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Assuming they shot all these little TARDIS teasers in one day, that'd be an awful lot of standing around staring dramatically. But then, again I'd watch 45 minutes of Capaldi's scowl.
16 hours, 58 minutes ago on Series 8: 4 Days Teaser
@Gustaff @TheNightmareChild redecorated (You better like it) I'm calling it now - it's gonna be Capaldi whispering straight to camera: "One"...
17 hours, 3 minutes ago on Series 8: 4 Days Teaser
Oh wonderful. The two are just incredible together in The Thick Of It. Can't wait for this - even if it's just for a few scenes.
17 hours, 5 minutes ago on Chris Addison to Guest in Series 8 Finale
@SephoraNeedSeries8 @HitchcockWhovian It does, doesn't it? I think The Satan Pit was effectivelyhis episode. Beyond concept and the first draft or two, it wasn't really Matt Jones at all.
18 hours, 51 minutes ago on The Moffat Co-writing Conundrum
@no_tweeter @HitchcockWhovian Hmm. I've never interpreted it like that before. I think maybe the execution is a little clumsy, but I'll forgive that episode everything for the harrowing, bleak conclusion. I'd hazard to say it's one of the most powerful pieces of Doctor Who ever. Seeing our hero just walk away, uncomprimising, with the screams and deaths of all these people playing out in his ears - that German lady tearing up at the video of her children. I'm crying now. Big fan here. Always thought it was infinitely better than The End of Time.
18 hours, 52 minutes ago on The Moffat Co-writing Conundrum
It's certainly interesting - in The Writer's Tale, Russell T Davies revealed he'd always been tempted to claim co-writer credit, as he worked so extensively on the majority of other writers episodes. I think The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit and Dalek we particularly rewritten by him, if I remember correctly. He eventually decided to claim it for the two 2009 specials; The Waters of Mars was also majorly rewritten by him, indeed a lot of the dark, bleak stuff was his. So it's intruiging to see Moffat do the same, as I'm sure he also has a very similar footprint on all of the epispodes, whether it's gone credited or not.
20 hours, 34 minutes ago on The Moffat Co-writing Conundrum
Though, I have to say, the old autons are creepier. I dunno what it is - maybe that Spearhead From Spacewas shot on film, or that they were decidedly more brutal - but those 70s mannequins give me the shivers.
22 hours, 32 minutes ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Rose
I agree - I love this episode. Even plastic Mickey. And the goofy conspiracy theories. It's so effortlessly entertaining; very old school, whilst at the same time introducing that modern, slick edge to the show. Underrated. I reckon I'd give it a 9/10 - or something like 35/40.
22 hours, 34 minutes ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Rose
@ilyootha is back in home Universe Er, two from what I remember. Bowties from The Time of the Doctor and Victorian.
22 hours, 36 minutes ago on Series 8: Deep Breath New Pics
I really hope she stays - she has such great chemistry with Peter, it'd be a crying shame if we only got to see it for one series.
3 days, 4 hours ago on Jenna Coleman Leaving at Christmas?
@The Mind Probe It's a tad... macabre, let's say.
5 days, 17 hours ago on Deep Breath Time Confirmed
Wonderful series - and a great conclusion, well done! On an unrelated note, I have the great fortune to be going to the Sydney screening of Deep Breath tomorrow - what question would you lovely people like me to ask Peter and Jenna?
1 week, 1 day ago on Doctor Who – A Global Phenomenon: Part 9: Belgium
@TheNightmareChild sees into your soul! @HitchcockWhovian @newhorizons Exactly. I mean there's absolute crackers in there - Tooth and Claw, School Reunion, The Girl in the Fireplace, The Impossible Planet/The Satand Pit, Army of Ghosts/Doomsday. And I acytually have a very soft spot for Love & Monsters. But don't tell anyone ;)
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up
As a side note, that picture of Capaldi is tremendous.
@The Outer Space K9 Precisely :)
@newhorizons @HitchcockWhovian Hey, I like Series 2 and 3. Just what I prefer.
@newhorizons Well, really it's all about perspective. For me, I don't want the show to slip even further into mediocrity - I found the latter halves of Series 6 and 7 to be utterly shallow, the low points of the new series. All of the comments above make me tremendously excited, it sounds like just the sort of changes Doctor Who desperately needs right now. But hey, whatever floats your boat.
I was lucky enough to go twice while it was down under - both occasions were absolutely wonderful. You're in for a treat, guys.
3 weeks ago on Symphonic Spectacular UK Tour in 2015
@Gustaff Don't think he realy has one.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Listen! Series 8 Teaser Trailer
@MissKBrooks A lot of them are a lot longer - Deep Breath is 75 minutes, the next three episodes are 50 minutes, and presumably the final episodes will be extended a bit too.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on SFX #251 Previews Series 8
@BazHood Personally, I think the arcs shouldn't weigh heavily on the series at all. Just small, eerie moments that don't quite make sense, or a common phrase spread throughout the universe... Leave the detailed, intricate arcs to shows that suit it better.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Five Expectations for Series 8
I watched Doctor Who and the Silurians the other day - gosh it's good.
I really just want one thing, and it's what Moffat promised a few days ago - consequence.
The fairytale was gripping in Series 5, taken too far in Series 6, and fell apart in Series 7, in my humble opinion. I quite liked the take on the show for a while; until it became synonymous with all the problems that I felt plagued the latter halves of Series 6 and Series 7. I'd love for it to return to a gritty, yet still loveable show that wasn't afraid to be a bit harsh, or a bit scary to tell a relevant, gripping story. Series 7 of the Classic Era perfected this balance, I thought.
@Christoph1337 @ahunter8056 Well, he was seen filming Episode 7, and Episode 8 I think... don't quote me on that, but I think he might turn up for 6-8 as a companion.
@Planet of the Deaf As a side note, I always hated that "whisky" line. Felt very clunky and out of place.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title
@Thesilence_1994 I made the terrible mistake of peaking at the scripts, a desicion I regret hugely. All I'm going to say is... I think you'll be pleasantly suprised. I certainly was.
As an Australian, I'd love for them to come over and film here, but New Zealand woud be just as good. As a side note, I would love to see Wes Anderson direct a few episodes.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Moffat: Peter Jackson Episode Will Probably Happen
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.
4 weeks 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.
4 weeks, 1 day 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.
1 month ago on The Importance of Doctor Who’s Theme Tunes
@Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd I think I know which you're talking about ;)
1 month 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 month, 1 week ago on Where Doctor Who Could Improve and How
@gunslinger19 "I see into your soul Doctor... I see beauty, divinity, hatred..."
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
1 month, 3 weeks 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.
1 month, 3 weeks 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.
2 months 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).
2 months, 1 week 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.
2 months, 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.
2 months, 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.
3 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.