Planet of the Deaf
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@SonicTheHedgehogRules As Doctor Who follows Strictly Come Dancing in the BBC schedules, a Len Goodman style SEVEN! is indeed appropriate...
15 hours, 42 minutes ago on In the Forest of the Night Advance Review
Weirdly this was promoted at 10pm tonight on BBC2, not an obvious time for a children's game!
16 hours, 25 minutes ago on The Doctor and the Dalek
@DWTV And we will. Oh, yes! (as someone might have said)
19 hours, 11 minutes ago on In the Forest of the Night Advance Review
@NineTenElevenTwelve Agreed, Peter's Doctor is developing rather than being born fully former like Matt's, and Clara's relationship with him is improving too after the Kill The Moon wobble...
19 hours, 12 minutes ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”
@StephenAHayes I've seen other previews of this episode that raved about it, so it comes down to opinions...
19 hours, 15 minutes ago on In the Forest of the Night Advance Review
@BeyondThePolice @Unibot In the last 2 episodes you can see her faith being restored as the Doctor behaves in a more Doctorly way, and er so does she!
19 hours, 17 minutes ago on 2nd Opinion: Flatline
@allons_ywibblywobbly @JLS1138 But she doesn't KEEP complaining at him, and most of the time it's entirely justified. It's not as if the guest characters (Robin Hood, Journey, Psi etc) are on the Doctor's side in these arguments. She travels with him because she loves the adventures... and because deep down she has a deep bond with him
19 hours, 23 minutes ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”
@MJJ The Doctor really threw Clara into the deep end in Kill the Moon. I entirely understood her emotional reaction afterwards, but it was also a sign of how much he trusted her judgement and ability to make the tough decisions that usually only the Doctor does.
12/Clara have a fascinating relationship, it's a bit teacher/pupil with both taking on each role, they have the closeness and emotionality of siblings, and also the close bond of an old married couple, where they put up with each other until death us do part...
1 day, 15 hours ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”
@YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over Just do what the Doctor does and take catnaps :-)
@ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. @MrRazza is regenerating Yes, the whole 'holding her breath' scene was brilliant, but very disturbing for her, and even his reaction afterwards was very different from 11's (he would have held her, praised her, kissed her forehead etc). Indeed throughout the episode he was apart from her except when Missy (presumably) brought them together, so it's hardly surprising she had doubts
@supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. It's fascinating to watch, Clara already was more Doctorly than most Companions, being relatively educated, independent, and controlling.
In S7, she had an easy ride as 11 was generally very nice to her, and fun to be with, though you do see bits of her S8 character there for example the end of Flatline where she asks for approval was something she did in Cold War, and In S7 she also did her best to cover up her secret Doctor life as well, this time from the Maitlands and her own family (Rose, Martha and Donna's family all knew about him by contrast)
@sontaran17 @ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. I love the ending of Time Heist, with the 4 of them eating a takeaway and the Doctor telling an anecdote, the life and soul of the party(ish). It shows the happier side of him, followed by the lovely "beat that for a date" which reveals his sly humour and dare I say jealousy of Clara's relationship with Danny :-)
I find Clara's reaction of confusion and dismay in Deep Breath largely understandable. She was given a VERY different and difficult Doctor, Peri was the last Companion to have such a change forced on her. having only known young Doctors who GREW old, naturally she would have expected 12 to also start young.
It's also worth pointing out that the events of Deep Breath (including the dinosaur adventure that we didn't see) follow DIRECTLY on from Time of the Doctor, which started with the stressful turkey and got worse and worse, so it's hardly surprising she was a bit frazzled! The Doctor treated Clara pretty rudely in that episode anyway, lying to her twice, bit lies too; if it wasn't for Tasha, Clara wouldn't even have been there to save him.
The other issue I have, is that Danny is the 'good guy' and that the Doctor was portrayed as 'stupid' and 'prejudiced' in The Caretaker. I am still of the belief that he knows a LOT more than he has said about both Danny and Clara (and Orson). I certainly didn't watch that episode thinking that Danny is somehow a completely innocent victim, he's lying as well!
