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Where's the "Clara stays for series 9 AND we get a new companion" option. I think especially with capaldi's "less user-friendly" Doctor, this seems the perfect time for the tardis to have a bit of a crew, also allowing Clara to explain this colder, Less open Doctor to the new companion who wouldn't be likely to trust him.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Clara, or a New Companion for Series 9?
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Writers to Bring Back for Series 9 & Beyond
Personally, I loved the "happy birthday" bit. As I said on here awhile ago, I would've been very disappointed if, after basically sacrificing himself to protect the Doctor (while getting revenge) in TEOT, the Master's inevitable return involved just another "kill the Doctor. Rule the universe" plan.
I thought the twist of having her do those things for the Doctor was brilliant, and just exactly what the Master's demented old mind would think to do in an attempt to mend fences with the Doctor.
The line "I want my friend back" really clinched it for me. Initially, I had sort of wished for the Master's story to end with his sacrifice in TEOT (which was similar to the original plan for Delgado's Master in the 70s), and was nervous about his inevitable comeback.
But this episode (despite some other faults) was exactly the way it should have been done. And that's thanks in no small part to Michelle Gomez’s brilliant performance.
Make no mistake: (in Derek Jacobi's voice)
She. Is. The Masssterrrr.
1 month, 1 week ago on 12 Great Moments From Death in Heaven
As I see this poll, I realize I've made a huge mistake being so eager for it. I have absolutely no idea.I'm pretty excited about Into the Forest of the Night, but I think that's largely because of the Blake quote. I am pretty excited about some Cybermen/UNIT action though. Geez.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)
@Romanadvoratrelundar @Master Michael Moon Maybe he meant the trailer. ;-)
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Next Time: Kill The Moon
Hey, DWTV, are we gonna do another "most anticipated" poll for the second half of the series? Could be fun. Or make us miserable. Whichever will better motivate y'all to do it. ;-)
P.S. Y'all are the best/most evil.
@supermoff will kill the moon! Thanks for the P.E. err, I mean maths!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Your Verdict on Time Heist & Episode Ranking
"His name was Ross!!!!" :-)
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Caretaker Review
@The Lazy Caretaker Cat I was assuming it was said by Danny during a staff meeting. :-)
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Caretaker – 12 Hints & Teasers
@securitykitchen @ClassicWhovian or he gets stabbed by an easel...
@ Notsosmartguy The new Caretaker. @TardisBoy @TheNightmareChild wants a Skovox martini Unfortunately, it would seem that's what we're all doing this week...
@Oodkind Very similar to my thoughts on all these!
@thosebrows @TheCrimsonHorror Hit 'cntrl A' (command A on a Mac) and look for numbers at the end of some of the hints. there's a 1,7,9, & 6.
@Tardis Fangirl well, if you do that using "a" as the secret, you get "nnmnm_mmmmn_nmmmm_nnmmm_mmnnn_nmmmm_nnmmm_mnnmn_nnnmm_nmnmn_nmmmm_mmmnn_mnmnm_mnmmn_mmnnm_mmnmn," so maybe somebody has a really good meal in the episode? ;-)
Ok, seriously though, the '1796' could also be rearranged to '1967', which is the year The Moonbase came out...
Which might possibly be a more helpful hint for next week's episode...
@Doctor Danny King Well, the already posted an advance review, but maybe they're just REALLY good at guessing.
Y'all, if number one is binary, and then translated to its corresponding letter in the alphabet, then the answer is quite clearly:
z a p x g p x m 28 u p c j i f e
So...There's one problem solved.
(a lesser man might've given up on this idea when the no. 28 showed up, but I have persevered!!)!
Just watched the full show. Capaldi's so adorably shy!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Capaldi on Graham Norton This Friday
Show me your secrets, DWTV! ;-)
@Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen *SPOILERS FROM THE EPISODE DESCRIPTIONS THEY ANNOUNCED IN SFX AWHILE BACK*
Wait. Is this the one that the episode teaser said "the Doctor returns to the site of an old adventure? Is it the same moonbase?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Kill The Moon Clip
I don't mean to speak blasphemy, but I think that might somehow be even scarier than the spiders from Planet of the Spiders. ;-p Let's just hope it's a better actor than Sarah Parish. ;-P
@davidbrummy @supermoff is your new lodger- I mean, caretaker. @Antee991166 @The Finn I love Moffat's quote on the subject: "His name isn't 'television's favorite Time Lord' either, but it's still not wrong to call him that."
@Americanwhovian @TheOncomingHurricane @Scootersfood is the new Caretaker To be fair to Americanwhovian (great name! me too!), I'm pretty sure he/she isn't questioning how schools work, and more questioning why it's set in a school as opposed to something more traditionally sci-fi. (even though I disagree with his/her established premise.)
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Caretaker Advance Review
@Scootersfood is the new Caretaker @RUAZ I'm actually with RUAZ on this one. I LOVE River, but, if for no other reason than Alex Kingston will keep aging, River can't be around forever. And Name works so well as a fitting end. So, I think if they brought her back, she would keep coming back until she just...disappears from the show.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Caretaker Clip & Video Introduction
@Polyphase But, as I said in another comment, it's been so in our faces that there's no way it's not building to something. I just hope it's satisfying enough to justify this (if we all agree it's as bad as DWTV thinks).
@Angie Whodini just bought a star system hmm. That's interesting. You mean something like him realized he'd found a way to get around having to be a warrior, so he's less understanding of them? Not sure how I feel about that. It's an interesting thought, though.
@HitchcockWhovian Here! Here!
@Americanwhovian There have always been lots of kids in Doctor Who. Especially NuWho. The Empty Child, Family of Blood, and Eleventh Hour would've been rubbish without them!
@Polyphase Well, to be fair, while he did tease Colonel Mace, he also said "it's times like this I could do with the Brigadier," so that was a less universal thing. I am exceedingly curious to see where all this is going, because yeah, without a definitive reverse of course/explanation for the Doctor's behavior, that could end up being a very disappointing plot point.
@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! @TheEleventhWheatley yeah. It's the "massive" part of his being a jerk, that actually gives me some hope this is going somewhere. If it were just a subtle thing, I might believe that they arbitrarily decided to throw in some very out-of-character plot points. But even before Caretaker, it's been so incredibly in our faces that I have a hard time not believing that it's all leading to a situation wherein it's explained and (presumably) the Doctor gets some sort of comeuppance for the jerk he's been (presumably from Danny doing something). That's my prediction/hope anyway.
@ Notsosmartguy The new Caretaker. @whovian213 is suspicious of the new caretaker There's also (as usual) a more positive spoiler-free review up on Den of Geek if you want to balance your expectations.
@Planet of the Deaf The question is: If they replace the handle, then did it really die?
Well played, DWTV, well played.
I'm gonna spend the rest of the evening figuring out a way to complain about that, just to make your life harder. ;-)
Well, there goes any hope I had of keeping my expectations in check. This is my most anticipated episode and it is gonna be...fantastic.
I will NOT be disappointed! *shakes fist at the universe (Mostly Roberts and Moffat, though).
@sontaran17 @They're all my favorite Caretaker Just saw this response. Thanks! I've got the info put on a spreadsheet now, I'm just trying to figure out if there's a way to make it ... more interesting than a spreadsheet. :-)
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Write for Doctor Who TV
@Master Michael Moon I don't know, I like to give him the benefit of the doubt and think that Moffat was just there to tweak characterization for the Doctor (even though I hate Journey and find Curse boring), and that it's just that Time Heist is more Thompson's niche. Although his best stuff on Sherlock is cowritten with Moffat too, so maybe they're just a good team.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Face-Off: The Thompson Episodes
Fantastic article. Great writing. I already loved Closing Time, but this is so well written that I feel like it might've changed my mind. You should write one for Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS or Last of the Time Lords. :-)
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Why I Love… Closing Time
@sontaran17 @The Living Angel / is Regenerating Right. It gets at least a 5 for being Doctor Who.
@Oodkind @sontaran17 @The Living Angel / is Regenerating Right. the question is whether we're only rating Doctor Who against itself, or if we're rating it on a broader scale. '1' being an episode of Jersey Shore, '10' being Vincent and the Doctor. :-)
Are British people familiar with Jersey Shore? If not, can I come over there?
Well, this is an easy one for me...
Time Heist - 9.1
Curse of the Black Spot - 6.5
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS - 5
The fact that my least favorite episode of NuWho is still a 5 says something about the quality of Doctor Who.
Or the lousiness of my rating system.
Also, I think I'll maybe COTBS should get a 7...
@MetamorphmagusWho likes Conventions @They're all my favorite Caretaker Absolutely. I'm really hoping for a Series 9 return!
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Time Heist Review
Well written, Clint. Though I must say, this time I disagree on almost every level.
For me, this episode had almost the opposite of your "souffle problem." It sort of had the setup to be another rush-job "genre of the week" episode, but on watching it, it just WORKS. I will agree with you on the solar storms being a bit out of left field, but I wasn't too bothered by that.
Also, while I'm certainly not in the "hate Journey Blue camp," I felt that Psi and Saibra were far more developed than she was.
And I can't say I was particularly bothered by "don't think" anymore than I was by "hold your breath" or "don't blink." The Doctor has a long history of telling people "don't [verb]." Hardly a classic story goes by without the Doctor saying "Don't move." to somebody. It just seems that some time during the Time War, he learned to be more specific. :-)
As for Ms. Delphox, the only very strong comparison for her, I would say, is Miss Foster. I don't think we've seen enough of Missy to make that assessment, Tasha Lem, I would say has more in common with River, and I would put Kovarian in a category of her own. Unless the category we're dealing with is "women in suits," then, yes, Kovarian fits right in. :-)
As for Clara, she did seem to, in some ways, fill the stock companion role, but at the same she very much fulfilled the "human interface for the Doctor" role that Moffat described before the start of this season. I've a hard time imagining Psi and Saibra putting up with him. And also, within the context of series 8, we've had no shortage of great Clara moments. It was kinda nice to see her be out of her element and take a backseat for a change.
Again, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, Clint! Always love reading them!
@RUAZ @Battlion Well, your point with Psi and Saibra as guards is well taken and I'm now curious myself if someone has an explanation, but as for the rest: the first time, there was no solar storm, so the Doctor could use the TARDIS to get around freely to everywhere except the PV, so, presumably he was only there for a few seconds. However, the solar storm (which got them into the vault) rendered travel in the TARDIS impossible, so he had to use a team to break in. That was my understanding anyway.
@joshtong11 Well, going by other instances of phone calls, it seems that, as a time machine, the TARDIS can easily receive phone calls from other points in time. When Clara calls the TARDIS number from the 21st century, the Doctor receives her call whilst hanging out with monks in the middle ages. Also, both Beast Below (Winston Churchill) and Big Bang, end with TARDIS phone calls from different points in time.
3 months ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
@ Notsosmartguy The new Caretaker. @yiffniff Me three!
*This episode IS not a game-changing, epic adventure (a la Day of the Doctor) or a QUIET...
I actually started this comment intending on giving an 8.4/8.5, but after listing everything out, I found I'd talked myself into a higher rating. Well done Steve and Stephen!
Steve, sorry for the mean things I said about you after Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS. You can stay.
Ok, after third watch:
I just absolutely love this episode, no two ways about it. A lot of the ideas were perhaps not particularly original, but as our esteemed Malcolm Hulke once said: "All you need for television is an original idea – it doesn't necessarily have to be your original idea."
And (as is perhaps appropriate for the theme of this episode) it steals these ideas brilliantly. Saibra feels at times like just a rehash/combination of the X-men characters Mystique (shapeshifter) and Rogue (no touchy!), but somehow in spite of that, she's very engaging. Psi just plain works. I do hope that we see these characters again at some point.
It definitely rips off the end of Hide (which I never hated as much as others), but I have to admit, it works REALLY well here.
What's left to say about the Teller that hasn't been said by a million people already? Some of the finest costuming in DW's history.
To describe it, the ending sort of feels like a Series 7-style rush job, what with a thousand game-changing plot developments happening in the last ten minutes, and yet, here, it works. Sure, knowing more about Madame Karabraxos might've been cool, but we got enough that I feel it was in no way detrimental to the episode. All of our new side characters get a good send off, and we even get a nice Boom Town-style downtime with Chinese takeout in the TARDIS.
Really my only complaint with the episode is that I didn't care for the "deflated basketball" effect on the guilty guy. Really took some of the fear factor out of that scene for me. A minor complaint.
This episode not a game-changing, epic adventure (a la Day of the Doctor) or a quite, deeply profound reflection on life and humanity (a la Vincent and the Doctor or Listen), it's nothing new, but that's not a fault. It's like going to your parents' house for holiday and finding your favorite meal on the table. This is the Doctor. This is Doctor Who.
A solid 9.4 (so, 9 on the DWTV scale)
@DWISCOOL100 "You're from space?!?"
3 months ago on Next Time: The Caretaker