You know, I'm getting used to the idea of being a crew member on a time machine.
@cagjos It got it's own release with decent features, I don't see what the problem is. Including it on this set would ruin everything, this is the year of Capaldi and we have to respect that.
1 hour, 14 minutes ago on The Complete Eighth Series DVD Extras
@Polyphase @The Living Angel is Regenerating Agreed. Unless the episode was absolutely faultlessly mindblowing (which I haven't experienced this year, although there's been some fantastic episodes) it shouldn't get a 10. The only New-Who story I really feel this way about is The Doctor's Wife.
1 hour, 34 minutes ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking
Happy to see the AI is climbing a little! I warmed to Capaldi ages ago, but I'm glad to see others are too. Since Listen I feel the episode quality is improving too, which is always a bonus!
1 hour, 37 minutes ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
Wha??? That score is way too low!!! It definitely deserved to beat Into the Dalek!
1 week, 6 days ago on Your Verdict on The Caretaker & Episode Ranking
@Draconica5 @ Notsosmartguy Will Kill the Moon I find the answer is to avoid finding out as much as you can so you don't have any expectations! It works for me :D
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon
@Doc Hamme No time, I suspect. He probably thought of all those options but he couldn't do them in 45 minutes.
I just want to say, bar the rest of the episode, the speech at the end was amazing. Jenna's performance was flawless, and the scene in itself was moving. It reminded me very much of Steven challenging the Doctor in The Massacre, the fact that she wasn't afraid to stand up to him and leave when she felt she'd been 'violated' is extremely admirable.
@ilyootha @sontaran17 I checked the subtitle file on the internet - which I believe is taken from the BBC's official closed captions (but have also been known to be wrong at times) - and it said "she met this bloke called Blinovitch "
@DrZalgo That was my initial thought! It would make so much sense, and explain why the Star Whale was particularly moved to help the humans.
@sarah Jane fan That's not a fair comparison. JNT was basically fighting a conspiracy higher in the ranks at the BBC to have DW taken off air, the script quality never really changed but no money meant it was let down by practically everything else.
@ahunter8056 @Romanadvoratrelundar I see your point, but Twelve also has his likeable elements. I thought many of them came out in The Caretaker, he was hilarious in that episode.
@Rocket197 Very true, but Eleven did have a darker side. What about in The Beast Below when he got mad at Amy and vowed to take her home? The situation was similar, actually.
@ahunter8056 "The Twelfth Doctor is far too reckless and selfish to be The Doctor."
*Cough* First, Sixth and Seventh Doctors *cough*
@ManWithChips Me too! Since when is a Doctor-lite a bad thing?!
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Anticipating Moon, Mummy, Flatline, Forest, Water & Heaven
@Clara Who is pushed beyond, fascinated No More Except previously Clara felt moved to help for the good of the situation, and always did exactly what the Doctor would have done. That's the normal premise of a Doctor Who story - there's always a way out where everybody lives, but it's "impossible" until the Doctor saves the day. This, on the other hand, was a total stalemate - there was no way out, there was no correct answer. No matter what she did, she lost. She was mad at the Doctor because he knew the way out, he knew the answer, but he didn't help her. If she didn't press the button he would have watched her do the wrong thing when he could have stopped it all in the first place.
Ugh, I knew it wouldn't be Courtney that died! I mean, come on guys, it was wayyyy too obvious. This is Doctor Who we're talking about.
@Miss Bosswald wants butterflies instead. @Planet of the Deaf It's not about the lines, it's about the fact that she appeared. Doctor/Companion lites originated in series 2 when they had to fit 14 episodes (13 + Xmas special) into a 13 episode production schedule. By giving Love and Monsters - and, a year later, Blink - almost no Doctor and Companion involvement, they could film it while the lead actors were off doing another episode. RTD mixed this up a bit in series 4 by inventing Midnight - a Companion lite story - and Turn Left - a Doctor lite story - so they could both be filmed at the same time with Tennant doing one episode while Tate did the other.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Flatline Official Synopsis
@Planet of the Deaf Umm guys I thought Mummy on the Orient Express was supposed to be Companion lite??? That's what I heard anyway.
@Warisfiller @Oodkind is nuking spiders. I disagree. I think over time the New Series became far too Doctor-centric, the Moff is bringing it back to the way it used to be. Back in the day the companion used to have as much of a lead role as the Doctor, it was very even. And to use a new series example, just look at Nine and Rose! It seemed like almost everything about series one revolved around the companion.
It's been a long time since a Doctor-lite! How exciting! I love Clara's character, and if she is indeed leaving at Christmas I want to see as much of her as possible before the end. Kind of like Donna in Turn Left, this sounds like the perfect opportunity to showcase everything amazing about her character.
I've mostly avoided any hints for the second half of the series, so I'll stick with what I've accidentally found out. Originally I was looking forward to Mummy, but the synopsis looks a tiny bit boring, so I'll go for Flatline. A story that mostly features Clara? Yes please. Although, In the Forest of the Night is an interesting title...
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)
@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.
3 weeks 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)
"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.
3 weeks 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?)
@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...
@PCAriza @DanyWho And the theory is that that's why Missy wasn't interested in talking to him :)
@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.
@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...
@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...
3 weeks, 1 day 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...
@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...
3 weeks, 1 day 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)
3 weeks, 3 days 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
3 weeks, 3 days 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"
3 weeks, 4 days 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.
@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?
3 weeks, 4 days 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.
3 weeks, 6 days 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.
3 weeks, 6 days 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.
4 weeks ago on The Caretaker Promo Pics
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.
4 weeks 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
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator