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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")
6 hours, 38 minutes 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.
6 hours, 42 minutes 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 days, 8 hours 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.
2 days, 9 hours ago on New Who Finale Face-Off: Your Top 8
@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.
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.
1 week, 2 days 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.
1 week, 2 days 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.
1 week, 5 days 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.
1 week, 6 days 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 weeks, 1 day 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 weeks, 1 day ago on Moffat on Series 8 Ratings: There is no drop-off
@gunslinger19 I can't agree with anything more. Well put.
2 weeks, 3 days 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 weeks, 4 days 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 weeks, 4 days 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 weeks, 4 days 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 weeks, 5 days 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.
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.
3 weeks, 5 days 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 weeks, 6 days 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.
1 month 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?
1 month, 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.
1 month, 1 week ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’
@Antee991166 or of course, the painting that inspired the Fourth Doctor's look!
1 month, 1 week 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..!
1 month, 3 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.
2 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.
2 months 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.
@GalaxyEyes It's positive stuff, but I'd contest your last sentence. I find more often that not that things look less impressive over time - i.e. The Stolen Earth/Journey's End and The End of Time.
2 months ago on Your Verdict on Listen & Episode Ranking
I want some clever references to not just An Unearthly Child, but also Remembrance of the Daleks. "Fifty years ago some looney girl with a baseball hat smashed up the science lab! And then there was this bloke yelling about unlimited rice pudding!"
2 months, 1 week ago on Next Time: The Caretaker
Very good for different reasons. Blink edges it because of the brilliance of the DVD discussion before the climax, absolutely inch perfect. Not quite a stand-out scene in Listen to balance - the Clara/Young Doctor speech isn't really part of the episode, but rather a reflection of the program over all, I feel - and I'm not as blown away/infuriated by it as many are.
2 months, 1 week ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen
@stargazer0118 I think I know what you mean. For me, the jumping into the timestream to save The Doctor felt too far for someone that had only been with him for seven episodes - I know there's gaps behind the scenes, but they hadn't really been through anything seriously powerful together, in my opinion, to make that leap justified. And from then on its seems like we have to take her as perfect and correct all the time, which I find difficult. I'm happy with the expansion on her life with regards to dating and the Danny storyline, but I feel as a general companion, yeah, she overshadows The Doctor far too much.
2 months, 1 week ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
Though I'm fairly pro-Moffat, this whole arc reeks of story-topping on his behalf. I really disliked the fact that it HAD to be Clara that made War, 10 and 11 see the alternative to The Moment. It's like the companion - or certainly, Clara - can't be wrong, and it's becoming very frustrating.
@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! He did, but if we go by the understanding that there are two timelines - one where he uses the moment and carries on as the 9th Doctor, and another where all 13 incarnations come to aid him with the Statis Cubes, then in the first timeline, he used the moment in that barn and survived, meaning that it couldn't have been on Gallifrey.
2 months, 1 week ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant
I'm going to go with another planet. Surely if The Doctor used The Moment to destroy Gallifrey whilst on it, he'd die too, which doesn't make sense. I'm going for another planet in the constellation of Kasterborous.
I'm going to go with yes.
This episode was arc-free (not referring to Danny's ongoing storyline, but rather, the Missy/Heaven/Promised Land one). I have a feeling that this will be addressed at the end of the series as a small point - not necessarily a massive one - but something that ties back in. Such as the reveal in The Time of The Doctor that in his "room" in The God Complex was a crack, or the future Doctor coming back to talk to Amy in the Byzantium.
Nothing major, but something arc-relevant - like a spy on young Rupert/Danny to procure information on The Doctor or something strange like that.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?
@Possible Girl My understanding was that it was a nearby planet to Gallifrey. After all, the planet the War Doctor took the Moment to (which is implied to be the same one) didn't really look like Gallifrey. I'm assuming it was a part of the Gallifreyan Empire.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
Danny Pink was handled really well. I loved the direction in the episode, felt vibrant and fresh. Not too sure about the concept on the whole but it made for a good episode, which is what I feel is the opposite of Series 7 - great ideas but poor execution. Most importantly - again, in contrast with Series 7 - the pacing felt superb. Nothing was too rushed and nothing felt like it dragged either.
A bit more exposition was perhaps needed for the rebel base Aristotle and no, the Daleks weren't any more menacing than usual, but on the whole, a very good stand-alone episode that bodes well if future stories have a similar approach.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek
@allons_ywibblywobbly @XanderH nail on the head right here
3 months ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss
@VictorWong1 @KingoftheOod4450 Fair point, but logically, consider what creatures in the Whoniverse can encompass the TARDIS - some right nasty ones, I'll bet. Might be better to let them die in the vortex than risk unleashing them on some other part of the universe.
3 months ago on Sciencey Wiencey: Deep Breath
More importantly, if the dinosaur travelled through time by having the TARDIS in its mouth, it should have by all accounts have been ripped apart by the time vortex.
If true, 'longest ever' would be way wide of the mark. about 25 episodes, 1 and a half seasons or 2 and a bit years. Not the longest in any sense, so that "source" has a very weird comment.
3 months, 1 week ago on Jenna Coleman Leaving at Christmas?
@supermoff @ Notsosmartguy is superior again!!!!!!!!! I'd love a mini-series one day where a Doctor has done some terrible things and had a partial mind-wipe so he can forget. But his memory keeps breaking through, so he keeps a Silent as "the companion he can never remember" by his side throughout a short arc that's very dim. No idea what the plot would be but I think it would both be a fascinating take on the show and also please those who crave an alien companion!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on When Doctor Who Addresses Its Past
Thing with this - as with most of Colin Baker's (and in my opinion, Davison's) era, is that it's filled with brilliant ideas. There's the standard Doctor Who tropes with added zest. Here, Daleks have been split into factions and behind a very mysterious facility - a massive change from the repetitive The Daleks/Planet of the Daleks/Death to the Daleks format which was a dull use of the machines. The problem is that a great scene/sequence will be followed by a poor one.
For example, the Doctor's death monument is a great idea, but doesn't really service the plot (and looks flimsy when it tries to crush him). The DJ is a great idea, but the execution is really poor. Dalek's don't believe Davros when he points out the Doctor just because he looks different? Come on.
But for me, Season 22 was an experimental success. Though 23 had some highlights, 22 was better overall, and certainly better than 24. If the strangling thing had never happened and Michael Grade wasn't a plonker, Colin Baker may well have had his desired 7 years in the role, because he's superb, especially here. It's just a shame that around him, a lot of the acting is inconsistent. That being said, this is a very dark serial that covers plenty of serious material, which might have left a few of the actors out of depth.
Still, a highlight of the Colin Baker era, no doubt. You can't watch this without getting goosebumps as "The Great Healer" gets teased in Part One.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on On First View: Revelation of the Daleks
Moffat isn't intentionally sexist, but I can see why some people have seen his work on Doctor Who as such. He does have strong female characters, but the characterisation between Amy, River and Clara has been blurred (not even going to mention Tasha Lem). And though they're not doting or dependant on men, River and Amy's main storylines on the show have revolved around their romantic/sexual developments. But the same could be argued of other characters.
On the other hand, though it's a great show, I think sexism is very apparent in Sherlock. Again, I don't believe Moffat has done it intentionally, but his treatment of Irene Adler in particular is shocking, and some of his subsequent comments about her hardly help. I'll give him some leeway, especially as he says in that other recent article about putting his foot in his mouth, but it can be seen as extremely sexist.
6 months ago on Sexism and Doctor Who: The Truth
Not knocking any of the guest stars announced so far at all, I'm sure they're all great, but I feel like some are being announced as though they have a massive "WOW they got them?!" factor, when I have to admit I'm not well informed about any of them. Then again, it's probably announced more professionally nowadays due to twitter and spoilers and everything. I just meant, thinking of Series 5 when there were names like Bill Nighy, Toby Jones and Michael Gambon!
6 months ago on Foxes Cast in Series 8
At the time, in 1975, we'd had a duff run of Dalek episodes. The original story, The Daleks, had been repeated almost identically in "Planet of the Daleks". Day of the Daleks was the first real timey-wimey story, but the ending was such a joke (as was 22nd century Earth). Death to the Daleks had been another wasted affair. The Daleks had become dull, repetitive and boring.
This changed everything.
Daleks weren't really featured in this story at all. They were kept as background figures. The synergy was wonderful - as a viewer, you remember what they are capable of. The Doctor, when captured, even recollects it - his first meeting, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, all of his past encounters... without showing them do anything, you remember how horrible they are.
The setting is also wonderful. Dark, hostile, brooding and desperate. Both armies running low on resources, resorting to brutal tactics. Davros at the centre, playing everyone like a chessmaster. I really wish to hear I, Davros sometime soon, because his psychotic nature is so intriguing here, and you wonder so much more about him. Its no wonder every classic Dalek story after this also featured him.
There are a few flaws, of course. The clams, for one. It's also pretty easy to get from one side of the war to the other and back, considering these are the two last bases left on the planet - bit weird they're so close to each other. And the end of episode 5 is all wrong. That mutant attack shouldn't have been the cliffhanger. "Do I have the right?" should have been the cliffhanger, leaving the viewer a week to mull it over in real shock. If made today, that would have shifted, because I feel emotional cliffhangers have grown in resonance since the 70's.
Anyway, this wasn't a review so much as a ramble of thoughts. If you've never given it a go, please do. But afterwards, don't go about with heights set too high, Revenge of the Cybermen follows and it's a horrid mess.
6 months, 1 week ago on On First View: Genesis of the Daleks
I haven't watched Cold War since it first aired, much like the rest of Series 7. Simply enough, it was dull and had no impact. When a story grabs me, I rewatch it. I've rewatched Dalek plenty of times.
6 months, 1 week ago on Dalek or Cold War?
@ahunter8056 @Notsosmartguy the Superior VenomI felt that way, until I started watching it. There's something about it right from the off that catches you in, even if it does seem a little comic and ropey for the first few episodes. But I'd highly recommend it, and despite being introduced to it last year, I'd now say I find it much better than Doctor Who (please don't hurt me)
6 months, 1 week ago on 2014 BAFTA Television Awards: Day Triumphs!