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Smith and Jones - 7/10
The Shakespeare Code - 8/10
Gridlock - 9/10
Daleks in Manhattan - 4/10
Evolution of the Daleks - 4/10
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 1
I thought it was a lovely episode. It was a bit flawed (the ending in particular was very out of the blue, and it severely mishandles its depiction of mental disorders), but mostly it was a whimsical, warm fairy tale with a strong emotional and moral current. And in the same way that I prefer a lot of The Sarah Jane Adventures over a lot of Torchwood, I prefer In the Forest of the Night over ostensibly "dark" or "adult" episodes like Into the Dalek which, personally, I found to be rather terrible.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Why Series 8 Needed Child-Friendly Episodes & Moments
And we end with a splash of not-so-great, but with a good peak in the middle. Sorry Series 2, you're still my least-favorite:
Love & Monsters - 4/10
Fear Her - 3/10
Army of Ghosts - 8/10
Doomsday - 8/10
The Runaway Bride - 4/10
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 3
I'm giving it a 4 as well. It'd be way higher, if not for the ending.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 2
No, the devil made me do it.
Additional fun fact: The Satan Pit's rating is the sixth "6" I have given in this poll run thus far.
"I am overwhelmed with apathy."
Sir, I am opposed to your current apathy.
I know, I'm such a little devil. ;)
Series 2 begins to pick up a bit... but maybe not in the way you'd expect:
Rise of the Cybermen - 8/10
The Age of Steel - 9/10
The Idiot's Lantern - 4/10
The Impossible Planet - 6/10
The Satan Pit - 6/10
"I wish we had more Susan Ivanova types on TV these days."
And here are your cookie points for the Babylon 5 nod.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on How Often Does Doctor Who Pass The Bechdel Test?
Well, the Bechdel test is kind of like a ruler. You can use a ruler to measure the size of a hot dog or a hamburger, but that ruler can't tell you how good it's going to taste. It can account for quantity, but has a very limited scope when it comes to quality. Just like how a hot dog can taste good or bad, the subject matter that the two women discuss can be meaningful or trivial, so long as it isn't about a man, and it will still pass the test.
I think that most people who recognize the "test" for what it is (a satirical joke in a comic strip that makes a good point about our current media but gets taken entirely too seriously by political groups and movements on the Internet, who are fond of weaponizing it) will admit to its limitations. But again, it does at least make an eye-opening point when you think, "Huh, yeah, it is surprising, how infrequently we see that." From there you can and should endeavor to contextualize it, but the point prior to that is all that it is really "meant" to demonstrate.
I wouldn't say it's "bad" that you hope it isn't found, no. But personally, I think it's important to admit to mistakes like that. It's would be completely shameful and unacceptable nowadays, but an overly-rosy view of history doesn't help either. At the very least, I think that it is good to document it and maybe learn something from it.
Of course, even if it *is* found, that doesn't mean I have to watch it. ;)
There are a couple of lines I can think of that Ten fires at Jackie that are... very very not good. While I just accept it as a part of Ten's occasional arrogance, I do wish that he had been actively called out on them at least once.
3 weeks ago on How Often Does Doctor Who Pass The Bechdel Test?
Nor "deus ex machina."
Oh, indeed. As I said, it has very definite flaws as a "test."
Which is a good sign, of course! :)
Put very simply, it measures female presence in media. See, there's a long-standing bad habit in the moviemaking world of thinking that when women get together, what they want to talk about is dudes. So, it follows that a lot of movies that features women relegate them to that stereotypical role, and does not allow them as much of a chance to express their own thoughts and opinions about other matters. The Bechdel test sort of challenges that mentality and highlights the need for improvement in that regard.
Although, as Malohkeh notes below, it was never intended to be a legitimate "test." It was originally just a socially-critiquing joke in a comic strip. It has its flaws, for sure, but it also has its uses. It isn't the end-all, be-all arbiter on what media is and isn't sexist, but sometimes you can be surprised by how many movies fail such a simple set of criteria.
The recent DWM actually has a rare exchange between the two; it is hilarious as one would expect. I wish we could see them interact more often. They get along really well. :)
Oh I know, but since we're using it anyway. :P
While this is very well-researched and the data is fascinating, I still believe that there is a fundamental flaw in using the Bechdel test on an episode-by-episode basis - it simply wasn't designed for television episodes. It was designed for movies. The structure of TV episodes is very different from that of a movie; there is much less that you can do in 45 minutes than you can in 90-120 or more, especially when the show has multiple leads like in Series 5 (Amy has to compete with not one, but two characters for screentime), and moreover, in a show like Doctor Who, which has to essentially introduce a new host of characters every week, because it isn't fixed to a single location. That also absorbs a lot of potential screentime.
Of course, the fact that it still does this well in spite of all of that is a good sign.
I appreciate that, thanks. :) I just got kind of burnt out on it all, so I decided to take a break from everything Doctor Who-related. Still working my way back into the atmosphere.
3 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 1
Oh man, not off to a great start there, Series 2. Earned the lowest-scoring episode so far for me:
New Earth - 3/10
Tooth and Claw - 5/10
School Reunion - 6/10
The Girl in the Fireplace - 6/10
Also still getting the hang of this new comment spacing. I missed a lot, okay! :P
Boom Town - 5/10
Bad Wolf - 9/10
The Parting of the Ways - 9[.5 if I could]/10
The Christmas Invasion - 7/10
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2005 Part 3
"... although it’s not really an end, because Big Finish plucks stories from the whole era of every Doctor."
- I think he said indicating that his stories would continue, but that they would take place earlier in his Doctor's timeline.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on The Sixth Doctor: The Last Adventure
The BBC won't canonize anything because there is no official Doctor Who canon. Such a thing has never, ever been released, and several people who have been involved with Doctor Who (such as RTD, Moffat, Paul Cornell and the brand manager Edward Russell) have echoed the fact that there is no Doctor Who canon. Anything goes.
"My dear Doctor, after our many centuries of conflict I wished you to know that your certain death is now... certain! Bwahahahahaha!"
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2005 Part 2
He'll never be able to set foot in a jazz club ever again.
Woah, really? I never thought about it before but The Long Game would have fit right in with the McCoy era, now that you mention it.
Dalek - 9/10
The Long Game - 6/10
Father's Day - 8/10
The Empty Child - 8/10
The Doctor Dances - 8/10
What about every 30 days when he starts to PMS and wipes a planet out of time and space because he thinks the planet makes him look fat?
Ignoring the raging sexism here (and I say that as a guy), what makes you assume that Time Lord females have periods, or that Time Lords have the same social body expectations that we humans do?
I take it you're a woman, or a man who would like to be a woman, in that case you would REALLY like to see The Doctor become a woman because you would then identify with the character 100% It's not about wanting what's best for the show, it's about claiming a popular character as your own, all in the name of being progressive.
I am, again, a guy, and I do not desire to become a woman, but I would be perfectly open to the idea of a female actor portraying the Doctor. So how do I factor into that view?
Funny, but as the progressives take more power, it definitely seems like the world is getting progressive too... progressively worse with the war, crime, poverty, and disease and all. I for one do want The Doctor to become a woman, if only it would cause quite a few fans to abandon it which would cause the show to fail and get cancelled. I can just hear you lot now, crying about how it wasn't fair and insisting that it wasn't a female Doctor which got the show axed.
You would wish that the show be cancelled for something so petty?
But that's the thing - people so much in love with changing things that they don't realize that it was what it was which made it successful in the first place.For a show that many claim is perfect, so many more want to change it.
I do not claim that Doctor Who is perfect (far from it), but going by your logic here, the show should have been cancelled as soon as they cast Patrick Troughton to play the Doctor. I mean, what was wrong with having a fifty-year-old professor archetype play him? William Hartnell made the show successful in the first place.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Steven Moffat: The Good, The Bad and the Timey Wimey
Rose - 6/10
The End of the World - 8/10
The Unquiet Dead - 9/10
Aliens of London - 4/10
World War Three - 4/10
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2005 Part 1
Not exactly my point, but fair enough.
Moreover, it is clear that Moffat was attempting to synthesize his desired "First Doctor meets the current Doctor" dynamic, and that wouldn't really have worked between Eleven, Ten, and Eight. What set War apart from Ten and Eleven was that he had an older, gruffer, no-nonsense exterior. He wasn't a flirty romantic who would wave his screwdriver around at his enemies. Whereas Eight was. Eight can't really ask, for example, if there's a lot of kissing in the Doctor's future; Eight was a kisser himself. So you would either have three young Doctors (albeit one of them is downtrodden and depressed), or two young Doctors and a much "older" one for contrast.
Moreover, there is the fact that most of the current audience doesn't really know Paul McGann or the Eighth Doctor. However, a whole heck of a lot of people know who John Hurt is, and would be intrigued by the prospect of a never-before-seen "mystery Doctor" (which is also something that no fan, be they classic or new, would have any insight about, so as a result, everybody entered the special on equal footing).
Additionally, I personally wouldn't really be able to buy Eight as War, mostly because even if the Time War did break his spirit, I still picture him jumping at the opportunity to avoid having to kill his people when offered a way to do so by the Moment. Kill the Daleks, sure, but no matter how bad the Time Lord elite became, I think Eight would still try to protect the innocents. If not, then he would just be killing them out of spite at that point. Underneath all of the grief and sdaness, he's still Eight. Whereas War was *born* thinking that he had to settle things and bring the War to an absolute end. *He* would insist that he had to destroy Gallifrey and that there was no other option, because he believed himself to be a warrior and never thought that he *had* any other option.
While I certainly do think that the 50th anniversary special sorely needed an increased classic series presence, I am not actually all that bothered by McGann being Doc-blocked from it. He still got to do The Night of the Doctor, which was amazing, and I think that his lack of involvement in the special itself is actually one of the more reasonable/understandable omissions.
Hell, I've seen a few people who don't even like Eight and were happy to not have him included. :7
"Is it just me or have the visual effects actually improved ever since Moffat took over as showrunner?"
- They have, because CGI has become somewhat cheaper over time and because Moffat has used budgeting tricks to put more money into the show (off the top of my head, I remember him saying that the reason why so many of the earlier minisodes simply re-used sets and characters from the episodes themselves is because he would redirect most of the allotted money for the minisode toward the actual show, and then use what was left over from that for the minisode).
So, by that reasoning, RTD (also) robbed Paul McGann of the chance to play the Doctor by casting Eccleston, no? I think that if a showrunner feels that a recast is in order for a part, then it is their call. An actor doesn't literally own a role, and the boss has no obligation to keep them in that role. And this is coming from a big fan of Simm's Master. (Although, I wouldn't say that Simm "really" wanted to come back - he said that he was open to it if he would be able to play a darker, more calculating version of the Master.)
Well, perhaps I should clarify. I do enjoy the classic Masters (well, not so much Pratt and a lot less so much Roberts... although "as *well* as you" does make me chuckle...), but only because of the actors. I love the suave aura that Delgado brought to the role, the creepiness of Beevers, and something about Ainley is just so charming to me. But that's all credit that I assign to the actors for their portrayals. As far as the character writing for the Master goes, I've always found it to be bland and uninspired.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Top 12 Best Written Russell T Davies Characters
So you were a Cyberman all along I see.
