You know, I'm getting used to the idea of being a crew member on a time machine.
@Polyphase I'm also glad DW is becoming more popular amongst fans, I got a bit worried when people were complaining about series 7 (I loved it, but as long as it's Doctor Who I'll always love it). I think the most important thing for the show right now is viewer retention - the fanbase is well-established, now we just have to make sure those 7-8mil viewers keep tuning in every week.
19 hours, 36 minutes ago on Your Verdict on Time Heist & Episode Ranking
A pretty fair ranking, although I think it was better than Into the Dalek. Mind you, ITD has some really great characterisation stuff going for it, the plot just flopped a little (which is why The Caretaker was that much better)
19 hours, 46 minutes ago on Your Verdict on Time Heist & Episode Ranking
"This story looks like The Impossible Planet and The Waters of Mars"
Guys, let's be honest here, if this story didn't have people walking on the surface of the moon in the orange spacesuits would you still be saying this?! Using your logic I can definitely say that Kill the Moon looks blindingly similar to the Second Doctor story The Moonbase.
19 hours, 51 minutes ago on Next Time: Kill The Moon
@NewWho2012 @Romanadvoratrelundar @The 14th Doctor Ooh, like The Massacre all over again? That story is a masterpiece! Yes please, I love a good tragedy! (...you know when you say something in your head and it sounds fine?)
19 hours, 52 minutes ago on Next Time: Kill The Moon
@Greempa @Romanadvoratrelundar I like that Danny Pink theory, even if it is Courtney that dies I wonder if Danny will be the gentleman and actually 'make it happen' so to speak. It kind of ties in with the whole "if the Doctor pushes you to do something you don't want to tell me so I can protect you". He'd never let Clara do anything like that in his presence, and I think the Doctor killing somebody would be taking Doctor Who just a step too far...
19 hours, 57 minutes ago on Next Time: Kill The Moon
@PCAriza @DanyWho And the theory is that that's why Missy wasn't interested in talking to him :)
20 hours, 3 minutes ago on Next Time: Kill The Moon
@andrewshoward @Romanadvoratrelundar @Horus Killed The Moon An excellent question. They were essentially the same character, so I like to think of them that way when comparing companions. Of course, the general consensus is that Romana II was the best, but I think on her own she wouldn't be at the top of my list. Romana I had this sass and almost aristocratic attitude that made me fall in love with her in the first place - it's just a shame she lost it further into the series. I like Romana III also. So basically, the answer is all of them :)
@ClaireAbraham @TheOncomingHurricane @Oliver J. "cool" I see what you mean, but basically every Doctor Who story is a copy of something that was done in the 60s. Hell, even stories from the 60s copied themselves! In fact, ratings dropped in 1966 because the audience complained that they were sick of essentially watching the same thing over and over.
20 hours, 17 minutes ago on Next Time: Kill The Moon
@Master Michael Moon That's a bit of a statement considering we haven't actually seen it yet and know very few nitty-gritty details about the plot...
20 hours, 19 minutes ago on Next Time: Kill The Moon
@The 14th Doctor Also true, however, that could support my theory - what if she dies in Kill the Moon, goes to heaven, and is saved by the Doctor (or maybe sent back by Missy) in Flatline? I know she's supposed to 'star' in Mummy on the Orient Express, but...don't forget that Karen Gillian and Arthur Darvill's names appeared in the opening titles for Closing Time...
1 day, 20 hours ago on Next Time: Kill The Moon
@DanyWho @PCAriza @Scootersfood @Romanadvoratrelundar I like that theory, but it seems too easy...I mean, Courtney dying? Really? I hope it's way more complicated and exciting than that...
@Horus Killed The Moon I definitely agree with that, Clara's my second favourite companion ever (after only Romana, of course) so I'd be so cut up to see her go. I think if she dies in this story she'll come back, but I reckon Christmas is the end for her.
I have a crazy theory (and note that I haven't seen any of the filming photos for any future episodes). You know how the trailer establishes Clara (and the Doctor, it would seem) has to make a decision between an innocent life and the human race? What if the innocent life is hers? What if Clara "dies" and is saved my Missy?!?!?! That would explain all the cast (and Moffat) commenting that she may not even make it to the end of the series...
2 days, 8 hours ago on Next Time: Kill The Moon
@sontaran17 But this is what's bothering me. It all seems a bit obvious...
Put it this way: if it really is Courtney that dies then I'll be thoroughly disappointed.
It's interesting that there appears to be an increase after Listen (especially since we were up against X-Factor this week) - that kind of tells me that the people who potentially gave up sometime within the first three stories perhaps heard the fourth was great, potentially went back and watched it on iPlayer, and then returned to watching the show...
2 days, 9 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@Horus killed the moon That's a good point, as long as we can keep the viewers we have then all we have to do is wait for more to catch on.
@Djornad Exactly. I hope it gets to a point soon when the BARB figures include iPlayer, or L+7 just becomes the normal measure. And the fact that DW is in the top ten is amazing - there were times in the early 80s when it wasn't even in the top 100 and it still managed to survive!
@The Exploding TARDIS @OncomingStorm in a Brownoat with a stake Lol the best thing about that was that on the show the next week he actually brought it up (I can't remember the episode number, but it was the one in 2010 with Karen Gillian)
4 days, 13 hours ago on Capaldi on Graham Norton This Friday
@They're all my favorite Caretaker @sontaran17 This may be the IT nerd in me talking right now, but I love a good, detailed statistical analysis :P
4 days, 14 hours ago on Write for Doctor Who TV
@GalaxyEyes @Romanadvoratrelundar @12th's Sonic (I'm the new caretaker. John Smith) *WARNING THIS COMMENT HAS TIME HEIST SPOILERS*
Not really, that's not what I mean. Sure, Moffat said "I want you to write me a story about dinosaurs on a spaceship" to Chris Chibnall, but that was it. Chibnall came back and said "I want to make it a Silurian ark that the humans want to shoot down and has an evil thief on it that the Doctor sends to his death" and the process continued normally. With TH the Moff would have likely said to Thompson "here's an idea for a story where the Doctor robs a bank, but it turns out that he put himself up to it and planned it in the future. The enemy is a rich woman who put him up to it. It turns out it was to save the alien's girlfriend. You should have two other supporting characters" and Thompson did the rest.
For further reference, please consult the "Doctor Who Extra" for Into the Dalek. They harp on about how Phil Ford wrote it and give him all the credit, except for one small thing Ford told the interviewer:
"It was Steven Moffat's idea"
5 days, 6 hours ago on Face-Off: The Thompson Episodes
@DawnTime @Typo42 I just want to say to everyone in this convo that it's not always the fault of the actors. The directors tell them how to act, in a case where it feels like "they all did a bad performance" it may just be that the director told them to act in a way that didn't work for the story. Good actors can only be good if given good direction.
5 days, 8 hours ago on Face-Off: The Thompson Episodes
@12th's Sonic (I'm the new caretaker. John Smith) Umm clearly you mis-understand what "co-written" means. Generally in DW writers come up with their own plot and characters, which they then pitch to the Moff to see if he likes it. "Co-writing" normally occurs when one person pitches the basic story idea and another person goes off and actually writes it "on their own". I know this is the case with Into the Dalek, and it's very safe to assume it's also what happened with TH - it was the Moff's idea, which was then fleshed out entirely by Steve Thompson.
In any case, no episode of anything ever is only "written" by one person. The writer's pitched idea is often modified by the producer before it is written, and then the draft has to go back past the producer again and, oh yeah, the script editor gets a good go at it as well - this often results in the writer having to edit at lot before the final script is produced. Many things are also deemed not plausible and too expensive by the technical crew, which also have to be changed. On top of that, episodes often run overtime and parts have to be cut in post-production.
But back to the point, Steve Thompson wrote all the dialogue and nitty-gritty bits of TH. The only difference was that we can presume it was the Moff's basic plot, and he may have invented the basic ideas behind some of the supporting characters.
Journey is my favourite ever episode of New-Who, I've stated my reasons for loving it many times. I don't care what anyone says, I love it the same way I love The Doctor's Daughter and Planet of the Dead.
I have a question regarding non-topical articles: When is the best time of year to submit one? I understand that it's obviously not when Doctor Who is on TV, or around Christmastime. The particular TV story I want to write about will be 50 years old in July next year, would submitting it in May/June increase my chances or not make a difference? If not I'll probably submit it in late January/early February, is that a good idea?
5 days, 9 hours ago on Write for Doctor Who TV
A great article! I love how you found ways of comparing two extremely different characters, I never really thought of them both being the "cornerstone companion" of their time.
1 week ago on Celebrating “The Highlander” and “The Bad Wolf”
I have to admit that I wasn't that excited about this story when I first read the synopsis (and I'm still way more excited for Kill the Moon and Mummy on the Orient Express) but these pictures are hyping me up! I really hope we get to find out more about Danny's story, ITD and Listen were such an unfair tease.
Also, if this doesn't contain any early Classic Who references I'll actually kill somebody - but considering it was written by Gareth Roberts I don't think we have to worry.
1 week ago on The Caretaker Promo Pics
@Polyphase @Possible Girl True, but he managed a decent cameo in An Adventure in Space and Time. I'm not expecting much, but a quick surprise reunion at the end would be fantastic.
I still don't think there was a monster...but who said even Moffat knows the answer? Either way the episode definitely deserved it's rating, bar The Day of the Doctor it was the best Moffat story in a long time.
