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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.

3 days, 5 hours ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’

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Remember the days when we had commentaries on all episodes? Those were good days.

3 days, 13 hours ago on The Complete Eighth Series DVD Extras

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@DoctorAR Life and soul, you are.

1 week, 4 days ago on In the Forest of the Night Official Synopsis

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@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.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker

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@DDBlue I don't think you understand what the word "precocious" means.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker

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@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.

1 month ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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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.

1 month ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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@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.

1 month ago on 12 Great Moments From Listen

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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.

1 month, 1 week ago on Face-Off: The Gatiss Episodes

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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.


1 month, 2 weeks ago on BBC Cuts Robot of Sherwood Scene

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@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.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Face-Off: The Eleventh Hour vs Deep Breath

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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.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Face-Off: The Eleventh Hour vs Deep Breath

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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!

2 months ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”

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@Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd  @Angie Whodini Must be from the Blackwater river.

2 months ago on Series 8: All Titles Revealed

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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. 

2 months ago on Series 8: All Titles Revealed

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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.

2 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who – A Global Phenomenon: Part 8: The Emerald Isle

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@TheLostDoctor And clockwork vortexes are characteristic of America... how exactly?

2 months, 1 week ago on The Series 8 Title Sequence

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@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. 

2 months, 1 week ago on Deep Breath Standalone DVD & Blu-Ray

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@kyr95 https ://warosu.org/data/sci/img/0066/24/1404372731636.gif

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who World Tour: Cardiff Launch Pics

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@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.



2 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who World Tour: Cardiff Launch Pics

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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.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Zoe Saldana Wants Doctor Who Role

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"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.






2 months, 3 weeks ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8

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@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...



2 months, 3 weeks ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally

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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.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally

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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.

3 months ago on Barrowman on Jack’s Future, Capaldi Critics

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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.

3 months ago on The Importance of Doctor Who’s Theme Tunes

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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.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on The Master’s Moffat Plan

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@DaftDalek @Lord of Time Barrowman's only 47, Kingston is 51.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Colin Baker: Tennant & Smith Brought Female Fans to Doctor Who

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@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.



4 months ago on Is Torchwood: Miracle Day Unfairly Criticised?

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@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.

4 months ago on Is Torchwood: Miracle Day Unfairly Criticised?

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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...)


4 months ago on Is Torchwood: Miracle Day Unfairly Criticised?

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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.

4 months ago on Series 8: Master Finale Rumours

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Clara in jeans, now that's an even stranger sight.

4 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming: Smaller on the Outside

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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.

4 months, 1 week ago on Is it time for Davros to return?

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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.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on McGann Signed Petition for 8th Doctor Spin-off

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The middle one could be a recruitment poster for the British space program or something.



5 months ago on Series 8 Filming: Spaceman

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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.

5 months ago on Smith Eager for Another Multi-Doctor Story

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@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."

5 months, 1 week ago on Moffat: Day Was My Most Difficult Script Ever

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"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.

5 months, 1 week ago on Capaldi’s Previous Appearances: A Theory

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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.

5 months, 1 week ago on Another New Companion for Series 8?

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I love humans. Always finding patterns in things that aren't there.

5 months, 1 week ago on Moffat: Handsome Actors don’t suit the Doctor

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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?).


5 months, 2 weeks ago on Bring Back… Helen Raynor

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@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.



5 months, 2 weeks ago on RTD: Fans Can’t Ignore “Half-Human” Doctor

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@Amy the Consulting Key Ring  Ah, it appears my context was, itself, out of context.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on RTD: Fans Can’t Ignore “Half-Human” Doctor

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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.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on RTD: Fans Can’t Ignore “Half-Human” Doctor

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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.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014): What We Know UPDATE

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There's still hope for the finale dammit!

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014): What We Know UPDATE

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Peter Capaldi is just so mesmerising, he completely seizes your attention whenever he's on-screen...

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful

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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.







6 months ago on How could a New Doctor Who Movie Work?

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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.


6 months ago on Midnight in Perspective

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