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Hmmm, not too keen on the idea that the last episode can be watched early. But then again, Deep Breath was aired early and that didn't cause many problems (arguably because loads of people had seen the leaked version anyway)
14 hours, 32 minutes ago on Watch Death in Heaven Early
I'm voting Jamie Mathieson for 2015!
19 hours, 34 minutes ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@sontaran17 @Ottoman14 Well I don't think anyone has been particularly hyped for this episode. It was actually Moffat who described this as an 'instant classic'... who knows
19 hours, 1 minute ago on Next Time: In the Forest of the Night
RIP Lynda Bellingham. You made your mark on this earth
22 hours, 30 minutes ago on R.I.P. Lynda Bellingham
Wow, they're really not advertising this well are they? I've accidentally fallen asleep during both of the trailers. I really hope the actual episode is good, because we haven't had a single bad episode of this entire series!
22 hours, 29 minutes ago on Next Time: In the Forest of the Night
Capaldi's speech at the end literally gave me chills it was that good
1 day, 12 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From Flatline
@troughton who? @Ottoman14 I agree that 2 episodes is not a sufficient CV, but Moffat is clearly preparing him as a potential successor since he was originally only asked to do one script & Flatline was so well received by Moffat that he commissioned another one. If Moffat gives him a further 2 episodes for Series 9, and they are as well received as these have been, that's quite a solid record to propel him to the top job.
1 day, 17 hours ago on Doctor Who Extra: Flatline
@MrRazza's normal account is messing around @Ottoman14 @sontaran17 @The Living Angel / is Regenerating Exactly, I for one would put the decline down to competition with X Factor and the time of year
1 day, 18 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@tom colman My opinion isn't a fact, and neither is yours. From my personal experience I've known a lot of Pertwee/Baker era fans who stopped watching under Smith and have started watching again because Capaldi exemplifies what they see as a true Doctor, and I've also met a few Thick of it fans (funnily enough) who have started watching the show because of Capaldi
1 day, 19 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@Zeldazelda Well I know a lot of people who have watched Doctor Who since the Petwee and Baker days, and also a lot of people who have watched it since the revival (like me). The thing I hear a LOT is that the Clara subplot is tedious, and that the emphasis on Clara is not good. Quite the contrary- it's the casual viewers, not the super fans, who want more Doctor and less Clara
@ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. @dewyjns With all the age comments you'd think Capaldi was 70 or something. I mean geez he's only 50 something, it's a bit depressing that 50 is considered old in a society where the average person will live into their 80s and 90s.
@The Living Angel / is Regenerating @Ottoman14 "I wish that the figures were not posted, it just encourages trolls and
Moffat haters to jump up and scream told you so, told you so, like the
annoyances that they are"
You know what I meant by 'people like you'. I mean the deniers. & we didn't just enter the modern world in 2014. People could have watched series 5 or 6 or 7 on catch up. So why are the ratings bad now?
I'm just saying this is an important point we need to look at, and it doesn't help when people like you call anyone who worries about it 'moffat haters' and 'trolls', 'annoyances'.
@sontaran17 @Ottoman14 @The Living Angel / is Regenerating Why has this phenomena occurred in 2014? Iplayer and playback has been around for years. I'm sorry but it's not a good enough reason to say that times are changing- there is clear decline here & it's not unreasonable to be worried about it
@The Living Angel / is Regenerating And then there are people like you who sit there and see the falling viewing figures and say that nothing is wrong. It's as if you don't really like the show or care about it's future.
The truth is, people who say 'the show is finished, it's gonna be cancelled' are idiots, and the people who say 'nothing is wrong. anyone who says something is wrong are idiots' are also idiots
Ever since Moffat took over, nobody has really been an obvious successor. The options were quite dire. Series 6 and 7 had a few good episodes but they weren't 'excellent'. And then came along Mr Mathieson, who is by far the most impressive new blood the show has seen since Phil Ford (who bathed in the glory of Waters of Mars and then lurked in the shadows for 5 years, so clearly not interested in the top job)
I hope Moffat leaves at the end of Series 9 and appoints Mathieson as the successor.
1 day, 19 hours ago on Doctor Who Extra: Flatline
@JustinTurnbull I like the theory floating around that Missy is quite literally something like the Grim Reaper, and because the Doctor cheated death on Trenzalore she was robbed of one of her most anticipated deaths. Hence, she has become obsessed and deranged and is setting up a plan to inflict maximum revenge
1 day, 20 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
Well that's one beautiful cat, with its magnificent striped coat.
But this trailer really doesn't inspire me. Moffat says this will be an 'instant classic'- we'll see. In theory it sounds good but not earth-shatteringly good
1 day, 20 hours ago on Next Time: In the Forest of the Night
Uh, no, it's not a fact that people don't like Capaldi's Doctor. Do you think people are idiots who just want constant Matt Smith clones as the Doctor?
1 day, 21 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
I'm interested to see why it dropped so much. They didn't advertise this episode very well- focusing on Clara as the main character. Nobody except a minority of super geeky fans online want to see Clara as the main character. But it was advertised as such, & clearly people missed out on a really great episode
10/10, best episode of the series, thoroughly engaging throughout
1 day, 22 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
@ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. @Ottoman14 @MR-X I was just agreeing with Mr. X here
3 days, 10 hours ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’
@MR-X In the real world nobody is going 'damn, Clara is such a brilliant character, I'm so glad the show is focusing on her'. You get that on fan websites like this one, but you don't get that in real life
I just prefer the old Doctor Who where the Doctor was mysterious and by far the most dominant character in the room, where the companion's role is to articulate what the audience members as ordinary human beings would react to the given situation. Now I can tell some people are going to say, the Doctor is still mysterious. Well it takes away from his character, the fact that some ordinary, unimportant human Clara has been in his timeline and saved him thousands of times, that some ordinary, unimportant human Clara has influenced him as a child.
I want Clara to leave ASAP so the 12th Doctor can finally have 100% of the spotlight, because I fall asleep whenever it's just Clara on the screen but Capaldi commands my full attention.
3 days, 11 hours ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’
That artwork is a massive improvement on the Deep Breath one, which
always struck me as a bit awkward. I love the clockwork, the Cyber troll
stare, Capaldi's eyes!
I really hope that's Capaldi's left leg, not his right.
3 days, 16 hours ago on The Complete Eighth Series DVD Extras
I prefer Orson to Danny because they're a solemness about him that I like, so I'd be happy for him to come back in the future. Danny, I kind of hope he'll actually perish in the finale, it would be a reality check. More probably he'll end up semi-converted as a Cyberman so he's 'immortal'. It would fit with the whole soldier narrative. Cybermen would see him as a good soldier for their armies
3 days, 20 hours ago on Anderson on Series 8 Finale, Danny Future
I'm liking the Gold music in the background
3 days, 20 hours ago on Flatline Clip
"Moffat felt he had started to turn the Cybermen into a bit of a joke at times, so “I wanted to do a proper scary one”"
10 points to Moffat
4 days, 18 hours ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8
@ Notsosmartguy @Ottoman14 @NineTenElevenTwelve Look all I said was that I find the character of Clara annoying, exemplified in this instance by the fact she is laughing at the fact the TARDIS has shrunk instead of worrying about it. To the casual viewer who doesn't follow Doctor Who, how the heck are they supposed to take it seriously if the companion can't?
4 days, 19 hours ago on Flatline Clip
@Gustaff Agreed... KTM didn't really live up to the hype. TFOP was deeply, deeply moving... that's what I call a real impossible choice, not a Moffat era impossible choice where everything always turns out to be OK
The only worrying thing about the OP Cybermen is how unbeatable they are. The gold thing in the 80s was a bit ridiculous but at least it served as their Achilles Heel... still, I'm confident Moffat will come up with an interesting idea to defeat them.
4 days, 20 hours ago on Dark Water Official Synopsis
@VictorWong1 I hear that complaint a lot- that the Cybermen are treated as just robotic machines. But honestly, is that really such a bad thing? The whole point of the Cybermen is that they replaced so much of themselves that they are no longer human. It's the nth result, becoming walking computers bent on converting others.
The 80s Cybermen were more true to the 'cyborg' element, somewhere in between humanity and machines, but the 80s Cybermen were about as scary as Mr Bean. The cold, mechanical stare of the 60s and (dare I say it) New Who Cybermen are much more frightening
4 days, 19 hours ago on Dark Water Official Synopsis
I think this adds more fuel to the fire for the theory that the Cybermen are converting the dead. 3W will be an organisation where your consciousness is uploaded to 'the Nethersphere' so you think you've gone to heaven. In real life your physical form has been converted into Cybermen. The only thing that I'm still curious about is where Missy fits into the picture. What is in it for her to ally with the Cybermen? Perhaps she is just a virtual representation of a Cyber controller in the Nethersphere.
@Old Floridian @Ottoman14 Can't you spend your time better than trying to put words in my mouth?
5 days, 6 hours ago on Flatline Clip
@Scootersfood has 66 Seconds to live... @Ottoman14 Oh I don't know, yeah clearly if the laws of physics were being messed with around me and I had absolutely no idea what was going on, I would be bursting out laughing, in hysterics, because it's so funny, not at all frightening, is it?
@NineTenElevenTwelve @Ottoman14 ... no.... I never said there was a rule that all companions need to have the same reaction to certain situations?
This guy is clearly a good script writer. Hopefully he'll be a regular presence in the future.
5 days, 6 hours ago on Flatline Advance Review
This is why I don't like Clara as a character. If you were the companion and the TARDIS has shrunk to the point where you can pick it up, you would not be finding it amusing. I can't imagine many other companions reacting in that sort of stupid way to a situation like that. A common theme throughout series 8 has been unrealistic reactions on the part of Clara to certain situations. (Now let the pro-Clara brigade bring on the hate, if you insist)
That aside, this episode looks brilliant. Because of it's obscurity and the fact we know so little about it, this has been my most anticipated episode since the series began... the idea of an inter-dimensional creature is fascinating and scary. If Listen was all about psychological horror, then Flatline could be the horror story of the series with a real threat.
Removing the Doctor from the front line also raises the threat level to higher standards, so I reckon this will be genuinely nerve racking.
Bring on Saturday!
5 days, 14 hours ago on Flatline Clip
@ Notsosmartguy Nah, I can't see any possible way Rose would interact with Capaldi's Doctor as she did with Tennant's. Apples and Oranges!
5 days, 15 hours ago on Piper Praises Capaldi, Unsure on Another Return
@ Notsosmartguy @Ottoman14 The impression I am getting from people I know who watch Doctor Who is that Clara isn't a suitably interesting enough character to have so much attention and spotlight. But that's different from the nerd bubble (so to speak) of super fans who tend to have a very different point of view to the majority of average viewers
5 days, 16 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: Mummy on the Orient Express
Rose and 12... It would probably work out miles better than Clara and 12. 12 is pretty similar to the 9th Doctor, so we would be looking at a Series 1 type dynamic, which was the best :-)
Piper is right that Rose shouldn't come back, but the character is still up there with the great companions
5 days, 20 hours ago on Piper Praises Capaldi, Unsure on Another Return
60s cybermen were best. Then they became pretty lame and far removed from their original purpose throughout the 70s and 80s
5 days, 21 hours ago on DWM #479: Heaven or Hell?
In terms of lyrical pop songs, I don't like any of them and wouldn't have them on my Ipod if someone paid me.
For the more mellow stuff, my favourite Gold piece is Vale Decem, it's a song that can make me cry (not the thought of 10 regenerating, just the dynamics of the music)
6 days, 8 hours ago on Who Tunes: Ranking the Lyrical Songs of Doctor Who
Doctor/Clara relationship storyline is boring, basically
6 days, 8 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: Mummy on the Orient Express
@mondomark Interesting you feel that way. I think he's been extremely versatile for the 10 years he's been making music for this show. In particular the series 8 music is really different from his usual stuff. So long as he keeps delivering this level of quality, he can stay for as long as he likes as far as I'm concerned!
6 days, 14 hours ago on Who Tunes: Ranking the Lyrical Songs of Doctor Who
I remember years ago watching Peter Capaldi in The Hour, playing a man with OCD and the way he captures the subtleties and the frustration of sufferers is just unbelievable. He not only deserves to win this by a country mile, no competition, but he is probably the best actor ever cast in Doctor Who. Some might say he's overqualified
6 days, 21 hours ago on Capaldi vs Coleman in 2015 NTAs
@Moffat'sLittleHelper - is painted on a wall! You think that makes you feel old, I was 10! I'm practically in a wheelchair now.
1 week ago on DWM #479: Heaven or Hell?
People chose turns on because of the benefit of hindsight. Faced with the threat of extinction there is absolutely no way anyone would vote to keep the creature alive, I'm sorry
1 week ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote
@Goudypies I totally disagree. I've always loved the Daleks because they've been the 'cool' enemy, even though the last time they even slightly scared me was Parting of the ways (although they were quite menacing in Journey's End too)
On the other hand the Cybermen have scared me quite consistently! The emotionless stare, their wish for you to become like them, how they control people using headphones and stuff... it's chilling!
@sontaran17 @Ottoman14 Please read carefully what I said, I didn't say she can't act. I said she (and many other actors and actresses are guilty of this) overacts in this role (in my opinion). Now, I've seen Coleman in quite a few other dramas and it's fair to say that she is good at what she does. I was simply making the observation that she perhaps tries too hard with this character. Part of acting is giving other actors room to breathe
1 week ago on Next Time: Flatline
I think Missy has great potential to be an original villain. I don't get this obsession that Missy must be an old enemy- it's more interesting if she's a stand alone villain.
My thoughts are that Doctor Who isn't political or controversial enough to actually question life after death, but instead they will be some sort of virtual consciousness uploading thing that will turn out to be something sinister. I think the physical forms will be converted into Cybermen while the converted is unaware of this and their mind exists in 'the Nethersphere' where they are convinced they have gone to heaven.
I will never understand why people like Clara so much. She just seems so boring as a character. Amy, Rose, Martha, Donna were all engaging to watch but I simply don't feel the same about Clara. Coleman is a good actress from what I've seen of her in other dramas but I feel she is guilty of massive overacting in this role, and many people seem to think she's an acting legend as a result. Acting is like sugar, too little of it or too much of it is a disaster.