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If I think long and hard and very harshly, the closest I can manage is three Doctors I'm slightly less interested in than the others. The First, Fifth, and War Doctors.
I've enjoyed all the modern Doctors, Capaldi and Smith perhaps more so than Tennant and Eccleston but I'll happily watch any of the good episodes (which is most of them) regardless.
The Classic Doctors, including McGann, I've grown up with and they all hold a special place in my heart. The First Doctor era suffers a little from the combination of rudimentary production and Billyfluffs, although I still appreciate the importance of that first era to the show's continuing success. Davison I think didn't find his stride until quite late on, was not blessed with particularly great companions or stories, with a few noteable exceptions.
2 months ago on The Doctor Division
Which was obviously excellent forward planning on behalf of the production team at the time. "Well, chaps, this regeneration is a bit pants, isn't it? They'll probably need to go back and retcon in a quarter of a century or so, let's make sure the audio is easily isolated."
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Sixth Doctor: The Last Adventure
Excitement-wise, this story is right up there with the start of season 9 for me. I love regeneration stories, I love the Sixth Doctor and I love Big Finish. The phrase "shut up and take my money" comes to mind.
And Gordon's ALIIIIIIIIVE!
Plenty more Colon and Colin to come. Not his final story, just the last chronologically for his Doctor.
They might have the new companion be at an earlier point in his timeline.
Thinking about it, he was with Mel when he regenerated, so logically she must be in this one.. In fact she will probably be the main companion for this story given how prominent she is in the artwork.
Presumably it'll either end with him falling to the floor as the TARDIS crashes / is attacked by the Rani's Random Rainbow gun. They could quite easily splice in some audio from the beginning of Time and the Rani.
I'd quite like to see something like Caves of Androzani, with the Doctor hearing voices..with the last one being McCoy. But I'm sure whatever they do will be great. They know what a big deal this is.
Yes, the article on the BF website further backs this up, saying they'll keep doing them as long as the BBC will let them. Colin isn't going anywhere just yet. Can't wait for this story though.
It's a shame they've put that in the press release as it's rather a lovely surprise in the audios.
He could be. In the future. That is, his own personal future. Which could be the past.
3 months, 1 week ago on Speculating on Series 9’s Big Cliffhanger (Part 2)
"No kids can watch anymore "
"All the kids on Sunday morning are talking about last night's Doctor Who. "
Just in case nobody had pointed that one out yet.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Is A “Ratings Flop” (Apparently)
Mad theory of the minute- Santa is the Meddling Monk.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat: Last Christmas is the Strangest Thing I’ve Ever Written
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 8’s Interesting Parallels to Season 8
Honestly would have to say I don't really care either way. Confirmation of Capaldi is all I require, I watch the show for the Doctor.
5 months, 1 week ago on Moffat Can’t Confirm Jenna Coleman for Series 9
Flatter on the outside, with two missing parts and an extraneous pen?
5 months, 1 week ago on Capaldi Hoping for New TARDIS
70s for me, but this also puts me in the pro-roundels camp.
Don't pull off the round things... The consequences could be dire!
Which really is an expansion of the Eighth Doctor's TARDIS. He didn't have a glass roof but his scanner could be projected up there to make it look like a glass ceiling.
That's not strange as far as I'm aware. They're both pronounced the same.. "Trah-ken" and "Krah-ken".
5 months, 1 week ago on Moffat: Daleks Are Not A Contractual Obligation
5 months, 2 weeks ago on 2014 Christmas Special: Children in Need Clip
The fact I am voting for Derek Jacobi despite him only being the Master for a few minutes, just goes to show how highly I rate his performance.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Face-Off: New Who Masters
Gosh. I haven't said this all series but.... I didn't like it. The Brig coming back as a Cyberman was a particular low point for me. There was so much promise. But I just don't like what they did with it. Amazing performances still but.. What the hell?
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven
Not officially confirmed but there was a technician for UNIT called Osgood who appeared in The Daemons.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Death in Heaven – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)
My list would probably be similar to yours except the Sea Devils would be a heck of a lot higher. I love that story. The Daemons would top my list. However it will probably forever remain a hypothetical list as I find a lot of the Ainley stories are essentially equal.. Despite some excellent performances he never had a truly great Master story , he was almost a default bad guy. One exception to this would be Logopolis.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Ranking the Master Stories (Part 1)
For me it wasn't that he was too mad, but it was the wrong kind of mad. Instead of the suave, cold, calculating, menacing yet somehow slightly charismatic character we'd mostly seen before, we got a hyperactive shouting fella with a terrible taste in music. In some of his quieter moments, like the phone call with the Doctor, Simm shows he CAN do a good Master but the way his character was written - presumably meant to mirror Tennant to a degree - didn't really seem to fit with the character.
It's weird in a way, the Doctor has changes of personality like this and it doesn't bother me, but because historically the Master has changed less throughout his incarnations, it feels more jarring when he does.
Agreed on The Daemons. It was my first ever story, so will always hold a special place in my heart, and Delgado is perfect in it. As are the other regulars. A classic.
Gender schmender, I already like this Master more than the last one.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Capaldi and Moffat on the Master’s Gender Change
What sort of further confirmation are you expecting?
5 months, 3 weeks ago on What Further Secrets do Missy & Seb Hide?
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water
Random fact which I can't take any credit for spotting... On that London bus in the forest, on the side, is an advert for Doctor Who. Probably an Easter egg rather than a plot point but it intrigued me nonetheless
6 months, 1 week ago on Next Time: In the Forest of the Night
It's not the Doctor Who game I've been dreaming of for years.. And its certainly not aimed at my age range.. But it's got Peter Capaldi in it and I'll therefore have to at least check it out.
6 months, 1 week ago on The Doctor and the Dalek
Wow. That was even better than I was expecting, and my expectations were high. I cannot find a single flaw in that episode and therefore clearly have to give it 10/10. Capaldi's best performance yet.
6 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
I think I'll just download the episodes (legally) I'd only really buy the dvd if there were some particularly interesting extras -ie prequels, minisodes, that sort of thing. Otherwise it's just a format I've moved beyond.
6 months, 1 week ago on The Complete Eighth Series DVD Extras
I have never considered it a possibility for a fragment of a second. The guy clearly loves being the Doctor. And I'm happy for him to stay a good long while yet. He's been sensational.
6 months, 1 week ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8
I'm trying not to think about the wait. I'll plug the gap with Big Finish. Although it won't be as bad as the wait for series 8 in a way. None of the wondering what the new Doctor is going to be like, whether the new style will be good.. I'll just take more of the same please. And more new writers, it's really been a breath of fresh air.
The Capaldi Doctor, die? Never. You can't kill those eyebrows. He's too Scottish to die.
Well, it may be a crying shame that we're already so close to the end of this wonderful series, but the description of the remaining episodes gives me a lot of faith that the current run of high quality episodes will continue to the end. I honestly, genuinely haven't disliked a single episode this year. They've all been either outstanding or very good. And more of the former than the latter. I suppose at least when the finale airs it's only a month (ish) away from A Very Capaldi Christmas.
Moffat may not have taken a co writing credit but he certainly had input. The writer did an AMA on Reddit yesterday. Moffat had him rewrite it completely to make it more simple and he also wrote directly several scenes with the Doctor and Clara talking.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Review
Ah, that poor woman. First she gets devoured by Haemovores, then twenty five years later she gets devoured by a mummy!
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Clip & Intro
To my knowledge it's explicitly obeyed this rule precisely one time... In Parting of the Ways, when the Dalek flies up the outside of the window to get Lynda.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Kill The Moon Review
The moon it lays is significantly smaller than the one it hatches from.
Can't argue with the other bits of science you've pointed out here (except maybe some wishy-washy line about alien science not following the rules as we understand them) but honestly, it doesn't bother me. I enjoyed this episode so much, particularly hoe they've used the slow burning idea of the Doctor and Clara slowly finding themselves at loggerheads and it all coming to a head at the end. I like the idea of the Doctor trying to teach and encourage humanity to decide for itself rather than him sorting it all out for them. For me, that ties in with Deep Breath and the "I've made many mistakes" line. He's tried solving our problems for us and it hasn't always worked so well for him.
Above all I'm looking forward to next week and seeing how this Doctor gets on without Clara. And also I want to see what happens to his personality. - will he mellow down now that he's been called out on it like that or will he just become more detached and fierce...
The whole reason the first moon was a problem was that it had gained a significant amount of mass. The second moon that the creature laid was the size and mass of the original moon before it got bigger and heavier.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon
I'd be inclined to agree. If it's a fixed point this would be in danger of just redoing Waters of Mars. With all the teaser stuff emphasising the "make a decision" plot it seems more likely this will be about a flux point and trying to make the right choice.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Kill the Moon – 12 Hints & Teasers
This is why I love this show. Of the few modern television series that have made it to eight series, how many of them have had fans saying that the eighth season is one of, if not the, best of the lot?
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Thoughts on Series 8 at the Halfway Point
I can totally respect the argument. A cameo from Ian would have been the fanboy moment of the year for me, but with everything else that was going on in that episode I do think it would probably not have got the focus it deserved, or taken away from the episode plot as a result.
I just hope they get around to it soon. William Russell won't be around forever.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Roberts Explains Why Ian Chesterton Didn’t Appear in The Caretaker
He definitely didn't approve of all their actions, you're quite right. The end of The Silurians is a perfect example. Also, the Third Doctor was trapped on Earth for a lot of his time. He needed the military and the freedom and facilities it afforded him. He had to make friends, it'd be senseless to do anything else.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Examining the Doctor’s Attitude Towards Soldiers
Thank you for reminding me that I haven't watched The Mind of Evil lately.
I don't think it's out of character at all.
To use an example many are quoting, look at the Third Doctor and the Brigadier. Their relationship is generally rembered as being friendly, the Brig even being thought of as a "practically a companion" figure.. But this evolved over time and if you look at the earlier stories featuring the Brig the Doctor is a lot less friendly and more suspicious - and in the case of the Third Doctor, downright rude at times. Belittling the Brig all the time, talking about him "playing solider" and 'blundering about shooting things". Over time, the relationship softens, the Doctor realises that underneath his stern military exterior, Lethbridge-Stewart is a good and kind man, and they become friends despite their differences.
I think the same will happen with Danny Pink. A lot of the Doctor's friendships have started out with him being rather hostile. It just seems a lot more out of character when the last two Doctors have been much more inclined towards excessive friendliness in the face of uncertainty rather than inquisitive suspicion.
And of course her great line in that story..
"Oh no... You ARE going to sing!"
6 months, 4 weeks ago on A Whology: Maggie Stables
Thoroughly excellent article, Gustaff. I think it's fair to say that Evelyn is a strong contender for the best original character BF have come up with, and indeed to many will be the undisputed holder of said title. Her stories with Colin are great, with even the occasional weaker story elevated by her presence. Maggie Stables may be gone but those of us who love our Big Finish will never forget her - and of course those who haven't had the pleasure yet will perhaps discover her later. Marvellous woman. RIP.