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I love Martha. She's far too underrated IMO. She was strong, she did what had to be done, and then she 'got out' when she realized that there was no use waiting for the Doctor and got on with her life. She was definitely the most resilient of all the companions. I don't know why all people seem to remember about her is that she had unrequited love for the Doctor.
1 week ago on Why I Love Martha Jones
Thanks! I'll take your advice and try his other books.
1 week, 6 days ago on Pratchett and Who: A Missed Opportunity
RIP Terry Pratchett. I loved his Wee Free Men series. Not as familiar with his other work, but he was a very witty and clever writer.
As for the 'doctor who was a safe option for Saturday night teatime', I think that comment was actually taken out of context. It's the headline for an article he wrote about Doctor Who and he actually spoke very fondly of the show. So I guess he must have had mixed opinions.
...I'm so sick of Clara. :/
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Moffat on Paternoster Return, Clara’s Original Exit
I just hope Journey Blue doesn't come back- am I the only one that thought the acting was way over the top with that character? :/
Personally I loved Shona but I can see why she might not be everyone's cup of tea. I'd love for her to make a return. I liked Emma Grayling so I'd be happy for her to come back- she was a bit like Martha to me, which is good. I have to say Psi and Saibra didn't make too much of an impression on me, so I'm not too keen on them making a return.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Not Return
I wish she was coming back, I'd love for her to be a companion!
1 month ago on Faye Marsay: There’s Been No talk of Shona Returning
@Planet of the Deaf I read an interview with Jenna from a magazine where she said she actually auditioned for Doctor Who beforehand to play a friend of Amy Pond, but didn't get the role because she was too short compared to Karen, so maybe that made them think of casting her :)
Children of Earth was good, but the rest was pretty bad IMO. It was branded 'adult Doctor Who' but honestly it felt less like an adults show and more what a group of adolescents think an adult show is- lots of sex and gore for no reason. To me it kind of felt like they had a bunch of teenagers in the writing room writing the episodes, trying really hard to make it adult but completely missing the point of what adult tv is. It was entertaining at times in a ridiculous way but not a quality show. Children of Earth was good though, so if they did it more like that then another series would be good.
1 month, 1 week ago on Eve Myles Hopeful for Torchwood Series 5
KAREN AND THE BABES.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful
I've read some of the other comments and apparently this quote was taken out of context, and that he was saying that the Doctor is written as infallable, so to make him female would be going on a stereotype or something along those lines. I see the point he's trying to make now, however I completely disagree there, the Doctor is written as the hero of the story and is clearly meant to be very strong, and anyway, women don't always have to be written as overly strong, fallible people (I think that's missing the point of what people are asking for when they say they want more lead female characters).
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Davison Wants To See Doctor’s Daughter Spin-Off
Woah, woah woah...
' if you have an uncertain, fallible female Doctor with a really strong male companion, you’ve got more of a stereotype than anything else'? Why would the Doctor becoming female mean he would become uncertain and fallible, and why would the male companion suddenly be really strong? That's a pretty weird assumption to make. Some pretty old fashioned gender stereotypes he's using there...
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Davison Wants To See Doctor’s Daughter Spin-Off
Good list! Personally I would have not included Clara on the list, but I kind of agree with the others, although I might have shuffled them around a bit. :)
2 months ago on The 12 Best Written Moffat Characters
Deep Breath and Dark Water were the only episodes I felt were really good this year, so I'll have to go for Moffat.
2 months, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #11: Writer
What I found really creepy was the scene with the dream Lord and Amy where the dream Lord was saying 'anything could happen'. Especially when you find out the dream Lord was the doctor.
2 months, 1 week ago on The Lord of the Dream: Amy’s Choice in Perspective
Great article- you made me look at the episode in a completely different way!
Faye Marsay (Shona)! She was amazing.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #4: Female Guest Actor
Definitely agree with the winner, A Christmas Carol is my favorite Christmas special.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Festive Face-Off 2014 Winner
@AlessandroArsuffi Can you not generalize just because people have a different opinion to you? Maybe some people just don't like Clara, they're allowed to voice their opinions and are no more loud than people who talk about how much they love her, it's just that people notice negative comments more. A lot of people have genuine reasons for disliking her and are not complaining all day long for the sake of it, as you seem to imply.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Are you happy with Clara staying on? Poll Results
@Planet of the Deaf As mentioned by Stradiwhovius, I found 11's childishness made him darker and scarier in a way. He seemed very unpredictable and could swing between extreme emotions in a rather unsettling way. To me it felt like he could just randomly lose control at any minute and go too far. He certainly wasn't as in control as any of the other Doctors. And there were many unsettling contrasting images, where something brutal is going on and he's still acting like a child- again, as Stradiwhovius mentioned, in AGMGTW there's the image of fighter jet planes actually fighting each other juxtaposed with him mimicking one and looking like he's playing a game. One minute he's playing around and the next he's screaming at someone- to me it made him more dangerous than 12.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The 5 Greatest Strengths of Series 8 (Part 1)
@twoheartsonemind I see what you mean, but I would say that some of the themes of s6 could hit very close to home for some people, and was still a relatable darkness. s6 had Amy losing her baby, and the loss of a child is a very emotive topic. Amy's scream as Melody dissolved was gut wrenching to watch, and I'm not even a parent. Granted, the after effects weren't explored completely, but they weren't with Danny's death either- it was all brushed over pretty quickly.
