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@The Finn That's essentially the Pertwee Doctor during his first year, though.
2 hours, 20 minutes ago on Capaldi’s Doctor More Alien, Less “human-friendly”
Perhaps as Trinity Wells' sister. Or a regenerated Rani / Master; a villain would be an interesting role for her.
3 hours, 44 minutes ago on Zoe Saldana Wants Doctor Who Role
Well, that's lovely. I'm looking forward to whenever they do a North American tour.
Oh - and who here thinks the "guest presenter" is going to be Mr. Capaldi and / or Ms. Coleman?
1 day, 3 hours ago on Symphonic Spectacular UK Tour in 2015
Flirty implies sexual tension. Do you want sexual tension between a mid-fifties man and a woman slightly over half his age? They could do that in the 1970s and even for a little of the 1980s. Not anymore - not without raising some eyebrows.
1 day, 19 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8
@SteviePenny Regulations. I don't think at this stage he's a member of a writers' or director's union. And even though he got that Oscar, it was 20 years ago or so.Also, when Leonard Nimoy directed Star Treks 3 and 4, he always said one of the hardest challenges was to direct himself in a scene.
Well, thank heavens for the "no flirty" thing; that would've bought the show more trouble from the PC crowd than the BBC could handle.
Mind you, I like the idea of Doc wearing a cardigan; it'd be cool if he wound up dressing like his old companion Ian. I had to look up Count Arthur Strong, and I can see why the management rejected it: he's essentially the Matt Smith Doctor with an ugly trilby hat that Smith would've fallen in love with, much like the fez.
2 days, 3 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8
@ConnorWhite @YaelMoise Sorry, but evidence do you have that the Tennant Doctor remembered the War Doctor?
3 days, 2 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration
@G_Unitt It would have been more appropriate for the reset, I'd agree.
3 days, 4 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration
1. The "healing" part did have a precedent in "End of Time Part II," when Ten lost the scabs and injuries he'd picked up from his fall. It was a sign that the regeneration process had already started and was progressing.
2. Actually I didn't mind the abrupt, non-morphing transition. FX-wise, it was pretty cheap (Smith falls out, Capaldi jumps up, some flashes in post-production), and the abruptness helps shock the viewer.
3. I do think the cameo of Karen Gillan / Amy Pond could have been done better; in fact I question the need to do it at all. It was JNT, back in the Classic Era, who used the regeneration scene as a way to say farewell to past companions for the T Baker and Davison Doctors; Moffat kept the spirit of it verbally for Night of the Doctor but I think The Angels Take Manhattan and Snowmen were already effective in bringing closure to the Pond era.
You know all those people agitating for a Doctor Who feature film? Well, they've just been silenced.
Now we see what the BBC is up to. "No need to put up the astronomical amount of money for a real feature film; we'll just add a persentage to the TV budget, and get them to produce an extra-long episode! And the suck-- ahem, fans, will come in their millions!"
And the funny thing is, they could actually pull this off. The HD format means their video is now compatible for suitable projection on a movie screen, and technology has brought the costs down such that even the FX won't burn a big hole in BBC1's budget.
4 days, 2 hours ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally
@Benjamin Bradley The Meta-Crisis Doctor is, in essence, the fully-human version of Sandshoes: same model but with a different engine. So he "doesn't count."
The War Doctor only got to reclaim the title of Doctor during the Stasis Cube Rescue effort and its aftermath, which he promptly forgot upon regenerating while returning to his proper point in the time stream. So Beardy, timeline-wise, never considered himself The Doctor and thus "doesn't count" either.
5 days ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title
@MatthewBagnall But there's nothing in your statement to directly disprove Moffat's assertion, so therefore you can't call him wrong.
Moffat's assertion is that the numerical adjective for each incarnation is *not* an "in-universe" usage, and certainly isn't a common one in that continuity.
5 days, 1 hour ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title
I suppose we could always use these for designations:
Velvet Tux Guy
@Stradiwhovius That refers to his face, not his "version of the Doctor," at a time when he buried the memory of the War Doctor. So Moffat will say, "that doesn't count."
