"You cannot know the journey I have made. You do not know the extent of the wisdom I have acquired. I can sense many things throughout time and space and that is why I shall lead the Daleks to VICTORY!" - Dalek Time Controller
@SirTrey I think a TV series is unlikely since the prosthetics and Victorian setting would be expensive and time consuming. But if Big Finish gets the New Series license in the near future, then I think they would fit perfectly in a spin-off range.
15 minutes ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 1
@Notsosmartguy Well I didn't think it was hilarious any of those times. If a man slaps a woman its abuse. The same rule should be applied if a woman slaps a man. I didn't go on about it though.
1 hour, 22 minutes ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 1
@SonicTheHedgehogRules @supermoff, defender of Deep Breath Please let that happen! After listening to Dark Eyes 4 today, I've fallen even more in love with him!
1 hour, 39 minutes ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 1
Deep Breath-9/10-Fantastic introduction to a Doctor. Clara becomes a character that I absolutely adore .Brilliant villain. What's not to love?!
Into the Dalek-8/10-Best Dalek story since Series 1. Not especially original, but its solid and has no major flaws for me. Also the Daleks actually exterminate people! Its a miracle!
Robot of Sherwood-7/10-Nothing special, but still a very fun enjoyable story.
1 hour, 56 minutes ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 1
"Its the end...but the moment has been prepared for." Absolutely beautiful last words.
22 hours, 54 minutes ago on Tom Baker: The Beginning, End and In-Between (Part 2)
Strange choice of episodes, but each to their own!
The Pirate Planet-Is a strange, but enjoyable story. Very clever story and memorable villain.
Destiny of the Daleks-Not an episode I'm fond of, mostly because Douglas Adams was not a very good script editor. I don't mind light-hearted stories, but I think having one with the Dalkes is a very bad idea and it undermines their menace considerably. Also, that Romama regeneration is just...I won't even begin. Some good ideas, but its overall a let-down. Also, why did Terry Nation seem to forget the Daleks are supposed to have a mutant inside them? They keep getting referred to as "robots" and it really irks me.
Full Circle-An enjoyable, if flawed story. However, considering the fact that it was written by a 19 year old, I can forgive most of its problems.
Logopolis-I pretty much agree with your opinion on this episode. It didn't quite fit Tom Baker and it could have been better, but it was still a fairly solid story.
23 hours, 48 minutes ago on Tom Baker: The Beginning, End and In-Between (Part 2)
Well its been a bit of a rollercoaster for me throughout Series 6 & 7. A lot of bumps in the road and a lot of "pot"holes (hehehe). But fortunately we have Series 8 coming up, and that's when things start properly getting back on track!
1 day, 2 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012-2013 Recap
Robot is a very fun, if flawed story. The Robot does become too similar to King Kong, but I let this story off because its so fun!
I don't love The Brain of Morbius as much as some, but its still a fantastic story. As you said, it is Gothic Doctor Who's height and I really appreciate the lore-building with the Sisterhood of Karn. Hopefully Morbius will return one day in the TV series, since he's a great villain (his Big Finish appearance was pretty great).
The Talon's of Weng-Chiang really is the definition of a classic. Easily one of my favourite stories of all time!
The Invasion of Time is not a story I'm fond of unfortunately. It feels far too messy (understandable considering the chaos in production at the time) and I simply don't buy that the Sontarans could ever be able to invade Gallifrey. Plus, I've never forgiven the awful ending of Leela's character. Such a waste.
1 day, 6 hours ago on Tom Baker: The Beginning, End and In-Between (Part 1)
@MicahMahaffey His opinion isn't wrong. He simply has a different one to you.
2 days, 1 hour ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 3
@TheCyberDoctor was Born in Fire Blimey I'd forgotten all about The Last Day. Maybe its because I couldn't help but compare it The Night of the Doctor, but I found it pretty rubbish. It felt like a bad cutscene from an old Halo game or something.
@TardisBoy! Well fair enough. As I said, I still really enjoy the episode and it is probably the best anniversary story, but there are plenty of episodes that I prefer over it So I can't give it a 10 since that implies perfection, which for me it isn't. But its still damn good!
@TardisBoy! I really like the episode, but here are some of my flaws with it:
The Zygon Subplot-This whole B story is far less interesting than the main story and for me, starts to drag. Its not bad, but I really wish there was more screentime given to the main story. Additionally, I feel Zygons were a very odd choice of villain to include. I know Tennant wanted to face them, but they still feel like an odd choice.
Billie Piper-This is NOT me having a go at Billie Piper. She is a brilliant actress and she is brilliant here. But I don't understand why she was here. If she had been playing Rose, that would have made sense. But instead she's playing The Moment playing Rose playing the Bad Wolf. It just feels unnecessary.
The War Doctor-Again I am NOT having a go at John Hurt or the War Doctor, both are brilliant! BUT, this is not the incarnation I was expecting. I was expecting a Doctor who had broken the promise, instead we got Captain Grumpy. A brilliant Captain Grumpy, but not the sort of dark, mysterious and ruthless incarnation I had been led to believe.
Then there are some other things but I won't go into them. What I'm saying is, its a brilliant, beautiful and fantastic story, but there are parts of it I feel could have been better. Which is why I give it an 8.
2 days, 2 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 3
@Missy's vortex manipulator confirmed @TheCyberDoctor was Born in Fire I thought it was used pretty poorly in Series 7. Hopefully it'll come back one day and return to its former glory seen in the Troughton years.
2 days, 3 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 3
I suppose this a good occasion to discuss some of the other shows we got for the 50th anniversary. The Night of the Doctor was obviously a fantastic end to McGann's Doctor (made all the better after listening to his Big Finish audios). The Five(ish) Doctors was absolutely hilarious and wonderful to see Davison, C. Baker and McCoy again. The Culture Show Special was actually really informative and one of the best documentaries made about Doctor Who. But the real highlight for me had to be An Adventure in Space and Time. As good as The Day of the Doctor was, THIS was the highlight of the 50th anniversary. Moving, clever and wonderful in every way!
The Name of the Doctor-9/10-Solid finale
The Day of the Doctor-8/10-A very good episode, but perfect? No, it does have flaws.
The Time of the Doctor-7/10-I'll admit I haven't seen this episode in a while. For the most part its a fitting ending to the 11th Doctor, but it has significant problems unfortunately. But I still enjoy it overall.
@Deus_Ex_Machina It does sound very intriguing. Plus, I believe it saves the character of Leela after the quite frankly awful ending she got in the TV series. Making her a bodyguard of President Romana is a great idea!
2 days, 20 hours ago on Will Gallifrey Return in Series 9?
@Clara Bosswald, defender of Series 6. @Antee991166 Sorry, its just that I'm re-watching Game of Thrones at the moment so its on my mind. Oh god, I'm turning into Shona!
@Deus_Ex_Machina Yeah, I'm getting all pumped up for Dark Eyes 4 on Monday! Can't wait!
2 days, 21 hours ago on Will Gallifrey Return in Series 9?
@Deus_Ex_Machina I've got quite a large back catalogue of stories I bought in a sale last month to get through still. Also its a little bit annoying that the first 3 series are only available as CD's, I'd much rather only have a download and save £2 or so.
@Deus_Ex_Machina I loved him in Dark Eyes 3! I believe he is also in the Gallifrey series, but I haven't listened to them yet.
I hope that when Gallifrey returns, the CIA (Celestial Intervention Agency) get to make an appearance. They've only really appeared in the extended universe such as in Big Finish, but they're handled really well. I love the manipulation, coercion and intrigue that comes with them showing the darker side of Gallifreyan society. I think this could be handled really well as a series arc.
Great article! You raise some good points that would have to be dealt with. Arguably in many classic stories, such as The Invasion of Time and Arc of Infinity, the Time Lords were demystified, and this made less interesting. They were at their best in stories like The War Games and The Deadly Assassin where they are mysterious, menacing and corrupt. This would have to be done in the modern series, which is why I think a Game of Thrones-like political intrigue would be a very effective sort of story to involve them in. I think (and hope) we will see some steps towards Gallifrey's return in Series 9, but I'm not sure it will show up out of the blue.
@Gustaff @Antee991166 @TheCyberDoctor Hidden in Plain Sight I enjoy it, but it does have flaws that prevent it from being brilliant.
3 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 2
@Gustaff @Antee991166 Probably true, but I'm still very curious.
@TheCyberDoctor Hidden in Plain Sight @Antee991166 Initially it was very divisive. But I have seen a significant number of people who initially hated it, changing their opinions completely after some time has passed.
3 days, 1 hour ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 2
@Gustaff @Antee991166 Things might have changed though. Doubtless it will still be very popular, but I wonder if the faded hype may have changed peoples opinions on it.
Tomorrow will be an interesting set of episodes. I'll be very curious to see what opinions are of Day & Time of the Doctor after over a year of them airing.
@supermoff, defender of Hide @Gustaff @Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things With the exception of Earthshock I have to agree.
@supermoff, defender of Hide @Mikeyboss182 @Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs What are you talking about? That's a perfectly reasonable response when you've just been carried away by a metallic space monster.
@Gustaff @supermoff, defender of Hide @Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things My head canon for that is that its a way of intimidating their enemies. Although personally I've always preferred the completely emotionless 60's versions.
@Gustaff @Mikeyboss182 @Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs I don't think annoying even covers it. They literally made my eyes and ears bleed.
@Mikeyboss182 @Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs I'd argue that even if children THAT ungrateful actually exist, I doubt they would be like that if they had just travelled in time machine and gone to another planet!
@Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs O_O Please tell me you are being sarcastic.
@YaelMoise @Gustaff @Silent_Angel Yeah I agree. When the Cyberman is electrocuted in the moat and then suddenly upgrades so it survives, that's just silly. Instead, that Cyberman should have died and all of the others upgraded so they could survive.
Hide-9/10-Hate the last minute or so, but I just forget that it exists and enjoy the rest of the episode
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS-2/10-Most "bad" episodes can be forgotten about and we can move on with our lives. But this episode still annoys me, because it squandered the chance to have a really good TARDIS based story. I seriously hope we get another one so that I can forget about this episode.
The Crimson Horror-5/10-I don't really know...This episode just leaves me bewildered every single time I watch it. Its weird...
Nightmare in Silver-5/10-I...don't hate it? Its not good by any means, but I've seen worse episodes. The Maitlands however can burn in the lowest level of hell for all I care.
Its like how we had that lovely video on Weird & Wonderful some time last year called Doctor Who: 50 years of Humanism. I would say humanism is one of the key ideological components of Doctor Who, which give or take has stayed with the show across its 52 years of existence. Preference to pacifism, the belief in the value of all life, striving for the greater good and the importance of rationality. Which is ironic, considering the main character is an alien!
As the 11th Doctor himself said:
"In over 900 years of time travel I've never met anyone who wasn't important."
3 days, 21 hours ago on The Ultimate ‘Ism’: Doctor Who and Ideology
@Planet of the Deaf @Antee991166 Thatcher essentially opened the floodgates to big business though and cared little for the working class. But your right, this is getting off-topic. : p
@Planet of the Deaf @Antee991166 Yes buts its more small business rather than corporations and banking that Thatcher advocated. Akhaten didn't strike me as a "survival of the fittest" economy.
@Planet of the Deaf @Antee991166 The Culture Show special was very good and I essentially agree that individualism is one of the key tenets. It can get very complicated to decide which of the political ideologies actually represent individualism since all of them can be used to repress it if used incorrectly. For example, Margaret Thatcher's version of individualism involved a free market economy, which was frequently attacked by Doctor Who in the 1980s, and a bit in the modern show.as well.
Brilliant article! I would however, dispute that Daleks are absolute evil. They can't control what they are, they are literally born to hate. This means an element of pity can be given to them since they really are the ultimate slaves.
It is interesting to look at some of the political ideologies that have crept into the show from time to time, especially in the Pertwee era. Malcolm Hulke (creator of the Silurian, Sea Devils etc.) was a very prominent writer in the period and was also for a time a member of the Communist Party. Whilst none of this stories are direct advertisements for his ideology, they do contain subtle hints about it. Throughout Doctor Who's history, the villains are politicians, businessmen, military figures and other people of the establishment, which for me emphasises Doctor Who's emphasis on freedom and determination of normal people and not be slaves to a system of authority. This is the exact reason why The Doctor left Gallifrey in the first place!
@supermoff, defender of Akhaten Fully agreed! Best writer of Series 7!
4 days, 1 hour ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1
Also THAT speech is the defining 11th Doctor moment for me and probably one of my favourite Doctor moments in the entire history of the show! Right up there with the likes of "Do I have the right" and the ending of The Caves of Androzani.
4 days, 2 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1
The Bells of Saint John-5/10-Definition of average for me
The Rings of Akhaten-9/10-Oh you sexy thing! Tragically underrated story! I can understand you might not like it because of the singing, but for me it makes it so magical!
Cold War-7/10-A flawed, yet enjoyable story. Original setting. I hope the Ice Warriors get another story.
Even more intriguing! *strokes beard even harder*
4 days, 3 hours ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain
@Baker Street Big Finish has given me the chance to properly love Paul McGann's Doctor. One TV Movie and minisode were never enough! Big Finish have done wonderful stuff for his Doctor in the Main Range, the EDA's and Dark Eyes. And Dark Eyes 4 is out on download next Monday! Can't wait!
4 days, 21 hours ago on The Doctor Division
@Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen @supermoff, defender of Akhaten My Doctor: Christopher Eccleston
Favourite Doctor: Peter Capaldi (although Patrick Troughton is a very close second)
Brilliant article! I completely agree as well. While I do have favourite Doctors whom I prefer over others, it doesn't mean any of them are bad. I love all The Doctors in their own unique way! Same with the showrunner eras. Some I prefer over others and some I'm very critical of, but they all do have some redeeming features which means for the most part I can still enjoy them.
4 days, 22 hours ago on The Doctor Division
@Deus_Ex_Machina Yep! Its now Médico Que!
4 days, 22 hours ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain
@TardisBoy! That's interesting, I didn't know that.
4 days, 23 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2
@Planet of the Deaf @Antee991166 @Clara Bosswald, defender of Series 6. @Adric the Genius Stop it! Don't you think the lack of an editing option is torture enough! : p