MrRazza, the Newly Qualified Omega Identifier
Starting off in the fiercely competitive business of Omega identifying, following the reveal of the new Rani.
The Bells of Saint John - 5.5/10
The Rings of Akhaten - 3/10
Cold War - 7/10
Hide - 6/10
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS - 4.5/10
The Crimson Horror - 5/10
Nightmare in Silver - 6.5/10
A consistent run of Doctor Who!
19 hours, 14 minutes ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 2)
@supermoff @WhovianDoctor11 Preferably with lots of that legendary sass!
1 day, 20 hours ago on Listen! Series 8 Teaser Trailer
The Doctor the Widow and the Wardrobe - 1/10
Asylum of the Daleks - 7/10
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship - 3/10
A Town Called Mercy - 5/10
The Power of Three - 5.5/10
The Angels Take Manhattan - 6.5/10
The Snowmen - 3/10
It's not my favourite run of Doctor Who, but it's Doctor Who, so it's still pretty awesome!
1 day, 20 hours ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 1)
@supermoff @JolomontheCube As someone who has more critical and (at least perceived to be) negative approaches, I agree. Someone being enthusiastic and positive about something they enjoy is nothing to be criticised
1 day, 18 hours ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 1)
12: *Blasts Clara into atoms using only his eyes*
I wonder how many times I can rewatch Peter Capaldi saying "listen!"...
Quite a lot, apparently
Sometimes I feel like I'm the only person who actually really likes Time of the Doctor...
The only real gripes of mine were very minor and were the Amy appearance and the Tasha Lem flirting. They just feel a little 'off' for me, but otherwise it's one of my favourite episodes of the Smith era
2 days, 18 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration
I think it's worth pointing out, to those who feel it unnecessary, that this isn't just a new incarnation, but the first incarnation of a new regeneration cycle. It's a celebration of where Doctor Who has got to since the revival, climbing to global attention and acclaim more than at any other time in its history. It provides a unique opportunity to many fans, it broadens its scope and increases the attention it garners. It's not a feature film, it's not being Hollywood-ised, it's just the TV show being shown on a bigger screen for a bigger crowd to enjoy.
If, like myself, you're just not very keen on the cinema, then just watch it at home. It will still be on TV you know.
3 days ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally
@Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @SteviePenny Well, there is a "world" tour...
And here in the UK I see the advert at least once a day, they advertised in the middle of the World Cup, and various newspapers and magazines frequently have a story on it.
Worldwide attention probably does need more work though, but then it often does.
3 days, 2 hours ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally
@Planet of the Deaf @TheValeyardsMimeArmy @MrGuymanwatch It's another reason why I probably won't go to see this in the cinema. It's a great experience for some people. but I prefer relaxing at home and watching it in comfort without distractions and unnaturally loud popcorn eating.
Sometimes I do wonder if cinemas are just there to more remind you of how annoying your fellow human beings can be. I'm tall and very polite (in my legendarily humble opinion), so will usually sit near the back. Unfortunately, this usually means that I end up having to see over an even taller (and often wider) more impolite person, twelve kids who can't sit in seats, twelve more kids who can't keep quiet, an elephant, the Empress of the Racnoss and the Mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe.
Thankfully, I'm yet to have a Silent come and sit right in front of the screen... at least I don't remember one...
3 days, 3 hours ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally
I have to be honest, I actually most prefer to watch these things on the TV, there's something much more appealing to me about sitting on a sofa in the comfort of my own home (and eating my own, considerably cheaper, snacks) to watch Doctor Who.
@TheOncomingStorm @MrRazza, the Newly Qualified Omega Identifier @Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @Mikeyboss182 @supermoff It's an emotional goodbye. Other episodes had a tendency to have annoying moments where they gawped at each other and went all awkward and flirty. Bad Wolf Bay is far and away the best sole Rose/10 interaction scene.
