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Great article, I never considered that the Moment's disabling of the Time Lock may not have just been for that one occasion. Capaldi appearing in DOTD was a lovely bit of fanservice, but did it actually show something enabling future Doctors to come back and help?
13 hours, 35 minutes ago on Listen: Breaking the Time Lock?
@The Outer Space K9 I don't know. I hate not knowing...
14 hours, 47 minutes ago on Time Heist Clips & Introduction
@DWTV I'm fine with that
As long as in the first episode of S9, it was revealed that it was actually a Zygon pretending to be Clara who died, and the real Clara is discovered alive and well!
19 hours, 34 minutes ago on 2014 Christmas Special Guest Stars Confirmed: Frost, McMullen & Troughton
@TheOncomingHurricane @Planet of the Deaf More different people then :-)
20 hours, 39 minutes ago on 2014 Christmas Special Guest Stars Confirmed: Frost, McMullen & Troughton
Good to see Tim Henman in Doctor Who :-)
20 hours, 57 minutes ago on Time Heist Clips & Introduction
@TheOncomingHurricane She was good though, reaching the final and coming across well. More people would have seen her in that than in Coronation Street!
21 hours, 1 minute ago on 2014 Christmas Special Guest Stars Confirmed: Frost, McMullen & Troughton
@The Administrator @Planet of the Deaf I've not seen any scenes of the main characters, or TARDIS shots, so they're being very careful this year.
21 hours, 4 minutes ago on 2014 Christmas Special Guest Stars Confirmed: Frost, McMullen & Troughton
@TardisBoy I thought I recognised the name, as she was on Strictly Come Dancing last year!
21 hours, 6 minutes ago on 2014 Christmas Special Guest Stars Confirmed: Frost, McMullen & Troughton
@RUAZ @Planet of the Deaf Between S1 and S6, the Christmas special was always very self contained as it was several months from other episodes, and indeed was filmed after the previous series had been aired already.
This year, it's transmitted only a short time after the main series has finished, and it's being filmed while S8 is being transmitted, so could potentially spoil that series if we see Danny missing, or Clara half converted into a robot in filming...
21 hours, 47 minutes ago on 2014 Christmas Special Guest Stars Confirmed: Frost, McMullen & Troughton
Has a Christmas special ever been surrounded by so much secrecy before? Will the whole thing be filmed indoors to avoid spoilers about the S8 conclusion?
22 hours, 1 minute ago on 2014 Christmas Special Guest Stars Confirmed: Frost, McMullen & Troughton
@RUAZ Well with Nick Frost in the cast, you'd expect it to be a bit cold and snowy :-)
22 hours, 4 minutes ago on 2014 Christmas Special Guest Stars Confirmed: Frost, McMullen & Troughton
@G_Unitt Rings is a very divisive episode clearly, a lot of people really liked it, but it tanked terribly in the Doctor Who magazine poll, for example
1 day, 11 hours ago on Time Heist Spoiler-Free Review
@The Finn @Planet of the Deaf During the RTD era, sometimes the arcs weren't obvious, and a throwaway line (about the bees for example) would prove to be important.
@Handles @DWTV Yes, series 2 was very uneven...
@DWTV Maybe Clara gets a leaf out to placate the Teller!
@The Finn Listen didn't mention Missy, but did progress the Clara/Danny relationship and I'm sure that this has some connection to the series arc!
@supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... @Planet of the Deaf @ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus On a slightly less pervy note, at the end she's apparently had a shower, but I've always wondered if she had actually had a swim, and if she had remembered the pool, would she also have remembered other things like the Doctor's name?
@Mermeht I think he's being modest, his own Human Nature/The Family of Blood is right up there as well!
1 day, 11 hours ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen
@ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus @Planet of the Deaf @supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... A missed opportunity to show Clara in the TARDIS swimming pool though, which is unforgiveable!
1 day, 12 hours ago on Time Heist Spoiler-Free Review
I think it makes sense to mix the stories and types of adventure up. 3 consecutive dark and moody episodes would give some viewers raptures, but completely put others off. I have seen comments about Listen on non Doctor Who boards, where people have said they much preferred Robot of Sherwood as it was more fun and exciting.
@DWTV Scoring is such a funny thing, as some people would give an average episode 5 or 6 and work their way out from there, while others are probably judging against ALL TV shows, hence an average episode would get 7 or 8!
@ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus @supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... I do find myself fast forwarding to the eye of harmony scene, and skipping much of the earlier parts of the episode...
@Handles It's also down to the opinion of the reviewer, the reviews of the people who've seen the scripts are just as valid as the Doctor TV reviewer's (that's not meant to be a criticism) as we all have different opinions as to what makes a good Doctor Who episode!
@awkward91 @Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! Courtney and Danny aren't siblings. Danny said something like "my sis" but he was saying "my sis" like "my bro" and not meaning that the characters were brother and sister :-)
1 day, 13 hours ago on Kill The Moon BBC Synopsis
@The 14th Doctor If they get stuck in the bath, they're real
A tough choice, as the episodes are actually not that similar. Other than being mid series Moff episodes they have little in common.
Blink is entirely self contained, and is Doctor ANd Companion lite, it's one of those episodes with a lead guest actor! It has a genuine and terrifying monster, which is defeated with our hero living happily ever after. It has ingenious dialogue, in terms of the way it's chopped up.
Listen isn't self contained, as it has key scenes about the past and possible future of the Doctor, Clara and Danny. It has an ambiguous monster, that is frightening, but may not exist. there's a hint of Midnight there, but in Midnight the monster definitely did exist. There's definitely elements from other Moff episodes, seeing key characters when they are children, and their history being affected by being visited from the future, so is possibly less original, but it also has some beautiful dialogue.
