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Yes, yes, yes, and yes. Oh, and yes.
1 week, 2 days ago on 5 Reasons To Rejoice At Toby Whithouse’s Return
Yes to it all. I would just add, more. More of everything you mentioned in the article.
Personally, I really wanted to see a companion shake up. I thought PC with a young man would be interesting.
I would only add -
No more relationship stories inside or outside the TARDIS. I didn't find series 8 to be too much, but I've now had my fill.
That said, more character work, please. The best scenes this series were usually two people talking ... about something. While I feel SM was chafing a bit to get there - some of it felt like he was really working hard to lean into some of those emotional / character conversations - I loved it. I think PC is bring out out the best in him.
The more words you give PC to say the better.
Do we have to have a monster in every episode?
Does the Doctor have to regenerate at the end of a series?
Can companions shift in and out a bit more randomly (surprise me!)?
I would also add, please don't bring back old monsters anymore (a la The Daleks) unless we advance their story. What exactly are they doing the entire time they're not with The Doctor? He always beats them. Are they really that menacing? Where are all the worlds they've conquered?
Oh, and they really need to improve their sound mix. That was my one major quibble with S8. It could definitely be better.
And now, the long wait ...
3 weeks, 4 days ago on 7 Things I’d Like to See in Series 9
Anything - different. A male chum would be nice as well. Jamie-esque.
1 month, 1 week ago on 4 Different Types of Companions Doctor Who Should Consider
In A Christmas Carol The Doctor goes on about having a history with Santa. And Frank Sinatra.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Capaldi, Coleman, Frost and Moffat on Last Christmas
Why the hate? What a terrible newspaper.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Is A “Ratings Flop” (Apparently)
@Adric the Genius Completely agree!!!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Clara, or a New Companion for Series 9?
You could probably do something interesting with a multiple Clara story, but other than that, I think her story is done. And honestly, while I loved her this year, the series really needs to move on. I just feel like PC needs some fresh companion (s?) to shake it up. Give him his own backing band. Bring back Susan and have her be an older lady. A guy so you can either have a guys / pals relationship, or maybe a young man so you get a mentor relationship. Just, enough with the cute 20something ladies. And please don't have anyone in a romantic relationship. Please. Seriously. S. 9 needs to approach its start like a reboot, and venture off into bold new directions.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on 5 Reasons Why Clara Should Stay for Series 9
He was fantastic and would be a great companion.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Frank Skinner Up for Doctor Who Return
I really like what they did with Clara, and her acting was great in S 8, but I think it's time to move on. I would like a fresh break and a clean start in series 9. Unleash the PC Doctor with new companions ... I feel that we desperately need something different in that regard ...
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Rumour: Christmas Won’t Be Jenna Coleman’s Last
@jamesanash101 I think Toby Whithouse, with his strong sense of character and dialogue, would be a prime match for PC.
2 months ago on Torchwood’s Catherine Tregenna Penning Series 9 Story
@TonySimmons AGREE! Anything, as long as its different.
2 months ago on Jenny: A Future Companion
I always thought it was bluster and. The Doctor was wildly overcompensating, and that underneath he was panicking, a lot.
2 months ago on Capaldi Didn’t Want Twelve to Be Likeable
I feel like they just scratched the surface of his acting abilities this past season. I'm hoping they keep pushing the direction they're going, shift him a little from mean to cranky, or just save the mean for the bad guys, mix it up with a new companion, and give him lots of words to say. I think he has yet to tap his full Doctor Who potential.
2 months, 1 week ago on Capaldi Doesn’t Plan to Regenerate “For a While”
I don't know why they did a whole season at Coal Hill School and didn't give him a story. That wold have been lovely.
2 months, 1 week ago on Happy Birthday, William Russell
Remember, the first 50 Big Finish main range Doctor Who stories are only a couple dollars each, to download. I dove in last year after The Light at the End and have loved so very many of them, it's a treat. And PM soars!
2 months, 1 week ago on The Eighth Doctor: Five Favourites
@Doctor What @Planet of the Deaf Go back and get him again, but older.
2 months, 1 week ago on Moffat Mulls Future Companion Not Being Another Earth Girl
All the most interesting companions end up not really being companions or they just stick around for one episode - Frank Skinner, Osgood would have been great, Handles, Captain Jack, Wilf, Craig, the list goes on. Give him an alien, an older woman, a man, a backing band, anything - please - Something new.
All my gushing aside, I do want PC to be more active next year. He needs to take center stage, and let's give the year long companion arc a rest for a bit.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Poll: Capaldi’s Doctor – Hit or Miss?
Michelle Gomez was absolutely fantastic as The Master, who I've never really liked (just too cartoony, except in those Tom Baker stories where he's not doing so well ... ). I hope seriously they bring her back. My only quibble was that I don't like bad guys who are self-consciously "crazy" but then I realized it's all an act, and everything fell into place. More of her, please. What a talent!!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on DWM #480: Miss Me?
@AlessandroArsuffi Hah. I do this too. It shorts around. I will say, CB and McGann were low, until I started listening to Big Finish, where they are both EXCEPTIONAL. (and of course McGann was astounding in Night of the Doctor and just made me wish we had more of him on screen.)
PC is an amazing actor, bringing all sorts of levels and nuances to every single line and scene. He has a great range, and clearly loves the part and show. He's also riveting. I loved Matt, but I like PC's more grounded, nuanced approach. I get the sense that everyone else is trying to meet him at his level, because everyone's work this year became more focused, more confident and just generally better. PC may actually be my favorite doctor since Tom Baker. I think they could even push it further in the direction they're going.
@Zeldazelda That last scene was incredibly impactful. They both play it so well, and PC's anger in the TARDIS is both heartbreaking, and also made me feel bad for any villain who really makes him angry. Look out!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven
@ChristianBanford Her name is first, too. Hilarious.
@The Lazy Cat Needs Her Inhaler In a good way, I hope. I really liked Dark Water, and where everything has been going this season. I hope whatever happens, it accentuates that, and doesn't undercut it.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Death in Heaven – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)
Can't - wait. Dark Water was, I think, perfect. PC is so very very good. Everyone seems to be doing their best to meet him at his level. More, please.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Death in Heaven Advance Review
@calliarcale @TardisDad I'm watching it on iTunes this year too! It's not very expensive, it looks great on it, and I can't imagine how weird the pacing would feel with commercials I highly highly highly recommend watching it this way, if you can.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water
" -- nothing that you think is happening is happening… Nothing.” Oh dear ... This worries me. I loved this episode so much. If they back off, or reverse course or something, I will be very very disappointed. If you make strong choices like this hopefully you stick by them.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on What Further Secrets do Missy & Seb Hide?
Only 12? I loved this episode, top to bottom. One question though - Is St Paul's Cathedral Missy's TARDIS? My one caveat is that if Michelle Gomez doesn't stick around as The Mistress past next week, I will be very very very disappointed. She's fantastic.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on 12 Great Moments From Dark Water
@BombadilBalrog She's totally f*3king with him. This incarnation really seems to enjoy poking the bear.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Poll: The Missy Reveal
@BenIsacremeeggRhodes That's what I think. I also think her Tardis is St Paul's Cathedral. Which would be awesome.
I like that there's a definite element to this persona that really enjoys messing with The Doctor, and if she did change her sex on purpose, I love that maybe she did it just to f&*k with him. It's different, it's new, and it's exciting. I guess the question is what happened to The Master on Gallifrey, from the time he went beck, for those several hundred years The Doctor was on Trenzalore, and did The Master have anything to do with his new regeneration cycle. We don't know what was happening on the other side of that crack ...
The Nethersphere has to be connected to regeneration, right? Maybe the Time Lords tap into it to come back, and they pull their "new" faces from the dead?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)
I'm pleased by the tone of this series, and the fact that the finale airs right after Halloween seems wholly appropriate.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Dark Water Advance Preview
I really really really wanted to like this story, but the more time passes, the more it slips down to my least favorite episode of the new series. #guilty #imo
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Why I Love… Nightmare in Silver
This one wasn't bad, per se, it was just sort of there. PC and JC continue to do some excellent work, Danny was lovely though I don't really know what to make of him, the kids were fine, the concept was very cool, and the direction was excellent! That crazy wide angle lens stuff in the Tardis was wild. So, all in all, some cool bits in a harmless package. I'd give it 7/10. Overall, however, series 8 still gets an 11/10 from me. Loving it as a whole!
3 months ago on In the Forest of the Night Review
@Deus_Ex_Machina I love him. The Doctor hasn't been this much of a badass since this first couple of years of Tom Baker. PC may now be my new favorite. And holy cow can that man act! Seriously, those scenes of him alone in the TARDIS could have been really flat, but no, they were electric and interesting and just awesome.
3 months ago on Who is the Twelfth Doctor?
@TardisDad @SeanRadmore I would very much like to see this Doctor be truly furious. Look - out.
3 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
Great concept. Great acting. PC and JC were fantastic. And those monsters were genuinely horrifying, and hard to look at. A slightly rushed ending, which is why I gave it an 8/10, but this season continues to be my favorite since the show has come back. More from this writer, please, and this director!
10 / 10!! I hesitated voting it this high, because I've been voting a lot of the episodes this high this season, but I am really, really liking where we are and where we're going. I think, in retrospect, this episode nailed what I was looking for (and why I keep thinking Toby Whithouse should write for PC.) - The rich script and character moments were great. Also, PC is such a good actor, when you com in come in close on him, even if he's just sitting there, he's mesmerizing. My one sort of quibble is that it's not that I don't like Clara (I was never a fan of Rose, and Amy was okay ... ) I think I just yearn for something different in the Doctor / Companion relationship. If Clara had moved on, and the engineer had stepped in, that would have been great. But, alas, for me our time with the companions I want to see is fleeting at best (Captain Jack, Wilf, Rory's father, Handles and now the engineer). Hire this writer, and director again, Doctor Who. They are both excellent, and mix very well with PC. Huzzah!
3 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express
@Administrator on the Orient Express Yeah, I gotta say, sadly, both of my kids act like her, as do all of their friends. I'd like to think I wasn't that way when I was her age, but I probably was. So I think they nailed it.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on 2nd Opinion: Kill the Moon
The AV Club nailed how I felt about it -- http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/doctor-who-kill-moon-210100
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon
10/10! This concept was so wonderfully out there, and thus, surprising, I had no idea what was going to happen, which was a joy. Great writing. Some real meaty ideas to chew on. And once again, PC's acting was incredible, and everyone - cast and crew - rose to meet the high bar he sets. My one quibble - moronic, admittedly - What was the deal with Clara's eyebrows? Seriously! Did someone try to paint canoes over her eyes?
This is my favorite season since the series has come back. PC is a badass. Very punk. And it's very very refreshing. I also like that he is clearly inspiring everyone to work at his level, which is great. More, please.
I also like that everyone involved with the show at the moment seems to be challenging themselves, and the audience, and I applaud them for taking that approach. Risk is good.
Sorry, one more thought - I am eagerly awaiting the villain that really (really) ticks this doctor off. Look out!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Thoughts on Series 8 at the Halfway Point
Another great episode for me. 9/10. Excellent character work and dialogue and I could just watch PC talk to the camera for 45 minutes. He is bringing levels to his lines and finding new interesting things to do in each scene. A complete pleasure. Also, he's hilarious. I haven't laughed out loud at DW this many time in awhile. Well done!
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
10/10. Perfect. Loving season 8 and it might just be my favorite series since the series came back in 2005 ...
4 months ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
@The Tricksters Brigade My theory on this is that it suffered because it came right after a slam-bang opener which served as an intense kick off to a season long arc, while COTBS abandons that almost completely. On it's on, viewed as a one off, later, it's fine. So I blame placement. I actually watched it recently, on it's own, randomly, and it was fine.
4 months, 1 week ago on Time Heist Spoiler-Free Review
Yes, but it doesn't matter, and I would argue that it's better that we don't know.
4 months, 1 week ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?
10/10!!! Everything came together, and there's nothing in there I really want to pick on. More like this, please.
4 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
No, but I have felt like the sound mix has been off so far this season.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Is Capaldi’s Accent Causing Issues?
@Mercy Reborn2 I would argue that he's already been pretty amazing, and can only get amazing-er.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Listen Spoiler-Free Review