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I got all teary eyed, when Clara had aged, and we knew she was about to leave. Sad to see her go, but it was time, she has after all been around for 3 Christmas specials. It was fitting, mirroring last year's Time of the Doctor, and a unique and new way for a companion to leave. And then it was just a trick!! Honestly, the episode had been perfect up until that point. I can live with Clara staying (although after another year, I think we will all be really ready to see her go), but the fake-out was mean, mean, mean. Also, I don't know where they can take the character now, we've already seen the "impossible girl", her romance with Danny, her stint as a nanny. What's left? Hoping for a tertiary companion for next year.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Clara’s Fate & Series 9 (Spoilers)
@YaelMoise @Sephora Bosswald Yeah, that one made no sense. One could argue that as it would be 'impossible' to get that far, unauthorised, there would be no need for keys. Still a bit odd. The Teller was maybe focusing on someone else?
6 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
@MoserGray I think you need to re-watch, because you seem to have missed some things that were actually explained in the episode. I mean no offence, though, I understand that plot holes can be irritating.
I had no expectations for this one, and I thought it was pretty great! The plot made sense, the conclusion was logical, and the pacing was good. I thought Clara's outfit was a bit odd for a date, it seemed a bit costume-y (I know that's irrelevant, made she was sort of pointing it out in the beginning). I could understand everything Capaldi said, so I think I'm getting used to the accent :)
. I thought this would be a simple filler after last weeks bigger adventure, but I was mistaken. I think the absolute best thing to do is to go into an episode completely SPOILER-FREE! Last year I knew far too much, and it really does spoil the more than one might think.
I'm thinking the Doctor's now heavily emphasised dislike of soldiers will have something to do with being pushed into becoming a soldier as a child. Just an observation. I remember the Doctor disliking soldiers in the Sontaran Strategem, but not as much as he did in Into the Dalek. Is the Promised Land Gallifrey? That seems to be where we will be going in the series finale.
Also, the astounding amounts of comments posted to this episode is making my computer jam when I try to load them all :)
6 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
@The Living Angel @Ava Averson That's a possibility. So basically the Doctor might be aware of where they landed. Still a bit odd, it makes sense as a story-telling device, but not so much in story. But then again, Clara also didn't want to tell the Doctor what was going on with the Pinks in the story, so maybe it's just in her nature.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
Why wouldn't Clara tell the Doctor where they had landed, and what she had seen? I knew as it happened that she wouldn't, but why not? Is it maybe because she didn't want him to meet his younger self, which is something he had warned her about earlier?
@alwaysrunning True. Clara has been there for the beginning and the end (the grave at Trenzalore, although that turned out not to be the end after all) and most parts in between. At least she doesn't seem to remember what her splinters have been up to. But ultimately, I don't think it's a companion's importance on the Doctor's life that makes them likeable to us viewers, rather it is just about everything else. Which is why so many of us have only not in series 8 taken a liking to Clara.
@IanChestertonJr Pardon my ignorance, but whaaat? Madam Vastra is Scottish? I never noticed!
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Is Capaldi’s Accent Causing Issues?
I seem to miss about one line per episode from Capaldi. It's probably a combination of the accent and the speed at which the line is being spoken. Didn't have problems with K Gillan, but Glasgow is the only English-speaking place on earth that I been, where I could hardly understand a word they were saying :) I'm sure it's just a matter of getting used to it. I'm from Norway, btw, but I'm quite used to hearing the English language in different accents.
I went into this with lowered expectations, as Gatiss' episodes have not been my favourites in the past, but I actually really enjoyed this! I loved the banter between Robin and the Doctor, and the fact that the Doctor hates banter :) I kept expecting Robin to be revealed as not real though, because surely he can't have been. The pacing was good, the ending didn't feel rushed at all. Not an episode for any "the best of" lists, but very entertaining throughout! And funny!
- And I am enjoying this whole Promised Land arc, but I hope we'll soon get to see a bit more about it. And can I just say, the trailer for next week!! WOW, it looks chilling!
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood
@thatscottishguy I had problems understanding him at times, so I'm quite glad it wasn't stronger. I suppose I'll get used to it though. I wonder how the Americans managed.
7 months ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
@MrRazza, General Rogue Timelord Identifier I don't mind a darker Doctor, but I dunno if I like it if the Doctor becomes unkind. 10 and 11 (and even 9, really) have a lot of empathy in their Doctors, and I wonder if we will see less of this with 12.
@Polyphase I don't think it is about intelligence. I think Clara understood that the Doctor had changed as a fact, but she hadn't understood it emotionally. She had bonded to that particular Doctor, HER Doctor.. It sort of reflects the emotions of some of the viewers, as they understand that the Doctor regenerates, but are still so emotionally connected to the previous Doctor, that they find it hard to accept this new and very different man.
7 months ago on 12 Great Moments From Deep Breath
@ilyootha is back in home Universe I've been very anti-Clara from the beginning, I've just found her so devoid of personality, yet full of quippyness (ok, that's not a word). However, I absolutely loved her in this episode! When the Doctor left her, and she had to try to negotiate her way out of her situation, and we saw her issues from the classroom, I just wanted to reach out and hug her. Hopefully there will be more of this Clara!
@BLEUNGiU @Ava Averson Oh well, your religion is yours, and it shouldn't matter too much what some TV-shows says about it. (Although, I supposes Doctor Who is more than just a TV-show to most of us :) )
@BLEUNGiU I hope so too. I'm an agnostic, but I don't want Doctor Who offending my religious friends. I do get the feeling that Moffat is somewhat anti-religion though, especially from this episode.
@Exalos Yes! I couldn't hold it as long as she did, though :)
Woo, what a thrilling ride! I enjoyed the longer scenes. I recently re-watched Time of the Doctor, and while I thought it was great (on the 2nd watch), there were a lot of short scenes and action crammed in to one episode.
I find the Doctor's remarks about replacing the pieces of a broom, over and over again, and it not still being the same broom, but that it still works for sweeping, such an interesting take on the regeneration process. Obviously this comment was supposed to reflect upon the Doctor himself, as he also sees his own reflection. How many times can you keep replacing every piece of yourself until you are no longer the same man?
Also, the end scene with Missy was very interesting! She seems enjoyably deranged :)
If I could only take one episode of Doctor Who to a desert island, it would probably be the Impossible Astronaut 2-parter. (No, that doesn't count as cheating:)) It is perfection!
7 months ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: The Impossible Astronaut / Asylum of the Daleks
I think Mummy on the Orient Express might be this year's Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.. :) Really excited about Listen. And Death in Heaven?? Woahh...
7 months, 1 week ago on Series 8: All Titles Revealed
@usmandikkoladan @ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey @stargazer0118 Agreed. Christmas is too soon, series 9 is too long!
7 months, 1 week ago on Jenna Coleman Leaving at Christmas?
I don't mind this at all, I've never liked the stories with the Master. Also I don't like the idea of the Doctor having a arch nemesis, he is too complex for that.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat on Why the Master Won’t Be Back
Impossible astronaut is possibly my favourite episode of all time, so I chose that. But 11th Hour was the perfect 1st episode for any Doctor. Rose has nostalgic value, but it actually put my boyfriend completely off watching DW, and I was certainly not taken in by it.. I like it better in retrospect though.
1 year ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 1
I like that Moffat is in last place as well as in first place. (And also pretty much dominating the top 10). I hope he sees this list, so he can cheer himself up every time someone starts ranting that Moffat is ruining Doctor Who.
1 year ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (5-1)
@gunslinger19 24 is not bad. It still has a pretty good rating. There are just too many great episodes, we are spoilt for choice. (Also, some people hate Mercy and Dinosaurs :))
1 year ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (26-20)
@Deus_Ex_Machina 10/10 here, one of my favourites :)
@JJ2000 yuck, ew, lol?
1 year ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (33-27)
My favourite series. What got me properly, crazy hooked on the show. Has most of the best episodes, and fewest of the subpar. Fascinating overriding arc, great acting by all involved. 10/10.
1 year ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 6 (2011)
@LeightonWestwoo One has to consider the limits of a TV show. If this were in written form, much more would be possible, one could bring back Susan, and she could even be as young as she was in 1963, but when it's TV there are limitations in what actors you can and should get.
1 year ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Name of the Doctor
@Huknar @Me and Stuff Whaaaa, the Crimson Horror a 10?? Wow, we Whovians truly are a divided and varied group of people.
Is this the one where the Doctor comments on Clara's tight skirt? I don't like the idea of the Doctor leering at his companions, it makes the concept of the Doctor travelling the universe with pretty young females somewhat more creepy. Good-ish episode. I found it strange that Clara would be so competent at leading an army. I like the new Cybermen, but I wonder how they will continue to beat them in the future, now that they seem so competent. Oh, well, that's the writers' problem, not mine.. *evil laugh*
1 year ago on Best of Matt Smith: Nightmare in Silver
@Daleky I did not know this. Thanks for sharing :)
1 year ago on The Actual Plot Holes in Doctor Who
I liked it, but I thought the ending was a bit too easy. Bippediboop, it didn't happen at all. But I like how it gets picked up in TNOTD.
1 year ago on Best of Matt Smith: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
@DavidBlyth @Mithrilneth I loved "back of the neck" :D Donna! Doctor!
1 year ago on Series 8: Episode 4 & 5 Writers Confirmed
@Mithrilneth Hah... "Anyone can see"... Well sure if you say so..
Hmm, I seem to be on a 7/10 streak. Series 7 was weaker than previous series IMO, but it's heading toward something spectacular (the ...of the Doctor trio)
1 year ago on Best of Matt Smith: Cold War
Awwww, and every Whovian heart just melted. I think it's OK for you to be the Doctor too, Peter Capaldi :)
1 year ago on Capaldi: Matt Smith told me to look after Doctor Who
@FallenNocturne @Notsosmartguy Yeah, Clara is about my age. Unless she spent her whole life living in a cave, there is absolutely no way she could be so clueless about computers. You can't get through university without knowing how to use a computer, WIFI etc..
1 year ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Bells of Saint John
I like the story, the conclusion is fantastic! The Doctor outwits them all and saves the day :)
I don't like the Bah-bah-bah biker music, and I felt the episode looked a bit too light and bright to properly convey the mood of the story. 9/10
@Gallade Zero I think Strax is quite good in this :) Sure, it's a bit silly, but it's a nice balance to the rest of the episode.
1 year ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Snowmen
@lastjellybaby @Notsosmartguy Most people don't like those two episodes, but there are some that do. There will always be people who love the things you hate.
@lastjellybaby Or people are on this board because it's their favourite tv-show of all time, and therefore it would follow that they love quite a lot of the episodes...
Almost perfect, visually stunning! Don't love the resolution with the tears (although it does make sense, and it is not a Deus ex Machina. It had been established that the snow could be controlled with thoughts). I don't love it because it's a bit sappy. And the Doctor is also being overly sappy toward Clara while she is dying. Other than that, I love it. Even the child actors are good. The image of Clara climbing up the spiral stairs toward the cloud with the Tardis on is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen in Doctor Who.
@TheRiseOfTheTwelfth The soundtrack is really beautiful, I used to listen to it on repeat walking to work in the mornings. But clearly it's the hair that truly makes the episode :P
1 year ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Angels Take Manhattan
@Sir James Bond Haha, good question. I figure it's either that the residents were put to use (They weren't all old and bed ridden at the same time), or that the residents were put in some sort of stasis. Stasis chambers? Or they lived the rest of their lives in a room. Terrible thought.
@HopeAbigailMacLeod I find it interesting that River got upset about him using his regeneration energy. Maybe she didn't know how much he had left, but knew he was running out of it?
The slap thing, I want to say I really hate it when they do that on TV. A woman slapping a man is NOT ok! If it were reversed people would be furious! Imagine slapping your boyfriend/girlfriend/Timelordfriend in real life! It's crazy, you wouldn't do that unless they had murdered your cat or something...
@TheOncomingFish @Ava Averson Yes, that is plausible. I'm not saying it's a plot hole, but I think it could have been explained better. Was it because the Doctor read "Amy's last farewell", or because of the time distortions that the Angels had created (the reason he couldn't land in New York in the first place without landing lights)?
Now the Statue of Liberty, that is still the major problem, cannot be explained. Unless it's a picture of the Statute of Liberty (Anything that holds the image of an angel is itself an angel) that has become an angel, and not the actual statue. Or as someone has mentioned, some form of a perception filter. (Perception filters are so 10th Doctor :P)
9/10. Loses a point because of the angel Statue of Liberty (it bugs me like nothing else could!) and the fact that they didn't really properly explain why the Doctor can never see Amy and Rory again (i.e in New Jersey or something). I can make assumptions, and I guess it's maybe not New York at that time he can never go back to, but rather Amy and Rory's whole timeline. But I'm not sure about this theory.
.Other than that I love it. I weep like such a pathetic little baby at the graveyard scene, Gillan and Smith are wonderful together! Over time I've really come to love Amy and Rory, and it was so hard to say goodbye. And this was my first real-time companion-end.
I love the Doctor and River in this, I love Amy choosing Rory, I love her glasses. I like the idea of the Angels' time-farm, it's a neat concept. The baby angels are creepy. I like how the Doctor and Amy quickly stop by the Ming dynasty just to communicate with River. I like River and Amy's conversation, etc etc. Just the statue of Liberty thing bugs. It's like something you would come up with while on recreational drugs.
"Dude wouldn't it be totally awesome if the Statue of Liberty was a weeping angel?"
"Woah, man, yeah that would soo cool, doesn't make sense though"
"Dude, it's so awesome, no one's ever gonna notice"
@WiblyWoblyTimyWimyMOFFAT I don't get why people are comparing him to Mickey already. All we have is a picture, a name and the fact that he works with Clara. The next black guy won't necessarily be like the last black guy :P
1 year, 1 month ago on Series 8: Meet Danny Pink