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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*.
5 hours, 50 minutes 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.
12 hours, 40 minutes ago on Next Time: Time Heist
@DWTV *throws hugs and kisses at DWTV*
12 hours, 42 minutes ago on Next Time: Time Heist
@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!"
12 hours, 49 minutes 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.
13 hours, 11 minutes ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@Antee991166 Bit too much of an assumption on their part, I think.
1 day, 6 hours 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.
1 day, 7 hours 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.
1 day, 8 hours ago on Write for Doctor Who TV
@MetamorphmagusWho met 7, 8 and Ace @ Notsosmartguy @supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... All I can think of with "Jeff" is: "This is it, Jeff, right here, right now. This is when you fly. Today's the day you save the world."
"It's your bedroom."
1 day, 12 hours ago on Nick Frost Cast in Christmas Special?
@Sephora is Scottish now @The12thDoctorRaps "Time" also featured a modern day present Christmas dinner though. So did "Widow"....
PLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLEASE BE TRUE. PLEASEEEEEEEEEEE.
@Sephora is Scottish now Yes - that's exactly what I meant. The Edge of Destruction was an unusual product of the production schedule and budget -- it was a self-contained, bottle episode with a very small cast. Most of the story was spent with the main character seemingly unreliable and overwrought with fear and delusional bantering. Like Edge of Destruction, "LIsten", as you said, becomes vitally important to the mythology of Doctor Who too.
2 days, 5 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
I feel like "Listen" was inspired by "The Edge of Destruction" - the third story of Hartnell's first run in Doctor Who.
2 days, 6 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
Beautiful episode. Absolutely beautiful. Very very well done.
@awkward91 @CooperKing That barn might not be on Gallifrey...
@AlessandroArsuffi @Unibot "A vet would give it an even chance".
3 days, 8 hours ago on Is Capaldi’s Accent Causing Issues?
There were a few moments in Into the Dalek where I had trouble with Capaldi's accent - "A dalek so damaged he's good" sounded to me like "A dalek soul time cooked". In my opinion, the latter would have made for an even cooler episode. :P
3 days, 10 hours ago on Is Capaldi’s Accent Causing Issues?
@Gustaff @FR3 Rrrrrrrrrrripples in time....
GAaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh. Man this is great. Damn you BBC! Damn you Steven!
3 days, 15 hours ago on Listen Clip
@DWTV @JLS1138 However, SJ would have brought viewers to the show (stragglers who watched the show in the seventies) - anyone who knows who Ian is, is already watching Who almost certainly or won't remember the character. I think they would probably keep Chesterfield a secret to surprise fans as opposed to marketing it around his return.
4 days, 9 hours ago on The Caretaker BBC Synopsis
@Planet of the Deaf @Antee991166 I agree! :D Down with the beige!
5 days, 9 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: Robot of Sherwood
Clara: “So, despite this tiny bit of gold being the exact amount necessary to enable the ship to launch, but explode before reaching orbit, it was proffered as the prize in an archery contest in order to lure Robin Hood out of hiding?”
In addition to this point, I'd also note that the arrow was probably not supposed to leave the premises - the golden arrow tournament was a trap. It was the merrymen who stole the arrow.
5 days, 15 hours ago on Robot of Sherwood Review
I think the author here has mistaken myths for fiction. The Hobbit is fiction, Robin Hood is mythical. What Gatiss was saying is that Doctor Who is about myths as much as any story - one day, centuries from now, if The Doctor is remembered, he'll be a myth no more than Robin Hood.
Here's a theory about the AI's being lower this season. AI improves when the size of an audience is smaller, because the more "niche" a show is, the more probability you're a fan of the show if you're watching. Naturally then, a larger audience lessens that effect. My bet is that the way that the BBC calculates viewership misses a growing pocket of nondescript viewers, but that the AI is, for one reason another, still influenced by the larger, more populist market.
1 week ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@supermoff is alone. Listen... Man those scores are screwy. I would rank the episodes like so...
Robot of Sherwood
Planet of the Ood
Victory of the Daleks
A Town Called Mercy
The Unquiet Dead
The Curse of the Black Spot
It's a very good AI figure for an episode like Robot of Sherwood. I would have rated Robot higher than Deep Breath myself. More like Deep Breath = 79.5, Into the Dalek = 84, Robot of Sherwood = 82.
@LGwalchmai95 That joke was delivered perfectly. :P
1 week, 1 day ago on 12 Great Moments From Robot of Sherwood
@Young No More That made me laugh hysterically.
