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@LaraHarris @supermoff What I like about The Pandorica Opens, despite the fact we arguably knew he'd get out of it is that we knew he would but we couldn't work out how he'd do it at all.
So it made us all the more excited for the next episode and let's face it, River died, Amy died, Rory's an Auton, The Doctor's being sealed away in a perfect prison as the universe ends around everyone is a bit of a 'What? What?! What?!' (To borrow a 10th Doctor term) moment.
And I remember occasionally giving up on thinking they'll get out of it and assuming they won't. It's less impressive now because we know what happens next but when it first aired, there was going to be no way anyone would guess the resolution, it looked like there wasn't one.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on New Who’s Best Cliffhangers (Part 2)
@ElyotWren @Notsosmartguy @supermoff Is your fish alright now? I am genuinely concerned.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014) UK Ratings Accumulator
@ilyootha, agent of C.L.A.R.A. @Doctavarium @MrRazza is Un-Christmassy again @supermoff I used to have a story or two that I hated but I just realised I was letting some of the negative reviews get to me a bit. Now I just have stories I'd watch on a rerun of a series because it's nice to watch it all in order and stories I'm more likely to come back to again after I finished rerunning it because they were some of my favourite episodes. It's more or less episodes vs. favourites for me.
@joe4 @Planet of the Deaf I don't see how it's bigoted at all. If anything, it's true. I'm thoroughly guilty of it and I've seen loads of people do it. People do tend to let their personal views on some external factor effect an episode, when it shouldn't.
I don't really like Asylum or Journey because of the fact they were hyped up and didn't live up to my expectations. That doesn't make them bad episodes, it just means I'm sore about the fact they didn't do what I expected and I thoroughly loved all of series 8 because I realised how silly it is to hate on Moffat, having seen what he has to put up with and how it effects him.
So when series 8 came around, I enjoyed all of them more and avoided complaining over trivialities. Doesn't mean all of the episodes were good though, it just means I'm super protective of them.
To be honest though, Evolutionary Dead-End is right. It doesn't really matter, 82-85 are brilliant AI scores. A show's episodes all getting an AI score of above 90 would be like winning the lottery, so unless you count 90-100 all of series 8 was viewed as top end stuff by the sample viewers.
@TheCyberDoctor is Upgrading Christmas @ilyootha, agent of C.L.A.R.A. But it is after last Christmas! Bloody time travel.
1 month ago on Last Christmas – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)
@SonicTheHedgehogRules @KingOfTheInterWebs is Apprentice Number 1 @supermoff @Antee991166 At this point you'll just get as many people saying 'No' as 'Yes' on that one I think. :P Sometimes it can get a bit weird but most of it is just for fun really.
1 month, 1 week ago on Weird and Wonderful
@supermoff @KingOfTheInterWebs is Apprentice Number 1 @Antee991166 Well, Tumblr is shipping and the rest of the internet is receiving and most of it at this point is stuff that wasn't even ordered in. I sometimes wonder how Strala came about. Then I remembered that this is the internet, you daren't bother asking questions about this stuff.
@supermoff @Antee991166 H.M.S. Capaldez anyone? Nah, I'm kidding I'm not the shipping type. Still, we've had a harbour of ships this series, even some involving Strax I think. At this point, I'm sure one more wouldn't implode the universe at all.
@ElyotWren @TheOncomingHurricane If roller-coasters are the work of the devil... and I like them... am I the devil? It'd explain a lot.
1 month, 1 week ago on Last Christmas Allegedly “Too scary” for Kids
Can anyone ask kids what they think please? All I've heard are complaints from adults that these things are 'too scary for kids'. Why don't they try asking the kids?
When reading things kids said about the series in the Radiotimes, it was generally positive and when it wasn't, it was just they didn't like a certain episode. I wish people would stop trying to think for kids sometimes. Sure they need the help sometimes, they're still growing up, but some people are intent on thinking they know what kids want when actually what they 'know' is the exact opposite to the truth. But what the hell, this is from the Daily Mail anyway. They can at least be commended for coming out with something that isn't made up this time, even if it's because the rather sketchy opinion of an article writer.
@iMikeZero It does that? You're perfectly allowed to dislike it but how does it undermine what The Doctor has fought for in the past 50 years?
1 month, 1 week ago on Moffat Defends In the Forest of the Night Science Criticisms
@JamesStroud @Master No More @12th's Sonic, agent of a new group, FNAF. I personally think we should stick with the misconception of philosopher meaning sorcerer because I do A-level philosophy so that'd make me a sorcerer and I can finally rule the world! Muhahaha! *Cough* *Cough* Sorry about that.
1 month, 1 week ago on First Series 9 Title Revealed
@Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things @KingOfTheInterWebs is Apprentice Number 1 I've heard of the Herkoven. It'd be nice to see them on screen. Sounds like a fun idea, let's hope it's something like that. :P
@Gallade Zero We're all entitled to our opinions but I personally can't see how Voyage of the Damned was any less ridiculous.
Voyage was set on a space version of the Titanic which sunk (Or crashed in this case) just like it's namesake and there were angel robots trying to murder the crew.
The Next Doctor had a person who thought they were The Doctor, as a Cyberman plot happens around Victorian London to create a giant cyber-king using a child work force that mysteriously dropped off the face of history books (I have headcannon for that but apart from the events of series 5 which were undone, they didn't exactly address the issue)
I enjoyed Voyage (Though I went for The Next Doctor in the poll) but personally to me, they seem just as barmy as each other.
1 month, 1 week ago on Festive Face-Off: Voyage of the Damned vs The Next Doctor
@Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things I think it'd be nice to see the Carrionites again. I don't know what the general fan view on the Carrionites is but I personally enjoy the idea of enemies that use pseudo-magic. They, like most reintroduced villains would probably need something added to them to make it worthwhile though. For example the Weeping Angels constantly had new concepts added to them when they appeared for a new episode of their own. Blink was the general concept, Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone added the 'image of an angel is an angel' thing and to never stare them in the eyes and Angels Take Manhattan, though it was more focused on the Ponds, it introduced the potential energy farm among other things. Just as an example of this kind of thing with villains.
Sounds like my kind of episode. In many respects. :P
@Master No More I think it was. :P They seem to like doing that with episode titles or at least planned episode titles that they then change for various reasons. In series 7 we had 'Hider in the house' which later became 'Hide' Both 'The Magician's Apprentice' and 'Hider in the house' I'm fairly sure were CBBC shows at some point.
@LGwalchmai95 Spoiler alert:
Michelle Gomez is a real female incarnation of The Master. That's why they cast her in the role. Shhhhh. Tell no one.
@supermoff wants Clara in Series 9 for Christmas! I've always felt what kids can cope with watching and in considered kid's stuff has always got dark at times. Truth is what we enjoy and can watch as kids doesn't match up with what people think kids watch and like.
I mean back in the 4th Doctor's era it was roughly the same, hence why people were confused when Mary Whitehouse did her typical 'You're scaring the kiddies!' stuff. This is basically the same but with loads of Mary Whitehouses.
My cousin got annoyed that she was going to miss Into the Dalek when it aired and had to watch a recording because she heard it would be scary and wanted to watch it. People just seem to like to try and think for kids despite the fact they can do it perfectly. I was a complete daredevil as a kid, it wouldn't match in anyway with how Mary Whitehouse saw childhood.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Moffat on Criticisms that Doctor Who Is Too Dark
I think it'd be interesting if Clara stayed the whole of series 9 but a new companion turned up roundabout episodes 5 or 6 and then Clara left at the end. It'd be an interesting dynamic we haven't explored in Doctor Who since before the revival. I'm going to miss her but we can't keep her forever, as much as I wish we could but when she does go it'd be nice to have a dynamic like that.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Clara, or a New Companion? The Results
@Malohkeh @Fine. MrRazza, RACCOONite, has put a Xmas hat on. I have a feeling this episode will some up Eleven perfectly. Awesome, tense, scary, happy, bonkers and out of this world. :P
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Last Christmas New Clip
@Huknar It was often mentioned that we wouldn't know what's real and what isn't by the end and that it's about dreams. I think that, that along with the surrealness of this scene suggests it's not going to be that silly. Don't give up hope. :D
@TheOncomingHurricane @Huknar @91 Queen of Evil @Malohkeh I can't get over that one. :P That whole scene was hilarious.
@ichabod @KingOfTheInterWebs is Apprentice Number 1 @Ottoman14 Really? On re-reading that I felt some of it was a bit incoherent but I think that about just about everything I do sometimes. :P Thanks.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on An Opinion On Gender Regeneration: Plot or Politics?
@Antee991166 @Malohkeh It's an interesting point to raise and in some ways I think you're right but it doesn't entirely define someone's personality. On a basic level for example you can have a tomboy woman or a feminine man. While it's been proven that gender differences can mean people are wired differently, women can still have 'male' traits and men can still have 'female' traits. I'm a man but people say I get on with kids well but as I've learnt in my sociology classes, there are some who see that as a fundamentally 'female' trait.
