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Ah yes, the three main characters of series 8 each appearing on one of three discs: the Doctor, Clara and... um... Santa.

Poor Danny... and I bet Missy's fuming!

1 day, 20 hours ago on Series 8 Soundtrack Details, Date


There's supposed to be a 'sick' in between 'really' and 'of'. Typically when I try to be sardonic I end up looking stupid. Damn computer virus!

3 days, 19 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #8


Hello commenting community!

Who posts a Pandorica-speech style comment in support of the Eleventh Doctor gets several likes. But bad news, 'cause I'm really of reading reworked versions of the Pandorica speech- hah! Could you just stop scrolling for a minute because I. AM. COMMENTING! The question of the hour is... oh, I can't be bothered...

Speaking as someone who regularly reworks iconic speeches to my own ends, I'm being a massive hypocrite here. Just think of it as my 'Commenter Victorious' phase.

3 days, 20 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #8


You fools! The monster isn't that weird helmet thing- the monster is the beam of light! It's the anti-Vashtna Nerada! The Nashtna Verada...

4 days, 23 hours ago on BBC Reveals New Series 9 Monster


I think the main gist of Ten's character development is the his struggle between trying to be a god and trying to be human, of which he is neither.

He is initially reluctant to become overly attached to Rose, as he says in school Reunion, "You can spend the rest of your life with me. But I can't spend the rest of mine with you. I have to live on, alone. That's the curse of the Timelords." In the very same episode he ponders co-operating with the Krillitanes, effectively becoming a god, simply to prevent the inevitable. Predictably, he does end up falling for Rose (and who wouldn't?...Unwise question) Therefore when he is forever (almost forever) separated from her he suffers dearly for his newfound humanity. In the end, Meta-Crisis Ten gets to live the life that his counterpart had longed for. You can see in his eyes that it just kills Ten to grant his genocidal clone the one thing he wants more than anything- but he knows that it's the right thing to do.

Of course, his separation from Rose isn't the only tragedy that Ten endured over the course of his era; Astrid, Jenny, River, Donna. Each loss leaves him  yet more scarred, so much so that he rejects the prospect of new companions outright- the Lonely God, as Reinette so aptly put it.

So too, in Human Nature/The Family of Blood, John Smith's potential for a full and contented human life is juxtaposed against the Doctor's Walking in Eternity-ness. Its telling that in The End of Time, Verity Newman's question, "were you [happy]?" is met with a solemn stare, as Ten justv about manages to hold back tears. In Midnight his attempt to get chummy with the humans backfires horrifically

In the Waters of Mars he finally snaps, he has already lost so much, the universe owes him. As the last of the Timelords, their vast power and influence is bestowed on to him. What does it matter if he saves a few of the "little people"? Or even the considerably bigger people? They're all insignificant compared to him.

Returning to The End of Time, in his swansong, Ten's opponents all embrace the connotations of Divinity that he has tried so hard to shun. The Master remakes Man in his own image while Rassilon wants the Timelords to become the only species in creation, and rages against the idea of his own mortality, "I. WILL. NOT. DIE!" When his enemies have been vanquished however, Ten is needlessly forced to die because of a door locking mechanism! At first, in his frustration, he once again sinks into hubris- "Look at you. Not remotely important. But I could do so much more!" Before coming to his senses with an understated yet pivotal comment- "Live too long." Just like a huma, the Tenth Doctor dies, not saving the universe, but because of a technicality.

1 week ago on Why I Love The Tenth Doctor


One criticism of the Tenth Doctor that I simply cannot comprehend is his apparent 'egotism' in Journey's End when he chooses not to regenerate.

I mean honestly, if you had to choose between rewriting your appearance and personality entirely or... not rewriting your appearance and personality entirely, which option would you choose? I doubt that even a person with severe self-esteem issues would choose to go through with the process.

Even from an entirely practical viewpoint, the Doctor is hardly going to be in a position to save all of reality from destruction if he's unconscious, or if he's suffering from amnesia, or if he's looking for a new outfit- "Ohh! Love your leather tunic Davros. Mind if we swap? I think the old pinstripes are getting a bit tired..."

Excellent article by the way.

1 week ago on Why I Love The Tenth Doctor


It's been Nine-mania over the last few days with Eccleston(e) doing the interview rounds to promote his new drama (something about swimming in lakes in the Lake District- as one does).

just today he's said that he left because, " It’s very easy to stay in one job and make that your comfort zone, and I want to resist that temptation." Then on a lightweight radio show earlier this evening he said, "myself and three others at the very top of the pyramid clashed." Not to mention the piece of news on DWTV earlier this week that he has, "no ill will" towards the show.

Not to be overly negative however, he did also say rather nicely, "I'm still there. I was in David Tennant, I was in Matt Smith, I'm in peter Capaldi... I'm always there in spirit."

1 week ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off 1-5 Recap


Imagine Night of the Doctor with Matt Smith instead of Paul McGann:

OHILA: our elixir can trigger your regeneration, bring you back. Time Lord science is elevated here on Karn. The change doesn't have to be random. Fat or thin, young or old, man or woman? 


OHILA: Excuse me?

DOCTOR: Fat. I want to be fat. Never been fat beore. I'd be great at being fat- I'd be 'The Great Fat person'.

OHILA: Well, I prepared this Warrior Elixir specially for y-

DOCTOR: No! Not Warrior! Warrior is not cool. Fat is cool. make me fat- stat, pronto, LOL.

(Ohila reluctantly hands him a steaming goblet)

DOCTOR: Right then. Come along Pond! Bottoms up! Geronimo!

(The Doctor downs the Goblet in one and regenerates... into Peter Kay!)

OHILA: Did it work?

PETER KAY: (wipes mouth on sleeve) Tastes like chicken.

1 week, 1 day ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #5


@TheNightmareChild is backing Ten Just stand there. 'Cause I'm gonna hug you...

1 week, 2 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #4


@Typo42 "Magic Carrots" @Doctavarium I see it like this: someone might do a couple of minutes of ventriloquism as a party piece, but they couldn't keep it up constantly for three whole months.

1 week, 2 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #4


@TheNightmareChild is backing Ten @PaddyB If we're going all Frenchy:

Christophér Éccléston(é)

1 week, 2 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #4


Och, a can'ee choose one of t'ese Scottish Docters o'eer t'other any more than a can choose nips o'eer tatties

Actually, I can- David Tennant (nee McDonald)

1 week, 2 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #4


I've always thought 'The Meddling Monk' sounded quite quaint, twee even. I've never seen The Time Meddler, but there's something quite cute about that title- a monk...who meddles...

Fenric was an interesting villain, and the hints of his history with the Doctor were intriguing indeed, although I felt his intricate plotting was a bit contrived. Perhaps I ought to rewatch the serial. Also, what's up with that Haemovore wearing a curly blonde wig? It's rather silly looking.

The Raston Robot is cool, although he leaps about balletically is just a wee bit camp.

Apologies for insulting some of the most highly regarded classic enemies :)

1 week, 3 days ago on 9 Foes That Are Due A Return


@YaelMoise Eleven's concluding line in Nightmare in Silver (I won't do it the honour of a quotation) did have a considerable impact on the way I viewed him. It was probably meant to sound bashful and childlike, but it came across as blokeish and more than a little bit pervy.

1 week, 3 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #3


I really like this idea- plus it seems too specific to be wholly untrue. Then again, the story could end up being a bit predictable, because realistically the Doctor would never kill a child, so at worse it could be a hackneyed rehash of Genesis of the Daleks.

Not sure how this could be reconciled with Missy's involvement though, or the episode titles come to that.

1 week, 4 days ago on Series 9 To Open With “Darkest ever plot”?


@TheNightmareChild @PaddyB Oh no! I do like Caecilius- a sort of Roman Charles Saatchi... without the neck grabbing and nose pinching of course...

I was just making a rather contrived attempt to alter an iconic quote. Its a dreadful habit I've picked up recently- just look at the top layer of my comment history if you want to say a few words about it...

1 week, 4 days ago on Why I Love The Twelfth Doctor


CAPALDI: But how can I play the Doctor? I was already in The Fires of Pompeii. Not to mention Torchw-

MOFFAT: Do you think I care for you so little that Caecillius would make a difference?

1 week, 4 days ago on Why I Love The Twelfth Doctor


@Malohkeh Although it's hardly as bad as calling him "Peter Eccleston"!

1 week, 4 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #2


My seven year old self was rather confused and angry when the credits rolled for The parting of the Ways- "who's that?! He's not the Doctor. His voice is weird and he's too smiley and I don't like how he says 'Barcelona'!" Despite any initial misgivings, I was pretty much sold on Ten from "did you miss me?" onwards.

He proved more than any other that the Doctor doesn't have to be- shouldn't be- unemotional and aloof, his joie de vivre was infectious. He was always up for a laugh (unless at his own expense and he treated his companions as true equals to himself.

However, throughout his era Ten was dragged through so many wringers that he struggled even to summon up his customary grin. He still made an effort though- for appearances sake. Eventually he even shunned the prospect of new companions in fear that he would loose them too, he just needed a good mate (you're not mating with me sunshine!).

I'm finding it surprisingly difficult to put into words my adoration of Ten. How do I do justice to such an engaging, multifaceted and superbly acted character? Maybe it'll be easier if I go into 'poetic mode':

“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 center of time and he can see the turn of the universe. And... he's wonderful."

Now, how about a group discussion- did you feel confused and angry when your first Doctor regenerated? How did you cope with the situation?

1 week, 4 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #2


I can imagine these two Doctors getting rather competitive over a poll like this:

TWELVE: Hello, hello. Rubbish Doctor from the dawn of time... er... I mean 2005.

NINE: (sighs) I did it again. I went and chose another stupid ape! face...

TWELVE: Sometimes the only choices you have are easy ones. But you still have to the better Doctor.


TWELVE: I don't understand. Are you malfunctioning.

NINE: I said no. Because Here's what I'm going to do. I'm going to win this poll. I'm going to win this poll from even though series one aired ten years ago.And then I'm going to personally thank my many fans. And then, just to finish off, I'm going to wipe Peter stinkin' Capaldi out of the competition!

TWELVE; Shut up. Shutupshutupshutup. Shuttity uppity up up up!

NINE: I think you're forgetting something. I'm the Doctor, and if there's one thing I can do, it's talk. I've got five billion languages, and you haven't got one way of stopping me. So if anybody's going to shut up, it's you! Okey doke. So, where were we? 

TWELVE: Blimey, it's a roller coaster with you!

NINE: Why don't we get us some chips and discuss this in private.

TWELVE: I hate chip shops. All that battered fish. I can't stand bantering... I mean batterring...

1 week, 5 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #1


@The Trickster's Brigade I'm loathe to say that an actor could be 'too old' to play the Doctor, but I doubt that Capaldi could do much running aged 87!

2 weeks ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Twelfth Doctor


Kill the Moon is getting a bit of flak tonight for its portrayal of the Doctor- but I think that this is actually one of the episode's strengths. During the 45 minutes Capaldi skillfully demonstrates many different aspects of his Doctor. He starts out curmudgeonly- unable to comprehend us silly humans, when Lundvik threatens to shoot him he is sardonic and irreverent, when he discovers that "the moon is an egg!" he gives off a real sense of childlike wonderment and delight, when he abandons Clara and Courtney his trademark apathy is clear as day, in the beach scene he appears ancient and omniscient and lastly, at the end, when Clara storms out of the TARDIS, he once again fails to comprehend us silly little humans, but this time he seems just a tiny bit upset.

Excellent writing and a brilliant performance from Mr Capaldi.

2 weeks ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Twelfth Doctor


I always enjoy the period where there's hardly any photos from the new series in circulation, so DWTV just has to creatively zoom in on the ones we do have to illustrate any news story that crops up. Around about this time last year we were up to our eyes with photos of Capaldi's funny hand pose!

Anyway... the fact that she isn't outright denying that she's playing a younger Clara makes the prospect more likely than I had thought. If only we had some more photos to speculate over...

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Maisie Williams Hints At Her Series 9 Role


 Nul points... only joking!

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Ninth Doctor


I think that this... thing should be the next Doctor:

Good luck sleeping tonight!

3 weeks, 3 days ago on 5 Candidates for the 13th Doctor


PaddyB and the Absorbaloff step out of the TARDIS.

ABSORBALOFF: Where are we?

PADDYB: Paris, 2115 AD, and this is the mighty Musseé De Docteur Qui- home to all of the best episodes in history.

ABSORBALOFF: Oh, that's wonderful. 

PADDYB: Now I've got something to show you.

A mawkishly sentimental song wells up in the background as they enter the museum. The Absorbaloff stops briefly to marvel at the poster for the 100th anniversary special- 'The 37 Doctors'. PaddyB pulls him on into another gallery room where Bill Nighy is working as a curator. The walls are adorned with avant garde paving slabs and Elton Pope's pioneering video installation art is being screened.

PADDYB: Bill Nighy? How are you still alive?

BILL NIGHY: I am the life that prevails. I was here before you. I will be here when you are gone.

PADDYB: Um...ok...I just wondered, between you and me, in a hundred words, where do you think Love and Monsters rates in the history of Doctor Who?

BILL NIGHY: Well, big question, but to me, Love and Monsters is the finest story of them all. Certainly, the most experimental and innovative episode of all time. The most beloved. Its deftly drawn characters, the most sympathetic and relatable. Russell T Davies transformed his love of the show into ecstatic beauty. Adoration is easy to portray, but to use your passion and love to portray the profound, and at times tragic impact that the Doctor has on others. No one had ever done it before. Perhaps no one ever will again. To my mind, that strange, wild showrunner who roamed the Powell Estate was not only the world's greatest writer, but also one of the greatest men who ever lived. 

The mawkishly sentimental music reaches a mawkishly sentimental crescendo.

BILL NIGHY: Well, it's better than Vincent and the Doctor anyway.

The Absorbaloff bursts into tears. 

PADDYB: Absorbaloff? I'm sorry. I'm sorry. Is it too much? 

ABSORBALOFF:  No. They are tears of joy. Thank you, you stupid little man. Thank you. 

The Absorbaloff hugs Bill Nighy, absorbing him in the process.

ABSORBALOFF: Tastes like chicken. 

PS: April Fools doesn't count after 12:00 in the afternoon, so the joke's on you DWTV!

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Revival Face-Off: The Grand Grand Final


@Malohkeh ships 10/Rose 4eva otp <33 To copy and paste my comment from a few days ago:

I personally like to think that paving slab Ursula was merely an echo of her former self, similarly to the data ghosts in Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead. After a few months her consciousness would fade, so the Doctor was simply giving Elton the chance to come to terms with her loss and to say goodbye.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Revival Face-Off: The Grand Grand Final


"...This isn't Capaldi's first time courting controversy. An Ofcom investigation was launched last year when the star of Doctor Who apparently used the racist term "potato head" to describe a Sontaran. So too, Capaldi almost caused a diplomatic incident on the planet Skaro earlier this year when he was pictured driving a vehicle bearing the license plate "T1M3 WAR", thought to be an offensive reference to the infamous war between his people and the Dalek race..."

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor Who Future in Doubt After Capaldi ‘Fracas’


These two titles remind me a lot of 'Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane Smith?' a story from the first series of The Sarah Jane Adventures involving the Trickster (of the Trickster's Brigade) meddling in time so that Sarah Jane died as a teenager. Just a thought.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Series 9: The Girl Who Died, and The Woman Who Lived


I watched the Torchwood episode 'Out of Time' recently and loved the way that it explored how the three central characters from the fifties reacted differently to life in the 21st century. John's discovery that his son had Alzheimer's and couldn't remember him was truly heartbreaking.

I can't wait to see what Catherine Treganna does for Doctor Who!

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Series 9: The Girl Who Died, and The Woman Who Lived


The Matt Smith era had 'The Girl Who Waited'.

The Peter Capaldi era has 'The Girl Who Died'.

Really gives you a sense of the tonal shift doesn't it? :)

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Series 9: The Girl Who Died, and The Woman Who Lived


"Even generally unpopular episodes like Fear Her and Love & Monsters had a relatively significant amount of 10/10’s, the latter of which receiving a notably high proportion of 5.15%."

That'll be me giving Love and Monsters 10/10 several hundred times on several hundred different computers XD

Great article by the way- lots of interesting numbery stuff (most of which I understood!) with an admirably even-handed analysis.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: A Numbery-Wumbery Breakdown (Part 1)


I'm pleased with the positioning of The Girl Who Waited at no.31. It tends to get overlooked, but it's probably my favourite episode of the Matt Smith era in that it features all the hallmarks of his tenure (timey-wimeyness, Amy and Rory relationship turmoil, (mildly) fairytale imagery, a moral dilemma, the Doctor wearing a silly looking clothing accessory) yet weaves them in to an intense, character-driven narrative supported by solid sci-fi.

Old Amy and Rory's conversation through the TARDIS door is probably the closest Doctor Who ever comes to making me cry, but the sadist in me appreciates the bittersweet ending (erring strongly on the side of bitter).

4 weeks ago on All 117 Episodes of the Revival Ranked By You


I personally like to think that paving slab Ursula was merely an echo of her former self, similarly to the data ghosts in Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead. After a few months her consciousness would fade, so the Doctor was simply giving Elton the chance to come to terms with her loss and to say goodbye.

4 weeks ago on Why I Love Fear Her And Love & Monsters


One thing that's particularly notable about Love and Monsters, something that I didn't touch upon in my extensive review a few weeks ago, is that it could never possibly have come about in any shape or form during the classic series. In this way, it demonstrated the flexibility of narrative that a newly revived Doctor Who could achieve. I actually find that Love and Monsters is the most audacious and experimental episode of Doctor Who ever (take that Listen!) and, unlike many, I believe that its audacity pays off brilliantly.

As for the Absorbaloff, I've touched on the likelihood of Elton being an unreliable narrator previously, but in a way the fact that it was designed by a child adds to its appeal. LINDA are an innocent, vulnerable and to some extent naive group of people, so the Absorbaloff is exactly the kind of silly monster they would expect an outwardly silly man like the Doctor to face from day to day. Yet in their innocence they fail to realise the consequences of becoming associated with the Doctor and they end up dieing for that very reason. As Elton so potently puts it, "the Doctor might be wonderful, but thinking back, I was having such a special time. Just for a bit. I had this nice little gang, and they were destroyed. It's not his fault, but maybe that's what happens if you touch the Doctor. Even for a second."

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Why I Love Fear Her And Love & Monsters


@TheNightmareChild @SirTrey I haven't.

I tentatively scrolled down from ten to three, hoping against hope that my beloved Love and Monsters would be spared the ignominy of the bottom ten. Then I saw it at number two...

A little part of me died...

Then came back as a paving slab...

4 weeks, 1 day ago on The Bottom 10 TV Stories of the Decade


In the Forest of the Night is an episode built on weak foundations- you can't have a forest spring up overnight and then evaporate without causing the slightest bit of infrastructural damage. So too, the resolution manages to simultaneously be predictable, nonsensical and anticlimactic. Plus there's Meabh's sister emerging from a bush which glaringly glosses over a potentially mature subject matter (something that an episode of SJA would never have done, despite its young demographic) not to mention it being a wee bit creepy.

The two things that I find elevate the episode from 'third worst of the revival' to something that is deeply flawed but that I'm rather fond of nonetheless, is Frank Cotrell Boyce's dialogue and the sumptuous imagery.

To list a few of my favourite lines:

"Even my incredibly long life is too short for Les Miserables."

"Furious, fearful, tongue-tied… they’re all superpowers if you use them properly."

"We are the green shoots that grow through the cracks, the grass that grows over the mass graves. After your wars are over, we will still be here. We are the life that prevails."

"If you remembered how things felt, you'd have stopped having wars. And stopped having babies."

I realise that London was somewhat underrepresented in the episode, but its still wonderfully incongruous to see a tube station swamped with vegetation or even the TARDIS overgrown with shoots and leaves. Also, there's that brilliant pan up Nelson's column at the beginning in which the greened-up city is very well rendered in CGI. To give a few more miscellaneous examples of pleasant imagery, I love the shot of Clara and Danny sitting on the TARDIS stairs being lectured by the Doctor- the school teachers as school children, there's a nice disorientating POV of Maebh entering the TARDIS and there's  lovely golden (almost sepia-tinged) lighting that pervades the entire episode.... Clara's jumper is quite nice too...

In general, I always appreciate a cheerfully earnest, if slightly naff story to a dessicated chunk of cold sci-fi cliche, aka Nightmare in Silver.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on The Bottom 10 TV Stories of the Decade


@TheNightmareChild @supermoff is celebrating 10 years of New Who @TheCyberDoctor is Celebrating 10 Years of New Who I did work experience with one of the leading animators on The Prince of Egypt.

Just thought I'd put that out there :)

4 weeks, 1 day ago on The Bottom 10 TV Stories of the Decade


Love and Monsters at #116?


* weeps hysterically in the corner*

4 weeks, 1 day ago on The Bottom 10 TV Stories of the Decade


PaddyB's Unofficial, Anti-Statistical and Downright Inaccurate Breakdown:

Prettiest Episode- In the Forest of the Night

Silliest Line- Dorium's classic "Oh dear God! That's the attack prayer!" wins it, although the lesser known "He protected me from the virus by shrouding me in his smoke" by Novice Hame comes close

Best Showrunner- Stussel T Mavies

the Colgate Award for a Smile that Shines- the big swirly-faced sun in The Rings of Akhaten

Best Companion- Adam Mitchell

Best Doctor- Doctor Constantine obviously

Best Direction- turn left- no really, that's literally the best direction ever given to a Doctor Who character- it did save the universe after all!

Best Special- every episode is special to me

Best Interpretative Dance Routine- Shona McCullogh in Last Christmas.

Most profound, Life Affirming Line of Dialogue- "I want chips"- Rose Tyler

Mean, Mode and Median- working titles for the 'of the Doctor' trilogy.

Standard Deviation- deviation gotta be the standard man! If you don't deviate your just conforming- and that's what the establishment wants man! Don't be a square dude- you gotta deviate. If D'Who didn't deviate the Doc would still be played by Will Hartnell- and he's, like, totally dead, man!


Best Episode Ever (Disagreement Will not be Tolerated)- Love and Monsters

1 month ago on Your Top 20 TV Stories of the Decade


As much as I'd like to say so, I didn't have the realisation that I would be a Doctor Who fan for the rest of my life when the credits of Rose rolled. I can say, however, that there was not the slightest doubt in my six year old mind that I was going to watch the following week's episode, and the week after that, and the week after that, and so on.

I literally can't imagine what I would be without Doctor Who. It has defined me over the last ten years. I remember being shocked, angered and confused when Nine regenerated. Who was this irritating man pretending to be the Doctor and what had he done with the real Doctor? (of course, Tennant went on to become my Doctor once I had grasped the concept of regeneration). Then I had to bid farewell to Tennant and welcome in Smith in the year I started at 'big school'. By the time Capaldi came along I was well acquainted with the show and how it worked, but even now, a whole decade on, it fills me with childish glee watching a new episode- even if it's Nightmare in Silver!

Some may criticise Rose for being too mainstream or dated, but what stays with me is the mysterious and elusive nature of the Doctor (much more mysterious and elusive than in An Unearthly Child, I find) coupled with Murray Gold's haunting theme. Eccelston's monologue still gives me goosebumps:

"It's like when you were a kid. The first time they tell you the world's turning and you just can't quite believe it because everything looks like it's standing still. I can feel it. The turn of the Earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinning at a thousand miles an hour, and the entire planet is hurtling round the sun at sixty seven thousand miles an hour, and I can feel it. We're falling through space, you and me, clinging to the skin of this tiny little world, and if we let go. That's who I am."

1 month ago on Why I Love Rose


Slightly arbitrary point regarding no. 12, but it's funnythat horizontal lines on a TV screen have become a kind of narrative device without a grounding in reality- since everyone has HD TV's these days the poor-definition horizontal lines are only really used to indicate a TV broadcast within the drama to the viewer.

1 month ago on The Best Pre-Title Sequences of the Revival (Part 2)


@Gustaff @The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @DaftDalek is excited for Blade Runner 2 

1. Smith probably thinks the watch is broken like Yana did. The perception filter means that he doesn't pay the slightest bit of attention to it- even when he wants to tell the time.

2. C'man! Thats a teensy little production error. The shooting would have taken place on school grounds anyway- neighbouring farmers could well have been informed.

3. There was music playing in the dance hall and an ultimatum never sounds as impressive with a soundtrack of waltz music! 

4. Presumably the scarecrows require some structural integrity to survive- not that they're alive in the first place. Being ripped to shreds by a machine gun kinda denies them that.

5. Since when were you an expert in invisibility? It could be painted with invisible paint or made from invisible metal. Besides, we barely actually see the meadow post-explosion.

6. The scarecrow probably has a perception filter on it too.

7. The Doctor and Martha twiddling their thumbs and eating bacon and egg flavoured mars bars in the TARDIS for 3 months hardly makes for a good story ,does it?

1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: Semi-Final #2


It's notable that Moffat era 'event episodes' tend to be the best received whereas it's the more low-profile, mid-series RTD era stories that are best rated. It's also worth mentioning that while the most popular Moffat episodes focus on the character of the Doctor, his authority and the consequences of his actions (The Eleventh Hour, A Good Man Goes to War, The Name of the Doctor, Day of the Doctor), RTD's most popular deal with the Doctor's absence (Human Nature, Blink, Turn Left) or his impotence in certain situations (The Parting of the Ways, Midnight, The Waters of Mars).

On another note, I'm delighted by how far Human Nature has come in the competition. As superb as Blink is, this is a more challenging storydue to, among others, John Smith's complicity in bullying, the casual use of racism and the Doctor's brutality, yet it's all the more rewarding for that reason, and reaps further benefits with every rewatch.

1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: Semi-Final #2


Good list so far, although I think that the Flatline pre-titles sequence is more effective than that of Fear Her because it uses the artistic device of foreshortening, allowing a brilliant pan in to the skirting board where the man's face is revealed just as we crash into the title sequence.

1 month ago on The Best Pre-Title Sequences of the Revival (Part 1)


My theory, which I stated on a similar article in my early days of commenting here, is that time doesn't exist in a conventional sense within the TARDIS, so it acts as a kind of aging limbo. As we all know, the Doctor is loathe to spend long in a single place and therefore he ages at a much slower rate than the rest of us. This accounts for Hartnell, Hurt and Smith's respective Doctors aging to death- One spent the majority of his life of Gallifrey, War may well have been separated from the TARDIS at intervals as he fought and Eleven spent the latter 900 years of his life grounded on Trenzalore.

1 month ago on Wearing A Bit Thin: A Theory on Time Lord Ageing


I'm aware of some fans ranking each episode based on a number of set factors and have the average mark as an overall score. I don't find this completely fair (although I'm not one to judge since I don't rank episodes at all!) A story should be taken for what it is and nothing more, for example, The Crimson Horror is a thoroughly enjoyable romp, but I'm not going to mark it down for a lack of character development.

However, Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways as well as Human Nature/The Family of Blood are stories that excel in almost every respect. Both contain:

-memorable antagonists who pose a unique and pertinent threat

-a highly original central concept

-a strong emotional undercurrent with a generous dosage of 'weepy bits'

-engaging subplots and supporting characters

-superb acting

-excellent direction

-a great soundtrack

-bucket loads of character development!

I'm voting for Human Nature because it's my official favourite ever story- although that grandiose title is mainly for the sake of posterity- like I said, I'm not really one for ranking my enjoyment to 27 decimal places!

1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: RTD Era Triple


Imagine an actual face off between the empty child and a weeping angel. Does he even blink? Could an angel be gas mask-ified? Would he have to blink in order to gas mask-ify the angel?

1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: RTD Era Triple


Honestly, I never was quite sold on Freema Agyeman's acting when series 3 aired, although now I've come to accept that this is largely due to 'opinion osmosis' from the rest of my family on my young and impressionable mind.

Having rewatched some episodes recently I can see that she improves greatly as the series progresses, and she really gets a chance to shine in Human Nature/The Family of Blood and The Sound of Drums/Last of the Timelords.

It's slightly sadistic that we wish appalling scenarios on the companions in order to get the best material out of them! (same goes for Clara in series 8)

1 month ago on Why I Love Martha Jones


I love that epic hero shot of Clara, Courtney and Lundvik running down a corridor in Kill the Moon. There's random explosions going off all over the place, it's shot in slow-motion and there's a brilliantly high-octane version of Twelves theme to boot. It's completely over the top and it revels in its over the topness!

1 month, 1 week ago on Top 21 Tracks of Series 8 (Part 2)