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@HarpsWhotheDalek Or perhaps she'll be "The Girl Who Died" then *regenerate* into "The Woman Who Lived" and who therefore becomes the Twelfth Doctor's new companion. Whilst I'm not claiming that Romana was the perfect companion, the notion of having a Time Lady at the Doctor's side to aid in the search for Gallifrey is certainly appealing...
2 days ago on Series 9: The Girl Who Died, and The Woman Who Lived
"Deep Breath" - 4* (8/10); "Into the Dalek" - 2* (4/10); "Robot of Sherwood" - 3* (6/10). After that, "The Caretaker" gets 5*, while "Flatline", "In the Forest of the Night", "Dark Water / Death in Heaven" and "Last Christmas" fall into the 4* bracket, then "Listen", "Time Heist", "Kill the Moon" and "Mummy on the Orient Express" each only manage 3*.
4 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 1
Season Six remains one of my favourite runs of 'Doctor Who' since the show bounced back onto BBC One in 2005, and whilst not every episode was an absolute gem, overall the run seemed to move from strength to strength, especially in terms of its manipulation of the traditional season-long plot arc to suit a somewhat more serialized format.
Here are my scores for Episodes 1-4: "The Impossible Astronaut" - 8/10; "Day of the Moon" - 10/10; "The Curse of the Black Spot" - 6/10; "The Doctor's Wife" - 10/10 (I tend to go for *'s out of five so have converted my previous ratings accordingly, hence the lack of odd numbers here).
1 month, 1 week ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 1
@DoctorWho5674 Or perhaps, just perhaps (whisper it until we receive official confirmation or denial), Season Nine will comprise wholly of two-parters. Now, that would be surprising! And, in the words of the Doctor's arch-nemesis, I *love* surprises...
1 month, 1 week ago on Missy Back in Two-Part Series 9 Opener
This'll doubtless be a controversial choice, but I'm going with "The Caretaker". Had "Death in Heaven" lived up to the immense promise demonstrated by "Dark Water" (the only other 5* episode in Season Eight, although "Flatline" and "Last Christmas" certainly came within inches of reaching the same benchmark, with the latter only really falling short as a result of its cringe-worthy sleigh-riding sequence), then I'd probably have been inclined to select the run's two-part finale, yet "Caretaker" just worked so beautifully as both a standalone and arc-orientated outing that it ultimately more than justifies its place on the throne for Best TV Story of 2014 in my humble view. Don't worry, though - I completely realize how ironic it is that I'm opting for what's seemingly widely regarded as one of the weakest 'Doctor Who' instalments of the past twelve months, yet I'm by no means ashamed of doing so given the extent to which I engaged with Roberts and Moffat's simultaneously hilarious and emotionally stirring script, Paul Murphy's simplistic yet inertly accomplished direction and most of all the simply dazzling performances from everyone involved!
2 months, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #13: TV Story
My votes went to the following candidates...
Best Lead Actor - Jenna Coleman (Clara)
Best Recurring Actor - Chris Addison (Seb)
Best Male Guest Actor - Nick Frost (Santa Claus / Our Subconscious / No, Really, Santa Claus)
Best Female Guest Actor - Faye Marsay (Shona)
Best Villain - Seb
Best Recurring Monster - Clockwork Droids
Best New Monster - The Boneless
Best SFX - "Dark Water"
Best Music Score - "Dark Water"
Best Director - Rachel Talalay ("Dark Water / Death in Heaven")
2 months, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #1-10 Recap
Russell isn't wrong when he claims that the show's ratings have held firm over the course of the past decade (a truly commendable feat given how many programmes have been both conceived and axed during that window of time), but I'd caution against complacency with regards to Doctor Who's alleged present immortality. As anyone who followed Smallville or Being Human in their dying days will doubtless know all too well, both of those projects came to an end more as a result of their respective production teams deciding that 2011 and 2013 respectively were the right years in which to bring their fantastical narratives to a natural (albeit necessitated in Smallville's case given how overly stagnated its plot had become during the last few seasons). Whilst I'll concede that Doctor Who has always adopted a wholly different structure to either of those two series, particularly as a result of its writing team's ability to change the lead star / the protagonist's personality dramatically on occasion, that's not to say that the programme can't reach a climax of some kind if Steven Moffat's successor entertains the notion that the series deserves a risk in order to reignite its creative juices (indeed, after finding Season Eight to be the most uninspired and mediocre run since the show's revival, I certainly wouldn't resist the idea of a minor hiatus to any great extent, though at the same time, I realize that my views aren't representative of the show's fandom as a whole by any stretch of the imagination).
