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I don't think it matters why people watch Doctor Who.
Whatever the reason they start watching, they'll stay watching based on characterisation (and plot) rather than looks alone.
Sure Matt and David are attractive but Matt, in particular, was very adept at portraying a mad, old man in a young body, which made for an interesting and unique Doctor. And that's what counts.
I'm sure Capaldi's Twelve will have his own appeal and hopefully attract even more viewers while retaining most of the existing fanbase.
1 month ago on Colin Baker: Tennant & Smith Brought Female Fans to Doctor Who
I agree entirely that abusive, vindictive comments are poor form.
I also think we should have more faith in the showrunners and writers. Their output is from a creative process and while we may prefer one story over another (or not like some episodes at all!), it is unreasonable to tear apart the writer's creation and itemise everything that was wrong and does not conform to some "ideal".
Especially when these destructive criticisms are personal/political rather than artistic.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Dear Whovians…
How ironic - this list contains the end and the beginning of River Song (SitL, LKH). Silence in the Library is just a brilliant episode; with the terrifying Vashta Nerada and the puzzle of River's identity. But I must admit, I have an affection for Let's Kill Hitler.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 8
I agree that the Day of the Doctor is a special case and automatically tops any list (I loved it!) but, aside from that, I consider Eleventh Hour to be the real number one for Matt Smith.The odds were against his era being successful with the clean slate for cast/production trying to replace a popular favourite. But as soon as I saw Eleventh Hour - I knew they had succeeded and that this new Doctor would be brilliant!
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (5-1)
The problem I have with voting for these is that, even if I don't like the story so much, I usually want to give 10/10 for Matt Smith's performance alone. He is always brilliant and he really excels in some episodes.
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (39-34)
I adore River and like Captain Jack and I think they would have a great rapport but I don't think I would want to see them as a 'couple'. For me, one of the strengths of River's character was the way she could seemingly intimidate the Doctor; she would breeze in like a whirlwind and leave him vaguely flummoxed by her mystery but definitely attracted to her. It would be a different relationship with Jack.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on River Song & Captain Jack: Five Favourites
I don't see how he "falls flat on his attempts". He writes interesting characters that fit into the plot. I don't believe he is unsympathetic to female characters. It is not fair to reduce a character to two attributes ("science-y", "nerd") and then label them a caricature. By that standard the Doctor could be labelled a "science-y nerd". And sometimes a show - particularly a sci-fi adventure - requires a larger-than-life hero or villain, not just a "real person".
5 months ago on Is Steven Moffat a Feminist Writer?
What about Ingrid Osgood? She was a shy, clever and very likeable female character.
For those who think Moffat only writes strong, flirty women…how about Ingrid Osgood (from Day of the Doctor)? Sure, she is not a companion, but she is still a Moffat female character. She was clever but rather nervous and insecure.
Great article! I think River is the best example of an empowered female character. How often do you find a character who is not only "mature" but sexy, tough, clever (she is a professor), confident, independent and attractive? She can do most things as well as, sometimes better, than the Doctor - she is basically his equal. How many women would love to be like River? I know I would. And aside from all that, I think her backstory is genius.
I loved this episode - it is a River Song showpiece.Having seen the tragic end of older River in the library, we now see the marked contrast of her "explosive" beginning and watch the whirlwind effects the revelation has on the Doctor, Amy and Rory.
My favourite scene is where River and the Doctor circle each other, dance-like, when he describes her as "my bespoke psychopath", and the way they anticipate each other during her attempts to kill him - like some bizarre, yet intimate, choreographed battle.
5 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Let’s Kill Hitler
10/10 from me.
Not only for the River reveal but for Matt Smith's impressive acting ability: from the menacing "You tell me who you are" to River, to the touching "Hello" and "How do I look?" a few minutes later (when he finds out). Love it.
5 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: A Good Man Goes to War
Eleven's reaction in the 'Last Night' mini episode when he sees himself taking River to Darillium. So tragic.
5 months, 1 week ago on 10 Most Heartbreaking New Who Moments