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Of all the characters created in the last 9 years of the show, Jack is by far the most suitable one to actually return on a regular basis. He's an immortal, time-travelling and charismatic action hero who defends Earth from aliens, he's like a perfect new-series equivalent of the Brigadier. And yet, he has been criminally under-served in the show proper. People say that the show is about change; I totally agree, but of all the new series companions, Jack is so far the only to have had no closure at all. His character still has so much more potential, and yet just sits there... unfinished.
I also don't really get the reasoning that there has to be such a vital story requirement for him to return, when River Song has popped up in several episodes with no real story justification (not saying she hurt them, but she didn't *have* to be there). Like River, Jack's seriously the kind of character who can just ride along in the TARDIS for a few episodes and join the crew on their adventures, with no massive story requirement at all.
While Torchwood's hiatus is frustrating, even more frustrating is how easily Jack could return, and yet hasn't done so for 6 years (bar a short cameo in The End of Time). He's a great character (especially so after being fleshed out in Torchwood), it really saddens me to see how shunned he has been in recent years.
6 days, 9 hours ago on Barrowman on Jack’s Future, Capaldi Critics
It's themes like Doctor Who's that make me give out to people for skipping the opening credits of shows. As far as I'm concerned, the title sequence is a vital part of any show; it conveys the tone of the programme and gets you in the mood for what you're about to watch. Plus the cut to the title sequence can be very effective in highlighting dramatic moments, as Doctor Who so often does.
6 days, 19 hours ago on The Importance of Doctor Who’s Theme Tunes
With Gallifrey now saved, I can really see only one outcome for the Time Lords: civil war. Think about it; the planet is in ruins, its people in suffering and the leadership is massively compromised by corruption, a rebellion against the High Council seems inevitable, inner conflict often happens after large wars as people fight for who gets to pick up the pieces. This would be a great route for the Master to take; now that we know he's alive and inside the pocket universe, his fury at Rassilon and the rest of the leadership would only naturally lead him to rally the people to open rebellion.
His new motivation could be driven by revenge, a ruthless desire to see justice against those who caused his life of torment and insanity. But this is the Master we're talking about, so his idea of justice is quite extremely removed from the Doctor's. Retaining his megalomaniacal traits, the Master wants to conquer Gallifrey, but he truly believes it's the right thing to do, and that as a victim of the High Council, he thinks he will be a better leader for the people of Gallifrey. This is how they could come into conflict once more; the Master does not oppose the Doctor anymore, not intentionally, and even wants him to join his side to fight the Time Lords. But the Doctor doesn't support either side, and must take a third option and oppose them both as the only way to bring peace.
This could "reset" the Master/Doctor relationship in a way. As a constant obstacle to his plans of revenge (just as much as he's an obstacle to the other side), the Doctor becomes an enemy of the Master once more. The Master considers his only enemy to be the Time Lords, and the Doctor must protect his own people against him. Thus they have their friendly personal relationship, but their different goals and methods put them against each other regardless. Just my two cents anyway, I think something like that could really work of done right.
1 month ago on The Master’s Moffat Plan
@DaftDalek @Lord of Time Barrowman's only 47, Kingston is 51.
1 month ago on Colin Baker: Tennant & Smith Brought Female Fans to Doctor Who
@jamesanash101 I think the idea was that, as an extension of his immortal body, Jack's blood is itself also immortal. That's how I reconcile it anyway, the show itself doesn't elaborate much on it, except for Jack himself clarifying that his blood isn't what makes him immortal.
1 month ago on Is Torchwood: Miracle Day Unfairly Criticised?
@Gustaff The text itself wasn't praising Oswald Danes, the media within the narrative was. This murdering pedophile happened to become the face of the Miracle by circumstance, and used the opportunity to manipulate the media with a redemption story on his behalf. It's a commentary on the lows that media sensationalism and crowd mentality will stoop to. Oswald is still a reprehensible man, and many of the characters openly hate him. You don't need the show to spell it out for you that murder and pedophilia are wrong, you should really be able to come to that conclusion yourself.
I was actually going to write an article just like this, but you beat me to it. I'm glad you did, because I felt Miracle Day really needed some sticking up for. It's a very good series, and while it doesn't reach the heights of Children of Earth, it's still a great addition to the greater Torchwood run and highly undeserving of the utter vitriol people spew at it. I can understand some of the criticisms people have, because the series does have flaws like any other, but they're frankly blown completely out of proportion and don't justify hating the whole series.
Incidentally, while one of the series' most evident flaws is its slow pacing, I think a large reason behind this perception is how the series aired. While Children of Earth aired 5 nights in a row, leaving little time in between episodes before people were thrown right back into the action again, Miracle Day aired on a weekly basis. While RTD intended the pace of Miracle Day to be a bit slower to reflect the sheer scale of the mystery facing the team, the week-long gaps between episodes made this become far more exaggerated to negative effect. I assure you, if you were to watch Miracle Day today at your own leisure, with an episode per day, you'll actually notice the pace to be a lot quicker than you remember from when it aired. The other main flaw is that the series feels detached from the overall Whoniverse, and I can agree with that. Frankly RTD and Moffat should have been in better communication to ensure the timelines of the two shows correlated with one another, it didn't even have to be anything overt; simple mentioning or acknowledgement of the Miracle without further elaboration in Doctor Who would have done the job well enough.
I still think it's a solid series with a ingenuous premise that had the unfortunate job of following up Children of Earth after two years. Frankly it's an enormous shame that Torchwood is in the limbo state it's in, especially with the exciting set up for future plots at the end of Miracle Day. I'd love to see Jack and co. back one day, Torchwood clearly has a lot more stories to tell. (And/or another Doctor Who crossover, hint hint Mr. Moffat...)
I wouldn't want John Simm to be replaced, not yet anyway. There's still a lot of places he can take his Master, particularly now that he would have more freedom to play the part how he originally wanted; darker and more subdued. Watch the phone conversation between Simm and Tennant in The Sound of Drums, that's more of the Master I wanna see from him.
1 month ago on Series 8: Master Finale Rumours
Clara in jeans, now that's an even stranger sight.
1 month, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming: Smaller on the Outside
I would love if Julian Bleach played him again, he was brilliant at captured how unhinged Davros was while also projecting huge gravitas and intellectual composure.
1 month, 1 week ago on Is it time for Davros to return?
While I don't think a full spinoff is a wise idea, I think it would be totally feasible to have Eight appear in a once-off team-up with Capaldi in Series 9 or something. No anniversary to speak of, just done for the hell of it like The Two Doctors was.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on McGann Signed Petition for 8th Doctor Spin-off
The middle one could be a recruitment poster for the British space program or something.
2 months ago on Series 8 Filming: Spaceman
I don't imagine there'll be much fuss over the 10th anniversary of New Who, especially not so soon after the 50th. There'll probably be no more than some nods to the past, maybe some returning monsters that year or something.
2 months ago on Smith Eager for Another Multi-Doctor Story
@Gustaff It was already, finally explained in The Day of the Doctor; he honestly doesn't remember how old he is: "I don't know, twelve hundred and something I think, unless I'm lying. I can't remember if I'm lying about my age, that's how old I am."
2 months, 1 week ago on Moffat: Day Was My Most Difficult Script Ever
"These two characters are very different, opposites you could say. Caecilius was honest, hard working and good man, he wanted the best in life for his family and was important in his community... In ‘Children of Earth’ Capaldi’s character was very dark, twisted and malicious. As we find out at the end of the series he dies, killing his own family, which was different from his first character."
I really think you missed the point of Frobisher's character. He wasn't a bad or twisted man, not by a long shot. He was a good, ordinary man who was committed to his family and his work. An ordinary man put in a truly horrible situation, forced into being a scapegoat for the real monsters in government who didn't care about who got hurt so long as it saved their own skin. When he killed his family, he was sparing his children from an endless existence of horrible suffering. Frobisher was a parable about what ordinary people can be forced to do in the most extreme and horrific of circumstances. He was Caecilius if the Doctor never came to save the day.
2 months, 1 week ago on Capaldi’s Previous Appearances: A Theory
She doesn't necessarily have to be a kid, she'll probably be in the 17-18 age range. This is likely because Coal Hill is a secondary school, and a student of that age could be played by an adult in her early twenties, getting around all the problems that having a child regular would bring.
2 months, 1 week ago on Another New Companion for Series 8?
I love humans. Always finding patterns in things that aren't there.
2 months, 1 week ago on Moffat: Handsome Actors don’t suit the Doctor
I didn't much like her Dalek two-parter, largely because I think the idea of large, cumbersome Daleks somehow sneaking around 1930s Manhattan and rebuilding the species to be inherently ludicrous (seriously, how are they capable of doing anything at all? How do they get in and out of the sewers? They're Daleks, they have no legs or hands, nor can they fit through manholes.), but the premise was given to her, so I can forgive her of not having much to work with anyway. However, I quite enjoyed her Sontaran two-parter and her Torchwood episodes (especially To the Last Man, that was really great), so I'd be all for seeing her write another episode. Torchwood writers in general is an area of potential Doctor Who should really be tapping into (what ever happened to John Fay's episode anyway?).
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Bring Back… Helen Raynor
@VictorWong1 The main reason a lot of people don't like it because it's very tired sci-fi cliché that humans are "special". By making the Doctor invested in the well-being of humans only because he is biologically related to them totally undermines the Doctor's sense of morality. He helps anyone of any species who are in need because it's simply the right thing to do. It also goes against the idea that the Doctor's human companions bring out a more caring side to him, grounding him when otherwise he could grow to be a callous godlike figure. That the Doctor is completely alien is the only way this works; as good as he is, we are reminded that he is not one of us and doesn't always understand us.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on RTD: Fans Can’t Ignore “Half-Human” Doctor
@Amy the Consulting Key Ring Ah, it appears my context was, itself, out of context.
Actually watching the scene, the Doctor really delivers the line like he's joking. In context, he's actively trying to distract the guy he's talking to, one really doesn't have to take it seriously.
Yes, but Moffat confirmed that this actually will be explained in the show. As the Doctor never met Frobisher, Captain Jack would be one of the only avenues through which to explain it.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014): What We Know UPDATE
There's still hope for the finale dammit!
Peter Capaldi is just so mesmerising, he completely seizes your attention whenever he's on-screen...
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful
I really don't think Doctor Who needs a movie; any attempt to make one for the sole purpose of making a Doctor Who movie would only be detrimental to the show. There's a common, unspoken tendency for people to think of movies as a somehow "higher" medium of storytelling than television, when that really isn't the case anymore. That may have been true in the past, but in the last several years TV has become the sanctum of artistic expression and compelling, intelligent storytelling that simply cannot be told within the time constraints of a motion picture.
Films are like the short stories to television's novels, and this has only become more realised as we now live in an era of truly excellent television. I found The Day of the Doctor to be a perfect compromise in this, as an episode that provided the cinematic spectacle people expect from Hollywood productions while at the same time still being a television episode that remained a faithful part of the show proper. For TV show movies, The Day of the Doctor should be looked on as the perfect model for this.
3 months ago on How could a New Doctor Who Movie Work?
That Russell T. Davies wrote this in just two days is even more remarkable, it's one of his greatest writing triumphs and he threw it together on such short notice.
3 months ago on Midnight in Perspective
It bugs me how science-fiction and fantasy are always lumped together like they're the same thing. As excellent as it is, Game of Thrones should have no place in this vote, it's fantasy.
3 months ago on Moffat Battles The Five(ish) Doctors Again
Miracle Day happened whether you like it or not, ignoring it would demonstrate a total lack of artistic integrity.
3 months ago on Barrowman on Jack’s Future: There’s a lot more to tell
Russell and Julie are still in charge of Torchwood.
That isn't true at all. He couldn't appear in AGMGTW because he was already in the middle of filming Miracle Day, as far as I know they didn't even get far enough to ask him. And it's not like he just comes out with statements, he was asked directly in an interview and he answered appropriately.
@Doctor Who-The Master Higher on the list, evidently.
3 months, 1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 1-8)
It's a far more worthy cause to convince people to enjoy something than to convince them to hate it. So thank you sir, for a positive attitude that so many seem to lack. With one of my favourite episodes to boot :D
3 months, 1 week ago on Asylum of the Daleks: A Popular Opinion?
It has to be Utopia for me. Not only does it have one of the greatest cliffhangers in the history of Doctor Who, the rest of the episode is also full of really great character interaction. People complain that not much happened in this episode besides the ending. I say; so what? Not every episode has to have mad twists and turns and every corner of the plot, sometimes it just has to be the characters interacting in an interesting situation, and the Jack-Doctor reunion was great to watch. I especially loved the scene where they discuss Jack's immortality while Jack works in the radiation chamber - it's not major to the episode's immediate plot, but just two characters talking, with great acting from Tennant and Barrowman.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 11
I wouldn't like a "Rank-Climbing Mickey-type" for the sole reason that we've already repeated that with Rory not long ago. As great as both Mickey and Rory's journeys were, I'd rather something different, and looking at the promotional picture of Danny, I think we'll be getting a far more sauve and confident character in him. I'd love him to be something like Jamie, we don't get enough long-serving male companions.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Danny Pink: Recurring How?
I had assumed it was because she was a space-time anomaly having been splintered into millions of copies; and as was demonstrated with Jack, the TARDIS does not like space-time anomalies. But come to think of it, if modern Clara is the original Clara, then she wouldn't actually be a temporal anomaly, only her copies. So it still makes sense that there's another explanation.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Why Does the TARDIS Dislike Clara? Moffat Teases Answers
@TimeLordLiam I'd strongly recommend starting from the start, at Series 1. Yes, the writing is inconsistent and not that great at times, but there are a few gems in there, and ultimately it's worth getting to know the characters and see how they develop over the next few series. Series 2 is a significant improvement in writing over the first, it's clear sailing from there.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Torchwood Children of Earth: In Perspective
Children of Earth is by and large my favourite Whoniverse story, and one of the most magnificent pieces of television I have ever seen. I have always enjoyed every series of Torchwood, but it is Series 3 that elevates the show beyond just "good sci-fi" into the realm of true masterpiece. Every member of the cast was on top form, with John Barrowman giving by far his most layered performance as Jack and Peter Capaldi turns in one of the most stunning performances I've ever seen from an actor, and I do not say that lightly (RTD himself called it the greatest performance in anything ever). Ben Foster also really stepped up his game, and gives the score the perfect amount of action, suspense and sheer emotional gravitas that the story needed. It's once in a blue moon that every aspect of a production aligns and clicks together perfectly, but when it does happen, you get something like Children of Earth.
Looking back now, it only makes me more saddened that Torchwood has been abandoned so coldly and without conclusion. I liked Miracle Day, despite the flaws, but one need only look at Children of Earth to see just why Torchwood warrants proper attention. Whether that be bringing the show back entirely or having it cross over with Doctor Who again, or both, we need more Torchwood on our screens, if only to give it the ending it deserves. Thanks a bunch for writing this!
It has to be Day of the Moon for me. Series 6 had one of the most exciting and tense openers ever, such a clever idea with an amazing, jaw-dropping execution. And speaking of clever, the resolution to the story was just genius, with all the elements sprinkled through the story coming together in an incredibly satisfying payoff by using the Silence's own powers against them, and we're kept guessing right until the moment it happens. This also gave us one of Matt's finest scenes ever (not to mention the rest of the cast), elevated to its peak by Murray Gold's now legendary "The Majestic Tale (Of A Madman In A Box)". As one of my favourite episodes, I simply can't ignore this one.
4 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 2
@bugeye58 The Time of the Doctor was the last episode aired, disproving your point entirely.
4 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (5-1)
@WickedlyAce @SkyFaller Scottish people are not a race. It was RTD's decision to cut the Scottish accent because after Nine's northern accent, he didn't want to imply he was doing some kind of tour of British accents, according to him.
4 months, 1 week ago on Moffat: Doomed dialogue sounds great in Scottish
@epicduda Indeed, RTD originally had a line written that explained that Ten adopted Rose's accent due to her presence when he regenerated, but it was cut. Now that doesn't quite match with some classic regenerations, but then when has Who ever been consistent? I like the explanation.
I'm loving this version of Capaldi's costume. It's so sleek, the navy really makes it work.
4 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming: Sneak Peek at a New Monster
@Deus_Ex_Machina I agree with you, but I'd like to see her return as an actual properly developed character, they have that opportunity to really make her into something special.
4 months, 1 week ago on Gatiss on Master Return: “Anything is possible”
The Doctor decides to pay Jack a visit, unaware that Torchwood Three was destroyed some time ago... right? Please?
4 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming: The Suits
@Ross Jenkins @MrGuymanwatch I was more countering the idea some fans have that every new character must be an old one in disguise. I don't wish to imply that I think that of the show itself, I've loved all the companions.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Danny Pink – Master of Disguise?
Can't we just have a person for once? Just a normal, new, unremarkable person that we get to know over the course of their time on the show?
@ChrisAlderman They only recovered "an arm, a shoulder and the remains of a head." That's some 80% of his body unaccounted for, which grew back in the body bag.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on River Song & Captain Jack: Five Favourites
@Diana van der Pluijm He actually does age as he points out, just very slowly, which helps to explain how John Barrowman has aged in real life along with the character. The idea is that is he looks to have aged about 5 years in 2,000 years, what might he possibly become after 5 billion years? The Face of Boe, many would speculate (including the Doctor and Martha).
@Tardis Stowaway That was in Children of Earth, but yes, the point still stands.
The Headless Monks have nothing to do with Jack becoming the Face of Boe. It's clearly stated that despite his immortality, he still physically ages, albeit at a very slowed rate. After 5 billion years of ageing, the Doctor and Martha speculate that Jack becomes so shrivelled and mutated that he becomes the Face of Boe, simple as that. Besides, Torchwood has shown that if he loses limbs, he just grows them back again.