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I think that every character from the RTD years (except River) shouldn't really be considered, because, unless I'm mistaken, RTD had a considerable influence over the scripts. Although I must admit that I think I read somewhere that RTD said that he barely touched Moffat's scripts.
Honestly, Sally and Reinette were the best written characters, for me. I also REALLY like Rory.
Anyway, great article!
5 days, 23 hours ago on The 12 Best Written Moffat Characters
A female writer, now a female director... Yep, I'm pretty happy right now!
1 week, 1 day ago on Blink Director for Series 9
Flatline. Fantastic direction, great acting, loved Clara in this episode, great pace... Perhaps the only moment that was slightly underwhelming for me was the Doctor's speech, which felt slightly out of place. Still, Flatline is my favorite episode of series 8, and one of my favourites of the Moffat years.
Honourable mention to Mummy in the Orient Express, Dark Water, which was followed by the disappoint "Death in Heaven", AND... Robot of Sherwood, just because!
1 week, 1 day ago on Best of 2014 Awards #13: TV Story
Douglas Mackinnon. What can I say, he directed Flatline. We barely deserve something so perfect in terms of direction.
1 week, 6 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #10: Director
I'll just say this: thank you, mr. Hartnell. Thank you for being such a charismatic Doctor, and for making these latest 51 years possible.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Why I Love The First Doctor
I feel like what I'm about to say will be very out of place, but I feel the need to express this thought of mine:
I despise the term "fangirl", or at least the way it is used quite oftenly. I feel like it is quite offensive towards women. A lot of people use this term to describe someone that they find irritating, in the case of the DW fandom, someone who defends a certain actor, or writer or whatever until the end, often "imposing" their opinions (something like "Tennant will always be the best Doctor, that's a fact!").
Now, why would such people who behave like that be associated with the feminine gender? That's just wrong, and silly, and in some ways, sexist. Please, give up using the term "fangirl" to describe an annoying fan.
Sorry if that was badly written, and thank you for reading it.
I voted for Jenna for three reasons:
1- I feel like the Doctor almost always is the focus of the attentions, so I'd like to recognise the talent of Jenna and vote for her
2- The fighting scene between Clara and The Doctor in Kill the Moon
3- Because of Jenna's facial expression in that shot in Dark Water, right after Danny died.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #1: Lead Actor
Since everybody is doing it, I guess I'll list some of my problems with Series 8:
1- The Missy arc: To me, it felt... Quite pointless, or badly handled. All of Missy's apparitions just did not have any kind of plot progression. It was a mystery for viewers to solve that didn't really move forward. It would have been more interesting if there was at least one episode besides Dark Water and Death in Heaven in which Missy would appear, and it could give a bit of a background to her and her plans, and perhaps not even reveal her name, so fans would genuinely speculate who was she.
2- The "good man" arc: this arc was used too soon, I think. In episode two, right in the beggining, the Doctor asks Clara if he's a good man, when we, as viewers, and even Clara herself haven't spent enough time with this new Doctor. I get it, Moffat and Capaldi wanted us to feel uncertain of the reliability of this new Doctor, but it felt forced. In my opinion, we should question the Doctor actions, well... By his actions. And his values, and also how he affects people arround him. We barely had seen the 12th Doctor, and we were already exposed to that scene of him questioning himself? I don't know. Personally, I felt it was contrived.
Perhaps it could have been more interesting if in the first 3 to 5 episodes we had moments where the Doctor's morality was questioned, and THEN The Doctor would question Clara if he was a good man.
Anyways, it wasn't bad, just badly placed, I think.
3- Listen: this episode... I know many people loved it, and I must say that I also liked a lot of it's ideas and elements. But it kind of relied in some of Moffat's tropes. A monster which is a perfect hidder... It was very similar to the Vashta Nerada and The Silence (or Silents), for instance. A character which the Doctor met when he/she was a child, and his presence affected the whole life and the future of this character... Well, yep, that's pretty similar to Amy's story.
Also, it would have been SO much better if it didn't thrown in elements like Orson being related to Clara. Seriously, it could have been just the Doctor and Clara going to the end of the Universe, seeking for this creature. It also would have been at least more interesting if it wasn't revealed right from the beggining that Rupert was Danny. It would have been more interesting if, perhaps, just us, viewers, discovered that this kid was Danny by, I don't know, shooting his name written in the door, or something like that.
4- Death in Heaven: seriously, how could Moffat write a two-parter story in which the first part is so different from the second part? Dark Water was almost perfect: it had a good pacing, it had mystery, it had a beautiful Capaldi moment with Clara, and it had a consistent tone. The same can't be said about DiH: the tone was all over the place, Osgood's death was cheap, that scene with Missy and Osgood was unbelievably silly (how come this guards didn't do ANYTHING to stop Missy?!), both UNIT and the Cyberman did absolutely nothing... I don't know.
Otherwise, I pretty much loved this series. I loved the slightly darker tone, I loved Caaldi, I loved Clara, I loved the direction of pretty much every episode, I loved the fact that Steve Thompson wrote a decent script, I loved Flatline, I really liked Samuel Anderson's acting, I loved Flatline again, and I loved the (mostly) consistent quality of this series. Yay!!!I even loved Robin :)
3 weeks, 3 days ago on The 5 Greatest Weaknesses of Series 8 (Part 2)
I feel like weakness number 5, as some people have said, isn't actually a weakness. It was quite good to see Clara flesh-out a bit and also have a series which felt more "grounded".
Of course, each person has its own personal tastes, but I wonder if some of the fans who disliked this bigger presence of Clara's personal life felt like that because all other Moffat series didn't really have this aspect. The Matt Smith Era was a lot less attached to Earth, and Amy and Rory's personal life was rarely exposed.
But I could be wrong, perhaps some fans just thought that Clara's personal life was badly handled.
I know that not many people liked Shona, but I rather liked her. We didn't get to really" meet her", but the little I saw her onscreen got me excited to see her as a companion.
Actually, that's my dream team: The Doctor and Shona and Clara as a couple. Yay!
1 month ago on Rate & Discuss Last Christmas
I'd absolutely love to see a female Doctor, and it would be even more interesting if there was a female companion too! I think it would just be nice to have these changes: female Doctor and not necesseraly a companion of the opposite sex.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey
Although I can see how this could be a bit of a problem: some people would find this decision to be a sexualisation of the show. So, perhaps there could be a male companion also. Or maybe I'm talking nonsense.
"Danny Cohen, Director of BBC Television added: 'It’s been an outstanding debut series for Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who and I’m very grateful to Peter, Steven Moffat and everyone involved.'"
Alright, sir. You forgot to mention Jenna. And many other people, of course. But you certainly forgot Jenna!
2 months, 1 week ago on BBC Declares Series 8 A Triumph
Thank you very much for taking your time to answer my questions, your comment was very interesting to read, as the other replies that I received.
But I'd like to ask you one thing: you said that the physical link to the cadaver is a trick. So, why was Danny feeling cold?
Perhaps it really is a trick, but so far, I don't really think it has been proved. And that's where the complaints about the episode being too heavy start.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Death in Heaven – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)
Man, there are some things that this finale needs to explain, such as:
-How was Missy in "Heaven" (the Nethersphere)?
-Why was the Nethersphere previously similar to a garden, and in Dark Water, it was basically a giant city?
-How could Half-Face man go to the Nethersphere?
-Why/How are there other civilizations searching for "The Promised Land", such as in Robots of Sherwood?
-In "Into the Dalek", the girl (I forgot her name) is desintegrated. How and why would she go to "The Promised Land"? Her body isn't useful to the Cybermen, I presume.
Yeah, some pretty big gaps to be filled. I'll be very disappointed if most of these questions are not explained.
Although I know that "Kill the Moon" was a divisive episode, I'm still surprised that it ranks below "Rings", even though i find "Rings" quite better.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Your Verdict on Forest & Episode Ranking
I think both "Flatline" and "Hide', although exhibited after "Mummy" and "Rings", were written before these 2. So, I don't know which is the best criteria: the chronologic exhibition, or the time that the episode was written.
Anyway, I'll go with Vincent and the Doctor: I've seen some people giving their reasons to why they dislike this episode, and although I respect them, I sincerely don't get them: this episode has such beautiful moments. For a 45 minute episode of a Sci-Fi show (although we all know that DW is more than pure Sci-Fi), the character development and the insight of Vincent's personality and emotional conflicts are so... Perfect. Seriously, there are some magic moments in here. And it is one of the few episodes that brought me to tears in certain moments. My only complain would be that song that plays in the end. I felt a bit out of place.But still, a great episode.
Honorary mentions to "Amy's Choice" and "Mummy". Both great episodes tightly written and acted.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts
This episode was great. I was gripped from the start until the end. And it makes me even more exited to next week's episode!
But I'm also anxious: as it is a 2 parter, the final story, obviously, depends on both episodes. So, next weeks better be a good end tho this story!
But what I really find interesting is this: one could easily say that "Dark Water" was the set-up to next weeks episode. Not that the next episode will take a completely different direction, but this one certainly created the "structure" to the next episode: Who Missy is, the Cybermen, the Nightesphere... Yes, there are some things to be explained, and probably a lot to happen, but this one was a slow burner, and I think that, with everything in it's right place now, next week's episode will be have a great flow, probably this will provide a better use of the 60 minutes avaible.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water
This was... perfect.
Seriously, I can barely think of any flaws: the direction/design was stunning, the plot was extremely engaging, the characters (I forgot the name of the boy) were great, I... I just wasn't expecting such a good episode.
I just finished watching it, and I don't even know how people and critics have received this, but I am genuinely VERY happy. I mean, c'mon. Such an entertaining episode!
If there is one small thing that I didn't really like, it was Missy's iPad. It felt weird, haha
I'd give something between 9 and 10 out of 10, for this episode. =)
3 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
I Can already predict: series 8 will have an average score of 8 out of 10.
If this is going to be a pattern, then I really want to watch séries 11...
Out of 10? 11!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Flatline Advance Review
@arayej @Gustaff I guess she, previously, didn''t want those 2 worlds of hers to collide: her adventures and her relationship with The Doctor, and her "ordinary" life and relationship with Danny. But now, things have sort of changed: Danny is OK with the whole travelling thing, the Doctor approves her relationship with Danny... And she really likes the Doctor: she doesn't seem to want to give up this opportunity of travelling through space and time with someone who would be a very close friend (The Doctor). I suppose that she just have embraced the idea that those 2 lifes of hers may collide.
Still, I believe there's some kind of "build up" for this series: I think she may have to leave not by choice, if you know what I mean.
Sorry if my comment is a bit confusing, or silly.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Review
I had a very improbable theory, which was that, after the events of the 50th, The Doctor finally "discovered" that he actually didn't murder both the Daleks and the Time Lords, so he sort of stopped feeling guilt about it, and consequently, his next incarnation (Twelfth) is more averse towards soldiers.
By that, I mean, during the time that he thought he had actually killed his whole species, it would be harder for him to accuse someone of being a soldier and being involved with violence and even muder. But now that he knows he didn't kill 2 species ( one of them actually being his own species), it is possible that he would feel less hypocrite when disliking someone for being a soldier.
But yeah, I already discarded this theory. I think it is more of a characteristic of this incarnation, and perhaps, part of his fear of not being a good man. Maybe it is even some kind of self-hatred, as the article says.
4 months ago on Examining the Doctor’s Attitude Towards Soldiers
In my opinion, there was. In that scene in Rupert's room, when all of them have their backs turned to the creature, you see, as the bed spread drops, for a few seconds a creature that doesn't really look's human.
Same thing can be applied in the spaceship in "the end of time": Those noises could be just regular noises of the ship, but due to the context, where The Doctor and Clara were searching for this creature that can hide perfectly, it could have been their imaginations. Although I don't think it was, because 1- these were definetly knockings, and 2- the door opens, probably because something was doing it.
So, from what I've seen, there isn't any moment where the character's really see the creature, and in the end, they (well, Clara) decide that it was all about fear. And thats what is brilliant abou Moffat's script and MacKinnon's direction: us, viewers, know that there was something, but the characters never really get a proper answer!
If that was the episode's intention... Brilliant stuff!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?
Also, I just read the script, so I'll post excerpt of it here:
[...] "THE DOCTOR (cont'd)
-Don't look round.
Now on RUPERT's face, as he sees it reflected in the glass. He can just see someone behind him, almost completely obscured by his own body. Smallish, child-sized - could be human, might not be.
THE DOCTOR (cont'd)
-Don't look round - don't look at the reflection." [...]
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
If there's something that I found REALLY clever about this episode is, in the end, we, as viewers, know that there was a monster (it is revealed for a few seconds, remeber? Behind Clara?), but every character, including Clara and the Doctor, they do not see the creature.
In Rupert's bedroom, Rupert, Clara and the Doctor are all with their backs turned to the creature, so, in their perspective, it could have been a monster OR just an ordinary kid.
In the spaceship, in "the end of time", Only the Doctor stays outside the TARDIS, and we never know if he saw a creature or if he didn't. And the noises? As much as they sound like someone-s knocking, it could have been just noises from the spaceship, although I don't think it really was.
Finally, just when Clara's underneath the Doctor's bed that there isn't an actual creature. So she decide's that, the whole time, it was just the Doctor being scared and obsessive. But it really wasn't, we know that.How brilliant is that?! I really hope I'm right about this, because, if I am, than that's one of the smartest things that Moffat has ever written!
I just noticed something: in that scene with Clara and Half-Face man, the Doctor in behind them the whole scene. Was him holding his breath the whole time? Can the Doctor do this? I genuinely don't know. Because, if he was breathing, I suppose Half-Face man would have noticed, wouldn't him?
5 months ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
@Ollie Walton Harrod I guess 'Rose' didn't have a really high AI because it was watched by a really big audience: it has one of the highest viewing figures of NuWho, and right after it, there was a considerable drop in the audience, simply because a lot of people must have watched it out of curiosity, and in the end, didn't like it. So, perhaps that's what gives this episode a lower 'AI'.
5 months, 1 week ago on Series Openers… By the Numbers
@dragonsfyre I had the same doubt as you, but I think I can answer that. If anyone who is reading this thinks I'm wrong/has a better explanation, please, reply this post
So, What I think is: Clara, when she walked into the Doctor's timeline, was sort of "fragmented" in many versions of herself, which were sent to different moments of the Doctor's timeline. So, this version, the "original" version of clara, even though she saw the different faces of the Doctor, she never really lost the one she is used to: the Eleventh. There's a bond between them, a strong bond, and when Eleventh turned into twelve, even if she knew there was no way of "undo" this, she was genuinely affected.
Hope this might have helped you!
5 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
What you said is actually interesting: in the Doctor's New journey to bring back Galifrey, he may actually have to find a solution to bring back his planet without re-starting the time war. But how will he do that? That may be adressed in the following series. Interesting, interesting...
5 months, 2 weeks ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – The Doctor Trilogy
You're right, BUT, all those aliens only came because of the message. If they changed where the crack is to a place that only The Doctor and Clara know, they wouldn't need to send the message/calling anymore.
I really, really, REALLY love Name and Day. Both have amazing scrpts, ideas and performances. Also, along with Night and all the references to Classic Who of Series 7 Part 2, we had a great year, even with less episodes than if there was a full season.
But I do have some problems with Time. Firstly, as many have have said in the comments, it was quite rushed, and should have been a 2 parter. Secondly, there are a few plot points that I found silly, and here is the main one:
so, the Time Lords are able to listen through the crack, right? It is Clara who talks to them and convinces them to give the Doctor a new set of regenerations. But the same Timelords were able to move the crack, phisically speaking. So, why couldn't the Doctor just tell them to move the crack to an specific location, where it would be safier for them to return to the universe? Or even Clara could do this. She could say something like "Believe me, The Doctor is here, but he is dying. He can't save you now, you can't return now, not here, not at this specific moment. Go to *insert some place here*, and he'll find you." Something similar to this, but of course, better.
... You know what would be incredibly amazing?! If, instead of getting 13 episodes with a 45 minuites lenght, we had 11 episodes with a 45 minutes lenght AND a 90 minutes long FINALE. That would be...
8 months ago on Two-Part Finale for Series 8
@TheCapaldiMasterplan @The_Doctor_ I love how everyone (including me) sees a long and prosper future for Doctor Who! I literally can imagine the show going on for at least more 10 years.
9 months, 1 week ago on Peter Harness Writing for Series 8?
@Amy the Consulting Key Ring Thank you very much for your reply. But I have to ask you: you're saying that Rory and Amy would be confined to the "space" of NYC, and they wouldn't be able to leave the city? And not only that, but the Doctor wouldn't be able to reach them, or would them be able to travel through time and space with him again?
10 months ago on Moffat Explains Doctor’s Timey Tomb
I mean, I don't see how Rory and Amy wouldn't be able to phisically leave NYC. But I might be wrong as well.I just think that, maybe, The Doctor could have sent a message to them (as you said, River was able to at least send the book of "Melody Malone"), proposing an encounter outside NY, and then, they would've been brought together again. Just build a fake grave, and that's it.
But, on the other hand, earlier in the episode, we see Rory's grave, so, apparently, he would have died in NY, anyway. I just don't see why he would be confined to the city limits, even with this whole messed-up time-line thing.
" Here’s the thing: I can change the future so long as the future has not already been established as part of my own past. I can’t rescue Amy and Rory because I already know that I didn’t."
I don't think that's convincing. If I've got it right, he wouldn't be able to rescue them because he already has seen their graves. But why woudn't he be able to get them out of NYC, travel arround with them, or even let them have their own life, and in the end of their lives, they would be buried in that cemitery that we had previously seen?
@DaftDalek Although I understand your point, I think what you said in topic 4 is a bit complicated to be done, as Moffat wrote The Day of the Doctor with the intention to change the history: make sure that The (war) Doctor didn't destroy Gallifrey. So, as much as he might have been different from his other incarnations, as he "was made to battle", in the end, he was as good as any other incarnation of the Doctor.
Maybe, John Hurt's Doctor could have been a bit darker in his thoughts and ways, but as the chemistry between both actors and characters in this episode were beyond perfect, I don't think I would change this specific characteristic of the episode.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Day of the Doctor
I'd rate it somewhere between 5 and 6, I think. For me, it was kind of a disappointing episode for many reason: there weren't as many classic Daleks as I expected, the Rory and Amy sub-plot felt quite dull and badly written (really, stop to think about it: couldn't they at least discussed this before they broke up?), and although the idea of the asylum was simply FANTASTIC, I don't think it was completely explored
How I'd have done it (this is just my idea of a more interesting plot): as The Doctor keeps travelling throughout the universe, Rory and Amy's life goes on. Suddenly, in some clever way, The Daleks capture them, and put them inside the Asylum. Meanwhile, The Doctor receives a message from The Daleks, showing that Amy and Rory are in Danger, and they give him 2 choices: or he goes inside the Asylum to fix the faults that are occuring in the Asylum's barriers/force field, without his Tardis, or he Goes away and let them die. Of course, he choses the first one, and so, abou 1/3 of the episode is spent inside the Dalek asylum, with both The Doctor and the Ponds separated. As The Doctor tries to find them, he meets and gets the help of Oswin (she could have heard him somehow and communicated with him along the way, sort of helping him, something like that), while the Ponds find thenselves in some very hard situations where they have to get away from many insane Daleks, who tries to kill them at all coast. Between 15 and 10 minutes to the episodes ending, The Doctor and The Ponds are brought togheter *funny, happy moment* The Doctor goes saving Oswin, the whole scene proceeds like in the original episode, Oswin erases The Doctor from the Daleks minds (well, that's an optional) and lower the defenses of the Asylum.
The Doctor then finally activates the sequence of auto-destruction of the Asylum, .with his screwdriver, he brings the Tardis by "remote control" (maybe, something that he would have done previously, and that we didn't see onscreen). They get away before The Asylum explodes, killing all the Daleks inside it, and damaging the Daleks spaceships next to the asylum.
I don't think I would have included the Dalek Puppets, or the scenes outside the Asylum. I'd try to make the episode more "claustrophobic", with more tension, and I would include more scenes with genuinely scarry Daleks.
Those are just some of my ideas :D
11 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Asylum of the Daleks
I wonder if Steven Moffat would leave with Capaldi still in the role of The Doctor. I barely have watched the classic era, so I don't know if it already happened of the headwriter change and the same Doctor stay. It hasn't happened yet in modern Who. I wonder if this would interfere too much in the tone and writing of the current Doctor (probably, Capaldi). I genuinely wouldn't mind Moffat arround the next couple of years. At least right now.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Steven Moffat on his Doctor Who Future