Somewhere in the TARDIS...
Writing alias: Elliot James
@The Doctor's Chalkboard @Planet of the Deaf I think Planet of the Deaf was trying to put emphasis on the fact that quite a few of the guest stars on Doctor Who are comedians, not that the show is running out of British actors - I don't see that happening for quite a while yet! :)
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Nick Frost Cast in Christmas Special
@The12thDoctorRaps Or imagine one set in the future... Now that would be interesting to see!
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Nick Frost Cast in Christmas Special
Nick Frost would be great, but I hope the possible spoiler is just a false rumour, particularly the first bit. There's some things Doctor Who just shouldn't get involved in and try to reshape - and for me, on Christmas Day especially, that's one of them.
@TomTrigg @Pipnant With regards to the War Doctor, Clara couldn't remember the Doctor doing that herself as she never saw it, but of course she knows that he went to the barn with the Moment, because she was there to stop the three Doctors from using it. The flashback was intended for the audience, not for Clara. In a way, it's actually a flash forward to show future events, not past memories.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
Personally, I hope not, because I didn't really like the character. She's not the kind of character that would be enthusiastic and helpful to get out of a situation, like Clara would, instead I'd imagine she'd be quite emotionless, dull, and make a few quite unhelpful comments. I'm also not entirely sure why she actually did want to travel with the Doctor that much - she was either angry at him or not with him throughout the majority of the important moments in the episode. Hopefully, Jenna will be staying for a while yet, and when it does get to needing to find her successor, I think - character-wise - there would be much, much better ways to go.
I do have to quickly say, Connor, I really like the title (very clever!) and the thought that was put into writing the article!
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Taking a ‘Journey’ Into the Future: The Next Companion
@12th's Sonic (I'm Listening!) Seems so. The only way it could revert to Spring is if they have a longer time without Doctor Who (around six months longer), have a much shorter series or two, or if they split a series. With Doctor Who being as popular as it is, and the split being quite divisive, I don't see the BBC doing any of those again. Personally, I'm quite happy with it at this time of year due to it being darker outside (like it should be, for me), and when it comes to the prospect of selling more merchandise much closer to Christmas, the BBC must be quite happy with it too!
3 weeks ago on A Surprise Ending for Clara?
@jeebshjbju I would expect so, the S8 boxsets are released almost straight after this series' finale, and I imagine they would already be too far along in production of the sets for the manufacturers to replace the episode with the edited version, or for the designers to risk a delay in manufacturing to alter the disc.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Robot of Sherwood: What Was Cut
@Jonathon Richards I expect so, the S8 DVD/Bluray boxsets release almost straight after this series ends, and so I imagine they would be too far along in production already for the manufacturers to replace the episode with the new edited version. Even if there is enough time for them to edit the DVD release as well, there's a chance it would pop up as a deleted scene somewhere on the set.
I fully understand and agree with the BBC's decision behind it, and I presume for it to have been cut out it wouldn't have been a major part of the climax of the episode, so I'm fine with this. I do wonder if we will ever see this scene, though; will it be included in future repeats, when the episode is released on DVD, or as a deleted scene on DVD boxsets?
3 weeks, 5 days ago on BBC Cuts Robot of Sherwood Scene
So I managed to watch the episode for the first time yesterday. Before your jaw drops too much in alarm and you reach for your pitchfork, I'd like to explain that Deep Breath aired, unfortunately for me, whilst I was on holiday abroad, and I was faced with quite a difficult choice; either wait 6 days and watch it properly on my TV when I get home, or watch it immediately on BBC iPlayer via the smaller screen of my phone and with many more distractions around me. The former seemed to be the most logical and sensible choice. (I find it a little ironic, actually, that whilst some were considering watching Deep Breath on the big screen, I was considering watching it on the little screen.) Hopefully, by now, you've lowered your pitchfork. If not, please do. :)
Plot-wise, Deep Breath may not be the very best story out there, but it was fun. It was bonkers yet dark, scary yet joyful, and most importantly, it felt like Doctor Who. The new titles are nice, but the new look can't be used within the show for vortex shots like the others could due to the unravelling clock face and so it feels a bit less related and a bit more cheesy. Whilst I prefer the previous version, I'm sure it'll grow on me. The Paternoster Gang had a few good moments, but I think they were featured a bit too much in Deep Breath and more time should have been spent on Twelve/Clara, but that's just my preference.
The idea of a dinosaur roaming the Thames was a bit too bonkers to me - there didn't seem to be much thought of an explanation as to why nobody seems to remember that and nothing like that was acknowledged in the episode - but again, it was great fun. From a production point of view, it looked great on screen and the CGI was really quite well done - although I think it was overused a bit, such as when Strax was scanning Clara. The clockwork people and half-faced man were quite chilling and refreshingly dark. Indeed, the episode did feel at times a bit darker - and I enjoyed that. There were quite a few comedic moments too, and brilliant moments of drama, in particular that great restaurant argument. The acting was superb from all - and particularly Jenna Coleman, who portrayed a struggling, confused and (in a way) mourning Clara perfectly. Clara has some great moments this episode, such as her argument with Vastra, her standing up to the Half-Faced Man and that phone call (more on that later).
But, of course, the star of this episode was Peter Capaldi. This episode's sole purpose is none other than to introduce the new Doctor and cement him into the show. And it did that for me. Capaldi's Doctor is different to what I was expecting - dark, a bit more ruthless but still the Doctor, yes, but I was not expecting the fantastic mad eccentricity of this Doctor that could even beat Matt Smith's - one of my favourite moments was the bedroom scene where he says "Door? Boring. Not me." before opening the window, sticking his head out and going "Me!". Of course, I expect him to be a bit more serious from how on, since he's recovered from the regeneration, but bits like that and the ending 'chips and coffee' bit were great to see. It might be early to say this, but I feel Capaldi will have the potential to get very high on my list of favourite Doctor's, and he may even reach the top.... (but overtaking Tennant to take #1 will be a massive feat, in my view). That moment with him in the TARDIS, showing Clara his new costume, was when he completely became the Doctor for me,
Last thing I wanted to talk about; that cameo. Some may not have agreed with it's inclusion, but I disagree with them - I thought it was amazing. To see Matt again was great anyway, and it completely sums up his Doctor; before he went, he took time to consider what effect his new self might have on Clara, and he wanted to reassure her. It was also a brilliant final way of making the viewer, just like Clara, accept that this new man is still the Doctor. My favourite part of the episode.
A good episode, let down in a few places but brought up by some fantastic moments - 8/10
1 month ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
Name: 8/10 - Loved the opening sequence and ending scenes especially, full of funny, sad and exciting moments. Good ending to the Impossible Girl arc and a great cliff-hanger - perhaps the best in all of Who. Not the best finale, but an enjoyable watch.
Night: 10/10. Almost purely for the fact that it was a fantastic surprise, and it was great to see Paul McGann back again!
Day: 11/10 - Without doubt, my favourite episode - I could write a review the size of a novel for Day, but I won't start that right here. Seeing the three Doctors with each other and interacting, the breathtaking Time War battle scenes, Daleks, the comedy, the dramatic moments, the thrill, the dungeon door scene, all the Doctors (even Capaldi!) saving Gallifrey, the Other Doctor's redemption, three TARDISes, Tom Baker, the attempt to cram as many relevant references to the past 50 years in - all just some of the list of things that made Day great. I cannot find anything to fault with it.
Time: 9/10 - Over the course of a rewatch or two, I grew to really like Time. Full of the typical Matt Smith-era humour we expect from one of Eleven's episodes, it brought together all of the unanswered questions that have been threaded through his era in a satisfying way. Handles was a highlight, of course, and I actually was quite sad to see him go, but not as sad as Matt's perfectly-done regeneration scene. Not quite a 10 as it would have been nice if it was a bit longer, maybe 15/20min on top of it's running time, like Day or Deep Breath, just to explore some of the ideas a bit more.
And one that doesn't quite fit in with the others but was one of my highlights of the anniversary year, very quickly; The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot: 10/10. Need I explain why?
A truly great year for Doctor Who.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – The Doctor Trilogy
Thank you to DWTV for posting it so quickly! :)
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Write for Doctor Who TV
@StephenAHayes Hi there, I was the writer of this article. Thank you very much - I spent a fair bit of time trying to come up with the right quotes for the right paragraphs and I'm glad that they've been enjoyed. :)
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Why Capaldi’s Previous Appearances Shouldn’t Really Matter
Thank you to DWTV for publishing my article! It was the first one I've written for the site, so I was overjoyed to see it on here last night.
I'd also like to thank everyone who left a nice comment here, I've read them all and I really appreciate the compliments!
Again, this is just my opinion and I know not everyone will agree, and of course I completely respect and understand everyone's views on this. Some people have said that just because it shouldn't really matter, it doesn't mean it can't - and I totally agree. Like I mentioned in my conclusion, I'm looking forward to the explanation, as with both RTD and Moffat's ideas combined I'm sure it will be brilliant, clever and quite original, but the point I was trying to make was that this issue could be left unexplained as it is, and so when we get the explanation I don't think it should be shoehorned into the plot just because the writers feel they need to include one - I'd rather have no explanation at all than one that feels forced and not quite right.
But again, thank you for all your comments, it was great to write this article and to see everyone else's views on this matter, and I hope to write some more articles in the future! :)
Just sent in my first article, I'm hoping it gets featured but even if not, it was great fun to write!
I'm not expecting too much of an explanation, just a throwaway line or similar, but certainly not a massive story like many others expect. Remembering that The Fires Of Pompeii was 6 years ago, I cant see why they would spend a lot of time (and money) explaining a coincidence that some of the newer fans and casual viewers will likely not remember. In my mind, it doesn't really need explaining, as Capaldi does look a bit different now than what he looked like 6 years ago, and his Doctors new personality (and even costume) would help separate Caucillus and Twelve further, I'd imagine.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Capaldi’s Hint On Past Whoniverse Appearances
@ahunter8056 Got to agree, it's one of my pet hates. Calling it a 'kids show' implies that it is solely for kids, yet the majority of fans are older than 10, surely. It has always been a family show, and when you look at it's spin-offs, it's evident; SJA was for the younger viewers, Torchwood for the older viewers, and Doctor Who was the one in the middle, the all-rounder for everyone. I'm not saying that kids shouldn't watch it, far from it, it's how I started watching, but Doctor Who is for everyone, regardless of age. I have always said that Doctor Who is not a kids show; it is a show that is suitable for kids.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on BBC News Series 8 Preview Featuring Into the Dalek Clips
@Whovian2000 wants a Wholock crossover! I imagine that everything on this release, perhaps with the exception of Doctor Who Live (though they might include the highlights of that), will be on the Series 8 boxset, yes. In fact, there could even be more, as the recently-announced 50th Anniversary boxset showed; the earlier standalone release of Day Of The Doctor had the two mini-episodes, a behind the scenes and two trailers, whereas the boxset included all of that as well as cinema-exclusive intros, The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, the script readthrough and deleted scenes, amongst others. I'm certainly holding out for the boxset. :)
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Deep Breath Standalone DVD & Blu-Ray
@DWTV That'd do nicely, thank you! Or maybe one of those cakes with the ball bearings on top?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Moffat on Why the Master Won’t Be Back
Moffat Lies. I believed I'm owed a Jelly Baby? ;)
@NewWho2012 @Tardis Stowaway @Planet of the Deaf @Richard Elliot What was left of it actually came out of storage and appeared during the 50th celebration event at the Excel in London last year. The console, glass floor, the doors and the surrounding copper walls and a segment of the coral wall with the circle cut-outs were arranged so that people who were lucky enough to have tickets could have a photo touching the console. I found a photo here (credit to the original owner) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/115928978@N08/12667504574/in/photolist-kiogMh-kimnr6-kajaoF-kaneK1-kantjq-kajbUg-kaiEzk-kaktC4-kajNBF-kanxt7-kajdti-k9vcLF-jWJDqc-jWJDqx-jNEKjV-jexCJo-jevuR1-jeoHdF-jetgBb-jeqTxy-jbhvNL-jaHSKw-j7AWjQ-inPP3X-imxf49-iaXyAV-iaDfLJ-iaCYKM-i2FoQL-i2Gapx-hYtQgW-jTrde3-jNEJav-jHn8NP-jFJsha-jB1CsR-jyThsA-jyHyYR-jy2Mu3-jwcpVL-jqNNF9-jqLN3R-jqNqcF-jjv25F-jckrkM-j5FEtw-j4Yo9D-iFeUhH-iuzuax-isFSiu , there are likely some more floating around the web that have a bit more detail but it shows the general layout. It looked to be in quite a decent condition as well, so I too am hoping that when they redo the Experience this summer to update it with Capaldi's Doctor, that they have an opportunity to find space to install what remains of the set - presuming they still have it (I expect they do, the celebration event had loads of props and costumes from BBC storage that were much older and less important than an actual TARDIS). They might have some more of it still in storage, or they could mix it with bits of the current replica in the interactive bit, which I presume will also be replaced with the new interior this summer, to complete it a bit more. It'd be great to see it preserved and join the others, I think it deserves to be on display.
2 months ago on How does the TARDIS reflect The Doctor? (Part 3)
Sounding great, I really like the simple, quiet but significant scenes between characters and its good to hear these will be a bit longer and have a bit more content. The whole format of Series 8 looks to be one of the best since 2005, perhaps, and I'm really looking forward to it!
Got to say a big thank you to DWTV for all of these articles, there's so many magazine interviews around at the moment and there's no way that I, or many others, could buy them all, so thank you for bringing these excerpts to us.
2 months ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up
If I were to imagine something similar to the Arcadia battle scenes from The Day Of the Doctor, but with the Paradigm Daleks instead of the Time War design, I wouldn't quite get the same battle-worn, militaristic or deadly impression I would get from the bronze ones.
I really like the look of the current design, and I don't really think there should be any reason for a redesign - it's not as if they look out of date, and the bronze design has become recognisable and iconic.
They look metallic, tank-like and like an advanced killing machine, which can't quite be said for the Paradigm, as they look like the Daleks have assimilated the design of the iPhone 5C (whichever electrician installed the progenitor chamber must have left his phone inside when he left!).
Plus, out of all the Daleks we've had, in my mind they definitely look the best beat-up and battle-worn, Asylum proved that, adding to that mechanical and menacing sense. (even if they aren't that menacing anymore... But that's a debate to be had elsewhere)
I'm quite happy with the Paradigm/Bronze relationship shown in Asylum; masses of bronze Daleks as standard drones, and some Paradigm versions as some of the higher commanding Daleks.
2 months ago on Time to Regenerate the Daleks?
The Tennant TARDIS has to be my favourite design, it was the one I started with so it has a special place in my heart and it looks alien, warm and functional. It's also the only TARDIS set that I've been on, as I was lucky enough to visit the Doctor Who Experience a few times and walk on that famous grated metal floor - in fact that's where I took my avatar pic. You can see the effects of the 10/11 regenerations still (parts of the console are slightly blackened where a section blew out in the Eleventh Hour) but it's been quite carefully restored to near it's former glory and I'm grateful for that because that meant it could return in Day last year, which at the time got me quite excited and nostalgic. Anyway, I might be geeking out, but it's quite nice to see other people also appreciate the history of that set. :) A very interesting and enjoyable trilogy of articles to read, well done, and thank you!
@Planet of the Deaf @Richard Elliot Yep, the Eccleston/Tennant TARDIS wasn't built to come apart but I think the nature of it's design and the fact that it had nothing around it allowed it to disassemble without much damage. However, the larger Smith TARDIS was fitted into what remained of the old Torchwood Hub set next door and was essentially bolted onto the old set's frame, so removing it would have meant ripping it up. I suppose the cost of removing, rebuilding and restoring that one to HD quality would have came quite close to the cost of just building a brand new one. :)
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 months, 1 week 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 months, 1 week 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.
2 months, 1 week 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.
2 months, 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 :)
3 months 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...
3 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming: Finale Clue
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
3 months, 2 weeks 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'.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Is it time for Davros to return?
Interesting... Maybe playing some form of Artificial Intelligence?
3 months, 3 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.
4 months ago on 50th Anniversary Box Set Incoming
Wow... massive thanks to RTD, he saved the show not once, but twice!
4 months, 1 week 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! :)
4 months, 1 week 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!
5 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.
5 months, 1 week 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!
5 months, 1 week 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. :)
5 months, 1 week 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.
5 months, 2 weeks 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.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: A Merry Day
Happy Birthday Peter Capaldi!
5 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.
5 months, 3 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.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 11
The Pandorica Opens, gotta be.
5 months, 3 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.
5 months, 4 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!
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Smith’s Regeneration Was Originally More Brutal & Troubling