"Oh, my boys. My poncho boys. If we're gonna die, let's die looking like a Peruvian folk band!"
Happy birthday! My favourite Doctor :)
3 days, 3 hours ago on Happy Birthday, Matt Smith!
@The Lazy Cat Has Gone to Heaven... With Clara. @Master Michael Moon When did they suggest that might happen? I missed this :P
4 days ago on Dark Water TV Trailer
@Master Michael Moon Nah, there's no way Karen Gillan would agree to come back.
This looks so good. I really hope it lives up to expectations though!
4 days, 6 hours ago on Dark Water TV Trailer
@Clara Laurinda @TheOncomingFish I never actually said that. What I mean is that she always knew exactly what to say and always managed to come up with some insightful, beautiful advise for the Doctor to follow. I just got a bit tired of it constantly being 'and now Clara gives another beautiful extra special speech that turns the whole episode around!' 'And now Clara gives a beautiful speech to the Time Lords and they're so astonished with how beautiful her speech is they give the Doctor extra lives!' etc. Just my opinion, I'm not saying you're not entitled to yours, just that that is personally not how I like my story telling to be. She always seemed like she was around to be this all knowing, perfect companion and so I think it would be an interesting twist, that's all.
4 days, 6 hours ago on Next Time: Dark Water
Although it doesn't affect the show or my enjoyment of it, if a writer is acting sexist in interviews (not that Moffat is sexist in all his interviews, it's just that he sometimes says things that come across that way) I am going to be a bit annoyed, and I don't think the fact that someone is just a person can excuse them from making a sexist remark in an interview. Not that I buy into all the 'Moffat is sexist!!!' stuff, and I think some of the accusations are a tad over the top, especially ones regarding his writing. I just think that we shouldn't just dismiss it if someone says something offensive in an interview just because we like their work.
4 days, 7 hours ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode
I know, but I think the fact that he said it didn't matter is beside the point. I didn't like the fact that when he talked about his male actor he talked about his talent, but when he talked about the female actress in his show all he talked about was her looks and if she was ugly or pretty, like that's all that matters when hiring a girl to play the companion. It kind of reduced Karen Gillan to just being some pretty object that's only there for her looks, when in reality we know she's quite a talented actress. He should have talked about that like he did with his male actor.
Not that I'm trying to make a big deal out of it! I just think that although Moffat is a good writer he has said some pretty questionable things in the past so I don't think the sexism claims are always wrong/pulled out of nowhere, although some of them may be a tad over the top.
@carlosvalero772 'This is it Clara-one of those moments. The darkest day, the blackest hour. Let's see what we're made of, you and I.'
'These are tombs. Why would anyone go to so much trouble to keep watch on the dead?'
'The dead don't come back.'
'Who are you?'
There you go! :P
4 days, 8 hours ago on Dark Water TV Trailer
It was okay... the ending was really weird though, when the little girl's sister came back. I just found it kind of silly, how she was just sitting in the bush (seriously, whaaat??). :P
Some nice environmental messages though, and the directing was pretty fantastic. The beginning scene was gorgeous visually.
Don't really know what to rate it.
5 days, 21 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night
'“Death is not an end” promises the sinister organisation known only as 3W – but, as the Doctor and Clara discover, you might wish it was.'
What if Clara died sometime earlier on but was replaced with whoever this 'bad' Clara is by Missy/the 3W- so death is not the end, and you may wish it was because your image/personality can then be used for evil purposes? (hope this makes sense).
5 days, 21 hours ago on Next Time: Dark Water
@Notsosmartguy's got no strings on him I actually hope that isn't the case and her story does end with it turning out that she was being manipulated all along/wasn't real. It would be sad but I think it would be a really gutsy way to end the series/her story, and would be totally away from how they normally do companion stories. I think it's about time something like this happened.
5 days, 22 hours ago on Next Time: Dark Water
It would also explain a lot of her actions- she's always been rather conveniently amazing if you know what I mean. She always says the right thing, does the right thing- always knows exactly what to do to make things turn out the way they should. I always thought that was odd and never liked it that much, so it would be a really cool twist for Missy to have been manipulating her all this time. Everything would slot into place.
This sounds weird but I kind of hope Clara is a baddie or has been manipulated this whole time... that would be such an epic twist. It would be totally unexpected and a really brave decision on Moffat's part.
Damn, I'm going to be disappointed if this is just one big Moffat troll!
@ADeviousTree As a teenager I can confirm that most teenagers are not like Courtney. The annoying thing about the way Doctor Who writes teenage girls is that they're all presented in exactly the same stereotypical way: one dimensional, annoying and obsessed with phones, when most of us aren't like that at all. If they could actually write a teenager with depth and not a one-note personality then that would be great, but since they can't seem too I wish they wouldn't include them in episodes at all.