@supermoff is in Christmas mode @Dantooine Zennys I honestly wonder if James Bond is a codename. One that could be passed on to a woman if need be (If need be as in from the point of view of MI6, not a production if need be) and subtly altered to Jane Bond or Jamie Bond to fit to the gender of the agent in question. The idea has been brought up with James Bond being a codename and it's likely though it's never actually been said (But I mean it's either that or he's a Time Lord. Now that's another thing I'd like to see. :P). What I'm trying to get at here (Albeit in a very round about way) is that if that is the case, a Jane Bond could for all we know be a very real possibility, so long as the actress is good.
@Ottoman14 Moffat doesn't sexualise women characters much at all. He does sexualise them sometimes but with decent reason. The sexualisation of his characters is thrown massively out of proportion.
So Missy snogged The Doctor? She probably just thought it'd be hilarious to screw about and throw him off guard like that. Being straight and male, if I suddenly found I was a woman, I might not find myself inclined towards other men due to being straight but I might just for lolz, use it as an excuse to mess with a friend when I first find out or they first meet me as that gender. I enjoy messing with my friends sometimes for laughs, so long as they know it's for laughs. (Though regardless, God help my friends.) so it is probably something I'd do.
When we then take into account The Master being from a society where gender is fluid, being from a society where being homosexual or bisexual most likely doesn't have a stigma attached to it as it does in our society due to the fluidity of gender, The Doctor and The Master's relationship being sexualised in some cases even in male incarnations and The Master being 'bananas' and would probably do just about anything regardless of anything else just to see looks of confusion, shock or horror on The Doctor's face, then that no longer comes across as sexualisation, that comes across as Time Lord society being more accepting, demonstrations of the view of gender changing regeneration in Time Lord society and Missy being an incredibly bored childhood friend who wants to play a prank.
There was a reason, Missy lied about who she was at that point. Simply to watch The Doctor squirm, the kiss wouldn't have had the same effect had he known who she was (Though given this is the 12th Doctor he would still probably be quite shocked) and having some random person come up to you, claim to be an android, snog you, make you feel their hearts beat and then just watch you run around trying to work that out and several other things at the same time, would really rattle you up and Missy, being insane and a bit callous probably wanted just that.
This was a very well written article and rose some interesting points but I personally disagree with it. If The Doctor can change gender and they find a woman who can play the role well, why not? They're not doing it for comic relief and so the regeneration would be written accordingly. There would be comic elements to it, it's a post-regeneration scene, those tend to end up being played some what for laughs while The Doctor learns more about his (Or her possibly in the future) new body. 'If the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the square of the other two sides, why is a mouse when it spins? Never did work out the answer to that one.' as a far back and classic example of regeneration being played for laughs as far back as the early days of colour on Doctor Who, so there wouldn't even be a difference in how the regeneration was treated.
Plus, while I will admit the concept of needing a regeneration into another gender or race simply for 'equality' can seem fairly patronising at times, considering women can find men to be role models and vice versa, meaning it can be silly to think a certain audience won't enjoy something as much or understand it as much if the character wasn't a similar gender or race to them, that's just what some people in the media have said and not why Moffat feels it's time to do it.
Will there be stigma? You bet there will be but there's stigma towards any new person in the role and people get over it eventually. When we got Matt as the youngest Doctor in Doctor Who's, at the time, 47 year history, some people didn't like it at all and some went so far as to stop watching the show but people grew up, sucked it up and learnt to love the new Doctor. The principle is the same with sexism as it is with ageism. Many people were unsure about the concept of regeneration when it was first introduced but now it's an integral part of the show that keeps it going, making well loved actors in the role even more well loved and bright hope for the future with a new person in the role with a new angle to bring to it.
@Polyphase Sometimes I feel Moffat's opinions are about as fluid as Gallifreyan gender. :P It sounds like it wouldn't work but surprisingly it does and that's partly what I like about him.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey
@supermoff of C.L.A.R.A. can't wait for Christmas! @Notsosmartguy Agent of C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S. @Ollie Walton Harrod There's a character called The Doctor in Star Trek: Voyager for example, because he was a medical hologram who ended up being put to everyday use but never really chose a name in the end. There have been times I've got the two characters confused in general conversation due to it.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Capaldi’s Doctor Will Evolve in Series 9
@Gallifreyfalls1 Is it weird that, personally I never saw the silence as scary? I enjoy their look and concept but I never actually found them terribly scary. Do I just have no soul?
@Hibernus @Yeah,TopLayer,IfYouWantToSayAFewWords @NSSG&SMAF It's unfair to label someone as something such as 'troll' when they're simply stating an opinion but in honesty if you state an opinion in a very brash and harsh manner, whether you meant to or not, people will get the wrong end of the stick and assume you're trolling. If you say you don't enjoy Moffat's stories anymore and doubt you'll like this one, that's fine but saying it as you did just makes people assume you're being horrible for fun. Clearly you're not being horrible for fun or you wouldn't be upset about being jumped on for it but it doesn't take much to be careful with how you word things.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Moffat: Last Christmas is the Strangest Thing I’ve Ever Written
@supermoff of C.L.A.R.A. can't wait for Christmas! Yeah, I personally like Christmas specials that have a Christmas feel to them, otherwise there's no point in having it as a Christmas special.
RTD was very good in some cases (Such as the Christmas Invasion) of subtly basing it around Christmas, the Sycorax using stuff around the festive time to disguise things with when needed, for example. Which as silly as it sounds (Especially if you talk about a Christmas tree attacking someone on Christmas) is a very good invasion strategy if you were an alien attacking at Christmas who had bothered to get information on the planet to build a strategy.
Though sometimes he was too subtle (The End of Time is an example. It could have just been a standard episode and making it a Christmas episode, given the story topic just gave Christmas a depressing feel)
Moffat tends to have situations relating to Christmas and builds around them with a plausible (Plausible as sci-fi can get anyway) idea. A Christmas Carol was a good example of this because it was a fun, emotional, hilarious and extremely clever take on the original Charles Dickens story but with a very plausible reason in terms of story. (However I personally think Moffat fell into the same trap as RTD with Time of The Doctor. Not that either episodes are automatically bad by this, they just seem badly placed due to a regeneration taking place with a lot of rather depressing focus on that. Though unlike RTD, the references to Christmas were clearer due to Moffat's style of Christmas specials.)
@Phosphatidylethanolamine Considering when I first saw the warped London in The Wedding of River Song, my reaction was 'What has Moffat been smoking?' while being completely wowed by the whole thing, he'll have to try hard for this to be his strangest. :P Perhaps my reaction this time will be 'No, seriously. Whatever the Moff is smoking, I want it.'
I'm torn, I feel Clara has been developed enough that if she were to leave, it'd be great because we can have a new companion but at the same time, if she were to leave, no more Jenna Coleman, no more Clara and we'd have lost a great companion. (That said, Clara feels like a companion we'll see again in a special sometime) Personally I feel Clara is at that stage where her story is pretty much done and it can finish there but there are more things that can be done with it. So I'm just really torn about the whole thing.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on 5 Reasons Why Clara Should Stay for Series 9
@NineTenElevenTwelve I find it odd how people seem to all specifically be saying they want her to stay until at least the middle of Series 9. Coincidence? Yeah, probably.
@AlphaKappa hates the tangerines Apparently he was able to paint in great detail early in his life but got bored and painted in a new style. At first people were against it, now he's seen as one of the world's greatest painters. Same with Vincent van Gogh. I've occasionally done drawings or paintings I thought weren't very good and people thought otherwise. I almost developed my own painting style once because of how I paint. Just because you might do things differently doesn't mean it's bad or wrong. It just means you need to appreciate it and sooner or later you'll be confident in it and you'll have your own way of doing things.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful
@MrRazza, Lord Tony of Blackburn "'...you will be able to move to the top. If you direct your attention between those bright and colourful pictures...' Ok then..." *Scrolls up* "Oh look! Bright and colourful pictures! Shiny..." *Drools* "Sorry what? Getting distracted?! N-no! I'm listening! Really I- shiny..."
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Who is YOUR Doctor? The Results
@stargazer0118 @LiamTheFizz I always thought 'Your Doctor' meant the Doctor you started with but I can see why some people interpret it differently. That said, DWTV actually described what they meant by 'Your Doctor' so it's kind of shocking this results confusion still happened. I might have expected a few people to answer with their favourite but this seems like a fair few people.
@YaelMoise @Lord Dcast Yeah. I was genuinely interested as to what the results would be. The moment I saw David Tennant at the top and Colin Baker at the bottom, I realised something was up with those results. Since, this kind of got marred by people saying who their favourite Doctor is, I'm kind of interested to see who's Doctor was who's. (No pun intended) Mine was Eccleston, I knew about Doctor Who before then but only to a point. To think, no one had told me about the TARDIS until the show came back in 2005.
@The Trickster's Brigade enjoyed ITFOTN... A LOT I personally don't remember The God Complex and A Town Called Mercy all that well, though I do remember enjoying them a lot but The Vampires of Venice, in my opinion is a brilliant story. Lovely sci-fi twist on classic horror monsters, complete with wonderful lines and wonderfully acted scenes with brilliant comedy in some bits. The entire scene in the house where they try to plan their next move before it explodes is a personal favourite of mine. From comedy like 'The people upstairs are a bit noisy' 'There are no people upstairs' 'You see, I knew you were going to say that.' to some heart wrenching bits at the end of the scene 'WE ARE VENICIANS!'. Long story short... I enjoyed TVoV. :P
2 months ago on Torchwood’s Catherine Tregenna Penning Series 9 Story
@TheAfternoonoftheDoctor @Antee991166 @#SaveConstantine @supermoff @Malohkeh I didn't mind the ending either. My personal qualm with Hide though is it feels like 3 stories as opposed to one. 3 great stories don't get me wrong but 3 stories. First with the ghost, second with the time traveller and third with the romance between the two creatures. Simply because those three bits don't match up; how could the time traveller write 'Help me!' on the wall, if she was just an echo running from the creature in the pocket universe? And why was the creature in the pocket universe so callous if it just wanted to get home to the one it loved? I loved the episode because it had wonderful concepts, wonderful lines, wonderful scenes and was overall an enjoyable episode but it did feel a bit like it was in 3 pieces.
@ilyootha @supermoff Mark Gatiss and Chris Chibnall would both be people I'd like to see as well. I don't see the problems with Gatiss' stories, even if some could have been better and I've enjoyed a lot of Chibnall's stories too. Either way, that dream team sounds like the dream team for me. :P
@The Unseen Potato Strangely enough, I enjoyed a lot of the episodes people didn't like. I'll admit though they were definitely weaker episodes than the rest, especially Forest. It's weird, I always seem to enjoy a lot of the divisive ones, it's almost like I actively enjoy them simply to be different. :P
2 months, 1 week ago on Series 8: A Numbery-Wumbery Breakdown
@SonicTheHedgehogRules That smiling angel.. the smile seems almost 3D. It honestly makes the whole 'the image of an angel is an angel' concept seem all the more real...
2 months, 1 week ago on Steven Moffat: 10 Triumphs
@Planet of the Deaf Why does this remind me suspiciously of exam papers? Was this intended? :P
I liked the Great Intelligence but it bugged me a bit in this episode. The Great Intelligence always seemed to be a bit of a mystery, not quite knowing what it is, where it's come from or it's agenda to some respects but in this episode, the GI seems to have an active vendetta against The Doctor and seems to by this time have an actual frequent form, i.e. Richard E. Grant and you don't get a sort of extra-dimensional, mysterious and unnerving being vibe from this episode, it just gives off the same vibe as most humanoid villains do, some sort of very down to Earth agenda and a recognisable form. This works for most humanoid villains but not so much for the GI. I have a feeling the GI was one of the villains Moffat didn't really understand (As he has professed to not understand some of the villains such as the Valeyard) however, even if this is the case he's still characterised the character wonderfully, even if the characterisation didn't feel too Great Intelligence-y.
2 months, 1 week ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 7
@DaftDalek is Robocop, the original one Unlike some people, I personally didn't feel too disappointed with the ending. It was a clever way of ending and it worked quite well I personally find. What bothers me though is that they set up, as you said 'something deliciously surrealistic' and didn't really do much with it. If it had been a two parter possibly and utilised it like series 5, having an epic first part in this case a build up and exploring the wonderful, barmy, trippy and surreal world that the Moff cooked up and the second half focusing largely on the scenes at area 52, River's plan, the emotional side of things and just what the heck was going on in part one and earlier in the series. I personally think it's a wonderful episode but I personally think it would have worked better as a two parter.
2 months, 1 week ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 6
@Planet of the Deaf Small changes in characters turning into big clues of speculation is what I love about being a fan of Doctor Who. Tin foil hats on, speculation drives active... engage! All jokes aside, I'm suspicious that this might actually be a clue. :P
2 months, 1 week ago on 2014 Christmas Special: Children in Need Clip
@YaelMoise I doubt it's really the case. One, Santa is extremely sinister in this scene for some reason and the announced general idea for the plot makes it unlikely that it's really Santa. Besides, what's the thing The Doctor was going on about to do with 'Figuring something out?' it seems to me personally to suggest the Santa we see here, isn't who he says he is.