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@alwaysrunning @JoeRichie River's comment implies that the word "Doctor" is a bootstrap-paradox (a concept Moffat seems to be in love with, as he now puts it into almost all his storylines)
3 days, 6 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
This just had too many rehashed previous Moffat stories elements to be
really good to me. It is good on it's own, but kept in context with his
previous works, it just felt like a retreading of old paths.
I do enjoy "timey-wimey" plots, but after River, Amy, and
Clara I'd just like to have a companion whose backstory and timeline isn't
twisted into an overly complicated knot - I hoped Dany would be that, but
Listen sadly took that from me.
Also, what was the point of the visit to the young Doctor and the cottage
being the same one as the one the War Doctor was in?
Overall, it felt more like we took away from Danny's and The Doctor's
own agency by having them be influenced by Clara, the walking paradox - The
Doctor didn't give that great speech about fear because of who he is,
but because Clara told it to him; Danny didn't become a soldier because that's
what he wanted to do, but because The Doctor and Clara implanted the idea in
his head, etc.
4 days, 4 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
I'm a non-native speaker and the accent isn't a problem to me. it is true that Capaldi can start speaking really fast which leads to missing a word or two, but I wouldn't call it an issue. Seriously, how is this suddenly an issue - Doctor Who isn't the only show with a character that has an accent and speaks fast
6 days, 5 hours ago on Is Capaldi’s Accent Causing Issues?
@bigmudcake The cut was made separately from the leaks, and I don't think this thread in any way to spoiling or damaging the episode. It is clearly marked as a spoiler for the actual episode and no one was forced to read this or the leaked scripts
1 week, 4 days ago on Robot of Sherwood: What Was Cut
@Tomrzr Well, the similarities to Deep Breath are obviously intentional - we'll have to see how the Series ends to know whether or not it works out, but at the moment I don't think there is a problem there. The Golden Arrow - Well, that is an actual Robin Hood story, so I suppose to give it a pass. I do get your point though
1 week, 4 days ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood
@kyr95 @supermoff of Sherwood I feel kind of the opposite, as we, the audience, doesn't know the new Doctor yet, so asking us the question whether or not the Doctor is a good man seems to early. I think it should have been later in the series, so that we have more of a background and reason to ask that question
2 weeks, 1 day ago on 2nd Opinion: Into the Dalek
@JamesSkippins Yeah, those were simply filming material to represent the Daleks memories. They simply pulled clips from the archives rather than film entirely new scenes to simply display them on a screen in the background. They also used material from stories like Stolen Earth, which the Dalek also couldn't have had
@alwaysrunning @JamesSkippins Later in that scene, yes. But the first images we get are supposed to be the Daleks' own memories, but they used clips from stories that Dalek couldn't have been part off
@Master Michael Moon Daleks are constantly at war with someone. Now that they are an Empire again, there really is no need to link up this fight to previous encounters the Doctor had
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Into the Dalek – 12 Hints & Teasers
Lasagne? - Maybe it's how the Doctor is going to describe the Dalek mind "It's like a big lasagne of hatred - layer over layer with a bit of cunning and self-loathing in between"
"Other Daleks have also displayed evidence that they have a
flair for poetry, even through their battle cries, which is an effective style
of self-expression)" - I can't stop thinking about the "Dalek poetry
reading" from Mock the Week. God, that was hilarious :D
Anyway, a great article and inside into the Dalek mind. I would have
wished for a closer look at the emperor, the Cult of Skaro and especially the
Dalek Time Controller, as those Daleks do act a-typical for their kind.
Especially the Time Controller shows a perverted understanding of the human
(and the Doctor's) psyche and seems to be less ruled by several of the possible
personality disorders Dalek suffer from.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Into the (Mind of the) Dalek
By the way, great of DoctorWhoTV to give us a out-of-10 system - I think it allows for a much more variant result for the rating. Good idea!
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
@Planet of the Deaf @Sharaz_Jek The paradox of them (or more specifically Rory) dying before being
captured by the angels is what appearantly killed these angels. So it wouldn't
really have been a problem to say they died from the fall - consider this
alternative ending scenario:
The Doctor and River find themselves on the graveyard with the TARDIS
standing by. The Doctor comments that something keeps drawing the TARDIS and
them here. He goes off, calling for Amy and Rory. River looks around as well,
but notices the gravestone, calls the Doctor over and he sees that Amy and Rory
died in 1938. He has an emotional breakdown, tries to go save them mid-fall
(similar to River in Day of the Moon), but another time traveling to New York
in 1938 would destroy the city.
In this way we have the Doctor go through the same emotional moments
like in the original episode, without the logical holes and unanswered
if the paradox were to kill all the angels, where did the one at the end
come from (minor problem, but still)?
If River can go contact Amy, why can't the Doctor? It's not like the
Doctor can't use River's vortex-manipulator.
Why can't the Doctor just travel to New York by other means than his
TARDIS (e.g. land in New Jersey and take a train)? Same question for Amy and
Rory leaving New York and meeting the Doctor somewhere else.
These questions and this alternative scenario came into my mind while
watching the episode for the first time and I really think that shouldn't
happen with a well-written script.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”
@hybries Maybe it is an "inception"-style entering into the Dalek's subconscious
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Into the Dalek Promo Pics
@SonicTheHedgehogRules The Doctor did say that he isn't a robot anymore - it's sort of like Data from Star Trek, just with a Frankenstein angle. He was a cyborg in reverse
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Whodunnit? The Fate of the Half-Face Man
Okay, the skin balloon was disgusting. Not really family show material to me
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
@Chris502 Yeah, unless she is somehow a corrupte soul of the TARDIS, I don't think that there is a genuine relationship between the two. I do wonder though who, and more importantly, what she is
@MeglosProductions Both have the same background: Both are introducing a new Doctor, both are written by Moffat. Drawing comparisons is only natural. However, I agree that it shouldn't be the sole focus
I do hope for a proper death though - not what he did to Amy and Rory. Angels take Manhatten would have been much better if they had died from jumping of the roof. The end result would have been the same and we would not have had the plothole of the Doctor being unable to contact them in the 1930s or afterwards. A proper death like Sara Kingdom, Adric or Lucie had, that's what is needed in such a scenario
4 weeks ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”
I find it interesting how Moffat seems so determined to separate the Capaldi Era from the Smith Era, and I'm curious how far that will go, seeing how the behind-the-scenes team does remain more or less the same. With the other producers that had several Doctors (e.g. RTD, JNT) you do get the sense that we have the same people at the head
@TheCyberDoctor is Undead @supermoff Only four were 'officially' co-written, but I'm not sure how much imput RTD and Moffat had on the scripts during their respective eras
1 month ago on Series 8: All Titles Revealed
@microbat98 Where do you get Five being the thirteenth incarnation from? In the Five Doctors, he specifically says that he is the 4th regeneration to which #1 replies "So there are 5 of me now?"
1 month ago on Is Doctor Who History Repeating Itself?
@Regenerated Catterson @Rani Nose Wait, why would bringing back Gallifrey also allow Rose to return? She is in a parallel universe, while Gallifrey is in a pocket universe - they are completely separate from each other. Anyway, the Rose story has been over for a long time now anyway
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Future of Multi-Doctor Stories
@supermoff @ Notsosmartguy is superior again!!!!!!!!! @Gustaff Those scenes however could have been filmed in a day, were completely in studio, and there wasn't any interaction with other actors. I don't know when, but the Christmas Special is going to start/has already started pre-production, so if Clara leaves (or is mostly absend for Christmas), we'll proberly know soon
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Coleman on Capaldi’s “Mad Curiosity”, Clara’s Home Life
I like the basic design ideas behind the Paradigm: different ranks indicated by color (similar to the classic era's silver, gunmetal grey, and black color-coding), and extra armament on the back for different tasks.
The problem was that the colors were to bright and plastic looking, but that was already changed in Asylum when both the Drone and the Strategist got a darker, more metallike paint job. The Supreme is still bright white, but it does underline his position as, well, "Supreme Military Commander". Them now being an officer class to the standard Time War Drones should be explored further, but I don't think they need to fully replace the older. It is, however, not simply the look, but simply the way the Daleks are used that really matters - if the New Paradigm had been more of a visable threat during Series 5, I don't think there would have been such a backlash against them.
Besides this, the in-story reason for the Paradigm Daleks destroying the RTD Daleks in VotD was that they were "impure" by their own genetic standards, since they had been created via the progenitor. The RTD models now serving the Dalek Empire must have been created by the Paradigm, so they aren't impure
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Time to Regenerate the Daleks?
@NumberNine I think it will more likely be some sort of returning appearance, maybe the Space Whale or the Silurians set to awaken. I doubt it will be something that really requires the viewer to have seen Series 5
1 month, 3 weeks ago on SFX #251 Previews Series 8
@JuanDiegoYoungEguren @YaelMoise He doesn't lie about every single thing in his life - actually, he rarely ever lies unless he really sees no other way to get his companion to follow his instructions (like when he sent away Rose or Clara)
2 months, 1 week ago on Why does the Doctor LOOK human?
