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Torn between the Boneless (don't like the name too much, monster itself is great) and the Mummy - both were very well utilized by their stories and the SFX and make-up people did great work
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #7: New Monster
@Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen Yeah, the effects guy definitely needed to re-read the script
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Neil Gaiman on Nightmare in Silver Reception
@The Finn, Agent of SPECTRE @Sharaz_Jek @JenniferAdams1 @Hibernus I know that Yana's own account of his life is untrustworthy, but I was thinking about all the other people, including Chan, having lived with him
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Why A Multi-Master Story Needs to Happen
@AlessandroArsuffi @Sharaz_Jek @Spadesey @DaftDalek @Huknar @Scaroth He was still in a child's body though
@ahunter8056 A Multi-Master story would not serve the same function a Multi-Doctor story does (celebration of shows history). Instead, it could work much more as a promotion for the other aspects of the franchise - the Classic Era, The Extended Universe - and Beevers and MacQueen would be representing those. Out of all the extended Universe sources, Big Finish has become the one closest connected to the modern show, mainly by being the main influence on the 8th Doctor via Night of the Doctor. Furthermore, The Dalek/Time Lord conflict that became the Time War originates in earlier Big Finish stories such as the Apocalypse Element.If it comes to a TV multi-Master story that includes MacQueen, he would fulfill the role as the link between classic and new era (similar to the War Doctor), since he fulfills that role already anyway in the audios. (Beevers wouldn't even need to be in it). If one includes Simm's incarnation, we would end up with an interesting parallel to the set up of the Day of the Doctor. This "Day of the Master" story would have the current Master, played by Gomez, the Master that brought the characters current popularity - Simm's Master - and a Master that acts as the character's past, a link to the earlier incarnations, while still sharing characteristics with the newer 'models' - MacQueen's Master
@The_Eternal_Dalek Canon as such does not exist in the Doctor Who franchise
@The Finn, Agent of SPECTRE While the Doctor is the main character of the show overall, that does not mean every single story has to revolve around him. Hell, many acclaimed stories change that dynamic by focusing on other characters; Blink is frequently very highly rated, and it has the Doctor barely in it. A multi-Master story would be a major new experiment, but I think it could turn out great
@Spadesey @DaftDalek @Huknar @Scaroth He used the chameleon arc as a child (properly having willingly triggered a regeneration), so there is no time of Jacobi as the Master before
@Deus_Ex_Machina The Virgin Master doesn't work with Big Finish continuity though, because Dust Breeding explicitly states that the Master went from Ainley directly to Beevers.Big Finish actually has one more Master: David Garfield was the Ainley Master in the Lost Story Hollows of Time (well, it was never confirmed within the story, but they kept hinting at it and that was the original plan - the only reason it didn't happen was because of rights being restricted during the adaptation of the original script)
@Whovians Have The TARDIS If you want ways to listen to Big Finish, just check out their website - almost everything is available for download, and they have great bargains.
I always wanted a multi-Master story! Big Finish could do one as well, (Beevers/MacQueen/possibly David Garfield as Ainley Master). Furthermore, unlike the Doctor, most of the Master's incarnation are unknown to us, so it wouldn't be a problem to get some guest actors to play previously unseen incarnations.If it comes to a TV multi-Doctor story, I agree that there is no space to put Jacobi in, though I do think Simm could join in as well. From the Master's point of view, the Simm incarnation could be taken from his time as Harold Saxon before Sound of Drums - there is an entire year spend infiltrating government, building a paradox machine, and finding a wife
@The Finn, Agent of SPECTRE @JenniferAdams1 @Hibernus RTD did state that that is what actually happened, but statement was of course not in the episode itself, so we might get away with an alteration. The problem though is that YANA lived for a long time with the human colony. time scooping him out is also a problem, as he only was the Master for a couple of minutes, all during which he was alongside Chan before she shot him
@geekyviolinist @Sharaz_Jek I like it a lot for its originality in certain areas - I can't believe it has taken so long for Doctor Who to do a proper "Bank Heist"-episode - the likable one-off companions and the great pacing (one of the main problems for most current Doctor Who episodes). The only real negatives I can think of is that the Teller's threat, besides from its similarity to so many other Moffat monsters (Don't blink, look away/at it, breathe, think, etc.), does not translate that well into a visual medium, and Carabraxos/Delphox is another of Moffat's stock female characters. In itself, the character trope is not a problem, but it becomes an issue by constant repetition
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Your Last Christmas Ranking
I'm not sure how to feel about Series 8 - on the one hand, it is an improvement over Series 7 in that there is no story I'd call bad (which equates to a rating of 1-3 for me). Sure there were a few stories I thought were below average or disappointing - I know I'm in the minority with this, but Listen and Last Christmas really didn't work (Listen was Moffat stealing plot points from himself and other Who writers, Last Christmas was a weird mix of Inception and Alien with Santa thrown in - admitting it within the script doesn't make it better; there is a difference between plagarism and homage).