1 week, 1 day ago on In the Forest of the Night Advance Review
@supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. I don't think he is sexist in his writing, and I think most of the sexism claims about his writing are people just looking for things that aren't there. I love most of his female characters (although I wish they weren't all the sassy-type, but that's not because of sexism). I personally find him a much better showrunner than Davies (just my personal opinion!). However he has said some things in the past which might fuel the accusations. I did see one interview where I felt kind of uncomfortable. It was with him and Karen Gillan and the interviewer asked how he came to cast Matt and Karen or something like that. When he was talking about Matt he talked about what an amazing actor he was. When he talked about Karen he just talked about how he thought 'she looked ugly on the video and he was expecting a beach ball to come in, but when he actually saw her she was a flame haired goddess!' So yeah, while I love his writing and all the layers it has I can see why some people might take offence to an interview like that.
1 week, 1 day ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode
Clara and Danny are the most irresponsible teachers ever :P
1 week, 3 days ago on In the Forest of the Night Promo Pics
Sorry, meant what sort of person, not he what sort of person.
2 weeks ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote
Definitely on Clara's side here and I personally can't see how the doctor could be seen as in the right here. Being respectful and recognising that this wasn't his decision was not what he did here-he what sort of person, knowing that the egg was completely harmless, would leave his poor best friend alone to decide whether to kill it or not (a life changing decision) and not even bother to tell her what he knew- that there was no point in killing it because it wouldn't harm earth anyway? He was completely manipulative.
Not making any presumptions but I really hope this episode wasn't some metaphor for abortion- what did he mean by 'womankind' anyway? :P
The increased ratings could have something to do with the fact that the guest cast was quite famous this week- it had Frank Skinner and I'm sure some of Foxes' fans tuned in to see her in the show.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@ajax0407 @TheOncomingFish @Lord Styro the Drashig Ah, ok. That was a nice touch to the episode!
1 month ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
@bringmeknitting @RUAZ I actually liked it, because 12 is never portrayed as being in the right. Danny exposes the hypocrisy 12 has. I like where this series is going in terms of exposing the not so nice side of the Doctor. It makes an interesting change.
I don't feel like it's so bad that it seems to contradict the way he's been in the past. People change, the Doctor even more that most. This might be a prejudice/feeling he's only just developed, and there are any number of reasons why he could have.
@Lord Styro the Drashig This may sound stupid but why is it?
I actually really enjoyed that. I wasn't expecting much but it was great fun. And that end scene was really exciting. I did find Danny's backflip a little ridiculous though. 8/10.
Can't wait for Kill The Moon, that looks amazing.
I'm excited about Faye Marsay being cast!
1 month, 1 week ago on 2014 Christmas Special Guest Stars Confirmed: Frost, McMullen & Troughton
I hope not. Am I the only one that thought the actress was really bad? She over did everything.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Taking a ‘Journey’ Into the Future: The Next Companion
I loved Deep Breath, and one of the reasons I love it is because Clara finally went from being this perfect, unrealistic plot devise to a real person. Suddenly the cracks in her always calm, always bubbly exterior began to show and we finally got character development. You could tell throughout the episode that she was completely out of her comfort zone; everything was out of her control. I loved the scene with flashbacks to the classroom- it said so much about her character. I didn't like Clara that much during series 7 but if she continues like this she could become one of my favourites. If I'm being honest I also wasn't that sure about Jenna's acting before, I thought she was okay but not amazing, but she was really outstanding in this episode.
I can already tell series 8 is going to be great!
2 months ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald
I don't understand why Vastra kissing Jenny would receive complaints. They're a married couple and she was saving her wife's life. It's important that stuff like this is shown on television, especially on family shows, to show kids that love is love and homosexuality is normal.
2 months ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss
Wow, that trailer is great! I hope we're in for a darker series.
And this is kind of irrelevant, but I like Clara's dress.
4 months ago on Series 8 Airdate Confirmed, New Trailer & Image
@NewWho2012 Not all girls who watch Who are like that though. I'm a girl and I can still appreciate the acting of David and Matt, even if they are good looking. It doesn't stop us from appreciating good/bad acting.