Good article, but is series 8 darker? Weird, I don't think it is. Series 6 was way darker than series 8. That had the Doctor manipulating the human race into comitting genocide, the companion not realizing she's pregnant because of a clone decoy and basically having no control over her body, the companion waking up in a holding cell about to give birth and screaming as a woman whispers 'push...' to her, the companion being taken as a prisoner so that her baby can be taken by an organization and used as weapon, and her child growing up alone in a dark old orphanage. The whole series is about an organization that has been set up to murder the Doctor and use his friends to get close to him. In AGMGTW it showed the Doctor losing it, getting darker and being destroyed/corrupted by his anger. And as well as dark themes/events, it had plenty of physical horror with the silence and the flesh. Nothing in s8 was darker than TIA/DOTM, TRF/TAP or AGMGTW. I think that people forget the amount of darkness previous series have had because the previous Doctor was a bit cuddlier.
@Planet of the Deaf That last part made me crack up XD
@TheBlueDiary Definitely. Trios are waaay better than duos in my opinion. It's way more interesting, there's so much room for different dynamics etc.
@yoshfiction @TheOncomingFish I completely agree, I loved series 5 and 6. To me the current show feels stale. I'm glad others are enjoying it though!
@Scribey @yoshfiction @TheOncomingFish Happy new year Scribey! :)
@yoshfiction Agreed. We seem to be in the minority though, which is a good thing I guess. Happy new year!
Got to admit I'm absolutely sick of Clara. Honestly, I'm not hyped for series 9- I feel like I'll be watching it more out of duty than anything else. :/
I really hope Shona returns. I'd love for her to be the new companion when Jenna leaves, or we could have a TARDIS trio where she's the new one on board, that would be great. Honestly, I found her more interesting than I've found Clara in 2 whole series (sorry Clara fans!) She was very well developed for a one off character.
3 months ago on Last Christmas Review (Part 2): Questions, Questions
I have honestly never found DW scary... And I don't understand it when people say s8 was darker or scarier than usual, I don't think it was at all really. If anything I'd say series6 was way darker than s8- I mean, that had the companion randomly waking up in this white container thing, with a creepy woman talking to her as she was screaming and giving birth. I'd say that's darker than the stuff in s8.
3 months, 1 week ago on Last Christmas Allegedly “Too scary” for Kids
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Last Christmas New Clip
I personally hope she leaves- sorry Clara fans! I'm not a huge fan of Clara. I think she'll probably stay though.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on New Last Christmas Details & Big Clara Clue?
I don't think the headline means anything or offers any clues at all- Moffat and co love trolling us, and at the moment they're really dragging out the 'will she leave or won't she leave?', so this is probably just to fuel the rumours. Does anyone remember at the end of The Pandorica Opens, when Amy gets shot, while the credits were rolling the BBC advertised an 'Amy's best moments' thing? This is probably similar- it's to create hype.
@Moffat'sLittleHelper Can't wait for Chrsitmas!!! : I don't think women have as many lead female characters as men do with male characters. Barely any top grossing movies are female fronted, and that's a fact- only 15% in 2013 were. Not that there aren't good arguments for not having a female Doctor, but personally I don't think there being as many lead female characters as there are male characters is one of them.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on An Opinion On Gender Regeneration: Plot or Politics?
'I’ll also ask this question: what if River or Romana regenerated into a man? (RoMANa, anyone? No? Sorry, I’ll get my coat.) I certainly would dislike that as much as I dislike it for the Doctor and the Master. Would those of you in favor of having the Doctor or Master become a woman approve of that? Not to sound rude here, but if one does not, if I were that person I’d question whether or not my goal was to give a stronger representation of women within the show or to give a weaker representation of men.'
This argument just doesn't work. Lots of people don't seem to understand how different that is. There are countless numbers of lead male characters but barely any female ones, especially in the film industry. Just to back that point up- in 2013 only 15% of the top grossing movies were female fronted. That's crazy considering women make up about 50% of the population. There are countless blockbusters and big movies with lead male characters for the audience to root for, but barely any female ones. So can't you see how unfair it would be to take one of the few lead characters that are female and turn them into a male? Whereas there are so many lead male characters that it makes literally zero difference. And saying that people okay with a male character turning female but don't approve of a female character turning into a male want a 'weaker representation of men' is kind of ridiculous when you look at the statistic I mentioned earlier. They're just looking at overall representation in the media and figuring out that those are two different situations.
I'm not sure. Series 8 felt stale to me- and I say that as a general fan of his writing. We'll see.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat Says He’s Not Running Out of Ideas Yet
@meistlord Fair enough. :)
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Clara, or a New Companion for Series 9?
@EchtNiemand Yes, but that doesn't mean Clara should stay. At least let them start over and then maybe they might come up with a fresh idea.
The thing is, there are so many things they could do that haven't already been done. But they play it safe and give us that same 'cute, feisty girl' (I dislike the word feisty, I'm just using it because that's the way they describe all the companions). There are so many other things they could do.
I hope she leaves. Sorry Clara fans! Here are my main reasons why:
1. To me she feels like the writers were out of ideas for a new companion so they just went through ticking boxes. Feisty? Check. Cute? Check. Quirky? Check. She's like what the writers think a perfect companion is. And in a way, she is. That's the problem. She feels like she was designed for the role, without any huge distinctions. She's like an amalgamation of all the qualities a companion should have. But that doesn't make for a good or interesting character. I don't want a character that can come up with the best quips or who can give the most inspirational speeches. I want someone who is interesting and feels like they could be a real person.
2. I feel like we are constantly being told to like her. It's like the narrative is screaming 'LIKE CLARA!! Look, she's witty! She's quirky! Look, she just gave an inspirational speech! Look, she cried and the Doctor sprung into action and saved Gallifrey!' When to me that doesn't make an engaging or relatable character. In series 8 they tried to give her more depth, and she did kind of get more, but she still feels like a blank canvass to me. I can't see this improving after two series.
Having said that if she were to stay I would want her to stay for the whole of series 9, for no reason other than I don't like it when companions leave mid series. It doesn't feel right and is unfair on the new companion, to have to come in mid series.
*gets ready for the bombs about to be thrown my way* :P
Nothing wrong with it, I just wouldn't find it particularly interesting. It would basically be more of the same.
4 months ago on Rumour: Christmas Won’t Be Jenna Coleman’s Last
I kind of hope she leaves, I feel like her story is done. Really can't see what else they can do with the character, plus her series 8 story arc would be quite a big way to end her run. With all that's happened, I feel like they're building up to a big, climactic departure, so it will be disappointing if she ends up staying.
As a side note, happy birthday to Karen Gillan. I'm surprised there hasn't been an article posted about it on this site!
@Clara Bosswald wants a Kate Stewart Spin-off Sorry, probably didn't word that in the best way! I know it wasn't an against argument, more of a reason for why the Doctor being male is also good. And yes, time lords are definitely genderfluid.
4 months ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
@91 Queen of Evil You may be able to think of a lot of iconic female characters, but if you look at the film industry and see how many big movies have main male characters compared to how many have lead females, the difference is huge. I think I read only 15% of the highest earning moves in 2013 were female led, and that is because there are barely any of them. So I think that's what people mean when talking about the lack of female characters- there are barely ever any films out in cinema with iconic female leads. Women are pretty under represented.
'Would you have a female James Bond or Harry Potter? Or on the reverse side, would you go as far as turning heroines like Lara Croft or Ellen Ripley into a man?'
That is completely different. There are plenty of iconic male characters but barely any female ones. Taking someone like Lara Croft or Ellen Ripley and turning them into a man would be completely unfair because there are barely any lead female characters in the media. Compare that to the countless blockbusters released with male leads for the audience to root for, where the female character (if there is one) is usually just a damsel in distress or the kickass, pretty sidekick. So taking a strong female lead would be taking away one of the few strong female characters we have.
Not that there aren't good arguments against a female Doctor. Clara Bosswald gave a very good one. To be honest I haven't yet formed a solid view on whether or not I'd like there to be a female Doctor. But making comparisons like this don't work because women are under represented in the media.
Also- 'the Master is now permanently branded a woman and because of this has shifted characteristics to be more like a woman and not a man trapped in a woman’s body.' Why is that a bad thing?
@Only as old Whovian as you feel - Hello Rusty I'm not really sure what you mean by 'enjoy the differences'. The main difference for women and men and in the media is that there are plenty of iconic male characters with big movies, whereas there are barely any females. How are we meant to enjoy that?
And I think what they were saying with that example was that taking a male character and turning it into a female character is very different from taking a female character and turning it into a male character, because by taking a female character you are taking one of the few iconic female characters out there. Taking Ellen Ripley and turning her into a man would be unfair, because there are so little female characters like that out there. Whereas there are an abundance of lead male characters. It was a metaphor to show what the difference would be.
I have to say I never warmed to Clara, so I'm hoping she leaves. Plus her story is over.
4 months, 1 week ago on Moffat Can’t Confirm Jenna Coleman for Series 9
I honestly didn't like this series that much. Deep Breath, the final (although I didn't like the resolution- it was a total missed opportunity IMO) and Listen were good but apart from that the episodes weren't that great. I almost feel like the ideas are running out. :/
4 months, 1 week ago on BBC Declares Series 8 A Triumph
Michelle Gomez. One of the only times I've ever found a Doctor Who villain actually scary. Her Master was thrilling.
4 months, 1 week ago on Face-Off: New Who Masters
Pretty sure that's not Journey Blue :P
4 months, 2 weeks ago on 2014 Christmas Special TV Trailer
I hope not. I hate the 'love beats beats all' endings :P
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Death in Heaven Clip
So is it supposed to be true that you're still alive in some form after you die, just not that you are still connected to your body?
4 months, 3 weeks ago on BBC Defends Dark Water Complaints