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Great article, I completely believe in all of your points (although I would have rearranged the placing of some characters). I'm glad to see Elton getting some appreciation and I'm equally glad to see Rose being described without using the adjective "selfish" and Ten being described without using the adjectives "egotistical" or "womanising".
3 hours, 52 minutes ago on Top 12 Best Written Russell T Davies Characters
@MrRazza has joined David Dimbleby I voted for Frank Cottrell-Boyce in the writers category- out of pity more than anything, although I actually found his dialogue to be quite good and I loved reading his books when I was younger.
1 day, 18 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 4)
A very thought-provoking article. I think that the points you've made here are less a case of transphobia but simple errors of judgement (particularly so in the Torchwood episode). Nonetheless I understand how they are potentially upsetting errors of judgement which could easily have been rooted-out in the script editing process.
I don't think that referring to Missy as the Master is transphobic in her case as the character was never outwardly uncomfortable as a male. Rather, I believe that having regenerated into female form, Missy was able to accept the change with ease due to the (relative) fluidity of gender on Gallifrey. If anything, Missy should have been referred to as 'The Master' more often in Death in Heaven, since the script's failure to clarify which title(s) she now goes by distanced her from her previous incarnations to a small extent.
On another note, I was interested to read about Lee being transgender in the original version of Forest of the Dead. However, I'm glad that the detail was removed as Donna's doomed romance is a tragic and conceptually engaging sub-plot as it is, and the transgender aspect would complicate things somewhat.
3 days, 15 hours ago on Little Boxes Will Make You Angry: Doctor Who and Transphobia
1: Series 8: A great variety of stories, I didn't find any episode explicitly bad. Character development throughout. Some more experimental story ideas that were very effective (Listen basically consists of four thematically linked set-pieces while Flatline is is driven by visuals to a large degree). A darker and more mature tone.
2. Series 6: A few 'meh' to poor episodes, but several excellent ones (The Impossible Astronaut, The Doctor's Wife, A Good Man Goes to War, The Girl Who Waited, The God Complex) I loved the audacious form of storytelling employed. Engaging twists, teasers and cliffhangers (although I can sympathise with casual viewers)
3. Series 5: There's a lovely freshness and newness to this series and the fairytale tone is really evident in terms of both writing and direction (it's a very pretty series). However, there's no single episode that I'm particularly passionate about, except perhaps Amy's Choice.
4. Series 7: The blockbuster format didn't bode well for me as it only seemed to produce generic and digestible storylines which could be summed up by their title a little too well. I found the Ponds' exit unsatisfying and Clara was a bit dull.
1 week, 1 day ago on Best of 2014 Awards #14: Moffat Series
I'm delighted that my favourite Doctor is getting recognised for his talents. Then again, I'm slightly worried that receiving a lifetime achievement award will somehow prevent him from acting in future!
1 week, 2 days ago on 2015 National Television Awards UPDATE
@Supermoff, member of CATS In the Forest of the Night was a lovely, pretty and easygoing episode. The Doctor Who equivalent of a mug of hot chocolate on a cold winter's day...even if it doesn't make very much sense...and has a rather dubious ending!
1 week, 2 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #13: TV Story
@supermoff For it to seem like bona fide cinema, I think a certain amount of time would have to elapse before it was broadcast on TV. Presuming it is a BBC Film, it could maybe be screened in the summer and air on TV around Christmastime (not, of course, as a replacement to the Christmas special!)
1 week, 5 days ago on Russell T Davies Interested in Writing A Doctor Who Movie
Big-bucks Harry potter director wants to reset the continuity of Doctor Who and bring it to Hollywood, with a Doctor played by Johny Depp (in all likelihood) and, I dunno, Megan Fox as his companion?
A Doctor Who film written by Russell T Davies?
Hah! In my dreams!
