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The one thing I really care about for Series 9 is the bringing in of new talent. Part of the reason why I liked Series 8 so much was its inclusion of three writers new to the program, and a variety of directors new to Who as well. I'd love if something like 2 or 3 new writers and 3 or more new directors are hired per series - really open up Doctor Who to lots of voices and ideas. The series, after all, survives on change.
I also wish that Gatiss and Thompson weren't penning scripts, but it's all but inevitable for the both of them. Oh, and no Daleks. I long for a Dalek-free series of New Who.
1 month ago on 7 Things I’d Like to See in Series 9
Waiting for the inevitable finger-pointing, insisting that this heralds the end of the show. Moffat must go, etc etc.
1 month ago on Christmas Day 2014 Ratings Top 10
I went for 6/10. A very competent, very fair episode.
Jenna and Peter were wonderful; glad to see Clara's continuing.
1 month ago on Rate & Discuss Last Christmas
@nancy_nicolai That was one of the Clara echoes. That version of Clara was a Gallifreyan; our Clara, as we know, is an ordinary girl.
Fantastic article, Connor. I agree completely. Bravo.
1 month, 1 week ago on Female Doctor Poll Results & A Case For
While I'd adore for Clara to stay on as a companion, I would really rather not have the plot arc (or even her central character arc) be about answering all of the supposed questions we have about her. I'd love to see an emotion-driven arc where Clara becomes a full-time traveler on the TARDIS, and begins recklessly throwing herself into deadly events because of the trauma of losing Danny. So if there must be a mystery, please don't make it entirely about Clara. She deserves to be more than a question mark.
2 months ago on 5 Reasons Why Clara Should Stay for Series 9
@SeanBennion Check out Big Finish's The Lost Stories range. You'll be pleasantly surprised for a lot of them.
2 months ago on Writers to Bring Back for Series 9 & Beyond
@TheOncomingHurricane Should have put that I want him to write more. His episodes (despite how horribly Father's Day has aged) are great.
Really not a fan of this series, as I think its characterization of Eight is really quite dire - Eight is at his best when he's having fun, and these box sets don't ever sound like he is. Overall, I'd rate the box at 5/10, with TDOH at 6/10, TR at 4.5/10, M at 5.5/10, and RotE at 4/10. These stories aren't fun to listen to - they feel like a slog through the usual attempts to do "epic" and really, really failing. None of the guest characters are engaging; the villains (the Eminence, the Master) aren't exciting; and I don't get to listen to any vestige of the Eight I love. Looking forward to something post-Dark Eyes.
2 months ago on Dark Eyes 3 Review
*brings out list* Kate Orman, Lloyd Rose, Jacqueline Rayner, Paul Magrs, Jim Mortimore, Paul Cornell, Lance Parkin, Justin Richards, Jonathan Morris, Mags L Halliday, Simon Guerrier, John Dorney, Nev Fountain, Una McCormack, Matthew Sweet, Steven Hall, and Andy Lane are all writers from the EU who deserve to write television episodes.
@MrRazza, Lord Tony of Blackburn The idea that genitalia = genders is outdated and cissexist. That said, I'm incredibly excited for her story.
2 months, 1 week ago on Torchwood’s Catherine Tregenna Penning Series 9 Story
My first Doctor was David Tennant in Midnight. And I watched every other Doctor's episodes before Paul McGann's TV Movie, coincidentally the night after finishing Mary Shelley's The Modern Prometheus for an English course. And then I started buying audios, starting with Storm Warning on my father's 70th birthday, and then Doctor Who books, beginning with the (admittedly dreadful) Escape Velocity, but then I got The Year of Intelligent Tigers. And then I kept going, and going, and two years later, I can safely say that Paul McGann will always be my Doctor.
2 months, 1 week ago on From 1-12: Who is YOUR Doctor?
A female Doctor is such a silly reason to stop being a fan. Why should aliens conform to the Western gender binary?
2 months, 1 week ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
I don't like the Master as a villain very much, but their best incarnation was Peter Pratt. A really chilling, memorable performance.
2 months, 1 week ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Classic Era)
Just finished Camera Obscura by Lloyd Rose. Can she write everything for the Eighth Doctor?
Like, truly, up there with The Scarlet Empress and The Tomorrow Windows for the best characterization of Eight. Everything about this book jumps off the page and surrounds the reader; I felt like I was watching a six-part TV story, not reading a book. It's one of the best EDAs yet. 10/10
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
Theories for the Christmas Special that I've liked so far are that it takes place in the Land of Fiction or that Santa is a Time Lord, perhaps the Meddling Monk turning a human fairy tale into real life. What with Jenna's comments about how it's about layers of reality, the LoF makes sense to me.
2 months, 1 week ago on Christmas Special: Santa is Real, Not Evil
Oh dear. didn't get to finish that list. At any rate, my vote is for Series 3. A flawed masterpiece.
2 months, 1 week ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Capaldi Hoping for New TARDIS
My final Series 8 rankings
Mummy on the Orient Express 8/10
Deep Breath 7.5/10
Dark Water/Death in Heaven 7/10
Time Heist 7/10
Kill the Moon 6/10
Into the Dalek 6/10
The Caretaker 5/10
In the Forest of the Night 4/10
Robot of Sherwood 3/10
Series Average: 6.5/10
Overall, my top three (two Mathiesons and a Moffat!) made up for the rest of the series, which was peppered with excellent performances (especially by our wonderful leads) but let down by some narrative blunders and tonal missteps. Still, a marked improvement from Series 7, and the best series since Ten's with Donna.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who TV Readers’ Final Series 8 Episode Ranking
@Antee991166 It's the best Dalek story ever made. As someone who really, really dislikes Dalek stories, Jubilee is very refreshing.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat: Daleks Are Not A Contractual Obligation
I really, really dislike the Daleks. They're a long way away from my favorite Who enemy, unfortunately. I understand what Moffat's saying here, though - but I have to wonder if the same sort of mentality exists in Who currently.
I beg of everyone buying audios for the first time - get downloads. I know some people like to have the physical product of a CD or a box set, but you are able to collect so much more when it's all digitized - it also makes for easier storage. For example: the first Eight/Lucie story, Blood of the Daleks, is four parts spread over two separate purchases. On download, that's $18; but on CD, it's $35. As in, nearly double. As a longtime BF listener, I'd recommend everyone stick to digital purposes just to save yourselves that much more money.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Eighth Doctor: Five Favourites
1) The Scarlet Empress; 2) The Year of Intelligent Tigers; 3) The Stones of Venice; 4) The Tomorrow Windows; 5) The Chimes of Midnight. Special mention also to Camera Obscura, The Adventuress of Henrietta Street, and Father Time.
Oh, Paul. My Doctor. Even when Doctor Who wasn't on television his audio stories, beginning with Storm Warning, kept the spirit of the show alive - and, indeed, were much like predecessors to the new series, with a central story arc hinging on the fate of the current companion. Not only that, but the BBC Books range written for your portrayal of everyone's favorite character brought him to life for us, gave us 73 stories with him, ranging from the fantastic historical History 101 to the fantasy madness of The City of the Dead to the mind-blowing cocktail of concepts that was Alien Bodies or Interference. But those audio stories... from 2000 to 2005, Paul *was* the Doctor, the current Doctor, and he was fantastic at it. He brought his character to life in a way that made it hard not to fall in love with him. Eight has, through his hundreds of prose and audio adventures, become my Doctor because, when he's written well, Paul McGann's effortless portrayal in '96 and again in '13 is in every sentence and every action. It's only because of that silly, dreadful TV Movie that we got a character like Eight to be played by Paul - and for that, I'm eternally grateful. Yes, slime monster Master and all.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Happy Birthday, Paul McGann
If Moffat was actively trying to canonize The Adventuress of Henrietta Street, I'd both laugh and throw a party. Although I doubt he was preoccupied with making sure the Doctor's marriage to a prostitute sorceress and the Earth itself (symbolically speaking) was definitively canon. :D
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Death in Heaven Review (Part 2): Questions, Questions
1) McGann; 2) C Baker; 3) Tennant; 4) McCoy; 5) Hartnell; 6) Capaldi; 7) Eccleston; 8) T Baker; 9) Troughton; 10) Pertwee; 11) Smith; 12) Davison
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Poll: Capaldi’s Doctor – Hit or Miss?
@Malohkeh @Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen You're free to have your opinion. So are they. Being a fan does not mean the complete and utter abandonment of all critical thought. If someone genuinely does not like an actor's portrayal of the Doctor, or the overall era or said character, then that is their opinion and they are allowed to have it. Free will, and all that.
@Dalekium I think I'm in love with this post.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on A Study of Regeneration: Lord or Lady?
Okay, so this is an interesting article but a lot of the fairly cissexist language bothered me a bit. For one thing, there's an easy way to get around saying he/she, and that's to ignore the Western gender binary and use neutral pronouns, like they. Binarism discounts nonbinary identities. Anyways, I don't see what the big deal is in terms of Time Lord gender. Time Lords are -alien-. As in, not from Earth. As in, not conforming to the human gender binary. For an exploration of differences in alien gender, look to Ursula LeGuin's The Left Hand of Darkness. What I'm trying to say is, fans constantly trying to fit Time Lords into the West's perception of male and female is kind of silly, considering that the Time Lords themselves are not human. (Also, quick note - gender, not sex. As gender is not a binary construct, we should not treat male and female as opposite ends of a spectrum. Rather, they are two of many different gender identities.) Lastly, the gendering of genitalia does bother me a bit here - regardless of what type of genitalia a person is born with, an AMAB trans woman has always been trans. It is not the genitalia that determines gender identity - it is the person themselves.
Hello nurse, I would like to be put in a coma until next Saturday please
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
3 months ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water
Two callbacks to Listen: "Listen!", obviously, and "Do as you are told!". Interesting...
3 months ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #2)
Curtis obviously. Vincent and the Doctor is a masterpiece.
3 months ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts
Hey, Paul McGann's birthday is coming up (14 November) and I thought that, since I've read and listened to a great variety of the Eighth Doctor's expanded material, I could do the Five Favourites article when his birthday rolls around.
3 months ago on Write for Doctor Who TV
@joe4 The thing is, the way that the production of media is structured has and does make it incredibly difficult for a person of any marginalized group (female, black, LGBTQ, etc) to break into a community dominated for a long time by straight, white men. The reason why this is isn't "well, maybe more straight white men want to write for TV" or "maybe straight white men are better at writing for TV" - it's that, being born out of an intensely sexist and heteronormative time period, the television and movie industries have catered towards hiring a specific group of people since their inception. Doctor Who has always been heralded as a frontrunner in terms of equality and forward thinking, so that it conforms to the standards of the industry (that is, not actively seeking out a wider range of talent than what appears to be the only option) is odd and a bit discouraging. And as Impish said, differing people from different parts of the population can tell unique stories based on their own experiences. Conforming to industry norms thus deprives Who of the possibility for diverse storytelling (see the unique stories of Kate Orman, Jac Rayner, and Lloyd Rose in spin-off audio and prose Who).
3 months, 1 week ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode
(So excited for Flatline)
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
@The Living Angel / is Regenerating *cough*The Fourth Planet Cybermen*cough*
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8
In the Forest of the Night, for sure. Cottrell Boyce, a surreal setting, and a title that inspires plenty of imagery... I'm set!
4 months ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)
Easily one of my favorite companions. Easily one of my favorite Who actresses. She was an integral part of so many classics, and brought an unprecedented feeling of warmth to every play she was in; The Pirates, Jubilee, Arrangements for War, Thicker than Water, A Death in the Family, The Marian Conspiracy, The Spectre of Lanyon Moor, My Own Private Wolfgang... all stories I would happily listen to over and over again. Quite simply, there was no one like Evelyn Smythe and no one like Maggie Stables.
For someone who was born without living grandparents, such a presence felt like listening to a grandmother, almost. To me, even more than the ubiquitous Peri, Evelyn is the Sixth Doctor companion, and a great part of his audio success. Rest in peace, Maggie; you will be missed.
4 months ago on A Whology: Maggie Stables
Coming from a Moffat critic – wow. Some parts were iffy, definitely, but wow. Instant classic, far better than anything Moffat's done for the show since The Empty Child.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
@GoodYear92 I've had a friend who read the scripts spoil the story for me – I WON'T SHARE SPOILERS, HONEST, CROSS MY HEARTS – but from what I hear it's definitely going to be on par (in public opinion, at the very least) with Blink. However, there is one sequence which may prove to be controversial for some fans – that entirely depends on the type of fan, though.
It's a very Moffat story, though. It has the same feeling of his RTD episodes, I think, rather than his Matt era stuff.
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
@DrOswald @Iris Wildthyme @Calebxy Oh, alright! Sorry I didn't know.
6 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
@Calebxy @Iris Wildthyme N/A?
@TARDlSkey @Iris Wildthyme
–McGann could have filled this role. McGann's Doctor would have been fascinating to see as a trapped, desperate Doctor–– a character once so romantic, crushed by a never-ending war. And I might have given more thought to the War Doctor had we seen him commit these terrible acts, rather than shoot NO MORE into a wall. It just seems like an ill-conceived way to round out the regenerative cycle, rather than take an already-existing character and do interesting things with his development.
–[opinions may differ on the following statement] Who says the 50th had to have purpose? Or even be big and epic? I'd much rather have an intimate, more character piece-type story that doesn't need to go into established continuity to find a story. There was no reason to undo Gallifrey's destruction; I'm sure writers could find ways to write story arcs that don't involve Gallifrey, and its destruction, tragic though it was, created a fascinating part of the Doctor's characterization that is now lost.
–I'm talking about the disparity between the Tenth Doctor of TEoT (who was horrified to hame the Time Lords/Gallifrey back) and the Tenth Doctor of TDotD, who was happy and seemed to forget the fact that the society was corrupt and incredibly dangerous.
–Opinions will always differ on Rose. I, for one, love her (much more so than Amy/Clara); regardless, it's undeniable that Billie and David have fantastic chemistry, so having them be separate for (IIRC) nearly the whole story is a questionable decision at best. And, exactly. "For the sake of having Billie there." Why not, if we were going to include Billie just because, have her be where she usually was, in one of the most popular companion-Doctor duos ever (say what you like about Rose, she's not exactly faded into obscurity)? It seems like a poorly judged way to include an actress in the special.
–Yeah, but the children were never part of it before. Beforehand, it was all about how Gallifrey was literally a danger to the rest of the universe because they had the means to destroy everything in order to survive. Now it seems we're ignoring that for the sake of the children. I mean, the point of the LGTW and the fall of Gallifrey was that the Doctor is a complex character who is willing to take drastic measures for what he sees as the greater good of the universe. That's a dramatically satisfying character –– as we saw with Nine and Ten, it provides plenty of opportunity for in-depth character exploration and a much more interesting reaction to antagonists/events/etc. Now that complexity is getting erased because he's the Doctor and he could never. When the point was... he could.
–I've already argued about QE1 enough on other sites, so we'll leave it that some wanted the "resolution" to what was a simple gag and others didn't care (like the ending of Blink, when he and Martha were going off to a migration or something).
–I mean, I felt that the story was fairly cluttered as is. But it's just my opinion that celebrating the show doesn't involve undoing past bits of important continuity that, in turn, lessens the dramatic potential and complexity of the show's main character.
...and that's why I don't like Day.
@Esterath @Iris Wildthyme Ooh, lots of things.
–The War Doctor (for many, MANY reasons)
–Rewriting of the Time War
–Mischaracterized Tenth Doctor
–Unnecessary Zygon subplot
–LGTW being just a regular war with shooty things and lasers
–Rose not being, um, Rose
–Making Gallifrey all about the children (as opposed to the twisted, evil thing it had become in the LGTW of the RTD Era)
–The idea that the Doctor has always been "going home", which ignores the central facet of the character that he is constantly running from his home as an outsider (plus his home = very corrupt, stagnant, etc; everything he isn't)
–The fact that, at the end of the day, there was no need for Gallifrey to come back
–The fact that we had to unearth the (tired and boring) gag of QE1 for the Tenth Doctor's subplot
It should have been a fun runaround with Ten/Donna, Eleven/Clara, Eight/??? (Fitz?), and Nine/Rose (if possible). Instead, we got something that kind of changed previously established continuity for no particular reason.
Just rewatched Series 7B (specials included).
The Snowmen – 6/10
The Bells of Saint John – 8/10
The Rings of Akhaten – 8/10
Cold War – 6.5/10
Hide – 8.5/10
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS – 4/10
The Crimson Horror – 7/10
Nightmare in Silver – 3/10
The Name of the Doctor – 6/10
The Night of the Doctor – 6/10
The Day of the Doctor – 3/10
The Time of the Doctor – 5/10
Didn't realize how much I disliked this run until I rewatched it.
I mean it's not just a "fannish" thing to do, it's just easier. I'm not demanding that they start calling them the Eleventh/Twelfth/etc Doctor in-universe; there'd be no reason to other than in the rare multi-Doctor story. But in fanfiction and the like, using a well-established numbering system just makes... sense.
6 months, 1 week ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title
Good choices; I especially agree with Fearmonger, Chimes, Pirates and The Kingmaker. I feel that The Next Life is a tad continuity-heavy (i.e. the Divergent Universe arc) to be chosen, and I really disliked TLATE. Regardless, this is pretty much all MR picks, and my top 15 would probably include some 1st Doctor Companion Chronicles as well.
6 months, 1 week ago on Happy Birthday, Big Finish! 15 Picks for 15 Years
Iris Wildthyme's Top Ten EDAs –– updated!
9. Father Time
8. Vampire Science
7. The Blue Angel
6. The Shadows of Avalon
5. Fear Itself
4. The Tomorrow Windows
3. The City of the Dead
2. The Year of Intelligent Tigers
1. The Scarlet Empress
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/