Somewhere in the TARDIS...
After a bit of decision making, I went ahead and bought the Blu-Ray set from the BBC Shop for around £28 - I used a 10% discount code (RP0714). When I bought my original standalone release of Day Of The Doctor, it included a 20% discount code that has since expired, but if anyone has recently bought that (or maybe even Time Of The Doctor) it might be worth checking to see if you have a similar discount code that has a later expiry date and hasn't yet expired.
I already own Name on the S7 boxset as well as Night+Day on the standalone release, but the rest of the set made it for me a quite justifiable buy - I've wanted to own Time for a while, but I refused to pay £12 for a set where I only wanted one of the episodes and there was a good chance of it coming out again later, and I really enjoyed AAITAS when it was aired but I haven't seen it since, so I'm looking forward to that in HD. The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot was one of the highlights of the celebrations, so I'm very pleased that that's included, and I'm looking forward to the cinema intros (hopefully in 3D) and the read-through as well as rewatching the behind-the-scenes featurettes. I was really hoping for a one-off Confidential return for the 50th, but they still do quite well when it comes to the three specials. Then the rest, the Prom especially, were all very welcome additions that I'd enjoy watching. Plus, the boxset artwork looks great and I love owning special editions; I'm hoping they'll be numbered like the S6 limited edition boxset was, makes them feel quite unique.
10 hours, 42 minutes ago on Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection DVD & Blu-ray
My understanding of it was that 'the 12th Doctor' was essentially the same thing as saying 'the 12th incarnation of the Doctor'.
If I take myself, for instance, whilst I'm not a Time Lord with different incarnations, by the end of my life there will have been a Baby Me, a Child Me, a Teen Me, an Adult Me and an Old Me. They are still all me, surely, but the adjective used to describe them differs in relation to the differences between the versions of me - each of those will have been slightly different people. Apply this to the Doctor, who's every regeneration can differ greatly from those before, and I don't think it is an unpleasant thing to do - it's marking the incarnations that make up his life just like you would number the chapters of an autobiography.
That may not make sense to everyone, it was quite hard to put into words, but that is my belief towards this.
2 days, 6 hours ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title
Well, Deep Breath is on right in the middle of my holiday, so unless it stays in cinemas for around two weeks (Day only had 2/3 days), I don't think I'll get a chance to go and see it. It'd be quite nice to see it on the big screen with the sound booming out all around me, but I quite like watching it with the family at home, so I'm not massively concerned about missing this.
2 days, 7 hours ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally
@LucasW I think the design of the War Doctor's console room was born more out of a desire to hark back to older TARDIS designs and to acknowledge the fact that the roundels were a big part of classic TARDIS designs. From a production point of view as well, this interior had so little screen time it didn't need to be a big-budget build, and every part of the set, with the exception of the floor, was recycled - the roundels were simply borrowed from the AAISAT set, which had just finished use. In case anyone's wondering, the console and 'ceiling' supports were a mock-up used on a tour years ago, just repainted a bit. From my point of view, I quite liked them for the nostalgia they would have created - I'm not a massive classics fan but I really appreciated their significance and enjoyed seeing them, but I do see your point about it being a bit of an anomaly in the progression of the interior designs.
6 days, 4 hours ago on How does the TARDIS reflect the Doctor?
Off topic I know, but I'm gutted about those scripts getting out - I know that I'll avoid them like the plague until they air, but I feel really sorry for the writers, crew and everyone involved in making the show. Things they wanted secret to surprise people are now, well, not-so-secret and when they air, won't be as surprising to some. I'm sure that they're getting frustrated as well - this is the second consecutive time a series has lost one or more of their 'big' episodes (Series 7 had , and it's out of their hands. Hopefully they'll find and contain these scripts pretty soon so that a minimum amount of people will have seen them.
Like many others, I'm afraid I'm going to have to avoid the majority of things online regarding Doctor Who, just to make sure that I'm one of those who still watch these episodes with knowing any important knowledge of the story - just as the production team intended.
3 weeks ago on Series 8: Watch Deep Breath First
@TARDISkey221B I know, but I was just mentioning it in case other people didn't realise and presumed it was incredibly likely to be related to that episode :)
1 month ago on Series 8 Filming: Finale Clue
That location was used in the Day Of the Doctor, yes, but it's worth mentioning that it has also featured in a few other episodes, such as the Planet of the Dead (The stealing of the cup) and The Big Bang (the museum interior), and I think Silence In the Library and Forest of the Dead (the stairs behind where the Doctor leaves River's diary), I'm not too sure on that last one, but what I'm trying to say is that it may not be directly related to Day. :)
Nevertheless, those props are quite intriguing...
First one that comes to mind is the scene in Rise Of The Cybermen, where the Doctor and Rose were telling Mickey a story from their travels and the Doctor admits to having forgotten that he told Mickey to hold something down 20 minutes ago :D
1 month, 1 week ago on 11 Doctor Who Instances When It Was Just… Blissful
@robertcyberman I take it you haven't seen any of the older versions of Davros from the classic series? The prosthetics used in The Stolen Earth were 10x better than anything an actor playing Davros has ever had before, and in my opinion he looked much more realistic than many aliens we see on Doctor Who. Furthermore, I think The Stolen Earth was a great episode, and whilst I appreciate it won't be perfect for everyone, I struggle to see what it contains that makes it 'god-awful'.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Is it time for Davros to return?
Interesting... Maybe playing some form of Artificial Intelligence?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Stanley Parable Narrator Cast in Doctor Who
Damn, bought Day and Night as soon as it came out (I did consider this happening but Day was just so good and I felt like I needed to own a copy :D), and I have Name on the S7 boxset, and I was also waiting until the set that includes Time dropped in price a bit more. If it's just those episodes, I'll reluctantly have to pass, but if it includes a few other of the 50th programmes (to name a few; Science of Doctor Who, Ultimate Guide, and of course AAISAT) then I'd definitely consider it. Does seem very weird to release a set like this almost a year (by the time we get our hands on it) after it all actually happened though, and when there's a new actor playing the Doctor debuting at around the same time. Hmm.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on 50th Anniversary Box Set Incoming
Wow... massive thanks to RTD, he saved the show not once, but twice!
2 months ago on Doctor Who Could Have Ended With Tennant
@NumberNine I'm sure that the explosions are just for dramatic effect and they'll keep the set - the other sets, on numerous occasions, withstood much much worse explosions, and even this one has been through a fair bit already! From a production point of view, there's also nothing logistical making them change set this time - part of the reason the aging Eccleston/Tennant set was replaced was for the move to HD recording and the previous Smith set was replaced because they couldn't safely remove it and take it with them when they moved studios. So yeah, I'm strongly doubting that they'd be getting rid of this set anytime soon, which I'm quite happy with as I like the current design! :)
2 months ago on Series 8 Confirmed for August, First Teaser Trailer
Nice to see even more awards, it's great every time that the cast and crew get honoured like this because they must put so much work in! I've got to say, the effects in the Day Of The Doctor were phenomenal; the Gallifrey battle scenes were amazing in CGI (and I imagine even more so in 3D) and if nobody had told me that two scenes in that episode were done using miniatures, I wouldn't have known at all. Congratulations to all teams, they really deserved it!
Looking forward to the results of the rest of the BAFTA's next month, hopefully it'll be another two wins for Doctor Who!
3 months ago on The Day of the Doctor Scoops BAFTA Craft Award
Surely if they return the Time War will just begin again? Within the show, the Daleks are now (presumably) the dominant force of the universe, and when they see their old enemies return again, they'll just try to obliterate them like they did before. And if the Time Lords returned and saw the Daleks had survived and had essentially won the Time War, I doubt after centuries of war they'd just be happy to accept that they'd lost.
I think TTOTD backs this up, the only half-solution I can think of to this is that after quite a bit of time in the pocket universe, the Time Lords slowly change back into how they were before the war, and by the time Gallifrey returns the war has become ancient history. That still doesn't really account for the Daleks though. Ah well, it's Doctor Who! I'm sure it can be worked around (or brushed to the side - in the nicest-sounding way possible) if needed.
Plot details aside, I'm undecided. It'd be great to explore Gallifrey and the Time Lord culture a bit more, I can just imagine that with today's effects Gallifrey would look fantastic onscreen, but I think it shouldn't happen just yet, give this 'quest' a bit more time to become an actual journey for the Doctor.
3 months ago on Thoughts on a Return for Gallifrey
Happy Birthday Jenna! Without a doubt she is my favourite Who companion, and also my favourite actress. her performances have been brilliant in every episode so far, and I really can't wait to see her again in Series 8!
And Happy Birthday Russell! Such a great writer, and if Doctor Who hadn't been brought back and Torchwood wasn't created, I'm sure my life would be quite different. I've just started reading 'The Writer's tale' by him and Benjamin Cook, and it's really great seeing his genius thought processes. Probably my favourite DW writer ever!
Hope they both have a brilliant day!
3 months ago on Happy Birthday, Jenna Coleman & RTD!
@TheOncomingStorm I completely agree, something like this for a celebration or event would be great, but Doctor Who has always been a Saturday-night television show, it doesn't need to become a Hollywood franchise. :)
3 months ago on How could a New Doctor Who Movie Work?
I'd agree with pretty much all of them, Planet of The Dead is a surprise though, but when you consider the RTD specials and how good they all were (or at least for me they were) it kinda makes sense; they were all great, but one episode is gonna have to be at the bottom of the category regardless. Looking forward to seeing which came out on top for each of these.
3 months, 1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 9-13, Specials)
@GazpachoSoup I thought that as soon as I saw it, I was disappointed that Robin isn't going to be played by the same actor as he was in the other show.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: A Merry Day
Happy Birthday Peter Capaldi!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Happy Birthday, Peter Capaldi!
I agree with some points there, but I still find it a great episode. However, I did disagree with the point regarding the heavy use of bronze Daleks, as it is worth noting that all of the classic Daleks were on loan from exhibitions and private collections. I'm sure even coating them in dust and cobwebs was a hard thing to get permission for, and I doubt that very few owners would be prepared to let the props be used when they might be damaged. Only a couple moved, and if I'm correct they were old and likely quiet fragile, so wouldn't stand up to heavy usage as the new props have been built for, and again I'm pretty sure the owners would want them back in one piece. Furthermore, the new props are built for HD recording - ageing twenty year old props aren't and so would look very obviously like wood and fibreglass constructions.
But yeah, I do agree with the fact that the Daleks in the past four years have only traditionally exterminated twice, that's pretty shocking for what is now the main, iconic villain of the show. And the parliament bit doesn't really work for me either, seems a contradiction of what we know Daleks to be.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Unpopular Opinion: Asylum of the Daleks
Hmmm. Turn Left was great, as was Utopia. Went for Utopia in the end, it had an unexpected cliff-hanger and some great moments.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 11
The Pandorica Opens, gotta be.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 12
Well, Moffat could be writing, and very likely close to finishing, the final version of what would presumably be the final episode(s) of Series 8, right? Now, that's just guesswork, but if he's introduced threads about Clara, spanning two series in the typical Moffat fashion, and he's going to tie them up at the end of the series... Does that suggest Clara might be leaving?
I really hope she doesn't, I think Jenna Coleman's a fantastic actress and Clara is a brilliant character and my all-time favourite companion.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Why Does the TARDIS Dislike Clara? Moffat Teases Answers
@Master Michael Moon I like Clara, she's not one of those useless companions who'll just stand there and scream, and I admit that her introduction was overshadowed a bit by her mystery but I think the last two specials have shown that her character has begun to get a chance to develop properly. :)
Lot of people saying we need Confidential back for this sort of thing, and I completely agree! It was a fantastic series and since it was axed the hard work put into the production is hardly seen. The 10min feature for Day of the Doctor was great, but a 45min episode of Confidential for that episode would have been so much better! Unfortunately the BBC don't seem to be wanting to change their mind and bring it back, so it looks like the 2-3min (or around 10min if it's a special) behind the scenes features are going to be all that we get.
I also agree about the DVD releases, quite often they're now featuring documentaries that aren't really as interesting or as informative as longer behind the scenes things such as video diaries or deleted scenes. I love watching all of them!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Smith’s Regeneration Was Originally More Brutal & Troubling
In my mind, the Night of the Doctor minisode was a truly magnificent surprise, and what made it so special was that it was a one-off, nostalgic moment that brilliantly filled an empty gap in Who's history. Fans got excited (and rightly so, I was one of them!) because for 8 glorious minutes, Paul McGann was the Doctor again.
So, for me, anything else just wouldn't be the same. The surprise and emotional impact would be gone, and it's really just bringing back McGann for the sake of it. Night of the Doctor was needed, really, for Eight to finally have the closure he deserved, and it excelled. With a spin-off, there's only so long that the thrill and nostalgia would last, and it wouldn't be as special.
Now, if there was a spin-off, the excitable fan inside me would love it, but the logical fan inside me knows that Eight has already been given a fitting end to his story and doesn't need anything more.
4 months ago on How To Bring Back McGann
@Oodkind I'm sure that they were looking for a long-term actor to fill the role, and it could have been that part of the reason Capaldi was given the job was because he seemed to express a desire to continue after Series 8. Of course, we'll never really know what went on during the casting process, or at least we won't find out anytime soon, so it's impossible to tell, but I reckon that Capaldi, a life-long Who fan, won't be giving up the privilege so soon.
4 months ago on Gatiss Confirms Two Capaldi Eps, Hints at Jane Austen Story
Was hoping for a new design to reflect the new TARDIS design, so a tiny bit disappointed with that, but it was still a great design and it's not of too much importance. And that monster looks very nice, quite evil-looking.
4 months ago on Series 8 Filming: Capaldi’s Sonic & A New Monster
@Danosaur_Whovian I dunno, this time I'm betting on The Day Of The Doctor scooping the top spot :)
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (12-06)
All of the scores on these are really quite high, I think most of them are in the right place. Time Of The Doctor scored surprising well really, I really liked it but I know many didn't and I didn't expect it to be so high up - it's great! Looking forward to seeing the final five later, I'm predicting:
5. Vincent And The Doctor
4. The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang
3. The Doctor's Wife
2. The Eleventh Hour
1. Day Of The Doctor
Again, if it was up to me, Name or Asylum should've been in the top 5 instead of Vincent And The Doctor. Don't get me wrong, it's a great episode, but I just prefer the other two over it. :)
Hmm. Bells of Saint John and The Lodger seemed a bit low at first to me, but then again it's getting so close to the top now that that's probably the correct position for them.
I'm looking forward to the final few. It's pretty certain (but not totally, just to cover myself should I be wrong ;D ) that #1 is Day Of The Doctor, but as for the others, I haven't got a clue. I'm quite curious as to what #2 will be, actually. Thinking Asylum Of The Daleks, A Good Man Goes To War, and The Eleventh Hour will be quite close to the top, and Time Of The Doctor is still to show up, that's interesting, I really liked it but I know quite a few others didn't feel the same...
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (19-13)
@Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh It could be a two-parter, whilst it'd be the first two-parter with two authors, that kind of thing has been done before in the Waters Of Mars which was co-written by Russell T Davies and Phil Ford so it's entirely possible. It could also be that Ep.5 is set immediately after Ep.4, just with an entirely different plot. :)
4 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming: Sneak Peek at a New Monster
Haha loving the caption on that picture, DWTV!
4 months, 1 week ago on Moffat: Doomed dialogue sounds great in Scottish
@Creepy_Ghoul From looking at other pictures on the internet, there was a large green screen on that side, I believe. :)
Bit disappointed with the placement of Cold War and Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS, I scored them both an 8, but otherwise the scores for these match what I gave them
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (33-27)
Great to see Cardiff onscreen again - perhaps we're getting a few nods back to the RTD era in episodes 4 and 5, with the SB6 orange spacesuit and now this location, as well as the almost certain reference to it being Torchwood's old base (come on, there's gotta be a throwaway line at least in there!)
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: The Suits
@floppy_who It'd be a great and intentional nod to the Experience if a shot showed the building in the distant background :D
@MrGuymanwatch @Tardis Stowaway Whoops, sorry! :)
4 months, 2 weeks ago on River Song & Captain Jack: Five Favourites
@DasManiac This part of wales is Cardiff Bay, which faces the sea, so cold winds can be expected sometimes, especially as the area they are in is quite expansive and there's not much to break the wind on the one side that faces the bay. Judging by the pictures, the weather in Cardiff at the time of filming wasn't very nice anyway, might not have been windy but was definitely quite foggy and early on in the morning, and as they would be filming for quite a while it'd be cold to stand around whilst shots are being set up. :)
Not sure about the beheading idea that turns Jack into the Face Of Boe, in Torchwood: Miracle Day he was blown to bits yet what fragments remained grew back into a complete body. Wouldn't really have worked in my mind.
10/10 - the only 10/10 I have ever given an episode EVER.
Where do I even start with this? It's full of nostalgic moments (Every Reference!), punch-the-air moments (Trafalgar Square!), funny moments (Sandshoes!), breath-taking moments (Gallifrey!), emotional moments (Tom Baker!), spine-tingling moments (Gallifrey Stands!) ... I love every second of this episode. The plot is absolutely great and the script is written perfectly, with the serious moments having real gravity, the comedic moments were genuinely funny, and the emotional moments were..well, emotional. The acting in this from every character was SUPERB, and the three Doctor's are undoubtedly the best trio ever! John Hurt was magnificent in his role, Matt was as brilliant as ever and it was so great to see David back again! And his TARDIS! (I love that 'grunge' look!) Jenna was brilliant as usual and it was great to see Billie back too, in a role that really suited her and made her appearance a justifiable reason rather than a 'why not?!' from Moffat. I could go on and on and on about how brilliant this episode was, but I'm sure whoever is reading this would like to continue down the page after so I won't :). Suffice it to say, this is my highlight of Doctor Who, and for me single-handedly wins the title of 'Best Episode Ever'. A well-deserved 10.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Day of the Doctor
9/10, one of my, if not the number one, favourite from Series 7
First, the opening scene. It was at that point that the 50th really began for me, seeing all of the Doctor's together in such a nice little opening scene.
The idea of 'time travel in dreams' is something that does bug me, there doesn't seem to be any scientific explanation that I can think of to actually cover it in a way that I can just pass off as Sci-Fi, but it's hardly a big point. I didn't really think the Paternoster gang were much use in this, other than a few gags, but I appreciate the fact that they were actually essential to the plot, for the Doctor to actually travel to Trenzalore, and I did enjoy their performances like usual and so I'm not complaining. It was nice seeing River, and I think that the goodbye she was given was fitting.
I once again have to mention the acting of Matt and Jenna - they performed perfectly and with emotion that looked natural.
The ending was completely unexpected, I already knew John Hurt was involved in the 50th in some capacity from a previous announcement, but I didn't at all expect the appearance or the revelation that he was in fact a Doctor.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Name of the Doctor
With regards to the Doctor's age, before 2005 the actual figure was always changing, but my solution to this is that for a time traveller who's visited millions of planets, what actually is a 'year'? For example, a year on Earth is 365 days, on Jupiter it is 4332.71 earth days. Perhaps before he referred to his age in Gallifreyan years, and now refers to it in Earth years since Gallifrey was lost. Or maybe he gets confused with so many different measurements of time.
And with the Reality Bomb, it's worth mentioning that nobody had ever tested it on that scale before, otherwise the universe wouldn't have existed for Davros to have come up with the idea. So, as it has evidently never happened, how certain could they be about it's effects?
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Actual Plot Holes in Doctor Who
@Liana21 I had the same idea. I suppose it'd be like syncing a smartphone to a computer, we know from TTOTD that the sonic can be plugged into the TARDIS to charge and so therefore it is entirely plausible that back-ups are made.
A great episode. It was brilliant to see the new-look design (which I really like) explored further, and it really made the TARDIS feel much more massive (which, of course, it is). Was great to see the swimming pool and the library - though this time not both at the same time - and it was full of nice little references to the past, with the entire observatory from Torchwood House, Seven's umbrella and young Amy's toy TARDIS model to name a few. Matt and Jenna are, once again, fantastic in this episode, their relationship is really evident in this one and I think this was a massive story for Clara character-wise and it was from this episode on that she secured her place as my favourite companion. The general look of the episode was great, the cliff scene and the subsequent engine scene spring to mind as they just look so good, the CGI was mostly impressive, few times it didn't quite deliver, but other times when it was used more than made up for that.
The idea of the Time Zombies was good, pretty unique, but I never understood exactly why they have an urge to kill anyone they see? There's no motive? And the acting from the Van Baalen brothers wasn't great either, the main brother was alright but the younger one didn't appear very good and the older one sounded like a part more from a school play than a prime time drama...
But, all-in-all, a really enjoyable episode.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
After a few rewatches, this episode gained a point. In my mind, there are big plot holes, I'm usually okay with minor ones but I could ignore these. Things didn't make sense; nothing was said to explain how they breathed, or how, and this is getting scientific here, how the loss of their sun didn't affect anything - some might say this is being a bit too pedantic, and I'm not majorly bothered over the last one but it annoys me slightly. The parasite sun was okay, but it looked like a pumpkin!
Onto the positives. There's no denying that Murray Gold produced some great music here, 'The Long Song' and 'Infinite Potential' being my favourites. There are some great lines, such as he Doctor and Clara's exchange when seeing the parasite; "I've fought bigger" "Really?" "Are you joking, it's massive?!" and the speech at the end is one of Matt's best. The opening scene with Clara's parents was, in my view, absolutely brilliant. But the rest just really didn't appeal to me.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Rings of Akhaten
I thought this was a great episode, I liked the fact that the historical era that it was in was used as a threat (the possibility of a real war) rather than the usual things like a massive spaceship above earth or something along those lines, the threat was credible, even if it's solution was predictable. The general look of this episode is great, I'm not a massive watcher of the classic stories and this was actually my first Ice Warrior story, but of course I knew their origins and story and I think the redesign was perfect - they look very similar to the greatness of the old design, but much more powerful and have a proper military appearance about them. Only part of the costume I didn't like was when it opened up (which was a surprise twist), it didn't seem like an advanced suit, just a plastic shell. But not a major issue.
Once again, the performances from Matt and Jenna were great, as always, as well as all of the other crew members aboard the sub - I don't think I saw any below-par standard-acting in this episode at all. Could have done with some Russian accents where applicable, we had German ones in Let's Kill Hitler, but nevertheless the lack of accents doesn't really detract anything.
The script was fine, tense and full of great moments, although I still don't really get the Clara falling into water bit, and the quickness that the Captain trusted them was just too quick for me, especially during a time as uncertain as then, but I suppose it hurried the story along so it would all fit into 45 minutes.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Cold War
@The Administrator A lot of tracks in those episodes were reused, so maybe the few new ones that popped up might be bundled with Series 8's soundtrack?
4 months, 3 weeks ago on An Adventure in Space and Time Soundtrack Review
@BeyondThePolice @YgorVale Alternatively, perhaps a master radically different from the Doctor is something that might be a good thing? It makes him less predictable and more unnerving to the Doctor? Dunno, just a thought I had. :)
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful