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That's funny. I personally prefer to think of Doctor Who as one long, ongoing story. While Time did cap off the first fifty years, I don't think that should make the next fifty a new "book".
13 hours, 28 minutes ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally
I'm flying to my holidays when it airs. Unless we get down in time, I'll have to wait a week to see it! Double waah!
13 hours, 32 minutes ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally
Basically, I just feel that Doctor Who belongs on TV rather than in cinemas. That's only my opinion. But if these screening manage to create new interest in the show, then it would be churlish to complain.
16 hours, 19 minutes ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally
Really it comes down to personal preferences. I don't see why the show can't try to be (and indeed be) successful on TV alone. I'm not a cinema person, think that's the main difference here.
16 hours, 29 minutes ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally
There's nothing wrong with success, but I'd rather the cinema screenings were a special event, rather than a regular occurrence, just to highlight the importance of the episode being shown.
16 hours, 35 minutes ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally
Frankly, this seems to me to be cashing in on the success of the 50th, but all it's doing to me is downgrading the special. Just imagine if every series opener or finale or Christmas special was screened in cinemas! It also feels to me fundamentally wrong. I had this problem with the anniversary special as well, because Doctor Who does not belong on the big screen. It's a TV show and while it's wonderful that it's conquering the world like this, it just seems to be destroying the show's loveable modesty. Y'know what the Doctor said to Dorium at the end of series 6? About getting too big and noisy? I'm starting to feel a bit like that. While series 7 gave us event fatigue of blockbuster after blockbuster, the show is now giving me a sort of "look at me, I'm a big, important episode!" Fatigue. Cosy, tea time (travel) drama for the win.
17 hours, 23 minutes ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally
I quite like the idea that Moffat has realised that he's confused the heck out of the Doctor numberings, so would just like us to quietly forget about it for a while.
I can see where his coming from, that the Doctor does not see his life as being divided into chunks, but I think I'll ignore mr Moffat and continue to number the Doctors, however wrong that may be...
1 day, 13 hours ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title
I can see where you're coming from, but in a Cheerios-fuelled rant the point got a bit lost. What I basically meant was that I know of no one who calls the Doctor's first, second, third, etc. as if they are all separate entities. We refer to them by their numbers so we can keep straight in our heads who came where. To call that "unpleasant", a "betrayal" and "wrong" just seems unduly harsh.
I also understand the point that Moffat is making, but it just seems to be very poorly put across to the point where he seems to be accusing fans of something. After all, describing Capaldi as the twelfth Doctor is only so we know which body he inhabits out of the show, not in any way betraying him by calling him the Twelfth Doctor in the show. Nobody claimed that the Doctor was called the somethingth Doctor in the show, and to drop this continuity grenade as he called it seems completely unnecessary.
I may not be a Moff hater (any more at least, it's complicated) but I think he must be trying to wind people up now. You don't just look at a worldwide fandom and tell them they're wrong, your right and they are being unpleasant. First, he throws the whole way of ordering the Doctor's chronology into disarray by suddenly deciding that the Doctor's eleventh incarnation is in fact his thirteenth, and then tells us that we are wrong to try and make sense of it!
First class idiocy.
In fact, calling Peter Capaldi the twelfth Doctor is just that: a way of making sense of it. He's the twelfth Doctor, not the Twelfth Doctor. Adjective, not noun. The Doctor is one man with several different faces, and I don't see anything unpleasant about numbering the order his faces came in.
Also, his point about how the numberings for the Doctorometer (yes, it is a word) didn't turn up for a while? The regeneration limit, plus the very name regeneration didn't appear until the mid seventies. Are they wrong and unpleasant to write?
Finally, I would like to use a quote from an interview given by Steven himself.
“He’s very specific, the John Hurt Doctor, that he doesn’t take the name of the Doctor. He doesn’t call himself that. He’s the same Time Lord, the same being as the Doctors either side of him, but he’s the one who says, ‘I’m not the Doctor.’ So the Eleventh Doctor is still the Eleventh Doctor, the Tenth Doctor is still the Tenth…”
Here's a link to the interview so you can read it in situ:
1 day, 14 hours ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title
As much as I love Smith's second console room (and I do, it is a wonderful fusion of the classic and new series), I sort of wish the show had just jumped from his first, colourful console room to Capaldi's, just to give the Smith era a feeling of completeness. It's the same thing with Matt's series 7b costume, it might just be my favourite new series costume, but it makes Matt's era feel very disjointed instead of a consistent whole.
I also dislike the War Doctor's console room for one reason: it feels anomalous. I'd always thought of the cold, clinical classic console room feeding into the warmer, wooden and metal TV movie console room and that bleeding into the coral console room. The rooms were therefore becoming more elaborate as the TARDIS aged. But suddenly, in the middle of this progression, we have a step back to the "round things". I love the round things, I really, really do and I miss them in the recent control rooms, but they just felt so out of place. If the McGann movie had never happened then yes, it would be a natural progression from classic to new, but it feels like a step back.
Oh yeah, and seeing as Hurt regenerated in that room but Eccleston was freshly regenerated in Rose but also fully acquainted with the coral control room, when did it change? When he was getting dressed?
4 days, 2 hours ago on How does the TARDIS reflect the Doctor?
However, I'm still looking forward to the new series, especially Clara's relationship with the Doctor and his unsure-ness about himself. An uninterrupted run will be brilliant, plus twelve episodes should give Clara a personality. At the end of the day, Moffat is a damn good writer and despite the odd misstep, I trust him to do the right thing in this series. Even if the writing all goes wrong, then we shall still have Capaldi.
4 days, 12 hours ago on Moffat: Series 8 Not A Fairytale, There Are Consequences
We have been wishing the series would be darker... But no one asked for the series to be dark. For me, series seven was overly colourful and jovial. I still enjoyed it, but not as much. Now though, it sounds as if it's going too far the other way! The show should be warm and funny as well as dark and scary. Without the warmth, I don't feel like I'm watching Doctor Who.
Doesn't make any sense though. Why would the Cybermen, being intelligent creatures, fall for a bluff like that? And if they didn't receive the signal, because it doesn't work on wood, they why would it do anything? Because the Doctor told the Cyberman he did something, so the Cyberman decided to do it for him? I might be being a bit stupid, but I don't see how it works.
6 days, 1 hour ago on Doctor Who’s Biggest Deus Ex Machina
Russell T Davies said on a video diary for series one that "it doesn't matter what you use the sonic screwdriver for, so long as it isn't key to the story." Or something along those lines. Say what you like about him (and nearly everybody does) but I think he's hit the nail on the head there. Use it as a scanner, a key or a torch, but never EVER use it as a resolution.
I'm a real sucker for Cyberman stories, I absolutely love them! In particular I love 60s Cybermen stories, so anything harking back to them will probably win me over instantly. I was a tad disappointed with Nightmare in Silver though, they weren't very... Cyberman-y. The voices made it sound like they had a cold, and the I thought they were over designed for the body and that made a nicely designed head look bland. I still liked it, but not that much. I have faith in the Moff to do them justice. I may not have been too fond of Asylum of the Daleks, but he has given us some wonderful Cybercameos so it should be good!
6 days, 11 hours ago on Cybermen Invade London (Again!)
Everybody talks about I Am the Doctor, but I personally think it was overused. It was great, but they threw it into about half of all the eleventh Doctor's epic moments. I would like to bring up a couple of other Gold greats.
All the Strange Strange Creatures
Song of Freedom
Words Win Wars
My personal favourite variation on Matt's theme, A Useful Striker
Together or Not At All
The Emperor's Wife
A Secret He Will Take To His Grave
Plus my favourite, The Greatest Story Never Told
I managed to select my favourite ten. Not quite sure how, with a lot of difficulty, I'd say.
1 week, 1 day ago on The Importance of Doctor Who’s Theme Tunes
Well, I've applied. Hoping for better luck than we had for the Cardiff screening! I've crossed everything, arms, legs, toes, eyes, even parts of my body that I didn't know could be crossed.
Seeing as people can only apply for two tickets, there should be less selling them on for frankly ridiculous prices on t'internet. That's the most annoying thing; not that we didn't get Cardiff tickets but that people who did sold them on. Grrrr...
1 week, 1 day ago on Series 8 World Tour: Deep Breath London Screening
The "all Colin Baker episodes at the same time" video is just an incoherent babble! But weirdly more legible than any of the episodes are individually...
I joke, of course. I've got a real soft spot for old Sixy.
1 week, 5 days ago on Weird and Wonderful
The site threw me out just as I was about to purchase a pair of tickets! Thoroughly disappointed, one of the worst booking systems I have ever come across.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Series 8: Watch Deep Breath First
I don't remember my first encounter with Doctor Who, I was born back when there was no Who on the telly and as such was brought up on a very healthy diet of repeats on UKTV gold. The show has just always... Been there for me. But I can't think of a better thing to grow up with!
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Why We love Doctor Who
Fits in with the "behind enemy lines" thing.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Dalek Story Details for Series 8?
I was initially quite excited about the whole "darker, edgier Doctor" thing, but they seem to be pushing it a bit too far and making too much of it for my liking. It'll either end up being a complete anticlimax (for example the dark, vicious War Doctor who turned out to be a cuddly granddad) or it will be too far removed from what we believe to be the Doctor and will just feel wrong.
3 weeks ago on Series 8: New Teaser Trailer “I see into your soul, Doctor”
I don't have any problem with monsters returning frequently, so long as they get good stories. That's the problem, I don't think any of the recent Dalek of Cybermen stories have been as good as they could have been. I would also prefer it if cameos (like in Day and Time) were kept to a minimum as they reduce the impact when the creatures get a full outing.
3 weeks ago on Are the Big Enemies Being Overused?
Plague of the Daleks by Big Finish, that uses the basic idea brilliantly! Plus Stockbridge. Can't forget Stockbridge.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Are the Big Enemies Being Overused?
I hope they still release the volumes. My whole new series collection exists in volumes, and I don't want it to suddenly change, nor do I wish to go back through and replace everything...
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Series 8 DVD / Blu-Ray Dated
At times like this, I'm reminded of Gwen's video recording in Children of Earth: Sometimes, the Doctor must at this planet and turn away in shame.
The internet is brilliant, but the way some of us use it is utterly repulsive. It is a sea of bitter, resentful people for whom the only opinion is their opinion. Most of the people on it are decent, but on the internet the worst in everybody comes out. They can say anything they like and get away with it because they are anonymous.
I'm saying "they" to describe internetters (or whatever you call them) but the truth is that almost everyone will have at some point fired off a dismissive, rude or just generally horrible message or email. I know I have.
That's why I try to keep an open mind. This January, I loathed everything to do with Steven Moffat. I was quite insulting to a friend who was a fan, and then went away and did a Matt Smith era marathon (because I don't like disliking Doctor Who, I have a sneaky-beaky soft spot for all of it and can never fill in end of series polls) and slowly began to appreciate it much more. Then I had to go back and apologise to my friend. I never want to have to go through another one of those conversations, so I always try to consider every possible side of an argument in my comments. I try to accept that everybody has a different opinion, even if I disagree with it. So I always re-read my comments before posting them, and then consider if anyone could be offended. More often than not, the only thing offended (now, anyway) is my worn-out keyboard after writing a terrifyingly oppressive essay. Sorry about that.
And... Reread. Don't think that was too bad... Post comment.
1 month, 1 week ago on Yes, I’m a Whovian, but I’m one of the nice ones
I love all the Time Lord Mythology! The Looms are a really interesting idea, and I love the idea of the Other. The Susan business maybe not, but the Other... I would love that to be canonical, at least in some form.
1 month, 1 week ago on On First View: Battlefield
1 month, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming: Smaller on the Outside
I wonder what it would have done to A Christmas Carol? That wouldn't have been a good debut story! And series 6 would have been completely different - you can't kill a Doctor off in his second story.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on What if… Tennant had stayed for Series 5?
In all fairness, calling something generic Doctor Who is still amazing compared to any other TV tie in.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on First 12th Doctor Novels Detailed
I guess it's different, the paradox in TATM is poisoning a current food source and corrupting it. In TBAA they are deliberately feeding of a paradox. It's also a very different type of paradox, in TATM the Angels are actually part of the paradox. If you think about it, you can probably get around the slight problem.