4 months, 1 week ago on Colin Baker: Tennant & Smith Brought Female Fans to Doctor Who
I'm sure he didn't mean it the way it came out, but I do find his comments slightly irritating. Would the male fanbase leave if they got an older woman to play the companion? Of course not, so why presume the female fanbase will leave now that the Doctor is older? That's like saying girls can't be interested in sci-fi, and that surely the only reason we watch it is because the guys are hot. It's unfair to assume that all the girls that watch it only watch it for David and Matt and to presume that we're that shallow that we'll all leave because there's an older man playing the part. David and Matt are both attractive, but that's not why I watch Who.
Sorry, meant I never would have got, not ever!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Clara Oswald – A Question of Perspective
"And finally by the time the mystery is unravelled we already know Clara pretty well. She’s clever, resourceful, determined, ambitious, bossy, flirty, selfless, persuasive, total control-freak, she loves children, is confident, brave, loves making souffles and doesn’t abandon the people she cares about."
I think for me that's the problem. Many of those qualities you could easily apply to other companions that have come before her and the qualities that are more unique to her, such as being a control freak, haven't really been explored. I ever would have got that she was a control freak if it wasn't stated in TTOTD. She hasn't been given enough depth or development for me to find her interesting. So far, to me, it seems like loving children and not abandoning people are her only really interesting qualities. Good article though!
Looks interesting. And hopefully this is a much needed Clara-centric episode.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: Tunnel Vision
Silhouette and The Blood Cell sound very good. The Crawling Terror doesn't sound very good though.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on First 12th Doctor Novels Detailed
@Deus_Ex_Machina But that's because the main character, who has a lot of depth, gets much of the focus and is the hero of many of the stories, is always male, so it makes sense to balance that out by having the main supporting character be female and for her to get more focus than the male companion. If the main supporting character was male too that would be unfair because there would be no main female characters in the show.
5 months ago on Sexism and Doctor Who: The Truth
@Master Michael Moon Interesting, because for me it's completely the opposite. IMO the quality has improved drastically. It's no longer melodramatic and the stories and visuals are so much better. The scripts are the opposite of 'dreadful' and it's not just because of the USA taking an interest in it that DW is currently doing well. The viewing figures of the 50th should prove that; the fact that it was simulcast in so many different countries is amazing and shows that Moffat has brought the show to new levels of popularity. And really it's a testament to the quality of the current writing that it's managed to become so popular in the USA.
5 months ago on Doctor Who Could Have Ended With Tennant
I loved series 5 and series 6. but series 7 just had something missing for me. I feel like it was more style over substance. Plus I just can't bring myself to care about Clara enough which has probably affected my enjoyment of it. I feel like we need to get to know her more as at the moment she doesn't seem to be particularly complex or interesting. I don't feel like Moffat spent enough time giving her development and depth, which is a shame as I know he's a fantastic writer and has the ability to give some great character development. That's just my opinion though!
5 months, 1 week ago on Why I Love… Series 7
I wish Sally Sparrow was a companion. She was a great character and Carey Mulligan is an amazing actress.
5 months, 1 week ago on 5 Could Have Been Companions
@Doctor What Couldn't have put it better myself.
5 months, 1 week ago on Smith on 50th Classic Doctor Criticisms
@social_crime There's really no need to be sarcastic just because I don't have exactly the same opinion as you. :P
5 months, 1 week ago on Another New Companion for Series 8?
Great to see some fresh talent on Doctor Who! And it's nice to see a female director.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Rachel Talalay Directing Series 8
Not keen on having a kid in the TARDIS. :/
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Another New Companion for Series 8?
@Planet of the Deaf *gasps* Spoilers!
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: Volcano Day
Amy's definitely my favourite companion. I could probably ramble on and on about what's so amazing about her character, haha. She had flaws and the most depth of all the companions IMO. Plus her character development was amazing. We literally saw her grow up, and change as a person, while still being Amy.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Comparing the Female Companions of Revived Who
Good to see Karen's doing so well for herself after DW :)
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful
@Planet of the Deaf Well, he is in Terminator now! I reckon he's got a pretty big career ahead of him. Doctor Who won't be a footnote, but I don't think it will be the one thing he's most famous for.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Smith Jealous of Capaldi and Series 8
@LordRassilon I really doubt he was forced out of it. Although it's obvious he loved the role he'll want to move on and do other things and raise his profile as an actor. I'm pretty sure he said in a few interviews before he even left that he wants to break Hollywood.
@TheGreatCompanion I think it's on the wrong hand.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful
I disagree with him here. It's not 'denying him a full life', I love character moments/development, it's that it was soapily done. It was really melodramatic to me. Personally I feel that the emotion in the Moffat era was more subtle.
6 months ago on RTD on Doctor Who Becoming “Too Soapy”
@chinnysandshoes I completely agree with everything you've said.
6 months ago on 10 Scene Stealing Clara Moments