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I wish that this had been a rubbish episode so I could make jokes about the "two dimensional" characters and the plot falling "flat". Unfortunately though, it was yet another good one. Not quite as good as last week's, but still really good.
58 minutes ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
That's what I love about Doctor Who DVDs, they're just about the only thing we get here in R4 before you guys in R1. Often we get it months after, like that darn Arrow series 2, which you guys already have and we don't get until December.
2 days, 9 hours ago on The Complete Eighth Series DVD Extras
No minisodes? And speaking is which, what happened to the prequels this year? I love me some prequels and minisodes.
2 days, 10 hours ago on The Complete Eighth Series DVD Extras
So in which episode do we finally find out he's the Master in disguise?
2 days, 10 hours ago on Anderson on Series 8 Finale, Danny Future
A brilliant article. Well done. Always good to see a bit of culture in this otherwise cestpool of Moffat haters and lame jokes. (That was a joke people. Please don't kill me.) It's interesting to note that all of the episodes you discussed are usually ranked amongst the shows best. Just goes to show that Doctor Who fans are art lovers, even if they don't realise it.
3 days, 3 hours ago on The Girl Who Painted: Artistic Themes in Doctor Who
Now I can't help but imagine the Cybermen emerging from the sewers with Black Sabbath and AC/DC blurting out at full blast.
And I think that it just might be the greatest thing I've ever imagined.
3 days, 18 hours ago on Dark Water Official Synopsis
My only issue with these new Cybermen is that they are too strong. I mean, last time the Doctor had to blow up an entire planet to defeat them. What's he going to do now, especially now that they're on Earth.
3 days, 19 hours ago on Dark Water Official Synopsis
As much as I love Rose, I don't think she should return. The Moment was a nice addition to the 50th, but I think that's where her story should end. Each time she returns, I feel as if it compromises her ending a little, so leave it as it is. Although her impact on the show was enormous and she helped make it the success it is today, her time has finished, let's look to the future.
4 days, 19 hours ago on Piper Praises Capaldi, Unsure on Another Return
Um, so... Doctor in Distress. Never has a song made me lose faith in an entire decade.
5 days, 9 hours ago on Who Tunes: Ranking the Lyrical Songs of Doctor Who
I respect your opinion, but as a person who thought it was a great end to the character, I'd be curious to know what you didn't like about it.
5 days, 10 hours ago on Who Tunes: Ranking the Lyrical Songs of Doctor Who
I thought his regeneration was utterly brilliant. Easily the best regeneration ever and one of the best moments of Ten's era. It was emotional and a worthy ending to my favourite Doctor. That's just my opinion though.
Forget a mention, it deserves an entire article.
Ten's regeneration had detriments? I must have missed them.
I agree 100% with this list. It's great that you rememberd "Children of Tomorrow". It would've been nice to see "Gallifreyan Bucaneer" from "Doctor Who and the Pirates" on here though.
Reading through these comments, I feel as if a lot of people don't understand the difference between the Doctor making the wrong choice and the Doctor being a jerk. Just because he was such a jerk about it, doesn't mean he was automatically in the wrong. I agree with his actions, but I don't agree with how much of a jerk he was.
6 days, 2 hours ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote
These images don't tell us anything that we didn't already know, and what we already know is next to nothing. We're basically going into these next few episodes blind, so that should be interesting.
6 days, 2 hours ago on Flatline Promo Pics
I agree with the results, but am suprised. Reading the comments during the voting, it seemed like 90% of people were voting Clara. I guess none of the people voting Doctor commented.
6 days, 12 hours ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote
Dark Eyes 3 is out this month from Big Finish, that'll be why.
6 days, 12 hours ago on DWM #479: Heaven or Hell?
It'd be cool if this was on the series 8 soundtrack. It's always cool to get actual singers on the Who soundtrack, like when Neil Hannon of the Divine Comedy (one of my favourite bands ever) was on the series 1 & 2 soundtrack.
1 week ago on Foxes ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ Full Song (Featuring New Series 8 Clips)
Not bad. Not bad at all. Although the sound from the clips sort of wrecks the song a little.
Am I the only one who thinks we need a good old 'trailer' breakdown for the new clips?
So I thought this episode was utterly brilliant, but I still don't understand why the BBC decided to keep Clara's involvement a secret. I mean, what did they gain at all?
1 week ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Review
Whether or not he was the Master, there did seem to be more to him than he was letting on, especially in his earlier scenes.
1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express
I was intrigued by the title of this episode when I first heard it, and have been looking forward to it ever since. Honestly, I had no idea what to expect of it, but it turned out to be brilliant. Best episode of the series so far, and given the stand out quality of series 8, that's saying something. It didn't quite have that 10/10 wow factor, but other than that, I can't find fault with it. 9/10.
Kill the Moon 2: Kill Harder
1 week, 2 days ago on Poll: Lights On or Lights Off?
Be proud, it means you have more of a life than me. Some of these characters are really obscure and I shouldn't know who they are. P.S. I love your icon and name. Browncoats for the win!
1 week, 2 days ago on Is Courtney Woods a Companion?
The thing to remember about timelines in Who is that some writers prefer to think of things like the audios and the books and stuff as existing in separate continuities to one another and actively try and show that, while other writers try their utmost to shove it all into one continuity, causing many contradictions. It's a bit of a mess.
I'm not fully convinced if I see them as canon, considering they were implied to be nothing but a dream during the Eighth Doctor's run.
I like to think that a companion isn't a companion of the Doctor, but a companion of both the Doctor and the TARDIS.
There's two reasons I skipped Cinder. One, because I'm yet to read that book, and two, because from what I understand she's only a one-off companion, and they don't count in my mind.
Hey, just because I don't like Artie and Angie as characters, doesn't mean they're not companions.
I agree that Fitting everyone from Izzy to C'Rizz into that gap is more than a little problematic, but it's the best I can do when the 8th Doctor's era is such a jumble.
I for one don't count Grace as a companion, but that's just me.
That would mean that Clara isn't a companion as she doesn't live in the TARDIS.
1 week, 3 days ago on Is Courtney Woods a Companion?
My mistake. Oliver Harper should actually go between Sara Kingdom and Dodo Chaplet.
The story she was in "The Daleks' Masterplan" was a 12 part story with almost every episode being set in a new time or planet, so despite being in only one story, she actually went on several adventures with the Doctor, even more if you listen to the Big Finish stuff.
Just because I am literally that bored, here's a list of people that I consider companions in rough chronological order:
- Susan Foreman
- Ian Chesterton
- Barbara Wright
- Vicki Pallister
- Steven Taylor
- Bobby Zierath
- Oliver Harper
- Sara Kingdom
- Dodo Chaplet
- Ben Jackson
- Polly Wright
- Jamie McCrimmon
- Victoria Waterfield
- Zoe Heriot
- Liz Shaw
- The Brigadier
- John Benton
- Mike Yates
- Jo Grant
- Joshua Douglas
- Sarah Jane Smith
- Jeremy Fitzoliver
- Harry Sullivan
- K9 Mk I, II & III
- Fenella Wibbsey
- Oliver Day
- Sharon Davies
- Tegan Jovanka
- Robert McIntosh
- Thomas Brewster
- Vislor Turlough
- Angus Goodman
- Peri Brown
- Grant Markham
- Emily Chaudhry
- Will Hoffman
- Evelyn Smythe
- Jamie McCrimmon (clone)
- Flip Jackson
- Henry Gordon Jago
- George Litefoot
- Melanie Bush
- Raine Creevy
- Sally Morgan
- Lysandra Aristedes
- Bernice Summerfield
- Chris Cwej
- Roz Forrester
- Catherine Broome
- Elizabeth Klein
- Will Arrowsmith
- Ly Chee
- The Tramp
- Sam Jones
- Stacey Townsend
- Izzy Sinclair
- Frey Truscott-Sade
- Gemma Griffin
- Samson Griffin
- Mary Shelley
- Charlotte Pollard
- Fitz Kreiner
- Anji Kapoor
- Trix MacMillan
- Lucie Miller
- Tasmin Drew
- Molly O’Sullivan
- Liv Chenka
- Rose Tyler
- Adam Mitchell
- Jack Harkness
- Mickey Smith
- Jackie Tyler
- Martha Jones
- Donna Noble
- Emily Winter
- Matthew Finnegan
- Heather McCrimmon
- Wolfie Ryter
- Gabby Gonzalez
- Wilfred Mott
- Amy Pond
- River Song
- Rory Williams
- Kazran Sardick
- Abigail Pettigrew
- Decky Flamboon
- Alice Obiefune
- John Jones
- Clara Oswald
- Angie Maitland
- Artie Maitland
- Courtney Woods
- Guinevere Winchester
Oh, and I count Wilfred Mott as a companion for two reasons. One, because he was a recurring character before becoming a one-off and two, because I very well couldn't call him my favourite companion of all time if he weren't a companion now, could I?
I like this idea. I may start using it myself. Thank you.
I think Courtney is a companion. I tend to count pretty much anyone as a companion. There are a few exceptions though, such as one-off companions. I still count Sara Kingdom as a companion because she travelled in the TARDIS to many different worlds and times in what is arguably the longest story in the show's history. I don't count characters like Craig of the Paternoster Gang as I'd refer to them as allies instead of companions. I tend to count the old UNIT trilogy (the Brig, Yates and Benton) as companions because they all filled that role at some point, whether on screen or not. It's funny that you mentioned Yates not fitting the criteria for a companion on screen, because in the audio stories he was a proper companion of the Fourth Doctor, making him the easiest of the three to define as a companion, but that's only if you count all that stuff to be canon. I also count River as a companion because she fits almost all of the criteria for one in my mind. And this is a scary thought, but I think I even count the Argie and Angie as companions. And just because I don't even know why, I count Jackie Tyler as a companion to.
I guess what I'm saying is that I have a list in my head of who is a companion and who isn't, but I still don't know what makes a companion, and I guess that's what you were saying, making this entire comment pointless and really just a waste of 90 seconds that anyone reading this could have used more productively instead of wasting it as they will have done if they're reading this sentence.
I was hoping for a slightly more fun episode given the title, but whatever. It almost looks like it could start of really light and fun and gradually get darker and scarier. It'll be interesting to see 12 on a solo outing though.
1 week, 3 days ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Advance Review
With the high quality of stories this series, one could argue that 8/10 is appalling.
I know. It seems funny that no one realised. I fist saw her in "The Caves of Androzani" and realised straight away that the accent was fake.
1 week, 4 days ago on Downey Jr on Who Role: “Anything’s possible”
And Mark Sheppard who plays Canton is British.
In all fairness, nobody except Colin Baker knew Nicola Bryant was actually English for a long time. She lied about her nationality to get the job and kept using her accent on set so that nobody would find out. They thought they were getting an American to play Peri.
I don't think this would ever happen simply because it would take an entire season's budget just to pay the guy. He's hollywoods highest paid actor. Still, it would be awesome if it did happen. The guy with two hearts and the guy with a metal heart teaming up to save the world.
I see both sides, but I'm probably leaning more towards the Doctor. It seems like the more logical one to defend. The Doctor trusted Clara and the others to make the right decision. He even knew what decision they'd make before they'd made it. Surely Clara could have trusted the Doctor a little more in turn. The Doctor can't meddle with key points in time, and this was one of them. People get upset about the Doctor not staying to try and save something that was going to die. He knew it wasn't going to die. He knew that the alien survived and that its survival would encourage the human race to reach out to the stars. He knew exactly how things would play out and so let them run there course without interference. Clara did have a point that Earth is his home now and it was his choice to make as well, but perhaps that's the problem. If the Doctor knew how it would play out, then it wouldn't have been a choice and it had to be a choice. This was a character defining moment for the people of Earth and the Doctor couldn't take that away from them. He couldn't have taken that choice from them, that's like taking their free will away. Still, I understand Clara's anger and it's completely justified, but I still have to go with the Doctor on this one.
1 week, 5 days ago on Kill the Moon: Clara or the Doctor?
In regards to scientific impossibilities in "Kill the Moon", I think they were a problem, but I don't think the problem was the science itself, but rather that I noticed it. Most episodes will either explain these weird leaps of science, or they'll be written in such a way as for us not to notice them. I think it's the fact that "Kill the Moon" had so many scientific problems right there in plain view that really detracts from the story. I accept that I can't judge the entire episode on this though, and all in all it was a brilliant story, but the fact that so many people spotted these problems with it means that something was wrong. Aside from that though, I completely agree with everything you said.
1 week, 5 days ago on Doctor Who and The Hype Train
Going off the pictures and the title, this episode looks brilliantly campy.
1 week, 5 days ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Promo Pics
A while back, Moffat said that this series would feature the Doctor catching up on his phone calls. I can only assume that he was referring to this.
So my theories that Clara won't be back immediately were correct. I kind of guessed as much from the synopsis of the next episode, as I assume did many others. This should be good though. Although not necessarily a bad thing, this series has been very Clara focussed, leaving the Doctor to sit in the background quite often. Hopefully this will place him more into the spotlight.