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@The Lazy Cat Thank you. That makes much more sense than what I thought I heard.
3 hours, 36 minutes ago on Into The Dalek Clips
@The 14th Doctor Thanks.
Could anyone tell me what the Doctor said on the second clip when they entered the facility? I got the whole uncle thing, but before that I couldn't understand what he was saying.
4 hours, 28 minutes ago on Into The Dalek Clips
@startrek_into_thetardis I've never really thought of him as asexual. But I suppose he is, although he might not be the best example since I'm not sure if Sontarans can reproduce sexually and part of the thing with asexuals is that we can have sex, we just don't feel sexual attraction.
8 hours, 31 minutes ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss
Was anyone else wondering if Missy was indeed talking about the Doctor when she mentioned her "boyfriend"? Being that the Half Faced Man was transported to another place, could there have been someone else along the way that he met who was this "boyfriend"? Just a thought.
8 hours, 49 minutes ago on 2nd Opinion: Deep Breath
@Dor_co Is it needed when the Doctor kisses anyone? When he kissed Martha? When he kissed Rory? This is no more fan service than those moments. And even if you would consider it fan service, is it really a bad thing to show a married lesbian couple showing affection on TV? Isn't that what kids need to see, so they know that it's perfectly normal?
8 hours, 42 minutes ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss
@Sephora.IWishIWasScottish Isn't Oswin bisexual? Which I suppose could imply that Clara is, but not necessarily.
8 hours, 39 minutes ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss
Firstly, it wasn't continuously mentioned that they were gay, but it was mentioned that they were married; however, the way they interacted is similar to how Moffat has written other couples interacting, which is a good thing as it helps to normalize a homosexual relationship and show that it's the same thing as a heterosexual relationship except with members of the same gender.
Secondly, they acted a lot like how my friends and I act. A large number of my friends are bi, gay, lesbians, asexuals, etc. and it does get brought up often, because it's a part of who we are. Our religion comes up and so does our sexuality. We banter back and forth all the time in exactly the same way that Vastra and Jenny do. When they talk to each other it feel realistic to me.
19 hours, 6 minutes ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss
It showed a greater extent of Vastra's love for Jenny, that she'd risk her own life to keep Jenny alive and that's a great thing to show between two lesbian characters. It's akin to Rory wanting to protect Amy and it is extremely important for this to be seen on a show with a high amount of children watching.
18 hours, 56 minutes ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss
It's not beastiality; both Vastra and Jenny definitely gave consent. A lot of science fiction includes interspecies relationships and we've seen them in Doctor Who before. Remember the woman and cat man couple from Gridlock? And they had kids!
18 hours, 52 minutes ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss
As an asexual, I'd like just one asexual character, who's not the Doctor, since it's really debatable if he is ace. It really wouldn't be that difficult, just one line stating that they're not interested in anyone. Something like how Varys basically came out in Game of Thrones, just one line.
A lot of writers shy away from asexual, especially aromantic, characters, because then they don't have any romantic plotlines, but it's really important that we get some representation.
18 hours, 35 minutes ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss
I'd rather there be over representation than under.
The comments on a video concerning diversity in the Marvel and DC cinematic universes were disturbingly full of people saying that they didn't care about diversity at all and that diversity would make the quality of the movies go down. It's important to show people that that's not the case.
19 hours, 2 minutes ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss
I do agree, but it wasn't a total cop out, because it showed how much Vastra loved Jenny, and that's an important thing to show to children, as Doctor Who has quite the child audience.
18 hours, 57 minutes ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss
1. That's how Moffat tends to write couples. Amy and Rory have had many innuendos, as have other characters. Besides, Vastra and Jenny do a lot of things that aren't innuendos at all and do depict "a healthy and happy homosexual relationship", like when Jenny says how she doesn't like Vastra, but loves her.
I don't think innuendos need to be left out as long as they're not too overt and none of these were (my twelve year old sister missed all of them).
I actually see a lot of my friend and me in Vastra and Jenny. She's pansexual and I'm a homoromantic asexual, so we often joke innuendos back and forth, it's part of our banter as it was with Jenny and Vastra.
It's sci-fi and if you know that you should be prepared for interspecies romance, it's a perfectly acceptable thing in most sci-fi.
22 hours, 16 minutes ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss
Thank you! As a teenage female viewer, I get really annoyed when my entire demographic is generalized like that!
1 day ago on Deep Breath Review
What makes it even more annoying is that they often cut out little bits from episodes to make room for their commercials and so it still fits in an hour time slot. They didn't do this last night, but often have in the past.
2 days, 18 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
When I saw the episode in New York, it was only a day or two after Robin Williams death and the entire theater went "aww" collectively at that line. It was a sad moment, but there was also something rather lovely in that one line could evoke such feeling in everyone.
2 days, 19 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
Clara never seems to have a problem with the Doctor changing, she realized he was dying and is aware of regeneration, but what she doesn't get is why he's older now. And I think this is fair, since Eleven did regenerate due to old age. It seems when she met the others, she didn't really get to know them, like she did with Eleven, which is why this is considerably harder for her.
I thought the dinosaur was well utilized. It's interesting to start the Doctor off with not being able to keep a promise; I mean, just as he was saying he was going to keep her safe, she was killed. You get to see the effect this has on him.
I must ask, what were the "disturbing rude jokes?"
That restaurant scene was probably my favorite of the whole episode. It showed what lovely chemistry Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman have, but also was funny and actually showed both characters personalities very well.
Also, loved the veil scene. Another great scene for Clara that adds to her character very nicely and uses her very effectively as a stand in for the audience.
On first viewing, the scene with Clara in the school felt a big out of place with the pacing, but as I was thinking about it, I though it was very well utilized. To paraphrase Vastra, I always wondered what would happen when Clara lost her cool. It was nice to show her overwhelmed, since she very rarely is.
Clara being interrogated by the Half Faced Man was also a delight. Brilliantly written and it struck a perfect balance of Clara's character.
3 days, 4 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From Deep Breath
Does anyone agree that BBC America killed a lot of tension with their commercials? They cut scenes in all the wrong places and it was really annoying. I saw the episode uninterrupted at the NYC Premiere and when I watched it again last night, I was really dismayed by where they'd chosen to cut scenes. My dad made a very good point, we pay to get this channel, so we shouldn't have the commercials. Very annoying.
3 days, 5 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
I gave it a 9/10, just a few minor problems, but they were minor and didn't impede my enjoyment of the episode. It looks like Capaldi will be quite good as the Doctor; his banter with Clara was absolutely perfect. Dare I say she has better chemistry with him than Matt Smith?
My biggest delight of the episode was Jenna Coleman! She was phenomenal; she hit every emotional key she was supposed to. She had a lot to do in this episode and she aced everything. Clara is now my favorite companion; she'd been second to Rory before this episode, but she was everything I want in a companion in this episode. Funny, brave, intelligent and her personality got even more fleshed out. Brilliant.
Clara never was confused by the fact that he regenerated just by the fact that he had regenerated into an old body.As far as his face being old, that's a valid question, because he'd just regenerated due to old age and it does bare a fair point to ask why would he get an old body having just regenerated from old age?
Just because she knows he can regenerate doesn't mean it's easier for her to get used to him having a new personality. She never really knew the other Doctor's well and could have assumed they'd all started out young and aged as they went on, so that they had a full life. Just because she's met past Doctors doesn't mean she knows all about regeneration and things like that.
I loved it too. Often people think character development is slow, but it's necessary and it gave us some wonderfully written scenes.
I actually think it gets more focused as it goes along.
Well said. That was the one glaring flaw of the episode to me and it was really bugging me. But what you say makes sense. So basically this was a confirmation that Clara's straight?
3 days, 6 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
The episode has many laughs in it; Strax really isn't at odds with the episode's tone and I think you'll find that both Jenny and Vastra are used quite well in this episode. I'd say more, but I don't want to spoil anything.
4 days, 20 hours ago on Deep Breath Spoiler-Free Review
Agreed. I felt Jenny and Vastra's scenes were used to great effect. The verbal sparring scene with Vastra and Clara, mentioned in the article, was one of my favorite scenes and some lines that Jenny and Clara share were also lovely. Strax was used just enough where he didn't become annoying and take away from the other characters and the story.
Having seen the episode in New York, I disagree about the episode's tone and I am quite a fan of the Paternoster Gang; this episode proved to me, once again, that they really could have their own show and I felt Strax was used a perfect amount with Vastra and Jenny getting some wonderful scenes; both of their characters get fleshed out a bit more. Of course the best parts of the episode were Clara and the Doctor, who both got to show such emotional ranges and their chemistry is really something. 9/10 for me. A wonderful start to the series.
That's an incredibly clever promotion! I mean, really, that's brilliant. Why don't more shows do this sort of thing? And I thought I couldn't be more excited.
5 days, 8 hours ago on Doctor Who Crash Lands in Parliament Square
Gosh, looks like everyone's got a target on their backs now.
I think it's very nice that Moffat seems to be consciously trying to correct the flaws of past series'. He has definitely made a point of saying that he wants to be less arc heavy and make characters' deaths final again, which are the main complaints with past series'. I can really appreciate that he seems to be listening to viewers comments.
5 days, 19 hours ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”
The issue with having a relative unknown taking over is that they won't have as much experience running a show and Doctor Who is a big show, a big, crazy show. It goes into all sorts of odd areas and can do nearly anything; not to mention, it's got a huge worldwide fan base. I feel it's better to have someone very experienced taking over.
So you saw a character reveal or a plot point coming? That will likely mean you will know which character will die and how, but that doesn't mean you know whether Moffat will or will not actually kill off characters.
"And his tricks are getting a bit stale."
Isn't that what Moffat himself is acknowledging and making adjustments accordingly?
Do you mean "she" as in just Clara? Or companions in general?
Because either way Clara's pretty important, especially with the Doctor facing the Daleks, who he hates, which could lead him to make some very bad decisions. Besides, in one of her lives Clara's been turned into a Dalek, so that makes for an interesting story.
1 week ago on Into The Dalek BBC Synopsis
Did anyone else just assume that when Clara's away living her regular life the Doctor just travels forward to next Wednesday so they can go on another adventure together? I always assumed that, so he wouldn't have any down time. Still, Listen looks quite interesting.
1 week ago on Details on Series 8′s First Four Episodes
This looks to be quite an exciting season.
Into the Dalek suddenly sounds a lot more interesting.
Listen sounds good too. I wonder if ghosts from the past for Clara could mean her mom.
I laughed quite a bit reading the premise for The Caretaker; I have a feeling I'll be feeling sorry for Clara during this one, but looks good.
Kill the Moon sounds like it will be creepy, which is good.
In the Forest of The Night has a very original premise and I've already got theories popping into my head. Also, one of the most beautiful Doctor Who titles I've ever heard.
Dark Water/Death in Heaven- A bit too cryptic for me to get a full impression of what those will be like. In any case, I'm excited.
Now, I think my most anticipated episodes are Mummy On the Orient Express and Flatline; the latter sounds like a doctor-lite episode and if Clara's figuring this out all on her own that should be quite a fun ride.
1 week ago on Moffat Previews Series 8 in Radio Times
But Clara is infinitely more likable than Peri.
Remembrance of the Daleks was quite good and, of course, my favorite part is Ace beating up that Dalek.
The Greatest Show In The Galaxy is probably my favorite McCoy story and, I agree, I want to know what happened to Mags. She was such a great character!
I actually just started watching The Curse of Fenric last night; I've got one episode left to go and I'm really enjoying it. The monsters are really great and Ace shows again why I love her.
1 week ago on The Seventh Doctor: Five Favourites
1. Time Heist
3. The Caretaker
4. Robots of Sherwood
5. Into The Dalek
I've already seen Deep Breath in NY and I am really excited to see it again!
1 week, 1 day ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 1-6)
These titles are really great; they have a dark and, I think, classic feel to them. Also, In The Forest of The Night sounds so poetic, it's making the literature junkie in me jump with joy.
What is interesting though is the amount of co-write credits that Steven Moffat has. If this was just for arc related scenes then I'm pretty sure he would have gotten those for most of series 6, so I'm thinking he was very involved with the character of the Doctor and I'm guessing Clara as well. Any more than that and I would think that he'd be overextending himself considering the rest of his duties. I'd be very interested to know, after the episode airs of course, how much he actually contributed.
1 week, 2 days ago on Series 8: All Titles Revealed
This has gotten me even more excited for tomorrow's New York premiere! I can't wait!
1 week, 6 days ago on Review: An Audience With Peter Capaldi & Jenna Coleman
Has anyone heard anything about getting tickets to see them in other cities? I live in New York and would really like to go, but I've heard nothing about where it's being held or how to get tickets.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Doctor Who World Tour: Cardiff Launch Pics
I don't really see how this detracts from the 50th; it simply shows that Doctor Who's popularity has grown to the extent where even something that isn't an anniversary special, but simply an episode, granted not just a regular episode, but the first episode of a new Doctor, can be shown in theaters to much acclaim.
Having the episode in theaters is also a treat for Americans, and I assume many other international viewers who see a cut down version of the episode to make room for commercials. While nothing terribly important is taken out, it is often an extra joke or little scene and the result is that the viewer feels a bit ripped off and wonders what they missed.
I'll likely be watching the episode at home, but I still like the fact that it will be shown in theaters worldwide.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Does Deep Breath Really Deserve a Theatrical Release?
Well, I quite like Series 3, but let's hope we get a better finale. I do like the way series 8 is sounding. I can't wait!
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up
Well, I must agree that both 30 Rock and Community are acquired tastes, but they actually remind me more of British TV than any other American series'. Both have an oddball kind of humor that I think fits British TV more than American. I can respect your opinion (though I urge you to give Community another shot, possibly in later seasons, nof 4 though), but you called them "mindless" before and that is a bit overdramatic.
I'd also say that neither 30 Rock or Community are especially crass; Game of Thrones is another story, but that's HBO for you, and it usually adds to the story. 30 Rock does curse and make sexual jokes, but they are part of its satirical humor. Community doesn't involve much cursing and anything that is "crass" comes from the character who is meant to be racist; the show is also never really overtly sexual, certainly not like Game of Thrones.
That's a fair point about Star Trek, but I still believe that Star Trek's premise, simply exploring space, is the reason it can reboot itself over and over again. Many shows premises wouldn't work if that was tried; take 30 Rock as an example. Would it really work to show another television corporation with similarly wacky characters? Length of time on air doesn't correlate to whether the show will be remembered.
I agree completely about Elementary; it really isn't a very good show and is basically just a procedural with the names Holmes and Watson tacked on. However, American remakes can be good as shown by the American version of The Office.
I'd rather have a global relevance to Doctor Who, especially considering how often the entire planet is saved. I agree that there's no need to necessarily give Americans a ton of power on the show, though if they showed skill in writing, directing, acting, etc. they shouldn't be discounted by their nationality for having a larger role in the show. But it should be based on merit, not nationality.
I don't want to see Doctor Who become an American show either, but considering it's the BBC making it, I don't think that will ever happen. We're not in the same position as the 1996 movie, so I really don't think the show going into American hands is a real threat.
(Also, you might enjoy Community's Doctor Who parody: Inspector Spacetime)
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Zoe Saldana Wants Doctor Who Role
I meant about the whole "...Doctor Who has not kept up the same quality in all of it's fifty years." , more as just an opinion that I assume most people hold. Everyone has their favorite series and people tend to feel that there have been weaker series. I'm not suggesting that Doctor Who has decreased in quality just that there have been periods where the quality isn't as good as at other times.
I was aware of that fact about the Harry Potter films, however, I don't actually like most of the films, so didn't include them (also I didn't think of them).
I tend to agree about your opinion about bringing in female writers just for political correctness; however, I added this part as an addition to my argument and, because I believe that there are a great many female sci-fi writers that don't get enough credit and are often forgotten. I simply wanted to put out the notion that Doctor Who needs to reach out it's arms internationally to talented writers, but my wording was not terribly good.
Firstly, I love Doctor Who. However, I realize that it is not perfect, nor would I say that it blows shows like 30 Rock or Community out of the water. I'd say that the writing on all these shows is of equal quality. To suggest that either 30 Rock or Community is mindless is an injustice to both shows; 30 Rock is an amazing satire of television corporations and Community not only satirizes the education system, but gives deep insight into television and it's tropes.
To suggest that Doctor Who is of higher quality simply because of the length of time it's been on air is ludicrous; Doctor Who has been on for 50 years, because of a very clever plot device called regeneration, most shows are not so lucky to have such a plot device. Without regeneration, Doctor Who wouldn't have lasted 50 years and it's unfair to suggest that Doctor Who is better simply because it has a format where this plot device makes sense. It can also be said that Doctor Who has not kept up the same quality in all of it's fifty years.
The shows that you talk about that keep going on and on to the point where all quality is lost are primarily network procedurals, i.e. CSI, NCIS, Criminal Minds, House, etc. and while these are big name shows, they only account for a small percentage of shows coming from American networks. HBO puts out many quality shows, such as Veep, True Detective, and Game of Thrones, which, while containing a primarily British cast, is actually a show written by Americans. Even the SyFy channel has quality shows like Eureka, Warehouse 13 and Alphas.
American TV networks are set up differently than British networks like the BBC and this must be taken into account. American networks are much more like companies trying to sell you a product, which causes them to want to put out as many products as possible.
Is it so wrong to want to increase the diversity of writers, directors and actors in Doctor Who? Many on this sight have pointed out that there are very few female British sci-fi writers; then why not bring in some American ones if we want to bring in female writers? Why can't American actors, especially considering that there are a few who can do British accents well, such as Alan Tudyk, come to work on Doctor Who? I really don't see the problem with that. American directors would not become showrunners; they would do what the British directors do now, work on one episode, maybe two, and then leave. Their influence on the show would only be limited to the episodes they work on. The same goes for any American writer that would be brought on. There are a great many Americans I'd like to see act, write or direct for Doctor Who and it's completely unfair to instantly write them off because of their nationality.
Transformers is universally known as some of the worst movies ever; you are talking about specifically Michael Bay. You've generalized an entire nation by suggesting all American franchises are like one of the worst ones in history. But what about Joss Whedon and his many successful and high quality series? What about the makers of Avatar: The Last Airbender or Breaking Bad or 30 Rock or Community? And those are just a few of the successful American series that kept up their quality.
4 weeks ago on Zoe Saldana Wants Doctor Who Role
The actor who played Khal Drogo was American.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Zoe Saldana Wants Doctor Who Role