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@Typo42 A Gent of Clare @IanChesterton1 @Burgess Shale No yes, I was teary too when she tagged that onto her message to the world. But I don't even know what was supposed to have happened to that girl - did she die, disappear.... how... why? It was just random haha
2 days, 14 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night
@Burgess Shale haha yeah, that's what I'm HOPING the connection will be. And not just some un-addressed random event!
2 days, 18 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night
4/10... found it very weak and If the resurrected sister isn't feeding into the finale and is just the laziest happy ending ever, then it's gonna be revised down a 3/10. ;) trailer was sick though
3 days, 2 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night
@Thetimewarrior101 Moffat back in April about the TARDIS' dislike of Clara..."'It's almost like it's all building to something ... Oh! What's this I'm writing today?" :).http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/why-does-the-tardis-dislike-clara-62232.htm
3 days, 15 hours ago on Next Time: Dark Water
@tbuktwo "3W" ... a trinity of some sort is implied.... I'm assuming it isn't 3 Who's haha but who knows?
You know what I wonder - why people get so upset by what they perceive to be mistakes or wrong moves by the production team for any given character or season arc or whatever. Obviously constructive criticism is healthy in any walk of life you can think of. But this proper seething resentment over the stature of Clara's character in this series really baffles me. I can empathise with people who might prefer to see more Doctor time or who just don't like Clara. What I mean is - why concern yourself so much as to get upset? Because check it out, there's loads of stuff that has happened in Doctor Who over the years that I really quite dislike. I didn't like the Rose/Doctor "boyf" relationship, I didn't really the reveal of River being Amy and Rory's baby, I didn't like the Clara splintered in time thing (and especially Gallifrey Clara)... etc, etc. But then I love the pathos of the Doctor's pain in that final scene of Journey's End, where he stares forlornly at the time column (my favourite "cliffhanger") - and that wouldn't have meant as much if not for the Rose/Doctor thing being in the mix. I loved the reveal of John Hurt as the War Doctor because Clara had been splintered in time. And I love the thing Arthur Darvill's forehead does when Rory learns that River is his daughter. ;) So... a ramble but I think the point I'm making is that Doctor Who is always going to be a mix of stuff we as individuals like and dislike, maybe even love and hate. But that's like any relationship worth a damn; and also why we have a word for "commitment". You know that something as good and unique as this show MUST be taken on balance, there's always going to be much more to love than hate and maybe even the stuff you think you hate is all part of the magic. I dunno what I'm saying really other than just take this phase of Doctor Who as it is and enjoy the hell out of what you like about it. After all, next season will probably be very different in feel again, Moffat and the team seem very keen now to make each run of episodes feel quite different. Yep this has gained them a lot of criticism from some quarters, Series 7 being a good example I guess - but also a lot of praise. And I certainly want to see Doctor Who regenerate its way to 2063 and beyond in style, not strangled by too much negative pressure by certainly elements of the fanbase who perhaps feel far too proprietorial of the show. I'm thinking a little of 1980s Doctor Who fandom here, perhaps... Anyway, hope the word count was worth this diatribe peace
4 days, 8 hours ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?
I watched a DVD extra from Survival the other day in which Andrew Cartmel actually expresses how important it was in his eyes to give more emphasis to the companion than the Doctor, at least at times, in order to make the Doctor more mysterious and unknowable. Something to do with the Doctor as a distant mountain range. I liked that and it seems relevant to this discussion. I personally am enjoying the extra focus on Clara and thereby us as viewers becoming a little more distanced from this new Doctor. Not everything about Series 8 has worked for me (particularly RoS and the second half of KTM) but I wouldn't expect it to; but the characterisation has been excellent and Capaldi's Doctor has become mysterious and alien again which is an impressive achievement for a character we've known so well for 51 years. So while I voted "No" it was because I don't think the additional focus on Clara is a problem but rather a strength, and a deliberate ploy by the production team.
4 days, 21 hours ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?
@TheWhovian It has :( "exceeded 999 users".... WOW
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 8: Watch Deep Breath First
@TheWhovian and the phone lines are knackered
Lovely article :)
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Why We love Doctor Who
I'm not convinced that whole series should become one long arc. But I do think more two or even three part episodes would be great for particular stories. There's a few flavours of "classic" Who that the team should consider bringing back into the show IMO. Doctor Who is great but there's always scope for a bit more greatness ;) One thing that could be brought back a scarier, more sinister quality - basically the sort of weird, creepy shiz that can stick with you all week (or a lifetime). The other thing I'd like to see more of are longer, more involved stories, where we can become more immersed in a world. Particularly too as you cannot beat a good Doctor Who cliffhanger. One of my favourite post-2005 moments was the cliffhanger to Silence In The Library. Such a "classic" Who cliffhanger moment. "Zombie" Dave stumbling after the Doctor and River's team ("Hey, who turned out the lights?!"); Donna having seemingly been killed and her face recycled on a "node"; and River asking desperately, "Doctor! What do we do?".... and then the theme music sting coming in, along with that feeling of, "How am I going to make it a whole week before we find out what happens??" That would be a really great thing :D
4 months ago on Is the Current Format a Serial Killer?
Hold up folks! Let's be clear on what Moffat actually said/asked. I read the article in DW Magazine and he basically simply set a challenge to fans to identify the first episode in which the production team made explicit that the Doctor was alien. He never suggested that the Doctor might be human. I find all of this consequent babble to actually be quite bizarre!
4 months ago on An Earthly Gallifrey
I have to make the point that HD close-ups of the old Dalek props wouldn't have done them any favours at all. Unless the production team had wanted to rebuild them and even slightly remodel them for the screen, their inclusion as anything other than background decoration would have been a mistake imo.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Unpopular Opinion: Asylum of the Daleks
@DarkrystalSky @IanChesterton1 @WhoFanNo565 I disagree with your reply to my reply disagreeing to said comment
8 months, 1 week ago on Weird and Wonderful
@ilyootha @IanChesterton1 I don't think that means anything whatsoever. I watched the video, read the blurb, gave it a chance. It's a horrible idea badly executed. Nothing more hackneyed than a Young (Insert Name of Hero) concept. My opinion. You aren't forced to read it or consider it ;)
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful
@CalebBeck @IanChesterton1 I'm perfectly calm, thanks. But I do have a strong opinion. I'm therefore using the comment section in a perfectly reasonable, inoffensive manner that does not violate any rules.
@The8thDoctor @IanChesterton1 Incorrect. Their stated plan is to pitch the "pilot" to networks in the attempt to get it commissioned. Therefore BBC endorsement is kinda required. It is perfectly reasonable to question the judgement and even maybe the morality of attempting to raise over a million pounds for a project that clearly cannot fulfil its stated end goal
@The8thDoctor @IanChesterton1 Happily it seems like they have no chance of raising the funds. And if they did, what's the point? The BBC will never endorse it.
@The8thDoctor @IanChesterton1 I was happy until I heard about this. I mean wtf?
Doctor Who TV staff --- can we please get some comment from Steven Moffat about this Wild Endeavour thing. Someone from the BBC needs to reassure me that this abomination will not be allowed.
@YgorVale The BBC will not tolerate it. Mainly because it looks awful
Can I set up a Kickstarter campaign to stop A Wild Endeavour?
I mean the very notion has actually horrified me.
@WhoFanNo565 I don't want to sound like a miserable old g*t but, really?!? Sound amazing!? It looks and sounds awful... awful!!!!
Ugh! No offense to anyone involved but "A Wild Endeavour" looks utterly awful. The guy who's clearly going to be playing the young Doctor is awful. Anything dealing with this period of the Doctor's life is clearly out of bounds and an utter "No No" for any true fan. The BBC will never license it. Am I correct in thinking that Russell T Davies was so horrified by the idea of a Young Doctor Who that he created the SJC instead for CBBC.I mean, what the absolute f**k is this? Yee Jee Tso - get a real acting job.