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"This is where it gets complicated!"
Ha, indeed. I remember just being stunned at the Amy reveal.
Wonderful choices. Wonderful fun with this topic!
1 day, 12 hours ago on The Best Pre-Title Sequences of the Revival (Part 3)
At first I thought this would be easy. Blink is tremendous storytelling, so nice to just sit back and let the story unravel, or ravel due to the timey wimey nature of story, and just experience it. Can't think of anything that didn't seem to "fit" or jar me out of the episode. Loved it all, Sally, her prototype Rory boyfriend, and Larry, and the Angels, and the Doctor even made an appearance. I laugh everytime though when the Doctor and Martha get out of a cab - a CAB - in front of Sally. LOL. Silly Doctor, TARDISes are for travelling. . .
But, Day of the Doctor, while just as amazing storytelling as Blink, and even had more time to 'round out the story, left me wanting more -of what I still don't know- and had 3 Doctors, but hummmm
So I had to vote Blink.
1 day, 12 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: The Grand Final
The Name of the Doctor.
1 week, 1 day ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #10
1 week, 2 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #9
Another very difficult choice. Like yesterday's choices, these episodes are about equal with their share of hits and misses.
So very difficult, but The Impossible Astronaut 2 pt wins.
This is the hardest choice yet for me. These two are just about equals in their strenghts and weaknesses. Never tire of either.
Ultimately, I have to vote The Doctor's wife, because it is more about the Doctor than Vincent and the Doctor. That final scene of the madman and his box off to see the universe is the clencher.
1 week, 3 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #8
I've often wondered why post production doesn't catch things such as this. ADR sometimes is sooo very distracting, and flipped scenes, grrrr. . don't even get me started. You would think a popular program such as this would pay more attention to details - such as an actor's voice not matching in scenes in the same episode.
1 week, 4 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #7
Ohhhh, look, a big wall.
So, since I watch the 2 pt Pandorica episodes more than the Eleventh Hour, I have to vote for them.
The scene where the Doctor is dragged into the Pandorica while various aliens watch him go by in silence, with that amazing score blasting away is one of my very favorites.
I remember some critic writing that he thought Moffat had lived his entire adulthood waiting to write Amy's amazing lines about something borrowed, something blue etc into Who. Inspired and beautiful. And of course, the Doctor's speech to little Amy before stepping through the crack, is just genius, to me.
I was pretty new to Who, and only saw these episodes in rerun until I gotthe DVDs later, but I remember being awestruck with these two episodes.
1 week, 5 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #6
**struts around all cocky**
Did I call it or not, baahaha, two days ago? MY favorite River moment is Mr. Hardy's as well. And no, I am not sleeping with him. . ;)
Seriously, these selections are the best of River Song. Last Night is truly amazing. The chemistry between these two fairly leaps off the screen in that tiny short.
And from our Doctor who hates goodbyes:
"See ya 'round, Dr. Song."
1 week, 6 days ago on Top 10 River Song Moments (5-1)
Human Nature/Family of Blood, wins. The woman, what'sherface, the love interest, is one of my least favorite Who characters. I really can't think of anything nice to say about her. Oh except she had a lovely grand daughter. Another top performance from Tennant. No contest, really between these episodes.
1 week, 6 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #5
Nope. I would like to see more of River, but at the same time I like how her storyline was, seemingly, all wrapped up.
2 weeks ago on Top 10 River Song Moments (10-6)
"You watch us run!"
Stupid computer. So it's Silence in the Library!
2 weeks ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #4
Blink is great, and all that. .River! And River's involvement, past and future, with the Doctor!
"Well done", indeed. And to you as well. Thank you for a wonderful tribute to these two.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Why We Love Jack & River
Waters of Mars. One of Tennant's best.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #3
Easy peasy, Empty Child for the win.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #2
No contest for me. Dalek wins.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #1
Hummm, didn't click well with the 12th Doctor; a little disconnected and non-committal about series 8, trying hard to like it . . .pretty much describes me as well.
I think Capaldi is a good Doctor, and thought most of the episodes were average, or better, so what is my problem? Much like J.J. Abram's rebooting of Star Trek, Doctor Who feels completely rebooted as well - pretty much turned on its head, and somehow not "clicking" with me.
And I'm truly glad there is a big, faithful, energetic fan based audience.
Bring on Series 9, indeed! Perhaps I'll like it better.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor Why Bother?
Thank you for this insighful article.
I had been fixated on the Doctor's line of "..in this version of reality. ." when he was speaking of the Pond's first night together in the TARDIS, from the first time I saw the episode, but wasn't smart enough to figure out how it fit in the Who storytelling. I wasn't online then so never saw discussion about it, until now.
This helps loads. I just decided that Time Lords jumped about in parallel universes as well as time, and thinking about it too much made my head hurt, so filed it away under things about Doctor Who that confuse me.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Wibbly Continuity: Filling in the Cracks of the Moffat Era
Favorites, all three. So much good with them that the little things that annoy me get cancelled out. Average to 9.
And my favorite era ends.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 3
Hide. My 2nd favorite episode of this series. Can't find much to fault. Liked how the horror story, or ghost story, was revealed to be something else completely. Loved the bit about the future traveller being stuck in time. Loved the guest actors and how their character's love story matched and complemented the story. 9
Journey To the Center of the TARDIS. My 3rd favorite epidode. This episode felt like a mini movie to me. Firewoman had me lol as did the Doctor's confusion with the brothers: "Van Baalen, and Van Baalen. This could get confusing later." Lol. Liked the interior that was revealed to us esp the room with mementos from the Doctor's past. Great episode.
Crimson Horror. Don't like this episode. I was completely unspoiled for it. When it came on with the scientific theory about the opticgram I was so excited. Then as the episode progressed I was confused - was this a comedy or not. Nothing funny about parental abuse and abandonment, but surely the mother was overly camp, I was like 'what'? Best part was Ada, another strong character. She was so great, so like Shona, should she be a companion? I did look forward to the Doctor explaining Clara, but should have known better. It's complicated. Not even funny. 2
Nightmare In Silver. Humm. Too bad the updated cyberman wasn't continued. That was my favorite part. Clara found her bossy side. Ha! 6.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 2
I have to agree. Love, love, love Rings!
4 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1
The Bells of Saint John, ah, 6. Loved lots about this, esp the phone call the Doctor gets from Clara across time zones, the GI still evilly involved, the guest cast, but still, much of the episode doesn't work for me. 6
The Rings of Akhaten. I'm a lover of the episode. Absolutely one of my favorites. The Doctor's speech to Merry, what I call the 'star stuff' speech is my favorite, and I love the little actress who played Merry. Appreciated that although the Doctor reveals his soul to the monster, it wasn't enough to defeat him, and it took infinite possibilities to do so. And the music at that time is my favorite, too. 9
Cold War. Average, 5.
"I'm a Doctor, but probably not the one you expected." Best line ever. And from a Doctor with a criminally small amount of screen time.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on The Doctor Division
Well here we are on the last page.
The Power of Three. What an amazing title. What an amazing 30 mins or so. Then I don't know what the heck happened. What an amazing letdown. Memorial for the speech The Doctor tells Amy about things fading, etc., and the affection shown between these two. Still, can't rate this above average, 5.
The Angels Take Manhattan, or lookout Doctor Your Ten Is Showing. Another I have trouble rating. Terrible exit for the Ponds. Terrible idea that the Doctor can't ever, in any way, visit them, but River is somehow going to get a book to Amy!? What!? But. Wonderful 'human' flirting between the Doctor acting less alien and more human and River. Wonderful ending with the callback to the Eleventh Hour. Great music. Have to settle on 7.
The Snowmen. A favorite. Love just about everything about this episode, even if the Doctor is still acting way too human. Loved the story, the music, even Clara. 9
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2
Shona was great, and was a welcome addition to the episode, but to have her return in every episode? No. Strong supporting or guest characters are expected now, and there have been so many. Then theres the problem of time: how to write a good episode and include another character. And I assume keep her in character and contribute to the story. Sorry not enough time, 'cause the Doctor and the main companion have to, or should, carry the episode. Then there's the niggling worry that given equal screen time she might outshine Clara. Ooops, surely that can't happen.
No, just continue to write really good supporting characters in a supporting role. Like Shona.
1 month ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Return
What!? This was 2012? Where has time gone!?
Anyhow I love Series 7. Matt Smith promised it would be "epic", and it certainly delivered. I'm in the minority, I know, but I like how each episode was different, and love how Smith was great in each and every one.
Asylum is not a favorite so is rated the lowest with a 7. I say again, did you ever think you'd hear a Dalek cry?
Love Dinosaurs on a Spaceship. Solid 8. Tricy was fine with me, but I really didn't like the robot thingies. Love the beginning with the TARDIS materializing around thd Ponds, and the ending with Brian Williams oh so casually looking out the TARDIS. We hardly knew you, Brian. What a shame. I think ole Solomon got his warning to leave from the Doctor, so think he was justified in sending the missiles after him.
A Town Called Mercy, another 8. Loved the guest actors.
I will rewatch any of these at any time.
1 month ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 1
Oh, Closing Time. Didn't really care for it. Average, 5
1 month ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 3
The Girl Who Waited is a solid 9. Love how all 3 actors are given so much material to work with. Rory really shines, Amy is great esp when talking to her future self, and the Doctor shines front and center with all his alien-ness. Music is great.
The God Complex is another solid 8. Another great story of our alien Doctor not being able to let go of his human companions, but he does try. Love the ending with him all alone at the console - alone again.
Don't know how to rate The Wedding of River Song. Best pre-title sequence ever, but it doesn't save the episode. River is a favorite of mine but I really don't like her here. Just comes across as selfish to me. Not a fail episode, and not a winner. Certainly not ordinary, so maybe a 6 or 7.
oh, and I for one did not mind the reveal of how the Doctor escaped his fate even if it doesn't hold up to close scrutiny. Loved the music in this one.
TDTWTW is miserable. Only saving grace is the bit tacked on at the end of the Doctor showing up at the Pond's door. Rate this one a 2. At least one point for the TARDIS in the snow.
Something is missing. Did I skip an episode?
I might understand Let's Kill Hitler better now. Thanks.
1 month ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 2
Don't care for the Rebel Flesh/the Almost People. Just meh.
A Good Man Goes To War is a favorite.
Let's Kill Hitler, was to me, confusing. If I never see it again I won't miss it.
Night Terrors is my least favorite episode of the Matt Smith era, even if it did have some lol moments.
So, miss, miss, hit, what the heck, exterminate.
Prefer Curse of The Black Spot.
Clever storytelling about a ship within a ship. A properly Alien ship, too.
Great guest star. Wonderful dialog. Great saving scene in the middle when the Doctor talks about the best journey is having someone share it with you.
1 month ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 1
Absolutely. As I'm almost always carrying, that line about they're Americans was lost on me. At first. Now I find it funny.
Loved these episodes! The Impossible Astronaut was the first episode I saw as transmitted. I was so excited! Then the lead character gets killed off in the first few minutes leaving me stunned, only to reappear as his younger self! Amazing.
Day of the Moon is such clever storytelling. Working the original moon landing into the arc plot is genius. So much good in this episode: Canton Everett Delaware III, the Slience, River Song, to mention a few. And that kiss at the end between the Doctor and River certainly wasn't romantic to me. Look closely, past all the Doctor's squirming, and notice the look on his face as he realizes he hasn't acted as River apparently thought/expected him to. Such good acting.
The Curse of The Black Spot improved every time I watched it. The Doctor is pretty much a doofus. But in the middle is that really brief conversation between the Doctor and the Captain that really boosts the episode.
The Doctor's Wife is another hit. See, I'm not always grumpy.;) Love me some Doctor..
That ending is so perfect.
1 month ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 3
A Christmas Carol remains my favorite episode.
It also showcases Matt Smith's many talents, in one episode, more so than any of his previous episodes.
And contains my favorite quote, "Have I mentioned at any point all of time and space."
Love this. Thank you.
. . we're all stories in the end, just make it a good one. .
1 month ago on The Eleventh Doctor: The Oldest of Them All
Really miss Confidential.
1 month, 1 week ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 1
He just drops out of the sky and he's clever and mad and wonderful. Imagine what that does to an impressional young girl.
So that's not from any of these episodes, but it describes The Eleventh Hour perfectly for me. We are introduced to a eccentric new Doctor, a new companion, a new sonic, and a new TARDIS.
An added bonus for me was getting this on DVD and seeing all the tiny bits that had been shaved off to fit BBCA's time slot since I had only seen it in rerun.
Hello, I'm the Doctor, he says. Yes, yes you are, and I will always remember when you were. The Eleventh Hour. Doesn't get much better than this.
The Waters of Mars. Worth the price of admission alone to see Tennant lose his sh.., er, crap. Amazing episode.
1 month, 1 week ago on Rank the Revival: 2009-10 Specials
The Doctor and the TARDIS. Perfect.
1 month, 1 week ago on Top 10 Whoniverse Couples
Thank you for this! One of my favorite episodes, too!
2 months, 1 week ago on The Lord of the Dream: Amy’s Choice in Perspective
Difficult. Both have some redeeding qualities, but neither have enough to save them from being awful.
The Next Doctor is really good for the first 1/2 hour or so, and the reveal of this poor man's reason for thinking he is the Doctor, then the episode collapses into a cartoonish mess.
TDTWTW is only redeemable for the last couple of moments when the Doctor shows up at the Pond's door. No, there is some beautiful photography, too.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Festive Face-Off 2014 Winner
A Christmas Carol is my favorite episode of them all, so I am happy with the results. I like The End of Time as well, but it doesn't really feel like a "Christmas" episode.
Congrats to all involved with ACC!
Have yourselves a Merry Little Christmas, ya'll.
3 months ago on Merry (Last) Christmas!
This is beyond difficult! May have to flip a coin..
3 months ago on Festive Face-Off: The Snowmen vs The Time of the Doctor
Gush all you want to. Eleven is my favorite Doctor as well. Thanks for a wonderful article.
Merry Christmas, and, oh, Geronimo!
3 months ago on Why I Love… The Time of the Doctor
#2 they both transport the Doctor ? Maybe? No?
3 months ago on Last Christmas – Hints & Teasers (Set #2)