I'm not worried about the early release date to be honest. They managed it with the Eleventh Doctor back in 2010.
Don't even joke about that! I would pay many moneys (yes, deliberate) for a copy of Lungbarrow. You are lucky, my friend!
"Anonymity is a powerful force". One of the truest things I have ever read. And also sounds like a damn good premise for a Doctor Who episode.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Dear Whovians…
If I have to buy Day and Time again just to get my hands on The Five(ish) Doctors, I will be massively cheesed off. I would have rather they just officially announced this before the individual releases (like they do with the series box sets) and I would have held off.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on 50th Anniversary Box Set Incoming
Series 6 had The Girl Who Waited where Matt barely left the TARDIS.
Series 7 had The Crimson Horror which barely featured Clara or the Doctor.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Two-Part Finale for Series 8
Series seven needed lots of two parters to flesh out the stories... Just not with the finale!
Sadly, it's probably down to the BBC having no faith in the show and not trusting it with a bigger budget. Look at last year, it had to share its budget with 2012, hence reduced episode count. I reckon we're lucky to have this many episodes, the way things are looking...
I hope this means they're scrapping the "movie" episode theme...
That's the problem with this sort of poll, everybody has their own opinion and they are all wildly different. It's impossible to collate what everyone thinks into one large mass opinion. It won't represent any one person. Instead, it represents one hateful mass called fandom where everyone argues and no one agrees with anyone else.
I guess what I mean is, DWM... Opinions aren't right, so don't try to generalise them.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Top Stories & Doctors (According to DWM 2014)
The Hurt regeneration. Was only really there for neatness. We don't even see the whole regeneration! I think the criteria for what constitutes a regeneration story should really be "is the story in some way based about a regeneration?" And Day is not solely the story of the War Doctor's regeneration.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Analysing The Top Doctor Who Stories (DWM 2014)
Obviously the majority of people disagree sadly. I don't like this sort of poll, I refuse to call any Doctor Who episode bad. I can see something good in every episode, even if I do enjoy criticising.
Aww... That's not fair, surely? Okay, it's a bit slow, but it's there to showcase the characters not to be a strong plot. And which other story has really shown how horrible time travel can be as effectively? For me, An Unearthly Child shows that you can go all over the universe... But nothing is as alien as the Earth's past.
None of my favourite stories are even on there! How could they forget about The Light at the End, The Crimson Hand and The Flood? Some of the best Doctor Who stories there have ever been. Disappointed :D
I know quite a lot of people on here are talking about The Talons of Weng-Chiang. Please, please read this. It sums up why I think the complaints are completely unfair. http:// doctorwho.livejournal.com/6464482.html Thanks a lot, whoever wrote that article!
1 month, 4 weeks ago on The Top Stories & Doctors (According to DWM 2014)
I know it's all an opinion, but... Flawless? I don't think I can point at a flawless episode. It's our job as Doctor Who fans, we love the show but we always need to point out "that wasn't quire right..." I just wished TDOTD included more classic Doctors. Jules, I know they all popped up in a dream sequence and from archive material, and there were some in other specials, but THE 50th anniversary episode should have done more to respect the people who got the show here.
I think my only niggles about TDOTD are the lack of classic Doctors, John Hurt being too Doctor-y after being bigged up to be not-the-Doctor, and making the Time War a bog-standard war. Where was the Could Have Been King and his army of meanwhiles and neverwheres?
Personally, those are the three problems with Day. I love it, but not enough to make it my number 1 :)
All I meant was it wasn't quite worthy of number one spot :) may need to jostle it down to number 6 or something.
4: City of Death
5: Human Nature / Th Family of Blood
6: The Day of the Doctor
That was totally what I meant to say!
I think it could be that it's so fresh in people's minds, and the anniversary buzz hasn't quite died down yet. The odd few "OMG" moments (if you can call them that) will have made people remember it simply as "that good anniversary one, I enjoyed that". It's too early to be subjective, methinks.
My favourite Doctor is (and almost certainly always will be) Patrick Troughton. Such a wonderful Doctor, wonderful actor, great companions, fantastic (and consistent) era.