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You know what they say about "too much of a good thing": ther'e's no such thing! :P
5 days, 10 hours ago on Tennant Won’t Be Returning Again Anytime Soon
@Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things No compliants there. ;) Enlightenment was probably one of the best of the eighties in Doctor Who, alongside Caves and Remembrance in my mind at least.
5 days, 15 hours ago on Blink Director for Series 9
@Malohkeh, not a member of any acronyms McGann looked older, he just looked sexier too. :P
5 days, 16 hours ago on Tennant Won’t Be Returning Again Anytime Soon
Admittedly, a flood/ice warrior cross-over totally has promise.
1 week ago on On Thin Ice: The Future of the Ice Warriors
I went with Time Heist because I thought it'd be overlooked, but I really liked Mummy and Listen's openers too.
1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #12: Pre-Title Sequence
Happy Birthday Doctor! :D
1 week ago on Happy Birthday, Tom Baker!
@twoheartsonemind (Six Seasons and a Movie) I would imagine if Moffat labelled it a co-authorship that means the other co-author had next to nothing to do with the final product. Considering it usually takes a helluva of editing before editors are usually comfortable with claiming co-authorship - and often write the whole things through-and-through with a full blue rewrite and no co-authorship at all.
1 week, 1 day ago on Best of 2014 Awards #11: Writer
I loved going to the cinema for Day of The Doctor and Deep Breath. Those were great experiences. I'd be pre-ordering my tickets the moment the new showing was announced! Its great fun watching Doctor Who with an audience full of Whovians, of all ages, shapes, sizes and species. ^^ It's also great to hear that Russell would be interested in writing something for Doctor Who again. Maybe Steven is breaking him down finally, after all these years. :P
1 week, 2 days ago on Russell T Davies Interested in Writing A Doctor Who Movie
What if Gallifrey helps The Doctor find Gallifrey. There's no reason why they can't meet out of order. :P
1 week, 3 days ago on Speculating on Series 9’s Big Cliffhanger (Part 1)
@DalekSupreme1 Yeah I just thought Talalay's direction of the two-parter felt "flat".
1 week, 3 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #10: Director
Voted Paul Wilmshurst for Best Director, but I thought Douglas Mackinnon and Sheree Folkson did a superb with the direction as well. They did an excellent job capturing the majesty and the scope of their stories.
1 week, 3 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #1-10 Recap
I went with "Listen". Some lovely pieces there.
1 week, 5 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #9: Music
I went with Time Heist because I thought they did a brilliant job with the Teller. But this was a tough, tough category.
1 week, 6 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #8: Visual Effects
But to be fair, I had forgotten he wrote "The Vampires of Venice". That was a cracker B-story. Tiny bit gross. Funny. Even a bit sexy.
1 week, 6 days ago on Toby Whithouse Two-parter Confirmed for Series 9
I usually like two-parters if the showrunner writes them or rewrites them - because both of the show's showrunners have had a great understanding of how to jam a story full of fun, lightness and comedy and keep a two-parter rolling along.
I'm not sold on a Whithouse two-parter, because I found The God Complex and A Town Called Mercy a bit... dull. And the worst thing a two-parter can be is dull. I'm worried this could be another "The Rebel Flesh / The Almost People" or something of that sort.
I like that it is scary though. Scary is good.
@LaraHarris @supermoff The Tardis might not be aware that the "Pull to Open" applies to the telephone panel. She's not a real police box, after all.
2 weeks ago on Neil Gaiman on Nightmare in Silver Reception
Miller - This was the toughest category for me. Miller was electric in Robot of Sherwood, so I went with him, but the whole cast of Mummy gets a shout out. The child actors were all top of the class, too.
Gomez - love her.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #1-5 Recap
Could they have made those robots any creepier? :P Excellent Weird and Wonderful. The outtakes made me laugh.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Weird and Wonderful
I went with Faye Marsay. She was a lot of fun. I'm not really sure why Zawe Ashton is receiving so much praise - her character seemed a bit plain.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #4: Female Guest Actor
@plasticsoulman I was surprised he did a Doctor Who Confidential interview about it.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Why A Multi-Master Story Needs to Happen
I went with Ben Miller because he was brilliant - I'd be sold on him as a future Doctor. I quite liked Perkins (and the whole guest cast of Mummy) and Nick Frost and Peter Ferdinando too.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #3: Male Guest Actor
Had to go with Missy. Michelle was brilliant. ;)
Big shout to Chris Addison too.
3 weeks ago on Best of 2014 #2: Recurring Actor
I just want to say: love this man. :) What a treasure. I'm hoping to read "A Writer's Tale" in full over the summer break after school - the chapter excerpts I have read were a joy to read.
