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None of these specials are bad. They are all excellent stores well told however there are a couple like The Next Doctor, Voyage of the Damned and The Christmas Invasion that are, in my opinion, cracking stories and excellent Who episodes but not quite as powerful as the others.
The Runaway Bride is the episode where we see the Doctors grief at loosing Rose. Touching, funny and a little bit scary to see the Doctor so filled with despair that he basically waits to die and if you watch it immediately after Doomsday, you really get the sense that it JUST happened, that he has had no time to process it at all before being thrown into something else, it makes it all the more powerful.
Planet of the Dead... have to say I love this Ep. Probably more than The Waters of Mars, for the humour and UNIT and the Doctor being so very Doctor in it.
The Waters of Mars. What can you say. You can't deny the power of it. You see your hero stripped down and the darkness that simmers under the surface all through 10's tenure front and centre. You also get the sense however that he is very much a broken man. Not so much Time Lord Victorious as he puts it, but more Time Lord with nothing more to loose. Literally, nothing.
For me however The End of Time will always be my favourite. I'm not a someone who cries easily (it has to be said though that since Who came back there have been far more sniffles on my side of the sofa than there have been throughout most of my tv and film viewing life! lol) but EOT does it to me every. single. time. At three very specific points. The moment in the cafe. Where for the first time EVER the Doctor talks about his fears. Shares, as one old soldier and one old *man*. He opens up, drops his guard and connects with Wiilf in a way ever have never seen before and have never seen since. The Second, is the moment on the ship, Wilf pleading with him to defend himself, not to accept his fate and at the same time demanding from him that he defends the Earth. That bit is a tough watch and finally.... I know some people complain about how he treated Wilf and I know that some people don't like that he despaired at the end, raging against the dying of the light but I have to say in my experience, those who do don't actually seem to understand what is happening in those moments. He's not *really* shouting at Wilf and even Wilf knows that and what they seem to keep forgetting is despite his fear and anger and grief he STILL saves him. He doesn't have to but he does. He *never* walks away. He NEVER would. I cry, no actually... I sob uncontrollably at that every time I watch it. From the moment he lies on the floor, relief washing over him at still being alive. Having saved earth, having chosen Earth over his own people and planet. guilt consumes him, he condemned his planet and his people AGAIN and loosing the Master who he believes he could have saved all these emotions roll through him, he starts to lift his head and... Wilf knocks. Who *wouldn't* react like that? The thing about 10 was that he was a very human Doctor and I connected with what he was *feeling* at that point and it breaks my heart.
So yes, the other stories may be more exciting and may be funnier and may even be more obvious in their spelling out the Doctors reactions but for me, the End of Time shows us a part of the Doctor we never got to see. His vulnerability. His humanity.
6 days, 12 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: RTD Specials
@Baker Street… is the Moment! Oooh I dunno about that. One or two of the classic Cybermen stories were... Attack and Silver Nemesis were not the bestest stories. Better than Nightmare mind you. Which is sad. Because Matt was amazing and the cybermen weren't bad in this episode, it was just the rest of it that was rubbish.
1 week, 2 days ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 12
@BJAMES If that's his objective opinion then that's his objective opinion. You not liking his turn of phrase is your issue not his.
1 week, 4 days ago on Doctor Who: Control-Alt-Delete
He didn't. Neither did I. Nobody used the word "fact" apart from you.
@Amy the Consulting Key Ring @LaraHarris neither Rose nor Donna were plot devices. Bad Wolf was a plot device but we didn't know it was Rose till the last episode and Donna ALSO only became important at the end. Amy was a mystery from the get go, as was River and Clara. So yeah, last three seasons. 5, 6 and 7.
1 week, 4 days ago on Why Does the TARDIS Dislike Clara? Moffat Teases Answers
Moffat can say what he likes. It doesn't change the fact that the show is first source and the primary canon. The nod to the audios was nice but it was a nod that deliberately didn't step on set SHOW canon. The fact that some stories were BASED on some of the books is frankly neither here nor there.
1 week, 5 days ago on Doctor Who: Control-Alt-Delete
Alternatively... an opinion he's entitled to have AND voice. You don't have to agree with him and your passive aggressive response wasn't much better mate. Me I liked the episode. Didn't LOVE it but didn't think it sucked but then I thought TATM and TGWW were SO bad they should be scoured from the earth when many seem to fall in to delirium with the mere mention of their name. Thing is though... neither Number Nine nor I need to say any more about it than "It sucked" if that's how we feel you just need to deal with it.
And that would be lovely. It would make a nice change from the last three seasons. Until then, I'll base my assumptions on how he's written to date and hope to be pleasantly surprised
1 week, 5 days ago on Why Does the TARDIS Dislike Clara? Moffat Teases Answers
@BJAMES @NeutronFlow No... It confirms it ONLY for the 8th Doctor. You can't extrapolate any further than that and with good reason. Some of the Audio's and books contradict canon set in the show and the show is the *first* source. If A book contradicts the show, the show is the canon you take. The 8th Doctor had nothing to contradict.
I genuinely don't care. I'm done with the whole "companions as a plot device" can we please just have some Doctor Who?
As most folks have already said this is one tough category. Vincent and the Doctor is a good but not *great* episode till those last few moments. It has some lovely bits beautifully shot and most of Vincent's parts where he talks about what he sees and how he feels are really good and the idea is such a good one but that last speech by Bill Nighy... I mean I could listen to that man talk for days but I wept like a baby. Hugh great uncontrollable sobs and it took me some time to recover from it.
Blink as we all know is quite possibly one of Moffats greatest episodes. It was when the Angels were new and scary and we *all* held our breath and all tried to figure out if can you blink one eye at a time whether you were 7 or 70.
But the best has to be Midnight.
It was terrifying. For me, more frightening than Blink. The idea that something could possess you, steal who you are by stealing your words, your voice, the thing that makes you, *you*.... *shudder*
And the acting was sublime. That bit where the passengers are getting more and more wound up, starting to turn on each other, their fear finding voice and turning that on the Doctor, demanding what gives him authority pushing, pushing pushing till he snaps with "Because I'm clever!" and then there is a break and for a split second you breathe out, you think the tension is broken but instead THAT is the moment they threaten to throw HIM out and the Doctor for one of the first times, genuinely looks terrified. In fact it has such an impact on him when he finally gets out alive, that in A Town Called Mercy he referrers back to the incident. Shivering, stating that he'd rather face a Dalek than "terrified people". For me, there is no competition. Midnight is one of the best episodes in the history of Who.
1 week, 5 days ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 10
@supermoff The Power of Three. Just sayin...
1 week, 6 days ago on Moffat Explains Doctor’s Timey Tomb
In other words. "I have no idea but the story was good so I just ignored the gaps."
No. The TARDIS is already a companion. She doesn't need an avatar or a voice she is what she is. Leave well enough alone.
1 week, 6 days ago on Could the TARDIS Become a Permanent Companion?
Partners In Crime. (With TIA a near miss)
Tooth and Claw. (with DOTM *very* close)
The Girl in the Fireplace.
Rise of The Cybermen.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 1-5 Recap
This is actually an easy one for me. Rise of the Cybermen. Why? Because the Doctor is amazing in it. It's a proper, Doctor Who, "run away from the terrible things!!" Adventure and there was (I felt) real danger. The Doctor was vulnerable and it's always nice to see him on the back foot and I LOVED the new Cybermen. I know lots of people found the stomping annoying. I didn't. I liked it, it was intimidating and reminded me of so many of the older Cybermen stories that terrified me as a child. Much like Tomb and Revenge, the idea that they just keep churning themselves out, that there are so many of them, that they just. don't. stop... Loved it.
World War Three was ok. Not terrible, not great, just ok. I didn't like EOD. I don't know why. The Doctor was brilliant in it but it just didn't hit any of the right notes for me.
TPS was a brilliant episode, Doctor and Donna both on full form and the only real rival for ROS as far as I am concerned.
TRF I think is underrated. I don't really understand what it is about it that people don't like. No, it's not "teh bestest episode eeevaaah!" but it's good and the story is well told and there is a hell of a lot going on relationship wise and it tells you a lot about the Doctor this episode. I found it interesting.
Flesh and Stone was ok. Some nice wee touches but this was where Moffat started to loose the plot with the Angels, which is a shame cause the whole "we should have realised, why didn't we notice, they don't have two heads!!" bit in the first episode made me almost pee myself. lol But then they started moving, in front of each other and then in front of the rest of the cast and I felt a huge surge of disappointment.
And then we have TATM. An episode I could gladly burn. There are some really choice moments in it. My heart went out to the Doctor when Amy shouted at him for repairing Rivers arm, his anger and fear when he read the words "Amelias Last Farewell"almost broke my heart. River's love for him and her utter confidence in him "you just wait till my husband gets home"... beautiful moments... and then it all went to hell in a hand basket. The utterly ridiculous notion of The Statue of Liberty, the stupidity of the whole "oooh stuck in 1938!" and the fact that the ending didn't move me one little bit. Not a jot. I felt some for the Doctor but I felt no loss over Amy herself. I was sadder to see Rory go and I found it interesting that despite the fact that River just watched her parents die, that was never even touched on. She would have had to keep watching that angel as the Doctor got lost in grief and she was just... forgotten. It disappointed me.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 5
How do you get him back? It's simple, you write an episode with him in it. It's not rocket science. It's been done before (the Two Doctors). After that you let it go. Sharing is a ridiculous notion.
I read articles like this and they make me want to grab the person writing it and yell "get OVER it!" Would he have made a good Doctor? Probably. Will he ever get the chance now? No. Has he been respected in canon and included in the 50th celebrations? Yes. Now move on.
3 weeks ago on How To Bring Back McGann
Now this one is easy. The Girl in the Fireplace. It's just a brilliant episode. The clockwork men are terrifying, that first bit when the Doctor tells Reinette to stay on the bed and you suddenly realise you are hearing a clock ticking that shouldn't be... *shudder* and the cooking roast meat. Eeeeeep! Mickey on his first adventure, the Doctor on a horse... wonderful.
Now, it has to be said that for me the rest are pretty average, not bad episodes, just decent enough but not great except for the Sontaran Stratagem. Which I very much enjoyed. With TPOT being the worst. Possibly my most hated episode actually.
What I will say is that I don't understand the love for The Doctors Wife. I think people get so caught up with the idea of the Doctor being able to talk to the TARDIS that they disregard the rest of the drivel that makes up the episode. Rory and Amy spend it running down the same corridor and we have the theme of "someone waits a lot for another main character to find them" a-g-a-i-n. The idea of the bubble universe is quite frankly daft. The distress calls from the other Timelords is rather good but I can't forgive the c*ck up that has the TARDIS telling the Doctor that the door say's pull. It really annoys me, Yes that might be a bit, extreme and obsessed fan of me, but it's an important exchange between them and it just falls on it's A$$ when she utters those ridiculous words.
3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 4
@Polyphase It *really* annoyed me as an episode lol I suppose different things push different buttons on all of us.
3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 3
@gunslinger19 It's weird too. Because he CAN write. His Sherlocks are superb. I also don't mind JTTCOTT (although it could really do with some work) but Curse... good grief it is bad.
@TheCapaldiMasterplan I completely disagree. It could have been ANY ex companion even one we'd never met. The story was about what happens to those who travel with the Doctor and what happens to the Doctor because of his companions. It also established a lot of 10's character.
Ruddy inability to edit.
Meant to say on Victory. EXCEPT for the truly dreadful Daleks at the end. The unforgivable thing that was done to them... it wasn't a bad story.
I dithered over this one for a while trying to decide between The Unquiet Dead and School Reunion. In the end I decided on School Reunion. Not *just* for SJS or K9 (although seeing them was wonderful and I'm pretty sure the wow factor of having her back would make people choose it even if the episode was rubbish... people are weird that way..) but because it was about the Doctors life and relationships, how travelling with him affected companions, it was the first time we saw 10's dark side, with his temptation to change what was, he was cruel to Rose and he first showed us here how he could be ruthless. It wouldn't have mattered to me *who* the other companion was, the fact that it was SJS was the cherry on the cake.
Second favourite for me and the reason for my dithering would have to be The Unquiet Dead. Oh it's SUCH a good story. It's so VERY Who and reminds me of the older Baker stories. Brilliant enemy, brilliant premise, great acting and the Doctor and Rose starting to find and understand each other. Nice wee bit of comedy too. Without a doubt in *my* mind, Gatiss' best episode.
As for the others; Planet of the Ood is an excellent story, well told, with good pacing and and some lovely moments between the Doctor and Donna and some nice foreshadowing.
Gridlock is another brilliant story. Inventive, funny at times, starts to bring Martha in to her own, quite moving at times too and more than a little sad. *nods* no complaints from me!
As for the others...
I don't really understand the hatred for Victory. It's a nice wee story. It messes with canon and timeline a bit and Amy is once again irritating (to me) but I certainly don't hate it.
A Town Called Mercy is another good one. All this nonsense about the Doctor being out of character... in what way? The Doctor has pointed a gun more than once in his lifetimes (has even shot folks and dropped bombs) and has also been more than prepared to throw someone to the wolves. I felt his pain in this. His hatred for Jex was very much a reaction to himself and his own actions and his anger at Jex choosing how he serves his penance was again, as much about him as it was about what Jex did. Perhaps it's a little too grown up for some? Perhaps a little subtle? Either way, when I hear people saying things like "The Doctor is out of character!!" I think... you ain't watched much Who!" Oh and that line, a nice little egg referring back to oh so many of his stories but most recently Midnight... "Frightened people. Give me a Dalek any day." Nice
Now we come to the clunker of the group for me. Curse of the Black spot. Yaaaaaaaaaawn. *stretches* Oh I'm sorry... I almost fell asleep *thinking* about it. Amy lepping (no not leaping, lepping, like stepping.. its a Irish term) about with a sword, chucking out gold when it just needs covered, breaking mirrors and glass not reducing the number of reflective surfaces but increasing them tenfold... meh. And if the siren is a doctor, who snatches people up with a mere cut of the hand and threatens the Doctor with fire when he sneezes, why did she not save the crew of the the ship? NONE of them?? It irritated and bored at the same time. NOT a good combo.
@Planet of the Deaf @LaraHarris Yeah... I guess it was but I think that was part of what I liked about it! lol
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 2
I really hated Dinosaurs. The only thing worthwhile in it was Rory and his dad, their relationship and interactions. Everything else for me just... *shakes head*. I found the concept ridiculous, I found Amy irritating, the idea of Nefertit and John Riddell just too much and as for the Robots...
Matt had his usual brilliant moments because he is always brilliant but no. Not good. I voted for Tooth and Claw and that was a tough choice because Day of the Moon was wonderful. However TAC did everything it needed to do. Pacing was great, story was good, the relationship between 10 and Rose was cemented and there is this bit, in the observatory where Rose is trying to get QV to not be amused and the Doctor is standing behind her desperately trying not to laugh. It's a Unit story without Unit and it lays the groundwork for Torchwood. Love it.
As I said, DOTM was fantastic but it doesn't stand on it's own and my next favourite is TSC. Nice wee romp, good story, dynamic between Doctor and companion set. Interesting villian and Shakespeare and JK... come ooon! lol
TBB.. again.. I found Amy irritating and I didn't really like the whole "I'm the bloody Queen mate"... dunno why.m*shrugs* It was however the episode the made me realise we were in safe hands with Matt, his seething anger and disappointment was brilliantly played but on the whole found the story a bit daft.
TEOTW and TFOP I both really enjoyed I just would rate them below TAC, DOTM and TSC. Good stories, well developed, great pacing, all together thumbs up for both of them
Exactly that for me too.
Partners in Crime for me.
Loved Rose... thought Smith and Jones was decent... 11th Hour also decent but I hated Amy.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 1
Absolutely. But which he never could have done...
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Silence Will Fall – The Complete Timeline
Whatever the reason, he was there.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Silence Will Fall – The Complete Timeline
Sorry.... cant edit... meant to say... "had to have always happened because it happened EARLIER in the Doctors (11's) own time line.
Here is the problem I have with Trenzalore.
It can never have been the Doctors grave.
Why? Because... Gallifrey was never destroyed it was always saved by the War Doctor, 10 and 11. We know this because 10 was there when it happened. We know he was there because 11 remembers the "event" (fez) just not the details of what happened and 12 was present and needed for the save of Gallifrey to happen, that means that if 12 was there, he NEVER could have died on Trenzalore because the Time Lords had to give him his new regenerations for that to happen. What happened in Time had to have always happened because it happened before. So Name and the Grave, doesn't actually make sense.
This commenting system IS THE PITS!!!!
4 weeks ago on Are Doctor-Lite stories the best of Doctor Who?
You go for it mate! There's a fair few of us would happily burn the copies of that episode! (watches as TheOncomingHurricane head explodes)
4 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (19-13)
People hated the kids with a passion. Not even Matts exceptional performance could make up for their unbelievable and pointless presence or dreadful acting. And it's a shame, because Matt was really quite brilliant in this episode.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (26-20)
Oh... ok... I suppose I can see why that would bother some but wasn't self awareness used to defeat the Cybermen in The Age of Steel? Kinda, sorta the same thing?
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (33-27)
Sweeping statement much? I'm not a Moffat hater but I didn't like the bringing back of Gallifrey or the hanging Zygon story either.
I just found it dull to be honest. It wasn't dreadful but it wasn't much of anything. I felt the relied on bringing back an Ice Warrior to carry the lack of any substance.
Could someone explain to me what it is about The Hungry Earth et al and Closing Time that is so bad? I mean they're pretty good stories... move along at a decent pace... don't have any internal inconsistencies that I can see? I wonder what it is about them that people dislike.
For example Cold War to me was just dull. It felt like a filler episode to me. The CGI was woeful much like the Lazarus Experiment in quality but at least it had a good *story*, Cold earth just felt like a bit of a lame duck.
Agreed. Very surprised not to see TPOT here.
1 month ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (39-34)
39 The Power of Three
38. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
37. The Girl Who Waited
36. The Angels Take Manhattan
35. Time of The Doctor
34. Cold War
Asylum of the Daleks - 8/10
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship - 4/10
A Town Called Mercy - 6/10
The Power of Three - 2/10
The Angles Take Manhattan - 3/10
The Snowmen - 8/10
The Bells of Saint John - 8/10
The Rings of Akhaten - 9/10
Cold War - 4/10
Hide - 4/10
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS - 7/10
The Crimson Horror - 7/10
Nightmare in Silver - 5/10 Would have rated higher but for the pointless and annoying and utterly unbelievable kids. Matt as Mr Clever was exceptional.
The Name of the Doctor - 9/10
The Day of the Doctor - 7/10
The Time of the Doctor - 5/10
1 month ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 7 (2012-2013)
Funnily I seem to like the ones others hate and vice versa. TGWW bored me to tears and yet LKH I really enjoyed. TDW was dreadful (IMO) but TIA and DOTM was I felt a brilliant and very "Doctor" opening. I think the main issue was that this season was where things just started to get too complex and silly.
Overall despite more good individual epps than bad, this was a distinctly average *season* because of the arc.
1 month ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 6 (2011)
This is an awkward one. Some really exceptional episodes and some utter duds. Overall it makes me rate the season as 5/10. It's very hard when you have clangers like TPOT and TATM and fantastic episodes like AOD and TNOTD
Oh my god. They're going to the era that taste forgot... the 80's!
1 month ago on Series 8 Filming: The Suits