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@The Finn, Agent of SPECTRE @TheCyberDoctor you certainly don't mean need XD (sorry - grammar banter - I couldn't resist lol)
1 week, 1 day ago on Best of 2014 Awards #10: Director
@divya12 That's quite an interesting way of looking at direction - personally, I think it's a little specific for me, because surely if you make a policy of avoiding lots of close-ups and wide-shots, then you aren't looking at the material individually to decide what type of shot suits it - like for example, if you've got a lot of two-way dialogue, you want to have close-ups and wide shots rather than just a mid-shot of the two people talking because that would make the scene feel static. For me, I found Rachel Talalay's direction a bit uninspired, partly because of all her mid-shots and her somewhat pedestrian camera angles (see above for more). That's what I like about Ben Wheatley's direction - you get wide shots, often swiping across a scene, like just before the mirror scene in Deep Breath, and you also get close-ups like on the bridge - any one else have a view?
@Typo42 "Magic Carrots" Do you mean Paul Murphy? XD
Ratings for me:
Ben Wheatley - 9.5/10 - soooooo many awesome camera angles and great use of lighting make Mr Wheatley's Doctor Who feel really cinematic and as good as it should be - PLEASE COME BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Paul Wilmshurst - 8.5/10 - Paul Wilmshurst made three very good episodes on paper into three EXTREMELY good episodes on screen - no matter what you think of Kill the Moons somewhat dubious scientific policies, you have to admit that the dialogue and character moments were absolutely superb and it was extremely atmospheric.
Douglas Mackinnon - 8/10 - Douglas Mackinnon showed himself to have a fantastic range of genres - able to pull off quietly creepy; big, bold and brash and fresh and conceptual. The only quibble I had with him is that he didn't give enough of the screen to Ms Delphox (partly to do with the script, but you'd be surprised what you can do with close-ups and points of view)
Paul Murphy - 7/10 - Paul Murphy seems to have drawn the short straw and got the comedy episodes of the season, which aren't likely to be known for their directional prowess. I didn't like the script at all for Robot of Sherwood so he was going to have trouble winning me over with that, but I also felt that none of the guest actors were terribly well-used, and could have been given a bit more direction to hone their performances. As for the The Caretaker, I can't say much - it was very funny and did what it needed to do.
Sheree Folkson - 6/10 - I hated In the Forest of the Night, but I suppose Sheree Folkson did make it feel very fairytale so the message came across - I just can't bear the episode itself
Rachel Talalay - 3/10 - now, Rachel Talalay! No matter what you think of the ideas behind Moffat's script for Dark Water and Death in Heaven, you have to admit that there was endless scope for a director to play around with the deep and dark concepts here. There was a lot of imagery available to Talalay here, all of which went to waste. All she did was read the script and deliver what was on the page. She managed to produce something which, generally, was very good but didn't push the boundaries at all. If nothing else, this two-parter was all about pushing the boundaries and seeing what was possible - but Talalay just didn't use her imagination to deliver the material in a way that stood out from other episodes and programs. A serious missed opportunity.
Peter Ferdinando for me - he was terrifying!!! Nearly went for Frank Skinner, but everyone will choose him and Nick Frost wasn't quite as funny as I expected :( .
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #3: Male Guest Actor
I think that since Peter and Jenna are already set only to return in the Magician's Apprentice it might be difficult to get them to do a special episode - what might be cool though is if the BBC could convince Christopher Eccleston to come back by himself for an episode or even a minisode!!! I don't much like Chris as a person for how mealy-mouthed he's been about Doctor Who but I think his Doctor should be fleshed out a bit more and I missed him in the 50th. Who agrees?
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Russell T Davies on New Who’s 10th Anniversary
@SWTV That'll be interesting... I'm pretty sure that people rate an episode a lot lower a year after first viewing than they would just after watching it
Actually, that might be an interesting idea for a poll - do a poll on all the episodes of series 8 in August 2015 and compare the results from the original poll! Would be a fun experiment :) !
1 month, 1 week ago on Festive Face-Off: Voyage of the Damned vs The Next Doctor
Personally I think that they were both awful - I didn't like the Doctor and Astrid in Voyage of the Damned for the same reason that I don't like the Doctor and Rose - it's not realistic! She's a human with fewer than 40 years under her belt and he's a Time Lord with over 900 - what in the wide whoniverse does he see in either of them??? As for the Next Doctor, the whole episode was based on a gimmick - just as bad as Daleks v Cybermen! The Cybermen's plan was weak and pointless and Russel T Davies should be ashamed of coming up with the term 'Cyber King' - it just doesn't fit in with the Cybermen's way! However, the Next Doctor just about clinches it by having a slightly more interesting moral storyline, but I really don't think either of them are worth much.
1. The Christmas Invasion - 8
2. The Runaway Bride - 7
3. The Next Doctor - 4
4. The Voyage of the Damned - 3
My first episode of Doctor Who wad Rose. But my Doctor is absolutely not Ecclestone or Tennant - they were the Doctors who in my youth made me decide that old things were far better than new things!! I suppose you could say that Matt Smith was my Doctor because he made me appreciate what new things could bring, but I think my real Doctor, in this context has to be Jon Pertwee, because I never would have discovered the Classic series of Doctor Who if my Mum hadn't taken that BBCVideo of Invasion of the Dinosaurs for me that day!!! (Honourable mention goes to Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann for being my first DVD Doctors)
2 months ago on From 1-12: Who is YOUR Doctor?
@MWTV Yes, I'm really sorry, I think the more I read through all the things I've written today I realise that I am not looking at the whole picture and being fairly unreasonable - I guess I'm more talking about the overall feel of the reviews than the individual ones - actually, forget that! I don't even know what I'm talking about - I think I just disagreed and did that inexcusable thing on a blogsite and just vented anger. I am very sorry.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Death in Heaven Review (Part 1)
@The Genie @DalekSupreme1 OK, yes. I see that and I really don't want to be disrespectful to Clint, who is an excellent writer and does make good reviews, but I just think that Doctor Who is about slightly more than just being completely logical (although I'm just as much a stickler for logic as the next man). Perhaps I just got a bit frustrated that a fan of the show should seem to hate each individual episode of Doctor Who as much as Clint does. (Yes, Clint, I do understand that you don't hate the show, but it does sort of come across that way... sorry :( Now I'm being negative)
@TardisBoy is the Mistress I completely take your point, and I agree with it, but to be honest, I'm not sure that Clint knows quite how negative his viewpoint is becoming and perhaps he might like to think about it. I agree with most of what he said in his review, but I just don't like the tone of it. It's like he watches the show to find things wrong with it - which is surely not a healthy reason for watching any show...?
@MrPoetyMan I'm not telling Clint he has to conform, I just think that reading these is getting really depressing because I don't see any kind of support for the show or even any love for it. I just hear someone telling me how bad my favourite show has been this week week on week. If I want to listen to that I can just go to college or frankly anywhere with people I can talk to. I come on this site to share my enthusiasm and love for the show, not to share hatred and ungenerosity.
OK, I am actually getting tired of reading these now - you never ever say anything nice about the episodes you review! Surely this episode, whilst flawed and somewhat illogical, has produced excellent drama and enjoyment from practically every area of the fanbase - why can't you focus on what you enjoyed about it rather than saying how bad it was. If you have liked as little of Series 8 as it looks like from your reviews then surely you would have stopped watching this show by now! I actually enjoy each episode less after reading these reviews than before - that's not what I read them for! I want someone to give me a critical celebration of the show, not a moan.
@DocWhoLocked @Americanwhovian But it's OK because you're both - AREN'T YOU!!!!!!!!!!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven
@grumywhovian @Doctavarium @TheElusiveWhovian ummmm... that was last series, and Amelia Pond didn't appear (except when played by a different actress >:( )
@Antee991166 @YaelMoise @supermoff misses Osgood. @NotsoSmartguy @The Lazy Cat Needs Her Inhaler I just couldn't get emotional about it because I was too busy hating my Mum and my sister for saying things like 'you just wouldn't go near her - what a stupid woman! It's so unrealistic' :'(
@The Lazy Cat Needs Her Inhaler @YaelMoise You need to rename your avatar 'The Lazy Cat NeedED Her Inhaler' XD
@Planet of the Deaf I will never ever hug anyone ever again :'(
@Planet of the Deaf @Doctavarium I think that the idea is that Clara will end up raising him as her own - although my Mum thinks that he might end up deciding that he doesn't belong in this world and switch places with Danny. That would allow Clara to be a mother (although she could already be pregnant). I really hope my Mum's wrong because I like Danny's death as it is and (controversial statement here!) I really don't think Samuel J Anderson did a good job as Danny - I can't see him as a reluctant soldier or a maths teacher!
@Adric the Genius The whole point of the Master/Mistress is that (s)he is completely deranged - (s)he doesn't have a plan - all (s)he wants is to be recognised by the Doctor - and (s)he decides that the best way to do that is to show him that he is no better than him/her - give him an army and see what he does - and it works! (S)He is recognised and (s)he does win.
This is the first time I've actually laughed out loud at one of these things!!!!: "the Master has shrunk himself down, and he needs someone to pick him up out of his box.
I have no words." - BRILLIANT SUMMARY!!!!! But in all seriousness, that article was brilliant! Please write more often!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Ranking the Master Stories (Part 1)
I'm very glad that the BBC have allowed this story to go out - it's about time that people stopped being so touchy about this idea that we don't talk about death - it's one of the most interesting and (frankly exciting) concepts that any show can deal with! Why is death feared by everyone? Because it is the ultimate fear of the unknown - for me, personally, I am frightened by that in the same way that a child is frightened by a Doctor Who episode - with excitement and anticipation of the ultimate conclusion!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on BBC Defends Dark Water Complaints
@SonicTheHedgehogRules @Antee991166 @Avor @Feeling the BURN Ummmmm... hate to break it to you but he did finish the script, but Eric Saward was just worried that the ending would allow the BBC to end the show, so they had a massive argument resulting in Holmes refusing to let Saward use the script. It is a shame, though, cause I seem to remember that the script was actually a lot better when I read it - you can find it online somewhere...
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Poll: The Missy Reveal
@RobertJamieson @Loch_Ness_Lobster @jamesanash101 I can see where you're coming from but to be honest, I think that you're now arguing for the simple reason that people are shocked by your reaction - just hand over your views and let other people agree or disagree... argue the point if you like, but not until you actually either start getting insulted or start insulting others. I was thinking today, what my position is on the matter and I've come to the conclusion that actually, there is no Doctor who I won't get behind during their run, meaning that I can't actually compare Doctors because I like each for different reasons. If the Doctor became a woman, I'd still be interested to see what direction they'd take her in, and frankly it would simply change the shape and style of the show - which would be fine by me!!! Not sure I can say the same about the Master because I HATED John Simm's Master - not because he was badly acted, just because I couldn't see any relationship between that incarnation and the others he's had, as with the Doctor, some things should change but not everything! With Michelle Gomez' Missy, I can really relate to her being the same person as Anthony Ainley's or Roger Delgardo's Masters - that stillness, those eyes!!!! I really hope she does the 'You will obey me' line!!!!!! Another dream of mine is for all the incarnations to be sorted out in terms of chronology, but I think that's a bit of a vain hope - he's died sooooo often, I think it's just one of those canons we're going to have to accept as a lost cause :( OK, that went on for a VERY long time - sorry everyone!!!!
@Beasts_a_Snarling is in some... Dark Water..... You know, I completely agree - Steven Moffat has employed a writer who writes exclusively for children about children. That's not the point of the show! The original brief (way back in 1963) was to keep the dads watching after the football and grab the children before their show - not either or!!! Also, I hate this idea that Doctor Who has to be a fairy tale - why?! It's sci-fi - there should be logical and reasoned storylines behind the script - things that could actually happen! This episode represents everything that could ever go wrong in an episode of Doctor Who as far as I'm concerned. Oh well! As you say - the finale looks AWESOME!!!!
2 months, 4 weeks ago on 2nd Opinion: In the Forest of the Night
WHERE DID THAT POEM COME FROM?????????!!!!!! I FEEL LIKE I'VE MISSED OUT ON SOME PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Dark Water TV Trailer Breakdown
Wow. I'm not sure I could agree with you less!! This is like the 8th time this series that I've disagreed with you, sorry! I really liked the episode and was relieved to find that they DIDN'T go through the motions of treating this break-up like "the literal END of their friendship" because it wasn't! It clearly wasn't! It was an issue which was serious but which needed to be discussed when they weren't in such towering tempers. Frankly the fact that we don't see that discussion doesn't affect the flow of the episode, but rather allows Capaldi and Coleman to flex their acting muscles as they (very successfully) explain roughly what's happened in the weeks since Kill the Moon.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Review
@Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen I thought that! And the city actually looked a lot like Arcadia - don't you think?
I get the stuff with the Time of the Doctor now - thanks Moff! But I still can't see the Amy/Rory stuff - why can't he go to 10 years before they were sent back in time to in the TARDIS and wait a bit (10 years must be the blink of an eye for an ageless god). He could then live out the rest of their lives on Earth with them and then toddle off to his TARDIS once all the timey wimey stuff was over. WHY NOT???
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat Explains Doctor’s Timey Tomb
I. WANT. A. JOHN. HURT. SPINOFF!!!!! Why does no-one else?????? :'(
Paul McGann is great as the doctor, but he's got the audios - John doesn't... He's too epic to miss!!!
10 months, 2 weeks ago on McGann in the 11th Doctor’s TARDIS!
A story much less than the sum of its parts, but brought up fantastically by the generic idea for the new cybermen and by Matt Smith's fantastic performance. 9/10
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Nightmare in Silver
@Petrolheaded Wholockian I think this is a nice way of seeing what people think of different writers - it doesn't necessarily have to be completely relevant to what's going on backstage in the Whoniverse
10 months, 3 weeks ago on The Speculator’s Guide to… The Next Showrunner
@VortexDan @flyingcatman7131 Seriously??? OK Clara was a plotpoint for series 7B - but not because she was a woman, but because she was a COMPANION!!!! Rory was pretty much just a plotpoint in series five, does that mean that he was the victim of sexist scripting? No! It means Moffat decided to write a companion that didn't just decide to travel with the Doctor for no reason, but instead to keep an eye on his feyoncé. Moffat likes to experiment with ideas and come out with new situations for Doctor Who. He's. Not. Sexist.
@geronimon Oh I wish!!!! His scripts for the audios are sooooooooooooooo good :D
@gingersnapgirl I second those motions ^^
@Moxx Oh yeah, sorry, missed the 'a'! I can see why you put MacRae where you did on the probability balance, I just personally quite like his stuff. Actually thinking about it, I'm a bit surprised you didn't mention Steven Thompson as well (not that I'd think he should be the next showrunner, but just that he seems like he's here to stay as far as writing goes :)
@RomanaOnCaprica What, so you thought "I really want the Doctor and Clara to fight Zombie versions of themselves"?
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
@supermoff @DalekSupreme1Damn! Not a very good example was it then!!!! XD Oh well, the point still stands!!
4/10 - A terrible guest cast and a huge hype over an episode about the TARDIS and in which we would get to see loads of rooms despite the fact that there were almost no rooms shown and the storyline was not especially centred around the TARDIS, instead just takes place inside it!!!! WHY???? Just because an episode happens somewhere doesn't mean that it is about that place - was The Day Of The Doctor about that unnamed sand-planet that 9's (War) Doctor visited?
@robertcyberman Ummm... no this site is really there to stimulate speculation and bring new issues in fandom in front of fans - if you don't like it, go to google and type in 'News for Doctor Who' then you'll get ALL the news you want!
