Doctor What and Where
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Some really good choices... But honestly, I find the lack of Spare Parts and Omega rather glaring. Particularly the former, which to me is the Caves of Androzani of audios (ironically, both with the Fifth starring). That said, I love some of your choices, like The Wrong Doctors - absolutely delightful and unusual multi-Doctor story.
5 days, 15 hours ago on Happy Birthday, Big Finish! 15 Picks for 15 Years
I would want one. Preferably with McGann (due to his popolarity with the mini-episode, and because he was the first NuWho Doctor), Eccleston and Capaldi on a multi-Doctor story ala The Two Doctors.
Moffat can write it, as long as he doesn't bs his way around it.
1 week, 3 days ago on Will There Be a 10th Anniversary Special for the Revival?
And really, Captain Jack should come back for such an occasion. An "original" NuWho companion, present in its first year.
@Notsosmartguy sells propane and propaneaccessories @TheCyberDoctor is Undead @Doctor What and Where What great new stories? His story is over! The Time War was never going to be explored, because its an abstract idea that everyone has a different take on.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on What If… the 8th Doctor Had Had a Full TV Run?
@TheCyberDoctor is Undead @Doctor What and Where He's a stunt casting caused by Eccleston's refusal. Plus, he's not a returning - he's a "new" Doctor. And one that was totally unneeded, given that the excellent Paul McGann could've just as easily filled in the position.
@TardisBoy I love John Hurt, but I'd infinitely prefer to have seen McGann over him. Doctor Who anniversaries mean two or more old Doctors. War Doctor was not a Doctor before this episode.
So no shame on losing that, really.
"I couldn’t think of a better present that Moffat could have given us to celebrate the show’s fiftieth last year."
I could. Have him instead of John Hurt. The Eighth Doctor destroying Galifrey? A much more suitable substitution to Christopher Eccleston's Ninth. Not to mention an ACTUAL Doctor, to boot.
Day of the Daleks, the Special Editin. Simply superb.
3 weeks ago on The 3rd Doctor: Five Favourites
@MeglosProductions @Doctor What and Where @supermoff The "Unquiet Dead" is a solid exception, and MAYBE "Night Terrors". But yes, he does worst some of the worst episodes of NuWho. The ones you mentioned are excruciating.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Are the Big Enemies Being Overused?
@TheDoctorIsInDaHouse Not likely. I wish they did, cause if its not gonna be bundled with series 7 (which it and Day should arguably have been), it might as well be bundled with Series 8, as it looks like a few threads of it bleed directly into series 8. That said, I eagerly await the 50th anniversary box set, which I hope will be announced soon.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Series 8 DVD / Blu-Ray Dated
I'm pretty sure there can be ways that can justify him coming back for a multi-Doctor story with Capaldi's Doctor. If Night of the Doctor showed anything, is that he can do it wonderfully, and and that the fans will love it.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on McGann Doubtful on Return, Spin-off
@supermoff I would say the exact opposite, in that they were NEVER effectively used in the Moffat era. Victory of the Daleks might be the most pointless Daleks appearence yet, and easily the worst episode of that season (not surprising, since Gatiss wrote it). RTD did overuse them, BUT, they were more menacing in his time. Dalek and Stolen Earth two-parter, in fact, showcase a pretty effective and powerful display of the Daleks.
@Cone456 @sontaran17 @Doctor What and Where Well said.
1 month ago on Why Bringing Back Gallifrey Is Right…
@sontaran17 @Doctor What and Where Well, I'm just saying that it could just as well not count. Nobody in the lead-up to Time of the Doctor seemingly counted the Meta Crisis as an actual regeneration. I always did, though, but not many.
Let me make this clear: I WANT it to count. It should count, and Moffat rightly counted it. All I'm saying is, its very possible that someone else, like RTD for instance, might not have counted it under the circumstances. It is as simple as that.
@Amy's on the Mofflex Diet I agree, and Moffat aknowledging it was a stroke of genius. But that doesn't mean it was always going to count, so I insist that its not a fact.
OK, two things:
1) The great War Doctor? I'm sorry, but it would've been fair to state first that he was an afterthought and an obvious replacement for the Ninth. Cause everything, right down to his clothing, makes that plainly obvious.
2) The Stolen Earth regeneration was always gonna count? Not if you were RTD - who plainly stated, many times, that this didn't count as a regeneration. That Moffat counted it as such is indeed a brilliant retcon, but thats what it is - a retcon. RTD never intended it to be counted as an actual regeneration, so if, in a parallel universe RTD did stay for years and years as exec, he wouldn't have counted it. There.
