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3 weeks, 4 days ago on Series 8: Meet the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere
I rather wonder if Gallifrey is not a bizarre amalgam of parts of planets from across time - so - a bit of Skaro, a bit of Earth, a bit of Mondas etc. And in a state of permanent flux perhaps. A collage planet which shifts its composition almost seasonally.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on An Earthly Gallifrey
Doesn't need to be darker. Does need to be less silly.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Should Doctor Who Adopt a Darker Tone?
It's really a question of balance between the light and the dark which has been a little off recently imo
What I would have loved would have been for the Doctor 'undercover' to continue a good deal longer than it did.
1 month ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 6 (Episodes 8-13)
“How to I tell this story beautifully and blow away the audience?” Let's hope they achieve this.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Two-Part Finale for Series 8
@ilyootha @Moves Like Jagaroth Just think - totally mined out - environmentally crippled - would make a great, tragic story
2 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming in Lanzarote, Hermione Norris Cast
I wonder if it might not be Peladon
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming in Lanzarote, Hermione Norris Cast
I agree to an extent and I think there's a certain inevitability that the two key enemies - Daleks and Cyberman - have reached a place where their very presence is seen to be enough to carry the story which it clearly isn't. These enemies ought to be used very sparingly and their stories handled with even greater consideration. Closing Time and Nightmare In Silver were awful dilutions to the cyber mythos. Of the cyber stories I've seen only Tomb, Earthshock and the Age of Steel have any weight.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Why the Cybermen should be Doctor Who’s best monster
Not to mention Liam Cunningham, Tobias Menzies and David Warner!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on 10 Misused Actors in Doctor Who
For me she is a character under construction - I just hope she's completed before it's time to go - only memorable moment for me is in Asylum where she really shone.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on 10 Scene Stealing Clara Moments
All to recent IMO - would much prefer to see The Mara
3 months ago on 5 New Who Monsters in Need of a Return
Also feel Daleks and Cybermen are due an extended rest
@PK-S Elevenses of the Doctor (a trick missed there, Moff). I guess that could be a multi-Doctor story featuring LOADS of Matt Smiths!
3 months ago on Matt Smith: I’ll happily come back
And you'd be very welcome :)
It's funny how broad opinion can be - I'd put Dalek first for Episode 6 and Bells very much last!
3 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Everything Else (Episodes 1-8)
I honestly feel this dislike towards Love and Monsters is unwarranted - there have been far worse episodes. It was a cleverly told story which Marc Warren sold with utter emotional integrity. Peter Kay's costume is absurd, but then you think of what he's actually doing to people and it's pretty horrific. Also irreversible - none of your 'deus ex' here.
3 months, 1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 9-13, Specials)
Reminds me of the Androids of Tara
3 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming: A Merry Day
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Nuff said.
3 months, 1 week ago on Smith: The best storytelling was in Series 5
Totally agree with you, Matt. Please take note Mr M.
You make valid points. What's interesting to me is that I'm prepared to forgive all this because I felt the story was well told. I can't forgive Cold War, by contrast, and quite a few others, because they were told so badly.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Unpopular Opinion: Asylum of the Daleks
Pete coming back for Rose made me cry
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 13
Arggghhh. Love Vincent but going to have to go with Blink
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 10
Some very, very strong contenders here. So much so have to abstain!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 9
Human Nature - outstanding
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 8
Dalek - no contest
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 6
Victory - Daleks managed to be both devious and tasteless!
4 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 3
Mary Shelley - now that might have some mileage
4 months ago on Gatiss Confirms Two Capaldi Eps, Hints at Jane Austen Story
Don't really see how it can be anything other than Rose. Ushered in a completely new take on the Doctor and everything that's followed.
4 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 1
Agree about no.1
4 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results Series 5-7
The Snowmen and The Angels duo are so far apart in my opinion they are almost a different show
4 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (12-06)
We're all dooooooomed! (Dad's Army reference)
4 months, 1 week ago on Moffat: Doomed dialogue sounds great in Scottish
What a cute little tail
4 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming: Sneak Peek at a New Monster
Mystified. May have to withdraw to my bunker.
