"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
1 day, 11 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 3
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I didn't post my ratings for yesterday either, so here's all 6:
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1 week ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 2
And then brutally snogging him...in that body.
1 week, 1 day ago on Master Plan? The Mysteries of Missy
Hopefully the next one'll be bi. ;)
1 week, 3 days 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 week, 3 days 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 week, 4 days 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 weeks 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 weeks 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.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2008 Part 3
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Dalek 9/10, Game 8/10, Father 10/10, Child 9/10, Dances 9/10.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2005 Part 2
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None of these were my votes, but the last three were my second choices (kinda obvious for the last one I guess) and Listen has a pretty good opening sequence.
1 month ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 4)
Same, although it's a shame Series 6 couldn't get the recognition it deserved.
I'm going to see which episodes got the highest number of votes from me:
Capaldi: (All episodes)
Gomez: Dark Water, Death in Heaven
Skinner: Mummy on the Orient Express
Norris: Kill the Moon
Missy: (Same as Gomez)
Daleks: Into the Dalek
Foretold: Mummy on the Orient Express
Mackinnon: Listen, Time Heist, Flatline
Mathieson: Mummy on the Orient Express, Flatline
Series 6: N/A
Gomez: (See above)
So, my rankings of episodes by number of votes:
Dark Water - 5
Time Heist - 4
Mummy on the Orient Express - 4
Death in Heaven - 4
Flatline - 3
Into the Dalek - 2
Listen - 2
Kill the Moon - 2
Deep Breath - 1
Robot of Sherwood - 1
The Caretaker - 1
In the Forest of the Night - 1
Last Christmas - 1
1 month ago on Best of 2014 Awards 1-15: Last chance to vote
But he dug 23 wells! 23!
1 month ago on The 12 Best Written Moffat Characters
If I tried to make a list myself I'd doubtless miss a few, so just ranking the one's you've listed: 1. Missy 2. Twelfth Doctor 3. War Doctor 4. Sally Sparrow 5. Reinette 6. Octavian 7. Clara 8. Rory 9. Nancy 10. Eleventh Doctor 11. Amy 12. River
I guess another key difference is that Samuel is 99% certain to be kept in Series 8. It might be his debut, but it was also his swansong. Capaldi and Gomez on the other hand have a lot of life left in them.
1 month, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #15: Outstanding Debut
Both of these actors so perfectly encompassed their characters. Every movement, every line, every expression, they handled their parts with enviable capability. Their chemistry together was similarly superb, and this is a really tough choice. But, I think I'm going to vote for Gomez. For me, Capaldi actually had an easy job, following on from Matt Smith, as I never liked him that much so it was no surprise how great an improvement he was. But for Michelle Gomez to come equal to John Simm, by far my favourite Master and one of my favourite villains in TV and film, that is a much more significant achievement. She had a much tougher act to follow, and she shone all the more for it.
This is evil. This is pure evil.
I think Series 6 still holds this for me. Overall: 1. Series 6 8/10 2. Series 8 8/10 3. Series 5 8/10 4. Series 7 7/10
1 month, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #14: Moffat Series
My full rankings: 1. Mummy 10/10 2. Listen 10/10 3. Dalek 9.5/10 4. Water/Heaven 9/10 5. Breath 8.5/10 6. Caretaker 8.5/10 7. Robot 8/10 8. Heist 8/10 9. Flatline 7.5/10 10. Christmas 7/10 11. Moon 6.5/10 12. Forest 5.5/10
1 month, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #13: TV Story
Shame Dark Water and Death in Heaven have been put together, otherwise it'd be an easy win for Dark Water. As it is, Mummy gets my vote.
1. Dark Water 10/10 2. Mummy on the Orient Express 9.5/10 3. Time Heist 9/10 4. Flatline 9/10 5. Kill the Moon 8.5/10 6. Into the Dalek 8/10 7. Listen 7.5/10 8. Deep Breath 7.5/10 9. In the Forest of the Night 7/10 10. Robot of Sherwood 7/10 11. The Caretaker 6.5/10 12. Last Christmas 6/10 13. Death in Heaven 3/10 (A cheap, tacky and to be honest, pathetic trick, Moffat can do so much better than that)
1 month, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #12: Pre-Title Sequence
They'd be at least a tad interesting if they used ice based weapons instead of more lasers.
1 month, 1 week ago on On Thin Ice: The Future of the Ice Warriors
Discounting co-writes: 1. Mathieson 9/10 2. Moffat 9/10 3. Gatiss 8/10 4. Harness 7/10 5. Cotrell-Bryce 5.5/10
1 month, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #11: Writer
It's either Clara or another old friend (Kate?), but that wouldn't have nearly the same impact. Plus it'd be sort of funny. Missy wanted to give the Doctor a control-freak, she never guessed how far it'd go.
1 month, 1 week ago on Speculating on Series 9’s Big Cliffhanger (Part 1)
That awkward moment when it's just the Underworld Part Three cliffhanger redone for modern audiences.
Missy's doing her thing, revealing her plan to the Doctor, telling him how it's all too late etc. etc. And he mentions events he realises must have been part of her plan all along, and she's completely confused. She hasn't done X, Y and Z (Not thought of the specifics), suddenly the Doctor's thinking "Who could it be?", and then BANG! Clara reveals she's been manipulating the Doctor all along, and in the finale the Doctor and Missy must work together to bring her down. That'd be a twist.
Best pre-titles sequence?
1 month, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #1-10 Recap
Best writer and best episode? What on Earth could the other ones be...