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I personally think The Idiot's Lantern is far better than Night Terrors, it is actually a great episode on re-watch!
13 hours, 46 minutes ago on Your Verdict on Robot of Sherwood
I thought the scene where Clara first arrives in the barn through to the end was pure television perfection. I loved the link to the Day of the Doctor, and that we got to see some of the Doctor's childhood. On the worst day of his life, he went back to that barn where he spent his most terrible nights, he took the Moment to the place where he dreaded being a soldier, and that was the day he had to be one. 'One day you will count them. One terrible night.' - The Moment, perhaps another terrible night in the barn? And Clara helping him through both times with echoes of lines she said in Day was beautiful. Couldn't have asked for more out of an episode!
1 day, 11 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From Listen
I honestly don't think there was, the beauty of the episode is that we are all afraid of things that aren't there. It was Clara who first grabbed the Doctor's leg, and maybe that's where the nightmare came from, the Doctor. It was all about how when the Doctor travels alone, he gets an over active imagination, and how it's okay for him to be afraid just like it is for us. It's okay to be afraid, even when there's nothing there - that's what I got from the episode anyway.
1 day, 11 hours ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?
@supermoff is alone. Listen... @ Notsosmartguy @MaraBackman I rewatched Boom Town recently and it is one of my absolute favourites, simple, classic Doctor Who story with fantastic character work and beautiful music! And I could write forever on how much I love Father's Day. Series 1 is amazing, Chris and Billie are on top form, and I personally love Series 2 as well if you're looking for more Rose ;)
1 week ago on Your Verdict on Into the Dalek
I loved 'Into the Dalek', but 'Dalek' was my first experience with the Daleks. Not only that, it managed to get me to feel sympathy towards a Dalek, something that I didn't feel again until Dalek Oswin. Truly incredible episode!
1 week, 4 days ago on Face-Off: Dalek vs Into the Dalek
@The Finn Completely agree with everything you said!
2 weeks ago on Your Verdict on Deep Breath
@Jaylcookie To me it looks a hell of a lot better than Series 7!
2 weeks, 1 day ago on 12 Great Moments From Into the Dalek
@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! We have to remember that the Doctor himself is essentially a soldier, going on missions and saving people's lives? And then we have the Time War and the Siege of Trenzalore. He's seen his fair share of battles, I think he is partly judging himself when he says he doesn't like soldiers.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek
I think I'm going to really like Danny, but lady killer?! Subtle hint there or a red herring...
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Into The Dalek Clips
The more I re-watch the titles, the more I warm to them, the graphics are amazing, it just took me a while to adjust to a timey-wimey opening rather than spacey-wacey! My favourite theme is probably Series 4's, it really conveys the energy and excitement of the show, but Series 8's is quite good!
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Examining Series 8’s New Title Sequence
I love both, but I'm actually going to go with Deep Breath, I thought the intelligent script, the slower pace, the darker tone and the incredible performances all add up to a brilliant episode. I'm also excited by this Heaven arc more than any others before! The Eleventh Hour was fantastic, don't get me wrong, it was very fast, fun and generally quite light, very different to Deep Breath. Matt Smith probably won me over faster, but Peter Capaldi has intrigued me. I also think Clara was better in Deep Breath than Amy was in The Eleventh Hour, but that's not really fair since Clara didn't need to be introduced. Overall, both fantastic, vastly different, but Deep Breath wins it for me!
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Face-Off: The Eleventh Hour vs Deep Breath
@The Lazy Cat Definitely! I forgot to mention when you said the bit about the Times hitting her in the face, absolutely fantastic! I was so shocked and not expecting it, Doctor Who and slapstick comedy? But it really worked and made me laugh out loud!
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald
Excellent points Ruth, I completely agree! I really liked Clara, especially in the Bells of St John and the Rings of Akhaten, and then I wasn't sure... and then came Day and Time and I loved her! But Deep Breath was something else, I prefer this 'flawed' Clara, the dynamic between 12 and Clara is phenomenal, and Jenna was simply outstanding in it. She has the potential to become my favourite companion, although she'll have a tough time getting past the likes of Donna, Rose and Sarah Jane! Again, brilliant article!
