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2 days, 5 hours ago on Zoe Saldana Wants Doctor Who Role
We need that old theme tune back again. Not all of it, but I just love the electric sound to it. That little bit of retro pizazz would really ignite the new theme tune with the past.
3 days, 20 hours ago on Weird and Wonderful
"Starring Peter Capaldi as The Doctor"
"Written & directed by Peter Capaldi"
3 days, 21 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8
If Capaldi is an award winning writer and director, why can't he write or direct any of his own stuff in Doctor Who? I'd like to see that. He knows what fans want because he is one.
I love how passionate he is about it. You can just tell from how he speaks about the role! Definitely inspires confidence. I have a sneaking suspicion that he may be one of my favourite versions of the Doctor.
4 days, 5 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8
Torchwood needs to return for one more series, just to give the show closure, and most of all, just so we can see how Gwen's story ended. She's one of my favourite characters in the whoniverse, and it would be a terrible shame if Eve never had the opportunity to reprise her role in the future. Miracle Day was divisive, but I loved it. Personally though, I'd want one more series set across the globe like Miracle Day to finish that story off, and one smaller-scale story set in Britain - like Children of Earth - to end the (currently) unfinished sentence with a heart-wrenching full stop. Also, if Jack is never to return to Doctor Who, I'd applaud Russell if he could also bring closure to Jack's story, and by that I mean lead him into the events that assist him in becoming the Face of Boe.
5 days, 4 hours ago on The Evolution of Gwen Elizabeth Cooper
Not as big as the 50th. The 50th was being advertised constantly etc. and this episode isn't, which would lead to the likely presumption that there won't be any profit to make from this.
6 days, 4 hours ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally
In other words, the show got such a big boost in budget due to the profits made by the 50th, they want to do it again so their budget is the same for Series 9. Sadly, it will never work. The first episode will never garner as much hype or turnout as the 50th.
I certainly think Luke needs to return. I'd actually love him to be a companion. The Doctor stumbles across him, learns of Sarah Jane's death & takes him under his wing and teaches him as a father figure. If they can bring the Brigadier's daughter and make her a reoccuring character, then I think it's only fair for Sarah's son to be brought back, so there can be some nostalgic remembrance to the past, but also looking to the future. What's more is the fact that I really want to see Luke's unfinished story that was planned for the SJA unfold elsewhere on Doctor Who, as it genuinely sounds wonderful.
1 week, 3 days ago on Bring Back… Sky Smith
Cybermen invade London? Moffat doing an invasion? Now I'm interested!
1 week, 5 days ago on Cybermen Invade London (Again!)
If they were to continue with the stand-alone blockbuster episode style format, where it was a different story every week, then I'd have to insist that each episode be one hour long, for the blockbuster was more like "lacklustre" as it had so much to do and introduce and deal with that it couldn't possibly fit an entire film-like plot in 45 minutes of time, which is why the resolutions always ended up being deflating and underwhelming. An extra 15 minutes (in my mind) would have really helped massively, allowing writers to flesh their ideas out without it feeling rushed.
For instance, there have actually been lots of episodes that could have done with extra time or another story to make it longer; The God Complex being one of them despite some probably finding this choice surprising. Personally, although the God Complex doesn't feel rushed in the slightest, I feel there was a missed opportunity in this gem of an episode. Personally, I think it could have been improved if it had been an hour long etc. to give it that extra 15 minutes to focus solely on the original group in the hotel, delving deeper into their relationship, perhaps showing how they got there or the way they worked. Moreover, I feel there were characters that would have been incredibly special to the audience if they were given time to be introduced and explored further additionally, who were never actually in the script at all. What I mean by this is the fact that playing with people's fears and hopefully overcoming those fears could have been a golden chance to communicate with the audience at home, helping build a connection, and possibly introducing (more) characters who would have been fearful of things some of the public might be fearful of too in their lives. For example, I would have loved it if a closeted gay character was introduced, so that his/her fear could be the "outing" of their sexuality, producing the moment where an emotional empathy could be felt from viewer to them, cementing a deeper attachment so the person watching could be more emotionally invested in the unravelling plot. The character who overcame his stutter was lovely, and that was a brilliant moment, but there also could have been more like that.
Not to mention, Series 7 was full of more stories which needed an extra episode to succesfully reach the potential they had. Asylum of The Daleks needed extra time to depict the broken relationship between Amy and Rory. Not to mention, it also needed an extra episode to explore the Asylum fully.
A Town Called Mercy needed more time so it could explore the entire town instead of just the Sheriff's office and a bar. What's more is the fact that the story between Jex and the Gunslinger could have been darker, if it had been given at least another 15 minutes to expand upon.
The Angels Take Manhattan. Rushed plot. Not enough Amy and Rory in their final episode.
Nightmare In Silver. Missed Potential. Two dimensional characters. Rushed plot. Unanswered questions. Rushed resolution. Needed another 45 minutes.
2 weeks ago on Are Longer Stories Better? Five Classics
I think he'd be an unimaginably good Master, but with Capaldi's Doctor being older than before already, I feel as if the Master needs to be somewhat different to draw parallels between the two characters, helping separate their worlds, assisting with a clash in the future. The Master is the type of villain to take people by surprise and therefore, the casting must take people by surprise too. I'd suggest a much more daring choice of actor. I'd even suggest an actress instead, too. With Capaldi's Doctor being dark, having two older men who are both dark, clashing, it would be a bit too much for me, personally. My choice would be much more extravagant, as I think it's great to do things that others may find controversial. For instance, Gwendoline Christie would be a marvellous incarnation of the Master. She's an incredible actress, and still is capable of dominating a scene full of strong men with ease, as she's such a brilliant woman, with the ability to play something so brutal and fierce. Anyone who has seen her in Game of Thrones or Wizards VS Aliens will know how fantastic a performance she would give, and what a remarkable Master she would make. In addition, Luke Newberry is a stunning choice, as he is a great actor, who would probably raise (Capaldi's) eyebrows if he were ever to be reported to have been cast for the role. Such a young, harmless looking man would challenge the story and the Doctor more than you can imagine, for without strength or power, Luke's version of the Master would most likely return to his old way of doing things, playing with the mind; manipulating the weak. The Master has always been a villain to get inside people's heads, and what better an opportunity to toy with the thoughts of his victims? No one would suspect a man as innocent looking as him! He'd simply have to sit back and enjoy the view, with chaos ensuing. All I'm saying is this: be different, and go for someone original when casting the new Master.
2 weeks ago on McGann: Charles Dance Would Be a Great Master
The Eleventh Hour, Time of Angels / Flesh & Stone, The Hungry Earth / Cold Blood, Vincent & The Doctor, The Impossible Astronaut / Day Of The Moon, The Doctor's Wife, The Girl Who Waited, The God Complex, A Town Called Mercy, The Bells of Saint John.
They're my favourite from the Moffat era, as they're considered (to me) to be very good Doctor Who episodes. Also, I've just realised that there's 13 so if all of these episodes all came at once, it would be (or would have been) the greatest series of all time. I know you weren't asking, but I like answering questions like this.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer
For me, it's too plain. It's got no centrepiece that commands attention. If I were to make one change to it, I think a glass floor (again) would vastly improve the appearance of the interior, as it would make the space seem bigger and additionally, more light would fill the room and thus, the console would gain more colour. The floor of the current TARDIS is very boring. They could add some Time Lord symbols or at least something to introduce more visual interest.
I think they tried too hard to make it look mechanical, and it didn't work. It drained the TARDIS of all personality and made it seem like an unpleasant place to be. The blue lighting was temporarily nice, but it was no where near as charismatic as the Doctor that was flying around inside it, and considering that the Doctor and his TARDIS go hand-in-hand, I feel as though they should compliment each other, reflecting each other's selves into the interior of the ship. For instance, Matt Smith's first TARDIS console suited him perfectly, as it was big, loud and whimsical - retro, jumbled and classic - with a bright, warm colour palette (oranges, yellow and golds) contrasted with a blue hue underneath that just made the TARDIS console look stunning. It was created from an assortment of many different things that came together as one to make something that I could only describe as magnificent. This description - can you believe - also fits Matt's Doctor too. On the other hand, the new TARDIS redesign - I suspect - was supposed to reflect the Doctor's darker side, and it did, but only for one episode (The Snowmen) where it helped signify the Doctor's isolated reclusion over the loss of the Ponds. The TARDIS became cold and unforgiving - like the Doctor - increasing in aesthetic that would give the presumption that the man who lives inside it had gotten harder, and more frosty. So in retrospect, the change worked for a Christmas Special, and then from then on, it didn't. Over the course of Series 7 Part 2, the Doctor mellowed again, but it didn't show in the TARDIS which is why I thimk it didn't work.
Series Six is a conflicting season for me. I detest the story arc which is woven through nearly every episode of that year, and I was massively disappointed with Moffat's resolution, along with the abysmal Let's Kill Hitler, but I have to give credit where credit is due and announce that it also beholds the most consistently outstanding episodes written by guest writers, as the only story in the entire run (from start to finish) that I actually disliked (penned by someone other than the head writer) was - and still is - Closing Time.
With every series, the visuals for each season just get more and more impressive, and this is testament to my statement, because the visual aesthetics of the scenes shown are beautiful. I have noticed the darker approach, as every clip has some form of darkness or shadow, or a large use of black in the background etc. But what also must be noted is the outstanding use of colour in the TARDIS console room. Not only does it accentuate the atmosphere and the shift in tone, but it also paints the Doctor in a new light - literally - to cast a new feel to the show in the room we will be seeing most every year. Originally, I hated the TARDIS redesign, but now I love it. With the new directing techniques from new directors, and the slight tweaks and adjustments, (or improvements) made to the console, the visual splendour this year promises to be very noticeable - in a wholly positive way - as suddenly, the most familiar place in the show (the TARDIS) has gone from feeling very uninviting with its cold colours of green and blue, to textured warm oranges, yellows and reds, which surprisingly have a profound effect of the viewer. The trailer almost hints at a noir feel, and that's a concept that has me very excited indeed. It's funny how I did spoil the first two episodes for myself, (but I will never post spoilers) and yet I never envisaged the scenes to be depicted as dark as they have been - as far as I can see - and that almost makes me even more excited, for even though I was quite silly and I did read the scripts (2/5) I still don't feel like I know what is going to happen at all, because this trailer has just reminded me that there is a vast difference between what is written on paper and what is translated on-screen from those words that people have seen.
I am astounded by how stunning the show looks this series, I really am. I will try not to get my hopes up too high, but I have to say that this looks like the best series yet, to date, and I know people say that every time, but I mean it. Of course, it could be misleading and turn out to be terrible or disappointing or poor like Series 7 Part 2 was shown to be (with Rings of Akhaten, Cold War, Hide, Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS and Name of The Doctor) but I'll be optimistic, for Capaldi's Doctor shows real promise, and he's the kind of Doctor I've been wanting to see for a while.
Series 7A was the best Moffat era series for me. Series 7B was a massive step-down in quality, in my opinion.
I didn't feel like we saw enough. Loving the darker feel to it. It would be lovely for Capaldi to be remembered as the Dark Doctor! Still - I know it's only natural - I wanted to see a bit more. Just add another thirty seconds of footage to the trailer & I'd have been satisfied. Felt way too short. If Series 8 really is dark, then (controversially) I'd want Series 9 to be darker. Not gore, but scarier, and more brutal with consequences. The thing I've noticed most is the beautiful directing of the episodes. The first shot of the TARDIS from below is stunning... and it's just a lever on the TARDIS console.
I don't actually feel prepared for the full series trailer, so I don't want them to release it yet, but then again, I kind of do, just so I can see how long it takes an ambulance to get to my house.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Series 8: New Teaser Trailer “I see into your soul, Doctor”
I think they're conducting a study in pink. Oops! Wrong show!
It's funny how fans complain about over-use of the Daleks, but at the slightest sign of their return, we still revert back to how we were before, fangirling incessantly.
I will cry if it's not Davros. I'd love to see him again. His character was the stand-out of the entire Series 4 finale. Seeing what Moffat would do with him would be unbelievable - in a good eay!
These teaser trailers show some of the most beautifully shot sequences I've ever seen in the history of Doctor Who.
DAVROS! ABOUT BLOOMIN' TIME!
*Ominous thought to Torchwood: Children of Earth*
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Series 8: Frank Cottrell Boyce Confirmed
It's going to be odd not having Toby Whithouse writing for this series. I'm used to him having a new story every time, & they're always. His are the ones I look forward to most, for I love all of his episodes, & he seems to get better every time... so the fact that his earliest possible reappearance (now) will be in Series 9 - in 2015 - is a bit disheartening. I genuinely love looking forward to his story every season, counting down the episodes, working myself up with excitement. I won't have that this time. Shame.
"Life & soul, you are!"
Still, on the positive side of things, we have an array of new & talented writers to look forward to & enjoy, so I - as well as everyone else - could be very pleasantly surprised by the time the finale has concluded. Series 8 has the potential to surpass any other, but the question is: will it?
Time will tell - how fitting - but also, what makes me most excited is the knowledge I have, being aware that Series 9 could potentially bring back the massively successful writers who triumphed in Series 8, & it could also bring back the writers who perhaps, haven't managed to write for the Doctor yet, but we know they are hugely talented so won't have anything to worry about, as they're popular, but from previous series.
For instance; Neil Cross; Neil Gaiman; Toby Whithouse; Tom MacRae & Chris Chibnall have all either written episodes that have yet to be aired, or they are almost certain to return in the future, & with the new addition of writers like Jamie Matheison, Pete Harness & Frank Cottrell Boyce, Series 9 could be unthinkable in how catastrophically outstanding it may be.
Just a thought.
Vashta Nerada in a populated street of varied people, picking out the children as they sleep in their beds, with nightmares about the dark. Maybe night lights protect the kids from the invasive force.
Cybermen in Egypt or a place with lots of sand. A sand planet, possibly. Seeing a group rise from beneath a dune would be so creepy!
Daleks in central London. A new Dalek invasion, or the Cold War idea where they appear from the snow. That sounds beautifully eerie!
Sontarans on SONTAR (HA!) or in Victorian England, where they do battle with Strax.
Krillitanes in a forest or the jungle. Countryside. Maybe mountainous. On land or water. Anywhere, really..
Zygons in deep space, manipulating species with their appearance altering abilities. Like a terrorist group.
I still dream of an episode with Toclafane in the London Underground.
Ice Warriors... no idea.
Weeping Angels in London. In a populated area, as Blink's surrounding suited them perfectly. I'd like another outer-space one too, like their story in Series 5.
Silurians in their world below the Earth's crust, as I still want to see more of it.
The Silent Biologically Engineered Space Priests need to return too as rogue elements from the Kovarian Chapter. The war might be over, but the Silence might be disbanded due to conflict within the alliance itself & also the great losses it suffered during the war. Seeing some of the unnamed aliens turn on the Doctor because they blame him! I'd want to see them anywhere. Victorian England. Present day Earth. Western. Deep outer-space. They're adaptable. Maybe take Clara to New York because they know the Doctor can't park the TARDIS there for all the paradoxes.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Are the Big Enemies Being Overused?
It certainly would have been.
The Angels Take Manhattan just doesn't do it for me. It's way too short & needed to be so much more longer. I'd have loved a full 15 minute introduction to the episode, where Amy & Rory are sat in their house, when the Doctor materialises in, whisking them away to America, taking them on shopping trips, just enjoying the city on a brisk walk in central park before settling down to read a book in the peace & quiet. Imagine the lovely scenes we'd have gotten, with cute dialogue between Rory & Amy & the Doctor, setting people's emotions up in order to knock them down at the end. We'd have gotten to see the sights in glorious moments, instead of brief cameos. Amy staring round Times Square. Maybe there would have been time to throw in a little easter egg or two, possibly with Clara bumping into Rory momentarily on her own, before walking off etc.
The entire plot is just SO rushed! I just wanted Amy & Rory's last story to slow down so I could enjoy their last moments on the show.
I thought the Statue Of Liberty part was nonsensical.
I like Blink but I feel it's overrated. Genius plot, but it never has the same effect on second or third viewing as it did on the first.
I LOVE Time of Angels & Flesh And Stone, as it's my favourite Weeping Angel story & one of my favourite stories written by Moffat ever!
Their appearance in The God Complex was effective, so I don't have any problems with it.
The Angels Take Manhattan was alright. Predictable outcome. Laden with plot holes. Needed to be one hour long at least. I think the episode is alright, but for me it's the weakest Weeping Angel story the show has done so far. I always feel frustrated that we don't see enough of New York (why didn't they have it as a two parter for a longer exploration of that beautiful city!?) & I feel we needed to see more Weeping Angels & more Amy & Rory. Showed signs of running out of ideas.
Time of the Doctor - that appearance was the very definition of pointless.
I really want them to return to the show one day, but I think Series 9 at least should be their earliest.
Most people would hate that idea, but I have to agree. Once a mysterious creature or villain has been introduced, after a while, it seems only fair & necessary to give them the origin story they deserve. Some would argue it would detract from their mystery. On the contrary, it could also add to it.
For me, they're tiresome now. Even as a cameo, it's still an appearance for me, & thus, in my eyes, they've appeared in every single series since Series 5. It would be lovely to have an entire series without a single appearance from them. Leave them for a while, & then come back with them with something big for the future!
I never felt as though the Daleks were over-used in the RTD era, for I found his use of them highly effective, & the only Dalek story I don't like in the RTD era wasn't even written by him. Personally, whenever I watch the Daleks in the RTD era, I just feel as though he gets them. They're evil, callous killing machines who believe they are the superior race & all species are inferior to them. Therefore, they're constantly invading & destroying. This is like the Nazi's, & the Nazi's are inspiration for their original creation. Their emotions are so hateful, & they lack any kind of mercy, so all they do is kill - without a moment's hesitation. Daleks are sickening, vile things - tentacled creatures locked inside a mechanical, metal shell - & I always felt that sense of disgust from the Doctor in the RTD era. I felt as though their very species had been explored in great depth, so the Doctor's opposition towards them was understandable, but the Daleks in the Moffat era are bland & boring. They spend forever not doing anything for an entire series & then, when they do show up, they've totally reinvented themselves & their heirarchy, but they show a massive weakness when they daren't go into the Asylum, & their sudden stupidity - not stealing the TARDIS when it was on their ship & the Doctor was on the planet below - was offensive to the audience. Not to mention, their seeming reluctance to kill (shown in Day of The Doctor) only makes it harder for me to see them for as much of a threat as they were under the watchful eye of a previous head writer.
It's weird how I never felt like the Daleks were over-used in the RTD era but I do in the Moffat era. RTD did bring them in every series, but there was a considerable gap in episodes between each story, but the Daleks seemed to have taken a long break & then suddenly they have come from all different directions en mass & the threat they've posed has been non-existent. I would actually love the Daleks to come back, so long as they killed a massive number of people in each story. They're killing machines, but it doesn't feel as though they are lately. That's why I've tired of them.
The Cybermen, however, might have reappeared quite frequently, but it feels as though they've been owed a full finale for a very long time, so I'm glad they're the big bad of Series 8.
Hopefully though, each series can bring new classics to the front to take their place as the most important villain; Zygons, Ice Warriors, Sontarans (& Rutans), Silurians, The Master etc. I'd especially push for a Zygon & Sontaran finale one day, but Zygons & Sontarans separately.
The Weeping Angels are one creation that REALLY need a break. I understand that Moffat created them, & I admire how genius they are, but they're starting to become tiresome now. Give them a break for a while.
I don't see your point. Moffat said we're getting a massive tonal shift & it seems like it's going to get a lot darker. What could be stopping them from using Amy & Rory & Clara? They're dead already, so bringing them back as Cybermen to die again really doesn't seem that bad. It's just another tally for Rory.
4 weeks ago on Series 8 Finale Filming: Beyond the Grave
How funny that it'll be his fourth series & that's when Russell made David's Doctor face his past too with Davros. It'll seem like every four series, the Doctor must face his past & what he's done. I'm not complaining. I like that kind of story.
Looking at the set pictures spoils it. The script just adds dialogue.
I'm going to be really sad if we don't get Amy & Rory Cybermen. Moffat could pull a Jackie Tyler from Pete's World when we see that she's been fully converted. You never know! That might be the resolution! All of the Doctor's friends who are converted could overpower their controls & save him at the last minute. Seeing an Amy & Rory Cyberman fight for the Doctor would make me cry. I shan't lie, & seeing one Cyberman fight another & then turn to the Doctor & say "run you clever boy, & remember me!" while another says "Raggedy Man, goodbye!" my emotions would not be able to cope. Moffat would succeed in an emotional gut punch.
Tumblr, you may have this one on me..
It would spoil your viewing if you saw. Like, literally spoil it completely.
The person has deleted the script page, but I took a screen shot. I'm not posting it though. It's way too spoilery to spoil for anyone else..
This might be Moffat's best finale by the look of things. To be perfectly honest though, that won't be difficult as I haven't enjoyed any of his final episodes so far, but I still have to admire that he is a brilliant writer. Still, I love the Cybermen, so having them in the finale is just "fantastic!"
Well, it might be then, but still, it seems like it sums up the general gist of what happens there.
With the set pictures etc. it seems to fit in too well for it to be fake.
Maybe the Cybermen have been converting them or preparing them for conversion for a long time? Maybe the ground is full of stuff that prevents decay of the supposed-to-be-rotting corpse? Their plan might have been in action for hundreds of years. That would be very dark! A revelation that Amy, Rory, Clara's Mum, Victorian Clara etc. have all been used for conversion would probably disgust the Doctor.
I've just read it & I have no regrets but seriously, the person who posted that will be in so much trouble!
"We've upgraded ourselves."
Maybe now, all they need is flesh or DNA from deceased. We don't know how advanced they've become. They might have used Cybermites to slow the decaying process etc. keeping them fresh.
So this story will also be set partly in New York? That's where Amy & Rory's grave is. That's where the angels were? Also, people at the filming confirmed that the guy in the Cyber suit is 100% Danny Pink.
Moffat likes stories set at multiple points in time. There will probably be scenes set in the past in the graveyard too, as well as the present..