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I think it's just, the writers don't approach the Daleks and the Cybermen like they approach their modern monsters. When Moffat writes the Weeping Angels he has them killing people left and right, with genuinely terrifying horror involved. When he wrote the Daleks he tried to be too clever and "reinvent" them and bring in the overused "love defeats all" dialogue. They know how to make monsters scary: have them kill things, dark shadows, slow approaches, unstoppable forces etc.
4 hours, 18 minutes ago on 51 Years Later: 5 Ways to Make the Daleks Menacing Again
I always like reading about Moffat's thoughts on childhood. He has such an interesting perspective. :) But in general I agree, the jokes are for the adults. Kids would be content if Doctor Who was relatively serious all the time.
1 day, 10 hours ago on Last Christmas Allegedly “Too scary” for Kids
I'm giving this one to Voyage, but I liked the missles chase scene and everything involving Gallifrey in The End of Time - some of that special was quite good and felt right. It was more just the (really quite awful) resurrection potion thing and the self indulgence that turned me off of End of Time.
2 days, 4 hours ago on Festive Face-Off: The End of Time vs Voyage of the Damned
In the Forest of the Night is the new Rings of Akhaten. Both creative pieces that took risks. Cross and Boyle both are writers I'd like to see return. They made some brave decisions in their work in Doctor Who and that goes a long way for me.
2 days, 10 hours ago on Moffat Defends In the Forest of the Night Science Criticisms
I've learnt that despite what I say here (in a blatant attempt to remain credible as a critic)... I love all of the Christmas specials. :P
2 days, 13 hours ago on The Christmas Conundrum
Interesting title. Not sure what to make of it.
4 days, 3 hours ago on First Series 9 Title Revealed
Essentially I'm saying that science fiction can be a vehicle for social commentary, but it can also be a cheap escape from engaging in social commentary - when that occurs its an easy out for writers: you weaken a piece's relevance and substance to make the content broadly more acceptable.
4 days, 20 hours ago on 4 Different Types of Companions Doctor Who Should Consider
I actually think the "comedic man"/"alien"/"girl from the past"/"cavewoman"/"girl from the future" is playing it safe. You have a load of stock to work with when writing these kind of caricatures - whereas writing a female character from our age and developing her character in an era where women are either seen as 'too much the focus' or they're developed as thinly as a cardboard box poses a real difficulty for writers.
The sad state of affairs is: a modern woman is more of a pill for audiences even now to swallow than a tin-dog or a Jamie-ripoff -- hence the constant pleas for a "lone male companion" and a "robot/alien/thingy companion". The dynamic that's been established works - it challenges audiences and it challenges The Doctor.
I also like how when you go back to watch different eras of the show, the companion is an instant embodiment of their time. Jo Grant is the ultimate boomer, Sarah Jane Smith is the essence of the second wave of feminism, Ace and Tegan scream Generation X etc. Eventually we'll come to regard Rose, Martha, Amy, Rory and Clara and others as products of our era: millennials, presumably - unemployed, extended education, interracial, early divorce, delayed adulthood, male narcissism (Mickey), "friend zone" and nice guy syndrome (Rory) etc. Behavior that was common now. Culture that was popular. Issues which were prevalent. I think this is why I find many of the "normal" classic companions infinitely more interesting than the more manufactured ones.
If you were to ask me to write a new companion for Doctor Who, I think I'd be far more difficult to set out and write a modern woman and her relationship with The Doctor. The realer, the more challenging it can be. But I think it's also the more rewarding choice.
4 days, 21 hours ago on 4 Different Types of Companions Doctor Who Should Consider
@DocWhoFan @Huknar That's the mark of a great writer, in my opinion. Making new characters in the end and new possibilities, even in the end. As opposed to, you know, writing a party with old favorites for a finale.
5 days, 10 hours ago on “Jack & River Returns Would Have to be Seismic” – Moffat
@Mark McCullough Bahaaha.He does like to deny the next season's plot points upfront usually. :P
@Gustaff @yoshfiction @Mark McCullough Clara and Danny were never right for each other, I don't think. They maybe weren't unbelievable as a couple but they were wrong for each other. Danny wanted to "settle down" with a much simpler person, I think and just brood or retire or something of that sort. He'd get old and sour quicker than a bottle of milk.
@Huknar It'd be kind of hilarious if Twelve also brought her to the Singing Towers - and River was cursing under breath about how The Doctor kept forgetting where he had taken her every so often. :P
5 days, 11 hours ago on “Jack & River Returns Would Have to be Seismic” – Moffat
The target novelisation cover is awesome as always too. Love that look. It's kind of a silly dream of mine to write a Doctor Who episode and have it novelised by Terrance Dicks and get an old timey cover like that. No idea why. :P
1 week ago on Weird and Wonderful
@Polyphase Apparently he dressed up as his father in full gear for Halloween!
Omigod I love Gomez - everyone else is explaining how they celebrate Christmas and she's going on about having Maggie Smith and Will Ferrell over for dinner (And "I guess my husband and my dog"). Bahaha. Killed me.
I have to admit I have a hard time seeing Capaldi's Doctor travelling with some bloke. He's generally just kind of mean with other male characters in Season 8 (e.g., Danny Pink, Robin Hood, Colonel Ahmed, Captain Quell, Professor Moorhouse). And I can't see him keeping around a bloke for the comedy or because they're whimpy.
He appreciated Perkins because he was pragmatic and brilliant - traits that The Doctor admires. But honesty I don't think there'd be enough tension between Perkins and The Doctor to be interesting. It'd be more like Sherlock/Watson, but with Perkins's genuineness, The Doctor's unreliability and Perkins living in the Tardis away from a separate life that could cause tension with The Doctor's eccentricities, I think it would quickly become more like a grumpy Green Hornet and Kato travelling through time and space - and that wouldn't challenge Capaldi's Doctor on an emotional level.
I see Capaldi's Doctor travelling with a more traditional, "cute woman" companion - but running into problems that he never had to worry about in the days of miniskirts and "assistants" - issues of independence. The Doctor might be accused of being too controlling. It'd be like a Jo-Doctor relationship but with the relationship falling off the rails because of The Doctor's control issues.
1 week ago on Clara, or a New Companion? The Results
@Adric the Genius Erm, The Deadly Assassin was a good story but I really think in the twenty first century, we could do with some female characters. :P The Deadly Assassin didn't have any - and is an example of how if you remove the female lead character, very quickly Classic Who looks male-dominated. While there were often sexist undertones to Classic Who in the relationship between the companion and The Doctor, at the same time, the old formula of "The Doctor and __Woman___" forced the writers to reliably write and flesh out a female character which is agood thing and something that didn't occur in The Deadly Assassin. It's a kind of double-sided sword and you can see it at play the most in The Green Death where, on one hand, the triangle between Jo, The Doctor and Clifford was really quite sexist and on the other hand, the attention played to Jo in that episode meant the writers actually did denote a lot of time in developing her character in such a way that it felt somewhat satisfying that Jo actually would fall in love with someone like Clifford -- as opposed to other really quite horrendous and embarrassing couples like Leela and what's-his-name or Mel and what's-his-name or Susan and what's-his-name. I will excuse Susan a bit more because she was basically a teenager and falling in love with some random nice guy and wanting to spend the rest of your life with him after being slapped with a fish by him is ... kind of... how every teenage romance goes -- but it'd be satisfying if down the line, The Doctor ever met older Susan and The Doctor asked "How's Steve or Micheal or Jamie or whatever his name was?" and Susan was like "David - and I left that idiot a week after you left." At the very least, I imagine that's how it went.
@YaelMoise @Scootersfood is ready for Christmas! @NSSG&SMAF "The people who truly share your opinion are the 31.4% who voted like you did. " < On the contrary, I voted for a half-season because I want to see Clara back; I just think her story could be wrapped up satisfying within a half a season. I certainly don't want to see my vote lumped in with the "I hate Clara - so annoying" crowd.
I know the 60s and 70s better than the JNT era, but I'd name a few of my favourite Classic stories...
The Power of the Daleks
The Evil of the Daleks
Carnival of Monsters
The Green Death
The Time Warrior
Genesis of the Daleks
The Deadly Assassin
The Talons of Weng-Chiang
Horror of Fang Rock....
