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Poor War. :(

Sad fact is that 11 has done so many things I like. Yes, he has his bad patches. Bits where I want to smack him REALLY hard. Still... his good outweighs one episode, however good that episode was.

It's not fair, I know. Poor War. :(

1 day, 12 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #5

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@Polyphase @91 Queen of Evil As will I, really. There's been a recent trend, especially on this website, to distance one's self from the 10th Doctor. There's a greater emphasis on his flaws and a general sense of *groan* calling him "overrated".

Add that to "current Doctor syndrome", and you've got yourself a near-sure thing in 12.

2 days, 1 hour ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #4

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Oooooooooooo... Now, this one I like! 

"current Doctor syndrome" vs. "Most popular of the revival". Very interesting. Would love to see the info on this one, when all is said and done, in addition to the over-all score.


For me, this is pretty straightforward, but overall, I think this one may be the most interesting vote in the bunch.

2 days, 1 hour ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #4

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@Aztecs,Daleks&Cavemen @ilyootha @Edoe @The Genie Thing I love most unconditionally about NuWho series 1:


- The Doctor :)

3 days, 12 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #3

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@TheNightmareChild is backing Ten @ilyootha @Edoe @The Genie Mature episodes... Father's Day? End of the world? Dalek? 

Yes, almost all of them had a touch of immaturity in them, but like the man said, what's the point of being a grown up if you can't be childish sometimes. All in all, his episodes were stupendous. There's a good reason why his series is always highly rated during poll time.

3 days, 12 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #3

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@TheCyberDoctor Challenges DWTV in Evilness @Malohkeh @Edoe @The Genie I suspect Malohkeh wasn't so much expressing doubts as he was trying to grant Edoe's request that someone say it doesn't exist.

3 days, 12 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #3

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@TheNightmareChild is backing Ten @YaelMoise @PaddyB Sorry. Typo. Was going for "blokeish", which, now that I think about it, should probably be "blokey".

And no, it's not a "dudebro" (which I had to look up... so thanks for the new word :D). There's no homphobia and insane machismo in the term. 

urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=blokey

3 days, 13 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #3

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@The Genie @Edoe Wow, you just made me SO sad :(

3 days, 13 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #3

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@PaddyB @YaelMoise I wouldn't call it pervy. After all, a man's entitled to admire a woman's too-tight skirt in the privacy of his own intrapersonal communication (that is so totally my new "circumlocutory term of the day"!).

But I agree completely that it came across as blokeist. It was the rancid wormy cherry on that catastrophe of an episode, it really was.

3 days, 13 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #3

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@Russell T Dalek wants Eccleston to win "I bet you don't even remember my name!" "Ricky." "It's Mickey!" "No, it's Ricky." "I think I know my own name!" "You think you know your own name? How stupid are you?"


*sigh* And people say 12 is good at being mean. :P

3 days, 13 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #3

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@Amy Pond is going through a Ten/Amy phase  Wow... a touch melodramatic, I would say.

How exactly am I "bringing him down"? Did I say 11 as rubbish? Did I say I don't like him? After all, I just said he was so closely tied with my all-time favorite that I was struggling to choose between them. So, how exactly am I "bringing him down"?

No, what I'm doing is I'm saying that these two were amazing, but one has a flaw the other doesn't. That tips the scale in a way that makes it infinitely easier to vote for him.

And, in any case, I'm not "bringing him down" because of a companion. It's his attitude towards her that does it for me. She's a pain in the padded hindquarters, but she's nothing compared to him going all ga-ga for her and calling himself her boyfriend and showing up ridiculously naked at her house and all the other nonsense that happened during her tenure.

3 days, 13 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #3

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@Russell T Dalek wants Eccleston to win "Nine hundred years of time and space, and I've never been slapped by someone's mother."

3 days, 13 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #3

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@Russell T Dalek wants Eccleston to win Oh, and this bit's one of my favorites:


DOCTOR: Charles Dickens? You're brilliant, you are. Completely one hundred percent brilliant. I've read them all. Great Expectations, Oliver Twist and what's the other one, the one with the ghost? 
DICKENS: A Christmas Carol? 
DOCTOR: No, no, no, the one with the trains. The Signal Man, that's it. Terrifying! The best short story ever written. You're a genius. 
DRIVER: You want me to get rid of him, sir? 
DICKENS: Er, no, I think he can stay. 
DOCTOR: Honestly, Charles. Can I call you Charles? I'm such a big fan. 
DICKENS: A what? A big what? 
DOCTOR: Fan. Number one fan, that's me. 
DICKENS: How exactly are you a fan? In what way do you resemble a means of keeping oneself cool? 
DOCTOR: No, it means fanatic, devoted to. Mind you, I've got to say, that American bit in Martin Chuzzlewit, what's that about? Was that just padding or what? I mean, it's rubbish, that bit. 
DICKENS: I thought you said you were my fan. 
DOCTOR: Ah, well, if you can't take criticism. Go on, do the death of Little Nell, it cracks me up. No, sorry, forget about that. Come on, faster! 


