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@EXALT100 @Missy's vortex manipulator confirmed thats a good way to compromise with the people who think Clara gets too much limelight in the show...
14 hours, 6 minutes ago on Series 9: The Girl Who Died, and The Woman Who Lived
hmm i think people should take another look at Long Game. i didnt like it much initially but on reflection its one of the few times that newhu has done a proper dystopia and i think its done quite well. admittedly, the Jagrofess was wierd and an extremely weak monster, but i would still rate it a 10/10 as the plot is good and the themes explored through Adam about the dangers of knowledge and the interesting idea about the doctor that even when he appears to save the day, leaving immediately actually makes things worse and the daleks take control is absolutely fantastic.
3 days, 16 hours ago on The Bottom 10 TV Stories of the Decade
interesting that Moffat holds the top 5 and 8/10 of the top 10, clearly the man is ruining the show and needs to leave. glad that Mathieson has a 100% top 20 rate as well really hope he returns. my personal favorite is A Town Called Mercy SO underrated.
4 days, 13 hours ago on Your Top 20 TV Stories of the Decade
so impossible astronaut is out? dammit!
6 days, 16 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: Semi-Final #2
waters of mars and impossible astronaut/ day of the moon. possibly my favorite episodes of RTD and Moffat respectively.
1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Semi-Final #1
while I agree with you, i dont think your very fair on Moffat. think about all of the gothic, grotesque, horror related stories he has written and compare it with RTD. also, i dont think that the Moffat era has come under any more criticism than any of the others. im not its biggest fan, but the era itself has been vey positively recieved by the vast majority of the fans.
1 week ago on Horror Who Part II: The Hinchcliffe & Holmes Influence
iv always assumed that the doctor has lied about his age every time hes talked about it. thing is, it seems strange that 10 lived for only 5 years and other incarnations lived for hundreds, nearly thousands of years. while this isnt a plot hole, i do find it quite annoying as it cheapens the lives of some incarnations. i therefore choose to believe that the doctor's age, like his entire personality, is ambiguous and left entirely to interpretation. i choose to believe that he is atleast 10 thousand years old, but lies about his age partly because of vanity (plenty of people exaggerate their youth) but mainly because he is scared of growing up and having his youth and innocence taken away from him. its for the same reason that so many incarnations have adopted a childish facade.
1 week, 1 day ago on Wearing A Bit Thin: A Theory on Time Lord Ageing
ah Martha, the only newho companion who didnt need to develop superpowers in order to show how brilliant she is. very underrated and one of my favorite companions.
1 week, 3 days ago on Happy Birthday, Freema Agyeman
went for flatline because name intereferes with the doctors timeline too much and as much as i loved seeing past incarnations, the story wasnt great. im not a clara fan, but she was good in flatline and the miniature tardis shouldnt have worked but it was brilliant and i cracked up at the adams family moment absolute genius. so i went with that.
1 week, 5 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #10
i happen to think that 12 is the least dark incarnation of the doctor ever. whereas before the doctor would pretend to be a bumbling professor or a madman to make himself seem more innocent, 12 is honest with himself and others. he knows that he isnt a good man, and that hes done as much damage as good things. what is interesting is that after death in heaven his idiot speech seems to be a reversion back into his charade ways and now we can see a darker 12. one who's primary motivation is to impress, not to be a good man.
1 week, 6 days ago on The Twelfth Doctor: A Bad Man With A Box?
i wish that there were more songs in doctor who. doesnt have to all be contemporary but i think it would be a great asset of the show. there are so many songs where i think "this is the doctor" or "This is the master".
2 weeks ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #8
the doctors wife for me. vincent was great, but i felt like it wasnt a fully rounded episode and might ahve benefitted from the removal of the krafayis. drs wife works in every way imo. the doctor/tardis dynamic was wonderful. amy and rory are given an exciting trip into the tardis depths. theres an ood which is always good, we get the return of the patchwork people and House is just wonderful. so much stort in just 45 mins. bdefinitely gets my vote.
number 9 is my favorite it really feels like your falling through the vortex
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Top 10 Fan Title Sequences
number 5 is my favorite. the only time i truly felt that River was a great character. shes fantastic at other times, but number 5 was her at her most human, and her most vulnerable. fantastic writing. fantastic acting from her and Darvill
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Top 10 River Song Moments (5-1)
i think human nature is hugely overrated, but its still brilliant with the family being the highlight. really highlights how underrated Martha is as well. still, there is no competition for me. i dont mind stolen earth, but journeys end is one of the worst episodes ever imo. i already disliked Rose...but this??? and that button pressing thing was truly abysmal. what was going through RTD's head when he wrote that. its overcrowded and entirely self congratulatory. people say that the daleks have been weak lately. this was the beginning. how was this episode made i just dont understand.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #5
went for blink because although i love river in sil/fotd, i do feel like it detracts from the story because it seems to distract from what imo should have been self contained and more focused on the threat of this wonderful villain. also, while i do appreciate the donna computer world, it does tend to bore me at this point. and blink is absolutely wonderful, if a little overrated. thats hardly the episode's fault anyway.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #4
@LordWhovian @gunslinger19 he is human presumably the boeshane peninsula was an earth colony
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Why We Love Jack & River
please can Jack return possibly the best human character ever to come out of doctor who imo
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Why We Love Jack & River
this....is....so...hard! as a story i prefer ip/sp, absolutely fantastic, but then it does have Rose in it which really puts me off, but i dont mind her that much in impossible planet, but then in Pit she does get really annoying, and the ood are amazing, but the flood is also fantastic and wam is my favorite episode for the tenth doctor...think im gonna go waters but not sure
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #3
it must be hard to wake up one morning and realize that the show has move on from you, and that a new format is alien and is no longer enjoyable. this has never happened to me with doctor who, but i know that one day it could. if the writers wrote in a child companion, for example, or even had a female doctor, i dont think my love of the show could survive for that particular era (though im willing to be proved wrong!). all i can say is that the show changes so much that there is bound to be an era at some point you dislike. and you can always wait. as much as doctor who changes, the show loves to return to its past and explore elements of its history. and im sure in the mean time there will be something of atleast some literary value in the show.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor Why Bother?
i dont feel strongly either way, but i know she is a talented actress. the dancing really puts me off her though. to be honest, i doubt shes coming back as we would know by now. if she does come back, i also feel she would be the sort of companion who would steal Capaldi's thunder. i think the next companion should be somewhat more laid back then weve had lately so Capaldi has more limelight.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Not Return
dark water is possibly the best episode ever imo. dih was good but not in comparison. dark water is so dark and yet hilarious absolutely brilliant. i dont like Clara but even i can admit she was awesome here. love the betrayal scene. and seb is fantastic "sounds like somone donated their body to science." really not keen on the editing of the cliff hanger though the cyber eye followed by danny's choice was underwhelming and i wasnt initially sure what was happening. still a 10 absolutely fantastic!
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 4
@Wonky Apples i find it very hard to believe that either the doctor or the ideology of the show would take a pro-life stance on abortion. this episode arguably did, but i dont think that can be translated to the whole show. im hoping a pro-choice episode will appear in series 9 because lets be honest, pro-life is a bit conservative for a show by a nationalized corporation that should really be politically neutral. i for one was somewhat disgusted by the abortion parallels. though i agree that good drama should say something about the world, i dislike outright propaganda which is what i felt this was.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Why I Love Kill the Moon
i love most of this story, though the spiders deserved their own episode really. thing is, I cannot stand Courtney and the thought of watching the character in the episode makes me not want to watch it, so i dont rate it that highly.
that does sound amazing but im going to hate the week in between 2 parters so much tension
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Moffat Explains Series 9 Two-Parter Increase
@AlessandroArsuffi @gunslinger19 i completely agree. when Smith showed his dark side like when he almost shot jex, i was wowed. when capaldi shows that he does care about others like when he takes maisie's grief to beat the mummy, i was also wowed. i agree that we need character progression as well. however, iv just never felt that the doctor was dark. his bluntness and rudeness was just a way of saving lives. and there is nothing rude about saving lives. this, if anything shows how unwilling he is to watch others die and shows that he is perhaps the lightest doctor of all time. this is why i think his progression needs to go darker as opposed to lighter.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on DWM #484: What Next for the 12th Doctor?
@AlessandroArsuffi @gunslinger19 i know that its all opinions, and that 12 is not universally popular, but if anything i never felt he was dark enough. iv always considered Smith to be much darker than Capaldi. but I assumed that 12 would gradually progress to become darker and then possibly redeem himself in his last story. weve had many goofy, funny doctors. but this is the gallifrey finder. the universe needs him to concentrate. in any case, i thought the bit where he punches the tardis in death in heaven marked the beginning of a darker progression. last xmas i assumed was just happy cos xmas and now we would see a truly dark incarnation.
WHAT?? but Capaldi was borderline perfect! just when the show looks like it could make some real progression in the right direction...
@SirTrey @gunslinger19 i said i would prefer Amy, not that i would have enjoyed it. its true that a little imagination does largely compensate for the pre unearthly child doctors, but name actually shows the doctor stealing the tardis in a manner which i found to be extremely underwhelming. that scene was a hugely consequential and improtant part of the shows mythos. i also always assumed that the doctor initially ran away as a very young man probably in his early twenties. the old man stealing the TARDIS does not conform to this theory (im aware that susan says they had lived on earth for only six months but i didnt think that they escaped Gallifrey simultaneously). the listen depiction showed the doctor as someone who didnt want to be in the army which contradicts my view of the character's early life and suggests that his parents were either distant or possibly even not present. that, in my opinion, is too much. also, we see that the young doctor was crying. that doesnt say a lot, but it does suggest that he wasnt a strong willed child and while its interesting that the doctor is afraid, i may well like the idea that the doctor was raised comfortably and grew up happily until seeing the untempered schism.
and while Clara isnt at her worst in this story, i do find it hard to engage for such long date scenes as i dont care about the characters AT ALL.
still, as i said the episode was beautiful and i totally understand why people love it. about half the episode absilutely would score 10/10 from me. the lther half score zero, but i still love a lot of it.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 2
i have such a love/hate relationship with listen. there are things that i love more than anything else in the show, and things that sicken me to my very core.
for example, the bit in the orphanage with the blanket creature is brilliant and probably the most the show has ever scared me. i find the idea of a creature that exists to hide absolutely terrifying. and if you find it, will it kill you? the ambiguity is absolutely brilliant. is it real? i would say yes, but i understand why others would disagree. this is doctor who at its best as it had me and the other fans thinking about this wonderful creature for weeks afterwards. it still makes me think now.
the end of the universe is fantastic. the imagery of the last man standing is epic in its own right, and the hiders coming to find him is brilliant. that poem sends shivers down my spine.
on the other hand, the date scene almost sends me to sleep. to be honest, i really dislike Clara and im somewhat ambivalent about Danny so its clear to see why i dont like it. but to let the scene return 3 times in the episode was a mistake imo.
but the thing that i hate most about listen is the gallifrey scene. every time that we go back before unearthly child, the magic of the doctor is undermined slightly more. i do think that the showrunner is in charge of the show and can change the canon, but name of the doctor and listen (especially listen) do so much damage to the character for me. i have my own theory about who the doctor is. and the backstory we get undermines these theories.
i would mention that i would have preferred this if it had been Amy who spoke to the young doctor because there's something beautiful in them both appearing to each other as children and the parallels of the imaginary friend would be great. but Clara's speech just makes me want to die inside. i really really dislike Clara.
so i gave it a 5/10 which is a shame because i feel that if the different elements of the story had been given their own stories, we could have had multiple 10/10s. unfortunately, it takes a lot of will for me to watch this episode because ive pretty much deleted the bulk of it from my own personal canon.
@Blanchard @supermoff, defender of Hide nahhh the masters nowhere near evil enough to join UKIP.
1 month ago on The Ultimate ‘Ism’: Doctor Who and Ideology
brilliant article. to decipher the ideology of the entire show would be an almost impossible task because it is all so open to interpretation. its true that the doctor tries to champion love, stability and freedom and on a basic level he seems to believe in those concepts. but the doctor's actions dont always result in these things and you are right, the doctor is very flexible. furthermore, im not sure if the ideology of the doctor translates to the ideology of the show. this is wonderful though, as it means that dr who can mean whatever you want it to. also i really dont think the daleks can be evil if you are excluding the cybermen from being evil just because they are deluded. the lens through which we view the daleks is obviously tinted in favour of the doctor. and ofcourse, the daleks are creatures which current Western society is hardwired to dislike (for good reason). but the daleks are controlled from birth by Davros' original programming. also, they are stuck inside their shells all their lives. no wonder they are so scared of everything they have never come into contact with it. the daleks are similar to humans because it is their fear that generates their savagery.
the great thing is that its all so subjective when choosing a doctor. ten and four are the most popular, which is fine. personally, they wouldn't make it into my top six. of course, that doesn't mean i don't like them. far from it. and its amazing that one show can divide opinion so much!
1 month ago on The Doctor Division
she is a brilliant actress (i loved her in fresh meat and white queen), but the character imo was badly introduced. the dancing thing felt really forced to me like it was trying to be fun and edgy just for the sake of it. and i dont think that she as a character would be especially lonely and this aspect seemed designed purely to create pathos and therefore i dont find it very interesting. overall, i also think she is approaching the realms of too young (in character not actor age). saying this, i would prefer her to Clara infinitely.
1 month ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Return
5- most disappointing episode ever for me. it wasnt that it was terrible, just that there was so much potential and once they enter the asylum i find very little to like. still, the conversation with the dalek parliament was brilliant and i do feel like i understand the doctor/daleks relationship much better now.
10- absolutely loved the character of Solomon made the episode for me. his conversation with the doctor was just fantastic. even the annoying robots couldnt downrank the episode.
10- favorite episode ever!!!
1 month ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 1
@Notsosmartguy @gunslinger19 ooh that would be interesting, but then i wouldnt blame her personally for that. to be honest, anything could happen either way its all a stab in the dark. saying that, with the information she had, i cant see any moral justification for not blowing up the moon.
1 month ago on Doctor Who’s Impossible Choices and the Trolley Problem
thing is, ive never found most of the dillemas in doctor who to be very difficult. particularly, pompeii. Pompeii or the earth? if the earth gets destroyed, pompeii will also be destroyed. wheres the dilemma? i also tend to disagree with the choices of the protaginists. i would have blown up the moon, i would have destroyed gallifrey(though i suppose the doctor would have if the moment hadnt intervened). parting of the ways is easy because the daleks are going to kill/enslave humanity anyway. id even say that i judge the doctor and his companions when they make a choice i would disagree with. i really want to see more dilemmas in the show which are actually hard. eg should the doctor ressurect Gallifrey, should the doctor kill the master, should he destroy the daleks completely? i would also like some solution to not always pop up at the end and negate the whole choice. imagine seeing Clara having to live with the moon dragon coming to earth and causing mass destruction. after making a choice like she did, id say its what she deserves in a poetic sense.
@Scootersfood can't wait for Series 9... @gunslinger19 @supermoff why?
1 month, 1 week ago on Series 9 Filming: Bah Bah Biker
@Reeze, agent of C.L.A.R.A. @supermoff @gunslinger19 i cant remember which one she is (im assuming itfotn) but i found both of the girls in that episode distinctly unlikeable. the ginger one felt extremely forced in all her lines imo, constantly saying things that are somehow both insulting to the interests of children and too intelligent for anyone to plausibly be. the other girl was better, but still seemed forced to me. saying this, the fact that she wasnt as earthly as the others does make her lines somewhat less cringeworthy, even if the scene where she sends the message made me cringe myself to death.
@supermoff @gunslinger19 there are exceptions, but thinking about it they tend to be kids like Merry or Kazran who are off world and naturally different. even Rupert was from a different time and set apart from general society. its the 21st century kids which annoy me so much because i find them so cringeworthy to watch. i feel like im watching writers trying to prove that they can be down with the kids and failing completely. ofcourse, i am willing to be proved wrong, but if Courtney and ITFOTN are anything to go by, im worried.
really dont like the fact that coal hill kids are in it again. even a minor role in the episode from these ones could suggest we will be getting more kids. and if series 8 is anything to go by, this could well ruin my enjoyment of whole episodes.
@TheNightmareChild is... Peeves i agree that the doctor's actions were immoral, but do you not think that the doctor is often an extremely immoral character? basically everything he does is an abuse of his abilities as a time traveller, and thats what makes his character so wonderful.
1 month, 1 week ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 3
I wonder to what extent the doctor is responsible for the master. as you said, the events of last of the time lords show that the Master's plan was personal to his struggle to degrade the doctor. but what if the doctor wasnt there? what would the master be without the doctor? i would conjecture that he would be a great leader without his ultimate enemy (and best friend). he wouldnt need to prove the doctor wrong. he could take as much power as he can and use it as a force for good. i have never understood the master to be an agent of chaos. the master, imo, is an agent of order and control. the doctor, if anyone, is the agent of chaos. dropping in and bestowing godlike powers on civilizations briefly, than flying away and never looking back. the damage this must do to societies is perhaps incalculable.
1 month, 1 week ago on The Doctor and the Master: Enemies Or Friends?
Amy's choice is one of my favorite episodes ever, a definite 10! i know that the nature of the story kind of restricts this, but a dream lord return would be wonderful.
1 month, 1 week ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 2
great news, iv always wanted the Master to act as a recurring villain who doesnt always get killed off at the end and this looks likely now in series 9! i hope we see a slightly less crazy Missy though.
1 month, 1 week ago on Missy Back in Two-Part Series 9 Opener
i actually really like most of Victory. except i really dislike the Bracewell power of love ending. i also feel like time of angels was far superior to flesh and stone. we should never have seen the angels move and and the use of the crack to defeat the angels, while cool, always felt a little off to me. i think the conclusion should have been more self contained. i gave 11th hour a 10, but im starting to regret this as even though it is really good, i think its a little overrated. beast below i gave a 5, dont think much of it at all, Amy's sudden epiphany concerning the star whale was vile and makes pretty much no sense imo.
1 month, 1 week ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 1
@GingerCrawford i agree that telling over showing is a massive problem for Moffatt, but he can show in some cases. for example, the doctor's longing to find Gallifrey was hardly touched upon throughout series 8, but all that pain was shown when he punches the TARDIS at the end. however, Clara's characterization i would agree is a massive telling the audience how to feel and think fest eg control freak. saying this, i dont think that RTD was exempt from this either.
1 month, 1 week ago on The Divide in New Who: One Era to Another
PLEASE???!!!! Miracle day cannot be the end! i loved it ofc but it was hardly a conclusion. and Jack needs to return in who as well. i cannot express how much i want this within the confines of the english language.
1 month, 1 week ago on Eve Myles Hopeful for Torchwood Series 5
@supermoff @gunslinger19 @Notsosmartguy taking charge and control freakery are different things. Rose too charge in satan pit when she told everyone what to do, but it wasnt control freakery. and im not saying that Clara is not a control freak, merely that this characterisation felt forced to me. while there may be brief happy expressions in crimson horror, i have always felt that the primary points of evidence for control freakey have been extremely unsubtle and not very nuanced. while this is all opinion, the evidence is there.
1 month, 1 week ago on Say Something Nice: Internet Fandom
@supermoff @gunslinger19 iv looked very hard. iv been vocal in my dislike for Clara and one time, i found a link to a sight that gave an incredibly beautiful interpretation to Clara's character which hinged on Clara creating stories for her life eg she couldn't except Danny's death because it was normal and boring. while i think this defense is valid because it was backed up by evidence, i still find that writers tend to state this in the script instead of showing this through actions of characters which annoys me personally. normally, when i say i dont like Clara, the response i get is "she saved the doctors life a more than anyone else the doctor would be dead if it wasn't for her." this is a plot point not a defense of her character.