Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock Review

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Kurt Cristal:
"Curse if the Black Spot" wasn't so bad. Anyone remember "Love and Monsters"? That sound is you cringing from me reminding you that that episode exists.

"Love and Monsters" was so interesting at first...but then they kept going to the guy randomly dancing to ELO for no reason, and then they tried to keep the love story going even though the interest was stuck in the ground (setting up the worst sex joke of all time). That has to be the worst episode I saw from the show.

I actually have only gotten to season 4 so far (I just got into the show on netflix), so I haven't seen Curse of the Black Spot. Tell me about its horribleness in advance, if you would be so kind.

saintdane05:
How come there has never been a good Doctor Who videogame? Like, ever?

Well, the whole show relies on the Doctor being this supremely smart being who can solve everything with techno-babble,wiring, and an advanced understanding of things humans don't usually know about. I can see how that would be hard to translate into an easily playable game, but turning the whole thing into a platformer? That's just kind of lazy.

Vegan_Doodler:

La Kias:
The Time War could make an excellent game.

Actually that could work, they wouldn't have to try and tie into any current cannon and as a result the story could carry a lot more weight. The gameplay could be a lot more action oriented seeing as we already know the the Doctor was a soldier and that he got up to some pretty nasty stuff. There could be a slew of new characters and creatures, and the doctor wouldn't nesaseraly need a companion and thus the game wouldn't be an extended escort mission or protect the NPC mission.

IRBaboon:
I think a Dr Who game could work if it was based more around the universe than the Dr. himself, I'm thinking like an episodic game where you play a short segment of a characters life in relationship to a big event. Dr who baddies have this thing where they usually have one good guy among them, in the game you play that good guy and help the Dr. The game would involve the Dr. but you wouldn't be him

I'm going to be honest, I wrote it a few years back, a game idea for the time war in which the player takes control of a Time Lord agent other than the Doctor. The design would have seen a mixture of stealth, cover based shooting and jak 3 style abilities (with lore to back them up) that would see the agent fighting in the dying days of the time war. But of course the BBC don't take unsolicited ideas.

Since I have now finished my second year of a games design course and still, even now, it is an idea that I can see just works, and with the recent shake up at BBC worldwide, maybe its time, even as a fools errand, to give it another push.

the reason I made a point of mentioning lore here is because that was the best bit of eternity clock, River's diary, and its what all the other games don't have, it adds to the universe. The game itself gives nothing but that little set of collectibles was great. They don't seem to understad that the universe has too many unanswered questions that can and should be answered for those who want answers before they make new spin-off media. For example, that woman in the end of time, I'd like to think its Romana but at this rate we'll never know.

008Zulu:

mcnally86:
Why do people hate love and monsters? I liked it I thought it was important the way the show had these horrible cheesy monsters against regular joes. Sure the DR makes an absorbalfv seem silly and useless but it pretty much eats anyone when he isn't around.

It doesn't add anything new or recurring to the overall Doctor Who story.

Something has to be enjoyable? Anyway, the absorbaloft was new. And so where all the characters.

Something reoccurring is the fact that bad things happen to people who look for the DR.

So it does both.

mcnally86:
Something has to be enjoyable? Anyway, the absorbaloft was new. And so where all the characters.

Something reoccurring is the fact that bad things happen to people who look for the DR.

So it does both.

Well yeah it has to be enjoyable. Otherwise, whats the point in watching it?

008Zulu:

mcnally86:
Something has to be enjoyable?

Well yeah it has to be enjoyable. Otherwise, whats the point in watching it?

Sorry I type that late at night. I ment to say, "it has to be have those things to be enjoyable?"

I don't think every new episode of a show has to introduce a new character or rule.

mcnally86:
I don't think every new episode of a show has to introduce a new character or rule.

Since the new series isn't following the serialized format of the eps of old (half a dozen or so eps tied to make an overall story) and moved to the single ep story with an overall branching story for that particular series (not a fan of this as the "overall" story has very little attention paid to it, 3 or 4 out of 12 eps).

Love & Monsters doesn't feel as if its contributing to the overall theme established for Series 2, a lot of eps really don't add to their respective series, but the difference between those is that L & M doesn't feel like a Doctor Who episode.

I don't know why everyone hates "Black Spot" so much. It wasn't a GOOD episode or anything, but I have seen much, MUCH worse.

Anyway, yeah...That's pretty much exactly what I expected. Not much more to say about it.

Kurt Cristal:
"Curse if the Black Spot" wasn't so bad. Anyone remember "Love and Monsters"? That sound is you cringing from me reminding you that that episode exists.

I feel like I have to quote you just to demonstrate the power of that episode. It's like that part in Lord of the Rings when Gandalf says something in the Black Speech of Mordor and the sun goes dark. "Love and Monsters" is probably Black Speech for "Horribleness".

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