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Good arguments, but they still both rank near the bottom for me, sorry! I for one cannot stand Marc Warren's Elton, he's just incredibly annoying IMO. Add to that the ridiculous Abzorbaloff and it's not looking good. However, Camille Coduri gives an outstanding performance, I loved Jackie in that episode. Fear Her for me is just weak. Weak acting, weak script, weak everything really. But a good article nonetheless! :)
9 hours, 38 minutes ago on Why I Love Fear Her And Love & Monsters
I personally would replace 'In the Forest of the Night' or 'The Idiot's Lantern' with 'The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People' - I really don't like that story one bit...
14 hours, 59 minutes ago on The Bottom 10 TV Stories of the Decade
Great article Luke! Some 'fantastic' moments from my first Doctor. Maybe it's just nostalgia talking, but I love Series 1, it has a charm and simplicity about it which makes it brilliant. Just the Doctor, Rose Tyler, and the whole of time and space... 'Run!'
15 hours, 43 minutes ago on The Ninth Doctor’s Best Moments
Fantastic review (pun intended)! Jokes aside, it really is a brilliant article, I love Rose too (both episode and character)! I think, in the grand scheme of things, there are only three people who we owe our thanks: Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper, and Russell T Davies. Splendid chaps, all of them...
1 day, 14 hours ago on Why I Love Rose
When I was a little boy, I had an imaginary friend. Every Saturday night, I'd travel with him, and he'd save the world. Since I was 6 years old this man and his closest companions guided me through life, and taught me about love and loss. Unlike Amelia Pond, my imaginary friend never left. From the moment he told (the brilliant and beautiful) Rose Tyler to ''Run!", right up to today, he's always been there.
I know we should really be celebrating November 23rd, but March 26th holds a special place in my heart - the day I became a Whovian.
So I'll simply say, Happy Revival Day! I've been a fan for 10 years, and if the show were a person, and they asked me:
'How long are you gonna stay with me?'
I'd simply reply:
1 day, 14 hours ago on Doctor Who’s Revival: 10 Years On
A fantastic conclusion! Despite my thoughts on the episode itself, there is no denying that 'The Name of the Doctor' has a pretty freakin' epic opening sequence! I love it, as a lot of it was really unexpected! The Stolen Earth would probably come second for me - Martha, Jack, Sarah Jane and Wilf all across the world after the brilliant 'Far across the universe...' And of course Rose's BADASS-TELEPORTING-WINDSWEPT-SPACEGUN-POWERSTANCE entrance. I liked that. 'Alright, now we're in trouble! It's only just beginning...' Cue amazing planets visuals and awesome 6-name opening titles. Just fantastic! I really enjoyed this short series, hope to see some more like this soon! =D
1 day, 14 hours ago on The Best Pre-Title Sequences of the Revival (Part 3)
I forgot about 'Day of the Moon'! That truly is an awesome opening sequence. Another great list here, can't wait till the final part! =D
2 days, 14 hours ago on The Best Pre-Title Sequences of the Revival (Part 2)
You know it's a shame really, I much preferred 'The Impossible Astronaut'/'Day of the Moon' to 'The Eleventh Hour', and even though I wanted 'The Day of the Doctor' to go through, it's awful seeing my beloved 'Listen' be knocked out. In the end I went with 'Blink' and 'Day'...
3 days, 11 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: Semi-Final #2
Oh I meant the music from the opening sequence! The revolutionary France style piece when Reinette calls for the Doctor. At least they did release the beautiful 'Madame de Pompadour', I love that as well! :)
3 days, 15 hours ago on The Best Pre-Title Sequences of the Revival (Part 1)
Great list! Ones I'd like to see later on are 'Army of Ghosts', 'The Stolen Earth' and 'The Name of the Doctor'. I'm a bit disappointed that 'The Girl in the Fireplace' is so low, I think it's brilliant, one of my favourites. The music is perfect (still unreleased), Myles is wonderful, and it's so typically Moffat (in the best way). Anyway, own opinions and everything, can't wait till Part 2! =D
3 days, 16 hours ago on The Best Pre-Title Sequences of the Revival (Part 1)
Again, quite a few missed out that I'd like to have seen here. Anyway, I chose 'Vincent' over 'Hour', 'Astronaut' easily beats 'Name', and I really can't decide between 'Listen' and 'Day'... I really can't!
5 days, 13 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: Moffat Era Triple
All of the ones I loved were knocked out... -_-
6 days, 11 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: RTD Era Triple
I was heartbroken after Rose left, and was dreading the new companion. But then Dr Martha Jones came along and fixed my broken heart, and went on to become one of the best characters in the show. Freema's performance was brilliant, and it's a real shame she only did one series. Perhaps if she did another, she would have stepped out of Rose's shadow more and not been so underrated. I'm secretly hoping for a Sarah Jane style return and a spin-off for Martha a few years down the line (or this year... it'd be a nice way to honour 10 years of the revival)... Anyway, fantastic article Mark, and a very happy birthday to Freema! =D
1 week ago on Why I Love Martha Jones
'And you're going to use me to kill them all. Daleks and Time Lords alike... I could. But there will be consequences for you.'
'I have no desire to survive this.'
'Then that's your punishment. If you do this, if you kill them all, then that's the consequence... you live. Gallifrey. You're going to burn it. And all those Daleks with it but all those children too... how many children on Gallifrey right now?'
'I don't know.'
'One day you will count them. One terrible night. Do you want to see what that'll turn you into? Come on! Aren't you curious? *Time portal appears* I'm opening windows on your future. A tangle in time through the days to come, to what the man today will make of you... *Fez drops out* Okay I wasn't expecting that...'
It has to be said, John Hurt and Billie Piper were just sublime in this episode, as was Moffat's writing for them. If I wanted to be really annoying, I'd type out the whole barn scene right from 'It's nothing... it's just a wolf...' - because all of it is that good. I also loved 'In this form... I'm called... Bad Wolf... are you afraid of the big Bad Wolf Doctor?'. Everything about this story is pretty much perfect, but I cannot fault this scene at all, the acting, the writing, the direction and the music are all beautiful. It's probably one of my favourite scenes in TV history!
1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #12
I truly love Dark Water/Death in Heaven, it's a brilliant finale, with stunning performances from Capaldi, Coleman and Gomez. The first part is marvelous, and quite possibly the darkest Doctor Who has ever gone - but I loved that. Unfortunately, it's followup didn't quite live up to the high standard Dark Water had set. It's probably a 9.5/10 from me.
But The Day of the Doctor, oh lord. I can honestly say that it is without a doubt my favourite episode of Doctor Who EVER. I was unbelievably excited for it, which was incredibly dangerous. It was almost impossible for it to live up to my expectations. It exceeded them. Just perfection, an outstanding script from Moffat with flourishes of hilarity and dashes of heartbreaking emotion. It looked visually beautiful, with the Dalek invasion of Arcadia being a standout. The music was stunning, it was great to hear the Bad Wolf theme/the Doctor's theme back again, and 'This Time There's Three Of Us' is sublime, maybe Murray's best work. And the actors, oh the actors. Smith was powerful, he blew me away, Coleman was incredibly moving, Tennant slipped back into his role as if he'd never left, Piper almost stole the show with a mystical, beautiful performance, and Hurt was simply made for Who. An absolute 11/10 from me. Perfect.
Happy Birthday Freema! A brilliant actress, but possibly the most underrated companion ever to grace our screens. A real shame, as honestly, Martha Jones was badass! Hope Freema has a great day =D
1 week ago on Happy Birthday, Freema Agyeman
No. Absolutely not. I refuse. I will find a way to vote for both if it's the last thing I do! My two favourite episodes from Series 8, and both in my top 10 all-time... YOU HAVE YOUR TEARS DWTV.
1 week, 1 day ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #11
I 100% agree. Missy's Theme, the piece at the end of 'Listen', and the 20s version of Don't Stop Me Now are definitely my top 3 from 2014!
1 week, 2 days ago on Top 21 Tracks of Series 8 (Part 1)
Great choices, although personally I would have put 'The Promised Land'/'Missy's Theme' in at least the top 3. It's so haunting and mystical, quite heavenly yet sinister, I got chills in 'Flatline' and 'In the Forest of the Night', because it was this music that told me we were getting another Missy cameo. If this doesn't return in 'The Magician's Apprentice'/'The Witch's Familiar' I might cry!
Yeah I loved the Great Intelligence in 'The Snowmen' and I got a real shock when it turned out he was behind 'The Bells of St John', but he just felt out of place in 'The Name of the Doctor'...
1 week, 2 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #10
The beginning, ending, and River were just incredible in 'Name', beautiful television. However, I found the middle 30 minutes really dull, and I didn't feel the Great Intelligence was a finale-worthy villain. It's 6th on my finale list, and so my vote easily goes to 'Flatline'. Interesting villain, well-paced story, and complex character work, Jenna was brilliant! Love it! =D
I love both of these stories, the epic opener and the epic (mid-season) finale! AGMGTW introduced us to the brilliant Paternoster Gang and the wonderfully villainous Madame Kovarian, as well as finally revealing River's identity (I didn't guess she was Amy and Rory's daughter, I loved that development and the scene was fantastic), but I'm going to have to go with the opener.
TIA/DOTM is probably my favourite opening episode of any series EVER, it's just excellent. The American setting is beautiful and really gives the story a larger scale, the Silence are terrifying yet superb villains, and I just love the gang of the Doctor, Amy, Rory, River and Canton. The writing, acting and direction are all pretty much perfect, it gets my vote and a 10/10! =D
1 week, 3 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #9
I'm going to be honest here. While I thought The Doctor's Wife was great, I feel it's hugely overrated. It was interesting and weird, and Idris was pretty cool, but other than that, not much. Hey, it's still streets ahead of Nightmare in Silver so... Vincent and the Doctor it is! A beautiful story with excellent character work and brilliant performances. 10/10 =D
1 week, 4 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #8
Oh definitely, I just watched 'Turn Left' recently, so I can remember all the brilliant music better! But yes, 'Midnight' has some incredible music too. :)
1 week, 5 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #7
I completely agree, just stunning!
Can we also acknowledge Murray Gold's impeccable score for these stories (but especially 'Turn Left').
The very, very eerie reworking of the Bad Wolf theme adds so much mystery to this changed Rose. The mysterious blonde woman who appears in a flash of light, knows more than she lets on, and then fades away like a ghost. It fits perfectly.
Then we have 'A Dazzling End', a brilliantly hopeful and epic piece that just makes you want to smile with joy.
Donna: 'It's a time machine?'
Rose: 'It's a time machine!'
Of course, this optimism is shattered completely with a simple 'I'm sorry'. But it only makes this piece more powerful.
'The Rueful Fate of Donna Noble', like 'Doomsday', 'Martha's Quest' and 'Together Or Not At All', is the companion's exit theme, and it's heartbreaking. Again used in 'Journey's End', it just sums up the tragic nature of Donna's demise, whether it be a necessary suicide, or having her mind wiped.
I love Murray Gold's work so much, and I think 'Turn Left' is one of the very best episodes of DW musically (and just generally!).
Oh thank god these two are in the face off! I thought they'd been left out. Anyways, I'm going with 'Turn Left'. Catherine Tate was truly marvellous in a wonderfully dark story. Her dramatic acting ability shone, it was a privilege to watch. RTD gives us possibly his best story, and the what-if scenario is explored in a very grim manner. Billie Piper was also brilliant as a tougher, colder, more mysterious Rose, which I loved. While 'Midnight' was also fantastic, I've got to give it to this wonderful masterpiece!
I'm going with 'The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang', one of my, if not my favourite finale. But on a side note, now that we're on the Moffat era, does this mean the beautiful gem that is 'Turn Left' wasn't one of the top RTD stories?! I know it's popular, and it's one of my all-time favourites, so it's a shame not seeing it here...
1 week, 6 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #6
If this was simply Human Nature vs. The Stolen Earth, the latter would win easily. The Stolen Earth was truly a masterpiece IMO, it's sheer scale was incredibly impressive. A crossover with the spin-off's and old companions returning, all to fight a new Dalek Empire, led by Davros, who's invading Earth and is about to destroy the whole of reality. And the Doctor is nowhere to be seen. It's an epic premise, and it lived up to the hype. Rose's entrance, the Dark and Endless Dalek Night, calling the Doctor, and the multiple cliffhangers were some of the best scenes in DW we've ever had. And we can't easily forget Rose being a total BAMF; calmly walking away with a massive space-gun as a street blows up behind her. I love that episode, practically perfect. But this was RTD's biggest downfall. It was impossibly difficult for Journey's End to live up to it's preceding part, and it didn't. It just felt a bit messy and disappointing, with some ridiculous cop-outs. Donna's ending was heartbreaking, though.
As this is Human Nature/The Family of Blood vs. The Stolen Earth/Journey's End, I'm going to have to go with the former, due to Paul Cornell's impeccable character work and story, and the beautiful performances from Tennant, Agyeman and Hynes. It's consistently brilliant, and I can't rate it highly enough.
2 weeks ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #5
I know some may call it overrated, but I'm going to have to go with Blink. I truly believe it is one of the best we've had, it's my favourite from Series 3. Sally Sparrow is such a fantastic character, and IMO the best companion-that-never-was. The Weeping Angels are a truly exceptional and terrifying creation, and unfortunately, for me, they just got worse in each appearance, but they are pretty much perfect in Blink. I have to also say that Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead again is an excellent story, but Blink just takes it for me! =D
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #4
@SirTrey Haha, but remember, at the time, it was pretty awesome (and worrying for me)!
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #3
'You know nothing. ALL of you. So small. The captain, so scared of command. The soldier, haunted by the eyes of his wife. The scientist, still running from Daddy. The little boy who lied. The virgin. And the lost girl, so far away from home. The valiant child, who will die in battle so very soon...'
'The Beast and his armies will rise from the pit to make war against God.'
'Go to Hell.' *Shoots the window like a BAMF*
Some truly brilliant dialogue in this story... love it! =D
I would usually go for The Waters of Mars... but about a month ago I rewatched The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit, and I had forgotten just how brilliant it is. I adore the religious themes (despite not being religious myself) and believe it took DW to a wonderfully dark place.
Ten is great here, I think it has to be one of his defining stories (along with Waters), as is Rose, who takes on a more responsible leadership role in the 2nd half. The supporting cast are well developed and likable, especially Ida, and the deaths of Scooti and Mr Jefferson are genuinely upsetting.
The Beast and the Ood are terrifying, and make excellent villains, and I heavily advise everyone NOT to watch this one at night... And finally, the music is just beautiful, the haunting cello part, and then the parts more often recognised as part of the outstanding Doomsday suite.
I love these episodes to hell and back (pun intended), and although I agree with most people when I say that The Waters of Mars is a masterpiece, I think this story deserves some love. 10/10 =D
The Girl in the Fireplace, easy win for me, I just adore that episode. The Doctor, Reinette and Rose are wonderfully characterised, the villains are a brilliant concept and the music is just gorgeous! The pre-credits sequence is one of the best we've ever had, and is one of my top 3 scenes along with the conversation between Reinette and Rose (beautifully acted with fantastic dialogue) and the ending (simply heartbreaking). I love this masterpiece to no end! 10/10
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #2
I bloody love Michelle Gomez...
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Weird and Wonderful
I agree that more two part stories is a good thing, and I'm very happy with how Series 9 is looking, but as you say, single episodes can be wonderful too. Dalek, The Girl in the Fireplace, Blink, Turn Left, Vincent and the Doctor, A Town Called Mercy, The Bells of St John and Listen are all masterpieces IMO, and were perfect as 45 minute adventures. So like Series 1 - 5, I think a good balance of single and multiple part stories is the key. Great article! =D
3 weeks ago on Why More Two-Parters Is A Good Thing
Also, does this mean Moffat had another companion planned for Series 9? Perhaps a bit like the Penny Carter character RTD created for Series 4 before they asked Catherine Tate back? Was it a new character, or was one being groomed in Series 8, maybe Shona? So many questions...
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Moffat on Paternoster Return, Clara’s Original Exit
I'm very glad Jenna decided to stay, even though poor Moff probably had to suffer endless re-writes! I really like the Paternoster Gang, and I think before they leave for good they should have a nice final episode (or a spinoff?)...
I would say that cliffhangers are my favourite aspect of a two-part story, but actually it's the well-developed story and characters. We actually get fleshed-out people, rather than a basic stereotype (not necessarily DW, but definitely other shows). And the stories tend to be more detailed, and don't feel rushed at all. I'm excited about this! =D
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Moffat Explains Series 9 Two-Parter Increase
'Kill the Moon': 9/10
'Mummy on the Orient Express': 10/10
Nothing to say really except.... Moffat, get Mathieson back. NOW.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 3
I think Capaldi in 'Last Christmas' was my favourite, still dark and rude but with that glint of humour and joy. He's our unconventional Santa! Really looking forward to Series 9... =D
3 weeks, 2 days ago on DWM #484: What Next for the 12th Doctor?
@Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs It was so unexpected I laughed so much, I think it's a very simple, but effective piece of comedic gold! Absolutely hilarious!
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 1
Deep Breath: 10/10 - The perfect introduction to Capaldi's Doctor. Both the character and the story are dark, mysterious and almost Gothic. Jenna was sublime, possibly her best work, and it was great to see the Paternoster Gang back. Also, we were introduced to the arc this year in the form of the fabulous Missy and the sinister Heaven... Love it!
Into the Dalek: 8/10 - A fun story, with an interesting underlying message. I did think the Daleks were back too soon, but overall, a solid second outing. The visuals were just breathtaking, and Journey Blue was pleasantly complex. Rusty also leaves the door open for exciting Dalek plot developments... Civil War?
Robot of Sherwood: 8/10 - It might not be the most thought provoking episode, but you can't deny that Gatiss managed to capture the Robin Hood era perfectly. It was very funny, especially the scenes between Capaldi and Tom Riley, and Jenna and Ben Miller. A nice, entertaining, heartwarming episode for a rainy day!
Series 8 starts out with a bang, and I simply love it. I have to say, it is one of my favourite series of the revival, every episode from 'Deep Breath' to 'Last Christmas' has more than a few brilliant moments (and yes that includes 'In the Forest of the Night'!).
@supermoff, defender of Akhaten Fantastic, just brilliant. I could not agree with you more. You've managed to put all of the wonderful aspects of this beautiful episode into an excellent and enjoyable mini-essay, I love it! I'm so glad Rings is getting some love, it's criminally underrated. A 10/10 for the episode, and for your comments! =D
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1
This one's going to be out of order...
The Bells of Saint John: 10/10 - Brilliant urban thriller, a chilling enemy and a wonderful companion introduction. Love it!
Cold War: 8/10 - The Ice Warriors are a great enemy, but this is a little underwhelming. Very enjoyable though!
The Rings of Akhaten: 10/10
I'll try not to go into too much detail (I'll leave that to Supermoff!), but I adore this episode. When I first watched it, my reaction was 'meh'. Oh how times have changed. I rewatched this beauty early last year, and I fell in love. Matt's Doctor seemed to gain a new lease on life, as if he was seeing everything for the first time again, which is wonderful to watch. But at the same time, more than any other Doctor before him, we really get to see just how old this time traveler is. His outstanding speech shows how much he has lost, and is one of Doctor Who's best moments.
And now Clara. Her story is beautiful, how she blew into this world on a leaf, and how it's that very same leaf that saves the day. She is compassionate, as she comforts Merry in a scary time, showing just how good she is with children. She is curious, she wants to explore the Festival of Offerings, and is determined to see 'something awesome'. She is courageous, going after the Doctor and wanting to save Merry from the Mummy and the Vigil. And her little speech is also brilliant, 'infinite potential' as it were.
To round off that excellent character work, we have the super creepy villains in the form of the Mummy and the Vigil (which I hope get to return), who provide a really dangerous threat. And Murray Gold contributes one of his finest pieces in the form of 'The Long Song'. Just beautiful, and really inspiring. I don't find it cheesy in the slightest, actually it's very moving, and music at its very best. I love this episode, it's my favourite of Series 7, and definitely slots in my top 10. And I know I've said it a lot, but there really is only one way to describe it: beautiful. Just beautiful.
'Live... wake up, wake up. And let the cloak of life, cling to your bones, cling to your bones. Wake up, wake up..'
@Notsosmartguy I agree, Rings is almost criminally underrated!
@ClaraOswald Exactly the same scores!
This is what I love about this show, so many Doctors, who are all very different, but I love all of them to no end. My Doctor will always be 10, but when Matt was the Doctor, he was my (then) current favourite, and now Peter is! All of the actors just become the Doctor in their era, see when I think of the Doctor now, I think of Capaldi. It amazes me that in 'Day' we had 3 very different men, but all of them were undeniably the Doctor, and undeniably the same character. Wonderful article! =D
4 weeks, 1 day ago on The Doctor Division
A stunning, exotic location, a scene between Clara and Missy, Men in Black, UNIT, and a creepy alien... this is shaping up to be an incredible opener, and we're still 6 months away! =D
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain
@SonicTheHedgehogRules Wow, I'm not this episode's biggest fan but... wow. You really do hate it! Passionately written and very funny (in a good way!) to read. I may not agree with some points but I can't fault you on essay structure! =D
1 month ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2