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Another cracking article, excellent work! I look forward to your dissection of the outcome when we know the truth!
1 day, 8 hours ago on Questions, Questions: The Unsolved Clara Mystery (Part 2)
Hmm, I didn't see it like that and, while it may have been a strong message, it didn't seem an afterthought to me - quite the reverse, I thought that the main driver for the episode - starting pre-credits.
4 days, 1 hour ago on In the Forest of the Night Review
There are tears on Clara's face at 0:07 :(
4 days, 4 hours ago on Dark Water TV Trailer
If you only visit places that are filled with Moffatt hate then you may well believe that this is the dominant view, but "99% of people who said they hated the show were found to hate the show" proves nothing. I very much doubt that Moffatt has his own website called "STFU Moffatt", but the existence of such a site only proves that someone else has the small-mindedness to create one. I can't imagine that people who do enjoy the show (of which I am one) would bother to go there, so it's preaching to the converted. I am a fan of Doctor Who; you don't speak for me or many of the people on here, so don't claim ownership.
5 days, 8 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night
There was a point to Listen as well....! But some strike home, and some don't. For me, Listen trumps Into the Dalek by a fair margin, though I did enjoy the latter quite a lot!
1 week, 4 days ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking
People are more used to and comfortable with using iPlayer these days than they used to - I'm sure the BBC had some figures about how the usage has gone up quite markedly. The only thing I watch live on TV anymore is the News, and I often watch that online rather than actually on TV.
1 week, 5 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
I think that we will find that there is a very good reason why Clara is featuring so strongly at the moment, and I think the resolution will be shocking. Unfortunately because we only get one episode a week we don't yet see the end game, so people are only expressing strong opinions about where we are at the moment. A key theme for this series is "there are consequences of travelling with the Doctor" and we are only just beginning to get an real inkling of what they are in the last two minutes of the last episode.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Flatline Promo Pics
Here's To The Future was splendid, good choice
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Who Tunes: Ranking the Lyrical Songs of Doctor Who
Hmm, I'm not seeing the rankings but rather an invitation to vote again.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Your Verdict on Kill the Moon & Episode Ranking
I guess that if there had been a 13th episode this season, there would have been breathing room for an episode where the Doctor and Clara spent time apart, but it looks as though the the need for things to be in place later in the series means there wasn't time. I wasn't unhappy with the way that was covered at the beginning of Mummy.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Review
Clara said, in response to Danny saying "I love you too" something like "Really? No accounting for taste" - it was a bit of a throwaway line to end any mutual embarrassment and he replied "OK, see you later"
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express
Other people's mileage varies. Personally, as a fan since - well, the very beginning - I really enjoyed it; there were some particularly excellent moments (mostly captured in the "12.." article this last week). This episode seems to have polarised views more than RoS (or even LaM!)
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Kill the Moon and Its Importance in Whoniverse History
But it's a completely different object to anything we know - why should it obey the same rules? Given what we learned about it during the episode, anything could - and did - happen!
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Doctor Who and The Hype Train
I voted it 10/10 because I thoroughly enjoyed it and watched it again a while later. I cannot imagine how anyone would consider it a "mess"; for me it was an absolute stonking episode with lots and lots of really good things, so for me well up on the quality stakes and I would agree with a reviewer whose appreciation mirrored my own. You're disappointed because someone else enjoyed it? This article was for you. No episodes of any show in the world have been "perfect" in everyone's eyes; I just enjoy Doctor Who for what it is (and have been happily doing so for a very long time)
Great article - or should I say, I agree with the sentiment and thought it was a well reasoned and argued piece ;) I do get disappointed when people needlessly savage an episode when so many people have put so much work into trying to create 45 minutes of something special. Every episode has some good points and some bad points, but some people just seem to enjoy focussing on the negative, which I put in the same mental "pen" as those who douse their naked torsos in ice-cold water and thrash themselves with birch twigs!!
Nope, still can't decide! Good argument both ways...
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Kill the Moon: Clara or the Doctor?
A good story is one that allows people to draw their own conclusions. The problem is that some assume that what they think is therefore what the writer meant, whether the writer has said so, or not.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on 2nd Opinion: Kill the Moon
It's working :)
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Promo Pics
There are well-documented movie (or probably, film) moments where something appears to happen; I think there was one about a plane crashing into an aircraft hanger - except it didn't, it flew very low, and then they cut the film at the right point and everyone was certain that they saw it crash because their brains filled in the missing couple of frames. A long way of saying I think "sound in space" sits in the same category - there isn't any really but we fill the gap because that's what we expect.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Kill The Moon Review
Doesn't mean they're right though :)
I think we'll have to see how it pans out; I'm sure that this is part of Moff's plan. Now she's being properly written as a character, she becomes a great mirror for the Doctor. But, as we know, there may be stings in the tail yet...
We also only heard third-hand that the Doctor said that to Courtney; did he just say something that she misinterpreted? Did she just make it up for attention? While the Doctor didn't deny it, he may have felt it was too absurd to pass comment on.
If that's due to negative feedback about this episode, that's sad (though frankly, I have never understood the point of being on Twitter anyway)
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon
"This one goes up to 11"
Some people just spout this stuff because it makes them feel important/like a TV critic - some of the comments that I read about the last season (including the 50th special) made me wonder why these people have nothing better to do with their lives!
1 month, 1 week ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
I think the tempo of the first half was to establish the "urgency" of the situation, but I'm happier the second half had breathing room (unlike some of last series where things were the other way around).
1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
An interesting assessment; I can see what you mean...
Thanks for so passionately arguing your cause, and for not letting it slide into a flamewar. "Variety is the spice of life" and that's something that Doctor Who achieves surprisingly well using the resources it has. I would add that another well- and long-established reason for not doing more "space" stories, aside from the budgetary constraints, is that stories set on Earth generally have higher audience satisfaction - people like to see what happens when alien things happen on their home territory and find it easier to relate to the events.
1 month, 1 week ago on Next Time: The Caretaker
Fantastic. The hairs on the back of my neck are prickling....!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Listen Clip
I love that shot of the Sheriff of Nottingham posing in sun glasses. Wearing all that leather and metal he looks more like a Hell's Angel...!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Doctor Who Extra: Robot of Sherwood
Some of us haven't seen 23 for... some time, but otherwise agree with you completely!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Don’t Worry, We’re Listening
How would knowing the origin of the robots added to the story, other than requiring an exposition that would have stolen valuable time and made it feeling more rushed that you feel it was? (An opinion I wouldn't agree with, I thought it was beautifully paced). Ben gets nearly half the available screen time and that's an "only"? The other characters need screen time as well!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood
I think telling someone that they have but six months to live in such an off-hand way is pretty dark.... and in an episode that has been billed as "light-hearted" and "practically an Errol Flynn movie" I'm not sure what you expected
... and even earlier than that, as a fan from the "classic" days, but you're right - it was fresh and whimsical and - yes, interesting choice of words - enchanting.
Paradoxically, Doctor Who stories set around a historical event or myth are amongst my most favourite :)
2 months ago on Next Time: Robot of Sherwood
It's statical, and the same way that a lot of public polling is done (eg, on political viewpoints). In the absence of actual viewing figures (which they can from cable companies and iPlayer) this was pretty sophisticated, back in the day
2 months ago on Into the Dalek UK Ratings
#3 for me, #2 as -err- second choice
2 months ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek
I'd completely forgotten about those till now, so for me they didn't intrude into the episode at all!
2 months ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
Their brains were small and their nervous system were terribly slow - I remember (probably incorrectly) reading as a kid that it could take 24 hours after they died for the brain to register the fact - I'm sure Caleb knows the truth of that!
2 months ago on Sciencey Wiencey: Deep Breath
... we do, but not everyone who watches the show does as often or as intently as we do - indeed, some may have watched it for the very first time. How would they know that Vastra and Jenny are married? Come to that, the fact that the TARDIS is bigger on the inside gets a regular mention, and we've known that for 50 years!
2 months ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss
The outcome of which was that poor Strax ran out of oxygen and was about to take his own life for this friends, which that seems a pretty strong plot point.
Yet another very interesting article on DWTV! Thanks for this and for the variety of possibilities discussed - you really were on a roll! I enjoy the appearances by the Paternoster Gang, and think that DB really gave them room to breathe (sic); however, the running time doesn't normally give them such opportunity and they need that to develop.
I would like to see them in their own drama, either a one-off or perhaps their own series, even if just as a series of online shorts, though it may be difficult to pitch it right and get the viewing figures; as a CBBC series, various elements would have to be understated or subdued - would there be enough to sustain an older audience? Could they be more adventurous with a later timeslot?
2 months, 1 week ago on The Future of the Paternoster Gang
We'll have to disagree about both the graphics and the theme, then :)
2 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who Extra: Deep Breath
Agreed! I guess they had to be fairly subtle about that in order to "get away" with including it (as with the denouement of Waters Of Mars), but that does add to Stax's character, contrasting sharply with the earlier humour.
2 months, 1 week ago on 12 Great Moments From Deep Breath
I wholeheartedly agree with your excellent assessment. Thank you for such a considered and well-supported decisions. I would add the bedroom scene, which was wonderful and showed Vastra's understanding of the Doctor's situation, as well as some razor-sharp dialogue.
Indeed :( I would probably 'like' this comment but that might be misconstrued....
2 months, 1 week ago on The Moffat Co-writing Conundrum
My birthday is a week later and I'm not waiting that long! My birthday celebrations start a week early :)
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Deep Breath TV Trailer
Thanks, I thought that maybe there was a recording of the live stream... but sounds as though I didn't miss much!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on World Tour Live Stream: Seoul Q&A
Hmm. I'm in the UK and I can't watch it - "This video is private"