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@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen @TheOncomingHurricane 

It wasn't mentioned again and again.  It happened and that was that.  If it had been mentioned again and again, then it would have become the central point of the episode.... and instead of seeing the Half-Faced Man impaled, we would have had this instead:  The Half-Faced Man is impaled but the crowd beneath him gasps in shock and says "See what happens when two women kiss!!!?"

And then the balloon from which he fell would have the following words painted on it:  "Did everyone see those two lesbians kissing?"

And then there would have been a march down the mainstreet with everyone singing "Two women kissed!  Two women kissed!  Two women kissed!"

1 day, 4 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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I still don't get why Clara has such a hard time with the transition to the Twelfth Doctor, considering the fact that she "was born to save the Doctor", has met them all....and even met the WAR DOCTOR without skipping a beat.


Will somebody please explain to me what I am missing?


Thanks!

4 days, 2 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath

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This is my favourite RTD opener too!  And Martha is bloody fantastic.  She's smart and beautiful and can hold her own.

Martha can't be blamed for "falling for the Doctor" because of that genetic transfer.  Any one of you (who like blokes) would have had the same reaction if a tall good-looking guy suddenly came up and gave you a good snog. 

Yes, it's frustrating that she went through the whole unrequited love thing but then so was having Donna's memory wiped. 

With that one exception, Martha proved to be a blast of fresh air and the angles of racism that were brought into the stories proved to be an interesting narrative point for Doctor Who.

1 week, 1 day ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Smith & Jones

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I can only hope that Capaldi's popularity (due to his role as Malcom Tucker) will draw a bigger UK rating, particularly among adults and the college demographic. 




From what I've seen already (no spoilers here, I promise), Capaldi appears to have instantly captured the erratic, mysterious, friendly and darkly humorous quality of the wanderer in the 4th dimension: in very much the same way that Tom Baker perfectly captured it back in 1974.



I wondered for a time if we'd ever see such a perfect storm as Tom Baker.... and I do believe we have it in Capaldi.

2 weeks ago on Capaldi Unclear on Series 9 Return

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@ Notsosmartguy is superior again!!!!!!!!! 


Darn, wish there was a way to pvt message people.  I'm having some problems with the computer at the moment, but I think I saw you mention to me that my CAPS lock was on. 


If you mean when I was quoting EMPIRE, yeah I typed it out that way because that's how it appears on their cover [in full caps].  I guess I should keep in mind that not everybody knows that and is likely to think I'm yelling.


Sorry if you thought I was. 

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up

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@TheCapaldiMasterplan @dragonsfyre @ Notsosmartguy is superior again!!!!!!!!! 






Hello.  Welcome to the party.  :D





"Magazine making comment about tonal shift of show != Doctor Who is no longer a serious programme."





No no my friend, you're not comprehending. 




When EMPIRE magazine says IT'S DEFINITELY TIME TO TAKE DOCTOR WHO SERIOUSLY, they're not saying the programme isn't serious:  they're saying that it couldn't be taken seriously anymore. There's a difference.  But NOW with the shift towardscarier and darker stories (like in Doctor Who's glory years), it CAN be taken seriously again. And it's time to start doing so.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up

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@ Notsosmartguy is superior again!!!!!!!!! @dragonsfyre @ClaireAbraham 


Mr Superior, I would like to share with you the note I just wrote to Rani Nose:


There's tons of evidence.  But really, you needn't look any further than the newest edition of EMPIRE magazine: 



"ABOUT TIME. IT'S SCARIER, IT'S EDGIER, BEN "KILL LIST" WHEATLEY'S DIRECTING THE FIRST TWO EPISODES...AND THE NEW DOCTOR IS MALCOM TUCKER! IT'S DEFINITELY TIME TO TAKE DOCTOR WHO SERIOUSLY"



Read that last bit carefully:  IT'S DEFINITELY TIME TO TAKE DOCTOR WHO SERIOUSLY. 


EMPIRE magazine is saying that Doctor Who couldn't be taken seriously anymore! And when you have a magazine as big as EMPIRE saying this, you know it's not just them.  It's what disgruntled fans have been saying for a while now. 



I rest my case.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up

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@Rani Nose 


There's tons of evidence.  But really, you needn't look any further than the newest edition of EMPIRE magazine: 


"ABOUT TIME. IT'S SCARIER, IT'S EDGIER, BEN "KILL LIST" WHEATLEY'S DIRECTING THE FIRST TWO EPISODES...AND THE NEW DOCTOR IS MALCOM TUCKER! IT'S DEFINITELY TIME TO TAKE DOCTOR WHO SERIOUSLY"


Read that last bit carefully:  IT'S DEFINITELY TIME TO TAKE DOCTOR WHO SERIOUSLY.


EMPIRE magazine is saying that Doctor Who couldn't be taken seriously anymore!   And when you have a magazine as big as EMPIRE saying this, you know it's not just them.  It's what disgruntled fans have been saying for a while now. 


I rest my case.


3 weeks, 6 days ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up

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@ Notsosmartguy is superior again!!!!!!!!! @dragonsfyre @ClaireAbraham @Rani Nose 


True true!  A good story is a good story. 


"while you might not be happy with recent series a lot of us are."


Yes, a lot of people are happy with the recent series (I'm presuming you mean the last three years).  Oh yes.  Indeed they are happy.  And I'm glad you're one of them and that you're happy.


But guess what?  The people who aren't happy VASTLY outnumber the happy ones.  We are the majority and we have made our voices loud and clear and taken whatever actions necessary to ensure the BBC felt the impact.  


When you have EMPIRE magazine saying  "ABOUT TIME...  IT'S DEFINITELY TIME TO TAKE DOCTOR WHO SERIOUSLY" you know that the unhappy fans have successfully made an impact.


So in the long run our voices and actions did matter.  The power of our opinion and actions has turned the tide.


Do you think Moffat just came up with "Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up"?   No, he's been feeling the pressure from everywhere, to the point where he even had to close his Twitter account. 


I'm glad the unhappy fans helped the show move away from "Doctor Who as fairy tale."  You could sense that changes were starting in Matt's second season... but now the shakeup is in high gear and the show is FINALLY returning to its glory days when it was dark and scary with bits of magic and wonder peppered throughout.  


And you know what?  The creators of Doctor Who might actually be able to resurrect their old expression that the show makes kids "hide behind the sofa."  






3 weeks, 6 days ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up

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@Amy is Hannibal

Wow. That comment SO misses the point.

But since you brought it up, I will say one thing only:  If "Tom Baker's first four years have [so] little bearing on the show's modern climate", why did they have Tom Baker appear in THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL?????



4 weeks ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up

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@ Notsosmartguy is superior again!!!!!!!!! @ClaireAbraham @dragonsfyre @Rani Nose

I'm really glad you wrote IF it was a kid's show.  And on that point I agree: we shouldn't be ashamed to watch a kid's show.  Like The Sarah Jane Adventures, which IS more for kids.

But Doctor Who is not a kid's show.  Sesame Street is a kid's show.  

 

4 weeks ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up

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@yolt13 @dragonsfyre @Rani Nose 

Sorry, but there has been an outcry.  A very loud and protracted one.

I could be wrong but I suspect you might have been tuning out the naysayers.  But that's okay.  Rose-tinted glasses are nice too.

If you like I can provide you with ample evidence of the call for the show to grow up and be scary again.

4 weeks ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up

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@ Notsosmartguy is superior again!!!!!!!!! @supermoff  @dragonsfyre @Rani Nose 

A darker tone does not ncessarily ruin a show:  look at Blink, MIDNIGHT, THE EMPTY CHILD, THE WATERS OF MARS...these are some of the best loved stories of New Who.

4 weeks ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up

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@ Notsosmartguy is superior again!!!!!!!!! @Rani Nose 

And look what happened with the introduction of horror by Phillip Hinclife and Robert Holmes:  they got the highest ratings the show had ever seen before OR since.

4 weeks ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up

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@ Notsosmartguy is superior again!!!!!!!!! @dragonsfyre @Rani Nose 

Mr  Superior:  "scariest and most violent period of the show".  Horror and violence are not part of a kid's show.  Phillip Hincliffe and Robert Holmes deliberated made it more adult and they got the  adults tuning in as a result....making the ratings hit the stratosphere.

4 weeks ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up

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@Amy is Hannibal 

People just need to stop underestimating kids and kids' media.

This is true enough... but the show did the best ratings when they made it purposely more for adults with the Gothic horror and ramping up the violence.  That period was the 4 first years of Tom Baker's tenure.

4 weeks ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up

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@ Notsosmartguy is superior again!!!!!!!!! @dragonsfyre @Rani Nose 

The answer is simple:  the show is not for kids according to the ratings when ADULTS were tuninng the the scariest and most violent period of the show, Tom Baker's first four years:  a whole new demographic came into the fold as college students began tuning in and heterosexual dads also started watching (well, that latter demographic was drawn to the TV mainly for a scantily-clad female companion). 

4 weeks ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up

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@Rani Nose 

It's not so daring when you realize the BBC brass have heard the outcry from across all forms of media:  the show is NOT for kids. Make the show scarier and darker, the way it was during its two golden periods of Tom Baker's early years and early Tennant and Eccleston.

4 weeks ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up

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@VictorWong1 


Great thoughts VictorWong1..!


Especially the shake up the Dalek portrayal part. Now I must say this even though I have had my serious issues with Moffat's show-running abilities:  in Asylum of the Daleks, we did get a taste of what a good shakeup could do for the Daleks: 


"Save the Daleks!  Save the Daleks!"   In spite of my disdain for Moffat's ability to run the show, I must give credit where it's due:  in the show's entire history, we've never heard the Daleks begging/commanding the Doctor to "Save the Daleks".


That, IMHO, was just fantastic....and it made the Daleks fresh and different.



4 weeks ago on Time to Regenerate the Daleks?

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@Rani Nose 



Actually, the new post featuring EMPIRE's new magazine cover pretty much sums it up:



"ABOUT TIME.  IT'S SCARIER, IT'S EDGIER, BEN "KILL LIST" WHEATLEY'S DIRECTING THE FIRST TWO EPISODES...AND THE NEW DOCTOR IS MALCOM TUCKER!  IT'S DEFINITELY TIME TO TAKE DOCTOR WHO SERIOUSLY"



See, in 2005 you could really tell that Doctor Who wanted to be taken seriously: it wanted to divest itself of the public perception that DrWho was full of wobbly sets and rubbish monsters.


And RTD succeeded it getting the show to be taken seriously by giving us a nearly flawless first season with dark (The Unquiet Dead), gripping (Dalek), terrifying (The Empty Child) and emotionally cathartic stories (Father's Day). 


Seasons 2 and 3 built upon this with even edgier and more frightening tales (TOOTH AND CLAW, THE SATAN PIT, BLINK, HUMAN NATURE) that managed to be intelligent and thought-provoking all at the same time.


Series 4 started to crumble near the end but it too had wildly compelling and dark stories (the tale of the doomed city in THE FIRES OF POMPEII and harrowing possession in MIDNIGHT and body horror in THE WATERS OF MARS).


For EMPIRE magazine to say "It's definitely time to take Doctor Who seriously" is proof positive that the perception of the show in the last three years had returned to the point where you couldn't take it seriously anymore.


Thank you EMPIRE for saying pretty much what I've been saying all along.  And rest assured Rani Nose: me and the publishers of EMPIRE do NOT stand alone in this perception. The majority opinion is that Doctor Who needs to be scarier, edgier, darker.  You're certainly free to feel otherwise.  But the majority have spoken loud and clear across every form of media and the BBC brass have heard us.  


It's about time. 

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8

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@Rani Nose @dragonsfyre 


Dear Rani Nose,


I'm glad you prefaced your note with the word IF. 



As it happens, I *did not* think Partners in Crime was "about an invasion of giggling fat molecules".  I was speaking of an imaginary video game to help illustrate a point.  Obviously I failed to articulate my point of view in such a way that you would understand the gist of my argument. 

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8

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@Ollie Walton Harrod @dragonsfyre @Notsosmartguy

Ollie Walton Harro: lol... Indeed.  Love defeating the enemy...what hogwash.... and wasn't the rain supposed to be the tears or something? 

Yes, I too liked the character/relationshiop development in The Snowmen...

1 month ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8

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@Doctor What @dragonsfyre @Rani Nose Forgot to mention City of Death also doesn't count as an accurate barometer of ratings because of that ITV strike.

But apart from all that, it's not that I'm espousing violence for violence's sake. I think my response (just 2 posts below) to NOTSOSMARTGUY about weird monsters may express my thoughts a little more precisely.

1 month ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8

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@Notsosmartguy   I guess the simple answer would be that weird monsters strain credibility, especially in a more mainstream audience.



With the exception of the farting Slitheen and the "armless" jokes in ROSE, when Doctor Who was resurrected in 2005 you could really see that it wanted to be taken seriously:  it wanted to divest itself from the perception that DrWho was full of wobbly sets and rubbish monsters. 



And it did so by giving us a nearly flawless Season One with dark (THE UNQUIET DEAD), gripping (DALEK), terrifying (THE EMPTY CHILD) and emotionally cathartic (FATHER'S DAY) stories.



Doctor Who needs to be taken seriously again. And that won't be accomplished with pumpkin-faced snowmen or wooden kings (The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe).  It will, however, be taken seriously with more menacing creatures like the Zygons and with darker stories where the stakes are higher, there are consequences to actions and where characters who die stay dead.

1 month ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8

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"With many different elements, some that support each other well and others that juxtapose and clash, the underlying outcome is, in my opinion, not the need for just greater consequences, but for the need to make stories that the audience can become immersed in and relate to, with scenarios and characters they recognise being affected."



Bravo!  I couldn't have said it better myself. These are the essential elements, fully distilled, that Doctor Who needs.



And they arrive on immense bat-like wings in less than a month.


I'll see y'all behind the sofa...



1 month ago on What Actually Makes a Story Dark?

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@Rani Nose "It's not 1975 anymore and it hasn't been in nearly 40 years."



And in 40 years, the BBC still has not been able to match the ratings juggernaut that was the Gothic Horror period of Tom Baker's first four seasons.



Hmmm, makes you wonder doesn't it? 



And stunt-casting Kylie Minogue in Voyage of the Damned doesn't count for a genuine ratings barometer. Neither does placing 7 companions in The Stolen Earth two-parter. 



"The point being audience expectations have changed...."



I couldn't agree more. The content on television these days is as gritty and violent as the heady Phillip Hincliffe/Robert Holmes/Tom Baker days.  And since young adults (and even kids for that matter) are exposed to a shocking array of Hollywood violence, both on TV and in shoot-em-up video games, their expectations are on the level from 40years ago.



Sorry, but to be perfectly blunt: if you put a video game in front of today's young adults and told them it was about an invasion of giggling fat molecules, they'd be insulted. 



1 month ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8

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@Rani Nose Just taking a sampling of silly monsters, irrespective of their appearance before or after Waters of Mars. 



The half-faced guy in the full-length preview is pretty gruesome and proper scary.  That's the way it should be.  It's time to restore the oft-associated expression "Hiding behind the sofa" to the show. 



And we now have had a handful of confirmations from the creators in the show that season 8 has taken a new direction: it will be starker, there will be more consequences and there will be a return to drama with gripping emotional heft.  Presumably that will happen because of terrifying and more imposing monsters that you can take seriously.



So, unless you're talking about DALEKS who have forgotten how to exterminate people, I can't imagine being surprised by anything sillier than talking fat molecules or killer snowmen. 


Lest we forget, Doctor Who's ratings were at their highest during the Tom Baker Gothic Horror years which were replete with gruesome monsters and staggering amounts of violence. 




1 month ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8

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Peter Capaldi: the best thing to happen to Doctor Who since THE WATERS OF MARS. 


Goodbye Adipose, invisible space-chickens and pumpkin-faced killer snowmen!!! Shut the TARDIS door on your way out!


1 month ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8

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@The Watchful Observer  it's his foot, sticking out farther than the other one and catching the back light...so it looks like something... but it's just his foot.

1 month ago on Listen! Series 8 Teaser Trailer

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@SephoraNeedSeries8 @dragonsfyre as noted by TheOncomingStorm, it's the quick wrap up expositions that makes the episodes of late feel rushed and insipid.

The episodes listed above are all masterpieces that do not feel rushed anywhere, especially the end. 

So my wish is that they use the extra 6 mins to fill it with better material...not a pat speech to wrap up on the 43minunte mark.

1 month ago on Five Expectations for Series 8

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With the extra 5 or 6 minutes per episode (making up for the axed 13th episode), please have more cathartic and satisfying conclusions: no more deux ex machina, no more speeches to sentient suns or sonic screwdriver waves to defeat an invasion of killer cubes. 




Not that you actually NEED those extra 5 or 6 minutes -- as evidenced in landmark stories like THE GIRL IN THE FIREPLACE, MIDNIGHT, FATHER'S DAY, DALEK, TURN LEFT and BLINK:  those episodes confidently demonstrated how savvy writing/directing can result in a story that is intelligent, scary and dramatically engaging with strong emotional heft.


But hey: if it takes an episode 50 minutes to do what used to be done in 43 minutes, then so be it.


And now let's all say goodbye to the quick WTF wrap-up speech by the Doctor to explain how he solved the crisis.

1 month ago on Five Expectations for Series 8

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Dear Amy, it's not that adults can't enjoy silly/light-hearted material.  We can, my dear, and do.


But for Doctor Who to reclaim its ability to make you hide behind the sofa, it MUST ratchet-up the fear factor. You can still have whimsy and magic but serious scares need to be part of it. Indeed, when horror is woven into a story that starts with whimsy and wonderment, the results can be electrifying.

1 month, 1 week ago on Moffat: Series 8 Not A Fairytale, There Are Consequences

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This is music to my ears! 


Seems like Moffat and the BBC finally caved under the pressure from millions of adult fans who have called for an end to the silly fairy tales and a return to more dramatic and/or scary Doctor Who.

1 month, 1 week ago on Moffat: Series 8 Not A Fairytale, There Are Consequences

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OMG, I just noticed the biggest problem is with the newest redesign:  look at the mouth slit...!!!  It's designed with the side edges slanting outward (like the outside of a V) running parallel with slanted edges of the faceplate. That creates a SMILE effect.  I knew it wasn't my imagination that they seemed happy and not menacing.



Geez, man!  If they wanted to return to the impassive features of the classic cybermen from the black and white serials, HOW did the designers allow this smile to be worked into their tin soldiers????


1 month, 1 week ago on Cybermen Invade London (Again!)

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@A Friend of the Ood @OttoVonBismarck  That too.  But one of the biggest reasons Michael Grade (the big cheese at the BBC) didn't like it is because the production value was laughable next to STAR WARS, which had raised the bar VERY high in the special effects department.  Look it up. Michael Grade is on record for saying that.  And he says it to this day -- indicating he's glad he canceled it because the look of modern WHO is far and away superior to the final years of the classic series.

1 month, 1 week ago on How Far Into Darkness will the 12th Doctor Take Us?

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@Planet of the Deaf @supermoff   I'm not sure who feels what anymore.


I can only speak for myself.  The Doctor himself should not be dark:  he should just NOT be a childish man-boy like Matt Smith was -- frequently hamming it up as if he were doing a performance for 3 year old year old kids. 


No, it's the SHOW that needs to be DARKER. The Daleks need to EXTERMINATE people again. 


Characters MUST DIE and STAY DEAD and not come back from sealed off dimensions: unlike Rory, Captain Jack Harkness and Rose.  When Ianto died in CHILDREN OF EARTH, that was heart-breaking and dramatic.... and although it enraged us, it MADE US FEEL EMOTION because he stayed dead. 


That's what modern sci-fi on TV does: it incorporates the structures of drama into the story-telling, making it appealing to everyone (not just fan-boys) because everyone can relate to loss and pain. That's why THE GIRL IN THE FIREPLACE ranks so high on every survey ranking of DW's episodes:  because Madame de Pompadour does NOT get to travel the stars with her Lonely Angel.  The Doctor's heart is broken when he sees her coffin leaving Versailles. 


There's no happy ending in TGITF but it we are enraptured with it because we watched the two characters grow and fall in love:  we got a rich, satisfying, mature and DARK tale of love, loss and pain.  We finally got to see what the Doctor goes through as he outlives the companions he travels with:  and in seeing this, we got a good look into the Doctor's psyche and we understood why he leaves his companions, why he tries to act indifferent and aloof at times.  


Doctor Who also needs to DARKEN by ramping up the horror factor again:  like when Dr. Constantine morphed into the gas-mask creature or the characters became infected by the Flood....   These are gritty moments that shock and terrify.


If Doctor Who doesn't DARKEN during Capaldi tenure, we can take away the expression that is linked to this show:  "hiding behind the sofa".  Instead, we can say, "laughing out loud on the sofa at the silly show on telly".


1 month, 1 week ago on How Far Into Darkness will the 12th Doctor Take Us?

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@OttoVonBismarck Not true. Darkening the show during McCoy's era was putting the final nail in the coffin:  poor production values stood in stark contrast to STAR WARS and made the show laughable.

Making the show darker and scarier for the start of the TOM BAKER era made the show more popular than it had ever been before or since.  It attracted the college crowd because of the Gothic Horror and more heterosexual dads tuned in because of a certain female warrior companion wearing a loin cloth.  Kids hid extra long behind the sofa as the body horror component was ratchetted up. 

The violence, horror, rivetting drama from Rob Holmes and TOM BAKER came together in a perfect storm that made Doctor Who go international.  And it's fear factor was SO great that a moral crusade was launched against the show by one Mary Whitehouse.  Her influence forced the brass at the BBC to order the show to be toned down and be made more for kids.  That was when the declining viewing figures started happening and Doctor Who became a pale shadow of its former self.... until eventual cancellation.

1 month, 1 week ago on How Far Into Darkness will the 12th Doctor Take Us?

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A darker Doctor is good.  But some eccentricity / alien-ness should remain. 

What's more important is getting the situations and stories to be darker, companions gettting killed occassionally, the DALEKS actually exterminating someone etc.

1 month, 1 week ago on How Far Into Darkness will the 12th Doctor Take Us?

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Patrick Troughton appeared as the 2nd Doctor in Colin Baker's first FULL season in a single story: THE TWO DOCTORS...and that didn't detract from Colin's first season. It enhanced it as far as I was concerned.

As such, there's no reason at all why McGann's appearance in Capaldi's first season would steal the limelight or confuse people. Done correctly, a riveting story can be penned which sees the 8th Doctor's timeline intersecting with the 12th.

THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR intersected a few Doctors' timelines.....including one we'd never seen before: the War Doctor. And McGann was in the prequel to that story. So there you have it: all things are possible with a character who walks in eternity and you have a creative storyteller....

1 month, 3 weeks ago on McGann Doubtful on Return, Spin-off

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Mary Sue's Vertue: if it's too dark and graphic, they can put up an advisory for parental guidance: as they did with THE WATERS OF MARS which featured some strong body horror and suicide.

Oh yes, the same was also done when Mr Hooper's character died on Sesame Street: parents were advised of the nature of the show, that it would not shy away from the fact that the actor who played Mr. Hooper had died and they would be working that into the storyline.

The Producers of Sesame Street wrote that they understood if parents didn't want the kids watching the episode but they strongly encouraged parents to watch it *with* their kids as the educational component of death being a part of life would be invaluable to children. And parents could explain things in greater depth if the kids had questions.

This was for pre-schoolers!! They did that for Sesame Street, they can do it for Doctor Who. Worst case scenario: if an episode is deemed much too frightening, they can air it later when kids are tucked away in bed.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Should Doctor Who Adopt a Darker Tone?

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Yes yes yes and yes: the show needs to be scarier! The monsters need to be more terrifying and threats need to be more real: thus ending the running complacency that the companion will never get harmed. If you die, you die. Like Adric.

It's great that emotional drama has been introduced to the show by RTD, demonstrating that there are real consequences to taking a girl away from her parents and then retuning her 12 months later by accident ("I *am* a Doctor!!" "Prove it!! Stitch this! " And Jackie Tyler gives the Doctor a hard smack across the face.)

The ratings for WHO were the highest during Tom Baker's first 4 years when HINCLIFFE and HOLMES ratchetted up the horror and body horror during their Gothic Horror run.

Part of that was due to tom Baker but another part was due to the college crowd and adults tuning in as the show began strutting a more adult quality with sharp, explosive stories that had gun violence (THE SEEDS OF DOOM), a warrior companion "I'll cut your heart out!" and lots of thought-provoking episodes (the Doctor asking himself if he has the right to wipe out the DALEKS in GENESIS OF THE DALEKS).

Yes, bring back the adult nature of the show. Let kids hide behind the sofa. I sure did when I was a kid during Doctor Who.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Should Doctor Who Adopt a Darker Tone?

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It's not THE Doctor either. THE is only when referencing him / himself in the 3rd person. As in "Don't worry, the the Doctor will be there when you need him." or. "I am the Doctor."

Correct usage, as demonstrated by Davros: "Welcome to my new empire Doctor."

2 months, 1 week ago on WHOops! When Doctor Who Gets It Wrong

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In Richard Linklater’s movie,Waking Life, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy reprise their roles as Jesse and Celine for a 5 minute sequence in the middle of the film. Hawke and Delpy debate the ideas of the collective unconsciousness and how a radical experiment was performed to prove its existence: the experiment required a test group of people to complete a crossword puzzle from that day’s newspaper. That same group of people was then asked to complete another crossword puzzle from a previous day’s newspaper. The results were astonishing because, overall, every person did much better with the 2nd crossword.

Why was the result astonishing?

Because it implied that the test group did better with the 2nd puzzle due to the answers being accessible via the collective unconsciousness. The answers had been published and were “out there” as it were – allowing the test group to know the answers as if they were tapping into a database.

My reason for bringing this up is to show that the very *real* negative ONLINE opinions of the fanbase did, in fact, cause the production team to be surprised when they won for DAY OF THE DOCTOR. And the fandom’s online invective has indeed caused Moffat to believe that we hate him.

Did this make Moffat sweat bullets to put all his efforts into creating an amazing 50th anniversary episode? I’m quite confident the answer is YES. The pressure was on like no other time in Doctor Who history, before or since.

I, for one, am glad he’s heard the fanbase uproar over his time as showrunner. I’m glad he had to close his Twitter account because of all the rants. I’m glad we’ve gotten to him and the BBC. The fanbase outcry made the BBC brass have a good long chat with Moffat, stressing the importance that he make an utterly fantastic 50th anniversary episode...and not just because of its milestone nature but also because its high-profile status. An excellent 50th anniversary episode, which was to be simulcast world-wide on TV and in cinemas, was the ONLY option for the BBC. Failure for Moffat to do that would ensure a global outcry from the fanbase, effectively killing Doctor Who once and for all.

No one doubts that Moffat is a gifted writer as his 4 stories during the RTD era are all top-tier stories.

But as showrunner, Moffat is terrible. And yes, our rants have gotten to him. The collective world-wide-web has ensured that our thoughts about his ability to run the show were heard loud and clear. And that made him produce the awesome Night of the Doctor and Day of the Doctor.

And we cheered. And he heard that too. Because without us, there would be no Doctor Who.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Yes, I’m a Whovian, but I’m one of the nice ones

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You're right about that. I just meant to use the example of the Adipose as the pinnacle of children's TV and that Moffat should steer clear of that.

The RTD era wasn't perfect (I mean really, farting aliens, belching recycle bins and pigmen???) but it had a greater number of adult-themed episodes.

When the show rebooted, you could tell that -- by and large -- it wanted to be taken seriously. It wanted to shed the idea in people's minds that Doctor Who was filled with wobbly sets and aliens that strained credibility because you could see it was just a man in a rubber suit.

To be taken seriously, a return to real drama against a Sci-Fi setting (with adult themes) MUST take place or else WHO will be on the cancellation list again.

3 months, 1 week ago on Bring Back… Paul Cornell

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Then you missed the British newspapers talking about be rising horror during the Hincliffe era -- showing Morbius and his patchwork Frankenstein body beside the article.

It may not be horrific to you in this day, my friend, but it was for thousands and that is where the expression "hiding behind the sofa" comes from. Or at least it is intimately associated with DrWho. In fact, during the marketing for the launch of the new series in 2005, some ads said "are you ready to hide behind the sofa again?"

And actually, did you know that the British broadcast of THE EMPTY CHILD had the sequence of Dr. Constantine edited so that you couldn't hear the sound of his face bones crunching as he morphed into the gas mask creature?

But you're right: horror and violence do not necessarily make for adult-themed entertainment but they sure do help. We need a return to grittiness....and by all accounts that is where the Capaldi era will take us. BBC has heard the outcry from its adult tans and has finally responded.

3 months, 1 week ago on Bring Back… Paul Cornell

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Dear Moderators: please use this version of my comment. I'm afraid I ran out of time when I was editing my comment. My apologies but I hope you will take into consideration what appears to be a duplicate post but actually is slightly longer than the one just posted a few minutes ago. Thank you. Please edit out my note to you above and please find the comment below:

"One of the great and unique things about Doctor Who, is that it’s aimed at children..."

THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES was aimed at children. If anything, Doctor Who is aimed at families and young teens....

But it's interesting you should say that: I believe your statement proves just how far the show has fallen into children's territory. No one hides behind the sofa anymore.

Prior to Moffat taking over as SHOWRUNNER, we had MUCH more adult-themed stories:

'The Satan Pit' (replete with discussions of faith and confrontations with the Devil),

'Midnight' (possession),

'The Waters of Mars' (body horror, suicide),

'The Empty Child' (the horrifying transformation of Dr. Constantine into a gas mask creature),

'The Unquiet Dead'(zombies, bodies coming to life in the morgue),

'The Fires of Pompeii' (the High Priestess of the Cybaline/Pyroville hybrid creature, the doomed city of Pompeii),

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'The Girl in the Fireplace' (Rose and Mickey get their arms injected with sedative and their bodies go limp),

.....and let's not forget the Gothic Horror years of the Phillip Hincliffe/Robert Holmes era: violence, body horror and terrifying monsters were splattered our screens at 6pm in the evenings. Stories like THE SEEDS OF DOOM, THE DEADLY ASSASSIN, THE BRAIN OF MORBIUS, GENESIS OF THE DALEKS, TERROR OF THE ZYGONS etc had even the adults scurrying for cover behind the sofa. Yet these are widely as some of the best Doctor Who stories ever...but so terrifying that the moral crusader Mary Whitehouse infamously led the charge to demand that the BBC tone down the horror and violence of the show as children were watching.

And they did tone down the adult nature of the show, effectively sounding the death-knell that saw the show become a pale shadow of its former glory...leading to the end of the classic series some 9 years later.

Yes, we need the darker, more adult-themed stories to return. If the nature of a particular story is deemed to be too frightening, then you put a PARENTAL GUIDANCE notice at the start of the show and between commercial breaks. Or air the show later for that particular week.

By doing this, you make fans of all ages happy. Because guess what Mr Moffat? Doctor Who has been around for 50years, meaning that you have fans who are well into their 60s now. They are ADULTS and are deserving of darker, more mature stories....not silly, happy-go-lucky stories with cute little Adipose for kids.

3 months, 1 week ago on Bring Back… Paul Cornell

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Oh hello there tealeaves.

:D

Yes, some clarification is definitely needed. I had a whole other paragraph that didn't get published because my editing time ran out. So I do apologize for a half-baked presentation.

The gist of that unpublished paragraph was that, in my opinion, Steven Moffat is blowing smoke at us by trying to spin a colossal blunder into a magnanimous gesture of respect. It's like any politician or big business doing damage control after being caught doing something bad. And the Beeb *is* a CORPORATION -- so Moffat *has* to make it look like it was done intentionally as part of some grand gesture.

He's not likely to come right out and admit he made a mistake, is he? But just for laughs, let us imagine if he did: "Oh f***, how did that version of the regeneration sequence make it to the final cut? Well fans, you're right. I completely dropped the ball on that one."

See?

Coming out and admitting that he screwed up isn't in Moffat's best interest or the BBC's. So the best thing to do is turn a negative into a pseudo positive with their friendly neighbourhood spin doctors.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat on Why Hurt to Eccleston Regeneration Was So Short

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