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@Doc Hamme @Angie Whodini has Ravio's bracelet Why, thank you :) *blushes*
9 hours, 25 minutes ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”
Well, I think manipulating our emotions is in their job descriptions. Right under the Moffat golden rule of trolling.
1 day, 7 hours ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”
Also I read that with Capaldi's voice. It's so funny having a scottish voice in you're head (no offense intented for any scott people out there :D)
And there it is :)
I'd have to rewatch it but I'd say it was clear form his words and attitude.
1 day, 8 hours ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”
Great article, many great points raised and well argued.
I like Clara. Funnily enough, I loved her at the end of Season Seven. Now I just enjoy her character for what she brings to the show. Doctor Who was the first show/movie/book/everything in whch my favourite character was the main one, and for that it will always have an altar in my heart. No matter how unlikable the Doctor turns, no matter how in the shadows he is nowadays he will always be my focus when watching, I'll always be more excited when he's saying something even if it's the most boring thing in the world. So it's not an issue for me, you may imagine; I'm used to my favourite characters appearing once in 15 episodes. The way Clara and the Doctor are being portrayed now just makes the show more thematically interesting, there's so much to analyze. It's like watching Her vs Fast and Furious (in an exaggeration), I enjoy both for different reasons.
I have no problem with people who dislike Clara, it's understandable. I have no problem with people who don't like the direction of the show; it's understandable. What I do not like, do not like, and will never like is the term "Clara Who". In the same way I dislike the phrase "Moffat is sexist" (very much). In my opinion it's distastful and sometimes it's used as a substitute for sound argument and, most of all (probably the main reason), it creats division. I'm pretty sure it's ridiculous to say everyone is for one side or the other, and it creats an uncomfortable middle ground. Furthermore, it'll become (or is) a mock term (if that's a thing.. say, a term used for mocking).
Imo, it benefits neither those who are for it nor those who are against it.
And there I go again.... Oh, well....
Excellent article by the way. I felt like I should say it again. Brilliant.
Well........... I'll go with Mummy I guess...... Ah, it's hard...
1 day, 8 hours ago on Face-Off: Mummy vs Flatline
Though I did not agree with it I found that it did make me think a bit, it was an interesting point of view. That said, I felt it needed more content to feel like a proper review, perhaps because of how little is said about the episode itself.
If I were to look at the series negatively, I would agree with many of the points raised. However, I feel the good far outwheights the bad.
On your comment, though, I agree. Especially about the second bit of it, I'm ready to give any direction a chance as long as it's done properly and I think it's been well done so far. However, your no offense is a little lost in the choice of words I think. But I'll take you didn't mean any anyway.
1 day, 8 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: Flatline
I agree about the honesty. I always felt that 11, for example, always truly believed he was a hero doing the right thing even when he said he wasn't. I could never believe him in the climax of The God Complex, it seemed too obvious he was saying those things out of neccessity. And was very very arrogant lots of time (see The Beast Below, for example). I feel 12 is arrogant but is like.. timid... about it. Or well, honest. It's like "this is who. I am". And he is a lot more questioning of his actions. Which I think is very organic considering many of Matt's tenure was about him getting too big or his actions having concequences (the war on trenzalore was, whether he wanted it or not, partly his fault).
Ps: just to clarify, when I say "this episode" in TC and KtM I mean Flatline.
3 days, 2 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From Flatline
It must be understandable then why I'm of the crowd that is annoyed the term even exists.
It's interesting that the series can be summed up as an exploration of that question we got in episode two, "am I good man?" I feel every episode has dealt with that in some way. And because I'm reluctant to do the things I should be doing I'm going to explore that:
ItD: Rusty calls the Doctor "a good Dalek". But is that a Dalek with morality? And what would that look like? Twelve is visibly shaken (and it's just getting started).
RoS: Is the Doctor a hero? Many people seem to think he is, including Moffat, and I would think so, too. But he says he's just passing the time. Why turn away from recognition like that? Maybe he doesn't feel he deserves it. Could it be a consequence from Trenzalore?
