Beasts_a_Snarling - Servant of the Union of Three!
I am no longer merely the Kandyman's Apprentice, but the servant of the Union of Three - The Kandyman, Chloe Webber, and the Abzorbalof! Bow to your new masters!
I was genuinly scared for a moment. Then, I realized it was April 1st. Haha. Good one. I see you've been taking inspiration from the Jeremy Clarkson incident, Doctor Who TV.
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Jaimie Mathieson is back! Yeah! So excited!
2 days, 5 hours ago on Series 9: The Girl Who Died, and The Woman Who Lived
@ilyootha @Beasts_a_Snarling - Servant of the Union of Three! True. The Series 3 Finale did indeed portray the Doctor in one of the worst ways possible. In the case of Day of the Doctor, it was how it was done that made me think that. Him being able to correct huge mistakes all the time makes him way too infallible and like I said, Space Jesus. He shouldn't have been the one to bring back Gallifrey. The Doctor is not that character. He's not the man that can stop everything and make them unhappen. It betrays the character.
4 days, 16 hours ago on Your Top 20 TV Stories of the Decade
What's next, defense of Twin Dilemna and Timelash?
Actually, come to think of it that'd be quite an interesting read.... If someone was willing to defend them....
4 days, 19 hours ago on Why I Love Fear Her And Love & Monsters
I'm never going to get used to it.... And it started with that dreaded Closing Time..... *starts hitting a symbolic representation of the episode with a sledgehammer*
4 days, 20 hours ago on The Bottom 10 TV Stories of the Decade
And the scene in the church was a brilliant idea.
5 days, 2 hours ago on The Bottom 10 TV Stories of the Decade
Can't say I disagree with the choices on this list, but there are three I disagree with. The Idiot's Lantern, The Lazarus Experiment, and the Long Game. They're not bad, just ok. Not anything major. Personally I'd replace them with The End of Time, Let's Kill Hitler, and Closing Time. I'd also rearrange it with those ones:
1. In the Forest of the Night - What is there to be said? A complete wasted opportunity. An utter and complete wasted opportunity. In fact, I'm going to go as far as saying this was the biggest wasted opportunity in all of Doctor Who History. We have the planet taken over by forest and yet, it turns into a school trip where the trees are just a backdrop to this whole rushed and forced "save the trees" agenda. Can we just focus on an imaginative idea for once?
2. Fear Her - Yeah. This definitely deserves it reputation. I don't think there's anything to be said. There's pretty much a universal understanding of it's horribleness.
3. Closing Time - The Cybermen are my favourite monster. I'm just going to make that clear. I want to ask a question to anyone who liked this episode. Are you a fan of the Cybermen? Because this episode seems to go to extraordinary to nullify them as a villian. Here's why: One, the Cybermen aren't the focus of the story. Two, the darkness of the villian doesn't belong in such a light-hearted episode. Three, the Cybermen being defeat by love???! Really?!?? Really?!??! Who in their right mind thought this was a good idea?!!??
4. The End of Time - It's not my type of episode really. I hate to see the same man as Tom Baker having a childish tantrum. Not only that, the episode's idea that regenerating is like dying is not only contradictory to what the Tenth Doctor said in the Christmas Invasion, but also warns fans of Ten the that the Eleventh Doctor isn't the same as the Tenth. Wow. Just wow. Way to wish your successor luck....
5. The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe - This one can't really avoid the list. I'd like to see someone back this episode up because I can't think of anything in the episode that was good. Apart from when it ended of course.
6. Let's Kill Hitler - What. A. Mesh. Can anyone make sense of this episode? Because I can't. It felt like Moffat was trying to create the Eleventh Hour in Nazi Germany. And..... This is what happened. Yeah. I couldn't keep up with this episode. Fast pace doesn't work when you are giving us revelations on a long-anticipated character. You must lay the information out carefully over 45-minutes.
7. Love and Monsters - Yeah. It's not as bad as people say. I understand why people like it, but I'm afraid to me it comes across as a cheap mess. With odd slapstick, an.... Interesting monster to say the least, off-the-charts campiness and the sitcom elements are overpowering to the point of feeling that this was not Doctor Who.
8. Curse of the Black Spot - "Ummm....... Ummmm..... What did I just watch?" That was pretty much my reaction when I first saw this episode. It was just so..... Strange and jarring...... Ummm..... I don't have much to say because the episode had this very confussing quality to it. It just wasn't what it was built up to be. At all.
9. Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks - Well, this one is very similiar to Curse in that it has the same confussing quality. This episode was clearly held together by blue tack. It was definitly a shaky ground once this contradition arrived at the doorstep - How can a race who believes themselve to be perfect improve on perfection by absorbing "lesser forms?" It makes no sense...!
10. Night Terrors - Well, it's entertaining. I can't fault on that. But it is just as laughable. The visual effects are...... Well let's just say the opposite of Flatline's. It felt like a really cheesy and cheap hammer horror film gone wrong. Oh, and it's written by Mark Gatiss. So..... Yeah, that's what we can expect at times.....
Good point. I understand.
It's not very good though. Well, that's a bit of an underestimate in my eyes. I hated it. I really, really, hated it. Watching it kind of made me ashamed to be a Doctor Who fan..... It was just so jarring. The kids contributed nothing, everyone except the government seems to be dealing with the forest untill the end, the crisis solves itself, and it's just so cheesy......
What did you see it to be?
5 days, 3 hours ago on The Bottom 10 TV Stories of the Decade
Yeah, but he has a lot of fun writing his episodes. It's clear he has heaps of passion for the show. Those kind of writers are good to keep around.
I'd like to know why you don't like the Doctor's Wife...... It's an interesting opinion....
Again, you're thinking about it narratively. Think about what it reduced coming to terms with being the last of your kind - the Time Lords are actually safe in a pocket dimension! It doesn't really reward you for following the character arc. It just renders it meanigless. Gallifrey being destroyed, and it being safe in a pocket dimension are not the same. Just because it's lost doesn't mean it's not there. It doesn't do much for the Doctor coming to terms with being the last of his kind.
The Zygons are just some one-off monsters who appeared in one episode in the 70s. They're cool, but not something special enough for an anniversary.
5 days, 3 hours ago on Your Top 20 TV Stories of the Decade
Yeah, but that doesn't change the fact that all the angst in the RTD Era was all leading up to the Doctor discovering that he was wrong. It just makes the whole character arc seem like a waste of oppritunity and effort. Not only that having the Doctor be Gallifrey's saviour further diminishes his stature as an interesting character. The Doctor being space jesus does not make him more interesting it just makes him look infallible and bland.
They spend an awful lot of time in the church waiting.... It's kind of boring....
Just for a change? Not because the episodes are entertaing or anything? You do know that this list IS based on what episodes are generally considered entertaining? Classics stay classics for a reason. Look at Genesis of the Daleks. Or should that not be considered an absolute must watch for Who fans, "for a change?"
5 days, 7 hours ago on Your Top 20 TV Stories of the Decade
How? I can't see it. The episode seems straight up average to me.
5 days, 8 hours ago on Your Top 20 TV Stories of the Decade
Atlantis never fell, because it didn't exist.
Anyways, it's just my opinion. Just because RTD thinks it's ok doesn't mean I suddenly do. Personally I find it upsetting that all the angst led to the Doctor discovering that he'd been thick all that time and his people really did survive. It just makes the Doctor look more than a bit stupid and make all his emotional experiences and character arcs that much less believable. And in my eyes, that is if not worse than retconning.
He definitely deserves it. :D
Time will tell, I suppose.
He can end on a high note before he looses it.
I think 10 is a definite must leave for him. Series 8 was a good enough steping stone for something better. And he's seem to know to do with Capaldi, so I have a mild optimism for Series 9 and hopefully once he finds a rythum
Well, the 50th was just another "epic finale" that New Who seems to be awfully obsessed with. I probably would've enjoyed it more if he took the Pandorica Opens/Big Bang imaginative type of finale rather than the RTD billion Daleks type. It just seemed out of character for Moffat. Not only that, the only mention of the Classic Show was in stock footage - that was done better in Name of the Doctor - and in Zygons - we get Classic Monsters being revived every series. Not only that, what makes Zygons special? Personally, I think the best anniversary was the Three Doctors because it actual weaved the celebration into a story while still keeping that feel. Having Hartnell and Troughton around was amazig. Not only that, bringing insights onto the Time Lords was a great way to not only honor the past but set up situations for the future. Wheras with Day of the Doctor, the story was so jarring because it had no idea whether it wanted the episode to be a celebration or a story; more like the plot-orientated Three Doctors or the big party that was the Five Doctors. Instesd it bobbed in out of the two. This is best typfied by the two plots in the episode - Gallifrey and the Zygons. Thematically they blend perfectly. Moffat's great at that. But, in terms of choosing a direction and following through, it fails completely. The Zygon part of the story became more of the plot, wheras the rushed and stored away Gallifrey plot popped up at end in a way that seemd to serve as a tool to have stock footage to appear. Oh, and also retcon all of RTD's work on the show. Not that I'm a fan of RTD, I just think it's quite arogant to go and do something like that. Yes, I know they don't remember, but what that does is make the Doctor look a bit stupid in end. I can't stop myself from laughing when I watch Gridlock to realize that all the angst and pretentiousness was leading up to the Doctor discovering he has been an idiot all that time.
No, it just means a lot of fans still like him.... On this site.....
Elaborate please. Rose are you serious? Burping garbage cans are better then face paced epicness?
5 days, 12 hours ago on Your Top 20 TV Stories of the Decade
There are a few of us who say otherwise.... Isn't it just another standard New Who finale, but with three Doctors in it? No, it was just the Revival Anniversary. I'd consider Name of the Doctor a better candidate for a proper 50th Anniversary. Now, that was something.
I wonder if we'd get different results if it was done by best story from each Doctor of the Revival, but according to this list, the following is concluded:
Ninth Doctor's Best Story: Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
Tenth Doctor's Best Story: Blink
Eleventh Doctor's Best Story: Day of the Doctor
Twelfth Doctor's Best Story: Listen
Interestingly enough, they're all written by Steven Moffat. I wonder if this will change if he keeps writing for another 10 years.....
5 days, 13 hours ago on Your Top 20 TV Stories of the Decade
1. Midnight - Say what you like about RTD, but one can't deny that this episode is one of a kind. A simple location, with a simple premise proves that you don't need to have a billion Daleks to evoke tension, mystery, and drama. Great characters, great acting, and a great plot, what else do you need?
2. Vincent and the Doctor - Generally, this episode can be considered the best historical episode in all of Doctor Who History. It combines the successes of the Classic Show - historical settings - with the successes of New Who - effecting the audiences on an emotional level. And what a explosive combination this was, creating an episode to be remembered in years to come.
3. Blink - What. An. Episode. If Rod Serling had written an episode of Doctor Who, this is what we would've got - a tense, emotional, and all around nightmarish escapade into one of the darker implications of time travel. What can I say, but one of my old mottos when it comes to Doctor Who: All hail the Grand Moff!
4. The Doctor's Wife - *Episodes finishes. Slowly stands up from chair and begins clapping with eyes full of tears.*
5. Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone - I'll admit it's not perfect, but it's a personal favourite mine. In my eyes, it took the ideas set up in Blink and put them in a situation of massive proportions and danger. We're on a spaceship filling with radiation, the gravity globe is dying, and if the Doctor doesn't solve this, the nearby colony will be doomed and the Angels will spread throughout the stars. *Takes a breath*
6. Amy's Choice - My first questions after reading the list was this: WHY ISNT AMY'S CHOICE ON HERE. Seriously, why? I cannot legitimately think of a good reason why not. Toby Jones is amazing, the premise is brilliant, it's right out of a nightmare, and it tests the very nature of the Doctor. What's wrong with that?
7. The God Complex - Yes. This episode has flaws, but I think it still deserves respect. Why? Because this episode had a direction and followed it to perfection. The episode's goal was to ask a simple question: What does it mean to be saved by the Doctor? We take this question for granted often and other episodes answer this question in a satisfying manner. The difference between those episodes and the God Complex, is that this episode takes time to really explore the question and develop characters we care about before answering it; laying plot aside. Not only that, it skillfully creates a symbolic sandbox to setup an experiment. The hotel can be seen as a lab and the offscreen creators of the prison can be seen as Toby Whitehouse. As such, The God Complex is an aquired taste as plot is secondary and used more as a tool rather than a focus.
8. Mummy on the Oriental Express - Easily the best episode in Series 8, Mummy on the Oriental Express was a great episode for character and completely typified the season's approach. This was a beacon of hope for Clara's character and this episode cemented her place as a legtimate companion character to be taken seriously. The Doctor's speech at the end, Capaldi's performance and well written character have led many of those unsure of Capaldi to openly accept him. All I can say, is that it's the best piece of character-driven Doctor Who since A Good Man Goes to War.
9. Impossible Planet/Satan Pit - This is an interesting one. It is probably one of the few bits of Doctor Who to legitmately give me nightmares. And I can attribute this to the brilliant writing of one hit wonder Matt Jones and veteran actor, Gabriel Woolf, who previously played Sutekh in Classic episode, Pyramids of Mars. And what a powerful combination. Never before on Doctor Who have I seen such a dynamic between writer and actor. Also, kudos to Will Thorp for his overlooked performance.
10. Utopia - Honestly, I think RTD was average at best when it comes to writing individual episodes. But I have to say, when he gets it right - He REALLY gets it right. Case and point, Utopia. With it's dark atmosphere, trademark brilliant characters by RTD, and it's great understanding of humanity this episode is one tense, entertaining and downright surprising episode with plenty of twists and turns. Two words can sum up the amount of awesomeness the episode contains: Derek. Jacobi.
2nd for Blink. I suppose the episode's detractors won't be particularly pleased..... Well, luckily for them it lost it's position of first - I guess that's something. Personally, I think it deserves third. Here's my list:
11. The Eleventh Hour - It had to be on here. There's no way it can be avoided. I can confidently assume that this is universally regarded as the best season opener in all of New Who. And does it deserve it? Your damn right. With a pace as fast as Matt Smith's flapping hands, you are guranteed to not, I repeat not, get bored.
12. The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances - Creepy. I mean very, very, disturbing. This is enough to send any mother into a mental ward. Should a Doctor Who episode have this reputation? Yes. It should. It really, really should. This episode portrays some of the darkness of Moffat's writing range that we eagerly relished and expected in the hype to Series 8. An episode with an almost 10 year legacy as a thing we expect from a writer even if his recent work is nothing like it says something. (Dark Water, I know, but during 2013 the only thing we had was the orphanage in Day of the Moon.) The episode also showcases some of Moffat's great early characters - Nancy - who with the 9th Doctor are the ones to watch in the viewing of this episode.
13. Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang - Series 5 is easily the best series in my opinion. It showcased the best historical, the best two parter, the best opener, the best character piece, and of course, the best finale. This one is epic. I mean truly, truly epic. Seriously, if anything says epic in Doctor Who it's this finale. Scale is huge in the episode with spaceships over Stonehenge, cracks in Time, and history shrinking. But paradoxically the episode takes all the buildup of character and rewards the audience for investing. And what's the best way to do this, other have then a massive wedding party at the end! The mere mention of this episode gets me humming I am the Doctor again.
14. A Good Man Goes to War - Nevermind that train wreck Wedding of River Song, I have another finale more deserving of that said title - A Good Man Goes to War. Even the title screams oomph. The episode is an entertaing character-driven jewel in the crown to the River arc. The best episodes are when the Doctor is pulled to the limit. And nothing says pulled to the limit more than a person you don't know dying in your name, a valiant comrade falling in battle, your friend's baby being stolen, and you being outsmarted TWICE by a stupid ape who hates your guts.
15. Rings of Akhaten - Yes - Sonic Ex Machina. Yes - Rushed Resolution. I know. Ok, Doctor Who has always been filled with imperfections. Just for once, can we look past these minor things and appreciate a thing of true beauty and imagination. Think about the great deal of EFFORT put into designing all those bizarre cratues and the amount of love and genius put into that divine piece by Murray Gold. This episode is just so beautiful and so poetic that petty, shallow, concepts like plotholes and Deus Ex Machinas loose meaning in my eyes.
16. Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead - I can't think of any other episode besides this one other then Caves of Andronzoni, where the term "leaving you on the edge of your seat" isn't anything short of true. Yes, I think this episode has an extremely underrated cliffhanger. When I first saw this episode, I was genuinely convinced that Donna was dead. And the Vashta Nerada.... Bring them back... Please bring them back! When we first see the body of Miss Evangelista I jumped. That is textbook-perfect showing what a monster is capable of. Even, throwing a chicken
leg into the swarm was bloodcurdling.
17. A Town Called Mercy - This episode has met a lot of criticism recently and I can't argue for it being unwarranted. But I can easily look passed all that and still see a strong episode. In fact, it's one of the few Doctor Who stories that succeeds adapting traditional blockbuster genres into 45 minute episodes. It isn't struck by pacing issues, it doesn't seem to need redrafts like other Series 7 episodes, and is extremely appealing to general audiences. Not only that, the traditional Western clichés are addressed playfully and funnily enough, even to the point of parody. In summation, it is a loving look on the Western juxtaposing a dark exploration of the Doctor's neurosis.
18. The Girl in the Fireplace - What an image - a girl in a fireplace. And another great piece from Moffat's ever imaginative mind. It has romance, robots, and 18th Century regalia - style, subtlety, and sci-fi. This episode fit Doctor Who like a glove.
19. Flatline - The visual effects team definitely deserve a massive pay raise after this episode. I can rant all day about Doctor Who's current writing staff, but never can I criticize the team that did this. And they're not the only ones enjoying themselves, Jenna Colemen clearly had a lot of fun with this episode. This episode is made of strong stuff. The little ideas that form the framework of the episode's entertainment quality is firm and surreal. It may be flawed, but Flatline is filled with too much passion to go down easily.
20. Planet of the Ood - I'll admit, I'm definitely being biased. I'll hold my hands up and confess that this was my first episode of Doctor Who. But, if such an episode is able to draw you in and make you a full time fan of the show, it must be good. Planet of the Ood is much like Rings of Akhaten in that's often overlooked as a powerful and poetic episode. And that scene with Donna and the Doctor in the cage with the Ood just speaks for itself.
5 days, 14 hours ago on Your Top 20 TV Stories of the Decade
A bit dissapointing for me. It really should have been Vincent and the Doctor vs. Midnight... All well, I guess I'll go with the next best thing - Blink!
1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: The Grand Final
Happy Birthday to the cosmic hobo! And the man who truly made it possible for Doctor Who to continue! Thanks Pat.....!
1 week ago on Patrick Troughton’s Birthday
@Mark McCullough @Cali5 Umm... But doesn't that just indicate that more people on this site like Moffat? That doesn't really silence any argument against Moffat's writing... Moffat haters never say anything to do with other fans' opinions on him.
1 week, 1 day ago on Revival Face-Off: Semi-Final #2
@Cali5 Just because they are midseason pieces, doesn't mean they are somehow inferior to these "special episodes."
I don't understand why people think Midnight isn't as good as Waters of Mars, and I doubt I ever will.
1 week, 1 day ago on Revival Face-Off: Semi-Final #1
Bit unfair on Capaldi.....
1 week, 2 days ago on Weird and Wonderful
Maybe, running in the TARDIS suspends the physicial aging process.... That'd be quite interesting and almost.... Fairy tale. But, in a good way of course.
1 week, 3 days ago on Wearing A Bit Thin: A Theory on Time Lord Ageing
Fresh? He's been doing these for about 10 years since 2005!
1 week, 5 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #11
It was to an extent. But the War Doctor was still used merely as a plot device to get the Doctor to save Gallifrey and become Space Jesus. That annoyed me a lot. The finale should have been fun, not heavy going. The special felt like a chore to watch for that reason.
1 week, 5 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #12
Personally, I didn't like the approach of Day of the Doctor. I felt it should have done something more character orientated and less as an explosive plot point. It made the anniversery more of a tool to get Moffat's aims across rather than a celebration.
Dark Water was brilliant, but it wasn't perfect. Never the less, I enjoyed it's interesting concepts and the rising tension. It had a somewhat Time of Angels style of building tension which I really love. Death in Heaven on the other hand, was a complete and utter mess. I found that something so large scale as people rising from graves as Cybermen would be given a great deal of attention, but instead we're stuck on a plane for most of the episode. So, the finale didn't really raise the stakes....
Hmmmm..... Two sub-par episodes....... Well, I really liked Dark Water's concepts, so I guess I'll go with that......
How? What new ideas? Just because it's nostalgic, doesn't mean it's good. We can be nostalgic about Twin Dilemna's laughable attempts at making an imagantive episode of Doctor Who, but does that make it good? No. In the case of Moffat, I found these ideas were interesting once upon a time, but now we need something fresh. I gave him a chance with Series 8, but I found he failed to deliver.
I really hope Mummy wins, because Listen kind of cheated in terms of audience attention. I'm sorry, but I can't see any other reason other than Moffat Nostalgia Tropes that Listen stands up as a successful episode amongst fans. What do I mean by Moffat Nostalgia Tropes? Well, I feel that the use of such things as influencing a child at an early age, the noise at the end of the universe, monsters under the bed, and timey-wimey are all things of long faded away past. It's hard to deny that Moffat is a very influential writer and has created great work in the past, but everything gets old. His constant need to relive those successes by throwing in old nostalgic concepts is changing from what used to be "an artist's signature" in Series 5 to a dependency, an inability to get out of one's comfort zone, and worse, a sign of desperation. Yes, it had a great IDEA, but sadly in a visual medium words don't say as much as images. Fear as a superpower is a great message to be presented on Doctor Who, but because this is television you have to do more than throw pretentious monologues in our faces. Again, I apologize for the harshness, but if this doesn't get adressed, I'm afraid my opinion of the show will grow less and less complementary.
One of the decisive things that stopped me from absolutely hating Series 8 was one of the best episodes of New Who, Mummy on the Oriental Express. What makes it so good? It was an absolute breath of fresh air. After pretentious upon pretentious episode, it was good to have a simple yet effective story set on a space train. One of the things that best typifies this gem is the ending monologue by the Doctor. What made it different than Clara's in Listen? It was short and simple with no torrent of music, flashy intercutting, or all the quirks to get my attention like I'm an idiot. No, it was just two friends sitting on a beach truly understanding one another for the first time. And it is for that very scene, that I still have a grain of hope that Series 9 can maybe be the series that New Who has strived to be. And what better time than the 10th Anniversary to prove it! Bring it on!
Wow, all this news and info is making the Series feel closer and closer within grasp....
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2 weeks, 3 days ago on Mark Gatiss Penning “Scary” Series 9 Episode
Well the two cancel out, so that'd just make it average. But, it's Mark Gatiss we're talking about so the percentage is for the most part between to extremes.
I'm aftaid that it is highly likely he'll become next showrunner.....
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Mark Gatiss Penning “Scary” Series 9 Episode
Uh....... Good luck Mark......
As far as I can tell, there is a 71% chance it will be like the horrendous Night Terrors, and a 39% chance it will be like the excellent Unquiet Dead...... Ugh, having Mark Gatiss as a writer is always a gamble..... I'm still not convinced it's totatly worth it. While I enjoyed the Crimson Horror and Cold War, I thought Robot of Sherwood was an extremely weak episode, so I'm going to assume that he's not totally ready to make some actually good episodes..... Really worried about this....
Give a counter-example then.
3 weeks ago on Douglas, the Doctor and Everything
Umm..... The epic yet incredibly personal tale of "King Lear" is comparable to the whimsical and charming "City of Death?" I love Douglas Adams, but comparing him to Shakespeare is just..... excessive.