Doctor What and Where
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@DWTV It really isn't. Listen has a lousy last ten minutes with Clara, and Danny Pink is dreadfully boring. Blink is one of the best TV episodes of all time - DW or otherwise.
2 days, 2 hours ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen
Best series finale imagineable?
What a load of BULL!
3 days, 12 hours ago on Listen Review
I hate that the barn in the 50th anniversary special had a special meaning to the Doctor. That number 1 great moment is one of the worst moments of NuWho - shame on Moffat for flagging his companion as the THE most important companion of them all. Shame.
6 days, 5 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From Listen
The young Doctor scenes really bring down an otherwise great episode.
Without that silly, silly, stupid scene, it'd be 9/10. With it, though....
6 days, 12 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
I hate, hate, HATE The Crimson Horror. So terrible.
1 week, 2 days ago on Face-Off: The Gatiss Episodes
Thats a properly pointless poll. One is among the greatest DW stories ever. One is merely the better Dalek story since RTD left.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Face-Off: Dalek vs Into the Dalek
Wow. Now thats a bad prequel. Still, the ears joke was funny.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Watch the Deep Breath Cinema “Prequel”
How sure are we that ROSE is a post-regeneration story? I mean, sure, it IS, because thats when we first see the Ninth. However, is that really his first post-regeneration story/adventure? I doubt it.
Anyway, Castrovalva should be nowhere near the top five. IMO.
4 weeks ago on Top Post-Regeneration Stories (5-1)
Rose - 9/10
The perfect opening episode for the relaunched Doctor Who. Perfect introduction to the Ninth Doctor. Just about a perfect story, if only the Mickey bits didn't have him so silly. But still, great start!
Christmas Invasion - 6/10
After the excitement of the Bad Wolf two-parter, this is quite boring. Its at least 20 minutes too long, and the Tenth Doctor doesn't have much to do. Its Castrovalva all over again - but at least the villains' scheme makes sense here, so thats something.
Eleventh Hour - 10/10
Just brilliant. Eleven marches in with a bang. Absolutely nothing wrong with this story - could watch it for hours on and on.
1 month ago on New Who: Doctor Debut Episodes
Isn't obvious? Eccleston of course!:p
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Curious Case of the 9th Doctor
I'd like to hear him refer to the other Doctors. And really, I like the idea of an older-looking Doctor. Time to go back to the age thing!
... even if Tennant's still my second favorite Doctor. :)
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Capaldi Doesn’t Expect to be a Heartthrob Doctor
Who the heck truly cares about the War Doctor? I mean, really.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on George Mann on Writing the War Doctor
@The Bish Really, the Ninth Doctor could also have been travelling alone or with different company during those moments in Rose when he left and then re-appeared. If we take Day of the Doctor literally, it could mean that the Ninth Doctor was a 100 years old before he regenerated into Ten.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Future of Multi-Doctor Stories
@Kermit9 The 50th special says that between the War Doctor and the 11th, there spans 400 years. Knowing that Ten is one of the shortest living incarnations with just six years, and 11th having done 300 years (inexplicably), its possible that the Ninth might've done 100 or close to that years. Plenty of adventures for him to go into.
@NewWho2012 Right. An edited version of events.
Indeed a good artcile. Nicely said.
The Doctors who'd be easiest to return are 8, 9, 10 and 11. Hurt Doctor would wear his welcome, to pardon the expression, and all Doctor from before 8 might be stretching it, although one might argue a return of 7 might not be as impossible as it may have seemed.
Still, I personally look forward for 8, of all of them, to return for a proper story, in a Two Doctors, non-anniversarial mult-Doctor story.
Niow go and watch The Three Doctors and the Five Doctors. What are you waiting for? :)
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.
1 month, 4 weeks 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.
2 months 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 months, 1 week 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.
2 months, 2 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.
2 months, 2 weeks 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.
2 months, 2 weeks 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.
2 months, 2 weeks 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.
2 months, 3 weeks 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.
3 months 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.
3 months, 1 week 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.
3 months, 3 weeks 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. :)
3 months, 4 weeks 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.
4 months 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."
4 months, 1 week 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.
4 months, 1 week 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!
4 months, 1 week 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.
5 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.
5 months, 1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: RTD Specials