Kidneys! I've got new kidneys! I don't like the colour.
I'm not one for getting involved with the whole global arguments that occur over petty things such as this but in this case I will say grow a pair for godsake. It's not like it's anything worth crying over. I can understand when UK viewers have been peeved when exclusive content has been in America only but this just takes the biscuit. They are only little short behind-the-scene videos. Not full-on Confidential episodes, but little ten minute shorts. I know for some they are missing out on something special but it's nothing to whine over nor call the BBC out on. That's immature and very disrespectful. And in the long run, like with previous behind-the-scenes content, it will be brought out on the boxset with the episodes. So yeah, what's the problem? And also although Doctor Who is becoming a global thing, people shouldn't forget it is still a British show and the people of Britain have the right to exclusive stuff since a) they live there and most importantly b) they pay to get it made through TV licencing. Just be grateful this has been done in whatever shape or form.
1 week, 6 days ago on “Doctor Who Extra” Announced
This is great to hear. A tiny shame the length isn't a tiny bit longer but I'm not going to complain. Any behind the scenes extra is better than nothing. This is like an extension of the experimental short behind the scenes extras done for Series 7 and the 2013 Specials only this time more effort and backing has gone into it. So yeah this is a good thing in my books.
I actually told Sophie at a covention earlier this year that she'd always be remembered for that particular scene and she agreed.
1 week, 6 days ago on Happy Birthday, Sylvester McCoy & Sophie Aldred
Happy Birthday Sylvester and Sophie. Hope you've had a great day :)
It would be funny if Capaldi slipt into a Malcolm Tucker role and Addison was Ollie getting another bol***king at DoSAC. What...? Someone had to make a The Thick of It joke XD
2 weeks ago on Chris Addison to Guest in Series 8 Finale
This is a nice announcement. Addison worked with Capaldi perfectly over the course of The Thick of It and it will be great to see them working together within a new dynamic. It's also brilliant to hear that Addison is a big fan of the show, and has been since a child. I know that Doctor Who is loved world wide by many different kinds of people but sometimes I get surprised by who announces their love for it, and it's great that person gets a chance to be a part of it. Since both Capaldi and Addison are getting a chance at their dream jobs, that makes their second pair-up all the more sweeter. I bet it was really nice for them both to catch-up within this new mad world of childhood dreams.
I can't decide. Apart from the fact I'm excited for the series in general, I like the sound of all the episodes from their titles. The other point I'd like to make is I don't know what any episode is about after Into the Dalek, so it would be unfair to make a judgement over a title. Plus Deep Breath kind of takes favor somewhat due to it being Capaldi's first full outing. But again it would be unfair to pick Deep Breath on those grounds alone. If their was more than one choice or a button that said 'all' then it would be different I guess :P
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 1-6)
Glad I'm not the only one who does stuff like that XD
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Series 8: All Titles Revealed
Also it's interesting to see Steven Moffat co-writing a few episodes. The only time a co-write has been done in New Who was within David Tennant's final specials. So it'll be interesting to see who the dynamic of the different writers merge together in telling these tales. We've already seen Moffat work with Thompson during Sherlock so the surprise will be how Roberts and Moffat work together.
These are some really exciting titles. They all just sound eye-grabbing and make you want to sit down and watch the episode. It seems like we are having one hell of a line up this series which is truly exciting. The other exciting part is a lot of the titles don't give a clear indication of what the content might be, which makes Series 8 all the more mysterious.
I personally don't believe this for a second for reasons most of you have already stated, i.e. the BBC or Jenna herself would've spoken about this by now. Another reason that comes to mind is the fact she is very happy with her role right now and since Capaldi has just come onboard I think she'll stay for a while. It is that little fear that because their Doctor has gone, like Billie Piper for example, they go after just one series with the new Doctor. But I feel it's safe to say Jenna won't leave until Series 9 at the earliest possibility. She would've been on the show by then for about three whole series, plus the 50th and Matt's leaving story. Not a bad amount to leave on but there are also chances she'll stay on further. I'd also like to add my addition to being applaud by the Mirror for releasing such a statement, especially if it isn't true. The extent of the information and the part about talking about talks of a replacement is just truly disrespectful to poor Jenna. Journalists need to learn some bloody respect if you ask me instead of just being vultures seeking out a job opportunity.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Jenna Coleman Leaving at Christmas?
I may do an extention to this series later this year or at some point in the future. But if I don't do anything for Series 8 in the near future you can at least read my views about Series 8 through both my reviews on 2nd Opinion and my reviews on Cultfix :)
2 weeks, 3 days ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – The Doctor Trilogy
Loved that Doctor Who Exclusive of Moffat explaining how he cast Peter into the role. Very interesting and exciting stuff. Though I do hope one day his audition tapes will be released so we can see what all the buzz was that automatically got him the job.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Weird and Wonderful
I see no problem with this kind of publicity through a World Tour and cinema release. If anything it makes the show more grand in design and gets it out there. I know the show was a big hit before but this extra work put in by the BBC shows they care for the show and the fans. They allow more engagement to go into it. Plus with a World Tour like this it allows fans from countries who might not have ever got the chance to see an early screening or a chance to meet the cast and crew to now have that chance and give them even more excitement. Also it allows fans to come together and embrace their favourite show together. And I'm sure it's great for the crew and cast as well to engage with fans and to see their work first hand be applauded. So yeah I'm in favour of this being a good thing.
Also I will add that The Eleventh Hour got a similar treatment. It just didn't recieve such a big of a fuss and stayed local. But never the less this kind of thing has been done before and I don't see why it won't be done again with continious success.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Deep Breath Screenings & Spoilers: Pros & Cons
Series Eight is looking incredible. As I completely imagined, Peter Capaldi was made for the role. I love his work on The Thick of It and The Muskateers and to finally see him a little better as the Doctor through these brief clips just re-establishes my faith and excitement within his acting capabilities. His Doctor shall be fantastic and written in a way I shall really enjoy due to his truly dark nature and lack of caring towards those around him. He is back to being a real alien like within his earliest days. It's very exciting. It was also really nice to see Capaldi in action with the fans and in another great interview. Really can't wait to see him on the big screen in a few weeks as my excitement explodes all over the cinema as Series Eight finally begins.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on BBC News Series 8 Preview Featuring Into the Dalek Clips
I'm very hopeful from this statement from Moffat that more McGann shorts might be made after the success of 'The Night of the Doctor'.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Moffat: Big Plans For Future Online Episodes
I wonder what Online episodes will be, or have been, done for Series Eight. It's always nice to have these stories as additions to the main stories and it gives the series more scope and depth. A sort of imaginative behind the scenes content that actually fits in to the rest of the series perfectly and gives you something extra to enjoy. Plus it gives you something extra to have on the DVD boxsets.
Great article Garrett. Well written and your own views, as well as elaborating on other people's views, was nicely brought across in a way that really explained the pros and cons in an enjoyable and caring way. You really show passion towards the show which is a nice thing to see of late. Fantastic job.
I for one will be watching Deep Breath at the cinema with my girlfriend. I missed out on seeing The Day of the Doctor on the silver screen and so didn't wish to miss out on this opportunity. I feel that although Deep Breath isn't as deserving as The Day of the Doctor I can see the strong pros towards this direction. It makes the show seem grand in scale, above pretty much the rest of television in terms of its ambition. Not many shows can say they've gone to the big screen even once, never mind twice. It's a great new direction for the show and I would love for this opportunity to keep sending the show further into new heights and acclaim.
1 month ago on Does Deep Breath Really Deserve a Theatrical Release?
Just booked my tickets for me and my girlfriend :D
1 month ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally
I'm just hoping that the Paradigm hasn't been totally scrapped in favour of bringing back the Time War ones as it would be a tremendous shame and waste of their creation way back in Victory of the Daleks. They still have potential in my eyes.
1 month ago on Time to Regenerate the Daleks?
Thanks for the info.
1 month, 1 week ago on Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection DVD & Blu-ray
Is this boxset available on Amazon?
P.S. When does it become available to order off Amazon as I can't seem to find it on there?
I'll probably buy this as I'm now collecting the boxsets for the New Series but damn I only wished that I didn't have to have two of the same episodes again. It was bad enough with the individual The Time of the Doctor release. At least this time it is one episode instead of several but still. My OCD just cringes at the thought of having The Name of the Doctor twice. Still beggers can't be choosers and I can't really complain too much considering the amount of bonus features you get with it.
2 months ago on The Common Criticisms of Closing Time
True, the whole idea of volumes died out after Series Five due to the split series approach. Though it will be unfortunate for those who did collect the volumes as now they will have to turn to getting the boxset without choice and that might damage the collection (if they're a fussy bugger like me when it comes to collections). But I just wondered whether or not they would go back to releasing four volumes like they used to all the same.
Hopefully that still happens as I'm interested in what you get within it. Chances are if it is a big boxset I'll get it as part of my new collection which contains the boxsets but on the downside I will have to first despose of my original copies of Day and Time.
2 months ago on Series 8 DVD / Blu-Ray Dated
Yeah that's what I meant :)
Great article in defending your opinions on this middle-grounded episode within the fandom. I for one thought your science lesson on the chemicals expelled from children towards their parents was interesting and did make the scene have more sense. I've never been one to fully criticise the scene (though I do find it a little cringe worthy to say the least) but say your article has given it more credit and legit meaning towards the Cybermen's defeat. But overall in my opinion I found that the two elements of Closing Time, i.e. Craig and the Cybermen, didn't go hand in hand. I found that the Cybermen were thrown in for the sake of it and weren't given a very good story. I always found that the scenes they did appear in were great but there was still too little of them. The story, as you well pointed out, was about the Doctor's last adventure before his death. The focus should've been on that completely with a minor enemy thrown in instead of misusing the Cybermen. Or the Cybermen should've been a bigger focus and the light-hearted nature through Craig's involvement should've been cut back or simply dropped in favour of a good Cyberman plot which could've worked well through the small ideas we saw. But that's just my opinion on Closing Time. Anyhow great article. I like when fans try to justify episodes that might seem fully appreciated within the fandom.
Hopefully now that more news is out for the Complete Series Eight box-set we might see some more news arise about this mysterious 50th Anniversary box-set lingering in the shadows. Also I haven't heard any news as of yet about volumes for Series Eight (assuming they'll be having any this year).
Looks like it will be released sooner than expected which is great news. Though compared to the box-sets before it this one seems to be lacking in content with only 12 episodes. Here's hoping there will be some bonus content to give the box-set a little bit more baggage. Say this isn't a negative attack on the box-set from my end (as I will buy it no matter what as part of my ever growing Doctor Who DVD collection) but you can see where I'm coming from. Some may find this to be a little cheated. I just hope there will be some mini-episodes and behind-the-scenes content to spread out the discs and make the selling value a little greater than just 12 episodes.
Well considering the Series Eight box-set has no inclusion of Matt or content from his last two episodes within the cover or the DVD descriptions, I can say with confidence your friend will be paying up :)
That would be an interesting twist. It would certainly make a deadly dilemma for the Doctor to face since they are merely innocent humans being controlled.
2 months ago on Series 8 Finale Filming: Returning Characters & Monster
Never thought of that. That would make sense actually.
2 months ago on Series 8: The Almost Complete Line-Up
I'm curious who the humans are holding the guns. Could they be under-cover UNIT agents or does their presence mean something else? Either way a massive shoot-out seems to be taking place and it looks to be awesome!!
This is an interesting development seeing a destroyed Classic Cyberman's head in front of the new Cybermen. Perhaps this will serve as a reference to The Invasion, UNITs first outing on the show which had them encounter the cybenetic creatures.
Sounds a bit like Davros' evil schemes in Revelation of the Daleks and that worked brilliantly so who's to say something similar can't work for the Cybermen.
I wouldn't mind a redesign of the Troughton Cybermen or perhaps the 80s Cybermen. Them two designs are my personal favourites. The Troughton ones were menacing but the 80s ones had great dialogue which I found really challenged the Doctor in a different way to their usual threats.
Also Michelle Gomez's character Gatekeeper of the Netherspace sounds most intriguing and I wonder what this new character will bring to the tables. Perhaps this may have something to do with Capaldi's own story-arc that will be on-going throughout his era but I guess we can but wait and see.
What the hell, I thought I'd just have at least one sneak peek at some spoilers before the Series starts. I've done good so far to stay away from spoilers but since I'd already seen pictures of Cybermen on facebook the cybercats (as Doctor Who TV so brilliantly put it) was already out of the bag. So the other annoucement of Kate, Osgood and UNIT coming back wasn't a spoiler for me, merely an excitement booster. This seems to be coming along well and I really can't wait to see Series 8 and Capaldi progress. It's always an exciting time when a new Doctor comes along because you just want to see how they get on. I'm a little surprised the Cybermen came back so soon but then again I also thought that the new redesign would've gone to waste if they didn't have another full-on appearance shortly after last years Nightmare in Silver. I've found that Moffat tends to right the Cybermen better in their short cameos than any other writer has done in their full-on appearance during the New Series so I hope he can once again do them justice. And of course Kate and Osgood had to come back. They just had to. Thank you Moffat for bringing back the UNIT family :) Again really looking forward to Series 8s arrival.
True, after rewatching it a few times I remembered that the context of trailers aren't always in the right order. But still whoever she is talking to it's still an intriguing answer for Clara (of all people) to respond with.
2 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Airdate Confirmed, New Trailer & Image
Well that was certainly an interesting teaser. What a strange question for the Doctor to ask Clara and her response was more than surprising. Just what are we in for come Series Eight? Will the Twelfth Doctor become so dark that Clara doesn't recognise him anymore (which will be saying something since she is the only companion to encounter every single one of his incarnations to date)? I can't wait to see more builds-up for the new Doctors arrival on 23rd August.
Can't wait to see what you throw at us next Moffat :)
2 months, 1 week ago on Moffat Teases Massive Series 9 Cliffhanger
This looks like a great line-up for Peter's first series. But I do have to ask has there actually been any particular reason that has been stated by either the BBC or Moffat explaining why there's a reduction in episodes? I don't 100% mind as long as there is a good enough reasoning. My biggest hope is that with there being one less episode that means that five extra minutes has been added to the rest of the episodes making them all 50 minutes in length instead of 45 minutes. But I guess we'll have to see.
2 months, 1 week ago on Series 8: The Almost Complete Line-Up
This is fantastic news!!! Can't wait to see this. The first one was hilarious to watch, especially due to the amount of effort and fun that went into making it. It was also great due to the amount of cameos Peter Davison got in it from the different Doctor Who members from both Classic and New Who. It made it that bit more special which a lot of thanks can go to Moffat for helping Davison make it a bigger project.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot Getting A Follow-Up?
On another note about this potential return I would prefer if John Simm would come back one last time for either a full on appearance or at the very least seen to regenerate onscreen into the newest incarnation of the insane renegade. Push come to shove show this regeneration within a special mini-episode like The Night of the Doctor which depicted the War Doctor's origins through a special appearance by Paul McGann.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8: Master Finale Rumours
I found this news out in a car journey home earlier where my girlfriend's dad shouted for my attention through my headphones to tell me the news heard on the radio. It's an exciting idea that the Master could be coming back. He is after all my favourite villain of the series and the meer image of Peter Capaldi's Doctor going up against his deadliest rival is just awesome and I really want this to happen. It was an utter shame the Master didn't take part in the show last year during the 50th Anniversary and played off against Matt but we can hope that Peter isn't made to miss out either. And of course with the story of the Doctor searching for Gallifrey it was only a matter of time before the Master crept back in to act out his never ending pursuit of revenge and ulitmate goal of defeating his arch-nemesis.
What a brilliant and genius theory you have there Richard. It's very inspiring and makes a lot of sense. I myself would never have come up with such an idea and this article has made me see things in a somewhat different perspective. Your points are well presented in this article and I very much enjoyed reading your ideas.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Does Clara Hide a Secret that is Bigger on the Inside?
I don't think Davros ever really lends anything to make a more darker or sinister Dalek story. I've always found that if Davros appears then the Daleks are weakened by his presence due to their dependence on him. I don't think the idea of the Daleks requiring his help would prove legit at this point in time because they are no longer on the brink of destruction. Through the creation of the Paradigm the Daleks have never been stronger and their empire is spread far and wide. The only way I can see a great Davros story playing out is by taking the Revelation of the Daleks approach by making the sinister creator calm and calculative, with a plan that is just full of nightmare fuel and his presence is just insidious. I liked the idea of him being a king of his own little world with experimental ideas through humans to create more superior Daleks. Maybe we could have an episode were Davros only features which would be an interesting idea not yet seen in the show onscreen. Have him really get under the Doctor's skin and really challenge him. Or if we did go down the Revelation route completely maybe at the end the Paradigm could arrive and commit the ultimate action of finally executing Davros. A shocking revelation and moment that sends chills down the viewers spine and would really demonstrate the Daleks have become completely insane and dominate.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Is it time for Davros to return?
Great article by the way Antti. Keep up the fantastic work :)
2 months, 4 weeks ago on On First View: Revelation of the Daleks
Revelation of the Daleks has been one of my favourite Dalek stories, if not my favourite, since I was a young kid. It just has such a dark and gothic vibe to it and it comes across as totally sinister. The idea of humans being used in experimentation and horrifically mutated to become monsters of mass destruction is just disturbing and really came across to show off the tone of the plot at hand. Davros had truly become an insane mad-man, a fallen shadow of his former Kaled self as seen within Genesis of the Daleks. He was insane back then but now he deemed himself a king of his own little world with ambitions of becoming the master of the universe. His dialogue to Tasambeker always gives me the chills, an example of how dark he had become. The start of the Dalek civil war was always my favourite part of the story and SPOILER ALERT Davros's capture at the end is just groundbreaking and such a memorable scene in the shows history. The darkest part of the story is that Davros had the Sixth Doctor where he wanted him and nearly defeated the Time Lord once and for all. Those brief scenes where the two characters interacted showed a clear sign of respect and how much one despised the other, a true indication of how far their dark relationship had developed over time. Overall it's just a masterpiece in my eyes and a true example of a great Dalek story and how brilliant Colin Baker was at the role.