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I'd argue that that is the point. With Blink being consistently highly ranked, List3n being better than it really says something!
19 hours, 26 minutes ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen
@DavidWilliamAppleby From the filming pics, one is an android "Cyber-augmented gamer". That would be the guy at the back (2nd left). The other one is presumably the shapeshifter, maybe shape shifted already?
2 days, 20 hours ago on Next Time: Time Heist
@'Cos Guess Who? Ha! @sontaran17 @Tomb of the Cyberbob It was a child... so, since it is meant to be the Doctor, and we have seen all of the other Doctor's at their "youngest", it has to be the First Doctor
5 days, 16 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
@'Cos Guess Who? Ha! @The 14th Doctor Orson totally Danny and Clara's direct descendant. They do a special hug and his grandfather is born
@supermoff is alone. Listen... @SonicTheHedgehogRules Only technically.in Britain there are a tonne of different accents! It's like comparing a Londoner to a Geordie!
6 days, 19 hours ago on Is Capaldi’s Accent Causing Issues?
The opening scene... Where there is meant to be a yoghurt...
1 week, 4 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Robot of Sherwood
@ Notsosmartguy @The Administrator The best Disney film ever
1 week, 6 days ago on Robot of Sherwood Clips
@The 4th Doctor Erm... In the script, Rusty blows the Dalek ship to smithereens by commiting Dalek suicide...
2 weeks ago on Face-Off: Dalek vs Into the Dalek
The Doctor - "Call that a sword? THIS is a sword!"
Robin Hood - "That's not a sword, that's a spoon!"
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Robot of Sherwood Clips
@Caitlin_1403 Bit late getting here, sorry about that!
Amy and Rory calculated that it had been about 10 years *for them*, meaning that they had been travelling for ten years of their own personal time-stream, but not for ten years in terms of Earth time. in God Complex, the Doctor could, theoretically, have dropped them off at their new home mere seconds after they were taken travelling the last time, meaning that it could still be 2010. He could even have dropped them off earlier, but that would be a little risky given paradoxes and such...
2 weeks, 2 days ago on The Actual Plot Holes in Doctor Who
I never heard these rumours... seems unlikely though, he is a well known author, who is doing very well from author-ing, and I see no reason why he would stop author-ing to take a big job in an industry that he has never worked in before... Maybe write an episode, but not showrunner!
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Horowitz on Showrunner Rumours
The Eleventh Hour has never been as great to me as everyone makes it out to be. The Atraxi, the food scene, the whole semi-Sherlock bit where he looks at Rory... Just didn't click with me
So, despite the Paternoster Gang, and the over-size T-Rex, Deep Breath wins
3 weeks ago on Face-Off: The Eleventh Hour vs Deep Breath
I theorise that these two clips run practically one after the other, with the "Where are we going?" "Into darkness" clip in between them
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Into The Dalek Clips
@The Lazy Cat I would guess the beginning, for the following reasons. In the next time trailer, we see the Doctor saying he got distracted, so presumably he has already met the "good dalek". If this is the case, then the story can start at Coal Hill, introduce Danny to Clara and then, after the credits show the Doctor meeting the Dalek and coming for Clara (those two scenes could be in the opposite order, idk)
But if the Doctor has seen the Dalek, then he may need reassurance that what he is going to do is the right thing, hence asking the question
Also, usually clips from the episode that are released tend to be from earlier in the episode, so no twists are released early. If you look at the scenes shown in the Deep Breath TV trailer, the only scenes that were more than half-way into the episode were Clara's entry to the Tardis, Clara fainting and the Half-Face man "lighting up". The latter two of these scenes were more for dramatic effect, and didn't give anything away, whilst the first was a bit of fan-service and a glimpse at the new Tardis/costume. The clip of the episode that was released was directly after the credits. In the series trailer, we saw the clip of the Doctor post-Half-Face-death, which was purely for dramatic effect, and the little speech he gave on the Tardis about being rather old, also purely for dramatic effect
So, unless this is purely a scene in the episode that is made to question the Doctor and not a plot point, then I would imagine it is from the beginning
@Jaylcookie First off, the clockwork robots were completely different, and gained a different reaction from the Doctor when he saw them. The entire thing was completely different, so it was original!
2. Sympathetic pepperpots come in many different shapes and sizes... Okay, not literally, but they can be sympathetic for different reasons. This "Morality as malfunction" idea sounds great, and I don't remember it from previously...
3. Putting old enemies in new situations lets us both develop the enemy and understand more about the characters as they react to the new situation. Win win situation, especially when we have a new Doctor to get used to, as we can compare and contrast between his previous encounters with the enemy
@YouveBeenDuplicated "Capaldi-speaking-Matt-Smith-dialogue"?? People said that about Deep Breath too, and I still don't understand it...
A few points
First, I have been one of many to support improving the representation of lgbt characters in DW
Second, this quote from your article and a corresponding opinion
" The reason why Jenny, Vastra and Captain Jack are so good at representing LGBT+ people is because their sexuality is portrayed as being one aspect of their lives without it ever being sidelined or used as a sto The reason why Jenny, Vastra and Captain Jack are so good at representing LGBT+ people is because their sexuality is portrayed as being one aspect of their lives without it ever being sidelined or used as a storyline."
With Captain Jack I wholly agree. However, the way i see it, with Vastra and Jenny this is untrue. Looking at their dialogue, the pair are frequently referencing their sexuality, and by frequently I mean that it is placed in the forefront of your mind whenever they are in a scene. their characters are reduced to being a walking reminder to the fact they are lesbians, and it does little to support them. the pointers should be subtle, not outright saying 'she is my wife'. a 'straight' character would not be labelled as such, so why should a lgbt character effectively carry a great big neon sign over their head saying 'Look over here, i'm gay!' Frankly it is insulting that the writers don't know how to represent lgbt people without a giant signpost. RTD could, and did so with Jack, I just wish he had schooled the rest
Third, the kiss scene was utterly out of place. Not because it was cross-species. Not because it was homosexual. But because time slowed down to focus on this kiss, and make a big thing of it. If you want to show a close relationship, have an affectionate kiss whilst they are at home, not making a big deal of it. if you don't highlight it, and just make it feel normal, then the fans who, for one reason or another, donlt find it normal will have a lot less to complain about
Characters should not be 'a gay character'. They should just be 'a character' who just happens to be gay. The writers don't seem to understand the difference
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss
@Trenzalore77 I'd guess we will see maybe two or three more scenes in "Heaven", each giving us slightly more of a clue towards what it actually is, but I'd suspect that there will be loads of mentions of "The promised land" throughout the series! Maybe the Robots in Sherwood are trying to get there too? Maybe the Robot thing in Caretaker is looking to get there? That weird alien from Time Heist? Who knows! That my theory at any rate!
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Into the Dalek Promo Pics
@laviniasmith I heard the Cloister Bell when Capaldi collapsed at the beginning!
Also, I believe with the "round things" he was referring, like 10 and 11 in Day, to the standard roundels from his earlier Tardis interiors, rather than specifically the Zero room, though I'm sure it would have been helpful!
3 weeks, 4 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Deep Breath
@ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey @LaraHarris Other than being the woman in the shop you mean? ;)
Still don't under stand number 6...
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Deep Breath 12 Hints & Teasers
@AlessandroArsuffi @JamesStroud Oooh! That's so much better than my idea!
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Deep Breath 12 Hints & Teasers
@JFrance @JamesStroud Used to drink coffee, but went off it a few years ago. Tea I've never been able to drink!
"Hey, the hints and teasers!"
"I love the hints and teasers!"
"What do they mean?"
@JFrance I really don't see why coffee is blasphemous... it's just as foul as tea!
@TheRiddlingTimetraveller Brilliant! Well done! And an interesting teaser too!
@CrisObrien I don't think so, just looks like standard super-script to me
So, the italics... I, S, T, E, R... unless I missed something... And I'm no good with anagrams so could someone give me a hand! Resit? Tiers? nope, I must have missed one... (Just got it, it's another S, so it spells SISTER. What the significance is, I have no clue)
Also, I translate the morse code to "Never start with your final sanction." whatever that means...
I might as well go through them...
The first one is probably the male inspector from the short, who was shocked about Vastra and Jenny being married, probably because of the TARDS crashing but potentially the dinosaur...
Number 2 is either literal, with Vastra removing her veil for some key plot reason, or figurative, so someone suddenly gains understanding about something... I have no clue which!
3 seems to link to the Deep Breath trailer, where we saw the dinosaur burning, at least, I think it was the dinosaur...
4... I would imagine that either the paper boy delivers the wrong paper, he delivers it late so that they miss a vital clue, or he gets killed... probably the latter!
5, I did further up, I believe it translates to "Never start with your final sanction."
6 I have no clue about, I actually don't know what a soufflé is... And I thought a soufflé was a pudding, so I have no clue what the difference is! Unless there will be something about the soufflé is the recipe?? I dunno
7, I presume it's from the scene we saw of Capaldi and Jenna in a restaurant, maybe the Doctor asks for a children's menu in his semi-deluded state?
8, could be anything. Maybe just some passing reference to Marcus Aurelias
9, I believe that Vastra's hat was one of the new sonic devices, or just a hat pin or something, so maybe it's something sonic... But I can't think of any noise that the sonic would make that hasn't been heard since Tennant... (rushing back here before I finish posting, Ive thought of something, in The End of Time didn't Tennant lock the Tardis with his sonic? and it sounded like a car? Could Vastra lock her house with it? or a carriage or something? I dunno, I'm probably wrong, just a thought)
10, I presume this means there is a murder mystery. Interesting...
11, Hot Beverage that is blasphemous if you're British... But I'm British, no hot drinks are blasphemous...
BONUS... well, I dunno. I can get a few interesting words from it, like "kidnaps" but I don't know at all!
Monster rating of more than 4? Seriously? This is probably the worst idea for a monster I've ever seen (and I've seen the happiness patrol) but it was at least well done. With the criticism out of the way, the episode was fab, the characters were utterly fantastic, especially Ms Foster
4 weeks ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Partners in Crime
Coupled with the rumours that Jenna is leaving, could this be the confirmation that Clara will die?? She could still be filming for the Christmas episode, if only for a flashback, and it would be interesting to see if Danny Pink or the rumoured child companion stay with the Doctor after her death
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”
I wonder if these were filmed specifically for teasers, or if we actually see the TARDIS blowing up/on fire and all these things happening (minus the "N days to go" bit obviously)
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Series 8: 3 Days Teaser
Having read bits of the scripts (yes I'm a heathen) I'm most looking forward to The Caretaker, as it's the only one I don't know about. That said, even if I hadn't read the scripts, knowing that Ep. 6 is the one that introduces the child companion as we do would make it my most anticipated episode anyway!
1 month ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 1-6)
Literally the only tabloid that I even half way trust about DW spoilers is the Star, as it has got major things right before. For example, it announced well before Series 6 that River was to be the daughter of "a major companion", and also knew that Jenna would start her role in Series 7 Ep. 1, something I doubted knowing the new companion would start at Christmas, but turned out to be correct. That said, it did claim that the Doctor was going to be a woman on more than one occasion, and, unless Capaldi is hiding something, that hasn't happened
1 month ago on Jenna Coleman Leaving at Christmas?
There is also a radio trailer that is an extension to the 'I see into you soul Doctor' line from the Dalek episode
1 month ago on Series 8 “Faces” Deep Breath BBC Radio Trailer
@Antee991166 @supermoff @ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey That's actually quite good... I doubt it, because this is Moffat, he'll probably shrug it off with something little after all the hype it's been given, but it's a good theory...
If we look back to John Simm's Master, he says he was resurrected to fight in the Time War. Presumably the Time Lord's would be able to effect his regeneration so that he would be willing to fight, but it is safe to assume that he had to regenerate into another body that decided to run away (or just ran for it anyway). Even then they were able to effect his decisions to bring them back. So they are manipulative certainly
Also, if you watch Romana's regeneration properly, she implies that the Doctor could do so too, if he had stayed in University (or words to that effect) so if the Doctor can in theory control his regeneration, I see no reason why the Time Lords couldn't.
If you look at the Fifth Doctor's regeneration, it could be argued that the Time Lords induced his visions of his companions and the Master, which would lead to him becoming a hardened personality post-regeneration
Many things point to the Time Lords affecting the Doctor, but not all of them aid each other... It's certainly a possibility!
1 month, 1 week ago on Capaldi’s Hint On Past Whoniverse Appearances
@MeglosProductions And the First Doctor looked like someone too, if I remember rightly!
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1 month, 3 weeks ago on How does the TARDIS reflect The Doctor? (Part 3)
@Huknar @Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @YaelMoise @supermoff Personally Blink is Moffat's third best episode (after Girl in the Fireplace (I think that was him) and the Empty Child double bill). I agree that AGMGTW isn't his worst, but it sure is overrated. It is made out by fans to be this great big episode full of character... and kinda falls flat to me if I'm honest. Not as bad as the Wedding of River Song, Name of the Doctor or Angels Take Manhatten in my eyes (Don't kill me, those are my three least favourite episodes of Who. And I've seen the Twin Dilemma. I just don't like those episodes)
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Moffat: Series 8 Not A Fairytale, There Are Consequences
@Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd @JamesStroud I feel with Dinosaurs it was handled badly. They had been building up for the last series that the Doctor was a bit darker than we expected, but then fpr the first 30 minutes of Dinosaurs he prances around like a child again. His decision not to save Solomon shouldn;t have come as such a shock, if only the beginning of the episode had been written better
@YaelMoise @JamesStroud @Notsosmartguy approves of female thor Apologies if I have come across like that! People often characterise me from my comments as darkness loving and Moffat hating, when, to be honest, I just want them to live up to their claims. If the show is going to be "fairytale" like, then I want it to be like a fairytale. If its going to be dark, then I want it to be dark. My only problem is that it hasn't really happened that way since Series 1, and that's a shame
@AlessandroArsuffi @JamesStroud @YaelMoise @Huknar Third? Would you describe Eccleston as flippant? I agree with the rest of your points, but that is one I certainly wouldn't have thought of. Personally Eccleston's single series was the best of NuWho, because it wasn;t flippant, and was both Dark and humourous in equal measures, and it wasn't too fantastical. I thought Eccleston was utterly fanatastic, and certainly flawed, but flippant is not one of them in my eyes
@Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd Robots of Sherwood sounds like a fun episode. So does the opener: A Victorian romp with Strax and the supposed return of the Clockwork Droids. But anything could happen. Capaldi could do the absolutely unexpected, from killing an enemy in cold blood, to using Clara as bait (a la 7's manipulative streak), or even going full out Tucker on the Sherriff of Nottingham (okay, maybe not the last one)
But seriously, anything could happen. The Robots in Sherwood could be killing people in cold blood and Capaldi may see no issue with it. Or the Sherriff of Nottingham could be portrayed as an utter madman, who is vicious and evil. Any sort of darkness could be portrayed
And who knows, Strax could turn out to be an actual Sontaran after all, and not Mr Potato Head
@YaelMoise @JamesStroud @Notsosmartguy approves of female thor I agree that the mix they had in TW was not suitable for DW, not that heavy. But a lot of the themes brought up in TW (not the more overtly sexual ones) have been brought up in DW already, from suicide in TWOM, to divorce in AOTD. I don't feel that, when DW does do serious, it does it properly, as the resolution to the divorce story thread was too hurried and, to me, unrealistic. That is where I feel it could learn from TW. If indeed this new series is "darker", then I hope they did the dark right
@Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @JamesStroud @YaelMoise I saw your statement about not liking Torchwood too much, but personally I adore it. Also, in the midst of all the dark and gloom, TW had some of the funniest, quite literally laugh-out-loud moments of recent television. Dark doesn't necessarily mean not fun!
@YaelMoise @JamesStroud @Huknar Twas a recommendation to Huknar. People throw around the word fairytale as if it means all the stories are light and fluffy. If Doctor Who was truly fairytale, like Brothers Grimm, then it could potentially be brilliant
@YaelMoise @Notsosmartguy approves of female thor Is there anything wrong with Doctor Who emulating it's spinoff media? Personally I think bringing in the drama and darkness of Torchwood, and its gritty reality, would benefit Who
@Huknar @YaelMoise I strongly recommend you read Brothers Grimm fairytales. The dark twists at the end of some of those... Quite seriously, if they made Doctor Who like that, it would be utterly fantastic to see
Hang on... For a long time people have been talking about consequences, and dramatic ends, and liking it to having a companion die, like, not Rory style. Thus, my question is: Where was Jenna in the outside filming for the finale? Because we have Moffat saying there are big consequences... Maybe she does an Adric? Dies for the Doctor in Ep 11?
More support for this comes from the casting announcement of there being a "Guardian of the Nethersphere". While we have no clue what "The Nethersphere" is, doesn't it sound just a bit like a giant graveyard? Maybe the Doctor drags the Guardian away from her place of guarding to show just how much he needs a companion like Clara, and that she could bring her back (hopefully ending in a scenario where she either cannot be brought back or decides that she doesn't want to die again and leaves him for Danny Pink....) It would certainly be dramatic, and would show not only the companions, but the Doctor himself, that there are consequences to his actions
I can just imagine a scene at the end of the finale, with Capaldi in the TARDIS lamenting the passing of Clara, a la Doomsday. However, I can also imagine him finding a new companion in the finale, and easily brushing Clara off...
Not necessarily Two-parters, but longer episodes need to be implemented. Limiting The Power of 3 to 45 minutes meant the ending was rushed - giving it 5 minutes more would have given longer to build tension and decrease the feeling that the sonic screwdriver is a magic wand. Limiting Asylum of the Daleks meant we saw very little of Amy & Rory's relationship falling apart - 5 minutes more could have done that.
But not every episode needs it. Midnight was the perfect length, The Girl in the Fireplace was the perfect length. And some episodes are, in my opinion, too long. In my eyes, Name of the Doctor could have been 5 or even 10 minutes shorter, which would have made it pacier, and cut down on the needless padding I feel it had (I know people like Name. I really don't, basically the only episode of New Who that I actively dislike)
And two-parters often do work, all the two parters with Chris Eccleston, Human Nature, Impossible Planet, etc... but not all stories are perfect for two parts. Some are: they have a cliffhanger mid way through, have a long but engaging plot, and, most importantly, were written as long scripts. Most of the episodes people have listed were not written that way, they just needed a few minutes extra to fill out the details of the plot, but 2 full 45 minute parts would just make the plot drag
The problem is, no TV network, let alone one like the BBC that has no adverts, is going to allow a programme to have unregular scheduling. If the first episode is 70 minutes, the second is 40, the third is 45, the fourth is 50... They would simply reject it, and ask that all episodes be made the same length, which leads to the seemingly "unfinished" episodes
2 months ago on Are Longer Stories Better? Five Classics
@Amy the Consulting Key Ring @Oodkind I agree with Amy, there is no way the Vashta Nerada would seem overused, the time between their single appearance and now is long enough that they won't feel "tired"
4 months, 3 weeks ago on 5 New Who Monsters in Need of a Return