Kidneys! I've got new kidneys! I don't like the colour.
Glad I could help :)
4 weeks ago on Tom Baker: The Beginning, End and In-Between (Part 1)
I actually didn't intend to insult Leela's character as I find her one of my favourite characters. What you see above is my bad phrasing. When I say lack in intelligence I was trying to get across she had lower intelligence than most companions due to her savage nature and not that she didn't have intelligence altogether. I do apologise for coming across in a bad way.
1 month ago on Doctor Who In Perspective 1974-1981
The Deadly Assassin was certainly a fantastic serial and one of my favourites. Sadly it didn't end up on my review list due to having to flip a coin between that and The Talons of Weng-Chiang as my pick from Season Fourteen.
Concerning Sarah Jane, look out for the cliff-hanger for Part 2 of The Masque of Mandragora. In an early draft of this article I did mention it in full but due to word count I sadly had to get rid of it. Basically it's cringe worthy to watch because Sarah Jane is extremely pathetic and far too dependent on the Doctor. Conveniently the second cliff-hanger of Pyramids of Mars also depicts her being very pathetic, screaming out for an unconscious Doctor to save her, showing her lack of ability to defend herself in a perilous situation.
Sorry for being dismissive with Revenge of the Cybermen. I do find it a good story but I suppose I was writing in the context of 'overall'. As good of a story it was it didn't do true justice to the Cybermen and wasn't the best return for them. Earthshock proved a better success at this attempt. As for your question, I refer to Davros from Genesis of the Daleks ;)
I'm still referring the Master as his original gender. It makes more sense. Besides we still don't know if the Master is truly female. For all we know he stole his current body similar to Tremas in The Keeper of Traken.
1 month, 1 week ago on Missy Back in Two-Part Series 9 Opener
Also love that Kate Stewart's returning along with UNIT. Interested in seeing where this who'll wizard stuff fits in. Also I am looking forward to seeing what the Master is up to. Despite the flawed nature of his last plans, it was still harsh to see the extent he'd gone to in order to prove a point. And how can I forget the factor of there being two two parters back to back. Does this mean every story will be a two partner? That would be interesting.
I kind of wish they'd stop referring this incarnation of the Master as 'Missy'. I think that's what bugs me about this whole female Master idea because its like it's its own entity and character. She should be the latest Master and should share traits with previous incarnations. Also I hope they stop referring to the Master in past tense as a she because that too was annoying. It's like just because he's a woman now he has to be referred to as a woman as a whole. Plus I guess I just found Moffat's writing of the Master last year poor compared to Russell T Davies who really knew how to write the character. There's insane and then there's just madness for the sake of madness which the Master has never been about. He's always remained intelligent with his schemes.
I'm really hoping Moffat improves on his writing for the Master this year and progresses this incarnation in a way that I can find likeable and up to standards with the other Master's. No more snogging, no more out of place characteristics, no more feeling like the new Master is a brand new Moffat creation and please can we have some answers as to how the Master survived the events of 'The End of Time'. I will certainly give Moffat the benefit of the doubt with this one but this is his last chance concerning the Master. I really can't bare to see my favourite villain ruined any further.
This is exciting news. It'll be nice to see Colin get the closure he deserves after his unfair circumstances that led to his departure. Just pre-ordered it. Having only joined Big Finish just under a month ago I'm certainly doing well at increasing my collection.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Sixth Doctor: The Last Adventure
I think that statement means what it means. If Gallifrey returned then the Daleks for sure would want to start the Time War all over again. No doubt the reason the War started in the first place was because the Daleks felt the need to retaliate after the many attempts the Time Lords made to destroy them, the biggest example being when they tried using the Doctor to kill them at their own genesis. That and the Daleks probably figured that by destroying their greatest enemy and gaining the power of time would complete their quest for ultimate supremacy.
If Gallifrey came back the Doctor would have to pull something out of his hat to insure the Time War didn't start again. Also there is the problem of not knowing what state the Time Lords are in, i.e. Rassilon and the High Council might still be insane. There's also the thought of what happened to the Daleks in Arcadia or all the other dark creatures that got pulled into the War on the final day which as the Doctor described turned into hell? The return of Gallifrey will be a hard journey but I believe it will be a poetic outcome as it will be the Doctor's greatest achievement returning his home back into our reality.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Love from Gallifrey: Something We All Missed?
I think this is one of/if not my favourite fan theory I've read and I've read some beauties over the last couple of years. You certainly had genius to establish this thought and I salute you Richard for your clever thinking.
Sorry. In many ways I regret not reviewing The Green Death because as you say it is a classic and must watch episode from the Pertwee era. It's hard picking episodes to review when you know you have to narrow down the list to accommodate the article's word-count.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Jon Pertwee: The Beginning, End and In-Between (Part 2)
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 :)
2 months ago on Doctor Who In Perspective 1970-1974
For me it goes:
1. Series 7
2. Series 6
3. Series 8
4. Series 5
2 months, 1 week 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.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Toby Whithouse Two-parter Confirmed for Series 9
Happy New Year everyone :D
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Happy New Year 2015!
You're welcome. It's ok, I understand.
3 months 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.
3 months, 1 week 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
3 months, 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 :)
3 months, 2 weeks 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.
3 months, 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.
3 months, 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).
3 months, 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.
3 months, 3 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.
3 months, 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 :)
3 months, 4 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.
3 months, 4 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.
4 months 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.
4 months 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
4 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.
4 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.
4 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.
4 months, 1 week 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?