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I was hoping for a return of the Vashta Nerada here. I am not convinced by the CGI in the trailer either. In fact the CGI has been hit and miss this season; hits with the 2-dimensionals, Into the Dalek and Time Heist; misses with the trains, those animals in the above trailer, and some of the work in Deep Breath.
3 months, 1 week ago on Next Time: In the Forest of the Night
I reckon the Doctor will force Clara into the decision "Courtney or Earth- which dies?" Scenario, and Courtney... Will wake up in heaven. I also think that for some reason, those in heaven will be turned into Cybermen- don't ask me why!
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Kill The Moon Promo Pics
Just what is the obsession of knowing when people and characters are leaving!!! The man's hardly even been seen yet, let's enjoy the character and the acting before the word 'leaving' is even mentioned
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Danny’s Future Beyond Series 8
Not brilliant, not serious, not over-arcing. Just a good old fun adventure with some good funny moments.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood
I do find this a strange one. With all due respect to the journalist who died in such a horrific way and his family, this is a sci-fi fantasy show, filmed before the real-life tragedy and in no way connects to it. Beheading was also common practice culturally in the historical time setting of the episode. I feel that the decision to cut this scene and announce they had done so will simply bring it to people's attention and forge the connection when, if left or, at worst, edited out without announcement, nobody's respect would be diminished.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on BBC Cuts Robot of Sherwood Scene
Its a new era people, its going to have a different feel. But I don't understand all the proclamations one way or another, whether saying its brilliant, exciting, dark, not exciting, not good, too dark, etc. Its a 1ish minute snapshot of a 12 episode series, it is far too early to tell/ claim judgments
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer
@Benjamin Bradley Well yes, Christmas will be less than 6 weeks after the final episode, assuming each episode will be shown on a weekly basis from 23rd August
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 8: Deep Breath First Look
Maybe Davros is the Dalek Eternal, and the upper casing will flip back as a nod to Remembrance
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 8: New Teaser Trailer “I see into your soul, Doctor”
Another 5 minute cyberman cameo? I hope not, these cameo appearances are slowly destroying these monsters.
7 months ago on Series 8 Finale Filming: Returning Characters & Monster
@Ollie Walton Harrod I guess I am offering the books as evidence more than the films- but even the films suggest that there is a very dark world behind what happens on screen. Anyway there is a lot you can do with dark material within a 12 certificate.
7 months ago on Should Doctor Who Adopt a Darker Tone?
@Ollie Walton Harrod Sorry Ollie, I disagree. The old world somehow ended through a massive war/ disaster, and the new regime of control in old America is now a facist government who control through fear of murder, torture and poverty. They are very dark themes!
End of Time, Part 2- Time Lord says to Rassilon when they realise the Doctor and Master are on Earth; "An Indigenous species, the human race". Indigenous meaning native, local, homegrown. It certainly would lend weight in favor of this article's argument, that humans have some kind of ancestral link to the Time Lords.
7 months ago on An Earthly Gallifrey
Harry Potter, the Hunger Games etc; all books aimed at the younger audiences which manage to pull off the exploration of very dark themes. If they can pull it off, Doctor Who can too
@Ollie Walton Harrod @Kiki Kiki Not as silly as your response to it (.)
7 months, 1 week ago on You will become like us! The Best ‘Converter’ Episodes
@ilyootha I think you hit the nail on the head perfectly here. There were some very questionable writer's decisions made here which could have been fixed really quite easily with just a bit of consideration of the history of the show and resolutions/ plot-points given a bit of deeper thought. Indeed, there is nothing at all wrong with the acting, production values or musical score of this story- they are all brilliant- but brilliant within the constraints of the faults made by RTD in the script.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on The End of Time: Why it Needs More Love
The problem of people using online identities to express hostility or dislike is not contained to the Whoniverse, but every single online community and society out there. And people are always more likely to be vocal when expressing complaints or dislikes or disagreements, but that is human nature! How often do we moan about the weather vs praise the weather, etc. ? Consequently on an online forum, people are more likely to point out shortcomings and failings they perceive from a show like Who. Even then, I think this article fails to mention that people who go beyond expressing disagreements or critical opinions about components of the show and become personal towards others represent a very low %.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Dear Whovians…
@Baker Street… is the Moment! the Moffiestial Toyplayer
9 months, 1 week ago on Moffat Battles The Five(ish) Doctors Again
Daleks change and evolve; we had a ruined Dalek absorb some form of humanity when they first returned in Series 1. Later in the same series, we had the mad "Emperor" Daleks cultivated from human cells. We had desperate Daleks turn human bodies into Dalek puppets in Evolution of the Daleks. In Stolen Earth/ Journey's End we had Daleks grown from Davros. We had paradigm Daleks in Victory. And then we had a Dalek Parliament in Series 7. It is NOT a plot-hole, it is development. The Parliament is the first time the Daleks have become a fully re-established power in New Who. And anyway who is to say the TARDIS translator isn't just making the translation into "Parliament" and "Prime Minister" because the Doctor is in the company of humans? These are not the problems with the Daleks, these points are all fine. However, I do agree it is a while since they felt threatening. Gone are the bad-ass untouchable Daleks of the RTD era who would murder humans and be indestructible as they did. We've not had a good old Dalek X-ray in their last three appearances. They really missed a trick showing Daleks murdering Time Lords in great numbers in Day. How cruel and despicable would they have felt if they had murdered those Galliferyan children, even when the adult Time Lord was pleading with them? Or if they had butchered the residents of Christmas just because the Doctor loved them? Alas- THAT is the problem with the Daleks at the moment. They have simply become cannon fodder to make the Doctor look bad-ass when he causes huge explosions, just for the sake of seeing bits of Dalekanium in the firestorm. Sort that out, make them evil and despicable and deadly again, and you'll have villians worthy of appearing in practically every finale. And also, stop with the monster ensembles in finales- I really do not care for 5 minute cyberman/ sontaran/ silurian cameos anymore, they lose their fear factor and also take away time from developing the main threat, such as the Daleks in Time.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Unpopular Opinion: Asylum of the Daleks
The Waters of Mars is the very best episode by far. A proper base under siege setting, a creepy and undefeatable monster, a horrible situation knowing that those on the base must die, and then, of course, the birth of Time Lord Victorious. And then the Doctor at his lowest, loneliest and darkest moment.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: RTD Specials
Capaldi is a brilliant, accomplished actor who is going to be an absolutely amazing Doctor. As much as I loved Mr Smith and Mr Tennant, I have not been so excited for a new series since Eccleston was announced.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on McGann Thinks Capaldi Could Be Best Doctor Yet
@TheCapaldiMasterplan @PatrickPalmer Impossible? Never impossible. As things stand, the Master and Time Lords are stuck in a pocket universe. They'd do ANYTHING to escape, even if it was to mean working together. Also- Newho may have relegated the Sontarans to comedy, but you must remember, that once upon a time, the Sontarans were capable of invading Gallifrey.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Gatiss on Master Return: “Anything is possible”
Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans- I want to see them ALL! But they MUST have their appearances centered upon them, not as a cameo in a monster ensemble. The most damage you can do to these icons is have them there for comedic value (Sontarans in ToTD), or as cannon fodder to show off the Doctor's power (again, ToTD and also DoDD). When an episode is centered on the monster, as Asylum was, they tend to be pretty awesome. It had a nod to the past (Skaro), new elements (Parliament, Prime Minister, a planet of insane Daleks) and possible future intriguing developments (not knowing who the Doctor was). It is such a shame that this last point was ruined when the Daleks remembered who the Doctor was thanks to Tasha Lem, and then proceeded to become regeneration-triggered cannon fodder. Conclusion: the return of familiar faces is not the issue, the way they are written and used is. As a side; I'd like to see the Master return as the season arc, sent ahead by the Time Lords to find anyway he can to return Gallifrey to the universe, which sees him and they succeed and return in the season finale.
@Invictus12 Says someone who just slaps a 10/10 against the episode without giving any reason behind giving it a perfect score?
11 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Rings of Akhaten
5/10. It looked great, the monsters looked great, the idea was great, the music was incredible
The Sonic became a wand, the plot was rubbish, the characters were one dimensional and the big effort that went into it (see positives) were criminally wasted. This is one of those stories which would have really benefited from being a two-parter.
@Invictus12 Immature because they dislike an episode? That's a very immature thing to say