"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
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
14 hours, 22 minutes ago on Best of 2014 Awards 1-15: Last chance to vote
But he dug 23 wells! 23!
23 hours, 13 minutes 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
23 hours, 15 minutes ago on The 12 Best Written Moffat Characters
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 day, 13 hours 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.
1 day, 14 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards #15: Outstanding Debut
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
2 days, 13 hours 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
3 days, 15 hours 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)
4 days, 12 hours 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.
5 days, 11 hours 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
5 days, 14 hours 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 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 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #1-10 Recap
Best writer and best episode? What on Earth could the other ones be...
Sounds about right.
Looking at this I can tell that a) I seem to have a preference for the over 40s actors and b) I thought that Time Heist was technically brilliant (although the actual episode sits somewhere in the middle of my Series 8 rankings, number 7 if I remember correctly).
My picks so far: Peter Capaldi, Michelle Gomez, Frank Skinner, Hermione Norris, Missy, Daleks, Foretold, Time Heist, Time Heist, Douglas Mackinnon.
1. Douglas Mackinon - a trio of excellently directed episodes, each showing off a cool and distinctive style 2. Rachel Talalay - Dark Water and Death in Heaven just looked wonderful, and the Cyberman reveal was brilliantly done 3. Ben Wheatley - Deep Breath had great flair (particularly in the titulat breathing scene) and Into the Dalek had some nice shots too 4. Paul Whilmshurst - Mummy was beautiful, but Kill the Moon was clumsy and Last Christmas was a tad bland 5. Paul Murphy - Nothing incredibly memorable, but solid direction for each 6. Sheree Folkson - I pity her, as she had such dire material to work with, but nonetheless, the direction was lacklustre and unmemorable
1 week, 1 day ago on Best of 2014 Awards #10: Director
Tense, slick, stylish... I'm going for perhaps an unusual one here, but I have to vote for Time heist.
1 week, 2 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #9: Music
Toby Whithouse! Non-finale two-parter! Creepy episode! I don't know anything about the guest cast, but they all sound diverse and talented.
1 week, 3 days ago on Toby Whithouse Two-parter Confirmed for Series 9
The fact that the Giant Spiders from the 70s looked better than the ones in 2014 is also a bit of a problem.
1 week, 4 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #7: New Monster
The Beast. For a series finale, preferably. But there's more than just one, IMO. The writers have wasted the grand pantheon of villains that the New Series has built up, always going back to the Daleks and Cybermen.
1. The Mummy (chilling, brilliantly designed, excellent idea, and the concept behind its existence is a good one)2. The Listen Entity (assuming it existed, very chilling) 3. The Teller (Brilliant idea, although more "Don't..." monsters? Really? Also, the design was excellent) 4. The Kantafari (Cool looking things, the dream thing is fun, but they're nothing brilliant) 5. The Boneless (Awesome idea (although I'm told it's entirely scientifically inaccurate in every respect), but they look like something from Welcome to Hogwarts) 6. Robot Knights (Canon fodder, but cool looking, and not actively bad like the final two entries) 7. Spider germs (Giant spiders! On the Moon! What could go wrong? Well, dodgy CGI, questionable science and underuse all come to mind) 8. Skovox Blitzer (It was terrible, but in its defence the episode was so character-led it wasn't too important. The Skovox is still terrible though)
To be honest, I hated Matt Smith's performance as Mr Clever. If anything, Nightmare in Silver was the weakest performance he gave in his entire era, so in my mind Gaiman failed there to.
1 week, 4 days ago on Neil Gaiman on Nightmare in Silver Reception
1. Daleks 2. Clockwork Droids 3. Cybermen (Nothing more than Missy's footsoldiers, and they spend much of the finale either sitting around doing nothing in Part 1 or standing around doing nothing in Part 2. The attack on the plane was their only impressive moment, and even that was being so totally owned by Missy that no one really cared. But the idea of converting all the dead into Cybermen is an interesting move, albeit better off as a one-time thing.)
1 week, 5 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #6: Returning Monster
Capaldi, Gomez, Skinner, Norris and Missy.
2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #1-5 Recap
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Best of 2014 Awards #5: Best Villain
Easy one, definitely Missy. But the others are all very strong too: 1. Missy 2. Seb 3. Gus 4. Half-Face 5. Miss Delphox 6. Sheriff
Not a stunning list to be honest, although I guess the stunning talent of Coleman, Gomez and McIntosh being on the recurring/main polls means this ends up looking a little lacklustre. In the end I went for Hermione Norris (Not the best writing, but great performance). My overall list: 1. Lundvik 2. Maisie 3. Delphox 4. Shona 5. Maebh 6. Journey 7. Ashley 8. Bellows 9. Saibra 10. Gretchen 11. Ruby
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #4: Female Guest Actor
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://whyiloveseries.weebly.com/
The Simm Master. John Simm's birthday is the 10th of July, I could have the article done, by the end of February.
Oops, forgot Rupert Pink, he'd slot into 14th place (marking the point where great performances became meh performances (counting as one of the great ones, of course)).
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #3: Male Guest Actor
Had to go for Frank Skinner, such a lovely portrayal of Perkins. No one here stands out as bad, some were just less remarkable than others. My full ranking: 1. Perkins 2. Gus 3. Santa 4. Captain Quell 5. Sherrif 6. Rigsy 7. Psi 8. Wolf 9. Dr Chang 10. Professor Moorhouse 11. Rusty 12. Robin Hood 13. Half-Face 14. Fenton 15. Professor Albert 16. Adrian 17. Morgan Blue
As much as I adore Vastra and think Neve McIntosh is the second most talented Scottish actress in the show (sozzas Karen), Michelle Gomez came so remarkably close in surpassing John Simm, whose Master is my favourite villain in the entire show, that I must give this vote to her. The full order for me is: 1. Gomez 2. McIntosh 3. Addison 4. Redgrave 5. Stewart 6. Oliver 7. Anderson 8. Starkey 9. George
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Best of 2014 #2: Recurring Actor
I hope to God Sarah Lancashire wins the best drama performance. I preferred Peter to her, but she was the definite second last year, Happy Valley was a sumptuously good programme, and she was its crowning jewel. But a part of me knows the hordes of Sherlock fans will vote for Cumberbatch. Shame.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor Who Battles Sherlock in National Television Awards
Jenna Coleman is vastly talented, a truly fantastic actress who was finally able to show her skill thanks to much improved writing. But Capaldi is too good for words. Every word he utters is perfect, so it has to go to him.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #1: Lead Actor
My rankings (apologies for poor formatting): 1. The End of Time Part 1 9.5/10 2. The Christmas Invasion 9/10 3. The Time of the Doctor 8.5/10 4. A Christmas Carol 8.5/10 5. The Next Doctor 8/10 6. The Snowmen 8/10 7. The Runaway Bride 8/10 8. Last Christmas 7.5/10 9. Voyage of the Damned 7/10 10. The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe 6.5/10
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Festive Face-Off 2014 Winner
My ideal companions: A middle-aged woman in an unhappy marriage who travels with the Doctor during the day to get a sense of adventure, but still returns home for her children. Preferably played by Olivia Coleman. A young gay guy with homophobic parents who runs away from home and ends up with the Doctor. Preferably played by a young unknown actor. Sure, these two characters are from the modern day, but at least they're different to the young woman norm. Also an alien woman, some sort of assassin probably, someone who the Doctor tries to change for the better.
1 month, 1 week ago on 4 Different Types of Companions Doctor Who Should Consider
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1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
I think this is the first time all the polls in a quartet have been definite landslides.
Heh, have fun with the first one:
Carol vs The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon
Curse of the
Black Spot vs The Doctor’s Wife
Flesh/The Almost People vs A Good Man Goes to War
Hitler vs Night Terrors
The New Earth one is one of the better Tardisodes, but even it isn't exactly excellent.
Victory of the
Daleks vs The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone
The Vampires of
Venice vs Amy’s Choice
Earth/Cold Blood vs Vincent and the Doctor
The Lodger vs
The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang
This poll is now closed
I'll give you a line to do what you want with: "We even have a bit of a love life" - Ursula Blake, Love and Monsters
After a whole day of procrastinating I've finally realised that not having chat means I can get some work done.
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe for it's sheer blandness.