Otherwise, a GOOD article, and a good counterpoint to that other article.
@wholmesian Indeed. A terrible choice for a newcomer.
1 month, 1 week ago on You will become like us! The Best ‘Converter’ Episodes
Blink. If you don't like that, maybe you shouldn't bother at all.
And to note, I would have settled with Paul McGann appearing in War Doctor's place. It would've been less "trifling", as he could still have been a secret Doctor for NuWho Doctors, as he would've fought in the Time War and ended the Time Lords. In fact, their dissapointment would've made more sense, as the Eighth would've once been the romantic, youthful person that we know from the TV Movie, before his descent into the Warrior. And it would've been metetextual, for those stubborn fans that still had trouble reconcilling McGann in the Who canon.
Really, another much better alternative than Hurt as the War Doctor.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on What if… the Ninth Doctor was the War Doctor?
OK, lets talk about an actual alternative that makes sense, instead of wishful apologizing about the fact that Eccleston never came back:
I totally agree that Name of the Doctor would have to handle the Eccleston "surprise" different, but think of it this way: Clara, while in the Doctor's time-stream, looks at a book called Time War. Thus, its safe to assume that she would've seen the destruction of Gallifrey, and the Ninth Doctor revealed as the one who instigated it. Perhaps she can witness that moment with Matt Smith who would regret this. As is, Name of the Doctor, like the otherwise brillaint 50th anniversary trailer, is largely misdirectional - the fact that the War Doctor destroyed Gallifrey and the Daleks is hardly a surprise. But the episode itself treats that as such, because he never reveals WHY he's not the Doctor. For eight years, the audience has known that the Doctor had destroyed the Time Lords and Daleks alike. So if you're gonna have a Secret Doctor, you better have a good reason to have him be a secret, so as to hide something. I loved the early rumors that he was the Valeyard from the future, that the Doctor knew he would BECOME eventually, because he's seen in his own time-stream, something that would happen because of the Trial of a Time Lord story arc.
So after dealing with Name, we have Night of the Doctor.... and I'm not sure why the author of the artcile thinks in an Eccleston-guest-starring episode it would be an unecessary addition. In fact, I'd argue the opposite - I'd say it'd be EVEN MORE ESSENTIAL. Because, as the accepted speculation has been, the Eighth Doctor had been the one who was fighting in the Time War, the minisode's purpose would, of course, be shifted: Instead of a Doctor who would regenerate into a Warrior that would be involved in the War, this time the Eighth Doctor would already BE a Warrior... but one who would still be unable to make the hard decision to end the Time Lords and Daleks alike. Death and Sisterhood of Karn later, the Doctor becomes the Ninth, and the one who will end the War. Leading right into...
... The Day of the Doctor. Where this time, the Ninth Doctor and the Moment's projection of Rose/Bad Wolf would make real sense. If anything is absolute proof that Moffat intended to have the Ninth in War's place, this is it. The sight of having Eccleston and Billie Piper reunited since the reboot. And may I say, what a lovely picture that would've been. Not to mention later on, to have Ninth AND Tenth with Piper in the same scene in the barn. Just brilliant.
Anyway, I imagine it would probably be more-or-less the same, apart from the Doctor being very, very early on - Tenth's "very recent for you" only makes sense in that respect, and as-is constitutes as a flaw in the existing narrative that the Doctors 10 and 11 don't remember that he regenerated after the Time War. And he'd be less grumpy, obviously, but thats obvious. In any case, his coda could possibly involve going back to Earth for the "Rose" events. OR, in a clever twist, the Ninth Doctor could have stolen the Moment AFTER having done "Rose" and even recognizes Bad Wolf as Rose, only to forget because of timey-wimey. But thats just fan-speculation.
And now, Time of the Doctor... this is tricky, because the Eleventh Doctor clearly has to have had all regenerations spent in order for the story to work as it does. HOWEVER... there is the matter of the Valeyard. The fella that came out of the Doctor between the 12th and 13th (and final) incarnation? Clearly, unless you retcon the Meta-Crisis Doctor as him (which presently would be ideal, as it'd even bring Tennant back for an appearence as an evil Doctor, funnily enough), that could be adressed as something that DID happen... but we didn't see. Something that the Eleventh wouldn't remember, but would have to come to accept as fact, as he would grow old in Christmas town. If anything, its a decent hint for a multi-Doctor story to come - one where you could have Capaldi present, as well, and Smith's Doctor "spewing" the Valeyard out of him. But that is all if Moffat chose to do the Christmas special the way he did, or similarly to that at least.
So, there. I hope I presented a somewhat logical progression of events, as well as suggestion, had Eccleston been in the 50th anniversary. Please excuse me while I go to bed. Bye!
@The Wizard of Fez Hm, what if the Doctor met Rose while he facing the Autons DURING the Time War? :p
I love The Day of the Doctor.... but it really isn't the best one. Not by quite a bit - all stories in that top ten are better than it. Seriously.
2 months ago on The Top Stories & Doctors (According to DWM 2014)
@YaelMoise @Americanwhovian Easily the worst of the Doctors.
@MeglosProductions Not only that, but Space Museum actually has a time travel paradox premise. How rare was that on OldWho, ESPECIALLY with Hartnell?
Light at the End is close, but lacks the lasting impact of Day. But I love both.
And both miss the Ninth Doctor making a proper appearence, so not perfect enough. :)
2 months ago on The Day of the Doctor vs The Light at the End
@Me and Stuff I HAVE heard of his audio stories. Namely, the Lucie Miller/Till Death two-part story, which shows a vengeful, hate-filled Doctor at the end of it, ready to face all the Daleks in all of universe. Yeah, he would've worked.
And he would've worked, because he would have been like Ten and Eleven once. The contrast of the pre-Time War and post-Time War Doctor would be juxtaposed unto him, and Ten and Eleven would be weary of that transformation.
So no, it wasn't perfect. Hurt was brought in at the last minute for a story that required the Ninth, and Moffat created the Forgotten Doctor "twist" that at the end of the day, is so obvious a stunt that I can't believe so many fans don't fall for it.
And I say all this as a big fan of the Day of the Doctor. But lets face - it could've been better with either the Ninth or the Eighth in War's place.
2 months, 1 week ago on Could The Eleven Doctors Have Been Achieved Without Overcrowding?
@EricPavlat This. If you're not gonna get Eccleston, replace him the most obvious of choices: The Eighth Doctor.
Think about it: Started life in a TV Movie, and would finish with a special that'd be shown in cinemas - a movie-like experience. With a contrasting characterization that would emphasize his difference with himself AND his future selves.
If thats not great, I don't know what would be.
An interesting idea for a special might've been the "birth" of the Valeyard. Just saying.
As for an alternative special: Bring in Doctors 8-11, with voice cameos by 4-7. An hour and a half special. Simple.
This kind of post sort of proves why it wouldn't be very interesting an arc to have for the show. Not without adressing all those other times he liked other people - especially that Abbot dude from the time he was "the original, you might say."
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Capaldi’s Previous Appearances: A Theory
@12 jammy dodgers John Hurt alone sold the concept of the War Doctor, and certainly is a worthy replacement for either McGann and Eccleston. He's great enough to not make you miss the previous two while watching it, and to Moffat's defense, that was some GREAT casting.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on The War Doctor Returns in “Engines of War”
I seriously hope Tom Baker's Doctor will make an appearence there, and soon. Will be so great!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Beyond the TV Series: Jago & Litefoot
So much not interested in this.
And really, wouldn't it have been for the better that the War Doctor never had a companion?
The show NEEDS new writers. Badly. Giving Gatiss two stories isn't fair, thus, despite writing only one decent thing that was DW-related in these last few years, and that being Adventures in Space and Time.
3 months ago on Peter Harness Writing for Series 8?
For the record, I think this is dumb. The The Next Doctor-End of Time specials were all a season of their own, and not unlike an Old Who serial at that. I think this is silly, to collect them all like this in a bunch.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: RTD Specials
@FallenNocturne Just as Silence in the Library introduces River Song superbly, Lets Kill Hitler kills the character and any interest in her whatsoever. Awful story.
Though Cold War is admitedly average, its still less aggravating than LKH.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 8
Its Human Nature, Father's Day and Silence in the Library for me. Father's Day is among the top 30 all-time DW stories, easy. SitL is awesome thriller, and one of River's finest. However, few episodes beat the Human Nature two-parter. A masterful story.
Its also rather interesting that its a Cornell vs. Cornell match here. Very good, sir.
Incidentally, two of the worst episodes in the whole series, Lazarus Experiment and Doctor's Daughter, face off each other here.
Anyway, Dalek is the EASY winner here. One of the greatest DW stories ever. My favorite Dalek story.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 6
Really? April Fools!
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Capaldi is Not the Doctor!
Planet of the Ood and School Reunion for me, and I'll go with the former. Though its a close call - School Reunion is a wonderful flashback to the late Third-early Fourth Doctor era, with a nice aknowledgement to K9 and his own part in the Who legacy. But PofO is more emotional and involving, I felt, and the liberation of the Ood at the end is very touching.
4 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 3
Its between End of the World and Fires of Pompeii for me, and I choose the latter because I think the Tenth-Donna dynamic really took off in this one, and it really worked. However, little else beats Ninth's showing of the World's end to Rose.
4 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 2
Oh, no. Two episodes that will suck for sure.
4 months ago on Gatiss Confirms Two Capaldi Eps, Hints at Jane Austen Story
I don't understand why are the Season 4B/ Series 4 Specials excluded? They are, after all, essentially a season of their own, sold as such seperately from series 4. This limitation is kinda stupid, if you ask me.
That said... its between Rose and The Eleventh Hour, and I'll choose the latter because it is so infectuously energetic. It introduces the new Doctor, the new companions and the lingering Silence story arc very effectively, and its so wonderfully paced. I may prefer 9 and 10 as Doctors, but 11 definitely got the best start.
The rest of the episodes are OK, though New Earth might be the weakest one, and Asylum of the Daleks is just lame.
4 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 1
Oh, Moffat... why couldn't you have rang up McGann BEFORE Day of the Doctor? Then you could've had him instead of the War Doctor, you genius!
On another note, I'd really love to see him return in a Two Doctors-like episode, perhaps the next, or the one after it, Christmas Special? How awesome would that be?
4 months, 2 weeks ago on McGann Would Return Again
5 ways The Day of the Doctor could've been improved:
5) The Zygons sub-plot satisfyingly resolved. And sneak in some cameos from them, while you're at it.
4) Use this to explain why does the Tenth Doctor stop running away from
his song's end, and goes to meet with the Ood as seen in End of Time.
Would've been neat.
3) The geeky side-character completely removed. Complete with asthma, this is the single most insulting stereotype in this stellar special. Can't stand her.
2) Small snipets of the past Doctors while in action saving Gallifrey
(like they did with Eccleston), and with the accompanying VO by them to
make the scene work for the older fans even more. Not the way they
presented it, more specific. Wouldn't it have been great if
Davison-Baker-McCoy were at least heard with new VO work?
1) If it
had Paul McGann and Christopher Eccleston as the Eighth Doctor (instead
of War Doctor) and the Ninth Doctor (alongside 10 and 11) respectively.
OR either of them, instead of the War Doctor. OR, Eccleston's Ninth
alongside 10/11 and the War Doctor.
As it is, 8.5/10. Great multi-Doctor story, immensly entertaining.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Day of the Doctor
@Deus_Ex_Machina An Adventure in Space and Time (shouldn't it have been titled ... in Time and Space? Thats how Ian said it in that legendary first episode) is solid, even if it kinda loses its way once it anachronistically exits Verity Lambert quite earlier than she actually did, but nevertheless, has lots of emotion and character for the actors to play.
And honestly I forgot he wrote Cold War. It was OK, I guess, but it could've been better at the end. Crimson Horror... ugh, lets not speak of it again.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Gatiss: Capaldi Changes Everything, Brings New Rules
@youshallnotpass @Doctor What and WhereCrimson Horror is one of the worst DW stories, ever. Old or new. Its easily Matt Smith's worst.
@youshallnotpass He's a bad DW writer (though not a bad writer, per se). His last episode, which was also Matt Smith's last regular episode (since the next three stories were, more or less, special), was rather disappointing and aggravating. I just don't think he captures the essence of adventure about him at all, and he definitely cannot write interesting villains for the Doctor.
And if he's the next showrunner... Oh, boy.
The worst thing about this comment is, that Mark Gatiss will probably return for DW. Which, considering he hasn't written one good episode since 2005's first series, its very, very bad.
My only point of content would be, that I find insulting to Tennant to say he's "our Obama". I hope he's not a hypocritical show-off pony, at least.
5 months ago on Top Five References in Doctor Who
@Rob Shearman Also, Happy Birthday! :)
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Bring Back… Robert Shearman