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The problem with this and social scenarios is it just doesn't fit Doctor Who. I mean Sara Jane Adventures it made sense as they were based on earth and social scenarios filled the gaps between the monsters of the week. However the Doctor is going on adventures in the TARDIS with his crew, even his adventures on Earth tend to have little social interaction in terms of trying to fit in with others. I mean maybe for a one off special to pay homage to them, but I don't think the writers should go out of their way to create an episode for her, she'd have to fit into something they were trying to do. I mean it sounds nice on paper, but in actual practice I think it'd be a bad idea to try to bring any characters from the spin off onto the actual show.
2 days, 17 hours ago on Bring Back… Sky Smith
@TheNightmareChild sees into your soul! @Timhogan Even if he did, perhaps the virus isn't something he notices right away. Lets say whatever virus he catches on the sonic spreads and even effects his TARDIS a bit to the point where it sends them off to crazy locations corrupting a lot of his files. Eventually the Doctor would be able to fend off the Virus but not before it did the damage. Thus maybe getting The Doctor and gang stuck in space and time like old times trying to correct the TARDIS so he can return it to earth. And having to get a new Sonic Screwdriver that may be a bit more limited. But it won't ever happen. It'd be quite easy lore wise to make the sonic limited, but it's too much of a crutch. And you can't really blame the writers for wanting to keep it, it lets them focus on other parts of the story without having to come up with a clever solution instead of a point and click. That said, I do enjoy when they go a different direction, for example in Bells of Saint John when he grabs the laptop instead of just using the sonic the whole episode made me pretty happy.
3 days, 6 hours ago on Doctor Who’s Biggest Deus Ex Machina
@TheNightmareChild sees into your soul! While true, I think there's things that could be done if the writers were really worried about it. It was established in the 50th anniversary that the sonic screwdriver is the same program in a new case that's been updating all these years. So all it would take is one of their really smart, clever enemies like the Dalek or the Cybermen to somehow set up a virus on something that when the Doctor uses his sonic it gets a virus that corrupts the software. I mean especially considering the Cybermen already made it inside the Doctors head, I don't think it'd be a huge stretch if they were able to crack into the programming of the Sonic. And as the poster likened the sonic to our Smart Phones, what happens when a Smart Phone gets a virus? It doesn't run very well. Therefore if one of his enemies could get the Sonic with a virus that severely constricts it for at least an episode, if not for a temporary time until the Doctor can either fix or build a completely new software for it. Which if he builds a completely new software then it may end up being that since it is a fresh sonic without all his files on it from the last one, he has to redownload all his apps and start everything fresh!
3 days, 7 hours ago on Doctor Who’s Biggest Deus Ex Machina
@Planet of the Deaf Will they? Okay. I just felt like that was forever ago and almost even forgot, that's why I wanted to make sure I wasn't crazily imagining stuff!
Kind of off topic question here: What ever happened to the sonic device's that were designed by kids? Wasn't there supposed to be an episode where Jenny, Strax, and Vastra used them? Or was it not for an actual episode and just for the contest? I remember the winners and them talking about how they designed them, I just thought for some reason we were going to see them used in at least a minisode or something.
I've been extremely torn on this issue for awhile now. On the one hand, having another Multi-Doctor story without having to wait until 2023 would be fantastic. On the other hand, we just had the 50th. On top of that you have the issue with the returning Doctors. First Eccleston is a huge question mark, still not sure if he didn't do the 50th because of schedule issues or just didn't like the script. Tennant? As you said, he just recently returned so it'd take away from how special it was if he starts coming back all the time. Smith as well, to me, is too soon for returning. I mean 2 years after he left seems a little short to me. Sure people were sad to see him go, but bringing him back that quick is a little fast in my opinion. That said, I do so hope Moffat has something planned to celebrate it. Like perhaps a multi-companion story, have the real Rose Tyler (since it wasn't actually her in the 50th it would be okay. To trail off on that thought, perhaps if Pete's world Rose somehow ended up on an adventure with the current Doctor, perhaps Tennant could reprise his role as the human meta-crisis Doctor.) Would love to see Martha or Donna return as well. Amy as well, since in the regeneration that wasn't actually Amy, but an imagination of 11 in his dying moments. It'd be perfect because it wouldn't take away from the Multi-Doctor anniversaries, but maybe start a new tradition of multi-companion stories for the revival.
4 days, 8 hours ago on Will There Be a 10th Anniversary Special for the Revival?
@MrRazza, the Newly Qualified Omega Identifier @NumberNine Yeah the fans of Doctor Who usually tend to be really good about spoilers. This isn't the first time something has been screened early and they usually do a good job at keeping things tight lipped.
5 days, 9 hours ago on Series 8 World Tour: Deep Breath London Screening
I don't like using the words "dark" or "angry" or anything. I'm hoping he's serious yes, but I feel like the Doctor should sort of be "high on himself." I mean if you think about the recent events of what the 11th Doctor has gone through, he should be in high spirits. I mean he found out he actually saved Gallifrey instead of destroyed it, went to trenzalore and lived (with a regeneration, but still not his final death), and walked away with a completely new set of regenerations. So in my mind, the Doctor at this point should really be kind of arrogant. The fact that he's been around for 2000 years and the worst thing he's ever done turned out to not be true. That's a good thing, not a dark thing. That's why I hope he's more of a serious arrogant Doctor rather than a dark angry Doctor.
1 week ago on How Far Into Darkness will the 12th Doctor Take Us?
@TheNightmareChild sees into your soul! @Timhogan I'm kind of hoping it's also things we did get to see, but in a different perspective as well. For example the Day of the Doctor moment where you saw Capaldi's eyes. I'd absolutely love if someday when Moffat decides to actually bring the Time Lords back he goes back to that very scene from Capaldi's point of view where he's using that moment where he's spent the last X amount of years preparing to re-do that moment and is able to track Gallifrey this time around.
1 week, 1 day ago on Series 8 Launch Trailer Breakdown
I'm almost wondering if the Doctor will be going back to places he has been before. I mean "I've made mistakes, it's about time I do something about it," makes it sound as if he might come awfully close to crossing over time lines to right some things he may of gotten wrong. Like going inside a Dalek, could that specific Dalek end up being the Oswin-Dalek from Asylum? Revisiting House and Idris for some reason?
@Huknar @Timhogan I'm hoping it's actual music they use in the series. Or at least that style. I like it, it's different and seems to fit the vibe of Capaldi's Doctor.
1 week, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer
Man I am really digging the music for this trailer. It's different from what we've had lately but amazingly done. Murray Gold sure is a genius.
@ProfWimsey @Timhogan But how would it compete for money if aired at a different time? I would think it would add more to it, if you have 1 series vs 1 series and a few specials for fans to run out and buy DVD's and stuff of, wouldn't that mean the one with the extra specials for extra money would make them more?
1 week, 3 days ago on What If… the 8th Doctor Had Had a Full TV Run?
The biggest issue I see that people have with it, and from what I can tell from the Doctor Who makers, is they don't want something "competing" with the primary series or taking away from the primary series. Which I understand, but there's ways to avoid that. If they did a full series of 12/13 episodes that ran along side or in between series I could understand that taking away from the main series. However a few small TV specials in the form of Sherlock with 3 TV-Movie style episodes that was clearly advertised as a "bonus" or "extra" for fans that could play around something like Easter to kind of satisfy the fans who go such a dreadful wait between series, it would avoid the competition factor. Especially if they were to do something like that, and then slap a trailer at the end of it for the following full series to remind people that what they just watched was a special "prequel" of sorts to the Night of the Doctor. Key factors would be that it'd have to be much shorter than the actual series, it'd have to run at a time as to not shine over the main series, and it'd have to have its own budget (although could be a much smaller budget due to the fact that it'd be more of a gift to fans then trying to be a full blown action Doctor Who series.) If they could manage all three of those things, I think it'd be quite successful for everyone involved! The final piece would be Moffat not writing it, we wouldn't want to have to wait an extra year for the main series because he was busy writing the 8th doctor's mini-adventures.
1 week, 4 days ago on What If… the 8th Doctor Had Had a Full TV Run?
@Fadedeathdave @Timhogan Well Silurians and Ice Warriors may look humanoid, but they are still reptilian physiology so not like they are just an "evolution" or relative or something of humans. Just share the same shape.
1 week, 6 days ago on Why does the Doctor LOOK human?
@Fadedeathdave Interesting, does that explanation go more in depth? If Rassilon seeded every planet, what about the Silurians? Did humans actually come first but die off or hide in caves while the Silurians ruled? Also does that mean Humans got killed off of most other planets like Skarro? It's an interesting explanation, but leaves too many questions!
@Oodkind I like this explanation so much problem. Too many things about a perception filter would bother me, especially when the Time Lords were on their own planet or around other species. Why would they on their own home world look human if that was just a perception filter? It makes more sense that they just happen to be two species that looked a like, which drew the Doctor in.
I know we're all distracted by the Davros/Dalek voice, but after watching all 3 of the teasers together I notice a reoccurring theme of TARDIS explosions! I know it's only been half a season and crazy to think, but you think they might change/rebuild the TARDIS again? I mean that's an awful lot of explosions and destruction.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Series 8: New Teaser Trailer “I see into your soul, Doctor”
What we need now is one of those fan's that is video-editing savvy to put all the teaser's together!
Never say never McGann! You'll only be what, 63 for the 60th anniversary? Plus he's aging amazingly well, he may still be able to pull it off if they wanted the 8th to be part of a multi-doctor story! It's a shame he wasn't fully in Day of the Doctor. I mean storywise it makes sense because what'd be the point of the Moment showing him his past self, but 8, 10, and 11 I feel like would have some very interesting conversations!
2 weeks, 5 days ago on McGann Doubtful on Return, Spin-off
Although I'm not a huge fan of the idea of Time Lords ending up being the future humans that got sent to the dawn of time, but if this is the case I sure do hope there's a better explanation for some of the stuff than that. A bit more Doctor Who-ish. I mean take regeneration for example, it seems a bit more "magical" then getting a limb chopped off and regrowing it. I'd much rather an explanation similar to how the Time Lords became well, the Time Lords. Taking your example of the earth getting pulled through some sort of wormhole to Galifrey's current location, I'd rather see something like that causing a rift to open up on the planet and that rift just so happens to be the time vortex. That's when they start studying it and looking into it finding out that it makes some people go mad and some people get more powerful. Then there's a big war and people fight (like human's always do) and the result is people who take control of the time vortex and start forcing their children to look into it so that only the "strongest" survive the right of passage. This over exposure to the vortex is what would go on to start causing the evolutionary traits like a second to help pump the brain full of extra blood to be able to handle the vast knowledge received by peering into the vortex. Further, a side effect from gazing into the time schism is being exposed to Atron energy which begins to seep into the evolving humans which causes them to absorb said energy giving them the ability to regenerate when necessary. Just off the top of my head, but again, I'd prefer they didn't. There's just too much built up over the last 50 years that he is not human. It won't surprise me though if Moffat has something like this cooking though, he likes to go for the crazy twists no one see's coming, but I think this one is going a bit too far. Refuting everything "we thought we knew" just because he wants a shock is too much. It'd almost be on the same page as him coming out and saying the TARDIS is not actually a time machine somehow.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on An Earthly Gallifrey
Although the tone of the show does tend to change a bit, I think the beauty of Doctor Who is the complete openness to the story. They could have a really really dark episode one week, then the next week a light, fun, happy episode and it'd be fine. With this type of show it could go either way. That said, personality wise I do like the teasers so far on Clara questioning the Doctor and such. I think it makes perfect sense, the Doctor should be pretty high on himself right now after everything that has recently happened. Therefore I'm hoping he's more of an arrogant type than a brooding type. I mean he just saved the Time Lords instead of killed them as well as survived Trenzalore with receiving a complete new set of regenerations. Therefore again, he should be pretty high on himself in the "everything I do is right, and I can do no wrong!" type of fumbling around the universe.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Should Doctor Who Adopt a Darker Tone?
@Amy's on the Mofflex Diet Again the point is that he is clearly thinking about more than just finding out "when it was first brought up." When I said no ulterior motive I more meant I don't think he's actually doing it. I certainly think he is toying with the idea, I think anyone would be crazy to not think that he was after reading these comments. There's a difference between saying that I think he is considering it, and that I think he's actually planning something. Consideration and actually doing is two different things. Just because I think he is contemplating an idea in his head, does not mean I think he is actually going to do it. Especially considering how I said I could see this as a reason for him to test the water with the idea. For that I am certain, why else would he bring up the possibility of proof not actually being proof if he wasn't actually thinking that himself? However that doesn't mean that I think he is actually going to do it.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Moffat: Who says the Doctor is NOT human?
@Amy's on the Mofflex Diet Well, again that's me stating that it wouldn't surprise me if Moffat had the idea in his head to make the Doctor Human. That doesn't mean I think Capaldi is going to come out and start calling himself Human. It was me saying that Moffat is clearly exploring the possibility, not that I think he is actually doing it. Hence why I use the words like "possibility" and "may." Context, remember? :P
@Amy's on the Mofflex Diet Well that was exactly my point though. Again I'm not saying he has some ulterior motive here, I'm saying that he's throwing out the idea that perhaps everything we thought we knew was actually wrong and the Doctor may not actually be what we thought he was. Again if it was just a simple question of, "When?" then there wouldn't of been all the extra stuff to make us question whether or not what we thought was "proof" was actual proof.
@Amy's on the Mofflex Diet I mean the question that he asked here is clearly more than just, "when" but really "how certain are you? what kind of actual proof do we really have when all these things could easily be explained and not be concrete proof"
@Amy's on the Mofflex Diet Exactly, and to prove that he can disprove our "proof"
@Amy's on the Mofflex Diet That should read, "What evidence do we actually have that he is an alien"*
@Amy's on the Mofflex Diet I thought we knew it was a fact? And that the point was to prove "When." If that was the case then there is absolutely no point in bringing up the possibility of him being human. There is certainly still a point in asking the question if it is fact, because it's still a question of when. Like, "We know it's true, but when was it first stated?" Would be the question you seem to think he asked. But he is saying, "What evidence do we actually have that he is human? Especially considering for awhile he didn't say he wasn't human, his physiology could be explained as simply special yet still human, and he has even at least once said he was a human." All of that is extra that has no point in being there if the question was simply, "When?" I mean yeah he could just be simply posing a hypothetical, but he's basically also saying if he can disprove a fact like the physiology of having 2 hearts, what can't he disprove? I'm not saying it's a secret plan that Moffat has in store for us, I'm simply stating that he clearly has the idea of the Doctor actually being human in his head and that he threw that question out there not to read our comments, but to see fan reaction. Obviously he isn't going to come here and read our conversation, but I'm sure he will at least hear what kind of reaction people have to his comments.
@Amy's on the Mofflex Diet Again, the implication being that the possibility of him being a human does in fact exist. Especially since he brings up the fact that the Doctor has said he's human at least once. There's no reason to bring that stuff up if he's not at least toying with the idea in the back of his mind thinking, "well hey the 8th Doctor said he's half human, maybe I could come up with a crazy cool twist that the Doctor is actually human." And then going to the fans and asking a question like this to make sure he isn't forgetting something or there is some concrete proof. Especially when he dismisses things like physiology as simply being "special traits that doesn't necessarily make him alien."
@Amy's on the Mofflex Diet How is him saying that the evidence of him being an alien is wrong not imply that him being an alien is wrong? I don't understand how that is reading too much into it. He is basically saying when people say things like, "The Doctor has two hearts" "Well that could just be a special birth defect of him" or "The doctor says he's an alien" "Well the Doctor lies" I mean this IS Moffat we are talking about. I think you're not reading enough into it.
@Amy's on the Mofflex Diet Yeah exactly, that's him pointing out the possibility that "everything we know, is probably wrong" (his words.) The implication being that we may have these reasons for him being an alien, and him saying "nope those reasons are wrong." If the reasons we have for him being an alien are wrong, the only logical inference is that "him being an alien" is wrong. Which means the idea of him being Human can still be right.
@Amy's on the Mofflex Diet I understand what it means when he brings up Spider Man. My point is WHY bring it up? It has absolutely nothing to do with "At what point did the Doctor become an alien." It's not a question of understanding WHAT he said, but WHY he brought up the idea and reasoning of the Doctor actually being human.
@Amy's on the Mofflex Diet Your missing my point. My point is Moffat brought up things that had absolutely nothing to do with "his question" of at what point did the Doctor become an Alien. Moffat has a reason for everything, he wouldn't of brought up the possibility of him being a human if that wasn't on his mind.
@Amy's on the Mofflex Diet In your opinion.
@Amy's on the Mofflex Diet Same could of been said 2 years ago if someone said, "Moffat is going to make the 11th doctor really the 12th Doctor." If you don't think Moffat is capable of going that far, I know you are underestimating him.
@Malohkeh @Timhogan @Amy's on the Mofflex Diet What does bringing up ideas and possibilities that he "knows" isn't accurate have to do with reading comprehension? I mean it's more him toying with fragile things. To me, knowing Moffat, it more stands as an implication that he may indeed someday decide to make the Doctor actually human. I mean he changed the order, added a new Doctor in the mix. For all we know this is a bold test to see how fans would react to the possibility of him being a human and whether he could get away with making a story about that. I think you guys are underestimating Moffat and his desire to come up with twists that push limits. I think the whole "context" and reading comprehension is BS, he had no reason to bring up possibilities of the Doctor actually being human if his entire question was, "At what point was he confirmed to be an alien."
@Amy's on the Mofflex Diet So then why doesn't he say that instead of things like, "He could be a human" and bringing up spider man who is special but still not an alien. I mean if his only goal was to find out when, and not whether or not it's been "confirmed" why talk about possibilities of it not actually being confirmed? That is horrible context and quite pointless.
@Amy's on the Mofflex Diet But then he goes on to challenge people to say where has it been said that he is, meanwhile in episodes written by him, the Doctor is asked if he is an alien and says "Yes." I mean what is the point in even saying all of this if not to imply that he could be a human.
@Amy's on the Mofflex Diet Then what is: “Now before you jump up and yell An Unearthly Child – sorry, but wrong. He makes it clear he’s not from this time, and seems to indicate that he was born on another world, but he never says he’s an alien. He could, just as easily, be a human being from the far future, born on some colonised world."
@Amy's on the Mofflex Diet He is greatly implying it though by claiming the Doctor never calls himself an alien and not human.
Uhm, he himself has written stuff where The Doctor calls himself an alien. this confuses me greatly because it is not April 1st! I mean there is several evidence in New Who alone. Like in Smith and Jones when the Judoon are scanning everyone and the Doctor scans as non-human. Then there's the companions asking "are you an alien," and the Doctor replying yeah. I mean sure the Doctor lies, but he has been scanned by things that register him as non-human over the years. If you want to take it further and say that he went out of his way to make sure all technology scanned him as non-human, then explain how he has two hearts? And every other Time Lord has two hearts? Perhaps time lords could have originated as humans and mixed with some alien that caused a mixed breed to appear with two hearts and stronger brains. Speaking of brains, if the Doctor was Human how could he withstand all the stuff that makes The Doctor Donna's head want to explode? I mean clearly his physiology is not human. Humans may be the Time Lords ancestors sure, but they are no longer humans in the way that we are no longer single celled jelly floating around. We may have evolved from primitive species and share an origin, but that doesn't make us one of them.
@Pogo123456 @Timhogan Could be interesting, but the only problem is if the Master is in control than why would the Doctor of been given an extra set of regenerations from them? Personally I see it ending up to not be a generous gift from the Time Lords to the Doctor who deserved it how it seemed to us. But instead I forsee Gallifrey being in some crazy turmoil. I mean logic stands to reason that yeah the Daleks in orbit got left behind and shot each other, but the Daleks on the planet should of made the jump with Gallifrey. So imagine the Doctor finally finding Gallifrey, appearing, stepping out of the TARDIS to run straight into a group of Daleks and his heart just breaks. Only to find out that the ground Daleks all formed a base in a ruined city from the Time War and have been battling with the Gallifreyans the whole time. Meanwhile the Gallifreyans themselves are in a state of chaos with the High Council and the War Council being at each other's throats and perhaps it was the War Council who saw the Doctor save them all and thinking he may be able to do it again, they needed his help. But through the cracks of time they saw the Doctor was on his last life and nearing defeat and decided their only choice to survive not only the rift in the higher ups, the Daleks on their planet, and escaping the pocket universe they are trapped in, the only hope was to grant the Doctor a new cycle in hopes that he will finally make his way to them.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Why Bringing Back Gallifrey Is Right…
@The Outer Space K9 Yeah the only issue is I do want Capaldi to still be the Doctor for it. My hope is that the "big cliffhanger" that happens in the next series has something to do with Gallifrey. What I'd like to see is Series 8 used to establish the 12th Doctor and the dynamic with the new companions and Clara building as a companion. Then Series 9 starts building up to the return. Then Series 10 centers around Gallifrey possibly ending with a regeneration into 13. I mean it's way to early to tell but I hope Capaldi stays at least 3 series, seems to be a good length for Doctors these days.
Great article. I'd love to see Gallifrey return but after "the search." I'd like to see the Master return and become an enemy again with a renewed conflict of the Doctor wanting to return Gallifrey and The Master wanting to keep that from happening out of fear of what Rassilon and the High Council would do to him/them following the events of the End of Time. Then after back and forth of the Master setting up speed bumps and the Doctor cruising over them he finally is successful and brings it back only to find a planet in chaos. If The Doctor simply removed Gallifrey from its position, and through scenes from Day of the Doctor it was shown that Daleks were actually on the surface, it stands to reason that there should still be Daleks on Gallifrey. Not to mention the High Council having just been thwarted by The Doctor and The Master so a few enemies there. However there would also be some friendly folks I'd imagine in the citizens that were saved as well as the War Council from Day of the Doctor who saw the Doctor come up with a plan to save them and pull it off. There could be such a huge dynamic that can be added to the show by offering a brand new planet and characters that could become a main part of the show.
@doctorwhomultiverse I'd assume so. The events of End of Time are most likely happening simultaneously as Day of the Doctor so Rassilon must of gotten sent back pretty much around the same time as the Doctors doing their thing. So I'd imagine when they get pulled "out of the painting"(pocket universe) that they are in, the whole being corrupt and thwarted by the Doctor is still rather fresh. Though I'd also imagine there might be a little rift in the higher ups. Since the War council knew what the Doctors did to save them while the High Council just finished getting beaten by The Master and The Doctor in End of Time. So perhaps he will have friends and enemies both on Gallifrey.
Well NOW we will see it coming Mr. Moffat!
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Moffat Teases Massive Cliffhanger
Ya know if the Master is going to come back and the lack of drums and everything from yesterday's speculation post fits, then couldn't the Master's new goal for being the enemy be him trying to stop Gallifrey from returning. You could have the Doctor trying to bring it back since it's still out there somewhere, and Master returning to more of a re-occuring role like classic Who where he is putting road blocks in the way of The Doctor. Just a thought. The exciting part? We're only a couple months away! Can not wait!
4 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: Finale Clue
@Notsosmartguy @Timhogan Not quite as young as I'm referring to, I more mean little kids. But also maturity level. I mean Matt Smith's doctor was quite immature and that kind of spoke to the immature audience. They loved to see their fumbling doctor getting into trouble and such. Personally I'm hoping Capaldi is almost the exact opposite of Smith. I mean I liked 11, he was a great doctor and kept the show fresh and new and cool, but there were some times I can remember where it made me cringe on just how much like a little kid he acted which I'm sure there were the younger fans who loved that. Personally my favorite Matt Smith moments are when he gets angry, mad, or serious. And my hope is that Capaldi will be like that most of the time with very little of him acting like a child. I mean the show has lasted through 11 actors changing the roles, I just fear for losing some of the younger audience that isn't used to the change and may not like not having their crazy whimsical doctor and instead getting a "snarling beast"(I remember someone described Capaldi's doctor as that, I just don't remember who.)
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Colin Baker: Tennant & Smith Brought Female Fans to Doctor Who
It is something that worries me a bit. Not really a female fangirl fanbase type thing, but in general the younger audience. Will they have the same reception of Peter Capaldi when he takes over as the older fans? I mean Smith especially was very energetic, humorous, pretty much a puppy running around that made all the little one's laugh. Capaldi's doctor has been described as not so much with the rambling flailing around and all. So it makes me wonder if there is a certain fanbase, as I said more of the younger fanbase not necessarily female fanbase, that may not be a fan of Capaldi and hurt the shows ratings. I'm hoping that even the young one's have an open mind about him because to me it seems like Capaldi is going to be a bit more of a mature Doctor which I love that idea.
@Runcible Interesting. In the video's it looks as if Clara is still talking once she hangs up the phone but no one else around. I wonder if they will CGI a little Doctor poking his head out of the TARDIS or something.
1 month, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming: Smaller on the Outside
I dunno I see where you're coming from, but some of the issues with it is something Doctor Who is known for. Like the jab at "(The War Doctor and Ten just forget what happened, seriously?)" Since the very first multi-doctor story they have explained that the previous Doctors forget the events (to explain why the latest doctor doesn't "remember" the events and such) because the time lines have crossed themselves and in correcting that all memories of the events are forgotten. So only the leading time-line will remember. (Though Moffat screwed with that in Time Crash, but lets face it that's just a cute story for charity, nothing major or anything.) But it was completely reasonable that War Doctor and 10 would forget. As for Tennant having chosen to send them back in The End of Time the situation was definitely different. In that situation it was the time lords trying to "end time" by pulling the time locked Gallifrey along with the Daleks to the Earth and causing at least the destruction of the two worlds, though Rassilon talked about the ending of time itself. Ten always regretted his decision of not being able to save his people, even in The Day he gets upset when 11 claims to "not remember" how many Children. And I think that's why they focused on that question through out the episode. Because yes the high council led by Rassilon may have been warped by the Time War into not very nice people, there's still millions of innocent people on the planet. I think Gallifrey's return would be brilliant, it could offer new villians and friends, new plot lines and twists, new opportunities.
1 month, 1 week ago on Why Bringing Back Gallifrey is Wrong
Not a bad theory. Though you didn't pop vicodin or call us idiots or morons? Are you sure you are Greg House? I jest! I agree that imagination can fill the blanks, but I have a different theory, so here it is;
The last we see of Trenzalore, The Doctor has a super huge regeneration that has such a powerful blast that it destroys the Daleks as well as most of the surrounding area's. My theory to this is the fact that not only was the Doctor regenerating, but he was starting an entire new cycle of regenerations, hence the extra power and energy that caused the explosion. But I think it went beyond that. While The Doctor and Clara head off in the TARDIS, Trenzalore is left in ruins. I like to think that the sheer power of the new set of regenerations caused the Doctor to shed some of himself kind of like a snake shedding his skin, that was left behind on Trenzalore. The energy and memories of a Time Lord being so sacred and so powerful causes itself to build the monument of the TARDIS around them. Because sure Tasha Lem and gang may have seen the TARDIS from the outside, but when Clara and 11 were moving through it they noticed it was similar to the insides of the actual TARDIS. The only one capable of doing that is the Doctor himself, so I think the shedded energy constructed this TARDIS to "protect" itself. This could also explain how the Doctor could mistake it as his actual death because it's his own energy and memories left behind. Also could explain a temporary amnesia that causes 12 to forget how to pilot the TARDIS. I imagine that will be resolved quite quickly like a snake replacing its skin, but that shedding remains behind. Pretty much explains everything.
1 month, 1 week ago on Trenzalore – What happened next?
@Planet of the Deaf @Timhogan Why does it have to be the same production standards? When you ask the general public who Doctor Who is, they can name the current one, but I've never met anyone even little kids who are a fan of the show that don't know there is more than 1 Doctor. And as long as they've learned to count they will understand the difference between the 10th, 11th, and now 12th. Especially with only 2 episodes ago in the main series it was the 50th anniversary and everyone, even the casual fans that didn't even know what the classic series was let alone big finish was just introduced to all 11 (and some eyes) of the Doctors. Why would putting 8th in a small special really make a difference?
You don't have to have the same production standards. There is no reason to. If you do then it causes problems. They could easily make a smaller lower-budget production that caters more to the main Doctor Who audience that know about multiple Doctors. As long as BBC doesn't broadcast it as, "Check out the new Doctor episodes/series" then they should be fine. Clearly advertise it as "Coming this Easter a special treat for Doctor Who fans, see the untold adventures of the 8th Doctor before the Time War" (by using a reference to the Time War even the casual audience know about this with the 50th Anniversary being less than a year ago, there is absolutely 0 fans out there that shouldn't know what the Time War and about the other 10 Doctors.) And they'd be fine. You seem to act like the only way they can do this is to make a full length series with competing budgets and advertisement to the show, but I don't understand why. Do an hour long special or two for Easter. It doesn't have to be a full blown project.
They could easily do it with a much smaller budget and still make tons of money if they were to couple it with the release of the DVD the following day that includes a trailer for the following full series of Doctor Who. It could easily be done. The only issue would be finding a team to do it, since they wouldn't want to interrupt Moffat and his team from doing the main series.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on McGann Signed Petition for 8th Doctor Spin-off
@Planet of the Deaf I disagree. Publishers like Big Finish give us classic doctors in new adventures all the time (which Moffat even made some-what cannon with his references in The Night of the Doctor.) It's quite easy to make it work, just don't have it compete with the actual series. If Series 8 airs August - Christmas then they could easily have maybe a small series Sherlock style that airs at like Easter or something to keep fans with fresh Doctor Who adventures while waiting for Series 9. The majority of Doctor Who fans start with later Doctors and go back to view previous doctors anyway. To have a few adventures for #8 that falls between the TV Movie and The Night of the Doctor would be no different to current fans than them finding lost episodes of the Second Doctor and releasing them for people to see for the first time. With the fanbase the way it is, fans wouldn't be getting confused, especially if they were to advertise it as "See some "lost" adventures of the 8th Doctor" as sort of a "treat" to fans while Moffat is busy writing/filming the following series. If anything, it makes more sense in a series like Doctor Who to be able to have new adventures of previous Doctors because of how the series is established.
Something about Clara with the Sonic makes me really happy. I'd like to see a twist on it though, not like previous companions getting the sonic for an emergency or something. I know it won't happen, but I'd love it if there was an episode where Clara was supposed to "act" like the Doctor. Like The Doctor himself has to stay hidden or stay on the TARDIS or something, and Clara has to go out and talk to people and figure things out and use the sonic and all the fun stuff trying to appear as the Doctor.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: Tunnel Vision
@edoe101 @MrRazza Strax is more like Jar Jar Binks to me. Comic relief placed there for the children but annoys some of the older fans. Time Warrior was one of my favorite serials of Doctor Who, yet they have reduced the Sontaran's to a joke with Strax.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on First 12th Doctor Novels Detailed
Interesting. I wonder how the authors approach these stories. Like do they talk to Moffat first to make sure their 12th Doctor acts appropriately? Or do they just sort of wing it? What happens if the attitude of the 12th Doctor turns out to be a bit different than the show since we haven't really seen him in action yet?
"The Doctor is finally catching up on his phone calls" That is an interesting line from Moffat. I wonder if it has any significant meaning aside from this Foxes singer being in the show.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Foxes Cast in Series 8
@The Mind Probe @Notsosmartguy the Superior Venom Well I suggest out of the listed to go watch Buffy's episode. It is the perfect way for a serious show to do it. As a somewhat spoiler description, Buffy and the Gang run into a demon that puts a spell on Sunnydale to sing what their secrets and what they are feeling in songs (mostly without helping it so they reveal secrets they wouldn't normally talk about.) This kind of idea could easily work in Doctor Who. If they can have a town that can keep people from being able to lie, it stands to reason that Doctor Who could have an alien or planet that forces people to sing.
@MaraBackman @supermoff @YaelMoise @Huknar @Notsosmartguy the Superior Venom I agree with Mara, a Young Doctor show would very much screw with the continuity of the show and add new stuff. A McGann mini-series or TV-Movie or something could fall under the lines of showing a bigger audience continuity that is already there. I personally would love to see some of the books/audio adventures of McGann come to life on the big screen. I'm not sure why Moffat would oppose something like that. Especially if it was done by an entirely separate team and aired in between Doctor Who series as to not "compete" with the main series but just offer a medium for fans while waiting for the next series. Though the realist in me agree's that it is a very highly unlikely thing to happen. Unfortunately if we were to get a spin-off I could see Moffat pitching for the Paternoster gang or some nonsense like that.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Campbell-Jones Wants McGann Spin-Off
August is so close... yet so far away! Where's a TARDIS when you need one? I hate taking the long way around!
2 months ago on Series 8 Confirmed for August, First Teaser Trailer
No, please no. God no. It should not happen. Updated versions of the classic theme? Yeah that's cool, but the theme is the theme for a reason. It's a theme. What keeps Doctor Who fresh and "reignites the fire" is the regeneration sequence and new casts coming and going. The theme is the sound that gets us excited every time a new series starts. Think to Bad Wolf Moment's line in The Day of The Doctor where she tells the War Doctor about how the TARDIS sound brings hope to people's ears. The same thing goes for the theme song with the fans. To change the Theme song of this show that has been on for 50 years would be along the same lines as having him fix the chameleon circuit. Or for the TARDIS sounds itself to change. It is just something that doesn't need to change and holds the show together. Again what makes it new is the new cast and crew, but the Theme along with the TARDIS's exterior and sounds is something that shouldn't now or ever be changed. It is definitely one of those "don't fix what isn't broken" things. Doctor Who always needs to open with the “ooooohhhheeewoooooo” because that is just as important as the character being called The Doctor and his ship being called the TARDIS. If you start changing the theme of the show, you mine as well change everything else too.
2 months ago on The Theme – Time for a Change?
The only way I'd like to see America get ahold of Doctor Who is if like Fox bought the syndication and showed Doctor Who and then got behind it increasing its budget and asking for more episodes to be produced but let it stay created by the team that creates it now just so we get more Doctor Who more often rather then having long waits for new episodes and getting the few we get! Otherwise don't let them near the name! Unless they want to fund a motion picture for the theaters that stars something like the 8th Doctor in a longer set up to the night of the doctor or let him do one of his big Finish Products! Maybe give the 7th Doctor a TV Movie or one-shot that bridges the gap from the end of the series and the start of the movie! At the end of the day though I'd be scared what they'd do with it.
2 months, 1 week ago on Could An Overseas Version of Doctor Who Ever Work?
@Oodkind Hmmm, Planet of Fire had the Master! I do hope we get a new Master to play more of a recurring role like the classic Master rather then just being used for one or two specials like so far in the new series. But yeah I have no idea what other episodes where filmed there, if any.
2 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming in Lanzarote, Hermione Norris Cast
Pretty neat videos this week, loved the re-edited saving Gallifrey. BBC needs to hire that fellow for a job! The prequel however kind of irked me, the guy tried WAY to hard to be like Matt Smith and his doctor. If it's supposed to be a prequel he should of been more similar to the first doctor, not to mention the whole starting with a regeneration doesn't make sense because of his regeneration limit. If anything he should of dressed up in the 1st doctor's costume and acted like a younger version of him. Can't blame him for trying though.
2 months, 1 week ago on Weird and Wonderful
I don't understand why so many people have a problem with Rose and Martha falling for the doctor. Is it so strange to people that this mystical wonderful and attractive to woman swoop in sweep them off their feet and save the day? I mean for the doctor to get emotional back with Rose is understandable because it was out of character, but the show is a drama theses days no longer science fiction. On top of that everyone seems to forget that Amy too was attracted to the doctor and even tried kissing him.
2 months, 1 week ago on Comparing the Female Companions of Revived Who
Honestly I don't see why they wouldn't allow this. I mean just limit it to only past doctors and not the current Doctor. So Capaldi couldn't get one until the 13th Doctor comes, but 1-11 is fair game.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Is it Time to Give Big Finish the New Who Licence?
@The Administrator Under The Mountain @Adric the Genius Not to mention it looked like they were practicing in that video, I'm sure when they shoot the full scene they will do that much faster.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: En Garde!
A new companion? I'm not sure how I feel about that. The War Doctor isn't exactly running around on adventures, he's designed for the Time War which doesn't strike me as something he'd bring someone along for the ride with. The only acceptable way is if it's a soldier in the war that he helps and in turn helps him. Otherwise it may not fit the situation.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The War Doctor Returns in “Engines of War”
@Manyetha is now... Maid Marion! @Timhogan Ya know I like your answer the best though I'll modify it a bit to answer my own question! Perhaps it is because River is only half a time lord and to regenerate a full fledged Time Lord like the Doctor it took much more of the energy. So theoretically since River was only half a time-lord she only had half the regeneration energy! Maybe her limit was only ever 6 instead of 12 so it wasn't that many left!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat on Why Hurt to Eccleston Regeneration Was So Short
@Yotam @Timhogan I suppose but it is not the first time the Doctor literally died. For example 7 died and was put in the morgue for hours before regenerating into 8. How come that resurrection didn't require more juice?
Well that's a few more explanations, now all he needs to do is explain what happened to all of River's regenerations. She had to have at least half a dozen left and what she gave the doctor didn't even "rebuild the body" yet she gave him all her remaining energy. There has to be extra somewhere.
Holy wow I did not know Arthur Darvill could sing like that. Great Frozen cover!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful
@supermoff @Timhogan Yeah see I'm the opposite. Though those examples from the RTD section kind of agree with my point. I said from the start of 2005 onwards it got more dramatic and I stand by that. Ten is where it all started to get over-dramatic to me (again I'm not saying I don't like it, but it happened) with the episodes you pointed out. But you can not possibly actually believe that those episodes are more heavy on drama then some of Eleven's speeches like Rings of Akhaten. Or Amy's Farewell. I mean Soap Opera? Really? Amy and Rory's long lost child who was kidnapped ends up being the wife of their best friend? That is the definition of soap opera. As for Science Fiction, that is a matter of opinion, I suppose the science fiction fans must be split in half. What I don't like about Moffat's is how they are done. For example your first example of the cracks in time were shown in pretty much every episode of the entire first series. Yet were not actually resolved until 3 series later, and the payoff was very mixed by the fanbase. Lots of vague and confusion causing people to complain/argue about it.
I mean I guess to some people that like the long-drawn out vague plot riddled with mis-directions and never 100% properly explained. I myself prefer the much smaller different sci-fi payoffs. Like A giant alien blob that is mind-controlling plastic soldiers to take over the world. Has a start middle and end. There is a payoff. Not years of misleading clues that don't make sense until the final episode. Like the UK in space was brilliant only for the focus of the story to be about a crying girl and a tortured creature by people that chose ignorance. Very dramatic themed. The focus of the story is not about the futuristic UK that took to space. I mean the only thing futuristic about it on board was the Smilers which yeah were cool, but had very little effect to the story.
I will give you the battle in space in the Dalek episode. I hadn't thought about that when thinking about the episode. I suppose it's just the solution of that episode that bums me out. I mean a bomb in a robot set to go off and destroy them all is stopped by talking about love. I mean I like drama, I don't mind stories that even make the focus about love and use that as a powerful emotion because it is. But come on... you are talking to a robot built by the Daleks. I mean yeah he's probably been "given the file" or thinks he is human and real, but are we really supposed to believe that the master race of Daleks built a robot that can override their commands with emotions? The drama out-weighed the sci-fi. But I do like the battle scene, that was pretty awesome!
See to me the best Science Fiction series was 1. There was drama in it, as there needed to be to keep the show modern. But it was pushed off and a side-plot that controlled the character development. The main overall focus of the entire series and what they did was very science fiction based right down to Bad Wolf. I'm not saying RTD's era was better then Moffat's because Ten got pretty overly-emotional too. Personally I don't think the dynamic has been right since the first series, since then Ten and Eleven have gotten very emotional with not only their companions but the over all plots. I mean don't get me wrong, I liked Ten's goodbye tour, but it was a bit over the top!
Even Eleven's regeneration I know I've seen people say they wish he was more angry and showed more of his anger that's why they didn't like the ending and he wasn't emotional or something along those lines. I know they talk about anger and it always confuses me. Eleven should of been excited, elated. Should of been all, "Oh boy I can't wait to see what I get!" I mean first of all, recently he has re-discovered that he did not in fact destroy his entire race. Instead he found out he saved them! Then on top of that, he lands on the place he was destined to die. It was a fixed point that his grave would be there. Spent 300 years coming to terms with it on the planet, getting to the point where he dies of old age and at the last second he is granted an entire new regeneration cycle by his people so instead of facing his fear of dying he now has a new set of regenerations. Scoreboard? I personally don't think it should of been any more emotional, if anything it should of been dialed back a bit. I mean I liked it, it was really great, but I think it was a bit too on the down side. At some point I would of liked to see Smith get that big sad smile and say something like, "Heh, I never thought I'd get to do this again, wonder who I'll be." Or something along those lines while looking at his glowing hands or something. I just don't get what the Doctor has to be sad/angry about, he's been given freedom from his burden and life in exchange for death.
That's why personally I hope Capaldi is more of an arrogant kind of loose cannon. Not necessarily dark and brooding, but the "I can do no wrong." Type. He just found out that his biggest mistake was not actually a mistake but success so he should be kind of more high on himself then a debbie downer. But I digress. My point is I prefer the way Series 1 was right down to the upbeat music rather then the drama that Ten and Eleven has shown us.
3 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Dream Run (Episodes 9-13, Specials)
To answer the titular question, yes. I've weighed out the pros and cons of living forever such as watching the people you care about grow old and die. But one of my most favorite things about life is History and how far Humans have come in the last few thousand years. And that is something I think about a lot, where will we be in 3014. How far will technology have gone? Will we be living in the stars? Will we be living in cloud cities? Will we still be driving to work on a monday at 9am? These things are answers I would love to have. I've read fascinating articles that talk about realistic Time-Travel in the sense that it may be possible to go forward in time, however you would not be able to return. The example they used (and bare with me, I'm not a scientist so the numbers are not accurate, simply just used for example) But a train that would be sent around the world and gradually sped up over time to the point where it hits just under the speed-of-light would theoretically cause time on the outside to pass differently then inside the train. So the theory is that you could spend (again random numbers to show the effect, not any mathematical actual numbers) you could spend 10 minutes on the train, and 10 years will have past outside. However the problem is you couldn't return, so you'd have to live in this world 10 years later and that could pose a magnitude of problems that might makes people less then willing to even attempt it. I however would seriously consider volunteering for a project like that, if they asked for it. Because my curiosity is way to strong. I would give up living 10 years in this world just to gain that extra 10 years I'd get to live as I'd be the same age as when I started. Just to see what that 10 years offers us. That is what I fear most about death, not the actual death itself, but not knowing what is going to happen next.
3 months ago on Do you want to live forever? The Lazarus Experiment In Perspective
@ilyootha @Timhogan Can I ask for examples? I mean yeah Rose had a family and they had an episode where they went back to see her Father, but that was more a set up for the episode of paradox problems. I mean yes that episode was dramatic, but is it any more dramatic then the soapy family stuff of the Love Triangle between Amy Rory and The Doctor that went on for an entire season, not just 1 episode? Or how about Amy and Rory having a child that is stolen and again, arc's over an entire season. I mean Amy and Rory got married on screen. Yeah Rose fell for the Doctor, but it was never a main focus on the story. Not like Rory being jealous of the Doctor for an entire episode. And the whole baby thing. I mean the entire River Song rollercoaster of season 6 was enormous drama from Amy having a suddenly surprising child to having it stolen to a reveal that it is Amy's daughter to the Doctor having to marry her in order to save the universe. In my opinion that's a bit more dramatic then Rose's father getting a few episodes to rekindle with Rose and then Pete's world Pete getting to be with Jacky and getting trapped in another dimension. Again not saying there was -no- drama in RTD's era, it was just not the overall major story and in the very beginning with Nine it was pretty much pushed off. I mean I can only think of 1 episodes, Father's Day, where it was a really -emotional- episode. The rest had some minor drama plot devices to fuel the story, but otherwise wasn't the main focus. Not like Amy/Rory's relationship and River Song's drama was. They were the center focus of the entire first 2 and a half series of Smith's run.
