Kidneys! I've got new kidneys! I don't like the colour.
I did the same for Polly and Ben Jackson in my first In Perspective, I left them over till the second In Perspective where they are more associated with. Though Sarah Jane Smith was around longer with the Third Doctor I still felt she is more associated with the Fourth Doctor and she will be dearly mentioned within the next In Perspective :)
13 hours, 42 minutes ago on Doctor Who In Perspective 1970-1974
For me it goes:
1. Series 7
2. Series 6
3. Series 8
4. Series 5
3 days, 14 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards #14: Moffat Series
This is exciting news. Great to see Toby back onboard. He's certainly been one of my favourite writers for the New Series and produced some quality stories each time. It'll be interesting to see how he writes for Peter, especially after spending his last three stories writing for Matt. The best thing about this news is he's finally been given a two-parter. I've wanted to see him do a two-parter for ages and now I finally get my wish. Wonder if we're going back to the original New Series format, if so I wonder who'll be given the task of writing the other two-parter (assuming Moffat doesn't write it as well as the finale). I would like it to be Mark Gatiss personally but we'll have to see.
1 week, 3 days ago on Toby Whithouse Two-parter Confirmed for Series 9
Happy New Year everyone :D
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Happy New Year 2015!
You're welcome. It's ok, I understand.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Patrick Troughton: The Beginning, End and In-Between
Here's a little teaser for you, Inferno is my favourite Pertwee story. So you can take a wild stab in the dark at guessing one of the episodes I'll be choosing for next month's article ;)
Love that scene :)
Surprisingly though I find some of the longer episodes to be the most engaging because the story keeps you hooked. With having so many episodes to work with the writer's put in that extra effort to keep the audience interested, even through the many sections of padding. The Invasion for instance feels like two stories in one due to the first four episodes concentrating on Tobias Vaughn and how insane he is before the introduction to the Cybermen, who Vaughn is working with to invade Earth.
I actually enjoy watching The War Games in one fell swoop. I find it a very engaging story despite it being far too long. When I was re-watching it for the review I was doing stuff in the background but I was constantly interested by what was going on onscreen and even stopping from time to time to watch it.
That is a good question really. That's probably why I stayed clear of fan favourite The Evil of the Daleks because as you say, it's difficult to review an episode that no longer exists. I broke the rule with The Power of the Daleks as my article looks over each incarnations first and last story with so many picks from episodes in-between. Since Troughton's first episode is missing I was forced to watch a reconstruction and judge the story from the audio, still images and the minimal surviving footage. Hope this answers your question :)
This is what I feel Moffat did with the Master. He turned him into a woman. All his traits seemed to fly out of the window in favour of writing for a new character essentially. Missy didn't appear to act like the Master and I couldn't take her seriously. Also the snogging just didn't sit right with me because it contradicted the Doctor's and Master's original chemistry. If this were to happen to the Doctor then it would become silly and almost a joke. Also there's the consideration of what would River think or any of his previous relationships? I don't think I could ever be persuaded in accepting the idea. Some will think less of me for that, that's fine I guess, but it is my views at the end of the day. I don't see the reason in changing the Doctor's sex. He's the way he is and I love him for that. The same went for the Master. Now where does the line end with him? Does he remain a woman or will he alternate between male and female? The same applies to the Doctor. If he did become female, where does it go from there? Bottom line is I just don't think this change will add anything to the show.
1 month ago on Female Doctor Poll Results & A Case For
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
1 month, 1 week 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.
Very nice :)
1 month, 1 week 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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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 month, 2 weeks 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 month, 2 weeks 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 month, 2 weeks 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.
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.
1 month, 3 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 :)
1 month, 3 weeks 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.
1 month, 3 weeks 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.
1 month, 3 weeks 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.
1 month, 4 weeks 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
2 months 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.
2 months 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.
2 months 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.
2 months 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.
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 :)
2 months ago on Doctor Who’s 51st Anniversary
Thanks for the apology :)
2 months 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.
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.
2 months 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.
2 months ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Classic Era)