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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 week, 2 days 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 week, 2 days 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 week, 2 days ago on Next Time: The Caretaker
Fantastic. The hairs on the back of my neck are prickling....!
2 weeks, 4 days 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...!
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!
3 weeks, 1 day 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!
3 weeks, 1 day 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 :)
4 weeks, 1 day 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
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Into the Dalek UK Ratings
#3 for me, #2 as -err- second choice
4 weeks, 1 day 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!
1 month 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!
1 month 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!
1 month 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?
1 month ago on The Future of the Paternoster Gang
We'll have to disagree about both the graphics and the theme, then :)
1 month, 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.
1 month, 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....
1 month, 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 :)
1 month, 2 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!
1 month, 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"
That was so such more awesome than I was even faintly hoping for. I have just watched it so many times I lost count. A perfect teaser and trailer - I am so excited and looking forward to this season!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer
I have to say, that's what destroyed my "faith" in Doctor Who - despite some good moments and valiant, heroic struggles by Colin against what he had to deal with, whenever that clown's outfit popped up on screen it destroyed the magic (I sometimes wondered if it had been done as a joke). Although I regret that I couldn't see past the costume, there were other elements (like the Doctor's casual acceptance of violence) that were just wrong and this was my least favourite period of the show. I'm pleased that we have since had the audio adventures, where at least we have better stories and I can imagine him wearing something that suits him!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on The 6th Doctor: What Worked & What Didn’t
I think she did actually have a few good moments, but too much shrillness overshadowed the rest. My favourite scene was, sadly, the wicked impression of her by Kate o'Mara /The Rani.
It does, indeed - and possibly the best part ;) The rest of it isn't my cup of tea, although I notice that in the video the lead has two female assistants....!
4 months ago on Foxes Cast in Series 8
I have no idea who Sakis Rouvas is, not even a smidge :) At least I've heard Foxes...!
Agreed! I guess it depends who "their" Doctor was; Hartnell and Smith would be mine.
4 months ago on The Top Stories & Doctors (According to DWM 2014)
@Notsosmartguy the Superior Venom @Antee991166 @gunslinger19 You think you got problems waiting? Some of us will be more than a century old by then!
4 months, 1 week ago on Peter De Jersey Hopeful for Gallifrey Return
Which "entire final moment" and how does whatever-it-is make it "pathetic"? What wasn't meaningful? It always surprises me that people seem unable to unwilling to work out that Things Have Happened between one episode and another; once upon a time in movies they would show months ripping off a calendar to spell out to the audience that Time Has Passed; these days they credit us with a bit of intelligence, and the fact that Clara is well established in a job and has a good relationship with the TARDIS shows that some time and event have happened since we saw them last; you may never see those events, or they may turn up in an audio adventure, or they may just exist in your imagination!
4 months, 1 week ago on Why I Love… Series 7
@JamesCresswell The protracted regeneration scene has been done many times - this was different and was a shock - whoomph! New Doctor!!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on An Opinion Divided: The Time of the Doctor
@BazHood @Seekles In defence, as a fan since classic series 1, I have to say that I loved this episode; there were so many things that I enjoyed about it that it would take as long as the episode itself to list them all. I too like a cohesive and logical storyline, and this one had that and lots more besides.
I'm having problems logging in - the Sign In link doesn't work with IE11/Win 8.1 at all on either my desktop or tablet. I've had to switch to using FireFox on my desktop just for this and can't comment using my tablet at all, which was my main use :(
I'm sure Livefyre will be better in time, but not being able to login is a bit of a show stopper....!
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Site Update: 3 February 2014
I didn't like the Paradigm Daleks at all; I still like the industrial bronze version, which just looks more functional and machine-like to me, and also the two tribes from Remembrance (and which also respected the old comic strip).
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Victory of the Daleks