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@The Eternal @Moxx Ooh, ooh! How about The Bad Wolf of Wall Street!?
9 hours, 24 minutes ago on How could a New Doctor Who Movie Work?
@Moxx I would be interested in a remake of The Celestial Toymaker that is less boring... and racist.
9 hours, 33 minutes ago on How could a New Doctor Who Movie Work?
@Polyphase @Oncoming_Badger I agree. No offense to Moffat; I think he's been fantastic for the most part, in order for the show to keep feeling fresh, I think we're gonna need a fresh face to come in sooner rather than later.
9 hours, 36 minutes ago on How could a New Doctor Who Movie Work?
Most of these ideas, frankly, I can take or leave. I like the idea of a revisitation. If handled with care, that could make for a great, fan pleasing experience. The Time War movie idea I'm of two minds about though. On the one hand, if handled correctly, it could be an exciting and fascinating prospect to see first hand what transpired in what was probably the single greatest conflict in the history of the universe. But on the other, I wonder if it isn't better that that be left as a mystery. I don't know, I kinda' feel like part of the point of the Time War was that it was something so massive and so horrific that our feeble human minds couldn't possibly imagine it. And, especially now that we know that the Time Lords are in fact still alive out there somewhere, that baggage that the Doctor carries around from the events themselves is one of the last little shreds of mystery the Doctor has left. The most we know at all about the Time War was that it was mostly the Time Lords vs. the Daleks; they were the main participants. But then you have all of these intermittently mentioned things throughout the show whose origins, existence and participation in the Time War are entirely inscrutable: the Horde of Travesties, the Skaro Desolations, the Nightmare Child (nice to meet you), the Would-Be King and his army of Meanwhiles and Never-Weres. There are different theories regarding what all of these things are, but they and the events themselves are never really expanded upon, and I think the point of that is that the Doctor is the only being left in the universe beside the Daleks who carries the weight of those events and was left traumatized by them to a certain extent, and it would be quite difficult for the Doctor to put that into perspective for any companions he might have (and by extension, us, the viewers). So, that one, upon further mulling it over, I think I'm personally leaning towards a no. But the revisitation idea has promise.
11 hours, 30 minutes ago on How could a New Doctor Who Movie Work?
One of my favorite episodes ever, and you've done a fine job shining a light on it. I would say, personally, the part that always gets me the most in this episode is seeing the Doctor in his utterly powerless state. The tears rolling down, the quavering voice that seems to indicate a desperate struggle. You can feel the torment and the fear and it is unreal. When I first watched the episode, that's the part that stuck with me and made me consider if I could ever even watch it again.
1 day, 12 hours ago on Midnight in Perspective
@TheElusiveWhovian Well, I think with Rose it was even worse, because they pretty much destroyed the weight that the ending of Doomday had. Not to mention that it shows Rose having undergone no development during her time without the Doctor. Rose should've been a much more mature and independent person who learned to cope with a life without the Doctor. Instead, she was the same petulant, needy child she was all the way through series two. I honestly think that's a big part of the reason that Rose has gone down in infamy the way she has.
1 day, 17 hours ago on Suranne Jones on Bringing Idris Back
@TheElusiveWhovian I actually liked Rose being in Turn Left. It's the way she was used in The Stolen Earth/Journey's End that I really have problems with.
1 day, 19 hours ago on Suranne Jones on Bringing Idris Back
"Wouldn't it be nice if Peter Capaldi walked into one of his rooms in the TARDIS and found Idris' body there, plugged her in and had a little adventure with her?"
Boy, if I was without context, I wouldn't know what to make of this quote. O_o
@Malohkeh @Liana21 *no different. It's no different with Vincent.
2 days, 7 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Everything Else (Episodes 9-13, Specials)
@Malohkeh @TheNightmareChild @Liana21 To be honest, I never like it when they do that kind of thing. It always comes off as forced and corny to me. It's just one of the reasons why The Beast Below doesn't do it for me. And it's now different with Vincent.
@The Genie I actually like Nightmare in Silver... better than Closing Time. (flinches)
2 days, 10 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Everything Else (Episodes 9-13, Specials)
@Deus_Ex_Machina Ironically, that's what I loved about RTD's Christmas specials. I might be the only person on the planet that feels that way, but I honestly feel like the Christmas specials didn't need to feel "Christmassy" at all.
2 days, 11 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Everything Else (Episodes 9-13, Specials)
@Liana21 And you know what? If the episode had been a pure historical that focused more or less entirely on that, and had a good story that served that end, I would have nothing to say about this episode. Instead, we got basically half of a good episode in which we get one of the best realizations of a historical figure in the show's history as well as a touching exploration into the mind of someone suffering from severe mental/emotional disorders, and the kind of social ostracization that such a person would experience back before we had a better understanding of those kinds of things; meanwhile the Doctor is caught up in a whacky chase with a silly monster that doubles as a ham fisted mirror for Vincent's story in this episode. Oh, you see? The monster is Vincent. And our heroes are like the other villagers, scared of what they don't understand. *barf*.
I am writing this comment both as a critique of this episode and as a plea to the writers of Doctor Who: can we please have a damned pure historical every now and again? Every once in a while, it's okay to take a break from the sci-fi bullsh*t so that, for example, we can have a lesson in depression with Vincent van Gogh, or partake in a murder mystery with Agatha Christie. That sounds lovely.
2 days, 12 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Everything Else (Episodes 9-13, Specials)
@RobertLythgoe @TheNightmareChild @robdw It's not even so much that it was bad. It was just one of those episodes that didn't really engage me. Every so often, that happens where an episode just doesn't click with me and I can't exactly place why.
2 days, 13 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Everything Else (Episodes 1-8)
Grrrrrr, I can't believe it. Vincent and the Invisible Space Chicken barely squeaked past Midnight with second place in their poll. If you'll excuse me, I'll be in my room having a sobbing fit.
2 days, 14 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Everything Else (Episodes 9-13, Specials)
God, I don't even want to imagine how long that Peter Davison video took to render.
3 days, 12 hours ago on Weird and Wonderful
@robdw Honestly, the only episodes of his that I didn't care for were Victory of the Daleks and Night Terrors. Everything else is good or at least has redeemable features in my eyes.
3 days, 12 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Everything Else (Episodes 1-8)
Looking at these results, there's too much to really talk about. So I will limit myself to my two biggest observations: 1. The Lazarus Experiment is underrated, and 2. Let's Kill Hitler deserves to be so much lower. At the very least, it has no business being above Father's Day. Now that episode did character development right!
3 days, 13 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Everything Else (Episodes 1-8)
@TheBiPunishment Yeah, The Almost People is another really good one that doesn't seem to hold any place in many fans' hearts. Also quite sad, in my opinion.
4 days, 2 hours ago on Do you want to live forever? The Lazarus Experiment In Perspective
Very good article. You hit all the right points and you did it excellently. I think this episode being in the Nightmare Run shocked me more than anything this week. I always just assumed that Lazarus was just one of those episodes that everybody agreed was at least good. Evidently, that is not the case. And I find that genuinely sad. (one tear rolls down)
4 days, 3 hours ago on Do you want to live forever? The Lazarus Experiment In Perspective
@DW_girl @Amy the Consulting Key Ring *elicit, not illicit. I keep doing that. :p
4 days, 5 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Dream Run (Episodes 1-8)
@YaelMoise You know, there was talk on an earlier article about Love and Monsters fans getting together and making a fan club. I think the same can be said for Utopia/The Sound of Drums/The Last of the Time Lords. We could call it the, uh... the, uh, uhmmm....
The Last Sound of Utopia, no that's dumb, uhm... The Utopia of Drum Lords, no that's even worse, sh*t.
You know what I'll get back to you on the name, but yeah, I like that whole arc and the episodes too. Sorely underappreciated.
4 days, 9 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Dream Run (Episodes 9-13, Specials)
@DW_girl @Amy the Consulting Key Ring @TheNightmareChild I would just like to say that, as someone who actually likes Manhattan, who thinks it's actually a pretty good episode, the Statue of Liberty still annoyed me. And it really doesn't come down to the logic of it, or at least not anymore or as much as before. No, my problem with it is that it doesn't even need to be there. It is wholly unnecessary. It feels like something Moffat wrote in there because he just couldn't help himself. Seriously, remove the Statue of Liberty from the episode and it would barely be different. We wouldn't have any scenes of people being spooked by a giant "scary" demon angel face. That's about it. And so the fact that we have to devote so much of our time thinking through and explaining such a random, superfluous element that will inevitably illicit some "F*cking... what?!" from the audience just makes it all the more ridiculous. Speaking completely for myself here, for something like that to distract us from what is otherwise a very tense, atmospheric and emotional episode is a bit of a drag.
4 days, 9 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Dream Run (Episodes 1-8)
Dammit. I was really pulling for a particular upset with this poll. I was really hoping, just for the fact that it would seriously shake things up, that Midnight would dethrone Blink. (snaps fingers) Ah, well, I guess I can't really be disappointed. Blink is still an excellent episode. These are all excellent episodes. I think I only actually voted for the last two, but this is still a great run. I can't be angry about this. :)
4 days, 14 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Dream Run (Episodes 9-13, Specials)
@Amy the Consulting Key Ring @TheNightmareChild Well, I'm just saying, you're not doing yourself any favors. If you really felt the urge to vent your frustrations, you probably should've done it in a less passive aggressive way. Because you're not just affecting future discussion on this episode in particular; you're damaging your rapport with people on this site in general.
I have strong opinions of my own, and I've made some of them known on this site. But I have always made it a point to limit my critiques to the show itself, and not to let it stray to other fans. As a general rule, I think it's a good idea to foster an environment in which everyone feels open to each other's thoughts. Being open to other people's experiences with a show and being open to being swayed is one of the most important aspects of a fandom. And if a certain portion of this site thinks that you just see them as thoughtless whiners (however founded you might think that belief is), then you will probably find it difficult in the future to open them up to your thoughts on anything.
And at the end of the day, we're talking about a TV show here (books, audios and other media notwithstanding). We're all gonna love that one episode that everybody hates, hate that one episode that everybody loves, and the world's gonna keep on spinning. It's really not worth getting that bitter about it. Just relax, have a jelly baby, and enjoy the show. :)
5 days, 1 hour ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Dream Run (Episodes 1-8)
@Amy the Consulting Key Ring @TheNightmareChild You know, even if I agreed with you 100% about everything, I do not think this is the best way to invite people into your perspective. Being that judgmental of people who don't see things the way you do, whether you're right or wrong, makes you come off like a jerk and them less likely to be open to a discussion about it.
5 days, 6 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Dream Run (Episodes 1-8)
@Galax @RobertLythgoe @ClassicWhovian I, for one, feel very strongly that The Unicorn and the Wasp and Vincent and the Doctor would've been brilliant as pure historicals.
5 days, 8 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Dream Run (Episodes 1-8)
@Amy the Consulting Key Ring That's not the most pretentious comment I've ever read in my life.
5 days, 11 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Dream Run (Episodes 1-8)
@Strontium @TheNightmareChild Yep, I just tried it and it worked. Thank you, sir or madam. :)
5 days, 12 hours ago on The Tenth Doctor: Five Favourites
@The Genie How do you normally do line breaks in LiveFyre without doing it in some kind of word processor first? I've been using word edit for my longer comments because I don't know how to do line breaks without it.
5 days, 13 hours ago on The Tenth Doctor: Five Favourites
I think the only episode that I actually voted for on this list is Dalek. But I'm not up in arms, or anything. These are all great episodes. There isn't one on this list that I utterly disagree with being on here. I am really looking forward to tomorrow, though. I'm kind of pulling for an upset on that one.
5 days, 13 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Dream Run (Episodes 1-8)
@DavrosLives It could be called "Flim FLLAM". That way it's a pun. :D
6 days, 12 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 9-13, Specials)
@sontaran17 @TheNightmareChild Haha! Yeah, you read that right. I hate A Christmas Carol. I know that's virtually unheard of, but it's true. And I already wrote a long, ranty comment about it in the Moffat Specials poll, so I'm not gonna expand on it here.
6 days, 13 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 9-13, Specials)
Also, Closing Time deserves to be here way more than Nightmare in Silver. Yeah, the kids are annoying and the pacing is a bit dodgy, but Nightmare in Silver wasn't as tonally confused, and the Cybermen weren't thwarted in a really stupid way inlike they were in Closing Time. Also, Nightmare did a great job making the Cybermen intimidating again. It gets major points for that from me.
6 days, 14 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 9-13, Specials)
Not terribly surprised by any of these. I feel compelled to say that, while Love and Monsters is by no means a favorite of mine, I also don't despise it as much as most fans do. Yeah, the episode was a bit silly at parts but I think that was kind of the point. The only thing I found horrific was the very end. Ursula being relegated to being a face on a pavement slab is both really creepy and quite sad, which I don't think the episode was going for. But compared to everything else this episode was going up against, even if this ending had been different, there’s still no real reason to vote for this episode over any other, so it feels right for it to be here.
As for The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, I’m not at all surprised that it’s found its way here, either, but I would still strongly contend that A Christmas Carol is much, much worse. But I’m not gonna get into that again. :p
@Rani Nose Speaking as an American, most of the American accents in the episode sounded fine to me. Andrew Garfield's Tennessee accent was creeping up on hammy at a couple of spots, though. Other than that, I agree with you overall. It's not my favorite Dalek story, but it's not terrible.
1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 1-8)
I guess I am also a little surprised byThe Hungry Earth, too.
The only two I'm surprised by are The Beast Below and The Lazarus Experiment. I'm surprised The Lazarus Experiment is on here because that episode is not bad! What is wrong with everybody!? I'm surprised by Beast because I thought that soup sandwich of an episode had wrung every last drop of sympathy from everybody else but me. So all in all, my feelings balance out to "...eh, a'ight."
@arakus72 @TheNightmareChild @sontaran17 Just google "John Travolta Idina Menzel".
1 week, 2 days ago on The Life and Times of Peter Capaldi (So far)
@sontaran17 @TheNightmareChild To be honest, I wasn't sure how well received this comment would be. I don't know if the Academy Awards over here in the States get that much attention across the pond. But I guess everybody understands what this joke is about, don't they?
The wick-edly talented Paul Corinelli....
I think that Vale Decem cover just inspired me to try and take up the piano again. All of the trailers were amazing. My favorite was probably the 9 Years of New Who because I think it highlighted all the right moments, and I like how well it blended 10 and 11's musical themes together.
1 week, 3 days ago on Weird and Wonderful
@Amy the Consulting Key Ring @BlueBoxBum To be perfectly honest, I almost fell into the trap of bringing this up too. And I think the crucial point here worth mentioning is that the difference between the Pandorica and just blasting the bejeezus out of him is that they also wanted to punish the Doctor. Being forced to stay alive and awake forever in a tiny little box is actually quite cruel.
1 week, 3 days ago on Smith: The best storytelling was in Series 5
To anyone who might care or even notice, I have recently changed my avatar and my screen name from ThePotatoOne to TheNightmareChild. No particular reason, just felt like a change. And I quite like this name-it being one of the more mysterious of the intermittently mentioned participants in the Time War.
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it slightly differently this time: objectively, Series 5 was definitely the best series out of Smith’s run. It had the best, most coherent series long arc, and it had the most truly great episodes. When you compare Series 6 to it especially, it was a bit of a mess. And I don’t know if his “‘what the hell?!’” quote about the River Song revelation is necessarily meant to be negative, but if it is, I kind of agree; River being Amy and Rory’s daughter was not my favorite thing that Moffat ever came up with. It would’ve been infinitely better if she had a backstory completely separate from Amy and Rory. But here we are.
@Baker Street… is the Moment! Your list is practically identical to mine. O_O
1 week, 4 days ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Moffat Specials
@Amy the Consulting Key Ring You definitely put way more thought into this than I did. I've literally just been voting based on which episode I like the most out of the given choices each week. :p
1 week, 4 days ago on Protected: Series 1-7 Face-Off: Complete Recap
And if I had to rank the seasons from best to worst, based entirely on personal enjoyment and not on any metric of objective quality, it would be as follows:
1. Series 4
2. Series 1/Series 3
3. Series 7
4. Series 5
5. Series 2
6. Series 6
I should stress that none of the lower three are bad (although Series 6 was cuttin’ it a bit close, to be quite honest). It’s not really from best to worst as much as from great to good, not great.
Here, for your arbitrarily judging pleasure, is my rundown. Enjoy!
1. The Impossible Astronaut
2. The Fires of Pompeii
3. A Town Called Mercy (changed from Planet of the Ood)
4. The Time of Angels
5. Flesh and Stone
7. The Rings of Akhaten
8. The Impossible Planet
9. The Satan Pit
12. The Sound of Drums
13. The Last of the Time Lords
14. The Waters of Mars
15. The Day of the Doctor
@Trenzalore I think you hit the nail one the head. There were some good ideas there, but the execution left a little to be desired. I have to say though that, while acknowledging its flaws, I didn't hate this episode that much. It was certainly better than Victory.
1 week, 5 days ago on Unpopular Opinion: Asylum of the Daleks
@VortexDan That was probably my least favorite part of the episode. I think my biggest problem with it is that it was dealt with in one episode and then never brought up again. I think their departure in Manhattan would've been so much more powerful if this was something they dealt with slowly through the season, culminating in them making their sacrificial leap together, and then of course ending with their tragic departure.