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"Why does the Twelfth Doctor have such contempt for soldiers?" Possibly because he's just spent centuries in one place having to be one himself? 





7 hours, 7 minutes ago on Into the Dalek Review

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Lovely article and interview Connor! I'm totally sold on the new titles and the new theme is growing on me :) 

1 day, 7 hours ago on Interview: Billy Hanshaw on Series 8′s Title Sequence

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@Moxx It was certainly one of the greatest cliffhangers ever :)

1 day, 8 hours ago on Into the Dalek UK Ratings

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@CrAzyLAdy12 That's good to hear. I haven't seen any evidence that DW is losing popularity, people's viewing habits have changed. Besides it seems to be growing in popularity overseas :)

1 day, 8 hours ago on Into the Dalek UK Ratings

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@TheOncomingHurricane @Moxx That's why I don't put huge store in AI figures, season one didn't have very good ones and I still rate it probably the best series overall since the relaunch. Plus Journey's End got 91 and that doesn't reflect the general view of it among fans - from what I've seen anyway!

1 day, 8 hours ago on Into the Dalek UK Ratings

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@Scootersfood @BringBackTenantnRose I didn't think much of it on first viewing, as it felt rushed to me. But it has grown on me a lot on subsequent viewings :)

1 day, 21 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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@Favonian Squall @Scootersfood @BringBackTenantnRose You might be my new favourite poster :)

1 day, 21 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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@cyberbrayde @MaddyKika Hang on, are you saying the BBC are Rossists? ;)

2 days, 16 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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@YaelMoise @Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! It certainly is, and while I too see comparisons with Tom, one thing that does excite me is a sense that Capaldi will be very much 'his own' Doctor, and hopefully a truly memorable and individual character :)

2 days, 16 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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@TheOncomingHurricane @YaelMoise Several teachers I know read The Guardian and so it didn't bother me. It might have bothered me if it was, say, The Sun - that would have seemed a bit jarring with Clara's character. 

2 days, 16 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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@TheNightmareChild is LISTENing! I too loved that first scene with Journey. But I love even more that you said 'cut of his jib' :) 

2 days, 16 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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@YaelMoise @sontaran17 @44905 @DrOswald I think it's natural that we pick up on details that interest us or that for whatever reason are more noticeable to us. I must confess that I'm not particularly fashion-conscious, and so I didn't really notice either Clara's shirt or the fact that she was holding a copy of The Guardian. In respect of the latter, several teachers I know read The Guardian and so it doesn't really bother me. Whereas on the other hand, I'm a songwriter and so I notice Murray Gold's work a lot. I think he's an immensely talented writer and I've enjoyed his contributions to season 8 thus far - they've felt a bit less bombastic, more moody this time round. That's not to say I'm not a fan of his previous work, I am absolutely, but there have been times when I have felt the music was a bit too in-your-face, or at least mixed a bit too loud and consequently it's been harder to hear the dialogue. 

2 days, 16 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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@farley989 @bringmeknitting I agree! Thoroughly enjoyed tonight's instalment :)

2 days, 16 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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@YaelMoise @sontaran17 Kudos for your thoughtful comments here. I don't know either you or sontaran17 but I hope that any bad blood between you can be sorted as you're both clearly intelligent and big fans of the show. You are making an important point about criticism and I think personally it can be difficult to express a negative opinion without getting bombarded with negative feedback. To give an example, last year I held off on expressing an opinion on "The Crimson Horror" because I was wary of the reaction from all those who enjoyed it. Now, some would quote the old maxim about not saying anything if you haven't got something good to say, but balanced and thoughtful criticism should always have its place. Every episode of Doctor Who is subjective; even the most loved have their detractors (I can think of at least two friends of mine who think City of Death is rubbish) and the most derided have their advocates - Yes, I really do know an intelligent, sane Doctor Who fan who loves The Twin Dilemma! :)

2 days, 16 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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@sontaran17 @YaelMoise I haven't been commenting much while the show has been off the air this year, and so I haven't seen the change of attitude you describe. One thing I would say here is that I often have to remind myself that written words can be very hard to convey, for example we have no tone of voice or facial expression which can make all the difference to how our words come across. Also, from my own experience, hell hath no fury like a dedicated Whovian when they're disappointed by a run of episodes. I stopped commenting altogether during much of series 7B, because I was underwhelmed by most of it and I didn't like how seriously I was taking it. This is my favourite show, so the worst thing ever is when said show goes through a dodgy patch, or, more accurately, a patch I don't like! :) 

2 days, 17 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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One thought I know many have voiced already is that the Daleks have been done to death, and this is the third story out of four to feature them in the space of nine months. Dalek stories are arguably the hardest to do since they are THE iconic Doctor Who villain, as inextricably tied to the show as the TARDIS itself, and consequently their stories have to reach a different standard to the average episode. I don't know the ins and outs on whether the BBC is contractually obliged to use them in every season, but nevertheless I applaud any attempt to do something a bit different with them. This doesn't necessarily mean that such an attempt is automatically good - I'm not a fan of Manhattan two-parter or Victory for example - but at least it shows the writers trying to vary things. 

