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@The Administrator @YaelMoise @The Genie The problem with bringing the Rani back *is* that its too camp. Obscurity really isn't the problem. Nobody but fans knew who the Zygons were, but they were awesome, so bringing them back with virtually the same design worked well. Incidentally, when Moffat has sat down to consider a look for his OWN creations, he's borrowed ideas from the original Cybermen - the long face and tall anatomy of The Silence, plus the empty white fabric faces of The Whispermen. Any return of the original Cybermen would have to be redesigned to stand up to HD cameras, but something incorporating elements of the older look (long, empty faces - tall, asymmetrical and irregular with that sing-song voice) would make for a very creepy final product.
12 hours, 52 minutes ago on Capaldi & Moffat on Axons, Cybermen and the Master
I would love to see the original Cyberman design back - it was much, much creepier. Completely agreed with Capaldi on that point. As for the Axon-Bafta point - not sure I agree, many of DW's viewers nowadays know nothing about the Bafta's.
16 hours, 4 minutes ago on Capaldi & Moffat on Axons, Cybermen and the Master
@Amy is Hannibal I had a hard time really and truly liking the recommendations every one always made like City of Death and Genesis of the Daleks. I was hooked when I watched The Talons of Weng Chiang, The Horror of Fang Rock and The Dalek Invasion of Earth. "The Horror" actually gave me the chills in the dark, "Talons" looked like it was more shot on film which made it easier for me to watch and "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" just had a huge scope which engrossed me.
1 day, 13 hours ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up
Yeah I don't actually think Series Seven suffered from a long knotty arc - it was a very light arc which Moffat danced through in The Name/Time of the Doctor like a professional on top of his game. Series Seven suffered from having the Ponds on an unnecessary farewell tour, a lot of unoriginal and undercooked stories (Mercy, Cold War, Hide, Nightmare in Silver, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship) and not enough characterization for Clara. It was salvaged by Matt being on top of his game, Moffat's stories/specials being quite strong and Jenna having quite a lot of charm and a strong on-screen relationship with The Doctor despite Clara's character not being quite fleshed out. The stories that stuck out for me in Series Seven were Moffat's work, Gatiss's Crimson Horror, Cross's divisive Rings of Akhaten and Chibnall's Power of Three - they were great because they had a refreshing creativity and artistic license to them. Crimson Horror was downright kooky, Rings of Akhaten was bucolic, moving and very different, Power of Three introduced a mysterious new monster, uplifting and light. These were stories that didn't feel like they were done paint-by-numbers and I think that's what we might see in Series Eight with new writers and a greater artistic license.
@Possible Girl Makes sense! Besides, Planet of the Deaf, I think the expensive house and car, although a cosy ending would have been a nice counterbalance to the overdone motif of "The Doctor is a dangerous person to travel with - the people around him are threatened". Plus nothing could be more cosy than Rose and the Meta-Crisis. :P
1 day, 13 hours ago on Coleman on Capaldi’s “Mad Curiosity”, Clara’s Home Life
@Gustaff I have a mild inkling that the Ponds stayed so long because of Matt's personal relationships with those two -- when they left, he soon decided to leave the show himself. Moffat would been aware of that and pushed to keep them in the show longer - they really could have left at the end of The God Complex. I'd like to see Clara continue as long as the Ponds because she her character developments needs that.
1 day, 18 hours ago on Coleman on Capaldi’s “Mad Curiosity”, Clara’s Home Life
I like the idea of it becoming clear overtime that Clara is kind of a controlling personality, who wants and expects a lot, not in a way that makes her an ugly person to be around, but just a defining quality - she doesn't want to just be tied down to one domestic life, but she doesn't want to locked out of it either and that causes tension with those close to her as she negotiates and balances it all.
@MaraBackman @stargazer0118 @The Outer Space K9 I think he likes more of the unpredictable of Tom.
