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@pyroclasticflow @SirTrey I probably would've at least liked it in a different episode (for example, had no problem with Stormageddon's dad overriding the Cyber impulses to stop his own assimilation); in "Doomsday" it was just one in a long list of logically unsound things in that episode which annoyed me to no end.
I'm also not sure if that had happened before in any prior Cybermen appearance and, if not, seems like a curious first time to pull that card.
1 week ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode
@stargazer0118 @MrRazza has regenerated into Hippy 12 I'll agree about Smith being a bit too hammy, he did that sometimes (I was ready to turn off Dinosaurs on a Spaceship after he said the title, chewing scenery throughout) but in terms of one Cyberman getting emotional due to a distortion of things, it's not even the first time we've seen that in the series...Doomsday's "I did my duty" Cyberman?
@Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom! While that's a fair point, I'd contend that traveling in the TARDIS somewhat necessitates different boundaries than what we humans are used to. The closest comparison I can think of is someone working clandestine government work (FBI/MI-6)...sure, communication and boundaries are important but there are some things the other partner just won't/can't understand without being there, especially if the person is involved in the clandestine activity (or, in Clara's case, traveling with the Doctor) before the relationship starts.
Not to say her lying to him is a-ok, but to just point out that it's not like she was out with the girls and fibbing about it or something.
1 week, 2 days ago on 2nd Opinion: Flatline
@Clara Laurinda @GML381PC Firstly, why does he NEED to be, at least all the time? Secondly, I'd still dispute that point. He's kind to young Danny in Listen, gets along well enough with Courtney in The Caretaker and takes on that woman's guilt, putting himself in immediate and mortal danger in Mummy on the Orient Express. I don't need a cute smile if he's saving my life.
@stargazer0118 @_thomasilva @Clara Laurinda @GML381PC One note on that front...we don't know if he actually knows the full extent of what happened with Clara/the regen set. He'd gone up to the tower by the time she talked to the Time Lords, and it's implied that Deep Breath, with all of their subsequent conflict, takes place pretty much immediately after the ending of Time of the Doctor. People have a remarkable ability to not talk about something you'd logically think was an obvious topic and between Clara not wanting to be all "I'M THE REASON YOU'RE ALIVE" (and can you imagine the fan reaction if she pulled that card?) and the Doctor's shifts, it legitimately might not have come up, at least not in a full, blatant conversation.
And "I don't like him when he's not a bubbly hero" is one thing, but it makes perfect sense to me that every so often this millenia-old alien might not feel like putting on such a romantic/childlike/bouncy facade all the time. He still has some moments of levity but that's less of a priority. As for Gallifrey still being out there and meriting more "enthusiasm", we saw one perspective on that from Eleven...remember how angry he reacted to Handles' claim of Trenzalore being Gallifrey? Sure, it's "out there", but not to any degree where the Doctor thinks he can do anything so it still hurts pretty raw.
@Time_And_Space_Pirate Yeah I'm right with you there, charting as my favorite series of New Who if the finale sticks the landing. I'm finding Clara and Danny more relatable than any companion aside from Donna, and still love this Doctor while respecting him a lot more than, say, Ten, who was just as manipulative but maintained a romantic facade or even my favorite, Eleven, who was often childlike, absurd and selfish. I enjoyed Eleven's episodes more but I'd probably say my favorite Doctor on character balance was Nine, and Twelve reminds me a lot of him.
And finally, seeing Jenna Coleman essentially play a version of The Doctor for an episode made me very interested in an alternate history where she was cast as Twelve/makes me excited for if/when we ever truly see a female Doctor.
1 week, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
People always talk about Doctor Who as a "scary" show, especially Classic Who, but whether due to effects (in Classic episodes) or things just not resonating with me as much, I hadn't found myself truly scared by a Doctor Who episode. Until Flatline. Sure, other episodes certainly unnerved me...Blink, Empty Child, Listen, but none had the combination of freaky moments and implications as Flatline, at least for me.
I also loved how Mathieson gave us not one, but two real Doctor-defining moments, between his 66 seconds with the Mummy after absorbing the woman's guilt and problems, and then his "I Am the Doctor" moment here. As of right now, assuming In the Forest of the Night doesn't flop, we're only one cohesive finale - which has, admittedly, been difficult for this show - away from, IMO, New Who's best season.
@Kathrin Lily Franke @SirTrey @stargazer0118 @allons_ywibblywobbly You knew she wasn't actually dead by the end of the episode, yes, and other comebacks aside that was my main "gripe", since it was such an emphasized point of the episode. And it was the second straight year someone died-but-not-really after the Captain.
And yeah don't get me wrong, I love Jack too and would find his return fascinating. I'm very curious how much of his arc - in terms of being the Face of Boe, anchoring the Torchwood spinoff, etc - was planned early on.
And regarding dimension hopping, well there wasn't really much of a decent explanation the first time around so there's no reason they couldn't pull that off again haha
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Piper Praises Capaldi, Unsure on Another Return
@Scootersfood has 66 Seconds to live... @gunslinger19 Considering how tied they were to Eleven, and even he only ever saw Amy again as a hallucination, a full-on return would surprise me quite a bit. That finale would've been the time to do it. MAYBE in Moffat's final episode as showrunner, whenever that happens, or a multi-Doctor story that features Eleven, but I'd be honestly stunned if the Ponds featured in a "normal" story again.
@stargazer0118 @SirTrey @allons_ywibblywobbly That's all well and good but I still felt that for a non-literal death, you don't need to explicitly tell the viewer, three different times, that the character is going to die, lest death start to not really mean anything. It felt heavy-handed and melodramatic...near the ending of the episode when she just shuts down (personal preference, I never liked how she treated Mickey or her mum) and then the signal on the beach is powered just long enough for her to travel hours upon hours to get there and then only have a minute or so with Ten.
That she returned and got a happy ending didn't help either, but Davies had a consistent inability to let anyone go, most pointedly Jack, Rose and The Master. Their plights/"deaths" really didn't mean much when they all kept coming back, IMO. And for the record, that's not to a) say how the characters were used wasn't good, I greatly enjoyed Journey's End for the whole Who-Avengers vibe, or b) the acting/characters weren't good, but I never felt as much impact when a character left because they just kept popping back up.
@allons_ywibblywobbly Oh I wouldn't say her return diminished her goodbye in Doomsday, Doomsday did that all by itself :P No less than three times were we told "This is the day that I died" or "This is the last story I'll ever tell". I'm sorry, but when you tell me someone's going to die three times, I think it renders that statement - and, therefore, much of the episode's drama - utterly pointless to make it a "metaphorically, legally dead" death.
Once she wasn't actually dead you could safely assume they'd find some way to bring her back, and considering nearly every other relevant character except Jenny returned in either Series 4 or The End of Time, I don't consider hers any different than theirs.
All the people of Earth had to go off of was Clara's brief message without the context of what they all experienced on the Moon so without that in mind, probably lights off at first...though with a bit more time - and I guess they had an hour - I'd like to think I'd change it back to on after considering the implications. However, those implications would likely be more of a worry that blowing it up would cause pieces to hit Earth than honest, altruistic worry about the creature.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Poll: Lights On or Lights Off?
I'm crossing my fingers that Capaldi appears on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson before Craig leaves with second guest (and next host of the show) James Corden for a full-on Who-off.
1 month ago on Why I Love… Closing Time
With regards to the bank's security (or lack thereof), I'd mostly chalk that up to the ego that often accompanies insane amounts of money. I mean, people spent the equivalent of millions building the Titanic, it HAD to be unsinkable, right? Same idea here...I'm sure they thought the security was untouchable but the odds are that someone else could've broken in before and just never did due to reputation. Alternatively, they could have already...the best heist is one where the owners don't even know it happened, and in a vault that huge something could potentially go unnoticed for quite a long time.
1 month ago on 2nd Opinion: Time Heist
@GrannyMumantoog I feel like giving up on any show you've watched "for many years" after a trend that's lasted whopping FOUR episodes is a bit short-sighted ;) Especially when it's been pretty clear throughout the show that arcs last at least one full series, if not multiple ones.
@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! I was less surprised with The Architect (slightly, but it made perfect sense and wasn't "shocking") but completely missed Karabraxos' true identity.
1 month ago on Time Heist Review
I'd add to #2 Murray Gold's fantastic score, especially in that scene! I hadn't noticed his music as much in the first few episodes - slightly in Deep Breath but only as incidental background supplements for ItD and RoS - but in Listen his music which accompanies the ending is brilliant and the score that plays over Psi's death absolutely beautiful.
I'm still curious when we're getting a proper 12th Doctor theme - have we already, is I Am the Doctor returning (since it's still in the "Next Time" trailers), is it coming or did Gold resolve to not try with a main theme this season - but his work has been spectacular in the last two episodes.
1 month, 1 week ago on 12 Great Moments From Time Heist
@TheDreamer Haha yeahhhh. It's a show built on time travel...if you can't accept paradoxes, you're gonna have a bad time.
@Warpstar Agreed! I was expecting more dark deaths and sad reflective moments from this Doctor so it was a nice change of pace for him to get a mini "Everybody Lives" moment here...obviously it wasn't that triumphant but still, came as a relief.
@Smaragdkek I'm still crossing my fingers for some kind of special - as an American I don't know anything about how "adult" Comic Relief is allowed to be, so maybe/maybe not that - where Twelve and Malcolm Tucker meet, just for the fireworks. Imagine Tucker the first time he walks into the TARDIS...
@TheOncomingHurricane @SirTrey @stargazer0118 @ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus Hahaha Fair enough...I was trying to be a bit generous with that one to balance out any personal dislike for Ms. Tyler.
Even then, though, considering how much she'd been a focus in Series 1-4 (and considering the more...grating...parts of her personality), it made sense that she'd feel left out of the giant Doctor-Avengers that was forming, and constantly be seen angry about it/fighting to get back. That she'd be with Ten at his first "regeneration" and then somehow, despite all of the companions that showed up in those two episodes (including current one Donna), it would be Rose at the Doctor's side with Davros in the ship.
It felt reasonable considering how many other places Davies had managed to shoehorn the character or her presence into. Isn't she also the last person we see before the opening credits?
1 month, 1 week ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
@KingoftheOod4450 @stargazer0118 ^Double "general" unintended, blasted lack of an edit button :P
@KingoftheOod4450 @stargazer0118 I can concede that point with the timestream-jumping, though short an complete rewriting of that entire series' arc I'm not really sure who else could've done that.
And generally I've given Moffat a bit of a pass for S7's issues in general due to the unusually large amounts of things he had to balance...in addition to usual story duties, he had to wrap up the journey of the Ponds, introduce a new companion and make that one instantly relevant, build up to/write the 50th and prepare for Matt Smith leaving the show. Most seasons only have one or two of those major events.
@Planet of the Deaf Very good point! With the late Elisabeth Sladen obviously no longer available it wouldn't have felt right to pick another companion over the current one for the things in the 50th IMO (maybe Rose though she's certainly a lot of moments already, and Susan would've been nice but for whatever reason neither RTD nor Moffat have brought Carole Ann Ford back), so who else? Give that to any of the Doctors and there's massive complaints over that Doctor being more important than all of the others.
@PaddyB @ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus @supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... @Planet of the Deaf I see what you did there :P
@Oodkind @supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... In slight defense there, it does seem like he'd originally planned for Eccleston to return and in that case the War Doctor wouldn't have been necessary...sure, he could've just made it McGann but I can see the argument that such an act doesn't seem to ring true for his Doctor. So, Plan B.
And even if the War Doctor hadn't appeared, there's little reason to think he would've left before Capaldi finished and then he would've been the last one of the cycle instead of Smith. That moment was coming under Moffat unless something weird happened.
@Planet of the Deaf @supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... @Oodkind Wasn't it 300 years on Trenzalore? Where did 1,000 come from? I mean, that's still ages, sure, but not quite as long.
@stargazer0118 @ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus I can't see how that's remotely different...I mean, the first episode of this entire revived show was called "Rose" for goodness' sake. She came back over the course of three distinct series with a major presence in the other one (series 3) and was immediately the focus...which, for the record, wasn't a bad thing. I never liked Rose as a character but her role rang true more often than not, like in Dalek or Father's Day or Turn Left or The Stolen Earth/Journey's End or even making sure we see her again before the finale at The End of Time.
Plus, in each episode, the plot has moved forward because of the Doctor. Deep Breath, be it the dinosaur or his investigation or the entire scene with the Half-Face Man, all the Doctor. Into the Dalek, that pivotal speech to Rusty: the Doctor. Robot of Sherwood, who fired the golden arrow and figured out the entire scheme with the castle ship alongside Robin? The Doctor. And in Listen, the entire exploration, the opening of the doors, the speech with Rupert that gave Clara her inspiration for the end, was driven by the Doctor. She's taking more of an active and developed role, certainly, but how that somehow overshadows the Doctor's is beyond me.
I'm honestly not sure, though I'm inclined to think she's a bit more connected than "just" being a normal human companion. But I've never understood why people are irritated that a companion, well, does things, and important things at that, besides get rescued. The Doctor has never seemed, to me, to be Superman...he's always worked with his companions and needed them to ground him.
Especially in this new version, the companions have been the viewer's look into the show and often the main character...I wouldn't consider Clara any more important than Rose Tyler, who was somehow involved in just about everything, was the center of multiple episodes (Dalek, the first re-appearance of THE major villain, and Father's Day were much more about her than Nine) and controlled the Time Vortex, or Donna Noble, who became semi-Time Lady and ended up "The most important woman in the universe" or Amy Pond, who basically remembered the universe back into existence.
@supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... @ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus Forgot about Downton Abbey, which really isn't my cup of tea but racks up award nominations and, for PBS, decent viewership. Point still stands.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Why The Decline in Overnight Ratings Doesn’t Matter
@DaftDalek is Ceter Papaldi @Grizzlybread @Regenerated Catterson There will be some angry Americans having Revolutionary War flashbacks :P
@CherylMyersCotter Very true; I'm lucky enough to have BBC America but quite a few of my friends don't...we can't access iPlayer over here either so if you don't have a friend you can hang out with every single Saturday your only other option short of, like you said, waiting a year is various less-than-legal online sources. Series 1-4 aired on Syfy (Sci-Fi before the unnecessary name change) which isn't exactly a huge channel but probably has more viewers than BBC America. PBS would be nice too since that's where Sherlock airs.
@Doctor What @april10th87 I'm not sure if any of these numbers take US viewers into account, but a question from someone in the States...are Saturdays normally the UK's biggest television day/night? Over here Saturdays are a dead zone; aside from the 40-year-running comedy institution Saturday Night Live and sports pretty much NOTHING from US studios ever airs new on Saturdays, and that's when Doctor Who comes on. I presume they think that's when people are out doing things...so that probably causes more Americans to watch the show later as well.
@supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... @ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus And I can testify that over here in the USA the show is really starting to catch on, theater showings are selling out, it was on the cover of a major weekly entertainment magazine not once but twice last year and certainly has a buzz.
Much as American film studios are ok with diminishing domestic returns due to increasing international revenues, the BBC is surely aware of Doctor Who's popularity across the world - as seen by the tour - and would be very ill-advised to cancel such a show. I can't think of any other non-American English-language show that gets anywhere near this kind of talk, save maybe Orphan Black and that's mostly from critics.
@mlawesome I consider Sherlock and Doctor Who to be pretty far away from each other in terms of style and concepts so being good at one wouldn't necessarily indicate being good in the other...I mean, for example I love Gatiss' work on Sherlock but until Robot of Sherwood I wouldn't say there was a Doctor Who episode of his I legitimately liked.
With Thompson I actually enjoyed Journey, which puts me in the minority, but definitely felt like Black Spot was meh. Interested in seeing what he does next either way, and feeling more optimistic in general after Sherwood. At least for me I feel that if I can turn around on Gatiss anything is possible haha
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Time Heist BBC Synopsis
I guess I just really don't like Gatiss' writing style usually, which makes how much I greatly enjoyed Robot of Sherwood even more of a pleasant surprise. The others are pretty much all in my bottom three for their respective seasons. I'd put his S7 episodes 2nd and 3rd but that's REALLY not saying much for me. Sherwood all the way.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Face-Off: The Gatiss Episodes
EASILY my favorite episode from Mark Gatiss, and my opinions of his prior episodes have ranged from "meh" to "that was an hour of my life I will never get back". Witty, lighthearted, fun, excellent performances and balances well between Into the Dalek and Listen. A solid 9 from me, which is probably 3 or 4 points higher than any previous Gatiss episode.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood
@ilyootha Entirely fair, he's only got two. Does that still lack of prejudgment still extend to Mark Gatiss though? :P
I kid, I kid. Mostly. Really am trying to keep an open mind about this week's episode.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Time Heist BBC Synopsis
@TheOncomingHurricane @AztecsDaleksAndCavemen I don't really have much of a feeling towards Briggs, not familiar with any of his work besides the Dalek voices, but I just wanted to say you have a brilliant profile pic. Jenny was downright entrancing in that scene.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Horowitz on Showrunner Rumours
@Sephora is Scottish now Closest thing we've had is Gaiman but Nightmare in Silver was nowhere near as fulfilling as The Doctor's Wife...having a second in command is a good safety net.
@Master Michael Moon @Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things Upon a re-watch that was the only "big speech" moment that felt akin to the end of Eleventh Hour...I doubt Twelve has those moments in the same way as Eleven but whenever he has one of those darkly intense speeches it's going to melt people's faces off.
2 months ago on Face-Off: The Eleventh Hour vs Deep Breath
@GabrieleLiuzzi @Planet of the Deaf I agree about Amy, though in Deep Breath's defense Jenny's pretty attractive there too :P
@They're all my favorite Doctor @SirTrey And why thank you :)
@They're all my favorite Doctor @SirTrey To be clear, I still really enjoyed Deep Breath. I didn't even really "dislike" the beginning, I just felt that it was paced a little strangely. Also, while I don't mind the Paternoster Gang as much as others, especially in this episode, the slapstick sound effect when Vastra knocked out the Doctor or when Strax clocked Clara with the paper just felt...weird. I know those were the "for the kiddies" balance moments but they felt plenty funny without those exaggerations. "Kill him with acid" had me giggling anyway without hitting her in the head. The scene in the alley was excellent, as was Clara's explosion to Vastra, I just felt like the episode bounced around.
After the dinosaur "combusted", however, it kicked into high gear and from then on I was riveted. The episode benefited from the extra time, the Doctor and Clara have a fascinating new dynamic (the restaurant, the scene with Clara after her capture) and Clara herself is more interesting here than anywhere in S7, and I actually LIKED the Impossible Girl arc. Seeing him leave her alone, then saunter in and talk to the half-man/other clockwork droids, the scene with the drink and death, his monologue to Clara at the end...all gave insight to this new Doctor in a way we didn't get immediately for Eleven. And as for the episode, Eleven's call had me tearing up, as did Twelve's heartwrenching "Just see me".
Take the end of "The Beast Below"...just an ok episode IMO, but great insight into Eleven when he's agonizing over having to potentially kill that whale and no longer being called "The Doctor" (also the first seeds of the "name" arc). "Deep Breath" was full of those moments.
It's a 10 vs a 9 in terms of episode quality for me, the criticisms are just magnified when you have to focus on smaller things. The episodes are both great and do different things very well, and for me they're the top two season openers, just ahead of Christmas Invasion. But yeah, I'd say Deep Breath introduces the Doctor better while Eleventh Hour introduces the show better.
You see, here's my problem...the question asks, "Which was the better Doctor debut"? And, for me, that's different than "Which was the better episode?"
As far as I'm concerned, "The Eleventh Hour" is one of the top 5 or so best episodes in all of New Who. It crackles from start to finish. But, as for the Doctor himself, you really don't get as much besides he's a bit daft and really cool/good at everything, aside from that brilliant final speech which is more fanservice than anything else. His layers come later.
Meanwhile, in "Deep Breath", I feel like there was more insight into the depth of the Twelfth Doctor's character, which makes for a better debut for him...Eleventh Hour was almost more about Amy Pond - and that MUSIC - than the Doctor. That's far from a bad thing but makes for a weird distinction here. "Deep Breath" doesn't work as well episode-wise...the beginning is a bit clunky and it's a slow burn that will work better in retrospect if the season/Doctor is a good one. You probably wouldn't show a new viewer "Deep Breath" first...while "Eleventh Hour" is near-perfect as a singular piece of work. However, for the fans watching the Doctor's journey, "Deep Breath" looks to be excellent.
So, because of that, while I think "The Eleventh Hour" was a better episode, "Deep Breath" was a better debut for its Doctor.
And yes, I realize this is all semantics and the poll was likely asking which episode you liked more. ;)
With regards to Clara's reaction, I somewhat understand her petulance. It's one thing to be aware of regeneration - she seems to know of her prior selves working with the Doctor after jumping into the timestream and saw all prior incarnations - but entirely another matter to see it in front of you with the Doctor you've been traveling with for quite a while and begun to fancy. It's one of those things that would still be rather shocking and difficult.
2 months ago on 2nd Opinion: Deep Breath
Listen sounds extremely intriguing (as does Flatline from yesterday's previews) - maybe we're finally getting another Doctor-lite and companion-lite episode of sorts. And I'll try to stay optimistic about Gatiss handling Robin Hood...first time watching a new Doctor and new series while caught up and I'm more excited than I've been for any show in ages!
2 months, 1 week ago on Details on Series 8’s First Four Episodes
@chrisew @Htershane72 @RachelHirschhaut That would be BRILLIANT.
2 months, 1 week ago on Capaldi Unclear on Series 9 Return
I realize that people like the safety and comfort of clean explanations and unambiguous announcements but surprise can be a good thing too. In 95% of shows you ALWAYS know the lead character is going to make it out of any scrape, any issue...it's nice, but also becomes a bit rote. With Doctor Who, there's always a 6-12 month lead time before a Doctor leaves and so anytime before that you can always brush off any danger by the end of the episode. I find the idea of starting the season in, well, darkness refreshing.
Capaldi is an awesome actor and I'd love to see him stay on for a few years but the show clearly survives and arguably is built on change so, for me at least, sacrificing some safety for the thrilling, suspenseful unknown would be an interesting change of pace. Realistically he's likely staying on but - and this could really count for the entire Moffat era - just because everything isn't blatantly spelled out in 100% clear terms doesn't mean it's bad.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Capaldi Unclear on Series 9 Return