TheNightmareChild sees into your soul!
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@Amy is Hannibal It takes all kinds. I didn't find DoctorDobby all that ridiculous; I even found it kind of sad. I feel like that and the JesusDoctor are more a case of the effects budget getting stretched too thin than anything else.
3 hours, 38 minutes ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up
@Amy is Hannibal Wow. That's interesting. I mean, I'm used to some of those other things coming up, but "The Girl in the Fireplace"? Hmmm....
4 hours, 9 minutes ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up
@SirTrey @TheNightmareChild sees into your soul! @HitchcockWhovian @newhorizons I still think calling "Last of the Time Lords" a train wreck is a bit harsh. I personally felt that the conclusion, while abrupt, was ultimately satisfying. And even if you don't like the conclusion, the rest of the episode preceding it is absolutely great.
5 hours, 14 minutes ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up
@HitchcockWhovian @TheNightmareChild sees into your soul! @newhorizons Hey... (shows Love and Monsters fan club ring).
5 hours, 50 minutes ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up
@HitchcockWhovian @newhorizons I recently re-watched Series 2 and it's actually not that bad. Other than the first few episodes being good not great, one marmite episode ("Love and Monsters"), and one episode that the vast majority agrees is just not good ("Fear Her"), series 2 was actually really solid. The only thing I can figure as far as its reputation is that this is the series where, for some reason, Rose turned into the spawn of Satan in a lot of fans' eyes. Something I still don't fully understand, but there you go.
And if you think series 3 is bad, well, I respect your opinion.
Even though it's wrong. :p
5 hours, 53 minutes ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up
@PK-S @TheNightmareChild sees into your soul! That's good to hear. Alright, I'll take the plunge. :)
6 hours, 23 minutes ago on Engines of War Review
For me, they’re back to Classic Who, or the mid-Tennant adventures, where you’d tell a story and move on to the next one, less tied up in the final machinations of long plot arcs.
People are either shouting for joy or lamenting this particular revelation. I'd have to say that while I didn't mind the more arc heavy format of Series 5 and 6, if I'm forced to choose I'd probably choose RTD's more arc-lite style, as I think it inherently invites more variety of stories into the series. Plus, if there is some sort of arc that isn't really too compelling or to your taste, it's less likely to completely ruin the series as a whole for you (*cough cough* Series 6 *cough cough*).
6 hours, 49 minutes ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up
I'm torn between wanting to read it and wondering if it wasn't a mistake to expand on the Time War in this way; if it isn't better for that to remain largely in our imaginations. :/
18 hours, 50 minutes ago on Engines of War Review
@Huknar @TheNightmareChild sees into your soul! That kinda' reminds me of another reason why I prefer the Time War eye to the Paradigm one. Which is that I think it better reinforces the point that the Daleks, like Darth Vader, are "more machine now than [organism]". In fact, the Daleks are arguably further separated from life as we typically think of it than even Darth Vader was from his humanity.
1 day, 1 hour ago on Time to Regenerate the Daleks?
It's becoming tantalizingly real while at the same time being so far out of reach. This is agonizing!
1 day, 3 hours ago on Deep Breath Pics
Oh yeah, and I hate the Paradigm eyestalk. I don't like that organic, reptilian looking iris in it. The Daleks are cold, calculating and merciless. The blue glowing circle says that a lot better than the Paradigms' more organic looking one I feel.
1 day, 5 hours ago on Time to Regenerate the Daleks?
I have problems with the new Paradigm Daleks aesthetically. I'm not at all special in that regard; most people didn't react warmly to the brightly colored things when they first appeared. Honestly, I can forgive the paint job in "Victory of the Daleks", as they did improve on it immensely in "Asylum of the Daleks". No, my main issue with the design now is that it's just too cumbersomely huge. The fact of the matter is the smaller casing of all the previous Daleks is simply the most efficient and the most sensible for them. Imagine a new Paradigm Dalek trying to levitate up a flight of stairs as in "Dalek". It wouldn't even be able to get through the doorway without first obliterating it. I guess the new Paradigm Daleks are more physically imposing, but that doesn't make the design good. The Daleks are nothing if not efficient, and the classic and "Time War" designs are exactly that: efficient.
@mwanderson @TheNightmareChild sees into your soul! That's essentially the theory I go with. I just didn't really expand upon it in my comment. :)
2 days, 3 hours ago on Capaldi’s Doctor More Alien, Less “human-friendly”
It does raise the question of how the Doctor becomes more and less human. I mean, the Doctor has spent so much of his life around humans that he would naturally pick up on our sensibilities and whatnot. But how can the Doctor, say, be really human in Five and Ten, and then be less human, less understanding of us and our ways, as Six and Eleven? I'm sure the answer is stupidly simple and related to regeneration rewriting parts of his brain or whatever, but still, interesting point of discussion I find.
2 days, 7 hours ago on Capaldi’s Doctor More Alien, Less “human-friendly”
@YaelMoise @Amy is Hannibal I also do think that "The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People" is a dark story, but that's less to do with the deaths and more to do with the Gangers themselves and their struggle for autonomy and personhood in the eyes of their human counterparts.
2 days, 21 hours ago on What Actually Makes a Story Dark?
@YaelMoise @Amy is Hannibal "Voyage of the Damned" might be a bit death heavy, but there are really only two deaths that one could argue were pointless, and that's the death of the Van Hoffs. I actually really like "Voyage of the Damned" because I think it does a decent job of mixing in some tragedy and grimness into an otherwise pretty silly story without it feeling tonally confused.
@AriadneShrubsole @TheNightmareChild sees into your soul! You just admitted that Suzie was probably always insane. Gwen mostly exhibits basic human weakness at her worst. Suzie exhibited genuine psychopathy. If your point is that Suzie would've been a more interesting character than Gwen, that would actually be more debatable. But you seem to want us to think that Gwen is less likable than Suzie as a person, and so far you haven't made a very good case.
2 days, 21 hours ago on The Evolution of Gwen Elizabeth Cooper
@MrRazza, the Newly Qualified Omega Identifier The question is, where did you find the time to write such a well-worded and insightful with such a heavy Omega Identifying schedule?
3 days, 6 hours ago on What Actually Makes a Story Dark?
I'm not sure what heading I would file this under in this article, but I think there's something to be said for a loss of control playing into the darkness of a particular episode. The number one thing that made "Midnight" for example so disturbing to me is the way that the Doctor was completely at the mercy of the Midnight entity and the passengers on board by the end. Likewise, what makes the ending of "The Almost People" stand out as being particularly dark is the fact that Amy and as it would turn out her baby were unknowingly under the control of Madame Kovarian. I might have my problems with that plot point, but credit where it's due: that's nightmarish stuff.
@AlessandroArsuffi @ilyootha is in the Divergent Universe Oh my god, someone else who didn't like "A Christmas Carol". I-I think I might cry. :'D
3 days, 7 hours ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 2)
And I thought the anti-Rose brigade was bizarre. I mean, it's one thing to not like a character for whatever reason. It's another thing entirely to prefer a character who is objectively worse. To prefer a confessed and unrepentant murderer in Suzie over "selfish, manipulative" Gwen. Even in highlighting only Gwen's worst attributes and actions, how do you come to the conclusion that Suzie was a better character? Suzie who murdered multiple innocents for the sake of testing a device that, shock and awe, actually turned out to be extremely dangerous later on? Suzie who knowingly and uncaringly allowed Gwen's life force to seep out of her own body so that she could remain living even after she had exacted revenge on her father?
Compared to Gwen who, yes, cheated on and drugged Rhys; under emotional duress, joined the rest of the team in killing Jack and opening the rift; taking on a leadership role while Jack was gone at the beginning of series two (because apparently it's just too unbelievable that she has an aptitude for leadership and the rest of the team just trusts her); dancing with Jack at her wedding (because people who aren't romantically attached to each other can't dance! She's practically cheating on Rhys all over again!); for disobeying Jack in "Adrift" and finding Jonah Bevan (because f*ck her for wanting to put a family back together); for advising the team on how to steal in Children of Earth (because I guess her knowledge and experience means f*ck all in that situation just because Jack and Ianto already have experience of their own)... yeah, forgive me for not seeing Suzie's appeal.
3 days, 7 hours ago on The Evolution of Gwen Elizabeth Cooper
@Huknar @supermoff @Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @TheNightmareChild sees into your soul! Swap out "The God Complex" with "Let's Kill Hitler" and throw in "The Curse of the Black Spot" and you'd have my least favorite episodes from series six list.
4 days, 2 hours ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 2)
@Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @Oodkind @supermoff @TheNightmareChild sees into your soul! We're pretty much in agreement there. Most of the standalone episodes in Series 6 were great! But the series arc was really disappointing for me, mostly because I don't like River song's backstory and character arc. It felt like totally the wrong way to go with her to me.
4 days, 4 hours ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 2)
Series 7 of Doctor Who (especially 7b) is, in my opinion, one of the most underrated of the new series. It's not my favorite, but it's certainly nowhere near the bottom for me personally. That is reserved for Series 6, I am afraid. In fact, it might just be that the previous series was such a let down that this feels like a huge step up, but I'm sorry, I just don't have many truly negative things to say about it. It may not contain a lot of the best episodes of Matt's run, but for me at least, they're all at least consistently very good. I even liked "Journey to the Center of the TARDIS" for what it was. And frankly, how anyone can prefer "Closing Time" over "Nightmare in Silver" is beyond my ability to divine. I was more consistently entertained during Series 7 than even Series 5 which, while good, had its peaks and valleys. Just like Series 6, which had some really tall peaks and at least two really, really deep ravines.
4 days, 5 hours ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 2)
@supermoff @TheNightmareChild sees into your soul! I myself can draw some rather compelling stick figures if the muses lead me.
4 days, 6 hours ago on Weird and Wonderful
Those drawings of River and the Master are fantastic! The one of Capaldi, nyeeeh... I mean it's good. Better than I could do certainly.
4 days, 7 hours ago on Weird and Wonderful
It's-a me! Quattro!
@supermoff @MeglosProductions ...ly bad. XP
4 days, 7 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8
@Amy is Hannibal That's cool. I'm not trying to start a debate or anything, I was honestly just curious. :) Generally speaking, if someone tells you that they're not fond of a particular thing on this site they're also ready to tell you why. Of course, you might have done so before and, like me, you don't like to repeat yourself. Either way, while I tend to disagree I can certainly see where you're coming from.
4 days, 8 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration
@Amy is Hannibal Is it Ten's "humaniness" that puts you off? Or his vanity? Those are sticking points that I've seen come up.
5 days, 6 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration
Listen! You hear that? That is the sound of my new kidneys reabsorbing glucose at the proximal tubule.
5 days, 7 hours ago on Listen! Series 8 Teaser Trailer
@The Outer Space K9 I guess that's fair enough. Then again, wouldn't it have been a good acting challenge and possibly a testament to his skill as an actor if he were to keep that elderly Eleven performance going right to the end?
5 days, 8 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration
I'd like to highlight a moment that is not necessarily a defining moment for Gwen as a character but one that I feel is a strong highlight of Eve's acting as Gwen. It was the scene in Combat after Gwen had just drugged Rhys. She's in the Torchwood hub with a bunch of pizza and she's all alone. Well, she's not gonna let that hot pizza go to waste, so she helps herself to a slice. And then she takes one bite, just one. And then she goes down a fast but gradual spiral from "Everything is normal. Everything is great dammit. Nothing is wrong!" into "Nothing is right. Everything is wrong. Oh God, what have I done with my life?" She turns into a blubbering mess. She tries to fight it back. She tries to hold back the sobs, but ultimately she fails. This might be one of those weird things that only stick with me for some reason and no one else, but what is it about crying while eating that just looks so pitiful? It's kind of gross but at the same time just really really sad to look at and I'm not sure why. This isn't the first scene in television and film to employ that image, but this is one that sticks out in my mind, and I think it has a lot to do with the way it's portrayed. The way that Eve as Gwen is trying so hard to assert some level of normalcy after what she had just done and what she's been doing for Torchwood. Everything's normal. Relax. Have some pizza. Nothing's wrong. But of course the exact opposite is true. All the pizza in the world isn't going to change that or lessen the impact of it. And Eve nailed that for me.
This is way longer than it feels like a description of a fictional woman crying over pizza has any right to be. I didn't mean to wax verbose on this topic, it's just such a small weird scene to highlight that I don't think anyone else would've brought it up and I just wanted to be clear about why I like it probably more than anyone else does.
5 days, 8 hours ago on The Evolution of Gwen Elizabeth Cooper
Happy Birthday to the lovely and wonderful Eve Myles. And thank you for giving us the lovely and wonderful Gwen Cooper, the heart and soul of the Torchwood team. And thank you to the author of this article for so perfectly articulating why Gwen is such a fan favorite and such a brilliant example of good character writing and portrayal.
@sontaran17 @awkward912 I didn't know Sleeper was hated by the fan base. I actually liked it on my first viewing. :/
@MetamorphmagusWho Trust me. That very second episode is the worst of the whole series. After that, it's mostly good in my view.
@YaelMoise Yeah, she does look a bit like a rag doll in that image, doesn't she?
5 days, 9 hours ago on The Evolution of Gwen Elizabeth Cooper
@Amy is Hannibal Just out of curiosity, how would you have done the regeneration scene differently?
6 days, 2 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration
I have my quibbles with this special which I have elaborated upon numerous times, but the ending scene is very nearly beyond reproach. It was movingly written, directed, acted, and scored. I have almost no problem with it. And the only problem I have with it really is a minor niggle at best. I think it would've been more powerful personally if the Doctor had stayed an old man. I feel like the whole "We all change" aspect would've had more weight to it if we weren't treated to the same young face that we all knew and (most of us) loved. Plus, just visually, the final transformation into Twelve would've been less jarring if it was from a Doctor who was physically much older. But again, that's not a huge deal to me, and otherwise, like I said, the scene is very effective.
6 days, 5 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration
@DWTV I just got through griping at Moffat for taking an accusatory tone in the same comment in which I did the same thing against the moderators of this wonderful site that I frequently visit. What's worse is that I don't even read SFX magazine. So the fact of the matter is that I barely knew what I was even talking about. So I would just like to formally apologize to DWTV and admit to being an idiot and take my lumps. No offense meant.
1 week ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title
@sontaran17 @TheNightmareChild sees into your soul! I am aware that it is a quote from an SFX interview. All I said was that it was such a small part of the interview that is being quoted here that it's difficult to know the full context surrounding the statement. It seems to be just enough to stir passionate comments in this comment section. It's hardly the first time this has happened.
Judging purely by this snippet from the article, and as is typical with DWTV it's such a small one that it's hard to know the full context surrounding this statement, it really seems like the Moff is making a mountain out of a molehill here. He's right inasmuch as the Doctor probably doesn't typically think in terms of what number he is at in his incarnations, because the exact number plays no part whatsoever in his personality, even between said incarnations. However, he doesn't seem to be giving the fans of the show enough credit, because he apparently thinks that we by and large do think that he does. It's as if he thinks that we've gotten confused and don't remember that it is just a simple and quick way of identifying the different incarnations so we know who we're talking about. That is what I take issue with. Not so much his overall point, but more the accusatory way in which he puts it forward. The way he seems to be patting us all on the head and saying "Oh fanbase, you blessed little goose, you." But again, this is without reading the whole interview. It's possible the rest of the article would shed a completely different light on this.
Not sure why, but I feel like the Season 27 console room would be at home in an episode of Star Trek or something.
1 week, 2 days ago on How does the TARDIS reflect the Doctor? (Part 2)
@Antee991166 @TheOncomingStorm @supermoff @Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @ilyootha is in the Divergent Universe I have kind of a love/hate relationship with the Series 4 finale. I love it because the plot itself is pretty solid for the most part, Julian Bleach is fantastic, the Daleks are terrifying, and I honestly do not hate the DoctorDonna at all. I thought that was just fine and dandy. But I also hate it because, as you said, there were too many characters crammed in there with not much to do, and I thought pairing Rose off with MetaDoc, while I guess touching on the face of it, was kind of a disservice to her character. I would've found it much more satisfying to find out that she had found a life and a purpose for herself in the parallel world without the Doctor.
1 week, 2 days ago on Moffat: Series 8 Not A Fairytale, There Are Consequences
@YaelMoise @supermoff @ilyootha is in the Divergent Universe @TheOncomingStorm The Last of the Time Lords gets a lot of undeserved hate in my opinion. And it's one of my favorites as well. :) (starts bobbing head and humming "I Can't Decide")
@TardisBoy I thought I was alone in not liking River being Amy and Rory's daughter. May... may I internet-hug you?
@Amy is Hannibal No! You're not allowed to count that! You've lost your opinion privileges for a month!
1 week, 2 days ago on How does the TARDIS reflect the Doctor?
@Amy is Hannibal Ah. Well, it's still a cool interior anyway.
1 week, 3 days ago on How does the TARDIS reflect the Doctor?
@HitchcockWhovian It would seem Moffat fans are not amused.
1 week, 3 days ago on Moffat: Series 8 Not A Fairytale, There Are Consequences
On Clara’s relationship with Capaldi’s Doctor: “From a Doctor she could sort of control, because he had a crush on her, she’s landed with a Doctor who barely registers that she’s a girl. They’re great friends and all that but she has to be his human interface with everybody else.”
Consequences are cool and all, but for me this is what I'm most looking forward to. I personally adore Clara and while I enjoyed their relationship for the most part, I found their romantic interest in each other a tad cloying. Plus, she was the fourth out of five female companions to harbor such feelings for the Doctor, so it feels about right for there to be a general shift from that anyway.