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."
Oh, you've redecorated. I don't like it.
(Sorry. Especially to the person who got to that joke first.)
6 days, 9 hours 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.
1 week, 1 day 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.
1 week, 1 day ago on Doctor Who: Fifty-One Favourites (Part 3)
1 week, 3 days ago on Last Christmas New Trailer
1 week, 4 days 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.
1 week, 4 days 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.)
1 week, 5 days ago on Capaldi, Coleman, Frost and Moffat on Last Christmas
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.
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.
1 week, 5 days 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) :)
1 week, 6 days 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.)
2 weeks, 1 day 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! :)
2 weeks, 1 day 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.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor Who: Fifty-One Favourites (Part 2)
This looks mental, and I'm loving it.
2 weeks, 1 day 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.
2 weeks, 1 day 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 ;-)
2 weeks, 3 days ago on New Last Christmas Clips in BBC Festive Showreel
@Antee991166 One of my favourites!
The Doctor believes in Father Christmas too, right? Doesn't he..?
2 weeks, 4 days ago on New Last Christmas Clips in BBC Festive Showreel
Brilliant article. Doctor Who really does change you as a person, I think. I also love the photo of Twelve at the top XD
2 weeks, 4 days 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.
2 weeks, 4 days 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.
2 weeks, 4 days 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.
2 weeks, 4 days 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
3 weeks, 1 day 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.
3 weeks, 1 day 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.)
I feel awful ... sorry Delgado :-(
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Final)
Sadly I doubt Derrick Sherwin will make a return. His critique of the modern series was quite harsh in DWM #479. A Ben Aaronovitch script would be awesome, though.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Writers to Bring Back for Series 9 & Beyond
Hmm, actually a pretty snazzy title... liking it!
3 weeks, 6 days ago on 2014 Christmas Special Titled
This is looking promising. I, for one, cannot wait!
3 weeks, 6 days ago on “Last Christmas” Promo Art
@Doctavarium @eddiescthomas Don't forget, he's responsible for the SONTAR-HA dance in The Sontaran Stratagem ;-)
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Torchwood’s Catherine Tregenna Penning Series 9 Story
@Clara Bosswald wants a Kate Stewart Spin-off @TheAfternoonoftheDoctor @Malohkeh Especially when he's going about setting the story and characters up. However, the rest of Mummy is admittedly very enjoyable :-)
@supermoff Nick Briggs would be awesome too.
@eddiescthomas Ooh, and Adam Smith!
@The Trickster's Brigade enjoyed ITFOTN... A LOT The God Complex is quite possibly within my top 15 episodes :D
@Malohkeh Certainly! :-) while I enjoyed MOST of Mummy on the Orient Express, there was something about the first half that felt really off to me... there were certain lines that seemed as though he'd been following a Beginner's Guide to Writing Doctor Who... Perkin's final "goodbye Doctor, and good luck" being my foremost example of this. And this feeling maintained throughout the whole of Flatline too. He's not a terrible writer, I thought his Dirk Gently episode was fantastic... and his wacky concepts cannot be faulted! But neither do I feel his approach is quite suited to Who. In the end, personal taste I guess :-)
@supermoff Mine: Steven Moffat (4 episodes), Mark Gatiss (1 episode), Neil Cross (2 episodes), Toby Whithouse (1 episode), Catherine Tregenna (1 episode), Peter Harness (1 episode), Paul Cornell (1 episode), Polly Stenham (1 episode - Look. Her. Up.) :-)
@eddiescthomas I'd like Sheree Folkson to do another.
@Antee991166 @#SaveConstantine @TheAfternoonoftheDoctor @supermoff @Malohkeh I thought Hide was superb! No qualms with the ending. And Rings is great too, if a bit breakneck pace-wise (never mind, THAT speech!). Also Luther, which is all by Cross and equally fantastic.
@Huknar @supermoff @Malohkeh Jamie's concepts and premises are undoubtedly top-notch, however personally I find his execution (dialogue especially) rather poor :-(
@supermoff @Malohkeh Certainly Whithouse for me... I would also like to see another from both Peter Harness and Neil Cross (and Cross for next showrunner? Pleaaasssee?) :-)