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Capaldi is captivating, even when he's just staring out at you from the cover of a magazine. I can't stress this enough, he is the perfect choice.
14 hours, 31 minutes ago on DWM #476: “Am I A Good Man?”
@TheOncomingStorm Jackie was, I felt, one of Russell's very best characters. Such a real, delicate, intricate, and FUNNY character. Loved her. Great chemistry with Billie, too. I really miss the family element too - it grounded the show in such a way that provided a stability and consistency, but also often emphasised the darker tones. Moffat's fairytale was refreshing at first, but grew a bit too open ended and sacrificed depth of character for shocking twists and turns.
1 day, 3 hours ago on Moffat: Series 8 Not A Fairytale, There Are Consequences
I'm becoming immune to the Moffat waffle, I think. IF he's telling it like it is, then I'll welcome this change with enthusiastic open arms. It's just... well, he does have a history of... *uncomprimising stare from Moffat diehards* being very lovely.
I remember hearing how Russell T. Davies was never happy with one aspect about the new theme. The "scream" was apparently never loud enough. That screech that sounds seconds before the episode cuts into the closing titles. This was particularly relevant in the context of the double-parters. He recalled that as a child, watching the stories of Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, that scream would signal the imminent cliffhanger, and the horrible one week wait that would then ensue - I reckon the volume should be almost shocking, as the titles come crashing in over another terrible cliffhanger for the Doctor and his friends. Gives me chills when I watch the classic series' - I feel transported into the body of a young child in the 1970s, dreading the end of the weeks episode.
4 days, 16 hours ago on The Importance of Doctor Who’s Theme Tunes
@Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd I think I know which you're talking about ;)
6 days, 3 hours ago on Are Longer Stories Better? Five Classics
I absolutely love all of these stories - and I really do think that they work, amognst many other reasons, due to their length. They have time to tell a rich, full, sprawling story which I think Doctor Who was made for. It can backfire, of course, but even just restoring the three double-parters back into the new series' would make a difference. I genuinely believe the "blockbuster" format has been harmful, and will continue to do the episodes' injustice - although Deep Breath being 75 minutes fills me with a bit more confidence.
Consequence is a massive issue with the show, I absolutely agree. Oddly enough, the classic series was much more brutal and brave in its storytelling. It wasn't afraid of telling true, harsh lessons - I think the show has lost a bit of that, particularly in the last few series'.
1 week, 3 days ago on Where Doctor Who Could Improve and How
@gunslinger19 "I see into your soul Doctor... I see beauty, divinity, hatred..."
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Series 8: New Teaser Trailer “I see into your soul, Doctor”
Yes, of course. But 12th century church seemed to work in the context of that kind of story. Burning, razing, searching. And I like the image of this old man, who the Doctor has trusted and liked prior, and we as the audience feel for being just brutally cut out of the picture. Give the Daleks some strength back.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Are the Big Enemies Being Overused?
I also had an idea for a scene - the Daleks decimate an old 12th century church, in their search for the Doctor. Real powerful, brutal scene that culminates in the old priest begging for mercy by the altar. The Daleks then, of course, show none.
However the problem with the latter style is there is an easy tendency to trivialise and marginalise the monster's return as a result. Its happened quite a bit in the last few years, unfortunately.
@Amy is Hannibal How about "The Winter of the Daleks", set in a eastern European country in the 60s, height of the Cold War, the iron curtain, communist takeovers etc. And daleks coming in from the blizzards! Could work, I think. Or it could be called "Vote Dalek", if you wanted a title a bit more Moffat-y.
Would love to see Toby Whithouse have a go at a dark, Doctor-lite story - he previously said he's favourite episodes were Blink and Midnight. Fingers crossed.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Series 8: The Almost Complete Line-Up
A relatively unsurpassed moment of total vulnerability and poigancy for our hero, and one brought beautifully to light by Billie Piper and David Tennant, an astute presice and simple script by RTD and an achingly gorgeus score by Murray Gold. This is a proud achievment for the show as a whole - which is why it's doubly disheartening that many parts of this comment section have dissolved into petty airing of grievances.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Doomsday Farewell Declared Greatest Sci-Fi Moment
Though by the same token, those TARDIS doors in the opening titles bug me every time.
1 month ago on WHOops! When Doctor Who Gets It Wrong
I rather like calling him "Doctor Who" - it's really rather charming. To be honest, I think it's a little presumptious and petty to repeadetly complain about those who don't call him THE Doctor. Just go with it, I reckon the world could do with more "Doctor Who and the Silurian" titles. "Doctor Who and the Crimson Horror" works very well. In gothic red font, read by a 1940s hammy actor.
