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Though their relationship started out as a clear Holmes/Moriarty kind of intellectual conflict, the Doctor and the Master have evolved very much into a Batman/Joker relationship; much more personal and direct, the conflict of differing forms of madness and ideology. Particularly with Missy, she really seemed to be channelling the Joker, intentionally or unintentionally. Great article by the way, pretty much a perfect dissection of the what drives their interactions.
2 weeks ago on The Doctor and the Master: Enemies Or Friends?
I'm surprised that Jack Harkness didn't make this list. He wasn't very fleshed out in Doctor Who proper, but he was written with enormous depth and complexity in Torchwood. Definitely one of my favourite Whoniverse characters for sheer depth in the writing of him.
1 month ago on Top 12 Best Written Russell T Davies Characters
I really don't think Listen works thematically if the entity is taken to exist. It doesn't, that was sort of he point of the episode; the Doctor was trying to rationalize his irrational fears instead of accepting the fact that he is just as susceptible to fear and loneliness as anyone is.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #7: New Monster
I want 600 million people listening to these plays if it means a chance of a new series.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Barrowman Reveals New Torchwood Plans
Maybe Moffat can finally address the mystery of Jack's missing memories that's been dangling for 10 years. There's your anniversary right there.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Russell T Davies on New Who’s 10th Anniversary
Can Seb please come back as Missy's permanent companion/assistant? Every single line he had was comic gold, and so much of it had to do with Chris Addison's delivery. He's an AI, so they can bring him back super easily.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Best of 2014 #2: Recurring Actor
@supermoff I laughed out loud at every single line he said, that man's comic timing is golden.
@supermoff @Beasts_a_Snarling - THE KANDYMAN'S APPRENTICE To quote Jack Harkness, "at times like these, the game goes to the person who speaks with the loudest voice." Basically, vocal fans on the internet represent a very small percentage of the amount of actual people who watch the show. Given the millions of viewing figures vs the amount of internet proclamations that the show is "ruined forever", one can safely assume that the net is not an accurate representation of most fans' opinions.
2 months ago on Best of 2014 Awards #1: Lead Actor
While I agree with all of this, I certainly think Into the Dalek was a step in the right direction. The way the Daleks just blasted their way through the Aristotle indiscriminately killing everybody in their path was something we haven't seen enough of, and I hope the trend is continued.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on 51 Years Later: 5 Ways to Make the Daleks Menacing Again
Series 8 was actually a rare case of almost every episode being filmed in broadcast order. I think they did this as part of a faster production model, because they only finished filming about 2 weeks before the premiere.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on First Series 9 Title Revealed
@Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things He was never gonna be beheaded in the episode, but he was intended to be in it, yes.
2 months, 2 weeks 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.
@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.
2 months, 3 weeks 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.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat on Criticisms that Doctor Who Is Too Dark
@MarlonJBonnici @MrGuymanwatch Michelle Gomez was right for the part.
2 months, 4 weeks 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.
2 months, 4 weeks 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.
3 months 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.
3 months 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!
3 months, 1 week 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 months, 1 week ago on “Last Christmas” Promo Art
@SANTA-ran17 Hallelujah! :)
3 months, 2 weeks 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.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Face-Off: New Who Masters
They really need to stop lumping science fiction and fantasy together, they're two completely different genres.
4 months 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?
4 months, 2 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.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’
Remember the days when we had commentaries on all episodes? Those were good days.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on The Complete Eighth Series DVD Extras
@DoctorAR Life and soul, you are.
4 months, 4 weeks 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.
5 months, 1 week 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.
5 months, 3 weeks 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.
5 months, 3 weeks 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.
5 months, 3 weeks 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.
6 months 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.
6 months, 1 week 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!
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”
@Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd @Angie Whodini Must be from the Blackwater river.
6 months, 2 weeks 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.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Doctor Who – A Global Phenomenon: Part 8: The Emerald Isle
@TheLostDoctor And clockwork vortexes are characteristic of America... how exactly?
6 months, 4 weeks 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.
7 months ago on Deep Breath Standalone DVD & Blu-Ray
@kyr95 https ://warosu.org/data/sci/img/0066/24/1404372731636.gif
7 months 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.
7 months, 1 week 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.
7 months, 1 week 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...
7 months, 2 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.