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Day of the Doctor. Death in Heaven has no moment that has the emotional impact of this:
"I didn't know when I was well off. All twelve of them."
"No sir -- all THIRTEEN!"
1 week, 2 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #12
Frankly, I do have one problem with "Talons," and that's on the production side: the lack of effort in getting more Sino-British involvement with the story.
The "yellowfacing," I can semi-understand. Sure, it would have been much better to get a Chinese actor to play a Chinese character. But that said, the producers were more familiar with a more experienced actor from their own past work with him, and experience trumps "political correctness" in those days.
It's Tom Baker's attempt to bluff the viewer that I'm not happy about. In an effort to show that the Doctor understands Cantonese, he simply spouts a whack of silly syllabics. It's a lack of respect for the culture that could have been avoided simply by diligence in translating and phonetically rendering the dialect for Baker's Doctor.
Fans might be tempted to dismiss this as nitpicking in an otherwise compelling story. They shouldn't. Imagine Capaldi's Doctor trying to pretend to speak a different language in a future episode, like Vietnamese or Bantu. He and the production people would be crucified by the critics and viewers, and rightly so.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Tom Baker: The Beginning, End and In-Between (Part 1)
I'm sorry, but before the return of Gallifrey, I think it's much, much more important to see an episode or series arc dealing with Gallifrey's reputation in the universe.
Remember, in "The Night of the Doctor," the venom that Cas spewed towards the Time Lords because of their involvement in the Time War? There are bound to be planets and systems which feel the same way, and even though the Time War ended, the surviving planets aren't likely to be in a forgiving mood.
Rather than Gallifrey coming back, it would be much more productive from a storytelling point of view if there were episodes featuring the Doctor on planets or cultures where the Time Lords are hated, condemned, etc., where he has to try to repair the reputation of his homeworld.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Will Gallifrey Return in Series 9?
Oh good. Maybe the Toby Whithouse two-parter will have Missy in it. That'll be something to look forward to.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Moffat Confirms His Next Two Stories for Series 9
What I get from Davison is that most of the actors playing the Doctor took "maleness" as a given and therefore not something they had to think or worry about in their portrayals. Whereas the first actress to play the Doctor will have the burden of proving that a gender change either makes no difference in portraying the Doctor or is actually a strength. That's a tall order no matter what side you're on in this debate.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Davison Wants To See Doctor’s Daughter Spin-Off
If we're talking about "made for cinema" movies, then there are drawbacks.
The big one is, the inevitable improvement in production values that a movie could afford will translate to raised expectations for production values in the TV show, something that BBC accountants are always reluctant to embrace.
The second one is a bunfight between the TV production people and the movie production people. In TV, the producer calls the shots; with a movie, it's the director. And the director may have ideas on the story that the producer would have to try to reflect in subsequent TV productions, and said ideas might not work. Case in point: a Dalek redesign (assuming the movie people *could* get rights to the Classic monsters).
And finally: who are you making the movie for? The show may have a built-in fanbase, but that's no guarantee of an audience. And the movie would also be competing with new and past releases of episodes on DVD / Netflix / whatever, for the fan's viewing dollar.
2 months ago on Why A Doctor Who Movie Is A Good Idea
@divya12 To answer your question: Capaldi brings a fair amount of the Malcolm Tucker brusqueness (if not the language) WRT relating to the people he meets, as well as a fair deal of abrasive wit. He's also a lot more facially expressive than Matt Smith, but tends to use those expressions differently than Pertwee or T. Baker. Bear in mind that expressing the Doctor's persona is as much the function of the writer's script as the actor's interpretation.
2 months ago on Is Twelve Really So Different to Previous Doctors?
I can guarantee one thing: if they do decide to give the Doctor a male companion, his name will *not* be James. Or a variant.
Why? Because the temptation would be too great for a lazy writer to conclude an argument between them with the line, "Dammit, Jim, I'm the Doctor, not a ..."
2 months, 2 weeks ago on 9 Predictions for Doctor Who Series 9…
What we got in NiS was the Cybermen as Cyberzombies, or the "mindless horde vs small survivors".
This is one of the things that was corrected in "Death in Heaven." CyberDanny is exactly the kind of potential that the Cyberman concept represents: a beloved character "converted" to a superior body but a lessened soul.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Neil Gaiman on Nightmare in Silver Reception
@The_Doctor_ They haven't shot in the California redwoods (aka Forest Moon of Endor). They haven't shot in New Zealand (aka Middle Earth). They haven't shot in the Orocopias (aka the Apollo astronauts' geology training ground). And they haven't shot in Patagonia.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain
@Ocean Geek Because Almeria, Spain, has lovely production facilities. They shot Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy there. They shot Indiana Jones' Last Crusade there. They're familiar with the local production people, they've shot two episodes there, and the landscape is more interesting than a Wales quarry, so why not?
Oh good. I'm planning on seeing the DWE in February and I'm planning on visiting the set. Since set visits are scheduled for whenever the production isn't using it, it'll be a plus. ;)
Gallifrey return? Nope. Too soon. Best year to bring it back would be AD 2063.
@allons_ywibblywobbly Done before. See Dead Ringers Christmas sketch.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Russell T Davies on New Who’s 10th Anniversary
I do see where he's coming from. If the 2005 revival is, indeed, a continuation of the 1963-1989/1996 series, then there's no need for a "10th anniversary" because it's all one show.
People do move on. It's simply not reasonable for RTD to do an encore performance, any more than it's reasonable to expect Terence Dicks to submit a new story for the current show. Far better to encourage production staff to get new writers (i.e. more new people who cut their teeth on Big Finish, more mainstream fantasy authors, etc.)
@Planet of the Deaf @Typo42 "Magic Carrots" No. Part of the charm of current Who is that "life outside the TARDIS" adds a dimension of portraiture that's necessary for fleshing out the companion's characterization. You needed Rose's mum and estate life to know why she traveled with Doc; you need Coal Hill school to know how Clara applies what she's learned from traveling to her lifestyle.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Mission Impossible: Clara Oswald in Review – Part 4
Does anyone know if Moffat's got an OBE yet?
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Sir War Doctor of TARDIS
10th Anniversary special? That already happened in 1973 with The Three Doctors.Frankly, unless Eccleston's willing to come back for a story, there's no real reason to do one.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on 2014 – A New Dawn (Part 1)
1. Another companion would be a good idea, a chance to alter the character dynamic. But, realistically speaking, I'd suggest we'd get someone who is (a) male and (b) someone we've never seen before, i.e. a brand spanking new character. There's no real need to recycle.
2. I wouldn't mind seeing Michelle Gomez's Missy again for one story, but after Series 10 I think it wouldn't hurt to see another actor or actress present a new take on the Master. (Another regeneration sequence for the Master would be nice; so far in the new series we've only had the one.)
3. Honestly, it's time to lighten up. It won't hurt the Doctor to have more wit and sophisticated banter in his give-and-takes with other people. When he was joshing with his comrades in the takeaway meal scene in Time Heist, that's the Doctor that people are comfortable seeing.
4. Classic monsters? No. Give the writers a chance to create their own monsters, and not just Moffat ideas assigned to staff.
5. Yes, recurring characters are a nice idea, and for that reason I'd suggest keeping Clara's status as a part-time traveler while also working at Coal Hill School. It's be nice to have the Paternosters and UNIT appear, but since they're the Doctor's associates and not really Clara's, they aren't really as necessary.
6. No. Absolutely not. Gallifrey is the equivalent of the Whoniverse's Krypton, or Uncle Ben or the Waynes: a backstory that informs the Doctor's character but does not require revisit after revisit after revisit to affirm it.
However, there *is* one type of story I'd like to see: a civilization or planet that's been ravaged by the Time War and has developed a hatred for the Time Lords as a result. Landing the Doc in a situation where he's hated no matter what he does is a story that hasn't been explored that often and is therefore fresh.
