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Series 7 was underwhelming (Dinosaurs, Mercy, Akahten, Horror and the Doctor trilogy notwithstanding).
I like Series 5, but I don't particularly like the whole story arc. It's still a solid series, but I prefer Series 6 for three reasons 1) More Rory 2) More consistent story arc and 3) Making Matt Smith my favourite Doctor.
But my favourite is Series 8. Only one bad story, the best finale and the most emotionally consistent. It's my second favourite series after Series 4.
2 days, 20 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards #14: Moffat Series
Also, if she's directing Treganna's episode, then it will be the first New Who story, and second Who story in total (after Enlightenment, which, I may point out, is A-MAZING) to be both written and directed by a woman! =D!
3 days, 20 hours ago on Blink Director for Series 9
Dark Water/Death in Heaven for me. Unique, emotional, funny, complex, scary, thought provoking and not only the best finale in my opinion but one of my all time favourite stories (not quite Top 10, but Top 15 definitely).
3 days, 23 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards #13: TV Story
Amazing article, and a happy birthday to Tom Baker!
"I say, what a wonderful butler! He's so violent"
4 days, 20 hours ago on Why I Love The Fourth Doctor
*prepares Scottish accent* "START THE CLOCK!"
Honorable mentions go to "YOU WILL ROB THE BANK!", "SHHHH!" and Flatline.
4 days, 22 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards #12: Pre-Title Sequence
I've recently gotten into Big Finish so it's great to have some Four/Romana II stories. These both sound great, and spot on reviews. They make me look forward to buying them even more!
5 days, 1 hour ago on The Fourth Doctor By Gareth Roberts – Volume 1 Review
I personally was disappointed by Cold War, so if they are to return I say give them a proper two parter, which will flesh them out.
Have we actually seen an Ice Warrior story ON Mars? I know there are audios (I'll work on getting them) but with the budget now I say bring on the Ice Warrior Hives! Seeing a Martian city would be great!
5 days, 2 hours ago on On Thin Ice: The Future of the Ice Warriors
I love Matheison but Moffat this year pulled no punches and gave us a dark, intelligent, thought provoking and action packed finale to a great year, a psychological horror and a feature length post-regeneration story with a T-Rex!
My other votes would go to Jamie Mathieson or Mark Gatiss.
6 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #11: Writer
Wow. I love this episode but you've opened up even more layers to it for me, especially the monster conventions. Part of me wished the Dream Lord was a manifestation of the Mara, but he was a great villain in his own right.
Nye's writing actually reminded me a lot of Christopher Bailey's writing (in terms of dialogue), so if the Mara is to come back, Nye would be a great choice to write for it.
1 week, 1 day ago on The Lord of the Dream: Amy’s Choice in Perspective
Dundundundundundundundundundundundundundundundun DUUUN DOOOON DUUUUN! DUUUN DOON DUUUUOOOOAN!
I'm going for Death in Heaven. From the Bond-esque theme in the plane jump scene, to the majestic theme of the graveyard and of course, Missy's theme, I have to go with it for variety. Though nearly every episode had at least one great music moment.
1 week, 2 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #9: Music
This article, in the words of the Ninth and Tenth Doctor, the Cyber Leader and Davros-
Fantastic, brilliant, exxxxx-cellent and perfect!
Whithouse is my favourite writer on Doctor Who because he takes the Doctor to interesting places and forces the character into strong moral stories. His story is already my most anticipated of the year. The God Complex, by the way, is my favourite Doctor Who story.
1 week, 3 days ago on 5 Reasons To Rejoice At Toby Whithouse’s Return
Ok, three things-
1) Two parters are back! Yes!
2) My favourite Doctor Who writer (responsible for two of my top ten stories, including number 1) is writing
3) Series 9 hype train!
Phew, I need to breath!
1 week, 4 days ago on Toby Whithouse Two-parter Confirmed for Series 9
Forget Batman versus Superman, we want Batman versus Daleks!
Anyway, I agree on the superhero perspective. The Doctor is a superhero, even if he doesn't wear a cape and latex suit. Great article!
1 week, 4 days ago on Is the Doctor a Superhero?
@the Ultimate Notsosmartguy Me too. They are a great idea (a criminal family). It's just the farting which ruined them. As for returning monsters I would like the Sycorax or the Gelth.
1 week, 4 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #7: New Monster
I should like to point out that had the spiders been an actual alien species with the episode focused more on them, then I would have gone for them. The reveal of them being germs ruined their fear factor for me.
The Teller was an amazing creation, as was the Foretold, but I'll have to go with the Boneless. They were a fascinating concept and were a genuine threat. I hope Mathieson returns with more original foes, especially seeing how Series 7 lacked any memorable original aliens.
I can't blame Neil on Nightmare in Silver (and I don't even think it's that bad). So much material was cut that I kind of feel sorry for him, as even the Doctor's Wife (as awesome as that story is) felt constrained by the single episode format. NIS would have been a brilliant two parter (cutting out Hide or JTTCOTT would have helped) but instead it's a meh single parter.
Gaiman is a fantastic writer, so his next story deserves his full imagination.
1 week, 5 days ago on Neil Gaiman on Nightmare in Silver Reception
I felt the Daleks were underused and the Droids were changed too much, so I'm going for the Cybermen. The Dark Water reveal was only ruined by the pre-publicity.
On a personal note, if the next Cyberman appearance doesn't have them exclaming "Exxxx-cellent" I will be disappointed :P!
1 week, 5 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #6: Returning Monster
A Spanish historical? Yes please!
1 week, 6 days ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain
That title sequence is brilliant!
1 week, 6 days ago on Weird and Wonderful
Absolutely agree on returning monsters. Whoever designed that Omega art should be hired by the BBC and use him as the Big Bad as it is awesome! He would also help tie into the Gallifrey arc and might force the Doctor and Missy to work together. And as I said before, a New Who monster should appear, or maybe just the Autons =D
2 weeks ago on 9 Predictions for Doctor Who Series 9…
@the Ultimate Notsosmartguy @Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things In Missy's case perhaps too much obsession...
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Best of 2014 Awards #5: Best Villain
Once again I'm going for Missy. She's basically a female, face paint-less version of Heath Ledger's Joker. They are both moral opposites of their respective heroes, and Missy is my second favourite Master after Delgado. She is, as she puts it, 'bananas!'
I'm going for Ms Delphox. She was a great character who was full of style.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #4: Female Guest Actor
I'm on Team Perkins! Though Robin Hood and the Sheriff are honorable mentions.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #3: Male Guest Actor
I went for Missy, but then I remembered Seb! Aaargh, so many good recurring characters this series!
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Best of 2014 #2: Recurring Actor
@MetamorphmagusWho: Also reading His Dark Materials @Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things Oh yes, the Ood! Forgot about them!
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Russell T Davies on New Who’s 10th Anniversary
I would like subtle references to the past- a return of the Autons (to bring the revival full circle), Slitheen or Sycorax, a return to a location, or just re-runs of old episodes. Maybe a charity special where the Tenth, Eleventh or Twelfth Doctor meet up (and Nine if Ecclestone wants to do it). I think it's too soon after the 50th to have a massive celebration, but I'd like to see something done.
Prentice? The Magician's Ap-PRENTICE? Ok, I'll need to get my head round this... Anyway, it's great to hear Series 9 news!
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Paul Kaye Cast in Series 9
I am loving Capaldi's Doctor, both due to the writing and his acting. So I'm going for him. But both him and Jenna were spectacular and worked briliantly together.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #1: Lead Actor
Oooh, yes, Whithouse returning. My favourite Who writer! Yes please!
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Being Human Director for Series 9
New companion: Yes please, preferably a male or an alien/historical companion.
Missy: Well it's already confirmed that Michelle Gomez is returning, so that's your wish sorted =D!
New tone: Yes, keep the same tone and bring in new writers. Maybe some Big Finish or novel writers, not to mention the writers of the 11 Doctors. 11 stories. As for returning writers I would like Chibnall, Whithouse and Cornell.
Classic Monsters: Mara, Omega, Krynoid, Terileptils, Mandragora, Rutan from Classic Series are the monsters I want back. As for new series the Slitheen (in a story which sets up their culture), the Sycorax, the Krillitane and the Gelth all have a chance to return.
Returning characters: I think ever series should have a great set of recurring characters, so I wouldn't much want any from Series 8 unless they're a companion. Series 9 should have its own characters.
Gallifrey: YES YES YES! Why must Gallifrey remain hidden? Just bring it back and allow the Doctor to visit Gallifrey for the first time in the New Series.
McGann: Honestly any multi-Doctor story would do for me XD.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on 7 Things I’d Like to See in Series 9
I stand by my opinion that A Christmas Carol is the best Christmas special. Last Christmas was good but it wasn't as good. In fact it's the definition of OK.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Festive Face-Off: Last Christmas vs A Christmas Carol
@supermoff And now I'm absolutely terrified. O_O!
1 month ago on Last Christmas – Hints & Teasers (Set #3)
Ok, take a breather. ONE DAY TO GO GUYS (in Capaldi voice) "Start the clock!"
My opinion on A Town Called Mercy has changed drastically, I now think it is as good as Whithouse's other masterpieces. I love all of these, Mummy, Vincent and The Waters of Mars especially. I never thought the Fires of Pompeii was underrated, if anything I thought it was generally well received. I'm going to try and guess the final ten...
Caves of Androzani
The Talons of Weng Chiang
Genesis of the Daleks
The Pandorica Opens?
An Unearthly Child ( I have a hunch this was already included)
City of Death.
Those are my guesses, but I could be wrong. Looking forward to the final part.
1 month ago on Doctor Who: Fifty-One Favourites (Part 4)
I love the Snowmen, but I'm going for Time of the Doctor. It is a beautiful end to my favourite era of the show.
1 month ago on Festive Face-Off: The Snowmen vs The Time of the Doctor
Fantastic article. I love this story so much, as it shows the Doctor's true nature. He dedicated his life to defending a planet and was willing to die on it because he cared about life and the people of Christmas. It is one of the most noble acts the Doctor has ever done, and just goes to show why Eleven is my favourite. He embraces change and dies helping people. It's a beautiful end to a four year fairytale.
1 month ago on Why I Love… The Time of the Doctor
TDTWATW is one of the few Matt Smith stories I really don't like watching. I've seen it once and hated it. There's no story or threat. Christmas Carol, however, is a wonderful character driven story with a brilliant timey wimey tale. It's my favourite Christmas special.
1 month ago on Festive Face-Off: A Christmas Carol vs The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
No returning monsters? Looks like my Mara theory has been dashed... oh well, there's always next year =D
1 month ago on Last Christmas – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)
I like TEOT, but once again my vote goes for The Christmas Invasion.
1 month ago on Festive Face-Off: The End of Time vs The Christmas Invasion
Steven Moffat, I 100% agree. Doctor Who being scary is what makes the show great. Also, I saw no complaints for stories like the Empty Child, The Waters of Mars or Listen, so I think I'll take the Mail's report with a pinch of salt and a jelly baby =D.
1 month ago on Last Christmas Allegedly “Too scary” for Kids
Despite it having flaws, I enjoy the End of Time. I love the fact that Ten, the most human Doctor, has the most realistic and human response to regeneration (although I wish Russel had written it in a way which didn't make Eleven seem like an impostor, which wasn't helping the backlash against Matt). I love the Ten/Wilf dynamic, I love Donna and it was great to see the Time Lords again. However, the 'Master Race' was perhaps too OTT and the Master became too much like a Spider Man villain (I love Spider Man but there's a time and a place). I also don't like Ten's last words, though Matt's entrance was great. Overall though, I still like it as a solid story, though I don't watch it much due to its bleak tone (Part One especially).
1 month ago on Festive Face-Off: The End of Time vs Voyage of the Damned
@Antee991166 @Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things If he can redeem himself like Steve Thompson than yes. Though if he has a third chance and ruins it than absolutely not.
1 month ago on Moffat Defends In the Forest of the Night Science Criticisms
Sorry Moffat, but the reason I don't like this story is the boring characters and fairy dust, not the science. I'm still up for Frank CB to return, any writer is welcome back for me =)
I have to go with The Next Doctor. It's cheesy and silly, but it is an enjoyable Cyberman story. The only bad bit is the way they were defeated. Voyage is good but it gets quite melodramatic towards the end and feels a bit overlong, but the part with Wilf was just brilliant!
1 month, 1 week ago on Festive Face-Off: Voyage of the Damned vs The Next Doctor
@KingOfTheInterWebs is Apprentice Number 1 @Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things There was a Tenth Doctor novel called Forever Autumn which introduced the Carrionite's enemies, the Herkoven. Maybe both species have escaped the Deep Darkness and are planning to use the Earth as a source of their magic...
1 month, 1 week ago on First Series 9 Title Revealed
Ooooh. So, three things 1) Carrionite return/a magic episode? 2) Sounds like a new companion debut and 3) I'm sad because we're going to have to wait roughly 8 months to watch it!
I'm going for the Christmas Invasion. The Runaway Bride is too inconsistent in its tone and has the most over the top villain ever. The Racnoss makes Soldeed look subtle! I still enjoy it on a guilty pleasure level though.
1 month, 1 week ago on Festive Face-Off: The Christmas Invasion vs The Runaway Bride