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*chuckles*  That last paragraph has me really strongly thinking of another schoolteacher character.  Is Clara becoming a bit like Susan of Sto Helit from the Discworld books?  ;-)

20 hours, 23 minutes ago on Coleman on Capaldi’s “Mad Curiosity”, Clara’s Home Life

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@GRANDMARSHALL Colin Baker has joked that the best thing about wearing the costume was that it meant he didn't have to look at it.  :-D  He did not like it either.

1 day, 19 hours ago on Moffat on Capaldi’s “Grey-haired stick-insect” Look

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The "reset" is actually pretty consistent with 10's regeneration scene; we saw his face mysteriously heal well before the actual change occurred, and he seemed to be indicating that this meant the process was now irreversibly started.


Hallucinating that Amy was there . . . well, that has precedent.  Both Tom Baker and Peter Davison hallucinated friendly faces (and some decidedly unfriendly faces) during their regenerations.  So as a longtime fan, I was actually glad to see that.

6 days, 13 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration

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I was fully prepared to rant and rave about "TOO LATE, MOFFATT!!!!" but then I read his whole comment and realized he was actually right.  Sure, he's the 12th Doctor to us.  But to him?  He's just the Doctor.  And given how, ah, competitive the various Doctors can be when they're around one another, I suspect Moffatt's right that the Doctor would be a bit annoyed by it.


Which makes me want to do it even more.  :-D  Twelfth Doctor!  Twelfth!


Although....worth mentioning that i can think of one instance when the Doctor *did* identify himself with a number.  And it was under Moffatt's auspices -- in "the Lodger", Matt Smith says "Eleventh."


Whoops.  ;-)

1 week ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title

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@Captain_British I've lived in four places, not counting dorm rooms.  But I know folks who would have to take a lot longer to work that out, because they are *not* loaded and consequently have had to move a lot in pursuit of lower rent.

1 week ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title

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@AdenHuckle PLEASEPLEASEPLEASEPLEASEPLEASE!!!!!!!

1 month ago on Moffat Teases Massive Cliffhanger

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@AriannaTrahan In fairness, a giant ontological paradox is probably right up Doctor Who's alley.  ;-)

1 month ago on Moffat: Who says the Doctor is NOT human?

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I do like a good cliffhanger, so I look forward to this.  ;-)

1 month ago on Moffat Teases Massive Cliffhanger

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Um, Moff, sorry, but he's said it lots of times.  He's explicitly said "I'm not human" on multiple occasions, and sometimes it has even been a plot point.  Grace Holloway couldn't identify his blood as even *being* blood; it looked too different under a microscope.  The Fifth Doctor depended on his different anatomy to get him past the android guard in "Caves of Androzani".  Various other episodes hinged on specific elements of Gallifreyan anatomy.  In "Genesis of the Daleks", the unnamed Time Lord at the beginning alludes to the antiquity of their species by saying that they had mastered teleportation when the universe was "half its present size".  The Sixth Doctor says Time Lord civilization is 10 million years old, suggesting the actual species is much older still, which is at odds with the actual age of humanity.  (Our species is under a million years old.)

I could go on; I'm sure Moffatt thinks he's being clever, just as he was with the "there's a Doctor we didn't know about", but while that one revolves entirely around the Doctor being really embarrassed about that time in his life (which is entirely consistent with his character, really), this one has to go further to explain away fifty years of the Doctor being an alien.  It's just barely possible that Gallifreyans are descended from far future humans, but if so, they've clearly forgotten the fact.  And actually, I did read some fanfic a while back that worked with that essential idea.  It was an intriguing notion, and built on some of the (now non-canonical) revelations of the novel "Lungbarrow".  And essential to it was that if the Doctor is a future human, he is completely unaware of the fact.  And so are all the other Gallifreyans.  Consequently, Moffatt's explanation doesn't fly at all.


Oh, and he can't hang this one on "the Doctor lies" because we'd inexplicably have to have the entire Time Lord race, most of whom don't like him very much, colluding in this lie.  No, if they're future humans, they'd have to somehow be completely oblivious to it, and that's hard to support.  You can get away with it in a fanfic, but in the actual series it would have to hold up for decades to come and I really don't think it would.

1 month ago on Moffat: Who says the Doctor is NOT human?

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BTW, it's worth mentioning that in the unaired pilot that was reworked and reshot for "An Unearthly Child", it's much more explicit about the Doctor and Susan not being human.  Not canon?  Technically, I'd have to agree, but it makes it pretty clear what Syndey Newman and Verity Lambert et al had in mind.

1 month ago on Moffat: Who says the Doctor is NOT human?

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YES!!!  This must happen!

1 month, 1 week ago on The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot Getting A Follow-Up?

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"The Day of the Doctor" I have observed perform precisely such a conversion.  My sister-in-law had never seen Doctor Who before, and now she loves it.  ;-)


From the classic series, I've found that "The Deadly Assassin" makes a good converter story, and so does the arc from "The Keeper of Traken" through "Castrovalva".

1 month, 1 week ago on You will become like us! The Best ‘Converter’ Episodes

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Pshaw.  We were always watching it.  ;-)  And heck, his predecessor was pretty dang easy on the eyes too, and nearly as young when he started.  But one big thing is different today compared to twenty years ago, and that's that it is more acceptable for females to admit that they like science fiction.  I would suggest that we've always been watching, but until recently, we've been relatively quiet about it.

1 month, 1 week ago on Colin Baker: Tennant & Smith Brought Female Fans to Doctor Who

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"The next year, in The Idiot’s Lantern, the Doctor and Rose intended to take their scooter for a spin around the streets of New York – so why did it have a British number plate? That’s irresponsible, Doc."  Not really.  The scooter came from the TARDIS; why should we assume the Doctor would be itching to be in compliance with New York state licensing laws?  It's not like such things have generally been a big deal to him anyway.  (Plus, you can totally operate a vehicle in the US with non-US plates.  They'd like you to eventually get local plates if you're moving in.  But would he be pulled over for having British plates?  No.  In fact, I saw a British car in my home city in middle America not too long ago; they'd had it here long enough to have gotten Minnesota plates, but they'd kept the British ones too.)

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

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@Richy Woo It's not been confirmed whether that's canon or not.  I used to like thinking it as canon, but now I prefer thinking it's not, since it gives her the chance of survival.

1 month, 1 week ago on Series 8: Master Finale Rumours

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@Youforgotaboutthecake He did annotate it with "but not then" so I guess we can make of it what we will.  ;-)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful

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Oooh, more from the JSC visit!  I'm actually not sure which part of that whole thing to geek out about the most.  But it's a very funny bit of improv from all those guys there.  ;-)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful

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@Mikeyboss182 @ilyootha @Notsosmartguy the Superior Venom None of it *needs* to change, but all of it *can* change.  ;-)

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: Tunnel Vision

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NOOOOOOO!!!!  Of course, this is RIGHT after I just broke down and ordered the individual DVDs of those....

1 month, 4 weeks ago on 50th Anniversary Box Set Incoming

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McGann and Baker in space -- anybody have any context to that picture?  Because it seriously looks like the inside of an ISS trainer (that looks suspiciously like a CBM hatch behind them), which makes my geek gland burst from the overload of awesome.  ;-)

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful

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Never mind, I found more context through the magic of Google.  They got to go to Johnson Space Center in Houston and fool around in the ISS trainer.  Very very cool.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful

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@MeglosProductions It's been growing on me.  If you approach it as a campy bit of fun, it's not bad.

2 months ago on The Top Stories & Doctors (According to DWM 2014)

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I actually really like "Time Flight".  I know it's not popular, and the effects . . . well, you can tell they spent the budget on "Earthshock".  But I like it, though admittedly mostly because of its technological guest star, the Concorde.  ;-)

2 months ago on The Top Stories & Doctors (According to DWM 2014)

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@TheCapaldiMasterplan @mlawesome@DWTVAnd don't forget one of the longest running companions of all time: the Brigadier!  He and the rest of the UNIT crew never went into the TARDIS if they could help it, but are generally considered companions anyway.

2 months, 1 week ago on Another New Companion for Series 8?

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@Notsosmartguy the Superior Venom @The_Eternal_Dalek@beskarI don't think he was meant as a clever representation of classic who fans who aren't fond of new who.  Have you seen any of the past multi-Doctor stories?  He acted exactly the way all the other Doctors have acted upon meeting their other selves.


Doctor 2: "Well, so long!  Fancypants."

Doctor 3: "Scarecrow."

2 months, 1 week ago on Moffat: Day Was My Most Difficult Script Ever

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@Planet of the Deaf @mn0062@JulianPrimeAll the six-parter (and longer!) stories during the Pertwee era suffer from that, in my opinion.  Some six-parters work; "Genesis of the Daleks", for instance, I think benefits because it lets us really get to know the Kaleds and then the Thals, and "Seeds of Doom" is great because it lets us have a more stepped story development -- almost two different stories.  But a lot of the ones longer than four parts get too long in places.  To me, it's a bit like reading Charles Dickens, who was a great writer but since he was writing in serial form, padding got him paid more so of course he did it.  ;-)

2 months, 1 week ago on Moffat: Day Was My Most Difficult Script Ever

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@jamface23 How did you feel about Ace?  She was meant to be a teenager.  And as for Susan -- well, we don't know how old she really was.  Don't forget, she was Gallifreyan.  Lord only knows how long they take to reach maturity.  (In the Doctor's case, I think eternity....)

2 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming: Spaceman

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@PaddyB @MoxxNo, this isn't Bad Wolf Bay; that was the much rockier Southerndown Beach.

2 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming: Spaceman

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@Antee991166 @MrRazzaBeing an American, the first time I saw it was on PBS, and it had been edited together into "omnibus" format -- so no cliffhangers, just flowing straight from one episode into another.  That more movie-like format works quite well for it.  It's hard to pace a story to have cliffhangers every 25 minutes, especially if it needs five of them, without some of them getting a little contrived.  ;-)

2 months, 1 week ago on On First View: Genesis of the Daleks

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The Five Doctors demonstrated how difficult it is to have that many Doctors around, especially when you consider that they really only had four of them to deal with.  (Tom Baker's part in that one was nothing more than scavenged "Shada" footage, since he was unavailable.)  Four is definitely pushing it, though they had the "Game of Rassilon" concept to structure it and provide a convenient way of splitting them up for more practical writing and production.  With that in mind, the three they had for the bulk of "Day of the Doctor" was plenty.  I thought it worked out beautifully.  Though I too would've liked to have seen Eccleston again.

2 months, 1 week ago on Smith on 50th Classic Doctor Criticisms

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I think he succeeded.  Not only did I love it, but it turned my daughter from hating Who into loving it, and it made an instant fan out of my sister-in-law, who came to my Doctor Who party but who had never seen Doctor Who before.  That transformation is what convinced me that it was successful.  Not only did it celebrate the series, it also delivered it to new audiences.  And that is amazing.  ;-)

2 months, 1 week ago on Moffat: Day Was My Most Difficult Script Ever

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@Ninjauthor As a woman myself, I like the way he writes his female characters, and have not found him to be demeaning in any way to my gender.  But as with any art, we'll come out of it with different impressions.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Rachel Talalay Directing Series 8

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Given that the more serious attempt (which was in canon, actually) did not succeed in attracting network attention in the US, I think we can rule out a US production, other than things like BBC America co-producing "The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon".  The Torchwood: Miracle Day was more successful, and while we can all debate its merits, it was definitely watched and I think achieved what it set out to do.


So on the whole, I think Doctor Who spinoffs can work overseas, but the core series itself is best kept to a single stream.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Could An Overseas Version of Doctor Who Ever Work?

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Well, to each their own.  I think we've had some extremely handsome Doctors.  ;-)

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat: Handsome Actors don’t suit the Doctor

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@ilyootha Exillon would be really cool.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming in Lanzarote, Hermione Norris Cast

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Lanzarote, returning to the scene of an old adventure . . . oooh, if I hear a rumor that someone's persuaded Mark Strickson to return to acting, I'd be very excited.  ;-)  Lanzarote was where they filmed Turlough's final story (and Peri's first), "The Planet of Fire".  Are they going back to Sarn?

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming in Lanzarote, Hermione Norris Cast

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@Dannie Madsen I take it you haven't seen much of the Seventh, then?  ;-)  He was pretty notorious for being a conniver.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on RTD: Fans Can’t Ignore “Half-Human” Doctor

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By the way, about Bill Nighy -- some folks feel he was underused.  Would you feel better knowing he's been offered the ultimate role on the show and turned it down?  That's right: he was offered the Doctor at least once.  But the Doctor is a gigantic commitment; you have to pretty much put your career on hold.  Sure, RTD and Moffatt have allowed the series to shift around a bit to allow their leading men to maintain their careers a bit, but the fans screamed holy hell over that.  I can entirely understand a famous actor's decision to accept a role which we might feel is not up to their stature.  Cameos are no slight to an actor's professionalism -- quite the contrary, in fact.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on 10 Misused Actors in Doctor Who

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@TheOncomingHurricane @KarenBeeI dunno; I liked House as a disembodied voice.  Made it creepier than if it had a flesh persona.  It was everywhere, inescapable, and then it entered the TARDIS and Rory and Amy had to deal with that same inescapable, omnipresent entity there as well, in what they were used to seeing as a sanctuary.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on 10 Misused Actors in Doctor Who

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@Seekles Yes.  I think a lot of people forget that this is a job to them.  A small role on Doctor Who is great because it means they can mark off that little "to-do" item on their bucket list without a major commitment that can seriously impact their career plans.  I can think of lots of actors I'd love to see on the show, but I'll take whatever I get.  ;-)

2 months, 3 weeks ago on 10 Misused Actors in Doctor Who

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I think we run a very real danger if we start attempting to match actors up with roles "of their caliber", as it were.  For one thing, a lot of actors would consider that a slight on their professionalism.  For another, what are you saying?  That their *fame* is what's important?  That other very fine actors on the series were okay taking their roles because they weren't famous so any insult isn't important?  (Never mind that at least one of these on your list only got famous *after* Doctor Who.)  But more importantly, if your story is all about embiggening a famous star, then it's going to stink.  You want to keep famous actors out of crappy stories?  Then stop worrying about making sure they're in really good stories.  The best stories are ones that concentrate on telling a good story.  If you get hung up in giving your talent enough to chew on, you run a very real risk of that breaking down.


All of the actors you list did an excellent job in the roles they played.  I wouldn't undermine that by saying they deserved better.


Especially John Cleese.  Seriously.  He wasn't even cast in the serial; he just happened to be around the studio, along with Eleanor Bron, and the production team thought it'd be funny since they had a little spare time to throw in a quick scene.  Which begs another question -- why did you leave out Eleanor Bron?  Because she later appeared in "Revelation of the Daleks", perhaps, and presumably you liked that one?  Or did you just not know who she is?


And what is your threshhold for fame?  By now, the majority of Doctor Who actors are noted thespians.  They're generally very happy to "do a turn" on Doctor Who.  Let's try not to mistake "I'm a fan of so-and-so and I want to see more of him" for "so-and-so was cheated".

2 months, 3 weeks ago on 10 Misused Actors in Doctor Who

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I dunno.  I personally put it in the same bucket as the Morbius Doctors and UNIT dating.  ;-)

2 months, 3 weeks ago on RTD: Fans Can’t Ignore “Half-Human” Doctor

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@Noybusiness I would totally watch a Paternoster series!

3 months ago on How About A Retroseries Spin-off?

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@Noybusiness @craig33 I agree; I think that's an excellent idea.

3 months ago on How About A Retroseries Spin-off?

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I think it would be a bad idea, actually.  Getting Richard Hurndall in to play the First Doctor in "The Five Doctors" did work out, but . . . well, he wasn't Hartnell, and he did play it differently.  That's inevitable, really.  The genius of Doctor Who is that it allows you to recast the lead without dealing with the inevitable comparisons of who did it better, because actually, although it's the same man, it's also *not* the same man.  It's a different version, so of course it will be a different performance.  But casting someone to play an existing incarnation of the Doctor, for more than just a one-off . . . that takes the essential genius of the format and throws it out the window.  I loved "Adventures in Space and Time", and I think they did a really magnificent job.  But I think it if were drawn out into new classic Who episodes that it would break down.  No, I think this is a series that, on screen at least, should always keep moving forwards, not back.

3 months ago on How About A Retroseries Spin-off?

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@RobertLythgoe @Antee991166@awkward912I've found that Time Flight improves greatly on repeat viewings, as you stop paying attention to the horrible FX and shots that could've been staged better if they'd had a bit more time.  The thing is, they'd blown their budget on Earthshock, so Time Flight suffered.

3 months ago on On First View: The Dalek Invasion of Earth

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@RobertLythgoe I agree; it's nowhere near as bad as it's made out to be.  Well, as long as you can overlook the fact that it has almost no relationship to the actual gunfight at the OK Corral (which actually was a historical event and not just something made up for Westerns).

3 months ago on On First View: The Dalek Invasion of Earth

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@Wibbly-Wobbly Strawberry Jelly @Huknar@RobertLythgoe@AztecsDaleksAndCavemenI'd love to see RTD guest-write, but I don't think he will; I recall him saying in interviews that he was looking forward to being on "the outside" again so he could enjoy it as a fan again.  ;-)

3 months, 1 week ago on Matt Smith: I’ll happily come back

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He used the word "Whoniverse" -- I wonder if he's a fan and just doesn't want to spoil the magic by being in it.  ;-)  RTD has mentioned in interviews that he's very happy he can go back to being a fan again.  I think there's something to that.  It's a different experience being inside as opposed to outside.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Cumberbatch Rules Out Doctor Who Role

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Oh, that would've been so lovely.  I just started re-watching her final season and it's heartbreaking to see how they were clearly laying the groundwork for more, and yet the season is really quite brief.  She had to have already known she was dying, but she kept on anyway.  Almost too much of a professional.  Such a magnificent lady.


And now to learn we might've had a 4th Doctor reunion.....oh, what a shame to have lost that.  :-(  But then, she gave every bit she could, and I have to remember that and keep it in mind.  Elisabeth Sladen was absolutely committed to any job she took, and that dedication shows -- and I think it's why we got such a good final season, even if it is painfully short.  I think if they'd known she was sick, they would've asked her to take a break, to rest, or to have even retired the character.  Instead, she gets an ending a bit like how Doctor Who prepared for cancellation; the series was cancelled after "Survival" was in the can, so they had to tack something on to the end to give it closure.  But since the serial was basically done, they were limited to something that closed it without actually *ending* it.


And that's how SJA ended up as well.  What became final episode was basically in the can when she died, so the best they could do is tack on something that would close it without ending it.  And because of that, we're left with a great deal of momentum, and a sense that they are absolutely all still having adventures.  Only now they get to have them in our minds.


It's not as good as still having new episodes, but it's a lot better than what we'd have if they'd intentionally closed down the series, I think.  And we have Elisabeth Sladen's professionalism to thank for that.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Tom Baker Reunion with Sarah Jane Was Planned

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