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So, let's see. Moffat says something deliberately baiting and provocative, using the opportunity to praise Matt, recommed Capaldi and then sits back to watch headlines populate the corners of fandom on the internet, get tweeted and just in time for the mid-morning, find their way into all of the mainstream media with a dash of cross promotion for the Radio Times? Well played Sir on this occasion but just remember this trick becomes a bit stale after a while and there's still ever such a long time until Who commences in Autumn. Can we try some more straight forward publicity, rather than these flirts and teases. Might make a welcome change!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat: Handsome Actors don’t suit the Doctor
Maybe the same person who thought remaking Broadchurch with David Tennant in the US. I couldn't resist looking at the trailer for Gracpoint. Oh the humanity! The accent is so ludicrous I am cringing with embarrasment for poor David. The internet has already spoken and golly I hope the poor man doesn't read Twitter today. Please FOX, just quietly kill this or maybe get someone to lipsynch for the poor lamb, for the sake of David's dignity.
What the hell were FOX thinking in ordering a full series sight unseen and not screen testing David for his accent? And he andtherest of the cast and crew have had to spend months away from their family for something that should never been greenlighted.
Maybe the announcement of his casting in Broadchurch 2 was designed to draw attention away from the awful reveal today.
So, there goes any chance now of David emulating Karen or Matt in having a US career.....
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful
Intense and emotional script, eh? Perhaps a touch of romance for Doctor 12 and maybe a little heartbreak? This is the episode so far that has me most excited. Great guest star, new writer and some link to the doctor's past and Lanzarote.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming in Lanzarote, Hermione Norris Cast
Exactly. I think Matt may just be the first one to escape that as he is still young and at the first part of his career and he is probably the most talented of the bunch. I think his best days are ahead of him while for the others, including DT, they will never again reach the height of fame and success Who gave them.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Smith Jealous of Capaldi and Series 8
Along with the stable viewing figures, shows that Who remains highly popular and well liked, regardless of who is in charge. Won't settle the personal taste argument but it's not a zero sum game when it comes to the two showrunners or their doctors.
I think Matt is easily the most talented actor to play the doctor and like Eccleston and Troughton, an actor who is/was within the top tier of those working in the UK. I think that the scripts by Moffat (with the exception of Library) in the Davies years were better than anything RTD ever wrote. I think the production values under Moffat are much better than those under RTD. However I dislike how doctor 11 was characterised (notwithstanding Matt) and I find Moffat's tenure particularly since the latter part of series 5 is not to my taste at all. I find the companions less interesting and less well written in the Moffat era. I also find the storylines less engaging and confusing complexity for profundity. While I find Tennant a one note actor and not within coo-ee of Matt's talents, I prefer his characterisation of the doctor. I like 9 the best in the new era but anticipate that 12 will almost immediately become my new favourite.
So it's a bit of this and a bit of that and neither is better. The good and bad/less good balance out and the Who brand is much bigger than either RTD and Moffat and that is why people keep watching and liking it as if you don't like what you are seeing now, next week might be something you *love*.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Settling the Moffat vs. RTD Debate (Using AI Scores)
Best news in the article is that they are starting with a clean slate and that production is on schedule. Obviously the doctor is in incredibly safe hands with Peter C, but I think the new broom production crew will be what will make this new series shine as well. I felt Series 7 lacked editorial and story tightness and oversight and the split in timing hasn't worked for me
I also dislike being told by production team that their version is "the best ever". It's not a competition. Each actor and version of the doctor brings strengths and weaknesses but as the story continues, it's up to the viewers to find what they do and don't like in each iteration.
I always felt a little alienated by The Moff's frequent comments that Matt was the greatest doctor ever and greatest actor to ever play the part as if it was fact. While I do not share his view on the first part of the statement by a factor of 11, I am inclined to agree on the second part but that is my opinion, not fact. Will we now start hearing rom the team that Peter C is the greatest ever?
Good news that everything is going so well and look forward to the next two years of full series with a fresh new take on the doctor and back to good old adventures but perhaps not as excited about sizzling chemistry. I'll settle for sizzling story telling.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Capaldi on Track to Be “One of the best Doctors ever”
Obviously a highly cherised footnote but can't see it being his defining role as he clearly has such a huge career ahead of him. Of course he'll always love having been the doctor and you can see from his willingness to do fan conventions even while hevwas so very busy acting the part and his current round of US events that he is proud of the role. I'm sure Matt will continue to be a hot ticket for Who and scifi conventionsway into the future and his ongoing role in the Terminator will make him an even bigger draw.
Of all the previous doctors, i think he'lll be the one who moves beyond the role. (I don't include Chris in that as he was in the role for such a short time and doesn't engagevwith the fandom, plus he was alreadyba highly successful film, stage and TV actor before.)
Matt's an actor on the cusp of great things thanks to Who. To have stayed may have meant missing fantastic opportunities and he is still young enough to start a big career in the US if that is what he decides. There is a delicate balance between using The Doctor as a calling card in your future career or *being* The Doctor for the rest of your life notwithstanding the other work you do. Matt's timing seems perfect and The Doctor is likely to be a footnote in his CV rather than being a tag that he carries around. A few former doctors including DT have said that being the doctor means that the first line has already written on their obituary....
After being held over as the presiding Doctor in the 50th and then the DOTD finale, can't see what else his incarnation coukd do.
Bring on Capaldi. Everything I hear is so promising for a fresh start. Matt notwithstanding, haven't enjoyed Who that much since mid way through series 5.
While I think this would be a great idea, from a practical point of view I imagine this would be limited to companions adventures and perhaps a few for 10. Chris is unlikely to come onboard (but would be awesome) and Matt's and Karen's careers are on a huge upwards trajectory in the US so woukd be difficult to schedule them either individually or together into the future. I haven't heard much of Matt's audio work but understand it is top notch as would be expected.
Arthur and Alex Kingston are both highly experienced and excellent radio actors/ voice artists so could see them easily fitting into this and as someone has also mentioned, the Paternoster Gang are obvious candidates as well.
I can see DT becoming a fixture on BF if this happens very similar to McGann as both already manage a mix of TV and theatre parts in the UK interspersed with voice work. DT is also fannish enough to want to do this and would have the capacity.
So maybe Paternoster Gang hijinks, some River adventures and a selection of companions and fingers crossed - new Doctor/Donna or Martha stories (or a new companion).
Of course Stephen Moffat owns most of these characters, so woukd also need to be on board to make it happen.
BF is fabulous and often better than the mothership programme!
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Is it Time to Give Big Finish the New Who Licence?
Oh yes, another example of small role and wasted opportunity. I know it was a slight homage to mr Cleese in a similar small part but it seemed just an opportunity to wheel in BillNighy being Bill Nighy for a sentimental wallow, rather than something smart and pithy.
Not that there is anything wrong witha bit of Bill Nighy but thought he was wasted in Vincent. More a CV part.
3 months ago on 10 Misused Actors in Doctor Who
Lol. I meant that the entire concept wasn't effective, ie I would have preferred Hpuse to be an actual not a sentient thing! Suranne Jones was great though and very much in the flesh. A great example of a well written character also well realised.
Agree. Cleese and Eleanor Bron were great exactly because it was an unexpected cameo used for surprise comic effect. I would say it was perfect.
I rewatched Love and Monsters recently and it reassured me that it is nowhere as hideous as most people state - for me anyway. I thought Mark Warren was great. Overall, a failure as an episode but respect what it tried to do.
Christmas seems to bring out the worst examples of underusing potentially great actors for Who in underdeveloped roles. Bill Bailey and Arabella Weir were completely wasted in afterthought roles in Widow ( now that is an episode which did stand up to my initial negative thoughts on rewatching) and Richard E Grant was underwritten and given a dismissive part in The Sowmen (as well as Name of The Doctor). The part had nothing for him to bring to it and again seemed to be promoted as some great casting coup when really Fred or Ethel Bloggs could have done it. The actor who played the father was also wasted in a nothing role in the same episode
Small roles can be completely inhabited if they are well written. The one that always springs to mind is Lynda with a Y in Parting of the Ways. A small part, yet invested with real character. Down to the actor and writing, Another example is Chan Tho in Utopia. Not many lines yet written so that a backstory and motivation unfurled quickly to allow us to feel sadness when she died.
I also thought Michael Sheen was wasted in the voiceover as House. It would have been great to see the character in the flesh as I didn't find it fully effective.
Doctor Who has beennominated and winning awards at BAFTA since its resumption in 2005. While the show has become more mainstream and popular inthe US since Matt Smith's time,ithas remained popular inthe UK and worlwide since 2005.
Don't mean to snark and not a Moff hater ( a term usedfor any criticism of the show since 2010) but I think the fact of the 50th anniversary and the rich history of Who and its place inUK culture and other countries like Australia, UK and Canada since 1963 also forms part of the massive worldwide success of the Day of the Doctor. Yes Matt Smith's massivepopularity inthe US is oneof the mainreasons for thisbut onlypart of it.
Sorry forcrap typing. Space key on device keeps getting stuck.
3 months ago on The Day of the Doctor Scoops BAFTA Craft Award
Great news. For those stating below that this award shows that Doctor Who has 'finally' been recognised I should mention that Doctor Who won a BAFTA as best drama in 2006, Mr Moffat had won at least 2 BAfTAs for writing on Doctor Who including Blink and as we all know Matt Smith was the first actor playing The Doctor who was nominated for a best TV actor for that role. I would be very surprised if Doctor Who had not been nominated for various technical and mainstream BAfTAs on numerous occasions since its resumption in 2005. Both eras of New Who have been recognised by critics and nominated or won awards.
Also pleased for Adventure. Only got to see it recently. While the beginning and end parts were somewhat mawkish and clunkily written (but forgivable due to the anniversary), the two things which really impressed me were as extraordinary were the recreation of the era including the wigs and dresses! and the sublime acting of David Bradley. I though Jessica Raine was too weak to give any sense of piss and vinegar in her veins and Brian Cox was very hammy but it really felt like a peek into those amazing early days of Who. Very nice little nostalgic love letter from Mark Gatiss complete with fun spot the former star cameos. I didn't like Matt's appearance at the end as it felt too much like back slapping which the piece had otherwise avoided.
Pretty sure Day of the Doctor will also win the popularity audience award at the main BAFTAs.
Really hope though that David Bradley wins for Broadchurch but he really should have got the award for Adventure - just sooo good.
Happy Birthday to Jenna who joins the ranks of talented and charming women who have played the Doctor's companion and who have been fine ambassadors for the show.
And a big birthday 'Hooray' to the incomparable and larger than life RTD. Wishing you continued success in your career and good health to you and your husband. I do hope your contribution to New Who is appropriately recognised in next year's 10th anniversary since the resumption of the show.
How about returning for a commentary at some stage. I do miss hearing you and Julie banter.
3 months ago on Happy Birthday, Jenna Coleman & RTD!
I'd like either a Fiveish Doctors type skit for charity or a proper documentary for the 10th anniversary. I was very underwhelmed with most of the documentaries slapped together for the 50th. The xxx of Doctor Who and the Doctor Revisited shows were cut and paste 101 interspersed with filler graphics. Talk about ignoring the maxim of show don't tell...
Mark Gatiss is good at this kind of thing. Perhaps he could put together a real doco with proper insight and featuring RTD and JG et al along the lines of DW Confidential when it was at its best. Get Murray Gold Louise Page Rob Sherman Paul Cornell as well as the Moffatistas.
Would be great to hear from Eccleston even if briefly. I thought he was a great Doctor and from all accounts a thoroughly decent chap. Going to be back on our screens this year and next with a couple of terrific sounding TV projects too.
To be frank I'd much rather a charity skit or documentary to a purpose written multi doc episode ala DotD.
3 months, 1 week ago on Matt Smith: I’ll happily come back
Top Five for me based on enjoyability factor rather than DT's performance alone would be:
Impossible Planet two parter
Human Nature two parter
Waters of Mars
Unicorn and the Wasp
Never tire of these. I do like Blink, Utopia, 42, Tooth and Claw, Turn Left and others as well.
Best DT performance is End of Time Part 2. Structurally a mess but my oh my DT knocks the acting out of the park. The two little exchanges with Jessica Hynes and then with Wilf about the lottery ticket have me in floods every time. Parting of the Ways remains head and shoulders the best regeneration story by several country miles ahead of the highly flawed End of Time and awful Time of the Doctor.
Although I think Matt Smith and Paul McGann are better actors than David Tennant in the role, Matt in particular is absurdly talented and I think on the way to a fabulous career in acting and directing, 10 is my favourite version of the Doctor in the new era. I put that down to the writing and tight show running as much as Tennant who is a good not great actor.
I am expecting 12 to give 10 a run for the money though based on the glimpses so far. I just hope the standard of writing improves markedly so that it doesn't fail Peter Capaldi the way it failed Matt Smith IMO.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Tenth Doctor: Five Favourites
Happy Birthday too to the lovely Camille Coduri. A great big Jackie Tyler smooch on the cheek for you My favourite Whom Mum of them all.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Happy Birthday, David Tennant!
Agree! Happy to stand with you in the naughty corner for people who hold this opinion about the way the QE story line was witten (and have some minor criticisms of DOTD.)
To be frank I think perhaps the hair may be that way to address -ahem -a slightly receding hairline at the temples. I'm not shallow enough to worry about such things. Still like his Doctor and the actor, wrinkles, hairline and all. DT looks his age and looks all the better for it.
I think he looked very tired as he had come off months of back to back filming without a break and I understand he was brought in quite late so might have had to tweak his schedule to fit into the filmimg. Also I thought the QE storyline was poorly conceived and distilled his character into a jerkish lothario with previous lines and speeches thrown back at his character for laughs. Seemed very uncomfortable until the more serious second part of the story. Unlike most I fInd DOTD very spotty in quality with the Doctor 10 material not fitting well into the better War Doctor storyline. And do wonder if it was bolted on to give Doctor 10 something to do.
So yes I agree that both 10 and Tennant were both out of sorts in TOTD.
Back on topic though, Happy Birthday to a fine Doctor and very under rated actor.
Agree about the subplot with the divorce being awful. It stood out as a false plot point, almost as though this needed to be tossed in at some stage to set up some false drama and this was the episode chosen.
Didn't think was worth the wait as far as a triumphant return of the daleks.
Thanks for the article though. Always interesting to read another opinion.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Asylum of the Daleks: A Popular Opinion?
Nope. Series 3 IMO best overall run of stories in New Who and IMO better than any of the Moffat series. I do like having unpopular opinions! Don't think series 3 Dalek episodes that good though - not great but not awful as in Beast Below or Widow or BlackSpot awful.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 1-8)
As a side note to Matt's usual candour when he does appear at conventions, I really admire how he is handling his post Who career so far. A big name Hollywood indie film for credibility, then a complete turn about in a musical for which he received rave reviews and I am sure would have been nominated for an Olivier award if the producers had not chosen to hold it back for nomination for next year after its West End run. He is now using the balance of time to have some fun while raising his profile further in the US and Canada at various conventions, cementing his fan base and building his contact list and of course getting a bit more financial security. I imagine he is also having lots of talks with US producers as well.
I wouldn't be surprised to hear soon about some new projects in the US once he's done the West End run for Psycho. He has certainly thrown off any type casting with aplomb,
While it was certain Matt would be heading for a stellar career post Who, it's also pleasing to see Karen taking huge steps in her career. I must admit I never warmed to Amy but presumably that was more to do with the writing as Karen has won roles in several films including a blockbuster franchise plus is starring in a US television show.
And just to show that a class act keeps on going, Doctor Nine is heading up two big TV projects this year alongside the likes of Michael Gambon and Stanley Tucci. I'm very excited about the BBC co production, Fortitude. Sounds great. (Aplug too for The Master, Mr Simm, who has a couple of top notch shows in store as well. Another in the Who family who goes from strength to strength).
Hopefully Doctor Ten can also find some success with his current project as he seems to have faltered a little since Who. Perhaps not as strategic as Matt, Karen and Chris in picking and choosing his roles? Although not as well liked by the critics as Matt and Chris, I stiill enjoy seeing David on TV when he does pop up and also hope he continues to work in the theatre if he can.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Smith: The best storytelling was in Series 5
The hardest choice so far. Three superlative episodes in Father's Day, Impossible Planet and Human Nature. Hmm, all three are in my Top Ten of all New Who.
Going to go with Human Nature as it is a wonderful example of getting everything right - story, pacing, acting,costumes, setting and tone. No stupid camera winking smugness, silly cameos or OTT scenarios. Just beautiful true honest straight forward story telling.
Marvellous and a high point in all of New Who.
4 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 8
Unicorn and the wasp. Funny, smart, great performances, terrific costumes and setting. So nice to see an episode where the sun is shining. Brilliant physical comedy and along with Shakespeare Code the best Gareth Roberts episodes before the drop in quality to the infantile James Corden sequel.
Puts a smile on your face and doesn't pretend to be more than it is - a gloriously fun episode with the doctor and Donna at their best.
4 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 7
Well I am still sure I am at least twice if not thrice your age.
4 months ago on Why “Time” was the Perfect Summary of Smith’s Era
Out of interest, are you quite young? You write so enthusiastically!
Enthusiastically and passionately wtitten article. While I do not find the Matt Smith era to be the greatest in New Who and certainly not in every department as you do and feel that The Time of The Doctor for me sums up so many of the failures of Moffat's run, I can appreciate your point of view. Unfortunately it didn't change my mind but well done for acknowledging that there are other opinions out there. Not everyone is as generous!
Enjoyed reading this even though I disagree with almost everything you wrote. Please write more.
Girl in The Fireplace for me easily. After The Empty Child two parter, Moffat's best script. Blink is also a great script but it is the other elements supporting this such as the directing, acting, pacing and tone of the episode which make truly great. I thought Library was a step down, still good of course, but for me Moffat scripts have seen diminishing returns since then with the first three are the ones to which he returns the most in borrowing ideas and set pieces.
I like the Doctor's Wife but don't find it wholly successful - a bit too much Gaiman by numbers and I think it has feet of clay despite its mythical status.
The others are filler for me. I was so very disappointed with Angels. It seems to encapsulate my love-hate relationship with Series 5, the only Matt/Moffat one I admire. Brilliant set pieces, glorious Matt acting, excellent concepts, terrific production values - all good but then, trite dialogue, self-satisfied smug tone, odd pacing and the begiining of the slow decline into parody of the character of River Song.
4 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 4
Oh dear, why does not particularly liking something make you a 'hater'? I think Moffat is an excellent writer and clearly a titan of British TV. He is festooned with awards and has made Doctor Who more globally popular than ever before. The show has as many, if not more,viewers now in the UK than during the RTD years when new media is taken into account. Critics adore everything Mr Moffat does. He clearly works hard and collegiately with his writers and the dream of UK acting royalty are lining up to work with him.
Do I rate personally Series 5 6 7 among my favourites of Who? No. Do I think they are fully successfully realised? No. Do I like all episodes unreservedly? No. Do I admire some of them? Yes.
Do I respect your opinion? Of course! The majority of people on tnis forum rate these three as the best in New Who. That's great. Moffat is great. Matt Smith is great and in my opinion the best actor of the three since 2005. But I greatly prefer the RTD era.
Am I a hater? Don't think so. Just someone whose personal opinion is different from the majority of people here. I like evyone's enthusiasm, but please let's separate opinion from fact.
Sorry didn't mean to pick on you, rather am tired of the haters gonna hate trope.
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results Series 5-7
Yes, see below but I also appreciate that it is a fan favourite and a darling of the critics so I know that for most people it is a well rated episode. I feel the same way about The Day of the Doctor but I can also see that I am in a very very very tiny minority with that opinion!
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (5-1)
While nowhere near the worst of episodes for me, Wife is (for me I must stress) a middling episode whereas Nightmare is a completely nightmarish episode. Wife had as usual a great performance by Smith as well as guest Suranne Jones at the centre but was a lot of Gaimany tropes reassembled for Who topped with a dollop of Moffaty innuendo. House was an underused villain and Amy and Rory ran along a bunch of corridors for most of the episode. The visuals and music were gorgeous as well as the costumes but I found it another case of the bits being greater than the whole. The central concept was nice but didn't effectively translate (for me) as television. Nightmare was a complete mess from top to bottom and apoeared to be a stew created by too many cooks with different recipe books. Even Smith was very poor in this.
So, yes, there is a diversity of opinion but being a member of a very small and fairly exclusive club is fun. hey, my favourite New Who is Series 3 and I also don't think The Day of The Doctor is a masterpiece (but the 11th Hour is!). So there you go. Opinions, eh?
I've certainly read where RTD has said that apart from Moffat whose work he never so much as changed a word, he pretty much worked on other writers' work. He did of course suggest Capt Jack as a character to Moffat to include in the Empty Child. I think RTD always wanted to exercise tone control and consistency in scripts. I imagine some writers accepted this more readily than others though!
You should find a copy of The Writer's Tale which is both an excellent insight into how the process of writing is undertaken but more partivularly a great peek into how New Who came about and how RTD and others steered it in the first few years.
As a totally personal observation, I think this focus does show as there seems to be a more consistency in character development and continuity in the earlier seasons. Not so much character arcs, but rather a firmer hand on the till in terms of pacing and flow. In a few cases in Series 6 the not-baby plot and the reactions of A and R seemed a little loose and varied from ep to ep and the way Clara was written in the most recent run of episodes looked as though this hadn't been carefully monitored, so sometimes she seemed more clued in than others. Individual writers had different takes. Anyway, just my view and possibly more a function of stability in producers in the earlier run or maybe Julie Gardner's influence?
4 months, 1 week ago on Are Doctor-Lite stories the best of Doctor Who?
Thanks. Interesting! I have read The Writer's Tale which certainly makes it clear how much RTD struggled with and against deadlines. I guess with Moffat also working on Sherlock and other projects as well as being Exec Producer of Who, it's a big workload. Perhaps both Moffat and RTD should have handed over a few more scripts to the others on the writing team, although I am sure there was no way that Moffat ( or indeed any other showrunner) woukd want to have handed over the 50th. It would be so interesting at some later point for Moffat or an outside observer to provide the inside story about the Moffat years, particularly the creative process, the struggles of a dual showrunner and the reasons for the staccato producion and scheduling of Who in recent years.
I think I also read something on this site as well that Tennant only came on board for the 50th at a fairlly late stage but perhaps his schedule wasn't so full at the time or he was able to reschedule more easily? Mind you, I am sure Tennant as a fanboy woukd have moved heaven and earth to get into the show if he was approached. So many what ifs....Oh, I do look forward to reading Moff's memoirs about this at some stage.
Interesting take. If Tennant was more often unavailable than Smith was this due to the quicker filming schedule in series 2 to 4 compared to 6 and 7 or did he make himself unavailable due to other work? I'd be very surprised if the Who production team or the BBC would allow their Who onscreen talent to be doing jobs on the side which interfered with Who filming.
I though it might be to do with how tight the filming schedule used to be and that RTD was often late in delivering scripts so that episodes were filmed back to back, ie a doctor heavy companion light along with a doctor light companion heavy.
Certainly Tennant woukd have demanded more/ been paid more than Smith initially as Matt was less well known, but I doubt they were paid for piece work or by the hour, rather for the whole series.
Anyway I agree that doctor light episodes' success does come down ultimately to the writing and possibly to how they are placed within the season. Also perhaps because Moffat's episodes are so much 'busier' and more heavily plotted it is more difficult to not have the doctor holding the threads together?
Re: the caption. I seem to recall that Tennant was not fussed about having to use an estuary accent for the part as he was used to changing accents for various parts. We are getting desperate for news if ever utterance from Messrs Moffat and Gatiss warrants a headline story.
It is heartening though that both gents have so clearly fallen in love already with Capaldi's take on the doctor but no need to reflect dismissively on previous docs. Was I alone in not liking Mr Moffat's offhand comments about the previous two doctors being young and acting like a boyfriend with Capaldi having more gravitas. Surely each take on the doctor is equally valid and indeed it was Mr Moffat who cast Matt and wrote his doctor that way. Personally, both 10 and 11 had elements of gravitas, particularly 10.
Anyway, hopefully we will get more news 'with gravitas' about Who's return!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat: Doomed dialogue sounds great in Scottish
Well put. I've liked all of the New Who doctors but not necessarily all of their Series. The interpretation has to fit the actor and the writer and director have to work to the actor's strengths. It seemed to me that Chris was never comfortable with goofy, so after a few missteps, that was toned down. Dsvid could veer towards OTT and overly theatrical and when directed well, this coukd be a strength: see the Waters of Mars and Midnight but when he was left to overemote, it was all too hammy. Matt similarly could go overboard with the handwavy zany and I found his interpretation hard to bear when the writers overcooked this aspect and left Matt to literally dial it up to 11.
The facts are that Peter is a highly experienced and award winning actor who has shown his versatility across comedy, drama, farce and costume/adventure. He is also a director and writer who is much admired. Mr Moffat will have an interpretation in mind. It is likely that such an experienced actor and Who devotee will have a fairly big say in how to realise the charcter. The rest relies on how well it is written and how well Peter is directed.
Expectations are high but there is always a lot of puffery by the production staff and others to hype up the new season so we'll only know when we see him in action. I am looking forward to it. I am certain I will like Peter and hope I will like his Series more than recent ones.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on McGann Thinks Capaldi Could Be Best Doctor Yet
My favourite run of episodes in New Who. Include 42 and just perfect (for me). Human Nature showed how a two parter could be well paced and let the story unfold without needing to add fancy timey wimey for effect. Well cast, beautifully acted with interesting villains and no prosthetics. More like this please - not every series but similar in tone. I forgot to also applaud the costumes and set. The exterior scenes were also excellent.
Blink remains outstanding, although I daresay it is overdue for a backlash. The script is the best ever by Moffat only behind Empty Child. Less is more is something which for me Moffat has forgotten. It is also grounded in the domestic and mundane, showing real frights and scary monsters don't need flash bang. I think the stunning direction and photography get overlooked to some extent in Blink. Look at the exquisite rain scene in the hospital. A great marriage of words and images. Alice Troughton deserves more credit in making Blink the success it is.
I love Utopia and Sound of Drums but feel RTD over egged the BIGBIGLOUD in the last part of the trilogy. The Doctor Dobby was fine but Doctor Tinkerbell was a bit of fairy dust too far for me. Like the use of 'love' as a solution in some of Moffat's run, it is a weak way to resolve the story. Still brilliant scenes such as 10 and Jack in the nuclear room, Simm's Master and 10 speaking and flirting over the phone, the toclafane zooming to earth and the giddy mad dance which the Master's wife does on the bridge of the Valiant. Oh and the scene in Downing Street when the Master becomes PM and kills his cabinet.
Wonderfully diversevand enjoyable set of episodes which I feel has not yet been bettered.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 3 (Episodes 8-13)
So, Series 3.
My favourite New Who companion. Brave, resourceful, grown up, a woman not a girl and no need for labels. Martha is Martha not the ....Girl or The Girl Who ....
Favourite Murray Gold scores in New Who
Best performances by Tennant. He takes a lot of flack and criticism but he is sctually a damn good actor when well directed and with the right script. Matt for me overcomes the limitations in the scripts to deliver consistently fine performances but David can also shine when he is reigned in. A much under rated actor I.
Best run of stories including 3 of my top 5 in New who - Gridlock, Human Nature and Blink
Still think Searies 3 and the final run in particular simply never been bettered.
To be fair, this has significantly fewer posters than the recent run about Matt Smith's series in which the majority of posters seemed very positive, so maybe 3A has some (few) devoted fans but most people are 'meh'. I didn't like Series 6, for example, and drifted out of watching for a while, so couldn't really make any comment here about it.
Horses for courses!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 3 (Xmas, Episodes 1-7)
I found Series 7 a slight return to gorm after I lost interest in Who towards the end of Series 6. Matt Smith continued to show he is the best actor to have played the Doctor and Clara had potential but I found that the latter part seemed to lack editorial cohesion with Clara's character being inconsistent from episodeto episode. Calling her The Impossible Girl didn't seem sufficient to me to account for this. The pacing of some episodes in 7B also seemed off as if the production team were just told to wind things up. Voyage seemed too underdeveloped and Hide seemed too overwritten Surprisingly to me, Mark Gattis wrote the two best episodes with The Crimson Horror being the only fully formed episode in the Series to my mind. I was very disappointed with Neil Gaiman's episode and though even Steven Moffat was off game and fell back on past ideas with Belles being a set of past ideas stitched together only by Matt'sand Jenna's performances. Can I also becontroversial and say I also found a lot of strange sexualised parts in this Series such as the towel flick on the bottom, the doctor leering at Clara's tight skirt and silly unnecessary nudity and innuendo?
I was so disappointed that Time of the Doctor failed for me but I also thought it a primer on the Matt Smith/Steven Moffat era: ambitious ( perhaps overly so), gorgeous to look at, witty with memorable lines, poorly developed femme fatale characters, turning classic monsters into throwaway gag lines, great emotion, superb acting by Matt Smith, gratuitous sexualisation, gratuitous infantilsation of the Doctor, great ability to move between comedy and pathos, zinging with ideas, made with love, overconfident, respectful to Classic Who, bombastic, too in love with its own voice,killer lines of dialogue, wiiling to take risks, killing organic story telling to continuity, great understanding of how to use television, poorly paced, brilliant set pieces, time for a change.
I look forward to Peter Capaldi's take and thank Moffat for sharing Matt with us.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 7 (2012-2013)
Forgot to mention that nice to see some love for Series 3. My favourite in New Who just shading 1 and 4. Minority opinion to both like RTD in general but 3 and Martha in particular, but a badge to wear proudly. I think 3 A is weaker than 3B but then I think 3B is the best run of episodes in New Who. Should include 42 and lose Voyage of the Damned though to make this argument stronger!
Smith and Jones for me is only behind Eleventh Hour as a companion introduction. Shakespeare Code is good - I do love an historical. Gridlock is my favourite of this part of the series. I think its message of hope and faith is thrilling and the final scene with Martha forcing the doctor to step back from his pride and arrogance is beautifully done. 10s speech for me is up there with some of the wonderfully done 11 speeches. Understated and heartfelt and the better for it. The shouty Tennanty 10 earlier in the episode shows that less is more. lazarus and the dalek two parter are disposible but do have good guest stars. I think RTD slightly shades Moffat to date in using the guest names more effectively.i like 42 as well and don't understand the very strong dislike of Chris Chibnall. The silurian two parter is adequately done as are the pair in 7A.
So overall a strong set of stories which don't try to achieve more than good family entertainment but with Gridlock proving some intellectual substance. Good companion nicely introduced and Tennant finding his feet and demonstrating acting chops only occasionally shown in Series 2 and which will be shown at his best over the next set of episodes. Plus some of my very favourite Murray Gold in this Series which I don't think he has bettered and rrom which he continues to draw.
Great to read such a wide variety of views. Is there any Series to date in New Who which most people agree on? Perhaps series 5 or 4, although neither is my favourite.
I do like Martha, most resourceful and intelligent of the new series companions and have a soft spot for Series 3.