Bit like 12, I'm VERY critical but have a good heart and do it out of love for the show.
@russell t dalek @Esterath I think that there should be the ability for fans to have power in the direction that the show is taken- and I think that if a show runner is doing a particularly bad job then the fans have a right to speak their mind. Just remembering the poor direction leading to the show's cancellation is a prime example of what sitting back and doing "nothing" comes to. Not that moffat has done a particularly bad job you understand.
Its all about moderation and civility most importantly to conduct yourself as a fan in a respectable and rational fashion- extremist actions don't help anyone; not the show, the writer or even your belief for a change in show runner- it actually discredits your view and alienates you from the fandom (well unless the direction was SO bad and every episode would be as good as "love and Monsters"
However I do feel that the fans have every right to be angry or exasperated at this issue above all else. Your changing an iconic character- a role model perhaps- and I certainly don't think that any individual show runner or not has the right to make such a drastic change with no room for exception. Whether or not you are for or against this change is not relevant.
1 day, 14 hours ago on DWM #484: What Next for the 12th Doctor?
@ilyootha Kill the moon is not historically accurate, it implies that a whole moonbase could be made in 1 year after the destruction of the old moon.
1 day, 22 hours ago on Wibbly Continuity: Filling in the Cracks of the Moffat Era
@supermoff, lover of Series 8 I don't think that it has anything to do with time lord pride. If the only chance the time lords have to return into the universe was through the doctor then you would imagine that they would want some insurance. If the doctor dies then the hope of returning to the universe dies with him- that's ample reason to keep the doctor well stocked with regenerations.
Also it is a presumption that the doctor has merely been given a new cycle- for all we know his regenerations are in the hundreds, thousands even- it could explain the sheer scale of the destruction caused by the doctor's regeneration like an implosion perhaps of a great deal of regenerative energy. In "Kill the Moon" the doctor says he doesn't know how many regenerations he has and he could keep getting back up every time he was shot. Like I said it could be in the hundreds...or it could be one we don't know (neither does he).
Anyway a great defense equal to the defense of trenzelore- but even trenzelore had its cracks. In any case the time of the supermoff was spent very well, a great read!
4 days, 16 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 3
@TheCyberDoctor was Born in Fire Id say the 55th anniversary, or the 15th anniversary of new who
6 days, 1 hour ago on Will Gallifrey Return in Series 9?
@TaylorBoone @Conall McCormick no you misinterpreted it. The time lords wanted to DESTROY the universe; when they return from the pocket universe they want to CONQUER the universe and become the dominant beings that they once were. BIG DIFFERENCE. Before they wanted to destroy creation and become the only beings left in existence- now they want to rule over the whole of creation.
The doctor naturally will have to destroy the corrupted (even for Gallifrey) system of Government on the planet- possibly aligning himself with possible rebels like Romana etc- in order to save the universe and save the time lords from themselves.
I forget nothing sir.
the return of Gallifrey should take years and should not be rushed at all. I think that since it should take so long then it should be up to the next showrunner- and that's not a bad thing at all. RTD removed the time lords from the whoniverse, Moffat saved the timelords- isn't that enough for any show runner? Neither writers need to enhance their already incredible reputations and considering that come next season Moffat will have been head writer for 5 series. I can't imagine him continuing much longer as I do find that change is necessary in the nearby future (perhaps 2 or 3 more seasons max). In any case that's not long enough to bring the time lords back- Moffat spent 4 seasons of merely the silence arc- 4 seasons just to reintroduce the ability to save the time lords, how much longer would it take to actually save the timelords? I just think that there is a threat that Moffat will rush this (which has been slowly building for the past decade!). I twould be very anticlimactic and disappointing if Gallifrey were to return right now. Also Tom Baker said in the Day of the Doctor:
"You've got a lot to do"
SO far the doctor hasn't actually done that much besides defending trenzelore and if that was what tom referred to, i would be very disappointed to say the least.
6 days, 14 hours ago on Will Gallifrey Return in Series 9?
I think that the exact opposite will happen. The time lords were complacent, they allowed the daleks to rival their power in the universe- I can see that the time lords would come back with a vengeance annihilating the dalek race and then coming after all the species that prevented there return at trenzelore. Through this means the time lords try to "conquer" the universe and assume a position of absolute authority. The doctor meanwhile would have to defeat the time lords in order to save them and the universe
6 days, 13 hours ago on Will Gallifrey Return in Series 9?
Hide is the ONLY episode that I have walked out on, terribly boring- sarah Jane Adventures did a scarier haunted house story for a children's show.
6 days, 19 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 2
The angels take Mahattan whilst a heart wrenching conclusion for the wonderful ponds really doesn't translate into a "good episode" I'm afraid.
What has been drilled into us since 1963? Paradoxes are bad, practically unsustainable unless the timelords or a paradox machine is present- and yet for this episode there was neither the time lords or a paradox machine to explain the unexplained. My first issue is the leftover angel who managed to send Rory back in time as it was a survivor of the time stream's failure. Yet that Angel would not have had the opportunity to send either Rory or Amy back in time if Rory and Amy had been sent back in time. The original paradox which Amy and Rory overcame by committing suicide was Moffat at his finest- it was plausible- but if the angel had succeeded than the angel wouldn't have had the opportunity to send them back in time as the time stream wouldn't have failed, it would not have survived said failure of time stream and would not have been able to send Amy and Rory back in time- the action in which saves the time stream. And so there is a constant unchangeable time loop which if the show has taught us anything is severely dangerous and Reapers should be tearing the universe apart. Even a passing attempt at a basic one-liner to try to explain or compensate for this paradox would have been welcome- but by no means excusable.
"The city that never sleeps"- but apparently it did so for a full 5 minutes, enough time for the statue of liberty to move to the building. One must question the logic behind the angels who made the statue of Liberty an angel. Its pretty much always within eyesight so why waste energy to animate such a landmark? Equally why would the statue of liberty angel need to intervene? The situation was well in hand by the other angels and it would risk widespread exposure for moving position- a risk which was by no means necessary and threatening the angel's existence in the city after news coverage exposes the alien threat. As for the cherubs angels, why bother? And whilst still within eyesight it would not be able to blow out the candle.
All in all the worst episode of the angels by far (everyone I imagine will agree although the scale of the difference will be different for each of us). It could be a lot better, it does have good timey wimey aspects similar to Blink and could have been a modern masterpiece had it been more refined which is quite frustrating.
Another big problem with the episode is that the doctor never (at least on screen) inform the ponds' parents of their demise. I thought that was a large opportunity to have missed and doesn't add up given that Rory's dad had a heavy- and lovable- presence in this season. I think that he deserved an explanation for how they died. It could have been Brilliant.
1- He feels guilty for pushing them to travel with the doctor
2- The emotions would have ran high in that scene between a grief stricken (guilt torn) doctor and Rory's father.
"What about Amy's parents?" you might say. Well they had forgot about them a season ago so this episode isn't exactly culpable for their pointlessness as characters but could have provided more insight and appreciation for them.
1- Amy and Rory's send off was a dagger to the heart, highly emotional and a more than satisfying conclusion to themselves as characters and good character development for the doctor who must live with his grief leading nicely into the Clara arc.
2- Good use of timey wimey themes. As mentioned the "suicide" itself was a brilliant concept as was the use of the book to make their future a fixed point in time. Although this point is very much negated by my first criticism.
Anyways I gave a rating of 5/10
1 week, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2
@StephenAHayes how can every episode be perfect? Then there is no differentiation whatsoever between the good episodes and the amazing and the average from the good.
1 week, 2 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2010-2011 Recap
I think Moffat overplays the "waiting game"- to be so crude- too much:
1/ Amy waits on the doctor for a decade or so until she can travel with him
2/ Rory waits 2000 years for Amy to be released from the pandorica
3/ Rory waits years "in the Doctor's Wife" as part of House's game of death. ( i know it was an illusion but it still counts for my point)
4/ Amy waits decades for Rory and the doctor to save her (in her experience) in "The girl who waited"
5/ Rory waits a lifetime to meet Amy in the Angels in manhattan
6/ Clara waits a series of times to be saved by the doctor from his timestream
7/ The doctor waits 900 years at trenzelore
Even outwith his period at the helm:
1/ "Blink" for reasons obvious to explain
2/ The girl in the fireplace Madame de Pompedour
BTW this isn't a critisicm most of these episodes or plot points are incredible needless to say but variation is really required away from this timey wimey kind of story- which through recent endeveaurs has more than done so- just sprang to mind when I saw "the girl who waited". "there seems to be a lot of waiting!" I thought to myself. Also I don't know why Amy is called "the girl who waited" Rory nearly became the face of boe after everything he's gone through! I find it funny. I wasn't sure f I should have included River as she has had to wait to reveal secrets- e.g tell her parents who she is.
1 week, 4 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 3
@ElyotWren @Mayor Coecludd or he stole a body
1 week, 5 days ago on Missy Back in Two-Part Series 9 Opener
Also "Bad Wolf" had a similar effect where contestants (including Rose) were believed to be dead whereas they had been teleported to the dalek fleet.
1 week, 5 days ago on Master Plan? The Mysteries of Missy
"This body was made in death, all it can do is die"- the master the End of TIme
Now considering this it would be an impossibility for the Master to have regenerated at all (whether or not the master could change gender through regeneration is irrelevant). My view would be that the Master stole someone's body (in this case a female time lord). Of course there are several other possibilities- the elixir in "Night of the Doctor" or the chameleon arch etc...
What is clear to me is that the Master did not (or should not have) regenerated into Missy otherwise it would be a plot hole.
In terms of his relationship with the doctor, simply looking at him the Master recognizes what he could of become given the same chance in life.
He is a very tragic character in many ways
2 weeks ago on The Doctor and the Master: Enemies Or Friends?
I think its also important to say that the Master carries a lot of spite and this is due to his acknowledgement of his potential. In "the End of Time" we see this most clearly, in how the doctor says how he could be "beautiful" and in that conversation there seemed to be a genuine moment, however fleeting it was, in the master's mind to really consider the Doctor's proposal. Most importantly I think is the showdown between Rassilon and the Master:
"You made me" The Master
"You are Diseased, albeit a disease of our own making" Rassilon
It shows the sense of disgust and regret for what he has become and what they have made him into. He recognizes his potential and really opens up the complexity of this character who through no fault of his own has become the nihilist you have described in your article.
Great article really insightful and hits the point well.
Sorely need a new Sontaran episode- a two parter is a must to bring these classic villains back to there formidable position in the whoniverse. "The Poison Sky" achieved that and provided a solid basis for the development of this enemy but sadly not only has it been abandoned in recent years but seriously eroded by Strax and the disgust I felt at their role in "The Time of the Doctor". We need a solid episode to refresh their reputation.
3 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2008 Part 1
That's what irritates me, the slitheen are a family- not a race. Most of the evil ones were killed in World War 3, Blon Fel Fotch was turned into an egg and in the Sarah Jane Adventures even more were killed. However Sarah also made the few surviving slitheen part on good terms and so I struggle to understand how they would turn up to the MASSIVE carnage which was Trenzalore.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Infinite Potential: Where Could Big Finish Take New Who? (Part 2)
I don't agree, "Love and monsters" and "Fear her" are universally hated in the fandom- both of which in the 10th doctor's first season. Considering that Tenant usually tops the polls for the best doctor (which I don't agree with) even he couldn't turn around poor direction and poor story material.
You also make the point that Colin Baker can't act, he can! and very well considering how he is possibly the nicest man in the universe that takes real skill. In all seriousness though it is up to the writers to give the actor good dialogue to make something out of it- there is so much more drama nowadays than today and Doctor Who had to (and has) evolved to keep up with a demanding audience. Also Colin Baker was reading a script specifically made for the eleventh doctor, when David decided to leave Moffat had to scrap most of his plans and go back to the drawing board! I don't think you should (or could) judge him for reciting dialouge specifically made for Matt.
Also, reading this article, you name Colin as a bad actor and that a good actor in amain role is there to carry the story. Well this may be true in part but springing to mind I think of William Shatner playing Captain Kirk- who was (and still is) accused of overacting- but the fans of the show still love him dearly- the Picard/Kirk argument will rage on for a while.
Colin was a doctor the victim of his time, as was sylvester as well in his tenure due to stark changes in storyline which made a fun-loving comedic doctor- very sinister overnight. Both doctors are victims of their time and I can only credit them enough for managing to keep the show alive as long as possible and produce a few tremendous episodes.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Colin Baker: Re-trial of a Time Lord
Personally I prefered Death to the daleks as a feature dalek episode.
1 month ago on Jon Pertwee: The Beginning, End and In-Between (Part 2)
what about Lynda?
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" I don't want Gallifrey to return personally because he's only just begun his search to find the planet which I should think should take another 10 years IMO. Also on a personal note I Think I have an awesome idea to bring it back and would like to bring the timelords back when I am the head writer... shouldn't be long now"
my comment from 9 predictions for series 9- I had the same idea, although it would seem that Nikita brilliantly vocalised such a theory before me! For me this is the best way for Gallifrey to return and now the cat is out of the bag, if it were to happen I would want it a plot years in the making. If Omega were to return it shouldn't be a quick resolve the effects should be devastating for the universe for seasons and IMO should spark the first universal war to achieve the greatest scale of conflict in the show's history- making the time war look like a battle.
1 month ago on Could Gallifrey Be in Omega’s Dimension?
@cyberdalek too terrifying to exist @Conall McCormick I also think it would be a great concept to introduce new plot, villains etc... one of my ideas was incorporating dalek and timelord technology like creating mutants from time lord cells and bigger on the inside to make hundreds of such daleks control the exterior.
Additionally I think it would be a great way to "reboot" the universe. Like the timelords would have to save planets from across time and space to make allies to defeat the vampire/omega threat. Like saving Mondas, the Auton homeworld, Skaro etc... bringing back classic monsters! So much potential to this theory.
that was my idea! I would love to see Gallifrey return with Capaldi's face droop from excitement to dread as the planet returns with fires breaking out across the surface of the planet. And an anti-matter mothership hovering above with Omega as an almost divine being.
Of course it could also be possible that Gallifrey fell into the Vampire universe as well, my prefered option would be Omega to lead an army of vampires engaging the first universal war, meaning time lords, daleks, cybermen etc had to team up to take down the greater threat.
Two perfect episodes from Matthison sets him miles apart from any current or past writer in the show's history really- well RTD and Moffat aside, especially for a freshman! Hopefully he returns next season or in the near future as his concepts were truly amazing.
1 month ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 3)
its interesting this article came up, just recently I sent one looking into if gender change is "actually fluid on Gallifrey"- with a lot of your points analysed I must say.
1 month, 1 week ago on Little Boxes Will Make You Angry: Doctor Who and Transphobia
@Russell T DaftDalek 9?
1 month, 1 week ago on Is Twelve Really So Different to Previous Doctors?
Season 8 is definitely Moffat's best season in terms of story, although the finale was anticlimactic in my eyes there are shoots of a refreshing- and may i say good- change in the show's writing. As someone who hates Moffat as head writer- season 8 was a step in the right direction for me and I hope Moffat can capitalize on that next year to reintegrate me more into the show again. Every aspect was refreshing (bar Missy I must say personally... but i digress) it felt like it really connected to classic who but in a modern way- hopefully capaldi and moffat will continue to make progress in my eyes.
In other words I'm giving moffat a rare compliment as head writer, and for me to say that- believe me means something!
1 month, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards 1-15: Last chance to vote
11 has limitless possibility to return as the doctor because his incarnation died of old age, so he can still act as the doctor well past his pension I can say that much. I believe 8 would have a good chance of a return- as an actor he is very enthusiastic about that- and has so so so much potential. Ten and 9 have the problem with the aging process though- especially since they only had a lifespan of a few years between them. Also with incredible sadness I highly doubt my beloved doctor (number 9) will ever return due to his experiences.
1 month, 1 week ago on Tennant Won’t Be Returning Again Anytime Soon
didn't like him as the doctor, really depressing ecclestone would have had much more of a raw aspect to the character and a genuine "war doctor". Not to say John Hurt isn't a good actor, in fact he was sheer brilliant in movies like 1984 and could have been a great doctor in his younger years.
1 month, 1 week ago on Happy Birthday, Sir John Hurt!
@Typo42 "Magic Carrots" well its usually david or Tom that tops the polls....
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Why I Love The Fourth Doctor
Omega or any other major villain should NEVER return for one episode, two parter or even a rare three-parter. He has the potential to be the biggest threat to the universe and therefore deserved to be the main villain and story arc across countless seasons IMO to achieve its scale. Over 1 season could never cut it for me- he's just to big an enemy so a quick two parter resolve would annoy me and really wish that he hadn't returned at all. Since I can say rather resoundingly that he will not feature as the main aggravator next season given the missy madness i would really wait a while before bringing him back
1 month, 3 weeks ago on 9 Predictions for Doctor Who Series 9…
@Rani Nose @Antee991166 @Conall McCormick it could very easily be made into a story arc- especially in the penultimate seasons before its eventual return. Yes it is not a story arc right now but my idea would make it a story arc years in the making if I had the chance.
I don't want Gallifrey to return personally because he's only just begun his search to find the planet which I should think should take another 10 years IMO. Also on a personal note I Think I have an awesome idea to bring it back and would like to bring the timelords back when I am the head writer... shouldn't be long now.
For me the biggest threats that the doctor and the whoniverse could ever face would be the return of Sutekh, Omega or the Great Vampires.
After this episode we know what happened to the lost moon of poosh....
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Sciencey Wiencey: Kill the Moon
@SimonThorpe @Conall McCormick Firstly in the classic era there wasn't as great a theatrical atmosphere to the show like there is now- that's down to the writing. BTW I think all the great writers past, present and future deserve a big send off.
You should remember that RTD SAVED Dr who!!! He was a fantastic writer and deserves to have his era remembered with a fantastic finale. It shouldn't be just the doctor who should be given a grand send off. I don't like Moffat as head writer but I would be as annoyed as die hard fans for not "indulging" in a grand spectacle, a crescendo to an era of DR Who and a man dedicated to the show for nigh on ten years.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Why I Hate the Tenth Doctor’s Regeneration
@SirTrey @Conall McCormick Well ten's was against his will too "he will knock four times" was a prophecy that heralded him to his death so he was going to die it was fixed. Knowing when you are going to die is far more depressing for the doctor than the unknown it keeps him in constant fear.
You have to also remember that every doctor is different and the idea that every doctor should bravely see through his death is unsympathetic since he was very emotionally wrought out after- the time lords returning, facing the master and Rassilon, Wilf's surprise knock and dying alone as well you have to remember besides from the ood of course. It is entirely understandable that he felt this way.
Lastly he was ALWAYS going to save Wilf, he was just p***** of because of the circumstances as he thought he had cheated death. He wasn't spiteful of Wilf he knew it was his duty and free will to save his life despite Wilf's protest's- there was a mutual understanding between them.
@SirTrey @Conall McCormick yes that is my thought process as well, I have not neglected that fact. You have a sense of two extremes 9 having such a short lifespan and 11 having an incredibly long lifespan. You have to remember that 9 was a more alien and affected doctor than his successor meaning he greets regeneration with more acceptance in my eyes, especially under the conditions of his regeneration.
BTW 9 is my favorite dr so I say this with the utmost respect and appreciation for his regeneration.
Li+7 doesn't seem that reliable to me, does it count as 3 views if you watch it once on its live viewing, once as a t.v repeat and once on i player?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on 2014 iPlayer Xmas Top 10, BBCA Ratings
1- RTD was leaving with David Tenant and deserved to be as emotional as it was to say the least.
2- His doctor has every right to feel like that, his generation only lived for FOUR years, every other doctor we can assume has lived for a far longer period of time.
3- He had thought that he had survived... until wilf knocked on the door and that sudden realisation and twist is severly cruel. He had thought he was going to live only for his life to be snatched from under him. Anyone could sympathize with that.
4- He was probably the most human doctor in the show's history so dealt with it in a very human way.
5- YES he is the same doctor, but he does die in a sense.
6. He didn't want to go, he didn't need to go- its not the first time a doctor hasn't wanted to regenerate- remember the second doctor? He is still a person and no doctor would want to die irregardless of their situation.
Well that's my piece.... or at least some of it
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Why I Hate the Tenth Doctor’s Regeneration
Well it can perhaps show that the end of time is considered a marginally better regeneration story than the time of the doctor, which is a small consolation for me at least.
2 months ago on Festive Face-Off 2014 Winner
@TARDlSkey @stargazer0118 @supermoff @Miles Morales the Ultimate Notsosmartguy "its like when you fancy someone and they don't even know you exist" (is from the key scene) and he says that straight to Martha's face. Captain Jack then says "you too huh". This pretty much shows how totally oblivious the doctor was to Martha's feelings and considering how incredibly apparent that it was to Captain Jack it can only be said that the doctor must really have no clue whatsoever.
In addition that quote "she fancied me"- tell me if I'm wrong- is after her tenure- after she upfront told him her feelings. And in the scene where Martha told the doctor is it not conceivable that he is only then putting the pieces together and realizing the extent of Martha's feelings.
BTW that "key scene" is directly after he talks about gallifrey in the sound of drums
2 months ago on Are you happy with Clara staying on? Poll Results
@TheOncomingHurricane well clearly rose wasn't written out definitively if she came back and the reasons for her returns have all been thoroughly justified.
@TARDlSkey @stargazer0118 @Notsosmartguy Rose's relationship is very tender- he said himself that she was the person who helped him to recover from the devastation of the time war. By every right 10 should be able to mourn over someone so incredibly important in his life- especially after her departure in such awful terms and the fact that he was in love with her is a three-pronged reason why he can be excused. ANd you have to remember that it was only over the course of ONE year that the doctor as he always has to do- move on selflessly. Martha was part of that recovery process for him and yes he was ignorant but he was consumed by grief and she made him far more confident again.
I feel indifferent, although Clara's not my favorite companion- and i don't dislike her btw- she still deserves a proper end to her story and by the way death in heaven ended- it was clear that another series was required after we knew she would feature in last christmas. That said of course I would really like to see another companion and ideally a man would be a refreshing change from what we have seen in new who... or an alien... or someone from another time period.
@TARDlSkey @stargazer0118 @supermoff @Notsosmartguy no he really wasn't he told her upfront before he kissed her "this doesn't mean anything" and his quote from the sound of drums about the keys he makes the keys shows how totally oblivious he is
@TheOncomingHurricane so by that logic everyone should complain likewise to the several returns of Sarah Jane, captain Jack and countless other companions. Heck they threw Amy in in eleven's regeneration when she had left the show. I'm not saying that Clara's continued involvement is a bad thing but it is a very frequent occurrence for most companions.
@Notsosmartguy you forget that before Clara as a companion appeared she commanded the story in the impossible girl arc
Flying master complaints? Flying sharks.... come on- at least the master's made sense really.
2 months ago on Festive Face-Off: The End of Time vs A Christmas Carol (Final)