The Afternoon of the Doctor (Hello! Still me!)
"There's one thing you never, ever put in a trap, if you're smart. Hello Stonehenge - I'm the Doctor."
Jamie Mathieson. Woot. Woot.
Interesting however that this seems to be a two-parter despite the different writers. Not too keen on either of the titles.
Although seeing as it's a co-write Moffat may well have scribbled over the sketchiest of Mathieson's dialogue.
16 hours, 38 minutes ago on Series 9: The Girl Who Died, and The Woman Who Lived
I too have been more than a little disillusioned with Series 8. Of course I will never become unloyal to the show I've loved since before I could express my opinion on these things. It will take more than one naff series to put me off... Last Christmas was definitely a step in the right direction. As ever, high hopes for Series 9.
Oh yeah, and Listen was sublime.
3 weeks ago on Doctor Why Bother?
@EvilZygonRabbit This. Exactly this.
Hmm. Seems I'm still the only one who found Jamie Mathieson's two scripts appalling (Flatline possibly being the... well, not worst... but least appealing episode I've ever watched). Sorry, sorry... I hate being so negative but the guy CANNOT write dialogue.
Meanwhile, I voted Sheree Folkson for best director, but Douglas Mackinnon deserved it for Listen alone.
I know what I'll do! I'll write an article! Somehow! Jamie Mathieson: An Incredibly Unpopular Opinion! I mean, it's something I'd be willing to try and have a go at, but I'm not sure I'd get much appreciation for it. I go on about him enough as it is, in fairness
2 months ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 3)
My favourite and least favourite episodes of each series:
1. Series 5 - The Eleventh Hour (or Vincent and the Doctor); Victory of the Daleks
2. Series 7 - Asylum of the Daleks; Nightmare in Silver
3. Series 3 - Blink; Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks
4. Series 1 - Father's Day (or Boom Town); The Long Game
5. Series 2 - The Girl in the Fireplace; Fear Her
6. Series 6 - The Doctor's Wife (or The God Complex); The Curse of the Black Spot
7. Series 4 - Turn Left; The Doctor's Daughter
8. Series 8 - Listen; The Caretaker
2 months ago on Best of 2014 Awards #14: Moffat Series
1. Series 5
2. Series 7
3. Series 3
4. Series 1
5. Series 2
6. Series 6
7. Series 4 (including Specials)
8. Series 8
And Arsher Ali! He was super in The Missing, really glad to see him in Who.
2 months, 1 week ago on Toby Whithouse Two-parter Confirmed for Series 9
Ooh, now this is the one I've secretly been looking forward to. Direction is a passionate hobby of mine, so I tend to pay quite a bit more attention to it than the not-obsessed viewer... I have to say, on balance, this is a fairly easy one. Ben Wheatley for me was a mixed bag - Into the Dalek was visually stunning, but at times I found Deep Breath uninspired and a wee cliché. Paul Murphy's entries were what I would describe as comic book in style - for the most part cool, but the curving, angled shots were overdone and the constant movement left me a bit detached from the story. Forgettable; of the two I preferred Robot of Sherwood. Douglas Mackinnon was a mixed bag also - Listen being great, Time Heist being unspectacular and Flatline being probably the only poorly directed episode of the series. Some of it was good (pre-titles, and the bit where the door is shown to have become 2D), but the rest felt something of a mess. The CGI train in particular was nastily shot ... and now feels like the kind of time I should be reinforcing just how good Listen was. And then there was Time Heist. Which as I mentioned was pretty unspectacular (I didn't like the swipe effect from scene to scene, nor the hugely dragged out slo-mo walk). Paul Wilmshurst deserves appreciation for all three of his episodes - I thought Last Christmas was his best, but Kill the Moon and Mummy on the Orient Express are nicely understated. He'd likely have been my favourite if he'd just been willing to stand out and push the boundaries further, but ultimately he delivered in all departments, and is the hardest to fault of the bunch. Rachel Talalay was solid but sadly it is the minor qualms I have with Dark Water in particular (the close up on Clara leading into the opening credits; the poorly shot falling keys and the handling of what was thankfully an awesome cliffhanger nonetheless). So it brings me to... Sheree Folkson! Because In the Forest of the Night was dreadful, but unquestionably was sheer liquid wonderment on the eye. Interior TARDIS scenes were where she shone best, but the whole thing was just beautifully, beautifully shot. Oh, and just for the sake of it - the best directed episode ever is The God Complex, imo. The Girl Who Waited's brill too.
2 months, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #10: Director
Oh God yes. You know, Toby might actually be my second favourite writer after Moffat. And a two-parter! Get in!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Toby Whithouse Two-parter Confirmed for Series 9
Well I like watching Doctor Who in the spring (it just feels ... right) and I like watching Doctor Who in the autumn (those dark nights). But which one's best? There's only one way to find out...
2 months, 2 weeks ago on When Is the Best Time to Watch Doctor Who?
Loving Paul and Matt, the playing cards, dominoes and the Last Christmas painting; the original concept title sequence looks awesome but does need some work; the ultimate New Who trailer is quite simply beautiful (they always are), and outtakes are hilarious as ever. Overall, a rather wonderfully weird Weird and Wonderful!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful
No. 3 has got me thinking about who, realistically, could take up the head writer reigns once the Moff inevitably steps down. There are relatively few legitimate contenders - Toby Whithouse or Neil Cross being my favourites of the bunch. Neil Gaiman has also been touted, but sadly the odds are slim thanks to his no doubt humongous workload as it is. Jamie Mathieson is the fourth name that springs to mind; however (and I am in the minority here) his two scripts did not impress me one bit - Mummy was saved by superb acting and direction; Flatline, not so much. But then it occurred to me. Regardless of your opinion of him as a writer... it's going to be Mark Gatiss. No question about it. I think realistically he's the only guy Moffat is willing to hand the show over to; and I think for better or for worse, Gatiss' vision of Who will differ dramatically from what we've seen from him so far.
Of course, it could be that I am completely wrong and they go with Phil Ford. Who knows, eh? WHO knows?
2 months, 2 weeks ago on 9 Predictions for Doctor Who Series 9…
@LaraHarris Agreed. It sucks to be in the minority - I so desperately want to love Series 8... but for the first time ever Doctor Who has left me feeling properly dissatisfied. Still... Last Christmas was a step back in the right direction imo (God I love Shona); Michelle Gomez as the Master is a wonderful prospect and Listen proved to be the gem amongst a hoard of desperately mediocre outings for 12, whom while having failed to win me over just yet is ever so slyly growing on me. Even if I'm not a fan of the Doctor or the stories, Peter Capaldi is always a treat to watch, whether it be in interviews or... ehrm... extended media (God I love The Thick Of It). In conclusion... I'll give Deep Breath another go at some point in the future. Or possibly the past.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #1-5 Recap
Ooh, I love a cliffhanger. My top 10 would have to be..:
10. The Time of the Doctor (10th because I guess, strictly, it's not a traditional cliffhanger)
9. The Impossible Astronaut
8. Bad Wolf
7. The Sound of Drums
6. The Impossible Planet
5. The Time of Angels
4. Turn Left
3. Army of Ghosts
2. Dark Water
1. The Pandorica Opens
Special mentions also to Utopia, The Rebel Flesh and The Name of the Doctor.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on New Who’s Best Cliffhangers (Part 1)
@varjunkcsak I actually think, if the show were to ever have to truly wrap up and end for good, this would be a quite heartbreaking yet bittersweet revelation. An old man, dreaming since he was a boy in the 60s, still living his life - except everyone's gone now. His family. His friends. And then one night, a police box lands in his back garden. And the Doctor steps out; one we haven't seen before. And he whisks John Smith off to see the universe, off on an adventure in space and time - and then the First Doctor wakes up, as a child. Realises he's been dreaming. And knows then that it's all still yet to come :-)
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Impossible Girl: An Impossible Theory
Oh, you've redecorated. I don't like it.
(Sorry. Especially to the person who got to that joke first.)
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Site Update: Christmas 2014
I love dark, and I love Steven Moffat. But I don't want the episodes' themes to start making me feel glum. Death in Heaven did manage this - the only time all series - however the overall tone of Series 8 hasn't exactly left me feeling optimistic after an episode, and this is something I believe the show is sorely missing. Robot of Sherwood, Listen (arguably, it's more bittersweet), Time Heist, I think The Caretaker (that's how memorable it was), Mummy on the Orient Express (twistedly) and In the Forest of the Night all ended in highs - but marringly. I wouldn't say any apart from Listen and Mummy ACTUALLY succeeded in leaving me happy and satisfied, despite Capaldi's excellence, even if I'm finding 12 a little hard to warm to. I miss Doctor Who cheering me up, tis all. I love dark (Deep Breath, for example); I don't love glum.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat on Criticisms that Doctor Who Is Too Dark
Some awesome choices here! I especially like Remembrance of the Daleks, The Tomb of the Cybermen and Pyramids of Mars.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who: Fifty-One Favourites (Part 3)
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Last Christmas New Trailer
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Capaldi, Coleman, Frost and Moffat on Last Christmas
"For the most part" :)
SO! Two worlds. One in which Clara says goodbye in Last Christmas, another whereby she... well, she doesn't. How come these worlds coexist? Well... wibbly worldy. Or something. The question of the hour IS: which world is which? Reality or illusion? Clara continues or the Impossible Girl's final stand? It's Coleman's choice. Hold on tight everybody - this is gonna be a tricky one.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on New Last Christmas Details & Big Clara Clue?
Sorry, sorry, it was a joke. (But you'd think they'd finished the Series 9 scripts for the most part, considering filming should start next month.)
Er, no. He's way past that. He wrote the Series 9 finale cliffhanger last year and has been in hibernation ever since... until now.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Capaldi, Coleman, Frost and Moffat on Last Christmas
How does The Moff spend Christmas, I wonder? Probably typing the words "DOCTOR WHO, SERIES 10, EPISODE 1".
Okay, now before I get shot - this Mirror article is a load of boll*cks. The viewing figures remain as spectacularly high as ever. The overnights may have decreased but, as has been stated several times in the past, that's not how TV works any more. I give it thirty years before it all just moves online, and that's okay, we've gotta keep moving, so long as we remember - hang on, wait. No. BUT! I have to say some of the newly injected "darkness" isn't doing the show many favours. I'm all for darkness, but in sparing and gleeful doses - Series 6 didn't get it right either but was closer to the flavour I was hoping with Series 8. Instead, the more edgy tone seemed to accentuate every aspect - DARKER DOCTOR! DARKER SUBJECT MATTERS! A LITERALLY DARKER TARDIS! I was okay with it - even the "don't cremate me" stuff was mostly fine. The problem with making it as dark as it is is that it can just become a bit glum. Scary is entertaining. The concept of all the dead people on planet Earth coming back as Cybermen (and then blowing themselves up to save the day) is not offensive, it's just depressing. I don't want to be depressed by Doctor Who! I want to feel sad when a companion leaves or a Doctor says goodbye, not lie down and philosophize about dead people being conscious. I guess I'm thinking about it too much, it's probably my Asperger's. Oh no, and everyone here probably hates me for my continuous ranting about being unimpressed with Series 8. I also love Asylum of the Daleks and Love & Monsters (and I didn't like Flatline). Sorry. I'm odd like that.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 8 Is A “Ratings Flop” (Apparently)
It wouldn't be that confusing. Only as confusing as being a man and then being a woman. As you say say, nothing wrong with a female Doctor one bit (especially if it's Ruth Wilson) :)
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey
Ruth Wilson for me! She is sublime in Luther. Or Juliet Aubrey, I guess. But my personal choice for next Doctor, gender aside, would be Stephen Mangan. Seriously, he would be awesome. (Not for a few years yet, though.)
3 months, 3 weeks ago on New Last Christmas Clips in BBC Festive Showreel
The dry humour can get a bit wearisome after a while, imo. Otherwise, all the scenes you've mentioned are ones I liked... more of this kind of stuff, please! :)
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Capaldi’s Doctor Will Evolve in Series 9
Good to hear. Peter Capaldi is excellent, but the Twelfth Doctor has yet to grow on me, and I would really like him to hurry up and do so XD I can't help but feel he's being written specifically as an anti-Matt Smith. While it has produced some humorous moments, I'm not a fan of the constant grumpiness either because in my eyes it's not fully justified and can often seem there solely to remind us how different Twelve is. They approached Eleven the correct way - never mind the predecessors, just focus on Matt's performance and write him how he plays it. And it worked! I dunno, it's most likely just me but I don't think Twelve is working... Yet.
Quick Question: will this list include any Classic stories? I'd give shout outs to Genesis and Remembrance of the Daleks and The Caves of Androzani.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Doctor Who: Fifty-One Favourites (Part 2)
This looks mental, and I'm loving it.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Last Christmas Promo Gallery
Glad to see The God Complex and The Time of the Doctor (especially) on the list. Good to know I'm not the only one who loves the latter.
I've just written a massive comment praising the guy to hell and back (in the voice of Capaldi: "And trust me, I've been") but yeah, I have to agree with you. Stale is pretty much the perfect word for it. As in I would still eat stale bread, but enjoy it only half as much.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat Says He’s Not Running Out of Ideas Yet
I love you Moffat. I know equally this has been said so many times, but the amount of criticism directed at the poor guy is getting ridiculous. Yeah, alright, he's not perfect and I certainly don't agree with a number of his Series 8 creative decisions, but the sheer amount of effort he's put into the show since 2004 (when The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances was written) is unbelievable. He's done nothing - absolutely NOTHING - worthy of having "ruined Doctor Who". Oh, and he gave us Missy! And two mostly bloody fantastic Doctors! Why ISN'T the Moff a Sir yet? While I'm on it, I've come up with an explanation for the "plot hole" in The Angels Take Manhattan - you know, "Why can't the Doctor go back in time and just pick them up outside New York?" Well... both Amy and Rory had already died by the time of the present day from when they were taken. From the Doctor's perspective they'd both died instantly... So could he really just nip back in time and carry on? Not just because that itself would need a bit of explaining, but also the moral implications... I mean, they've just died, technically. They're already dead. That would have an impact on you, I think. Anyway, I'll stop wittering on. But I think that combats THAT plot hole sufficiently.
Just in case none of that made any sense, basically - Amy and Rory were already dead by 2012, when Angels took place, after they'd been sent back in time. So if the Doctor had gone back and saved them, he'd have fully averted their fates, which, as we know from Pete Tyler, doesn't tend to go down well.
That's Geoff to you ;-)
@Antee991166 One of my favourites!
The Doctor believes in Father Christmas too, right? Doesn't he..?
Brilliant article. Doctor Who really does change you as a person, I think. I also love the photo of Twelve at the top XD
3 months, 3 weeks ago on 10 Lessons to Live By From Doctor Who
@DaftDalek is Robocop, the original one Mine also! The Silurians and Spearhead from Space are two particular favourites of the era.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 8’s Interesting Parallels to Season 8
Might try catching bits of Puss in Boots but for the time being only Who and Miranda are must-watches.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Last Christmas BBC One Time Confirmed
Brings back of memories of last Christmas, nodding off and waking up in a blind panic thinking I'd slept through Time of the Doctor XD
Which reminds me, I love Jon Pertwee. There's a certain swagger about him... an elegance and security that makes him possibly the only Doctor you watch feeling you're in capable hands. Absolutely my second favourite. Besides, you can't not love The Silurians.
As much as I'd love to see more from Jenna and Capaldi, as their acting chemistry is superb (even if I personally feel their Doctor/companion dynamic is lacking due to the focus on Danny during Series 8)... I feel perhaps it's time to move on and go in a different direction with the next companion. So to compromise I voted for Clara one half, then someone new for the second. No idea how well it would work but I reckon it's worth a shot, even if it was done simply to combat the dreaded mid-season ratings slump.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Clara, or a New Companion for Series 9?
So far Doctor Who (and Torchwood!) has telepathically stolen from me the ideas for Children of Earth, Vincent and the Doctor, The Curse of the Black Spot and now this XD
4 months ago on Frost on “Gangster” Santa, Last Christmas Monsters
I wonder if the Sleepers and the Dream Crabs are seperate entities or a single force? The Sleepers and the Dream Crabs. Wonderful idea for a villain. Terrible name for a band.
Sleepers: there goes my badass monster name idea :-( ooh, Gangster Santa. I think I'm over it. *Shakes fist at Moffat anyway*.
Excellent article by the way! It was certainly an episode with problems that needed to be addressed.
4 months ago on The Problems with Death in Heaven
I too was thoroughly disappointed with Death in Heaven, after how good Dark Water proved to be. It wasn't dreadful (Superman Doctor, Danny's speech and OH GOD MISSY being my favourite aspects of perhaps the whole series, let alone the episode) ... but I agree with every point you've made, except of course Danny. Though yes, I do believe Sam Anderson can come across a wee wooden, neither am I at all the greatest fan of Danny's character. However I cannot fault that speech as I find it spine-tingling every time. (Ignoring the bit about "you will sleep safe tonight". Cringe.)