@TomTurner66 You do realise Matt's era will look dated in a few years time, too? It's the nature of the show - particually nowadays, as such a heavy reliance on CGI will do nothing but date episodes like The Beast Below, The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People and Cold War (which, in my opinion, already look a bit lacklustre).
1 month, 2 weeks ago on What if… Tennant had stayed for Series 5?
The fact that Chris Eccleston is so low dissapoints me, and The Day of the Doctor has been blown out of propotion a bit, but aside from that - the results are pretty reasonable.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Top Stories & Doctors (According to DWM 2014)
Unfortunately I don't have access to DWM where I am - could somerone do the absolute enormity of perhaps pointing to a place where I can find the full list?
@supermoff @Notsosmartguy the Superior Venom *ahem* Midnight ;)
Gosh, we owe a lot to that man.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Doctor Who Could Have Ended With Tennant
@supermoff @Notsosmartguy the Superior Venom To a ten year old like myself when it broadcast, it was the single most exciting thing I'd ever witnessed.
2 months ago on Two-Part Finale for Series 8
@supermoff @Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things True, but from 6B onward, he lost a bit of the knack he once had.
Nice article! I know they say it's a "love/hate" episode - but genuinely I'm totally indifferent towards it. Matt was wonderful, but it just felt a bit tired, a bit lacklustre for me. Nothing especially wrong with it (there were quite a few nice little moments), but similarly not a lot really clicked for me. And goodness, Tasha Lem was irritating.
2 months ago on An Opinion Divided: The Time of the Doctor
Love it - Hartnell era's a personal favourite of mine. I think Moffat can write the dynamics well - but it does mean one has to be sidelined the majority of the time. Could work for half a series though. But god, do I miss the longer stories... and I'm not seeing any two-parters.
2 months, 1 week ago on Another New Companion for Series 8?
DWTV, you've excelled yourself in photo choice yet again.
2 months, 1 week ago on Moffat: Handsome Actors don’t suit the Doctor
The lack of a second series with Donna was probably the biggest heartbreak of RTD announcing his departure. Series Four was my favourite - the show seemed to be effortlessly engaging, and a huge part of this was Donna Noble. She's without question my favourite companion - so well-written, RTD's masterstroke, I think. The genius in her is showing how normality can be so beautiful; her down to earth, compassionate concerns and no-nonsense attitude is just a perfect foil for 10, and for the show in general. The realisation in Turn Left of her imminent death is truly devastating, her heartbreak over loosing her family in Forest of the Dead moves me to tears every single time, she's so quick off the bat and effortlessly witty in the series as a whole, and don't get me started on Planet of the Ood... Catherine Tate, happy birthday - you're magnificent, and you'll always hold a special place in my heart.
2 months, 1 week ago on “Well isn’t that Wizard!” The Many faces of Donna Noble
@PrisonerZeroIsACybermen Nothing wrong with that. Doctor Who works with smaller budgets, I think - it forces more original, focused scripts. I genuinely think part of the problem now is there is simply too much money being poured in.
2 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming in Lanzarote, Hermione Norris Cast
@Doctor What @HitchcockWhovian Oh, absolurely - sorry, in my opinion... Curse is a bit of a childish attempt. It felt forced, even for a light-hearted romp. When done properly (The Unicorn and the Wasp, The Lodger), they work incredibly well (some of my favourites, actually). But to suggest it's on the same par with an absolute master class in characterisation and the cleverest script the show's ever seen; arguably the best Moffat episode; and a widely regarded classic, is a little silly, I think.
2 months, 1 week ago on Settling the Moffat vs. RTD Debate (Using AI Scores)
I don't like the AI scores.Of course, they're useful, but when this happens... ' “The Curse of the Black Spot” received an AI score of 86/100, a score shared by “Human Nature”, “The Family of Blood”, “Midnight” and “The Eleventh Hour” among many others. ' Well, one is a hopeless flop and the other few are the best New Who have to offer - so I largely ignore them. Great article, though!
@Gustaff I'm a bit of a McCoy fanboy, I have to say. I think a fine mix of 7, 3 and of course an awful lot of Capaldi would make a rather wonderful Doctor.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: En Garde!
Goodness, just when I thought I couldn't like Peter capaldi any more. "He changed his mind later..."
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Happy Birthday, Jenna Coleman & RTD!
Apologies for the speeling errors there.
I had obsessions a young kid - hell, I'm an obsessive kinda chap. First it was probably dinosaurs, for a while it was pirates, certainly the solar system took pride of place for a several months. When I was 6, it was TOWERS... the taller the better was my mantra. To my absolute excitement, we went on a family trip to Europe in 2005 (I live in Australia - a cpuntry that simatenously feels strong bonfds between England, and yet somerhow so very distant from any other culture in the world). We went to Paris (Eiffel Tower!), Pisa (you can guess)... and London. Big Ben became my sole vocation. Then, in mid march, a few days before we were due to return home, I saw an ad on TV. I still vividly remember the first few seconds. It was a SPACESHIP CRASHING INTO BIG BEN. This rocked my world. I immediantly called my parents into the room, who (being children of the 70s) precceded to get giddishly excited to. They explained it was an old show that they loved as children, and the show was about a time traveller, called "Doctor Who". And so, when I returned, there began a long wait. Because of scheduling/copyright difficulties Doctor Whop didn't begin to air in Australia until late June (we're now lucky enough to get it mere hours after the British broadcast). I missed Rose, and indeed the following two episodes. But by sheer luck, we tuned in to Aliens of London. THE ONE WITH BIG BEN. From that episode onward, I sat engrossed, terrified, hooting with laughter. Sobbing into my mother's arms when Pete jumped in front of that car. jumping and screamingh in excitement when the mighty Jagrafess' nickname was revealed - Max. I wanted the Doctor to be my best friend. There was some episodes I spent behind the sofa - how tired that old cliché is, but how true. And then, those dastardly Daleks returned and took away Rose - but I knew everything would be okay because the Doctor promised to rescue her. The next week, my Doctor died saving the girl he had come to love. By Episode 13, Doctor Who was my life. My friends adored it, and so a culture grew in our primary school - every Monday we'd run in and discuss every last second of Saturday night's adventure. Looking, the name Russell T. Davies became synonymous with the very best moments of my childhood. It's entirely down to him that I'm who I am today, and every last one of us should be thankful to him for bringing back this incredible show. Happy birthday Russell.
And yet I still firmly believe Moffat is a terrible show runner. Funny thing, opinions...
3 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Dream Run (Episodes 9-13, Specials)
My reaction to this list is similar to that of the Best New Series poll that DWTV did a while back (where it concluded that Series 1 was the weakest, and Series 6 the strongest). So I'll forget I saw these results and move on.
@Blubskunker That's not nessecarily fair though. Of course, Doctor Who is the most wonderful show - it's why we're all here. But, in my opinion, it'd be crushingly dull to repeadetly sing its praises to one another. The joy of this fanbase is we can all take the same show and make it totally our own - and it's that subjectivity that provokes such strong and passionate opinions. And that's wonderful. This article has suceeded in its goal, and that was to provoke discussion. Discussion is what makes the Whoniverse go round.
3 months, 1 week ago on Unpopular Opinion: Asylum of the Daleks
@Planet of the Deaf @DWTV Though we are fans. It's an odd relationship - we'll bitterly pick apart the show often with great glee when we're with each other. Then, when we're among the NotWe we will defend this show to the hilt. Just the way we are :)
I'm not a huge fan of finales - they're often quite convoluted and/or overly grandiose and self serious. But my goodness, Doomsday is a classic.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 13
Bad Wolf. One of the most intelligent, witty, doom laden episodes there's ever been. Though The Pandorica Opens is marvelous, and I'm a huge fan of The Stolen Earth (it was the most exciting 50 minutes of my childhood for sure), it just has to be the aforementioned, even if it were exclusively for Chris in THAT cliffhanger.
Oh, I still get goosebumps.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 12
Go watch Broadchurch. That simple. One of the most affecting pieces of television I've ever seen. Got David Tennant and Arthur Darvill, too. And David Bradley, star of An Adventure in Space and Time.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Vote The Day of the Doctor for BAFTA TV Award
@Sir James Bond Blimey, you summed up everything I was thinking in a far more eleqount way than I could ever manage. Thank you sir.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 10
@Deus_Ex_Machina Well. That killed the mood :P
Midnight, Blink, Vincent and the Doctor, Love and Monsters, The Doctor Dances, The Girl Who Waited, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS.
@mlawesome I think my list is almost the exact opposite (aside from Blink being 2nd of course).
Aside from Journey, all these episodes are superb, in my humble opinion. But, as I've fought the episode's cause since 2008, it has to be Midnight - my choice for the best episode of Doctor Who, bar none.
Today was hard, but The Empty Child *just* took my vote. Tomorrow will be... Oh dear god.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 9
Between the first four series' here. They're all SO good.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 8
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful
That "Doctor" video is actually quite iteresting as it conclusivley proves that the Moffat era shifted the focus of the show - it became a show about the Doctor.
Planet of the Ood all the way. Hugely underrated story - really quite moving in parts, and Catherine Tate is just wonderful.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 3
@Moxx Well said! When Elton's mother walks into that white horizon, I genuinely well up. Every single time.
4 months ago on Are Doctor-Lite stories the best of Doctor Who?
@KarenBee Though Moffat is just as late with his scripts - my good friend who works on the show said that Chris Eccleston was almost in Day of The Doctor, but in the end it was going to take too long, so it clashed with his schedule. Not a criticsm at all though - I can't imagine how much of a wirk load running the series is.
@lordlional How silly to criticise a Christmas special on being whimsical. It's in the nature of the timeslot. It's by far and away my favourite - it evokes such a Christmas atmoshere for me, and Michael Gambon absolutely shines. Far better than the muddled Snowen, and the somewhat lacklustre Time.
4 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (19-13)
@EricPavlat I do agree, but I think what I loved most of all in Amy's Choice was the wicked humour, and Toby Jones - so magnificent as the Dream Lord. Certainly, A Christmas Carol would be in my Matt Smith Top 5; such a magical episode, the best Christmas special by a long way.
I was watching Human Nature/The Family of Blood the other day, in fact and it struck me just how GOOD she was. I was a bit of a Rose fan, so it took a while for my 9 year-old self to warm to her. But she's such a strong, complex character - a wonderful piece of work by RTD brought to a staggering new level by Freema. Happy birthday, and best of luck in your future career endevours!
4 months ago on Happy Birthday, Freema Agyeman
I, for one, would certainly not put Let's Kill Hitler and Wedding that high.
4 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (26-20)
@Gustaff True, though I watched some Eccleston recently, and my gosh he was magnificent. I wish I could have your degree of positivity. I'm an old cynic, me - always prefering the past ;)
4 months, 1 week ago on McGann Thinks Capaldi Could Be Best Doctor Yet
Absolutely agree with him. Capaldi will shine.
@supermoff No, but "7/10" for us Whovians is secretly a code for "it was kinda average". We're a generous bunch ;)
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (39-34)
After a wonderful start, I found this series to quite quickly fall apart into a mere overlong, mesy arc that sacrificed the individuality and effectiveness of any episode not done by the Moff. The God Complex was the only real standout beyond the first two episodes, and ven Moffat's own vision soured for me after Let's Kill Hitler. Not for me, this series. 5/10
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 6 (2011)
@supermoff @Maryanne123 Oh, I don't know. Certainly, Series 5 was more lively and fresh than some of those 2009 specials, but I think both Series 4 and 5 are incredible; each showrunner at the absolute top of their game.
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 5 (2010)
This is, in my opinion, the only real coherent, flowing, satisfying series completed by Moffat and Co. Don't get me wrong, there have been some amazing individual episodes, and Matt Smith was always on good form - but this was when the show felt fresh, revitalised, different, daring and ambitious. Up there with Series 4 and 1 for me as the top 3 of New Who. 9/10
@ivegotkidneys Personally, I think they're both quite dodgy, but nonetheless have some astonishing performances - David Tennant, Bernard Cribbins; and Matt Smith.
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Time of the Doctor
@Polyphase @PrerogativeOfATimeLord Community? Breaking Bad? Seinfeld??? You better change your ways ;)
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful
@Amy the Consulting Commentator I'm pretty sure it wasn't a serious proposition, but yeah - that is awful.
5 months ago on Gillan on Moffat Female Character Criticisms
@AlmightyAllan @HitchcockWhovian I'm not really saying anything about his character - I just don't want his Doctor to be potentially rendered to nothing but a plot arc. I think it's unlikely, and I don't think Moffat would ever do that (but it did sorta happen to Clara in Series 7).
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Some Theories on Capaldi’s Familiar Face
@AlmightyAllan Exactly. Though I REALLY hope they don't turn it into a multi-series sprawling arc. Would completely take away from his character.
My only concern with the Frobisher theory is that it is, I would say, far too dark for Doctor Who to properly tackle, and tackle well. Then again, if they did it cleverley and subtly, they could maybe then pull it off. Nonetheless, some great theories! Personally, I'm not at all really interested in the whole Capaldi/Torchwood/Pompeii thing. I'd rather them just give him an absolutely clean slate to work his magic on. That's where Series 8 will fail or succeed, I reckon.
@Oliver J. "cool" @HitchcockWhovian Well, now I look foolish ;)
5 months, 2 weeks ago on What if… the Ninth Doctor was the War Doctor?
@Oliver J. "cool" Christ returning? Blimey. You may have missed the point.