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I love the seventh Doctor's era. I know lots of people don't, but I really can't find it in myself to criticise it. Seeing as I grew up on an unhealthy diet of McCoy and Aldred on UKTV Gold during the Wilderness Years, he is technically my Doctor. Only beaten by Troughton for me. Hooray for seven!
1 week, 3 days ago on The Seventh Doctor: Five Favourites
True! That's the funny thing about opinions. They just happen.
1 week, 6 days ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – The Doctor Trilogy
The way I had always heard it was that JNT at least had some say in it. I know the channel controllers decide when programmes air, but I had always assumed that he had something to do with it. Even so, the point still stands. Just replace it with "funny things happened to the schedule during the JNT era and the Moffat era."
1 week, 6 days ago on Is Doctor Who History Repeating Itself?
Oi! Don't diss my second-favourite Doctor!
I think the ninth Doctor's era (if it's long enough to warrant that title...) is very similar to the third Doctor's; centred around Earth and with an extended family to fall back on.
And don't forget that JNT and Moffat did funny things to the schedules. The former decided to put Doctor Who on in mid-week slots instead of Saturday nights, while the latter seems to favour increeeeedibly long waits between blocks of episodes.
True, but I know a lot of people who think Logopolis is a scruffy, awfully paced mess of a story while I love every second of it. The same for The War Games which some think is overlong and dull, while I see a fascinating storyline, well paced throughout with some great revelations and a heartbreaking end.
The Tenth Planet, Planet of the Spiders and the TV movie are also very divisive.
I think it tends to come down to the fact that quite a lot of people don't like saying goodbye to a Doctor. Particularly if you love a certain Doctor, people may have difficulty moving on and may think that they should have had a better end. I've never been a huge Matt Smith fan, so although I think turning him into a terrifying-looking old man with some awful prosthetics is a pretty poor way to go out, I can overlook it and just enjoy The Time of the Doctor.
2 weeks ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – The Doctor Trilogy
Well, it could've been improved by a full series on the telly and a bit more looking back in Day, but what was got was still very close to brilliant.
Well, strictly speaking it's the 50th anniversary special...
I do agree that it should have looked a bit more to the past and respected the classic series a bit more, but it was still a damn good episode from my point of view, with a few references thrown in. However, I am firmly in the camp of people (and I don't even know if they exist) who say that The Light at the End is the fiftieth anniversary special. Hooray for Big Finish!
I think there seems to be a marmite thingummy going on for all regeneration stories.
The Name of the Doctor: 10/10 A great finale which is one of very few episodes on series seven to get the right balance for a blockbuster episode. At no point did it feel rushed which was a great problem throughout a very promising series for me.
The Night of the Doctor: 10/10 A lovely piece of fan service. While I rather liked the idea of the eighth Doctor's end being a mystery, I can't really fault the "minisode".
The Day of the Doctor: 9/10 It is a wonderful episode very enjoyable and great fun, but there was a distinct lack of classic series in there for me. I know (and entirely understand) that the desire was to look forward not back, but I think it should have spent a little bit more time remembering the 26 years of Doctor Who that mean we can have the show now. A great episode but a bit of tweaking could have made it fantastic.
The Time of the Doctor: 9/10 It has a nice story, a good conclusion to a long running thread and ties up Matt's era in a nice little bow. However, it feels a bit too sloppy with the Christmas scenes tacked on needlessly, and the battle of Trenzalore seemingly going on forever. And I really wish they hadn't layered Matt in awful old-age prosthetics. I love it for all it's faults, but it could have been a great.
I'm afraid I'm going to have to disagree - I think this is one of the strongest runs in Who history. The final three episodes are, for me, some of the best Doctor Who has ever produced. Turn Left is wonderful and powerful and moving, and I also love the companions getting their chance in the spotlight. It's important to remind the audience that the Doctor affects his companions greatly, and this episode exemplifies that. Also, of the Doctor is going to be the centre of attention, why include companions at all? Window dressing? To ask "what it is Doctor?" And proclaim "I don't understand, Doctor" and infinite number of times? They are all strong characters who need a chance to shine.
And I love TSE / JE. It's fun, epic, exciting, joyous... And then takes a sudden dive into heartbreak which is a real punch in the stomach every time. I loved Donna, and the brutal ending shows how brave and daring the show can be while telling us about the consequence of travelling with the Doctor.
I think it is fair to call Davies' finales a bit formulaic, but it would be a lie if you were to say that Moffat's finales weren't. Someone with a grudge against the Doctor does something which eventually causes the collapse of the universe, preferably with some weird timey-wimpy ball and a gaggle of old friends.
2 weeks ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 4 (Episodes 6-13)
This sounds an awful lot like Gwen and Rhys in Torchwood, pre-Meat. (Pre-Meat? That sounds rather peculiar, but y'know what I mean)
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Coleman on Clara and Danny in Series 8
I made that precise joke to my Mum a few days ago. She didn't get it.
Really? Did we need to be any more excited?
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Deep Breath TV Trailer
I was a bit worried about the whole "dark Doctor" angle, but these clips have completely dispelled that. I'm sure Capaldi will be a great Doctor! Hopefully the witty one liners won't be too common, but overall no real complaints. Well, apart from this one: worries about Capaldi was the only thing making the wait until the 23rd tolerable! Now I have nothing! Nooooooooo!
3 weeks, 1 day ago on BBC News Series 8 Preview Featuring Into the Dalek Clips
Still quite bitter that I didn't get to go! I would like to say that I'm looking at it positively but that would be a lie - I'm flying to Cyprus that lunchtime, so I'll have to wait a week and a half to see the episode! Grr...
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Doctor Who World Tour: Cardiff Launch Pics
I believe it was Terrance Dicks who came up with that little description of the Doctor. A nice bit of fan service there by Moffat.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on The Curious Case of the 9th Doctor
I don't dislike Clara particularly. But equally, I'm not one of the people who loves her. I don't really like companions being big plot points, which is one reason why I think Martha is such a strong companion as she is the only one from the new series not to have had a story arc revolve around her. However, one thing I actively dislike is the Doctor travelling with someone because they are a mystery. This is something which has only really appeared in Moffat's era, and the sooner it goes away again, the better from my point of view.
Another thing I dislike is Doctor / companion romance. I don't have a problem with the Doctor falling in love, but preferably not companions. I also don't have a problem with companions falling in love with him (which, I suppose, could well happen if you were travelling with someone as amazing as he is) but I'd rather it didn't go both ways.
More positively, the "impossible girl" arc was relatively interesting, and I really admire the subtlety in her characterisation after Amy's rather sledgehammer "I'm feisty! I'm strong-willed!" Characterisation.
Really, the main problem for me is that she has had so little time to prove herself. She has had to share her debut series with the departure of two long running companions, and her screen time has been overshadowed by anniversary celebrations and any character building moments overshadowed by a story arc.
However, now that we get to rid ourselves of the two main flaws (lack of screen time, a story arc and a dodgy romance) I look forward to seeing Clara fleshed out into a full person throughout series 8.
4 weeks ago on Popular / Unpopular Opinion: Clara Oswald
I love the Axons! I'd really like a UNIT story where a load of old characters return but it turns out that actually they were all copied by the Axons during their last visit. Probably wouldn't work, but I'd love it!
And as for the Cybermen I really rather love those original Mondasian ones, they are absolutely terrifying! If the cloth faces could be updated without wrinkles, it'd be brilliant. You can see how close to human they are, and that's really disconcerting. And also kind of heartbreaking, which I'm sure anyone else who's heard Spare Parts can vouch for.
They wouldn't work now, but I do love them. I would like to see the original design updated, not redone.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Capaldi & Moffat on Axons, Cybermen and the Master
I've always seen it as a family show where everyone sits and watches it together. Kids tune in to be scared and older people watch for an interesting story and ultimately everyone finds something to enjoy. The show can't alienate anyone, young or old.
1 month ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up
But how many scowled? :)
1 month ago on Peter Capaldi clocks in to Entertainment Weekly
Like fezzes, bow ties, jammie dodgers, and fish fingers and custard you mean? :)
1 month ago on Capaldi’s Doctor More Alien, Less “human-friendly”
How do you give a good portrayal of throttling your companion or generally being a self-obsessed grandiloquent egotist? I've you've ever heard his Big Finish work, you'll see (well, hear) how fantastic a Doctor he is with good material.
