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Sycophantic schmaltz. I would run through each monster trick and story featured above but it wouldn't be favourable and I'd get hate mail replies from other members of the Moffatt appreciation society. He's done some decent stuff in Who, but stories lack depth or decent conclusions that you can understand, monsters lack back story, and tricks are mostly timey wimey cop outs. His biggest credit is putting Capaldi in the role. Time for him to move on now and give another showrunner a chance. Now let the backlash begin!!
2 days, 12 hours ago on Moffat’s Best Monsters, Tricks & Stories (So Far)
Ah Capaldi is my hero! Can't he be showrunner too :-)
3 days, 22 hours ago on Capaldi Hoping for New TARDIS
Please not Courtenay, or the Blue woman. How about an older companion with an older Doctor? And not one whose story overshadows every episode!
1 week ago on Moffat Mulls Future Companion Not Being Another Earth Girl
Oh yes, bring back Tegan, as grumpy and sharp as Capaldi, would be perfect!
Death in Heaven was another Doctor Who sound bite, Steven Moffatt decided he wanted Cybermen at St Paul's, dead people coming back as Cybermen, female Master, Danny as a Cyberman, and wove it all together to make the Finale. What I think he fails to do is craft a decent well told story. Dark Water was great and credit for that, the water falling away to reveal Cybermen was iconic, Clara trapped in a room with a Cyberman, great cliffhanger, Missy gradually revealing who she is, fantastic. But this was much the same with the superb Utopia. When the reveal is made and the players are in place, we then get a weak second half that doesn't live up to the build up. The Cybermen were wasted, Missy was wasted, arcs built up over the season were once again concluded with throwaway anticlimactic lines, and far too much focus was put on emotional stuff. And as for the Brigadier Cyberman, oh please! We now have a friendly Silurian, a funny Sontatan, a nice Dalek and Brigadier Cyberman somewhere out there! I just felt disappointed after the episode. Peter Capaldi and Michelle Gomez were superb and I'm sure she'll be back and soon! But I'm now sick of Clara's story. Can we please just have a normal companion back in the Tardis without any huge complications. Hopes for season 9, more 2 parters, better thought out stories, The Master back, monsters being nasty and evil again, and Steve Moffat to hand over the reins.
1 week, 1 day ago on Death in Heaven Review (Part 2): Questions, Questions
Yes it was a blue effect and the same as when she transmatted from the plane. I reckon she went back to her Tardis
1 week, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven
We just get a great dramatic dark epic to round the season off, then we're back to silly funny fairy tail rubbish. I'll stay hopeful, but I bet it's like most of the other Christmas specials, sugary and forgettable (barring ttotd)
1 week, 6 days ago on 2014 Christmas Special Plot Hints
Sounds like a typical soppy Christmas letdown
Watched it again today and noticed that when The Doctor and Clara initially go off with Dr Chang, that camera pans to Missy in front of the tombs and the music used for the Master in Utopia is played. Also, just noticed the name on the tomb in Dr Changs office is the founder of 3W Dr Skarosa! Is Skarosa some sort of clue or a red herring!?
2 weeks, 3 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Dark Water
No he hasn't, The Master didn't fancy the Doctor, and none of The Silurians fancied Victorian house maids
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Poll: The Missy Reveal
What's all this repeated rubbish about not bringing back The Rani because people won't remember her? Does that mean we can only see characters come back who a casual twenty something fan would remember?? This show has a rich 50 year history, it can dip into its past and reintroduce some of the fantastic villains and characters that were in its first 26 year run. Not many other shows have the scope to do that. The idea we can't as some fans won't remember them first time round is a ridiculous reason not to!
How dare you have an opinion that goes against some of the militia of fans on here! Personally I like the music and if a female Master means Michelle Gomez is back next season I can live with that as she's superb like Capaldi. But I do think we need a new showrunner for season 9
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water
Yep I think there's going to be a twist next week, but whatever the outcome, please keep the brilliant Michelle Gomez in place at her charmingly evil best to meet the brilliant Peter Capaldi again at his most grumpily heroic best!
I just wonder if all is not as it seems. I wonder if Seb will actually be The Master, maybe not at the moment but by the end of the next episode. One thing is for sure, Peter Capaldi and Michelle Gomez are the best Doctor and Master since Pertwee and Delgado! Hope both are around for many seasons to come
Please please please don't be an offshoot of the Doctor or Clara. Please be either the Rani or another wicked evil but charming female Time Lord who will plague Capaldi over the next few series!
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Recapping the Mysterious Missy
I so hope all this Valeyard stuff isn't right. Will be gutted. Would like to see the Valeyard back but played by a man. And want to see The Rani back and played by Michelle Gomez!
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)
Would have been even better to have had an updated version of 'Space Adventure' as used for them in the Moonbase and Tomb!
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Dark Water Clip
I really hope she's more than a cyber planner, an older Clara etc. And def hope she's not a sex change Master. I soooo hope she's The Rani but if not at least another evil female Time Lord who'll be back in the future to do battle with Capaldi's Doctor. Must say she's a great actress, perfect mix of humour, charm and menace like we had with Delgados Master
Yes but the pay off to the Moffats build up has sometimes been disappointing, trailer did look good though so optimistic, just pleeeaaassseee don't let Missy be River or a totally different looking Clara
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Next Time: Dark Water
If all this build up and suspense as to who Missy is culminates in her being River back again I won't be happy!
Kids were much better in this one, especially Ruby with the how do we find X question! Much better than the awful Courtenay! But hopefully now we can give the kids a rest for a while!!
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night
I'm not saying she isn't Missy, but if she is, how so they explain away the fact that they both look totally different from one another. I'm wondering if this edit is made to send us all down the wrong path. Clara may be giving the Doctor an ultimatum when she says about never going into his Tardis again, and when she's talking to the Cybermen she may be bluffing. And the scene where Missy confronts the Doctor, please please please let her reveal herself as The Rani, would be as good a Prof Yana revealed as The Master in Utopia
Didn't think much of either of his stories. And what does it matter if a writer is a man or woman, long as they are good, which hasn't always been the case over the last few years.
4 weeks ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode
Fairytale theme and kids, don't sound good. I'm really hoping the finale is good, with a major suprise and no timey soppy wimey cop out endings. This series has been ok for me but no classics id want to watch again and again. I know I'll get hate mail but to secure the programmes future I really think Moffat should step aside and let another fan of the series become showrunner. I applaud him for choosing an older class actor for the role, and for making it a bit darker, but I just don't feel there's been enough wow moments. I'd like to see more sci fi in the show, longer better thought out stories, villains that have a back story and arnt just sound bites that fill 25 mins of the programme before being despatched without us knowing who they really were etc. Anyway, as always I'll keep an open mind and look forward to finally knowing who Missy is - I hope!
4 weeks, 1 day ago on In the Forest of the Night Advance Review
@ohjanetoh That sort of plot twist would be so cool id give up watching
1 month ago on Flatline Review
The Missy bit at the end raised lots if questions. Does Clara know Missy? Why did Missy call her 'my Clara'? How does this tie in with her sudden decision to stay on the TARDIS? Why did the Doctor say that goodness had nothing to do with her helping to sort things out? Does he know something isn't right with her? Great to have an arc intriguing viewers like this, long as it isn't a disappointment in the finale which has been the case with most of Moffats season finales. Talking of our current showrunner, I see in the latest DWM that he says he's planning a ghost story in season 9, which suggests he's sadly not going to be giving someone else a go anytime soon
Courtenay certainly was amazing, the most amazingly awful cardboard character in the shows 51 year history
1 month ago on Next Time: In the Forest of the Night
Hope you're right, she'd make a brilliant regular villain to Capaldi's Doc
1 month ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
Great well paced and creepy episode, as always Capaldi stole every scene. I'm also loving the Missy cameos, and what a cameo it was this week. Is the 'my Clara' meant to make us think back to what 11 said before? Or is it meant to imply Clara's working for Missy, or has Missy chosen something for Clara that Clara doesn't know about yet? And the roundels behind her tonight and her assistant at the end of the Caretaker, is this screaming Tardis at us or is it a red herring? I really hope she's not a female side of the Doctor, kind of hoping she's The Rani! But I am enjoying this series, still think two parters are better, so looking forward to the finale
@BazHood @Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom!
The Silence thing was a long drawn out arc that ended in a few lines that hurriedly explained what happened to them. But then I think that's happened a lot in new who, especially in the Moffatt era, big build up, silly ending. And at one point he said intelligent fans will figure out what happened themselves, what?? He's done some good stuff and kept the show running, but I do think its time for him to move on and let someone else have a go. That's what kept the classic series fresh, and when JNT stayed too long in the late 80's the show became tired (unless of course you like Battlefield etc)
1 month, 1 week ago on DWM #479: Heaven or Hell?
Although I'm no fan of Moffatt he took a brave decision to cast an older more serious actor who could bring some character to the role. He could have easily cast a pretty boy young actor and had more skipping around and flirting in the Tardis! If the BBC cut short his reign I'd switch off
1 month, 1 week ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
Who was Gus and who had organised the train trip with the Mummy on board. Who was the mummified soldier? Are these questions that will be answered in the finale or are they questions like who were the iron men in Robot of Sherwood and who took the chalk in Listen? This wasn't my favourite episode, bit too much of a frantic pace and too much time wasted on the emotional stuff between the Doc, Clara and Danny. Also, some if the talking was hard to hear and not helped by non stop incidental music. As always though Capaldi was fantastic.
1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express
Another fun episode, but not one with much depth. Please please please can we have some two part more developed plots if we get another series, with less love life's, no kids, and doesn't leave you thinking who what where why to which you never get an answer. Moons an egg, silly, one gold arrow blows up a ship, silly, Clara programmes a Daleks mind, silly. But a lot of these naff plot developments are necessitated by limited time. However, I'm always optimistic and look forward to this one and all the rest this series. And superb Capaldi is already one of my favourite Docs.
1 month, 1 week ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Advance Review
She was awful. Wooden, more monotone than a Dalek, asking if she was special when she was meant to be 15 not 5! If this is the new standard for a companion god help us. I know I'll get loads of abuse now from people who 'connected' with her but for all those people I'm just stating my opinion, ok?
1 month, 1 week ago on Is Courtney Woods a Companion?
Really looking forward to discovering who Missy is and what the Nethersphere is all about. But if we have another season end where nothings explained and we have to wait for another full season to find out I wont be happy!!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Anticipating Moon, Mummy, Flatline, Forest, Water & Heaven
@Typo42 @camwatgeorge Yep, he knew if he said that all the silly fans who pay his wages would get all excited over a false rumour, nice way to treat them
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon
Oh yeah, def BAFTA on the way to her I think. (Resisting saying not but it's difficult)
1 month, 2 weeks ago on 12 Great Moments From Kill the Moon
Yeah well I'm old fashioned, say things like not, like actors who can act, not a fan of bitchy replies to opinions on here, that sort of bloke I'm afraid
Yes Courtenay is up there with all the greatest of companions. I just loved the depth of her character and the emotional ties that she immediately had with the audience. The scene where she was talking on screen from inside the TARDIS was just stolen by her, and her cries of compassion for the creature. NOT!!!! If you've got to have kids in the show get some who can act and give them some decent script, please!
I thought the story was a bit weak and the actress who plays Courtenay was awful, but what saved it was the interaction between the Doc and Clara. Peter Capaldi is continuing to be an amazing Doc and his lack of understanding of humans is so natural and not forced. That last outburst by Clara at the end was superb and Jenna Coleman acted her socks off. Still think two parters are better and would allow stories to be much better told.
How about there's a decent well thought out conclusion to the finale without any timey bloody wimey 'it never happened' rubbish? That would be a suprise ;-)
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)
Cant really say the kid who plays Courtenay really grabbed my attention. She was like any other of the kids in the school except we got to hear her speak a few lines. How people can say they connected with her I don't know! Hopefully we'll see more of her character and acting ability next week. Reference the Missy/Paradise bit at the end. Was the ROUNDEL window a clue to where these people are? Intriguing!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on 12 Great Moments From The Caretaker
Didn't think I'd like this as hated The Lodger and Closing Time, but it was great. Well paced, the Skovox thing was just a sideline to the character development, but it was a great looking robot and quite menacing. But what is really making even the weakest stories of the season enjoyable for me is Peter Capaldi's fantastic version of the Doctor. So original and engaging, absolutely love it and long may he reign!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
We really need this series to get a bit meatier with stories. None have been that tense or memorable, Listen got near but there were too many unanswered questions to be truly satisfying. Capaldi's Doc is my favourite for a long time but he's being let down by weak stories. We really need some decent two parters, not one off 45 or 50 mins of style over substance and throwaway villains. Hoping the second half of the series will be better
1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Caretaker Advance Review
Stupid pointless episode more about James Corden than anything else. The ending where his love of his baby destroyed the Cybermen was embarrassing. Anymore like this and I'd give up watching
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Why I Love… Closing Time
Couldn't have put that better myself. Yes it was an entertaining 50 mins, yes I love Peter Capaldi as the Doc, but story wise it had loads of holes as is usual for Who of recent years. A mix of lazy writing and limited time is I think to blame. Moffat is good on the headlines of a story, but weak on fleshing out some of the detail.
2 months ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
Keeley Hawes character wont have time to develop in 50 min's just as Ben Millers character didn't in Robot of Sherwood, or Celia Imrie's didn't in The Bells of St John, or Sarah Lacashire's character didn't in Partners in Crime. Its the one episode story format that doesn't allow any development of character, unless they are recurring, and that doesn't seem to happen much any more unless you count the 'funny' Victorian lot. Lets hope Missy turns out interesting.
2 months ago on Time Heist Spoiler-Free Review
It's a real shame that a cracking episode and a fantastic performance by Peter Capaldi didn't get good overnight figures. I just hope the BBC doesn't panic and think about replacing Capaldi with another twenty something. His presence in the roll is amazing and akin to Ztom Baker, he really makes the show for me now and I just hope that a brave decision by Moffat to cast older isn't reversed and the usual ageism in leading rolls returned
2 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
Oh no not them again. And hope it's not a soppy 'funny' one
2 months, 1 week ago on Nick Frost Cast in Christmas Special
Interesting, so it starts in the children's home , stays in the Pink family, but ends up on Gallifrey. Whose Danny, how's he connected to Clara and the Doctor? Clara being his great grandmother seems too obvious, if the Doc had the soldier as a child where would it be now? Sure this must have some bearing on the arc and hopefully it will be answered and concluded in this series. And where was Missy this week? Guess no one died so she wasn't needed!
2 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Listen