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Personally I really didn't like this episode. I like what it tried to tackle but the execution was far from perfect.
5 months ago on Do you want to live forever? The Lazarus Experiment In Perspective
For episode 10, I think it easily goes to Vincent and the Doctor. Such a wonderful episode in every way. Blink obviously does come close, though.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 1-10 Recap
@supermoff @Jamesss @VortexDan in what possible way is Let's Kill Hitler fantastic
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat Explains Doctor’s Timey Tomb
Could work. The TARDIS itself also regenerates (sort of) meaning you could have it as a permanent companion but with changing actors.
Only one problem with this though. As much as I criticise Moffat, I'd be lying if I didn't say the companions being "puzzles" to solve wasn't somewhat intriguing when done right, and with this that would sort of die...
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Could the TARDIS Become a Permanent Companion?
@supermoff @VortexDanUh, Let's Kill Hitler exists.
people are actually voting for let's kill hitler?
personally I'm going with Human Nature, though Father's Day comes close.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 8
I wouldn't say Children of Earth was just Torchwood at its best. It was one of the best sci-fi stories in the entire genre. I know that may sound like hyperbole, but that is genuinely how I feel about it.
Superb performances, gut-wrenching horror, fabulous broadcasting decision (once per weekday in a single week was amazing), and it climaxed with an alternate look at The Doctor and who he is and what he stands for.
Not to mention the superb Peter Capaldi.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Torchwood Children of Earth: In Perspective
RIP Kate O'Mara - a fantastic Doctor Who actress, sadly burdened with a terrible role. Her talent was wasted.
(Seriously, did anyone actually like either of the two Rani stories? Really?)
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Obituaries: Kate O’Mara, Derek Martinus
@Master Michael Moon No they're not. One is a human scientist and the other is a Time Lord. Read the article.
6 months ago on Could ‘Dr. Who’ Meet The Doctor?
Personally I disagree, I feel David and Chris were both better than Matt. Unless you're talking purely in terms of the hypothetical casting choices in which case I'd agree.
6 months, 1 week ago on McGann Thinks Capaldi Could Be Best Doctor Yet
When watching, I was super hyped for the episode but now it's gone on I look at it a lot more critically. I still like it, don't get me wrong, but the changes to the Time War and them "solving" it, whilst a fairly decent set up for Series 8 makes me feel like 9 and 10's character development sort of came from something that never happened in the first place and feels a lot more empty. John Hurt was fantastic, David Tennant was fantastic, surprised that Matt Smith wasn't on his usual form in the episode but he was still good. Zygons were terribly used and just tacked on really, what did their story actually bring to the plot other than used as some sort of motivation for the Doctor? Indirect bearing, not a direct one. Queen Elizabeth was... okay, I guess, nothing special. Osgood was a nice inclusion. Tom Baker appearing at the end was a lovely surprise. But the actual core of the episode itself is a little bit of a letdown in retrospect. It could've been so much more. SO much more. My heart says 9/10, my brain says 6/10.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Day of the Doctor
Pretty sure it's Charles Dance. It's the only actor that's been rumoured that actually really makes sense. Just hoping Moffat doesn't screw this one up.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Major Series 8 Villain Revealed?
>no mention of Paul Cornell
6 months, 2 weeks ago on The Speculator’s Guide to… The Next Showrunner
The last 5 minutes ruined it. It should've been left as a mysterious creature with the Doctor pondering what it was, not ruined by the crap revelation seemingly tacked onto the end of it "IT WAS A LOVE STORY ALL ALONG!" which was really just... such a disappointing ending.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Hide
@youshallnotpass @Jamesss @Amy the Consulting Key Ring He also read that he actually did die at Lake Silencio and that never came to be - even so-called fixed events aren't really fixed.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on The Actual Plot Holes in Doctor Who
@Amy the Consulting Key Ring OK so why then can't The Doctor go back in time to, say, a year before the events, wait there for 2 years, get Rory/Amy, then travel back? Or land somewhere outside Manhattan?
