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I really liked it, probably more than any episode from the last two series! Loved Tom Riley as Robin Hood, gradually dialing down the 'Dread Pirate Roberts' stylings to become much more real; thought Clara, again, was good (never thought id say that!) and Capaldi did well with the grumpiness and spoon fighting! Ok, the arrow bit was pants, and why Marion was included, I don't know, but I forgive these faults in a way I couldn't bring myself to forgive the 'baby' speech from 'Rings.....' *shudder* (but then again, what do I know, I liked Night Terrors....!!)
1 month, 3 weeks ago on 2nd Opinion: Robot of Sherwood
"Clickbait" - love it :)
5 months ago on Moffat Clarifies “Ugly Doctors” Comments
@IanOTimelord Matt's regeneration did seem almost shockingly quick, but makes sense when you look at New who regenerations. Nine' s was spectacular compared to the classic ones, bigger and bolder; ten' s was bigger again, wrecking the tadis, so the idea seemedthat regenerations got stronger the nearer the limit it was. The destruction caused by eleven' s regeneration in the clock tower seems to support this.(maybe that's why there was a limit? Because of the power expelled? ). But his change into twelve was a new cycle, effectively starting again, and so the regeneration was almost instantaneous, more self contained.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on An Opinion Divided: The Time of the Doctor
@JordanMCculloch @PaddyB actually I'm pretty sure she couldn't have kids. The reason she split with Rory is because she knew he wanted kids and tried to push him away to give him the chance to have kids with someone else.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Who Mysteries: What Happened to the Kovarian Chapter?
@TheOncomingHurricane I thought 'the girl who waited' was supposed to be doctor-life too, with his relatively small involvement being all tardis-based. I also agree about this comments system. Not great.....
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Are Doctor-Lite stories the best of Doctor Who?
@grumpyoldcow I think you've hit the nail right on the head. The whole 'jolly romp' feel of the episode sat awkwardly with the actual plot revolving round people being experimented on and killed and ada' s lonely, sad life. (Rachael Stirling, who is Diana Riggs daughter in real life, was brilliant, but almost seemed to acting in a different story). As for the Doctor kissing Jenny -WTF? No wonder she slapped him.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Crimson Horror
Again, while there were bits i liked, overall it felt too rushed and all over the place. And i agree about the terrible acting....
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
I was dreading this one because there is so much i like about it (my kids love the long song and we sing it in the car!), but i'm afraid that i can't get past that speech. I know most people love it, and i feel i should, cause i bet on paper it rocked, but everytime i get to the ' take it all, baby!!' line i just cringe. It just went too far, for me......
8 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Rings of Akhaten
There's also the whole bald doctor thing from TDOTD. i thought that was great coz there was so much publicity about matt cutting his hair and having to wear a wig.....:)
8 months ago on Top Five References in Doctor Who
Another episode i grew to love! Haven't had that happen with 7b yet, unfortuately....(sorta dreading having to rate those episodes.....)
8 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Power of Three
I didnt like this episode when i first saw it, but it has grown on me. Loved the monkey joke, the christmas list thing and Mark Williams was great. BUT...i do think this was the beginning of the ' too many ideas' problem, and this episode did suffer a bit from that. Too many characters with too little to do.
8 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
No, you're right, you're absolutely right. What i was trying to say is that i find the female characters to be a little similar, a type, if you will. River song, tasha lem, irene adler are a type. Clara, amy, sally sparrow are a type, whereas (and this is probably just me) i feel rose, martha and donna were really different from each other. I dont like pitting RTD against Moffat coz i think they are both incredible, but i do feel that RTD edges it in terms of characters, where Moffat has the most wonderful ideas.
8 months, 1 week ago on Is Steven Moffat a Feminist Writer?
Yes, you' re right. Donna was feisty, and you do need that, but she was also layered. She was insercure, both in herself and her abilities, she was sensitive and caring, but hid it under smart remarks and sarcasm. And she took on board events and grew as a character. Clara has been scattered through time and space and seen the most extrordinary things, but hasnt grown at all. She seems to me completely one-dimentional.
I agree with the idea that, although he isn't sexist, he isn't feminist either. In my opinion, i find his female characters slightly samey. They all have that certain brand of 'sassy/feisty knows-her-own-mind' kind of girl, but its feels quite shallow. For my money, the best female character in nu-Who has been Donna. She felt the most real, the most relatable female character, that there has been so far by a long margin.
Surprised to find so much love for this episode! Dont get me wrong, it's one of my favs - audacious, entertaining, clever - for me, it's brilliant. But, got to admit, i thought i was pretty much on my own. So nice to see others love it too!
8 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Wedding of River Song
I didnt like this episode when i first saw it, but it did grow on me. If i remember rightly, it was shifted about in the running order of the episodes (i think it was meant to be earlier on in the run, but got swapped because it was felt too similar in tone to episodes either side?) and it suffered as a result.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Night Terrors
Nice article! Loved life on mars, absolutely brilliant. Also, i'm sure i read somewhere that sam tyler was named after rose tyler! Spooky considering john simms leather jacket and his later involvement as the master.....:)
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Lords of Time #7: Doctor Who Vs Life On Mars
Another contender for me would be the scene from end of time, where ten and wilf are sat in the cafe, and ten nearly breaks down completely over what happened in waters of mars...."i´ve done some things....". Its just a superb scene, with tennent and cribbins acting their socks off and you can feel the fear from ten so much......love that bit.....
8 months, 2 weeks ago on 10 Most Heartbreaking New Who Moments
Brilliant episode, definitely one of the best. Suranne Jones was just perfect as idris and the chemistry between her and matt smith was just fantastic. :)
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Doctor’s Wife
Great article! Lets not forget too that having gay and lesbien characters in something like doctor who not only helps support those in real life, but also teaches tolerance to kids who grow up straight because the doctor is so matter-of-fact about it. I suppose, though, if you've dealt with space rhinos, lizard people and living trees, something as inconsequential as gender starts to make less impact - its just humans loving humans, after all!
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who and Sexuality
I'm in two minds about how to vote this episode. I personally found it average, but my kids loved it. I think it may be a case of a programme that appeals to such a wide demographic cant please all the people all the time.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Curse of the Black Spot
I love christmas carol! Didn't a first, tho - just felt it was a little 'meh' - but saw it a few times afterwards and it really grew on me! Contains some of my all time matt smith favourite lines, the one about the psychic paper always makes me grin.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: A Christmas Carol & Series 5 Recap
@JamesCresswell well, from a personal point of view, its a definite favourite in our house, and my kids, who are in single figures, loved it. We saw the van gogh that is hanging in the cardiff museum of art a couple of years ago and they remembered all about the episode, so it clearly struck a chord with them.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Vincent and the Doctor
@Diana van der Pluijm i agree entirely. I just dont think it matters, especially as Colin Baker set the precedence, and Capaldi's previous appearences were, in one case, 6 whole years ago and in the other, a different programme that many dw viewers may not have watched...(me, for one.)
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Some Theories on Capaldi’s Familiar Face
Dunno how i feel about this. Personally i liked series 5, loved series 6, but, try as a might, i can't get on with series 7. Moffat's writing reminds me of the nursery rhyme, when its good, its very, very good, but when its bad, its horrid. :)
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Steven Moffat on his Doctor Who Future