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6 days, 11 hours 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.
1 week, 1 day 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.
1 week, 1 day 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.
1 week, 6 days ago on Moffat Says He’s Not Running Out of Ideas Yet
@meistlord Fair enough. :)
2 weeks, 1 day 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.
2 weeks, 6 days 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.
3 weeks, 6 days 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 weeks, 1 day 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. :/
1 month 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.
1 month ago on Face-Off: New Who Masters
Pretty sure that's not Journey Blue :P
1 month, 1 week ago on 2014 Christmas Special TV Trailer
I hope not. I hate the 'love beats beats all' endings :P
1 month, 1 week 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?
1 month, 1 week ago on BBC Defends Dark Water Complaints
So it wasn't true? That's so disappointing :/
So are all the people actually dead? What about when Seb said someone had 'left their body to science'? I'm confused now.
So is the whole 'the dead remain conscience' thing meant to be true or just something that Missy's organisation have made up? Are all the dead people actually, properly dead, or is it meant to be a set up? I loved the episode but I'm pretty confused about the whole thing.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on 12 Great Moments From Dark Water
I guess there must still be a Clara reveal coming up as in the last episode Missy said 'I have chosen well.'
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water
Just to add to that- loved Chris Addison in the episode. He was great.
That was fantastic. Seriously amazing. I honestly haven't enjoyed this season as much but this episode blew me away.
I loved Missy's reveal as the Master- a female Master is awesome! Michelle Gomez is fantastic.
Oops. Meant ratings not rarings, haha.
But no one ever said they were going to replace Capaldi with a woman, so what are you worried about? And why presume the Master regenerated into a woman to boost the rarings? Just because it doesn't need a ratings boosts doesnt mean they should scrap the idea of time lords changing gender.
Yeah, because that's definitely an accurate comparison.
How did he alter a long established truth? If you're talking about the Master regenerating into a woman, it was already established that that could happen, so he didn't alter anything.
Why would that mean he would never become a woman?
Happy birthday! My favourite Doctor :)
1 month, 3 weeks 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
1 month, 3 weeks 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!
@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.
1 month, 3 weeks 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.
1 month, 3 weeks 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
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.
1 month, 3 weeks 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).
@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.
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 month, 3 weeks 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.
Clara and Danny are the most irresponsible teachers ever :P
1 month, 4 weeks ago on In the Forest of the Night Promo Pics
Sorry, meant what sort of person, not he what sort of person.
2 months 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 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator