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Fair enough. It's just that personally I find those scenes less effective when they're delivered so broadly. Like a lot of commentators mention in part 2 of the article, some people have no problem with that sort of thing. It just doesn't work for me despite understanding the reasoning behind it. I just don't think it warrants sacrificing the subtleties of the script to such a large degree. Not that the script doesn't have nuance. It's just those couple of situations where I personally found the lack of it slightly grating.
6 days, 6 hours ago on A Divided Opinion: Deep Breath (Part 1)
Fair enough. It's just that personally I find those scenes less effective when they're delivered so broadly.
6 days, 7 hours ago on A Divided Opinion: Deep Breath (Part 1)
@Typo42 "Magic Carrots" @FlopHairedWuss The problem with lack of subtlely is that it implies that the writer doesn't trust the audience to understand the ideas they are presenting without assistance.
For example 'The Bells of Saint John' uses subtlety to relate the fact that The Doctor cares about Clara. Rather than have him go on about it, we're shown it (in the jammie dodger scene). It's the show don't tell rule in effect, which has more impact as we're allowed to see it for ourselves.
I like the ideas Moffat is presenting, I just wish the delivery of those ideas didn't involve treating the audience like they won't get the nuance of the script without help
6 days, 18 hours ago on A Divided Opinion: Deep Breath (Part 1)
My main problem with Deep Breath is the heavy-handed manner in which the themes are presented. There are some interesting ideas like what Vastra says about how people view her and her reason for wearing the veil and the comparisons to The Doctor's new regeneration. Also there's the idea that regeneration can affect him and how much The Doctor may have changed due to it.
The problem is that these are text rather than subtext. The veil and the broom are used to conveyed these ideas but lack subtlety so come across as being forced.
Considering how subtle Moffat can be in his writing, this is disappointing and despite enjoying the story, it brings it down for me.
6 days, 23 hours ago on A Divided Opinion: Deep Breath (Part 1)
@Typo42 "Magic Carrots" @FlopHairedWuss @Planet of the Deaf
Regarding the Beast Below, The Doctor was going to lobotomise the star whale without even considering the situation properly. The whale might be in pain but he's been like this for years and taking time to think things through wouldn't make much difference. There's that Amy figures it out and acts on it despite having no experience with alien creatures. I also read that there are experiments which show creatures without higher functions still feel pain.
With Crimson it was the fact that he kissed a woman without her permission despite knowing she was a lesbian.
My problem with Asylum and Dalek is more of personal issue as I have never seen The Doctor to be one to cower in the face of death, although I like your interpretation.
1 week, 2 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Eleventh Doctor
@The Cosmic Dodo People always bring up the Pandorica Opens speech for best 11 speech, but personally I think it's overrated. This is the quentessential 11 speech. not just one of the best Doctor Who moments, but one of my favourite moments in television period. Its beautifully written, fantastically acted and honestly makes me wonder why people still continue to say that Matt Smith can't act because he's amazing here.
@Planet of the Deaf Exactly my thoughts, on both incarnations. There were a few moments where he wasn't quite the Doctor for me, like the lobotomy in Beast and the kiss in Crimson. (Also the cowering in terror in Asylum, also a small problem I had with Dalek). But those were mainly due to the writing (and unfortunately improvisation), not to mention being few and far between.
@Sontaran17 Personally I thought the good parts were excellent, but the bad parts were pretty terrible. While the attemped murder scene is funny, why would she try to kill him when they're handcuffed together? Also, the great scenes where she shows some character growth are completely undermined by the reveal that she was mostly lying about it, making her second chance completely unwarranted. The deus ex machina is by its very nature, a copout as it means that The Doctor doesn't have to make a choice about whether or not to show mercy.
Like I said, some really great stuff, it's just a shame that the rest of the episode almost makes it worthless.
And don't even get me started on Rose.
1 month, 1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #1
@The G Unitt - It's my initial, I'm not a rap fan @Erga kai Hemerai
I really don't get how people have problems with the dialogue in Flatline. For example:
Doctor: "These readings are very ishy."
“Local knowledge is leaving!
"Hello, barely sentient local".
"You really do throw your companions in at the deep end, don’t you?"
In fairness you did say 'some'. Could you give examples?
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 3)
Especially seeing as though that fairytales and that particular fear, are a part off a running theme in Series 5, especially with the Doctor and Amy. Like this exchange for example, Amy: "I grew up". The Doctor: "Don't worry. I'll soon fix that."
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Lord of the Dream: Amy’s Choice in Perspective
Regarding the old people, one Doctor Fan suggested that " Old people, especially ones stuck in a home after a lifetime in Leadworth, are a manifestation of the Peter Pan-alike Doctor's fear of growing up/aging." Which is a really good interpretation in my opinion
In the terms of bringing back the Master, its Utopia. It was a complete shock with Derek Jacobi giving a masterful and scary performance with proper menace that wasn't unintentionally hilarious. The cliffhanger is one of the best in Who, until they ruining it by starting the next episode with them in Cardiff. In terms of the episode, i'll have to go with Dark Water. Other than the Master, Utopia is a pretty average episode with the Futurekind in particular being generic and dull and it doesn't use the end of the universe setting as well as it could. Also why couldn't the Doctor just take Yana in the Tardis once he'd pressed
5 months, 1 week ago on Face-Off: Utopia vs Dark Water
@The Finn @Malohkeh It had the light bulb flicker arc. I loved the resolution for that arc
5 months, 2 weeks ago on The Trouble with Story Arcs
@LaraHarris This really isn't a big deal. According to Neil Gaiman: ("Pull to Open" obviously refers to the phone hatch, yes. But Idris was right: It IS an instruction, and Police Box doors did open outwards). In other words he's saying that while the instuction on Police Boxes is referring to the hatch, The TARDIS meant it as an instruction to The Doctor. It really is a minor issue so i'm not sure why it ruined the episode for you. I guess a small problem to one person can be a huge one to someone else.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode
The longest standing companion is probably referring to Clara rather thanJenna
8 months ago on Jenna Coleman Leaving at Christmas?
Why do people keep saying Time-Lady? It's such a horrible term IMO. Every time I hear it I can't help thinking of Little Britain. Romana refers to herself as a Timelord in The Pirate Planet and as far as I know the term Time-Lady was only mentioned once. There's no need to segregate the male and female Timelords by giving them different titles.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 8: Meet the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere
Personally I thought the Bad Wolf bay scene undermined the the much more powerful scene earlier when Rose got taken to the parallel world. That scene said everything that needed to be said, making the Bad Wolf Bay scene just a reason to give fans unnecessary (IMO) closure. It would have been much more heartbreaking to simply separate them without the chance to say goodbye rather the less powerful tear-filled goodbye we got. A better contender for best scene would have been The Doctor's goodbye to Susan from The Daleks Invasion of Earth.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Why the Doomsday Farewell is Not the Greatest
Doctor Who had female
fans long before Tennant and Smith, so I'm not sure what he meant by that.
Maybe he meant there are more, but that also true about male fans. He's right
about it being time for an older actor though. Not that I had a problem with Smith
and Tennant (Smith's my favourite), but this a show of change and the time was
10 months ago on Colin Baker: Tennant & Smith Brought Female Fans to Doctor Who