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@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
18 hours, 1 minute 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.
1 day, 16 hours 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
5 days, 23 hours 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 week, 2 days 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
3 weeks, 3 days 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
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #7: New Monster
@Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen Yeah, the effects guy definitely needed to re-read the script
1 month, 2 weeks 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
1 month, 3 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
1 month, 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"?
2 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?
2 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
2 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.
@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
2 months, 2 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