1 week ago on Doctor Who: Fifty-One Favourites (Part 3)
I have to admit I find Inferno and The Tomb of the Cybermen both a tad overrated - they're definetely good. I would defend The Dalek Invasion of Earth and Planet of the Spiders here more, since they seem to be facing more criticism - Planet of the Spiders, is in my opinion, one of the few proper regeneration stories and it tied together Pertwee's era perfectly.
@TheOncomingHurricane @TheTimeTraveller is excited for Last Christmas @Scootersfood is ready for Christmas! @DocWhoFan Leaf = Page 1
1 week, 1 day ago on Last Christmas New Clip
57% want Clara to stay though to some extent. :P
1 week, 2 days ago on Clara, or a New Companion? The Results
Hahaahahaaa. I love it.
1 week, 2 days ago on Last Christmas New Clip
@S. Jek Interestingly, I think Moffat revisited "Chalk" - a failed (and I mean failed) program of his. It was heavily criticised for showing very flawed characters working in the teaching profession - characters that often had few redeeming qualities.
1 week, 2 days ago on Moffat on the Doctor/Companion Relationship for Series 9
I definitely agree with others that there may be some funny editing going on with the ' YOU ARE DYING' clip - it appears as though 'DYING!' comes before 'YOU'. It's also not clear that "You" transitions into 'Are" - so it is possible that "[????] are dying!" is followed by a new sentence that begins with "You [....]". I think, however, it is also possible that this message continues to appear on a loop - because there aren't many pronouns that would fit the context of "__ are dying!"; "We are dying!" is no more encouraging than "You are dying!". One possibility is that this message is a distress signal, along the lines of "We are dying! You are our last hope". I think though that the message is Peter's handwriting and that this is him communicating with her.
1 week, 3 days ago on Last Christmas New Trailer
I love when Capaldi says "Who you gonna call" in a gruff voice. He looks great in a hoodie too. :P
@The Lazy Cat is Santa Paws That makes an enormous amount of sense, especially when you consider Tennant's accent was supposed to be a reference to Rose and Capaldi's accent could be considered Amy bleeding onto The Doctor. Matt's "lazy posh" Northampton accent however is, hard to explain. I'm not sure there's a main character in Tennant's era that held such a voice.
1 week, 3 days ago on DWM #481: Who Believes in Father Christmas?
@The Dreamer wants her Who Christmas NOW! @Clara Who “Right now… Yeah. I think I do. “ Also, that might be in the future for Santa. They doesn't necessary need to meet in the right order.
"He also reveals how he wrestled with adding a line about the Doctor being able to click his fingers to open the TARDIS in the Clara key scene, but ultimately thought it unnecessary. " << also, it was a dream. :P
1 week, 3 days ago on Moffat on Orson Pink Mystery
@HeyProfessor @LaraHarris @Rani Nose @stargazer0118 He was the copy editor of Chris's episode - he almost certainly had a hand in creating her character. It appeared to me to be honest that he had written most parts of the Power of Three - it seemed like his humour during any of the parts where UNIT appeared.
1 week, 3 days ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey
@AndyPeters1 On the contrary, BBC would have months to promote the new companion before Series 9 starts.
1 week, 4 days ago on New Last Christmas Details & Big Clara Clue?
Brilliant. Hah! :)
1 week, 4 days ago on BBC Theme Park Set to Feature Doctor Who
@The16DaysTillChristmasoftheDoctor! I'd be more excited on Christmas morning than when I was seven if that was my Christmas morning. :P
1 week, 5 days ago on Capaldi, Coleman, Frost and Moffat on Last Christmas
@Father Doctavarium Christmas @supermoff is in Christmas mode He'd be laughing. How could you not? :P
Capaldi and Moffat gave excellent interviews. Thought I don't understand why they ask such silly things to actresses still (i.e., "How much fun is it is to work with..." -- just imagine if they asked her questions to Capaldi or wrote newspaper articles around whether Capaldi would stay on as The Doctor or not because of his working relationship with his companions. It's ludicrous. :P
Bahahaahahahaaa. "But dad Paul Childs ..." Bahaha.