I'm certainly pumped for "Listen". Great article. I think this has all the makings of our lucky day!!
1 week, 1 day ago on Don’t Worry, We’re Listening
@Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon @social_crime @PeterGecko2 Seems to be the rule!
1 week, 1 day ago on Next Time: Listen
Also can we get a round of applause for Ben Miller ! What a tightrope between cheese and brutal angry warlord, he walked. Every scene he was in was engrossing.
@supermoff is alone. Listen... Yes, one of the better dialogue we've seen yet. The comparisons between Robin Hood and The Doctor are great.
I thought the cold opening was very well done. Starts right in the action - "Where do you want to go?", we get a taste of Clara's love of literature and folk lore and then... *smack*, an arrow into the Tardis for a laugh. Excellent.,
I was expecting way more of a drop-off for Episode 3, instead we might see Robot of Sherwood climb over Into the Dalek. I think that's a testament to Into the Dalek being a strong second episode.
1 week, 1 day ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
Can't wait. :(
1 week, 2 days ago on Next Time: Listen
This was better than it had any right to be. 8/10. Will watch again. ;) Might be my favourite outing from Gatiss. If this was a filler episode, it was the whip cream in a chocolate eclair.
1 week, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood
Bizarre rumour. Hitchcliffe? What say does Hitchcliffe have anymore?
1 week, 6 days ago on Horowitz on Showrunner Rumours
Seems like a wonderful man. Great titles, great idea.
2 weeks ago on Interview: Billy Hanshaw on Series 8’s Title Sequence
Looks fun. Exactly what The Doctor ordered after two heavy meals. Into the Dalek was really great, looking forward to this one too.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Next Time: Robot of Sherwood
@PaddyB @The Abominable Zombie Those Dalek explosions were AWESOME. Hehehe.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek
Wow. This was my favourite Dalek story since "Dalek". Definitely a much more polished, intelligent and well developed story than we've seen in a long time. The realization of the Dalek interior and the Dalek combat was also superb. Really excited. I'm now very excited for the rest of Season Eight.
Excellent article. Really well done. It was a thorough investigation into the psychology of those thoroughly beloved, psychotic pepper-pots. I think the Small Man Syndrome fits the Daleks the best - they seem most dangerous and hateful when they themselves are shortest. I think this is why they hate The Doctor so much and hates what he believes, because he is always in their way, standing tall and confident with a cheeky smile on his face. I'm sure we all know someone like that at one time or another and have considered firing a death ray at them...
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Into the (Mind of the) Dalek
The Eleventh Hour has the best first scene for a Doctor, Deep Breath had the better story.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Face-Off: The Eleventh Hour vs Deep Breath
Possibly she knew The Doctor would change, but not ... her Doctor. She just got him back and then he changed in front of her.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Deep Breath Review
I noticed Strax's attempted sacrifice - it was one of the stronger moments of the episode if you noticed it.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on 12 Great Moments From Deep Breath
I would bet a new character. Moffat likes to create new characters.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Introducing Missy the “Gatekeeper”: Who is She?
@Jenna Coleslaw @SonicTheHedgehogRules Blaming everything on "fangirls" is getting utterly annoying and downright sexist. I for one am a man, who felt during the episode that Capaldi wasn't exactly striking enough of a "Doctor-ly" tone and this scene really reassured me that he was the same man, when the rest episode had tried to do the opposite. Furthermore, I am not just a fan of "new who" (awful term - by the way), I listen to audio recordings of Troughton and faithfully rewatch Pertwee, Baker etc.... whatever. This Doctor felt different than the lot of them. For all of the comparisons between Pertwee and Capaldi, Pertwee spent his first story signing and Tom spent it cracking jokes and trying on silly outfits. This was cut in more or less the same vein as Six (without the grammarian attitude). As Vastra and The Doctor, both condescendingly accused Clara of: One shouldn't assume that not liking someone who has changed is the same as not finding them attractive anymore.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Moffat on THAT Deep Breath Cameo
@TARDlSkey Agreed, I think the people saying it "undermined" Capaldi are overlooking that this one was one of his most poignant moments in the episode.
As a huge fan of Smith, I felt like I was watching The Twin Dilemma for most of this episode and had kind of a sick feeling in my stomach that I wasn't even liking The Doctor. This was the scene that convinced me that maybe I was wrong and I thought it seemed right given how difficult this transition was on Clara - plus Clara never really got a proper send-off with Matt's Doctor in 'Time", since Amy was kind of the main subject of focus.