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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 day, 8 hours 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 day, 8 hours ago on Festive Face-Off: The End of Time vs Voyage of the Damned
And Alonso. How could I forget Alonso?
2 days, 10 hours 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.
3 days, 2 hours ago on Festive Face-Off: The Christmas Invasion vs The Runaway Bride
3 days, 5 hours 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.
4 days, 10 hours 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.
6 days, 7 hours 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 week, 2 days ago on Last Christmas New Trailer
A BBC theme park? This is both the stupidest and most fantastic thing I've ever heard.
1 week, 3 days 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 week, 4 days 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 week, 5 days ago on DWM #481: Who Believes in Father Christmas?
No surprises here, but I still protest to the absence of Alex Macqueen.
2 weeks, 2 days 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.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Time Trips: The Anti-Hero Review
Maybe not in the year 2014.
2 weeks, 4 days 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.
2 weeks, 4 days 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.
2 weeks, 4 days 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 weeks, 5 days 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 weeks, 6 days ago on Weird and Wonderful
The rule I live my life by.
3 weeks 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.
3 weeks 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.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Rumour: Christmas Won’t Be Jenna Coleman’s Last
In protest of Alex Macqueen never appearing in this poll, I'm not voting. Although... Michelle Gomez. Sorry Delgado.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Final)
I found this to be another enjoyable listen, although it was probably the weakest of the Dark Eyes series so far. You could really feel the absence of Nick Briggs this time around. It was still brilliant though. Alex Macqueen was on top form as usual, and most of the other characters were great as well. I agree that Liv was a little dull, but I know she has potential. I thought she was great in "Robophobia", and obviously a lot of other people did as well, otherwise she wouldn't have been brought back. I hope they can tap back into this for any future appearances.
Great review though, as usual. Now to wait and see what's next for Doctor #8.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Dark Eyes 3 Review
You've made the right discission in my opinion.
I don't understand why "Battlefield" gets the criticism it does. Sure it's not the best story the classic series has to offer, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Writers to Bring Back for Series 9 & Beyond
The closest we've gotten so far is "Death's Deal" form the Destiny of the Doctor range. It was only half made by Big Finish and featured only Catherine Tate, but it's a start I guess.
My life shall not be complete until I sit down to listen to David Tennant and Catherine Tate reprising their roles as the 10th Doctor and Donna respectively in a Big Finish audio.
Big Finish have this nasty habit of taking really unliked TV characters and making them brilliant. Just look at what they did to the 6th Doctor. Mel is no different. "Fires of Vulcan" isn't bad. It's not quite brilliant in my opinion, but it's still good. I can't say much about it as it's been a few years since I listened to it. But I think that pretty much all of the Mel stories are pretty good ones. "Bang-Bang-a-Boom" and "Flip-Flop" are probably her best.
I liked DiM/EotD. Sure it wasn't the best thing ever, but I don't think that it deserves the level of criticism it receives. I thought the whole idea of creating a Human Dalek was great, and it was interesting to see the Daleks in that setting as it didn't seem like the kind of place that you'd expect a Dalek story to be set. I also thought it had some great secondary characters, and it used them well to show what life during the great depression was like. I'd give it a 7/10. Not great, but I still thought it was good. Now if you don't mind, I think I'd better retreat to a safe distance before the masses come after me.
The actress who played Tallulah is becoming a new companion for Big Finish. We'll see how that goes.
I like this. I vote we do this.
Philip Hinchcliffe is still alive people. He just worked with Big Finish this year. You're point still stands though.
I would want Briggs to be the next head writer, were it not for the fact that he'd have to leave Big Finish, and we can't have that can we?
No great surprises here. I think (I can't really remember) I voted for series 4. People seem to be surprised that that one ranked so high for some reason. It's my favourite finale. I think all of the finales are among my favourite episodes though (yes, even "The Wedding of River Song"). Let's face it though, we all knew that series 5 would win, it was really a battle for second place.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on New Who Finale Face-Off: Your Top 8
A lot of great suggestions. Can I add another, even more unrealistic name to the lis? He's never written for the show before, but what about Joss Whedon? His series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" has been sites by RTD to be one of the major influences behind the style and tone of the new series, and he's written some of the best sci-fi series ever (are there any other "Firefly" fans out there?). Plus he wrote and directed "Avengers" which is, you know, "Avengers". Maybe he could do that musical episode that's long been joked about, given that he did one for "Buffy" and wrote the absolutely brilliant "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog". He might be the only person who could pull it off. And not to mention he's also a brilliant director, so whatever he writes, he could also direct. Having said all this though, he is a very busy man, so I don't think he'd ever have the time. I just want more big guest writers like Neil Gaimon, and Whedon fits the bill perfectly.
I interpreted the title as this being a synopsis for a new Christmas short. Oh well.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Last Christmas: Short Synopsis
Screw Osgood, why not just make Santa and his elves the new companions?
3 weeks, 4 days ago on “Last Christmas” Promo Art
That tangerine scene from the teaser clip was so random. I assumed that it was something to do with British culture, but without knowing what exactly it was, I was really just watching to old men talking about citrus fruit for no reason.
It's almost an oxymoron.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on 2014 Christmas Special Titled
Last Christmas, I gave you my hearts, but the very next day, you gave them away.
In my opinion, none of her stories have been brilliant ones, but they've all been good none the less. I'm just happy for some series 9 news. It begins...
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Torchwood’s Catherine Tregenna Penning Series 9 Story
I just watched that one last week. The Peladon stories are a great pair.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on From 1-12: Who is YOUR Doctor?