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The biggest weakness was no resolution, or movement towards a resolution, of why we have seen the face of the 12th Doctor twice before, on very important characters in the Who universe. Caecillius and Frobisher were both well developed characters,and there were hints that we'd get an imaginative reconciliation of those stories. I for one would welcome it, to help knit together the RTD and Moffat eras.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on The 5 Greatest Weaknesses of Series 8 (Part 2)
The number one thing we need is a resolution of why the Doctor has Caecillious's face.
1 month ago on 7 Things I’d Like to See in Series 9
Captain Jack and the defabricator? Rose and 10 on either side of the wall between the universes? John Simms doing anything? I agree with you entirely! Under-rated indeed!
2 months ago on New Who Finale Face-Off: Your Top 8
Thanks for pointing me toward Paul Cornell's articles. I can't get over how negative everyone thinks the finale was, so it's nice to read his perpective.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on 12 Great Moments From Death in Heaven
My biggest peeve about this episode, which I liked for the most part, is that when the Doctor asks Clara why she's with Danny, she says it's because she loves him. Which gets no reaction. From anyone. It feels like it might be the first time she's said it, thus is a big deal. I thought it might come back up on the couch. I still enjoyed the episode, but if it is meant to be a lot about establishing Clara and Danny as romantic partners, this feels like a weird thing to just brush off.
4 months ago on The Caretaker Review
I found Time Heist confusing, saved by terrific acting. The other two episodes in the faceoff are two of my least favorite episodes ever, so I guess I'm not a Steve Thompson fan. Who I am sure is a very nice person nevertheless...
4 months ago on Your Verdict on Time Heist & Episode Ranking
Best visual moment for me was when the miniaturized Doctor and Clara swam through the blue light of the Dalek eyestalk. Just gorgeous! I actually whooped and shouted "our show is better than yours!" And I live alone!
5 months ago on 12 Great Moments From Into the Dalek
He only missed her because she was TALL, so would have had an easier time reaching the sonic screwdriver. At least that's how it read to me.
5 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
Anyone have the link to her interview?
5 months, 1 week ago on Coleman on Exit Rumours: “I don’t want to tell you the truth”
This is an episode I can show my 3rd graders on the last day of school without scaring anyone enough that I get in trouble.
5 months, 1 week ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Partners in Crime
If you get it digitally, you never have to worry where you are when it comes out, just that you have wi-fi. Especially handy here in the US, where it can be hard to find anyway.
6 months, 1 week ago on DWM #476: “Am I A Good Man?”
Not long after my mom passed away, I got snowed in during a blizzard in NYC. BBC America had all the new Who Xmas episodes, as well as a bunch of early Matt episodes, available on demand. I had seen Rose when first broadcast and it didn't ring for me at that time. But snowed in, and missing my mom desperately, I began watching; hours later, I was hooked., hard. And I didn't realize it until much later, but finding this complex, intelligent, often hilarious show became a salve for my soul, something beyond my sadness to focus on. I am grateful you reminded us of the many people who work so hard and so well to bring us worthy television.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Why We love Doctor Who
One of the best examples of a dark theme came in Richard Curtis's brilliant Vincent and the Doctor, where he looked depression and suicide squarely in the face. The result is a perfect blend of what I love about Doctor Who, excellent storytelling, characters with depth, an inventive monster, some humor for balance, and a chance to look at something familiar in a different way. I would applaud a darker tone if it were of this high quality. Peter Capaldi certainly has the acting chops for it!
7 months ago on Should Doctor Who Adopt a Darker Tone?
Well said. It's always fun to watch the Doctor negotiate the "real world." Meeting Brian Williams gave Rory some last minute backstory, and us one of the great lines in recent memory- "Someone's got to water the plants." Heartbreaking in retrospect.
7 months, 1 week ago on Unpopular Opinion? The Power of Three
The 10th Doctor and Madame de Pompadour, discussing the slow path.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on 11 Doctor Who Instances When It Was Just… Blissful
Most interesting to me is something I saw pointed out recently here. The Tenth Doctor was convinced by Donna to go back and save someone from Pompeii. He did, and in one way of looking at it, saved himself. And Frobisher killed himself and his family to save them all from one of the most horrifying Who-universe aliens ever. Moffat will work his wibbly wobbly magic based on RTD's idea and hopefully it will be storytelling magic.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Capaldi’s Previous Appearances: A Theory
I just sent Craig Ferguson an email asking if Peter would come back to plug the show. Anyone who hasn't seen his previous visit should go find it on youtube right now, if you want to really know the man soon to be piloting the Tardis.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Capaldi on Track to Be “One of the best Doctors ever”
With time travel available, there's always the chance to travel back before the terrible moment behind that door. Wibbly wobbly... I would love references to Caecilius and Frobisher.
