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!
I fell off my chair and nearly punched my computer! That was a painful few minutes courtesy of DWTV :)
4 hours, 57 minutes ago on Doctor Who Future in Doubt After Capaldi ‘Fracas’
Love it :)
5 hours, 7 minutes ago on Doctor Who Future in Doubt After Capaldi ‘Fracas’
Okay, some thoughts:
1. Great casting news, she's a great actress and I can't wait to see who she is playing and what she'll be like!
2. So these are two single episodes that have very similar titles... I would say it's just a coincidence, but this is Moffat. Then again, why would they be separate stories.
3. Absolutely buzzing for Treganna's episode, Out of Time was one of the best Torchwood episodes, if not the best, IMO.
4. Sorry, did I read that right? Jamie Mathieson AND Steven Moffat writing an episode TOGETHER? The two best New Who writers writing an episode TOGETHER? Permission to SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!
2 days, 1 hour ago on Series 9: The Girl Who Died, and The Woman Who Lived
Hehe, can't wait for this!
3 days, 4 hours ago on Doctor Who Presents… Doom Coalition
Honestly, L&M is one of my fave episodes - not a classic by any means, but it's ambitious, wildly entertaining and has some great through-provoking moments (such as Elton's speech at the end). Definitely worth a re-watch. And Fear Her is certainly not worthy of the criticism it endlessly receives either.
4 days, 16 hours ago on Why I Love Fear Her And Love & Monsters
Can I just say to both of you, THANK YOU for these pieces on two completely underrated episodes! I actually adore L&M and couldn't have praised it better myself - it's just a (and yes, I am going to say this) great piece of television that is fun and entertaining as well as being serious and though-provoking. Likewise, Fear Her is a terrifying concept that is actually presented quite well in a familiar, realistic setting with an ending that always makes me smile.
To be honest, I'm not entirely bothered by them not yet having the New Series license, a) because I've only just got into them and have a hell of a lot to listen to, and b) because why not keep doing the Classic Doctors while they're still around and then do the New Series Doctors when they've been off air for a while (like, 20 years or something) so the actors are less busy and the audios with them feel more special.
4 days, 19 hours ago on Big Finish Confirms Audio Stories Until 2020
Permission to SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!
@rorythehipster Are you a clone of me?
4 days, 21 hours ago on The Bottom 10 TV Stories of the Decade
@Antee991166 I'm with you on The Doctor's Wife my friend! You're possibly the only other person I know who doesn't like it!
@Planet of the Deaf @DWTV - Barbarically Evil If it's not in the bottom 15 I will cry.
@supermoff @Baker Street has been a fan for 10 YEARS! Ah, yes, about that... um, well, I don't like ponchos or ponytails. Or those weird eye things. Probably.
To be honest, I'm not entirely sure why I don't like it! I guess it's just not my dream episode (get it, dream episode? No?)
@Reeze, agent of C.L.A.R.A. The day after I watched it I despised it, but now I can actually appreciate it and, weirdly, really enjoy it! I think "charming" is a pretty apt description :)
4 days, 22 hours ago on The Bottom 10 TV Stories of the Decade
@Ivegotkidneys Blasphemy! Blasphemy! Blasphemy! ELO ARE BRILLIANT!
@DWTV - Barbarically Evil Damn.
@DWTV - Barbarically Evil Phew.
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! I love both TIL and TCOTBS!
My bottom 10 episodes are:
88. The Wedding of River Song
89. The Girl Who Waited (please don't hurt me!)
90. The Next Doctor
91. Let's Kill Hitler
92. The Runaway Bride
93. The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood
94. Nightmare in Silver
95. The Doctor's Daughter
96. Amy's Choice
97. Night Terrors
Episodes on this list compared to where they are in my New Who list (all placings are out of 97):
- Fear Her - [81st]
- Love & Monsters - [33rd]
- In the Forest of the Night - [59th]
- The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe - [80th]
- The Curse of the Black Spot - [46th]
- The Idiot's Lantern - [41st]
- Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks - [73rd]
- Night Terrors - [97th]
- The Lazarus Experiment - [36th]
- The Long Game - [44th]
So, all in all, I actually quite like most of these episodes!
- The Long Game
- The Idiot's Lantern
- Love & Monsters
- The Lazarus Experiment
- The Curse of the Black Spot
So I don't really like this list!
@Edoe @Baker Street has been a fan for 10 YEARS! I'll be posting my reasons for each placement tomorrow, either as a reply to the above comment or with the full set of results :)
5 days, 21 hours ago on Your Top 20 TV Stories of the Decade
Pretty happy with these results overall, although there are obviously some differences to my list. I think it's a testament to the quality of the Revived Series that I think every one of these 20 is a television masterpiece!
2.Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways
3.The Day of the Doctor
4.Dark Water/Death in Heaven
5.The Rings of Akhaten
6.Mummy on the Orient Express
8.Human Nature/The Family of Blood
10.The Waters of Mars
11.The Name of the Doctor
12.The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit
13.The Eleventh Hour
16.The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon
17.The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
18.Vincent and the Doctor
20.The Bells of Saint John
21.The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang
23.Aliens of London/World War Three
24.The Girl in the Fireplace
25.The Time of the Doctor
26.The End of Time
27.The End of the World
28.Into the Dalek
29.Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel
31.The Unquiet Dead
32.A Good Man Goes to War
33.Love & Monsters
34.A Town Called Mercy
35.Asylum of the Daleks
36.The Lazarus Experiment
37.Robot of Sherwood
38.The Power of Three
39.Army of Ghosts/Doomsday
40.A Christmas Carol
41.The Idiot's Lantern
43.Tooth and Claw
44.The Long Game
45.The Angels Take Manhattan
46.The Curse of the Black Spot
47.The Christmas Invasion
49.The Stolen Earth/Journey's End
50.Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead
53.The Unicorn and the Wasp
55.The Beast Below
57.Utopia/The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time
58.In the Forest of the Night
60.The Fires of Pompeii
61.Voyage of the Damned
63.Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
64.Planet of the Dead
67.The Crimson Horror
68.Kill the Moon
70.Planet of the Ood
72.The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People
73.Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks
74.The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone
75.The Vampires of Venice
76.The God Complex
77.The Doctor's Wife
78.The Sontaran Stratagem/The Poison Sky
79.Smith and Jones
80.The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
83.The Shakespeare Code
85.Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
86.Victory of the Daleks
87.Partners in Crime
88.The Wedding of River Song
89.The Girl Who Waited
90.The Next Doctor
91.Let's Kill Hitler
92.The Runaway Bride
93.The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood
94.Nightmare in Silver
95.The Doctor's Daughter
So in 2006 I began collecting Doctor Who Adventures and never missed an issue until I stopped collecting in 2010, and I also used to collect the Battles in Time magazines that were pretty epic (and I collected far too many trading cards that came with them). And then, as Matt Smith took over, I turned to DWM and have been an avid reader ever since. There we go, 10 years of New Who in magazines :)
6 days, 1 hour ago on DWM #485: The Trip Of A Lifetime
This looks stunning, I HAVE TO GET THIS!
Great book :)
6 days, 9 hours ago on Doctor Who’s Revival: 10 Years On
Beautiful comment supermoff, and completely true :)
6 days, 14 hours ago on Doctor Who’s Revival: 10 Years On
New Who has been my life. I was 5 when it started and have loved it ever since. It has been my companion throughout my childhood, my support and reassurance throughout my adolescent years and my constant relief in every problem. In two months I am taking my GCSEs, and I do not doubt that it will be my rock during those weeks and months. It has taught me to live optimistically and to be as kind as possible, as well as ensuring that life is fun and, well, the trip of a lifetime -- that works, I think?! I never thought all those years ago that I'd be so in love with the show 10 years on, and that I'd have watched each episode at least too many times. I never thought it could be so wonderful, so unique, so inspiring and honest and beautiful. I never thought I'd be on this site, now, typing this (although I'm so thankful I am). New Who has literally been my entire childhood and is something I will always cherish. It is not just a television programme - it is a way of life. And... yeah, it's a friend through which I have made many more friends, some of whom I have met, but most of whom I have not but are reading this comment now :)
Happy Anniversary New Who. And thank you. It really has been the trip of a lifetime.
Wow. 10 years! I was a wee 6-year-old fast asleep in my bed this time 10 years ago, who caught a glimpse of a man talking about the Earth turning and 4 weeks later tuned in to a programme about the same man and farting aliens. You can work out the rest...
Happy 10th Anniversary New Who!