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (39-34)
Keeley Hawes is a fabulous actress turning in a surely Bafta winning performance in Line of Duty but, much as I like the way she looks from a lustful perspective, this does seem to be the standard evil lady costume
4 months, 1 week ago on Series 8: Keeley Hawes cast as Ms Delphox
Just between watching Matt's Silurian story - excellent storytelling, characterisation and pace - aspects almost entirely absent in most of 7b alas
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 7 (2012-2013)
This was an 8/10 season for me. Strong, fresh, richly characterized, with strong stories and an intriguing series arc. A ball somehow got dropped in the following season, then dropped further again. If pushed I would say the Angels double did it for me - a real triumph.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 5 (2010)
I think this season more than any other has shown how bad Dr Who can be and how wonderful. I still don't really know where we are in the Whoniverse - what's happened and what has unhappened. The glove has been pulled inside and out and back again so many times. I felt in watching the Anniversary this was the new incarnation of Who I'd come to enjoy since its revival but that was the only time I felt this in 7B (not because of Tennant etc). For all its largesse it was a simple story well-told. I miss the stories that were killed at birth. The Doctor grieving for Rory and Amy and slowly recovering through Clara's influence, that sparky character from Asylum who has remained undeveloped. The Doctor in hiding (presumed dead) from the end of series 6. Ideas that had so much more to give and were surrendered too rapidly. I celebrate the Anniversary Special - it did all it had to do and more but I continue to be bewildered by those who can rank the rest of 7b alongside it.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Time of the Doctor
@Deus_Ex_Machina That's to suggest we won't get better - which would suck even more
After the Anniversary Special this was rather bungled and disappointing 5/10
Ah here now - 8/10 - nuff said
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Day of the Doctor
@Galactic Yo Yo 'The best way I can describe the difference between this and "The Doctor's Wife" is that TDW feels like one of Steven Moffat's episodes from the RTD era, whereas "Nightmare in Silver" feels like one of Steven Moffat's episodes as showrunner. While everything was perfectly balanced in "The Doctor's Wife", there's a whole lot of ideas competing for attention in "Nightmare" without any of them really getting enough focus' Extremely well put. Do you feel there's too much going on generally in Moff's reign?
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Nightmare in Silver
Definitely the Kraal. What about the Mara? Truly disturbing.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on 5 Underrated Doctor Who Monsters and Villains
Ghastly. Truly ghastly. 2/10. And I am deeply doubtful that this is Gaiman's fault entirely. This further prompts me to wonder how much of the good stuff has been sacrificed at executive level. Still there are voters who will give this a 7/10, I expect. What does this achieve? How can you differentiate between good and poor episodes across a range of 4 points. I don't think you can any more than you could say that your favourite football team played at 7 or above for the whole season.
@YourSpacialHatness Surely you have to mark them relative to each other across the scale - so the one you think most worthy should be high and the one least worthy should be low. I can't see any point of them all being 8 or above unless you feel them to be really, truly excellent. I would rate Dalek as a 9, nearly 10, for example, and Crimson as a 3, maybe 4 at a generous push.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Crimson Horror
With the greatest of respect to everyone I can't help feeling that giving mainly 8 to 10 offers little critical differentiation between episodes and I can't believe everyone believes they were all of equal merit. Or do they?
@Planet of the Deaf @Moves Like Jagaroth Over two episodes I think it may have been great. In my opinion - as stated before - the balance between silliness and tension isn't there. The Doctor ought to have been in peril a lot longer than he was and the mystery as to his whereabouts all the greater. Only in two parts could this have been properly realised - and when you have Rigg and Sterling, why wouldn't you?
@grumpyoldcow I think he commits the same error in Sherlock - but gets away with it slightly more. He writes the wrong things - or rather he chooses to spend time on matters that should pass quickly and not dwell on material we should be immersed in. I think he and Moff are equally guilty of this. Not sure why.
@Jardi101 @Jono81 @Moves Like Jagaroth In which case I mean The Unquiet Dead
@Jono81 @Moves Like Jagaroth Ah - stupid me!!!