3 days, 18 hours ago on Five Expectations for Series 8
@Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @TheOncomingStorm @Mikeyboss182 @supermoff I think the series 2 finale is so good because there isn't much time for Rose/10 tedious interaction. A bit like The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit
@Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd @Notsosmartguy approves of female thor The one that terrified me as a kid was The Empty Chiild/The Doctor Dances, otherwise I've never had more than tension and a faster heartbeat.
The Ood did appear in a nightmare once (they were walking like cybermen, it seemed my brain just sort of vomited Doctor Who in my sleep) but the episode itself never more than unnerved me a bit.
I think it's likely to be quite a different series to what we're used to. From what we've seen, it looks like it's going to be quite experimental, quite original, darker in the overall feel and *insert naughty word here*-ing fantastic!
3 days, 19 hours ago on Five Expectations for Series 8
@supermoff @Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @Huknar @Deus_Ex_Machina There used to be quite a few, alas there seems to have been a bit of a purge of them on there recently...
It's a shame, it was the only source of classic Who I could really afford myself.
4 days, 2 hours ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title
Oh Moffat, what things you think to say while you lurk in your castle of shadows, oh lord of the trolls.
And ultimately, while we may all point out slightly incorrect quotes and harrumph with personal triumph, he is sort of right. Because even we only really call them the 10th and 11th when we distinguish them. We don't act like that is really each incarnation's name or title. If we talk about an episode (that is not a multi-doctor story) we will simply refer to them as "the Doctor". When Series 8 finally gets around to starting, and we are rating and commenting on each episode, we won't say "the Twelfth Doctor did this", we'll say "the Doctor did this".
4 days, 3 hours ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title
Fellow Whovians, I have a confession to make. A confession that will no doubt dampen my reputation and esteem (and most of all my legendary humbleness), and that is... I have never listened to a Big Finish Audio.
Oh the shame! It's not all my fault, Money is a very major factor, the focus on covering every inch of the classic era (I'm filling up this one month to go with a Pertwee marathon), and the fact that in the extended universe I'm naturally more drawn to the novels. But sometime soon I intend to make a start, and I will undoubtedly use this article as my guide. Many thanks!
4 days, 18 hours ago on Happy Birthday, Big Finish! 15 Picks for 15 Years
That can only mean a 10 hour trilogy of Doctor Who at some point in the future then!
It's a shame he's already missed the episode where forces of evil lay siege to a town... ;)
5 days, 2 hours ago on Moffat: Peter Jackson Episode Will Probably Happen
My full commendations for not only producing a brilliant article in the first place, but responding to the reaction to it and producing a second, equally superb one! Bravo!
5 days, 18 hours ago on How does the TARDIS reflect the Doctor? (Part 2)
Wise words indeed, it is very much possible to have too much of a good thing!
And ultimately, while it may not feel like it at the time, anticipation can often be half the fun with these things...
5 days, 23 hours ago on Colin Baker on Five(ish) Doctors Sequel
I'll always like the slightly grim, cold, yet oddly homely console room of 9 and 10. Partly out of nostalgia, but there's something about it that really appeals to me, and that's possibly the darker edge to it - as 11's second one appeals to me as well.
I also have a real love for 3's science-y one, and also quite like the feel of 4's secondary console room. As you rightly point out, the interiors very often reflect the incumbent Doctor (8's however seems more fitting for the older 7, which it actually was - and also just for some dramatic scenes at the end to make it all cinematic), and I'd never really noticed it before.
For Capaldi I personally feel the books and board indicate perhaps more of a slow, thoughtful Doctor, in contrast to the two preceding Doctors, who were more rush-in-and-wave-your-hands-around or rush-in-and-raise-your-eyebrows-at-things.
6 days, 17 hours ago on How does the TARDIS reflect the Doctor?
@supermoff @MrRazza, the Newly Qualified Omega Identifier Opposed to change, robotic in nature, narrow minded... Definitely talking about the Cybermen here... ;)
On a serious note though, I genuinely would like to see some more landmarks and recognisable places involved, it grounds it more in the real world than a street-that-might-actually-be-in-Cardiff
1 week, 2 days ago on Cybermen Invade London (Again!)
