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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...
1 hour, 22 minutes 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?)...
1 hour, 26 minutes ago on Moffat on Paternoster Return, Clara’s Original Exit
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
1 hour, 32 minutes 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.
22 hours 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
22 hours, 4 minutes 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!
2 days, 22 hours 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
6 days, 23 hours 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..'
1 week ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1
@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
1 week 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
1 week 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 week ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2
@TardisBoy! Perhaps apart from 'Day', the six 2012 episodes are the most visually stunning in Doctor Who history IMO. Just simply beautiful! XD
@supermoff, defender of Series 7 It's not bad that I prefer 'Clara in the TARDIS' over 'Clara's Theme' right? Just that solo piano at the beginning is beautiful! XD
I quite like Angels, but for me it's a sub-par story for Amy and Rory's exit. The setting is brilliant, as is the jump-off-the-roof scene, but none of the rest stands out personally. The graveyard scene irritates me, while Karen puts in a marvelous performance, Rory is almost totally ignored and is not given a suitable goodbye. The Doctor loved the Last Centurion as well, not just the Girl Who Waited. And I'm sorry, there are glaring problems with it. The fact that it is never explained how the Doctor could NEVER see them again, when there were definitely ways with how the episode was presented. Maybe I'm being picky, as the afterword was beautiful.
'This is the story of Amelia Pond, and this, is how it ends.'
Series 9 just keeps getting better and better! =D
Asylum of the Daleks: 8/10 - Great opener, the Daleks were quite scary again, I loved Oswin, and her fate was heartbreaking! But the divorce subplot was ridiculous and seemed like a failed attempt to create more stories for the Ponds.
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship: 8/10 - Very underrated, I love Brian and all the supporting cast, and the Silurian revelation was great! It was a fun romp, but then again, that's all it really was, a romp.
A Town Called Mercy: 9/10 - Didn't interest me on first viewing, watched it again a month ago, and I fell in love! Whithouse gives us a cracker for a 4th time! The sci-fi/western genres are mixed perfectly, and the themes are wonderfully dark. Also, some excellent character work (a Whithouse staple!).
1 week, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 1
Brilliant article, fantastic ideas and great examples! I love the trolley theory, and DW episodes that feature it are often my favourites, as either way you are going to feel a degree of guilt and pain. I don't think I could just stand there and be complicit, I'd divert the trolley.
'The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few...'
1 week, 2 days ago on Doctor Who’s Impossible Choices and the Trolley Problem
Well, looks like I'll have to change my avatar! Shame really, she was really funny and sweet, I was hoping for at least a one episode return.
1 week, 3 days ago on Faye Marsay: There’s Been No talk of Shona Returning
@Antee991166 I could not agree with you more. The God Complex was a lovely, bittersweet ending for them, and it also gave them a chance to return. Hell, the garden scene at the end of The Wedding of River Song is great, that would be a good exit too. Series 7A had some brilliant stories, but could easily have worked with a new companion. Maybe Clara/Oswin? Who knows? But I just think the Pond's overstayed their welcome.
1 week, 3 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 3
For me, Series 6 is Moffat's worst series in some respects, and best in others. It begins with possibly my favourite series opener, and ends with my least favourite finale.
There are some great themes and character work, and some beautiful standalone gems (The Doctor's Wife, The Girl Who Waited, The God Complex).
However, there was a heavy focus on the arc, which I was not a fan of, River's character and story suddenly became insufferable to me after 6A, and had some atrocious episodes (The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People, Night Terrors, Closing Time).
And for me, Moffat's stories are either 10/10's or 7/10's, with no inbetween. A mixed bag for me, and I'll leave it at that.
The Girl Who Waited: 10/10 - Really interesting and heartbreaking, Karen Gillan is just wonderful. I love this story!
The God Complex: 10/10 - Whithouse does it again, a masterpiece. Brilliant themes throughout and again heartbreaking.
Closing Time: 7/10 - A fun story, but the Cybermen are useless, a very poor story for them. Nice to see Craig back though, and the cliffhanger is incredible.
The Wedding of River Song: 8/10 - I'm not a fan of the Teselecta resolution, I find River (who I usually love) insufferable in this, and this should have been the Pond's last regular episode IMO. But it's barmy and enjoyable, and it's great to see Kovarian and the Silence again. It's grown on me.
The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe: 7/10 - Matt Smith, Claire Skinner (Madge) and Holly Earl (Lily) are excellent, but it's a sub-par story and just a bit dull really.
@VERITASERUMUK I watch your trailers all the time! Brilliant work, your next time trailers are great! =D
1 week, 3 days ago on Weird and Wonderful
The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People: 6/10 (both) - My least favourite two parter. Not much to say apart from I found it really dull. The cliffhanger at the end of TAP was a shocker though.
A Good Man Goes to War: 10/10 - Excellent, a brilliant villain in the form of Madame Kovarian, and we finally find out River's identity!
Let's Kill Hitler: 8/10 - I felt like the whole River story was played out far too soon after AGMGTW, they should have left it a while. Otherwise a fun episode with some great lines.
Night Terrors: 6/10 - The dolls were creepy, but really nothing special here.
Overall, a mixed bag, and that's what Series 6 is for me, a mixed bag. Some truly sensational episodes, and then quite a few damp squids.
1 week, 5 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 2
@supermoff Yes, quite possibly the strongest consecutive run! Although I happen to love The Unicorn and the Wasp to The Stolen Earth as well, and nothing beats The Day of the Doctor to Last Christmas for me! ;P
1 week, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 3
Vincent and the Doctor: 10/10 - Very touching episode, with some outstanding performances and a beautiful story.
The Lodger: 8/10 - Very fun episode, you can't deny Matt Smith and James Corden have excellent chemistry!
The Pandorica Opens: 10/10 - Simply brilliant. A very tense set up, great returns from River and Rory and one hell of a shocking cliffhanger.
The Big Bang: 10/10 - Timey-Wimey to the max! Very original idea, and Matt and Karen especially are on top form. Incredible finale.
A Christmas Carol: 10/10 - My favourite Christmas special! Love the sci-fi twist on an old tale, some wonderful acting (and singing), and it looks stunning!
A marvelous run of episodes, and Series 6's opener only continues this! Love it, love it, love it!
I'd love it if they played on magical themes this series, it could be a great chance to explore the Dark Times, with races like the Carrionites and the Hervoken using a form of 'magic'. Plus other races like the Racnoss and the Eternals... this could be one hell of a series! =D
2 weeks ago on Missy Back in Two-Part Series 9 Opener
@supermoff @Huknar @The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! And Martha's mum who played one of the Sisters of Plenitude in 'New Earth'...
It's also interesting to note that Kelly Hunter previously played the Shadow Architect in 'The Stolen Earth' and Clare Higgins was Ohila in 'The Night of the Doctor'. I know Doctor Who has a tendency to cast people twice (see Colin Baker, Freema Agyeman, Karen Gillan, Peter Capaldi...), but could a return to the Shadow Proclamation or the Sisterhood of Karn be possible?
@The Lazy Cat Returns! Don't want to oversell it but... you're gonna love it! ;P
2 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 2
@supermoff Glad to see some love for the Silurian story, I've always personally loved it!
A lot of strong episodes here, I love Series 5!
Vampires of Venice: 9/10 - A very fun romp from Whithouse, Helen McCrory is wonderful as Rosanna Calvierri.
Amy's Choice: 8/10 - Interesting concept of dreams, and Toby Jones is delightfully evil as the Dream Lord.
The Hungry Earth: 9/10 - Interesting and well developed supporting cast, and my introduction to the brilliant Silurians!
Cold Blood: 9/10 - Neve Mcintosh gives a killer performance as Restac, Rory's death was so unexpected, as was the crack's appearence.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 2
I personally would have put the Doctor and River higher, their relationship is fascinating. I would also have expected the Doctor and Rose to be up there, as the romance aspect was a fresh idea, and their relationship was so strong they'd cross universes to be with each other. Other than that, a good list. =D
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Top 10 Whoniverse Couples
Turn Left: 10/10
The Stolen Earth: 10/10
Journey's End: 9/10
The Next Doctor: 8/10
Midnight is absolutely terrifying, and the fact that you never find out what it is makes it even better. The supporting cast and David Tennant are marvelous.
Turn Left is possibly my favourite episode of all time. I love the dark what-if story, and it highlighted Donna's importance to the Doctor, and his heartbreak over Rose leaving. Catherine Tate is superb, an acting masterclass, and Billie Piper gives us a much more mature, mysterious Rose, which I love.
The Stolen Earth is just epic. Rose, Martha, Torchwood, Sarah Jane, Donna and the Doctor all fighting Davros and the Daleks. The threat is huge, and the cliffhanger is incredible, the best we've ever had IMO. Plus 'Alright, now we're in trouble... it's only just beginning...'!
Journey's End is a notch lower down to some cheap cop outs, but it's still hugely enjoyable. Donna's exit is heartbreaking, to have all of that amazing character development taken away in just seconds is cruel, but it's beautifully done.
The Next Doctor is fun, I loved Mercy and the Cybermen, but I didn't care for the Jackson Lake storyline. Victorian Christmas's always look great!
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2008 Part 3
At first I thought there may be something she's hiding... but after Last Christmas I have a feeling it was just her wanting to tell him about her travels and what she's done. Great article though! =D
2 weeks, 5 days ago on What was Clara going to say to Danny?
'How about you, are you alright?'
'Oh, I'm always alright.'
'Is "alright" special Time Lord code for... really not alright at all?'
'Because I'm alright too.'
I always found this scene heartbreaking, it's so beautifully tragic XD
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2008 Part 2
'When you run with the Doctor, it feels like it will never end. But however hard you try, you can't run forever. Everybody knows that everybody dies. And nobody knows it like the Doctor. But I do think that all the skies of all the worlds might just turn dark if he ever, for one moment, accepts it.'
@TardisBoy! That whole episode is so quotable, it's just hilarious! =D
And now it's time for 'Quotes with Donna'...
'When I say giant, I don't mean big, I mean flipping enormous!'
'Oh come on! It's not like we could drive across country and find Enid Blyton having tea with Noddy. Could we? Noddy's not real. Is he? Tell me there's no Noddy!'
'Um, it's a song! 'Mammy'? Um, I don't know! 'Camptown Races'?'
'Well! All right, then! 'Towering Inferno'!'
'The stories are true. I found my husband with another woman. A younger, prettier woman. Isn't it always the way?'
'Well, mine was with a giant spider, but... same difference.'
'Copyright Donna Noble...'
'So she killed 'em!'
'What?! Who did I kill?!'
The Doctor's Daughter: 8/10 - Quite fun, and the week long war was interesting. I loved Martha in this, harmless story really.
The Unicorn and the Wasp: 10/10 - Absolutely hilarious, and combined with an Agatha Christie murder mystery, you can't go wrong. Underrated classic!
Silence in the Library: 9/10 - Very, very scary, plus our introduction to the wonderful enigma of Professor River Song! The Vashta Nerada are a brilliant idea.
Forest of the Dead: 9/10 - Brilliant resolution, the whole Donna subplot was really eerie, and River's fate was heartbreaking at the time, but even more so now!
12 and Donna would be sass heaven! Plus 11 and Rose would be interesting... I think'd she'd have serious trouble believing that the man she loves looks like a teenager and eats fish fingers and custard! Great article! =D
2 weeks, 6 days ago on What if… Doctors Were Paired With Different Companions?
Martha don't need no Doctor... she'd be there on her own, saving the day as usual! ;P
Ah Series 4, you beauty. Possibly my favourite series (it's a toss up between 4, 5 and 8), and it has a very strong start.
Partners in Crime: 9/10 - Absolutely hilarious, Tennant and Tate have fantastic chemistry. Plus that jaw dropping reveal of Rose at the end.
The Fires of Pompeii: 9/10 - Very eerie, I love the ancient Roman feel. 10 and Donna are again brilliant, and Peter Capaldi and Karen Gillan are there too!
Planet of the Ood: 10/10 - Very touching episode, I love the Ood! Catherine Tate is wonderful as Donna, a standout performance.
The Sontaran Stratagem: 8/10 - Martha! UNIT! Sontarans! Very fun episode, good return for the Sontarans and great to see Martha again.
The Poison Sky: 8/10 - Good resolution, I love the UNIT/Sontaran battle at ATMOS. And a bit of a cliffhanger at the end!
Overall, an excellent bunch of episodes, and there are still better to come! =D
3 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2008 Part 1
Well one possible reason they aren't evenly spread out is that northern Russia, Scandinavia, Greenland and Canada aren't nearly as populated as the US for example. Still doesn't explain the lack of dots for Canadian cities though... oh well, hoping for UNIT! =D
3 weeks ago on Blink Director for Series 9
@supermoff Not saying you're not positive but only two 10/10's?! Heck I gave Day 11/10! ;P
3 weeks ago on Doctor Who and Episode Rankings
@supermoff Bloody hell we've only had 42 episodes so far and I've already given out eight 10/10's! I'm WAY too positive when it comes to rating episodes! =D
Very interesting article, I think it's great that everyone has their own way of ranking episodes. I for one tend to be very generous when voting, and have given out a number of 10's already. Part of me thinks that being more critical would help me greatly, as I can never pick a top 20!
I love your Girl in the Fireplace analogy by the way, very apt! 'The Doctor is worth the monsters' is possibly my favourite quote in DW history, beautiful. =D
@Antee991166 The Girl in the Fireplace for me. Watched it yesterday, it's just outstanding. 17th century French romance combined with 51st century pure sci-fi? Crazy but Moffat makes it work beautifully. The Doctor, Reinette and Rose are all fantastic, and the ending is heartbreaking! =D
'One may tolerate a world of demons for the sake of an angel!'
3 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 3