at first, i thought "for a season final, not enough invasion army and stuff", but then i thought "damn, this episode is just so awesome!!"
Love your painting here. nice colors
I love the lighting and how the strokes get sketchy here. Brill job as usual!
Thank you very much!
Gosh, I know I'll be crushed whenever Capaldi leaves the show, I hope he stays for a while. I never knew what to say to that "who is YOUR Doctor?" question before because I got into the show around the time Tennant was already leaving so Nine was my first Doctor but I knew he wasn't staying, and then Ten was my favourite but I knew he was going and overall liked Eleven even though I liked writing less and less as time went on (with exception of the anniversary special) but there were some things in the last two series that equalled or topped everything for me. So now I know who my Doctor is - the one who had to break walls with fists and still walked into the dustiest TARDIS.
(Though man, I'm glad I'm not on tumblr anymore because I know the shitstorm any hint at the Doctor being part-human causes every time.)
I kind of get mixed feelings about the Christmas special from the trailer but I probably dislike DW Christmas specials more often than I like them so that's okay.
I like the writing, generally, both in s8 and s9, it seems tighter and making more sense than Eleven's era writing - I think Moffat just lost the track of his own plots by the end of all his Eleven arches, and I really hope it won't get as convoluted with Twelve. -__-
I always loved Ten and Four, but yeah, I knew Twelve is going to be my Doctor the moment Peter was announced as Twelve. I sorta expect him to hold on to the role for a while, as he seems very reluctant to leave his favourite job. XD
I dislike the half-human concept somewhat fierce, actually. But Moffat seems to dislike it as well, so I have nothing to fear. XD
Nah, I love Christmas specials (except 'Narnia' one, that sucked) and I already know I'm going to love this year's special too. It looks fun and festive, a bit creepy, and has River in it - all of which I approve of.
Honestly I really disliked Amy after a few episodes in, and I disliked how at first Clara seemed to have the same dynamic, and part of the reasons I started liking Clara is how a lot of her development looks like Moffat learning how NOT to write Another Amy. (For the record, I don't think he's some awful misogynist as some people like to paint him, I just think that some of his female characters are a bit samey, but that happens to the best of us).
I'd like him to hold on to the role for a while! I guess I'm just paranoid because it depends on so many different things apart from Peter wanting it - from BBC politics to sheer luck, since it's a physically demanding job even with all the 3D and stunts and stuff.
I honestly have no strong feelings about the part-human concept either way (I think he'd be 1/4 or 1/16 human then if that were true), I don't see how it changes anything. Though I do know it originates from the movie and that's hardly the best part of DW history (poor Paul McGann, I'm glad he got a part in the special, I hope he'll be on the show again sometime, maybe in another multiple Doctors special, time-wimey shit happens). I do get a kick out of nods to older parts of the show, because early seasons of Moffat's era were more about HIS stuff plus FAMOUS Classic Who stuff rather than anything RTD brought in. I mean I like Moffat's writing, it's just that there were things I was missing badly.
My favourite Christmas special was The End of Time, no question! Donna's first episode (before she was even a companion) goes next, everything else felt kind of meh to me for different reasons. I guess I'm just sort of doomy-gloomy sad/dark humour sort of person, festive rarely cuts it for me. Buuut the Doctor cracking up at the head in the bag is something I want to see anyway, it made me think of one of my favourite cartoonists though I really doubt it's an intentional reference.
I learned to absolutely hate Amy with time, which I regret. She seemed like such a cool character at first, but then she was just annoying. I was dying to see another companion and was ready to love Clara without even seeing her, just because she wasn't Amy. And I wasn't disappointed. Clara's on par with Donna for me, in terms of coolness and my love towards them.
Part-human concept seems incredibly cheesy to me. Like, what is the point/reason/logic in it? The Doctor was never described as anything other than pure Time Lord - hell, Time Lords don't even reproduce through sex, it's all genetic manipulation and the Matrix, so where is this human thing even fits? Sorry I'm annoying you here, away from Tumblr, I just really do not get the idea. XD
Oh, definitely, EoT is the best thing ever! As well as Donna's one, but I just adore Donna.
S8 Christmas special was rather dark, though, wasn't it?
Oh, which cartoonist?
Yeah, I like Amy as a kid who believed in the Doctor, because I think it was cute and must have resonated with a lot of younger watchers of the show. I definitely didn't like Amy that followed, the way she treated Rory, the way that whole triangle dynamic worked. I think I like Donna a bit more simply because of how Donna was but I liked a lot of things about Clara, and I liked how she went out (I'm not sure how I feel about her travelling with Me but I guess time working again means she did return to face the raven in the end, I don't think she'd want to travel with Me forever anyway).
No worries, you aren't annoying me. It WOULD be illogical - but not more illogical than a lot of things that happened on the show, so if there was some good story to go with it I'd eat it up. But again, it's a matter of personal preferences - the reason I dislike the s8 Christmas special is because of how illogical it was, and how black and white - everyone is either BEYOND HELP or is saved without a scratch, nobody ever gets brain damage or other injury they would have to live with (and I know people might say it's a weird thing to ask from a show kids watch, but it's not "scarier" than any other stuff). I dunno how to explain it, I eat up an episode about the Moon being an egg because I think it's a good story about conflicts and choices and rights to make certain choices, and then I grind my teeth at lack of brain damage from face-sucking monsters or an older sister being found in a bush with no explanation whatsoever. I guess I could try analysing more episodes to make a pattern of where I draw the line but it'd be an essay and again, it would only explain my personal tastes rather than "prove" anything.
John Callahan! You might have seen his cartoon series Quads and he just had this recurring character who was a head so I instantly thought of this though I probably shouldn't expect this line of humour in a Christmas special.
Wow, now that's dark. XD Yeah, I doubt they'll go anywhere near that level of black humour.
Really loved the "mind TARDIS/palace" too!
Awsome art as always, by the way.. love the fire in Capaldi's eyes
I really like Rachel Talalay's directing, it goes fantastically well with Peter's acting It was actually an amazing two-part season finale, I loved every moment!
Nice, by the way. I like how he has this vulnerable, deeply determimed, and "this is gonna suck" expression all at the same time.
Funnily enough, if you judge by this picture, the God/priest/religion tormenting him is he himself, too. XD
Thank you very much!
Well, it depends on the incarnation and the writer too in my opinion, and what you consider canon within the Whoniverse -and we are not going there for the sake of our sanity.
I've written about it. If you asked me to characterize him *in general*, I'd say agnostic, in a) the David Bowie sense of trying as a fan to reconcile so many instances and contradictions (52 years!), and saying “’not sure, can’t know’ makes the most sense” in the end, and b) the Umberto Eco sense of "one may not believe in any specific god, but one should not have the arrogance to declare that God does not exist", since the Doctor consistently has an open-minded, optimistic, and knowledge-based outlook, and he doesn't know everything.
(And okay, the rules do indeed go out the window when he's desperate enough, but it's rarely a good thing and he knows it).
And I would also say that in his case, he has every right to be a bit apprehensive towards gods and all that, because it always turns out to be a very powerful alien who wants to eat him, an oppressive super-computer, the religious people in question are dangerous fanatics, or the religion has a thing for aliens and wants to kill him. When it’s not something that has a negative effect on his life, he’s cool, hell, the poor man still loves Christmas.
(Of course, each to his own, the many different interpretations of various things are certainly within the reasons for the show’s wide appeal.)
The one sure, concrete, consistent, and can-never-be-doubted attribute though, is his humanism and his faith in his companions, which are always much more pronounced compared to any vague concept of God anyway; which is quite heartwarming, really.
And you are welcome! This episode needs more art, it was AMAZING. I'm still going around youtube watching people's "what what holy shit oh my god what is this I can't even sweet baby jesus" reactions, best thing ever.
Although I don't like an ending. Well, I'll have to see the last episode soon, maby I'll like it a bit more
But still I can't wait to see the christmas special I hope it will be much better episode
And Christmas special also promises to be great. XD
I think they tried to put too many different small plots and it turned like none was exposed acurattely. It was quite chaotic, especially first scenes on Gallifrey. And the way how the Doctor deal with High Council and Lord President was absurd. I'm not hating show, I just don't like the way Moffat treat fans. Like giving half-living Clara with her own Tardis changed into a flying bar. It's to many absurd even for me xD
But all in all, whole season was pretty good. The beginning, first two episodes was also quite poorly written, but rest was interesting
Peter and Alex looks great together on photos. I think they will make amazing team
And giving Clara her own Tardis and a bit of a delay before death - why the hell not? Can't she have some fun away from the Doctor and his all-encompassing influence over her life? Their bond was exhilarating, but ruining both of them, and in the end, they were given some freedom and an opportunity to carry on.
Gallifrey was like frozen after Time War. I heard somewhere that it's looped in this time but is it true?I have no idea xD What I mean, I have always imagine time lords as powerful, "fabulous" and wise race. And of course properly mad XD And this one which we got in episode were, hmm a bit stupid?
Ha, the problem with Clara is that at some point of series she was badly written. I don't even know what to think about her. I really liked her at the beginning. I love her as Impossible Girl. I enjoyed her as a girl who tried to deal with her own life and life with the Doctor. But after Danny's death I think she was looking for death. And I would so much prefer her taking care of this boy who Danny send. That would be great ending for her. At least for me. I also think that people tends to not like Clara because she became nearly the Doctor herself. Or actually she became xD I realised that I more liked Clara's echos then herself. And also we said goodbye to Clara few times. Bringing her to life again and again hurt this character.
And with Clara getting her Tardis. I don't see the point. She wanted to get back to Gallifrey and face the raven. She wanted to be brave. I loved her in that moment. Damn, I miss words in English to describe what I was feeling then xD At that moment she was truly herself. She was who she wanted to be. And then the Doctor screw it up and make her a zombie. And he forget her. Oh, that was heartbreaking especially the moment when Clara denied losing her memories. I couldn't help thinking then about Donna.
This episode was perfect picture of what Witold Gombrowicz wrote in one of his books: "How can it not enthuse you when it does?". Hope I translated it correctly xD
This is all Doctor Who. I like this show and hate at the same time
The whole Clara's issue is that she never fit, anywhere, with anyone, except for the Doctor, being much like him - a bit insane, reckless, wanting to go places and do awesome shit, be in control of everything, be awesome. Missy chose to 'give' her to the Doctor for a reason - they were both so... larger-than-life people, that combined, they could tear the universe apart, and they almost did. Clara did became the Doctor, in her own way, and as the Doctor, she will run away - from herself and from her raven, because life is awesome and being almost invincible is quite handy while having adventures. She's brave, she can face anything, she will face her death eventually, but she got a chance to go and have a bit of fun before that - and she took that chance.
And the Doctor forgetting her - it was the only way for him to move on, because he got so co-dependent it was literally destroying him. Clara was affected terribly too, but she's not as broken as the Doctor, she's not as sad and as old, and humans are better at moving on - Clara will find strength in herself to remember the Doctor and enjoy herself, so this forgetting deal is a lot better this way.