5 days, 4 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8
@Gustaff We're talking about the BBC here. Their executives are like goblins on the third-second floor: they *have* no humanity. :P
5 days, 18 hours ago on Listen! Series 8 Teaser Trailer
Hahaa. This looks great. It's also very good he's got some creative control. Doctor Who is like Hamlet, you've got to put a lot of yourself into the character to make it come alive. It can't be a caricature of what The Doctor should be. Any time the producers have decided the costume for The Doctor against their wishes its been an awful choice (COLIN, McCoy's sweater, McGann's wig, Davidson, Matt's pirate outfit) and when they've had room to decide its really helped grow the character (Tom, Pertwee, McCoy's hat, Tennant, Smith).
5 days, 19 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8
That hypothetical Seventh Doctor Tardis is beautiful.
1 week, 3 days ago on How does the TARDIS reflect the Doctor? (Part 2)
Loving the color schemes we've seen with the new series so far. Purples and golds and reds. It creates a different tone.
1 week, 4 days ago on DWM #476: “Am I A Good Man?”
I believe in The Day of The Doctor what was happening was similar to how the three Doctors were able to do something with the Sonic they had never done before: unlock wood. A sonic isn't able to do something like move an object (A Dalek) through sonic resonance without a LOT of time to make those calculations. But together, all three could make the calculations seemingly instantly over four hundred years. I understand the problem of the Sonic, but I don't actually think there have been many glaring examples of its "overuse". I think it's more of a case, people have seen it pushed to the limits a handful of times and this snowballs in fandom into some sort of "reoccurring crime against storytelling". I saw this debate crop up after Rings of Akhaten (but there it's opening a door - I mean, how close can you get to its original purpose?). My recommendation to an author, would just be to avoid using the Sonic Screwdriver to resolve the *main* conflict of a story.
1 week, 6 days ago on Doctor Who’s Biggest Deus Ex Machina
I think their best appearance in the new series have been their cameos in Moffat's stories - The head in Pandorica Opens and the Cyberman ship at the beginning of Time of The Doctor. I'm excited to what Moffat plans to bring to them.
1 week, 6 days ago on Cybermen Invade London (Again!)
@Huknar @Unibot @The Watchful Guardian Ahh, thought we were referring to season finales. ;)
@The Watchful Guardian But always as cameos until now. :P
I would want Peter, Paul and Matt for sure. I'd love to see Hurt and Tennant and Chris return, but I think they're all less likely for alternative reasons. However, Tennant apparently had a lot of fun working with Matt specifically and Hurt has been keen to be associated with the show since and they do conventions in connection with Doctor Who - which surprised me given his huge discography as an actor.
As for a plot? I've got an idea. Rassilon mentioned the "weeping angels of old" - so I have this idea where there is a "garden" of weeping angels lying dormant under the city of Arcadia from an ancient conflict. They wait there - hoping to be rescued, but starved for energy. The Weeping Angels seek to save these "lost ancients" - so they pursue the Eye of Harmony in the Tardis, which has been in the Tardis since the Seventh Doctor. Note, this is the same Eye of Harmony which once sat underneath the city of Arcadia. The Angels have a plan to bend space and time to use it as a portal, entering the Subterranean Gallifrey through the Eye of Harmony... but The Doctors unite and trick the Angels into feeding on the entirety of Gallifrey as a whole, which sends the entire planet far, far, far back in time and releases it from the parallel pocket universe which the Angels would now be trapped in, alone.. in a void of space. Gallifrey returns and the "entire" race of the Angels is "seemingly" trapped forever until the next season finale. Somebody get the BBC on the line! ;)
2 weeks ago on Will There Be a 10th Anniversary Special for the Revival?
@NeutronFlow It's been done. :P
2 weeks, 3 days ago on How Far Into Darkness will the 12th Doctor Take Us?
Am I the only one who thought the Eleventh Doctor -was- dark?? I would say Eleventh is The Doctor that reminded me the most of, say, McCoy. He was manipulative, hid many secrets and was possibly one of the more dangerous of the Doctors. I think Capaldi will act more mature .. a bit more, adult. A glass of wine with his meal, not a milkshake. He certainly wouldn't defile fish with custard. But I don't think this means we need to put him a black leotard and have him pining in misery or whatever passes as "Dark" these days. Dark is way overdone. It's something fans confuse as emotional substance.
