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I have mixed feelings about the Doctor's Daughter, I love the message but was unsure about the execution. I definitely was not a fan of the character of Jenny, who came across as a very undeveloped-on-paper and (sorry Georgia) poorly realised character. The end surprise regeneration felt weak and the idea of her going about in a spaceship saving civilisations etc made we want to gag haha.
3 days, 14 hours ago on Jenny: A Future Companion
@BJAMES @Clara Bosswald wants a Kate Stewart Spin-off That, I feel, is RTD's and the production team's view of who the woman was. It isn't stated explicitly so it therefore remains ambiguous within-universe - which I think was the point tbh.
@JeremyBorden @IanChesterton1 Thanks. Yeah I've have had a "weird weatner" subplot (lots of rain) on Earth in the background of the whole series culminating in the Cyber-pollen. Tbh I would have also either scrapped Forest or moved it to another point in the series, to make the big finale episode more potent in terms of its effect on Earth. (Otherwise it's a bit like one week the trees invade, next week Cyber-rain...) Thinng is I've really enjoyed Series 8 apart from a few things, and as I've said elsewhere that's to be expected. With Death In Heaven, I liked lots of the ideas but personally felt that the script didn't quite make the most of them or tie them into a satisfying enough narrative to round off Series 8... hence my extensive head-canon above haha.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Death in Heaven Review (Part 1)
I've seen no one else comment that the top photo in the article *could* be cheekily misconstrued as a flabbergasted cast reaction to this episode at the first read-through ... just saying! XD *ducks back under bridge, awaiting goats*
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Death in Heaven Review (Part 1)
Capaldi is a massive hit, I think his greatest days lie ahead in terms of story and characterisation, but one of the boldest ever starts to a new Doctor. Wouldn't mind a little more quorn with my potatoes in Series 9 (I'm a veggie), but I thoroughly enjoyed tons of Series 8.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Poll: Capaldi’s Doctor – Hit or Miss?
OK so the world is full of Monday morning footballers, I know; but I've had a few thoughts on how I would have tweaked this story to make it a bit more satisfying to me as personally I found it disjointed and underwhelming. Wonder what people think....?
The rain clouds made a more prominent part of the first episode too, establishing that the SLOW process of disseminating the Cyber-pollen had already begun. Cyber-pollen referenced as adapted Dalek nanotechnology acquired by Missy.
Explain how Cyber-pollen/nanotech can "harvest" elements from the surrounding environment to repair decayed flesh to a usable standard and also build the Cyber-suit. Maybe this could have been shown happening to a desecated body in a creepy, Hellraiser-style way.
NATURE OF THE CYBERMEN
These Cybermen are slave variants developed by Missy, rather than the genuine article.
The Nethersphere is a place in which the "souls"/minds are kept out of the way while their bodies are hijacked by Cyber-tech; they are distracted, perhaps by utter bliss, rather than choosing whether or not to "delete" themselves/their emotions. Danny with support from the boy within the Nethersphere rouses these "souls" to return to their bodies and then self-destruct to foil Missy's plan. Danny is conscious in both the Nethersphere and the real world in his Cyber-body. This due to a telepathic connection established by the TARDIS betweem him and Clara in 'Listen' and then 'Dark Water'. He is the ONLY Cybered person to be able to "be himself" (sorry Brigadier). Danny has to trick or perhaps even win over Seb in order to achieve this goal, to communicate with all the other Nethersphere souls. This would have allowed Seb and the boy's character some growth (and some actual lines in the case of the latter).
That scene was excellent aside from the useless guards. I would have used some Master-style hypnosis though maybe to explain why they were completely out of it - maybe while Osgood goes for a coffee; and we'd have the "I am the Mistress, you will obey me" line.
Missy's "birthday treat" for the Doctor was not to give him an army, which she would know he would have no interest him, but rather just a great challenge - like buying someone a jigsaw puzzle, because she knows he loves a good adventure and would be bored without them. This would have been a really dark idea because it would question whether the Doctor secretly enjoys the thrill of the carnage he so often finds himself caught up in. It would have been part (twisted) "present" to an old friend, and also a torture of his soul.
This would explain the slightly bizarre nature of Missy's plan (for example why convert the dead with Cyber-pollen if you can presumably convert the living?) - it is something "deliciously new" for the Doctor to sink his teeth into. Also, Missy has allowed ONE solution for the Doctor to stop the Cybermen - sacrificing Clara! Missy has rigged the whole Cyber-system from the start so it will shut down if Clara dies. The ultimate test of the Doctor's "greater good" outlook. This could have even been set up earlier in the episode by the Cybermen not killing Clara to her great confusion - rather than her using the "I am the Doctor" ruse to stall for time. We would not get to know for sure whether the Doctor actually WOULD do it (kill Clara to save the world) because Danny intervenes with his plan.
THE BOY'S RETURN
After her defeat, Missy offers Clara the ultimate temptation to betray the Doctor - she has a machine at 3W that can "clone" a new body for Danny (from a "blueprint in his mind" or similar plausible-sounding nonsense) and will do this if Clara kills the Doctor. Clara instead kills the Master. Yes, this would be dark - but what a big, dramatic moment! The Doctor and Clara rush back to 3W to try and to find the cloning system. The whole system is shutting down without Missy, and the dimensions are contracting. In fact, there is a risk they could be trapped in the collapsing dimensions. The Doctor realises there is just enough time and power to "birth" the clone and then quickly leave! Clara explains to Danny via the same sort of comm-system seen in 'Dark Water' what they're going to do. The Doctor outlines that Danny has to imagine himself walking through or a door or some similar Macguffin. The two wait expectantly but when the clone is formed, it is the young boy. Danny has given his chance to return up in order to amend for the boy's death, just as in the real episode.
This would change the ending somewhat as the Doctor would KNOW Danny never returned.
I would have seen Kate have a "near-death experience" where she dies for a few moments and is reunited with her father in the Nethersphere, played by a lookalike and voice-artist, who urges her to go back home for her children.
DANNY'S LAST SCENE
Clara is asleep and dreams of speaking to Danny. The scene suggests this is the real Danny from the REAL afterlife, saying that he is at peace, but leaves it ambiguous.
I wouldn't have had that scene at the end.
That seems to be everything. I've enjoyed Series 8 but really didn't "get" Death in Heaven as a story. Clearly! haha
While I enjoyed this episode and it packed an emotional punch, the resolution was weak. So too were some of the thread resolutions. Missy's plan, although we know she's "bananas", was just a strange. Her characterisation was very mixed here. Terrifying when murdering Osgood, then just a bit ridiculous with the Mary Poppins descent from the sky and the frankly bizarre plan. I thought the Cyber-brigadier thing was a bit weird, tbh. In fact there was a fair bit of weird stuff. Was Moffat tripping when he wrote this script? Certainly not the strongest episode but I gave it a 7/10 mainly because the whole thing was jaw-droppingly nuts and intense... not sure whether I liked it or not overall, but it certainly had my attention..........
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven
Hey... I just watched the preview clip of Seb, Danny and the young boy on the balcony again (keeping me sane while I wait for 8pm!). And... that's the whooshing Cyber-hypnotic control sound effect from 1960s The Invasion serial being used in there at times, isn't it? Once as we go into the Nethersphere, and then one again as we see the lights in the other Nethersphere buildings going out. That's sexy, man
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Death in Heaven – Hints & Teasers (Set #2)
@M-M-G We'll see how it pans out in Death in Heaven I guess but I'm not seeing it so far.... I can see it maybe playing up to that but I don't think that's where we are tbh
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Capaldi and Moffat on the Master’s Gender Change
@Burrunjor You make a good point about the character dynamics and one which I've considered before on this issue. But you're coming in a tad hot there man... and look, neither Moffat nor anyone else is required to be on Twitter and certainly not if he's just going to get abused, so it doesn't make him a "spineless coward" to therefore leave does it, really? I guess what I'm saying is, your interesting point is being obscured a little by the cloud of red mist x
@M-M-G With respect, I think that's unfair. How is the Mistress similar at all to Kate Stewart or Clara or Osgood? Or Journey Blue? Or Saibra? The Mistress isn't even particularly similar to River Song or Tasha Lem in my view and we haven't really got to see her in full swing as a character yet.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Capaldi and Moffat on the Master’s Gender Change
@Afterlife of the Pudding Brains! Also there's the idea that the Doctor wasn't actually *that* good at his studies at the Academy, and might just be a bit crap at it. I actually love this idea - that the Doctor was an academic underachiever but is still the most resourceful, quick-witted Time Lord about - because it's a nice encouraging message for some younger viewers who might struggle in school but have plenty to offer! Also, it makes the Doctor a more complex and interesting character.
This just in, "death is scary". In other news whales do their poos in the ocean
3 weeks ago on 2nd Opinion: Dark Water
@Admin short for Administrator! @IanChesterton1 Ha ha yeah I suppose. *Although* it looks like the arm comes around the frame, so from the back of the painting aperture that the 3 Doctors and Clara step through - so from their perspective, she would have potentially been invisible as they were leaving. And Clara isn't looking in the right direction to see it. After that, everyone's kinda preoccupied with the nuclear detonation so... I think it's plausible that Missy *could* have snuck out that way. Something about the way the shot actually focses on the hand would seem to imply some significance, although this could be a side effect of a 3D production being shown on a 2D screen. And yeah, if it has the same rings as Clara has on her hand, then it's likely just some weird error. Shame though, it would be really cool I think
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Death in Heaven Advance Review
@Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom! I dunno, I'm not sure.... have we got any shot of Clara's hand from DotD to compare?
@Admin short for Administrator! @IanChesterton1 i tell you what, they could definitely retcon that and blag it as a massive set up haha
@MWTV Maybe a more bombastic, heroic version of the cues we've been hearing all series? The hero culmination moment for 12's first series? You probably can't say haha
So the hand in Day of the Doctor black archive scene, when the Doctors come out of the painting. It definitely isn't Clara's. I am utterly fascinated by this second of that special. If Moffat has indeed seeded Missy's emergence back into the series THERE, in the 50th special, without anyone noticing at the time.... then the man is officially a genius. I mean, that's some audacious sh*t
Great article, thank you!
3 weeks ago on A Study of Regeneration: Lord or Lady?
Still appreciate having the read though, having constant Doctor Who content makes my day so much brighter
Sorry that came out way more sarky than I intended x
@pats86 @IanChesterton1 thanks
3 weeks ago on Death in Heaven TV Trailer
@Twist of Fate @IanChesterton1 Out of interest, what would your thoughts be on Charlie Brooker taking over from Moffat when the time comes.....? I would actually love to see that happen.
@Twist of Fate @IanChesterton1 Sorry you haven't been enjoying the recent series but I'm sure it will take a slightly different direction again next year. :)
@Doc Hamme @IanChesterton1 In my mind I'm seeing 11 doing his trademark slow clap ;)
Loved Dark Water btw, can't wait for the final hour....
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Death in Heaven TV Trailer
Some rebuttals from for common complaints about Doctor Who atm. They may come in handy haha
1. TOO MUCH "SOAP OPERA" IN SERIES 8
We have a new, darker, less-likeable Doctor* who the production want to push as far as they can for dramatic effect, putting the audience on edge and making the series a lot edgier than it's been since the revival.
They're a shrew bunch so they know this could risk alienating the section of the audience that might miss the softer, more fairytale, or more romantic elements that have been so key to broadening the appeal of the series since its revival. So the obvious answer has been to allow a strong ongoing sub-plot like Danny and Clara's relationship so that element of the viewership have something tp invest in while they adjust to the new tone of the series.
It's worked brilliantly and I've enjoyed it, as I do like the more emotional, character-driven side to the revived show.
It also allowed us to really feel the drama of Danny's sudden death and empathise with Clara in her agony of loss.
2. THE MISSY/MASTER REVEAL WASN'T A SURPRISE or SEEMED OBVIOUS
Yes, it did seem obvious. So obvious that most of us discounted it as being too obvious. But either way, we're hardcore fans who gobble up every shred of news and also speculate together about where the series is going. It's hardly a surprise that we might predict the way things actually go. And also that we inflate potential surprises to the point of absurdity, things that the showrunners won't actually do because it's far to esoteric for the majority of the audience - such as bringing back the Rani, or even Romana. But most viewers will have been stunned by the Missy/Master reveal. All I can say is - if you want to be totally surprised by Doctor Who, don't look at ANYTHING about it before you watch an episode. ;)
3. THE "MASTER" SHOULDN'T BE FEMALE
The only necessary retort to this is -- the Missy/Master is already established from Dark Water and the preceding snippets as an exciting, scary and utterly compelling character. So what's not to like? We already know that Time Lords have the capacity regenerate into different genders (End of Time/Doctor's Wife).
Maybe it's actually an ingenious strategic ploy by the Master. I'm sure the Doctor said he would be able to recognise the Simm Master as soon as he saw him, regardless of regenerated form - implying that Time Lords can recognise each other across regenerations. (Has this been established anywhere else in the show?) But perhaps this isn't so easy if the genders change. 12 certainly doesn't recognise Missy as the Master straight off, just a thought.
I think a lot of the objection stems from a fear that this sets things up for a female Doctor in the future. Now, I'm undecided about what I think about that as an idea. I personally like the fact that the Doctor presents a strong male role model for youngsters that uses his brains and hearts instead of muscle and guns; and who is, essentially, a pacifist (give or take the odd exploding Cyberfleet). In that sense, he's pretty unique. It would be a shame to lose this - although perhaps it says something that some males (like me I guess) can't idolise female role models in the same way that female fans can clearly identify strongly with the Doctor. A shame, something for me to work on maybe...?
Also, here's a thought whilst on the subject. The female companion in the revived series often acts as a source of pathos for the Doctor, deflating his pomposity and often outshining him. This is a cool dynamic and actually often means that the female companion is more of an effective protagonist than the Doctor (something many fans have complained about when it comes to Clara). With a male companion and a female Doctor, this dynamic would be problematic I think. It would leave an odd taste in the mouth to see a male companion act toward a female Doctor in the way that it works with, say, Clara and 12; or Donna and 10.
4. IT'S TIME FOR MOFFAT TO GO
Why? Because he's just led his team through the most innovative, unpredictable (love it or hate it) series of Doctor Who since 2005? We have to accept that the series must change in order to survive indefinitely. No other dramatic series but certain soap operas (ahem) seems to be immortal... so eventually Moffat will go, and there will be those who prefer the new showrunner, those who hate them and want Moffat back, those who still want RTD back, and those who think Doctor Who stopped being good in 1989 - the usual suspects basically.
So if you want to be rewatching Doctor Who in the style of RTD, or Series 5 Moffat, or whatever - go and get the DVDs out. But remember, the Doctor hates repeats.
Anyway that's enough now.
@StandardWhovian fuselage! haha
@Unibot it's the young boy he killed?
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Dark Water Review
@katelynmaee @btodd1 @DavrosLives the Time Lord Matrix??? Is that where the afterlife is based?
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)
@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
4 weeks, 1 day 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!
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
@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
1 month 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
1 month 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.
@TheWhovian It has :( "exceeded 999 users".... WOW
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 8: Watch Deep Breath First
@TheWhovian and the phone lines are knackered
Lovely article :)
4 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, 4 weeks 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, 4 weeks 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.
7 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
9 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 ;)
@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.