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@Polyphase Other than die hard Doctor Who fans very few viewers would know who Ian is.  The show can get away with having his name on the sign in Day of the Doctor because it is an unobtrusive bit of fan service that doesn't interrupt the narrative.   

Bringing Ian back in a speaking capacity is, as Roberts implied, a lot trickier.  A non-speaking cameo is a bit of an insult.  Presumably the point of bringing Ian back is to interact with the Doctor.  If he meets the Doctor his importance needs to be explained and that explanation has to be woven into the narrative.  But they just can't introduce a character, explain his relevance, then drop him from the rest of the story.  There would have to be more scenes to show why this character is important.  So, now Roberts has to add in scenes with Ian in addition to the Scovox Blitzer plot, the Clara-Danny interactions, the Doctor-Danny interactions, the introduction of Courtney, and the sub-plot of Clara and the Eleven lookalike, all of which are essential to not only The Caretaker but also to the remainder of Series 8.  Doctor Who already gets frequent criticism for feeling too rushed.  Adding another character and sub-plot to this episode would only add to that criticism.

8 hours, 10 minutes ago on Roberts Explains Why Ian Chesterton Didn’t Appear in The Caretaker

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I am just disappointed that the we didn't see a sign outside the assembly hall that said "Barbara Wright Memorial Assembly Hall".

15 hours, 32 minutes ago on Roberts Explains Why Ian Chesterton Didn’t Appear in The Caretaker

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@Joseph Graham @Antee991166 People complained because he wasn't in The Caretaker, they would have complained had he just made a cameo and if the entire episode was about him.  There is no winning with fans because they don't speak with one voice.

15 hours, 37 minutes ago on Roberts Explains Why Ian Chesterton Didn’t Appear in The Caretaker

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Judging from the lighting on the crawling picture I guess sun angles and lighting aren't the BBC marketing department's strong suit.


1 day, 23 hours ago on Kill The Moon Promo Pics

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The twelfth Doctor has been more than a bit "off" so far in this regeneration.

2 days, 8 hours ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker

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So you've seen 'Kill the Moon'?

2 days, 8 hours ago on Next Time: Kill The Moon

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@The Lazy Cat Has a Terrible Decision to Make... I'm assuming the Doctor recognized the soldier but didn't let on because Clara needed to talk to his younger self on her own, and not be coached to do it.

3 days, 11 hours ago on The Caretaker Review

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@The Lazy Cat Has a Terrible Decision to Make...  @ Notsosmartguy Likes watching "Clara Who" Consider this, the moment when Clara gives Rupert the toy soldier right after the Doctor gives him the "fear is a superpower" speech is surely the moment the Doctor realizes where his childhood dream comes from.  I mean, there is no way he can not connect having a "dream" and being left a toy soldier as a child to what just happened in Rupert's room.


The implications of that realization is that the Doctor knows Clara must someday come into possession of the toy soldier so she can leave it with his child self.  That has to happen.  Now, the Doctor can leave that chance to leftover telepathic energy from Clara within the TARDIS memory banks or he can follow Rupert and his descendants until he can get Clara to meet Orson and Orson can give her the soldier.  



If you are the Doctor do you leave that to chance or do you lie to Clara about the telepathic energy and manipulate events to get her at the right place and time?

3 days, 17 hours ago on The Caretaker Review

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@Kosidus @PCAriza Is the problem with Capaldi, as you're implying, or the character he is playing?

3 days, 18 hours ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker

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What's that out of the corner of your eye...

5 days, 9 hours ago on Kill The Moon Clip

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@YaelMoise @supermoff is your new lodger- I mean, caretaker.  @ Notsosmartguy The new Caretaker. @The_Eternal_Dalek @TheOncomingHurricane I read a comment somewhere else that I thought was insightful.  Their idea was that it wasn't until recently that Tom Baker realized that starring on Doctor Who was the best thing that ever happened to him professionally.  For Eccleston, though, it was a one role out of many and he is never going to have the same epiphany as Baker.

6 days, 15 hours ago on The Caretaker Clip & Video Introduction

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@VictorWong1 For Ian to say something like "Ms. Oswald, be careful when you travel with him.  The Doctor doesn't always tell the truth about how dangerous traveling with him can be."





6 days, 15 hours ago on The Caretaker Clip & Video Introduction

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One reason I want Doctor Who to last for a very long time is I would love to see an episode twenty years from now that starts with a young couple, or a group of friends, walking past a blue police box and one person says "Hey, Alf, tell us your dad's crazy stories about the guy in the blue box who chases aliens." 

1 week ago on Why I Love… Closing Time

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I often don't know how to feel about episodes like "Time Heist".  I mainly watch Who for 45 minutes of escapist entertainment. Give me a good scare, a good laugh and an improbable situation that makes me ask 'what just happened?" and I'm happy.  On that level "Time Heist" fit the bill:  a few good jokes, scary alien, and crazy circumstances.  But like 'Into the Dalek" the story falls apart if I think about it too much.

1 week, 1 day ago on Time Heist Review

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@dewyjns @ Notsosmartguy The new Caretaker. @Switcharoo I believe you guys missed Switcharoo's joke.

1 week, 1 day ago on Time Heist Review

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@Switcharoo I don't think anyone has ever called Moffat the sexiest. :)

1 week, 1 day ago on Time Heist Review

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@Beasts_a_Snarling That's an interesting observation.  Although in Deep Breath the Doctor does call her the "asking questions one" Clara has generally not been an audience surrogate type of companion.  Is that the nature of who she is, or is her lack of curiosity going to become a plot point?

1 week, 1 day ago on Time Heist Review

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@ClaireAbraham @KingoftheOod4450 While Clara doesn't need to be the central driving force, Clara could have been played by a cardboard cut-out of herself in Time Heist.

1 week, 1 day ago on Time Heist Review

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I largely agree with the content of this review, if not the somewhat sneering tone.  The script was very generic, in that pretty much any of the four new Doctors and most of the companions (probably not Donna) could have played the parts.

1 week, 1 day ago on Time Heist Review

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Do you have any thoughts about the clones in this episode?

1 week, 3 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Time Heist

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My favorite scene was when Psi tells Clara she is good at making excuses for the Doctor.  Foreshadowing a departure?

1 week, 3 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Time Heist

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This doesn't really explain breaking the time lock but perhaps the Doctor programmed the TARDIS to take them back to his childhood.  If a night visitor under his bed was a fixed moment in time the Doctor has a strong incentive to make sure it happened.  

We are led to believe Clara is guiding the TARDIS via a telepathic link.  First back to Rupert, then forward to Orson, then back to the Doctor's childhood.  But considering the sequence of events from the Doctor's perspective gives another possible explanation.


Immediately after the Doctor gives Rupert the same "fear is a superpower" speech that he recalls from his childhood dream, Clara gives Rupert the toy soldier.  From our perspective we don't realize the significance of the speech and soldier but surely the Doctor is connecting that speech and that soldier back to his childhood nightmare.  At that moment he knows that Clara must get the soldier back and then comfort him and give him the soldier when he is a child.


The Doctor explains that it was Clara's leftover telepathic energy that led him to find Orson Pink, but the Doctor has every incentive to make sure the fixed moment in time occurs.  After he drops Clara off at the restaurant it is possible that he tracks down Rupert as he matures into Danny (his line to Clara about popping into the future to see if the guy she is dating turns out okay could be interpreted as him doing just that, but on a generational scale) and follows Danny's descendants until he finds Orson at the end of the universe.  The whole "let's spend the night at the end of the universe" thing being a distraction to get Clara to engage the TARDIS while he is unconscious.  She thinks she is driving it but the Doctor has actually programmed it to return to Gallifrey when Clara tries to start the telepathic link.

1 week, 5 days ago on Listen: Breaking the Time Lock?

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@JackArtaganMackenna I doubt it will happen myself.  I was mainly just throwing an idea out to see what people thought.  

1 week, 6 days ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon

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@Maiden_Ty_One I disagree. The showrunner, whoever it may be, is the creative lead for the series.  Moffat's responsibility is to move the show forward from where RTD left off.  That includes building upon the legacy of the classic show and what RTD developed as well as addressing any mistakes and holes that have appeared in the show during its long history.  Occasionally that means the shows mythology will need to be revisited and changed.   

Doctor Who, after all, is a fictional TV show, not an objective piece of history that has been carved into stone.  Moffat's successor's job will be to do the exact same thing.


1 week, 6 days ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?

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@Planet of the Deaf @Rani Nose @GiselaT One of the things I really liked about Listen was the number of ambiguities we were presented with.  Once I noticed what happened in that last scene I realized an earlier scene could be interpreted as presented or that the Doctor is telling Clara a big lie (and knowing how Moffat likes his parallel stories there is a big hint that it is the latter). 

1 week, 6 days ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?

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@GiselaT Did the Doctor show Clara a huge amount of trust at the end of Listen, or did he already know what was going to happen?  At the very end of the episode there is a subtle and clever bit of direction (or mis-direction).  It took a second viewing for me to catch what Douglas Mackinnon did, so I won't spoil it here, but seeing it greatly changes one's understanding of what happens in the episode.  

1 week, 6 days ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?

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@Clara Laurinda @The Living Angel / is Regenerating  The shock is hinted at in the "Tantalising Details" post from yesterday.  DWTV has it behind a spoiler link so I won't mention it here. 

1 week, 6 days ago on Kill The Moon BBC Synopsis

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Maybe there is less to Clara than we think.  What if the real Clara died when she entered the Doctor's timeline, leaving one last splinter Clara to protect the Doctor from the General Intelligence who happens to be Missy?

1 week, 6 days ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?

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It may not be explicitly stated that the a Doctor remembers what Clara told him but it is implied as strongly as possible. Watch the last scene very closely. Clara tells the young boy she is going to leave him something and then the camera cuts to a hand leaving the toy soldier on a window sill. It took a second viewing for me to notice it but pay attention to the hand and ledge and ask yourself if that is Clara's hand and if that is a barn window.

1 week, 6 days ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?

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Good heavens, we don't want our proper ladies to have agency!

2 weeks ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?

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This is a popular sentiment but it is not correct. There are certain stories, Time of Angels comes immediately to mind, where the Doctor is wrong and his error has consequences, but most of the time his mistakes are humorous misinterpretations, not errors that put imprtant characters in danger.

2 weeks ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?

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@ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus @Rani Nose True.  That's something that I wish had been at least mentioned in Deep Breath.  Perhaps just a few extra seconds in Glasgow where he could have alluded to his wanting to get out into the universe again.

2 weeks ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?

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@TheOncomingHurricane @Rani Nose Could be that, or it could be that Moffat didn't have a full idea of where he was going with that arc.   

I hope some day, when he is no longer showrunner, that Moffat writes a book about his time on Doctor Who, because I get the feeling there was a lot more going on in S7 that we viewers understand.

2 weeks ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?

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Another thought:  It is not just Clara who has changed a lot in this series.  The Doctor is much different.  Some of that can be attributed to regeneration, but is everyone sure that is all that accounts for his change?  Not only is he more gruff, but he has also been clueless and seriously wrong at important points in all four episodes.  One reason Clara has become more important is that the Doctor has been constantly getting himself in trouble and needing rescue.  It seems to me that the Doctor's recent cluelessness and Clara's change could possibly be related and is the reason why Missy is keen on keeping them together.

2 weeks ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?

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It is much easier to assess the importance of a companion in hindsight than when they are in the middle of their run.  We simply don't yet know how Clara's story will play out.  

I do think that the "impossible girl" arc was poorly handled (there was no reason why Clara couldn't have shown more of the personality we see now while still being the impossible girl) and that initial characterization is affecting our judgement of her current role.

2 weeks ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?

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@stargazer0118 @ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus That's a perfectly reasonable interpretation and reaction to what has happened so far this series.  However, step back for a moment and consider if there are other ways that the changing relationship between Clara and the Doctor could play out over the next eight episodes. 

2 weeks ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?

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@Oodkind That's what I'm thinking.  Courtney wants to go somewhere on the TARDIS.  Clara and Danny object, saying it isn't safe.  The Doctor, because he is a bit of a callous dope so far in this incarnation, ignores their better judgement and lets her on.  They go on their adventure, Courtney is placed in danger, the Doctor doesn't seem to care, and she gets killed.   


I don't know if that would work because it introduces too many complications.  They can't leave a child's death unexplained..  But they also can't tell Courtney's parents, friends, teachers, etc. that she died while traveling in time and space.  How could Clara and Danny keep their jobs or avoid arrest? Plus having a child die is a really crappy thing for Doctor Who, the show, to do.



2 weeks ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon

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@prjohnnyrivera Or we will find out Clara has been dead since she entered the Doctor's time stream and we've just been seeing a splinter Clara.

2 weeks ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon

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This isn't directed at anyone in particular, but reviews aren't binary. If the first review likes the episode that doesn't mean the second review has to dislike it. Unless the show is simplistic there should ways be more to write about than one person can address in a review. What makes good reviews interesting is that each reviewer brings their personal knowledge of Doctor Who, their general understanding of TV shows and literature, and their personal life experiences into their review. A university student in England will have a different perspective than a middle-aged father in Scotland, who will have a different perspective than a young woman scientist in The US, etc. all might generally like an episode but have different reasons for doing so.

2 weeks ago on 2nd Opinion: Listen

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@pyroclasticflow @Rani Nose This is something I don't get.  Bad behaviour is bad behaviour.  Why do you continue to rationallize the bad behaviour instead of criticising it?

Personally, I don't like any of the humor that's directed at a person's appearance.  I find it gratuitous and unfunny.  Jokes about Amy's legs, Rory's Nose, Eleven's chin, Clara's height, Twelve's scrawniness etc. never need to be made as far as I'm concerned.  I'm not yet too fussed about Clara remarking on Twelve's age because she is still getting used to the new Doctor but I hope they drop it soon.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Listen Review

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@pyroclasticflow @Rani Nose More specifically, how many times has the Twelfth Doctor made insulting remarks about a man's body this season?  



His rude comments about Clara's body have been very obvious.  So blatant that I'd guess that he is going to "learn a lesson" about making them or, as I wrote above, it will be revealed that the regeneration did not go well.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Listen Review

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@RUAZ Well, there was that regeneration scene in the TARDIS where Eleven and Clara almost touched hands and we all know how proximity to a part of the Doctor during regeneration affected Donna...

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Listen Review

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@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! We don't know if the Doctor would be saying rude things if his companion was a man.  But, I do wonder if the Doctor will become aware that the things he is saying are out of line (My gut feeling is that his insults are a symptom of a regeneration gone wrong and we'll see them stop once the regen gets fixed in the finale.).

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Listen Review

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@RUAZ What is stopping you from speaking your mind here?

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Listen Review

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@RUAZ I'm not sure what your point is.  Sometimes Clint's review aligns with the opinion of the majority, other times it doesn't.  We are free to agree or disagree with Clint in the comments. 



2 weeks, 1 day ago on Listen Review

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@TheNightmareChild @The 14th Doctor Add me to the list of the clueless.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Listen Review

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@sontaran17 @Girlfriendmd You need to read more if you think the Doctor's constant insults of Clara's appearance are widely received as playful humour.  There are a lot of thoughtful people who have had the same criticism as Girlfriendmd.  One or two insults early on showing how clueless the new Doctor can be in his interactions with humans, but we're four episodes into the Twelve's tenure and the insults haven't stopped and they are always directed at Clara, not other characters.   

I have a hunch that the insults are a clue to this season's story arc and will be explained away and stopped in the finale.  If not, they are grating and gratuitous.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Listen Review

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Great new banner with the Teller, DWTV!

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Time Heist Promo Pics

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@'Cos Guess Who? Ha! Why do you think it was bad?

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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