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Nye, Moffat, Gaiman, Whithouse, etc etc, sure.I don't want an RTD movie, no sir.
6 days, 6 hours ago on Russell T Davies Interested in Writing A Doctor Who Movie
@Russell T DaftDalek I hope so!
6 days, 2 hours ago on Russell T Davies Interested in Writing A Doctor Who Movie
Surely the first issue ls a gross over simplification, the boneless aren't really two dimensional, they aren't static so they move through time, a fourth dimension. Distortions in time due to mass result in Gravity, Gravity is able to bend light.
Physicist posit many other dimensions, and it's entirely possible that the boneless exist in MORE dimensions than us. A lot of physics doesn't make sense until you take thear additional dimensions into account, and they impact space time as we know it in observable ways.
I saw the boneless not as gaining three dimensions, as they were never truly corporeal, but as learning to manipulate our third dimension, one they can deduce the existence of but not directly observe.
1 week, 2 days ago on Sciencey Wiencey: Flatline
It's not a matter of judging the Doctor, but the writing.It wasn't in character, he wasn't asked to do anything he'd not done before, and done so with dignity.With a new showrunner in stepping in and making radical changes it wasn't a particularly wise move either, the sentiments of this episode carried over to a lot of impressionable fans unwilling to give the new reigime a chance.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Why We Shouldn’t Hate The Tenth Doctor’s Regeneration
@supermoff It's frankly disturbing that the End of Time was even in the running.
3 weeks ago on Festive Face-Off 2014 Winner
Easy, a Christmas Carol.
If the End of Time wins this I shall lose all faith in who fandom. It's my least favourite episode bar none (yes I've seen and am including season 24 and Timelash!!!)
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Festive Face-Off: The End of Time vs A Christmas Carol (Final)
@NumberNine I just watched and loved the Time of the Doctor.It may be my favourite who episode of all time
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Festive Face-Off: The End of Time vs A Christmas Carol (Final)
@TheNightmareChild, lone agent how could you hate a christmas carol and not the flying master and rassilon revived and in serial killer mode?
If the end of time wins my faith in humanity loses.Seriously, it was THAT bad.
@thebluetooth the hell it is
@VictorWong1 Really needs to be McGann, he was so good in the special and I've little time for Eccleston. And so soon after the 50th is a great time to do it - there wasn't exactly a long delay between the 20th and the Two Doctors.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on 7 Things I’d Like to See in Series 9
Fantastic article, and I agree. I adored the episode when I first saw it, and I still do.When compared to say the End of Time, the closest possible comparison, I just can't see how it's ended up coming off unfavourably.
1 month ago on Why I Love… The Time of the Doctor
@Mikeyboss182 Parting of the Ways taken on it's own is a great send-off, but I always find Bad Wolf to be painful to sit through.
@TonySimmons That was a work of genius to let people go in excited but without spoilers. Really worked for me
1 month, 1 week ago on Moffat Explains “Clara Who”
@SonicTheHedgehogRules That poster is my desktop already. If you want the hi-res version click the name of the artist to goto their homepage, then select the poster and his download.
1 month, 1 week ago on Weird and Wonderful
What a bizarre mix of classics and duds.
1 month, 1 week ago on Doctor Who: Fifty-One Favourites (Part 3)
@calliarcale Mum Paula Reily reads the Mirror. Her kids probably can't handle basic plots.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Is A “Ratings Flop” (Apparently)
Just a note: Beware of the Big Finish main range recommendations. These are some controversial choices, leaning towards the sillier side. If I might make some more classical recommendations: The Marian Conspiracy, The Klein Quadrilogy (Colditz, A Thousand Tiny Wings, Survival of the Fittest, the Architects of History). I'd also add the Magic Mousetrap as a nice companion piece to Solitaire (the lost story the Nightmare Fair uses the same actor but isn't such a strong story). I'd also add Leviathan as my favourite Lost Story.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The End of Doctor Who: An Adventure in the Wilderness
Much more agreeable list than part 1 :) Love all of this. Especially happy to see the Girl Who Waited up there.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who: Fifty-One Favourites (Part 2)
@YaelMoise @ilyootha, agent of C.L.A.R.A. On the contrary, the entire thing was set up as a tribute to the Brig, not vice versa.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Problems with Death in Heaven
@YaelMoise @Malohkeh Your reasoning eludes me.
@Stu_Hakin I think my issue with your problems is they largely end up with you feeling "dissatisfied", amd then titling the article "The Problems with...".
There's a difference between what doesn't resonate with you and a problem. For example the parting of the two in Death in Heaven, to me, was gloriously painful. Any episode that tugs the heart strings for right or wrong reasons is something to be applauded. In this case the two were parted by their own good intentions, trying to protect eachother. It's ending like that which people remember.
It's practically Romeo and Juliet - a tragic ending brought about by two peoples love for eachother. .
My Top 10:
The Girl Who Waited (11)
Curse of Fenric (7)
The Big Bang (11)
Genesis of the Daleks (4)
City of Death (4)
Silence in the Library/ Forest of the Dead (10)
Amys Choice (11)
The War Games (2)
The Name of the Doctor (11)
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Doctor Who: Fifty-One Favourites (Part 1)
This is not a list I can endorse
End of Time, Unicorn and the wasp and voyage of the damned are all in my bottom 20
@Romanadvoratrelundar is looking for Gallifrey @ElyotWren Not a positive contribution I'd say. Barbara Clegg (the first woman to *actually* write a script, rather than receiving credit) produced one of my all time favourite scripts in the form of Enlightenment however.
Her contribution stands out as truly unique in the Davison era and a is great argument for the benefits of a more diverse writing staff.
2 months ago on Torchwood’s Catherine Tregenna Penning Series 9 Story
The title is misleading. YOUR Doctor, is not always your first Doctor. He's just more likely to be. My first Doctor is Sylvester McCoy. I really loved the show (I was very young). When it went off the air I went back and watched old episodes and it was Tom Baker that HOOKED me on the show.
Matt Smith deserves a mention as I'd not much enjoyed the new incarnation (despite how excited about it's return I'd been), and it was Smith and Moffat together and the outstanding series 5 that turned me from an ex-fan with fond memories to a currently active member of the fanbase.
2 months ago on From 1-12: Who is YOUR Doctor?
The last paragraph says it all about the fanbase really
2 months ago on Moffat on His Series 8 Worries
It'd be fun if the site could support drag down options so we could give each episode a ranking out of 10 to allow a direct contrast with the DW.tv teams list. Non devisive episodes that are largely enjoyed won't be well represented by this method.
2 months, 1 week ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)
I don't have a problem with the team providing their own averages, but the line "a mean was beginning to emerge" is a bit out of place. Clearly there is more bias here to the RTD scripts than the general public. Taking the dynamic rankings site (which claims to have 8943 votes rather than 10) I think we get a better idea of public opinion, certainly more in line with what I would expect.
#22 The Name of the Doctor
#27 The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang
#28 Bad Wolf/ Parting of the Ways
#51 Army of Ghosts / Doomsday
#60 The Stolen Earth / Journeys End
#89 The Sound of the Drums/ The last of the Timelords
#105 The Wedding of River Song
2 months, 1 week ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 7
Well is the Big Bang isn't topping this list then it's fair to assume the two top spots aren't moving... Which is horrifying. Series 3s finale made me actively dislike RTDs tenure
2 months, 1 week ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 5
Look at all the comments calling this the best finale! 10 votes of connected individuals is clearly not enough.
Whatever the connection between people, their views are always more likely to fall in line with eachother over an unbiased mass vote.
Let us vote. Let us vote!
@The Finn @MicahMahaffey How on earth did it not work out? It's one of the most highly regarded serials.
2 months, 1 week ago on Moffat Mulls Future Companion Not Being Another Earth Girl
@ar2261 @TheEleventhWheatley Thing to remember is there are people on both sides of the fence there. I was over the moon when Dr Who came back to our screens... but the farting aliens had me worried and Big Brother in space clinched it for me. This wasn't "my" show anymore.
Clearly it was yours.
Despite growing up with the classic show Series 5 is probably my favourite of the shows long history.
My advice to you (and in particular to Mr Selby) is to bare this in mind - as I try to. I can't have my ideal series without someone else enduring their worst nightmare of one. I struggle to think of anything worse than series 2 and season 24, but both have their fans.
2 months, 1 week ago on 2nd Opinion: Death in Heaven
@TheEleventhWheatley Especially odd given the generally positive reaction to the episode in the fanbase. Not quite so universally loved as Dark Water but still. I'm especially tired of David Selbys reviews. He long since gave up the pretence of trying to be fair and has simply dropped into "it's by that showrunner I hate so it's going to be awful. Let's re-list all the reasons I think Moffat scripts are terrible and then spend a little time on this one". Not to mention the need to praise an RTD script thrown in there.
I can't imagine what was superlative about the series 2 finale... Cybermen vs Daleks with smack talk. It struck me as the worst kind of fanfiction.
@DawnTime At worst it was average, the bottom two on the list earned their spot.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Your Verdict on Dark Water & Episode Ranking
Can't agree at all. And incomplete? There's nothing more frustrating than a forced happy ending. Look how many superb movies were utterly ruined by studio changes to "tie up loose ends". Blade Runner is an obvious one, but there's been many others such as the Butterfly Effect and the alterations to the novels ending for the LotR movies. This bittersweet parting was beautiful and apt.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Death in Heaven Review (Part 1)
Tough one... I mean Utopia brought him back more out of the blue (with some superb casting that only lasted 5 minutes). Dark water introduced a Master (well, misstress) that I want to see a lot more of, and was a better episode.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Face-Off: Utopia vs Dark Water
@LiamMorkham I always find Game of Thrones overly manipulative. It's a little too obvious that it's trying to push the audiences buttons and hence I never could get immersed in it.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who Battling Game of Thrones
My point is that, whilst I stopped watching in the RTD era (around series 3), which as a lifelong fan shocked me, and yes I could attribute this to the showrunner scripts (I find RTDs writing very lowest common denominator and that irks me no end, every character seemed to constantly be explaining their present state of mind either to someone else or sometimes even the camera, every alien world felt totally unexotic and just like earth in the 21st century as if the audience were too stupid to cope with anything outside their frame of reference etc etc)...
...my complaints would be the same, week after week. As Me Selbys have become
2 months, 2 weeks ago on 2nd Opinion: Dark Water
@The Genie @onetruepurple It does raise the question of why you continue to review his episodes. They become a bit one note.
If I were to review RTDs episodes I imagine my views would be the same. I only enjoyed midnight. I can think of no other writer whom I have a comparably low opinion of in the shows history; I can even make room for 1 of Pip and Jane Bakers scripts.
I'll criticise RTD as a writer in general, but being a guest contributor reviewer would be a mistake as every episode my complaints would be the same - as you say yourself, it's not the episodes I take issue with, but his entire writing style. So why would you want to review the episodes when you can't get past that?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on 2nd Opinion: Dark Water
Wow... couldn't disagree more with these reviews if I tried.
85 seems low to me for such a superb episode... even if it is the best this season. Really goes to show how the popularity of the Doctor, not the scripts, is what impacts public opinion. Tennant and Smith were generally more popular than Eccleston and Capaldi and the AI reflects that. The script only changes the score 2 points either way.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014) UK Ratings Accumulator
Very very happy! She is so much better in the role than John Simm.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Poll: The Missy Reveal
Obvious? Most people were saying Rivet. Dark Water, a virtual world where the dead can continue to live. "My boyfriend", he thew in enough red herrings that I and many others thought IT was river.
Couldn't disagree more, in fact series 1 in my view is by far the worst arc. Even at the end of it you're left thinking "what was the point of scattering those words through time?"
Series 5 about nailed it for me, the build up was superb, it didn't interfere with any episodes.
I also don't see the problem with the best bit about a bad episode being the arc? I dislike chibnalls episodes, the hungry earth was never going to be a favourite of mine, but thanks to Rory's demise I left with a very positive tase in my mouth. Your view seems very pessimistic (not odd for Dr who fans I'll admit), no matter how I read your article it sounds like you are complaining that the arcs ELEVATE bad episodes, how is that in any way bad?
Call me a foolish optimist but that strikes me as a good thing.
The danger is when the writer doesnt have a satisfying conclusion. Popular opinion would say series 6 was such a time and I won't argue with the majority.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Trouble with Story Arcs
@Beasts_a_Snarling is in some... Dark Water..... I'm a huge Moffat fan, I only dislike two of his episodes... that Christmas special is one of them. Oh boy is it
2 months, 4 weeks ago on 2nd Opinion: In the Forest of the Night
@TheNightmareChild is terrified about Dark Water @Notsosmartguy Member of M.I.S.S.Y. @Beasts_a_Snarling is in some... Dark Water..... I hated it all...
John found flatline dull? DULL? Bizarre. Actually, I don't massively like in the forest of the night but dull is most definitely not a word I would select for it either. Ohwell what would the world be if we all agreed. Skaro, that's what.
I love the rankings. It's nice to see people appreciating the same episodes as me :) Hopefully means we'll get more of them
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Your Verdict on Flatline & Episode Ranking
@MerieliaZ @no_tweeter It had science so bad I felt certain it's going to cause a whole generation of kids to fail GCSE physics.
3 months ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night