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I have become Oodkind.
Still one hour to go for me till the 26th, but forget that... Happy Anniversary, Revived Who!
And here's to the (irrational) hope that Eccleston will return for a special mini-episode.
23 hours, 12 minutes ago on Doctor Who’s Revival: 10 Years On
Well, both are good episodes, if slightly overrated. I rate both of them at 9/10.
Day of the Doctor was a wonderful celebration for the 50th. John Hurt was great as his role, and it was good to see all the Doctors. Plus Tom Baker, so yeah. However, the story was by no means perfect. The Zygon subplot was fairly weak, and the saving Gallifrey portion needed a lot of acceptance, considering it completely went against The End of Time. I think the reason it always places so high is because of nostalgia from the celebrations and a sense that if you dislike it, it's blasphemy.
Blink is also a very good episode. When I first saw it, I thought it was one of the best ever. However, I feel like it's not entirely rewatchable, as so much of its power comes from jump scares. There's also the facts that the Weeping Angels are a bit worn out now, and it's hard not to hold it against Blink. However, the story itself was interesting and different, at least of first watch.
Certainly not my top two choices, but I guess I'll go with Blink because I had fewer problems with the plot. It's pretty close, though.
1 day, 7 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: The Grand Final
Well that was predictable.
Aw, all my favorites are knocked out now... Oh well. I guess I'll go with Human Nature, because I'm tired of everything being knocked out by Blink.
2 days, 3 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: Semi-Final #2
Where can I buy that clock??
4 days, 7 hours ago on Weird and Wonderful
Easier group than yesterday's...
1) The Eleventh Hour. Not that Vincent isn't good; it isn't bad at all. But Hour just worked-- it effectively kicked off a new era. Vincent was above the average filler, and it was a beautiful episode, but it just didn't have the same feel.
2) Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon. Name was good, but it doesn't stand out the way this one does. The monsters were enticing, the resolution was exciting, and in general it worked a lot better than Name.
3) This is the hardest one for me. It's a bit odd how similar these episodes are in how I received them. Both are mostly brilliant, and both had an ending that I didn't particularly like at the time it aired, but both of which I have accepted now. I think I'll put my support behind Listen, because I think the episode itself was more interesting, though I feel a bit bad about not voting for the epicness of the War Doctor and Tom Baker...
4 days, 8 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: Moffat Era Triple
Eleven's aging really doesn't make sense at all. He didn't age significantly for 200 years while running from the silence in Series 6, and yet he aged considerably in the first 200 years on Trenzalore. Eleven finally regenerated about 600 years later. So in all, it took him about 1000 years to get old. That doesn't add up with the First Doctor got old in about 300 years, and finally regenerated from it about 100 years later.
And then of course, River claimed to be able to get younger with time...
I suppose you explain this by saying he doesn't age in the TARDIS, but then why did Amy and Rory age in it? You know, if Moffat didn't have that unhealthy obsession with aging characters, this all could have been avoided!
5 days, 2 hours ago on Wearing A Bit Thin: A Theory on Time Lord Ageing
I'm glad they are telling us more this year. The secrecy in last year's dry period was really irritating. And look where that got them: five leaked episodes.
1 week ago on Series 9: Episode 5 Filming Soon
My two favorite episodes of Series 8. I've been going back and forth on them since they aired... Listen: 10/10. A really beautiful and original episode. The most inventive thing we've had in a long time, and that made it amazing. Mummy: 10/10. It really captures the essence of Doctor Who, more than any other this season.
Darn you, DWTV! I think I'll have to think about this all day and come back to it later...
1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #11
All good choices. Some of my favorites were the end of Listen, Missy's Theme/The Nethersphere, and the Falling from the plane theme from Death in Heaven. Murray Gold did it again!
1 week ago on Top 21 Tracks of Series 8 (Part 1)
These are two good episode, but I don't share the sentiment for either of them that many people do.
Vincent and the Doctor was 8/10 for me. The Vincent stuff was quite good (despite minor, excusable historical inaccuracies) but the invisible chicken subplot was a bit off. This is the only time I can think of where the "monster of the week format" brought down the episode-- it really wasn't necessary.
I give The Doctor's Wife an 8.5/10. The House was an excellent villain. The parallel universe concept was quite good. The sentiment was there. However, I wasn't a fan of the way the TARDIS was portrayed.
Two beautiful episodes with a few flaws. I'll have to go for The Doctor's Wife, but it's pretty close.
1 week, 3 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #8
@Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs I wouldn't call it exactly scary-- more tense. However, I don't think the most scary thing was the monster at all. The "scary" aspect was the effect it had on the other humans in the train.
1 week, 4 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #7
Midnight is, in my opinion, the best episode of the revival. Not just for the original, unseen monster, or the scary atmosphere, or the flawless production. What really shines about it is its portrayal of humans. One thing about RTD: he understands people. This was him at his finest.
The focus on the mob mentality is really great, because its something that everyone seems to fall into at some point. Furthermore, the characters themselves were fleshed out perfectly-- and the story focuses on their failings, not on the typical "you are
amazing" plot the Tennant and Smith eras often pursued. The entire episode seemed like a character piece on humanity, and it is really fascinating. It's probably the most realistic episode of the revival-- I have no doubt that in this situation, people would react that way.
Turn Left was a great episode, but it just doesn't have that same quality.
I wish I could celebrate at this, but all I can think is "Oh no, not again." I just hope this isn't a repeat of Night Terrors...
1 week, 5 days ago on Mark Gatiss Penning “Scary” Series 9 Episode
@Silent_Angel Didn't we have that a few months ago, after Listen aired?
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #2
@allons_ywibblywobbly You're on the Ood sphere too? XD
The Empty Child. Not much of a competition for me. Girl in the Fireplace was a good episode with a great concept and setting, but I wasn't fond of the romantic portrayal of Ten-- especially when the series arc was basically him and Rose being together. I give it a 8/10, while TEC/TDD gets a 9.5/10 for it's brilliance.
Sorry DWTV, no tears today!
That Ten/Rose one is amazing, and the previously trailer is really well made! Great WAW, as usual!
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Weird and Wonderful
@Switcharoo True, the RTD era never felt rushed, but then again the stories were nowhere near as complex as much of Moffat's era. This made both developing the atmosphere and the plot much more feasible in 45 minutes. Back then, when there was a more complex story, such as Moffat's works, they were given two or even three parts, which gave time to develop everything at a good pace.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Why More Two-Parters Is A Good Thing
I think you need a healthy mix of one and two-parters. Some episodes are concept-based, and would collapse if they had too much running time. Mummy, Listen, Midnight, and Blink all come to mind; they were all the perfect length. If they were any longer, they would lost their effect.
Meanwhile, many, if not most, episodes are story-based-- the more traditional storytelling method used in the classic era. Sometimes, these feel better when they are longer and develop the atmosphere more, giving development to the characters and villains. This was very prevalent in Series 7: either the story was there but the world-building suffered, such as in Nightmare and Silver, or the atmosphere was right but the story was lacking, such as in The Power of Three.
A good story needs to be supported by the details, and often the episode must be longer in order to account for everything. Now this is not always the case: take an episode like Smith and Jones, in which it developed the characters and setting quite effectively and still managed an enjoyable story in 45 minutes. However, with Moffat's love for extremely complex stories, this short format is often not feasible.
@NumberNine @Oodkind Hmm, very ood indeed!
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: Moffat Era Recap
Since everyone's doing it, here's my official Ood-certified rankings. Top 15:
3. The Eleventh Hour
4. The Parting of the Ways
5. Silence in the Library
7. The Empty Child
9. Bad Wolf
10. The Family of Blood
11. Mummy on the Orient Express
12. Day of the Moon
13. The Sound of Drums
15. The Impossible Astronaut
And for the daily dose of negativity, the bottom 10:
107. The Unicorn and the Wasp
108. The Rebel Flesh
109. Night Terrors
110. The Shakespeare Code
111. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
112. The Almost People
113. The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
114. Evolution of the Daleks
115. Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
116. Love and Monsters
117. Fear Her
@SirTrey @MrRazza has always wanted to ram something I once saw someone who said he hated it because "Eccelstone suckssss," but that's the one negativity I recall hearing towards it. It certainly is a fantastic episode, especially for the Daleks.
@Antee991166 @Notsosmartguy Really? Most people I know consider it the strongest...
3 weeks ago on Moffat on Paternoster Return, Clara’s Original Exit
@Typo42 "Magic Carrots" @Amy Pond- all grown up @Gustaff @TheElusiveWhovian That complaint is about the ending they got, not that they should have stayed longer. The doctor was all depressed because they were gone, but it didn't make sense that he couldn't just go visit them the next year. No one complains that they left too early.
I'm glad he said this. I agree completely about River: She was interesting, but it got old. As for the Paternosters, I feel like they could come back and wouldn't feel worn out.
However, the characters themselves aren't amazing anyway. I liked Vastra and Jenny a lot in The Crimson Horror, but Strax was awful. I liked Strax a bit better in Deep Breath, but Vastra and Jenny were really badly written. Under the right writing I might like them, but I'd be fine if we never saw them again.
Forest: 4/10. I don't hate it, but it's not good. There were a lot of points that didn't make sense. The whole anabell storyline was badly handled. Best part was the next time trailer, even if it was a complete lie. Overall, below average.
Dark Water: 10/10. Absolutely amazing. I don't have much else to say.
Death in Heaven: 8/10. Doesn't quite live up the the previous part. It's a bit cluttered. Parts of it were a bit confusing. However, it still was great. And Missy was amazing.
Last Christmas: 8/10. Really great feel to the episode. It wasn't overly festive, so it's not cheesy and unwatchable. I wasn't too keen on the sleigh ride scene and Clara's "exit" kind of wasted that potential way for her to go, but other than that it was great.
3 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 4
He already did have some great one-liners last series. Like the bolt hole pun, or that going into the 2nd dimension would require "quite the diet." He doesn't need goofy antics like Smith and Tennant. He's hilarious as he is.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on DWM #484: What Next for the 12th Doctor?
Well that's a bit disappointing. I do want him to be slightly more likeable, as he was towards the end of the series, but I really hope the do t push him in the Tennant/Smith goofy kid direction. I much prefer the Third doctor-like seriousness for him.
Listen: 10/10. Really inventive episode. So many people criticize it for not being a traditional storyline, but I think that's what makes it interesting.
Time Heist: 6/10. Some great moments, but overall nothing that really stands out.
The Caretaker: 7/10. A fun épisode. I'd probably rate it higher if the doctor wasn't presented as rude for no reason.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 2
Deep Breath: 8.5/10 (voted 8) - a great start to the era. However, I disliked Paternoster, so the first 20 minutes or so we're exteremely dull and cringy for me. From the restaurant scene on was 10/10 material.
Into the Dalek: 7/10. Not brilliant, but better than more recent dalek stories. It did feel a bit cliche.
Robot of Sherwood: 4/10. Not for me. I found the petty fighting irritating. The resolution doesn't make sense.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 1
@Ivegotkidneys We've had the RTD Daleks nearly 10 years now... I think we could use a remodel. However, I don't like the shape of the Paradigm much. A subtle revamp of the RTD daleks would be good-- make them a bit bigger, change the colour. The Time War model is starting to feel too comfortable. What we really need, though, is a good Dalek story that makes them a real threat, which they really haven't been since The Stolen Earth.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2012-2013 Recap
Name: 7/10. It had a really great tone to it. It had it's flaws, but it still made an epic episode.
Day: 9/10. It was great as an anniversary special. It was a bit too fan-servicy for a normal episode and it had it's flaws, but it was amazing at what it did.
Time: 4/10. I really want to like this episode. However, I just can't. The storyline was unbearably rushed. Tasha Lem was completely undeveloped. I didn't like how the silence were portrayed. I didn't like how much time passed-- 200 years would have been enough; 800 was ridiculous, especially considering how there was no consequence of it in the Doctor's actions. It had some great ideas, but it was possibly the worst execution ever. However, the final regeneration scene (not the laser arm one-- the one in the TARDIS) was really quite nice.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 3
Hide: 6/10. Not a bad story, but nothing special. I didn't like the ending much, but it wasn't the worst.
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS - 1/10. My third-least favorite episode of the show. Uninspired story, awful acting, worst directing of New Who. Some sets were nice, but overall I would have preferred to see more rooms that were mentioned in Classic Who, rather than mostly corridors. The ending made no sense.
The Crimson Horror: 7/10. The story was pretty good. I liked Vastra and Jenny here a lot. But Strax was written as a little bratty child, which really got on my nerves.
Nightmare in Silver: 5/10. It's not as bad as people say, really. However, it could have been so much better it's pretty pathetic. I understand that Moffat wanted to save money for the 50th, but this really needed the other part. If it had more time, perhaps it would have been able to flesh out the story and be better received.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 2
Bells: 6/10. I thought it had a lot of good areas. It was a nice introduction for modern Clara. The concept of trapping people and the way the story flowed was great. However, this episode really bugs me because of the portrayal of WiFi-- it's entirely inaccurate. It is not a "soup," it's electromagnetic waves. You can not get hacked by the WiFi. Even if you could, simply clicking a link on your computer would not allow it to happen-- they could hack you regardless.
Akhaten: 5/10. It is a pretty episode, but that's about it. The story isn't the strongest. The leaf resolution bugged me. And why was it a different leaf from the one in Bells? It's an entirely different shape! http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Clara%27s_leaf The Doctor's speech was good though. Overall, it pretty much fits the definition of average.
Cold War: 3/10. I'm not really sure why I didn't like this episode. I was just dull for some reason. It was nice to see the ice warriors, though.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1
Ah yes, we are now onto the fantastic-moments-but-also-severely-flawed episodes.
Power of Three: 6/10. I thought the story was really interesting. It
had a great villain setup. And then, the episode ended, leaving the
Shakri and the random girl unexplained and having possibly the most
uninspired ending ever. What a waste... I sorta hope Chibnall returns
just to give this a second part. That year from Clara's perspective
could be quite interesting, and the Doctor could defeat the Shakri and
just leave a hologram running for his previous self to find. But until
that happens, is has to be about average.
The Angels Take
Manhatten: 4/10. The Amy/Rory moments were quite good. The concept of
harvesting people was brilliant. However, I was less impressed with
turning every statue into an angel, and the extremely holey plot.
Overall, the good moments just don't save the episode.
The Snowmen: 7/10. I don't really have complaints. It's not my favorite, but it wasn't a bad special.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2
@Dorf Doctor 11 is Dorf Johnson (Ford Smiley) @Oodkind I didn't like that he was erased from their memory either. However, I also had many other problems with the way they were portrayed.
First of all, the pathweb. This contradicted the whole idea of the daleks. They have never had a collective consciousness before. They are soldiers, not drones. They have always been portrayed as having their own thoughts and personalities, since their very first appearance in The Daleks. Even Into the Dalek contradicted this idea, by establishing that they have their own brains which are kept "pure" by machines. This fits in with Davros' vision in Genesis of the Daleks. They are not Borg drones, they are brilliant killing machines. In fact, the pathweb doesn't even make sense in context of the episode. If they were all controlled by a collective consciousness, they wouldn't need a parliament at all.
Secondly, the concept of beauty speech. The daleks didn't want to destroy defective drones because they were divinely hateful? The paradigm daleks, who apparently started the new dalek empire, destroyed the drones that created them, because they were inferior. The daleks in Journey's End wanted to destroy Caan because he was "a disgrace." But they didn't want to blow up a planet of defective daleks because they were "beautiful?" I'm not buying it. In fact, it doesn't even fit with Terry Nation's vision of the characters. They were modeled off Nazis. And Nazis killed their own citizens in order to purify themselves. This whole concept is completely un-dalek.
Thirdly, the daleks were afraid of blowing up the planet. Even though we were told in that very episode that "fear isn't dalek." Firstly, as established throughout new Who, daleks had their emotions removed. So they shouldn't be afraid to enter their own asylum to blow up the planet. It's not like they were afraid of dying-- they are created as soldiers. That's kind of the point. The whole plot point made them seem wimpy, totally different from how they were introduced in Dalek as brilliant cold killing machines.
Finally, they didn't act Dalek. Kidnapping the Doctor to do their dirty work is a stupid idea. They should have known he would escape. Besides, going to earth to kidnap his assistants? They are geniuses. They could have built a drone to drop the shield. Or sent one of their puppets in. The only reason to kidnap the Doctor would be for emotional reasons-- and that contradicts the idea of them being the best possible soldiers, using their brilliant minds.
1 month ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 1
Asylum of the Daleks - 7/10. I don't know what to think about this one. I liked the Oswin part a lot. However, I really dislike the direction Moffat took with the Daleks. Also, the divorce subplot was awful.
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship - 3/10. I don't hate this one, but it is far from good. The guest characters were awful. Nefertiti was not particularly well written, and the sexist hunter was just unwatchable. And don't even get me started on the robots. It gets a few points for Brian and Solomon, both of whom worked pretty well, but I wouldn't watch it again.
A Town Called Mercy - 5/10. The plot was fairly well done. However, I found the wild west setting to be pretty uninteresting. Pretty average for me.
@supermoff, defender of Series 6 @TheNightmareChild is... Peeves *Kills Supermoff with translator ball*
1 month ago on Weird and Wonderful
The Girl Who Waited: 9/10. Really a beautiful episode. It has a lot of great moments. In fact, I don't really have any complaints at all.
The God Complex: 7/10. A good episode. I don't share the love for it that many people do, but I don't hate it. Directing brought it up a knotch.
Closing Time: 4/10. It has some great moments, but the funny Craig stuff really didn't mesh with the disgraceful use of cybermen. The solution was awful. I might give it a higher score if it was an Auton episode instead, which really wouldn't have mattered to the plot anyway. The best part was the setup for the finale.
Wedding of River Song: I don't really know. Maybe a 5. If it was a filler episode, I might give it an 8 for originality, but it was far too silly for a finale. The ridiculousness of the episode was imaginative, but it really cheapened the plot that started so well in Series 6A. The Tesalecta solution was far too simple for the setup provided. The wedding scene seemed to be jammed in just for the purpose of concluding River's arc. It didn't even bring back Canton, even though he was supposed to be an important character. In fact, the only part I liked was the Brigadier scene. Basically, it was a disappointment.