I don't know, really think about it. Just because Rose had a
family doesn't make it dramatic. Think about what 9 did when Rose
thought Mickey was dead or something, "Can we please leave the domestics
outside." Or "So what if I forgot about one stupid ape, I'm trying to
save the whole lot of you." Meanwhile when Rory dies 213 times there's
always a big dramatic interaction between the Doctor and Amy for
consolation and then a big dramatic reunion between the two. The Doctor
went from shrugging off the drama, to being heavily involved.
of it lets look at the episodes. Rose is about the Nesting
Consciousness controlling plastic and he has the anti-plastic to stop
him, problem-solution-answer. Eleventh Hour is still pretty good as
it's not a simple click of a button and he has to come up with a
computer virus to stop a shapeshifter, but a heck of a lot more drama
between Amy and The Doctor then Rose and the Doctor's initial meeting.
We move to episode 2. The focus of Nine's story is a bunch of robot
spiders sabotaging a space station that is shielding them from burning
up from the sun in which he has to stop them and re-activate the
shield. Now I'm not saying it has NO drama, as the Tree girl dies and
he begins to talk about him being the last of his kind, but it's such a
marginal part of the episode. The Beast Below's focus is a crying girl
and the whole drama over what to do with the star whale. Not to mention
the resolution is just a big red button, nothing really clever or well
thought out like. We move onto episode 3 where Nine heads to the past
and has to deal with the rift for the first time as creatures are
jumping through and taking control of corpses using gas. Again not a
lot of drama, there is some at the mention of the Time War but not
really, again more of a side-small plot device. Then we move to 11 and
his Victory of the Daleks. Despite being a Dalek episode the resolution
of the entire episode came down to a big dramatic speech about love
with a robot to stop him from exploding. Because apparently a human
emotion in a robot is more advanced then the Dalek's technology
controlling it. Aliens in London more about the aliens crashing and the
space ship. Sure there's the drama of Rose being gone, but that was
more a play on teh Doctor not being able to control the TARDIS 100% and
kind of a minor plot-development device. Where as we go to Time of the
Angels where it becomes the emotional rollercoaster of Amy getting an
Angel in her eye and the whole River Song thing and whether to trust her
or not and why is she imprisoned and all that.
could easily keep going. And again I'm not saying that it is RTD vs
Moffat, because RTD certainly had plenty of Drama once Ten took control,
my point is since 2005 the show has gotten a whole lot less Science
Fiction and a whole lot MORE Dramatic. I'm curious how people seem to
think Moffat's era has "recaptured" the science fiction when 90% of
their solutions have nothing to do with Science but either him pointing
and clicking his sonic (which doesn't count, it's just a cheap
resolution) or having a dramatic speech to beat them. I mean REALLY
think about Moffat's era. Things like Rings of Akhaten for example.
Sure they are on a planet with new creatures and the song is cool and
stuff, but the entire resolution of the episode is a dramatic speech.
How is there anything more dramatic in RTD era's then Moffat's
speeches? I mean don't get me wrong, I don't dislike them, I just feel
like they rely way too much on cheap explanations with cute words like
"Timey-wimey" rather then actually giving a science (even a fictional
science) explanation or else they just have him point his screwdriver
and problem solved. That's why I loved the War Doctor in the
anniversary because I feel like he was the "Sci-fi" Doctor. Saying
stuff like, "What are you going to do, assemble a cabinet at them?"
I've been saying that since the first time Ten pointed his Sonic at
someone as a "weapon."
@supermoff @Timhogan Can I ask for examples? I above put a bunch of examples showing more Drama in Moffat's era and less Science Fiction. I'm curious what you consider Drama and Science Fiction. Because Moffat's era has loads more speeches like the Rings of Akhaten which is a pure Drama solution to what could of been a science-fiction episode. And there's plenty of that going around. Big long dramatic speeches with a very vague explanation/solution that revolves a simple phrase like, "Timey-Wimey" and the point of a screwdriver. I honestly can't really think of a well thought out science-fiction problem/solution in Moffat's era. And I can't think of anything near as dramatic in RTD's era that is even close to speeches like Rings of Akhaten or Amy/Rory's way over-dramatic departure. (Hell even when Adric died the Doctor didn't get as emotional as Amy-Rory and they didn't even really die, they just went back in time to live happily ever after without the Doctor.) I know Ten had some pretty emotional episodes, but Nine was very shrug it all off. He didn't like to talk about emotional stuff and pushed it away where as Eleven had a new dramatic speech every other episode explaining how things like Love can stop a robot from exploding.
@TheCapaldiMasterplan @Timhogan Can I ask for examples though? I mean what is more over-dramatic then Amy and Rory's child being stolen? Or the Love triangle between Amy, Rory, and the Doctor that arcs over an entire season? Only to be resolved by Amy somehow bringing the Doctor back because she "missed and remembered him" or something. Not very science-fictiony to me. A bit more Dramatic. I just think Drama used to be a side part of the story where most of it revolved around the problem/solution/answer where as now Drama is the main focus and any science fiction is the side part.
So I think I figured out the whole rift that causes so many
arguments with Doctor Who Fans. There are two major fan bases, and no
not RTD vs Moffat, it is Science Fiction fans vs Drama fans. I tested
this theory by showing a friend who has no idea what Doctor Who is two
episodes without telling him what the show was. I showed him Rose and
Eleventh Hour. Aside from picking up on the TARDIS in both and the
similar character of The Doctor he thought they were supposed to be two
different shows. And I began to look closely at arguments from fans and
episodes of classic, RTD, and Moffat era's and come to the conclusion
that it is the shift in the show. Doctor Who today is a completely
different show then even in 2005, let alone in the classic era. I think
this is where the problems are. If you look at Rose it is a very
science fiction friendly episode right down the music. Which don't get
me wrong I love Murray Gold and the music he comes up with these days,
but it is not very science-fictiony. Now I think there is a huge
fanbase (especially on this website) of people that started watching the
show with Moffat in the 5th series or David Tennant somewhere in his
run. These fans are usually the ones that enjoy the drama side of
things so they love what Moffat is doing because he is really good at
Other fans that started
from 2005 or before tend to be more on the side of Science Fiction and
not that drama is a bad thing as it adds emotional connection and
investment to characters. Drama is however eclipsing the Science
Fiction side of things. Sci-fi fans get annoyed by plot devices that
kind of ignore the whole sci-fi explanation. Like The Doctor letting
himself out of the Pandorica for example. To a drama fan that's not a
big deal, they just shrug it off and move on because the story/character
development and its payoff is great in that episode. However the
Science Fiction fan hates this and argues this because it's not very
well written. I mean sure people can label it a paradox and try to
explain it or say Doctor Who has used plenty of paradox's, but that's
not the problem. The problem is it is a very cheap explanation for
science-fiction. Instead of giving us a proper solution or explanation,
they just come up with a cute phrase like, "Sciencey-Wiency" or
something and expect us to just nod our heads.
I'm not trying to say Moffat is any bad, or there is no drama in RTD,
because honestly it started very early with 10. However I am saying
that there is a harmony that needs to happen in the show that is
somewhere in the middle of Drama and Science Fiction. I will also say
that one of the reasons I don't like Moffat's overall arc-writing is
because he is pulling the reins heavily in the direction of Drama and
giving very little to Science Fiction fans that makes sense. Just a
bunch of over-complicated stuff that is not meant to make sense for
several episodes and is explained by one or two lines and then
forgotten. Again I don't dislike the drama, I think it has offered us a
very new and interesting thing to keep Doctor Who fresh and worth
watching. I do however wish that there would be more Science-Fiction in
the show again. And real, well thought out things, not things that
don't make sense. Science Fiction is usually developed out of science
(hence the word science) that may not be possible in real life (hence
the word fiction) but can certainly be explained in said universe. Now
I'm not saying the Classic era or RTD's early era was perfect with this
and didn't have some horrible plot-devices/paradox's that grinds my
gears but they did have some Science Fiction that was pretty awesome.
Personally I still think Moffat's best episodes are when he can focus on
a single story because that's when he comes up with brilliant mix of
sci-fi and drama without over-complicating the drama and drowning out
the science-fiction. For that reason despite him being very popular,
I'd prefer to see someone else take control of the over-all arc's and
Moffat just write stand alone episodes because he is so much better at
I'd switch Girl in the Fireplace with the Library episodes, and then I agree! Such a great episode which I call the true "girl who waited" story. Amy was just a remake of that story spread out over a longer period!
3 months ago on The Tenth Doctor: Five Favourites
@WiblyWoblyTimyWimyMOFFAT @Moves Like Jagaroth Yeah but you still have to be fair for the monster, it was designed by a little kid who won a contest. So it's kind of understandable that it doesn't line up to actual monsters created by writers who are paid to make them interesting.
3 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 9-13, Specials)
@Ross Jenkins I don't really agree with that. I love Sarah Jane Smith and the adventures they go on, but I don't think her character fits The Moment at all. Rose/Bad Wolf fits that bill perfectly, but if it was Sarah Jane they would have had to completely rewrite the entire character to have it fit right. Not to mention I think there is a certain importance to the War Doctor not actually knowing who Rose Tyler is yet. I would have much rather seen Sladen appear in the 50th as actual Sarah Jane Smith if it was possible. Like perhaps she happened to be in the area when they were flying the TARDIS in with Smith hanging from it and she saw them and followed and had a brief reunion with the Doctor and meeting the Kate Stewart and she could have recognized the name Sarah Jane from the Brigadier's stories and allowed her to tag along. Though I suppose then the problem would have occured of when Clara uses the vortex manipulator to jump back to where the Doctors were so she would have had to go off and do something else (unless it had enough juice to pull two people.) I just couldn't see Sarah Jane Smith doing some of the lines and things that Bad Wolf Rose does as The Moment.
3 months, 1 week ago on Tom Baker Reunion with Sarah Jane Was Planned
1. Rose - It was what brought it back. If this episode wasn't
awesome the show wouldn't of been successfully revived. Fortunately
Eccleston was an amazing choice for a Doctor. I still remember watching
that episode on TV and I still get goosebumps today watching the
episode and hearing him give his speech to Rose about who he is.
The End of The World - Another great installment early on to remind us
what Doctor Who was. Although the budget was bad and the aliens weren't
the greatest compared to what they could of been like on Akhaten, but
it was a good mix of humor and drama early on introducing the "culture
shock" of Rose being thrown into a situation she couldn't of imagined.
3. School Reunion - Sarah Jane Smith. Need I say more?
The Girl in The Fireplace - The REAL "Girl who waited" story before Amy
even existed. This is truly Moffat at his best in my opinion and one
of the reasons I wish he'd go back to focusing on single one off stories
rather then his big overly-complicated arc's which are never as good as
his single story episodes.
5. Poison Sky - This one
kind of wins by default, I'm not really a fan of any of the episode
5's. I chose this one because I liked how they brought Martha back and I
liked Sontarans before they became a joke in the show.
Bell's of Saint John - I liked this one because Clara had a great
entrance and I like how it wasn't solved by a screwdriver wave but him
hacking technology. As much as the modern day whovians on this site
will kill me, I always thought Matt Smith did so much better without Amy
and Rory. They were good characters, but I didn't like their effect on
the Doctor turning him into their child that they had to look after.
Amy's Choice - The Dream Lord was such a marvelous idea. I'm always a
sucker for a split reality choice scenario like in Buffy when she wakes
up in a psych ward and is almost convinced the whole vampire slayer
thing is a dellusion. Amy's Choice is this idea at the best.
Silence in the Library - Again Moffat at his best. Great monster,
great danger, great solution, not some overly-complicated random clues
that no one will understand for the next 3 series. Plus River started
off so great before they morphed her into the weird love child of Amy
Rory and the TARDIS.
9. Family of Blood - I loved the
concept of the Doctor being temporarily human. Definitely a fresh idea
and the monster's were pretty awesome too. Then the solution was great,
I love how 10 had a special thing for both of them.
Midnight - Only slightly beats Blink but this episode is impressive
because not only is it the best monster of New Who. But the Doctor
finishes the episode still completely clueless of what actually happened
and actually visually rattled which is something we don't see often.
Not to mention from a production standpoint it's pretty impressive to
write and shoot an entire episode set in one small space like a train
car. Very few television writers could pull that off.
The God Complex - Another great example of a fantastic fresh idea.
Being stuck in a hotel where behind every door is someone's nightmares
and a giant beast that will eventually come kill you after you've given
in and not only accepted but rejoice in the sweet release.
Bad Wolf - Another episode where until this day I still can get
goosebumps. This was Doctor vs Daleks at it's best in new who. To this
day I still haven't seen a Dalek episode that even comes close to this
in the new series. I mean Tennant and Smith had some good moments with
Daleks, but the overall stories were kind of lame especially when the
Daleks start begging the Doctor for help.
Parting of Ways - A continuation of #12 and had an amazing resolution to
it. I love Eccleston's dynamic while dealing with the Daleks and his
regeneration was pretty amazing too. It wasn't overly dramatic with
15-20 minutes of speeches and goodbyes (which don't get me wrong, I
liked 10 and 11's regeneration but they tried too hard to hit the drama
button.) It was pretty sudden and quick and brilliant and Tennant's
introduction was pretty fantastic.
RTD Specials: Water
of Mars - Probably the toughest one, but when it comes down to it there
were things that bugged me about the others that I just couldn't get
over, this one was by far the best for that. (No giant Cyberman things
run by a human or The Master suddenly turned Sith and starts using the
Force.) Plus Time Lord Victorious was pretty great.
3 months, 1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Complete Recap
I agree 100% with this article. As soon as I heard the Daleks begging the doctor "Save us" I knew the whole "Daleks will be scary" thing was just another one of Moffat's lies.
3 months, 1 week ago on Unpopular Opinion: Asylum of the Daleks
@teddybowties @Timhogan But what anger? I mean think about recent events. He just found out that instead of destroying his entire race and ending Gallifrey he actually saved it. Then, on the eve of his final regenerations limit, the Doctor's at the end of his ropes and clearly didn't want to die but just gave in at the end of Time of the Doctor only to be awarded with a completely fresh set of regenerations. I mean what is he angry about? Yeah the stuff he went through may of been tough over the past series or two, but they all lead to some pretty great things for him that should give him a lot of relief not anger. If anything he should be -less- angry and in my opinion more arrogant. I mean the major consequence that had been weighing him down for 400 years was suddenly lifted, and then he spent the 300 years on Trenzalore facing his death only to be given more life. I fail to see the anger.
3 months, 1 week ago on How Could Capaldi’s Doctor Develop?
It would be interesting to see the Doctor get a bit out of control. I mean living the past 3 regenerations in remorse about having killed your entire race only to learn that in fact you actually saved your race might make him feel a bit over-confident. I personally think it's getting to the time where one of his closer companions needs to actually lose their life (Amy and Rory don't count since they didn't really die, they got sent back in time to live their lives happily ever after they just happened to not see the Doctor during that life.) But I'd like to see him get way ahead of himself, thinking he can do no wrong and not have a worry or care and then see someone like Danny Pink go the way of Adric. I mean hero's need flaws, and one of the Doctor's biggest "flaws" was the whole having destroyed his people in the Time War and live in remorse. But since that is gone, it could be replaced by thinking he is perfect and everything he does will work out only to have reality smack him in the face.
This poll series has really reaffirmed to me that Series 1 really is my favorite. I mean there have been episodes here and there like Midnight and Amy's Choice that I've chosen, but for the most part Series 1 got the majority of my votes.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 13
@Romanadvoratrelundar They make it on a T-shirt. That's actually the first place I saw it, it was on Teefury a few days ago. Unfortunately it's not in the shop, but you can go in and vote for them to bring it back.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful
Wow that was tough. Midnight and Blink in the same slot. I had to go with Midnight though just because the unknown factor was just amazing. And David Tennant was at his best in that episode. Blink was amazing too, but the Midnight Entity is still by far the scariest new-who monster I've seen yet.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 10
@Amy the Consulting Key Ring Well so here's my problem with it. First to address the New York issues, in my theory I'm not saying he should go back to that specific spot in time and space. This is the series of events that happens, Amy and Rory get sent back in time to the place where they with the big walking around Statue of Liberty. Amy then knowing about the book and knowing the Doctor will someday read it, writes the book, publishes it. They lived to their 80's, I think it was 82 that it said Amy lived to (or around that). Unless she wrote that book on her death bed and hit send as she flat-lined at that point, there was time AFTER the book already existed, but BEFORE she died. Therefore if a future Doctor were to go to that period, after the book already exists it's out there, it's in motion, it will end up in the 11th Doctor's hands on the day that Angels of Manhattan takes place. So the book is already written, lets say it's a decade or two after the point that they got sent back to, so the space/time period he would try to land in is much different. And as time is a big ball of timey wimey soup, clearly New York isn't completely scarred because otherwise how would the Doctor have landed there in say something like the Impossible Astronaut to catch River?
After all sure that's the past of the Doctor and River, but it is the future of New York, so if it was a permanent scar of that area, it would of still been there in 1980's or whenever the Impossible Astronaut happened. On top of that, even if New York was scarred, if he really wanted to, land in New Jersey and head into New York. I mean at this point the book already exists and is in motion, he's already been through the events of The Angels Take Manhattan as well as Amy and Rory, so for him to show up a few decades later would not effect the book at all. Especially since Moffat has clearly made it possible to re-write time or make things that "seem" set in stone not so much. I mean especially considering his excuse for the Trenzalore thing is "Maybe its something else, and we got it all wrong." Maybe Amy got it wrong writing that in the end of the book. I mean the book was already written, published, out in circulation so she couldn't go back and change it if the Doctor showed up on her door step 20 years after the book had already been created.
I just don't understand how that is a "paradox" seeing as how it'd happen in both of their future's, it'd happen after the events of the book and the creation of the book as to not mess with that time line, and he could easily avoid New York if he had to. I mean are you telling me that he couldn't of gotten at least a message to them? Pop back to the same time period in London and send them a message saying "Hey why don't you guys take a trip to England and we could have some tea!" Yeah the Doctor couldn't of landed the TARDIS in that exact location, but clearly they lived a happy life together not trapped in a hotel so they could of easily left New York had they wanted to. It just isn't a really good way for them to be "demised" or "killed off" as was hyped before the episode. Instead the focus should of been on the Doctor deciding not to go after them instead of not being able to even if he wanted.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat Explains Doctor’s Timey Tomb
@ilyootha @Timhogan Last time I saw the episode I didn't see anywhere on the grave that said, PS - The Doctor never came to see us again before we died. I must of missed it.
Sigh, that is such a cheap explanation for Amy and Rory. I mean how does he "know he didn't." The first explanation people always give is the book that Amy writes. Well why can't he go find her AFTER the book is written. By then it is too late to change the book, and it does not effect events at all. Very poor explanation Moffat, I expected something better.
I think this would be really bad for the story. I mean I liked The Doctor's Wife, was a great episode. But the beauty of the Doctor and his companions is they change when they are stale. If you put the TARDIS there as a companion then you are stuck with it forever. Not to mention what made that episode great is it was a one and done type of deal. If that character was there for an entire series I have a feeling it'd get old after about 3-4 episodes. And you can't have the Doctor send it off, or leave it somewhere, you can't have it die off or get trapped somewhere. It is the TARIDS. You can't have Doctor Who without the TARDIS. It's better to leave it the way it is.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Could the TARDIS Become a Permanent Companion?
The key to a good April Fools joke is making it believable. This is not believable. It's cute, but not a very good April fools joke.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Capaldi is Not the Doctor!
@DaireConstantineOReilly You know how much money they spent on the new TARDIS? They need to get more then one series out of it. Same Companion? Not the first time, nor was 10 using 9's, plenty of classic doctors also kept companions through a regeneration, it offers a different approach to just a "fresh start" which can be a good thing. As for the sonic? Not a big deal. I mean I would of liked to see a slight difference in it, because I think the whole pop out that the screwdriver did fit Matt Smith's demeanor so much more, but until I see it fully fledged in action in an episode, I can't really judge it.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: Capaldi’s Sonic & A New Monster
I went with Rose. As much as I like all of them, Rose is what started it all. Plus the conversation leaving Rose's place where the Doctor tells Rose who he is and then to forget him is one of my favorite conversations in all of Doctor Who. Rose will always have an important place in my heart and will always get my vote.
4 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 1
@The Living Angel I'm sure once it goes through editing they will touch it up before it airs.
4 months ago on Series 8 Filming: Sneak Peek at a New Monster
I can not wait. Each week I see Capaldi playing the Cardinal on Musketeer's and it reminds me how amazing of an actor he is. I really agree with McGann here in that Capaldi definitely has the potential to be the greatest doctor we've had since Tom Baker.
4 months, 1 week ago on McGann Thinks Capaldi Could Be Best Doctor Yet
Land on a strange and puzzling planet? Yay for more non-earth based stories! There hasn't been enough of them in new who!
4 months, 1 week ago on Series 8: Keeley Hawes cast as Ms Delphox
@MowTheFrontLawn You kind of have to group it with series 5 though. Because the Doctor the widow and the wardrobe would be grouped with series 6 and Snowmen with series 7.
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 5 (2010)
Best episodes? I gave Eleventh Hour and Amy's Choice 9/10's because they were near perfect. Most others got a 6 or 7 from me because while Doctor Who is always awesome, they weren't the best Doctor Who. Series 5 overall I like better then 6, but I feel like there are some overrated episodes like, Vincent and the Doctor. I feel like that was just a puff peace for Van Gogh people. The monster was pretty lame in that only Vincent was able to see it, and the Doctor broke a cardinal rule of his for absolutely no reason by bringing him to a museum and having the curator do the speech. Like yeah it was heavy drama, but it was just over the top and against everything the Doctor has ever shown which made it sort of un-Doctor Who-ish.
Wow I never heard some of those older doctor's doing the Pandorica speech. I heard Baker's and McCoy's before but not the others. I know other Doctors have read other speeches as I've heard Colin Baker read the Rings of Akhaten speech, but I'm curious if there's other's out there and if someone could either point me to what to google or link me!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful
Ya know what would be really cool, a classic Doctor playing the Master. I mean if The Doctor can revisit old favorites, and Romana can choose what she looks like, shouldn't that mean the Master could? Especially if he wanted to try to trick the Doctor!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Major Series 8 Villain Revealed?
Okay?! OKAY?! It is MORE then okay Capaldi! I mean I liked Smith just as I liked Tennant just as I liked Eccleston just as I liked McGann and well.. you kind of see where that is going? But I am so excited for a new Doctor. May of been a little hard to accept at first but it is definitely the perfect time for a new Dcotor. And every week on Musketeers seeing Capaldi just makes me giddy waiting for him to step out of the TARDIS for the first time on my television!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Capaldi: Matt Smith told me to look after Doctor Who
@ShaynePC Depends. While I will agree that this film was great in it's time, this is also a study/comparison on Time Travel in movies/television. This is not overall rating of the movie, but overall rating of how time travel (or in this case time loop) is used and presented in the film. I don't really disagree with the posters ranking on that.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Lords of Time #9: Doctor Who Vs Groundhog Day
@The8thDoctor @Liana21 The problem with this is in the Library 10 had absolutely no idea who she was. Sure she could have pictures of them, but she could never have met them, otherwise then Ten would of knew her.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Top Five References in Doctor Who
I'd love to see the Master return as a bit more of a recurring villain like the old days when he was troubling some of the earlier Doctors. I mean the big epic storylines can be fun, but we've had a bit much of them lately, we need much more enemy of the week and it'd be fun to see The Master pop up to be behind a few of them. Though I do agree it'd have to be a new incarnation, I loved Simm but the writer of the article is correct, it wouldn't much make sense for his incarnation to show up and start causing trouble for the Doctor.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Speculating on Series 8′s “Big Bad”
Man just watching Capaldi step out and get back in the TARDIS proves he was born for this! There was no other choice for 12, so excited for the next series.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: A Night Out
@Wibbly-Wobbly Strawberry Jelly It's sad but true. Heroes did something that a lot of shows like that do, there was way too much build up hype and power in the first season. Too much stuff happened that by the time the second season came around there wasn't much left to tell that could be as awesome as the first season. So they tried to recapture that magic and failed pretty badly. The writers strike was around that time too, so the second season didn't really get polished and then the third season was a bit rushed. As much as I liked the characters, it would of been more beneficial to them to stick to their original plan to make each season "stand alone arcs" which would of introduced new characters each year. Would of made it easier to do fresh stories, instead they stuck with the same characters and it just turned into a mess. That's why I'm hoping this new mini-series they announced is a clean slate, new characters in the same world.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Lords of Time #8: Doctor Who Vs Heroes
Very fitting that this was posted today, the same day that NBC announces "Heroes Reborn" 13-episode miniseries for 2015. Such a great show, I admit it definitely wasn't as good at the end as the beginning, but I can't wait to see more.
The other part about keeping the secret that isn't mentioned is the non-Doctor Who and BBC side. For example Matt Smith, if they tried to keep his leaving a secret and just "invite" Capaldi on set without making it clear what he was there for (which would probably work seeing how he's been in other Doctor Who related stuff first so many people wouldn't believe the "new doctor" theory some would pose) but the problem isn't keeping the new actor secret. It's keeping the departure of the old doctor secret. Matt Smith is an actor and acting is his job. The moment he was done with Doctor Who (I'm sure there was a small break) but his agent was out there looking for work for him. And he's landed roles in various things. Now, if an Agent is contacting several sources looking for some work for Smith, I'm sure one of those sources would be able to say "wait a sec, isn't he supposed to be doing the Doctor? I can't cast him because of schedule conflicts." And there's where the problem lies, the agent would have to assure them that isn't a problem. As much as I'd love to see something as big as regeneration secret, I feel like that alone would make it impossible.
5 months ago on Doctor Who’s Biggest Missed Opportunity: A Surprise Regeneration
@TheBritishCupOfTea Wow I never really thought about that. But yeah doing kind of the reverse of the ending of An Adventure in Space and Time.
5 months ago on Gillan on saying Goodnight to her Raggedy Man
@PedroCanario Handles is different though. It's a machine that the doctor reprogrammed. Unless you're suggesting that Bin Laden and Strax were reprogrammed by someone else!
5 months ago on Unpopular Opinion: Strax
@The Living Angel @Timhogan Deal! I'm confident in my speed! I know I could at least out run someone else, let the monster chew on them while I escape! I am not confident in out running bullets though! So I'm okay with that deal!
@The Living Angel @Timhogan Plus they have to catch you! If I'm facing a crazy warrior dude with a gun or a vicious animal with Teeth, I'd take the animal(monster). Because all you'd have to do is get high where it can't reach you, or get through a door and close it. Bullets go through doors, teeth don't! Just blockade the door or try to reach a high point or something!
@The Living Angel @Timhogan Yeah but have confidence in yourself! You could escape the monster with teeth! Just make a run for it. A monster that can shoot lasers though? You don't even get the chance to run because they shoot you before you can get half way to the door :P
@The Living Angel @Timhogan @Nightmarish Yeah see I guess that's just a difference of opinion because even if stories if there's no genuine threat then to me they aren't scary. Like Angels are barely scary because they don't kill you and from what we've seen everyone who has been sent back in time pretty much lived a pretty nice life. Same with like the monster from Hide. It was scary up until the moment the Doctor discovered it wasn't trying to harm anyone, at that point despite how it looked it was a harmless creature so not really scary.
@The Living Angel @Timhogan To be honest? The gun. Guns fire long ranged attacks, teeth they have to catch you. Now I'm not saying I could definitely get away from what ever monster had sharp teeth, but I'm pretty sure I have a better shot of running away from that then someone with a gun. Though if you're referring to Angels I wouldn't even run, I'd take a shot and say "Hey lets see what year they send me too, maybe I can make a killing in the stock market or something and live a nice rich life."
@Nightmarish Yeah see that's an interesting opinion to me. If some funny looking person walked into a bank I was in and started shooting people and killing them I wouldn't just laugh and say "you look silly so I'm not taking you seriously." I'd see the dead people on the ground and realize it doesn't matter what he looks like, he just killed people. Same is true with monsters in my book. Just because they don't look "badass" or something doesn't mean they can't be a threat.
@The Living Angel To me it's more about actions then looks. I mean looks can help, but if the actions aren't there then it's not as scary. That's the reason I don't consider Angels scary, I mean they don't even kill you. I feel like if monsters like Daleks went back to killing people on regular bases then they'd be a bit more scary. The problem is the old monsters in classic who were allowed to kill people more regularly. In New Who since it's geared for children more so then before, death is something that's treated differently. Sure people still die, but it's rare, and when it does happen they make a much bigger deal about it. I mean to me that's why The Doctor Dances was such a special episodes, when the Doctor was so excited that everyone lives it was actually special because that didn't happen a lot before the revived series. But now a days if Capaldi had an episode where he got all excited because everyone lived, it'd be "Okay what else is new? that happens all the time in Doctor Who these days."
@Amy the Consulting Commentator @Timhogan Hmm, that is possible that's why he disappeared, but yeah as you even said in your comment "I know she draws it and begins to activate it" <- while this is happening he's just standing there waiting to be disintegrated. I just think as a warrior race he wouldn't just stand there waiting for it, he'd at least attempt to dodge or strike before she has the chance to draw it.
@TheOncomingHurricane @Timhogan @Amy the Consulting Commentator Anyone who gets taken down the way he does yeah. They are supposed to be bred for war with the ability to strategize in combat. He's got a weapon she hasn't even drawn yet, he just stands there lets her pull it out and shoot him. Doesn't even really attempt to do anything, just says "Die lizard woman" (or whatever the exact line is) and stands there waiting to be atomized. I'm just saying they could of at least let him dodge the first blast get a swing off or something before getting taken down. It was just too easy for a warrior race imo. If that makes me ridiculous I guess so, I just remember them being a bit more of a threat.
@Amy the Consulting Commentator @Timhogan Very true, it was just too easy for a Sontaran warrior. They could of at least let him get a hit in on Vastra or something instead of making him still look like a joke even when trying to be serious.
@TheOncomingHurricane @Timhogan I think people would consider them Iconic from the classic series yeah. I mean sure they weren't in as many episodes as Daleks or something, but they certainly made an impact in the serials they were involved in. And yeah obviously there are other ways to take someone down other then vital spots, but it was still way to easy for my liking. As Sarah Jane was one of my favorite companions from classic series I hold Time Warrior near and dear to my heart. I realize that New Who fans don't understand why us classic watchers dislike it. But Sontarans were one of those memories from the classic series that was great, and what they've become because of Strax is just sad. Because of him it is very unlikely we will ever get a story with them as main villains again because new who fans are now used to them being like Strax and not the scary monsters some of us remember.
@Amy the Consulting Commentator @ClosedDoorsUK As someone who has been in love with Sontaran's as a monster since the first time I watched Time Warrior? Yes! Indeed worse then Dimensions in Time. At least Dimensions in Time you got to see the old Doctors in costume so it was better purely for that. Sure the story was a scrambled mess, but it was better then the sacrilegious crap that is Strax.
I agree so much with this article. This is exactly why I dislike the Paternoster gang. I mean a funny line here and again from a Sontaran about not understanding eartly ways like in Strategem/Poison Sky is one thing, but a running gag of making one of the most iconic monsters of Who as nothing more than a childish joke butler is just one of the things I hate the most about Moffat's reign. I mean when I was a kid I loved the Sontarans because they were scary. And now every time I see Strax I just cringe. The only glimmer of hope was in The Name of The Doctor when Strax started to forget Vastra and struck her. The only problem is I think Strax shouldn't of been killed so easily, I thought their only weakness was supposed to be the hole in the back? Apparently that too was cast aside to make them look even weaker. I don't know if it was up to me I'd have the Sontarans appear and go to war with the Earth just because of how bad Strax has made Sontaran's look. And on top of that I'd have the Sontaran's win and wipe out Strax for good! I agree with the poster that Starkey is a good actor, I just hate how much they have pissed on my favorite Who monster.
@RomanaOnCaprica @Timhogan @DasManiac Victory is the only one I'd count as a Dalek story. Asylum? Sure it had Daleks in it, but what were they doing? Begging the Doctor for help and spinning around while Doctor and friends ran circles around them? I mean the Clara part was pretty cool, but the Daleks in the episode weren't really a monster or enemy. More of a client?
5 months ago on Daleks Series 8 Rumours
@Master Michael Moon This a million times! I miss classic stories where Daleks had more then 5 minutes of screen time even though the entire episode is supposedly about them. They need a true Dalek story and a 2 parter at that imo.
