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@Gustaff Don't think he realy has one.
1 day, 11 hours 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 days, 11 hours 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 days, 12 hours 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 days, 12 hours 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.
4 days, 5 hours ago on SFX #251 Previews Series 8
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.
4 days, 5 hours 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.
6 days, 1 hour 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.
6 days, 14 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.
1 week, 3 days ago on The Importance of Doctor Who’s Theme Tunes
@Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd I think I know which you're talking about ;)
1 week, 4 days 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'.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Where Doctor Who Could Improve and How
@gunslinger19 "I see into your soul Doctor... I see beauty, divinity, hatred..."
3 weeks, 2 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.
3 weeks, 3 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.
1 month 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 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, 1 week 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.
2 months 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 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, 1 week 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, 1 week 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, 2 weeks 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, 2 weeks 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, 2 weeks 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, 2 weeks 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, 3 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..."
3 months ago on Weird and Wonderful
3 months 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, 1 week 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, 2 weeks 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