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@The Lazy Cat is in on the Time Heist He'd probably be as cryptic as ever.
1 day, 21 hours ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
@Iratus Culex The reason the Pond's wouldn't have tried to find their regenerating daughter in 1969 is because that would create some pretty crazy paradoxes.
@ShameOnSM @The Finn I'd say that's rather the point. Doctor Who, as in he's mysterious and not of this world. The show, or at least the revival, deals with how people react to him and how it effects them.
@TheIdleIdol But neither River or Clara would've had these abilities without getting involved with the doctor in some way, or in River's case, her parents getting involved with the Doctor in some way. So, in a way, they've been influenced by the Doctor.
Amy wasn't born special either, but rather had her life changed by the crack in time. In a world where time travel and other time abnormalities exist, it makes sense that we see people actually effected by these things. I happen to like that the Doctor ends up showing up in the right place, as he seems to have a habit of doing, to correct these abnormalities.
To be honest, I don't think creepiness matters as to which was a better story. I found neither episode to be scary in any way, but I think both utilize very interesting concepts. I can't judge this entirely fairly; I've watched Blink too many times to properly enjoy it and I don't think this is due to the writing, it's just that it doesn't seem so original now. However, if I think back to the time I first watched, and the time when I scared the pants off my friend with it (and got her into Doctor Who), then I remember that originality.
That being said, I chose Listen; I think the way it explored fear was so interesting and so well used for characterizations and further exploration of characters. Blink's monsters might be amazing, but the psychologically analytical episode is far more interesting to me.
1 day, 21 hours ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen
@Oodkind @supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... Well, it seems the War Doctor part was originally intended for Nine, so I think that the invention of the War Doctor was quite good, considering Moffat couldn't do what he'd originally wanted.
2 days, 16 hours ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
Steven Moffat recently gave an interview where he stated that Clara was really the main character of this season. I love Clara, so I'm fine with this, besides I think it's really interesting to have a quieter, more mysterious Doctor.
I don't think Moffat specifically wanted to give Clara such a huge role, but rather used the opportunity for narrative purposes. If Amy had still been the companion, then she would have been the one to have gotten that tremendous scene in Listen. However, I could be completely wrong and this could have to do with this series' arc, which is a big possibility considering this is Moffat we're talking about.
2 days, 19 hours ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
@ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus @supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... By far the best Missy theory I've heard yet!
3 days, 22 hours ago on Listen Review
I love the Ocean's Eleven-esque shots! This looks like it's going to be great fun. I'm loving the look of the cyborg guy, the Teller, the shapeshifter girl (has her name been revealed yet?) and, of course, Jenna is absolutely rocking that suit.
4 days, 17 hours ago on Time Heist Promo Pics
I really want to say no, in fact I voted no in this poll, but I keep thinking of that scene in Rupert's bedroom. Could that really have been a child? Am I simply rationalizing, making up facts to fit what I want to believe? I honestly don't know. When I rewatched the episode this morning, I was sure there was no monster, but now... I just don't know. It actually seems more logical that there is one, at least in Rupert's bedroom.
I just wrote an op-ed on it on my blog, tying in rationalizing opposed to what's in front of us. I'd love some feedback if anyone has time for a read. www.virtualquillpen.wordpress.com
5 days, 16 hours ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?
Lovely choices for moments.
I didn't think Clara's slip up with Danny's original name was out of character at all. Not only had she just been through a stressful situation, but she was on a date. It makes perfect sense that she'd be quite nervous and let something slip.
I also didn't think her joke from the "first" date was actually meant to be related to him being a soldier. I thought she just meant it referring to the "ladykiller" comment from Into the Dalek.
5 days, 20 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From Listen
@Oliver is listening closley My dad said he thought the thing under the blanket in Rupert's room was a personification of the Doctor's fears; to which I asked how the Doctor's fears had physically manifested? He couldn't give an answer. That's the only part that could give the implication that there's an actual monster in the episode and I think that if there is a monster it'll be fully revealed later this season or, and I think this is more likely, there's no monster at all.
6 days, 2 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
Wow. 10/10. Brilliant episode. Psychologically intriguing, totally character driven and just creepy enough. I thought the scenes between Clara and Danny were much better integrated here than they were in Into the Dalek. That last scene was spectacular! Great performances all around.
Biggest question, though, is Clara Orson's great grandmother? He did mention that there was a history of time travel in the family, but I'm really hoping not.
6 days, 15 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
I've really only had two, maybe three, lines that have been a problem for me, but that's the same with any show or movie regardless of the actor's accent.
As for people complaining about having to use subtitles, I actually really enjoy using subtitles. I often do, even though I don't need them. There's something lovely about having the words written out and spoken at the same time. I like the synergy of those moments and think it adds to my viewing experience. But maybe I'm just weird like that.
1 week ago on Is Capaldi’s Accent Causing Issues?
@ Notsosmartguy @twoheartsonemind I hope so; I want that part of his past revealed already so I can stop feeling so paranoid that he might kill Clara.
1 week, 1 day ago on Listen Spoiler-Free Review
This sounds so good! I like the idea that the monster might just be in their heads. I personally really like character driven stories; psychological analyses are far more interesting than an action filled story. Horror elements should work nicely in here and I'm excited to see a progression in Danny and Clara's relationship. I'm betting the scene that'll "bring into question just how much influence one person can have on someone’s life" will involve Clara influencing young Danny and effecting his future life. Maybe the reason he becomes a soldier?
While I'd like someone who wasn't from the present, I don't think Journey Blue would be my first choice. First of all, the name; yeah, it's poetic, but a bit over the top. Amy Pond's about as far as you can push it with whimsy in names. I wasn't overly impressed by the actress; she certainly wasn't bad, but by no means was she great either. When she asked the Doctor to take her along at the end of Into the Dalek, I was shocked, because I couldn't picture her travelling with him at all.
1 week, 2 days ago on Taking a ‘Journey’ Into the Future: The Next Companion
It seems this episode has been far less divisive, at least on this site, than previous Gatiss episodes and I think this is because we all came in knowing what we were going to get. There were no assumptions that this was to be a dark, psychologically thrilling episode; we all knew it would be a lighthearted romp. The fact that it did use some darker themes only made it better.
1 week, 2 days ago on 2nd Opinion: Robot of Sherwood
Definitely, The Crimson Horror. One of my favorite episodes of Series 7 and one of my favorite episodes of all time. It was quirky and very creative; I also thought it gave us some fantastic characters in the forms of Mrs. Gillyflower and especially Ada, who was so well characterized and acted. The Paternoster Gang were handled brilliantly (if there is a spin off with them then I believe Gatiss should lead it). It was crazy, but in a good way.
1 week, 2 days ago on Face-Off: The Gatiss Episodes
Clara has become quite the conversation piece on this site; it seems there's an article on her just about every week and I think that's fantastic. I feel like the series, while still introducing the new Doctor, has become a lot less Doctor-centric and that's perfectly fine, because Clara's such a well-developed character and because she's incredibly fun to watch. It's also been fascinating to see how a new Doctor has shown a different side of her. I agree with everyone who's said that with Eleven, she had it easy, but with Twelve she's more challenged. She has to fight back and this has been a wonderful development for her character. I can't wait to see where they go with her in the rest of the series (and hopefully onto another one).
1 week, 4 days ago on Mission Impossible: Clara Oswald in Review – Part 1
This looks so interesting! Looks like we get to see Danny at different ages, so maybe the monster's following him, Clara realizes this and she and the Doctor go to try and help him? I bet this'll be an episode that makes my sister step out of the room (the last time she did that was with The God Complex, I think).
1 week, 5 days ago on Next Time: Listen
@Scootersfood @twoheartsonemind I was waiting for it and it was as good as I'd expected.
Even though I really like the Twelfth Doctor, Clara continues to be my favorite part of episodes.
1 week, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood
I'm most concerned that the editing out of that scene left a gap. I noticed the skip, but just put it down to bad cinematography, now it makes much more sense. The episode was fine without it, but I think it would've been good to have. When it was first mentioned that a beheading had been cut out, I couldn't think of why and I keep up on the news. I didn't make the connection and I wonder how many people would have had it been left in?
1 week, 6 days ago on Robot of Sherwood: What Was Cut
Cute episode. Not great, but cute. It had a few laugh out loud moments and the story was entertaining. Clara's scenes with the Sheriff were probably the best scenes of the episode and I enjoyed seeing the Doctor try to prove that Robin Hood and the Merry Men weren't real. I was SO incredibly happy when Clara shut Robin and the Doctor up; their bickering was incredibly annoying, but it was a nice chance for Capaldi to get some sillier moments and for Clara to act as the adult. Best line: Good thing Clara didn't see that.
(Also, Jenna Coleman looked gorgeous in that dress. Just saying.)
1 week, 6 days ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood
@ Notsosmartguy @The Administrator It's amazing; the animation is spectacular, especially for when it was made. I remember watching it countless times when I was younger and then enjoying it just as much now that I'm older.
2 weeks ago on Robot of Sherwood Clips
I've liked Gatiss' past episodes, Cold War notwithstanding, so I do think I'll like this. I didn't expect this episode to be anything more than an entertaining romp; it hasn't been billed as anything deep, just a fun light episode. And I don't think we give those episodes enough credit. A diversion is often needed from darker or more thought provoking stories to make us better appreciate them and so those genres don't become oversaturated. Looking forward to this episode; I could really use a laugh.
2 weeks ago on Robot of Sherwood Spoiler-Free Review
@JMorty Interesting, as I found the episodes to have the opposite characteristics as you did.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Face-Off: Dalek vs Into the Dalek
Sounds interesting. I've actually liked Thompson's other episodes. Curse of the Black Spot was the first Doctor Who episode I ever watched and I enjoyed it very much. Journey to the Center of the TARDIS was a fine episode, it wasn't magnificent, but certainly not bad. Besides, I'm always willing to give a writer another chance.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Time Heist BBC Synopsis
Easy choice for me. Into the Dalek all the way! I wasn't a fan of Dalek at all; I felt it was boring and poorly acted. Into the Dalek was just the opposite.
@Formerly EJB I'm not a fan of Dalek either, but more for the writing and acting than anything else, though I do agree about the cinematography.
Very funny, especially Clara's reaction. Maybe "Robin Hood" isn't a robot, but has amnesia and thinks he's Robin Hood, like Jackson Lake in The Next Doctor. Perhaps that's too obvious though and it has been done before.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Robot of Sherwood Clips
@supermoff of Sherwood @ Notsosmartguy @supermoff of Sherwood I did NOT need that picture in my head!
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Next Time: Robot of Sherwood
@MoserGray As basic a plot point as going back and time and seeing a sci. fi cliché is not formulaic. That is a catalyst for an infinite amount of possibilities, it is then up to the writer. Would you really call Vincent and The Doctor formulaic? If anything, it breaks the formula by the "sci fi cliché" being secondary to examining Vincent Van Gogh. I'd also hardly call Cold War or The Crimson Horror formulaic and I don't even like the former.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Next Time: Robot of Sherwood
@BoneyardBetty @twoheartsonemind I don't think it would have been a particularly outrageous thing to happen; she has some memories as shown in The Name of The Doctor by her remembering seeing other Doctors. Something about memory triggers could have been written in.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek
One thing that I think would have put this episode over the top would have been if Clara had had any memories of being Oswin come to her. It certainly wouldn't have been difficult to write in, seeing a Dalek in a similar position to Oswin could have easily triggered memories and this could have given even more insight into Clara having sympathy for the "good" Dalek. She could've also used this in arguing her point with the Doctor and his reaction to it would have been interesting as well. The Doctors initial reaction to finding out Oswin was a Dalek was very similar to how he reacted to this Rusty, it would have been an amazing parallel.
@Scootersfood @twoheartsonemind Perhaps. Clearly, Moffat enjoys making us paranoid.
@Invictus12 I thought the pacing was slow, not off. Two different things. Even the actions scenes moved slowly, but not always in a bad way. This episode had a kind of quietness about it that was surprising; I suppose you could even call it understated. It wasn't bad, just not fast paced and many people get bored if it isn't fast paced.
This was an enjoyable episode. Oddly, I felt rather emotionally detached during this episode, but I think that was due to the slow pace of the episode, which is odd, because the episode seemed to fly by. I looked at the clock and suddenly it was half over, but it felt like it had just started, yet it didn't feel rushed. I enjoyed how this episode really talked about the Doctor's prejudice towards Daleks and I like that Clara called him out on that. Journey Blue was an interesting character; the Doctor's dislike of soldiers was really played up here, much more than I've ever seen it before and I wonder if this is a reaction to his questioning his own morality and his new knowledge about his role in the Time War. If he was a soldier and didn't end up killing everyone maybe he now feels that other soldiers don't have to either?
Danny Pink looks to be an interesting character. He make an interesting pair with Clara and genuinely seems like a nice guy, but what about that lady killer line. This either is foreshadowing something with him and Clara or it's a hint as to his past, perhaps he killed a female civilian, hence his crying (the one scene I didn't like, I hate those one tear moments).
7.5/10, rounded up to an 8/10.
@YaelMoise @twoheartsonemind The second outfit was much better. It looked more like her other outfits, which I've really liked.
@YaelMoise @twoheartsonemind No problem. I was probably me reading too fast.
@YaelMoise @twoheartsonemind I must have misread you then. Sorry. Fair enough point with the shirt. But if you ask me Jenna Coleman can make anything look good.
@YaelMoise I can understand many of the reasons you didn't enjoy this episode. It had a rather slow pacing throughout, even during the action scenes, and I, too, disliked the crying scene. That one eye tear is so clichéd. I thought the "Am I a good man?" question did come up a bit too suddenly, but I'm not sure how they would have segued into that and perhaps the point is that it was sudden. Still, it was a bit jarring, as I liked the casual conversation beforehand.
However, you are nit picking quite a bit. I'm not British, so I don't know exactly where each newspaper stands politically, but I don't think what newspaper Clara's carrying pegs her down politically. Many people subscribe to multiple newspapers to get more than one view on issues or the paper could've just been in the break room. Her shirt doesn't really matter that much either, certainly not enough for it to be a contributing factor for your dislike of an episode.
But I can totally understand your dislike of this episode.
I love the new title sequence; it's so different than anything we've seen in the past and it just looks stunning.
My ear for pitch and tone and all that musical stuff is really bad, so I don't really understand why everyone doesn't like the theme tune. It sounds fine to me, but I'm probably missing a lot of the finer details. Could anyone explain why it's disliked so much?
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Examining Series 8’s New Title Sequence
I might be one of the few people who don't care if the Daleks are scary, because I never found them to be scary. I think they're far more interesting when used for psychological analysis, as they seem to be used here.
I do wonder if Clara has any memories of being Oswin, as I think that would make this episode even more interesting. Probably not, as I'd assume that this would have been mentioned if it was the case.
Also, am I the only one who liked Let's Kill Hitler? I mean, it was a fun and funny episode, nothing terribly serious, just a light hearted jaunt. It's quite enjoyable.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Into the Dalek Spoiler-Free Review
@The Lazy Cat I think the most interesting way for Clara to leave would be that she starts to remember all of those other lives and is driven mad. It'd be incredibly heartbreaking, but we're used to that by now, right?
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald
I'm really not sure which one to pick. I've seen The Eleventh Hour so many times that I'm actually rather bored watching it; not because it doesn't have re-watch value, but because there comes a point where you've seen it so many times that it isn't interesting anymore.
I like what both episodes did to differentiate the new Doctor from the old Doctor. I also enjoy the characterizations of the companions in both episodes, but Deep Breath did make Clara my favorite companion, so I suppose that's a point in it's favor and Jenny, Vastra and Strax (especially Jenny and Vastra) were so delightful, another point for Deep Breath.
However, The Eleventh Hour perhaps had more riding against it, considering how popular both Tennant and RTD were, and it really succeeded in proving that the new Doctor and production team could keep up the shows quality, opposed to Capaldi, who nearly everyone was already sure would be a fantastic Doctor, though it seems Deep Breath did restore a number of people's faith in Steven Moffat, so that does say something.
I think Deep Breath's monster was more interesting, especially in how it related to the Doctor and regeneration. The humor in both episodes was top notch.
I think I'm going to go with Deep Breath, by a hair (yay for unintentional puns!)
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Face-Off: The Eleventh Hour vs Deep Breath
@The Lazy Cat Thank you. That makes much more sense than what I thought I heard.
3 weeks, 3 days 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.
@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.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss