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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.
4 hours 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.
1 day, 2 hours 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.
1 day, 20 hours 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.
2 days, 20 hours 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 days, 15 hours 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 days, 23 hours 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.
6 days, 1 hour 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.
6 days, 3 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 1
@supermoff, defender of Series 6 @TheNightmareChild is... Peeves *Kills Supermoff with translator ball*
1 week 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 week 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 week, 2 days 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 week, 4 days 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 week, 5 days 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.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2009-10 Specials
I thought their relationship was always quite concrete.
2 weeks, 2 days 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
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2008 Part 3
Partners in Crime: 6/10. Monsters were a bit too silly, but it's still quite a fun opener.
Fires of Pompeii: 7/10. Good episode. Not outstanding, but a lot of good moments.
Planet of the Ood: 9/10. I don't know how this episode isn't more popular. It's story is fascinating. The Ood are cool. The fat guy turns into one. No complaints there!
Sontaran Stategem/Poison Sky: 6/10. Above average. It had some great moments, but I felt like something about it was lacking-- for some reason it just wasn't very thrilling. I don't know if it was the kid geniuses, the Sontarans, or the fairly boring UNIT staff-- I guess the atmosphere just wasn't quite right (pun definitely intended).
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2008 Part 1
@91 Queen of Evil Planet of the Odd??? How offensive!!!! XD
Yay, I'll be glad for more UNIT. Perhaps something along the lines of Raynor's Sontaran two-parter in format. And hopefully we will finally be able to silence the zygon-osgood theories.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Blink Director for Series 9
I agree- So far, I believe I have used every number on the scale but 3. The instructions for the poll state that 1 is bad and 10 is a classic, with 5 as average, so I try to have everything balance back to 5. I do notice a lot of people giving ranges from 5-10 or even 7-10, which always leaves me scratching your head. Why have a scale that goes 7-10? If your lowest episode is a 5, why not adjust your scale so that is a 1? People will always tell me they "just love the show too much" to give anything below a 5, but it still strikes me as odd to warp the scores statistically.
I proudly gave Fear Her a 1. It's my least favorite episode of New Who. Sure, I'd rather watch that than some boring reality show (unless the people get zapped by a laser and turned into Daleks at the end, of course!). That doesn't mean that the scale needs to consider that factor-- the poll isn't rating any crappy shows against it, so it's not like we have something to prove.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor Who and Episode Rankings
Ah, Series 3 part 2. From Human Nature on is one of the strongest runs of the show, in my opinion.
- 10/10, for the purposes of the poll. It fits the title of ''modern
classic." However, I no longer like it as much as I did on first watch.
The episode profits mostly on timey-wimey twists and jump scares, but on
rewatch they are all predictable. After 4 more episodes of Weeping
Angels, they just don't hold the same fear factor as they used to. After
4 series of Moffat, the twists aren't surprising. It was extremely well
done and on it's own was really quite brilliant. However, it just
doesn't hold the quality on rewatch like other episodes do.
- 10/10. A really interesting story, talks about the heat death of the
universe, Captain Jack, the Master... what more could you ask for?
Sound of Drums - 10/10. I really like this episode, for some reason.
The Master may not have been the best ever, but he really makes it both
fun and scary at the same time. All the characters are amazing. The
twists are believable and surprising. The music was great. I don't
really have any complaints.
Last of the Time Lords - 9/10.
Again, I really like it. The majority is flawless. However, it then
turns around with a few fatal flaws. The resolution is a bit quick and
silly. It's not as bad as Series 4 or 6's finale resolution in my
opinion, but it still is pretty bad. The Gollum doctor in a bird cage
was also quite terrible. Other than that, the Tocclafane were amazing--
perhaps the show's best creation of the revival. The Master was great.
The death scene was fantastic. Everything about the character
development just worked.
Voyage of the Damned - 6/10. I used to really hate this episode, but now I do like it a lot. The angel thing was cringey, the falling titanic on buckingham palace was also a bit... interesting. However, the characters are really believable. The episode manages to have the traditional Christmas romp feel without being too involving or silly, or overly festive. It had a lot of good ideas.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 3
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @Oswin, Happy that Clara stays ! @Shane Michaels I believe he died in the leaked scripts, and the scene was later cut out in order to allow for his return.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Infinite Potential: Where Could Big Finish Take New Who? (Part 2)
@TheOncomingHurricane @TazminDaytime Well maybe those were the missing two years of his life!
Smith and Jones: 8/10. A good, fun story. Nothing spectacular, but it was a modest thrilling episode that introduced Martha well.
The Shakespeare Code - 4/10. For some reason, this one never went well for me. I didn't like the Carronites, and the magic with words thing seemed cheesy, especially the "Shakespeare is a words genius" subplot.
Gridlock - 7/10. Not amazing, but very likeable.
Daleks in Manhatten - 6/10. This part is actually pretty good, for the most part. Some things were a bit silly, but overall it was pretty good.
Evolution of the Daleks - 1/10. No. Just no. Absolutely awful.
3 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 1
Love and Monsters: 2/10. It has some interesting ideas, and it's certainly different. I never liked Elton much, though. The ending was painfully awful. It gets a 2, simply because it's badness is a good laugh.
Fear Her: 1/10. My least favorite episode of New Who ever. The story was pretty rubbish, especially the "sing to devil dad" ending. The acting was perhaps the worst ever on the show. And the Doctor's hair looked stupid.
Army of Ghosts: 10/10. Wonderful finale. Despite popular opinion, I really like the Series 2 Cybermen. I also really like the direction they went with Rose.
Doomsday: 9/10. It's great. However, as epic as the Dalek reveal was, I think it would have been better as a Cyberman story. The "war" was not very well done, in my opinion. Still a great finale, though.
The Runaway Bride: 7/10. It's a perfect Christmas story. It's fun, not too intense, but still able to be taken as a serious episode of the show. The Racnoss were a bit silly, but the story was fun, over all. Also, the scene were Ten kills the Racnoss was great. I feel like this is the first time we see his try colors, hidden under the bouncy persona.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 3
Okay, that's all well and good. But the question is, does it really matter all that much? For instance, what is the real value in portraying women of colour talking to each other? Now that I think about it, I don't recall men of color talking to each other either, except maybe Martha's dad and Leo. Is that a problem too? I don't see how it is. The test seems a bit irrelevant to me.
Besides, many episodes have a very limited cast, so it doesn't feature women talking. For example, Listen would probably fail the test, because it had a limited cast. Cold war fails, because it's set on a soviet submarine. Of course there were no women, or people of colour, or members of the LGBT, because it's a soviet submarine! If there were, I would be upset, because it's historically inaccurate. The idea of representation may seem noble, but there's really no reason to throw a fit over it.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on How Often Does Doctor Who Pass The Bechdel Test?
@ Notsosmartguy @Browncoat of arms Well, the whole series was based around the love story between The Doctor and Rose, and then while they were "together" the Doctor had a fling with Madame de Pompadour. I guess that makes it seem a bit awkward.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 1
New Earth: 4/10. It was a whole lot of meh. It just seemed too tacky, and the Rose/Doctor romance was cringey.
Tooth and Claw: 5/10. I've never understood the love for this episode. It is very average, in my opinion.
School Reunion: 8/10. Fun story. Good to see Sarah Jane. I liked the development given to Ten. It was the first time that he seemed like the mature Time Lord he is, instead of a bouncy young guy. It added a depth to his character that was missing at the beginning of the series.
The Girl in the Fireplace: 8.5/10. It's a quite good. Very artsy, and well done. It's probably my least favorite Moffat script of the RTD era, however. The romance thing rubbed me the wrong way a bit.
Boom town: 5/10. It's fun, but nothing special. Pretty average.
Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways: both 10/10. Maybe it gets a bit soapy here or there, but it had a great atmosphere and story to it that really hasn't been matched.
The Christmas Invasion: 8/10. Good story. Not amazing, but above average.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2005 Part 3
I don't agree with the placings, but I agree on nearly everything you said. I love the RTD era for the characters-- In my opinion, he really gets people. All his characters manage to develop believably and react based on their established backgrounds.
Personally, I would put Nine first, followed by 10. I would stick Jack in there-- especially because of his fabulous Torchwood work. Also, I would have put Wilf higher. But besides that, great article!
1 month ago on Top 12 Best Written Russell T Davies Characters
He doesn't have the experience. We also don't know his skills with writing recurring characters or returning monsters. It's too early for that. Maybe in a few years...
1 month ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 3)
I agree with all of these except the director. MacKinnon was often good, but his unique transitions and slowmo scenes in Time Heist really bothered me. As I director, I much preferred Wilmhurst. He managed to capture the tone perfectly every time, and the effects were inventive but not distracting. To each their own, I suppose.
"Saying that someones position as a transgender clouded her
ability to make unbiased commentary on her evidence is disrespectful."
it wasn't an unbiased commentary, it was her opinion. She used quotes
to support her position that there is a problem with transphobia, but
the evidence could be interpreted in different ways that she didn't
consider. This is known as confirmation bias. That's what's happening
here, and there's no crime in that, but I simply think that the author's
offense is unwarranted given the situation. That's my opinion, but I'm
not dismissing her opinion as invalid at all-- I simply disagree.
"Saying that the author is using evidence that "isn't there" is
also disrespecting her opinion as invalid - both have been said in the
comments below, search through them yourselves if the constant debate is
not evidence enough."
People are saying that the evidence
can be interpreted differently, not just to support transphobia. She
uses it to fit her claim, but I believe that's not what was meant by the
statements she lists. I don't think the evidence supports her claim of
transphobia. We have the same evidence, but disagree on interpretation--
just like every other debate ever.
"NEVER did I say people were wrong to disagree, In fact I've
encouraged it. THE ONLY ISSUE I raised was people not treating the
author with enough civil respect, empathy and consinderation when making
their disagreements. NOT THE DISAGREEMENTS themselves. I've made that
incredibley clear in my main comment."
You said it was okay
to disagree, but then when they did disagree you called their opinion
disrespectful and out of line. I understand that you feel that we are
being unfair to the author of the article, but shaming opposing views by
suggesting they are against the rules of the community isn't heroic;
it's abuse of authority.
1 month ago on Little Boxes Will Make You Angry: Doctor Who and Transphobia
@Sontaran17 What exactly constitutes as "unfair criticism?" Saying that RTD or Moffat most likely didn't intend offense to transsexuals isn't unfair.
The author's situation makes here more sensitive to the topic, because she has experienced it first hand-- and that's okay. However, I disagree with her response of being offended by lines of script, because I do not believe that they were meant to offend at all. I don't really see how that is unfair. I would suggest that your criticism of these comments is more unjustified than the comments themselves.
@Sontaran17 @Beasts_a_Snarling - THE KANDYMAN'S APPRENTICE Okay, nobody said that...Confirmation bias is the tendency to interpret new evidence as
confirmation of one's existing beliefs or theories. I would say that is a
fairly good way to describe this article-- she is very sensitive to the topic, and therefore sees issue where other people do not.
@Beasts_a_Snarling - THE KANDYMAN'S APPRENTICE I agree, he does often have trouble branching out female characters. I do not believe he could write as complex characters as any of the companions in the RTD era. However, that's far from sexism.
It bothers me more that people pin labels on others with lack of evidence. A writing weakness does not equate to sexism, transphobia, or anything of the sort.
@Mark McCullough @Oodkind Again, sorry if that sounded discriminatory. It most certainly was not intended to be. What I meant was, not everyone thinks about transexuals all the time-- it's only prevalent in people who are part of that community. It's the same principle as learning a word and then hearing it for the rest of the day. It's not because you are different biologically, it's because that topic is in the front of your mind.
Yes, she was offended, but that's doesn't mean it was necessarily justified. I don't think she should have taken offense at that, because I am fairly certain it wasn't meant to be considered as such. I understand why she got offended, but I think it is a bit of an overreaction, considering it wasn't meant maliciously.
@ Notsosmartguy is nervous about Miles's fate. @Supermoff, member of CATS @whovian101 Yes, but the space dragon was unborn. I guess to some people, that makes it seem like an abortion.
Firstly, I think I have to say that I mean no offense in this comment. I'm sorry if anything I say offends you, but it is not intended to. I'll also say that totally understand your point of view, and that you are very sensitive to this topic. However, I think you may be reading into this a bit too much.
First, RTD. I think your interpretation that Cassandra being transgendered makes her a negative stereotype isn't very sound. The way I saw it, she's narcissistic and xenophobic. She was obsessed with looking pretty and remaining pure human. I don't think her being transgendered was intended to do anything with that. To be completely honest, I don't think it would occur to anyone who is not transgendered that it was intended to portray transgendered people negatively. I don't think the transgendered line was necessary at all, but I don't think it was intended to make Cassandra seem more bad. Furthermore, while I love much of RTD's writing, there's one thing I can't deny-- he is forgetful. Cassandra didn't just act positively to being male, she acted like it was a new experience. I think RTD simply forgot that he had written in that minor line about her being transgendered. Especially since RTD is such a vocal member of the LGBT community, I really don't think he intended any negativity towards them.
On Moffat, I don't see anything to label him as transphobic. Your only real argument is found in TDTWATW, but again I think you are looking way too deeply. His point was not that women were strong because they give birth. His point was mothers are strong. And it's true-- mothers are wired to protect their young in any species. I doubt what you thought of occurred to Moffat, or editors, or even anyone in the audience besides transgendered people who are sensitive to the subject. Again, I understand your sensitivity based on your current circumstances, but I think you are going a bit far be interpreting such things as offensive.
Finally, with Whithouse: I don't really want to defend him on this, in case you are correct that he is transphobic, but I will give him the benefit of the doubt. On Jack's line, yes, it seems a bit strange. However, it's not necessarily meant to be interpreted as negative. His friend started acting strange and then made a huge transition. Maybe Jack wanted to make sure he was there to help? On the horse named Susan, I genuinely think that Whithouse was intending to make a pro-transgendered joke and just failed at it. I don't think it was meant to be a slap in the face at all. You're line "it is clear that Mr. Whithouse was not previously a man of good character, and indeed was actually a bit of an arse." seems a bit far to go on a man you've never met. I understand that he offended you, and perhaps you should write him a letter. However, it's not enough evidence to prove that he's transphobic-- he seems more ignorant on the subject to me.
In conclusion, I understand why you find issue with this, but I think being offended by it is going a bit far. There's not enough evidence to establish that Doctor Who has a problem with Transphobia-- in fact, I would say it is much more accepting than most shows out there.
I feel like it could work. If it is well publicized, it would have the potential to increase the fanbase worldwide. You'd have to be very careful with the story. For instance, you don't want a reboot with a new First Doctor, like what happened to Star Trek. That could kill the show. It has to be canon with the TV show, and not try to put a 'new spin' on the main story. That's how we ended up with the ever-annoying half-human line. It would have to be well-written and be good at introducing new people to Who, so it doesn't become a cult gathering. A movie needs to attract new audiences, so it would have to build a complete story rather than referencing past events.
However, as long as it keeps the feel of Doctor Who, isn't too self-referential and sticks to the canon storyline, I think it could be great. I don't see any reason to be against the idea-- it's still more Doctor Who.
1 month ago on Why A Doctor Who Movie Is A Good Idea
Wow, DWTV. You had to do this? Well, I would have voted Missy if she was up against anyone else. But I have to vote Capaldi, this time. Sorry, Missy.
1 month, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #15: Outstanding Debut
1) Series 8 - My favorite of Moffat's era. Firstly, I loved Capaldi's Doctor. Smith was great, but I always felt he was a bit childish for my taste. Secondly, the tone of the series was great, which I felt was a bit lacking in the rest of Moffat's era except maybe Series 6A. The stories were, for the most part, brilliant. Sure, the series had a few flaws, but the series was still amazing.
2) Series 5 - Trailing close behind is Series 5. Part of why I like Series 5 was it was so refreshing. The visuals were stunning and the music was amazing. The tone was quite good for a series, as it made a good contrast to Series 4/2009 specials. Also, the arc was really nicely written. Eleven established himself solidly and was written consistently, which I feel was slightly lacking in early Series 8.
3) Series 6 - It started out so good. The silence were amazing, the opener was stunning, and everything looks like it would turn out brilliant. And then, it didn't. The tone of the first half of the series was a great direction to go, and then it turned around in 6B and became a goofy comedy full of illogical plot twists and ridiculous jargon, leaving the otherwise brilliant plot in ruins. When people say "never apply logic to Who," it seems this is what they meant. In sum, it started very strong and ended weak. Also, the majority of filler episodes weren't so good.
4) Series 7 - I guess a lot of people complained about too much arc in Series 6, so Series 7 didn't really go anywhere. It had some good moments, but it was largely forgettable for me. In Series 7A, a lot of interesting ideas were explored, but the ones that could've been amazing were paired with huge flaws. It also felt like the Ponds overstayed their welcome. Series 7B did better in the arc respect, but it still had flaws. Clara was badly written and inconsistent. The Doctor didn't have his usual charm, and the whole thing seemed a bit sloppy. I don't know if Moffat spent all his time making the 50th or Sherlock or what, but it just didn't have the quality of other seasons. It had some good episodes, but nothing in my top 10.
1 month, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #14: Moffat Series
@SirTrey While I thought the finale was quite good, think it does start to be rushed towards the end. It started strong but the second part got a bit cluttered and seemed to have trouble developing solid, clear ideas. It left you a bit confused which distracted from the story a bit. While I thought the story was really good, it wasn't told very well.
1 month, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #13: TV Story
From a storytelling perspective, I think I'll go with Listen. It's quite unique, and I thought the flow was unconventional but really worked. Following close behind are both of Mathieson's episodes and Last Christmas.
It's hard, because there were so many good ones this year! Mummy,
Listen, Flatline, Kill the Moon and Dark Water were all brilliant,
in my opinion, but I think it comes down to Listen and Mummy, for me.
Story of my life...
1 month, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #12: Pre-Title Sequence
If it's cannon with the TV show, I don't see why not. We could get a start of the Time War movie. Satisfy the McGann fans, maybe see Rassilon's rise to power. RTD could use his precious Daleks, maybe even bring back Davros. What could possibly go wrong?
1 month, 1 week ago on Russell T Davies Interested in Writing A Doctor Who Movie