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Really quite adore this half of the series I don't know why. Just reflects a contribution towards my enjoyment of 2013. Watching The Bells of Saint John reminds me of that Easter Saturday when Doctor Who was finally returning once more, plus at the same time I had just discovered David Tennant and Billie Piper were returning for the 50th special, meaning I was ecstatic at the time.
The Bells of Saint John 8/10 - love this episode plus the music throughout, especially the piece at the end now known as I Might Change My Mind, brilliant use of Majestic Tale at the end there.
The Rings of Akhaten 7/10 - not a bad story but was brought up dramatically by the The Long Song and the Doctor's speech, just power and emotion in those two compositions.
Cold War - 6/10 - never really liked this episode so much. Got quite boring at times but still watchable.
5 days, 16 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1
Series 7 Part A I've never enjoyed very much, most likely because of the split series and Amy/Rory's departure which my have seemed better suited at the end of Series 6. Plus it had a lot of bad changes thrown in just to make the series look modified and different. The one that always got stuck in my head was the mediocre titles with edited colour and 'movie maker' standard. Asylum of the Daleks and A Town Called Mercy are good episodes but I'm not hugely keen on Dinosaurs on a Spaceship I don't know why. I've got that gut feeling about it.
I know many didn't like Series 7 Part B but I did because it seemed more of a vibrant and happy time than this sombre affair. I liked Clara and Eleven and it reminds me of the good times of Spring/Summer 2013 which I enjoyed immensely or at least look back on with fondness.
1 week ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 1
The Girl Who Waited - 9/10 - an excellent episode with a brilliant plot showing the relationship between Amy and Rory. This episode never gets boring.
The God Complex - 7/10 - not a bad episode but I always thinks it's slightly overrated. As good and perculiar as it is, I've never been able to acclaim it, so it's pretty average in my opinion.
Closing Time - 6/10 - I've never liked this episode because of the pointless appearance and use of the Cybermen and the plot was just rubbish. I think this episode quite boring, although Eleven is very entertaining as his childish self at times.
The Wedding of River Song - 6/10 - not a brilliant finale either, quite a messed up plot and weird. The series had started to decline around this point.
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe - 4/10 - definitely the worst Christmas special since the show returned. It is awful and is just boring and terrible. Up to this point I just thought Moffat was ripping off original stories to base on his Christmas specials considering he had done A Christmas Carol the year before and now Narnia. I don't get how people think this is worse than any of RTD's specials, it is probably the equivalent of The Next Doctor in terms of bad Christmas specials.
1 week, 2 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 3
The Vampires of Venice 5/10 - a really dull episode that I never found myself getting into fully unfortunately. Sometimes can't even watch it to the end without getting disinterested.
Amy's Choice - 8/10 - a brilliant episode with great scripting and good plots and twists and villain in the Dream Lord.
The Hungry Earth - 6/10
Cold Blood 6/10 - these episode have both never held very much interest for me either. Just no interest in the episode plot or the Silurians themselves. It was after this when the episodes started to get better, not before.
1 week, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 2
A very appealing article with some true points. As my life begins to transition, I have been asking this question to myself and exploring my memories of watching the show over the years to come to the conclusion to answer the unthinkable question: Is Doctor Who as good as it was? (This is my story and experience so if it eventually sounds tedious, please feel free to stop reading)
I'm an 'original' to New Who in a sense because I remember watching from the beginning, Series 1. I don't personally recollect watching the first episode Rose but I have vague memories of the Gelth and Charles Dickens in The Unquiet Dead and the first episode I have recorded off the television is World War Three so I checked in there somewhere.
Anyway, Series 1 and the Ninth Doctor, played by the unforgettable Christopher Eccleston got me into the show but it was really David Tennant's tenure of the show that pulled it off for me and really made me into a hardcore fan of the show. By Series 4, it was the most unmissable show on television for me. Every original viewing was a necessity for me wherever possible. I am fortunate to remember all the big cliffhangers and finales from Rose's dramatic departure at the end of Series 2, the human Dalek Sec and the Master's return in Series 3 and the Doctor's very unexpected regeneration in the Series 4 finale, which really honestly threw me at the time. I was there for all those cliffhangers and this was before I was a child of the internet so spoilers were unknown to me and I knew nothing of what was happening which made the show as exciting as possible and I miss that excitement, it must just remain with my childhood as fortunately I don't get that vibe often anymore.
During this time I learnt so much about the show through the information I listened to intently and I must have memorised most of it as still watching episodes to this day I can utter the upcoming line before it is spoken by the character, that was my dedication right there. David Tennant had become so iconic and engraved to me as the Doctor and I never imagined anyone else could take on the role. He was really such a role model to me back then through his portrayal of the character.
It was his departure as the Doctor which really got to me. As a child you really feel like things last forever and it really felt he had been in the role for years, longer than he had realistically. It came as a real shock to me.
Once The End of Time had been and gone, I couldn't accept Matt Smith at all. I've heard people who have sat and witnessed his body checkover seen and been instantly taken in as him as the character or the his big 'I am the Doctor' scene in his debut episode. I just looked at him with intense envy, feeling how he had such impertinence to walk in and take over the role when he himself was just as nervous about feeling accepted by the fanbase. It took me at least to the end of Series 5 and early Series 6 to fully accept and appreciate him in the role and laugh and look at him adoringly as he acted out his incarnation of the Time Lord. This is why I've never looked at Series 5 so highly like the RTD series because I never fully enjoyed it at the time and this has had an effect on the me as a result. By the time Series 7 had come around, specially Series 7 Part 2 I had finally accepted Eleven and Clara as his companion and I was enjoying my year and consequently Series 7, especially the one most of the fanbase despise in some way.
Then it all changed again and yes as much as I have tried to accept Peter Capaldi so far and I admit he's not a bad Doctor so far, nothing up to the standard of 10 or 11, but he's getting there. It's just when people proclaim Series 8 as the best series since the revival, it makes me feel like I have to speak out because it definitely isn't. Yes it's darker, yes, it's different but still not up to the standard I used to enjoy and until that happens I won't be able to enjoy it again unfortunately. That change back in 2010 has affected me and since it has taken me quite a while to transition to change and Capaldi's era hasn't reached that level yet unfortunately. For instance, I still believe 11 and Clara suited better because I miss the fun element and I know that's gone now, but I'm still not willing to forget it has.
I respect both eras of the show both RTD and Moffat but RTD will always have a special place in my heart for making my childhood enjoyable and I will always defend it from haters and critics and as much as I will always try to enjoy the show, that will always remain my era that will never, ever be beaten.
2 weeks ago on The Divide in New Who: One Era to Another
I hope we have equal commemoration over both the RTD and Moffat era as no doubt that era will get high scores even if it doesn't deserve it completely. They're both great eras and I don't want one being favoured over another as I regard many of my happy memories as a child as being a result of the David Tennant years and I never regret it for a minute. All series have their moments and round here RTD seems to be underrated and Moffat overhyped, especially after the apparently amazing Series 8 which is definitely overrated.
I just hope at the end of the day that both eras get the recognition they deserve.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: RTD Era Recap
Blink and Utopia both get 8/10 because they are great episodes and I know that Blink is regarded as one of the best episodes, if not the best of New Who, then I agree it is up there, but not the best. I think Human Nature/Family of Blood ranks better. Utopia is a great episode and reintroduction of the Master and is very thrilling throughout with an amazing cliffhanger.
The Sound of Drums and Last of the Timelords get 7/10 and 8/10 respectively because they are both great episodes, but I prefer the second half myself, much more enjoyable content.
Voyage of the Damned, controversially in my opinion, is a 8/10 because it is a great Christmas episode and a brilliant Christmas theme and a whirlwind adventure, it always reminds me of happy times in the festive period. It's a lot better compared to Moffat's mediocre and pitiful The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 3
@Jim from Sydney Same here. I'll still buy it for overall continuity and would always buy it no matter how bad the series was, but yeah Series 8 wasn't so good, just average basically. It really seems over-hyped with people proclaiming it to be the best series so far, when it isn't, well in my opinion anyway.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014) UK Ratings Accumulator
The Lazarus Experiment - 6/10 - not a bad episode. I rewatched it today and it has some good moments but pretty average overall
42 - 7/10 - a good episode and a good mission to get the ship turned around before it went into the sun. Some good scenes in this episode especially when the Doctor gets possessed by the sun. A good use of All the Strange Strange Creatures and a good adventure overall
Human Nature/The Family of Blood - 9/10 - exceptional episodes and never get old after many rewatches. A brilliant story and one of my all time favourite Doctor Who episodes with excellent and creepy villians in the Family of Blood, especially that Banes (Son of Mine) who was an excellent actor. A brilliant story that will always stand the test of time - timeless overall. Paul Cornell must return to write one day, he does with such exceptional quality.
