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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
1 week 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, 6 days 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)
3 weeks ago on Why does the Doctor LOOK human?
@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
3 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
3 weeks, 5 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
4 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago on Meet the New Rani
Great news, even though I properly won't buy it yet - I rely on sales to buy Big Finish audio books. I do wonder where she fits into the Rani's timeline though; O'Mara's appearance would have been easy, but this now means that the Rani's and the Doctor's timelines are out-of-sync
Am I right to presume that Episode 13 was replaced by the Christmas special. Looking at the schedule it doesn't look like there would be time to make a Christmas special
1 month 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, 1 week ago on Comparing the Different Arcs of the Revival
@Liana21 Oh, I ship Ian and Barbara, a lot :P
1 month, 1 week 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, 2 weeks 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, 2 weeks 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, 2 weeks 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, 2 weeks 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, 2 weeks 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
2 months 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, 1 week 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, 1 week 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, 1 week 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, 2 weeks 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, 2 weeks 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.