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"While I wouldn’t go as far as to say that the show has become Clara Who, the claim that the Doctor has often been overshadowed is valid." I disagree. Clara has become his equal as opposed to other companions revering the demi-god, or falling in love with him, or humbling themselves before his greatness. It was perfect for Wlfred because he held a high respect for the Doctor for what he did for Donna. It doesn't fit other companions that well. Clara is different. She talks back. She asserts herself. She also knows when it's best for the Doctor to lead. They're the best of friends and are comfortable enough with each other to talk freely without fear of losing that close friendship. No, not friends, siblings. The closest companion to Clara is Donna Noble - another polarizing character who was also like a sibling to the Doctor. Personally, I love this more mature take on their relationship. I find this entire series a much more grown-up affair, with the right amount of silliness so that they don't take themselves so seriously. This is a different path for Doctor Who. A lot of people despise that. Fine. Different strokes for different folks.
12 hours, 40 minutes ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”
Rest easy, Lynda. Well done.
1 day, 21 hours ago on R.I.P. Lynda Bellingham
If I were Moffat, and the BBC, and I wanted to create another spin-off from Doctor who (now that the late, great, extremely lovable Elisabeth Sladen is no longer with us), Series 8 - and this episode in particular - is the perfect set up for Jena/Clara to star in. If I were Moffat and the BBC... After all, no one has yet to pick up on Jena's comment that she hasn't had time to audition for other roles when rumors of her departure started floating last month.
2 days ago on Flatline Review
First, I loved seeing the Doctor's hand coming out of the tiny TARDIS. I especially like the Addams Family Thing moment. Secondly, Clara couldn't just sonic the Boneless at any time. She needed the power from the TARDIS, combined with the Doctor's calibrations, to use the sonic as a catalyst. And since Clara found a way to restore power to the TARDIS, and the Doctor was in a rage, it was fun seeing her face as she tossed the sonic to him. That look on her face was my favorite moment in the episode. Which is saying a lot because there were many great moments that I liked.
2 days, 8 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From Flatline
After this brilliant episode, I'm making it official. 1. Series 8 is my all-time favorite series of Doctor Who, ever. 2. Capaldi and Hurt are completely tied as my favorite Doctors among all the wonderful actors who have played him over the years.
2 days, 21 hours ago on Flatline Review
@AzrulnizamBZ I'm betting that Easter Egg will be explored in a future episode. And props for how you referenced the Doctor in your last sentence.
@ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. None of the Clara's are cheap imitations. They're all, genuinely Clara. Or to put it another way, they're versions of a regenerated Clara.
For those who whine about Clara surpassing all the other companions, I have three words for them: Sarah Jane Smith. Do I really have to say more?
But I must say that Clara is surpassing Wilf as my all-time favorite companion. That's saying a lot. And Capaldi is now equal to my all-time favorite Doctor - John Hurt. That, too, is saying a lot.
3 days, 23 hours ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’
This looks like a lot of fun.
6 days, 12 hours ago on Flatline Clip
David's Comments: "Eight episodes in and, though I can’t place my finger on it, something is missing. Perhaps it’s down to personal experience, but everything remains a semitone out of key."
Me, too, but for a different reason. I think the Season is planned that way. There's a dissonance with the new Doctor that hasn't been resolved yet. I suspect it will be by Christmas.
1 week ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Review
@Browncoat of arms @galactic_unicorn I'm with you there.
1 week, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express
How about both? Why can't I vote for both? This is not an either/or question.
2 weeks ago on Kill the Moon: Clara or the Doctor?
@Pipnant If DWTV wants to give it 10/10, then DWTV gives it a 10/10. Your mileage definitely varies, which is just fine. You are entitled to your opinion, as well you should. But dissing another's rating may not be the best thing to do.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon
Remember what humans did to the space whale in Matt Doctor's time? Remember what the space whale did after it was freed? Capaldi Doctor does, which is why he did I what he did, even though it was the wrong way to do it. Remember that every human on the planet chose to kill the moon to save their lives and Clara disagreed? Sh was lucky she was right...this time.
And remember what Capaldi Doctor said about the humans would do from 2049 until the end of time? It was a risky decision Clara made, but in the end, time, itself, was saved in more ways than one.
Clara does have a point in the end of the episode - You breathe our air as much as you do, you keep your behind with us and encourage us to do the right thing. The Doctor didn't have to leave. He just needed to stay out of the humans' way.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon
Haters will always hate. It's their nature. Opinions...correction...INFORMED opinions, are a different breed altogether.
The Doctor finally shows us how much he trusts Clara...and he does so in the worst possible way. And Clara is, naturally, furious with him. So furious, in fact, that she can't see that The Doctor considers her his equal. And yet, as Danny says, Clara isn't finished with The Doctor because she's still furious. She still loves him. And deep down inside, she wants to keep him in her life. That, to me, is the essence of the story.
@BeyondThePolice You're overthinking this was too much. Doctor Who is science FICTION - if not science FANTASY - not science fact.
Stop whining and go with it. You may be surprised by the end of series 8.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Flatline Official Synopsis
To this day, I still can't walk by a stone angel without wanting to bash it into pieces with a sledgehammer.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Remembering the Ponds – 2 Years On
@RUAZ For anyone to depend on a critic to decide for them whether to like or dislike an episode shows a lack of critical thinking, IMNSHO. The members of the audience should make up their own minds and dismiss the critics' opinions outright - whether favorable or not. But to bash people for stating their opinions of a critic's reviews is also questionable, IMO. They have a right to their opinions no matter how much you disagree...and vice versa. As an old friend says, "Opinions are like a**h****: Everyone has one." Including you and I.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on The Caretaker Review
Does Clara love The Doctor? Of course she does. As much as she loves Danny. The difference is in how she loves them. And, yet, the boys are still jealous of each other. As for the Space Dad comment, well...the Old Boy does have a daughter. Just sayin'.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
And I'll bet at least one critic will diss this episode because it's funny.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on The Caretaker Clip & Video Introduction
Nick Frost. Can his name be any more Christmasy? :D And the son of Two graces the TARDIS. Excuse me while I salivate. :D :D
1 month ago on 2014 Christmas Special Guest Stars Confirmed: Frost, McMullen & Troughton
I'll ask, again. What if Clara is a Time Lord (or Lady if one prefers)? And what if they're related?
1 month ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
"The main qualm seems to be that an episode so rich in character development and heavy in its plot may prove to be almost too much for the minds of casual or possibly less invested Whovians to grasp during their initial watch..."
I. Don't. Care.
The job of Doctor Who, and everyone who is part of the production is to tell the best stories they can tell. It isn't to make sure that the casual viewer always knows, and/or understands what's going on. If the causal viewer is intrigued enough, s/he'll look for other episodes and do research to find out more of what's going on. It's not liked Doctor Who doesn't have 51 years of stories to help that causal viewer catch up. And, really. It's that the main goal; to get the causal viewer to want to see more and find out more and stay with the show for another 50 years?
1 month ago on 2nd Opinion: Listen
Unless, As the writer of the article mentioned, that explanation is Time Locked for a future episode in Series 8.
1 month ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant
Despite a few of his characteristic snipes on the script/story, this is the best review I've read from Hassell.
1 month ago on Listen Review
@awkward91 Only in hindsight, i think.
1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
@GallifreyanPiemaker @Warpstar Agreed.
@King of Ravolox I completely, and totally disagree with your entire post.
Once, again, The Impossible Girl saves The Doctor. I can now say that Clara has become my all-time favorite Companion - even better than Wilf. And he is still close enough to be a virtual tie with Clara. And how about that cameo with Hurt Doctor!!!
OH PUHLEEEEZE. Get a grip, people. Turn up the damn volume on your TV's.
1 month, 1 week ago on Is Capaldi’s Accent Causing Issues?
How many years does The Doctor travel, alone, before meeting up with Clara again? Or any of his companions for that matter?
1 month, 1 week ago on Listen Clip
What if Clara is a Time Lord?
1 month, 1 week ago on A Surprise Ending for Clara?
Repeating myself, again - What if Clara is a Time Lord? Now another question - What if she's related to The Doctor? Gives new meaning to The Impossible Girl.
Four: All of the above.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Into the Dalek Review
I didn't see either scene as a sign of disrespect. I saw the first scene as a sign of ignorance of the young, and, frankly, of some adults. Those who have gone to war don't want to brag about killing. They know the ugliness of violence too well to brag about what they've done. Danny shows that with his response. As for the second scene, riffing off the comments of someone else on another topic, The Doctor knows how easily he can turn his companions into commandos willing to fight and kill and even die for him. That's one of the mistakes he mentions in Deep Breath. Journey I'd the perfect candidate to become another of his killer commandos, and he doesn't want to be tempted by that. Theses two scenes are part of the reasons why I gave this episode a 10.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek
@TheNightmareChild is LISTENing! @ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey @MeglosProductions Rose never bothered me, at all.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald
I thoroughly loved Clara in "Deep Breath." And as I said a couple of weeks ago, she is The Doctor's equal. And he's discovered that as well.
In my not so humble opinion, Deep Breath equals Smith Doctor's Eleventh Hour as one of the best new Doctor first episodes. They even have a scene in which the Doctor shows you just how much of a badass he can be. Scotch, anyone? ;)
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Deep Breath Spoiler-Free Review
Love the Peter/Jenna chemistry. Looking forward to many years with them. And more Peternoster Gang, please?
Yes, I am purposely torquing the wa of the Clara/PG haters. I love all those characters, and will defend them against the haters every time.
Hm. Looks like Capaldi Doctor's fierceness is rubbing off on me. Good.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
"Introducing John Hurt as The Doctor."
There is no War in front of Doctor in The Name of the Doctor. And two Doctors boldly call him Doctor.
"All twelve Doctors."
"No. All thirteen."
Of course then there's Moffat who says there's only one Doctor with thirteen incarnations. Which I really like.
And then there's the official BBC poster of all the Doctors except Capaldi. Hurt sits between McGann and Eccelston at number...
2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Curious Case of the 9th Doctor
I want Capaldi's coat.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat on Series 8’s Smaller Story Arc
Prediction: Capaldi will be a stone-cold heartthrob.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Capaldi Doesn’t Expect to be a Heartthrob Doctor
Didn't Future Tom Doctor tell Matt Doctor that he'd be revisiting old faces from the past? In fact, didn't Matt Doctor say, upon seeing Tom Doctor that he never forgets a face? And wasn't it Future Tom Doctor who pointed out to Matt Doctor what actually happened to Gallifrey? Just sayin'. ;)
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Capaldi’s Familiar Face Addressed in a Low-key Way
There are two Tennant Doctors in two separate universes. Rose's half-human Doctor, and even Rose, can appear in future episodes since they're aging like normal humans. And I'd love to see Hurt and McGann make appearances in the future, too. But no multi-Docs for a while. As McGann said, Capaldi needs to be the only Doctor for a while. Ah, but the possibilities...
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Future of Multi-Doctor Stories
"Clara, be a pal? Tell me, am I a good man?" That's a lot of love and trust the Doctor has to be so vulnerable to his best friend. I say, again: He thinks of her as his equal. After all, she has saved his lives more times than we can count.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Capaldi: Different, But Still Unmistakably Doctor Who
Happy Birthday, Eve Myles.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Evolution of Gwen Elizabeth Cooper