@I'd Like a Jelly Baby "could she be a amalgamation of all of the Doctor's evil side, atkin to the Dream Lord?"
You thought the Dream Lord was bad? Just wait 'til you meet the Dream Lord on a diet!
8 hours ago on The Dangers of Heaven
At what point in Time of the Doctor was it implied that there are several afterlives?
7 hours, 58 minutes ago on The Dangers of Heaven
@Tomb of the Cyberbob Only one way to find out... FIGHT!
(enter moon and mummy, both wearing boxing gloves)
8 hours, 40 minutes ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts
@MrRazza looks like Missy too now Just wondering, what's your number one story?
11 hours, 37 minutes ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts
The Rings of Akhaten and Mummy on the Orient Express are both actually the second episodes to be written by Cross and Mathieson but I suppose that's nitpicking!
11 hours, 59 minutes ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts
I just found out that Nelson is buried at St. Paul's. Imagine if he stomps down the steps as a cyberman and asks where his plinth has gone!
16 hours, 31 minutes ago on BBC Confirms Hour Long Series 8 Finale
Is this the first story of the revived series to be longer than an episode of Sherlock? (I don't count Utopia or Turn Left as part ones)
16 hours, 38 minutes ago on BBC Confirms Hour Long Series 8 Finale
Excellent article, very thorough. Did you do the illustrations at the top of the page? They're very good, and imaginative too.
16 hours, 16 minutes ago on Questions, Questions: The Unsolved Clara Mystery (Part 2)
@Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom! And she's the top layer if you'd like to say a few words...
1 day, 7 hours ago on Dark Water Advance Preview
@GalaxyEyes @TheValeyardsMimeArmy 'Miss' also being the term used by most students to address a female teacher.
1 day, 6 hours ago on Dark Water Advance Preview
It's hardly the most pressing question on people's minds but... Does Clara's granny get much to do? And does she ask what became of that nice, floppy-haired, naked gentleman?
@MWTV Hopefully it will be resolved satisfactorily. I really enjoy The Pandorica Opens although I was disappointed by what I see as a cheat resolution in The Big Bang. Yes, Moffat's time-twisting was clever but I felt that it contradicted a rule that is present in most episodes of Doctor Who that cause must precede effect. Generally, I feel that the ensuing museum caper with a wholly nonthreatening stone dalek let the story down.
1 day, 8 hours ago on Dark Water Advance Preview
"Epochal"- now there's a word you don't hear every day!
1 day, 20 hours ago on The Day / Time of the Doctor Soundtrack
@Regenerated Catterson doesn't exist! That theme was also used in Amy's Choice which is very fitting since both the Dream Lord and the War Doctor represent the darker side of the Doctor.
1 day, 18 hours ago on The Day / Time of the Doctor Soundtrack
I think I may have just noticed another allusion to An Unearthly Child in Day of the Doctor.
"If you could touch the alien sand and hear the cry of strange birds
and watch them wheel in another sky, would that satisfy you?"
Remember when the War Doctor was standing in the desert looking towards the barn and you can hear the distant cawing of a bird (it was used again in Listen)? Or am I reading too far into this?
@Planet of the Deaf @supermoff is now supermissy. @Roshe_ Sort of like a contemporary take on China's terracotta warriors!
2 days, 7 hours ago on Dark Water Clip
@supermoff is now supermissy. BWAM-BWAM-BWAM-BWAM-BWAAAAMMMM-BWAM!
There's a great sense of scale in this scene. The director makes great use of long- shots and it certainly seems like a step up from Doomsday, in which most of the chaos unfolding on the streets was seen from the window of Canary Wharf. Here it feels like we are right down in the action.
Its especially impressive since the crew only had brief intervals in which to film before having to allow traffic to get past and that the cybermen were close to fainting due to the heat of the day.
There's something really quite grotesque about the picture of Missy and Seb.
Damn the public! Always forming sentimental attachments to cybermen. Have they learned nothing from 2006? That said, if there were cybermen loitering gormlessly around the city centre I can imagine that people would want to hug them. That's people!
3 days, 5 hours ago on Dark Water Promo Pics
@Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom! It annoys me slightly that Gaiman was so stubborn about getting Rain Gods on screen. Plenty of writers get scenes cut, some of which are even relevent to the plot of the episode. The Rain Gods scene was pretty unremarkable, and nothing new in terms of Doctor Who.
I don't mean to slag off Gaiman for the sake of it. I really enjoy his books and The Doctor's Wife was excellent (but not the masterpiece that it is often seen to be). Sometimes his attitude to Doctor Who just irks me.
3 days, 7 hours ago on Why I Love… Nightmare in Silver
One thing I liked about Nightmare in Silver was the cybermites and the way in which they grew over a person's face like bacteria. However they do detract from the chainsaws-a-sparkin', convertees-a-screamin', blood, guts n' gore that has been missing from the cybermen since the RTD era. The most horrific thing about the cybermen is their "you will become like us" mantra (which would actually be a much ,ore effective 'catchphrase' than either "delete" or "upgrade in progress") so the conversion process definitely should not be sterile and painless.
Another thing I dislike about the episode is the whimsical nature of the supporting characters. I have nothing new to add on the topic of Angie and Artie but it is the 'punishment platoon' that really bothers me. What real people go by names like 'Brains', 'fatty', 'capt. Alice', 'spotty', 'Plug' or 'Toots' (admittedly those last few names are just me listing The Bash Street Kids, but still!) None of the dialogue feels natural, particularly from Webley. Oh, and need I mention, "Put me down! I HATE you!"
Despite what I think, it always heartens me to see someone desperately trying to defend the stories they love. I personally am waging an endless bitter war for the sake of Love and Monsters. To little avail of course!
It's a very quirky and original idea to represent Doctor Who fans within Doctor Who. The members of LINDA were all deftly drawn and likeable. There was a much humour, particularly with the inclusion of ELO music which pervaded the episode in an intelligent way. However, the humour doesn't portray the genuine darkness that all of LINDA die horrible deaths as well as the Doctor being unable to save Elton's mother, or the poignancy of Jackie's loneliness (Camile Coduri gets a great chance to shine too). I even loved Peter Kay's transition from the posh, refined Victor Kennedy to the slovenly, grotesque and northern (no offence to any Northerners) Absorbaloff. Even if you found the Absorbaloff too over the top, you can always interpret it as a result of Elton's unreliable narration. Same goes for the 'Scobby Doo doors' scene which I also happen to love.
4 days, 10 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From In the Forest of the Night
@Clara Bosswald has never existed. A thousand times better than Fear Her... but not even close to the greatness of Love and Monsters!
@supermoff needs answers! NOW! Agreed about Annabel. I would have much preferred if Maebh had hurried home expecting to find her sister on the doorstep only for the house to be empty. Her mum could then express sentiments similar to what the Doctor told Amy at the end of Vincent and the Doctor. This would allow Maebh to accept that life isn't always a fairytale but that allows us to savour happy endings all the more when they do occur.
4 days, 11 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From In the Forest of the Night
I have to say, I'm not a great fan of Danny. I was intrigued early on and the motif of "Dan the soldier man" in Listen gave an excellent insight into his character. However, in recent episodes he appears to spend most of his free time sitting on a sofa in a dank room, generally, for a former solder, his approach to life doesn't seem very proactive at all. It takes a very stubborn-minded person to miss out on the opportunity to see a solar flare simply to make a point and he doesn't seem to take the slightest interest in Clara's adventures, and let's face it, who wouldn't?
I don't even think that he would be Clara's 'type'. I imagine Clara with a more creative, liberal and adventurous person, someone who would be keen to travel in the TARDIS himself. I can't see Clara being a fan of inflated machismo, and since when do English teachers fall in love with maths teachers?!
@DWTV I know that it's still another week until Dark Water but can you give us a little hint of what to expect? Just a single word hint? Please?
4 days, 15 hours ago on Next Time: Dark Water
There's another literary allusion in Meabh's surname being Arden. The Forest of Arden was an idyllic paradise that served as a contrast to corrupt Elizabethan society in Shakespeare's 'As You Like It'.
Also, are those lights on the roof of the TARDIS new?
4 days, 16 hours ago on In the Forest of the Night Review
Some general thoughts on the trailer:
I always thought it was odd that the 'Impossible Girl' arc didn't actually have anything to do with the the series-spanning 'Silence Will Fall' arc. Yes, Trenzalore was involved, and it acted as a prequel/sequel to Time of the Doctor, but it wasn't specifically linked to the battle. It would be interesting therefore, if the series 7 arc was merely setting up the events of the series 8 arc. If this is the Doctor's timestream then why is Capaldi there? More importantly, why is the TARDIS there if the timestream was incorporated into the TARDIS itself?
Some have speculated that the scene takes place in the Doctor's barn which is plausible given that what looks like a hay bale is visible at one point.
The cyber-storge chambers have changed since Time of the Doctor. They're much more spacious now, with a lovely frosted glass window and a chair (throne?) for each cyberman. More Ikea than sci-fi! Why on Earth is Clara inside one of the cyber compartments?
Clara must be evil now. Just look at her jaunty walk!
It looks as though the Doctor is being taken hostage by UNIT. Are they in co-operation with Clara or Missy? Missy does appear to be inside the aircraft.
The Death in Heaven synopsis says something like "the Doctor takes to the clouds in a shocking new role". Here he seems to be falling out of the aircraft. Hopefully not another End of Time free-fall moment! What is the importance of the skies anyway? God in Heaven?
What is "the 3W"? knowing Moffat I'd bet that it stands for something important, but what? If the name of the organisation was irrelevant then surely it would have some generic name like 'The Eternal Life Corporation' or something?
4 days, 19 hours ago on Next Time: Dark Water
Obviously people are too preoccupied with the finale to care about behind the scenes. Only two comments (so far) is rather pitiful!
5 days, 7 hours ago on Doctor Who Extra: In the Forest of the Night
@TardisBoy You remind me of a particularly deranged David Tennant in the lead-in to a Christmas special!
5 days, 7 hours ago on Next Time: Dark Water
Having just followed a link from this page, I found an earlier quotation from Moffat:
“We’ve got some cracking new monsters – the Teller. And we’ve got some
cracking old monsters – the Daleks will be back. Another major foe will
be making a return, but more of that later.”
5 days, 8 hours ago on Next Time: Dark Water
At first I took "Clara Oswald has never existed" to imply that Clara was meddling in her own past, effectively undoing herself, (why is anybody's guess) hence the "time can be rewritten" line earlier. Incidentally (I love that word!) I thought that Missy 'waking up' was her coming into creation upon Clara's meddling.
However, last week I ruled out Missy being Clara due to "I have chosen well". After all, who chooses themself? The plot thickens...
@MrRazza has regenerated into Hippy 12 Now those parties would make for an excellent coalition!
5 days, 7 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night
Also, since everyone but me seems to have done it, I may as well do my series ranking prior to the finale. No ?/10 ratings though, they make everything tricksy for me!
2. Mummy on the Orient Express
3. Deep Breath
4. Kill the Moon
6. In the Forest of the Night
7. Into the Dalek
8. Time Heist
9. The Caretaker
10. Robot of Sherwood
Overall this series has been consistently excellent. That ordering may well change however!
@TheEleventhWheatley I think meant that we will forget in the way that we will get over it and within a few decades will barely spare a thought for the single day that the trees took over. After all, Earth is pretty au fait with alien invasions by now!
@supermoff needs answers! NOW! So Listen is your favourite ever episode? Good choice,although I'm too wish-washy a fan to ever decide on a definitive favourite!
Several weeks back I commented on how the cutaway shot to Missy in Into the Dalek was a more dynamic way to incorporate the arc, and excellent editing.
However, in recent episodes I've been growing tired of the way that the Missy scenes are simply tacked on to the end of each episode with some forced dialogue serving to form a tenuous link to the finale. The whole "I love surprises" thing this week didn't feel natural at all. What episode of Doctor Who doesn't involve a surprise of some description?
In the hands of a lesser writer, with a lesser director and less cohesion from script to screen as well as less ongoing development of characters and themes this could have been a very poor episode. However, to heavy-handedly quote The Great Gatsby:
"If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about [In the Forest of the Night], some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life, as if [the episode] were related to one of those intricate machines that register earthquakes ten thousand miles away."
Incidentally, the quotation can be applied to Meabh.
Firstly, I'll get my criticisms over with. It was easily guessable that the forest was (to some extent) created by Meabh, likewise, as soon as I saw the fire-proof trees, the threat of the solar flare instantly became redundant. Therefore, for the rest of the episode I was waiting for the Doctor to realise how stupid he had been. Most of the time when the Doctor (particularly Ten) does his "I am Thick!" thing, I get annoyed because he's just showing off his superior intellect with false modesty. This episode I got annoyed at him because he actually was being thick!
On the other hand, the visuals were absolutely beautiful, from the greened-up CGI London skyline, to the ancient golden light penetrating the depths of the forest or even that dashing, snarling tiger. Also, even thought the premise was relatively simple, the episode didn't at all feel padded out (such as in several series 7 episodes including The Rings of Akhaten and Cold War). Rather, every scene had a fine-tuned purpose, whether that was to make us laugh, make us thoughtful or make us jubilant. Even if the Doctor and Clara's conversation about whether to escape was meaningless to me, it was still excllently scripted and acted.
Lastly, I love Murray Gold's soundtrack, even if what I loved the most was reused from previous episodes. There is something very mythical and foreboding about 'Missy's Theme' while I find the track that was taken from Listen's final scene deeply evocative and poignant.
5 days, 8 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night
This week's behind the scenes seemed a bit padded out given that they showed us the rather inane clip of Samuel Anderson's 'tour' twice and that they reused the Moffat clip from the episode introduction a couple of days ago.
I feel that the forest could have used a bit more urban set dressing although I can sympathise with the crew given how difficult and costly it would have been.
5 days, 10 hours ago on Doctor Who Extra: In the Forest of the Night
Watching this gave me a Maebh-esque panic attack, and I still feel slightly nauseous now! Someone get me my medication! I need to be tranquilised until next Saturday!
5 days, 10 hours ago on Next Time: Dark Water
Doctor Who must have been building to his episode for the last nine years. Forget the end of the world or indeed, the end of every universe, this is what Bad Wolf is really all about!
5 days, 21 hours ago on In the Forest of the Night Teasers
"there is so much infinite potential and talent hidden away in the young people of our society..."
I see what you did there!
I think that the actress who played Lily Arwell was actually about 21 when she was in Doctor Who so can't really be classed as a child actor, although she did look much younger in the episode. Also, I thought George in Night Terrors was quite good. In the final scene when the Doctor is making kippers for breakfast her seems genuinely delighted and at peace with himself.
6 days, 11 hours ago on Won’t Somebody Think of the Children!?
@DWISCOOL100 Only one female writer has written for the revived series. You can't just write off every single non-male writer simply because you were unhappy with Helen Raynor's scripts.
1 week ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode
I was a fan of Gaiman's books before he wrote for Doctor Who although over the last year or so I've become slightly annoyed by the comments he makes about the show.
Despite having only written two episodes, one of which was very disappointing, he seems to keep making quite imperious judgements about the programme such as saying that the new Doctor "should have been a woman", revealing that a black actor was offered the role of the Eleventh Doctor (a comment disrespectful to the BBC, Matt Smith as well as said actor) and more recently saying that there should be more female writers (which he is evidently trying to make amends for).
I almost thought that he had some kind of falling-out with Moffat although this news indicated that he has not.
@The Finn @mrclever RTD's arcs could actually be quite dense and could span multiple series. We simply didn't know that they were arc things at the time that they first appeared and when they did finally come to a head, they went unnoticed by the casual viewer.
For example: Bad Wolf, the Doctor's hand, the fob watch and the DoctorDonna.
One of the many great things about Love and Monsters (honestly!) is that it makes reference to the arcs of all four RTD series- Torchwood files corrupted by a Bad Wolf virus, Mr. Saxon, Clom.
1 week, 1 day ago on In the Forest of the Night Advance Review
I've heard elsewhere that the episode's subtext is more expansive than the rather predictable environmental angle of which I'm intrigued- I like 'potato-style Doctor Who', which takes some time to fully digest.
Also, I think I heard that a scene was trimmed from preview copies similarly to Name of the Doctor. Is this true or have I misread?
That's funny, I did a painting last year of a London Underground sign in the middle of a forest! Perhaps I have Chloe Webber-esque control over Doctor Who!
1 week, 2 days ago on In the Forest of the Night Promo Pics
"The Doctor is a romantic character, though not in the sense that he bedded Rose..."
Wha?! Have I missed something?
1 week, 4 days ago on Flatline Review
Yesterday I was in an 8 mile race. As I pushed on across the stormy beach with the wind howling in my face I watched the shifting sands beneath me which reminded me of The Boneless and spurred me on with anticipation for that evening's episode. My anticipation was certainly worthwhile:
Concept- I'm surprised that 2D monsters haven't been done before (they did feature in a DWM comic strip although they played a more active role in this episode) simply because they are so effective. The shrinking TARDIS was also an innovative way to remove the Doctor from the episode (sort of) and the 'siege mode' TARDIS was very cool, much more so than the rather bland cylindrical TARDISs that featured in Name of the Doctor. I wasn't quite sure why the TARDIS's lack of energy was causing the Doctor to become delirious, was it lack of oxygen or something? Clara 'becoming' the Doctor was an interesting continuation of a recurring theme this series, but more on that later.
Monsters-The absorption and 'dissection' of the entity's victims came across as horrific rather than cartoon-like and the fragmented zombie creatures were the scariest that we've had for a long time. The giant hand scene could have been a great 'jumpy' moment had it not appeared in the episode's teaser.
The Doctor- More childish in this episode than we've seen so far this series with the '2Dis' and his little dance (who else loved the dance?). His final line, "you were an excellent Doctor. Goodness had nothing to do with it," was perhaps a little hypocritical given that he had forced Clara to be manipulative in the previous episode.
Clara- As consistently good a character as she has been throughout this series. Last year's 'Impossible Girl' seems like a completely different companion. Yet again life with Danny is portrayed as maddeningly mundane. It's a very intriguing, if bleak idea that traveling with the Doctor is eroding Clara's conscience and humanity. This is an interesting interpretation of a similar motif in the RTD era. Watching Army of Ghosts the other day I was struck by the poignancy of what Jackie said to Rose, "in forty years time, fifty,
there'll be this woman, this strange woman, walking through the
marketplace on some planet a billion miles from Earth. But she's not
Rose Tyler. Not anymore. She's not even human"
Supporting Cast- Rigsy was likeably earnest and I was glad that he got to play a role in saving the day. Fenton on the other hand, was deliciously deplorable. Unimaginative, cynical, unhelpful, uncaring, unthankful and just generally an all-round nasty piece of work. There's something very bittersweet about the episodes where the unpleasant characters survive (Voyage of the Damned, The God Complex).
Missy- What she said at the end of the episode appears to rule out the possibility of her being a Clara splinter gone bad- "I'm glad I chose you" (or something to that effect). If Missy was Clara then why would she need to 'choose' herself?
1 week, 4 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline