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I think Doctor Who needs to drop its late timeslot. I fear 8:30 is just too late for some audiences. Let's go back to 6/7:30
5 days, 11 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@AzrulnizamBZ It seems to me there could be a link between Time Lords and the pandorica. I always wondered how "The Alliance" constructed such a magical device. Perhaps they never did, and were instead being lead by a rogue Time Lord.
5 days, 11 hours ago on Flatline Review
@MrRazza's normal account is messing around I do think far too much focus has been put on Clara. It has made, as a result, the Doctor feel more distant and less important. Which is a shame for the character's post-regeneration season.
@EvilZygonRabbit When the scores are mostly in the 7/8/9/10 field, it is definitely NOT a love/hate episode.
1 week, 3 days ago on Your Verdict on Kill the Moon & Episode Ranking
I think from the moment life with the Doctor, for Clara, was compared to an addiction, she's bound to die a horrible, sudden death. I love this show. It never ceases to amaze me.
Great list. There is one thing I can say for series 8, almost every episode has had a dozen, fantastic, memorable scenes. Nothing feels like wasted time or filler, as series seven often did in places.
I'd also just like to mention that this episode had a rather amazing musical score.
1 week, 5 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Mummy on the Orient Express
@The_Eternal_Dalek @Huknar Yes, there is a small possibility that despite good overnights, the final will still be lower than the previous episode, as looking at Time Heist that happens with listen. However, that is unlikely for a 0.27m gap, and therefore, there is still reason to be excited. Overnights might be irrelevant in the big scheme of things, but they still give you a good indication of what the final figure might be judging from previous ratios.
1 week, 5 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
"It’s revealed that Gus phoned Eleven at the end of Series 5’s “The Big Bang.” Nice, unexpected pay off!"
Actually it was very expected, and if there hadn't been a reference it was pure, unadulterated laziness and stupidity. That title alone is enough to wonder what on earth is going on since that old adventure never transpired on screen. Too much of a coincidence. Admittedly, it is not the resolution I expected, and for that, I love it. I thought the Doctor just hadn't got around to dealing with that situation. Love the fact it was a trap all along and is connected to "woman in the shop" Doctor's phone number.
1 week, 5 days ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Review
Yes! Finally! The ratings have gone UP!
@TheDreamer 10/10 implies the episode is perfect. Mathematically, you should rate it ten, but I'd say 9 is more fitting considering there are a good .5 points to perfection.
1 week, 6 days ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express
This has been the strongest series of Who we've ever had since series 4. 9/10. That was a really good episode. I am SOOOO happy they didn't brush aside the phone call in The Big Bang. Why do I feel like the Master is behind this?
Really, there is no way you can use the inaccuracy of science in Doctor Who. The show's genre is Science Fantasy. We've always known that. It's fun, plausible, slightly magical science that requires acknowledgement that what humans know of science in this world is but a fraction of the total truth.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Kill The Moon Review
@Americanwhovian You know, I thought this was going to be the resolution. Shame it wasn't. I doubt we've seen the last of this creature though.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon
I just had a most curious thought. When we first heard about this scenario back in the Big Bang, it was through the TARDIS telephone. This series made a small point about the Doctor's phone number, and how Clara got it. I wonder if there is a connection to that, that someone on the express also has his number, given by the same "woman in the shop" entity. Interesting!
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Next Time: Mummy on the Orient Express
@Master Michael Kill the Moon This definitely could have been one amazing two parter. Given as a lot longer to get to like the characters. Didn't care much about the ones who died.
@ilyootha They all voted TO kill the creature. Not against.
8/10. I was going to give it 9/10 midway, but I found the end of the scenario very anticlimactic. Slightly disappointed on that front. But a beautiful idea, with wonderful acting and superb visual effects (seriously, that moon did NOT look CGIed.) I just felt the struggle for the decision was very underplayed. I also did NOT like what the Doctor did this episode. (But I think that was the idea.) That is not the Doctor I know and love. The man who tries to save everyone, even if he fails. I hope this is going somewhere. :)
I also can't help thinking this would have been the perfect two part story. It didn't need two parts, but I think, if it was designed to accommodate it, it could have been a 10/10 story.
Egyptian Goddess loose on the Orient Express, in space? FINALLY, I never thought we'd get to see that story Eleven so tantalizingly promised at the end of the Big Bang. Question is, is this that story, a prequel, a sequel or the most explicit, obvious recycling of an idea (that admittedly, was only spoken) yet. Can't wait!
The Caretaker was good, but The Shakespeare Code wins for me. It is just such a wonderful little gem.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Face-Off: Gareth Roberts’ Episodes
Mummy on the Orient Express. :)
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)
@BazHood @HowieFisher Behind McCoy? That is shocking. I love the actor, but his Doctor, well...he's on the bottom of the list for me. :(
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
@The Finn @LGwalchmai95 Likewise with Missy.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on The Caretaker Review
Phew. For a moment I thought it might have gone down a million. Very happy to see the last three episodes retain stable viewer-ship.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@exile2000 I think it's infinitely better than "Clara Who? Oh that girl in the background that is so inconsistent, so unfleshed out and so boring to watch." Clara has become a proper companion this series. Especially thanks to episodes like this.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
@seaguy3000 I mean this in the nicest way possible, you are fortunate your time gap is only a few hours now. It used to be a lot longer. A LOT longer.
@Chronos the Fannibal I thought the back flip was awesome! And worked very well, compared to say, if Clara suddenly did it. Danny is a young, athletic man with soldier training.
@supermoff will kill the moon! @Doolin2709 Certainly worked for me. her departure in Doomsday had me legitimately crying at the television. Wouldn't have done that if they didn't focus on Rose as such an awesome, well fleshed, flawed companion. :)
@supermoff will kill the moon! @OhLookRocks Or, alternatively, the original scripts for these episodes were so bad, so messy that he had to reconstruct most of it and credited himself for the effort. :) (Unlikely, but makes me grin.)
@mayotango131 @joseffwilliams Speak for yourself. Clara is intertwined in the Doctor's timeline, saving him time and time again like a guardian angel. She (most probably) inspired him as a child to be who he is and she also helped him change his mind on saving his own home planet that he was going to destroy. Clara is more of a divine, important figure than Rose ever was.
@JP7 Well the good news for you is, unlike any other show, there is a good chance that in three, or four years (possibly two, depends on how Long Capaldi stays) you can come back and see the show completely reinvented again.
@Miss Bosswald wants you to nuke the Moon. @joseffwilliams The explosions were breathtaking! Some of the best I've seen.
@joseffwilliams Looked absolutely fine to me! If anything the blurriness/slight hint of CGI gave the place a much welcome otherworldliness to it. :)
Very happy to hear the new action theme again. I really like that track. It's nice to have a proper, Strange Strange Creatures, running down corridors theme again. I loved I am the Doctor but that was always a victory tune.
@ilyootha Yay! Yes. I'm so glad the original sting is back. It has just such a potent kick. Also, another episode where the credits clean-cut to and from, instead of that amateurish fade we had a few times.
This was a very solid 8/10. I felt like I was watching an RTD era episode again. Was a very enjoyable episode. The Doctor very much reminded me of the First Doctor here. You know, this almost could have been "An Unearthly Child" 2014 edition. A "what if the show started this year instead of 1963.".
Also the heaven scene was very well done. The music, the architecture, the acting. Extremely haunting.
Series 8, as you noticed in this episode, really does seem to be lifting lots of elements from the past seven series in its stories. For better and for worse.
I agree with most of your review, but I found your points about the bank crime morals a little silly. Is it so hard to believe that in the far future, there is some very harsh justice out there, were technology has gotten so powerful you can be incarcerated for crimes you are planning to commit without having even started?
1 month ago on Time Heist Review
@The Alien Hunter I just thought it was a horrible waste of time.
1 month ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
@CommonOceanHomer 1. Deep Breath
2. Into the Dalek
3. Robot of Sherwood
4. Time Heist
@YaelMoise Of all the reasons to mark an episode down...
Surely you can take the Doctor's words to mean he thinks his adventures are better than dates, and is a bit competitive with Clara's time.
I don't like the fact they are reusing lots of old tracks for the trailers. (As a huge fan of the soundtracks, it's distracting!) Why can't we have the title theme over the trailer again? I miss that.
1 month ago on Next Time: The Caretaker
@Antee991166 Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS is by far his best script. That was a rather beautiful little story.
One thing that crossed my mind, and I was really hoping was that the Jenny (The Doctor's daughter) was in the vault. Locked up. I knew it wouldn't happen, but still...breaking into the most secure bank in the universe to rescue his daughter. :)
6/10 I'm afraid. Loved that ending, but this episode was nothing special. There were no scenes that really got me emotionally, and the "atom shredders" were obviously teleports. Knew that first time used. Story was just a bit dull. Even Capaldi's performance was a touch boring.
Why do I have a feeling that part of an arc somewhere will be that the time-lock has been broken, and the timeline of Gallifrey is at stake, as well as worrying about what sort of power could break it. Sounds like an omen of things to come than an oversight or a bend of rules.
1 month, 1 week ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant
I'm of the firm belief that there is, at it seems to be a theme this series that the Doctor is supposedly "wrong", when I think, and at the end we'll find out he was right about everything.
1 month, 1 week ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?
@G_Unitt Well it's not the first time he's completely stolen ideas before. *Cough* The Genocide Machine *cough* :P
1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
@Two of Hearts Yep. Broke my heart too.
@Antee991166 @supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... I am of a similar opinion. This story had far too many ideas. None of which came together at all. Orson. Clara and Danny. Young Doctor (or is it the Master? Seen a very interesting idea on that!). Creatures that don't want to be seen (apparently)/that can't be seen, are in the corner of your eyes. And finally the end of the universe.
@KingOfTheInterWebs has Kidneys @Huknar @TardisBoy Plot progression wise, the story made no sense. Whether that was poor direction or poor writing or both I don't know. But this story was just, from my perspective a confusing mess. And not confusing as in not understandable, confusing as in "what is there to understand?" I might well have watched paint dry for an hour.
@Sephora is Scottish now That's a stupid statement. There are such things as duds, which I believe this to be. I might not be enamoured with his quality of episodes in general, but I can often find some enjoyment with them. And if not his, there are a handful of other writers I can enjoy.
Inverting your comment, if some of us believe this to be the worst episode ever, things can only improve.
@Antee991166 I am sure his name was Orson. Not Awesome.