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Anyone else a massive fan of Doctor Who?

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Alavastre
01.21.2014 , 07:20 AM | #111
Mmmmm Tom Baker is one of my faves.

I like the way they are telling us Capaldi is going, but I'll have to see it play out. It's kind of nice that we have the Silence stuff out of the way too, it's kind of a clean slate for Capaldi.

Luckily there are plenty of awesome shows that will help with the wait! And I'll always eat up the Moff's dumb statements here and there, though they don't tell us much, I just love reading them!
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Selenial
01.21.2014 , 02:21 PM | #112
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Mmmmm Tom Baker is one of my faves.

I like the way they are telling us Capaldi is going, but I'll have to see it play out. It's kind of nice that we have the Silence stuff out of the way too, it's kind of a clean slate for Capaldi.

Luckily there are plenty of awesome shows that will help with the wait! And I'll always eat up the Moff's dumb statements here and there, though they don't tell us much, I just love reading them!
Indeed, but it's nice to know he's got old faces helping him transition, hopefully River, but definitely Strax, Vastra and Jenny
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Sanguiluna
01.27.2014 , 12:50 AM | #113
Oh yeah, massive fan.

How massive?

I had a buttload of cartel coins to blow and nothing worth getting in the market, so when some jerkwad purposely infected my darkside Chiss bounty hunter with the Rakghoul plague, at stage 2 I took the vaccine to cure her, then went to the appearance changer and "regenerated" her into a Zabrak female and started making more lightside choices.
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Cyberwoman
01.27.2014 , 04:55 PM | #114
Oh, forgot to post my opinions on the 50th!

I do think The Day of the Doctor could be my favorite episode of all time. I feared it could be excessive fan candy, but it was a wonderful story which made me love the character of the Doctor all over again. John hurt made for a wonderful Doctor, and Tom's cameo was utterly divine! I was lucky enough to see him live at the 50th Celebration convention on the anniversary day itself, what a legend! I didn't get to meet him unfortunately, but I did meet and have my photo taken with my favorite Doctor Matt Smith, who was utterly charming!

I really liked Time of the Doctor. It was a fitting ending for my favorite Doctor. I loved how it capture some of that fairytale magic which S5 had in bundles, but was lacking a bit in S6 & S7. I do think, however, that it was perhaps a bit to short. It tried to wrap up a lot of things in just an hour, and while it did work overall, it would have been nicer if they spent a bit more time on certain details (Such as how the Silence managed to destroy the TARDIS). I also adored the actual regeneration. I like how it was the opposites of Tennant's, a celebration of his life as the Doctor with less self-indulgence. His final words were my favorite and very beautiful, and it was such a job to see Amy one final time. What I also really liked was the 'flash' change form Matt to Peter. Recent regenerations have been dragged out sometimes, so I like how it was such a swift and shocking change. Loved Peter's entrance, I am confident that he is going to be a fantastic Doctor.

Talking about Peter... the BBC has just revealed his new outfit! I like it. It fits Capaldi well. I do think perhaps it could use a top hat or something, but like Matt's it can evolve.
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chuixupu
01.27.2014 , 05:28 PM | #115
That's awesome that you got to get your picture with Matt Smith.

Saw the new outfit...looks a bit like a less frilly, darker version of the 3rd Doctor. It's hard to really judge a costume until we see the Doctor's personality in action with it. I remember people groaning about Matt Smith's outfit being too dorky and boring.
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Cyberwoman
10.01.2014 , 09:12 AM | #116
So, now we are half way into Series 8, what is everyones opinion on Peter Capaldi's 12th Doctor?

I must admit, at first I was a bit unsure. I like Capaldi and he is a fantastic actor, but I feared that the ‘darker’ elements of his character would suffocate the lighter, more eccentric aspects of the Doctor. I wanted him to be a bit more joyful and happy, as well as having the darker shades that haunt the character. For the first three episodes, I could not see that brighter side of his character (Even in Mark Gatiss’s Robot of Sherwood, which should have been the perfect chance to see #12’s comical side!).

Everything changed when I saw Listen, however. Apart from being one of the best stories of all time, it really opened my eyes up to how wonderful #12 actually was. From the maniac grin he gives Clara in the TARDIS, to his beautiful speech to Rupert about fear being a superpower. I finally had that ‘eureka!’ moment, where I understood his Doctor. He is a mad old wizard, and alien no longer trying to be human. A bit like #6, this desiccated man-crow will offend you and generally be as rude as he can be, but in the end he will save you and your entire planet, no matter whether you and he like each other or not. At this moment in time he stands as my third favorite Doctor (Just behind Davidson and my favorite, Matt Smith) and long may he continue in this role!

The actually quality of the series itself is very strong, I think. There has not been a duff episode yet. As I said above, I regard Listen as one of the best episodes ever created, and I would say Into the Dalek is probably the best Dalek adventure written. The Caretaker has probably been the weakest, but that was still a fun romp. Oh, and the whole ‘Promised lands’ and Missy arc looks like it is going to be very intriguing indeed. I definitely feel that the series is setting up for Jenna’s departure. Not particularly a bad thing, as change is the heart-beat of the series, but I will miss her. She and the writers have upped their game in S8, and the results have been great. And I will admit I did get somewhat emotional during Matt Smith’s cameo in Deep Breath!

The one thing I dislike however is Danny. There is an air of manipulation to him regarding Clara. Perhaps that is just me, or an aspect of his character which will be explored in the future. I will not be happy if he becomes a major traveling companion, though...

Anyway, looking forward to the rest of the series!

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That's awesome that you got to get your picture with Matt Smith.
Thanks. It is a treasured photo, which makes me smile whenever I see it!
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Orizuru
10.01.2014 , 10:05 AM | #117
I'm still not digging the new Doctor. Not entirely sure why though.

I like Danny. He's direct and logical and not at all like the stereotypical soldier the Doctor wants him to be. I think Clara is the week link in this series. I love the backstory for the Impossible Girl, it was very well done, but I think Clara worked much better as a Dalek pretending to make souffles while clinging to her humanity. As a companion, I think she falls short of the mark, but I'm willing to concede that its probably just due to how tough it is to accept that Amy and Rory are truly gone.

Amelia Pond was the ultimate companion, and Rory just made her all the better. I can't imagine myself finding the same sort of connection with any other companions that follow them. They had such marvelous chemistry on the show together, made even more marvelous by Matt Smith.

Part of me wishes that had done a bit more with John Hurt.

Do you mind if I ask which city on the tour it was where you had the photo op with Matt Smith? I was at the ComicCon in Louisville, KY several months ago for that very reason and have a photo of my girlfriend and I with both Matt and Karen.

Edit: I almost forgot, I would get used to the idea that Danny could be a regular companion soon. A lot of the leaks/hints from writers and producers indicate that they want a young man on the Tardis again. They captured a new audience in young women with the David Tennant and Matt Smith series that they are at risk of losing if they don't give the young female viewers something to look at.

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Cyberwoman
10.01.2014 , 10:51 AM | #118
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I'm still not digging the new Doctor. Not entirely sure why though.
Fair enough. I think Capaldi and Moffat have said his character will change over time, so perhaps he will click in time!

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I like Danny. He's direct and logical and not at all like the stereotypical soldier the Doctor wants him to be.
You make a good point. I think there is a lot of potential in the ideas surrounding his character, and I am interested to see how his and the Doctor's relationship evolves. I just dislike some elements of his actual character and the way his and Clara's romance is being showed/developed. As I said though, that could just be me...

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I think Clara is the week link in this series. I love the backstory for the Impossible Girl, it was very well done, but I think Clara worked much better as a Dalek pretending to make souffles while clinging to her humanity. As a companion, I think she falls short of the mark, but I'm willing to concede that its probably just due to how tough it is to accept that Amy and Rory are truly gone.
I think they have made an effort this series to show that Clara was more then just the 'Impossible Girl' and could be a normal character too. Much of the criticism around her last year revolved around the idea she was less of a character, and more a story arc. Funnily enough, now people seem to be complain that she is getting to much to do/the show is becoming about her! I actually preferred her in S7 and I love the whole 'impossible girl' arc, but I think she has been very strong as a character this year. It does seem like they are setting up her departure, though, which I am not to upset about.

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Amelia Pond was the ultimate companion, and Rory just made her all the better. I can't imagine myself finding the same sort of connection with any other companions that follow them. They had such marvelous chemistry on the show together, made even more marvelous by Matt Smith.
I agree. Amy is my favorite companion, and Rory was an utter joy. I have been re-watching S6 recently, and while it may not be the strongest series the combination of #11, Amy and Rory are always a joy to behold. It was a chemistry that seems to have gone beyond the show, as the Confidential docs/conventions clearly show them having a whale of a time with each other!

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Part of me wishes that had done a bit more with John Hurt.
True, although in the confines of the story they probably used him as much as they could. I think one of the reasons they went with the whole 'hidden regeneration' idea is that they could get a big star in for a one-off performance. The BBC have released a novel set during the Time War and featuring him as the Doctor though, Engines of War. Half way through it and it is rather good. I think they are going to do a series of them.

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Do you mind if I ask which city on the tour it was where you had the photo op with Matt Smith? I was at the ComicCon in Louisville, KY several months ago for that very reason and have a photo of my girlfriend and I with both Matt and Karen.
Nice! I am rather jealous you got to meet Karen, she seems like a beautiful person. I didn't get my photo at the world tours though, it was at the 50th Anniversary Celebration at the ExCeL in London last year, on the actual day of the anniversary in fact (Cannot believe that was ten months ago already...). I was one of the first to meet him that day, and he was an utter joy!

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Edit: I almost forgot, I would get used to the idea that Danny could be a regular companion soon. A lot of the leaks/hints from writers and producers indicate that they want a young man on the Tardis again. They captured a new audience in young women with the David Tennant and Matt Smith series that they are at risk of losing if they don't give the young female viewers something to look at.
Perhaps. I am not really sure the whole 'women need a good looking man to watch' idea really holds up, but I am all for a younger male companion anyway. That being said, I do doubt it will be Danny. His fate and character seem very entangled with Clara, after all (Their romance, and the hint that Orson Pink is a distant relative). Assuming that Clara is leaving, I cannot really see how they could make it an emotional farewell for all the characters involved, and not have that ruined by having Danny just travel with the Doctor. Although, this could just be wishful thinking on my part!
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Orizuru
10.01.2014 , 11:50 AM | #119
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Perhaps. I am not really sure the whole 'women need a good looking man to watch' idea really holds up, but I am all for a younger male companion anyway. That being said, I do doubt it will be Danny. His fate and character seem very entangled with Clara, after all (Their romance, and the hint that Orson Pink is a distant relative). Assuming that Clara is leaving, I cannot really see how they could make it an emotional farewell for all the characters involved, and not have that ruined by having Danny just travel with the Doctor. Although, this could just be wishful thinking on my part!
I hope I'm wrong on how I read between the lines on this one, but historically the show has no lack of fanservice stereotypes among companions. I've been a fan since I was a kid growing up in the 80s. I would sneak out of bed late at night to watch it after my parents had gone to bed. My girlfriend didn't really get into the show until she watched a few episodes of the David Tennant series. When Matt came along, that sealed things for her and made her as big a fan as I am. However, from the moment they brought Capaldi on board, she lost interest and she wasn't ashamed to admit it was because she preferred the eye-candy.

Meeting Matt and Karen at a ComicCon was a great experience, but I think my girlfriend enjoyed it more than I did. I spent a number of years during my 20s working for a company that allowed me to meet a great number of high profile celebrities and I think that has lessened my ability to be impressed by celebrities today. I still had a blast meeting them both, but for what we paid for that photo-op and meet and greet, I'm not sure it beats the time I had lunch with A.G. Lafley (CEO of Procter & Gamble) and Florence Henderson (Mrs. Brady from The Brady Bunch).

I think Peter Capaldi is beginning to grow on me though, mostly because of the Listen episode. The part about fear being a superpower was amazing, and really helped me feel like this is the Doctor I know and love. Did you happen to catch the small paradox that surrounded that line though? The Doctor only knew to say it because he was remembering someone having said that to him as a child, but that memory was Clara telling him from her memory of Capaldi saying it to Danny as a child.

I expect Danny to stick around for at least the rest of this series though, unless Clara exits the show before then. They created a fixed point in time for Clara and Danny to at least have one child together, so there is definitely more to their story than we have seen.

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Cyberwoman
10.01.2014 , 03:17 PM | #120
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I hope I'm wrong on how I read between the lines on this one, but historically the show has no lack of fanservice stereotypes among companions.
That's true. I was watching The Robots of Death recently, and it surprised me just how much of Louise Jameson was on show!

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I've been a fan since I was a kid growing up in the 80s. I would sneak out of bed late at night to watch it after my parents had gone to bed. My girlfriend didn't really get into the show until she watched a few episodes of the David Tennant series. When Matt came along, that sealed things for her and made her as big a fan as I am. However, from the moment they brought Capaldi on board, she lost interest and she wasn't ashamed to admit it was because she preferred the eye-candy.
Fair enough. I suppose we all have our own reasons why we watch! My first experience was the Peter Cushing films, which I first saw in the mid 90's. It wasn't until a year later that my parents actually told me there was a Doctor Who TV show!!

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Meeting Matt and Karen at a ComicCon was a great experience, but I think my girlfriend enjoyed it more than I did. I spent a number of years during my 20s working for a company that allowed me to meet a great number of high profile celebrities and I think that has lessened my ability to be impressed by celebrities today. I still had a blast meeting them both, but for what we paid for that photo-op and meet and greet, I'm not sure it beats the time I had lunch with A.G. Lafley (CEO of Procter & Gamble) and Florence Henderson (Mrs. Brady from The Brady Bunch)
Well, if you are used to that sort of company then fair enough! I have always been tongue tied and anxious around celebrates personally, ever since a friend forced me to go up and ask Craig Charles for an autograph when I was a kid. I wouldn't have missed meeting Matt for the world though.

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I think Peter Capaldi is beginning to grow on me though, mostly because of the Listen episode. The part about fear being a superpower was amazing, and really helped me feel like this is the Doctor I know and love.
That was the exact moment he blossomed for me too. I cannot say how much I adore that scene and the whole 'fear is a superpower!' aspect, especially as I do suffer form anxiety.

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Did you happen to catch the small paradox that surrounded that line though? The Doctor only knew to say it because he was remembering someone having said that to him as a child, but that memory was Clara telling him from her memory of Capaldi saying it to Danny as a child.
I did catch that and in fact, I can go one further. The line 'Fear makes companions of us all' has been uttered once before in Doctor Who, in the very first story An Unearthly Child. #1 says it to Barbara in the third episode!

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I expect Danny to stick around for at least the rest of this series though, unless Clara exits the show before then. They created a fixed point in time for Clara and Danny to at least have one child together, so there is definitely more to their story than we have seen.
Indeed. Although this is Moffat after all, and it would not surprise me if Orson is a big red herring and there is still a lot more to Danny's/this story...
"There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes." The Fourth Doctor, Doctor Who
Chinbu, Hekit, Shieye, Hunk'a, Bi'song, Paign'ton, Ga'vin, Char-bi
Griffa, Ga'athei, Valamist , V'woolf, Equ'mar, No'lara, Vampora