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@The Finn, Agent of SPECTRE @YaelMoise Actually, I think you'll find it's the mouth that does it in this case. If you look at the portrait with only the top half showing, his eyes look quite kind. It's the tight lips that give them the disapproving look and general intensity.

2 hours, 52 minutes ago on Weird and Wonderful

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@The Finn, Agent of SPECTRE @YaelMoise Yes, I think you're right! Or, at least into my mind. 

It's a look that simply says he can see right through you, doesn't like what you're planning, and expects you to do the right thing instead. 

Like I said, very well done. :)

3 hours, 22 minutes ago on Weird and Wonderful

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My goodness, that Glare picture is amazing, isn't it. I wouldn't entirely describe the look on his face as a glare, but it really a beautiful portrait of him. Well done. :)

3 hours, 25 minutes ago on Weird and Wonderful

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@Fine. MrRazza, RACCOONite, has put a Xmas hat on. Simple solution - Draw Peter Capaldi and then pretend you were aiming for Pertwee all along. :)

5 hours, 39 minutes ago on Weird and Wonderful

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@supermoff It's a lovely picture, yes. 

And I hate it. 

Not because of the whole gender issue, but because of another, absolutely lovely picture I've seen online that looks more or less the same - better quality of drawing, but pretty much the same pose - where the people portrayed are 11th and... River. 

Nobody's taking her place. Not even the Master herself! 

5 hours, 40 minutes ago on Weird and Wonderful

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@Scootersfood is ready for Christmas! I hated Kill the Moon. There was nothing in it that amounted to even a partial redemption. It was just bad, in my opinion.

19 hours, 18 minutes ago on Moffat Defends In the Forest of the Night Science Criticisms

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@tombaker64 Can you imagine 12th Doctor's reactions to Lister... or Rimmer? lol

21 hours, 37 minutes ago on Gatiss: I don’t see why people are so obsessed with ‘Wholock’

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Personally, I see it as a Comic Relief thing and nothing more. I don't get the obsession either. 

22 hours, 25 minutes ago on Gatiss: I don’t see why people are so obsessed with ‘Wholock’

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@SANTA-ran17 agent of C.L.A.R.A @YaelMoise It's pretty wonderful, actually. ^^ 

btw, Really, THANK YOU for suggesting I check them out. I didn't know they started selling the 5th Doctor's sweater! 

There's a distinct chance I might melt if I ever get my hands on one of those.

1 day, 13 hours ago on 10 Last Minute Christmas Gifts for a Special Whovian

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@SANTA-ran17 agent of C.L.A.R.A @YaelMoise Yes, I know. Thank you. :) 

I own one of their very large, very colourful scarves, as owned by a particular big-teethed, curly-haired Time-Lord. ^^

1 day, 13 hours ago on 10 Last Minute Christmas Gifts for a Special Whovian

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@The Trickster's Brigade If you're getting into the books, I would REALLY recommend The Eight Doctors, and Players. The former serves as a sort of companion pieces to the TV movie, the latter is a kind of sequel to War Games. Both are written by Terrance Dicks and the man has a truly marvelous gift for the Doctor's voices. You can REALLY hear him when you read. All of him. I've never seen anything like it elsewhere. 

1 day, 15 hours ago on 10 Last Minute Christmas Gifts for a Special Whovian

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@Malohkeh @YaelMoise @TheOncomingHurricane @supermoff Have you considered "Plinth"? Or "Perpendicular"? Or, quite frankly, any word beginning with P? They're much more fun, and they don't involve a horrible horrible idea, like looms.

1 day, 16 hours ago on 10 Last Minute Christmas Gifts for a Special Whovian

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I'd be thrilled for someone to pick up the tab on my Big Finish wish list (In fact, that's what I asked for for last year's birthday. I got 2 seasons of Jago and Litefoot, as well as their two adventures in the Tardis!). 

Other than that, I can't say any of the above particularly strikes my fancy. It's not my taste at all, as far as my Whovian desires run. I'd much rather have... oh... some DVDs... any and all gear relevant for a 7th Doctor costume... even better if one could manage a 5th Doctor cosplay, but I suppose that's asking for the moon, isn't it. 

Still, a girl can dream.

1 day, 16 hours ago on 10 Last Minute Christmas Gifts for a Special Whovian

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Ridiculous question. 

The Christmas Invasion takes it at walk. A walk? A crawl! Hell, standing still, it still wins. 

Might as well ask me if I'd like honey or manure on my toast tomorrow morning.

1 day, 16 hours ago on Festive Face-Off: The End of Time vs The Christmas Invasion

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@Antee991166 Ok, decided that my previous post can be easily misunderstood... and I am not in the mood to phrase it in a way that would prevent that. Suffice to say that the above smacks heavily of ad hominem, and I would advise against it, even when it comes to rags like The Daily Mail, especially when the ad hominem in question deals with something that happened over 70 years ago, and that none of the people who were around back then are probably still around now.

1 day, 23 hours ago on Last Christmas Allegedly “Too scary” for Kids

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Terribly scary, is it? 

Excellent news. 

1 day, 23 hours ago on Last Christmas Allegedly “Too scary” for Kids

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@Clara Laurinda @The Lazy Cat  @YaelMoise Ladies, I suspect that if we don't stop now and/or go back on topic, the powers that be might end up sanitizing this whole bit of the conversation. In any case, I really ought to go, so I wish us all very happy Christmas special... whatever that might mean to each of us. :)

2 days, 2 hours ago on Last Christmas Advance Review

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@The Lazy Cat  @YaelMoise Thank you. The feeling is mutual, I assure you. :) 

2 days, 2 hours ago on Last Christmas Advance Review

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@The Lazy Cat  @YaelMoise It's possible. 

For myself, I have nothing to lose either way:

If she goes, I'll finally be rid of a character whose very existence has been a strain on my enjoyment of the show. 

If she stays, at least I'll have the consolation of knowing I read the situation right.  

Win-win. ^_^

2 days, 2 hours ago on Last Christmas Advance Review

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@The Lazy Cat Hah. Now I actually have a reason to want to watch it. I'd like to see if I'm right.

2 days, 2 hours ago on Last Christmas Advance Review

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@The Lazy Cat  @YaelMoise A certain bit of wording they used on this page. 

I wouldn't get your hopes up, since the BBC have been known to hide specific portions of an episode to prevent leaks, and it is in fact quite likely that DWTV DON'T know what's to happen to her. 

However, if they do... well, I suspect she's staying after Christmas.

2 days, 2 hours ago on Last Christmas Advance Review

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@The Lazy Cat Assuming DWTV know what's to happen with her... I'll be honest with you, I think she's not leaving.

2 days, 2 hours ago on Last Christmas Advance Review

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@SWTV One can only hope you're right. 

Thank you :)

2 days, 3 hours ago on Last Christmas Advance Review

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@jamesanash101, Agent of the C.O.M.P.A.N.I.O.N.S @YaelMoise "Some new man goes sauntering away, and I'm dead". 

2 days, 13 hours ago on Festive Face-Off: The End of Time vs Voyage of the Damned

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@SWTV Yes, except that a transition means a change. It implies he won't be that way anymore. Or is that not what you mean by that?

2 days, 14 hours ago on Last Christmas Advance Review

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@SWTV Actually, he's the only thing I liked in series 8. I dread to think what a transition would mean in his case. 

Not everyone who disliked series 8 did so because of a cantankerous Doctor. Some of us did it because we didn't get ENOUGH of that cantankerous Doctor. :P 

Thank you for the clarification all the same. I suppose it'll be a nightmare, then, if your description is accurate. 

It's good to be prepared.

2 days, 14 hours ago on Last Christmas Advance Review

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That last paragraph is... odd. Everything that preceded it was enough to nearly drive me to tears. It genuinely sounds awful in every possible sense. Even the "One last consolation prize" I allotted myself, in case this episode is a stinker - that I would get to see plenty of Michael Tourhgton - even that is dashed away? 

And then you tell me that despite it sounding awful, it's actually one of the best ever. 

Not sure what to make of it. 

Oh, well... I guess I'll wait and see.

2 days, 14 hours ago on Last Christmas Advance Review

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Tricky.

Let's see... do I want to give my vote to the self-indulgent, self-aggrandizing, "there's no other Doctor but this one" narcissi-fest? To the story that took my favorite Master and made him abhorrent to me? That included a line that's quite probably the most disrespectful of the DW franchise, ever? 

Uhhh.............. Uhhhh.............. No. 

2 days, 15 hours ago on Festive Face-Off: The End of Time vs Voyage of the Damned

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Honestly, "if you can suspend your disbelief for an alien in a box that's bigger on the inside..." isn't a carte blanche for bad writing. It does NOT mean that he can feed us whatever, and we'll just have to "suspend our disbelief" for it. 

Suspension of disbelief isn't relinquishing it altogether. It's not shutting off your brain and saying "amen" to just about anything you see. It's a suspension. It's a conditional thing. Like suspension of sentencing, it requires that you don't do something particularly awful to make us change our mind.  

It does NOT mean that we're expected to accept everything without contention, and I do wish people would stop trying to make it mean that. 

2 days, 16 hours ago on Moffat Defends In the Forest of the Night Science Criticisms

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@IrishPenmanship @YaelMoise Uhh... I really suspect you might have missed my point entirely... Both in that the ridiculousness I'm talking about isn't at all that there's a town called Christmas on an alien planet, and that they dress there like they just stepped off the set of "Scrooge: A really very VERY Victorian sequel"... and in that the word "festive" in no way could replace the word "Christmassy" in my above post. 

I would really suggest you reread the post.

3 days, 12 hours ago on The Christmas Conundrum

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@sweiland75 You want there to be one less DW episode a year?

What's wrong with you?????

3 days, 14 hours ago on The Christmas Conundrum

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It's funny, really, but while I was reading the above, it suddenly dawned on me that I'm looking at this whole thing from the outside. Some of what's clear to you just isn't all that clear to me. For instance, the death toll in VotD didn't strike me for a moment as "not-Christmassy" (Ugh. You're right... that doesn't really look like a word at all). It was just... something in the story. It never occurred to me to think about its "seasonal appropriateness".

It might also be that it's that "outsider status" that drives me to prefer my Christmas specials to be "A DW episode with a sprinkling of Christmas" rather than "A Christmas special with a sprinkling of DW"... though, I don't think that it is. 

I think I just find the more palatably Christmassy ones to be... less believable. I mean, I can buy a DW episode that happens at Christmas and has very Christmassy elements. I can even buy a killer Christmas tree and alien Santas. But when it starts being "The Doctor goes to the North Pole and gets help from Santa and his elves!!" a part of me just goes "Tell me there's no Noddy! Now! Before I do something drastic!". 

It's actually one of my issues with Time of the Doctor, which, btw, I consider to be highly Christmassy, rather than not Christmassy at all - The sheer ridiculousness of a town called Christmas, on another planet, where they all dress like they're in some sort of Victorian style Christmas pageant, and it's snowy, and all this during the Christmas special. 

When Eddie from Hustle told the Doctor that the town was called "Christmas" I think a part of me just died. 

I do so hate bad writing. 

And there, I think, is where we hit the crux of my problem with the Christmas specials - That as time went by, and they became more Christmassy (still an awful word) there was very little effort made to make that Christmassiness (even worse) FIT, be believable, make sense... FEEL NATURAL! 

I like my DW with a sprinkling of Christmas and not the other way around not because I'm outside the Christmas thing, but because it's so rarely done properly the other way around. 

I have very little hopes left for this year's Christmas episode. That clip they released with the toys and the elves and Santa... it was REALLY bad. It was salvaged by a cheap bit of humour (the car thing), but it was really bad, otherwise, for me. I can tell you flat out, I'm worried. This looks like an extreme case of the problem I just described. 

Still, like you said, we know very little and it's best not to prejudge... *takes a deep breath*... I'll reserve my judgment till Christmas day. 

Good luck to us all.

3 days, 14 hours ago on The Christmas Conundrum

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@IrishPenmanship @The Lazy Cat I'm sorry... WHAT?? 

Journey's End and The End of Time are the best finales ever??? 

I get having a weird taste in episodes. *I* have a weird taste in episodes, after all, but... THOSE are your idea of "the best finales"? Oo

3 days, 16 hours ago on Festive Face-Off: Voyage of the Damned vs The Next Doctor

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@supermoff  @YaelMoise It's the eyes. They're disproportionate to the rest of his face. I really think that's what does it.

3 days, 17 hours ago on Festive Face-Off: Voyage of the Damned vs The Next Doctor

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@Greempa @YaelMoise When I watched it, I just figured "Well, Time Lords ARE mildly telepathic. He just implanted the thought that she's unwell with those words"

3 days, 17 hours ago on Festive Face-Off: The Christmas Invasion vs The Runaway Bride

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Voyage of the Damned, because it didn't have Cyberman gorillas. 

I love Jackson Lake, I love everything about him, as regards him and him alone (NOT his kid. More on that later), and I love his companion... but the Cyberman gorillas... and the massive Cyberman walking through Victorian London (did I mention not liking retcons and timey-wimey solutions?)... and the frankly annoying looking kid they got to play his son, whose very face made me wish the Doctor wouldn't save him... GAH! 

Voyage had its flaws. It's nowhere near very good... but they weren't this bad.

3 days, 17 hours ago on Festive Face-Off: Voyage of the Damned vs The Next Doctor

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@supermoff Well... it's the internet, so no... and, really... do we really know ANYONE anywhere? 

4 days, 3 hours ago on First Series 9 Title Revealed

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@supermoff I think you're reading too much into that. It seems more likely that it's a reference to the Doctor's description of his new look - "I was going for minimalist but I think I ended up with Magician".

4 days, 3 hours ago on First Series 9 Title Revealed

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As usual, DWTV insists on giving me difficult choices to make. *sigh* Let's see...

Pros: The Christmas invasion is basically the NuWho poster child for "How to properly introduce existing companions to a new Doctor". It was respectful of our struggles, but didn't pander to them in a way that spoils the mood (Deep Breath, I'm looking at you!). It had humour; it had David Tennant being sexy while saying the word "sexy"; it had the Doctor quoting The Lion King, for heaven's sake; and it had a kick ass set of funny-but-scary villains. It had Harriet Jones, the little MP from Flydale North, becoming PM by a landslide, in retrospect. It was just excellently written. It was a powerful that really makes you think about right and wrong without being preachy about it (*mumbles 'Kill the Moon'*). It was fun. And, to be honest, I actually consider the "Doctor-lite"ness of it to be a plus. It helped the tension. It made you wish for him very hard... and then he appeared! It was a marvelously torturous tease. My hat's off to the writer for that. In all honesty, he must be one hell of a seducer in his private life.

The Runaway Bride had a companion that rivaled Romana in her ability to be unimpressed by the Doctor, a truly refreshing change after smitten Rose and love-struck Martha. It had a mystery, which was beautifully presented and which I didn't immediately solve in the first five minutes of it being presented (*wags finger under Dark Water's nose*). It introduced Donna in a beautiful, complete manner, dysfunctional relationship with her mother and all, and left us, by virtue of her refusal to stay, wanting much more. I don't know about you, but I find myself rushing off to watch Partners in Crime once I'm done with it, every single time, and like the BBC rep on Twitch last night said, the mark of a truly great story is that you, as a reader/viewer, refuse to let it end. 

Cons: Even if "Don't you think she looks tired" is an excellent debate starter... it still sucked! It's not nice to see the Doctor being mean, and wrong. And yes, he's wrong. A brilliant article on here, a while back, detailed the personality flaws of the 10th Doctor. For me, "Don't you think she looks tired" stood out above all else. It spoils the episode for me. It didn't when I first watched it, but... what can I say? I grew up, since. I also watched Harriet die. All in all, not good. 

The Racnoss are... painful to watch. And no, this is not my arachnophobia talking here. Surprisingly enough, that didn't bother me in the least. No, it's actually on religious grounds that I object to the Racnoss -  I really feel a Jew, such as myself, shouldn't have to be fed this much ham. 

Ok, yes... they're still good fun. I mean, camp villains are what it's all about, isn't it. But still... you're not supposed to cringe at them THIS much. 

Eh... I think that's really it for cons on both sides. What can I say, they really wrote them well back then. So, now, I guess the question is whether "Don't you think she looks tired" is worse than The Racnoss... whether Donna is more fun to watch than a properly executed post-regeneration reintroduction. 

And the answer is... I HAVE NO IDEA! 

I'm going to lunch. 

*grumble grumble grumble*

4 days, 5 hours ago on Festive Face-Off: The Christmas Invasion vs The Runaway Bride

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@TheCyberDoctor is Upgrading Christmas @The Lazy Cat  @supermoff  @YaelMoise Let's see... No Danny, for one thing. We'd have that single dad to think about instead. The Victorian kids instead of the disposable Maitlands. On the other hand, how exactly do you do Bells of St. John with a Victorian? You'd need to scrap it. Still... it's an interesting thought.

4 days, 20 hours ago on No Series 9 Story for Neil Gaiman

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@The Lazy Cat  @YaelMoise @supermoff  @TheCyberDoctor is Upgrading Christmas That's really the annoying bit for me - That I dislike "modern Clara" so very much, but that I absolutely loved Oswin and Victorian Clara and that either one of them would have been wonderful for me to watch. And if, as many here have so often claimed, series 8 rises and falls on whether you like Clara or not, imagine what it would have been like for me with a Clara I actually DID like. For me and for many others, really. 

Yes, I really do regret that change. -_-

4 days, 20 hours ago on No Series 9 Story for Neil Gaiman

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@supermoff  @The Lazy Cat  @TheCyberDoctor is Upgrading Christmas @YaelMoise I've always regretted that change, to be honest. I liked Victorian Clara very much.

4 days, 20 hours ago on No Series 9 Story for Neil Gaiman

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@TheCyberDoctor is Upgrading Christmas @supermoff Thought experiment: 

Imagine NiS with the Victorian kids from The Snowman, and Victorian Clara instead.

4 days, 20 hours ago on No Series 9 Story for Neil Gaiman

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On the one hand, The Doctor's Wife is one of my all-time favorites and probably always will be. On the other hand, Nightmare in Silver was an abomination (An amazing performance by Matt Smith does not make it less of an abomination). 

On the one hand, Good Omens is my favorite book... and I'm someone who has to have a gun to her head to even come close to naming a favorite anything. On the other hand, The Susan Problem was a crime against my mental eyes. 

It's too much of a toss up. Plenty for and against him... so... I suppose I am neither let down nor encouraged by this. 

I just don't really care.

4 days, 21 hours ago on No Series 9 Story for Neil Gaiman

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Thank you very much, DWTV, for listening to my (and Lazy Cat's) request that you put the line to the left of the comment section back up so we could more easily spot whether we're reading a reply or an originating post. It's still a lovely layout, but now it's even better :)

4 days, 21 hours ago on 4 Different Types of Companions Doctor Who Should Consider

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In favour of 1,2. Not in favour of 3. Ambivalent about 4. Would add - 5. Contemporary, but male. 

That is all.

5 days, 14 hours ago on 4 Different Types of Companions Doctor Who Should Consider

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@Clara Bosswald  @YaelMoise First of all, I'm given to understand that the recordings don't take all that long, so you COULD theoretically get Smith, Tennant, even Hurt along for them, even with their schedules.

But even if you can't, even if that's too optimistic, and all we could get is companions... what's wrong with that? 

I'd love stories staring Jack, or River, or any others of the suggestions below. I mean, I generally buy BF audios on a case by case basis, but I would definitely subscribe to a River-centric series, or a Jack one. 

Really, the Doctor isn't a must for awesome Doctor Who audios. Hell, Jago and Litefoot weren't even companions and I can tell you their series is amazingly good fun. 


5 days, 15 hours ago on “Jack & River Returns Would Have to be Seismic” – Moffat

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@Notsosmartguy  @YaelMoise Alright, I will.

Well, I'll try, at any rate.

Nicholas Briggs is coming on this week's Doctor Who: Legacy Twitch podcast and they've asked for questions to ask him to be posted on their FB page. I've posted one about possible New Who stories in the future. Here's hoping they ask him about it, Thursday night. 

Actually, if people from here might go there and "like" the question, it might help it along.

5 days, 15 hours ago on “Jack & River Returns Would Have to be Seismic” – Moffat

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