Kongosoha is... the Ranomega
Bio not provided
My man Capaldi, bringing back that Troughton feel with those trousers!
1 day, 11 hours ago on Series 9 Filming: Medieval Times
Moffat is right, there are just too many logistical problems here. For example, what would it be about? Not the Time War, certainly, because we've moved past that in the storyline now, and even ignoring the fact that you would never be able to show the kind of twisted, incomprehensible, reality-bending stuff that went on during that war, the end has already been depicted in The Day of the Doctor. So how do you end the movie?
Who would star in it? It would have to be the current Doctor. Look, as good as McGann is, no studio in their right mind is going to look to him for a box office draw, especially when he was already the lead in a failed Doctor Who movie almost twenty years ago. At best, it could be either Tennant or Smith because of their international popularity, but even then, there's going to be merchandise coming off of this, and Moffat has already talked about how weird that would be to market two different Doctors at the same time, but in addition to that, movies want to get as many people watching as possible. Not just the die-hards, but people that they could potentially get interested in the show by watching the movie. And wouldn't it be very strange for those people to go see a movie with Tennant or Smith, and then try to get into the show and see that the Doctor is actually an older Scottish man with gray hair?
It also couldn't have any bearing on the ongoing storyline; it would have to be completely standalone as per the BBC charter, which mandates that they can't make you pay extra money in order to get the "complete" story. I suppose it's possible that they could set up an ongoing "movie-only" storyline that would only ever be indirectly referenced by the TV show and would have no impact on it, but even that relies on the first movie being successful enough to get a film series going.
I mean, individual episodes of Doctor Who are already pretty much 45-minute-movies as it is. I am absolutely fine with a Doctor Who movie never coming to pass. It just seems as if it would be far too much risk for far too little reward.
6 days, 7 hours ago on Leaked Sony Emails Reveals Doctor Who Movie Plans
That's because the Time Lords enabled it to happen. Although, they themselves were the ones who sent the Doctor to Skaro back in Genesis of the Daleks, in the hopes that he would wipe them out preemptively. So I guess I shouldn't put it past them.
1 week, 2 days ago on Series 9 To Open With “Darkest ever plot”?
Nah. I don't buy it. How would wee Davros factor into an apparently Earth-set story involving UNIT and the Master?
She's so obviously the Rani.
2 weeks ago on Maisie Williams Hints At Her Series 9 Role
I really like In the Forest of the Night. The ending still baffles me, to be honest, but aside from that, I love it. I kind of wish the the show would do more of those kinds of experimental episodes. I always praise the show for its potential to be just about any genre, but sometimes I feel as though the show doesn't make use of that potential as often as it could. I know that Big Finish, on the other hand, likes to experiment a lot and tell more unique stories.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on When The Doctor’s Cure Has Unforeseen Consequences
I like that The Caves of Androzani is kind of an inversion of this. The Doctor lands in a sticky political crisis and really only makes it worse, and is forced to leave just as the actual war breaks out. In that episode, so much of it was just completely out of his hands, and all he was doing was trying to save Peri.
"At the end of the day, the show has other things to be getting on with."
- This is true, but then, it's kind of true of most episodes that end like this. The End of Time has rather more important things to do than showing everybody freaking out about the Master Race. In the Forest of the Night opted to muse about human nature instead of telling us the obvious, "yeah, we'll clean up, and we'll probably bug out about it for a while." There are plenty of other examples as well. Ultimately, since the show utilizes an episodic format and jumps to a new setting every week, it becomes remarkably hard to find any time to show the intricacies of these kinds of long-term consequences. It's just the nature of the game, really. Which is, of course, why the show instead focuses on the main characters' internal conflicts and development, or on universe-wide damages (Bad Wolf, disappearing planets, the cracks, etc.).
3 weeks ago on When The Doctor’s Cure Has Unforeseen Consequences
In fairness, we don't know exactly how much time passed in between In the Forest of the Night and Dark Water, but even still, we mostly only see big, urban areas and city plazas and the like, which would probably be the primary focus during clean-up.
I can think of a worse preemptive scenery continuity buster. The Power of Three. It spans an entire year, so at some point, we should start seeing black cubes all over the place. But it just isn't going to happen.
1. Unless the Angels can see in the dark, which I assume they can - it would be very advantageous for them, since their prey cannot.
2. Well, it was never meant to be a genocide. The Doctor was simply creating an inherently hostile environment for the Silents. He wanted them to flee and leave Earth alone. If they know that humans will kill them on sight, then they won't be eager to come back.
3. This is why they built the Gravitron, I suppose.
Interesting points all around, though. I hadn't ever considered those last two.
I love the show just as much as always. For me, Series 8 was the best of the revival, after Series 5. No, what caused me to sort of fall off of the wagon was my disillusionment with the fandom as a whole - obviously I'm not trying to badmouth any one specific person here, but I just mean, the perpetuity of it all. The same old arguments raging over and over without end (to this day), the same old complaints being shouted around whenever a past episode came into discussion (see, there's criticizing, and then there's complaining - I find that a lot of people, in pretty much *any* fandom, have a tendency to think that they're doing the former when they're really doing the latter)... I just got really tired of it. It probably doesn't help that Doctor Who isn't my favorite show, not even in my top 5, really. I love it, and I enjoy it whenever a new episode comes on. But it's very hard to commit the energy required for being involved with the online fandom. And again, don't get me wrong; there are many, many very lovely people here. It's just a draining activity for me. (Although my most recent hiatus was brought about simply because I've been too busy to come on much.)
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Why Bother?
Smith and Jones - 7/10
The Shakespeare Code - 8/10
Gridlock - 9/10
Daleks in Manhattan - 4/10
Evolution of the Daleks - 4/10
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 1
I thought it was a lovely episode. It was a bit flawed (the ending in particular was very out of the blue, and it severely mishandles its depiction of mental disorders), but mostly it was a whimsical, warm fairy tale with a strong emotional and moral current. And in the same way that I prefer a lot of The Sarah Jane Adventures over a lot of Torchwood, I prefer In the Forest of the Night over ostensibly "dark" or "adult" episodes like Into the Dalek which, personally, I found to be rather terrible.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Why Series 8 Needed Child-Friendly Episodes & Moments
And we end with a splash of not-so-great, but with a good peak in the middle. Sorry Series 2, you're still my least-favorite:
Love & Monsters - 4/10
Fear Her - 3/10
Army of Ghosts - 8/10
Doomsday - 8/10
The Runaway Bride - 4/10
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 3
I'm giving it a 4 as well. It'd be way higher, if not for the ending.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 2
No, the devil made me do it.
Additional fun fact: The Satan Pit's rating is the sixth "6" I have given in this poll run thus far.
"I am overwhelmed with apathy."
Sir, I am opposed to your current apathy.
I know, I'm such a little devil. ;)
Series 2 begins to pick up a bit... but maybe not in the way you'd expect:
Rise of the Cybermen - 8/10
The Age of Steel - 9/10
The Idiot's Lantern - 4/10
The Impossible Planet - 6/10
The Satan Pit - 6/10
"I wish we had more Susan Ivanova types on TV these days."
And here are your cookie points for the Babylon 5 nod.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on How Often Does Doctor Who Pass The Bechdel Test?
Well, the Bechdel test is kind of like a ruler. You can use a ruler to measure the size of a hot dog or a hamburger, but that ruler can't tell you how good it's going to taste. It can account for quantity, but has a very limited scope when it comes to quality. Just like how a hot dog can taste good or bad, the subject matter that the two women discuss can be meaningful or trivial, so long as it isn't about a man, and it will still pass the test.
I think that most people who recognize the "test" for what it is (a satirical joke in a comic strip that makes a good point about our current media but gets taken entirely too seriously by political groups and movements on the Internet, who are fond of weaponizing it) will admit to its limitations. But again, it does at least make an eye-opening point when you think, "Huh, yeah, it is surprising, how infrequently we see that." From there you can and should endeavor to contextualize it, but the point prior to that is all that it is really "meant" to demonstrate.
I wouldn't say it's "bad" that you hope it isn't found, no. But personally, I think it's important to admit to mistakes like that. It's would be completely shameful and unacceptable nowadays, but an overly-rosy view of history doesn't help either. At the very least, I think that it is good to document it and maybe learn something from it.
Of course, even if it *is* found, that doesn't mean I have to watch it. ;)
There are a couple of lines I can think of that Ten fires at Jackie that are... very very not good. While I just accept it as a part of Ten's occasional arrogance, I do wish that he had been actively called out on them at least once.
Nor "deus ex machina."
Oh, indeed. As I said, it has very definite flaws as a "test."
Which is a good sign, of course! :)
Put very simply, it measures female presence in media. See, there's a long-standing bad habit in the moviemaking world of thinking that when women get together, what they want to talk about is dudes. So, it follows that a lot of movies that features women relegate them to that stereotypical role, and does not allow them as much of a chance to express their own thoughts and opinions about other matters. The Bechdel test sort of challenges that mentality and highlights the need for improvement in that regard.
Although, as Malohkeh notes below, it was never intended to be a legitimate "test." It was originally just a socially-critiquing joke in a comic strip. It has its flaws, for sure, but it also has its uses. It isn't the end-all, be-all arbiter on what media is and isn't sexist, but sometimes you can be surprised by how many movies fail such a simple set of criteria.
The recent DWM actually has a rare exchange between the two; it is hilarious as one would expect. I wish we could see them interact more often. They get along really well. :)
Oh I know, but since we're using it anyway. :P
While this is very well-researched and the data is fascinating, I still believe that there is a fundamental flaw in using the Bechdel test on an episode-by-episode basis - it simply wasn't designed for television episodes. It was designed for movies. The structure of TV episodes is very different from that of a movie; there is much less that you can do in 45 minutes than you can in 90-120 or more, especially when the show has multiple leads like in Series 5 (Amy has to compete with not one, but two characters for screentime), and moreover, in a show like Doctor Who, which has to essentially introduce a new host of characters every week, because it isn't fixed to a single location. That also absorbs a lot of potential screentime.
Of course, the fact that it still does this well in spite of all of that is a good sign.
I appreciate that, thanks. :) I just got kind of burnt out on it all, so I decided to take a break from everything Doctor Who-related. Still working my way back into the atmosphere.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 1
Oh man, not off to a great start there, Series 2. Earned the lowest-scoring episode so far for me:
New Earth - 3/10
Tooth and Claw - 5/10
School Reunion - 6/10
The Girl in the Fireplace - 6/10
Also still getting the hang of this new comment spacing. I missed a lot, okay! :P
Boom Town - 5/10
Bad Wolf - 9/10
The Parting of the Ways - 9[.5 if I could]/10
The Christmas Invasion - 7/10
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2005 Part 3
"... although it’s not really an end, because Big Finish plucks stories from the whole era of every Doctor."
- I think he said indicating that his stories would continue, but that they would take place earlier in his Doctor's timeline.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Sixth Doctor: The Last Adventure
The BBC won't canonize anything because there is no official Doctor Who canon. Such a thing has never, ever been released, and several people who have been involved with Doctor Who (such as RTD, Moffat, Paul Cornell and the brand manager Edward Russell) have echoed the fact that there is no Doctor Who canon. Anything goes.
"My dear Doctor, after our many centuries of conflict I wished you to know that your certain death is now... certain! Bwahahahahaha!"
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2005 Part 2
He'll never be able to set foot in a jazz club ever again.
Woah, really? I never thought about it before but The Long Game would have fit right in with the McCoy era, now that you mention it.
Dalek - 9/10
The Long Game - 6/10
Father's Day - 8/10
The Empty Child - 8/10
The Doctor Dances - 8/10
What about every 30 days when he starts to PMS and wipes a planet out of time and space because he thinks the planet makes him look fat?
Ignoring the raging sexism here (and I say that as a guy), what makes you assume that Time Lord females have periods, or that Time Lords have the same social body expectations that we humans do?
I take it you're a woman, or a man who would like to be a woman, in that case you would REALLY like to see The Doctor become a woman because you would then identify with the character 100% It's not about wanting what's best for the show, it's about claiming a popular character as your own, all in the name of being progressive.
I am, again, a guy, and I do not desire to become a woman, but I would be perfectly open to the idea of a female actor portraying the Doctor. So how do I factor into that view?
Funny, but as the progressives take more power, it definitely seems like the world is getting progressive too... progressively worse with the war, crime, poverty, and disease and all. I for one do want The Doctor to become a woman, if only it would cause quite a few fans to abandon it which would cause the show to fail and get cancelled. I can just hear you lot now, crying about how it wasn't fair and insisting that it wasn't a female Doctor which got the show axed.
You would wish that the show be cancelled for something so petty?
But that's the thing - people so much in love with changing things that they don't realize that it was what it was which made it successful in the first place.For a show that many claim is perfect, so many more want to change it.
I do not claim that Doctor Who is perfect (far from it), but going by your logic here, the show should have been cancelled as soon as they cast Patrick Troughton to play the Doctor. I mean, what was wrong with having a fifty-year-old professor archetype play him? William Hartnell made the show successful in the first place.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Steven Moffat: The Good, The Bad and the Timey Wimey
Rose - 6/10
The End of the World - 8/10
The Unquiet Dead - 9/10
Aliens of London - 4/10
World War Three - 4/10
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2005 Part 1
Not exactly my point, but fair enough.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Steven Moffat: The Good, The Bad and the Timey Wimey
Moreover, it is clear that Moffat was attempting to synthesize his desired "First Doctor meets the current Doctor" dynamic, and that wouldn't really have worked between Eleven, Ten, and Eight. What set War apart from Ten and Eleven was that he had an older, gruffer, no-nonsense exterior. He wasn't a flirty romantic who would wave his screwdriver around at his enemies. Whereas Eight was. Eight can't really ask, for example, if there's a lot of kissing in the Doctor's future; Eight was a kisser himself. So you would either have three young Doctors (albeit one of them is downtrodden and depressed), or two young Doctors and a much "older" one for contrast.
Moreover, there is the fact that most of the current audience doesn't really know Paul McGann or the Eighth Doctor. However, a whole heck of a lot of people know who John Hurt is, and would be intrigued by the prospect of a never-before-seen "mystery Doctor" (which is also something that no fan, be they classic or new, would have any insight about, so as a result, everybody entered the special on equal footing).
Additionally, I personally wouldn't really be able to buy Eight as War, mostly because even if the Time War did break his spirit, I still picture him jumping at the opportunity to avoid having to kill his people when offered a way to do so by the Moment. Kill the Daleks, sure, but no matter how bad the Time Lord elite became, I think Eight would still try to protect the innocents. If not, then he would just be killing them out of spite at that point. Underneath all of the grief and sdaness, he's still Eight. Whereas War was *born* thinking that he had to settle things and bring the War to an absolute end. *He* would insist that he had to destroy Gallifrey and that there was no other option, because he believed himself to be a warrior and never thought that he *had* any other option.
While I certainly do think that the 50th anniversary special sorely needed an increased classic series presence, I am not actually all that bothered by McGann being Doc-blocked from it. He still got to do The Night of the Doctor, which was amazing, and I think that his lack of involvement in the special itself is actually one of the more reasonable/understandable omissions.
Hell, I've seen a few people who don't even like Eight and were happy to not have him included. :7
"Is it just me or have the visual effects actually improved ever since Moffat took over as showrunner?"
- They have, because CGI has become somewhat cheaper over time and because Moffat has used budgeting tricks to put more money into the show (off the top of my head, I remember him saying that the reason why so many of the earlier minisodes simply re-used sets and characters from the episodes themselves is because he would redirect most of the allotted money for the minisode toward the actual show, and then use what was left over from that for the minisode).
So, by that reasoning, RTD (also) robbed Paul McGann of the chance to play the Doctor by casting Eccleston, no? I think that if a showrunner feels that a recast is in order for a part, then it is their call. An actor doesn't literally own a role, and the boss has no obligation to keep them in that role. And this is coming from a big fan of Simm's Master. (Although, I wouldn't say that Simm "really" wanted to come back - he said that he was open to it if he would be able to play a darker, more calculating version of the Master.)
Well, perhaps I should clarify. I do enjoy the classic Masters (well, not so much Pratt and a lot less so much Roberts... although "as *well* as you" does make me chuckle...), but only because of the actors. I love the suave aura that Delgado brought to the role, the creepiness of Beevers, and something about Ainley is just so charming to me. But that's all credit that I assign to the actors for their portrayals. As far as the character writing for the Master goes, I've always found it to be bland and uninspired.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Top 12 Best Written Russell T Davies Characters
So you were a Cyberman all along I see.
Okay so first off, Ninth Doctor development >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Tenth Doctor development. It's a complete no-contest for me. :P
But anyway, kidding (not kidding) aside, one thing that I really want to give RTD credit for is making the Master interesting. Before the revival, the Master (in my opinion) was a tired old cliché based on a tired old cliché. A bog-standard archenemy character who is super-duper evil but despite getting defeated every time, kept trying for some reason. What RTD did, and what Moffat expanded on a bit, was add depth to the Master, which he sorely needed. He added the drums which gave an interesting reason as to why the Master was obsessed and always trying to conquer other worlds. He delved into the Master and the Doctor's childhood friendship (Although Big Finish may have done that first? Even then, I am sure that that is where RTD would have gotten the inspiration, as it's a brilliant angle.), which made their conflicts more personal, having this close former-friends dynamic. Here they are, enemies, but also all that the other has left to look to with the other Time Lords all gone. The old series never really went into that quite like the revival has. I just really love RTD's take on the Master. It's one of the best things to come out of his era for me, and I am very glad that Moffat has chosen to swim in that same stream regarding the character.
My gripe with Amy's post Series 5 development isn't the divorce subplot (although I do think that that would have been more effective if it were just a separation; divorce was kind of an extreme reaction to their internal conflict and I suspect that Moffat only took it that far for the sake of shock value), it's with the lack of emotional fallout from having Melody stolen from her. The Girl Who Waited and The God Complex were perfect opportunities for it to be addressed (one episode dealing with a bitter, old Amy who hates the Doctor, of course she would cite that; the other episode trying to break her faith in him, and having him cop up to not being able to be the hero she imagines hiim to be), but nope. Nothing. How!?