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I think Helen Raynor's stories are actually really good, I don't understand why they don't get more attention. She's been the only writer in the rebooted series to actually give the Sonatarans a story they deserve. Everyone else who got their grubby mitts on the Sontarans turned them into intergalatic dwarf clowns (cough Moffat cough). Her 2 parter in Series 4 was very well paced, with an appropriate level of threat, and an interesting twist with the idea of evil Satnavs. And her Dalek story in Series 3 was also very creative, I don't get why people don't like it.
14 hours, 32 minutes ago on Writers to Bring Back for Series 9 & Beyond
@#SaveConstantine @SANTA-ran17 Difference was that the reboot was kicked off from Rose's point of view. You can relate to her. She is the most realistic companion in New Who by a country mile. Clara on the other hand is the least realistic, by a country mile. Very little about her story is believable. Moffat should have been able to pull this off. because he wrote Amy as a semi-believable character. By Series 8, we know who the Doctor is, we know what we are dealing with in the Whoniverse. This means the strategic function of the companion has shifted from 'in your face narrative' to 'popular problem solver/comedic value'
18 hours, 45 minutes ago on New Who Finale Face-Off: Your Top 8
With a bit of luck this will be Clara's Last Christmas (evil chuckle) and in all seriousness this is probably Moffat's Last Christmas as show runner too.
Nice hoodie Capaldi's got on there
1 day, 15 hours ago on “Last Christmas” Promo Art
@ClaraOswald @Ottoman14 I was just pointing it out, sorry if I came across as rude!
1 day, 21 hours ago on From 1-12: Who is YOUR Doctor?
I would like to see
2 episodes by Jamie Mathieson
1 by Catherine Tregenna
1 by Helen Raynor (for an action packed episode, the Sontaran story had excellent pace)
1 by Toby Whitehouse
1 by Phil Ford
3 by Steven Moffat
The other 3 episodes can be written by some newbies: Meredith Stiehm for instance. They should dig a bit deeper and let some unknowns have a shot.
1 day, 22 hours ago on Torchwood’s Catherine Tregenna Penning Series 9 Story
"She will mark the first female writer to contribute to the show since 2008."
Laughable and appalling statistic there.
I'm ashamed to say that I am not familiar with Torchwood so I don't know what sort of dynamic Tregenna brings to the fold but hey ho
1 day, 23 hours ago on Torchwood’s Catherine Tregenna Penning Series 9 Story
@ClaraOswald "This is not a vote for best Doctor, or your favourite,
this is purely for fun to see which incarnation you watched first and
were then permanently hooked to the character from that moment on"
2 days, 2 hours ago on From 1-12: Who is YOUR Doctor?
I watched a Hartnell episode when I was extremely young but Eccleston was definitely the one who got me hooked on the show. Rose was simply the best thing I'd ever seen as a young kid. A sci fi show, but set in an environment I could relate to, and a companion I could totally relate to. 9 was such a hero to me. Great stuff
2 days, 16 hours ago on From 1-12: Who is YOUR Doctor?
Hartnell absolutely nailed it. Similarly to Capaldi and Pertwee, he gives off an aura of superior intelligence and gravitas without having to verbally articulate it, as opposed to Tennant and Smith who were written to shout about how clever they were. Commanding attention without demanding it. I also like to think the 1st Doctor's stern nature is our best insight into Gallifreyan society, the aristocracy of it all, something that Moffat sh*t all over in Listen by having the Time Lord parents sound like some sort of human social care workers.
2 days, 22 hours ago on Doctor Who In Perspective 1963-1966
Jenny is just like Clara- teenage girlish, incredibly annoying, feisty (sick of that). So no thanks, I'll pass on this one. What we need is a companion like Journey Blue- morally correct, but not aggressively or obnoxiously so, able to handle a threat, badass.
3 days, 22 hours ago on Jenny: A Future Companion
What I meant was people rush to conclusions in formulating their opinions, swept away by the newest and most exciting thing they've seen on TV and forget to factor in less obvious stuff into the mix
4 days, 1 hour ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
Just go, I can't stand Clara or her freakishly annoying mannerisms
4 days, 2 hours ago on A Hint on Jenna Coleman’s Future?
On one hand I disagree with you, I think Missy was pretty good. On the other hand I just think that people who go 'OMG MISSY IS THE BEST MASTER EVER' just have no taste. How can you say that Gomez has outdone the other Masters based on relatively really minor appearances
4 days, 12 hours ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
Big changes are necessary for the survival of the show. The big classic era change, the 6th Doctor era, would have worked too if the BBC hadn't of given up on the show
5 days, 5 hours ago on Moffat on His Series 8 Worries
Roger Delgado- utterly iconic.
5 days, 21 hours ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Classic Era)
@stargazer0118 @Ottoman14 @NotsoSmartguy I didn't say they were exactly alike, I just said that 12 is no more 'cold and flat' than most of the other incarnations. He reminds me of the 9th Doctor who was always my favourite as a kid- cold, distant, glimpses of warmth and passion, alien and mysterious.
5 days, 21 hours ago on Capaldi Didn’t Want Twelve to Be Likeable
@AlessandroArsuffi @Ottoman14 That's definitely how I want to look at it too. I think 9 was the 'post traumatic stress' incarnation, and I absolutely love the repressed sadness that Eccleston channels. I think 10 tried to repress the sadness even more by putting on a somewhat childish mask, trying to bury his sorrow by doing the things he loves like traveling and exploring. After finding himself alone 10's mask begins to slip and becomes the Time Lord Victorious, allowing the ugly post-war anger and depression to bubble up to the surface. 11 to me seems like a 'moving on' incarnation, particularly a reaction against his outburst in Waters of Mars. In saving Gallifrey, 12's internal conflict is diminished and he becomes more true to himself once again.
5 days, 23 hours ago on Capaldi Didn’t Want Twelve to Be Likeable
@stargazer0118 @NotsoSmartguy He's no more cold and flat than the 1st, 3rd, 6th, and 9th Doctors, unless you dislike them too?
@Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen @Ottoman14 And also his non-violent stance is very important culturally, I feel. So many heroes are violent in their methods and that can only ever have a negative impact on children. By thinking your way out of situations and also his desire to TALK to the enemy and try and work out a diplomatic solution before he defeats them is a really important lesson for future generations to learn.
12 is simply more true to the character than 11 or 10 were. To be a bouncy, hearty, floppy haired puppy type hero (*cough* Tennant and Smith *cough*) is just not alien enough to be The Doctor. You have your typical American style Hollywood hero- good looking, charming, morally correct, dashing. That is not what the Doctor was ever supposed to be. The whole reason this character is interesting is that he's a different type of hero, one who thinks his way out of a crisis rather than blow stuff up. Capaldi for me is just superb- you can see the character burning through his eyes. The mysteriousness of the 1st, 3rd, 9th Doctors is there. The unpredictability of the 4th and 6th Doctors are there. When he sees something new or interesting, like when the TARDIS shrank in Flatline, he looks like a child at Christmas. That's why Capaldi is probably my favourite Doctor of all, he's completely true to the character and encompasses all previous traits but in a convincing, alien way.
6 days ago on Capaldi Didn’t Want Twelve to Be Likeable
I think it would be really cool if St. Nicholas turned out to be a sort of barmy, independent Time Lord
6 days, 20 hours ago on Christmas Special: Santa is Real, Not Evil
@Spiridon93 Being 50 in 2014 is not the same as being 50 in the 1960s and 70s. I really don't get this age thing at all. They could feasibly hire a Doctor in their late 60s who could still do the physically demanding aspects of the job
1 week ago on Capaldi Doesn’t Plan to Regenerate “For a While”
Happy Birthday! Wonder what a 90th Birthday rave looks like.
1 week ago on Happy Birthday, William Russell
5 series at LEAST sir, no excuses.
1 week ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)
Happy Birthday McMoffat
1 week ago on Happy Birthday, Steven Moffat!
When Smith became the Doctor I'm pretty sure way over 11% of people disliked him at first. 11% isn't a significant amount.
1 week, 1 day ago on Doctor Who TV Readers’ Final Series 8 Episode Ranking
A well deserved pat on the back for everyone involved in the making of this show, I believe.
1 week, 1 day ago on BBC Declares Series 8 A Triumph
Totally agreed. The current TARDIS is the least 'homely' of the new who bunch. The Coral, and Smiths first TARDIS, were beautiful but also very homely. The current one feels epic but very metallic and cold. I'd like to see a change back to a brighter, less dark TARDIS
1 week, 2 days ago on Capaldi Hoping for New TARDIS
I really enjoyed this one. It achieved a lot in the short running time it had, and the John Hurt reveal was completely unexpected and epic. I'd give this one 9/10.
1 week, 2 days ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 7
'Underwhelming' is the word for this one...
1 week, 3 days ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 6
This was one of those rare genuinely scary finales. Looking up at an unfamiliar sky is something that has always been quite scary to me...
They shouldn't have brought back Rose. RTD didn't do her character any justice by doing that. He should of just had everyone except Rose back, which would actually do her story more justice.
1 week, 5 days ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 4
Happy Birthday I, you will always be one of my favourite human beings. What a pro.
1 week, 5 days ago on Happy Birthday, Paul McGann
Definitely Derek Jacobi. He's easily the best actor out of these bunch and his portrayal of the Master was more sinister and yet totally true & did justice to the original Delgado incarnation
1 week, 5 days ago on Face-Off: New Who Masters
@SonicTheHedgehogRules Captain Jack with the 12th Doctor would be hilarious.
1 week, 5 days ago on Moffat Mulls Future Companion Not Being Another Earth Girl
I think part of the magic of Doctor Who is an ordinary human being with boring life prospects stumbling across the Doctor by sheer coincidence, and getting the chance of a lifetime to travel the stars. That appeals to the inner child of the viewer. It's not the same when you have some sort of alien as the companion.
Personally I'd prefer it if the next companion was a human, but from the past. Maybe someone from the interwar period or something?
It is truly remarkable what everyone involved in making the show achieves with such a limited budget and time schedule. Moffat is a hard worker, especially when he's writing Doctor Who on top of his other stuff.
1 week, 6 days ago on Moffat: Making Doctor Who Doesn’t Get Any Easier
"Ten is an ass"
Have people suddenly got amnesia and forgotten every other incarnation of the Doctor?
The 1st Doctor was an ass. He tried to kill a caveman because he was slowing the group down. He bullied most humans he came across, initially.
The 2nd Doctor was an ass. He manipulated his companions by playing on their loyalty in order to defeat his enemies.
The 3rd Doctor was an ass. He insulted his companions and friends and used physical violence to defeat his enemies, strangely for a supposed pacifist
The 4th Doctor was an ass. Just look at his behavior in pretty much any episode.
The 5th Doctor was an ass. He almost executed Davros and broke his own golden rule.
The 6th Doctor was an ass. Just look at his behavior in pretty much any episode.
The 7th Doctor was an ass. He was the master manipulator, and betrayed Ace, his friend and companion.
The 8th Doctor was... not an ass? OK, that's one out of 8 so far.
The 9th Doctor was an ass. He had a 4th Doctor and 6th Doctor type attitude to human beings, and essentially ruined Mickey's life.
The 11th Doctor was not an ass... 2/11 so far who haven't been asses.
The 12th Doctor is an ass. Everyone's memory is fresh from this series so no examples are needed!
The 10th Doctor is unlikeable because he mistreated Martha? Get real. That's only a legitimate reason to dislike 10 if you also disliked every single incarnation of the Doctor except 8 and 11.
1 week, 6 days ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 3
@NotsoSmartguy @Ottoman14 An unpredictable loon in charge of government? That's scary to me. It's scary in the same way I found 'Last King of Scotland' scary, with Idi Amin being a completely psycho with total authority.
