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No. Their character arcs are balanced and intertwined. Neither one is overshadowing the other; we just see Clara's perspective more often because for this particular, dual-bladed story, she has to be the accessible one, and the Doctor has to be the detached one.
1 day ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?
I think a helpful perspective that somebody (sorry I can't remember who) on here presented is, to paraphrase, "bad acting isn't exclusive to children." Personally, I think that Doctor Who has a pretty good track record with child actors (Remi Gooding's excellent and layered rendition of young Danny stands out in my mind).
1 day, 4 hours ago on Won’t Somebody Think of the Children!?
While I love the new Cyberman design, I wasn't too keen on Nightmare in Silver. I don't think that it was the nadir of the revival series or anything like that; it was decent enough. I just thought that it was one of the weaker episodes of Series 7B, and I really couldn't stand Angie. But then again, I'm not head-over-heels for The Doctor's Wife either. I like it a lot better than Nightmare in Silver, but I also think that it is overrated, and more flawed than people say.
2 days, 6 hours ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode
I agree (well, I disagree that all of his female characters are sassy, but that's beside the point). However, I personally am growing more and more disinterested in anything that production people have to say in their personal lives. In regards to the show, it doesn't really matter, and in today's world, things can be overblown or obscured all the time. I mean, if Russell said some bad things (which he absolutely has), why should I care, if it doesn't bleed over into the show? And the same goes for Moffat. But moreover, they're just people. Come on, tell me *you* haven't said anything that you probably shouldn't have, or that you wish you could take back. I know I have. :P
I actually liked that the Cybermen were overpowered. It kind of makes up for them being walking explosions for the last few years. :P
2 days, 8 hours ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode
The Cybermen in that story weren't emotional.Only the Cyber-Planner was, and there could be a variety of reasons for that. Primarily, I would think, because he hadn't fully assimilated the Doctor yet. They each controlled almost half of his brain.
"You couldn't expect 9 + centuries of war on Trenzalore to have no affect on the Doctor could you?" -But if that is what's fueling this, then the Doctor's antagonism should be aimed at war in general. It shouldn't manifest as discrimination toward the same kind of people who defended that town just as he did (except hundreds of thousands of them actually did die for it, unlike the Doctor), even though it wasn't their fight.
4 days, 3 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: Flatline
Indeed. All that Danny did was communicate openly and set expectations/boundaries. Generally that's seen as being good for a relationship.
4 days, 8 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: Flatline
Oh! That's genius! :OO
5 days ago on In the Forest of the Night Promo Pics
Churchill: Who the devil are you? Identify yourselves!
Amy: Pond. Amelia Pond.
Well we know that the TARDIS and the screwdriver are linked in some way, so it does stand to reason.
6 days, 1 hour ago on 12 Great Moments From Flatline
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.
1 week ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’
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.
And wouldn't that, in turn, make him less mysterious?
Sure you do. I'm a real person, last I checked.
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.
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.
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.
1 week, 1 day ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’
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.
1 week, 1 day ago on The Complete Eighth Series DVD Extras
1 week, 2 days ago on Dark Water Official Synopsis
"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.
1 week, 2 days ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8
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.
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.
"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.
The Radio Times releases posters for the episodes weekly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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?
Buhhhh... you know, I don't really know either.
1 week, 2 days ago on Flatline Advance Review
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.
1 week, 3 days ago on Flatline Advance Review
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.
Ah, yes, sorry, my mistake. Well, anyway, wasn't she just about to go on a date in Time Heist, and he interrupted that?
"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.
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.
"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.
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.
1 week, 3 days ago on Piper Praises Capaldi, Unsure on Another Return
1 week, 4 days ago on Who Tunes: Ranking the Lyrical Songs of Doctor Who
Heresy time: I don't really care for The Long Song.
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, 4 days ago on Your Verdict on Kill the Moon & Episode Ranking
"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, 4 days ago on Flatline Promo Pics
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, 4 days ago on DWM #479: Heaven or Hell?
"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.
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.
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, 5 days ago on Flatline Promo Pics
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, 5 days ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote
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.