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I genuinely can't wait. And what a fine article! In terms of what I'd love to see:
1) Another two-parter. Because Moffat is right, they do suit Doctor 12. And also, gives you two excuses each series to tell a proper serial, in the vein of Pertwee and Baker classics. Maybe episodes 5/6 and 11/12?
2) Some more UNIT action. I'd love to see a back to basics, Doctor responds to call for help on some power station or what have you, with properly sinister monsters and political ramifications. I'd love for UNIT to feel properly grounded with Kate... visited once or twice a series, and popping up in the finales. Pertwee era mark 2.
3) Along that vein, more Master action! Don't turn her into a tired plot device, but have her lurking behind a few adventures. A proper Holmes and Moriaty style conflict.
4) Thematically continue along the tracks that Series 8 set. A slower-paced, but more carefully plotted series, with some harsher dark stories (Dark Water, Into the Dalek), offset by some delightful character episodes (The Caretaker or Flatline), with properly terrifying scenes that get you behind the sofa, and a mysterious Doctor who is as brilliant as he is terrible and unpredictable.
5) Also, more Cybermen! Creepy silent cybermen. Work more to restore their menace.
6) Maybe a new companion somewhere down the line, joining with The Doctor and Clara.
7) Also, give 12 a Bauhaus TARDIS in the finale. Christmas present come early. It could even be a "secondary control room", like the wooden version Tom Baker prefered for a few series'.
4 weeks ago on Doctor Who in 2015: Where to Now?
@Planet of the Deaf @Malohkeh It is rather like sitting down to watch a 4 hour movie - it's tricky to find the time, as well as comit yourself to the entire story BUT once you do... I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
1 month ago on Patrick Troughton: The Beginning, End and In-Between
I'm liking the A Christmas Carol vibes here. Similarly, on paper it sounded barmy, but it came together in a cohesive, heartwarming way. Can't wait for this.
1 month, 1 week ago on Last Christmas Advance Review
@sweiland75 Look, I know what you mean - they're a bit of a gamble - but particularly for young kids, I think it's an absolutely lovely thing to have at the end of Christmas Day. I have so many wonderful memories from when I was 8, 9, 10, 11 of my hero popping up and saving Christmas from monsters and starships.
1 month, 1 week ago on The Christmas Conundrum
Hmm, I'm not sure. What I look for in a Christmas special is first and foremost a decent episode, but the context, for me at least, demands at least a little Christmas cheer. I understand why Doctor Who can't reproduce a heartwarming, bittersweet Christmas fable in the mould of "A Christmas Carol" every year - but my god, I fell in love with that episode instantly. It's actually become something I watch regularly every year. It just exudes that hearth-fired, gingerbread, frostbitten day so well that it gets me in the mood without fail. It's also, in my opinion, a bloody excellent episode by itself. I'm also a fan of "The Christmas Invasion" - which strikes the perfect balance between festive context and riveting plot, as well as chucking in some really poignant and important character work.
The rest of the specials, I have to say, have left me less enamored. So "Last Christmas" looks promising... but that balance is hard to get right.
I've often knocked Moffat in the past for scarificing intracies of character for the sake of a grand old plot twist - I really think it was what spoilt Series 6 and 7 for me, and what I keep coming back to the RTD era for. That said, though, I've found Series 8, and in particular Clara's relationship and dependancy on the Doctor really quite considered and intruiging. It's uncharted territory for the show and more exciting for me than any story arc could be. I applaud Moffat for really attempting to weight the show in character again; it's made Series 8 a tremendous ride, also, of course, thanks to the incredible Capaldi and Coleman. I think there's much more yet to tell with these two... Moffat, for the first time in many years, you have my vote of confidence.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Moffat Explains “Clara Who”
@Clara Bosswald wants a Kate Stewart Spin-off @Allonsy I can't really answer for him - but for me, my indifference toward the episode is based on the second half. The first 20 minutes or so, leading up to Trenzalore, is captivating, well-written and gosh Matt Smith acts his socks off. Then it just falls apart a bit, in my opinion. It feels very incoherent, as more and more plot and exposition gets weighted on Smith and Richard E Grant, until it all just feels a bit muddled. I wouldn't go as far as 3/10, but it's a frustratingly almost-good episode for me.
2 months, 1 week ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)
Hmm. Probably Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways, though I really liked Dark Water/Death in Heaven.
Ohh... Bauhaus TARDIS sounds awesome. Gosh, Peter's got flair. I'd be all in favour of him making a great deal of artistic choices with the show for his run. He was championing Axons and the silver silent cloth-faced Mondasians a while back - this man gets the show like almost no other.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Capaldi Hoping for New TARDIS
Also, just quickly... that picture above the Clara poll is just wonderful. Sums up the dynamic between the two. I really love them both - best pairing since Ten/Donna, I think.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Your Verdict on Forest & Episode Ranking
Whilst it probably was the worst of the series, I really didn't think it was that shabby at all. It was a really charming, refreshing change of pace. And the kids were great, I thought.
@TazminDaytime I think the trailer last week was for the double parter as a whole, seeing as we weren't given one this week.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water
@Ian Chatterton Really fantastic, yeah. Quite old-school Doctor Who.
Oh my god. Pretty incredible television. Can't fault it, really.
@supermoff is on the Orient Express...in space! Look, I think series one was the most coherent, complete and satisfying New Who series we've had, and I certainly think Series 8 is stronger than the past two, so I don't really think they've ever been that thorough determinations of quality. I think the very generalisation of opinion is silly in itself, to be honest - opinions are inherently beautiful due to how widely they can differ.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014) UK Ratings Accumulator
Guys and gals: check out Cultfix's spoiler-free review for Kill the Moon. It'll get you giddishly excited. The most exciting quote, for me: "Kill the Moon’ is a breath-taking first outing for writer Peter Harness and a high point for the season so far. In the same way that Neil Gaiman exceeded expectations with his first Who foray, so the energy and imagination of a new voice reminds us that we can experience new feelings, and actual emotions, when watching a 51-year-old show. And it is emotional. Steven Moffat calls this ‘proper drama’ and he’s not wrong. It’s proper drama, proper old school sci-fi, and proper scary. It is also that rare thing in Doctor Who: completely unpredictable"He goes on to give it 5/5. Excitement into overdrive.
"Kill the Moon’ is a breath-taking first outing for writer Peter Harness and a high point for the season so far. In the same way that Neil Gaiman exceeded expectations with his first Who foray, so the energy and imagination of a new voice reminds us that we can experience new feelings, and actual emotions, when watching a 51-year-old show. And it is emotional. Steven Moffat calls this ‘proper drama’ and he’s not wrong. It’s proper drama, proper old school sci-fi, and proper scary. It is also that rare thing in Doctor Who: completely unpredictable"
He goes on to give it 5/5. Excitement into overdrive.
4 months ago on Kill The Moon Promo Pics
@Friend of the Ood That said, you make television for the casual viewer, so I suppose it's useful to a degree. Also, I remember hearing that they only involve 100 people in each survey, so it's not a GREAT indicator - it's the same with sites like IMDB, TV.com and here to an extent. The people that frequent these sites present quite a narrow cross-section of the total audience. So, really, who knows what the average reaction to an episode is?
4 months ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014) UK Ratings Accumulator
Midnight: AI of 86. The Curse of the Black Spot: AI of 86. To put it even simpler, I think they're silly. Because for me, this has been the strongest run of episodes since 2010.
Sorry: 2, 7, 9 and 11.
4 months ago on The Caretaker – 12 Hints & Teasers
1, 7, 9 and 11 all have numbers after the clue. Highlight it all, and you can see them. Unfortunately, I lack the logical prowess or patience to uncode anything.
It's funny - all the other reviews I've read have been really quite positive, so it's interesting to see a different take here. I'm quite a fan of Robert's offerings, so I'm still really looking forward to this one. It's often trickier to write good comedy than to write bleak drama, and I think on the whole, Gareth really writes nuanced, sparkly scripts and this premise is simple and bold enough to be a great framework for him to work with. Looking forward to some more Danny action, too.
4 months ago on The Caretaker Advance Review
Certainly Time Heist for me. Black Spot was kind of just awful, and Journey, whilst I liked a few aspects, was regardless very underwhelming for me. So, I suppose his latest wins by default, though i really rather enjoyed it. His best, certainly.
4 months, 1 week ago on Face-Off: The Thompson Episodes
@MrJimiTheFish @Doctor Hoosier By and large ;)
4 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
Guys, according to AI scores The Curse of the Black Spot > Midight. So they've always been absolutely rubbish indicators of quality.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014) UK Ratings Accumulator
I really hope there wasn't. So much more effective that way. But the beauty of it is in its ambiguity - it's open to interpretation.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?
A resounding "meh" from me.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood
@Oodkind City of Death in 1979 kind of conerns him, though correct me if I'm wrong - we never actually see him (though we pay a visit to his house).
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Why I Love… Celebrity Historicals
@StephenAHayes Everyone gets tired in the end, and Moffat will (hopefully) know when to stop. Doctor Who relies on change to survive, and as talented as he is, the show is always king. I reckon 4-5 years is a long time for any wreiter to undergo such a high demand of work and attention. It's better to refresh and take a gamble (the last time that didn't happen, it led to the cancellation of the show).
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Horowitz on Showrunner Rumours
@Goudypies Gosh, aside from Victory, I loved all the above. I think it just comes down to what you like and what you don't. I love the episodes in the past - there's something just right about them for me. I think Robot of Sherwood will be lots of fun.
5 months ago on Next Time: Robot of Sherwood
@FreddieC That scene was in the Pre-Air screener, too. Must have been cut, I think, and it wasn't a really a loss. I thought it felt a bit tacked on and unnecessary.
5 months ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek
As someone who has felt apatheic toward the show for about three years now, I can happily say that the Doctor Who I know and love is back, and I'm incredibly excited.
@awkward912 I disagree completely. I thought it was a brilliant episode - maybe the best standalone story since The God Complex. It was absolutely gorgeous (a testament to Ben Wheatley, I really hope he returns... that transition through the blue eyestalk was beautiful, and those hordes of daleks coming in through the flames gave me shivers down my spine), with really strong performances, and a straightforward, no nonsense script, full of Dalek action with some really poignant interludes. Loved Danny Pink and all the Coal Hill scenes, too, and Peter Capaldi was... well, perfect I thought. Just the right level of callousness, and this line had me in stiches: "Is Ross here?" "Top layer, if you want to say a few words". 9/10 from me. Also, Doomsday? I think we disagree in a number of cases ;)
I thought he was wonderful. It may be a small moment, but I loved the delivery of his line after the Doctor says, "You realise that one of is lying about our basic programming?".
"Yes". One word, but the way he does it tells you everything. He's afraid. Shivers down my spine. You're welcome back, Mr Ferdinando.
5 months ago on Ferdinando on the Possible Return of Half-Face
@JackArtaganMackenna That's not what I said at all.
5 months ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss
@Ottoman14 I heard the majority of them are 50 minutes - Episodes 1-4 certainly are.
5 months ago on Robot of Sherwood BBC Synopsis
It was so successful in Australia, that they announced they would simulcast every single episode of Series 8 down under. Whilst this does mean very early Sunday mornings for us Aussie whovians, it's actually a very expensive process - which just illustrates the trust ABC has put in Doctor Who. Also, as one of the most pirating nations in the world (mainly due to the fact we normally get things significantly later than everybody else), it's also a great way to combat internet streaming, by making it legally available as soon as possible. Great news!
5 months ago on Deep Breath Record Overseas Ratings
@tombaker64 Though ratings and quality don't necessarily go hand in hand, I understand your point ;)
@TheOncomingHurricane @HitchcockWhovian Look, it's fine as a nice joke once. I just feel like I've heard it one too many times.
Great article, and I actually cheered when the kiss occurred - about time, too. But I did feel that on this occasion the whole issue was needlessly shoved down our throats too many times. That "I don't like her ma'm, I love her. And as for different, well... she's a lizard" was absolutely lovely. And the pouring tea joke was great. But after a while the whole "Oi! Married" becomes a bit glib. I applaud Moffat for developing on Vastra and Jenny's relationship, I just wish in some cases he'd done it a bit more subtly and intelligently.
@TheCapaldiMasterplan @John Smith the Second @VERITASERUMUK Though, RTD extensively rewrote ever episode in Series one, aside from episodes 8-10.
5 months, 1 week ago on Next Time: Into The Dalek
I think my list is quite different to yours:
11. The Twin Dilemma
10. The TV Movie
9. Time and the Rani
6. The Power of the Daleks
5. The Eleventh Hour
3. An Unearthly Child
2. The Christmas Invasion
1. Spearhead From Space
5 months, 1 week ago on Top Post-Regeneration Stories (11-6)
@Whodman6 Well, Power is wonderful, but The Christmas Invasion is equally so. Such an intelligent, well-crafted episode.
Oh, and applying your system to my reaction to Deep Breath would go something like:
Episode Rating: 8.4
Effectiveness as an Opener: 8.7
Monster Rating: 8.4
Character Rating: 9.2
5 months, 1 week ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: The Impossible Astronaut / Asylum of the Daleks
Great series of articles, I do agree mostly. I think my list would be something like this:
1. The Eleventh Hour (9.1/10)
2. Rose (8.8/10)
3. Smith and Jones (8.7/10)
4. The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon (8.7/10)
5. Partners in Crime (8.5/10)
6. Asylum of the Daleks (7.9/10)
7. New Earth (7.6/10)
For the record, I love Partners in Crime. The quality of openers in Who is quite wonderful. The only two I have mixed feelings toward are indeed Asylum and New Earth.
Having seen the episode at the Sydney premiere, I can't wait to be able to talk about it with you guys - you're all in for a treat. Good evening from Sydney, and take a deep breath.
5 months, 1 week ago on Deep Breath 12 Hints & Teasers
Such a perfect team - The Happiness Patrol, Survival, Ghost Light, The Curse of Fenric, The Greatest Show in the Glaxy, Remembrance of the Daleks - one of my very favourite era's of Doctor Who and so much of that has to do with these two wonderful souls. I met Sylvester twice; both times he extended such enthusiasm, kindness and zaniness to me personally that I was left quite starstruck. He read a letter that I'd written and had been published in DWM to me - words of absolute praise for him. I went purple. Truly the doctor. Happy birthday to the both of you!
5 months, 1 week ago on Happy Birthday, Sylvester McCoy & Sophie Aldred
@Polyphase It really is - of course, it's not everyone's cup of tea, but I think it's hilarious. The swearing, too, is gorgeous.
5 months, 1 week ago on Chris Addison to Guest in Series 8 Finale
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.
5 months, 2 weeks 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"...