TDTWATW: 2/10. The magic tree stuff was nauseating. Bringing the dad back was overly sentimental. The Doctor's silliness was over the top. And it featured the worst guest actress since the reboot. By far my least favorite christmas special.
1 month ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 3
The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People: 4/10 and 2/10. Something about it seemed wrong. The characters were rather bland, much like those in Cold Blood. I felt like the Doctor's silliness didn't mesh well with the darker tone. Overall, it just wasn't very appealing.
A Good Man Goes to War: 9/10. A lot of great concepts were brought together in this. The tone worked very well. The River reveal was a bit obvious, but it still had a rather good effect. My one qualm was the pre-credits scene, when the Doctor blows up the cyber-legion for no particular reason. I know it was meant to seem badass, but isn't killing tons of uninvolved people to make a point something villains do? Other Doctors fought that type of behavior.
Let's Kill Hitler: 6/10. It wasn't particularly bad. However, the tone was too silly for a sequel to AGMGTW, a trend which was followed the rest of the season. I felt like it, along with Wedding, cheapened the effect of the silence arc. However, it gets points for some great moments.
Night Terrors: 3/10. It's below average. It was set up to be really creepy, but it just didn't work out. The kid turned out to be an alien? And the parents are okay with that? It just wasn't a good story for me.
1 month ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 2
@supermoff, defender of Series 6 Interesting what you said about the similarities of Hitler and the Doctor. If that was Moffat's intention, it is an interesting idea. However if that was the case, they should have explored it, rather than shoving him in a closet in the first few minutes and ignoring the plot point after that.
The teselecta was interesting. I thought it was a good concept in this episode, though I wasn't keen on how it was used in the finale. For a series full of timey-wimey solutions, I thought the ending shouldn't have been so simple.
As for the humor, I agree. I loved River's line. However, I thought the overall tone of the episode was too silly after the darker tone of the first half of the series. I feel like the silliness of the 6B cheapened the storyline a lot, which is probably why Series 6 is often viewed as a weak series.
The last thing you'd expect... Well with all the talk of Shona, maybe Missy shows up at her house? Perhaps that's who the "witch's familiar" is.
1 month ago on Missy Back in Two-Part Series 9 Opener
Yay, Missy is back!!! That will be a great way to start a series. Sounds reminiscent of the Silence opener. Perhaps we are getting ready for an arc-heavy series? That would make a nice change after two years of more subtle plots.
I'm not sure how I feel about the amount of two-parters this series. I hope that we won't get rid of single part episodes entirely, since conceptual episodes such as Listen or Midnight would feel dragged out with multiple parts, and those are some of the best episodes. Though Moffat does like to go overboard with the fandom's requests, so I wouldn't put it past him.
Vampires - 6/10. A nice episode, but nothing special. Above average for the character development. Not much to say.
Amy's Choice - 7/10. I understand why this episode is so widely loved, but I just didn't find it to be a masterpiece. It was a bit slow, and the Amy/Rory love plot bothered me, especially Rory and the Doctor's cheap shots. It had some interesting narratives, though.
The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood - 4/10. The characters really lacked depth; this marked the first time I really missed RTD. The villain redesign was neat, but nothing mind blowing. The story was basically a ripoff of the Third Doctor story, minus Unit. It gets a few points for the ending scene, though.
1 month ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 2
Planet of the Dead: 5/10. Average. I liked the chemistry with Christina, but the episode itself had a lot of flaws.
Waters of Mars: 9/10. I probably don't love it as much as a lot of people do, but I still think it's a great episode.
The End of Time p1: 8/10. Not stunning, but still very good. Some things bothered me, for example the direction went with the Master, and the overplayed epicness.
The End of Time p2: 9/10. Some really great stuff. Not my favorite episode ever, but high quality.
1 month, 1 week ago on Rank the Revival: 2009-10 Specials
I thought their relationship was always quite concrete.
1 month, 1 week ago on Top 10 Whoniverse Couples
What?? No Elton and cement slab? HERESY!
@Mark McCullough @supermoff Nah, this is more accurate. tinyurl.com/ow9nknj
Midnight - can I go higher than a 10?
Turn Left - A really good episode. 9/10.
The Stolen Earth - A bit messy sometimes, but it was really epic. 9.5/10.
Journey's End - Some really great parts, but the resolutions weren't great. 8/10.
The Next Doctor - blah. 3/10
1 month, 1 week ago on Rank the Revival: 2008 Part 3