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Excellent article. I was a bit iffy at first, but you were very clear in your reasoning and backed it up well.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Little Boxes Will Make You Angry: Doctor Who and Transphobia
@HeyProfessor In the Anthony Ainley era, the Master would be in plain disguise right in front of the Doctor and even the audience and noone would notice. This is such a stark change that it's the ultimate disguise.
Beyond that, the whole story is filled with Classic Who call backs. We have the return of the Master, in "disguise" for the whole of the story. We have the Invasion of the Cybermen (and UNIT coming to stop them). We have the Master teaming up with a classic Villain (he always did this in the Delgado era). The big big call out is the fact that we have the Doctor working with UNIT to defeat the Master.
The story doesn't make the Master out to be completely evil either, Missy's just really twisted of a person. She still respects and misses the Doctor (as for the sexual tension, they've always had that). Plus, like the Doctor - she regenerated. New personality and outlook on life. Just cause she redeemed herself in her last form, doesn't mean she's rid of the drums/her insanity.
It's quite obvious that since the Master came oozing out of the cracks with Gallifreyan technology that Gallifrey is due for quite a return. At this moment in time, Missy holds the key to where Gallifrey is; dead or alive, she has quite a hold on the Doctor.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat on Finale Death, Master Future
@markdaventry @TheDarkAndTheLight Well part of that reason is that the Eric Roberts Master was eaten by the TARDIS and presumably the Time Lord resurrected his soul from whatever afterlife or remains there could be. The Anthony Ainley Master couldn't even regenerate (nor could the Delgado Master, it was his last body).
@HeyProfessor You seem like a person who hasn't watched any Classic Who. You're relying a lot on RTD Doctor Who lore. While Moffat is building in the same universe that RTD did, he's using a lot of Classic Who tricks in his season.
@Huknar Michelle Gomez actually has a very naturally thick scottish accent. Missy also mentioned in the beginning of S8 that she was going to use a scottish accent. You can say the first half of the finale, Missy disguised her accent for some reason but whatever the reason - the latter half is much closer to the way Michelle Gomez actually speaks and allows more natural acting.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven
@davidbrummy The Valeyard is a timeline mess and makes no sense at all anymore. His timeline has been aborted. The Rani is probably deader than dead. Rassilon is also deader than dead. Omega is pretty much dead and any chance of bringing him back would be rehashing an old story. The Meddling Monk wouldn't be a bad choice though but he's honestly just a nicer, less crazier version of the Master.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Poll: The Missy Reveal
@Warisfiller You gotta be kidding about Ainley at least. Where the Delgado Master was like Magneto to Pertwee's Xavier, Anthony Ainley was all over the Doctor. Also Moffat started this joke a long time ago, when the Doctor changed genders in a parody and the Master suddenly fell in love with her.
@The Gray Box Never forget that the male companions are sometimes the best companions as well. Jack Harkness, Rory, and everyone knows about Jamie McCrimmon
@MistressMarie @areyoumymummy While I wasn't thrilled about it either (I had assumed the Master had turned his form of "good" and would've become the Dictator of Gallifrey in a new regeneration cycle), we've barely seen the Master in the reboot compared to how many times the Master was in the first 10 years of Doctor Who. Since Capaldi grew up with Pertwee especially, him getting a Master of his own is a nice call.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water
@blawesomejeff @DocWhoLocked The way things technically go, The Name of the Doctor presents a timeline where the Doctor had died as the 11th/13th Doctor. The Time of the Doctor aborted that timeline and had us born in a new timeline where the Doctor has a new regenerative cycle. In Name of the Doctor, the Great Intelligence also mentioned that one of the names the Doctor would supposedly go by before his end is the Valeyard. Note how they say incarnations, the 12th incarnation of the Doctor is Metacrisis Doctor, the 13th and "final" incarnation is the 11th Doctor. In all technicality, the Valeyard has already occurred and we won't see him again. We've seen the evil side of the Doctor in the Dream Lord. And nowhere is it mentioned that the Valeyard IS the Doctor, but rather the almalgum claiming to be the Doctor. We also know that a timelord can switch bodies or steal regenerations (the 1996 movie). Either way, the Valeyard is a continuity nightmare and we try to avoid him.
@iMikeZero I feel it's a strange mixture of seeing Clara succumb to an impossible choice that only he would deal with. The whole season has been about how the Doctor changed Clara, what if this episode had Clara change the Doctor? In a way, the Doctor failed Clara. She was once a sweet girl who cared for the children and the many lives of others - as we see in Flatline, that sweet girl is gone and has accepted deaths, many deaths. Seeing Clara say those words, to leave the children so they wouldn't have to suffer, obviously impacted him in a way stronger than most.
6 months ago on In the Forest of the Night Review
@Old Floridian A retired soldier that has regrets from the war. Just like the Doctor. A pacifist at heart, but forced not to be due to events.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Examining the Doctor’s Attitude Towards Soldiers
@Bring Me Knitting Other than what was mentioned - it's generally a bad idea to travel back in time on your own timeline. The Doctor is heavily intertwined within Gallifrey's history, so he'd rather not travel back. The Time War is locked, but I don't think pre-time war Gallifrey is.
7 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
The sad thing about Clara is while she finally gets a personality all her own during the Doctor Trilogy and Series 8, Moffat decides to do away with all that backstory and talents that three Claras were given. Some remain, but it feels like you could've just skipped S7 and say "Doctor got a new companion, this is her," instead of referring back to how much she had affected his life (which is, A LOT). Clara's still flirty to a point, she's a little less sassy, she's less good with children, but seems to have forgotten all her computer knowledge just to be another companion.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Into the Dalek Review
@fisher2112 It's hilarious that Billy Hanshaw's version has better effects than this.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Examining Series 8’s New Title Sequence
@SonicTheHedgehogRules @CharlieFulcher Considering there has been no season without a Dalek since Series 1. There's got to be some truth to the rumor. It's no rumor that the Terry Nation estate still hold rights over the Daleks. There's a good reason why you see "Daleks created by Terry Nation" in the credits (among other villains as well). As for the rest of the Dalek, really follow what this show has been doing in the past 50 years and really think, the Daleks had to have lost their power and mysticism a long while back. RTD brought them back as great villains again but... (you also have to realize the Doctor travels in time, and not all Daleks do that regularly, so he's essentially hitting a moment in time and place where the Daleks are trying to take over a space sector).
8 months ago on Into the Dalek Promo Pics
@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! I never said I was another mindless RTD lover over Moffat. In fact, I've supported Moffat more times to more people than many - but really look at these people because they start to look similar. I didn't say ALL HIS FEMALES were the same, but all his dominating female characters feel the same. It's not the flirting, hell no - but god is it the way they look and act. Every one of them has this wide eyed look about them, and they sort of act the same and feel the same. Sure Kovarian never flirts with the Doctor, but when a story comes out and we all think she's an older River, there has to be a similarity there. We had theories Tasha Lem was an older River too. I'm not a social justice warrior or anything, I'm a writer. And to me, that does portray as bad writing. I'm one of the few people out there who really support Clara as a character, I love the idea of her and that she's an obvious characterization of the audience. But this is not about Clara, this is about a writing mechanic that Moffat uses over and over that is starting to get obvious. And the weird thing is I can pin it down to saying, they all kind of look like the Rani.
8 months ago on Introducing Missy the “Gatekeeper”: Who is She?
@TheIdleIdol As much as I do like Moffat, it's true that he's not the greatest at writing different types of women. You say this is another annoying River Song type character but it's really another older dominatrix type of female JUST LIKE, Irene Adler, River Song, Madame Kovarian, and Tasha Lem. Moffat is creating independent and strong women, but they're all the same woman. I don't necessarily blame him, it's hard to write something that's not you but at the same time - again?
@dragonsfyre There's an article on how Clara isn't really just a character, but an embodiment of the audience. In the context of that universe, "Clara", the photocopied form didn't really met them all - Clara was an analogy of the audience that watched Doctor Who all these years. In Deep Breath, Clara reflects those who met Matt Smith as their first Doctor (which Clara technically did). Remember when Capaldi was announced? All the complaints that he was too old and not whimsical enough? That's exactly how Clara reacted in the episode.
8 months ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
@Scootersfood @Regenerated Catterson Exactly.
8 months, 1 week ago on Jenna Coleman Leaving at Christmas?
I can see the Master coming back once Galifrey comes back, which hopefully won't be for awhile. He can either have died while killing Rassilon, or have killed Rassilon and assumed the name of Lord President and given a new cycle. Either way I don't see the Master coming back as a villain anymore - but an unlikely/unstable ally.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat on Why the Master Won’t Be Back
@floppy_who Well has it ever been easy to go back after you've done something completely different for several years?
9 months ago on Moffat: Peter Jackson Episode Will Probably Happen
One should note that "There's a Man I Know" isn't the equivalent to Song for 50, but rather the equivalent of "I am the Doctor." You can hear it during season 4 of 8th Doctor's Big Finish run.
11 months ago on The Day of the Doctor vs The Light at the End
@The13thDoctor You do realize that 45 minute 2 parters are pretty much 25 minutes 4 parters in the classic sense of the word right?
11 months, 1 week ago on Two-Part Finale for Series 8
I'm going to be the only one in the world who says that they like the Character Options "lego" models well enough...
1 year, 1 month ago on Infinite Potential: Doctor Who and LEGO
@NeutronFlow @KelvTwelve @PrerogativeOfATimeLord @Amy the Consulting Commentator Opinions opinions. It's just that everyone else's opinions vastly outweigh mine. But let me treasure my Paradigm toy in hiding okay?
1 year, 2 months ago on A Few Thoughts On Danny Pink
@PrerogativeOfATimeLord @Amy the Consulting Commentator Yea. The Paradigm models were really bad at first, but it was mainly just a really bad choice of paint. When the Dalek was first created they wanted a retro/modern look but it was waaaay too retro. Luckily the metallic look balances it out. I was really sad that these Daleks didn't appear in Time of the Doctor. While I like the look of the Time War Daleks, I feel like these Daleks should be given a real chance to shine.
@brch2 @KelvTwelve Yea, I didn't really get into Buffy during the 1st season but I did kind of skip ahead and check out Angel which I really enjoyed (and not to mention everything else he has done). There's really no doubting that Joss has a running mind for really good ideas. I'm sure if Steven Moffat wasn't running Who he'd have a library of incredible characters (if not the ones he has already). Though, one has to imagine what Doctor Who would be like if it ran 26 episodes in 1 season rather than 14.
1 year, 2 months ago on Is Steven Moffat a Feminist Writer?
@brch2 Let's go in a corner and talk about Agents of Shield... [I'm only kidding, Agents of Shield has probably improved by now and I don't think he heads it as much as he probably should]
@Maryanne123 I feel like most of the arguments that try to call back RTD into the show are just nostalgia filled. That is not to say all of the arguments are ridiculous (like the pacing is much faster in the Moffat era which is one of his main criticisms), but the show still very much has the same heart it did as before. I'd like to hear more Classic vs. New arguments than headwriter vs headwriter.
@Sabrina P Okay let's just edit the title and rename the author to Gregora and we'll be set.
@Teh Doctor @JFrance649 Yes but it's licensed by the BBC AND wasn't considered canon by everyone until Moffat said so. However, everything on TARDIS wikia is considered canon until proven not.
1 year, 2 months ago on Weird and Wonderful
Honestly I think the show is still just as good as it was in 2005. I'm just greatful that the companions has more impact than they did in the 80's. I mean I know you had a bunch of depressing leavings like Jo, Susan, and sort of Adric but it felt for the most part just replacing cogs when they get broken. I know people don't /really/ like Clara but I feel that she's really different for a companion, that she doesn't have to take the bad-ss route to make a difference.
1 year, 2 months ago on Gillan on Moffat Female Character Criticisms
Depends how you see it. I'm part of the crowd that considers his regeneration to have started on the clocktower. I don't think the burst of energy was because of the reset, because he was forcing it out just like Tennant was holding it in. I don't think Timelords would've made the reset or regeneration to be as destructive as theirs were (as they have done it before), there are obviously certain dangers that happen when you don't just let regeneration run its natural course.
@ivegotkidneys For a 20 minute regeneration, I think I can enjoy it lol - I say that mainly because that whole 20 minutes technically count, and it's such a emotional rollercoaster that when it finally stopped I've had enough.
What I learned from being around in the Doctor Who community:
Time doesn't have to move in a linear fashion, but for Doctor Who fans it does.
1 year, 2 months ago on Matt Smith Doesn’t Want to see River with Capaldi
@Amy the Consulting Commentator The Sixth Doctor didn't do it deliberately.
1 year, 2 months ago on Some Theories on Capaldi’s Familiar Face
@zugun If you're talking about the old lady (Jeff's mom/grandma?) in the Eleventh Hour, she recognized the Doctor because Amy used to obsess about him all throughout her youth (the raggedy doctor), not because she met the Doctor before.