Ollie Walton Harrod
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@Scootersfood can't wait for Series 9... @Doctor What and Where Wow. That's an achievement. Why?
6 days, 19 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #12
@nocealvento I would have much preferred them sticking to the Zygon plot.
@PhotonFromOz Plot holes make a bad episode.
@KingoftheOod4450 @JasonWright1 I wouldn't say the RTD era goes overboard other than in 'The Stolen Earth'/'Journey's End'. There there are too many characters and things happening. And then the ending is really simple.
@Ed Arrowsmith Okay sure.
6 days, 20 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #11
@3rdDalektotheLeft - minion of D.O.C.T.O.R. I agree with your vote, and that it is without a shadow of a doubt.
Look up youtube channel Who Addicts Reviews. They've done a 'Best Possible Series' series comparing all of the episode 1's, all of the episode 2's etc. And their opinion on the Battle of the Silence (which I loved), and River Song's portrayal.
In terms of least favouriet episodes, I didn't like 'A Good Man Goes To War', but I have the contraversial opinion of 'The Day of the Doctor' (and after that 'The Name of the Doctor') being my least favourite episode. Too many plot holes and just irritation (despite the humour and good quality CGI unlike what the rest of S5 - 7 had. I'm not sure why CGI fell after the RTD era. It's back now though).
I agree about the Eleventh Doctor's anger. He's silly and fun so much of the time that I can't take any of his serious moments seriously.
6 days, 22 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #9
@Ed Arrowsmith Why? I think 'Mummy on the Orient Express' was underdeveloped a little and could have done with being a bit longer. But it wasn't good enough for a 2 parter story I think. As for 'Blink' - taht did really well in the time it had. It covered everything perfectly.
6 days, 22 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #11
@Mr Meglos Bad things about 'Death in Heaven':
Missy's plan is nonsensical. There was no way the Doctor was going to go along with that.
Missy's portrayal. - I personally really like the character of Missy. But she is not the Master. Some people make the same complaint about John Simm's mMaster but I disagree there. To say John Simm's Master is not the proper Master is like saying the Tenth Doctor is not a proper Doctor (as comparing it to classic). Each generation has a different personality, and that's good. But they have to have the same of some things to be that character, otherwise they are just anyone. The Master's attributes would be villainous, which Missy is. Somewhat crazy, which Missy obviously is. And intellectually equal to the Doctor, which is where I think Missy falls. Everything Missy achieves - the nethersphere (however that was achieved - that really should be explained) and escaping capture (however that happened also - getting past 2 guards who just stood there and didn't react - come on Moffat. It would take about 5 seconds of dialogue to just say something). That would suggest she is intelligent, but on-screen she just goes overboard with the crazy, and doesn't present intellectual equalness to the Doctor by any means.
The lack of explanation - I basically exaplained that above. This only annoys some people, me included. - Specifics of the Nethersphere and how Missy escapes.
Some people don't like the Brigadier being a Cyberman. I don't take great issue with this, given that I've not seen a load of classic with the Brigadier, but I can definitely see why people don't like it.
What I do take issue with though is why Danny happened to be the only person, along with the Brigadier, that hadn't 'Delete'd their feelings. Of course you can say there are more people who just weren't in the graveyard, but in the world of tv and film if something isn't stated or implied it isn't the case. We are supposed to assume there aren't more.
The Cybermen - They killed no-one. They were completely useless in the episode other than screwing with the plane. They fly now, Iron Man style. They couldn't have even made it so that they had jetpack system. No they are basically Iron Men. I personally don't like their voices either as they're to low and someimes it's difficult to understand them. It makes them seem more robot than Alien. But that doesn't seem to bother most people. In general the Cybermen just weren't portrayed as their own enemy in the episode. They were basically just robots to be controlled.
I also don't like the ending as for a series finale it just seems inconclusive. Obviously that's then concluded in the Christmas Special.
6 days, 23 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #12
'Dark Water'/'Death in Heaven'/ Both stories have a lot of issues with them. But 'The Day of the Doctor' has a lot more, and the inconsistencies are unbearable to me. So along with 'The Name of the Doctor', I like to forget that ever happened. 'Dark Water'/'Death in Heaven' has Missy who I really like - but her plan made no sense. The Cybermen were rubbish. There were just a lot of bad bits, but there were a number of good bits, so I'll vote for that. I presume 'The Day of the Doctor will win that though.
1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #12
Continuation: I wouldn't say I love it (many people consider it really good), but it was good.
1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #11
'Mummy on the Orient Express'. 'Listen' had more to it, and had it not had that ending I might/probbly would have preferred it. But the ending was awful in my opinion. It started off so good as well. 'Mummy on the Orient Express' I have a couple of issues with but overall it's good.
'Missy's Theme' - Very good. It reminds me of 'Harry Potter' somewhat.
'Don't You Dare' - That is good.
'Bad Choices/Let's Keep Going' - It's good. A different tone, and good for that tone.
'Save Yourself Doctor' - It's alright.
'This Is Just A Dream' - It's okay.
'Abandon The Moon' - Quite good. A terrible episode, as it made no sense, but good music.
'You Are Dying' - Very good. Very interesting. Creepy/eerie in places.
'The Invasion of the Cybermen' - Possibly a little overdramatic. And in terms of the name, I wouldn't really call that an invasion. The episode/s themselves weren't that great. The music's alright I'd say.
'I Am Not A Good Man' - Yet another variant of the Doctor's theme. It's good again, but similar to the others. It interestingly incorporates a bit of Eleventh Doctor music into it as well.
'Racing To The Tardis' - Oh I can feel the moment in that music. That's great. I loved that bit (best bit of the story really, for me. If a little far-fetched possibly). Weeeeeeeee'Second Chance' - Good. Very fitting.
1 week ago on Top 21 Tracks of Series 8 (Part 2)
'Series 8 Title Theme' - Good.
'Two Lives' is good but not exactly something you can just listen to and sing along to as such.
'Let's Be Heroes' - Oh I really like that music.
'I'v'e Got plans' is a little odd. Good, and interesting. Different.
'Deep Cover' - Oh well that's very good. It's weird, this series is very dark but the music is so uplifting.
'The Promised Land' - Yeah that is interesting.
'Santa's Arrival' - Good.
'In Little Rupert's Bedroom' - A little empty but it was obviously fitting because that scene was great. Unlike the rest of the episode in my opinion, unfortunately (because that was a very good scene).
'The Doctor To The Rescue' - I love it.
'Psi's Sacrifice/The Teller' - Well it's quite similar to the Doctor's theme, but still good.
As for the second version - That was good too. Interesting.
1 week ago on Top 21 Tracks of Series 8 (Part 1)
The music's also a little loud during that speech so it's difficult to understand what he's saying when he names them 'The Boneless'.
1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #10
There is no doubt in my mind that 'Flatline' is better. 'The Name of the Doctor' is one of, if not my least favourite episode of the modern era. It is so bad and brings up plot holes and just horrible stuff I'd rather forget about. 'Flatline' is very good. My only issues with it would be 1) it is a little slow, possibly boring in places, and 2) the ending. - the Doctor sends out a pulse from the Tardis making the Boneless disappear?
By far 'The Impossible Astronaut'/'Day of the Moon' - It was the only story I really liked of Series 6. And the Silence are brilliant. While Madame Kovarian is rather annoying.
1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #9
I would have said 'Vincent and the Doctor' is the lesser of two evils in my opinion, but its character of Vincent redeems it of that certainly.
1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #8
Well now this is a difficult one. Not because I love them both. But because I really don't. But thinking about it for a little bit I think 'Vincent and the Doctor' is a winner. The villain of each is rubbish in my opinion. 'Vincent and the Doctor' has the plus of the emotional aspect, which is great. And 'The Doctor's Wife' has what I consider to be the downfall of the Tardis representation. That is not in the slightest how I'd expect the Tardis to be were it confined to a human body. It turns into another flirty Moffat female. So I hate the episode.
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1 week ago on Top 10 Fan Title Sequences
'Turn Left' easily for me. Although I don't say that with the view that 'Midnight' is bad. I personally think it is quite overrated. A while (a couple of years ago) I just saw people simply finding it boring. But it has since grown on everyone apparantely as it gets a lot of praise. I get the whole cabin fever element of it. But that's about it. That's all there is to it really. I like a variety of setting and obviously that isn't there in 'Midnight'. The villain wasn't particularly interesting (well it was very interesting), but it wasn't visually there in that episode, so I don't overly like it. 'Turn Left' I didn't used to like really, other than the ending. A great if a little nonsensical ending (why is the Tardis red exactly?). Now I quite like it as the concept is very interesting and as with the rest of series 4, Donna is great for comedy. So it's similar to 'Midnight' in that it doesn't have a shown villain as such (well not much of one) and it's more about the concept. But as it's more developed I like 'Turn Left' more.On a side note, I just thought of this - if the Doctor died the Christmas Special after Series 2, Series 3's events wouldn't have happened and therefore the Daleks would have succeeded in taking over Manhatten in the 1930's and then probably Earth. And if not, the Doctor wasn't really needed there in Series 3 because they wouldn't have succeeded anyway.
1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #7
'The Pandorica Opens'/'The Big Bang' - Easily with no competition, for me. Prisoner Zero had the worst CGI of modern Doctor Who. It looked like it was floating from nothingness. The story was mediocre and inconclusive. That's all for 'The Eleventh Hour'. 'The Pandorica Opens'/'The Big Bang' was actually one of the only stories I liked of Series 5, so naturally that wins.
1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #6
On a side note, for ages I saw nearly everyone greatly disliking 'The Family of Blood'/'Human Nature'. Then about a year ago everyone started praising it.
1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #5
Well this is interesting. 2 stories I don't overly like but do have good elements. 'The Family of Blood'/'Human Nature' I didn't particularly like at the time (it was probably my least favourite 2 parter (and I think still is of the RTD era - oh no actually. I prefer it to 'The Sontaran Stratagem'/'The Poison Sky'). In terms of bad elements, the villain I just don't find appealing. The scarecrows are scary to an extent and the family are creepy (in a weird way as opposed to scary). But in terms of good elements it has the Doctor being human story which I think is just great, and that's the area I get enjoyment out of in the story. The characters are also very good. I don't really understand the whole supernatural thing about Tim Latimer, but that was good regardless.'The Stolen Earth'/'Journey's End' - Bad elements - Bad resolution undoubtedly. That's the main issue with it. Secondly, I'm not sure whether I consider this to be an issue but the Doctor's half-regeneration. I didn't like it at the time as i didn't understand how it worked. But I do now, and I like the whole creation of the meta-crisis Doctor. Even though, I don't particularly like the ending for Rose with him. But I kind of push that to one side (giving it the benefit of the doubt, if that phrase applies here). It's a very busy story, which obviously is meant to be a good thing but I just think it's not clear enough. Too many characters. Not enough of everything else. Good poinhts - Donna's ending is brilliant. That's pretty much it really. I mean, I like it in general (I don't dislike any RTD era episodes though). But in comparison to others, it's not that great.Still I'm not sure which I prefer. From my mini-reviews it seems clear that I prefer 'The Family of Blood'/'Human Nature'. But 'The Stolen Earth'/'Journey's End' just has so much about it that it's hard to vote against.I think I'm going to have to go with 'The Family of Blood'/'Human Nature'.
