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While I'm not super keen on a female Doctor, I think his argument is a little off, given recent events on the show. As for a Jenny spin-off, I'm sure that one day in 10-20 years time, Big Finish will do one for audio, right alongside a Paternoster Gang spin-off and a Canton Everett Delaware III spin-off. If there's spin-off potential, Big Finish will do it, and do it brilliantly. Why don't they have a new series license yet?
1 day, 4 hours ago on Davison Wants To See Doctor’s Daughter Spin-Off
Interesting, I've never once thought of the Master's gender swap regeneration as 'transgender' until reading this.
2 days, 14 hours ago on Little Boxes Will Make You Angry: Doctor Who and Transphobia
That "Broadchurch" video just sums up why David Tennant is the greatest person alive.
5 days, 3 hours ago on Weird and Wonderful
In an episode like "Blink", despite how strong the script is, it's really up to the director to create that atmosphere that the episode needs to be good. MacDonald didn't just succeed at that, she excelled. Hopefully she gets another scary and atmospheric script this time around.
1 week, 2 days ago on Blink Director for Series 9
Good on Tennant. I started watching "Broadchurch" this week and he's brilliant in it. He plays a character so unlike the Doctor, but he does it so well. When an actor can pull off two such different roles so brilliantly, that's when you know they're a great actor. A well deserved award.
1 week, 2 days ago on 2015 National Television Awards UPDATE
Another great review as usual. I finished the set last night and agree with everything you said about it. I'd call both stories flawed gems. They had the potential to be brilliant, but just didn't make it due to the issues you pointed out. They were still thoroughly enjoyable though. Either way, it was good to see Tom Baker and Lalla Ward putting aside their differences and reuniting for the sake of the fans. I have a feeling though that they were recording in different studios to one another, which did show occasionally. Usually Big Finish interactions feel so genuine as all the actors record their lines at the same time, but I feel as if some interactions in this felt disingenuous for that reason.
Oh well, now I have to start on "Vienna" and "Graceless" and get up to date on "Iris Wildthyme" and "Sherlock Holmes" in time for "The Worlds of Big Finish". Should be interesting.
1 week, 3 days ago on The Fourth Doctor By Gareth Roberts – Volume 1 Review
I've just finished Big Finish's adaption of "The Romance of Crime". It was my first of their Fourth Doctor stories I'd listened to, aside from "The Light at the End". He was fantastic in it. Decades have passed and he's still the Doctor. I've already bought a whole heap more of his stuff to listen to.
Happy birthday Mr. Baker.
1 week, 4 days ago on Happy Birthday, Tom Baker!
Well, radio plays are better than nothing. Hopefully there will be something for TV in future. Loving Barrowman on "Arrow" though in the meantime.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Barrowman Reveals New Torchwood Plans
I see "Nighmare" as a good episode and "Wife" as a slightly better than average episode. I still can't understand why everyone goes on about that one so much. I mean, it was okay, but it was nothing special. I try to see why everyone thinks it's the best thing since "Blink", but I can't see it. I much prefered "Nightmare". My only real issue with that one was that the Cybermen were perhaps a little too strong. I know I'm in a slim minority, but I don't see Gaimon's work on Who as anything special really. I've read some of his other stuff and liked it, but his Who stuff has never really stood out for me personally.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Neil Gaiman on Nightmare in Silver Reception
It's sort of funny that they've used Spain three times as a filming location, but never actually as Spain.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain
I know this is something that Big Finish says they're looking at maybe doing at some point. The only problem is that they have only two Masters and I feel they need at least three to have a descent multi-Master story. I've always thought they could pinch the one from the Virgin New Adventures, even if his existence is a canonical nightmare, but that's what makes it fun.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Why A Multi-Master Story Needs to Happen
As cool as Jacobi's Master was, it would be a narrative nightmare trying to weave him into the story, seeing as he only knew he was the Master for about five minutes before regenerating.
And if it did ever look like cancellation was on its way, us fans could just band together and write a cheesy song like they did in the 80s.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on RTD: It’s Now Impossible For Doctor Who To Ever Be Axed
I'd be happy with a little nod in an episode, like how "Planet of the Dead" was the 200th story (something I disagree with), but rather than making a big fuss over it, they just put the number 200 on the bus. I think anything bigger would be too much.
Having said that though, Big Finish is celebrating their third anniversary in as many years (50th of Doctor Who, 15th of Big Finish, 200th release) and I'm not sick of them doing it yet, but I think there's more room for them to approach each one differently (which they have done), so I don't mind.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Russell T Davies on New Who’s 10th Anniversary
I've always had a soft spot for Fiona Cumming's stories. I tend not to notice the directing side of things much, especially in the classic series, but her's always stuck out as being brilliant in my opinion, not to mention she played a big role in "Planet of Fire" actually being made through her push to have an episode filmed where it eventually was. A truly great director. RIP.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Obituaries: Fiona Cumming, Bernard Kay
This is my favourite regeneration, which is annoying because you've made some very good points about it that I'd overlooked, namely the Doctor's change in attitude towards regeneration. I will defend the scene were he saves Wilfred though. My interpretation was that the Doctor thought he would die if he saved him, as that's what the prophecy suggested, and he seemed honestly surprised to have survived the ordeal. Still, you think he'd be happy simply regenerating instead of dying, but I always thought of Ten as a somewhat self-obsessed and arrogant incarnation, so him being sad about regenerating makes sense to me.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Why I Hate the Tenth Doctor’s Regeneration
And that's the second oldest joke in the galaxy.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on DWM #482: Jenna Coleman
You see, this is where it gets hard. Going off story quality, I'd have to go with "The End of Time" as it's my favourite episode ever. However, "A Christmas Carol" is far more Christmassy and therefor arguably a better Christmas special. Hm...
1 month ago on Festive Face-Off: The End of Time vs A Christmas Carol (Final)
I went into this episode having no idea what to expect, and now having seen it I'm still not sure what to make of it. It was pretty good, although I think that there may have been one or two unnecessary levels of inception in there. Nick Frost was great as Santa, and the rest of the cast were pretty good as well. The story felt a little too predictable in some spots (come on, who didn't know they were dreaming right from the start?) but it was still an interesting story none the less. The Doctor seemed a little nicer is spots too, although he did have that bit where he decided to ditch them. I hope his character begins to mellow a bit more. He seemed to mellow a bit over the course of this story, and I don't have anything much against his 'snarling beast' persona, but it can be a little much at times in my opinion. All things considered though, I think it still fits within the high standards set by most of series 8. 7.5/10.
1 month ago on Rate & Discuss Last Christmas
I think it's obvious what Rudolph and the TARDIS have in common, neither one is a dancing coyote. Duh.
1 month, 1 week ago on Last Christmas – Hints & Teasers (Set #2)
I didn't get to give my opinion last time due to the comments being closed, but I'm one of those people who voted against the idea of a female Doctor. Having said that though, if a woman does one day land the role, I'm more than willing to give it a go. I'd prefer to keep the Doctor male, but I'm not as strongly against the idea of a gender swap as some other people seem to be. My main priority is that they cast an actress because she's the best person for the job, not just because they want a woman in the role. And say what you will, I strongly believe that the ratings will suffer. Whether you like it or not, there are plenty of people who are going to go "The Doctor's a woman now? No thank you. Good bye." I don't however think it'll be a strong enough effect to get the show cancelled, but it'll still suffer.
1 month, 1 week ago on Female Doctor Poll Results & A Case For
I didn't dislike this episode, but I didn't love it either. It was the weakest of the season, but it was a really strong season, so that's not an entirely bad thing to say. It had some nice moments, and the child actors didn't make me want to kill myself, so that's a plus.
1 month, 1 week ago on Moffat Defends In the Forest of the Night Science Criticisms
I think some people have gotten to offensive towards the show.
Despite some very polarised opinions about it, "The End of Time" remains my favourite ever episode. Sure it has its flaws, but I love it all the same. It's one of those things that I can watch again and again and never get sick of. It's brilliant. With the exception of course of the Vincocci of course. How I hate them. They're irrelevant and annoying. It's ironic though, because Banacafalata is one of the few things I like about "Voyage of the Damned", and he's a Zocci, their cousin species.
1 month, 1 week ago on Festive Face-Off: The End of Time vs Voyage of the Damned
And Alonso. How could I forget Alonso?
1 month, 1 week ago on Festive Face-Off: Voyage of the Damned vs The Next Doctor
Despite what people say, I've always had a soft spot for "The Next Doctor". It was my favourite Christmas Special at the time it aired. "Voyage" was okay, but meh. It really had nothing going for it beyond Banacafalata.
Probably "The Runaway Bride" by a narrow margin. Both are pretty average episodes, as is the case with most RTD era Christmas Specials in my opinion. The one exception is "The End of Time", my favourite ever episode.
1 month, 1 week ago on Festive Face-Off: The Christmas Invasion vs The Runaway Bride
1 month, 1 week ago on First Series 9 Title Revealed
Personally, I thought there were enough characters in that one. Bringing back River and/or Jack would have left it feeling overcrowded and would have detracted from what was a brilliant story.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on “Jack & River Returns Would Have to be Seismic” – Moffat
Listen to the behind the scenes of the Big Finish audio story "Valhalla" which she appears in. She does the entire interview in a funny accent and talks about completely irrelevant stuff the entire time.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful
I put together a nice little Doctor Who wallpaper this week featuring all 13 Doctors and was quite proud of myself. Then I saw that "13 Doctors" wallpaper. Damn.
Knowing Moffat, the suggestion in this trailer that Clara's going to die almost confirms that she's going to live. He always hints at one thing before doing another. It's the Moffat way.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Last Christmas New Trailer
A BBC theme park? This is both the stupidest and most fantastic thing I've ever heard.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on BBC Theme Park Set to Feature Doctor Who
Oh please, the classic series was well its 20s before it started experiencing any major ratings problems, and ended up lasting up until season 26. New Who is only eight series in and is four-hundred and seventeen times more popular than the already immensely popular classic series ever was. The only thing we have to worry about is what evil schemes Moffat has planned for us in the coming year, and even he's been noticeably less evil over the last year or so, so really life is good for us Who fans at the moment.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Series 8 Is A “Ratings Flop” (Apparently)
Actually, Doctor Who was always a big source of discussion after Sunday School back in the day.
I can't remember a Christmas where I didn't get some sort of Doctor Who merchandise.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on DWM #481: Who Believes in Father Christmas?
No surprises here, but I still protest to the absence of Alex Macqueen.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Your Favourite Master Revealed
I really must read these books. Your reviews make them sound like they're well worth it. I've been a bit bogged down with the Virgin New Adventures recently (yeah, the heavy stuff), and I've got "Engines of War" lined up as well. So many Doctor Who novels, so little time, and I'm a slow reader.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Time Trips: The Anti-Hero Review
Maybe not in the year 2014.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Last Christmas DVD / Blu-Ray
I don't really see the Jo/Clara thing, but I get where you're coming from. Everything else I'd actually noticed for myself. Good article.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Series 8’s Interesting Parallels to Season 8
Looking forward to this. I loved this episode and feel like I've been waiting ages for it to come out on DVD.
Have you not seen the teaser trailer for the Christmas special? It looks anything but comical. Good article though.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on 5 Reasons Why Clara Should Stay for Series 9
Everyone seems to be getting slightly upset by that Ecclestein comment. Am I the only one that laughed?
2 months ago on Frank Skinner Up for Doctor Who Return
Let's all be Frank!
I feel like there's more to Perkins than we got to explore in that 40 minute episode. He was a very mysterious fellow. I'd be happy to see him return.
Oh W&W, don't ever leave me again.
2 months ago on Weird and Wonderful
The rule I live my life by.
2 months ago on Frost on “Gangster” Santa, Last Christmas Monsters
Gangster Santa, cruising through the NP in his pimped out sleigh and possy of elves. Now that'd be a sight. In all seriousness though, I just finished watching "Shaun of the Dead", and now that I've seen Nick Frost in action, I'm even more pumped for this. Any chance of a zombie Santa? Or a zombie gangster Santa? Or a zombie gangster Santa doing an impersonation of an orangatang? Make this happen Moffat.
(Remember halfway through this comment when I said "In all seriousness though"? Things didn't really get any more serious, did they?)
As I often say after reading these sorts of articles, I agree with most of what you said, but I don't feel as if any of these points detracted from the quality of the episode as much as you seem to. Sure it had some (admittedly huge) flaws, it was still a brilliant episode.
If there's one thing that doesn't sit right with me though, it's the CyberBrig. I'm not sure yet whether I'm okay with old Lethbridge-Stewart being revived as a Cyberman. It feels sort of... wrong. I don't know. We'll see what they do with the character in future. Knowing Moffat, he'll either over use the CyberBrig until we're sick of him, or we'll never see him again.
2 months ago on The Problems with Death in Heaven
I don't really care much either way. I like Clara, especially with all the character development she's received lately, but I don't feel the same connection with her that I had with the Ponds. I'm happy for her to stick around, but I won't be that heartbroken if she leaves either.
2 months ago on Rumour: Christmas Won’t Be Jenna Coleman’s Last