6 days, 17 hours ago on The Best Pre-Title Sequences of the Revival (Part 3)
I will back you all the way! Gotta love a bit of Marc Warren being chased by Peter Kay in his underwear. But no, seriously, I do actually really love that story too!
6 days, 19 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: The Grand Final
If TDOTD wins we'll have the same top 2 as the DWM 2014 poll if memory serves me correctly...
6 days, 22 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: The Grand Final
Listen, Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways and Dark Water/Death in Heaven are my top 3... all gone :(
The Day of the Doctor for me, which I'll be watching tomorrow (as it is also a nice tribute to New Who). I could re-watch it forever and ever - it's 76 minutes of sumptuous visuals, intelligent and ingenious (as well as hilarious) writing and general Who-epicness. Well done to the Moff!
BW/TPotW should be number 1 :(
1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Semi-Final #2
I've gotta say, I am surprised to see TEH doing so well. I do love it (I watched it 13 times in the week after it was first broadcast!), but it's not actually in my top 15. Still gets a 10/10 though, so I suppose it's fair enough. The other three are all in my top 15.
Human Nature/The Family of Bloody - terrifying, beautiful, powerful, funny, haunting and completely unique - it's just brilliant, and infintely rewatchable.
The Day of the Doctor - while I may have wanted a longer episode with more Doctors and classic stuff, it was still a phenomenally phenomenal episode that went from hilarious, to serious, to beautiful, to Whogasmic, and then to fist-pumpingly wonderful. Yeah, it's fantastic.
"Listen. This is just a dream. But very clever people can hear dreams. So, please, just listen. I know you're afraid, but being afraid is all right... because didn't anybody ever tell you? Fear is a superpower. Fear can make you faster and cleverer and stronger. And one day, you're going to come back to this barn, and on that day you're going to be very afraid indeed. But that's okay, because if you're very wise and very strong, fear doesn't have to make you cruel or cowardly. Fear can make you kind. It doesn't matter if there's nothing under the bed or in the dark, so long as you know it's okay to be afraid of it. So, listen. If you listen to nothing else, listen to this. You're always going to be afraid, even if you learn to hide it. Fear is like... a companion; a constant companion, always there. But that's okay, because fear can bring us together. Fear can bring you home. I'm going to leave you something, just so you'll always remember, fear makes companions of us all."
This is possibly the best piece of writing ever. It's utterly beautiful and meaningful, and is a monumental moment in 51 years of character development for the Doctor as the same, inspiring words he said to Barbara in the Cave of Skulls all those years ago are heard once again. Absolutely fantastic.
1 week, 5 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #11
Ouch. I've re-watched most of the New Who episodes recently and have made a complete list from best to worst, which I'll post when the voting results are released. But I can reveal now that these two episodes are close. Very close. Listen comes in at 4th and Mummy on the Orient Express comes in at... 6th. Damn, I feel bad not voting for MOTOE - it is perfectly paced, with a stunning, stunning cast, a truly terrifying monster, a simple-but-engaging plot and a wonderfully Classic Who-esque feel; seriously, this feels like a Classic Doctor Who story done in the 21st century.
But then again, Listen is a stellar, authentic and beautiful story. It feels like a 90-minute monster movie despite being, essentially, a 45-minute character study - and the best character study of all time IMO. The Doctor's character is explored in a way like never before, so much so that we do not only see him revert to a child-like state of mind (he does not like to proved wrong, he cannot accept that he is scared for no reason, he is short-tempered, etc.) - despite also being the paternal figure - due to his fear, but we actually see the child he was, the lonely, outcast boy who was afraid. And then, that speech at the end: possibly the best piece of dialogue ever written/spoken. It's beyond phenomenal - it's moving, and meaningful, and haunting, and is the perfect end to a wonderful story.
Midnight for me. Superbly acted, claustrophobic, tense, terrifying and very, very inventive - a horror movie which sees our hero become powerless and terrified, all in one small room with very few special effects/CGI shots. One of RTD's classics.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #7
Aah, Mark Gatiss. On Sherlock he is a complete genius. On Doctor Who he is sometimes a genius. He's good at funny, he's good at history... but that's it. I adore his first two stories (and they also demonstrated that he can sometimes do dark and creepy), his Series 7 scripts were decent and fun, and Robot was a brilliant light-hearted romp, but far from the best of the series. On the other hand, I hate Victory and Night Terrors, with the latter being my least favourite episode. So this could be great news or it could be terrible news. Let's hope it's good.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Mark Gatiss Penning “Scary” Series 9 Episode
In case you haven't figured by now, my vote goes to the heartbreaking, spooky, fun, totally unique, beautiful and all-round fantastic Human Nature/The Family of Blood. It's a solid 10/10 IMO.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #5
Oh this is really easy! For me, The Stolen Earth is a fantastic episode - I love seeing the companions back together, the Doctor helpless, the return of Davros played by the superb Julian Bleach, and possible the best cliffhanger of all time. Trouble is, Journey's End lets it down. It has an alright first half (I loved Mickey and Sarah Jane back together, and Mickey and Jack), then gets a bit boring as the companions make their threats (although it does allow for some nice Doctor development and a wonderful reference to Genesis of the Daleks), then gets awful as the threat of the Daleks is gone in about two seconds and the Universe has been saved by flicking a switch that just happens to be next to where the now-super-clever-for-a-reason-that-was-a-bit-rubbishly-explained companion has fallen. The flying the Earth bit is a nice moment, as are the goodbye in the park and on the beach, and Donna's exit is admittedly heartbreaking. So basically, an alright second part that has an awful middle and horrific resolution lets down a brilliant first part. There we go, rant over.
Having said all of that I still don't know if it beats TIP/TSP. I won't do another big post, I'll just reel off some reasons as to why I love it:
The Ood are brilliant and very original; the Beast is terrifying, the possessed Toby Zed even more so (the scene where he kills Scooti is the scariest Doctor Who scene of all time IMO); there is a wonderful group of interesting, intelligent and likeable characters; the CGI of the black hole, Krop Tor, the caves and the Beast is all beautiful; Rose takes on a great leadership role; tense, spooky, claustrophobic atmosphere (would you wanna be on a rickety base on a creepy, faraway planet orbiting a black hole that might house the freakin' Devil?); beautiful sets (I love that Sanctuary Base); none of the characters are safe and there are some really quite upsetting deaths; the superb music score; the scene where the Devil mocks the crew members - great acting from all and a terrifying atmosphere (and voice); the scene where the Doctor triumphantly smashes the vases and declares just how much he values and trusts Rose; THE VENTILATION SHAFTS SCENE (insanely tense, expertly-directed, character deaths and fast-paced - what more could you want from a ventilation shaft chase scene? An Ood possessed by the Devil? Yeah, got that too).
So it's a solid 10/10 for both. Both are phenomenal base-under-seige stories, and these are quite easily the scariest two Doctor Who stories OF ALL TIME in my opinion. I refuse to separate them - so DWTV, I think you win :)
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #3
Okay, just rewatched TWoM and had completely forgotten how fantastic it was. It's truly terrifying thanks to the claustrophobic atmosphere, the persistence and deadliness of the Flood and the fact that our lovable group of characters are doomed from the start. However, this last point just makes the superb Time Lord Victorious scene all the more shocking - the Doctor can't take any more loss, and confidence combined with rage is never a good thing. It's intriguing and scary to see him go over the edge, leading not only to Adelaide's suicide, but also to a much darker and horrid Doctor. This is real character development. I feel that the true extent of how drastically his anger has changed him is when he actually asks to be thanked for once - it's actually unsettling.
Tennant is at his best here, amazingly giving one of his best ever performances just stood in the corner of a room while everything goes wrong and walking away from the base with a look of anguish and hopelessness, all thanks to his facial expressions. Truly great acting, as is the Time Lord Victorious which is truly chilling.
The scene with just the Doctor and Adelaide about Adelaide's legacy is beautiful, providing a moment of, well, "consolation" and demonstrating the Doctor's respect for this woman - a member of his beloved human race leading humanity off into the Universe. I also love the scene between the two of them while the Doctor is in the pod. The pain in his face at not being able to save anyone is heartbreaking, as is Adelaide's realisation that she has to die-- right before the crew are "slaughtered" one by one, in just a matter of minutes.
It's a perfect example of dramatic, emotional and engaging storytelling - an episode that took the base-under-seige format to a whole new level, gave us one of the most terrifying monsters of all time and also gave us the brilliant Flood. And it had a funny robot in it. I love a funny robot!
*trembles in fear*
Oh, easily The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit. Don't get me wrong, I really love The Waters of Mars and do find it quite terrifying, but it's actually (and I might get some hate for saying this) too doom and gloom for me. It's chilling seeing the Doctor change like he does, the Flood are nightmarish and look horrific, the atmosphere is claustrophobic and tense and...
Oh bugger. Oh [enter expletive here].
Genuinly, that top paragraph is what I began typing a minute ago without thinking. Halfway through, however, I realised that I haven't watched The Waters of Mars in a long time and actually it's flippin' amazing. But then that two-parter is one of my favourite episodes of all time... Ah. Oh dear.
Tell you what, I'll go away tonight and rewatch The Waters of Mars, so that I've watched both recently and can make a better judgement (I'll post my updated thoughts later hopefully). I thought this was going to be an easy one as well...
Ghost Machine - Torchwood S1 E3 - it's a twist on a line spoken by Lizzie Lewis to Ed Morgan, and who was murdered by Ed Morgan under a bridge, all of which Owen witnesses during his ghostly experience!! Sorry, I got a bit carried away there - I love that episode to bits :-)
3 weeks ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #2
Oops! I meant "best"! That's a pretty ironic autocorrect though :-)
A week ago I would probably have gone for The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances without hesitation... but today I'm really hesitating.
Hmm... maybe I shouldn't have watched that heartbreaking, tragic, hilarious, chilling, terrifying, engaging, timey-wimey 45 minutes of evocative, beautiful story-telling a few days ago.
You see, when I first watched The Girl in the Fireplace I didn't much like it, because when I was 6 all I really did was look at the pictures, laugh at the running bits, be scared at the scary bits and wait for the big epic and funny bits. I wasn't too keen on the romance and didn't really understand the brilliance of the combination of time zones, the beautiful character development or the scariness of the Droids. So I really didn't like it. But now, I do. And I adore it. So much so that it's challenging one of my all-time favourite episodes featuring my favourite Doctor and written by my favourite writer. So let's do some comparing to see which is best.
I love 9/Rose/Jack and 10/Rose/Mickey/Arthur the Horse equally (1-1). I adore the London Blitz period and the danger and eeriness it brings, but I also think that the pre-revolutionary France era is a stunning setting with its elegance and beauty that contrasts unbelievably well with the sci-fi 51st century spaceship that has its own horrifying mystery surrounding it and even brings up the occasional horse (1-2). Nancy is a brilliant character - mysterious, intelligent, traumatised but strong... but Madame de Pompadour is an exceptional character - not only does she challenge and cherish the Doctor, but she is strong-willed, courageous, compassionate and inquisitive - the perfect companion, I suppose - and brings out the bed in the Doctor. (1-3). The Empty Child is a terrifying villain, as are the rest of the gas mask zombies - the thought that a single touch could rewrite who you are is terrifying, and the relentlessness, persistence and strength of both; the Clockwork Droids are also terrifying in that they are persistent, merciless and like to cut up humans ('nuff said), and the scariness of both thrives on the fact that both are "programmed" to do what they do (no matter how awful) and nothing will stop them... but the Child just about gets my vote here for scaring the pants off me as a kid and for that scene when they're in its room... argh, I've got chills just thinking about it (2-3). Then I have to come to the standout scenes: for The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances it's undoubtedly the terrifying scene I've just mentioned as well as the scene on the bomb site - both when Nancy finally tells the truth and when the Doctor finally gets to triumphantly save everybody; for The Girl in the Fireplace it's the scene with the terrifying ticking clock that is actually broken (my "monster under the bed" nightmares had just stopped as well...), the beautiful scene where Reinette enters the Doctor's mind and the truly heartbreaking final scene which made me cry the other day. Special mentions to the horrific transformation of Dr Constantine, the scene where I swear the Doctor is partially drunk and calls the Droids' dads thick and the horse jumping through the mirror (just because I can't not mention it). So... oh, dammit, point to each (3-4). However, there's another, final point going to The Girl in the Fireplace due to the to the fact that it manages to effortlessly combine hardcore science-fiction, period drama, romance, tragedy and horror (with a dollop of timey-wimeyness on top) all into a sensational 45 minute gem.
So there we are. The Girl in the Fireplace has actually won 5-3. Steven Moffat, have some multigrain anti-oil on me!
Umm... how about The Empty Girl in the Fireplace? Can I have that?