On the other hand, it also had a lot of (just) average/slightly above average stories with only a few standouts (I love Mummy and Flatline though - I hope Jamie Mathieson returns).Since posting personal rankings seems to be the thing to do, here is mine:
10/10 - Flatline
9/10 - Mummy on the Orient Express
9/10 - Time Heist
8/10 - Into the Dalek
7/10 - Deep Breath
6/10 - Dark Water&Death in Heaven
6/10 - Robot of Sherwood
5/10 - Kill the Moon
5/10 - The Caretaker
5/10 - In the Forest of the Night
4/10 - Listen
4/10 - Last Christmas
4 weeks ago on Your Last Christmas Ranking
@Zodin Could someone explain the term "edgy" to me - I never really grasped what it's supposed to refer to - "on the edge of what is appropriate"?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on First Series 9 Title Revealed
@Last christmas I gave you my kidneys... I'd like her to either be more involved with the individual episode's plots, or not appear at all until the finale - the way Series 8 did it the scenes felt all too disconnected from the episodes' plot
Seeing how Capaldi was refered to as a magician both outside and within the show, so it might be someone linked to him - with the Coleman leaving rumors, I think new companion might be very likely (Similar to the Episode titles "Rose", "The Runaway Bride" and "Smith and Jones" all refered to the new companion introduced)
@Timhogan @S. Jek To me, the shock was more about the Master being there at all - that was the first thing he questioned her about once she was in UNIT's custody - after the initial surprise there was no difference in his attitude (instantly shifting to she when talking about their childhood for instance). Furthermore, I don't think a change of sex requires anymore story reason than any other regeneration-induced change. Why did the Doctor turn into an old man after having had 2 young bodies in a row?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Poll: A Female Doctor
@The Genie, Agent of JACKIE But then we would have two shows basically doing the exact same thing - aside from the obvious money issues, what would be the point of a spin-off that is but a copy of the original
I'm in favor of it being treated as a serious option - I don't need there to be a female Doctor, but I do want that when the choice is made between two actors, their sex would be of no importance. What counts is the acting and the writing. I don't see a change of sex any different from any other change in appearance
@Robot Juice I wouldn't call it shock, but surprise - he hadn't done it before (just as he hasn't been e.g. non-white before), so of course he is going to act surprised. I don't know where you get the idea that it requires intentional manipulation of the regeneration from - are you refering to Night of the Doctor? Because that was in reference to having control over the direction of regeneration with the elixir of the Sisterhood, as opposed to a random change like the Doctor is used to experiencing
1 month, 2 weeks ago on An Opinion On Gender Regeneration: Plot or Politics?
@pats86 @ElyotWren Pats86, please calm down - this is needlessly aggressive and counterproductive to any form of viable discussion - you're a simple line, single words even, completely out of proportion. Just because The Doctor used the term "man" in a off-hand way does not mean he that a regeneration cannot result in a female body, even if the previous one was female - that isn't even the issue anymore, as it has been clearly proven on two occasions that it can. The discussion whether or not the Doctor can turn into a female form within the universe is closed - what we are discussing, is whether or not this potential can be made reality by the casting of a female actor to portray the role
@pats86 Actually, thinking again about the whole sex being refered to in naming (father, etc.), the scene in Dark Water, when The Doctor realizes Missy isn't an android, he first refers to her as a Time Lord, to which she replies with "Time Lady" because she is "old fashioned" - adjusting one's titles to the current body's gender might be an old fashioned thing to do on Gallifrey - so Susan might still call the Doctor Grandfather even if it was a female version
1 month, 3 weeks ago on An Opinion On Gender Regeneration: Plot or Politics?
@pats86 Well, I wouldn't call
telepathically inducing a dreamstate real paternal skills :P
As I said to
Voterassilon further below, using terms like "man",
"father", or just "he" in regard to Time Lords seems tob be
simply because of the sex of the body currently occupied. The Doctor quickly
switched to she when talking about the Master in Death in Heaven, and also
switched between "he" and "she" when talking about the
Also, as ElyotWren
already mentioned, that family of his is Gallifreyan, properly Time Lord, too,
so to them, a change of sex would be a normal occurance.
regeneration into a female body is not a permanent change, as the next one
could be male again. I see that you think of the Doctor as a male person - so,
in the hypothetical case of a woman playing the Doctor, wouldn't that then
simply be a male character in a female body?
To me, this is not an
issue of whether or not the Doctor should be played by a woman, but whether The
Doctor can be played by a woman, and up to now, I haven't really seen anything
that speaks against that.
@pats86 @Sharaz_Jek But what about it doesn't work for you? I'm not trying to be obnoxious with my questioning, I honestly am trying to get a better grasp of your position.
@voterassilon Okay, I think the problem seems to be boiling down to differing views on
what traits to consider "male" - to me, none of the examples given
are exclusively male, and the terminology of using "father",
"grandfather" and "man" are just in reference to the current
body. I mean, Missy and the Corsair are both referred to by
"her"/"girl"/"woman", even though their first
bodies were male.
My problem with the argument that he has always had a male body meaning
that he identifies himself as male is that he hasn't had a controlled
regeneration at any point in his life (except from 8-War, where the direction
was towards a "Warrior"-persona). The only instant that argument
works is that he was born as a male.
The issue to me is simply the alieness of regeneration being hard to be
put into human language and categorization - for a society where regeneration
exists, a change of sex - an unusual occurrence to humans, logically would be
far more run-of-the-mill than for us.
@Moffat'sLittleHelper Can't wait for Chrsitmas!!! : Yes, casting a woman because she is a woman is sexist. Saying that no woman should be cast is also sexist, though - both of these are decisions based on sex, therefore they are sexist; the question is whether or not this is one of the negative forms of sexism. To me, the role of the Doctor - due to the uniqueness of the show's universe and the lack of any characteristics requiring a male - can be open to actors of either sex.
@voterassilon Interesting, but could you give me any examples of him identifying himself as male, please - just because his bodies up to now have been male does not make him identify as such, seeing how Time Lords are not bound to specific bodies. Also, Gender Identity is something separate from sex - sex is purely biological and in the case of most species binary, while gender is far more loosely defined and besides biology also deals with cultural and psychological factors.
@pats86 But that is the same argument of "it hasn't been done before" - of course he would not be male anymore, but he would still have been male. Furthermore, he hasn't looked like he did back then for a very long time anyway - this again is just about the biology of the body he would be currently occupying, not the Doctor himself
@Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things @divya12 Sorry, I've only seen the promotional pictures, so I could be completely of - this is pure speculation
1 month, 3 weeks ago on New Last Christmas Details & Big Clara Clue?
