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@TonySimmons That was a work of genius to let people go in excited but without spoilers. Really worked for me
5 days, 14 hours 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.
6 days, 18 hours ago on Weird and Wonderful
What a bizarre mix of classics and duds.
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 week, 4 days 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 week, 6 days 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 week, 6 days 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.
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)
3 weeks, 3 days 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.
3 weeks, 5 days 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.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on From 1-12: Who is YOUR Doctor?
The last paragraph says it all about the fanbase really
1 month 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.
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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.
1 month, 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.
1 month, 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.
1 month, 1 week 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.
1 month, 1 week 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.
1 month, 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.
1 month, 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
1 month, 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?
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.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
Very very happy! She is so much better in the role than John Simm.
1 month, 2 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.
1 month, 2 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
1 month, 3 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
1 month, 3 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.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night
@MerieliaZ @no_tweeter Except Kill the Moon.
1. Flatline 10/10
2. Listen 10/10
4. Into the Dalek 9/10
3. Mummy on the Orient Express 8.5/10
5. The Caretaker 8/10
6. Time Heist 7.5/10
7. Deep Breath 7/10
8. In the Forest of the Night 7/10
9. Robot of Sherwood 4/10
10. Kill the Moon 4/10
@MerieliaZ How bizarre. All my favourite episodes are in your bottom 4... and Robot of Sherwood at #3?
@Deus_Ex_Machina Most people drift towards people who share their views. "I know lots of people who agree" is never a good argument for anything. I know no Doctor Who fan who doesn't adore the Doctors Wife... but that doesn't mean anything either.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode
@SulaymanKhan Evolution of the Daleks two parter was HORRIBLE, and the Sontarn 2 parter no better.... I'd hapilly have Jacqueline Rayner write an episode though. Her Big Finish Doctor who work is superb.
@Polyphase The hair band clara used in place of Rigsy to accelerate the train. It's a bit of self-deprecating humor.
2 months ago on Flatline Review
Absolutely amazing. My favourite episode in a long long time. All the dissapointing build up and positive reviews for Kill the Moon led me to all but give up hope. Fortunately this episode restored my faith.
2 months ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
@JamesStroud Got to disagree, for me so far it's: Series 5, Series 7, Series 8, Series 6, Series 1, Series 4, Series 3, and then the just plain terrible Series 2
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Thoughts on Series 8 at the Halfway Point
@77Serenade I think you put emphasis on the wrong word there...
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Flatline Official Synopsis
@Polyphase Which way do you think it would change? My view improved with second viewing, but that often happens with Moffat episodes for me - I'm curious is others are the same or if others enjoy the first viewing more. I always see the holes first, and not the brilliance, some of my now favourite episodes were only 8/10s for me on first viewing and I have no idea why. I must be too negative.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Your Verdict on Listen & Episode Ranking
@Polyphase @Romanadvoratrelundar There are many grotesquely shaped humans
@joshtong11 It's a time loop, like Blink, the Big Bang or Time and Space.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
@YaelMoise @Gustaff Not really, if every week you offer a positive and a negative view then the reviews becoming meaningless. A good episode deserves extra praise.
3 months ago on 2nd Opinion: Listen