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I wasn't here from the beginning, either 1963 or 2005. I only found Doctor Who in 2011, but it's not an exaggeration to say that since then my life has been changed, and definitely for the better. I can without a doubt say that I am simply a happier person when a Doctor Who series is on TV. It may seem like a small thing, but at times it has been a thing I've desperately needed. It somehow brings an outlet for my creativity and emotions, and for that I am eternally grateful.

Happy birthday, New Who! Thank you for bringing me joy when I felt there was none.

3 days, 15 hours ago on Doctor Who’s Revival: 10 Years On

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HUMAN NATURE/FAMILY OF BLOOD!!!!!!!! I've probably repeated this a thousand times by now, but they are my favorite episodes! I'm not sure how it'll fare, but it's really great to see these episodes get so much love (they deserve it).

Harder to choose between, but it's got to be Day of the Doctor. I love The Eleventh Hour very much, and both had so much weight on their shoulders to be good, and live up to those expectations, but if I'm going from my gut (and that's all I can do in these polls) then Day wins.

5 days, 15 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: Semi-Final #2

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I can't stare at these polls too long otherwise I'll never vote. I've got to go from my gut and vote:

Human Nature/Family of Blood (my all time favorite episodes)

The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon

(Oh, and I'm still sad Vincent and Midnight were knocked out)

6 days, 15 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: Semi-Final #1

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This was actually pretty easy.


Vincent and the Doctor: As much as I love The Eleventh Hour, Vincent is on a whole other level. It means a lot to me on a personal level, but not in the way where you watch it with nostalgia, you re-wath it because of how meaningful it is.


The Impossible Astronaut/ Day of the Moon: I love Name of the Doctor, but these two episodes are near perfection.


Day of the Doctor: Picked this without hesitation. I like Listen a lot, but nothing can compare to the amazing 50th anniversary special.

1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Moffat Era Triple

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@dalek1099dw @ichabod @twoheartsonemind (Six Seasons and a Movie) @Huknar As far as acting, I disagree, at least with Jenna Coleman. I don't think Samuel Anderson has much of a stage presence, which hurts his acting, but in this case I thought he was alright. 

The Skovox Blitzer plot is an excuse to get the Doctor to the school and then result in Clara's two lives coming together. But Doctor Who is a show that's so much about characters, I don't see how having an episode that explicitly focuses on them can be a bad thing? Not every episode needs to be hard-core sci-fi and the sci-fi situation here had a purpose. The idea that Clara's traveling with this alien and leading a double life has effects on her and those she cares about (the Doctor and Danny). The episode doesn't need to completely be about the actual time/space traveling itself, because we already know that happens (and if we need a reminder it's in the pre-title sequence); this episode is about the effects of that.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on How Should Doctor Who Evolve?

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If this was just between The Waters of Mars and The Impossible Planet, I'd pick The Impossible Planet, but I don't really like The Satan Pit (I find it somehow anticlimactic after what was set up, it just didn't live up to it's potential for me), so The Waters of Mars for me.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #3

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@dalek1099dw @Huknar  Why does character drama imply soap opera? That episode was a character study and in a show like Doctor Who, the characters are as important as the creatures. The best sci-fi focuses on the nature of humanity when confronted with these sci-fi situations; and that means there must be an emphasis on character. The sci-fi doesn't have to be in your face, but can be a catalyst for the reactions of characters.

3 weeks ago on How Should Doctor Who Evolve?

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@Conall McCormick  I'd rather see some fan's ideas implemented rather than actual fans writing episodes. Even if they are good writers, most wouldn't have the experience with writing scripts; they would probably only be familiar with writing prose. Even Neil Gaiman, who is an accomplished author, had trouble switching over to the script format.

3 weeks ago on How Should Doctor Who Evolve?

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@SirTrey @MrRazza has always wanted to ram something  I think I'm the only person who dislikes Dalek. I just honestly think it's boring and poorly acted (except for Billie Piper).

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Rank the Revival: Moffat Era Recap

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@TazminDaytime  I didn't mean that, but I think that arguing that she's not developed enough so shouldn't return isn't a strong argument, because having her return would (or should) develop her, especially if she was to be a companion. The article has other good branches of it's argument, but I thought that one was weak.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Not Return

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While I have no real inclination to have Shona return, I think this article doesn't take into account the fact that Shona could easily be developed beyond what we saw in Last Christmas. We really only got a glimpse of her personality and subsequent appearances could serve to develop her and show us a side of her unseen in Last Christmas. The same really goes for any one-off character.

We could compare Shona to Donna in this instance, because Donna first appeared in a Christmas special and then went on to become one of the most popular companions and while I'm not a huge Donna fan, she was also very well developed. But her first appearance doesn't give nearly the depth that comes from her later appearances.

Still, I'd rather see a new character become a companion (though I wouldn't be opposed to Faye Marsay returning in some form or another).

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Not Return

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In the Forest of the Night is an interesting situation. I don't really like it, but I also don't think it deserves a five. For me a story that leaves me uninterested but isn't particularly "bad" gets a five, and I was actually interested in this episode, so I feel like it's above average. I feel similarly to it as I do to Robot of Sherwood, in that I don't really want to give it a six, but I'm not sure it deserves a 7.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 4

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I really wish that writers had a 45-60 minute time period to work with for episodes. I think a lot of episodes that needed extra time don't necessarily need a second part, but only an extra ten or fifteen minutes. With a flexible time period episodes could find the perfect length of time. I am excited for two-parters to return, but I just want a good story. In my opinion, two-parters have a pretty good track record, so I don't have too much fear about writers padding stories out (though that is a possibility).


I just think it's unfortunate that the amount of time for an episode can't be organic and that a writer has to fit a story to a time period. I suppose it's a necessity for production, but it is unfortunate.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Moffat Explains Series 9 Two-Parter Increase

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@YaelMoise  Very good point. The issue, I think is that since a series must be planned out so far in advance and there being so little room for changes within the time-limit of a story (the options are basically one parter or two parter, you can't just add in say an extra ten minutes, which is what many episodes need more than a whole second part) that a story kind of needs to be planned out how many episodes it will take up for production reasons, even if this does prevent that kind of organic writing.

Also, I may be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that Moffat isn't terribly willing to admit that there have been episodes that needed a two-parter.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Moffat Explains Series 9 Two-Parter Increase

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@AnEarthlyChild  I'm not sure about The Power of Three. I think it just needed a more thought out ending. Making it a two-parter, I think, would have involved a lot of padding. I wish episodes could get maybe an extra ten or fifteen minutes, because many aren't made for the 45- minute episode or the two-parter.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Moffat Explains Series 9 Two-Parter Increase

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Deep Breath- 10/10 Wow do I love this episode! And it wasn't just seeing it surrounded by a theatre full of other whovians; it remained just as engrossing when I viewed it again at home.


Into the Dalek- 8/10 I think I respect this episode more than I actually enjoy it. I think the questions about morality it brings up are really interesting, even if I think the episode is a little poorly paced.


Robot of Sherwood- 6/10 I feel bad giving this a 6, but I don't think it really deserved a 7. The plot is a bit nonsensical and it actually isn't particularly funny, aside from one or two jokes (I still chuckle at "It's a good thing Clara didn't see that."). The Doctor and Robin Hood's arguing wasn't funny annoying, it was just annoying and made me really want to yell at them to shut up (I was so thankful when Clara did). Not a bad episode, but not really a good one either. I did like the ideas about stories vs. reality, but the rest not so much.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 1

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I'd like them to play the long game with Gallifrey's return. To have it return in just a series or two feels to quick for me. I feel we should be eased into it with more and more Time Lords escaping. Perhaps the reason for their escape could be that there are some terrible political problems, whether that be a dictatorial government, civil war, etc. The Doctor could eventually be led back to Gallifrey and confront such issues.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Will Gallifrey Return in Series 9?

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@Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen @supermoff, defender of Akhaten  My Doctor: Matt Smith

Favorite Doctor: Peter Capaldi


1 month ago on The Doctor Division

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After Last Christmas, I didn't really get why everyone wanted Shona back. I thought she was funny, but there was nothing that really grabbed me about her, though she did have a lot of potential.

But then I saw Faye Marsay in the film Pride (great movie, by the way) and then I saw an interview with her. Not only does she seem to be a very good actress, but also a really nice person. So, while Shona didn't interest me that much, I'd really like to see Faye Marsay return (this wouldn't be the first time an actress has had another role on the show before becoming a companion). And even if Shona was to return, I think she's got a lot of potential as a character.

1 month ago on Faye Marsay: There’s Been No talk of Shona Returning

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This comes up every time The Girl Who Waited does, but I see people who don't think it's just for Amy to be so annoyed that she waited 50 odd years, while Rory waited two thousand. But here's the thing, Rory always knew that Amy was going to come back. Whereas Amy thought she'd been abandoned forever. Not only that, but Rory (being a plastic auton) didn't age. Amy, however, is human and losing 50 years of her life meant that even if older Amy had been rescued she would have maybe 30 years at most left to live. Rory may have waited longer, but the two waited in very different circumstances.

1 month ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 3

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@Planet of the Deaf @twoheartsonemind (Six Seasons and a Movie) @BLINKANDYOUREDEAD  That's also why I think a second companion would be a good idea to have. That way the story could be used without sacrificing that perspective.

1 month ago on Series 9 Filming: Bah Bah Biker

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@ichabod @twoheartsonemind (Six Seasons and a Movie) @BLINKANDYOUREDEAD  Completely agree. I don't think it should be done for that purpose, but if that's a consequence of it, then that's not necessarily a bad thing. 

1 month ago on Series 9 Filming: Bah Bah Biker

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@BLINKANDYOUREDEAD  If the series goes that route, I'd really like to see a second companion in the TARDIS. They'll be able to see Clara truly become corrupt, whereas the Doctor could be blinded by his love (in a friendship-way, of course) for her. I think that would create some really nice tension.

Also, turning Clara into a really good villain would be a good way to work with the fact that a lot of people don't like her.

1 month ago on Series 9 Filming: Bah Bah Biker

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@Ivegotkidneys   Curse of the Black Spot was the first episode I saw, so it holds a special place in my heart, but I actually really like Night Terrors. It's not my favorite episode, but I think it's pretty solid. So I guess what I'm trying to say is that I love them both equally.

1 month, 1 week ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 1

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@Edoe  The "They're Americans." line gets me every time!

1 month, 1 week ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 1

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@ilyootha  Well, this is the series opener, so it's possible that Clara's going to give in her resignation at some point during the story. Perhaps, the series will open with her trying to fit into normal society, but she can't (the few lines between her and the kids seem to indicate this) and will then commit to traveling full time in the TARDIS.

1 month, 1 week ago on Series 9 Filming: Bah Bah Biker

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This is great. Cornell's a fantastic writer (in any medium) and an accomplished comics writer, so this should be good. Oddly enough, I might be more excited at the prospects of the three companions meeting than the three Doctors.

1 month, 1 week ago on Paul Cornell Penning Multi-Doctor Story for Titan

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@Ivegotkidneys   That's a really interesting observation. I'm not British (I'm American), so I don't have first hand experience with that class system, but I could definitely see how RTD's era could be more aimed to the working class, especially with Rose. I'm not sure I'd say Moffat's era is more aimed at middle class, but more that it doesn't really look at class at all, whereas I think RTD went out of his way to include it more, though that might be because he focused on the companions families more.

1 month, 1 week ago on The Divide in New Who: One Era to Another

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Really great article.

I don't think the divide is so much the young vs. the old, but rather when you started watching, and even then that's a big generalization. While both eras are unmistakably Doctor Who, there is a different style to both of them and, Doctor Who being such a personal thing, this means that a viewer will associate one style with Doctor Who, before they've even seen the other eras. By the way, those eras can be Doctors and not showrunners.

That's not to say that someone can't like all styles equally or prefer the second era they see to their first, but the idea is that that first era makes a mark on them as that's what Doctor Who "is" and that can be hard to get away from.

1 month, 1 week ago on The Divide in New Who: One Era to Another

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The biggest issue with discussion in the fandom is the idea that someone has a different or unpopular opinion and that this makes them less of a fan. For example, I've seen people say that if you don't like the Rose/Ten pairing you aren't a real fan. Of course, this makes no sense. People often ask for people who don't like an episode/character/showrunner or otherwise to just stop watching or to think of the positives, but really this is just telling someone to censor themselves.

