Ollie Walton Harrod
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@LiamTheFizz I don't think Mummy on the Orient Express would be good as a first episode considering it involves the Doctor making up with Clara. You have to really have the background knowledge of at least 'Kill the Moon'.
1 week, 3 days ago on You will become like us! The Best ‘Converter’ Episodes
@DrainOfMorbius Yeah. That's the technicality Steven Moffat will justify it by. But really, it's the same thing. The Master is back.
1 week, 6 days ago on Moffat on Why the Master Won’t Be Back
@Exalos 'Listen' was bad. It started off so good. Got decreasingly worse. And had a really bad resolution.
'The Day of the Doctor' - Obviously, it is loved by many. But I don't think it was better than the average episode. It was better for its humour. But the unexplained things like Tom Baker's cameo annoyed me too greatly.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Why I Love… Nightmare in Silver
Why I hate 'Nightmare in SIlver':
The Cybermen are now overpowered. They can upgrade against anything almost instantly.. oh except an exploding planet.
Which brings me to point 2, like the rest of series 7 part 2, it had such a simple quick and easy resolution.
More specifically in terms of your article, I think the look is cartoonish.
Although being blown up with love was silly, I think it's a massive understatement to say that they were defeated by angry victorian women or mobile phones. There was a bit more to it than that. And again, although this resolution was better than the defeated by love, it was still too simple. In theory, it is "wow. you have to actually blow up the planet they're on", but when it came to the episode, it was done so insignificantly. Not a race to escape the planet. Just an "oh. so we've teleported off now. right ok. cool then".
In terms of the children's acting, I didn't notice a problem with it. People always complain about child acting in 'Doctor Who (yet the writers keep writing it in), and I've always just thougt people were being silly. However, 'In the Forest of the Night' had the worst child acting I have ever seen; it was so awful.
@4sure Firstly, freaking SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Some people haven't seen the last episode yet.
And secondly, I don't see why this should necessarily bother people.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on The Common Criticisms of Closing Time
@Clara Laurinda @YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over I agree about the coldness of the Doctor. The centralness of Clara isn';t annoying me as much as it is other people. And I thought this episode worked very well having Clara lead. But I do agree to an extent about the series in general.
1 month ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
@YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over How was the Doctor giving a The Doctor type speech more convincing that it wasall about Clara. Surely if Clara were to have given the speech taht would have been far more The Doctor like for her.
I didn't mind that the Doctor was the one giving the speech since he was the one who knew how to do that with the TARDIS (what was it he actually did do with the TARDIS? I'm not clear on that) . And the Doctor was the one who was questioning whether they were actually evil or not.
Every episode of the modern series (roughly) has an episode that is more companion (or a human) based.
Series 1- 'Father's Day'. All about Rose and when the Doctor dies, mid-way through the epsiode, Pete is left to fix everything.
Series 2 - 'Love and Monsters'.
Series 3 - 'Blink'.
Series 4 - 'Turn Left'. I don't think this one or the 2 above need explaining as to how they're not Doctor central.
Series 5 - Embarrassingly, I can't really remember much of this series. But 'Amy's Choice' kinda sounds like it's about Amy. I can't remember though how true that is. Otherwise, this series doesn't have one.
Series 6 - 'The Girl Who Waited'. Similar to 'Father's Day', it involves quite a bit of the Doctor. But it is much more up to a younger and older Amy to make the right decision. And much of the episode features just Amy.
Series 7 - Only if you count the special 'P.S.' does this series have one.
^ Yes. So to restate the point, I think this is perfectly okay. It does it much less than the other series'. Although it has more overall about Clara's life, this single episode had less all about the companion (or a human) than other series'.
And going with what you're saying, it is not the companion that is bad. It is just that the episode's are being written too Clara central.
@BoneyardBetty @DocWhoLocked @TheDarkDaysReborn I really hate this, because it just highlights the issue of racism where it is non-existent, and causes people to analyse, which leads to producers feeling they have to cast black people in important and positive roles, and make a specific point that they are not racist.
@DocWhoLocked @TheDarkDaysReborn Do either of you actually want to elaborate on that; rather than just stating the point.
I'm not sure. Well I know I liked it. Or, I actually found quite a lot of it boring. But I did like the story very much.
Rephrasing: I really liked the story. I'm not sure exactly how the resolution worked. But the overall story and the way everything was done was very good. But I don't know what it is. As a setting, or something, it wasn't amazing. I don't really know how to phrase it well.
@TheDarkDaysReborn Not really. Just because they showed a black person spray painting, does not mean they also have to show a white person spray painting to avoid accusations. Where else in this series do you consider racism to be?
@Whogasms @Ollie Walton Harrod I thought the premise was okay. The acting was good. The CGI was good enough. I just didn't like how, from a sceintific point of view, it makes no sense.
1 month ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express
@Danny Pink the War Lord @Whogasms @Ollie Walton Harrod Did I say "How could you not have the same opinion as me?"; no. I was just curious.
People seem to be doing series episodes in order of favourite so far; so I will:
Time Heist - One of my favourites of the Moffat era. Not an amazing ending. But not that bad. But I really liked the rest of it. Great villain (or not really a villain; referring to the Teller). Cool story. Good technically (cinematography etc.)
Robot of Sherwood - One of my favourites of the Moffat era (despite what others think)
Deep Breath - Interesting. Having not been a huge fan of the Moffat era (though clearly enough to keep watching and writing about), I was very pleased with it. A step up in CGI. Great story. Competing with 'Robot of Sherwood', in my mind.
Into the Dalek - Yay. Daleks are threatening again.
Mummy on the Orient Express - Good, but possibly lacking in something. I like a variety of setting, so that might be it.
The Caretaker - Not particularly good, not bad. Decent.
Listen - Amazing first third. Average middle. I don't like the ending. That ruined it for me.
Kill the Moon - The only one I haven't liked due to it's unrealisticness.
1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express
@Whogasms oh, no. Why did you like 'Kill the Moon' so much? It has been the only episode of this series I haven't liked, as it was so unrealistic, and was a bit of a copy (in human morals) of 'The Beast Below'.
As usual I don't rate. And as usual I have a few minor criticisms, and otherwise the episode is great. My criticisms being:
This one I kind of adjusted to. I didn't like the timer at the beginning, along with the Doctor's one line of narration, because I felt it was too similar to 'Kill the Moon', with the episode starting from a later point, and looking back on it (though not exactly with this episode). I did adjust to this however as the timer was used for all of the deaths, so I eventually felt it was more consistent that way.
I really didn't like the black hole. The briefly mentioned and shown black hole that the train drove/flew (?) casually past. I didn't like it because the Doctor made such a massive deal, in 'The Impossible Planet'/'The Satan Pit' (a massive deal) about how black holes were completely and totally inescapable; not even time can escape a black hole. Yet there the train goes, casually past the black hole, and the Doctor talks as if it's just another occurance.
Just after that moment, I didn't like the young woman's (I can't remember her name now) accusation of the Doctor, because he couldn't have been 2000 (ish) years old. Obviously, it was there to point out that the Doctor is a time traveller, and to show the woman's stress, as her grandmother had just died. But I still felt it was a bit odd, and unnecessary.
I really didn't like how the Doctor guessed it was the Foretold almost instantly (instantly in terms of the episode time. The actual time in the story would probably have been about 30 minutes later). The only information he had was that a woman had died, and he instantly assumed it was the Foretold. They did then come up with the excuse that the Doctor said, about how he guesses things randomly and sometimes they come true. But that's just nonsense.
My final complaint was that I didn't like the way the computer killing of the chefs was done. The camera just moves in to the kitchen and something about decompression is stated, and it's just like "what?! what's going on?". It is then stated what has happened, but due to the confusion at the time, I just think it could have been done better.
Other than that, very good episode.
@Mercy Reborn2 @Ollie Walton Harrod yeah I guess it must be
1 month, 1 week ago on Kill the Moon and Its Importance in Whoniverse History
The episode was so unrealistic.
some ***Spoilers***, though just more details really, than what's in the article.
The CGI of the (not really) spiders was okay, but the visibilty of the moon and the creature coming out of it, from Earth, was unrealistic. Especially in one of those last shots with Clara looking up at the moon from her bedroom window; it was way too big.
The (not really) spiders made little sense, as firstly, they could not have been single cell organisms. They clearly had more than one cell. And secondly, what was the need of cobwebbing up the spacesuits? If the (not really) spiders kill by jumping on their prey, cobwebbing up the spacesuit afterwards is pointless.
The creature hatches from the egg, flys away, the camera looks away temporarily, looks back, oh wow another moon's appeared, that happens to be the same size.
Another point I'll just say is that the episode was trying to do what 'The Beast Below' did, and it didn't work nearly as well. It could've been so much better had it just been given a simple plot, where the creatures were in fact spiders (or alien versions), and it was some kind of infestation related thing, with possibly someone controlling them. Or some other plot. EIther way, I wasn't keen. I've liked every other episode this series (which is quite a big thing for me as I haven't been a fan of Moffa's era until this series. Which makes me think it was the Eleventh Doctor I didn't like. Though I'm pretty sure it was the writing), so it was a let down.
@AlexVallejo I think the idea that he is half human is being ignored by all other writers. Along with the additional Doctor form shown in one of the classic episodes (I forget the name of the episode).
I think Moffat's got no additional intentions to what he has shown. I think it is as simple as, it is on Gallifrey.
I also loathe Series 7. More Part 2 than Part 1; and that is including 'The Day of the Doctor'. 'Time of the Doctor' is okay, despite it's faults, in my opinion. I don't mind Part 1 too much, and 'Cold War', other than the terrible CGI face, and simple resolution, is okay. And I really like 'The Snowmen' other than the solution, again, and really the villain in general.
In other words, I absolutely dispise everything from 'The Bells of Saint John' to 'The Day of the Doctor', other than 'Cold War'.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant
@SteviePenny I think it was very good. That's not 'very good' as in the rating 8/10 on there. I didn't vote, because I don't like to rank episodes really. But as a general opinion, I think it was very good. The lightheartedness made for a nice break in between the darkness of the prior episodes. I don't feel it was out of place at all. The characters acted with the same attitudes, just in a different situation. We can't presume that every adventure that the Doctor and Clara go on are horrible, emotional, dark and destruction filled episodes.
It certainly wasn't poorly written. It was very well written. The dialogue was very good between all of the characters. In terms of cheesy, I guess it could be considered slightly cheesy, but not too much. It was kind of styled in that classicy way, as opposed to just being cheesy. It had enough originality to it too.
It's my favourite episode of the series so far, along with 'Time Heist'.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood
@kreehomel Yes. They came close in my list too. Though for kind of different reasons. I like 'Unicorn and the Wasp' for it's 'detective styledness' (yup that's a term now), but the reason it beat 'The Shakespeare Code', which I like really because it's witches, and witches are cool (rather than because of Shakespeare etc.), is because it's more complex, with the various things going on, and the witty dialogue, and Donna's role in it.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Face-Off: Gareth Roberts’ Episodes
@forgot my fez yeah, please don't put comments like that. As if people are just going to change their comment just because you order them to. Just write that you disagree, and why.
@Mikeyboss182 @Ollie Walton Harrod yeah I didn't particularly like it the first time I saw it, and it was only really while thinking about this order that I realised how good it actually is.
It was a close one for me, between 'The Shakespeare Code' and 'The Unicorn and the Wasp'. But 'The Unicorn and the Wasp' I decided pulled ahead because it's story is more in depth, and I like the Agatha Cristy style of it. And Donna's very good in that too.
In terms of the other episodes, I'm not sure as I've only seen the Moffat episodes once, as of yet.
I'd probably, with that in mind, go with:
'Planet of the Dead'
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Face-Off: Gareth Roberts’ Episodes
Thank you :)
1 month, 3 weeks 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.
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.
1 month, 3 weeks 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.
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.
2 months 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.
@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.
2 months 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".
@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 months 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 months 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 months, 1 week 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'.
@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.