@Oliver J. "cool" Well, it is a lovely bit of London, maybe they're admiring the view?
They'd be looking at the Millennium bridge too, perhaps the're admiring the architecture? Perhaps that's it, Cybermen endanger the population of London by infiltrating bridge construction and putting in some special science-y metal!
Actually it's probably just the camera angle...
Series 8 really does look like it will be one of the biggest, most experimental series we've ever had. I can't say for sure how it's going to pan out, though I personally have high hopes, but I can say for certain that it looks like it's going to be quite a ride!
It seems that the hordes of evil throughout the universe will once again turn their attention on... present day London!
A full blown invasion, where the Cybermen are actually winning and even perhaps advanced or practically complete by the time the Doctor arrives, would be a fantastic episode - Army of Ghosts almost got there, but they were never given much of a chance to do some subjugating beyond breaking and entering. Seeing the world (or London) we recognise destroyed or in some way altered is what can make a dark episode (much like in Turn Left), not just deaths.
@AaronMcGahon I think they're normally called politicians ;)
1 week, 2 days ago on Will There Be a 10th Anniversary Special for the Revival?
I think we have to be careful when looking at Captain Jack as a character. It seems that very often he is just viewed as little more than a walking innuendo, and to see him as that is to miss the point of the character. He is a man from a future society where sexual preferences are unimportant - one we seem to be slowly and hopefully moving towards today - and so, much like River Song, naturally flirts with people. But, like River Song, there is a lot more to him. He is troubled, several (two? I can't remember exactly offhand) years of his life are gone from his memory, and when we first meet him is effectively on the rocks, having to live as a con artist to get by. After viewing the consequences of his actions, he endangers (and nearly kills) himself saving an awful lot of people including the Doctor and Rose, and is pleased to begin travelling with them - and ultimately figures out the true function of Satellite 5 in the two parter. He is killed by Daleks attempting to earn the Doctor just a few more minutes, and by this time means enough to Rose for her to resurrect him.
(I'll stick to DW appearances for now) When he returns he has been living a difficult and unique, unescapable life, different to everyone around him and away from anyone who could understand, before spending a year locked up in a flying ship. Like other reappearances here we don't get too much development for the Stolen Earth/Journey's End, but we see him leading the charge to bring back the Doctor, rushing to find him and (ineffectively) holding the Dalek "boys and girls" to ransom. In Torchwood, to summarise, he's had dark and horrifying encounters, speant years buried underground, lost his lover, killed his grandson and I heard he did some stuff in America that may or may not be canonical (that's bound to cause an existential crisis) - not to mention the revelations about his past including a brother who inherently hates him.
Basically, he is more than the swashbuckling, flirty strong man a lot of people seem to view him as. He has an ingrained sense of what is good that has been challenged and questioned endless times, deep and real relationships with other characters (that have also been challenged and questioned endless times) and a much troubled history. Essentially, he is a very deep character, and that exterior that seems to rub people up the wrong way is not all there is to him. As for those areas of the fandom who seem him as part of some sort of "agenda"... Well, I tend not to dignify such complaints with a one word response, let alone a 3 paragraph essay
1 week, 2 days ago on Barrowman on Jack’s Future, Capaldi Critics
“And for those critics who sit behind their keyboards and say ‘Capaldi’s not going to be good…’ Shut up!"
A perfect summary of my attitude, John!
Should Captain Jack return? I, of course, have little to add to the many comments below mine, and will echo the sentiments repeated several times already - it depends on the story. I would definitely like to see him return, but I would not want to see the opportunity not utilised as well as it could have been, and would by no means be devastated if he did not return. The thing with returning characters is you have to be careful not to make the return simply a fan service, it can feel cheesy and even underwhelming.
@MaraBackman This male geek 100% agrees. The word is thrown in almost all arguments to undermine contrary opinions, to undermine the person making it and even to undermine their preferences (particularly, for example, a preference for the Tennant era). I think the point about misogyny is bang on too - if a female fan makes a point about someone's looks then thy're dismissed as a 'fan girl', yet a male fan may pass comment on someone's looks and they're just being a lad.
To be honest I'd like to see us all move on from endless snide remarks about "fan girls".
Also, not sure if the theme will change for Series 8 with regards to audio, as the Series 7 one still seems to be used on the trailers. I would be very surprised if they wasn't some degree of change to the visuals though (besides the face, of course!)
1 week, 3 days ago on The Importance of Doctor Who’s Theme Tunes
The theme tune is, quite simply, iconic. I have never really objected to the theme tune in any of its forms, though the visuals have sometimes not been my favourite - eg. the Series 5-6 intro, loved the theme itself, but never won over by the clouds. Genuinely, I adore them all, with a slight preference for the themes of my childhood, the Series 1-3 theme and its revved up Series 4 form. But I love the original, Pertwee's first psychedelic one (where they got a bit too excited with colour TV, I think!) and Davison's (and the music remained for the first half of Colin Baker's, I think?).
And actually, I have a guilty love for the Series 7 one - though perhaps some turning down of the visuals would be good for Series 8 - explosions and space clouds not necessarily required.
@Planet of the Deaf @MrRazza, the Newly Qualified Omega Identifier @Liana21 Perhaps it will be a theme for Series 8.
Clara: "Where are we going?"
Doctor: "Into Darkness... The Blackwall tunnel is murder at this time of day and we're likely to be in it for ages, and I can't afford to avoid it and not pay the congestion charge again. Then we'll get the A2 to the M25. It means a lot of traffic though, I'm not sure it's right to subject you to all that Clara... Tell me, am I a good man ... with directions?"
Clara: "I don't know ... what the M25 is like south of the Dartford Crossing. Have you done it before?"
Doctor: "I've made many mistakes, and it's time I did something about that... I'm going to buy an A to Z."
1 week, 3 days ago on Series 8 World Tour: Deep Breath London Screening
@NumberNine I think we should be fine, the established commenters at DWTV are generally too mature to post anything that would spoil it all for everyone else, and I'm pretty sure the ever efficient and scrutinising moderators will continue to protect us from anyone new attempting to do the same.
@Planet of the Deaf @Liana21 Traffic and rail disruption getting into London? Surely not! That hardly ever happens for more than two, several hour long periods a day!
Seriously though, they're cutting it a bit fine, but I would imagine (and hope) they've planned it pretty carefully. Maybe there'll be a bit of fiddling with dimensions to get there quicker. Does anyone know if the TARDIS has to pay for the congestion charge?
@YaelMoise Many of us who live in the UK will just as easily be able to get to London on a random day than Americans to New York and Australians to Sydney. Alas, our small size does not seem to given us the best transport infrastructure (My 60 miles distance takes 90 minutes by train - quicker than most of the world's population, but hardly efficient and means it would have to take up a whole day I just don't have free - and I won't even touch on getting into central London by road...).
So don't worry, a lot of us will be burning with jealousy too! ;)
I don't think we need to have consistently longer stories, but some could definitely benefit from it. Sometimes the 6 (or more) part Classics could feel laboured and padded, sometimes they were masterpieces. It depends on the story itself. Personally I prefer a mix, some longer stories some shorter, a la Series 1-6 to the 'Blockbuster' format, though I do think the Series 7 style could have been pulled off a little better and could really have worked. Part of it is simply that "Blockbusters" just makes me think of a 1980s game show in which spotty teenagers ask Bob Holness if they can 'have a 'P' please, Bob?'
1 week, 4 days ago on Are Longer Stories Better? Five Classics
I would quite like to see John Simm return one more time, perhaps even regenerate halfway through a two parter, but I'm not sure anyone could deny that Charles Dance would be fantastic.
Other favourite possibilities (and outright fantasies) of mine are Alan Rickman (he passes on voice alone!), Christopher Lee (it couldn't happen, but... wow), more of Derek Jacobi (I'm sure there must be some way of achieving it), Idris Elba (for a very different type of Master) and Benedict Cumberbatch (because why not).
1 week, 4 days ago on McGann: Charles Dance Would Be a Great Master
@Notsosmartguy sells propane and propaneaccessories @ShameOnSM @Huknar I think that could reflect the Ponds a bit too much. People meet and spend time with each other without falling in love, and I hope Capaldi's era reflects that a little more. No sudden romances, no irritating 'tension'. I found the repeating return to the "will their marriage last?" theme with the Ponds got a little tired in the end.
1 week, 5 days ago on How Far Into Darkness will the 12th Doctor Take Us?
I'm hoping for a darker era, but I'm not in the group who views this as primarily arising through death. Many of the greatest episodes of the revival have been dark - the Empty Child/the Doctor Dances, Human Nature/Family of Blood, Utopia, the whole run from Silence in the Library -> Turn Left (+most of the Stolen Earth), the Waters of Mars, Amy's Choice, the Impossible Astronaut/the Doctor Dances, the God Complex and even parts of the Doctor's Wife.
Some of them have death, but when it is not off screen it is rarely the actual source of darkness. The darkness comes from playing with fears, from using a world or scenario we recognise and threatening or distorting it, and from altering and meddling with perceptions.
I hope for a darker era that utilises these means, not needless and frequent dying (not that I'm saying I wouldn't object to more death, but of course, if it's regular, it can desensitise it). It is true though, that Doctor Who has a fantastical and almost childish wonder about it, and we have to be careful not to disregard that too much. I am confident that a good balance will be found.
Still not particularly enamoured by the Paternoster Gang one, perhaps I'll prefer them in print. I'm definitely looking forward to the other two though, guess they're something to add to my university reading list!
1 week, 6 days ago on First 12th Doctor Novels Detailed
Does this change to the TARDIS interior reflect that maybe Capaldi will be more of a calm, reflective, thoughtful Doctor? Does the new lighting indicate that under that exterior is a warm, homely interior that also has a hint of fire about it? Does the ultimately consistent layout of the interior indicate that it is still the same Doctor we all know and love? Am I reading far too much into some superficial changes?
1 week, 6 days ago on Series 8 Launch Trailer Breakdown
@TardisBoy Indeed! And, to be honest, I'm not really one of those pedants - I'm always willing for a bit of artistic licence, if it adds effect (and for some reason, something about a gigantic T Rex feels like it will add effect!)
@Notsosmartguy sells propane and propaneaccessories @NumberNine I'm still hoping it's psychologically or a bit of an abstract title. Talking of shrinking devices starts to ring of cliched cartoons...
Well, it appears that none of these shots have Omega in them... I'm keeping an eye on that Danny though, looking very suspicious in those few seconds of him falling through the air...
To be honest, this breakdown has only furthered my anticipation for Series 8, I don't think it's much of a secret that I was not the hugest fan of the Matt Smith era, but this feels like it's heading somewhere I really like the look and feel of!
@TardisBoy I considered that, but in the broad London shot it only appears to be slightly smaller than Big Ben, and while it's hard to tell clearly, it appears to be slightly further away than it too
@VictorWong1 @MrRazza, the Newly Qualified Omega Identifier I knew it was ringing a bell!
I don't debate the impact and coolness of the line though, I'd just rather someone else was delivering it...
@MetamorphmagusWho @MrRazza, the Newly Qualified Omega Identifier I find them all quite tiresome, to be honest. I certainly see the potential in Vastra and Jenny, and did enjoy their appearance in AGMGTW, but I haven't appreciated any of their appearances since.
@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen Indeed, Daleks have had a tendency to stand around talking, well, shouting a lot lately
@TardisBoy T Rex height: Around 4m
Big Ben height: 96m
That's quite some camera angle!