Ollie Walton Harrod
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2 days, 21 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From The Caretaker
There's an idea for an article/poll.
Whether bigger or smaller arcs are preferable.
Bigger with more concentration throughout the series and having the Doctor actively trying to affect it.
Or, Smaller with subtle references, and known but not concentrated on storylines. Leaving room for individual episodes.
@Miss Bosswald wants you to nuke the Moon. I much prefer this story arc to that of series 5 - 7's. The cracks in the wall of series 5 was something they acted like was a hidden arc when it was so blindingly obvious; it just seemed silly. The same goes for the Madame Kovarian face appearances. The shooting of the Doctor story arc of series 6 was okay. The 'Doctor Who?' story arc was terrible as it was built up and focused on so much, and then given a "it doesn't matter" ending. This story arc (of 'The Promised Land') is making itself known, and is being gradually built on. But unlike the cracks in the wall and Madame Kovarian face, it's not acting like it's some hidden "ooh what's that" kind of thing. And the fact that the Doctor is unaware of it means it isn't being overfocused on, like 'Doctor Who?' and 'Trenzalore' was, meaning it's not going to have a massive let down ending. Plus the other story arc (although they're possibly/probably linked) of the woman in the shop is only being mentioned every now and then, to remind the audience of its existence.
3 days, 2 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From The Caretaker
I am so sick of references. Moffat went through a period of including so many and I think they take you out of the show.
Other people love them, evidently. But every time there is a reference I am reminded that this is just a mainstream show. The occasional reference is good, but too many and it just feels commercial.
3 days, 21 hours ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
Overall, I thought the episode was okay. There wasn't really anything wrong with it. But it just wasn't an amazing story.
"No references" - I am so fed up of references. Moffat went through a period of being obsessed with including them (I'm saying Moffat as it was his episodes that had them). And I don't really like references. An occasional one isn't that bad. But I feel they take you out of the show and make it feel like it is just that; simply a show on tv, as opposed to something which could be real (obviously, it's not [as far as we know], but you know what I mean). Also, the Doctor mentioned River Song; that's a reference (just not of a classic episode, relevant to the school).
The Doctor doesn't like soldiers. That's just something this Doctor feels stronger about. It's all part of development. By the end of the series, Danny will have given some heartfelt reason he left the army (because he was pushed too far), and the Doctor will re-evaluate his morals. It's all part of character development.
'so' is a connective, meaning more words are needed after. Plus that's just a rumour.
As usual, I don't have a mark out of 10 for it. But it was better than I expected it to be (from the next time, I thought it looked childish). The only problem I had with it (usually I have a few minor problems, but only one with this episode) was that Danny said 'math' instead of 'maths' (the first time anyway). As I said, a minor problem (very minor). Other than that, it was okay. There was nothing really wrong with it, but not amazing.
4 days ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
As the other people here are saying. But it works in the same way that 'Blink' does, in that Sally has to give the Doctor the folder of information, which he will then use to help her, and as he helps her, she will write it down and put it into the folder, which she ends up giving the Doctor. A cycle of events.
1 week, 2 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Time Heist
I did really like this episode. It's one of my favourites of the Moffat era.
But my thoughts on a few of these things:
The "It's a time heist" bit, felt a bit forced and overdramatic. But that wasn't too bad.
The revelation that the Doctor is the architect was okay. I actually felt this episode fell in 'awesomeness' in the last 10 minutes or so (when they actually enter the final vault/room with Karabraxos). But the thing I didn't like about the revelation that the Doctor was the architect was that they kind of did it twice; once when he says it, and once with the flashback. I feel that could have been done better, had that been done only with the flashback. If they re-arranged the shots round a bit (in the flashback), so that he takes the hood off first, and then is shown setting everything up. Just a thought. I don't know. If I watched it again I might change my mind.
Saibra's pseudo death, I really liked, as I felt it managed to be quite emotional, without the characters actually showing too much emotion. That was of course let down by the fact that it turned out to be a 'pseudo death'.
Psi's pseudo death, I felt wasn't that emotional. I thought they tried to express emotion there, with the "I feel nothing" (or whatever it is exactly that he says), but I felt that they had already made that point enough. Of course, it wasn't completely emotionless though; it was still a character dying (kind of). Also, he led the Teller away, but let himself die. He could have easily just continued to run (slow enough that the Teller would follow), to distract the Teller further. Also, surely, after Psi killed himself, considering how long (a really short amount of time) it took the Teller to get from Clara to Psi, the Teller would have just gone back to Clara.
'Guards in Disguise' - As I've said, I'm not too keen on the fact that they survived, because it destroys the earlier emotion. But it was still interesting, and made for a good moment, when they reveal themselves as the guards. However, I'm not sure why they were put in a position to do that. Meaning, why couldn't the Teller have just killed them at that point.