Really, the ninth Doctor wasn't a "quotes" type of guy. He was just brilliant in general. Most everything he said was great. It wasn't something you just picked out of it. It was all of it.

3 days, 13 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #3

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@Russell T Dalek wants Eccleston to win "I give you, in return, air from my lungs."

"How... intimate."

"There's more where that came from."

"I bet there is."

3 days, 13 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #3

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@Russell T Dalek wants Eccleston to win "Don't drop the banana! 

Why not?

Good source of potassium!"

3 days, 13 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #3

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I can't believe I'm saying this... but thank heavens for Clara!

I've been sitting here and, rather unexpectedly, having no idea who to vote for. I mean, Eccleston is my all-time favorite... and the only one I gave a 10 to... but sitting here and actually having to make a choice between the two... it's weird, but I had no idea who to choose.

And then I remembered Clara. :)

And I voted for Eccleston without so much as a twinge of remorse.

I'm sorry, but those last episodes, with 11 chasing her like a puppy... River's body barely cold... blich.

Easy choice, really. Thank heavens for Clara.

3 days, 13 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #3

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*takes a deep breath*

Well.......... I hope it's not real. 

Not because of "Omg! Omg! The Doctor can't kill a child!!!". They won't have the Doctor kill a child. 

Post watershed or not, it's not going to happen. Really, there's a 0% of that happening. Ever. So, if anyone was genuinely worried about that, I think you can relax.

No, what I'm more concerned about is how derivative and rubbish it sounds, as a suggestion for a plot. I expect better of Doctor Who. 

That's also one of the main reasons I think it's not real. 

3 days, 19 hours ago on Series 9 To Open With “Darkest ever plot”?

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I enjoyed War in Day of the Doctor very much, but it doesn't compare to the accumulated enjoyment I've derived from the 10th Doctor's tenure, even when you subtract his bad bits.

I'm sorry. I'm so sorry.

4 days, 15 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #2

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To be entirely honest, I'm perfectly ok with this, and with him not coming back if he doesn't want to... so long as I can keep dreaming that one day, when he's old and gray, he'll join Big Finish ;)

4 days, 17 hours ago on Eccleston: I Have No Ill Feeling Towards Doctor Who

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@supermoff @YaelMoise *sigh* 

Bless you and your numbery ways. :)

5 days, 13 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #1

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@DWTV - Tear Doctor I see...

*tips her metaphorical hat*

Well played. :)

5 days, 13 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #1

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You know, DWTV, in some ways, at least where I'm concerned, you've shot yourselves in the foot. Eliminating my favorite post revival Doctor (I'm not naiive enough to think he'll win) at this early stage of the game means that later polls, though difficult (11 vs 10 should be interesting), will definitely not be painful. 


No tears for you!! :P

5 days, 13 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #1

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Looking at the comment section... I gotta say I'm beginning to wonder if there's also a "current Doctor syndrome" to go with "recent episode syndrome". 

Supermoff, I don't suppose you keep track of old polls like this one so we could do a comparison? 

5 days, 13 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #1

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Ninth in a heartbeat. 

In a New York minute. 

In a nanosecond.

5 days, 15 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #1

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@Mr. Eyebrows wishes Peter Davison a happy birthday @The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! And here!! 

Actually, he's my Doctor, period, not just Classic. He was my very first. ^^

5 days, 15 hours ago on Happy Birthday, Peter Davison!

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Ahhhhh... one of my favorite days of the year, when Facebook floods my feed with pictures of the absolutely beautiful 5th Doctor. <3


Happy Birthday, Peter Davison, the man who introduced me to Doctor Who. 


Hope you had a great one. ;)

5 days, 15 hours ago on Happy Birthday, Peter Davison!

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@DWTV - Tear Doctor Well, that's a relief. :) I have a horrible aversion to staying where I'm not wanted. Childhood trauma, dont'cha know. Very sad.

As to the gap... I don't know... it can't ALL be series 8 stuff, right? I mean, there have been 50 years of Doctor Who before it, and quite articles do tend deal with the rest of it. 

I'm sure I'll be fine. :)

It's just that I came to reply to the above and I couldn't think of anything much (other than the ax thing, which occurred to me later) I could say that I haven't said before. I hate to bored people, really.  

6 days, 11 hours ago on A Divided Opinion: Deep Breath (Part 2)

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@DWTV - Tear Doctor DWTV... would you like me to go, then? :(

6 days, 12 hours ago on A Divided Opinion: Deep Breath (Part 2)

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Hmmm... perhaps one little thing, since I don't think I said it when the episode aired:


If the Doctor really feels troubled by the broom metaphor speech, I recommend he pick up a copy of a Discworld novel by the name of "The Fifth Elephant".


In it, he will find a near perfect copy of his broom speech, dealing there, not with a broom, but with an ax. 


The end conclusion of that speech, I'm sure he'll be happy to know, is rather convincingly that the ax is still the ax of the king's ancestors, despite having been changed countless times since it was actually used BY the king's ancestors, and that the changes it has gone through simply mean that it is still useful, thousands of years after it was forged.

6 days, 12 hours ago on A Divided Opinion: Deep Breath (Part 2)

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@MrRazza celebrates the emergence of 12 It took me several viewings to reach a point where I forgave that scene. It occurred to me at that point that that scene, as well as quite a few others, peppered along the length of the episode, was simply not written for me. 

It was written for people who need training wheels. It wasn't patronizing, because it wasn't written for those of us who should feel patronized by it. 

It was written for the poor souls who couldn't stand the thought of Capaldi as the new Doctor. Quite a lot of the episode was. For the people who couldn't let go of Matt... for the people who didn't think the Doctor should be old....

The episode was made, in many ways, for the problem cases. Not for us. Not for people who understand that the Doctor changes. Not for people who like to be challenged by a Doctor.

And certainly not for people like you, who didn't like Matt all that much anyway, and for whom Capaldi was an improvement. :P

Once I accepted that, I forgave that and all the other bits that bothered me as a kind of necessary evil.

I still don't like Deep Breath much, but I forgive it 99% of its faults. Matt's phonecall included.

6 days, 12 hours ago on A Divided Opinion: Deep Breath (Part 2)

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*sigh*


It's a very good article. Well written, interesting... it's got some editing problems, but they're easily ignored...  I enjoyed reading it, and yet, when I come to reply...

....

....

....

Nothing.

That's it. I'm ready for series 9. 

I've said everything I want to say about series 8. It's still too recent to revisit "with new eyes", and yet there's nothing left to see "with old eyes".

I admire you, Lewis (I really do wish they'd mention the person's nickname, so I'd know who I was talking to...) and everyone else here, for still having the strength to go over this again, but me? I just want series 9 already.

6 days, 12 hours ago on A Divided Opinion: Deep Breath (Part 2)

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@The Lazy Cat is Investigating Hard to explain... Well... There was a moment in Mummy, when he first meets Perkins. The Doctor shakes his hand and introduces himself as "The Doctor, nosy Parker". 

He smiles when he says it and you get the feeling that he's fully aware of what and who he is at that very moment... and he's loving it. It's like he's relishing his very existence as being a little naughty. 

I think it's my single favorite moment in the whole of series 8. I'd love more of that. 

Less "Am I a good man?", more "The Doctor, nosy Parker". :)

1 week ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Twelfth Doctor

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5/10


There's a t-shirt sold on Thinkgeek. It has the 12th Doctor on it in one of his first publicity shots, and the caption reads "You don't know me". If you turn the lights off, a fluorescent image of the other Doctors standing behind him appears, complete with a caption saying "But you will".


It's been a season... and I'm still waiting for that promise to be fulfilled.


He doesn't feel... solid, stable... A Doctor. He's the Doctor, that's for sure, but other than that, I don't know. I honestly don't know. Not really. 


After the Eleventh Hour, I already knew who the 11th Doctor is. Mid way through New Earth, I had a good idea of who the 10th was. God knows I knew 10 pretty damn well by the end of Tooth and Claw. By the end of Doomsday, we were already old friends. 


It's been a whole series, and I feel I still don't know 12th.


He occasionally acts completely out of character. He's unpredictable... and not in a good way. It's one of his defining characteristics - That he's still amorphic. 


Personally, I blame it on the over abundance of focus placed on Clara instead of on him. 


I sincerely hope this will be rectified in the next series. Till then, though, I'm afraid I can't give him more than this.

1 week ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Twelfth Doctor

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It's common sometimes, when elections come around, that people talk about "change".

"Don't you want a change?", "We need a change", "Change today", etc., etc..

And whenever that happens, I always turn and ask "Ok, change would be lovely... but change into what?".

When RTD went off his game and needed replacing, there was Moffat. He was the best writer on the show, and he had enough showrunning experience to make him not only a good choice, but an excellent choice.

Who do we have now? Mathieson is a good writer, yes, but does the man have any showrunning experience? No, he doesn't.

How about Gatiss? He does have quite a bit of experience in that sort of thing... but is he as good a writer as Moffat? He should be so lucky.

No, ladies and gentlemen, at the moment, there's really nothing to change into. There's no one to replace him, that we know of.

So, as much as I find him iffy nowadays, as much as I worry sometimes that he's going as off as RTD was towards the end there... I would rather not see him go before we land ourselves a decent replacement.

1 week, 1 day ago on Should Series 9 Be Moffat’s Last?

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@ilyootha @YaelMoise  *sigh*

I tried to type it out. I really did. Problem is, though, that it's been ages since I've read it, so I can't remember all the details, at least not in a way that I could use to back up my claims, and also... I'm dreadfully tired (it's rather late here) so what little I can put together is coming out all wrong.


The bottom line is that I found him, in parts, to be... less intelligent than I expect him to be (If I can think up a simple solution to a problem and he can't... then what the hell kind of a universe is this???)... and in others his morals seems a little bit too... series 8, with everything that entails.


I couldn't finish the book. I might do it eventually, but I really disliked his portrayal in it and I really can't spare the time at the moment for books that I don't fully enjoy.

1 week, 1 day ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the War Doctor

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@ilyootha @YaelMoise A bit scared to say, to be honest. It's really the sort of thing that would spark a mob here, I suspect...

1 week, 1 day ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the War Doctor

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Tricky. 


Do I rate by Day of the Doctor, in which case he gets a 9, or do I rate him by Engines of War, in which case he gets a grudging 6? Or do I average them out and get something between 7 and 8, where I'm leaning towards a 7? Would it be fair to him to count Engines? It's canon, I'm told, but is it valid all the same?


Screw it. The book doesn't get counted.


9/10


He was a surprise to me. I was predisposed to dislike him and ended up liking him. There WERE some bits of his in Day that annoyed me, but I feel that they had nothing to do with him, in the end. The reason being that the problems occur in scenes where EVERYONE's not good - Not him, not 11th, and not 10th either - so I suspect the problem is more directorial than Doctor specific (e.g. The scene where they come up with how not to blow up Gallifrey).


Seriously, loved the posh gravelly bit.

1 week, 1 day ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the War Doctor

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@Shane Michaels @YaelMoise Which is why I didn't and will not use it on 12. :)

12th was never infatuated with her. Yes, he retroactively confirmed the fact that 11th was infatuated with her and had certain intentions, but he has yet to show any inclination of going down that road himself. 

I have other issues with 12th, but Clara, surprisingly enough, isn't one of them. She may be detrimental to series 8, but she's not detrimental to the 12th Doctor.

No, no, this is an 11th Doctor issue, 100%.

1 week, 1 day ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Eleventh Doctor

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9/10: He was funny, manic, and... miraculous, really. He went from "I'll never accept him as the Doctor" to "That's the Doctor!" in 1:05 minutes, which is no small miracle, I can tell you. He was younger than my brother, but he seemed older than the mountains - Another miracle. He was the bumbling of 2nd, the childishness and oddity of 4th, the heart of 5th. He was wonderful.


The only thing that could mar him... is the same thing that's been marring most things since it arrived. 


Clara.


I hate 11th's infatuation with her. It revolts me. I blame her a lot, as you well know, but I blame him a little, too. It's basically watching a close friend go ga-ga for a complete "female dog" that you don't like - He's still the friend you love, but suddenly he's someone else, too, and you can't help losing some of your affection and admiration for him. You still hang out, and you're nice and friendly, but a part of you keeps wishing he'd just come to his senses and dump her on some planet somewhere, where she'll never be heard from again. 


*sigh*


9, it is.

1 week, 1 day ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Eleventh Doctor

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@Gustaff @YaelMoise The other day, I was trying to verbally convey a hug, over the phone, to a friend whose grandfather is in the last throws of dementia and whose aunt is fighting a losing battle with cancer. 

I failed miserably at that.

I suspect that if I tried to tell you how touched I am by your thinking that about me, let alone saying it, I would fail just as badly.

I'll just say thank you, then. :)


1 week, 3 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Tenth Doctor

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@Gustaff @YaelMoise No, I don't think it's as bad as the hype makes it out to be. Yes, I have always felt that the absobaloft spoils things the minute he shows up... but I still like some parts of the second half. 

I'm actually sad at the end for Elton and his friends and what they had that he'll never get back again.

I don't think an episode that elicits that kind of emotional response from me could be anywhere near as bad as the hype makes it out to be, paving stone or no paving stone.

And that's actually why I voted for it over Fear Her at the beginning of the month.

In the end, I think it's all a matter of taste, really: Do I like Fear Her, hype or no hype? Not really. It would have been much better had the 2012 olympics committee gotten David Tennant to light the torch, dressed at the 10th Doctor, but that never happened, so the episode does kind of lack redeeming features, more or less. Still... if I were to list the worst ever post-revival episode, Fear Her wouldn't be my go-to. Neither would Love and Monsters.

So, yeah, I think the hype does get to one a bit... but I don't think it's as influential as you think it is. Not when one has a real opinion about things, which I think is probably true of most people here 

1 week, 3 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Tenth Doctor

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@Gustaff @YaelMoise Perhaps. Though, to be honest, my reaction to people who go "Blink is overrated" is to immediately think "Familiarity breeds contempt" and "How quickly people forget what a work of genius it was when it first came out" and "spoiled, aren't you..."

I don't think I'm THAT easily influenced. :P

Like I told you below, I've no problem with being in the minority. In fact, I think I'm more comfortable that way than the other way around.

1 week, 3 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Tenth Doctor

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@The Lazy Cat Clara-fication:

Clara-lovers: "She's the best companion ever", "I love her so much", "She's wonderful"

Clara-worshipers: "The Doctor should regenerate into Clara!!", "I would watch the show just for Clara!"

1 week, 3 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Tenth Doctor

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@Gustaff @YaelMoise Well, I have to admit that my mind was changed about two years ago by an article I read when I first joined this forum. Someone listed the multitude of character flaws the 10th Doctor had. Basically laid it bare how dented this guy really was. I have no idea who wrote it, but it was a genuine eye-opener for me.

I love the 10th Doctor. I even love some of the episodes that a lot of people here despise (I'm quite fond of series 2, despite what people say about it). But, yeah, the man was deeply flawed.

1 week, 3 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Tenth Doctor

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@Gustaff @YaelMoise @MrRazza is reporting you to the council! @The Lazy Cat Oh, how I envy you... I'm damn near incapable of walking away from someone I disagree with. Minority opinion or not. :(

1 week, 3 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Tenth Doctor

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@Gustaff @YaelMoise I scored 9th Doctor 10/10, the other day. I know he didn't have enough time to f-up, and that should be taken into consideration, but... hell, I love the man to bits.

I think he'll probably be the only one who'll get that from me, though. 11th is not a 10 and neither is 12th.

1 week, 3 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Tenth Doctor

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@Gustaff @YaelMoise @MrRazza is reporting you to the council! @The Lazy Cat Not if it's done properly. 

Let's be honest, the Clara-worshipers have already won. They are the majority, whatever the rest of us might think or feel. Past polls have already shown it. If you're conceding that point and just out to get other bits of data, I don't see where you've got a contest.

1 week, 3 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Tenth Doctor

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@Gustaff @YaelMoise @MrRazza is reporting you to the council! @The Lazy Cat I still think you're not getting where I'm going with this.

It's not a contest. 

I was giving a very concise description up where, but I'd want it to be in more details than just a basic "I love..." "I hate..." type thing.

Most people, I would think, aren't really into worshiping either one. Neither are they flat out haters of either. It's like there to also be something like "I don't mind Clara/Rose" "She's not my favorite" or something like that.

Yes, I'm pretty sure there are more Clara worshipers out there than there are Clara-haters, but are there more Clara haters than Rose haters? How many real bona-fide Rose-lovers are there? How many real Rose haters?

We don't know this stuff and I really would be curious TO know it, if only for future arguments' sake, to prevent people tossing out base-less assumptions.

1 week, 3 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Tenth Doctor

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@Gustaff @YaelMoise @MrRazza is reporting you to the council! @The Lazy Cat I don't see what you mean by "losing side".

The aim of the poll would simply be to get a clear picture of where things stand with the fans, not which is better or worse.

A while back someone said that the hatred for Clara is nowhere near the hatred for Rose. I felt, and still do feel, that that's not based on anything, really.

I would love to see actual data.

1 week, 3 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Tenth Doctor

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