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@The Cosmic Dodo i agree it would make a superior regeneration, but in terms of progression, surely ten starts out with his head held high and get slowly beaten down by the universe until he has nothing left. just my opinion ofc :)
1 hour, 37 minutes ago on Top 12 Best Written Russell T Davies Characters
@The Cosmic Dodo im not a big fan of ten's regeneration, but how would him taking his regen like a champion have shown progression? if anything it seems like a steo back to series 2 for the character.
2 hours, 2 minutes ago on Top 12 Best Written Russell T Davies Characters
excluding doctors, i think my favorite RTD character would undoubtedly be Mickey. look at him in Rose and look at him in doomsday. he proves stringer than Rose, despite the fact that Rose initially appeared to be far more capable and brave. i feel constantly sorry for Mickey and the way he was treated, but atleast he wins in then end with Martha.
2 hours, 4 minutes ago on Top 12 Best Written Russell T Davies Characters
interesting, i imagine that the doctor would be a revolutionary as he wouldnt just accept Gallifreyan politics. it is possible that his thirst for adventure only manifested after he had adventured by necessity due to the TARDIS so it seems plausible that he could have settled down and lived a normal gallifreyan life. Given that he has a family through Susan and her parents, he would have had roots to keep him grounded. overall, i disagree with your statement that the doctor would be less happy without the TARDIS. the TARDIS is, imo, the ultimate tragedy of the doctor. without it, he could be truly happy and find peace in himself. instead, he is dragged through his own personal Hell, endlessly repeating the same mistakes and losing everything that he loves, but unable to stop because despite everything he is addicted. i would love for the show to explore this idea at some point.
1 day, 1 hour ago on Who and What Would the Doctor be without the TARDIS?
@GalaxyEyes while a strong female would once have been a subversion of the stereotype, women in media are normally portrayed as strong these days. arguably, the presentation of women on tv is too strong as it seems to suggest that women have to be able to outbanter and surprise men at every point which makes women who dont want to conform to this become underrepresented by media. furthermore, your suggestion of making the doctor a "strong female" would completely change the character as he was never a strong male. if they were to do this (and i hope that they never do) i think it would be essential to portray the female doctor as just as weak and fallible as her previous incarnations.
1 day, 5 hours ago on Davison Wants To See Doctor’s Daughter Spin-Off
@Joe Blogzs @SimonTemplar832 i think Davison gave ample reason.
i agree with him on the female doctor i think he's raised an extremely intelligent point. what makes doctor who so great is that it subverts audience expectations of what a superpowered male god would be by portraying him as weak, cowardly at times, unpredictable, silly and strange. the female companion does the same (although women are generally presented as strong in media these days anyway). reverse the gender and what you get is a bog standed, boring television show.
as for a jenny spin off, i wouldnt be against the idea because its more who. but, she certainly wouldnt be my first choice. when i first watched the story, i really liked Jenny, but as iv grown older, iv started to find her naivety somewhat annoying. furthermore, her character is basically the same as the doctor's except much less interesting as the rich history of the doctor doesnt exist for her.
while i agree with most things you say, i think that to say Whitehouse is transphobic is a bit harsh. it upsets me that the man who wrote my favorite episode (ATCM) would write such a thing, and i hope my enjoyment of the "desperately dull" story doesnt cloud my judgement, but is it not possible that Whitehouse is either misinformed? i could even see some of the lines as a botched attempt to represent trans gender people positively. certainly, i always assumed, until hearing others complain, that the Susan line was Whitehouse trying to represent the trans community in his writing. while it is true that he got it wrong, could it not be true that Whitehouse was just trying to follow a trend of inclusivity in the show that has been present since 2005? ofcourse, Whitehouse might be transphobic, but it is hard to tell that when looking at lines from characters he has written because these characters do not necessarily reflect his views. you wouldnt say that RTD is a pedophile for writing Oswald Danes.
Nevertheless, i think that the show should certainly aim to improve on this and im surprised that an organisation of such high quality as the BBC allowed the lines to be filmed in the first place.
3 days, 1 hour ago on Little Boxes Will Make You Angry: Doctor Who and Transphobia
i actually think that 12 is the most benign incarnation we have ever seen. he is constantly checking to make sure he is behaving as a good man should. while other incarnations just sort of assumed they were. i really didn't like the conclusion to the good man arc however. the doctor is not just an idiot with a box and a screwdriver. he is a hugely powerful, vengeful, godlike being who has a profound effect on everything he touches. in fact, he arguably causes as much harm as he does good because he never stays behind for the clean up and as history shows, the post dramatic event period is the most important. still, i take solace in the fact that even though the doctor says hes an idiot, i think hes just going back to the dishonesty that i think characterized previous incarnations. i definitely do not think anyone could call him an idiot.
4 days, 7 hours ago on Is Twelve Really So Different to Previous Doctors?
@Mark McCullough @gunslinger19 i see what you are saying, but ultimately this was what the doctor was willing to do by destroying gallifrey, just on a larger scale.
1 week, 1 day ago on Why I Love The War Doctor
i am really mixed about the war doctor. Hurt would certainly be ideal imo were he cast as a normal doctor, but i felt that day missed the opportunity to show a truly dark doctor. i would have liked to see a doctor who would send thousands of men to their deaths to gain the upper hand. ofcourse, he should never have been purposefully cruel or cowardly, but there could still have been more horror i think. still, Hurt did a magnificent job and delivered his lines with a perfect mix of horror, sadness and humour.
i actually think that the 50th was arguably too soon, though he was relevant to the story. if there is a multi doctor episode soon, id hope they bring back a classic. they are getting on a bit now and there might not always be a chance for their return. also, weve had Tennant only 4 years ago. Mccoy and Baker havnt appeared in universe for so long! surely they are next in line for a return?
1 week, 1 day ago on Tennant Won’t Be Returning Again Anytime Soon
went for mummy because it was pretty consistantly brilliant, though the ending was a bit rushed. dark water and death in heaven came close but too much of Clara and Danny who bore me. i also considered listen, which certainly had the best individual moments imo, but the gallifrey ending ruined it for me, totally unnecessaryy. also the date thing was repetitive. i also for some reason really love robot of sherwood but given the gold ending i dont think i can award it as my favorite. i dont know why i liked it so much, i think the doctor/robin interaction really sold it to me. very malcolmtuckeresque.
1 week, 2 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #13: TV Story
@PaddyB @gunslinger19 oh i agree that the actual war sequence in day was horrible and unimaginative, and the dialogue referring to the time war was better in RTD'S day (although thats largely because moffat intentionally toned it down) but the actual presentation of the time war in end of time was a bit silly (the millions of destroyed saucers just scattered around the citadel) and the time lords were just a generic powerful alien species. RTD didnt really use suggestion effectively, preferring to show thousands of time lords in that random time lord political theatre place. high command in day was more effective as they investigated the theft in the omega arsenal (full of suggestions just in the name of that place) and the general was arguably a better character than Rassilon who seemed to just be selfish and arrogant and psychopathic.
1 week, 5 days ago on Russell T Davies Interested in Writing A Doctor Who Movie
@Ocean Geek i think regenerations should be kept within the actual series, and im not sure if RTD would or should come back to what is almost certainly going to be an important Moffat era story.
@Antee991166 @gunslinger19 ahh that could be a problem actually. im not really familiar with that, but im not sure how close they go to the actual time war or Mcgann's regeneration in night? perhaps they could fit it in before or after dark eyes? if not, i suppose the film could just deal with the time war outright, depicting the doctor trying not to intervene but being continuously dragged back in. i think this would have to be a pretty intense/expensie movie though, lord of the rings in scale.
i think they should have a paul mcgann movie franchise showing the lead up to the time war. with that kind of budget, imagine what they could achieve. saying this, om not convinced that RTD would be an ideal candidate for such a film. i think it would need to work pretty independantly of earth and i dont think his writing is thematically sound enough to support such a plot. not to say hes not a great writer, particularly when it comes to characterisation. but i would much prefer it if the time war was handled by Moffatt. compare Day of the doctor's gallifrey to end of time's gallifrey. Moffatt injected much more imagination into the planet, especially the desert sequence.
how about the doctor having to make a choice between saving Gallfirey or stopping the earth from being blown up by the daleks?
1 week, 5 days ago on Speculating on Series 9’s Big Cliffhanger (Part 1)
definitely in my top ten episodes an absolute masterpiece. such a shame that the nature of the dream lord seems to restrict a return. i do think however that the leadworth dream should have been the real world as that would have been both surprising, bold and interesting.
2 weeks ago on The Lord of the Dream: Amy’s Choice in Perspective
went for paul wilmhurst, the mummy in particular was very threatening and the clock on the screen built a lot of tension. Talalay and wheatley come a close joint second.
2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #10: Director
yes ATCM is my favorite episode of all time. to me, it is the perfect balance of everything an episode should be. perhaps the darkest episode of 11's run, the parallels between Jex, the gunslinger and the doctor were beautiful. the dr questioning himself is another aspect i love. i am probably in the minority when i say that i think the morally right thing to do would have been to shoot Jex, but the great thing about this show is that there are no right answers. this episode highlights why the stakes dont need to be huge for an episode to work. the scenery is fantastic and Murray gold's score is absolutely beautiful. even action scenes are done well with tension built very effectively. With the exception of the misgendering of the horse (which while strange doesnt seem to me like a reason to discount a whole episode) i dont underastand what people dont like about this story?
2 weeks, 2 days ago on 5 Reasons To Rejoice At Toby Whithouse’s Return
this poll has made me ralise that the visual effects have been absolutely fantastic this year.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #8: Visual Effects
i need torchwood to come back for another series and Jack needs to come back to doctor who.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Barrowman Reveals New Torchwood Plans
YEEEEEEESSSSSSS! best news of series 9 so far. could we just have A Town Called Mercy 2 please? best episode ever. and 2 parters are backkkkkk.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Toby Whithouse Two-parter Confirmed for Series 9
the doctor does have superpowers. even if you excluded time travel and sonic abilities, he can still regenerate, has superhuman strength, has a tougher than normal body, can hold his breath for longer etc. the thing i would argue is whether or not the word "hero" fits the doctor.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Is the Doctor a Superhero?
with the exception of the mummy and possibly the boneless, none of these antagonists were sufficiently developed and most were underused. also, the mummy was awesome so it gets my vote. having said that, im not sure how many of these are technically 'monsters'. the mummy certainly isnt.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #7: New Monster
honestly, if you removed angie and artie, i would love this episode. the conclusion was too quick as well, but that was largely Angie's fault, and i could have lived with it if every time i watched the episode i didnt almost cringe to death watching angie say that anti gravity was "alright." and i doubt that Gaiman specifically asked to gave those kids dumped into the episode.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Neil Gaiman on Nightmare in Silver Reception
the 1st time the viewer sees Gallifrey is in 1969 the war games, 6 years after the doctor ran away. maybe we should wait another 6 since the 50th before the doctor brings it back. i think that the search for it will probably be the most interesting part of the story anyway. the thrill is in the chase, never in the capture.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on 9 Predictions for Doctor Who Series 9…
i think the best ones, excluding name of the doctor cos its too good, are pandorica opens and impossible astronaut. pretty sure they used the same music, which really shows the extent of how everything had gone wrong. and the meeting of the doctor and the astronaut (for the first time from his perspective) felt so epic!
3 weeks ago on New Who’s Best Cliffhangers (Part 1)
3 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #5: Best Villain
@JenniferAdams1 @Hibernus do we know that he started off as a child? the memories seemed vague enough that it could have been part of the delusion. he really could be of any age before he turned human.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Why A Multi-Master Story Needs to Happen
yehh this would be cool, but if they were to do this the main thing i would want would be more derek jacobi incarnation
@Huknar @gunslinger19 yeahh either that or they cancel the show the second before i die.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on RTD: It’s Now Impossible For Doctor Who To Ever Be Axed
i dont think it could be axed any time soon. as long as its popularity is increasing it would be very hard. but, i highly doubt that the show will continue till the end of time. and if it did, there would be episodes airing after im dead. and that would mean im missing episodes. and i dont think i could handle that.
i kind of wanted to vote Gomez, but i didnt want to show support for the whole bonkers master thing which i really dislike. also, im not a fan of the crossgender regeneration, especially if it raises the chance of us getting a female doctor. just my opinion ofc. i voted for addison's seb. each piece of dialogue was so perfect and Addison gave such a great performance. i dont think iv laughed so much ever as when he said, "looks like somebody donated their body to science!" Addison is fantastic and i wish he had a chance to meet 12. was sad when he died.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Best of 2014 #2: Recurring Actor
@TheDoctor1235 im pretty sure that people watch it for more then cumberpatch's looks, especially given that lots of people who watch dont think hes especially attractive. i agree that Sherlock lacks production value in the plot writing department, but its still a brilliant character piece with brilliant themes and excellent dialogue. also, the acting is fantastic.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Doctor Who Battles Sherlock in National Television Awards
the writing hasnt been perect (though still very good), but peter capaldi has been as close to perfect as its possible to get. i could not imagine anyone delivering those lines better than him. he really brings out all the great comedic and dramatic elements in the dialogue. he gets my vote 100%
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #1: Lead Actor
i agree with almost everything you say, but i dont think villains need to be evil. they need to be a threat, and its nice if they are scary, but you should never feel that they are villains as such, merely antagonists. my favorite villains in Who are probably Jex, who definitely wasnt a villain, the gunslinger, who wasnt really a villain, the dream lord, who was the doctor and cant be the villain, a little bit of sympathy woth the antagonists goes a long way. after all, the doctor isnt a hero, so why would he fight villains? ofcourse, its nice to see daleks killing everything that moves, but its important to remember that daleks are born the way they are and believe they are doing the right thing.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on The 5 Greatest Weaknesses of Series 8 (Part 2)
so glad xmas carol won!
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Festive Face-Off 2014 Winner
tbh, i was gutted that she stayed. i was so up for watching a new companion develop throughout series 9. while i like the changes Moffat has made, i really dont like how long companions stay for now. it was okay for Amy and Rory because i liked their characters and theyre story seemed to go somewhere, atleast until theyre last few eps and even then it didnt stagnate really. Clara, on the other hand, i find incredibly boring. and she seems to dominate every episode shes in. a new companion would have allowed us to see a new side to Capaldi. i really dont like his relationship with Clara because he seems to love her no matter what she does. i get the whole, "1st face this face saw" thing, but she betrayed him, threw away his keys, lied to him, lied to Danny, she is, imo, so ungrateful for the amazing chance that shes got. and i could put up with all of these, because all characters should be flawed, if she wasnt so cocky all of the time. also, the delivery of some of her lines make me cringe. so im sorry, but i really wish she had left.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Are you happy with Clara staying on? Poll Results
A Whitehouse return would be the best news, i hope he becomes showrunner when Moffat leaves (in the distant, distant future). Town Called Mercy is my favorite episode of all time and if its half as good as that, it would be awesome.
4 weeks ago on Being Human Director for Series 9
i dont hate end of time, but xmas carol is by far the superior episode imo. the plot is so intelligent and the whole cast bring such incredible performances, i will be genuinely upset if it doesnt win.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Festive Face-Off: The End of Time vs A Christmas Carol (Final)
ummm i really dont think we should see Gallifrey yet, the longer they avoid doing that the better. just think of the potential storylines and themes they could portray through showing the doctor, desperate to get home at any cost, dreaming of finding his family again. i would honestly be happy with holding off on the gallifrey front for 50 years lol, but to be realistic, i would hope the storyline will last for atleast ten. i also hope they stop giving children major roles, please can we not see Courtney back! or angie and artie obvs. now that Clara isnt a teacher (i assume she resigned after Danny?) we can tone down the use of children. the darker tone should definitely be kept, and it would seem strange if Missy didnt make an appearance. i hope she is present throughout the whole of the series as a major antagonist. maybe they could do a 3rd doctor at some point and ground the doctor on earth so that we can see some serious doctor/missy battles. as for Mcgann, i would love to see him return. but maybe not as the doctor. perhaps he could play the doctor's twin? i think this would be good because he could then play a major recurring character as opposed to a one of multidoctor appearance.
1 month ago on 7 Things I’d Like to See in Series 9
@Antee991166 @gunslinger19 haha i know but if they made the whole episode realllllly ambiguous about whether or not he was real.
1 month ago on 2nd Opinion: Last Christmas
given that 12 seems to be meeting mainly fictional (or assumed to be fictional) celebrities eg santa and robin hood, it wouldnt surprise me if we see a king arthur tale coming up, perhaps we could see how the doctor becomes merlin. alternatively, we could see jesus, or any other biblical/ religious character. we might see Beowulf or lady godiva or pretty much anything from any semi historical source. i think this could be very interesting thematically.
both really good but xmas carol is absolutely fantastic and is one of the best episodes ever imo so gets my vote
1 month ago on Festive Face-Off: Last Christmas vs A Christmas Carol
for me, this episode seriously improved after rewatch.
1 month ago on Last Christmas Review (Part 1)
this should be an interesting poll, i voted no. im really dissapointed that shes staying, the show needs to change cast more regularly if it wants to avoid stagnation. Amy and Rory stayed a long time, so they should have made clara a short one imo.
1 month ago on Clara’s Fate & Series 9 (Spoilers)
@The Count @gunslinger19 thats what i thought, but wasnt that scene directly after the restaurant scene where they lie to each other? so did that actually happen?
1 month ago on Rate & Discuss Last Christmas
good episode, but i was so happy (sorry clara fans!) when she was about to die of old age, and then Moffatt undid it all. :'( i loved how what i initially thought was really poor story telling (ie why they went to the north pole) turned out to be just the way it went, and the whole story felt really dreamy weamy. so questions: did all of the supporting cast die as they were presumably still inside a dream? secondly, how was santa in the Tardis at the end of last series? was the place where the doctor was the volcano from dark water? did the series 8 finale really happen?