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Also, now that I have the opportunity, I just need to get this out: while I do love 'The Parting of the Ways' and think it is a great episode, if there was ever a moment where I could sympathize with the claims that the show had become "soapy", it would be the moment when the Doctor takes the Time Vortex out of Rose's head.  The way the music swells up, the way Billie and Chris are delivering their lines, and then... just as the music is hitting a crescendo, Chris says it.  That line.  "I think you need a Doctor".  It's the corniest cornball moment the show has ever produced, and every time I watch it, I can't help but chuckle heartily.

5 hours, 3 minutes ago on Celebrating “The Highlander” and “The Bad Wolf”

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Happy Birthday to one of the most celebrated, and one of the most divisive companions in the whole show!  Whatever anyone might think of them, the show would not be the same were it not for them!  

A toast!  Blitzer bot! (snaps fingers)

5 hours, 9 minutes ago on Celebrating “The Highlander” and “The Bad Wolf”

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@PaddyB They kinda' look slug-like to me.  Maybe they mate like land snails???  

www(dot)youtube(dot)com/watch?v=VTV23B5gBsQ

1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist

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@sontaran17 @TheNightmareChild wants a Skovox martini That's interesting.  Like I said, I was just curious.  However you guys arrange things is fine as these articles are always a fun read, whether or not I agree with you 100% on everything. :D

1 day, 2 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From Time Heist

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Since everybody's doing it and I'm such a self-conscious little bugger who just wants to fit in, my rankings for this season so far:  

In order from best to worst (more like best to "eh, it was a'ight")  

1. Listen  

2. Deep Breath

3. Into the Dalek 

4.Time Heist 

5. Robot of Sherwood

1 day, 3 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist

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By the way, maybe I've been reading these wrong, but I was always under the impression that these lists were always arranged in no particular order.  But there are some commenters who seem to be under the impression that, in fact, you are ranking these moments from Great to Greatest.  Just out of curiosity, who is right?



1 day, 3 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From Time Heist

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@MrRazza, Latest Result: Mr Pink is Human If we had had a whole first part to grow attached to them, and then a second part mostly without them before the reveal, that moment could've been great.  As it is though, the moment made me elevate my own, meager eyebrows very slightly.

1 day, 4 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From Time Heist

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The memory wipe at the very beginning was the best scene in the episode.  It was the only twist in the entire episode that I actually didn't see coming and/or wasn't slightly underwhelmed by.  It was a truly exciting moment with so much promise.  The episode that followed was sadly kind of a flatline for me.  But it was a flatline that held steady on mostly enjoyable.

1 day, 4 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From Time Heist

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@The Taker With respect, that is a mighty big nutshell. ;)

1 day, 20 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist

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Don't get the visceral reaction I've been seeing to the narrator.  Okay, he doesn't sound that professional, and the jokes are a bit corny, but my word: the level of negativity.  It's practically all anyone's talking about in the comment section.

1 day, 20 hours ago on Doctor Who Extra: Time Heist

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@YaelMoise As a possible answer to your Stolen Earth question, perhaps the Doctor was towing the earth through time as well as space and he got it back to its spot before the moon could fly off(????????????????????????????)

1 day, 20 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist

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I thought it was good-ish.  I liked it more than I liked 'Robot', but it's not outstanding.  Some other, very smart people below have already mentioned how one only cares for our side characters really superficially at best without any really strong attachment to them, and I have to say I agree.  In fact, I have to say that I felt very similarly about the conclusion.  I don't think it was as moving as they intended, and I'm not sure what to pin it on-perhaps the fact that it felt really rushed.  This episode really felt like it could have used at least another ten minutes.  Or hell, think how far they could've carried this premise with a two-parter.  Regardless, I was supposed to feel really moved by the reuniting of the Tellers at the end, but all I can bring myself to say is "meh".  But the actual plot itself was really fun, the Doctor and Clara were the Doctor and Clara, I really liked Miss Delphox, and the design of the Teller was spectacular.  Arguably the single best alien design the show has ever had, especially impressive since the effect was largely accomplished through practical means.  

In conclusion, this episode just barely escaped okay status.  But I wasn't horribly disappointed, and I managed to have some fun watching it.

1 day, 23 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist

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@sontaran17 @TheNightmareChild Well I mean every episode since then as well.  Unless I'm remembering incorrectly, which is certainly a possibility.

2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist

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I said something a while ago about the Skovox Blitzer sounding like some kind of alcoholic space beverage à la the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster.  Well, the actual robot looks like it dispenses said beverage out of its big belly.

2 days, 1 hour ago on Next Time: The Caretaker

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@MrRazza, Latest Result: Mr Pink is Human Yeah, now that you mention it: I couldn't hear what was going on all the time while I was watching 'cause I had people over tonight, and I could have sworn that shapeshifter girl teleported away until someone else told me otherwise.

2 days, 1 hour ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist

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Also, I can't decide if it means anything that this article doesn't already have at least 900 comments by this point.  As I recall, the one on 'Deep Breath' already had well over a thousand this time a few weeks ago.

2 days, 1 hour ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist

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I had some chatty Kathies/Chets in my house tonight.  So I didn't catch all of it.  What I did catch, though, I liked.  Will have to catch it a second time to get a full opinion.

2 days, 1 hour ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist

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@Huknar That actually sounds exciting! :D

2 days, 6 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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@RichardElliot I wasn't being that serious, but I probably could've indicated that better with an emoticon. :P

2 days, 7 hours ago on Thoughts on Listen’s “Monster”

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Not sure if this is an article about 'Listen', or a fervent ghost hunter trying to make a case.

2 days, 8 hours ago on Thoughts on Listen’s “Monster”

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@GiselaT @TheNightmareChild Well that's great.  I'm happy to hear that you still get that same thrill from the episode.  I hope I didn't come off as patronizing when I used the term "kiddies".  It was not my intention.  I didn't use that term to make a judgment on anyone who likes either episode, more just as a means to compare the particular goals and direction that each episode was attempting with their stories and why 'Listen' speaks to me more deeply than 'Blink' does.

3 days ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen

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Ooooh, the Teller looks cool. :D

3 days, 17 hours ago on Time Heist Clips & Introduction

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@bringmeknitting @Mockridge I don't think anyone is saying that Moffat can't be just as moving in his writing as RTD.  I think some of us feel like he just hasn't been. :p

3 days, 22 hours ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen

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@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! I think if anything, the issue with the Van Baalens was less the acting and more the fact that, as characters, they were intensely unlikable as people.

4 days, 1 hour ago on Time Heist Spoiler-Free Review

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@Oodkind @Clara Laurinda Listen.  They're singing the Song of Disappointment.

4 days, 1 hour ago on Time Heist Spoiler-Free Review

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I will say for 'Blink' though that while I don't get the same enjoyment personally out of watching it by myself, watching other people watch it who've never seen it before provides its own level of enjoyment. :)

4 days, 3 hours ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen

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Alright, I cheated and got it to work.  Now I can actually look at my own comment without puking with irritation.

4 days, 3 hours ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen

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I voted for 'Listen'.  It's interesting to see not only how many people voted for 'Blink', but are actually making some strong arguments in favor of it.  I thought this would be a fairly easy sweep for 'Listen', but it looks like 'Blink' continues to be the episode that will never die... in popularity.  So it seems I have to admit that my decision is much more subjective than I originally thought.  When I hopped on this site and saw this poll, I assumed that 'Listen' was not only the better choice for me personally but also the logical, objective choice.  But now I see that's not the case.  Now, the only thing I can say for myself is that I just personally like 'Listen' a bit better than 'Blink'.  


Not that I don't like 'Blink'; I do.  Every aspect of it is beyond reproach, or at least very nearly.  There's very little if anything I can say about it in the negative.  And it's value as an accessible in for new fans is undeniable and well attested.  Hell, just this summer I used 'Blink' to get my sister into the show.  It's importance to the new show is undeniable and I will never try to take that away from it.  'Blink' is (at least very nearly) a very nearly perfect episode.  But, and we're getting into that iffy subjective territory again, perfect does not equal excellent.  An artist sets out to create with certain goals in mind, and every blue moon or so, he/she hits the mark perfectly in every single thing they set out to do.  Arguably, 'Blink' has done that.  But in my eyes, 'Blink' is only a perfectly good episode.  'Listen' is an almost perfectly excellent episode.  At the end of the day, 'Blink' as a story in its own right is a parlor trick.  It favors that first viewing, but on repeat, once you're in on the gag, it doesn't hold up the same way anymore.  Personally, the very second time I re-watched it, I was like that one annoying little sh*t head in the second grade class who gets to go on a field trip to a magic show who was in on the trick and shouting for all the world to hear "It's in the hidden flap in his hat!".  Obviously, my experience is not the world's experience, and there are clearly people here who didn't have that issue.  It's all very subjective, of course.  Hell, what makes an episode re-watchable is very subjective.  All I'm saying is from my point of view, 'Blink' has primarily its central gimmick.  And during initial viewing, it's engaging, it's terrifying, it's captivating, it's perfectly good television.  But after that first time, it just doesn't have that same pizzazz anymore.  Larry's gonna turn around and when he turns ba- yep.  Waaaaaah.....

But again, 'Blink' went in with that in mind, and in absolutely nailing it by all accounts it deserves a certain amount of admiration.  But again, perfect does not equal excellent.  And when I think of an excellent episode, my mind goes to episodes like 'The Empty Child', or 'Bad Wolf/Parting of the Ways', or 'Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead', or 'Midnight' or 'Turn Left'.  Or 'Listen'.  All episodes that have larger goals in mind, who have more goals in mind.  And all of which hit the mark on at least a vast majority of points.  'Blink' is a great episode for scaring the kiddies.  'Listen' is a great episode for teaching the kiddies that it's okay to be afraid.  Go on, get behind that couch.  That instinct might save your life some day.  An episode that deftly explores the nature of fear and perception.  That challenges the characters within and by extension us to question what we know and understand.  That invites re-watch through its ambiguity and through all of its subtle little details and its larger implications.  That invites fervent and interesting discussion within the larger fan base.  By contrast, were it not for its historical significance and its iconic status, 'Blink' feels fairly disposable.  

So that's where I'm sitting at this point.  Here are all my cards on the table.  I hope I made any amount of sense whatsoever.  And again, good on you 'Blink' fans for putting in the position that I even had to sit here and expound like this.

4 days, 3 hours ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen

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I don't know.  Maybe Clara has been slightly more important than previous companions, but only slightly.  Other than apparently being a somewhat integral figure in the Doctor's entire life, I'm not entirely convinced that she is much more important than, say, Donna or Rose in terms of fulfilling major series arcs.  And as I've said before, I think Clara's influence at the end of 'Listen' is being somewhat overly touted.  I think the Impossible Girl arc was Steven Moffat taking a chance to do something kind of radically different, and I think now we're going back to a more conventional arc.

5 days, 5 hours ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?

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Was it ever announced which episode Kevan Brighting was supposed to appear in?  'Cause I'm looking forward to that quite a bit as well.

5 days, 7 hours ago on Tantalising Details on Episodes 5-8 of Series 8

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@Switcharoo @TheNightmareChild Of course, initially in the War Games they were absolutely terrifying.  One might even be tempted to call them overpowered.  And then as the show went on, they went in almost completely the opposite direction.

6 days, 1 hour ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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@Switcharoo The hard, cold reality is that this was bound to happen one way or another.  Gallifrey was always going to be brought back.  The show simply wouldn't be able to sustain itself if it didn't.  And no matter who did or how, it was always going to open up a can of worms.  So take solace, dear Switcharoo, in the knowledge that Steven Moffat's worms are at least intellectually and conversationally interesting, if not wholly as emotionally weighty as what came before.

6 days, 1 hour ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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@MrRazza, Latest Result: Mr Pink is Human I tried to tag Mr.Razza in this comment, but it's not showing up for some reason on my end.  Is that normal?  I've never tagged someone on this site before.

6 days, 4 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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And the main reason why I am able to be on such an even emotional keel on this is because I am not convinced that Clara's influence in shaping the Doctor from that point was all that great.  It probably played some role, sure.  But I don't think the Doctor would ultimately have been a completely different person without that moment.  Like I said before, I don't see this scene as Clara making the Doctor; I see it as Clara comforting a terrified child.  As @MrRazza, Latest Result: Mr Pink is Human so astutely put it in one of his fantastic comments, Clara is Wikipedia.  She is a source of words and inspiration that the Doctor probably soaked in at that moment, but it almost certainly didn't shape his entire character.  And thus for what it is, this is a perfectly lovely little scene.

6 days, 4 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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I feel compelled to say that I don't personally fall perfectly into either end of the Love it/Hate it spectrum when it comes to this scene.  I don't think it's the best thing to happen to the show, nor do I think it completely broke it.  What I do feel is that it's fine.  It's a good little scene in a pretty great episode.  I think it works.  I'm not singing the praises of Moffat, nor cursing his name.

6 days, 4 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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@Planet of the Deaf @TheNightmareChild Noooot the analogy I was going for.

6 days, 14 hours ago on Listen Review

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Hear hear!  I think most everyone here is in agreement.  This episode was top shelf Moffat and, indeed, top shelf Doctor Who.  And thank you Clint for this extremely insightful and beautifully articulated review. :D

6 days, 15 hours ago on Listen Review

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@The 14th Doctor Yeah, I was wondering about that as well.

6 days, 15 hours ago on Listen Review

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@supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... @ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus I thought 'Listen' was great on its own without Missy.  I feel like Missy would've undermined the standalone-ness of that episode.

1 week ago on Time Heist Promo Pics

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Why do I feel like I've seen The Teller in the background of the Men in Black films?

1 week ago on Time Heist Promo Pics

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@TheCyberDoctor is Heisting @supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... It's not just the Daleks.  The episode itself was a mess on multiple levels.

1 week ago on Your Verdict on Robot of Sherwood

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Also, I would personally swap out "Idiot's Lantern" and "Night Terrors", but other than that this looks fine.  

EDIT: a previous version of this comment had "Cold War in the place of "Idiot's Lantern".  That was the result of a bad case of cerebral flatulence.  I am now waving my hands and apologizing profusely for momentarily ruining the party.  I hope I haven't put everyone off of their hors d'oeuvres. :(



1 week ago on Your Verdict on Robot of Sherwood

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Wow.  A lot more people absolutely loved that episode than I thought.  A six percent lead over "Crimson", mercy me.

1 week ago on Your Verdict on Robot of Sherwood

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@supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... @Planet of the Deaf @TheNightmareChild @ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus See, if I'm rewatching Doctor Who, I'm probably marathoning it.  So I can't honestly say that I rewatch one episode more than any other.  I know which ones I typically skip though. :p

1 week, 1 day ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?

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@CaptJHarkness @TheNightmareChild @YaelMoise At a stretch, and admittedly covering my ass here a bit, "alien" doesn't necessarily mean extraterrestrial either.  It is in fact a synonym for "strange" or "other".

1 week, 1 day ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?

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@Planet of the Deaf @TheNightmareChild @supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... @ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus Fair point.  Then again, now that we do have the capability to re-watch things as many times as we want, maybe it depends on the person, but perhaps replay value is something that could fairly be considered important.

1 week, 1 day ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?

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@supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... @TheNightmareChild @Planet of the Deaf @ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus In fact, I'll go ahead and put "The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances" in there with the other excellent episodes. :)

1 week, 1 day ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?

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@supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... @TheNightmareChild @Planet of the Deaf @ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus The only one I definitely think is up there with "Library" is "The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon".  Everything else, I either do like (a lot), or really just don't care for (actually, only one of those you listed I would put in that category).

1 week, 1 day ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?

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