Livefyre Profile

Activity Stream

All good moments, but I loved the bit where they were talking to the Boneless, and it said the number of the guy they just killed, and Clara was arguing that it might be apologising, and then it said the number of a different guy... who it then killed. I just thought that was a great scene.

2 days, 8 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From Flatline

Reply

@DWTV Hi DWTV. I was wondering if I could submit an article after In The Forest Of The Night examining all the episodes written by new writers this series? I'm asking now because I figure I probably won't be the only person with that idea! If someone has already been promised that article, or if someone writes one that's better than mine, that's fine. I was just kind of letting you know in advance.

2 days, 8 hours ago on Write for Doctor Who TV

Reply

Nice review. I loved Flatline, probably the best of the series, despite that conclusion...

2 days, 14 hours ago on Flatline Review

Reply

Very well written article, as ever. I don't even have a problem with Clara's character/personality etc. If she were slightly less of a focus, she would be great. Not my favourite, but pretty darn good. But I tune in every Saturday to a programme that is definitely called Doctor Who. The emphasis being on the DoctorTurn Left, The Girl Who Waited and particularly Human Nature/The Family Of Blood are all fantastic, but they are the few episodes where the companions play a big part. The "Doctor-lite" episodes in series 2 and 3 for example, also coincided with the "companion-lite" eps, so the main focus of the series as a whole was always the Doctor. 


And here come the Rose arguments. That was different. Rose's relationship was with the Doctor, he played a huge part in her life from the start, and continued to right up to her leaving on Bad Wolf Bay... both times. Clara's relationship is with Danny who I personally feel hasn't been all that well developed yet. It's not a problem with Samuel Anderson's acting, it's the writing. He's just not complex enough yet, if you like. That's quite a bad way of putting it but whatever. But it's not just the relationship that means Clara plays a bigger part. She's not even helping the Doctor out any more, she's doing the solving. She is the focus of every episode, and that is not right. It's effecting Capaldi's Doctor. We were promised a darker Doctor, and I suppose he is, if dark could also mean grumpy. But he's been way too reliant on Clara, almost scared. Listen was good, but every episode has been about her! Yes she's the companion, and yes she should have a predominant role in the show. But this can be achieved without as much, well predominance as she has. I feel the knock-on effect on Capaldi's Doctor is even effecting the strength of the episodes. I'm sorry to be negative (it's a crime, shoot me down!) but that's what I think. The show is called Doctor Who. I want to watch a show about the Doctor. Now look what you made me do! I wrote an essay. Whoops.

4 days, 6 hours ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’

Reply

And there I was hoping they'd kill him off.

4 days, 12 hours ago on Anderson on Series 8 Finale, Danny Future

Reply

"Cottrell Boyce wanted put to the Doctor at a disadvantage, placing him in a situation where he hasn’t got any superpowers" 


That is what I want to hear!

5 days, 8 hours ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

Reply

@The Lazy Cat is Watching Some Clara Who "but this is the real-life version." 

If Donna wasn't a real-life version, I don't know what she was. Also, so far Clara has seemed very much like a goody two-shoes.



5 days, 8 hours ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

Reply

Nice article, but my favourite will always be Song For Ten. Just gorgeous, plus so many memories! I first heard that when I was 5 years old back in 2005. Ah, the start of a fantastic era... 

1 week ago on Who Tunes: Ranking the Lyrical Songs of Doctor Who

Reply

@supermoff is now in 2D! I honestly thought the Doctor would lose that one, but I'm glad he didn't.

1 week, 1 day ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote

Reply

Well I am genuinely surprised at the outcome of both of the polls! I honestly thought the majority would be on Clara's side, and I thought that overall we'd vote lights off. I voted on the Doctor's side - while I felt Clara had a point, I also felt she overreacted, and I agreed that it was time the Doctor let us sort out our own problems for once. But I honestly thought we'd kill the moon. In a real life situation given the knowledge I had and the circumstances I was under, I would definitely have turned my lights off. I guess 52.81% of the people on this site are better human beings than I am.

1 week, 1 day ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote

Reply

I'm glad it got the highest AI rating so far - it definitely deserved it.

1 week, 1 day ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

Reply

Easily the best ep of the series so far. Not Clara-centric, a proper monster. Felt reminiscent of something from the RTD era, and I liked it.

1 week, 2 days ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Review

Reply

But how do you hide when even the walls are no protection? 

Are the walls usually protection? Anyway, really looking forward to this since Jamie Mathieson has already written my favourite ep of the series so far.



1 week, 3 days ago on Next Time: Flatline

Reply

I really love that jazz version of Queen.

1 week, 3 days ago on Foxes ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ Full Song (Featuring New Series 8 Clips)

Reply

8/10, really great. Easily my favourite of the series so far! Didn't really get what the scroll was for, or why the mummy was a soldier, but what the hell, it kept me guessing and wasn't all about Clara! Finally! Really looking forward to another ep form Jamie Mathieson next week.

1 week, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express

Reply

Well I am one of the few people who loves Voyage Of The Damned, and part of the larger group of people who loves Unicorn.

1 week, 6 days ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Advance Review

Reply

Downey Jr on Who Role: “Anything’s possible” 

But not this. This isn't possible. This kind of thing only happens in my wildest dreams. I'm going to say something, and you'll all disagree, but what the hell: RDJ is just too cool for Doctor Who. 



1 week, 6 days ago on Downey Jr on Who Role: “Anything’s possible”

Reply

@Whogasms Except Jenna Colman's screentime probably totalled about 30 seconds...

1 week, 6 days ago on Downey Jr on Who Role: “Anything’s possible”

Reply

Yeah, not bad. Would've liked to see way more of the spiders though, and I thought Clara at the end was massively overreacting. Plus didn't really care about Hermione Norris. Her performance was good, but her character was just a bit boring. I don't even know her name. Courtney I liked though.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon

Reply

Hang on, hang on. That thing had just hatched - it was literally a baby, like a couple of minutes old - and it laid an egg?!

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon

Reply

@JamesStroud @iamthedoctor I don't think she portrayed a teenager perfectly at all, but I didn't mind her anyway.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon

Reply

"Once you see the horrifying Mummy you only have 66 seconds to live. No exceptions, no reprieve."

Well that's obviously not the case because I can already tell you at least Clara or the Doctor or Frank Skinner will see it and live - probably some combination of the three.



2 weeks, 3 days ago on Next Time: Mummy on the Orient Express

Reply

@Baker Street is scared of spiders... KILL THE MOON Yup, up there with my favourite of all time. I know it off by heart ;-)

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Face-Off: Gareth Roberts’ Episodes

Reply

Unicorn And The Wasp forever.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Face-Off: Gareth Roberts’ Episodes

Reply

In The Forest Of The Night

3 weeks ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)

Reply

 "One of Roberts’ finest abilities has always been to craft each individual aspect into a whole episode with a sense of connection and suitability."

Interesting how you mention Shakespeare and Closing Time as examples. Maybe Unicorn (which I LOVE) went without saying a little bit! 

"But, the body in the library? I mean, Professor Peach, in the library, with a lead pipe."  - Donna 


Great reviews anyway.




3 weeks ago on 2nd Opinion: The Caretaker

Reply

Two years!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! God, I'm old!

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Remembering the Ponds – 2 Years On

Reply

People: the final figures have dropped after every episode.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

Reply

I liked it, on the whole. The trouble is, the Doctor has become a bit-part in his own show. 

3 weeks, 2 days ago on The Caretaker Review

Reply

Nice article. I agree with most of it, apart from 2. Danny's line - in fact that whole little bit of dialogue with the two of them - about it being a promise, and them being finished if Clara breaks it, came across as a bit controlling. I know it wasn't supposed to, and maybe it's just me, but that's the impression I was given.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on 12 Great Moments From The Caretaker

Reply

Ooh! By the way, anyone notice that line about the SB being attracted to Artron energy? Well that was obviously down to the Tardis coming and going over 50 years. So technically it's the Doctor's fault that the SB was there. So technically it's his fault that the policeman died. Ties in with Half-face and Gretchen...

3 weeks, 2 days ago on 12 Great Moments From The Caretaker

Reply

I liked that one a lot! Very funny. Gotta love Gareth Roberts. I thought the least interesting parts were with Clara and Danny, though I imagine they were by Moffat. I also imagine he wrote the ending, which I did enjoy. Nice direction by Paul Murphy. Hope Courtney dies next episode.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker

Reply

Meh. I want fun. Gareth Roberts + Doctor Who = Fun, plus he's a great writer. I've liked all his previous eps.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on The Caretaker Advance Review

Reply

Great article! I do really like Closing Time, but it's 100% down to Smith and Corden, the dialogue, banter, jokes, Stormageddon and everything else. The actual story... is not so good. And the ending is ridiculous, but I still love it! Plus I'm a Gareth Roberts fan in general, particularly The Unicorn And The Wasp

4 weeks ago on Why I Love… Closing Time

Reply

Love Graham Norton!

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Capaldi on Graham Norton This Friday

Reply

Great article. I have to confess, I haven't seen any of Jamie at all, having started the Classic series from Pertwee upwards. Obviously I fully intend to rectify this. In the mean time, HAPPY BIRTHDAY BILLIE PIPER!!! The best and most under-appreciated companion.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Celebrating “The Highlander” and “The Bad Wolf”

Reply

@gunslinger19 "total lack of character development" 

...What?!



4 weeks, 1 day ago on Celebrating “The Highlander” and “The Bad Wolf”

Reply

Yay! Blink won! I am genuinely surprised, and happy. Can't remember what score I gave Listen, but I know I didn't think there was a monster... Ah well, the ambiguity is part of its greatness! Definitely agree with the episode rankings so far.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Your Verdict on Listen & Episode Ranking

Reply

@Ottoman14   "Another thing I loved about Blink was how small scale it was. I know there was talk of the threat of the Angels getting into the TARDIS, but really it felt like a two humans being terrorised by aliens- I really liked that small scale perspective. It's a welcome break from the usual 'all of time and space in danger' thing."

 Literally agree with everything in that paragraph!



1 month ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen

Reply

I really hope it's good because I think apart from Listen, all the others this series have been kind of meh. And i don't have very high hopes for Time Heist or The Caretaker (though I am still looking forward to the latter.)

1 month ago on Kill The Moon BBC Synopsis

Reply

Steven Moffat has said that this one has the best opening credits sequence of the lot...

1 month ago on Time Heist Clips & Introduction

Reply

Blinkblinkblinkblinkblinkblinkblinkblinkblinkblinkblinkblinkblinkblinkblinkblinkblinkblinkblinkblink




1 month ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen

Reply

"The Mummy was deemed too scary by the BBC and will require a later time slot.

That's strange, the Guardian are reporting that it's to accommodate Strictly Come Dancing.



1 month ago on Tantalising Details on Episodes 5-8 of Series 8

Reply

Great reviews, and I did enjoy it, but I certainly wouldn't call it one of the best Who stories ever! Far from it - Blink was better IMO. Question, if someone could answer that would be helpful: Why didn't Clara tell the Doctor that she had a connection to Rupert and Orson?

1 month ago on 2nd Opinion: Listen

Reply

I'm really looking forward to this one - love Gareth Roberts!!!

1 month ago on The Caretaker BBC Synopsis

Reply

Don't like the sound of Kill The Moon to be honest - sounds a bit silly. It just got heavier? So they nuke it?! But I suppose it's too early to be finding plot holes yet! The other three I'm looking forward to, particularly Mummy On The Orient Express now it's supposed to be scary...

1 month ago on Tantalising Details on Episodes 5-8 of Series 8

Reply

“I’ve never seen the Doctor do something like this before…” 

Well, he's hardly going to say "this is the kind of thing the Doctor does all the time," is he? "Things will never be the same again..." Sounds almost too dramatic to be believed.



1 month ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon

Reply

The Idiot's Lantern 

The Unquiet Dead 

Robot Of Sherwood 

Night Terrors 

The Crimson Horror 

Victory Of The Daleks 

Cold War 

But I have to say, apart form the top 2, I'm not a huge fan of any of them. I get the appeal, guess he's just not for me.

1 month ago on Your Verdict on Robot of Sherwood

Reply

Nice article, but I completely disagree with number 2. I really liked Listen, but that scene was, in my opinion, utter rubbish. The Doctor, turning his back on a brand new species and shaking as he lets it walk away? No. Just no. Hartnell, Troughton, Pertwee, Baker, Davison, Baker, McCoy, McGann, Hurt, Eccleston, Tennant, Smith none of them would've just turned their backs and let it go. That is not who the Doctor is. 

You can argue and say that he was scared, or that when they got to the end of the universe he changed his mind and wanted to wait it out to see what it was, but that doesn't change the fact that in the first place, he turned his back. That was Steven Moffat trying to scare us, so blatantly, it made the Doctor seem like a tool: "if he's scared, we must be too!" Yeah, he probably would've been scared, but he would've turned around.

1 month, 1 week ago on 12 Great Moments From Listen

Reply

@Eleven's Monsters @Doctor What and Where "She's done more than any of them" 

Martha traveled around the world for a year, just so she could spread the word about the Doctor to everyone she could. 

We saw the consequences when Donna failed to save his life in Turn Left.



1 month, 1 week ago on 12 Great Moments From Listen

Reply