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I can find something to love in all of those stories.
The Long Game, for example, I think features fantastic performances by Simon Pegg and Tamsin Greig. I also think The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe is a very feel good story and I believe In the Forest of the Night would have made a decent short story, perfect as an eBook in the Time Trips or Doctor series'.
I think the average scores are interesting, they're a bit more critical than the polls DWM does [though I think it's fair to say that is more 'definitive' than this fan site - not a criticism], but the worst story boils down to just under average. That is superb for a show spanning more than 50 years where it offers something new each week. Utterly astounding.
1 day, 8 hours ago on The Bottom 10 TV Stories of the Decade
A tad disappointed that there isn't a War Doctor cover. I sort of understand DWM's logic, but he is a brand new incarnation created in the past 10 years, regardless of timeline placement.
It'll all about what's inside the mag I suppose!
2 days, 4 hours ago on DWM #485: The Trip Of A Lifetime
There's some fantastic work here, I really love the Twelfth Doctor inside the many console rooms; I bet Peter Capaldi loved filming that!
Perhaps it's me just being petty, but I do bet a bit miffed when the War Doctor is omitted from artwork. Obviously it is down to the individual artist, but if it was an official piece of merchandise, I personally wouldn't purchase if an incarnation was left out.
6 days, 5 hours ago on Weird and Wonderful
This is all reliant on taking the many ages the Doctor provides as gospel truth...
1 week ago on Wearing A Bit Thin: A Theory on Time Lord Ageing
I for one am looking forward to seeing what Mark produces.
2 weeks ago on Mark Gatiss Penning “Scary” Series 9 Episode
Glad to see the costume is staying as I really like it. I was wondering if the coat would have gone from a Crombie product to something made in-house, allowing BBC Worldwide to sell replica jackets, much like the Eleventh Doctor's jackets and coats from A Christmas Carol onwards.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Series 9 Filming: Capaldi on Set
My major problem with the Sixth Doctor's era is the 45 minute format. A great concept but it was something that I felt was quite clear the production crew didn't know how to handle. It often ended up with most stories bordering on Doctor-lite territory!
I really like The Trial of a Time Lord, but I always found the inclusion of The Master in addition to The Valeyard strange. Personally, I think the Valeyard should have been revealed as the Master. It would have been a dark and cunning plot for the Master and perhaps one of the character's best. I'm not saying that Jayston should have replaced Ainley, but having a multi-Master story would have certainly been interesting, particularly if Jayston was a future incarnation we'd never witnessed before.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Colin Baker: Re-trial of a Time Lord
Probably episodes 1 and 2 will be filmed next. Two single Moffat stories.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Moffat Confirms His Next Two Stories for Series 9
Into the Dalek gets my vote. The opening sequence is absolutely stunning and the many pieces of modelwork in the story are very well done, particularly those seamlessly integrated into existing live action footage.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #8: Visual Effects
Great stuff. I think School Reunion and The God Complex are classics, A Town Called Mercy solid and Vampires of Venice bloody good fun. Looking forward to Toby's two parter and the guest cast looks terrific.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Toby Whithouse Two-parter Confirmed for Series 9
I went with The Foretold myself, but I loved all of the monsters in the latest series. A great bunch that I'm sure a generation of kids will have fond memories of.
I think the Skovox Blitzer is an utterly fascinating concept and the brief information mentioned about it in The Caretaker will no doubt stick in the minds of kids when they're playing with their action figures. A lot of untapped potential to explore.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #7: New Monster
I'm happy to have Clara for a full series and I'm happy to have her for just half a series.
I personally have a feeling she will stay on board for the first half, and maybe some of the second half, but will depart before the grand finale. Perhaps followed by a three or four part story involving the recovery of Gallifrey? Something nice and low key where the Doctor tells Clara that he has to go over a cuppa. I suspect that would also become Moffat's swansong.
Time will tell, it always does!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Is Clara Really in All of Series 9?
@IrishPenmanship @Randark Last Christmas marked the tenth consecutive Doctor Who Christmas special; not even Del and Rodney managed that!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on When Is the Best Time to Watch Doctor Who?
Personally, I really liked the August - November run that the latest series had. If the budget and time allowed for it, I'd be inclined to instate an Easter special in addition to the annual Christmas one. That way you would have something to break up the wait a little bit, much like the Christmas specials used to when the series started during the spring.
As always with such things, there's a very small minority who happen to be very vocal. This extends to many fandoms, not just Doctor Who.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Are you happy with Clara staying on? Poll Results
The Doctor is a character that has gone through an entire regeneration cycle as a white British male, and this has continued to the start of his second cycle. I do think the Doctor is a completely different kettle of fish to the Master, who is a character that is cold, calculating and downright insane. The Master is a character who will do absolutely anything to avoid death, as demonstrated in The Deadly Assassin, The Keeper of Traken and The TV Movie off the top of my head. The character has also only had one on screen regeneration so we aren't fully aware if the Master can indeed regenerate into different sexes, or if the character took on yet another body swap and became Gomez.
Story wise, I am against the Doctor changing gender, but I am all for the likes of the Master, Rani, etc. In reality, however, I don't think I care enough to be for or against a female Doctor.
3 months ago on Female Doctor Poll Results & A Case For
For story reasons I'm absolutely against it (after all, the Doctor has gone through an entire regeneration cycle as a white British male and this has carried on through the start of his second cycle). In terms of behind the scenes reasons, then whoever the best person for the job should get the role. All in all, I'm not sure I care too much either way.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Poll: A Female Doctor
“if your kids have activities on a Sunday morning where all the other kids are talking about last night’s Doctor Who”.What's the problem? If the other kids watch Doctor Who then why can't his own? Ludicrous comment.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Is A “Ratings Flop” (Apparently)
I'm not sure if the exclusion of John Hurt quite stands up. Many people will have watched The Day of the Doctor as their very first Doctor Who story, so I don't see what would stop any viewers from treating John as *their* Doctor. Of course, very few people would vote John as *their* Doctor, but I think it's a sweeping assumption to not include him. *My* Doctor is David Tennant and I knew that from my very first story, Tooth & Claw, and I became a fan from that episode alone. I'd imagine there's someone out there who would treat John Hurt as the same.
4 months ago on From 1-12: Who is YOUR Doctor?
I'm always amused when people cite that fandom has been "split" or "divided". It never is, it's always the overwhelming majority being positive and a vocal minority slating the show. It happens all the time, with each Doctor, companion, story, series, etc. This is the same vocal minority of "fans" who slated the likes of Genesis of the Daleks and The Deadly Assassin when they were broadcast originally.
4 months, 1 week ago on With a Doctor this Dark, Who Needs Enemies?
@Regenerated Catterson hails CyberBrig And the Dalek cameo in The Waters of Mars in 2009.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat: Daleks Are Not A Contractual Obligation
Yes, I am very happy to see Missy as The Master. A great performance by Michelle Gomez, that I have no doubt will continue until next week at the very least. We are talking about a character that is desperate to avoid death and has been trying to avoid it since the seventies. From reducing oneself to what is essentially a face of bacon and eggs, to taking on the form of Tremas, becoming a snake and then taking on another body and being resurrected by a ring and potion among other things. The Master is so insane and desperate to keep hold on their life that it doesn't seem remotely unrealistic or controversial to see the character as a woman. We have yet to see if this is Simm's incarnation taking on the form of Missy, or if it is a genuine regeneration. We have only ever seen one regeneration of The Master in the show, and that is from Jacobi to Simm, so it doesn't seem out of the realms of possibility that the character would regenerate into a woman. A completely different kettle of fish to our beloved Doctor.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Poll: The Missy Reveal
Vincent and the Doctor, The Doctor's Wife, The God Complex, Hide and The Day of the Doctor for me. An astounding Doctor, with an equally astounding era IMO. Happy Birthday Matt!
5 months ago on The Eleventh Doctor: Five Favourites
It makes me smile that The Time of the Doctor was episode 800, which coincides nicely with S8, so each episode could be 8.01, 8.02 or 801, 802, etc.
9 months ago on Series 8: The Almost Complete Line-Up
@Lemonhead118 I have mentioned that on the site before. I would have absolutely no objection if Peter was to write or direct (I'm not sure about both at the same time, but I couldn't judge) as well as starring, whether it'd be a full on Doctor story or a Doctor-lite. It would only be like, say, Bryan Cranston directing the odd Breaking Bad episode.
If you're after one for The War Doctor, then the scene in The Day of the Doctor after they've all frozen Gallifrey is a prime example. Just having a nice sit down and a cup of tea. Blissful.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on 11 Doctor Who Instances When It Was Just… Blissful
A two part finale is fine by me. I'd rather a format of 10x60 minute episodes rather than 13x45 (though in an ideal world it'd be 13x60!), much like The Musketeers, but a 60 minute or two part finale is the best course, I think. I say that as a big fan of The Name of the Doctor, but that is just the beginning of a trilogy (or quadrilogy if you wish to include Name), as well as being a standalone in its own right. Anyway, I'm looking forward to a great combination of a great cast, great writer and great director, two part or otherwise.
10 months ago on Two-Part Finale for Series 8
It'd be interesting if the final two episodes of the main run of the series were one story, but ended on a cliffhanger that would last a month and conclude in the Christmas special. It'd be a 13 part series, including the Christmas episode, and would be a trilogy finale. If, for example, the show began the 23rd or 30th August, then it'd finish at the end of November, leaving a month before the Christmas special. If that November episode ended on a cliffhanger, then it'd build up some hype. I do think that we'll begin to see Easter specials starting from next year, briding the gap that the Christmas special once did. The Christmas special could then either be a nice standalone adventure or conclude the series.
"Has The Caves of Androzani finally been beaten as the ultimate regeneration story? Not really if we’re honest. Just because the story has a regeneration doesn’t really make it a ‘regeneration story’."
Erm, what's the point in doing these "in-depth analysis" if you're just going to alter the facts to suit your personal opinion? The Day of the Doctor features a regeneration of the Doctor. It is a regeneration story. The story beat The Caves of Androzani in the poll. The Day of the Doctor has beaten The Caves of Androzani as the "ultimate regeneration story".
Like it or lump it, it's as simple as that, but please don't alter the facts to suit your personal opinion. It just defeats the purpose of the poll and your analysis.
10 months ago on Analysing The Top Doctor Who Stories (DWM 2014)
DUGGAN! Astrid would've been awesome too. The list goes on and on.
10 months, 1 week ago on 5 Could Have Been Companions
So? It's completely irrelevant. The people who post comments here don't represent a majority, they're not the general consensus. The Time of the Doctor is well loved by the majority, much like most Doctor Who stories that broadcast, but there's always a vocal minority who try to make their voices heard and come off as a majority. That's what you're doing, but let it be known that you are very much an insignificant minority.
As for "Smith/Tennant fanboys/girls" and "classic series oldies", don't make me laugh. A complete sweeping statement and an insulting one to boot. Categorising fans into two categories? Whatever happened to simply being a Doctor Who fan? There are no divides between "classic" and "new". If someone happens to particularly like the David Tennant or Matt Smith era, then so what? They're still fans of Doctor Who.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on An Opinion Divided: The Time of the Doctor
It's not a love / hate story. It's a well loved story with a vocal minority who go on and on and on and have been for the past five months.
I grow tired of the demand for female writers and directors. What difference does the sex of someone make? If they do a poor job, then they do a poor job. If they do a terrific job, then they do a terrific job. Anyway, it's nice to see Rachel on board, she's a great director.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Rachel Talalay Directing Series 8
I suspect Big Finish will gain access to make stories from the Eighth Doctor (near the end of his life) - Eleventh when the licence comes up for renewal in 2016. There is no classic and new anymore, The Night of the Doctor firmly got rid of that awful divide. It's all one show. Merchandise typically splits the show up into heritage and current now. The former is Doctors 1-11 and the latter is 12. That's a great concept and doesn't conflict with the era that is currently being crafted for our new Doctor.
As for Big Finish doing stories featuring War - 11? Well you'll get David, Billie, Freema, Catherine, Matt, Karen, Arthur and Jenna with ease, I suspect, but it won't be long before it turns into Nicholas Briggs writing and directing the majority, Daleks galore and just utter fan rubbish. The Tenth Doctor meets Jamie McCrimmon, etc.
Being given access to four new Doctors would be the kick Big Finish need to breathe life into their existing main range and consult their Doctor Who licence as a whole. However, I fear Big Finish will carry on in their current ways, albeit with four new Doctors. A shame.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Is it Time to Give Big Finish the New Who Licence?
You have to bear in mind that many of these big actors accept small roles because it fits in their schedule fine and it adds a big show like Doctor Who to the CV as well as appealing to any young relatives they may have. Chances are it's having them for smaller roles or not having them at all.
11 months ago on 10 Misused Actors in Doctor Who
@Bert_Macklin He has done a glorious trilogy of steampunk adventures set in Victorian England called Newbury & Hobbes. Doctor Who wise, George has done a couple of short stories for Big Finish's Short Trips range, a novel a couple of years ago called Paradox Lost and he penned the Auton story in the recent Tales of Trenzalore book. He is a brilliant writer, rest assured.
11 months ago on The War Doctor Returns in “Engines of War”
@Creepy_Ghoul @Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh It might be a man, a robot or something else for all we know! I suspect we will end up dying though and it will be the cause for the Doctor to decide to steal The Moment and finally end the Time War, given that the novel is set prior to the events of The Day of the Doctor.
Really looking forward to this. I loved John Hurt's portrayal of The War Doctor in The Day of the Doctor, so I am very happy to see his book debut. I'm hoping this will be a success and we'll get a couple more books. Something a bit more substantial for the incarnations era, whilst giving an insight into a small part of the Time War, but not milking it to the point where the Time War isn't the mystery that it should be. If they could manage to get John Hurt himself to narrate an audiobook of the novel then that would be perfect. Also, the Time War Dalek design looks very snazzy as a Special Weapons Dalek!
Yawn, another obsessive jumping to the defence. I like Rose, but smug and selfishness cannot be argued with her character, particularly in series two.
11 months ago on A Bad Wolf or Just Plain Bad? Addressing Rose Criticisms
The Waters of Mars is quite easily one of my favourite stores. However, Planet of the Dead, which is the story that precedes it, is quite easily one of my least favourites.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: RTD Specials
The TARDIS IS a companion and has been ever since the Doctor discovered the old Type 40 all those years ago. The old girl is the Doctors ultimate companion. Everyone else comes and goes, whether they leave, are left or die, it'll always boil down to that madman and his box.
12 months ago on Could the TARDIS Become a Permanent Companion?
He doesn't need to do anything whatsoever. The very small number of "fans" that will leave as a result of Matt regenerating will be quickly replaced with a whole new generation of kids that will equal far more than those who have left. Another pointless article. This site is great for news, but these articles generally leave a lot to be desired.
1 year ago on How Can Capaldi Win Over Previous Fans?
Those poor souls must be roasting wearing their costumes in the New Zealand sun! Kudos to them.
1 year, 1 month ago on Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular 2014 Review
Tooth & Claw, School Reunion and The Girl in the Fireplace is an amazing run of stories in what I feel to be the worst series since 2005. That doesn't mean it's bad, mind you, it's just not great. :o)
1 year, 1 month ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 2 (Specials, Episodes 1-4)
Great interview. Emma sounds like a lovely down to earth lass. :o)
1 year, 1 month ago on Interview: Emma Campbell-Jones on The Night of the Doctor
I don't know about anyone else, but I wouldn't class most of these as heartbreaking at all. Where's Wilf ordering the Doctor to take the gun from The End of Time? The Doctor and Idris saying goodbye from The Doctor's Wife? Clara realising she's a Dalek? The Doctor and Clara's speeches from The Rings of Akhaten?
1 year, 1 month ago on 10 Most Heartbreaking New Who Moments
It's worth noting that John seemed saddened at hearing the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman at the event, which may explain his strange reply.
1 year, 1 month ago on John Hurt on Doctor Who Return
It's worth noting that in the recently released "Disney Pixar Collection" boxset, there's a booklet that includes a "Fun Fact" for each feature film released by the company. The one for Up is as follows:
"When Carl and Ellie go on a picnic, their destination is a spot under the same tree from A Bug's Life."
This causes problems with your incredible theory as, according to Pixar, A Bug's Life is placed before Up. Unless, of course, the tree that Carl and Ellie are under is later destroyed, only for a part of it to be saved by Wall-E in Wall-E, thus allowing it to grow once more, in the same place, as seen in A Bug's Life.
1 year, 3 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.pixartheory.com/