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@Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things He was never gonna be beheaded in the episode, but he was intended to be in it, yes.
1 day, 15 hours ago on “Jack & River Returns Would Have to be Seismic” – Moffat
Jack would really inform and invigorate a story that further explores the question of where the Doctor gets his faces from, seeing as Jack actually knew John Frobisher. Hell, Frobisher was closed out with a speech about how he was "a good man", that fits perfectly with Twelve's whole morality self-doubt thing.
1 day, 17 hours ago on “Jack & River Returns Would Have to be Seismic” – Moffat
@Gustaff I just don't understand how the Doctor is inherently "masculine". I don't even fully understand what that means, and how it is categorized other than relying on age-old gender stereotypes. A person is a person, and whether their personality is "masculine" or "feminine" is an imagined and forced categorization as far as I'm concerned.
3 days, 18 hours ago on Poll: A Female Doctor
If there's one thing you can say about Moffat, it's that he understands children very well, far better than most people in television.
4 days, 19 hours ago on Moffat on Criticisms that Doctor Who Is Too Dark
@MarlonJBonnici @MrGuymanwatch Michelle Gomez was right for the part.
1 week, 2 days ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey
Anyone who claims the Master regenerating into a woman was done for "political correctness" or "shock value" are woefully incorrect and probably sexist. The fact that, as Moffat notes, the Doctor doesn't remark on the the Master's new gender at any point shows how little of a deal it actually is. The only character that mentions the gender swap is Osgood, and it's purely a matter-of-fact observation. After all, why would Time Lords even care about gender? They're the most advanced species in the universe, who can bend the very fabric of space and time to their will. What sexual organs one has must be so far down their list of considerations it would be basically nonexistant.
I really think Series 8 is the most thematically rich and consistent series of Doctor Who yet. Every episode gave us further food for thought and consideration about the character of the Doctor, his relationship with Clara, and all the themes mentioned above and in the comments. Moffat's more direct influence in the writing of every episode really helped this work, and I hope he continues his more tightly structured approach in Series 9.
1 week, 2 days ago on The Ambiguous Themes of Series Eight
Hard to make a call without seeing Last Christmas. It could be the best possible ending for her character or could be the best possible open door for her return. That said, I am leaning towards wanting her to stay, if only because she and Capaldi have the most amazing chemistry ever.
2 weeks ago on Clara, or a New Companion for Series 9?
I don't believe the ending was supposed to be emotionally satisfying, it was a bittersweet and hollow goodbye between two friends who care far more for each other than either could ever admit. The events of the finale were emotionally devastating to both, particularly Clara, and in the end they're both far worse off than they ever had been. This is a Doctor/companion pairing that demonstrates the negative side of travelling with the Doctor, and I think the tone captured the inadequacy of the goodbye very well, the final shot of Clara walking away really emphasizing how utterly alone she is now.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on The Problems with Death in Heaven
@Planet of the Deaf That scene is criminally overlooked. Hardly anyone ever seems to remember it, and yet it's so poignant!
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Top 10 Amy Pond Moments
@supermoff @#SaveConstantine According to the DWM 50th Anniversary Edition, "Twelfth Night" was indeed the working title for TTOTD before it was changed to fit the "of the Doctor" title theme.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on “Last Christmas” Promo Art
@SANTA-ran17 Hallelujah! :)
3 weeks, 5 days ago on The Complete Eighth Series Box Set Review
Just wondering, does the Collector's Edition have the standard edition cover in any capacity? Or is it just the TARDIS sleeve? Because someone ordered the CE for my birthday, and while I really appreciate the gift, I'm obsessed with uniformity of covers and shelving, so this is of concern to my pedantic mind.
Jacobi gave one of the most unhinged, terrifying Master performances ever in his brief few minutes. I loved him for that, perfect actor to bring back the character and pave way for Simm. But sadly, those few minutes just aren't a fair comparison to Simm and Gomez, who both have had several episodes to shine. I liked Simm's Master, despite his flaws. It's unfortunate that Simm wasn't able to use his talents to portray the more subdued Master he had wanted, but to his credit he did the best he could with the instructions and material he was given. And when we did see those little flashes of subtlety, he really nailed it (the phonecall with him and Tennant is a prime example). But Michelle Gomez truly blew me away, she was not only a terrifyingly threatening presence in every scene, but she was also darkly hilarious and yet totally restrained in even her hammier moments. It took only one story, but she's shot up to take the spot as my favourite New-Who Master.
1 month ago on Face-Off: New Who Masters
They really need to stop lumping science fiction and fantasy together, they're two completely different genres.
1 month, 1 week ago on Doctor Who Battling Game of Thrones
I don't know where you're getting the assertion that the Doctor has been portrayed as "stupid". Rude and arrogant, sure, but never stupid. He just doesn't care about having to prove his intelligence to humans anymore, he knows he's the smartest guy in the room anyway, so why should he have to try and prove that to people?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”
There is such a thing as "less is more": Capaldi's Doctor's comparatively less frequent screentime makes him a far more effective presence when we actually do see him, and Clara is the means through which this is achieved. Twelve is the darkest, most mysterious Doctor we've had in a long time, and experiencing this unnerving new man through Clara's eyes is exactly what makes this work.
2 months ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’
Remember the days when we had commentaries on all episodes? Those were good days.
2 months ago on The Complete Eighth Series DVD Extras
@DoctorAR Life and soul, you are.
2 months, 1 week ago on In the Forest of the Night Official Synopsis
@joseffwilliams People seem to find it particularly difficult to grasp that other characters besides to Doctor are allowed to have screentime as well. Just because he's the protagonist doesn't mean that every single minute of every episode has to focus on him. The show is about the Doctor, but the companion is the main character, and this has been the case since Series 1.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
@DDBlue I don't think you understand what the word "precocious" means.
@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! But it wasn't barren before, that's what I'm getting at. As in, this planet was once a great Time Lord population centre that was attacked by the Daleks in the war and then bombarded until it was nothing but dust, only small ruins like the barn remaining.
3 months ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant
Even before Listen, from the TDOTD, I assumed that the barn was not on Gallifrey, but on a desolate nearby colony instead. It makes sense; when the Doctor steals the Moment, Gallifrey is being bombarded by the entire Dalek armada, and the scenes in Arcadia show that the surface of the planet has become an all-out war zone. But at the barn there is none of this; just barren, empty wasteland. To me it looks like the barn was on a Gallifreyan colony planet that has already been lost; razed into lifelessness by the Daleks. We know the Doctor was born on Gallifrey, but he could easily have spent time on other planets in his childhood. The Time Lords were a godlike interstellar empire after all, I highly doubt that Gallifrey was their only planet. Simple explanation, but it works.
@OncomingStorm in a Brownoat with a stake The Doctor had no intention of letting it go, but in that situation right there, he allowed it to leave so it wouldn't potentially attack them instead. According to the Doctor's conjecture, this was a creature perfectly evolved to be hidden from view; and it was about to be seen. Logic would dictate that the results would not be pleasant for the onlookers, so the Doctor let it go because it was very close to them and could have hurt or killed all of them, he was protecting Clara and Rupert. He keeps looking for the creature afterwards, remember? He goes to the end of the universe just to get a glimpse of it, manically yelling that he "has to know!" That sounds a lot like the Doctor to me.
3 months ago on 12 Great Moments From Listen
Can I not vote for An Adventure in Space and Time? Because as far as I'm concerned that's the greatest Doctor Who-related script Mark Gatiss has ever written.
3 months, 1 week ago on Face-Off: The Gatiss Episodes
While I think it's an okay move to cut it from the broadcast due to recent events, I do hope the scene is restored in the DVD. It won't be recent by the time that comes out, and it's not like beheading is an exclusively terrorist action, it's historically accurate.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on BBC Cuts Robot of Sherwood Scene
@Ottoman14 Well the rapidly alternating food cravings and random muscle spasms were clear side-effects of the regeneration. Eleven had a comparatively good post-regeneration period, but he was still a bit messed up by it for a while.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Face-Off: The Eleventh Hour vs Deep Breath
I know it's only a bit of fun, but the two are pretty incomparable. The two aim to convey two entirely different tones; fairy-tale adventure versus gritty character piece. The Eleventh Hour also had the job of introducing a new companion as well, which differs fundamentally from Deep Breath where the companion is established and vital to exploring the themes of the episode. Both completely excel at what they do, with the performances of each Doctor absolutely selling their take on the character. I might prefer one over the other, but both do exactly what they're supposed to and more.
I really admire Moffat for publically admitting his flaws as a writer recently, and how he's been working to tackle them head-on in the new series. We all have flaws, and the best of us work to address them. Thank you Mr Moffat!
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”
@Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd @Angie Whodini Must be from the Blackwater river.
4 months ago on Series 8: All Titles Revealed
This is the best set of titles we've had in ages. "Death in Heaven" is an amazing finale title, it sounds so dark and foreboding.
I'm baffled as to why Doctor Who has yet to film here in Ireland; we're barely an hour's flight away and we possess some of the most spectacular natural scenery. It could stand in for an alien world, or even Ireland itself, seeing there hasn't been a single episode in the show's 50-year history set in Ireland. And yes, part of the reasoning is that I want to crash the filming and meet the cast, but that's entirely besides the point.
4 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who – A Global Phenomenon: Part 8: The Emerald Isle
@TheLostDoctor And clockwork vortexes are characteristic of America... how exactly?
4 months, 1 week ago on The Series 8 Title Sequence
@kyr95 I actually hope not, because that 2005 special relegated some of the most important establishment of Tennant's Doctor and demonstration of regeneration to a short extra that hardly anybody knows about anymore.
4 months, 1 week ago on Deep Breath Standalone DVD & Blu-Ray
@kyr95 https ://warosu.org/data/sci/img/0066/24/1404372731636.gif
4 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who World Tour: Cardiff Launch Pics
@TheDreamer I know how you feel. I was gonna be in London at the same time as the Leicester Square premiere but I had to change my dates to accommodate exam results. Exams: ruining plans from beyond the grave.
I feel that she could play a great villain, I'd love to see her on the show. And imagine the publicity of a Hollywood actress like her appearing, it would be a win-win.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Zoe Saldana Wants Doctor Who Role
"We still blow a lot of s*** up. That’s very important, but it’s going to be a bit different from what we’ve seen over recent years. A bit more gravity. Some situations are more sombre and I think there are more rooted dramatic scenes. Over the past two or three years, which I’ve loved, there has often been a breathless vigour; we still have that attack, but we have another level of drama, another tone. And the scenes are longer.”
I'm really delighted to hear this. I do think a problem that Series 7 had was that it didn't allow dramatic moments the time to play themselves out enough. With the whole "blockbuster" approach, there was so much to get done in an episode that we didn't get enough time to breathe and explore the most important part of the show: the characters. There were exceptions to this, like Asylum, Mercy, Name and that Doctor/Amy scene in TPOT, but the point stands otherwise.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8
@TheValeyardsMimeArmy @MrGuymanwatch Way to rub it in :P I wanted to go to another showing and watch it properly, but my cinema was only showing it once, alas. I'll watch it in proper 3D one day...
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally
My seating for The Day of the Doctor was so abysmal that the 3D only half worked and the visuals were a blurry mess. This is an opportunity I can't miss, I have to make up for that.
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.
5 months 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.
5 months 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.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on The Master’s Moffat Plan
@DaftDalek @Lord of Time Barrowman's only 47, Kingston is 51.
5 months, 3 weeks 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.
5 months, 4 weeks 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.
6 months ago on Series 8: Master Finale Rumours
Clara in jeans, now that's an even stranger sight.
6 months, 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.
6 months, 1 week ago on Is it time for Davros to return?