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@rowan5215 has two broken hearts @Who is the Doctor - member of CATS if we want to get nice and complicated, the Big Finish audio series Gallifrey sets up one of the characters of Romana's government (can't remember who) to go back to the 4th Doctor and set up the events of Genesis. This went against Romana's will, but she wouldn't have been president in the first place if it wasn't for The Doctor and the TARDIS... confusing!
1 hour, 28 minutes ago on Who and What Would the Doctor be without the TARDIS?
@ElyotWren @KingoftheOod4450 Series 7 just didn't go anywhere. Matt was great but the single-episodes were poorly paced and hardly any episodes had GREAT supporting characters like we'd been treated to in Series 1-6 - think of Reinette, Harriet Jones, Craig Owens, Octavian, Canton etc... the Ponds outstayed their welcome, the impossible girl arc was dull and it really petered out over the last three episodes (Name was great first time around but on re-watch, it's horrid)
4 hours, 49 minutes ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 4)
@jg007k @KingoftheOod4450 Yeah, it has the nonsense-fairlytale stuff that worked ok with 11, but badly here - Robot of Sherwood was clearly written for 11 and Forest is the worst episode of Doctor Who hands down. The lack of two-parters and cliffhangers was a bad hangover from Series 7 and therefore there was never enough excitement for the next episode. On the whole, the pacing of individual episodes was much better though, but the arc was somewhere between the two and ended up being diddly squat. I'm sorry, I agree with Capaldi but I really wasn't a Missy fan. It's like Moffat thinks The Master has fused with The Joker or something, not the remotest trace of Delgado left in the character.
And the Brigadier scene practically ruined the series for me.
6 hours, 5 minutes ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 4)
Really disappointed Series 8 won, but can't expect much more with a "Best of 2014" award. The arc was dreary and the scripts were wildly inconsistent. Add in a very mediocre finale and it's hardly above the trash of Series 7.
6 hours, 33 minutes ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 4)
32 days since the last Omega theory and I'm quite... oh, damn it, guys....
But nice theory. Feasibility 9/10, probability 3/10
1 day, 1 hour ago on Could Gallifrey Be in Omega’s Dimension?
Mummy is the only story without massive flaws. Dark Water is great as an episode, but then Death in Heaven is absolutely awful, on rewatch. Listen, Flatline and Last Christmas aren't bad.
1 week, 1 day ago on Best of 2014 Awards #13: TV Story
Looking back, most of these are naff. Nothing here is close to Roman Rory being badass while The Doctor destroys a Cyber-fleet. Or an unusual alternate universe culminating with the LAST person you'd expect to come out of the pandorica (alive!). etc etc. Mummy for me.
1 week, 2 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #12: Pre-Title Sequence
I suspect a little more timey-wimey than Moffat's last finale. Perhaps a John Simm cameo. This will be Clara's last series in my opinion, and I think she'll definitely have a Gallifrey link.
My suggestion isn't fully formed, but I think:There's a huge twist about Clara and she realises that she's been an agent of the Time Lords all along - or perhaps an agent of her Gallifreyan version (which was created of course, to save The Doctor). Somehow The Doctor suffers a massive setback and simply needs help from Gallifrey, and Clara enables the return of Gallifrey. Then we're thrown back into this pocket universe and it is removed from "stasis", and then we see Simm turn into Gomez and escape, who then can have the whole Series 8 arc. Because of the paradox, the Time Lords/Clara/The Doctor reluctantly agree to send through the extra regenerations as seen in "Time of The Doctor" and then the problem in the first place leaves The Doctor and Clara trapped with Gallifrey in this pocket universe. Clara then sacrifices herself to restore Gallifrey to the universe, or something like that?
1 week, 4 days ago on Speculating on Series 9’s Big Cliffhanger (Part 1)
Particularly in Series 7 and 8, I've noticed the music less and less, and I'm a massive Murray Gold fan (I held a seance the day he left Twitter, having peed a little the time he'd replied to me before). Obviously there's been distinctive renditions of themes such as I am the Doctor and the wonderful music to Amy's goodbye, but on the whole, I feel as though it's melted in the background much more. Perhaps that is a good thing, but it makes this poll a lot harder. There's several episodes where I can't recall a single theme from - or a really powerful moment of music either - such as Robot of Sherwood, Time Hiest and In the Forest of the Night. I'm sure there were great musical moments but as the scripts have been naff it can be harder for the music to stand out I suppose.
As an aside, I feel both this poll and the last could be centered around moments/characters rather than whole episodes. For example, I voted Mummy on visuals for The Mummy, which was excellent on the whole, but Flatline had better moments of visual work etc.
2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #9: Music
Foretold, Boneless, The Teller. The rest were naff. The Foretold was closest to the sheer horror of some of classic Who, keeping that wonderfully slow pace (on screen, at least, 66 seconds is a long death). Conversely The Boneless is one of those great inventions of New Who, daring, terrifying. The Teller would maybe be higher up if it was a real "villain".
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #7: New Monster
Not much on offer here at all! Shona
3 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #4: Female Guest Actor
Ben Miller for me. Classic villain in all the right ways. The episode was uninspiring but every scene he was in certainly made up for it.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Best of 2014 Awards #3: Male Guest Actor
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Best of 2014 #2: Recurring Actor
@ElyotWren @KingoftheOod4450 I'm voting against her because I don't rate her acting. The speed she talks at, especially with sentences that could be quite poignant, make it sound as though she is rushing through the script for the first time, and I can only see Jenna, not Clara. A good example is that final scene of Mummy on the Orient Express where she changes her mind on The Doctor's way of life.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #1: Lead Actor
I can't tell if it's the way Moffat writes females or Jenna's acting but I hate how she unnaturally rushes lines all the time in a overly-decisive way. It's like the words are breaking through a dam, and I've never gotten used to it. That alone means Capaldi gets my vote here.
Kay as Caldwell was a really good character for the time - if done in NuWho, he would be the one-off character the audiences would really get behind. Caught between loyalty and morality, spurred on the strange goings-on that coincide with The Doctor's arrival, and then confident enough to take things into his own hands ...his character is probably the thing I remember the most about Colony in Space (apart from the dreadful 'pop' effect for the TARDIS materialising).
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Obituaries: Fiona Cumming, Bernard Kay
@Whogasms knows THAT MISSY TELEPORTED, NOT DIED! Mention him on the street, would 50%+ people know who you mean straight away by simply the name? He's a brilliant, big actor, don't get me wrong, but not quiiiiite a household name. Certainly not in the same way Michael Gambon or Kylie Mynogue are.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014) UK Ratings Accumulator
If Time was like Tennant's farewell, with a second episode on New Years Day and room to breathe, it would have a chance. I like the ideas, but loathe the actual portrayal of it all. Tasha Lem is cringeworthy throughout. Clara still feels useless-yet-the-magic-answer. The Weeping Angels cameo felt forced. But otherwise, much of it was brilliant but rushed way too quickly.
On the other hand I've already explained how ACC is not only the perfect Christmas Special in Who, but in all mediums of art and literature in general. Family, fish, proper use of time-travel, redemption, love, and an overwhelming Christmas vibe.
1 month ago on Festive Face-Off: The Time of the Doctor vs A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol by a country mile. Last Christmas wasn't bad, but ACC was Moffat's peak. After the brilliant Series 5 he delivered a sensational tale, with wonderful flying fish, a fantastic love story, perfectly capturing the emotions of children, adults, families and The Doctor alike. The soundtrack and visuals are sensational and time travel has never been utilised better. Definitive Christmas TV. 10/10.
After that we had the brilliant Series 6 opener, but Moffat's era has gradually become less and less engaging since. Series 6 had great moments but didn't measure up and Series 7 was a complete mess. The tone has been set right in Series 8 but there hasn't been a single, standout episode for some time. Last Christmas has continued that trend. You don't know where current Who is going in the short term, and that's a problem. I had little expectation for this episode and certainly wasn't disappointed, but I wasn't blown away either. A few good twists, great tension... but the whole thing felt like another cop-out and lacked any seriously distinctive Christmas vibes. 7/10.
1 month ago on Festive Face-Off: Last Christmas vs A Christmas Carol
All I know is, I love A Christmas Carol and watch it in the very early hours of Christmas Day every year. I avoid it all year round so as not to spoil it, because I really do enjoy it once a year. As Moffat teased when promoting it - it's the most Christmassy Christmas Special you'll ever see. Apart from the obvious adaptation (or in-story inspiration), something about the love story and the flying fish reek of an unexplainable Christmas vibe.
1 month, 1 week ago on The Christmas Conundrum
@SonicTheHedgehogRules Yeah I'd agree. Before we saw Missy, I argued with a housemate (who was very much Female-Doctor pro) that cross-gender regeneration on Gallifrey can't be normal - but I'd accept that if it was an enforced regeneration (a la a potion from Karn in Night of the Doctor) then that's reasonable. But clearly, it's not something that happens often.
After all, how many Time Lord regenerations have there been?13 for The Doctoralmost a dozen for The Master (including audio)
1 for the Rani (audio)Rassilon's had a fewRomana has had 3 (audio/books)Borusa, 3and so on... none of these have been cross-gender, so on stats alone, the number has got to be very very small, say a 1% chance of happening.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey
She'd dead. It's about time a character actually died, even if they are completely dispensable. Last time that happened with any real meaning was Harriet Jones? Can't think of anyone more recent. Jenny's double-death-and-return in Name of The Doctor being a good example of why this was necessary. That being said, I've never felt any overwhelming attachment to Osgood (though the same could be said of everything since "The Wedding of River Song")
2 months ago on Could Osgood Still Be Alive?
@Torrowan The Doctors each have plenty in common. Missy has nothing in common with Delgado. Moffat's truly ruined The Master for me.
2 months ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Final)
@Antee991166 @Doctavarium can't wait for Christmas @Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen @Alleigh I think 25 minutes is too short, but if we're talking, say 3 3-parters and a 4-parter for a series, then I'd love it. Ongoing arcs are better than "Promised Land" references or Missy cameos here and there. Cheaper to produce (sets etc) and allows better pacing and more believable stakes, for me. Win win all around.
2 months ago on New Who Finale Face-Off: Your Top 8
@Doctavarium can't wait for Christmas @Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen @Alleigh The lack of cliffhangers hurt this series, for me. I like the anticipation of waiting for the next week. Even if easily resolved, a cliffhanger is far better than simply a trailer.
@troughton who? @Gustaff @ilyootha Have you seen him in The Thick of It opposite Capaldi? He starts slow but by Series 3 is an absolute star. Makes you smile with anticipation every time he comes on screen.
2 months, 1 week ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Classic Era)
Delgado shaped the character. His charisma was brilliant. The "crippled" versions are great, but for me only a desperate aspect of the character. Ainley and Roberts are enjoyable in their own ways, but Delgado steals it for me.
Series 5, then Series 1. After that it's a toss-up, they're all very inconsistent in their own ways. Doomsday has a nostalgia feel to me and certainly isn't the awful deus ex machina that S3 and S4 are, whilst S6 and S7 both suffered massively from being undercooked 1-parters. Death in Heaven really didn't excite me at all, comes somewhere in the middle.
2 months, 1 week ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)
@The Dreamer wants her Who Christmas NOW! It's practically 2 series though, 8 episodes in 7b, plus Asylum, Snowmen, Day and Time (which are feature-length) and that's a whole series worth. It's been 2.5 years since we first saw her as well. I feel - unless we have some adventures with some of her splinter versions - that we're done with her story.
2 months, 1 week ago on Moffat Can’t Confirm Jenna Coleman for Series 9
Genesis of the Daleks - Season 12
Destiny of the Daleks - Season 17
Resurrection of the Daleks - Season 21
Revelations of the Daleks - Season 22
Remembrance of the Daleks - Season 25
Of course Doctor Who had massive ups and downs during this period, but the average gap here is about three years. Although the end idea from "Into the Dalek" leaves us with Rusty turning on the Daleks - and giving a fair bit of future potential - I'm happy for Series 9 to be Dalek-free. And if that is the case, don't do an Asylum and force them in the Series 10 opener. I hated Asylum passionately. Let it comes naturally.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat: Daleks Are Not A Contractual Obligation
He was only the Master for about three minutes, bu Jacobi wins by a mile. Cruel, calculating, chilling. No lunacy. That is not the Master. Neither Simm nor Gomez have properly captured the Master at all.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Face-Off: New Who Masters
Great score for Utopia/Sound of Drums. Last of the Time Lords deserves about a 2, and gives the overall average around 6.5-7. The first two episodes really are sensational - sometimes i think it's underrated just how powerfully Saxon rips apart Martha's life.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 3
@Arkleseizure For me, nowadays, I know what to expect with Moffat, even if it is the unexpected. He likes to keep things fresh, but more often than not for the sake of it. His timey-wimey - especially The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang was exactly what was needed after RTD. And the new angle this series is promising, though I'd argue it hasn't fully delivered. Yet the finale reminded me of my criticism. You'll never get an episode that does the Daleks or Cybermen justice under him. It can't be a typical invasion/survival plan, even if with a clever twist. He has to add a new element, push it forward - Asylums, Parliaments, New Paradigms, Zombies, Good Daleks - some of which are interesting ideas, some of which are appalling. The same can be said of a few other principles of the show, and sometimes I'd just like to enjoy a enemy with a "classic" invasion/survival plan (a la Bad Wolf/Parting of the Ways or Daleks in Manhatten (though without the awful hybrid Sec).
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat on Series 8 Ratings: There is no drop-off
@gunslinger19 I can't agree with anything more. Well put.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Your Verdict on Dark Water & Episode Ranking
He's a hit, but hasn't had enough epic moments for me yet. A couple, yes, but nothing on par with either of Ecclestone's, Tennant's or Smith's first seasons. But he's brilliant, and it'll come. I'm fully used to him as The Doctor, but I do still miss 11...
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Poll: Capaldi’s Doctor – Hit or Miss?
@GalaxyEyes @_divya12_ The Doctor doesn't do domestic. He inspires you to travel with him, you go away until you reach the end of your tether/find a stronger pull than the TARDIS. Somewhere down the line you may have a reunion or two. That's the way The Doctor works, and his dependence on Clara to date does seem unstable.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Death in Heaven Review (Part 1)
@sontaran17 is being upgraded @NotsoSmartguy @Regenerated Catterson doesn't exist! As much as I disproved of the scene, I have an overwhelming desire to hear a Cyberman say "Chap with the wings there, five rounds rapid".
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat on Finale Death, Master Future
@butapek @SonicTheHedgehogRules @mrclever has been replaced by Missy @StandardWhovian To be honest I hated the idea of Orson ...it felt really uneven in Listen. And humans getting Time Travel ability in the 22nd century... that goes against established Who canon and made no sense...
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven
8/10. Gomez is a good character, but it's not The Master. Each actor has taken him/her further and further away from the original Delgado. Didn't feel right at all. And I see she was giving The Doctor an army, but because of that, most of the Cybermen were just standing around. Felt under-used. Also left confused by Danny - what exactly happened in his conversion? I liked the ending and had some good character beats.
Was the episode implying Brig's corpse had been converted? I.e. his consciousness had gone to the Nethersphere and pressed "delete". I don't believe he would do that. Nice idea, but strange.
Utopia by miles. Missy's face has been teased all season, with the direct intention of making us speculate. Yana was completely out of the blue - some clever fans might have seen it coming, but I've even spoke to very old, seasoned Whovians who were completely and utterly thrown and gobsmacked by the reveal. Sure, we'd had "Saxon" named-dropped through the series, but in terms of Utopia, it meant nothing. Suddenly, a few separate plot points crash together - the fob watch from Human Nature, the words of Boe and a conversation led by the reunion of The Doctor and Jack... it led to an amazing reveal.
Missy's reveal left me intruiged, but we always knew something big was happening. Utopia was the episode 11 slot - which beforehand had been "Boom Town" and "Fear Her". Filler, dross. Weak villains. Utopia seemed to be much more enjoyable than either of those, but heading in the same direction... until Derek Jacobi reaches into his pocket. The full-blown regeneration of another Time Lord than The Doctor really sold the episode. The cliffhanger, with them all trapped, was sublime.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Face-Off: Utopia vs Dark Water
Good twist but the episode was filled with exposition and the Danny/Clara subplot. The whole Clara/Doctor scene at the beginning meant nothing in the end. Was expecting it to hurtle along, but I suppose that's a good change to the last few finales. Not exactly sure as to where the plot is going yet, but that lack of understanding is what makes 2-parters beautiful. Missy/Master is fairly similar in ways to John Simm's take, but it's disappointingly worlds away from The Master of the 70s. I miss him being a sinister gentleman, not an unhinged madcap.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water
Problem with an arc is the pacing. Good programs (the better US dramas) will let it unfold bit by bit, tease a little more, give you something more to go on each week. Doctor Who never does that, and always saves it til the series finale which is far too predictable.
For example, Series 8's Heaven arc could basically be the Bad Wolf arc all over again. It has absolutely no influence on any adventures our TARDIS team have. One episode each has had the slightest of teases - with Missy mentioning "her Clara" in Flatline and The Doctor acknowledging the recurrence of the phrase in Boom Town. Series 3 and 4 were a more natural coming-together of different plot points, which worked much, much better (though in the case of Series 4, the reveal of the mentioned planets being missing and all that seemed a bit... rubbish) whilst Series 2's Torchwood arc doesn't even deserve a mention.
The only one that really got it right, for me, is Series 5, which leads back to the start. We learn a fair bit about the crack at the start - it has a heavy influence on The Eleventh Hour, and then is referenced a few more times, akin to Bad Wolf, Torchwood, etc. But then it actually plays a prominent role going forward - having absolutely massive impacts in both Flesh and Stone and Cold Blood, which allow us to substantially learn more about it. That's how a story arc should work.
3 months ago on The Trouble with Story Arcs
Unbiased opinions (i.e. not everything is 8/10+ simply because it's Who) where 0/10 is TOWIE level and 10/10 is the Ozymandias episode of Breaking Bad...
Deep Breath 7/10 GOOD
Into the Dalek 6/10 ABOVE AVERAGE
Robot of Sherwood 6/10 ABOVE AVERAGE
Listen 8/10 VERY GOOD
Time Heist 8/10 VERY GOOD
The Caretaker 8/10 GOOD
Kill The Moon 5/10 AVERAGE (Take off the last 15-20 minutes and this is a solid 9)
Mummy on the Orient Express 9/10 GREAT
Flatline 8/10 VERY GOOD
In The Forest of the Night 5/10 AVERAGE
Really struggled with this episode. Pseudo-fantasy ruins Who. Dissolving trees and a silly speech about humanity "forgetting" - that's a poor, poor resolution. Some of the child acting was quite good, but at no point through the episode did I feel any stakes whatsoever. Listen had no direct antagonist but there was at least stakes and a climax. This just meandered the whole time. I waited and waited for something to happen, suddenly realising 30 minutes have passed with absolutely no plot. The whole thing was unclear anyway - did the girl summon the forest or not? Why did she actually seek out The Doctor? Was her sister merely "missing" then, and magically returned by the forest?
The layout frustrated me. You see the odd lampost, but where's all the traffic, the endless queues of London traffic? That's 24-hour, it doesn't stop overnight and allow a forest to grow; taxis, buses and cars would be THICK through the middle of that. And why would the government be starting fires in the middle of the city? It's a ridiculous jump of logic in a city with 8 million residents and the fire could easily spin out of control.
Still, themes and character moments were occasionally poignant, so this episode gets by as an "average" episode of tv, but by general Doctor Who standards, quite poor. 5/10.
3 months ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night
Speaking of demonising Twelve for changing rather than praising his actions on Trenzalore... that reminds me of arguably my biggest gripe of Series 8. Not Clara's role, or The Doctor's, or the scripts, or the Danny sub-plot...
The Doctor runs. We know this: he goes through time and space, has adventures and saves the day. THAT is the status quo of the show.
Time of The Doctor broke the status quo. Due to the rushed time constraints, we hardly saw anything of those 900+ years spent on Trenzalore - the time in which The Doctor stopped. Sure, now he's regenerated he's back to the status quo, but I'm seriously disappointed that such a major part of his life has been ignored. Aside from the phonecall from 11, I think we've hardly had a reference to his time there. I know he (and Moffat) like to look forward, but when that's half of his life (going by the NuWho ages, at least), surely it would have had a substantial impact on him and the way he looks at the adventures going on around him?
3 months, 1 week ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”
To be honest, Jenna sometimes garbles through conversations with such speed that I just don't believe her acting half of the time. Sometimes it's bad scripting, but sometimes it's just, a bit rigid. A really good example is the last scene in Mummy, when she rushes through that - Had a wobble, let's go, planets speech. I find it very very unrealistic that anyone would talk that way, and for me, I feel it happens too often. In general I've never warmed to her any more than any other companions though she does have her attributes. But I feel like a new Doctor's debut series should focus on The Doctor first, and the companion second. Companion-focus is something better left when we understand the incumbent Doctor better.
3 months, 1 week ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’
@Antee991166 or of course, the painting that inspired the Fourth Doctor's look!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Girl Who Painted: Artistic Themes in Doctor Who
@VictorWong1 @Andrew_Swallow @EvilZygonRabbit audio and book spin-offs, my friend!
Returned to N-space and Gallifrey a while back, became president, signed a treaty with the Daleks, that got blown out of the way, numerous adventures in Gallifreyan politics with Leela, regenerated into her third incarnation for The Second War in Heaven, Gallifrey wiped and restored by the Eighth Doctor... before finally the Time War kicked off and Rassilon was revived, prompting the Time Lords to depose her in favour of him.
We know she was on Gallifrey through at least some of the Time War, but we don't know any more than that..!
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Doctor Who Experience “Gallifrey” Teaser Video
An episode like this is never a 10/10 because it doesn't have the stakes, villain or unique memorable moment in it that some special, special, stand-out episodes have. However, going by what was expected, based on similar-styled episodes such as School Reunion and The Lodger - with some similar thematic material to Vampire in Venice - it was a really impressive episode. 8/10 for me; really enjoyable watch once again.
The only down side for me is The Doctor's aversion to soldiers. I can understand why and I love the contrast and storyline it has developed, however, as many have said, The Doctor used to work with UNIT and The Brig was arguably his greatest friend. I would like to at least see some indication towards that in future episodes.
4 months ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
@Rani Nose @ClaireAbraham @KingoftheOod4450 To be fair, I find her to be so much of a Mary Sue that a cardboard cut out of her would still be able to do cartwheels through the bank without anyone blinking an eyelid.
4 months, 1 week ago on Time Heist Review
100% disagree with your opinions on Clara, I'm afraid. The whole point of a companion is to be a stock companion - be our eyes to The Doctor's world, one of us normal folk. Sure, they have moments where they save The Doctor and do heroic/brave/wonderful things, but that's part and parcel too. And Series 8 has seen Clara have an overwhelming number of those moments already. In one episode she is written at basic level, allowing The Doctor to take charge and stand out (for the first time this series) and you've chosen to highlight it as a bad thing. A value of a great series is one where characters can be brought forward and interchanged, allowing them each plenty of time to shine.