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I think his Deep Breath/Into the Dalek/Flatline/Dark Water and Death in Heaven is indeed the best. Not too impressed with his appearance in Series 9 filming (though I should wait till I have seen it in the series to properly judge) but I think his white shirt combo just works. His variations are fine, as is his holey jumper and Whoodie, but his original costume should be the one which sticks. He looks magnificent in it.
1 day, 1 hour ago on Twelve’s Rapidly Changing Look
If there's Vikings in this, could we expect a Thor cameo? Pretty please?
Nah, that won't happen. This story looks fascinating. It's great that Doctor Who is branching out into different time periods. Four months to go!
3 days, 7 hours ago on Series 9 Filming: Medieval Times
There's been a lot of anti-Ten backlash since he left, but I still love him. My vote will however go to Matt Smith's brilliant and complex Eleventh Doctor, forever the perfect Doctor.
4 days, 3 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #8
Oooooooohhhhhhhh. Very cool. If Series 9 can match the great monsters of last year then I will be happy!
5 days, 6 hours ago on BBC Reveals New Series 9 Monster
Tennant for me. My second favourite New Series Doctor.
6 days, 4 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #6
Oooh, Mr Purple! Will he go the full purple though?
1 week ago on Weird and Wonderful
That... actually sounds pretty good. If it's a lie, it's the best lie the Mirror ever told.
1 week, 1 day ago on Series 9 To Open With “Darkest ever plot”?
The Mara, Mandragora and Sil from Classics, Sycorax, Judoon, serious Sontarans (love Strax however), and good Ice Warriors from New. (Sorry Cold War fans, couldn't resist another jab).
1 week, 1 day ago on 9 Foes That Are Due A Return
While it is his choice, I think it would make sense for him to leave after Series 9. Establish the Capaldi era fully and then let someone else finish it. Again, his choice and I would be fine with him staying for as long as he likes.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Should Series 9 Be Moffat’s Last?
11/10. My Doctor, and he always will be.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Eleventh Doctor
Sadly, there are only a few Davison stories that I truly love. I just don't really like his Doctor. Nothing against him as an actor or a person as he always gives great performances, but it is the way he is written. It's not the age that bothers me; Matt Smith and David Tennant are two of my favourites, but his passiveness in both his actions and his stories. Terminus, The King's Demons, Planet of Fire, all these stories have him walking around spewing exposition and not doing much. The Caves of Androzani (a story which, for me, isn't near in my top 50 stories, let alone the first) has him contribute nothing apart from banter and being captured for the first two episodes, before the second half of the third and the whole of the fourth actually have him do something.
His era is also dull. Thirteen stories feature a recurring villain, one has no alien, which leaves six stories with original threats (Monarch, Mara, Terileptils, Malaus, Tractors and that guy from Androzani). It's this plus the depressing tone which hangs over his era, whether it be from the episode itself, the moaning of Tegan or the lack of fun with a Doctor who is so passive and inactive that I cannot imagine him to be the Doctor. As a result, the Fifth is the incarnation I associate least with the character. When I picture the Doctor, I imagine 12 Lords of Time plus a guy in a cricket outfit.
But, seeing how I don't want to end on a negative note (and because I won't be here for the episode reviews) I'll list the Davison stories I do like:Kinda (literally perfect) & Snakedance
The Five Doctors
Bits of Resurrection of the Daleks
Bits of the Caves of Androzani (I like the story, but there are too many flaws in my eyes for me to call it anything other than OK).
And for anyone who now hates me, remember that you are allowed to ignore me and love the Fifth (if it helps my case I do like his Big Finish stuff, especially Spare Parts and the Turlough ones. More stories like those were needed in the actual era.)
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor Who In Perspective 1982-1984
This is hilarious! In all seriousness, I'm going with Love and Monsters. It may be bad (really, really, really bad) but it at least tried something different. Fear Her is a dull story with zero originality or style. Matthew Graham cannot come up with a plot of his own; Fear Her is a ripoff of the Idiot's Lantern, and the Rebel Flesh is a ripoff of the Hungry Earth. Love and Monsters is at least original, and it should be praised for attempting a different kind of story, even if it is done poorly.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Revival Face-Off: The Grand Grand Final
This is hilarious! Great April Fool's joke! Punching a Dalek in the eyestalk!
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor Who Future in Doubt After Capaldi ‘Fracas’
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @Rorschach is ditching his name with Ultron hype One outstanding script is just as good as two for me. Curtis has 100% quality, as has Matheison, so theoretically they're even. All my opinion of course.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on 5 Reasons To Rejoice At Jamie Mathieson’s Return
Exactly my thoughts. Mathieson is, in my eyes, the best new writer since Richard Curtis in terms of consistency of episodes. His scripts are wonderful; Mummy and Flatline are exceptional pieces of television.
He's also very bloodthirsty; ten deaths in two scripts, not including the Foretold and the possible deaths of the Boneless. What will he do with the Girl Who Died...
Cosmic Hobo meets Rebel Time Lord! Love it!
3 weeks, 5 days ago on 12th Doctor Costume Change for Series 9
@The Lazy Cat Is Running! Maybe they're linked like the Black Guardian stories.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Series 9: The Girl Who Died, and The Woman Who Lived
Jamie Mathieson, writing with Steven Moffat? Has someone been peeking at my Christmas list?
Ok, nothing that will hurt me. Lazarus Experiment is the only one I question here (it's not that bad) and the Idiot's Lantern is pretty funny at points.
1 month ago on The Bottom 10 TV Stories of the Decade
That's what I get for copying and pasting... a mess of a post =(.
1 month ago on Your Top 20 TV Stories of the Decade
1: The God Complex 2: Vincent and the Doctor/Human Nature and the Family of Blood3: School Reunion4: Dalek5: The Waters of Mars6: Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead7: Turn Left8: Father's Day9: The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon
10: Dark Water/Death in Heaven
11: The Doctor's Wife
13: Mummy on the Orient Express
14: Planet of the Ood
15: The Fires of Pompeii
16: The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit
17: A Christmas Carol
18: The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
19: Name/Day/Time of the Doctor
A great article to a great Doctor. Every Troughton story I have seen has been great, and his Doctor is just brimming with childlike glee and passion. I see him as the template for the New Series Doctors, as Tennant shares his glee, Smith shares his style and behaviour and Capaldi shares his manipulative nature. It's a shame most of his stories are missing, as I would love to see Power of the Daleks, the Macra Terror, The Faceless Ones and Fury from the Deep restored. My favourite ones I have seen are Enemy of the World, Tomb of the Cybermen and The Invasion (I have yet to see the War Games, something I aim to fix).
1 month ago on Why I Love The Second Doctor
Oh, how predictable. Anyway, I'll go for the Day of the Doctor, as it is a genuinely brilliant story with multiple layers to it, while Blink is a clever yet rather simple story which doesn't work on rewatches as effectively.
Still, my personal three are The God Complex, Vincent and the Doctor and Human Nature/Family of Blood (kudos to Cornell for being the only non-Moffat writer in yesterday's poll, a fantastic story deserves that).
1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: The Grand Final
Seriously, why is the Eleventh Hour THIS popular? I know it's considered a classic but I was expecting The Empty Child to be here, or Listen. Waters of Mars was against Human Nature, so I understand that, but the comments were inclined towards Astronaut yesterday (it's bizarre how the commentators are only a small minority of voters). I love the Eleventh Hour but it really isn't one of the best (all my opinion of course).
Anyway, I went for Human Nature (Blink is going to win though) and the Day of the Doctor. A moment of silence please, as we mourn the fallen:
The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon
Vincent and the Doctor
The Waters of Mars
The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
The Doctor's Wife
Mummy on the Orient Express
Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead
And all the others, which are too numerous to name.
And lastly, a personal remembrance for the two stories which suffered the most: School Reunion and the perfection that is the God Complex, sadly not even reaching the finals. I'll vote for you in my heart...
1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: Semi-Final #2
@Silent_Angel It's either that or Empty Child vs Listen. Both options would be understandable, seeing how they're all Moffat.
1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: Semi-Final #1
Ouch, Vincent got knocked out! At least The Parting of the Ways went with it!
Anywho, the second one is easy. The Impossible Astronaut is the greatest series opener of all time! Simply stunning in every way.
So happy to see Human Nature this far (on the plus side Vincent not being here prevented a fight between it and Human Nature, which would have broken me). As much as I love the Waters of Mars, it'll have to be the greatest RTD era story of all time and joint second best New Who story ever, Human Nature.
I can guarantee tomorrow's poll will be Blink versus The Day of the Doctor.
First one's easy: Vincent and the Doctor, no disrespect to the Eleventh Hour.
Second one also easy: Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon. Re watched this yesterday, the dialogue is stunning:
"These are my associates, the Legs, the Nose and Mrs Robinson"
"I hate you""No you don't"
Third one: Hmm, tricky. It'll be the Day of the Doctor, despite Listen being superb. All the stories here are worthy of New Who's best, including the ones which were kicked out (even the Big Bang, it is a good story, I just don't enjoy it).
1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: Moffat Era Triple
Empty Child, Human Nature and the Waters of Mars. Blink and Midnight are fantastic, but the popularity of the Bad Wolf two parter baffles me. I prefer Dalek, Silence in the Library and Turn Left to their competition, but everything in the finals (minus fairy-magic-dust-ex machina) is amazing and are 10/10 in my eyes.
1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: RTD Era Triple
It's interesting seeing how everyone views Death in Heaven as a disappointment; in my eyes, it's the stronger episode, purely for the emotional payoffs. Dark Water is just setup, albeit perfect setup.
1 month, 1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #12
Dark Water/Death in Heaven is in my opinion, Moffat's magnum opus. Never before has a finale successfully tied up so many strong themes and combine it with a great story and Cybermen actually being Cybermen! One of my favourite stories, even if Day of the Doctor is the most fan pleasing and epic story of all time.
Oh, tough one! Going to vote for Mummy on the Orient Express, despite Listen being brilliant, it misses out on a few things, namely Gus, Perkins, the gorgeous production and being so old school. This was the tone of the Classic Series combined with the character building from the New Series (not saying the Classic Series had no character, before you have a go at me!).
Capaldi's lines are amazing:
"Old people die all the time. It's practically their job description".
1 month, 1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #11
Name of the Doctor works mostly as a prequel to the 50th. An absolutely amazing prequel but set up none the less.
Flatline is just superb. Not as good as Mummy, but still brilliant. Matheison is the voice of the Twelfth Doctor, his characterisation is perfect, even stronger than Moffat.
Strange to see a huge jump in terms of story order. I'm getting scared my precious God Complex missed out...
1 month, 1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #10
How awesome is Canton? If he doesn't become a companion, either as Capaldi's or a BF Eleven companion (there's 200 hundred years waiting to be told), then at least a spin off! Maybe an encounter with the Alliance of Shades! The amount of suits and glasses that would have!
Canton: Agent of the FBI. Please BBC/Big Finish, make it happen! He could cross over with Paternoster Row (somehow) and UNIT (somehow) and maybe meet Jack! It makes me giddy just thinking about it...
1 month, 1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #9
"Guys? Sorry, but you're way out of time. Now, come on, a bit of history for you. Aren't you proud, 'cause you helped! Do you know how many people are watching this live on the telly? Half a billion and that's nothing, because the human race will spread out among the stars. You just watch them fly. Billions and billions of them for billions and billions of years and every single one of them, at some point in their lives, will look back at this man taking that very first step and they will never ever forget it. Oh, but they'll forget this bit. Ready?"
"That's one small step for man..."
"You should kill us all on sight. You should kill us all on sight."
"You've given the order for your own execution and the whole planet just heard you...."
"...one giant leap for mankind."
"And one whacking great kick up the backside for the Silence! You just raised an army against yourself! And now, for a thousand generations, you'll be ordering them to destroy you every day. How fast can you run? Because today's the day the human race throw you off their planet. They won't even know they're doing it. I think, quite possibly, the word you're looking for right now is "Oops". Run! Guys, I mean us! Run!"
In case you can't guess, it's the Impossible Astronaut for me. Such a brilliant, brilliant story. The plot, fascinating. The villains, terrifying. The pacing, acting, direction, music, perfect. Good Man is great, but it can't beat this masterpiece of television. Comfortably in my top 15 stories of all time.
A powerful, emotional drama with great performances, a fantastic script and the Eleventh Doctor at his best?
Or a powerful, emotional drama with great performances, a fantastic script and the Eleventh Doctor at his best? (No I haven't been possessed by the Midnight entity).
Going to have to give it to Vincent, purely for Tony Curan's magnificent performance, Bill Nighy and being so human.
It's no wonder these two are considered to be the Eleventh Doctor's essential stories, both are marvelous.
1 month, 1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #8
9 and 8 are my favourite. Combine the visuals of 8 and the music of 9 and then VOILA! A perfect title sequence. While there's nothing wrong with the visuals of the official titles, the music is painful! I hope the person behind number 9 has the job of the music next year!
1 month, 1 week ago on Top 10 Fan Title Sequences
Both are two of RTD's best, but Turn Left is simply stunning in every way. Anyone who said that Catherine Tate couldn't act seriously and would bring the show down before Series 4 aired certainly ate their words by this story (thought they should have done at the Fires of Pompeii, wonder if that's made the cut).
Midnight is fantastic too.
No don't, just don't.
No don't just don't.
1 month, 1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #7
@Missy's vortex manipulator confirmed @Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things Hope it's true!
1 month, 1 week ago on Mark Gatiss Penning “Scary” Series 9 Episode
Gatiss, Jane Austen (?), Ice Warriors (?) and scariness? Only in Doctor Who!
Eleventh Hour easily. I feel like the only one who dislikes the Big Bang.Though it is a OK story, my dislike stems mostly from the horrible resolution. How did the Doctor manage to come back and how come the universe wasn't Turn Lefted after the reboot if everything in the old universe happened? No explanation? Oh it doesn't matter, as long as it looks like it's explained, no reasoning is needed!One of the few times I felt truly let down by Moffat.
1 month, 1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #6
Both Whithouse and Gatiss are doing scary stories? 0_0!
@Notsosmartguy likes Powers @Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things Sarah Jane and Martha have a choice of destroying the world, but they don't. Davros may have stopped them but they made a choice to not do it instantly. Of course since I'm Series 4 bias this is probably over analysising but I like the subtle detail in the script. =D!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #5
Never knew the Series 4 finale was so popular! As a fan of both parts this makes me happy. Five reasons why I love this story
1) Wraps up the theme of humanity.
2) Torchwood and SJA in a comic book style crossover!
3) Donna and Wilf being Donna and Wilf.
4) The Dark and Endless Dalek Night. Brrr!
5) The epic scope.
But honestly, when in contest with the PHENOMENAL Human Nature two parter, it can't stand a chance. Why is HN/TFOB so good. Because everything came together in a brilliant script which shows how much Cornell needs to return (even if Russel wrote much of the script, Paul still came up with the ideas and him teaming up with Moffat would be outstanding).
"Oh, I think the explanation might be you've been fooled by a simple olfactory misdirection, a little bit like ventriloquism of the nose. It's an elementary trick in certain parts of the galaxy. But it has gotta be said: I don't like the look of that hydrokinometer. It seems to be indicating you've got energy feeding back all the way through the retro-stabilisers feeding back into the primary heat converter. *gasps*. 'Cause if there's one thing you shouldn't have done, you shouldn't have let me press all those buttons. But, in fairness, I will give you one word of advice: Run!"
"He's like fire and ice and rage. He's like the night, and the storm in the heart of the sun. He's ancient and forever. He burns at the centre of time, and he can see the turn of the universe. And... he's wonderful."
"What are you a professor of?"
"Archaeology" *zaps Silence* "I love a tomb!"
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Top 10 River Song Moments (10-6)
"Don't blink" versus "Hey, who turned out the lights?"Silence in the Library is definitely my vote. Blink is good (very good) but it relies on jump scares which means it isn't as effective on re-watch and the plot is pretty basic.
Silence in the Library on the other hand is infinitely re-watchable due to its magnificent and complex script, the brilliant performances and the fascinating ideas at play.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #4
"Captain Jack Harkness"
"Professor River Song!"
"Oh, don't start!"
Love these two so much! Though I prefer Jack as I feel like River was more mystery than person sometimes, both are absolutely amazing! While I think a River return would not be a good move, as her story is done (unless BF does stories with her and Eleven) a Jack return is more than welcome for me!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Why We Love Jack & River
Sorry Satan Pit, but Waters of Mars easily beats you.
Both are tightly written, fantastically paced, well characterised and some of the best of RTD's era, but while one has 90 minutes to give a brilliant base under siege story, the other does it in 60, and delivers a dark and scary story about the Doctor's morality.
These polls have been easy so far! There is only Face Off which will break me, but it might not appear, so fingers crossed...
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #3
I will watch City of Death in his honour!
"If there's one thing I can't stand, it's being tortured by someone with cold hands."
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Douglas, the Doctor and Everything
Gotta be The Empty Child for me, easily the most entertaining Series One story.
I find Girl in the Fireplace a bit overrated, but if it helps it is in my top 5 of Series 2 (though there isn't much contest). I prefer School Reunion, though that's an unpopular view I know.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #2
Dalek in every way, shape and form. It's like choosing between a three course buffet and half a carrot (the half comes from the Tardis hologram scene).
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #1