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@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. ;-)
2 days, 7 hours 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.
2 days, 7 hours 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. ;-)
3 days, 9 hours 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.
3 days, 10 hours 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.
3 days, 10 hours 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.)
5 days, 11 hours ago on Capaldi Hoping for New TARDIS
@jamesanash101 We get tangerines in America too, though lately clementines are the big thing. Sweeter.
1 week, 1 day 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 week, 2 days 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 week, 2 days 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 week, 2 days 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 week, 2 days 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.
@Malohkeh @The Lazy Cat Has Attack Eyebrows Oh wow, I would probably vanish into a LEGO Doctor Who game and never be seen again. They're awesome.
1 week, 2 days ago on Lego Doctor Who Sets Could Still Happen
SHUT UP, LEGO, AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!!!
@TheDreamer... wanting her DW Christmas NOW! It is a plot-straw, and can be exactly as long as it needs to be. Climb aboard!
1 week, 4 days ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven
@Typo42 A Gent of Clare I'm an American, and I was not offended. Our rather obnoxiously vocal religious right is a minority, but one which has gained a disturbing amount of power in recent years, and I have no problem having that pointed out.
@YaelMoise *grabs that straw desperately*
I want Osgood to live, so I'm grabbing that straw for all it's worth!
1 week, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven
@Typo42 A Gent of Clare Unnamed UNIT guards are always for exactly one thing: being overcome by the baddie. ;-) Why break that tradition now?
1 week, 5 days ago on Death in Heaven Review (Part 1)
@Qbrain @Angie Whodini has Ravio's bracelet Vaporization will kill a Time Lord. That's been well established; in "Arc of Infinity" we learn it's the preferred method of execution (and the Doctor very narrowly escapes it himself).
@Polyphase And if we go back to the classic series, "Attack of the Cybermen" allows us to see people who failed the conversion process and are being used as slave labor, as well as a man who is undergoing the process but overcomes it to kill the Cybercontroller. Go back even further, and in "Tomb of the Cybermen" we see Toberman overcome cyber-conditioning as well. So it's clear that some people are able to overcome the conditioning if they have enough motivation.
"The Doctor does get to salute the Brig, but the moment only feels sentimental because the episode tells the audience it should be, not 30 minutes prior."
I take it you're not a big fan of Chekov, then?
@Whogasms knows THAT MISSY TELEPORTED, NOT DIED! Season 16 is the best. ;-) Of course, that's the old series....
@Zeldazelda It was amazingly tragic. I wasn't expecting that. And they killed Osgood! That's like killing Benton, or kicking a puppy! You don't do that! (Though yeah, that's why it worked. I hate that.) And they're still lying to each other....
Oh that scene, without any words, where the Doctor goes to check on Gallifrey only to learn that he's been expertly trolled.... That's why they've got Capaldi as the Doctor. Stuff like that. It was an agonizing and beautifully done scene. So we know he's lying to Clara in order to make it easy for her to go to the future she should have. The future which we know is impossible, because he's interrupted her telling him, and now she feels she should lie to spare *him* so he can go off and go to Gallifrey.....
Like "Gift of the Magi", only more heartbreaking. But as much as I like Clara, she does have to go. It's time for her to grow up; time to stop flying off to Neverland, so to speak. And of course Danny saved the boy. What else could he do, and still live with himself?
@DocWhoFan @Notsosmartguy Approves of female Master Maybe through timey-wimey weirdness he becomes Handles. :-D
2 weeks ago on 10 Anticipated Death in Heaven Moments
@ShaneGeoghegan During the extras for last week's episode, as they showed them setting up for filming, they were indeed bringing out a prop phone booth. So yeah, I'm pretty sure it is indeed her TARDIS!
@LordRassilon Well, they did also include Barak Obama in David Tennant's swansong, but maybe he counts more as a historical figure even if he's more of a current event at the moment. ;-) I'm sure there have been others, but I think DW has generally avoided naming current celebrities unless it wants to tie an episode to a particular time and place.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Clara’s Mysterious Phone Call: A Theory
@joe4 @Screminmeme79 New role models for each gender? What, are you saying we're not allowed to share role models ever? That the Separate Spheres concept so beloved by the Victorians must still prevail?
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Capaldi and Moffat on the Master’s Gender Change
@The_Eternal_Dalek @The 4th Doctor And if anyone wants to go by how the show originated, THAT should settle it. Sydney Newman liked the idea. There. Done. ;-)
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Capaldi and Moffat on the Master’s Gender Change
@madscotsmandoctor Well, since a large percentage of comments on articles about lunar probes are about revealing how NASA faked Apollo, I tend not to put a lot of stock in the percentage of favorable/unfavorable Internet comments.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water
@TazminDaytime @The17thDoctor "Revelation of the Daleks"
2 weeks, 3 days ago on BBC Defends Dark Water Complaints
@Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen @Marstobi37 And a *smaller* audience. Doctor Who's audience is huge, and covers all ages. Torchwood is meant to be edgy and challenging, so one expects that sort of thing a bit more. So I can understand why there weren't complaints about Torchwood, but there are about this.
@bigmudcake *HUGGLES* My condolences on your loss. It was inevitable this would hit some people harder than others. That said, several people in my family have died recently, and most have been cremated; it didn't bother me because I anticipated it was going to be a hoax perpetrated by 3W to terrify people into signing on with their "aftercare service". I also felt that in order for us to properly relate to the terror potential clients would feel, it would need to be something seriously distressing.
There's always gonna be something that kicks you in the gut, if it's a good show. What it is will be different for everyone. For me, I had one that was very personal. In my case, it happened in "Gridlock". Not a particularly deep story, really, but there's a moment where all the people trapped in the gridlock start singing "The Old Rugged Cross". We'd just had our grandmother's funeral the day before that, and guess what song was sung? Yep. Her personal favorite: "The Old Rugged Cross".
I sang along and then cried so hard I missed several minutes of the episode. Had to stop it and come back later.
That's not really the same thing as this, because they couldn't possibly have predicted (or expected) my reaction. But stuff like that brings all the pain of loss right back. Doesn't help if it comes along with an implicit guilt trip over how the final arrangements were handled. I'm glad they gave out the solitary spoiler that the dead aren't really still conscious; it's a hoax by Missy. Hopefully that helps some folks.
@markdaventry @YaelMoise hopes Seb lives! @Exalos That zipping sound was the point going over your head, Mark. The point is you're exactly as insultingly dismissive and condescending as they were.
@DrainOfMorbius Oh, like that's not a spoilery question. :-D :-D :-D
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Death in Heaven Advance Review
@DavrosLives Well, us hopeless geeks can hope. ;-)
"Osgood gets an offer she can’t refuse."
Companion? Please? ;-)
@pats86 @SirTrey First off, the role model was always supposed to be the companion, not the Doctor, which is why back in the beginning they always had multiple companions. The girls wanted to be Barabar, and the boys wanted to be Ian. (And everybody also wanted to be a Dalek, let's face it.) It shifted in 1970 when Doctor Who went through its biggest shifts of all -- companions being exclusively female (unless you count K9) for a full decade, the switch to color, and of course the recurring cast and location as the Doctor got stranded on Earth. Apart from a couple of male companions here and there, it really hasn't gone back to what it was, when the Doctor had a gaggle of humans following him around.
Secondly, why does one's role model have to be the same gender as yourself? Many girls do see the Doctor as a role model. In fact, us ladies have had to get used to taking male role models if we want a model who is a strong leader, since there are so few female leaders offered as role models in fiction. If we can get used to that, so can you. ;-)
And yeah, the Doctor was a father once. Now we know Time Lords sometimes have the option of seeing both sides of parenting. ;-) So what?
2 weeks, 3 days ago on A Study of Regeneration: Lord or Lady?
@BLINKANDYOUREDEAD @pats86 Given how staggered ages would be in a Time Lord family, I suspect they don't even raise their own children very often. "Listen" kind of suggests they send them away to boarding schools (unless that was actually the Lungbarrow estates? Hm?)
@VictorWong1 @B910 Regarding Romana -- he didn't abandon her in E-Space, but we don't know anything about her activities in the Time War. The expanded universe canon has her eventually returning to Gallifrey and eventually assuming the post of President. At the end of the war, of course, we know Rassilon had returned to the Presidency, so if we use the expanded universe, then Romana would have to have been deposed, or was somehow eliminated much earlier, perhaps inspiring the Time Lords to go back into the Death Zone and wake old Rassilon up. So if it had been Romana, I would expect this line to have referred to events during the war.