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Now, hang on... the abstract clockwork tunnel and such is... more literal than the actual Time Vortex?


1 minute ago on Examining Series 8′s New Title Sequence

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Back to the year 100 trillion!


5 minutes ago on Listen BBC Synopsis

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I'm looking forward to this, Mummy on the Orient Express, and In the Forest of the Night the most.


6 minutes ago on Listen BBC Synopsis

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No, but you're definitely right. We should manage our expectations. Hype is one of the most common killers of episodes.


8 minutes ago on Listen BBC Synopsis

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... and Steven Moffat. :P


17 hours, 27 minutes ago on Into the Dalek Spoiler-Free Review

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You mean like The Time of the Doctor.


20 hours, 5 minutes ago on Into the Dalek Spoiler-Free Review

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I would have put it a bit later when the Doctor pours the drinks for Half-Face (Can you imagine any of the previous three Doctors doing something that cerebral? It's what sets Twelve apart so well, having a moment like that that works only for him.), but thinking about it, what you've mentioned is a more "striking" moment and does work better to that effect.


20 hours, 48 minutes ago on Face-Off: The Eleventh Hour vs Deep Breath

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That picture... anyway, I love them both, but I voted for The Eleventh Hour.


1 day, 1 hour ago on Face-Off: The Eleventh Hour vs Deep Breath

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Ferdinando as Half-Face was marvelous. Next to Peter and Jenna, he was easily the star of the show for me. I would definitely love to see him return.


1 day, 4 hours ago on Ferdinando on the Possible Return of Half-Face

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Well that was her subconscious. :P


1 day, 13 hours ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald

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We have confirmation that she remembers only "a bit"; apparently not even enough to recognize Ten or War on sight.


1 day, 13 hours ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald

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So you already touched on it a bit, ilyootha, but I was indeed going to mention the Ponds' "present day" time. Series 7A is when it gets wonky. We know from The Power of Three that it has been ten years in the Ponds', but not Earth's, timeline since 2010. That means that all of the Series 7A adventures have to occur before 2020. We also know that the events of Power span an entire year, beginning and ending in a July. So, backtracking a bit, the last time that the Doctor saw the Ponds before S7A was on Christmas 2013 ("two years" since they last saw him in 2011). Then we have Pond Life and Asylum of the Daleks. Pond Life explicitly spans from an April to an August, and Asylum picks up very shortly after Pond Life, so probably still in August. It is mentioned, however, that Amy and Rory have been seeing less of the Doctor, so the story could be in either 2014, 2015, or 2016. Either way, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship takes place ten months after that, so it would be in June 2015, 2016, or 2017. The comes Power. It begin with the Ponds going through their fridge, with Amy noticing that there milk is two months out of date. However, since the episode starts in a July, it can't be in the July directly after Dinosaurs' June, so it has to be the next year. So July 2016, 2017, or 2018, with the Slow Invasion ending in 2017, 2018, or 2019. Personally, I like to put Asylum in 2015, Dinosaurs in 2016, and Power in 2017-2018. The spacing just seems to work out best like that, at least in my opinion. And that way, The Time of the Doctor can go as far as 2016 without crossing into the Slow Invasion (inevitably, that is going to be ignored at some point for the sake of continuity, but I don't want to say "eh, time probably just got rewritten" unless I absolutely have to because that's boring :P). Also, as for A Town Called Mercy, that appears to take place during the Ponds' anniversary trip in Power, as we see the Doctor and the Ponds running and hiding from Henry VIII, and in Mercy, there is a call-forward where Rory mentions leaving his phone charger in Henry VIII's en-suite. Also, I assume that that is when the Ponds went to go wave at their past selves in The Hungry Earth, as in that story, the Doctor said that the future Amy and Rory were feeling nostalgic and ten years in their future, which lines up perfectly with the anniversary trip in Power. Plus, Chibnall wrote both stories. :P


1 day, 17 hours ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald

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Brace yourself - some confusing numbers are about to come up when I get back. :P



1 day, 18 hours ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald

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The timeline with Victorian Clara (as well as all of the other echoes) should still exist in a weird sort of timey-wimey Schrödinger's cat sort of way, just like the Toclafane in Series 3 - assuming that the Time Lords sustained the tomb timeline with technology comparable to the Master's paradox machine, as one imagines they would. Ultimately, though, it is merely a vestige.


1 day, 18 hours ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald

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It very well could be! Although, they have to be careful about putting too many big gaps into the Victorian era visits - Vastra and Strax may be safe, but Jenny is human and she will inevitably age over time.


1 day, 18 hours ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald

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Fair point, although a good three-year break would give her a realistic amount of time to get her teaching certification. I mean, she would still be older than she would have been if she had stayed on Earth, but given how firm she was about being returned home on time, I don't imagine that they had too many "whoops, lost track of a year or two there" adventures like the Ponds did.


1 day, 18 hours ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald

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Ah, but wait, I'm silly! Vastra met Modern Clara in The Crimson Horror and was surprised to see that Clara was somehow still alive. If she had met Modern Clara at a pre-1892 time, then she should have been more shocked to see a local Victorian Clara in The Snowmen. I mean I'm sure there could be some convoluted work-around, but I'm going to air on the side of caution and say that Deep Breath was set somewhere in 1893, after the events of The Name of the Doctor.


1 day, 18 hours ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald

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No, although I would imagine that it would be Victorian first, then Modern. The Snowmen was set in very late 1892, with The Crimson Horror and The Name of the Doctor in 1893. I'll probably have to give Deep Breath another rewatch in order to suss out any clues about where the Paternosters are in their timeline relative to the Doctor. For what it's worth, though, the exact wording in the script is "Sitting opposite is Clara - just as her Victorian incarnation once sat there," which is past tense, but what does past tense mean when you're Moffat? :P On the subject of timelines, though, I was quite fascinated by the revelation that Clara is now 27, meaning that she has been traveling with the Doctor for three years now, which I guess places the Oswald family dinner scenes in The Time of the Doctor in 2016... oh, and look at that, I've gone and rambled. xP


1 day, 18 hours ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald

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"I felt her characterisation had not been the best in Series 7 due to the "Blockbuster" format." -The massive rewrites necessitated by the last-minute replacement of Victorian Clara with Modern Clara were probably also a contributing factor.


1 day, 19 hours ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald

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True. And what's more is that the script explicitly notes that Clara is sitting where her Victorian self once did. So Moffat was definitely going for something there. :)


1 day, 19 hours ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald

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In that same chair no less.


1 day, 19 hours ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald

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Well, as far as we know, she barely remembers her time in the timestream (not even enough to recognize Ten or War), so I'm not sure what kind of effect any reference to Oswin would have on her.


1 day, 20 hours ago on Into The Dalek Clips

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Moreover on the subject of the time rift, nothing in the story ever gives us any reason to think that that rift has anything to do with the cracks in time (especially since the Doctor treats it as just an ordinary consequence of the crash as opposed to the shocked reaction that a crack in time later draws from him in The Time of the Doctor), and it lacks the musical cue that always occurs whenever a crack does appear. So it's not actually a problem in the story at all, since it isn't a crack and shouldn't behave like one. And, also, you seem to be misusing the term "deus ex machina." That would be a solution to the plot that came out of nowhere, whereas the magno-grab remote was shown at the very beginning of the story and then explained a little later on, and then used to resolve the plot.



1 day, 22 hours ago on Into The Dalek Clips

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That wasn't a crack in time as in the TARDIS explosion cracks. You can tell because it was vertical and had a different shape, whereas the TARDIS explosion cracks all had the exact same orientation. What you saw in that episode was just a basic time rift. And what the Doctor did was throw the magno-grab remote to his past self so that they could deactivate the magno-grab which would have otherwise pulled them into the ship and made them crash.


1 day, 22 hours ago on Into The Dalek Clips

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What it is is that we have only seen two people be killed by the ray gun effect. The Daleks have otherwise killed many people in the Matt Smith era.


1 day, 22 hours ago on Into The Dalek Clips

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They may crop up in the background from time to time as they are now meant to represent an "officer class," but for the most part, yes, it's back to bronze.


1 day, 22 hours ago on Into The Dalek Clips

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I'm not a gamer in the conventional sense. I only play, like, three different games (Minecraft, Pokémon, and Amnesia) since those ones just happen to resonate with me for whatever reason. But I really like them nonetheless. :D


2 days, 1 hour ago on Doctor Who Officially Invades Minecraft

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There is nothing inherently incorrect about the phrase "Robot of Sherwood." Are you sure that it doesn't just sound "off" because you've become accustomed to the plural form?


2 days, 2 hours ago on Robot of Sherwood BBC Synopsis

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The Deep Breath prequel was not a part of in-universe continuity though. It was a comedic skit, very akin to the Strax Field Reports.


2 days, 2 hours ago on Robot of Sherwood BBC Synopsis

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If anything, I think that he would be best-suited as a script editor. I think he could be really good at that.


2 days, 2 hours ago on Robot of Sherwood BBC Synopsis

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If I played Minecraft on the XBox then this would be fun, but I'm a PC player. Oh well. Still have 1.8 to look forward to.


2 days, 2 hours ago on Doctor Who Officially Invades Minecraft

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But the point is that you don't choose to be attracted to said person in the first place. You can choose not to get into a relationship with them, but that doesn't mean that you weren't initially attracted to them.


2 days, 11 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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Helpful reminder, since apparently it isn't clear enough: VASTRA/JENNY IS NOT BESTIALITY. To say that it is is to say that Doctor/Rose is also bestiality.


2 days, 13 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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"it's really beastiality" -Don't use words you don't know the meaning of.


2 days, 14 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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I always thought that the eyes could have been a little more snakey.


2 days, 19 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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Yes, but that twist relies on the assumption that we'll think he is describing the dinosaur before the reveal comes. So they did acknowledge it for the dinosaur, if only to deceive us.


2 days, 19 hours ago on Sciencey Wiencey: Deep Breath

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Wait, is that how it works? I thought it was the other way around; dying in a "glorious battle" was what they looked forward to. Well, still.


2 days, 20 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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Although, could we take a quick moment to acknowledge that Strax was prepared to kill himself? I thought that that was a surprising demonstration of how far he was willing to go.


2 days, 20 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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Not just him, either. RTD said essentially the same thing in his book, and he also described what a terrible effect the online negativity had on Helen Raynor.

2 days, 20 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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WHERE IS HIS TWITTER WHEN YOU NEED IT???


2 days, 20 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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That's entirely different, though. Dogs are not sapient. They have no ability to give consent. Comparing Vastra and Brannigan to animals is... problematic, at best, because they are self-aware beings. And from their perspectives, we would be the weird-looking ones.


2 days, 20 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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If you know anything about feline... ahem, "equipment," then it gets so much worse.


2 days, 20 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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And it also serves as a bit of a reality check to those many who were looking down on the teenage female portion of the fanbase, and assuming that they were shallow and only watching the show for "hawt doods lol."


2 days, 21 hours ago on Deep Breath Review

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Alternatively, it could have just extended the force field around it like it did with Clara in the previous episode. Or, the settings could have just gone wonky. It happens with a fair degree of frequency.


2 days, 22 hours ago on Sciencey Wiencey: Deep Breath

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Well, personally, while Amy isn't my favorite character, I do see her and her development as being rather complex, but at the risk of seeming unclear or even distasteful to others. And to their credit, there are moments that I will fully admit have the potential to be very controversial. Attempting to engage the Doctor in sport (well, it could be sport), the handling of the fallout of that in the following episode, the "you may definitely kiss the bride" line in the Series 5 finale, her reaction to the events of Let's Kill Hitler as a whole, the divorce subplot in Asylum of the Daleks... all of those are fair points for contention (some of which I would agree with, some I wouldn't). But then you get the wackier ones that are clearly founded on a misunderstanding or a misinterpretation, like when some will say that she was being a melodramatic nastyname in The Girl Who Waited in response to being left on her own for 36 years even though Rory's 2,000 year wait dwarfed the amount of time that Amy spent stranded. However, what those individuals fail to realize is that Rory's wait was willingly accepted, whereas Amy's was forced upon her, so she has every right to be upset. And personally, I find it a bit tasteless and futile to "compare" traumas as if the worse ones are like rare trading cards. It's just silly. So as with anything, there's a mix of logic and nonsense to it.


2 days, 23 hours ago on Deep Breath Review

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I've seen some pretty fiery Amy debates crop up over time.


2 days, 23 hours ago on Deep Breath Review

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This comment is my favorite comment.


3 days ago on Sciencey Wiencey: Deep Breath

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And let's say that, even if it really is just the one town on the planet, he evacuates them all into his TARDIS, and relocates them. Well, then what exactly is different between that and "The Parting of the Ways" (which "The Time of the Doctor" already borrows from) when the Doctor appeared to have every available means of evacuating the people aboard Satellite 5 (which would have conveniently cleared them out of the way of the brain-frying Delta Wave), but didn't because he would have supposedly become "part of events" upon the TARDIS materializing elsewhere? I don't see any reason to think that that logic wouldn't also apply here.


3 days ago on Deep Breath Review

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Okay, I don't mean any offense here, but did you actually watch the episode? The Doctor and the Mainframe defended them. That was kind of the whole point of the episode, was that the Doctor would defend a single town from alien invaders. There were even two key sequences that showed them doing so. And as for taking them away, the Doctor explained, again in the episode, that he couldn't leave, or else the invaders would burn the planet to stop the Time Lords. So if he leaves, he loses his only hope of saving his people. Plus, there could very well be other settlements on the planet. Assuming that to be the case, then he wouldn't have been able to evacuate them all and there would still be casualties.


3 days ago on Deep Breath Review

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Well I think the implication was that dinosaurs in the Who universe could just simply be bigger than they were in the real world, hence the also-fictitious lizard lady's line.


3 days ago on Sciencey Wiencey: Deep Breath

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