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@Huknar I'd be more than happy if the character returns at least for one episode and the two separate on good terms, with the Doctor knowing where and when to find her. That might work to reintroduce the character, see the chemistry with Capaldi and than see what happens. I think the "magic" you're mentioning might be really interesting in this case, especially if the father-daughter relationship and the Tennant-based characterisation of Jenny help turn this Doctor more and more into a sweeter person in the same way that Susan helped the First Doctor's change.
2 days, 4 hours ago on Davison Wants To See Doctor’s Daughter Spin-Off
@Yeah,TopLayer,IfYouWantToSayAFewWords Because she's a Time Lord, at least biologically, and she's the closest thing to a relative to the Doctor. There's a need for a real family life on the TARDIS, something that might be a remake of the Doctor-Susan relationship, just with a better companion than Susan was. Jenny had a mix of the Tenth Doctor's positive aspects many people would like to find in a companion, especially now that many fans find Clara's type of campanion to be essentially boring and unattractive. After so many years of a family-less Doctor, some genuine family relationship is something that should be restored at some point, just not in a spin-off (on this point I disagree with Davison).
@Unibot Honestly, I thought it'd be more likely that the second Moffat episode comes from the end of the Series. It is quite strange for the Big Moff not to write the Series finale, unless the cliffhanger of the Series finale leads into a Moffat-written special episode that works as the real conclusion to the Series (Series 7 and Series 8 worked more or less like that, after all, except the Moff wrote "The Name of the Doctor" and the Series 8 double finale). I don't know what to think about it... Let's just wait and see, only time will tell!
2 days, 6 hours ago on Moffat Confirms His Next Two Stories for Series 9
@Adric the Genius ERRATA CORRIGE: the Floof is from a novel, not from the comics.
5 days, 4 hours ago on Sciencey Wiencey: Listen
@Adric the Genius I think the only wrong assumption we make is that the monster-under-the-bad fear has a common origin. We know that fear of the dark is based on the Vashta Nerada. We know Reinette has a clockwork droid under the bed. The comics had a monster with a similar function, the Floof. At the same time, we may wonder if the monster knocking at the end of the universe actually was the same kind of monster under Rupert Pink's bed!
@Mark McCullough @Malohkeh, not a member of any acronyms Romance has a quite simple mathematical formula. It's ME+YOU=US. The problem with bad romance is that sometimes the "+" is misunderstood, which makes you get relationships base on the wrong principles!
@Mark McCullough Remember last time a fear was called "irrational"? The answer was VASHTA NERADA! XD
This is possibly one of your best Sciency-Wiency articles, Mark! I didn't expect an article on Listen given how science didn't seem to be preminent, but you found a wonderful way to introduce scientific concepts I didn't even think I'd ever explore. THANK YOU!
@Beasts_a_Snarling - THE KANDYMAN'S APPRENTICE I want to SEE the killing, not just imagine it. There's a whole difference.
5 days, 23 hours ago on Why A Doctor Who Movie Is A Good Idea
@Whogasms knows THAT MISSY TELEPORTED, NOT DIED! No, It would be like a feature lenghth episode with a higher budget, international cast and a story that will probably be about 2 hours long rather than the maximum 75 minutes we've seen recently.
@TheCyberDoctor, Member of CATS I don't see the need for a hiatus if the War Doctor or any other incarnation were the main character, with the current Doctor not being involved.
@The_War_Braden That should something that should be made in 50 years, when the Doctor permanently dies in his last incarnation (he can't be given extra lives forever, that would be silly). Oh, and the last story of Doctor Who should reveal the Doctor's name as the last mystery of the show.
@The Cosmic Dodo I hope they don't adapt anything from the Time War with Big Finish, essentially because I want to SEE the Daleks killing, not just hearing them cry EXTERMINATE, followed by laser noise and explosion SFX. That would be unsatisfying. The visual is what would make the Time War a good movie - if you can't have it visually, than let the Time War be forgotten and touch it at all.
@HeyProfessor @AlessandroArsuffi @Americanwhovian @Doc Brown Don't understand this comment. What do you mean? I don't think of the old War Doctor working as a side-kick to his predecessor. I mean they might cross their paths at some point. Still, I don't even think John Hurt actually needs to portray that incarnation at any point of the story.
I always read Capaldi's Doctor as "Doctor Who meets Doctor House". There are so many similarities to Dr. Gregory House (especially in seasons 1-2) than the new Doctor that the role might've been written for Hugh Laurie! The show may be called "Doctor Whose" if you like!
6 days, 4 hours ago on Is Twelve Really So Different to Previous Doctors?
@FitzSimmons Something on UNIT might work.
1 week ago on Why A Doctor Who Movie Is A Good Idea
@divya12 I would say that the Movie should be a side-step in the TV Series. I agree with many others that the Time War and consequently the War Doctor should be the main theme: he's the Doctor and he's not the Doctor at the same time, his events are confined in the show's distant past and we don't need a lot of continuity. Just have the War Doctor "re-introduce" himself as if he were a new character in a Time War scenario and explain in-dialogue that he's a Time Lord in his 9th incarnation who travels in space and time on behalf of the Time Lords, and give him another name rather than the Doctor (ideally, "The Warrior").
@Americanwhovian @Doc Brown John Hurt may be involved in some other fashion. Why not having the OLD War Doctor meet his younger self and giving him advice?
@Doc Brown Martin Freeman as the young War Doctor. That's my vote.
@waterfallbooks I suggest Martin Freeman as a young War Doctor. When I first watched "The Night of the Doctor", John Hurt's face as a young man reminded me of Bilbo from The Hobbit. I can actually see our Dr. Watson playing a Warrior who fights against the Daleks or the Nightmare Child and the many other horrors of the Time War... That would remain a perfectly self-contained story to be just referenced on screen. Still, I'm not too keen on the possibility of a TV movie unless it's done with a huge budget and perfect writing.
This is gonna be a definite Series 8 vs Series 5 match and, despite voting for Series 8, I admit it was a hard choice. There are some awful moments in Series 8, I know, and the finale didn't satisfy me (although something was corrected by Last Christmas), but I still think this season gave some really good episodes too. Matt Smith's first season had a wonderful and consistent story arc with a kind of magic in it, but Victory of the Daleks was awful for the most part (although I love Eleven's dialogues with Churchill and the jammy dodgers scene) and I didn't love Vampires of Venice (had they been real Vampires as in the Classic Series, that would've made a wonderful episode).
1 week, 2 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #14: Moffat Series
@LordWhovian Couldn't find any better words to express my opinion. Series 6 was awful and Series 7A was wasted (except for A Town Called Mercy). Series 7B was slightly better, becoming more convincing only considering The Name of the Doctor (one of my all-time favourites) and The Day of the Doctor special episode. Series 5 was brilliant and very close to Series 8 despite the difference in tone. I might say that Series 8 was perfect for Peter's debut and Series 5 was also perfect for Matt's.
@Mikeyboss182 @The Lazy Cat I agree on Matt's entrance, although that's possibly not the best part of the episode: The Eleventh Hour is one of those episodes I never grow tired to rewatch for its great memorable scenes (his dialogue with the Atraxi occupies the first place but for the second it's a hard battle!).
1 week, 4 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #12: Pre-Title Sequence
@The Lazy Cat Absolutely agree with you. I rewatch that sequence at least twice per month just for the hell of it. I really love its execution and its one of my favourite DW scenes of all time.
I chose the "Start the Clock" pre-title sequence from Mummy on the Orient Express. I found it quite effective at the time of my first view and still manages to work properly on later views.
@DawnTime I don't have a problem with RTD writing a theatrical movie on Doctor Who as far as it's kept in continuity with the rest of the Series and uses a canonical Doctor. That would please the RTD fans and the show might move on with Steven or even a new writer with no problem at all.
1 week, 6 days ago on Russell T Davies Interested in Writing A Doctor Who Movie
@PaddyB Unless she had just given birth to a child and abandoned it, possibly she had a strong depression because of Danny's death, so strong that she looked a bit... loony in "Last Christmas" before meeting the Doctor. That could be a huge secret she's keeping from the Doctor, possibly something Missy was kind of... engineering through her actions in the Series 8 finale.
2 weeks ago on Speculating on Series 9’s Big Cliffhanger (Part 1)
I agree 100% with this article. The Dream Lord is possibly the most intriguing one-off villain from the New Series; the dream concept was masterfully handled (Last Christmas is a close second from this point of view); character development is also very good.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on The Lord of the Dream: Amy’s Choice in Perspective
@Distilledoreo The mini-TARDIS scene would've gained a lot in VFX if the episode was broadcast in 3D. Can you just imagine how this technique can work properly with this stuff?
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #8: Visual Effects
@Shane Michaels Forest doesn't get my vote essentially because London had only Trafalgar Square and a few underground signals here and there. Where the hell was the rest of the city and its inhabitants? That's still part of the VFX and they should've made a better work with that.
@divya12 I also chose Flatline because the 2D-3D transitions are quite effective and scary. I also love the scene where the TARDIS speeds up towards the Boneless and the shields push them back. I found that quite impressive.
@The_War_Braden It depends WHEN the events actually take place.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Barrowman Reveals New Torchwood Plans
@SunEzer That's probably the only interesting story line to involve. It'd be interesting if it's discovered that River worked for the Agency alongside Jack and was forced to delete Jack's memories to preserve the future from... well... spoilers!
@YaelMoise @the Ultimate Notsosmartguy Doctor Who is actually the only show who can break even that rule.
@supermoff @AlessandroArsuffi That's one of the many solutions I believe could work, a one-line easy escape route.
@YaelMoise @AlessandroArsuffi @the Ultimate Notsosmartguy Yeah you're right. Sorry... :-(
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Barrowman Reveals New Torchwood Plans
@the Ultimate Notsosmartguy @AlessandroArsuffi @YaelMoise My suggestion: are they possibly preparing for a Torchwood 10th anniversary special in 2016? RTD said a 10th anniversary for New Who was wrong, so they're possibly writing a 10th anniversary for the only spin-off that can be continued (since SJA can't continue without the lead character... poor Elizabeth!).
@supermoff The biggest problem I had with it is the dating, as the Miracle overlaps the time when the Eleventh Doctor faked his death on Lake Silencio but everything seems too calm - the general turmoil MD showed seems to be absent. Well, I hope they'll address or rectify it, even just setting the events in another year as if the newspapers had printed the wrong date!
@the Ultimate Notsosmartguy @AlessandroArsuffi @YaelMoise Highly probable, in fact.
@supermoff And remember what the Moff said about Jack and River needing the right story to get back? What if this project will lead to River meeting with Jack in the future, maybe in an old style Moffat-written story of Torchwood?
@YaelMoise I'm happy it returns in audio format first, and I'm curious to know where do they fit into the main TW continuity. Is it based on the original team (Series 1&2) or is it post-MD? Only time will tell but I hope TW gets back to screen after the audio plays.
@Gustaff @supermoff The Power of Love isn't a scientific weapon. It cannot be destroyed. It can't be analysed. It's something unpredictable and far too human for a species that made of "removal of emotions" their first task. It's something they will never understand and they'll never be able to upgrade against this power. Love wins. Always.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Neil Gaiman on Nightmare in Silver Reception
@NeutronFlow is gniwolf They are no more "basically us with bits added". Even the Cybus Cybermen from RTD's era only had a brain while the rest of robotic. I think the era of classic Cybermen is over now.
@Ivegotkidneys @Gustaff They scared me to death when I first watched TotC. Still, I think most of the tension in that episode is granted by the perfect effect of black-and-white that turns the Cybermen into something cold and terrifying. I think the Cybermen are now completely ineffective and will never be as scary as in the 1960s (even the 1970s Cybermen never managed to scare me anymore).
@YaelMoise @The Finn, Agent of SPECTRE Try and get around the problem, e.g. ask him if he knows a certain Time Lord calling himself "The Doctor" and use this to discover when he is respect to Planet of tje Spiders,
@Beasts_a_Snarling - THE KANDYMAN'S APPRENTICE I think the problem is the relationship with the companions. Those who think Amy and Rory were useless are probably those who hate those characters in the first place, in the same way that every Clara-centered episode is under attack by those who hate her character. As for me, I didn't love the Ponds but I didn't hate them and I recognize those scenes are probably one of the few occasions I actually was scared for them. Fortunately, up to now I always managed to enjoy the show under any companion, even the one I love the least (Rose Tyler, for instance).
@LordWhovian I don't think Gaiman WANTED the kids, he just probably accepted what the Moff forced him to do. I seriously think there'll always be 1 or 2 episodes per Series with a child character in the future and let's be honest, only a few actors of that age really shine.
@TheNightmareChild, lone agent @OhLookRocks Like it as a catchphrase to use on the deathbed. Still, don't worry, I won't steal it from you, I know how much interest you have in being the only one who dies like that and I somewhat respect your choice!
3 weeks ago on New Who’s Best Cliffhangers (Part 2)
@supermoff Also, we don't even know if science in the Whoniverse is identical to ours. Each universe may have slightly different physics.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Sciencey Wiencey: Kill the Moon
@LaraHarris @AlessandroArsuffi @ilyootha, agent of C.L.A.R.A. I asked you what kind of episodes you like. That'd be interesting just to understand your tastes.