2 months, 3 weeks ago on RTD: It’s Now Impossible For Doctor Who To Ever Be Axed
@Capaldian @513att She was implicitly showing Matt's Doctor something vital as well - since Doctors 9-11 couldn't really remember their final experiences as the War Doctor, they all evidently assumed that he remained a merciless warrior to the very end, when the reality was that "[he] was the Doctor more than anyone" due to his enduring compassion and desire to help others forcing him to stop and think about everyone he was about to kill. This led the Eleventh Doctor to both help and redeem his predecessor by changing his mind and simultaneously engineering a situation whereby his timeline wouldn't have to dramatically alter in order to save the Time Lords. Whilst Tennant's Doctor was to some extent a passive player during this process (though he did come to assist the War Doctor as well, of course, as well as reminding the Eleventh the terrible death toll he had chosen to forget), there's little point in denying that the Moment was as much seeking to alter the mindsets of the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors as she was the War Doctor's sense of morality in light of the horrific decision that lay before him. As ever, though, this is just one man's interpretation of "The Day of the Doctor", so by all means feel free to dispute it below.
4 months, 1 week ago on 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Review (Part 2)
@Adric the Genius Unless I'm mistaken, the Doctor attended the birth of Christ during one of his earlier lives - the character's tenth incarnation reveals as much to us by claiming that he "got the last room in the inn" in "Voyage of the Damned".
4 months, 1 week ago on Christmas Special: Santa is Real, Not Evil
The act of selecting Richard Curtis felt akin to muscle memory for me, requiring barely a second's thought. Were it not for the fact that his first - rather mediocre - contribution to the Whoniverse was "Mummy on the Orient Express" rather than "Flatline", however, Jamie Mathieson would admittedly have come admirably close to dethroning Curtis' "Vincent", even if the beloved aforementioned 2010 serial would still likely have won out in the end.
5 months ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts
@MWTV Whilst I'm not claiming to be DWTV / MWTV by any means (far from it), I seem to recall that Cult Box and other sites who reviewed "A Good Man Goes To War" saying that the advance cut of the episode stopped just before River Song revealed who she was to the Doctor, Amy and Rory.
5 months ago on Dark Water Advance Preview
@MWTV Those two scenes could potentially be quite short, though, since the BBC have allocated a 45-minute slot to "Dark Water" (8.15-9pm, to be specific).
5 months ago on BBC Confirms Hour Long Series 8 Finale
You know what? I've had enough of these pseudo-censored and resultantly vague as hell spoiler-free previews. Rather than waiting out the next few days, I'm simply going to bypass tomorrow and Friday in order to skip straight to the main event. Now, where did I leave my invisible TARDIS...?
@Regenerated Catterson doesn't exist! If so, Handles has obviously experienced something of a downgrade since "The Time of the Doctor" (not that I'm complaining - who can say no to the gloriously-designed "Invasion" incarnation of the Doctor's second-most iconic foes?)...
5 months ago on Dark Water Promo Pics
My rankings list for the episodes of Season Eight which have aired so far reads something like this: 1. The Caretaker (5/5); 2. Flatline (4/5); 3. In the Forest of the Night (4/5); 4. Deep Breath (4/5); 5. Mummy on the Orient Express (3/5); 6. Listen (3/5); 7. Time Heist (3/5); 8. Kill the Moon (3/5); 9. Into the Dalek (3/5); 10. Robot of Sherwood (2/5)
5 months ago on Your Verdict on Flatline & Episode Ranking
@VERITASERUMUK @Antee991166 @The Moment Series 6 didn't re-introduce us to any classic monsters, surely? The Sontarans, the Silurians, the Cybermen and the Daleks had all appeared multiple times before they appeared in "A Good Man Goes To War", "Closing Time" and "The Wedding of River Song" respectively.
5 months, 1 week ago on Next Time: Dark Water
@Master Michael Moon It just feels as if there isn't enough time to come to any conclusions in the Next Time trailer!
@The Lazy Tiger Has Scared Off The Lazy Cat @DrKnockers05 The Key to Something...the Key to Time, perhaps? And if Clara's the living embodiment of that classic series object, then maybe, just maybe, she was assigned that role by Missy, aka one of the Guardians?
5 months, 1 week ago on Death in Heaven Official Synopsis
@DWTV Could I ask whether you're not allowed to talk about the finale in more detail until after tomorrow night due the content of "In the Forest of the Night" or due to other factors, DWTV? If you're unable to answer that as a result of the BBC's embargo, then no worries whatsoever - I'll look forward to reading your preview-orientated coverage of Episodes 11 and 12 in the days ahead either way.
Nope - Clara is outclassing the Doctor without fail on a weekly basis. Much as I adore Peter Capaldi's work (particularly The Thick of It and his portrayal of John Frobisher in Torchwood: Children of Earth), I've yet to be sold on his incarnation of the titular character - though I realize that these things often take more than a single season of a new Doctor's tenure - and as such have engaged far more thoroughly with Jenna Coleman's astoundingly well-defined construct this time around. To say that the latter actress was done a great disservice by the average-to-downright-poor scripts which comprised Season Seven Part 2 ("Nightmare in Silver", feel free to get your coat) would be a colossal understatement, a fact which makes her rise to figurative stardom in Season Eight feel all the more necessitated. Congrats to Coleman on a show-stealing turn this year - here's to a lengthy future in the role, eh...?
5 months, 1 week ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?
@MrRazza is regenerating @DWTV Odds are that the Beeb want to hold the Next Time trailer back until the episode's broadcast this weekend, since this year's season finale promises to be one of the most controversial - at least from both a religious and philosophical standpoint - and thus stimulating denouements since Doctor Who's 2005 revival.
5 months, 1 week ago on In the Forest of the Night Advance Review
It seems I'll be hanging onto my copy of the standalone "Deep Breath"DVD, then, since it included the Zoe Ball-hosted one-hour programme which saw the announcement of Peter Capaldi's acquisition of the role of the Doctor - Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor, I believe it was called - yet there's no sign whatsoever of it amongst the listed extras for The Complete Eighth Season. Whilst I realise that this - for the most part - is yours truly being nitpicky, I can't help but find it downright odd that both DW Live and Strax's cinema intro to "Deep Breath" have been excluded here.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on The Complete Eighth Series DVD Extras
"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." These two sentences (which feature in David's cracking review, ICYMI) perfectly encapsulate my viewpoint regarding Season Eight at the moment. Other than "The Caretaker", each of the eight episodes which have comprised the run so far have - for one reason or another - felt inferior to many of their 2005-2013 predecessors. My worry is that the metaphorical sheen involved with Doctor Who's triumphant modern revival is finally beginning to rub off - the first signs of this development reared their heads in the latter half of Season Seven, yet whilst I felt compelled to continue watching as a result of the thrilling premise (and title) of "The Name of the Doctor" (as well as the mystery of the Impossible Girl at Part 2's centre), the Promised Land arc isn't gripping me enough at the moment - when we actually see a development on that front, that is - to guarantee that I'll hang around for Season Nine. That being said, there's a voice towards the rear of my head which persistently reminds me that I'll probably stick around until the show ultimately falls prey to the axe once more at some point; the sad thing is, however, that the day of Who's second (yet doubtless temporary) downfall feels far closer now than it necessarily did a couple of years back. What I'm not trying to accomplish here, though, is simply launching a tirade of insults in Mr. Moffat's direction - in spite of the fact that Season Eight's plotting has seemed lacklustre to me, Seasons Five and Six were both spectacular, proving that Moff has the capacity to thrive as the show's executive producer / lead writer without any shadow of a doubt. If you disagree (or indeed agree) with any of these comments, don't hesitate to reply and let me know why, at which point I'll endeavour to respond with subsequent thoughts - as ever, it's nothing short of vital that we distance ourselves from those sectors of fandom which rely on thoughtless, cruel abuse of their freedom of speech in order to simply gain views rather than provoke a meaningful discussion.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on 2nd Opinion: Mummy on the Orient Express
@MrThorfan64 Unless my memory's playing tricks, "The Name of the Doctor" didn't show the Daleks outside of its flashback sequences (which all used footage from previous episodes - more intelligently in some cases than in others, I'd say - and as such can't really count as entailing full-scale appearances for any of their subjects).
5 months, 2 weeks ago on DWM #479: Heaven or Hell?
The final BARB viewing rating for "The Caretaker" is 6.82 million viewers, for those interested. Hopefully the final rating for "Kill the Moon" proves to be an improvement - otherwise Season Eight will eclipsed Season Seven Part 2 as the 2005- series with the longest run of declining ratings.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014) UK Ratings Accumulator
@TrevorMoses Personally, I reckon there's a connection. Steven Moffat claimed that the Doctor would be following up on a long-ignored phone call in "Mummy", so it stands to reason that the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory (who were presumably busy committing the transgression that gave "The Big Bang" its title) never got around to dealing with the Egyptian goddess (who could well have been wrapped up in bandages?) plaguing the space-bound Orient Express after preventing reality from collapsing in on itself. Indeed, the Twelfth Doctor - who seems to be travelling alone, at least if the BBC's updated press synopsis for Episode 8 is anything to go by - could well have a lot of spare time on his hands next week, hence why he indeed opts to travel "far, far away" (as per Clara's command) and to deal with his Missed Calls backlog.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Next Time: Mummy on the Orient Express
Here's how I'd rank Roberts' contributions to Doctor Who (in its on-screen guise, at least) so far: 1. The Lodger; 2. The Caretaker; 3. The Shakespeare Code; 4. Closing Time; 5. The Unicorn and the Wasp; 6. Planet of the Dead
6 months ago on Face-Off: Gareth Roberts’ Episodes
How I long for the days when the BBC didn't simply recycle the plot synopses which Steven Moffat wrote for Radio Times' Doctor Who series première issues. Virtually every précis issued by the BBC Press Office so far for the various episodes which comprise Season Eight has been identical to what we saw in RT back in August, making the whole process of reading the Beeb's press releases seem somewhat redundant as a result. (Sighs)
6 months ago on Flatline Official Synopsis
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.
6 months 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.
6 months ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
@DWISCOOL100 Mr. Pink utters the following words: "Oh my God - you're from space!"
6 months, 1 week 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).
7 months 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).
10 months, 1 week 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.
10 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).
11 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
1 year 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.)
1 year ago on Silence Will Fall – The Complete Timeline
My ranking would go something like this: 3. Series 7; 2. Series 5; 1. Series 6
1 year 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...
1 year 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!
1 year 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!
1 year 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...
1 year 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!
1 year 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. :)
1 year 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.
1 year 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!
1 year, 1 month 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.
1 year, 1 month ago on Summer Broadcast for Doctor Who Series 8?