7. No. There is only one Doctor, and it's too soon after the 50th anniversary. If there is a past Doctor that should return, it's the Eccleston one, and it should be a story where different Doctor tackle the same situation without ever meeting.
3 months ago on 7 Things I’d Like to See in Series 9
@supermoff @Notsosmartguy Excuse me, but you already know how she's going to go. You know it because you saw it in Bells.
Simple. That book of things to do that her mother gave her. Best reason for her to leave: to complete that book without the Doctor's help.
3 months ago on Rate & Discuss Last Christmas
The best way to make the Daleks menacing again?
Have an episode where they're actually the good guys.
As things stand right now, the Daleks' role is as a mass enemy, it doesn't take much effort or imagination to beat a mass enemy.
But what if Doc found a small squad of Daleks actually defending a human settlement from another menace?
If the story is written right, and the Daleks become regarded as heroic, then future Dalek stories will have Doc thinking twice about how to deal with them. And it's this touch of doubt that will add the menace.
3 months, 1 week ago on 51 Years Later: 5 Ways to Make the Daleks Menacing Again
The Wholock talk really started in earnest when Benedict Cumberbatch and Matt Smith presented Moffat with a special Bafta (I think). The interplay between the two was entertaining enough that mainstream pundits started taking the idea seriously.
Personally my mind-canon has Clara as John's ex-sister-in-law. (Why else would that name appear on his phone?)
3 months, 1 week ago on Gatiss: I don’t see why people are so obsessed with ‘Wholock’
@The 4th Doctor And I say it needs to lighten up. Doc's at his best when it shows the absurdities of modern life, which sci-fi is perfectly placed to do and which comedy is very good at.
3 months, 1 week ago on Last Christmas Allegedly “Too scary” for Kids
I picked The Next Doctor. I *like* the idea of reinterpreting Doc's mythos in Victorian terms, and Morrissey does a great job.
3 months, 1 week ago on The Christmas Conundrum
Top 5 reactions:
1. Tardis control room gets overrun by hundreds of brooms with water buckets. (Secondary: return of the Half-Face Man.)
2. Peter Capaldi grows beard, channels Lord Sugar to Clara: "You're fired."
3. Peter Capaldi puts on wig, channels Donald Trump to Clara: "You're fired."
4. Guest appearance by Colin Morgan.
5. Clara duels Ewan MacGregor and Liam Neeson, gets cut in half and falls down shaft.
3 months, 1 week ago on First Series 9 Title Revealed
Actually, what would be better would be to get another established writer in to do a Who script. Like Mark Millar. Or Gail Simone. Or Alan Moore. Or Sebastian Faulks.
3 months, 1 week ago on No Series 9 Story for Neil Gaiman
New companion for the Doc? Actually, that should be companions, plural. Ideally, one female, one male.
If you have two, it takes the temptation off the writers to make the Doctor more flirty; that sort of behaviour can go to the companions instead.
You also don't want the Tardis to have an all-male crew because if there's one companion, they're duplicating the Sherlock dynamic, and if there's more than one, you get the Red Dwarf dynamic.
One of the companions (doesn't matter which one, male or female) should be the super-physical type, along the lines of Leela or Maxil, that Doc has to teach to be more, er, civilized.
The other companion should be the argumentative type, the one who can challenge the Doc on any course of action, whom Doc feels compelled to explain himself to.
3 months, 1 week ago on 4 Different Types of Companions Doctor Who Should Consider
@Gustaff @VictorWong1 @YaelMoise End of Time was a payoff for the RTD / Tennant run, so of course all the important supporting characters would come back. It's been too long for Capt Jack. River may be a different story since Clara has met her.
3 months, 1 week ago on “Jack & River Returns Would Have to be Seismic” – Moffat
@YaelMoise Oh yes it does. Both are characters who had major effects on the Who mythos, and Jack also headlined shows on his own. There is no point in having them pop in for a cameo because (a) cameos don't pay a lot and (b) fans would complain that they were just there and gone.
@TheBlueDiary Well, bang goes the idea of Jenna Coleman appearing in Sherlock as John's ex-sister-in-law, then.
