I`m the Questor...basically...run
Very excited to see this one, especially with everyone talking it up. Nick Frost as Santa, that's a Moffatstroke (*cough masterstroke cough*). Clara's role is very interesting though, at times I loved her and at times I disliked her during Series 8, so hopefully it's the 'Ohh I love you Clara' side that comes out for Christmas.
1 week, 4 days ago on Capaldi, Coleman, Frost and Moffat on Last Christmas
Ach, there is always one or two out there who want to have a pop at the show and it's ratings. But I`m glad to see that most people are sensible enough to see through this. Can't trust newspapers as far as I can spit. Personally I prefer Doctor Who airing during Autumn than in Spring. Has a better feel watching it in the dark at night than watching it when it is light outside. I can understand that 8.30 may be a little late for some kids to watch, but beggars can't be choosers. Parents can count there blessings though, because after watching some Doctor Who episodes, I`m not sure they'll sleep at night. Vashta Nerada, everywhere....
1 week, 4 days ago on Series 8 Is A “Ratings Flop” (Apparently)
10 favourites? Tough one. Not going to place them in any particularly order, because I`ll be here all day. So in no particular order: Blink, The Eleventh Hour, Genesis of the Daleks, The Tomb of the Cybermen, Silence in the Library/Forest of the Night, The Waters of Mars, The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang, A Christmas Carol, The Day of the Doctor and The Girl in the Fireplace. Stellar episodes.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Doctor Who: Fifty-One Favourites (Part 1)
I enjoyed the new series, certainly different to the others but just as enjoyable. I think Series 8 has been stronger than the two previous series, but not as strong as Series 5; which was incredibly good. As for the 12th Doctor? He's been brilliant. Not as brilliant as the 11th in his first series, but he's put on a good show. He's unpredictable, and I like that. As for the episodes in this series, I think most have been steady 8/10s. Some below and some higher, but that would be my average. 'Mummy on the Orient Express' has been the 10/10 for this series. Very good article, nice breakdown!
1 month ago on Series 8: A Numbery-Wumbery Breakdown
The last appearance of the Daleks in Asylum was excellent, so really looking forward to this episode. Obviously not just for that reason though, we have a new 'untested' Doctor on our hands. so it'll be intriguing to see how he reacts against his greatest enemies. With Deep Breath setting us up nicely - I though it was good episode (8/10) - I`m excited about seeing the 12th Doctor in action again. I asked for a darker Doctor, and it appears we're getting one.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Next Time: Into The Dalek
Very much looking forward to the opener tomorrow night. This review makes me a little more excited, so my excitement levels are off the grid! I will miss the 11th Doctor, but the 12th seems to be what I asked for. I've been waiting for a Doctor that is similiar to Pertwee, and it seems we've finally got our man (or should I say Time Lord). Excited to see how the companion Clara gets on with the Doctor, and going by this review, it seems she excels, which is obviously good. As for the Paternoster gang,
I`m not a fan. Not a fan of the word Paternoster either, what a horrible word!
4 months ago on Deep Breath Spoiler-Free Review
The latest development of the Cybermen are far worse than the Mondasian kind. It's time for them to have a break, for at least a few series. They're not on the same level as the Daleks, but repeatedly keep coming back series after series just like them. I hate repeating myself but it's time to ditch them for a while. I thought the latest redesign would reignite my love for them, but sadly, it hasn't. Too gimmicky. As for the Axons, it's not an idea I`m against - a return would be interesting to see, like many 'Classic' Who monsters - but I prefer fresh ideas, something new.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Capaldi & Moffat on Axons, Cybermen and the Master
@TheCyberDoctor is Undead @The Questor I have two shadows, this cannot be happening! Oh wait... sorry, that's just the shadow of the Silence... erm what? I have two shadows!! Oh wait...
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally
Watching Doctor Who is always special; be it in a cinema, in a house or on a portable TV while your running from a few rhino's in barren land. It's not extra special to me that you can watch it in the cinema, I prefer the comforts of my own home. It's just the way I am. But it's good that you get a choice, because there will be Whovians who would love to watch it in front of a massive screen. It will hopefully attract some new fans too, as there will be interest from people who like Capaldi as an actor, to see how he fairs in this role. The cinema might entice them a little more. So fair play. But I`ll be lazying about on the sofa with the remote by my side, some crisps and the vashta nerada for company.