I don't really understand why Toby Whithouse has only got 8/10 when he's the bookies' favourite... Also I personally would love to see MacRae as showrunner, regardless of experience - I don't remember Moffat having masses of experience when he joined the team, and now he's running the two most successful dramas on TV today! (Actually all he'd done was a teen drama series and two sitcoms)!
@gunslinger19 I disagree, I personally think that the roles should have been exchanged, because we haven't had a companion from the past since the begining of NuWho, and, if dealt with properly I think that it wouldn't get tiresome and make Doctor Who feel a little bit more realistic - like stopping questions such as "why is an immortal time travelling alien always picking up girls from 21st century Earth?" I would very much like to see an alien companion return to Doctor Who - something we haven't seen since Turlough left. I really don't think that a few centuries' difference will make a companion unrelatable - I mean their still human aren't they, and the main way that they need to be relatable is by having the Doctor explain things to them and by them discovering foreign worlds etc. - still very plausable.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on What if… Clara had stayed Victorian?
@sontaran17 I've never quite understood people who think that think that Steven Moffat is a bad writer compared to RTD and then use the Statue of Liberty as an example of this! What about a giant CYBERKING stomping across Victorian London!!!! I mean what sort of a creature name is Cyberking anyway???? "So far the Cybermen have had a very cold and logical hierarchy: Cyberman, Cyber Leader, Cyber Controller. It is therefore time to introduce a piece of Cyber Artillery! What to call it? It's got to be unimaginative and untheatrical... I know! Cyber King!!!" WHAT???????
11 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Angels Take Manhattan
I REALLY want a really good Cyberman outing this series!! I really enjoyed Nightmare in Silver for its ideas and the way it adapted the cybermen, but I don't think that the Cybermen have been utilised well since Rise of the Cybermen/Age of Steel!! And before that, I hadn't seen an episode that utilised the Cybermen well since The Invasion. Actually, when I think about it, I have only been fully satisfied with two Cybermen apearences!! Get your acts together guys!!!
11 months ago on Speculating on Series 8’s “Big Bad”
A good build-up that all goes to waste when the story ends so abruptly - 6/10
11 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Power of Three
@Rani Nose @DalekSupreme1@NightmarishWell since the historicals continued all the way through Lambert's producership, I think it can be assumed that it wasn't.
11 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: A Town Called Mercy
@SonicTheHedgehogRules There are so many problems with Cold War it's quite difficult to name them concisely, but here goes! The story set out with the intention of being a classic base-under-seige episode, which is fine... if it's done well. The advantage of a base-under-seige plot-line is that there are not too many characters, so there is a lot of opportunity to give them all convincing backstories and motives. Cold War doesn't even try! The Captain is just characterised as vaguely moral and vaguely weak. His second in command is just a nasty idiot with no motive and the professor listens to western music whilst being on a Russian military submarine at the height of the Cold War - this would be great as a plot device (he's clearly very important to the USSR or he'd be dead, he would obviously be unpopular with the army, and he's clearly a strong person, to be able to live his life in this fashion) if it was actually utilised, which it wasn't! The Ice Warriors have also been made one of the most 3-dimentional monsters created in the history of the show by the Curse of Peladon, and yet in this story the warrior spends most of his time stomping around a submarine killing people for no reason while refering to some very vague rules of etiquet from his homeworld.
The other significant problem with the episode is the pace. It is quite a nice idea to dump the Doctor straight into the middle of a crisis and let him get on with it, but NOT in a base-under-seige plot because the space is so confined that the problem can't go away and allow for some real plot development until the creature is dead or has left. This means that the possible atmosphere inside the sub has been lost with the build-up to the creature's entrance.
While it is true that Gatiss only had 45 minutes to bring all those things together: if it's too difficult, don't do it!!!
@ivegotkidneys @DalekSupreme1@blawesomejeffActually yeah, I forgot he wrote 42! Yeah I don't get why people don't like that either.
@gunslinger19 I totally agree with everything you said!!