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    Into the Dalek was one of the best episodes I’ve seen in a season and a half, and it might even be one of the top 20 from all of New Who for me.

    1. thecalmzamoran said:Personally, I didn’t entirely mind the phone call, but I do think it would have gone over better if it was just his voice, not an on-screen appearance. Especially since RTD caught flak for how he supposedly mishandled 10’s final scene.

    See, RTD “caught flak” for mishandling Ten’s regeneration for the exact opposite reason.

    Ten “didn’t want to go,” and after going on a weepy goodbye tour of sorts and never coming to terms with his regeneration, the audience was collectively left upset and resentful towards the new Doctor, instead of accepting and excited.

    Eleven, meanwhile, embraced his regeneration and explicitly told his companion (and the audience) to love and accept this new guy, because he’s scared and alone.

    The way both regenerations were handled leaves them at two extreme opposite ends of the spectrum.

    brittsbrainfarts said: Deep breath was amazing, Capaldi wow hes funny, scary, awkward and adorable all the same time! But the key issue with this episode. 11's phone call! lets face it Clara knows the doctor regenerates and having already been chided by Vastra and the crew should really get the idea by now but now the eleven fans who cant handle an old "unsexy" doctor still require a hand hold and so we had to suffer through yet another soppy goodbye, Poor Capaldi had his1st ending nicked by his predecessor! Its CRAP

    It’s true that Clara has had the most exposure to the idea of regeneration out of all of the Doctor’s companions, but there’s a difference between theory and actuality.

    Even though she knows that the Doctor regenerates, she’d never had to live it before. And considering the bond and attraction she had toward Eleven, it makes sense that she’d be in a slight state of denial: the person she had all these feelings toward is now gone forever, in a sense.

    I don’t think that Eleven’s appearance “nicked” Twelve’s first ending. I think it gave a nice bit of closure to any fans who still weren’t over his departure, and Clara basically had to act as an audience proxy during those scenes. Eleven literally gives her his blessing and encouragement to help the Twelfth Doctor in any way that she can, and encourages the viewers to do the same by way of this speech.

    I saw this episodes at the movie theater, and about 2/3 of the theater audibly gasped and wistfully “oooohed” when Eleven’s voice was heard on the phone. I think that reaction alone proved that there were still plenty of people who weren’t quite over Eleven, or at least enjoyed seeing him give one more proper goodbye.

    drbluesman said: Who would be the best choice for the first American Doctor: Jim Parsons, Viggo Mortensen, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, or Jennifer Lawrence? Or someone else I haven't thought of?

    Personally, I wouldn’t pick any of those…sorry!

    But if this was an unavoidable thing that absolutely had to happen, I would pick Sam Rockwell or Crispin Glover.

    I’ve added a contact page!

    Just cause I’ve gotten awkward anon messages from people without Tumblrs, asking me if there was a way to contact me via email for other inquiries. So here you go!

    Obligatory “Thoughts on the Series 8 opening sequence” post:

    The Design:

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    Love it. Love, love, love the design. It’s so refreshing to see a title sequence that isn’t just another rehash of epic-generic-vortex-storm-made-more-epic, y’know? I really like the intent behind the clock graphics, that the “Doctor is a Time Lord, not a Space Lord,” which I totally agree with.

    I also really like that the tradition of keeping the Doctor’s face in the opening credits is back for real (they brought it back for the new series in Series 7), and I think just focusing on the eyes is a good move.

    In general, it just feels like you’re about to watch a truly sci-fi show when you see an intro like this, with the planets and the Gallifreyan and the clock numbers flying everywhere. It doesn’t seem quite so action-y anymore, and I think it’s a change for the better. I hope that reflects on the actual season: more clever and cunning moments (and historical episodes!), and less CGI action set-pieces occurring in a distant far-off future space station.

    The Theme:

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    Eh, maybe that’s a little too strong. I don’t hate it, and I don’t even know if I’d say that I dislike it…I just…don’t like it. So, yeah, actually, accurate GIF entirely, hah.

    I will say this though: it definitely fits the credits, perfect audio component to those visuals, even if I’m not really a fan. Like, where the inherent sci-fi-ness of the visuals works so well for me, the eerie spacey tone of the audio theme is just a little too on-the-nose sci-fi. Paired together, they work by default, it’s just a lot of the same sort of aesthetic.

    A weird complaint, I know, and weird to exactly verbalize too, but it just sounds a little off to me. Eleven’s audio theme grew on me over time, but this tinny sort of reimagining of it doesn’t quite work for me, just because Eleven’s musical theme has such a robust and actiony quality to it that’s totally lost when you try to nerd it up a little.

    Like, imagine Nine’s theme (which I feel is the most “perfect” and quintessentially “Doctor Who” of all the modern themes) with that eerie sci-fi edge to it, played over these credits. It would sound a bit more like some of the older themes from before the reboot, but in a way that’s fresh. Like, that to me would be perfect.

    So again, the theme isn’t terrible at all, and it works very well with the visuals! And I’ll bet it will grow on me within a couple of weeks, too.

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    For anyone who thinks that the BBC "blatantly copied" a fanmade YouTube concept of the Series 8 credit sequence:

    The BBC did not “blatantly copy” anything. Instead, they were both impressed with and inspired by the creator’s work, so they designed their own intro theme using similar elements with the YouTuber’s consent and credited him in the both the script and show credits.

    Please do not spread misinformation like that! This guy was credited, and you can check out his awesome original concept right here.

    EDIT: schrodingersdick said: I thought that they actually hired the guy that made the video in the first place? They liked his video so much that they hired him to make the actual opening for the new season?

    If you say so! I don’t know, so if you’ve heard that, then it’s probably true.

    Anonymous said: Overall I liked "Deep Breath". But there's one thing that bugs me. Throughout the entire episode "Girl in the Fireplace" (season 2) Ten treats the robots of the S.S. Madame de Pompadour as just robots; things he's ultimately okay with destroying if he has to (although he'd rather not because they're unique and beautiful). But now the same type of robots from the sister ship S.S. Marie Antoinette suddenly present a moral quandary for Twelve? Doesn't work for me.

    doctorwhoproblems:

    Oh, that worked wonderfully for me! The Doctor is a new man with a new set of values, and most importantly, a new perspective. He speaks of how he’s “not hardwired to murder,” and really, really doesn’t want to destroy any of the droids.

    Also, these droids were a little different from the ones seen in The Girl in the Fireplace. Similar, but with the key difference of organ harvesting in order to maintain a humanoid appearance.

    And this goes beyond just the basic distinction of “more humanlike = naturally harder to kill.”

    I think for the full moral weight of this dilemma to truly sink it, you need to take a look at the most prominent theme of the episode. 

    Allow me to explain under the cut:

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    Anonymous said: I think the reason twelve treats them differently is because they have "more human than droid" in them and he considers them alive.

    Please read my post! I mention before the Read More that “this goes beyond just the basic distinction of ‘more humanlike = naturally harder to kill,’” and I say that for a reason.

    Things are more complex than that, and the moral quandary stems from the central motif of the episode…

    Anonymous said: Overall I liked "Deep Breath". But there's one thing that bugs me. Throughout the entire episode "Girl in the Fireplace" (season 2) Ten treats the robots of the S.S. Madame de Pompadour as just robots; things he's ultimately okay with destroying if he has to (although he'd rather not because they're unique and beautiful). But now the same type of robots from the sister ship S.S. Marie Antoinette suddenly present a moral quandary for Twelve? Doesn't work for me.

    Oh, that worked wonderfully for me! The Doctor is a new man with a new set of values, and most importantly, a new perspective. He speaks of how he’s “not hardwired to murder,” and really, really doesn’t want to destroy any of the droids.

    Also, these droids were a little different from the ones seen in The Girl in the Fireplace. Similar, but with the key difference of organ harvesting in order to maintain a humanoid appearance.

    And this goes beyond just the basic distinction of “more humanlike = naturally harder to kill.”

    I think for the full moral weight of this dilemma to truly sink it, you need to take a look at the most prominent theme of the episode. 

    Allow me to explain under the cut:

    Read More