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About number 5: I always thought that only the people whose consciousness was taken by Missy experience the whole 'don't cremate me' thing (we know that the people she takes experience everything their body experiences, but we also know that the Nethersphere is not actually the afterlife - so the 3W doesn't mean anything for anyone in the real world). She probably started this whole thing ages ago, Dr Skarosa found it in the late 20th/early 21st century and Missy just took control of his company, making very good use of it.
I actually think that Moffat consciously made sure the explanation was included in this episode so that people who had recent losses wouldn't be upset. (Which makes perfect sense, and is definitely something that he ought to look out for.)
2 months, 3 weeks ago on 12 Great Moments From Dark Water
Also, massive like for the comment of there being a lot of swearwords on the psychic paper. :D
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water
Well, there were sooooooooo many clues throughout the episode, placing the Doctor's hand on her heart(s), the Matrix being Time Lord tech and then the whole 'you abandoned me' sealed the deal. Not saying that it wasn't amazing though and good to see that the Master/Mistress is still mad. I suppose knowing that something made you mad doesn't turn you sane. She might turn into a Joker-like character, just wanting to see the world burn now, instead of wanting to bring back Gallifrey.
Methinks Danny will be the one to die - rewriting time has been mentioned many times this series and it's also mentioned in the trailer.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Dark Water TV Trailer Breakdown
Might be just the slightly delirious (due to being quite tired) state, but the monster from this series that I'll be having nightmares of will not be the Mummy or exterminating Daleks or even weird spider creatures, but these oddly flickering 2d creatures. Especially because it makes my childhood scare of touching certain flat surfaces pretty terrifying once again.
3 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
This also makes me think that the 12th either has to have a massive change of heart by the end of this season, or he will regenerate in the Christmas special.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon
Wow. Just... wow. I absolutely loved this episode. I first agreed with the Doctor when he was saying why he was leaving, but then Clara made some very good points at the end: why didn't the Doctor at least say what he thought? Why didn't he at least give some advice? Or if he did know that this is how it was supposed to happen (humanity collectively deciding to kill the creature, the creature surviving, humanity realising the endless beauty and potential of space, and therefore achieving everything he mentioned), then why didn't he immediately apologise after they had been through it? He was patronising, very well put by Clara.
Great review, but I thought that we had a rather long jump in time (more than a year), as Courtney's parents mention Danny talking to them a year earlier? And he had just arrived in the previous episodes. So the feeling of betrayal feels a whole lot more real when they have been going out for more than a year. True, they could have made that more obvious, I agree.
Also, slightly surprised that there was no mention of the Nethersphere scene, I personally thought it was absolutely amazing to see Chris Addison being superbly brilliant. I can't wait to see him and Capaldi on the telly screen together again! :)
3 months, 4 weeks ago on The Caretaker Review
Strong episode overall with lots of character development, very liked. Plus the Chris Addison cameo at the end was absolutely amazing!
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
Another reason to love the "shut up" scene: 'shuttity up' is probably the closest we are ever going to get to a Tuckeresque Doctor and that ominous line.. :D
4 months ago on 12 Great Moments From Time Heist
It should say 'Pre-Junkyard' in the first paragraph.
Also, the Time Lock doesn't actually exist, this was the major point of the Day of the Doctor. They made it look like a Time Lock was created when Gallifrey was put in its own dimension and most of the Daleks died in the crossfire, but they didn't press the Moment and the Time Lock never actually came to be.
So why hasn't anyone noticed that the past of Gallifrey is intact? Well, a) I assume that Gallifrey used to have a quite good security system b) nobody would even consider it to be possible so wouldn't even check. You wouldn't go check if the bomb is gone after you saw the explosion, would you.
4 months ago on Listen: Breaking the Time Lock?
Why isn't there a third option, something like 'we cannot know/it doesn't matter'? I am pretty sure that even Moffat doesn't know it, because that's not the point - the point is the fear that comes with not knowing...
It's quite similar to what Christopher Nolan said about the ending of Inception, when people were wondering if it was the real world or a dream: you can't decide based on the film, but it doesn't even matter.
4 months, 1 week ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?
Has anyone noticed how after the whole 'do you happen to know how to fly this thing' scene, the Twelfth seems to have absolutely no problem flying the TARDIS? Not even a slight jerk or something, he does it with one hand in his pocket. I wouldn't know about Classic Who, but he's clearly the best at flying the TARDIS in nuWho (apart from perhaps the War Doctor).
4 months, 2 weeks ago on 12 Great Moments From Robot of Sherwood
What the author seems to have forgotten is that Martha and Mickey have nothing in common apart from being black.
Mickey is a car mechanic turned freelancer alien hunter. Although he became much braver in later years and his strategic thinking also must have evolved, his cultural awareness is largely limited to Eastenders.
Martha, on the other hand, is a certified doctor. She went to college (to study medicine, one of the toughest subjects out there), she loves and knows Shakespeare's works, basically she is clearly one of the most objectively smart companions of the Doctor (only River exceeds her, because she is a professor, and Clara comes as close third, as she also has a college degree).
So we have two people here who have nothing to talk about apart from alien stuff. When they go home after a long day of alien hunting, Mickey probably just wants to watch the match in the pub (we know he likes that), while Martha would prefer to see that new Macbeth she has been hearing about that is playing on the Westend. If you have ever been in a relationship or have ever seen somebody else being in a relationship close up, you are going to realise that this is a recipe for failure.
Of course, there is a way to explain it without saying that it is racist (ie. that they were both looking for somebody that travelled with the Doctor - although this suggests an eventual divorce after they realise their mistake), but let's face it, that's not what most people will see. What most people will see is that the only two black companions of the Doctor got together. And that is RTD's fault, unfortunately.
But then again, RTD has never done justice to Martha's character - here we have a beautiful, intelligent woman who is fully aware of how impossible a relationship with the Doctor is, and there she goes and falls in love with him. None of the later companions did that (well, apart from River, but she is a special case) and they were nowhere near as smart as she was.
8 months ago on The Matrimony of Mr and Mrs Smith
With the recent trailer for Gracepoint, I think we can all agree that a remake of a British TV show just doesn't work sometimes. The UK is just different from the US.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Could An Overseas Version of Doctor Who Ever Work?
Wow, I am normally not one for non-telly DW, but I will probably grab this, it sounds pretty good.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on The War Doctor Returns in “Engines of War”
@Ivegotkidneys Umm, but Blink *is* better than Midnight, sooooooo... When you prefer chocolate ice cream over vanilla, then you might still have vanilla from time to time, but if anyone asks you what your favourite ice cream is, you'll still say chocolate.
9 months, 1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Dream Run (Episodes 9-13, Specials)
@Oodkind Oh my goodness, did you just call Moffat's Christmas specials boring without making a special exception for Christmas Carol (the one single episode that has made me cry every single time) and Time of the Doctor (the one episode where Moffatt explains three series worth of stuff in 60 minutes, therefore it's extremely fast-paced)? I know you said 'most', but still, 2 out of 4 are amazingly good.
@stargazer0118 How did you make that calculation? 7 episodes were during Smith's tenure and only 5 were during Tennant's? Even if we add one to Tennant because of Day, that's still only 6?
Well, I'm just gonna quietly be happy about the fact that Moffat completely and utterly destroyed all opposition. :P Oh, how much I love the Moffster. :)
@DaireConstantineOReilly Well I dunno, maybe because NuWho is better and more people have seen it? I mean, the Classic Series had its moments, but it was not nearly as good as NuWho.
9 months, 1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Dream Run (Episodes 1-8)
I'd like to draw the attention to the fact that 5(!) of these were written by Moffat and only one by RTD. If tomorrow goes as predicted, then this will be an overwhelming victory for Moffat (and he has actually written fewer episodes than RTD), and, quite separately, his showrunning, as he currently stands at 5 episodes for that, as well.
@Pockydon I was there myself and dare I say it was an amazing experience! :)
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Day of the Doctor
All my love goes out to all the Doctors, but I'm sorry, Matt Smith's version of the Pandorica speech is the absolute best. Then again, it *was* written for him. :D
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful
Ah, one of my faves, for sure. So epic, so cool and rewatching it now is such a treat, now that we all know what it all meant. Also, special like for the end screen and the mini-trailer straight after it, good way to wind us up! :)
11 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: A Good Man Goes to War
@Gustaff Hmm, I agree on the premise, problem is that this was a mid-series finale, so we would have been left with a bitter taste in our mouth for months.