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@ERBofSmoshery I'm fairly certain the answer to those questions is in their review of the episode.
46 minutes ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)
@MrPoetyMan Yes! Let yourself be converted!
47 minutes ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)
@Deus_Ex_Machina Oh but it's fun to speculate :)
4 hours, 8 minutes ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)
So, Missy being the Valeyard:
1. Just last season finale the Valeyard was mentioned.
2. it could've happened as the Doctor entering his timeline. (I mean, did it have NO consequences?)
3. Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere --> Keeper of the Matrix.
4. Matrix as a clue ---> has a lot to do with the Valeyard.
5. "Clara, my Clara" --> said by Missy AND by the Doctor while in the timestreem.
6. I think I'll keep it --->
7. If the Valeyard was a consequence of Clara entering the timestreem then Missy would certainly be interested in keeping them together.
8. evilness spot on.
9. you know you I am --> certainly would.
10. Would obviously have the TARDIS phone number.
11. The "Doctor who?" would certainly be important if this were true.
Anything else? That's all I remember at the moment. God so excited! I hope this is true.
Oop, missed 6. I mean, the Valeyard is the Doctor in a sense so saying "I'll keep it" has the most sense I can give the phrase in this case.
Moffat make this happen I would love you for eternity haha.
It's a shame Missy doesn't fit the theory though. If it was the Master that'd be fine too.
4 hours, 23 minutes ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)
@Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom! OMG OMG! YES! I was hoping she would be the Valeyard yessss! It's just too perfect everything comes togetherrr
4 hours, 36 minutes ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)
@Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom! We know the GI went to the Dalek Asylum?
4 hours, 41 minutes ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)
@WootMootWoot The best thing about that one was the 11 talking to Amy thing. It's just amazing to watch.
That is also why the Bad Wolf arc does nothing for me. It's "ooh look! Rose is... calling to herself? (but she's really not, is she....)"
6 hours, 22 minutes ago on The Trouble with Story Arcs
@The Not-So-Lazy Cat: Clara Detective Agreed!
6 hours, 29 minutes ago on The Trouble with Story Arcs
@BollingerKnickers Speculation is in fandoms job description (fangirling optional).
6 hours, 31 minutes ago on The Trouble with Story Arcs
I find this article interesting but I don't agree. If handled well a story arc can elevate the episode it's in, or not afect it in the least. Contrary to your opinion, I felt the Missy part made the ending to Deep Breath more interesting. Also as you said, it may make particular episodes worth watching in the end because if you didn't like it then at least you have a bone to chew on until next week.
If season arcs did not exist, I find that it would feel more of the same after a time. Story arcs help seasons feel differentiated from one another and the give seasons a sense of continuity, purpose, unity. Even if it's little references as in the Bad Wolf arc. You feel a story is ending and another beggining.
And I find that hype and speculation is fun. It keeps you busy between episodes, just as discussion of an episode.
Story arcs also give the finale a sense of grandeur it would be lacking otherwise. I dunno, that is one of my troubles with Classic Who when I watch it, finales don't feel like finales. Although it may be my modern point of view talking.
All in all I think they have more pros than cons. This arc has even been particularly good imo.
6 hours, 42 minutes ago on The Trouble with Story Arcs
Great video! And great articlee! I'm also really expecting the previous finale to have some significance to this one (in that we were never shown how they got out). I don't know, it seems like a very Moffat thing to do.
1 day, 13 hours ago on Questions, Questions: The Unsolved Clara Mystery (Part 2)
I will not spoil this episode for myself I will not spoil this episode for myself, I will not spoil this episode for myself, I will not spoil this episode for myself....
1 day, 13 hours ago on BBC Confirms Hour Long Series 8 Finale
MWTV could who perhaps do a poll to who each of us thinks Missy is? It would be nice to then compare it who she actually was, but after the episode people may lie..
2 days, 7 hours ago on Dark Water Clip
My bets are on the Valeyard.
Missy is Moffat then?
3 days, 23 hours ago on Dark Water Promo Pics
4 days, 23 hours ago on Series 8 Finale Trailer Breakdown
@Mercy Reborn2 Maybe Gallifrey isn't really out there! That would be so sad... Shame it's so improbable..
5 days, 22 hours ago on Next Time: Dark Water
They changed the moving colums for the rotating things when they chaged the tardis, I think.
1 week ago on In the Forest of the Night Clip
OMG the picture!! XD
1 week ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?
@Regenerated Catterson @sontaran17 It may be the Cybermen and Missy (Oh let me hope!)
1 week ago on Death in Heaven Official Synopsis
I'm not gonna lie, I was lost a few times in what you were trying to say on some paragraphs. Still a nice read.
It's very poetic though, kind of calm. After articles of asserting opinion it was quite nice to have this like... tranquil sea kind of writing. It made me happy in a way.
1 week, 1 day ago on Who is the Twelfth Doctor?
@Doc Hamme @Angie Whodini has Ravio's bracelet Why, thank you :) *blushes*
1 week, 2 days 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 week, 3 days 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.
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 week, 3 days 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 week, 3 days 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.
1 week, 4 days 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.
1 week, 5 days 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 :)
1 week, 5 days 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.
@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...
@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.
1 week, 5 days 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.
1 week, 5 days 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.
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.
1 week, 5 days 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.
2 weeks 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.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8