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@Polyphase Because Cowell's programs are only for the moment, and lose enjoyment value a week after they are broadcast. Each Doctor Who episode can be enjoyed years later. It's not as urgent that it be watched instantly to be enjoyed.

7 hours, 13 minutes ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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Blink. All the concepts and tropes introduced in this were original at the time. All the ideas were fresh. Listen is interesting, and it's the best Capaldi episode yet, but there's quite a bit of retread here - the mysterious knocking outside the hull, the monsters nobody can see, the Doctor heavily influencing the future of people he's never met before by really screwing up their childhoods. I'm also in the camp of those who think that, if Gallifrey is time-locked, nobody should be able to get there - not in any era. 


Blink had no such serious problems with continuity.

3 days, 7 hours ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen

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@Sulfur I've heard that kind of sentence construction before. It's uncommon, but it's not unique.

4 days, 23 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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@SirTrey @CherylMyersCotter If you don't mind paying a whopping ten bucks, you can buy the whole season at Amazon and watch it online the day after it airs. Itunes may have a similar deal. I haven't checked. Hulu will have it in December when the season is over.


I have ten bucks to spend on my favorite show. It's less than a t-shirt. We've got inexpensive legal options. You just have to research a little bit.

1 week ago on Why The Decline in Overnight Ratings Doesn’t Matter

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Yesterday, I took my daughter to the mall, and we happened to pass by Hot Topic. The very first thing at the door to the store was a huge table full of Doctor Who merchandise. Another store that features fandom merchandise also had Doctor Who stuff prominently displayed. Books and DVDs about Doctor Who are regularly available at the local book store.


We live in the United States. Clearly, this show is in global demand.


We didn't see "Listen" on BBC One. We can't. I bought the Amazon package for the year and I watch each episode the day after it airs in the UK. However, if we did live in Great Britain, we could have gone out to eat or something during the initial viewing and it would still have been waiting for us on the BBC website when we got home. I know multiple legal ways for an English person to watch the most recent Doctor Who, and I am not even from the right country. 

The initial ratings may be down, but real audience figures don't appear to be. We just don't have as many people watching it the moment it airs.  It's certainly a huge cash cow.  Why would BBC cancel that?



1 week ago on Why The Decline in Overnight Ratings Doesn’t Matter

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@King of Ravolox The companions have always had a big impact on helping the Doctor make better decisions. That's kind of... why they're there. It's not that she's Clara in particular, but just that she's the current companion, period. If they aren't guiding him away from the crazy, all they'd have to do is scream and get and get rescued.

1 week, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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@Mermeht That's a bit premature. I think it's going to known as one of the great ones, but folks might want to let the whole thing gell a bit before giving it an ultimate ranking, especially one that high.

1 week, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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@Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen @ Notsosmartguy Yes. The quality of the show has skyrocketed to a degree that is breathtaking. I love Capaldi, but it's not just that he replaced Matt.  The quality of the writing is more thoughtful, and it just looks like they are taking more care to create scripts with plots that work and characters that really come alive. 

1 week, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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@'Cos Guess Who? Ha! @ Notsosmartguy Actually, I think casual viewers would hear "He'll never be a Time Lord", and the Doctor is the only person they'd even consider because he's the only Time Lord they know. Now, the moment that I DO think would confuse casual viewers is the shot of John Hurt. Unless you've seen Day of the Doctor, you have no idea who he is or why he's so frightened, and how much emotional baggage that he's carrying in that sack along with something else.

1 week, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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@'Cos Guess Who? Ha! I think "He'll never be a Time Lord" was supposed to tip us off. Yes, it could have been the Master, but Clara does not know the Master and the tenderness of her reaction was clearly geared towards relieving the fears of somebody she cared for. The show's resolution does not make any sense if that child is anybody other than the Doctor.

1 week, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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@joe4 @ Notsosmartguy  @Beasts_a_Snarling @Bdransfield Moffat has made some creative decisions (and interview comments) that make me think he is at least mildly sexist. I don't think he's the woman-hating monster that some folks on tumblr scream, but there are some things about the depiction of women that I think are not entirely ideal. However, at least with Clara, we are beginning to see some significant improvement, and I am inclined to applaud the effort. I'd also like to point out Journey Blue as an example of a recent strong female character who was written very well without Moffat resorting to the tired tropes that have sometimes plagued us in the past.


His writing is not poor - he's wildly imaginative in a way that Rusty was not - but he's sometimes undisciplined and he does get overly convoluted at times. One thing I like about this season is that they are clearly working hard to make sure things make more sense. It HAS gotten better - a lot better - very quickly. And Capaldi is just a force of nature. I can't tell you how pleased I am with him. This coming episode sounds like it's got the potential to be Capaldi's first classic, all-time-great episode.

1 week, 2 days ago on Listen Clip

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@SonicTheHedgehogRules Or 2000 years for him to realize what's following him?

1 week, 3 days ago on Listen Clip

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Well, that looks brilliantly creepy! I can't wait. 


1 week, 3 days ago on Listen Clip

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I had a wonderful time right up to the moment the Doctor and Robin found the spaceship and the anachronisms became too much for me. Robin was awfully calm for a medieval man thrown suddenly into a very futuristic spaceship filled with robot monsters and data banks that treated him like a fairy tale.

1 week, 4 days ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood

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@TheNightmareChild is LISTENing! @YaelMoise Nope. I'm in the "LOVE!" category with Black Orchid. It's one of my favorites from Fivey.

1 week, 4 days ago on Face-Off: The Gatiss Episodes

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Wow, this is not a strong string of episodes, is it? Not a single real classic among them. Just the Pretty OK and the awful.

1 week, 4 days ago on Face-Off: The Gatiss Episodes

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@King Joffery She was quite flipped and grieving in the ship right after he died, pleading with him to keep with her. She screamed at the Doctor because he didn't seem to care that her brother just died. She made the sullen comment about how he's really letting her down today afterwards. I think three comments for a grieving character, in which her grief is not a huge plot point, is sufficient to get across the idea that she was heartbroken.

1 week, 5 days ago on Taking a ‘Journey’ Into the Future: The Next Companion

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I had mixed feelings on this one. There were some genuine belly laughs, and I really enjoyed Robin's last scene with the Doctor. A lot of it was campy fun. Some of it was so campy it took me out of the world of Doctor Who and into the world of Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Some (not all) of the jollity was just too forced, too formulaic and too phony. And that final solution to the problem, where they all work together to shoot a golden arrow into the spaceship, just did not work for me at all. 


Clara continues to shine. And I thought the moment where the Doctor basically shot a really well-disguised bird at Robin was priceless.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood

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I'm not sure this really works as a comparison. One of the things that makes Into the Dalek work so well is that it revisits and expands upon some of the ideas we saw in Dalek. You can't really separate Into the Dalek from Dalek without taking away a lot of its punch. However, I do think the way Into the Dalek expanded on the earlier episode was brilliant. I am not voting on this one.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Face-Off: Dalek vs Into the Dalek

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I've always preferred Moffat's stand-alone adventures to the overall arcs - the arcs are sometimes so ambitious they can't follow through completely, but the stand-alone episodes are usually pretty magical. I am loving the direction they are taking this year and I hope they get a lot of positive feedback for the changes.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Moffat on Series 8’s Smaller Story Arc

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Maybe they've got something else they can fit in instead to make sure the story still makes sense.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on BBC Cuts Robot of Sherwood Scene

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@LeftCoastFan @Planet of the Deaf @supermoff of Sherwood @LGwalchmai95 I liked "Five Foot one and crying, you never stood a chance."

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Series 8: Brave New Clara

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@Alleigh No, but now we are actually seeing it. The problem isn't that the idea of Clara as control freak is new; it's that for a long time they kept breaking the "show, don't tell" rule. Now they are showing. It makes a huge, huge difference.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Series 8: Brave New Clara

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@supermoff of Sherwood @ Notsosmartguy Martha only got one series. The powers that be discovered she wasn't coming across as well as she should (due to the wrong-minded unrequited love arc) so they dumped her and got Donna instead. Clara's getting a second chance to get it right, and they are making the most of it with her. I'm very pleased.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Series 8: Brave New Clara

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Clara's improved characterization is one of the things that's got me very excited about this new era of Doctor Who. She's developed flaws that are communicated to us through what she does rather than what other people say about her, and Jenna's acting chops are finally beginning to shine in earnest. She may end up going down in my books as one of the most improved companions ever.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Series 8: Brave New Clara

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@Luna23 @ClaireAbraham @Timhogan  It doesn't matter how many years he's actually been alive. I found Eleven's behavior to be very immature compared to that of many of the Doctors who came before him. The War Doctor made a reference to that, actually (along with Ten) in Day of the Doctor.


War Doctor: Do you have to talk like children? What is it that makes you so ashamed of being a grown-up? 

So The Doctor does indeed have a notion of immature vs. mature behavior, and he's capable of evaluating it and disagreeing with it if he thinks its inappropriate. 

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Your Verdict on Deep Breath

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@Timhogan I thought Matt Smith was amazingly talented, and he did a wonderful job playing the character that was created for him/that he helped create. However, Eleven was sometimes too immature for me. For some odd reason, I am more amused by a Doctor who MIGHT have mugged a hobo (but we don't know) and a Doctor who MIGHT have pushed a homicidal cyborg to his death (but we aren't sure) than a guy who pestered a poor little kid for food, and then rejected almost everything she gave him like a toddler in need of a nap. 


Bring on the grownup Doctor!

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Your Verdict on Deep Breath

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There's an awful lot of ways to watch the show other than turning it on during the broadcast. Hulu, Amazon Prime, the BBC One website... the ratings aren't declining. People are finding ways to watch the show that don't involve the ratings, so that metric for evaluating success is declining in usefulness.

3 weeks ago on Into the Dalek UK Ratings

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@TheIdleIdol The Eleventh Doctor was also often very childish in his demeanor and choices. (Although Matt could come across as very ancient, sad and tired when it seemed appropriate. He could be very playful and immature. No such nonsense from Twelve. It's all kind of gruff and grim and coldly practical - but his final purpose is still to save the universe, or whatever parts of it he can.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! I don't think the episode judges soldiers. I think the Doctor does - and that is not the same thing, because the Doctor is not always right. The Doctor makes his choices, but we are not necessarily expected to agree with him.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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I love the graphics for the new title sequence, and my hat is off to Billy Hanshaw for inspiring them. I agree with Andrew here; the mysterious elegance of the Gallifreyan cogs and the clocks provides a welcome tone contrast to the disorganized wacky-ness of Matt's intro. However, I do think that when you look at Matt's intro and Capaldi's intro graphics side by side, it seems that both suited the tone of their respective Doctors very well. 


About the music... eh. It's OK, but I do kind of miss the theramin. I thought that instrument was one of the critical things that helped identify the Doctor as alien and unusual.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Examining Series 8’s New Title Sequence

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For once, I really don't know which to vote for. I think both of these debuts were really very strong.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Face-Off: The Eleventh Hour vs Deep Breath

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@EyebrowsAttack @ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey In the end, it's a TV show. If it's entertaining, makes sense and I care about the characters, it's done its job. Yes, there are things about this episode that I didn't just wildly adore. I thought the dinosaur was a little pointless and I really don't like the glimpses of domestic life that I am seeing from Vastra and Jenny AT ALL. 


But Capaldi? The new and vastly improved Clara? The nod back to the clockwork droids, while putting a new face on them? And did I mention that magnificent bastard, Capaldi? 


Yeah, this episode did its job. Matt Smith was not able to supplant Tennant in my affections, but Capaldi's got at least an even shot. Can't wait for next week.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath

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The fact that the Half - Faced man woke up again - in Paradise, talking to Missy - indicates to me that there's more to it than what we've seen. There's going to be Surprise Option Number Three - but I do think that the Doctor THINKS he killed the Half - Faced man, and doesn't feel good about it. 


That being said... I've never, ever had a problem with the Doctor killing somebody who has been actively and aggressively killing people around him and cannot be dissuaded from doing that. I didn't feel bad for the Sycorax Leader, the Family of Blood, the Racnoss, or any of the other exceptionally violent villains that he has to dispatch because there's just no other way to protect the innocent. The script may tell me to be wary of the Doctor for killing murderers who are currently in the act of killing when he finds them, but I've never agreed that this makes him less moral. I don't judge police officers who open fire on somebody who has cornered hostages with a machine gun, either, and as far as I am concerned, it's the same moral situation. He doesn't like it and he doesn't do it for fun. 


The one murder committed by the Doctor that has actually bothered me most in the New Who era was his zapping Amy's Ganger at the end of The Almost People. They spent two episodes very firmly establishing that the gangers were sentient beings, worthy of life. Human Amy was in Madame Kavorian's custody from The Impossible Astronaut onward, meaning that we saw the ganger Amy:

- Ponder the baby pictures of River in her own arms. 

- Confess her love for Rory while imprisoned by the Silence in Day of the Moon. 

- Take power of attorney to allow Rory's medical care in The Curse of the Black Spot. 

- Have hysterical hallucinations that she abandoned Rory to die in The Doctor's Wife. 


That was quite a lot of time to experience her very tumultuous emotional journey, and in the case of The Doctor's Wife, we saw directly inside her head. The Doctor played a trick on her to get her to accept his ganger as being really the Doctor... and yet, the moment we discovered she was a ganger, she ceased to be worthy of life. 


That was the one that really chilled me to the bone, and I never really was able to warm up to the Eleventh Doctor after that. It's one of the most evil things I've ever seen him do in any incarnation. This execution of a dangerous criminal pales beside it.



4 weeks ago on Whodunnit? The Fate of the Half-Face Man

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@Paulb_47 I'm going to guess that the theme of accepting this new Doctor comes because of two things:


1. A lot of fans were complaining because the Doctor wasn't young and sexy anymore. 


2. Matt Smith's Doctor faced a lot of controversy when he first arrived, although I think we can attribute that at least as much to Tennant's unfortunate "I don't want to go" storyline and the almost total disconnect of The Eleventh Hour from anything at all that ever came before. New Doctor, new companions, new look, new showrunner, and absolutely no reference at all to his previous incarnation. The transition from Eccleston to Tennant was handled very well with the Born Again special as the Doctor reminded Rose that he'd told her to run. In the Eleventh Hour, the only hint that the previous incarnation had ever existed at all was his ruined clothing. 


I think this approach, in which the new Doctor is tied to the old one and we are reminded that he's the same guy, is a much better way to handle the transition.

4 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath

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@VictorWong1 In that case, even more worthy of being hit over the head with a frying pan.

4 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath

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@MovieversalFilm The Doctor is the Doctor is the Doctor is the Doctor. The numbering system is just for our convenience. Folks who run around calling Matt Smith the 12th Doctor will confuse everybody around them. That is never going to catch on, no matter how much a tiny subset of very pedantic superfans insist on trying to make it an issue. The numbering system is only there so we can understand each other, and insisting on renumbering it will only make it so that we cannot. Give it up.

4 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath

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@Ava Averson @thatscottishguy I keep hearing that Capaldi doesn't sound Scottish enough. 


He's from Scotland and he's using his own accent. How much more do people want? He sounds the way he sounds. I am an American, I could tell the difference between his dialect and that of the others, and I understood him just fine.

4 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath

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@NineTenElevenTwelve She does NOW.  There were a lot of us who thought Clara didn't have much personality when... she didn't have much personality. This episode represented a huge step forward for her. The characterizations of all the companions - Vastra, Jenny, Clara, even Strax - deepened considerably. I get the distinct feeling that Moffat realized this was a weakness in some of his scripts and he's begun making some very firm steps to correct it. Rather than merely having characters tell us that Clara is an egomaniac control freak, the writers are beginning to show that. It's not that people just decided to hate on Clara for no particular reason; they had valid criticisms about the writing, Moffat listened, and he's done a fine job of addressing them.


I am a bit unnerved by the inequality of the relationship between Jenny and Vastra; if Vastra were male, this situation would be so unequal and offensive it could only end properly in Jenny hitting Vastra over the head with a frying pan as she walked out the door. However, it's possible Moffat's building to something with this; while Jenny loves Vastra, she's clearly annoyed about acting the maid, and I'd like to see what happens next with that. 


Another thing I've got to say about this episode; for the first time, I was actually interested in the Paternoster gang and their relationships with each other. Once again, the characterizations have improved immensely.

4 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath

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My first reaction, when watching that scene, was that Moffat was trying to make the transition from Smith to Capaldi easier for the audience than the transition from Tennant to Smith was. This was the ultimate opposite of "I don't want to go," and it was probably a very wise idea. Rather than the Doctor telling the audience that the Doctor they love is dying and a new man saunters away, the Doctor is telling the audience that he's still the same guy and they should stick with him.


Excellent idea and very well done.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Moffat on THAT Deep Breath Cameo

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The more coy everybody gets about this, the more convinced I am that yeah, this is Clara's last season. The answer Jenna gave above is the answer of somebody who IS leaving and has been told not to confirm that because it might lessen the impact of her arc. 


If she leaves at the end of this season, she'll have been around for two years anyway. That's about as long as most companions last, and so far she hasn't been the most interesting or dynamic companion we've ever had. If she leaves, it won't be particularly untimely or surprising. However, she's got 13 more episodes to go; I would like to hope that with this new, darker and more thoughtful era of deeper character development, Clara's best episodes are yet to come and we will have an exhilarating year to deepen our friendship with her before she goes the way of all companions.

1 month ago on Coleman on Exit Rumours: “I don’t want to tell you the truth”

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@Version 3.0 If that's true, I will be very disappointed. However, when he openly addresses the idea that he's taken death too lightly, and says it's going to change, I think there's a chance he means it.  Let's see what happens now. It sounds like Moffat has been listening to some of the more intelligent commentary. Maybe he's trying out some new angles.

1 month ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”

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@Beasts_a_Snarling @ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey @Ottoman14 I think if that were true, the show would have flopped and it would have been canceled a long time ago.

1 month ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”

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@AndrewMarsden RTD made a mistake when they had the Doctor keep comparing her unfavorably to Rose. Unfortunately, that particular comparison hung over them their entire tenure together, even after he began to heal from his loss and began accepting and appreciating her. I fear the audience took their cue from him. She should have been allowed to move on from being NotRose. Sometimes I think it was Russell, even more than the Doctor, who really couldn't let Rose go. If Martha had been allowed to inject a little more sandpaper (like Donna) into that friendship rather than just wistful regret, she might have been able to make a bigger impact.

1 month ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Smith & Jones

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@Antee991166 @supermoff  Argh! JOHN Barrowman!

1 month ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: New Earth

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@Antee991166 @supermoff Jack Barrowman is quite certain - with giddy enthusiasm -  that Jack is indeed Boe. I've heard him say so in the flesh at a Q&A.

1 month ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: New Earth

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I think it was fine; it was a light, entertaining episode that allowed Billie and David to exercise their great comic chops; it just wasn't as deep or thoughtful as it could have been, considering the moral dilemma it presented to the viewers. There were a lot of really important elements in this episode that were touched on lightly... perhaps too lightly. 


1. The Doctor does not see the shades of grey in the morality issues presented. He's properly and correctly horrified by plight of the people grown as breeding grounds for the diseases, but he's not really thinking about the number of people that solution saved. His reaction is self-righteous and his thinking is very black and white - a huge recurring issue for this Doctor, to be sure, and an important part of his character arc, but it's not touched on enough. We only see his side of the issue in full, partly because we spend so much time dwelling on Cassandra's arc. If they had left the planet and we'd had some suggestion that his quick fix and complete condemnation of the nuns did indeed halt the medical advances they had made, it would have been a more thought-provoking episode. And yet... how CAN moral people grow other people for the sole purpose of suffering, whatever the reason? Why wasn't this great dilemma examined more? He didn't replace the medical experiments with a better research solution. That should have been important.


2. I always felt that the Doctor was trying to make up for the Time War by saving all the lives he could everywhere he went, and this was a great way to kick that idea off - he is almost literally  a Doctor here. In his first two episodes, he both saved a lot of people and caused a lot of possible harm - but he didn't see anything but his own heroism.  He didn't realize that his contribution was double-sided. That should have been noted by somebody. Usually, that would be the job of the companion, but in this case, the companion was so busy becoming smitten with the whole sexy Tennant-ness of it all, she really couldn't.  Maybe another sympathetic character should have contemplated that - like the Face of Boe. (If we consider that the Face of Boe was actually Jack - and John Barrowman confirmed this, live, in a convention I recently attended - that could have been a real fridge enlightenment moment for us all much later.) I will add that his narrow vision here helped build up the smug cockiness that eventually tore Rose from and ultimately destroyed him.That should have been an important element in his arc.


3. The episode spent a lot of time setting up the sexual tension between Rose and Ten. Since I actually enjoyed that couple (though I understand why it could not possibly last without destroying the show), I regarded that as one of the strengths of the episode. Cassandra allowed them to reveal to us how they felt about each other, and it affirmed that Rose had not only accepted this new Doctor but embraced him.


4. I was not all that interested in Cassandra's redemption. I thought the body snatching thing was very entertaining, and it helped establish the feelings building between Ten and Rose, but I didn't really give a crap what ultimately happened to that bitchy trampoline. Given that the last person who called her beautiful was... herself... I'd have rather had Cassandra end up stuck in a monster who didn't make it, realizing in the end that she was actually pretty hideous, and always had been. Let THAT be her final moment's thought!


5. Loved the Face of Boe.  Best thing in the episode.

1 month ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: New Earth

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@TheNightmareChild sees into your soul! @Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd  @supermoff  @ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey 

Rose and Ten together were hit and miss.  They had some absolutely gorgeous episodes together, such as Impossible Planet/Satan Pit, but I think the old axiom, where happy and (relatively) functional romantic couples make for kind of boring television,holds true here.

1 month ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Rose

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@bringmeknitting @microbat98 By "reset button" I mean going back in time and making it so that the circumstances that caused the conflict never happened in the first place. That did not take place in Parting of the Ways, Doomsday, The Christmas Invasion, or Journey's End.  It did happen in Last of the Time Lords. It also happened in The Pandorica Opens/Big Bang, The Wedding of River Song, and The Day of the Doctor.


(The only episode of these that I didn't actually enjoy that much was The Wedding of River Song. This is not meant as a Moffat bash.)

1 month ago on Is Doctor Who History Repeating Itself?

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