I don't mind the Doctor's treatment of Danny at all. It shows that the Doctor is a strongly righteous and pacifistic character, so much so that this trait can sometimes manifest in more unpleasant ways. Seeing the Doctor treat someone so nastily simply makes for a more challenging drama, especially given the underlying hypocrisy of the Doctor. Remember what Margaret Slitheen told him in Boom Town: " From what I've seen, your funny little happy go-lucky life leaves
devastation in its wake. Always moving on because you dare not look
back. Playing with so many people's lives you might as well be a god", and yet he shuns others simply for carrying a gun.
13 hours, 33 minutes ago on Examining the Doctor’s Attitude Towards Soldiers
I love the amount of unusual, offbeat or unique stories we're getting this series. We've already had Listen, and coming up there's Kill the Moon, Flatline and In the Forest of the Night.
Past series have given us such Doctor Who-ish gems as Love and Monsters, Human Nature, Blink, Midnight, Amy's choice and The Girl Who Waited. My main qualm with series 7 was that the blockbuster format stifled any ideas that weren't wholly digestible and , in terms of genre, recognisable to viewers. I'm glad that this series is reveling in experimentation- Doctor Who deserves to be unpredictable.
15 hours, 59 minutes ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)
From this point on I'm looking forwards to every episode in the series. For the first half I reserved judgement on Robot of Sherwood, Time Heist and The Caretaker although I suspected that they wouldn't quite be my cup of tea (although I still found much to enjoy in all of them.
15 hours, 47 minutes ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)
Those lunar surfaces are really conincing. I wonder how they managed the black backdrop of space without moonlight in Lanzarote.
22 hours, 24 minutes ago on Kill The Moon Promo Pics
Ugh. That murky, green-tinted time vortex still gets to me now!
I really love Amy- a genuinely unique and developed character, Rory isn't bad either. I'm glad to see more support for The Girl Who Waited which I think is a really excellent and emotional episode, if not actively disliked, it does tend to be overlooked.
1 day, 17 hours ago on Remembering the Ponds – 2 Years On
Ok, being stranded without internet yesterday here's my verdict on the different aspects of the episode:
The Music- A bit too 'jinky' for my liking at times, distracted a bit from the plot.
Scovox Blitzer- I really liked the design although it generally felt like a missed opportunity. I don't mind the occasional plot-lite episode yet I think ol' Blitzer could have had a more specific modus operandi rather than just rocking up in 21st century London for the hell of it. I'm glad that they rerecorded the comically high pitched voice as heard in the Next Time trailer and I'm a fan of scovy's life mantra "PROBLEM-SOLUTION-DESTROY." I might adopt that myself actually.
Clara/Danny- There relationship was deftly and realistically scripted with good performances by Coleman and Anderson. However, for all their long heart to heart conversations, I don't think that all that much progress was made character-wise.
Doctor/Danny- Their exchanges with one another made for excellently uncomfortable viewing. I disagree with criticism of the show's supposed soldier prejudice. It simply demands a little more of the audience to imagine that, while the Doctor's adamant pacifism is the source of his heroism, this particular incarnation's stubbornness causes said pacifism to manifest in unpleasant ways.
Darkness- Overall one of this series' lighter episodes yet, similarly to the stabbing in Robot of Sherwood, he policeman's charred, severed hand falling to the ground was really quite graphic..This series seems to be showing more restraint as regards spectacle and exuberance, and less restraint regarding visual horror and gore. I like it.
'Heaven'- It's notable that the policeman didn't die for, or because of, the Doctor (there goes my theory) ,unless you make the leap that the Doctor causing artron disturbances around Coal Hill throughout the years was the thing that brought Scovy here in the first place. Heaven seems to have reverted from a peaceful idyll to a rather stark office space. Perhaps Missy looked so worried because Danny now poses a threat to the chances of Clara and the Doctor staying together, which she seems to be keen on.
2 days, 20 hours ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
@ Notsosmartguy The new Caretaker. @DasManiac @The Finn Although Flatline was written first before Moffat asked him to come back and write Mummy...
4 days, 19 hours ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Synopsis
@whovian213 is suspicious of the new caretaker Well, The Crimson Horror got a lukewarm advance review yet I ended up really enjoying it.
5 days, 12 hours ago on The Caretaker Advance Review
I read another review that said this episode has a similar tone and purpose to Boom Town which I hope is true as that seems to imply interesting analysis and further development of recurring characters, humour, a good Doctor-companion dynamic and subtle darker themes, disguised by an outwardly lighthearted plot.
@YaelMoise @supermoff is your new lodger- I mean, caretaker. @ Notsosmartguy The new Caretaker. @The_Eternal_Dalek @TheOncomingHurricane Unusually it was actually Eccelston who requested from RTD the role of the Doctor so it's odd that he was relatively uncommitted to the show.
5 days, 15 hours ago on The Caretaker Clip & Video Introduction
@SonicTheHedgehogRules His voice was also heard during the initial broadcast of Rose due to a glitch with the show beforehand. Graham Norton seems to have a talent for making accidental cameos in Doctor Who!
5 days, 16 hours ago on Capaldi on Graham Norton This Friday
Interesting points, although it seems petty to apply would be legal issues on Earth to an alien planet- especially since legal systems vary significantly from country to country. In fact, the idea of being punished for the potential of committing a crime, rather than actually committing one, is a very interesting and thought provoking concept, albeit one that could have been emphasised more during the episode itself.
1 week ago on Time Heist Review
Those first pictures are irritatingly cartoony looking.
1 week ago on The Caretaker Promo Pics
@Planet of the Deaf @The Lazy Caretaker Cat I thought the point was that each Clara splinter died at the same age that she splintered herself. I may have just made that up, but that was always the case in my mind!
1 week, 1 day ago on Next Time: The Caretaker
@ Notsosmartguy The new Caretaker. @YaelMoise I personally prefer the RTD era to Moffat's although it is a very marginal preference and both showrunnners have very distinct strengths and flaws. I also think that RTD left at the right time as he seemed to be retreading old ground a little by the end of his era (unless, of course, he had radically changed his producing style by the following series). Moffat tends to be more varied although his experimentation can wield mixed results.
Basically, I think that anyone who raves about one era and doesn't like a single, tiny thing about another isn't a true Doctor Who fan. Approaches to the show vary yet fundementally it is always the same- just like the Doctor.
1 week, 1 day ago on Celebrating “The Highlander” and “The Bad Wolf”
My birthday is the same of (the fictional character) Rose's- 27th of April, according t an article written for the 2006 Doctor Who annual by RTD. It also happens to be Davies' birthday which I doubt is a coincidence!
Rose's return in Journey's End may diminish her departure in Doomsday to an extent, yet it is nonetheless a bittersweet finale since the Doctor effectively writes himself out of his relationship with Rose by writing his other self in.
Oh, and that Rose montage to Rabbit Hearted Girl by Florence and the Machine is fantastic.
I like the scovox blitzer, it looks like a robot, owl, spider hybrid. Its voice is a bit shrill though- like the TV Movie daleks.
Peter Capaldi sounds highly irritated that he has to endorse the BBC America Youtube channel.
I don't like how Danny says "Coal Hill" like "Coalill".
I liked Chinese takeaway in the TARDIS, probably made a nice change from the food machine for Clara. Bacon and egg flavoured mars bars must get tiring after a while!
1 week, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
@YaelMoise @Possible Girl He also used it as some sort of smelling salt when Peri was unconscious, which is odd as I don't tend to think of celery as a particularly pungent vegetable!
@supermoff is your new lodger- I mean, caretaker. @ Notsosmartguy The new Caretaker. I was expecting both Saibra and Psi to go to heaven since they both effectively died for the Doctor. Of course, they weren't actually dead.
It was an enjoyable episode, there are no major flaws that I can think of, the Teller was cool and the concept of the Doctor and gang wiping their minds of why they were choosing to rob the bank was a very interesting one. However, while the cyclical nature of the episode was an unexpected denouement, it means that the story has no real repercussions on the Doctor and Clara and the episode itself is easily packed away into a neat little box and forgotten.
I had to watch the BBC three repeat today because I was seeing Cabaret last night. Does anyone else think that the MC looks just like the nightmare man from SJA?
Two Tellers mating is definitely not something I want to see. Do they use their eyestalks?!
“Every thief and villain in one big cocktail”
Wha?! Are we going to see a Trickster and Slithhen smoothie? That would be odd, especially considering that the Trickster lacks corporeal form!
1 week, 4 days ago on Time Heist – 12 Hints & Teasers
How about this:
Rather than being one massive bubble over the entire history of Gallifrey, the time lock is a force through which time machines cannot enter, emnating backwards from the last day of the Time War and diffusing out from the most vital battles of the war, to Gallifrey's most mundane and insignificant days.
Therefore it is difficult, but not impossible to enter the distant past of Gallifrey, after all- Clara giving the child Doctor a pep-talk centuries before the first shot of the Time War was fired (Genesis of the Daleks) is unlikely to rewrite the final result of the war. Likewise, Dalek Cann broke the time lock at the cost of his own sanity yet he was still able to access the war because it was still in its early days (the first year if I'm not correct).
1 week, 4 days ago on Listen: Breaking the Time Lock?
@The_Ogri I think it could be TROA with The Teller turning out not to be the main monsters after all.
1 week, 4 days ago on Time Heist Spoiler-Free Review
Listen had a more profound effect on Doctor Who- and the Doctor, but I'm voting Blink for being just that little bit finer tuned.
1 week, 4 days ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen
The Troughtons seem to be becoming a Doctor Who acting dynasty!
1 week, 4 days ago on 2014 Christmas Special Guest Stars Confirmed: Frost, McMullen & Troughton
Clara is undoubtedly an important character in Doctor Who, but that doesn't automatically make her a good character. As a companion she is highly likeable and she has been developed greatly in series 8 although just because she is the companion that has wielded the most influence over the Doctor doesn't necessarily mean that she is the best companion.
1 week, 6 days ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
I'm holding off from reading the previews until I actually buy the magazine but those headlines are so tempting!
1 week, 6 days ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon
I think that the conclusion to Listen was enlightening, profound, and just generally, really, really good. However, the fan part of my brain can't help thinking that only six episodes after Name of the Doctor, Clara is yet again revealed to play a pivotal role in the Doctor's life and development. Obviously this isn't a plot hole or a continuity error, although it does feel to me that too much symbolic weight is being placed on Clara and that perhaps this particular storyline could have been reseved for the next companion.
That is, unless this is all leading to something...
@ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus @supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... @Planet of the Deaf Perhaps he stole a time machine and meddled with UNIT's past, causing massive dating discrepancies for most UNIT missions from the sixties through to the eighties
Would that not be too late for some of the show's younger viewers? I'm not complaining- it's certainly better than last year when it was usually as early as 6:00, but it just seems odd for what is presumably one of the series' lighter episodes.
1 week, 6 days ago on The Caretaker BBC Synopsis
@The Lazy Cat Is Baffled By Clara Oswald And Orson is Susan's brother?!
2 weeks ago on Listen Review
@StephenAHayes With writing as complex and ambitious as Moffat's, fans are bound to make connections and jump to conclusions that aren't there. However, entertainment or any variety is subjective so just because the writer didn't set out to include some symbolism or character development doesn't necessarily mean that it isn't there.
Besides, discussion, debate and criticism brings any story to life, hence the series arcs and more recently elements of ambiguity (did the Doctor push half-face? was there a monster in Listen?)
@TimelordBob That's an interesting idea. I never thought that entering the Doctor's timeline would actually alter the original Clara, rather that she would simply be splintered throughout time. Perhaps she remains irreversibly bound to the Doctor's past, or perhaps she simply has a subconscious sense of when and how to "save her".
"Despite its title, the enduring mystery of Doctor Who isn’t the character’s name (though this episode gives a fairly large hint as to what that name might be)."
Wha?! The Doctor's name is nevercruelorcowardly? Or is it simply Dan?...
@Planet of the Deaf I was just thinking that!
2 weeks, 1 day ago on DWM #478: Dark Side of the Moon
So the bank of Karabaxos is in Cardiff? You'd think that they could have disguised those big pillars (last seen in Boom Town I believe) better.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Next Time: Time Heist
This is a good Next Time trailer yet I think that it should have come after the credits because the immediacy of it detracted slightly from Listen's excellent ending.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Next Time: Time Heist
I wonder if Orson Pink and the women from Hide are mates since both of them are pioneer time travelers who don't quite get to where they want to be.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
@supermoff is alone. Listen... Not to forget the "to you I've been dead a hundred thousand years" speech in Hide.
@MrRazza, Investigating Missy and Mr Pink Two words. Chameleon Arch.
@'Cos Guess Who? Ha! @sontaran17 @lilfleur13 If not the relatively straightforward plot, surely anyone could appreciate the superb drama, dialogue and character development.
@lilfleur13 Each thread was in some way intertwined with another and (in my opinion) they all joined up beautifully to make one of the most contemplative (and cohesive) episodes ever.
Is it just me, or was Clara trying to rewrite Danny into a more pacifistic man before the Doctor sent him to sleep with the thought of being "colonel Dan", and it was this that ultimately turned him into a soldier?
If so, that's really quite bleak. Depends on the way that you look at it I suppose.
Best Moffat character writing since Blink. Remember that line that was so steeped in poignancy it made you want to cry?- BILLY "It was raining when we first met" SALLY "It's the same rain"
@Planet of the Deaf The WHOLE thing is basically dialogue! I really like episodes like this. Is it just me or does anyone else simply turn off during supposedly "high octane action sequences"- I can hardly ever believe theat the CGI is real, no matter how good, the textures rarely look touchable.
Is a Doctor Who fan supposed to say this?
@TomLong2 Great Granny Clazza
@Lucie Bleedin Miller His own face maybe.
@Lucie Bleedin Miller He would probably remember that there was a woman who told him to take that TARDIS, but I doubt that he'd remember her face after over 1000 years.