The Fastest Thing Alive... and also a huge fan of Colin Baker.
Good for those who actually consider the 50th the best episode. Not so great for people who are kinda getting tired of seeing the 50th everywhere. Like I keep saying, I love the 50th, I really do. It's just not, in my humble opinion, not top 10 worthy. Ah well, I am but one voice, and everyone certainly had theirs.
One thing to take out of this is that The Angels Take Manhattan didn't come in this top 20, and that's made my day. Jolly good stuff! ^_^
3 hours, 56 minutes ago on Your Top 20 TV Stories of the Decade
You know what else is to be celebrated? The fact that we've gone 10 years and the Daleks have still stuck to the same design they had in 2005. The redesign didn't even stick! How mad is that?
12 hours, 6 minutes ago on Doctor Who’s Revival: 10 Years On
Do want me that Eccleston cover.
10 hours, 41 minutes ago on DWM #485: The Trip Of A Lifetime
Ten years ago, a show once thought dead was resurrected, with a new direction, production values, and cast.
Ten years ago, an entire new generation of millions of people finally got the sci-fi show they deserved, and had been waiting for 16 years to finally see.
That was ten years ago.
This is now.
Anyone get that reference? No...? Ahem, moving swiftly on...
Blimey, 10 years already? Really doesn't feel like it. Whilst my first introduction to Doctor Who was the repeats of the 1960s Dalek movies on BBC Two back in 2003 (or whenever they were on pre-NuWho), I was finally given the knowledge about the show. Well, after Series 2 aired anyway, and it was basically me and my friends glaring at the Doctor Who site back in school. Then once I found out Utopia was on, that's basically where I got hooked. This show means a great deal to me, and whilst I may dislike certain things, or certain episodes (particularly that one), I love this show to pieces, and I'll watch it for as long as I'm able to. I have the entire New Series on DVD on a shelf, and I'm utterly proud of it. I never hide my love for this show, and that presents itself as a testament to how the New Series has really done well.
Series 9 is already showing good vibes, so the show is in no way slowing down, when you consider recent BBC events. This program will be around for many years, even if it does get cancelled again, but I feel the New Series is an example to all of television how to correctly bring back a show, without compromising anything that made the original great.
Here's to Russell T Davis, the genius writer who resurrected what is probably the greatest television program in all human history. Now how about the BBC go ahead and release that obvious celebration mini-episode that they very clearly have filmed and waiting to be shown. Yes? *wink wink nudge nudge*
16 hours ago on Doctor Who’s Revival: 10 Years On
This wreaks of predictability. Like the DWM poll before it, I swear these votes are done entirely on nostalgia reason, instead of real plot comparison. This is just me though, I'm sure many people consider the 50th the best episode of all time, although why is beyond my comprehension. It's fantastic, but there's a limit to how much I can be amazed with.
50th will win this, so it will be getting my vote. Neither of these are in my hypothetical top 10, but one has to get the vote, and considering I hate the Weeping Angels, it's only fair. Not in Blink though, they're only good in Blink
And hey, The Angels Take Manhattan didn't even breach this! My lengthy debate seems to have worked well. Ish. Hopefully it's the lowest when we get the full numbers. Cus ya know, that's where it belongs.
1 day, 6 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: The Grand Final
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @SonicTheHedgehogRules @LGwalchmai95 @Antee991166 @NumberNine Well I do remember those, but the Doctor Who Facebook page changed their cover photo and keep bringing up stuff about the 10th anniversary being a thing. It's a sign!
2 days, 2 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: Semi-Final #2
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @LGwalchmai95 @Antee991166 @NumberNine Hey, if the BBC acknowledge the 10th anniversary as a thing, with new promo images to celebrate it, there must be SOMETHING, right? A 2 minute mini-minisode, a comic, there has to be something.
Well that comic might actually be that upcoming Titan one where 10, 11, and 12 meet. Must preorder that when they go up.
