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I think the thing I dislike the most about Rings of Akhaten is probably its supporters. And I know everyone has their own opinions and everything and I truly think Rings is a decent episode (I gave it 5/10 - but on my scale that's completely okay) but the amount of times I've seen people saying it's an underrated episode when at this point it's probably one of the most overrated episodes of the revival. The amount of 9s or 10s it gets, for me, is a bit dismissive of the rather obvious faults the episode have that, while may not ruin it, definitely don't leave the episode in the 'top tier' group. At least for me, anyway. But yeah, everyone gets their own opinions so it's alright.
6 days, 9 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1
Honestly, of all the revival Doctors and, I cannot speak so much of the Classic era ones - not because I dislike them but because I've not watched all of their stuff and I didn't watch them 'at the time' so I've not the same attachment - but of the revival ones I can truly say I like them all equally. I'm not sure if I'm alone in this but I genuinely think that they're all as good as each other. I remember at the age of 8 watching Eccleston's regeneration and not looking forward to Tennant and the same with Tennant to Smith. But when Matt Smith was leaving, and I loved his performance and his era is my favourite (Set to be beaten by Capaldi's though) I had no fear that Capaldi would be just as good... And alas, he is. I too will never understand people dismissing one actor because he is not another. They're all the same character.
1 week ago on The Doctor Division
I've never understood why TWORS has been received so badly. The only real argument I've heard is about the Teselecta resolution, which, in fairness, is better than Series 3 and 4's finale resolutions. The rest of the episode, to me, seems to be a really interesting premise with a good pace and exciting scenes (the Silence attacking in the Pyramid) as well the brilliant sequence of how Doctor went from the dying Dalek to Lake Silencio.
1 week, 3 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 3
7 / 9 / 5 / 9 / 2
The Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang are my favourite stories. Of all time. Of anything.
I'm done here.
1 week, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 3
What'd be great, in my opinion, is if we could have the big classic villain episode being this opening two-parter, and then dedicate the finale to some non-classic monsters. There are plenty of great monsters in the Series since 2005 worthy of a finale and yet none, other than the Silence, have been used.
Give the finale to the Vashta Nerada or The Beast or the Krillitanes or the Weeping Angels or the Boneless or any other great New-who villain and I'd be a pretty happy person. Not that I'm not usually anyway, I suppose.
1 week, 6 days ago on Missy Back in Two-Part Series 9 Opener
Okay, I like Miracle Day. I think Miracle Day, whilst maybe not as good as Children of Earth, definitely was consistent with the first two series. But I don't want a Torchwood Series 5 and I would've preferred that it ended with Children of Earth. Again, not because of a dislike of Miracle Day but simply because Children of Earth ended it so well. The series was way above anything Torchwood had done before and the ending was heartbreaking and satisfying. The way I see it, if a television series is really good... It won't leave you wanting more.
Except Doctor Who of course. :P
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Eve Myles Hopeful for Torchwood Series 5
Eh, I feel I'm the only one who dislikes Series 4. I mean, don't get me wrong, each series has been really good, but to me, Series 4 is so blatantly the worst yet most people seem to think it's either the best or in the top 3. Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead and Midnight are amazing, and I really quite like Turn Left too... But of this selection... It just seems completely.. average... Personally I rated them 5 / 5 / 6 / 5 / 5, with '5' being the complete midpoint.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2008 Part 1
@TheElusiveWhovian Great to see someone else who thinks Series 4 the worst - Most people say it's the best or in the top 3 and I've never truly understood why.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 1
I honestly think Series 1 starts off pretty weakly unfortunately, the strength of Series 1 is really Dalek onwards (I'll steer clear of the debates on The Long Game) So, regrettably for me, my scores were: 5,6,6,7,5
1 month ago on Rank the Revival: 2005 Part 1
I feel sorry for the Caretaker's 0% in the Visual Effects department. I for one really liked the scene where the chair dramatically returns through the time-portal thing.
1 month ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Complete Results
Is not the Time War considered to be a ripple effect from the Doctor's actions in Genesis of the Daleks at least to the extent that he provoked them to chose Time Lords as their primary nemesis - so potentially, the Time War may not have happened were the Doctor to not have his TARDIS. However, without the Doctor there to stop the Daleks countless times, they'd probably end up trying to take over the universe and eventually face the Time Lords so I guess history would probably reallign itself and the Time War would happen after all. As such, ignore everything I said. :)
1 month ago on Who and What Would the Doctor be without the TARDIS?
"luckily seem to avoid tacky clichés" ... Are you sure? 'Flatline's opening seemed to be quite the definition of an opening full of tacky clichés. I mean don't get me wrong, I think the episode is pretty good - but that opening is some rather awful writing.
1 month ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 4)
Hmm.. The only one I voted for here was best special effects. Not too surprised Mathieson won - I saw a lot of "I don't know who to vote for between Moffat and Mathieson so I'll go for Mathieson since I think he'll be the underdog" or whatever. I personally think Listen, Deep Breath and Dark Water exceed both of his scripts and there's also the fact that the tiny tiny TARDIS in Clara's bag as well as the entire premise for MOTOE were Moffat's ideas. There's also a few scenes in Flatline that to me just seem like bad, or at least awkward, writing. But overall his stories are in my top 5 (Albeit 4+5) of Series 8. And he did pretty well this year, just personally, I wouldn't say he was the best writer of 2014.
1 month ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 3)
@Supermoff, member of CATS @Benvenfold Yeah, that and it's all well and good for me to suggest this but I doubt I could ever make any decent statistical page, so keep up the good work I guess :)
And I want a report, in triplicate. With lots of graphs and diagrams and complicated sums. On my desk... Do I have a desk?
1 month ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 2)
@Supermoff, member of CATS Just a question, but would the end results of this points accumulator not be tainted by the fact that not every episode was available to vote on every time? For example Deep Breath has scored another point due to the Clockwork Droids, but with almost all of the other episodes except ITD and DW/DIH, it was impossible to score a point that round. Surely it'd be best to have the results written as "# / Highest Possible Score", probably a lot more hard work but does that not seem more of a fair analysis?
These are exactly what I voted for. Pity they haven't shown the full results in terms of the percentage splits - though I presume that'll be revealed at a later point.
1 month, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 1)
Yeah, as most people have mentioned, I think the best idea would be an in-universe movie that doesn't include the Doctor or his companion. Be it Torchwood or Paternoster Gang or Time War based or, what I personally think would be best, absolutely none of them and something new altogether. Say a new 'Big event' or something. This could then be acknowledged in the show with a few references on episodes released simultaneously with the cinema showing.
1 month, 1 week ago on Why A Doctor Who Movie Is A Good Idea
@Mark McCullough @DWTV is No Thrills DWTV Yeah, well I'd say Moffat has been on top form this year. The best series of Sherlock so far in my opinion and the best series of Doctor Who so far in my opinion, he's done a great job. His Last Vow I think, is Sherlock's best episode by a landslide and I think episodes like Deep Breath, Listen and Dark Water were excellent. Such a shame that neither show won.
1 month, 1 week ago on 2015 National Television Awards UPDATE
Well that was one of the nicest things I've ever watched. Well Done David! :D
It's between Listen, Time Heist and Dark Water for me.
1 month, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #12: Pre-Title Sequence
This poll is basically just: "Choose between Moffat and Mathieson"
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #11: Writer
@nocealvento Because a director's job extends further than to just camera angles. The guards may well have been in the script, probably something along the lines of "Two guards stand by" or something, it could've ended up seeming a lot more natural than it was in the program if that scene were directed better.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #10: Director
The only one I didn't really like was Rachel Talalay, those two guards in Death In Heaven irritate the hell out of me..
Could 2-D not just be a poetic way of the Doctor explaining the Boneless so that everyone would understand? It may not literally mean that they are exactly two dimensions, but merely that they need to learn how to manifest themselves as more than just a flat creature. They are said to be from another universe after all.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Sciencey Wiencey: Flatline
@jg007k @Beasts_a_Snarling - THE KANDYMAN'S APPRENTICE Um... Toby Jones plays the Dream Lord ?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Toby Whithouse Two-parter Confirmed for Series 9
@Captain Administrator is Ichabod Crane Is it confirmed to be 12 episodes again next series?
@AlessandroArsuffi Erm... The Empty Child has one of your favourite cliffhangers from Matt Smith's era?? And The Silence in the Library cliffhanger is your favourite from Series 3??
1 month, 3 weeks ago on New Who’s Best Cliffhangers (Part 1)
Nick Frost for me.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #3: Male Guest Actor
@Edoe @ilyootha, agent of C.L.A.R.A. But goodness had nothing to do with it.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #1: Lead Actor
@The MasterDoctor "At the drop of a Dalek."
2 months ago on Your Last Christmas Ranking
Whilst I may not put them in that order, the top 7 episodes in this poll are also my top 7 of Series 8. I've truly loved last year of Doctor Who.
Here's a suggestion to make it a bit more interesting Clara could take the role of.. An intermittent companion or something, which is hardly unlike Clara... In that she'll be across the whole series, but not necessarily in every episode.. Gives time for solo Doctor episodes, a solo Clara episode, Doc 'n' Clara episodes, Doc 'n' New Companion episodes, Doc 'n' New 'n' Clara etc. It may not be exactly as we expect and could be really interesting.
2 months, 1 week ago on Clara’s Fate & Series 9 (Spoilers)
This looks ridiculous and stupid. I can't wait.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Last Christmas New Clip
@supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. @Romanadvoratrelundar agent of C.L.A.R.A. @Benvenfold Yeah, shame it's not available in my country.. Also that it's in that really ugly booklet case thing. A 'Matt Smith Years' DVD or Blu Ray set in which there are 4 DVD cases For Series 5,6,7 and the 2013 specials would be great. :)
3 months ago on Last Christmas DVD / Blu-Ray
And no doubt it'll include other stupid episodes like 'Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS' and everyone will be annoyed when you complain because you're getting these episodes for free and then there'll be a really good way to buy it, but it'll be limited edition and they'll wait until after it has sold out before they announce it won't be in the Series 9 boxset. Yes, I am still annoyed with TTOTD's release and until I can have a complete Doctor Who DVD collection without repeats I will stay annoyed.
What if Osgood did die, but the Zygon Osgood is still alive and has teamed up with UNIT and will take her place like Mickey in Rise of the Cybermen. That way we get Osgood back without loosing the impact of her death.
3 months, 1 week ago on Could Osgood Still Be Alive?
The Ol' Primacy and Recency effect in play here it would seem! I voted Gomez simply because I haven't watched enough of the classics, but honestly I don't think she is any better nor worse than any of the others I've seen - It's a bit like the Doctors - I'm never able to order them in terms of best to worst. :)
3 months, 1 week ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Final)
Hmm, I disagree with the ranking personally, but that's okay. I'm glad Pandorica won. Personally I think I'd say 5 > 8 > 1 > 7 > 6 > 3 > 4 > 2.
3 months, 1 week ago on New Who Finale Face-Off: Your Top 8
I love 'Meat' and 'Adam', but, sorry everyone, I'm not a big fan of the other two although I do understand the appeal of them. But if we get an 'Adam' level of quality story next year I will pretty pleased :)
3 months, 1 week ago on Torchwood’s Catherine Tregenna Penning Series 9 Story
As nice as this boxset sounds I am still not over the fact that I will have to resign myself to the torturous task of converting my previously pristine DVD collection into one that now has duplicates in buying 'The Time of the Doctor' on DVD... My OCD side will be twitching every time I even lay eyes on it.. :(
3 months, 1 week ago on The Complete Eighth Series Box Set Review
@DanielBiela The Trenzalore events did happen, except that was on the Doctor and Clara's personal timeline. They were in a timeline in which the Doctor dies on Trenzalore and everything that happened in TNOTD did happen. If you were to go back to Trenzalore post-war now, the dead TARDIS wouldn't be there because, by the intervention of the Time Lords, the timeline was pushed off track and into a different one, but Clara and the Doctor (And the GI and the Paternoster gang) would remember it, and everything would've still happened, it just cannot happen again. It's confusing, I'd need diagrams to explain it, but it does actually completely make sense.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 7
@TheSoundofDrums Well, the Weeping Angels, The Silence, The Ood, The Slitheen, The Clockwork Droids (To a certain extent), there have been quite a few... But I do agree that there are some great New-Who monsters and many of them should return.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat: Daleks Are Not A Contractual Obligation
I love how almost the entirety of The Big Bang is essentially a resolution to The Pandorica Opens's cliffhanger. I find it so annoying when there is an interesting cliffhanger resolved in a quick and disappointing way... (The Doctor Dances, The Age of Steel, Journey's End, etc.)
But I do love this whole story, truly my favourite Doctor Who story ever.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 5
For the most part, I prefer Moffat's Christmas specials to RTD's personally.. While I enjoy all of RTD's, aside from The Christmas Invasion which I think is really good, mostly they're just.. 'Pretty good'. However, A Christmas Carol, The Snowmen and The Time of the Doctor to me are all incredible. That said - as much as I try for this not to be the case, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe is genuinely my second least favourite Doctor Who episode, I just can't stand it. So if Moffat could make this story more like the other three to that, that'd be appreciated. :)
3 months, 2 weeks ago on 2014 Christmas Special: Children in Need Clip
How good is Big Finish? I've heard loads of great things about it and have been meaning to listen to a few, only as I started watching in 2005, despite having seen several classic stories, I don't have the same sense of nostalgia when it comes to the classic Doctors. Were Big Finish to gain the rights to New-Who, I'd listen in a heartbeat, but as of now - would you people say it's worth listening to? And if so, which stories (Across all doctors) would you recommend?
3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Eighth Doctor: Five Favourites
Okay, no disrespect intended or anything - But I've not really understood these 2nd Opinion articles and the other guest reviews... Surely the 'Rate and Discuss' page is where these reviewers should post their opinions like everyone else? What makes their review any different to anyone else's in that it is just their opinion, so why are some people writing articles to give their reviews whilst everyone else posts in the comments of 'Rate and Discuss'. To me it just seems to echo the "Everyone is equal but some are more equal than others" mentality.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on 2nd Opinion: Death in Heaven
"12 Great Moments From Death in Heaven" -> In almost all cases: "I don't like this actually."
3 months, 3 weeks ago on 12 Great Moments From Death in Heaven
@TardisBoy is the Mistress Well, so is Sontaran17, and yet you replied with your opinion on the matter.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven
@TardisBoy is the Mistress I think I'm on the Sontaran's side here, whenever an open question is asked, the answer will never be enough for some people - so to rate an episode on the answer given and not the episode itself feels kinda' silly.