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@calliarcale I suggest the Borusa kind: trapped in a living stasis field, doomed to live forever, in an inaccessble part of planet no longer in our universe.

2 hours, 59 minutes ago on Anderson on Series 8 Finale, Danny Future

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@Polyphase @EvilZygonRabbit More likely an otherworld version of Clara's mom.

3 hours, 4 minutes ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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You know something? Assuming Clara's around for Season 9, it'd be good to see him as a male version of Jackie: someone who knows about the Companion's adventures with Doc but doesn't want to participate in them.

It's important to have that kind of contrast, someone who represents the alternative path. He doesn't have to offer "dull," but someone who'll hike the Scottish Highlands with Clara in 2015 as opposed to hiking them in 1520.

3 days, 5 hours ago on Anderson on Series 8 Finale, Danny Future

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@Ottoman14 @VictorWong1 The problem is that, in our day and age, we live with robotics (which the Cybermen represented) all the time, in the form of computers, electronics, mass-produced products, etc. So a good chunk of the original threat is now gone. More ominously for the concept, people *already* know how to deal with bad robotics: just throw them away or recycle them.

Now *there's* an episode concept for you: new-generation Cybermen versus Classic-generation Cybermen, the latter trying to prove they don't need upgrading anymore.

4 days, 2 hours ago on Dark Water Official Synopsis

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The Cybermen, to be used effectively, play on two types of fear: (1) surgical mutilation and (2) loss of individuality."Nightmare in Silver" focused mainly on the latter, helped by the themes touched by the genre now popularly known as "zombies."

The weakness of the Cybermen (as a character concept) is that, too often, the writer reads the brief, sees them as "machine minds" and phones in the method of defeat, confusing the rational by using the irrational. Which is why "Cybermen hate emotion / Let's defeat them with emotion" has been overused so much.

It looks very much like the Nethersphere intends to grant life to dying people by turning them into Cybermen. This disposes of fear (1) but keeps fear (2) intact, depending on whether the writer chooses to grant personalities to individual Cybermen.

4 days, 5 hours ago on Dark Water Official Synopsis

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Just did a little thought exercise

Question: could this show have worked if it were re-written to exclude Clara completely?  Answer: yes. Perkins, Maisie the Professor and the Captain could easily be assigned some of the lines given to Clara (Perkins could go find Maisie, the other two could start the clock, Maisie could be the one on the beach) and the rest could be dropped.

Question: could such a re-write be desirable? Answer: yes. Perkins and Maisie could have the Doctor at least pondering the idea that he probably treated Clara badly and owed her an apology. This would add more heft to the emotional ending of Kill the Moon.

5 days, 3 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: Mummy on the Orient Express

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@TheNightmareChild is havin' a good time! @Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom! Oh, I dunno. "Princes of the Universe" was a good TV theme. Anyone here miss "Highlander"?

5 days, 3 hours ago on Who Tunes: Ranking the Lyrical Songs of Doctor Who

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Thing is, if the article description were amended to "Lyrical Songs *inspired* by Doctor Who," I'd've put as my top pick "Doctoring the Tardis." Combining the Derbyshire / Grainer theme with Rock & Roll Part 2 creates one heck of an earworm.

6 days ago on Who Tunes: Ranking the Lyrical Songs of Doctor Who

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Y'know all those people who wanted the Doctor to be a woman? I'm starting to get the impression that Moffat intends to give them a sneak preview in this episode.

1 week ago on Next Time: Flatline

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Out of curiosity: when people saw Perkins, did any of you think of the name Drax? As in the renegade Cockney Time Lord who helped Doc and Romana in The Armageddon Factor?

1 week, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express

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@bringmeknitting @VictorWong1 No, doesn't mean that. The Brig was never a regular traveller, but because he worked with Two, Three and Four most fans give him companion status.

I also think there's a subset of companions: those who know him so well they can recognize him no matter what face he wears. That means Sarah, the Brig, Jamie and (possibly) Vastra.

1 week, 3 days ago on Is Courtney Woods a Companion?

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Courtney Woods? Not a companion, not yet. I'd say the definition should be "spent a long time working with the Doctor," which covers the Classic UNIT crew but excludes the guests of the David Tennant specials. (I know, it means that Wilf can't be counted as a companion but the Church of the Silence and Barnabus from TotD can. But you can't have everything.)

1 week, 3 days ago on Is Courtney Woods a Companion?

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If I'm honest ... this is probably Moffat's most courageous decision in Doctor Who.

Good friends *do* fall out with each other over time, and they don't have to be intimate to feel painful. It looks very much like Moffat has turned this estrangement into a mini story arc: can one function without the other? We've rarely seen this with the companions (with the possible exception of Tegan), and the question of whether they reconcile is certainly one to look forward to.

1 week, 5 days ago on Kill the Moon: Clara or the Doctor?

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"What about the history buffs? Should we also acknowledge their plight and expect the writers to be go to painstaking efforts just so that they can depict a meticulously-detailed and accurate portrait of history, before we ever allow them to actually start telling the story that they want to tell?"

Short answer: Yes! I

f they're going to do Earth history, they're expected to put some effort into the details, especially the major details. We may not know about Agatha Christie's disappearance in the 1920s, but we don't expect her to show up driving a Bugatti Veyron and wielding a Thompson sub-machine gun to attack the Vespiform. *That's* the magnitude of error we're talking about here.

Doctor Who may be a fantasy, but people want it to feel *real,* in the same way that Game of Thrones or The Musketeers feels *real.* And because the liberties this episode takes with Earth science is too big for a lot of people to swallow, that destroys the attention that we're meant to pay to the Doctor / Clara relationship.

1 week, 6 days ago on Kill The Moon Review

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The thing is, a lot of people got into science and space-related disciplines because of their exposure to science fiction in shows like Star Trek and Doctor Who. Doing up gobbledygook like the "science" shown here not only throws the science-minded viewer out of the story, it shows a blatant disrespect for those viewers who know the science and the reality better than the writers, who then have to figure out why they're expected to promote as their favorite viewing a show that advances absurdities.


I could explain, for example, why it's wrong to use a space shuttle as the vehicle to get to the moon (no room for the amount of fuel required, not constructed to go back to Earth as its regular duty, etc.) Not to mention that thanks to both manned and remote missions that have gone to the Moon, we know more about its history and composition than the writers here were willing to admit.


If they had set this story on another planet, with another race of humanoids, then maybe, just maybe, people would be more accepting of it. But they set it on Earth -- *our* Earth -- where there *are* people who know the science, and the reality, and when *real* knowledge trumps dramatic license, the show's credibility gets squandered.


For me, the same thing happened with The Angels Take Manhattan. I felt it was a poor story because I don't believe that "it would be cool" is a valid excuse for showing the steel structure known as the Statue of Liberty as a Weeping Angel. And giving "timey-wimey" as a flippant riposte only makes the writers look worse.

1 week, 6 days ago on Kill The Moon Review

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@ Notsosmartguy Will Kill the Moon it's also possible that it's a Danny line to Clara. Or a Doctor line to either Kate or Osgood.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014): What We Know UPDATE

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@Andrew_Swallow @EvilZygonRabbit Except that Romana is in e-space.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor Who Experience “Gallifrey” Teaser Video

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@EvilZygonRabbit I don't think so -- because the news release would have said so. This isn't run by Steven "I'm Contractually Obliged To Keep Secrets" Moffat, and the PR people at the Experience would know enough about Lalla Ward and her role in the Series to have credited her with the narration, just to attract fans.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor Who Experience “Gallifrey” Teaser Video

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No. I don't think the female voice is Romana.

The Experience video is meant to be a self-contained story that serves as a general introduction to Doctor Who and the Whoniverse, which means visitors walk through a front gallery featuring both Classic and NuWho creations while the Capaldi Doctor naggles at them via monitors scattered throughout. So I don't expect the Time War to be more than a mention.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor Who Experience “Gallifrey” Teaser Video

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I'm wondering whether Clara's separation from the Doctor this time ties directly with the events of Kill the Moon ...

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Flatline Official Synopsis

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Properly speaking, the best way to do an Ian cameo? You do it with two scenes:

First, have Clara walk into the TARDIS to find Ian and the Doctor having coffee and pleasant conversation. Have her dumbfounded that the chairman of the school is not only on speaking terms with Doc, but must obviously know about his adventuring.

Second scene takes place in the story when Clara sits and chats with Ian about the Doctor -- she's stumbled on something that makes her relationship with Doc uncomfortable and needs some advice from someone who's 'been there."

You don't need to know whether Ian knows about regeneration; the viewer (if he cares enough) can work it out. You do want the frisson in Clara that a person who walks in *one* of her social circles suddenly turns up in another.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Roberts Explains Why Ian Chesterton Didn’t Appear in The Caretaker

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@Doctor Who-The Master No. The Chairman of the Board of Governors is not part of the school administration, and is not involved in day-to-day operations as the Headmaster is.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Roberts Explains Why Ian Chesterton Didn’t Appear in The Caretaker

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@measkren Day of the Doctor, Opening scene establishing Coal Hill School, sign outside names I. Chesterton.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Roberts Explains Why Ian Chesterton Didn’t Appear in The Caretaker

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There is one other subplot to this that seems not to have been picked up: Danny's attitude towards Doc's attitude.

Danny's mocking of Doc's "upper-class" status shows another common trope in TV shows with a military theme: a disdain among non-coms for senior officers they're not familiar with. The non-coms have a tendency to believe that the senior people are all too likely to dismiss them.

A good part of this attitude is rooted in the understanding that the senior officers *have* to look on their subordinates as ultimately expendable (i.e. prepared to die) in pursuit of their goals. This outlook takes on a cynical tone if the noncom believes that the goal is unattainable or misunderstood and the officer is wasting lives to achieve it.

And so we now have a palpable fear worth exploring: Danny's suspicion that Doc's adventuring may somehow get Clara killed, and therefore he'lll be prepared to stand up to him to prevent that -- provided that Clara keeps him informed about what Doc is up to.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Examining the Doctor’s Attitude Towards Soldiers

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Frankly, the only reason to bring Chesterton back would be to have a conversation with either Clara or Danny re how to deal with Doc; the experienced person giving advice on how to handle situation X. Sure it'd be nice to have a scene with Doc showing Ian around his control room, but if that's all he's there for, it's not enough of a story point to justify bringing him in.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Roberts Explains Why Ian Chesterton Didn’t Appear in The Caretaker

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@Typo42  If you look at nerd-friendly writers like Sarah Vowell, you'll find that many view the antics of phys-ed instructors as a form of physical torture, with the pleasure they take in their tasks interpreted as unthinking sadism that benefits the physically strong (read: class bullies) and undermines those who want to go through life with a minimum of effort (read: the rest of us). Since there's a resemblance between phys-ed and military physical training, it's not surprising that Doc would equate past experience as a soldier with exercise instruction.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Examining the Doctor’s Attitude Towards Soldiers

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A couple of things to bear in mind:

1.  The anti-military attitude of the Classic Era Doctor tended to be muted up to the 1980s. This was because many of the writers, cast and production people still had direct experience with the military, having either served during WW2 or completed National Service in the Middle East during the 1950s. During the 1980s, this generation began to retire from the BBC, to be replaced by a generation whose knowledge of the military tended to be second-hand (i.e. by interviewing soldiers or reading memoirs).

2. The Doctor's attitude tended to be rooted in issues experienced by the production people themselves: confronting an over-regimented attitude that preferred to be guided by precedent and training rather than innovation, an impatience with an insistence on thinking in "worst-case scenario" terms, a distrust of the opinions of "in-field" personnel.


3.  The current anti-military attitude can also be considered a by-product of television tropes that developed during the 1990s and carried on during the 2000s, with a heavy distrust of central authority (which the military represents) given to major protagonists (see: The X-Files).

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Examining the Doctor’s Attitude Towards Soldiers

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I'd say that the Blitzer was a fine design, physically, but only serviceable for a "monster of the week" and probably most likely to be used in future as an "en masse of greatest enemies" ensemble monster gangup.

The real problem is that for a monster to be spectacular and memorable, it has to use a specific aspect of the human condition so that people can reflect on it. Daleks reflect on hate governing action; Cybermen prey on fear of physical replacement; Weeping Angels and Silence on what isn't visible. Blitzer doesn't do that; it's a general shoot-em-up. Which is fine if you're going to focus more on character development, just not expected for long-term remembrance.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on 2nd Opinion: The Caretaker

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@CAB82 Well, for starters, Doc never actually *attended* that school; he just let Susan go to class there. Second, if he was going to get sentimental, he would have done so in the brief period of time before Day of the Doctor when Clara got hired there. Either way there was no reason to go to the trouble of hiring William Russell for a cameo.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on 12 Great Moments From The Caretaker

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@SamuelTurn Sorry, but unless it's a very special occasion (e.g. anniversary) or a very significant scene (story focus on old men), there's no real reason to bring Ian back. The story focus is on Doc / Clara / Danny, and anything about Ian would have been extraneous and ripe for the cutting room floor.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on 12 Great Moments From The Caretaker

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Frankly I'm expecting to see Doc paralyzed by fear. Planet of the Spiders revisited.

3 weeks ago on Next Time: Kill The Moon

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@Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh Essentially it was an echo of The Lodger, when Doc tried to explain away his detector as a piece of modern art.
To be honest, with the scenes showing Danny demanding the truth, I half expected Doc to headbutt the guy.

3 weeks ago on 12 Great Moments From The Caretaker

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@Alfio Lescano Don't you mean "reprimanding"?

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker

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@EvilZygonRabbit Actually, the Doctor has always had that attitude towards soldiers, especially non-coms. Even during the Pertwee / TBaker years when he was working for UNIT, he tended to be pretty hard on Benton, compared with his relationship with Captain Yates and the Brigadier.

Danny was quick to pick up on Doc's aristocratic outlook; he seems to have sensed, instinctively, that Doc gets along better with senior officers than grunts (which is apparently what he was). We thus get a forecast of what Danny's relationship with the Doc will be: he's going to prove himself in Doc's eyes to be worthy of Clara.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker

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Since William Russell left the series before they invented the Doctor's home planet backstory, it's probable that Ian Chesterton probably doesn't know a thing about Time Lords.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on The Caretaker – 12 Hints & Teasers

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I also thought the Cybermats were a nice idea, great redesign.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Why I Love… Closing Time

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Ah. The return of Sutekh, perhaps?

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Synopsis

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@LiamTheFizz Actually it's more "discomfort" than outright hatred. I think part of the reason for this attitude is that the Capaldi Doctor, now free of the guilt caused by the "destruction" of Gallifrey, is now subconsciously dealing with the actual actions he took during the Time War to get to that Moment. You could say, then, that his discomfort with soldiers is a projection of his discomfort with himself. And one of the reasons Danny Pink was made a soldier is to help the Doctor address it openly.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on The Caretaker Advance Review

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@ Notsosmartguy The new Caretaker. Sharing a space with Benedict Cumberbatch, was he?

3 weeks, 4 days ago on The Caretaker Clip & Video Introduction

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Why on earth would William Russell appear? I. Chesterton is listed as one of the Governors, not one of the school staff.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on The Caretaker Clip & Video Introduction

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One of the reasons why I like this episode is that this is one of the few times that Doc gets absolutely flummoxed by someone reacting to his popup appearance.

"Hello Craig. I'm back!"

"Oh God, don't tell me she got to you too!"

"??????"

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Why I Love… Closing Time

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@Ottoman14 Look, I know that "orange is the new black," but is it necessary for the wardrobe department to dress Capaldi like a prison convict just to be a janitor character?

4 weeks ago on Next Time: The Caretaker

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About the "I am the Doctor" theme: most likely the editor thought he needed a track that denoted "running", and with Clara dashing around it makes a bit of sense.

4 weeks ago on Next Time: The Caretaker

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What he said was, "Beat *that* for a date." Referring to the date that Clara was about to embark on.
Apparently Doc regards "date" and "adventures" as pretty much the same thing. Remember that when he took River out, they went out on what we'd call "adventures" but what River would call "dates."


4 weeks, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist

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@YaelMoise It wasn't a date, it was an adventure.

Essentially Moffat regards Doc pretty much the same way he regards Sherlock - they're not really people who make close friends easily, so they get a bit out of sorts when they learn that their friends have other activities that don' involve them.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist

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Okay - was there anyone else who, when the episode was over, came up with the one word "Hide"?

And did anyone else think, when they heard about "Architect," that it almost certainly *had* to be ol' Doc himself?


I'm going to have to rank this ep *below* Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, which is basically the closest in structure to this episode - the "round up a gang for an adventure" gig. Thing about stories like this, you need more development of the gang members, and we didn't really get that.


I will concede that I was genuinely surprised by the revelation of the head of the bank, as well as the further role played by her.


All in all, bit of a downer in quality from last week.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist

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1. Yes, the barn was on Gallifrey. Remember the statement from the War Doctor in DotD : "There's still a billion billion Daleks up there." On the last day of the Last Great Time War, where else would the Daleks be?

2. Why was Boy Doc crying? Probably because he encountered something that cast doubt into him becoming a Time Lord, which the male commented on. Odds are it's the idea that he ran away from his first encounter with the Time Vortex.

1 month ago on Listen: Breaking the Time Lock?

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@pyroclasticflow @Rainbow Kidneys "Weren't we told in the past that the Doctor doesn't dream?" Not according to DotD, the end bit.

1 month ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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Okay, how about this theory:


1. The Doctor claimed, in Deep Thought, that he sometimes micro-catnaps while other people were talking. He could have "sleepwalked" into writing that word during those brief moments, in the monologue, when he wasn't actively talking.

2. Doc also has some limited psionic ability, primarily telepathy. So telekinesis isn't out of the question. The type that can move a portion of a blanket into the shape of a half-sphere, and make it float in the air. Not to mention the type that can make the molecules in a portion of metal plating vibrate like a knock.

Conclusion: the "hider" may be a manifestation from the Doctor's unconscious, via some psionic abilities.

1 month ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?

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