A Scottish Dr Who fan of 35 years
Completely and utterly agree. A change is as good as a rest and all that, new broom in the writers room. Five years is, I think, too long for one persons vision of the show to be 'the thing'. It should evolve and change every 3/4 years, as it does with the Doctor himself.
2 weeks ago on Should Series 9 Be Moffat’s Last?
@rowan5215 has two broken hearts @BazHood Because I chose to be
1 month, 1 week ago on 5 Characters From Series 8 That Should Be In Series 9
@rowan5215 has two broken hearts @BazHood Yes, indeed. The show, right now, already does too much recycling and rehashing of old ideas. We get a Karabraxos EVERY year but with a different name! Give us fresh ideas/villains/characters.
We're already getting more of the tedious caricature Missy, so if they bring back the 5 on this list, that would be more than half the series calling back JUST to series 8. No thanks.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on 5 Characters From Series 8 That Should Be In Series 9
Yeah, let's just bring back everyone who's ever been in the show, ever, and have no original characters this series.
4 - Bells is mostly dull with yet another lipstick villainess in business suit (but we do get the Doctor in his beautiful purple ensemble for the first time!).
3 - Rings is dull, dull, dull with a yawnsome resolution.
5 - Cold War is a just a rehash of Dalek and although I loved the Ice warrior, I don't like him out of the suit. Plus the episode CRIMINALLY under-uses Liam Cunningham AND blummin David Warner. Such a shame.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1
Nehhhhhh, I don't get the clamour for her. She's just A N other gobby northern lass. Much rather bring the sexy one, Bellows, back!
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Return
Only the absolute creme de la creme get 10.
In the history of the show i think I only rate, perhaps 6 or 7 stories as 10/10.
A 'classic' usually needs time and perspective to become such. At least in my book.
Conversely, only the absolute nadir of Doctor Who would merit 1's or even, 'rassilon forbid', 0's.
2 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who and Episode Rankings
@Gallade Zero @91 Queen of Evil He hasn't got a shirt on. It's a Paul Smith jumper with 'knitted' holes....and I can't get one anywhere :P
And I LOVE the whoodie and jacket look! I rocked it myself a few weeks back ;D
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 9 Filming: Capaldi on Set
Mackinnon all the way! Wheatley was a bit of a disappointment (and I'm a big fan of his movies) considering his CV...
3 months, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #10: Director
@Planet of the Deaf @NumberNine I agree, disappointingly because it was one of my favourite film directors, Ben Wheatley, about Deep Breath's direction.
I thought the Doctor jumping from the roof, into the tree and then swinging down to the horse was clumsily handled.
Vastra and Jenny swinging down from the roof to the rescue near the end was poorly done and the preceding fight with the clockwork robots was just...ploddingly stale and lacked any real threat or urgency.
It's almost like Wheatley struggled with the limitations of a TV budget (being used to writing, producing and directing FILMS) and just couldn't pull off some of the trickier shots convincingly. For me anyway.
He made up for it a little with Into the Dalek but one need only look at Douglas Mackinnon's episodes to see how to do TV very, very well. I should add that this still didn't ruin the episode for me but these sequences, and especially after rewatching several times, do feel....clunky.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Being Human Director for Series 9
Well, there seems to have been about 2 million less people watching TV 'live' in GENERAL this xmas. Dr Who will comfortably add another 2-3 million to its total.
4 months ago on Christmas Day 2014 Ratings Top 10
@Typo42 Sceptic of ROSE @BazHood @Only as old Whovian as you feel - Hello Rusty Indeed. I wasn't at all intrigued by Missy's teases all the way through the series. They were so fleeting, I just didn't really care who she was. If she'd only turned up in Dark Water, as a mad Mary Poppins, only to be revealed as the Master, I think I would have been more 'Whoah'. (I was actually hoping she'd be Romana, so was a little disappointed it was the obvious answer lol) And,
I've also nothing against Moffat, per se, (I don't even know the man) but I feel he's taken the show as far as he can and I'd really like to see someone else's take on it.
4 months, 1 week ago on Moffat on the Doctor/Companion Relationship for Series 9
@Only as old Whovian as you feel - Hello Rusty Yeah! Me too.
I've been wholly disappointed with the arcs AND their respective finales, for that matter, with the most recent one being just....a tasteless new low.for my favourite show :(
I'd also like a companion who'll just STAY on board the Tardis for a bit and forget their (other) life. After all, the Doctor can, usually, get them back just after they left in the first place so......there's no reason to be juggling 2 lives :D
I'd like 2 parters, I'd like a male companion, (or a duo or a shape shifting penguin!!!) I'd like McGann to appear in a 2 doctor thing and ultimately, I do feel it's time for a new broom in the writer's room. (so to speak)
@NicholasWilk1 Or Haemovores from Fenric
4 months, 2 weeks ago on New Last Christmas Details & Big Clara Clue?
I actually don't understand why this NON STORY gets credence here! Other than to whip the patrons into a 200 comment frenzy! This site should be above this kind of rubbish!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Is A “Ratings Flop” (Apparently)
You can download Lungbarrow as a pdf from the BBC Doctor Who page. It's WELL worth a read. Twice!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on The End of Doctor Who: An Adventure in the Wilderness
@Typo42 Sceptic of ROSE @BazHood Yeah, the ever broadening functions and abilities of the magic wand sonic, is another of my pet hates.
Doctors 5, 6 and 7...oh and 1, managed just fine without a sonic magicker to solve everything from locked doors to broken wires to inhibitor switches. It' a lazy solution and the one thing JNT and Bidmead got right, by banning it :P
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Problems with Death in Heaven
@The Finn exactly!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Last Christmas DVD / Blu-Ray
@Typo42 Sceptic of ROSE @BazHood Lol, I guess I'm saying it just feels contrived.
Have you seen Guardians of the Galaxy? Little Peter fails to take his Mother's hand at the beginning of the movie, when she's dying, and is totally distraught, which becomes the motivation for him TAKING Gamora's hand at the finale to finally vanquish bad guy, Ronan. It's a beautifully set up and executed, VITAL, little plot machination.
Moffat's very own 'Blink' is a meticulously crafted bundle of plot weaves which pays off in an utterly satisfying way.
'Listen' was his best story this year as it felt fresh, spontaneous AND ambiguous in exactly the right way :D
@YaelMoise @Malohkeh I think Nick Courtney would be turning in his grave at the thought of his character being turned into a Cyberman as a cheap gimmick. Horrid.
@YaelMoise @Stu_Hakin Exactly! It was a desecration of the memory of Nick Courtney and his Brigadier. So distasteful. Ret-con required!!!
@mikelaengelo @Beasts_a_Snarling has joined the Happiness Patrol! I'm all for ambiguity in film or TV but there comes a time when you're just being clever for clever's sake!
@Nathan jenkins Yeah, I'm a fan since 1978 and this episode left me cold and depressed! That's not how I want Doctor Who to make me feel!
Well done for writing this article. I totally agree.
Death in Heaven left me cold. Dark Water was aaaaalright but it couldn't really top it's first 15 minutes with the Danny's death and the 'tardis keys' dream sequence. And the idea of the dead still being conscious after death was just.....horrific to me. The first line of good taste was crossed there. I have rejoiced that the show has been somewhat darker but that idea is just nasty and in very bad taste.
I was a fan of Michelle Gomez from Green Wing and I have no problem with a female Master but I felt she was pretty much the same character she had created in Green Wing....an unhinged woman...as the Master. Mostly pantomime. Imagine the end scene in the Graveyard if she had been raging/gurning (a la Tennant's I COULD DO SO MUCH MORE!) instead of what we got. Her killing of Osgood was purely gimmick. Need to prove the Master is evil? Have her kill Osgood. Simples. It meant nothing to me, it didn't chill me and I just thought, what are the guards doing and oh, where did they go??? It suited the plot, see?
The woman in the shop. WHY? Just why? Why did she want to keep Clara and the Doctor together? Why was Clara, 'her' Clara? Why was she posing in a shop? I'll tell you why. Because it suited the plot. It was a one off line from, nearly, 2 years ago which suited the plot for Bells of St John, where Moffat no doubt thought....'I'll answer that later." Then come series 8, Cue- a female Master and 'Oh, I'll make HER the woman in the shop' Clever, eh? Nope, not in my book. Pointlessly convoluted.
Danny. Well, I liked Danny and to be honest, I'd have preferred him to have been a 'no love interest' member of the Tardis team as we've seen that dynamic just recently with Amy and Rory. However, Death in Heaven specific, I too have major problems with all the dead on Earth being turned into Cybermen. 1 - The dead include my dear Mum (she'd have been a tiny Cyberman lol). 2 - They also include, as you say, all the other Earth buried companions in the show. 3 - Does the Earth now have no, or hardly any dead people in graves? Another tasteless idea, for my money and 4 - THE BRIGADIER!!! This, for me, is the absolute worst line of good taste to cross. An abomination of an idea!! So distasteful. Sh****ng all over the memory of Nick Courtney!!
Onto Danny...and it's been asked before but, exactly why was his (oh and the Brigadier's) inhibitor chip not turned on....and.....even when Clara turned it on (by thinking it with the sonic!?!?!?!? I MEAN WTF? The sonic works on Clara brainwaves now!!!! JEEZO!) it still wasn't turned on? Utterly illogical. Now, I've read and heard on podcasts various people trying to justify this and NOT ONE can give a rational answer. It's just nonsense....TO SUIT THE PLOT. At the end of the day though, they weren't actually Cybermen, were they? They were the undead. Cybermen come from Mondas or Telos, they're not created on Earth. These were the Earth's corpses dressed in silver armour, they could have been anything...but we've not had the Cybermen properly for a while so let's make them Cybermen. I'm STILL waiting on a good Cyberman tale.
I wont go into the return of the Afghani boy and HOW THE HELL Clara gets him home to his Mum and Dad (if they're still alive) without him being lynched for being some devil child, returning from the dead!!!! Stunningly stupid saccharine ending, just like Forest of the Night.
I quite liked the end scene in the cafe. It typified the relationship these 2 liars have with eachother and, well, evidently things are not done yet. And surely Clara HAS to be pregnant, otherwise where did Orson Pink come from? Or will that be another thread we'll have to gloss over with convoluted, irrational explanations?
A dismal, depressing and hopelessly illogical finale for an otherwise GREAT series. I was SO disappointed.
@Evolutionary Dead-End @supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. Quite correct, sir. I stumbled on the L+7 for The Doctor's Wife, which took its final figure up to the plus 9 million mark. I suspect most of s6 will be up at the high 8-9 million mark, while s7's will be much of a muchness with s8.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014) UK Ratings Accumulator
@thelonelycenturion Great idea! Chuck in Ronald D. Moore in there too!!
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Writers to Bring Back for Series 9 & Beyond
@bringmeknitting Yup, Cornell gets my vote :)
5 months 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.
5 months 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.
5 months 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.
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.
5 months 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!
5 months 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.
5 months 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 months 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
5 months 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 :)
5 months, 1 week 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!
5 months, 1 week 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 :)
5 months, 1 week 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
5 months, 1 week 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.
5 months, 2 weeks 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.
5 months, 2 weeks 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.
5 months, 2 weeks 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.
5 months, 2 weeks 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.......