Awesome. Just awesome. I really liked the look of them sitting down on the steps. Capaldi seemed so ... soft in his voice and warm. I think he going to give a very nuanced performance and he won't be the "snarling beast" all of the time - he seems almost quiet and reassuring here. Lovely. :)
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer
@TheNightmareChild sees into your soul! "Do I have the right?" - The Fourth Doctor.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Is the Doctor a Good Man?
Perhaps they're going inside the enormous Dalek statue on Skaro. That would be behind enemy lines. ;)
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Dalek Story Details for Series 8?
@DaftDalek @stargazer0118 Davros! I've enjoyed every Davros episode solidly. The Genesis of The Daleks, The Resurrection/Revolution/Remembrance of the Daleks, The Destiny of the Daleks, The Stolen Earth... he's always been a great villain. Julian Bleach was fantastic as Davros too.
4 weeks ago on Series 8: New Teaser Trailer “I see into your soul, Doctor”
@JackatHarbor @SteviePenny Hmmm I'm thinking of my dream team. Moffat, Shearman and RTD would be on the team for sure, and from the "regulars", I like Cross and Gaiman. I'm excited to see what the newer writers do for Season Eight. Phil Ford has a good track record in Who thus far. ;)
4 weeks ago on Series 8: Frank Cottrell Boyce Confirmed
The intro sounds exactly like Bleach's Davros - if so I'm very, very excited to see his return. He was brilliant in Series Four and definitely deserves a return.
@SteviePenny So true.
@Huknar @Chris502 Agreed, Bleach was superb and captured the idea of Davros even better than Wisher or Molley. What a deep, menacing delivery. Davros is a villain that I can't wait to see return!
@Huknar @Unibot Spoilers!
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Are the Big Enemies Being Overused?
@Huknar @Unibot I was trying to forget that one existed. :P "DELETE! DELETE!" Nay, just forgot to count the specials when flipping through the index of episodes.
Moffat did give the Daleks a break through Season Six. Likewise, the Cybermen were given a break through Doomsday (Season Two) to Closing Time (Season Six) barring a few cameos here or there. The problem is more that the stories they receive are more or less underwhelming. I'm excited to see Moffat's "Death in Heaven" and Phil Ford's Dalek story. I think Moffat is well suited to write a Cybermen story because their stories need to be done ambitiously and with the budget of a season finale, meanwhile Phil Ford's track-record suggests he knows how to make the back of the sofa look comfortable. I *like* Asylum of the Daleks, but the problem with Asylum of the Daleks is not that we weren't excited enough to see the Daleks back, but that Moffat didn't seem to trust that they themselves could hold the show as villains. Instead, despite having thousands of Daleks, Asylum of the Daleks didn't feel like a Dalek episode. Daleks felt quite distant to the actual story which was focused on Oswin, The Ponds and the main threat of the episode: the nanogenes. You can't overthink the Daleks too much. Put them in a dark corridor and have them exterminate some people and *bam* you got yourself a classic on the way.
Why do I get the sense that McGann is playing us? :P
4 weeks, 1 day ago on McGann Doubtful on Return, Spin-off
I have another theory. But I think it's so good I should save it for when I have Moffat's job. :P
1 month ago on The Doctor: Half-Human on his Mother’s Side?
@Amy is Hannibal I prefer The Stolen Earth / Journey's End solely because of Julian Bleach. I would love to see him make a return as Davros. Forget the Master, I want Davros back!
1 month ago on Series 8 Finale Filming: Beyond the Grave
@Sephora36 @Planet of the Deaf Agreed on all accounts.
1 month ago on Is the Current Format a Serial Killer?
@Ollie Walton Harrod @IanChesterton1 My favorite cliffhangers are 1) "BUT NOT IN THE NAME OF THE DOCTOR!", 2) "There's one thing you never put in a trap..." and 3) The Rise of the Cybermen.
I would rather 60 min episodes as opposed to 4 Episodes of 25 mins each. The length of the Classic series allowed for more "unraveling" of mysteries, but can be dull too if there isn't enough of a narrative to sustain the length.
I'm trying to think of reasons why EP10 would be delayed: (1) Script isn't ready yet - needs rewrites? (2) Scheduling conflicts, (3) Deliberately trying to avoid spoilers on something important until as late as possible - maybe an exterior shot of something vastly important.
1 month ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014): What We Know UPDATE
I always quite liked this episode and your explanation about the Oxytocin made a lot of sense. Great work!
1 month ago on The Common Criticisms of Closing Time
@Master Michael Moon @Chris502 I was wondering if Clarence DeMarco might be Jack the Ripper (although DeMarco's 14 women is more than the Canonical Five-Six victims attributed to Jack). That would make Deep Breath occur before The Name of the Doctor.
Oh man, so far this is looking like it has the potential to be one of the best series yet. That cyberman two-parter is looking like a real cracker. I'm also excited to see the mysterious 8.02 episode ("Lasagna"), the Mummy on the Orient Express, Kill the Moon... Flatline... *wheezes* *runs out of breath* ... *blushes* ... WHERE'S MY PUFFER!?
What a mysterious scene. If Cybermen are actually converting the bodies of dead humans, this will probably be my favorite Cybermen story ever... that's such a good plot. Awful, but ingenious.
@Amy is Hannibal Best part is out of all of those... three.. episodes that do feature Cybermen, they're all cameos and such. Moffat has never written a "Cyberman" episode.
1 month ago on Series 8 Finale Filming: Returning Characters & Monster
@Amy is Hannibal From what I've heard Nightmare in Silver was intended to be a two-parter and he was a bit pissed off about it in being cut down when a fan asked him about it in a book signing a year ago.
@Creepy_Ghoul @TheBiPunishment I expect you'll see the Zygons again. They're incredibly popular, always have been and one of the FX guys were saying it is much cheaper for them to realize the Zygons on screen now.
@Creepy_Ghoul @Antee991166 I've even seen him do a good impression of the Tenth Planet Cybermen. Very talented!
@Ottoman14 He wrote Season Eight *before* all of the frenzy around the possibility of a new Master. However, if he hasn't written a new master into Season Eight, I would expect him to write it for Season Nine now that he knows how much excitement there is surrounding a possible new Master. I mean when it is announced that there is a new Master, it's going to go viral on the mainstream news and everything. It's a good opportunity to boost ratings.
@Amy is Hannibal Sleek is a good word. The design is one of their better ones, although not in terms of how "scary" they are. I recently saw a redesign sketch of "The Dark Dimension" failed project, the Cybermen in that sketch look ridiculously creepy. http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20070530132512/tardis/images/7/77/The_Dark_Dimension-Cyberman_Redesign.jpg
@Amy is Hannibal I've always found the Moonbase/Tenth Planet version to be the more frightening with that sing-song voice. They were so tall and empty and void. If they were going to bring back that look though they would need to redesign it slightly to give the costume more weight so that it held up in HD. Thing with the Cybermen is because we keep meeting them out of order, it's entirely possible we could be reunited with an older design of the Cybermen at some point. As for the Daleks, I think the Time War look is their best look. "Copper and Bronze, Copper and Bronze!" as RTD would say. They look heavy and indestructible in that form. But they're kept short (which is good - means they look more threatened, vulnerable and dangerous. A good dalek should be claustrophobic and on the edge.). The Hartnell/Troughton era had the best Dalek stories, though.
Okay. Extreme excitement overload has kicked in!!!! Kate Stewart is wonderful, excited to see Osgood is back and BY GOD, Capaldi looks awesome standing there in his outfit beside our new Gatekeeper beside an army of Cybermen. This is smelling like the best season ever!
@VictorWong1 Haha, I was thinking the same thing about Irene Adler!
1 month ago on Series 8: Meet the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere