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Don't make me do this! I love them both! MOTOE was a classic slice of Who, intriguing, fun, creepy, enjoyable... F was creepy and experimental. I can't choose! I think I'll have to vote Mummy, but its a very difficult choice.
8 hours, 26 minutes ago on Face-Off: Mummy vs Flatline
Okay, that first sentence is riddled with more typos than I actually thought possible. It's this new iOS update, it just doesn't work.
Should have been: I have no problem with Clara being the main focus.
3 days, 21 hours ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’
No have no problem with Clara benign he main focus; in fact it is an idea I support. The best way to tell a story is with a relatable central character. And the Doctor is such a vast, complex and simply different character that the best way to examine him is through a pane of glass with the companion as our guide. That being said, we should be paying as much attention to the Doctor as to Clara, and I would like to see a bit more Capaldi. MOTOE was perfect in that respect.
My problem with Clara really develops on the back of TNOTD and Listen. Companions always guide the Doctor. It's what they do: Rose helping him escape his war anger, Amy saving him from loneliness. Clara however is being forced into the Doctor's past too much for my liking. Guide his future by all means, but leave alone the past.
I'm willing to eat those words if this all turns out to be part of a long term Moffat plan though - I'll write them out in felt tips and everything.
4 days, 6 hours ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’
I'd say Peri went through the most in her time - something horrible happened to her in all of her televised episodes. Even speaking strictly about what they did with the Doctor, Ian and Barbara or Ace went through more to do with him.
5 days, 22 hours ago on Flatline Advance Review
I'm afraid I disagree... The Big Bang is pretty average for me; The Wedding of River Songis a mess,
NOTD I love, it's definitely Moffat's best finale. As a rule, I'd say his finales are all over the place!
AGMGTW I adore though, it's truly epic. And TATM is also great, even if it is riddled with more (plot) holes that a slice of leerdammer.
1 week, 1 day ago on DWM #479: Heaven or Hell?
Please don't make me hype the finale... I'd rather expect little and be surprised than expect something brilliant and be disappointed. It's always the way with finales (apart from TPOTW and D which didn't overface themselves) that they are not as good as they could (or probably should) be.
Mind you... I do count TSE/JE and TNOTD among some of my favourites... And series eight had been doing a brilliant job of bettering expectations (and that is even with some astonishingly high ones too) so it could just be possible...
No. Don't make me hype it! Let me live in a hype-free bubble. I'm not excited.
I love it too... Right until the TARDIS comes flying at the screen towards the end of the sequence and it starts TRILLING. That awful sound, like a cat with a stamped-on tail takes me right out of it.
1 week, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express
Really, nuking it would still cause huge chunks of "shell" to hit the Earth. So logically, I'd say just the Earth is better than the Earth and the creature.
1 week, 4 days ago on Poll: Lights On or Lights Off?
By the way, is anyone else delighted that Doctor Who has got a regular slot? Every week, eight thirty. It feels... Right! Rather than hopping around every episode. It makes it feel like the show is holding up the schedule, rather than being an inconvenience.
1 week, 5 days ago on In the Forest of the Night Official Synopsis
To be honest, I'm not bothered about the continuation of the Clara story - this looks like a fun, creepy, interesting and intriguing slice of Doctor Who. As long as it lives up to that, I'll be happy.
1 week, 5 days ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Advance Review
I LOVE Murder on the Orient Express. I'm a sucker for a bit of Egyptology. Looks to be quite funny too. Plus I think Doctor Who is at its best when it's scary. And oh, is that mummy scary...
Why is it still only Monday?
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Next Time: Mummy on the Orient Express
Fairly sure it is also a term used to describe plausibility.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon
Team Doctor, because he trusted her to make the right decision.
Oh, but team Clara because he went about it in a horrible way.
Ah, but Team Doctor because this new Doctor is not very good at showing his emotions.
No, team Clara because he was foolish and cruel to her, and could have caused her to make a huge mistake!
Oh dear. This could get messy.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon
I've just realised something! I actually like Clara! Kill the Moon has worked wonders. Now that I finally care about her, let's hope she isn't off at the end of then series.
Oh, I cannot wait! KTM has restored my faith in this series, and I genuinely think this should keep it up. And that mummy... I've always hated mummies... Looking good.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Next Time: Mummy on the Orient Express
I've asked this elsewhere, but I really need the advice.
At the moment, I've got a bit a bit of a downer of the Moffat era. The overall tone doesn't really work for me, and his "classics" like The Day of the Doctor and Listen are average at best for me. However, I think this is getting in the way of enjoying the new series which at the moment feels to me like an over budgeted fan fiction.
But I really don't like not killing my favourite programme! I want to just be able to get on with enjoying series eight, and I'd like to be able to enjoy Smith's era too.
So, short of saying "go and watch x episode" does anyone have any advice on how to like the Moffat era? I know this is a pretty stupid question, but I would really appreciate some advice!
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Thoughts on Series 8 at the Halfway Point
While I don't dislike Clara heavy (I'd prefer Doctor heavy but I'll go with it) I think this series has been VERY Clara heavy.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Flatline Official Synopsis
Fear Her isn't as bad as people say! Just misunderstood. Poor Fear Her. I think it's Tennant's version of Closing Time. Not bad, but it finds itself trapped before a big, anticipated finale and everyone feels like it's in the way.
I think the idea of the new series of Doctor Who is that the companion is as important as the Doctor. They are equals, their relationships works both ways, they both needs each other.
No better way to win me over!
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Kill The Moon Clip
I tend to go with an idea of being caught up in the set org rather than the visuals. Poor graphics only bother me if the directing is making a show of it, and I think this series is striking a good balance. As bringmeknitting says, if you've ever seen Kronos or the Taran Wood Beast, those spiders couldn't be more real if they'd shoved the cast in a studio with a funnel web.
I'm going for the Unicorn and the Wasp because it is very funny, clever, compelling, has a great story, it's got Donna in it (so it has an unfair advantage) and, of course, Agatha Christie. I love Christie. She makes my summer holidays away, baking in the sun.
However... I think here is the right place to express some Planet of the Dead love. I watched it last night - and isn't it great?! Great fun and a great story with great characters. Criminally underrated.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Face-Off: Gareth Roberts’ Episodes
But... All of the RTD "present day" stories are set a year ahead... So Martha must have read it... *gulp*
I think that is the problem with The Time of the Doctor - Moffat was planning on a further series with Smith, so a year's narrative had to be crammed into an hour.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Flatline Official Synopsis
I think Clara has come on leaps and bounds this series, but I can't get to properly like her after series seven. I don't know why, I wish I could like her more, but it just won't happen!
I have no problem with Clara being prominent, the companion's journey is often more compelling than the Doctor's (though that may be because the writers put more effort into writing for the companions). My problem is with her being shoehorned into the Doctor's past, after the Name of the Doctor and Listen. No companion should have that much influence. Guide the Doctor's future by all means, but leave alone his past.
I'd give it 9 or 9.5. But that's only because I think it fell short as an anniversary special, and because they unwrote the end of the time war and the defining moment of the Doctor in the new series, wiping his slate clean and removing everything that has made him so compelling a character for the past seven series.
I think two changes would have made me feel much more appreciative of the special: if the Moment took the form of, say, Susan - she would definitely have resonance with the Doctor, being shown the mistake he was making by his own granddaughter. And if the Doctors all pushed the button in spite of her efforts. Quite a big change I know, but I thought the most exciting scene was when they all put their hands on the button. But then they took them off! It would have been very powerful for the 10 and 11 to partake to comfort the war Doctor, it would have shown the impossibility of the situation they were in, how dangerous a time war is, and would have brought the new series around neatly without rewriting the Doctor's guilt. Still, we'll have to wait and see where Moffat is taking it.
Day was certainly amazing, and did work very well as a whole, but even keeping the story the same and adding some more classic stuff would have appeased me a bit. A little montage and that final cloud shot left me feeling a bit short changed. But in a way I admire it for not trying to be celebratory and getting on with a story.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Kill the Moon Advance Review
Mummy on the Orient Express. For three reasons:
1) A mummy. On the Orient Express.
2) Apparently, it's scary. I like scary.
3) Agatha Christie fan speaking. I know it will probably bare few resemblances, but still, it automatically wins me over.
However, I am looking forward to all of them. This series is shaping up brilliantly! Plus of course, it's more Doctor Who. Does life get much better?
I refuse to get too excited for series finales because often, they let me down a bit. I'd rather go in with lower expectations and just enjoy the ride.
Also, I regret to say that through 2013 I had a bit of a MoffatDowner™, and I'd quite like to get over it so I can just enjoy the series! So I don't over excite myself for Moffat episodes so I don't get disappointed.
3 weeks ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)
I agree that it has had a very strong start, but I think series 1 and 4 were both nigh on perfect (it seems I am in the minority who love Aliens of London). At the moment, my top three series (of new Who anyway, let's not muddle stuff up) go:
1: series 4
2: series 1
3: probably 8, from what we've seen so far. But it would have to be absolutely astounding to top those two! I can't imagine anything beating series 4, a series where I think every episode deserves to be a classic.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Your Verdict on Time Heist & Episode Ranking
Hey, if I ever get to be showrunner, I've got a great idea for that particular story...
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Remembering the Ponds – 2 Years On
Umm... Probably not. Personally though, it's my third favourite of the new series.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Next Time: Kill The Moon
A league of their own:
Rory / Mickey (equally awesome)
Pretty Good, Though Not Quite Up There (no, I couldn't think of a better heading):
Amy / Rose (both a bit meh for me, although I think I like them more than I make out)
I should just clarify though, I don't dislike any of them. There are no companions who make me cringe...
Mind you, apart from Donna (who still doesn't quite make it), none of them are up there with Jamie / The Brigadier / Jo / Sarah / Leela / Romana / Ace for me!
In fairness, until the end, it kind of is! It's difficult to find new ways to do the base under siege. Anyway, both The Waters of Mars and Kill The Moon offer new takes on the base under siege story.
I know this won't be a popular comment, but to be honest, I can take them or leave them. I always liked Rory, he lit up every scene he was in. Which might be part of the reason I was a bit apathetic to towards Amy - although I did get that she genuinely loved him, she was always quite horrid towards him, and he was always the brunt of her jokes.
However, weirdly, now that I'm thinking back I don't think I actually dislike Amy, it's just more that I don't particularly mind either way. Just like Clara, there's nothing to make her stand out. I don't miss Amy, unlike the times when I long for Donna to come back, or yearn for some more time with Martha. I'm planning on doing a Moffat-era marathon at the end of series 8 so maybe I'll reassess then, but I wouldn't hold your breath...
*so apologies for that. Autocorrect again.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
Series, sorry. Autocorrect sorta ruined the joke, no apologies for that.
It's awful! Appalling! It doesn't bear thinking about! Half of them dries has already gone! We've only got half left! Nooooo!
Oh, the episode? Yeah, it was good. I liked it, though the Skovok Blitzer looked a little like a fat owl. Good fun, and I'm liking the Clara/Danny relationship. It was nice to see the Doctor finally soften to Danny, though it makes sense that he is worried about him being beneath her. Although the soldier comments are getting a bit wearing... And it's nice to see Courtney elevated from being another irritating, precocious kid. 9/10
I vote Listen because I think Blink has been so overrated since it aired that on every rewatch it fails to live up. The same will probably happen to listen in the future though! Mind you, Listen does feel very much like a Moffat "greatest hits" album... I really enjoy watching them both though... But then Listen has that scene which I can't decide if I love or loathe...
Ah well, too late. I've voted now.
Can I unvote? Or vote for both?
1 month ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen
No, take a look where you are: a comments thread on an article. You must be in the wrong place. I came here to post my own opinion, I didn't expect it to be shot down quite so ferociously.
And after all, should a point of view be oppressed? Is mine any less valid than yours? I have no problem with people having different opinions to me, but I don't like the tone in which some of them reply. I haven't called any of your arguments weak, simply explained why I disagree with them.
1 month ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant
Is is merely my opinion. And it is just that: an opinion. You (evidently) disagree with it, but this is what I personally think about the scene in the barn. To me, it seemed needless. I'm not complaining about nothing, I'm trying to explain why I didn't like it. You don't agree with me? That's fine. The world would be a horrendously boring place if everyone held the same opinions. But it would be a much nicer one if people could accept other points of view.
Things like regeneration and the time war were not only necessary but they were actually going somewhere in terms of storyline. Russell T Davies didn't think "oh, I'll casually throw in the destruction of Gallifrey and then move on." As I have mentioned elsewhere, if this is going somewhere, if Clara's influence on the Doctor is going to become an important part of the story arc, then I may look on the scene differently, but as it stands, it seems needless. It is only relevant to this particular episode.
Also, regeneration and the Time War were adding things into the Doctor's life going forward. This scene randomly throws in a large part of the Doctor's life from years before we first saw him! It all comes down to your personal preference. I don't like the idea of venturing into the Doctor's childhood and think it should be avoided at all costs, and therefore is don't like the scene in the barn. Anyone who likes the idea of seeing a young Doctor, however briefly, will think the opposite.
As I have also mentioned somewhere else, I enjoyed Listen, and I enjoyed the scene in the context of the episode. I simply think it was a misstep in the long run. If I could watch it without my fan head on, I would like it a lot more.
True. It wasn't a very detailed shot, and left much open to interpretation. I may be being a little harsh, I quite enjoyed the scene, but I couldn't help rolling my eyes! Perhaps if the scene has greater significance in the rest of the series (preferably without revisiting it) then I will feel better about it, but it all seemed a little bit... Throwaway to me.
I have absolutely no problems with the hows of that scene... My problem is the why! Did anyone actually want to see the Doctor as a child? I'm genuinely interested.
I also dislike the amount of influence Clara has been given. If this turns into part of the story arc, Clara's immense influence on the Doctor, then I may feel a bit happier, but I just don't like the idea of seeing the Doctor as a child. The show survived without going in that direction for almost 51 years - why change it now?
This is almost exactly what I would think, were I not an obsessive fan. I think that as an episode it was fantastic, and that final scene works wonderfully in the context of the episode. However, placed in the context of the 50 year old show, I think it was a misstep. So I would say that it is a wonderful episode as long as you just watch to be entertained.
1 month ago on Listen Review
I personally think the new series' definitive companion is Donna, with a fantastic journey, a brilliant series, a wonderful character with real depth when you scratch the surface, and a heartbreaking end. I just wish we saw more of her!
After Donna comes Martha, closely (very closely indeed) followed by Clara.
It's interesting you mention that, because I find 12/Clara easier to write for. Particularly the Doctor though, I find it easier to write his responses because, perhaps contradicting-ly(?), he is less predictable! His irascible nature is much more fun to write for.
However, it could be to do with the stories I like to write. I'm more of a dark and creepy person (when it comes to writing, predominantly) and the 11th Doctor didn't really fit the tone. My stories have actually given me nightmares on four occasions (and one was informed by a nightmare) so they fit the tone of this series much more than they did anything from the Smith era. Plus of course Capaldi is much more fun to come up with reactions for.
1 month, 1 week ago on The Crawling Terror Review
I think you may have misunderstood me. I do like the occasional twist, for example in The Doctor's Wife where we learnt that the TARDIS chose him, but the practice of adding little bits into the Doctor's timeline seems to be becoming a frequent happening.
I would also disagree with your point about insignificant episodes. To be significant, an episode doesn't need to tamper with history. I'd say The Impossible Astronaut was pretty significant, and that didn't mess around with the past. Equally, there can't be a long string of "significant" episodes, otherwise significant would become commonplace, therefore all significant episodes would disappear into a swamp of insignificance! It's a very tricky game to play.
I also wonder if Moffat has problems just writing episodes. He said that it was a while since he had written a standard episode, and when he gets around to it in "Listen" he has to go and drop a continuity bomb on everyone. Maybe (pure conjecture, don't get angry Moff lovers!) he can't write an episode without it having some massive consequences on the show's history?
The truth is, however, that they managed to pull it off. Although I loath continual tampering with the history of the Doctor, it worked in "Listen" because it was necessary to the story and just because the scene worked well in context. However, it came far too close to actually telling us about the Doctor's childhood and certainly suggested some reasons the Doctor left Gallifrey, and I don't think they should ever be confirmed. The Doctor's past should be ambiguous and episodes like this get a little too close for comfort.
That probably came off as a bit angry, I'm not angry, just trying to explain my problem with the episode. And as I said, I still enjoyed it. But I would be very great full if Moffat would just leave the past alone for a little while, and forge into the future instead.
1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
I prefer to imagine that never happened though. Personally, I don't imagine the Doctor's overriding fear after 1000 years of time travel would be the crack.
Plus of course the rather ridiculous fact that the crack in the wall is apparently now a person.
You see, that is the thing I disliked about the episode! All the stuff that was just about the episode I loved. But then it came to turning around our view of the Doctor, and I was drawn right out of it. The show has been reinvented way too many times for me.
If the perfect show runner is one who sparks endless controversy then sure, perfect!
Although I admit Moffat is a very good writer, I haven't been too fond of most of his showrunning. He fiddles with the past too much for my liking.
Not at all. I recognised it, and with predictions of controversy upcoming I saw vaguely what was coming. Boy, would I have liked to have been wrong. Personal preferences and all that.