3 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 2
Smith and Jones - 7/10 - great episode and a good opening I remember watching. Quite an original idea taking the hospital to the moon
The Shakespeare Code - 7/10 - enjoyed this episode also, always was a fun romp and has always remained one of my favourites as has that line by the Doctor at the end "Good old JK!"
Gridlock - 7/10 - not a bad episode but wasn't always that keen on it except for the Face of Boe scenes and the scene with the Old Rugged Cross music, very poignant and touching
Daleks in Manhattan 6/10 - only just re-watched these episodes recently and they aren't bad to rewatch now and again but in the end they aren't very brilliant episodes, even though the image and idea of the Human Dalek stuck in my mind for years after watching
Evolution of the Daleks - 6/10 - again an average episode with some good scenes and bad scenes, but one of the scenes I always remember is the Doctor being struck by the lighting rod and screaming before luckily waking up later when Martha finds him on the roof.
Not a bad start to Series 3 though, which overall is a good series so far
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 1
I think Rose is the best episode here because it started off the revival and successfully brought the show back otherwise I wouldn't be watching it now!
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2005 Part 1
Well deserved and a completely surprise to find out later on he had received it. Well done David, you are a great actor and were a great Doctor, one of the best Doctors, otherwise my childhood wouldn't have been worth living.
1 month, 1 week ago on 2015 National Television Awards UPDATE
As long as he does come back at some point for whatever anniversary event they arrange in the future, like the 60th. He is and will always remain my favourite Doctor considering he played him during my childhood and he will always be welcome back in my eyes, whatever the occasion.
1 month, 1 week ago on Tennant Won’t Be Returning Again Anytime Soon
Just said The Caretaker as the line was good, as was the derbyshire sting going into the title sequence. It was edited in the best in this episode. It had such a better impact then the poorly edited and transitioned ones in other episodes. Him saying "Most people just call me, The Doctor" combined with Clara turning her head wearily and the derbyshire sting executed in time with Clara's face made it a brilliant opening. This, Robin Hood and Deep Breath were my favourite ones.
1 month, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #12: Pre-Title Sequence
To be honest, haven't been too impressed with the music this year, but some bits stood out. For example, I like the new Doctor's Theme, compared to the severely overused I am the Doctor. I'll have to say The Caretaker because it had a good excerpt of the Doctor's Theme as well as the surpise reappearance of Sad Man With a Box.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #9: Music
I agree with the top three definitely. But my all time favourite was The Stolen Earth, RTD pulled a real stunning cliffhanger there. I didn't know what was going to happen. I remember watching it live and it was such a beautiful moment until the Doctor is shot by a Dalek and we knew the inevitable was coming. Seeing him regenerate and not knowing what was going to happen, I was gobsmacked and flabbergasted. This was before I was experienced and aquainted with the internet so I was clueless. The Name of the Doctor was great as well as that was a confusing one but epic thanks to the added music. Utopia was also brilliant seeing the Master regenerate and stealing the TARDIS leaving me completely clueless as how the three of them would get out of the situation alive and escaping the Futurekind, not thinking of the Vortex Manipulator at the time, but commonly you are oblivious to the most obvious clues or solutions at the time of a crisis, strange that. Death in Heaven was also brilliant with the reveal of the Master which seems stupid now as I now seem naive that I couldn't work out Missy meant master. Oh well, bring on Series 9 and hopefully more tantilising and more frequent 2-parters.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on New Who’s Best Cliffhangers (Part 2)
@Notsosmartguy That's the one thing I like about Moffat, he lets companions have a longer tenure to stay. Like the Ponds and now Clara, it's a nice change from the temporary companion rule of the RTD era. I wonder whether Freema or Catherine had a say in whether they wanted to remain for the next series or not (even though the possibility remained slim for Catherine considering it was the last proper series in RTD's name) or was it just set in stone?
2 months ago on Doctor Who in 2015: Where to Now?
@The Watchful Guardian @Hirmien I'd like to see him stay for 4 series until 2017 at least. Would be nice to see someone overtake the New Who record, although I'm usually protective over David Tennant being the longest serving Doctor in the modern era, I think Capaldi could suffice enough to overtake this. Plus, although 3/4 years seems a long time, it really isn't, that's why it would be nice to have a Doctor who remains for quite a few years to keep that sense of familiarity in the role, like Clara was for Series 8.
The upsides to 2014 for me was the full series of Doctor Who which was a change from the irritating split series we'd had for the previous two years. Downside was getting used to a new Doctor again but that was difficult as it always is but we're here now waiting for another series with the wonderful TARDIS pairing of The Doctor and Clara Oswald. The only other upside was for me, personally, passing my exams which I was happy with, otherwise the year has been pretty uneventful. 2013 was definitely preferable and whenever I think of the year, one of the main happy memories was Series 7 Part 2 with the Eleventh Doctor and Clara Oswald.
The one thing I can't believe is that it's 5 years since David Tennant regenerated. I'll always remember watching that episode as long as I live with a heavy heart. I must be getting old, especially with the 10th anniversary of New Who this year. Can't believe it! May it's success continue.
2 months ago on Happy New Year 2015!
I'm glad to see her staying for another series. She deserves to have two full ones after only having half a series for her debut. Look forward to another series with her and Peter at the helm.
2 months, 1 week ago on Clara’s Fate & Series 9 (Spoilers)
@supermoff @The Lazy Cat has Antlers! That'll be great, she'll have two records. One achieved already is the first companion of the new series to star in the most frequent number of Christmas specials and she has done 3 simultaneously. Amy only did 2 (even though it was only a brief cameo in the second one). So if she stays for the whole of Series 9 then she'll overtake Amy as the longest serving companion (of the new series) with presumably 38 episodes if we get the regular number of episodes next year. Good, I know it's not about records but it will be nice to see someone else get it and who better than Clara.
Not to give an overall judgment too early after only two watches, I still don't believe it's been the best that Moffat has done like A Christmas Carol and The Snowmen but it was good. The dream state stuff was weirdly but effectively done, although it did go on a bit. I liked Santa's appearance in the episode and his overall part in the dream phase but that was confusing as well. The only bit I really liked was at the end when Clara was turned apparently old as it made me extremely tense as thought I was her fate after recalling the Mirror's article on her dying as an old woman but I was very relieved to see Santa reverse this and reveal it as a dream so glad to see her back in the TARDIS for another series. It's about time someone else took the record for the longest tenure of companion in the new series.
I'm giving the episode a 7/10. Not the best Christmas special but definitely not the worst either.
2 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Last Christmas
I can see the reason for the ratings being low is that last year was Matt's last episode and regeneration stories always have higher viewing figure for obvious reasons. But I guess it didn't do too bad. I watched it live amongst lots of talking so got a god idea of it and such. No surprise that Mrs Brown's Boy's got the highest ratings (and not to be offensive to all Whovians that despise the show) but I'm glad it did because it is a hysterical and hilarious show. Both shows were good though and have good enough rating for what they've got through the declining 'live' figures.
2 months, 1 week ago on Christmas Day 2014 Ratings Top 10
Merry Christmas to all Whovians and I hope it's a tremendous one for you. I hope you all enjoy the Doctor Who Christmas Special tomorrow as much as me after an enjoyable day with our families. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
2 months, 1 week ago on Merry (Last) Christmas!
What does the opening titles hint refer to? It sounds like it says Nick Frost gets a name in the titles but I may be wrong. What is meant by above title billing?
2 months, 1 week ago on Last Christmas – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)
@Mark McCullough @supermoff @jamesanash101, Agent of the C.O.M.P.A.N.I.O.N.S I'd say it would have to be Comic Relief as they allow a lot more swearing on there. I think that level of swearing would be terribly offensive to Wogan on CIN considering it's more of a family-orientated telethon.
Have to say Voyage of the Damned as I really enjoyed Christmas 2007 and this was a big contribution to it. It was a great Christmas special and really Christmassy with a good cast including Minogue herself. I always preferred it to The Next Doctor as I never really found that one really interesting. Funnily enough I say that with all the Victorian era ones. Probably RTD's in all honesty.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Festive Face-Off: Voyage of the Damned vs The Next Doctor
Well that comment gives us respite for now. As much as I shouldn't be gullible and believe Moffat, that comment saying if Jenna's in it to me sounds like he's unsure himself, although it seems unlikely at this point if Series 9 starts filming in January. Sounds like her fate in the Christmas Special will be left on a normal note if there is uncertainty that she will be in the next series so the door might be left open in a sense and resolved next series. Oh damn it! I hate waiting in anticipation! I'm really bad at speculation as well.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat on the Doctor/Companion Relationship for Series 9
I'm guessing this will link in fully with a RTD cliffhanger and continuation into the next episode. Because some of those promo pics of the Doctor looks like from the cliffhanger of Death in Heaven because he's raised his eyebrow like he did towards Santa. I presume the pre-credits scene will have another input then return to this and the dialogue uttered at the end of the finale before either cueing into into the opening credits, or in Moffat style, continuing onto a further scene or just continuing the scene like RTD did in Series 1, which I believe was quite an interesting concept compared to cutting into the titles from Series 2 onwards. They did Series 1 style for the finale, so why shouldn't they do it again?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Last Christmas Promo Gallery
I just said for the whole series. Why not? It would be nice to see her attempt to break one of her predecessors' records. But I'd be happy to see a change where she stays for half the series (in presuming we have 13 episodes again next year) so around 6 episodes and then she leaves. The following week Capaldi flies solo for one episode before picking up the new companion or having a debut adventure with them in the next so the companions get an equal split of 6 episodes each. Either way I don't mind. I like Clara so I'd be happy to see her stay. Seeing her tenure as 2012-2015 would be a good achievement in my eyes.
3 months ago on Clara, or a New Companion for Series 9?
Not bad time slot, great to see the Christmas Day schedule already. Will definitely be watching Doctor Who, EastEnders and Mrs Brown's Boys. Might give Puss in Boots a watch if I'm not already occupied and Miranda is a possibility, although not usually a huge fan of her.
3 months ago on Last Christmas BBC One Time Confirmed
@thetasigma @Typo42 Sceptic of ROSE Ten would be offended! :O
3 months ago on 5 Reasons Why Clara Should Stay for Series 9
You can tell most of this is rubbish and speculation because they're getting worried that there's no official confirmation that she'll leave at Christmas so they make up another story to claim she is continuing. I believe she is staying until Series 9 because this seems to big a risk and speculation that we have to guess whether she is leaving in the Christmas special or not. Plus, why would they claim to reveal plans of her possible demise e.g. dying as an old woman because I know for a fact the BBC and Moffat would never do that as it would ruin the whole plot of the future episodes. Definitely rubbish most of it. Her departure, well, that's to be seen for ourselves this coming Christmas Day...
3 months ago on Rumour: Christmas Won’t Be Jenna Coleman’s Last
Good to see Series 4 and 5 on top. Both good finales and deserving of their place. I'll always love Series 4 as I remember it being my most anticipated finale especially with that unexpected regeneration at the end of The Stolen Earth, I was completely flabbergasted and didn't know how it could be resolved or whether the Doctor was regenerating, plus it brought back all the old characters, which I always love a show to do. Series 5 was just wibbly wobbly timey wimey all over and very enjoyable. Series 7 should have been higher I believe as it was a good finale, but Series 6 is definitely deserving of its place at the bottom, I never really enjoyed that finale as much as the others and easily forgotten.
3 months, 1 week ago on New Who Finale Face-Off: Your Top 8
@JacobHaggerty Yes title of the episode I know. But why would you say: 'The Doctor and Clara face their [episode name], doesn't really make sense.
3 months, 1 week ago on Last Christmas: Short Synopsis
@Whogasms knows THAT MISSY TELEPORTED, NOT DIED! That's what I thought. You'd never say 'Last Christmas' with two capitals unless it was a place name or in lexical terms a proper noun. Seems a deliberate trick to make people believe she's leaving.
I still thinks it's a trick. Because they've written 'last Christmas' with capitals at the beginning of each word which is either a typo here or deliberately done because that sounds like the title of something except the episode. Maybe an organisation or scheme of some kind. Not to be a grammar finatic but writing 'Last Christmas' like that has different connotations to if it was just written normally in lower case, then to me it would signal her last Christmas.
As strange as I thought it was at the time not to include new music for Day of the Doctor I later realised it made sense to reuse old tracks because it was the 50th anniversary and a chance to go over some of the old nostalgic tracks from the last 8 years of the show. I realise there was supposed to be new tracks featured on this soundtrack, I was a bit disappointed to see they had omitted some of the tracks I liked for example the Sad Man With a Box variation used in the penultimate moment where the War Doctor says farewell to his other incarnations. I know it's basically the version featured on the Series 5 Soundtrack but it was condensed down and didn't have the choir on it and I loved this version, which unfortunately could be isolated properly because it has echoes of the voices in it, which was annoying and a shame it wasn't featured on this soundtrack. I've listened to a few of the tracks and love the variation of when the Doctors were supposed to come out of the painting as well as Song For Four which I recognised from Deep Breath and the 11th Doctor's phone call to Clara.
I will be having this soundtrack on my Christmas list definitely this year!
3 months, 1 week ago on The Day / Time of the Doctor Soundtrack Review (Disc 1)
My first was Christopher Eccleston who got me interested in the show, but it was David Tennant who full implemented me as a proper fan considering Eccleston only stayed one series and I believe that wasn't effective enough for me to remain completely interested in the show. But Tennant completely hooked me in and that is why he has remained my Doctor. His energy, cheekiness, enjoyment and serious and sadness just made me fall in love with his Doctor and he became my idol in a sense of what the Doctor should be. Let me tell you, during his era of the show I wouldn't miss the show for anything, whether that be a family occasion, a day out or if the world was coming to an end, I would do anything to get home and watch it. It was so appealing to me then that I couldn't miss it thanks to the 10th Doctor. Since Matt Smith came along that excitement and determination waned, not because of him necessarily but perhaps due to growing up or the realisation that my favourite or my Doctor had left and the show just didn't have that ultimate excitement it formerly had (just my opinion by the way).
3 months, 1 week ago on From 1-12: Who is YOUR Doctor?
Happy Birthday, Doctor Who! It's amazing that it's been a year since my venture down to the cinema to watch The Day of the Doctor in 3D. What a privilege it was! It's amazing to think a show as simple and miraculous as this has lasted 51 years, considering not many shows that do that (except for the likes of Blue Peter and Coronation Street but both don't have a par on you!) It's also an achievement of mine to be committed to a show for 9 years and I'm proud to still be here. I hope you keep being so successful and get to your centenary.
Happy Birthday to the best show in the world! Happy birthday Doctor Who!
3 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who’s 51st Anniversary
Good, about time to have a Doctor that stayed a little bit longer. Tom stayed 7 years and no one complained, so why should they with Capaldi?
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Capaldi Doesn’t Plan to Regenerate “For a While”
@Huknar That's hardly fair. Amy was in it for at least 35 episodes which seems like a long time from this angle and I didn't see anyone complaining. Would be nice to see Clara meet her record or surpass it perhaps.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat Can’t Confirm Jenna Coleman for Series 9
Well that's slightly more reassuring in the sense that we somewhat have a clear answer to her future on the show hanging in the balance down to her signing a contract for the next series. But here's me believing Moffat, like my usual gullable self, which I will continue to do so because it's a more genuine sounding answer than what the press are saying at least.
I do hope she stays at least halfway into Series 9. It was a bit unfair on her considering she started her proper tenure half way through a series (series 7b) resulting in her starring in 1.5 series. And due to the differences in the Moffat era, a companion should be expected to fulfil the standard run of 2 series at least (which Amy and Rory got, plus a little bit extra) which Jenna should be able to fulfil here. I'd like to see a new record in the longest tenure of a companion in the new show. Amy currently holds the record at 2.5 series, which Clara could meet if she stayed an additional series. Just like I'd like to see Capaldi in the running for the longest tenure of a Doctor in the new series (currently held by David Tennant at nearly 5 years) because it would be something new, an experiment that we haven't seen in the show before.
But come on Jenna, ignore the haters. Stay for Series 9, please!
Happy Birthday Moffat! As much as a criticise you at times and don't favour you as much since taking over from the also legendary Russell T Davies. You have kept Doctor Who going and maintained and increased its popularity which I'm grateful for. Happy birthday and keep up the good work!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Happy Birthday, Steven Moffat!
I have enjoyed Series 8. But it's definitely not been the best (my own opinion). I still need to get used to Capaldi fully and hopefully Series 9 will accommodate that. Glad to see the series was a triumph though and that ratings are retaining and even improving, especially as the show is becoming immensely popular internationally. Can see it running for another 10 years at this rate. It's nearly done 10 (amazingly) and here's to another ten. This show can run for 100 years, whether televised or through other merchandise like it did before. I can't wait for the Christmas special and Series 9. It's gonna be brilliant!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on BBC Declares Series 8 A Triumph
As much as I like and respect Peter Capaldi now, I believe he is asking a bit too much for a complete overhaul of other assets. Yes I know he has Matt's TARDIS and sonic screwdriver but I still believe they should keep them at least for the next series or two, in regards to the TARDIS console. The current TARDIS has only been used for half of series 7 and series 8, so 1.5 series. Not enough considering Matt's first console lasted 2.5. series and Tennant's 4.5/5 years. I think it should be kept for another series or two so it gets a good run and good use without wasting money on another one. I thought it was a waste the last time around doing this as I didn't think Matt's one had been used long enough along with his title sequence which Moffat obviously couldn't wait to change. Moffat changes things too often and I know that's what the show is about but I hate things changing too often and it just changes the show too much and makes it a tad slightly unwatchable each time. I mean he introduced a pointless title sequence for series 7b when it was only used for 10 episodes in the end, not even a full series worth! A complete waste of money I believe. Furthermore, as much as I appreciate a hark back the classic era with elements being included in the last couple of series, I don't want a complete overhaul back the 60s. We have enough elements now, the older Doctor, the retro titles and theme music and the classic looking TARDIS. We don't need anyone else. If the show is brought right back to the classic era then it will put me off. I know that sounds like I might not be a true Whovian but there will be nothing modern left in my opinion, except the special effects to distinguish the two eras of the show.
I want to retain what we have now, a good mix between old and new, even if Capaldi is at the helm.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Capaldi Hoping for New TARDIS
I like the 'Jesus' resolution as it's so called. I thought it was a brilliant moment that the Doctor could be brought back to form through thought. I mean when did Doctor Who actually have to make sense? The show would be boring otherwise. The music in that scene is amazing and I thought it was an epic finale. Utopia is still the best part though, amazing introduction of the Master. Definitely beats Moffat's version (whoops I criticised him), as good as it was initially.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 3
@Scribey I'd like to see a showrunner leave and the Doctor lead stay, which hasn't happened yet. Would show the differing attitudes in how each showrunner writes and perceives the Doctor to be. Doesn't mean it would have to be Moffat, but would be interesting to see what happened.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat on Series 8 Ratings: There is no drop-off
That's good to hear, she was brilliant playing the Master as a lunatic and a psychopath. And her exit was made too easy for her appearance just to be a one off. Look forward to her return next year!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Michelle Gomez Reveals Series 9 Return, Rani Trickery
Good to hear! Doctor Who's been a pivotal part of Children in Need since it returned and I like either having a minisode or a Christmas Special preview which we've had since 2008 (last year being a preview clip for Day of the Doctor. Can't wait for this, it's gonna be an exciting one.
As for the references to Clara leaving I'm sure they would've announced by now or very shortly that she will be departing in the Christmas episode like they did with Amy and Rory. Unless Moffat is changing the rule-book and keeping the character's exit and a new companion's entrance completely secret up until the episode airs? But seems unlikely. They would've cast and announced a new companion by now wouldn't they? Especially as Series 9 starts filming in January presumably. Unless the Doctor is going to go solo for a few episodes, which would be interesting to see for a change (a bit like the 2008-2010 specials).
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