5 days, 3 hours ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title
@The Finn I'd actually argue that it was "market-based," designations from the BBC to help differentiate each series for syndication.
5 days, 4 hours ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title
He's actually been pretty consistent about this, ever since the War Doctor was revealed.
However, this *does* suggest that there's room for a corrective down the road, in the long term.
Now would be the perfect time to petition the BBC concerning Capaldi's eventual successor as The Doctor, referring to him / her as "The Fourteenth Doctor."
This would be helped by the simple reason that people are still fairly superstitious about the number "13," which could lead to problems in marketing. Sort of the same reason why multi-story buildings don't have a 13th floor.
If the one-after-Capaldi gets the designation "Fourteenth," then the War Doctor can be seen as the unofficial "thirteenth." Problem solved.
@TonySimmons I agree with NAFT -- "darker fight for your life" is Xena or Buffy / Angel or Enterprise (later season). And the problem with those is that they're ultimately depressing to casual viewers, who'll stay away.
I liked "The Lodger," but think its success was tied mainly to the chemistry between Corden and Smith, and the way the story handled the interplay between a hobbit-type character and the ultimate nomad. I'll also agree that there may be an overemphasis on domestic "contemporary Earth" settings for this series (perhaps a budget overrun on last year's specials?).
6 days, 4 hours ago on SFX #251 Previews Series 8
I'll admit, my own personal favorite is the Baker "secondary" control room. There's something rather steampunky and warm about a wood-and-brass control room for a time machine.
1 week ago on How does the TARDIS reflect the Doctor?
@Planet of the Deaf Actually we don't need an explanation. That control room was mostly associated with Amy and Rory, so of course he's spent a fair chunk of his "recuperation" time in Victorian London creating a new one, something more sterile to reflect a colder personality.
1. The best way to bring Sky back would be to ask Russell T. Davies to do a final SJA script, tailored to the Doctor Who format.
2. The passage of time since Liz Sladen's passing means there's some room for Sky to be recast, should Sinead Michael not be available. (You'd be surprised how much 12-year-olds can change in five years.)
3. I'm afraid you'll have to count me in among those who consider Sarah Jane to be deceased in the Whoniverse. For one thing, to do so is an acknowledgement of respect to Ms. Sladen, that no one else could have played this character. For another, it allows a scene for the Doctor to be melancholic over the passage of time: another friend gone that he can do nothing about.
1 week, 2 days ago on Bring Back… Sky Smith
@supermoff Pointless? Well, no, not really.
First, it sets up a useful analogy between the drivers and the Doctors. When the Moment comments, "Same software, different face," it's most definitely *not* a misstatement; it establishes firmly that Wardoc is the same being as Ten and Eleven, just with a different "casing."Second, it introduces the idea of using trans-temporal calculation to solve a problem. It's important because it sets up the solution that the Doctors use to empower the stasis cube to translocate a planet, employing the computing power of 13 versions of the Tardis.
1 week, 2 days ago on Doctor Who’s Biggest Deus Ex Machina
No. It's too soon after the 50th. What's more, the series most emphatically does *NOT* need to bring back old foes or companions, lest the writers be accused of "overpandering to the fan base," "stuck in nostaligia," creative stagnation, et cetera.
1 week, 3 days ago on Will There Be a 10th Anniversary Special for the Revival?
If I'm honest, I haven't seen anyone on this site complaining about Capaldi being a "bad" Doctor. I have, however, seen fans recommend takes for Capaldi on the role that could turn him into one.
1 week, 3 days ago on Barrowman on Jack’s Future, Capaldi Critics
@Rani Nose There's an old saying: when you stop learning, you start dying. Even though (thanks to her submergence in the Doctor's timestream) Clara right now knows the Doctor more intimately than anyone else alive, there's always more to learn. It's one of the reasons why Doc's traipsing round the universe, don'tcha know. And it's one of the reasons why he likes having Clara along: it helps reinforce his sense of wonder by seeing it reflected from her eyes.
Of course the relationship has to change; Twelve is most emphatically *not* going to enjoy the same level of fraternization with Clara that Eleven did. (Today's socio-political climate is going to ensure that.) Mentor-student is probably the most obvious route to go; another is "father figure" (it's possible to infer from the Christmas special that Clara's relations with her real father deteriorated after her mother's death).
1 week, 5 days ago on How Far Into Darkness will the 12th Doctor Take Us?
@Beasts_a_Snarling Yep. Wearing leather and a sweater with no shirt underneath - that's something a youngster would do. Going for chips instead of a sensible salad - that's a youngster.
1 week, 6 days ago on How Far Into Darkness will the 12th Doctor Take Us?
@Liana21 "Mature"? The *Doctor?* Really? Emotional immaturity has been a hallmark characteristic of the Doctor throughout all his versions. Even the War Doctor's sarcastic wit ("help pass the timey-wimey") is a smouldering sign of that.
@gunslinger19 @Antee991166 He's always questioned himself post-regeneration, in the revived series. In Christmas Invasion, it was more overt, Tennant sounding like an actor trying to work out his part. In Eleventh Hour, it was a bit more subtle ("don't know yet, still cooking") and events moved so quickly that there was no time to settle down and work it out.
@babbitdukes Not to shout you down, but the "domestics" aren't going to go away any time soon. They're cheap in terms of set dressing and location scouting, they help foster one of the Revival's base assumptions (that the Doctor's episodes *could* happen in *our* world), and they help ground the companions, making them more relatable to the general viewing audience.
@Planet of the Deaf @supermoff Don't forget: Night of the Doctor established that the universe-wide reputation of Gallifrey and the Time Lords is now ten levels below that of current British politicians and journalists. It sounds very much like Twelve must now deal with the aftereffects of the War on other cultures that he'll be visiting -- as well as the War Doctor's conduct during that war. That should be good for at least half-a-dozen stories.
@MrRazza, the Newly Qualified Omega Identifier But echoing the Brigadier in Planet of the Spiders.
2 weeks ago on Series 8 Launch Trailer Breakdown
@TheNightmareChild sees into your soul! @stargazer0118 To be fair, an accent isn't going to be noticeable unless the person is shouting. What now becomes the worry is that if the Capaldi Doctor starts shouting, viewers will start reflexively watching him to go into Malcolm Tucker mode.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer
@YaelMoise Worried? Why?
@joseffwilliams It'd be real funny if that turned out to be Karen Gillan's soothsayer character.
@Huknar @TheDoctorOfWho Whaddaya mean, what's going on? It's a stock FX shot. There's enough new footage with the actors that using older footage to fill it out is nothing to complain about.
Bit hard to forget The Three Doctors - a 10th anniversary episode that was part of the regular run, introducing Omega and establishing a pattern for how the Doctor would get along with his past selves.
3 weeks ago on The 3rd Doctor: Five Favourites
A spin-off film? Well, I don't know about that.
Here's the real problem. In order to work on the big screen, you'd need a story with a scope that's simply too big for the "small screen." I put this in quotes because today, what with competition from specialty cable and video streaming services like Netflix, not to mention giant TV screens now actually becoming affordable as well as changes in audience viewing habits, justifying a property's jump to the big screen has suddenly become much, much harder.
Case in point: BBC Sherlock. Moffat and Gatiss have often likened the series to movie trilogies: they're feature length, they use plenty of visual effects and high quality cinematography, and they have a cast and creative staff easily capable of delivering big-screen material. You could put A Study in Pink up in the local cineplex in 2009 and it would have created a decent audience. But it was a TV series, coming out of a TV budget. It would be very difficult to see how the production values could be upped to the point where it *couldn't* be done on a TV budget.
Part of the reason Day worked was that the BBC was able to create sufficient "buzz" about the special that it whetted the appetite of the general audience. It was an anniversary story, it had 3D effects (something the small screen has trouble delivering), it had an A-list guest star in the form of John Hurt, and it had a core audience that could be counted on to come to theatres even if it had the quality of "Dimensions in Time."
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Does Time Travel Work on the Big Screen?
Going inside a Dalek? That would seem to suggest that the Davros voice may not be the physical Davros himself, but a memory fragment.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Dalek Story Details for Series 8?
@ShadGray To rebut your first four points:
1. "Memory is iffy" means the Doctor doesn't remember certain things. It does *not* mean he'd bring up a point that may or may not be true.
2. The woman in "End of Time" may be a Time Lord, but there's no hard and fast rule established that says Time Lords *have* to be Gallifreyan.
3 and 4 are essentially the same thing: subjective judgments. American TV executives *did*, in fact, understand what they were making. They knew that the series had gathered a cult following; they also wanted a property that could properly compete with the Star Trek Next Generation audience. That the 1996 movie did not achieve spectacular ratings was because everyone was more interested in the finale of Roseanne.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on The Doctor: Half-Human on his Mother’s Side?
Time Lords descended from humanity? Okay, yes, I can see the arguments against it.
But what about the idea of humanity being an offshoot of the Time Lords?
Look, if we're willing to suspend our disbelief about the Statue of Liberty becoming a Weeping Angel, then we should be equally willing to accept the notion of a Battlestar Galactica - style relationship between the exploits of the early Time Lords and the evolution of man. The idea of Gallifreyans seeing mankind as inferior, because they essentially deteriorated into primitivism, has resonance for anyone who's ever read Lord of the Flies in high school.
What's more, such an attitude may account for the Doctor's ambivalent nature towards Time Lord society. If he was confronted with social ostracism during his childhood and college years, due to something like an irregular parentage (which having a Earth-human mother would definitely do), it would explain why he can look upon his homeworld's society with equal measures of nostalgia and scorn.
One other positive: Bitey the Cybermat.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on The Common Criticisms of Closing Time
You know what would be cool to see in this series? Cybermen dancing, in sync, to "Hooked on a Feeling."
4 weeks ago on Series 8 Finale Filming: Returning Characters & Monster
@Planet of the Deaf Never mind. Could be worse - she could have popped up wearing a fez.
I'm sorry -- that hair and makeup are far to reminiscent of Lara Pulver's turn as Irene Adler that I'm sort of expecting her episode introduction to be visiting the Church of the Papal Mainframe (without benefit of holography of course).
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Series 8: Meet the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere
@ilyootha Not really -- if you assume that the "village" they're visiting is actually a Zygon military outpost.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Series 8 Finale Filming: Returning Characters & Monster
@Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh Probably with Mr. Pink.
@The Living Angel @WiblyWoblyTimyWimyMOFFAT I don't think the character could affort a Crombie coat on a UNIT salary. But I'd be curious to see if the producers decide to get her to wear Six's coat.
@Richy Woo "The Chase." Season 6 episode. I liked it.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on An Earthly Gallifrey
Why strange? Ten did pretty much the same thing during Christmas Invasion.
1 month ago on Series 8 Airdate Confirmed, New Trailer & Image
Definitely a Pertwee pose there.
There is really only one reason why Moffat issued this challenge: the 1996 movie and that "half-human" comment.
He's probably received a story pitch for Series 9, from one of the writers (or thought of one himself) that hinges directly upon that "half-human" statement, and he's looking for help from the fans to prove that the Doctor himself could *not* have come from a human mother.
And before you point to Claire Bloom and The End of Time,let me point out that since no one bothered to take her character's pulse and prove her to be bipulmonary, the notion of Bloom's character being an Earth human who happens to be a Time Lord has not been actively disproven.
Couple that to news reports about the Seventh Doctor training Ace to become a Time Lord in future story drafts, and all of a sudden Moffat's declaration that the Doctor was lying about his "half-human" status doesn't seem all that definitive.
1 month ago on Moffat: Who says the Doctor is NOT human?