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@supermoff @ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey I imagine them spending ages in the TARDIS wardrobe saying, 'well these shoes are cute, but can I run away from a Zygon in them?' ... Does anyone else really want to see more of the Doctor and companion when they're not fighting for their lives? And no I'm not resorting to fanfiction...
3 days, 13 hours ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Rose
@supermoff @ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey Everyone here knows I ADORE Rose but one thing really bugged me in Series 4 ... giant hoop earrings to fight the Daleks? 'Right I'm off to fight the Daleks and save the world ... but first I have to look fabulous!'... Really?
@ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey Haha if I got to travel with the Doctor I'd be really obnoxious and rub it in everyone's face! Then again I'm a horrible human being so I'm probably not the best example... ;)
My first episode! And I literally just watched Rose that's so weird! Although I would say that Mickey wasn't exactly the best boyfriend either (rather go down the pub and watch footie, 'don't read my emails') but I agree with you on basically everything, 'Rose' is simple, fun, and a great way to kick off a new era of Doctor Who. I'm hoping we're going to get another brilliant opening in just under 5 days! Love these series of articles, hope they continue somehow!
3 days, 14 hours ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Rose
Funnily enough, I voted for Time Heist, even though Stephen Thompson is one of my least favourite writers on the show. It just sounds so intriguing, and a whole lot of fun! After all, this is your most anticipated episode, not the one you think will be the best...
3 days, 18 hours ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 1-6)
Absolutely LOVE these episode titles... but I'm a bit confused about Kill the Moon? How do you... you know... kill the moon? Anyone? My favourite's are Time Heist, Mummy on the Orient Express, In the Forest of the Night and Dark Water/Death in Heaven!
4 days ago on Series 8: All Titles Revealed
Really interesting to see the similarities! Although I don't know why Moffat, and RTD for that matter, draw so much criticism. Yes, some series I have enjoyed more than others, but the point still stands, I always enjoy Doctor Who. It doesn't matter who the Doctor is, who the companion is, or who the show runner is, it'll always be Doctor Who. Rant over, great article! I think Series 8 could be one of the best the show's ever seen!
4 days, 19 hours ago on Is Doctor Who History Repeating Itself?
As much as I love Clara and don't want another heartbreaking Christmas, I just think her staying for the whole of Series 9 would be too long. Unless they do another split (and I'm not a huge fan of those) I believe the best time for her to leave is this Christmas special. But it is the Mirror so I wouldn't go burning Moffat's house down just yet...
5 days, 12 hours ago on Jenna Coleman Leaving at Christmas?
Great article, I hope this keeps going... somehow. ----------- My opinions: The Name of the Doctor: 8/10 - Came about rather quickly with no warning, I felt the pacing was very slow. But the beginning and the end were fantastic, as was Alex Kingston as River. ----------- The Night of the Doctor: 10/10: - It was brilliant to see Paul Mcgann back in action, a perfect prequel to the anniversary. ----------- The Day of the Doctor: 11/10 (If only I could) - It blew me away, everything was there for a reason, it didn't feel like annoying fan service just because it was the 50th. Everyone was outstanding, John Hurt and Billie Piper especially for me. The effects were incredible, the 3D aspect worked really well. What a way to celebrate 50 years! ------------ The Time of the Doctor: 9/10 - Could have done with being a 2 part episode, and sending Clara back got a bit repetitive. But both Matt and Jenna were brilliant, and I loved Orla Brady as Tasha Lem (who I still believe is River...). A beautiful ending to Matt's era and a satisfying conclusion to the Silence arc. ------------ Hope to see you doing Series 8 reviews John!
5 days, 23 hours ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – The Doctor Trilogy
In the third piece there is a picture of a beach which I'm going assume is Bad Wolf Bay and then there's Sarah Jane and K9 and this is not good I'm gonna start getting emotional...
1 week, 4 days ago on Weird and Wonderful
@sontaran17 Haha don't thank me thank the Moff, who made me realise how great he actually is all due to 'Day'!
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor Who – A Global Phenomenon: Part 5: An Unexpected Journey
It's great to hear from people across the globe about their experiences! I had a great one, we decided to go to the cinema, and low and behold, hundreds of Whovians in costume all crazily excited, with the doors to the cinema screen made to look like the TARDIS and 'bad wolf' sprayed across the wall. I remember feeling very special as I heard sharp intakes of breath when Billie Piper first appeared, with murmurings of 'oh, it's Rose!', and gasps and tears when Tom Baker's booming voice was first heard. We all laughed at the same jokes and references, we were all upset just like Clara and the Moment when they decided to destroy Gallifrey, and we all cheered when the 13 doctors ended up saving it. It was a perfect evening, that us fans could share together. I wish they did it every year! (Sorry it wouldn't allow me to break it into paragraphs).
I agree with points on both sides, but Clara really is climbing up the rankings with her past few episodes for me and is close to becoming Top 3. That is, if Series 8 is as amazing as it sounds ;)
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Popular / Unpopular Opinion: Clara Oswald
Great article! Anyone else love the poster at the top?
2 weeks, 6 days ago on The Future of Multi-Doctor Stories
@edoe101 Agree with you there, Series 4 was probably my favourite, followed closely by Series 5. Series 2 had some horrible low points but it's brought back up for me by Tooth and Claw, School Reunion, The Girl in the Fireplace, The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit and a personal favourite, Army of Ghosts/Doomsday. Oh and Billie Piper ;)
3 weeks ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up
By mid-Tennant I hope they mean the end of series 3 and early series 4, very strong episodes, and quite dark in themes and there tone. I personally love series 2 as well, but I understand that it's an... acquired taste...
Despite what I said yesterday I actually completely agree with your scores here! Except JTTCOTT, my least favourite episode of Series 7... :/ But Bells and Rings (ooh, look at that!) are my two favourite from this series, glad we agree this time!
3 weeks, 4 days ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 2)
Love the Penny Dreadful/Doctor Who trailer... but the one huge thing that connects them both is Billie Piper, and yet there is no Brona/Rose in the clip... brilliant editing and music though!
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Weird and Wonderful
I disagree with many of these articles you write John, this one is no exception. We may have differing opinions but I can't fault your writing and analysis of the episodes, all of them are excellent!
3 weeks, 5 days ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 1)
This series looks absolutely incredible! Such a great mix of episodes, I'm equally excited for all of them... But as much as I love Clara, I think the end of series 8 is her time to go, with almost 2 series under Jenna's belt. Amy and Rory stayed for almost 2 1/2 series and I think they overstayed their welcome. I want an epic, heartbreaking departure for Clara in either the finale or at Christmas!
4 weeks, 1 day ago on SFX #251 Previews Series 8
@YaelMoise Completely agree with your points on Enterprise and Veronica Mars, although I'm as much as a Trekkie and a Marshmallow as anyone could be, I didn't like the change in themes. It made a big, unwelcome difference.
1 month ago on The Importance of Doctor Who’s Theme Tunes
You're so right, it's really important. And I really miss the Series 4 theme as well, easily my favourite!
In my opinion, 2 part stories are always generally more exciting, as you give time to build up both story and guest characters. Series 7 felt incredibly rushed to me, the only show I know that can pull off that crazy fast pace is Scandal. There are exceptions, The Girl in the Fireplace, School Reunion, Blink, Turn Left, The Girl Who Waited etc. but overall the 2 part stories prevail on excitement and pace. And don't get me started on the fantastic cliffhangers we are given!
1 month ago on Are Longer Stories Better? Five Classics
Yet another reason why I wished I lived in Cardiff...
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Series 8: Watch Deep Breath First
@CrAzyLAdy12 I tend to think the same, but there's a CBBC show called Wolfblood which could pass as a BBC 1 show if the actors were older, it's fantastic!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Series 8: Frank Cottrell Boyce Confirmed
Good article, but it's still not a favourite! I don't really understand how I can adore The Unicorn and the Wasp but be not particularly fond of The Lodger/Closing Time when they're both from the same writer. Although, Moffat wrote both The Girl in the Fireplace and The Wedding of River Song so anything's possible I guess.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Common Criticisms of Closing Time
Kate Stewart, Osgood, Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere, UNIT and Peter Capaldi: AMAZING! Cybermen: Meh... I like the new design but hated the ridiculous abilities they were given in NIS, the scary part of the Cybermen is that they were once us, and that was completely removed by Gaiman.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Series 8 Finale Filming: Returning Characters & Monster
I like to think that Gallifrey and Earth/Time Lords and Humans are somehow connected, but I'm not sure I'd go this far! Great read and interesting theory though!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on An Earthly Gallifrey
@supermoff @Planet of the Deaf Yes but none of Moffat's did either, Amy and Rory died of old age just like Rose, Martha and Donna would, he also managed to bring back River even after her supposed death. No main characters really did die in either series, which I think needs to change, but look at the montage of supporting characters that died in RTD's reign, shown in Journey's End. It really highlights the danger the Doctor puts people in. Again, not taking sides because I love both show runners equally.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Should Doctor Who Adopt a Darker Tone?
@Planet of the Deaf I'm pretty sure it wasn't the only scene, as many other Doctor Who scenes were in that top 250 as well (examples given on the comments page when this news broke).
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Why the Doomsday Farewell is Not the Greatest
I like to think that humans descended from Time Lords, and that's why the Doctor loves Earth and the human race so much, they remind him of his own people.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Moffat: Who says the Doctor is NOT human?
I just hope that even if you don't like this scene, you can appreciate that Doctor Who topped the polls... again. I personally love it, sublime acting from Tennant and Piper, fantastic script from RTD, and perfect scoring from Murray Gold. I also just want to say that I am about obsessed as you can get with this show, and I adore Ten/Rose. There are people who are hardcore fans and ship them, we do exist!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Doomsday Farewell Declared Greatest Sci-Fi Moment
I'm not keen on how the Sontarans have been made silly, but I love Madame Vastra and Jenny, the Paternoster Gang really need their own spin-off.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on DWM #475: Vastra, Strax & Jenny are Back
Great article, I quite liked Miracle Day but two things frustrated me. Firstly, I know Sci-Fi doesn't necessarily need aliens, but it is Torchwood, and the lack of anything alien bothered me. Secondly, Jack's immortality (as far as we know) has nothing to do with his blood, it was Bad Wolf Rose, which kind of negates the whole plot of Miracle Day. But as you said, the mystery and the characters certainly make up for that, especially Esther!
2 months ago on Is Torchwood: Miracle Day Unfairly Criticised?
This is amazing and really interesting... And so detailed! I really want this to happen now, it would be heartbreaking but happy at the same time, great article!
2 months ago on Does Clara Hide a Secret that is Bigger on the Inside?
Haha great article, I wish we had more of these moments in DW!
2 months ago on 11 Doctor Who Instances When It Was Just… Blissful
Brilliant piece! I have always loved Doctor Who for simple reason. It's Doctor Who. I might disagree that Rose was an awful companion, because I have liked every companion. I might disagree when people say The Name of the Doctor was perfect, but I have enjoyed every episode. This article wonderfully said what needed to be said. That most of the fans are friendly, respectful people. Well done! Oh, and I'm going to say it, I love RTD and Moffat equally ;)
2 months, 1 week ago on Yes, I’m a Whovian, but I’m one of the nice ones
Great article! I think something between the two would be perfect... only series long arcs but with them being quite important in certain episodes. But that's just me!
2 months, 1 week ago on Comparing the Different Arcs of the Revival
A two part finale really gives time to build up both characters and tension, I thought that Army of Ghosts/Doomsday and The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang did this best. I just hope we get a huge epic end this year (with maybe a heartbreaking goodbye to Clara?)!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Two-Part Finale for Series 8
Great article, completely agree with your points! On a side note, did anyone else think that this was a news piece on Matt Smith getting married at first glance?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Matrimony of Mr and Mrs Smith
I understand that Breaking Bad deserves all the awards it has collected and is called the best TV show of the century so far etc. but this is a BRITISH awards show. Firstly, Breaking Bad is American; secondly, Doctor Who has been running for 50 YEARS!!! If that doesn't deserve a BAFTA I don't know what does...
3 months ago on 2014 BAFTA Television Awards: Day Triumphs!
I did love Series 7, but cliffhangers for 2 parters are brilliant. The Daleks coming out of the void ship in Army of Ghosts, the entire Stolen Earth ending, and the Doctor being locked in the Pandorica just to name a few!
3 months ago on Two-Part Finale for Series 8
This is so much funnier if you've seen the Graham Norton episode with him and Billie Piper, you'll truly understand his obsession with the show!
3 months, 1 week ago on Frank Skinner Cast in Series 8
Great to see! I really must catch up on Continuum, the episodes I've seen were brilliant. Now maybe we can have Amanda Tapping (of Stargate and Sanctuary), as she's also a veteran Continuum director? Hmm? Please?...
3 months, 1 week ago on Rachel Talalay Directing Series 8
Great article, you pointed out exactly why I love Donna! Series 4 was brilliant, one of my, if not my favourite. Happy Birthday Catherine Tate, a true Doctor Who legend!
3 months, 1 week ago on “Well isn’t that Wizard!” The Many faces of Donna Noble
My list from favourite to least favourite: Rose, Donna, Clara, Martha, Amy. Having said that, I love all of these companions!
3 months, 1 week ago on Comparing the Female Companions of Revived Who
@TheOncomingHurricane Thank you, it's always good and helpful to hear constructive criticism. You also argued your points excellently in this! Glad you thought it well written! :)
3 months, 3 weeks ago on A Bad Wolf or Just Plain Bad? Addressing Rose Criticisms
@NeutronFlow Thank you, that's so nice! Believe me, I had good teachers! I certainly want to write more, just need a new idea first :)
@Sir James Bond Haha I've always loved reading your comments! I agree with you completely, thank you so much for this.
@Moxx Couldn't have said it better myself, maybe you should have written this! I would say I'm slightly, just slightly passionate... ;) Thank you!