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HOORAY TOM BAKER WON!!!!! AND MATT CAME SECOND!!! And...McCoy came 7th, which is at least appropriate if nothing else. Also, just saying that however horribly flawed Rings of Akhaten might be, it in no way deserves to be in the Bottom 10. I mean, that's from the same season that featured "Journey to the Center of the TARDIS" for crying out loud...
2 months ago on The Top Stories & Doctors (According to DWM 2014)
I would list Jago and Litefoot as numeros uno, but Big Finish corrected that problem :)
2 months, 1 week ago on 5 Could Have Been Companions
As far as the classic series goes, they missed a trick not having Professor Rumsford and Duggan join :)
I really must apologize, I couldn't resist...:D
2 months, 1 week ago on The Theme – Time for a Change?
I hope you won't be discouraged from sharing your viewpoints by the huge backlash against this idea - but in this case, perhaps it is *you* who should change your tune. ;) ZIIIIIING!
They still shouldn't have played up the flirting angle between the Doctor and Clara, though - all of the sexual stuff regarding the Doctor felt horribly out of place with the less shallow/flirty Eleventh Doctor, whose relationship with River at least had some substance, no matter how much they messed up the eventual reveals.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat: Handsome Actors don’t suit the Doctor
Re: the flirting: HOORAAAYYYYYY!
@Gustaff You did much better than I've been able to do so far with an Eleventh Doctor/J&L crossover fic I started as a project for philosophy class - clearly I'm going to have to up my game! :)
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Beyond the TV Series: Jago & Litefoot
@gwylock1 Don't stop - go full speed ahead!
@Hoody98 @Christopher Brown Well Toberman is a pretty embarrassing stereotype, so yes. Plus, all the human villains are quite deliberately ethnic in nature. Just saying, it's something to be wary of with these old stories (and new ones, if any of them were stupid enough to try it - though I must confess I'm quite uncomfortable with Ten referring to the Vinvocci as Cacti when he knows it's considered racist, as well as Eleven's put-downs of Strax in "The Snowmen". Prejudice against fictional non-humans is still promoting prejudice, after all).
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Why the Cybermen should be Doctor Who’s best monster
The problem with the Cybermen, and why they'll never be the best villain, is exactly what you pointed out: that barely any of their stories after the original focused on the horror of people who sold their souls to become technological emotionless zombies, free of pain - instead, they were repurposed into being generic military drones, lame Dalek wannabes with stupid weaknesses and without the terrifying motivation. There are great stories to be told using the Cybermen as originally conceived, especially as humanity's relationship with technology moves forward - but really, how many of those can you do in a short span of a few years without them getting old? Aren't there just as many issues with dealing with emotions, rather than simply repressing them, to do stories on nowadays? The only way to re-invigorate the Cybermen and make them actually deserve their status as one of the greatest villains is to cut back on their appearances and drop the whole boring mighty-stomping-warrior angle - but that would mean diminishing their power levels and status as one of the most reliably re-appearing villains, and you'll forgive me if I lack faith that fan demand for that particular vision of the Cybermen which never actually worked out in reality with fade out anytime soon, because nostalgia and crap. And on a pedantic/story quality level: Day of the Daleks is fantastic! And you're completely leaving out all the great Dalek stories like Genesis, Revelation, Remembrance, and even Death in order to make your point. In comparison, Tomb of the Cybermen is racist and only really good because of the awesome set design and Patrick Troughton's performance. I can't comment on the rest of the stories from the '60s as they're still on the viewing list, but let's look at the rest of the Cyber-stories. Earthshock was good for reasons that had everything to do with being a well-made piece of entertainment and nothing to do with having the Cybermen in it or even being not-morally-repulsive (which it is), while Revenge, Attack, and Silver Nemesis are all various levels of suck. Just sayin' :D
Thank you for your excellent exultation of one of the best existing episodic narratives I've ever encountered in all my explorations of exported media.
I would argue this was actually a top-tenner for its madcap premise and ideas. Also, it might just reveal the actual origin of the Doctor, if this awesomely story-enhancing analysis is to be believed: http://www.philipsandifer.com/2011/06/were-all-stories-in-end-mind-robber.html
2 months, 3 weeks ago on On First View: The Mind Robber
*Love* the Bad Wolf symbol on a Paradise Towers door! Especially because one can easily see that script being made in the RTD era. It's great to see some recognition for a very unfairly overlooked era, which (along with fellow overlooked gem the Williams era's influence on the Moffat years) basically set the course for Doctor Who as it is now.
3 months ago on DWM #473: Here’s to the Future
Really fandom? The Beast Below, one of the most intelligent and symbolically meaningful episodes of the Moffat era, one that really defines what (from a moral perspective) Doctor Who should be? I'm disappointed in us, I have to say, as if I had any right to but since I'm an internet commentator, I guess I will anyway. (:P)
I would curmudgeonly complain that people aren't interested in actually engaging with something that doesn't immediately make sense these days, but considering the amount of articles trying to make sense of the Moffat era on this very site that doesn't ring true at all. And I mean, no offense but it's pretty obvious that the supposed "plot holes" or unexplained elements of the story like the Winders being half-human, well, aren't - the *point* of them in this sort of symbolism-based story is what they *represent*. So really, what gives?
3 months, 1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 1-8)
Kinda, Snakedance, Enlightenment, The Awakening, Frontios, and The Caves of Androzani are the only really good Davison stories in my opinion, although Mawdryn Undead, Castrovalva, and Earthshock are enjoyable as well. Resurrection of the Daleks and The Visitation are not so good and I agree with the below comment about Black Orchid being a disappointment (I'll add the stupid The-Doctor-is-framed subplot to its flaws as well.)
3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Fifth Doctor: Five Favourites
Much as I love The Lodger, The God Complex has to win this. An absolute masterpiece.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 11
Ouch! Tough choices, but ultimately Vincent and the Doctor is in the Top 3 Doctor Who stories of all time for me and its genius is supremely under-recognized so that has to win, with Blink a close second followed closely by The Doctor Dances and Midnight. The Girl Who Waited is overrated but has its great moments for sure, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS is pure crap, and I haven't seen Love and Monsters so I can't judge.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 10
Shoot, I voted for "Hide" but I realized I skipped out on a chance to give "Night Terrors" a much-needed salute. From an objective standpoint, It is better than most episodes in Series 7, imo, and it's the only Gatiss story that's really held any appeal to me - don't reprimand him for it, guys, or else we'll get more hollow "Victory of the Dalek"ses!!!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 9
How about some original monsters/stories above all? ;)
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Capaldi: A Mod Man In A Box?
Asylum of the Daleks - 1/10
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship - 7/10
A Town Called Mercy - 5/10 (DW running in place with a good theme that ends in a cop-out)
The Power of Three - 6/10 (might be a 10/10 if the ending had worked out)
The Angels Take Manhattan - 0/10 (okay, 1/10, but whatever)
The Snowmen - 5/10 (would be higher if not for issues I don't have room to discuss here)
The Bells of St. John - 5.5/10 (5/10)
The Rings of Akhaten - 6/10 (more like this please, but better done)
Cold War - 5.5/10
Hide - 8/10
Journey to the Center of the TARDIS - 2/10
The Crimson Horror - 5/10
Nightmare in Silver - 3/10
The Name of the Doctor - 4/10
Night of the Doctor - 10/10
An Adventure in Space and Time - 8.5/10
The Day of the Doctor - 10/10 (except for the cannon fodder Daleks)
The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot - 10/10
The Time of the Doctor - 4/10
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 7 (2012-2013)
The fact that the Eleventh Doctor's reactions became predictable in Series 7 is part of why it wasn't as good, guys...the Doctor should always be *somewhat* unpredictable - compare Matt Smith's performance in Series 5 and 6 to that of Series 7 and you'll see what I mean.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Gatiss: Capaldi Changes Everything, Brings New Rules
Actually, the ratings for historicals were NOT that low - that's kind of a fan myth that's been perpetuated due to ratings for one historical story towards the end of Hartnell's reign not being as high as the preceding sci-fi story. Ironically, the historical in question ("The Gunfighters") has in recent years come to be regarded as an overlooked gem while the preceding story, "The Celestial Toymaker", is now considered by many fans to be one of the worst.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Bring Back… the Pure Historicals
Hands down the best episode of Series 7, though sadly the only one to match the heights of previous years.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Hide
@Galax @Christopher Brown @Amy the Consulting Key Ring Yeah...the asteroids - which form an entire community - are going to drift apart. Oh, and their light source which for all we know powers those shields? It's gone. Unless their power comes from the star itself, which will probably pull the asteroids toward it until they crash into another orbiting body or burn up in the heat. Even if they can evacuate, The Doctor and Clara have just unwittingly condemned their homes to death. It's one thing for a Doctor Who episode to have bad science (I love City of Death, after all), but it's quite another when bad science is used to cover up an all around poorly thought out resolution that requires only a little bit of brainpower to put shame to. I'm no science expert, trust me, but to me increasing/encouraging scientific ignorance to cover up plot holes is just adding insult to injury. I hope I don't come across as a horrible pedant, and actually I'd like to thank you guys for challenging my problems with the episode and helping me figure out what my real issues were with the story. Who-five! :)
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Rings of Akhaten
@Eternalitis @Christopher Brown @Amy the Consulting Key Ring You mean in episodes with shoddy science? ;D ;D I jest
Roberts and Ford I could see - Sarah Jane proved that the two have creativity and craftsmanship to spare, and it would be nice if they could combine that and the no-nonsense approach from the SJA along with the more gritty/adult challenges of the Doctor's travels. I'd also like Neil Cross to take a crack at it, he showed a lot of creativity in his two Series 7 stories. Gatiss is a good writer as has been shown with An Adventure in Space and Time and Night Terrors, but his plotting is almost anti-watertight and he relies too much on nostalgia to inform much of his work for my liking. Chibnall has too much of a mixed track record, RTD had his time...and frankly, it's time for Moffat to go. On the whole Series 7 was really, very, shockingly crap, and while "The Day of the Doctor" and the surrounding specials turned out to be awesome the Christmas special afterward was such a mess that I really doubt Moffat's ability to continue whatever narrative threads he sets up in a satisfying manner. He seems to be sticking to his bizarro "45 minutes is perrrfecttt story length" philosophy which turned out to be utterly misjudged, and I'm afraid he might set the trend for seasons comprised of nothing but rushed, unsatisfying pantomimes. The lack of a delay between Series 8 and 9 suggests to me that he's leaving after this year, and to his credit I wish him a good run (and pray that his era doesn't continue its alarming downward spiral since Series 5, which I loved).
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Speculator’s Guide to… The Next Showrunner
@Amy the Consulting Key Ring Because gravity is a law, not something to be discarded just because a sun has powers beyond our comprehension. I can see where you're coming from, but it would have improved the episode had they at least illustrated that fact, rather than leave the episode open to barbs like mine.
@Amy the Consulting Key Ring @Christopher Brown even if that were true, the point's the same :P
6/10. I loved loved LOVED what this episode was going for and was even willing to accept the rushed set-up to the climax and I'm even okay with the leaf solution...until the FRIKKING SUN IMPLODED WITH NO NEGATIVE EFFECTS ON THE SOLAR SYSTEM. I mean honestly, that is possibly THE most laughable moment in NuWho's history - that's not just dodgy science, it's a medieval person's conception of science. Which is not to insult Neil Cross, whom I understand wrote the episode in a hurry; but rather I think it reflects the absolutely appalling writing and production standards of the season as a whole (which is especially baffling after the superlative Series 5 and Series 6, despite the latter's issues. Was everyone so burnt out from those that they just decided they needed to kill time until the 50th or something?) I do hope that this episode's poor reception doesn't discourage the team from doing more episodes like this (only better, obviously), because we really haven't had enough of them throughout the show's history. Oh, and the sonic was crap in this episode. Time to write that thing out.
@KingOfTheInterWebs has Kidneys @Christopher Brown No, that was just my capstone to the rest of the flaws that killed the episode for me. I was being ironically petty, or...something...yeah :D
5 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: Asylum of the Daleks
@Pockydon Well said, my friend. I gave this one a 1/10 but you roasted it even better than I did. I didn't even realize how stupid the location of the shields was until now! Applause x100
@Amy the Consulting Commentator The Daleks have always been able to feel fear. They are the most racist beings in existence in the Whoniverse (except maybe for the Z'nai), they're utterly bonkers because of it! Hatred comes from fear of the other, after all.
@Special Weapons Dalek Serves them right you awesomely bada** monster you!
I know this is going to be rated highly but I think it's utter crap (albeit very well-directed and visually stunning crap) and was especially insulting considering my parents were contemplating an actual divorce at the time, which made the ratings-grabbing, completely unrealistic character-assassinating divorce subplot utterly trite. (As a side-note, this is probably the grumpiest post I've ever written. Beware :D) The Doctor gets a character downgrade from the lovable, unpredictable old alien to some bitter guy who sulks in the shadows refusing to fight the villains of his own d*mn show (whom, I might remind everyone, he has allowed to build a whole new empire, complete with prison camps). This spectacularly misjudged "arc" he goes through that begins here might have worked with Six or Ten but it goes completely against all the strengths of Eleven's character. Not only that, but then Moffat figures that the way to make Daleks scary again is to turn them into Cybermen. That's right, the full-powered Dalek Empire (or is it Bureaucracy now?) is willing to turn what they see as inferior creatures into Daleks with no problem at all - there doesn't seem to be much they won't convert. I mean come on, surely even the people who like the episode can see how stupid that is? There are some great bits - the Dalek zombies, Oswin's character arc (why couldn't we have her in place of Clara?), the scene where Rory awakens the Daleks...but they can't save what I found to be an utterly ugly episode beneath the surface, one that suggests that evil shouldn't be fought because it will only grow stronger - and to me, what the episode says morally is the most important part of considering it a good Doctor Who story. And even if any of the above flaws were absent, it still wouldn't explain the fact that they made a big deal of bringing back the Classic Daleks and had them in split-second background cameos - which means they brought back the SPECIAL WEAPONS DALEK AND DIDN'T HAVE IT BLOW A SINGLE THING UP. While objectively it deserves 4/10 and would probably merit 7/10 on grounds of entertainment, that embarrassment alone (well, along with the others) is why I rated this *1/10*. Exterminate it, Daleks, if you're allowed to anymore (which didn't stop "The Day of the Doctor" from being awesome, but still).
@Deus_Ex_Machina Well, we'll certainly see then ;) let's hope I can trust your mechanically divine judgement!
5 months ago on Dark Eyes 2 Review (Spoiler-Free)
Not sure whether to get this one...reviews have been mixed to say the least.
Lots of great stuff, crappy treatment of the villains (as usual) - *except* for the brilliant moment when it looks like Craig is going to be converted, which is the only time the Cyberman have come close to being scary outside of "The Pandorica Opens". I voted 8/10 but thinking back it might deserve a 7/10...then again, Stormageddon brings it up to a 7.5/10...hmmm...but Sophie's absence kinda brings it back down...AAAARRRGGGHHHH
5 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Closing Time
What exactly is the definition of a Sontaran story anyway? It's not like they've had a specific theme beyond the military buffoonery*/utter ruthlessness, the way the Daleks and (in theory) the Cyberman do - I read somewhere, and quite agree, that their two-parter in Series 4 could just as easily have been a Zygon story with very little changes.
5 months, 1 week ago on Unpopular Opinion: Strax
Possibly the best Doctor Who story ever, the only contender being Inferno. Truly a masterpiece.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Vincent and the Doctor