1 week, 5 days ago on Series 8 Is A “Ratings Flop” (Apparently)
@Deceiving Whovians & Torturing them Vigorously I'd love like a 1-5 scale on whether you could accept a female doctor. I think that'd be quite.. interesting.
1 week, 5 days ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey
@NSSG&SMAF You can't write a show well with this kind of history without adding to the history a lot. You have to write like you own it. Terrance Dicks wrote Time Lords into Doctor Who, six years into its run. Sloman and Letts wrote K'ampo and Gallifrey into the show, nine years into its run, Nation retconned the entire history of the Daleks and created Davros, twelve years into its run, Holmes wrote the 'thirteen' rule, thirteen years into its run, Aaronovitch wrote the Hand of Omega, twenty five years into its run.
Bottom line: all of the great writers have messed and muddled with the mythology like they own it. It's part of being a great writer. You have to love it, but you can't 'revere' it.
@Polyphase I suspect Moff jokes a lot about this stuff off the cuff, but I also think Michelle's casting might have changed his mind a bit. It was his casting after all, but he seems (rightfully) quite proud of it.
@SANTA-ran17 agent of C.L.A.R.A Yikes. ???
@Planet of the Deaf @supermoff is in Christmas mode @Rani Nose Kasterborous? Yikes I used to follow Kasterborous. I read that article just now and it was a trainwreck the whole way through, minus a few more open-minded comments here or there.
If you had asked me a few years ago, I would have said 'no' to a female Doctor, now I'm excited about the idea of it. Michelle is a perfect example of how a gender-swap can challenge writers and audiences to remember what they love about their favourite characters and, like The Doctor says in Deep Breath, to 'see them, just see them'. There's nothing like sitting down and writing on a screenplay:
INT. TARDIS - NIGHT
and typing the words, 'THE DOCTOR' -- because you can say anything, but regardless of what you say, it's always the same voice, the same person and I think you do your very best as a writer when you really believe that.
@Typo42 Sceptic of ROSE @DocWhoFan - Agent of W.H.O. K.N.O.W.S. @Whovian64 2 I don't think he can tell himself, he needs to *LIVE* it. Experience life as him. That's the message.
1 week, 6 days ago on Steven Moffat: An Era of Forgotten Things
@The Dreamer wants her Who Christmas NOW! @ElyotWren @JacobHaggerty @Switcharoo That's what I figured too. Clara's life kind of follows the trajectory of someone who doesn't know what they want to do with their life. Go to school... continue going to school... become a teacher... travel.... etc. Maitlands was probably as much of an excuse as it was a 'duty' and a burden.
@Gallade Zero I think if Moffat was a fanboy now he'd make fun of them too. :P "The ipod ones?"
@A Friend of the Ood @alex_494 I'm not sure if you noticed or not, but he mentions the ducks twice - once in The Eleventh Hour more noticeably, but a blink or you miss it mentioning in Flesh and Stone. The ducks had been eaten up by the cracks in time.
Parent Misplacement: I liked that Moffat didn't focus too much on the parents, as opposed to previous eras which focused a lot on the parent-companion dynamic. I believe that Amy probably 'is' a lousy daughter - she's quite independent. There was also a lovely deleted scene that intended to cap off Brian William's character.
Pack Your Bags: Amy's modelling career.
Duties Abandoned: Clara had to move on at some point. She got a job. It happens to all of us.
Paradigm No More: Pretty sure you're one of the few people complaining about the lack of the Paradigm Daleks. :P
The Origins of the Faces: This will almost certainly be addressed later. Seems like something to wrap Capaldi's era up - an existential crisis near regeneration.
And finally, why were two sets of Robots searching for the Promise Lands, i.e.
Missy’s warped version of Heaven?:
There were probably millions of robots in the universe looking for the promised land. Every creature, every organism has some myth, legend, fairy-tale, culture, religion of a promised land.
@darrynlee1 The Doctor wouldn't be a grandparent, he'd be a godfather.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Capaldi Teases Last Christmas & Clara’s Fate
@ElyotWren @YaelMoise, acolyte of D.O.C.T.O.R. @Unibot The toy is a family heirloom of The Doctor's too though...
@Ian Hewett Awwwwwww... that's so cute. :P
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Last Christmas Promo Gallery