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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.
2 days, 10 hours ago on Bring Back… Sky Smith
Cybermen invade London? Moffat doing an invasion? Now I'm interested!
3 days, 14 hours 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.
5 days, 20 hours 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.
6 days, 11 hours 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.
1 week, 1 day 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.
1 week, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer
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.
2 weeks, 4 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*
2 weeks, 4 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.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Are the Big Enemies Being Overused?
It certainly would have been.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Are the Big Enemies Being Overused?
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.
2 weeks, 6 days 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..
Cybermen converting the dead with possible victims being Danny, Clara's mum, Clara Oswin Oswald, & Amy & Rory with baby Weeping Angels?
Moffat, you have my attention.
The Daleks need to appear somehow in every series because if they don't, the rights are lost from the show.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Series 8: The Final Writer?
& where is Toby Whithouse supposed to go in this slot?
I didn't have a problem with the bullet time effect & the castle would've needed a bigger budget for props to make it comical. They probably couldn't afford it.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on The Common Criticisms of Closing Time
I really don't understand the directing criticism. I want to be in the television profession when I'm older so I really notice things like writing, performance & directing & the only thing I found fault in was the writing. The directing - for me - was beautiful & the actors did what they could with what they had, and they didn't have much at all.
3 weeks ago on The Common Criticisms of Closing Time
My problem with it? They'd cleansed the brain of emotions & then it cut away when full conversion began to take place. By then, Craig would not only be emotionless, but he'd be dead. Therefore, not only does he come back to life, but he has emotions when he hasn't got any emotions. That episode - to me - is drivel.
So a Torchwood format? I could dig that, definitely.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Is the Current Format a Serial Killer?
I know she's not a female Master or The Rani but I CAN DREAM
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Series 8: Meet the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere
Oh my goooooodness! She could be a female Master or the Rani! I love her so much! Never thought she'd be on the show! Excitement increasing!
I don't think you understood those stories. I'd advise you to go back & watch them again.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Should Doctor Who Adopt a Darker Tone?
I think Moffat has already done enough & I think if he did any more, it would be taking things way too far. Besides, you must always look to the future.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on An Earthly Gallifrey
Brilliantly written article & I find your ideas intriguing, & thoroughly inventive, whilst being incredibly well thought out, but I'd still hate the idea. Moffat has changed a lot of the Who mythology within 3 series already. I'd hate him to change it any further. By the time the next Head Writer took over, it would be a completely different show & there wouldn't be much to be able to do, because they'd have to adhere to the new rules etc. set out before from Moffat. It's limiting creative freedom, & that's an awful thing to do.
(Posts yet another comment which will be jumped upon)
I just want a massive change from the Matt Smith era. His Doctor was incredible, but the fairy tale theme has gotten old & the consequences haven't really been felt as they either haven't been acknowledged or the actual exploration into them has been really poor. For instance, I loved the idea of the Doctor going into seclusion in The Snowmen, but he changed back to whimsical rather too quickly. I would've liked a hardened Doctor, afraid of developing a close relationship with a companion in fear of getting hurt etc. as I feel the consequences of Amy's & Rory's departure weren't really felt long-term. The entire tone has to change now, because in all honesty, I was really getting fed up of Matt Smith as the Doctor is Series 7. It sounds awful, but it's true, & what's most important is it wasn't his fault. It was the writing & the theme. Apart from the obvious A Town Called Mercy (why didn't he have more episodes like THAT!?) his character was just grating with his childishness & the light-hearted feel. It didn't feel believable & the whole tone just felt boring. The Matt Smith era started out strongly as it felt new & fresh, but it ended up forgetting itself & thus, fell apart. In other words, we need an entire tonal shift again to reinvent it.
Doctor Who has evolved to suit the ever changing world around it, & it has developed to suit the time it is in. That's why & how it's lasted so long. It's also changed to suit the entertainment genre popularity etc. & one type of story everyone REALLY seems to like at the moment is darkness. Star Trek: Into Darkness, Thor: The Dark World, The Dark Knight & The Dark Knight Rises etc. but to name a few. Taking a plot & making it darker than ever before seems to really be quite popular in these times, & personally, I understand why, as I love darker, grittier stories - hence why I love The Dark Knight Trilogy - so I think it's only natural for Doctor Who to follow suite & turn to the dark side with Darth Vader, as it's a sure way to gather popularity even more.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Should Doctor Who Adopt a Darker Tone?
A character he actually likes.
Surely it would be more efficient to kill them both separately, as both would be ensured to be dead by the end of it. Firing missiles at a planet & hoping the Doctor is still on it is just reckless, as the Daleks will have the schematics for the layout & technology in the Asylum so they will know it has the teleport pad, so simply hoping their plan succeeds is pretty ridiculous. The beauty & elegance meant the same thing in the context of which the words were used. The Daleks did absolutely have to kill the inmates. The Imperial structure may have always gotten them killed, but the Paradigm are better in every single way, so with a Strategist & the Supreme - both working together - they could have easily performed a greater execution of the task. We haven't seen how they work before together, so how do we know their plan would not have worked? It still doesn't explain why they didn't use the initiative to break into the TARDIS, as the Doctor stated that a Dalek fleet at the height of their power are experts at flying TARDIS', and they were at the hight of their power.
I'd like a zombie story with Daleks. That would be chilling. Especially if a companion was killed & they came back to life as a Dalek puppet.
I find the whole beauty thing ridiculous & the democracy makes no sense. Daleks do not gather in a spaceship version of the houses of parliament, discussing issues that are troubling them. They are led by a Supreme Leader who orders their entire fleet. Like ants. They have a Queen. The rest are the workers or the drones. Making a parliament is stupid. I apologise if I cause offense, but Daleks would never, ever waste their time discussing how to act in a situation. Their Strategist Paradigm Dalek would devise a strategy & their Supreme Dalek would give the order to the Red Drones. The Scientist would create new weapons of mass destruction. The new colour coding allows us to see how the Daleks could perform with cold ease & precision, yet instead they gather for a meeting every day to discuss what the appointed Paradigm do already? The Strategist makes the Parliament void & useless, considering how it works for a resolution to a problem without the need to talk to others about it.
The Daleks have one conquest, & that's to rid the universe of all other life from themselves. They are a smooth running fleet of merciless killers & if one worker is damaged or holding them back, they would not spare it. To keep momentum moving forward, making progress, anything holding them back would be eradicated - including other Daleks. The Paradigm Daleks executed the other Daleks in Victory. The Daleks have killed themselves constantly throughout the ages. They do not think hatred is beautiful & they would not change their way of thinking because they already think themselves as perfect in every way, so change would never occur.
I do like the Dalek zombie outbreak idea though.
Asylum of the Daleks made the Daleks look like pansies. They had the Doctor & his companions under their control, and instead of killing their enemy, they pleaded for help to do something which any Dalek could've done. What's more is the fact that a single group of Red Drone Paradigm Daleks could've executed the task & the Daleks held captive inside with ease. Their excuse was that it was offensive to extinguish such beauty as hatred is beautiful, but (if you remember the Dalek/Cyberman face-off, they openly state that Daleks have no concept of elegance) that only makes them look even more pathetic. They're killing machines, but they won't kill some things as it's offensive. "Yeah, we're like, the ultimate killing machines, but we hate offending others with our actions. Even Daleks have boundaries!" Besides, the Daleks were unbelievably stupid. When the Doctor & his companions were sent onto the planet, not a single Dalek thought "hey, why don't we break into his TARDIS & steal it!"... or were they too busy debating whether they should or not? The Parliament is probably one of the most absurd ideas ever created. Daleks don't have a democracy. They're led by one leader. The Emperor Dalek in the Series 1 finale. Dalek Sec in Doomsday. Dalek Sec & then Dalek Caan in Daleks in Manhattan. The Supreme Dalek in the Series 4 finale. The Supreme Paradigm Dalek in Victory of the Daleks. Now we have what? The Dalek Prime Minister? The Dalek President? Barack Exterminate Obama? Do they have Dalek polling stations? Dalek elections? Really?
It's ludicrous, & probably the poorest representation of the Daleks we've had to date.
Exactly! & in the Big Bang, the Dalek killed (sort of) The Doctor. One person. Since then? Nothing. In The Day of The Doctor, when the Daleks surrounded the family of Time Lords - with the cowering children - I was on the edge of my seat, waiting for them to slaughter them... but they didn't. What a missed opportunity! What a heart-stopping-ly chilling scene that would've been, and what an incredibly monstrous villain the Daleks would've been made out to be! For me, that would have set the tone & ramped up the threat levels, almost making the War Doctor's actions empathetic, as we'd have understood why he was wiping out their species. In addition, I feel as though it would've shown the horrors of war. Instead though, we had the Doctor smash through a wall & knock their heads off? Okay... It was an alright moment, but honestly underwhelming.
I want more darker, adult themed episodes, with intelligent dialogue & character development like A Town Called Mercy. That, for me, was the perfect Doctor Who episode. It was bright & colourful, but the majority of the episode centred around developing character & transitioning them through to the final events in the story with a dark & gritty approach. More stories like that would really grab my interest. I loved Matt Smith's Doctor, but I felt he was too whimsical most of the time. If Capaldi were to become my favourite Doctor, he'd have to really push the maturity of the show even further than before, testing boundaries of what is acceptable as a family show.
What would REALLY impress me is a story where the Doctor is actually forced to kill a character to save others. No tricks & no gimmicks. Murder.
I feel as though after 50 years, the show needs to start showing its age. Stop being big timey-wimey explodey-wodey & ground the plot with darkness & uncertainty.
I started watching the show as a kid in 2005, but now I've grown older, & I want the show to grow older with me. It won't alienate children at all. I can remember as a child loving scary episodes, as it wasn't patronising towards my age. I felt as though it was treating me like an adult and I loved the show for that.
If anything, my only criticism for A Town Called Mercy was that it wasn't dark enough. I would've loved if it had delved deeper into the monstrosities committed, with longer episodes, giving more time to tell the story.
There needs to be more death - Jenny, Vastra & Strax or Clara - & more threat.
Also, the Daleks actually need to be seen exterminating people. It's not happened since Series 5!
A large enough number for it to be voted the best means it supercedes any other moment, thus constituting an unfathomable amount of people who voted it the best. We can only assume a large mass of thousands who voted, and this article (written by one person) aims to tell us that those thousands of people are wrong.
How can I take it seriously?
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Why the Doomsday Farewell is Not the Greatest
Well it just comes across as silly. Especially when the title of the article just instantly comes across as a person unwilling to accept that an opinion opposing theirs is most likely going to be right - most of all when it's one hundred thousand people against one. This article basically denounces the opinions of one hundred thousand people, and anyone expects me to take it seriously?
"Why it isn't the greatest."
Well it is according to a hundred thousand voters, so it is. Sorry to rain on your parade.
Moffat is becoming too arrogant. He's wanting to change the mythology of Doctor Who all the time until it only fits what he thinks is right.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Moffat: Who says the Doctor is NOT human?
Probably means Gallifrey... or Clara. Maybe it's the Time Lords commemorating her for she is the one responsible for its return.
4 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: Finale Clue
The magazine cover is very gothic. I like it! It's only a shame that the Paternoster Gang aren't as dark as they look. Maybe then, I'd find them interesting.
4 weeks ago on DWM #475: Vastra, Strax & Jenny are Back
There are countless other species that could have been used as main villains instead of Time Lords before they made a return to the show.
Ice Warriors have only just been reintroduced so they could easily be applicable to have taken over as the main big baddie of the show for the foreseeable future.
Sontarans; a lot of people have been wanting a return from these warriors, because they haven't been used properly since Series 4.
Cybermen - they haven't been utilised as well as they should have been and therefore, this leads a lot of plot left open to expand upon.
Slitheen, Sycorax, Krillitane, Adipose adults, The Master, The Great Intelligence, Weeping Angels, The Silence, Autons, Axons, Zygons, Rutans, Judoon, Atraxi etc. are all capable of becoming major villains for the show, and the over-use of the Daleks has not been because the show was running out of things to do without the Time Lords. The over-use of the Daleks is solely to blame on the exacutive producers and the head writer, because it's their descision to write or add them into the story when they could easily pick another enemy, so that excuse is invalid.
1 month ago on You will become like us! The Best ‘Converter’ Episodes
Then have either multiple writers working on it or change head writer frequently so fresh, new ideas are brought in annually to keep things from getting old. It's hardly difficult.
Well it ruined the 50th for me. The salvation of Gallifrey was what stood out as the most awful thing about the episode.
Not if you have an inventive, brilliant writer who can create stories that aren't repetitive. The show would only get repetitive if people allowed it to get that way.
I accept that, but I think bringing them back at this time is unbelievably too early in the timeline. I'd have said wait another ten years or so.
The Doctors push a Dalek through the painting when the point that they'd have to push it through is on the other side of the city of Arcadia. The painting is smashed open by the Dalek & at the end of the episode, it's repaired completely with no explanation as to how. With the city of Arcadia broken open to let the Doctors out, everyone and everything should have been able to get out too.
The Black Archive is Doctor-proof & yet the mind wipe is susceptible to misuse by utilising a sonic screwdriver. The entrance door to the Black Archive uses a key to access it, but a locked door - by a key - can be unlocked by a sonic. The continuity error is the misplacement of the Black Archive as it wasn't in central London in the Sarah Jane Adventures, and there was no explanation. Also, the logic in having the Black Archive in central London is ridiculous.
Another issue I had was the role Tennant got with his Doctor. His Doctor seemed like a parody of the Doctor we had seen in Russell's era. The Doctor in the RTD era had so much more depth & his Doctor in Day seemed to shallow & useless.
The Time War ignored the Could Have Been King with his army of Meanwhiles & Never-Were's, with the Skaro Degradations & The Nightmare Child. It was shambolic.
I preferred Gallifrey gone forever. It gave the Doctor immense character development & now it seems it was all in vain. Everything was a total dissappointment.
But the Time War is now pointless. It was an event used to rid the show of the Time Lord (supposedly)& Daleks until they returned. In other words, the Time War was the thing that subtracted the Doctor's people from the future events of the show, and RTD handled the aftermath incredibly well. Saving the Time Lords makes the Time War seem puzzlingly pointless. It's the greates war in history & now no consequences are to be felt because both sides survived. The Time War rid the show of Time Lords but now they're back... what was the point in it?
I just can't see it. I just can't believe it either. How are we meant to believe the war was as bad as it wad made out to be in the RTD era?
The Doctor described it as hell, and it looked about as bad as the Rutan & Sontaran war probably is, and that's no where near as bad as the Time War..
I watched Day of The Doctor again on BBC3 today & I began to notice plot hole after pot hole after plot hole after continuity error after ignored error in plot.
It (for me) was totally underwhelming to the point where I found myself uttering "is that it?" at the start of the closing titles.
I also found Clara rather pretentious, and I have no idea why. She's just no where near as likeable as Rose or Donna or Amy & Billie Piper wasn't used to her full potential and neither was Tennant's Doctor as I really found his portrayal to be written as some sort of parody of himself.
I could go on.
The Day of The Doctor?
I find it to be underwhelming as it completely disregards the RTD era & makes the Time War void & pointless; ruining any emotional gravity any scene once held.
I look forward to Gallifrey being destroyed again by another Head Writer.
*Sits, looking as frosty as a snowman.*
Brian was only in two episodes?
I disagree with the majority of these mentions.
1 month, 1 week ago on The (Father’s) Day of the Doctor
It still felt like she was a plot point most of the time.
1 month, 1 week ago on Comparing the Different Arcs of the Revival
But it felt like the opposite.
*Discretely downloads top picture because it's so awesomely humorous*
1 month, 1 week ago on Yes, I’m a Whovian, but I’m one of the nice ones
I think another comparison could be the utilisation of characters in a story arc. Keeping things simple, Russell used his companions (as characters) to add to a story by simply being themselves, whereas Moffat uses his characters not as actual characters, but more rather as plot points a'la Clara Oswin Oswald being dead a lot and everywhere in time & Amy with the odd house and the crack in her wall with River Song as her baby, being a clone etc.
The problem with longer story arcs is the risk of creating plot holes which are so big, it's almost inescapable to dig yourself out of the situation. Time of The Doctor showed that unbelievably well, as the episode felt unable to actually wave Matt Smith off as the Doctor, as it was too busy trying to unscramble the entangled, knotted time line set out confusingly before him. Matt Smith deserved an episode dedicated solely to depart him frm the show, but instead he got a story attempting to finish off the story arc which has been going since Series 5, and (in my opinion) the resolution doesn't even make sense!
The paradox and the prevention of the Doctor's death negates Clara from entering the time line so Gallifrey couldn't have been saved and the events of Time Of The Doctor wouldn't happen so even when people say the story arc is finished, in hindsight; it truly isn't, and if Moffat says it is, then he's never going to bring the arc to a close.
That's why I prefer the RTD era, as it was self-contained and manageable, and didn't feel convoluted or messy like the Moffat era does. Russell made stories that centred around character and I never tired of his reign as head writer, whereas I feel I'm already starting to with Moffat and he hasn't even done as many series as Russell yet.
I know it falls down to preference and opinion, but this is just mine.
The TARDIS gas gone from being really sexy ("you can call me sexy!") to really cute. It's so sweet! It's like a TARDIS for toddlers.
1 month, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming: Smaller on the Outside
Maybe do a story where Davros takes over the Dalrk Parliament with new creations. I'd like that.
Davros is certainly long overdue though, but when he does return, so must Julian.
1 month, 1 week ago on Is it time for Davros to return?
I'm still waiting for Alan Carr to lend a hand with his voice & vocal talents for one episode.
1 month, 1 week ago on Stanley Parable Narrator Cast in Doctor Who
He'll have carrot cake as his birthday cake, with carrot juice to wash it down, with carrot candles and just general carrots everywhere.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Happy Birthday, Colin Baker
Donna and Matt Smith's Doctor?
Are you mad?
The TARDIS needn't to have blown up to form the cracks in the universe with those two together!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on What if… Tennant had stayed for Series 5?
Talking about dimension cannons, they'll work now because popping to and fro from parallel to parallel will be easy now that the Time Lords have been saved, so that could happen possibly one day.
But still, we wouldn't have had the masterpiece that is The Waters of Mars then, so I'm glad he left when he did.
To be perfectly honest, that pitch for Tennant's last series under Moffat's writing sounds brilliant, and part of me would've loved to have seen it, but on the other hand, I think it was time for him to go when he did, because RTD had built his character up perfectly to bow out in The End Of Time, and if he had continued to live after the events of that, then I don't think he'll have been the same lovable man or Time Lord we once knew and had grown to love. Just remember Time Lord Victorious! If anything, Tennant would've probably become something of The Valeyard.
It would also allow them to return in the foreseeable future as completely new and refreshed characters who know their purpose and what they're meant to do with the world.
Moreover, it would be an extremely potent moment if there were an entire story on the Doctor, knowing that with foreknowledge he could change the future and save Amy and Rory but at the cost of his own people and Gallifrey.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/012014/
As long as Toby Whithouse is named as one of the yet unknown writers, I'll be fine, but if not, I'll be bitterly disappointed and to be perfectly honest, it'll certainly rain on my parade as his episodes are normally the ones I look forward to most in every series.
The scene where the music is playing whilst Clara is talking through the crack in the wall. The directing is beautiful. The performance from Jenna is breathtaking and the music is Gold's best.
I've always been narked by Victory of The Daleks as it had so much potential as a story but just failed to live up to expectations, but I've thought of a way to retcon the ending and re-do it in a way which vastly improves the plot (in my opinion) and it would also reboot the entire show, starting from Victory onwards, meaning we'd have Matt Smith as the Doctor again and Amy back alive. It would be like the X-Men: Days of Future Past of Doctor Who.
This is so depressing though! If I were head writer, I'd definitely do this story... but I'm not... and I never will be... which is really depressing (for me anyways!)...
Maybe it's a homeless man that draws people who go into the tunnel so they never come out of the other end?
Or maybe Banksy has used an alien paint accidentally made from Martian Sheep brains.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: Tunnel Vision
So this might possibly be the Doctor-lite episode I presume or assume or infer?
Clara / Oswin x100000
He seems to just save all the dying for the companions. Good luck, Clara.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Bring Back… Jenny, the Doctor’s Daughter
It was to my knowledge that Jenny was requested to be kept alive so that if Alex Kingston didn't want to return as River, she could be brought back instead.
Now, because River did return, there was no need of Jenny.
It's funny though that I was actually thinking about this yesterday!
Although she hasn't made a return since, I do also wish for her return, as it's seeming a bit unlikely that they'll never have met since Series 4, as if both were dashing around the universe, saving species and constellations, surely one would end up noticing the other eventually, as they might not have had to meet (as the universe is a big place) but if Jenny were to also be a saviour of worlds too, then wouldn't she develop a reputation that matches the one of the Doctor himself, and if so, wouldn't that attract wide-spread attention - enough to warrant the Doctor hearing of her?
The older Doctor is the perfect time for Jenny to be reintroduced, so yes; I do want Jenny back.
Another musical-themed episode?
*Eye pops out*
*Begins to dig grave*
*Mud flies out from deep hole made in the ground*
I love musical episodes!
*Rains descends with flashes of lightening*
Doctor Who: The Musical!
*Echoes of voice from deep within*
Doctor Who advertising music!
*Arm extends from hole and drags a coffin down*
And there was me thinking we'd seen the back of them! How joyous!
*Faint sobbing can be heard from within the grave*
*Giant explosion tears the Earth apart from where the grave once was.*
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Foxes Cast in Series 8
I can just imagine RTD in a situation like that & that's why I love him.
*Plays "Just The Two Of Us"*
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Doctor Who Could Have Ended With Tennant
I thought the TARDIS was safe from explosions following the safe-looking regeneration into Capaldi this time... but they always find a way to blow the control room up one way or another.
2 months ago on Series 8 Confirmed for August, First Teaser Trailer
I actually think the longer they leave it, the better it is until Gallifrey returns.
2 months ago on Peter De Jersey Hopeful for Gallifrey Return
Think of it like Jesus.
The day he was born - Christmas - being the day it was first aired.
The day he was resurrected - Easter - being the day the show came back.
2 months ago on Smith Eager for Another Multi-Doctor Story
Let's hope his Terminator trilogy filming doesn't clash!
On another note, it's absolutely outstanding that he's so eager to return!
Capaldi, Tennant & Smith (if it happens) could potentially be a recipe for disaster (in a Doctor Who amazing kind of way - the disaster probably being the end of the world or time exploding or something)
No! I'm not! I was joking! I'm so not ready for more frequent multi-Doctor episodes!
It's like we've been waiting for them since 2005 & suddenly they're all coming at once!
Matt is a star!
He may not have been my favourite Doctor, but that doesn't stop me from absolutely adoring his incarnation!
2 months ago on The Theme – Time for a Change?
My only criticism is that it should have been longer, as I'd have loved to have seen small intimate moments every now and then, along with more action sequences so we could witness more destruction to empathise with the War Doctor more, understanding what he'd been through and what kind of world his own literal world had become so that his actions of attempted genocide could have been rather more justified in some viewers eyes.
2 months, 1 week ago on Moffat: Day Was My Most Difficult Script Ever
Who's Caroline Skinner?
(We're not supposed to talk about her! She was erased from the show forever)
2 months, 1 week ago on Rachel Talalay Directing Series 8
I've liked the directing in every episode named there! I'd be happy if any of them returned.
Sounds as though Capaldi will be my favourite Doctor. The description of his portrayal sounds perfect! He's exactly what we need.
2 months, 1 week ago on Moffat: Handsome Actors don’t suit the Doctor
It's almost as if Matt has gotten REALLY a lot more attractive since he left the show.
No one should hate on anybody.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Bring Back… Helen Raynor
I strongly disliked her Dalek two-parter in Series 3, though I don't know if that was because of the writing or the execution. Whatever the conclusion, using pig slaves was ridiculously silly and the American accents sounded forced... not to mention, the directing just made every scene seem clumsy, and the extermination of the hybrid didn't seem believable at all... and the extermination itself was massively over-done. The story was just cheesy. Cheesy enough to cover a pizza.
The Sontaran two-parter (on the other hand) is one of my favourite stories from the RTD era, as it's one of the biggest, most epic and funny stories they ever told, and yet I couldn't help but LOVE the Sontarans. Seriously, when Series 4 aired, I would've been ten, and you have no idea how excited I was when the action figures came out! I was one of the first to buy them, and I loved the Sontarans (I was literally obsessed) because of her story, so she redeemed herself in my eyes, for The Sontaran Stratagem & The Poison Sky still remain to me as one of my all-time favourites. The story telling is superb, and the Sontarans are made to be some of the most comical, entertaining villains I've ever seen on the show.
Not to mention, I love a good fight scene, and the execution of all the UNIT soldiers in the ATMOS factory has to be one of the best moments in the entire series.
"This isn't war, this is sport!"
General Staal & the Commander are some of the best evil baddies the show has ever produced, as they were not only thoroughly entertaining, but they were brilliantly threatening too.
"Then do it!"
I'd be open to Helen returning, but only to do another Sontaran story, as her depiction of them was outstanding in my opinion. Moffat's has been incredibly poor so far, which is a shame.
Now these... THESE are promising writers! Their episodes will certainly be ones I shall look forwards to. Now I need to hear the name "Toby Whithouse" and I'm content.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Two New Writers for Series 8
Krillitanes are a forgotten classic. Their appearance in School Reunion may have been somewhat forgettable if it had not been for Sarah Jane's return - as the school setting was rather boring - but as the article highlights, they're unlimited in potential.
The Judoon are a creation that I'd like as a minor cameo every now and then, but nothing more. If they turned up every now and then for a purpose similar to the one seen in The Stolen Earth then I wouldn't mind at all.
The grown up Adipose are something I've also always wanted to see, but again, it would have to be a quick reference to fund a joke with fan-service.
The Sycorax would be an incredible reoccurrance, but only if their culture was explored further. What's more is why I found them so captivating. It was the fact that they're the only alien race that we've heard their native language and if they spoke in English again I'd see that as such a disappointment.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on 5 New Who Monsters in Need of a Return
The Paternoster Gang spin-off
Luke, Clyde & Rani childrens show with K-9
Meta-crisis Doctor & Rose spin-off
I wouldn't mind any of these.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Piper Up for Rose/Meta-Crisis Ten Spin-Off
I think any character should be brought back if the story demands it and is good enough. Of course, for Idris to return, the plot would have to be exceptional, but if it was phenomenal then I'd be more than happy to see Sexy come back.
"I'm bringing Sexy back, yeah!"
It may undermine the ending of The Doctor's Wife, but then again, if done correctly, it may also not.
3 months ago on Suranne Jones on Bringing Idris Back
Don't you mean 2015!?
3 months ago on Matt Smith: I’ll happily come back
For me, Blink is overrated and The Name Of The Doctor isn't even a good episode. I'd say it's the 2nd worst episode 13 we've had since the show's revival.
3 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Dream Run (Episodes 9-13, Specials)
Personally, I'd love Jack to return to Torchwood & Doctor Who, but most of all; Torchwood.
His story has been left open & if Russell has little intention of doing Torchwood again then I think it's his duty as a writer to create one more series to just complete the story once and for all, giving closure to the characters.
It's a lot to finish off, but I think he could do it.
3 months ago on Barrowman on Jack’s Future: There’s a lot more to tell
Meh. Great Intelligence wasn't used to the best of its ability. Whispermen not used enough. It's all very doom & gloom & nothing really keeps me interested when watching it. Jenny's death was brilliantly effective but then undermined when she was brought back. The whole episode just felt undermined because the plot was always going back on itself. Jenny died & then she was brought back. Strax died & then he didn't. The universe started blinking out of existence & then it didn't. The Doctor was dying & then he wasn't. Clara died & then she didn't when she should've. The Great Intelligence seemed to be the only one affected by the rules of the Doctor's timeline!? What's the point in making the Doctor's timeline deadly to everything if it's only deadly to a select few? It just completely undermines the plot set out beforehand.
A very "meh" episode.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Name of the Doctor
Toclafane would be on the top of my list, as they're a masterpiece creation.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on 5 Underrated Doctor Who Monsters and Villains
I shan't lie that upon first viewing this episode certainly did NOT meet or exceed my expectations but yet, I still thoroughly enjoy it.
Yes, the resolution is laughable & rubbish & silly & lazy - call it what you like - but I simply can't not love the new design! It's just sublime!
People criticise these new Cybermen ("They're not Cybermen!") but the truth of it all is quite simple; Gaiman is right - he's completely correct - when he said the Cybermen would constantly be upgrading themselves. It seems convenient to sustain and maintain a threat in the story, but the reasons behind the sudden upgrade is spot on!
Technology advances every single year. Every year (without fail) a phone company ships out their latest model or version, fit with the newest & most advanced software available. Heck! Even the old ones get an upgrade! For instance - to those of you who stated it was silly that the Cybermen would be able to broadcast their new upgrade to all available surrounding units - when the new Samsung Galaxy S4 came out, companies began sending software upgrades wirelessly to earlier models of the phone as my S3 upgraded itself to work similarly to an S4. The same would go for a Cyberman but the process would be sped up (it's set in the future & I'm sure their processing power exceeds ours beyond comprehension) so yes, it obviously would work.
On another note, not only do I adore the new Cybermen, but I also LOVE the visual look of the episode, with the use of bright, vibrant colour in every scene - it was beautiful - as I always prefer colourful episodes, and this certainly was it.
My only complaint would be how undoubtedly rushed the story was, as you hardly had time to breathe and take it all in before another plot advancement had ensued. This episode REALLY needed to be a two-parter. The characters were undeveloped because of it, and it all seemed a bit unbelievable by how fast the plot had advanced.
Jenna's acting in this episode though was strangely terrible, also, but Matt was brilliant as always.
I just think that with an extra 45 minutes & a script / plot advisor / editor to help with the resolution, this episode would've been yet another absolute masterpiece!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Nightmare in Silver
It's an average episode but what makes it that bit more memorable is the use of colour and the directing which is absolutely beautiful and a feast for the eyes. The tones of red and crimson in nearly every scene just make it look so perfect. The production was exceptional in this episode more than any other, and the Victorian era is depicted brilliantly and the sets / locations are dressed up to look sublime.
Yes, the Strax jokes & the constantly fainting man were a little silly & could've become quite tedious, but I don't mind, for this story is my guilty pleasure.
It's a (Mr.) sweet episode, but I'm being fair & only giving it a 6/10
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Crimson Horror
The performances from the actors who played the brothers were terrible. None of them were believable in the slightest. Their acting was truly truly awful.
Jenna & Matt's performances were top-noch (as always, normally) and there were some lovely scenes with them together, but one thing simply cannot be overlooked...
It was rubbish.
I could have done better myself (I'm sorry if I seem a little arrogant but I think anyone actually could've) for I think the director of the episode (I don't even know his name) made mistake after mistake after mistake with the majority of scenes that were shot. The direction just made the entire episode a missed opportunity; the sets weren't utilised to the best of their ability and the scenes that could've easily been done in one shot were done in several, making it seem disjointed and somewhat wrong.
If this episode had have been directed by someone like Nick Hurran, I guarantee it would've probably been one of my favourites from Series 7 Part 2... but it wasn't, and therefore this makes the entire episode one of the most frustratingly irritating ones of the entire season. No other episode of Series 7 was directed badly.
In conclusion, if it had had a better director, Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS would've been an alright / quite good episode, but now... I just think it's poor & doesn't make for an enjoyable watch, as every time I watch it again I find something else to dislike about the directing.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
I just thought the directing didn't make the most of the beautiful sets, and the scenes didn't flow together at all as each shot felt disjointed and misplaced, and everything just seemed wrong. I can just remember watching it last time cringing at how bad the direction was. The pre-titles sequence - for instance - was truly awful. I felt irritated how the scene where the ship's magno-clamp cut short before the beam hit the TARDIS & I thought it was a missed opportunity in the scene where the Doctor enters back into the TARDIS; I would've loved to have seen a full transition of one scene into the next, following the Doctor through the doors instead of cutting to a shot of him simply stepping inside. It would've been a lot more impressive when showing the artificial gravity from the TARDIS laying on its side & them entering to standing upright.
Another moment that annoyed me was one where Clara runs from the TARDIS console room out into a corridor only to end back in the console room again. I'd have been so much more impressed to see that all done in one shot. It simply felt disjointed and looked silly.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8: Episode 4 & 5 Writers Confirmed
Journey To The Centre of The TARDIS would've actually been alright if the directing hadn't been so diabolical. Nick Hurran would've improved the episode tenfold.
Certainly not. Regardless of how well made it is, if the story is rubbish, the episode is too. Directing & production cannot save a story as terrible as this one.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Cold War
I've written article-long posts before voicing my hate for this episode. I shan't do it again.
The directing & use of colour in the episode is beautiful, as is the Ice Warrior WHEN IT IS IN ITS SUIT. That is the ONLY good thing I can say about the episode, but not even that positive can save this story from being one of the worst in the history of New Doctor Who so far (in my opinion) as I just find it abysmal.
This is the only perfect Doctor Who episode of Series 7 for me. It's an incredibly dark, mature and intelligent episode with depth and little humour (though when it's used it's as always; effective) but it's a type of story we don't normally see on Doctor Who, so I think it takes a few fans quite by surprise and thus some don't like it.
Nevertheless, I find A Town Called Mercy to be an underrated masterpiece - a gem of an episode - that I know I'll love ever more in years to come. I regard this one as one of Matt Smith's best ever episodes, which is why I'm giving it a 10 / 10
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: A Town Called Mercy
This is the first 1/10 I've given.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe & Series 6 Recap
5 months ago on Another new Director for Series 8
There should always be new monsters, but there should also be returning ones too, and since I actually prefer returning monsters to new ones, there's quite a few I'd like to see back.
Cybermen are a must. With their new abilities I feel we've only just scratched the surface with what they're now capable of.
Daleks - because I feel it's important to see how they're dealing with the situation of the Time Lords returning.
Silurians are another I'd like to see return because I feel we haven't really had that many episodes with them yet. Possibly, I'd like to see their underground world explored further.
Sontarans. These guys need to return more than ever because their last appearance in an episode with them as the lead villains was in Series 4!
Ice Warriors - because in my opinion, we've yet to have a satisfactory episode featuring them.
So long as the director for Journey To The Centre of The TARDIS doesn't return, I'll be alright. The directing in that episode actually ruined it completely for me by how terrible it was. All the other episodes were perfectly fine.
I do hope though that not just Douglas Mackinnon, but Nick Hurran, Saul Metzstein & Stephen Woolfenden return because their episodes stood out by how beautifully directed they were.
Abysmal episode. One of the worst of Series 5.
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