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4 months, 3 weeks ago on Next Time: Listen
Dalek, while not my favourite episode, remains a very solid re-introduction to the Doctor's great enemies, and shows Eccleston's Doctor at perhaps his strongest. Into the Dalek is an almost entirely nonsensical story, with weak guest characters, unbelievable Daleks, unactable dialogue and immature, sledgehammered-in attempts at showing how "dark" the Doctor apparently is now.
That wasn't a hard decision.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Face-Off: Dalek vs Into the Dalek
Sounds a bit ridiculous to be honest, but could have a Dinosaurs on a Spaceship-type charm to it if done well. Also, is Danny not in this episode?
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Time Heist BBC Synopsis
@Sephora is Scottish now I LOVE Vampires of Venice. For me, Toby Whithouse always delivers.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Horowitz on Showrunner Rumours
@TheCapaldiMasterplan @awkward912 @supermoff of Sherwood Fair point, forgot that one. Then he'll be back for series 9 then! ;)
@TardisBoy That was just about not having series splits? And as series 8 is essentially a thirteen ep series, starting with a double-length episode, I wouldn't rule out thirteen shorter eps next year.
@TardisBoy Woah there, series-9-is-twelve-episodes assertion!
@supermoff of Sherwood I will be crushed if Toby doesn't have at least one ep in series 9, as that would probably rule him out of taking over from Steven. I hope he's secretly planning out series 10 as we speak, and stepped away from this year's series for that reason...
@ Notsosmartguy The cliffhanger's for the penultimate ep of series 9, I've been casually assuming it's Steven's last big hurrah tbh.
Regarding the Danny time-frame difficulties discussed here, although it wasn't confirmed on-screen I've been assuming that Clara went AWOL for a few weeks after Christmas, and had just made her excuses and been allowed to return to work by the time of Into the Dalek. In the meantime, Danny joined the school and has now initiated the Coal Hill Cadets - thus the pupils have just found out about his army background and the school secretary has had time to form a mild crush.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Into the Dalek Review
I'd consider it highly unlikely that the next showrunner would not write for the show on at least a couple of occasions before taking over. If it is to be Horowitz, he would surely show up on the roster for series 9.
Personally though, while I love his novels I've never been a fan of Anthony's TV work so he wouldn't be my choice. And what does Phillip Hinchcliffe have to do with it anyway? I think Morris has the wrong end of the stick - with the greatest of respect, he'd hardly be the one in the know.
@Master Michael Moon They did exactly the same in series 5. I imagine it's because trailers are finalised earlier, but it is rather annoying.
5 months ago on Next Time: Robot of Sherwood
@HitchcockWhovian @awkward912 For an episode that was technically very impressive when it came to visual effects, it still managed to look awfully... cheap. The Dalek fleet and bland, characterless spaceship (which matched their bland, characterless speech, I suppose), the tiny corner of the Aristotle that was supposed to represent all of humankind but actually consisted of five blokes guarding a doorway... I didn't buy any of it. Loved Ben's direction of Deep Breath, and find it hard to believe it was the same guy this week.
5 months ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek
@Seaborn W Deadman I agree regarding Ross, it was a forced and unsubtle re-statement of the Doctor taking the sonic screwdriver from Clara last week. Too far down the callous route, and entirely uncalled for.
@supermoff @awkward912 For me, the "good man" obsession was shoehorned in because of a desperate need to add interest to a dull narrative, with no real connection to the story's narrative or believability regarding the Doctor as a character. I wouldn't call that intelligent, I'm afraid.
@YaelMoise Totally agree on the main narrative of the episode, none of its attempts at morality exploration are successful - and they're attempted to such extent that they entirely sacrifice an interesting story along the way.
@supermoff Original? Intelligent? I'm really starting to think I tuned into the wrong thing tonight. What is everyone else seeing that I missed?
Here's the good news: I like Danny a lot. Here's the bad news: For me, that was the worst episode of Doctor Who since the revival by a long way. Silly (not to mention dull) sci-fi trope of shrinking people at odds with the attempt at "serious", garbled dialogue throughout making the story all but incomprehensible at points (yep, still not sure why the humans wanted to fix a Dalek, or what the hell the war was all about, how they didn't know there was a creature inside the shell, how the Doctor ended up in the Dalek's mind...), Capaldi struggled to bring any conviction to dialogue blatantly written with Matt Smith in mind - especially in the final confrontation with "Rusty" - the manipulation of the plot to make a laboured point on the Doctor's morality was painfully unsubtle and covered no ground that wasn't trodden far more emphatically last week, and then it turned into a re-run of 2005's Dalek ("good Dalek" quote and all) before petering out with Journey deciding to travel with the Doctor for absolutely no reason, and the Doctor changing his mind about her (he liked her enough to interfere and save her life at the start!) for equally indecipherable reasons. It was shockingly bad. 3/10, for the strength and promise of the Coal Hill scenes (hello again, Courtney!) alone.
So Doomsday is no longer my least favourite New Who episode, and I genuinely thought I would never find myself saying that. Deep Breath was a world apart from Into the Dalek, and I can only hope that the latter is the anomaly rather than the former.
Surprised at the tepid response to this, I loved it! A very self-deprecating look at the show's history, ideal for the kids and hardcore fans alike. (And for once, it makes sense to include John Hurt between Eight and Nine - don't get any ideas, DWM et al!) I especially love the intro to the Fifth Doctor, and Strax "corpsing" is great. The perfect build-up to a new Doctor episode IMO.
5 months ago on Watch the Deep Breath Cinema “Prequel”
@stargazer0118 @G_Unitt Evolving? No, sorry. David's Doctor was the master of the ping-back. Even at the start of The End of Time, he pretty much reverted to type following his Time Lord Victorious explosion.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on New Who: Doctor Debut Episodes
Interesting that Danny's in episode 2, wonder how much of a part he'll play there? Also surprised but intrigued that "Kill the Moon" and "Mummy on the Orient Express" are genuine titles. And encouraged that Steven's keeping a firm hand on so many episodes - I do think that may have been the crux of series 7B's issues.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8: All Titles Revealed
Although I don't believe this report has any grounding in truth. We know how the BBC do these things, and it's to pre-empt any genuine leaks by bringing their own announcement forward. If she does leave at Christmas, The Mirror don't know about it yet.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Jenna Coleman Leaving at Christmas?
@SonicTheHedgehogRules Steven is REALLY good at the Cybermen, it's obvious from the glimpses we've had of them in his stories so far. I have high hopes for this more in-depth appearance from them.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Talalay Talks “Action-Packed, Emotional” Series 8 Finale
5 months, 3 weeks ago on The Future of Clara Oswald
Spontaneous combustion is a FANTASTIC idea for a Victorian-set Doctor Who episode, truly brilliant. Hope there's a great explanation for that.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Deep Breath Synopsis
@Whovian1500 My guess: all except Doctor Who Live will be on the series 8 set.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Deep Breath Standalone DVD & Blu-Ray
Of course he is, the Christmas special is written so they'll know the score for series 9. The first question mark for Peter will come regarding series 10 or not, and it remains to be seen whether it will be Steven or someone else signing him up for that one.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Capaldi Signed Up For Doctor Who Series 9?
You know what? I'd love to see the Master back, but if Steven's not feeling it and doesn't have any ideas for the character, then I'd rather he left it. Then the next showrunner, or even the one after that, can give him the nod and do justice to the character. Don't just do it for the sake of it.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat on Why the Master Won’t Be Back
@Alex HN @ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey @Stradiwhovius There is no legal obligation to use the Daleks every year, it's a complete myth.
@ Notsosmartguy As series 2 marked such a creative crash for the series, I'm glad it didn't serve as the final half of Nine's tenure. Much rather a Doctor starts slow and comes into his own thereafter if it's a choice between the two.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on The Curious Case of the 9th Doctor
@Amy is Hannibal Can we PLEASE all learn what "canon" actually means. Thanks.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat: Big Plans For Future Online Episodes
Ok, I take it back: Paternoster gang online series NOW.
@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen @MaraBackman @awkward912 Damnit, I knew there'd be one somewhere if I wrote that.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Moffat on Series 8’s Smaller Story Arc
Sounds good. Two things I want from the big picture this year: 1. A linear arc; not a mystery, or a strange phrase, or a prophecy from the future, just the Doctor and crew developing clearly as characters, culminating in the finale. 2. Season 1-3 style hooks into the next episode; think The Poison Sky, The Beast Below or even The Crimson Horror - stories where the last scene takes us right into the next adventure, even though they're unconnected otherwise. Let's bring back the cliffhanger.
@MaraBackman Australia perhaps? Who has taken off there, and I don't think the Doc's every been there before? #teganreference
@SonicTheHedgehogRules Er, The Crusade isn't complete... (And since when has Mission to the Unknown been animated?!)
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful
@microbat98 Hey microbat, here's the thing: People online, especially on certain sites, have a real rod up their backs about the licence fee. Thinking that it's an outmoded source of revenue for the BBC in the days of on-demand viewing, which is a legitimate view, they unfortunately extrapolate that view into thinking the BBC should not do anything in the way of marketing without their express permission. "I paid for a pixel of that Peaky Blinders poster, what a waste of my licence fee", "Why show so much sport when I don't like sport?", "That's a really flash advert for Doctor Who WHICH I PAID FOR" etc. etc. That's ridiculous. Fact is the BBC will make a profit from Deep Breath in cinemas, or they wouldn't be doing it. So it's related to the licence fee in no more than the most tangential of ways.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Does Deep Breath Really Deserve a Theatrical Release?
@The Finn @Antee991166 @SonicTheHedgehogRules They have been optioning episodes with 1 or 2 missing episodes for animation, and have gone through them now with the exception of The Underwater Menace (presumably in process, as the recovered episode hasn't been released elsewhere) and, for reasons unclear, The Crusade. Though in fairness, The Crusade is pretty dry tbh - pretty much nothing happens in the first two episodes, and the 2nd part is almost entirely dialogue so wouldn't really gain much from an animation.
All I can say is I never seriously considered seeing Day of the Doctor in the cinema, due to 3D and a certainty that I'd get annoyed be people overreacting to jokes/surprises/David Tennant. But I am seeing Deep Breath in the cinema, for the experience in a slightly more low-key environment and the extra features. I'm hoping this will set a precedent for doing so on a semi-regular basis, thus also ensuring longer/double-length episodes every so often. It's academic to say "why weren't 1996/Rose/Eleventh Hour special enough for this"; they were, but the brand wasn't strong enough at that time. Now it is, so let's take advantage.
@Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd She doesn't live near Rose, they just used the same location. But I like the notion of the "control freak losing control" for series 8, it's sort of like the Ponds in negative - refusing to make that choice they were confronted with in Power of Three.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Popular / Unpopular Opinion: Clara Oswald
@ Notsosmartguy is superior again!!!!!!!!! @awkward912 From the Doctor's point of view, I mean. Because he made himself her protector. Just see when he finds her unconscious in The Bells of Saint John - a very underrated moment for Matt's Doctor. For Clara, it was an element of attraction but certainly not love. In Whoniverse terms, kinda like Jack and Gwen - the "never going to happen" category.
Clara/Eleven is far more a paternalistic relationship than romantic, though there are elements of both. Obviously the casual detractors fail to notice that. Interestingly, that looks like it's going too despite the Doctor looking older now.
@thribs1 Clara was both. Victorian Clara, as far as she and the Doctor were concerned, was just an ordinary girl who wanted adventures.
@thribs1 @awkward912 Well yes, but it would also have meant the end of Doctor Who. I'll take that chance.
The ONLY thing Clara did in Time of the Doctor was get the Doctor twelve more lives and completely save the day! Useless! Hold on, what?
Have I failed to notice double sarcasm, or are people genuinely taking it seriously that Moffat's going to tackle Karen Gillan's two characters? *MOFFAT IS JOKING KLAXON*
6 months ago on Capaldi’s Familiar Face Addressed in a Low-key Way
@Regenerated Catterson @awkward912 @TardisBoy I know that, I've had an article not be published - fair enough, it was stupidly niche and turned into a convoluted mess - but, you know, wrong form of "wandering"?
6 months ago on The Future of Multi-Doctor Stories
@DasManiac Agreed. I would have no problem with Eleven appearing in that way fairly soon, potentially when Steven steps down...?
@TardisBoy I stand by that, I'm afraid. DWTV should at least be prepared to make minor fixes, or send articles back to users with suggestions if they need a bit of work to get up to scratch. The latter would be applicable here.