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I have to admit that I'm not overly bothered. If Gaiman were to return I would prefer he leave elements of the mythos of Who alone, and instead write a strange, weird and disturbing story that the Doctor and Clara can find themselves in. I felt giving Gaiman the Cybermen was a misstep. I enjoyed The Doctor's Wife though.
1 month ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode
Giant spiders, eh? Vashta Nerada, eh? Well, I guess something has to lay their eggs... just saying. Mind you, this could just be the Doctor muttering "Who turned out the lights?" to himself when he finds the dead desiccated body in a spacesuit on the moonrise. It's the sort of knowingly insensitive thing I have come to expect this incarnation to say in times of danger like when Ross died and he said, "Top layer, if you want to say a few words"
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Kill the Moon – 12 Hints & Teasers
@babydoll3156 Sorry but I have to agree with Christoph1337 that the accent put on the Architect did have a bit of a North American twang to it.
2 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
@ChrisLeroux Hey Chris, like you I would give the episode a 7 out of 10. It was a fun, entertaining episode and I guess we all have to remember there is a need for these types of episodes as well as the more serious so as to keep the variety running through. In answer to your questions: 1) The reason the Doctor/Architect needed to use that specific point in time was that was when the planet's sunstorm would play havoc with the electricals of the vault's locking mechanism. The Doctor/Architect was able to get as far as the door of the vault to drop off the suitcases but no further hence the need for the interference from the sunstorm. 2) I would have to rewatch the episode to understand this question because I didn't get that the Doctor wanted Saibre or Psi to die specifically, should the Teller find them. Could you elaborate? 3) I think this episode was more to show us the Doctor's character rather than the Doctor learning about himself. For me, I learned that despite his gruff exterior this incarnation of the Doctor does still care enough to risk himself to save a species on the edge of extinction. Though it may sound callous (and I guess it is) there are plenty of humans like Saibre and Psi in the universe so if, sadly, they did die then no great loss in terms of the numbers of humans (other than no human life should ever be taken so lightly). But the point being that the Teller species were down to two so the Doctor had to risk his life/lives and give incentives to Saibre and Psi in order for them to help him, knowing full well the danger. Personally, I wouldn't try to read too much into analogies between the characters in this week's episode and the Doctor; I think it was more for us to see that as much as the Doctor changes, the more he stays the same...
I'm glad it's not just me then. While I love Capaldi as the Doctor there have been instances
In all three episodes so far there have been instances where I've had to listen very carefully and sometimes put the subtitles on. And I write copy for a living so I have a fairly good ear for the written and spoken word.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Is Capaldi’s Accent Causing Issues?
@bl0ndie98 I'm sorry but I doubt this very much. It would be too much although I do think a child's death is very possible...
2 months, 1 week ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon
If as you say there is 'the promise of a “surprise” to come' then I wonder whether Clara will someday become the Doctor's mother. Before I get metaphorically down voted, please hear me out. In some ways Clara is already the 'mother' of the concept of 'the Doctor' in that little Gallifreyan boy's mind. And she has knowledge now that the Doctor, in his youth, grew up in an orphanage for some reason. While this is odd in itself because we saw the Doctor's 'mother' in RTD's reign (though she was never specifically called that) I now wonder whether Danny Pink, a soldier, and Clara Oswald, a teacher, end up having a baby boy... one that is left on the 'doorstep' so to speak of Gallifrey. Okay, so that doesn't explain the two hearts physiology (yet) but metaphorically speaking Clara is the Doctor's spiritual mother at least... so maybe she is his ancestor in some way, that her and Danny's female offspring (well after Orson) have a little boy on Gallifrey and leave him there, for whatever reason (another mystery). Moffat does seem intent on giving the Doctor a second family with River, Amy and Rory so why not hints to his first family? He did mention Dad skills casually in the episode...
2 months, 1 week ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
@SherieMikenajLehman I do wonder in regards the barn and the sky not being orange that this episode was a little bit of an afterthought by Moffat. That's not criticising the idea, rather he had a "slap the forehead" moment and wondered why he hadn't thought of it sooner.
@MrRazza, Latest Result: Mr Pink is Human Little else? Are you serious? She's someone who defined an aspect of the Doctor's later character when he was a little boy i.e., it's okay to be scared, just don't let it overtake you, instead use it to your advantage. She didn't just provide some words; she helped set a young boy on the path to greatness. If it wasn't for Clara's words, the young boy who would one day become the Doctor would never have had the courage to strive to go to the Academy or even contemplate using The Moment to stop the Time War.
If it's something the Doctor has never done before... and it's shocking (possibly) because it changes everything... well, what if Courtney dies and the Doctor breaks one of the Laws of Time by going back and rescuing her before she dies. He's never done that before because of the Time Lords and the Laws of Time... but now there are no more Time Lords in this universe he can do whatever he likes. Some might argue that the Tenth Doctor did 'save' Adelaide Brooke in 'The Waters of Mars' but he didn't watch her die or indeed was the cause of her death. When Brooke found out she took her own life to correct the time line, but Courtney dying in front the Doctor because of his actions might be enough for him to cross his own time line (again something he's not supposed to do) to save her before she dies. It's just a thought...
For me, I would love to see Journey Blue as the new companion. As soon as the Doctor turned her down and then seeing Clara had fallen for a soldier I knew this was a perhaps a setup that will teach the Doctor when he meets Danny not all soldiers are unworthy of a second chance, especially when those people are ready to lay down their lives for others. I've said it on this site before but I expect there to be a scene where we see Journey Blue walking away mere moments after the TARDIS left a la Rose only for it to return, the Doctor now older and wiser, offering Journey the chance to come with him. If there isn't a resolution to this then I see no reason for having such a strong character in Journey in that episode (though it is good to see strong characterisation though, don't get me wrong).
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Taking a ‘Journey’ Into the Future: The Next Companion
I've often wondered if the woman in the shop who gave Clara the TARDIS number was actually a splinter of Clara. It would be very Moffat-like if a woman rushed past Clara, head down, and quickly pressed a piece of paper with the number on into her hand, as she rushed from the shop before Clara could see who it was or thank her. It seems all too plausible - or should I say impossible ;D
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 8: Brave New Clara
It'll probably be Toby Whithouse or Mark Gatiss I reckon. As people say, someone who is part of the NuWho family already.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Horowitz on Showrunner Rumours
I wouldn't write Journey Blue off quite so easily. I think we may at the end of the series see the Doctor returning for her a few moments after he has left because he has learned that even soldiers - such as he was - need a second chance at life.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Into the Dalek Review
And now that Deep Breath has been confirmed with 9.17 million viewers (!) we really ought not be worried.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Into the Dalek UK Ratings
The ratings may be considered lower than average but only because the show has never been in a slot such as August before. In my opinion this is a bit of a 'graveyard slot' since a lot of the audience will be on holiday abroad. This isn't the traditional time to put shows like Doctor Who on; it's testimony to the strength of the show that in this date slot it can still get over 5 million viewers watching it at the time of transmission. If these episodes were shown in the second or third week of September then I think we would be up to 7 million plus at the time of transmission. That said, I don't think there's anything to be worried about.
@Roq777 I completely agree although Moffat has suggested that there will be the return of a major foe this season. Not sure whether they will be someone we've seen already since 2005 or just from the classic series. i've written my thoughts below.
3 months ago on Introducing Missy the “Gatekeeper”: Who is She?
@ChrisLeroux Or even that Clara is killed in the penultimate episode, "Dark Water" and the Doctor tries to reclaim her in "Death in Heaven", the finale.
@BenIsacremeeggRhodes Exactly what I thought earlier. Considering the last episode of the series is called "Death in Heaven" I
wonder if Missy isn't some personification of Death itself (as the
title implies) and as Moffat has described her as being "a tiny bit satanic".
The Doctor has always flirted with death in a metaphorical sense hence
Missy's belief that he loves her and is in some way her "boyfriend". So
with that in mind perhaps Missy is putting together an army of those who
the Doctor has defeated so she (and who she works for) can storm the
gates of Heaven or reality itself or even the Earth. Given her attire, I
wonder also if she isn't connected in some way to the Black Guardian
perhaps? Could he be her boss? She is only a gatekeeper of course so who
runs the show if not her? Moffat has teased that "…another major foe
will be making a return" and I can think of few other major foes that
have yet to be brought back but the ethereal ones like the Guardians,
white and black. It has also been mooted that there will be "dark times
ahead” and that dead means dead. And if you check the Monsters page of
the BBC's Doctor Who site, most of the enemies that have appeared in the
rebooted series are there along with some anomalies like the Meddling
Monk, the Kandy Man and of course the Rani. But the Black Guardian is
also there, so I do wonder that if Missy isn't the Rani (and I would
love her to be) then I think she is a minion of the Black Guardian if
not the character him/herself.
@mjplus4 I think it's only because there are a limited amount of locations the NuWho crew can use and redress a number of times, a little like the overuse of the Temple of Peace in Cardiff. I'm not sure there is any other coincidence to be honest...
I have a few ideas, nothing concrete but some thoughts. Considering the last episode of the series is called "Death in Heaven" I wonder if Missy isn't some personification of Death itself (as the title implies) and as Moffat has described her as being "a tiny bit satanic". The Doctor has always flirted with death in a metaphorical sense hence Missy's belief that he loves her and is in some way her "boyfriend". So with that in mind perhaps Missy is putting together an army of those who the Doctor has defeated so she (and who she works for) can storm the gates of Heaven or reality itself or even the Earth. Given her attire, I wonder also if she isn't connected in some way to the Black Guardian perhaps? Could he be her boss? She is only a gatekeeper of course so who runs the show if not her? Moffat has teased that "…another major foe will be making a return" and I can think of few other major foes that have yet to be brought back but the ethereal ones like the Guardians, white and black. It has also been mooted that there will be "dark times ahead” and that dead means dead. And if you check the Monsters page of the BBC's Doctor Who site, most of the enemies that have appeared in the rebooted series are there along with some anomalies like the Meddling Monk, the Kandy Man and of course the Rani. But the Black Guardian is also there, so I do wonder that if Missy isn't the Rani (and I would love her to be) then I think she is a minion of the Black Guardian if not the character him/herself.
@XanderH While i love the gloss of your work it is for me (and as you say) a little too "Star Trek" in its composition. For me, Doctor Who has never been a "space" show, more a time travel show and an uneverving one at times too. So I prefer this idea of time finally being a conceptual part of the intro titles rather than it all being about spacefields and spinning galaxies. But saying that, I think you are immensely talented and I wish you the very best of luck.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Series 8 Title Sequence
What if… what if… we get an adversary every bit as cunning as the Doctor… and what if that individual is the Master… and what if he wears the same face as the Doctor! Now wouldn't that make for an interesting season where we wouldn't know until the finale that the Master now looks like the Doctor and is causing all sorts of mayhem in the name (well, face) of the Doctor.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Capaldi’s Hint On Past Whoniverse Appearances
@TheElusiveWhovian And yet, remember the furore about the trailer that was shown only at ComicCon last year (or the year before; I forget...). It seems there are no rules other than ensuring Doctor Who gets a more than fair share of publicity which, in the end, isn't a bad thing.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Deep Breath Screenings & Spoilers: Pros & Cons
@TheNightmareChild sees into your soul! In a way Capaldi sounds as if he's channeling Hartnell's Doctor. He never had much time for humans although as he progressed he grew fonder of his companions. As you say, I think it's a case of his brain rewriting itself and pushing certain aspects of his past incarnations to the forefront, and suppressing those from recent ones, hence why the seventh Doctor said regeneration was a lottery and one never knew what one would end up with. The Doctor is always the Doctor when all is said and done, it's just he's literally the sum of all his parts to varying degrees. Hope that helps in some way...
4 months ago on Capaldi’s Doctor More Alien, Less “human-friendly”
For me it is more about the tone of the story and the inherent danger that makes the story dark. When all the actors (and production staff) take the episode very seriously indeed then that dark magic tends to happen. That's not to say that the current production crew don't take the current show seriously but we all have to admit there have been a lot of episodes recently that have been light on suspense and consistent storytelling. I only have to think back to some of the Hinchcliffe era – Genesis of the Daleks, Planet of Evil, Pyramids of Mars, The Brain of Morbius, The Hand of Fear and of course The Talons of Weng-Chiang to understand how brillant Doctor Who can be when it is "seriously dark".
4 months ago on What Actually Makes a Story Dark?
I guess the closest we have come in recent years is the sort-of trilogy: Utopia / The Sound of Drums / The Last of the Time Lords. For me, that worked as a two hour and fifteen minute movie of sorts.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Is the Current Format a Serial Killer?
I still think a full 60 minutes is needed now for Doctor Who. There have been too many episodes of late where the ending has suffered because of either a lack of a decent story editing and / or not enough time to tell the story well. The Power of Three springs to mind, along with a few others from series seven. Then again, I perhaps think the series just needs a strong story editor - one who can stand up to Moffat - considering The Time of the Doctor was a full hour and that didn't quite fulfil the the story's requisite in places... but then, Moffat wrote the wonderful "A Christmas Carol" which was almost as perfect a story as one could get. Sheesh, I'm confused...
For me it could be as simple as this: when the Eleventh Doctor was regenerating for the "final" time, his whole life flashed before him. For some reason Caecilius' face stuck in his mind and that's why he regenerated into the form he did. There really doesn't have to be anything more than that. As for Frobisher? He could simply be an ancestor of Caecilius who happens to genetically look a lot like his great-great-great … great-great Garndfather. Genes are funny things; they find ways to make themselves known at the oddest of times, and least expected.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Capaldi’s Previous Appearances: A Theory
Personally I have no problem with the Doctor being half-human. It would certainly explain his love of the planet Earth, and makes him different from ordinary Time Lords. It might even go some way to explain his erratic behaviour and even more tumultuous regenerations. I don't know why a minority or majority (?) of fans have such a problem with the idea...
6 months, 3 weeks ago on RTD: Fans Can’t Ignore “Half-Human” Doctor
@The_Eternal_Dalek Right, and if that was the case the BBC would never have made "An Adventure in Time and Space" or even alluded to all the previous Doctors in the anniversary special. We must remember that for a lot of people Doctor Who did "start", for them at least, in 2005. I remember the Pertwee days, but I'm all for celebrating NuWho as well as the Classic series.
8 months ago on Celebrate 9 Years Since Doctor Who’s Revival
@Baker Street It's weird for me that my first memories are of Jon Petwee as the Third Doctor, and here we are, looking forward to Peter Capaldi as the fourteenth incarnation of the Time Lord! How time flies!
You know, seeing this picture of Capaldi and Coleman I must prefer the age difference / vibe / dynamic of there being an older Doctor with a younger companion. It just seems right. While I loved Matt (and he played "old" or rather "ancient" well, especially through the eyes) I was never a fan of the companions being visually the same age as the Doctor. But this... this feels right and I'm really looking forward to series 8.
8 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming: Sneak Peek at a New Monster
I'm so surprised no one has suggested she is playing the Rani yet. Not that I think she is but just saying...
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8: Keeley Hawes cast as Ms Delphox
@Deus_Ex_Machina Why be surpised; the character of the Doctor is almost Godlike in his actions anyway, and who can forget the Christ allusions in "Voyage of the Damned" when the Doctor ascended on the arms of two "angels" to save humanity... and there was a time in the Eighties/Nineties when the production team were actually positing the idea that the Doctor was God himself...
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who and Sexuality
@TheOncomingHurricane @NotQuiteATimeLord Brannigan's comment was said, if you watch the episode again, wryly and with a huge amount of comfort and love toward the sisters. There was nothing implied in his statement other than acceptance.
@Timhogan @The8thDoctor I think the issue some are taking is simply that characters - like people in real life - are the way they are, regardless of the storyline, not because of it.
@Timhogan But people were never persecuted, shot or imprisoned because they liked a different brand of toothpaste than their neighbours. While I agree that ramming issues like this bluntly and without finesse is never going to work, there needs to be groups to ensure that LGBTQ peoples' human rights are not infringed. And they are in places liek Russia and Nigeria today... this is why there needs to be an almost overwhelming opposition to bigotry and ignorance because if there isn't then people will forget that there are LGBTQ people suffering - and dying - today simply because of the way they were born.
@Chris502 @Kranitoko I love the way Vastra or Jenny refers to the other as their wife... it's incredibly modern and right... I often refer to my male partner as my husband as a way of explaining to people about my life situation rather than saying overtly, "I'm gay! Accept it!" I just let two and two make four... it's up to them how they deal with it.
@Oliver J. "cool" I'm not against bigotted people as individuals, just their ignorance.
@GregChipman And I'm gay, and I look at beautiful women and think, "If I was straight I would..." I don't think sexuality is completely fixed, and I've known a few men and women who have thought themselves 100% gay, only to find themselves attracted to the opposite sex. In the end it doesn't matter who you are attracted to as long as you love and respect them.
@Doctor Hoosier "[Canton] had one line indicating he wanted to marry a man but it is totally within reason this was simply a lie." - really!? You're honestly going to try and add a level of complexity to a character that was accepted by the Doctor and the President of the United States as being gay... head in the sand much!?
@Jeremy Kyle But also, being a gay man myself, I'm always very aware that straight people don't greet others with, "Hi, I'm Peter; I'm straight by the way". In these times - and having lived through the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties - I am amazed by how different takes on sexuality are accepted these days. While those who are young and coming out now think it is hard - it's hard no matter what - I remember trying to find role models in the Seventies and Eighties. It was nigh on impossible, and the only ones who were visible and "accepted" were John "I'm free" Inman of Are You Being Served and Larry "Shut That Door" Grayson! These people set themselves up to be ridiculed which was hardly flattering or accepting. So, to be honest, with role models like Tom Daly, Gareth Thomas and Clare Balding I think the reality that gay people are respected these days - in deed, admired for their achievements regardless of their sexuality - is amazing and should act as a "lighthouse" for those young people (or even those who are in their twenties and thirties who are still frightened) who worry they won't be accepted. Of course, there are always those who won't accept, no matter what but really, would anyone want those people in their life anyway, no matter how closely related?
Oh, that is sad to hear. His contribution to Doctor Who cannot be underestimated. The Daemons is one of my all-time favourites. My condolences to his family; he will be missed by many, and loved for as long as Doctor Who is in our minds.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on R.I.P. Christopher Barry (1925-2014)