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I'd like them to play the long game with Gallifrey's return. To have it return in just a series or two feels to quick for me. I feel we should be eased into it with more and more Time Lords escaping. Perhaps the reason for their escape could be that there are some terrible political problems, whether that be a dictatorial government, civil war, etc. The Doctor could eventually be led back to Gallifrey and confront such issues.

20 hours, 15 minutes ago on Will Gallifrey Return in Series 9?

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@Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen @supermoff, defender of Akhaten  My Doctor: Matt Smith

Favorite Doctor: Peter Capaldi


3 days, 9 hours ago on The Doctor Division

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After Last Christmas, I didn't really get why everyone wanted Shona back. I thought she was funny, but there was nothing that really grabbed me about her, though she did have a lot of potential.

But then I saw Faye Marsay in the film Pride (great movie, by the way) and then I saw an interview with her. Not only does she seem to be a very good actress, but also a really nice person. So, while Shona didn't interest me that much, I'd really like to see Faye Marsay return (this wouldn't be the first time an actress has had another role on the show before becoming a companion). And even if Shona was to return, I think she's got a lot of potential as a character.

5 days, 14 hours ago on Faye Marsay: There’s Been No talk of Shona Returning

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This comes up every time The Girl Who Waited does, but I see people who don't think it's just for Amy to be so annoyed that she waited 50 odd years, while Rory waited two thousand. But here's the thing, Rory always knew that Amy was going to come back. Whereas Amy thought she'd been abandoned forever. Not only that, but Rory (being a plastic auton) didn't age. Amy, however, is human and losing 50 years of her life meant that even if older Amy had been rescued she would have maybe 30 years at most left to live. Rory may have waited longer, but the two waited in very different circumstances.

6 days, 14 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 3

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@Planet of the Deaf @twoheartsonemind (Six Seasons and a Movie) @BLINKANDYOUREDEAD  That's also why I think a second companion would be a good idea to have. That way the story could be used without sacrificing that perspective.

6 days, 16 hours ago on Series 9 Filming: Bah Bah Biker

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@ichabod @twoheartsonemind (Six Seasons and a Movie) @BLINKANDYOUREDEAD  Completely agree. I don't think it should be done for that purpose, but if that's a consequence of it, then that's not necessarily a bad thing. 

6 days, 19 hours ago on Series 9 Filming: Bah Bah Biker

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@BLINKANDYOUREDEAD  If the series goes that route, I'd really like to see a second companion in the TARDIS. They'll be able to see Clara truly become corrupt, whereas the Doctor could be blinded by his love (in a friendship-way, of course) for her. I think that would create some really nice tension.

Also, turning Clara into a really good villain would be a good way to work with the fact that a lot of people don't like her.

1 week ago on Series 9 Filming: Bah Bah Biker

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@Ivegotkidneys   Curse of the Black Spot was the first episode I saw, so it holds a special place in my heart, but I actually really like Night Terrors. It's not my favorite episode, but I think it's pretty solid. So I guess what I'm trying to say is that I love them both equally.

1 week, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 1

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@Edoe  The "They're Americans." line gets me every time!

1 week, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 1

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@ilyootha  Well, this is the series opener, so it's possible that Clara's going to give in her resignation at some point during the story. Perhaps, the series will open with her trying to fit into normal society, but she can't (the few lines between her and the kids seem to indicate this) and will then commit to traveling full time in the TARDIS.

1 week, 1 day ago on Series 9 Filming: Bah Bah Biker

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This is great. Cornell's a fantastic writer (in any medium) and an accomplished comics writer, so this should be good. Oddly enough, I might be more excited at the prospects of the three companions meeting than the three Doctors.

1 week, 2 days ago on Paul Cornell Penning Multi-Doctor Story for Titan

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@Ivegotkidneys   That's a really interesting observation. I'm not British (I'm American), so I don't have first hand experience with that class system, but I could definitely see how RTD's era could be more aimed to the working class, especially with Rose. I'm not sure I'd say Moffat's era is more aimed at middle class, but more that it doesn't really look at class at all, whereas I think RTD went out of his way to include it more, though that might be because he focused on the companions families more.

1 week, 3 days ago on The Divide in New Who: One Era to Another

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Really great article.

I don't think the divide is so much the young vs. the old, but rather when you started watching, and even then that's a big generalization. While both eras are unmistakably Doctor Who, there is a different style to both of them and, Doctor Who being such a personal thing, this means that a viewer will associate one style with Doctor Who, before they've even seen the other eras. By the way, those eras can be Doctors and not showrunners.

That's not to say that someone can't like all styles equally or prefer the second era they see to their first, but the idea is that that first era makes a mark on them as that's what Doctor Who "is" and that can be hard to get away from.

1 week, 3 days ago on The Divide in New Who: One Era to Another

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The biggest issue with discussion in the fandom is the idea that someone has a different or unpopular opinion and that this makes them less of a fan. For example, I've seen people say that if you don't like the Rose/Ten pairing you aren't a real fan. Of course, this makes no sense. People often ask for people who don't like an episode/character/showrunner or otherwise to just stop watching or to think of the positives, but really this is just telling someone to censor themselves.

The issue though is that people who do enjoy these things often find themselves surrounded by negative (and often hyperbolic) comments about aspects of the show they love. You can understand their want to defend these things, but sometimes they take it to far and instead it turns into an attack. The point being that both sides can be very aggressive, and often hurtful, in expressing their opinions.

The best solution to this is to take into account that others will feel the exact opposite as you and use your comments to open up the floor for discussion, not to shut it down.

1 week, 4 days ago on Say Something Nice: Internet Fandom

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The Eleventh Hour- 10/10 Perfect way to start the Eleventh Doctors era. Just insanely good.

The Beast Below- 10/10 I really still can't fathom why people dislike this episode; it works on all levels for me.

Victory of the Daleks- 7/10 I also just really like this episode. Maybe it's not the best, but it's hugely entertaining.

Time of the Angels- 9/10

Flesh and Stone 9/10 Great episode. Wonderful pacing, nice side characters, all around really good.


1 week, 4 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 1

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@Clara Bosswald wants Spider-Man to die  I'd kind of love to see Clara and Six together. Can you imagine the arguments?

2 weeks, 2 days ago on What if… Doctors Were Paired With Different Companions?

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Partners In Crime- 5/10 Just not my cup of tea, I guess. I just found it kind of boring.


The Fires of Pompeii- 9/10 I remember missing soccer practice to finish watching this episode. It still holds up today, imaginative and provides an interesting moral dilemma.


Planet of the Ood- 7/10 I feel like I should like this episode more than I did. Entertaining enough.


The Sontaran Strategem- 7/10

The Poison Sky- 7/10 Something with these two episodes just didn't click with me and the Sontarans didn't come off as particularly threatening.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2008 Part 1

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@Daleky  Out of curiosity, how many episodes have you given a ten to?

I would think it's difficult to not come up with a single flaw in any episode.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Doctor Who and Episode Rankings

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@PaddyB @Notsosmartguy  @Switcharoo   I don't know that it's about something being outright expressed to the viewer, so much as it is flaws impacting the narrative. And they definitely did with Ten; The Waters of Mars being a prime example. I think it just depends on the degree to which you wish for it to be addressed.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 2

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The Lazarus Experiment- 7/10 Very entertaining!

42- 9/10 Superb episode. The fear David Tennant portrays and that we rarely see from the Doctor in this way is a highlight.

Human Nature- 10/10

Family of Blood- 10/10 These two episodes make my favorite Doctor Who story. Perfect in every way, if you ask me.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 2

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@Malohkeh, not a member of any acronyms  I didn't like it on the first viewing, it took me another viewing to really enjoy it and I think that was because I was disappointed that the drug idea in the beginning of the episode wasn't taken further.

I think Gridlock has a very creative idea to begin with, but it takes it further when you think about the government deception of people and how they just hold out hope and do what they're told, even when it really doesn't make sense to. That says a lot about human nature, in my mind.

It's certainly not my favorite episode, but I appreciate the complexity and creativity of it.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 1

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Oh how I love series 3.

Smith and Jones 10/10

The Shakespeare Code 10/10

Gridlock 8/10

Daleks in Manhattan 7/10

Evolution of the Daleks 7/10

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 1

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@MrRazza has joined David Dimbleby @twoheartsonemind (Six Seasons and a Movie)  I see what you mean. Sorry about the misinterpretation on my part.

I think Rose was portrayed as flawed when she left her mother at certain points, but not so at others (and not particularly with Mickey). If anything, I find the idea that Rose is flawed inconsistently portrayed, and don't really come to a head in the overall story, as they do with Clara.

Total agreement though about which character gets attacked more for flaws.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 1

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@Alleigh member of P.O.N.D.S  To me though, that's very human. It's something I know that I do and am sure that others do, but is rarely portrayed so straightforwardly in fiction, so to me doing that with Clara is a breath of fresh air and actually makes her more relatable (at least to me).

I do agree that Rose/Ten did come off as incredibly forced.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 1

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There are some really great suggestions here. I think Grace is the best bet, because there's so much that could be done with her given how little time she had as a companion. She's one of the things I thought the TV movie did well, partially because of her chemistry with 8; I'm not sure how she could fit with 12, though.

I'd rather see new Time Ladies created than have Romana back, though I do like her very much and certainly wouldn't be angry if she returned.

Ace coming back would be fantastic, same goes for Tegan.

Peri is my least favorite companion. She's whiny and doesn't really add anything to the show, that being said if she was brought back she could be written in a far more interesting way. And if she was brought back with 12, then there could be some interesting parallels between that and her time with 6.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on 10 Classic Companions Who Deserve A Return

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I was initially buying the Twelfth and Eleventh Doctor series issue-by-issue each month (I missed the 1st Tenth Doctor one, so decided to wait for the trade), but I stopped, because I only have so much money and there were better comics out. I actually think both series are well written, but the art is what drags them down, more so in the Twelfth Doctor series where there are so many figures out of proportion or likenesses that just look wrong (mostly in the drawings of Clara) that it's distracting. At least with 11's series the colorist does an exceptional job and everyone's in proportion, but there's nothing special in the art.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Doctor Who Comic Launching February in UK

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While I don't actually think the Bechdel test is the best indicator of the quality of a female character, it does show importance in the fact that there are actually female characters. I must say, I'm really impressed by the work done in this experiment, as it seems to have been done in a truly un-biased way (which is difficult to achieve, but essential to these sorts of experiments).

3 weeks, 2 days ago on How Often Does Doctor Who Pass The Bechdel Test?

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@AlessandroArsuffi @twoheartsonemind (Six Seasons and a Movie)  Glad to see I'm not the only one with that opinion of Eccleston. I haven't listened to any of the Big Finish audios (for Six or any other Doctors), even though I want to.

Six and Eight were tied for my second favorites, behind Eleven, before Capaldi came along, now they rest in third place.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Colin Baker: Re-trial of a Time Lord

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@MrRazza has joined David Dimbleby  I agree with you about 10 and Rose. I have more of an issue with their dynamic throughout the whole series, so this is just a contributing factor for me, but on it's own it's fine.

"Unless it's Clara, of course..." Only predominantly on this site and, even so, many people like Clara because she's so flawed (myself included). I've never understood why a character can't be really flawed and, if not likable, interesting? I'd rather see a character consciously written as flawed than a perfect one any day of the week. That for me is the deciding factor in the Rose's flaws vs. Clara's flaws debate.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 1

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@SirTrey @TheNightmareChild  Spot on, sir. Spot on. I feel exactly the same way.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 1

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@TheNightmareChild  For me, it's not that I don't like her because she has negative traits it's more that she's got these negative traits, but they're never portrayed as a bad thing. Part of that is because the Doctor doesn't see them that way, which fits in with the "love story" aspect of her, I guess, but I was never really sold on the Doctor loving her. I've never been sold on the Doctor loving any companion in that way, and that being a big part of Rose's story, makes the character really uninteresting at the least, and annoying at the most.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 1

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@ClaraOswald @shyx111  Agreed completely. While I don't enjoy most of the episodes of series 1, series 2 actively annoys me with the writing of Rose and 10s dynamic.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 1

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New Earth- 7/10: Good episode, just a bit better than above average

Tooth and Claw- 7/10: I debated between a 7 or a 6; I guess I was just in a generous mood

School Reunion- 9/10: Great episode.

Girl in the Fireplace: 8/10: Strong, creative episode.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 1

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In my opinion, the Sixth Doctor is a highlight of every episode he's in. I have no real issues with the blatant obnoxiousness and narcissism of the character, though I do see that there isn't a lot of depth to it. However, I still think it's an interesting side of the Doctor, and one that Baker portrays well, even if he doesn't provide the depth that the scripts lacked (I have actually enjoyed most of the Sixth Doctor episodes I've seen, with the exception of Time Lash). I sit through lackluster episodes and put up with the complete waste of a character Perri, because I want to see more of the Sixth Doctor.

But actors abilities are incredibly subjective, so I can completely understand the author's view. I am still in the minority that finds Christopher Eccleston completely disingenuous in every role he's in.

Personally though, Six ranks in my top three Doctors.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Colin Baker: Re-trial of a Time Lord

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@Reeze, agent of C.L.A.R.A.  I'm not much of a fan of series 1. I think the highest I gave an episode was an 8 (Father's Day), but for the most part I've been marking them pretty low. A lot of people really like series 1, but I could never get into it.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2005 Part 3

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I'm not terribly fond of series 1. Typically, I'm not very harsh on Doctor Who episodes, but I'm going to try and be more objective, considering we're going for as realistic a ranking as possible. Rose- 5  The End of the World- 5 (I still haven't seen The Unquiet Dead, so no vote) Aliens of London- 1 World War Three- 1

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2005 Part 1

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I'd really like to see a game that utilizes something like Doctor Who Legacy's practice of letting you mix any Doctor with any companions, but is an adventure style game.

Also, it would be nice to have a game released worldwide. I understand the UK getting it first, but it would be nice if it could be released to everyone sometime after.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on The Doctor and the Dalek Launches on Tablets Today

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@The Genie  I think the only excuses can be time and different tastes (something that was the issue with In the Forest of the Night, evidently).

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Steven Moffat: The Good, The Bad and the Timey Wimey

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@Russell T DaftDalek  In fairness, Moffat does oversee and give the go-to for a script.

Though, I do wonder how much time he has to "fix" scripts if they aren't to his liking.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Steven Moffat: The Good, The Bad and the Timey Wimey

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I disagree with several arguments made.

Firstly, that while I think a case could be made that many of Moffat's women have the same base personality traits, they illustrate these traits to different extents and in different ways. For instance, though both Amy and Clara are stubborn, Clara's stubbornness is a corollary to her being manipulative and "a control freak." Amy shows neither of those qualities.

That's not to say that Moffat doesn't have issues in this area. If he doesn't flesh out a character they have the propensity to be a barebones version of River Song (such was the case with Tasha Lem).

There is a fine line between childish and child-like. In my opinion, Doctor Who typically takes the latter position. There are several instances of childishness (particularly in some immature jokes, and in fewer cases immature episodes). Also, fairytales (at least the original tales) are dark; it's only with the Disney-ification of these tales that we forget this. In my mind, a fairytale quality goes with the inherent oddness (and I mean that in the best way possible) of Doctor Who.

Personally, appreciate taking risks more than playing it safe, so at the least I appreciate Moffat's big-scale "timey whimey" efforts. In my opinion, and this is down simply to different tastes, such efforts have been mostly successful, paradoxes (it's a time-travel show, in my mind, these are unavoidable) and all, with the exclusion of some half-baked ideas like Time of the Doctor. This last point, when those ideas are just not thought through is, in my opinion, Moffat's biggest flaw as a writer.

I'm not going to go on about the Master PC argument as this comment is long enough and others have covered this point well.


3 weeks, 6 days ago on Steven Moffat: The Good, The Bad and the Timey Wimey

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I know many people really like Jenny, and I found her to be interesting enough in The Doctor's Daughter, but I really don't see a reason for a spin-off. Of course, such a thing could really develop the character further, but to have her running around through space (the likely basic plot of the show) is basically Doctor Who with a female Doctor. If they were to do something truly unique in a spin-off then it might be worth it, but at this point I don't think the character is interesting enough to have her own series.

His points about a female Doctor assume that she will be written as weak, and, while this is a valid fear, there's also a great probability that she'll be written like any other Doctor. To not give the perfect actor a chance for the part simply because the character MIGHT be written weakly, doesn't makes sense. Using this logic, Jenny shouldn't have a spin-off, because she might be written as "fallible." Really, that logic can be used to never put a female character as the main character, simply for fear they might not be written well.

1 month ago on Davison Wants To See Doctor’s Daughter Spin-Off

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@divya12  The reason that Susan was used in the argument is because clearly Whithouse set out to make Susan transgender. That seems very clear. The author is suggesting that based on Whithouse's past work it seems unlikely that he would be creating a non-binary character, which would be the explanation for the mismatched pronouns. This may very well have been simply a slip up by the writer, but it also marks a larger problem that people don't realize what pronouns to use for a transgender person.

1 month ago on Little Boxes Will Make You Angry: Doctor Who and Transphobia

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Honestly, that was one of the best, most rationally handled argument I've seen, not only on this site, but on the whole of the internet. When talking about subjects like transphobia, racism, sexism, etc. it is very easy to take an extreme stance and let your emotions get the better of you, but this argument is completely logical, and does attempt to look at things from the writer's perspective.

The only real point of contention I have is that I'm not sure it is entirely fair to call Whithouse transphobic. To me, I don't think you can necessarily judge a writer only on what they've written, because as pointed out for other writers in the article, slip-ups occur. I haven't heard Whithouse speak on the subject, so I can't be sure of his opinions. I do understand, though, that both instances (particularly the first, where I don't think there can be any argument against it being transphobic and out of character for Capt. Jack) can be considered offensive. However, there is a significant time difference between the episodes (2006-2012), so it is possible that Whithouse's opinions changed or he educated himself (leading to Susan being non-binary, which is possible).

I am not transgender, so I obviously come in with a different perspective and am likely to not pick up on many things that may be offensive. I am, however, asexual, so am involved with many of the issues of LGBTQ* people, but even so I have no right to tell someone they shouldn't be offended.

1 month ago on Little Boxes Will Make You Angry: Doctor Who and Transphobia

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I don't think any of the writers set out to be transphobic. I really don't. I do believe that they made mistakes, though the likelihood is that this is from ignorance and not hatred. The two are very different things and ignorance is often confused for hatred.

1 month ago on Little Boxes Will Make You Angry: Doctor Who and Transphobia

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@IcarusBeDamned @twoheartsonemind (Six Seasons and a Movie)  I had totally forgotten that The Forgotten can't be considered canon anymore because of it's depiction of the Time War.

The point still stands and this actually illustrates it. Here we are debating over what's canon. It's confusing enough as is.

1 month ago on Why A Doctor Who Movie Is A Good Idea

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The only thing that I don't think fits is Faye Marsay. While she was fantastic comic relief, there were other guest actresses who were playing more interesting parts. For instance, Hermione Norris in Kill the Moon. I wasn't a big fan of the episode itself, but her part was really well done and she had a lot more difficult material to work with, as far as character.

1 month ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 1)

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@IcarusBeDamned @twoheartsonemind (Six Seasons and a Movie)  In the comic The Forgotten, the Eighth Doctor says that the whole half-human thing was a lie.

1 month ago on Why A Doctor Who Movie Is A Good Idea

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I think having a movie is something that sounds amazing at first thought, because there is the idea of a bigger budget, run-time and that more people will get to see it, but the plan is riddled with problems. Firstly, is it going to be canon? There are plenty of reasons for and against this, but the major thing is that if the film got into the hands of an unreliable studio and the writers (at this point the best idea would be to have either Russell T. Davies or Steven Moffat write it) lost creative control, then we'd be left with a situation similar to the Doctor being half-human in the TV Movie, something that fans hate and that is retconned later. Then, there's the fact that if this is what happens, all those people who see the movie will have a pre-conceived notion of what Doctor Who is before seeing the show. If a studio does change things, then these viewers will potentially be isolated from the TV show (this issue remains if the film isn't canon), and TV fans will just dislike the film.

I'd much rather see full concentration being given to the TV show.

1 month ago on Why A Doctor Who Movie Is A Good Idea

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@BSuckerpunch  Poorest series (which is your opinion, not everyone's) doesn't necessarily mean poorest characterization.

1 month ago on The 12 Best Written Moffat Characters

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@Beasts_a_Snarling - THE KANDYMAN'S APPRENTICE  Kate might be saved, but Osgood died. Clara might keep returning to travel, but she hasn't been brought back from the dead. Danny wasn't alive in Last Christmas, he was just part of Clara's consciousness.

I wouldn't say series 8 was the solution to "everybody lives",  but it was certainly a move in the right direction.

1 month, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #14: Moffat Series

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