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13 hours, 14 minutes ago on Moffat on His Series 8 Worries
“I remember once reading a review of a Doctor Who episode which listed a whole lot of really funny lines, saying, ‘This is the kind of thing we haven’t had since Moffat took over!’ – I wrote every single one!”
Frankly I was never in doubt the Moffat had a hand in many of such classic lines. I dare bet that the best line in Doctor's Wife "But I always bring you to where you NEEDED to go" is a product from the mad brain that's Moffat's.
He really deserves much more than the flak some are dishing rather ignorantly.
13 hours, 16 minutes ago on Moffat on His Series 8 Worries
Just got to channel the Tucker in him..
1 day, 11 hours ago on Capaldi Didn’t Want Twelve to Be Likeable
I'm torn between 5 and 8. 5 consists of plenty of time-twisty plots which makes me tick, but 8 is more on character development which is done in such a brilliant way. Two different reasons which I love, both having their own merits and can't be differentiated.
But if I'd really have to put to a vote, I'd vote for Time of the Doctor. Yes, TIME, not Name. Cause I don't regard Name as a finale, rather the 1st of a trilogy.
3 days, 7 hours ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)
I hope she stays. I think her story isn't done yet, there's still plenty of room to develop, unlike the Ponds where their story had well and truly been fully told.. She's only been with us for 1.5 season, in comparison Rose 2 seasons, Ponds 2.5 season.
However if she doesn't, I could understand that too. The show needs freshness and having her staying one more season is stretching it a little, in consideration of the massive part her story arc had on her 1.5 season. If she's indeed leaving, I can only hope for a beautiful sending off in the coming Christmas special, that is assuming it will be in this episode.
3 days, 9 hours ago on Moffat Can’t Confirm Jenna Coleman for Series 9
Despite not being mentioned as one of the super stories, not just in Doctor Who, the best single science-fiction episode of all time Blink needs no list to cement its place.
The Snowmen is also one of my favourite, and in my opinion a pretty underrated episode among many. Besides it being the first proper episode to feature our feisty Clara (just to put out the elephant in the room), it also contains one of my favourite scene / dialog in Who of all time, The One Word Test. Supreme use of words so tellingly concise no words can sanctify it. "Words.............. Man............... Pond."
It also contains my favourite scene on a new companion being introduced to the TARDIS. From the fluffy clouds exterior, panning the camera through the doors and into the bigger-on-the-inside console room, finally finishing it with the description used for the very first time "It's smaller on the outside!".
3 days, 10 hours ago on Moffat’s Best Monsters, Tricks & Stories (So Far)
Thank goodness it's not him! That was quite doomed to fail despite McGann on it. And thank goodness we now have him for 8, 9 10!!
3 days, 17 hours ago on Capaldi Turned Down 8th Doctor Audition
Flatline in 2nd spot!! No shame in being just behind Listen. This means that making Clara the Doctor would so work! MAKE IT HAPPEN!
3 days, 17 hours ago on Doctor Who TV Readers’ Final Series 8 Episode Ranking
Ah yes, the incredible mad genius that's Steven Moffat, who brought us the episodes Curse of the Fatal Death, Blink, Day of the Doctor that would live on to infinity. And so many more as writer/show-runner of the British icon.
Seriously why isn't this man knighted already?
3 days, 16 hours ago on Happy Birthday, Steven Moffat!
Series 8 has indeed been a very different series. While its predecessors are largely focused on its science-fiction/fantasy and twisty-windy storytelling aspects, Eight has been a lot on character development, which arguably could reach out to a wider audience than your old-time Whovian (stereotyped geeks).
But it's not turning into a soap. It still works with its superior intelligent scripts and plots. If there's any complains it's that it might be too intelligent to catch on to on first viewing. Often it requires a few more viewings before the plot's brilliant intricacies could be spotted. I'd be the first to admit I didn't find Listen, Dark Water or Death in Heaven (yes, all Moffat's) great on first viewing, it left me a little "what?" at first. But 2nd and 3rd viewing later, it left me all gushing over so OMGawesome they are.
To those who'd relentlessly criticize Moffat's stories, go watch it again. If you still don't get it, hop onto the forums and engage in discussions away. Do not let the lack of IQ or EQ get in your way of enjoying the show. As Moffat once famously put it, the show makes us viewers more creative and intelligent.
4 days, 9 hours ago on BBC Declares Series 8 A Triumph
Frankly speaking, for the purpose of this articles series, Angels Take Manhatten should be considered instead of Name of the Doctor as Series 7's representative. In many aspects, Angels feels more like a proper finale than Name, not just because it's the last episode before a long break (till the Snowmen), but that it brings to a close the story of the Ponds. And what a beautiful ending it is.
Starting from the Snowmen, it feels more like a new series, the start of a new companion and with a new TARDIS interior. On first look many may consider the new series arc to be the Impossible Girl with it's finale set on Name of the Doctor, but as Name feels more like the first of the Doctor's Trilogy, through the epic Day and ends with Eleven's regeneration in Time. I feel that Christmas'12 to Christmas'13 should be considered a Series on it's own, with its series arc focus on the Eleventh Doctor.
On the other hand, the impossible girl jumping into Eleven's timestream only marks the halfway point of Clara's arc. As many would agree, Series 8 sees Clara having a bigger influence to the Doctor (and the show) than Series 7b. From the girl who saved the Doctor, to the woman who could equal the Doctor. Till now it's not yet over, and there's room for further development if BBC wishes to stick with Jenna for one more season.
Out of the overlapping character arcs (Eleven and Clara), Name of the Doctor smacks right in the middle of the two with little to no closure associated with a Finale. It's only a turning point to both Eleven and Clara. To rate it as a finale and to compare it with the others seems like matching Apples with Androids.
4 days, 12 hours ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 7
Out of all the series arcs, Series 6 is my favourite. From the opening 2-parter, the mid-season finale / opener (I was spoiled on Melody Pond prior to the episode but my jaw still dropped at the revelation, the story telling is that good), right to the end of Doctor running away from his death. The whole series worked extremely well.
As a standalone episode, River's Wedding is excellent, most notably the Time collapsing onto a singularity, the unseen (or unremembered) threat of the Silents are fantastic elements. However as a series finale it's not as grand and satisfying as Pandorica Bang. Maybe it's the lack of an epic speech, maybe it's because fans could already deduce Doctor's the groom. But as far as being the Finale as concerned, Wedding works as a full-stop to the series arc, rather than as a last revelation chapter of a grand story.
To be fair to this Finales-in-perspective article series, perhaps Series 6's representative shouldn't be confined to one episode only. Maybe this is why the scores are so low. If we were to consider at least Good Man's War together, or regard Hitler as the 1st-parter to Wedding, it might make more sense as a proper representative in this Finale Pageant.
5 days, 17 hours ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 6
@The Lazy Cat's Soufflé Was too Beautiful to Live @Clara Who One thing for sure, this scene happens quite some time after Death in Heaven. So if Clara is 3 months pregnant with little Pink then she could have given birth already. Which could possibly explain why she's on the rooftop in the scene, and the conversations about parents leaving the gifts under the tree. She's fulfilling the role for her little one.
Still doesn't explain why she so readily steps into the TARDIS though.
6 days, 14 hours ago on 2014 Christmas Special: Children in Need Clip
This is my favourite finale of all! Probably because it's my first, and that it's all the twisty timey wimey plots that totally captivated my imagination and we simply couldn't predict what's going to happen next.
It is such high standards that Moffat's era began with that got the critics (who are in truth closet fans) of Moffat rambling on and on about his deteriorating writing and the show's downward path. Expectations got impossibly high but frankly, it's really difficult to top such greatness once it's been set.
And very importantly, it's the episode that brought us "fezzes are cool"
6 days, 18 hours ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 5
CLARA IS BACK, GORGEOUS AS EVER! This alone is enough to make me excited.
Still no sign of Pink Jr though, does this mean Danny is not done yet?
6 days, 19 hours ago on 2014 Christmas Special: Children in Need Clip
I actually went with Derek Jacobi. Although he had only minutes on screen of being the Master, his performance, especially after portraying as Prof Yana, the switch from pure good to pure evil with a change in his eyes, is absolutely superb.
Although, Michelle Gomez is absolutely amazing too, perhaps better than Jacobi's Master. But the reason I didn't go with her is that Missy could very well be a whole new character, or Rani, or an evil ex-companion (River, Clara Tasha), without any ties at all to the Master, and her character would still work perfectly. Jacobi's Master fitted better into the whole story behind the character.
1 week ago on Face-Off: New Who Masters
Looking through David's list of questions regarding the episode made me suspect if we're actually watching the same show, or at least with the same level of attention. Many of these questions can be easily inferred via the story, some were directly addressed in a highly succinct one-liner. Even without good attention, it should have been picked up upon subsequent rewatch.
