Kidneys! I've got new kidneys! I don't like the colour.
Although The Runaway Bride is clearly not the best Christmas Special but I always find I enjoy watching it and I've loved its fun and tragic story since I first saw it on New Year 2007 (yes unfortunately me and my mum missed the original broadcast). Davies just tried to be fun with the story but at the same time made it serious. Donna's chemistry with the Doctor is just a mad rollercoaster ride whilst the Doctor's act of killing the Racnoss children by drowning them was just powerful. Donna's reaction said it all. Though the Empress didn't do much and the whole Racnoss ship being at the centre of the Earth is cringe-worthy, it still remains a good story to watch. Who can forget the amazing car chase scene and seeing the TARDIS fly after Donna. And everytime I hear "Merry Xmas Everybody" I can't help but think, "You had the reception without me!!!" Classic XD
17 hours, 37 minutes ago on Festive Face-Off: The Christmas Invasion vs The Runaway Bride
I went with The Runaway Bride. I've always found that The Christmas Invasion is a weak Christmas Special and a weak introduction to a new Doctor. Having watched the Classic Series as a kid I was acquainted with the idea of regeneration and the show's mythology but Series One was my first experience of watching the show upon broadcast and actually just sitting and watching it. So when Christopher Eccleston left I was saddened. The Christmas Invasion really didn't lend to me in warming up to David Tennant and in fact I don't think it was until Tooth and Claw that I started appreciating his take on the role. This was due to poor writing by Russell T Davies I'm afraid. The decisions made in The Christmas Invasion were bad. They didn't introduce him well and watching Rose being whiney the entire story didn't help either. It lead to her downfall as a character in fact. To this very day I find it a weak episode. I enjoy watching it like any other episode but looking at it in the grand perspective of things, I see its massive flaws and look at it in disappointment.
17 hours, 48 minutes ago on Festive Face-Off: The Christmas Invasion vs The Runaway Bride
Very nice :)
1 day, 18 hours ago on Site Update: Christmas 2014
I wouldn't mind Clara staying for a bit, a new companion joins during that point to allow for two companions for a little while before Clara leaves and allows the new companion to run solo with the Doctor.
5 days, 18 hours ago on Clara, or a New Companion? The Results
Great article and I agree with your points. An interesting and clever read and it's nice to see someone really try and make sense of this situation.
1 week ago on An Opinion On Gender Regeneration: Plot or Politics?
I'm 22, been a fan all of my life, and I share your thoughts. It does seem strange saying I'm a life long fan though at such a young age XD But yeah I'm with you on diagreeing, and to be honest I'm still unable to accept Mistress as the Master so I don't know what will happen if the Doctor did become female. Hopefully knowing a younger fan is in the same boat eases your thoughts :)
I've said for years now "why hasn't anyone jumped on the band-wagon of having a Doctor Who ride?", more so when I went to Florida the other month with my girlfriend and saw the fantastical Harry Potter world. If they can have that why not Doctor Who? I guess my wish has finally been answered. I suppose I could never call staying in my own country a holiday but it'd still be nice to experience this wonderful idea and I'm extremely pleased that the BBC are so welcome to this idea and aiding every step of the development. Gotta love British Culture (more so when it's on top form).
1 week ago on BBC Theme Park Set to Feature Doctor Who
If it's one thing I've noticed over this entire debate it's that the people who want a female Doctor are the aggressive ones. They quickly jump on the opposite opinion's ideas and stomp on them because they don't share their ways of thinking. Also it bores and irritates me to see so many cheap shots thrown, especially when concerning rational ideas against the idea of a female Doctor or because some fans wish to leave the show when this happens. This to me shows that the people for this idea are very disrespectful and appear to be so blinded by this idea that they'll come up with any excuse as to why it's a good idea. And to be honest I haven't seen any good reasons as to why this will work. Everything stated is simply "for the sake of it" or "it will bring something new". These two reasons aren't good enough or just don't make sense.
1 week, 1 day ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey
Well of course the Doctor isn't going to mind the change if Moffat doesn't want him to express it. And considering Moffat's the one that wants the change to happen, *wink, wink* putting lines of dialogue in both yours and other writer'scripts about gender-changing Time Lords, the Doctor is going to be even less bothered about the change. It's all down to the opinion of the man in-charge. I'm sorry Moffat, I like and admire you as a writer but you can't just go along and do something just because you want it to happen without considering the long-term affect on the show. This applies to any writer in-charge. Ideas and developments must have beneficial reasons and not just be there for wow factors or making a statement to attract diffferent audience members. If they don't like the Doctor being a male, then obviously they weren't the right people to be targetting at. Don't exclude the majority for the minority.
1 week, 2 days ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey
I would like both. I want Clara to possibly leave part way through Series Nine on a crucial episode (but not one that evolves around her, if you know what i mean - important but isn't centred around her and she goes in a cool way). Then I want a new companion to be introduced early on to establish themselves before Clara's departure. You then get a few episodes with just Clara then you get multiple companions, a new line-up somewhat before it's broken up and then there's just the new companion to pick up the pieces. This sounds better than just bringing in a new companion at the beginning of a series and making them leave at the end of a series. Shake things up a bit like within the Classic series.
2 weeks ago on Clara, or a New Companion for Series 9?
Definitely watching Doctor Who and Mrs Brown's Boys. It'll be strange this year because for the first time ever I'll be away from home for Christmas and at my girlfriends house instead. Still, watching the shows with my girlfriend will be a treat on its own :)
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Last Christmas BBC One Time Confirmed
For the first time ever I'm going to wait to buy the Christmas Special due to me now buying the boxsets instead of the volumes. I made the mistake of buying TDOTD and TTOTD only because there wasn't any details about them being released in a boxset until part way through 2014 (fat lot of good that was). I'm just hoping it will be a part of Series Nine's boxset. We don't want another repeat of the Series Seven boxset (wink, wink BBC, don't break traditions, Christmas Specials are meant to be a part of the set). Needless to say if that happened the fans would get onto telling them off again.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Last Christmas DVD / Blu-Ray
It's worth getting. I was rewatching it the other day when doing my review on it. I will say it isn't the best regeneration story, but certainly not the worst. But it is a good episode to watch a good introduction to the Cybermen. Also the DVD has a special feature where you can watch a reconstructed VHS version of Episode 4. It mostly consists of telesnaps but it does feature occasional salvaged footage which is beautiful to watch and of course the entire regeneration sequence is intact.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on William Hartnell: The Beginning, End and In-Between
Sorry I couldn't pick them all but I had to give myself limitations for obvious reasons. I was considering either The Gunfighters or The War Machines for my choice for Season 4 but sadly I didn't end up picking anything from that season. And unfortunately I haven't seen any of the missing episodes so I couldn't review Marco Polo or The Myth Makers even if I wanted to. Hey-ho, I hope you enjoyed what I did chose and what I'm trying to accomplish with this new series :)
I really recommend The Time Meddler for all the reasons I stated above. It's a clever story and really gives some further depth to the First Doctor's character. Also the Monk is a brilliant character. Plus I find it's a good little introduction to companion Steven Taylor.
I really did want to review The Dalek Invasion of Earth, as like you say it's a cracker, but I could only pick a couple of episodes for this particular article. My goal was to try and pick less obvious episodes in order to showcase different episodes to fans that aren't all that familar with Classic Who. Also have to agree that The Tenth Planet Cybermen are probably the creepiest though I probably prefer the designs they have in Troughton's story.
Yes!!! The Monk needs an onscreen come back. If they can bring him back in Big Finish then surely it's not too impossible to bring him back on television as he has so much potential.
Funnily enough I expected someone to ask why I didn't add in The Daleks XD I guess I just wanted to go for something different and unexpected, thereby broadening the minds of fans that aren't familar with the Classic era.
Shame you feel that way but each to his own :)
I think they should go back to the Classic Series routes and have companions come and go as they please. I think it was good when companions didn't always join at the beginning of a Season and then left part way through another. Also I think they should stop making companion departures so dramatic and make them more subtle like within the Classic Series (unless for special occasions like with Adric). I liked it when they left on good terms, plus it was also good when they didn't land back were they started which is a rare thing to see within the New Series.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rumour: Christmas Won’t Be Jenna Coleman’s Last
I thought I might as well join in on sharing my ideal line-up for Series 9:
1. Steven Moffat
2. Nicholas Briggs
3. Toby Whithouse
4. Steve Thompson
5. Steven Moffat
6. Toby Whithouse
7. Jamie Mathieson
8. Phil Ford
9. Gareth Roberts
10. Russell T Davies
11. Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss
12. Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss
3 weeks ago on Writers to Bring Back for Series 9 & Beyond
The Zarbi aren't so much far-fetched just simply cheesy within design, making them less threatening and harder to take serious. Plus I just find 'The Web Planet' to be one of Hartnell's less engaging episodes. But each to our own :) Also sorry about the typos. I'll try my best to get a handle on them for future articles.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor Who In Perspective 1963-1966
Like with all of Moffat's Christmas Specials, I'm looking forward to what imagination he brings to the Festive season. It will also be great to see Capaldi in action during his first Christmas Special. Plus, judging from the trailer, we might be having some dark elements within the story through the strange aliens on the Artic base.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Last Christmas: Short Synopsis
Oh yeah. My bad.
Although Tom Baker was my first Doctor, I must thank Christopher Eccleston for broadening my mind as before the show came back in 2005 my preference for episodes was mostly Dalek stories.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on From 1-12: Who is YOUR Doctor?
Not a bad way to start your Doctor Who experience. My earliest Doctor's where Tom Baker and Jon Pertwee. I also watched some episodes from Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy as well. Basically episodes on repeat during the 90s but I remember having a preference to Dalek stories.
Out of curiosity Doctor Who TV, who was your first Doctor?
I can never quite remember who my first Doctor was as I was three at the time I started watching the show back in the Wilderness Years when it was on repeat on UK Gold. I do remember what first got me into Doctor Who was the Peter Cushing films. After that I delved into the actual show and grew to love it and place it within my heart, almost becoming a part of my life. But I do recall that Tom Baker was one of my earliest Doctor's so I selected him. I think Genesis of the Daleks was one of my first installments.
There was a reason that Ben and Polly were left out of this article.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Doctor Who In Perspective 1963-1966
The Dalek Invasion of Earth is certainly a great Dalek tale and certainly a great First Doctor story, a compliment to his era's quality in storytelling. I also agree that RTDs reference to this episode was a nice little touch. I like how the Daleks reference the fact that they have finally become the masters of Earth, an echo back to the statement the First Doctor said to them about needing to control all life on Earth before they've conquered the planet.
Happy Birthday Doctor Who :D I'm glad we have such a wonderful show and it's amazing that the show is still going after all these years. It showcases just how brilliant the idea was back in 1963 because it's still making fans and casual viewers alike intrigued with the mysterious Time Lord this very day. Onward to the future and further adventures my old friend :)
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor Who’s 51st Anniversary
Thanks for the apology :)
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
Not really fair. I'm guessing you don't agree with my opinion, which is fine, but no need to slag me off by pointing me out as some kind of rambler. Opinions are opinions and I have a right to share mine regardless if the majority don't agree.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
Well I thought she was going to be an original character, so I guess I'm an idiot for not picking up signs that I clearly couldn't see?
Chances are I will give her another go but I'm not getting my hopes up. This doesn't mean I won't give her a fair chance but it simply means I personally don't have much faith in this idea working to suit my preference.
That sounds to me like admiration to a friend/enemy rather than sexual tension.
