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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.
21 hours, 37 minutes 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.
1 day, 20 hours 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.
1 day, 21 hours 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.
2 days, 20 hours 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.
2 days, 23 hours 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.
4 days, 21 hours 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.
1 week, 1 day 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.
1 week, 3 days 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.
1 week, 4 days ago on Steven Moffat: An Era of Forgotten Things
Okay, so where's the mistletoe in the Tardis control room?
1 week, 4 days 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?
1 week, 5 days 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.
1 week, 6 days 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.
2 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.
2 weeks, 1 day 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.
2 weeks, 5 days 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.
2 weeks, 6 days 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?
3 weeks, 1 day 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."
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Last Christmas: Short Synopsis
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.
3 weeks, 4 days 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.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on A Hint on Jenna Coleman’s Future?
@NotsoSmartguy @Ottoman14 Remember that "best Master" has to do with chemistry with the actor playing the Doctor. Delgado and Pertwee were contemporaries and had great chemistry. Ainsley had to work with four Doctors with differing personae, so his own portrayals had to be inconsistent in comparison. Eric Roberts was a more recognizable name compared with McGann, so he felt his reputation meant a more flamboyant, standout persona in keeping with the way villains were played on American TV; he barely had enough time with McGann to bring out a true interaction. Same case with Jacobi. John Simm had very good chemistry with Tennant, on a par with Delgado-Pertwee.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
One thing to bear in mind: because the Master has been used onscreen far less frequently than Doc's other nemeses, the actor in the role has more latitude for interpretation than whichever actor is playing the Doctor.
While it's true that Missy is very much viable as an original character, declaring her the Master becomes a convenient shortcut for the writers. Apart from a select few of the Doctor's companions, the Master is one of the few characters who can legitimately claim to know him best, and is in a better position to exploit Doc's character weaknesses (and thus show them to the audience) than the alien nations that Our Hero usually faces.
And besides, this works much better than having Missy being declared the new Valeyard.
@foolmentaljoker Why would he need to steal a body? It's been established he has a new regeneration cycle, and even the "resurrection" didn't take that away.
@ahunter8056 @supermoff Well, they sort of *have* to announce it. It's a contract requirement, lets other producers know that actors are available for roles. If Jenna wants to do major film, theatre or TV work (and non-UK viewers should remember that theatre is still very, very big in the UK) then she needs a major departure announcement to show her availability.
Clara Oswald. The new Sarah Jane. Or the new Brigadier.
Seriously. We now have a character who, really, doesn't need a conventional companion ending.
So -- she has a final adventure with the Doctor, decides she doesn't want to go on a regular basis anymore, and then ... that's it. "Real life" takes over, just as real life takes over in ours.
But ... that means when the Thirteenth (Fourteenth) Doctor pops up, whoever he or she may be, Jenna Coleman can be trotted out as a potential guest star for the new body's debut, or appear in any episode requiring backstory explanation, since the Clara character potentially knows the Doctor's entire history.
Er ... any way to vote for Jonathan Pryce?
4 weeks ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Classic Era)
No sane actor is going to try to beat Tom Baker's record. I figure Capaldi'll start thinking about it seriously after 3 series (Series 10), and I'm guessing he'll either go after Series 11 or maybe three Specials a la Tennant.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Capaldi Doesn’t Plan to Regenerate “For a While”
@jemihedgehog33 Well, there was the matter of Sarah Jane (2.5 series) and Romana (2.9 series, among two actresses).
1 month ago on Moffat Can’t Confirm Jenna Coleman for Series 9
@_divya12_ Simple answer for one: jealousy. Not so simple answer for number two: residual talent from Clara's stay in the GI Mainframe in Bells.
Excuse me, but why does Clara need a definitive final episode?
There's nothing wrong with her leaving the way Martha Jones left, keeping things open-ended for a return.
Put in context: McGann was getting a fair amount of movie and TV work (the Hornblower mini-series, Disney's Three Musketeers with Chris O'Donnell), so of course he'd have the higher profile that would attract producers.
1 month ago on Capaldi Turned Down 8th Doctor Audition
Probably won't be seeing a console room refresh until Series 10, when creative team has a better sense of Capaldi's character and can create a set design to match it. Same thing for the sonic -- the extending claws were meant to emphasize Matt's hand gesturing; a sonic to emphasize Peter's physical movements and personality could appear at the midway point of series 9.
1 month ago on Capaldi Hoping for New TARDIS
@Rise of the Planet of the Pudding Brains Yes, it would. Remember that the actors have to perform in this space, and they will tell you that "green screen" will always be difficult because they can't see what they're interacting with.
The thing is, the only way Moffat is going to give up the show is if (a) he goes dry creatively, (b) he becomes interested in a new assignment, or (c) five to six years have passed.
No, no, no. (a) has *not* happened already.
My feeling is, he won't stay beyond series 10, and someone new will take over. Given BBC pressures, probably a female showrunner.
1 month ago on Moffat: Making Doctor Who Doesn’t Get Any Easier
@Notsosmartguy Approves of female Master We already did. See Lenny Henry.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on A Study of Regeneration: Lord or Lady?
@B910 Except that the concept of Time Lords didn't come into place until the Troughton area. Frankly it would make perfect sense if Susan Foreman had never been a Time Lord / Lady, having never gone through the rituals to do so (too busy traveling).
The "time lady abandoned" could've also conceivably applied to Romana. Even though it was established that Lalla Ward's character voluntarily stayed in e-space, warped brains tend to remember events differently, and Missy is definitely warped.
@Oodkind has been upgraded. Alternate theory: we know from The War Games that a regeneration can be imposed on a Time Lord. Isn't it possible, then, that a gender change was forced on the Master by the Time Lord High Council, seeking to punish him for making their plans fail?
What am I expecting?
For Death in Heaven, Danny gets rescued, either Danny or Clara proposes ... and the Doctor tells Clara that she can no longer travel with him because she's chosen a new life.
For the Christmas Special ... well, how about a wedding where the Doctor is the best man? Or would that be overworking The Sign of Three?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Death in Heaven Promo Pics
@Whogasms Well, no, because if Missy were a pre-"Deadly Assassin" regeneration, she wouldn't have *known* about the Tennant era because it hasn't happened to him/her yet.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Death in Heaven TV Trailer
@Notsosmartguy Approves of female Master Hm. Nine's jacket, Ten's shoes, Eleven's tie ... now she just needs one of Twelve's shirts?
Just wondering - is Osgood wearing a leather coat?
Y'know, it just occurred to me ... it's entirely possible that Missy may very well be a Master regeneration that took place *prior* to Deadly Assassin (i.e. one of the 12 regenerations used prior to Anthony Ainley taking the role).
That gets round the question of how the Master escaped the events of End of Time, because (in his/her timestream) it hasn't happened yet.
@MRookery It's a peculiarity of British television, based on its roots in radio. You'll have noticed that on British TV, the writer of the story is credited as such in the opening, before the director's credit appears in the opening scenes. This is how people know the writer better than the director.
Also, with DW, the "showrunner" position happens to be the head writer for the series, which is why RTD and SM get the whammy from fans so often.
The way series television works: producer or showrunner gets scripts for upcoming season, works out any issues in execution, then assigns directors for each final approved script. This is admittedly different from cinema production where the director has more of a say in scripts, post-production, etc.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on 12 Great Moments From Dark Water
@JacobHaggerty Thing is, after Ainley and especially with Simm, it's been established that the Master is obsessed with the Doctor. Gomez's portrayal probably has nothing to do with Moffat's writing of female characters in general, but more to do with how *this* incarnation of the Master can best disrupt Doc and keep him off balance.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water