@pats86 having children and being married is not something specifically male - by its very definition, it these apply to both sexes. I'm sorry, but I don't get your comment's second half - could you please elaborate
@VictorWong1 @Sharaz_Jek giggling of one's own cleverness, clowing around, etc. are not exclusively male traits though, are they? I can guarantee from personal experience they aren't
@Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things @divya12 Has it been confirmed that those are all different creatures? To me, it looks like the Dream Crabs will be a term made up for the Kantofarri, and Sleepers are the people on whose faces they clam on to
@floppy_who but those scenes could have easily been filmed months after the rest of the episode (and properly were), as they were all on a single set
Those look a bit too much like face-huggers for my taste - strange idea for a Christmas episode
Okay, after thinking this over the past day since I posted here, I
have a question for everyone that is against a regeneration of the Doctor into
As I mentioned in a previous post, I think that as long as a fictional character's identity is not closely
tied to certain physical attributes of theirs, there is no problem with said
physical attributes altering between adaptations. So, my question is this:
What about the Doctor is it that makes him an exclusively male character?
I'm asking because I'm trying to understand your side of the debate
better, as the only argument I've come into contact with has been "It
breaks with the tradition and hasn't been done before" - which, to me,
sounds actually like a good thing for a show that has already 50+ years of
various scenarios. Finding something new to do seems to be a good thing, and
episodes are frequently praised for originality, so why not in this case?
@kigyouhime @Switcharoo And when the redesign in the ultimate universe was made, the other versions of the character were white, but that isn't a problem either
@GallifreyAcademy Aside from the fact that the Doctor wasn't asexual from the get go (he was introduced travelling with his granddaughter, got engaged (accidently)), if he really was, a change of sex would be of no importance then, since 'male' isn't a neutral standard. Also, lots of things in Doctor Who happen "just because" - that's at the very core of the show. The Doctor tranformed from a tall, old man into a short, younger man "just because" - it is only in retrospect that all the "just because" moments in Doctor Who gain context and reasoning. In the case of a sex change due to regeneration, that reason and context already exists anyway
@allons_ywibblywobbly @HeyProfessor The Master has always been insane, and sadistically toying and joking about killing people has been part of a few of his incarnations, e.g. Simm and MacQueen
@DanFellows Why does a fictional character have to be of the same sex as you to be a rolemodel? A rolemodel is about their actions, not biology
@Planet of the Christmas Pudding Brains Well, jokes about the sex change would be automatically sexist - I mean, they would be about sex, so that is by definition sexist. I don't think that that would be horrible or offensive though. 12 made a joke about properly blaming the English after getting a Scottish accent, and that wasn't offensive either - at least it wasn't to me
An interesting article, but I have to disagree with you on a number of
I disagree with the premise that a change of sex is silly - Silliness, humor,
etc. are very personal subjects, and to me, unless sex, race, etc. are integral
parts of a character's persona, an alteration for a new adaptation is perfectly
reasonable to me. I don't see any problem with "Jane Bond" or "Shelly
Holmes" (both of which actually exist in some form or other).
Furthermore, your example of a man playing Thatcher or a white person
playing Mandela don't apply in this case because these are real-life people so
of course a biopic would not be able to make such casting decisions - in our
case though we are discussing fictional characters whose persona is not tied to
a specific race or sex. An example is the casting of Idris Elba (Your Mandela
example reminded me of him) as Heimdall in Marvel's Thor - he does great work
with the role and there is nothing about the character that requires him to be
black or white as there is no real requirement. It is unusual because we are
not used to the idea of a being described by Nordic religion being black, but
the race has no impact on the character.
This is not always the case of course - there are fictional characters
whose identity is closely tied to certain physical attributes of theirs. Just
as a thought experiment, let's take for example Wonder Woman - one of her
defining characteristics is that she comes from a society dominated by the
opposite sex than the one dominating in the society she enters. For her to
change sex and still be an accurate adaptation, the relation between the sexes
of the fictional world she occupies must be reversed as well.
The Master and the Doctor though aren't defined by their sex - there is
nothing about them that is exclusively male, and by the very nature of
regeneration, a sex change is just as simple as a change in stature, voice, or
@Padaster The limit has been proven to be a real thing by cases of the Master and Azael in the classic series
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Steven Moffat: An Era of Forgotten Things
@Hibernus @ilyootha, agent of C.L.A.R.A. "Days not lived yet" does not mean that there is going to be another incarnation, just that Eleven had a future (which the Great Intelligence was about to destroy) - Eleven being the potential last Doctor was planned in that Moffat had planned Trenzalore to be the finale for the 11th Doctor at least from Series 6 on. That this coincides with being the last life of the regeneration cycle came about during Series 7 production with Eccelstone not returning and an extra incarnation being added to replace him, so it was planned at least already in Name - it wasn't spelled out til Time, but the revelation of the War Doctor's existence implied it
@Hibernus The inclusion of the War Doctor was relatively late in planning, because
of Eccelstone declining to return, but from the way he is written (aka a
well-kept secret unknown to anyone outside the Time War) it does not contradict
Series 6&7. Let me explain:
1) The Teselecta "regenerating" - The events at Lake Silencio
was a show set up by the Doctor to convince the Silence that were present that
he was dead. However, the fact that the Doctor was already in his 13th life was
not known in the universe, as both The War Doctor and the Meta Crisis were
secrets or not part of the main universe. Therefore, to convince the Silence
who believe him to be in his 11th life, there has to be some apparent attempt
at regeneration, otherwise they would have doubted the Teselecta being the
2) The Doctor giving some regenerative energy to River: Now, this does a
bit of head-canon, but it is based on facts established in the show. We know
that Time Lords always have a certain amount of regenerative energy active in
their bodies - it allows them to live as long as they do and heal much quicker.
Full regeneration, which takes a large amount of energy all at once only takes
place when the body completely fails. Since a Time Lord is still extremely long
lived even in his last incarnation, it is reasonable to assume that even if no
more full regeneration is possible, there is still a certain amount of energy
left (think the last remaining amount of gasoline in a car's tank even if the
indicator is on empty). When the Doctor gave energy to River to heal her hand,
he used up some of that remaining energy, maybe the equivalent of a few decades
- not enough for full regeneration, but enough to heal a broken wrist.
3) The Doctor threatening Mr Clever with regenerating: The important
point in that scene is that it is the Doctor who is giving Mr Clever
information on regeneration and the Doctor's previous lives and he uses it to
prevent a further takeover of his mind - by keeping the War Doctor a secret,
the Doctor is able to bluff the Cyber-Controller.
(Also, keep in mind that at least attempting regeneration beyond the
limit is not impossible - both the Master and Azael did so, resulting in either
dying in the process or ending up as a walking corpse, kept going only by
strength of will. This adds to the theory that the is still some regenerative
energy left, just not enough for a full regeneration)
@alex_494 @Gallade Zero Like the Asylum versions then? I agree that the metallic look is much better than the plastic one, and I really like the idea of a class distinction, but the negative backlash after Victory properly ended any chances from that being explored further. Still, all the Daleks in ToTD and Into the Dalek have only been foot soldiers, so the Paradigm commanders can still reappear
@KathyHoover @AnthonyBrass The Curator's identity is left intentionally ambigious, and I think that's a good thing - it was a pure fan-service moment and I think it is better to leave any kind of explanation up to the individual fan than trying to give a 'canon' explanation
@alex_494 @ilyootha, agent of C.L.A.R.A. @divya12 Just to elaborate, the earth being ravaged by solar radiation in a few centuries is a plot point mentioned in several classic story lines as well - that is actually a really nice touch by Moffat - he incorporates a lot of fictional future history elements from the classic era in his writing, for example Time Agents from the 51st century
@Desgar Let's be honest here, an episode about Clara applying for a job as a teacher isn't really interesting, nor would it involve the Doctor
@Zodin The Silence ship was an abandoned model from after Day of the Moon - it might even have been the same one as the one River killed all the operators off. It was malfunctioning and trying to get a new pilot