"This is it, Whovians, one of those moments. The darkest day. The blackest hour. Chin up, shoulders back. Let's see what we're made of, you and I."
@The Genie @GibbyBlogger @TheOncomingSnow Okey doke! :)
Probably tomorrow though. Gonna attempt to get some sleep after all the excitement. Long day ahead tomorrow...
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
@TheOncomingSnow @GibbyBlogger media3.giphy.com/media/nrYqOTU8hoAeY/giphy.gif
In the words of the Atkinson Doctor: "I'll explain later..."
Seriously though, I will explain tomorrow when all the hype has died down a bit :)
Okay, just finished my second watch, but I feel a third is in order. It will have to wait 'til after work tomorrow though. I'm doing things differently for Series 8 - three viewings before I settle on a score:
First Viewing - First Thoughts
Second Viewing - Rewatchability
Third Viewing - In-depth Review and Scoring
Please note, I am going into this series completely blind and know literally next to nothing about any episodes - only a few guest stars and the episode titles. Oh, and of course, the Daleks and Cybermen are both returning.
@sontaran17 It's Strax's saving grace for me - the fact that he will always put his life on the line to protect those closest to him.
@sontaran17 You can say that again! ;D
@TardisBoy I know the feeling. I felt like that with The Eleventh Hour too. Somehow, it just seemed different. It was still Doctor Who, but different. Watching it, the way it was presented... was radically different.
I really need to stop saying "different"...
@doctorwhotvuk He's always been hit-and-miss for me. Mainly miss, but... yeah, although he really made me laugh on odd occasions, a few moments were just... "Oh, Strax, why did you have to ruin it?"
Just giving it a rewatch before I finalise my verdict, but first thoughts are... WOW!
@TARDlSkey @GibbyBlogger I'll let you know when the hype dies down a bit (if it ever does)... probably tomorrow night :)
Well... that was... that was... my, my... that was...
*faints Capaldi style*
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
1. What is this rubbish I'm being forced to watch in the wait for my Who fix?
2. Hello, all! Been away for a while (more details later), just to say hope you all enjoy Deep Breath! Can you believe the time has actually come!?
3. TWO MINUTES TO GO!!!
She seems nice, let's have her back in a couple of years. She would have made a great companion! :D
10 months ago on Interview: Emma Campbell-Jones on The Night of the Doctor
It took David Tennant three episodes for me to accept him as the Doctor. He just didn't feel right, I didn't really like him... then 'Tooth and Claw' happened. I don't know if it was because he was back at home, so he was more comfortable or whatever, but he just really seemed to grow on me through that story and I came to love him. Certainly by 'The Girl in the Fireplace', I was infatuated with him. A great selection of episodes here:
'Born Again' - 8/10
'The Christmas Invasion' - 5/10
'New Earth' - 6/10
'Tooth and Claw' - 8.5/10
'School Reunion' - 8.5/10
'The Girl in the Fireplace' - 9.5/10
10 months ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 2 (Specials, Episodes 1-4)
I did a funny thing with this series. I watched the first episode of the first series - it was intriguing, but not something I was rushed into watching. Then, I left it, never watched another episode... until the final episode... of the final series... of its spinoff 'Ashes to Ashes'.
I don't understand how that happened, but if there's one thing I can say... this is a very good series (and so is the spinoff). And I can say that from watching one episode... yeah, makes no sense to me either.
10 months ago on Lords of Time #7: Doctor Who Vs Life On Mars
Happy 50th, Chris! :D
10 months ago on Happy Birthday, Chris Eccleston!
Unfortunately only two stories succeeding in engaging me in the second half of Series 2 - 'The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit' (it scares, it humours, it excites; amazing television) and 'Army of Ghosts/Doomsday' (not amazing, but hey, the Daleks vs the Cybusmen - I refuse to call them Cybermen - that's enough reason alone to tune in; and Rose's departure was heart-breaking... well, first time around at least).
The others can be described as "intriguing but boring"... that is, except for 'Fear Her', which is just utter sh- END TRANSMISSION.
'Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel' - 5/10
'The Idiot's Lantern' - 6/10
'The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit' - 9/10
'Love and Monsters' - 2/10
'Fear Her' - 1/10
'Army of Ghosts/Doomsday' - 8/10
10 months ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 2 (Episodes 5-13)
Series 1 is still my favourite series of the revival, and that's because there isn't a single dud episode included. Eccleston is brilliant throughout too and his chemistry with Billie help to create a strong and realistic relationship between the Doctor and Rose. His ability to bounce from drama to comedy made him perfect for the role of the lone survivor.
My top 5 for Eccleston would be:
1. 'The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances' - 10/10
It's no secret that this is my favourite Doctor Who story of the past 50 years, and I doubt anything will ever take its title. Its historic backdrop of World War II blends effectively with the sci-fi elements of nanogenes and time travel, and the horror element through the gas mask zombies. It also packs an emotional punch with the reunion of Nancy and Jamie. Eccleston, I feel, gives possibly his greatest performance as the tortured Time Lord as just this once... altogether now... "EVERYBODY LIVES!"
2. 'Dalek' - 9.5/10
Oh, come on! You know what I'm gonna say... one word: Chamber. The scene has to be one of the greatest scenes in television history, never mind the show's history. And the role reversal at the end where the Dalek commits suicide - pure genius!
3. 'Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways' - 9/10
The Ninth Doctor's swansong is a thing of beauty. It's almost as though he's facing the Time War once again. As well as his battle with the Daleks, we see the Doctor's battle with his own actions as it is revealed that it was the events of a previous episode 'The Long Game' which made the world that was shown in this story - the effect of the Doctor's travels. His own wrong-doing.
4. 'The End of the World' - 8/10
Where we first learnt of the Time War, the Doctor trying to overcome his guilt and loneliness. His scenes with Jabe were especially comforting, as she sympathised with him and made him feel that little bit better. So unfortunate that she died trying to save Platform One, which left even more guilt-ridden.
5. 'Boom Town' - 8/10
The scene with Margaret Blaine in the restaurant, as you quite rightly state, is the standout scene from this episode as she tries to wipe the smug look off the Doctor's face.
10 months ago on The Ninth Doctor: Five Favourites
I like it. It's nowhere near perfect, but I do really like it. The highlights for me have to be: the three leads - badass Rory ("WHERE. IS. MY. WIFE!?"), the angry Doctor ("Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many."), and an emotional Amy ("So they took her anyway. All this was for nothing."); the supporting characters - Lorna Bucket, the Fat One and the Thin One, and of course, Vastra, Jenny and Strax; and the humour - "Captain Harcourt, I hope some day to meet you in the glory of battle, when I shall crush the life from your worthless human form. Try and get some rest.", "No, no, please. Not me. You don't need me. Why would you need me? I'm old, I'm fat, I'm blue. You can't need me!", "It's okay. She's still all yours. And really, you should call her mummy, not big milk thing." "Okay, what are you doing?" "I speak Baby." "No, you don't." "I speak everything, don't I, Melody Pond. No, it's not. it's cool." etc.
Not great, but really enjoyable - 7/10
10 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: A Good Man Goes to War
1. Where is DCI Bilborough from 'Cracker'?
2. Some people can be really rude (check comments)...
10 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/012014/
Yes. That is all.
No, it's not really. The Eighth Doctor should have and could have been the Time War Doctor - well, in fact, he was... nearly. He "helped out", as he put it. But he could have done so much more! The War Doctor was nothing special whatsoever - the only thing that could be counted was that he was portrayed by the legendary John Hurt. He was just another Doctor (who decided not to call himself by that title while he was fighting in the war).
The Eighth Doctor has most of the time been known as the "romanticised one, full of the joys of life". Just think how it would have felt to have seen him as a battle-scarred warrior, full of guilt and remorse. I know that a lot of people were shocked to see this incarnation in the state he was in 'The Night of the Doctor'. We could have seen that being developed in 'The Day of the Doctor'. His future incarnations could still have been fearful of him, but also sympathised (a bit like they did with Hurt) as they know what he had been through.
I always had this idea... this idea of him being driven insane by the war. It had to be done, but as soon as he did it, he regretted it. One last thought: killer. Gallifrey falls. What has he done? He forces the regeneration - to become a better man.
Something like this:
10 months, 1 week ago on What if… the 8th Doctor was the War Doctor?
@doctorwhotvuk "No second chances. I'm that sort of a man."
10 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/012014/
@TARDISkey123 The big, long-running arc for Capaldi would be the hunt for Gallifrey - although I want it to be played subtly, not to be the main focus point of every episode.
Besides that I would like to have the smaller individual series arcs to be reinstated, like Series 1 - 5.
'The Day of the Doctor', otherwise known as 'The Day the Fanbase Exploded'...
"No, sir - all thirteen!"
"I hope the ears a bit less conspicuous this time..."
"I don't want to go..."
"Home - the long way round..."
@ClassicWhovian Sarah Jane Smith
@BiBernardus Steven Moffat, Matt Jones, Toby Whithouse
What's not to love about it? - how did the Doctor survive death? Who killed him in the first place (he seems to know them)? When did the Doctor get so... (I hate myself for using this word) EPIC!? And what in god's name are we supposed to make of that twist at the end?
Brilliant TV! I'll vote 9/10. Great start to what would become my second worst series of the revival.
10 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon
Consequently, Capaldi’s Doctor may become quite a mercurial Doctor, bounding between hope and annoyance. His frustration at being unable to locate Gallifrey may see him becoming increasingly impatient and prone to occasional outbursts. He may direct his aggravation on his enemies, making him a dark natured and feared Doctor. Like Homer’s Odysseus who longs to reach Ithaca, the Doctor will ultimately make it home, but the journey will be fraught with danger, evil, personal loss and tragedy.
Oh, please let this become reality...
10 months, 1 week ago on A forecast on Capaldi’s Doctor: The Frustrated Optimist
Maybe he's doing three episodes. He might be just finishing (or just finished) the first two and is coming back for another in July...
10 months, 1 week ago on Summer Broadcast for Doctor Who Series 8?
@BiBernardus A trap for the Wolf - 'Tooth and Claw'
"Just the body" - 'The Satan Pit'
The Daleks emerge - 'Army of Ghosts'
I've tried several times to like it, but I just can't. I don't find it interesting in the slightest. I'm not saying it's a rubbish episode, it's one of Moff's best - it's just not the episode for me.
'The Eleventh Hour' - 10/10
'The Beast Below' - 6/10
'Victory of the Daleks' - 5/10
'The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone' - 7/10
'The Vampires of Venice' - 7/10
'Amy's Choice' - 9/10
'The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood' - 7/10
'Vincent and the Doctor' - 10/10
'The Lodger' - 6/10
'The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang' - 7/10
Not too keen on Series 5, if I'm honest...
10 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: A Christmas Carol & Series 5 Recap
@ClassicWhovian Donna Noble... sorry, Jamie.
@BiBernardus My top recommendations would be:
'Planet of Fire'*
* = in my top 20 TV stories
@BiBernardus Best Returning Monster/Villain:
Best New Monster/Villain:
Cassandra dies – 'New Earth'
“My Sarah Jane” – 'School Reunion'
Reinette dies – 'The Girl in the Fireplace'
The void closes – 'Doomsday'
It's alright, Matt - neither does anyone else. Her story's over now...
10 months, 1 week ago on Matt Smith Doesn’t Want to see River with Capaldi
@Rob Shearman Rob, you're a legend and an extremely talented man! You have given us so many great Doctor Who stories: 'Scherzo' will probably forever be my favourite Big Finish audio; 'Dalek' will probably forever be in my top 10 TV stories; 'The Holy Terror' and 'The Chimes of Midnight' are now both absolute classics. If I grow to be half as good a writer as you are, I'll be very happy indeed. I hope we do get more from you in the future when you're ready and willing.
Hope you had a great day yesterday! :D
10 months, 1 week ago on Bring Back… Robert Shearman
Do I want to see a return from Robert Shearman? Lemme think... ABSOLUTELY!!!
I agree that 'Dalek' is one of the best episodes the revived series has given us and I also agree that Robert Shearman needs to come back. Like a lot of people, I've been waiting for him to make a return for some time.
The one thing I'd like him to tackle when he returns (because he will eventually... or else!) is something I've been wanting for a long time - a two-hander episode. Just the Doctor and his companion having a bit of quiet time, throw in a few obstacles for them to keep the action-orientated side of the audience interested and entertained. Build a strong relationship between the two characters - #12 and Clara seem perfect for this.
And I know Shearman is perfect for this - back in 2003, he wrote the superb 'Scherzo', featuring the Eighth Doctor and his companion Charley Pollard, which to this day is one of my favourite ever Doctor Who stories.
Please come back soon, Robert! Moff, get on that phone! :P
'The Brain of Morbius' freaked me out when I was younger. We've lost a great talent here. RIP.
10 months, 1 week ago on R.I.P. Christopher Barry (1925-2014)
'The Pandorica Opens' was brilliant, exciting, heart-stopping. 'The Big Bang' wasn't as good... almost disappointing - 7/10
10 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang
Meh... better than its sequel - 6/10
10 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Lodger
Yay. Or at least an update. After the 50th when the current titles played for 'The Time of the Doctor', it was a bit deflating, my exact words were: "Oh, back to these again..." I want the blue vortex incorporated from the 50th specials and the theme. Then, at least tweak the rest of the titles.
@Chris502 That is without a doubt the funniest thing I've heard all year! XD
@Runcible This has to be the new vortex! XD
@Chris502 McGann's - it was just something different y'know. Something we'd never seen before. And it worked!
Now, all this, it just makes me love the Eleventh Doctor's regeneration even more. The Doctor said himself in this particular scene that he was being "reset". So this idea is fully plausible and one that is certainly entering my personal head canon, I don't know about anyone else.
10 months, 1 week ago on “I will always remember when the Doctor was me”
@Chris502 Either 'The War Games' or 'The Caves of Androzani'. 'Planet of the Spiders' and 'Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways' come very close too.
@BiBernardus David Tennant; John Barrowman
Camille Coduri; Naoko Mori
Ey up, Wilfred Mott's just checked into Fawlty Towers... ;)
Love it! Especially the scene in the museum near the end... actually both of them (with and without Vincent) - 9/10
10 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Vincent and the Doctor
@ClassicWhovian Sarah Jane Smith (though I love Liz too)
2. 'Smith and Jones'
3. 'Partners in Crime'
4. 'New Earth'
1. 'The Eleventh Hour'
2. 'Asylum of the Daleks'
3. 'The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon'
4. 'The Bells of Saint John'
Together (Or Not At All):
5. 'The Bells of Saint John'
6. 'Smith and Jones'
7. 'Partners in Crime'
8. 'New Earth'