@gunslinger19 I don't think that Moffat's version of the Time War was more imaginative than RTD's. The visyal effects in Day of the Doctor were undeniably impressive, but it all seemed too 'generic zappy space war'for my liking. on the other hand, we saw little of Gallifrey in The end of Time, yet RTD's writing really gave the sense of a battle too horrific to even comprehend:
"This is only the furthest edge of the Time
War. But at its heart, millions die every second, lost in bloodlust and
insanity. With time itself resurrecting them, to find new ways of dying
over and over again. A travesty of life. Isn't it better to end it, at
"You weren't there in the final days of the War. You never saw
what was born. But if the Timelock's broken, then everything's coming
through. Not just the Daleks, but the Skaro Degradations, the Horde of
Travesties, the Nightmare Child, the Could-have-been King with his army
of Meanwhiles and Never-weres. The War turned into hell. And that's
what you've opened, right above the Earth. Hell is descending."
Come to think about it, the Orson thing still doesn't make sense, even with Moffat's explanation in DWM:
"Orson comes from another branch of the [Pink] family. He knows about Danny's heroic sacrifice because Clara got in touch with the Pink family after the events of Death in Heaven and told them what he did, and why. And she gave them the little soldier as a keepsake of a great man and a great soldier- and because she knows the toy soldier has to remain in the Pink family line."
However, in Listen, Rupert is living in a children's home which would suggest that he has no immediate living relatives. Besides, it may not have been explicitly confirmed that Clara was Orson's great-grandmother, but it was heavily implied, and the plot of Listen flows better generally in the knowledge that she is. Who was it that told Orson all those stories of time travel? Martha?!
I think it is very unlikely that Clara is pregnant. As I recall, Last Christmas occurs a whole six months after the events of Death in Heaven, and if she was 'with child', she should have had a sizeable bump by that point.
This ought to be Clara-fied- stat! Geddit? Clara-fied?
1 week, 6 days ago on Speculating on Series 9’s Big Cliffhanger (Part 1)
@Hirmien @The Lazy Cat is in a Hugging Mood @TardisBoy! They didn't give her the name of "Missy" until Deep Breath. The press release of Michelle Gomez's casting named her as "The Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere", a title which is never actually used onscreen.
@TardisBoy! I don't know why they allowed River's identity to get out in that way. If the scene was set in Amy's back garden, surely they could have created a mini garden within the bounds of their studios, and away from spoiler-mongering fans!
@TheCyberDoctor Graeme Harper is good for big epic episodes.
2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #10: Director
I think I'll vote for Ben Wheatly, for Deep Breath more so than Into the Dalek. The direction of the former really helped to emphasise the new tone for the series and the extra running time allowed for sumptuous cinematic scenes. The realisation of the restaurant-cum-spaceship was very effective and the scenes of Clara holding her breath are very harrowing.
All round there was some excellent direction this year.
I'm not a particularly musical person, but I love that little motif that first appeared in 'Listen' and then reappeared in 'In the Forest of the Night' and during Clara and Danny's phone call in Dark Water. It may be a cliché to say this, but I found it really evocative (:
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Best of 2014 Awards #9: Music
I haven't seen much Torchwood, but is that the Star Poet from SJA in the third picture?
2 weeks, 2 days ago on 5 Reasons To Rejoice At Toby Whithouse’s Return
@mlawesome @The Trickster's Brigade The poll is for "visual effects", meaning everything that you can see, not just CGI.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #8: Visual Effects
Deep Breath: The animatronic head for close-ups of the Half-Faced Man was brilliantly intricate and much more effective than full-on CGI would have been. The visuals of the restaurant basement were Generally very dark and harrowing, particularly when Clara tries to escape down a corridor only to see it lined with countless ramshackle droids.
Into the Dalek: Great model work used for the Dalek explosions.
Time Heist:The Teller. Nuff said. (actually, the CGI for the Bank of Karabraxos was good too)
Kill The Moon: Monochrome Lanzarote made for a great moon. The quality of the spiders varied, although they were good in jumpy moments.
Mummy on the Orient Express: The Foretold. Nuff said. (actually the Art-Deco design of the train was nice too).
Flatline: This episode gets my vote given how much imagery was incorporated into the script itself- and was executed in a stylish and frightening manner. Plenty of artist references to get my teeth into, the optical illusion of the pre-titles man was inspired by the skull in Holbein's 'The Ambassadors', the Boneless in zombie form owed something to cubism, and of course, the obvious shout-out to Banksy.
In The Forest of the Night: The visuals were one of its main selling points. Most of London's infrastructure may have vanished but the cinematography and GGI make it a gorgeous episode to watch, if not for the plot.
Dark Water: The skeleton fishtanks at the 3W Institute were both gothic and bizarre and the gradual Cyberman reveal from the emptying tanks was carried out brilliantly (Rachel talalay said in a recent interview that she didn't want to spoil the "movie magic" of how the effect was acheived).
Death In Heaven: A visual shift from part one, but nonetheless very arresting. The Cybermen rising from their graves in that desaturated graveyard was very spooky whereas Danny's bruised and pierced face was completely horrific.
Last Christmas: The Dream Crabs were very effective, more so when they were scuttling about and descending from the roof than when they were hugging faces. The London skyline in the sleigh ride scene was excellently rendered, especially given that it was a dream!
Not strictly related to the superhero argument, but I was thinking recently of how closely Ten in The Waters of Mars- The End of Time resembles the classical tragic hero.
He has the fatal flaw of hubris (Time Lord Victorious), a moment of clarity ("I've gone too far"), a fall from grace (literally falling from a spaceship onto a glass roof!) and the final death scene (if you can call it a death scene). At the conclusion of The End of Time there is a tone of renewal and hope with Matt Smith instantly forgetting the regenerative angst of his former incarnation.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Is the Doctor a Superhero?
The Boneless, for being original, threatening and able to adopt a number of guises (fluid walls, graffiti, big grabby hand, cubist zombies).
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #7: New Monster
@The Lazy Cat is in a Hugging Mood The Trickster from SJA would be great. He's really quite frightening for what is generally considered to be diluted Doctor Who. Definitely scarier than the rubber beetle from Turn Left which apparently belonged to his 'brigade'. Moffat could do great things with The Trickster's time-manipulation antics too.
Matt Smith was good in Nightmare in Silver, although I don't think it was the best story to show off his acting skills. As the Doctor he was zany and charismatic and as the Cyber Planner he was... also zany, and also charismatic. The only new characteristic of the Cyber Planner was being evil!
I think it would've made more sense to have the Cyber Planner as cold and emotionless (y'know, like the Cybermen are supposed to be) in contrast to Eleven. A lack of emotions don't necessarily make a villain dull or unmemorable and it felt completely jarring to have such a snarky and generally expressive Cyberman.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Neil Gaiman on Nightmare in Silver Reception
DWTV: What was the best returning monster this year? There were three returning monsters. Which was your favourite? You will tell us, or you will be destroyed.
PADDY B: What did you say?
DWTV: You will tell us.
PADDY B: Yeah, I know. Or what?
DWTV: You will die.
PADDY B: Go on then, do it. Do it. I'm not going to vote in your poll, so you have to do it. You have to kill me. Threats don't
work unless you deliver.
DWTV: You will vote.
PADDY B: Nope.
DWTV: You will be destroyed.
PADDY B: Destroy me, then. And if you don't, then I'm not going to
a single threat you make from now on. Of course, if I'm dead, then I
can't tell you where what my favourite returning monster was. You need to keep this website a secret, don't you? Never start with your final
sanction. You've got nowhere to go but backwards.
DWTV: Fans feel pain.
PADDY B: Ah. Bigger threat to smaller threat. See what I mean? Backwards.
DWTV: The vote can be extracted by means of your
PADDY B: Are you trying to scare me? Well, cos I'm already bloody
terrified of dying. And I'll endure a lot of pain for a very long time
before I give up the vote that's keeping me alive. How long have
Clockwork gears whir and click inside the head of DWTV.
DWTV: [a beat] Honestly, I don't really care.
PADDY B: Oh, right. Well I'm voting for the clockwork droids if you're interested.
DWTV deactivates and impales itself on the spire of Big Ben in exasperation.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #6: Returning Monster
A disadvantage of the Autumn schedule is that the Christmas Special airs not long after the series finale. Therefore Death in Heaven is a surprisingly inconclusive end to the series, with the issue of the Doctor and Clara's lies to one another, as well as the longer-term fallout from Danny's death only being cleared up at Christmas. As such, Last Christmas felt like a bonus series 8 episode in terms of tone and continuity, although it is not included on the series 8 boxset since the BBC is keen to get the boxsets out before Christmas for sales purposes. In this way, the series 8 boxset doesn't feel like a complete anthology.
On a purely personal note, I still have nostalgia for watching Doctor Who from Easter, right through to the summer holidays- that feels like an evocatively Doctor Who-ish time of year to me. Similarly, Moffat moved the show's slot because Autumn felt like an evocatively Doctor Who-ish time to him!
2 weeks, 4 days ago on When Is the Best Time to Watch Doctor Who?
@Planet of the Deaf @PaddyB Yeah, but the image gives a bad impression.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on 9 Predictions for Doctor Who Series 9…
I don't really care whether they bring back a classic villain or not. since they've already done most of the best ones. perhaps a more obscure villain would be nice as a little surprise to the fans (similarly to the Macra), but not weighed down by continuity. What I'd really like to see is a new recurring monster or villain like the Ood or the Silence, on e which can appear throughout Capaldi's tenure (and beyond) without petering out half way through like the Silence.
A new, second companion would be nice to prevent the Doctor-Clara dynamic from becoming too stagnant. I did like Shona in Last Christmas, although I don't think she'd be an ideal paring with Clara,, especially since it would be just a tad creepy for an older man to be travelling the universe with two young female companions.
I would welcome the return of Missy, sooner rather than later. Perhaps a smaller-scale, mid-series episode in which she isn't trying to subvert humanity on a vast scale. the Master has had quite a penchant for doing that since Doctor Who returned.
I can't really see any potential spinoff working at the moment. I don't mind the Paternoster Gang as a bit of comic relief, but it's hard to invest in them as anything other than that and I can't see myself caring about Vastra and Jenny's relationship ata ll. In fact, it's actually quite an odd relationship, mildly abusive even, Why does Jenny have to work as a maid, even when there are no visitors to the house?
2 weeks, 6 days ago on 9 Predictions for Doctor Who Series 9…
@Planet of the Deaf I remember hearing on the radio in the week before Journey's End "the Doctor's hand will come in useful for him", which was quite a massive spoiler! I suppose that was 'pre-leaks' times, but it was 'pre-BBC giving grave warnings to preview wrtiters not to reveal spoilers' times too.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on New Who’s Best Cliffhangers (Part 2)
I recently stumbled upon a very imaginative rumour that was published by Unreality TV prior to the broadcast of The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon. As it turns out, it wasn't COMPLETELY wrong:
"The Time Lord’s companion – played by Karen Gillan – will be elated
when she finds out she’s going to be a mum and rushes to tell new
husband Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) the good news. However, his response isn’t what she expects and things turn sour
when Rory starts to suspect the baby isn’t his, and immediately points
the finger at the Doctor. Other potential daddies include painter Vincent Van Gogh – who Amy and
the Time Lord met during the last series of the BBC One show when he
became smitten with the flame-haired female – as well as a Dalek or even
an evil Cyberman."
20. I found the ending of Deep Breath to be more of a teaser than a cliffhanger per se, although it is very intriguing nonetheless and showed us what to expect from Missy. I also love the way she slaps the Half-Face Man on the arm and he just stares at her with startled bemusement.
19. A nice traditional 'Doctor and co. are about to be killed' cliffhanger. The Cybermen seem properly threatening, although as much as I like it, it would probably be more effective had the Cybermen been about to upgrade our heroes, perhaps out the back of their big truck?
18. I love the buildup of tension throughout the dance scene, and an ultimatum always makes for good cliffhanger material. The cliffhanger is one of the least notable aspects of the story, but it's still very effective.
17. Very guessable by the end of the episode, although the tapestry was a nice way to reveal River Song's identity.
16. It's all very rousing and exciting, but I wasn't exactly sure what it was about at the time. Perhaps that was the point.
15. A very dark and adult cliffhanger, and a great one to get people talking about the episode, as was the following week's cliffhanger. The Impossible Astronaut was a brilliantly audacious way to start a series.
14. It was a little too surreal for my tastes on first viewing, although I appreciate its disturbing catchphrase mash-up much more today.
13. The only Doctor Who story to have bedded into my nightmares (although I did have a dream about Florence Finnegan once. Which was... odd...) I was always going to remember the cliffhanger!
12. The way in which the Beast was teased throughout the episode, and particularly during the cliffhanger was really menacing, and the resolution wasn't at all underwhelming. This story is much scarier than it's given credit for.
11. Completely bizarre, yet utterly brilliant. 'All the Strange Strange Creatures' is great cliffhanger music. I'm automatically a fan of any episode that features the cloister bell too.
3 weeks ago on New Who’s Best Cliffhangers (Part 1)
@the Ultimate Notsosmartguy I love the cliffhanger to The Pandorica Opens, but I felt cheated by the way it was resolved. In that case (and some others) I feel that the resolution should be factored into the rankings, since there's no point raising the stakes impossibly high if the writer is going to follow it upwith what I found to be an unsatisfactory get-out.
Now I think about it, there seems to have been a bit of an arc-misunderstanding on Mark Gattis' part this year. I think I remember reading (apologies for vagueness, I might just have made this up to pass the time) that having seen the script of Deep Breath, Gattis asked Moffat if the arc was based around robots searching for the Promised Land to which Moffat replied "pretty much, yeah". As it turns out, the arc had nothing at all to do with that. Then again, that's not the only problem, given that the only characters downloaded to the Nethersphere prior to Dark Water couldn't possibly have been turned into Cybermen.
Anyway, I'm going mainstream and voting for Missy although Gus comes a close second for subverting the old "funny robot"/ irritating voice interface cliché.
3 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #5: Best Villain
@Antee991166 I'd presume that they'll be classed as 'monsters' rather than 'villains'.
Great article! I like to see someone trying to find a way in which the science of Doctor Who can be plausible, rather than just complaining that it is not.
I tried my hardest with the mathsy bit, but got completely lost when you got to the square root of E=mc2! Another interesting theory I read regarding the new moon was that the creature spun a web (hence the spider shaped bacteria) which hardened in the vacuum of space, forming a spherical object.
now, how about some music: "Blue moon- You saw me standing alone- Without a dream in my heart- Without a love of my own..."
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Sciencey Wiencey: Kill the Moon
Ok, here's my bid for most obscure female guest actor:
Why can't I vote for the woman with glasses in a yellow jumpsuit, as seen (very briefly) in Time Heist?!
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Best of 2014 Awards #4: Female Guest Actor
Ew! The Master can have babies with his/herself!
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Why A Multi-Master Story Needs to Happen
@MrRazza Perhaps they could just merge Doctor Who and Top Gear. Imagine a boorish and ultra-conservative Doctor who travels the universe with his two laddish companions, insulting each and every alien race they come across in their... CAR-DIS?
3 weeks, 2 days ago on 2014 iPlayer Xmas Top 10, BBCA Ratings
I like the new trend on DWTV of having alternating photos of RTD and David Tennant pictured in the coral Tardis console room every day.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on RTD: It’s Now Impossible For Doctor Who To Ever Be Axed
Seeing so many photos of David Tennant looking distressed and upset is rather... distressing and upsetting.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Why We Shouldn’t Hate The Tenth Doctor’s Regeneration
Michelle Gomez would have got my vote for being funny, scary, coquettish, charismatic and irredeemably evil all at once.
However, I ended up voting for Ellis George, someone who's likely to get sidelined in favour of Danny or Missy. She was sassy without being irritating (unlike Angie "I HATE YOU!" Matiland), at times vulnerable and generally very likeable and believable. She was a child actor too, and they don't tend to get a great rep in Doctor Who, or anywhere for that matter!
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Best of 2014 #2: Recurring Actor
FAN: You all right, mate?
DOCTOR WHO: Yeah.
FAN: Too much to drink?
DOCTOR WHO: Something like that. Honestly, I'm still recovering from my 50th
FAN: Maybe it's time you went home.
DOCTOR WHO: Well, filming has just started for broadcast in Autumn so...
FAN: Anyway, Happy New Year.
DOCTOR WHO: And you. Sorry, I'm a bit confused, split series and specials 'n' all that. What year is this?
FAN: Blimey, how much have you had? 2015, January the sixth.
DOCTOR WHO: 2015. Tell you what. I bet you're going to have a really great
FAN: Yeah? See you.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Russell T Davies on New Who’s 10th Anniversary
@the Ultimate Notsosmartguy @JoeMartin3 That hardly makes him exempt from human emotions.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Why I Hate the Tenth Doctor’s Regeneration
On another note, isn't the Verity Newman scene a really lovely epilogue to Human Nature/The Family of Blood?
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Why I Hate the Tenth Doctor’s Regeneration
Doctor Who would get nominated for the proper awards if that Bafta panel weren't so snobbish. I suppose we'll have to make do slumming it with Downton Abbey!
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor Who Battles Sherlock in National Television Awards
A well reasoned argument, but I still disagree. Evidence suggests that Ten only lived for five years. Now, perhaps he was being a little melodramatic when he described regenerated as "death", yet the concept of having your entire personality rewritten is hardly a welcome one and five years really is a startlingly short life-span. Eleven lived for over a thousand years before dieing of old age, meaning that he literally couldn't have held off regeneration any longer. Throughout our lives we are constantly learning, developing and changing. For all we know Tennant's Doctor hadn't even 'ripened' yet. He really could have done "so much more".
The situation becomes more nuanced still when we add The Waters of Mars to the mix. The Time Lord Victorious was undoubtedly Ten's darkest hour and we can see from the cafe scene in The End of Time that he is deeply scarred by the experience. Anyone would want a chance to redeem themselves after an ordeal like that, particularly someone as heroic as the Doctor, yet he is robbed of that opportunity prematurely.
I don't think there was ever a question of whether Ten would leave Wilf to die in the radiation chamber. He was simply frustrated, as you would be, that after having fought off the all-powerful High Council of Gallifrey, he ends up getting killed by a completely illogical door-locking mechanism! Five's death was near-inevitable after being poisoned and it was a miracle that he was even able to save Peri, Nine sacrificed himself for Rose, who had only just rescued him from certain death. Ten however, died due to a simple case of 'wrong place, wrong time'.
This is a tough one. From the outset I should be voting for Jenna. In series 7 I found her a bland vehicle for one-liners and a character that I couldn't fully believe or invest in. This year her character was better by an Emmerdale mile and a half! complex, conflicted, compassionate and at times flawed (damn! that last one ruined the cacophony I had going!). Jenna rose to the challenge of her bulked-out role marvellously, the ending of Kill the Moon being a prime example.
On the other hand, I was never quite sure where I stood with Capaldi's Doctor. He was slippery,cynical, sardonic and at times slightly sinister (woo! sibilance full house!) Twelve didn't pander to the audience by flaunting his heroism or with an eminently "I'm the Doctor" speech, we had to stick with him and savour the rare Doctor-ish nuggets we got along the way (jelly babies in a cigar case). Therefore I'm voting for Capaldi due to his trickier more subtle performance. He didn't have to tell us he was the Doctor, but he most certainly was him.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #1: Lead Actor
@DaftDalek And thanks to the newly redesigned DWTV we can never escape the eyebrows! No matter how far down we scroll, they follow!
I liked the increased focus on Clara although I was disappointed by the underuse of the skovox blitzer in The Caretaker. I don't mind the odd character-driven episode, after all, half of my comments seem to be defending Love and Monsters. However, the idea of a robot that wants to blast you to smithereens for no apparent reason is completely unoriginal- almost like a parody of generic Doctor Who monsters. Would it have been so hard to make the blitzer just a little bit more unique? after all, it seems a waste of that cool owl/spider hybrid design.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on The 5 Greatest Weaknesses of Series 8 (Part 2)
I wonder how well the Christmas specials would be rated as a series, in comparison to the other series'.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Festive Face-Off 2014 Winner
@ilyootha, agent of C.L.A.R.A. I'm not really sure what's so bad about The Next Doctor. It's hardly a profoundly excellent episode of Doctor Who and perhaps the Cybershades and Cyberking are a bit silly (although I like them) yet there aren't any aspects of the story that I particularly dislike.
@supermoff Now, you did get the result that you wanted. Is it not enough for A Christmas Carol to win without it beating The End of Time to a pulp?