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@floppy_who @Unibot @MoserGray Excellent point. ;)
1 day, 2 hours ago on Dark Water Advance Preview
I've voted for Mummy, but my favourite on the list was Vincent. Mathieson's debut was surprisingly good, whereas Curtis has a long, long history of writing Science Fiction / Romance / Comedy - he was a natural fit for Doctor Who.
1 day, 2 hours ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts
@Scootersfood, Secret Agent of C.L.A.R.A. @Oodkind IS MISSY!!!!! Missy never said she had been his girlfriend; she just said he was his boyfriend. :P
1 day, 17 hours ago on Dark Water Advance Preview
@MoserGray There's always Romana!
Hahahaha. I'm so happy. :D :D :D :D :D DWTV just compared it 'almost' to Tomb of the Cybermen. You know it's a great Cyberman episode when!! It doesn't surprise me at all - Moffat's little snippets with the Cybermen in Pandorica Opens and The Time of The Doctor were my favourite New Who scenes with the Cybermen, so he seems like to right writer to tackle them. SATURDAY, COME HERE!!
2 days, 1 hour ago on Dark Water Advance Preview
@Planet of the Deaf @LGwalchmai95 That's more like The Doctor's greatest moment. :P Always loved that one.
2 days, 3 hours ago on The Eleventh Doctor: Top Moments
@Clara Bosswald loves Black Panther&Captain Marvel I once wrote a finale where The Doctor was wheel-chair bound for it (a la Time of The Doctor). I thought it was interesting to strip the hero down - no more "when I say run, run". It forced The Doctor to rely more on his intellect.
2 days, 3 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: In the Forest of the Night
An alternative to River and Tasha Lem or The Master, could be Romana. It was quite a delicate subject around the writer's table whether Romana lived through the Time War when it was suggested that Romana be the voice used in the Doctor Who Experience -- Moffat ended up agreeing to it if it was made "ambiguous" whether Romana had lived through the Time War or not. From a business perspective it'd be a good way to tie the current show to the Doctor Who Experience they're trying to launch. I suspect though it'll be River. That's always the vibe I've gotten from her.
2 days, 9 hours ago on Dark Water Clip
@Glitchums There could be a strategically well placed portal - or it's a hologram, yes.
@Aspiring Lion Me too. I often listen to the bootleg version on Youtube.
2 days, 9 hours ago on The Day / Time of the Doctor Soundtrack
I think the issue is it was difficult to establish the trees as a threat if you were also going to establish them as Earth's protectors. That was probably the point of the Zoo animals - to raise the threat level without being directly established by the trees.
2 days, 9 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: In the Forest of the Night
I think top five stories which showcased the Eleventh Doctor were,
1. The Eleventh Hour.
2. The Lodger.
3. A Good Man Goes to War.
4. The Bells of St. John.
5. The Name of The Doctor.
3 days, 1 hour ago on The Eleventh Doctor: Five Favourites
@HohenheimOL I was more thinking a "The Search for Spock" ending. :P
3 days, 3 hours ago on Dark Water TV Trailer Breakdown
My Doctor! :D Happy Birthday, Matt!
3 days, 4 hours ago on Happy Birthday, Matt Smith!
@The Whoniversal Man I love the banner! :D
3 days, 4 hours ago on Dark Water TV Trailer
Chris Addison looks awesome in these pics. I'm excited to see what's the story behind both Chris and Missy. Chris kind of looks, Master-ish here.
3 days, 22 hours ago on Dark Water Promo Pics
[My rating] [DWTV's rating] [Difference +/-]
1. Listen[0.935][0.8918] [5%]
2. Mummy on the Orient Express [0.915] [0.8679] [5%]
3. Kill the Moon [0.91] [0.7808] [17%]
4. Flatline [0.905] [0.8774] [3%]
5. In the Forest of the Night [0.855] [_______] [_______]
6. Time Heist [0.82] [0.7823] [5%]
7. Deep Breath [0.815] [0.8282] [-2%]
8. Robot of Sherwood [0.78] [0.7512] [4%]
9. The Caretaker [0.76][0.7795] [-3%]
10. Into the Dalek [0.75] [0.8052] [-7%]
4 days ago on Your Verdict on Flatline & Episode Ranking
@The 14th Doctor The River Styx is an interesting thing to bring up. We know "Paradise" is some kind of underworld. If I recall correctly, if you drank from the Styx, you lost your memories, yes? I wonder if "Dark Water" might set up the old story of Persephone held captive in the underworld - Clara. And The Doctor has to try to convince her to come back, but keeps failing because her memories have changed. Hah, I dunno. :P
5 days, 15 hours ago on Next Time: Dark Water
@nomad2009 That's also extremely clever and seems almost like a Moff pun. >_>
There was some shoddy dialogue throughout and the subplot about the missing sister was undercooked -- but besides that this episode perhaps was the one this season that has captivated me the most throughout the whole season. I think the writer did a very good job - and the story was a clever, poetic testament to humankind and its relationship with its Earth. I was laughing and crying throughout watching this one. When the kids sat down and wrote a letter to the rest of humanity with crayons, I was in stitches with happy teary laughter -- only in Doctor Who.
Listen [ 0.935 ]
Mummy on the Orient Express [ 0.915 ]
Kill the Moon [ 0.91 ]
Flatline [ 0.905 ]
In the Forest of the Night [ 0.855 ]
Time Heist [ 0.82 ]
Deep Breath [ 0.815 ]
Robot of Sherwood [ 0.78 ]
The Caretaker [ 0.76 ]
Into the Dalek [ 0.75 ]
5 days, 21 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night
Someone just said Missy is River's Valeyard. That would be hilariously clever. Given we know River has expelled all of her regeneration energy in one go - there would be that residue left over, the bad, which could create a Valeyard for River.
5 days, 22 hours ago on Next Time: Dark Water
I quite liked George... he did seem like such a scared, but also alien boy. It was an odd performance in a good way.
6 days, 18 hours ago on Won’t Somebody Think of the Children!?
@Yeah,TopLayer,IfYouWantToSayAFewWords @Unibot It's also interesting to point out that Moffat almost always writes with children characters - and they usually go off without a hitch. I loved the children in basically all of those episodes.
What's funny is some of these child actors were some of my favourite characters in New Who. So yes the sweeping generalisation that "child actors are bad" is wrong, wrong and more wrong.
1 week ago on Won’t Somebody Think of the Children!?
My issue with Capaldi's Doctor is, I feel he's wrongfully internalised the criticisms of his prior selves -- Eleven wasn't that bad of a person! Nor was Ten. They were aliens who saved people and they often did quite a lot of good and their interventions in human affairs was justified. A show as optimistic as Doctor Who should, I think, embrace the idea that there are some people who can in fact be proud of their accomplishments and the work they've done to help others -- and The Doctor is one of them. He doesn't have to anguish himself in self-doubt and self-hatred any longer.
1 week ago on Who is the Twelfth Doctor?
These introductions are almost always better than the trailers even. Moffat knows how to pitch an episode.
1 week, 1 day ago on Introduction to In the Forest of the Night
@The 14th Doctor Vincent is one of my favourite stories, but it was not well received from what I remember when it first aired. A lot of people had felt the antagonist had been underdeveloped.Anyways, I'd consider Blink, Waters and Vincent as classics now for sure - not so sure about Girl in the Fireplace; it seemed to be more like the great episode of a weak season, but in all actuality I'd consider it one of the less developed Moffat scripts. Empty Child / Doctor Dances is a classic to me though - if I were going to teach someone how to write Doctor Who I'd give them a copy of Empty Child / Doctor Dances or The Eleventh Hour. They're quite paradigmatic. A big Moffat fan obviously. >_>
1 week, 1 day ago on In the Forest of the Night Advance Review
I tend to be on the positive side of the "marmite" episodes, be in Rings of Akhaten or Vincent or Closing Time whatever - so I'm sure I'll find it at least good. :P
1 week, 2 days ago on In the Forest of the Night Advance Review
I really quite liked the atmosphere of "Mummy".
1 week, 2 days ago on Face-Off: Mummy vs Flatline
Some of the debate seems to surround whether The Doctor is supposed to be (loosely) peripheral. I think the proper answer is: he's been both, depending on the era. There's no right answer.