UNIT guards behind Missy. It's Missy/Master, hypnotism is a tool frequently used. Heck even us viewers find Michelle hypnotic. She's that good.
Danny and Brig fighting conversion. All we see onscreen are the Cybermen at the graveyard, with the 2 mentioned the ones able to resist their cyber-command. There's plenty more off-screen, and we don't know what happened to them. So presumably, we might see plenty of "good" Cybermen lurking around, say, gathered by Cyber-brig?
Pain so great the living couldn't stand it. Well, the converted Cybermen in Death in Heaven ARE DEAD to begin with.
St Paul's hosting 3W. Kate asked the same question on-screen, "easy if you're a Time-Lord".
Rain as pollen. The rain were highly targeted to fall on graveyards and mortuaries, and very likely configured to convert only dead cells to Cyber-cells, to create bodies for the souls in Nethersphere to upload to. After which, the living would progressively be killed and converted, and the cyber-army expanded with every death.
Burning cybermen. 1st Cyberman shattered itself to bit, NO FIRE involved, micro-particles carried in rain to disperse onto Earth. Danny and others burned themselves, using FIRE to totally burn up all the particles.
Tourists selfies. They were UNIT undercover. Look again at them drawing their guns at Osgood's command.
It's a real shame that David didn't enjoy the series, and you're very much entitled to your own opinion. However to paint it in such a negative light, is quite unfortunate to readers or for the purpose of constructive criticism to the show producers.
1 week, 1 day ago on 2nd Opinion: Death in Heaven
I think Missy's motivation to present Doctor with the gift is a highly sinister one, definitely more evil than any masterplan to conquer the planet or universe all by herself.
Throughout time and space, Master's plans were always foiled by the Doctor. Yet, they are very similar, just opposite sides of the coin. In order to remove his/her greatest obstacle, instead of simply defeating or killing the Doctor, why not recruit him?
Turn him to the other side, drunk the Doctor with power, tempt him with what he could achieve with all this power, win all the battles he'd lost, save all he wouldn't have saved. And eventually, let the power overwhelm him and corrupt him.
All it takes is the flip of the right switch, the pressing of the right pressure point. Like Clara's, when Danny's death lead her wayward. And Doctor's pressure point would be Clara.
I think that's a way bigger plan than the simple conquering. And that's absolutely bananas.
1 week, 2 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Death in Heaven
My top moment has got to be the credits. But then, I'm biased.
After that, practically all of Missy's moments. Slightly disappointed we didn't see her TARDIS though.
1 week, 4 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Death in Heaven
I voted HIT, although to be precise it should be "to-be-hit". He's spent the vast amount of time finding his feet unsure of who he is, let alone the viewers who'd been following him and very occasionally distracted by the wonderful and absolutely amazing Clara Oswald.
But he's shown promise, snippets of what would make him a big hit in some of the episodes. The "gun girl" blurbs on Aristotle, the interactions with Rupert and Maebh, the mystery solving against time on the Orient Express, that scene on the pebble beach, talking to himself, and all those hiding of emotions which only made the rare displays more significant.
Now that a full season is over, Capaldi himself and the writers of Who for future episodes would have a good idea of what works, and also what don't. Seriously the rants about soldiers are really off-putting. And with the Doctor no longer requiring an egomaniac control freak to reel him in (though I very much wish Clara to return, feels like we're left hanging on her part), the stage is set for him to absolutely dazzle on his own.
I think what would really make him a better hit would be to channel more of a certain high-functioning sociopath, the Capaldi way (not the Malcolm Tucker way though).
1 week, 4 days ago on Poll: Capaldi’s Doctor – Hit or Miss?
This episode's focus on soldiers and their promise, and all the 100th anniversary observations going around this weekend, cannot be a simple coincidence.
1 week, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven
Doctor leaving Clara behind: did the Doctor really thought that Danny found a way to come back and that Clara's reunited with him?
Doesn't matter. Cause no matter what, it seems that Doctor decided it's time to not bring Clara along anymore. He'd realized that Clara had overstepped the line. She'd betrayed the Doctor and everything she stood for in her dream-volcano, she'd kill Missy herself either for revenge or to prevent Missy from further evils. She had become too big, too assertive for her own good. She can't travel with the Doctor anymore.
