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I hope it's armour rather than a robot.. Aliens > Robots.
5 days, 16 hours ago on BBC Reveals New Series 9 Monster
@MrRazza is reporting you to the council! I truly do not prefer any Doctor over any other, at least not of the new series ones. I suppose John Hurt would be my least favourite for obvious reasons, but in all honesty I have loved every portrayal. Even in the bad episodes, I've never seen an episode in which the Doctor was a negative part of it.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Ninth Doctor
I'm just going to give all of the modern era Doctors a 10/10. Thoroughly enjoyed them all, really well written and well acted. They are all equally responsible for the success and brilliance of Modern Doctor Who. So yeah 10/10 for Eccleston, Tennant, Smith, Hurt and Capaldi.
@SonicTheHedgehogRules He only wrote 2 episodes in the RTD era..?
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Mark Gatiss on Whether He’d Be Up for Next Showrunner
The problem with Gatiss is, in my opinion, he's an incredibly good writer, writes some brilliant dialogue and scenes.. He just doesn't have very good ideas. I think that's why The Crimson Horror is my favourite of his because it's just so unique but is also, as I'd expect of Mark Gatiss, well-written. The problems with the other episodes of his never stem from his actual writing just the ideas or the executions. Even the "I'm hungry" part of The Idiot's Lantern probably didn't look that bad in the script. I think he'd benefit from being co-head writer with another writer, like... For example Paul Cornell or Toby Whithouse as mentioned below.
3 weeks ago on Mark Gatiss on Whether He’d Be Up for Next Showrunner
My votes would go to either Paul Cornell or Toby Whithouse. Paul Cornell has written some incredible episodes of Doctor Who and remains to be a massive fan of the series. He is probably my number 1 choice for the next showrunner. Toby Whithouse however has a larger sample size of episodes and I'd consider School Reunion and The God Complex to be near perfect, I also really like A Town Called Mercy and Vampires of Venice. That in addition to the fact he has showrunner experience, makes him a pretty good choice in my opinion.
Orphan Black's Season 2 finale was really quite good, easily my favourite of the latest season. I wasn't really keen on the writing in The Flash personally, and I've not seen Grimm. Between GoT, Doctor Who and Orphan Black - I'd say Listen easily deserves to win. As good as the others are, Listen was a work of art. The only thing on TV better than Listen last year, in my opinion, was Black Mirror: White Christmas.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Listen Up for Hugo Award
For me, the reason why people will never convince me that my least-favourite episodes (which don't happen to be these, though they're still low - especially Fear Her) should be regarded more highly is not due to the fact that they are explicitly bad, but rather that the quality of other episodes is simply much higher.
The way I see it, a small lump of gold looks awful when placed next to a chunk of platinum carefully crafted into the shape of a Walrus.
While the points made in this article may be true, it's just, for me at least, a situation in which the arguements in support for most other episodes are much better.
1 month ago on Why I Love Fear Her And Love & Monsters
I've got to say though, I'm glad Let's Kill Hitler and The Wedding of River Song aren't on here. They get way too much hate in my opinion, they're not my super-favourite episodes... But I really do like them.
1 month ago on The Bottom 10 TV Stories of the Decade
For some reason I just can't hate In the Forest of the Night. I love the cinematography, some of the dialogue, the Clara/Danny stuff, some of the children, the simplicity, etc. I mean I understand it's faults and also hate the end-scene... But I just can't hate the episode.
1 month ago on The Ninth Doctor’s Best Moments
I know this is a pretty unpopular opinion, but I really don't see MOTOE as a Top 20 episode. To me it's no better than one like Tooth and Claw. Both are funny, well done for what they are, decently written, have a good portrayal of a traditional monster but... Just aren't top 20 stuff... Each to their own I suppose, would rather have something far cleverer but of the same level of quality like Amy's Choice here.
1 month ago on Your Top 20 TV Stories of the Decade
An optimistic view: Yes, these are the episodes that always make it to this point and it has grown tiresome, but let's be honsest - For the most part both of these episodes are thoroughly enjoyable, unique, well-written, well-acted, well-directed and definitely worthy of being someone's #1 story.
Neither are my favourite, (that goes to The Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang, which were knocked out too early for my liking) but they are still ones that I will always come back to and serve as brilliant evidence that Doctor Who is such a great and diverse show.
Whichever episode wins tomorrow (I personally voted Day) completely deserves it and, additionally, disliking episodes because they are 'overrated' honestly seems rather silly to me. The reception of an episode should have no influence on how people individually like them.
1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: The Grand Final
And all the prophecies are falling into place. No matter what we do to avoid it, the finale will inevitably be 'The Day of the Doctor vs Blink'.
Regrettably, I voted for both of those in this poll. Don't hate me, I love them both overrated or not.
1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: Semi-Final #2
Such a shame The Pandorica Bang didn't make it. Between Eleventh Hour and Vincent is close but still kind of easy - One is perfection, the other is near perfection with a Space-Chicken. I really like The Name of the Doctor, albeit for different reason than most people (I'm not actually a fan of all Clara's green screen stuff), but TIA/DOTM is better.
As for Listen vs DOTD. Listen was my favourite episode of Series 8 and one of my favourites overall... But I just love DOTD too much to not vote for it here.
1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: Moffat Era Triple
The Eleventh Hour is utterly amazing but this is no contest for me - The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang
1 month, 1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #6
Well firstly I'm so glad The Empty Child made it to these rounds... But Vs The Girl in the Fireplace?!!?!
I guess I've got to go for The Girl in the Fireplace since it was (until TDOTD) my second favourite story (after Pandorica/Bang) :( I don't like this :(
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #2
I wouldn't personally say I agree with Karabraxos, but hey. The one I really don't agree with however, is Journey Blue. I never really understood why people like her other than for having an interesting name. After recently rewatching Into the Dalek to me she seems to be a badly acted, boring, generic character who just likes to shout all of her lines, who, for no reason at all, wanted to travel with the Doctor at the end of the episode despite it being completely out of what little character she has. Simply my opinion.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on 5 Characters From Series 8 That Should Be In Series 9
Um... Why isn't The Empty Child here? :O :(
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #1
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.
2 months 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.
2 months 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.
2 months 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.
2 months, 1 week 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.
2 months, 1 week 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 months, 1 week 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 months, 2 weeks 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.
2 months, 3 weeks 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
2 months, 3 weeks 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.
2 months, 3 weeks 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. :)
2 months, 4 weeks 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.
2 months, 4 weeks 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.
2 months, 4 weeks 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?
3 months 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.
3 months 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.
3 months 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.
3 months 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.
3 months, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #12: Pre-Title Sequence
This poll is basically just: "Choose between Moffat and Mathieson"
3 months, 1 week 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.
3 months, 1 week 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.
3 months, 1 week ago on Sciencey Wiencey: Flatline
@jg007k @Beasts_a_Snarling - THE KANDYMAN'S APPRENTICE Um... Toby Jones plays the Dream Lord ?
3 months, 1 week 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?
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Toby Whithouse Two-parter Confirmed for Series 9
@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??
3 months, 2 weeks ago on New Who’s Best Cliffhangers (Part 1)
Nick Frost for me.
3 months, 2 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.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #1: Lead Actor
@The MasterDoctor "At the drop of a Dalek."
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Your Last Christmas Ranking