The issue though is that people who do enjoy these things often find themselves surrounded by negative (and often hyperbolic) comments about aspects of the show they love. You can understand their want to defend these things, but sometimes they take it to far and instead it turns into an attack. The point being that both sides can be very aggressive, and often hurtful, in expressing their opinions.

The best solution to this is to take into account that others will feel the exact opposite as you and use your comments to open up the floor for discussion, not to shut it down.

1 month, 1 week ago on Say Something Nice: Internet Fandom

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The Eleventh Hour- 10/10 Perfect way to start the Eleventh Doctors era. Just insanely good.

The Beast Below- 10/10 I really still can't fathom why people dislike this episode; it works on all levels for me.

Victory of the Daleks- 7/10 I also just really like this episode. Maybe it's not the best, but it's hugely entertaining.

Time of the Angels- 9/10

Flesh and Stone 9/10 Great episode. Wonderful pacing, nice side characters, all around really good.


1 month, 1 week ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 1

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@Clara Bosswald wants Spider-Man to die  I'd kind of love to see Clara and Six together. Can you imagine the arguments?

1 month, 2 weeks ago on What if… Doctors Were Paired With Different Companions?

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Partners In Crime- 5/10 Just not my cup of tea, I guess. I just found it kind of boring.


The Fires of Pompeii- 9/10 I remember missing soccer practice to finish watching this episode. It still holds up today, imaginative and provides an interesting moral dilemma.


Planet of the Ood- 7/10 I feel like I should like this episode more than I did. Entertaining enough.


The Sontaran Strategem- 7/10

The Poison Sky- 7/10 Something with these two episodes just didn't click with me and the Sontarans didn't come off as particularly threatening.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2008 Part 1

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@Daleky  Out of curiosity, how many episodes have you given a ten to?

I would think it's difficult to not come up with a single flaw in any episode.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who and Episode Rankings

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@PaddyB @Notsosmartguy  @Switcharoo   I don't know that it's about something being outright expressed to the viewer, so much as it is flaws impacting the narrative. And they definitely did with Ten; The Waters of Mars being a prime example. I think it just depends on the degree to which you wish for it to be addressed.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 2

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The Lazarus Experiment- 7/10 Very entertaining!

42- 9/10 Superb episode. The fear David Tennant portrays and that we rarely see from the Doctor in this way is a highlight.

Human Nature- 10/10

Family of Blood- 10/10 These two episodes make my favorite Doctor Who story. Perfect in every way, if you ask me.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 2

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@Malohkeh, not a member of any acronyms  I didn't like it on the first viewing, it took me another viewing to really enjoy it and I think that was because I was disappointed that the drug idea in the beginning of the episode wasn't taken further.

I think Gridlock has a very creative idea to begin with, but it takes it further when you think about the government deception of people and how they just hold out hope and do what they're told, even when it really doesn't make sense to. That says a lot about human nature, in my mind.

It's certainly not my favorite episode, but I appreciate the complexity and creativity of it.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 1

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Oh how I love series 3.

Smith and Jones 10/10

The Shakespeare Code 10/10

Gridlock 8/10

Daleks in Manhattan 7/10

Evolution of the Daleks 7/10

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 1

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@MrRazza has joined David Dimbleby @twoheartsonemind (Six Seasons and a Movie)  I see what you mean. Sorry about the misinterpretation on my part.

I think Rose was portrayed as flawed when she left her mother at certain points, but not so at others (and not particularly with Mickey). If anything, I find the idea that Rose is flawed inconsistently portrayed, and don't really come to a head in the overall story, as they do with Clara.

Total agreement though about which character gets attacked more for flaws.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 1

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@Alleigh member of P.O.N.D.S  To me though, that's very human. It's something I know that I do and am sure that others do, but is rarely portrayed so straightforwardly in fiction, so to me doing that with Clara is a breath of fresh air and actually makes her more relatable (at least to me).

I do agree that Rose/Ten did come off as incredibly forced.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 1

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There are some really great suggestions here. I think Grace is the best bet, because there's so much that could be done with her given how little time she had as a companion. She's one of the things I thought the TV movie did well, partially because of her chemistry with 8; I'm not sure how she could fit with 12, though.

I'd rather see new Time Ladies created than have Romana back, though I do like her very much and certainly wouldn't be angry if she returned.

Ace coming back would be fantastic, same goes for Tegan.

Peri is my least favorite companion. She's whiny and doesn't really add anything to the show, that being said if she was brought back she could be written in a far more interesting way. And if she was brought back with 12, then there could be some interesting parallels between that and her time with 6.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on 10 Classic Companions Who Deserve A Return

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I was initially buying the Twelfth and Eleventh Doctor series issue-by-issue each month (I missed the 1st Tenth Doctor one, so decided to wait for the trade), but I stopped, because I only have so much money and there were better comics out. I actually think both series are well written, but the art is what drags them down, more so in the Twelfth Doctor series where there are so many figures out of proportion or likenesses that just look wrong (mostly in the drawings of Clara) that it's distracting. At least with 11's series the colorist does an exceptional job and everyone's in proportion, but there's nothing special in the art.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who Comic Launching February in UK

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While I don't actually think the Bechdel test is the best indicator of the quality of a female character, it does show importance in the fact that there are actually female characters. I must say, I'm really impressed by the work done in this experiment, as it seems to have been done in a truly un-biased way (which is difficult to achieve, but essential to these sorts of experiments).

1 month, 3 weeks ago on How Often Does Doctor Who Pass The Bechdel Test?

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@AlessandroArsuffi @twoheartsonemind (Six Seasons and a Movie)  Glad to see I'm not the only one with that opinion of Eccleston. I haven't listened to any of the Big Finish audios (for Six or any other Doctors), even though I want to.

Six and Eight were tied for my second favorites, behind Eleven, before Capaldi came along, now they rest in third place.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Colin Baker: Re-trial of a Time Lord

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@MrRazza has joined David Dimbleby  I agree with you about 10 and Rose. I have more of an issue with their dynamic throughout the whole series, so this is just a contributing factor for me, but on it's own it's fine.

"Unless it's Clara, of course..." Only predominantly on this site and, even so, many people like Clara because she's so flawed (myself included). I've never understood why a character can't be really flawed and, if not likable, interesting? I'd rather see a character consciously written as flawed than a perfect one any day of the week. That for me is the deciding factor in the Rose's flaws vs. Clara's flaws debate.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 1

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@SirTrey @TheNightmareChild  Spot on, sir. Spot on. I feel exactly the same way.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 1

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@TheNightmareChild  For me, it's not that I don't like her because she has negative traits it's more that she's got these negative traits, but they're never portrayed as a bad thing. Part of that is because the Doctor doesn't see them that way, which fits in with the "love story" aspect of her, I guess, but I was never really sold on the Doctor loving her. I've never been sold on the Doctor loving any companion in that way, and that being a big part of Rose's story, makes the character really uninteresting at the least, and annoying at the most.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 1

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@ClaraOswald @shyx111  Agreed completely. While I don't enjoy most of the episodes of series 1, series 2 actively annoys me with the writing of Rose and 10s dynamic.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 1

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New Earth- 7/10: Good episode, just a bit better than above average

Tooth and Claw- 7/10: I debated between a 7 or a 6; I guess I was just in a generous mood

School Reunion- 9/10: Great episode.

Girl in the Fireplace: 8/10: Strong, creative episode.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 1

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In my opinion, the Sixth Doctor is a highlight of every episode he's in. I have no real issues with the blatant obnoxiousness and narcissism of the character, though I do see that there isn't a lot of depth to it. However, I still think it's an interesting side of the Doctor, and one that Baker portrays well, even if he doesn't provide the depth that the scripts lacked (I have actually enjoyed most of the Sixth Doctor episodes I've seen, with the exception of Time Lash). I sit through lackluster episodes and put up with the complete waste of a character Perri, because I want to see more of the Sixth Doctor.

But actors abilities are incredibly subjective, so I can completely understand the author's view. I am still in the minority that finds Christopher Eccleston completely disingenuous in every role he's in.

Personally though, Six ranks in my top three Doctors.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Colin Baker: Re-trial of a Time Lord

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