Planet of the Deaf
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I will buy this, though without quite the same excitement that I had with the S7 or Snowmen/TWTWATW soundtracks which were both stuffed with really memorable new music. Funny timing though, not sure why it's taken them all year to release these?
2 hours, 33 minutes ago on The Day / Time of the Doctor Soundtrack Review (Disc 1)
@Malohkeh Isn't that on it? Is that the "disappointing omission"?
2 hours, 36 minutes ago on The Day / Time of the Doctor Soundtrack Review (Disc 1)
Interesting review! At the time I was disappointed that so little 'new' music as opposed to reworked music had featured in the two episodes, so I am amazed that Song for Four never featured in DOTD, as it's brilliant! A variation did feature in TOTD though of course the music will now forever be remembered for 11's phonecall to Clara so it eventually got put to an iconic scene!
The Wedding of River song was just an odd choice for that iconic meeting of 11 and the Curator!
3 hours, 6 minutes ago on The Day / Time of the Doctor Soundtrack Review (Disc 1)
For another 50 years? I love Clara but that might be a touch too long :-)
8 hours, 28 minutes ago on A Hint on Jenna Coleman’s Future?
Great article. Surely the choice for the 80s should be "Doctor in Distress" though :-)
8 hours, 31 minutes ago on 51 Years of Doctor Who: Decade Defining Moments
Yes, the box itself is a bit rubbish, but the the cardboard outer sleeves on normal doctor who blu-rays are pretty pointless and annoying as well!
A shame the Culture Show special isn't included as that was very good, cast commentaries would have been interesting as well and the non cut down version of the Prom, but WHAT is included is very good!
10 hours, 20 minutes ago on 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Review (Part 1)
A whole year since the Doctor Who After Party :-)
18 hours, 25 minutes ago on Doctor Who’s 51st Anniversary
If we're looking for characters to being back from past episodes as potential new Companions, then S8 has plenty of its own. Journey Blue, Psi and Saibra, Orson Pink (if he still exists), Rigsy, Perkins, Adrian the Matt lookalike teacher, Courtney and of course... Robin Hood :-)
1 day, 1 hour ago on Jenny: A Future Companion
Jenny to me was a cool idea for a one off episode, but not the sort of character that I yearn to see again. A character 'born' as an adult, who then goes flying off, lacks a bit of relateability as the main Companion
@Antee991166 @DocWhoFan The Classic era actors would I imagine have more time on their hands. Chris I doubt would be interested, David and Matt are too busy to do it at the moment, and the same would apply to most of the Companions too...
1 day, 3 hours ago on A Hint on Jenna Coleman’s Future?
@The Lazy Cat's Soufflé Was too Beautiful to Live Cats do like Tuna...
1 day, 8 hours ago on A Hint on Jenna Coleman’s Future?
@YaelMoise @Planet of the Deaf Her was for brevity. What I meant was that if Clara left and someone new came in, then a lot of the series would be about them. Their family, backstory etc. Their arc etc That's how the show works these days.
Clara in S7b was kept a mystery, so some people complained she wasn't fleshed out enough. In S8, the series was heavily about her as we got to know more about Clara. If she stayed for S9, then there would be less need to make the series so Companion based, as we know her well already, and Capaldi's Doctor can come to the fore.
@supermoff In Classic Who, the Assistant was just the other person in the TARDIS, they stay for 2-3 years then get replaced by someone else, there was never generally an arc surrounding them, Jo or SJS didn't leave because 'their story was told'. Indeed the Ponds left because it was time for a refresh, not because their story was told, as their story was completely connected to 11, and they could have stayed until Time of the Doctor.
As for Jenna, I've no idea what she has agreed with Moffat, but if I bump into her this afternoon I'll ask her! She seems to be loving her time on the show, but will have other offers no doubt, with the quality of her acting and her other charms...
1 day, 9 hours ago on A Hint on Jenna Coleman’s Future?
@Mark McCullough Yes, though that could get really depressing, if we revisit a depressed, completely destroyed Clara in S9...
@supermoff In the Christmas Clip, Clara isn't pregnant, but we don't know what time scale has passed, perhaps she had the baby already IF Orson is genuinely a descendant of her, which isn't definite anyway?
@YaelMoise But then if a new Companion came in, then the spotlight would then move on to her, fleshing out her backstory and character? With the existing Companion continuing, there would be MORE space for the Doctor!
This leaves things horribly.deliciously ambiguous. Since the initial stories about Jenna leaving in August, there has been complete silence.
I never saw the ending of Death in Heaven as her final appearance, there was no way they'd have a Companion leave in such a low key way, buried (no pun intended) by the deaths of Danny and Osgood. Clara clearly wanted to continue travelling with the Doctor, indeed she's had opportunities to wind back her involvement with him during S8 - she has a decent job and a boyfriend - but couldn't.
So...I can either see her continuing into S9, or something horrible/wonderful happening to her at Christmas to stop her. And of course we still need to resolve the Orson question, and what happens to the Afghan boy she got left with!
@Romanadvoratrelundar is looking for Gallifrey @The Lazy Cat's Soufflé Was too Beautiful to Live Amy and Rory (even in another time and country) went back to normality.
@TheOncomingHurricane @Malohkeh @Antee991166 And do we know how Jacobi's Master came on the scene?
2 days ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
@TheOncomingHurricane @Planet of the Deaf @supermoff @The 4th Doctor Yes, but the sorts of men James Bond defeats are trained heavies of the sorts that couldn't be beaten by some Judo/Venusian Aikido skills, not weaklings like myself!
@supermoff @The 4th Doctor It would be trickier, as James Bond is a much more 'male' character in the way he behaves than the Doctor. He's also more physical, so that while I can easily now imagine Jenna as the Doctor, you would need a very strong woman to realistically win those fights without it looking ridiculous (i.e. a petite human woman defeating a muscular man)
@Tardis Boy That makes a lot of sense, especially as Missy knows that Twelve hates contact! It was the way she kissed his nose, that really rubbed it in!
@CallumSimmons Well I never cheered! Only joking :-)
2 days ago on The Complete Eighth Series Box Set Review
An interesting article, but not one I entirely agree with. If all Masters had been like Delgado's, then yes your arguments would make more sense, but they haven't been. I find it slightly puzzling that you can accept John Simm's Master, saying he "still retained a cunning calmness to him" when he was far more manic that Michelle Gomez's.
As for the male/female argument, while on balance I'd prefer the Doctor to stay male, I have no such qualms about the Master, who I could easily imagine thinking that coming back as a female would give him/her a strategic advantage. The kiss in Dark Water had nothing to do with love or sexuality, it was purely to make the Doctor uncomfortable, to put him on the back foot, to disgust him. And it did!
The one disappointment about recent box sets is the lack of decent commentaries with the cast.
S7's had nothing from Karen and Arthur (e.g. their departure episode) or from Jenna
There were NONE for Day of the Doctor or Time of the Doctor - a Matt/David commentary for DOTD would have been hilarious, while a Matt/Jenna commentary for TOTD would have been more touching
S8, again nothing from the main stars, and nothing from Moff. I know time is tight, but Peter's thoughts on Deep Breath would surely be more interesting than the Director of Robot of Sherwood for example
2 days, 1 hour ago on The Complete Eighth Series Box Set Review
@Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen @Planet of the Deaf @MrRazza, Lord Tony of Blackburn Yes, the show does have very committed viewers, including the sort of people who would slate the show week after week on message boards, but still watch again the following week!
2 days, 23 hours ago on With a Doctor this Dark, Who Needs Enemies?
@NotsoSmartguy @Planet of the Deaf Ah yes, naughty Clara making me write such things, bad girl :-)
@supermoff @Planet of the Deaf @NotsoSmartguy It was sombre, but then Santa turned up and I trust him to sort things out!
@TheNightmareChild @supermoff Personally I think it's a big Misstake...
@MrRazza, Lord Tony of Blackburn Agreed, it's the nature of the show that it changes drastically, and sometimes a Doctor or style of writing just won't float your boat.
The amazing thing about new Who viewing figures is how steady they've been, the people who loved the RTD era and stopped watching when Smith took over, were replaced by people who loved Smith and hated Tennant etc
I know of casual viewers (on non Doctor Who message boards) who didn't like S8 and stopped watching the show, but clearly they've been replaced by people who didn't like the previous new Who Doctors!
@NotsoSmartguy I really liked 11/Clara, I've ahem written enough about them :-) They were fun and cute together, and I was sad to see them split up.
Somehow though, 12/Clara is just more satisfying. Their bond is really hard to describe, as it's turbulent, and has had massive ups and downs, but it's incredibly strong, and built up during S8, until the series finished rather tragically with them both lying to each other, because they wanted the other one to be happy and thought they were doing the right thing...
3 days ago on With a Doctor this Dark, Who Needs Enemies?
@supermoff @Status: Stuck in the vortex Moff has praised the SFX producers and pointed out the ridiculously short time (and small budget) they have to produce their effects, when you consider that each episode is completely different!
@supermoff A 12 course meal? We'd definitely all be pudding brains after that :-)
Seriously, 100% agree with your comments about Capaldi and Coleman, they've been superb together.
Good article. I thought 12's different attitude was immediately shown in Deep Breath, after he had rescued Clara from the half faced robot (having seemingly deserted her). In that situation
10 would have been in full "I'm sorry, I'm so sorry" mode
11 would have hugged Clara, apologised profusely, kissed her on the forehead "It's all over now, you were amazing" etc
12 by contrast gave a token apology, but then was more interested in showing his admiration for Clara's actions, albeit by highlighting one of Clara's character flaws!
A very different way of treating a Companion, it's far less comforting for Clara, but in a curious way also highlights how much he trusts her and expects of her.
To be fair, Capaldi's Doctor WAS a bit unlikeable for much of the series, the Doctor in Into the Dalek is pretty unpleasant to the other people there, and the way he treated Danny in The Caretaker was slightly painful to watch. I think Kill the Moon was a high point of this, as he had no idea why Clara would be upset by his actions.
From Mummy onwards him and Clara became closer as he showed signs of Compassion (even if it was often hidden) and she became more like him! In Forest, it was Clara sending him away, while he protested that he breathed Earth's air, a complete volte face on his attitude in KTM!
3 days, 1 hour ago on Capaldi Didn’t Want Twelve to Be Likeable
@Who is the Doctor needs his Clara yes, there was a nice arc, with the Doctor mellowing and Clara becoming more like him!
3 days, 10 hours ago on Capaldi Didn’t Want Twelve to Be Likeable
@ilyootha @Planet of the Deaf As long as starred Clara Who!
Obviously, a series of universally loved episodes would be best, but maybe it's better to have episodes which some people love and other hate, than episodes which everyone thinks are all right, are OK, nothing special, the sort of episode you immediately forget about...
3 days, 22 hours ago on Series 8: A Numbery-Wumbery Breakdown
Thanks Supermoff for giving 110% effort to your statistical analysis this series. I'm sure next series you'll work even harder and will give us 120% :-)
3 days, 23 hours ago on Series 8: A Numbery-Wumbery Breakdown
@supermoff @The Finn Yes, especially for some of the episodes in the middle, the pattern of AI scores did seem counter intuitive to the views on here. Matthieson's episodes I imagine would show the highest correlation?
Fascinating stuff, who said this site wasn't educational!
It's an interesting question as to whether an episode being divisive is bad or good, on the one hand a series of "Mummys" would be great, but as Moff himself has said, what would kill the show would be if it became too safe, too average. The riskier, more left field episodes, usually have something good about them, which makes them worthwhile in a show with such a broad scope as Doctor Who.
@Lord Styro the Drashig Slightly damning with faint praise to be fair though!
@supermoff @NotsoSmartguy Clara spoke to the young Santa and suggested he could make a name for himself, giving out presents to young children. She also helped him get over his fear of reindeer...
4 days, 1 hour ago on Christmas Special: Santa is Real, Not Evil
@Master No More It must be Rudolph who's evil then! Or the elves?
I expect Pater to outstay Moff, it'll be interesting to see him under a new showrunner. I can't see him staying as long as Tom Baker though, as being a massive fan of the show he'll probably feel that the show needs to keep refreshing itself, and 7 years of a single Doctor would be too much.
I also suspect that he wouldn't want to take that record away from Tom anyway.
4 days, 1 hour ago on Capaldi Doesn’t Plan to Regenerate “For a While”
@Who is the Doctor @Planet of the Deaf Can you imagine the Daily Mail headlines though
"Santa killed by Doctor Who. Evil BBC bosses destroy Christmas for the children of the world"
4 days, 2 hours ago on Christmas Special: Santa is Real, Not Evil
@MikeUK2011 Um, do you want a list. Slapping him in Dalek with a big outburst, a real outburst at the end of KTM, and finally attempting to blackmail him in Deep Water. Twice she told him to "do as you're told", and both times he obeyed. Lying more and more as the series played out, being a very successful Doctor substitute...
4 days, 2 hours ago on Capaldi Doesn’t Plan to Regenerate “For a While”
@calliarcale @davidbrummy Yes, US contracts are designed to stop the actors walking away from a successful show where they are still needed
As they meet the real Santa, maybe he can be 12's next Companion, as after all he has nothing to do for the rest of the year!
On second thoughts, I can imagine all the "ho ho hos" would drive Twelve mad...
"One more ho ho ho, and you'll end up with a nose redder than Rudolph's!"
@The Finn each episode is twice as long though, and I presume modern filming is slower with all the effects they use these days
4 days, 10 hours ago on Capaldi Doesn’t Plan to Regenerate “For a While”
@supermoff I'm sure Peter will outstay Steven, there's no reason why a new showrunner would need a new Doctor straight away