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Kindly don't discount the possibility that this may have been recorded BEFORE the Cybermen were officially announced...

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Moffat Teases “Major Foe” For Series 8


Got to be Listen...the hype around that one is really exciting.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 1-6)


The brilliance of Smith's last speech is that it helps us, as mere humans, to begin to relate to and understand how it feels for the Doctor to have all these different selves. If you as you are now met you as you are ten years ago, or ten years in your future, how well would YOU get along? It'd be like talking to a different person.

There's no telling who or what you'll become in your future, it's both scary and exciting.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration


Doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be like The Invisible Enemy. Alternatively:

-> Doctor and Clara go into some sort of giant Dalek (think the Cyberking but less ridiculous...? Hmm), that way they don't need to get miniaturised and all sorts of stuff could be going on within its workings.

-> Doctor and Clara psychically go into the 'mind' of a Dalek, in the style of Timewyrm: Revelation. With its twisted psychology represented as a surreal landscape to explore.

But assuming it really is like Invisible Enemy, it could result in an interesting story with how the people (or Daleks) outside try to deal with the Doctor and Clara stuck inside a Dalek, or the Dalek trying to destroy itself.

2 months, 1 week ago on Dalek Story Details for Series 8?


When it comes to child actors, let's hope this is more "Eleventh Hour" and less "Fear Her", if you know what I mean.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8: Frank Cottrell Boyce Confirmed


Maybe ep 10 is by some cool guest writer and they're keeping a lid on it?

If it's just Gatiss again I'll have a little cry.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 8: The Almost Complete Line-Up


I suspect the second one just reads "Rest in Peace" again - you can see "We Promise" underneath it.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: Finale Clue


I love those Dark Eyes titles!

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful


McGann's voice is like heaven.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful


The alleged awfulness of Rings of Akhaten is a self-perpetuating mythology. People think they hate it way more than they actually do. And the more they go on about it, the more people do the same.

In reality it's just a bit naff. There are many much, much worse episodes.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on The Top Stories & Doctors (According to DWM 2014)


I'll be honest - I thought Light felt too by-the-numbers for something that was supposed to celebrate the 50th anniversary. Day was much more of a party, even with far fewer cameos.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on The Day of the Doctor vs The Light at the End


It'd be a shame to throw out such a fantastic and enduring piece of music.

A new arrangement, however, is feeling overdue. Since it's the start of the new Capaldi era, I hope Murray Gold goes for a total overhaul and brings back some more of the eerie, dramatic vibes.

4 months ago on The Theme – Time for a Change?


@Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things Oh and, right on about it being more relevant now than in the 60s. You only have to look at something like Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror to appreciate the level of contemporary techno-paranoia you could tap into with a story about a cyberised human.

4 months, 1 week ago on Why the Cybermen should be Doctor Who’s best monster


@Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_ThingsAbsolutely. I think the NiS design is an enormous improvement over the rather groovy-clockwork-toy-looking 2006 ones, but the story threw out all that potential by making them the most robotic they've ever been - same old clunk-clunk rigid robot walking, and now not even giving them a chance to speak for themselves (all villainous dialogue goes to the super-ham Mr Clever).

Every successful use of the Cybermen as antagonists has incorporated the uncanny contrast between the organic side and the robotic side. The Tenth Planet's Cybermen look incredibly weird, from their cloth faces clinging to the skin, with hollow eyes, down to the bulky chest units weighing them down - every subsequent design has de-emphasised all that! Why?

The most acclaimed Big Finish audios featuring the Cybermen are Spare Parts and The Silver Turk. The former examines the horror of the original Mondasian civilians who were converted. The latter places one (Tenth Planet style) Cyberman in a horrific situation, separated from its group, and even makes you want to sympathise with it. All of that comes down to the impact of bringing out the "man" side of a Cyberman.

But it's not even as difficult as all that. Even something as simple as walking around like humans, and not robots, would help. Moffat, just by making a Cyberman act a bit like a zombie/The Thing (in The Pandorica Opens), produced the most effective screen appearance of the creature in years. It's because it's something behaving organically that shouldn't be, machine substituting for life.

4 months, 1 week ago on Why the Cybermen should be Doctor Who’s best monster


I wonder about this companion who'd willingly(?) accompany the Doctor during the Time War...wasn't one of the points made in The Night of the Doctor that nobody in their right mind still would?

4 months, 2 weeks ago on The War Doctor Returns in “Engines of War”


Not to particularly disagree, but...I don't think anyone has ever taken War of the Daleks' retcon seriously. Mainly because it messed up every Dalek episode ever aired, solely in an an elaborate attempt to ruin Remembrance of the Daleks because it annoyed the author.

Explaining Skaro's presence in 'Asylum' is a piffling matter; use your imagination? Since Remembrance we've had an entire Time War to worry about, all kinds of things getting rewritten and unwritten.

5 months ago on Asylum of the Daleks: A Popular Opinion?


Kinda, anyone?

Enlightenment too.

5 months ago on The Fifth Doctor: Five Favourites


Whoa...five of those are top class, this will be a tough pick.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 10


Amy's Choice.

The Dream Lord alone puts it above most of the episodes on this list. The fact it's a cunningly executed character piece, that never gets bogged down or less convincing, puts it above the rest.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 7


'Make the foundation of this society a man who never would!' remains one of Ten's low points. Yeah, never mind that in his many lifetimes he's not only shot people, but done much worse things to them - Ten himself sealed the Family of Blood into eternal torment only the previous series, and let's not even mention the Time War, or Seven. His taking the high and mighty moral ground here is ridiculous. Ten's basically setting himself up as some kind of perfect messiah figure to imitate, the arrogance is amazing.

Actually, the episode in general is botched. It sets up a challenge to the premise of the series and doesn't deliver. The 'Daughter' herself only superficially, vaguely resembles the Doctor, makes some accusations against him that have obvious rebuttals that he weirdly never comes out with, and (because, you know, you can't actually mess with the status quo) only exists to die. Er, well, die, then come back after the Doctor has already left. So not dead, just neutered from having any further effect on the series.

Then you have the abysmal handling of Martha, stuck crying over a dead Hath...the fairly drab plot and world, dull revelations, and just frankly how rubbish the cheat in the title is to begin with.

There are other, interesting ways an episode about the Doctor having to deal with fatherhood could have been written, but here it falls into the 'Time War guilt' hole. She is a vehicle for Ten to angst about being the last Time Lord. For ages.

Anyway my pick would be Dalek. A massively less interesting shadow of Jubilee still qualifies as a good story, Shearman is just that good.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 6


If only Power of the Daleks and Evil of the Daleks weren't missing, they are supposed to be some of Troughton's best ever.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on The Second Doctor: Five Favourites


I think Pehrsson's episodes under Toby Haynes are his most visually gorgeous (Pandorica, Christmas Carol, and Astronaut).

5 months, 3 weeks ago on The Unsung Heroes of the Matt Smith Era


@The Living Angel I think the proportions being off is part of the point, it's not human remember?

6 months ago on Series 8 Filming: Sneak Peek at a New Monster


Beast Below is the best episode on this page. :p

6 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (33-27)


Yikes. Black Spot and Journey don't exactly provide encouraging evidence for his ability to write a compelling story with interesting characters. (And I'm not convinced his 2nd/3rd Sherlock episodes aren't just the product of major rewrite jobs on the part of Mofftiss.)

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8: Episode 4 & 5 Writers Confirmed


One of the great underappreciated episodes!

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The God Complex


What percentage of these comments is actual arguing, and what percentage is people endlessly making jokes/complaining about the arguing?

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Gillan on saying Goodnight to her Raggedy Man


Pinch of salt. If true I hope it doesn't result in a rushed episode.

7 months ago on Daleks Series 8 Rumours