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@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....
1 week, 4 days 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.
1 week, 4 days 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.
2 weeks, 2 days 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....
2 months 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.
2 months 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 :(
2 months 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.
2 months 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.
2 months ago on Series 8 Filming: Volcano Day
My money's on fob watch.
2 months ago on Capaldi’s Previous Appearances: A Theory
@Whovian Look at the chin.
2 months 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!
2 months 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...
2 months 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...
2 months 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.
2 months ago on Rachel Talalay Directing Series 8
Just use Orbital's version of it! :P
2 months 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....
3 months, 3 weeks 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.
5 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who’s Biggest Missed Opportunity: A Surprise Regeneration