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This was actually a really good article and reminds of a certain line from Jean-Luc Picard: "It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness. That is life." And if we look right back at the beginning, the Doctor does not start out as a good man at all, playing a very neutral and self-centered role to protect himself and his granddaughter, involving the kidnapping of two humans and the near-execution of a prehistoric human. The Doctor is an infinitely more interesting character by being somewhat ambiguous in his "goodness" rather than just being a paragon of virtue like Captain America.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Is the Doctor a Good Man?
I feel like Colin is doing the fans a bit of a disservice by saying David and Matt raked in a "female market". The majority of my friends who were casual viewers of Doctor Who only stayed around for David because his Doctor was so immensely likeable. When Matt came in they actually stopped watching because they didn't like his portrayal and this wasn't just limited to men and women.
It seems a little unfair to imply that Doctor Who caters on a basic level to men more than women when, as has been said before by Moffat and Sydney Newman, it's a family show. The target demographics were and are children and adults. I think rather than bringing in a different aspect of the audience because the lead is hot, the following that was already there picked up on their attractiveness and talked about it a bit more. Peter Capaldi hasn't changed that at all, I've seen a lot of fans (young and old, men and women) already find Capaldi an attractive person, whether it's newfound or picking up from past roles Capaldi has already been in.
1 month ago on Colin Baker: Tennant & Smith Brought Female Fans to Doctor Who
My only point of contention is about Donna and the bees. The bees were part of a tapestry that culminated in tracking down Davros in the other word-moniker that RTD liked to use, the Medusa Cascade. Rather than bees actually being the finale, it was Donna's observation that allowed the Doctor to find Davros. It doesn't disavow Donna's ending at all.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Comparing the Different Arcs of the Revival
I get the feeling Jenny was intended to be River, back before Moffat had fully decided on what was going to happen. Instead of River being Amy and Rory's child, she's the Doctors. It's quite possible the storyline would work.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Bring Back… Jenny, the Doctor’s Daughter
A vehement no for me. Murray Gold's interpretations of the theme have grown dull, but there is still a lot that could be done with the theme as many musicians, particularly those online, have shown.
2 months, 1 week ago on The Theme – Time for a Change?
@Huknar Basically in agreement. Based on what was given to us in Smith's regeneration, I would've had the idea that the Doctor preserved his face (and his face only) for Clara's benefit,and the shots of his glowing hands would be that of a different (i.e. Capaldi) person. It would've cemented the idea that a Time Lord has some control over their regeneration while acknowledging that there will be a new person forthcoming. Consequently, I think it would've been incredibly emotional as he's already gone yet is still holding on for his dear Clara. A dedicated track to be called "Vale Undecim" or however it should given, would've also helped. The variation on the Rings of Akhaten song was potent, but not deserving. If I could've had a word with Murray about his seeming laziness (probably not laziness), I would.
2 months, 1 week ago on An Opinion Divided: The Time of the Doctor
I do wonder how they decide who is going to be a director, let alone a writer. I wonder if there are some basic requirements for what is needed to direct Doctor Who. Talalay's background seems to suggest a sci-fi or fantastical background. I just hope that she is also a pretty good (which is an understatement) director.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Rachel Talalay Directing Series 8
@CraigXO I'm so glad that you've pointed this out! I knew there was a definite change, and the filming style has become more and more different than RTDs; a lot more individual shots, greater use of focus/blurring and an appearance of being much wider in scale. However I'm no cameraperson in any sense of the word so I could be talking utter nonsense :P
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Settling the Moffat vs. RTD Debate (Using AI Scores)
I was interested by the perception of jobs and a monetary system. My thought would be that the Gallifreyans would be advanced enough to not need an economy in a conventional, capitalist sense. I really get the impression that Time Lord life is very much one dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge as the Doctor frequently mentions/complains about. They are also presumably self-sufficient considering their isolationism so they have no real need for the exchange of some form of credit and if they did, they could probably offer equipment or technology. In terms of corruption, we've never seen within the TV series of corruption stemming from financial gains but from very personal ideas, mainly immortality.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on What was life on Gallifrey like Pre-Time War?
I just want to say thank you to all the people who've watched and left comments about the Miley Cyrus/Murray Gold mashup. It'd mean a lot to me if you checked out other stuff on the channel as well, there's a lot of Doctor Who and non-DW content on there that I'd love if you all took a look at. Thank you very much DWTV for featuring this on this page! :) - Dalekium/PJM25595
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful
@luckypenny Sorry :c
I personally think an MMORPG set in the Whoniverse would work best. All the Doctors and companions could be NPCs that are either protagonists or antagonists of whichever race you pick out as your character. Like Star Trek: Online, there could be missions based on particular species, so there could be a chapter of missions dedicated to the Daleks, Cybermen, the Papal Mainframe, THE NIMON and so forth. Maybe going freelance or joining the Time Agency could be options. Lots of possibilities!
4 months ago on How a Doctor Who Game CAN Work
I personally don't see why a sonic should change with a Doctor. It helps add continuity. I'd love to see a new one at some point, just not right now. That monster looks fantastic.
4 months ago on Series 8 Filming: Capaldi’s Sonic & A New Monster
Paradigm Daleks noticeably absent ... this looks fun. :)
4 months, 3 weeks ago on DWM #471: 50 Years of the Daleks
5 months ago on Lego Doctor Who One Step Closer
I can't help but feel some slight humour that an article about "coming out" as a Whovian directly follows one about sexuality in Doctor Who.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Honey, I’m a Whovian!
Doctor Who wouldn't be as popular with me as it would be if it weren't for the plethora of queer characters that it has produced. While I do have issues with how some characters are portrayed in the show, representation on this scale is far better than none at all.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who and Sexuality
@Nightmarish Asexuality definitely comes under the queer umbrella :)
@Gluben @Dalekium I think just the parts about including Eccleston. As much as I'd love to have seen him return to the role proper, it would've crowded the existing story too much.
I get the feeling that the Moment chooses Tennant and Smith specifically because they have (for the most part) recovered from their actions but take different slants towards it i.e. the one who regrets/remembers and the one who forgets. If Eccleston was included, Hurt would see just how broken he'd become, he's still fresh from killing off his people and would probably have a bad reaction to seeing his former self. I suppose there's an argument that he does recover with Rose's help but he's codependent on her, which is why I think the Moment chose Tennant in his latter years, because he'd moved on from Rose. McGann's regeneration could be a result as you suggested of a mortal wound but perhaps integrated into the story itself, with Tennant and Smith realising that that wasn't how they remember it happening and then leading to them realising that they can fiddle with time and thus save Gallifrey. I'd personally stick with Hurt's though, just that McGann is knackered and perhaps the Moment could help kickstart his regeneration.
If I were to introduce Eccleston though, I would've taken him from when he leaves Rose initally at the end of 'Rose'. Then at the end of 'Day of the Doctor' in the museum scene, Tennant and/or Smith could say "did you mention to that girl that you also travel in time? Could be important". Eccleston smiles and leaves the story. As to why the Moment would pick him out, I can't really think of a good reason. Perhaps to show Eccleston as well as Hurt the good man he will become/always has been? Alas, this is only speculation and we'll never know :P
5 months, 2 weeks ago on What if… the 8th Doctor was the War Doctor?
I would've preferred the "War Doctor" to have been Paul McGann, although not necessarily in the way the author of this article would go about it. However this article does still make for an interesting alternative.