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Sorry, but lost interest as soon as I saw Rose rated higher than The Eleventh Hour. You have got to be kidding.
1 day, 10 hours ago on Top Post-Regeneration Stories (5-1)
@TheCapaldiMasterplan @Spinky Fair enough, but I thought they'd had some nice creepy moments before that... the hallucinatory dancing bit for one. Reminded me a bit of The Shining.
2 days, 5 hours ago on Next Time: Into The Dalek
Personally I thought 'Deep Breath' was the finest hour of the Paternoster Gang. Never thought I could be moved by Strax, but the attempted self-sacrifice scene was subtle and excellent, demonstrating how far Strax has come from his core programming. I haven't always had the kindest things to say about them, but they went way, way up in my estimation Saturday night :)
2 days, 5 hours ago on The Future of the Paternoster Gang
I'm not worried about the AI score. It's a new and very different Doctor being introduced, and let's remember a lot of the most hardcore fans will have gone to see it in the cinema. The majority of the reaction I have seen so far has been positive :)
2 days, 5 hours ago on Deep Breath UK Ratings
@DasManiac Please tell me you're joking. Did you not see all the children at the Doctor Who Prom? My nieces and nephews all watch it and they're aged between six and fourteen. It's a family show, always has been and I sincerely hope always will be.
4 days, 18 hours ago on Deep Breath Spoiler-Free Review
@WillHaigh @BLFunny I don't think ST is an 'abysmal' writer per se; let's remember this is the guy who wrote "The Reichenbach Fall" for Sherlock.
Personally I think of him in a similar light to Mark Gatiss; an excellent writer who for whatever reason hasn't quite found the key to writing great Doctor Who. I found 'Black Spot' quite entertaining in a forgettable way, and I did find 'JTTCOTT' disappointing; certainly the Van Buuren brothers were dull as anything, although that might be partly to do with casting - I've found Ashley Walters not believable in anything I've seen him in. I was most relieved when Adrian Lester returned to "Hustle"! ;)
1 week, 1 day ago on Series 8: All Titles Revealed
@microbat98 At risk of starting the tiresome debate again, RTD was the KING of the magic button. There was a reset in Parting of the Ways, Doomsday, The Christmas Invasion, LOTTL, Journey's End... and that's just the ones off the top of my head. Repeating every finale isn't necessarily made better by being bigger. Midnight is a one-set episode with only a handful of characters and it's brilliant. I remember like yesterday everyone moaning about RTD's overuse of deus ex machina. I love both eras incidentally, in case this sounds like RTD bashing, it's not meant as such :)
1 week, 2 days ago on Is Doctor Who History Repeating Itself?
@Warisfiller @TheIdleIdol Each to their own. Personally I loved the War Doctor, and having THE John Hurt playing him was a treat. How exactly was he a bad character?
I have long wanted this. I doubt it would ever happen, for the reasons already discussed, but I love the idea of the Doctor being forced to regenerate DURING a story for a change and a new guy having to somehow still save the day despite not knowing who they are yet! As a one-off I think it could be brilliant.
But then I've often entertained the idea of a 'dummy' Doctor - a regeneration that actually fails in some way, so that the new Doctor genuinely doesn't work or the body cannot survive - and so has to regenerate again, possibly before the end of the story or perhaps in the next one. I know that's a 'waste' of a regeneration, just trying to think outside the box :)
1 week, 3 days ago on Doctor Who’s Biggest Missed Opportunity: A Surprise Regeneration
Oh great, I finally warm to a companion and already she's leaving! Not sure about longest-serving companion though? What about Ponds, Tegan, Sarah-Jane, Ace, Jo....? :)
1 week, 3 days ago on Jenna Coleman Leaving at Christmas?
@WillHaigh I thought that at the time, but it's grown on me! 8/10 for me :)
1 week, 3 days ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – The Doctor Trilogy
@saintiker1 @TimeLordVictorious Not necessarily ignorance. I have seen his entire TV run, more than once, and I don't like it.I won't hear a word against Colin Baker the man, he comes across as lovely and his continuing enthusiasm for the show after being treated so shabbily by the BBC is wonderful. I'm sure most long-term fans have at least one era of the show they simply don't like, and unfortunately in my case it's the Sixth Doctor. Granted, I haven't heard much of his BF - although he sounded excellent in Light At The End to my ears. I personally don't like the TV run because I don't think much of the stories, I don't like the characterisation and the costume makes him look a more garish version of Colin Hunt in The Fast Show (yes I know that came later). He doesn't need defending from me, I don't hate him, I just didn't enjoy the TV run. I'm sure on BF he's awesome, he was in The Five(ish) Doctors. And certainly for some to blame Colin Baker for the downfall of Doctor Who in the Eighties is utterly ridiculous: he didn't write the scripts, he didn't choose to play Six as unstable and he definitely didn't ask for that monstrosity of a costume :)
1 week, 6 days ago on In Defense of Colin Baker
@Americanwhovian Hate him? Why? Cos he doesn't necessarily do EXACTLY what every fan in the world thinks he should? Hate is a bit strong, no? ;)
2 weeks, 5 days ago on No 10th Anniversary Special For New Who?
@DeanAlexander @Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd True, but the names you list have been around a very long time, they were young when they broke through (even Brucie) :)
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Capaldi Doesn’t Expect to be a Heartthrob Doctor
@ robohappy: I'm with you, I am a big fan of Colin Baker as a person, and his continuing enthusiasm for the show is great considering how he was treated. But try as I might I can't enjoy him as The Doctor, he was written as an arrogant jerk, the costume is ridiculous and at times I find the acting errs on the side of ham. In addition, I find his stories themselves downright unpleasant at times. That's just me though and I know many love the Sixth Doctor :)
@YaelMoise Quite. It was equally ridiculous to take a risk with an unlikeable Doctor at that time in the show's history, it was on shaky ground already by then.
@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen Absolutely! My favourite is probably Tom, but I regard Eccleston as MY Doctor. Peter Davison was the first I saw, but Eccleston is the one that turned me into a Doctor Who nut :)
While we're at, since it's 'time for a change', why not do away with the police box too? :P
3 months, 1 week ago on The Theme – Time for a Change?
Congratulations on perhaps the most unpopular opinion ever! ;)
@TheOncomingFish @LordRassilon I seriously doubt he was forced out; why on earth would that happen anyway? A very popular Doctor and great ambassador for the show; The Moff loves him.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Smith Jealous of Capaldi and Series 8
I'd like to see a return for the Dream Lord or the Trickster. The Vashta Nerada were brilliant, but surely they should only return (as any should) if the writers can think of a scenario at least as good as their original appearance? :)
4 months ago on 5 New Who Monsters in Need of a Return
People keep talking about Midnight being underrated, but everyone I know loves it! :)
4 months ago on Midnight in Perspective
I think Series 1 suffers from being the oldest. It's the only way I can explain the poor performances of Father's Day, The Doctor Dances and The Parting of the Ways... Personally I feel The Name of the Doctor has only won through being freshest in the memory and having three great moments, the rest of it isn't that spectacular with hindsight. I'm staggered to see the lack of support for The Doctor Dances - it's the gold standard for the second half of a two-parter as far I'm concerned, emotional, scary, very funny (the Doctor-Jack banter is a delight throughout) and that brilliant, punch-the-air double ending - the first and best use of 'everybody lives'.
4 months, 1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Everything Else (Episodes 9-13, Specials)
Journey's End higher than The Parting of the Ways? You're having a giraffe :(
Genuinely shocked to see "Father's Day" got so few votes. Not only the most moving Doctor Who episode I've ever seen but one of the poignant dramas full stop.
4 months, 1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Everything Else (Episodes 1-8)
Not surprised (or disappointed) with the results except for episode 13. Personally I think TNOTD is overrated, certainly not as good as The Parting of the Ways in my book. But one was only last year and the other nine years ago... :)
4 months, 1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Dream Run (Episodes 9-13, Specials)
@Amy the Consulting Key Ring I'm with you on this. I don't think The Moff is perfect by any means (who is?) but for my money he is the best writer NuWho has by a country mile.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat Explains Doctor’s Timey Tomb
@Master Michael Moon On the other hand I thought "The Doctor Dances" was going to be rubbish from the title... and I was slightly wrong about that ;)
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014): What We Know UPDATE
@Antee991166 I'm intrigued by this as I thought Jack the Ripper was killed by Madam Vastra - as she claimed in A Good Man Goes To War?
You must think we were born yesterday... although actually it's quite a cool idea ;)
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Capaldi is Not the Doctor!
I am so bored of the Daleks. There, I said it.
6 months, 1 week ago on Daleks Series 8 Rumours
@HermionePond So why does Moffat have to imply that pretty much everybody fancies the Doctor these days? He's not James Bond. Also, is the Doctor asexual? I've not got that impression from the revival... ;)
6 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who and Sexuality
Finally, I totally disagree about Eccleston's regeneration being easier... I found it by far the hardest of all and partly BECAUSE we'd only had him for one season. Obviously it helps that I loved him as the Doctor anyway and that Nine/Ten is my favourite regeneration scene; and whilst I've largely thoroughly enjoyed the Moffat era, Series One still takes some beating in my book :)
6 months, 1 week ago on 10 Most Heartbreaking New Who Moments
Also, I think the end of TPOTW would be very high up for me, if not top. I love the Ninth Doctor's regeneration. No build up, almost an afterthought and yet beautifully understated and moving. Eccleston had me from "Run!" anyway, but I thought he was never better than here and it's my single favourite RTD-era scene of all. Wonderful dialogue. The Ninth Doctor in tremendous pain and knowing he's dying and yet all he cares about is trying to comfort Rose and prepare her for what's to come. And the way he delivers that line "it means I'm going to change... and I'm not going to see you again" breaks my heart. Every time.
I'm amazed Father's Day didn't make this list. The moment Pete realises who Rose is. The Doctor and the couple - "who says you're not important?". Pete looking out of the window and seeing the car, realising, a wordless scene and yet his eyes say it all. Pete, at the end, that speech "I've had all these extra hours. No one else in the world has ever had that. And on top of that I got to see you. And you're beautiful. How lucky am I? Thanks for saving me".... kills me every time. But then I'm a sentimental old git... :)
RIP Christopher Barry and thank you for your contribution to our favourite show :) He certainly directed some damn fine stories, and I've long had a particular fondness for The Brain of Morbius, The Daemons and Robot.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on R.I.P. Christopher Barry (1925-2014)
"Dalek" was the episode where the Doctor Who revival really became something very special for me. It's lovely to read Rob's own responses and he is very modest, but honestly I would love to see him write for the television series again, for "Dalek" was brilliant. Paul Cornell too! :)
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Bring Back… Robert Shearman