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And wow that is a nice promotional piece. What a great image! 

3 hours, 18 minutes ago on Capaldi’s Doctor More Alien, Less “human-friendly”

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"He doesn’t quite understand human beings" That's disappointing. The Eleventh Doctor had a very similar scenario, for his first two series, which I really didn't like. To go back there is, admittedly, a concern.



3 hours, 22 minutes ago on Capaldi’s Doctor More Alien, Less “human-friendly”

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@supermoff You are certainly right about some of Eleven's tracks. Series 6 had some very harrowing pieces. (Melody Pond comes to mind, and the variation used during the Doctor's "death" damn if that didn't tug at your heart.) Series 7 also en-captured an action element not seen since 2007.

20 hours, 9 minutes ago on What Actually Makes a Story Dark?

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This was a very nice read. Incredibly well written, not a word spent poorly.  

I am surprised you didn't mention presentation - music, colour and direction. Music's importance in Doctor Who is unquestionable. It takes an emotion by the neck and drags it down the path for all too see and praise, and for that reason darker music makes for darker episodes. An example, Vale, the track used at the end of Waters of Mars. It is a harrowing, foreboding, simple, choir piece that makes that ending what it is. That track conveys so much power it multiplies the perfectness of that moment. Now a lot of Eleven's era as the Doctor had many twinkly, magical, fairytale mottifs in its music. Fitting, but lending itself to the complete opposite of dark and serious. I think series 8's darker tones will be as simple as making the soundtrack more like the 2009 specials. It is also why I believe a new theme tune is required, to properly set the tone of the series. The countermelody introduced drains the theme of its spookier, darker tones. A theme more inline with the 2005 variant would go a long way in making series 8 darker. The theme tune and title sequence are the show's equivalent of a book cover.  Colour is also very important as it conveys mood just as music does. This is in both texture and lightning. Bleaker colours = bleaker story. Look at Utopia for an example, which is a very depressing mix of colours. Blacks, blues, greys and yellows. I think we can all see from the series 8 trailer, that series 8 will follow a more industrial, grittier colour and lighting scheme. Crisp, almost bleached visuals, darker lightning, limited colour.

22 hours, 44 minutes ago on What Actually Makes a Story Dark?

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@Planet of the Deaf Endings are everything. They can make and break episodes as has been proven oh-to-many-times. Very well said.

22 hours, 59 minutes ago on What Actually Makes a Story Dark?

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@Amy is Hannibal I wasn't talking about episode quality, but the series's style.

1 day, 9 hours ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 2)

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@supermoff  @Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @TheNightmareChild sees into your soul! I think I've identified the problem with series 6. It is so consistent, it rather does feel like a thirteen part story, and because of this, one or two bad apples poison the basket. The stories bleed into another incredibly well. After finishing my series 6 rewatch (third time) I can only really fault four episodes. (And unfortunately they stack up next to each-other which I am sure has a multiplicative effect.) Night Terrors. The God Complex, Closing Time and Wedding. It's like series 4 in reverse. And the fact the final is immensely disappointing is like hitting a nerve centre.

1 day, 22 hours ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 2)

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You know I think if series 7 came before series 6 it wouldn't be quite as bad. Series 5 - a light hearted, fun, fairytale series. Series 7 - a light hearted, adventurous series. Series 6 - A bleak, slightly depressing, dark, consistently themed series. Series 7 is so jarring because after a run of thirteen darker-themed stories, we snap right back to carefree, adventure-mode, completely losing consistency. Series 7 is the least consistent series ever.The first half feels like scifi adventure movies, the second half, well is just everywhere. I think it had, I dare say, TOO much diversity. I think the natural progression from series 5, 7, 6 and 8 would have made for a much more "eased run", with series 7 lowering the fun, consequence-free aspects and series 6 venturing into darker doctor, colours and stories, for series 8 to pick up with a furthering of those same ideas.

1 day, 22 hours ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 2)

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@MrRazza, the Newly Qualified Omega Identifier  "
A consistent run of Doctor Who!" - That made me smile. I guess you could say that based on your scores, yes!



1 day, 22 hours ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 2)

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And of course my own scores for series 7 part 2: 

The Snowmen - 8/10 (If only we kept this wonderful iteration of Clara. She is much more fun than modern day!) 

The Bells of St John - 7/10 - The problem with this story is the ending. It always felt very weak to me. I didn't like how the Doctor won this battle with very little struggle. But it gets points for the breathtaking continuous TARDIS scene and Matt Smith's performance. 

The Rings of Akahten - 7/10 Frustratingly underused villains (the Vigil) who were incredibly creepy, and the story I think was too slow and a tad too confined in scenery. Felt like a very low budget Fires of Pompeii. But excellent ideas and unforgettable speech. 

Cold War - 2/10 Boring. Just so incredibly boring. Dalek's base under siege worked because one, it's the first instance of a new Who dalek who are far, far more popular (and interesting) than the ice warriors, and two because it had much more interesting characters and scenery. 

Hide - 9/10 Only knocking that one point off because of the ending revelation. Why can't a monster just be a monster. For creatures that draw a lot of inspiration from the work of Silent Hill (in their movements, appearance and sounds) it is such a shame to spoil them with a rather tacky love story. 

Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS - 8/10 Fortunately I can look past the three-who-shall-not-be-named because of Matt and Jenna's performance here. There is only really one scene I need to mention. On the bridge by the Eye of Harmony. I thought Clara was going to die, and despite not being a Clara fan, it almost broke my heart. (In light of the information about the Twelfth Doctor I'd like to point out that the Eleventh Doctor's action in setting (albeit falsely) the countdown for the TARDIS self-destruct to scare the brothers in helping him is an example, I think, of Moffat claiming to have been "moving the Doctor there for a while now". This is in the same vein as killing Solomon, almost handing over Kahler Jex, threatening to blow the submarine up with everyone in it and uploading Miss Kislet to the cloud. The Doctor is getting more extreme in his methods. 

The Crimson Horror - 10/10 Series 7's best episode hands down. If it wasn't for Nightmare in Silver Gatiss would have written the best and worst episode in the same series. 

Nightmare in Silver - 1/10 That one point is for Matt's performance as an adversary to himself. And that's it. 

The Name of the Doctor - 6/10. Second worst Moffat final. Yes, the opening scene is breathtakingly awesome, and I was starstruck for at least a week at how damn good it was. But that does not excuse the fact it is a terrible story for the final. Yet AGAIN using time problems was already a poor move, but the Great Intelligence made for a very underwhelming antagonist. It was great in all its other stories but this. The Whispermen, a terrifying idea but yet again sorely underused. Purely a Moffat a show-piece here. And the resolution to the Clara arc is disappointing. 


1 day, 22 hours ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 2)

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@LGwalchmai95 The Bells of Saint John is a rather glorious show-piece. The motorbike scene is perfect, the continuous TARDIS/plane shot is nothing short of divine and there is some gorgeous scenery. This is one of the few episodes that portrays London as a rather nice city, rather than a gritty, scary, depressing place.

1 day, 22 hours ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 2)

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Wow Cold War is high on your list. I am afraid to say this is one of the only episodes that I had to skip in my latest rewatch. It's horrible. Truly horrible. (And that wasn't quite my sentiment on broadcast, but it has the rewatchability of a coat of paint.) Glad to see Nightmare in Silver get a low score. If Closing Time hurt the Cybermen, this one shattered them into a hundred pieces and dropped them into the void.


I rewatched Hide just yesterday and despite that flawed ending, it, alongside The Crimson Horror and Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS remain the best episodes of series 7 part 2. Hide managed to be legitimately scary (just look at that scene where Emma and Alec are looking out of the window and Hilla/Ghost appears silently during the flash of lightning, screaming with what appears to be blackened eyes and mouth. Totally forgot about that scene and it really caught me off guard in a horror-way that Doctor Who has never, ever done.) 

I think the one saving grace with series seven is the Doctor himself. Matt Smith really put in his every effort and made the Eleventh Doctor spring more to life than ever before. Hide, Akahten and Bells are perfect examples of this. In series 7 he didn't overplay the silliness, and the moments there were silly were very far from cringe-worthy but adorably in character. I just wish we had one final season with this Doctor as it was by then I really, hand-on-heart accepted him as the lead.


1 day, 23 hours ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 2)

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Penny Dreadful crossover and no Rassilon footage? What a missed opportunity! :)

2 days ago on Weird and Wonderful

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@awkward912 Can you explain to me what the "twirls" actually are? I'm confused.

2 days, 5 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8

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What a fantastic man. 

2 days, 7 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8

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It would indeed seem that the BBC have finally come to understand the word - advertising. All these teasers and trailers and tours. It's fabulous. Doctor Who has never felt stronger.

3 days ago on Listen! Series 8 Teaser Trailer

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Ooh, intriguing! Another fantastic little teaser, (though I think the theme tune kind of ruins it. Should be silent.)

More proof that Capaldi is going to be so awesome.

3 days ago on Listen! Series 8 Teaser Trailer

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@ClaraOswinOswald @Huknar I know precisely what I'm talking about thank you. 

3 days, 17 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration

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@supermoff  @The Outer Space K9 Matt's announcement in general made it very difficult for us to accept him as the Doctor. He didn't look the part with his over-long black hair, teenage looks and weird speech patterns. I think we were all proven wrong though. :)

3 days, 23 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration

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A few too many let downs with this regeneration to make it good for me. 

1) Didn't like the face snap. Needed a proper morph. Should have happened on the clock tower. Eleven could have said his goodbye through emergency protocol eleven. (Switched off by twelve.) 

2) Poor regeneration music. The clocktower piece was very background stuff and the reuse of infinite potential was in my opinion, a poor choice. Eleven SHOULD have gone out to a variant of I am the Doctor. (My favourite combination, and I rescored this to see how it fits, is "The End Draws Near" for the clocktower scene, and when the regeneration starts, "Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart." 

3) The story itself rather ruined the regeneration. Feeling very dismayed by the end after an incredible twenty minute start.

3 days, 23 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration

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Okay, so now I want Capaldi's final episode to be feature length, two parts, and broadcast in cinemas too. What a great way to bookmark what is going to be a most wonderful era.

4 days, 3 hours ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally

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Not sure how I feel about this. On one hand it's spectacular and really kicks Capaldi's era off with a bang. On the other hand, it makes the 50th anniversary less special.

4 days, 4 hours ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally

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@supermoff  @Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd Sweet but totally episode ruining.

4 days, 23 hours ago on Five Expectations for Series 8

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@DWTV Glad to know the people in charge of the site are as mature and wise as ever.

5 days ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title

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@supermoff  @Huknar @Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd  @JohnMinchak So it was. I had it in my head it was at the end of Day of the Doctor.

5 days ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title

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@TardisBoy Saying "It's just a joke, smile a bit" or something along those lines is just as bad and makes a person more infuriated than it does anything to calm them. Sometimes all people ask for is a bit of empathy, for people to show that they understand they are frustrated by something whether that frustrates you yourself or not.

5 days, 6 hours ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title

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@TardisBoy Don't you think that if this person is getting more and more agitated by people "having jokes" the better thing to do is stop having jokes, calm them down and apologise for them not finding your humour funny, but insulting? Rather than just provoking them? You are not making it any better. 

5 days, 7 hours ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title

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@supermoff  @Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @Huknar @Deus_Ex_Machina Yeah I personally believe the classics are too expensive. The audios are not much better either.

5 days, 7 hours ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title

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@Gustaff I'm only liking for the content. This would not irritate fans at all because this is established within the show already. 

5 days, 7 hours ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title

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@Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @supermoff  @Deus_Ex_Machina Blasphemy! We rewatch Doctor Who over and over again until it's Doctor Who again!

5 days, 7 hours ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title

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Okay, so the problem I have with this statement isn't the statement itself, it's the fact he's throwing it out there as if we all didn't know, for the most part (disregarding a few cases in his own era). We only use the numbers for ourselves and for us to distinguish the different faces and personalities of each incarnation. We're not "all wrong", because very few of us doubted the fact the man is one character, as firmly established time and time again in the show. 

So this feels like he's making something out of a problem that never was, which does damage my respect for him whether it was a indeed a joke. Believe it or not, there are some of us who do not like this sort of humour.


5 days, 7 hours ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title

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@sontaran17 This is arguable. Each doctor exhibits brand new personality traits, while keeping a few elements, and they are quite few, of all the Doctors past. While he might be the same man, with the same memories, the Doctors might as well be different characters for their difference in portrayal.

5 days, 7 hours ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title

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@supermoff  @YaelMoise @TARDlSkey Eleventh incarnation. That's good enough for me.

5 days, 7 hours ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title

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*Sigh* The Lodger disagrees.

5 days, 7 hours ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title

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"There will be only 6000 units on Blu-ray and 4000 units on DVD." - Wait what? No! That's too little! Why does this set have to be limited edition! >:{



6 days, 7 hours ago on Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection DVD & Blu-ray

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Hmm, the set shouldn't have name on, that annoys me (for those who collect the boxsets instead.) but okay, everything else is what I wanted, fantastic!

6 days, 7 hours ago on Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection DVD & Blu-ray

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Only read the first episode, incase the others are too spoilery.

6 days, 7 hours ago on SFX #251 Previews Series 8

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@YaelMoise I have to agree. The only thing I can see in The War Doctor's room is a hark back to Three's. The scientists room. Much like his view on the sonic screwdriver. Cold scientific viewpoint. The visible wires is very obviously a "straight to the point, do anything you have to, no prettying-up" attitude.

6 days, 23 hours ago on How does the TARDIS reflect the Doctor? (Part 2)

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@Notsosmartguy approves of female thor I think they should have coloured the coral white though. It stands out as a very blatant, quick bridge I think.

6 days, 23 hours ago on How does the TARDIS reflect the Doctor? (Part 2)

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@supermoff I think it would have looked better with blue lights instead, The yellowish-brown is very unsightly.

6 days, 23 hours ago on How does the TARDIS reflect the Doctor? (Part 2)

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I was half expecting the Lodger/Silence's TARDIS. Despite not being entirely sure how, or why they have it (it might not even be theirs!) it's still a very interesting control room. Got to love those coffin-shaped control panels.

6 days, 23 hours ago on How does the TARDIS reflect the Doctor? (Part 2)

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I was always very disappointed the TARDIS changed again for Matt. I loved his first console room more. It was superb. Just like his outfit change, I felt it was't needed(though of course knowing they changed studio, but still they could have tried to rebuild the old one!). I am more upset about the costume change though. His purple jacked and waistcoat suits Capaldi so, so much better (really, go check out the photos of him wearing it!). At least he keeps the waistcoat for some of his outfits though! 

As much as I am pleased about the change of colour from cyan to orange, I think the lights need to be more colourful. They need even more orange in them rather than the white they have toward the middle. Just take the cyan image in this article and apply an orange colour-change to it and it would be perfect. Moody, but still warm. That and the round lights need to be completely orange too. The blue is a bit of an eyesore. 

I think what's most exciting and fitting about orange as a colour is that it's very much a Time Lord colour. Orange regeneration energy. Orange Gallifrey. And for that reason I love it. :)



1 week ago on How does the TARDIS reflect the Doctor?

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@TARDlSkey @JolomontheCube Went to church naked with her. River should hate Clara.

1 week ago on Moffat: Series 8 Not A Fairytale, There Are Consequences

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@Phosphatidylethanolamine As long as Michael Dixon returns as Clara's father yes. If not no. I hate human actor changes and James Buller was very dull in Time.

1 week, 1 day ago on Moffat: Series 8 Not A Fairytale, There Are Consequences

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@supermoff  @YaelMoise @JamesStroud @Huknar @Notsosmartguy approves of female thor Oh wow! I just got that! I finally understand what that name is supposed to represent! Thank you! (Melody likens the Doctor to Hitler!)

1 week, 1 day ago on Moffat: Series 8 Not A Fairytale, There Are Consequences

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