The Doctor may be an anti-hero at times during S8, but that is part of 12's development. Imagine how boring it would be if the Doctor was perfect in every episode, or if Clara was always perfect. Interestingly their personalities are starting to come together, in Flatline he was starting to mellow, while Clara was becoming more like him, and clearly really enjoyed the power. I'm sure there'll be a fascinating resolution to this...
1 day, 16 hours ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”
@Exalos The answer being that the fandom isn't a united voice. If a vote had been taken, I suspect a majority of the 7m viewers would probably have wanted another Tennant/Smith type Doctor as Twelve. Making the Doctor darker was an 'artistic' decision, to keep the show fresh...
1 day, 16 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: Flatline
Tough choice as both were excellent episodes, but voted for Flatline as it was really good, and I loved the Doctor/Clara relationship in it. Sorry Frank!
1 day, 16 hours ago on Face-Off: Mummy vs Flatline
@Dsjh I don;'t think it was meant to be a 'tube train' so much as a train in a relatively shallow tunnel, which most big cities in the UK have (possibly not Bristol admittedly) though with Banksy being such a Bristol icon, it would have been odd not to set the episode there!
1 day, 16 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
Funnily after Listen there were complaints that the two 2nd Opinion pieces were both positive (and not reflecting the other point of view), now we have two 2nd Opinion pieces that are both slightly negative, and against the general opinion of what was a well received episode! Opinions eh :-)
David, I completely disagree that Clara lying to Danny suddenly makes her completely untrustworthy, but is the result of her trying to keep her Danny life and Doctor life separate, which will probably end in disaster, but is fascinating to watch. What we have instead is a fascinating bit of character development in the episode, the Doctor is starting to mellow, as through Clara's actions he sees what he is really like, but also sees how Clara is becoming like him which is not to his liking...
Previously people criticised Clara because she was too perfect "Why couldn't she be like Rose and Donna, as they were flawed and hence real" etc. She is changing, but that's because she's had to take real responsibility, other Companions have had their hand held far more
@The Finn @Planet of the Deaf @SilenceHasFallen There was a bit of a rest before S8, with the lack of summer filming, certainly a chance to take stock as Peter was chosen as the Doctor, and S8 was planned, but no such luxury for S9, with filming starting in January, that's barely 2 months away!
2 days, 15 hours ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking
@supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. @Planet of the Deaf @YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over Yes thanks, I was in Morocco, though regrettably didn't buy a Fez in Fes :-)
2 days, 17 hours ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking
@YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over @Planet of the Deaf Thank you. It's good to be back!
@The Finn @Planet of the Deaf @SilenceHasFallen Producing a series like this annually is very tough, when you consider the read throughs for S8 were before Christmas, almost a year will have passed before the Christmas 2014 episode is complete, with few gaps in between.
@ilyootha, a proud member of C.L.A.R.A. @Planet of the Deaf Back home last night from holiday, so watched the 2 latest episode before going to bed!
2 days, 18 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@SilenceHasFallen It's been a very solid series, the relative lack of production in 2013 was put to good use by making this series really consistent and solid.
2 days, 18 hours ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking
I was away and unable to vote (sob sob). A solid episode, I've no idea how how to rank this series. I didn't like Into the Dalek, so that's last, but apart from that the episodes are really hard for me to rank
2 days, 18 hours ago on Anderson on Series 8 Finale, Danny Future
@Typo42 Plenty of content, those who didn't watch this are missing out. It even confirms from the Moffat's mouth that Clara's development isn't all positive...
2 days, 18 hours ago on Doctor Who Extra: Flatline
@MJJ She'd be great, but hard to tie down as her career is on the up, and after S8 she's hot property!
2 days, 19 hours ago on Flatline Review
@EvilZygonRabbit Clara's development is fascinating, but I wouldn't say she was turning evil, so much as turning into the Doctor! Able to take the emotion out of terrible decisions, lie when it's convenient, use the humans around her...
2 days, 19 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
2 excellent episodes by Jamie. He probably also benefitted by Peter's Doctor mellowing and becoming more Doctorly...
2 days, 19 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
I presume the other shows were chosen due to their filming location, some of The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe for example was filmed near Llanelli.
2 days, 19 hours ago on Watch Death in Heaven Early
@Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen @TheTimeTraveller is the 12th Doctor Rhyl is actually a Rhyl dump :-)
Back in the normal world. Would definitely vote for Jenna over Peter, Jenna is really on top of her game, whereas with Peter, I think he will get better and better as Matt did!
It's a ridiculous category though, so many nominations for such a variety of shows. I'm surprised by the two Death comes to Pemberley nominations, they've nominated the 2 'leads' who were actually a bit disappointing, with much of the the rest of the cast (including our Jenna again!) outshining them...
3 days, 14 hours ago on Capaldi vs Coleman in 2015 NTAs
@whitewhim but the whole point of the show is that HE is the time Lord with amazing knowledge and wisdom, and 2000 years of pain. Being asked to make planet deciding decisions is not something ANY human would find easy, especially when the outcome wasNOT at all predictable, the Doctor never said what would happen, and if it had ended in disaster for earth, Clara would have had blood on her hands...
1 week, 6 days ago on Kill the Moon: Clara or the Doctor?
definitely on Clara's side, while it may not have been the Doctor's decision to make, it wasn't Clara's to make either, and he abandoned his closest friend in a desperate situation. She had every right to feel let down by him, when he's the one with the most knowledge about what would happen
tiny M@ Notsosmartguy @Planet of the Deaf @abogges1 a tiny minority though and even people who don't like Clara often add that Jenna has done a fine job...
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Kill The Moon Review
@abogges1 yes, you probably are the only one (or one of a tiny minority)
@ilyootha we need a poll on how hard Clara should slap the Doctor :-)
2 weeks, 2 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Kill the Moon
@Castrovalva I doubt abortion was deliberately brought up as in the UK it's not a big political issue at all, and probably wouldn't have gone through the minds of the writer and producers
@Ottoman14 In that situation Donna would definitely have slapped the Doctor to regeneration! Rose would also have exploded, and as for Amy :-)
@Romanadvoratrelundar When I started reading your comment and saw "Steven challenging the Doctor " for a moment I thought Moffat was now a character in the show :-)
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon
@TheAbsofBoe Got bored one night Yup, I don't trust the Doctor and I don't trust Danny, I trust Clara, but that doesn't mean there isn't some deep secret about her to be revealed, it's just that she's the one playing it straight!
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Next Time: Mummy on the Orient Express
@Clara Laurinda @Gustaff It'll be interesting to hear the reaction from the school playground to a Doctor who upset his Companion like he did last night, and isn't very child friendly
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@The 4th Doctor As someone who watches both Strictly and Doctor Who, after a 2 hour Strictly marathon, maybe some people need a break from the TV?
@The Lazy Cat is Hiding from the Mummy Then gets killed by a bit of moon shell falling down to earth. Urgh, not even Moff would be that mean!
@Doc Hamme Or found a replacement moon from somewhere else!
@TheDreamer @Planet of the Deaf It seems S9 is already scheduled for next autumn, but the treadmill of producing the show is incredibly intense. Readthroughs for this series started in December, and filming for Christmas has just wrapped. Taking out the gaps for the World Tour and the odd holiday that's still 8-9 months, and it all starts filming again in January. Maybe after S9, there will be a break before S10, especially if Moffat leaves?
@TheDreamer Well if the Ice Warrior had started a nuclear war on Earth in 1984, that would have been a pretty pivotal moment in Earth's history, the end of Earth in fact!
@TheNightmareChild will ascertain its true nature I think a mummy has to look like a mummy, you need something grounded in reality in each episode.
Arghh, the frustrating thing is that I'm on holiday for 2 weeks (ok not that bad) so won't see this for 2 weeks! Sorry Frank :-)
@The Lazy Cat is Hiding from the Mummy It's been very interesting how the audience is divided between the 2 points of view. All the TUMBLR pages I've seen support Clara if that's a consolation, and we all know how important TUMBLR is now :-)