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@DavrosLives  It could be called "Flim FLLAM".  That way it's a pun. :D

18 hours, 53 minutes ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 9-13, Specials)

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@sontaran17 @TheNightmareChild  Haha!  Yeah, you read that right.  I hate A Christmas Carol.  I know that's virtually unheard of, but it's true.  And I already wrote a long, ranty comment about it in the Moffat Specials poll, so I'm not gonna expand on it here.

19 hours, 42 minutes ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 9-13, Specials)

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Also, Closing Time deserves to be here way more than Nightmare in Silver.  Yeah, the kids are annoying and the pacing is a bit dodgy, but Nightmare in Silver wasn't as tonally confused, and the Cybermen weren't thwarted in a really stupid way inlike they were in Closing Time.  Also, Nightmare did a great job making the Cybermen intimidating again.  It gets major points for that from me.

20 hours, 46 minutes ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 9-13, Specials)

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Not terribly surprised by any of these.  I feel compelled to say that, while Love and Monsters is by no means a favorite of mine, I also don't despise it as much as most fans do.  Yeah, the episode was a bit silly at parts but I think that was kind of the point.  The only thing I found horrific was the very end.  Ursula being relegated to being a face on a pavement slab is both really creepy and quite sad, which I don't think the episode was going for.  But compared to everything else this episode was going up against, even if this ending had been different, there’s still no real reason to vote for this episode over any other, so it feels right for it to be here.


As for The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, I’m not at all surprised that it’s found its way here, either, but I would still strongly contend that A Christmas Carol is much, much worse.  But I’m not gonna get into that again. :p




20 hours, 54 minutes ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 9-13, Specials)

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@Rani Nose  Speaking as an American, most of the American accents in the episode sounded fine to me.  Andrew Garfield's Tennessee accent was creeping up on hammy at a couple of spots, though.  Other than that, I agree with you overall.  It's not my favorite Dalek story, but it's not terrible.

1 day, 15 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 1-8)

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I guess I am also a little surprised byThe Hungry Earth, too.

1 day, 20 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 1-8)

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The only two I'm surprised by are The Beast Below and The Lazarus Experiment.  I'm surprised The Lazarus Experiment is on here because that episode is not bad!  What is wrong with everybody!?  I'm surprised by Beast because I thought that soup sandwich of an episode had wrung every last drop of sympathy from everybody else but me.  So all in all, my feelings balance out to "...eh, a'ight."

1 day, 20 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 1-8)

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@arakus72 @TheNightmareChild @sontaran17  Just google "John Travolta Idina Menzel".

3 days, 11 hours ago on The Life and Times of Peter Capaldi (So far)

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@sontaran17 @TheNightmareChild  To be honest, I wasn't sure how well received this comment would be.  I don't know if the Academy Awards over here in the States get that much attention across the pond.  But I guess everybody understands what this joke is about, don't they?


3 days, 20 hours ago on The Life and Times of Peter Capaldi (So far)

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The wick-edly talented Paul Corinelli....

3 days, 20 hours ago on The Life and Times of Peter Capaldi (So far)

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I think that Vale Decem cover just inspired me to try and take up the piano again.  All of the trailers were amazing.  My favorite was probably the 9 Years of New Who because I think it highlighted all the right moments, and I like how well it blended 10 and 11's musical themes together.

4 days, 20 hours ago on Weird and Wonderful

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@Amy the Consulting Key Ring @BlueBoxBum  To be perfectly honest, I almost fell into the trap of bringing this up too.  And I think the crucial point here worth mentioning is that the difference between the Pandorica and just blasting the bejeezus out of him is that they also wanted to punish the Doctor.  Being forced to stay alive and awake forever in a tiny little box is actually quite cruel.

4 days, 21 hours ago on Smith: The best storytelling was in Series 5

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***DISCLAIMER***


To anyone who might care or even notice, I have recently changed my avatar and my screen name from ThePotatoOne to TheNightmareChild.  No particular reason, just felt like a change.  And I quite like this name-it being one of the more mysterious of the intermittently mentioned participants in the Time War.


