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I do think "In The Forest Of The Night" sounds like has a strong artistic vision which will make it a great addition to Season Eight.
3 minutes ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)
NOOOOOOOOOOOOO DWTV NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. I have no idea how to vote on this one. Moffat's "Death in Heaven" looks like an amazing two-parter, "Forest" looks awesome, gaahhhh Mummy on the Orient Express - what a great name. I 'think' the two-parter, but COME ON. Probably the hardest DWTV poll for me thus far.
4 hours, 50 minutes ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)
I just wanted to say that I didn't think Into the Dalek was a 'bad' episode. It was probably the best paced episode out of Season Eight - it felt like it contained a lot of ideas, but also not rushed or overly long. However, I just didn't find Into the Dalek to contain enough new ideas - it reused several Dalek story ideas. Listen, Time Heist and The Caretaker have benefited from playing on the lovely dynamic between Twelve-Clara which is absolutely comedic magic. Deep Breath has grown on me - some lovely ideas, although I found the pacing to be too slow at times and Robot of Sherwood was better than it had any right to be. :P
23 hours, 55 minutes ago on Your Verdict on Time Heist & Episode Ranking
1) Listen - 9.5
2) Time Heist - 8.5
3) Deep Breath - 8.3
4) The Caretaker - 8.2
5) Robot of Sherwood - 8.0
6) Into the Dalek - 7.8
1 day ago on Your Verdict on Time Heist & Episode Ranking
@Beasts_a_Snarling If anything the two doctors, 10 and 11, you've identified were the two Doctors who did this less. :P
2 days, 20 hours ago on Doctor Who Extra: The Caretaker
This episode was hilarious. Capaldi-Coleman have great comedic timing together.
2 days, 23 hours ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
@supermoff is your new lodger- I mean, caretaker. @helenagardner9 Miriam is priceless. Absolutely priceless. :D
4 days, 19 hours ago on Capaldi on Graham Norton This Friday
@LGwalchmai95 The 'chair' thing they do at the end is a regular segment of Graham Norton's show - it wasn't done in particular to be rude to Whovians.
5 days, 4 hours ago on Capaldi on Graham Norton This Friday
This had me cracking up. I -love- the Clara/12 dynamic. "Sinister puddle". "People aren't otters!" "I'm the caretaker now, look I have a brush!"
5 days, 4 hours ago on The Caretaker Clip & Video Introduction
Excellent article, you two!
"Not only is the bank astonishingly unlikely (but I daresay still feasible), but its security systems are surprisingly poor for the most secure bank in the universe. Surely there’d be far better-equipped bank robbers? Those trained their whole lives"
Not so sure about this. Hired security staff can't always be trusted - and we know Karabraxos only really trusts herself (hence the clones). Likewise, I would imagine most weaponry would have set off alarms - the bomb had to be planted there without entering through the front doors.
6 days, 7 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: Time Heist
I've always kind of wished the Ponds were wrapped up at the end of Season Five and The Doctor had traveled with Craig instead. The Doctor + Craig were a great team and it would have been awesome to have played it as a running character arc for Craig (who was always frustrated at how... cool The Doctor was). It'd be the new "Jamie + Doc" bromance. ;)
1 week ago on Why I Love… Closing Time
@Battlion Well put, Battlion!
1 week ago on Time Heist Review
@stargazer0118 Tasha Lem wasn't "evil" - she was The Doctor's friend. We know very little about Missy. While Madame Kovarian and Miss Delphox are motivated by entirely different motivations: religious fanaticism on the one hand and greed and narcissism on the other hand. The claim that any of those characters are even remotely similar is ridiculous. You're judging them on their appearance, their confidence and big hair - that isn't a feminist analysis, that's prejudice.
@Joe17 I kind of wondered the same thing. :P Beint's character would have been too much of a "Rory".
1 week ago on Next Time: The Caretaker
The more I think about it, the more great I think the episode was - I don't know where I'd start with my "Top 12" moments. A lot of it was full of great moments. Besides "Listen", I'd say this was my favourite episode yet. Season 8 is turning out to be one of the strongest...
1 week, 1 day ago on 12 Great Moments From Time Heist
An average idea for a story with excellent execution. If I were being more critical, I might say that this episode would have done well in the blockbuster theme in Season 7 (and done it better, in a fresher take than most of Season 7 which seemed tired and unoriginal) - but I'm not that critical. :P I liked it! Fun. Capaldi was great. Teller was intimidating. Loved the twists. I would say I would rate this season as so, so far:
Time Heist (87)
Deep Breath (84)
Robin of Sherwood (82)
Into the Dalek (80)
1 week, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
@DWTV To be fair to The Eternal Dalek, it's not as nit-picky as it sounds: "Overnight" doesn't make much sense as a term otherwise.
1 week, 1 day ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@tom colman @Unibot @Jeje94 "1. The first law of time stated it was forbidden, and thus generally impossible, for Time Lords to meet each other out of temporal sequence, > This is why everything on Galifrey happens in linear order " Gallifrey's history is millions and millions of years long - just because the First Law of Time forbids Time Lords from meeting each other would not forbid you from, per se, from travelling to the past in Gallifrey. Likewise, The Doctor very rarely visits Gallifrey between the First's Departure and the War Doctor's return, yet all visits to Gallifrey in the Classic era always followed a linear progression despite the fact that that the chances of them crossing their own paths was rare. An alternative theory would be that Gallifrey is "time-locked" to follow a linear progression because Time Lords wanted to avoid Time Lord history being re-written. Theories 1 through 6 in this article assume something like that, except Theory 3 (The "Barn Not on Gallifrey" theory - which I'm not keen on even).
1 week, 1 day ago on Listen: Breaking the Time Lock?
@tom colman @Unibot @Jeje94 That's silly: The Doctor has never obeyed the First Law of the Time Lords - he was placed under treason and forced to regenerate in "The War Games" for breaking their fundamental law against non-interference -- later, it was retconned as the "First Law" in The Three Doctors as a law against meeting yourself (which The Doctor does like every ten years... and didn't necessarily contravene in "Listen"). The Laws of Time are laws that have been shoddily enforced by Gallifrey for centuries and hardly even followed by Gallifrey itself (who often ask The Doctor to break their own policies against non-interference and invite The Doctor to work with his other selves to save the day - let alone the Final Sanction).
1 week, 2 days ago on Listen: Breaking the Time Lock?
@Jeje94 Erm no. I'm well aware of "Classic Who". However, all past appearances of Gallifrey have always followed a logical, linear progression - The Fourth Doctor, say, wouldn't just show up in Gallifrey in Pre-Junkyard Gallifrey or before The War Games or something.
@dschram I've got a pretty elaborate theory, but it hinges on the idea of... what happened to The Doctor's family? It's not much of a theory, more a half a dozen guesses but... I think Gallifrey was a pretty cruel place and the hierarchy might have subjected The Doctor and his entire family to something awful. I like to think that internally, in Gallifreyian society, everyone has a role to play... everyone has their place. But not every place is somewhere you want to end up...
1 week, 3 days ago on Listen: Breaking the Time Lock?
@ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus Thanks so much for reading though and I hope you enjoyed the article(s). ;)
@ Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus I didn't want to dig up the old Tardis theory and lay it on too thick here (it would be embarrassing if I did that and the Clara theory turned out to be a wildly wrong theory) - however, I certainly think you could link the Clara/Tardis theory with some of the theories here surrounding the end of "Listen".
@Adric the Genius Or do I? Nope, totally meant Pre-Junkyard. >_>
Great casting. Very excited about the choices!
1 week, 4 days ago on 2014 Christmas Special Guest Stars Confirmed: Frost, McMullen & Troughton
@supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... I agree with "The Time of Angels" / "Flesh and Stone" being the better Weeping Angels story. I don't think I've had a person not stick with Doctor Who after watching that brilliant two-parter. What a classy act! I think it took the format that Moffat built with Forest of the Dead and pushed it even further with tighter plotting.
1 week, 5 days ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen
I went with "Listen". I suspect in time I will get tired of them both being heralded as Moffat's "best", but it was a very intelligent episode that even taught me a thing or two about myself. Season 8 has done that a lot - Deep Breath 's "You can't see me" and "final sanction". Into the Dalek 's "Who you try to be". Sherwood's "You laugh too much".
I was never really excited for this episode, I'm excited now however - the premise is original and one of those cases of "why hasn't this been done yet?". Hah! Seems like a very fun episode.
1 week, 5 days ago on Time Heist Clips & Introduction
@Gustaff I really like the idea of Egyptians having worshiped.. essentially alien war criminals. It was such a bonkers storyline. I would certainly say I enjoyed the Pyramids of Mars. However, I have to agree with you on several of those "classics" you've put in the dislike category. Personally I've never understood the love for "Ark in Space" - I would see it as one of Holmes's weakest stories. The Talons of Weng Chiang however.... that baby is a fun and brilliant ride. ;)
1 week, 5 days ago on Doctor Who: Philip Hinchcliffe Presents – Review
@andyot7777 @stargazer0118 @Ottoman14 Erm, not so sure about that. The Day of The Doctor was about The Doctor regretting the "100 to save 1" mistake and going as far to rewrite his own wrongs to save Gallifrey using his intellect and a bit of imagination to turn an "impossible dilemma" into a resolvable crisis. I'm not sure I want "Kill the Moon" to just undo that and pit us back into the old Utilitarian ethical gridlock. I'd be more interested in The Doctor doing something ethically questionable that he might be right about... like treating Courtney like an adult, where Clara and Danny might see her as a child not able to make a decision like a 'grand sacrifice' for herself.
1 week, 5 days ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon
@Gustaff 11 - Saves Angie. 12 - Throws Angie off a cliff.
1 week, 6 days ago on Tantalising Details on Episodes 5-8 of Series 8
@Adric the Genius The CBC received a co-producer credit for Series Two and Series Three - however this was for their financial contribution, not creative input. It pains me to say as a Canadian just how poorly the CBC botched their broadcasting of Doctor Who. Space have been much better broadcasters for the showing of Doctor Who in Canada.
1 week, 6 days ago on The Caretaker BBC Synopsis
"Hinchcliffe the s*** out of it for the first half"
Moffat <3 . How can you not love that! Haha. Mummy on the Orient Express and Kill the Moon sound like real crackers - I'm especially looking forward to Mummy on the Orient Express. What a premise... what a title.
@PaddyB There's always the possibility that Moffat will spring the question: Why did Clara get a job at Coal Hill School specifically? Perhaps a scene between "Name" and "Day" might be pivotal here.
@Polyphase @Antee991166 @ilyootha @Andrew_Swallow I thought the bunny that Tennant interrogated was a reference to Webber!
@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! I don't the Time Lock is so simple as to block just The Time War. It would have had to be more extensive to prevent Time Lords from screwing up their own planet's history. I suspect the Time Lock prevents Time Lords from visiting Gallifrey's "past" whenever that is. Since Gallifrey presumably had no present or future, The Doctor assumed the Time Lock was the only thing keeping him from visiting Gallifrey again. Here we would define the 'past' as events not in flux and alterable - that which has 'happened'. When you visit Gallifrey in the future, it's not quite the same since that future is still in flux - a Time Lock is not necessary. Not sure, but I don't think there is an instance of someone time-travelling to Gallifrey's past before - Clara and GI had to exploit a serious rip in The Doctor's time stream in "Name", "The Day" relied on The Moment and "Listen" 's explanation is not yet known. But otherwise, I think The Doctor always visited Gallifrey in, presumably, it's present form.
1 week, 6 days ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant
@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! There had to be structures there, before, *around* the barn. The woman said "come inside to the house with the other boys". My guess is the barn is the only building to survive either (1) the bombardment, (2) the winds of time, (3) both. Serendipity or The Doctor's own protection?
@Gustaff This is almost certainly something Moffat will return to. If The Doctor wants to return Gallifrey back to the universe, he will need a loophole to break the Time Lock. I imagine that would be when 'Listen' 's ending will be resolved finally.
2 weeks ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant
@The Lazy Cat is in on the Time Heist www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/does-clara-hide-a-bigger-on-the-inside-secret-63804.htm < here was the article. I wrote it. ;)
Well, I submitted an article the other day with a few more theories than just these. I suspect the answer will be resolved later by Moffat and the simplest theory is usually the right one. I do like your theory that the Time Lock only applies to the Time War and The Doctor simply just never wanted to visit Gallifrey's past because of ... bad memories. I think, however, that would give The Doctor too many options to save Gallifrey. A big finale needs a high octave conclusion.
Looks like a very unique episode. I like unique.
2 weeks ago on Time Heist Promo Pics
I largly agree with the Gatiss poll - Sherwood and Crimson has been Mark's best work, I think (which is a good thing - it's his most recent work!). I'm not sure why "The Unquiet Dead" has so much support though, I thought it was a bit boring and I think it's aged poorly, but *shrugs*.
2 weeks ago on Your Verdict on Robot of Sherwood
@Rani Nose @Mockridge Giving yourself partial credit is usually writer's speak for "I wrote most of it, if not everything". Very rarely do editor's give themselves partial credit, even if they have written most of it - there are certainly a few RTD and Moffat stories attributed to writers, when they should have been attributed to RTD and Moffat.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Next Time: Time Heist
@DWTV *throws hugs and kisses at DWTV*
@Paulb_47 Yep it's those damn "fan girls". *coughs* Maybe next The Doctor could start wearing a trilby? You see first, you're making a lot of assumptions - let's say I was this "fan girl" -- whose sole purpose as an audience is to watch young, good looking men on television. Problem with your theory is it assumes that there isn't young, good looking men in Doctor Who now just because Matt Smith was offed. On the contrary - "Listen" had a long date scene with a cute guy, the ending culminated to a kissing scene and the start of, dare I say it, "pinkswald" (not my name for it - quick glance at Tumblr). Plus Capaldi is pretty hilarious in the background of all of this dating - not really playing her "dad", per se, but more like a best friend who is awkward as hell. So if we can't isolate the problem as a lack of young, good looking men, I don't think we have a reason to jump to the conclusion that there is a whole swath of mindless teenage girls who we can patronizingly conclude have ruined the show for everyone with their "feelings" and "girlyness".
Wild conjecture here: do we know if the methodology for the AI has changed recently? Could there be factors to the AI that haven't been accounted for? Also, with the way that AI is calculated (it's a survey) - is it even nuanced enough for it to be affected by a change in the main character? All questions to ask before arriving to the conclusion, "it's those damn fan girls!"
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
That 82 is *ridiculous*. :P It's not even a plausible rating, it's a punchline to a bad joke. I wonder how the AI measure could be flawed statistically.
@Antee991166 Bit too much of an assumption on their part, I think.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?
Erm, here was the face that I was trying to link to - imgur.com/tFTefaz . Certainly looks odd and worth a second look.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?
I was thinking it was just a child, but the image behind Clara was certainly pretty alien: http://i.imgur.com/tFTefaz.png?1?7950 // flesh-skin tone, but wide eyes and no forehead. The bone structure of the brow looks more adult, but the height is miniature. I would say it almost reminds me of a Sontaran. Personally I prefer the "child in a mask" theory though.
I've sent in a new article more directly relevant to "Listen" today, but I did also want to suggest that that oddball "Hand of Omega" article I sent DWTV a while back, might be more relevant now with "Listen" and especially "The Caretaker" coming up.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Write for Doctor Who TV