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I love Capaldi. He's just absolutely marvellous. :)
19 hours, 40 minutes ago on Doctor Who’s Revival: 10 Years On
@TardisBoy! The Series 4 final just ramped everything into overdrive. There are not the words in the english language to express my adoration for it.
20 hours, 55 minutes ago on The Best Pre-Title Sequences of the Revival (Part 3)
Despite my disdain for the episode, Name of the Doctor completely and utterly deserves that. I could not believe my eyes at that moment.
20 hours, 57 minutes ago on The Best Pre-Title Sequences of the Revival (Part 3)
@supermoff is celebrating 10 years of New Who "With its unique messages of positivity and themes of caring for others and performing acts of good"
Doctor Who has shaped my life view with that. I worry what kind of person I might have been without it.
1 day, 12 hours ago on Doctor Who’s Revival: 10 Years On
That site banner is beautiful. It's fantastic!
Four amazing Doctors. Damn do I want a multi-Doctor 10th Anniversary now.
Interesting. I am a little disappointed by this final. I do not think that either episode serves to be in this poll. Yes, Blink is good. But after the first watch, and later knowledge about the Angels it quickly loses its lustre. It is a story run on a gimmick, and that is very obvious now. The whole focus on blinking has become a bit tedious what with the further Angel outings.
The Day of the Doctor is a good story. But I can't help but feel it is superfluous. Introducing an incarnation of the Doctor's life (that only serves to complicate things way beyond what they should be) and reversing the decision that drove the show's back story for eight years doesn't quite deserve to be praised as much as it should be. Yes, I love the ballsy move to tell us that Gallifrey isn't gone, especially as it was so unexpected, but I just don't think it is an example of great writing worthy of the number one spot. This episode is purely fuelled by fan-hype for the momentous occasion. Just because it is the 50th, fans deem it the best story.
Day of the Doctor wasn't unique. It wasn't incredibly well written, didn't celebrate much of the bulk that got the show there in the first place, and to be honest, drags on a little in the middle. It is in fact a retcon. It's a very exciting retcon, but one none-the-less.
For this reason I will not be voting as both stories are, in my opinion, considerably overhyped for what they actually are. A doctor-lite gimmick. (Yes. Blink runs on a gimmick.) And an underwhelming, over-complication of the Doctor's life, built only from the success of the decisions and writing of the previous show-runner.
1 day, 17 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: The Grand Final
If Listen wins, I'll be very annoyed. What on earth do people see in that episode! No way does it deserve the number one spot.
4 days, 16 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: Moffat Era Triple
@Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs @Huknar @TheCyberDoctor is Ultron @MrRazza has always wanted to ram something
So, take a cue from Big Finish? :)
I used to think that the universe after the Big Bang was a parallel created by the Pandorica until after the fifth or so rewatch when I realized it's the same universe.
1 week ago on Top 21 Tracks of Series 8 (Part 2)
@MrRazza has always wanted to ram something Actually, I think Day of the Moon's ending is the second best cliffhanger. Another regeneration, but in this case, this was at the core back story, and the most intriguing aspect of the revived series. Gallifrey was gone. All the Time Lords were dead. The Doctor was alone. This was played out to be fact. Then to have this little girl regenerate. I could not control myself during this cliffhanger. I just couldn't shake the thought that there was another "Time Lord" out there. Beautiful, beautiful stuff.
@danjack11 @Huknar I did not appreciate the ambiguous nature of the episode's creature. Without any sort of satisfying payoff (the trip to Gallifrey and the bed-time story was just too random for me.), it just feels like a great big waste of time.
The Doctor chasing ghosts.
Clara being (Yet again) involved in the Doctor's time-stream.
The random nature of the story.
It just doesn't know what it wants to be.
It's a shame because it raised some excellent ideas. A dream shared across all of creation and a creature that cannot and must not be seen, waiting for the end of time.
For me, Listen is an attempt at being "arty" but just comes across as so incredibly pretentious and an attempt at being clever and thought provoking when it is neither. Listen spoiled Series 8 for me. (between that and Death in Heaven, really) I was enjoying the run until that came along.
Listen is Midnight gone bad.
1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #11
@TheCyberDoctor is Ultron @MrRazza has always wanted to ram something I don't think that is anywhere near as good for the sole reason than you know the Doctor will save the day. (Well actually, Amy could have stayed dead as it was a season final and the show had a precedent of changing companions every season up until then...) In the shock regeneration case, most people assumed this was the last time we'd see the Tenth Doctor and there was legitimate risk involved.
@MrRazza has always wanted to ram something
On a note on the Series Four final, why did they never ever release that track that plays as the Doctor, Rose, Donna and Jack surrender to the daleks? it starts off with Series One's: Hologram, and then does this awesome rocky bit that I just can't get enough of. :( (You can find the track here: https ://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBxdldhJESI)
But I agree with your best cliffhanger choice. The show will never beat that again. There is nothing more cliffhanger-like than a shock regeneration because that is at the core foundation of the show.
@supermoff is now a Maximoff @Huknar I hope you realize that the part you highlighted it as the melody motif of Twelve's theme. Listen to Destroy You and you'll notice that the part in Hatred of the Daleks is just the main melody at a slightly different speed. :)
I am a little bit annoyed that "Destroy You" isn't on the list. It's such an excellent action theme, and to me, this IS Twelve's theme. This is Series 8's I am the Doctor/All the Strange Strange Creatures/Majestic Tale/Westminster Bridge.
Nice list though.
The excellency of "The Invasion of Cybermen" is that the theme actually represents what is happening on screen. The tension builds up and up and up and when it can build no more it just spills out into a steady stream, much how the Cybermen start spilling out of St Paul's
Also, I do love Racing to the TARDIS, it is excellent rendition of Twelve's motiff and just accompanies the moment very, very well. It never fails to make me grin.
Polling my least favourite Series Eight episode with my most favourite? It's nice to have it easy.
How can you beat the Orient Express. ;)
@Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs @Huknar I'd rather that playing over the credits than no middle eight. No middle eight is very, very bad. It suits the credits too well to be omitted as it marks the end of the adventure very thematically.
1 week, 1 day ago on Top 21 Tracks of Series 8 (Part 1)
@Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs It really does need a much stronger theme. I miss the sheer power and gravitas the 2005-2007 variant had. When you sit down and listen to that you can hear the original music, as it was, but with so many more layers that work together in such an amazing way.
Oh and bring that middle eight back already please. I'm getting angry about that now.
@ahunter8056 In my honest opinion, I think fan trailers can be a bit too same-y and are not quite deserving of a countdown list. Yes, there are some excellently spliced trailers out there, especially for the 50th Anniversary, but they don't quite have the diversity and creativity as title sequences do.
Coming from a former trailer creator.
Not that I mean to put your idea down. Go ahead and write the article if you believe in it. :)
1 week, 3 days ago on Top 10 Fan Title Sequences
@Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs It would have been cruel not to put it there. Because I was raving at how fantastic it was and how much I wanted it to be the official title sequence of the new series a long time before we knew it would be.
I just could not believe my eyes and ears when I found out (thanks to a spoilery YouTube comment on the sequence itself from a viewer who had been at the early pre-viewing.) that it was to serve as the basis for the title for Series 8.
Needless to say if Missy was next to me, I would have been disintegrated.
1 week, 4 days ago on Top 10 Fan Title Sequences
Thanks Doctor Who TV for publishing this! You guys are awesome. :)
@Deus_Ex_Machina Thanks! I wasn't sure whether they would publish it because it erred on "fan-fiction".
- The Author.
Excellent! If it's anything like The Unquiet Dead I'll be very happy. :)
1 week, 5 days ago on Mark Gatiss Penning “Scary” Series 9 Episode
@supermoff is now a Maximoff "The day is coming when I'll look into that man's eyes,my Doctor, and he won't have the faintest idea who I am.And I think it's going to kill me."
It breaks my heart.
(Third time post, I'll get it right soon!)
1 week, 6 days ago on Top 10 River Song Moments (5-1)
I've got tear-filled eyes and Greatest Story Never Told running through my head. It's just so, so sad. It was sad after the episode aired. It's sadder now having known her as a companion.
River Song's out-of-order life from the viewer's perspective is just a stroke of writing genius. You don't see that in any other show.
Totally agree with number one. :)
@TheNightmareChild @Huknar @MrRazza has always wanted to ram something I didn't even notice it until you pointed it out! Give me more reasons to rate this episode even higher than the 12/10 I give it. :)
1 week, 6 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #5
@MrRazza has always wanted to ram something Aww. I loved the two Tenth Doctors. (Getting closure to that cut of hand which you didn't even think would be that important!) I just adore how this episode pulls everything out of the bag and more. It is very rare you see a television episode, movie or read a book that goes all out, doing everything it can to be as epic as it can be. Writers just don't have the guts half the time, and for that I love Russell.
@TheNightmareChild @Huknar @The Cosmic Dodo I suppose, but there is just something that works so much better with Bleach's delivery. I love how his Davros has a flowing voice. Wisher's constant, brief stops in his speech is very exhausting to listen to, where as Bleach just oozes power and arrogance.
@The Cosmic Dodo He beats Wisher hands down in my opinion.
I'm not even going to justify it. The Stolen Earth/Journey's End is the best season final of the show, and two of the best episodes I'll ever see for sure. It's just fantastic.
"Father dear, I think I need another drink" should be "Father dear, I think mummy might need another drink."
But an excellent list. :)
2 weeks ago on Top 10 River Song Moments (10-6)
I don't find Blink anywhere near as watch-able or as masterly written as Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead. For me, those two Series Four episodes are Moffat's magnum opus.
2 weeks ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #4
@supermoff I would love for the show to try something like three, Children of Earth-type stories. So three four-part stories.
Then again, I'd miss the big epic conclusion in the final!
So maybe four three part stories instead, with the last part being an epic conclusion to the adventures. That could work very well I think.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on How Should Doctor Who Evolve?
