OncomingAvenger in a Browncoat with a stake
I was born. I'm still I'll alive. One day I'll die. Maybe I'll come back to haunt you...
Probably not. In the meantime I am completely and utterly in love with Joss Whedon's brain. That's pretty much all you need to know about me.
Brilliant first article Stuart! I completely agree, I really really did not like DIH, and all the points you made were very well argued. Another thing which you didn't mention that I had a problem with was the whole pollination thing. Like the morgue scene! How on Earth did nobody notice that that body was a Cyberman? There's just no way they could've missed that. Which means that it started off as a human corpse and became a Cyberman... under the sheet? In the morgue? With a bit of pollinating water on the floor? Come on. That is just ridiculous. Plus I know Missy said that St Paul's was bigger on the inside, and there was some fold-y dimension or something, but I would've liked a slightly better explanation than that as to why nobody noticed that St Paul's was housing loads of floating corpses. And Chris Addison was waaay too underused.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on The Problems with Death in Heaven
Great article! I haven't seen much of Hartnell at all, just all 4 parts of An Unearthly Child, but I would love to see more.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Doctor Who In Perspective 1963-1966
How on Earth did you manage to choose just 6?! Very impressive!
3 weeks, 6 days ago on 51 Years of Doctor Who: Decade Defining Moments
@MasterOfHandles I'm all for a female Master (I don't particularly like Missy but that's because of the way she's written, no because she's female) but I am very, very against a female Doctor.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
Brilliant article! I agree with all your points about Missy not being the Master because she doesn't have the character traits (cunning etc), but I disagree in that I don't mind the Master being female. The problem is how well the character is written, and while I loved Michelle Gomez in the role, I didn't think she had much to work with, and she wasn't Master-y enough. I thought her whole plan was ridiculous and she was very out of character. Nonetheless, a well-written female Master played by Michelle Gomez would be wonderful. But I still do not want a female Doctor, ever ever ever.
9/10 The whole beginning was a bit meh, and Missy was so obviously the Master, and the skeletons were so obviously Cybermen, but still very good. Unfortunately next week's episode is going to make absolutely no sense whatsoever. Still, I'm glad to finally have a two-parter. And Michelle Gomez was fantastic (though not quite John Simm.) Assuming she is the Master - we only have her word for it.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water
@Pockydon We're not complaining that she's been developed, we're complaining that she's overshadowing the Doctor. The two are completely different things. She could've been effectively developed as a character without overshadowing the Doctor. I personally don't feel that has been achieved.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?
I voted yes, and I am against it, but the no vote is going to win this one.
Yes, her character has been developed. That's a good thing, I'm not complaining about that in the slightest. But she could've been just as effectively developed with less of a focus on her, particularly her relationship with Danny, or in episodes like Kill The Moon, so she could've been better developed since series 7, and not suffer criticisms of overshadowing the Doctor, which I feel she has done a little bit.
Sounds good! Still...
"As the Doctor faces his greatest challenge, sacrifices must be made before the day is won."
Haven't heard that before!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Death in Heaven Official Synopsis
Those visuals are gorgeous!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on In the Forest of the Night Clip
Nice article. I don't hate Clara if she were a person - yeah, she's bossy, and a bit of a brat, and occasionally a liar, but aren't we all? (Answer: yes.) I just have a problem with the Doctor being portrayed as a bad guy, but more than that, with the focus Clara is getting. It's not Jenna's fault, and it's not the character's fault, but the fact is, I think Clara is being portrayed as more important than the Doctor at the moment, and I don't think she is. Therefore I am going to take against her.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”
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 months ago on 12 Great Moments From Flatline
@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 months ago on Write for Doctor Who TV
Nice review. I loved Flatline, probably the best of the series, despite that conclusion...
2 months ago on Flatline Review
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 Doctor. Turn 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.
2 months ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’
And there I was hoping they'd kill him off.
2 months ago on Anderson on Series 8 Finale, Danny Future
"Cottrell Boyce wanted put to the Doctor at a disadvantage, placing him in a situation where he hasn’t got any superpowers"
2 months ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8
@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.
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...
2 months, 1 week ago on Who Tunes: Ranking the Lyrical Songs of Doctor Who
@supermoff is now in 2D! I honestly thought the Doctor would lose that one, but I'm glad he didn't.
2 months, 1 week ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote
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.
I'm glad it got the highest AI rating so far - it definitely deserved it.
2 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
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.
2 months, 1 week ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Review
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.
2 months, 1 week ago on Next Time: Flatline
I really love that jazz version of Queen.
2 months, 1 week ago on Foxes ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ Full Song (Featuring New Series 8 Clips)
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.
2 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express
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.
2 months, 1 week ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Advance Review
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.
2 months, 1 week ago on Downey Jr on Who Role: “Anything’s possible”
@Whogasms Except Jenna Colman's screentime probably totalled about 30 seconds...
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 months, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon
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?!
@JamesStroud @iamthedoctor I don't think she portrayed a teenager perfectly at all, but I didn't mind her anyway.
"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 months, 2 weeks ago on Next Time: Mummy on the Orient Express
@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 months, 2 weeks ago on Face-Off: Gareth Roberts’ Episodes
Unicorn And The Wasp forever.
In The Forest Of The Night
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)
"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.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on 2nd Opinion: The Caretaker
Two years!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! God, I'm old!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Remembering the Ponds – 2 Years On
People: the final figures have dropped after every episode.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
I liked it, on the whole. The trouble is, the Doctor has become a bit-part in his own show.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Caretaker Review
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.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on 12 Great Moments From The Caretaker
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...
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.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
Meh. I want fun. Gareth Roberts + Doctor Who = Fun, plus he's a great writer. I've liked all his previous eps.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Caretaker Advance Review
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.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Why I Love… Closing Time
Love Graham Norton!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Capaldi on Graham Norton This Friday
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.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Celebrating “The Highlander” and “The Bad Wolf”
@gunslinger19 "total lack of character development"
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.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Your Verdict on Listen & Episode Ranking