"The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don't always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don't necessarily spoil the good things or make them unimportant" - The Doctor.
The 'Fade' fan tribute is absolutely brilliant! Very professional.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Weird and Wonderful
12 episodes? Why not 13???
1 month ago on Series 8 DVD / Blu-Ray Dated
I cannot even comprehend that timeline.....
1 month ago on Weird and Wonderful
You do not hate me as you do not know me.
1 month ago on Moffat: Day Was My Most Difficult Script Ever
This was meant to be a reply to @TheOncomingStorm
1 month ago on Doomsday Farewell Declared Greatest Sci-Fi Moment
Series 2 is one of my favourites and I like both Love and Monsters and Fear Her. Love Ten and Rose as the Tardis duo (their only annoying episode was New Earth).
Well said! People can like what they like, regardless of what others think! :)
I really like this scene, and I think it's definitely one of the most emotional we've had on the show. David and Billie are on top form here, emphasised by Murray Gold's beautiful track. However, I wouldn't go as far as to say that it is the best scene in Doctor Who (but probably in the top 10 for me), let alone the best in the whole of sci-fi. By the way, I think people really need to stop belittling Ten/Rose fans by making them out not to be fans of the show as apparantly they only watch it for the romance and the eye candy. Well, if they wanted to do that, they could just go and watch some rom-com movie or something. Another thing I've noticed is that some of the hard-core fans reckon that if you've only ever really watched New-Who, than you're not a true fan. Seriously, I've hardly seen any of the classic series but I'm in completely in love and obsessed with Doctor Who! :)
Let's Kill Hitler - 8/10
Night Terrors - 7/10
The Girl Who Waited - 8.5/10
The God Complex - 8/10
Closing Time - 8/10
The Wedding of River Song - 7.5/10
Quite a weak half-series really, unfortunately.
1 month, 1 week ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 6 (Episodes 8-13)
A Christmas Carol - 10/10
Time/Space - 8/10
The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon - 10/10
The Curse of the Black Spot - 5.5/10
The Doctor's Wife - 10/10
The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People - 6/10
A Good Man Goes To War - 7.5/10
1 month, 1 week ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 6 (Specials, Episodes 1-7)
Great article! I've aways loved The End of Time and I thought it was an excellently emotional way for the Tenth Doctor to go. You mentioned about Ten only being in his incarnation for a relatively short amount of time, and it got me wondering; does anyone know how long each of the Doctor's incarnations lasted for? Is there a link or anything where I can investigate?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on The End of Time: Why it Needs More Love
Amy's Choice - 10/10 (A brilliantly enjoyable story - I don't really see it as a filler; as I feel it is highly important in developing the characters and their relationships, and establishing the foundations of the tardis trio for the next few series)
The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood- 7.5/10 (For the same reasons you described I'm not overly fond by this two parter- it's a bit slowly paced and the plot and characters isn't really that interesting, but the Silurians were great)
Vincent and the Doctor- 10/10 (One of my favourite episodes of all time- it ties together all the elements which make me love Doctor Who, from the humour and characters to the emotion and dialogue. It portrays Vincent in such an emotionally engaging way)
The Lodger- 8.5/10 (Offers some nice light hearted comedy, with The Doctor being very amusing to watch. The idea of the staircase that people go up but never go down was actually quite creepy)
The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang- 10/10 (Complicated and timey-wimey but in a good way, with the story arc tying together very cleverly, and allowing for the story to continue for the next few years. The fairytale element was beautifully evident here and the whole episode just felt like a Who Classic)
1 month, 3 weeks ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 5 (Episodes 7-13)
My ratings would be :
The Eleventh Hour - 10/10 (How is that episode too simple and the threat not scary enough? It's probably one of the best episodes ever.)
The Beast Below - 8.5/10 (Something different and quirky, which was well-welcomed by me; but must agree that some parts don't seem to make much sense)
Victory of the Daleks - 7.5/10 (Good story and the Daleks were at the height of their power and scariness; however I think the pacing is a little slow)
The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone - 9/10 (Enjoyable story; the weeping angels were used to their full potential and their extra abilities made them more scary; however, the pacing of the first part is a little slow and I don't like the seduction scene in the second part)
Vampires of Venice - 8/10 (Nice little filler story which is entertaining, comedic and dark all the same; but nothing very original about it).
1 month, 3 weeks ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 5 (Episodes 1-6)
The theme tune can't change... It just can't. I can't really say much more though really....
2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Theme – Time for a Change?
When I first watched 'The Time of the Doctor', I was a bit disappointed. Mainly because the pacing felt all over the place- There were things in it which weren't necessary and which consumed time which could've been available for proper plot development; and also the transition of The Doctor into an old man on Trenzalore seemed to be too quick for me- 300 + years in the space of 20 minutes. The regeneration scene was simply superb though! I cried when Eleven hallucinated Amy, when he made his 'Doctor speech', and when Clara asked him not to change (oh, and the scene with the poem and the cracker was an utter tear-jerker too!). Also, Capaldi's first scene was very exciting! The Time of the Doctor could have been better though- possibly if they'd made it a two parter like The End of Time or something.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on An Opinion Divided: The Time of the Doctor
@supermoff @DW_girlI never said no else likes those episodes. I just said I didn't. And what's the point in a forum if you can't express your own opinion without people having a go at you for having an opinion?
I did think back then though that when I was writing that comment that Moffat would sack Gattiss and Thompson and pick the writers I want, and change everything on the show the way I wanted it..... ;)
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Bring Back… Paul Cornell
@hybries @TheOncomingStormMy mum understands most of the time- she's a whovian, but not as much as me. My dad likes the show but I don't think he understands any of it (even the RTD era), and if he does, he falls asleep half way through anyway :P
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat: Day Was My Most Difficult Script Ever
@VortexDan It wasnt a big friendly button- it was a weapon that would wipe out the whole of Gallifrey if it was pressed. I can't associate the adjective 'friendly' with that....
@JulianPrime I can't really watch the classic series either. To be frank, most of them are boring, and take too long to watch. New-Who all the way!
@Manyetha is now... Maid Marion! @hankim912 Or they might be just stating fact...
It's annoying how Moffat brings back the same writers which write mediocre or poor episodes. Take 'Mark Gattis' who in my opinion has never written a single episode which i consider to be fantastic (none of his episodes are bad but they aren't exactly great either), and especially 'Steve Thompson', who wrote two of the worst episodes is New-Who. Moffat just brings back his pals, rather than the good writers. I agree that Paul Cornell should return, as well as some of the one-off writers like Robert Shearman and Richard Curtis.
It would deffo not work. Why would you remake a television show that doesn't need remaking? When it comes down to it all, regardless of how worldwide popular Doctor Who is, it has British roots, and should always be just a British show.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Could An Overseas Version of Doctor Who Ever Work?
I think the hate for Rose you've suggested here isn't fair- she was selfish at points, but that is because she didn't particularly like her boring life at home, and she wasn't ever really that into Mickey either. And if you went off into time and space with a complete stranger, wouldn't you be a bit of a lost damsel in distress at first? Also, I think the reasonings behind Rose's often arrogant attitude in series 2 is the cocky nature of Ten in that series.
I really like Martha- she is a likeable character! I don't think we're made to dislike her at all- its just the Doctors feelings and if you watch Martha properly, you'll realise that Martha is just as brilliant as Rose, and in the end, the doctor realises this.
Donna is also my favourite RTD companion- I like the fact that she and the doctor are in an equal friendship, as they always have a laugh and a bit of banter, and Donna can easily put the Doctor in his place. She's also got a vulnerable emotional side which adds to her character much more than the other companions.
I like Amy- I think she's the most developed companion of all. She changes from a flirty naive girl to a kind wise mother-like figure through her travels, and it is through her friendship with Eleven that makes you connect with both her and Rory much more than any other companion.
I agree somewhat with your opinions on Clara- she is way too underdeveloped and uncharacterised. She's like a faultless Mary Sue type person. But, I have to say I like her in her most recent episodes, especially in The Day of the Doctor.
And can I just add, the comment about RTD pairing up Martha and Mickey just because they are both black is frankly just ridiculous. They may have got to know each other and found out that they have things in common (them ending up together was supposed to be a bit of a closure to their stories, which I found to be a great idea). It's like you saying that, for example, they paired off Jack and Alonso because they were white. Seriously, I hope that wasn't a racist comment.
So, for me. My order of companions would go like this: Donna, Martha, Rose, Amy and then Clara.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Comparing the Female Companions of Revived Who
I think the RTD vs Moffat debates should stop. Everyone has their own opinion- it isn't a fact that one era is better than the other. Because at the end of the day, if you love Doctor Who, you love Doctor Who, writers aside.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Settling the Moffat vs. RTD Debate (Using AI Scores)
@floppy_who @PolyphaseI remember that! I was worrying over that week about what would happen to David!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Change, My Dear: Rebirth from the 50th
Tell me about it. Also love fear her as well but everyone hates that episode too.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on 10 Misused Actors in Doctor Who
Tell me about it. Also love fear her too, but everyone hates that episode as well.
@craig33 I love that episode too, and I adore the character of Elton for the reasons you've described. I love that quote at the end- gets me every time!
I agree that Sir Ian should return to the show as a central villian, ie, your suggestion of him playing a renegade timelord. That would give him some better material to work with, which he, and the fanbase, deserve, and it would link to Gallifrey's return. Mark Benton was good in the small role he had in 'Rose'-playing a man who knows about the Doctor, and is consequently killed by the Autons, symbolising his deduction that death is the Doctor's companion. Sadly ironic. Of course, he is best suited for comedic roles, but also he's great as 'Chalky' in Waterloo Rd. Olivia Coleman is a great actress, and it was a shame that she didn't get much of a role in 'The Eleventh Hour'. Maybe she could return as a major villain? I don't really have much opinion on John Cleese. He's a great actor, but as I haven't seen his character in Doctor Who, I can't comment much on that front. Annette Crosbie's role as the little old woman in 'The Eleventh Hour' was funny, providing some light-hearted comedy. I'm not fussed about a return though. Hugh Bonneville 'saved' The Curse of the Black Spot with his acting and character, and he is definitely worthy of a return in the Capaldi era as a recurring ally to the Doctor. Maybe if he and the Paternoster gang joined forces? Again, having not seen the episode of which Karen Gledhill is in, and actually never seeing any of her work, I can't comment here either. Andrew Garfield played a well-rounded relatable and realistic character in the 'average quality' Dalek two-parter (it is by no means a bad story). However, I don't see him returning, especially not as a major companion. I think his presence in his episodes in series 3 was too prominent and noticeable for him to be reintroduced, but knowing Doctor Who's brill writers, they could probably get around that easily. And finally, Marc Warren. I love him as an actor and as his character Elton in 'Love and Monsters', an episode which I like, and certainly don't rate in the top worst of all episodes. (I also don't rate Fear Her in this category either- I love that episode and will always defend it... people can't resist having a little dig at it). I'd love Elton to come back- it would bring some very interesting ideas to explore and it could maybe link back to the death of his mother and the reasonings behind that (you never know, could be interesting!)
Sorry for the long paragraph! But it was a very interesting article, so well done author!
@TheOncomingStorm I think there is no doubt that it will come back, judging by the 50th anniversary episode.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on What was life on Gallifrey like Pre-Time War?
@supermoff @NotsosmartguyIt wasn't a dull format. I prefer the arcs in the RTD series: The Bad Wolf meme (subtle links throughout the series coming to a very shocking and well-rounded conclusion in the finale), The beginnings of Torchwood (which would later become a huge part of the Doctor Who franchise), The Master's return (The Face of Boe's final words, the references to Harold Saxon and the whole Gallifrey-esque episodes came together to create a brilliant timelord-centric story arc), and then the big series 4 multi-arc plot- The DoctorDonna, the reality bomb, Rose's return, which all felt very celebratory, epic and was ultimately very exciting. RTD's arc are subtle but more dramatic, emotionally-engaging and concluded without any loose ends.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on A Bad Wolf or Just Plain Bad? Addressing Rose Criticisms
She wasnt horrible in series 2. She shows kindness and sympathy to people in need multiple times (see The Idiots Lantern, Love and monsters, Fear Her).
3 months ago on A Bad Wolf or Just Plain Bad? Addressing Rose Criticisms
Everyone leaves home in the end, plus, she did visit her frequently. And to be honest, it wasnt like Mickey was the perfect boyfriend either.
Everyone leaves home in the end, and she still visited her. She never really loved Mickey and to be honest he wasnt really a nice person either.
You can't call Rose horrible when she puts others peoples needs before hers on many occasions.
Thanks for writing this article. I really think the people here need to see the light with her character-they are blinded by what everyone else says, and they think every companion should be 'faultless'. No one is faultless, that's what makes us all unique! Rose has her faults, but think about it: that makes her a very interesting character. This is in comparison to Clara, who, even though I like, she has little development in character, which as result makes her seem entirely perfect and unrelatable. I've always loved Rose- and yes, her positives of her character weigh out the negatives by far. Everyone has a dig at her for her selfishness and the like, but seriously, if you were in the same position as her, would you stay somewhere which doesn't necessarily make you happy, or join the Doctor on his adventures?
Great read of an article! Although I've always liked Clara, I haven't really been that amazed by her characterisation. This article has boosted my opinion of her, however. So well done to the author!
3 months ago on 10 Scene Stealing Clara Moments
I agree with your reviews more this time, John. Overall, well done for your articles thus far; they've been fun to read. ;)
The Next Doctor 7/10
Planet of the Dead 7.5/10
The Waters of Mars 10/10
The End of Time 9.5/10
3 months ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – 2008-2009 Specials
@TheEleventhWheatley Haha, happy birthday for yesterday! ;)
3 months ago on Happy Birthday, Jenna Coleman & RTD!
I completely disagree with the low markings for Turn Left and The Stolen Earth/Journey's End. It seems the reasons you've marked them so low is because of things which don't quite 'click' or are apparantly plot holes. I see no plot holes in 'Turn Left'- the Carrionites could have been stopped by just Shakespeare even without the Doctor there (he is a clever man with a brilliant way of words!). And i don't think the finale is nearly as bad as everyone makes it out to be. It didn't feel 'fanfiction-y' at all; it felt like a celebration and an epic two-part story which was very fulfilling. The DoctorDonna revelation was a great unexpected twist, but I do agree that the Daleks were defeated all too easily (but oh well, no episode is perfect!)
My ratings would be:
The Doctor's Daughter 7.5/10
The Unicorn and the Wasp 8.5/10
Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead 9.5/10
Turn Left 10/10
The Stolen Earth/Journey's End 8.5/10
3 months ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 4 (Episodes 6-13)
@Adherent Does it really matter? He can do what he likes.
3 months ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 4 (Specials, Episodes 1-5)
@RobertLythgoe @TheCapaldiMasterplanYour opinion though that is. I'd give The Doctor's Daughter a 7.5/10...
@TheOncomingStorm @DaftDalek@RobertLythgoeAgreed. The scene is epic and very edge-of-your-seat material!
@Malohkeh The claw scene was epic!
@KingOfTheInterWebs has Kidneys @floppy_who Generally, I see a scoring of between 1 and 3/10 as bad; 4 or 5/10 as 'okay'; 6 or 7/10 as good; and then 8-10/10 as excellent. But like you said, everyone has a different interpretation....
I think the rating of 'Partners in Crime' is a bit harsh!
Time Crash 10/10
Voyage of the Damned 8.5/10
Partners in Crime 8/10
The Fires of Pompeii 9.5/10
Planet of the Ood 9/10
The Sontaran Stratagem/The Poison Sky 7.5/10
@Master Michael Moon I loved Elton!
3 months ago on 5 New Who Monsters in Need of a Return
Well, maybe youll change your mind about her after the article is written! :)
3 months ago on Piper Up for Rose/Meta-Crisis Ten Spin-Off
Well, maybe you'll change your mind after the article is written! :)
I love Last of the Timelords too. The Doctor super-power thing can be easily explained, but it doesnt matter to me anyway. It annoys me when people get so het up about one little thing, making it out like it spoiled the whole episode.
3 months ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 3 (Episodes 8-13)