2 days, 5 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: Semi-Final #2
@supermoff is celebrating 10 years of New Who @SonicTheHedgehogRules Don't worry, there's always the Top 10 Moffat episodes to- oh, hmm. 50th might win that. Erm...
NOOOOO! THE WATERS OF MARS GOT KICKED OUT! You were so close my precious, SO CLOSE!
Damn, now I have to pick through this stuff. Let me see...
Human Nature/The Family of Blood for me. It's emotional and down to earth story is a really appealing one. Blink has become ever so slightly overrated, and tainted slightly by their following Series 5 appearance. We won't talk about their Series 7 appearance. Ever.
Although, I say my previous statement, and the 50th remains around. It's going to win regardless, so I'll vote The Eleventh Hour, as I do feel it's a tad better. Not really in my hypothetical top 10, but still worth the vote.
Poor Supermoff though. No space walks for him it seems.
@supermoff I still need some convincing. Not sue where to find it though.
3 days, 5 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: Semi-Final #1
Vincent and the Doctor, The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon, ah damn...
Welp, you've really got me there. So predictable this would happen, but damn, the tough decision. Let's quickly highlight the others before he get into the real meat of it.
Vincent is such a fantastic piece. It takes established history and gives it a wonderful Who twist. This also presents Van Gogh as such a wonderful, likable, and also tragic character. He's just so amazing, and highlights the entire episode really well.
This 2-parter is exactly how every season should begin. Such a bang, such questions, such scope and scale, it's crazy, and has completely set the standard! Let's hope Series 9 follows this up with an epic opener which echos all the way to the finale!
Hmm, the 50th or Listen. Honestly, I'll be much more inclined to vote for Listen, but my general fear is that I'll come off as someone who doesn't like the 50th. Like I've said before, I do really like it, I just have slight gripes with it from an anniversary celebration point of view, not a plot point of view. This is just me being a nitpicky Classic fanboy though. Listen, on the other hand, is an episode that really sticks with me long after it airs. I was always thinking about it during the week after it aired, it really stuck with me, and kinda made me much stronger emotionally, considering my state at the time. It just made me really happy again, and it gave me an entirely new concept to think about and ponder within our own tiny existence within such a vast universe. Getting all deep here, oh my. =P
So I'll pick Love and Monsters. kthxbai
4 days, 4 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: Moffat Era Triple
@supermoff Well, before I consider voting, I feel I should read some sort of defense on it. Where would I find that, I wonder...?
The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways, The Waters of Mars.
God I love The Waters of Mars. I should really rewatch it again.
Oh right, the others are good too. So yes! Yes indeed.
5 days, 7 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: RTD Era Triple
So, it's either pick Day of the Doctor, or don't bother voting, right?
The Series 8 finale, for me, really pulls on your emotions and your perception of life in general. It's an episode that really gets close to someone who can relate to topics spoken about. This, along with the emotional storyline present (which really affected me quite alot, surprising for the rock of ), makes it the much superior story.
Nothing against the 50th, not in the slightest. I love the 50th, it's still a magnificent piece of television history. It's just not anywhere near my top 10 (whatever that hypothetical top ten is outside of Earthshock and The Waters of Mars). For me, anniversary stories aren't exactly a good representation of Doctor Who. They're more about recaps and setting up the future, compared to actually providing something like, for example, the Series 8 finale. I consider anniversary stories much higher than regular stories, but also outside of the regular stories, if you catch my drift. You wouldn't show the 50th to a new viewer, because it would be rather offputting. However, what you would do was show someone an episode that's easy to jump onto, with such examples being The Girl in the Fireplace, The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit, The Eleventh Hour, and so on. These episodes just do the better job of introducing newbies to the lore.
Once again, absolutely nothing against the 50th, it's just that I feel this one doesn't particularly work well. Besides, the 50th wins automatically because it's the 50th. You all remember the DWM poll, right? It only got to the top place because of the hype, something I feel gives it the unfair advantage when compared to something else.
6 days, 2 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #12
I'll have to pick Listen at the end of the day. This really isn't fair in the slightest. Why do you do this to us!
I'm sorry Mummy, I love you dearly, but it's the tiniest of fractions!
1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #11
I'm ok with this. (eyes twitch, blood boils)
@Edmund_Dorff Last time we didn't have Daleks in a series was Season 26 in 1989. Even with that, I doubt they'll give them a hiatus. Daleks do well for the program.
If anything, pull a Frontier in Space for them in the New Series, where you don't know they're the villains until the very end of the first part, or penultimate episode, or whatever. There's shock value there.
1 week ago on Series 9: Episode 5 Filming Soon
@russell t dalek @SonicTheHedgehogRules Good opportunity to get rid of those god awful Nightmare in Silver costumes and give them new ones that don't look like rip offs.
@Edmund_Dorff Well, Moffat did say a year without Daleks was along time. And you know, nobody can bare a series without Daleks. So obligation! Maybe...
Wouldn't be surprised if this were a Dalek episode. I'm sure the BBC have to announce their obligatory return at some point. Just make 'em kill people and everyone will be satisfied.
You know what? I'll pick Flatline. Flatine doesn't have Strax in it to shame Sontarans more.
1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #10
You know, I never really thought of these episodes together for a comparison. Very interesting indeed...
Darn, I can't pick now. =/
1 week, 1 day ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #10
@Doctavarium Then the coin lands on its side and we all cry a little.
1 week, 2 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #9
Oh well this one is just way too easy. The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon for me. Can't beat this excellent 2 parter.
Still ain't fond of A Good Man Goes to War though. Something about it just doesn't sit right with me. Is it the title? The tone I dislike? I mean, I like the Headless Monks, not really much else though. Too much Amy not enough anything else.
I've never actually thought of Ireland as a local to visit, but I'd certainly be up for that! I'd love Doctor Who to explore a much wider list of areas, and different cultures and people always presents an interesting dynamic for the viewer.
Would also be nice for the Doctor Who universe to not be solely comprised of people wit British accents. I guess being British, you get used to it, but I'd still like to hear a different accent every so often.
1 week, 3 days ago on Why Doctor Who Should Visit Ireland
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @supermoff is now a Maximoff @SonicTheHedgehogRules I'd still watch both repeatedly over Angels. Eugh.
1 week, 3 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #8
@DaftDalek is excited for Blade Runner 2 @supermoff is now a Maximoff @SonicTheHedgehogRules He's an inspiration. A role model. A hero for the new age!
@supermoff is now a Maximoff @SonicTheHedgehogRules *scene, exterior, London council estate, our plucky young hero, Kel, begins a new adventure through time and space, on a quest to find new roads to tarmac up with his trusty pickaxe*
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @SonicTheHedgehogRules Why not both? Being the same episode? I'd dig that.
It's like choosing between a Peter Jackson directed episode or a new RTD episode. C'mon!
On that note, I'll reluctantly pick The Doctor's Wife. It's 0.0001% better.
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @TheNightmareChild I say it's a good way for us to reflect on things.
1 week, 4 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #7
@Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs Sounds like that blue stuff at the bar on Corusant in Attack of the Clones. Ain't the only weird thing in that bar though...
"You wanna buy some death sticks?"
Midnight for me. Something that really works about a monster you cannot see or identify. Originality at it's finest.
Turn Left is also quite good, developing Donna's character greatly, and setting up the 2 part finale that follows. Ain't it all just marvelous?
The Eleventh Hour is a classic, fantastic, rich story, so that one will win this time. Not that I dislike the finale, it's also really good, just minor nitpicks on my end.
1 week, 4 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #6
Pretty sure every Doctor Who story is supposed to be scary in one regard or another. For example, Fear Her terrified me, in relation to how one girl can cause so much damage to a council worker. Isn't that just frightening?
Make it a good one Mark, it's obvious you'll be next showrunner, so we'll just wait for that eventuality.
1 week, 4 days ago on Mark Gatiss Penning “Scary” Series 9 Episode
Human Nature/The Family of Blood for me, although I still love the Series 4 finale to pieces. Could do with a little less characters though, and could use more Davros, because, well he's freakin' Davros, he needs a show featuring just him!
HE COULD INTERVIEW CELEBRITIES ABOUT UPCOMING PROJECTS! BBC Commission that!
1 week, 6 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #5
As far as I'm concerned, Blink became this sort of overrated thing people went straight towards when thinking of Moffat. Hey, I think Blink is a fantastic, well crafted, well written episode, but goodness gracious is it hyped everytime it's mentioned. Bleh.
Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead for me, it seems. Love the original monster, River Song is reverse introduced here, leaving a great amount of mystery surrounding her. It works really well, and gives off a real tragic vibe near the end when River dies (and then is saved and uploaded to that thingy, what was it called? I forget), and it's just really beautiful to watch.
Ever Mr. Opposite me. I do wonder, however, did the atrocity make one of these face-offs? I'm unsure whether to dread it or to ignore it, if it is the case.
2 weeks ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #4
Well then, this vote becomes real close to call.
Of couse, it's the one and only The Waters of Mars for me. My favourite episode from the New Series, I feel this is the best the New Series has produced, showcasing exactly what a real, hard hitting drama. All the tones are correct, and theres some real at stake. I also love the Doctor's rage here, it's so unexpected and powerful. This one stll remains my second favourite episode from the entire show, and it's a beautifully written story, highlight if the specials.
That being said, The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit remain very close and dear to my heart. So many times did I plug my Series 2 Volume 4 DVD into my Playstation 2 and watch it over and over again (along with Love and Monsters, oh joy). I love these episodes to pieces, cannot praise them enough.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #3
The Girl in the Fireplace for me, no question about it.
I'll admit it, this is the only episode ever where I've shed a tear. Honestly, this one gets to me really hard. Like I said during the poll, this one just feels really magical and tragic. The music also really helps the tragedy of the story lift itself up. It's beautiful, I cannot get tired of watching this one. Love it!
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #2
We should bring back that third Cyberman from the left in Earthshock, whilst were at it. Such a memorable character.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on 5 Characters From Series 8 That Should Be In Series 9
Agree with most of this list. Karabraxos and the Paternoster Gang (to which I've never once refereed to them as such, through text or verbally, I just call 'em the VIctorian Crew), are my points of gripes.
Karabraxos is literally a one off character. Her story did full circle, so her return is kinda meaningless, not to mention unnecessary.
Now, about the Victorian Crew. Strax is the type of Sontaran Doctor Who needs for Series 9? This is a great article, but this sentence is just all kinds of wrong to me. If anything, Strax should be killed off before Sontarans are brought back. He presents a stain on their image, playing off the Sontarans as this unintelligent joke race created just for people to laugh at. They're not, and Strax basically undermines the Sontarans' fundamentals. Strax is damaging, and he;s the only Sontaran we have, not to mention the only one we have had since 2010. We need a proper story. A real one, with real Sontarans that aren't a joke. As for Jenny and Vastra? Meh. As of Series 8, they feel like a joke aswell. Maybe Moffat can tone down the fact that they're lesbians. It gives them a much needed dynamic, and I love Moffat for including it as a character point, but we all kinda know now, and (forgive me if I sound ignorant), but I'm certain actual lesbians don't act like this pair do, do they? Someone can probably correct and inform me, I'm a curious guy. Anyway, I certainly don't care for either of the 3 characters, and the fact that people want a spin-off of these guys before an 8th Doctor miniseries just baffles and boggles my mind. More Paul McGann, why would you deny that?
That's just me though. And, let's be honest, they're all still better than Osgood. =P
@Master Oswald Danes A certain council man would rather you pick the latter.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #1
Wow DWTV. We've had difficult polls in the past, but this? This is an entirely different, cruel, twisted, and evil level! Y U MAKE ME CHOOSE!
On that note, I will have to pick Dalek. The fraction is slim, and Dalek is just a fantastic modern classic. It takes the idea of a lone Dalek creating such a large threat. It's quite a powerful thought, and it echos into today, with Cold War and Into The Dalek being excellent comparisons. I love the finale to bits, but man, Dalek just takes that icing on the cake.
*eyes twitch, blood boils, forehead sweats, fists clench*
I'm ok with this.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: Moffat Era Recap
As long as every episode here is rated higher than The Angels Take Manhattan, I'll be satisfied.
@SirTrey I'm not sure how often it's used here in the UK, but I'm certain it isn't that much. Hey, if it creeped you out, Moffat won!
Although, saying that, I remember reading a comment (either here on DWTV or elsewhere) that was actually really heartbreaking. I don't really want to mention the details, but the short story, if anyone has a relative who has had this done, then I have the utmost respect for how they feel after watching this. It can be pretty horrible for some.
3 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 4
@DWTV is No Thrills DWTV "Best Kel the Council Man Moments"
Gotta miss that edit tool.
With this finale, I finally consider the Mondasian Cybermen's triumphant return (or at the very least the closest we'll ever get within the next 20 years, or whilst Moffat is in charge). No more upgrading or deleting, exactly how it should be. We know they aren't robots inside, the voices aren't ear grading, they actually pose a decent threat. You feel that sensation? That's the sensation of a mistreated monster FINALLY getting the break it deserves. I was really happy with this, I could finally enjoy an episode with Cybermen that didn't make me worry at the horrors of what the alternate universe idea from Series 2 would come up with next.
Now, of course, they're still flawed, the main problem being that they're overshadowed. I suppose it's one character with a personality and traits, over a species of cyborgs in this context, but it's still a tad disappointing. The second problem that persists is those awful designs. I'm still not a fan, and somehow they look worse here than anywhere else. They still feel a little like robots, and their poor choreography is still a pain to look up. They seem to have a rather large pole extending into their nether regions, with such stiff walking. I feel it emphasizes the "Cyber" part, and not the "Man" part, but honestly, DW/DiH is the best shot we've had so far. It's a good start guys, really well done. Now let's redesign them to look better, sound better, and most importantly, feel better. We're so close to stomping out the Cybusmen, and this is the first episode without them.
Modernized 80's Cybersuits, anyone? Voices included, but probably deeper and more synthy, if you catch my drift. Basically, the ones from that awesome Doctor Who fan anime. Just make that in the TV show and everyone will be happy!
Series 8 concludes on quite a high not, with real dark themes, ones that can potentially frighten you more than you could possibly imagine.
7, 9, 9, 8
Forest is the weakest of Series 8, without a question, but by no way does it make it a bad story, not at all. I feel it's a nice episode to lighten up an otherwise dark series. Although, looking back at it, it doesn't exactly come out as well as some would hope.
The finale. Oh, what a finale. Did you see that cliffhanger? Jaw dropped when I saw it. Obviously I have my own reasons against the Master being a female, but by jingo, Moffat did well. Not sure how anyone guessed it would happen, you really couldn't have. It seems so odd, but works so well! I love the themes portrayed here too, it's a real kick up the bum for the show, one I absolutely approve of. The impact is has given is certainly a good one in my eyes. Cyber-Dan? Oh god, it's beautiful. Cyber-Brig aswell? An absolute love letter to the fans. I don't really want to go into too much detail, because I'm sure someone else will (*cough* supermoff *cough*), but I love this finale greatly. Love it!
Now, I've only seen this Xmas special once, but I certainly liked what I saw. Nice way to toy with your perception of Santa too, along with a great presence of dream states. Who knows if the Doctor is still in the dream states now? Bit like Inception, but probably much less dramatic.
So Mr Moffat himself realize Strax is a joke. Very, uhh, unexpected. I doubt they'll never come back, because they will, much to my own "meh" attitude about it.
As for Clara? Well, she's my second favourite companion of the New Series (right behind Donna), so I say the longer she stays, the better. No complaints from me.
3 weeks ago on Moffat on Paternoster Return, Clara’s Original Exit