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I like paleontology, Doctor Who, Jurassic Park, and some other things.
Voted Rings because it doesn't get enough love. But to be honest, Curtis, Gaiman, Cross, and Mathieson are all tied here.
1 day ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts
This, word for word.
Chris Addison in that picture though. :P
3 days, 16 hours ago on Dark Water Promo Pics
Key...time...hmm...Missy is the Black Guardian? :P
5 days, 21 hours ago on Next Time: Dark Water
Yeah. Utopia was the surprise first part of the finale anyway, and Turn Left kind of led directly into the S4 finale with an epic ending. I'm still in shock from it, to be honest. :P
5 days, 22 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night
Such is the curse of pretty much every episode before a Doctor Who finale.
Now that there's actually a page for this...<insert screaming here>
5 days, 23 hours ago on Next Time: Dark Water
This was an episode designed for kids, and that's not a bad thing at all. The "very trippy sunsets" is probably one of my favorite ever lines now.
5 days, 23 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night
Agreed. That bit was somewhat abrupt, I'll admit, but not unexplained.
1 week, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
Personally, I wouldn't give this a 10/10 like many others have been doing. 9/10, certainly. Not perfect but ridiculously awesome all the same.
Apple must be selling their souls as well as their stocks.
That giant hand is going to haunt my dreams for years.
Sounds like the great run of episodes will continue to be sustained this week.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Flatline Advance Review
I can see the episode unfolding already...we find out that the Jersey Devil has merely wandered in from a demonic alien underworld that has been influencing the area for centuries, slowly seeping through into reality. Most people are under the assumption that New Jersey is a demonic alien underworld already, so the strategy is flawless.
.....OK then. :P
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Flatline Clip
I want those goggles. Like, now. :P
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Flatline Promo Pics
The clips are cool, but the song was pretty awesome too. :P
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Foxes ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ Full Song (Featuring New Series 8 Clips)
Oh well. It was hard to tell the difference between him and Kevan Brighting when I watched it, I guess.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express
It's been a while since we had an insane computer story, hasn't it? And this is probably the best insane computer yet.
It wasn't, but I think it was heavily implied. That's what I thought too.
This could be the unexpected highlight of the season.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Next Time: Flatline
Rather than "convenient" I would say impulsive, personally.
What started off as a stylish murder mystery turned into a giant science experiment in the end, and I have to say while unexpected I'm happy that it turned out that way.
Looking forward to it. Roll on Saturday.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Advance Review
I pretty much agree with everything this article says. Although if you're looking for scientifically accurate things, the Discovery Channel isn't what you want any more, sadly.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Doctor Who and The Hype Train
I think the "Darwin" guy looks a bit more like Ludwig Boltzmann :P
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Promo Pics
Capaldi looks amazing in that suit.
That's exactly why I liked the Sheriff of Nottingham this series. Stabbing people for more or less no reason at all. Gratuitous maybe, but that's the point.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Next Time: Mummy on the Orient Express
So on the subject of unicellular organisms - obviously badger size is pretty much out of the question for the types of cells we know - but maybe these are cells that operate under a completely different type of biology? For a creature to be moon-sized, I'm guessing that it would take billions of years of evolution to occur - is it a guarantee that these animals would use the same types of cell structures found on Earth?
On egg mass - maybe the sudden movements of the newborn in preparation for hatching caused the gravity to go wild (somehow), after such a long period of stability, thus the change in weight?
The instantaneous replacement moon is probably my biggest problem with the episode - but maybe the creature just laid a smaller moon, in a closer orbit?
TOne fatal flaw that nobody seems to have mentioned yet is that the Doctor implies that the moon is but a hundred million years old, or at most a few hundred million (I don't remember exactly what he said). Either way, this is a) blatantly false (the moon is only slightly younger than the Earth itself) and b) perfectly in keeping with the prior continuity of the show. Because the arrival of the moon is what made the Silurians decide to go into hibernation. Apparently. Food for thought, in any case.
The logical problems are there, but overall they didn't ruin the episode for me. Stranger (and sillier) things have happened in the show before.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Kill The Moon Review
The lunar maria could just be stuff on the surface of the egg, like dirt on chicken eggs. Space dirt perhaps.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon
To put things in perspective: for a show that began in 1963, had a 16-year-long hiatus, came back, became an instant hit, has lasted for nearly ten years since then, has run eight (and a half?) seasons in that time, has a worldwide following that has grown exponentially in just the past few years, and where quite a few people catch repeats, watch on iPlayer, or simply skip all that and watch it live online by whatever means...for a show to receive these kinds of ratings on the first viewing in the UK of 45 minutes of drama is quite exceptional, especially for this day and age. And I wouldn't worry about the AI much. I question its accuracy sometimes, and besides, if some people didn't enjoy it, there are just as many that DID enjoy it. The show is as strong as it's ever been. It's going to take a lot more than this to get Doctor Who canceled, which at this point might have to be total universal collapse.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
Okay, in hindsight my earlier comment was probably a bit uncalled for. It just seemed a bit weird (for me) to go from watching a tense, claustrophobic episode of DW with some hefty issues to deliver and then go straight into - well, something that doesn't exactly sustain the tone that the actual episode had. Maybe it would be better to watch the Extras a day after or so to clear the mind.
Apologies for any offense caused.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Doctor Who Extra: Kill the Moon
I can see why, but I'm going to say that this is a case of "always seeing patterns in things that aren't there".
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon
Well, I liked the shirt. :P
Perhaps time can be rewritten into a loop?...stranger things have happened.
"Shouldn't Neil Armstrong have been attacked by giant spider bacteria?- "One small step for maAAAAARGGG MY FACE!""
Maybe it did happen, and everyone forgot it happened when someone meddled around with the broadcast.
IMO I think both are unlikely. 12 has a rough exterior but inside he means well, and considering that this character is full of opportunity I don't think that dynamic is going to go away anytime soon. And if Capaldi pulls an Eccleston, I'm pretty sure there will be riots on the streets.
I've seen a lot of comments here and around the Internet that basically amount to the following: the Doctor was being a jerk; Clara was being a jerk; or both were being jerks. I'll pipe up and offer a potentially startling theory to those who might find it as such: the Doctor is SUPPOSED to be unlikeable. He's an alien, in this incarnation even more so than he's been for the past few years. He's SUPPOSED to be hard to relate to, because he doesn't think the way we humans do. Back in the very first days of the show, the Doctor's main purpose was to be irascible, crotchety and generally unhelpful. Heck, he CAUSED a lot of the bad situations that the TARDIS team faced, and sidestepped the issue while his companions were forced to jump in and fixed things. I thought his actions were entirely reasonable, given the way we've observed his character through the past seven episodes. It seems alien? Of course it does. If it makes people uncomfortable? Great! I'd be uncomfortable if I saw an alien do that too.
As for Clara? We've seen over the course of the series that she has traits that don't exactly make her endearing - fine, everyone has flaws, those are things that humans have. Was she overreacting? Quite possibly. People overreact all the time. Is that a bad thing? Certainly both she and the Doctor are now worse off than they were before, and I think it's safe to say their future is most definitely uncertain. But it was a human thing to do - because humans are not perfect. The interaction between the Doctor - most definitely an alien - and the companion - usually human, and mostly a different species than the Doctor - is one of the things that makes the show unique.
Conclusion: the Doctor was being harsh and Clara was being harsh, and that's not necessarily a bad thing in terms of the show itself.
Confirmed DWTV is the Rani.
Agreed with more or less all of your points. I found that the directing in the beginning was a bit clunky, actually, but it soon got itself together and the rest of the episode was pretty awesome. And the music for this episode was wonderfully creepy!
Kill the Moon? More like Kill the Narrator.
(someone had to do the pun)
Rather like Listen I think. Some absolutely loved it, some absolutely hated it. Any piece of television that has you asking questions long after it's ended has done its job (in my book at least).
Hold on, is that Kevan Brighting's voice again?
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Next Time: Mummy on the Orient Express
The Moonbase was 2070, and this was 2049, so yes, it was Moon MK2.
At least you aren't Sixie.
Did a quick search - boy, did they notice. :P
Also, tumblr is gonna be all over this episode.
That was one of the (if not the) highlights of the episode.
Terrifying monster, steampunk-styled setting, and some Douglas Adams black comedy? Count me in.
Some bits may not have made the most logical sense, and the beginning seemed a bit off to me, but the rest of the episode - the music, the implications for humanity, the tremendous set design, that bit where the spider germ jumped on the Doctor's face that was legitimately terrifying - more than made up for it.