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A lot of this "more gruff, more alien" Doctor talk is basic marketing to set audience expectations.  If they were to pitch Capaldi's Doctor as being a continuation of Smith's and he turns out much different the show effectively pushes the audience, especially the casual viewer (it is no coincidence that these two recent articles are in general interest magazines), away.  However if they promote Capaldi as being a lot harsher and alien and he does not turning out to be as harsh an alien as the audience expects there is a collective "he's not so bad" sigh of relief and the new Doctor is much more acceptable.

2 hours, 16 minutes ago on Capaldi’s Doctor More Alien, Less “human-friendly”

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@dragonsfyre @Rani Nose If you think 'Partners in Crime' was "about an invasion of giggling fat molecules" you missed the point of the episode.

1 day ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8

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Great first article! I look forward to reading many more!

1 day, 10 hours ago on What Actually Makes a Story Dark?

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@dragonsfyre @Rani Nose It's not 1975 anymore and it hasn't been in nearly 40 years.  The point being audience expectations have changed, viewing habits have changed, and the nature TV storytelling has changed so going back to the old ways isn't necessarily for the better.  Today's audience might take to Capaldi and a different style show or they might not.  We'll know for sure in a couple of months.


The great non-secret to Doctor Who's longevity is there is no "proper" style to the show.  It is a delicate balance the producers have to weigh between series continuity, storytelling ideas and actor availability.  From grumpy old man, to befuddled clown, to swashbuckler, to bohemian alien, to human, to grumpy alien to conniver, to romantic, to war survivor, to best boyfriend, to awkward, childlike alien..  We have been lucky that they have gotten it right more often than not.

1 day, 14 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8

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@dragonsfyre The Adipose appeared before Waters of Mars.  That aside, if you think silly monsters are a thing of the past because Capaldi is the Doctor you are in for a big surprise.

1 day, 18 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8

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What threat level? We all know the Doctor is going to survive, the companion will almost certainly live, and life on Earth will basically carry on. The Master, Daleks, Cybermen and other returning baddies will never be completely wiped out and the friendly recurring characters will return. That leaves deadly consequences for individual Daleks, Cybermen etc., one time baddies, and incidental characters.

1 day, 19 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8

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@Edymnion @Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @Planet of the Deaf But did 11 crank up the flirting?  He and River flirted with each other then got married, and he and Clara flirt in a cutesy, platonic way, knowing it will never lead to anything.  More generally, Smith played the Doctor as a socially awkward alien.  I always interpreted some of his flirtatious behavior as inept attempts to relate to people and not actual flirting.

1 day, 20 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8

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@Edymnion @Luna23 @Oodkind If Doctor Who lost actors because the actors thought story ideas were absurd they would never be able to cast the lead.

1 day, 20 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8

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Do you want to know a secret?

3 days, 17 hours ago on Listen! Series 8 Teaser Trailer

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@NeutronFlow While Moffat may be trolling a bit, it seems like the people overreacting to his statements are the ones acting childish and ridiculous.  As show runner part of Moffat's job is to build up excitement in the upcoming season.  There are "formal" ways of doing that, like producing trailers and going on the worldwide tour, and there are informal ways, like giving interviews and making statements that get fans talking.  As many others have pointed out in this thread, what he said in this interview is not new nor particularly controversial.  It is a wonder why fans are getting so riled up and blowing his statement way out of proportion.  



5 days, 11 hours ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title

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@Amy is Hannibal I don't understand why people are so wound up over this.  Moffat is clearly talking about the in-universe world of the show, in which there is one Doctor who has had many incarnations. 

5 days, 17 hours ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title

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@Slytherinx @Awqwapwnics An incarnation of the Doctor who didn't think he was worthy of calling himself the Doctor.

5 days, 19 hours ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title

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@Pipnant He's not picking on anyone.  The show returns in less than a month and he is just bringing up a topic that he knows will engender lots of discussion.  

5 days, 19 hours ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title

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I think he does it because August 23rd is less than a month away and he knows saying something controversial is a whole lot cheaper way of marketing than making another trailer.

6 days, 1 hour ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title

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Depends. Does he need the eggs?

1 week, 1 day ago on Moffat: Series 8 Not A Fairytale, There Are Consequences

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@Notsosmartguy approves of female thor Based on the trailer, speculation that there will be an explanation as to why 12 looks like two people who have already appeared in the Who universe, and the storylines of Day and Time, I'd guess the theme will be something along the lines of the Doctor rediscovering who he really is.  That doesn't explain the arc but it gives some idea what will be accomplished as the series progresses.

1 week, 1 day ago on Moffat: Series 8 Not A Fairytale, There Are Consequences

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@ilyootha is in the Divergent Universe @JamesStroud She and Capaldi were filming a TARDIS scene in downtown Cardiff just last week.

1 week, 1 day ago on Moffat: Series 8 Not A Fairytale, There Are Consequences

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@Huknar @Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd  When Moffat says Series 8 is going to be dark he was speaking literally!

1 week, 1 day ago on Moffat: Series 8 Not A Fairytale, There Are Consequences

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@RebelTimeLord Oh, there is no doubt this is hype for the new series.  It is classic Moffat telling a certain subset of fans exactly what they want to hear.  Judging from the comments here that PR effort has worked brilliantly!    

But!  It is also clear that Moffat likes to challenge himself and his writers, and that Moffat is a wise enough showrunner to know the show needed a change to stay fresh. He could have chosen many directions to take the twelfth Doctor, but you can tell with the stories in Day and Time and the casting of Capaldi that Moffat is leaning toward a gruffer, more adult character this time around.  That, of course, does not mean the Doctor will be any less eccentric, or be slow with the jokey quips, or no longer find himself dealing with silly aliens in ridiculous situations.  

1 week, 1 day ago on Moffat: Series 8 Not A Fairytale, There Are Consequences

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@JamesStroud @Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd  I think the point of 11 acting like a child sometimes is that he is "the one who forgets".  Not to psychoanalyze but 11 dealt with the awful things he has done, specifically what he did to end the Time War, that he retreats into denial and acting child-like instead of being a mature adult in stressful situations.  However, there was a limit to his denial, and when Solomon crossed that limit the Doctor made the very difficult decision not to save him.  

1 week, 1 day ago on Moffat: Series 8 Not A Fairytale, There Are Consequences

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@The8thDoctor @Rani Nose It is true, those two anniversary shows were broadcast on the actual anniversary date.  That, however, does not mean that all anniversary shows must be broadcast on the actual anniversary date.   

Does not the country celebrate the Queen's birthday not on the anniversary of her birth but on a Saturday in June?  Surely you are not implying that a TV show should take its anniversary celebrations more seriously that the monarchy are you?




1 week, 3 days ago on Will There Be a 10th Anniversary Special for the Revival?

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@Huknar There are spoilers, then there are spoilers.  There is nothing the BBC can do to hide the Cybermen if they are filming outside, so they might as well take advantage of that fact and release a publicity photo.   

More importantly, we've only seen bits and pieces of the finale.  We can speculate how they fit together but the important spoilers, the actual plot and the fate of the main characters, are still unknown.

1 week, 3 days ago on Cybermen Invade London (Again!)

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@Gustaff @ShayHatchard1 Or they are just more sensitive to spoilers than you.  There is no need to be proactively rude to them.

1 week, 3 days ago on Cybermen Invade London (Again!)

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@supermoff  @Rani Nose @DanFellows No problem!  While I love the fan enthusiasm for the show, casting a bunch of returning characters then writing a story around them is putting the cart before the horse and almost guarantees a terrible episode.  

1 week, 3 days ago on Will There Be a 10th Anniversary Special for the Revival?

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@supermoff  @Rani Nose @DanFellows I was being sarcastic!  I completely agree with you.  

1 week, 3 days ago on Will There Be a 10th Anniversary Special for the Revival?

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@DanFellows You can never have too many returning characters!  The ideal celebration would be a 45 minute show where the first fifteen minutes is spent introducing all the Doctors and companions to each other, the middle fifteen minutes is spent battling the Slitheen, Sycorax, Prisoner Zero, the Flesh, Weeping Angels, Silents, Great Intelligence, Whispermen, Abzorbaloff, Adipose, etc. while the final fifteen minutes shows all the Doctors and companions bidding each other farewell.

1 week, 3 days ago on Will There Be a 10th Anniversary Special for the Revival?

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An anniversary special does not have to air on the exact anniversary.

1 week, 4 days ago on Will There Be a 10th Anniversary Special for the Revival?

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I would love to see Rose return, but not for another ten or fifteen years.

1 week, 4 days ago on Will There Be a 10th Anniversary Special for the Revival?

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@Planet of the Deaf I like the idea of Donna coming back and either knowingly or unknowingly saving the Earth from an alien invasion (with a little help from the Doctor).

1 week, 4 days ago on Will There Be a 10th Anniversary Special for the Revival?

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Random thoughts:  

They can't have an anniversary special without Eccleston and he's not coming back so it's not going to happen.

In the off-chance he does return when would the special air?  March 2015?  That would mean filming a one-off episode this autumn.  That's not likely to happen.   

I don't understand why people are so rigid about not celebrating the 10th anniversary of the show. Life is fleeting and fragile.  Put your arms around the world and celebrate the small things as well as the big things!  No harm will occur to the show or the fans by celebrating the 10th anniversary.   

Personally, I would prefer a sly nod (or several nods) to 'Rose' rather than a full-on special.  Have the London Eye or Henrik's feature in a story, bring back the Autons, visit a rose garden, etc.






1 week, 4 days ago on Will There Be a 10th Anniversary Special for the Revival?

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It is not a secret that each episode has to be approximately 45 minutes long.  The producers, writers and directors are all very aware of this constraint.  There are many excellent 45-minute episodes.  If the writer/director/producer can't tell their story given the known constraint the problem is not the constraint it is the creative team.  There is no guarantee that having an extra 5, 10, 15 or 45 minutes to tell a story will result in a better episode.

1 week, 5 days ago on Are Longer Stories Better? Five Classics

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@Huknar @drjakeyoung And longer than The Day of the Doctor.

1 week, 5 days ago on Are Longer Stories Better? Five Classics

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There is no way Moffat and the BBC would allow Twelve and Clara to have a mentor-student relationship. Clara is already a teacher. A professional, educated woman. She is an intelligent, capable and independent adult who, as we have seen in time and again in little over half a season, has already acquited herself well when placed in extremely challenging circumstances. One of the most enjoyable aspects of her character is that she travels with the Doctor on her terms. Falling back on a hoary "older man teaches younger woman" trope is teenage boy fantasy level of storytelling and it would alienate a huge number of viewers.

1 week, 6 days ago on How Far Into Darkness will the 12th Doctor Take Us?

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@Unibot  Am I the only one who thought the Eleventh Doctor -was- dark??




No, not at all.  The problem is that there is no agreed upon definition of "dark".  It is a vague term to which people ascribe different meanings.  Read through these comments and you'll see some people using "dark" as a synonym for depressed, others use it to mean angry, still others take it to mean fierce, serious, mischievous, manipulative and who knows what else. 


With no standard definition, and no Doctor who was ever completely happy go lucky, one can easily make the argument that each Doctor has been "dark".  These conversations would be much more interesting if people used words with actual meaning, like you did in describing the Eleventh Doctor as manipulative, to refer to the Doctor instead of "dark".

2 weeks ago on How Far Into Darkness will the 12th Doctor Take Us?

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I just hope everyone expecting a "dark" Doctor is not disappointed when he turns out to be not all that "dark" because this is still Doctor Who, a family-oriented show that has skillfully mixed silly comedy, cliffhangers, and drama for much of the last 50 years.

2 weeks ago on How Far Into Darkness will the 12th Doctor Take Us?

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Not just ok, but also necessary because the humor breaks the dramatic tension and because Doctor Who has rarely been a totally serious drama.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Series 8 Launch Trailer Breakdown

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Is that Madame Vastra or another Silurian?  She didn't seem like Vastra to me, but maybe that was just the briefness of the clip

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer

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@Chris502 @Rani Nose That goes without saying. What's more interesting that fitting into the time period is the possibility that she has to imitate her Victorian self.  Then again, maybe I watch too much Orphan Black.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Series 8: Deep Breath First Look

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Could modern Clara be trying to pass as Victorian Clara?

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Series 8: Deep Breath First Look

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@supermoff  You got it.  Analogous structures between species, parts that have a similar look or serve a similar function but are not seen in common ancestors of those species develop through a process known as convergent evolution.


 

Think of the eye of a squid and the eyes of mammals.  The common ancestor to both only had simple photoreceptive cells but vision in both squids and mammals evolved independently from that common ancestor.   Or think of the many unrelated tropical plants that have evolved heart-shaped leaves because that shape is efficient in carrying out photosynthesis and directing rainwater toward the plant roots.

The traits that humans and Time Lords, or Gallifreyans, share, mainly bipedalism, big brains and two forward-facing eyes, offer many advantages over the traits of other species and could be expected to be the dominant traits of successful species on many planets.


2 weeks, 6 days ago on Why does the Doctor LOOK human?

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@Richy Woo I think you may be on to something.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Series 8: New Teaser Trailer “I see into your soul, Doctor”

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@declanmclean  To paraphrase an old movie...  Kate:  "Doctor, we've traced the call it's coming from inside the TARDIS! Get out of the TARDIS, get out of the TARDIS!"



3 weeks, 3 days ago on Series 8: New Teaser Trailer “I see into your soul, Doctor”

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Yes, many people have already mentions that in the comments.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Series 8 Finale Filming: Beyond the Grave

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Big surprise: this is actually going to be the first episode and the Doctor, Clara and Danny will be played by child actors for the whole series.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Series 8: Frank Cottrell Boyce Confirmed

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That, to me, is the only interesting photo of this bunch. It indicates that they may go to the cemetery during the present day and back in the Victorian era. Will they make that trip to the past willingly? Will the Gatekeeper of the Nerhersphere or the Weeping Angels send them back?

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Series 8 Finale Filming: Beyond the Grave

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The comparison is offensive in the extreme and is in no way funny.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Series 8 Finale Filming: Beyond the Grave

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