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@Huknar @Unibot I was one of the people who saw Matt's talent since the beginning, but you're perfectly right in saying Series 7 was his best. Some generally weak episodes become "strong" in the scenes where he shines the most. For example, I love the menacing way he spells " Don't get into a spaceship with a mad man. Didn't anyone teach you that?" to the Van Baalens. He looked so realistically... old despite his youth and his overall joyful nature... He's like McGann, a great actor who can easily shine in badly plotted episodes.
1 day, 3 hours ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up
@jamesanash101 That's exactly what he means, and I'm sure he's referencing the darkest episodes in particular: Blink, 42, Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead and Midnight easily come to the mind. If that's what the Series is heading to, I'm more than happy with the change, not because I hated the Series 5-7 story arc, but because we need some breath after Matt Smith's run.
@PK-S @AboudDandachi I'm almost certainly it'll be fantastic, I'm certainly buying it just for the very fact that the Time War is narrated and, to be honest, the fact that this story fills so many gaps is very interesting and I really want to read it. Thx PK-S for writing this review!
1 day, 6 hours ago on Engines of War Review
@supermoff @TardisBoy That's still to be demonstrated... Maybe Clara Prime is herself an echo. The soufflé isn't the soufflé... the soufflé is the recipe.
1 day, 7 hours ago on Coleman on Capaldi’s “Mad Curiosity”, Clara’s Home Life
@Undiscovered Adventure @LGwalchmai95 @TardisBoy What if somebody Clara cares for actually dies? Or... oh well, I had a terrible idea! What if the Doctor somehow caused Clara's mother's death in the past during his travels with her? That would be kind of a terrible event that would force Clara to leave the TARDIS in dispair...
@Creepy_Ghoul @TardisBoy That's exactly the same thing, in reality. Adric appeared as a hallucination (together with the rest of his companions) as the Fifth Doctor was dying and I immediately thought that Amy's scene in The Time of the Doctor had somewhat the same feeling.
@TardisBoy Clara should part the Doctor on a voluntary choice. Similar to Martha, but with some different twist. And that shouldn't happen until she's really sick with Capaldi's Doctor or until she "settles" in her life at home.
@Mikeyboss182 Exactly the opposite of Eleven's introduction in The Day of the Doctor, when he materialized in a distant desert area and simply called her to give coordinates, as if he didn't want to interfere with her everyday life. I love the new dynamic as much as I loved the preceding... The more I watch the show through the different Doctor eras, the more I love him as a whole... every Doctor is wonderful because he really changes and I can't find a "bad" Doctor at all. Capaldi's new Doctor sounds already so appealing... so ORIGINAL to the New Series and so Classic from many points of view, that I can't look forward to the forthcoming Series 8!
The only thing that makes me think "This is a dark episode" is when the Doctor himself is scared to death. Until the companions shout and cry in horror and fear, but the Doctor is calm and rational, the episode can't be fully dark. There must be a sense of urge, the Doctor should look defenceless and unable to save his friends. There might be relevant losses and the Doctor may make a decision he may repent for during all the rest of his life. His enemies must be unstoppable, in other words, and that's what lacks to present-day versions of the Daleks and Cybermen: they don't generally kill anymore and the Doctor isn't scared of them. I've great confidence that "Into the Dalek" may change this considerably, since a new side of the Daleks may be shown and the words in the trailer are quite interesting. Still, darker episodes must go darker and darker, but some lighter story is always required.
3 days, 11 hours ago on What Actually Makes a Story Dark?
@DantheDoctor Oh well you're already on the right path! Almost perfect! Brilliant! My compliments!!!
4 days, 3 hours ago on Weird and Wonderful
@ilyootha is in the Divergent Universe I agree. 7B is a million light years better, for example. than Series 6. My favourites are Bells, Hide, Crimson and, of course, Name. Unlike many others, I appreciated the rest of the Series, assigning a 6/10 as a minimum, while Series 6 had the majority of my personal 4/10 and 5/10, in particular A Christmas Carol (I know many people loved it, but I never watched it a second time), The Curse of the Black Spot, Night Terrors and Clòsing Time. The only thing that ruined Series 7B at times was acting (Van Baalen brothers + Angie and Artie), but that's something I can easily ignore.
4 days, 7 hours ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 2)
@Planet of the Deaf @gunslinger19 You just didn't really listen to Capaldi. What he means is plain and simple: had the Doctor been a flirtatious incarnation like Tennant's or Smith's, he'd simply denied the offer. He didn't want to portray THAT kind of Doctor and he would've let Moffat pick another actor for the role. That's all.
5 days, 4 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8
@alpof5 I agree. I'd like a Doctor/Ace kind of interaction, and it seems that could be very likely.
@DasManiac @Warisfiller @MatthewBagnall Oh no, not again... He was referenced as Doctor Who ONCE by WOTAN. That's a precedent, and that settles it.
@Awqwapwnics That's the direction I hope they're going to take.
@The Finn That's what should happen more often. Each actor should "define" his own Doctor's style.
@MaraBackman @stargazer0118 @The Outer Space K9 I think the Doctors-of-reference might be Hartnell, Pertwee, C. Baker and McCoy, while the two preceding Doctors were essentially Troughton+T. Baker+Davison+McGann on many grounds. I hope this is the case, not because I didn't like the New Series Doctors (on the contrary, I loved both Tennant and Smith) but because the Doctor can't always be that kind of person. "The Day of the Doctor" showed how similar 10 and 11 were despite their legitimate differences. New Doctor, new course. That's what this show is all about, and since I love McCoy and C.Baker I'll be more than happy to be a Doctor of that kind.
@Lord Styro the Drashig Well, I must tell the truth: I LOVE CAPALDI'S ACCENT AND VOICE. That LISTEN sounded sooooo good... I can imagine the same word as spoken by Eccleston, Tennant or Smith, but the way Capaldi says is so unique... I love this teaser!!!
5 days, 13 hours ago on Listen! Series 8 Teaser Trailer
@floppy_who Including fellow Time Lord K'ampo Rimpoche; who lived on Earth as a hermit. And that's interesting, because he is involved in some important elements in the definition of regeneration, introducing the concept of the "Watcher" far before the Fourth Doctor's regeneration in Logopolis.
Since the introduction of the War Doctor, what the Moff said makes perfectly sense. We should say "The ninth incarnation" to call the War Doctor and "The tenth incarnation" to mean Eccleston's incarnation. The use of "Twelfth Doctor" is just part of fandom (and it's right to use it to some extent) but it isn't "canon", i.e. the Doctor never used it on screen or in any other media. He said "Eleven" once in "The Lodger" meaning his eleventh face (as by the time he rejected the Warrior) and the only character saying "You're the Eleventh Doctor" was Clara in The Name of the Doctor...
1 week, 1 day ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title
@ilyootha is in the Divergent Universe Once again, I must say I fully agree with you, ilyootha. The TV Movie Version and the new one are the best so far on many grounds, but I really miss the roundels from the distant past.
1 week, 3 days ago on How does the TARDIS reflect the Doctor?
@JamesStroud @YaelMoise @Huknar Many people think of "Fairytale" in the sense of "Disney fairytale". That's unpleasant for those who hate happy endings. Personally, I enjoyed all of the show so much, exactly because I like how every Doctor changes the show almost completely. It's like the sonic screwdriver: same software, different casing. After the two preceding Doctors, whom I really loved for what they are, I'm happy this is going to change and hope happy endings are over for a while under Capaldi's tenure. Change, my dear... and not a moment too soon, because a third flippant Doctor would've been too much.
1 week, 4 days ago on Moffat: Series 8 Not A Fairytale, There Are Consequences
@Baker Street is excited for Series 8! Or the Doctor just looks like Capaldi.
1 week, 4 days ago on DWM #476: “Am I A Good Man?”
@Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @YaelMoise @TheCyberDoctor is Undead The only thing I really miss are the roundels on the walls from the Classic Series. I hoped they returned after the Moff reintroduced them for the War Doctor's TARDIS console room, although I believe those were too bright... Well, I can still hope they'll return some day. "One day, they should be back. Yes, they should be back".
@Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @Planet of the Deaf @AztecsDaleksAndCavemen An eternal transmission of Love and Monsters and Fear Her would be the perfect torture, indeed.
The 50th anniversary celebrated Doctor Who as a whole and all the past Doctors. The 10th anniversary should celebrate New Who through his companions rather than his Doctors. I would like it to be the story when Gallifrey returns, with many references to The Day of the Doctor, The Parting of the Ways, Last of the Time Lords and The Name of the Doctor. The Master would be the ideal foe for the occasion and I hope for many returning companions, in particular Martha Jones, Mickey Smith, Jack Harkness, River Song and Clara Oswald (if she leaves the show by 2015, of course). In other words: a continuity-heavy story finally closing the post-Time War story arc to have the Doctor go forwards and never look back again at what the War Doctor did. But of course, that's just a dream...
1 week, 6 days ago on Will There Be a 10th Anniversary Special for the Revival?
@theleventhour We've got 4 years and one full incarnation between Simm's Master's last appearance and his possible return for the end of Series 8. I'd definitely like him to return as soon as possible, it's a pity the Master didn't return against Eleven..
1 month, 1 week ago on Series 8: Master Finale Rumours
@PaddyB @AlessandroArsuffi @Gustaff Gustaff answered better than I could. Also, Professor Yana mentione that he was found as a child with his fobwatch and no memory of his origins, which means the War Master regenerated soon after leaving the Time War so that nobody could recognize him after he changed his physiology. Which means Simm's Master is the Third in his new lifecycle.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Series 8: Master Finale Rumours
@TheDreamer @AlessandroArsuffi @Notsosmartguy I find it much more entertaining not knowing that the enemy-of-the-day is the Master. That's why I loved the revelation that Professor Yana was the Master.Also, I'd like to see some new shades of the Master's folly. Simm's Master was far too similar to Sherlock's Moriarty and, although I enjoyed both, I need regeneration as a way to change this. Also, an older Master is more appropriate for an older Doctor.
@Notsosmartguy @Temporal_Tomato In summary: everybody in the universe is the Rani at different points in her life. Including the Doctor and the Master, of course.
@The Finn @The Administrator Not necessarily. There's still the possibility that Rory is the new Master... (I know, this rumour was terrible even in the old days...).
@SkyFaller™ On the contrary, I would like the new Master posing for somebody else and taking us by surprise, and a brief flashback showing what happened to him after The End of Time, if possible including a regeneration scene.
@Gustaff I hope the Master doesn't return with Simm's face. But I'd honestly love a multi-Master story with Beevers (original Master), Maqueen (War Master), Simm (post-Utopia Master) and a new Master allying to kill the Doctor. That would be very original and may force the Doctor into his most terrifying struggle for life.
@MrGuymanwatch As far as I love the Master as played by Simm, I don't agree with your opinion. If the Master returns with John Simm's mad face, we'll all recognize him at first sight, unless he returns to his classic "Master in disguise" solution. Honestly, I think both the Doctor and us will recognize him immediately anyway. But if the Master has a whole new face, he might pose for somebody else and take us all by surprise.
@TheDreamer @Notsosmartguy Last time we saw the Master, he understood he was foolish because of the sound of drums. We felt somehow "empathetic" to his conditions. If the drums are now over (and I'm almost sure they are), this time Master may have just accepted his destiny and vocation. The new incarnation will be a much harder threat for the Twelfth Doctor than the mad Master from Simm's era. All of the Master's full potential would be unlocked for a whole new chapter in his life and this time he's got plenty of regenerations at his disposal.
Eleven playing football is definitely my alternate pick for his incarnation.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on 11 Doctor Who Instances When It Was Just… Blissful
So there's some chance my little TARDIS model is the real TARDIS... DOCTOR, GET OUT AND TAKE ME UP THERE TO SEE THE STARS! Mhm... it didn't work... Maybe he's already outside?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: Smaller on the Outside
@ScottAtenhan @Planet of the Deaf I'm still convinced they should give visuals to the BF stories with 6, 7 and 8. They all had wonderful adventures in audio format, but many non-British like me find it difficult not just to purchase them, but also to understand every single thing the audio says. Visuals help a lot and I'm sure a BF animated series with McGann would be terrific!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on McGann Signed Petition for 8th Doctor Spin-off
@Harry007 The Classic Series worked with minimal budget and I'm fairly sure The Night of the Doctor didn't cost that much. Just have the Eighth Doctor fight his villains in real present-day locations with minimal budget and concentrate on quality. Take Nicholas Briggs and let him work on the series. There you have it!
@Master Michael Moon I would definitely say NO to any Paternoster Gang spin-off. I'd better have just the regular 12 or 13 episodes of Doctor Who per year than have the trio back in a full series. Much better a continuation of Torchwood or something similar with UNIT and Kate Steward as the leader. Still, I'd like the Eighth Doctor to return in some form.
@MrRazza "Someday, you could just walk past a spoiler" - "Never gonna happen"
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: Tunnel Vision
@Notsosmartguy the Superior Venom @Me and Stuff Do you want A MATE or TO MATE?
@Creepy_Ghoul @The Outer Space K9 It may even serve as a Female Doctor test. If it works, it may open the door to the change. But honestly, I want a male Doctor until he becomes ginger (and Merlin).
@Master Michael Moon It might as well be that the Doctor is trapped, we can't know for sure. Whatever the case, this episode sounds good and terrifying...
@Timhogan Honestly, I think the authors might have a slightly more complete knowledge of Series 8 than we do. They might know the scripts or even had the occasion to see some filmed material. It's impossible to write a good story with a Doctor you never saw and I can't imagine the authors being so unprepared.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on First 12th Doctor Novels Detailed
@TonySimmons There's nobody replacing Moffat. He's continuing his job because nobody wants his job. And honestly, I hope he stays for Series 9, sided by a co-showrunner who might replace him in the future. Changing showrunner abruptly under the same Doctor is difficult unless he previously wrote for the same incarnation.
2 months ago on Two-Part Finale for Series 8
@cyberbrayde @JamieJones723 I genuinely want a Halloween special rather than e Christmas special.
@Strontium I don't love two-parters. I prefer longer individual episodes are much better. Still, the finale should always be a two-parter or even a three-parter like Series 3 and, essentially, Series 4.
@Calebxy It's the exact opposite. The BBC is trying to suppress the show and Moffat is keeping it alive DESPITE the Beeb. Had the Moffat decided to retire with Smith, the Doctor would've probably died on Trenzalore.
Welcome on board!
2 months ago on Foxes Cast in Series 8