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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 hour, 26 minutes ago on Kill The Moon BBC Synopsis
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?
2 hours, 7 minutes ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
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.
3 hours, 19 minutes ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
Good heavens, we don't want our proper ladies to have agency!
13 hours, 23 minutes ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
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.
13 hours, 26 minutes ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
@ 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.
14 hours, 50 minutes ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
@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.
15 hours ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
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.
15 hours, 8 minutes ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
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.
15 hours, 31 minutes ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
@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.
15 hours, 43 minutes ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
@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.
20 hours, 7 minutes ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon
@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.
21 hours, 48 minutes ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon
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.
1 day, 2 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: Listen
@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.
1 day, 19 hours ago on Listen Review
@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.
@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...
1 day, 21 hours ago on Listen Review
@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.).
1 day, 22 hours ago on Listen Review
@RUAZ What is stopping you from speaking your mind here?
2 days, 2 hours ago on Listen Review
@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.
@TheNightmareChild @The 14th Doctor Add me to the list of the clueless.
@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.
Great new banner with the Teller, DWTV!
2 days, 2 hours ago on Time Heist Promo Pics
@'Cos Guess Who? Ha! Why do you think it was bad?
3 days, 15 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
@JamesSkippins Who are you addressing?
@xanderwhovian The Doctor's fears, his primal fear of being alone, was the monster.
@chuff Why? What did you not like about his directing?
3 days, 16 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
@Yanabamenara Yes, I don't think it was a coincidence that Capaldi was much easier to comprehend in Listen, an episode where the music was used much more quietly and sparingly.
3 days, 16 hours ago on Is Capaldi’s Accent Causing Issues?
@ Notsosmartguy I love the Paternosters but I see two roadblocks in giving them their own series.
First, the make-up. It takes several hours a day to apply make-up to Macintosh and Starkey so they can appear as Vastra and Strax. They would need to cut down on that prep time to make filming practical.
Second, the characters. Strax would need some serious character development. His one-liners and general cluelessness are entertaining once in a while but would get tiresome week after week. Vastra is a Silurian but she doesn't especially act like one in her appearances. I think she would need to be more alien if she was seen on a weekly basis.
3 days, 23 hours ago on Nick Frost Cast in Christmas Special?
@RebelTimeLord If you count all her cameos in S4 Rose returned a lot more than once. But I'm not sure what point you are trying to make. Having a recurring character isn't a matter of fairness or accounting. Showrunners have tales they want to tell and story arcs they want to build. To do so they bring back the characters they think are best suited for telling those stories. Moffat has clearly moved on from Captain Jack and is now using the Paternoster Gang and UNIT as new recurring characters. At some point he, and almost certainly his successor, will leave those characters behind and bring on new ones.
@Mockridge While Moffat is getting writing credit we don't know how much he worked on Thompson's script, if at all. Moffat could have left Thompson's alone and just written a scene with Clara and Danny, or one with Missy in Paradise.
3 days, 23 hours ago on Next Time: Time Heist
I'm sorry but the level of intolerance and rudeness in this comment section is simply astonishing. It is wonderful if you have no problem understanding Capaldi as the Doctor. However, your understanding of Capaldi does not mean that everybody else must understand him just as well. It simply means that you have no trouble understanding him! Not everybody is adroit at picking up accents, not everybody can hear Capaldi's soft voice over the background music, etc.
Lots of people in this very thread have stated they have trouble understanding him to various degrees, therefore it is an actual problem that actually exists. Saying you have no problem understanding him, therefore nobody else should have a problem is equivalent to saying you understand string theory therefore everybody should understand string theory, or that because you like peas, everybody should like peas. The logic simply does not follow.
4 days, 18 hours ago on Is Capaldi’s Accent Causing Issues?
How does it logically follow that if you have no problems understanding Capaldi then everyone else should also understand him?
4 days, 19 hours ago on Is Capaldi’s Accent Causing Issues?
And yet, as amply indicated by the comments in this thread, lots of people do have problems understanding him.
@startrek_into_thetardis Wait, you sometimes have to play things twice because you didn't catch what Capaldi said, yet you don't understand what other people are missing? They are missing the same thing you are missing! Maybe not the same words, but they are not catching everything he says.
4 days, 23 hours ago on Is Capaldi’s Accent Causing Issues?
@ollyoverton The people who are "moaning" are people who, for whatever reason, can't understand what the lead actor is saying. How do you expect them to enjoy the show if they can't hear the most important character?
@KirstenCaspers Wonder no more! The answer is very simple: Not everybody is you and people's ability to understand what Capaldi is saying will vary depending on their hearing, native language, familiarity with English, etc.
5 days, 1 hour ago on Is Capaldi’s Accent Causing Issues?
@MrEvers @Avor Please make an effort to read beyond the headline. Had you read the article you would have learned that the problem with understanding Capaldi isn't an American thing, as English people have also said they have trouble understanding him. Had you read the Guardian article and even a small subset of the comments you would have learned that the problem isn't so much the Scottish accent but the speed at which he speaks, his general mumbliness and the sound mixing, in which the music is way too loud.
@thetru1h What a strange comment. Had you read either this article, the Guardian article it is based on, or the comments, you would have learned that many people have turned on the subtitles to better understand what Capaldi is saying.
@RandomComments Your comment makes me want to open several Livefyre accounts just so I can like it many times! I have no trouble understanding Capaldi's accent and I'm an American.
What I have a problem with is actually hearing all he has to say. That's partly because the music is mixed too loud, a perennial problem on Who, but largely because of the tonal range of Capaldi's voice. Although he generally has a deep voice his vocals have a substantial range with plenty of sound being at higher frequencies.
I have enough of a hearing loss at higher frequencies that I regularly watch TV with captions on. It is very clear to me when Capaldi speaks that I am missing the complete range of his voice when he speaks. Without captions my brain takes a second to fill in the gaps, which becomes a race when he is talking fast, or when he and Clara are having a rapid exchange. Turning down the music would help a lot as it is competing with Capaldi's voice in the same sound space.
5 days, 18 hours ago on Is Capaldi’s Accent Causing Issues?
@TheRiseOfTheTwelfth I don't have a problem with the Doctor not being the cleverest person in the room, but I am wondering if his recent cluelessness is not so much a continuation of previous behavior, but rather tied up with the mysterious Missy and Clara's sudden change of character.
1 week ago on 2nd Opinion: Robot of Sherwood
@Gustaff @Antee991166 @supermoff is alone. Listen... @Rani Nose Was he giving Robin the finger or the audience?
One thing these reviews touched on but I haven't seen much discussion about yet, either here or elsewhere, is how wrong the Doctor has been in Robot of Sherwood and Into the Dalek. Not knowing that healing Rusty would make it turn back to a regular Dalek and not figuring out that Robin Hood was real weren't just mistakes, they were spectacularly dumb mistakes. I can't help but wonder if the Doctor being so clueless is related to the longer series arc.
@supermoff is alone. Listen... @Gustaff @Rani Nose A bloody knife is bad but a beheading, and having one of the leads laugh at the beheading, is acceptable?
1 week, 1 day ago on 2nd Opinion: Robot of Sherwood
@Gustaff Lots of people mentioned the middle finger in last week's preview clip thread.
"They start filming in January" not "We start filming in January"?
1 week, 2 days ago on A Surprise Ending for Clara?
Maybe the surprise will explain how the Doctor saved her from his time stream. It hasn't bothered me but more than a few people have wondered how that happened. Perhaps the Doctor had to do more than just carry Clara out.
No, he said the penultimate show of Series 9 would end with a cliffhanger.
The Doctor has also not beived in himself in all three episodes.
1 week, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood
There wasn't supposed to be any real threat or menace in this episode, so the lack of one can't be a "con".
What's wrong with Clara being clever and sure of herself?