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I'm pleased by the tone of this series, and the fact that the finale airs right after Halloween seems wholly appropriate.
2 days, 14 hours 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
4 days, 1 hour 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!
5 days, 2 hours 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.
1 week, 1 day ago on Who is the Twelfth Doctor?
@TardisDad @SeanRadmore I would very much like to see this Doctor be truly furious. Look - out.
1 week, 5 days 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!
2 weeks, 2 days 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 weeks, 2 days 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 weeks, 4 days 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!
4 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!
1 month 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 ...
1 month, 1 week 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.
1 month, 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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
No, but I have felt like the sound mix has been off so far this season.
1 month, 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.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Listen Spoiler-Free Review
Anything but yet another contemporary pretty young thing. As much as I love the contemporary pretty young things, I really just want something different. A robot dog! A time lady! A gent from the past! A lady from a different planet! A shape changing penguin! A Dalek! Have they done a Dalek? How about a Dalek?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Taking a ‘Journey’ Into the Future: The Next Companion
I'm in the USA, and we recently cut our cable cords, so rather than wait for the DVDs to come to my local library, this season I've decided to buy and watch the show through iTunes on my iPad. And I must say, it's not that expensive and to be able to watch it with no commercials improves the pacing dramatically. I thought the pacing was fine before, but always a little wonky. Now, I can't imagine going back. Also, it looks beautiful!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
I gave it a 7/10. Good but not great. A little too flip for me. But, I will say it was a joy to see that Peter Capaldi is as adept at comedy as he is at being a badass. He continues to excite me every time he comes on screen.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood
He walks into the threat without hesitation. Bad-ass!
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Robot of Sherwood Clips
I gave it a 9/10 because I absolutely love this Doctor. Love, love, love. Peter Capaldi is, I think, finally, my doctor. He is exemplary.
2 months ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek
Didn't we start with this ver of Clara learning that her mother died, or am I misremembering it. If so, then the control thing totally tracks as does her losing 11, though It would have helped if it was overtly started, frankly, at the top. As written, she really just keep hitting the age thing and I suspect that's not the real issue. That fumble aside this was unquestionably her best episode and I feel like she finally became a character. It was nice to finally see the writing lean in to the emotion instead of run away from it. More, please.
2 months ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald
" ... as she coped with the loss of both her mother and her friend, the unnamed mother of the Maitland children ... " Clara's mother died? Really? Wow, I completely missed that. If that's the case that gives her a great justification for wanting order and consistency in her life, and should absolutely have been played up here.
2 months ago on Deep Breath Review
I thought the scene was lovely, and I'm pretty sure I welled up. Very well written, acted and directed.
2 months, 1 week ago on Moffat on THAT Deep Breath Cameo
I really liked this episode. I really liked the more thoughtful pacing. I loved the slightly more grown up tone. I absolutely loved Peter Capaldi and think he just energizes every since scene he's in. And I've never really been a fan of Clara as a character, simply because she was yet another pretty young thing / sorta kinda love interest, and I always thought she was a bit of a non-character. NOW, suddenly, she feels like a person, and with the ridiculous love / flirting element jettisoned, she came alive! The jokes felt particularly jokey against this new tonal backdrop, though, and a little out of place, and I really need Strax to become a character and less of a buffoon. That weird exam scene felt like filler. Little quibbles, overall, which is why I gave it an 8 out of 10.
2 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
So, do we think The Master was on the other side of that crack, and is somehow (partially? / wholly?) responsible for the Doctor getting a new round of regenerations? What's The Master been doing on Gallifrey since he went back there in the End of Time (I'm assuming that's what happened, anyway.)
4 months, 1 week ago on Series 8: Master Finale Rumours
It's so easy. They do a part 1 of a 2 parter with just McGann. This can also serve as a "pilot". Part 2 is the next ep. with 12, for the 2nd half of the story. If it goes well, they could give McGann a little Children of Earth-esque miniseries.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on McGann Signed Petition for 8th Doctor Spin-off
OR - You do a McGann ep. that's all his, a flashback, part 1 of a 2 parter, and in part 2 the current doctor picks up / finishes the story. There are so many possibilities.
7 months ago on DWM #472: Paul McGann
Yes, please. Also, yes please. They need to produce something to fill these long gaps between seasons, might as well do a little 8th Doctor web or mini series, a la Children of Earth.
I like to wonder who was on the other side of that crack when Matt got the next twelve regenerations ... Maybe the master can be his new companion.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Gatiss on Master Return: “Anything is possible”
They could totally give him a little Children of Earth-esque mini series of some sort. Please. He's - excellent.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on McGann Would Return Again