! We're talking about the Mona Lisa... Good heavens your right she hasn't got any eyebrows!
1 week ago on The Girl Who Painted: Artistic Themes in Doctor Who
@Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen I kind of agree. The Heaven arc has really intrigued me, but Missy herself hasn't felt vey original or interesting. She's just too similar to Kovarian and Tasha Lem, the former was pretty good, the latter pretty boring.
1 week ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8
One thing I have come to respect about Moffat this year, is admitting the flaws in his writing. Admitting that the Cybermen haven't been treated that well in the last few years is the first step towards a great comeback for them!
1 week, 1 day ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8