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5 hours, 21 minutes ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title
5 hours, 23 minutes ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title
Oh ffs. Cheers Moffat for telling us what we already flippin know and starting the fan trolling knce again. People (fans) have been numbering the Doctors for decades.
7 hours, 4 minutes ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title
Ah... snark. Is it your usual approach? Forgive me for trying to keep the season as surprising as possible. I was expecting a general gist of theme and tone. Not to be told "this episode has Daleks... this episode has Cybermen"
7 hours, 10 minutes ago on SFX #251 Previews Series 8
Seriously? These contain spoilers! A warning would have been good.
1 day, 1 hour ago on SFX #251 Previews Series 8
TPOT without a shadow of a doubt.
5 days, 1 hour ago on Doctor Who’s Biggest Deus Ex Machina
Series 5 theme WAS flat. Worst rejig of the theme tune to date and that includes the electronic hash of the 7th Doctor! lol
5 days, 7 hours ago on The Importance of Doctor Who’s Theme Tunes
I actually wonder how you can make the assessments and also wonder when the last time you watched these episodes was. Master Plan and Invasion do not exist in their entirety and as for Inferno...
I rewatched inferno only a few weeks ago (having last watched it about 5 years ago), and while I would say that there was some cracking acting in it, (the whole alternate universe was brilliant) if we had an episode made like that today there would be an outcry and here are the reasons why.
1. We never find out what the green goop is.
2. We never find out why green goop is turning people into superhuman wolf men
3 We never find out the point of the wolf men or why when infected with the goop the professor doesn't change.
4. We never find out why the drilling seems to have made the professor mad and WHY once this madness kicks in (the implication being that he has somehow been infected with the goop and it is driving him) he is so determined to get the drill to it's destination.
Instead what we have is the Doctor trying to stop the drilling, failing and then going back to "our" universe and stopping it. The WHOLE, green goop/wolf men aspect of the story completely ignored. NEVER discussed.
5. We are just supposed to accept for some reason at the end that the doctor just ups and leaves the survivors to die a gruesome death...
Don't get me wrong, I have been a massive Whovian for nigh on 35 years and I can love the stories for what they are ( and I rewatch the 4th Doctor with what I think my family think is a frightening obsession but lets not pretend they are better then they are riding high on nostalgia and viewing through rose tinted glasses.
I mean.... people get miffed with the Slitheen. Does anyone remember Meglos? One of my favourite stories, but the main villain, was a cactus... in a POT...
I don't think stories of 6-12 episodes make for better tales. I *would* like to see some double's make it in this year( I know that's happening) and I would like to see stories get the time they need to resolve so we don't end up with disasters like TPOT but I also think you could argue that with Moffat, we've HAD story lines that last for a season or more and they haven't always been comfortable viewing.
5 days, 7 hours ago on Are Longer Stories Better? Five Classics
I think I hear three voices not 2 like most others. I hear Davros at the very start. Then something more like the Emperor or something BIG like that and then a Dalek at the end. All three voices morph into each other so it's not hugely distinct but there is also the use of the word "I".
"I see into your soul Doctor" That's not your run of the mill Dalek. Even the Emperor has used "we" a lot in the past. *I* Is something else.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Series 8: New Teaser Trailer “I see into your soul, Doctor”
No. The tone is fine
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Should Doctor Who Adopt a Darker Tone?
The fact that the Doctor defines himself as HALF human in the movie. Or when told he looks human responds with "you look Time Lord"or when Donna asks him if being human is optional and he replies "yep" or when asked by Rose "are you an alien" and he say's "yes".
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Moffat: Who says the Doctor is NOT human?
Quite right too.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Doomsday Farewell Declared Greatest Sci-Fi Moment
@Huknar I'd really like them to use the theme music version from the 50th "I've been running all my lives" advert. Really strong, lots of drums and strings, the kind that gets you all excited as it builds.
1 month ago on Weird and Wonderful
@The Outer Space K9 I would urge you to watch Genesis instead or as someone else has suggested Talons. Timelash is good but it's an awkward story and some find it very off putting. I think it's one of those "marmite" episodes. Some love it, some hate it.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on On First View: The Caves of Androzani
@beskar I watched the original at the original time and have watched it many times since. I don't think it's all that either. Nor does my husband. People are capable of seeing past current tv trends and forming their own opinions on things.
@beskar @LaraHarris Intriguing is definitely not a word I would associate with it. Overly long, dull, a chore to get through and I don't really think it held together that well. In fairness it's been about a year since I watched it so my memory could be faulty to a certain extent but Caves is on my "only if there isn't anything else to watch" list.
@The Finn @LaraHarris I found the story boring and slow. They could easily have cut 3 episodes from it and the pace and story would have worked much better. I didn't feel the last 10 minutes made up for the drudgery.
I think it's one of those things where, for whatever reason, it just didn't work for me but maybe "pointless" was a little harsh .
I have to agree with you. I think Caves suffers from a rose tint and the fact that the final 10 minutes are so moving. The rest of the story really isn't all that good. It's slow and frankly a bit pointless.
It's a bit like Inferno. There are some great bits to it but we are *never* told what the green goo is, why people are turning into wolf men or what it has to do with the goo or why the drilling made the professor mad and "made" him continue drilling... it's a bizarre story.
2 months ago on The Theme – Time for a Change?
@The Genie Sooo... Torchwood New England...
2 months, 1 week ago on Could An Overseas Version of Doctor Who Ever Work?
@NatalyaHaner That's a clever idea.
3 months ago on Piper Up for Rose/Meta-Crisis Ten Spin-Off
@Rani Nose Finally someone with some common sense.
None of these specials are bad. They are all excellent stores well told however there are a couple like The Next Doctor, Voyage of the Damned and The Christmas Invasion that are, in my opinion, cracking stories and excellent Who episodes but not quite as powerful as the others.
The Runaway Bride is the episode where we see the Doctors grief at loosing Rose. Touching, funny and a little bit scary to see the Doctor so filled with despair that he basically waits to die and if you watch it immediately after Doomsday, you really get the sense that it JUST happened, that he has had no time to process it at all before being thrown into something else, it makes it all the more powerful.
Planet of the Dead... have to say I love this Ep. Probably more than The Waters of Mars, for the humour and UNIT and the Doctor being so very Doctor in it.
The Waters of Mars. What can you say. You can't deny the power of it. You see your hero stripped down and the darkness that simmers under the surface all through 10's tenure front and centre. You also get the sense however that he is very much a broken man. Not so much Time Lord Victorious as he puts it, but more Time Lord with nothing more to loose. Literally, nothing.
For me however The End of Time will always be my favourite. I'm not a someone who cries easily (it has to be said though that since Who came back there have been far more sniffles on my side of the sofa than there have been throughout most of my tv and film viewing life! lol) but EOT does it to me every. single. time. At three very specific points. The moment in the cafe. Where for the first time EVER the Doctor talks about his fears. Shares, as one old soldier and one old *man*. He opens up, drops his guard and connects with Wiilf in a way ever have never seen before and have never seen since. The Second, is the moment on the ship, Wilf pleading with him to defend himself, not to accept his fate and at the same time demanding from him that he defends the Earth. That bit is a tough watch and finally.... I know some people complain about how he treated Wilf and I know that some people don't like that he despaired at the end, raging against the dying of the light but I have to say in my experience, those who do don't actually seem to understand what is happening in those moments. He's not *really* shouting at Wilf and even Wilf knows that and what they seem to keep forgetting is despite his fear and anger and grief he STILL saves him. He doesn't have to but he does. He *never* walks away. He NEVER would. I cry, no actually... I sob uncontrollably at that every time I watch it. From the moment he lies on the floor, relief washing over him at still being alive. Having saved earth, having chosen Earth over his own people and planet. guilt consumes him, he condemned his planet and his people AGAIN and loosing the Master who he believes he could have saved all these emotions roll through him, he starts to lift his head and... Wilf knocks. Who *wouldn't* react like that? The thing about 10 was that he was a very human Doctor and I connected with what he was *feeling* at that point and it breaks my heart.
So yes, the other stories may be more exciting and may be funnier and may even be more obvious in their spelling out the Doctors reactions but for me, the End of Time shows us a part of the Doctor we never got to see. His vulnerability. His humanity.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: RTD Specials
@Baker Street… is the Moment! Oooh I dunno about that. One or two of the classic Cybermen stories were... Attack and Silver Nemesis were not the bestest stories. Better than Nightmare mind you. Which is sad. Because Matt was amazing and the cybermen weren't bad in this episode, it was just the rest of it that was rubbish.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 12
@BJAMES If that's his objective opinion then that's his objective opinion. You not liking his turn of phrase is your issue not his.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who: Control-Alt-Delete
He didn't. Neither did I. Nobody used the word "fact" apart from you.
@Amy the Consulting Key Ring @LaraHarris neither Rose nor Donna were plot devices. Bad Wolf was a plot device but we didn't know it was Rose till the last episode and Donna ALSO only became important at the end. Amy was a mystery from the get go, as was River and Clara. So yeah, last three seasons. 5, 6 and 7.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Why Does the TARDIS Dislike Clara? Moffat Teases Answers
Moffat can say what he likes. It doesn't change the fact that the show is first source and the primary canon. The nod to the audios was nice but it was a nod that deliberately didn't step on set SHOW canon. The fact that some stories were BASED on some of the books is frankly neither here nor there.
Alternatively... an opinion he's entitled to have AND voice. You don't have to agree with him and your passive aggressive response wasn't much better mate. Me I liked the episode. Didn't LOVE it but didn't think it sucked but then I thought TATM and TGWW were SO bad they should be scoured from the earth when many seem to fall in to delirium with the mere mention of their name. Thing is though... neither Number Nine nor I need to say any more about it than "It sucked" if that's how we feel you just need to deal with it.
And that would be lovely. It would make a nice change from the last three seasons. Until then, I'll base my assumptions on how he's written to date and hope to be pleasantly surprised
@BJAMES @NeutronFlow No... It confirms it ONLY for the 8th Doctor. You can't extrapolate any further than that and with good reason. Some of the Audio's and books contradict canon set in the show and the show is the *first* source. If A book contradicts the show, the show is the canon you take. The 8th Doctor had nothing to contradict.
I genuinely don't care. I'm done with the whole "companions as a plot device" can we please just have some Doctor Who?
As most folks have already said this is one tough category. Vincent and the Doctor is a good but not *great* episode till those last few moments. It has some lovely bits beautifully shot and most of Vincent's parts where he talks about what he sees and how he feels are really good and the idea is such a good one but that last speech by Bill Nighy... I mean I could listen to that man talk for days but I wept like a baby. Hugh great uncontrollable sobs and it took me some time to recover from it.
Blink as we all know is quite possibly one of Moffats greatest episodes. It was when the Angels were new and scary and we *all* held our breath and all tried to figure out if can you blink one eye at a time whether you were 7 or 70.
But the best has to be Midnight.
It was terrifying. For me, more frightening than Blink. The idea that something could possess you, steal who you are by stealing your words, your voice, the thing that makes you, *you*.... *shudder*
And the acting was sublime. That bit where the passengers are getting more and more wound up, starting to turn on each other, their fear finding voice and turning that on the Doctor, demanding what gives him authority pushing, pushing pushing till he snaps with "Because I'm clever!" and then there is a break and for a split second you breathe out, you think the tension is broken but instead THAT is the moment they threaten to throw HIM out and the Doctor for one of the first times, genuinely looks terrified. In fact it has such an impact on him when he finally gets out alive, that in A Town Called Mercy he referrers back to the incident. Shivering, stating that he'd rather face a Dalek than "terrified people". For me, there is no competition. Midnight is one of the best episodes in the history of Who.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 10
@supermoff The Power of Three. Just sayin...
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat Explains Doctor’s Timey Tomb
In other words. "I have no idea but the story was good so I just ignored the gaps."
No. The TARDIS is already a companion. She doesn't need an avatar or a voice she is what she is. Leave well enough alone.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Could the TARDIS Become a Permanent Companion?
Partners In Crime. (With TIA a near miss)
Tooth and Claw. (with DOTM *very* close)
The Girl in the Fireplace.
Rise of The Cybermen.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 1-5 Recap
This is actually an easy one for me. Rise of the Cybermen. Why? Because the Doctor is amazing in it. It's a proper, Doctor Who, "run away from the terrible things!!" Adventure and there was (I felt) real danger. The Doctor was vulnerable and it's always nice to see him on the back foot and I LOVED the new Cybermen. I know lots of people found the stomping annoying. I didn't. I liked it, it was intimidating and reminded me of so many of the older Cybermen stories that terrified me as a child. Much like Tomb and Revenge, the idea that they just keep churning themselves out, that there are so many of them, that they just. don't. stop... Loved it.
World War Three was ok. Not terrible, not great, just ok. I didn't like EOD. I don't know why. The Doctor was brilliant in it but it just didn't hit any of the right notes for me.
TPS was a brilliant episode, Doctor and Donna both on full form and the only real rival for ROS as far as I am concerned.
TRF I think is underrated. I don't really understand what it is about it that people don't like. No, it's not "teh bestest episode eeevaaah!" but it's good and the story is well told and there is a hell of a lot going on relationship wise and it tells you a lot about the Doctor this episode. I found it interesting.
Flesh and Stone was ok. Some nice wee touches but this was where Moffat started to loose the plot with the Angels, which is a shame cause the whole "we should have realised, why didn't we notice, they don't have two heads!!" bit in the first episode made me almost pee myself. lol But then they started moving, in front of each other and then in front of the rest of the cast and I felt a huge surge of disappointment.
And then we have TATM. An episode I could gladly burn. There are some really choice moments in it. My heart went out to the Doctor when Amy shouted at him for repairing Rivers arm, his anger and fear when he read the words "Amelias Last Farewell"almost broke my heart. River's love for him and her utter confidence in him "you just wait till my husband gets home"... beautiful moments... and then it all went to hell in a hand basket. The utterly ridiculous notion of The Statue of Liberty, the stupidity of the whole "oooh stuck in 1938!" and the fact that the ending didn't move me one little bit. Not a jot. I felt some for the Doctor but I felt no loss over Amy herself. I was sadder to see Rory go and I found it interesting that despite the fact that River just watched her parents die, that was never even touched on. She would have had to keep watching that angel as the Doctor got lost in grief and she was just... forgotten. It disappointed me.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 5
How do you get him back? It's simple, you write an episode with him in it. It's not rocket science. It's been done before (the Two Doctors). After that you let it go. Sharing is a ridiculous notion.
I read articles like this and they make me want to grab the person writing it and yell "get OVER it!" Would he have made a good Doctor? Probably. Will he ever get the chance now? No. Has he been respected in canon and included in the 50th celebrations? Yes. Now move on.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on How To Bring Back McGann
Now this one is easy. The Girl in the Fireplace. It's just a brilliant episode. The clockwork men are terrifying, that first bit when the Doctor tells Reinette to stay on the bed and you suddenly realise you are hearing a clock ticking that shouldn't be... *shudder* and the cooking roast meat. Eeeeeep! Mickey on his first adventure, the Doctor on a horse... wonderful.
Now, it has to be said that for me the rest are pretty average, not bad episodes, just decent enough but not great except for the Sontaran Stratagem. Which I very much enjoyed. With TPOT being the worst. Possibly my most hated episode actually.
What I will say is that I don't understand the love for The Doctors Wife. I think people get so caught up with the idea of the Doctor being able to talk to the TARDIS that they disregard the rest of the drivel that makes up the episode. Rory and Amy spend it running down the same corridor and we have the theme of "someone waits a lot for another main character to find them" a-g-a-i-n. The idea of the bubble universe is quite frankly daft. The distress calls from the other Timelords is rather good but I can't forgive the c*ck up that has the TARDIS telling the Doctor that the door say's pull. It really annoys me, Yes that might be a bit, extreme and obsessed fan of me, but it's an important exchange between them and it just falls on it's A$$ when she utters those ridiculous words.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 4
@Polyphase It *really* annoyed me as an episode lol I suppose different things push different buttons on all of us.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 3
@gunslinger19 It's weird too. Because he CAN write. His Sherlocks are superb. I also don't mind JTTCOTT (although it could really do with some work) but Curse... good grief it is bad.
@TheCapaldiMasterplan I completely disagree. It could have been ANY ex companion even one we'd never met. The story was about what happens to those who travel with the Doctor and what happens to the Doctor because of his companions. It also established a lot of 10's character.
Ruddy inability to edit.
Meant to say on Victory. EXCEPT for the truly dreadful Daleks at the end. The unforgivable thing that was done to them... it wasn't a bad story.
I dithered over this one for a while trying to decide between The Unquiet Dead and School Reunion. In the end I decided on School Reunion. Not *just* for SJS or K9 (although seeing them was wonderful and I'm pretty sure the wow factor of having her back would make people choose it even if the episode was rubbish... people are weird that way..) but because it was about the Doctors life and relationships, how travelling with him affected companions, it was the first time we saw 10's dark side, with his temptation to change what was, he was cruel to Rose and he first showed us here how he could be ruthless. It wouldn't have mattered to me *who* the other companion was, the fact that it was SJS was the cherry on the cake.
Second favourite for me and the reason for my dithering would have to be The Unquiet Dead. Oh it's SUCH a good story. It's so VERY Who and reminds me of the older Baker stories. Brilliant enemy, brilliant premise, great acting and the Doctor and Rose starting to find and understand each other. Nice wee bit of comedy too. Without a doubt in *my* mind, Gatiss' best episode.
As for the others; Planet of the Ood is an excellent story, well told, with good pacing and and some lovely moments between the Doctor and Donna and some nice foreshadowing.
Gridlock is another brilliant story. Inventive, funny at times, starts to bring Martha in to her own, quite moving at times too and more than a little sad. *nods* no complaints from me!
As for the others...
I don't really understand the hatred for Victory. It's a nice wee story. It messes with canon and timeline a bit and Amy is once again irritating (to me) but I certainly don't hate it.
A Town Called Mercy is another good one. All this nonsense about the Doctor being out of character... in what way? The Doctor has pointed a gun more than once in his lifetimes (has even shot folks and dropped bombs) and has also been more than prepared to throw someone to the wolves. I felt his pain in this. His hatred for Jex was very much a reaction to himself and his own actions and his anger at Jex choosing how he serves his penance was again, as much about him as it was about what Jex did. Perhaps it's a little too grown up for some? Perhaps a little subtle? Either way, when I hear people saying things like "The Doctor is out of character!!" I think... you ain't watched much Who!" Oh and that line, a nice little egg referring back to oh so many of his stories but most recently Midnight... "Frightened people. Give me a Dalek any day." Nice
Now we come to the clunker of the group for me. Curse of the Black spot. Yaaaaaaaaaawn. *stretches* Oh I'm sorry... I almost fell asleep *thinking* about it. Amy lepping (no not leaping, lepping, like stepping.. its a Irish term) about with a sword, chucking out gold when it just needs covered, breaking mirrors and glass not reducing the number of reflective surfaces but increasing them tenfold... meh. And if the siren is a doctor, who snatches people up with a mere cut of the hand and threatens the Doctor with fire when he sneezes, why did she not save the crew of the the ship? NONE of them?? It irritated and bored at the same time. NOT a good combo.
@Planet of the Deaf @LaraHarris Yeah... I guess it was but I think that was part of what I liked about it! lol
4 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 2
I really hated Dinosaurs. The only thing worthwhile in it was Rory and his dad, their relationship and interactions. Everything else for me just... *shakes head*. I found the concept ridiculous, I found Amy irritating, the idea of Nefertit and John Riddell just too much and as for the Robots...
Matt had his usual brilliant moments because he is always brilliant but no. Not good. I voted for Tooth and Claw and that was a tough choice because Day of the Moon was wonderful. However TAC did everything it needed to do. Pacing was great, story was good, the relationship between 10 and Rose was cemented and there is this bit, in the observatory where Rose is trying to get QV to not be amused and the Doctor is standing behind her desperately trying not to laugh. It's a Unit story without Unit and it lays the groundwork for Torchwood. Love it.
As I said, DOTM was fantastic but it doesn't stand on it's own and my next favourite is TSC. Nice wee romp, good story, dynamic between Doctor and companion set. Interesting villian and Shakespeare and JK... come ooon! lol
TBB.. again.. I found Amy irritating and I didn't really like the whole "I'm the bloody Queen mate"... dunno why.m*shrugs* It was however the episode the made me realise we were in safe hands with Matt, his seething anger and disappointment was brilliantly played but on the whole found the story a bit daft.
TEOTW and TFOP I both really enjoyed I just would rate them below TAC, DOTM and TSC. Good stories, well developed, great pacing, all together thumbs up for both of them
Exactly that for me too.
Partners in Crime for me.
Loved Rose... thought Smith and Jones was decent... 11th Hour also decent but I hated Amy.
4 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 1
Absolutely. But which he never could have done...
4 months ago on Silence Will Fall – The Complete Timeline