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I almost completely lost interest in Who during Series 7 part 2. So I guess it was the Ponds that made Who for me

1 day, 23 hours ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 2)

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It's not a bad idea except they are going to keep the search for Gallfrey going on for a very long tim and there's not way Clara is going to stay on Doctor Who for that long

1 month, 1 week ago on Does Clara Hide a Secret that is Bigger on the Inside?

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Her first two appearances were big events that were carefully written and planned to make her as interesting as possible, but then, I don't know what happened, the modern day Clara came off as really dull. Her personality wasn't as strong. She had maybe one quip an episode as opposed to oswin's every line being a memorable quip. Her traits also seemed more generic - more like Amy and all the others - when put in the he origins of my modern day setting. Then she wasn't given much room for development because of the mystery of her character which took precedence despite not advancing at all until the reveal.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Clara Oswald – A Question of Perspective

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Yup. I'm looking forward to change, because my interest in DW dropped massively since the Ponds left

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Dear Whovians…

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Some great mistakes here. It's a bit unfair to push home your point about Moffat being sexist by restating the same piece of evidence and trying to describe it as an entirely separate analysis (I.e. The RTD era vs the Moffat era and then companion by companion). All that does is make me think the article is biast. I'm pleased you turned it around by the end though.

Secondly, yes, Moffat's era might use some directly sexist phrases as you said but to say that Amy is the woman in need of leadership and protecting like you suggest is to ignore the majority of the show. Amy is the most confident and headstrong companion in modern Who. She has frequently been in and taken positions of power (taking her and the Doctor's lives in 'Amy's Choice', surviving alone for decades in 'The Girl Who Waited', taking on the pirates in 'The Curse of the Blacspot' etc). You might say that her motivation is often to be with or for a man, but that's not sexist. Motivation does not deny the immensely difficult and powerful stances she takes. To avoid doing so and have the doctor save her with no effort on her part would be sexist.

Isn't it interesting though that Amy is the most interesting and layered character as companion in the show and she is used as evidence of sexism, where as Clara, the most two dimensional and uninteresting companion is seen as a beacon of feminism? It's normally the other way around

In all though, I just think you are over analyzing this. Moffat is Scottish and from an older generation which got stuck in its ways before PC overkill turned everyone into a complainer or a white knight. It's time people stopped feeling entitled to being offended. What difference does it make?

2 months ago on Sexism and Doctor Who: The Truth

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My only real problem with Series 7 is Clara. Once the Ponds left it changed the show and Clara didn't have enough personality to fill the gap that the two best companions left. I tried to like it and I watched it faithfully, but now after having given it time and with the DVD set on my shelf I'm just not interested in watching episodes after Angels Take Manhattan

2 months, 1 week ago on Why I Love… Series 7

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Amy Pond is way, way up at the top of my list. I don't think there was any problem with her character at all. Next would be Rose, I suppose. Then Donna, Then Martha, then poor old Clara down at the bottom because she really brought nothing to the show for me. She's not a person, fully fleshed out and interesting like the rest of them. She's just  a collection of reactions in a small skirt.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Comparing the Female Companions of Revived Who

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I would have put the Day of the Doctor a few lower, but thats it

4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (5-1)

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Not sure why people liked series 7 so much. The paper think characterisation of Clara ruined it for me

4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results Series 5-7

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Blink is fantastic but the others are boring in my opinion. You need to have a really solid story, with great emotion. Turn Left kind of had that, but series 4 was so bad that I didn't care about revisiting past episodes to see what would change. Also if Human Nature is a Doctor Lite episode then I think Midnight could be considered to be as well. He spends half the episode possessed by the creature.To remove the Doctor from Amy's Choice would have ruined the whole point of the episode by the way





4 months, 1 week ago on Are Doctor-Lite stories the best of Doctor Who?

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Rings and Cold War above Journey? Man, I'm losing faith in Doctor Who "fans".... Cold War was weak, Rings was a 10 minute short stuffed with bad plot stuffing. Journey's only flaw was a predictable time loop but it was damn fun. All my own opinion of course.

4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (33-27)

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That's a bit unfair. Vampires was nothing special but neither did it have massive flaws like some stories. I never liked the Almost People but rewatching it, it was a solid story. Worst of all, Night Terrors, was a modern who story done right. We were made as claustrophobic as that poor child. It had such good characters and it corrected the horrible Fear Her. Not surprised at the other entries though

4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (39-34)

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Oh my Timelord! Doctor Who won! I'm soooo surprised! 

4 months, 1 week ago on Lords of Time #11: Doctor Who

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My favourite series, though I rated series 6 more. This one has more personal attachment

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 5 (2010)

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A more consistent series, apart from that awful christmas special

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 6 (2011)

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A very poor series overall, but some great episodes

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 7 (2012-2013)

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I like Jack in Doctor Who. I don't like him in Torchwood.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on River Song & Captain Jack: Five Favourites

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Ignore T3 and Salvation because they are awful. But Sarah Connor Chronicles makes the most interesting use of time travel and the alternative universe theories because in that series the future is constantly in flux, affected by the people who travel back at different times and what they do. Best exemplified by Jessie having different memories of the future history than Reese did. That was interesting because the war was never over. In the movies it always seemed to have a definite start and end. Though I think that's going to change with the new Terminator movie. They are revisiting scenes from the original movies

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Lords of Time #10: Doctor Who Vs The Terminator

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This episode has some nice ideas and moments but there is too much fluff. It drags on and fills gaps with annoying deus ex and lazy writing. If it were a person it would be a 80 lb athlete who just lost 200lbs and has all that gross flabby skin. The good material here could make a very compelling 15 minute episode. Shame about the rest. 

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Rings of Akhaten

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The first ten or fifteen minutes are great Whovian fun, but its just downhill from there. Rory's death is so formulaic I can't even raise emotions for one of my most beloved characters 

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Curse of the Black Spot

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On Doctor Who its ok because there is balance, but it seemed like every character on Torchwood was gay or bi. It just felt so forced. It's great to be progressive but you have to do it right.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who and Sexuality

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I agree with you for the most part and I can see how it is nice to be able to get references but I'm a bit of a purist. I would rather try to understand the original joke and dialogue, because that's what the creator intended as part of his vision and it is his vision I am interested in, not some random joke made up to appeal to my culture because that's some sad edition by the localisation crew. However, I was originally considering the official translation on the DVD set (well worth the money) and not crappy fan subs. I'll watch fan subs of something I'm mildly interested in but if it's something in serious about I want as close to the original as I can.

Yeah people will always argue dubs vs subs. My view is that dubs are not only limited by the translation but the amount of speaking time (which is often longer in Japanese, anime at least, not real life). So it's like the story has been run through two filters. At least with subs they MAY have cut some information to fit them on the screen in one go but you can actually hear the tone and implications applied by the original actors which adds a lot to understanding - way more than dubbers will ever understand. Being a purest this appeals to me.

But yes I happy to agree to disagree. Ee both like Steins Gate. Yay! But let us never speak of the accursed fan service ova

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Lords of Time #6: Doctor Who Vs Steins;Gate

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Christmas Carol is still the best Christmas episode. I just watched The Snowmen again last night, which is it's closest rival in my opinion, but the ending of that just feels very weak.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: A Christmas Carol & Series 5 Recap

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Fantastic episode. It really had a special atmosphere and was new Who at the height of its popularity. Shame the Silence were so vastly underused after it though.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon

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@Arvis Thanks for the intelligent response, though I could do with out the venom it was laced in. Don't take things so personally. Of course I am expressing my opinion. What else am I going to say? You are expressing yours but don't make so many assumptions.
As it happens I have lived in Japan for the past 5 years, but understanding the nuance of the word's meaning was not what I was getting at. Just the tone of the voice. Every English dub of an anime I have seen comes off very cartoony and over the top. Steins Gate, I can see from the videos posted here, is no different. I find it very hard to get emotionally invested in something so exaggeratedly comic. However, the Japanese voices were more balanced and realistic. 


I often say that anime and JDrama is steeped too much in melancholy, but at least they don’t swing the other way and make everything so cartoony. English dubs always do that because there is still the stigma that cartoons are for kids only. So they give them the kinds of voices you would get on a Saturday morning cartoon. Nevermind if the subject matter is deeper than most adult US Sci-fi.


Also, I just like the sounds of them. Okaba actually sounded like someone pretending to be crazy rather than just a cocky American git. I actually believed that could be real. As for Kurisu, if you think her Japanese voice lacked depth I think you've been watching a different anime. The acting in her part is very subtle. Something which cannot compete with the comic book stylings of the English version where she comes off like a typical US college girl. Such a voice doesn’t fit her character at all. She is a very introverted girl. I love Daru's Japanese voice though. It’s so warm and slightly dopy. The english one doesn’t even sound like an overweight person.


The problem is that anime in the west is always completely miscast. They don’t take into account all these subtleties to the character because they have a very limited stock of actors for the parts. I’m sure they are good actors. But put any actor in the wrong role and it won’t turn out for the best. 
If you enjoy the English dub then great, but I don’t and naturally, because I like this anime so much, I want to recommend other people see it in what I think is the best form. As such a serious and complex story I think it deserves some believable and serious acting. Not the kind you get on kids cartoons.


5 months, 2 weeks ago on Lords of Time #6: Doctor Who Vs Steins;Gate

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No... The dub actors made a mockery of it. As the one anime story that isn't too melancholy or crazy to be taken seriously it needed the voices of people who could actually act. The Japanese voices are spot on.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Lords of Time #6: Doctor Who Vs Steins;Gate

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You could try, but I didn't forget it, so you would fail.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Lords of Time #6: Doctor Who Vs Steins;Gate

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Ah well. Can't help some people. I wish I could get by watching mediocrity but I only enjoy watching the best

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Lords of Time #6: Doctor Who Vs Steins;Gate

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Don't dump Buffy but you can dump the rest. Watch Steins Gate first though. It's shorter than Buffy. Tho both are fantastic. Steins Gate is perfect

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Lords of Time #6: Doctor Who Vs Steins;Gate

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It would be better if he was the Doctor in every appearance and he knew he was the Doctor. Why does he have to forget? Maybe this Doctor can act 

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Some Theories on Capaldi’s Familiar Face

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@Clara Prefect  Whatever the others are, dump them. Steins Gate is a masterpiece.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Lords of Time #6: Doctor Who Vs Steins;Gate

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Steins Gate is the only anime I truly like and an absolute masterpiece. I don't like that you imply the writers used Doctor Who as a model. Steins Gate is far more complex than Doctor Who. Not just in the time travel, but the science, and the complexity of characters. I love the atmosphere of the show most of all. It really is brilliant. Uggh, but the dubbed version of Steins Gate is horrible. Completely alters the tone. Watch the subtitled version everyone!



5 months, 2 weeks ago on Lords of Time #6: Doctor Who Vs Steins;Gate

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