Little blue man with three heads.
"Fans will discover the identity of the guest presenter for the UK shows in early 2015."
Strax! That would be fabulous.
11 hours, 43 minutes ago on Symphonic Spectacular UK Tour in 2015
I've been listening to Peter's embarassed laugh on a loop for far too many minutes now! We need Series 8... and pronto!
1 day, 11 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8
Wowee! I like to see this as a statement of quality - the BBC are obviously confident that a cinema screening is worthwhile. Deep Breath must be amazing!
3 days, 11 hours ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally
Maybe so, but that's by no means a bad thing. It thrives on the writing talents behind-the-scenes, and the stellar acting of its lead characters. Doctor Who is what it is - no amount of "big budget blockbuster" treatment is going to improve it. And so with the Deep Breath screenings, we get the best of both worlds: proper Doctor Who -- and at the cinema too!
3 days, 10 hours ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally
Ooh, I wouldn't mind a bit of folly when it comes to a Doctor-Monster face-off this year. Well, only in small doses, mind. Of course Series 8, being the very very dark descent into pitch-black darkness we expect it to be, does deserve an overall sterner tone. That said, Doctor Who has never been quite complete without its sense of humour.
Even the baddest of bad baddies had their lighter moments - just look at the Master's affinity for the Clangers and Telletubbies, the Weeping Angels' attitude towards comfy chairs, or Satan's... umm.
The point is, Serious Monsters shouldn't really be just that - Series 8 can tell a powerfully poignant tale and still make room for clowning around. At the very least, I have faith in Gareth Roberts's episode to deliver just that.
Here's to fun!
4 days, 3 hours ago on Five Expectations for Series 8
Ah, the wonderful tale of the cobbled-together set with bits of the BBC's dusty old props department... ;D
1 week ago on How does the TARDIS reflect the Doctor?
Yes! Words cannot express my delight upon first seeing the TV Movie and discovering that the Seventh Doctor lived out his final days in something bizarrely homely. The backdrop really does suit him - a studious and sometimes withdrawn Doctor, a man beyond his years who had, effectively, retired from his traditional adventures.
Yeah, they were much more formidable. The design was robust, which although unusual for Cybermen, made them much more of a force to be reckoned with, which was brilliant!
1 week, 2 days ago on Cybermen Invade London (Again!)
Ooh! So it's becoming increasingly likely the Cybermen aren't just a cameo. This is very exciting!
There's a really great idea, similar to your thinking, which I saw on Twitter recently. Going by Clara's mother's gravestone in The Rings of Akhaten, she died at the time that Rose was set. Did she die in the Auton invasion? Could be a great set-up for a proper 10th anniversary celebration.
1 week, 3 days ago on Will There Be a 10th Anniversary Special for the Revival?
As I recall, David Bradley was 20 years too old to play William Hartnell! Where there's a brilliant acting opportunity, there's a way...
Obviously not Steven Moffat, based on last year's meeting with Chris...!
Yes! And get Ian Hanmore to play Christopher Eccleston. I've said it before, and I'll say it again... It'd be uncanny! :D
Brilliant piece George - your enthusiasm is infectious! Your love of the 2005 theme, in particular, hits home with me. I love how bombastic yet delicately crafted it is, moreso than many others. The Doctor Who theme rocks, and you're very right in saying the show wouldn't be the same without it!
1 week, 4 days ago on The Importance of Doctor Who’s Theme Tunes
Also, I hope his sinister cackle is less annoying than Simm's! ;)
1 week, 5 days ago on McGann: Charles Dance Would Be a Great Master
Heh, imagine if it turns out that the next Master, whenever he comes around, isn't played by Charles Dance. It's unthinkable! Charles would be a natural in the role - the future of the Master without him in the equation almost doesn't bear thinking about! :D
Sylvester McCoy said the next Master is great.
Paul McGann said Charles Dance is great.
CHARLES DANCE FOR MASTER: CONFIRMED
They seem to have selected a picture which looks strangely similar to Shan Shen from Turn Left! Just, er, without the spaceships... :D
2 weeks ago on An Audience with Capaldi & Coleman, Seoul World Tour Updates
*Perfuctory Livefyre complaint*
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Why does the Doctor LOOK human?
I think Vincent meant that although it is conceivable they looked like humans and one point, they've had billions of years more than us to evolve into something much more efficient.
This is fascinating! Would it mean that, to the Vinvocci, he appeared green and spiky, and to the Ood he appeared all... frondy? Or is the idea exclusive to humans? Because I feel that would make more sense, seeing as aliens don't tend to mention it!
Some of the theories I see on here are simply fantastic - and I love how you've tried to integrate yours into your own plotline. Would we see the Doctor any differently (not physically!) if it was revealed to be true? Or would we still consider him the heroic humanoid that we've grown used to? It's hard to say, but I love the concept, Vincent! This one will have me thinking for weeks...
Spearhead From Space
Terror of the Autons
The Claws of Axos
The Three Doctors
Carnival of Monsters
Frontier in Space
The Green Death
The Time Warrior
Invasion of the Dinosaurs
It would be a crime to ask me to narrow it down any further. A fitting tribute to, in my mind, the very best 20th century Doctor. Nice one, K-Ci!
3 weeks ago on The 3rd Doctor: Five Favourites
I'll never get over the idea that Vincent Price would make a plausible American Jon Pertwee. It's completely ridiculous, if a tiny bit amazing.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Weird and Wonderful
I hope they remove the most spoilerific bits for the screening, just like they did with Rose's moment in Partners in Crime! Doctor Who works better with a nationwide audience for its premiere.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Series 8: Watch Deep Breath First
He seems to have dropped off the radar -- again!
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Series 8: The Final Writer?
Oh my god! Frank Cottrell Boyce! My favourite writer as a child! Millions, Framed, Cosmic... All terrific books!! I cannot contain my excitement!!! WOOHOO! :D :D
I really love this idea, Graeme!
I feel The Day of the Doctor would have benefitted from a 5-day serial format. It adds a sense of scale, and satisfies viewers (I know, I would have thought it impossible) with the knowledge they have had more Who than they expected in the build-up.
I'm thinking about the success of Futurama's movie-style adventures spread across four episodes each - they felt like epics. Or how about Corrie's Tram Crash week? Each day focussed on a linear telling of the events, with each episode being quite distinctive, giving a lovely substantial feeling to the whole tale.
In fact, I might go as far as to say this format is what Doctor Who needs! Large-scale, epic tales are the show's forte.
Oh, except if it was going to be any good, it would probably break the bank.
4 weeks ago on Is the Current Format a Serial Killer?
Gasp! Does this mean there'll be no *sniff* advance trailer screening? That will make a lot of non-convention-going folks very happy! ^_^
1 month ago on No Doctor Who Panel At San Diego Comic-Con 2014
You'd be pleasantly surprised! :) Just ask Scribey, I'm sure he'll vouch for me.
1 month ago on Moffat Teases Massive Cliffhanger
Yes, what I was alluding to was that the Doctor's life had all been the dream of Cushing's Dr Who, hence 'grandfather' and the trial run, although it seems to have been received by some fans with a surprising level of immaturity... o.O -- I'm glad it reached someone, though! ;D
Series 9, Episode 11.
The Daleks are advancing from all angles. Clara is dead, and the Doctor's ready to bite the dust.
He lets out a yell...
POP! He wakes up.
Was it all a dream?
He staggers downstairs, and is greeted by Susan and Barbara.
"Come on, grandfather!" says Barbara. "I think it's about time we took that time machine of yours on a trial run!"
Haha! It's not the 100th Anniversary yet...! ;D
1 month ago on Series 8: The Almost Complete Line-Up
810. Written by Russell T Davies. Directed by Joe Ahearne.
A superb feature, Nick, and I think - think - you've actually managed to change my mind.
For so long, my perception of The Power of Three has been in a state of limbo. I've been neither hither nor thither about it. Is it awful? Is it a pathetic excuse for a compelling invasion story whose ending sucks the soul from any fragment of imagination it brought to the playing field? Or is it brilliant, a contemporary masterpiece reuniting old friends for a stunning and original adventure?
Erm. I was stuck. Because I wanted to like it. I really did. But it confused me by defying every expectation I could formulate.
But, er, hoorah! You're absolutely right in your defense. You've convinced me to decipher what I can from an episode which seems like a bowl of lumpy mush.
Kate Stewart! Easily my favourite Doctor Who character this decade. The boxes! Visually exciting, and very original. The Shakri! Unrealised, maybe, but worth a revisit. Oh, and as ever, the story is bucketloads of fun.
Lovely stuff, Nick. In short: Kate Stewart... Need I say any more?
1 month ago on Unpopular Opinion? The Power of Three
I love how the Unpopular Opinion format has been around so long - has seen so much adoration and criticism - that it has started to question its very existence.
Yes, a big shame. That said, she's had two covers dedicated to her before (in the 80s and again in the 90s) - put into perspective, William Russell didn't grab his own cover until 2012. 2012! It beggars belief, it really does.
1 month ago on DWM #475: Vastra, Strax & Jenny are Back
She spoke to them through the time crack, remember? She reaffirmed their faith in the Doctor, which was the only way they'd allow themselves back into our universe. I don't think it's much cause to thank her, but there you go!
1 month ago on Series 8 Filming: Finale Clue
Oh yes! The Doctor taking on a companion for a 'reason', the Doctor's murky and hidden past, a bouncy Doctor with dark and aggressive outbursts, references to past stories with a new spin... You're right. :D
It's still very offensive and extremely degrading to refer to someone as 'scum' - but in the context of the attitude of a dim-witted alien invader, it's naturally taken in a light-hearted way.
It really strikes how Moffat takes the care of placing the most spoilerific plot points indoors so the filming is out of public view, yet the production team aren't given a reminder that they should cover up key props during transportation. All it needs is for a simple dust sheet thrown over the tombstones and the fandom would be completely in the dark!
I love the "We Promise". Very Douglas Adams. I'm getting Shada vibes. Good on you, Moff.
Don't tell me the Doctor's going to dienotdie, again!
I'm sure it's a continuation of Andrew Cartmel's Doctor Who memoirs... this month looking at Season 25. The Time Lord mythology in Remembrance, the "Doctor who?" moment in Silver Nemesis...
I'm aware of the quirky magazine dating system, but labeling it 'August 2014' feels a bit of a step too far -- when it's being released in June!! This'll confuse me when looking back at the issue later on...!
Ooh! Lovely. I'm glad Strax is going back to his traditional Sontaran garb. I hope so, anyway! :D
Oh come on, Col, don't tell me you didn't have your own fangirls back in the 80s...! ;)
1 month ago on Colin Baker: Tennant & Smith Brought Female Fans to Doctor Who
You're absolutely right about Space and Time - it's a totally barmy story, and very fun. The concept was amazing! That's timey-wimeyness at its best, with a real fan-pleasing premise. I might even go as far as to say it's the best minisode ever. Better even that Night. Eep! 10/10
1 month, 1 week ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 6 (Specials, Episodes 1-7)
I'm thinking a more MASSIVE scale... With even more Doctors!
Dimensions in Time(ish) Reboot, anyone?
1 month, 1 week ago on The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot Getting A Follow-Up?
...The rectonners care! You've just done a bit of retconning yourself. People care because it's fun to care. I think it's unfair to assume, on a Doctor Who website, that people don't take Doctor Who as seriously as many of them do. It's wrong to think there is any harm in striving to add some legitimacy to the Whoniverse when you cherish the show so much.
1 month, 1 week ago on WHOops! When Doctor Who Gets It Wrong