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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 week, 1 day 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 week, 1 day 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 week, 3 days 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.
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.
2 weeks, 6 days 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?
4 weeks, 1 day 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.
4 weeks, 1 day 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.
1 month 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.
1 month 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.
1 month 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!
1 month, 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?
1 month, 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.
1 month, 1 week 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.
1 month, 2 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?
1 month, 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.
1 month, 4 weeks 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.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Last Christmas BBC One Time Confirmed
@thetasigma @Typo42 Sceptic of ROSE Ten would be offended! :O
1 month, 4 weeks 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...
2 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.
2 months 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.
2 months 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!
2 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).
2 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!
2 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?
2 months, 1 week 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.
2 months, 1 week 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!
2 months, 1 week 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!
2 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.
2 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.
2 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.
2 months, 2 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!
2 months, 2 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).
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Christmas Special Preview at Children in Need 2014
I presume Santa meant when he said 'shy' as in Clara because it made sense as Santa would watch over everyone and know what is happening and he would know the Doctor well, but the Doctor might not know him as mutually. I presume he is referring to Clara as he said 'she's not ok and neither are you' which would make sense if she is listed as being in the Christmas special. Maybe he takes her on one more adventure on Santa's orders? I don't believe there is any other explanation for it. Clara's story's definitely not done, you can tell, if she only has one more episode then it will be rounded off in the Christmas special.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on 12 Great Moments From Death in Heaven
@The Trickster's Brigade, Agent of T.R.I.C.K.S. Was Dalek the only one in Series 1 to get a 12 certificate? Because as I recall on the individual vanilla DVD releases Volume 1 was also rated 12 as well which I presume was for The Unquiet Dead. I agree many certifications are outrageous and perhaps should be classed lower or higher. It would've been interesting and great to see another PG rated boxset of Doctor Who since there have only been two since the reboot (Series 3 and Series 5). But seems logical considering 12 is the most common certificate used.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Complete Eighth Series DVD Delayed
@The Lazy Cat Needs Her Inhaler I'd quite like that to be honest. Would be a different change. I mean have Clara leave in the middle of Series 9 like Amy and Rory during Series 7 but without the split. Would like to see the Doctor travel alone for an episode ot two before eventually finding a successor in a companion and taking them with him. Would be a change from the usual 'leave at the end of the series' tradition. But again seems unlikely. I hate this denial and constant tension. Whenever it's the upcoming episode or possibility that a companion or Doctor will leave I always get very tense. It's going to be a struggle of a day tomorrow.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on 2014 Christmas Special Plot Hints
@10thfan @NewWho2012 Do we know that for sure? But it seems logical enough from what we've heard throughout the entire series.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water
@10thfan Agreed. The usual Moffat standard of the unexpected when it comes to deciding the fate of a character. Was a big shock and felt a lot of sympathy for Clara at that moment. Nice to see her gran back again though, added to the emotion of the scene. Huge reveal of the Master was also unexpected. My head was going through all the possible Time Lords from the classic series that it could have been like Romana or the Rani. But of course it was the Master. That's Moffat twisting his lies again claiming the Master wasn't coming back. Why do I always believe him?!
I'm quite surprised as I didn't see this coming. Considering a lot of the music was reused/remixed and all which I have no problem with as I love the nostalgia of old tracks. I most anticipate a lot of them on the Day of the Doctor soundtrack as it seems they are including a lot of the remixes and tracks already released, like the constant repeats of Majestic Tale, which I have no problem with, I love that track. One I really hope I include, most probably will be included in the final track: Song For Four/Home is the Sad Man With a Box variation which was identical to the original but was a more condensed version and featured less of the piano and I loved that version as well as the original included on the Series 5 soundtrack. I expect it will be included considering it lead up to the War Doctor's regeneration and I hope it's the original included in the televised episode, which I expect it would be because why would they include anything different?
Look forward to the tracks and will hopefully download some of them digitally (which I've only just started to do lately).
3 months ago on The Day / Time of the Doctor Soundtrack
Haooy Birthday Matt! A great Doctor, once of which I will always remember.
3 months ago on Happy Birthday, Matt Smith!
@TerraceArchimedes @JordanRice If they go back to the old days of Series 4 and 5 finales the the Series 2 Cybermen two-parter where the cliffhanger was so dramatic and game-changing that it was too risky to put out a next-time trailer then this really will be an epic and revolutionary finale. Considering how little we know about the finale, this could be a trailer for both parts or just one, and I suspect just one, can't see Moffat teasing both, but you never know...
3 months ago on Series 8 Finale Trailer Breakdown
@Mockridge Or one in a long line of Doctors since the reboot since they all generated success in their own respective eras and all I have enjoyed immensely, even Capaldi I'm starting to fully pick up on now. Capaldi's first series will be the most successful in the technological area of the show (Catch-up services, digital downloads, cinema showings, DVR recordings etc. To add to the ratings), like Tennant's was (Series 4) in the still terrestrial era of the show (when most people still watched the show live on TV and bought the DVD after). But it's still great to see the show retaining its viewing figures and to keep on being successful nine years in to its reboot, which would be considered unusual for many other shows, so quite an achievement.
3 months ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014) UK Ratings Accumulator
Surprisingly quite enjoyed this episode after it didn't look very appealing from the trailer and the outset. But the episode itself was quite good, in some unusual way. The Doctor had a good part and I'm really starting to enjoy him now, which is usual as it takes me this long to appreciate Doctors in their first series. Good episode, but the finale looks brilliant.
3 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night
Hard to say to be honest because if someone asked me 'Do you like Clara?' I wouldn't know what to say because I don't have a clear opinion on her character like her predecessors. Must be because of the split series and her occasional appearances then her permanent role in the show and I've never fully appreciated her although she is a good character and I liked her role in Series 7, but not Series 8 as much. As for the Doctor until his 'I am the Doctor' moment last week I don't think I fully appreciated him and I don't get how other people did straight away, might just be me and my fear of change each time.
3 months, 1 week ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?