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Holy crap! I just had a thought... People are mentioning it looking like an old fashioned scuba suit...
Well, maybe it's the equivelent of a scuba suit for a deep sea aquatic race... Holding in water, or some other liquid, instead of air, as well as keeping pressure high enough that the inhabitants don't fall apart in our lower pressured atmosphere.
If I am right that could be a really cool new monster...
3 days, 1 hour ago on BBC Reveals New Series 9 Monster
Colonel Masters' Nestine Fried Plastic!
Sorry, I just had to. ^_^
1 week ago on Masterology Part 1 – The Suit
Yeah. So what that his companions have to be convinced? The human race is full of shallow people with no grasp on what identity really is. Doctor Who has never had any illusion of the human race being anything other than dumb apes that have equal capacity to be wrong as they do to be right. Regeneration is simply a more distinct divide than in real life. I mean, the Doctor's body does not seem to age until he reaches a certain age. His mind seems to function similarly. Most of the effects of changing perspective not taking full effect until after regeneration. Look at the change from 5 to 6 for example. 6 was quite a bit selfcentered, because 5 was too selfless throughout his incarnation, and ultimately he lost a regeneration to save Peri. That's a learned behavior. They are still the same person. Also, most people do not have a couple thousand years under their belt.
Regardless, if I was to meet myself just 5 years ago, I'm pretty sure we would be at eachother's throat just like the Doctor.
1 week, 4 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Tenth Doctor
But I do love all of them.. Except 10.
1 week, 5 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Tenth Doctor
Also, every so often I'll meet an old friend who's reaction is on par to some Whovians reaction to a new Doctor. This unspoken element of "Who's this woman? Where's my old friend?" Is it any wonder why I love Doctor Who so much?
Except he doesn't have "an entirely different personality" each time. Every Doctor is the same person. Memories form who you are. The only thing that really changes personality wise is perspective, and little quirks and tastes that aren't intrisically personality based in the first place for anyone who doesn't understand the psychology of personality formation. The fact is it's the same with us humans in the real world. You today, are not the same as you 10 years ago, but yet you are the same person. Your identity changed and grew. In some ways positively, in other ways negatively.
Also physiology means nothing. Your body is, at the end of the day, a toolkit and life support system. It is no more you than a pacemaker or a hammer.
I am Transgender. I have been on hormones for the last 6 months, and am working towards changing my name legally to Erica. Question: Am I a different person because I have worked towards repairing my physiology to match my psychology? Answer: Of course not. I am, and always have identified this way, even when I was not conscious of it. I'm just more aware and actively accepting this part of my identity. Thus I have changed my approach from ignoring my gender dysphoria and hoping it will go away, to actively trying to do something about it.
Same with the way the Doctor may seemingly change from someone who wears his heart on his sleeve, to someone who is emotionally detached. He still feels the same, he's just approaching his problem in a different way. It's called trying to learn from your mistakes.
With that said, the only person to write the 10th Doctor as The Doctor was Moffat. So I gave 10 a 3/10. Only reason I didn't go lower was that Tennant could occasionally put forth a very solid performance. His strengths as an actor just weren't often used. He could've been a good Doctor. I blame RTD for the rubbish writing that made the 10th Doctor's Era just completely painful to watch.
I disagree. The biggest issue between the transition of Davies to Moffat, was that there was new everything, which divided the fanbase. There has been Moffat hate from his first episode as showrunner as a result. People have been saying he should leave from series 6 onwards.
The original plan was for Tennant to stay for one last season under Moffat, but that changed when Tennant decided to leave.
I feel that is the best option. Either do what happened with the transition from 3 to 4, where the first story of 4 was made by the previous production team, or have Capaldi's last season be under a new showrunner like the 4th Doctor's last season was under a different production team. (Though it was a pretty mediocre season IMHO.)
2 weeks ago on Should Series 9 Be Moffat’s Last?
Well, I can forgive the writer for having a massive bias, however expressing it in this kind of article (never mind expressing it as if their POV is the majority) is pretty unprofessional.
1 month ago on Horror Who Part II: The Hinchcliffe & Holmes Influence
@Typo42 "Magic Carrots" Well, for those two examples, unnecessary probably wasn't the right term, because they both had a point somewhat. But they generally detracted from their respective stories. The point I was trying to make, is if you can't make a monster fit well in the story you want to write, why force it in? This is coming from a writer, and as a writer, one thing I've never understood is why some writing staff' opt for formulaic format, rather than a realistic format. The only thing I can think is it is a way to create some kind of illusion of filler episodes not being filler... But for me at least, it kind of breaks immersion when literally everywhere the Doctor goes there's some physical monster threat he has to deal with, whether it is the focus of the episode or not...
I have to say one of the worst offenders last season was that thing in Listen. Why let the audience see something clearly creepy and alien, when the entire point of the episode is there was never any monster? That it was all in the Doctor's head... Like the door knocking was well executed, because there was a strange level of ambiguity there, but the sheet monster? Detracted from the entire point of the episode, and whoever's fault it was for it's execution onscreen, whether it was Moffat, or the director or the lead designer, it was unnecessary and mildly spoiled a really good story.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on How Should Doctor Who Evolve?
@Whovian312 Oh, I certainly agree, but Moffat can't think up everything. Luckily, due to the nature of the series, just because Moffat doesn't do anything with, for example, the Valeyard, or the Black and White Guardians, doesn't mean they can never be visited in the future...
I'm definately all for stopping the obligatory monster of the week crap... Most stories suffer, not benefit from it. If there is reason to have a monster in the plot, then have a monster, if it doesn't, don't hamfist one in because "Doctor Who has to have a monster in every story!"
I'd argue that 70's through 80's Who had a bit of the same problem. Having unnecessary monsters, like the clam thing in Genesis of the Daleks, or the weird looking fire monster in Caves of Androzani, which ruin the pacing and point of otherwise very well crafted stories. But even then, it wasn't treated as if it was an obligation to have monsters in those eras, as there were still plenty of stories without a real monster...
As for Moffat ignoring the past, at the beginning of his run, I'd agree with you, but Series 7 forward he's started to embrace the series history, with classic series nods in the majority of episodes. And I'd argue Davies was far worse, only referencing the classic series to retcon random parts of it for no easily discernible reason other than he felt like it...
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Moffat Explains Series 9 Two-Parter Increase
@Desgar I'd have all stories be 2 parters, and have one 3 part finale, which would put it on par story length wise with the 70's and 80's Who...
Agreed.. Especially if they get Juliet Landau to play her... Though, I wouldn't mind a new actress either...
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Will Gallifrey Return in Series 9?
Gallifrey Series VIII jack-knifing into nu-who continuity! Do it Big Finish!
2 months, 1 week ago on Infinite Potential: Where Could Big Finish Take New Who? (Part 1)
I've just been falling in love with the audios and now this!
If this is a sign they are going to have New Series Audios, that has so many good story possibilities! I'm pretty sure that at least Matt Smith would be interested in doing a few audios due to his willingness to reprise the role... Plus, we'd likely get a few multidoctor stories with both classic and post-2005 Doctors...
2 months, 1 week ago on Kate Stewart Returns in UNIT Extinction
I'd like to point out that anyone who thinks Moffat's stories are complicated with the way they play with time would absolutely hate the 8th Doctor Audio Dramas...
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Steven Moffat: The Good, The Bad and the Timey Wimey
@Huknar @Antee991166 @Supermoff, member of CATS To be honest, it looks like the funnest writing job ever too, considering that as long as it doesn't break established canon, it's pretty much free writing. Any setting, any secondary characters, any kind of plot... I'd kill for a chance to write for the show... ^_^
@TheDoctor1235 I'm definately pro-Moffat, but I'll play devils advocate here and name two. Lets Kill Hitler, and The Doctor The Widow and The Wardrobe... Both were awful, but I do believe that two out of however many scripts he's written being childish and stupid far outweighs all the Davies scripts that completely fell apart by the end due to one problem with the story persisting enough to make an entire episode stupid and childish...
Don't you mean the top 13?
3 months ago on 2015 National Television Awards UPDATE
I bet Sherlock, and Doctor Who will somehow end up both getting the award somehow, and that the Universe will implode simply to try and contain the awesomeness........
Hey at least it would make the award show more interesting than watching paint dry.
No, no, NO! A Doctor Who movie would have to have a very good reason to exist.
No offense to Davies, but his writing track record, I could not see him do such a concept justice.
3 months ago on Russell T Davies Interested in Writing A Doctor Who Movie
I may be alone on this, but I find him a an above average Doctor, but not my fav. He's a great actor for the role, but inconsistency in portrayal through the writing is one of my problems with him. He's fun, and at times very charming, and has some great lines, but I think there are superior portrayals of the character.
Anyways, Happy belated birthday Tom Baker, my 4th favorite Doctor!
3 months ago on Why I Love The Fourth Doctor
I'll give it to Listen. Love character piece's and that was the best one this year. Though Deep Breath comes close.
3 months ago on Best of 2014 Awards #13: TV Story
Deep Breath wins for me, for referencing the 3rd-4th Doctor regeneration scene, and having a rather amazingly unnerving post-regenerative trauma.
3 months ago on Best of 2014 Awards #12: Pre-Title Sequence
"Old people are about as harmless as can be.". Old people can be just as dangerous as young people if they have any kind of power. Young people have physical prowess, old people have words. Due to humans ageist tendencies, they can lull you into a false sense of security, and then screw you over... If you think about it, The Doctor is the ultimate old person in that respect...
3 months ago on The Lord of the Dream: Amy’s Choice in Perspective
@The12thTorchwood The TARDIS only had to recharge because the Eye of Harmony (which the Doctor apparently stole off of Gallifrey in his Seventh Incarnation) was rendered inoperable, likely by trying to send power to TARDIS' stuck in the time lock. He obviously repaired the issue by Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS.
3 months, 1 week ago on Barrowman Reveals New Torchwood Plans
@StewartHaffenden She's not. If you watched Mark of the Rani, you would know that the Doctor knew her back at the Timelord academy with the Master...
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Why A Multi-Master Story Needs to Happen
I'd actually like that... I feel like we need more big standalone stories... I'd be happy if we'd get a story a year with Missy that's not a season finale, or midfinale...
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Russell T Davies on New Who’s 10th Anniversary
@TheSnowmenCometh Seems a bit too fanservicey... Remove the Rani, and you've got something potentially good though...
I like The Rani, but I think she really needs her own reintroduction episode... You can't just bring her back in a way where it's like, "Oh, and she was there too!"
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Doctor Who in 2015: Where to Now?
Ooh... Tough choice...
Awful overly-dramatic episode with another "Jesus Doctor" moment...
Awful overly dramatic episode that turned the Master into a bleach blonde hobo eating other hobos, while shouting "Dinnertime!!!", and the 10th Doctor doesn't want to go because Russel T. Davies' galaxy sized Ego.
I may sit out of this one... Though clearly The End of Dinnertime is the worse of the two.
4 months ago on Festive Face-Off: The End of Time vs Voyage of the Damned
Am I the only one that's thinking if this title is referring to a new companion, they might be a Timelord? I mean, apprentice is a rather specific word. After all, an apprentice and an assistant are different things. An apprentice typically indicates some intention to utilize the skills being learned down the line. If it were another Timelord trying to learn from the Doctor, then that title makes 100% sense. Also, seeing how much I enjoyed Romana, and the fact that nearly every new series companion has used the rather generic Sarah-Jane template, it would be a more than welcome change of pace IMO.
4 months ago on First Series 9 Title Revealed
@Romanadvoratrelundar is looking for Gallifrey @DrainOfMorbius
What if it was done like The Key to Time Season? A season with a big overarcing story composed of 5 or so distinct smaller 2-part stories connected to the big story via a goal or focus... Could perhaps be a great way to tell the story of finding Gallifrey. The Doctor getting leads as of where to search next, getting involved in an adventure, and finding more clues which send him on his next adventure.
5 months ago on Torchwood’s Catherine Tregenna Penning Series 9 Story
@Malohkeh @TheOncomingHurricane I still feel bad about Kill the Moon... Should have been something really spectacular, but the execution of the reveal, and the hand-waving of some of the most elementary physics broke the immersion right as it was getting to the meat of the story...
5 months, 1 week ago on BBC Declares Series 8 A Triumph
@Malohkeh My list is very similar, but I place Series 1 higher personally... Either right above or right below Series 3... They're pretty closely tied quality wise IMO...
@Huknar @Ivegotkidneys Except they cheated us a series for a reason... Funding for the 50th... The alternative would have been doing a year with a handful of specials like in 2009...
5 months, 1 week ago on Capaldi Hoping for New TARDIS
Actually the quote is 12th and final... Everyone assumed that meant between 12th and 13th, but I think even back then they knew if they ever reached that limit, somehow the doctor would get more.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven
@Status: Stuck in the vortex @LaraHarris @The Finn "You blew it up! Damn you! Damn you all to Hell!!!
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Death in Heaven Review (Part 1)
@The2point5Doctor Or, you could try to understand other's perspectives, and see why they may find what you are so keen to say is objectively bad, good. I think Death in Heaven is flawed, but the flaws aren't really that impactful on the point of the story. Which was to be a character piece exploring The Doctor, Danny, Clara, and The Mistress.
I don't like Doctor Who as an action show, or a monster of the week show, but as a show that asks me to think... Not about little plot holes or they got this monster wrong because blah,but about the nature of people and the Universe, and all the things that most people might not normally think about unprompted. This is why I wasn't too fond of Davies take on it all, because it felt like he took what I consider to be the bad elements of JNT's run on the show, and amplified it to 11... To the point where it literally was all about the Doctor saving the day, without any of the philosophical and introspective based depth of the classic series.... So in short, my opinion vastly differs from yours. Not because of being clouded by fandom, but because I don't look for what you look for out of the show.
Well, it beats Delgado's Master's gift... Colonel Masters' Gallifreyan Fried Plastic. Contains 12 secret nestene consciousness' ^_^
Am I the only one who finds it both genius and hillarious that Missy's evil plan was just an overly convoluted birthday present for The Doctor... Makes me wonder what the previous Masters' presents were like...
Ainley's Master: Oh my dear Doctor, you've been naive... I didn't steal this superdeathlaser for me... I did it for you! Happy Birthday! (The master usesa streamer and confetti falls on the head of a very confused Fifth Doctor...
@Adric the Genius They are technically one story, but I agree with the author that the tone, pacing, and portrayal of the master are so much better in Utopia than the other two parts, so separating them is an obvious choice...
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Ranking the Master Stories (Part 2)
I suspect it's a lie... The dead aren't actually aware, and it was an artificial study that was created to make people more willing to let Missy do this to people.
That is, if my theory that this is all in The Doctor's head isn't the case, and Missy isn't actually the Valeyard/Dreamlord...
5 months, 3 weeks ago on 2nd Opinion: Dark Water
@Unibot Pretty close to mine, except I'd replace Name with Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon. Not to say I dislike Name of the Doctor by any stretch though... Especially as a classic fan, which left me fan-girling the whole episode...
5 months, 3 weeks ago on The Eleventh Doctor: Five Favourites
I think the perfect new series cybermen should be a bit like a splicing of the 10th Planet Cybermen, and the Tomb of the Cybermen Cybermen... Those sing songy voices from the Tenth Planet dis a lot to make them unsettling...
6 months, 1 week ago on DWM #479: Heaven or Hell?
I agree... It's never a good sign when something is so blatantly rediculous that you can't suspend your disbelief... I think if they addressed the bigger reasons why this would peeve anyone with any basic knowledge of physics, and I was better able to suspend my disbelief, I would have enjoyed it more...
Fact is, it's a true shame that they didn't, because it is a very good story that raises some interesting questions about the value of life... It just completely broke my immersion before it got to that point... Fixing that would push it from 7/10 to a 9.5/10 because I saw the depth of the story, and I understood it, but it didn't engage me in a way where I felt it.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who and The Hype Train
Seeing as Sylvester McCoy is my second favorite after Patrick Troughton, I'm glad they are doing a darker doctor. The fact of the matter, a fact Moffat himself actively pointed out over and over again in Matt Smith's run, is that The Doctor isn't a hero. He was a man who ran away from home with his granddaughter, kidnapped her teachers, and deliberately sabotaged getting them home... He also was ready to kill a caveman simply because he was slowing them down... Does that sound like a hero to you? It wasn't until the Daleks attacked Earth that he decided to try to be a hero, and even then, most of his incarnations have done some pretty horrible things...
Lets look at 10, he killed millions of sapient baby spider things, because their mother thought she had the upper hand. He gave her one warning, and never once mentioned that the consequences would be... Had he simply said "These charges will flood this entire complex and all your children will die if you don't take my offer", she would have agreed to relocate, and if not, then he'd be in the right to do it to protect Earth... She coudn't exactly stop him from destroying the complex anyways at that point, so yeah... But who cares. It's not like they are humans or look like humans... It's not like they were newly hatched intelligent beings too young to actually make the decision for themselves to leave... oh wait. This is what irritates me about Doctor Who fans... They care if a human gets hurt, but regardless of the situation, if the Doctor killed 4 people to save the Earth, it's somehow worse than killing millions of babies that clearly belonged to an intelligent species. Just because their mother had no concern for the humans well being...
And yes, this was in character. He's very fond of Earth. But that doesn't make it heroic in any sense of the word. He's a wanderer who tries to do the right thing... He tries to be a hero, but very often falls short. So I honestly don't get all the fuss about him making a bad decision, or doing something bad to prevent something worse...
7 months, 1 week ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon
@garyseven He called her between blowing up the Dalek Mothership with his regeneration energy, and changing appearance... If you recall, in Time of the Doctor, Clara put the TARDIS exterior phone back on the hook. That was right after he called her from his perspective...
8 months ago on Deep Breath Review
The way I view Clara's reaction is that it's like someone tells you you're going to be slapped in the face, and you know you are going to be slapped in the face... But it's still going to hurt when it happens...
This may not apply to physical pain, but any change is scary, even if you know it is inevitable, so her reaction does make sense in that respect...
Also, since she never experienced post-regenerative trauma, she probably thought he went completely insane after those first few hours...
I didn't get too much of that... This woman seems either immoral or amoral... After rewatching, I really get the sense she could be The Rani... Taking people right before death, and making them think they've gone to heaven does seem her style...
8 months ago on 12 Great Moments From Deep Breath