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Oh, and STOP MAKING 'GOOD' DALEKS!!!
I am so sick to death of the writers of the revived series being OBSESSED with turning Daleks 'good'. It's sickening.
That first Dalek episode in 2005, simply called 'Dalek' was obscene. I couldn't actually believe that when I saw it; they gave the Dalek a CONSCIENCE.....Has to be one of the stupidest ideas I've ever seen, especially for a show that's just been revived. I mean, you take over a show that's been dead for nearly 20 years, you are given the chance to write a modern day episode featuring the show's most iconic villain, famous for being uncompromisingly and pathologically 'evil', and the first thing you do is give them a conscience, and have them crying about the nasty things they've done........please. Anyone who thinks Russel T Davies is a genius needs to watch that episode and have their head examined.....
Then that god awful episode in Manhattan. Human-Dalek hybrids, is actually not a bad idea - the point being we get to see the Daleks' personality in human bodies, NOT that we get see 'human' personalities in DALEK form....ugh.
I am also sick of this idea that the TV series seems so fond of, of 'human' = 'good'. This idea that, simply by having some human DNA, will turn an immoral alien lifeform 'good', is so arrogant, not to mention childish.....have the writers of Doctor Who never heard of the Nazis? Stalin? Pol Pot?
A 'Human Dalek' would not be 'good', a 'Human-Dalek' would be Joseph Mengler! Or a serial killer! Or some other kind of murderous nutjob.
Then there was that horrendous episode with the 'Dalek Khan' (another stupid idea of Daleks having names...) that had some sort of epiphany and 'saw' the Daleks for what they really are (which just happens to be the same as the human perspective? Wtf?).
Then recently the 'Into the Dalek' episode, which actually ended on there being a 'good Dalek' hidden in the ranks of the Dalek empire.....I mean, for god's sake. What IS this obsession the writers have? Are they incapable of writing an enemy that's just plain bad? At least from a human perspective?
1 month ago on 51 Years Later: 5 Ways to Make the Daleks Menacing Again
Also, Big Finish handled the Daleks much better (like they do most things in Doctor Who) in my opinion.
There's a Big Finish audio series simply called 'Dalek Empire', which, while not being perfect in some respects, its depiction of the Daleks themselves is probably one of the best I've seen (or should that be heard).
In that, the Daleks are genuinely sinister. They're not the fun, comic-book villains they are in the revived TV series. Part of this is achieved simply by SHUTTING THEM UP a lot; there are really long silences from the Daleks during conversations with human prisoners - which is funny, when you consider that this is an audio-only format, you'd expect them to talk MORE than they do in the TV series - and this makes them a lot scarier. To not know what's actually going on in their heads, and what they're thinking, is far scarier than having them blurt out every single thought they're having for everyone around them to hear.
And that's another thing - why do the Daleks talk out loud to EACH OTHER? I've never understood this; you're telling me they've got these incredibly advanced, weaponised, armoured personal vehicles that can fly, have energy shields, sensor equipment - but the concept of the internal radio slipped them by?!
They should only ever talk out loud when they're communicating with other life forms. When Daleks are talking to other Daleks they should remain completely silent. Yes, I know this would making writing very difficult, as we the audience would not know when they're communicating to each other, or what they're communicating, but that's kind of my point - I think it'd be a lot more effective if we DIDN'T know!
Everyone focuses on how the Daleks need to be made 'scary' again. I'm actually concerned with them appearing INTELLIGENT again - so far on the revived TV series (and some of the classics, to be fair) they've been reduced to idiots. They come across as phenomenally stupid. In my opinion they need to be made intelligent again, and then 'scary' will follow naturally from that.
I agree with the last suggestion, and this is something I've been saying myself for ages; have an episode where the Daleks actually WIN for a change....
It doesn't have to be Earth they're invading all the time, for god's sake. There's a whole universe out there. Have a story where the Daleks are invading some alien planet, or a human colony world, where the Doctor spends the episode attempting to thwart them, only to fail at the last moment, and watch as the entire planet gets 'exterminated'.
They used to do this in Stargate. The antagonists (the Goa'ould) would begin to seem too easy to defeat, so they'd throw in an episode where they succeeded, and suddenly they were back to being threatening again.
And in Farscape....hell, in Farscape the various bad guys won more times than they lost, lol. It was actually a novelty when the heroes won. Now that was a show with real tension.
@Maiden_Ty_One I have to say, since the new Capaldi season started, my opinion of Clara has changed somewhat. Someone I know said "It's not that she's a bad companion, she's just the wrong kind of companion for Matt Smith's Doctor" - and I'm beginning to think they might be right.
As each episode has gone on she's become more and more likeable. So maybe I was wrong.
3 months ago on Popular / Unpopular Opinion: Clara Oswald
To me it's just arrogance on the part of Steven Moffat, going back and re-writing the entire show's mythology in some areas, and completely making up his own backstory in previously unknown areas in others.
I think Moffat needs to get it through his head that this show does not BELONG to him, he didn't invent it, and he is simply the current torch-holder, instead of trying to stamp his name all over the entire show's 50+years of history, like it is, and always has bee, ALL his.
And if you're _going_ to butcher up the show's 50+ years of history, rewrite its entire mythology and haphazardly 'insert' your own contributions into every facet of the show as though they're fundemental aspects of the entire show, then at least do it WELL! At least make some effort to make it genuinely good - as opposed to these half a***d, contrived, convoluted nonsense plots that's currently being churned out....
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
It all looks good to me apart from the T-Rex in London. I don't know why they keep insisting on doing these 'giant monster' stories as they're always awful. Still, the rest looks great though.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Deep Breath TV Trailer
I look forward to Paul McGann, Matt Smith, David Tennant and Peter Capaldi all coming face to face as their respective Doctors.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Smith Eager for Another Multi-Doctor Story
I honestly cannot fathom why anyone could possibly be 'against' such a thing; if you don't like the idea of seeing it in a cinema, then don't go see it in a cinema. Simple. It's not like the people seeing it in cinemas are getting it any earlier, it's going out at the same time as the BBC showing.
As for it cheapening the 50th.....ugh. How? How does it 'cheapen' the 50th? Was it 'being shown in cinemas' that made the 50th the achievement it was? Or was that a side effect OF it being the achievement it was? Any moron can work out the correct answer to that.
Plus, the 50th wasn't THAT good anyway...
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Does Deep Breath Really Deserve a Theatrical Release?
Double casting is no big deal, The X Files and Stargate did it all the time. In fact The X Files triple-cast the actor Colin Cunningham in three different roles. I only noticed when I did a marathon run of the entire show.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Capaldi’s Familiar Face Addressed in a Low-key Way
I have absolutely nothing against overaching story arcs, even if they take up the bulk of a season - if they're GOOD story arcs....That's really all that's important to me, whether an episode is stand-alone or part of a story-arc - call me crazy, but it's whether it's GOOD or not that concerns me....
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat on Series 8’s Smaller Story Arc
@LGwalchmai95 You might like Paul McGann's 8th Doctor. IMO he nails the 'sarcastic Doctor' perfectly. Not in the '96 movie though, in that they didn't let him play it the way he wanted to, I'm talking about the audio series. In that he's incredibly dry and sarcastic.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on BBC News Series 8 Preview Featuring Into the Dalek Clips
Everything's looking pretty good so far; Capaldi's shaping up to be the best Doctor of the revival yet. :)
I don't like Clara. I've got nothing against the actress - she's alright. I just don't like the character, or the way she plays her. I don't find her funny or endearing, I just find her annoying and even slightly arrogant. And this whole 'impossible girl' storyline is absolutely insufferable. I look forward to a time when she departs and 12 gets a more grounded companion with attitude.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Popular / Unpopular Opinion: Clara Oswald
The Night of the Doctor was possibly the best thing they've done since they revived the show in 2005. I don't just mean for online content, I mean for the entire show itself.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat: Big Plans For Future Online Episodes
@JakeGreen1 That's exactly why she and the storyline are so infuriating; the arrogance of Stevan Moffat to go back and rewrite the entire show's history, from 50 years ago, even pulling a George Lucas and inserting new footage into old episodes - other writer's episodes - from the last 50 years, in order to make the ENTIRE 50 year old show to be about HIS silly little storyline, and HIS current 'companion' character....I mean seriously, that's such arrogance it's unbelievable.
He's essentially saying that anyone who considers themselves a Doctor Who fan can't dislike HIS run of the show; the entire show from the 1960's onwards is now about HIS storyline, so he 'owns' the entire show now, in other words.
It's just arrogance, and shows no respect for either the show or its fans.
And I'm not some Russel T Davies fan - I actually think RTD was even worse - and Moffat does score some points with me for giving us 7 mins of Paul McGann's excellent 8th Doctor on screen for the first time in 17 years - but I just really cannot stand arrogant writing.
"I think the whole “Impossible Girl” arc was simply genius beyond words."
I can only deduce that you don't watch a lot of movies/tv or don't read a lot of books.
As for it 'paying off' in the final episodes, the part where they digitally inserted Clara into past episodes from Doctor Who's history was one of the worst things I've seen in the revival so far. Seriously, that was terrible.
And the arrogance of Steven Moffat to rewrite the ENTIRE SHOW'S history - not just his version of it, but the ENTIRE THING going back 50 years - so that the whole show is actually about HIS silly little storyline.....ugh. No thought went into that 'writing' whatsoever.
"In the RTD era the companions were companions, not the storyline. Moffat
makes the companions have too much involvement with the plot."
Ok, are you serious? Rose? The companion that absorbed some sort of 'time energy' and became a god that then went back and controlled the entire first series? Who the Doctor then fell IN LOVE with (for god's sake) and spent the next two seasons pining over her until she returned and SAVED THE UNIVERSE? (After appearing in every episode of season 4, again, as the main overaching story arc of that series)
Or Donna Noble, the 'most special' woman in the universe? Who was destined to become half-timelord and save the universe (in possibly the most hackneyed and badly-written way imaginable)?
I'm not a fan of Moffat's writing either, but to imply that Russel T Davies was somehow 'better'? I can't even fathom the thought-process that comes up with that conclusion.
Oh, and Amy was a consistent companion from season two and half seasons, only Rory was intermittent, and neither of them were the 'main storyline' of any season.
Amy Pond is my favourite character of the entire revival, and I find it hilarious the way so many people hate her; she fits the bill of the 'companion' character of the classic series more than any of the revival so far.
I can't believe they never did anything with Amy's house. You know, the fact that it had 2 floors on the outside, but 3 on the inside? It now looks like that was a simple accident of filming between location and set and a simple error being made - but damn, they could've used that to great effect what with the whole Silence Tardises storyline...
5 months, 3 weeks ago on When Doctor Who Addresses Its Past
Double-casting is no big deal, TV shows do it all the time. The X Files and Stargate would double cast all over the place - in fact The X Files even cast the actor Colin Cunningham 3 times as 3 different people - triple casting, in other words.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Doctor Who and the Doppelganger Dilemma
@JeffBrewer Really? You sure he's not too different from your beloved David 'let me just grit my teeth some more' Tennant, who no one can possibly top in your mind as the Doctor?
I personally found David Tennant insufferable, Matt Smith I liked 'more' but still could take or leave, but I cannot stand this asinine attitude of Tennant-lovers who have this irrational hatred of Matt Smith PURELY because he's the actor who replaced Tennant - as though somehow it was Smith's fault Tennant left the show.....Saying he can't act is just ridiculous. Clearly he can, you just didn't like HIS version of the Doctor.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Capaldi Doesn’t Expect to be a Heartthrob Doctor
I think he's worrying about nothing, I'm actually pretty certain Capaldi is gonna be my favourite Doctor since the 2005 revival.
Might sound stupid to say that before seeing him in action, but I never liked Eccleston - like him in other stuff, but in Doctor Who he does some of the worst acting I've ever seen, which is bizarre, as he's NOT a bad actor - Tennant got on my nerves from start to finish, I'm sorry but I really don't see what everyone else sees in him. He just plays the Doctor like a slightly eccentric human. Smith I like the most but that's not saying much. He has a 'better' take on what the character of the Doctor should be imo, but he went too far into clown territory and ended up being more annoying than anything.
And both Tennant and Smith were pretty much just pretty boys.
Everything I'm finding out about Capaldi's Doctor makes him sound more and more my cup of tea - un-romantic, sinister, gravitas, and most importantly, he sounds the most 'alien' of the 4 so far. I never liked the idea of the Doctor being this 'hunk' who the girls (and some of the guys) swoon over - he's a 900 (or whatever it is now) year old alien from outerspace. The best Doctors of the classic era were the ones who were sinister and slightly unnerving. Capaldi seems to be fitting that bill perfectly so far.
@JustJordsss I wonder if he'll finally go back and rescue Peri - you know, after just abandoning her on some alien planet with nothing but the shirt on her back....
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Launch Trailer Breakdown
I had an idea that since the Twefth Doctor is older than what we've seen in a long time, the new Master should be young. Really young, like a delinquent teen/early twenties. Rather than having two old men going against each other, they could play on the whole dynamic of the respectable 'old man', and the thuggish 'youth'. They could even make ageism a theme of their encounters.
Could be interesting.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on McGann: Charles Dance Would Be a Great Master
John Simm deserves at least one more chance as the Master, mainly because, so far, he hasn't had a chance to play the role how he wants to play it.
Simm says he has and always has had since getting the role, a version of the Master in his head that he wants to play, but for his first appearance Russel T Davies told him no, and made him play specifically how Davies wanted it (another genius move from that flawless showrunner...). That's why his performance in those episodes feels really 'off'. When he came back for the Christmas specials, again he wanted to play the Master in this way he envisions, and again, Davies said no, and made him play it in Davies's way, which this time was completely different from before and if anything even MORE removed from what the Master is supposed to be.
In short, both his appearances so far have been hampered by the 'control' of Russel T Davies. I personally don't think Russel T Davies actually 'gets' or understands the character of the Master (indeed, I don't think Russel T Davies 'gets' a lot of Doctor Who, and just thinks he does). I for one would like to see John Simm's actual take on the Master, at least ONCE before he's replaced forever by an another actor in the role....but that's just me.
@Special Weapons Dalek It gets better. And C'rizz....heh. You'll change your mind about him. It will take a while - after the Divergent Universe arc, in fact - and I'm not gonna spoil it for you, but.....yeah, keep an open mind about him ;)
The Divergent Universe is probably my favourite part of the Eighth Doctor adventures. The Croker is an awesome villain - not an arch-villain, just a sly, devious git, I love him! The Natural History of Fear is probably one of the most impressive Doctor Who stories I've ever 'heard', but it's so unlike standard 'Doctor Who' it's hard to say it's one of the 'best' as it's so different. It took a second listening for me to realise just how great it was.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Beyond the TV Series: Audio Arcs
@TardisBoy It's another case of the actor being blamed for the EPISODES being bad (or in McGann's case, episode). In all honesty Colin Baker's Doctor is actually quite good, just as good as most of the others, anyway. Or at least his portrayal was. He was let down by the writing, and some of the asinine decisions made about his Doctor on his behalf - the most obvious being the outfit. Baker himself loathed that outfit (of course he did, he had to wear the bloody thing), but it was forced upon him by the show runners, and of course HE got the blame for it.
His Doctor was also surprisingly dark; his regeneration went "wrong" and he was left with mildly psychotic tendancies as I remember rightly, which was something new and interesting.
He also had the smokinest companion EVER; Peri :) . Seriously, his episodes are worth watching for her and her outfits alone....
8 months, 1 week ago on Analysing The Top Doctor Who Stories (DWM 1998)
@ClaireAbraham Ugh....the whole point of the regeneration - especially when the show itself is changing hands - is that the SECOND the new Doctor comes in, that's it for the previous one. Done. Gone. All the goodbyes, farewells and sorry for their departure, gone the INSTANT the new Doctor shows up. That's the way it always was and that's the way it should be. I DESPISED that regeneration sequence, not because it was "grim" (I actually liked it when he was stumbling in the snow, it all went to hell when the ood showed up and started SINGING for god's sake...) but because it was ridiculous and over the top. I mean they really were saying, as writers "Our Doctor is the greatest ever and no one will ever be able to top him or us!". It was pathetic. The only part of it I liked was the fact that as soon as Matt Smith showed up, the tone completely changed, and it was fast and energetic and positive - that's how it SHOULD be, for god's sake. You don't want the new Doctor to spend half his first episode moping and whining about the loss of the previous one - especially when that makes no sense as it's supposed to be the same person!
And 10 was really, really, not that great.
8 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who Could Have Ended With Tennant
Oh please! I am so sick of hearing people prostrating themselves
before David Tennant as the most "amazing" Doctor ever - I'm sorry but
he just wasn't. He wasn't! Simple as! He didn't capture the essence of
the character at all, in fact I found him quite incongruent with who
"the Doctor" is supposed to be. Why does everyone think he was so god
damn impressive? He just wasn't.
@VictorWong1 Not really, the "Warrior" would just confirm her sentiments to her, that she was right to mistrust the Doctor and that the Timelords realy are just war hungry monsters.
8 was, ironically, the best Doctor to show her how wrong she was, he just didn't get chance to :(
8 months, 1 week ago on Campbell-Jones Wants McGann Spin-Off
If it means more Paul McGann/Eighth Doctor, I'm all for it! :D
@Sir James Bond
It's another case of the actor being blamed for the EPISODES being bad
(or in McGann's case, episode). In all honesty Colin Baker's Doctor is
actually quite good, just as good as most of the others, anyway. Or at
least his portrayal was. He was let down by the writing, and some of the
asinine decisions made about his Doctor on his behalf - the most
obvious being the outfit. Baker himself loathed that outfit (of course
he did, he had to wear the bloody thing), but it was forced upon him by
the show runners, and of course HE got the blame for it.
Doctor was also surprisingly dark; his regeneration went "wrong" and he
was left with mildly psychotic tendancies as I remember rightly, which
was something new and interesting.
@Liam Thomas You should check out Peep Show.
8 months, 1 week ago on 10 Misused Actors in Doctor Who
@exiledgooner Yeah, they do it other shows all the time. Stargate regularly recycled some of its actors in minor roles between its 3 shows. I do think it's cool that this time they're actually going to make it part of the story, though.
8 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming: Volcano Day
My money's on fob watch.
8 months, 1 week ago on Capaldi’s Previous Appearances: A Theory
@Whovian Look at the chin.
8 months, 1 week ago on Moffat: Handsome Actors don’t suit the Doctor
An end to the firting. Good. I can't be the only one who's gotten sick of that. It's so cheap and easy as a plot device, and something they never, ever did in the original show. It was nice for a while for something new, but it's ALL they've done since they revived it, I'm glad it's gonna stop.
@The_Eternal_Dalek I agree somewhat - though I do think it might be funny if, since the 50th anniversary only contained Doctors from the revival, that if the 10th anniversary of the revival contained Doctors from the original - that might actually serve to shut up a lot of these idiots!
8 months, 1 week ago on Smith Eager for Another Multi-Doctor Story
More Paul McGann, please! Any excuse to for more Eight.
The half-human thing was put in purely because the studio didn't believe American audiences could relate to a non-human protagonist - which is hilarious, given the show's current popularity over there. Paul McGann himself hated the idea, as did almost everyone involved, but was powerless to do anything about it. I personally love how in the Big Finish audios - which are essentially the Eighth Doctors true "series" - they just completely ignore it! If I remember rightly they even firmly establish through dialogue in an early episode that he is 100% alien.
I actually think they could have easily rectified all this in The Night of the Doctor - when he's trying to convince Cass that he's trustworthy despite being a Timelord, Moffat should have had him shout "I'm half human!" through the door. Then when Cass just stares blankly at him, he should have mumbled to himself "Well, that USED to work...."
Eh? EH? How's THAT for good retconning? Damn, I should be writing for this show...
8 months, 1 week ago on RTD: Fans Can’t Ignore “Half-Human” Doctor
@social_crime I agree apart from what you say about the regeneration - I personally love the regeneration scene in the 96 TV movie. The lightening effect reminds me of the time-travel sequences in Terminator. People need to understand that the revival's depiction of regeneration is entirely new to the revival - in the original "classic" series the Doctor did NOT regenerate like that. In fact, in the classic series there was never a standard depiction of regeneration - they used a different effect, and a different depiction of regeneration every time.
So considering they had nothing to really draw from when they did the 96 movie, I think what they achieved with the regeneration was a really good job. I actually prefer that regeneration to the yellow-light effect they have now. To me, THAT seems "weird"...
@The Living Angel And Paull McGann's portrayal as the Eighth Doctor, surely? Surely you take THAT from the 96 movie, as that was truly the best thing about it.
In all honesty, the 96 move is nowhere near AS bad as people make out. There's no one criticism of it that I couldn't - and often do - make about the revived series. I'd even go as far to say there are some things they do better; the shoot style, for one, the directing, the music is actually pretty good. I also like the semi-companion Grace, considering she's American she could have been a LOT worse, and I actually think she has all the necessary qualities of a "companion".
Where it falls down is the script, the nonsensical and completely contradictory story elements, and probably worst of all, Eric Robert's RIDICULOUS portrayal as the Master.
When I watch that movie, I kind of skip all the Doctor-less scenes and just focus on Paul McGann's Doctor running around with Grace, and muse at how much better it could have been without all the rest of it.
In The Night of the Doctor, when Cass shuts the door between them after finding out he's a Timelord, the Doctor shouts "I'm half human!".
Cass looks at him, unimpressed, obviously not believing him.
The Doctor: "Well, that USED to work....Cass! I'm not leaving this ship without you...!"
Ah, I am a genius.
See, this is why I am generally unimpressed with these kinds of methods for assessing the quality of something; a selection of 20,000 people. They might be 20,000 idiots....
The fact that "Journey's End" - one of the most badly written, contrived, deus-ex-machina littered pieces of drivel the show has ever produced - is the highest rated episode according to these statistics just proves this, for me...
8 months, 1 week ago on Settling the Moffat vs. RTD Debate (Using AI Scores)
What about Bill Bailey? I cannot BELIEVE they wasted him on such a trivial and pointless role the way they did. I mean, for god's sake, he was just some security guy in a space suit. It's BILL BAILEY! He could've been some weird alien-wizard from another dimension, anything, but they gave him one of the least memorable and least funny roles the show has ever had!
Also, Tamzin Grieg as a RECEPTIONIST in season 1. Criminal wastage.
Looks like they're really going for some new directing talent with this series. Hopefully this bodes well for a new, darker and less childish tone to the show that it so desperately needs.
8 months, 1 week ago on Rachel Talalay Directing Series 8
Just use Orbital's version of it! :P
8 months, 1 week ago on The Theme – Time for a Change?
Ugh....This just says it all, really, doesn't it? So they did actually have a good regeneration shot there, they just chose to go with the over the top, ridiculously cheesy version they went with....
10 months ago on Smith’s Regeneration Was Originally More Brutal & Troubling
I hate the goodbye-tours the revived series Doctors all seem to be getting. Tennant's was the worst - half a god-damn hour doing the rounds of EVERY character he'd ever bloody met, it was ridiculous! I really don't get what people like about this idea! For me regenerations should be sudden and fast, the Doctor having little time to come to terms with it - this is more dramatic! And conveys the seriousness of what's going on far better than half an hour of weepy moping!
In the classic series people often didn't know at all that a regeneration was coming in any given episode, and when it did it was a shock that smacked you in the face. I'd like to see this in today's show.
Yes, it wouldn't remain a "secret" as some pillock will leak photographs from behind the scenes, or something to that effect - but without a confirmation from the show's runner, or the BBC - and even better, a direct denial of the rumours, then that's all they'd remain; rumours.
Look how well they kept the Paul McGann webisode a secret, only one week before it was due to air did the information actually get out, and I bet even if they'd stuck to their original schedule instead of releasing it a week earlier, I bet over 50% of audience members still wouldn't have found out about it prior.
11 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who’s Biggest Missed Opportunity: A Surprise Regeneration