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There's only one writer in the whole universe cooler than Joss Whedon, and THAT is saying something. So what does that say about RTD?
In The Forest Of The Night
7 hours, 4 minutes 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.
11 hours, 40 minutes ago on 2nd Opinion: The Caretaker
Two years!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! God, I'm old!
1 day, 11 hours ago on Remembering the Ponds – 2 Years On
People: the final figures have dropped after every episode.
2 days, 11 hours 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 days, 11 hours 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 days, 7 hours 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.
3 days, 7 hours 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.
4 days, 11 hours 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.
1 week ago on Why I Love… Closing Time
Love Graham Norton!
5 days, 7 hours 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.
1 week, 1 day 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.
1 week, 1 day ago on Your Verdict on Listen & Episode Ranking
@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 week, 5 days ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen
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 week, 5 days ago on Kill The Moon BBC Synopsis
Steven Moffat has said that this one has the best opening credits sequence of the lot...
1 week, 5 days ago on Time Heist Clips & Introduction
"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 week, 6 days ago on Tantalising Details on Episodes 5-8 of Series 8
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 week, 6 days ago on 2nd Opinion: Listen
I'm really looking forward to this one - love Gareth Roberts!!!
1 week, 6 days ago on The Caretaker BBC Synopsis
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...
“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 week, 6 days ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon
The Idiot's Lantern
The Unquiet Dead
Robot Of Sherwood
The Crimson Horror
Victory Of The Daleks
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.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Your Verdict on Robot of Sherwood
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.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Listen
@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.
I read that article on the Guardian. I have to say, I don't have a problem with his accent, but he does occasionally speak quite fast. I can always understand him, but I can see how, for some foreign viewers, the speed at which he talks plus the accent could make him difficult to understand. I don't think it's a big deal though - subtitles, end of the world!!! Plus it goes both ways. I could not understand half of what was said on True Detective.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Is Capaldi’s Accent Causing Issues?
She was ok, but I didn't think she was any better than other one-off characters. When we get a new companion, I'd prefer it to be someone who hasn't been in the show before. Good article though! (Unless it's Wilf by the way. I'm still rooting for a Wilf return.)
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Taking a ‘Journey’ Into the Future: The Next Companion
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Face-Off: The Gatiss Episodes
What about the episode 5 synopsis? have we had that?
2 weeks, 5 days ago on The Caretaker BBC Synopsis
Glad that Dalek won (no real surprise though.)
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Your Verdict on Into the Dalek
I think my favourite of these has to be the dungeon.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Robot of Sherwood
@DWTV Fair enough. But I do worry that he won't be so popular with the younger audience.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
I'm not saying DW is in any danger - it's not, let's face it! And I know those are only overnight figures but I swear the RTD era had higher overnight figures. And the Matt era, for that matter. I don't think Capaldi will be appealing to a younger audience so much, despite the Matt cameo in DB, and despite being absolutely amazing!
@TardisBoy I was really trying to keep my expectations low, especially as I haven't really been a fan of any Moffat eps since The Eleventh Hour, excluding Day of course! But after this trailer, I've given up. It is literally impossible!
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Next Time: Listen
Nice article, very interesting. If Will Scarlett does turn up, I will definitely start to think there's something suspicious going on...
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Robin Whood: Meet the Legend
“Can you explain your plan without using the words “sonic screwdriver”?”
Yes, please do something without the Sonic this ep!
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Robot of Sherwood – 12 Hints & Teasers
Great article, as usual! This just highlights one of the many reasons I wasn't that keen on Into The Dalek.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Sciencey Wiencey: Into the Dalek
Should be interesting, but I'm not ridiculously excited for it. Haven't been a huge fan of Gatiss episodes in the past, apart from The Idiot's Lantern. But I am slightly acquainted with Paul Murphy, so it's good to hear the directing was decent. Also I'm looking forward to an episode that doesn't have Moffat's name on it.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Robot of Sherwood Spoiler-Free Review
Before Capaldi, I would've said he'd pretty much missed his chance, but now, there's no reason why he couldn't be the Doctor too I guess. That would be pretty cool, I like him a lot, but he wouldn't be my first choice.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Ben Miller Would Love To Play the Doctor
Just so long as it all makes sense at the end and doesn't carry on into series 9. That is my only hope for this arc. Apart from that, I'm really excited to see where it's going.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on The Series 8 Arc: A Match Made In Heaven?
No offence Phil and Moffat or ITD fans, but if it beats Dalek... I don't even know what I'll do. Dalek is (yes, in my opinion) far and away the superior episode by a LOT.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Face-Off: Dalek vs Into the Dalek
Toby Whithouse. Nuff said.
4 weeks ago on Horowitz on Showrunner Rumours
I really didn't like Into The Dalek to be honest, which is a shame because I love The Waters Of Mars. But this just made so little sense on so many levels.
4 weeks ago on Into the Dalek Review
I gave it 7/10 and I think The Eleventh Hour was better, but I don't think the Doctor physically pushed the Half-Faced Man. But he definitely died because of the Doctor. I think the Doctor persuaded him to do it, like he got Gretchen to sacrifice herself. And they both ended up in Heaven, because of him...
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Your Verdict on Deep Breath
I have to say, I thought it was really not great. At all.
3/10. I loved Capaldi, still, but the whole thing was ridiculous. They just happened to have a minaturiser on the ship? And seriously, what did they think was going to happen if they fixed a broken Dalek that was temporarily good? Why didn't they bottle the radiation that was poisoning it, recreate it and give it to all the other Daleks? How did he not realise it would turn bad again?!
Danny I liked, and the bit where the Doctor gave Ross the pill.
Also, Star Wars and Star Trek nods - always good! Like when they went into the bit where the dead bodies are stored, it just reminded me so much of the rubbish chute on the Death Star.
1 month ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek
You know, I was really hoping they'd just forget about the woman in the shop. I don't want to constantly keep looking back. I know loads of people who will've totally forgotten she was mentioned. I want to move forwards!
1 month, 1 week ago on Details on Series 8’s First Four Episodes
Great article once again. I absolutely love Smith and Jones.
1 month, 1 week ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Smith & Jones
Great article. As most people know, I adore New Earth, and I thought after this article I'd end up defending it, but as it happens I agree with everything in the article. I think it is brilliant, massively underrated, very clever, very funny and with a great ending and interesting villain. My favourite series opener 10/10
1 month, 1 week ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: New Earth
I want to get into writing, and I love it. The cat nuns? Well why not? It's an alien planet. The kiss? Cassandra has been stuck in a metal frame unable to do anything for decades. And he's a good looking guy, I believe she'd kiss him. So go on, what are these endless plot holes?