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Or Danny returning.
1 week, 1 day ago on Speculating on Series 9’s Big Cliffhanger (Part 2)
@TardisBoy! That would be a good one! We've never seen a Doctor forget a companion before.
1 week, 3 days ago on Speculating on Series 9’s Big Cliffhanger (Part 1)
And I see TardisBoy and I were having the same thought at the same moment in time.
None of the above. Without knowing the arc of S9 there is no way to guess what the cliffhanger will be. Even knowing the arc there is little chance of guessing the cliffhanger as it could be something as mundane as the Doctor tripping on a brick.
Isn't this, announcing the writer and guest stars, a sign that outdoor filming is about to begin? That is what I noticed last year.
1 week, 6 days ago on Toby Whithouse Two-parter Confirmed for Series 9
@Beasts_a_Snarling - THE KANDYMAN'S APPRENTICE In retrospect I'm fascinated by how much "A Town Called Mercy" sets up "The Day of the Doctor". In the former the Doctor confronts an alien who has made similar difficult war time decisions. In the latter the Doctor confronts his former self who made a very difficult war time decision.
@The Lazy Cat is in a Hugging Mood @the Ultimate Notsosmartguy The companion role in Nightmare did seem to be written for Amy rather than Clara.
2 weeks ago on Neil Gaiman on Nightmare in Silver Reception
@Scribey @Malohkeh Yes, but these could be Spanish corridors.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain
@supermoff If Shona were to come back would she remember the Doctor and Clara? Would they remember her?
2 weeks, 2 days ago on 9 Predictions for Doctor Who Series 9…
Rather than a returning classic villain I would much prefer a new one that could stand up to repeated return visits. The Weeping Angels and the Silence are among the greatest villains ever seen on Doctor Who but both rely heavily on a clever gimmick (a Moffat specialty) rather than rich characterization. Viewers quickly grow wise to the gimmick and repeat visits by the villains become less threatening. A bad guy with whose motivations are murky, and who does not have any quirky powers, would make for a formidable long-term for for the Doctor.
The problem with Sontarans is that they aren't very interesting. They were third-rate villains in the classic show and they weren't improved much in their one substantial, serious story. Their very nature as militaristic clones that fight with honor limits what can be done with them. Moffat did the wisest thing one could do with them.
@Antee991166 @Conall McCormick Seeking Gallifrey is not a story arc. Like running away from Gallifrey and feeling guilty about the Time War, it is a frame upon which story arcs can be built. As such the search for Gallifrey will almost certainly take many years to unfold.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on 9 Predictions for Doctor Who Series 9…
@ilyootha, agent of C.L.A.R.A. @The17thDoctor And that doesn't even account for the rapid growth in international viewers.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on RTD: It’s Now Impossible For Doctor Who To Ever Be Axed
@Jon Pertwees No 1 Fan @whovian101 From my middle-aged perspective I think we should celebrate every chance we get because life is short. The 10th anniversary doesn't have to be a big bash like the 50th, but a mini episode featuring a character from Series 1, or a Series 1 marathon would be a nice, not costly, way of observing the occasion.
3 weeks ago on Russell T Davies on New Who’s 10th Anniversary
@supermoff @TheCyberDoctor @Gustaff As I recall Moffat's claim for more minisodes was because the BBC had given them a proper budget to produce more minisodes.
I tend to agree. I really like Danny as a character, and how Anderson played him, but The Danny-Clara relationship never clicked for me.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on The 5 Greatest Strengths of Series 8 (Part 1)
@TheOncomingHurricane I don't wish to be rude, but it would be helpful to the conversation here if you articulated your reasons for disliking Whithouse rather than dropping vague, one-liners.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Being Human Director for Series 9
@ItsSmallerOnTheOutside @LGwalchmai95 Those weren't Moffat characters.
Another Moffat character who did age was Canton Everett Delaware III.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on 12 Great Moments From Last Christmas
@WhovianOne @Planet of the Deaf @The Lazy Cat has Antlers! I think the smiley face at the end of Planet of the Deaf's comment indicated that he was joking.
@Hirmien @madbuk @Basically Just the Exploding Santa Exactly. Plus Doctor Who is a TV show about a fictional universe, not history written in stone. All Moffat, and Davies before him, are trying to do is entertain us for 45 minutes or so on a Saturday evening. Retconning a show that is more than half-a-century old is almost inevitable at this point because the story is going to get narrower and narrower if they don't crack the history once in a while.
1 month ago on Female Doctor Poll Results & A Case For
The set I ordered arrived this week. They are nice posters and there was a little something extra included. Note that the print run is limited to 2000 copies.
1 month, 1 week ago on 10 Last Minute Christmas Gifts for a Special Whovian
The Daily Mail's spin is ridiculous and can be ignored, but I thought Moffat's take on what is scary in Doctor Who was worth reading.
1 month, 1 week ago on Last Christmas Allegedly “Too scary” for Kids
People are overlooking the most important part of this "story". The part where Moffat says "the Doctor will get a bucket stuck on his foot".
The Daily Mail didn't include the part where, after the interview, Moffat jumped up, clicked his heels and shouted "Thanks for the free publicity, Daily Mail!"
@ElyotWren Did Moffat wink or have his fingers crossed behind his back when he said that?
1 month, 1 week ago on Moffat Defends In the Forest of the Night Science Criticisms
@Shane Michaels No, it definitely was scientifically inaccurate. There is no scientifically plausible way trees can grow to cover the earth overnight. Even if there were there is no way trees would also cover the oceans overnight. Even if that happened and a solar flare threatened to burn the atmosphere, the extra oxygen produced by the trees would cause more burning, not less. Finally, even if the trees did buffer the earth from a solar flare, they wouldn't all disappear with the sunrise the next morning and the entirety of civilization would never forget what happened that day.
@Greempa @supermoff The lack of other people didn't bother me at all. The story was about Clara, Danny and the children. Everyone else in London was unnecessary background. Why pay for extras if they are irrelevant to the story?
@Stradiwhovius @Clara Bosswald The thing is, the very first scene, where we see that trees have covered the earth overnight, sets the tone that any science that follows isn't going to be believable. They're telling the audience that this is fantasy, not science, nor even science fiction, and that we have to accept that scientific accuracy is not going to be a concern in the story.
Or maybe Missy is the magician and the Doctor is her apprentice.
1 month, 1 week ago on First Series 9 Title Revealed
The next companion should be a mirror, but the Doctor doesn't know it is a mirror. Initially the Doctor is flattered that someone wants to mimic his every move, but gets more and more creeped out when he realizes his companion follows him everywhere when there is light but disappears in the darkness.
1 month, 1 week ago on 4 Different Types of Companions Doctor Who Should Consider
@Oodkind I completely agree. The big change a companion faces is not shifting time periods, but to life on the TARDIS and traveling with the Doctor. That adjustment is way bigger than someone living in 1700 suddenly finding themselves in 2015. The companion has to adjust to life with the Doctor quickly or the Doctor is going to find a new companion.
@Notsosmartguy @YaelMoise @The Lazy Cat In my mind Rose and the Metacrisis Doctor start off well but become estranged because he is out of sorts without his true love, the TARDIS, he can't truly connect to other humans and he can't hold down a traditional job so he is always around the house, driving Rose nuts. Eventually they make up once Rose realizes she can't much relate to other humans either after her time with the Doctor and the Metacrisis Doctor finds contentment in raising bees and fixing children's toys.
1 month, 1 week ago on Moffat Explains “Clara Who”
@DocWhoFan @MJJ It's a reference to a 1970s-era Life cereal commercial in the US.
1 month, 1 week ago on Site Update: Christmas 2014
Does anyone remember what Moffat said about Series 9: "I’ve figured out the cliffhanger to the penultimate episode of the next series. And it’s a whopper. Ohh, I don’t think you’ll see this coming!”
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Poll: A Female Doctor
@Malohkeh @joe4 @Regenerated Catterson celebrates Super Christmas Presumably the BBC would also be super careful about casting a woman. While the show runner is the public face of the show's production, they don't work in a vacuum. BBC executives have significant input into who gets cast in the lead role, and will have even more input if the show runner, whether Moffat or one of his successors, decides to cast a female actor.
@joe4 @Malohkeh @supermoff wants Clara in Series 9 for Christmas! The point is Time Lords aren't human. As Moffat recently said, gender is fluid for them. What we as humans would see as a big deal is apparently not a big deal to Time Lords. When the Doctor regenerates as a woman the show will have to treat that in a way that we viewers realize it is not a big deal to her so we can get on watching the show.
@gunslinger19 Your working assumption here is that a female Doctor would be a gimmick. If the show were to try this as a stunt, everybody would be upset, with the people advocating for a female Doctor being the most upset. But Moffat and the BBC know Doctor Who is a valuable property. They aren't going to do this as a gimmick. A female Doctor will have to be accompanied by a good story and an actress capable of playing the part.
@MikeUK2011 As Moffat recently said, Time Lord gender is fluid. They aren't humans and we shouldn't expect them to behave as humans. If Time Lords can switch gender when they regenerate then their grandchildren would stop calling them "grandfather" and start calling them "grandmother". That's just how their culture works.
Similarly for their marriages. Both parties would be entering into the agreement knowing that either they or their partner could regenerate into a different gender. Again, this would be as natural as natural could be to a Time Lord/Lady.
@The Genie, Agent of JACKIE I see where you're coming from but I respectfully disagree. It seems inevitable that the Doctor will be played by a woman someday. It is better to have this conversation now, so fans can think about the implications and work through their feelings, than to wait until the casting is announced. That's why Moffat and the BBC are laying the groundwork now by slowly bringing up the idea over the past few years.
I'm not playing your game.
This is a gross oversimplification of why the show got cancelled. Colin Baker was saddled with the worst stories, scripts and costume in the show's history. McCoy's tenure began to get better stories, but by that time the show was out of favor with BBC executives and there was little any lead actor could have done to ensure the show's survival.
While fans may have a preferred age, that is not how the role gets cast. Moffat chose Smith and Capaldi because each actor had a set of qualities that Moffat thought would best help him tell the stories he had in mind. Likewise, whoever casts the first woman to play the Doctor will, hopefully, choose someone who can best play the role.
I think it is important to remember that the preview clips this season have general come from a scene early in the episode, have not given away important plot points, and have not even been necessarily representative of the episode.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Last Christmas New Clip
Yeah, there would be an outcry if Moffat retconned the Santa myth.
They could also be shocked by seeing Santa at the North Pole just a few minutes after leaving him behind on Clara's rooftop.
He gets paid well for his pain.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Moffat on Criticisms that Doctor Who Is Too Dark
Maybe now that we have a more established Clara character Series 9 will focus more on soufflé making.
You are talking about Doctor Who, a show that has generally ignored that important thing for more than half a century.
But MrRazza said exactly what he wanted to say.
Isn't that the universal fear before any Doctor Who episode is aired?