2 days, 17 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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@Ottoman14 Rory is one of the few companions I would like to be in real life. He was brave, adaptable, fiercely loyal and a quiet hero. While his wife was busy posing for fashion photographs, he was working in a hospital as a nurse, saving people's lives - being a human version of the Doctor in my book. And he guarded the woman he loved for nearly 2,000 years (admittedly having involuntarily shot her). Doesn't sound much like a wimp to me. 

2 days, 17 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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@RennocNosliw That makes me think of Missy immediately - if only on the River/Melody connection. Or maybe I'm thinking too much ;)

2 days, 17 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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@YaelMoise @bringmeknitting Perhaps it's just a matter of taste then! :)

2 days, 17 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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@nathew I don't agree with YaelMoise about the episode, I personally liked it a lot. But she is entitled to her opinion, whether it's a popular one or not, and she has also stated that she perhaps overstated the shirt/newspaper issue. Fair play. 

2 days, 17 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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@YaelMoise @bringmeknitting But if the whole purpose of picking up Clara was because he knew his moral compass wasn't operating properly, then surely the speech isn't out of nowhere? I'm personally all for more 'naturalistic' dialogue though - for example I'm not a fan of the fabled "Rings of Akhaten" speech which I know many love. 


2 days, 18 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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@YaelMoise @bringmeknitting @oomu I think that's a very good last point, and I do think Danny is going to raise this issue again. I can't remember exactly how long the Doctor was on Trenzalore (several centuries?), but either way, he was a soldier for all those years even if it was in the guise of defending the defenceless, having already spent a long 'War Doctor' life fighting in the Time War, so I could totally understand how it could be self-hatred, or at least, being utterly sick to death of war and fighting in general - and consequently those who wage it, no matter what 'side' they're on.

2 days, 18 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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@YaelMoise @bringmeknitting I may be acting thicker than a whale omelette here, but I didn't see any problem with the "am I good man" bit, assuming we're discussing the beginning. I took it that after the Doctor is first introduced to 'Rusty', he goes to collect Clara precisely because he isn't sure whether or not he's good, and needs her to be his moral compass before acting in this situation. Consequently the "am I good man?" question made sense to me. 

2 days, 18 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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@YaelMoise @oomu I haven't watched "The Poison Sky" for a long time, so my memories may be off - but was there ever a possibility of Ross being a companion? I thought the point with Journey was that she was asking to join the TARDIS, and the Doctor doesn't just take anyone along. There's a difference between being friendly with someone in the course of a story and being prepared to have them as an ongoing companion. On the other hand, Jamie was a fighting man... It does look pretty much certain that Danny Pink will raise this issue again in a couple of episodes' time.


2 days, 18 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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@YaelMoise @bringmeknitting Perhaps that's an example of a little knowledge being a dangerous thing! :) But I've thought about the newspaper a bit more. Would any newspaper have been acceptable? I think there's a danger of overanalysing it. Something else. I'm not suggesting that this is you, but one thing I notice with myself is that often if I don't like a character, then it's easy to dislike almost everything about them, including minute detail. What do you think of Capaldi so far? 


2 days, 18 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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@YaelMoise The length of your comment suggests you know exactly where to start saying how much you disliked it ;) Seriously though, I'm sorry you think the last three episodes have been 'utterly dreadful'. I wouldn't call any of them perfect, all were flawed, but I enjoyed them, and in the case of "Time" I would say it has improved enormously for me on subsequent viewings. 

2 days, 18 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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@Invictus12 I'm wondering about that too. I wonder, is it because there's been a conscious effort to allow certain scenes to 'breathe' a bit more and thus as a consequence some of the action scenes might seem a bit rushed by contrast? I don't know, but tonight was a rare example of a modern series Dalek story since season one that I really enjoyed. 

2 days, 19 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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@YaelMoise Got to hand it to Doctor Who fans. Can't think of many shows where someone hates an episode and yet loves the show enough to spend time slagging it off. Once you've reached the level where you're picking at stuff like Clara's shirt and the fact she reads the Guardian... that's serious devotion! 



2 days, 19 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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@Dalek167b @Antee991166 The first four stories of the Key to Time season are very good. 

2 days, 19 hours ago on Next Time: Robot of Sherwood

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@AaronMcGahon1 I'm usual, and I loved it 9/10 - to my surprise! :)

3 days, 1 hour ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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To my surprise, I absolutely loved it. Okay, so it had much in common with "Dalek" but it was different and original (to me) enough. Capaldi is superb. Liked Danny Pink on first impressions, he's definitely not Mickey or Rory. Kept me gripped throughout. Best Dalek story in aeons! :)

3 days, 2 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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A hugely entertaining and thoughtful article David, thank you :)

3 days, 23 hours ago on Into the (Mind of the) Dalek

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I like the new titles, but I'm not sure about the theme yet. Personally, I loved the Day of the Doctor version, thought that was terrific - a real swashbuckling version, and the middle eight really stands out. Shame it was only a one-off! 

4 days, 7 hours ago on Examining Series 8′s New Title Sequence

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I'm not entirely surprised at the reaction to the kiss, people are slow to leave behind old, long-held viewpoints behind. I'm definitely of the opinion that the kiss was in no way gratuitous (Vastra was saving Jenny's life!) in any case. I would say I'm against there being overt quantities of snogging whichever the gender, if only because it breaks the flow of the plot. But those getting hot under the collar really need to get a life. 

5 days, 16 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@HunterGraybeal Very well said. I was thinking, when has the Doctor EVER regenerated into a noticeably older person in front of a companion? 

6 days, 1 hour ago on 2nd Opinion: Deep Breath

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@YaelMoise And I demand to have some booze! Oops wrong Doctor... ;)


2 weeks, 4 days ago on Review: An Audience With Peter Capaldi & Jenna Coleman

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@Green TARDIS Absolutely. Amazingly I found it a bit so-so on first viewing, but it got way better on second and third goes. 

6 days, 1 hour ago on 2nd Opinion: Deep Breath

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This is such encouraging news! :)

6 days ago on Deep Breath Record Overseas Ratings

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@Antee991166 All good by me - Androids of Tara is great fun :) 

6 days, 1 hour ago on Robot of Sherwood BBC Synopsis

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I must remember to check my attitude at the door for this one, cos this for me has all the makings of another 'Curse of the Black Spot' i.e. fun little romp but ultimately forgettable. But I love Mark Gatiss' writing in everything else, so he's bound to finally make a Doctor Who episode I like! And of course AAISAT was magic :)

6 days, 1 hour ago on Robot of Sherwood BBC Synopsis

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It's almost as if he knows he's the Doctor and that really he's a good man, but he manages to sound like he can't be bothered with the niceties to go with it, as if he's almost fed up of being the 'good man'. This series could be very interesting indeed. Can't wait :) 

6 days, 1 hour ago on Into The Dalek Clips

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Thank you both gentlemen for excellent and thoughtful pieces :)

6 days, 1 hour ago on 2nd Opinion: Deep Breath

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Thank you for an excellent article. I was hoping one of this nature would be forthcoming. I have to admit that after the one-off versions (Oswin, Victorian Clara) I found real Clara a bit underwhelming throughout Series 7B. But, starting with Day, I think she's really come into her own and in Deep Breath she was outstanding - I think she and Twelve could be one of the great Doctor/companion teams. I was wrong about Clara, and certainly wrong about Jenna Coleman. That girl can act! :)

6 days ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald

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Peter Capaldi, I am so sorry if I ever doubted you! If anyone can pull off being recognisably the same character and yet be so different... wow. I loved Matt, but he would have sounded jarring delivering the "She cares so I don't have to" line. Chilling stuff. 




6 days, 1 hour ago on Into The Dalek Clips

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Sorry, but lost interest as soon as I saw Rose rated higher than The Eleventh Hour. You have got to be kidding.

1 week ago on Top Post-Regeneration Stories (5-1)

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@TheCapaldiMasterplan @Spinky Fair enough, but I thought they'd had some nice creepy moments before that... the hallucinatory dancing bit for one. Reminded me a bit of The Shining. 

1 week, 1 day ago on Next Time: Into The Dalek

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Personally I thought 'Deep Breath' was the finest hour of the Paternoster Gang. Never thought I could be moved by Strax, but the attempted self-sacrifice scene was subtle and excellent, demonstrating how far Strax has come from his core programming. I haven't always had the kindest things to say about them, but they went way, way up in my estimation Saturday night :)

1 week, 1 day ago on The Future of the Paternoster Gang

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I'm not worried about the AI score. It's a new and very different Doctor being introduced, and let's remember a lot of the most hardcore fans will have gone to see it in the cinema. The majority of the reaction I have seen so far has been positive :)

1 week, 1 day ago on Deep Breath UK Ratings

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@DasManiac Please tell me you're joking. Did you not see all the children at the Doctor Who Prom? My nieces and nephews all watch it and they're aged between six and fourteen. It's a family show, always has been and I sincerely hope always will be. 

1 week, 3 days ago on Deep Breath Spoiler-Free Review

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@WillHaigh @BLFunny I don't think ST is an 'abysmal' writer per se; let's remember this is the guy who wrote "The Reichenbach Fall" for Sherlock. 

Personally I think of him in a similar light to Mark Gatiss; an excellent writer who for whatever reason hasn't quite found the key to writing great Doctor Who. I found 'Black Spot' quite entertaining in a forgettable way, and I did find 'JTTCOTT' disappointing; certainly the Van Buuren brothers were dull as anything, although that might be partly to do with casting - I've found Ashley Walters not believable in anything I've seen him in. I was most relieved when Adrian Lester returned to "Hustle"! ;)

2 weeks ago on Series 8: All Titles Revealed

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