I can see what he means about a string of elements, for example Matt Smith becoming a string of comical clothing, comical catchphrases and comical culinary choices (sorry, I ran out of alliteration but felt compelled to continue. Is comical cuisine better?) but I do think that every Doctor needs to have a "thing". Every single person has something they absolutely adore, so I don't think suddenly discovering an addiction to quavers or some such would make him any less an actual Doctor.
And actually, what does he mean by the "actual Doctor Who"? I'm a little confused... Plus, as we all know, the character is not called Doctor Who any more than he is called the Twelfth Doctor. (Moffat!)
NB: Despite the fact that his mannerisms and tropes got wheeled out practically every episode, I do still love the eleventh Doctor, just in case you thought I was hating.
I don't think Doctor Who should be taken too seriously... We don't want another all-pervadingly grim po-faced drama on the telly do we? I always imagined that what set Doctor Who apart from most other TV dramas is it's perfect blend of heart, humour and horror.
Yeah... If Capaldi is as scary and angry in character as he is in publicity photos, then he won't be anything like what we recognise to be The Doctor. Seriously, crack a smile! No matter how dark things get, the Doctor always manages to have a twinkle in his eye; but all of the interviews and press releases (and all the other stuff to promote the series) are going on about how dark and angry the new Doctor is. I'm a tiny bit worried that it will get pushed too far. However, Moffat is a great writer and Capaldi is a great actor, so I'm sure they'll get it right. (I hope so anyway...)
I have to say I quite like a Doctor having one costume with minimal variations. It's probably only me, but I just like one identifiable look rather than shoving jumpers or different jackets in.
1 month ago on Moffat on Capaldi’s “Grey-haired stick-insect” Look
Consequences are indeed a large part of darkness, as is death. However, I think the main part is how people react to them. If there are consequences but nobody is bothered by them, then they are not effective. Equally, how people react to death is vital. For the most part, I perceive The Crimson Horror to be a black comedy, and this is partly due to Mrs Gillyflower's death scene where the Doctor simply says "ouch." The death isn't the key, it's how the main characters react to it to signify whether we should find it funny or scary or relieving or depressing or upsetting, etc.
At least, that's how I see it. If you want to make something dark, you need to make sure that the characters are aware of the danger they are in and make them react to it appropriately.
1 month ago on What Actually Makes a Story Dark?
So it turns out it is half term, but my college time table only goes up to spring. My mistake.
1 month ago on Symphonic Spectacular UK Tour in 2015
It would be a normal working week in the middle of exam season! That means I won't be able to go. Thanks for that. There are plenty of half terms, y'know.
Maybe some just don't like the rushed resolutions that became a staple of the series? I don't see how people having different opinions should be shamed.
I say this as a person who loves all of Doctor Who by the way so I'm not trying to justify myself, I just think it's a tiny bit extreme.
1 month ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 1)
I do find the rooftop regeneration energy scene a bit cheesy, but I think that's down to Smith doing some bizarre mental guitar playing.
I also understand why they reverted to the young Matt Smith before the regeneration. To me it would have seemed utterly wrong to see him regeneration while layered in some (pretty unconvincing) old age prosthetic which made him look evil.
The speech I have no real problem with. It does sound a bit scripted, particularly "times change and so must I" but that's forgivable.
Even Pond's cameo, that's not a real problem for me. Yes, it does take away from the importance of Clara, but then Amy is very important to the eleventh Doctor. I reckon that the people who hated the Doctor's reward in The End of Time will have disliked this bit, but personally I liked both.
Minor nitpicks so far, but then we come to the sneeze. I loathe it. I really enjoy watching regenerations back and seeing where one Doctor becomes the next, but the actual transition happens OFF SCREEN! Really, if they were that bored of the golden glow, then why not just go for a blue one to match the new TARDIS interior? Regenerations were different every time in the classic series, so why have they all been the same or similar in the new series? Blue please! At the very least, let us see the transition. If it was kept on shot, I would have been warmer to it.
And also... Capaldi's first words. Well... They were pretty awful. New something-or-other, ooh, we're crashing. Same as always. And kidneys? Really? Poor Peter if he has to work with more of this rubbish.
So yeah, apart from those last two, it was great. But they left a pretty bitter taste in the mouth for me.
1 month ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration
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".
1 month 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 month, 1 week 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:
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?
1 month, 1 week 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.
1 month, 1 week 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.
1 month, 1 week 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!
1 month, 1 week 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 month, 2 weeks 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 month, 2 weeks 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 month, 2 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful