"When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.” - C.S. Lewis
This is the tricky one for me. Capaldi is more my vision for the Doctor, but he needs to stop going on about Clara's looks. And Tennant's era is my absolute favourite, let down only by the Series 2 double-terrors of L&M and FH. Oooo, this is hard. Maybe after Series 9 I might be able to give it to Capaldi, but for now, Tennant wins it for me.
1 day, 9 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #4
I agree on 11. I feel like as his era went on he became more a parody of himself, and many of his gimmicks ("... are cool" "fish custard" etc.) grew tiresome quickly.
2 days, 9 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #3
Even if I hadn't watched Dalek and hour ago this would still be an easy decision. Eccleston rules supreme.
"I could hardly keep calling myself the Master, now could I?"
"And on that BOMBSHELL... goodnight!"
2 weeks, 2 days ago on 5 Candidates for the 13th Doctor
I think my greatest dispute here is Father's Day coming in at only 7.5/10. It's worthy of being in the top 20.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on All 117 Episodes of the Revival Ranked By You
Entirely predictable. To The Waters of Mars, Midnight, Utopia and The End of Time, far superior offerings which inevitably slipped under the radar, I offer my personal congratulations for being such excellent examples of what the new series has to offer. To Blink I say congratulations for making it this far, but please, let's stop it in its tracks as it should've been many rounds ago. And to The Day of the Doctor, I give my vote. It may not be my favourite ever episode, but it'd be a worthy winner, and I hope it manages to take the crown that Blink has never truly deserved.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Revival Face-Off: The Grand Final
I know Blink is going to win, which is sad, but at least the very deserving Human Nature/The Family of Blood will have at least one vote. The Day of the Doctor takes my other vote, and looking at this selection I might actually dare to suggest it is the best (Human Nature might just beat it depending on how I feel, and assuming HN actually makes it to the finale (it won't happen). Against Blink I'd vote without needing to consider).
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Semi-Final #2
The Waters of Mars and The Eleventh Hour get my vote.
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Vincent and the Doctor, The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon, The Day of the Doctor.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Moffat Era Triple
Huh, just realised. Midnight sees the Doctor watch as humans go too far, and The Waters of Mars sees some humans watch as the Doctor goes too far. Nice little counterbalance there.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Revival Face-Off: RTD Era Triple
All of these episodes are 9 or 10 out of 10, but The Empty Child, Human Nature and Midnight all win this one, although I'd be happy with a victory for The Waters of Mars or The Parting of the Ways too (Not so much Blink because I find it quite overrated, and it'd be nice to see it knocked out and have another episode win for once)
Dark Water is easily Day's equal, but Death in Heaven lets it down.
4 weeks ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #12
As interesting as Listen was, it was more an interesting one-off experiment which just felt a little bit off to me. Mummy on the Orient Express played it much more safe, and was all the better for it, coming across as a fantastic blend of RTD and Hinchcliffe/Holmes, my two favourite eras.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #11
Both are a tad overrated, but Flatline is at least a successful filler as opposed to a disappointing finale.
1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #10
A Good Man Goes to War just wins it, due to the fact Day of the Moon slightly lets down its first part.
1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #9
The Doctor's Wife. Very narrowly (and I didn't expect to say that about one of the Moff era polls).
1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #8
Turn Left, despite being a good episodes, is for me the weakest link in Series 4. Midnight, on the other hand, is its crowning glory. I think I've already pontificated at length about my adoration for this episode, so I shan't bore you with more love, but I will offer one, small reason for why I hold this episode so dear:
"Warning, some products may contain nuts."
"That'll be the peanuts."
1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #7
Blink is excellent, but Forest of the Dead is perhaps Moffat's greatest ever script.
1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #4
This is just cruel. I think TWOM might JUST edge it, but blimey, both are amazing.
1 month, 1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #3
I didn't post on yesterday's either, so here's the lot:
1 month, 1 week ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 4
Similar issue with the Ponds, although it happened less often with them.
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Time Heist 8
The Caretaker 8
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I didn't post my ratings for yesterday either, so here's all 6:
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And then brutally snogging him...in that body.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Master Plan? The Mysteries of Missy
Hopefully the next one'll be bi. ;)
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Missy Back in Two-Part Series 9 Opener
After is stellar work last series they may give him the finale. =D
Episodes 1 and 2 and episodes 3 and 4 are both two parters, so it's a logical conclusion.
1979, so closer to being 30-something years ago than 40-something years ago. Specifically it was 36.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 3
With the possible returns of the Sisterhood of Karn and the Shadow Proclamation too...
It's the sort of thing she'd do.
What if Missy's companion....is Clara? O__________________O
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 2
I was beginning to think I might be the only one who loved the psycho Master.
2 months ago on Rank the Revival: 2009-10 Specials
Waters 10 (up until recently it held the place of my favourite ever episode for many years (probably since I started considering the question), but has since been relegated to second place by Midnight)
End P1 9
End P2 10
Overall, RTD's era is fabulously strong, with all but 3 episodes (Aliens of London, Love and Monsters and Fear Her) scoring 7/10 or more. When we move onto rating Moffat's era you may notice my ratings becoming slightly more...varied.
1. Pete and Jackie
2. John and Joan
3. Doctor and TARDIS
4. Jack and Ianto
5. Vastra and Jenny
6. Ten and Rose
7. Clyde and Rani
8. Ten and Reinette
9. Amy and Rory
10. Jo and Cliff
Special mention to One and Cameca, Ian and Barbara, Owen and Tosh and Martha's unrequited love for Ten, which I've discounted as it's not strictly speaking a relationship, although if it was it'd shoot straight to the top. Also Two and Jamie, because we all know it was there. ;)
2 months ago on Top 10 Whoniverse Couples
I haven't commented much on these polls, but now that we've come to my favourite ever episode, I feel compelled to share a few thoughts.
Way back towards the start of Season 1, the production team found themselves in a tight squeeze. They needed to make a two-part serial with next to no budget, nothing more than the TARDIS set and the four main actors. The product is an excellent psychological horror, and one of the best Hartnell era stories. It also served to show that in the world of Doctor Who, barely any budget and a tonne of pressure can produce wonders. When a Series 4 story got cancelled, RTD found himself proving that maxim once again, to even greater effect. Again, a psychological horror based almost entirely in one set, however Midnight has a slightly larger cast than The Edge of Destruction, and a far more interesting pay-off. No daft explanations involving switches here, in fact, barely an explanation at all. Which is the beauty of it. The mystery surrounding the entity which terrorises the passengers of the Crusader 50 is part of what makes this episode so compelling, and has led to such wide fan-speculation, from Sky's ex-lover to Satan himself, and means it is a story which will always be discussed. The dialogue is exquisite, a never-ending spiral of events falling out of control, of the Doctor digging a deeper and deeper hole of himself, and of the true nature of each and every passenger slowly coming to light. The cynical portrayal of humanity is unsettling, as when the characters are first introduced they are so very relatable. The Cane family seem for all the world perfectly ordinary, but as the episode goes along we see Val's callous, manipulative side, Biff's thuggish way of protecting his family and Jethro's cowardice as he quells to the will of his parents (although he still comes of looking the best out of most of the people on the bus). Professor Hobbes seems for all the world like a nice, amusing old duffer, the sort of character who's a little frustrating but also endearing. But then he also helps Biff in his attempt to throw the Doctor out, and his just as ruthless as the others as he questions and quizzes the Doctor. DeeDee and the Hostess are interesting, because while everyone else turns more and more sour as the story goes along, they start the most ruthless, but in the end they struggle to protect the Doctor and stop the dreadful act that their fellows are about to commit. At the 20/25 minute mark no one would've expected the Hostess to be the one who would make the ultimate sacrifice in the name of the Doctor, which is actually rather optimistic. Just as some people may hide a darker side, some are capable of having an inner bravery and kindness which doesn't always appear immediately. But the person this episode really belongs to his David Tennant's Doctor. He is always excellent, but here is at his absolute best, as finally, he is beaten. The entity need not have paralysed him, he was powerless from the moment he and the others started arguing. Because from them on, every word he says is poisoning himself against them. The fact that this episode consists largely of people talking/shouting at each other makes the fact it is utterly compelling viewing all the more impressive, and just goes to show what a master of dialogue Russell T Davies is. As a final point, the CGI used to create Midnight is splendid. But that really is just the cherry on the already delicious cake.
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