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I had no problems with the episode at all. It was clearly written for the children so I won't go all critically eyed over it. I do however have a problem with Kill the Moon and it's "serious" science.
1 day, 8 hours ago on Moffat Defends In the Forest of the Night Science Criticisms
3 things to my ideal Christmas episode
1) Snow (to make up for the lack of in some parts of the world. White christmasses are the most enchanting)
2) An important milestone in a character's arc, either an introduction, turning point, or a farewell. (For rewatchability in future and beyond)
3) Everybody lives! (You don't want to feel solemn at this time of the year no?)
1 day, 18 hours ago on The Christmas Conundrum
You've decorated! I don't like it.
I LOVE IT!!
4 days, 7 hours ago on Site Update: Christmas 2014
Hmm. Does this open up the possibility of Clara enrolling into the time lord academy (when they eventually found gallifrey) and getting herself a TARDIS?
4 days, 7 hours ago on Moffat Explains “Clara Who”
4 days, 11 hours ago on Moffat Explains “Clara Who”
YOU ARE DYING?? What????
On the other hand, I loved the opening music! Feels very festive and dreamy.
1 week, 2 days ago on Last Christmas New Trailer
Hand reaching out "Please Don't Go~"ZAAPPP
1 week, 3 days ago on New Last Christmas Details & Big Clara Clue?
It is definitely a good decision, to make Twelve different from Eleven and Ten. I like most of these moments, although I must say the disdain displayed towards soldiers are a little overboard. Even after the Finale, I think the repaired damage isn't enough.
1 week, 3 days ago on Capaldi Needed to “Slap the audience awake” – Moffat
“Jenna Coleman reflects on her time as Clara Oswald.”
Please let this be another of Moffat's blatant misdirection. But I could also see how Clara decided to not resume her journey in the TARDIS Not just because of the 6 months hiatus, or rehabilitation period for her addiction if you like, but because she knew this can't go on forever for herself. It's sooner or later, and why not now, when she's more or less settled on her Earth life.
Plus, she could be having a baby to take care of. A single mother with the baby's father a victim of a tragedy, and it's nothing to be ashamed of. Another good reflection on our progressing society.
I read the opening line as "the Mirror are back with another unsubstantiated Humour". And boy do I get some giggles. I pity the folks at Mirror for finding the plot "too complicated" though.
1 week, 4 days ago on Series 8 Is A “Ratings Flop” (Apparently)
@Clara Bosswald I'm on for Emma Thompson. Perfect mix of class, humour, drama, and intellect. I remember her saying somewhere she'd love to go for the role too.
1 week, 4 days ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey
I just rewatched Christmas Carol, and was reminded that the Doctor was pals with Father Christmas, or "Jeff" as he always knew him. They even took a photo at Frank Sinatra's hunting lodge at 1952!
1 week, 5 days ago on DWM #481: Who Believes in Father Christmas?
@supermoff is in Christmas mode Sorry, but I have to agree with you that you're looking too far into it. The connections made are straws-clinging at best.
1 week, 5 days ago on The Ambiguous Themes of Series Eight
FANTASTIC ARTICLE. This is one of the best (if not the best) article I've read in DWTV since I can remember. And it's certainly the best article summarising and discussing the themes of Season 8. Always loved such deep psychological and philosophical exploration of story parallels and strong explanations and evidence.
In relation to the soldiers and religions, I think the theme of "am I a good man" and "power corrupts" can be discussed alongside as well. In most instances, military and religious leaders started off as a Good Man, feeling strongly for their cause, believing it's for the good of people and galvanising their tropes to spread their message. However as their congregation grew, as their sphere of influence becomes wider and wider, they became drowned in their echo chamber and began making questionable decisions.
This doesn't just lie on the shoulders of the leaders at the very top but more to the intermediate leaders. In the show Clara, having had her share of playing the Doctor and the immense power and responsibilities that comes with it, is beginning to display questionable signs culminating with her preparing to kill off Missy herself. Heads of army may not wish to dehumanise their opponents, but that doesn't stop soldiers from posing with corpses of enemy combatants. All the reports of regional clerics abusing their position of trust isn't an anomaly either.
With the teaser at the end, you've got me looking forward to your next article. Oh the cliffhangers...
@darrynlee1 @Clara Who “Right now… Yeah. I think I do. “ @VictorWong1 Again, that's in Victorian times. Nothing said about contemporary time. Who knows Sherlock Cumberbatch is an inspiration of Sir Doyle's creation too (in the Whoniverse that is).
One can dream! Especially this Christmas coming!
2 weeks ago on Capaldi Teases Last Christmas & Clara’s Fate
@VictorWong1 I actually think it opens up the possibility of Sherlock and Doctor having a go at each other.
Well Detective Holmes is established as a fictional character in Victorian times, but not the modern high-functioning sociopath. With the mythical Robin Hood (and now Father Frost) having a presence in the Whoniverse, I think it's very possible modern Sherlock could have a go too.
Moffat did once said he wanted to make Wholock a reality, but he'd also flipped it a while later saying it's just not possible. That sounds quite like Misdirection101.
One of the successes of Matt's Doctor is that his personality is established right at his first episode. On the other side of the coin, it also meant he had little to develop his character to, until the Pond's departure in which he (very briefly) went through a very dark period.
With Peter's Doctor taking a whole season to answer his own "Am I a good man" question, there's definitely still plenty of room for development.
And this means plenty more to explore with Clara too!!
2 weeks ago on Capaldi’s Doctor Will Evolve in Series 9
@ElyotWren That soft of sums my Doctor Who viewing experience every time Clara is on screen. Hence the need for multiple viewing.
2 weeks ago on Last Christmas Promo Gallery
“The Doctor is slightly competitive with any semi-mythical characters "
Sounds ripe for setting up a showdown between Doctor and..... The overlapping of filming periods can't be a coincidence no?
For once I'm not going to talk about Clara (although that white background portrait is definite wallpaper worthy), but I must say Nick Frost is the BEST portrayal of Santa Claus EVER.
Geniuses like Moffat hate to use the same ideas and rehash them in new settings. So when he says he still has ideas left in him, expect plenty of all new ideas continuing to blow our minds away!
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Moffat Says He’s Not Running Out of Ideas Yet
Weird? Oh yeah.
Weirdest ever written by Moffat? OH YEAH!!
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Moffat: Last Christmas is the Strangest Thing I’ve Ever Written
This article deserves to be permanently tagged on the front page.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on 10 Lessons to Live By From Doctor Who
2 weeks, 2 days ago on New Last Christmas Clips in BBC Festive Showreel
It's ok to be afraid. Fear is a superpower.
What makes this even more wonderful is that it is grounded in science. When we're in fear, our hearts do pump harder, our muscles move faster and stronger, our brain thinks faster and reacts faster. Experiments do show that our perception of time do slow down. Look up Fight or Flight Syndrome.
It's obvious where my vote would go isn't it?
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Clara, or a New Companion for Series 9?
It is articles like this that I can agree with the one only valid reason that's heaped on Moffat. He over-estimated the intelligence of his audience.
Since this is only a comment, I'll only briefly touch on Missy's motivations on the gift of the Cyberarmy.
Her primary purpose is to corrupt the Doctor with power.
To show the Doctor that he's "just like her", manipulative, above all else, obsessed with power, she wanted to give him all the power he needs to do whatever he wants to. Guess what might happen from here on when one is drunk with such power in his hands? Hint: Time Lord Victorious.
"Nobody should ever have such power"
Naturally the Doctor would never accept such power readily. So Missy conjures up something to essentially FORCE Doctor to accept it. She preps the Cyberarmy on the course to killing all mankind and conquering all of universe. But just before triggering the kill switch, she offers the Doctor full control of the Cyberarmy.
Now here's the big moral dilemma.
He could refuse, which means they would go on to world domination, and the Doctor could do nothing to stop them. Or, the Doctor could accept control of the Cyberarmy, hence forth preventing them from killing all of humankind. But this would essentially fall into Missy's bigger plan, the first step to corrupting the Doctor.
And from here on this is where Twelve is reminded of his good man bad man nature. He's just an idiot, bumbling around helping whenever he can. The true good men / women are his companions over the years. It is them who wanted to do good and the Doctor is helping them out. That's why the Doctor always wanted to travel with companions, to be reminded that all these things at his backyard are in fact truly amazing things and to stay on the right side. Remember what happens when Doctor traveled for too long alone? Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.
In fact this isn't the only big dilemma in the episode. The Doctor wanted Danny to keep the pain that separates him from a Cyberman, but the need to know of their plans meant he eventually relented when Clara insisted on removing Danny's pains. Clara was going to kill Missy herself, and this is the darkest moment when Clara might turn over to the other side. Clara had shown the extent to which she'd go to when given the right push, and the Doctor would rather himself doing the killing than Clara, "to save her soul".
"Sometimes the only choices you have are the bad ones, but you still have to choose."
2 weeks, 5 days ago on The Problems with Death in Heaven
Ahh... The tabloids. Always amazing how they could conjure up "sources" from "insiders" no? I would say they make good fiction scriptwriters, but I'm already watching the show with the best of them!
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Rumour: Christmas Won’t Be Jenna Coleman’s Last
I love Osgood. We all do. She's the very personification of the fandom in the show, the very archetype of the typical geekish fan. And I say that with pride.
But to bring her back after going through all that trouble to fuel Missy's fire, does cheapen the scene. It would also bring about wave after wave of petitions calling back past favourite companions, Captain Jack, Donna, Wilfred, Jenny and more, when realistically it might be regressive for the show.
So unless there's a good plot development for Osgood, bringing back simply via Zygon explanation would indeed be succumbing to the bitsy-est pressure.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Could Osgood Still Be Alive?
Sadly, I haven't got the privilege to watch Delgado in action. So I'd have to vote for Gomez.
Plus, Missy is groundbreaking. So my vote is clear.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Final)
Well this is one ambitious list to compile. I'll just grab my supply of jammie dodgers and look on the discussion.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Doctor Who: Fifty-One Favourites (Part 1)
Of course she CAN be back, but SHOULD she? WOULD she?
Honestly, I love how the fandom always remembers the past, but perhaps not clinging on to it and constantly wishing old characters back would be better for the long run.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Tate: Donna Return Unlikely
Last Christmas, the "last time" they were in Christmas.
They still had to make sure Name of the Doctor is in proper after Time of the Doctor.
(Anything but Clara leaving...)
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Last Christmas: Short Synopsis
This may really be Clara's last Christmas episode.
Doesn't say anything about the year till the next though.
Sometimes it's not really the Doctor that made you a fan. Often it's more on the companion than the Doctor. But sometimes, it's the monster.
The factors in the very first episode that I watched, and left me wanting for more, is not due to the Doctor, or the companion of that time. It's the story, the monster, and the guest cast of the episode. It's Sally Sparrow, the Weeping Angels, and that big ball of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff. From then on, the episodes that really blew me away, Eleventh Hour, Pandorica Bang, Day of the Impossible Astronaut, is what got me fully in. If I were to start with other seasons/episodes, I probably wouldn't be here today.
So in truth, my "Doctor", is Steven Moffat. (I voted for Matt btw, still gives me the goosebumps everytime I watched clips of Eleventh Hour)
3 weeks, 5 days ago on From 1-12: Who is YOUR Doctor?
Happy 28th Birthday to Clara Oswald!!
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Doctor Who’s 51st Anniversary
*Does a happy Capaldi dance*
4 weeks ago on A Hint on Jenna Coleman’s Future?
@Master No More That's a screenshot from Five(ish) Doctors! After he woke up from a dream of sort...
4 weeks, 1 day 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.
Just got to channel the Tucker in him..
1 month 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.
1 month 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.
1 month 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!".
1 month 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!!
1 month 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!
1 month 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?
1 month 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.
1 month 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.
1 month 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.
1 month 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.
1 month ago on 2014 Christmas Special: Children in Need Clip