A Scottish Dr Who fan of 35 years
@The Finn It certainly is :) Especially considering most of the island is obsessed with celebrity and (no)talent contests.
9 hours, 26 minutes ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@Two of Hearts @BazHood Lol, exactly!
14 hours, 26 minutes ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
@Typo42 @BazHood @sontaran17 The Doctor - "Mortuaries and larders - always the easiest to break out of. Oh, I've lived a life! Tell Uncle Stupid we're in. Arrr....then he finds the bolt hole and says..."Bolt hole" :) and that bit is very garbled under noise...I had to check the script!
14 hours, 29 minutes ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
@Typo42 @BazHood @sontaran17 Lol, aahhh, so it's the sound mix rather than the soundtrack, you mean. Quite a few complaints about this so you're not alone. I'd need to get back to you on the 'into the Dalek' dialogue, hahaha
14 hours, 33 minutes ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
@Planet of the Deaf good point. Never thought about that. I think 45 - 47 mins should still just about give time for ads overseas, though.
14 hours, 46 minutes ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
@Two of Hearts haha, yeah, I raised this point last week. I don't know if it's to do with the order the episodes are completed and someone has noticed the anaemic quality (or lack of quality) in the new sting or what?!?!? Who knows?
15 hours, 6 minutes ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
@sontaran17 @BazHood @Typo42 Yeah, I've been anticipating this new Doctor's theme. I shall need to go and listen to that part again :D
15 hours, 9 minutes ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
@sontaran17 @BazHood right enough. forgot that :)
17 hours, 39 minutes ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@sontaran17 @Typo42 lmao. yeah, this was the first time, this series, the music really stood out for me. The theme when the Teller was revealed was broodingly gorgeous...reminiscent of The Impossible Planet/Satan Pit
15 hours, 19 minutes ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
@awkward NO MORE, Out! That was, in no way, a Scottish accent, I'm afraid. It's American/Canadian or some such brogue. I'm Scottish...I should know :P
And why would they telegraph the identity of the mysterious architect by giving him a Scottish accent? Makes no sense storywise. It's DEFINITELY not Scottish :)
17 hours, 3 minutes ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
@NoMore90 Okay, you thought it a weak episode - That's fair enough. But to say the direction was poor is just incredible. This episode had some of the most interesting transitions, cuts, wipes and direction of any episode of Who since that clever 'Doctor's mind' bit in 'The Eleventh Hour'.
Okay, we had the same corridor over and over...but that's a Doctor Who (sci fi) trope and it was still handled cleverly by McKinnon.
Interested to know, on what do you base your judgement of BAD directing?
17 hours, 11 minutes ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
I'm intrigued to find out the consolidated figure for 'Listen'. (Not Live+7, as we wont get that for a lil while) But to see if does have a larger 'time shifted' and 'i player' figure than normal, due to good word of mouth.
Another good overnight figure for 'Time Heist' and still on track to stay in that 7-7.5 million range.
18 hours, 8 minutes ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@VictorWong1 Yeah, I did think, 'Hide' (more recycling) but, somehow, it was a more satisfactory pay off this time. I loved the end of 'Time Heist', while I definitely groaned a little at the resolution of 'Hide'.
1 day, 5 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
@YaelMoise Yeah, let's not think too hard about these things lol
I really, really liked it. A straight ahead(ish), fun adventure. 5 out of 5 I've enjoyed so far. Still the best start to a series in years! Capaldi continues to be electrifying. The episodes are coming around so fast, I don't want this series to end :(
@Mikeyboss182 Think it is an original promo pic (with his white shirt), pasted into a Time Heist background, while in the episode, it looks like a green shirt he is wearing
5 days, 18 hours ago on Time Heist Promo Pics
@ThomasFirth @JamesCresswell except for the banging, lifted straight from 'Midnight'.
Oh and "Don't turn round" is riffing on "Don't blink" from 'Blink' and "Don't breathe" from Deep Breath. I'd say three quarters fresh, one quarter recycling.
6 days, 8 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@Oodkind listens... Exactly! It had a great opening, with the Ironsides but it's a shoddy, lazy script.
6 days, 8 hours ago on Your Verdict on Robot of Sherwood
@Benjamin_Huish I disagree. To a point. Doctor Who, in recent times, has always gone up against X Factor (even now, when Who has deliberately switched to an Autumn schedule?!?!? Hmmmmm, ITV schedulers?!?!) and it always comes second but that doesn't matter. X Factor and Doctor Who must be two completely different demographics of viewers.
The UK populace, in general, is fascinated by celebrity and reality shows, the music charts are a complete JOKE and it is THESE people who watch X Factor. I'd wager a few might like Doctor Who, and so watch both shows, but on the whole they are two different sets of people. People who watch Who now are the 3-5 million who watched it 25-30+ years ago, (who, I bet don't watch X Factor lol) plus 3-4 million new fans who have joined since 2005. The show is STILL getting figures of 7 - 7.5 million, although AI is markedly down a few points, and timeshifted viewings are only going to go UP.
However, I would like to see the show air in January but that's because, nostalgically, I think Doctor Who should be shown on dark evenings ;)
6 days, 7 hours ago on Why The Decline in Overnight Ratings Doesn’t Matter
@supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... @ahunter8056 @ThomasFirth I think it looks great too but I think Keely Hawes will be discernible from all the other villainous women in a suit we've had over the past wee while. All Sharp wit and lipstick! :P
6 days, 7 hours ago on Your Verdict on Robot of Sherwood
@They're all my favorite Bank Robber @Master Michael Moon Wait! They interrupt Doctor Who with ADVERTS!?!?!?!?! Lol...How very dare they!
@TheOncomingHurricane @ilyootha @supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... @pyroclasticflow Correct! The powers that be, at the time, put Doctor Who up against Coronation Street on ITV which was a ratings behemoth at that time. 4-5 million of us still watched the show religiously.
Well, so far, it's been the most enjoyable season, for me, since the classic series when I was just a lad, but I have no doubt that this is due to the Doctor being JUST what I want from a Doctor.
Sure, I'm seeing some recycling of plots and ideas but Capaldi is just electrifying and Jenna is proving to be his equal.
I think, in order, my 4 so far would be Deep Breath, Listen, Dalek and Sherwood but it's hard to put them in order as they all have superlative moments or performances. Can't wait for Time Heist.
@captainjohnnyreb NO! I grudge the loss of ONE episode this year. (12 instead of 13) I get your point but I want more Who on telly, not less :) The figures are FINE! x factor is a fad for cretins and eastenders isn't much better.....it's all good in the whoniverse
1 week ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
It's the guy from downstairs, getting his revenge for the Doctor stealing his coffee :P
1 week ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?
@Ava Averson Lol, 1708 and counting!!! I'm not on here loads but I've never seen that many comments!
1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
@Djornad @april10th87 That's a little rude. To be fair, the figures ARE slightly down (year on year) and the AI, often thought to be of more importance than the viewing figures, being a measure of how much people enjoyed the show, is most definitely down (on average) from S5, S6 and S7. It's by no means time to worry though :)
@Scootersfood @awkward91 @BazHood Well, it's kinda hard to explain but the sting is the sharp, screamy 'Wheeeeeeeee' thing which starts off the title theme tune. Or has done since the Jon Pertwee era. The first 2 eps, this season had just a kind of wobbley, whoozy thing to segue into the theme, then the old wheeeeeeee was back last week...and back to wobbly, whoozy this week :) hope that makes sense :S
@supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... @BazHood Yeah, thought so. Weird. Perhaps 'Listen' was locked off before 'Robot of Sherwood' and they've since decided to re-instate the old sting, as the new one is a bit lacking.
@TheDreamer Good point. And, I don't know about the weather anywhere else but it's still been unfeasibly warm up here in Scotland so folks are out doing 'things' hahaha
Also, last week's episode had the 'old' scream/sting into the titles and theme but this week's had the new one or am I imagining this?!?!?!?!
@Scootersfood @BazHood @Ottoman14 I still like Time Heist though :)
1 week ago on Next Time: Time Heist
For ANYONE who is worried, check this comprehensive article on the viewing figures for the show since 2005. It is a lengthy read but it is fascinating and shows just how the figures match up. It doesn't include Capaldi's tenure but, as we're seeing, the viewing figures are still holding at basically the same point (7 - 7.5million) thus far anyway.
Doctor Who, in 2014, is in rude health! And worldwide, the show has never been bigger! Long live the show!
@whofan1812 Lol, surely that's The Twin Dilemma you speak of? Not last night's episode. AND I'm not saying Colin Baker was a bad Doctor but he was badly treated 'on-screen'.
@supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... @Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen @ Notsosmartguy Huzzah, we all agree...occasionally
@ilyootha @BazHood Hah! I like your thinking :D
I don't know. I'm somewhat conflicted. I waited overnight to post up my summation. On the one hand, this story had great ideas, some great set pieces, nice production and direction, more fabby performances from the lead cast and another tantalising glimpse of Gallifreyan 'life'.(I presume Lungbarrow and looms are completely out the window now, unfortunately :( as I LOVE Lungbarrow)
But, on the other hand I'm seeing more and more repitition and regurgitation of plots and ideas from the show's recent and not so recent past. I know, and I've defended the point before, that there are only so many different stories to tell and it's HOW YOU TELL IT, that makes it truly different but it's starting to become idefensible.
So, what finally tipped me over the edge last night, was the mysterious banging, lifted straight from, IMO, RTD's single best episode, 'Midnight' a few years back.
Viewed, so far, in the context of 'this year's' 4 episode run, we have had - The clockwork droids, (Girl in the Fireplace) a lone Dalek, (Dalek) shrinking, (The Invisible Enemy)(Carnival of Monsters) A crashed spaceship disguised as a castle (State of Decay) crashed spaceship/s, throughout history, needing repair, (Fires of Pompeii)(The Time Warrior) and then, last night, the banging.
Don't get me wrong, please, I'm loving the new Doctor and have enjoyed these first 4 episodes so much that I have watched and re-watched them all several times, (perhaps that's the problem?!?!) but the re-hashing of old ideas is starting to become very noticeable. Anyway, ultimately, a run of 4 good episodes and Time Heist just looks like keeping the run going. (Hopefully with some originality. We've never had a bank heist :D)
@Ottoman14 Generic 'baddie' woman in a suit - Partners in Crime
The Bells of Saint John Time Heist
I'm sure there's more....
1 week, 1 day ago on Next Time: Time Heist
@Planet of the Deaf @Sephora is Scottish now @Sneezed Regeneration The whole premise of those two was just ridiculous! Oh, Artie just happened upon photo's of Clara through the different times and put 2 and 7 together to logically but, incomprehensibly, deduce that 'She's travelled in time.' Yeah , coz that's SO commonplace, time travelling?!?!
And then the nonchalance/disdain with which they greet travelling in the Tardis (particularly Angie) is just awful, awful, awful.
Wouldn't surprise me if the kids were foisted on Gaiman as part of his brief for the episode as they just don't work. One of my least favourite episodes ever unfortunately, despite starring an ex Ewok!
1 week, 2 days ago on The Caretaker BBC Synopsis
@RhooManu @BazHood @BoneyardBetty @Scootersfood Fantasticreply! Great points. Thanks for that :) I wanna reply in depth but haven't got the time just now....but I will when I get a chance.
1 week, 4 days ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood
@BoneyardBetty @Scootersfood @RhooManu Can you, perhaps, define this darkness you're waiting to see, as the Doctor I've been seeing recently is certainly on the darker side? He's very alien, he's suspicious, contemptuous of humans and he's full of the blackest humour.
And, I'm genuinely interested, not knocking your opinion, as I've seen posts saying he's too dark and wonder what exactly defines a DARK Doctor????
1 week, 6 days ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood
@TonySimmons Hey man, I get what you're saying. Im an 'old' fan too, started watching in 1978, when I was 3!!! Unfortunately, the TV landscape has changed and there is just no room for the old format of 4-6 25 minute episodes to tell a full and comprehensive story like we had in the classic series.
We could, easily, have more 'current length' 2 parters, which works out the same as an old 4 parter but Moffat, atm, doesn't really believe in the cliffhanger thing, (Although we are getting a 2 part finale this year! Yay!) so we are where we are. And I, for one, would rather have the 45 minute single episode format than NO DOCTOR WHO again!
Perhaps, when we've a change of showrunner (because it will happen) then whoever comes in will favour the multi part thing. Who knows?!?
Anyway, take care. Another Older Fan :)
@The Living Angel @BazHood @ Notsosmartguy Also, Capaldi said on the tour "Leaving at Christmas? How do you know she even makes it to Christmas?" Or something like that. which is more than likely some severe Capaldi teasing, haha.
Also, also, didn't one of the Radio Times descriptions for one of the later episodes say something along the lines of "It's the end of the road for Clara and the Doctor"?????
Could be wrong :)
2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood
@ Notsosmartguy @BazHood @The Living Angel Ohhhh, me too. Hope the rumours are wrong!
@The Living Angel and if the media is to be believed, then she's off at xmas. Which would be a big :(
@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen @BazHood It's all open to interpretation, I suppose. I love that about the show. Everyone can take different things from any given episode. So rich and steeped in lore.
@Scootersfood @shots1 Hahaha, yes but I think it's a lot more subtle this season, thankfully. It was beginning to be too much.
@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen But he is real in the universe of the show :P as is Star Trek and, according to Remembrance of the Daleks, a little show called Doctor Who or something, hahahaha
@Ollie Walton Harrod @BazHood @gunslinger19 I actually thought the beheading was very...Blackadder in style......silly, fun and actually rather slapstick...but I completely understand the BBC decision.
@gunslinger19 Technically yes, as that's the full reveal of the Sheriff being half robot, as opposed to his, now slightly throwaway, line about being "half man, half engine."