YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over
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0 minutes ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?
@troughton who? *wonders if she should point out Troughton Who's erroneous assumption that a companion is female*
*wonders if she should point out that Troughton himself had a male companion*
*decides she's too tired to argue*
1 minute ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?
I think I'm in love.
Three of my most favorite things ever... British forests, London, The Doctor... all in one place. I'd like to take this episode's hand and walk off with it into the sunset, and we haven't even met properly.
*sigh* I just know it'll just break my heart, but... oh, hell... <3
22 hours, 39 minutes ago on In the Forest of the Night Clip
Originality, thy name is Doctor Who, series 8.
1 day, 21 hours ago on Introduction to In the Forest of the Night
A little more TDW, a lot less NiS (Matt Smith rescuing a terrible episode does not make it any less of a terrible episode. It just makes Matt Smith THAT good of an actor), and you're golden, as far as I'm concerned.
1 day, 21 hours ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode
I have to wake up in about 4 hours and manage being intelligent and unembarrassing, so I really should go, but I just wanted to say: I really wouldn't mind a nice spin-off for Clara, if the winds start blowing in that direction. And if they DO make it... they could take a cue from the first picture up there. Could be my sleep-addled brain, but I think it looks really nice, from a typography stand point.
3 days, 19 hours ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”
@MrRazza is regenerating I found the whole thing to be a thinly veiled meta-discussion with the "Oh, NO! Matt's gone! Who's this OLD GUY???" crowd, to be honest. A necessary evil, I suppose.
Which is basically why I a) don't really mind the character inconsistencies all over, and the lack of logic in her last minute doubts, and b) don't really like Deep Breath, all in all.
@sontaran17 @YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over @ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. Again, ground we've covered before, elsewhere. I still say that the comparison with other companions is incorrect in the current series, and that she wasn't as out of focus as you make her out to be in series 7B.
3 days, 20 hours ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”
btw, if you don't mind me asking (forgive me if this is an etiquette violation), but who wrote this article? I mean, what "Andrew Nickels"'s handle here?
@ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. @YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over @sontaran17 Well, I still think that you can achieve mystery and aloofness without absence and a shifting of focus to the companion... but we've covered this ground before. ;)
In all honesty, I'm content to wait till the wind changes, and to grumble my displeasure whenever it becomes unbearable.
@ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. @sontaran17 I think the moment that worked the most for me was "The Doctor. Nosy Parker", with that devilish grin of his. He's just obviously great... which is why I really do wish there was more focus on him. It would let it shine. I think most of the people who view him negatively do so simply because they haven't seen enough of him.
@sontaran17 @YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over @BeyondThePolice Yes, I did notice that (See? I CAN spot a joke!!). I just wanted to comment on that slap, and you offered me an opportunity to do so. :)
@sontaran17 @BeyondThePolice Actually, I always interpreted that one as vaguely foreplay-ish, and therefore not entirely violent.
@Rani Nose Beat me by a nose...
3 days, 20 hours ago on Face-Off: Mummy vs Flatline
@troughton who? Personally, I'd like to see some producing and showrunning experience on his resume, too, before we give him the keys. There's more to it than brilliant writing, after all.
A fascinating read. It's very interesting to hear the anti-Clara case from a completely different point of view. I can't say I agreed with all of it, but that made it all the more interesting. Thank you very much :)
@John Smith the Second Really? I get the distinct feeling that Flatline's going to win, based on them.
Mind you, the comments marked Listen as the winner when Blink won. The comments are probably not really the thing to go on.
3 days, 21 hours ago on Face-Off: Mummy vs Flatline
No idea what the actual episode will be like, but one thing's for sure, it's going to be utterly beautiful to look at :)
3 days, 22 hours ago on In the Forest of the Night Promo Pics
Mummy, but solely based on execution, not concept. They are both AMAZINGLY original, but where Flatline stumbles falls at a certain point (Sorry, but when they got 3D, it all became SO conventional), Mummy carries its originality and genius from start to finish without dropping the ball once.
I see them as a progression - Despite the order of screening, Flatline was his first offer. Mummy was his second go. So, as far as I'm concerned the man just keeps getting better and better. Can you imagine what his third go could be like? The mind races, does it not? :D
3 days, 22 hours ago on Face-Off: Mummy vs Flatline
@Planet of the Deaf It's nice to see you're back. Your absence was felt.
4 days, 21 hours ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking
@ilyootha, a proud member of C.L.A.R.A. We hate the AI score because our numbers don't mean the same as them. It's the same as someone saying "It was a horrible, terrible, horrendous episode!". Out there in the big old world, it means... well, exactly what it says. In here, though, it comes with the unspoken addendum explaining that... "it was only horrible compared to the show in general"... or that "it's horrible but does not reflect on the show"... or any number of relatively positive mitigating comments that you wouldn't get from a non-Whovian. We allow ourselves the freedom to rank something poorly because it goes without saying that we still loved it for being Doctor Who, and that if we were asked to rank it outside the confines of the community, it would still rank higher than most other things. Consequently, a score below 8 here does not mean the same as a score below 8 outside. Sometimes a score below 8 here can actually be a higher score than one outside.
4 days, 22 hours ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking
@supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. Thank you so much! No offense to DWTV, but your post's more interesting than the article it's attached to.
(Clarification: Because this is really interesting, and not because the above article is boring.)
@The Finn @Joseph Graham @YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over Isn't nearly all of NuWho filmed in Wales, though? You would think they could choose something else, then.
4 days, 22 hours ago on Watch Death in Heaven Early
@chocker That actually explains some of the choices. The Five Doctors was filmed in Wales, The Unquiet Dead is set in Wales.
5 days, 1 hour ago on Watch Death in Heaven Early
@ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. I know! Me neither!!!
*bursts into tears*
"Hmmmm... TDtWatW... Sontaran Stratagem... Who picked these??"
"THE FIVE DOCTORS????"
*goes to look for tickets to the UK*
@floppy_who @BazHood @BJAMES As the proud owner of two screwdrivers, one 4th Doctor hat, and one 4th Doctor scarf, all authorized, not to mention the DVDs, the comic books, handful of e-books (paid for), and a growing addiction to audios... I think you might be right there, floppy.
5 days, 4 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@joelharris199892 @Scootersfood has 66 Seconds to live... @SIDRAT To paraphase Jessica Rabbit, they're not terrible, they're just written that way.
5 days, 6 hours ago on Next Time: In the Forest of the Night
@supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. Yeah, I can't believe the "Thing" scene didn't make this list!
5 days, 22 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From Flatline
@Clara Laurinda I'm not being rhetorical... I really would love to hear what you mean by that...
5 days, 23 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
@Antee991166 Still too early for me, I'm afraid. I'll let you know when I know.
6 days, 1 hour ago on Flatline Review
@Ottoman14 Thing is... Moffat amd RTD had experience AS showrunners, or at least producers. Mathieson is an excellent writer, but there's more to show-running than that.
6 days, 2 hours ago on Doctor Who Extra: Flatline
@Scootersfood has 66 Seconds to live... @tomblack93 "Oh, no, of course. You mostly went hands-free, didn't you? Like 'Hey, I'm the Doctor. I can save the universe using a kettle and some string, and look at me, I'm wearing a vegetable!'"
Not ALL the Doctors. ;)
6 days, 2 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
@Alleigh Actually, I suspect they'd have ended up killing each other...
6 days, 3 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@Cedara @Clara Who would make a good Doctor! "That's OLD magic!" ;)
6 days, 3 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
@MrRazza's normal account is messing around Wow, that's flattering. I hold your opinion very highly, and very often stop and read your comments, too. And I always have a good time at it, because agree or disagree, I can't fault your intelligence or inimitable skill with words. So, really, that's very flattering. :)
6 days, 4 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
@Angie Whodini has Ravio's bracelet Yes, you're quite right. It was an unfortunate choice of words because there IS that suggestion about them. Best to be clear and unambiguous, I always say. But it IS a possible meaning of what he said, and as you can see, even he says that's what he meant.
6 days, 4 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. @YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over @dewyjns I appreciate the sentiment, but there's no need for that frown. :)
It was a wonderfully original concept, even if it did taper off into the mundane at some point, and over-all the episode was not devoid of redeeming moments. Not in the least bit, no.
It showed promise, and considering it was followed, from a real world point of view, by Mummy on the Orient Express, I would say that promise was fulfilled in every way. I really look forward to seeing more from this writer, which more than I can say about other disappointing episodes I've seen in the past. In that respect, I think we can say I'm happy enough.
And as to Clara Who... well, I did say that this is Doctor Who, and Doctor Who is about change. I'm willing to wait. He's worth it.
@Ottoman14 @tom colman Um... I think all he meant was that it's a fact that SOME people don't like him.
That IS a fact, not a matter of opinion.
Him being one means that it's a fact, because he exists (really trying to not do the 6th Doctor's tenses speech from The Two Doctors...).
It has nothing to do with the question of whether people watch the show more now or not, but just whether there ARE people who dislike him.
There are. So it's a fact.
6 days, 5 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@sontaran17 @YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over @ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. @dewyjns I agree that Time Heist and Into the Dalek were not Clara-centric in the least... but they were not Doctor-centric either. He was never truly free of her to such an extent that it allowed him to stand alone and out of her shadow. It's a fine line, I admit. A VERY fine margin, but it is there. Not as pronounced as it would be between Mummy and, say, this week's episode, but it's still there. There aren't quite as many scenes with her somewhere else entirely and him interacting with the world, without her.
As to Deep Breath... I couldn't disagree more. The episode's main focus was Clara's emotional journey. She was serving as a proxy for the "Oh, no! Where's Matt! Who's this old guy???" crowd, which is understandable, but it did mean that it was about her, and not about him. We barely got to see what he was like. It was a nibble at best, and quite a few people walked away from that episode justifiably saying that they have yet to feel like he's the Doctor. The reason for that was that he was almost entirely out of focus while we dealt with Clara.
Is perception a factor here? Definitely. Everything in the universe is tainted by perception. But I'm not so sure it has that much of a bearing in this case. I really do think that MotOE was the first episode where the Doctor truly came close to standing alone and in focus. Something you can't say about any other episode in the series, before or since, unfortunately.
@sontaran17 @YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over @tom colman Um... no, I'm afraid not. That part was even worse for me, because it felt completely wrong. He had no right to give that speech because HE didn't defeat them. She did. It's a bit like Q marching off to stage center and telling off Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Q didn't defeat him, for all the gadgets and guidance. It was the agent on the ground that did it. Same here. Clara defeated those monsters, not the Doctor. That speech, the sheer dissonance of it at the end of a Clara-centric episode, served to further highlight how Doctor-lite the episode truly was, rather than balance it up.
@sontaran17 @YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over @ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. @dewyjns I'd have been very inclined to agree with you... before I watched Mummy on the Orient Express. That episode allowed me to see the Doctor for the first time, fully in the limelight. It wasn't a companion lite episode, like Midnight, but it... was with HIM in the limelight.
It highlighted for me the fact that he wasn't in focus at all up until that point. It's all very well and good to give a brilliant performance as "Dead extra #3" off on stage left, but it's another thing entirely to do it up front, as the leading man. I would like to see more of the latter. Now that I've seen what it's like, I resent the lack of it even more.
And it isn't a function of my perception... it's a function of the sheer contrast offered by MotOE, and the reality it exposed.
@sontaran17 @YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over @tom colman True, but it's hardly focus on him and access that allows him to shine, which somewhat proves my point, I think.
@sontaran17 @YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over @ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. @dewyjns I try not to look at other websites. They tend to skew the image. And, "I loved her" doesn't mean "and I think the amount of time and focus she's given is just right". Like I said in my reply to your article, I don't think Clara-Who is necessarily a function of liking her or disliking her.
@sontaran17 @YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over @tom colman As a sidekick. That's not the same thing as having the spotlight on him.
@sontaran17 @YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over @ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. @dewyjns Not so sure about that. An over-abundance of positive comments does not necessarily mean a change of hear. I've yet to see a Clara-Who-er who said "This episode changed my mind! Keep her around!".
@tom colman You can't warm to him because you barely get to see him. I can't say I blame you. All I can say is "give it time". Hopefully, the problem will be solved.
@ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. @dewyjns I don't know if it's a pity that the Clara Who crowd didn't watch.
Considering I only had a mild case of "Clara Who" before I watched this week's episode, I think the Clara Who crowd not watching might actually have been a good idea, because this episode just made me want to see her leave. Right now. I'm sure it would have alienated people with a less mild case even more than it did me.
@MrRazza's normal account is messing around @TheNightmareChild @YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over Well, in my case, it was never a difficult proposition, neither the grade nor the lights question, but I can definitely see why people would struggle with it. It did ask questions that were much more serious and complicated than usual.
6 days, 5 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
@supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. Ummm... I'm in the humanities, and I would have loved it. Actually, I felt the lack of it myself when watching the episode. I REALLY wanted more of that.
Mind you, though, most of what I like bores most people. So, I guess I don't count. lol
6 days, 6 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline