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I voted this 9/10 - the best episode in a long while in terms of tone, atmosphere and acting. Play it straight, that's when Who works best - serious drama leavened by moments of humour. The plot wasn't perfect - not a lot actually happened - but it was gripping. Jenna Coleman was superb - Clara has been written much better this series and Jenna has run with it and shown how great she can be. A separate thought, it would be fun, just once, to do a sequel to a classic story. Here it could have been the Moonbase, with the 12th arriving on the scene just after the 2nd has left. Though really they should have landed on Sarn ;-)
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon
Why can't we just have straight adventures which aren't about the Doctor/Companion relationship. Their arrival is unplanned, scary stuff happens and the Doctor has to react to events rather than shape them. That'd be nice.
1 month ago on 12 Great Moments From The Caretaker
It's fine to have an episode focused on Clara and Danny but the school might as well be in Cardiff (for real). Surely the point of returning to Coal Hill is that it goes back to the series origins - so refer to it in a way that is meaningful! Comparing it to the TARDIS is a completely false comparison.
1 month ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
5/10 for me. Setting it in Coal Hill was pointless - no references to Susan, Ian, Barbara or even Remembrance? It would have made the episode more meaningful to have some mentions in it - e.g Courtney reminds him of Susan's spirit etc. The whole thing was a set up to explore the Doctor / Pink disfunctional relationship which didn't feel real at all. And the robot. Has the budget gone back to the 80s along with design? Had no real threat to it and the design wasn't great. Overall, enjoyable but a wasted opportunity.
It's a solid 8/10 from me. I saw it at leicester square and the atmosphere was fantastic. The jokes got big laughs, the dinosaur looked amazing (if slightly pointless) and Capaldi soared. However, some of the Clara/paternoster scenes and later the under the restaurant/tunnel scenes felt very slow. Maybe it was just a case of adjusting to a new pace and style because on 2nd viewing my cynicism vanished and I thoroughly enjoyed it throughout.
I love that the episode opens as a continuation of adventures that have taken place off screen since the regenerated. I love the themes that are explored - the Doctor is really responsible for the innocent dinosaurs death by dragging it into the path of danger and I love the performances - Capaldi was amazing and Coleman was a revelation. It wasn't a perfect episode but it was a very clever and entertaining one which did the job of convincing the general audience that yes, this is The Doctor.
2 months ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
Super-excited for series 8, especially as I'm going to the leicester square event. :-) Capaldi just oozes the alien nature of the Doctor. This isn't a puppy jumping around this is a non-human, in humanoid form, with two hearts who doesn't really get humanity but thinks we're important. Welcome back Doctor!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on BBC News Series 8 Preview Featuring Into the Dalek Clips
This is classic Moffat spin - this series will definitely be more serious in tone but not as dark as everyone is inferring. And the Doctor-companion relationship won't depend on lovey-doveyness for the first time since Donna. Which can only be a good thing.
3 months, 1 week ago on Moffat: Series 8 Not A Fairytale, There Are Consequences
@The Genie @TheOncomingSnow @TomLong2 I was slightly underwhelmed with the Day of the Doctor when I saw it on the day at the official convention. It may have been because my expectations were so high but it is actually a very "talky" episode in which not much happens. Also Moffat should have included cameos from the other living "Classic" Doctors, no matter what opponents say. He managed to do it with Tom.
As to series 7 - it was very much a mixed bag when in it's 50th year it should have been solid hit after hit. I'm sure that is down to the fact Moffat was stretched and distracted by getting Sherlock ready for Xmas 2013 when he should have been focused on Who.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer
@SteviePenny I just want Peter Davison's console room back.
@Notsosmartguy sells propane and propaneaccessories @theshipoftime @Me and Stuff @The Genie @TheOncomingSnow @TomLong2 Too true - I was 13 when the wilderness years began... not a nice era at all
@Me and Stuff @The Genie @TheOncomingSnow @TomLong2 I think a great actor like Capaldi is going to make Moffat's scripts work, when,sometimes they don't. Look at McGann in Night - he transformed that dialogue into something stunning which would have sounded trite delivered by Smith.
Separate point, don't remember when fandom became a dictatorship, everyone has their own opinions and most have a genuine love of the show even when they don't like the approach taken.
@Angie Whodini Capaldi has gravitas and seems slightly bombastic, like Tom Baker. He just oozes "alien". He's going to be amazing.
This would be great but surely any greenlight has too be approved by BBC Worldwide? They own the licence to use Doctor Who, not LEGO. Plus, surely they'd have an approved design partner. This dosn't add up.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Lego Doctor Who Set Officially Enters Review Phase
We're under 20 inches of rain at the moment. Half the UK is flooded.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Recovered Troughton Episodes Screening
So want to go. Also, it's the perfect occasion for an announcement...
As others have said, he means shoot is pencilled for July. Probably some of the final eps which will still be in post-prod when the series airs in September. Which is the way it should be - who wants it in summer when everyone's outside? Not the BBC and not me.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Summer Broadcast for Doctor Who Series 8?
The 16 year gap since cancellation was a big mistake. If it had come back in the mid-nineties with new writers, producers and a budget to match ST:TNG it would have succeeded back then too.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Steven Moffat on his Doctor Who Future
Said it before - Moffat has shown that he is best as a writer when not show-running AND writing half the series. And he's a better writer than show runner full stop. I just don't think he shapes a series as well as RTD - Time of the Doctor is evidence of that. It was a shoe-horn fest retro-fit - not a well thought-through arc pay off.
Can we just be done with River now? She's moved so far away from the enigmatic character she was in Silence in the Library that she's in danger of becoming a parody of herself.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 8 Will Be Darker, More like Classic Who
@WhoPotterVian It's more a question of tone, isn't it? Plus pacing issues - RTDs eps on the whole didn't feel rushed and better paced. Nothing is perfect though. Certainly don't want to go back to 7 parters!
@DrunkenDalek The tone shouldn't be silly and it should be consistent in my opinion. It's veered too much in the comedic direction which it looks like they are correcting.
Depends what is meant by "darker". If darker means, a less silly and slapstick, more serious, creepy Doctor Who, relieved by some moments of humour then I'm all for it. Moffat has got the tone of the show all wrong in the last couple of years in my opinion. As many actors of the classic series have said in the past - you have got to play it straight, take it seriously and make it real. It's got too silly and needs to get (a little) more serious. I have every faith Capaldi can deliver - but can Moffat and his team of writers give him the material to work with? Wheatley's comments give me hope.