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 never really got into Robot and found it a bit slow, although Tom's performance and the Doctor/UNIT relationship was good to watch, as was Sarah Jane's compassion for the K1 robot.
I still have 't seen The Brain of Morbius, although it's high on my list on ones to watch! If it really is like Doctor Who does Frankenstein then I can't wait!
The Talons of Weng-Chiang is possibly my favourite or second favourite classic serial; I love everything about it, from the setting, to Jago & Litefoot, to the creepy villains (Mr Sin gave me nightmares), to Tom Baker's wonderful performance. Perfection!
The Invasion of Time is another great story. The first half is really odd and left me quite confused but intrigued, and the second half is just great fun! Also, I love the setting of Gallifrey.
2 days, 23 hours ago on Tom Baker: The Beginning, End and In-Between (Part 1)
10, 10, 10
The best of Doctor Who, and TDOTD is by far my favourite episode of all time. It's just a nostalgic, fun, engaging, intelligent and epic adventure with the perfect Doctors, and enough references to make it an episode that looks back as well as enough revalations to make it one that looks forward. Also, it is a phenomenal character study of the Doctor. Further explanations will come in the comments when the results are revealed (they will be my longest comments ever, just warning you all!)
3 days, 4 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 3
I noticed them on my re-watch the other day! They're just there doing their own thing!
3 days, 5 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 3
Absolutely brilliant and completely true review, and you have completely summed up my problem with the new Cybermen (they are robots, not emotionless and sick humans), AND you have even mentioned the brilliance of the 80s Cybermen (let's just have them back - I don't care if they have to erase every new Cyberman story, I just want the good ones back). This is probably my least favourite New Who story - boring, cringey, and it's like a kick in the teeth to the classic Cyberman stories.
4 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 2
I 100% agree with the last paragraph especially!
Is it me or is this episode just getting better and better? Normally I just look forward to the fact that a new series is starting, but I've rarely looked forward to the specific episode this much!
5 days, 7 hours ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain
I go through phases to be honest. At the end of January I was watching 6's episodes (criminally underrated stuff!), three weeks ago I was loving a bit of 4, two weeks ago I watched a load of 11's episodes, and in the past week I've watched the majority of 9's episodes and about 5 of 10's, who I'm now going to watch more of as I haven't seen his stuff in a while. Also, since December I've been listening to the Dark Eyes series and have fallen in love with 8 (and Alex Macqueen's Master!), so that's a sort of ongoing thing. 9 will always have a special place in my heart as he was my first and he is just such an interesting character portrayed by a fantastic actor (excuse the pun). However, 12 is challenging 9 as my favourite, but at the moment 9 is my favourite as I haven't seen 12 in a while, and when Series 8 was on it was the opposite.
The point I'm trying to make is this: my favourite Doctor is the one I'm watching or haven't seen in a while. But ultimately, as each actor/character brings their own thing to the show, and as they're all the same man...
I love them all equally.
6 days ago on The Doctor Division
Great article, really different! It's an interesting dilemma, but I wouldn't hesitate to be diverting the trolley to the side track in order to save the majority.
It'd be interesting to see a situation in which the Doctor has to sacrifice a companion/someone very close to him in order to save the majority (the Universe, probably). I can't think of a situation like this to date, but I might be wrong. I suppose something like the situation in The Satan Pit could be considered as another of these dilemmas, as the Doctor has to decide to destroy the Beast at the cost of potentially killing Rose (I was watching it earlier and it just sprang to mind!). But a situation in which the companion actually dies could definitely let us see a new side to the Doctor.
Coincidentally, not 30 minutes ago I was actually watching The Day of the Doctor!
1 week, 1 day ago on Doctor Who’s Impossible Choices and the Trolley Problem
I personally believe that the Series 9 opener will be when Missy first meets the Doctor (whereas Dark Water was when the Doctor first met Missy), and the events of the opener could potentially lead on to cause Missy's actions in the Series 8 finale. Then, I think we will see Missy again in the Series 9 finale (which I'm hoping will see Clara's heartbreaking departure and at least some significant development on the search for Gallifrey), in which the answer to the final question in this article will be revealed.
Great article by the way!
1 week, 3 days ago on Master Plan? The Mysteries of Missy
I have never seen a better behind-the-scenes clip! Michelle Gomez is hilarious!
1 week, 5 days ago on Missy Back in Two-Part Series 9 Opener
I've literally just watched Children of Earth: Day Four for the first time in about 18 months and cried again at Ianto's death :(
Two-part opener... By Steven Moffat... Featuring UNIT & Kate Stewart... And Missy?
*grins and then runs to the toilet*
"And the fact that Torchwood didn't feel like Torchwood anymore, with 3 members gone and the hub destroyed."
This pretty much sums up my problem with the last two series!
1 week, 6 days ago on Eve Myles Hopeful for Torchwood Series 5
At the end of this all I'm planning on doing the biggest comment(s) ever looking at my thoughts on each one, but for now I'll do this quick summary:
1. Series 1 - 9.28/10
2. Series 2 - 8.93/10
3. Series 3 - 8.86/10
4. Specials - 8.75/10
5. Series 4 - 8.5/10
Top 10 episodes:
1. Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways
3. The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit
4. Human Nature/The Family of Blood
5. School Reunion
6. Aliens of London/World War Three
8. The Waters of Mars
9. The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
10. The Unquiet Dead
Worst 5 episodes (with 1 being the worst):
1. The Doctor's Daughter
2. Fear Her
3. Army of Ghosts (although I love Doomsday)
4. Turn Left
5. New Earth
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: RTD Era Recap
Aah, Chris - I can never thank you enough for helping to revive the show and making me fall in love with the show all those years ago. You were absolutely fantastic. And you were MY Doctor. Happy Birthday!
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Happy Birthday, Chris Eccleston!
I think the dots represent excited Doctor Who fans...
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Blink Director for Series 9
So, audio-wise, we've got new Torchwood radio dramas, Six's regeneration and a modern UNIT spin-off series, along with Dark Eyes 4 on the horizon? I'm liking this!
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Kate Stewart Returns in UNIT Extinction
@Bow Ties Are Cool If you want some suggestions for which Classic Who eps to watch I'm happy to help! Although I do believe that someone wrote a darn good article on it a while back :)
Also, I do recommend BF audios - I've recently started listening to them with the Dark Eyes collection and they've blown me away!
Is anyone else really hoping for a return from Malcolm?
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am getting this I am getting this I am getting this I am getting this I am getting this I am getting this YEEEEEEESSSSSSS! I'm looking forward to hearing this box set. Very much.
@Runcible @Gustaff You. I like you. That is something that needs to happen!
Yay! I've wanted an episode set in Russia for ages, although I hope it's a historical as well as a creepy ghost story (or at least set in the past!) Really looking forward to these eps!
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Series 9 Filming: Capaldi on Set
New Earth - 7/10 - a meh episode for me. Nice CGI in some places (but there are some disasters), great makeup, good concept, great dilemma concerning medical ethics, but overall a bit boring and cheesy. Cassandra was not a villain I wanted a return from and Chip is a bit rubbish, but I love the Sisters of Plenitude and the ending is actually great. Tennant is pretty good with the script he's got, but Billie really is the star of the show and gives one of her finest performances in my opinion.
Tooth & Claw - 9/10 - I love this episode. The setting is creepy, the transformation is the stuff of nightmares, the cast are fantastic, and it never feels dull even if the latter half is just one big chase. The Werewolf looks great too. And I can forgive the monks, as they're actually kind of cool.
School Reunion - 10/10 - I LOVE this episode and have watched it countless times. 10, Rose, Mickey, Sarah Jane and K9 vs Anthony Head and some awesome CGI bat monsters. The school setting is utilised well and feels very real, the Krillitanes are great monsters who I want a return from, the cast are bloody fantastic, and the script is sublime - FULL of humour, but also bubbling with charm and poignance. The best scenes are in the cafè (I love the conversation between 10 and Sarah - who doesn't?), the scene between Tennant and Head by the pool, the scene where Finch tries to convince the Doctor to join the Krillitanes and Sladen delievers a beautiful speech that has become even more poignant after her death, and, of course, the beautiful goodbye scene.
The Girl in the Fireplace - 10/10 - I hated it for years, but overtime I've come to appreciate it more. Moffat's script is fantastic, blending complex time-travel, period drama, romance, horror and comedy. Also, it's one of Tennant's best performances IMO. Great plot, great monsters, great performances, heartbreaking conclusion - definitely a classic!
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 1
Does anyone know if anyone is doing any sort of article/series of articles to celebrate the 10 year mark? If not I wouldn't mind giving it a go, or if someone is then I wouldn't mind helping out! I would raise this on the Feature Article Discussion page but I haven't been able to find it since the "redecoration" :)
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2005 Part 1
10 years. Wow. Where did it go?
I do realise that I have just called AoL and WWT "modern classics", but I can't bring myself to give them lower :)
Rose - 10/10 - it could have gone badly. Like, really badly. But here we are, 10 years on, looking forward to Series 9. I love this episode to bits, and I can forgive the flaws (the burping wheelie bin for example) simply because I loved them when I was 5 and this episode is a true classic.
The End of the World - 8/10 - a good, solid story with some great CGI (for the time) and wonderful make-up, as well as an engaging, tense plotline and some exploration into the background of 9. Cassandra, however, isn't my favourite villain ever.
The Unquiet Dead - 10/10 - Charles Dickens, a beautifully-realised Victorian setting, creepy ghosts, a haunted house, zombies, sceances, a tragic ending and Charles Dickens. This episode is glorious from start to finish, and Eccleston's fine performance is one of the episode's highlights for me.
Aliens of London - 10/10 - I like the Slitheen. There, I said it. I want them to return so much. I said that too. I think this story is brilliant. Yes, you read that right. Rose realises the consequences of being the Doctor's companion, a spaceship crashes into Big Ben, Tosh makes her first appearance in the Whoniverse, UNIT make a return, aliens infiltrate Downing Street, and then, at the end, big green aliens climb out of skins of dead humans and threaten to kill our heroes. Add in great performances all round and a brilliant script and you've got a great episode.
World War Three - 10/10 - MY FIRST EVER DOCTOR WHO EPISODE!!!! It should get 10/10 just for that! Those 45 minutes spent on the sofa when I was 5 completely changed my life, and I'm so bloody glad I watched it! Anyway, aside from that, I think this episode is completely brilliant. I love the helplessness and confusion felt by the Doctor, Rose and Harriet as the world is on the brink of a nuclear war, and the development of Mickey (or is it Ricky?) in this single episode is fantastic. Along with that we have exploding Slitheen (again, it seemed like the coolest thing in the world when I was 5 and to some extent it still does!), explodey-wodey missiles and a beautiful ending scene. Can't fault it.
I will never forget the time when my 8-year-old self, my Whovian friend and Lis were on our own in a room together, and she signed my friend's forehead, some Who-related things I had and chatted to us about Doctor Who and SJA. She was so honest and friendly, and it was a truly magical day that I will never forget for the rest of my life.
1 month ago on Why I Love Sarah Jane Smith
Beautiful, brilliant article as always David, on THE Doctor Who companion - an intelligent, inquisitive, wonderful woman so beautifully and honestly portrayed by a wonderful, enthusiastic, inspiring woman. Happy Birthday Lis :)
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 month, 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 month, 1 week 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 month, 1 week 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 month, 1 week 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 month, 1 week ago on The Fourth Doctor By Gareth Roberts – Volume 1 Review
Happy Birthday to THE Doctor!
1 month, 1 week 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 month, 1 week 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 month, 2 weeks 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 month, 2 weeks 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.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #9: Music
Just watched Exit Wounds again... still crying :(
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Toby Whithouse Two-parter Confirmed for Series 9