I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it slightly differently this time: objectively, Series 5 was definitely the best series out of Smith’s run.  It had the best, most coherent series long arc, and it had the most truly great episodes.  When you compare Series 6 to it especially, it was a bit of a mess.  And I don’t know if his “‘what the hell?!’” quote about the River Song revelation is necessarily meant to be negative, but if it is, I kind of agree; River being Amy and Rory’s daughter was not my favorite thing that Moffat ever came up with.  It would’ve been infinitely better if she had a backstory completely separate from Amy and Rory.  But here we are.

4 days, 22 hours ago on Smith: The best storytelling was in Series 5

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@Baker Street… is the Moment!  Your list is practically identical to mine. O_O

5 days, 9 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Moffat Specials

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@Amy the Consulting Key Ring  You definitely put way more thought into this than I did.  I've literally just been voting based on which episode I like the most out of the given choices each week. :p

5 days, 19 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Complete Recap

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And if I had to rank the seasons from best to worst, based entirely on personal enjoyment and not on any metric of objective quality, it would be as follows:



1. Series 4


2. Series 1/Series 3


3. Series 7


4. Series 5


5. Series 2


6. Series 6


I should stress that none of the lower three are bad (although Series 6 was cuttin’ it a bit close, to be quite honest).  It’s not really from best to worst as much as from great to good, not great.

5 days, 20 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Complete Recap

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Here, for your arbitrarily judging pleasure, is my rundown.  Enjoy!



1. The Impossible Astronaut


2. The Fires of Pompeii


3. A Town Called Mercy (changed from Planet of the Ood)


4. The Time of Angels


5. Flesh and Stone


6. Dalek


7. The Rings of Akhaten


8. The Impossible Planet


9. The Satan Pit


10. Midnight


11. Utopia


12. The Sound of Drums


13. The Last of the Time Lords


14. The Waters of Mars


15. The Day of the Doctor

5 days, 21 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Complete Recap

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@Trenzalore  I think you hit the nail one the head.  There were some good ideas there, but the execution left a little to be desired.  I have to say though that, while acknowledging its flaws, I didn't hate this episode that much.  It was certainly better than Victory.

6 days, 18 hours ago on Unpopular Opinion: Asylum of the Daleks

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@VortexDan  That was probably my least favorite part of the episode.  I think my biggest problem with it is that it was dealt with in one episode and then never brought up again.  I think their departure in Manhattan would've been so much more powerful if this was something they dealt with slowly through the season, culminating in them making their sacrificial leap together, and then of course ending with their tragic departure.

6 days, 18 hours ago on Unpopular Opinion: Asylum of the Daleks

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@The book of spoilers  ALL THIRTEEN!

6 days, 19 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Moffat Specials

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WHEW! There.  I got this off my chest.  I never have to talk about it again.

6 days, 21 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Moffat Specials

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4. A Christmas Carol-I honestly wish this episode just didn’t exist.  Nothing about it is cool.  I don’t know if this is the worst episode of Doctor Who ever, but I do know that of the episodes I’ve seen, I hate this one the most.  It doesn’t even feel like an episode of Doctor Who; it feels like someone’s stupid fan fiction that Moffat found online and he just put a spit shine on it and decided to make an episode out of it.  I mean, I am no fan of The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe because it’s schmaltzy and saccharine, but this special has that working against it, plus it really makes me question the Doctor’s ethics: “Oh, I just met this guy and he’s a real d*ck fart.  I know, I’ll just go back into his past and diddle around with ten years of his life and make him less of a d*ck fart.  That’s not grossly overreaching, right?  That’s not a serious abuse of my power as a Time Traveler, is it?_  (2 seconds thought) _NAAAAAAAAAH!”  Even if you could convince that what the Doctor did in this episode even made sense, I find the fact that he even thought to do this utterly deplorable.  Especially when you consider that this is coming not too long after The Waters of Mars, a much better episode where the Doctor learned a pretty harsh lesson about THIS EXACT THING!  Changing history like this is dangerous!  The Doctor doesn’t know what else he might be changing for the better or for the worse, and he doesn’t know that he won’t horribly screw up and get either himself or the kid or both of them killed!  I mean, they did have a pretty close shave with that sky shark!  Or, ya’ know, what if the Doctor changes this man so much that his isomorphic controls for the spire no longer recognize him(?!).  And I honestly think people don’t think about it because they’re too busy getting swept away by the whimsy of it all.  Well, I call bullsh*t!


And besides that, there’s not much else going for this episode either.  I don’t care about Katherine Jenkins’ character at all because she’s just too perfect and ethereal and she doesn’t feel like a real person and it makes it impossible for me to sympathize with her.  I also have a hard time believing that the TARDIS would be having trouble due to the fog.  We’ve seen the TARDIS do a lot of things by this point; we’ve seen it tow an entire planet across light years of space, but fog is its only weakness.  Uh-huh.  I find it really hard to believe that the colonists on this planet would allow what was going on with Kazran’s father and the cryo-chamber to go on for as long as it did unchecked.  Because the kind of society that’s presented in this episode doesn’t seem jaded enough that they wouldn’t have a problem just letting friends and family be frozen indefinitely until their debit is settled.  I feel like there should have been some sort of uprising by then.  And don’t even get me started on the scene where old Kazran almost slaps young Kazran silly.

If I can give this episode even an iota of praise, it would be for the character of Kazran Sardic himself.  He’s just so entertainingly curmudgeonly and sneering and loud, and watching Sir Michael Gambon have fun with that character genuinely puts a smile on my face.  I know, I know, as if I didn’t seem like enough of a scrooge as it is; now I’m saying my favorite thing in the whole episode is the literal Scrooge archetype.  I wish I could enjoy this episode.  I really do.  Believe it or not, I actually don’t like getting this angry at a TV show.  And I don’t get a smug sense of self satisfaction by being the one person in the world that despises something.  But I can’t help my feelings anymore than everyone else can help enjoying this episode.  It doesn’t say anything about either of us other than we just like different things.  I would say revel in the fact that you can get enjoyment out of something that I legitimately just can’t.  As for me, I am grateful that this is a perfectly standalone episode: the previous episode doesn't lead into it, and it doesn’t influence anything that comes after it.  So it’s easy enough for me to just pretend that it doesn’t exist.  If I were to run a Doctor Who marathon at home, I could easily just skip over this episode and not even care.  -END OF PART TWO-

6 days, 21 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Moffat Specials

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1. The Day of the Doctor-Yeah, this one had to get my vote, because it is the most impressive in every single way: visually, writing wise, acting wise.  The way that Moffat rewrote what happened in the Time War is arguably one of the most controversial things to happen in the show in its fifty year history, and it has divided fans.  For my part, it doesn’t bother me that much.  I figure they were gonna find some way to bring Gallifrey and the Time Lords back one way or another anyway.  If Moffat didn’t do it, then a different show runner within a few seasons time would.  And admittedly, the way Steven Moffat chose to do it is not a bad way of doing it.  A little cheaty, maybe, but not bad.  Overall, a great, fan pleasing episode and a worthy tribute to the fifty years of television that came before it.



2. The Time of the Doctor/The Snowmen-I hold these episodes in pretty much equal esteem, which is to say quite high.  I probably have more problems with Time than many of its fans do (and none of them have anything to do with that business with the tomb before anyone says anything), which I’ve already gone into detail about in the Best of Matt Smith Poll, so I’m not gonna do it again because I don’t wanna.  But if I’m being honest, the positives significantly outweigh any niggling problems I might have with it.


The Snowmen is probably my favorite Steven Moffat Christmas special, oddly enough.  Some people might consider this a fault in the episode, but one of the reasons I love it is because it is the least “Christmassy” Christmas special to come out of Steven Moffat.  It’s something I’ve always appreciated about RTD’s Christmas specials, actually: that they acknowledged Christmas without feeling obligated to “feel” like Christmas.  It was a nice reprieve from all the sugar plum fairies, and talking reindeer and Santy Claus that we’re already getting from everywhere else during this time of year.  It gave the specials kind of a unique feel all their own.  And then A Christmas Carol happened, and while everyone else was feeling warm and fuzzy inside, I was just like ”Uuuuuuuuuunnnnnngggghhhhhh……..”.  It would be one more special after that before _The Snowmen_ would happen and warm the cockles of my heart, with an interesting story involving alien snow, the introduction of Clara and the Paternoster Gang, and one of Matt Smith’s strongest performances to date.  If I had to make one complaint, it would be that Dr. Simeon isn’t very well developed and isn’t as interesting as he should be (and this is a fault that carries through the last half of season 7, unfortunately).  But otherwise, a solid episode of Who.


3. The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe-All of that b*tching and moaning in the previous paragraph said, I acknowledge that all of that comes down to my own petty personal preference, one that is probably not all too common.  And while this episode might not be my cup of tea, I can’t rightly fault it for that.  And when I really break it down, this episode really isn’t all that bad.  It’s certainly pretty to look at.  Matt Smith is again in top form.  The mother character is, admittedly, pretty sympathetic through most of the special.  So, if you like these more sappy Christmas specials that Moffat is making, then this episode is certainly a fine example of it.  -END OF PART ONE-



6 days, 21 hours ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Moffat Specials

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@TheOncomingHurricane @ThePotatoOne  I know.  And I addressed that in the comment as well.

1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 13

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I don't deny that the character had potential, but I'm sorry to say, Michelle Ryan's performance pretty much ruined any enjoyment I could've taken from the character.

1 week ago on Lady Christina de Souza: The Companion Who Never Was

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@Sir James Bond  How long does it take you to think up and write these amazing comments? XD

1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: RTD Specials

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WHAT?!  I swear, I italicized all of those titles!  What the fuu..dgesticks!?

1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: RTD Specials

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1. The Waters of Mars: What can I say about this one that everyone else hasn’t already said.  Essentially perfect.



2. Voyage of the Damned: This one gets mixed reviews, but I love this one.  For me, it typifies what I love the most about RTD’s Christmas specials, which is just being a good episode of Doctor Who that takes place during Christmas, appropriately silly given the time of year, but not overly saccharine.  And Voyage is an exciting story to boot, with engaging characters, a real sense of peril, some truly heartbreaking moments, and an effectively creepy opposing force in the Heavenly Host.


3. The Runaway Bride: This one ranks just slightly lower than Voyage just because the silly to exciting ratio is more skewed in favor of the silly side (“DOCTAH MAN!”).  But it was effective in one really important thing, which was demonstrating how dangerous and frightening the Doctor can be sometimes when left without a tempering influence.


4. The Next Doctor: This one had everything going for it, not least being the last episode we would see before Nightmare in Silver where the Cybermen weren’t a joke.  But it also had a moving story with a deeply sympathetic character, a fascinating villain in Miss Hartigan… and then a giant Cyberman started stomping around Victorian London.


5. The Christmas Invasion: It’s a decent enough story that even has some payoff later on in the show, but I can’t deny that the lack of Doctor in this episode hurts it somewhat since we have a new Doctor to deal with.


6. The End of Time: I have extremely mixed feelings about this special.  On the one hand, it has some truly exciting and brilliant moments, especially the return of the Time Lords and Gallifrey.  It has some fantastically tearjerking moments between the Doctor and Wilf.  David Tennant and Jon Simm are in top form as ever.  But on the other hand, a lot of the first part of this special depends on a lot of convenience and things that seem to come right out of the blue; I’m speaking particularly about the way that the Master was brought back.  That was such a weird and rushed moment, that the characters literally had to narrate what was going on as it happened so the audience could make any sense of it.  There were other stupid moments throughout, like the Doctor jumping from what had to have been 200 feet through a skylight onto a hard floor, and of course the completely out of the blue revelation that Mickey and Martha are now married, and for what?  So we could have Smith and Jones?  Oi.  And aspects of the production itself seemed really rushed and cheap, such as the Vinvocci characters, the humans shaking their head around a hundred miles per hour during the transformation scene, I mean that last one might be considered a nitpick but it just looks so silly.  They couldn’t think of anything else?  


So, in some ways, this special is a serious disappointment, but in other ways, it’s a perfect send off to David Tennant’s Doctor.  I find myself feeling pretty much the same way about this one that I feel about The Time of the Doctor: undeniably flawed, but I can’t help but enjoy it.


7. Planet of the Dead: I can’t even put my finger on why, but this one just didn’t engage me at all.  Also, the lead actress’ acting was… not the best.  I mean, it’s okay I guess, it just isn’t that great.

1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: RTD Specials

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@Polyphase  You get a like because of #6.

1 week, 1 day ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 13

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@Sir James Bond  If you don't mind me asking, how do you break your comments apart into paragraphs on this site?  The next time I practically write an article in this comment section, I'd like to make it easier to read for people.

1 week, 1 day ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 13

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@Planet of the Deaf @Mikeyboss182  Maybe that's one way Twelve's personality can come about: he's done with the silly for the most part and he's all business now.

1 week, 1 day ago on How Could Capaldi’s Doctor Develop?

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I like the first suggestion just slightly better than the second only because I have an easier time picturing how that could develop than the second suggestion.  But I'm up for anything really, as long as they do something different this time around. 

1 week, 1 day ago on How Could Capaldi’s Doctor Develop?

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@Chronos the Fannibal @ThePotatoOne  Thank you.  I appreciate it. :)

1 week, 1 day ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 13

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I wish I could vote for Journey's End today.  I really do.  Because really, it's almost not bad.  It has a great returning villain, a diabolical plot that seems insurmountable, good direction, good visual effects, good performances from all the main cast... but I'm sorry, the fan service in this whole two parter reeally drags it down for me.  I know that's almost part of the point of the episode, and to be fair, I don't mind the Torchwood crew or Sarah Jane being there.  Where it started getting ridiculous was where Mickey and Jackie showed up for no reason and then proceeded to do almost nothing in the whole episode.  And I'm doubly sorry, but Rose should not have been involved in the main plot of this episode at all.  She should've played her part in Turn Left like she did and then buggered off until the very end of Journey.  Not least because she genuinely has noooooothing to do in this episode, but also pairing her off with the metacrisis Doctor is the worst thing ever thought of by a human because it cheapens the end of Season 2.  It is dreadful.  What should've happened was everything happens in The Stolen Earth and Journey's End, except, of course, Rose doesn't show up and neither do Mickey and Jackie.  The story is less crowded and more focused on the plot at hand, which adds more emotional weight to it and the major players.  The DoctorDonna does her thing and ends Davros' plot and saves everyone, except, sadly, for the Metacrisis Doctor, because he dies in the Crucible along with Davros and the Daleks, because while he was initiating the explosion, one Dalek gets control of itself just long enough to shoot him right in the chest just before blowing up.  The Doctor laments not being able to save him.  The Doctor leads his allies in the console room of the TARDIS and they tow the Earth back to where it belongs, and it's a little bit of a bumpier and more tense ride because not all of the stations are filled and they don't have perfect control, but ultimately they succeed.  Smiles, cheers, hugs, everybody's happy.  The Doctor drops everyone back off on Earth, and this is where we have our heartbreaking farewell to Donna.  After the Doctor drops Donna off at home, he is alone in the TARDIS.  We have that sad tracking shot around the Doctor, and right near the end of it, just out of focus in the background, there stands Rose.  She makes herself known and reveals that the other dimension Torchwood developed a device that allowed her to pop in between universes while the window was at its widest, but the device is weak and the window is closing, so she only has this brief moment to project herself.  They could even cut in between the TARDIS and Bad Wolf Bay in the other universe where they are broadcasting, and they can take that opportunity to give cameos to Mickey and Jackie if they really wanted to.  They have a very heartwarming conversation with each other, things are said that the Doctor couldn't say last time, they have a proper farewell before, ultimately, Rose sadly fades away, and the Doctor flies off in the TARDIS with a crying smile on his face.  Cue credits, fans cry for days.  This would give some closure to their relationship without being so cheap and over the top.  And also, Mickey wouldn't be in the Doctor's universe, so there would be no way to have that stupid thing at the end of TEOT2 where Mickey and Martha are randomly married (because Smith and Jones, get it?!  HER-DER-HER).  This is a very broad, general idea, and I'm sure there are specific reasons why this might not work, but I didn't painstakingly rewrite the script to make it work.  I'm just giving a very broad idea of how I believe it could have been so much better.  But I dunno, what do y'all think?

1 week, 1 day ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 13

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@supermoff @Sir James Bond  There's no reason it can't be both.


1 week, 1 day ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 13

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TL;DR version: I'm voting The Sound of Drums today and The Last of the Time Lords tomorrow, because of reasons.

1 week, 2 days ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 12

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Even though I really want to vote Nightmare in Silver, a sorely underrated episode that needs all the help it can get, I'm gonna go with the one that I genuinely enjoy the most and feel is the best and go with The Sound of Drums.  This whole two-part finale is pretty divisive, if not downright hated by a lot of the fandom, but I just love it.  I feel like the first three seasons of New Who are the pinnacle of series finales.  And while finales after this weren't necessarily bad, I find that they are generally more flawed: sometimes in big ways, sometimes in little ways, but there's still more stuff to pick apart in the later episodes.  And if the question is presented to me of which one is the best finale, The Sound of Drums and The Last of the Time Lords gets my vote.  That might change down the line with Capaldi, but for now, this is the situation.  When people talk about why they hate the end of series three, their reasons tend to come down to three things: 1. Jon Simm's Master, 2. "Dobby the House Doctor", and 3. The floating, glowing "Jesus" Doctor near the end.  I consider the second complaint to be a little bit shallow to be honest.  If the show got this much flak every single time an idea exceeded the effects budget, this show would've been canceled a long time ago.  And for me personally, I found the Doctor in his extreme aged state quite sad and the whole process disturbing.  I was able to forgive the janky effect because the idea was enough.  The floating Jesus Doctor on the other hand is actually quite a bit sillier and I can see people taking umbrage with it, but it didn't bother me that much.  As for Jon Simm's Master, I can understand why fans might have a problem with him.  He is certainly not the Master of the classic series, and he definitely played it a lot campier than any previous ones, so I can see him causing a rift among fans.  But I love Jon Simm as the Master.  I will never try to make a case for him being the best Master, but I definitely think he was a good one.  I thought he worked perfectly as a foil for the Tenth Doctor, o in that respect, I feel the camp was justified on RTD's part, and on top of that, I think it actually adds a disturbing edge to the character, because he is clearly having the time of his life ruining Earth, murdering its inhabitants, and torturing the Doctor and his friends.  That's why I don't have a problem watching him rock out to The Rogue Traders and the Scissor Sisters.  He is clearly having a blast being a malevolent, all powerful psychopath, and I find it deeply unsettling.    Now, onto the finale aspect.  Season Three probably had one of the best series long arcs in terms of execution.  The fact that the Master was behind it the whole time was, dare I say, masterfully hidden under everyone's noses for the whole season and the reveal at the end of Utopia was executed flawlessly.  And then we get to The Sound of Drums, an episode largely focused on the beginnings of the Master's process of taking over the whole planet and The Doctor, Martha and Jack trying covertly to stop him before his plan can come to full fruition.  The pressure is on for our three protagonists, and it's palpable.  Of course, ultimately they fail, and it all ends with what is to me one of the biggest "Oh, sh*t" moments in the new show, which is the invasion of the Toclafane.  That final reveal of the billions and billions of floating, silver death balls descending from the crack down to earth is simply breathtaking, and its one of the best cliffhangers in the show.  The look on the Doctor's face as he watches the beginning of what will be the worst year in Earth's history is one of my single favorite shots just for its sheer, emotional weightiness.  Then we come to the final part, which is the one that people have the most problems with for the reasons described above.  But even if I granted you Dobby the House Doctor and all of that, I would contend that this is still a great finale, because we see Martha Jones being the most impressive and capable companion in the whole of the new show.  When you consider that the Master had been in control of Earth for the better part of a year by the time the story picks up, the characters had to put more work into seeing this conclusion through than in any other point.  And that to me is what makes the end so satisfying: the sheer effort that everyone had to put into it to make things right by the end.  Not just carrying out the Doctor's plan either, as Martha was doing, but simply enduring the Master's sadistic and tyrannical rule for that time is an achievement all on its own.  But of course, no one proved themselves better than Martha, who traveled the earth, evading capture, spreading the word for the Doctor during that time.  And then we come to the point where the Master is defeated and the Doctor is within his capability and maybe even his rights to end him, but he doesn't, instead extending forgiveness and an offer to help him, to make him a better person.  That is of course shut down in the end by Mrs. Saxon, and this story ends with a poignant and sad moment where the Doctor is begging the Master to regenerate so that they can be the last of the Time Lords together.  And this is where the true genius of Jon Simm's Master shines through for me.  The Master elects instead to die, not because he wants to die, but out of sheer spite to the Doctor.  He dies in the Doctor's arms just for the pleasure of watching his despair over losing him and ultimately being truly alone again.  And it just doesn't get much more twisted and low than that.  He can't even live for the Doctor's sake.  And from there, we end with everything back to normal, Jack carrying on with Torchwood (and dropping what is possibly one of the biggest twists ever), and Martha deciding to let go of the Doctor.  And honestly, if I had to make one complaint about Martha's character, it would actually be her relationship with the Doctor.  It wouldn't be a huge deal to me, except that Martha's romantic feelings toward the Doctor seem to be spurred on by that one kiss at the beginning of the series which was just a way for the Doctor to stay out of trouble.  I can see infatuation coming out of that, but not really unrequited romance.  Martha is such a grown up character otherwise and this whole thing just felt off to me.  When you compare it to Rose's relationship to the Doctor, while I wasn't crazy about that either, they at least spend most of the first season kind of cultivating it and making it somewhat believable.  So, that's something that's always kind of bugged me, but this ending with Martha deciding to let go of the Doctor kind of smooths it over I suppose, because in a sense, I can interpret it as Martha letting go of one sort of immature aspect of her life.  There are a lot of other things I could talk about, reasons why I love it, things that kind of bugged me about it (fair is fair, after all), but this comment is already annoyingly long and many of you probably aren't going to read it for that reason as it is.  Hopefully, this will suffice to at least justify my decision to vote for The Sound of Drums today, and The Last of the Time Lords tomorrow.


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@Amy the Consulting Key Ring @LaraHarris  As long as a character is defined by more than just their function as a "plot device", in other words, as long as they are still a good, strong character in their own right, I honestly don't see the problem with it anyway.  I don't have a single problem with Rose or Donna or anyone being the key or the central figure in resolving an arc or a mystery because that wasn't all they were; they were also strong, relatable characters at the same time, as well as believable companions for the Doctor.  I feel that way about all of the Doctor's companions in the current show, including Clara, who, granted, is still lacking in some character development, but she's also only been around for half a season.  I could be off base here, though, and if I am, don't be afraid to tell me exactly how.

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Okay, you have convinced me, article writer.  I am going to cast my vote for Utopia.  Although, honestly, season three is the only one so far that I haven't shown any love for, which is sad, because I think it's one of the better seasons in terms of overall quality, and I had narrowed it down to this and Turn Left which does cleanly make second place for me though.  Utopia did perfectly set up for what I consider to be not only one of the most unappreciated finales in the series, but quite possibly my favorite.  And finally, while I didn't vote for the episode, I do really want to give a shout out to Turn Left the music track from the Doctor Who OST, which is without a doubt one of my favorite tracks.  Those cold, spooky vocals give me the goosebumps every single time.

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It's down to Utopia, Turn Left, and The Crimson Horror for me right now.  This might take me a while.

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@BJAMES @ThePotatoOne  Again, very good argument.  I cannot and will not dispute it.  I guess what I want to see as far as the show is for that aspect to be less prevalent and less the overall gimmick of the show.  And now that the whole business with the Kovarian sect and the Silence seems to be squared away for the time being, I don't see any reason why that can't happen.  I'm not saying it shouldn't be dealt with, just in smaller doses.  Again, scale back the Timey Wimey, not do away with it.

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@BJAMES @ThePotatoOne  That's a good argument, and I'm not saying do away with it all together, I'm just saying there doesn't need to be such an emphasis on it.  After all, the Universe is vast.  Time is vast.  And if most of the time, we are following the adventures of two to three characters as they gallivant about through time and space, there's no reason to assume that all of those Time Fluxes, and people and things being written out of existence and then being rewritten into existence and timelines splitting off and all of that isn't still going on.  We just aren't witnessing it because the Doctor and his companions aren't directly confronting it; they're sailing through calm waters, so to speak.  Most of the troubles that Eleven and co. had to deal with were the result of one woman and her break away sect carrying out an extreme vendetta against him and were using Time Travel among other things to do so.  And as for your point about a Time Lord/Gallifrey free universe being CHAOS, I see your point, and I personally like the idea of the Doctor at some point having to deal with this and that, in part, being an impetus to find and free the Time Lords.  Like I said, I don't have a problem with Timey Wimey plots, but, like anything, if overused, they eventually lose their impact and become boring.  And that is my concern.  Also, thank you in return for respectfully sharing your sentiments.

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@Tomb of the Cyberbob @Master Michael Moon  I actually like Clara just a little better than Amy.  I didn't hate Amy, it's just her particular brand of feistiness came off as unpleasant to me sometimes.

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@MohammedElGend  I agree that Clara hasn't had very much progression, but you also have to keep in mind that she's only been around for half a season.

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@Huknar @ThePotatoOne  Yeah, I've been thinking about that myself, and the way I get by is that most of the willy-nilly time fiddling that happens during Eleven's run is really Kovarian's fault, and the Doctor just dealt with it the best way he knew how.

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I think my hope for Series 8, among other things, is that Moffat maybe scales back the Timey Wimey juuust a smidge.  I don't mind it as a form of storytelling, but it's starting to get a little old for me.  It is possible to tell a good story without some trippy, convoluted plot involving alternate timelines, and this happened except now it didn't happen and, ow, my brain!  I know it's cool nowadays to disagree, but I thought RTD did a pretty damn good job most of the time doing just that.  And I don't hate Steven Moffat, but I would just like to see him try something different for the remainder of his tenure, however long that is.  And I can look back at Eleven's run as that time that the Doctor got mixed up in a big ball of Timey Wimey shenanigans.

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@Notsosmartguy  Don't think of it that way.  Think of it as this particular episode is just slightly more of a masterpiece than these other episodes. ;)

1 week, 5 days ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 1-10 Recap

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I have to say, I am as surprised as anyone that, at least based on the comments, Midnight seems to be giving Blink a run for its money.  And this is from someone who voted for Midnight, mind you.

1 week, 6 days ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 10

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@GasMaskZombie @ThePotatoOne @Deus_Ex_Machina  No, that wasn't my point at all.  Also, the crowd would seem to disagree with that assertion.

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