Okay so first off, Ninth Doctor development >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Tenth Doctor development. It's a complete no-contest for me. :P
But anyway, kidding (not kidding) aside, one thing that I really want to give RTD credit for is making the Master interesting. Before the revival, the Master (in my opinion) was a tired old cliché based on a tired old cliché. A bog-standard archenemy character who is super-duper evil but despite getting defeated every time, kept trying for some reason. What RTD did, and what Moffat expanded on a bit, was add depth to the Master, which he sorely needed. He added the drums which gave an interesting reason as to why the Master was obsessed and always trying to conquer other worlds. He delved into the Master and the Doctor's childhood friendship (Although Big Finish may have done that first? Even then, I am sure that that is where RTD would have gotten the inspiration, as it's a brilliant angle.), which made their conflicts more personal, having this close former-friends dynamic. Here they are, enemies, but also all that the other has left to look to with the other Time Lords all gone. The old series never really went into that quite like the revival has. I just really love RTD's take on the Master. It's one of the best things to come out of his era for me, and I am very glad that Moffat has chosen to swim in that same stream regarding the character.
My gripe with Amy's post Series 5 development isn't the divorce subplot (although I do think that that would have been more effective if it were just a separation; divorce was kind of an extreme reaction to their internal conflict and I suspect that Moffat only took it that far for the sake of shock value), it's with the lack of emotional fallout from having Melody stolen from her. The Girl Who Waited and The God Complex were perfect opportunities for it to be addressed (one episode dealing with a bitter, old Amy who hates the Doctor, of course she would cite that; the other episode trying to break her faith in him, and having him cop up to not being able to be the hero she imagines hiim to be), but nope. Nothing. How!?
Should probably have him learn how to actually run a show first, since he has no experience with such things.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Complete Results
The Twin Dilemma > Everything else
Best Surprise - Missy, but only because I thought that her being the Master was too obvious and didn't take it seriously, and because I spoiled the barn scene for myself before the episode aired.
Best Tearjerker - CyberBrigadier. That broke me, man. Runner-up would be Clara's "I wasn't very good at it, but I did love you" line, and the whole scene accompanying it in general. Great emotional writing from the Moff.
Personally, Into the Dalek was the only episode from this series that I did not like. And it's not like it is with Time Heist, where it's a decent story on its own merits but just doesn't compare to the rest. I mean, I flat-out did not enjoy it. There were *some* things that it got right, but man. The rest was a huge disappointment for me.
Kill the Moon, on the other hand, was very good in my opinion. Not the series' best, but very good all the same.
And I'm not saying that because of any slant in their favor (I do like most of Gatiss' episodes, while I find Thompson to be average). I just mean that, what we perceive in our little online communities isn't really an accurate gauge for determining what the audience as a whole thinks.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Moffat Confirms His Next Two Stories for Series 9
"but they are obviously only ever brought back because they are Moffat's friends"
I would have assumed that they get brought back because their episodes do about as well as anybody else's in terms of ratings and AI and such.
"So either he was playing along to make more sense in the context, his age was roughly close their age in Gallifreyan years at the time or the War Doctor simply aged faster and died of old age quicker due to the nature of how he regenerated into that incarnation in the first place."
Or, Translation Convention. We the audience heard them speak in English/Earth years, whereas they were really speaking in Gallifreyan.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Who and What Would the Doctor be without the TARDIS?
Hm... I don't know. Nine times out of ten, I like their singular episodes, and six cliffhangers in a row may become tiresome by the end of it. Plus it's a trade-off. You get fewer individual adventures, which means fewer settings and fewer characters, with fewer writers and directors (so a lot less variety in the series overall). And the show's success rate in terms of two-parter quality is already hit-and-miss.
Indeed. He said, "a couple of scripts I've written." He didn't say that that is *all* that he'd written. It just means that two of his episodes are early on, and if we assume that one of those is The Magician's Apprentice, then the other would probably be a Listen-equivalent in terms of series structure. A one-off story around the Ep. 4 or 5 mark.
Technically, all that he said was that they would continue to air it in a contiguous, uninterrupted run. He didn't say that the episode count would remain the same, although I suspect that it will since apparently it makes for a less-awkward shooting schedule when the Christmas special is factored in.
I was worried that we were a dying breed. :P But seriously I can't express how happy I am that they brought the line back. Praise, LEGO.
4 weeks ago on Who and What Would the Doctor be without the TARDIS?