9 months ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014): What We Know UPDATE
I think that the end of this series was exquisitely planned. In Midnight, we came uncomfortably close to losing the Doctor; his powerlessness was terrifying. Then in Turn Left, we did lose him, as well as all of the companions we know and love, in heartbreaking fashion. (Except Jack, who still can't die) So when everyone shows up in the finale, it is emotionally very satisfying. I can live with some plot holes if a story has a big emotional payoff, and nothing in all of new Who is as sad as Donna's fate to lose everything she's become by traveling with the Doctor.
9 months, 1 week ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 4 (Episodes 6-13)
I think you put your finger on the fundamental differences between the two eras of new Who, in that RTD always had familial context for his companions, and Moffat generally doesn't. I myself prefer to have a fuller sense of the companions by knowing the effect on their travels on their family. It gives me a richer, more emotional experience. Other people prefer the off into the universe, not much looking back approach. Always interesting to read these thoughtful articles, even when I disagree.
9 months, 1 week ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 4 (Specials, Episodes 1-5)
I feel like these polls work like a tarot reading; it is in each of our own reactions to a set of information that the fun happens. It is interesting to see where things fall, with respect to all the other folks out there who are thirsty for new episodes. Other friends might think we care too much, but flip em, this is where we come for fun. If it prompts us to watch old favorites, or nudges us to give something a fresh chance, good for us. I thank you all for your passionate opinions, and remind us that this kind of dialogue is what the internet does best. I myself am settling in with "Midnight," to reinforce for myself how much poorer my world would be without the Doctor.
9 months, 1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Everything Else (Episodes 9-13, Specials)
I agree with the folks who point out that Jack could add legitimacy to alluding to Peter Capaldi's previous Who universe appearances. Certainly for Frobisher, which was a masterful, understated, poignant performance by PC; if Moffatt is making use of RTD's idea to connect the 12th Doctor to him, Jack would be a fantastic character to throw in the mix. I also think it would help bridge the two eras of New Who, because it seems like there is so much time wasted bickering about which one is better. My favorite theory is that they'll pretend Jack isn't involved and then surprise us, ala Asylum of the Daleks. My second hope is that somehow the 12th Doctor meets Donna, who recognizes him as Caecilius. I know she isn't supposed to remember life with the Doctor, but maybe as we are now two regenerations on, the rules about the meta-crisis can be tweaked. A fangirl can dream, can't I?
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Barrowman on Jack’s Future: There’s a lot more to tell
Human Nature is way better than Silence in the Library. Rose is the ultimate episode 1, more than The Eleventh Hour, charming as it is. The only episodes I voted for that won, so far, are School Reunion, the Doctor's Wife, and Dalek. Just goes to show that we are lucky they mix it up, as people seem to have deeply divided opinions, and taking risks gives different people their favorite episodes. But I've said it before, and I'll say it again, even the worst Who is better than most episodes of anything else!
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Dream Run (Episodes 1-8)
The most important thing about this episode was the incredibly surprising, and delightful, introduction to Clara. In the long run, which Daleks were in the episode was much less important than the conundrum of what the flip was going on with the brilliant and flirty soufflé girl.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Asylum of the Daleks: A Popular Opinion?
Day of the Doctor, for the delight of seeing it in 3D in the theater chock full of equally delighted fans. Best cinematic experience in years.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Moffat Specials
Thank you for hosting this poll. It's so much fun to think this all through, as it reminds me how much I love this crazy show and it's community of passionate and smart fans. I love the RTD era and think all the specials are, well, special.
I'm going for the End of Time for four little letters. Wilf.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: RTD Specials
I went with Name of The Doctor, as I liked the solution to the Impossible Girl. All those fun scenes with Clara aiding all the Doctors. That John Hurt reveal? Marvelous. And it sets up Night of the Doctor and Day of the Doctor beautifully.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 13
Again, an embarassment of riches. Great stuff in every episode. I'm going for Bad Wolf, as it does something I love. It puts a mirror up to our lives, but then extrapolates out to a far distant future on a wicked twist. I love seeing 9 flirt with Lynda with a y, Jack and the defabricator, Rose with the Anne-droid. I really could list a highlight from each of these episodes, but Bad Wolf says the most about humanity.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 12
Four of my favorites, for different reasons. So hard this time!
I love The Lodger, seeing the Doctor try to be a normal bloke is one of my favorite Matt Smith performances.
I love Boom Town, for the dinner conversation which is a beautiful, quiet, but challenging scene, as well as for Mickey calling Rose out for stringing him along.
I love Utopia, for the marvelous Derek Jacobi, as well as John Barrowman and David Tennant meeting cute.
But I must go with Turn Left. So many beautiful moments, when we learn what life would be like without the Doctor. I can barely even think about the salute Wilf gives his Italian housemate without tearing up, and the look back over the series with alternative endings for familiar stories is bleakly delightful. But mostly it makes me think, what would my life be without the Doctor? Considerably more empty.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 11
Oy. The hardest by far! Four of my favorites ever- The Doctor Dances, Blink, Midnight, and Vincent and The Doctor. I think I'm going with Midnight, because as many times as I've seen it, I'm still always worried they just might throw the Doctor out that door. But really, all four of these are stellar.
10 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 10
Human Nature. It gets to the essence of the difference between human emotional life and Timelord emotional life. Watching John Smith fall in love with a woman as different from Rose as you could find? I love Rose, but this was one for the grownups. And really, how many of us have wished that a human version of the Doctor, all charm and sass, would just show up in our lives?
I also love Father's Day, as it gets into the whole "step on a butterfly in the past and change the future" sci-fi trope, and I love stories where time travel is part of the plot, and not just a way to get to another time and place.
I also have come to enjoy this poll, after feeling at first that it was a little random. It's fun thinking about why I love the episodes I adore, and seeing everyone's thoughts. Even the episodes that are relative duds are better than most things on television, and there's always something redeeming that someone else points out I forgot. And in this Doctor Who drought, its been something to look forward to.
10 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 8
Everytime one of these polls is posted, it confirms for me just how much I love series 1. Dalek is marvelous for so many reasons.
I also have affection for Bells of Saint John, which while imperfect, is an interesting romp.
But am I the only one who watches The Doctor's Daughter to watch David Tennant doing his scenes with Georgia Moffat, who was very soon to become his beloved? A little real live romance that makes me smile, daft as the episode is.
10 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 6
None of these are episodes I ever feel like rewatching. They all have some nice moments, but overall a weak group.
10 months, 1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 5
Rose. Without it, there is no New Who.
10 months, 1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 1
One reason Turn Left resonates so strongly is because it followed Doctor-heavy Midnight. The Doctor was basically companionless, and as vulnerable as we'd seen him. We almost lost him in Midnight, then lost him again in Turn Left, when Donna wasn't there to save him from himself. Bravura acting from both David Tennant and Catherine Tate. I sometimes watch them back to back for a perfect 90 minutes.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Are Doctor-Lite stories the best of Doctor Who?
If life were fair, the next thing we'd get to vote on would be "The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot." Which was perfect from beginning to end.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Day of the Doctor
Even with the rushed ending, I loved this episode for the same reason I love The Lodger. It's always fun to see the Doctor negotiate normal human life. And it addresses something that the first 4 series of New Who did brilliantly, which was the effect meeting and traveling with the Doctor has on the loved ones of the companions, the people left behind. It adds emotional depth to the upcoming departure of the Ponds, as it solidifies for the viewer why, in the end, Amy chooses to live her life with Rory. The glimpse we get into their life together is invaluable. And please, the Doctor on the Wii? Hilarious.
11 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Power of Three
I forgot about that Prime Suspect! I checked on imdb and PC is also in a Poirot and Midsomer Murder, both available on Netflix. I may just have my own little Capaldi festival.
11 months, 1 week ago on A Time Lord Wish List
Site. Can't let a spelling mistake linger...
A great list. Not to mention, Dennis Lawson is one of the best parts of "Local Hero," which is the movie that introduced most of us to Peter Capaldi. Anyone who wants to know the actor behind the 12th Doctor owes it to themself to find it and watch.
This was one of my favorite articles ever on this sight. Forward looking, enthusiastic,a view to the big picture... nicely done!