Certainly, I'd love to see him come back and write something great. He has a real genius for easy, flowing, comedic and colorful dialogue that takes any science fiction story and makes it so effortlessly consumable for everyone and he challenged Doctor Who to consider the working class, sexuality, race and the life of the chronically underemployed in the UK in a way that no writer or producer had done so prior.
3 weeks ago on Russell T Davies on New Who’s 10th Anniversary
And Moffat also said, hilariously that if it hadn't been Bernard Cribbins, The Doctor would have said "Sorry. I'm so, so sorry." :P
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Why I Hate the Tenth Doctor’s Regeneration
I'm a big fan of all of the Christmas specials, so haha, this was difficult for me. I quite liked how both Russell and Moffat wrote their specials. They both captured Christmas in different ways and quite well, Russell's is more, Christmas in a working class family, and Moffat emphasizes the spirit of Christmas.
1. The Time of the Doctor
2.The Christmas Invasion
3. The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
4.The Runaway Bride
5. A Christmas Carol
6. Voyage of the Damned
7. The End of Time
8. The Snowmen
9. Last Christmas
10. The Next Doctor
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Festive Face-Off 2014 Winner
Fiona Cumming worked some magic with "Enlightenment" - just recently watched it for the first time.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Obituaries: Fiona Cumming, Bernard Kay
@Planet of the Deaf @Status: Stuck in the vortex @AlessandroArsuffi @A Friend of the Ood Hell Jamie was a companion for more episodes than most Doctors.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Are you happy with Clara staying on? Poll Results
@Stradiwhovius I definetely agree. Danny never seemed right for her - he was too narrow-minded and grounded and you know... all, "I just want to sit on my couch with my wife and watch telly". :P
I also thought they tried too hard to play up on the moral ambiguity of The Doctor.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on The 5 Greatest Weaknesses of Series 8 (Part 2)
@Planet of the Deaf @Ivegotkidneys Yes, that was never explained, nor was Danny's near childish hatred of officers explained (soldiers, believe it or not, don't usually hate officers like that) - I was expecting Danny to have killed the girl on the orders of a desk-bound general, or something.
@twoheartsonemind I also found that Samuel Anderson had a particular manner of delivering his dialogue which could make a sweet little speech into more of a wooden lecture. I liked him best in "Into the Dalek" and the more I saw of him, the less I liked his character.
We're assuming there's a condorcet winner, of course. :P That Last Christmas v. A Christmas Carol vote is pretty suspicious.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Festive Face-Off 2014 Winner
@OnlyAsOldWhovianAsYouFeel can I have a go @Planet of the Deaf I'm not sure "age" is the only factor here. Pertwee was an "older" Doctor, but he wouldn't have been nearly as abrasive as Capaldi has been.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on The 5 Greatest Strengths of Series 8 (Part 1)
The real trick would be... what if the apprentice isn't a companion, what if The Doctor is the apprentice? :P
3 weeks, 3 days ago on First Series 9 Title Revealed
It's the name of an obscure children's book from 1994 called "The Magician's Apprentice (Adventures in Time)". All about a boy who spies on Roger Bacon, a man of science, accused of being a sorcerer.
@supermoff Although I agree with Planet of the Deaf that I liked Mummy's music quite a lot too; Foxes's performance was also catchy as hell.
@supermoff I think I miss the big strings of Matt's era which Murray Gold moved towards (from a more acoustic sound with Tennant - a la Doomsday). I suspect that the more deconstructed sound in Season Eight was a deliberate attempt to match the toned down, deconstruction that Peter Capaldi had in mind for his Doctor.
But it feels a bit undeveloped sitting beside the big brass sound of Season Seven and I thought it helped contribute to the feeling that The Doctor wasn't as ....well, "Doctor-y".
"Listen" was by far the best episode in terms of music, I found. There were a lot of great passages to that episode which elevated some excellent scenes.
Last Christmas suffered from basically not having much point - not a lot happened throughout it. The threat felt small and the narrative kept undermining itself with each "fake out".
I think Moffat tried to move away from the "big invasion" story to make a more "intimate" threat for this episode; but being tormented by your own mind had the effect of parsing the story down to something perhaps a bit too small. It felt like a bit of an excuse for a few trippy dream sequences with Danny which were not necessary - if Moffat had cut the dream stuff out of Last Christmas and played it slightly more straight, Last Christmas would have been more satisfying for viewers.
The highlights of the episode for me were Nick Frost's sassy Santa, the beautiful colouring of the shots, Shona (who I found to be a lot of fun), "Merry Xmas Everybody" and The Doctor's sleigh ride around Westminister.
Admittedly, I found Clara a bit tiring in this episode (I'm usually a fan), but being she spent most of it in emotional distress, I'm not sure she added much to the actual episode.
My Season Eight ratings...
Mummy on the Orient Express [0.915]
Kill the Moon [0.91]
Dark Water [0.87]
In the Forest of the Night [0.845]
Time Heist [0.82]
Deep Breath [0.815]
Death in Heaven [0.79]
Robot of Sherwood [0.78]
Last Christmas [0.765]
The Caretaker [0.76]
Into the Dalek [0.75]
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Your Last Christmas Ranking
Directors do matter a great deal! I was watching Rise of the Cybermen (which was much better than I remember) the other day with a gal and I spit out "Graeme Harper must have directed this - lovely single camera energy" during the scene when The Doctor and Rose enter the party as servers. I think I outed how geeky I am to her.Damn. xD
Sheree Folkson (who elevated In the Forest of The Night a lot), Douglas Mackinnon and Paul Wilmshurst's work all set them apart in Season Eight. Saul Metzstein and Farren Blackburn were also exceptional in Season Seven - both directors I'd love to see back (Jamie Payne was quite capable in "Hide" too); Metzstein and Blackburn brought a lot of character to the way that the settings were captured in their stories. I loved the red... warm, alien sun's glow in Rings of Akhaten - absolutely beautiful. I'd be most critical of Season Six's directors -- many of whom haven't returned to the show. I thought a lot of episodes appeared to look "flat" in Season Six and not necessarily appealing, and the stories always lacked enough energy to keep me interested as a viewer.
While Season Seven wasn't necessarily the greatest season in terms of writing, it had more a cinematic quality in the way it was shot than Season Six -- and I find that makes it a lot more pleasing to rewatch.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Being Human Director for Series 9
Happy New Years!
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Happy New Year 2015!
A Christmas Carol > The End of Time. Neither would have been my top choices. I definitely gained an appreciation for Russell's Christmas specials after rewatching them a few time. They're the best, I find for slipping on the TV for a nice Christmas watch - especially The Christmas Invasion.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Festive Face-Off: The End of Time vs A Christmas Carol (Final)
Well deserved on all accounts, especially Sir John.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Sir War Doctor of TARDIS
I want a Candyman story that takes place in a psycho dentist office. Every child is afraid of the dentist... and for good reason...
4 weeks, 1 day ago on 7 Things I’d Like to See in Series 9
@the666thdoctor I agree with Ashley Carter; I was worried they would make her the companion over Shona. Shona was funny and a bit of a mess; Ashley Carter seemed like a cardboard cutout of a companion.
1 month ago on Last Christmas Review (Part 2): Questions, Questions
Perhaps Clara's father remarried - hence the cranky stepmother. If so, Shona could be the daughter of the stepmother, which would make Clara and Shona, incidentally, sisters. It's be perfectly natural for Shona to refer to her stepfather as "Dave".
I'm up for a Twelve - Shona Tardis crew. I think they'd be a lot of fun together. Shona would be a big change from Clara because I don't get the idea that Shona is quite as clever, or as put-together as Clara. It'd be a big change.
1 month ago on 12 Great Moments From Last Christmas
Just because Jenna is staying as a companion doesn't mean we'll also get a new companion to shake things up. :P Could be just what The Doctor ordered...
1 month ago on Clara’s Fate & Series 9 (Spoilers)
I wasn't a fan of Journey Blue, but I could get on the bandwagon for Shona as a new companion - she was quite fun. ;)
1 month ago on Rate & Discuss Last Christmas
The Christmas Invasion is a cracker. Helluva intro (basically copied in "Deep Breath"), great villainous tree... and that blood manipulator!
1 month ago on Festive Face-Off: The End of Time vs The Christmas Invasion
I'm going to watch The Time of The Doctor on Christmas Day before "Last Christmas" airs. I really love The Time of The Doctor - I didn't when I first watched it, but it grew on me. It's a very ambitious script that captures Matt's Doctor so well. It felt very fresh, because had so many new elements: Tasha Lem, Clara's family, Pink marshmallows, Handles, Christmas and"The Message". "The Man Who Stayed For Christmas" - Brilliant! I think it's great because Matt's regeneration was, in a way, a victory for The Doctor. Where it's usually a more somber event. I'm always on the edge of the seat when The Doctor raises up and spins his cane, cheekily teasing the Daleks. "But daleks... never tell me the rules". And of course, "love from gallifrey, boys!". If I were to make comparisons, I'd say The Time of The Doctor reminds me of The Planet of The Spiders. Sure, it's bit flawed, but it's epic and does justice in wrapping up an era. Pertwee had Metebelis III that was waiting for him ... somewhere... and Matt had Trenzalore.
1 month ago on Why I Love… The Time of the Doctor
The Time of The Doctor has really grown on me. The Snowmen had the lovely staircase in the sky, but otherwise, it felt a little unambitious.
1 month ago on Festive Face-Off: The Snowmen vs The Time of the Doctor