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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!
1 day, 11 hours ago on In the Forest of the Night Advance Review
@ohjanetoh That sort of plot twist would be so cool id give up watching
3 days, 22 hours 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
4 days, 10 hours ago on Flatline Review
Courtenay certainly was amazing, the most amazingly awful cardboard character in the shows 51 year history
5 days, 10 hours 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
5 days, 10 hours 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
5 days, 11 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
@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 week, 2 days 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 week, 4 days 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 week, 5 days 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 week, 6 days 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?
2 weeks 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!!
2 weeks, 2 days 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
2 weeks, 3 days 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)
2 weeks, 4 days 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.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon
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 ;-)
3 weeks, 2 days 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!
3 weeks, 3 days 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!
3 weeks, 5 days 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
3 weeks, 6 days 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
4 weeks, 1 day 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.
1 month 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.
1 month 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
1 month, 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
1 month, 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!
1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
True, just theorising! Did she give the boy the soldier?
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?
1 month, 1 week 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
1 month, 2 weeks 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
1 month, 2 weeks ago on A Surprise Ending for Clara?
You have your opinion mate, and so do I. Thanks for your comment
1 month, 2 weeks 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!!
1 month, 3 weeks 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!
1 month, 3 weeks 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
2 months 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
2 months, 1 week 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!
2 months, 3 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
3 months ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title
Oh ok, sorry, thanks for pointing that out, me being a fan since Tom Baker too!
3 months 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!)
3 months 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.
3 months, 1 week ago on How Far Into Darkness will the 12th Doctor Take Us?