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Indeed. All that Danny did was communicate openly and set expectations/boundaries. Generally that's seen as being good for a relationship.


49 minutes ago on 2nd Opinion: Flatline

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Oh! That's genius! :OO


16 hours, 26 minutes ago on In the Forest of the Night Promo Pics

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Churchill: Who the devil are you? Identify yourselves!

Amy: Pond. Amelia Pond.



16 hours, 50 minutes ago on In the Forest of the Night Promo Pics

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Well we know that the TARDIS and the screwdriver are linked in some way, so it does stand to reason.


1 day, 17 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From Flatline

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And she did it using buzzwords that she heard from the Doctor himself, so in the most literal sense, nothing "created" the Doctor. He would always come to be. Although, you could say more poetically that time itself "created" the Doctor, and I think there's a nice little sentiment in there as well. He is time's defender.


2 days, 23 hours ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’

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Another thing about The Name of the Doctor and Clara's arc in Series 7B that I think gets overlooked is the fact that she didn't really change anything. The point in that episode is that the Doctor would have always done what he did, Clara or no Clara. The Great Intelligence changed things, tiny little details, that caused the Doctor to make different choices, which led to things going awry. What Clara did was act as the "cure" the the GI's manipulations, cancelling out his alterations so that the Doctor could make the exact same choices that he did before; choices that were and still are his own. It's basically just Turn Left, but on a larger scale.


3 days, 10 hours ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’

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And wouldn't that, in turn, make him less mysterious?


3 days, 10 hours ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’

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Sure you do. I'm a real person, last I checked.


3 days, 10 hours ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’

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But the tragedy is that the guilt that he felt over what (he thought) he had done to end the Time War had clouded his view of himself so profoundly that, even when looking back on the decision and being faced with it again, he couldn't see any other alternative. He had forgotten what it meant to be the Doctor - Clara (and the Moment, who, let's not forget, orchestrated the entire event and made everything possible - the Moment was also the one who projected the visuals of the innocents on Gallifrey, directly confronting the Doctors with the reality of their situation) simply reminded him of what it meant, but he was still the one to save Gallifrey. He was the one who decided to say no. So ultimately, the decision was still his.


3 days, 10 hours ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’

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Exactly. I believe it was even you, in fact, who pointed out that he was already averse to becoming a soldier before Clara showed up. So the mold for the person that he would become was already in place.


3 days, 10 hours ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’

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Fantastic article Connor; you're really very good at this. Anyway, for my part, while I don't think that the show is becoming "Clara Who" (my view is basically this article), even if it were... what would the problem with that? For one thing, the Doctor was originally conceived of as a supporting character, so no, the show isn't inherently focused on him (note, the title isn't "The Doctor," it's "Doctor Who"; a question asked from an outsider's perspective). He is the "main" character, sometimes. Depending on the writer. But the companion is also the main character. There are two names in that title sequence, after all. And for two, even if the show were to take such a companion-centric approach, I think that that would be fine. Big Finish's Companion Chronicles do quite well, for example, and really, it's just a change in approach. It won't last forever. But saying, "No, you can't! You can't make the show less about the Doctor!"? I find that limiting. This show can be approached from so many different angles, and can bring out such creativity. If they want to try and do it a bit differently for a series, why shouldn't they? If ever there were a show wherein you could experiment like that, this would be it.


3 days, 20 hours ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’

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I'm still waiting to see if the U.S. will be getting the 50th Anniversary collection set before I commit to the lame standalone release of Time.


4 days ago on The Complete Eighth Series DVD Extras

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Nightmare in Silver implied that they were a mixed race.


4 days, 16 hours ago on Dark Water Official Synopsis

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"Why is it so hard to understand she's a new major villain?" -Because everybody who ever existed in the history of ever is the Master. And the Rani. And Susan. And the Monk, and the Black Guardian, and Romana, and Jenny, and the daughter of Rose and Handy. You cannot watch Doctor Who for more than five minutes and *not* come to this conclusion.


4 days, 19 hours ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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Lucky it's the finale and not the premier, then. :P


4 days, 23 hours ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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It was indeed smaller (I've compared the screenshots), but as I said above, I got the impression that the moon had been growing, so the second one was as big as the first one was before it grew. And then there's no need for it to be closer.


5 days ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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I was under the impression that the first moon had been growing, and that the second one was only as big as the first one was originally, before the creature began to hatch.


5 days ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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"we had an animal lay an egg the same size as the egg it came from just moments earlier" -No, the original egg was much bigger.


5 days, 1 hour ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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The Radio Times releases posters for the episodes weekly.


5 days, 1 hour ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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Yes, but if Amy and Rory count, then we may as well count everyone because they died naturally and lived a full life. The only difference is that their deaths were insinuated on-screen.


5 days, 1 hour ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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I'm assuming that a lot of it comes down to just budget and time constraints rendering the better ideas impractical, but beyond that I don't know.


