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@dazfd96 Or, here's a crazy thought, not a fan of the Classic Era, either? There's a lot more to Doctor Who than Moffat and RTD...
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Why the Doomsday Farewell is Not the Greatest
@The_Horrors_Crimson I agree. The Doctor interacting with his time machine that's been there all along was a thousand times more affecting than interacting with a girl he'd known for a few years at best.
Comic Con people have to realise that their favourite actor/show/movi/whatever turning up every year is not a right, it's a privilege.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on No Doctor Who Panel At San Diego Comic-Con 2014
So maybe Capaldi's not a one series Doctor, but a two series Doctor...
4 weeks ago on Moffat Teases Massive Cliffhanger
@Ollie Walton Harrod Indeed, but when you consider the companion is the surrogate for the audience, and the overall theme of changing time is a VERY Who theme, there are two compelling themes to draw the new audience member in, and see that Doctor Who isn't just a typical sci-fi and alien of the week show.
1 month ago on You will become like us! The Best ‘Converter’ Episodes
The problem with Miracle Day wasn't the flashbacks to Jack's past - they were great. And it wasn't the way it made us question the Government, burning people alive - that made us think. The problem with Miracle Day was the overall premise of everyone becoming immortal -- and what caused it -- just felt really, really, really, stupidly weak and silly. That's the problem with Miracle Day.
1 month ago on Is Torchwood: Miracle Day Unfairly Criticised?
Half the stuff mentioned in this piece aren't actually blunders...
1 month ago on WHOops! When Doctor Who Gets It Wrong
I disagree with most of these as an intro to Nu-Who (I assume that's what it's meant to be, given there's no classic stuff here?) You seem to be confusing good episodes of Who with something that will show people what Who is. For example, Blink and Human Nature/The Family of Blood are fan-bloody-tastic... but not typical Who episodes. Meanwhile, something like The End of the World is just awful, even without trying to convert someone. What about something straightforward like Father's Day? What about The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances? No, I can't get behind your list at all.
Even the late 80s production team thought Battlefield was a stinker, particularly in comparison to other stories like, for example, Ghost Light. Read Cartmel's book about his time on the series for more.
1 month, 1 week ago on On First View: Battlefield
@Mercy Reborn2 Correct. Fans essentially destroyed the series in the 80s. So for anyone out there, still under any illusion that what I said was overblown, or just being contrary with the opinion piece written here for the sake of it, think again! Until you see modern fans destroy the series with hate... please, let's keep some perspective versus what happened in the 80s for some of us here.
1 month, 1 week ago on Yes, I’m a Whovian, but I’m one of the nice ones
This could only be written by someone who got into the show post 2005. You have NO idea how bitchy and mean fandom was in the 1980s, for example. Heaps worse than today.
@bluBob Hmmm, sounds like my comment hit a bit close to the bone. At the end of the day... dude... it's my opinion and that same right to have an opinion that differs, that you're defending there, is what I'm exercising by making it. Have a good day.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The 6th Doctor: What Worked & What Didn’t
@DeanAlexander Quite right. He's becoming a popular Doctor for hipster-esque fans to say they like because hey, it's so ironic and different to like something that everyone else thinks is unbelievably bad. But for those who have grown out of their hipster phase in life (or never had one in the first place), we just call it like we see it.
The problem is, Colin Baker is a chronic over-actor who eats the scenery. He should never have become the Doctor. That sounds so harsh, I know, particularly as Colin is probably the nicest of ANY of the Doctors you could hope to meet in real life. But his pantomime-friendly acting (so beloved by JNT), and that costume, simply made Doctor Who ridiculous for a period of time.
@TheUltimateUpgrade You're entitled to think that by all means, but it's nowhere near conventional fan wisdom on the topic. The stories you've listed as good, meanwhile, are among those at the lower end of the scale for most 6th Doctor fans, who have Revelation and Vengeanve on Varos at the top of the list. So, it could well be, that you simply go in for a different kind of thing to most people.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on On First View: The Caves of Androzani
@NumberNine Good to hear. Like anything, you will find some gems, some ordinary stuff, and some rubbish. Keep at it - as it will only serve to help give you better context on the series of today, infront of and behind the scenes, when you have that bigger picture. I commend you for trying it. So many don't.
@NumberNine Well, I guess you had to be there, as a fan back in 84, to really get it.
@supermoff How used to watching the classic era are you? If you are attuned to the classic era, then watch Caves, I'd consider it almost impossible to be disappointed by. If you watch a whole bunch of post 2005 episodes /then/ watch Caves, I can see why you might not fully "get" it.
@TheOncomingStorm It's a real shame that you've read this and had your expectations lowered. I think the post doesn't really get the story properly at all.
@LaraHarris You've got to be joking? Caves story makes a lot of sense and is intriguing. It holds together in a way that many of the post 2005 stories, particularly from the Matt Smith era. /wish/ they could hold together.
@Antee991166 @The Finn A bit of trivia -- at the time, the show's producer told the press she /was/ American. Ahhh, the 80s.
@Antee991166 Good on you for giving it a shot. Most post 2005 fans, don't.
@The Outer Space K9 You've got to be kidding. Time of the Doctor was a wild hodge podge of ideas that barely holds together at all.
@MeglosProductions Correct, and as the years go by, it will get pushed further and further down the list, particularly by people who have only watched Who since 2005 and ignore the rest.
@Friend of the Ood Ahhh, but that's part of what makes the story different, and special.
@Krazzy Kovarian Yes, you do.
If you bring TV watching expectations of 2014 to this, you will be disappointed. Further, if like most people who seem to write for your site, you bring the expectations of someone who got into Doctor Who in 2005 or beyond to this, you will be disappointed, too. So why does the review not surprise me in the least? For those of us who were there and and watched it in 1984, it's perfect Doctor Who. Anyone coming to it later stands a chance of not "getting" that at all.
@The Outer Space K9 Oh dear, then your only experience of Colin Baker is through what is regarded as his worst story. Revelation, meanwhile, is great. It's really "out there" and I'm not sure a modern viewer (I'm taking the punt you got into Doctor Who after 2005), will necessarily get it, or appreciate it, as it's very much of its time. But yes, its arguably Colin Baker's best.
@KarenBee2 "Are older males who are very strongly supportive of a particular era, Doctor or actor and label themselves as fanboys viewed so sneeringly?" -- No, but you'll find that's generally because these "older males" have slogged through decades of the show. In comparison the so-called "Tennant fan girls" appeared to not give a hoot during the Eccleston era, then appeared en masse for Tennant, then declared the post-Tennant era to be rubbish; often before they'd seen a single Smith episode. If you place yourself in the shoes of people watching this happen; watching these girls ignore a Doctor, then go ga-ga over a Doctor, then slag off the following Doctor, you will get some insight into why "Tennant fan girls" is a disparaging comment. You might not like it, but that is WHY it happens.
2 months ago on Why I Love… Series 7
@supermoff Moffat is a good writer, but his work has gone downhill since his earlier stuff under RTD. You can basically graph the more work he's taken on, both with Who and outside of Who (like Sherlock), his writing and ideas have declined. I would have rathered he wrote one or two killer stories per series, and never became the showrunner at all. I think that's the way in which we'd get to see the best of his ability; at present he's stretched between far too many things and, even though they only made two specials in all of 2013, he still wasn't at the top of his game.
Yes, there were appropriate nods to the past. And yes, Smith was a good Doctor. But these things do not make a good season in isolation. The majority of the storylines themselves were utter crap. That's the problem. Moreover, the episodes shown in the 50th anniversary year were all shot the year before...!!! The only stuff shot in 2013 was Day of the Doctor and Time of the Doctor. Pathetic that, in the 50th anniversary year, they only shot two specials. Yet that seems to fly over the head of most "fans".
Infact, to add to that thought, season three of Sherlock was similar. Episodes were just a collection of random-ness that sort of hung together...
2 months, 1 week ago on An Opinion Divided: The Time of the Doctor
Agree with the review. Smith's finale was a hodge-podge of random scenes Moffat thought, "Hmmm, that would be fun to do..." then he stitched them all together. It wasn't much of a "story" overall.
@Notsosmartguy the Superior Venom @Mary Sue's Vertue Sure it was a good episode. What I'm less impressed by is this kind of retrospective, "...this is our hero as a dark and battle-hardened general..." speak, as though it's fact. And as though Moffat wrote some kind of really dark and different story. The Hurt Doctor was barely different to other Doctors at all.
2 months, 1 week ago on Moffat: Day Was My Most Difficult Script Ever
@Notsosmartguy the Superior Venom Feel free to explain why. Again, the John Hurt Doctor simply acted like a slightly cranky, yet bemused Doctor. Tell me how he was more than that.
The thing is, however, the John Hurt Doctor simply acted like a slightly cranky, yet bemused Doctor... he wasn't mean or tough or battle hardened at all. Even when he had a gun in his hands, he wrote a silly message on a wall with it. We got NO inkling that he wasn't the Doctor, or had been through great trauma.
If it ever happens, it will tie into the TV series of the time. The end.
3 months ago on How could a New Doctor Who Movie Work?
@ahunter8056 I find that to be quite bizarre justification. Since when does a "fan" trailer need to look "professional"? The whole point about being a "fan" trailer is that it's NOT "professional", ie: it's not that person's day to day job, ie: their profession, to be making it. That's what professional actually means. No, I maintain people shoul make their own logo or, at worst, parody the BBC logo. To put the official logo on something that's not official is just out and out lame sauce.
3 months, 1 week ago on Weird and Wonderful
Does anyone else find it annoying when fan trailers put the BBC logo at the start? People... you aren't the BBC. Do something original. Make your own logo. Heck, even parody the BBC logo. But don't use the real logo... it's just annoying because your trailer isn't a BBC trailer. Thanks.
@PlaidWolf You say 'incorporated' I say 'ripped off' :)
3 months, 1 week ago on Lady Christina de Souza: The Companion Who Never Was
The irony being, of course, that he's chasing Hollywood roles that will see actin figures and other merch -- perhaps even school lunch boxes -- made featuring him.
3 months, 1 week ago on Cumberbatch Rules Out Doctor Who Role
Such an un-original character, although most Nu-Who fans wouldn't get why. You see, kids, Ace was going to be replaced, in the 1990 season of Doctor Who by... drumroll please... an aristocratic cat burglar. True story. Of course, the season was never made, but people like Andrew Cartmel have talked, at length, about the character since then. It would appear RTD ripped off the idea bigtime with Christina.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Lady Christina de Souza: The Companion Who Never Was
Shades of Compassion from the EDAs. Of course, most Who fans who only jumped on in 2005 will have nfi what I'm referring to...
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Could the TARDIS Become a Permanent Companion?
CoE stands out head and shoulders above anything else bearing the Torchwood name, especially the later US-made series which was just... dumb. Gwen Cooper does not make a good action hero.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Torchwood Children of Earth: In Perspective
Of course he should have been the War Doctor... it would have been the ultimate drama to see war beat a man down, so low, that he goes from being, 'the nicest man in the universe' to someone who doesn't think he deserved his own name. Plus, fans always assumed it was the McGann Doctor anyway, as Eccleston was clearly regenerated in Rose, which only left McGann to do it. Moffat's line that he couldn't see McGann pulling it off is not only a slap in the face to him as an actor, but also shows a distinct lack of imagination, as though Moffat can only imagine the 8th Doctor acting like he does in the TVM. So, yes, McGann should have been the War Doctor, and the fact everyone went NUTS for his performance in NotD only confirms what a popular, logical choice it was.
5 months, 1 week ago on What if… the 8th Doctor was the War Doctor?
Without wanting to shoot a big hole in the article, don't ALL the Doctors go "bounding between hope and annoyance"? I mean, contrast that description against each and every Doctor, and you can make the description work. So... sorry, the article doesn't really wash for me.
5 months, 1 week ago on A forecast on Capaldi’s Doctor: The Frustrated Optimist
@Rob Shearman Good on you, Rob. In Dalek you actually made Daleks seem tough and threatening; something that a lot of Dalek stories fail to do!!!
5 months, 1 week ago on Bring Back… Robert Shearman
The line, ‘I will always remember when the Doctor was me.’ is a clear message to the fans, as they even used a camera angle to make him look at Clara, but also look directly into the camera at the audience. Very deliberate. And it was GREAT.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on “I will always remember when the Doctor was me”
The top button done up on the shirt without a tie looks kind of goosy. Hope we get an open necked look soon.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Your verdict on Capaldi’s Costume
@Amy the Consulting Commentator Who says it's insignificant? Seems like you're putting words in my mouth there. See, it could be the hugest thing in the universe... but let's leave it a mystery. Mysteries are far more interesting than knowing the answer to everything. Because when you strip away everything, and know everything, what have you got? Not much.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Some Theories on Capaldi’s Familiar Face
@Creepy_Ghoul I really hope not. We've managed to go decades without needing something like that explained. Moffat seems to be on a one-man mission to strip away all the mystery from everything. The sooner he goes, the better.
@MowTheFrontLawn I understand your point, but the question remains, is it needed? Even if they can think of a "clever" explanation... is it actually needed? What will it actually deliver? Or is there more mystery in just leaving it sit unexplained? See, I think it's the latter. I'm more interested in the Doctor's next adventure, not some made up explanation for why he looks like someone else when it's not even the first time it's happened in the series, and we never needed it explained then.
@Angie Whodini I'm sorry if you feel I'm being offensive to modern fans, Angie, but it's entirely factual that, when we were presented with this same situation back in the 80s... we just cruised on by with a laugh and a nod... and that was it. We didn't need an explanation. Now, it seems, fans can't even conceive of NOT having it explained. I think that's a huge change in the audience. And, as I just said to Trey, one of the key rules of writing is that more mystery is maintained when you DON'T explain everything. That looms large behind why I, personally, have zero interest in an explanation. We don't need one. Let's move onto the adventure, not the sidestreets that Moffat so delights in.
@SirTrey Don't try and twist what I'm saying. I have made a comment about fans in two different eras of the show, and the HUGELY different responses those eras gave to the same situation. Do you not find that interesting in, and of, itself? I have also given the perfectly reasonable counterpoint to this entire post... namely, that it doesn't have to mean anything. That's probably what I find most remarkable; that people are no longer looking at all possibilities. The only possibility, apparently, is that it NEEDS to be explained! Ha! I guess these folk have never done any sort of writing course, or even thought ab out the act of writing, where one of the key rules is that more mystery is maintained when you DON'T explain everything. That's not just in regard to Who, but in general
@JustinSalmon I think Capaldi will be fine, to be honest. BTW, the comment that he had someone else in mind before Matt blew them away at his audition is on the record in several publications :)
@Notsosmartguy That is a possibility, however, I know there's a growing feeling that people want to get back to smart story-of-the-week stuff, rather than the Moffat style of showing or suggesting something entirely off-the-wall, then spending a series or two getting to the explanation, which is never that satisfactory, anyway. People are growing tired of the, "Ohhhhh, it's a mystery..." arc BS that he's dragged into the series. And this would be precisely that kind of thing.
@Notsosmartguy Why does it "need" explaining?
@Angie Whodini And I think that shows the difference between fans today, and fans in the 80s. In the 80s, Colin Baker became the Doctor and we were like, "Ha! He was already in a story. He shot the Doctor! Ha! Isn't that cute?" and we never thought about it again. Fans today are all like, "OMG, WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!?!?!?!?" and the reality is, it doesn't have to "mean" anything... but they don't seem to get that.
@Second Doctor Nah, for Torchwood, with all its shagging and other adult themes, it was pretty much on the money. It was confronting, absolutely, but not beyond where the show already was.
@BadWolf2 Why does he need to explain it? This comes back to what I said, earlier. Go back to the 80s where Colin Baker was in a Peter Davison story, prior to being the Doctor. Was that explained? No. Did it NEED explaining? No. I think Moffat tries to weave so much BS into what he does, that we're losing sight of the goal here -- producing good stories, not creating 101 side streets that mean nothing in the end.
@JohnLamb1 If you are a long time fan, as you say, why are you buying into the idea that "the TARDIS remodels with the regen"? It's only done it twice in the past 50 years worth of regenerations...
I'd rather it wasn't explained at all. Go back to the 80s where Colin Baker was in a Peter Davison story, prior to being the Doctor. Was that explained? No. Did it NEED explaining? No. I think Moffat tries to weave so much BS into what he does, that we're losing sight of the goal here -- producing good stories, not creating 101 side streets that mean nothing in the end.
@Rule27 Keep things in perspective. Chris has been very open about having a bad time on Doctor Who, so why would he want to come back and add to it?
5 months, 2 weeks ago on What if… the Ninth Doctor was the War Doctor?
@VictorWong1 Come on, Victor, that's weak. You think they'd have to air the TVM so audiences would understand? Funny.. they didn't air all the other Doctor's stories so the audience would understand why 12 TARDISes flew in to save Galllifrey, piloted by different guys... or who all those different guys were in the final scene... did they? I think you are treating the casual audience like idiots if you don't think that, after seeing one or two regenerations in the post 2005 episodes, that they don't "get" there are other Doctors!!!
@Nightmarish Aside from the fact that, if the war has changed him, his personality WOULD have been different. And it would have been nice to see him become more like them in the end, as he 'comes back' to being The Doctor.
@Quiff Quite right. You'll find me making exactly the same argument, earlier in the day. It shows a staggering lack of imagination, on Moffat's part. It's like he can't imagine the 8th Doctor being anything but his TVM persona.
@Timelordvictorius If you read more of the comments, you'll get to a lengthy post from me on what I agree with that idea.
@Andrew_Swallow No, because he was damaged goods when he met Rose. And he was damaged because of the Time War. That's the whole point of the Eccleston era. So he can't have fought it after meeting her.
@Planet of the Deaf When it comes to the 50th anniversary, of all things, it should have been about the fans, not trying to appeal to casuals.
@MrGuymanwatch I like what John Hurt did, and I liked the special. Don't get me wrong on that. But I think introducing a new Doctor was a 'little' weird, especially when the opportunity was there to use a man that fandom was salivating to see more of; and a man who -- once fandom did get to see more of him -- were demanding a mini-series from (something I didn't see too many people demanding for the Hurt Doctor)! To have had McGann ready and available, and not used him... it makes me sad. We could have even retained the Night of the Doctor, with the Sisterhood reviving him, but not needing a regeneration, or something along those lines.
@Pockydon Yup. It would have been fantastic drama. I'm surprised more people don't get that.
@MrGuymanwatch Yet as I’ve already outlined, the drama of a storyline that shows how even the 8th Doctor can sink that far is so ****ing powerful, it would have been amazing. Moffat shows a distinct lack of imagination if he thinks the 8th Doctor pushing the button would have had to be played like the 8th Doctor in, say, the TVM. It’s established that the Time War goes a long time, so not only could it explain the 8th Doctor’s moral decay, but also the slightly older 8th Doctor. It was an opportunity, and Moffat blew it. It’s that simple.
The correct thing to have done was make McGann the War Doctor. I couldn't give a damn that Moffat can't see it; he was clearly the best choice. Why?
1) We know Eccleston wasn't the one, so McGann's the next guy in line.
2) We wouldn't have had to create the whole War Doctor story in the first place.
3) He deserved it, after only having the TVM to show us his onscreen ability.
4) Night of the Doctor shows that fans would have loved to see more McGann; so making him the Doctor for the entire special is logical.
5) It's a great dramatic storyline to take the 8th Doctor, so full of life and love, and show what war can do, even to someone like him.
6) Name of the Doctor could have ended by reintroducing McGann, and fandom would have lost its **** about 50,000 times more than it did over John Hurt.
7) Most of fandom assumed the 8th Doctor fought the war anyway...!!!
Moffat missed a major opportunity here. His ego will never admit it in a million years, though.