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I hope it's not too disturbing and drastic as if Capaldi's Doctor gets too dark then I can't see that many people liking it, especially initally like myself and he may turn many away. But I hope not he's gradually rising on my list of Doctors, but hopefully nothing will make him fall too far down it again.
23 hours, 9 minutes ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon
Kill the Moon sounds a lot more interesting now it's been given a proper synopsis and I will look forward to that one as I will with Mummy on the Orient Express which has suddenly been described as dark and disturbing and requiring a later time slot to that one sounds brilliant as well and I have been looking forward to watching The Caretaker as it sounds like a good fun one, well to a degree anyway. But Time Heist is still not doing it for me, sounds pretty boring, but could be wrong, but for the moment not getting my hopes up.
23 hours, 12 minutes ago on Tantalising Details on Episodes 5-8 of Series 8
A great article and I whole-heartedly agree with all the points you have put here about the show. Merchandise is definitely a big part of the show's success and even I have contributed my fair share of money to that. I have a big shedload of the stuff (let's just say I went a bit mad when I was younger buying lots of merchandise and receiving lots of merchandise so I have a fairly big collection consisting of books (most primarily), posters, TARDIS playset (dismantled), figures, TARDIS moneybox, TARDIS card holders, compilation books, toys (K9 and Cyberman heads), pencil cases, stationary, magazines and DVD box sets) and this was when I was younger so since I've matured I've condensed this down so gradually I haven't bought much except the occasional magazine and DVD, but this was back in the Tennant days when the show was unstoppable for me but the merchandise since then hasn't been as much interest for me.
Moving on, I often watch the show live as it goes out just to show my commitment which I don't often do with shows, but I record it simultaneously on a DVR (HD) to watch again later until I purchase the DVD which I also what I do with other shows, but I watch and record later. It's just the method I have become used to using in the past few years and it's very handy as obviously I don't have time to watch all my favourite shows anymore. The ratings aren't worrying and I can see the BBC keeping the show running for a long time yet because of all these reasons collaborated, plus the idea of the merchandise. Doctor Who is indefinitely without question one of the BBC's most successful shows currently along with Sherlock and Top Gear so cancelling it again would make a big hole for it to fill. The show could reach 100 years easily, whether there's a hiatus or cancellation in the middle it will always return, no question about it.
I've been a fan/Whovian for 9 and a half years now and I'm still not bored of it, this being the longest commitment I have ever had to something so it's something to be proud of and something I'm happy to continue doing for a long time.
3 days, 2 hours ago on Why The Decline in Overnight Ratings Doesn’t Matter
@ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus I think Mummy on the Orient Express is a good title as well, just sounds hilarious from this aspect because it's actually a literal title from what I've read.
3 days, 2 hours ago on DWM #478: Dark Side of the Moon
Not really looking forward to this one so much, just doesn't look as interesting but may be better if co written by Steven Moffat considering Steve Thompson's reputation lately. Might be a good one but from what I've seen so far, meh not so intrigued. Looking forward to The Caretaker though.
3 days, 2 hours ago on Next Time: Time Heist
Again I'm not taking the overnight ratings seriously but I expected a slight rise week on week as I'd imagine more people would be watching it as it gradually got further into September and Autumn (although I think it's still safe to call it summer). I mean I tune in live every week (and I don't often do that for TV programmes nowadays, most are recorded) and I always expect a good amount. But yes I know there's nothing to be worried about, after the final ratings come out, Doctor Who's here to stay.
4 days, 5 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@RebelTimeLord Didn't Harriet Jones return twice in The Stolen Earth? Or is that just counted as a cameo appearance? I like characters returning even if it is The Paternoster Gang. I don't understand the hate for them, Strax is a great character I wish people wouldn't be critical towards them.
4 days, 5 hours ago on Nick Frost Cast in Christmas Special?
9/10 - this is definitely the best episode so far. Was glad that my wish was fulfilled and there wasn't actually an alien presence as the mysterious entity and it was rather left a mystery or a trick of the mind, or more presumably Clara. Plus having the young Danny Pink and the future Orson Pink were good additions and the young Doctor at the end was a big surprise. My cousin was trying to work it out after and eventually got it and so did I, especially when we worked out the identity of the barn. Great episode, a proper chiller at last by Steven Moffat. Hope they keep on getting better each week.
1. Listen 9/10
2. Robot of Sherwood 8/10
3. Deep Breath 8/10
4. Into the Dalek 6/10
4 days, 18 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
@LukeKaittani @supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... I have to agree on this, referring to its popularity. I think the show is more popular worldwide at the moment than it is in Britain. I know the ratings aren't anything to go by but I never hear that many people talking about like Matt Smith or David Tennant's era I guess people are still readjusting like myself. I'm still not at that complete stage where I am at a complete excitement level. Just need to occasionally go back as Capaldi does talk very fast and can't always understand him.
4 days, 21 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
This'll be a good one then and split the fanbase. I can see myself like this one, especially saying that it has things focusing on the mind, rather than an actual monster. This'll be interesting.
6 days, 2 hours ago on Listen Spoiler-Free Review
'How long have you been travelling alone?' 'Perhaps I never have' Ooohh chilling line! This one's going to be great I love the scary ones. And I hope there's a decent solution to it that is actually scary and to do with the darkness not just another alien or something. Yes I know that that's the point of the show but I'd love an episode where an actual ghost was involved and the Doctor had to try and 'defeat' it in a sense, actually fighting the supernatural, excluding the Gelth. I thought Hide was going to be like this but it turned out it was structured on an alien world which although it didn't matter, I was just slightly disappointed as I was anticipating a real ghost.
6 days, 3 hours ago on Listen Clip
I didn't like the episode and so not the characters so much, even Journey. When Clara does eventually leave (which I hope is still a while yet) then I don't think she should be her or a soldier but someone quite similar that can fight the Doctor's ferocious nature.
1 week, 1 day ago on Taking a ‘Journey’ Into the Future: The Next Companion
@bringmeknitting You can tell it's going to be a scary one because they used it in the Hide trailer and that trailer was also quite chilling and the episode itself on first watch. Hope some of the soundtracks make a reappearance. They reinstated the Series 4 sting at the beginning of the opening titles. :)
1 week, 4 days ago on Next Time: Listen
8/10 - A great episode and it was nice to have a more lighthearted one. I have to admit I preferred this one more than Into the Dalek as it really just doesn't hold that much interest to me. I knew this one would get a mixed review which it seems to have done, but I liked it. I liked the Doctor's constant denial of Robin Hood and all the characters being real and believing it was all a legend. I loved the bickering between Robin Hood and the Doctor and it was up to Clara to control them. The Sheriff of Nottingham was a good villain played well by Ben Miller and his brutal treatement of people (that man stabbed at the beginning) plus his attemped seduction of Clara (which seemed in a couple of the character's intentions). That scene at the end with the spaceship taking off was a bit confusing as I wasn't sure whether the Doctor would actually want it to take off and they apparently helped it by shooting the arrow but it exploded and I'm not sure whether that was meant to happen (it probably was) an whether he realised it had, which from the look on his face, looked like he did know. I also started to warm to the Doctor a lot more in this episode and we could see his fun but also fierce side emerge and I'm starting to properly appreciate him as the new Doctor. I just hope future episode don't change my opinion too drastically.
But overall, definitely Mark Gatiss's best script since The Crimson Horror which was the better of the two in Series 7 and better than many of his other historical episodes.
I can't wait for next week, Listen looks brilliant! And the fact they used the Rose in Peril soundtrack like they did with Hide this tells me it's gonna be another chilling episode and it looks to be the best of this series so far.
Note: Did anyone notice that at the beginning and the end they used the Series 4 sting going into the opening titles and the ending credits? I was so happy to see this restored and hope it remains a permanent fixture for future episodes, compared to the bland sting they have now.
My Episode Ratings:
1. Deep Breath 8/10
2. Into the Dalek 6/10
3. Robot of Sherwood 8/10
1 week, 4 days ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood
Dalek definitely because I didn't appreciate Into the Dalek that much even after two watches it was just too quick an episode I thought and wasn't that interesting in the end, even the stuff at the school with Danny Pink. Dalek is definitely a better episode and is more gripping than Into the Dalek and I believe Christopher Eccleston has a better performance in it as well.
1 week, 6 days ago on Face-Off: Dalek vs Into the Dalek
@RoastNewt So did I. I was at a person's house with my dad and obviously they don't watch Doctor Who (I presume they used to because they have DVD's of Series 2 on their DVD shelf) because they turned it over to watch The X Factor, which I completely loathe and could feel the cringing building up in my stomach.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Into the Dalek UK Ratings
I gave it a 7/10 to be generous but I don't know what to say about the episode. Everything just seemed to move too fast for some reason. I was surprised to see Clara get more fiesty in this episode by slapping the Doctor across the face and I thought at first, him being darker now would perhaps retaliate, but I know that's not in his personality. It was a really strange episode and didn't appeal to me that much. I guess I'm getting a bit tired of the Daleks. Glad I wasn't anticipating this one too much (Listen is the one I'm looking forward to). It's not one I would watch over and over again and I guess once again too much to fit into 45 minutes but then again I don't think I would be interested to see it split into two episodes unless something really interesting happened.
A reasonable episode, but not that brilliant, even after watching it twice. 6 or 7 out of 10.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek
@Americanwhovian @Trex in the Thames Plus Billy's had a mixture of the 2005-2007 theme tune in there as well so it appealed to me and made it sound a lot better.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Examining Series 8’s New Title Sequence
This ones sound great, I love the scary episodes! Would love a good scary one.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Listen BBC Synopsis
I see the overall feeling here is people like the graphics but hate the theme tune, which is exactly my feeling. I actually don't mind the graphics so much although I do miss the usual time vortex which has been part of the title sequence for decades. But the theme tune is awful due to that high pitched middle part. Now I don't mind the tune being high-pitched so much as long as it sounds in tune which it doesn't here and makes it cringy. But this theme tune where the middle part kicks in and at the end when the episode title is revealed, I feel like that screeching, if it was any louder would cause that vibrating speaker effect that you get if you play music too loud. Of course once again they've abandoned the middle eight which again is another great shame as it was always my favourite part during the Series 4 theme tune which made it sound heroic and Moffat seems to accept this and seeming making Murray Gold's dream come true because he apparently dislikes it. But now I've heard the new theme tune, I'd be afraid that the middle eight would be ruined by the harsh high pitched out of tune part they've incorporated here so we're probably best off without it. I've heard the Glynn middle eight before and I have to admit it sounds awful like this, high pitched and out of tune. Like I said I wouldn't mind a high-pitched theme tune or middle eight as long as it's in tune, like the Howell theme and the Series 4 theme middle eights because although they are high-pitched they sound heroic and exciting compared to this arrangement.
But I do believe Moffat relies too highly on change because he wants to change everything too often, as I heard he wanted to update the title sequence for Series 6 but they had no money in the budget so he hideously had it modified for the first half of Series 7 when I think they could've either kept the Series 5 graphics or updated them to the Series 7B ones. Although this might have disrupted the continuity between Amy and Rory to Clara. But my annoyance lies here because I thought the 7B titles were a waste considering they were only used for 10 episodes (not even a full series!) and this seemed very wasteful on the budget and I hope Moffat stops changing things now and the future Executive Producer has more sense like RTD to keep the same graphics/music for at least 2-3 series. Although it would be appreciated if perhaps he decided to keep the titles for Series 9 but change the theme music to something more appropriate and less ear-killing, but knowing my luck it will probably end up staying.
I quite liked the Series 7 title music and graphics as they began to grow on me by the end of the series and I preferred the theme arrangement for The Bells of Saint John compared to The Snowmen so it was a shame that was scrapped so early. My only complaint with this title sequence was the lack of continuity because of it's bland and looping red vortex, compared to the continuous and ever changing end credit graphics of Series 1-4 which never failed to intrigue me.
So to conclude I'm happy with the graphics and happy for them to stay, but the theme music should be changed. Either at Chrismas or for Series 9.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Examining Series 8’s New Title Sequence
@ahunter8056 I agree with your point on the middle eight. I loved it during the RTD era especially Series 4 when the next time trailer launched into the theme and built up then the middle eight blared in with the credits. Gave me such a sense of excitement. They dumped it for some reason in Series 5 which was a real shame and thought 'I am the Doctor' was a suitable replacement for every single Next Time trailer.
Look forward to the exterminations again! I enjoyed it back in the early series (New Who) when that infamous ray gun sound was let off and you heard the person scream and see the X-ray effect that reveals their skeleton. Actually makes them scary.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Into the Dalek Spoiler-Free Review
I never didn't like her but I could never put my finger on her character for a definitive answer to whether she was a brilliant companion. But I found her quite unpredictable and when she casually flirted with the Eleventh Doctor yet denies that she ever did and she let off little smiles occasionally, I wouldn't know where to put my face. She is very intriguing. And that's what I wondered in Deep Breath when she was so confused by his regeneration, yet she had seen all of his selves in his timestream and must have understood the conception of regeneration, although she hadn't actually experienced it first hand, yet she couldn't understand why he had gained another set of regenerations and had turned old and grey and she wanted him changed back, but it reminded me of Rose at times, the only other companion to witness a regeneration and she demanded him to change back, so I guess it's just the shock and having to get used to a new personality, so I give her sympathy for that.
The only scene I didn't understand was the restaurant one and the whole 'egomaniac needy game-player' business, probably because I don't know the definitions of all the words but also it was just a confusing scene for me to understand, but nevermind I will eventually.
3 weeks ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald
I really don't see the hate for the characters. I quite like them myself, especially Strax, his humour is just brilliant, compared to most who think he's cringeworthy. The Paternoster Gang were something new and original to Doctor Who, which I thought the show was all about. Now all I hear is people complaining that the show isn't 'classic' enough which is an idea I'd rather not think about because I'd rather not completely revert to the 'dark ages' of the show, as good as some elements of classic incorporated into the new era is good, too much would be disastrous, including that new theme music *shudder*
3 weeks, 3 days ago on The Future of the Paternoster Gang
I expected higher, but I do realise that many people will watch online now or watch later and because many more watched in the cinema this week, then they will watch it back on TV next week so the viewing figures will be higher. Doctor Who is now one of the few shows I am devoted to watching live whereas I usually record all other programs (for instance EastEnders) on my DVR and watch them later. It's just a really handy way of doing it, considering not everyone's got the time to sit down and watch everything nowadays, but Doctor Who, that's an exception.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Deep Breath UK Ratings
I honestly wasn't phased by her appearance or her character really, not yet anyway. I may grow more intrigued as the series goes on but at this point, I'm not yet interested in her character.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Introducing Missy the “Gatekeeper”: Who is She?
I've watched it a second time now and I am starting to appreciate Deep Breath more. I'm not jumping the gun and saying 'this is my favourite scene/episode of Doctor Who of all time' as I rarely do that, but it did have some good moments in it. I loved the Doctor conquering against the Half-Faced Man, symbolising the characteristics of the classic Doctors, particularly Pertwee, even the Half-Faced Man having to admit that he was 'stronger than he looked'. The scene with the tramp was a strange one but I did laugh when the Doctor said 'the face was fresh on' and he looked freaked out and his Scottish fieriness showing through in both these scenes.
I really don't see how people don't like Strax because the excuses of 'he ruins the reputation of the Sontarans' is rubbish to me, many just don't have a sense of humour it seems and are too fond of the Classic Series. You do have to remember Doctor Who does change and New Who should be different in many ways to the Classic Series, yet retain some elements like it currently does, although not too much (sorry to be judgemental). I think he's hilarious ('Out of the way human scum!' 'What do you want girl? 'Speak to us boy!' - if anyone is offended by me laughing at this tense scene during NOTD, then I do apologise as I can't contain myself after Strax says this)
The scene between Clara and the Doctor in the restaurant showed off that the Doctor was quite argumentative now as I could see the tempers rising in both of them and I could see he was also selfish when he left Clara behind underground and the poor girl had to hold her breath, looking heartbroken (I thought at first), then saw she was struggling to hold her breath. Also the flashback and insight into her classroom was a nice touch and I felt sympathy for her as she couldn't control them (I know what I'd do in her shoes...) and Moffat got back to his old tricks with the mind games of having the Doctor appear again and the whole scene with the Veil (Madame Vastra's), showing Clara's confusion over the Doctor gaining a new regeneration cycle and turning from young to old.
Also the minor but funny scenes like Strax throwing the newspaper and hitting Clara and him giving her a body scan with his gadget (and getting slightly too close for comfort) were excellent additions and made me laugh, even Jenny's pose in limited clothing was cheeky from Moffat.
The highlight scene of course though was Matt Smith's cameo, phoning Clara live from Trenzalore. (I didn't realise that we would actually see Matt Smith or that the phone call would be live, from the announcement I had heard here on Doctor Who TV, I thought it was just going to be a voicemail message.) I thought this was very poignant and appropriate but it was very sad to see him quite weak and nearing his impending regeneration. It was ingenius of Moffat to include the Eleventh Doctor reassuring Clara that the new Doctor can be trusted and to trust him, which finally made it work for her. This scene nearly had me in tears, mostly at the point where he ends the phone call ('Goodbye Clara, miss you.') as I always hate it when the Doctors say goodbye, especially for a second time. Didn't affect me as much as it could've done, but if that had been done with Tennant, I would've had a complete overeaction!
My only actual disadvantages and flaws for the episode was the new theme music. I know shoot me if you will but I just don't like it. The horrible 'screamy' section is too high-pitched for my liking and yes if it's supposed to be reminiscent of the 80's era of the show (Dominic Glynn, not Peter Howell, because if it sounded like Peter Howell's theme, I would've taken a liking to it) then it doesn't cut it for me. Plus they've disappointed me again and completely abolished the middle eight from ever returning to the theme tune (well, at least while Moffat's still around) which is annoying as it sounds empty without it. The graphics themselves aren't so bad and I can't live with them, although it would've been nice to see the TARDIS fly through the clock pieces, as though it were a vortex but the reference to the RTD title sequence (TARDIS coming out of one vortex and entering another) has made it more bearable for me. I can't see myself growing to like the graphics but not the theme tune, I hope it doesn't last so long, as I won't be moaning this time about them wasting more money on seldom using the title sequence provided (*cough* 2012-2013 title sequence *cough*).
But otherwise a great episode to start off a new series and I look forward to the next eleven episodes with Capaldi at the helm!
3 weeks, 4 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Deep Breath
(I watched the episode at home this time around, thought it was more convenient and it wasn't like the 50th, so not as important to me for it to be compulsory.)
There was no distractions to stop me watching the episodes today. As usual I will need a second watch of the episode to make a complete judgement on it, but it was an intriguing and enjoyable episode. Funny to see Peter Capaldi and his different behaviours. My sister was a bit freaked out by it at first, his constant mood changes as of course it again is a different type of regeneration aftermath unlike the two before. Seeing his anger coming through at times was quite disturbing telling everyone to shut up including Strax and poor Clara confused as to why the Doctor, after gaining a new set of regenerations, has turned old. The restaurant scene was an interesting one as was the following one where the Doctor abandoned Clara to save himself which seemed like a harsh thing to do, but in a surprising feat came back to conquer the enemy. The ending scene was also lovely and very poignant and it saddened me and my sister when we actually saw Matt Smith talking to Clara, not just as a voice as rumoured and announced before and it made it sad to see him again, but an ingenius twist by Moffat to get Clara (and the viewers) to trust the new Doctor.
Finally the premiere of the new titles was relieving to see them in HD quality and although I can see the graphics growing on me, that theme music is awful (no offence to anyone who actually liked it and I realise it's supposed to be reminiscent of the classic era, it was just too 'screamy' for me and there wasn't many other instruments and additions used so not to my liking and I can't see it ever being, so that's a shame. I wonder how long these ones will last...?)
Plus I see they've reverted the credits to the static style rather than the scrolling style, not a big part, but interesting to me. Saw Casualty had the same credit animation so must be the common option for TV shows nowadays.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
I voted for Deep Breath only because it was the anticipated introductory episode to new Doctor Who and Peter Capaldi's Doctor. I am looking forward to Into the Dalek, Listen (because it sounds scary and I like the scary ones) and The Caretaker because it looks like a funny one, the Doctor dressed up like a caretaker. From reading the synopsis in the Radio Times, Time Heist hasn't really appealed to me as yet, sounds the least interesting out of the first six so far.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Anticipating Breath, Dalek, Robots, Listen, Heist & Caretaker
10th Doctor sound effect I'm not sure. Wish it was one of the TARDIS noises like the humming, I hope they bring that back eventually.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Deep Breath 12 Hints & Teasers
Makes me laugh, seems to be the classic regime of having a newly regenerated Doctor babble on about nonsense, in this case why is there a bedroom with only a bed in it and you have a whole room just to sleep in. The Doctor has temporary anxiety issues.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Deep Breath Clip
@WhoLocked I have to agree with your point. The way she just brought it up like it was instantly true and officially confirmed, but it seemed quite embarrassing once she said it because an actual confirmation wasn't given so she was probably feeling embarrassed after asking that. I did feel sorry forPeter being on The One Show because it never feels like a pleasant place to be and he didn't look entirely comfortable the whole time. I still wonder to this day why that show exists....still back on topic, I still hope the rumours aren't true and she's got a bit more mileage left in her yet as companion.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Capaldi on Coleman Leaving Rumours
Great to see the psychic paper again which hasn't been used much since the Tennant era although it has made brief appearances with Matt Smith. I hope it's brought back a lot more now.
4 weeks ago on Series 8: 2 Days Teaser
Now it's surprising to see that Clara leaves the Doctor in Mummy on the Orient Express and is independent for a while. Plus Listen sounds like an exciting one and of course the Dalek one as well. The Caretaker sounds like a slightly funnier episode now, plus In The Forest of the Night sounds intriguing involving trees. :)
1 month ago on Moffat Previews Series 8 in Radio Times
Great images but is there any way of getting them as a wallpaper of some sort? Because the BBC have seemed quite reluctant lately to bother putting wallpapers on the Doctor Who website compared to previous years and these images seem quite non-existant apart from on these sites as using Google Images to find (Doctor Who Series 8 Wallpaper or Deep Breath) just gives me fan made wallpapers and posters, which although very nice, I'd rather have something official. I'd love the image at the top as a desktop wallpaper, would anyone know where I could download one big enough?
1 month ago on Series 8: Deep Breath New Pics
This is always my most anticipated part of a new series after the trailer is released, finding out the episode names. I'm still quite surprised that most of the rumoured names were correct as I thought maybe they would've been different. I do like most of these episode names like 'Into the Dalek', 'Listen', 'The Caretaker', 'In the Forest of the Night' and 'Mummy on the Orient Express' but I don't like the title: 'Kill the Moon' for some reason, it just sounds like it doesn't make much sense, but doesn't mean the episode won't be brilliant. Also surprising to see quite a few of the episode have been co-written by Steven Moffat, as haven't seen that kind of cooperation since the 2009 specials. Looks like Moffat is having a lot more involvement in the stories of this series, so great to see that. I guess he wanted to have some guidance over Steve Thompson and Gareth Roberts, whose episodes aren't bad, but Steve's haven't been so well received by viewers over the last few years.
1 month ago on Series 8: All Titles Revealed
I think they're right, it's best to see what happens to Clara during this series and see whether it gives any clues to whether she will depart or not (hopefully not).
1 month ago on Jenna Coleman Leaving at Christmas?
@Arkleseizure If I'm not mistaken, didn't JNT try to leave at some point probably during the Colin Baker Era but he couldn't because everyone else declined to take his job and he did this several times and ended up staying until the show was cancelled.
I'm in no rush for Moffat to leave, but I can't completely say that I am a complete fan and fanatic of the man as executive producer probably because I had to get used to switching Executive Producers as this hadn't happened to me before as RTD was my first.
1 month ago on Is Doctor Who History Repeating Itself?
They would've reported it by now if she was leaving because I remember when they announced the Ponds were leaving that was in the early months of 2012 and Series 7(A) didn't air until September so again I'm going to take this with doubt.
I agree and am also taking this with doubt as I believe she will stay on longer at least into Series 9 halfway. I know she has been the companion for a while now on and off but it doesn't feel that long and I put that down to the fault of the split series because it felt so long between 7A and 7B and then Clara suddenly became the regular companion and had 8 regular episodes with Matt before we waited 6 months till The Day of the Doctor, then The Time of the Doctor and now we've waited 8 months till Series 8 her first proper series so it has felt like she's been here a good while, but she hasn't because she hasn't had a fair share of episodes yet. Compared to Amy as a companion who was there for Series 5 and Series 6 as a whole and half of Series 7 felt like she had a long running duration as a companion because there was less delays in the production. So this concerning Jenna as a companion I put down to the delays which makes me think of Colin Baker's stint as the Doctor (although she'll soon be getting a full run of episodes, but waiting so long felt she had been here ages, but hadn't got a equal amount of episodes yet). This also links to her character development because I feel that I don't know her as well as previous companions like Amy yet so I hope we get to know her better in Series 8 and she becomes a favourite companion for many other people.
I've seen the leaked title sequence (that's as far as I go in terms of spoilers and leaks) and the title sequence itself isn't so bad with references to time that is different and a different vortex, plus the reference to the RTD titles shown in this fanmade version (going from one vortex to another). It's the theme music I don't think I'll adjust to too easily as many have already said it is reminiscient to Dominic Glynn's theme music which I have to admit is my least favourite rendition of the theme. Yes I know it's dark and maybe suiting to Capaldi but I do like the theme tune to me a little upbeat at least like the previous ones were especially 2005-2007. It's just a shame they haven't mixed it with another classic version perhaps which I may have preferred. But I might forgive this if they bring back the middle eight in the closing credits as it was always a pivotal part of it for me a few years ago, but seems a shame to have gotten rid of it just because the BBC want to speed up their credits. It seems people are more concerned with the idea that having a theme tune with less elements of Classic Who in it than restoring the middle eight, which is a shame, but that said it won't stop me watching, no way!
1 month ago on The Series 8 Title Sequence
@stargazer0118 This is the bit I noticed when the TARDIS flies out of one vortex to another similar to RTD's title sequence so glad they've incorporated that bit and the titles don't look that bad, it's the new theme music I don't think I'll like.
Great to see an article on Ireland, the home to the relatives on my mother's side. My grandparents (mother's side) come from Ireland and so I have visited a few times to see my other relatives and the tremendous and beautiful sites over there. I know the island is split religiously, but my family resides in the Republic of Ireland and so this is a place I would love to see Doctor Who come and visit to film in and so hopefully it will get some publicity and make Doctor Who a bigger thing over there, which should be deserving as it's a beautiful place to visit and live and the place I would call my second home because any chance I get to over there is a privilege and a novelty, one I will never take for granted.
1 month, 1 week ago on Doctor Who – A Global Phenomenon: Part 8: The Emerald Isle
I've seen them (couldn't resist) and I have to agree that yes they have some similarities to the fan titles, which I had no idea they were planning to base them off this time around. The titles aren't bad themselves I mean I like the 'time' vortex but the clockworks a bit funny but I guess a new idea. I don't really like the theme from what I can hear, seems a bit basic and yes I know they are trying to go back to classic who, but I don't think they should too much, maybe it should've been a bit more upbeat. But the reference to me I like is the TARDIS coming out of one vortex and going into another (reminiscent of the 2005-2010 titles).
1 month, 1 week ago on The Series 8 Title Sequence
I'll just do what I always do and get the complete boxset for Christmas with all the episodes and extras for a reasonable price. Until then I'll just keep the recording in HD I record on my DVR and delete it when I get the DVDs.
1 month, 1 week ago on Deep Breath Standalone DVD & Blu-Ray
I'll believe this anyway as I wasn't expecting him to leave after one series considering what a big fan he is and if I was in his shoes I know I wouldn't, I'd love the show too much to leave so soon. I'd be happy for him to do 3 series or maybe more like 4 or 5 because it would be an experience to be living and see a Doctor do a few more series than his predacessors.
1 month, 1 week ago on Capaldi Signed Up For Doctor Who Series 9?
I always forget how Doctor Who can be so big in other countries because I live in the founding country of the UK where I always expect the biggest celebrations and events to occur, but I'm not always right. It's brilliant to see how everyone gathered for the 50th anniversary and I am proud to say that I was one of those people. Hopefully we can do this for others events in the future including the incoming series 8 which looks like its already forecast to be a big hit.
1 month, 1 week ago on Doctor Who – A Global Phenomenon: Part 5: An Unexpected Journey
I'm still quite divided on whether to go and watch the episode in the cinema because it was a surprise to me that they were doing this. It's not like The Day of the Doctor where there wasn't a choice for me and I had to watch it in the cinema whether my life depended on it because it was unique and I would've regretted it if I didn't go. But I'm more surprised by their sudden confidence. I know Doctor Who has been back on air for 9 years now and got audiences and popularity all over the world, but even here in the UK they're suddenly have confident promotion which they didn't have so much of before. It's always risky with the first episode of a new Doctor because you don't know what the audience's reaction and reception will be to the new actor, but suddenly we're getting tons of teasers and trailers even earlier and a cinema release as well. It looks like the BBC are confident of Capaldi before he has even premiered, which is great I suppose, but I don't remember this kind of heavy promotion for the previous few series, which perhaps dragged them down a bit, but no matter, I hope the BBC keeps this up from now one and maybe viewing figures will be even higher than before.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Does Deep Breath Really Deserve a Theatrical Release?
I do like Clara's character and Jenna as an actress herself because her character is quite cheeky and flirty with the Eleventh Doctor and him being very 'old' meant he was often quite slow on the uptake of the meaning to her euphemisms and whatever so that added to the humour. But I hope Capaldi respects her in the new series as I know he will be different and I will be feeling like her; very weary and suspicious of him until she/I gets used to him again. I do like Clara, but I do feel like her character is undeveloped because I don't feel I know her as well as the former companions: Rose, Martha, Donna and Amy/Rory I guess partly because of their backstories but also because she's only had half a series and the different versions of herself, which although it was good for a new story arc, made it often confusing at times. I hope in series 8 her character is developed a lot more and we get to know her better and like her to her full potential before she eventually leaves.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Popular / Unpopular Opinion: Clara Oswald
I believe that David's Doctor still remembers his encounter with Elisabeth I and he still got married to her and there was still Zygons around at the time, but perhaps all the Multi-Doctor stuff was wiped from his memory, but the rest remained. I'm sure it would be possible.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Future of Multi-Doctor Stories