@TheOncomingHurricane Haha when Peeta hits the force field in the arena Finnick gives him CPR (mouth to mouth), it's just in shot at the bottom of the screen. It's an incredible film, you should really watch it! And Jennifer Lawrence of course... *drools*
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss
That person calling it 'porn'... didn't happen to be Miranda Sings did it??? O.o
@MeglosProductions I know, if Peeta and Finnick can do it in a huge Hollywood Blockbuster (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in case anyone didn't know) then why not Vastra and Jenny in a British Sci Fi TV show?!
Great article, it's very important to have LGBT+ representation in family shows. 1) It may help people who fall under those categories to feel accepted; 2) To show heterosexual people that it's completely normal. I love Vastra and Jenny, because they are not defined by their sexuality. Sure it's a big part of their lives, but the fact that they are gay isn't their defining characteristic. As a straight guy myself, I just don't understand where this homophobia comes from. It physically makes me angry to see people being discriminatory, whether it be through sexism, racism, homophobia etc. I wish more people could be accepting or at least tolerant. Brilliant article, maybe the next companion should be gay/bisexual? Oh and it bothers me that more people were complaining about two women kissing and not the fact that it was a woman and a ... lizard... not that I'm Silurianist but some non-fans might think that odd!
Also it has to be said that the music (not the theme - I liked it but I've preferred others) in this episode was brilliant, the little changes to Clara's theme, what I hope is Capaldi's theme when he decides to jump out the window, the action sequence music and Vastra's chamber music. But my favourite of all is the eerie, mysterious piece when the Doctor is asleep and 'translating'. Again, excellent pieces by Murray Gold.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Deep Breath Review
Great article, although like others, I disagree with your bit about Clara. I thought she was one of the strongest parts of the episode, and really carried it when Capaldi was elsewhere. Jenna's performance was exceptional. One little reference that I missed on first viewing is that when the Doctor realises that the Droids sound familiar and he sees the name Madame de Pompadour, he is smelling flowers. And I believe, on close inspection, that they are roses...
@TardisBoy Hopefully, that would be really interesting! She did seem a bit delusional...
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Introducing Missy the “Gatekeeper”: Who is She?
From what I've seen so far, I love Missy. She's absolutely bonkers and I hope she turns out to be a dangerous adversary for the Doctor. That being said, she could have been just as brilliant without the need to make the Doctor her 'boyfriend'. I like River, and I love Tasha Lem, but people complained about them being too similar (I believe they are one and the same... somehow) so I don't think making another mysterious, odd woman a love interest will make fans (me included) very happy. Then again, I have faith in Moffat and we'll just have to wait and see how it plays out. Brilliant article Sam!
My list goes like this: The Impossible Astronaut (/Day of the Moon) + The Bells of St John: 10/10 ---------- Smith and Jones + The Eleventh Hour + Partners in Crime: 9/10 ---------- Rose + Asylum of the Daleks: 8/10 ---------- New Earth: 7/10 ---------- But I wouldn't say that any opening episode was bad, I've really enjoyed them all! Great articles!
3 weeks, 3 days ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: The Impossible Astronaut / Asylum of the Daleks
I love this episode, a brilliant start to my favourite series! Tennant and Tate are on fire, they have such a brilliant comedic/friendly/buddy-movie dynamic. It's a fun, in some places dark, romp that wonderfully re-introduces one of the best companions. But it was the spine tingling cliffhanger with Rose that gives it such a high mark, it took me completely by surprise and was perfectly done! A solid 9/10 from me!
3 weeks, 3 days ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Partners in Crime
@supermoff @ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey I imagine them spending ages in the TARDIS wardrobe saying, 'well these shoes are cute, but can I run away from a Zygon in them?' ... Does anyone else really want to see more of the Doctor and companion when they're not fighting for their lives? And no I'm not resorting to fanfiction...
4 weeks ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Rose
@supermoff @ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey Everyone here knows I ADORE Rose but one thing really bugged me in Series 4 ... giant hoop earrings to fight the Daleks? 'Right I'm off to fight the Daleks and save the world ... but first I have to look fabulous!'... Really?
@ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey Haha if I got to travel with the Doctor I'd be really obnoxious and rub it in everyone's face! Then again I'm a horrible human being so I'm probably not the best example... ;)
My first episode! And I literally just watched Rose that's so weird! Although I would say that Mickey wasn't exactly the best boyfriend either (rather go down the pub and watch footie, 'don't read my emails') but I agree with you on basically everything, 'Rose' is simple, fun, and a great way to kick off a new era of Doctor Who. I'm hoping we're going to get another brilliant opening in just under 5 days! Love these series of articles, hope they continue somehow!
Funnily enough, I voted for Time Heist, even though Stephen Thompson is one of my least favourite writers on the show. It just sounds so intriguing, and a whole lot of fun! After all, this is your most anticipated episode, not the one you think will be the best...
4 weeks ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 1-6)
Absolutely LOVE these episode titles... but I'm a bit confused about Kill the Moon? How do you... you know... kill the moon? Anyone? My favourite's are Time Heist, Mummy on the Orient Express, In the Forest of the Night and Dark Water/Death in Heaven!
4 weeks ago on Series 8: All Titles Revealed
Really interesting to see the similarities! Although I don't know why Moffat, and RTD for that matter, draw so much criticism. Yes, some series I have enjoyed more than others, but the point still stands, I always enjoy Doctor Who. It doesn't matter who the Doctor is, who the companion is, or who the show runner is, it'll always be Doctor Who. Rant over, great article! I think Series 8 could be one of the best the show's ever seen!
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Is Doctor Who History Repeating Itself?
As much as I love Clara and don't want another heartbreaking Christmas, I just think her staying for the whole of Series 9 would be too long. Unless they do another split (and I'm not a huge fan of those) I believe the best time for her to leave is this Christmas special. But it is the Mirror so I wouldn't go burning Moffat's house down just yet...
1 month ago on Jenna Coleman Leaving at Christmas?
Great article, I hope this keeps going... somehow. ----------- My opinions: The Name of the Doctor: 8/10 - Came about rather quickly with no warning, I felt the pacing was very slow. But the beginning and the end were fantastic, as was Alex Kingston as River. ----------- The Night of the Doctor: 10/10: - It was brilliant to see Paul Mcgann back in action, a perfect prequel to the anniversary. ----------- The Day of the Doctor: 11/10 (If only I could) - It blew me away, everything was there for a reason, it didn't feel like annoying fan service just because it was the 50th. Everyone was outstanding, John Hurt and Billie Piper especially for me. The effects were incredible, the 3D aspect worked really well. What a way to celebrate 50 years! ------------ The Time of the Doctor: 9/10 - Could have done with being a 2 part episode, and sending Clara back got a bit repetitive. But both Matt and Jenna were brilliant, and I loved Orla Brady as Tasha Lem (who I still believe is River...). A beautiful ending to Matt's era and a satisfying conclusion to the Silence arc. ------------ Hope to see you doing Series 8 reviews John!
1 month ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – The Doctor Trilogy
In the third piece there is a picture of a beach which I'm going assume is Bad Wolf Bay and then there's Sarah Jane and K9 and this is not good I'm gonna start getting emotional...
1 month ago on Weird and Wonderful
@sontaran17 Haha don't thank me thank the Moff, who made me realise how great he actually is all due to 'Day'!
1 month, 1 week ago on Doctor Who – A Global Phenomenon: Part 5: An Unexpected Journey
It's great to hear from people across the globe about their experiences! I had a great one, we decided to go to the cinema, and low and behold, hundreds of Whovians in costume all crazily excited, with the doors to the cinema screen made to look like the TARDIS and 'bad wolf' sprayed across the wall. I remember feeling very special as I heard sharp intakes of breath when Billie Piper first appeared, with murmurings of 'oh, it's Rose!', and gasps and tears when Tom Baker's booming voice was first heard. We all laughed at the same jokes and references, we were all upset just like Clara and the Moment when they decided to destroy Gallifrey, and we all cheered when the 13 doctors ended up saving it. It was a perfect evening, that us fans could share together. I wish they did it every year! (Sorry it wouldn't allow me to break it into paragraphs).
I agree with points on both sides, but Clara really is climbing up the rankings with her past few episodes for me and is close to becoming Top 3. That is, if Series 8 is as amazing as it sounds ;)
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Popular / Unpopular Opinion: Clara Oswald
Great article! Anyone else love the poster at the top?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Future of Multi-Doctor Stories
@edoe101 Agree with you there, Series 4 was probably my favourite, followed closely by Series 5. Series 2 had some horrible low points but it's brought back up for me by Tooth and Claw, School Reunion, The Girl in the Fireplace, The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit and a personal favourite, Army of Ghosts/Doomsday. Oh and Billie Piper ;)
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up
By mid-Tennant I hope they mean the end of series 3 and early series 4, very strong episodes, and quite dark in themes and there tone. I personally love series 2 as well, but I understand that it's an... acquired taste...
Despite what I said yesterday I actually completely agree with your scores here! Except JTTCOTT, my least favourite episode of Series 7... :/ But Bells and Rings (ooh, look at that!) are my two favourite from this series, glad we agree this time!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 2)
Love the Penny Dreadful/Doctor Who trailer... but the one huge thing that connects them both is Billie Piper, and yet there is no Brona/Rose in the clip... brilliant editing and music though!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful
I disagree with many of these articles you write John, this one is no exception. We may have differing opinions but I can't fault your writing and analysis of the episodes, all of them are excellent!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 1)
This series looks absolutely incredible! Such a great mix of episodes, I'm equally excited for all of them... But as much as I love Clara, I think the end of series 8 is her time to go, with almost 2 series under Jenna's belt. Amy and Rory stayed for almost 2 1/2 series and I think they overstayed their welcome. I want an epic, heartbreaking departure for Clara in either the finale or at Christmas!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on SFX #251 Previews Series 8
@YaelMoise Completely agree with your points on Enterprise and Veronica Mars, although I'm as much as a Trekkie and a Marshmallow as anyone could be, I didn't like the change in themes. It made a big, unwelcome difference.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on The Importance of Doctor Who’s Theme Tunes
You're so right, it's really important. And I really miss the Series 4 theme as well, easily my favourite!
2 months ago on The Importance of Doctor Who’s Theme Tunes
In my opinion, 2 part stories are always generally more exciting, as you give time to build up both story and guest characters. Series 7 felt incredibly rushed to me, the only show I know that can pull off that crazy fast pace is Scandal. There are exceptions, The Girl in the Fireplace, School Reunion, Blink, Turn Left, The Girl Who Waited etc. but overall the 2 part stories prevail on excitement and pace. And don't get me started on the fantastic cliffhangers we are given!
2 months ago on Are Longer Stories Better? Five Classics
Yet another reason why I wished I lived in Cardiff...
2 months, 1 week ago on Series 8: Watch Deep Breath First
@CrAzyLAdy12 I tend to think the same, but there's a CBBC show called Wolfblood which could pass as a BBC 1 show if the actors were older, it's fantastic!
2 months, 1 week ago on Series 8: Frank Cottrell Boyce Confirmed
Good article, but it's still not a favourite! I don't really understand how I can adore The Unicorn and the Wasp but be not particularly fond of The Lodger/Closing Time when they're both from the same writer. Although, Moffat wrote both The Girl in the Fireplace and The Wedding of River Song so anything's possible I guess.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Common Criticisms of Closing Time
Kate Stewart, Osgood, Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere, UNIT and Peter Capaldi: AMAZING! Cybermen: Meh... I like the new design but hated the ridiculous abilities they were given in NIS, the scary part of the Cybermen is that they were once us, and that was completely removed by Gaiman.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Finale Filming: Returning Characters & Monster