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@Amy the Consulting Key Ring @lp229 These are all perfectly reasonable explanations, but most require the stretch of the imagination and have no basis with what was provided in the script for 'Time of the Doctor'. I think that Moffat could have made more of an effort to round off these loose ends. There is a difference between leaving the audience to figure it out for themselves and lazy writing.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Why “Time” was the Perfect Summary of Smith’s Era
I have yet to watch 'Time of the Doctor' again. I remember, though, being quite disappointed with it on Christmas day. In general, the story had an excellent concept base but was poorly executed. I felt that Moffat sold us short in the way he resolved the 'Silence will fall' arc. Here are some of the points that do not make sense to me. Why would the silence blow up the TARDIS if it would result in the end of the universe? This was the very thing that they were trying to avoid in preventing another potential Time War if the Time Lords managed to escape the pocket universe. Furthermore, how did they do it? The TARDIS is one of the most sophisticated ships in the universe that is virtually indestructible when it is fully functioning, so how were the silence able to hijack it and blow it up? The idea of the silents as confessional priests is an interesting one, but it doesn't fit well with their history. Why would a race of confessional priests essentially invade earth and enslave humanity, murdering people in the process, (TIA/DOM) when their quarrel was with the Doctor all along? Some other details that I didn't like include Tasha Lem apparently being able to control herself despite being a dalek puppet which doesn't conform to their introduction in 'Asylum of the Daleks'. The wooden Cyberman was daft and overly indulgent on Moffat's part. Anatomically and strategically, it doesn't make sense why a Cyberman would be made of this flammable and brittle material. Although I liked the Doctor's final regeneration scene, the moment when the he receives a new regeneration cycle and destroys the Dalek ships in the process was ridiculously convenient. Finally, I don't believe there was a need to make this episode Christmas themed. Doing so only made it gimmicky and unnessarily softened the dark potential of the story.
@Huknar I would love to hear the modified voice of the 'Tenth Planet' Cybermen Nicholas Briggs made for 'Nightmare in Silver'. I agree with everything that you have written. The issue is not the fact that Gaiman borrowed ideas from Star Trek's Borg, it is that these modifications, as well as others have little to do with the traditional identity of the Cybermen.They just continued the trend of the new series writers to degenerate the Cybermen into mere robots. What we needed to make the Cybermen more scary was to make them more human, intelligent and calculative beings. Gaiman had some interesting concepts which could have made a cracker of a story, but, in my opinion, they were poorly executed.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Nightmare in Silver
An excellent article, Nick. I think purely historically themed episodes can be done in the new series. The stories, though, would have to manifest themselves as character pieces, much as RTD did wonderfully in 'The End of the World'. This story was an emotionally powerful one that allowed the audience to empathise with Rose to feel her distraughtness of travelling in the distant future. One idea of how to go about writing a historical episode is to bring a modern day companion to a time that is very different from their own. Clara and the Doctor; for example, could be caught up in the events of the French revolution. What was planned as casual trip to Paris turns out to be a nightmare where the Doctor and companion are separated amidst the anarchy of revolutionary France. One of them gets in danger when mistaken for a member of the French ruling elite and it is up to the other to save them before things get to late. The situation can be made more complicated when Doctor loses one of his assets that he is usually able to rely on to save the day, such as a sonic screwdriver, or the TARDIS key.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Bring Back… the Pure Historicals
I think that it would have been more interesting if we had a Victorian companion. It certainly would have made a refreshing change from the string modern companions we have had in the new series.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on What if… Clara had stayed Victorian?
@RhonDOH I was looking back with nostalgia for the great dynamic between the 11th Doctor and the ponds. These were definitely Matt's best years in the role, in my opinion. The three actors brought so much vitality to the show.
9 months ago on Gillan on saying Goodnight to her Raggedy Man
@Me and Stuff @lp229 Why are you assuming that we would already know about it based on the past? It is up to the production team and the BBC when they want to announce it. Both have been very secretive of developments within these past few years, so it would not surprise if they decided to keep it under wraps. I agree that the 'Silence will Fall' arc had a small presence in Series 7, but don't forget that the mystery of Clara was an arc in itself, which we heavily reminded of in each episode. Yes, I suspect that the writing style will change for the 12th Doctor.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Steven Moffat on his Doctor Who Future
I am quite content with Steven staying on, but feel that the show needs a fresh approach. In my opinion, the stories need to be neater and less convoluted. Doctor Who would also really benefit with fewer but longer stories, much like the classic series, or more recently, Sherlock. The writers restrict themselves by abiding by the 45 minute episode format, and how many potential classics in the past have we been deprived of as a result of a shortage in screen time like 'The Rings of Akhaten'? With the heavy emphasis being on on story arcs, the individual episodes have felt like just a means to an end. I miss being satisfied with a well thought out out and logically complete story. Doctor Who could be greatly revitalised by changing the existing format, or at the very least, bringing back two-part episodes.
It would not suprise me if Moffas has already chosen to step down after series 8 and Gatiss has been lined up to replace him. Given his prior experience on Doctor Who and working for the BBC, in addition to his close relationship with Moffat, he would be seen as the natural choice. I remember reading also, that Mark is friends with Peter Capaldi and invited him on the set of 'An Adventure in Space and Time'.