Beasts_a_Snarling - Servant of the Union of Three!
I am no longer merely the Kandyman's Apprentice, but the servant of the Union of Three - The Kandyman, Chloe Webber, and the Abzorbalof! Bow to your new masters!
They're all the same man in the end. I'm glad Doctors like the Fourth get a lot of exposure, but it is depressing for me that more challenging and less appealing Doctors are put down. A prime example of this is my favourite Doctor - the Seventh Doctor. The most underrated and underappreciated Doctor. His portrayal of the Doctor went beyond anything ever done before - turning him into a dark manipulator and truely an ancient being. His dynamic with Ace was truely unforgetable and his confrontations with enemies such as Fenric had an edge never seen before in Doctor Who. As much as people like to berate the eras of the Sixth and Seventh Doctors, one has to admit that towards the end of Doctor Who (Season 25-26) some of the most darkest, most emotionally challenging, and most interesting episodes were being made - such as the Curse of Fenric, Survival, and of course Ghostlight. And Sylvester McCoy's Seventh Doctor was brilliantly leading the charge. It wouldn't be the same without him. All the aforementioned episodes are a must see. It is a shame that a lot of these slip under fans' radar. And it is an even greater tragedy that more of these were never made. :'(
4 days, 15 hours ago on The Doctor Division
Planet of Fire Part 2?
5 days, 15 hours ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain
But this was her opening episode. If Moffat WANTED to make an impression he'd have actually given her more meaty material to work with.
6 days, 9 hours ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Return
Well I blame the rushed nature of the episode, but she still displayed more leadership and seriousness than Shona who was completely out of place in the Ice Base environement.
Because they had range. When did Shona demonstrate her ability to enforce drama? Donna had the Fires of Pompeii and Lucy was practically enforcing drama right from the get-go in Blood of the Daleks.
Actually, she helps find ways to deal with the Sleepers and was practically the leader of the Ice Base.
But it's also nullifying a serious situation. Pacifying the Sleepers is serious and having somone dance ridiculously not only undermines the consistent tone, but the tension itself. I don't want this for every episode of Series 9.
But would these contribute to the plot? I doubt it. In fact if you remove Shona from Last Christmas, literally nothing changes plot-wise.
But companions need to be active, or else why would she be there? Having someone as practically a cheerleader is not only regressive, but also unrealistic in a life or death situation. And a "different perspective" has a danger of nullifying the actions of Twelve and Clara.
I can't picture Shona doing anything of consequence in a critical situation.
It will counter the darker approach of the show. And just because a character's scientific, doesn't mean they aren't empathetic or cheery.
6 days, 10 hours ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Return
Someone's job has nothing to do with personality. It may be a factor in determining it, but not the overall decider.
She's very scientific. I can't think of any New Who Companion who's been that. Also, she actually contributed to the plot unlike Shona or even Clara. It'd be great to have a more Liz Shaw-esque companion.
Shona? No. Ashley? Yes.
*cough* Genesis of the Daleks *cough*
1 week ago on Doctor Who’s Impossible Choices and the Trolley Problem
To the extreme*
1 week, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 2
What I love about The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People is that it's absolutely insane and ridiculous too the extreme. It was like Doctor Who on speed. Yes, it lacks an quality in the sense of the word, but it is so unbelievable that you just want to laugh at it. Does that make good? Well, I think it's one of those things that are so bad, it's good - sort of like the bloodcurdling monsters in my avatar.
She'd want it to blend in.....
1 week, 2 days ago on Master Plan? The Mysteries of Missy
I think that Missy's TARDIS is a grave. Notice how she almost tries to hide behind it; as if going inside.
1 week, 3 days ago on Master Plan? The Mysteries of Missy
I am the opposite actually. I generally enjoy Classic Who more because I can just take a moment to enjoy myself rather than juggle a bunch of plot threads.
1 week, 3 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 1
Yeah, "filler," to them, were just a couple of fun episodes. But they didn't just throw them out without any effort, they tried their absolute hardest to make it fun as possible. Case and point, Carnival of Monsters.
But they didn't make filler for the sake of filler. Look at Androids of Tara.
Yes! One of the best things about Series 8 is back! The Master is back to the way they used to be, but with a new twist! :) Oh.... My optimism is really, really high - Toby Whitehouse, Two Parters, and now, Missy? Has someone been peeking at my Christmas List?
1 week, 4 days ago on Missy Back in Two-Part Series 9 Opener
Yes! My adoration of them is starting to turn into a religion - The Pantheon of Three!
1 week, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 1
Why so much hate for Beast Below? :(
Donna and Twelve..... Nothing would ever get done!
2 weeks, 4 days ago on What if… Doctors Were Paired With Different Companions?
I would've loved to have seen Capaldi with Sarah Jane.....
Ah! Nostalgia Road! The first series I ever watched! Easily one of the best series next to Series 5.
Partners in Crime: Standard RTD opening episode. Nothing to different from Rose or Smith and Jones. But the one thing that does set it apart is Donna. Her characterization is something to behold and this is where that all begins.
Fires of Pompeii: Brilliant. No other way to describe it. It has a great cast of actors, great plot, and a moral dilemma far more effective than Kill the Moon's coin-flip. The emotional and dramatic weight is simply impeccable. The scenes from the volcano onwards illustrate this to perfection.
Planet of the Ood: My first episode and what a great one it is. Incredibly underrated and a definite hidden gem. It's illustration of slavery, hope, and revolution is something that goes beyond standard Doctor Who storytelling and becomes something more. The scene of the singing Ood.......... Well, words can't describe it - it's that good.
Sontaran Stratagem: A pretty solid first half with one hell of a cliffhanger. Simple, yet effective storytelling.
The Poison Sky: Not as good as the first half. It doesn't carry the tension over and the buildup seems to stop dead. Not very memorable.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2008 Part 1
What didn't you like about Boyhood, out of curiousity? I liked it, but I felt it had some issues.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 3
Weeping Angels? What are they? Now the Kandyman, Abzorbalof, and Chloe Webber? They are real monsters! No doubt about it.
But how does that change tone?
Thank you. I decided to depict all our favourite classics together as the Union of Three.
Blink: Classic. Irrefutably by the majority of fans. Suble and evocative story led by believable characters. (Moffat, how come you can't do this anymore?) It's a horror story specifically designed to scare you for the fun of it - kind of like a campfire story, but in a less cheesy way. The Weeping Angels are a brilliant and unique threat that is a true gift to the Whoniverse. They just look amazing. Something seemingly docile and innocent that could within the blink of an eye (no pun intented) snap at you like a hungry wolf.
Utopia: Another Classic. A story about raging against the dying of the light. Jacobi's Master reflects this perfectly - he is a crazy old man who has nothing to loose. The story is so well constructed, and it has the unique structure of a Boa Constrictor coiling around it's prey - in this case it is e great trio of the 10th Doctor, Martha, and Captain Jack who bounce off each other brilliantly.
Sound of Drums: To be honest, this story was just ok for me. Simm is no where near as good as Jacobi. He doesn't have the gravitas and authority an older actor can give. He is just a crazy man who ran out of an insane aslyum - wow, haven't seen that one before. And at times, he is a bit too hammy for my taste. About as far as you can get from the deeply layed and repressed madness and hate of Pratt. But the scene where he calls the Doctor, did reasure me that this still was the Master. Sadly, the moment we have the here comes the drums scene, is where all this is blown away along with the carefully crafted tension. It is too bombastic and ironic for the last few minutes of intrigue - which, mind you, had way more explosive power as a dramatic tool than whatever that last scene was.
Last of the Time Lords: To be honest, this episode was so boring that I frequently forget the title. I can't think of anything to comment on. The whole thing was just overly sentimental noise for me. I like the concept of the episode, but somehow it didn't keep the right balance of being melancholic and hopeless, but not sentimental. The idea of faith bringing the Doctor back to life and him flying and turning into Jesus, is just too much. It has gone beyond being baroque and become....... I don't know, the only word I could think of is jarring. The Doctor is an alien hobo who happens to be clever, not your Saviour. There is really no debate here that the Doctor should NEVER be presented this way.
Voyage of the Damned: Well.... Um.... Nothing special, but it works. The characters are well done and RTD is genius in turning usual caricatures into well crafted characters who go beyond there stereotypes through the events they go through.
How was it not?
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014) UK Ratings Accumulator
A Union of the Abzorbalof, Chloe Webber, and the Kandyman? Yes please! That is the most genius idea I've ever heard!
3 weeks ago on Infinite Potential: Where Could Big Finish Take New Who? (Part 1)
Anyone who disregards the existence of the audio adventures, are doing a diservice not only to Colin Baker and the Sixth Doctor, but to the aspirement to brilliant character developement. Great Article!
3 weeks, 2 days ago on How The Sixth Doctor Was Saved
Even Sophie Aldred didn't like the idea. Ace is way too impatient to start a chairty. I can't see her settling down. Besides, it kind of cancels out her going to the Academy which I think is way more interesting.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on 10 Classic Companions Who Deserve A Return
And starts a charity...... Really!?
Ace starting a charity? No just no....
3 weeks, 3 days ago on 10 Classic Companions Who Deserve A Return
Um... The Time Lords are waaaay to selfish to entrust a renegade like the Doctor with their lives. Look at Trial of a Timelord.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Love from Gallifrey: Something We All Missed?
Ahem. Do you know what tone is? If you make each episode completely one way the shift is almost ironic.
4 weeks ago on Steven Moffat: The Good, The Bad and the Timey Wimey
Thank you! Good to have an article that takes an honest and balanced look at Steven Moffat! Well done!
Well.... That was more Series 5 for me personally....
1 month ago on Top 12 Best Written Russell T Davies Characters
Nope. I disagree. They'd most likely ask the Master, as the Doctor wouldn't be the daredevil he was...
1 month ago on Who and What Would the Doctor be without the TARDIS?
It's actually a personal favourite of mine. I highly recommend it. I'm not kidding.
1 month ago on Could Gallifrey Be in Omega’s Dimension?
Actually he wouldn't because that particular face was chosen for him by the Time Lords when the Second Doctor was put on trial. He'd probably look very different.
My master is planning many delicious treats for the Doctor..... Muhahahaha!
Oh..... Please be true. I would kneel down to Moffat if this happened.....
They are us - what we are destined to become and that's what makes them terrifying.
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