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Now, that is cryptic... that is... that is textbook cryptic... :D
8 hours, 55 minutes ago on In the Forest of the Night Teasers
@pyroclasticflow @Typo42 A Gent of Clare Huh... I didn't know that. I love Deadly Assassin. It's close to the top of my classic episode list... It's one of the few classic DVDs I own. ^^;
9 hours, 12 minutes ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode
No. I don't think she's overshadowing the Doctor. I think they both shine just fine. I do agree that there's a bit too much of a focus on her at times but it doesn't bother me. Mostly I haven't really gotten into her relationship with Danny. I can't help but feel it's only there because it'll be needed for some plot or other in the end.
I'm mostly on the fence. MrRazza, could I borrow a cushion? :D
But the issue has been argued to death already, so I think I'll skip the popcorn and drinks and will just go run my errands. I'll come back when the storm has abated lop. :P
9 hours, 52 minutes ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?
Great article! I'm always taken aback at the harshness towards child actors that seems to be the norm in this fandom.
As I've said many times before, I haven't found a kid I really haven't liked. Some roles were less engaging than others, sure, but to put the children down the way I've seen some do at times is bad form... And to just assume that all child actors will be bad and will make an episode unwatchable just by being in it would be laughable if it wasn't so sad.
Yes, everyone's entitled to their opinion and I get that they do not like such and such actor/character/performance/etc... but sometimes I think we forget that the people we're discussing are real flesh and blood people with feelings, hopes and fears just like the rest of us.
I sure hope the poor kids don't hear all the stuff that's said about them! Imagine thousands of fans ganging up on you... it feels too much like a lynch mob to me. It's hard enough for an adult, imagine how terrifying it must be for a youngster. Imagine how discouraging too. Give the kids a break... they're still learning. They didn't come out of the womb knowing everything. None of us did. We learned our skills over the years too. ^^;
21 hours, 38 minutes ago on Won’t Somebody Think of the Children!?
@iggycooper64 She hasn't confirmed anything either way because they want to keep us guessing until the end...
23 hours, 25 minutes ago on A Surprise Ending for Clara?
@MichaelFisher215 @TheDreamer... the Oncoming Planeteer. @DuncanKnifton Orson said one of his grandparents was a time traveller... and he may or may not be related to Clara, as she did get distracted when linking with the Tardis and the Tardis took them along Danny's timeline, not necessarily Clara's.
1 day ago on Death in Heaven Official Synopsis
@The Abominable Zombie Yes, it's been moving up 5 minutes each week as Strictly needs less and less time with each contestant that gets eliminated. Doesn't mean that it'll start on time though. ^^;
1 day, 4 hours ago on Death in Heaven Official Synopsis
@DuncanKnifton When did thy say they got married?
@Clara Laurinda @Ivegotkidneys look for the bare necessities, the s Or maybe he just had it on silent before lol. :D Possibly, he just never used it. ^^;
1 day, 4 hours ago on In the Forest of the Night Clip
@Ivegotkidneys look for the bare necessities, the s Huh... I had to play it again to check, coz I hadn't even noticed lol. :D
1 day, 5 hours ago on In the Forest of the Night Clip
Loving the music, the setting, the atmosphere... and the little girl too! Wondering how they met... and who she is, and what she's doing there... And how they get together with Clara's group...
@DanielBiela @madhi19 @captainjohnnyreb They were all him, as in they were all the Doctor. We only saw the first 11 faces + war doctor because, let's face it, they're not going to cast all the actors who are ever going to play the Doctor ahead of time just so they can film them in the timestream scene...
But even if we go with the idea that only the 1st 11 Doctors and war doctor, maybe only the timestream for his first regeneration cycle was left on Trenzalore. Anything can happen in this show.
1 day, 5 hours ago on A Surprise Ending for Clara?
Not sure what to make of the "the Doctor takes to the air in a startling new role" bit... unless he's gonna learn to fly lol. :P Thinking he's going to go to the Promised Land and that leave UNIT to deal with the threat on Earth...
1 day, 7 hours ago on Death in Heaven Official Synopsis
@supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. I definitely enjoy the portrayal a lot. I like his humour, his personality and his pragmatism, and the warmer side that's hidden below the surface too. I agree, it feels really special when it comes out. :)
Whenever I rewatch an episode, I make a point of having 1 rewatch where I pay close attention to Capaldi's expressions throughout, and especially when the other characters are talking. They can be quite subtle... but whether subtle or obvious, they're always perfectly in tune with the scenes. I just love it.
1 day, 20 hours ago on Who is the Twelfth Doctor?
@Notsosmartguy's got no strings on him @TheDreamer Haha! And it could turn into a series, as I too have many names... The Dreamer, The Brick Buster, The Planeteer, The Nanny... Lol. :D
1 day, 22 hours ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode
@MrRazza has regenerated into Hippy 12 Funny, I felt that the parts with Amy and Rory in the Tardis dragged too much, personally. And the 2nd time they got separated and Amy found Rory dead and broke down, all I could do was sigh and ask the poor girl where her brain was (she didn't answer, she was too busy crying lol). ^^; I did love the episode, but I often find myself fast forwarding thru those specific parts.
@calliarcale @TheOncomingFish @ADeviousTree Ditto. I'm 27 and I'd have whipped out my phone too. With nothing else to do but wait alone in a place I don't know, especially after I was told not to touch anything (I wouldn't have touched anything anyway, even if the Doctor hadn't ordered me not to, I'd be afraid of turning something on and getting lost in time and space alone!)
And I definitely would have taken pictures of everything I saw on the moon with my phone's camera (I always post my travel pics on facebook, as I haven't got Tmblr)
I quite liked Courtney and hope we see her again so they can develop her further. As you said, there are likely good reasons for her being a disruptive influence and I think it would be interesting to find out what they are. I actually think she would make good companion material, with proper development.
I know a few teenagers and they are glued to their phones all the time... 1 is my nephew, another is my cousin's daughter and 2 are the sisters of the 2 boys I care for (I'm a nanny) And I don't count the times I've had to move well out of the way in the street because some teenagers were so intent on their phone screen that they didn't see I was there and nearly walked into me! So whilst not all teenagers are like that, some are. And some are worse. Sorry. Though, in all fairness, it's not only teenagers doing that lol.
Plus she'd just discovered a guy dead a decade in the base, and a guy had been killed in front of her... AND she'd just been attacked by a giant spider germ... I thought she was quite brave, actually. I'd have panicked myself lol. But the point I'm trying to make is that the phone was also sort of a distraction for the fear.
1 day, 23 hours ago on In the Forest of the Night Advance Review
The conversion wasn't complete. The cyberplanner only controlled half the brain... Obviously the Doctor was still in control of the other half. His emotions had not been eradicated and affected the Cyberplanner.
2 days ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode
So did I! In fact, there isn't a child I haven't liked yet... (I'm not scared of no bricks... I'm the brick buster!)
Oh goodness, really?! o. O
Glad to see I'm not the only one who likes nightmare in silver!
2 days, 1 hour ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode
Ooooh thanks! I saw the announcement and thought the book seemed interesting but debated getting it. I love books but for some reason have never been sold on DW books... I bought some last year and have yet to read them! Which is very very strange for me as I never let a book sit long lol. But I might give this one a try!
2 days, 5 hours ago on Lights Out Review
I just had a crazy, disturbing thought... What if when Clara jumped into the Doctor's time stream on Trenzalore, she did sorta die and her soul was uploaded to a data cloud similar to Bells of St John, but more sophisticated and run from the Nethersphere? Then she was sent back and the Doctor got her out of his timestream safe and sound. Except they can hack her like Miss Kizlet did her workers, with the iPad... I know, we only saw Missy use the iPad as a camera sort of thing to watch Clara, but there could be more to it lol. ^^;
And what if whoever all the bad guys end up being in the finale were behind the Mummy study coz they want to the technology for their plans? Imagine an army of soldiers like the mummy, but lacking the failsafe word to stop them... They might even be wanting to try fitting all those that reach the Nethersphere with the technology. Yikes lol. o.O
2 days, 8 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
I enjoy fairytales, I'm a tree hugger and I love kids, so I'm looking forward to it. The theme appeals to me as does the setting. And I liked the trailer... Is it Saturday yet? ^^;
2 days, 19 hours ago on In the Forest of the Night Advance Review
Mummy for me, but by a very tiny margin. They were both awesome though. You guys are cruel! LOL . :P
3 days, 22 hours ago on Face-Off: Mummy vs Flatline
@BeyondThePolice @TheDreamer @ItsSmallerOnTheOutside Yes it was... If 1 second was enough to save Journey Blue from her exploding ship, surely it would have been long enough to save Clara and Courtney from an exploding moonbase... Clara stopped the countdown with 2 seconds to spare and he materialised next to them. How do we know that he wasn't ready to materialise around them with just 1 second left, had they not stopped the countdown? He did have time. People just chose to believe that the Doctor would have left them all there to die. I don't.
5 days, 9 hours ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote
But it was established that the green energy came from the Tardis before he even walked out to face them... He didn't have the sonic when the Tardis landed. Clearly, the Doctor used the Tardis to generate it. It slammed into the Boneless and created a green wall that held them there and kept them from coming at the team. And, when he used the sonic, they changed angle to show the Tardis and a new wave of green energy coming from the Tardis, before they cut back to the scene where the Boneless were sent back.
5 days, 18 hours ago on Flatline Review
@Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen @Antee991166 That's why I rank by Doctors, not actors' names lol. I just can't. ^^;
5 days, 21 hours ago on Flatline Review
@TheNightmareChild just got fitted for a loincloth @supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. Ditto, lol. :D
5 days, 22 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
@StevieG1974 1. I was thinking that too, though Mummy didn't have that problem and it was advertised as scary too.
2. Yes. Highland Council autumn term ended 10 Oct and the winter term starts 28 Oct. No clue about the others but guessing they're having similar term dates.
5 days, 22 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. @HowieFisher Hmmm... I did a quick averaging and sorting of data and it seems it's top of the list for me too lol. The next 3 are still quite close though, but still I think it'd take 3 poor episodes to dislodge it, and I doubt that will happen. :)
Series 8 - 9.08
Series 6 - 8.36
Series 7 - 8.32
Series 1 - 8.29
Series 4 - 8.22
Series 5 - 8.01
Series 3 - 6.95
Series 2 - 6.66
5 days, 23 hours ago on Flatline Review
@Antee991166 My list, such as it is. The thing is, except for my top 3 and my last 2, the rest varies a lot according to my mood or what I'm watching at the moment, so it's not really accurate lol.
@Stradiwhovius @Whogasms When the Doctor landed the Tardis after coming out of siege mode, a green wall of energy shot out from the Tardis that blasted the Boneless back further into the tunnel and the same green energy wall held the Boneless there. They spent the whole time he was talking to them pushing at the green energy, trying to break through it but they could not. Him saying that he had a way of sending back to their universe but didn't have enough power before activating siege mode was a clue. Clara picked up on it and tricked the Boneless into restoring the Tardis. Gave him the power he needed. Then the Doctor came back and told them he was sending them back. Add to that the fact that, when he used the sonic, move waves of that green energy pulsed from the Tardis, it seemed pretty obvious. To me at any rate.
6 days ago on Flatline Review
@Whogasms Exactly, he had told Clara he had a way of sending them back but didn't have enough power. She gave him the power, he blasted them back to their own universe as planned. IN fact, the energy was already there when the Tardis landed. Clara still had the sonic then. The sonic was just used to start the process, turn on whatever tool he calibrated, or whatnot.
6 days, 2 hours ago on Flatline Review
"Albeit slight, “Flatline” does make one misstep. When the TARDIS is dropped onto the train tracks, the Doctor laments that there is not enough power for the shields to function, and that “structural integrity is compromised.” “The Name of the Doctor” establishes that, as the structural integrity of the TARDIS breaks down, the “bigger on the inside” leaks onto the outside, causing the TARDIS to swell, not shrink. Further, this is the second time that Clara has seen the TARDIS massively shift in size, as she was present in “The Name of the Doctor,” so it seems odd that there is no mention of that event in “Flatline.”
The way I saw it, the difference is that in Flatline, an alien was actively causing the problem by sucking the exterior dimensions. That's what shrunk it. In Name of the Doctor, it presumably happened because the Tardis had been dying of a more "natural" cause.
@supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. @sontaran17 When are the L+7 figures released?
6 days, 6 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@The Lazy Tiger Has Scared Off The Lazy Cat My idea is that Missy chose Clara to become the next Guardian of the Nethersphere.
6 days, 6 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
9.7/10 :P Loved it! Great fun! It's tied for 2nd place with Time Heist, right behind Mummy on the Orient Express. It was innovative, creepy, well paced and the effects were brilliant. It's also interesting to see how the Doctor reacts to seeing Clara think and act like him. Like a mirror and he's not necessarily liking it. Loved the team work Doctor/Clara and how Clara pulled herself together when she ended up going it alone... quick thinking and obviously learned the Doctor's tactics well. Maybe too well?
Loved the Doctor throughout too. Even though he wasn't in the action per say, he was still really active and pretty much directing the investigation from the Tardis. Until he had to activate siege mode, that is. But his return was epic.
Loving Jamie Mathieson. His style, his stories, his ideas, his take on things... Sure hope he comes back next year!
While we're still no closer to figuring out who Missy is and what she is doing, the fact that the window behind her looked like a cyberman eye suggests that she works with the Cybermen somehow. Did the cybermen invade the Nethersphere? Maybe she's playing a double game... trying to keep the Cybermen happy and thinking she's on their side, while at the same time trying to get help from the outside... Maybe she can't get converted because she's from the Nethersphere and can't be deleted coz they need her to pass thru the gate.
Off to watch it again! :D
Time Heist 9.7/10
Deep Breath 9/10
Kill the Moon 9/10
Robot of Sherwood 8.9/10
The Caretaker 8.1/10
Into the Dalek 7.6/10
6 days, 7 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
@conallmc2013 @TheDreamer @ilyootha, a proud member of C.L.A.R.A. @The Administrator I actually have a spreadsheet where I give several marks to each episode, going from pace, setting, effects, acting, plot, execution, characters, monsters... etc... Then I average out the numbers and get a total... Many times I get the same result, but they have to go somewhere on the list... If I give each section a 10, then obviously, I'll get a 10/10 total, and obviously, I have several episodes who got 10 in everything so yes they all have a 10/10 mark. For the rest, they're sorted by plot mark first, then acting, then monsters, etc... etc... just for the heck of it, lol. Right now, Mummy gets a 10/10 and Time Heist and Flatline are tied for 2nd place with 9.7/10 which for the purpose of the polls is rounded up to a 10
6 days, 8 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
@The Administrator @conallmc2013 @ilyootha, a proud member of C.L.A.R.A. Mummy's the one I've rewatched the most so far. But Flatline gave me the same sort of eagerness. :)
6 days, 20 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
@conallmc2013 @ilyootha, a proud member of C.L.A.R.A. @The Administrator Opinions... we don't all have the same ones. The world would be a boring place if we all liked the same things... You think it deserved a 7, I think it deserved a 9 and the Administrator thinks it deserves a 10.
@joe4 @Loch_Ness_Lobster @ilyootha, a proud member of C.L.A.R.A. @Old Floridian She did what the Doctor would have done. But because it was her doing it, she gets criticised...
1 week ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote
He heard? Vastra had put him to sleep... How could have heard her?
1 week, 1 day ago on Flatline Advance Review
@Whovian64 @Scootersfood has 66 Seconds to live... @TheDreamer Hmmmm.... the universe is full of black holes, unfortunately none close enough... Anyone got a very long space lasso? lol :D
1 week, 2 days ago on Dark Water Official Synopsis
@Scootersfood has 66 Seconds to live... @TheDreamer @OzGirl I know! We can stop time if we change a fixed point in time! Never mind the consequences lol. :D
No no no no no no no....... Stop... No more synopses.... Tell me we haven't reached the finale yet. Please? I DON'T want the series to end! Surely there's a way of stopping time........ Sigh.....
@Thatoneperson @TheDreamer I did that in the beginning but I can't watch 6 or 7 episodes in 1 day, especially not on Saturdays, with errands, cooking and cleaning on the list lol. So I decided to watch a couple of them each evening after work instead.
1 week, 2 days ago on Flatline Clip
My thoughts exactly.
1 week, 2 days ago on Flatline Advance Review
Possibly. I just prefer putting my trust in the Doctor's hunches. They tend to be spot on.
1 week, 2 days ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote
Clara stopped the countdown with 2 seconds to spare. He materialised next to them coz the countdown was aborted. He could have materialised around them instead, had the countdown not been aborted. But since none of us actually saw what he was actually doing in the Tardis, we're all guessing anyway.