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@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
20 hours, 33 minutes 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 weeks 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 weeks, 5 days 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 weeks, 6 days 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
3 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
3 weeks, 3 days 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
3 weeks, 5 days 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
3 weeks, 6 days 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
4 weeks ago on Meet the New Rani
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
4 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
1 month 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
@The Finn It won't be retconned out, but the storyline is finished and they'll probably simply carry on without mentioning it. It was part of RTD's era and will properly stay there.
Actually, after having died and been only partly resurrected in End of Time, it seemed to me like the Master doesn't have any regenerations anymore again. He is on Gallifrey now, and might get some new regenerations there. We could have the new Master come in and say that after he attacked Rassilon, he somehow optained a new regeneration set and the Simm Master, being in the decaying state he was in, regenerated almost instantly
@doctorwhomultiverse Time wasn't really focused on any villain - yes, the Daleks were the ones with the most prominence, being the last ones left to fight the Doctor and the Silence, but the episode skipped most of the conflict, condencing it into voice-over narration, and instead focused on the Doctor going towards his death and Clara's struggle. Pandorica Opens on the other hand was a mis-direction as the first episode made the audience believe we would get another massive alien army like in RTD's finales, but then instead focused on Amy. It is true however that Moffat loves playing with time, erasing history in Series 5, crashing it all together in Series 6, and manipulating the Doctor's personal history in Series 7.
1 month ago on Comparing the Different Arcs of the Revival
@Liana21 Oh, I ship Ian and Barbara, a lot :P
1 month ago on 11 Doctor Who Instances When It Was Just… Blissful
Some more for the list: Tardiscrew chilling in ancient Rome, Doctor and Romana in Paris, the Doctor playing football, first third of Ring of Akhatem
1 month, 1 week ago on 11 Doctor Who Instances When It Was Just… Blissful
@Stradiwhovius I agree wholeheartingly. I liked Rings as well a lot because it spend so much time world-building rather than jumping into action - which it still did, but I would have been perfectly fine if the episode would have just focused on showing an alien world, perhaps Clara helping the little girl to cope with the pressure as a small conflict, but no monster/invasion/etc.
As much as I agree with the sentiment of this article - really well written, by the way - I think the basic problem is that even the person who absolutely despises Moffat's writing for instance still has an opinion we should accept and discuss. To brand them as "haters" and try to diminish the value of their criticism, just because it radically disagrees with our own assessments seems, to me, to run against the very principle of tolerance we want the community to apply
1 month, 1 week ago on Yes, I’m a Whovian, but I’m one of the nice ones
@GrandDoctor There is no official canon, so it's up to yourself. However, if you take Alex, who is an Big Finish exclusive character, as canon, then your idea doesn't work since he doesn't possess any Time Lord abilities and is more or less entirely human. And he's dead, so that also ruins that.
1 month, 1 week ago on Could An Overseas Version of Doctor Who Ever Work?
I should add that RTD does have character arcs throughout series, just not plot arcs like Moffat uses.
1 month, 1 week ago on Comparing the Different Arcs of the Revival
I think my problem is that I don't really consider anything in the RTD era to be an actual arc (except for perhaps Series 3's Harold Saxon). Just repeating a certain word like "Bad Wolf" or "Torchwood" at random places isn't an arc. They are little teasers for the finale, but nothing really builds onto each other. Moffat's arcs (or even, one really long arc with separate chapters) includes events from different episodes affecting each other and leading up to something larger. Now, that doesn't mean that i think that RTD's style is inferior to Moffat's - both of them work and don't work in various aspects and it comes down to your preferances, but I think that such a distinction should be made when discussing them.
@PaddyB Just because Destiny was already a bad story before doesn't mean that Journey's End can't be.
1 month, 1 week ago on Is it time for Davros to return?
@MaraBackman Check out Big Finish's "The Juggernauts" - it's basically what you just described
I'd actually think the TV series should try to take a clue from the audio books and attempt a Davros story without the Daleks. Julian Bleach was great in Series 4, but he was by far not as controlling and manipulative as in his classic series appearances. A return to the quieter, more menacing moments would be nice
@troughton who? It is said to be set in 2013 - it's the UNIT-dating issue all over again
1 month, 4 weeks ago on The Day of the Doctor vs The Light at the End
This article does highlight why - in my opinion - bringing them all back wouldn't have worked. As said in the conclusion, going with these ideas, you have so many people running about, all requiring their own plots and it would rely far too much on the show's past, making it almost impossible for casual viewers or new comers to join in. The cast would just be too large, hurting the story.
Look at Big Finish's Light at the End - that also focuses purely on it's own story. You could listen to it without any knowledge of the different Doctors' own stories, and still follow it.
I agree with Moffat when he said that however great the diehard fans are, they are the last person in the line of people you should have in mind while making an episode. The person watching for the first time in his/her life - that's main audience member for a Doctor Who story who you want to impress. Everything else is second to that
2 months ago on Could The Eleven Doctors Have Been Achieved Without Overcrowding?
What I really like about this story is, eventhough it is "Genesis of the Daleks", it doesn't really focus on the Daleks and instead gives us a look into the world that created such monsters. Davros is one of the best villains the show has ever had, but it isn't only he alone that brings the Daleks into being, as we see Skaro devestated by war and the Nazi-esque ideology of the Kaled people.
2 months ago on On First View: Genesis of the Daleks
The script definitely worked with the Doctors they had and really would only have worked with War, 10 and 11 in it's current form. Also, we did have 8 in the prequel, and archive footage of every other Doctor, including one that hadn't even appeared yet.
On top of that Day of the Doctor is just one piece in a larger celebration of the 50th anniversary; we also got Light at the end with Doctors 4-8, Adventure in Space and Time, 5ish Doctor Reboot, and all those specials. If Day had been the only thing, I'd understand the complaints, but overall the 50th was a wonderful tribute to the show
2 months ago on Smith on 50th Classic Doctor Criticisms
@Galax @Sharaz_Jek @The Outer Space K9 But they didn't affect anything. And the enemies try to find ways to enter the planet is already done with the Wooden Cyberman scene later, so what was the point of the angels? They also don't do anything. The Cyberman for instance is faced by the Doctor and destroyed, but the angels are simply gone in the next scene. So, it isn't a detail that is important. That's my criticism - that it is nothing but "a cool cameo" (which I also didn't think it was, to be honest. It had been just over a year since the last time we saw them, and, as I said, they didn't do anything)
2 months, 1 week ago on An Opinion Divided: The Time of the Doctor
@ClaraOswald How do you think it destroyed the relationship? I personally think that the episode highlighted the Doctor's devotion to life, staying in Christmas, and growing old, seeing every single life as a victory. Making the Doctor age and making Matt Smith look similar to William Hartnell in the end was a nice touch as well to me, as it meant that his body finally reflected the man he was on the inside. How did it not feel like DW to you? I'm criticing your take on the story, but I'd really like to hear your reasons
@The Outer Space K9 As the article said, the Weeping Angel scene might be scary and well done, but it doesn't accomplish anything in the script and is just ... there, with no meaning whatsoever to the plot, as the angels just disappear later. And as for Clara being send back to Earth - I think the problem is more that it was done twice in the same episode, and with such a small amount of time to tell your story it might have been better if it had focused more on other aspects. I agree it is effective, but that is Time's main problem: some really good things in isolation, that don't really fit together to have a nice flow
This article really takes the words from my mouth. I agree with every single thing said. Time of the Doctor is weaker than the sum of its parts, but man, does it have some really great parts. I think that either an expansion or a further streamlining of the script would have improved it immensly. Something specific that I really missed from this episode and some other Moffat scripts in Series 7 was his ability to write in comedic bits and then make them set-ups or metaphors for later important plot points. The holographic clothes for example - I was really expecting them to become an important trick at a later point in the stories, but they simply disappeared after the 1st act and never used again. Moffat used to be so good at things like this.
I hope this is true, as I felt that the main flaw of most Series 7 stories was a lack of time and, in my opinion, the 2-part final structure worked better than the single part.
2 months, 1 week ago on Two-Part Finale for Series 8
@ilyootha @Gustaff He is newly regenerated in Rose - however, there is the fact that he left and then came back to mention that "it also travels in time" at the end, and the 50th anniversary ebook does place an adventure in this interval, so 9 could have done a lot, including the pictures shown of him in Rose in that period.
2 months, 1 week ago on Moffat: Day Was My Most Difficult Script Ever
@Gustaff I think we can give up on that front - it is an inconsistency that isn't going to get any resolution. I personally blame RTD, since he made the decision have the 900 years thing stated and count from that onwards. The idea of Gallifreyan Years vs. Earth Years also breaks down now that we have centuries as the War Doctor (however, he might have actively ignored those years or because of the time manipulation in the war, centuries of fighting actually never happened, etc.)
Having watched it with my father who hadn't seen the show before and only knew the basics from me, I think Moffat succeeded in writing a script that both diehard fans and absolute newcomers can enjoy. I think that is the most difficult thing a Doctor Who writer needs to do for such an occasion. Of course that means that the tribute to the older parts of the show can't go beyond some small references and gags, but for the big fans we also had things such as Big Finish's Light at the End and the 5ish Doctor Reboot. Day had to appeal to a far greater audience than anything else Doctor Who related in 2013, not just us diehard fans. Night of the Doctor for example was a massive gift to the fans, closing the gap between classic and new Who, giving McGann another appearance and confirming Big Finish as Canon.
I think not nowadays, with DW being a massive international success. Back in the 70s and 80s, it could have worked, but nowadays with a show being shared internationally via internet quickly and a massive fanbase already existing overseas.
2 months, 1 week ago on Could An Overseas Version of Doctor Who Ever Work?
An interesting article - well written and argued. I agree with
most of this analysis, even though I think that Martha does overcome her being
"a rebound" at least in the audiences eyes, and while I agree that
her marrying Mickey was really strange as they hadn't shared a single scene
before, I don't think it was done because of them being both black. I suppose
it was more of an attempt at providing fan-service on RTD's part.
I also agree with the critic of Rose. And to those saying this is
to negative or hateful - yes, this is negative and hateful, but it also gives
valid reasons and arguments. The author clearly thought about the opinions
expressed and supports them.
2 months, 1 week ago on Comparing the Female Companions of Revived Who
A very well-written article and thanks for the insight into the AI scores. Not being British, I had never heard of them. It is obvious that the scores don't really represent the quality itself (similar how high ticket sells doesn't mean a movie is good), but it certainly shows that both eras are equally liked by the public
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Settling the Moffat vs. RTD Debate (Using AI Scores)
Concerning her Dalek two-parter, it is not only the the production that
is lacking, but also her writing: aside from the parallels to the superior Evil
of the Daleks, the horrible pig-slaves (why? oh why? They could have
reintroduced Robomen, or duplicates, but pigs?) and especially the ridiculous
science (Gamma-radiation = lighting strike and can carry DNA), A Dalek 'eating'
a human => hybrid, etc.); also, if the Daleks didn't have enough resources,
how did they create all that hand-held Dalek weaponry?
Her other stories however are good to very good, even though I don't
think any of them are outstanding. I'd have no problem with her returning to DW
(I'd take anyone over Stephen Thompson returning). I'd say give her another shot, and see what she'd produce. It doesn't has to be another classic creature, but maybe a future story, as she hasn't done one yet.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Bring Back… Helen Raynor
@SaraRafinski @Sharaz_Jek In Journey's End she said that they had built the dimension cannon so that she could come back and that it suddenly started to work when the dimensional barriers started to break down. That tells me that the cannon already existed before the Reality Bomb's effects began to show themselves.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on A Bad Wolf or Just Plain Bad? Addressing Rose Criticisms
@Galexbadwolf @Sharaz_Jek Firstly, please refrain from making assumptions about what I've seen or
haven't seen or any other attacks. All I'm trying to do is have a nice
discussion about one of my favorite TV shows. It is not a "hate
Now you seem to have failed to address any of my criticisms. I have no
disrespect towards Billie Piper - she is a great actress and is good in the
role of Rose; it's the character/writing I don't like, not the actress. (Also,
what is "died of death"?)
Furthermore, as I said in my original comment, I don't have a
problem with Rose wanting to leave her old life and parents; as you say it is
part of life and growing up. It is the way she treats her mother and Mickey
concerning this. Her and Mickey's relationship also doesn't come to a
"natural end" as Rose never actually ends it. Even in Boom Town, when
Mickey confronts her about leaving him but keeping him "on standby"
she just leaves with Jack and the Doctor at the end without them ever working
out their problem. The same goes for Parting of the Ways.
Concerning Clara, JustMarianna and Notsosmartguy already told you that
she is the rare exception amongst companions in that she doesn't leave her old
life and only goes on "field trips" with the Doctor, always coming
back. (Also: "it's a time machine, you can be back 5 minutes ago").
I also don't deny there being a good chemistry between Billie Piper and
David Tennant or made any such claim (Personally, I think David had the best
chemistry with Catherine Tate, but that's beside the point).
And being likeable is important for a character to be a audience
surrogate, which a companion is supposed to be. Your right to say that being
likeable isn't necessary for a character to be good - e.g. Davros is a very
good character but he is definitely not likeable. It obvious that you like Rose
- otherwise you wouldn't have reacted in the way you did. I just stated that I
didn't and gave arguments as to why I don't and it honestly doesn't matter to
my opinion whether or not Peter Davison liked Rose. It is his opinion, and this
is mine, just as you have yours. I come here to hear different opinions from my
own and discuss them.
@colincreevaz @Sharaz_Jek When? - I've checked out World War Three again and not once does she say sorry, neither to Jackie or Mickey. The two just, accept her going of with the Doctor again without anything on Rose' part
@Ollie Walton Harrod @Sharaz_Jek When? - I've checked out World War Three again and not once does she say sorry, neither to Jackie or Mickey. The two just, accept her going of with the Doctor again without anything on Rose' part
I'm curious. I always thought an actual depiction of the Time War wouldn't be possible in the TV show, but in book format it could work. I don't want to much to be shown though - some small hints and mentions are enough for me. I do wonder who the companion is going to be though; maybe a Time War soldier under the Doctor's command or something. And Is that a Special Weapons Dalek in the RTD design I see? Looks cool. They should definitely introduce it in the TV show
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The War Doctor Returns in “Engines of War”
Wow - this got a lot longer than I intended it to be!
An interesting article. I myself have great dislike for the character of
Rose, but I'm also interested in different opinions, and this article certainly
makes some arguments. Still, I'll try to give add my two cents here:
on Series 2: I don't really have anything substantial to add here, as I
agree with your assessment of Rose's positives in Series 2. However, you do
bring up her behavior in Tooth and Claw, in particular her bet with the Doctor around
Queen Victoria, which I found to be one of Rose's worst moments - people around
her are being killed, ripped apart by a Werewolf, and she makes childish jokes
about the Queen "being not amused".
On her "selfishness": I think you missed the point of the
criticism here (at least from where I'm standing): It is not that she wants to
leave her old life, her 'Working Class Yoke', that is the problem here. In a
way, almost every companion has this aspect and it is almost an requirement to
traveling with the Doctor. No, it is the way she treats her family in this
regard. Specific examples of this are especially prominent in Series 1, as she
hangs up on her mother who almost got killed and is panicking, and doesn't show
any guilt or compassion for her mother and Mickey for the pain they went
through when she was gone for a year. Not once do we see her apologize for
On "Too clingy": I have to agree with you here. 'Clingy' is a
not really a good term to use and the Doctor was just as unable to let Rose go
as she was (If that is good or bad is debatable; I agree that it overshadowed
Martha and Series 3 in general). However, Rose having a dimension cannon built
even though the Doctor told her that doing so would enganger all universes was
unresponcible and selfish. If Davros hadn't done the whole Reality Bomb scheme,
Rose's actions would probably have been the danger of in the Series 4 finale.
On "Jealousy" - yes she was horribly jealous and her "I
was here first" was a terrible line. Nothing else to say. Next
On Her Return: Yes, her return was a surprise and Turn Left was an
amazing episode, even though that is more due to Donna and the brilliant
writing than Rose. In the finale however she, Mickey and Jackie are pretty
pointless and don't add anything to the plot (Martha, Sarah Jane and Torchwood
at least do something, even though their actions become meaningless as well).
My main problem with her in Journey's End though is the ending and the way she
treats the Doctor. After the Meta-Crisis Doctor allegedly confesses his love to
her, she kisses him right in front of the real Doctor who shares all his
memories and emotions with the Meta-Crisis Doctor. This just cemented Rose as
being selfish to me, as she obviously didn't care at all about the Doctor's
emotions and only cared for her own desires and that, at least to me, is not
love, but egotism and even cruelty.
Concluding I still see Rose as a bad person and I don't think that she
was any more "human" or relatable as other New Who companions. None
of them come off as perfect (except for Clara, who up to now has been a bit of
a Mary-Sue). Yes, Rose' character felt 'real', but that doesn't mean she is
likable, and being likable is the most important thing in a companion.
I'd love Fiveish doctors to win! But being up against Game of Thrones' excellent "Rains of Castamere", it will be a really close decision for any Who-story on the list
3 months ago on Moffat Battles The Five(ish) Doctors Again
@MrRazza I suppose one can apply the same argument to Girl in the Fireplace. 'Overrated' is a very difficult point to define as it basically just means that a very large group of people adore the story. Both are very well done, but differ much in style which makes it hard to compare them. I personally prefer the Doctor's Wife, but I also love Girl in the Fireplace.
3 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Dream Run (Episodes 1-8)
@Malohkeh @Sharaz_Jek I did see Victory, and it doesn't. The Daleks rebuild their empire, yes - but that doesn't explain the return of a planet that was destroyed. And it isn't just another planet made into a new Skaro - there are several of those - but the original, as the Doctor identifies it as such both in the prequel as well as in the episode.
3 months, 1 week ago on Asylum of the Daleks: A Popular Opinion?
@Manyetha the Time Lord Well, they have been doing that since at least Revelation of the Daleks. Conversion is still a special and rare thing with Daleks - usually they just kill you, enslave you or turn you into a Roboman/Dalek Puppet now.
@Chris502 @Sharaz_Jek But this was never mentioned in the episode. All that was said was that they forgot him and had no idea who he is (Doctor Who?!). How could you forget a person, but not your interactions with that person? That is all you know about the other
@Gustaff @Sharaz_Jek Yes, there is that problem in Tomb, but that doesn't make it any better in Asylum. I generally don't have that much of a problem with such things because they are usually outweight by the stories positives (e.g. Tomb - you could even argue it was part of the trap, making everything more convincing), but in Asylum so many small and large problems combine that it stopped me from enjoying the episode.
@Pockydon When an Asylum of insane Daleks was announced, I expected something along the lines of Daleks being so full of hate that they attack even other Daleks, but the episode didn't show anything wrong with them (besides damaged casings)
@Chris502 @Sharaz_Jek I don't understand this though - their memory of the Doctor can be wipped, but not their memory of the events they experienced encountering him?
this article does fail to address some issues of the original "unpopular
opinion" - just because Moffat wasn't responsible for the misuse of the
original models and the marketing, doesn't make it any better (The original's
article's focus on Moffat in that aspect was wrong, however).
The lack of threat is still present - Daleks
don't need to kill to be scary or threatening, but Rory was able to run through
a room and slide by a whole group ofthem without any problem. 'Dalek' on the
other hand had a single Dalek be a threat dangerous enough to kill every human
on earth - A threat doesn't need to be realised, but it's potential danger
towards our protagonists must feel real. Daleks falling to Stormtrooper-syndrom
doesn't help that. in the Intensive Care scene for example the Daleks actually
were menacing with them backing up the Doctor against the wall, him screaming
War of the Daleks is a controversial source,
but even then the destruction of Skaro at some point was confirmed in the RTD
era (Caan: "My homeplanet is gone - lost in a great war"). It did
return in the Adventure game City of the Daleks, but that included Daleks
meddling with time. It isn't a major problem to me, but some sort of
explanation would be nice (Has anyone seen 'The Dalek that Time Forgot' by any
However, the really big logical fallacies in
the episode are being ignored here: Why are the controls of the force field on
the Asylum planet with the very Daleks it's supposed to keep in? Locking a door
and then throwing the key into the room does defeat the purpose.
And if the technology is able to wipe the
memories of Daleks, including the reason for their insanity, why don't they do
that in the first place instead of locking otherwise working units away. And a
problem I personally have with the episode that wasn't in the original: What
about the Asylum Daleks makes them "insane" (by Dalek standards)?
Their behavior wasn't any different than the normal Daleks.
original article was a bit too aggressive for my taste, but I still agree with
the basic premise that Asylum of the Daleks was one of Moffat's weaker scripts. I welcome any remarks or arguments someone would be care to provide, since I'd like to understand the enthusiasm for this episode that I see displayed by several people
@supermoff The puppets definitely would have worked better with the Cybermen
@Oodkind The Moment was never used in the first place. (but it also wouldn't have affected Skaro, only Gallifrey)
I really think that for a future Dalek story they should bring in Nicholas Briggs as a writer - his Big Finish Dalek stories like To the Death really make the Daleks threatening and scary
3 months, 1 week ago on Unpopular Opinion: Asylum of the Daleks
Also, what about the Daleks in the Asylum was "insane"? They acted just as other Daleks, just with damaged casings.
I agree with most of this (some smaller complaints like the existence of the Parliament wasn't a problem for me), but I'd also add one other problem I have with this episode: The Divorce Plot between Amy and Rory. It added nothing to the story or any kind of series story arc, took away precious screen time from the Daleks who still need to become scary again, and came absolutely out of nowhere. It seemed to me to be nothing but a gimmick to give Amy and Rory something to do. In my opinion, the best would have been to only have the Doctor in the story, maybe giving him more interactions with Oswin to fuel the audience's idea that this story will actually introduce Jenna Coleman as a permanent companion - making the reveal at the end (which is quite good) even more shocking. It's definitely one of Moffat's weakest stories.
@Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh I can't see the Doctor do anything like that - make a grave miscalculation that results in his companion's death, yes, but no directly harming them
3 months, 2 weeks ago on How Could Capaldi’s Doctor Develop?
@Huknar @Kiler1995 @Master Michael Moon There were several years of battles between Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans,etc. and The Doctor leading the Silence. It was just a short narration moment in Time (because, well, that wasn't the focus of the story and for budget and time reasons). An old Doctor as commander over legions of Silence.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who: Control-Alt-Delete
An interesting collection of ideas. Concerning which Doctor/Companion a game would have, I suspect the current team (so 12 and Clara at the moment) would be it. Alternatively, if it were a RPG the player could be a customized companion.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on How a Doctor Who Game CAN Work
@Antee991166 @The Finn I'm actually not sure about the story being sexist or racist, to be honest - yes, the pilot is sexist towards victoria, but the show does show him to be in the wrong. A character who is sexist doesn't make a story sexist. As for Toberman, him being a servant could be considered racist, but he is also the hero at the end of the story that sacrifises himself to defeat the cybermen. Also, Roy Stewart's performance is just great. I love watching him standing in the background, expressing so much character with so little lines, just with his facial and body gestures.
4 months ago on The Second Doctor: Five Favourites
@sontaran17 @Sharaz_Jek Oh, I didn't know Mary first appeared in a comic. I always thought that happened after Company of friends. Well, she is still a great companion and I reallly want to get to the story about Byron and learn what actually happened to Percy. They have been teasing that for years now.
4 months ago on Beyond the TV Series: Audio Companions
Hey, I liked Situation Vacant and Evelyn! Anyway, great article, though there are some people missing, like Mary and Flip
@Gustaff I don't think that it is going to take that long - it will just get repetitive after a while and viewers will want to finally see the damn arc end. If they stretch it out too long it will just alienate viewers.
I'm pretty sure we'll see the return of Gallifrey within the 12th Doctor's tenure.
4 months ago on Gatiss on Gallifrey & Time Lords’ Return
@SonicTheHedgehogRules Besides many people not knowing about a leak, that doesn't destroy the quality of the episode itself - The plot, pacing, acting and especially the directing were wonderful in AGMGTW.
4 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (12-06)
@Pockydon May I refer you to the Two Doctors - say what you like about the production, but I hardly think it weakened Colin's performance
4 months, 2 weeks ago on McGann in the 11th Doctor’s TARDIS!
@Antee991166 It's a fun little adventure, and it gains importance in the 2nd series because it introduces a character that will return again. Also, Bernard Cribbins is in it as a greedy music agent. Sadly it was done before he was cast as Wilfred, so there is no mention of it on the commentary.
@sontaran17 @ClosedDoorsUK I wonder if they'd get away with something like that nowadays
4 months, 2 weeks ago on 5 Underrated Doctor Who Monsters and Villains
I full-heartingly agree with Hindle and Sanders in Kinda - those two turning psychotic creeped me out as hell. All the others are good picks as well
@Notsosmartguy The Daleks would have been in the same position they were in when we first met them in 1963 - the only creatures left in the universe (from their perspective), just maintaining their own existence
4 months, 2 weeks ago on The Actual Plot Holes in Doctor Who
Oh god, no. Both his Doctor Who scripts were terrible. Blind Banker was good, but still the weakest sherlock story. The only truely great thing we got from him was Reichenbach Fall, which was heavily influenced by Moffat's and Gatiss' input.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8: Episode 4 & 5 Writers Confirmed
@Amy the Consulting Key Ring @JolomontheDalek @Sharaz_Jek I personally really enjoy long essay posts, even if I don't agree with it's arguments, be they positive or negative. It's much healthier in my opinion to argue your position than just saying "I love it" or "I hate it". Discussions are really enjoyable and allow us to share our common interests in the show
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Angels Take Manhattan
@Amy the Consulting Key Ring @Sharaz_Jek Seeing it like that it might work, but I still have a problem with 1) needing to break River's arm, because, as you said, Amy only read the part about discussing to break something, not "and then my arm broke" or something along those lines - and 2) That the existence of the book makes all these events inevitable, because, in the end, it is just a book that could just as easily been a lie. It needs to be created, yes, but it's content doesn't need to reflect reality 100%. Look at Series 6 - it's central plot was altering an appearantly fixed fact of the timelines. TATM seems to contradict the rules that were established about predestination in Series 6 (and to an extent Series 5).
@Amy the Consulting Key Ring But that was never said in the book (Just as River's arm being broken wasn't written either)
@Jolomonthewise I pretty much have the same impression; only Town called Mercy was more of a 6 or 5 to me
@TheOncomingFish @TARDISkey221B But that doesn't mean he can't go back or the Ponds can't leave New York
@PrerogativeOfATimeLord @Sharaz_Jek The Master tried to kill the Doctor many, many times and did cause 4 to regenerate; most often he just gloats to much to use his chance. The two do have a tragic history, but the Master would never put someone else's life before his own. Any kind of love between the two is long gone, at least from the Master's perspective
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Speculating on Series 8′s “Big Bad”
@Oodkind @Sharaz_Jek Rassilon doesn't have unlimited regenerations (at least not before the Time War; we don't know how the Time Lords brought him back excactly); the ring that grands immortality was a trap set by him, but he did upload his consciousness into the Matrix and was later banished into a time-looped universe.
@PrerogativeOfATimeLord @Oodkind @Sharaz_Jek The Deathworm Morphant has been explained actually, but yeah, in the movie they never gave an explanation
The Return of the Master or the Rani can be easily linked to the return of Gallifrey, since supposedly both of them (not sure about the Rani) are on it. However, I don't think John Simm's time is up quite yet. I'd like to get one more story with him, maybe part 1 of a 2-parter, at which's end he'd aquire a new body/regeneration set. I also never saw the Master's actions in End of Time as saving the Doctor; not really anyway. He was motivated by revenge against Rassilon, letting the Doctor go was more of a side note. I'm sure once they cross paths again, he'll be up to another devilish scheme, especially now that he is once again in a decaying body unable to regenerate.
A really good episode that was a fun little ride until it turns around in tone and gives one of the darker moments. Overall a well done episode, except that 'Nefe' and the hunter - I'll just call him Sexist Lestrade - we're really flat characters. Luckily Brian's and Rory's interplay makes up for that
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
@Liana21 Alpha Centauri is an it :P Yeah, they should bring in some truely alien creature that's not a monster again. We rarely get any of those.
@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen @Deus_Ex_Machina They do: just buy a season subscription; it's much cheaper than buying the stories individually
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Dark Eyes 2 Review (Spoiler-Free)
@MJJ Why are you even commenting, if you haven't read the article?
I wonder what his role will be, since they simply call him a "regular", not a companion.
5 months ago on Series 8: Meet Danny Pink
@lukashcartoon I never saw Let's Kill Hitler as River falling in love with the Doctor (I also think her changing sides was incredibly rushed) - of course I can see a certain fascination with the Doctor coming from such a moment, but to love someone that deeply as we are led to believe River does in 'Wedding', after just one meeting - it's just to much of a stretch.
And about the Doctor changing his mind: It's just the quickness with which it happens. The Doctor learns of the death of one of his best friends throughout several lifetimes, accepts that it is "time to stop running away", making peace with the idea of his death - and than just turns around with a big smile, saying "actually, thinking about it" and seems to forget everything he went through, making the inclusion of the Brigadier's (and Nicholas Courtney's) death seem pointless. He never questions himself or the 'solution' - whether he should or shouldn't do it. He just does it as if the was no problem. There is no point to River and Amy trying to talk him out of sacrificing himself, because he already threw that idea out of the window. That reveal at the end just makes all the previous events, all the actions taken by him and his friends pointless.
5 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Wedding of River Song
5/10. The first 20 minutes are brilliant, but afterwards it just goes downhill with River continueing to be her annoying younger self, the story simply telling us that she is now in love with him (when did that happen in the series?) and the resolution spitting in the face of the Doctor's development throughout the series.
I have no problem with him avoiding his death and "stepping back into the shadows", but I do have a problem with the Doctor going through the emotional journey of accepting death - cumulating in the show giving a heartbreaking goodbye to Nicholas Courtney - and then just making a total u-turn at the first opportunity. If he had changed his mind at the episode's climax on top of the pyramide, after realising that the universe still wants/needs him, it would have been fine, but the reveal that he had been in the Teselecta the whole time just makes everything that happened before void.
Still, the episode's first half is just too enjoyable for me to call it bad, but the ending really annoys me.
I don't mind Strax (his jokes are hit-and-miss to me) and he works as a one of a kind, but I agree that the Sontarans need to be threatening again. I actually think the best possible scenario for the show in this case would be to have a serious Sontaran story featuring Strax being conflicted about his duty to his people and his loyalty to his friends. It would make both the Sontarans threatening again and make Strax a better character
5 months ago on Unpopular Opinion: Strax
A good story, but nothing special. I still don't get the gigantic negative it gets. I never saw anything turely negative in this episode.
5 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: Night Terrors
@Jamesss I think I get where you're coming from: RTD really put the emphasis on the companions' family relationships and how the Doctor integrates into it throughout his tenure, while Moffat went back to the more classical format of picking someone out of "average, normal human life" and throwing them into the Doctor's world. I personally prefer the latter, but non of them are superior to the other in my opinion. It's all a question of preference
5 months ago on Gillan on Moffat Female Character Criticisms
5/10; it could have been great, if Moffat had just focused on one single story instead of telling both Melody becoming River and the Teselecta; maybe have Mels stick around for the entire episode (or maybe even 2 or 3) before having her identity be revealed. The moral dilemma of using time travel to kill Hitler and the Doctor being forced to protect him could have been a great story, but here it is just a small cameo, nothing more - which is even worse considering the title
5 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: Let’s Kill Hitler
I was really disappointed by this story. While the idea at the core, presented in Rebel Flesh is interesting, the Almost people just ruins it. Add to that idiotical characters whose personalities and motivations just change on a whim and illogical plot and twists made this the worst story of series 6 to me. Curse was boring, but Rebel Flesh/Almost People is just slow and annoying
5 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Rebel Flesh / The Almost People
@ivegotkidneys In what way does Name affect that?
5 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Doctor’s Wife
@Amy the Consulting Commentator @Sharaz_Jek @LourdesBarrioManning Well, I suppose it depends on your viewpoint. You could argue that we actually had several different universes in Series 5: one in which Amy grew up without her parents, one in which Rory was never born, one in which all of history never happened, and finally the rebooted universe with the original timeline in which Amy had parents - that's at least how I see it
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Lodger
@LourdesBarrioManning Sorry, but that doesn't make sense (the bit about this being where Kovarian abducted her) - The universe was rebooted at the end of Series 5, so this actually takes place in a different universe from the later show (almost completely identical, but still seperate); also, Amy was abducted after she got pregnant while being in the TARDIS with Rory aka on her Wedding Day which, as I said, happened in a different universe
To me, this is the reversal of the Angel two-parter earlier. While I found hungry earth to be pretty dull, Cold Blood was just wonderful to watch! Counting both together, I give it a 7/10. I'm not that bothered by the Silurian redesign - while I agree something closer to the original, like some of the earlier designs shown in the Brilliant book of 2011, but they had to make due with the budget. A shame really, but by far not as terrible as some make it out to be
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Hungry Earth / Cold Blood
I'd actually prefer to vote on the individual episodes for the mulit-part stories. I think Time of Angels is much better than Flesh and Stone (and no, it's not only the seeing them move bit. I actually don't mind it that much, to be honest); well, I give both of them together a 7/10
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Time of Angels / Flesh & Stone