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I wish there were episode prequels, deleted scenes, and minisodes...
2 days, 2 hours 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...
1 week, 5 days 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.
2 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.
2 weeks, 1 day 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...
3 weeks, 1 day 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.
1 month, 1 week 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?
1 month, 1 week 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.
1 month, 3 weeks 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...
2 months 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.
2 months 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.
2 months ago on Series 8: All Titles Revealed
2 months, 1 week 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.
2 months, 1 week 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.
2 months, 1 week 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...
2 months, 1 week 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...
2 months, 1 week 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.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Brian Blessed Could Have Been the Doctor
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.
2 months, 2 weeks 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".
2 months, 3 weeks 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.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8
Isn't he the 14th Doctor if we count the War Doctor and the Meta-crisis Doctor?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title
"The Funeral of Sarah Jane Smith" - A one off SJA special bringing back the surviving cast along with a guest appearance from the new Doctor. He's been very busy what with Trenzalore and the Time Lords returning so now it's time that the Doctor pop in and check on the life of his former companion Sarah Jane. In the year 2014 he arrives at Bannerman road to find it in new ownership. He meets Luke who is cold and reproachful to the man who had at one time been a sort of father figure to him. Luke regrets that the Doctor never came to Sarah Jane's funeral, that he never checked in, that he never saved her... (This probably could have worked if A) the idea had come to birth in 2011 and B) if RTD was still around.)
3 months ago on Bring Back… Sky Smith
@ShameOnSM @Huknar It could also be referring to the fact that there are other people in the universe who share his same face (like John Frobisher...) And because of that he may feel responsible for what those people have done.
3 months ago on How Far Into Darkness will the 12th Doctor Take Us?
I don't think they were lifted from the Doctor's Wife, the blue rift of energy looks similar to the one that they entered to get to the soap-bubble universe but it's a different angle that wasn't in the episode.
3 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Launch Trailer Breakdown
@The Outer Space K9 I think it is - they usually don't start using actual who-music for the trailers until the second or third one to be released, this is really just a "buzz trailer" to gather hype, future ones will be more centered on showing individual characters and larger glimpses at the stories to come.
3 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer
Perhaps this means that it will come back "very very quickly..." ???
3 months, 1 week ago on Series 8: Deep Breath First Look
Mark Gatiss most likely. Martians??
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 8: The Almost Complete Line-Up
"Give us hope" "Gift of hope" "Give us peace" ? Regardless... The Time Lords are BACK.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: Finale Clue
"Assuming the Doctor’s blood flow is twice that which we have, it is not unreasonable to assume that he will be able to extract 10% (double what we are able to) from the air." -- Haha, I guess that explains how he survived jumping out of that spaceship in "The Doctor The Widow and the Wardrobe".
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Two Hearts: Better than One?
12 episodes 1 hour each perhaps? That would make me happy. It would also give the writers more room to flesh out their stories...
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Two-Part Finale for Series 8
Danny and Courtney Pink....
5 months ago on Another New Companion for Series 8?
By this I mean-- a time travel episode. "Planet of Fire" traveled back and forth in time, why can't "Kill the Moon"? It would be so Moffat to satisfy both connections. I think his first priority is to fix the Capaldi conundrum and secondly to sprinkle in a little Davison homage.
5 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming: Volcano Day
Have you thought that perhaps it might be both Sarn and Pompeii? It would fit with Moffat's reference to the Peter Davison story, as well as with his comment about Russel's plan to correct the continuity error.
I would have loved to see the Pond's side of "Closing Time" literally just an episode running in parallel time to the Doctor and Craig's storyline but without monsters or external interference's. A plot that deals with their characters and how they are coping without the Doctor and without their daughter. Having an episode like that may have even helped to lead up to the sudden deterioration of Amy and Rory's relationship at the beginning of "Asylum of the Daleks".
7 months ago on Are Doctor-Lite stories the best of Doctor Who?
Sleek design. The Cybermites performed a stealthy upgrade.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Site Update: 3 February 2014