'Silence in the Library'/'Forest of the Dead' for me. I almost said 'easily' there but I don't think it necessarily is. Generally I'd say 'Blink' is a clever episode, and so a very good one. But most of my love really I think comes from the non-fans like for them. By that I mean, I didn't overly like the episode at the time (I don't think I overly loved any of Series 3's episodes at the time though). But loads of people that weren't that great fans were obsessing over it, and that made me like it somewhat more as 'Doctor Who' was generally uncool, but not apparantely this episode. 'Silence in teh Library'/'Forest of the Dead' in terms of brilliance, exceeds. It's such a clever and well done story.
1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #4
'The Impossible Planet'/'The Satan Pit' easily. It's my favourite story. I'm assuming that will win too. 'The Waters of Mars' I do really like, other than the whole element of "I should go. I can't save you" (not direct quote). That just annoyed me. And the ending of Adelaide killing herself I disliked because it did change history and so I don't really like that. That undermines a big part of the RTD era really.
1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #3
Ooh this is a very interesting one. I assume 'The Empty Child'/'The Doctor Dances' will win. I personally prefer 'The Girl in the Fireplace' (it's my second favourite story, after 'The Impossible Planet'/'The Satan Pit'). But 'The Empty Child'/'The Doctor Dances', given that it's a 2 parter, is more developed and a very very good story.
1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #2
I assume 'Dalek' will win this but I prefer 'Bad Wolf'/'Parting of the Ways'.I really like the game show element. The interior of the Dalek ships are cool. The Doctor sending Rose home I think is great. The Doctor's regeneration is my personal favourite.'Dalek' although is a very good episode that shows the Daleks as very threatening, it's probably the best in terms of that of the modern era, it's just not as developed.
1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #1
@Doctor What and Where At first I thought wow yeah that would have been really cool (in terms of your idea). But thinking about it, that would have been a bit random, and obviously wouldn't have fit with the story they went with.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Doctor Why Bother?
@ichabod "you don't have to have a *real* monster to be scared s**tless. Absent a monster, we make up something to be scared of if we're on our own too much."- There's a difference between not showing a monster, and actually not having one. If you act like you have one and then reveal that there's nothing, all fear in the episode/film/book (whatever media) is gone.
In terms of your explanation of your interpretation of the plot - I don't find that at all scary though. Obviously inreal life that might be. But it wasn't presented as such on screen I think.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor Why Bother?
@galactic_unicorn I think so little happened as too much time was spent concentrating on Danny and Clara's storyline. That became rather central to the series. I have no doubt (well, extremely little) that the next series will be more alien plot based (as opposed to companion plot based).My 2 favourite episodes of the series are 'Time Heist' and 'Last Christmas' (if that counts as series 8) (a not so popular episode with others) as I felt quite a lot happened in both of those stories.
@ichabod @Ollie Walton Harrod Firstly, don't talk to me as if I'm ignorant.Secondly, the episode had a number of points; there wasn't really one main one. There were the creatures, there was the relationship of Clara and Danny, there was the Doctor's childhood.. I do understand the episode. I just don't like it.
@Sontaran17 This was too strongly implied though. In that, it was stated to be the case, the exact words just weren't used.And River did get another explanation that made sense so that was fine.
Oh dear you brought up 'Listen' and called it the best episode of the series.
I thought it started off really really well. It was going to be my favourite of the Moffat era (not that that's too big a feat).
But after about a third of the way through it got a bit "meh". And the ending was just so awful.
It brought up a plot hole (unless resolved in the future) of Orson Pink. It was implied enough for it to be classed as truth that Clara was Orson's grandmother (or great grandmother, I can't really remember). Now that Danny's dead, that isn't the case. So unless Clara gets pregnanty somehow with Danny's child, that classifies as a fairly big plot hole.
I mentioned the ending earlier, but to expand on that: This new creature was on its way to becoming the new Weeping Angels/SIlence (a new simple great idea - at least initially). But instead of revealing or giving some kind of actual conclusion to the story, Clara just said "it doesn't matter" (not exact words possibly). In fact, that reminds me of the Doctor's name story arc. It was built up loads, and received a simple "it doesn't really matter" resolution. In the case of 'Listen' though, if it is that there never was any creature (and that was the implication), well simply put - that cannot be true. From what we did see of the creature in Danny's orphanage bedroom, it was clear that it was an alien. As for the noises in the future - that's debatable, although I think the threat is completely diminished if there never was anything there. If on the other hand you want to go with the conclusion that there was a creature - we never got to see anything from it so there was simply no point in the story. Other than of course to further Danny and Clara's story.
Yes. Such cringe at the 'sexy' talk.
1 month, 1 week ago on Top 10 Whoniverse Couples
@Notsosmartguy @Ollie Walton Harrod @TheDoctor1235 You could like series 2 without particularly liking either 10 or Rose. But if you had strong feelings against either of them, which many people do, as people like to be extreme, it's pretty difficult.
I'm talking from experience of many arguments against people who don't like series 2. It is always about teh Doctor and Rose. There's also the complaint of 'Love and Monsters' and 'Fear Her', but I don't see how that could ruin an entire series for someone.
@TheDoctor1235 They kind of were a couple. Just not officially.
Why is it when people don 't like something (character/episode) they criticise the acting. The acting was great.
It really wasn't only in the last few episodes. It was throughout the entire series. Which is the main reason a lot of people don't like Series 2.
Pete and Jackie Tyler - Oh yes definitely. This was a lovely one.
Amy and Rory Williams - Sure.
The Doctor and the Tardis - *falls to the floor in pain* No. I don't like it at all; not the usual relationship, but the one presented in 'the Doctor's Wife'. I really don't like 'The Doctor's Wife' as I feel the Tardis is presented so incorrectly in that human form. I'm not going to go into detail but I just really don't like it.
Oh and the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler are awesome.
I really liked Tosh's story with Owen. That was great.
I was never really interested in Ianto. I'm not sure why people like him so much. There's not very much to the character.
'Torchwood' is certainly darker than 'Doctor Who' and 'The Sarah Jane Adventures' is more like 'Doctor Who'.
But you're acting like 'Torchwood' sucks, even though you said you enjoyed it.
The Tenth Doctor and Madame De Pompadour - yeah.
Clyde and Rani - I never got to the point where they got together. I need to re-watch that series.
Jenny and Vastra - I wouldn't say they're too interesting but sure.
The Doctor and River Song - Yes.
Danny and Clara - I'm not so sure. It's not bad as such, as it's reasonably realistic. But I'd put it on the lower half of tv and film relationships I think.
Jack and Ianto - Yeah sure.
Owen and Tosh - Yes. This was a very good one.
I don't know if a spin-off series is really a good idea.
A reappearance in Doctor Who would be interesting though. Although I'm fine with it just being kleft open really. It means it's a nice thing that can't be ruined.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Davison Wants To See Doctor’s Daughter Spin-Off
@LeslieFarrington I'm not sure why that is even a question (how the Master is a woman).Time People can regenerate into other sexes now. That's been stated in the past, and has been made very official by this.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Clara’s Fate & Series 9 (Spoilers)
@BrianHirsch No offence to you, but I think that is a horrible idea. That would completely mess with the programme's feel of continuity.
2 months, 1 week ago on Russell T Davies Interested in Writing A Doctor Who Movie
Oh no no no no no no no. Please no. Just no. Don't. Leave that idea as an idea, or remove it altogether. But no, don't make a 'Doctor Who' film.
I think it would become way too commercialised.
It probably wouldn't be that good.
Can we just leave it as a television series.
Before 'Last Christmas' I didn't mind whether Clara stayed for a whole series, or left in 'Last Christmas'. I jsut didn't want her staying for half a series. I think if that is done, it will ruin the series. After 'Last Christmas' I am glad Clara is staying, and I hope the nect series is good, and that she doesn't leave mid-series.
As for the 'not fair on the new companion' complaint, they could just have companionless episodes for the second half. I don't like companionless episodes, and that is really a secondary complaint to the first (it would ruin the story arc/feel of continuity), so I think that's a bad idea. I'm just adressing that, in acse someone replies with that.
2 months, 1 week ago on Is Clara Really in All of Series 9?
@alonsys wants a TARDIS trio for Series 9! (Shona!) @Oodkind Oh please no. I hate it when they mess with original content. ThAt would so ruin past episodes.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Russell T Davies on New Who’s 10th Anniversary
@DWTV is No Thrills DWTV The point (or one point) TheOncomingHurricane is making is that there are other issues that could be adressed, which would make far more original and interesting arguments. It's not true that all people stick to their guns and arguments go in circles. Some do. But if that were the case, I wouldn't bother. I'd just argue on youtube. Debates on here do have people changing other's mind's.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Why We Shouldn’t Hate The Tenth Doctor’s Regeneration
@TheOncomingHurricane @Planet of the Deaf A vague idea of when you'll die and a premonition as to how are different things that and that latter I think is scarier than the first. Particularly since it was the latter of the two (as in, he's already had one). He could simply ignore the first, because there's nothing anyone can do really about that kind of premonition. You would get more paranoid if someone went into more detail of the lead up. He had been made vaguely aware of his regeneration by 'The Next Doctor', and I think it would be good to know that your future self will be a good, interesting person. Given the number of times he's met himself in the past, I don't think that'd be a big issue for him. And in terms of "three episodes later" - That's 3 episodes for you. It could be years for him. It's at least 1 year, if going by actual time (which 'Doctor Who' doesn't really).
I'm not sure I agree with some/a lot of what's being said here. But I don't think there's anything wrong with the regeneration,.and I'm not sure why people can't move on from it. Even if it isn't very good, there are a lot worse things to comment on.
4. Pacing Issues: I don't think that it was as such slow beginnings, but throughout I felt 'Flatline' was a bit slow. Although that is one of my favourites of the series. In terms of its ending, can someone please explain it? The Doctor gives a speech, which was fine, although a little difficult to understand at times. He names them, for some reason. And then emits a pulse thing from the Tardis which gets rid of them. I'm not sure how that last bit made sense.
'In the Forest of the Night' I think was a rubbish episode in general. One of the worst of teh era probably, in my opinion.
3. Hangover's from the Matt Smith era: I completely disagere with the statement that 'Robot of Sherwood' is a Matt Smith type episode. I think it worked very well as a Peter Capaldi episode. The ending certainly was Matt Smith era like. But the rest of it, I liked. I don't think the Twelfth Doctor at all acted like the Eleventh.
Again, with 'In the Forest of the Night', I'd rather that just hadn't been written.
2. Not Enough Actual Villains/Monsters: I'm not sure what exactly the original intent was, with the Sheriff being a robot in 'Robot of Sherwood', but since it turned out as it did, I'd count the Sheriff and the robots as different villains. It's a good point that there should be more deaths in the programme. I thought the Teller was brilliant, even if it wasn't an actual villain. I can't really remember whether Karabraxos counts as a villain. The Cybermen I think were indeed awful. I won't go into detail there.
1. Some of the Writing: Well here I'd just like to start off and say how I think a lot of the Matt Smith episodes lacked good writing. Not most of them. But a significant amount, in my opinion.
'Listen' I thought started out so good. Brilliant. Could've been one of the best. But it deteriorated to mediocre a third of the way through and had an awful ending. Such wasted potential there. I think you could say 'Death in Heaven' was badly written also because it ignored the overdramatised concept of feeling after death, built up in 'Dark Water'.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on The 5 Greatest Weaknesses of Series 8 (Part 2)
I would vote for Missy, but there were times in her performance where her accent kept changing and that left me a bit confused. So I don't think I'll vote.
I expect Missy will win though
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 #2: Recurring Actor