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Just something I noticed, and, although I in no way believe the "Omega" theories, I just thought this was interesting - If you click on the Series 8 Complete Box Set DVD to go to the Amazon page, then click on the pictures that shows the back design - On the chalkboard-esque episode list, by the episode "Death in Heaven" is a little Omega sign (the Greek letter). I mean it could be anything - but someone made the active decision to put it on the DVD box - surely it means something?
13 hours, 34 minutes ago on Dark Water Advance Preview
Also, I don't really think Rings is underrated. I mean, it scored badly in the 50 Years Poll, and it had a medium-large amount of criticism when it first aired, but throughout the entirety of 2014, everyone rushes to: defend it, list it as one of their favourites, mention how it's 'underrated', compliment it. And while, maybe the episode deserves it - I personally like it, yet don't think it's incredible as many seem to think so - but there is no way I'd call it underrated, it's verging on overrated in my opinion.
17 hours, 36 minutes ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts
While I'm betting either Vincent, The Doctor's Wife or Mummy will win - There's no way I'm not voting for Amy's Choice. For me, this was a really easy poll - I love most of the choices but I adore Amy's Choice.
17 hours, 43 minutes ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts
And yet, no Day/Time independent DVD release.. So sad. :(
1 day, 22 hours ago on The Day / Time of the Doctor Soundtrack
@TheDreamer... the Oncoming Planeteer. Fair enough, and I agree that Capaldi's 'Ear' is well on the way to take over Smith's 'Ear', despite how good said 'Ear' may be :p
2 days, 19 hours ago on The Eleventh Doctor: Five Favourites
@gunslinger19 Seeing some Amy's Choice love is nice, I know you rarely see people who don't like it - but it doesn't get mentioned much and it is truly one of my favourite episodes.
2 days, 21 hours ago on The Eleventh Doctor: Five Favourites
Out of curiosity, of everyone who started watching from the revived era, who started from The Eleventh Hour and who started from 2005 or some other point? Because I didn't realise so many people started watching in 2010.
On another note, some great picks there, though I'd have probably replaced 'Death of the Doctor' with either Name or Time (though I love Day, it's not as good a showcase of Matt's Doctor as the other two). The Smith era is easily my favourite of the revived series.
Smith wasn't my first Doctor - I started with Eccleston and although I love all the Doctors equally for some strange reason, Smith's era will always be my favourite. Happy Birthday Matt.
3 days, 2 hours ago on Happy Birthday, Matt Smith!
I so hope this can compete with Pandorica! But since that's my favourite Doctor who story of all time - I doubt it. But it'd be so nice to have a new favourite.
3 days, 23 hours ago on Dark Water TV Trailer
@LGwalchmai95 @supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. Hey, you never know - when series 7 aired I was vaguely disappointed with almost every episode and thought it was the worst series. Fast forward a few months until when I got the DVDs and binge-watched through it again and it became my joint-favourite series (Prior to series 8) with series 5. And I still don't know why. Moral of the story is: You may still enjoy it at a later point. And it's incredibly satisfying if that is the case. :)
1 week, 3 days ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking
It's funny, most people seem to have their version of that episode that needs to be shifted to the bottom or whatever, and while I do have preferences in this series - for example I'm one of those who absolutely loved Listen, there is still no episode that I wouldn't rank as at least "Really Good" this series. Which I'm personally incredibly happy about.
I'm not sure why but for some reason this episode reminded me of Random
Shoes. (The Torchwood episode, not just an odd pair of shoes - that
would be an unorthodox connection)
1 week, 4 days ago on Flatline Review
@MrRazza's normal account is messing around Would you mind explaining how you score the episodes to get such complicated scores? It would be interesting to see.
1 week, 4 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
@The Lazy Tiger Has Scared Off The Lazy Cat @Benvenfold Maybe she does something unspeakable? Maybe the Doctor leaves her like he leaves Adam - the whole - "You're not good enough" thing - I feel this could be a more tragic ending to Clara than a death could be - and it could also explain why they've been making the Doctor seem overly cold this series as it's all leading to him seeing what he's like through the mirror of Clara and knowing that she's been influenced by him allows him to mellow slightly - maybe he's already doing that given how Clara was the one who lied in MOTOE to trick the victims, whereas he lied to trick the villain. And in Flatline where he realises what he's like by seeing it through Clara.
1 week, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
@The Lazy Tiger Has Scared Off The Lazy Cat I have a theory of how the series may end - but not exactly a complete Missy/Clara theory.
My idea originally started from a concept I had way before Series 8 was aired - I thought to myself - "What if Clara became the main villain of Series 8" - it made sense to me, she knew more about the Doctor than anyone else, she was intelligent and the TARDIS didn't like her - but something just didn't feel right about it.
After Deep Breath, my favourite theory was that Missy was a fragment of Clara whom had been corrupted and turned strange (mainly because it coincided with my previous idea) - but now, after Flatline - it may be that my previous idea could be more correct than I've thought for the past 9 weeks.
My idea is that by the end of the series (bear in mind I've not read any spoilers about the finale so can't know how well the facts match up) Clara turns too much into what the she thinks the Doctor is - inadvertently becoming "bad". She makes decisions she has no right to and is colder and darker - massively contrasting the Series 7 Clara. She then makes a choice that could maybe result in the death of a character like Danny - the Doctor then refuses to let Clara travel with her and she's left alone to finally realise she's gone too far - Like a proper Shakespearian tragedy where only at the end do the characters realise they've been played.
My prediction is a tragic ending to Series 8 in which Clara has been left behind by the Doctor and has led to Danny's death.
Where does Missy come in? Glad you asked - She'd play an "Emporer Palpatine" or "Iago" role in this story - she'd be the one pulling the strings and turning Clara against the Doctor - I've no idea why or what she'd try to achieve - but that's the bulk of my theory so far.
@Master Michael Moon @Benvenfold It just seems like a stupid decision to make it so that to own every episode you have to own duplicates.
1 week, 6 days ago on The Complete Eighth Series DVD Extras
@Master Michael Moon @Benvenfold Yeah, but The End of Time was part of its own set with the 2009 specials... Typically Christmas specials are packaged with the following series - It's just annoying that they've made it impossible now to own all episodes only once. I would've gotten the 50th Anniversary set but I didn't know for sure if TTOTD was on the Series 8 boxset, so I held off for the announcement and now it's too late because the 50th box set is sold out.
I know everyone had always been saying that "The Time of the Doctor" wouldn't be on this - but likewise, no one believed me in that "The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe" would be included on the Series 7 boxset... But that's still a bit of a shame...
I guess I'll have to purchase the stand-alone DVD of TTOTD and end up getting multiple copies of some episodes have to stop my OCD-side from snapping the other disc. :(
... I want Captain Jack back... :(
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Piper Praises Capaldi, Unsure on Another Return
I can't remember what I rated Kill the Moon - I don't love it and I don't hate it ~ To me it's basically the complete inverse of Marmite. But that ending figure looks fair in my opinion.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Your Verdict on Kill the Moon & Episode Ranking
@YaelMoise is glad they mentioned the goddess @Benvenfold True... But they'd believe their intentions were good, that they were sacrificing themselves so that the creature would live whilst being unaware that what they're choosing actually has the opposite effect.. Maybe selflessly self-centered?
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote
@Scootersfood has 66 Seconds to live... Or possibly stupider. (Just saying) :)
@joe4 @Benvenfold That's what I'm saying - there's no way everyone would agree to let the dragon hatch...
Nope. I do not genuinely believe that the majority of us would just on a whim decide to throw the rest of our lives away so a space dragon could hatch. There is no way humans are that selfless.
@BLPs "Spoilers on the 8th episode are now permitted". "on the 8th episode." - I've never heard of this 3W organisation, nor do I know what they promise - It's a spoiler for an unaired episode, please don't post it here because some people have deliberately avoided the filming pictures and the What we know so far posts.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express
10/10. Jenna Coleman. Need I say any more?
@Clara Laurinda @DasManiac Egyptian pharaohs, who were praised as Gods and Goddesses, were mummified on death... I'm pretty certain it's the same event that is mentioned in The Big Bang..
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Mummy on the Orient Express – 12 Hints & Teasers
Let's be honest, no one here would really keep their lights on...
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Poll: Lights On or Lights Off?
@TheRISEofCapaldi @Benvenfold I don't expect to get through it - I think I'll give in on the Dark Water Next Time trailer, but I can try :)
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Advance Review
I've decided to go completely blind into every episode after this one due to the fact that I know very little about them, so this is the last advance review I'll read, the last set of promo pictures I'll look at, the last preview clips or trailers I'll watch so I won't be watching the Flatline Next Time trailer this saturday. All that said, I'm looking forward to this episode as the last one that I know quite a bit about..
I'm actually completely on the Doctor's side with this...
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Kill the Moon: Clara or the Doctor?
I'm so glad I didn't hype this episode up, I was actually slightly thinking it'd be one of the lesser episodes of the series.. Unlike many who seem to be disappointed, I was thoroughly impressed - a 9/10 from me..
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon
Well, I was in the 9.12% :)
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Anticipating Moon, Mummy, Flatline, Forest, Water & Heaven
If Series 8 continues at the same or higher level of quality as the first 6 episodes then:Series 8 >>>> Series 5 > Series 3,6,7 > Series 1 > Series 4,2. In my opinion.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Thoughts on Series 8 at the Halfway Point
@Miss Bosswald wants you to nuke the Moon. @Antee991166 @YaelMoise supports the nuking of space-spiders I liked the Angels the most in The Time of Angels, yet strangely felt that they were at their worst in Flesh and Stone...
1 month ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)
I voted In the Forest of the Night - For some reason I have expectations of this being a masterpiece similar to episodes like Vincent and the Doctor. Probably because it's written by Frank Cotrell Boyce..
@cheese32011 He was talking about the Mummy in Mummy on the Orient Express
I still can't help but be really excited for this episode.. <3 Gareth Roberts - 5th Favourite Doctor Who writer IMO
1 month ago on The Caretaker Advance Review
Surely the human skull would prevent the head deflating like that?
1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
I'm usually quite optimistic when it comes to Gareth Roberts's writing. I loved the Lodger and The Shakespeare Code, liked most of Closing Time (except the Cybermen, but they're not using a major villain in this so I don't mind), liked Planet of the Dead and I think The Unicorn and the Wasp is decent.. I think he's the funniest Doctor Who writer by quite a large amount and he writes episodes that I really enjoy rewatching, so hopefully The Caretaker fits that criteria too.
Also, with the apparant metaphorical storm arriving in Episode 7, the metaphorical calm in this episode should be nice.
1 month, 1 week ago on Next Time: The Caretaker
@Dalekium @Benvenfold @Beasts_a_Snarling He has but simply handing her a thing to kill herself with, instead of saving her could somewhat regress his development. I don't know, just after the amazing scene with Rupert last week, I felt like that may not be great for his character development. But that was negated by the end with the knowledge that he ensured their survival as The Architect.
@Beasts_a_Snarling I think Moffat has actually deviated from the Everybody Lives thing this series (Deep Breath), and in fact, that may have been Thompson's input (Considering no one has been dead at the end of any of his episodes thus far). Though I do agree it's a little boring after a while.
I think that, considering this is Thompson's best episode, Moffat's influence was probably a positive thing.
Additionally, I am personally so glad they didn't kill off the other characters, not because I liked them - personally I found them irritating - but because I don't want Capaldi's Doctor to be the one who just lets everyone dies. When Ross died it was powerful, but if Capaldi just became the Doctor who wouldn't save anyone then no matter how good his performance is - I'd feel like he wasn't quite as good as the others.
Okay, numbers 6,7,8 and 11 still mean nothing to me, even after watching the episode.
1 month, 1 week ago on Time Heist – 12 Hints & Teasers
@Planet of the Deaf @Handles @DWTV Although if you replaced L&M and Fear Her, it may well have been the best series of the revived series. (Although I'm optimistic that Series 8 will steal that crown)
1 month, 1 week ago on Time Heist Spoiler-Free Review
@Handles To be entirely honest, the episode I'm most excited for, and the one I think has the strongest chance of beating Listen as the best episode of Series 8 is actually In The Forest of the Night. I love Frank Cotrell Boyce and I know next to nothing about that episode and am, for some reason, incredibly excited for it.
@They're all my favorite Bank Robber If you had to lose a kid, I guess you'd choose the snotty one.. (Obscure Moffat Reference Alert : 10 points for getting it.)
1 month, 1 week ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen
I'll be honest, I'm really not looking forward to this episode.. Probably my least anticipated of Series 8... I've never watched / read any of Peter Harness's works before, but it's the inclusion of the girl Courtney that'll probably make me hate it. We've barely seen any of her character and I already despise her.
1 month, 1 week ago on Kill The Moon BBC Synopsis
@King of Ravolox @Benvenfold All I'm saying is, no one complained about it in The Name of the Doctor and most people in fact said that it was the best part of the episode. One more occurrence of her meeting the Doctor doesn't matter to me. I'm making an observation of the hypocracy of people being annoyed by the ending, now calm down and remember it's just a work of fiction.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
Funny how people are only complaining at Clara being all throughout the Doctors life Now. When back in The Name of The Doctor it was a 'really satisfying callback' to the past. But no, add in one more occurrence of Clara where she does the opposite of what happened before, implanting the nightmare in the Doctors mind that he was obsessing over and people suddenly hate it?
Not to mention that it is simply an interesting way to make this episode more enjoyable, it's not like the Doctor has ever mentioned this point in his past before or ever will again so it literally changes nothing in reception of the past stories other than now the Doctor was prompted to say his line in An Unearthly Child rather than thinking of it himself, which I personally will not be loosing any sleep over.
@JamesSkippins I think wanting action based stories over more psychological ones in itself pretty childish. Next week looks more like the action filled sci-fi adventures, and those were the ones I preferred when I was younger.