I'll go for Listen, as it's more rewatchable, but it's a close vote, and if I was only allowed to watch an episode once, then I'd go for Blink.
1 day, 13 hours ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen
@MarkLong6 But that's not the question. Scariness isn't the only criteria used in deciding how great an episode is...
@LGwalchmai95 Impossible to say! I love The Snowmen, probably my favourite Moffat episode, if not his best (if that makes sense!)
This looks really interesting, a great looking alien, an unusual plot and a decent support cast. The Doctor is definitely in charge in this episode by the look of things!
1 day, 13 hours ago on Time Heist Clips & Introduction
@Rani Nose @GiselaT There are so many questions from that episode about what the Doctor actually knows. Was it an excuse for the Doctor to have a nose at Clara's timeline, and how much does he actually know about Danny and Orson?
1 day, 17 hours ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
@Deus_Ex_Machina And a hair style like Orson's :-)
1 day, 19 hours ago on Kill The Moon BBC Synopsis
@The Living Angel / is Regenerating The Doctor screams and runs around like a girl "I hate spiders, kill them, kill them, anything" before jumping onto a chair
1 day, 20 hours ago on Kill The Moon BBC Synopsis
Spider like creatures? A link to Planet of the Spiders?
1 day, 22 hours ago on Kill The Moon BBC Synopsis
@Master Michael Moon Nothing wrong with Neil Cross!
"Terrible Dilemma" suggests to me that there is more than one choice to be made, but that both (or more) options have serious downsides. Maybe the Doctor choose the one which Clara thinks is the worst, most inhumane one?
1 day, 23 hours ago on Kill The Moon BBC Synopsis
@KingoftheOod4450 To be fair it was the Moment itself who suggested the alternative...
2 days ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
@Exalos @Seaborn W Deadman I don't know if it's true that the majority of viewers wanted a 'darker' Doctor, whatever that is. If you had polled ALL the viewers of Doctor Who last year, and asked them what they wanted, I suspect a majority would have been happy with another youngish, fairly charming and good looking Doctor...
2 days, 1 hour ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon
@stargazer0118 @TardisBoy It wasn't her who had the idea to save the day - all Clara did was to persuade the Doctor(s) to think again. It was the 'person' on your Avatar who came up with the idea, I don't mean Ten either :-)
2 days, 9 hours ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
Just a thought before I go off to look under my bed...
Normally,the showcase for the Companion has been the series finale, the story which everything is building up to. This means that most New Who Companions have had one key story that they are remembered for (in terms of achivements), or two at most.
Clara, by contrast hasn't been in many episodes, but has managed to be in lots of really important episodes, indeed 3 consecutive key stories for the show, the S7 finale, the 50th anniversary episode and the Eleven regeneration episode. This certainly helps give the impression that she is 'more' important than other Companions, though this is possibly just a question of timing,
2 days, 10 hours ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
@ilyootha I think Emma Grayling would agree with you!
EMMA: She's a perfectly ordinary girl. Very pretty, very clever, more scared than she lets on.
The biggest question that needs to be answered though, is ...
Where is Lazy Cat?
Living up to her name I guess :-)
@supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... @Oodkind The War Doctor made sense, and was a worthy addition to the canon of the show. 1000 years of Trenzalore in 25 minutes on screen I was less impressed by!
@supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... @Planet of the Deaf @ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus Journey Blue, doh!
Melody Blue is the offspring of Colonel Morgan Blue (Journey's father) and River Song (Melody Pond) Who regenerated into Danny Pink :-)
@Oodkind @supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... I agree about the Eleven age thing, it means that on screen we've seen virtually nothing of his life. He managed to go through 200 years in S6 as well!
@supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... @Oodkind @Planet of the Deaf I think she was! She was fangirling like crazy :-)
Even the Doctor noticed Robin Hood's 'unrealistically' strong chin...
2 days, 11 hours ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
@ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus @Planet of the Deaf I think he's connected to Melody Blue in some way, to have two such odd surnames seems too much of a coincidence to ignore. Maybe the war he fought in wasn't an earth based war...
@supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... @Planet of the Deaf This is Clara, she's hardly some geeky nerd who's never spoken to the opposite sex before. I bet she was always being asked out on dates at school and university!
@supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... @Planet of the Deaf But after the masterful way she handled half-faced man and the Sheriff of Nottingham, both life threatening situations, and then the masterful speech she gave to the young Doctor, saying all the right things and not causing any timey-wimey disasters, to then call Danny by his real name of Rupert?
@Antee991166 Companions become great by being warm, well written characters that the public love and associate with, rather than the 'achievements' they attain while on the show. For example, Donna was more popular than Martha, but this was more down to her personality, than what she did, as all Companions do amazing things
I really like Clara, and she has done some extraordinary things in the sort time she's been in the show. The only problem with this is that she can seem to be too perfect (as the Doctor himself said) especially as her private life details are sketchy and have rather jumped around (nanny in S7, teacher in DOTD with no narrative linking the two). Her clumsy faux-pas with Danny seem to me to be a slightly crude attempt to humanise her, and out of character (she was confident enough in chatting him up for example).
I suspect that Missy has plans for her, though not immediately, as if half-face man hadn't died, then Clara (and the Paternosters) would presumably have gone to see Missy in paradise (they would have died trying to 'save' the Doctor). I also suspect something is up with Danny. Danny Pink, Melody Blue, I don't think he's an ordinary bloke...