A Scottish Dr Who fan of 35 years
@thelonelycenturion Great idea! Chuck in Ronald D. Moore in there too!!
8 hours, 27 minutes ago on Writers to Bring Back for Series 9 & Beyond
@bringmeknitting Yup, Cornell gets my vote :)
1 day, 8 hours ago on Writers to Bring Back for Series 9 & Beyond
Met Uncle Terry Dicks last year and he said he wouldn't want to do a script for the new show and I understand why. Re-writes and re-drafts aplenty!!!!
If I am honest, and it's an unpopular opinion on this site, I'd like Moffat to be less hands on with the writing of episodes. Maybe do one or two a year but just RUN the show...like the 'old' producer's role. But leave the bulk of the stories to other writers. I'd like Gaiman back to atone for the god awful Nightmare in Silver,
I'd like Paul Cornell and I'd like Jamie Mathieson...and Ben Aaronovitch, Marc Platt, Andrew Cartmel and Philip Hinchcliffe would be a dream!
...............still waiting for an absolute barnstorming finale :/
Neither RTD or Moff has really nailed it for me.
1 day, 7 hours ago on New Who Finale Face-Off: Your Top 8
@Planet of the Deaf @BazHood @jamesrbristow It only affects the Blu-ray sets but it's to do with the conversion to 1080i for HD and a change in frame-rate.
In effect it slows the episode down so that it runs for 80 minutes instead of the 76 minutes it should run for and so, affects both video and audio playback of the episode.
And apparently there's some artifacting (black bars on one side of the screen) from it being shot in 3D....however, I haven't noticed this particular effect.
2 days, 7 hours ago on 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Review (Part 2)
@MeThree @BazHood @jamesrbristow It's ALL Blu-ray sets. DVD sets are fine as they're not HD.
@Mikeyboss182 Lack of commentaries on such landmark stories is a real let down for me. I LOVE a commentary or 2.
3 days, 1 hour ago on 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Review (Part 2)
Amongst my earliest memories are the reveal of Scaroth at the end of City of Death part 1 and hiding UNDER the sofa for Destiny of the Daleks, both in 1978 but MY Doctor was Peter Davison.
I was heartbroken when he left :(
My favourite is still Tom Baker though.
3 days, 1 hour ago on From 1-12: Who is YOUR Doctor?
@jamesrbristow ...and the faulty disc 2 :/
Lovely! The man who started it all. A fascinating character on and off screen. Fittingly, the show made him a legend and he began the legend of the show!
Aaand he was responsible for THE most classic of fluffed lines - "You'll be a couple of burnt cinders floating around in Spain.......space!" Brilliant!
3 days, 21 hours ago on Doctor Who In Perspective 1963-1966
The Blu-ray set is sitting at £150 on Amazon!!!!
I also skipped all the standalone releases as this set was somewhat inevitable.
The packaging could have been SO much better and the Day of the Doctor disc is faulty as it has a framerate issue which affects both the audio and video of the episode. The BBC have announced a replacement service to replace the faulty disc though, so that's fantastic.
4 days, 5 hours ago on 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Review (Part 1)
I'm afraid I just don't like the way she's been written.
I'm cool with a female Master, I'm WAY cool for Gomez....but I just found it too pantomimey when all was said and done. The teases throughout the series were just that but in Death in Heaven, in particular, it descended to caricature too much for my taste. (And I LOVE Ainley chewing up the scenery as much as the next fan!!)
I hope she does come back but I'd like her to be more straight.
5 days, 8 hours ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
@Mikeyboss182 Yep, pretty much. Capaldi made this series for me, although he still couldn't save Death in Heaven lol
6 days, 7 hours ago on Moffat on His Series 8 Worries
@Beasts_a_Snarling has joined the Happiness Patrol! I think he's really meaning the change to an older Doctor.
@NotsoSmartguy Yeah, I'd like her to stay...and another person along for the adventures...possibly an alien bloke........a la Psi :)
1 week, 2 days ago on Moffat Can’t Confirm Jenna Coleman for Series 9
Great series but I was totally underwhelmed by the finale. And....now the series is done: my order
Time Heist 8
Deep Breath 7.5
The Caretaker 7
Kill the Moon 7
Robot of Sherwood 7
Dark Water-DiH 5
And I LOVE Capaldi! Please do AT LEAST the mandatory 3 years!!!!!! PLEASE!
1 week, 2 days ago on Doctor Who TV Readers’ Final Series 8 Episode Ranking
@The Finn Well....they did mention it in the preface that it was 'so soon', hence the team up to try to gain a balanced view when still so fresh :)
1 week, 2 days ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 8
@Rick Bilyeu The premiere episode, AND a new Doctor to boot, always gets high numbers. That's just the effect of heightened publicity for a new series and the eagerness to see the new Doctor in his first episode. Hence the large LIVE figure.
From then on there's only, say, a paltry 5-6 million of us who watch live and another abysmal 3 million on various catch ups. Shocking, I know........... :P
1 week, 2 days ago on BBC Declares Series 8 A Triumph
@Ottoman14 Hahaha, I wonder who you mean :P
Moffat's an unparalleled, unquestionable and utterly peerless genius don't ya know!?!?!?!?
I swear....it's actually his 2 kids who are on here justifying every little complaint which comes up :P
I like the Moff (he's as big a fan as me and a fellow countryman) but I do feel it's time for a new broom in the writer's room, so to speak.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 2
Doomsday was the first time in, 30 years of, Doctor Who where I cried. (mostly down to Murray Gold's musical cue) Doctor Who WAS NEVER a tear jerking show but Doomsday changed that. Although, nothing since has quite had that effect on me.
@JosephBuss The thing is, Moffat could STILL be showrunner but let other writers write the episodes, roughly, to his overall plan.
I rejoiced when he became showrunner and thought we were set for a golden age (Indeed, some do feel it WAS a golden age) but the pairing of him and Matt, in hindsight, resulted in my least favourite era of the show ever.
For me, simply having Capaldi has improved the show a HUGE amount but there are still undoubtedly some issues (serious issues for some people) with the, overall, direction the show is taking at the moment.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Death in Heaven Review (Part 1)
Capaldi has been a palpable hit. Electric from the moment he popped his head out the Tardis door. Hope he does at least another 2 seasons.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Poll: Capaldi’s Doctor – Hit or Miss?
@Malohkeh @BazHood Really? Which investors? Was this stated and I missed it?
@YaelMoise Wow! As ever, so concise, Yael. While I don't feel quite as strongly as you, (although, I will ALWAYS say 3-4 years is enough for one showrunner and it is time for a change, which ISN'T happening at least for another series) there are some serious issues I would like ret-conned too.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven
Yup. Completely agree. Disappointing and underwhelming finale but still my fave series of new Who.
A puzzling thought: Does Doctor Who now take place in a universe where the dead people on planet Earth ARE still conscious after death? A truly horrible and grisly idea, I personally would have liked explained, (It was all taking place in the matrix on Gallifrey or something?!) or are all the graves on Earth now empty? In fact, are there no dead bodies on Earth now? Another hard to accept concept to be honest.......
This series has been a model of consistency, viewing figures wise. Great stuff.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@Clara Bosswald wants a Doctor for Christmas @BazHood Yeah, sorry and all that but Night Terrors is one of my least enjoyable episodes...for a few reasons, although I will grant you it IS a more suitable denouement in Night Terrors :) but I still don't like it, I'm afraid.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven
@Clara Bosswald wants a Doctor for Christmas @BazHood You can all justify it however you want, and that's fine. It just made me groan after such a great series, is all.
Love is not an emotion. Love is a promise. ?!%$&?$?£
I hated it in Night Terrors, Closing Time and I hate it here. Love IS, in fact, an emotion. No matter what Moffat the genius says. That's just a woeful line to give Capaldi's Doctor.
A cheap solution to what had been a pretty good finale and a brilliant series overall.
All you need is love...da da da da daaah. Again and again and again
Hahaha, poor Time Flight :) I'd have it at the very bottom. The very worst of Who....although, it does have a cracking guest cast!
3 weeks ago on Ranking the Master Stories (Part 1)
@Avor End of the month, I'd suspect. We got the last ones late October.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@nocealvento @IanArmer Yeah, there's always a budding Hitchcock or Scorsese ready to roll out the bad direction cliche :P
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water
@IanArmer Self indulgent and badly directed? Really??
I can see how some folks would think it meandering and, at a push, I can see how some might think it 'badly written' (personally I thought it meandered beautifully and was very well written and I'm FAR from a Moffat apologist) but self indulgent, how?
And while the direction wasn't Douglas McKinnon standard, (his style being a real standout for me, this series) there were still a few nice little transitions and flourishes.
Are you, perhaps, a TV writer/director yourself?
@IanChesterton1 @Unibot Yes. Will he persuade Danny NOT to press delete?
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Dark Water Review
@WoodsterT The Rani is making an appearance in the Big Finish audios imminently and I don't think the show and BF like to interfere with eachother.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water
@Edoe @BazHood It'll be on a par with Dalek and Sherwood :)
@CuriousGloom @BazHood @Roshe_ Correct. Soz. My bad :P
@Roshe_ Romana changed gender at will in Destiny of the Daleks.
@Rustys bullethole Well, that's fair but I think the Jacobi reveal was handled differently from this one. You're right, it wasn't as.......spine tingling........as the Jacobi reveal but I think, for me anyway, I already half suspected Missy was going to be the Master, whereas with Jacobi, I was stunned!
@LaviniaSmith is avoiding the delete button Someone on here speculated that it's the Matrix on Gallifrey! Might be cool???? :)
@WiLfreduk Interesting. St Paul's is Missy's Tardis! That would be outrageously brilliantly bonkers!!
@DocWhoLocked I know what you mean. Once Christmas is done, it's back to speculating on writers, directors, co-stars and filming pics for another 8 months!!!!! Yaaaarrrrgh!!!!!
@LaviniaSmith is avoiding the delete button Hope he's not dreaming. That would be a bit 'Dallas' and a huge disappointment.
WELLLL, thats what happens when ya try to second gues Moffat, hahaha. It was the most obvious answer. Hidden in plain sight!
I was hoping for Romana......but a female Master!! Brilliant! (I wonder what Uncle Terry Dicks thought?!) Personally, I hope she's a recurring villain for Capaldi's era as I love Michelle Gomez and the chemistry between them would just be great.
The episode was a real slow burner. Some delicious (and horrifying) ideas with a lorry load of exposition allowed to flow naturally. I DO LOVE A TWO PARTER :D
Difficult for me to score as I usually count 2 parters as 1 story and score it that way....but if I had to score just this episode I'd maybe go for a high 7, bordering on 8. Doesn't beat Mummy or Flatline but maybe just nips ahead of Listen. Once we see Death in Heaven it may top my list but we shall see.
And, for the record, it's probably the most logical and natural story arc the Moff's been in charge of. No timey wimey, wibbley wobbly stuff. Bravo.
@Clara Bosswald still wants a Black Widow Movie @The Administrator has never existed! @BazHood Yup, the Brigadier scene was beautifully played by Matt, as was just about everything he did!!! But I just didn't buy the mournful, sombre mood of him accepting that it must be his time, as I knew he wasn't going to actually die. I'm sorry, but I just didn't connect.
Now, what I will add is, the cracks in time arc had a proper 'WHOA' moment, with the Doctor appearing by Amy's side in 'Flesh and Stone', (with his jacket when he shouldn't have had his jacket if I remember) which was TRULY astoundingly well planned but apart from that, the story arcs have left me feeling 'meh'.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on The Trouble with Story Arcs
@The Administrator has never existed! @BazHood Of course so the arc is hobbled from the get go..............but I know I wasn't asking how. (long in the tooth, cynical) It was always gonna be a robot double or a hologram. Basically - A cheat! But as you stated YOU LOVE all Moff's story arcs so there's no point in us going back and forth. U dug it, I didn't :)
Ooh controversial..........but, I completely agree. Matt Smith's entire run was hobbled, for me, by stupid story arcs, which, some would have you believe were the work of absolute genius and planned, right from The Eleventh Hour. I would argue that they weren't and, in fact, we're literally made up as they went along.
The worst culprits being The Silence will fall thing and the Doctor dying.
The Doctor dying - The show's called Doctor Who, it's been running half a century....I KNOW the Doctor wont die. Hence - no engagement in the Doctor's death. I knew it'd be solved in typical, click of a keyboard style and lo, it was a teselecta double. GENIUS!!! NOT!!!!
The silence will fall was a fairly cool soundbite from The Eleventh Hour but it could have been 'Darkness is coming', 'Evil is growing' or any number of other lines. So Moffat had to create the Silents in s6, which were a decent foe, but then pays it off with them joining forces to fight in Christmas town!!! Just ugh, cheesy, horrible rubbish. And I wont go into the whole Amy/Rory/River thing. Like the Doctor being half human, I'm trying to wipe that from my memory! Just terrible.
Maybe it's because I'm too long in the tooth, cynical and hard to please but I just don't connect with Who's arcs.
I HAVE seen story arcs done brilliantly. Just NEVER in Doctor Who. Not Nu Who and not Classic Who.
Breaking Bad had a perfect story arc, spread over 5 (and a final) seasons. Heck, even Ghost in the Shell (a Japanese Anime series from 10 years ago) has 2 different, highly cerebral, brilliantly paid off story arcs in its 2 existing seasons.
It's a shame but for this reason, I think Matt's tenure will always be my least favourite era of the show :(
Well done though, on writing this article, which I assume, most of the DWTV peeps will highly disagree with but is a perfectly valid viewpoint.
@The Administrator has never existed! @guyroul Yeah, ONLY TWICE in Moffat's 4 year era, compared to NEVER in the preceding 47 years!
All the Doctor's enemies ganging up is a silly notion, stretches credibility and diminishes the individual strength of each foe.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on BBC Confirms Hour Long Series 8 Finale
Does nobody think she's Romana???? You were the noblest Romana of them all..........
4 weeks ago on Dark Water Advance Preview