L: This episode explores the Doctor's fears and one is the answer to this question. Why is him being alone always said to be something negative, in what he becomes? And shouldn't a good man be good even when he's alone? Clara's speech at the end is great to explore the Doctor's character.
TH: What I really loved about this episode it's that I find it somewhat contradictory at time. The Doctor and Clara basically embark on a very dangerous heist only to reunite the last two of a species, and this is really good. Yet the Doctor is questioned on his "professional detachment" in the same episode, which seems to be contradictory. Yet, we can see he cares, as Clara says, just deep down.
TC: This one has a more distant connection in that it explores a little what he makes of Clara, with her putting herself in danger with just his asking. There's also the Doctor's prejudice and him being the aristocrat commander, exploration on his character. More professional detachment or, as we saw in this episode, just his way of keeping everybody safe?
KtM: This is rather obvious but the Doctor leaves Clara alone to make a very dangerous choice with little information and little time. Wouldn't a good man be at least supportive of his friend and be there for her? Would a good mind be empathetic or is that not necessarily part of what makes a good man? Maybe a good man is one who does not interfere in events that do not correspond to him. It also rather feels like he's training Clara, but he doesn't like what he sees in this episode...
MotOE: He tells Clara to lie to Maisie, yet he sacrifices himself so that she would not die, and does save most people. Yet, he is rather cold about it and we must wonder though we don't want to, was it to get Clara back?
F: And then we get to this episode which is basically a fresh exploration of the Doctor, to him and us. Clara manipulates and lies at the Doctor's command, and sometimes on her own. It does somewhat feel she has corrupted her ideals. And the we get "goodness had nothing to do with it". Is the Doctor settled on the answer? They do save the day and, perhaps without realizing it, both the Doctor and Clara are first ready to believe the Boneless were good before anything else. Not condemning.
I also really felt the line "you are monsters!". It felt so weird. Like the Doctor says "that's what you are!" but it rather feels he's telling that to himself.
"The resolution here is one of the smartest I have seen this series." Agreed.
I just love this series.
3 days, 5 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From Flatline
@The Lazy Tiger Has Scared Off The Lazy Cat @Angie Whodini has Ravio's bracelet Ah yes, then we agree on what's weird about it :)
3 days, 13 hours ago on Flatline Review
@The Lazy Tiger Has Scared Off The Lazy Cat @Angie Whodini has Ravio's bracelet I do see her upset. She does stands there looking at nothing and then she does a sort of thing like she's just reacting. And she doesn't seem happy.
3 days, 14 hours ago on Flatline Review
@gunslinger19 Interesting. Maybe they were sent to a 2D plane!
You really summed up why I loved this episode so much. I thought the concept, the idea, was a great and like you said, a great way to re-evaluate the Doctor's MO. I also thought it was a great setup for Twelfth Doctor character development, with the "is that what I sound like?" and "goodness had nothing to do with it". While we were seeing the Doctor role fresh, the Doctor himself was seeing himself from the outside. And he didn't seem particularly happy. The next episode looks to be a great episode for him to change his ways a little, too.
@The Lazy Tiger Has Scared Off The Lazy Cat I think it's mostly that it's very unlike Clara to just stand there and not reply or laugh it off...
3 days, 15 hours ago on Flatline Review
@The Lazy Tiger Has Scared Off The Lazy Cat I agree I found it very weird that she didn't really reat. It's like she couldn't process it. To me is that she was slightly proud she was becoming like the Doctor, and what he said made her realize maybe it's not such a good thing. And it's like shock. Or disappointment.
@LGwalchmai95 I loved the visual humour of the sledge-hammer, it reminded me of Mary Poppins so much, but it seemed slightly ridiculous and I loved it. I also loved the "Doctor" name bit a lot. And "fluorescent pudding Brain" lol.
@tom colman It implies all, generally. Because when you say people it doesn't imply a group of people but the human race in general. And... well... see above. Maybe I'm wrong, but to me the reasonable thing is to clarify some and... well now I'm getting annoyed at myself. Anyway, that.
3 days, 15 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over @Angie Whodini has Ravio's bracelet If I said, for example, "people like chocolate more than they like pasta", I obviously mean the majority like chocolate over pasta. If I meant some then it's an empty statement; of course, somewhere, someone likes chocolate more than pasta. If I said some from the begging then I mean "at least one" and it's truer to what you want. And the fact that people kept saying it's a fact bothered me. You can't say that for the first, you can for the second. See, I know it's nitpicking but in my mind saying you meant to say some is like shielding yourself behind a technicality when that is not the interpretation given. so yeah, sorry for the annoying comment X(. I guess we agree, in the end. Just wanted to clarify why it bothered me.
@smallaustralian Under the "a-maze-ing entertainment", those are stars? I couldn't make out what it was. Interesting.
3 days, 15 hours ago on Next Time: In the Forest of the Night
@Christoph1337 What's that A113?
"People don't like him" suggests more generality than what you're saying. IF HE wanted to says some, he should've said some.
3 days, 16 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
Mathieson 10/10. I loved him in the extra and if he keeps on like this I really vote for him as showrunner. I thought the ending was well done and the episode was incredibly entertaining. Nice character moments. All in all, very very good.
Also, I loved what Moffat said in the extra and I agree so totally with him. Most of all that the Doctor sees that maybe he is not turning Clara out very good. Notice how she was very acceptant of lying? Far cry from the previous episode. So Clara is learning and it may not be a good thing.
It makes me excited for the finale.
PS: Except for the 2d face of the Doctor at one point, exceptional special effects. The Boneless were creepy as hell.
4 days, 3 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
@OncomingStorm in a Browncoat with a stake But it is still about the Doctor, you're just not seeing him directly but through Clara's eyes. And imo more mysterious --> more interesting.
5 days, 4 hours ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’
Wow imagine Danny being converted into a Cyberman. Becoming a soldier again, in a sense. That would really fit with the season. And wow. I would love it and dread it at the same time.
6 days, 5 hours ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8
This is actually the second bit of series 9 news. But this is a rubbish correction comment because I can't really remember what it was exactly. Just Moffat said he was already thinking of the series 9 finale and something... I think.
@LGwalchmai95 Strange, I loved Half-face, Karabraxos and Perkind. I also enjoyed Courtney more than I thought I would. But clearly everyone has enjoyed different ones which I find lovely :). It speaks very well of the series too, imo.
1 week ago on Flatline Advance Review
@supermoff is now in 2D! @The Lazy Cat is Watching Some Clara Who Thank you :)
@Browncoat of arms Imo weak endings are the norm. On the whole I think those were some pretty great endings. If I had problems with them they would be the science in KTM and RoS and MOTO's "quick" resolution (though I find it fits the episode, and is extended a bit by the "we are not out of the woods yet" moment). I really liked TH's resolution, minus the love bit a bit, and tC's resolution fit the episode to perfection, imo.
@supermoff is now in 2D! @The Finn Don't worry, we know ignoring Doctor Who is inconceivable.
@ Notsosmartguy @supermoff is now in 2D! I think her face doesn't fit... if that makes sense...
I don't need more than this review to say, I really feel the whole Clara Who thing is really childish. I don't say this with the intention of hurting anyone, it's just really how I feel. I feel like we are being treated to really deep, human and mature themes through the structure of the season and people are stuck with the first tree. Really, I don't think any show I've seen has ever been so intensely interesting and satisfying in the way it portrays it's characters and Doctor Who is just so far off the place I would look for such things; I'm loving the forest. It makes me sad, in a way.
I agree about the sense of scale. For fans it also adds a lot of dimensions to the Doctor and his behaviour in this episode. I mean, it is effectively confirmed the Doctor understood it was a trap, yet he used it's exciting-sounding premise to get Amy and Rory to go with him again. The fact that he used a stock-threat as a "last hurrah", possibly for the same reason, with Clara. And it also makes the whole Guss thing seem to extend further than just this episode, and biggens the threat he poses. But I'm not 100% convinced he has to do with the finale.
1 week, 1 day ago on 2nd Opinion: Mummy on the Orient Express
I wholeheartedly agree with this. It's the first time I felt he was the Doctor, too. But, also, he was overwhelmingly so. The Jelly babies and Capaldi chanelling TBaker, his doubting whether to tell Clara or not, the fact that he "hoped" something would happen (when he had obviously seen through the attempts to get him there (and of course he goes anyway but uninvited and in his own terms)), the fact that he talks quickly and expects answers but answers his own questions anyway but, most of all, the fact that he has 66 SECONDS to solve a riddle with very little to go on that puts his life on the line and he STILL finds the time to comment on Maisie's memories! I can't stop grinning in that scene, it's just very Doctorly!
I got such moments in other episodes but often in the midst of moments that gave me the wrong vibe (and I think not the ones one would think). Deep breath was the only other episode where I wholely enjoyed Capaldi. If Mathieson continues to write like this then I say let him forever. To me, he captured Capaldi's Doctor perfectly.
Oh my god! I couldn't! I just couldn't! Pure unadulterated agony! 66 seconds in I died but it just brought me back for death was too kind...
1 week, 1 day ago on Who Tunes: Ranking the Lyrical Songs of Doctor Who
And I really like the main pic, too. This looks promising.
1 week, 2 days ago on Flatline Promo Pics
The pic with Capaldi in the shrinking TARDIS is fantastic.
I like it more the more I listen to it.
1 week, 2 days ago on Foxes ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ Full Song (Featuring New Series 8 Clips)
Wow, I loved this episode! The best one after Listen, finally topping Deep Breath.
1 week, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express
I decided to be honest and vote realistically. Not knowing what the outcome would be, I would probably turn my lights off. I've always known my life is the one thing I wouldn't negotiate, and if the whole world was at stake I'm really sorry for the creature but, in real life, that's not a gamble I'm willing to make. I was, of course, during the episode, rooting for Clara to save it, because our hero's have to be better. But I wouldn't know how much of that rested on it being Doctor Who and how it probably ends. I hoped Clara didn't compromise her morality and I'm glad she didn't.
On the other hand, the outcome could have been very different. The creature could've been a planet-devouring one, the pieces could've fallen down and caused mahem. And maybe blowing up the atomic bombs just caused the creature to become dormant again (who logic). So well, reasons.
1 week, 5 days ago on Poll: Lights On or Lights Off?
Yes yes. And it can be more violent without being physical or, on the other hand, the same action can be done more creepily. I don't know if it's how the actor does it, or the way it was filmed, or the music but something in that moment ruins all the build up done up till then. I think if the actor had been more imposing, the moment done in close-up, the music more dramatic... There is something off about the scene but it's more of a feeling of mine than something I analysed so I would understand if you don't see it. I give the lady 10 points because really she sells it perfectly.
1 week, 5 days ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Clip & Intro
I really like the creepiness of the view of the mummy throught the window, and everybody just eating on.
1 week, 6 days ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Clip & Intro
It was. I was really enjoying how well done it was right until you expect something to happen... And the it's "let me just grab you're head... There we go. Off you pop." It needed to either be a little bit more violent or on the contrary more intensily non-violent and it rather rested on an uncomfortable middle ground. I don't know if you see what you mean. It lost it's atmosphere when it was most important.
Oh yay! Hadn't read down :)
1 week, 6 days ago on In the Forest of the Night Official Synopsis
The Seeds of Doom anyone? XD
Wow, ok. That was quite anticlimatic the way it was just "ok, there you go. Dead. Next?"
@YaelMoise supports the nuking of space-spiders @supermoff is on the Orient Express...in space! I don't get what you're saying. The Doctor waited until the decision had been made and then he came back. He didn't decide anything.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon