Long-time Whovian (entered the Whoniverse in April 2005) who has been commenting on Doctor Who TV since September 2011 and is thoroughly enjoying it! Has recently delved into the world of Big Finish and is loving the Dark Eyes series!
No. I genuinly cannot do it. Peter Capaldi is the perfect Doctor and the Doctor I've been waiting for, while Michelle Gomez made a potential disaster a phenomenal success and is my favourite Master. How can I possibly choose?!
1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #15: Outstanding Debut
1. Series 8 - look back through my comments, I'm sure you'll soon see how much I love it!
2. Series 7B - brilliant series overall, with Bells, Rings (oh how I love that episode!), Hide and Name being the standouts. Gatiss also puts in two fine entries, but Journey and Nightmare are... well, nightmarish journeys. Well, maybe they're not so bad. But they're not great.
3. Series 7A - great overall, but a disappointing exit for the Ponds in my opinion. A Town Called Mercy is by far the best here IMO, but Asylum is also great, great fun with some brilliant acting.
4. Series 5 - generally good with some epic and beautiful episodes (Hour, Beast, Vincent) and truly fantastic finale, but it does have some awful episodes (Victory, Flesh & Stone, Hungry/Blood) in my view.
5. Series 6 - first half is very good (except for The Doctor's Wife, which is meh), second half is not so good (apart from The God Complex and Closing Time), with my two least favourite New Who episodes in (Hitler and Terrors).
1 week, 1 day ago on Best of 2014 Awards #14: Moffat Series
Series 8, by a mile and the diameter of the Universe and every parallel Universe in existence. It was absolutely brilliant (my favourite ever)!
Are you a poet? If the answer is no, then you should be! That was fantastic :)
1 week, 2 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #13: TV Story
Oh, and Last Christmas is between Deep Breath and Robot of Sherwood.
Death in Heaven
Mummy on the Orient Express
Robot of Sherwood
Into the Dalek
Kill the Moon
In the Forest of the Night (although it has gone up lots in my rankings)
I've said it before and I'll say it again - in my opinion this was a truly phenomenal series - the best yet, actually. Perfection.
Went with Listen in the end.
1 week, 3 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #12: Pre-Title Sequence
@The Lazy Cat Yeah, definitely The Name of the Doctor for me too. I'd probably then go for The Pandorica Opens, The Stolen Earth, Day of the Moon, Listen, A Good Man Goes to War, Dark Water, The Impossible Astronaut, The Big Bang, The Wedding of River Song, The Girl in the Fireplace. They're my favourites (in that order).
For me it's between:
Deep Breath - for its epic first shot, the snappy reintroduction of the Paternoster Gang and my favourite first new Doctor moments of all time (Capaldi literally owns that scene).
Listen - sitting on top of the TARDIS, beautiful nature shots, great direction from Douglas Mackinnon, creepy writing from Moffat and stunning execution from Capaldi - possible the most unnerving pre-titles sequence ever.
Time Heist - mental. Absolutely mental. And brilliant. It left me in a complete WTF? state!
Mummy on the Orient Express - for being bloody terrifying! And for telling us the name of the episode without telling us - I mean, there's a freaky mummy, and it's on the Orient Express. I knew immediately that it was going t be one hell of a ride (get it? Ride, train...? No?)
Dark Water - was anyone expecting that? I sat down excited, going "yay it's the finale!", yet 2 minutes later I'm staring in disbelief at the TV with my jaw hanging out with the Racnoss children (that was a Who metaphor!) and feeling totally confused, excited and in love with Moffat once again.
1 week, 3 days ago on The Fourth Doctor By Gareth Roberts – Volume 1 Review
Happy Birthday to THE Doctor!
1 week, 3 days ago on Happy Birthday, Tom Baker!
Thanks to you, Gustaff, I have recently delved into the Big Finish world and am currently halfway through Dark Eyes 2, with Time's Horizon next on my list. I also have The Light at the End to listen to sometime, and I'm looking forward to giving Colin Baker's audios a go sometime in the future (where do you think is a good place for me to start with the Sixth Doctor?). Anyway, another great review!
Steven Moffat, easily. After writing the 50th Anniversay Special last year he had a lot to live up to, and he gave us one hell of a series; he also contributed my top 3 favourite episodes (Death in Heaven, then Dark Water, then Listen). Jamie Mathieson comes in second for contributing two brilliant episodes - I so hope that he returns soon!
1 week, 4 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #11: Writer
If it linked in nicely with the TV series and featured either the current actor playing the Doctor or a previous actor with an already established companion and a good plot, I think it could work. A movie about the Time War or a Doctor/Master showdown story would be awesome, and I think Russell would be great. The main thing is that it would have to have something that clearly makes it a movie and not just another TV episode, as we've already had two episodes screened in cinemas. But if it works (and works well), then I'm for it!
1 week, 5 days ago on Russell T Davies Interested in Writing A Doctor Who Movie
Best Lead Actor - Peter Capaldi
Best Recurring Actor - Michelle Gomez
Best Male Guest Actor - Peter Ferdinando
Best Female Guest Actor - Faye Marsay
Best Villain - Missy
Best Returning Monster - The Clockwork Droids
Best New Monster - The Boneless
Best Visual Effects - Flatline
Best Music Score - Death in Heaven
Best Director - Ben Wheatley (followed closely by Douglas Mackinnon)
1 week, 6 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #1-10 Recap
1. Death in Heaven - epic, bold, adventurous, dark - just awesome really! And I love the music during the Doctor's "good man" speech.
2. Into the Dalek - it sounded like stuff from the Classic Series! The opening track is awesome in this episode.
3. Deep Breath - I don't know why, but I really love it. It's mystical, fun, wild and gloomy - perfect for the episode.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Best of 2014 Awards #9: Music
Just watched Exit Wounds again... still crying :(
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Barrowman Reveals New Torchwood Plans
Mummy or Flatline? Hmmm... Think I'm going for Flatline - the mini TARDIS and the 3D Boneless looked phenomenal.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #8: Visual Effects
@Scribey What do you think of it so far? My favourite series is Series 2 personally, and my favourite character is Owen or Jack.
I don't care if they have to erase Children of Earth (even though it was phenomenal) and Miracle Day (actually, they can erase that all they like), all I want is for Tosh, Ianto and Owen (especially Owen, he is in my top 5 Whoniverse characters) to come back. Series 1 and 2 were by far the best IMO, with some stunning stories (Ghost Machine, Countrycide, They Keep Killing Suzie, Out of Time, Combat, Captain Jack Harkness, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Reset, Dead Man Walking, A Day in the Death (my personal favourite), Something Borrowed, Adrift, Fragments, Exit Wounds (oh, how I cried)), great character development (Owen again) and just wonderful television. I just want the old team back!
@Spadesey @supermoff I adore it! I watched it two nights ago in fact.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Toby Whithouse Two-parter Confirmed for Series 9
School Reunion - brilliant
The Vampires of Venice - brilliant
The God Complex - brilliant
A Town Called Mercy - brilliant
This news - brilliant
I love a) scary stories, b) two-parters, and c) Toby Whithouse. What's happening in Series 9? A scary two-parter written by Toby Whithouse? My life is complete!
Thanks to this news and the news about Torchwood my day has gone from meh to great!
OMG FHIS IS AMAZING NEWS TORCHWOOD IS BACK! All we need now is confirmation of a Series 5 with 13 separate episodes and in Cardiff. Oh well. I can dream...
Honestly, both episodes are meh for me. The Doctor's Wife is a great concept with a stunning script (so, to be fair, Gaiman did great) but it was poorly executed and lacks the tension or pace for me.
Nightmare in Silver is just awful. Matt Smith and Warwick Davis are the only good things about it. Clara felt out of character, the theme park setting wasn't utilised very well, the army characters were hateful, the resolution was just a big, rushed cop-out, the Cybermen were reduced to mindless, boring, cybernetic soldiers and the kids were so bad that I really wished the Cybermen had won. Sorry, rant over.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Neil Gaiman on Nightmare in Silver Reception
Ooh, overseas filming! I love a bit of new scenery, and Lanzarote was used phenomenally last year.
If only they did overstreet filming...
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain
3. The Cybermen - They're in last place because I just felt that they were really underutilised in an episode that was said to make them terrifying again (although it was still my favourite episode). And it did to an extent - the scene where they rose from the graves was chilling, and the body horror with Danny was very well done. And they can fly now, finally. But they could have done a massive Earth invasion and killed millions, as opposed to just wandering around graveyards.
2. The Daleks - To be honest, it was really close between the Daleks and the Droids.
We finally got an amazing Dalek story! Rusty was an interesting, new Dalek, the concept was original and well done, and the scenes when Rusty breaks out and it all goes slow-mo, and when the Daleks blow open the doors and advance down the corridor are both epic and have me grinning like a kid whenever I watch it!
1. Clockwork Droids - I was never a massive fan of them in The Girl in the Fireplace as I didn't find them that threatening. This time round, however, we learnt a bit about their background, their aims and the true horror of them. They felt fresh. And the concept is truly hideous - removing body parts from living humans before burning the body and using the body parts to rebuild themselves. Forget Weeping Angels - this scares me. In Deep Breath they're gruesome, they're clinical, they're merciless, they're relentless and they're downright creepy - the restaurant scene is proof of this. And don't breath? Yeah, I'd have been dead. But I think the true genius here is showing the humanity in them (well, the Half-Face Man). He's not just a dumb robot, and by adding that humanity to him ("it's beautiful") it adds real depth to a monster that I used to find dull. So yeah, the creepy body-burning breathless brooms wins this one for me!
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #6: Returning Monster
I usually watch an episode a day (although today I watched Deep Breath, Planet of the Dead and Cold War just because I was bored). Whenever I'm down, I'll watch a Doctor Who. Whenever I'm happy, I'll watch a Doctor Who. Whenever there's nothing on TV (and let's face it, there never is) I'll watch a Doctor Who. It's become a part of my day really!
2 weeks, 5 days ago on When Is the Best Time to Watch Doctor Who?
One of the best WaW's I've seen! Love that Series 1 - 8 fan trailer and title sequence! Oh, and the "No More" picture!
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Weird and Wonderful
@The Lazy Cat is in a Hugging Mood The chins were a bugger though :P
@The Lazy Cat is in a Hugging Mood To make my avatar I had to slightly elongate both faces so that they'd meet halfway. If the half/half effect is right and the distortion isn't too obvious, it shouldn't look too odd :)
It'd be interesting to see a Silurian ep with Vastra alongside the Doctor. Although I would love a proper Sontaran story featuring Strax, to give him some proper character development.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on 9 Predictions for Doctor Who Series 9…
I want to give this comment more than one like :)
Imagine a finale featuring Missy and another classic villain (*cough*Omega*cough*) the re-discovery of Gallifrey AND the departure of Clara (preferably one that will make me cry)! What a stunner that would be!
Didn't disagree with a single one of these points, and I can certainly say that if Series 9 includes these things (or at least some of them) it will be my favourite series of anything, ever!
Brilliant list! I agree with almost every one of those!
2 weeks, 5 days ago on New Who’s Best Cliffhangers (Part 2)
The Half-Face Man
The Sheriff of Nottingham
3 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #5: Best Villain
Missy. No doubt about it - she's the best Master ever and was so wonderfully naughty and evil. And bananas, of course.
Forest would be an interesting article (the oxygen "airbag", fireproof trees), as would Flatline and the 2D stuff as you said. Dark Water could also be quite interesting.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Sciencey Wiencey: Kill the Moon
Thankfully I managed to follow all of that (I am a bit of a science fan), but I can't applaud you enough Mark - that was a stunning article with some well thought out and plausible explanations for things I just immediately assumed were impossible! Very well done, and I look forward to the next one. I reckon the next episode to cover would be either Into the Dalek, Flatline or In the Forest of the Night (that one should be particularly interesting).
I've gotta say, Abigail Eames deserves a hell of a lot of credit for giving such a brilliant (and demanding) performance in In the Forest of the Night, especially at her age! And while we're on the topic of In the Forest of the Night, I reluctantly watched it again last night and found myself going from someone who absolutely despised the episode (I gave it a 3/10), to someone who actually really enjoyed and appreciated it! It's no longer bottom of my Series 8 list more, which is a crazy improvement (even if it is still quite low)!
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Best of 2014 Awards #4: Female Guest Actor
Definitely Faye Marsay for me, followed closely by Natalie Gumede, then Daisy Beaumont, then Abigail Eames, then Zawe Ashton, then Pippa Bennett-Warner.
THIS NEEDS TO HAPPEN!!!
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Why A Multi-Master Story Needs to Happen
The Production Notes make me laugh so much! After Doctor Who I think Moff should be a comedian. Or a power-crazed evil genius with an army of action figures...
I ordered Dark Eyes 2 today, so I can finally hear Alex Macqueen in action as the Master for the first time in a couple of days!
This is harder than I thought it would be - I genuinly can't decide between these five! I may have to skip this one :(
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #3: Male Guest Actor
Sorry, this HAS to go to Michelle Gomez. Making the Master a female could have been awful and could have damaged the series, but instead, Gomez's portrayal made it one of the best aspects of the series; also, she was the best Master ever IMO! (even my very old grandad, who has been watching since 1963, said she was his favourite Master!)
Sam Anderson comes a close second though, for giving us the charming, funny, wise and all-round awesome Danny Pink.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Best of 2014 #2: Recurring Actor
Wobbly-wibbly, wimey-timey... erm... big ball of... timelessness. Probably.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Doctor Who Battles Sherlock in National Television Awards
Well, if I remember correctly, Moffat did say there'd be a lot more minisodes in the future, but Night was the last one we had. I think a minisode is probably the best option for this event.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Russell T Davies on New Who’s 10th Anniversary
I'd like it if something was done, be it a little minisode, a behind-the-scenes programme on the return of the show, a book/magazine etc. Just something that gives it a bit of recognition and I'll be more than happy.