1 week ago on Your Verdict on Listen & Episode Ranking
@NightRises @Romanadvoratrelundar I was going to mention that but I thought it had already been said enough :D
1 week, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
The BARB ratings of the third episode of each series:
The Unquiet Dead - 8.86
School Reunion - 8.31
Gridlock - 8.41
Planet of the Ood - 7.50
Victory of the Daleks - 8.20
The Curse of the Black Spot - 7.85
A Town Called Mercy - 8.42
Cold War - 7.37
Robot of Sherwood - 7.28
Okay, so the ratings are dropping a tiny bit, but considering most shows that have been on air for nine years get cancelled I'd say Doctor Who is still going strong. And 7mil viewers is amazing, it still places it fairly high in the rankings! In 1980 Doctor Who was failing to sit in the top 100 for the week and it stayed on air. There is no reason to panic.
@Mr 11 @Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things Hear hear. The Moff mentioned this in an episode of DWM last year, the lead-in show means a lot. Doctor Who is the kind of show where people will watch it if it happens to be starting when they're in the room, a lot of the Strictly audience that probably wouldn't bother to deliberately tune in will be retained just because they'll think "meh, might as well".
@NerdWithWings The fact that it was very timey-wimey and didn't have a 'proper' monster was probably "confusing" (*eyeroll*) for casual viewers. There's one rule that comes to AI scores: the audience is stupid.
@Planet of the Deaf I read a comment that said "I've watched Doctor Who from the first episode but now I've stopped this is crap sort it out" (sic).
All I'm hoping is that the new series is attracting older viewers. It's fine for people to leave the fandom, as long as new ones enter. I'm not overly concerned about the immediate future of DW, but it concerns me that a "bad" season could damage the ratings down the line.
Mind you, the opinions casual viewers have at the moment aren't much different to that of Matt's first series...
Yay, an increase in the overnights from last week! Not that those ratings matter much, but that's always good to see. I don't mind where the ratings plateau, and long as they do.
@TheNightmareChild @Switcharoo I don't blame the DW fan club that was around at the time for complaining when they returned after The War Games - they were right in that the Time Lords were "too human"
1 week, 6 days ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant
@Planet of the Deaf "I always take you where you need to go." I think the TARDIS deliberately took her there. Or who knows, maybe it even has something to do with Missy?
@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! True, but he was also kind of cowardly...
Thank you for this!!! People (particularly ones who have only watched New-Who) are so uptight when it comes to "continuity errors", but Doctor Who is teeming with them. When you watch the classic series you learn very quickly to just accept an explanation as headcanon and move on. To be honest I don't really care how she got there, but I've always thought it was only the Time War that was time locked...
@TheIdleIdol I agree, I think the reason RoS was rated so highly was because most opinions change after a second or third rewatch - I think many people who voted for RoS might not like the episode as much when they watch it a second or third time around. For example, the first time I watched The Rings of Akaten I hated it, but after subsequent viewings I actually really liked it. It's all relative.
2 weeks ago on Your Verdict on Robot of Sherwood
@TheWibblyLever It's all just pointless fun, there's no need to over-analyse it...
It always interests me how poll results and comments don't match up. On the "Best Mark Gatiss" poll nobody seemed to be mentioning The Crimson Horror much, yet there it is in second place. Come on all you phantom voters, we'd love to hear what you think!
I'll admit it, sometimes I don't hear everything he says, particularly when he mumbles. But the same thing has happened to me with every Doctor!!!
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Is Capaldi’s Accent Causing Issues?
@ManWithChips I noticed that, and also a trend in that an overwhelming number tend to be the "episode three" of the series - The Unquiet Dead, Victory of the Daleks, Robot of Sherwood and, by my definition anyway, Cold War (it was episode three of series 7b).
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Face-Off: The Gatiss Episodes
The Crimson Horror. Hands down. I still don't understand why people disliked that episode.
This looks exciting, but also a little dry. I don't know, I'm mostly looking forward to Time Heist so maybe once that's aired and the hype for this one ramps up I'll start to get a little more excited...
2 weeks, 4 days ago on The Caretaker BBC Synopsis
@andyot7777 @NineTenElevenTwelve IMO the picture gave absolutely no hints has to whether Danny meets the Doctor or why an apparently older version of him was in the TARDIS...
Also, we saw Danny in the orange suit in the next time trailer.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Listen Promo Pics
Amy and Rory were pretty normal, average humans. To be honest (and I've avoided all spoilers here so I'm just guessing) I think this episode will be about Danny - a normal human being - who takes a trip in the TARDIS where it all goes wrong. But who even knows.
I guess the last pic does seem spoiler-y, but if the BBC released it then it's generally something toward the beginning of the episode. But it's so random who even knows...
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Listen Promo Pics
@PaddyB I know, right! It's so random and unhelpful that it's almost not spoiler-y because I literally have no idea what it means