@DasManiac Yeah but see the problem is all the Dalek stories we've gotten since Moffat took over are pretty much Cameo stories. I mean think about it, how many of them were they actually really central? Even the 50th Anniversary where it revolved around the Time War, Dalek's were nothing more then a background image shown in a few scenes. We need a true Dalek story. One that doesn't just show a few ships in the background a few lines of Exterminate and then that's it.
@Kiki Kiki I disagree. I'd much rather see them get a nice stand alone true Dalek story in the middle of the series that has nothing to do with the 'overall arc'. Whenever Dalek's are used in finale's or openers or specials they are pretty much generic and could easily be replaced by any other who monster realistically. I'd like them to get their "Nightmare in Silver" Episode (or two parter imo.) I'd just love to see a very old school Genesis of the Daleks type of story rather then something that's trying to be over the top flashy where the Daleks end up playing such a minor role, like in The Time of the Doctor or even the Asylum. I mean they were there, they were just kind of.... useless I guess.
@The8thDoctor @Timhogan I'm not? On the contrary, I'm trying to say people shouldn't make a big deal about it. Your the one attacking me saying I'm homophobic because I want my stories to revolve around stories instead of promoting messages.
5 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who and Sexuality
@The8thDoctor @Timhogan None. I never said they have. I simply expressed my desire for them to keep it that way and not add characters that belong to a certain group simply to support the cause. Again I have no problem with the inclusion of any form of group, be it gays, feminists, or any other group. The point is that it needs to be relevant to the story like it has been and not added for the soul purpose of sending a message. As I originally said people are all different, it's realistic to include sexual preferences in both straight and gay fashions. However for them to include it in Doctor Who, it needs to be relevant to the story. Like Jack for example, or Canton. Both characters it is important to their development and story and it fits well, it's realistic. But if you go into the writers room saying "Okay so we need to have more (enter group name here) to make that group happy and show we support the message" then it becomes less about story and more about the message. That should never happen. That doesn't mean I don't support the message, I just believe that in a work of fiction story should always come first.
@The8thDoctor @Timhogan Do we have trolls on Doctorwhotv now? Did you even read what I wrote? Read it again. I never ONCE said I have a problem with supporting characters being gay or lesbian. I said IF IT FITS THE STORY DO IT. It's not about them being gay or lesbian or straight or feminist or black or asian or anything. It's about it fitting the story. I am completely fine with Vastra and Jenny. I'm fine with Canton. I'm fine with Jack and Ianto. I think they are great, and I actually LOVE the fact that Jack is gay(or bisexual I suppose) and I love how they work into the story. I DID however say they should never do it just to do it. I said it cheapens it to add it for the sake of adding it when it has nothing to do with the story. I also said the same thing for HETEROSEXUAL relationships. Not once did I say having gay or lesbian people "loses quality or substance" I said if they focus on adding activist groups for the soul purpose of supporting that group loses quality of the story because it is no longer about the story it's about the message. Instead I expressed the desire to keep sexual preferences relevant to the story, and if the story allows it the go for it.
@TheOncomingHurricane I don't think the heterosexual relationships should be either to be honest. This show has always been a science fiction show about an Alien traveling around time and space in a blue box and having adventures. Sure he'll meet gay and straight people along the journey, but to make a big deal about it is different. You seem to think I said it's bad for the story, I didn't, I said if it makes sense then do it. But they should never do something for the sake of doing it. Everything should revolve around the story. To me it's no different then what he says about including River into it, "If the story is there, I'll do it." That should always be the mentality. It should never be, "Okay well we need more of (enter group here) to show support!" because that takes away from the actual goal of the show which at the end of the day is the Doctor's Adventures. Sure he could run into gay and straight people all the time, but why should it be more than ambiguous? Why should they blatantly say "Okay well lets have this character come in, say he's gay, the doctor approves, and then that character leaves forever." It has nothing to do with the story, doesn't move anything along, all it is a message to influence the audience (which is the definition of propaganda.) I love the fact that Jack is gay, and I love the fact that they embrace it. But the main fact is that it fits the story. It isn't just some randomly added message to show support. It is an important part of the story and that's what makes it good.
@The8thDoctor @Timhogan That's different because that is an actual movement. If you read what I wrote, I have no problem with the movements and their ideals. I just don't like when they take over stories that are meant to not have anything to do with the subject, and implant them into the story to show support. To say I'm homophobic because I want the goal of the show to remain "the stories of Doctor Who" and not "Lets see if we can have the Doctor meet more gay people" is completely ignorant. Especially considering the fact that you do not know my sexual preference.
@TheOncomingHurricane @Timhogan No I'm saying if they add people for that sake. Like if they add a gay person just so that they have gay people and show they are supporting it, then it's propoganda. I'm not saying Doctor Who has done this, I'm saying they shouldn't. I'm saying if it fits the story then it's fine, but they should never go into it with the sole purpose of including a group just to show "support" because that's not what storytelling is about. It's about telling a story, if it fits into the story (like Jenny/Vastra and Canton) then it is fine. I never said Doctor Who shoehorns it, I'm just saying I don't think the focus should be to do that.
@Lewis94. Well exactly. That's the way it's been and that's the way it should always be. My point is they should never just add gay people for the sake of adding gay people. Instead they should always stick to what makes sense for the story. As a storyteller your #1 goal is to remain impartial and tell the story the way that it is best told. Not to include certain groups views because then the story gets clouded. As I said if it makes sense for the story (like Canton for example, it made sense for him to be gay and helped the story along) it is a good thing. But they should NEVER go into a writing room with the goal of building around something like, "We need to make sure we make some gay characters, or feminist characters, or any other group" It always needs to start with, "Okay where should the Doctor go now?" If he runs into those people it's fine, but it needs to not be made a big deal. If they took a random character and made them "gay" for the sake of being gay, like Osgood or something where it has nothing to do with the story and they could leave it ambiguous. She could be gay, nothing wrong with that if she was, but it should never be a "statement" because realistically it is unimportant to the story and doesn't matter. That would just be there for the sake of propagating a message. Now again, I'm not saying that would be a bad message, I'm just saying if shows like this catered to a certain group then where would it stop? It should only be mentioned if it is relevant to the story, otherwise it should be left alone and people should come to their own conclusions.
I don't entirely agree with this. Now let me start by saying I'm not homophobic and I have absolutely no problem with anyone's sexual preference or anything. However I don't like when "groups" try to force things such as this into stories to provide propaganda for "it's okay to be different." Now, it IS okay to be different. There is nothing wrong with being different. But the truth is we are all different. Every single person in the world is different in some way or the other. To me a sexual preference is no different then if you like a certain type of food. To each their own I always say and I never want to get in the way of anyone doing what they want. However for stories it has to be there. Madame Vastra and Jenny makes sense, it works for the story and it doesn't impede it. To go into the writers room with the idea "lets make sure we put more of (enter your group here) into the show so that we show we support them!" only takes away from the natural order of the show. Obviously if they don't show it, it doesn't mean they are against it, it just doesn't fit the story. And by trying to enforce the idea, you are actually enforcing the fact that these people are "different" where as if you just leave sexual preference as such a minor factor then the children will learn that it isn't a "huge difference" and it is okay to treat it as such. I've always said that if people want to be accepted, they have to stop trying to make a big deal about things and stop trying to get attention but instead let it fade to the point where it makes no difference whether someone is gay or straight. I will quote a comedian Jim Jefferies in saying, it's none of your(general population) business who someone loves or is attracted to because it's not you, it has nothing to do with you. The first step of acceptance is acknowledging the fact that they aren't different because of their preference and they shouldn't be treated different. Everyone should be treated the same and that should go the same for stories. Stories should be developed for the flow of the show and the overall story, not to fit some propaganda group to make sure they support certain groups. Because at that point they'll have to start supporting every group, and transforming it so they make sure they not only support the LGBTQ but also the feminists and then some other group. At that point the show itself loses quality and substance because it is too busy trying to make sure it supports all the activist groups. I'm not saying these groups are bad, I'm just saying they should leave their propaganda outside of stories unless it makes sense in that story (ie, Vastra and Jenny).
@ICEFinn @Timhogan Yeah I saw those I just dunno! They look like those type of pockets you never use! Though maybe this means The Doctor will use the Sonic less, which I'm totally fine with. I like the costume's plainness, but it's one of those things where I need to see him racing down a corridor in it or something to be 100% convinced!
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Your verdict on Capaldi’s Costume
I still say we need to see it in action! I mean... where are the pockets?!
I'm torn, I both love and hate Moffat. I love him because he is an excellent writer of dialogue. He understands characters and gives them amazing words. Would we really love Matt Smith as much if he didn't get speeches like Rings of Akhaten or Pandorica? Probably, but still, he does some great dialogue. The banter between companions and characters and the important emotional scenes. Nobody can write them better.
However there's a huge fault in my book. His overuse of the "Time-Wimey" stuff and trying to make things too over the top. He throws things in your face that should be obvious and then completely changes them to things that don't quite make sense and then undoes it by doing something time-wimey that can't really be explained that causes.... okay I'm lost. The point is he goes over the top some times with his overall arcs. Realistically I'd love Moffat to stay on as a full time writer but let someone else take the reigns on the overall arcs/plots of Doctor Who. Because in my opinion Moffat's very best stories, are one's that are standalone and have nothing to do with the over all arc, ie: Empty Child/Doctor Dances, The Girl in the Fireplace, Blink, and the Library. I mean sure he's had good episodes in the thick of the plot like Eleventh Hour and the 50th Anniversary specials. But what made those good? The dialogue and speeches. The overall arcs or plots tend to drift off and not be the best or simply explained with "time-wimey." Either way I still love the show, though his series haven't been my favorite (My favorite is and probably always be the first series as it was still a true science fiction show and not yet a drama while still having a heavy emotional side from the whole Time War aftermath and having just enough overall arc that didn't get in the way of Doctor Who being it's normal story by story self but still tying them together.)
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Steven Moffat on his Doctor Who Future
You're right to an extent. Number wise there's no way of telling, but the Doctor's a clever person and there's a lot of clues. If you were to show someone who knew nothing about Doctor who the interactions I don't think it'd take long. Especially when Hurt says, "You're both me?" and Ten replies, "I am, still not sure about him" (not exact quotes going off memory) then that should be the first clue that Tennant's Doctor comes before Smiths. If they haven't figured it out by that point then definitely in the tower of London with the "You forgot?!" and "For once I'd like to know where I'm going!" So yes Hurt may not of known which they are, but he should of easily been able to tell from pretty early which one was the younger version of the two. It's been awhile since I've watched the Three Doctors or the Five Doctor's so I'm not sure if the dialogue suggests an order then. As for them knowing their future incarnations, either way they would have forgotten as soon as they went their separate ways anyone so it's kind of moot.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on To Know Thine Self: What can or can’t the Doctor know about his future selves?
This episode had a lot of good bits that makes it worth overlooking the skittle Daleks. This is a perfect episode to seeing how Eleven can quickly go from serious to flailing about pretty easily. Plus, holding the Daleks up with a Jammy Dodger is just brilliant!
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Victory of the Daleks