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@NickyArmstrong @Oodkind I can only think of one occasion (THe Daleks) - is there another? Retroactively, we could assume that instead of a beating heart beat being a sign he is still medically well, it is a sign of danger, as one heart has stopped
6 days, 1 hour ago on Wearing A Bit Thin: A Theory on Time Lord Ageing
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @Sharaz_Jek @ilyootha I understand, but it also does not work as proof, since either theory would make the same prediction in this case
@ilyootha @Sharaz_Jek Thanks; this has been a pet-theory of mine concerning regeneration energy for a while, for the reasons I layed out
As a number of other people already pointed out, you've got the War Doctor's age wrong and missed the draining of the 1st Doctor's energy (Time Destructor and Mondas).
However, the War Doctor in and of itself is problematic - before his introduction, the 'Earth years' vs. 'Gallifrey years' argument could explain why the 9th Doctor suddenly stated that he was 900, but now there have to be centuries in between the Classic Era and NewWho (this also ignores 8's massive time period from the EU, e.g. Big Finish).
Still, the War Doctor might also provide the answer - he fought in the Time War which must have been riddled with time rewrittings, artificial aging, etc. so his extensive aging in-between Night and Day of the Doctor can be attributed to that, alongside apearantly lost years of the Doctor's life.
Concerning the 11th Doctor's aging - he is on the last regeneration, so that might give us a clue. We know that regeneration energy not only serves the purpose of complete overhauls, but also constantly makes minor repairs, which would reasonably also account for the slow-to-no aging. We know that once the last full regeneration was done, the Doctor still had some regenerative energy left: He didn't age normally & healed River's wrist (TATM).
So, during his time on Trenzalore, this last reserve of energy ran out, no longer holding back the aging process and the Doctor didn't heal as well anymore (e.g. injured leg).
This also fits with the Master's decayed state in the classic era
6 days, 7 hours ago on Wearing A Bit Thin: A Theory on Time Lord Ageing
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @ilyootha it does not disprove, but it isn't proof, either, as the Time Destructor would work for both normal aging as well as the proposed 'activity' aging
Nice article, while I do disagree with a few points:
- Doctor Who doesn't have filler episodes, as there isn't a continuous story told across the season - there are arcs or themes, but nothing resembling a continous story flowing from one episode to the next. Within a story, there can be quite a lot of filler (esp. in the classic series, when a story usually had to fill 4 whole 24 min. episodes or more)
- 'Lesser writers' is a hard to pin-down concept - I for example really like Chibnall's work, which the author seems to dislike him. I suppose you can look at overall reaction to a writer's work, but even then I doubt you'll find a writer universally judged as bad
- the production cost argument was actually stated to be wrong by Moffat when he introduced the story-of-the-week format in Series 7, but of course I don't have any proof either.
Overall, I'm glad that two-parters will be more frequent, because a number of stories (esp. in Series 7) would have profitted from a longer running time, though I actually believe a simple extention of a single episode to ca 1 hour (e.g. Last of the Time Lords, Eleventh Hour, Big Bang, etc.) would suffice
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Why More Two-Parters Is A Good Thing
@Cali5 The events of the TV movie occur in-between Master and Mastermind from the Master's perspective - it is the reason he is trapped on Earth and has the Deathworm Morphant physiology at that time. Anyway, there wouldn't be a 8th Doctor without that movie, which is actually okay-to-good in my books
3 weeks ago on Dark Eyes 4 Review
@Gustaff @Sharaz_Jek So that would mean: The CIA pick up the Master at some point after Mastermind, wanting to recruit him to investigate the Eminence as a possible weapon against the Daleks. They give him a new regeneration cycle, but he turns rogue (surprise, surprise) and instead picks up Goth's TARDIS and investigates the Dimensioneers (UNIT Dominion). Then, after that failed, the Master returns to his original mission, and investigates the Eminence, the retrogenitor particles and the rewritten events of Dark Eyes. He steals a Eminence casket, saves Sally Armstrong, and creates a new timeline centered around the Ides institute (Dark Eyes 2 - now).
This makes me wonder about the Master's TARDIS: Is the grandfather clock TARDIS used by the Master his own or Goth's? In Keeper of Traken, the Master has 2 TARDISes: one disguised as the Melkur and the Grandfather clock inside the Melkur.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Dark Eyes 4 Review
@Gustaff @Sharaz_Jek I laughed out loud at his reaction - "You cannot abandon me, Doctor! ... Well, I suppose you can". I wonder where he is going to end up now that the timelines have been redrawn again. Unlike the Doctor and Liv, I don't think he will be protected from that, seeing how the Doctor stole his TARDIS (He does have the Pagoda and other Dalek Time technology though). I'm still not entirely certain when UNIT Dominion happens to him - I presume before Dark Eyes 2 but I'm not certain.
If there is ever going to be a Multi-Master TV story, MacQueen could be the Master's equivalent of the War Doctor - the incarnation linking the classic portrayal with the New Who portrayal. He definitely feels like a great mix between the two already.
Sorry to disappoint, but Doom Coalition is going to continue the 8/Liv crew. I don't really agree with your assessment of Liv - While she isn't the most engaging companion, I still like her and think her kind-of depressed state of mind in DE2&3 pretty satisfied. Anyway ...
A Life in the Day - It felt a bit out of place to me at first - I wasn't expecting the finale box set to start of with a more or less standalone story rather than dropping us in the middle of action right away. The Doctor and Liv seem to finally enjoy themselves again and it is only later in the story that the Doctor's darker mood comes back. The story itself is nicely plotted and gives a nice alteration on a usually rather tired out sci-fi trope (SPOILERS: experiencing a time loop from the outside rather than the trapped person himself).
The Monster of Montemarte - I didn't find the first half boring or dragging at all, but that might be because I listened to the Box Set in one go, making it more of a slow breather before jumping into the heart of the box sets story. I found the 1920s Moulin Rouge meets criminal underworld bit nice; if the cover and Box Set hadn't given the Daleks away, this might have been great surprise twist.
Master of the Daleks - MacQueen has done it and surpassed Delgado as my favorite Master - he is just amazing: arrogant, clever, sarchastic and enjoys himself so much in all his evilness- this feels like what RTD and Moffat were trying to do with the Simm and Gomez incarnations, but Briggs, Fitton and Dorney just hit it out of the park. (some of my favorite linse in the entire box set: "Did I make you grumpy grumpy?" "Yes, this didn't work out terribly well, did it?) Not much to say beyond what is already in the review, besides praising Sorcha Cusack for her minor role as Nurse Carter.
Eye of Darkness - What a great send-off to the Dark Eyes era; The Eminence' origin, the Dalek Time Controller's scheme, and the importance of the Dark Eyes throughout Dark Eyes 2 and 3 are finally revealed and everything fits together wonderfully. The Time Controller had already been one of my favorite Big Finish villain and Nicholas Briggs is amazing in the role. After the way the 8th Doctor Adventures ended, Dark Eyes' end resonates greatly with its preceeding era and I'm curious to see how 8 will continue in the Doom Coalition.
@Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs Hm, maybe Liv is actually a spy send by the Dalek Supreme, making 8 no longer count her as a friend? (Dun Dun Daaaaa)
@Gustaff @Sharaz_Jek To me, the plot itself was already Time War material (unstable timelines, Dalek conquest of worlds in alternative histories, etc.) so I didn't really miss it too much. Only thing lacking was Time Lord presence, but since the Doctor was already involved, I could imagine Narvin and the CIA - after Dark Eyes 3 didn't work out too well for them - just let the Doctor deal with it himself - since the Doctor succeeded, there was no need to get involved directly and further escalate the conflict. Dark Eyes 1 was a direct attack on the Time Lords, and their work in DE2&3 was related to the Eminence and Master, rather than directly with the Daleks
The Dark Eyes era overall gives also a great idea of Time War material: instable timelines, factions coming from one history appearing in another, Time Lord and Dalek schemes redrafting events, ....Now that Big Finish seems to be moving towards New Who, we might get some more Time War stuff, like an explanation of what some of the wars horrors were - we wouldn't need to see/hear the actual war, just some form of 'origin story'. The Could-have-been King and his army of Meanwhiles& Neverweres for example could be connected to Zagreus and the Neverpeople, just renamed a bit. The Skaro Degradations have already been explored in Engines of War, so this might work out as well
@Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs Because she hadn't been a full-blown companion when Night of the Doctor was made (or perhaps 8 will get his memory wiped in Doom Coalition - again). Anyway, 8 had a number of other companions that weren't mentioned in Night, e.g. Mary Shelley. It is the same issue with 5 not thinking about Erimem or Amy in Caves of Androzani - sometimes we just have to accept these things
@TheWibblyLever The Cold circle was explained as a place were the cold from the pocket universe came in, but you're right about the writing - that made no sense with the explanation that was given
4 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 2
This is the big one, and I know few will agree with me, but ... The Rings of Akhaten is my favorite story of Series 7 with a 9/10.I absolutely adore the first 3rd of The Doctor and Clara (and the audience) just enjoying an alien culture. The music is beautiful and the market has a great 'Mos Eisley Cantina'-feel - the costume department did some great work. The idea of a culture based on Psychometry is a fascinating idea and makes sense considering that this culture developed under the shadow of a creature that feeds on such energies.The Mummy and Vigil have a great design, though I think one of them should have been cut (properly the Vigil), as the short format does not really allow for a successful bait&switch with the central villain.The dialog is great, and the speeches truly touching - Matt Smith has always been great delivering emotional speeches (twice for example in Big Bang with Amy and Amelia respectively), and he is on top of his game here.Neil Cross was the only writer in Series 7 that seemed to give Clara an actual personality (Gaiman's Clara was fun, but also seemed to be very different from the other episodes). She is a lot of fun here, and her relationship with Merry is nicely done. The Sonic acting as a 'magic wand' actually makes sense in this episode as the technology and Vigil's abilities are sound based. I also don't get why people discuss whether or not the Old God is a sun or a planet - maybe I missed something, but there is clearly an off-screen light source on it's surface in the opening shot and the Doctor calls it a planet when explaining the Song Singers' beliefs to Clara.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1
@Deus_Ex_Machina It was my favorite episode of Series 7, but I know that I'm in the minority with this (In general, I seem to be very much in the minority concerning Series 7, as I also greatly dislike Asylum of the Daleks and The Snowmen)
@TardisBoy! It's very good, but hard to compare, as the Bryke tried to avoid doing a simple re-run. Korra for example is the total antithesis of Aang character-wise. Same goes for the show structure: ATLA has serialized seasons and more or less self-contained episodes, while LoK has serialized episodes with more or less self-contained seasons.Also, there are some issues that can be attributed to Nick:
- reducing the episode count
- Only greenlighting a single mini-series to begin, resulting in Season 1 feeling disconnected from the rest of the show and Season 2 having regression of character development;
- cutting the budget in the middle of Season 4's production, resulting in almost an entire episode being scrapped;Still, concidering these circumstances, I'd call LoK an almost perfect show, with outstanding writing, animation and acting
1 month ago on Doctor Who vs Avatar: The Last Airbender
@Huknar @Sharaz_Jek Do we? I think we were more supposed to associate with Clara, seeing how it was her experience of the events that shaped the audience's. The Doctor's massive life-expectancy makes associating with him in matters of time and aging rather hard to do. He is an alien, and this is one of his character aspects that we, as humans, cannot really relate to directly. We can still understand that he spent a large part of his life there, becoming an old man in the process, and that's really enough for me. I don't really care about the precise numbers to be honest, as I think the impact on the character and overall tale matters more
1 month, 1 week ago on The Eleventh Doctor: The Oldest of Them All
@Huknar @Sharaz_Jek But just a few years is nothing to the Doctor - it needed to be a time frame that actually meant something to a Time Lord. 900 might be a bit too much, but it had to be at least in the hundreds
@Huknar @Sharaz_Jek It did turn into a full blown war after the Daleks successfully attacked the Papal Mainframe - I agree that glancing over the general development of the siege into full-blown war within a single montage was bad, but the dilemma itself was fine. The Doctor did need to spend some time in Christmas to become an actual part of the place, and without the TARDIS for the first few centuries he was forced to. It is not unlike the 3rd Doctor's situation with UNIT - living on the planet, becoming 'part of the family' so to speak, and fighting of threats to his home in exile.
The old man in a young body was an aspect I really loved about the 11th Doctor, and the introduction of the War Doctor (making 11 the last incarnation) really helped to further that aspect. I don't remember when it was, but SF Debris, in one of his DW reviews, compared 11 to Peter Pan, taking his young companion away from ordinary life, trying to never grow up - a fitting comparison in my mind
@Huknar @Sharaz_Jek But that is the point - The Doctor, the eternal wanderer, solving the big problems but never staying to deal with the effects, always running onwards, settles down and stays in one place at the end of his life - not to solve some massive, universe-threatening catastrophy, but to protect a small, maybe even unsignificant town from danger he has unwittingly brought upon it - every life saved and enriched by his presence a victory. As I said, it is a fantastical legend - a tale told to the Children of Christmas
@Huknar Problem with that though is that it was about the Doctor aging, his body finally catching up with his inner ancient soul - something that takes a very long time. The long length of the siege/war also adds to the fairytale/fantastical legend theme of Time of the Doctor and the Matt Smith era in general. I agree that we should have spent more time with the conflict, but in itself I think it was an understandable decision
@zguida09 The weakest link droid wasn't in The Long Game; that was in Bad Wolf. THe Long Game was about the Satellite 5 station before the game shows - it had Simon Pegg as The Editor
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2005 Part 2
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 months, 1 week 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 months, 1 week 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
2 months, 2 weeks 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
2 months, 3 weeks 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
@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"?
3 months, 1 week 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?
3 months, 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
3 months, 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
@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.