• Oblique replied to the topic Death in Heaven

    For those of you with Tissue Compression Eliminators, who would dearly like who would like to point them my way… read on, and be pleasantly surprised.

    The final story of the season, and one that reunites the characters of U.N.I.T from Day of the Doctor which neatly tops and tails what is – series 8. A season as much about Clara as it is the D…[Read more]

  • Oblique replied to the topic Dark Water

    I think the days of monsters may have seen its day as we move into more psychological territory and of late, themes of myth and spirituality

  • Oblique replied to the topic Dark Water

    Nicely paced story. It felt as if there was time to keep abreast rather than trying to process too much information too quickly, given the time in which stories have to be told, or do they? I’d love to see longer episodes. It would be great if season finales were handled this way.

    Ah yes, the misleading spoiler. I may have said elsewhere that an…[Read more]

  • Oblique replied to the topic Flatline

    @PhaseShift

    But here you are, boring me already. Go away…watch this series, the one you’ve been commenting on, the ONE WITH CLARA, and then report back.

    Because I wrote:

    But as I didn’t watch anything beyond Clara’s debut, then I’m probably not in a position to surmise…

    The line to which you take offence is an adjunct, something I overlooked…[Read more]

  • Oblique replied to the topic Flatline

    @Purofilion

    But as I didn’t watch anything beyond Clara’s debut, then I’m probably not in a position to surmise…

    Oblique X

  • Oblique replied to the topic Flatline

    @purofilion

    Did you believe the Doctor was seeing things in Clara that could be interesting/useful to another person/multiform?

    The Doctor is usually one step ahead of the game, and he’s reaction was one of surprise and he didn’t recognise the Clara Oswald he thought he knew. To nudge thinks along the Doctor has been speeding up her evolution so…[Read more]

  • Oblique replied to the topic In the Forest of the Night

     

    Magical?

    Wasn’t it – all those  fake trees, some cheaper effects, ( taxi, bollard, LION…. )

    So: girl vanishes, sister dreams up global forest overnight, London, Bigger on the inside (yeah whatever) Clara – Danny,  walk, walk, walk, the TARDIS, flamethrowers, tree with plot exposition, 2 wolves and a tiger… handy fence with huge gaps betwe…[Read more]

  • Oblique replied to the topic Flatline

    @Purofilion

    Yes, this is a family show, you’re absolutely right and so perhaps engaging with the story, any story, comes from sharing the experience with those around us. Watching it with the children may make the experience different, than watching it alone –  how sad.

    Personally I’ve never watched Who for laughs. I’ve written elsewhere: the s…[Read more]

  • Oblique replied to the topic Flatline

    It’s wonderful now that we live in the age computer generated graphics because so much more is possible and effects make easy television.

    This story walked through on stilts when it could have been so much more. It feels like a tick-box episode… a finger buffet.

    Finally, due to popular demand a female Doctor! Hopefully the closest we’ll ever…[Read more]

  • Oblique replied to the topic Mummy on the Orient Express

    @idiotsavon

    Good choice. I think its Sylvester’s best story. Let me know what you think…. Enjoy

    Oblique X

  • Oblique replied to the topic Mummy on the Orient Express

    ‘And then there were none’

    Oblique x

  • Oblique replied to the topic Mummy on the Orient Express

    Thommck

    I’m not sure where I mislead you?? I wasn’t implying that Clara was the Doctor’s ‘Mummy’ ???

    I think this is the episode in which we see the pretty companion walking away from the Doctor.

    We’re being shown it now, because its not going to happen like that.  She’s made her choice.  This ending – this type of happy/sad ending -wont be r…[Read more]

  • Oblique replied to the topic Mummy on the Orient Express

    Ah! So the titles are misnomers…

    I failed to get the joke because I haven’t seen the episodes referred to.

    Oblique X

  • Oblique replied to the topic Mummy on the Orient Express

    On Clara:

    Didn’t she look lovely… so nicely and memorably turned-out for her final foray in the TARDIS. And then after the big-build up she changes her mind. Oh! Well that’s never been done before, but what an anti-climax. Maybe its possible to be a  little in love with an older man.

    Also, I  suspect, this is goodbye now because Clara is…[Read more]

  • Oblique replied to the topic Mummy on the Orient Express

    On the Story:

    The artefact was seeded, but why didn’t the Doctor return to his analysis of it sooner? I would have welcomed a chance to work out the clue… after all,wasn’t this an Agatha Christie inspired storyline/ The Lady Vanishes, albeit with a twist. If you are going to set up a mystery, at least allow your audience to get involved, and…[Read more]

  • Oblique replied to the topic Mummy on the Orient Express

    On the title:

    Mummy on the Orient Express, the clues in the title… so no surprise there. Its actually quite a useful spoiler, if you enjoy your Doctor Who, pre-emptied. Snappy title?  I think the producers must have a penchant for what sound like working titles. Image if The Robots of Death; from 1976 had gone out under its working title of, [Read more]

  • Oblique replied to the topic Listen

    Idiotsavon,

    As an adjunct to my last…

    The character arc didn’t really exist, and companions were cipher’s for the delivery of plot exposition. I think Turlough from the Peter Davidson era and Ace from the McCoy era. are examples of more forward thinking writing. Ace is interesting because she’s the forerunner to the post-gap companion. Th…[Read more]

  • Oblique replied to the topic Listen

    Idiotsavon,

    Pace, excitement and character development have changed over the years. What was right then may not work as well now, audience needs are different and we’re all far more sophisticated.

    For all the reasons you mention, why not try…

    The Rescue,The Faceless Ones, Spearhead from Space, The Horror of Fang Rock, The Caves of Androzani,…[Read more]

  • Oblique replied to the topic Kill the Moon

    The creature hatching above planet earth was ignorant  it’s survival hung in the balance.

    I like this vulnerability.

    In many ways the creature reminded me of the Doctor in Trial of a Time Lord and the life or death scenario facing him. Rebirth and renewal are common enough tropes in Who.

    I thought I saw something dragon-like in the creatur…[Read more]

  • Oblique replied to the topic Kill the Moon

    Do we really need the moon

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeA1nvD4rjE

    Oblique

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