He was intended to be a peripheral character in the original run with the audience largely relating to Ian, Barbara and Susan. However, The Doctor took a more central role as Ian, Barbara and Susan left and Hartnell became more comfortable with the role. Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, being very much "leading men" often also took a very central role to the story and would probably never take a peripheral role in a companion dynamic. Matt Smith held that leading man role in similar fashion as Pertwee and Baker did, whereas Eccleston and Tennant were oft cast in the shadow of a sort of "family" of characters. It all depends on (1) whether the incarnation of The Doctor is more/less reassuring, (2) the direction that the producer wants, (3) the extraneous characters and sub-plots that writers add.
As for whether Clara "made" The Doctor, the answer is clearly no. She talked to The Doctor's child self in a dream and reassured him. This wouldn't even be the last time that The Doctor would need reassuring. Later, on the "worst day" of his life, The Doctor would visit K'ampo for his wisdom; K'ampo was the hermit at the top of the mountain near The Doctor's estate - years later, The Doctor would call him "his teacher". Whatever was so terrible in The Doctor's life, he cried quite a lot. He was tear-eyed with K'ampo and cried for weeks in Listen. If anything lays a claim to "making" The Doctor, it's first, whatever happened to him to plunge him into such despair, and second, The Doctor himself. Ultimately, he chose to steal a Tardis - something even K'ampo found "naughty". The Tardis, though, believes it chose The Doctor - so maybe, The Tardis made The Doctor, who knows. :P
1 week, 2 days ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”
I do agree with David that Doctor Who is quickly running out of characters that I "like" which is possibly the worse way to engage with a show -- I find Danny controlling, Clara has been shown lately as almost macabre/morbid and deceitful (and superficial) while I also don't have The Doctor look forward to ... yes, he had his big moment at the end of "Flatline", but we also had the "Rubbish Robots from the Dawn of Time" scene (great line) and the "Do I pass the class?" scene and the "Just look at me" scene ... all scenes where I can see The Doctor shining through him... and then by the next episode, Capaldi seems just as lost in self-doubt and grumpiness the next episode. I like The Doctor's candor (he's one of the funnier 'Doctors') and his intelligence. But if I were showrunner, I would write a scene in the finale where Clara says, "Yes." The Doctor would reply, "Yes what?" and she would reply, "Yes, you are a good man". Because I have a sneaking suspicion a lot of The Doctor's behavior this series has been a result of no longer having even his own companion believing in him... that kind of validation could really launch The Doctor back into action - taking down Cybermen and saving the world. Being a Doctor.
1 week, 3 days ago on 2nd Opinion: Flatline
@John Smith the Second @Unibot I rate episodes based on a table that I keep, given each indices a mark out of 10. I just based the indices on stuff that I usually look for in episodes, or stuff that I usually find troublesome in episodes: Character Development,Unpredictability, Comedy, Intelligence, Dialogue, Look / Sound,Rewatchable?, Originality, Pacing and Action.
This way I avoid overlooking issues I may have with an episode which I hadn't thought about; for example, I liked Flatline and Mummy a lot but I felt upon reflection that they were a tad too slow and seemed to drop off at times in momentum. Likewise, I liked Kill the Moon a lot, but the humor didn't seem to be there as much as it could have been.
1 week, 3 days ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking
Love that big promo picture!
1 week, 3 days ago on In the Forest of the Night Promo Pics
@ahunter8056 Haha, I would said Season Four was quite strong, so... :P
1 week, 4 days ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking
@supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. Don't worry I had to delete a post that said "How can 96% of respondents vote 5/10 or higher and 92% of people vote 7/10 or higher!?" It's been a long week already and the coffee is taking a long time to brew...
@DWTV WHAT WOULD YOU DO!? WELL!!!? WHA--*looks to the blackboard* "Vote".
I seem to be, on average, 3% higher in my scores than DWTV. I found Kill the Moon to be the most underrated episode so far and Into the Dalek, the most overrated. Qualitatively, I must say I don't think there's been a "dud" thus far this season!
(Episode) (My Score) (DWTV's Score) (Difference)
Listen [0.935][0.8918] [5%]
Mummy on the Orient Express [0.915] [0.8679] [5%]
Kill the Moon [0.91] [0.7808] [17%]
Flatline [0.905] [____][____]
Time Heist [0.82] [0.7823] [5%]
Deep Breath [0.815] [0.8282] [-2%]
Robot of Sherwood [0.78] [0.7512] [4%]
The Caretaker [0.76] [0.7795] [-3%]
Into the Dalek [0.75] [0.8052] [-7%]
Don't know why people are so worried or trying to rationalize the results - the ratings have been REMARKABLY consistent. Seems everyone is just using a little dip here or there to justify whatever pet peeve they have about the show or about imaginary audiences (e.g., "fangirls just like pretty men", "Clara Who", "the doctor is too callous"). Here's a graph with the ratings put together visually, with an estimate for Flatline's final ratings (based on an average +2.11 boost from the overnights). // i.imgur.com/QUP0zib.png
1 week, 5 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@VincentLalyman @The Lazy Tiger Has Scared Off The Lazy Cat @Antee991166 1. Matt Smith,
2. Jon Pertwee,
3. Tom Baker,
4. David Tennant,
I like the more "heroic" Doctors, who you can count on to appear in the most desperate moments of civilization, scold his enemies, draw a line in the sand and declare himself "The Doctor" as an object of pride and audacity. I don't think Capaldi's "Doctor" is a, erm, finished product yet. He seems to still be feeling out the part - in a similar way that Tennant did. Tennant never felt "spot on" until more or less his final season.
1 week, 5 days ago on Flatline Review
"This plane is protected!" Welcome Back Doctor! You never really left, you were just waiting. What's funny about Capaldi's Doctor is he approaches his enemies not with a confident stride, but with a timid, lanky and delicate tip-toeing yet he speaks angrier and more scorchingly than ever before. The Doctor is more scared than before, even scared of himself and his own shadow - which makes him even more dangerous. He's still soul-searching and not ready to show the world who he is, because he's not sure of it himself anymore. Fear played a large thematic role in Pertwee's years (as The Doctor sought advice from his old teacher to "face his fears" at the end of Planet of the Spiders) and I suspect that it will once more play a role in Capaldi's era. But where The Doctor once tried to face his fears, he must now learn to embrace them.
Capaldi's little jig was also a show-stealing moment. ;)
1 week, 5 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Flatline
My hopes for this episode were raised a lot when I read Frank Cottrell Boyle's editorial on Doctor Who in The Telegraph. It's a rather beautiful love letter to Doctor Who. >> telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/doctor-who/11048783/Frank-Cottrell-Boyce-Finally-Im-on-board-the-Tardis.html
1 week, 5 days ago on Next Time: In the Forest of the Night
I love how some people still seem to think Twelve is callous. If anything he's much harder on himself about doing stuff that he previously would have done before without batting an eye. He had to talk himself into killing The Boneless - pretty sure Eleven would have just stepped out of The Tardis and burnt them to death with a roaring cracker of a speech and then went to lunch with Clara after it calmly (and I'm a fan of Eleven). He's undergone a lot of doubt about himself and he's finding himself again, questioning his morality.
1 week, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
@supermoff agent of C.L.A.R.A. I believe I saw a video somewhere online describing the theoretical people of a two dimensional world as 'flatliners'...
This looks brilliant. :D
Mummy on the Orient Express [0.915]
Kill the Moon [0.91]
Time Heist [0.82]
Deep Breath [0.815]
Robot of Sherwood [0.78]
The Caretaker [0.76]
Into the Dalek [0.75]
Mathieson is the first writer in DW since Moffat that has screamed "showrunner" material. I hope Moff keeps him around for Series 9. ;)
1 week, 6 days ago on Doctor Who Extra: Flatline
@Shalroth @Bdransfield 25% of the Tardis's rooms is a finite number. Rooms are just that space which are organized into rooms.
1 week, 6 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
@DWTV How do you fight trees? With fire!?
1 week, 6 days ago on Flatline – 12 Hints & Teasers
@YaelMoise is glad they mentioned the goddess That outfit (with the leather jacket added) emphasized to me that she was a modern, cool (and single) school-teacher - not a schoolgirl, which, I've found, a lot of her outfits convey unintentionally. The army jackets and the satchels and skirts make her seem a bit too young - maybe just me, though.
2 weeks ago on The Complete Eighth Series DVD Extras
@CatPerson OOooh, that'll be good. :)