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@Benvenfold @Beasts_a_Snarling If they had died I think it would've been okay. The Doctor wasn't at all callous when faced with prospect of their deaths, he was genuine in his initial distress, unlike Ross who was in an identical situation but the Doctor practically pushed him into that situation. I much prefer a Doctor who compartmentalises his emotions rather than is genuinely uncaring as there's still tension but a Doctor we can relate or identify with. He's already developed since Deep Breath and I think that's quite important.

1 day, 11 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist

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@YaelMoise I agree actually. Deep Breath should've clearly established that neither one or the other is interested in each other in that way, yet pretty much every episode since has had something to force the idea that they're REALLY NOT INTO EACH OTHER and then this and it's just, why. A lot of it hasn't been funny either which really doesn't help.

1 day, 11 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist

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That really hit the spot. After the investigative episode since Deep Breath, that was exactly what we needed, a simplistic, well told story.

1 day, 14 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist

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@Kathrin Lily Franke The Time Lock is weird because it seems almost every Time Lord is a victim of it. The High Council don't just turn the Time Lock off and the Doctor isn't in control and doesn't seem to know who activated it either otherwise he would've eventually found a way to save Gallifrey from the Daleks. Yet they all behave like it's common, even expected. It's a small but significant chapter of the story that RTD and Moffat haven't explicitly acknowledged is there.

2 days, 11 hours ago on Listen: Breaking the Time Lock?

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The only issue with theory #2 is that it doesn't explain why other time travellers couldn't enter the war either i.e. Dalek Caan/Davros in The Stolen Earth/Journey's End explaining how the war was blocked even for them. If it weren't for that I think #2 is the theory that makes sense the most, that the Time Lock was an inbuilt piece of software into Time Lord tech.

2 days, 12 hours ago on Listen: Breaking the Time Lock?

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@DWTV Would "detail-free" be more accurate? As far as I can tell there isn't anything in here that doesn't reference anything that hasn't been made publically available from the BBC or the DW team.

3 days, 10 hours ago on Time Heist Spoiler-Free Review

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I'd argue it's hard to compare the two, one is a psychological study and the other is a more typical monster-of-the-week episode. Listen was deeply satisfying in its exploration and/but Blink had that scare factor of also having a tangible creature to contend with.

3 days, 16 hours ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen

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@Planet of the Deaf @whovian101 Could be a some sort of rebound from the Doctor? Her crush turns into someone very alien and I think she loses her grounding in reality a little bit and she sees Danny as an anchor. I think we see it with Amy and Rory. Once both are travelling with the Doctor, their "real life" becomes a bit meaningless because they have each other in the TARDIS. Clara being someone who really needs control is desperately trying to find some way to maintain an almost very real grip on what she considers reality or normality and she sees that with Danny.

4 days, 12 hours ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?

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@The Finn @ilyootha @Planet of the Deaf @Dalekium Announcing the all new burlesque dance group, the Paternoster Gang and Friends. Featuring classic hits such as "Deep Breath, boys", "Nightmare in Silver" and "Space Oodity" 

4 days, 13 hours ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon

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It's the Doctor's darkest day ... all hangs in the balance ... for this day ... the Doctor ... starts a burlesque group.

4 days, 14 hours ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon

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@DoctorWut @The Finn That's a little confusing because in TEOT the council refer to the Doctor already having the moment, while in TDOTD we witness him stealing it. Shouldn't it be the other way round? Or more precisely, TEOT takes place in the middle of TDOTD?

5 days, 10 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! Oh the joy of the ontological paradox :P  Bit bored of them now tbh...

5 days, 18 hours ago on Listen Review

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@StephenAHayes This is what essayists do for a living :P A lot of it is about drawing out what the author intended but also examining other elements that the author didn't intend to convey new meaning, not only from the literature but how the authors mind works. It's why we have feminist theory, queer theory, post-colonialism, post-structuralist etc. as different lenses to examine literature and it's also why such essayists can shore up drastically contrasting conclusions and if the author feels the need to defend their work, then they can do so. Shakespeare has been analysed beyond belief yet for all we know he, as you said, just wrote stuff cos he needed money and liked to entertain. I love it.

5 days, 19 hours ago on Listen Review

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This is a fantastic review although I wouldn't make the assumption that Clara and Danny are destined to be together and that Orson is their descendant. While there were some very deliberate visual and textual hints at this, there's still room for that to not be the case. We know that Danny eventually travels with the Doctor because of various episode descriptions that have been made public but Danny and Clara could very easily breakup or become separated and I could easily see Danny telling his future children about the time he and an ex went time travelling.

5 days, 19 hours ago on Listen Review

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@Scootersfood can sense your guilt @stargazer0118 Not necessarily although it's definitely about a character who has all the "perfect" attributes. Batman can be seen as a Mary Sue because he's rich, an expert fighter and has a habit of having anything you could want but has some very obvious character flaws. In some ways the Doctor is also a bit of Mary Sue. I think Mary Sue characters only become a real problem if they become the deus ex machina of the plot, it's true of any protagonist and because of the fantastical line Doctor Who sometimes treads, the show runs the risk of the Doctor becoming the perfect saviour. I definitely like Clara more than I did previously but the interaction she has with the Doctor's life is a little much. While Hassel suggests here that it's reconception of an old idea, I'd argue that it is a slight retcon because the Clara imprints on the young Doctor the foundation of his character, removing some of his agency.

5 days, 19 hours ago on Listen Review

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@YaelMoise @Dalekium All the different views are really interesting. I was really hoping for a creature of some sort because it would've been really compelling and definitely something new for Moffat to be proud of. By the last few minutes of the episode I was half expecting an explanation to resemble something like "the being that everyone dreams about and has been not-quite-seen in the episode is a sentient manifestation of the young Doctor's fear translated across time and space through the schism. This is why the dream is identical for everyone as it's just replaying Clara (the unknown entity) grabbing the Doctor's leg and inducing fear". You can see how convoluted I've basically come to except a Moffat episode and he actually managed to do the complete opposite or go even further by not giving a conventional resolution at all.

1 week ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?

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I don't think there can be, otherwise the foundation for Clara's reassurance speech to the young Doctor is at fault and I can't help but feel that a monster actually undermines the message that Clara was trying to get across.

1 week ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?

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There have been a few instances where I've thought "did he say something or just make a noise" and I passed it off as a noise and it didn't really detract from the events at hand.

1 week, 2 days ago on Is Capaldi’s Accent Causing Issues?

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@The_Eternal_Dalek They're experts in their field? If you read the article it's people on twitter who are voicing their complaint so of course people trained in the profession are going to offer an explanation.

1 week, 2 days ago on Is Capaldi’s Accent Causing Issues?

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@The Finn @Dalekium Nothing to do with starting filming in January, my comment was to do with them talking about some sort of surprise and Jenna's ambiguity about whether she'll be around for said filming

1 week, 5 days ago on A Surprise Ending for Clara?

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The information about Series 9 filming in January ... unless something really odd is happening ...

1 week, 5 days ago on A Surprise Ending for Clara?

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I think of the two, Dalek is the superior episode but Into the Dalek has a lot of strong points and can easily stand on its and I'm really happy to see this turn out in the results :)

1 week, 6 days ago on Your Verdict on Into the Dalek

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@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen What are the average ratings for 7A and 7B? Both of those were almost new series starts because of introducing Clara properly for 7B.

2 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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Robin Whood? :P

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Robin Whood: Meet the Legend

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I fell in love with it because I felt like such an homage to Classic Who, particularly Resurrection of the Daleks. There were so many references (both visual and in the dialogue) and the music was so reminiscent of the 80s Doctor Who soundtrack. But most importantly, I felt scared by the Daleks. Dalek horror is very different to conventional horror that Moffat is particularly good at creating.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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@jsx Because you are prioritising and defending the momentarily hurt feelings of a few individuals over genuine violence that occurs. You say that it's not right to make people suffer but by not making that your priority you are being complicit in those who do suffer.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen @Dalekium @TheOncomingHurricane Why does Moffat do anything that applies to all of his characters? I wouldn't know.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen @Dalekium @TheOncomingHurricane It isn't damaging. If Jenny and Vastra quite literally only said "we bone" and the content of their characters was defined by that, then yes. But that is not what happens. I've written about it in the article, their sexuality is part of them but not the only part.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen @Dalekium @TheOncomingHurricane In real life no, but media isn't real life. And identifying your sexuality doesn't always manifest as "Hello, I am <sexuality", it comes in physical actions as well. No-one bats much of an eyelid to any content that features flirting, discussing crushes, kisses etc. between heterosexual characters but when non-heterosexuals do it there's a fuss. It's something that's happened in our media for years and we still need to work on that. But the responsibility of LGBT+ media representation in a TV show should not fall entirely on the shoulders of one or two characters who don't appear that much. If Jenny and Vastra were companions or highly regularly featured, then the signposting wouldn't be as needed. That's why more characters is good as they can deal with more issues while lightening the responsibility of dealing with the basic representative stuff i.e. the kind of stuff that needs LGBT+ characters to say "actually I'm not straight, please don't forget that".

