There's something new in you, yet something older than the sky itself.
@RustyIsAwesome With her family still waiting for her to return to Christmas dinner...
14 hours, 39 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
@Stradiwhovius @supermoff Thank you. I was starting to wonder if it was just me who felt like that. I found the direction incredibly distracting at times.
1 day, 11 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek
@seanw500 @RoastNewt Oh really? That's interesting. I'd always wondered how they did it. Got to say though, that does seem like a bit of a dodgy system.
1 day, 14 hours ago on Into the Dalek UK Ratings
I enjoyed the episode a lot more on second viewing, but I still find the moral aspect of it incredibly hamfisted. Like others have said, that "Am I a good man?" question seemed really jarring and out of place, and felt more like angst for angst's sake than any sort of deep, character-defining moment that arose from the events in the story. It would have worked much better at the end of the story after the Dalek had called him a "good Dalek".
Still, on the whole, I liked it a great deal, and found the concept very interesting. It did feel slightly rushed, but not so much that it crippled the episode, and I like that the time not spent on the plot was spent getting to know Clara more, who once again impressed me. I'll give this one 8/10.
(Oh, and a question: did we get a reference to Oswin in Asylum of the Daleks? I can't remember hearing one.)
1 day, 14 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek
I hate to say that I contributed to the drop in viewing figures, but I had to miss it. Too many guests round to witness my step-brother do the ice bucket challenge. :/
One thing I liked about this episode is that it cleared up an issue I had with The Day of the Doctor,
which was that he swore on the name Doctor that he would never be
"cruel or cowardly", despite being ready to smash in a caveman's head in
part three of An Unearthly Child. Now it turns out he made that promise in the following story, which tidies it up quite nicely!
2 days, 1 hour ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek
@Djornad I dunno... I found the pacing of tonight's episode really awkward to be honest. I'm going to give it a second viewing before I make a proper judgement, but my first impression of it was just... 'meh'.
2 days, 3 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
Well, both of my favourite new series episodes (Blink and Midnight) have small casts, very little CGI and one-word titles, so... no pressure Moffat! :D
3 days, 7 hours ago on Listen BBC Synopsis
@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! I'm not religious or anything, but making that the afterlife in the Doctor Who universe was, in my eyes, completely unforgivable. I'm sort of hoping that Moffat's heaven story arc will retcon that.
I'm in love with the new titles. Yes, they're a bit over the top, but somehow I like that about them. They feel like a perfect combination of Moffat era whimsy with an old school sci-fi feel (similar I think to the theme used for The Trial of a Time Lord), and it suits Peter very well. I'll be absolutely gutted if they're dropped any time soon.
3 days, 14 hours ago on Examining Series 8′s New Title Sequence
@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! I might be wrong, but I think Moffat said it took place in the late 1890s in the Radio Times preview, so wouldn't put it some time after 1895?
5 days, 2 hours ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald
Well done on writing this Lazy Cat. I was wondering when we'd see it.
Speaking as someone who was heavily critical of Clara in 2013, I can't tell you
how happy it makes me to finally say she's won me over. I just watched Deep
Breath for the fourth time and it took me about five times longer than it
should have, because every time I reached one of these moments, I just had to
rewind and watch them again. For all the praise I've heaped on Capaldi, who is
already shaping up to be one of my favourite Doctors, it really was Jenna that
stole the show in this episode,
and the two of them together are sure to become one of my favourite TARDIS
So thank you Jenna, and thank you Moffat, for doing what seemed impossible
and making me love Clara Oswald. I can't remember the last time I felt this optimistic about Doctor Who!
5 days, 4 hours ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald
Sounds cool, but I already play as Barbara Wright on my PC. ;-)
5 days, 7 hours ago on Doctor Who Officially Invades Minecraft
@Antee991166 Sadly (for me, since this is the most positive I've felt in ages), everyone on my Twitter seemed to hate it. One thing everyone agreed on though was that Peter was awesome.
1 week ago on Deep Breath UK Ratings
Oh... just noticed I forgot Asylum. Well if anyone's bothered (you'd better be!), I'd put it between Rose and New Earth.
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
@The Genie I've got shopping and stuff to be doing at the moment, but I'll be sure to take a listen later. :)
Oh, and I saw an interesting post on Tumblr yesterday.
Strax said he saw lots of "muscular young men" in Clara's subconcious. But hang on, doesn't Strax always mistake women for men? So, applying that logic here...
What do we think people?
Just watched Deep Breath for the third time. I'm loving it more and more with every viewing. My new ranking for the series openers is:
1. Smith and Jones
2. Deep Breath
3. Partners in Crime
4. The Eleventh Hour
5. The Impossible Astronaut
7. New Earth
And although it's still early days, I can easily see Clara Oswald becoming one of my favourite companions if she carries on like this. I only hope that subsequent stories will serve her as well as this one did.
@Mark McCullough I assumed it was Missy.
1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
@The Finn Not at all. Lots of people on my Twitter who've seen or read the leaked ep were really impressed (people who generally have a similar to taste to myself). Plus it sounds like one of the most original Dalek stories in years.
But you're right to be cautious though. It's best to keep your expectations low.
@doctorwhotvuk @TardisBoy Wait, so that was the girl in the flashback? Interesting. That should make the scene feel less pointless to those who didn't like it.
@ClassicWhovian An absolute belter of an episode - perfectly paced, well-plotted, great characterisation and some very interesting parallels drawn between the Doctor and droids. 9/10
@TheBiPunishment Same here. I must admit I took a stab in the dark with question 6 though!
@yoshfiction @RoastNewt My favourite is probably the series 4/specials theme, but this new one is putting up good competition. I was never a massive fan of the series 5 and 6 theme to be honest. I didn't dislike it, but I just found it a bit uninspiring.
I think the new theme tune is shaping up to be one of my favourites. At first I wasn't sure about the howling sound, but the more I listen to it the more I like it. It reminds me of the theme used for The Trial of a Time Lord.
@The Lazy Cat @ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey The phone call.
1 week, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
@TheNightmareChild redecorated (You better like it) @ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey I loved that scene. It felt very Seventh Doctor-ish to me.
@MeglosProductions If she carries on like that, then I'd be happy to have her stay for a lot longer. She has such great chemistry with Peter. And I can't be the only one who laughed out loud at "I am NOT a control freak!".
1 week, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
@yoshfiction @RoastNewt Yes, I loved her! I thought it was hilarious when she burst into applause after Clara's outburst. But then I always loved her anyway. The only Paternoster member I'm not so keen on is Strax (but even I must admit that I laughed at some of his scenes in this one!).
1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
@yoshfiction I used to be the same, but I tend to notice it a lot more now. I don't know why, but I found the direction just a little off-putting at times... I really didn't like the random flashes of colour on either side of the screen when Clara was holding her breath. I found it very distracting. But that's pretty much my only major complaint. The rest was magnificent.
And just like that, my faith in Moffat is restored! Phew. You don't know how relieved I am to say that.
Peter Capaldi was magnificent. I never once doubted that he was perfect for the role, and he's more than met my high expectations! Him and Jenna have great onscreen chemistry - much more than she ever had with Matt (sorry Matt) - and I can't wait to see more of them in the coming weeks. Oh, and speaking of Jenna... how good was Clara? I can't believe I'm saying this, but for once I actually found her engaging. More than that, I loved her. If Moffat's plan is to redeem her for the people who didn't like her last year, then he's definitely off to a good start. Let's have more of this Clara please.
Oh, and as for Moffat fans who rag on Russell for sticking a giant Cyberman in the heart of Victorian London - try and use that against him now (although admittedly, it doesn't make it any less silly)! I really liked the stuff about the robots on the ship (S.S.Marie Antoinette - love it!), and a lot of it was genuinely scary. Moffat sure wasn't lying when he said this series would be darker!
On the whole, I'd give it, mm, 9/10. I'm still a bit too psyched to gather all my thoughts, but overall it was a very enjoyable episode, and a great start to the Twelfth Doctor's era!
@TardisBoy That's true actually. I couldn't focus on Hide earlier because I was getting too excited. I'm just wishing this hour away now.
@TardisBoy 44 minutes... about the length of one Doctor Who episode... hint hint.
@TheBiPunishment 1. Smith and Jones
2. The Impossible Astronaut
6. Asylum of the Daleks
@floppy_who Exactly why I love it. It's just so funny!
"Time and tide melts the snowman..."
1 week, 2 days ago on Top Post-Regeneration Stories (5-1)
So glad to see Spearhead in first place. Watching it for the first time after six seasons of monochrome Who (which often existed only as reconstructions) was a really magical experience, and helped to freshen up my viewing of the classics. I'd say it's probably my favourite post-regeneration story, just beating The Power of the Daleks and The Eleventh Hour. Also, dare I say it, I love love love Time and the Rani - it's the guiltiest of my guilty pleasures!
@stargazer0118 As ever, I shall vote for Martha Jones with little hope of success. (3.92%!? Pah.) Still, glad to see Rose and Donna placing well.
Oh boy, it seems we're finally seeing the long-awaited return of - *gulp* - Tabby and Tilda. Better get ready to hide behind the sofa folks!
But in all seriousness, if it is Davros (and I really hope it is), then I sure hope they bring back Julian Bleach - he absolutely nailed the part in Journey's End, and it'd be a crime if he didn't reprise the role just one more time.
1 week, 3 days ago on Moffat Teases “Major Foe” For Series 8
@TheNightmareChild redecorated (You better like it) @RoastNewt I knew someone else would if I didn't get there first! :P
1 week, 4 days ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Partners in Crime
(And what I actually meant to say was Stacey!)
Oh, and can I just say, that scene where poor old Tracey collapsed into Adipose terrified me as a kid. The special effect used still gives me shivers to this day!
I've always loved this episode. It might have silly aliens and a plot that's tissue-thin, but it's just so fun and heartwarming that I can't bring myself to dislike it. Plus, the window miming scene might just be the best moment of Doctor Who, well, ever!
@TardisBoy Yes, yes! This is it. It's from the scene where Sarah meets the Trickster in Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?
SARAH JANE: But if I died all those years ago. Never mind the Bane.
What about the Slitheen, and the Gorgons, and the Patriarchs of the Tin
I stopped them all from taking over the Earth. What happened to them?
TRICKSTER: I turned them all away. All I need is the meteor.
there you have it - proof that the Tricksters can alter multiple events
in order to shape an individual's life! In my headcanon, the time
beetle was saving the Earth for something much worse than the Titanic
(the reality bomb).
And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to leave before I get any more overexcited...
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
@TardisBoy Yes! Thank you. This was (I swear I'm not lying!) my theory too.
There was a quote in SJA somewhere which I used to explain this once - and I can't bleedin' remember it now. But it's a perfectly suitable explanation. They have to spend a little energy so they can profit in the long run! Love it.
@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! I'm quite looking forward to having a third new series showrunner. Because we've only had two so far, it creates a lot more tension and rivalry between the extreme supporters of each side, but once we have a third one thrown into the mix, it should help to calm things down a bit, as the fans of both sides will (hopefully) have a more mixed range of opinions over which they can bond. Plus, having a new wave of fans without loyalty to either RTD or Moffat will allow for more balanced retrospective views on both showrunners, which should at last put to bed the criticisms of sexism, racism, etc.
1 week, 4 days ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”
I actually quite liked the lack of death during Matt's run. It suited its fairytale feel and helped to distinguish it from previous eras. Still, it had to end at some point, and I'm glad that Moffat's ditching it before it gets stale. It will help to set Capaldi's era apart from Matt's.
@ClassicWhovian Crimson is amazing. It's one of the funniest episodes ever!
Speaking of funny, I'm loving today's avatar mister!
@supermoff @Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! While I've not exactly been on the Moffat bandwagon of late (in terms of episode enjoyment), I have to agree with you here. One of the things I respect most about him is how highly he speaks of other writers - so many people try to paint an image of him as being horrible and arrogant, when to me he always comes across as such a kind, humble man.
Honestly, I don't know how he - or RTD - manage it. I know I'd cripple after one day under the pressure that they face in that job!
1 week, 5 days ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Smith & Jones
@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! Interesting. Andrew Cartmel has also said in a recent interview (I forget where) that this is his favourite episode of the revived show. Whether popular among fans or not, it does seem to have attracted quite a bit of praise from other writers (but then it can be hard to tell with Moffat, since he's always so respectful of the others working with him!).
@SonicTheHedgehogRules What I love most about Miss Finnegan being a bloodsucking monster is that the actress, Anne Reid, played Nurse Crane in The Curse of Fenric, who was herself murdered by three Haemovores! Great little mirror image there - I wonder if it was intentional.