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@RodMunster Well I have to disagree with you there. The whole reason why I refuse to watch live programmes and then have to get a TV license, is because 99% of what the BBC put out is total dross. However, if you like watching soaps, reality and repeat after repeat then I guess it's worth the extortionate amount.
But I suppose it's all down to personal preference.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Why The Decline in Overnight Ratings Doesn’t Matter
@Polyphase Nope, the tv license is required only if you watch live television programmes. I own four tvs, but don't need a license as I don't watch programmes when they are broadcast. Yes I get hassle sometimes from the tv license people, but if it goes to court, they chuck it out every single time.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Why The Decline in Overnight Ratings Doesn’t Matter
No matter which way you cut it, the figures aren't good at all. In fact looking at these, it seems there is a slow drop from when Capaldi started.
Personally I find the this series brilliant, but obviously many people are not finding it to their taste. The BBC could be worried, and might do something drastic. I hope not, but the BBC are well known for making mountains out of molehills.
For those that are saying there's nothing to worry about and the viewing figures are looking good, they are the ones that are living in cloud cuckoo land. One thing might help, is getting rid of Moffat and having fresh writing blood. We need fresh ideas, not recycled ones.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
My expectations weren't high for this outing I must admit, but it was enjoyable enough. Every series has it's low episode and this might be the one.
Saying that though, if this is as low as this series is, then the rest of the episodes ought to be brilliant. Next weeks certainly looks interesting that is a fact.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood
Hmmmmmm I don't hold out high hopes for this episode. Could be the series clunker, there always is one minimum.
Could be wrong though and I hope I am, just have to wait and see.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Robot of Sherwood Pics
A 'good' Dalek and/or a Dalek with morals is hardly a new concept. Specially for us older fans, however I thought it was done reasonably well. Capaldi has certainly broken in his take of The Doctor. His portrayal is a welcome change.
For some reason though, i'm not looking forward to this weeks episode so much. Hopefully it will be better than it looks.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek
@Whovian1500 Sorry but many Whovians I know don't class The Three Doctors as an Anniversary special. It did kick off the Anniversary year, but that's not the same thing. Now The Five Doctors, yes that was a special, because as The8thDoctor points out, it was broadcast on the 23 November. I am old enough to remember when The Three Doctors was originally broadcast, and have followed Doctor Who for more years than I care to remember. So, I do know what im talking about where Doctor Who is concerned.
As for a 10th special, I can't see it happening bar a few nods to the past. Plus there is no way on this planet that Christopher Eccleston would agree anyway. Hell would freeze over first before you see him in Doctor Who again.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Will There Be a 10th Anniversary Special for the Revival?
I first started watching Doctor Who way back when Jon Pertwee was at the helm, but being very young at the time, all I remember was being scared witless.
When I got older and was able to appreciate the story, I was hooked. By then, Tom Baker was in the role and he will always be the definitive Doctor ( In my opinion )
When the series was canceled in the 80s I was crushed, but books, tapes, records and videos kept me going.
Then the 1996 film came along. Even though Paul McGann was brilliant, the less said about the film itself, the better. Even though the film was rubbish, I was sure a series would follow. Alas it was not to be.
Then years later rumours started about Doctor Who being revived and hope sprang again. I was dubious if it would still contain the same magic for me, as it did when I was a child.
Thankfully, the excellent Russell T Davies and co, didn't let me down. Doctor Who gave me the chills, everytime that theme music comes on and still does now.
No, I don't agree with everything Moffat does with the series. However, it's because I love the programme, and don't want it to be canceled again. Same as everyone else. Besides, if we all agreed on how things are run, this would be a boring world.
So we the fans will always disagree on plots, characters and showrunners. But hey, that's life.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Why We love Doctor Who
@OttoVonBismarck I agree. The Daleks, Cybermen and the Silurians are a pale imitation of what they used to be under Moffats reign. Even the Icewarriors, he messed about with too much.
If he wants to bring The Master back, then all well and good. But if it aint broke, don't fix it. You're not being clever or imaginative. All you are doing is ruining well established characters.
3 months, 1 week ago on The Master’s Moffat Plan
These so called mistakes are really just nitpicks. The scooter for example, yes it had a British number plate, but the episode was based in England not USA. It matters not where they were supposed to be, but where they ended up.
Anyway, the less Doctor Who goes to America the better. It maybe full of Aliens, idiots and religious nutters, but we don't need to be reminded of the fact.
3 months, 1 week ago on WHOops! When Doctor Who Gets It Wrong
I am one of the fans of Doctor Who that can be vocal. I don't hate Moffat. It's impossible to as I don't even know the man. That being said, I don't think he's right for Doctor Who either, not as the showrunner.
As a writer, brilliant. Can't fault him. However as the showrunner, many of his decisions have been questionable to say the least.
I'm not going to go through the list, as many of you already know those decisions that have been debated time and again.
At the end of the day, he knows he has made mistakes with Doctor Who. I just hope he learns from them, and at least admits when he's been wrong.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Yes, I’m a Whovian, but I’m one of the nice ones
I must admit, I am in the camp that enjoyed Time. Having said that though, I do agree it could have been so much better with just the Daleks as the main threat.
Trouble is with Moffat, he tries to cram in too many ideas into a single episode or special. Sometimes it works as in the 50th. Other times though it falls flat on it's face, such as most of series six. Time was somewhere in between in my opinion. Matt Smith as usual was brilliant. Even when some episodes was dire, he was the saving grace. Capaldi has some big shoes to fill in that respect. Just as Matt Smith did when Tennant left.
The one thing that bothers me in respect to Time, was the quick regeneration. Yes I know it was because of a new regeneration cycle, but for me it was a disappointment not to see a proper change. Blink and you missed it.
Overall I would give this episode 7/10
4 months, 2 weeks ago on An Opinion Divided: The Time of the Doctor
Most Moffat episodes of Doctor Who have been dross, in my opinion. However, even I will admit that he had a terrible job trying to write the 50th. There was no way he was going to please everyone. That's impossible. As much as I liked Hurt as The Doctor, I still would have preffered Christopher Eccleston there. It would have been so much better.
Saying that though, I thoroughly enjoyed the 50th. I wouldn't say it was the best special or episode ever written, but it had the little nods to the past which I liked. Also you can't fault anything which had Tom Baker in it. That for me made the 50th worth waiting for.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat: Day Was My Most Difficult Script Ever
You will never ever stop the Moffat Russell T Davies debate. You can quote statistics, AI figures and viewing figures until you're blue in the face. None of it means a damn thing. It's all down to personal preference, not figures.
Personally I prefer the Russell T Davies era, but there is no denying it there were some clunker episodes during his reign. Moffat isn't perfect either. The whole of series six was a clunker, but series seven, including the 50th was brilliant.
Christmas special was a bit of a let down, but Moffat isn't great at Christmas specials lets be honest.
Now we have a new face as The Doctor, im really hoping for something extra for series eight. Something we can all talk about again. Something which makes us can't wait until the next episode. In my opinion, Moffat hasn't done that yet. Not to the extent of say The Stolen Earth.
Even the 50th or Matt Smith leaving episode, wasn't as anticipated as Journey's End.
So in that regard, Moffat isn't yet on par with RTD.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Settling the Moffat vs. RTD Debate (Using AI Scores)
@DaireConstantineOReilly What the heck are you talking about. Yes the 11th Doctor was all change, as far as the series goes. However, it's been established that it was a mistake changing everything all at once. When series five started, the BBC, Moffat had numerous complaints, that Doctor Who had changed too much.
They have obviously learned from that mistake and are taking things easy this time round.
Besides, in the classic era you didn't have all change everytime a new incarnation took the reigns.
In the future Capaldi may get his own Sonic, TARDIS or theme etc. For now though, I for one am glad that Series Eight will be recognisable.
6 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming: Capaldi’s Sonic & A New Monster
I don't know who wrote The Rings of Akhaten, but he/she needs to stop smoking whatever it was when they dreamt up this awful mess.
It only just passes as a Doctor Who episode, whereas the worst in my opinion still goes to The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe.
I know many rave on about the speech The Doctor gives near the end, but honestly it sounded false and forced.
Matt Smith is a brilliant actor and made a superb Doctor. One thing he can't do though is make the shouty, tough sounding speeches. Now the quiet ones, like the one he spoke to little Amelia, brilliant.
At the end of the day though, no one can be good at everything.
This one then unfortunately has to be rated 1/10.
7 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Rings of Akhaten
Well, I for one do hope that the twelfth Doctor is similar to the sixth. While I did find some aspects of Colin Bakers portryel of the Doctor over the top. I would prefer it to the clownish behaviour of recent years.
Don't get me wrong, I think Matt Smith was excellent as The Doctor and am already missing him. But I did find many of his wacky moments irritating. I do think he was much better when he was serious and/or angry.
7 months, 1 week ago on Twelve is Equal to Six?
What a beautiful video and all credit to Matt Smith. That just shows what a kind, considerate and thoughtful man he is.
We have the best medical personnel and hospitals in the world that will treat people regardless of their finanicial situation, and give them excellent care.
That boy will get all the best treatment possible. I know words mean very little under those circumstances, but I have learned over the years to never give up hope.
Just because the tumour is inoperable, doesn't mean that nothing can be done.
I wish him and his family all the best.
7 months, 1 week ago on Matt Smith’s Heartwarming Gesture For ill Fan
The Holographic Clothes. - I don't think this idea worked. Seen too many complaints. While it doesn't bother me personally, I am not sure it fits into the style of Doctor Who. Try as I might, I couldn't envision any of the previous actors walking round the TARDIS naked. Couldn't imagine Capaldi doing it either. So I doubt we will be seeing this particular feature again.
The Teleport System. - Obviously it isn't the first time Doctor Who has gone down this road. Yes it worked for Star Trek and countless others, so why not.
The only comment I would make to that, is it seems the TARDIS is working extremely well these days. Up until very recently, she was always portrayed as being a broken down, barely working model. That always needed a smack with a hammer to even make the doors open. I feel making her almost perfect is straying too far from the original concept. Next thing you know, even the chameleon circuit will be working properly again. JNT tried that years ago, winding the fans up. So unless Moffat wants another uproar, he should reign it in a bit and have the TARDIS failing now and again.
The Truth Field. - Now this idea worked nicely. Again, not the first time Doctor Who has portrayed a truth field. Although if memory serves me, it wasn't called that exactly. Anyway, it made a nice change to see The Doctor unable to lie. Plus it was quite humorous to hear what Clara really thought of The Doctor and herself. Obviously it worked well in regards to the plot of Time of The Doctor. So all credit to Moffat for resurrecting the concept. I wouldn't like to see it too often in the future. But on the other hand, I wouldn't mind the Daleks, or in particular Davros getting hold of that technology.
With a sci-fi stroke fantasy stroke mild horror stroke comedy stroke drama, there are going to be ideas that come up. Some will work, others won't. I applaud the writers for trying different things. The only time it becomes a problem, is when they stray too far from the original concept of Doctor Who.
I look forward to seeing what new ideas crop up in Series Eight. Roll on Autumn.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Sciencey Wiencey: The Time of the Doctor
@Gallifrey FallsFinally, someone that talks sense for a change. Yes Moffat maybe a decent writer, but he can't write for Daleks that is a fact.
Look at the couple we had during the 11th Doctors reign.
Victory of The Daleks. - Universally condemned. Specially for the terrible redesign.
Asylum of The Daleks. - Promised everything, but delivered nothing. God awful story.
In fact, it would have been better off if they had turned Amy into a Dalek and rescued Oswin.
So please Moffat let someone else do a Dalek story. You just stick to your Weeping Angels etc. Leave the classics to someone who can actually write for them successfully. Don't ruin them anymore than they already are.
Terry Nation must be turning in his grave.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Daleks Series 8 Rumours
Love the way that many users are giving 10/10 so far on every episode. I think the expression rose tinted glasses fits the bill, but I digress.
As for this Christmas Special, Moffat began his copywrite infringement that would be the usual thing for Christmas Specials. How ridiculous was it? I mean if a flying shark wasn't enough, he even threw in Katherine Jenkins just to make it even more stupid.
The only redeeming factor of this so called special was Sir Michael Gambon. Although, why the hell a distinguished actor such as he would agree to be in this appalling episode beggars belief. Maybe he was short on cash, I don't know.
The only episode that's worse than this is the The Doctor The Widow and The Wardrobe, which I don't even consider Doctor Who anyway. So for that reason, I shall give it a 2/10 as much as it goes against the grain.
Finally if this poll is going to accurate, then please vote honestly and don't put 10/10 on everything. If you feel one is rubbish, say so.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: A Christmas Carol & Series 5 Recap
This finale wasn't bad, but it did promise all and deliver nothing. Take The Pandorica Opens. It was a brilliant buildup episode. You had everything there having a go at The Doctor, even the kitchen sink if you looked closely enough. Using Stone Henge the way they did was very clever. Plus it was a bonus to me at the time, as I live very near there, but I digress.
River Song was at her best, and not in the least bit annoying ( which makes a change ) and even Amy was tolerable.
Usually I can't fault Matt Smith, however in this episode he wasn't on top form. If memory serves, he was suffering from a bad cold or the flu at the time. So it's understandable that the speech he gave sounded forced and fake.
That aside though, I loved the Cyberman, or rather what was left of it hanging around the Pandorica. Only one niggle was the line, 'You will be assimilated'. Terrible and a blatant ripoff. Could have done without a substitute Borg.
Also the Pandorica itself, I don't know who was in charge of camera angles that day, but take a hint. Don't take shots of Amy leaning against the Pandorica when the walls are made of cardboard.
So at the end, we have The Doctor locked up inside. River trying to escape an exploding TARDIS. Plastic Rory has killed Amy ( I will try to contain the cheers ). The Alliance turned into stone or whatever and the universe exploding all around us. Leaving only the Earth as a beacon in the darkness.
During the week, there were all sorts of theories and explanations of how The Doctor was going to get out of this, on different forums. Then on the following Saturday, we have our answer. What a disappointment. Moffat uses a cheap timey wimey cop out as usual. Honestly, Moffat ought to employ some of those people on them forums, as their theories were a damn sight better than what he came up with.
The only redeeming factor of The Big Bang was little Amelia, the stone Dalek and River. I liked the Dalek stalking them through the museum. Very reminiscent of the episode Dalek. Also it shows yet again that one Dalek on their own is a much bigger threat and more frightening than thousands of the bloody things.
Matt Smith must have gotten over his cold or whatever, as again he was on top form. Loved the speech he gave little Amelia. Then we have him disappear in the crack. I will refrain from telling the usual jokes at this point. As there are probably children here.
So then we cut to Amy's wedding. Then yet another cop out by Moffat, Amy imagines, dreams call it what you like, The Doctor back into existence.
Yawnnnnn Of course we have The Doctor doing his ridiculous dancing at their reception. After which we get a little visit from River when he is about to go back to his TARDIS. She gives him a few subtle hints of things to come. Then promptly disappears.
So in closing, if I had my way I would have given The Pandorica Opens an eight out of ten on it's own. However, The Big Bang spoils what could have been a truly epic finale. With that in mind, I can only give the two together 5/10
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang
Yes, this infamous one. Personally, I could never understand the hype for this episode. To me it was just an emotional wreck of a story. No point to it whatsoever. Fine, it may have made many people cry like a six month old, but apart from that was it any good?
It certainly didn't keep children happy, as many I know got bored after the first five minutes. So the younger viewers aside, did the adults enjoy it?
Again a negative on that one. Unless you're a weepy teenager, emotional or mentally unstable, I suggest you skip this episode. It's not Doctor Who.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Vincent and the Doctor
Not a bad episode by any means. Loved the sarcastic Dreamlord for example, wished we could have seen more of him. However, like many episodes in Matt Smiths era. It has been seen before. Those that remember the Valeyard, will know what im talking about. Not only that but as I have said before, Karen Gillan in those early days just couldn't act.
It always looked like she was reading her lines off the back of Matt Smiths head. Series six is where she dramatically improved. Perhaps she had some lessons, but the point is series five had some really good episodes that were spoilt by her lack of experience.
Taking Amy aside though, I really did like the concept of The Doctor not knowing what was real, and what wasn't. Matt Smith played it perfect as usual. His facial expressions when facing the Dreamlord were sometimes chilling. Wish we could have seen more of that to, instead of the wacky Matt Smith.
So overall it's a 6/10 from me.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Amy’s Choice
Good, I am particularly happy that series eight will be darker and edgier. While I think Matt Smith was an excellent Doctor. I do think sometimes they went overboard with the wackiness. Obviously every incarnation has had his fair share of being wacky. But with Matt Smith, it seemed to get over the top.
Having said that, I doubt Capaldi will be serious and dark all the time. That wouldn't be right either. So it's just a case of them striking the right balance.
I just hope they get it right and number 12 doesn't suffer the same fate as number 6.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Series 8 Will Be Darker, More like Classic Who
Not a bad episode. Certainly not as terrible as many people would have you believe. To be honest, I prefer Victory to Asylum. The only downside of course was the horrible Dalek redesign. I can understand why they thought it would be a good idea. But no. If it aint broke don't fix it.
As for the episode itself. This is where Matt Smith started to nail it as The Doctor.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Victory of the Daleks