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Wow, great article. It has made me genuinely interested in this era and I hope I can get around to watching it soon.
5 hours, 11 minutes ago on Doctor Who In Perspective 1963-1966
As much as I love the other's and at times he hasn't been my favourite, Matt will always be the one that forever hooked me up with just one episode (TWoRS, go figure) and he will never srop being my Doctor.
10 hours, 53 minutes ago on From 1-12: Who is YOUR Doctor?
Also I agree a lot about the part of Missy not feeling like the Master at times. Though I could see it sometimes, and in the whole picture, I still feel like there was something missing.... from Missy. Missy is Missy-ing something XD.
2 days, 3 hours ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
Okay John, I feel I should clarify because now I feel bad I didn't do it sooner. Know that I respect your views and I always enjoy your articles. This one was no exception, it's very well-writen and posts a lot interesting views (as I think I've said before, I like reading views opposite to mine). And I in no way think you, as a person, are transphobic. I just agree some of your comments were, unintentionally so. And I'm sorry if at one point you felt offended by my comments, that was not my intention. And you fully deserve to express you're opinion, I don't think you meant to have these type of reactions intentionally. So anyway, don't be sad or anything. :)
2 days, 4 hours ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
You. I like you. XD
Disliking it is not wrong, calling her a man is. Transphobic.
Disliking it is not wrong, saying it's because she's a woman is. Sexist.
So you see, funnily enought it admits both criticisms. Go figure.
Oh wait. I was going to ask what was wrong with the Susan line but I get it, I think. It's the "...he wants you..." right? To me it's seemed natural because it continues on with the pronouns used by the preacher, as in continuing on in his own mindset. But I don't have a history of noticing offensive things like that. He should've said she then. :(
Inception article... O.O
I generally agree with everytihng you say :). I don't really have you patience for long comments though, so sorry about that. And I commend you for being able to remain polite. Not everyone can do that and it is appreciated. :)
2 days, 5 hours ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
I feel you're making the point "but Pepper Potts!" for the Iron Man movies. But maybe that's just me.
Random thought-with-a-probability-of-being-quickly-shot-down: we don't actually know what gender the Master was born with either. Maybe he was actually originally a girl and fell off her cradle and became a boy! ;) (obviously this is for the Gallifreyan can regenerate side, my headcannon).
As far as I understand them (some is headcannon, though): after The End of Time the Master suddenly sees there's a possibility of getting his "friend back". So he escapes somehow and at one point or another, before or after, becomes Missy. Missy plans to make the Doctor see they are not so different (her motives) and so decides to give him an army, before or after realizing that's what he really needs (he would end wars, etc), and thinking that when he gets an army he will be able to see their similarities.
I didn't like it at first, a little anticlimatic, but I came to understand how they work latter. If you want, the AV Club's review of Death in Heaven is really good with the themes of the episode and Missy's character in general, if I recall correctly. I definitely recommend it.
If we take Romana as an example, then they most definitely have a lot of control over their regeneration. It's also circumstance though.
If I were a Time Lord I would definitely try being male for a while, weird as that may be. I like being female but I have a bottomless hunger for knowledge and I find having half of bodily experience unreachable sometimes sad. So I think it would be such a rich experince. Understanding would be some much better, too, as you can know both world... Hah, I suddenly find Time Lord society very interesting.
So yeah, back on point. I think Time Lords being peaceful could have a lot to do with the fact that they have less problems of that kind. Then again, maybe they have a different way of looking at it altoghether.
I agree with the last bit and must andmit I hadn't noticed it until now. But I like it, it's something I can hold as characteristic of her Master.
"Did you ever stop to think that maybe Moffat just wanted a new Master and that Michelle Gomez was the best person for the job, so he changed the characters gender?"
I'd put my money down on this being the case. Moffat has always said he looks for the right person for the job and has said many times if it were a woman he would choose a woman. I think it applies to the Master, too, and considering what he said on the extra I think he just thought she was right.
2 days, 6 hours ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
Why thanks! *blushes* it's funny because I've mastered it so much I sometimes find myself thinking in english, but then the other day some americans were talking about broth and I had to ask what it meant :P
Why would it be wrong for you to be undecided? It's not even wrong to not like her. I do hope you get around to it sometime because she's just too much fun to enjoy.
A male Rani would be awesome, imo. But the more female recurring characters the better, says me. We don't have many of those.
I think it was the Master because if you are going to tease about the character knowing the Doctor for a who,e season, it would be extremely underwhelming for NuWho-only fans.
Yes! I knew you were refering to Regina. badassss. I would totally vote for a Missy (wait what? Yes, I just did that) that was like that.
Then she went on to continue playing robot. That whole scene is Missy making fun of the Doctor, clearly imo. And I agree with tou and others there was no sexual tension, I did not see it in the least and I thought I was alone in that.
I love how you structure you're comments. Just had to say it.
Whaaa-aaat? I can't believe I just read that. No, the Master was NEVER CAMP. No, he never EVER seemed to have stumbled onto Doctor Who on his way to a pontomime.... Seriously? It's like you've never watched Ainley. Not even Delgado escaped that. And Simmis like a copy of Missy, though maybe a liiiitle bit toned down.
I can understand not feeling Missy is the Master; hell, I've been struggling with accepting Capaldi as the Doctor all season. But you cannot pretend you didn't just describe the Master to a tee. If you'd like, you can mention the ridiculous, over the top pla- no sorry, that's very Mastery, too.
I think you're not getting it, if I may intercede. The problem is not that he doesn't like it, that's fine. The problem is saying "the Master is still a man" when she clearly is not, right now. Imagine if you walked to a transgendered (I'm sorry if I say it wrong, not my language) and said "I don't care that you're a woman right now. You're still a man and I will call you a he." It wouldn't be respecting the persons wishes, regardless of whether you like the change or not. Calling someone transphobic is not name calling, it is what it is.
I must say when I clicked the link I had no idea whether this was going to be positive or negative about our latest incarnation of the Master.
2 days, 7 hours ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
@supermoff Wowa. That is one interesting coefficient. Can't wait to study it.
4 days, 4 hours ago on Series 8: A Numbery-Wumbery Breakdown
@PaddyB There really was. I think it's because it was the one episode that went back to the norm and just made use of it to simply entertain the hell out of us. And it had the Doctor being the Doctor in a season that wasn't interested in just exploiting his character to keep us happy, but dared try other things. So it was really refreshing and it stood out.
@supermoff It was superb! My only problem with it is that I didn't really understand what a Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient is or what it meant, but it's nothing Google can't solve (I hope...)!
4 days, 5 hours ago on Series 8: A Numbery-Wumbery Breakdown
Worst of all: "wow, these Who fans think Santa is real O.O"
4 days, 9 hours ago on Christmas Special: Santa is Real, Not Evil
I have to go for the latest. It was superb in every way and though I couldn't decide how I felt about (it was, and forever will be, so different from every other finale) I love it more with each passing moment. From the incredibly perfect Dark Water to the emotional Death ni Heaven, I could never imagine such a fitting finale for the season that preceded it, and so it gets the "best finale" title from me.
5 days, 8 hours ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)
If a finale ever deserved a Ten in character development, it's this one. But whatever. Good set of articles people.
5 days, 8 hours ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 8
@PeterGecko Is that last one in Newtons?
5 days, 9 hours ago on Doctor Who TV Readers’ Final Series 8 Episode Ranking
@WillHaigh I love the face of evil! I had no idea it was highly rated, though.
5 days, 10 hours ago on Doctor Who TV Readers’ Final Series 8 Episode Ranking
@Petyr Cupalldy Favourite Moffat, too
5 days, 10 hours ago on BBC Declares Series 8 A Triumph
OMG that image!! So cute XD
5 days, 10 hours ago on Happy Birthday, Steven Moffat!
What a stunning celebratory article! Kudos to everyone involved and happy birthday Mr. Moffat.
5 days, 10 hours ago on Moffat’s Best Monsters, Tricks & Stories (So Far)
"... something something trouble with science kits, strict ban on hair products, marginal for naughty list 1993(?), believer until the age of nine." That's all I have. Anyone?
1 week, 2 days ago on 2014 Christmas Special: Children in Need Clip
What? 55?? Wow.
1 week, 2 days ago on Happy Birthday, Paul McGann
@MWTV is dead until resurrection in Series 9 love your username :)
1 week, 3 days ago on Face-Off: New Who Masters
@TheDoctor1235 I love him and defending when I can. Some people just can't be satisfied.
1 week, 4 days ago on Moffat on Series 8 Ratings: There is no drop-off
I've now thought it over and again think it was a metaphor. They just called Cyberpoller. I'm still rewatching it to be sre, though.
1 week, 4 days ago on 2nd Opinion: Death in Heaven
Why would anyone complain of more articles? Good articles like this lighten my day when I'm feeling down.
I'll just take a crack at some of these because fun.
Do UNIT always hire guards who are blind, deaf and dumb? Missy’s guards are probably the two worst guards in the entirety of Doctor Who. They don’t notice Missy slipping out of her handcuffs, threatening to kill Osgood, or even applying lipstick after breaking out. Were they sharing a moment together or something?
No explanation is given but it seemed to me that, given they don't even flinch anywhere in the scene, they had been taken care of by Missy beforehand. I would've loved if Missy just ignored them while dealing with Osgood and they still didn't move, making it more evindent they were being controlled or something and then she unceremoniously dispatches them. In this way, Osgood also is shown she is somewhat more special than some random guard, too.
Why is that apparently only Danny Pink and the Brigadier, of all the people in the world, fight conversion by holding onto their emotions? Would there not have been other people who would be willing to endure physical pain to preserve sentiment, or who would stay true to themselves in the hope of returning to their loved ones? This is a transparent plot convenience.
Also not explained, but my best guess is that by having met the Doctor they are more ready to deal with such things. Also, there could be more. And then, it may have happened only to those who didn't delete themselves, which can't have been many. I'm guessing they checked, and the Brig might've known to fool them and Danny's was too close to the downloading for them to check.
This is more of an observation that lacks complete clarification, but The Age of Steel establishes that the physical pain of becoming a Cyberman is so great that it cannot be lived with. Whilst Danny is evidently in pain, why is he not screaming out and dying in agony through the pain of his mutilated flesh? And even if the pain has been reduced, which is the logical reason, is the Brigadier also suffering in the same agony?
I thought the pain had to do with the realization that you had been turned into a monster. But then, I could be wrong, I didn't particularly like that story.
What happens to the Nethersphere after the Cyberman blow up? If the world is dying, then where exactly do the uploaded minds go? Do they just cease to exist? Think about the logic carefully here. The minds must be re-uploaded as Danny communicates with Clara through a breach. Yet if the Nethersphere is capable of re-uploading minds, why is it dying?
Not explained. My headcannon is that, given that Missy survived (duh), she was responsible for the "death" of the Nethershere. Otherwise, it would've continued to upload minds without aim. Another possibility is that without Seb it gradually stops functioning properly.
How does St Paul’s Cathedral host the 3W institute? Inter-dimensional engineering? Something at least resembling an explanation would be appreciated.
Explained, but others have said that already.
How did the Master escape Gallifrey? Did he take on the whole High Council alone?
I don't particularly think this was meant to be answered this episode, though I don't fault you for wanting it.
How does the boy whom Danny murdered travel between dimensions, when his tangible form is dead (and presumably buried and decomposed)?
I thought Missy's device was meant to give you the ability to travel with your body into the matrix and so travel with your matrixbody back. I found this the weakest part of the episode though and, given the logical problem, also unneccessary.
How does water work as pollen – and how does this pollen not also convert other humans in the process of falling? Would a better plan not have been to convert the dead and the living as the ultimate army for the Doctor?
The plan was to have the living as hostages, as said below. That's why the cloud was still a threat.
How do exploding Cybermen create this pollen? And, more to the point: if the exploding Cybermen create the pollen, then how do exploding Cybermen also destroy it? You can’t kill fire with fire.
I have nothing, but because it reminds me of The Sontaran Stratagem it's not particularly a problem for me. It was weak though. Why did Danny have to do it? The Doctor could've done it.
It is established by a newsreader that people remember the Cybermen from their 2006 encounter. So why, I ask, do these same people take selfies with the Cybermen when they emerge from St Paul’s?
My biggest question in terms of logic would be the chairs in Dark Water, really. But the, I don't really want that particualrly answered...
Since when do cyberman shots desintagrate anyway?
1 week, 4 days ago on Death in Heaven Review (Part 1)
That's a good thought. Maybe the last bit of the calculations needed to be done manually, hm.
1 week, 4 days ago on Death in Heaven Review (Part 2): Questions, Questions
If you say so. I've only watched it once so I can't be sure anyway.
I'm quite sure that "pollen" was a metaphor, too.
My theory is that the green thing is the grinch.
1 week, 4 days ago on Christmas Special Preview at Children in Need 2014
Or Missy in disguise? Keeping them together once more. Maybe why she wanted them together isn't over...
My headcannon is that the calculations finished in his incarnation, talk about paradoxes!
If you're right, though, maybe Twelve went back to see what happened with his own eyes and something happened and that's why he's angry? Or maybe I'm just scared of the eyebrows...
1 week, 5 days ago on Death in Heaven Review (Part 2): Questions, Questions
You don't really have to choose the best one, only one that works. Missy seemed really happy and really if she wanted someone that would drive the Doctor mad Clara did really fit the role.
I think she just did it to mess with the Doctor and drive him to thing that would show him they weren't so different.