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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.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon
oh my god, I haven't watched kill the moon but MY WORD this looks incredible
2 weeks, 1 day 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.
3 weeks, 1 day 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.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
what's the name of the actor with the bowtie?
3 weeks, 6 days 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 weeks, 1 day 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?
1 month 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.
1 month 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.
1 month 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 :) :)
1 month, 1 week 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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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...
1 month, 3 weeks 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
1 month, 3 weeks 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.
2 months, 2 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.
3 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer
Oh lordy lou YES!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Are the Big Enemies Being Overused?
"Saving of Gallifrey is a great scene, but it's a great scene for Doctor Who history rather than for general human condition."
YES thank you :)
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Why the Doomsday Farewell is Not the Greatest
Guys, please don't publish anymore articles like this. It doesn't need to be be said.
There's obviously a reason this was voted no. 1 in a poll that encompassed OTHER THINGS than Doctor Who--if it had been voted no. 1 in a poll purely of Doctor Who scenes then we'd probably (definitely) have a different outcome. But that wasn't the circumstances here. Can we just be happy Doctor Who was voted no. 1 in something and move on?
Excellent article! The Doctor and Romana's jaunt around Paris in part one of City of Death is probably my favourite instance of a "blissful moment". Also the end of Earthshock was...oh wait.
4 months ago on 11 Doctor Who Instances When It Was Just… Blissful
Thank you! Was just about to post the same thing.
4 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who World Tour To Promote Series 8
"For those wondering, Love and Monsters came in 220th place."
Why does this even need to be mentioned?!?
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Top Stories & Doctors (According to DWM 2014)
I did think that later; every modern female companion are human in all senses of the word, I just think that Rose was the truest; every one who came after her were, to my mind, idealistic but not necessarily realistic depictions of women.
I would definitely love a socially de Souza-esque companion; I can just imagine how much fun that would be :)
5 months, 1 week ago on Comparing the Female Companions of Revived Who
Well gosh darn, that was unpleasant to read.
I love Rose for one very simple reason - she's more human than any other person on this list. She is capable of empathy, kindness and courage, she's resourceful and determined. She's also given to moments of jealousy and selfishness, because--and you know, this is the weirdest thing--she's HUMAN. We are all in equal parts selfish and kind, and Rose displays this better than most. Whether you want your female companions as all-good innocent butter-wouldn't-melt-in-their-mouth girls, that's up to you. Just don't criticise a character on what is inherent to us all, for the things you may not like in yourself.
Also, yes Rose ran away with the Doctor and left Mickey, but don't tell me anyone of us wouldn't do the same thing in the same situation?
1. Smith and Jones
2. The End of the World
4. The Doctor's Wife
5. Flesh and Stone
7. Amy's Choice
8. Father's Day
9. The Satan Pit
11. The God Complex / The Crimson Horror (couldn't decide SOZ)
12. Army of Ghosts
RTD: The Waters of Mars
Moff: A Christmas Carol
6 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Dream Run (Episodes 9-13, Specials)
I feel like, for all the hate Love and Monsters gets, all the fans of this episode should make a group called FLLAM - Fans who Love Love And Monsters (terrible name, but that's all I got this early in the morning)l. We can meet and make interpretative Abzorbaloff art, ship Elton and Ursula, even put together an ELO tribute band. I'll cook as well.
6 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 9-13, Specials)
In regards to the Idiot's Lantern: "In truth, this is an episode which deserves its place on the list." I have to disagree with this whole-heartedly.
"Unfortunately the episode suffers from the companion in grave danger situation. Perversely instead of upping the ante, having Rose fall victim to the Wire undermines the threat of the narrative as we know she is not going to be left faceless." Well thanks for stating the bleeding obvious. We know Rose will have her face restored; this moment is one of horror. It also provides the final impetus for the Doctor to defeat the Wire. I don't know how it can undermine the threat of the narrative; the Wire is still going to exact her plan isn't she? If anything it ups the ante.
Sorry for the rant but I feel a need to defend this story. I personally love the Doctor and Rose's camaraderie in this episode; I don't know where people get "cliquey" from. Furthermore the moment Tommy stands up to his father brought me to the verge of tears. The design and especially the direction is fantastic, the idea is imaginative and creepy (the faceless people scared me to death!) and Maureen Lipman's Wire is a brilliant creation and a top-tier performance. And it gets me angry to see it written that this "deserves" to be last of it's category. No episode deserves that.
6 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 1-8)