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@tardises I agree on Ashley. I would've loved her in the role as next companion.
7 hours, 24 minutes ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Not Return
@Ocean Geek Do you mean a more mature companion for 12? Say, a woman in her 40s, for example? That's something we haven't seen since Donna, in fact.
7 hours, 25 minutes ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Not Return
@Antee991166 @AlessandroArsuffi We have a different concept of darkness, I presume. In the case of Doctor Who, the show gets dark when the Doctor seems to be too rude and a somewhat "evil" side seems to emerge. There were some moments in Series 8 when Capaldi's Doctor seemed far too borderline and a bad example for children and families. To be honest, I was OK with that myself, but I can see why many people find this anti-hero Doctor too distant from his predecessors, instigating some reactions a la Clara in Deep Breath - is he really the Doctor anymore? Why does the Doctor hate soldiers and insult people? We certainly don't want a new Colin Baker era where the show is put on hiatus for its contents, I suppose...
1 day, 23 hours ago on DWM #484: What Next for the 12th Doctor?
@Antee991166 Do you happen to know how many children have problems with the show now? Too dark means that the family target just fades away. Dark is good, too dark is not.
2 days ago on DWM #484: What Next for the 12th Doctor?
@The Lazy Cat Returns! @supermoff It's not just easy... I would even say it's LAZY ;-)
@TheDoctor1235 Moffat is going in the right direction. Colin Baker was fired before he could show where his Doctor was meant to go. That's because they delayed this change to a Sixth Doctor third season that never happened on screen. Doing this on the second series is a good move.
@Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs Loads of them, actually. All those "Tennant+RTD is the only Doctor Who I really want" kind of fans, to be more precise. Both RTD and the Moff have put their energies into the show. Both of them made good and bad things and I believe it's horrible to personally attack either. I prefer Moffat over RTD a million light-years, still I'd never attack RTD saying that they should've fired him earlier or that his run was inferior to the standards. When considered as a whole, both RTD and the Moff produced two series I consider mediocre with a few highlights (Series 2 and Series 6 respectively), a good debut season (Series 1 and Series 5) and an improvement in their third and fourth series (Series 3-4 for RTD, Series 7-8 for Moffat). Personal attacks are used by people who don't have better arguments to defend their positions.
@Edoe That's indeed one of the funniest and most intelligent sentences ever spoken by the Doctor. Never thought of it until I heard that line and I though "Oh my, the Doctor is absolutely right!"
@gunslinger19 @AlessandroArsuffi I think the dark side of the Doctor should stay where it is, but definitely not his rude one. I loved it in his first series because he looked older and unbalanced. Now he's been sticking around for a whole season and he will become lighter. That doesn't mean he'll stop being dark. A Doctor who always is "too dark" or "too rude" doesn't show any shade of difference. I found it more interesting to see the sharp contrast between the Eleventh Doctor in his funny mode and in his dark mode - essentially because you could fear him when the goofy young man turned into a serious and wrathful warrior. In the very same way, I loved how Capaldi was a pleasing Doctor in Dark Water when he forgave Clara and proposed to look for Danny in the otherworld. That's the kind of contrast we need, otherwise the character will become monotone.
@the666thdoctor Or maybe just those fans who believe a soldier-insulting Doctor is a bit too far in the scale of Doctor-ness?
@russell t dalek I don't really understand why the fans are always so critic and pessimistic about anything. The Doctor will change and the lighter tone is something necessary. It happened back in 1963 and 2005 with the First and Ninth Doctors, and it'll happen once again - a darker and grumpier Doctor becoming lighter and funnier doesn't mean becoming a completely different incarnation - Capaldi would never accept to play his Doctor as Tennant or Smith did because he is completely different.
@Classicalbeau @AlessandroArsuffi @Baker Street Remember the First Doctor? That's the same pattern. He'll become less rude and more balanced. And no, in the Xmas special he still had some rudeness in his characterisation prior to the sleigh scene - that's evidently a turning point in this incarnation, a time when he rediscovers a more joyful side. Just trust the Moff, for God's sake... the Doctor should please most fans and I know that many of them found him far too harsh for a Doctor. He won't change completely but he'll certainly love adventure and fun much more than before. I remember how excited he was in Flatline, for example, when he admitted that he didn't know what was going on with his TARDIS... That's the adventurous side that is starting to grow in him.
@gunslinger19 Remember that many people hated some aspects of this Doctor, anyway. For example, the way he seems to mistreat the people around him. I think the direction will be similar to Bill Hartnell becoming more likeable and human-friendly.
@Baker Street He seems to state that the new standard is the Christmas version of Capaldi, and I'm honestly happy with the choice. We perfectly know that Capaldi will still give a dramatic approach to his Doctor, that's for sure.
@12th's Sonic, is sorry for not being active onDWTV Exactly my votes. Capaldi had a very good debut, just right under Matt Smith's (The Eleventh Hour is the best debut story for a New Series Doctor yet). Into the Dalek? Finally we see a Dalek killing again and the philosophical background about good and evil was perfectly executed. Robot of Sherwood was, in my opinion, unsatisfying, not because of the lighter tone (I loved that) but because I found this Robin Hood quite irritating and because I think the Sheriff of Nottingham would've been perfect if he was revealed to be the Master and I found myself feeling it a betrayal that such a perfect character and actor didn't result in that big reveal... Still, a good start for Capaldi's Doctor.
3 days, 3 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 1
@Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs I don't know why, but my headcanon is that Romana died when Rassilon raised to power, trying to protect Gallifrey with a last desperate sacrifice.
6 days, 7 hours ago on Will Gallifrey Return in Series 9?
@Rani Nose That is, NEVER. Let's admit that the show won't last so long, at least not continuously. Also, whoever decides to resurrect the planet must be forced to address 20 years of retro-continuity, alienating the audience in 2030 unless you repeatedly reinforce the Last-of-the-Time-Lords thing for so many years which is, I confess, quite boring.
@GraemeA I'd like it to look like a post-war setting, like Europe after World War Two, where you think you'll rebuild a new society based on justice. Then, suddenly, you realize that you just handed the keys of power to the wrong person once more (Omega would be my choice, of course in disguise as another Time Lord) and the Gallifreyan society rapidly deviates with a Civil War taking place on the planet and the Doctor being forced to stand against evil on his home planet.
6 days, 8 hours ago on Will Gallifrey Return in Series 9?
@Mikeyboss182 If Nicholas Briggs becomes the next showrunner (please God, be it!) we'd get the Gallifrey we need on screen. I think it should return before Moffat bows out and possibly mid-term with the current Doctor (as far as I love the Moff, I'd like to see Capaldi written by a new executive producer before his regeneration, just for the hell of it!).
6 days, 12 hours ago on Will Gallifrey Return in Series 9?
@Mercy Reborn2 That's exactly why they're not boring. They're a distorted counterpart to our culture, "decadent, degenerate and rotten to the core" when political intrigue is behind the door. It's far too easy for the Doctor to judge and change the societies of other species - but when it comes to his own home, here's a wonderful conflict of interest that makes everything far more interesting. Up to now, The Deadly Assassin and The Trial of a Time Lord are amongst my all-time favourites from the Classic Series.
@Scootersfood can't wait for Series 9... Who says the Doctor has been ignoring his search for Gallifrey? There's loads of formulas on his blackboard in the TARDIS, as if he were making some kind of research. Maybe there's Gallifrey in his to-do list...
This is interesting and I can't wait for the broadcast of this double episode. That scene is fascinating.
1 week, 1 day ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain
@ilyootha @AlessandroArsuffi You're right as always, my dear ilyootha. I would only add the colour switch from red to blue to define the direction through time (not too red or too blue, such a shade of it) because the "red/blue shift" thing was pure genious. For the rest, the effect is perfect and I consider it an incredible achievement.
1 week, 3 days ago on Weird and Wonderful
@ZakkVanBurace I think that sequence should be used - just once and for the hell of it.
@StephenAHayes Essentially, that was possible because RTD re-wrote Donna's character almost from scratch. Except for some elements, Donna had completely changed when she returned in Partners in Crime as if she were almost a new character at all. How much of Shona's character would we need to change to bring her back? Alot, I suppose.
1 week, 4 days ago on Faye Marsay: There’s Been No talk of Shona Returning
@Angel Percy I'd be more than happy if the 21st century companion is sided by a very exhotic companion - either non-human, from the future or from the past. I believe the BBC will insist on 21st century companions for a while, but a second character in the TARDIS with a completely different CV would be an interesting add-on.
@TardisBoy! I agree, Ashley was a far better character and had the kind of qualities the Doctor generally esteems.
Now I know that the Dark Eyes 4 boxset will be incredible.
1 week, 5 days ago on Weird and Wonderful
@VERITASERUMUK My compliments and keep up the good work!
@ilyootha And the time vortex in that video is perfect. Really perfect.
@Edoe The Krillitanes would have no problem joining the Master in their plan to find the mysterious Skasis Paradigm. They proposed the same agreement to the Doctor but he refused - I can definitely see the Master accept and betray them last minute, just to discover the Doctor predicted that and had already found a solution so that the Skasis Paradigm is finally lost.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Missy Back in Two-Part Series 9 Opener
@Dorf Doctor 11 The Doctor clearly loved River. We had this concept perfectly outlined in The Name of the Doctor. Why did he love her? He saw her sacrifice her life when they first met. Since then, she was more of a mystery to flirt with. Then, they had many off-screen meetings where the flirts became something more. By "Let's Kill Hitler" he was clearly having feelings towards her. By the end of Series 6, the Doctor was demostrated that River was totally in love with him. His love for River probably grew more off-screen than on-screen but I think it's my favourite love story from New Who. At least, they don't need to be sugary all the time through.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Top 10 Whoniverse Couples
@TheNightmareChild: Most Generous Voter @Mark McCullough @ahunter8056 Maybe for the Doctor, but not for Mme de Pompadour - for her it was a lifelong engagement, I suppose. Also, that was probably the only occasion when the Tenth Doctor seemed to accept being trapped on Earth with a woman on his side, ready to "settle" with her, which didn't happen with Rose in The Impossible Planet, as he didn't seem to be so happy with being stuck on a human base with Rose forever, even if he clearly had feelings towards her. That's the point.
@Dorf Doctor 11 Unfortunately it said "Whoniverse" and that's a pity - for the rest, I love this article.
@Thetenth I'm more than happy they were left behind. Rose was an egotistical young lady who left the Doctor for his meta-crisis just because he said "I love you". Had she been really in love with the original Doctor, she would've said "I don't need to hear it from your mouth, Doctor. I LOVE YOU, I don't want a clone".
@MetamorphmagusWho @AlessandroArsuffi Thank you. Ultimately, I hope Moffat surprises me on this one, because his hints are always strong and have some meaning for the story arcs he outlines. Let's wait and see...
2 weeks, 6 days ago on What was Clara going to say to Danny?
@LucasW I offered another theory: Clara had just given birth to her child but abandoned it because of her nervous background/depression, because of which she couldn't take care of a child as it seems in the beginning of Last Christmas (she looked oddly too loony, I suppose).
@MetamorphmagusWho I'm still interested in theory 1. What if Clara abandoned her child in an orphanage? When we saw her in the beginning of Last Christmas, she was clearly experiencing a depressive state. She looked as if she was using drugs or whatever to give up her pain. We presumed she just was obsessed with Danny's death, but she might have been obsessed with her child's destiny as she couldn't take care of him/her in her present condition. If I'm not mistaken, 6 months have elapsed between Death in Heaven and Last Christmas... As for the reason why Clara moved on after Xmas, a possibility is that she doesn't know when her dream state had begun and probably believed or accepted as plausible that it started earlier, with her child being also part of the dream. This is just a (probably bad) theory, but the "3 months" sticky note is a very strong argument.
@darrynlee1 Don't forget the BBC will look at the viewing figures abroad and the merchandise too. Now that DW is a global phenomenon, selling the rights for DW to other countries means expanding the market for everything Doctor-Who-related.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014) UK Ratings Accumulator
@Mr Meglos The reason is that most probably children were too scared and their parents judged this negatively. As for me, I would like more Listen-like episodes.
@JamesConnolly Because it wasn't the worst episode. That prize is to be given to Love and Monsters or Fear Her.
@IanAmis @Evolutionary Dead-End @Status: Stuck in the vortex It's not only the old ones, it's often the Tennant-Smith era fangirls and some other young people who don't really like Capaldi since he was announced - mainly because they can't see the Doctor as an old man. I know the kind of person, unfortunately. For them, Doctor Who started with Eccleston in 2005 and everything before that isn't simply to be ignored, but even to be denied, including the idea of an older, grumpier and asexual Doctor.
@Jim from Sydney You can't judge that for many reasons. For example, you must consider how many people prefer to download illicitly rather than buying. Secondarily, the UK aren't the only nation watching DW, so we should add the details of selling outside the UK, which aren't going to be definitive until at least next year (in Italy Series 8 is being broadcast these days, which means we'll need to wait for some months before the Series 8 boxset is on sale). And, as for what I can see, all of my Whovian friends are appreciating the beginning of Series 8 (Last Sunday we had "Listen"). The fact that you don't like the show as it is doesn't mean that this is a shared taste of the whole audience and in fact we can see that DW is suffering no loss. The most interesting date is the AI, in fact. It's true that there's no 90+ appreaciation, but all votes are about 85, give it or take i 2-3 points, which is a high vote.
@Joe17 And they were fantastic in their Queen cover (and I love the Queen, my favourite rock band!)
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Weird and Wonderful
@DaftDalek THE TIME WAR CHRONICLES is a PERFECT THING. PERFECT. FANTASTIC. BRILLIANT. EXTRAORDINARY. Please try and find some other word to express my excitement!
@Wonky Apples Very soon. Trust me.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Kate Stewart Returns in UNIT Extinction
@ Inverted Notsosmartguy I think the maximum potential is a story on the origins of the Valeyard in the days of the Eleventh Doctor (after all, he was technically the real "thirteenth" Doctor). We had the Valeyard return last year and he'll return in September too.
@RoastNewt @ Inverted Notsosmartguy DO NOT BLASPHEME! DO NOT BLASPHEME! EXTERMINATE! Sorry, i couldn't resist!
@Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things I think they're just contracts for single things. Here's UNIT and probably Torchwood will be next, considering what Barrowman said. The past New Series Doctors may come soon and finally have their multi-doctor adventures with the Classics.
@DoctarHoo That's likely and I think they might even show... well... let us hear what happened to the Zygons after The Day of the Doctor.