Better than the 3 minute snippets we got last year!
4 hours, 28 minutes ago on “Doctor Who Extra” Announced
@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! "Hypocritical" was too strong a word but it was an unproductive decision.
1 day, 1 hour ago on Moffat Previews Series 8 in Radio Times
It's odd that for an episode featuring trees springing up all over the place, In the Forest of the Night didn't seem to use any location shoots. Also, did anyone else notice about Danny Pink making his first appearance in Into The Dalek?
1 day, 2 hours ago on Moffat Previews Series 8 in Radio Times
@ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey Which makes sense considering that Robin Hood is a fictional character!
1 day, 3 hours ago on Moffat Previews Series 8 in Radio Times
@Gustaff Some of the details could be red herrings. Remember how the series 5 previews casually mentioned that Amy hadn't seen the Doctor in five years and was pregnant?
I always think that the 'weird' episodes turn out to be my favourite in a series (The Empty Child, Love and Monsters, The Family of Blood, Blink, Midnight, Amy's Choice, The Girl Who Waited).
Incidentally I felt a little short-changed by series 7 since the blockbuster format stunted any truly original, emotional and mad ideas from emerging. RTD originally commissioned Moffat to write a traditional pseudo-historical featuring Madame De Pompadour and he went on to write the beautiful time-jumping love story with extra horse that was The Girl in The Fireplace. Therefore Moffat's idea last series to have the writers pitch to him with nothing but movie titles seems just a bit hypocritical.
This series seems to be filled with the aforementioned 'weird' stories. In particular I'm looking forwards to Listen, Kill The Moon, Flatline and In the Forest of the Night.
Yet more sinister Moffat poetry!
The lighting of these photos looks more naturalistic than usual yet it doesn't really do justice to the prosthetics of Vastra and Strax who look very rubbery as well as the TARDIS walls which are quite plastic-y in appearance.
1 day, 7 hours ago on Series 8: Deep Breath New Pics
Episode 10 reminds me of Billy Joel:
In the forest of the night- I go walking in my sleep- from the mountains of faith- to the river so deep- I must be looking for something- something sacred I lost- but the river is wide- and it's too hard to cross
2 days, 3 hours ago on Series 8: All Titles Revealed
@Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd @TheNightmareChild sees into your soul! I think that TROA would have had a far greater sense of threat if The Vigil were revealed to be the previous choristers who were now essentially soulless (hence the name 'vigil' as during a wake the now empty shell of the dead body is watched over by family and friends).
It seemed a logical direction for the story to take yet instead they became dull, unexplained monsters who could be fended off with the sonic screwdriver!
3 days, 23 hours ago on 8 Potential Pitfalls for Series 8
@They're all my favorite Doctor Good point. I get the idea that Moffat likes to write sarcastic, calculating and super-intelligent characters so hopefully he doesn't just slip into default mode when writing for Capaldi's Doctor.
4 days, 2 hours ago on 8 Potential Pitfalls for Series 8
Any suggestions for the title of the aforementioned article? I'm thinking 'The Girl Who Painted: Artistic Themes in Doctor Who' but maybe that's a bit cheesy?
5 days, 18 hours ago on Write for Doctor Who TV
If he says that it will take until episode 6 or 7 until we really get an idea of who his Doctor is then I doubt that he will regenerate only 5 or 6 episodes later.
5 days, 22 hours ago on Capaldi Unclear on Series 9 Return
Hi DWTV I'm currently writing an article about how Doctor Who is influenced by art and how the show portrays art. Should I attach photos of the artworks mentioned in the article or would you prefer to source your own images?
1 week, 2 days ago on Write for Doctor Who TV
@supermoff @ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey @Undiscovered Adventure Ten's arms looked worryingly cylindrical in Dreamland!
1 week, 2 days ago on Weird and Wonderful
@Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd @TardisBoy I remember Tennant telling a story about how RTD and Julie Gardner invited him to watch a rough cut of Rose and Dalek.
He'd been hassling RTD for a guest role but was dumbfounded when RTD offered him the Doctor straight after he watched the episodes.
Discussion on the average Doctor face sounds like everyone is ordering some kind of 'Doctor Snack Box' from the local chinese only frequented by the drunkest of drunk people - "I'll have a large portion of Ten with a side of Seven, do I get a free Three with that? Oh and chips- just salt no vinegar- yeah lots of salt."
Obviously things get a bit embarrassing when someone tries to order 'a War'.
That cyberman is definitely stalking Peter and Jenna.
@TheCapaldiMasterplan @ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey One Doctor may not be conventionally attractive. THIRTEEN Doctors aren't even conventionally conventionally not attractive!
@ilyootha is in the Divergent Universe I'd say it would look very conventionally attractive. That is, if we're sticking to female companions alone!
Capaldi looks scarily satanic in the first artwork and scarily Messianic in the second! Also is he wearing a glittery shirt in the photo with Louise Jameson?!
@ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey It looks like an auton has got the afro terribly terribly wrong!
I love the cubist Colin Baker in the second artwork.
When Peter Capaldi says "that's fantastic" upon receiving the Korean portrait he's barely able to contain his sarcasm.
I'm glad that the Mourne mountains got a plug. My family have a holiday home nearby (and just 40 minutes from my house- it's a small island!) and the scenery is very beautiful- it would make for a very cinematic episode of Doctor Who.
1 week, 3 days ago on Doctor Who – A Global Phenomenon: Part 8: The Emerald Isle
I remember there was a Doctor Who convention in Belfast once and the biggest name they could get was the actress who played Margaret Slitheen!
@Gustaff @ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey A literary-type would probably describe it as 'Dramatic Irony' (I used quotation marks to make that seem less pretentious!)
1 week, 3 days ago on The Future of Clara Oswald
@TheElusiveWhovian That's a good point. To me the only notable time that Clara has been portrayed as a control freak was when she said "I'm a control freak" in Time of the Doctor.
Does anyone else think that the photo accompanying 'Clara Who' looks like a Dalek's neck grating from the inside- presumably from Into The Dalek?
It's an excellent article but instead I'm going to yak on about the pictures!
@Gustaff I've only recently encountered the phrase 'Mary Sue' and since then I can't stop hearing it and it really annoys me! I understand that the phrase is supposed to refer to a seemingly saintly character who lacks real depth yet it always seems to be used in wildly varying contexts. Besides, are there not other, more specific phrases with a more definitive definition? Pious? Prudish? Dull?
That's my second rant today- I must be on a role! Please correct me if I've misunderstood.
@Friend of the Ood @Big_Bird96 Ireland tends to be snubbed by the Doctor Who production team both in terms of actors (there's only Ardal O Hanlan as Brannigan in Gridlock, that UNIT guy with the Belfast accent in DOTD and buffonish Casey in The Talons of Weing Chiang to the best of my knowledge) as well as stories since the Irish landscape and culture is a brilliant setting for Doctor Who and is much closer than New York or Dubai.
Even Matt Smith was getting a bit snooty recently when he said something along the lines of, "Capaldi gets to go to Korea and I only got to go to Belfast ".
So that's my patriotic Irish rant finished (slightly ironic that I'm from NI which only actually makes me Irish in a geographical sense). Hope you enjoyed!
1 week, 4 days ago on World Tour Live Stream: Seoul Q&A
It's a bit surreal with the questions in Korean. Capaldi and Xoleman both look slightly embarrased (I meant to write Coleman but Xoleman sounds cooler).
Also, Jenna just told the avocado story- AGAIN!
"Over half an hour of additional content" doesn't sound all that hypeable.
1 week, 4 days ago on Deep Breath Standalone DVD & Blu-Ray
"A Dalek so damaged it's done good. Morality has malfunctioned... how could I resist?"
1 week, 5 days ago on BBC News Series 8 Preview Featuring New Dalek Clips
@Me and Stuff 'Good Night' also solves a handful of continuity errors since the Doctor says that time is constantly being rewritten in tiny ways.
1 week, 6 days ago on Moffat: Big Plans For Future Online Episodes
It always annoyed me that Neve McIntosh is seemingly the only female silurian in existence. It makes sense for Dan Starkey to play multiple characters since the sontarans are a clone race but the silurians are not and the multiple castings used for this race undermine the central concept that they are just like us.
2 weeks ago on Doctor Who and the Doppelganger Dilemma
@DWTV @PaddyB Thanks.
2 weeks ago on Write for Doctor Who TV
@Noybusiness They are 'memory proof' so one could have gotten inside the TARDIS (perhaps while the Doctor was inspecting the crack with young Amelia in The Eleventh Hour) and destroyed it from within.
2 weeks ago on When Doctor Who Addresses Its Past
Hi DWTV, I was wondering if my article 'Four of the Best Doctor Who Sets' has been received. I'm sorry to hassle you but I just wanted to make sure that it had arrived.
I always thought that it was a bit unfair of the GI to accuse the Doctor of murdering the sycorax leader. he Doctor had defeated him in a sword fight and by decorum the leader should have left the planet yet instead he ran up behind the Doctor brandishing his sword above his head and leaving the Doctor no choice.
Also, if "I don't want to go" was a reference to Trenzalore that would severely undermine the significance of Ten's final words.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on When Doctor Who Addresses Its Past
@Amy is Hannibal I really like how the Doctor's severed hand from 2005 was picked up by Captain Jack, brought back to the TARDIS at the end of series 3, spent the whole of series 4 being a bit of a console room oddity barring its brief period of activity in the Doctor's Daughter and eventually became the meta-crisis Doctor in the series 4 finale. It even went on to make its impact on Matt Smith's swansong.
The whole 'hand-arc' was presumably planned by RTD from the beginning since he had already thought out the toclafane before series 1.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Moffat on Series 8′s Smaller Story Arc
@VERITASERUMUK I think it might have something to do with robots and cyborgs given how many we've seen during filming and in the latest trailer.
@Invictus12 Why I love series 6:
The Impossible Astronaut: this two parter pummeled its viewers with twists and turns. It was completely thrilling knowing that we knew nothing. Two brilliant cliffhangers.
The Doctor's Wife: The TARDIS inside a woman's body, why has this not been done before?
The Rebel Flesh: Relatively pedestrian oral dilema story but the make-up for the incomplete gangers was very disturbing. Also, two more brilliant cliffhangers.
A Good Man Goes to War: a good man goes to war, Colonel Runaway, a gang, the attack prayer, poetry, Melody's father ambiguity at the start. The River Song twist was fairly guessable by the end but it was still well delivered.
Let's Kill Hitler: the title, very funny episode, Mels is Melody, Hitler in the cupboard, Melody becomes River Song over the course of the episode, River's brand new diary.
Night Terrors: interesting council estate setting reminiscent of RTD's era, a good child actor (for once), tick-tock goes the clock, Amy becoming a peg doll was really quite sinister.
The Girl Who Waited: Brilliantly emotional, original concept, excellent dialogue, superbly acted and directed final scene.
The God Complex: Rita- the companion who was too perfect to be, the Doctor only takes on companions because he wants to be adored, the Doctor forcing Amy to lose her faith in him (much more powerful than in The Curse of Fenric because the Doctor is actually nice about it), seeing the dead bodies laid out on the floor of the hotel lobby really emphasises the consequences of the Doctor's actions.
The Wedding of River Song: return to the events at the start of the series, the Brigadier's death was very poignant, we see Amy and Rory's relationship in fast forward, Amy kills Kovarian (fair enough I say), texting and scones, the gangers from earlier in the series made me completely overlook the possibility of a tesselecta decoy, Doctor who? Doc-tor who?
@MeglosProductions @Invictus12 The tone of grittiness felt overly forced, I didn't like any of the characters and the premise was fairly generic- like a sci-fi concept plucked off the top of someone's head. Also, as supermoff says above, it was a poor impersonation of The Impossible Planet.
@Amy is Hannibal The Wedding of River Song is actually my favourite Moffat finale.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Moffat on Series 8′s Smaller Story Arc
I do think that Clara is a bit underdeveloped and her characterisation has been inconsistent although I disagree with many of the points outlined in the Unpopular Opinion which was too rant-y for my liking and the short broken up paragraphs only drove home the bluntness further.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Popular / Unpopular Opinion: Clara Oswald
A brief hint as to why he has appeared twice would be nice for the fans but there's no point in creating a whole episode (and definitely not a whole series arc as some have suggested) out of an idea which would almost inevitably seem contrived.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Capaldi’s Familiar Face Addressed in a Low-key Way
@supermoff @ Notsosmartguy is superior again!!!!!!!!! @The Outer Space K9 My first article is still waiting in pre-publication limbo (assuming it gets published) so hopefully that will turn out alright!
2 weeks, 4 days ago on The Future of Multi-Doctor Stories
I was very intrigued by what Moffat said about episode 7 in the most recent DWM- it contains his favourite scene in the entire series which takes place between the Doctor and Clara at the end of the episode and shows that "the Doctor isn't a hero every day".
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014): What We Know UPDATE
@Gustaff The Rani is just a camper, female version of the Master so there isn't really a role for her now (especially since Time Lords can change gender). The GI and the Zygons were both interesting villains who could be expanded on.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Capaldi & Moffat on Axons, Cybermen and the Master
@Unibot The bandaged faces make it look like they've just had a bit of plastic surgery and the voices aren't really suitable for cybermen (although they are incredibly unsettling).