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Remembrance of the Daleks is a fantastic story, one of the best Dalek stories ever made and definitely the best of the 1980's, although the other two were very good as well. I couldn't get into The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, I don't find clowns menacing and the plot was far to pantomime for me to take seriously unfortunately. I've yet to see Dragonfire, but I like how it has the most literal cliffhanger ever. Survival is an incredibly original story with some absolutely stellar moments, only let down by the design of the Cheetah People. The Curse of Fenric is my favourite McCoy story, it oozes style, menace and originality and it made McCoy's last season go from great to absolutely amazing! Great article!
3 hours, 21 minutes ago on The Seventh Doctor: Five Favourites
@The Administrator @ilyootha is back in home Universe Not-British fans also pay for it by buying DVD's and other merchandise, Plus I'm pretty sure you have to pay for BBC America, or at least in the form of a cable package.
5 hours, 52 minutes ago on “Doctor Who Extra” Announced
@Ottoman14 Because there are fans all around the world who might want to see how it is made?
5 hours, 58 minutes ago on “Doctor Who Extra” Announced
@ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey Yes there was. After every episode, you could turn over to watch Doctor Who Confidential on BBC Three. It was usually very interesting to see how episodes were made, unfortunately it was cancelled after Series 6.
6 hours, 5 minutes ago on “Doctor Who Extra” Announced
Awesome! Its effectively Doctor Who Confidential reborn! Although its a bit of shame it will only be available for us Brtis, hopefully they'll put them on the DVD eventually.
6 hours, 6 minutes ago on “Doctor Who Extra” Announced
@Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd C'mon, whatever you think of Ace she can't be as bad as Mel!
6 hours, 40 minutes ago on Happy Birthday, Sylvester McCoy & Sophie Aldred
Ha! Never realised they had the same birthday, well happy birthday to a great Doctor and companion! Also pointing out, its would have been Anthony Ainley's (The Master 1981-89) birthday had he not died in 2004. We might be getting an article for him as well, but I'll wish him a happy birthday as well.
6 hours, 41 minutes ago on Happy Birthday, Sylvester McCoy & Sophie Aldred
@TheOncomingSnow @Gustaff Quick, before the fanfiction begins again!
20 hours, 14 minutes ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: New Earth
@supermoff I loved the Face of Boe! Such a lovely idea for a character and the prop used was pretty effective. Shame he had to die, I feel like a lot could have been done with his character, but his ending was so brilliant and sad that I've come to accept it. Although I wonder if we'll ever find out if Captain Jack becomes Boe, maybe its best we never do.
20 hours, 28 minutes ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: New Earth
Its an "okay" episode. The setting is interesting and the "zombie" plot is very original, but I don't really care for the rest of the episode. The comedy doesn't work for me and I don't remember it being funny as a kid either. So unfortunately I would describe it as "meh", it isn't bad but it isn't great either.
20 hours, 33 minutes ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: New Earth
I glanced at some of the details and there a bit too in-depth for me, so I might give this one a miss.
1 day, 1 hour ago on Moffat Previews Series 8 in Radio Times
Ahhh "Rose". This episode brings back strong memories since it was my first. Its job was to reintroduce Doctor Who and entertain a whole new generation and it definitely succeeded since it worked on me!
1 day, 18 hours ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Rose
@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! Victory of the Daleks was meant to be a two-parter? Wow, that could have solved most of my problems with it.
1 day, 21 hours ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 1-6)
@TardisBoy For me it probably goes:
1. Deep Breath
2. Into the Dalek
4. Robot of Sherwood
5. The Caretaker
6. Time Heist
1 day, 23 hours ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 1-6)
I am interested in "Robot of Sherwood", mostly because the robot looks pretty awesome and reminds me of "The Time Warrior", however Gatiss is a mixed bag, so we'll have to wait and see. "Listen" sounds a bit too much like "Blink" for me, but hopefully it will do something original. I had low expectations for "Time Heist" due to Thompson, but since Moffat is co-writing it, I have much higher hopes for it. "The Caretaker" has me intrigued, simply because of that robot, it looks terrifying and awesome.
I feel lazy saying it, but it has to be Deep Breath. Not is it almost certainly going to be a great episode, but also an important one that will be looked back upon as a new chapter in DW history. I am also looking forward to "Into the Dalek", I recently re-watched the "Waters of Mars" and it is amazing, so I have hopes for this episode as well.
Hmmmm...chalkboards? Could we have some relation to "Back to the Future", with history being changed? I know Doctor Who has got different time travel mechanics, but it could be something similar. Or maybe having a "whiteboard" in the TARDIS would look a bit cheap and I'm overthinking this!
2 days, 4 hours ago on Series 8: 5 Days Teaser
I like how they're using the clock cogs more and more, seriously hoping that the title sequence contains them like the fan version did.
2 days, 4 hours ago on Radio Times: Series 8 Cover
Looks great as usual! Plus the robot from Sherwood reminds of the robot knight in The Time Warrior. The guy to his left reminds me of The Android Invasion. Could be coincidences, but they did say this series would look back more at the classic era.
2 days, 4 hours ago on DWM #477: Peter Capaldi
@ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey I read a 4th Doctor book called "Festival of Death" which kind of had an afterlife, but I can't really remember since it was very complicated. Really awesome book though, would recommend.
2 days, 4 hours ago on Series 8: All Titles Revealed
"Deep Breath"-Really like this title
"Into the Dalek"-The title is still slightly cheesy for me
"Robots of Sherwood"-Very classic feel with this title
"Listen"-A little to similar to "Blink" for my liking, but still intriguing
"Time Heist"-Really intriguing, hopefully Thompson can prove himself this time
"The Caretaker"-Simple yet original
"Kill the Moon"-I don't really like this title, it feels a bit "weird", but maybe its appropriate for the episode
"Mummy on the Orient Express"-Colour me intrigued!
"Flatline"-Nice and simple
"In the Forest of the Night"-Very bizarre title for an episode that's supposed to have a lot of children
"Death in Heaven"-Even awesomer!
Keep in mind, this is just me nitpicking, I wasn't being that serious and I'm sure most of these episodes will turn out great : p
@supermoff @Antee991166 My thoughts exactly! Although, now I think about it, it might only be next weekend there is no W&W, I've only been on this site a year. I'm just basing that on the note at the bottom of the article.
2 days, 19 hours ago on Weird and Wonderful
Absolutely amazing Capaldi poster! Wait no, its a great Doctor Who poster in general, I want it on my wall! Shame we won't have Weird and Wonderful for the next few weeks, but having DW back will probably make up for it.
@simon delafield @Antee991166 Oh I agree the ratings were still very decent, I'm only saying that the ratings hadn't changed much in recent years, whereas now the show has reached an even higher popularity and so the show is in a much safer position. Season 22 got remarkable ratings, especially since it was up against The A-Team.
2 days, 21 hours ago on Is Doctor Who History Repeating Itself?
@supermoff If Peter Capaldi stays for 7 series or more, it would be the equivalent of the entire modern series all over again, which is pretty mind boggling.
2 days, 23 hours ago on Is Doctor Who History Repeating Itself?
Admittedly, another coincidence would be that the show decided to go down a darker route, after the 20th anniversary and the 50th anniversary respectively. Again though, the 20th anniversary was only a moderate success, whereas the 50th achieved global acclaim, so the situations are again very different.
3 days ago on Is Doctor Who History Repeating Itself?
Very interesting article! However, I wouldn't say Moffat is as divisive as JNT. During Moffat's run, a good portion of fans are critical, but under JNT the public itself began to lose interest in the show. I started watching in 2005, so I don't know what he was like in the 80's, and while I enjoy most of 80's DW, it is undoubtedly the weakest era of the show, which I would never say of Moffat, even though I prefer RTD. Besides, I blame the BBC more than anything else, if they had continued to support the show, then JNT would have eventually left and a more capable producer be installed. I don't think history will repeat itself, since the show is more popular than it ever has been, whereas in the mid 80's, the ratings had begun to stagnate around the 7 million mark, still very good but paling in comparison to previous years.
Link here: (remove the space)
The quote is at the very bottom.
3 days, 16 hours ago on Jenna Coleman Leaving at Christmas?
"The Independent" has just released an interview with Coleman (on the net) and she quite clearly states at the end: "At the moment I'm really happy. It's one of those jobs that will only happen once – the whole adventure that it brings. The key is not to worry about the future, and enjoy it." Doesn't disprove this source, but it would be a bit strange for her to leave after saying that.
@DrunkenDalek Even then, Tegan Jovanka is the longest running companion in terms of how long it was for the audience viewing the programme.
@Scootersfood @The Living Angel But against loads of classic companions, she really hasn't been in that long.
@ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey Don't worry, other Mirror headlines include someone who faked his own death so he didn't have to marry his fiancé, and a dog getting angry at a fox. Its not a credible source.
Supposing I did believe this, I'm not sure how to react. It depends on Clara's story throughout Series 8 and whether it feels like they've done all they can with her. For example, I don't think much more could have been done with Martha, and she left at the right time, whereas Amy & Rory overstayed their welcome and should have left at the end of Series 6, or at least I think so.
I never believe the press, since it always tries to get the most eye-catching headlines. Plus, "longest running companion"? I'm pretty sure 1 series and 10 episodes is a long way from longest companion. Amy, Sarah-Jane, Tegan, Jamie, Romana, Jo Grant and Rose all stayed longer, so I don't think this source can be trusted.
3 days, 17 hours ago on Jenna Coleman Leaving at Christmas?
@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen @Antee991166 @supermoff All I can remember is finding it boring unfortunately. Even the production team, to my knowledge, only used it because they had nothing else available. I think even Waris Hussein said he thought the first episode worked well, but the next 3 were just cavemen going "ug". Maybe they aren't as bad as I remember.
3 days, 18 hours ago on New Who: Doctor Debut Episodes
@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen @Antee991166 @supermoff In fairness, I haven't seen the last 3 episodes of An Unearthly Child in years, so maybe I should give them another chance. I personally feel "The Twin Dilemma" has a vaguely interesting plot on paper and I don't mind The Doctor strangling Peri since its post-regeneration trauma, but its definitely not a great episode. Time and the Rani on the other hand, made me bored, annoyed and I couldn't even enjoy McCoy's performance.
@supermoff @Antee991166 I consider McCoy's entire first season to be the worst in the show's history, none of the episodes are over 4/10 for me. I don't even like McCoy's Doctor, until he was given the freedom to become much darker and more manipulative in Remembrance of the Daleks. His last season is awesome though, so I can still enjoy his era.
@supermoff An Unearthly Child-9/10 (only the first episode)
Power of the Daleks-10/10 (based on the script I read)
Spearhead from Space-8/10
The Twin Dilemma-4/10
Time & Rani-1/10 (I honestly consider this to be worst episode ever)
TV Movie-6/10 (McGann's regeneration though is potentially the best regeneration)
The Christmas Invasion-9/10
The Eleventh Hour-7/10 (love the beginning and the ending, but the middle doesn't do much for me)
Great article! I have high expectations for Deep Breath, not just because all modern Doctor debuts have been great, but I do feel that Capaldi is going to offer a very different type of Doctor that we haven't seen since the days of McCoy, but with his own personal characterisation. Also, interesting point about Deep Breath being the first Doctor debut to be set in a historical setting, could offer some interesting new dynamics.
3 days, 19 hours ago on New Who: Doctor Debut Episodes
Although I wouldn't give any of these stories a 10/10, they are still all great in my eyes. I would probably give them all 8/10. These stories were especially great for me, since they were the first time I'd enjoyed Moffat's writing since "A Good Man Goes to War", and has given me extra excitement for Series 8!
4 days, 4 hours ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – The Doctor Trilogy
@ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey @TardisBoy It's probably one of the few episodes I cannot understand the hate for. I can understand people finding it "boring" or "disliking" it, but "hating" it?! How are "Meglos" and "Paradise Towers" better than it!?
4 days, 18 hours ago on 8 Potential Pitfalls for Series 8
@supermoff @LaraHarris "The Blind Banker" is the only episode of Sherlock that I don't like, although I do love "The Reichenbach Fall".
Very good article! These are all problems that this series might face, and although it will probably fall into at least one of them, I am confident it can bypass most of them. However, I disagree with the darkness problem. Tom Baker's first 3 seasons as The Doctor was arguably the darkest era in the show's history, and is also the most popular with both fans and the general public, so I don't think that will be an issue.
Aww, what a lovely response from Moffat! This is also fantastic news, if the new title sequence is anything like Hanshaw's youtube version, then I'll be a very happy whovian!
5 days, 3 hours ago on The Series 8 Title Sequence
This article completely sums up my views on the issue. I also do agree, that if there is an interesting explanation, then I don't mind it being used, just so long as the writers don't feel they "need" to include one. We will have to wait for Series 8 to air, and then decide whether the explanation was worthwhile or a waste of screen time, although based on the information we've been given, it could be very interesting!
5 days, 18 hours ago on Why Capaldi’s Previous Appearances Shouldn’t Really Matter
@ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey @DasManiac Plus in Britain we have iPlayer. I don't think I watched any of Series 7 live, I watched it a few hours later on my computer. Also I think I heard somewhere that ratings in Britain have only gone down by 100,000 since 2005, which means they're still in the 7-8 million range.
5 days, 20 hours ago on Capaldi Unclear on Series 9 Return
@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! Just noticed your comment. Deleted now.
5 days, 22 hours ago on Into The Dalek BBC Synopsis
I thought we had it confirmed he was staying for Series 9? Or was that an unconfirmed source?
5 days, 23 hours ago on Capaldi Unclear on Series 9 Return
@The Count I doubt they'll be gone "forever", but they may go away for a few years, which would definitely be a good decision to make.
6 days ago on Into The Dalek BBC Synopsis
Anyone have any theories what "lasagne" has to do with this episode as teased by Phil Ford? All I can think of is feeding Daleks lasagne somehow causes them to change, which doesn't sound very likely!
6 days, 3 hours ago on Into The Dalek BBC Synopsis