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen @Dalekium @TheOncomingHurricane THAT'S WHAT LGBT+ MEDIA REPRESENTATION IS TRYING TO DO

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@Deus_Ex_Machina Homophobia literally means "against LGBT". It doesn't have to be aggressive, it doesn't have to be physical. If you don't actually have any issues with LGBT people then you're not homophobic. Being against homosexuality in all its forms has led to disproportionate levels of physical, verbal and sexual violence, social exclusion etc. Simple version: being against homosexuality has led to a long history of sadness and death for a significant portion of the population. How could anyone support that?

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen @Dalekium @TheOncomingHurricane Because heterosexuality is already considered the norm! Everywhere we go, we assume everyone is straight until proven otherwise.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@Oodkind  @Seaborn W Deadman Because our representation is currently not stable or consistent. And the numbers of people being open about their sexuality is steadily increasing as people becoming more open to the idea that there are many varied sexualities out there.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen @Dalekium @TheOncomingHurricane Well current TV is already doing a very good job of making minorities seem smaller than they are. Re: heteronormativity.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@Oodkind "Anti-male remarks". It's called a joke. Their sexuality is as open and explicit as the heterosexual characters in Doctor Who and I know a lot of hetero and homosexual people who are similarly open with each other.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen @Dalekium @TheOncomingHurricane Well if our TV becomes "over"-represented by LGBT+ characters, are they just going to stop watching TV cos there's people on it that do things they don't like? I can't imagine they would, it's unbelievably petty.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@yoshfiction @Dalekium @AztecsDaleksAndCavemen @TheOncomingHurricane "Everyone's equal when they're dead" is the line. Surprisingly potent for our times.



3 weeks, 5 days ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@yoshfiction @Dalekium @AztecsDaleksAndCavemen @TheOncomingHurricane You sound like Gavroche from Les Miserables :P

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@TheOncomingHurricane @TaelorMyrie I definitely included Vicky Beeching for a reason...

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@Deus_Ex_Machina Teaching kids "homosexuality's not okay" leads to the killing of LGBT+ people. There's no two ways around this. 

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen @Dalekium @TheOncomingHurricane You make it sound like that there will always be. no matter how far into the future, some who don't accept homosexuality, despite the drastic cultural shifts that have moved people from homophobia to accepting homosexuality.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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It's like you didn't read the article. The article which I wrote to say "if you don't teach your kids right, they're probably going to end up hurting people".


3 weeks, 5 days ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen @Dalekium @TheOncomingHurricane No they won't. Are you completely ignoring the history of LGBT+ representation in the media? When they first depicted gay characters there was outrage made by a scary amount of the population. Now? Not so much.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen @TheOncomingHurricane And quite frankly they can keep doing if it bothers people so much to be reminded that homosexuality exists.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@TaelorMyrie Beastiality is only beastiality when it occurs between a human and an animal. And what animals can't express is consent. Vastra is most definitely not an animal and she is definitely capable of consent.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@Seaborn W Deadman Exactly. So more LGBT+ characters can only be a good thing :P

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@Adric the Genius 5 - 10% is correct but it's also a conservative number. But such numbers should absolutely in the History of Never be used to depict minorities on television because such a number is just a total. You go to a gay club and I can assure you that significantly more than 10% of the people there are not straight. My immediate family is 25% gay because that's me being all sparkly. If we applied these figures into every location the Doctor visits, it wouldn't be accurate. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having great numbers of LGBT+ characters.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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