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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
1 day, 4 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
Oh no not them again. And hope it's not a soppy 'funny' one
1 day, 19 hours 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 days, 6 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
True, just theorising! Did she give the boy the soldier?
2 days, 7 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
Supposing the Gallifreyan boy wasn't the Doc, could have been The Master?
Peter Capaldi's interpretation of the Doc is superb. So different from Smith and Tennant, more alien and distant yet familiar and funny. His relationship with Clara can be like Doc 6 and Perri, but then also as close as Doc 4 and Sarah . Fantastic! Good episode too.
Looks like a robot Silurian?
4 days, 14 hours ago on The Caretaker BBC Synopsis
Good piece of analysis but didn't find her that interesting or endearing from what we saw on Into the Dalek. I'd like to see an older companion but guess that's not allowed now we have an older Doctor
6 days, 4 hours ago on Taking a ‘Journey’ Into the Future: The Next Companion
Over all of the Rose/Donna/Amy departure dramas, Tegan's is the most poignant for me. She left because she's just grown tired of it, and looked like she really had to force herself to leave thanks to a great bit of acting by Janet Fielding. No over done, just accompanied by her theme, brilliant TV that still stands the test of time
6 days, 14 hours ago on A Surprise Ending for Clara?
You have your opinion mate, and so do I. Thanks for your comment
1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood
Thanks mate. And yes my wish would be for more two parters, here's hoping the next show runner likes them!
Don't get me wrong, this was an entertaining 50 min's of TV and i'm really liking Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. However, once again it was rushed. We didn't know the back story of the robots, where were they from? And a great villain played by a great actor like Ben Miller only really had about 20 mins of screen time before he was despatched. No character development, no real story development, and far too much clever chat at the end when the time could have been used better. Entertaining but not a classic and not really a story that will be remembered much. Older Who fans like me remember back to the classics of the classic series. Watch the story development and dialogue of some of the black and white shows, far superior to anything we have now. If the show had been produced then as it now we'd never have had stories like The Tenth Planet, Evil of The Daleks, The Invasion, Inferno, Genesis of the Daleks etc etc. The BBC need to decide if they just want to produce one off episodes that look nice but don't really do much for the programmes lore and will probably be forgotten after a week, or want to use its writers to create clever fulfilling stories and scripts full of memorable characters that we'll still be referring back to and watching in 20 or 30 years time. And one more thing, does Clara have to be so clever and sure of herself?
Danny Pink and Journey Blue, hmmmmm, best link I could come up with at half eleven on a Sat night is if you take the first part of their names you get what sounds like Danger. Nah, grasping at straws!!
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek
I gave it an 8 as I did like it but can completely sympathise with what you say. The garbled quick low volume conversations were just too quick and quite. And where Moffs concerned there are always big plot holes, though is course it's up to us fans to fill them! Well directed but we really do need a 21st century Robert Holmes or Malcolm Hulke!
Not bad, liked the Daleks attacking, not seen that for a while and they def seemed more menacing. Liking Capaldi but don't like the quick low volume conversations going on between him and Clara, all too sarcastic and clever. Still at least we don't have the skipping around we had between Matt Smith and Clara. Def think we need the Daleks tweaked a bit, different colour, modifications to the existing shells, someone new doing the voice, that coupled with a two parter where they show just how evil and menacing they really can be would make them the best in class again! Good to see Missy again if briefly. 8 out of 10 from me!
I felt a bit let down by the titles and new theme when I first heard them last Saturday, but now I've watched and listened again a few times I actually really like it. It's very different and new but then so it Peters Doctor. Thumbs up from me!
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Examining Series 8’s New Title Sequence
Missy's garden is sort of the shape of a Tardis. The fountain is the shape of a console and time rotor. Is she a Time Lord taking people out of time before they die? Must admit I thought the last five mins with her in were great sand am intrigued. Just hope it's not a let down at the end as Madame Kovinian (spelt wrong?) was
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Introducing Missy the “Gatekeeper”: Who is She?
This really puts a cloud over the new series for me. As a fan you invest your belief and time in watching and getting used to a new actor in the role who you at least hope will be around a few years. I realise this is probably teasing but there's been too much fan teasing and untruths over the last few years, particularly from the 'show runner'. Whenever I see a glib comment from a fan on here saying 'Rule 1 Moffat Lies' or whatever it is it makes my blood boil! Have a bit of respect for fans and don't bloody lie or just keep quite! I can only hope this was an off the cuff remark from Capaldi, who I think was an inspired choice (yes a compliment to Moffatt!) and a brave choice going against the obsession with youth only for main roles currently in tv
1 month ago on Capaldi Unclear on Series 9 Return
Love to see an epic 3 parter (!) where Davros has hidden himself away and created a new race of Daleks. New design but still fathful to the original design and with someone else doing the voice to distinguish them. Should be set in the last place you'd expect them and their emergence starts a new era for Capaldi's reign plus brings back the faction element as we had with imperial and renegade Daleks back in the 80s. Wont happen I suppose but would be great!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Time to Regenerate the Daleks?
@Notsosmartguy approves of female thor 'Hate' is too strong a word that many people feel for Moffat. 'Bored' would be more suitable
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title
Oh ok, sorry, thanks for pointing that out, me being a fan since Tom Baker too!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on SFX #251 Previews Series 8
@supermoff @TonySimmons I'm not talking blood and guts everywhere! There's too much emotion in the new Who and that cheapens it and reduces the impact of it. Sorry, but that's my opinion and loads of 'don't watch if you don't like it' replies from the 'how dare you criticise' brigade wont change it!! ;-)
Too much emotional stuff in this listing. Clara coping with her best friends change, the Doc discovering if he's a good man, the Doc having a breakdown, and a strong emotional story for the finale. And please not another Lodger type story. I'm reserving judgement as this is only a brief description, but my hope that all the skipping around emotional 'You're my amazing best friend' type stuff would be replaced by some serious darker fight for your life type adventure is slipping away
@elle_kensington Not Rose again, pleeaassee!!!
@Polyphase @EvolutionOfTheDoctor Totally right. Tegan wasn't the stereo type screaming companion but a lady who had the hump that she'd been taken away from her cabin crew job! Later on she mellowed and started enjoying her travels, but in the end was sick of the killing and decided to end her travels. Also, she wasn't always being complimented by the Doc as 'amazing' etc, there was even a bit of hostility, but in the end he was gutted she left. Things were a lot more natural then and not so fluffy and false as today. I'm sick of the flirty type relationships between Doc and companion that we've had a lot of since Rose (the most over rated companion!)
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Moffat: Series 8 Not A Fairytale, There Are Consequences
@Rani Nose She's a teacher and he's a 2000 year old Time Lord. Think he has a bit to teach her. Id be glad to see less of the skipping around and hugging, and no more crushes from the companion hopefully now he's a bit older. Look at Tom Bakers Doc and Sarah, great friends and always beautifully understated. Lets have some of that back, takes skill to write it, but hope they have a go.
2 months ago on How Far Into Darkness will the 12th Doctor Take Us?
Thanks for explaining that, guess that explains away quite a few plot holes
2 months, 1 week ago on Series 8: New Teaser Trailer “I see into your soul, Doctor”
Mmmm, not really that thrilled, was hoping for a classic style Dalek story but guess that's not possible now with only 1 parters.
2 months, 1 week ago on Dalek Story Details for Series 8?
Surely this Tardis will be like this till the Doctors death, as it's as his tomb is on Trenzalore, or didn't he die on Trenzalore now, which means there's no tomb anymore? Or is that just another confusing plot hole as we've become accustomed to during Moffats era!
Cast of kids including the voice of Peppa Pig. Yay, can't wait :-/
2 months, 1 week ago on Series 8: Frank Cottrell Boyce Confirmed
Oh yes like this, Davros returning would be fantastic Though won't hold my breath with the many dead end teasers we've had from 'genius' Moffat before. Anyway, great teaser!
One episode stories are far too quick and don't allow any development of stories, characters, or a build up to a decent ending.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Is the Current Format a Serial Killer?
Looks interesting and intrigued by the classic damaged head. Also, the gatekeeper is dressed a bit time lady'ish so intrigued there too! All I hope is that the Cybermen arnt making a cameo in a story about something else. Moffatt has done this too many times and it reduces their impact.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Finale Filming: Returning Characters & Monster
Just realised he's talking about series 9, must pay attention! Get the feeling he doesn't want to leave the show and give someone else a chance, JNT stayed too long and look what happened!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat Teases Massive Series 9 Cliffhanger
Im not a fan of Moffat, but i'll reserve judgement until we've seen season 8, He does like doing these interviews knowing many fans are hanging on his every word, but in many cases the result hasn't been quite as great or programme changing as what he makes it out to be. Still, hold back with the poisoned replies Moffat fans, im reserving judgement till the Autumn!
Why does it have to be a Hollywood actor? We have loads of talented older unknown actors in this country who could bring authority and charm back to the role. Why waste money on top names? Long as the script and story are good and you find someone with all the required attributes most people wouldn't care if they are known names or not
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Series 8: Master Finale Rumours
@bondbug1973 Agree with that. The mask for 2008 had a bit too much latex, the 1975 mask was much creepier. Julian Bleach did a good job in playing him though and id like to see him back calm, calculated, with a renegade Dalek faction
3 months ago on Is it time for Davros to return?
Tried watching it on the back of this article last night, and it comes over as a bit Cbeebies! One particular silly bit where Ace and another girl are saying 'BOOM' and surprisingly there's a real boom! The incidental music sounds cheap too, miles away from the classic scores of Paddy Kingsland etc of the early eighties.
3 months ago on On First View: Battlefield
@Me and Stuff @TonySimmons I wasn't basing it on a damn singer, I was basing it on the long winded anti climax series we've seen over the last few years
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Foxes Cast in Series 8
See earlier comment
You must be easily offended! But promise I'll no longer refer to him as that in public
I'm commenting on what was mentioned on here as it's a discussion forum. If it doesn't feature them in crappy cameos like we've got used to recently (Closing Time) where they are secondary to the 'special guest star' then great!
Totally agree with you. But you do realise you'll get hate mail from the Glee loving type Who fan
I think providing I don't write offensive words I'm as free to call him what I want, just as the sycophant 'OMG Moffs a genius' type contributor can write anything they want. I seriously hope he pulls one out the hat and it's a great series, but another musical episode, oh dear
A musical episode featuring Daleks and Cybermen. My hopes for any improvement on last season are now gone. When will the idiot in charge start thinking about decent stories and scripts more than gimmicks
A series full of rushed one parters, big mistake. Hope we do at least get a two parter at the end, and hope that will be Moffats swan song before standing aside and letting someone else have a go
4 months ago on Two-Part Finale for Series 8
Kind of hoping its a follow up to a classic series story, Fires of Pompeii was pretty unforgettable but a follow up to Planet of Fire or Caves of Adrozani would be much more interesting!
4 months ago on Series 8 Filming: Volcano Day
Day of the Daleks forgettable? Not half as forgettable as the ridiculous Closing Time, or as disappointing as Nightmare in Silver. Truth is the only decent Cyberman episode of the new series was Rise of the Cybermen. Sadly it was followed by Age of Steel which had a ridiculously convenient ending where they were defeated by a mobile phone. Nightmare in a Silver didn't make them scary again, yes there was a few more gadgets but they didn't return to the silent emotionless killers with creepy blank faces that they were in their early appearances. They were just a stooge to Matt Smith acting with himself and again were conviniently blown up by a handy planet busting bomb. Let's see a well planned two part story with a decent script to bring them back to their former glory. Won't hold my breath till Genius Moffat moves on though!
4 months, 1 week ago on Why the Cybermen should be Doctor Who’s best monster
Totally agree about one part 45 min episodes. They don't work! Look at Asylum and Victory of the Daleks, they could have been great, but were rushed and ruined. Journey to the Centre of the Tardis was all build up with a rushed easy 'it never happened' ending. Does anyone really understand what those things were that were chasing everyone around? Part of the problem is due to weak writing, but a big part is down to limited time to develop and execute stories and characters. Writers are going for the quick set up, quick solution and unsatisfying ending. What if Genesis of the Daleks was 45 mins, or Evil of the Daleks.. Would we still be talking about them as classics today? Think not. Six 2 parter's and two one part episodes would be best way to plan a season in my view
4 months, 1 week ago on Change, My Dear: Rebirth from the 50th
Yes this sounds interesting, think ill def buy a copy!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on The War Doctor Returns in “Engines of War”