@Amy the Consulting Key Ring @Jamesss @Galax @DasManiac So Time Lords can use a whole cycle of regenerative energy to bring someone back then? Hmm, that's an odd bit of lore to add. I'll be interested to see if Moffat sticks to that ability if someone close to the Doctor's life is in danger/dies in the future.
@Amy the Consulting Key Ring @Jamesss @Galax @DasManiac ...okay, so did he use the remaining energy on regenerating or not? If so, what was the point in TOTD? This is a very circular argument.
@supermoff @Jamesss OK, then how did River overpower the automatic suit, if they had put in place all the contingency that was possible? If they really did want contingency, they would've easily had the tech to do it, and TWORS would never have happened.
@Galax @Jamesss @DasManiac Then what exactly did he use all of those other incarnations worth of regeneration energy on?
@youshallnotpass @Jamesss @DavidFeetenby Okay, where exactly are we getting the idea there is a Davros in every Universe from? Just because we saw Pete and Jackie in The Age of Steel? That's 2 people.
@supermoff @Jamesss A failsafe? For what? They have the technology to make an automatic, robotic suit? To train up a person and brainwash her into being a "perfect" psychopath? They have the technology to do all this fabulous stuff in the bigger episodes, but not enough to make sure an automatic suit doesn't suddenly randomly stop working? And even if it did stop working, there would always be the chance River would decline, perfect psychopath or not. In fact she *did* in The Wedding of River Song. There is no logic behind it.
@DavidFeetenby @Jamesss Yes, infinite number of Universes. There is only one Davros. What is difficult to understand about this? My statement makes sense Just like how there is only one Doctor in all the Universes (Hence why our Doctor needed to show up in the parallel one in The Age of Steel and why there was no alternate Doctor helping out in Doomsday).
@Galax @DasManiac Okay how is this for one - Time of the Doctor and Angels Take Manhattan have 2 distinct plot holes which don't really make much sense. How can the Doctor have regenerative energy inside him, when he has no regenerations left? If River's sacrifice in LKH gives him it, then why in TOTD can't the Doctor regenerate until the Time Lords save him, because surely he has the regenerative energy to do so from the sacrifice in LKH? She sacrificed all her future incarnations (So that would be 12 regenerations worth), the amount he used to heal her hand surely does not take up 12 regens.
The reality bomb one isn't a plot hole. Davros was only in that particular Universe at the time. There weren't millions of Davroses across those Universes exacting out the same plot lol.
@supermoff @Jamesss How is it incredibly logical to make sure the baby in the space suit is River, despite that alerting the Doctor to the situation in the first place, and having little to no actual advantage? How is it logical that they have the technology and can create a suit that is extremely automatic in action, and yet it somehow requires the existence of somebody inside it to function? Why not just put a setting in to not require that? No, it isn't logical whatsoever.
@Galax @hybries No, it doesn't make sense at all. The character interaction is clearly of two have already met, set earlier than when they did.
@supermoff @Jamesss There was an even closer proximity of the TARDIS in Father's Day... and why River the daughter of Amy and Rory? That also goes against any logic whatsoever because kidnapping a friend of the Doctor's and her baby will surely make him aware to the situation, why not just use some random child? Why need to condition her into being a psychopath if the suit is automatic? Maybe these aren't "plot holes" per say but they are stupid parts of the plot which people ignore.
What about the whole Asylum of the Daleks? The entire plot set up is itself a contradiction. "We don't destroy corrupted Daleks because such wonderful hatred is beautiful to us. Please go destroy them for us." Or how about Kazran being able to touch his younger self (welp) in A Christmas Carol despite the fact it's clear from Father's Day that that is a big no-no? Why did River have to kill the Doctor if the space suit functioned by itself? Why doesn't River know Ten is a previous incarnation to Eleven, despite the fact she has pictures of all his incarnations? How on earth is the Statue of Liberty a Weeping Angel despite it not actually being a rock but a completely different chemical, not to mention it goes against literally everything we already know about the Weeping Angels?
I can think of quite a few, actually.
7 months ago on Gillan on Moffat Female Character Criticisms
Why do people keep spouting this? There's been nothing to say this is true.
7 months ago on Daleks Series 8 Rumours
Yes, one that is clearly bias.
I can say that when the times he has been useful have happened an *entire series* after his introduction. And the defensive strategies themselves, were they also not used as a source of humour?
7 months ago on Unpopular Opinion: Strax
@TheOncomingHurricane @Jamesss they were shoehorned in to make it look like he was actually useful
Completely agree with this article. I really liked Strax until it became apparent that *all* he was for was for comedy.
I do find it quite annoying that when anyone says anything anti-Moffat on here, people *have* to reply telling you why exactly your opinion is wrong. When people praise Moffat usually they just get a bazillion likes and nobody replies other than "YEP SO RIGHT"
@TheOncomingFish @Jamesss I was talking about River.
I mean normally deals with her. I doubt she ran away to Trenzalore every time her stepmum was acting like a penis. There was no actual relationship between them. established. Also barely any between her and her father either.
I can't trust that opinion from someone who's username is dedicated to praising Moffat.
Better written? Yes, they were more realistic in personality and not exaggerated.
Stepmum I mean.
Yes but those were with completely separate people. The few minutes with her family in Time of the Doctor were not enough to glean any relationship between her and her family. So her mum is a bitch. That's all we learned. How Clara deals with that was entirely missing from the equation.
Her teaching life again was shown for less than a minute and has not played a part in developing her character - at least not yet, of course there is the possibility it will.
Those are plot elements, not personality elements. Bloody hell.
But as soon as the Doctor appeared, her life changed and the focus came off her "real" life for good bar Nightmare in Silver.
I'm not saying people who have their mum die don't exist - it happens, and its sad - but it also restricts the ability to have family members be regular parts of the show to make the companions themselves feel a lot more fleshed out - eg Wilf/Sylvia/Donna, Martha/all of her family, Rose/Jackie.
This was starting to happen with Rory and his dad but that lasted for literally 2 episodes which was a shame.
A persons' relationship with their family is a major facet of their personality. So tell me about Amy's relationship with her family (bar Rory since he was a companion as well)? Clara's with hers? River's with hers - oh wait that was made a "puzzle" again and totally unrelatable to real life.
Since when do wives have personalities that consist of spending half their time flirting?
Maybe she resembles a few people here and there, but Rose actually does resemble the "average" teenage girl so well. I know quite a lot of girls who have a very similar personality to Rose (obviously with some individual differences, people have them), even if quite a few of them *look* or *sound* more like Amy or Clara. I've literally met nobody who acts like Amy mostly because most of her actions aren't things you'd see in real life.
The problem I have with Moffat's portrayal of women is that they don't feel like real people. Take Amy, River or Clara. Have you really met anyone IRL that actually resembles these people in personality? They're very exaggerated to make for "good telly". They feel like typical TV drama characters. Now, I expect the typical response to that to be "duh huh but it is a TV drama", that's not the point.
In the RTD era, yeah it was still considered a TV drama however you had characters like Rose, Jackie, Martha and Donna who had personalities resembling people who you'd actually meet in real life. As opposed to the constantly witty, constantly flirting, constantly emotional River, for example.
Rose resembled an actual teenage to early 20s woman in terms of how she acted. Yes it got a bit ridiculous in series 4, but you could argue her personality remained very grounded and very real.
Tl;Dr find me a character anywhere near as "real" as Jackie Tyler.
@supermoff @Jamesss how
7 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: A Good Man Goes to War
@ICEFinn @ivegotkidneys please no, it was [insert naughty word here]
7/10 Good episode. Nothing particularly exceptional but it did have quite a few nice moments. Thought the River revelation was a letdown (She's a character that we only knew existed... in the same episode? What was the point of us speculating who she was since 2008 when she had nothing to do with us back then?) though. I wonder how badly Let's Kill Hitler will be rated by others, nobody liked that episode surely?
@Terror_Tardis Bear in mind Ben Wheatley is an extremely careful and precise director, moreso than the average Doctor Who director. He wants every shot to be perfect. Wouldn't be surprised if the rest took a lot less. Not to mention we don't know if he might have more episodes later on in the series... all we know at the moment is he's got the first 2 episodes, never said there wouldn't be more...
7 months, 1 week ago on Summer Broadcast for Doctor Who Series 8?