I think there is a little bit more complication with Monster of the Week episodes. You have to realize that without a threat in a story, especially an action-based scifi show like Doctor Who, it is very hard to create drama.
There are a few alternatives to this, but the idea has to be clever, or large enough to create enough intrigue and tension on its own. Like your example of having a whole episode be about fixing the butterfly effect of time because of one companion mishap.
I think, rather, the show needs to work on making its monsters more interesting and more seamless. The Skovox Blitzer is very much a perfect example of where it does not work. The creature itself was very boring and not all that threatening and it was singular. So it stuck out very sorely as quite literally, a monster of the week.
Compared to say, the reapers, who accompany a beautiful plot about changing the past and the consequences of doing so. They were excellently woven into the narrative.
So I don't think asking for less of these is quite what people would want when you actually get down and consider the implications.
@Capaldi's Eyebrows @Huknar @Gustaff @NumberNine @Amy Pond- all grown up @TheElusiveWhovian
I agree that Donna's exit is awful. But not in the same way Rose's was. Even though she lost all what she could be, the fact she didn't remember what she was in the first place is less awful for her as a person.
I feel for the person that exists at the time, not what that person used to be. I just think not having any memory of a better life is the same as not having that better life at all. Besides, Donna got married and "won" the lottery. I think I would very much prefer to have been Donna than to have been Rose if I was in their respective situations. (Of their first exits. I am not counting the happier ending Rose got.) It is just so much easier to deal with things if you don't have any memory of the upset in the first place.
They are both terrible. But I think Rose had it worse at the end of Doomsday.
3 weeks ago on Moffat on Paternoster Return, Clara’s Original Exit
@Gustaff @Huknar @NumberNine @Amy Pond- all grown up @TheElusiveWhovian No. I don't think so. It just adds to it. It completes it. I went through two years of being sad about it, and then she gets some solace in the end. I don't see that is ruining the experience as I still had the experience first time. That is what counts for me. Anything else is just extra which I enjoy on its own merits, not on devaluing older ideas.
Besides, it's still not the perfect ending. She's still in a parallel world, with a Doctor who is frightfully mortal and no means of travelling the universe (unless you consider that TARDIS coral hand-over cannon.)
For me, shows are not really about the overall experience, but the moments of experience at the time. That is what really counts.
@Gustaff @Huknar @NumberNine @Amy Pond- all grown up @TheElusiveWhovian Well no one knew that at the time that would happen...
@Gustaff @NumberNine @Amy Pond- all grown up @TheElusiveWhovian Rose is the only companion exit to make me cry. I just thought it was too awful to be trapped off in another universe completely, unable to return to adventures with the Doctor, having known that better, more exciting life. Imagine that happening to you. I think it is just so depressing.
Donna however had blissful ignorance of her time. She could go on living a normal human life not thinking there is anything more. Yes it's sad, but it is very merciful.
After all, I often wish I could forget experiences (more so to re-experience them again as new).
@supermoff Phew. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought so.
@RoastNewt @Gustaff @Huknar @Notsosmartguy @supermoff Didn't even think of that.
@Gustaff @Huknar @supermoff Hit by the car instead of Danny? She saves Danny and sacrifices herself? Changing time.
@supermoff I just hope it's cruel and sudden. No time for goodbyes. Just "Ex-ter-min-ate!" and death. Because then we get to make the daleks formidable, get a new companion, a memorable exit, add a little bit of full circleness to her story and try something new. That's too many birds with too many stones.
Sudden, unexpected deaths are the best. *Glares at a certain, Season 5, Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode.*
@Gustaff @Notsosmartguy @supermoff I know, I thought that was pretty nonsensical actually and kind of spoiled her "look at how clever I am moment."
@Ivegotkidneys @Gustaff Where she said* sorry.
@Ivegotkidneys @Gustaff I remember listening to an audio commentary with Catherine, Russell and David for the Series 4 final, where he says that she would had stayed another year. And Russell was sad because he would have loved to have her for a second year.
No! Not River! I want to see River with Twelve. ;(
@scarvesandcelery @Huknar @Shane Michaels And how do you suppose a human like Clara will have any idea how to pilot a TARDIS?
3 weeks, 1 day ago on DWM #484: What Next for the 12th Doctor?
@IrishPenmanship @Edoe Just the way that entire scene played out and tipped off with that excellently delivered line was marvellous.
@Shane Michaels I don't know, I've wanted that for a long time. Even before I thought it was thematically a good idea, back when I hated her. Really, really hated her.
Well that wasn't confusing at all!
So you gave him Matt Smith scripts for a year, (which I do not agree on.) and now you are writing him "funny" scripts? Weren't Matt Smith scripts "funny", in general?
I really don't know what you are talking about Moffat, but I sure hope you are not going to turn him into a buffoon. Please keep the excellent, intelligent humour, I beg of you.
I just noticed, Missy doesn't have her makeup on. Aww, don't tell me they are getting rid of it? I loved how she looked with it all. :(
4 weeks ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain