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....as opposed to the last poll, this is already in the bag :)
3 weeks ago on Best of 2014 #2: Recurring Actor
What others may term as self-indulgent, I would call 'a well-deserved celebration of a much-loved era'. Tennant's regeneration--perhaps even his last line--is Davies' as well. I can forgive the farewell tour because, as it was ending, I wanted to see everyone one last time. I can imagine, when Moffat leaves, he would like to do the same, almost definitely not in the same way but at least giving each defining character of his time on the show a last hurrah.
Also exploring how the central character feels upon their regeneration--the only 'death' they will ever experience--is an excellent way of exploring death and the emotions surrounding it for younger viewers, in a much less heavy-handed and constructional manner than some...recent events.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Why I Hate the Tenth Doctor’s Regeneration
Yeah. I loved this one. Moffat still hasn't grown out of writing absolutely godawful cringe-worthy lines of dialogue, but it was only once or twice here. This was truly terrifying, mind-boggling, sad stuff. Well-executed, well-acted (Faye Marsay is absolutely wonderful--more below!), just a truly magnificent Christmas episode. I didn't even mind that Santa saved them at the end (then once more after that), or that the reason the Dream Crabs latched onto them all wasn't explained (although oh lordy-lou I was in tears when Prof. Bellows woke up from her dream to find she was in a wheelchair. That's gut-wrenching that). Brilliant.
Also, maybe this is just me wishing Shona becomes a companion alongside Clara in the next series, but did anyone notice how she called him a 'magician'? And the title of the first ep for next year.......yeah I think I'm allowed to hope now. The evidence is incontrovertible!
1 month ago on Rate & Discuss Last Christmas
Haha "I checked with the scientists"! I love it.
1 month, 1 week ago on Moffat Defends In the Forest of the Night Science Criticisms
This is easily my favourite finale of the revived series, probably because when I first watched it, it was at the height of my love for the show (to say its dropped off since is wrong, I've just gotten older).
The bit where Martha goes, in her speech to the Master at the end of LoTTL, '...but with fifteen satellites!' and the music crescendos and John Simm's face...I honestly feel so overwhelmed with emotion in that moment. And I don't know why. But I love that I do.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 3
A hit. He just needs a companion written for him and then he'll be a classic (not a bit of Clara-bashing but she's not his companion, she's Matt Smith's).
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Poll: Capaldi’s Doctor – Hit or Miss?
It wasn't great, lots of things left unexplained (or unsatisfactorily explained), but a lot of good things too.
I don't know--I feel as unsure about Doctor Who now as I did in the series opener. One thing has definitely changed though--Capaldi is 100% the Doctor now.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven
' [...] while Osgood gets an offer she can’t refuse.'
I can't help but feel this was put in just to bait those who think Osgood will be a companion. Please dear god I hope not--though I think she deserves to step inside the TARDIS.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Death in Heaven Advance Review
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water
@madscotsmandoctor you're right. It is called Doctor Who for a reason. Its a question asked by his companions ABOUT him.
I can safely say that Doctor Who hasn't made me this excited in years--not since the River reveal, and even then not this excited. Good on Moff and the team for turning the ship around; this really has been a good year I think :)
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #2)
SECRET #2: Volcano day.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)
"I'm not a Dalek"?
@Old Whovian I think that was just a budget thing like @Old Whovian is saying haha.
3 months ago on Face-Off: Mummy vs Flatline
Uhm...thanks for proving my point, I guess?
3 months ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?
hahahha...oh I love it how everyone jumps in with 'HAHA the ratings are great so no one can complain the show is ending or hate on Moffat this week!' before anyone has even laid hate on him.
3 months ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014) UK Ratings Accumulator
True, actually! I suppose my bitterness is just that stories like Twin Dilemma and Love and Monsters aren't comparable on the "bad scale"
3 months ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night
On another note, I just LOVE IT that eight years after Love and Monsters came out people are still bagging it/using it as an example of the terrible things Doctor Who can do. Please everyone--it's getting old.
I don't think this was as bad as some people here are making it out to be. I thought this was a charming episode; the child actors were delightful, the visuals were beautiful and Murray Gold's music was the best it's been in simply ages. My criticisms are that the plot was undercooked, the threat non-existent (though this isn't necessarily a bad thing; I thought zoo animals escaping and terrorising the kids was a novel idea), and the Danny/Clara/Doctor thing hasn't progressed, more just...stayed. But I think this episode showed potential--just the power of ideas, something that's been missing. I wish the show could see the conceit for an episode through to a compelling plot, but this was still a winner for me.
As long as Moffat is in charge the Doctor will always play second fiddle to the companion? Please. Moffat is in love with the Doctor.
I said yes, but I think the wording of this poll is a bit off. I voted yes, but not yes 'at the expense of the Doctor', or yes she is 'overshadowing the Doctor'. Yes for increased prominence of the companion, and yes for making them a window to the Doctor. This isn't at the Doctor's expense; he shouldn't be the character the audience views the world through, so an increased companion role, as Clara's has become, is not a bad thing but very very good.
Mmm...I think the lack of London buildings in the on-location forest is going to annoy me. Still keeping my chin up though!
3 months ago on In the Forest of the Night Clip
Nothing about this comment is bad. It is all good. Thank you kindred spirit :) :)
3 months, 1 week ago on In the Forest of the Night Advance Review
Voted for Mummy because of the incredibly slap-dash characterisation and emotional arcs of the supporting characters in Flatline.
3 months, 1 week ago on Face-Off: Mummy vs Flatline
I want to love this one, and I think I do because I really admired Norris' performance and that final scene remained with me all through the day, which is to me the sign of a good episode. But I can't understand the production team's decision to make us dislike the Doctor so much, and why they gave such stupid opinions to the main cast.
I understand that the creature in the moon egg was a new lifeform, and the Doctor has a documented love for such things, but why oh why did they think that the deaths of everyone on Earth was worth its life? Props to Hermione Norris for being the only sane person in the room at that moment.
And the Doctor...I truly hated him in this episode. I mean, one hundred percent burning hatred. And yes, that was absolutely the intention, and it completely justified Clara's reaction at the end (the absolute pinnacle of this series so far, I had tears in my eyes), but it's not winning anyone's heart. I hope the Doctor redeems himself before the series end, and I hope that the audience won't abandon him before then, because that really is the risk Doctor Who is running at the moment.
Good things: I thought the script was great and so was the direction, the spiders were uninteresting to the extreme (ahh bad thing!) but the central dilemma was excellent. I can't believe how much of a turnaround Clara and Jenna Coleman have made; this was compelling drama, which, in the end, is what I love and want from Doctor Who.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon
oh my god, I haven't watched kill the moon but MY WORD this looks incredible
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Next Time: Mummy on the Orient Express
Completely agree, and I think what everyone who's commented here is missing is that Moffat didn't say he 'insulted absolutely everyone all the time' (which is true, mostly)--he said he insults men. The Doctor is a show-off, but not dependent on gender.
4 months ago on Doctor Who Extra: The Caretaker
'The Doctor doesn't know this about himself, but he shows off to women and insults men [...] He doesn't particularly like it when there's another bloke in the room that the girl that he arrived with wants to talk to. It's not straightforward jealousy, it's just 'Hang on, who's the alpha male here?''
OK--not the absolute best episode, but a lot to like. I thought the design of the Skovox Blitzer was exceptional, though its plot was a bit underdeveloped and pointless (like, why was it there again? Artron energy or something? If that doesn't pay off i.e. in regards to Coal Hill and WHY HASN'T THE DOCTOR SAID ANYTHING ABOUT CLARA BEING THERE YET? then I will lose it. Oh look I just did, oops.) Direction was good, Clara/Danny/Doctor triangle is coming along nicely, good to see a development of the "Heaven" concept, Courtney definitely isn't the worst child to feature yet (her reaction to seeing space felt INCREDIBLY more realistic than Tweedledee and Tweedledum from last year). All in all good, nice filler, and it got me pumped for next week. 7/10.
4 months ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
what's the name of the actor with the bowtie?
4 months, 1 week ago on The Caretaker Promo Pics
Absolutely--if the Doctor was able to break in and plant all the clues for a memory-wiped team to follow, surely he could have bloody well done the job while he was in there? Odd and lazy.
4 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
This episode just left me cold. I am really critical of this episode; Keeley Hawes was woefully underused, I had no emotional connection to this at all, seemingly NOBODY on this show can do anything approaching realistic dialogue or just "followable" dialogue--ugh. I have nothing nice to say, sorry--maybe this is just a reaction after 'Listen'. Or maybe it was just dreadful.
I thought the Time Lock prevented anyone from travelling to the time in which the Time War took place? The Doctor could go back to his youth and time on Gallifrey before he left it. Or am I wrong?
4 months, 1 week ago on Listen: Breaking the Time Lock?
"When Clara turns to the Doctor for help, she gets the shock of her life." This is serious. I am scared for Clara.
4 months, 1 week ago on Kill The Moon BBC Synopsis
I would love for there not to have been a "monster"--I thought it was so neat that Clara started off this little paranoia of the Doctor's, all the way back in his childhood. But I cannot reconcile that with the entity at the end of time, or the supposed kid under the blanket in Rupert Pink's room (I say supposed as NO CHILD acts like that, doesn't at least giggle or simply disappear). I would so love to vote NO--but given the evidence on display, it has to be a YES.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?
YES! I love the Idiot's Lantern, and I don't understand where all the negativity comes from! And the Crimson Horror as well :) :)
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Face-Off: The Gatiss Episodes
@The Lazy Cat I thought in that in their scene in the TARDIS, when Clara asks if there's such a thing as a good Dalek (or something like that) the Doctor would say 'Well you were'. But alas, no. Ah well.
5 months ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek
@no_tweeter Deep Breath was honestly the weirdest opening for a new Doctor; it reminded me a bit of 'The Twin Dilemma', it felt tacked on to another era. I feel 'Into the Dalek' is a much better introduction to this series; we've got the school, we've got Danny, the Doctor's truly established; this felt the true start to the series.
@TheDreamer "Maybe he has a deal with this Missy to save those he has to kill or who die "because of" him or for him and whatnot. Or he thinks he has a deal, but perhaps later it'll backfire and he'll find out that it was only a trap?"
I like this. I like this a lot :)
This is intensely better than the season opener. I genuinely like Danny, from this first moment, and I think it's because when we first see him he's vulnerable--we see him for the cover he puts up, and the truth beneath it. I'm really looking forward to him joining the TARDIS crew :)
As for the episode, well it was magnificent. Like I said, a massive improvement on 'Deep Breath'; a gripping story, FANTASTIC visuals (seriously the inside of the Dalek was realised gorgeously, I was so impressed). I was riveted the entire way. The characters were all sketched marvellously (even those with little screen time), Clara and the Doctor are gelling, Capaldi's Doctor was wonderful (the bit where he said to Rusty 'That can't be all there is!' when it saw hatred in him was heart-wrenching--I really believed he was devastated at learning this was all the Dalek saw in him); honestly I think it's the best episode since 'The Crimson Horror' (I'll just let that one hang in the air for a bit...)
I've given it a 9 only for that scene at the start where the kid asks Danny if he's ever killed a man--I criiiiinged. Would that ever happen? Or are schoolkids that oblivious today? I think it would have made more sense to have Danny overhear a conversation between two kids in the corridor that's so obviously about him; but that's a small gripe in an otherwise fantastic episode :)
Is it me or does the woman in the first trailer sound like she's screaming 'HARRY POTTER!'? It's probably just me...
5 months ago on Next Time: Into The Dalek
@cyberbrayde How pessimistic; I like it Oh yes I'd forgotten about 3W--oh well. It's the only reason I can think of for why Missy would call the Doctor her boyfriend. Scrap the time stream
5 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
WHOA--brainwave (go with me). I've been wracking my brains about who Missy could be and what 'Heaven' is (speculation is all part of the fun in my opinion) and I suddenly remembered Clara's multiple selves. There never was an explanation for how 11 and Clara got out of the Doctor's time stream at the end of The Name of the Doctor--is Heaven this place? The end of that stream? I don't know how or why, just spitballing here. My main evidence and reason for thinking this is a word used in conjunction to both Clara and Missy; 'boyfriend'. One of Clara's off-shoots gone rogue? A part of me wishes 'no', but that's all I can think of at the moment. Ciao!
@Strax Oh I'm sure; I'm not going to stop watching Doctor Who! Haha
@TheEyeOfHarmony I know what you mean, in any other show I would be fine with it. Perhaps it was the lack of "cleveryness"? (whoa what has happened to my vocabulary) I can forgive first episode plot problems though.
@The Living Angel I had the same thought, but then another one entered my head...Master? No no no forget I said anything!
Gosh, I don't know. I honestly don't know how I felt about the whole thing. TECHNICALLY it was good. I loved Clara's role in this episode, she really came to the fore and seemed 10x more mature and rounded. Vastra and Jenny came together better as a couple (and I love that there is finally an explanation for why Jenny is a maid for her wife, because before it just seemed a tad fetishistic), and Strax genuinely made me laugh in this episode (when he threw the paper up at Clara and knocked her out I was in stitches). The direction and effects were superb. The antagonists were OK--the scene in the restaurant was pretty tense, I have to admit. The spaceship design was a tad meh in my opinion, but generally that's how I've felt about the design work on the show recently as a whole (compare this spaceship with the SS Madame de Pompadour and you'll see what I mean).
And the Doctor...this is the thing that gets me. I know we're supposed to not "love" Capaldi's Doctor right from the off, and I love that what Clara is feeling is totally transposed to the viewer as well. But I think to what this is being compared to, 'Robot' for Tom Baker's Doctor, and I remember how joyful I felt seeing him smile at the end of that. I didn't feel that here, I just felt very...stuck. I can't describe it, which is a worry. I definitely welcome this change--let's just say, seeing Matt Smith did not move me one jot--but perhaps...no, I won't say it.
Oh, the ending was glorious. The end :)
Oh my word, that was such a poorly worded argument. I'm all for differing opinions but...come on.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Popular / Unpopular Opinion: Clara Oswald
Oh man that MUSIC! Such a good trailer, if this is an actual indication of the actual series, I will be very happy indeed.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer
Oh lordy lou YES!
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Are the Big Enemies Being Overused?