I'd bring him back. But it would have to have a tick beside all these things I will mention:
1) It would have to be after a few Capaldi series, we've recently just had a multi Doctor special, so it's good to just rest that avenue for a wee while.
2) No spin off, simply because Doctor Who is THE show, you can't have another Doctor in a spin off. It's not right. A one off episode yes, or part of serial arc, I'm all for that.
3) A plausible reason is a given. No plausible reason to bring him back, then don't do it. But considering he's only had little screen time as the Doctor, a plausible reason shouldn't be too difficult for the show runner to think up.
Any multiple Doctor stories, McGann would top the list to return.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on McGann Doubtful on Return, Spin-off
''Has someone been peeking at my Christmas list?'' .... I am very exciting for this! The 12th Doctor seems to be everything I've asked for, dark and mysterious. The attire is perfect, you look at him and it's chilling. We've now got a 2 month wait for a full run series. We've been waiting for this moment since 2010. And that was the first series of the 11th Doctor. This could be some series, hopefully.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 8 Airdate Confirmed, New Trailer & Image
I`m surprised they're not going to Scotland, considering Peter Capaldi is actually Scottish. It would've been a good idea. But don't worry, I won't complain too much. It's a good idea for the fans, and I'm all for Doctor Who being promoted across the world.
6 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who World Tour To Promote Series 8
@edoe101 I don't mind Strax, Jenny and Vastra, but I'd rather have a Doctor Who lite episode with a character completely new. Somebody fresh, just like Sally Sparrow was in Blink. Only feature in that one episode, but hopefully make that a great one. Another idea would be a well known actor being the main lead in the episode, possibly reel some new viewers in maybe?
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/012014/
@TheTimeTravelleristheTwelfthDoctor This would be an ideal episode to introduce Doctor Who to somebody (why haven't they been watching it before?). With Capaldi coming on our screens soon, I`m sure there will be new interest to some people who've never watched Doctor Who before to start watching series 8. The Impossible Planet has so many themes and ideas running throughout that it somehow must be interesting to the viewer. The Beast has to be one of the scariest monsters in Doctor Who also.
I'm absolutely convinced that that person would go on and watch the second part, The Satan Pit. Before you know it, hey-ho, we have another fan of Doctor Who.
@TardisBoy That's not good to hear, I really do hope he returns, I liked him. Same applies to Grey. But all you whovians are here, and that is most certainly very very good!
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/012014/
@TardisBoy Why did Pdurston leave? I never thought he'd leave this place. Idle Idol, OncomingHurricane, Greyfinger still here? It's good to see yourself and others still commenting. I`m sure I`ll get back into when series 8 is upon us.
I've not been commenting on here for a while, but I still check out the latest news (I`ll never stop). How is the ol' place doing? Are the regulars still out there? I've not read the comment section for a long time.
3. The Time Warrior
6. Vengeance on Varos
10. The Idiot's Lantern or Partners in Crime
11. The Power of Three
@Creepy_Ghoul @The Questor Although I haven't seen this episode, I`m all for new episodes somehow linking back to 'Classic' episodes.
7 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming: Volcano Day
Can't see it being Pompeii, I`m prepared to rule that one out, would seem odd.
I'd probably favour it being set on the moon, and I really hope that 'Kill the Moon' doesn't get used as a title, not a fan of that. Too boring.
Without a doubt, the best Matt Smith series. I'd even go as far as to say that it's the best series I've seen in Doctor Who. Some great episodes, most notably the series opener and the series finale double parter. The story arc is wonderful, with the cracks and the silence. Everything was new and fresh; new Doctor, new companion, new sonic screwdriver and a new TARDIS. It's a very intriguing series.
I'd happily watch it again and again.
8 months, 1 week ago on Smith: The best storytelling was in Series 5
@The Genie I kinda wish that Amy and Rory bowed out at the end of this episode, with Rita being introduced as the new companion. It was nicely set up for it, with Amy and Rory moving into their new house. A better way for a companion to leave, rather than the usual horrifying exits. Makes the series more interesting also. Although I can't really complain with what we got in Series 7 Part 1.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/012014/
Stands out on it's own for me, 10/10. Moffat's finest episode.
2. The Girl Who Waited
4. Vincent and the Doctor
5. The Doctor Dances
6. Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
It's quite hard to place these five episodes. But after plenty of humming and hawing, this is where I place them.
7. Love and Monsters
This one stands on it's own for being absolute horrific.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 10
1. The Empty Child
2. The Family of Blood
3. The Satan Pit
4. Forest of the Dead
I rate these four episodes highly, certainly 8/9 out of 10's.
5. Night Terrors
7. Cold Blood
These three episodes sit in the decent category, nothing special but still enjoyable to watch.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 9
Let's Kill Hitler better than A Town Called Mercy? Really?! Dreadful sums up the former, while excellent sums up the latter.
Let's Kill Hitler - 2/10
A Town Called Mercy - 9/10
9 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (26-20)
@TardisBoy My favourite series. Excellent series opener, excellent series finale( A two parter is needed for every series finale, weird feeling that this was the last one, nearly four years ago). The series arc also comes under the excellent category. With other episodes as such as Vincent and the Doctor & Amy's Choice, it's not a hard choice for me to choose this series as my favourite.
9 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/012014/
Cold War shouldn't be on this list for me, I rather enjoyed it.
The main criticism from some is that they didn't like the idea of Ice Warrior escaping from it's armour. But I personally found it to be a very creative idea, one that worked well. The way it killed crew members and threatened the 'Cold War' was pretty impressive. Gatiss' best episode in Doctor Who
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS should be rated a little higher, while The Rings of Akhaten is not better than The Beast Below. I'd personally have The Rings of Akhaten second last. I didn't really enjoy that one.
9 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (33-27)
Surprised that The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People is here, I wouldn't rate it so low. I enjoyed that episode, nothing special, but good nonetheless. Night Terrors is another episode that I wouldn't have on here, but I`m not surprised. These two episodes are very much in the underrated category, which is disappointing.
9 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (39-34)
Good to see that the 12th Doctor changes his costume slightly from time to time. I thought the black shirt would like better, and having seen that now, it definitely does over the white shirt.
9 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming: The Suits
This is excellent news. I`ll grab the TV remote and record as much episodes as possible.
9 months, 1 week ago on Catch Classic Who on The Horror Channel This Easter
I like this episode, but it wasn't as good as I expected it to be. The ending is top notch, but the start and the middle is where I have some problems with it. I don't think the Weeping Angels were as effective as they were in previous episodes. Apart from one scene with Rory and the cherubs, they didn't really impress me. The Statue of Liberty being a Weeping Angel was something that I didn't like. I didn't really enjoy River Song either. But the way Amy and Rory departed was very good, I can't fault that.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Angels Take Manhattan
@edoe101 @The Questor I can't really fault this list. I enjoyed The Snowmen, and Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead should really be added to my special mentions list. River Song at her best.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/012014/
@The Genie @The Questor Only two episodes out of that list that I don't really rate too well - The End of the World and The Idiot's Lantern. Three if I mention Bad Wolf, which is poor compared to the next episode The Parting of the Ways. As a double parter though I'd still rate it as a good finale.
I forgot to add Dalek to my special mentions list. Shame on me. Excellent episode, just misses out of my Top 10 though sadly.
Watched quite a number of Doctor Who episodes this week, most of them my highly rated episodes, which gives me a good opportunity to revise my Top 10 Doctor Who episodes since it's revival. I like lists. So here goes:
2. A Christmas Carol
3. The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang
4. The Day of the Doctor
5. The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
6. The Girl in the Fireplace
7. The Waters of Mars
8. The Eleventh Hour
9. The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit
10. Human Nature/The Family of Blood
Special mentions to: Midnight, The Doctor's Wife, The Girl Who Waited, Asylum of the Daleks and A Town Called Mercy
@MrGuymanwatch Completely agree with all of this.
The 'Classic' Dalek hype was unnecessary, it should've have been as overblown as it was for what we got given to us. I still feel that it was a missed opportunity not using the 'Classic' Daleks more though, I will say that. The only gripe that I have with this story; and it doesn't really affect the storyline, so not a big one. Nonetheless, it was good to just see the 'Classic' Daleks there.
9 months, 4 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Asylum of the Daleks
I think this is an underrated classic. Plenty of surprises; Clara making an appearance at the start, whilst becoming a Dalek in the end, and Amy and Rory filing in for a divorce. Great to see the 'Classic' Daleks appear - the only downside was that they didn't get as much action time as they should have. I`m looking at you Special Weapons Dalek. Great acting and directing.
The storyline is nicely plotted, well paced out. I liked how they were all brought together by the Dalek 'puppets' (another top Moffat monster idea), then taken into the Dalek Parliament and plunged down into the Dalek Asylum. The scene with Rory and the 'Classic' Daleks is a very fine moment. Cannot go without mentioning that scene at the end. The Doctor trapped by his old great foes, just like the scene from when we first seen the Daleks. Clara lets him in, with the Doctor realising she is a Dalek. Genius. Full praise to Moffat on that one, and to the episode as a whole.
Excited by this news. Not just a new Doctor now, but a new companion. Three in the TARDIS. I like that.
Surprised that we've heard very little, or seen very little, of the opening 3 episodes. Probably a good thing, but I`m still hoping that we'll hear something soon. I know it's months away but I`m already eagerly awaiting the episode titles.
9 months, 4 weeks ago on Series 8: Meet Danny Pink
Fantastic gesture Matt. Nice and upbeat, very well said. Not a lot of people would take time out to do that, so credit where credits due. You've made one Whovian very very happy.
10 months ago on Matt Smith’s Heartwarming Gesture For ill Fan
The most disappointing thing about this episode is that it had the opportunity to be a classic. It featured Adolf Hitler (the most hated man in human history) and a regeneration scene ( which don't come along often). But sadly, Moffat put Hitler in the cupboard after a couple of minutes and the regeneration scene was executed poorly.
The only positive point I can think about the episode was the Teselecta. Moffat does come up with some great monsters, and this is one of them. Just a shame that they feature in a poor episode.
10 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: Let’s Kill Hitler
@TheIdleIdol Couldn't agree more, this episode could've been done and dusted inside a few minutes. It's Moffat's first real weak episode. I think he rushed AGMGTW and Let's Kill Hitler. Both have major flaws.
Good to see you commenting on these articles, I haven't seen any from some of the old gang though, Pdurston, Calebxy, Goodyear92 etc. I like this Livefyre, but I do miss that dashboard. It had it's uses!
10 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: A Good Man Goes to War
Not a great one this. I'd rate it as below average, so that's a 4/10. Has some good bits, has some bad bits, has some bits which shouldn't even be there. The storyline is not one that I enjoy, and it's where my dislike for Moffat and his love for River Song reaches a new low. It's where the cracks for series 6 started to show (not them dastardly series 5 cracks unfortunately). I was fairly enjoying series 6 until this point, then it went downhill pretty fast. I don't like banging on about how poor an episode is though, it's not something I enjoy. I've already done it before to this episode, so I`ll leave this one here.
I`ll give it one positive to finish. It's much better than Let's Kill Hitler...
Eccleston is probably not the man I'd have picked for the Doctor, but by heck, he proved me wrong. The idea of the Time War and all the Time Lords (bar 2) wiped out was a masterstroke by Russel T Davies, which give us the chance to have a much more 'stripped down' version of the Doctor. He was a Time Lord that was concerned about his recent past, a Time Lord clearly hurting. A Time Lord that had plenty of guilt. Eccleston played the 9th Doctor fantastically, and I think he is very much an underrated Doctor; along with his series I may add.
Series 1 is one that I very much do like. Some great episodes with a great series arc. The 9th Doctor and Rose get on very well together, and their partnership is one that I do like - a much better partnership to see than the 10th Doctor and Rose. Some of the episodes are fantastic, some great plots, and even an episode where nobody dies!
My five favourite episodes?
1. The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances 9/10
2. Dalek 9/10
3. Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways 8/10
4. Father's Day 7/10
5. Rose 7/10
10 months, 1 week ago on The Ninth Doctor: Five Favourites
A Christmas Carol is my favourite Christmas and 11th Doctor episode. Wonderful, truly deserves a 10/10, which I've only given to a select few episodes.
Missed most of the voting, so I`ll give my ratings for them all:
The Eleventh Hour - 9/10
The Beast Below - 7/10
Victory of the Daleks - 5/10
The Time of Angels / Flesh & Stone - 7/10
The Vampires of Venice - 6/10
Amy's Choice - 8/10
The Hungry Earth / Cold Blood - 7/10
Vincent and the Doctor - 9/10
The Lodger - 7/10
The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang - 9/10
A Christmas Carol - 10/10
10 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: A Christmas Carol & Series 5 Recap
As some know, I'm not one of River Song's biggest fans. There was a time when I completely despised her, and wished that she would never return. But my opinions have changed. I would like her to return for a few episodes here and there (Yes, I`m shocked myself at that too). I`ll explain why:
The River Song we saw with the 10th Doctor, her first appearance, was one that I liked. She was a mysterious character, one that you wanted to learn more about. She had great potential. But as her appearances progressed, with the 11th Doctor, Moffat ruined her. Her story arc and appearances in Series 6 were horrific. I thought they'd be no way back for her, but now I've changed my tune.
I`m interested to see how she'd fair with the 12th Doctor. I can't see her being flirty with him, so her character towards the Doctor would change. That was one part that I hated the most about her, her flirtatiousness with the 11th. Her story arc is done, so there is no need to start another one. I'd welcome her back only occasionally, an episode here or there - just like Strax, Vastra and Jenny. It would be interesting, and I`m interested in the interesting. Let's give her a chance I say.
10 months, 1 week ago on Matt Smith Doesn’t Want to see River with Capaldi
Best season finale of Doctor Who, without a doubt in my mind. It's fantastic throughout, a timey-wimey explosion of fun and fear. The ending to The Pandorica Opens is arguably one of the best cliffhangers of the revived series. Amy dead, the Doctor trapped by all of his foes and the universe on the very verge of collapsing. I remember being on this site around the time this first aired, and the wait for the last episode was, let's just say, very very long.
Creating the cliffhanger is one of the easiest bits, but giving us a satisfying answer to it all is certainly one of the hardest bits. But to my mind Moffat gave us that, I certainly felt satisfied with the way it ended. I also liked the cliffhanger about the Silence at the end too - although I do wish that matter was clarified soon after, instead of rumbling on for a while.
The idea of the Alliance was good, the idea of the Doctor being the threat and chucked inside the Pandorica was good, and his speech towards his greatest foes was epic. When I think back about the 11th Doctor, I will always think about this finale and that speech.
I'd give both these episodes a 9/10. A great end to my favourite series.
10 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang
I quite enjoy these sort of fun episodes from time to time, but they'll never achieve true greatness, simply because comical episodes never do for me; I prefer the more dramatic oh-no-what-is-going-to-happen-next sort of episodes. It gets a 7/10 for me, which is a much better score than James Corden's second appearance in Doctor Who, in Closing Time.
''Well aren't you lucky I came along. More lucky than you know. Less of a young professional. More of an ancient amateur. But frankly I'm an absolute dream.''
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Lodger
Choice between 8 or 9, but I've plumped for the 9.
''Well. Um, big question, um, but to me, Van Gogh is the finest painter of them all. Certainly the most popular great painter of all time. The most beloved. His command of colour, the most magnificent. He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty. Pain is easy to portray but to use your passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world. No one had ever done it before. Perhaps no one ever will again. To my mind, that strange wild man who roamed the fields of Provence, was not only the world's greatest artist but also one of the greatest men who ever lived.''
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Vincent and the Doctor
I`ll reserve judgement after Series 8. Series 5 was excellent, while Series 6 was decent; but the episodes Moffat wrote were poor, along with the convoluted story arcs and the mess that was River Song. I really liked Series 7, while the 50th anniversary special was fantastic. The 11th Doctor's exit was good, although the episode has bits that I struggle to watch. It's been more good than bad.
So I`ll see what he does with the 12th Doctor, then make a call on it. But I do like Moffat, I will say that. And if he ever does go, I'd like for him to continuing writing Doctor Who episodes.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Steven Moffat on his Doctor Who Future
@YgorVale There's a lot that I like, but I miss the Disqus Dashboard. That was really popular with me.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Your verdict on Capaldi’s Costume
The only thing I`m not sure about is the colour of the shirt. White doesn't really suit it that well I don't think. A black shirt would be something that I'd like to see. Apart from that, his costume is good. A change of shirts and maybe a scarf or two featuring in some episodes would be something I'd like to see.