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Additional shout outs of my own:
The Emperor's Wife (originally from Nightmare in Silver) works wonderfully as that, fairytale, wonder-esque theme as The Doctor lives out his life on Trenzalore in Time.
The opening sting of "The Greatest Story Never Told" was always other-worldly to me (featured in Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead) and worked wonderfully in the opening scene of The End of Time, with the zoom in to Earth...
Hologram (from The Parting of the Ways) worked wonderfully in the final scene of Journey's End as 10 begins regenerating.
Probably my favourite is the excerpt from "The Life and Death of Amelia Pond" used when the astronaut appears at the end of "The Impossible Astronaut". As that sequence kicks in, its brooding, full of dread and works wonderfully with the dark-green colour palette of the environment. It's slow and daunting which juxtaposed so well with The Doctor's initial defeat and the bittersweet revelation of his foes forming the Alliance in The Pandorica Opens, but here, it resonated just as well with the slow, echoing footsteps of the astronaut, lifting his hand slowly and conveying just as much doom as the TARDIS exploding...
"You're Fired" from The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe is a re-working of "The Doctor's Theme Series 4" and the adaptation of the theme playing whilst 11 regenerates atop the clock tower is very similar to this. With flavours of I am the Doctor and This is Gallifrey it really is a majestic moment.
1 week, 3 days ago on Top 10 Reuses of Murray Gold’s Music
@andyot7777 You're forgetting Series 7 was spread over 2 years. Timewise, they're already the same and Series 9 is Moffat's 6th year. But you're right, and if he has a stronger arc this season than last, I'd be encouraged to see him stick around in some capacity or hand over after Series 10. I'd like Capaldi to do a full four seasons though.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Should Series 9 Be Moffat’s Last?
Building on the origins idea, I would love to see a reverse-Turlough. Introduce a 2nd (or 3rd) companion. Have them develop a romantic interest in one of the other companions. They should be hot-headed and potentially dark, but also determined and brave. Basically, compelling and complex.
They listen to and respect The Doctor over the course of the season, but then, in a series finale, the love interest should be killed AND The Doctor would have to do something dark to save the day - a la a harsh genocide or something - as well as something that irreversibly damages the companion, who seeing this:
(a) has a broken heart
(b) broken faith in The Doctor and
(c) damaged and therefore blaming The Doctor.
They could then leave and become another recurring villain with a much more personal duel (a la Davros, Master, but one of The Doctor's own creation).Would make for a terrific 2-3 season arc.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Themed Episodes For The Future
This is the start of the most unbalanced era in Who, carrying into Colin Baker's era too. The problems stop by McCoy's reign because Season 24 was wonderfully balanced (and by balanced, I mean bad). But this period, from Castrovalva through to The Ultimate Foe, really suffer from a combination of similar problems. There's probably only two serials that escape this problem, and they are The Caves of Androzani and Revelations of the Daleks.
Anyway, hope I've lured you in with my not-giving-anything-away opening paragraph. Doctor Who in this time was littered with wonderful moments, but the biggest issue was the fact that they were constantly offset by awful, cringeworthy ones. Most of the time I'd blame this on the script, but clunky dialogue/acting, small budgets and un-dramatic direction (both through visual and musical cues compared to the rest of sci-fi TV in the early 80s) all contributed heavily too.
Each serial in this era had wonderful ideas. Think of the miniaturised Master; the time-amnesia Brigadier; the Kinda sequence in Tegan's head; a traitiorous companion or the death of a full-time companion. All wonderful concepts. The whole concept of Enlightenment is wonderful, for that point, but the visuals are unable to do it justice. Kinda is undone (primarily) by the horribly fake snake at the end and some really clunky set-work. Resurrection of the Daleks has some incredible story beats for both Davros and The Doctor but complicates it with about half a dozen sub-plots that demanded at least double the length to be all fitted in well. Earthshock is undone by the frankly abhorent Cybermen, being the most emotional and un-Cybermannish they've ever been. The list goes on. The less said about Warriors of the Deep or Frontios the better.
But on the whole, despite the lack of humour, there is a great warmth to this era, mostly provided by Davison. I never disliked Adric as much as most (I much prefer him to Tegan) but can see that killing him was the best decision. Turlough's character development was a great arc but handled by clunky scripts and some pantomine acting that feels often a little over the top (again, see Frontios). The series challenged itself plenty here and really shone at times, but the consistency in production was missing. And Tegan. By god, she is the most annoying, constantly undermining The Doctor. Glad she left.
But this era is still fondly remembered by me.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor Who In Perspective 1982-1984
New Series license isn't needed but would be great. Not because we need to hear Tennant, Tate, Gillan or Coleman in audio, though. The advantage would be allowing BF to explore the Time War. Allowing them to use villains like the Nestenes or the Ood, start explaining some plot discrepancies through audio stories and so forth. We don't need NewWho Doctors performning audio (yet) but bringing the Classic and New worlds together behind the scenes would be wonderful.
1 month ago on Big Finish Confirms Audio Stories Until 2020
@JasonWright1 Couldn't have put it any better. Death in Heaven took the worst bits of Moffat's era (overcomplicated villain plot, making every character's actions a reflection on The Doctor) and the worst bits of RTD's era (going overboard - i.e. President of the World!) and pulled out a real stinker.
1 month, 1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #12
@allons_ywibblywobbly @Whogasms knows THAT MISSY TELEPORTED, NOT DIED! I'm going to assume that at some point during the first 300 years on Trenzalore there were plenty of dark deeds done by every single party involved, at that somehow The Doctor's actions really damaged Kovarian, who took off, forming her own faction.
1 month, 1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #9
Finale, just. Both of these stories are excellent, with open endings filled with numerous teases of the future. In both cases, you literally feel as though ANYTHING can happen next, and after the quality you have just seen on screen, you feel confident that it's going to be magnificent.
1 month, 1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #6
Obviously its budget, but of the 4000 people saved in a 51st century planet-sized library, were every single one of them human?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #4
The Impossible Planet is the first alien planet we properly visit in New Who. Weird when you think about it. Very good in many ways and easily the strongest story in Season 28. The Ood were a fantastic creation.
...as was the Flood. The Waters of Mars is RTD's peak. If The End of Time had been this good, then Matt and Moffat might have had an actually impossible job. Both stories are great "base under siege" storylines - isolated, very creepy and symbolic.
However, they differ in the second half of the story. Whilst the logic is great, The Satan Pit scenes between The Doctor and The Beast don't amount to much. On the other hand, the sequence where The Doctor walks away to "Altering Lives" and the crew go one by one - especially Steffi, Roman and Ed in quick, powerful succession - that is one of my most poignant memories of all of Doctor Who. Both episodes have a slightly weak resolution but both are fantastic. Waters of Mars for me.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #3
@Classicalbeau yes, moves in essentially. Sure, Rose dropped back every now and again, but having Clara only half in the TARDIS takes away the magic for me. Hopefully that will change in Series 9, the ending of Last Christmas possibly implied it.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Why Bother?
The problem with a lot of those quotes is that though they are great, they aren't delivered to the audience in the same context. They don't stand out.
My gripe with Series 8 is that the wow factor has gone. Not pointless shocks like the Missy reveal, but the real sense of childlike adventure that followed the RTD era and Series 5-6 of Matt's reign too. The complicated arc in Series 6 was great but didn't mesh well with the non-arc episodes and it ended up being a messy hybrid, ruining some of that fantasy. It was a darker, complicated arc interspersed with more childlike-wonder episodes.
Series 7 tried to recapture that but made 2 fundamental flaws - it didn't change the status quo - 11 and the Ponds went stale. The 2nd flaw was the "Blockbuster of the Week". Asylum aside, there isn't a single episode in Series 7 I despise, but not one that I love either. A bit like most of Davison/Colin Baker's run in the 80s. Great ideas. Wonderful execution in places. Great scene here.... followed by a bad one. The lack of two parters and the sheer amount of things crammed into one episode left Series 7 as the most unbalanced set of scripts ever. Hardly in any episode did any side characters feel fleshed out in the way Octavian, Yvonne, Solomon (Series 3), Canton, Joan or any of the crew from The Impossible Planet. Some episodes, such as Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS and Hide had really good potential, but poor endings (and in the former case bad acting) really let them down.
Whilst the 50th was as good a spectacle as could be expected, Time was the same as the rest of Series 7. Easily needed another hour to justify some of the wonderful ideas. The plot-based questions are endless but the thematic content is wonderful. Unfortunately, it just didn't hold together. But I loved Malcolm Tucker so was keen to see what happened next.
Deep Breath was a mess until the restaurant scene and then dramatically improved - I'll let that go. The ending wasn't anyway near as open-ended or inspiring as say, Partners in Crime or The Eleventh Hour, but you felt that there was still a universe out there. But afterwards the potential seemed to vanish.
Daleks to establish the new Doctor, okay. Again, an interesting story, but the "good man" arc forced on us seemed overplayed. As did the soldiers storyline. Whilst tying Danny to Clara gave us a more RTD-emotional standing, it lost the free nature of the show. It's The Doctor and a companion on never-ending adventures through space and time, not him picking her up every week. The magic seemed to dwindle, and meeting fictional characters like Robin Hood or ridiculous science in Kill the Moon completely ruin the suspension of disbelief. The balance between the darker angles - which were great - were again meshed with the child appeal - such as the Cybermen being beaten by love AGAIN - and the diabolical In The Forest of The Night, which is so bad I can't bother to explain. Whilst Dark Water had potential, Death in Heaven threw it all away, not least through the abuse of The Brigadier, the Cybermen and The Master and the complete lack of chemistry between Clara and Danny.
However, the ending scene where Clara and The Doctor lied to each other was wonderful. The return of two-parters leaves me cautiously optimistic, but the next series needs a consistent tone, a cleverly-thought-out and balanced story arc, and dare I say it, a new PERMANENT companion to allow us to feel that childlike wonder once again. If not, then the series needs to have a heavier and darker arc. We can't have both, and that's my biggest gripe.
1 - In the Forest of the Night. Not going to bother explaining, worst story in Who history. TOWIE-level nonsense. Comparatively, The Twin Dilemma is a gem.
8 - Dark Water is great. I'm ok with The Master being female, but I think Missy is wrong. So wrong. The Master is calculating and suave, not bonkers. Moffat has genuinely gotten confused and thought this was the Joker he was writing. Otherwise, really tense, dark and good - until the Cybermen reveal.
4 - Death in Heaven is awful. Moffat said the Cybermen would be scary again? Last time I believe anyone when they say that. They did nothing. They were beaten by love again. Danny-cyberman didn't even make sense. Returning the kid made no sense. Missy's plan just seemed pointless. UNIT's treatment of her was ridiculously naive for such an organisation. And the Brigadier was insulted by that. Ending scene where Clara and 12 lie to each other was great though.
7 - Last Christmas. Mildly entertaining, but not a touch on A Christmas Carol or The Christmas Invasion. Nick Frost was great but I just couldn't accept Santa. The twists were a bit predictable, but in the end the whole things seems pointless because Clara didn't die/leave. I'm happy for her stay for Series 9, but I feel that because she has, this whole episode is a bit superfluous.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 4
7, 6, 8. Series 8 is so overrated on here it hurts.
Listen was a mish of previous Moffat episodes and doesn't stick to a setting. As a result, it doesn't feel like one coherent episode at all and is a bit of a mess. I don't mind that there wasn't a definitive monster but I though Samuel Anderson's Orson was an awfully acted and poorly conceived character which really took away from the story. The ending in the barn had some nice touches but certainly felt as though Moffat was trying too hard to push Clara's importance. Nice tension though, it gets a 7.
Time Hiest was a bit predictable which lets it massively down - as does the ease in which the team navigated the lower levels of the bank. Interesting but not compelling villain, same goes for the guest protagonists. The Teller was good. CGI poor compared to most of the rest of recent Who. 6.
The Caretaker would have done better if it had just followed a big two-parter - even if poor, at least the stakes of Daleks in Manhatten or Time of Angels were massive, meaning the following character-based episodes (Lazarus, Venice) were much more poignant. That being said the character touches are great except for The Doctor's hatred of soldiers, which was unnecessary. The monster was weak but I'm ok with that, except for the lazy way they allow Danny to save the day. 8.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 2
6, 6, 5
The Bells of St John was okay for the action quotient, but felt like a re-tread of lots of familiar things. Definitely with the wi-fi I felt as though Moffat was trying too hard to make something normal scary. And "snog-box" was cringey and horrible.
Akhaten is a terrible episode. No action at all. The entire episode is pure dialogue. Market scene - dialogue. First song - dialogue. In the temple - dialogue. Climax - dialogue. Sun defeated by - yes, dialogue. That being said the music is great throughout, and I liked both the opening montage of CLara's life and obviously the epic speech. Those elements save it from being more of a 3.
Cold War - one of the equally most dull episodes of New Who. Despite a great cast, I never felt the congested nature of the setting - instead it was merely bleak and boring. The Ice Warrior looked great, but I didn't like it coming out of the uniform. Clara felt completely unnecessary and some of the plot points felt far too forced for my liking, but that's Gatiss for you.
2 months ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1
Ah, Series 7. You wonderful piece of tripe.
4, 6, 7.
AOTD is the worst Dalek story of them all. Completely undermines so much of them, the plotholes are ridiculous, the Oswin twist was the most predictable ever (though kudos for the eggs...eggs...exterminate line) and Amy and Rory felt truly unnecessary. The ending is abysmal, too - the "Doctor Who" chants were painful. And the fact that the Daleks suddenly rely on a hive mind is crap, I mean, The Doctor is such a fundamental part of their history that he cannot simply be erased.
Dinosaurs is filler. Ok, funny, dark in places. Premise doesn't achieve potential though, but fantastic CGI. Didn't really like Nefertiti or Ridder though, felt completely superfluous to the story. Bradley was brilliant as Solomon though, and as a filler episode, it was fairly entertaining.
ATCM is better, perhaps in part down to Whithouse, who is terrific. Isaac's death was great, but felt too early in the episode. Pacing problems aplenty began here in Series 7 for me, I felt as though we needed at least one or two more scenes with him before this happened. The dilemma was great, though, but Amy turned The Doctor around too quickly. He should have rigged the pod to kill Jex as he escaped and THEN realised his mistake. Also, Amy and Rory were completely pointless in this episode once again. On the whole, though, a better episode.
2 months ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 1
Rebel Flesh/Almost People - 3 and 6 - This would be an average 1-parter but is awfully thin. Sure, it's meant to be glum and isolated but the colour tone of the episodes just made it bleak and boring. NIce character moments but the pace is just so slow! The excitement and momentum of Series 6 to this point is killed straight away. The "reveal" that there was a clone Doctor was spoiled massively way before airing, and even if not it was very very very obvious and made for a dull cliffhanger. Part 2 is better as The Doctors interact - of course a flesh version of him would never be evil - and the arc comes into play more - Kovarian, Amy's conversation with the wrong Doctor, the twist at the end. Would be even higher if not for the dreadful and unnecessary CGI monster at the end.
AGMGTW - 9. Very good. Interesting characters introduced. Dorium and Manton play wonderful roles. The idea is great and the way we don't see The Doctor for 17 whole minutes at the start is tense and exciting. The twists are great but the "fall" of The Doctor is a bit melodramatic, and the end revelation of "who" River was was underwhelming. Very enjoyable and high-stakes on the whole though, and believably so, which is a lot more than can be said for other episodes - Death in Heaven, for example.
Let's Kill Hitler - 7. Best bit here is Murray Gold's soundtrack. The 1938 Berlin backdrop feels wasted and as others have said the dialogue is often clunky. Mels is shoehorned in and the backstory doesn't sit right not having seen her before. River is thoroughly annoying here, the first time I felt that way about her, and it takes endless amounts of superb acting from Matt to save this episode. I didn't like the idea it jumped forwards 3 months or the fact that The Doctor couldn't find little Melody - why didn't he just ask River before leaving Demon's Run what had happened to her?
Night Terrors - 3. I'm being generous here. Scary in places but BORING BORING BORING. Again, Matt Smith is the ONLY decent thing here, his banter with the dad is mild fun, but George is annoying as heck, Amy and Rory really frustrated me for the first time - I just didn't care. The whole setting was like the Rebel Flesh again - dull and bleak. Tonally, despite visually creepy monsters, I felt the episode wasn't tense at all.
2 months ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 2
Impossible Astronaut gets a 10. The FIRST opener in the revival to not have a new Doctor or companion to meet/settle in. IT cuts straight to the chase with action, excitement, and a shocking death - and then a twist. The way the team work so well together is great, and the way Toby Haynes works Canton's introduction to the TARDIS is brilliant. Keep up! Great ending, that astronaut sequence at the ending is hauntingly beautiful.
2 months ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 1
and The Pandorica Opens through to Day of the Moon - the strongest 5 consecutive episodes in the history of Who.
2 months ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 3
I won't labour the point, but A Christmas Carol is the greatest hour of Christmas TV/movietime ever. Absolutely magical - flying fish, shark rides, childhood ruined, silent night, timey-wimey, snow when clouds unlock, tragic love, it's perfect. Perfect. I watch it very lat every Xmas eve and always will.
Red dots? Must be Hydra bases. Crossover incomingggg
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Blink Director for Series 9
I firmly believe that Breaking Bad's Ozymandias episode (you know, the massive one where everything falls apart and crap hits the fan) is the best 45 minutes in television history. Generally, I tend not to compare to other shows, but when I think of the stakes in that program, how rich the writing and pacing is and how wonderfully character driven it is, then that has to be 10/10 quality. Given the DWTV's advice "10/10 = modern classic" (a la Blink) I can accept that Ozymandias is probably like a 12/10. But that always keeps me wary that very few Doctor Who episodes are perfect (and science fiction will always have plotholes that make things weaker on rewatch), so I try and judge fairly. Only a few episodes - Fear Her, Last of the Time Lords, In the Forest of the Night - are going to get really low scores, but at the same time, I'm not giving everything a 8/9/10 out of 10 simply because I love Doctor Who. Even within the better episodes of Who there is a massive quality range.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who and Episode Rankings
9, 9, 9, 3, 7 ...Last of the Time Lords is definitely in the worst five episodes ever. Tarnishes the reputation of The Sound of Drums, which is a brilliant episode as they go rogue, focusing on Martha's collapsing world. I've ignored that association here to give tSoD a well-earned 9.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 3
Interesting article, but I can't stand most of Davison's era because of JNT's humour ban and Tegan's dreadful personality. Donna and Ten had a great back and forth relationship, but Tegan constantly berates and belittles Five way beyond the point of annoyance.
And Susan was a naff character, let's be honest.
On the other hand, with regards to Mel, she was going to have a proper "introduction" episode/serial in Season 24 before Colin Baker got sacked - and as she had clearly been shown as Six's companion in the future, it was impossible to fit it in with a new Doctor (but might have still been better than Time and the Rani).
2 months, 2 weeks ago on 10 Classic Companions Who Deserve A Return
7, 8, 5, 10, 9. Satan Pit would be 10 if it wasn't for the sheer ignorance of basing all your hopes on faith in Rose
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 2
@rowan5215 has two broken hearts @Who is the Doctor - member of CATS if we want to get nice and complicated, the Big Finish audio series Gallifrey sets up one of the characters of Romana's government (can't remember who) to go back to the 4th Doctor and set up the events of Genesis. This went against Romana's will, but she wouldn't have been president in the first place if it wasn't for The Doctor and the TARDIS... confusing!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Who and What Would the Doctor be without the TARDIS?
@ElyotWren @KingoftheOod4450 Series 7 just didn't go anywhere. Matt was great but the single-episodes were poorly paced and hardly any episodes had GREAT supporting characters like we'd been treated to in Series 1-6 - think of Reinette, Harriet Jones, Craig Owens, Octavian, Canton etc... the Ponds outstayed their welcome, the impossible girl arc was dull and it really petered out over the last three episodes (Name was great first time around but on re-watch, it's horrid)
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 4)
@jg007k @KingoftheOod4450 Yeah, it has the nonsense-fairlytale stuff that worked ok with 11, but badly here - Robot of Sherwood was clearly written for 11 and Forest is the worst episode of Doctor Who hands down. The lack of two-parters and cliffhangers was a bad hangover from Series 7 and therefore there was never enough excitement for the next episode. On the whole, the pacing of individual episodes was much better though, but the arc was somewhere between the two and ended up being diddly squat. I'm sorry, I agree with Capaldi but I really wasn't a Missy fan. It's like Moffat thinks The Master has fused with The Joker or something, not the remotest trace of Delgado left in the character.
And the Brigadier scene practically ruined the series for me.
Really disappointed Series 8 won, but can't expect much more with a "Best of 2014" award. The arc was dreary and the scripts were wildly inconsistent. Add in a very mediocre finale and it's hardly above the trash of Series 7.
32 days since the last Omega theory and I'm quite... oh, damn it, guys....
But nice theory. Feasibility 9/10, probability 3/10
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Could Gallifrey Be in Omega’s Dimension?
Mummy is the only story without massive flaws. Dark Water is great as an episode, but then Death in Heaven is absolutely awful, on rewatch. Listen, Flatline and Last Christmas aren't bad.
3 months ago on Best of 2014 Awards #13: TV Story
Looking back, most of these are naff. Nothing here is close to Roman Rory being badass while The Doctor destroys a Cyber-fleet. Or an unusual alternate universe culminating with the LAST person you'd expect to come out of the pandorica (alive!). etc etc. Mummy for me.
3 months, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #12: Pre-Title Sequence
I suspect a little more timey-wimey than Moffat's last finale. Perhaps a John Simm cameo. This will be Clara's last series in my opinion, and I think she'll definitely have a Gallifrey link.
My suggestion isn't fully formed, but I think:There's a huge twist about Clara and she realises that she's been an agent of the Time Lords all along - or perhaps an agent of her Gallifreyan version (which was created of course, to save The Doctor). Somehow The Doctor suffers a massive setback and simply needs help from Gallifrey, and Clara enables the return of Gallifrey. Then we're thrown back into this pocket universe and it is removed from "stasis", and then we see Simm turn into Gomez and escape, who then can have the whole Series 8 arc. Because of the paradox, the Time Lords/Clara/The Doctor reluctantly agree to send through the extra regenerations as seen in "Time of The Doctor" and then the problem in the first place leaves The Doctor and Clara trapped with Gallifrey in this pocket universe. Clara then sacrifices herself to restore Gallifrey to the universe, or something like that?
3 months, 1 week ago on Speculating on Series 9’s Big Cliffhanger (Part 1)
Particularly in Series 7 and 8, I've noticed the music less and less, and I'm a massive Murray Gold fan (I held a seance the day he left Twitter, having peed a little the time he'd replied to me before). Obviously there's been distinctive renditions of themes such as I am the Doctor and the wonderful music to Amy's goodbye, but on the whole, I feel as though it's melted in the background much more. Perhaps that is a good thing, but it makes this poll a lot harder. There's several episodes where I can't recall a single theme from - or a really powerful moment of music either - such as Robot of Sherwood, Time Hiest and In the Forest of the Night. I'm sure there were great musical moments but as the scripts have been naff it can be harder for the music to stand out I suppose.
As an aside, I feel both this poll and the last could be centered around moments/characters rather than whole episodes. For example, I voted Mummy on visuals for The Mummy, which was excellent on the whole, but Flatline had better moments of visual work etc.
3 months, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #9: Music
Foretold, Boneless, The Teller. The rest were naff. The Foretold was closest to the sheer horror of some of classic Who, keeping that wonderfully slow pace (on screen, at least, 66 seconds is a long death). Conversely The Boneless is one of those great inventions of New Who, daring, terrifying. The Teller would maybe be higher up if it was a real "villain".
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #7: New Monster
Not much on offer here at all! Shona
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #4: Female Guest Actor
Ben Miller for me. Classic villain in all the right ways. The episode was uninspiring but every scene he was in certainly made up for it.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #3: Male Guest Actor
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 #2: Recurring Actor
@ElyotWren @KingoftheOod4450 I'm voting against her because I don't rate her acting. The speed she talks at, especially with sentences that could be quite poignant, make it sound as though she is rushing through the script for the first time, and I can only see Jenna, not Clara. A good example is that final scene of Mummy on the Orient Express where she changes her mind on The Doctor's way of life.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #1: Lead Actor
I can't tell if it's the way Moffat writes females or Jenna's acting but I hate how she unnaturally rushes lines all the time in a overly-decisive way. It's like the words are breaking through a dam, and I've never gotten used to it. That alone means Capaldi gets my vote here.
Kay as Caldwell was a really good character for the time - if done in NuWho, he would be the one-off character the audiences would really get behind. Caught between loyalty and morality, spurred on the strange goings-on that coincide with The Doctor's arrival, and then confident enough to take things into his own hands ...his character is probably the thing I remember the most about Colony in Space (apart from the dreadful 'pop' effect for the TARDIS materialising).
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Obituaries: Fiona Cumming, Bernard Kay
@Whogasms knows THAT MISSY TELEPORTED, NOT DIED! Mention him on the street, would 50%+ people know who you mean straight away by simply the name? He's a brilliant, big actor, don't get me wrong, but not quiiiiite a household name. Certainly not in the same way Michael Gambon or Kylie Mynogue are.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014) UK Ratings Accumulator
If Time was like Tennant's farewell, with a second episode on New Years Day and room to breathe, it would have a chance. I like the ideas, but loathe the actual portrayal of it all. Tasha Lem is cringeworthy throughout. Clara still feels useless-yet-the-magic-answer. The Weeping Angels cameo felt forced. But otherwise, much of it was brilliant but rushed way too quickly.
On the other hand I've already explained how ACC is not only the perfect Christmas Special in Who, but in all mediums of art and literature in general. Family, fish, proper use of time-travel, redemption, love, and an overwhelming Christmas vibe.
4 months ago on Festive Face-Off: The Time of the Doctor vs A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol by a country mile. Last Christmas wasn't bad, but ACC was Moffat's peak. After the brilliant Series 5 he delivered a sensational tale, with wonderful flying fish, a fantastic love story, perfectly capturing the emotions of children, adults, families and The Doctor alike. The soundtrack and visuals are sensational and time travel has never been utilised better. Definitive Christmas TV. 10/10.
After that we had the brilliant Series 6 opener, but Moffat's era has gradually become less and less engaging since. Series 6 had great moments but didn't measure up and Series 7 was a complete mess. The tone has been set right in Series 8 but there hasn't been a single, standout episode for some time. Last Christmas has continued that trend. You don't know where current Who is going in the short term, and that's a problem. I had little expectation for this episode and certainly wasn't disappointed, but I wasn't blown away either. A few good twists, great tension... but the whole thing felt like another cop-out and lacked any seriously distinctive Christmas vibes. 7/10.
4 months ago on Festive Face-Off: Last Christmas vs A Christmas Carol
All I know is, I love A Christmas Carol and watch it in the very early hours of Christmas Day every year. I avoid it all year round so as not to spoil it, because I really do enjoy it once a year. As Moffat teased when promoting it - it's the most Christmassy Christmas Special you'll ever see. Apart from the obvious adaptation (or in-story inspiration), something about the love story and the flying fish reek of an unexplainable Christmas vibe.
4 months, 1 week ago on The Christmas Conundrum
@SonicTheHedgehogRules Yeah I'd agree. Before we saw Missy, I argued with a housemate (who was very much Female-Doctor pro) that cross-gender regeneration on Gallifrey can't be normal - but I'd accept that if it was an enforced regeneration (a la a potion from Karn in Night of the Doctor) then that's reasonable. But clearly, it's not something that happens often.
After all, how many Time Lord regenerations have there been?13 for The Doctoralmost a dozen for The Master (including audio)
1 for the Rani (audio)Rassilon's had a fewRomana has had 3 (audio/books)Borusa, 3and so on... none of these have been cross-gender, so on stats alone, the number has got to be very very small, say a 1% chance of happening.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey
She'd dead. It's about time a character actually died, even if they are completely dispensable. Last time that happened with any real meaning was Harriet Jones? Can't think of anyone more recent. Jenny's double-death-and-return in Name of The Doctor being a good example of why this was necessary. That being said, I've never felt any overwhelming attachment to Osgood (though the same could be said of everything since "The Wedding of River Song")
5 months ago on Could Osgood Still Be Alive?
@Torrowan The Doctors each have plenty in common. Missy has nothing in common with Delgado. Moffat's truly ruined The Master for me.
5 months ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Final)
@Antee991166 @Doctavarium can't wait for Christmas @Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen @Alleigh I think 25 minutes is too short, but if we're talking, say 3 3-parters and a 4-parter for a series, then I'd love it. Ongoing arcs are better than "Promised Land" references or Missy cameos here and there. Cheaper to produce (sets etc) and allows better pacing and more believable stakes, for me. Win win all around.
5 months ago on New Who Finale Face-Off: Your Top 8
@Doctavarium can't wait for Christmas @Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen @Alleigh The lack of cliffhangers hurt this series, for me. I like the anticipation of waiting for the next week. Even if easily resolved, a cliffhanger is far better than simply a trailer.