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@Lemonhead118 @gunslinger19 hmmmmm on the one hand i do like watching it at home but then i missed dotd at the cinemas and its one of my biggest regrets. hmmmmmm....
25 minutes ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally
so will i be able to watch the episode at home and then watch it the day after at the cinema or something cos that would be ideal for me?
1 hour, 8 minutes ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally
has it ever been confirmed that the hartnell incarnation was the 1st? i know he says hes the original and that wouldnt make sense in terms of regen limit but its not totally impossible
1 day, 1 hour ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title
that might be the best picture ever...
1 day, 5 hours ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title
urgh literally just bought the 50th on blue ray. ah well
2 days ago on Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection DVD & Blu-ray
i think im gonna like the robin hood episode hoping its a bit like a town called mercy and it has Ben Miller in it!!!!! really like exploring whether or not the doctor is a good man which seems to be a prevalent question this series. also a heist episode sounds really interesting
2 days ago on SFX #251 Previews Series 8
a suspended console would have been interesting but id be worried that whenever anyone lent on it it would break lol
2 days, 9 hours ago on How does the TARDIS reflect the Doctor? (Part 2)
cant say i agree, my opinions of child actors are rarely positive and Sky is no exception. even Luke, Rani and Clyde annoy me to a great extent although they were handled comparatively well. and im actually dreading the child character of George Ellis(?) in series 8. sky was nowhere near as bad as Angie and Artie, but she still basically seemed to be a replica of Luke which to me made her much less interesting. and i never understood why Clyde or Rani would treat her as an equal and hang out with her when she is so much younger than them. its always seemed slightly strange to me. after only appearing in 3 stories, i think its better to leave this stone unturned. this leaves her fate up to the viewer's imagination which will always be better than what the writers come up with. this is all just my opinion and my view of children in the whoniverse may seem a bit harsh, but i really find some of them to almost ruin episodes for me
5 days, 5 hours ago on Bring Back… Sky Smith
yeh in day of the doctor iv basically decided that the fact they were in a painting meant that they could vibrate the paint molecules in the dalek, and the fact that there were 3 of them amplified the sonic's power. i think they should retire the sonic as it wouldnt really make sense for the doctor to just not use it when it could save the day. but if not, could they just not use the sonic in the climax maybe? its a useful narrative device for collating information and moving the plot forward and opeing doors, but the climax should be a moment built by the entire narrative, not just the sonic
5 days, 8 hours ago on Doctor Who’s Biggest Deus Ex Machina
the problem with having so many parts to a story is that your forced to constantly create cliffhangers which work well once or twice but after that often seem forced and anticlimactic. longer episodes would answer this problem i think, and if that means less stories so be it.
1 week, 1 day ago on Are Longer Stories Better? Five Classics
i imagine he would compliment the doctor's passionate intensity with a glacial reserve
1 week, 1 day ago on McGann: Charles Dance Would Be a Great Master
@Antee991166 @gunslinger19 yeah i know but given that he seems to be questioning who he is in the trailers and that this is a new regeneration cycle which could result in a very dodgy regeneration, i think that long term memory loss is a real possibilty for series 8
1 week, 2 days ago on How Far Into Darkness will the 12th Doctor Take Us?
im starting to wonder how much Capaldi's incarnation actually remembers his past selves. hes certainly forgotten how to fly the TARDIS and he seems to not remember some aspects of who he is given his lack of certainty over whether or not hes a good man. ofcourse, this can be seen as a change in perspective. the audience doesnt really know if the doctor is a good man, mainly because theres so much mystery behind him and many of his acts are ultimately questionable. this leads me to believe that the focus of Capaldi's tenure will be an attempt to rediscover himself. he will remember some things, but great swathes of his past will have gone missing (perhaps the fact that he saved gallifrey which might complicate his search for it). that may be why he goes to Vastra, Strax and Jenny in episode 1 and it may be why hes trying to redeem the mistakes of his past. all conjecture of course, but this would make for a doctor that may not be that much darker than the others, but his own moral failings may also be more highlighted within the show.
anyone else wonder if when capaldi says "into darkness" he might be going to save gallifrey in 'no sir...all 13' bit? it would kind of fit with the previous line of cleaning up his mistakes
1 week, 3 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer
how can i put this in a way that doesnt sound too pessimistic? OMGOMGOMGOMFGITSAMAZINGNoMoreWAITINGCAPALDISSOEXCITINGISITBADTHATTHETHINGTHATEXCITESMEMOSTISGETTINGTOSEEHISEYESAGAIN?!!!!!!!!!!
1 week, 4 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer
its true that there is no way that any major character seems likely to die. this is a shame because character deaths are one of the most interesting things to watch and make for beautiful tv when done properly. but on a show like GoT where there are literally hundreds of characters this is much easier. we really need to make a more in depth universe, eg with paternoster and unit, and then kill off loads of characters in moving and effective ways.
1 week, 6 days ago on Where Doctor Who Could Improve and How
While i would love to see an 8th doctor spin off, and think that it should happen, i do accept that dr who is better served by not having this. i loved the 50th, but the depiction of the time war was, in my opinion, the worst aspect by far. there seemed to be so little imagination, so little effort. the time war has always been presented as far more than a series of battles. i want to see the horrors of the time war. it wouldnt have even cost that much. we got epic special effects for the city of gallifrey, but i would have preferred to have a time lord church with women and children singing hymns and the sound of men dying outside. maybe the daleks could even attack the church eventually. that would have been so much more effective and we could see some hardcore time lord culture. i wanted to see a battle. it doesnt have to be epic or lord of the rings style, but they couldve shown like a lot of time lords all marching to re-take Arcadia's citadel or something. i wanted war cries and battle speeches from the doctor! the one consolation is that the 50th didnt actually mean that these things didnt happen, but a whole time war series could never portray the war how we have imagined it. on the other hand, more who is a good thing so id totally be up for it!
1 week, 6 days ago on What If… the 8th Doctor Had Had a Full TV Run?
Great article! I think that the doctor is not a good man, nor a bad one, hes a doctor.
its in the word. doctors are there to help people. they save as many lives as they can. but sometimes thats not the best thing to do. in a war, a doctor might call himself a man of peace. a man who refuses to fight. but hes the one healing the soldiers. and those soldiers will then go and kill people. indirectly, hes killing more people than any single soldier. so is it right to save those lives? i suppose it depends on what the cause of the war is. and the cause of the doctor is not always the good cause.
how many times has the doctor defended humanity over another species? perhaps the other species shouldnt have invaded. but humanity is no better than the sontarans or the slitheen. because the doctor saved the humans today, how many species will suffer in the future? the ood spring to mind, but there the only ones that weve seen.
the shakri prove that humanity wont be a force for good in the universe.
i think that ending the time war was the choice of a good man. he had to kill everyone, there wasnt another way. but what happened in the 50th wasnt the actions of a good man. they were arrogant and selfish, the time lord victorious resurgent. that was the actions of a doctor, as Clara said.
and thats okay. the doctor cannot always be the good man because good men get nothing done.
john furbisher was a good man, and how much did he actually achieve?
nothing is black and white, and every decision that the doctor makes is questionable, primarily because we still dont know who he is.
this is what makes, in my opinion, doctor who the best show ever.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Is the Doctor a Good Man?
@HitchcockWhovian @gunslinger19 thanks :)
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Series 8: New Teaser Trailer “I see into your soul, Doctor”
whats the second line i cant quite hear it???
dont like the sound of having lots of child actors, but Moffat's opinion bodes well i suppose, just sad the Whitehouse isnt coming back
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Series 8: Frank Cottrell Boyce Confirmed
honestly, for me, the worst thing about this episode was the bit at the end when those kids see the doctor and we hear "he looked so happy and so sad," "i really liked his hat", it makes me cringe i normally skip that bit. it makes no sense as well, why would the children care about seeing a man and y would they be used as sources after seeing him once, when plenty of people actually know him? if a a child had said "i really liked Churchill's coat" would that documentation survive and be used by archeologists centuries later? no it wouldnt. i also dont like the 'power of love' ending. its not so much the cliche as much as it just felt boring and too easy for the cybermen. surely, theyre mist dangerous when vulnerable? apparently not. basically any parent couldve beaten them. but it does make sense to an extent i suppose. and the comedy was good and craig was fine. so not a total disaster.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on The Common Criticisms of Closing Time
i dont outright hate this idea, i just find it to be cliched, boring and uninteresting.to be honest, we dont know that much about the time lords. we have seen glimpses of their lives and know some of their history and technology. but in terms of origin theyre almost as mysterious as the doctor. i like that. the show's mystery is its strongest asset because, depending on what you chose to believe about the doctor, everything he does can be interpreted differently. the same goes for the time lords. take away their mystery, and they will become less interesting. thats the bottom line.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on The Doctor: Half-Human on his Mother’s Side?
i think episodes 4-7 could make an interesting 4 parter, but a whole series of 4 parters seems a bit excessive and could alienate many viewers. then again, the format worked beautifully in TORCHWOOD.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Is the Current Format a Serial Killer?
really hoping that the cybermen are a big bad this series they have soo much potential!!!
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Series 8 Finale Filming: Returning Characters & Monster
the best thing about doctor who, for me, are the moments when it becomes darker. when the doctor kills Solomon, when Jex kills himself, the whole of the war doctor, these are all the best moments for me. Series 3 and 4 of TORCHWOOD showed effective use of darkness, although series 1 and 2 showed overuse. i don't necessarily want loads of gore, although some blood when appropriate would be welcome. when the master was shot and the doctor lost his hand it felt strange that there was no bleeding. but i do want the viewer to remember that the doctor is neither good nor bad. he is a Byronic hero who struggles to stick to a strict set of morals and doesn't always succeed. deaths need to be more plentiful and fear should be created more frequently. however, the general boyish playfulness of the doctor should always be around to some extent. the doctor's youthfulness stems from a reluctance to behave in an adult way. its his way of compensating for all that hes seen. and therein lies the show's true darkness. the doctor is scary because hes like a clown. he appears lighthearted but there are sinister undertones. a lesser villain is scary because of the sinister overtones.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Should Doctor Who Adopt a Darker Tone?
as a fan who dislikes Rose, i thought that this scene did make her storyline slightly better (even of her return ruins that anyway). but the best scene? seriously? to me, its not even very interesting. it would have been better if this scene had never happened and the doctor and Rose's relationship had simply been cut short. much more tragic that way. what we get is a scene that encapsulates precisely whats wrong with the whole of series 2. "im blowing up a sun to say goodbye." what the hell? how selfish do you get. even if the doctor somehow knew that no life would ever evolve in that solar system, why blow up a beautiful star for just 2 minutes of goodbye? maybe if i liked Rose then i could like this scene. but i dont. i hate almost everything she does/says. imo, she comes across as arrogant, selfish, unworthy of the doctor's lifestyle and most of all just uncaring. the best ending for her would have been Donna's ending imo. then she can try to live her life through her own merits and try to build something of her own. Perhaps Martha would have benefitted from Rose's ending as she wanted to leave anyway, and Donna would have benefitted from Martha's ending as she couldve left the doctor of her own volition, lived her own life, but still benefitted from his lifestyle occasionally. my personal choice for favorite scene would be Jex's death in ATCM. that scene was subtle, had beautiful parallells with the doctor, perhaps suggesting that the doctor should really kill himself as Jex has done to truly end the violence. it has a beautiful score by Murray Gold, and some tragic dialogue "I must face the souls of those ive wronged. perhaps they will be kind" all just my opinion of course...
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Why the Doomsday Farewell is Not the Greatest
hope the TARDIS stays all red!!!
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Series 8 Airdate Confirmed, New Trailer & Image
the doctor confirms that hes an alien in ATCM, but i suppose that alien could mean from a different time as it doesnt necessarily mean extraterrestrial.
4 weeks ago on Moffat: Who says the Doctor is NOT human?
really dont like this scene, but then if i liked Rose then i might have a different opinion. but what about when the doctors all save gallifrey, or any one of eleven's speeches? or the scene with the doctor, the master and rassilon all together with that gun? or what about Jex's death or when the doctor considers shooting him? or when eleven regenerates? or when 9 tells the dalek to kill itself? these amongst others are great scenes. the doomsday scene was just a massive self indulgent cliche that adds nothing to the story and really makes the doctor and Rose's separation less tragic. perhaps if it actually got rid of Rose, but then she had to keep coming back...
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Doomsday Farewell Declared Greatest Sci-Fi Moment
really hoping Whitehouse returns for episode 10 he wrote Mercy (my favorite episode!).
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Series 8: The Almost Complete Line-Up
its not bad, but to be fair, a good writer can show both character development and effective plot in what really into 45 minutes. if Chibnall cant do this, then maybe he shouldnt be writing for the show. but i love Dinosaurs on a spaceship (criminally underrated) and 42 so on the back of those, im happy to see him back
1 month ago on Unpopular Opinion? The Power of Three
i imagine that the master will want the time lords to return. he is as thematically related to the quest for home as the doctor really
1 month ago on The Master’s Moffat Plan
@TheBiPunishment i assumed she was talking about regeneration rather than actuall resurrection.
1 month ago on Series 8 Filming: Finale Clue
I may be wrong, but i dont see why you would watch a show just because the main actors attractive. theres plenty of shows with good looking leads, and in my personal opinion, none of the doctors have been especially attractive. theyve been very good, but if attractions what u were looking for, i dont see why u would come to Who
1 month ago on Colin Baker: Tennant & Smith Brought Female Fans to Doctor Who
@Gustaff that praise only highlighted disgusting and evil things in humanity. i don't think that the series itself ever did anything wrong with Danes' character. also, i think that all people should be represented and pedophiles are arguably born the way that they are. the lack of redemption for Oswald was tragic and in many ways i hoped he would survive, particularly given his horrific cries as he dies. imagine how sad a man who would want to go to Hell to find the girl he raped and murdered just because he wants to rape and murder her again must be! and to what extent might Oswald's sexual insanity a product of society? i don't think that Oswald or anyone is universally evil and i think his character is a testament to the bold writing of RTD and the show.
1 month ago on Is Torchwood: Miracle Day Unfairly Criticised?
its not as good as CoE, but its still brilliant imo. jilly was great, Oswald is one of the best whoniverse characters ever, if not the best. i loved the parallels between him and Jack as they had both killed a child and yet Jack still judged him. his last line was perfectly chilling and beautifully monstrous. the story could have been condensed, but i liked the detail heavy focus and there were a lot of nice concepts introduced. i don't dislike rex or esther but i can see why people might. compared to the other characters in the show, they simply cannot hold their own. i think that DW needs to reference MD because if they don't it creates a strange bridge between the two series. it would be a shame if Torchwood never gets a 5th series especially as MD had an ambiguous ending. i would actually quite like the blessing/ the family to be adressed in Who, that might be interesting. if TW cant come back, i seriously hope we will see Jack again CoE elevated him to one of my favorite characters.
if you think about it, the clothes that the angels are wearing probably are not really stone and if the ball gets beneath their dresses, how could you get it back out? also, the real issue would emerge if the opposing team looked into their eyes, at which point the angels would possess the other team. so im not so sure that the angels would do too badly. and they can certainly turn off any floodlights and at full speed, they could outrun a cyberman id imagine.
1 month ago on The Inaugural Universe World Cup
that picture at the top is hilarious i really want to see how it plays out
1 month, 1 week ago on Yes, I’m a Whovian, but I’m one of the nice ones
the great thing about the rtd arcs was that they were much more subtle, and often they were more character arcs than plot arcs. 10s behaviour led to his downfall. he got rid of harriet jones leading to Saxon and the children of earth governments, brings the master back to the universe even though he literally says that he shouldnt explore the planet in utopia. this, along with creating torchwood really shows the downfall of the tenth doctor. his own curiosity, arrogance and trivial attitudes led to his destruction in the end.
The great thing about the Moffat arcs are that their reverse nature really made the events of the day of the doctor and time of the doctor feel really important. it gave the 50th specials such an epic climactic feel, whilst providing a clear character commentary on the doctor. i, unlike many, loved the arc in series 6. watching the doctor go to his death said so much about 11, especially as he nearly just sits down and takes it. this passiveness was reflected on trenzalore where he basically does nothing for a thousand years. this led to his doctor's downfall much like 10's flaws did. but there was never a sense for me that eleven's seemingly minor actions ever had big consequences. but RTD's arcs also suffered from being too subtle. for example, the overuse of cop out endings was rampant in his era's finales. much more so imo than moffat's.
for these reasons, i think that the series would really benefit from a fusion of the 2 arc styles. in minor episodes, we should get a lot of character arcs which have been planned by the entire writing team. and in major episodes we should get strong plot arcs. my personal preference arcwise is to the Moffat era, but i do miss the subtle genius of the RTD era.
1 month, 1 week ago on Comparing the Different Arcs of the Revival
i wonder if he shouldnt wait a few more years? i reckon that the master will be making an appearance sometime and having them both back might be overkill. on the other hand, it would be great if they could recapture some of that old genesis davros vibe. and also, they need to stop killing villains off at the end of each story. keep him as an ever present threat. much like Moffat has done with the daleks.
1 month, 1 week ago on Is it time for Davros to return?
@MrRazza @gunslinger19 fair point, but it seems a bit contrived to me. i dont see any suggestion in past stories that Clara would be the sort of person who would feel the need to lie she seems pretty sure of herself in past stories.
1 month, 1 week ago on Clara Oswald – A Question of Perspective
the story arc isnt the problem in my eyes. the issue is that she is so unsubtle to the point of being annoying. any character developments/traits have had to be screamed at us. for example, in Time, we learn that she is a bossy control freak because she says it. this is not the impression i got from her in the whole of series 7b and it makes her seem inconsistant and not well rounded, especially as there is no backstory for us to work with that justifies this. Amy would generally act on the basis of her past experiences. for example, in the girl who waited, she learns how to defeat the handbots. this is an example of her independance which she gained as she was alienated by people in her childhood due to the doctor encounter in eleventh hour. similarly, when she opens her eyes in flesh and stone, it can be seen as her fear developed from the crack in her bedroom. of course, we see more of Amy's backstory then any other companion so she is perhaps a bad example. so take Rose (My least favorite companion so im not biased in her favor against Clara). Rose after having to work in a shop and not having many prospects or useful skills, will risk everything to be with the doctor again. while i dislike this character trait, it seems plausible that she would abandon her family for the doctor as her character feels that she is worthless without the doctor because of her boredom at how badly society has treated her. now, none of Clara's backstory justifies what she does. in Nightmare in silver, she takes charge and is suddenly adept at commanding military units. why is she able to do that? how does she work out the chimneys in Crimson Horror? why can she talk to the ice warrior? what motivates her to talk to it and gives her the probably misplaced confidence to put herself forward for the mission? in Time, why does she have to lie to her family about the doctor being her boyfriend? this is why in my opinion she is one of the weaker companions. still, this can definitely be improved in series 8. what needs to happen (imo) is for her to be given consistant character traits based on what weve seen. shes a control freak apparently so lets see her try to dominate Capaldi. i imagine Capaldi will also be a control freak so perhaps we can can see some clashes there. we need to see her relax her annoying flirty banter dialogue that makes me cringe whenever i hear it, and we need a more interesting backstory. the contrived leaf and the cliched parent death simply doesnt cut it for me. especially since her mother's death seems not to have had much of an effect on her decisions. i would say that she is successful as far as im concerned in Rings of Akhaten. i dont love nor hate the episode, but atleast she seems to act based on tangible character traits which is good. and Moffat does write her better than most writers. so there is definitely hope for the future.
@MowTheFrontLawn @supermoff what about the ones in victory of the daleks?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Why Bringing Back Gallifrey is Wrong
@Malohkeh @gunslinger19 i think it can, if bringing them back could destroy everything else in the universe.
i think that saving gallifrey was a good idea on one condition: THIS MUST BE AT LEAST PARTIALLY A MORALLY WRONG DECISION. it doesnt matter if time wasnt changed. saving gallifrey was an act of the time lord victorious. this is the doctors arrogance and selfishness that allowed the events of day to occur. and thats fine, hes not a perfect character. but the doctor must eventually realise that his actions have consequences and bringing back the time lords will probably bring more bad than good. as long as this happens, im fine with gallifrey's return. although, i think it should take a long time. maybe like 10 years even. this is because seeing the doctor really becoming hopeful/despairing over his ability/inability to rescue his people is a great plot point. i would like the theme of obssession to become apparent as the doctor should judge himself on his success in his ultimate mission. i can foresee a Gatsby like figure, paying the high price for living too long with a single dream, whilst ignoring the home he has actually built for himself on Earth. this would be perfect Who in my opinion :)
i dont actually mind the costume that much, it isnt anything special but it seems sufficiently doctorish and i dont really notice it in his episodes.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Sixth Doctor: Five Favourites
@TheNameOfTheDoctor @shyx111 it was sort of used in series 6
1 month, 2 weeks ago on What if… Tennant had stayed for Series 5?
i wonder if Amy might have actually been killed by Rory in TPO
@Huknar @gunslinger19 yeh that would be especially good as it would show the casual viewer that Mcgann is a past doctor which would avoid confusion. also it would be interesting if Capaldi were to recruit Mcgann, an ideally placed incarnation, to help him locate Gallifrey. hes not in the time lock but he could certainly provide pre time war details!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on McGann Signed Petition for 8th Doctor Spin-off