"You'd make an excellent Doctor Clara, Goodness has nothing to do with it."
He had to find a reason for her not to follow along. He decided to disrupt Clara's control in the conversation at the cafe, not allowing her the opportunity to say her things, seemingly jumping to conclusions that Danny is back, eventually resorting to lying about finding Gallifray and "never again stealing a TARDIS and run away". He knew that this is likely going to be the last time he's going to meet Clara, hence the tears and hug.
Clara accepted it, fell for the lies on Gallifray, and came to understand never again she'd travel in the TARDIS.
And the Doctor, he's upset of course. He'd lost his best friend, he still can't find Gallifray, and the one clue he had was (seemingly) killed. He's not OK, so is Clara. Enter Santa.
So my guess for Series 9? Clara will be back. To join the search for the Nethersphere, or at least the world from where Danny sent the boy back from. There was a mention in DWM that S9 would be about ghosts.
Osgood isn't just an in-show fan surrogate. She's the very personification of the fandom!
Not just a mere character, feels like Moffat has killed us instead.
1 week, 5 days ago on Moffat on Finale Death, Master Future
@DrOswald @Clara Who and those big sad eyes. It's not? Nooooooo.
Well at least Jenna seems to be in. That's more than enough.
1 week, 6 days ago on 2014 Christmas Special TV Trailer
I knew my eyes weren't playing a trick on me when I saw Journey Blue!
Jenna ahead of Capaldi in the credits! Jenna's eyes!
It's official. CLARA WHO!!
1 week, 6 days ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven
I SEE JOURNEY BLUE IN THE TRAILER FOR CHRISTMAS!!
@Regenerated Catterson doesn't exist! @MJJ Definitely so. The TARDIS control room decorations was that of Matt's era.
TEN MORE MINUTES!!
1 week, 6 days ago on 10 Anticipated Death in Heaven Moments
For some reason, I'm feeling a sense of dread going into the episode.
That it's the end of a helluva series
That there'll be no more (Clara) Who for 7 weeks
That I dread to imagine what's going to happen to Clara, Danny and Pink Jrs
That my eyes are most likely going to inflate by the end of the episode.
Oh those big sad eyes....
@DonnaNobleForever I believe so too! That's where Osgood's reply come in! (2nd line)
1 week, 6 days ago on Death in Heaven – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)
I'm excited too, although for vastly different reasons from what's listed in the articles.
Instead of the things which we could anticipate given clues from various sources, what I'm excited about are those which are kept totally in the dark so far, those which comes most unexpected and which completely blow our minds off.
I'm bracing myself for a tear fest by the end of this episode...
1 week, 6 days ago on The Tragedy of Clara Oswald
"Nice bow tie".
"Yeah Bow ties are cool!"
One can dream!
@Romanadvoratrelundar @Clara Who; THREE MONTHS? I think there's no avoiding taking Clara up said path. Danny is dead, physically at least, and the only way for Orson's existence would be Clara's pregnancy. And yes, Clara being pregnant would mean she would have to stop travelling in the TARDIS. Well, for 9 months at least. After that, who's to say? Maybe Pink Jr could have a go too.
"One of my grand-parent, well great grand-parent is a time traveller.". Who's to say it's not both great-grand and grand parent? Ok this is almost certainly not going to happen. Too far fetched.
2 weeks ago on Clara’s Mysterious Phone Call: A Theory
@Planet of the Deaf Or, that Clara is fully committed to Danny for a long term relationship, she's possibly considering to stop travelling with the Doctor from then on, hence deciding to tell him the whole truth.
That, and the THREE MONTHS post-it she had prepared and the conversation she couldn't wait to make. No one could possibly wait any longer when having news of such magnitude!
Absolutely no contest for me here. Utopia wins it hands down, simply with the idea of Y.A.N.A. for the last of the Time Lords.
In Dark Water we already knew that they are still alive, somewhere, and we'd most likely be revisiting them in future seasons. It's just a matter of when, not if.
But in terms of casting, as much as I like John Simm's portrayal, I love Michelle's even more.
2 weeks ago on Face-Off: Utopia vs Dark Water
Interesting theory! A classic timey-wimey plot line that's in practically every Moffsterpiece. And it largely holds water too.
I had a rather simple premise thought up for the phone call though, that there's something so important, so major that she just can't wait to share it with him. "Not all of them good", means there's at least one major good news. She's smiling and giggling away as she goes through her phone call, a good news so big she can't wait to share it with her love immediately.
And that ONE post-it note in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it instant. THREE MONTHS.
Missy, Cybermen, AND DANNY on the gears in the background?
Could Danny turn out to be a villain??
2 weeks ago on Complete Eighth Series DVD Delayed
The fact that this clip revealed Clouds (likely the one Doctor noticed from UNIT's plane), upgraded bodies, rain as mechanism for downloading, shows that these things are considered less important to the bigger reveals reserved for the episodes!
Makes you excited for what's NOT being revealed isn't it?
2 weeks ago on Death in Heaven Clip
So it's also mentioned that Michelle Gomez was originally down for another part before being cast as Missy. Looking back at the series which role do you think she's originally considered for?
My guess is Karabraxos / Ms Delphox.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Capaldi and Moffat on the Master’s Gender Change
@powerstaark Fantastic write up. Can't agree more that Jenna's such a fantastic actress that she made Clara so much better than possibly she's written as. Without Jenna I strongly doubt that Clara would seem convincing in the things she do and her input made the emotions feel so much more realistic.
Similarly, I had a dark wish for Jenna to be the next Doctor. Despite her showing absolute capability to pilot the TARDIS, it's really quite improbable for her to be casted, not in the near future at least, definitely not right after Capaldi. Perhaps a few more incarnations down the years?
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Dark Water Review
For some reason I'm more interested in what would happen to the Pinks than the Cybermen's plans and how they're going to be stopped. The absence of information on the Pinks isn't a strange coincidence.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Death in Heaven TV Trailer
On the Missy scenes I actually loved the scene when she played M.I.S.I. most, the personal intimacy levels, coupled with Doctor's hilarious response and Clara's absolutely adorable expressions (a confusing mix of "is this really happening to the Doctor" surprise, wanting to laugh but can't with the still lingering grief, basically my display picture) made it my absolute favourite scene in the 2nd half of the episode.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Dark Water
@The Lazy Cat Doesn't Want to Say Goodbye Most likely a yes. With Danny's physical body dead, it's pretty much the only possibility left for Orson's existence. It would also provide the impetus for Clara to tell Danny everything, and why Clara wanted so badly to bring him back.
It does add to the emotions too, though not the only reason. The grief for the loss is far stronger.
Absolutely agree with 1 and 2! It really brought the 2 characters to a whole new level, what with all the criticisms littered throughout the series about the 2, this scene absolutely smashes everything to bits. Clara the egomania control freak losing herself in her grief, regrets her action but admitted she'd still do it again. Doctor the cold and callous on the outside, but deep within he cared for Clara more than anybody else. Even the bit on "I don't need mopey" is his way of lifting Clara and getting her back to her confident self. I'm at a loss for words just how brilliantly these 2 scenes combined
Two particular lines I absolutely love:
"I'd say I'm sorry but I'd do it again." Oh Clara, my Clara... I was in tears!
"Do you think that I care for you so little that betraying me would make a difference". Oh Doctor, my Doctor...
Although personally I'd prefer Missy to be an Evil River, I think her being a regenerated Master is perfectly fine too. And to cast Michelle Gomez (fantastic portrayal!) right opposite Peter Capaldi, just screams perfection.
I vote yes.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Poll: The Missy Reveal
@LordRassilon @Clara Who: Missy Who? Doctor Who! I agree that the speculative ideas would make a better story, hence the slight disappointment when it didn't turn out so. I myself was very into an evil River or Clara gone bad theory, and the more I participated, the more wanting I became for the theory to come true, to the extent that the most obvious, logical and for-longevity-sake outcome would pale in comparison to what we have in our wildest imaginations.
Still, such speculation is a major part of of the fandom's enjoyment, but for it to come at an expense of the show itself just isn't right. Hence I feel only diving into it only after the show, not before, would be best on balance.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water
@dizzystuff I didn't get the Tucker reference at first! Initially I thought it's just the kind of things an angry Scotsman with even crosser eyebrows would say, but nonetheless not spoken for the family show.
@Deus_Ex_Machina Ooh didn't know about that, until a quick google put me right on track. Have been using it since forever. Thanks!
Lesson learnt: Taking part in fandom speculation is fun by itself, but often when things don't turn out it takes the enjoyment out of the episode itself. Still enjoyable, but not as much as going in blind.
Only look around fandom fantasies AFTER the revelations for the full experience, not before.