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The Teller looks so grumpy.
4 hours, 36 minutes ago on Time Heist – 12 Hints & Teasers
If you have Moffat involved in writing an episode and the main villain is female, you know exactly what you're gonna get. I haven't seen this episode but I could already tell you how Keeley Hawes' character will react to any given circumstance. It's really irritating and offensive
1 day, 13 hours ago on Time Heist Spoiler-Free Review
So long as it's a sort of 7/10 episode, I'm not too bothered. At the moment, I'm in awe at how good series 8 seems to be. For me personally, this has the potential to be the best revival series, so a part of me wants every single episode to be at least 'good'
I think Link is better.
1 day, 16 hours ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen
Blink. When the weeping angel first appeared with it's fangs beared, that was really scary. Maybe it's because I'm older, but Listen wasn't as scary. Another thing I loved about Blink was how small scale it was. I know there was talk of the threat of the Angels getting into the TARDIS, but really it felt like a two humans being terrorised by aliens- I really liked that small scale perspective. It's a welcome break from the usual 'all of time and space in danger' thing.
Don't get me wrong, Listen was excellent. But it actually borrowed a lot from Blink. It felt like Moffat was doing some sort of greatest hits tour instead of promoting the new album.
I would be irritated if it turned out Clara just got lucky and just so happened to be such a massive influence. I'm hoping that her interventions in the Doctor's life are for a very good reason. Personally I'd be happy if it turned out she was a Time Lord creation, specifically designed to influence the Doctor's life so he would later save and release Gallifrey. It would be delightfully shocking to discover that her entire life was a lie
2 days, 13 hours ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
@MaraBackman @Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! Precisely. He's an Alien, and it's just silly to expect human notions of morality from him. It would be boring if he was just another humany hero
2 days, 15 hours ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon
Oh he's definitely the protector of the weak. It's just that he tends to sacrifice some weak people to protect the majority of weak people. The 9th to 11th Doctors just had a thing about 'everybody lives' due to Time War guilt. That's my take on it anyway
2 days, 16 hours ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon
I think I just weed myself with excitement
2 days, 17 hours ago on Tantalising Details on Episodes 5-8 of Series 8
Is the Doctor cold and ruthless in achieving his goals? I would say yes, on balance. The 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th and War Doctors were all the sorts to (when things were desperate) treat people as pawns on the chessboard, disposable for the greater cause.
I think the 9th Doctor would have been much the same if not for guilt of genocide in the Time War. We saw glimpses of a very dark 10th Doctor in the a Waters of Mars. Without the Time War guilt, 12 has returned to this sort of morally ambiguous behaviour.
Bring it on. This episode sounds terrifyingly good.
2 days, 17 hours ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon
@ilyootha @NightRises Same here. Maybe me and my family are weird, but I was never sent to bed any earlier than 9 when I was little. I don't know of anyone who sends their kids to bed before 9!
2 days, 20 hours ago on The Caretaker BBC Synopsis
First of all, what an excellent & well written article.
The thing that puzzles me about this is that if pre-war Gallifrey isn't Time Locked, then why haven't the Daleks attempted to go back and attempt their own 'Genesis of the Daleks' on the Time Lords? Presumably, as the true masters of Time Travel, the Time Lords have created some sort of dent in the Time Vortex that allows only Gallifreyans or others to visit the past?
3 days, 14 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant
The insults aren't sexist, they're just there because 12 is an alien and fails to comprehend what is and isn't physically attractive
3 days, 22 hours ago on Listen Review
I really enjoyed the story, I'd give it a 9/10, but I'm simply not happy with the fact Moffat has stamped Clara, just the latest in a very, very long line of companions, all over his life. I also can't stand this 'running because I'm scared' rubbish. What ever happened to travelling because I enjoy sightseeing?
Kill the Moon looks utterly brilliant
4 days, 17 hours ago on DWM #478: Dark Side of the Moon
It looks a bit cheesy, to be honest I think this could be the worst episode of the series- but being the worst episode of series 8 is like being the lightest measurement of gold.
4 days, 17 hours ago on Next Time: Time Heist
In Rupert's bedroom, that was some sort of goblin looking creature, not a child. I'm voting yes!
5 days, 14 hours ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?
If you pause when the creature on the bed takes off the red sheet, that does not look like a child. It looks like some sort of goblin. Most compelling evidence for the monster!
5 days, 18 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
Watching online is my only choice too, but this is all relative, and we need to ask ourselves why Doctor Who was pulling such large overnight audiences just a few years ago and isn't any more?
6 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
I don't think people can seriously look at these ratings and say that nothing is wrong, that everything is fine, just because people are choosing to watch it recorded instead of live. 4.8 is very very low, this is bad even by series 7 standards. It isn't a good thing that people don't feel bothered to watch it live. That isn't an endorsement of the show, that people care less.
6 days, 2 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
I am willing to bet a great deal of money that Keeley Hawes's character is the generic female authority figure under Moffat. In other words, she will be indistinguishable from River Song, Tasha Lem, the one from Dinasaurs on a spaceship, Etc
6 days, 14 hours ago on Next Time: Time Heist
If pre-war Gallifrey isn't Time locked, why doesn't the Doctor go back and visit, especially now he knows they survived the war? If pre time war Gallifrey is reachable, why haven't the Daleks tried going back to wipe them out, and why hasn't the Doctor gone back to implant some sort of tracking device to help him relocate it from the pocket universe?
6 days, 15 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
Very interesting twist at the end...
6 days, 16 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
The narrator should be pulled under the bed
6 days, 16 hours ago on Doctor Who Extra: Listen
I think his Scottish accent is great! Long may the Scottish voice reign, with all of it's gravitas and richness.
1 week ago on Is Capaldi’s Accent Causing Issues?
I'm guessing Smith or Tennant were your first Doctor, because literally human ideas of morality do not apply to this alien. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9 would have done exactly the same thing. The humany doctors with human morality are a distinct minority.
1 week, 1 day ago on Listen Spoiler-Free Review
'One scene may also prove controversial and bring into question just how much influence one person can have on someone’s life'
'but for those looking for more of an insight into the complex mind of the Doctor you couldn’t really ask for much more'
Nervous, very nervous. Unlike most people here I'm not comfortable with the way Moffat explores the character of the Doctor. Call me old fashioned but the less we know about Doctor, the better.
I hope my fears are unfounded!
I'm looking forward to the Coal Hill setting, I love it when the show returns to it's roots like that. I'm intrigued how Capaldi will interpret Robert's presumably humorous script- hopefully it won't be like a Smith episode. The Skovox Blitzer looks awesome, like an angry robot owl. I wonder why it wants to destroy humanity & how it hopes to achieve this at a school?
1 week, 1 day ago on The Caretaker BBC Synopsis
When I was little, The Idiots Lantern actually really scared me (the slenderman faceless people, not the Wire) so I'm voting for that. Honourable mention to Mark's series 7 contributions which I think were two of the better episodes of that series
1 week, 2 days ago on Face-Off: The Gatiss Episodes
Promised Land = Orange Planet = Gallifrey?
1 week, 5 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Robot of Sherwood
There's nothing like a few good stats to calm the nerves!
1 week, 5 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
People who read watch Doctor Who. People who can't read watch the X factor.
So when will the final figures for Into The Dalek come out?
That American trailer was horrible, it just blasted Smith era music all over the place which ruined the scary mood. In the original trailer the really creepy thing is when the series 1 music cuts out only for the Time of Angels theme to start playing... Chilling.
1 week, 6 days ago on Next Time: Listen
THIS is what I love about Moffat. This looks so so so good
The Narrator should be killed with the Golden Arrow
1 week, 6 days ago on Doctor Who Extra: Robot of Sherwood
Moffat's arc conclusions have never been as complicated or clever as they are made out to be. I think this heaven arc is going to be something quite obvious, as the episodes go further. Maybe by episode 7 or 8 we'll get a glimpse at what it could be.
2 weeks ago on The Series 8 Arc: A Match Made In Heaven?
This feels like a Hartnell or Tom Baker era story, sweet vibes !
2 weeks ago on Robot of Sherwood Clips
I think he'd be pretty cool as the Doctor come to think of it. I wonder how he'd approach the character.
Having said that... He is a spitting image of the 80s Master, and apparently he can do the whole pantomime villain persona of Ainsley, so he would be a great choice to play that incarnation in a multi Master story :-)
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Ben Miller Would Love To Play the Doctor
Ok, where in my comment did I mention Moffat? That's right, I didn't. It was the product of your imagination. And clearly you don't understand what I'm trying to say. I'm not talking about people posting comments that disagree with you. I'm talking about replies that consist of messages like '*sigh*, do you even watch the same show as me?', mocking and degrading the opinion of anyone who disagrees with them.
So you're telling me that you know of every zealous Moffat hater who post stuff online, and that you have met them in person and enter into discussions with them about Doctor Who? Either you're a bit sad (no offence) or you're lying. Could it be that you simply don't know how Moffat haters behave off the internet?
Funny, where exactly are my controversial opinions? I don't think I have many controversial opinions on Doctor Who. But I will zealously defend those who do hold controversial opinions.
I know free speech better than you do, clearly. Free speech means one person saying Moffat sucks, and another saying Moffat is a genius, and nobody is mocked or verbally abused in the process. Free speech is -not- where people who think nothing is wrong with the show post what they like, and those with controversial opinions get mocked and disrespected.
A lot the observations in your comment was just made up in your own head. Must try harder.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Robot of Sherwood Spoiler-Free Review
If you are expecting a free speech forum, this website isn't the place for you to be. There are quite a few 'no go' areas on here. You are not allowed a controversial opinion. For instance, you are automatically branded a troll if you take issue with Moffat's writing of female characters. Of course, you could always exercise your free speech in real life, because the cowards who try and shout you into submission on here could never do it from anywhere other than behind their computer screens.
I -was- looking forward to this, but I'm troubled by the prospect of Capaldi's Doctor undergoing some sort of personality change as this review seems to suggest... The episode itself can be funny and not entirely serious but that needs to accommodate 12's personality, not the other way round
This is a cruel poll, but I'm going to vote for Dalek. The Doctor's greatest foes could not have been reintroduced in a better way. Eccleston absolutely nailed this episode.
But Into the Dalek is definitely in the top 3 revived era Dalek stories. It was really, really good, and it definitely had the most 'classic era' vibe about it than any other revived era Dalek story.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Face-Off: Dalek vs Into the Dalek
I've just realised something, The Teller has no power over Pinnocchio. Take that, Teller.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Time Heist BBC Synopsis
Yeah, they couldn't really have left that in. I'm more surprised they were even gonna include a beheading in the first place, that's dark.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on BBC Cuts Robot of Sherwood Scene
I kinda have low expectations for this one, because it was written by Thompson, but then again the pessimist is never disappointed!
@MaraBackman @Ottoman14 I know. Churchill too- everyone forgets the fact that he was quite racist and had no problem with bombing hundreds of thousands of innocent German civilians to their deaths. Not the sort of person that the Doctor would be friends with
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Why I Love… Celebrity Historicals
I really enjoyed the Shakespeare episode that Gareth Roberts did. Also, Moffat's idea of having Richard Nixon in Day of the Moon was really cool. Actually, I really like all of these episodes.
Wouldn't it be cool if the Doctor met Charles Darwin?
@Ivegotkidneys is in Sherwood forest @Ottoman14 If Danny Pink is as good at maths as the Doctor, it will be one of those minor things that will irritate me so much, haha.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Anderson on Doctor & Danny “Friction”
@Antee991166 @Ottoman14 Yeah, because that's cool isn't it. Getting the ordinary human being to be as intelligent as the 2000 year old Time Lord. That totally doesn't take away from the main character or the magic of the storyline, does it...