Obviously, with reference to my stated thoughts on the character's deaths, had they actually died, that wouldn't have really fit with the whole 'Doctor being the architect' thing. So I kind of retract that.
Also, a final thing I want to point out that about the episode, not exactly in relevance to this article, is that, that was a really long 20 second timer.
1 week, 3 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Time Heist
@ColbyOrrick @Ollie Walton Harrod @ColbyOrrick @Ollie Walton Harrod No.
I thought everything up to when they get back from Danny's childhood was brilliant. After that however, I don't like how they've (they being the writers) messed with love. By this I mean the way that Clara now knows she will marry Danny and have children. That takes all interest out of their relationship.
Also, the ending was a massive disappointment. It turns out that there never were any creatures, and the Doctor is just basing his theories on a mildly traumatic childhood event. Despite the fact that the creatures have been seen earlier (and it was pretty clear from the noises in the future that they were there).
Also, a minor thing, they did the whole unrealistic 'something slipping out' thing; when Clara accidentally says 'Rupert' to present day Danny. That is something done as a means of furthering the story in comedy films. It is always unrealistic, as no-one is seriously that stupid as to say that; and so I was just disappointed to see Doctor Who sink to that level. Also, they then somehow have Danny able to forgive Clara, without explanation, despite how suspicious it is.
I'm guessing no-one is ging to understand what I meant by that last paragraph, but I know what I mean. Please no-one say "Doctor Who's a sci-fi show, of course it's not realistic", as that's a different kind of realism.
1 week, 3 days ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen
'Blink' easily. I don't think 'Listen' stands a chance here. I thought 'Listen' started off really good. But got less interesting, more complicated, and ended up "meh".
1 week, 5 days ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen
@The8thDoctor @Ollie Walton Harrod Firstly, I know I spelt 'grammar' and 'safeties' wrong. That is what's called a typo. Unfortunately, the edit function is unavailable sometimes, so I couldn't change it. There are a couple of other mistakes in there too.
Secondly, if you thought the point in me writing that was to elevate myself in any way, you missed the point. Did you not read my explanation as to why I wrote it?
There is a difference between misspelling and just not making sense. If someone wants to write out an entire comment in only shortened versions of words like 'tho', I won't correct it, because there's no point. We both understand it, and although it's at times awkward, correcting them is pointless. They know how to spell the word, they are just choosing not to, or they're just really bad at spelling.
On the other hand, when it's an entire word being used out of context, it causes the whole sentence to make no sense. Also, the person misusing words is actually (most likely) thinking they are using them correctly, so by correcting them, you are only helping them.
I doubt you'll actually listen to any of that, and I'm guessing you'd rather just write another comment back. But if you could restrain from trying to elevate yourself that'd be great.
2 weeks ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant
@JasonTurner If all it takes to get past a time lock is turning off the safties, I don't think it's a very efficient lock.
I have work to get on with, so I haven't yet read the article. But my opinion on the episode is that it started out really good. For me, it was a potential 'Best Moffat era episode'. But then, about a third of the way throug, it starts to get more complicated, less interesting, and had a disappointing ending. It had a lot of potential, but didn't sustain brilliance throughout.
2 weeks ago on Listen Review
I neither loved nor hated this scene. I thought it was alright. I think the episode as a whole, falls after the first 3rd (ish); It started out so good, but got complicated and slightly confusing and had a disappointing ending.
In theory, if it is just the Time War that is time locked, and not all of Gallifrey's existence, why couldn't someone travel to a day before the Time War (or sometime before it) began, and then just wait until it happened.
A gramatical error: In paragraph: 'Perimission Granted', "If you’d had asked me during Series 7B I would of said River Song". It's 'would have'. Not 'would of'. Before any of you start criticising this and saying "Oh Gramar Nazi" or something you consider humorous, know that I usually ignore grammatical errors. It is just because that is one of the few specific errors many people have started making like "better then" instead of 'better than', which is not correcty in any circumstance, and so to prevent every internet user from becoming ignorant, I am writing this.
@Sephora is Scottish now @Ollie Walton Harrod @Captain Grumpy Yeah. I don't find any 'Doctor Who' episode scary. But other people seem to have been scared of the Gasmask Zombies, the Weeping Angels, even the Clockwork Robots (I thought this would be a longer list, but I can't actually think of any more). Actually, now that I think about it, I remember being freaked out by the Gelth (when possessing dead people) in 'The Unquiet Dead'. Not as much as to turn it off, or look away (I don't think), but still freaky.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Face-Off: The Gatiss Episodes
@TheCosmicHobo2 I can definitely say that about 'The Idiots Lantern', but then again, I've really come to like every episode (that I previously didn't) of the RTD era over time.
@Arkleseizure I think that's a fairly even analysis. Unlike everyone else who seems to write with 'hating and/or obsessed with' attitudes.
For me: 'The Unquiet Dead', I have always really liked, 'Robot of Sherwood' is very good, though for me isn't as good as 'The Unquiet Dead, 'The Idiots Lantern', I didn't like at the time, but I've come to like it over time, 'Cold War', is good other than the awful CGI of the unmasked head, 'Victory of the Daleks' and 'Night Terrors', I have only seen once on airing, so don't feel I can comment accurately, but I didn't hate either of them, and 'The Crimson Horror', I didn't like really at all. I'm not sure if that is because it is bad, or rather just an episode not for some people, as that is what a few people seem to be saying. I shall rewatch it at some point.
@adfha Whether you like the writer or not, don't criticise his writing skills and claim you know how he thinks as a writer.
I think, he is a decent enough writer. His episodes aren't amazing, but aren't terrible, bar 'The Crimson Horror', which I find awful (though other people seem to love it). The fact that he remains working on the show, shows he's not a dredful writer with no imagination or ambition.
@JJJ567 I don't think people seem able to appreciate 'Love and Monsters'.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Face-Off: The Gatiss Episodes
@Wardo987uk Of course you're not the only person who loved it. And I don't dislike it. But astounding? Really? What is so astounding about it?
@YaelMoise Oooooh no. The CGI was absolutely awful for the Ice Warriror's Head. It was potentially the worst CGI of modern Doctor Who.
Also, Why? Why do directors, or writers (whoever) feel the need to reveal what doesn't need to be reealed. Mystery is okay people.
I know the other person's said something simialr, but I felt I had to add.
@PaddyB Don't say everybody hates 'Night Terrors'. So many people think it's really good.
@Goudypies Although I disagree generally with your order, thank you for being one of the very few who don't love 'The Crimson Horror'
@YaelMoise @SonicTheHedgehogRules Just saying, from what I've seen 'Nightmare in Silver' is loved by most. It's not a small denomination of people. I don't like it, particularly because the Cybermen can now, apparantely, upgrade almost instantly, against anything. Oh sorry, not everything though. Enemies conveiniently teleporting away and blowing up the planet isn't survivable.
@SonicTheHedgehogRules @YaelMoise I too have had no interest in the episode. I really couldn't get into it. But for me, that doesn't make it average, it makes it boring.
@Thewhovianwhowaited Thank you, someone who agrees with me.
@laviniasmith Just to clarify: When you say 'The Satan Pit', do you mean both 'The Impossible Planet' and 'The Satan Pit'?
I'm not sure, whether you meant 'The Impossible Planet', as opposed to 'The Beast Below', as, as far as I know, not many people are particularly keen on 'The Beast Below'.
'The Day of the Doctor' - I didn't like. Way overrated.
'Midnight' is clever, but I don't really like it, in comparison to other episodes of the series. Not enough setting, I think, for me.
'Vincent and the Doctor' - Everyone seems to love it, but I think it was quite bad. It was emotional, of course, but still, quite boring, I found.
@ranoutofreferences @Sephora is Scottish now 5.
@YaelMoise @Sephora is Scottish now I disagree. Then I agree. And then I disagree again.
'Boom Town' has got a very good story, as you say. But i don't see it being appreciated by many, at all. I wouldn't however say that I love it. It's not 'love' worthy, for me.
In terms of 'Aliens of London'/'World War Three': They are in joint favourite of mine, of the series. People usually say that they are bad because of the farting, but it's not like that was put in to be funny. It was given a reason, and although it wasn't completely necessary, it made for tense moments, when you realise something's up.
When I say joint favourites, I can't really decide between 'The Unquiet Dead', 'Aliens of London'/''World War Three' and 'The Empty Child'/'The Doctor Dances'. If I really had to choose, I think I would choose 'Aliens of London'/'World War Three', but I'm not 100% about that.
@Switcharoo @YaelMoise You say "bar 'The Unquiet Dead', of course". But in specific reference to 'of course', I don't see anyone saying 'The Unquiet Dead is the best of Mark Gatiss'. It certainly is for me. But from the lists people have made, I've seen 'The Unquiet Dead' near the middle, or bottom.
@TheDaleksDaughter @bringmeknitting @YaelMoise I'm surprised to have seen anyone to speak up for it.
Not that I don't like it (which is probably what just came across there), but I don't think I have ever seen someone say they like 'Fear Her', and I only remember one person saying they like 'Love and Monsters'.
@TheNightmareChild is LISTENing! @YaelMoise @bringmeknitting There was nothing wrong with the child acting. Why is it when people don't like an episode, or a character, they just decide that the acting is terrible.
As for the episode in general, it wasn't amazing, but it certianly wasn't terrible. I'm not sure why that's an either/or for almost everyone on here. There is an in between.
I can understand why the story could seem nonsensical.
I used to not like 'Fear Her' or 'Love and Monsters'. I've gotten used to them both however. Every episode can't be amazing.
@Captain Grumpy I suppose a young child might be scared, but I don't think it compares to 'The Empty Child' or 'Blink'.
@MeglosProductions Firstly, that's just your opinion. A lot of people like him, and this episode. Secondly, I'm not sure, but I don't think Moffat has much control over who the other writers are.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood
@The One Eyestalk @Ollie Walton Harrod Oh my goodness. That's amazing, thank you. That was the main thing I didn't like too, so thanks for clearing that up.
@conallmc2013 @Ollie Walton Harrod I do agree. Very good episode. Different, in a good way, to the previous episodes
'The Crimson Horror' - I just found it boring. Really bad villain. I can't even remember the plot, so I can't go into detail about what I didn't like.
'The Name of the Doctor' - So many plot holes. Plus it was quite boring. Not much really happened.
@TardisBoy I still don't know what AI scores are based off.
@TardisBoy every S7 resolution was poor. I think 'Cold War' had the best resolution.
'The Unquiet Dead' easily. The others don't come close.
'Robot of Sherwood' - best of Series 8 so far, in my opinion. But, I am one of the people who doesn't think that Moffat era episodes are really as good as the RTD era episodes. Personal preference; don't leave hate comments against that.
'The Idiots Lantern' - Not the best. But not bad. At the time, I didn't like it, but I've learnt to like it, since.
'Cold War' (the only good episode, in my opinion, of series 7 part 2 - 'The Bells of Saint. John' was alright). In quite a few ways, it feels like a copy of 'Dalek', but it is original enough. So I do quite like it. The one bit I don't like in it, is the awful CGI of the Ice Warrior's unmasked head. The mask didn't even need to be removed. But of course, modern writers can't resist doing that kind of thing.
'Victory of the Daleks' and 'Night Terrors', I can't actually remember too well. I've only seen them both once, upon airing. So I don't feel I can accurately comment on them. I do remember quite a bit more from 'Victory of the Daleks', so I would probably put that above 'Night Terrors'.
'The Crimson Horror' - My least favourite modern 'Doctor Who' episode so far (other than, possibly, 'The Name of the Doctor').
That is, by the way, the order, I'd rank them in (in case that wasn't clear).
@BazHood @gunslinger19 Don't worry, I've read it now. I'm not sure whether that would hvae been better or worse. Probably better. I don't think he deserved the molten gold death.
I tried to post a hyperlink for those who hadn't read about this, but for some reason this site doesn't let me.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood
@BazHood @gunslinger19 Yeah, that bit confused me, because I don't remember any other reference to him being a cyborg. Please explain. What beheading scene was their going to be?
I don't give Doctor Who episodes ranks because I'd find that too hard. And it seems belittling to give nearly every episode 7 or higher, and then just the few episodes you don't like give them 4, or something. But 'Robot of Sherwood' was my favourite episode so far, of this series.
A list of things I didn't like though (***Spoilers*** - duh):
The sonic screwdriver can now make non-explosive things blow up . Way to not be a weapon.
The sheriff shouldn't have died, and the castle been destroyed. It kind of shortened the legend of Robin Hood somewhat. However, that's not a plot hole, or inconsitency, just a personal preference.
Not amazing CGI with the molten gold, but decent enough.
I'm not sure how an arrow in the side of a ship powers it. Wouldn't it have to be in a specific place; like melted into the circuit shaped grooves in the stone or something, like the rest of it.
It's too convenient how the spaceship just happens to bow up as it gets into oribit. If all it was doing was floating in orbit at that point, it wouldn't have needed the engines, and even if the engines did lose power, they wouldn't immediately explode.
The robots were also incredibly stupid, to not realise that their own ship would explode.
@Galax @Riker Riker's opinion on Clara may be extreme, but don't bring Rose into this.
People massively over exaggerate how needy Rose was.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
@LucasW I wouldn't really use 'The Christmas Invasion' as a comparison with any non Christmas episode. As it's meant to be a fun, lighthearted thing, because it's Christmas.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Face-Off: The Eleventh Hour vs Deep Breath
@NeilColes overused. I wish they'd stop with the referencing.
1 month ago on Examining Series 8’s New Title Sequence
@Sephora.IWishIWasScottish I liked it
@DrunkenDalek I liked them too
@Merganman4 The 2005 - 2007 titles are different from the Christmas 2007 - 2009 titles.