Got my copy yesterday. Loved the menu. The best menu of the New Series without a doubt, a lot of effort went into it I think. Haven't watched the Bonus Features yet but I'm definitely looking forward to them. The strangest thing is having a single case in a sleeve which stands out against the boxsets of the previous seasons. None the less it still has 5 discs inside containing tons of episodes and bonus features, perhaps more Bonus Features than we've seen for a long time which is brilliant (minus the 50th Collectors boxset). I've watched Deep Breath, Into the Dalek and Robot of Sherwood so far and will hopefully be watching Listen and Time Heist later. I suppose my other niggle would be that the edited out scenes of Robot of Sherwood remain edited out which is a shame. I really wanted a chance to see the final fight scene in all its glory. Either a deleted scenes option or even the choice to watch the episode with or without those scenes would've been a nice feature.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on The Complete Eighth Series Box Set Review
I've gone for Geoffrey Beevers just because I found his portrayal sinister. This form really pushed his character to new brinks of insanity and desperation in his stubborn attempt to cheat death. It was very powerful in my eyes and demonstrated his strength, ruthlessness and power.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Classic Era)
Originally I thought Capaldi's incarnation would resemble that of C. Baker's, to which it does in many ways, but I've grown to compare his character arc to that of Hartnell's. In a clever way Moffat has come full-circle and reset the Doctor's persona and he has to rebuild the self he had created by the time of Smith.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Capaldi Didn’t Want Twelve to Be Likeable
In all fairness the Doctor was originally like that. His personality has been reset for his new regeneration cycle and has to start over from scratch, slowly working his way back up to being a gentle soul who cares and becomes a hero.
Mine's just the standard edition. Loving the menu though. My god that's a great menu. And rewatching Deep Breath reminded me just why I love it so much. Fantastic episode Moff.
What I like about Twelfth is Capaldi and Moffat have taken the character back to basics and reset everything to resemble the journey the First Doctor went on, starting off as cold and uncaring character before becoming someone loving, warm and has a sense of justice.
4 weeks ago on Capaldi Didn’t Want Twelve to Be Likeable
Sorry you have to wait :( Will do. I think some will be impressed by the boxes artwork because I sure was. Quite inventive and stays true to the Twelfth Doctor's character.
Going off topic slightly, my copy of Series 8 just arrived. Yay!!! :D And I got a free Dark Water post card with it (at least I think it's a post card, or well/either way is now on my wall as decoration along with my other Doctor Who stuff).
Happy Birthday William. You helped establish the foundations of a companion and the show of Doctor Who in general. Thank you and enjoy your birthday.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Happy Birthday, William Russell
Great news Capaldi. I'm hoping for 5 years like Jon Pertwee but I guess we'll have to see. I'm confident he will stay for a good few years because he's used to staying with a character for long periods of time, look at Malcolm Tucker who he loved coming back to. I guess the difference with Tucker is it wasn't a constant role and there was gaps between series. We can but hope he stays for as long as he wants to in order to get a good worth out of his dream job, that's all I'm hoping for. At the end of the day he should enjoy it while it lasts.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Capaldi Doesn’t Plan to Regenerate “For a While”
I actually prefer the idea of them coming and going as they please, like in the Classic Series. I feel in concern with the companions and villains there's too much of a structure and I feel the writers need to mix it up a bit, like within the Classic Series. Make it more unpredictable when companions will join and leave and when a big villain will show up or not. So yeah I find it more inventive when a companion joins maybe mid-way through a series, thereby having different companions merging together, and then them leaving at different points in the series - not necessarily at the beginning and end. Say, as I said above, to me the current way of doing things is too structured and boring (with the exception of when they actually chopped and changed things).
The Name of the Doctor all the way.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)
Happy Birthday Moffat :D Thanks for all the things you've brought to the show with your genius.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Happy Birthday, Steven Moffat!
I think the list you guys gave is about right. There so many great moments from Moffat's tenure filled by his genius. I may not have quite agreed to his decisions for the Series 8 finale but that doesn't stop me admiring the man. I think your monster list is spot on, though I will admit the Headless Monks, the Dalek Puppets, Wooden Cyberman, Clockwork Droids, Madame Kovarian, Miss Kizlet, the Whispermen and his reinterpretation of the Great Intelligence all deserve a mention. The choices of twists are great too, oh how I've loved the twists within Moffat's era. Now for my six choices for Moffat episodes:
The Name of the Doctor/The Night of the Doctor/The Day of the Doctor/The Time of the Doctor
A Good Man Goes to War
A Christmas Carol
The Wedding of River Song
The Bells of Saint John
Special Mentions to:
The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone
Asylum of the Daleks
The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon
What I'm trying to say is thank you Moffat for your hard work so far and I bid you good luck for the rest of you journey on the show.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Moffat’s Best Monsters, Tricks & Stories (So Far)