@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!
12 hours, 40 minutes 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.
12 hours, 19 minutes 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.
12 hours, 28 minutes ago on Celebrating “The Highlander” and “The Bad Wolf”
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".
19 hours, 14 minutes ago on Next Time: The Caretaker
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 day, 9 hours 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.
1 day, 10 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
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!
2 days, 22 hours 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).
3 days, 10 hours 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.
3 days, 20 hours 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.
3 days, 20 hours ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen
The Troughtons seem to be becoming a Doctor Who acting dynasty!
3 days, 20 hours 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.
5 days, 8 hours 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!
5 days, 10 hours 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...
5 days, 10 hours ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
@ 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
5 days, 9 hours ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
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.
5 days, 17 hours ago on The Caretaker BBC Synopsis
@The Lazy Cat Is Baffled By Clara Oswald And Orson is Susan's brother?!
6 days, 15 hours 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?)
6 days, 16 hours ago on Listen Review
@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?...
6 days, 17 hours ago on Listen Review
@Planet of the Deaf I was just thinking that!
1 week 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.
1 week 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.
1 week, 2 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.
1 week, 2 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.
@Planet of the Deaf @RonaldRichardSmithIII Even if it is emblazoned with the sanctuary base six logo!
@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! But if Gallifrey isn't time-locked before the war then couldn't the Doctor prevent the war from happening? Perhaps by stopping himself from "firing the first shot" in Genesis of the Daleks?
@LaraHarris No purpose? Each episode tells us something vital about this new incarnation:
Deep Breath: murderer, or if not, manipulator.
Into the Dalek: Filled with hatred, but fundementally a good man, because he tries so hard to be a good man.
Robot of Sherwood: Old fashioned hero.
Listen: Insatiable curiosity, short temper, needs to know everything and needs to be in control.
Not to mention the actual plots of each episode.
I can see what Capaldi meant about his Doctor's insatiable curiosity, although he was wise enough to bow to Clara when she told him that he really didn't want to see what was outside.
His need for a companion is also notable, he would never say that he needs her of course, but every time he senses an adventure coming off he'll park his TARDIS outside her doorstep (or in a stationary cupboard, or outside a restaurant) with a cursorary "I need you for a thing."
@RonaldRichardSmithIII Several versions of that spacesuit will appear in episode 7.
@TonySimmons But what would be the point of that entire episode then?!
@bl0ndie98 A little boy playing a prank? Atmospheric pressure? Or perhaps the Doctor was right after all...
Looks like Madame De Pompadour was right:
Such a lonely little boy. Lonely then and lonelier now! How can you bear it?"
@IceDaleks Probably not, otherwise the Doctor could probably have prevented the Time War in the first place.
@DaftDalek is Ceter Papaldi There could have been a monster... what was under the bedsheet?
Very, very good. All of Moffat's usual timey-wimey tricks yet used in a more contemplative manner; a very tense scene with the figure under the bedsheet; I finally start to get a clear idea of who Capaldi's Doctor is; Clara was at her reasnoble and compassionate best.
I had the scene with the Doctor in the barn spoiled for me yet that didn't stop that absolutely beautiful concluding montage from bringing a tear to the eye.
Clara is certainly a prolific presence in the Doctor's timestream!
@Silence63 In the trailer you can see Clara pushing her fingers into the telepathic circuits part of the TARDIS console.
1 week, 2 days ago on Listen – 12 Hints & Teasers
@TheRiddlingTimetraveller Utopia is the episode in which Ten goes to the end of the niverse, The End of Time is his swansong.