Also, it might just be simple convergent evolution
@Moxx Well, according to Doctor Who, the human race will remain the same basic form for the rest of history, even trillions of years in the future (but appearanty spending some time in gasious form)
@Iris Wildthyme @SteviePenny Well, we already have Jubilee and Dalek, so that wouldn't be original either. I don't think original is even necessary - something we haven't seen for a long while is a Dalek occupation, "Dalek Invasion of Earth"-style. We had plenty of invasions and battles, but not really something for what happens once the Dalek already conquered a planet
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8: New Teaser Trailer “I see into your soul, Doctor”
@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen Hm, not deep and booming enough for the emperor - I'm expecting either the prime minister from Asylum, or a Dalek Sec or Time Controller-esque character
@Antee991166 Well, he himself wasn't really supposed to be dark - the point of Day of the Doctor was coming to terms with what he did and accepting that, however much he disliked what had happened during the War Doctor's time, he was still part of him. Also, we saw the War Doctor at the end of the war - battle-weary and without any hope, having surrendered himself to the dark fate of his people and himself. We never saw him in action - aside from the brief encounter with the Daleks and using the TARDIS as a weapon
@Chris502 To me, it sounds like a standard, commanding Dalek voice by Nicholas Briggs. I don't really get a Davros vibe
Seems like Moffat will continue his "hatred is beautiful" idea for the Daleks from Asylum - to be honest, I'm not that keen on it, but we'll see what will happen. I'm hoping for a specific Dalek villain though - not simply a standard or supreme Dalek, but something along the lines of the Emperor or the Dalek Time Controller
@NeutronFlow @Malohkeh I think taking something that was bad in a previous piece of work and reimagining it as something good would be much better than simply bringing something back that was already good in the first place
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Are the Big Enemies Being Overused?
I was hoping we would finally get a woman again, but okay. I think he is properly a writer for Series 9 though
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8: The Final Writer?
@Amy is Hannibal Well, the only real contradiction between The End of the World and The Ark is really the date - the humans on the ark can be seen as simply human descendents, similar to the inhabitants of New Earth
2 months, 3 weeks ago on An Earthly Gallifrey
Thing is, we have seen the Earth at points after the Ravalox incident - The Ark, and its destruction in End of the World, in possession of a human-decendent intergalactic empire. After the Ravalox affair was opened up to the public, I'm certain the following skandal forced the High Council to undo their actions, restoring Earth to it's proper place. Also, Time Lords wouldn't be humans, even if they decended from them - they are separate species. Also, why would the Time Lords act so non-caring towards Earth, and how would travel into it's history be possible, if Gallifrey's own history was timelocked? This theory just has too many holes for my taste
I don't really get this. We all no he isn't human - even if Time Lords were somehow decended from humans - why would hugely mess around with the timeline and actual plot of the show, it would still be a separate species. Moffat was obviously having some fun, trying to mess around
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat: Who says the Doctor is NOT human?
@A Friend of the Ood @Sharaz_Jek I don't have a problem with it, I just hope they'll explain her background and not keep the audience hanging like they did with the MacQueen Master when he appeared in UNIT Dominion, before they settled on a placement with Dark Eyes 2
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Meet the New Rani
Great news, even though I properly won't buy it yet - I rely on sales to buy Big Finish audio books. I do wonder where she fits into the Rani's timeline though; O'Mara's appearance would have been easy, but this now means that the Rani's and the Doctor's timelines are out-of-sync
Am I right to presume that Episode 13 was replaced by the Christmas special. Looking at the schedule it doesn't look like there would be time to make a Christmas special
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 8: The Almost Complete Line-Up
@ShameOnSM @Distilledoreo Neil Cross wrote Rings of Akhatem and Hide. Neil Gaiman wrote Nightmare in Silver, The Doctor's Wife, and is a famous fantasy and comic book novelist
@Lemonhead118 I'd say not while he is also the main actor. Maybe in a few years, after he has left the show he can return to direct or write - would be good publicity
@Ivegotkidneys Why specifically those?
@A Friend of the Ood @Sharaz_Jek It was said that Time Lords are supposed to stay relative to each other's timeline, but of course the Master isn't really one for following the Laws of Time. He did interfere with his own and the Doctor's timeline at least twice, both times in Big Finish stories: In The Light at the End, we had the pre-Keeper of Traken Master, relative to Doctor #4, meet #5-8, and in UNIT Dominion the Dark Eyes Master, relative to Doctor #8, met #7. Still, for narrative purposes it would be better to use a new Master, not an earlier one - unless that becomes a central aspect of the story
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Master’s Moffat Plan
@SEDAKRO XIV @Sharaz_Jek He did need the power of the Traken Source for that, so he couldn't simply do that with Rassilon - at least not without any extra equipment
@PaddyB It was very bizarre yes, and seemed to be more magic than science-fiction. However, there are several Elixirs, etc. in Doctor Who - The Sisterhood of Karn's is actually used by Time Lords for regeneration and resurrection, so this might have been a substitute version made on the Master's instructions. Still, it was more like a scene out of Harry Potter than Doctor Who
@The Finn @Sharaz_Jek Actually, they could work with it. Have the Master ask for the Doctor's help - the Doctor, hoping that his old childhood-friend might have actually changed (The Doctor's guilt over feeling responcible for what the Master had become and his hope where always fascinating aspects of their relationship), only for the Master to stap the Doctor in the back (figurtively - I don't want a regeneration again just yet). Hell, you could go even a step further - have the Master actually try to turn over a new leaf, but in trying to achieve so sort of "greater good", he acts in an amoral way, forcing the Doctor to stop him and putting the 2 on an confrontational course again