3 months, 1 week ago on Moffat Explains “Clara Who”
@Clara Bosswald @Proctor Hugh If it's Reginald D. Hunter or John Cho, then no, it wouldn't be.
The trick is to persuade people that, yes, they could bring something essential to the Doctor's character to the role.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Poll: A Female Doctor
@ilyootha, agent of C.L.A.R.A. Actually, they do. I hold that if two or more Doctors exhibit a specific talent or trait, then it must be taken as part of Doc's core personality. So. Doc can swing a sword, drive a motorcycle, enjoy jelly babies, fire a pistol, etc. no matter what face he wears.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on An Opinion On Gender Regeneration: Plot or Politics?
@Sharaz_Jek Okay, let's go with: his base personality traits have tended to be male.
When Hartnell giggles over his cleverness, it's not the giggle of a girl, but of a bratty boy who's just pulled a prank. Troughton's clowning owes more to Chaplin and Buster Keaton than to Fanny Brice. Pertwee's a Clarkson-type petrolhead with James May manners. And so on.
@MatthewSmith2 Actually, I can name one.From the American TV series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, actress Terry Farrell played Jadzia, a young woman science officer who happened to channel a Trill alien named Dax. Dax happened to be an 800 year old alien who'd interacted with humans for more than 200 years. Sound familiar?
If you can find a YouTube clip from the episode Trials and Tribbleations, and get Farrell's reactions to being told she's not allowed to meet some old friends, you will see a lot of the juvenile personality that's so much a part of the Doctor.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey
When Moffat describes gender as being "fluid" on Gallifrey ... I take that as meaning that in the Doctor's homeworld, gender doesn't play as big a role in the development and maintenance of Time Lord society as it does in Western and other cultures.
And *that*, really, is the elephant in the room.
The people who advocate for an actress to take the lead as Doctor Who aren't really concerned about the character, or its effect on the storyline, or the needs of the show or the ratings. What they *really* want is an indicator, or a marker, that some form of gender equality has been achieved in Western (general) or British popular culture. "You see?" they want to proclaim, pointing to the assumed decision. "This is how far we as a society have become! A woman can be the Doctor with absolutely *no* loss of credibility for the show!"
And, unfortunately for them, that action would be self-delusion.
UK society and culture *still* has gender-specific assumptions. There *are* actresses like Miranda Hart and Gillian Anderson and Catherine Tate who can headline programs -- but would they be making as much as an equivalent male presenter or star? And what's more, actresses still tend to be cast in preconceived roles; how many female leads are military officers, or in positions of leadership / management, or bureaucrats whose capabilities are beyond question?
As for Doctor Who, a better question would be, where are the female writers? Where are the female effects people, stunt coordinators, composers, editors, etc.? The simple fact of the matter is, the odds of getting a female lead will improve once the ratio of female creative personnel improves. And that ... is going to take a while.
@Notsosmartguy Agent of C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S. Already happened. See Lenny Henry.
How to predict a probably female Doctor?
1. Don't go by who the fans want, go with who's worked with the production people before. I.e. don't think Helen Mirren, think Gina Bellman. Or Neve McIntosh.
2. Don't look at A-list actors and actresses, go for people who haven't done a lot of TV or movies.
3. Remember the most important characteristic of the Doctor: a person who's both very young and very old at the same time. This usually translates as super-wise and knowing, but emotionally immature and childish in social interaction. This is also the main difficulty because in the Western societal context an emotionally immature female behaves quite differently from an emotionally immature male.
My personal choice for a prime candidate: Ingrid Oliver. It would be appropriate, wouldn't you say?
About the Paradigm Daleks: they didn't appear in "Day" because they hadn't been created by the time of the Time War, which is where all the Daleks in that episode came from. As for "Time," I'm guessing that, being smarter than the regular Daleks, they decided they weren't up for another confrontation with the Time Lords Emergent.But not to worry: I think that Moffat & Co will have another go at a Dalek modification. They just need to hire someone like Ian Callum. Or Filippo Perini.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Steven Moffat: An Era of Forgotten Things
Okay, so where's the mistletoe in the Tardis control room?
3 months, 3 weeks ago on New Last Christmas Clips in BBC Festive Showreel
"The Doctor is slightly competitive with any semi-mythical characters ... "
Folks *do* realize the potential of this, right? First Robin Hood, then Santa. Moffat seems to be emphasizing folk heroes and legends of Earth's past (assuming they're in public domain, which rules Sherlock out for the time being, sorry Cumbersandwiches).
So Who else could pop up in future series? Prester John? The ur-characters of the Brothers Grimm? The Little Mermaid? Pecos Bill? Morgaine le Fay?
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Capaldi Teases Last Christmas & Clara’s Fate
The trick with Delgado is, you did get the sense that he came from the same environment as the Pertwee Doctor, in that they both had interpretations on the same base personality.
That's really what's missing from Michelle Gomez's interpretation; she might have been a better match for the Smith Doctor than the Capaldi one.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Your Favourite Master Revealed
@Clara Prefect Well, yes. If you allow for the American network context and the relative Who-related inexperience of Matthew Jacobs, Eric Roberts did a *very* good job as the Master, projecting a fair chunk of the Delgado charm, infusing some of the emotional sense of grievance against the universe and doing a perfectly fair interpretation of the "panto" nature that Ainley brought out.
History with Doc? I'm guessing he must've run over Rudolph with Bessie. Or sold a description of him to Clement C. Moore and Coca-Cola.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat: Last Christmas is the Strangest Thing I’ve Ever Written
I'd say Clara half, new companion half.
My own preferences for the handoff would be on a par with McCoy Doctor's Mel and Ace -- open-ended departure for the old one (allowing for possibility of guestinig in future seasons) and smooth transfer to new one, whoever (s)he might be.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Clara, or a New Companion for Series 9?
@Mercy Reborn2 I personally don't like it because I felt the Brig got the ending that made the most sense with his announced passing in The Wedding of River Song. The idea that Nicholas Courtney's old character is now wandering the space-time continuum in cyber-armor strikes me as a cheapening of the character, and an undeserved doom on the level of the Flying Dutchman.
4 months ago on The Problems with Death in Heaven
Osgood's sister? Bit too much of a copout and to reminiscent of Martha.
Zygood? Zygon impersonations tend to be temporary.
Alternative universe Osgood? That might have possibilities, story-wise.
Lookalike not-Osgood? That would be most likely. It would give Ingrid Oliver a chance to extend her acting range, and it means opening up the possibilities a different role could bring.
4 months ago on Could Osgood Still Be Alive?
Hm. The last time Doc spent Christmas with Clara, he wound up stuck on a planet for a thousand years battling Cybermen and Daleks, and eventuall regenerating. Something like that *would* make a Time Lord reluctant about another one, right?
4 months ago on Last Christmas: Short Synopsis
@Malohkeh "So many worlds out there. Where skies burn. Oceans sleep, and rivers dream. People made of mist, cities built by song. Worlds of danger, worlds that need justice ... oh, the kettle's just been put on. Good night, Doctor. You'll have a job of it tomorrow."
Well, here's my problem:
In Vancouver, when I encountered Doctor Who for the first time, the syndication package the local station had was basically the last Pertwee season (Time Warrior etc) plus the first two Tom Baker seasons.
So I *first* encountered the Doctor when he was a white-haired snapper in a velvet tuxedo, but bonded with the crazy guy with the scarf.
4 months ago on From 1-12: Who is YOUR Doctor?
@JamesTKirk @VictorWong1 Because Capaldi is the 12th actor playing the titular role in the BBC series. John Hurt played the previously-unseen War Doctor as a guest star in the 2013 Anniversary special, and some more sequentially pedantic fans want to call him the unofficial Ninth Doctor. But because Moffat says that incarnation rejected the name of Doctor (at least until the Special), he's not supposed to get a numeric adjective.
4 months, 1 week ago on A Hint on Jenna Coleman’s Future?