@conallmc2013 Well the Master used some sort of device to age the 10th Doctor, it wasn't natural aging. I imagine a device that messes with your cells would probably make you look like Dobby after a while. 11 aged naturally
@KingoftheOod4450 @Arkleseizure I totally agree. The RTD series formula was becoming stale, and Series 5 was a breath of fresh air. But Moffat's obsession with using multiple villains means that under his watch, the Daleks have ceased to be scary or threatening, and until Death in Heaven he didn't do a lot of justice to the Cybermen either. The threat level has diminished enormously since 2010.
Moffat is good at what he does. I loved Name of the Doctor (even if making Clara the most important person in his life was disappointing to say the least), I thought his efforts in 2013 were impressive. However I still think he peaked in 2010 with the Weeping Angel 2 parter and Big Bang. By 2014 the forumla is getting a bit stale. To his credit, he has made a genuine effort to change direction and to keep things fresh with this series. I think it would be better if he left and a new show runner comes along to give the Capaldi era a boost of energy and new blood.
1 week, 6 days ago on Moffat on Series 8 Ratings: There is no drop-off
This suffered the classic RTD problem- he made the threat so impossibly large, no conclusion he came up with could possibly hope to resolve it in a satisfactory way. But it was still a scary finale. Simm's Master was just nasty as hell, he was genuinely scary in the role.
Excellent, so they are aiming for a sort of Pertwee era vibe, with the Master returning quite regularly. I'm glad they've made this creative decision. I hope that next time she is the only villain though. Who knows, maybe she'll work with the Nestene Consciousness again?
2 weeks ago on Michelle Gomez Reveals Series 9 Return, Rani Trickery
It's not really a split opinion among fans. Almost everyone loves this finale. The only people who don't are a tiny minority of fans who think Doctor Who was sh*te until Moffat took over, after which everything became 10/10 material
2 weeks ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 2
@supermoff @timelockb Anyone who says it was obvious to them that the Master was returning in Series 3 is clearly a liar. If you had actually watched it at the time, it was far from clear whether elements from the Classic series would be returning. They didn't even confirm the 8th Doctor as canon in New Who until the Family of Blood. It was far from clear whether they would bring back the Master, who is far less iconic than the Cybermen or Daleks. When the show restarted in 2005 it wasn't initially clear whether or not it was a reboot or a continuation of the classic era.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Your Verdict on Dark Water & Episode Ranking
Definitely the best finale of New Who. The most effective use of the Daleks (except in Dalek) as sinister, frightening villains in all of New Who as well.
Intriguingly, this is the only regeneration story to me that isn't simply defined as a regeneration tale. You take a look at End of Time or Time of the Doctor, and the first thought that springs to mind is that it's Tennant's/Smith's regeneration story. With Parting of the Ways, I just think of it as excellent Doctor Who.
The 9th Doctor's regeneration was perhaps much more true to the Classic era- there isn't a massive build up, the Doctor regretfully accepts his fate and it the companion is left to deal with it, unlike more recent regenerations which are designed to be heartbreaking.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 1
@M-M-G Moffat would have completely destroyed Doctor Who if he had made Clara the Doctor (the people saying that Clara would be a good Doctor must be tripping on acid, I swear). But a female incarnation is hardly going to destroy Doctor Who. Grow up. Think how excellent somebody like Sofie Gråbøl would be as the 13th Doctor- mysterious, distant, commanding attention without demanding it.
Well I'm glad Utopia won. It's beyond me that anyone could think the Dark Water reveal was better than the one in Utopia... the Dark Water reveal was so blindingly obvious and unspectacular
@Alleigh Because Fear Her is one of those episodes that the fandom loves to hate. To the casual viewer there really is little difference between Fear Her as a weird sci fi story and say, Listen. Often one needs reminding that not all people who watch Doctor Who are super fans
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
The Clara opening titles nearly killed me off; I was so worried that she had genuinely become the Doctor that I came close to a massive heart attack
2 weeks, 1 day ago on 12 Great Moments From Death in Heaven