5 days, 2 hours ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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I like Hide well enough, but I think that the original draft (which, instead of the Crooked Man, featured a sort of Gallifreyan bogeyman called "the Lost Lord," which was described as being dressed in Time Lord regalia, but with a cracked and distorted body, and wanted to break into the universe in order to feed on time and reality) was MUCH cooler.


5 days, 2 hours ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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I don't think that he (or Davros) really count. We know they'll be back at some point; it's inevitable. Anyway, I think this is ultimately just a consequence of the format - when your main cast consists of only 2-3 people, in a show that's very episodic by nature, it is much harder to fit a significant death in there. But I mean, I, personally, have never really had a problem with that. I think it works just fine as it is.


5 days, 2 hours ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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"One of the things I disliked about the RTD era was that it was basically 4-seasons of emotionally torturing the Doctor." -And even then, I think that the major-est death in that era was... Kylie Minogue. Or River (and we know how well that took :P). Am I missing someone obvious?


5 days, 2 hours ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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Buhhhh... you know, I don't really know either. 


5 days, 2 hours ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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But she didn't live those lives herself, and doesn't remember most of what they did.


5 days, 11 hours ago on Flatline Advance Review

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Maisie didn't quite "click" with me, but I didn't *not* like her. I enjoyed Delphox/Karabraxos, though. But Ben Miller as the sheriff and Peter Ferdinando as the Half-Face Man are tied with Perkins and Psi as my favorite guest characters of Series 8 thus far.

5 days, 17 hours ago on Flatline Advance Review

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Wow, people seem to vary wildly on this. I, for example, loved Psi, Saibra, and Perkins, but couldn't stand Journey. Quell and the professor were likable enough, but I don't think that they were around for long enough for me to form much of an opinion about them. Lundvik was eh.


5 days, 17 hours ago on Flatline Advance Review

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Ah, yes, sorry, my mistake. Well, anyway, wasn't she just about to go on a date in Time Heist, and he interrupted that?


5 days, 17 hours ago on Flatline Advance Review

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"And in Time Heist he's really trying to get her to spend time with him, but she blows him off because she has better things to do, and reluctantly goes with him in the end, again, not because she wants to." -Huh? No, she came to him expecting to go on one of their usual adventures, and then he turned it down on the grounds that he had "deep cover" work to do.


5 days, 18 hours ago on Flatline Advance Review

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It's a two-way street, really. As Scootersfood pointed out, the Doctor has been insulting her all series long. But that, like what he did in Kill the Moon, is simply a manifestation of his alien nature. He doesn't comprehend humanity as well as his immediate predecessors. He isn't trying to be rude, no. His heart is definitely in the right place. But from Clara's perspective, I can see why that would be frustrating - in fact, the difficulty that Clara would experience in dealing with this trickier, more alien Doctor was one of the themes that they said would be very prominent this series.


5 days, 19 hours ago on Flatline Advance Review

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"Kill the Moon was a way showing Clara how hard it is for the Doctor to make those decisions all the time, and she shouldn't expect him to be there all the time to hold her hand, and she needs to be able to make big decisions by herself."



-Yep. And had he been able to show her that without lying to and manipulating her, it would have gone over a lot better. As it did, as we saw, in Mummy on the Orient Express, when he simply sat down and explained it to her straightforwardly.



5 days, 19 hours ago on Flatline Advance Review

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Alright, so, as some of you may know, I am... not a fan of Rose. It's nothing against Billie, of course (even though she wouldn't have been my choice to play the Moment (hi there Catherine Tate), she did spectacularly in the role), but as far as a return goes... I absolutely hope not. But not because I don't like her character. I just think that, after four years of either seeing her directly or hearing the Doctor talk about her, it's time to let it go. Her arc is complete, and as both Billie and Moff have said, it'd be unproductive and damaging to the story if they were to go and hash it up with more stuff. You could argue for a minisode of seeing her in Pete's World, but personally, I think that that stuff is better left up to the imagination. 

6 days, 2 hours ago on Piper Praises Capaldi, Unsure on Another Return

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More heresy: Foxes and the Doctor Who team accomplished something amazing together - they made me like a Queen song. Also, heh, I listened to Horror of Glam Rock for the first time just the other night. A good "Bottle Episode"-type story (loved hearing Bernard Cribbins and Una Stubbs in it, too), but just a bit too far outside of my cultural familiarity zone for me to fully appreciate it, I think.


6 days, 19 hours ago on Who Tunes: Ranking the Lyrical Songs of Doctor Who

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Heresy time: I don't really care for The Long Song.


6 days, 20 hours ago on Who Tunes: Ranking the Lyrical Songs of Doctor Who

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8/10 for me; these are the results that I was expecting, but I think that a fair bit of it can probably be chalked up to the post-episode "glow," considering how the episode's reception seemed to decay a bit over the following days, getting mixed in with the lingering controversy.


1 week ago on Your Verdict on Kill the Moon & Episode Ranking

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"However, after many episodes this series focused on her and portrayed the Doctor as unintelligent, or even evil" -Personally I haven't gotten even a trace of either of those impressions from what we have seen thus far. He's been a bit spacey and rude, but you can find those traits in other incarnations just as easily. I think that the Doctor has gotten the right amount of exposure this series (considering that Clara serves as the litmus strip for measuring his alien-ness), and that they are clearly building up to something significant with a slow-burn approach.


1 week ago on Flatline Promo Pics

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If Gaiman hadn't conflated the two breeds, I would agree. But a clear and consistent history is simply more important to me than "which Cybermen I like better." Nightmare in Silver suggests that the two merged, so that's what I go with.


1 week ago on DWM #479: Heaven or Hell?

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"What about their previous M.O. of being seen and immediately forgotten?" -It was woven into their actual purpose. They weren't footsoldiers, they were priests. The idea is that people go to them to confess, and they are made to forget their sins. That is what their memory-proofing is for, and it's very effective - the Silents can use their post-hypnotic suggestion in order to make you forget your sins and feel absolved. And, given that it is a military church, it is also conceivable that they serve a double-purpose - while they are used for traditional confessions, they could also, logically, be deployed as the perfect interrogators or even converters. I thought it was a very clever revelation (if you'll pardon the pun), myself.


1 week ago on DWM #479: Heaven or Hell?

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Wow. That jokes never ceases to disgust me. You don't like how Doctor Who is right now, so you would have Moffat, who grew up being bullied, fired based on his appearance? Utterly crass.


1 week ago on DWM #479: Heaven or Hell?

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I wouldn't go so far as to suggest that it was intentional, but yes, it does kind of have that look to it.


1 week ago on Flatline Promo Pics

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Alright, alright, "Lights Off-ers," you've convinced me. But absolutely, 1000% not for humanity's sake. Just for like, the puppies and turtles and stuff.


1 week ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote

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If I recall correctly, they said that the corpse of the creature would have pulled the moon back together, which I imagine would resolve the environmental issues.


1 week ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote

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When did he say that? The only thing that I can find from him is: "I have no idea what their plans are for next year. I've confirmed my availability for the Christmas special, so I hope [to be in Series 9 and the Christmas Special]. I feel like I've just begun."


1 week ago on DWM #479: Heaven or Hell?

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The Nightmare in Silver variants also use the phrase "upgrading."


1 week ago on DWM #479: Heaven or Hell?

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They're not the same. Missy's is a cameo brooch, Clara's was two moon pins chained together.


1 week ago on DWM #479: Heaven or Hell?

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Well to be honest, although I am on her side when it comes to whether or not the Doctor was right to leave, I don't like her flip-flop either. It seems especially incongruous, considering that letting the creature live would have condemned herself, Courtney, and Lundvik to death. Like, I get that Clara is empathetic, but I wouldn't expect that empathy to outweigh her basic survival instinct. And yes, the people of Earth (Well, I mean, how much say did they really have there, anyway? I don't think that the common public had much say in it at all - just the politicians and anybody with the money to influence the vote) would have every right to be mad at her for ignoring their vote. I'm just saying, I think that even though she disregarded them in the end, up until that point, she showed much more consideration for humanity's overall voice in the matter than the Doctor did.


1 week ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote

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Well. I stand corrected, then. :P


1 week ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote

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That's a good point, but I think it's more complex than that. Seeing Clara cry made him ask what was wrong, and she said, "Nothing." He could have left it at that, but he's not an idiot, so he said, "No, there's something; tell me," and she explained that she had never pictured him actually doing it. Then the projection started, and Clara looked more sad, and questioned the Doctor being able to kill those people. Then he asked her what he should do, and instead of saying, "ain't my planet; figure it out," she helped him. She told him to be a Doctor. And yes, their conversation up to that point amplified the doubt in the Doctor's mind, but I don't think that any of the three of him who were standing at that button were about to press it without some doubt still banging around in their mind.


1 week ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote

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I was expecting the exact opposite in both polls, so I'm pretty surprised by these results! Anyway, I'm still with Clara as far as "who was right" goes. As I said before, I understand what the Doctor was trying to do, and it was certainly a noble gesture, but he went about it in probably the worst way possible. I reiterate - the only reason that there was even a choice to make was because the Doctor withheld information that didn't need to be withheld. He was confident that the moon hatching wouldn't pose a threat, but he kept that to himself so as to engineer a situation in which Clara would have to make a difficult decision, and then left her to it, which I think was rather uncool of him to do after Clara helped him to make the right decision during the last day of the Time War. She could just as easily have said to him then, "It's not my Gallifrey; you decide!"

1 week ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote

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