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@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.
3 hours, 20 minutes 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.
1 day, 6 hours 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.
1 day, 17 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek
@Scootersfood @twoheartsonemind Perhaps. Clearly, Moffat enjoys making us paranoid.
1 day, 18 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek
@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 days, 9 hours 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 days, 21 hours 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?
4 days, 2 hours 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!)
4 days, 2 hours 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.
5 days, 3 hours 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.
5 days, 4 hours 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.
5 days, 8 hours 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.
5 days, 9 hours 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?
5 days, 9 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss
@Sephora.IWishIWasScottish Isn't Oswin bisexual? Which I suppose could imply that Clara is, but not necessarily.
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.
5 days, 19 hours 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.
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!
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.
5 days, 18 hours 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.
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.
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.
5 days, 22 hours 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!
6 days 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.
1 week 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.
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.
1 week, 1 day 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.
1 week, 1 day 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?
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.
1 week, 2 days 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.
1 week, 3 days 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.
1 week, 3 days 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, 5 days 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, 5 days ago on Details on Series 8′s First Four Episodes