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My ratings for the series so far are as follows: Deep Breath - 8/10; Into the Dalek - 6/10; Robot of Sherwood - 4/10; Listen - 6/10; Time Heist - 8/10; The Caretaker - 10/10. Let the hating and needless digital abuse commence...oh, wait, thankfully this isn't one of those internet forums! Feel free to leave your thoughts and queries as to why my scores differ so drastically from many of yours, as I'll be more than happy to engage in a balanced and (ideally) productive discussion on the subject.
20 hours, 13 minutes ago on Your Verdict on Time Heist & Episode Ranking
"The Caretaker" gets a well-earned (and, might I say, long-awaited) 10/10 from me, making it the best episode of the season so far by a considerable margin (indeed, this is the first 10/10 I've awarded to a 'Doctor Who' serial this year). Stellar performances all round, simultaneously comedic and chilling direction, a more consistent score from resident 'Who' composer Murray Gold, brief nods to the past that didn't hamper or detract from the overall narrative (something which couldn't be said of the likes of "Deep Breath" or - to some extent - "Listen"), you name it and it was absolutely pitch-perfect tonight. I realise of course that Gareth Roberts' contributions to the so-called Whoniverse are regarded as something of an acquired taste (Doctor Who TV's spoiler-free review noted as much earlier this week), yet for me, Earth-bound / present-day 'Who' serials don't come much more memorable (both in terms of drama and hilarity) than this.
2 days, 22 hours ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
@DWISCOOL100 Mr. Pink utters the following words: "Oh my God - you're from space!"
1 week, 1 day ago on Next Time: The Caretaker
Since I'm still not particularly sure precisely who the Twelfth Doctor is (for better or for worse - personally, I'd have liked his personality to have been a bit more clearly-defined than it was in "Deep Breath") as of yet, the metaphorical gong is going to have to go to "The Eleventh Hour".
The latter does a superior job of introducing the incumbent incarnation of Theta Sigma, and better yet, it features a more memorable (if poorly-rendered, though the Half-Faced Man was hardly on a par with some of 'Doctor Who''s finest CGI creations) antagonist, an unprecedented introductory storyline for the new companion and plenty of subtle yet effective hints at how Season Five's major plot arcs would pan out (I couldn't help but think that some of the references to events to come in Season Eight felt shoehorned in this time around - do we have to end every season première with the Doctor and his assistant discussing mysteries which they'll neglect to solve for a further 11/12 episodes now?).
For those interested in such details, I'd still gladly award "The Eleventh Hour" a score of 10/10 and, in contrast, would give "Deep Breath" a solid-but-improvable 8/10 (Jenna Coleman and Neve McIntosh's performances were its saving grace for this viewer).
1 month ago on Face-Off: The Eleventh Hour vs Deep Breath
@The Finn I'm more of a fan of the Mighty 200 cover from 2009, to be honest. Not sure who the character between Davros and Linx is- possibly one of the cavemen out of An Unearthly Child, but that's a real stab in the dark and is probably incorrect (my knowledge of the classic series is a lot broader than it once was, but still pales in comparison to many fans who were around at the time of its original broadcast).
4 months ago on DWM #474: First Five Decades Cover
@Antee991166 Let's not go into the whole "when's the trailer coming?" business again, please. Half of the problem with the 50th Anniversary year for me was that many fans spent more time complaining about the lack of content and the lack of a "The Day of the Doctor" trailer than they did appreciating the variety of products, events (e.g. the BFI; the Convention) and the like which launched throughout the year. The Season Eight teaser trailer will probably land at or just after ComicCon when we're starting to build towards an August or September première.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Capaldi on Track to Be “One of the best Doctors ever”
@Liana21 Possibly, although I'd imagine that the Christmas Special would act more as a spiritual successor to Episode 12 in that case, since asking fans to recall everything that happened in a semi-season finale a month or two later is perhaps a bit much. "The Time of the Doctor" and "Let's Kill Hitler" are the main recent examples I can recall of episodes which followed directly on from their predecessors without requiring an overly extensive knowledge of the previous instalment. It sounds as if the high budget required for the 50th/Xmas Specials last year (and budgetary issues at the BBC in general) have forced Season Eight to become a 12-episode run, but with any luck, that shouldn't have much of a detrimental effect on the run (in fact, with one less 'filler' episode in the middle of the series, its narrative may well end up feeling much tighter and engagingly concise as a result).
5 months ago on Two New Writers for Series 8
@Ivegotkidneys Hopefully plenty of members on the site's forums will back me up when I say that Being Human is a show that wholeheartedly deserves your attention in the not too distant future. Seasons One-Three in particular are sublime, and although the production team took something of a misstep with the fourth series, they more than redeemed themselves with a spectacular final run last year. Most of my support for Toby Whithouse's potential ascension into the role of Steven Moffat's successor derives from his captivating work on one of BBC Three's finest productions.
Judging by this announcement, at least seven of Season Eight's twelve episodes will be one-part stories (since only Moffat seems to be drafted to write more than one this time around), so the rumours of Season Eight consisting of nine one-part tales and a three-parter as its climax may well be true! Nevertheless, it's great to hear that we're getting more new talent for Capaldi's first run, and if Toby Whithouse has penned one of the remaining unannounced episodes, my excitement levels will reach their maximum capacity...
My rankings for Episode 2's in Series 1-7 would go something like this: 1. Day of the Moon (I've never been left more exhilarated at the end of an Episode 2 than with the Doctor's battle with the Silence, the latest hints about River Song's identity and the mysterious regeneration cliffhanger); 2. The Fires of Pompeii; 3. The Shakespeare Code; 4. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship; 5. The Beast Below; 6. The End of the World; 7. Tooth & Claw
6 months, 1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 2
This was a great read- only two events came to mind which weren't present here: at one point, one of the Silence's time ships crash-landed on Aickman Road (The Lodger) and not long before, the silence caused by the TARDIS' explosion began to physically (or rather audibly) affect those locations which the Doctor visited, such as Venice, a city which was seemingly reduced to silence as the Doctor, Amy and Rory departed (The Vampires of Venice). Otherwise, though, an extremely thorough and accessible retrospective on one of Doctor Who's most ambitious story arcs to date! (Personally, I never had too much trouble following the arc- even if the regression of the Silents to semi-Priests was a bit of a letdown- so I generally struggle to empathise with complaints regarding its supposed complexity.)
6 months, 1 week ago on Silence Will Fall – The Complete Timeline
My ranking would go something like this: 3. Series 7; 2. Series 5; 1. Series 6
6 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results Series 5-7
I would personally have gone with The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon, but The Day of the Doctor is certainly a worthy victor- kudos to Steven Moffat for rounding off the first fifty years of Doctor Who with such a satisfying conclusion...
6 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (5-1)
How on Earth have Nightmare In Silver and Dinosaurs on a Spaceship performed so well? Plenty of those episodes ranked below them are (in my opinion) worthy of overtaking them!
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (26-20)
Just to say, I'm loving the look of the Twelfth Doctor and Clara so far, even judging by the static photographs it looks as if their dynamic will be more akin to the paternal relationship between the Doctor and his significantly younger companion witnessed in the Hartnell and Pertwee eras in particular. Roll on the Autumn, says I!
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: Sneak Peek at a New Monster
That last clip just reminds me of the event that BBC Books held for fans who collected The Darksmith Legacy series in its entirety, where the CD player that was playing the theme tune on a loop malfunctioned, resulting in a seemingly unstoppable looped version of the iconic song- suffice to say that we became sick of it within minutes...
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful
@Moxx Out of curiosity, if you're not a fan at all of the show's current trajectory (and since the 50th and Christmas both got staggering ratings, it's not going anywhere, sorry), then why a) are you still watching and b) are you still feeling the need to engage in said debate? This is NOT me saying that you shouldn't, but if I lost faith in a show as you seem to have with Who, then I would ditch it and certainly wouldn't invest time in forums based around something I no longer enjoy, and I'm genuinely interested to see what keeps you coming to DWTV rather than moving on from Who and just cherishing the 2005-2012 episodes. Did you not enjoy The Day of the Doctor/The Time of the Doctor? Granted, Series Seven Part Two wasn't a strong run, but Series Five, Six & Seven Part One were received fairly well by the majority of fans, the 50th very much so and the 2013 Christmas Special moderately so (certainly Matt's performance was commended highly by pretty much every fan I've discussed it with), so I think calling Who "dead" right now is *very* premature- go back to the Baker/McCoy years, or heck, just go and watch 'Time and the Rani', and you'll see the definition of the show's then-justified "death" and thus why it's so alive today!
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Series 8: Episode 4 & 5 Writers Confirmed
@HisNameIsTheDoctor The Beast Below and The Time of Angels/Flesh & Stone are other examples of this, of course- perhaps as this is potentially Steven Moffat's final season as showrunner, and with Sherlock Series Four a way off, he'll be doing a few more episodes this year? Here's hoping!
Just to say, I've given pretty much this comments thread in its entirety a read through, and it's so inspiring to see a lot of those people who follow Doctor Who TV and who are autistic discussing their thoughts on Capaldi's lovely reassurance and their experiences with the show and its regeneration process on here. There's far too much negativity directed towards Doctor Who on some regions of the internet, so it's truly uplifting to see such positive accounts of the show's influence on people's lives in this thread. Hope everyone is well, and for goodness sake, keep doing what you're doing, because you're making the internet a better place for everyone involved. :)
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Capaldi: Matt Smith told me to look after Doctor Who
@Iris Wildthyme My thoughts exactly- it's hardly DWM's fault given their prominence in the modern (and classic) incarnation of the show, but I've tired greatly of the now-traditional annual Dalek cover and the unrevelatory feature articles which come along with it, yet again rounding up that which we already know about Skaro's infamous inhabitants. I suppose that the prolonged waiting time between The Time of the Doctor and Season Eight has resulted in DWM's needing to examine the tropes and elements of the series which have also had 50th Anniversaries of late, but I await the return of previews of the new season and features on its episodes' implications with eager anticipation.
7 months ago on DWM #471: 50 Years of the Daleks
"Would it make sense for Simm’s Master to have beef with the Doctor again?" Yes, potentially. One interpretation of the Master's valiant pseudo-redemption in The End of Time is that with his realization that the drumbeats in his heads would never stop, by forcing the Time Lords back into the Time Lock and as such the Time War, he effectively enabled himself to die (properly, this time) and thus put an end to the incessant, torturing drumbeat.
By reversing the events of the Time War (or rather realising that he did not commit double genocide), the Doctor robbed the Master of his only chance to be free of the drumbeat, forcing him to live on in his weakened state (though perhaps the Time Lords eventually offer him a completely new regeneration cycle provided he heads back into battle in the soon-to-be-over War). Thus he'd have "beef" with the Doc on that front. More than anything, though, the Master has shown signs of redemption throughout the show's half-century history and yet has always succumbed to evil and his own corruption, so I'd imagine that'll be the simple explanation- Moffat rightly won't want new post-Tennant fans to become too confused by the Master's back-story beyond that he's effectively the Doctor's arch-nemesis. Great article, by the way!
7 months ago on Speculating on Series 8’s “Big Bad”
I imagine that DWM will begin to clarify some of the details in the next issue- hopefully, Series Eight will start in either late July or early August, run for 12 or 13 episodes (personally, losing one episode doesn't seem like a great tragedy, particularly if it means we get rid of the Boom Town/Fear Her/The Lazarus Experiment/The Unicorn and the Wasp/The Beast Below/Night Terrors/Nightmare In Silver episode of the run, i.e. the noticeably weak, oft-budget constrained instalment) until early/mid-October and then we'll get a Christmas Special on December 25th. I'll be absolutely staggered if Who doesn't have its tenth consecutive Christmas Special this year, so at least we're definitely getting 13+ episodes.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Summer Broadcast for Doctor Who Series 8?