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It would also open up a nice way for Moffat to explain the circumstances behind Simm's regeneration into Gomez. I'd like to see that.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Why A Multi-Master Story Needs to Happen
I've listed them in the order of which I enjoyed the most. I've also given a rank in terms of which I deem a better episode. I wish very much that Kill the Moon was higher up but that final scene on the beach ruined it all for me.
The Caretaker 8/10
Deep Breath 8/10
Dark Water 7/10
Mummy on the Orient Express 7/10
Death in Heaven 7/10
Last Christmas 6/10
Time Heist 6/10
Into the Dalek 5/10
Robot of Sherwood 5/10
In the Forest of the Night 3/10
Kill the Moon 0/10
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Your Last Christmas Ranking
@MechaPotatoAlex It was a 'first' for Capaldi. His first Christmas Debut. I tried comparing it to 'A Christmas Carol' but that's nearly impossible in every way, shape, or form.
3 months ago on Christmas Day 2014 Ratings Top 10
I think this means Clara will be leaving. Think about it. Capaldi's doctor to an outsider may appear to be a bit of a crazy magician. That would make his next companion 'the Magician's Apprentice'.
3 months, 1 week ago on First Series 9 Title Revealed
Moffat finally learns that "consequences" are a thing.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat on Criticisms that Doctor Who Is Too Dark
Please don't do it for the sake of change, do it for the sake of story! OR don't do it at all.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey
With Capaldi flying solo, It might free up some money, allowing the production team to go back to a 13 episode count. My guess is that we lost an episode so that they could put money into the hour long finale and feature-length premiere. Without two series leads to pay they could focus on longer run times and a stronger guest cast.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Clara, or a New Companion for Series 9?
What a great article. It would be interesting to see how many parallels can be drawn between the other "sister series".
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 8’s Interesting Parallels to Season 8
The question was "Who is your doctor?" as in "who was the first doctor you remember watching". This poll isn't meant to judge them by popularity.
4 months ago on Who is YOUR Doctor? The Results
@The 14th Doctor I like it! Especially seeing Richard Curtis on there. Perhaps Gaiman should get another shot?
4 months ago on Writers to Bring Back for Series 9 & Beyond
It'll be nice to see Dan Starkey play a role other than Strax.
4 months ago on 2014 Christmas Special Titled
Yes! All of those Torchwood episodes were great.
4 months ago on Torchwood’s Catherine Tregenna Penning Series 9 Story
@foolmentaljoker That's all a great theory but it doesn't explain Gomez's complete change of the character. It should be the Master in a female body, not a brand new character calling herself the Master.
4 months, 1 week ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
@The Raider The issue isn't that he switched genders, it's that she changed the characterization of the master completely.
@Romanadvoratrelundar is looking for Gallifrey @Hibernus Literally just re-read the Writer's Tale: The Final Chapter and was thinking the same thing. Benjamin Cook was asked about it a few years ago and he said something like "I'm not a used book that just get's handed down every time there's a new show runner." It was also pointed out that he and RTD didn't start until after three seasons of the show had been made. It would have been about this time last year that Moffat and Cook might have started if the same trend of email correspondences were to follow. I respect Cook's comment and after reading the Writer's tale: the final chapter, on many occasions I realize that what he and RTD had was very special and unique and it would ruin that for the two of them if Cook suddenly went on to do the same project with another guy simply because he had Davies' old job. However, I would love to read into the mind of Moffat and learn all the dark secrets behind the creation of this second era of the revised series.
4 months, 1 week ago on Moffat on His Series 8 Worries
4 months, 1 week ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)
Give them a season off, then let them return when the time is right. For instance- Moffat said that River will only come back if the story calls for River. I feel like the majority of the recent Dalek featured episodes (maybe excluding Into the Dalek) haven't necessarily needed them at all. For instance, imagine how Into the Dalek could have been so much more if Moffat hadn't included them in The Day or The Time of the Doctor. There would have been a two year gap between Asylum and Into the Dalek. That would have been awesome. I understand that The Day of the Doctor did need them for the story to work (which now only leaves Time as the sore thumb in my complaint above) but my point is that the Daleks should stop being used for event episodes such as specials and finales because by now we have all been conditioned to expect them at those times. The show would remain fresh(er) if the Daleks were a surprise and each episode that they were featured in added to the over-all Dalek lore rather than just having them appear so as to satisfy the needs of deprived children... Your court, Moffat.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat: Daleks Are Not A Contractual Obligation
Rani would've been a better reveal in my opinion. The Master needed a longer respite than this.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Michelle Gomez Reveals Series 9 Return, Rani Trickery
BIG QUESTION. Where is the Master/Missy's TARDIS? I feel like this was completely forgotten about. My theory is that is where she went. I bet yah that the cyber-lasers teleported her there. If she had been killed by the beam she would have regenerated right there in front of her but instead she vanished.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat on Finale Death, Master Future
@Whogasms knows THAT MISSY TELEPORTED, NOT DIED!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven
That's funny, I thought Jenna Coleman was the Doctor...
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Poll: Capaldi’s Doctor – Hit or Miss?
Was there a trailer for the Christmas Special at the end or did they choose not to show that in the pre-release?
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Death in Heaven Advance Review
@Americanwhovian @Benjamin Bradley @JacobHaggerty @Scootersfood, Secret Agent of C.L.A.R.A. What makes you say that?
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Poll: The Missy Reveal
@JacobHaggerty @Scootersfood, Secret Agent of C.L.A.R.A. Nicely put. A bit harsh but my verdict is still out to whether or not "Missy-Master" will repeat the awful Kovarian, Lem, Delphox, rehash. I really hope she/he won't but it's a common Moffat staple so who knows...
I'm not upset because she is a woman, I'm upset because I thought she could've been so much more. Someone new to the story, not a rehashed villain with a gender swap. Over the years I have come to accept why the Rani will never come back to the show- she only had two appearances in the classic series and while she is a novelty because she is a wicked Time Lady, she was never enough to justify a return. Think of the alternative routes though... like Romana! Now that would've been awesome. This is a let down for me because we've seen the Master return, MANY times. It's nothing new but Moffat thinks it is because he's changed the game by making her a woman. It's a veil, we'll go with it and call it clever because we can't see through the fact that we're getting served the same thing we've been getting over an over again. Missy should have just stayed Missy. Or as K9 might say, "Mistress Romana!"
@Chuckles the Sax Lord Shush.... But you've got a point... They did 'keep killing Suzie'.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water
@Beasts_a_Snarling is Really..... THE MASTER ! The quality of the episode had nothing to do with the gender of the director. I understand what you mean though, it's nice to see that the show is allowing for men and women to direct. I would like to see female writers work on the next series but not because them being female would improve the episodes, (that is absurd because as I have said before, gender has nothing to do with a person's creativity).
I would have liked to have seen a segment on their portrayal in A Good Man Goes To War. While they are only in the episode for a brief period of time, we do get to see a cyber fleet, showing how they have spread far across the galaxies and have begun to build ships for themselves.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on The Portrayal of the Cybermen in New Who
So the next time trailer was for both parts? (i.e. included footage from both Dark Water and Death in Heaven?)
5 months ago on Dark Water Advance Preview
I wish there were episode prequels, deleted scenes, and minisodes...
5 months, 2 weeks ago on The Complete Eighth Series DVD Extras
I feel as though this whole story arc has been a ploy to get fans to really question whether they like the new Doctor. Let's be honest, it's been a lot harder to warm up to Capaldi than it ever was for Matt Smith. I know a lot of people (myself included) accepted Smith by the end of The Eleventh Hour (on the rooftop scene to be exact) but with Capaldi it seems that there never was a rooftop scene, at least there hasn't been yet... For me I thought it was somewhere throughout The Caretaker that I really felt Capaldi had become the Doctor. I don't know, maybe it was a just the little hints of number 11 shining through the eyebrows that caught me. Seeing how all that playfulness was simply an act put on by the Doctor to simulate with the teachers of the school, it can be assumed that we shouldn't trust it to be a reflection of his true self. Now that we are over halfway through the series and I still haven't identified a stand out moment like the scene on the roof, I'm starting to wonder if there ever will be one or if this whole series is simply a rooftop or at least the prelude to one and Moffat has just chosen to play a rather long game with us...
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Kill the Moon: Clara or the Doctor?
This episode fits nicely with The Waters of Mars' legacy. Notice the specific date of 2049 that this episode takes place during. The Waters of Mars took place in 2059 so I don't think the Doctor's speech and the moon hatching undermine Adelaide's inspiration to the world at all. It was simply intended to show how it all began. The moon's changing inspired the Earth to re-invest in space exploration which ultimately helped to get Adelaide and her team to Mars, ten years after the events of Kill The Moon.
The one thing I kept thinking during the 'lights go out' sequence on Earth was that it would be impossible for every single person to get the message about the decision they must make in the amount of time that was presented to have passed during the scene. My only conclusion is that the governments of the world's nations made the decisions for their people and shut off the power in each of the cities. While I agree with the outcome I still would have loved to see a montage sequence of world leaders reacting to this message as well as many people in their homes watching it on TV. I would have liked to also see a little phone-tag sequence where through the power of global networking the world was enlightened to what was going on, allowing everyone to turn the lights off in their homes, showing that individual humans were able to make the choice for themselves.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on 12 Great Moments From Kill the Moon
HOW COULD A CREATURE SMALLER THAN THE MOON LAY AN EGG THE SIZE OF A MOON ESPECIALLY SINCE SAID CREATURE JUST HATCHED FROM AN EGG LITERALLY A MINUTE BEFORE LAYING ANOTHER?!?! This episode was fantastic, the acting, the cinematography, the CGI, the story... but then that happened and it was all ruined for me.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon
Best episode of the season. BY FAR. I love Gareth Roberts, I have a feeling that Moffat's contributions were mostly to the Danny/Clara/Doctor triangle but Robert's work definitely shined through with this ep. So far series 8 has done a much better job than Series 7 did at telling complete and well developed stories within the 45 minute timeframe. I think this episode really did it for me in terms of re-affirming who the Doctor is. Good work Moff. The next half is quite a mystery seeing how we now have a line up of all new Doctor Who writers.... It's understandable that Moffat would want to contribute to the first half to make it really strong and assure us that Capaldi is in fact the Doctor, but I find it strange that he isn't doing any co-credits with the newbies. Could this half be as good? We'll have to find out...
6 months ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
We all thought that the original title for the episode was going to be "Robot(s) of Sherwood" but then after they revealed the listings, we were given it in the singular. I admit that I read the script before hand but even then felt like the title should have referred to the many robots in the episode and not just the Sheriff. My point is furthered by the fact that with the big robot reveal scene now cut from the episode, there really isn't a reason for us to accept that the Sheriff was a robot at all. In reality he seems to have been a man just like Robin Hood and that is what we need to agree upon. Now I know there were much more important things to do when the BBC were re preparing the episode for broadcast but I really wish they had changed the title to plural. These tiny errors are passed on by most but really do bother me.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Robot of Sherwood: What Was Cut
@PaddyB The promised land... building a cyber army from cyber forces? Could the soldier from Into the Dalek be needed for the flesh components?
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Robot of Sherwood – 12 Hints & Teasers
Deep Breath was really good but the comedy was greatly diminished by the show trying (and succeeding) to be cinematic. I read the script before the show aired and laughed quite a bit at all the little jokes, references, and one liners that Moffat included but didn't get the same reaction when watching the episode. This is most likely contributed to my mind constructing it's own variables of how the episode would appear and how the actors would do their performances so I don't think it's any issue at all on the actor's performance, simply my own by spoiling the experience. It's a shame, I don't regret what I did because I love reading screenplays and Moffat's are very good.
7 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
Why can't they just reboot Doctor Who Confidential? Also 10 minutes isn't that much. I believe the Series 7 BTS videos that replaced Confidential were between 5 and 10. All that this is is rebranding...
7 months, 1 week ago on “Doctor Who Extra” Announced
Mummy on the Orient Express and Flatline are both written by Jaimie Mathieson and it appears that their stories are linked. Could this mean a loosely connected two parter? The evidence points to Flatline being a Doctor-light episode but perhaps having the same writer penning both stories will help to link them together. My guess is that the ending of Mummy on the Orient Express will probably be similar to that of The God Complex.
7 months, 1 week ago on Moffat Previews Series 8 in Radio Times
The co-writing credits are interesting.... Stephen Thompson was the only name on the title page of the Time Heist script. I have a feeling that episodes 4 through 6 are going to be really good and really important to the overall storyline. It may also be a case of Moffat wanting to write all three of those and not having the time to do so, similarly to how RTD had to get Gareth Roberts and Phil Ford to write the first few drafts of Planet of the Dead and The Waters of Mars. I am really intrigued by Mummy on the Orient Express. Is this a reference to the event mentioned at the end of the Big Bang or is it completely new? Seeing how we know the least amount of information about the latter half of the series, what are the odds that River might return? The tittle, In the Forest of the Night evokes a memory of the Vashta Nerada. Do you think that Moffat would let someone else write his monsters? Doing so may make the stories better, giving them a fresh new outlook.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8: All Titles Revealed
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 “Faces” Deep Breath BBC Radio Trailer
Won't the combination of world premieres and leaks result in a lower viewership? This might work in reverse and if I had read the scripts I would still want to see the episodes, but I can see how after seeing it at a world premiere you might not want to watch it on TV because that would detract from experiencing it the first time in such grandeur.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Deep Breath Screenings & Spoilers: Pros & Cons
@MrRazza, Taking Supplementary Identifying Courses @Benjamin Bradley That's why I'm against the notion but I figured this might be a good way to satisfy the opposition's needs. I am more than sure that if Neil Gaiman wrote it then we would get something very respectable.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Brian Blessed Could Have Been the Doctor
It'll be interesting to see how this site handles "32 Spoiler Free Thoughts from the 32nd Doctor's Premiere". Also, notice how the premiere is on the 23rd of August, "23" has a familiar ring to it, if only it was in November...
7 months, 3 weeks ago on 12 Spoiler-Free Thoughts on Deep Breath
Tom Baker stayed on for a very long time, Capaldi in a way is the 4th "New Who" Doctor. We might just see him match Baker pace for pace. Or even overtake him...
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Capaldi Signed Up For Doctor Who Series 9?
I've got a proposal. Hopefully it will appease both sides of the argument. Have a doctor light episode where the Doctor has a gender swap (I'm putting this bluntly but there are probably better ways of doing this) and that way we get an episode where a guest actress is brought on and she gets to play the Doctor for an entire episode. The only way I can see this getting pulled off in a realistic, well thought out, respectable way is if Neil Gaiman were to write this episode.
I'm looking forward to episodes 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12. All the Moffat ones will be good, especially since it's Capaldi's first season. Looking back at series 5, Moffat was at the height of his game and I'm hoping that he will bring that effort back for this run. As for 5, I think that Thompson will do a good job, despite his previous failures, his work on Sherlock is amazing. 6 is a no brainer because it's Gareth Roberts and I really missed not having him onboard for Series 7. Episode 7 looks cool and I always love it when the show goes back and looks at it's heritage and history. We know so little about episode 10 and seeing how FCB has never written for Who before I am very excited about what he can add to the show.
As for the others... Episode 2 has Daleks. That's pretty much it. No big deal. We've had too many Daleks and it's time we gave them a five year break. Episode 3 seems to be exactly what it says on the tin and that's to be expected from a Gatiss piece. It's hard to judge episode 8 but I just don't feel that excited about it. Episode 9 doesn't look that interesting, it's something I'm sure we've all thought of so seeing it appear on the show isn't going to be as cool as Moffat might think it will be.
8 months ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014): What We Know UPDATE
@Baker Street is excited for Series 8! I have a feeling the Eternal Dalek isn't going to be brought up at all. Moffat tends to forget about these minor details that unfortunately often hold great potential. It will be interesting to see if the Paradigm appears in "Into the Dalek".
8 months ago on Time to Regenerate the Daleks?
I remember back when after "Victory of the Daleks" aired Moffat was like "the colors have meaning" and the red paradigm Daleks were supposed to be soldiers. To me this meant that there would be a lot of red Daleks and the others would act as officers. From what we've seen so far it looks as if the BBC only made one of each color and instead of making more of the paradigm Daleks, chose to re-use the massive amounts of Davies' era Daleks in order to save money. This is upsetting but I can understand it. What makes me more upset is the introduction of those big flying Dalek fighters first seen in "The Day of the Doctor". They were a neat idea but I don't think they should have been used ever again, especially not in the following episode, "The Time of the Doctor" which chronologically takes place several hundreds of years after Day. It makes no sense at all to have these time war Dalek ships suddenly appear in Time of the Doctor and the only reason they did is because Moffat wanted to throw in as many monsters as possible and the BBC happened to have those 3D models laying around from the previous episode.
Longer scenes are better. 12 episodes is worth the price for quality.
8 months ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8