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@Planet of the Deaf @DrMalcolmT How about a male companion who is strong but not a chauvinist? ;-)
2 days, 4 hours ago on 4 Different Types of Companions Doctor Who Should Consider
@Typo42 Sceptic of ROSE Not the best? Douglas Adams wrote two of my very favorite stories: "The Pirate Planet" and "City of Death". (The latter under a pseudonym as it was not done in those days for the script editor to write a story.) He wrote fantastic stories for Dr Who. But he was a terrible editor. Part of that was the time factor -- it was the height of "Hitchhiker's" as well so he was massively overcommitted, which is especially bad coming from a chronic procrastinator. But I think another part is that he's just not a good editor. He needs an editor, someone to urge him in the right direction; he's not the right person to be urging other people. You need someone who isn't a procrastinator for that. ;-)
2 days, 5 hours ago on No Series 9 Story for Neil Gaiman
@SonicTheHedgehogRules @Whogasms knows THAT MISSY TELEPORTED, NOT DIED! You do know that "Nightmare in Silver" is meant to take place later in their timeline than those other stories, right?
@Hirmien @The Unseen Potato They're traditional here too, at least in some families. Fruits in the stocking are de rigeur in my family, and we're not English at all. The most popular choices are apples and citrus fruit, particularly tangerines or clementines.
4 days, 7 hours ago on Last Christmas New Clip
Osgood is definitely dead? Well. Then we just have to hope we get Zygon-Osgood later. ;-)
Meanwhile, since the Moff lies and he's suggested that Orson is more like a great-nephew or something rather than a grandson, can we assume that means he's definitely *not* a great-nephew or something? :-D
1 week, 1 day ago on Moffat on Orson Pink Mystery
@Fine. MrRazza, RACCOONite, has put a Xmas hat on. I agree, but I still like Osgood and will cling to any chance of her impossible survival just out of cheek. :-P
I don't think that's a big Clara clue. It could quite easily just mean her time so far. I suspect she is leaving, and Christmas would be a grandiose time to do it, but I'm not going to go into the episode with any assumptions. ;-)
1 week, 1 day ago on New Last Christmas Details & Big Clara Clue?
@divya12 Remember, she said much the same thing when folks were talking about Oswin and Clara being the same character. ;-) By saying it's "news to her" she is actually neither confirming nor denying....
Okay, I know when I'm gonna be taking the family to England now. ;-)
1 week, 2 days ago on BBC Theme Park Set to Feature Doctor Who
@ilyootha, agent of C.L.A.R.A. @joe4 @pats86 I'd also like to know which of his traits are "specifically male", because honestly, I can't think of any.
1 week, 3 days ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey
@pats86 @ElyotWren You judge the Doctor on his past and his family? You do realize we actually still know very little of both, right? ;-)
@ElyotWren @Colta Yeah, people keep talking like it's new, but the whole reason Moffatt cast Joanna Lumley as the 13th Doctor in "Curse of Fatal Death" was an injoke -- she was the one repeatedly rumored as the next Doctor throughout most of JNT's tenure as producer.
@pats86 @Colta I think they were already planning to bring the Master back before he got the idea of using her. He'd wanted to cast her as another character, remember (almost certainly Karabraxos), but she was busy? And then he realized he could still use her because he still needed to find someone to play the Master for the finale.
@Shane Michaels That's why you shouldn't do it for that reason -- to top yourself. Never get into that game. It's madness. If the right actress comes along, that's when and why they should do it.
@Doctor Ben They didn't really give him very many options, though. And I would suspect that it is most common to keep one's gender, but by no means mandatory.
@Typo42 Sceptic of ROSE *laughs* I could see him dying in a exploding brothel. :-D However, we don't have a clear mechanism for him becoming a woman, and since it's established his body can rebuild itself from being blown into extremely small pieces, I think even reassignment surgery would be futile as his body would try to undo it.
I am unsure about the Face of Boe thing. On the one hand, the dialog definitely hinted that way, and the cast seem to be taking it as canon, but on the other, we have an interview with RTD claiming that he meant it as a joke rather than seriously. So I sit on the fence on that until the series clarifies. ;-)
"Mum Paula Reily said online that complicated plots and the new slot
suggested the BBC no longer thought of the show as being for children."
"Mum Paula Reily", if indeed she exists, does her own children a grave disservice if she thinks they can't handle complicated plots. People underestimate children all the time, but they're quite capable of grasping complicated things. In a wonderful interview on the audiobook CD for "The Wolves in the Walls", Neil Gaiman said that he finds writing for children more rewarding than writing for adults, but he also finds it harder. Adults are actually more forgiving of things you didn't explain well enough, while children notice the errors, and can't be expected to just get references to other things. You can't just say something's like the atmosphere in "Alien", for instance. You have to actually go and recreate that atmosphere from scratch.
Kids are complicated, and kids are smart. I would like Paula Reily to read "Hogfather" sometime, or watch the TV adaptation, which was pretty faithful to it. There's a little girl who wants a sword and an army for Hogswatch, and Death, temporarily filling the role of Hogfather, dutifully provides both. The girl's mother is horrified, as it's not a suitable gift for a girl, and anyway, it's dangerous.
IT'S EDUCATIONAL, Death tells her.
"But she could cut herself!"
THEN IT WILL BE AN IMPORTANT LESSON.
The real Hogfather's sleigh has shown up in a department store, you see, crushing the adorable and sparkly fake one that was there before under a sleigh hewn from massive oaks and drawn by a team of huge, hairy, hideous boars. One of which relieves itself, to the enormous delight of the children. ;-) Kids can enjoy the light, fluffy, harmless stuff, but they can sink their teeth better into deeper, more complicated stuff. Kids aren't some sort of helpless larva that mainly needs coddling and protection; they're people, and I think folks like Paula Reily forget that sometimes.
That said, I do wish Dr Who ran earlier in the day. BBC America does run repeats at 10AM Eastern/9AM Central, which is a very good time for kids who are either homeschooled or on break. But the new episodes generally run at 9PM Eastern/8PM Central on Saturday night. That's prime time for grownups, but difficult for younger kids. Our local PBS affiliate used to do the same thing, running it much too late in the evenings, though for about five glorious years, they ran it twice a day on Saturday and once on Sunday!
1 week, 3 days ago on Series 8 Is A “Ratings Flop” (Apparently)
@DaftDalek is Robocop, the original one I wanted to be a Zarbi for Halloween....
2 weeks, 3 days ago on William Hartnell: The Beginning, End and In-Between
@Status: Stuck in the vortex In fairness, this is about who was the Doctor who grabbed you and made you a fan, and the only one with a shorter list of televised stories was McGann. Colin Baker simply had less opportunity, and that's entirely the BBC's fault, for breaking his contract.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Who is YOUR Doctor? The Results
@RobertHancock People who started watching the new Doctors aren't "fair weather fans". They're *young*. Well, young to me. (Get offa my lawn, you young'uns!!!!)
Matt Smith himself had not grown up a fan, as he was only seven when it went off the air. And here in the States, it just didn't have much penetration. A few PBS stations, usually running it at odd hours . . . Sci-Fi Channel (before it became "SyFy") ran it for a year or so, next to "Dark Shadows", but that was the only nationwide broadcast of it in the 20th Century, other than the Fox/Universal telemovie, which wasn't very well promoted, ran mid-season, and didn't get picked up in a series.
And that was 1996. It's 2014. A person born when McGann first graced our television sets would be 18 now. If the typical age for becoming a Whovian is 15-25, then the typical new Whovian was born after the classic series was cancelled.
@Benjamin Bradley Dude! I totally missed that was him in the clip! I was thinking "gosh, this guy looks really familiar, and I'm thinking he's been on Who before but I can't place him...." *laughs* And I do know what he looks like without the prosthetics. I'm just dense.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on 2014 Christmas Special Titled
@Deus_Ex_Machina I dunno; tangerines (or, lately, clementines) are a popular Christmas stocking item in Minnesota, or at least they are in my family, and I have precisely zero English* heritage, so I got the joke. (I didn't get the satsuma thing in "The Christmas Invasion", until I looked up what a satsuma is and said, "oh, you mean like a clementine".)
*Some Scottish. Was mostly raised in a Scandinavian background, though. Maybe Scandinavians like tangerines too? I don't know. They're better than the lutefisk, I can tell you that!
3 weeks, 3 days ago on “Last Christmas” Promo Art
@the666thdoctor I agree too. It's the right time, storywise, but also although I do enjoy the occasional fake-out or surprise, you can't be doing that all the time. It gets tiresome to always be pranked, and it becomes, well, not a surprise anymore.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Last Christmas: Short Synopsis
@ElephantAndCastle Hoodies are cool now. ;-)
Like a lot of the older American fans, Tom Baker was my first Doctor. So I voted for him. ;-) There's a lot of my childhood wrapped up there. But I genuinely do not have a favorite Doctor. My favorite is "all of them". ;-) Some grabbed me more quickly, others took a while for me to warm to, but I really like them all. I've been saying that for years, since before the revival, but even now, with more Doctors to choose from, it's still true.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on From 1-12: Who is YOUR Doctor?
@slartibartfast42 Just as long as they don't let him be head writer again. ;-) He was fantastic as a scriptwriter, but terrible as an editor (mostly because of his famous difficulty with deadlines, I suspect).
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Torchwood’s Catherine Tregenna Penning Series 9 Story
@CyberSmith She may not have written the titles. We know, for instance, that Neil Gaiman titled his "Bigger on the Inside", but it was actually broadcast as "The Doctor's Wife". Which is a pity, because honestly his title was a lot better than the rather pointless tease they ultimately went with. His title tied neatly into the story, echoed the dialog, and enhanced its major theme (that *people* are bigger on the inside as well).
@Lord Styro the Drashig Oh, I would SO love to see him play the part for reals! Or anything, really. I've never seen him in a role I didn't like. And the man can rock a beard.
One of my favorite movies growing up was "Something Wicked This Way Comes", where he plays the sinister Mr Dark, of Dark's Pandemonium and Carnival..... The way he delivers lines, and that mesmerizing look that he pins you with, even when he's actually looking not at the audience but at one of the characters in the movie.... You totally believe he's Satan Incarnate. The fact that he's got a Master Beard in that one certainly helps. ;-)
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Classic Era)
@The_War_Braden @VictorWong1 You have to go back in time and buy the moderators an expensive dinner.
@Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen It was going pretty well until the BBC Comptroller decided to axe two thirds of the way through his character arc.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Capaldi Didn’t Want Twelve to Be Likeable
@Push_to_88mph @Doctavarium Jacobi is one actor whom I actually do not want to see getting a regular role in Doctor Who -- but only because that would rob him of the time he needs to play other stuff. ;-) He is a truly fantastic actor, and his performance in "Utopia" is stunning.
@The17thDoctor @TardisBoy wants you to say something nice... I liked them all, but honestly I think Pratt was better than Beevers. Though half that is simply because Beevers had worse makeup. I mean seriously -- you don't want to go for a skull mask this time, so you paint teeth on his lips? (Unless those were supposed to be scales, but that really doesn't make any more sense. He's a Time Lord, not a Silurian.)
Pratt was hired based on his voice, and damn, but he's got a hell of a good one. You can hear every ounce of pain and hatred flowing through him, and never once does it sound over the top or unbelievable. If he's sometimes hard to understand through the mask, it feels entirely natural, as the result of his horrific state of decay. Also, Pratt pulled off the same trick Patrick Troughton had so beautifully -- making people accept a new and very different protrayal of a character they'd really grown to love. (Though of course with the Master, it's someone we love to hate!)
Beevers's voice for the Master was quite different from Pratt's. I think it would have been better if they hadn't been trying to have him be the same Master but instead given him more of a chance to make the character his own. Because he's a very fine actor as well.
Delgado is the first and probably obviously the best, but I can't not vote for Ainley. He's the Master I grew up with. ;-)
1 month ago on Moffat Can’t Confirm Jenna Coleman for Series 9
@A Friend of the Ood But I know that you know that I know that, therefore the iocaine powder is in front of me!
I like Clara, but to be honest, I think it would be good to move on. For one thing, I feel like her character development has been getting considerably darker as time goes on; if she stays much longer, she'll become a liability to scriptwriters attempting to bring stories to a happy conclusion. They've created a lot to resolve in her story before she can go, but if they wait much longer that problem is only going to get worse.
But more importantly, I think we need to switch things up from time to time on this show. And that's a good thing. If she does stay, I would hope they would first resolve her issues so we don't have that hanging over us (like they resolved Amy's issues at the end of her first season, allowing them to just develop her as a person instead of a plot device), and add a second companion to go along, like they added Rory, except this time I'd prefer it not be a boyfriend, but someone who could potentially stay on after she leaves -- back in the day, companions tended to overlap, after all, and I think it helped ease the transitions.
And as much as I like Danny Pink, I'm not sure he's companion material. Firstly, because his priority is very clearly to the school -- I don't think he'd *want* to be a TARDIS regular. (The actor clearly would like to, but that's a different thing, of course. Maybe Orson Pink would like to fly in the TARDIS?) But I'd just like it to be someone else with no relationship to the existing crew. Something different. A ragtag collection of misfits with nothing else in common besides a love for adventure. ;-) That would be nice.
@davidbrummy The others were all on year-to-year contracts, and I would think he's the same. I think the only Doctor who got a three-year contract was Colin Baker*, and the Beeb ended up breaking it anyway.
*If we don't count Paul McGann, anyway. He got a six-year contract, which only lasted for one episode. But US television contracts are like that. It's really not comparable. People get six-year contracts for shows that ultimately don't even make it to screen.
1 month ago on Capaldi Doesn’t Plan to Regenerate “For a While”
Happy birthday, Mr Russell! I hope you are in good health, and that we'll get to see on on the series again sometime. ;-) It was a delight seeing your cameo in "Adventures in Space and Time", and your work with Big Finish is amazing.
1 month ago on Happy Birthday, William Russell
@The Trickster's Brigade enjoyed ITFOTN... A LOT I've had no trouble understanding Capaldi at all, and I'm American! :-D
@Rise of the Planet of the Pudding Brains Well, they kinda did in the 1996 telemovie. Everything at ground level was set, but the ceiling was inserted in post-production. It didn't work very well, IMHO. (Though in their defense, it was the first time the TARDIS even *had* a ceiling. The Classic series sets never bothered with a ceiling.)
1 month ago on Capaldi Hoping for New TARDIS
@jamesanash101 We get tangerines in America too, though lately clementines are the big thing. Sweeter.
1 month ago on 2014 Christmas Special: Children in Need Clip
@Unibot Weird . . . well, weird is good, I think. ;-)
@The Finn @TheOncomingHurricane @supermoff Fine. Then Romana V and VI. ;-) That said, I don't think all the prose can be taken as canon; seeing the Master and later the Doctor as children means we have to reject "Lungbarrow".
1 month ago on Moffat Mulls Future Companion Not Being Another Earth Girl
@The Lazy Cat Has Attack Eyebrows She'd get along great with Rusty!
@Battlion Well, she *says* she knows where Gallifrey is. She might be lying. ;-) Though probably she does know, for the purely practical reason that she had to escape from it to get here.
1 month ago on Michelle Gomez Reveals Series 9 Return, Rani Trickery
@Polyphase Ah, Robert Holmes. Possibly the best writer the show ever had. I truly love his stuff. That said, I don't even remember when I first saw it, because I've been watching it with my parents since I was an infant. ;-) And it didn't mess me up! Much!
1 month ago on Michelle Gomez Defends Against Finale Complaints
@Typo42 A Gent of Clare Minor correction: that was the Brigadier's second appearance (but his first after being promoted to Brigadier). Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart first appeared, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in "The Web of Fear", now recently released on DVD.
1 month ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven
@Mati C She's not his girlfriend. She might want to be, or more likely is just amused by the idea.
I think it would be very interesting to have a companion who isn't a contemporary Earth girl. In fact, one thing I'd really like to see is another male companion. Even if he's from contemporary Earth, because so far on the revived series all we've had is Jack in a handful of episodes and then Rory for a season and a half. We're getting too many female companions.
I also like the idea others have mentioned below of a couple. Amy/Rory made a nice dynamic. And I was so wishing for Clara/Danny to become a TARDIS pair, just like the first pair of Cole Hill schoolteachers that we had on the show. Would've been a fantastic nod back to the beginning, and I'm still sad nothing has been made of that yet. It's just an easter egg for fans, and I wish they'd done something actually story-related with it. Bring back Ian!
@stargazer0118 And we've got some examples of that from the classic series as well. Non-Earth (and sometimes even non-human) companions:
Susan (Gallifreyan, though the name of her homeworld wasn't invented until long after she left the series)
Vicki (spacefaring future human, not from Earth)
Steven Taylor (spacefaring future human, probably not from Earth)
Leela (human from the Sevateem, descendents of a colony ship)
Jack Harkness (spacefaring future human, not from Earth)
River Song (I'm really not sure how to classify her!)
I started watching in the late 70s, early 80s, when it tended to be more of an ensemble cast. I kind of miss that.