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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).
2 days, 19 hours ago on The Day / Time of the Doctor Soundtrack
Haooy Birthday Matt! A great Doctor, once of which I will always remember.
3 days, 19 hours 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...
4 days, 19 hours 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.
5 days, 19 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 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.
6 days, 11 hours 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.
6 days, 19 hours ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?
@The Trickster's Brigade Sounds about right. ChuckleVision ended in 2009 and that stopped being repeated about 2 years ago and SJA I haven't seen properly repeated for a good year or two now. Only seems to come on on CBBC 'Doctor' days. But that's the way now, expose kids to terribly made, bad quality programming.
1 week, 4 days ago on The Doctor and the Dalek
@CapDoctor Because quiz shows like Pointless are only shown once and will never probably be seen again (that particular edition). Doctor Who, shown constantly for decades to come. People watch quiz shows and X Factor live because they will be shown once (or a couple repeats afterwards) on the TV and then never seen again, they will be forgotton, no one will remember them. Doctor Who will have a long-lasting legacy.
1 week, 5 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@AlexOsirisGlass @Clara Laurinda @DeathInHeaven I appreciate the idea of harking back to the classic series but I won't appreciate it if they went too far in a sense otherwise they might put me off. Considering what I've been used to in the last eight years with Who before Capaldi came along it was always going to be difficult to adapt to a 'classic era' type format but I don't want them to go too far otherwise I won't appreciate the show either. I know that doesn't sound like a proper Whovian but I'm just making my point, I'll still keep watching, just want them to keep some elements of the RTD/Moffat era style we've been used to in previous years.
This one doesn't really appeal to me. Got nothing against the children but the plot looks quite pointless from this aspect. I know they don't want to give anything away but I'd rather see some sinister or 'catch' aspect to this episode to make it look more exciting. Oh well I suppose there's got to be one poorish episode in each series.
1 week, 6 days ago on Next Time: In the Forest of the Night
Nice cover like the gold cogs and the Doctor and Clara's poses, always presumed they would keep it like the original amazon picture because half of the promotional TBC DVD covers they include on sites like Amazon turn out very similar to the official one, so nice to see a change. As for special features, I was expecting the Deep Breath prequel also but I've seen it since and it's not much to think about but it would've been a nice addition, but guess they want to keep it exclusive to the Deep Breath vanilla release. Don't mind the lengthy documentaries but they seem unnecessary to be because it's not something I'm personally interested in. As long as they're British ones (which it sounds like with Peter Davison involved) rather than American ones, but with no offence to them, I'd rather keep documentaries focused on a British show focused on its country of origin. Look forward to its release and it will be going on the Christmas last and hope to have it on my shelf along with the 50th Anniversary Collectors Edition also.
2 weeks ago on The Complete Eighth Series DVD Extras
I thought that clip was funny about Clars pretending to be the Doctor and it looked like he was watching her, looks hilarious, that part anyway.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Next Time: Flatline
Definitely deserves that AI of 85, one of the best episodes of the series so far and probably overall. Good to see the appreciation increasing as well as the viewing figures.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
9/10 a brilliant episode and I much preferred it to last week's giving of Kill the Moon which yes was a good episode, but I just found it more boring, whereas this one was a lot more upbeat and enjoyable, kept me entertained. The Mummy was quite creepy and was interesting to see it carry out each death, even though the first one was the most effective, the others were good to show the Doctor trying to work out what it was. The ending was slightly confusing on revealing what the Mummy was but it may become more clear after a second viewing. I was surprised to see Clara step out of the TARDIS with the Doctor at the beginning as I thought we'd see some confrontation with them both before he decides to take her on this adventure. I didn't recognise her at first with the way she was dressed up and how she appeared but must say she looked particularly beautiful (as usual) and suited to the era featured on the train. It was quite tense to hear that she was going on a 'farewell tour' adventure with the Doctor as she obviously did want to stop after the adventure, but glad she suddenly decided to stay in the end and it was nice to see the Doctor with a genuine smile as he was glad to see she actually wanted to stay as it was made obvious throughout the episode that he was gutted she had decided to leave. Also, interesting to see her act as a 'companion' for once by having a limited role with the Doctor in charge of fixing the problem, which should helpfully shut up some of the moaning fans for a while, although only temporarily.
A great episode and definitely one of the best of the series so far. 9/10
1. Listen 9/10
2. Mummy On the Orient Express 9/10
3. Robot of Sherwood 8/10
4. The Caretaker 8/10
5. Deep Breath 8/10
6. Time Heist 7/10
7. Kill the Moon 7/10
8. Into the Dalek 5/10
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express
Glad The Lodger won the poll as it is definitely the best of his episodes. Also The Shakespeare Code and The Unicorn and the Wasp are very good episodes. Closing Time was pretty awful so deserved to come last even with the magnificence of James Cordon.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Your Verdict on The Caretaker & Episode Ranking
I'd rather Clara did appear in this one but had a smaller role like a normal companion, perhaps just in the background while the Doctor controls the whole situation.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Next Time: Mummy on the Orient Express
As much as it was a good episode I have to say I didn't enjoy it that much to be honest. The spider creatures weren't that scary and I didn't find it that interesting except when the Doctor decided to leave and we were all shocked by his careless attitude but it turned out he did it to be beneficial to them. The best part of the episode indeed was Clara's outburst towards the Doctor and it really engaged me seeing her pour out her emotions of her unappreciation for the Doctor leaving her/them like that and she just stormed out. Definitely saved the episode for me but aparr from that wasn't the best. Except for noticing the continued use of a particular piece of music in the episode which I can narrow down to being the Twelfth Doctor's Theme, which I like so far as it sounds a lot like the Tenth Doctor's theme. Plus the continued use of the Series 4 sting is much appreciated to give a nod to the past compared to that awful one the new theme was originally packaged with.
I have to admit, so far this series is definitely not the best in New Who history and it is getting a bit overhyped, but it is still good, just not in all places and episodes. Series 4 still tops the poll for me.
As with Matt Smith I will probably be fully used to and appreciative of Peter Capaldi by the series finale and hopefully be used to his Doctor by then.
2. Robot of Sherwood 8/10
3. The Caretaker 8/10
4. Deep Breath 8/10
5. Time Heist 7/10
6. Kill the Moon 7/10
7. Into the Dalek 5/10
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon
@The 4th Doctor It's funny how those shows are compulsory to watch live rather watch later like Doctor Who. Luckily I don't watch any of that talent tripe but people sitting down to watch it live seems strange, why can't they do it for Doctor Who? Although I understand people would want to watch it later when they have more time and are more comfortable.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
Hard to say yet but enjoyed the end of the episode when Clara starts arguing with him and finally gaining proper control and I was unsure who to feel sorry for, the Doctor or Clara. I won't be able to make a proper decision until I watch it again but it was a good episode, but I believe next week will be much better.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon
Did anyone notice in the No.4 scene when they show Danny the inside of the TARDIS that a variation of Sad Man With a Box is played? I don't seem to see it mentioned. I thought it was very poignant and lovely to hear it again, but no idea why it was played. Some good funny lines when The Doctor told Danny to 'Shut up!' and loved his face when she said Adrian was not her type and he looked offended. :)
1 month ago on 12 Great Moments From The Caretaker
@Romanadvoratrelundar @The 14th Doctor Yes but I read on the Radio Times preview on here that in episode 8: Mummy On the Orient Express the Doctor becomes so vicious she decides to leave him so she must be in it in some context. I believe something will happen to her in the finale perhaps instead, whereas that girl Courtney will die in Kill the Moon and perhaps the Doctor shows no compassion at all and she's grieving, it might show her resenting him or something? I don't know, I hate speculating.
1 month ago on Next Time: Kill The Moon
This one looks pretty good again reminiscent of The Waters of Mars and I do love a good scary one so the next two episodes look brilliant. Like the Doctor's intriguing words as well: 'The moon is in the process of falling to bits' Looks like it going to be a brilliant series this for this half.
8/10 - I quite enjoyed this one a nice funny episode and I couldn't help laughing at the Doctor being rude at Danny and Courtney ('Shut up!' and 'Get lost!' respectively) and this is definitely his catchphrase now and it seems to quite suit him with his rude and uncaring attitude towards people. Glad to see the continued use of the Derbyshire/Series 4 sting in the theme tune, gives the episode a much better and exciting effect, just like it used to be. Still not that keen on Danny or bothered about him so I'll just put up with him and I liked the scene where the Doctor thought she had picked the boyfriend that looked like his predecessor and he was quite happy with it and only wanted her to be happy, like the father figure he now is. Loved the music reference of Sad Man With a Box added to the scene with The Doctor, Clara and Danny, it was quite moving hearing it again for the first time. Could it have been a tribute or reference to an episode designated for the Eleventh Doctor perhaps?
My episode order:
6. Into the Dalek 6/10
1 month ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
I never liked Graham Norton, he was always a bit too crazy for my liking. Even watching him in Father Ted is annoying so maybe I'll catch the interview when it's uploaded onto YouTube. I find it perculiar how they used the words: 'how much he still loves the role' when it sounds like he should be leaving or something. I know he's been the Doctor (officially) since December but with how long it took to film it all and get it transmitted on TV, it feels a lot shorter tenure, so hopefully he will stay in the role a good few years to completely fulfil it because since the birth of the split series, the series have felt shorter and characters not been in it as long as perhaps they should've like Clara at the moment. It still feels like a short time that she's been on the show when it's been two years but the delays between the series and specials made it feel a lot shorter. Hope this rectifies in the future with the return of the full series.
1 month ago on Capaldi on Graham Norton This Friday
@Doctor When I'm guessing they added the series 7 music for the first five episode trailers in case anything leaked and people found out about the theme music before the series aired perhaps?
1 month, 1 week ago on Next Time: The Caretaker
@Mockridge Doesn't seem a fair opinion to say David should've been kicked out after one series. I mean without him I wouldn't have become a complete fan of the show as Eccleston only converted me half way and he was gone by the time that happened. It'll probably take people until the series finale to propely appreciate Capaldi's Doctor, that's what happened to me with Smith and I guess Tennant. All the episode of Capaldi I have enjoyed so far (apart from Into the Dalek) and they're getting better and I expect most others are saying that as well, apart from the constant moaners who are never happy. He'll be regarded as a brilliant and legendary Doctor like Tennant and Smith by the end of his run.
1 month, 1 week ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@Planet of the Deaf I do agree slightly with this as I haven't heard as many people (like around school and the likes) talking about Doctor Who as much as before and if I ask many people and they do agree David Tennant was the best (not starting a debate here but that's just the general opinion at my school - fair enough) but since the start of Capaldi's era there hasn't been much discussion and I realise it's probably because it's all different and changing tone now with a new Doctor, I mean I'm still adjusting myself. It took me until the finale of Series 5 to start fully appreciating Smith as the Doctor. Hopefully this time around I should be adjusted again by then.
I always wondered does that overnight rating include people watching on BBC One HD or does that get separate ratings like +1 channels would as when I tune in live every week I watch it on the HD channel for obvious reasons and the show is the only one I record in HD, the rest get Standard Definition (storage and space reasons). Do the HD ratings count to the standard overnight rating or do they get their own separate insight?
@supermoff is your new lodger- I mean, caretaker. @Beasts_a_Snarling I like earth stories, makes me reminisce of the RTD era although this won't be popular with most people. I have to admit I can find episodes that are too budget heavy very boring. I mean episodes like Robot of Sherwood I have enjoyed because they are fun episodes and again based on earth and episodes like The Caretaker because of their school or situation setting yet episodes like Into the Dalek I have little interest it, I just find some of them boring and uninteresting.
Didn't look so good in the trailer but the episode itself wasn't too bad. I may have to rewatch it again for a final verdict but from one I saw it was a good episode with logic and puzzling to work out towards the end, although not as much as last week. At the moment my rating would be 7.5/10
3. Deep Breath 8/10
4. Time Heist 7.5/10
5. Into the Dalek 6/10
1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
4. Into the Dalek 6/10
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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 month, 3 weeks 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 month, 3 weeks 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 month, 3 weeks 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 month, 3 weeks 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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.