Amy the Consulting Key Ring
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@The Eternal Easy. Make the connection to Caecilius in such a way that allows the fans to naturally connect the dots to Frobisher on their own.
17 hours, 10 minutes ago on Barrowman on Jack’s Future: There’s a lot more to tell
@TheNightmareChild @Amy the Consulting Key Ring Oh, believe me, I'm fully aware of that. But considering that this specific instance pertains to a discussion that I am beyond tired of having, I think that I would welcome that in this case. Besides, it's not as if very many people had listened to me about it before. Present somebody with a well-reasoned argument based on logic and facts and what do they do? Ignore it completely so they can keep shouting "Plot hole! Sack Moffat!" That's been my experience.
1 day, 19 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Dream Run (Episodes 1-8)
@SouffleBoy I praise it highly because of the whole thing, but with particular mentions for the cinematography and the noir atmosphere.
1 day, 23 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Dream Run (Episodes 1-8)
@TheNightmareChild @Amy the Consulting Key Ring Well yes, it's supposed to be snide and cynical. My main point, however, is that for all the complaining about the episode and its "plot holes," which don't actually exist if one bothers to devote a few units of brainpower to thinking them through, that I see on here, it always turns out to be particularly well-liked.
I'm surprised to see "The Angels Take Manhattan" here. I guess the people who actually pay attention to the show and aren't afraid of using their brains must not be social types.
2 days, 4 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Dream Run (Episodes 1-8)
@Deus_Ex_Machina OoOoOoOoOorrrrrrr she was in every important episode because there was a story arc about her. Hm......
And "The Angels Take Manhattan" was the Ponds' departure. Gee, I wonder what the Ponds' daughter, who was a very important part of their story, might be doing there at the end of their story. Also hm.......
@RobertLythgoe @Earthborn "but if you think about* them then it is pretty good"
- That's better.
2 days, 10 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Dream Run (Episodes 1-8)
I would have cheered when I saw 'Fear Her', but I figured that it would never have been anything else.
3 days, 9 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 9-13, Specials)
Although just for the record, I think that 'The End of the World' was way better than 'The Beast Below'. I was just giving an example. :P
I keep seeing people saying stuff about "favoritism" toward the recent episodes, but don't the old episodes have an equivalent scale-tipper in the form of nostalgia? In fact, I suspect that peoples' rose-tinted glasses are partially responsible for the cries of recent episode favoritism in the first place...
"What!? I remember 'The End of the World' being way better than 'The Beast Below'! Thinking about 'The End of the World' makes me feel all warm and tender inside! Why is everybody voting for that new thing?? It must be because it's new!"
"humorous, sexist, childish"
- RTD's era also sufferred from such issues. "Love & Monsters" hits all three in one go.
"such as the reason why the Doctor had to die in lake silencio was thrown away in 1 line"
- The reason why the Doctor had to die there was explored in several episodes. The physical means that rendered him incapable of doing otherwise, however, were established in a line in "Let's Kill Hitler", but considering how significant of a role that line plays in the story (i.e. establishing the physical means that render him incapable of doing otherwise, and tying back to continuity), it can hardly be considered a "throwaway line."
I think that both of them are overrated;"The Doctor's Wife" more so than the other.
@Ivegotkidneys @RobertLythgoe @Huknar It's... pretty darned silly. People say the Tessy was a cop-out? When did we *ever* see the Doctor "integrating" with these so-called "matrices," or ever received any implication that he *could*? How did he do it without the Master knowing? Why does psychic energy turn him into a space god who can de-age himself, deflect laser beams with his hands, and hover mightily over evil?
3 days, 11 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 9-13, Specials)
@supermoff "But it was certainly a lot better than Last of the Time Lords and Journey's End."
- Truth x1000
3 days, 12 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 9-13, Specials)
Unfortunately, it already is a lot of the time, especially when an article has something to do with Moffat.
3 days, 13 hours ago on Asylum of the Daleks: A Popular Opinion?
@Oncoming_Badger "Screw you all"
- Yikes. Overreaction?
4 days, 2 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 1-8)
@Rani Nose You know, as an American, I actually didn't think that those American accents were that bad. At least, they're not among my gripes about the episodes.
The placement of "The Beast Below" on this list doesn't surprise me. It's not my least-favorite of the Episode 2s (that would be "Tooth and Claw", but everybody else seems to love that episode; personally, I find it to be a snooze... a snooze with ninja monks that disappear from the narrative about halfway through, and a snooze that features Rose caring more about getting Queen Victoria to say a catchphrase than she does about the people who are dying all around her... despite the episode prior having the Doctor figure out that something was wrong with Rose because she wasn't caring about the dying people around her like she usually would...), but it does have some glaring weaknesses. It's never been a widely-loved episode.
I agree with all of the rest, though. Well, no, for Episodes 4 and 5, I would have said "Aliens of London" and "World War Three", although I do remember thinking about it at the time, and I remember being really torn between whether those two or "Daleks in Manhattan" and "Evolution of the Daleks" were the worst of the choices. It's just that "Aliens of London"/"World War Three" could have been a truly great story, but they came out as a grossly offensive mess, whereas "Daleks in Manhattan"/"Evolution of the Daleks" would have always been mediocre, but they at least don't make me preemptively apologize to new viewers for their existence.
4 days, 6 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 1-8)
@Trenzalore You don't have to rewatch the episode in order to think about something that seems like a problem.
5 days, 2 hours ago on Asylum of the Daleks: A Popular Opinion?
The moral of the story here, kids, is "pay attention and use your heads."
5 days, 5 hours ago on Asylum of the Daleks: A Popular Opinion?
@Master Michael Moon It's not the casing color that matters. It's the genes of the being inside the casing. The Daleks in the Parliament have been cloned from the now-pure Dalek race. They just put them in bronze cases because, I don't know, they're easier to manufacture? It's not important as far as why they went back to using bronze cases. They just did, for whatever reason. But the Daleks in "Victory of the Daleks" were impure, whereas the ones in the Parliament were not. And presumably, they've spent the whole time from "Victory of the Daleks" to "Asylum of the Daleks" rebuilding their forces.
@Regenerated Catterson Granted that we didn't see the x-ray effect, but we did see some Time Lords die by being fired on by Daleks.
@supermoff Series 6 had the misfortune of setting up major expectations and being an impetus for speculation. Now, in a vacuum, there's nothing wrong with that at all, but when put into practice with a fandom like Doctor Who's, you're basically setting yourself up to fail, to a degree, because not everyone is going to like the twists and the revelations that come along. I, for instance, loved the Teselecta reveal, but many others did not (although I still maintain that what he used in order to fake his death wasn't quite the point).
1 week ago on Smith: The best storytelling was in Series 5
In terms of the story arc and overall "feel," I agree with him. Series 5 is incredibly well-plotted and has a great atmosphere/tone. However, I love Series 6 and 7 almost just as much; I still think that they're the three strongest series of the revival.
And I'm pretty sure that River being Amy's daughter was supposed to be a bit "what the hell?!" ;P
@BlueBoxBum "I personally never liked pandorica. Every enemy flying over the Doctor and not one of them would fire off a shot?"
- Because they were playing him. The Pandorica was their trap for him, and they were feigning hesitation in order to trick him. Killing him before the Pandorica opened would have defeated the point of constructing it in the first place.
@thewisesalmon "from Series 6 onwards it felt more like Steven Moffat was just making it up as he went along; writing each episode one at a time with no overall 'masterplan'."
- Yeah, and? We already know that it was a mix of both, but even if it were just him making it up one episode at a time, I'd find that actually more impressive than sticking to a pre-formed plan, personally.
@michg24 "Moffat's writing"? Moffat has only written one dedicated Dalek episode in his entire run. Aside from that one, he's used them in "The Pandorica Opens" (a cameo appearance), "The Big Bang" (had all of five people to hunt and even then, it got pretty close to killing the Doctor) "The Wedding of River Song" (a cameo appearance), "The Last Day" (invaded Arcadia and killed the Time Lords soldiers who were on watch), "The Day of the Doctor" (set during the Time War where we know they were killing millions; the episode sees them massacring Arcadia), and "The Time of the Doctor" (participated in a 90-year-long war on Trenzalore, slaughtered the crew of the Papal Mainframe, killed Tasha Lem "several times"). And the only other Dalek episode in his era was "Victory of the Daleks" which was written by Mark Gatiss and still showed them killing people.
1 week ago on Unpopular Opinion: Asylum of the Daleks
@NewWho2012 @MindyMcCready No, we've seen it in the Moffat era too. We just haven't seen it since Series 5.
1 week, 1 day ago on Unpopular Opinion: Asylum of the Daleks
@Whogasms But, keep in mind that, prior to the last two specials, they had only had two dedicated appearances (in which they killed more than two people; it's just that only two were killed with the x-ray beam - people neglect to mention the Luftwaffe squadron that they shot down, as well as Darla von Karlsen who they scooped out and turned into a puppet, and even she was said to have come from a Dalek prison camp which should be "frightening" in of itself; the Daleks don't only kill you in cold blood; they're truly like Nazis in that they will force you into slave labor until your body breaks and you become useless, at which point you'll then be exterminated) and two cameo appearances.
@supermoff The worst run for me would be (now speaking in terms of quality as opposed to structure):
1. New Earth
2. Tooth and Claw
3. The Curse of the Black Spot
4. Aliens of London or Daleks in Manhattan
5. World War Three or Evolution of the Daleks
6. The Lazarus Experiment or The Doctor's Daughter
7. The Idiot's Lantern
8. The Hungry Earth
9. Night Terrors
10. Love & Monsters
11. Fear Her
12. Nightmare in Silver
13. Journey's End
Special 1. The Runaway Bride, Voyage of the Damned, or Planet of the Dead
Special 2. The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
1 week, 1 day ago on Protected: Series 1-7 Face-Off: Complete Recap
1. The Eleventh Hour (New Doctor introduction)
2. The Fires of Pompeii (Past adventure, rompish but heavy-hitting and introduces a key concept)
3. The Unquiet Dead (Past adventure, mostly a romp)
4. The Time of Angels (Future adventure, arc-heavy episode that expands on the big theme early on)
5. Flesh and Stone (Same thing; I imagine it would need to be a two-parter)
6. The Vampires of Venice (Past adventure, cool-down-from-the-arc romp)
7. Amy's Choice (Companion-heavy character study; easy on the budget)
8. Silence in the Library (Future adventure, mostly a scary story but introduces something very important for later on)
9. Forest of the Dead (Part-two of the aforementioned)
10. Blink (Modern-day adventure, Doctor-lite)
11. The Crimson Horror (Past-adventure, provides a light lead-in to the finale)
12. The Pandorica Opens (Tense build-up for the finale; the key concept from Episode 2 and maybe the important factor from Episode 8 come into play)
13. The Name of the Doctor (Finale; deals with the series arc and resolves it (and likely ties back to Episode 4 and 5 in some way to show the payoff); ends on a major cliffhanger about the Doctor's fate)
Special 1. The Waters of Mars (Innocuous adventure up until the end which hits hard and leads into the last episode; forces the Doctor to confront his upcoming fate)
Special 2. The Time of the Doctor (Doctor regeneration, mega-arc-resolver)
Yeah, I think that's how I'd structure it. I like the idea of having "my" Doctor in this instance last one series. I think it could make for a solid narrative. I tried to balance past and future as much as I could without overwhelming the viewer with arc stuff while still keeping it relevant. It was harder than I thought. :P It's lacking in modern-day stories, but I admit to some bias there - I don't really like modern-day stories. Oh, and I tried to be careful with the budget. Hence having a companion-heavy and a Doctor-lite episode).
@MindyMcCready This. I, for one, have never found the Daleks to be scary (well, no, I'll give credit where it's due and say that I did find them rather scary in "The Parting of the Ways", but that's it), and showing more x-ray skeletons isn't going to change that. I think that's they're and interesting race, and I don't need the writers to legitimize them as a threat, because I've seen what they can do. I know they can be a threat. One bad story (not that I thought "Asylum of the Daleks" was bad; it's flawed but overall, it just didn't really wow me at all - it's what I believe to be the second-weakest Moffat story) doesn't erase what I've seen before. It just means that the Daleks weren't at the top of their game this time around. It happened in the classic series, it happened in the modern series, and it will always happen on occasion.
@The Wizard of Fez Yes. It was established in this episode that the Daleks use a telepathic web in order to share information. Ergo, Oswin's hacked the Pathweb in order to transmit certain thoughts across it. The music, her human voice, etc. She wasn't even aware that she had been turned into a Dalek, so her thoughts wouldn't be all Dalekky.
@Trenzalore There hasn't been a parliament this whole time.
@Notsosmartguy may not matter*, but do to Rory
Dang no editing.
1 week, 2 days ago on Unpopular Opinion: Asylum of the Daleks
@Notsosmartguy In "P.S.", they did. However, Amy's not the most... shall we say, stable person when it comes to other people. Due to her abandonment issues, she has a bad habit of pushing people away in order to avoid being hurt. By now, though, she's come to love Rory, and it's something of a turning point - she's pushing him away, but for his sake instead of her own. She wants him to be happy, and it's not unlikely that Amy herself was suffering from some major self-worth issues due to being infertile (it happens). Plus, blood relation may not be the point, but missing out on many large aspects of parenthood (i.e. being there when they're born, bringing them home for the first time, hearing their first word, etc.) do to Rory, according to Amy. She says he's always wanted kids, so he's likely always wanted the full experience. Now, Rory being Rory, he wouldn't fuss and he'd make the most of what he got, but Amy wanted him to be as happy as he could be and she wasn't thinking highly of herself either. So it all got jumbled into a bad mess of poor communication, which I can assure you is a killer in relationships. Yes, there's a simple and obvious answer to their issue. But finding it hinges on going about the issue the right way, which they didn't for a number of reasons.
I don't really like this episode, but blimey, it needs some defending here:
"Firstly, I’m fairly sure Skaro was destroyed – twice! In Remembrance of the Daleks and the Time War."
- Which is exactly why nobody should be surprised that it showed up once again. And how do you know it's even the same planet? I'm sure the Daleks could manage some terraforming. Or the Doctor just traveled to an earlier point in Skaro's history.
"Secondly, Dalek missiles cannot penetrate the Asylum’s shields, but a random starliner can?"
- Which is precisely why the Daleks were so worried, Clearly, their defenses were not as strong as they thought, which presents a big problem for them.
"Then, Oswin has the cure for the Daleks in intensive care – just make them forget about the Doctor! If that’s what’s wrong with them, and it’s that easy to make them forget, then why don’t the Daleks just cure everything in intensive care by making them forget?"
- It's offensive to them to extinguish "such divine hatred." Deleting their hatred of the Doctor by wiping their memories of him would be doing just that.
"On the topic of the whole Oswin thing, why are the insane, angry Daleks connected to the Pathweb in the first place?"
- Because all Daleks are.
"Finally, and this one’s the real nail in the coffin, the forcefield can only be disabled from inside the Asylum… where the inmates are. Just think about that for a second. It’s in the one place where the ‘prison warden’ can’t disable the forcefield, but the inmates can. They’ve locked the insane, murdering lunatics in their cell with the key. Yeah, these Daleks are pretty stupid."
- Yeah I'll give you that one.
"Unfortunately, all that hype was for nothing, as the Dalek everyone really wanted to see back (the Special Weapons Dalek, in case you were wondering) got literally a second of screen time."
- Three words: High-definition filming. The old Dalek models would look atrocious in HD. They got rid of Ten's TARDIS console for that exact reason. Hence them being kept in the dark background for hardcore fans to geek out over. Whereas the intensive care Daleks actually had to do things on-screen and close-up, which necessitated the use of the newer models. It doesn't make sense story-wise, but at least you can't see the operators in the props.
"This episode breaks Dalek continuity more times than I can count."
- Breaks, or modifies and adds to?
"So, Dalek Parliament. What? Since when did Daleks have a Parliament? Weren’t they supposed to have an Emperor or something?"
- Since now. Clearly, the monarchy wasn't working for them. Political systems can be changed; this isn't a continuity error. It was never said that Daleks must always stick to a monarchy for all of time.
"So the Daleks go from hating and desperately wanting to kill the Doctor, in some cases even fearing him… to this. I don’t have a problem with the Daleks using the Doctor to their advantage, but did they have to do it in such a pathetic and pitiful way as to beg for his help?"
- Did you miss the part where it was a ploy to get the Doctor on the Asylum planet so they could kill two birds (the Doctor and the insane Daleks) with one stone?
"Anyone remember Victory of the Daleks when the new Dalek Paradigm destroyed the old models due to their inferiority? Because Moffat certainly didn’t…"
- Genetic purity takes precedence over hatred. Those Daleks were impure. Almost every race hates; if they put hatred above all else, they wouldn't be able to kill anything.
"I’m fairly sure elegance and beauty are pretty much the same."
- I'm fairly sure they're not.
"Hang on, I thought hatred was beautiful! This parliament is already contradicting itself. It’s like the Clegg and Cameron of Daleks…"
- Yeah, well, sometimes the government has to get its hands dirty. The insane Daleks posed too much of a threat for them to wring their tentacles over how beautiful they were.
Normally, I would spell out the full titles, but for some reason, the computer that I'm on can't process comments that have more than a certain amount of characters, so I was trying to be conservative in order to avoid exceeding said peculiar limit.
1 week, 2 days ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Moffat Specials
Specials, same purpose, voting based on enjoyment, yadda yadda, same deal as yesterday.
My vote goes to my second-favorite Doctor Who story ever: The Time of the Doctor
And to rank them: TTOTD > TDOTD > ACC > [gap] > TS > [HUGE GAPING GAP] > TDTWATW (What were you doing, Moff?)
Then, shall we say... a humanitarian?
1 week, 3 days ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: RTD Specials
Since these are all specials and therefore fill essentially the same role in a series, I'll be voting based on personal enjoyment this time.
... But the trouble with that is, I only consider two of these stories to be "good" (those being "The Next Doctor" and "The Waters of Mars"). "The End of Time" is a mixed bag of great ideas and stupid ideas, so it averages out as "alright," which is also what I would say about "The Christmas Invasion" for different reasons (it's a fine enough story, but the Doctor is barely in it, which works for something like "Blink" but not for a new Doctor introduction). And the remaining three are just trash in my opinion; trash that I would gladly wipe from the recordbooks if I were able.
So I'm going to go with "The Next Doctor" here because I like it just as much as "The Waters of Mars", and that's already getting enough love.
That last one being without the Doctor even knowing that he was fighting the Intelligence, which, for a being that defines itself by its intelligence, has got to be more than humiliating. Plus, the GI had another motive - it wanted to die. We can assume that its formlessness had become very uncomfortable (in "Amy's Choice", the Doctor speculated that the Dream Lord might be seeking a physical form because the lack of one can be distressing, so the idea is there), and that convinced it to take the Doctor down with it - "You'll give me peace, as I take my revenge."
1 week, 4 days ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 13
And she knew the Doctor's name, and we got some closure to her relationship with the Doctor, since we were finally seeing them on the same page without one of them being too "early" in their timeline.
Now, if I were to rank these episodes:
The Name of the Doctor > The Big Bang > The Parting of the Ways > The Wedding of River Song > [big gap] > Doomsday >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> [biggest gap] > Last of the Time Lords > Journey's End
I know I voted for "The Pandorica Opens" yesterday based on it being a tension-building cliffhanger to a two-part finale, which is how I would want to cap off a series, and while I do adore "The Big Bang" as half of my favorite Doctor Who story of all time, I have to go with "The Name of the Doctor" here, even if it doesn't quite fit from a structural standpoint based on my previous vote. However, "The Name of the Doctor" is just too artistically beautiful for me to ignore. The cinematography is gorgeous, the atmosphere is chilling and bleak, everyone involved is putting in their absolute best, it's loaded with creativity, it has an utterly beautiful score, and it's just WHAM after WHAM after WHAM with revelations. Granted, I do think the way that the resolution to Clara's arc was handled was quite sloppy, and I do detract points from the episode for that, but that's merely one element of the episode and everything else is so good that that doesn't really make much of a dent. Really, if I could produce a second-part script on the level of quality that "The Name of the Doctor" is, that would be my ideal series finale, no questions asked.
@Planet of the Deaf "The Name of the Doctor" is stunning in almost every way, in my opinion. The only thing that I don't like about it is how the Clara arc resolution was executed. I love the idea, but the on-screen result was terribly clunky.
1 week, 5 days ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 12
"I suppose that since Matt just left? The majority of people will vote for him in Pandorica."
- No, see, not everything has to have some situational undercurrent of inflated emotional bias. It's entirely possible that people just think the episode was that good. I do, and I have felt that way for years. This just reminds me of how, in the poll that this site held to vote for the best Christmas special back in early January, a number of people kept saying "Ooh, 'The Time of the Doctor' is going to win, but only because it's recent and people are still sad about Matt." It got second place then, and two months later, it still proved strong by getting eighth place in the Best of Matt Smith poll. It's been far longer than that since "The Pandorica Opens" aired, and yet in that same poll, it got third place. So call me crazy for thinking this, but maybe, just maybe, people really like "The Pandorica Opens" independently of Matt's mildly recent regeneration.
Took me about two seconds to answer this one... "The Pandorica Opens". An epically tense opener to a magnificent two-part finale. It's how I'd want to end my series.
I'd rank these episodes as such: TPO (part one of my all-time favorite Doctor Who story) > [big gap] > CT > TSOD > BW > AOG > NIS > [gap] > TSE
@MarlonJBonnici @Amy the Consulting Key Ring @Unibot @Ninjauthor There's no reason for Clara to not exist. It's literally said in "The Time of the Doctor" that the Time Lords are capable of changing the future despite it being a fact of history that must happen. We know that they have this capability based on previous episodes. We know that they have technology that can maintain contradictory timelines. They can keep the tomb timeline that Clara fragments herself with intact despite changing the future. Want proof? Watch "The Sound of Drums". But since people want there to be a problem with the resolution, we have to overlook that fact in order to accommodate the intentional dissatisfaction. It's not that Moffat's story doesn't make sense. It's that disgruntled fans won't allow it to make sense. And he didn't ignore the tomb at all! He mentioned it in "The Day of the Doctor" and then used it as a MAJOR PLOT POINT in "The Time of the Doctor". You would literally have to be watching a different show altogether in order to miss that!
Yes, his "wiggle room" explanation didn't make much sense, but that's not the explanation that we got in the episode anyway so it doesn't really matter. Not all viewers are going to have read an interview with Moffat on the Internet. However, most of them are going to have seen the episode, so that's the explanation that really matters.
1 week, 6 days ago on Doctor Who: Control-Alt-Delete