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Pretty good and diverse run of episodes which brought the series back to full throttle after the break of the Specials year.
I also find The Lodger
6 months, 2 weeks ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 5 (Episodes 7-13)
I prefer the RTD era of the show but I neither hate Moffat, nor think that he doesn't work his fingers to the bone for it and gives it his very heart and soul. I also don't think any of the silly reporting on this, like the silly reporting about the show crumbling because Tennant left is being driven by people who dislike Moffat because they prefer RTD. Why is this fandom so obsessed with this dichotomy? I think this approach is sometimes fuelled by people taking defensive positions immediately so that any minor comment is seen as a grenade thrown across the trenches by the 'enemy' or the product of some internet cabal of Tennantfangirls or Grandmoffians.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat Clarifies “Ugly Doctors” Comments
I would love to make a small bet that the next awards if they are run after say the second year of Capaldi's run will be
1. Capaldi, just ahead of...
2. Baker, T, followed by a fair drop to
3. Smith ahead by a fair number of votes of
4. Tennant or Eccleston or McGann
It seems fit and proper for 4 to continue to rule and for the most recent regenerations to drift back from the incumbent. In this case, Capaldi's start is so highly anticipated and there has been so much time in the planning that we may just get the most complete doctor to date who may very well shade the 'essential' doctor 4.
The more I hear about Steven Moffat starting from basics and making the most fundamental changes to the show since the revival, the more excited I am becoming. The way Moffat is grouping doctors 9 to 11 as the past and Capaldi as the future in so many of his media niblets underlines the narrative of Capaldi as being more than just a fresh slate. New music, new TARDIS interior and perhaps Doctor 12 will go through his first season completely disconnected from his predecessors, hence Clara needing to be reassured by a voice from the past that they are indeed the same man. That would also allow an effective use of Clara knowing more about all of the oast doctors than any other companion which has not been used effectively to date.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on The Top Stories & Doctors (According to DWM 2014)
Those pesky swarming fangirls been at it again. Thought they were too busy causing global warming, stealing my missing socks and creating those really crap new flavours of Walkers crisps. Where do they find the time to do all this as well as whispering in BBC's executives'ears to try to get Who cancelled back in 2009 and still be responsible for annonying 'real' fans whenever the dreaded name of Tennant is raised?
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Doctor Who Could Have Ended With Tennant
Was season 5, good as it was, really a test of the show's long term viability? Reading what Steven Moffat said in the quote above, it is all a bit third handish. Perhaps it was more an awkwardly expressed acknowledgement from Moffat to RTD and a nice sound bite to draw attention to the next baton change from an equally popular Doctor. I didn't read more than good headlines for tomorrow's Dail Mail or Radio Times.
Goodness me, now we are back to who is criticised more. I suspect that any check of the internet would find equal numbers of criticisms of both RTD and Moffat. Neither need their zealous guardians to monitor every comment.
Not quite sure what you mean about Matt being a bigger advocate of 'The Show as King' than any other Doctor and how this affected how the show was written. An interesting idea, though. Could you explain what you mean?
See, I don't see hate in this thread every time someone might express a view that they didn't enjoy a particular aspect of series 7. The word hate has been hijacked by fandom to shut down criticism and negate all parts of an alternative viewpoint. It implies implacable bias. Of course there will be some people including on this forum who might be genuine haters of either Moffat or RTD but please let's moderate this extreme language. For my own mind, I find no series perfect or completely flawed and it is not because I am not opening my mind, heart or eyes. It is my opinion, like eveyone else's. I find Series 7 a mixed bag with great acting generally but not always, some good storytelling, great visuals, some outstanding directing but if I were to then list the things I don't like as much, am I a hater?
Don't mean to pick on your post but this hyperbolic language frustrates me.
And yes I am looking forward to Peter C like you!
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Why I Love… Series 7
Thank you. Eloquently put. Might I add the term Tennant fan girl as a perjorative term used to undermine comments which might suggest that everything since 2010 has not been perfect. I think that younger and particularly female fans who express passionate views about the show can be dismissed in a very condescending way. Are older males who are very strongly supportive of a particular era, Doctor or actor and label themselves as fanboys viewed so sneeringly?
This forum is very open minded and considerate of other people's feelings in general and long may it be so.
Love the eyes. The companions have a mix of all colours but is 10 the only one of the doctors with brown eyes?
7 months ago on Weird and Wonderful
Well done to Doctor Who and Mr Moffat winning Programme of the Year at the BAFTAs and good to hear the big cheers for the win and for Steven. While I am no fan of the last couple of series, it is clear that Steven Moffat is highly respected and regarded by his peers and Doctor Who remains very popular. I for one thought it was quite classy that some of the less familiar faces who do the hard work behind the scenes came up for the award and had some well deserved recognition.
The other great cheer of the night was for David Bradley. I do wonder if he was put up for Broadchurch, rather than Adventure, as a way of definitely winning as there a couple of very strong lead actor contenders. Either way, I think his performance as William Hartnell, along with Olivia Colman in Broadchurch were the two best performances on TV last year, even if neirther show were as good as these lead performances.
Given Peter Capaldi's great record in receiving BAFTA nominations and other awards and all of the fantabstic reports from set about his performance so far, I think we may see Doctor Who up for awards again next year!
7 months ago on 2014 BAFTA Television Awards: Day Triumphs!