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@Gouder- dont send me to heaven- master I think there was a strong spoiler effect - fans of the "Moffat era" voted for Season five predominately which overemphasized the support for the "RTD" specials.
While I consider Season Six's finale the weakest of the finales, I'm also a bit of a Moffat fanboy (bah) and would have ranked The Name of the Doctor and Dark Water / Death in Heaven higher than The Stolen Earth. But because there is no ranking system, I went with what I consider Moffat's best.
8. Series 6
7. Series 2
6. Series 4
5. Series 8
4. Series 3
3. Series 1
2. Series 7
1. Series 5 What's funny to me is that the usual criticism of Doctor Who is that it "doesn't do big and grand well", but I actually have fond memories of basically all of the "big" and "grand" finales; Series 7 worked because the finale was perhaps smaller in scale but set up the specials (the "party" so to speak) in a way that Series 4's finale didn't do (partly because the finale seemed like it was almost trying to upstage the specials), but the "epic" size of finales is often to their advantage. I think Series 5 and Series 1's finales worked so well because they wrapped up their seasons satisfyingly - Series 5 was a fairy tale with a fairy tale ending and Series 1 was the final evolution of our tragic, war-torn veteran into a romantic hero, metaphorically and quite literally, hah! Series 6 tried to tie up the "River Song" arc, but I think I just wasn't interested in River Song's backstory; I was emotionally invested in River Song as a character and I found her relationship with The Doctor be quite tragic and beautiful, but I couldn't believe for a second that River would actually kill The Doctor and it didn't have that triumphant, "The Doctor lives" moment, because The Doctor goes into hiding instead of revealing himself right then and there. The Time of The Doctor was, in that sense, a more satisfying, triumphant story of The Doctor rising above all odds to live to meander for another day. "Never tell me the rules!" It's a story that has grown on me a lot. My issue with Series 8 is simply that I thought the big bad threat (Cybermen) were neutralized almost as soon as they were established - I actually quite like the thematic closure that Series 8 tried to attempt and Missy was brilliant.
55 minutes ago on New Who Finale Face-Off: Your Top 8
@ilyootha I quite like Davros in The Stolen Earth, but I do find Rose a touch annoying in The Stolen Earth and I'm generally not even a critic of her as a character - it was just a bit overdone.
1 hour, 21 minutes ago on New Who Finale Face-Off: Your Top 8
Ben Aaronovitch is one classic writer who I could see succeeding in New Who, partly because I think his style helped influence how the show is written now. If he were alive, I also think Holmes's writing would have transcended any age or generational barrier.
17 hours, 54 minutes ago on Writers to Bring Back for Series 9 & Beyond
I love Capaldi's outfit. The Bowie jacket, the pleated pants, the hoodie and, of course, that holey jumper. I want that jumper to stay. :)
1 day, 15 hours ago on “Last Christmas” Promo Art
I suspect there are three main interpretations of "Last Christmas"; (1) "Last Christmas For..." or (2) "The Last Christmas" or (3) "The Previous Christmas". The first means some major character is dying, the second means Christmas is threatened as a whole and the last means the episode returns to the events of The Time of The Doctor. I genuinely have no idea which way the episode will go, but I suspect the second option - however, I feel like Clara's gran will make a return given her return in Dark Water. Perhaps another attempt at a Christmas dinner for Clara? Sadly, she doesn't have a boyfriend this time either, but what she does have is a really good friend. ;)
1 day, 16 hours ago on 2014 Christmas Special Titled
I'm curious whether Jacqueline Rayner would ever write an episode for Who. Jenny Colgan would be brilliant too.
1 day, 23 hours ago on Torchwood’s Catherine Tregenna Penning Series 9 Story
@Malohkeh @slartibartfast42 Holmes would be who I would resurrect. I love his style.
I also quite like "We Are The Doctors". ^^
2 days, 12 hours ago on The Day / Time of the Doctor Soundtrack Review (Disc 1)
Listening to it now. Probably my favourite work from Murray Gold - I feel bad that I criticised him for the lack of new material in the specials. There's a lot of great stuff in this album - not all of it was heard. Song for Four is the ending music to Deep Breath and given its similarity with the "Same screwdriver" music, would have brought Day of the Doctor to a beautiful final conclusion. Although, I do like it's use in Deep Breath too.. so. :P Really great album though. "This Time There's Three Of Us" is really heart-breaking and gah, "Never tell me the rules" sums up the Eleventh Doctor after his final, triumphant moment of redemption.
Matt Smith in The Eleventh Hour.
2 days, 17 hours ago on From 1-12: Who is YOUR Doctor?
He adds: “I remember once reading a review of a Doctor Who episode which listed a whole lot of really funny lines, saying, ‘This is the kind of thing we haven’t had since Moffat took over!’ – I wrote every single one!” << Bahaaha, that would be frustrating! I've experienced something like that as an editor.
4 days, 14 hours ago on Moffat on His Series 8 Worries
Delgado and Ainley are both great. I went with Delgado, though. I think Ainley put a lot of heart into it though - he loved being the corny villain, I think.
5 days, 23 hours ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Classic Era)
I voted for Season Five. I always loved that two parter. I'm watching it again and it's still so good. :)
1 week ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)
Happy Birthday! :D Cute photo, hah.
1 week ago on Happy Birthday, Steven Moffat!
Capaldi had said this earlier in a radio interview. He said he didn't think it felt like "the right time" then, partly because Capaldi was still trying to launch his career, I believe.
1 week ago on Capaldi Turned Down 8th Doctor Audition
Daily Fail declares Series 8 an avalanche :P
1 week, 2 days ago on BBC Declares Series 8 A Triumph
I've noticed a trend that I generally liked the first part of multi-parter finale more. Although, I would say Pandorica Opens subverts this trend for me - I think the juicy bits of the finale are in The Big Bang. It was a perfect way to end Season Five. But I think Moffat also had a very clear idea with Season Five thematically - the idea of Doctor Who as a 'fairy-tale' gave him a way to end the season and make it feel thematically complete. The Doctor lamented about how "we're all stories in the end, just make it a good one" and left the universe, presumably forever, only to return in a tuxedo with a true fairy tale ending. The boy gets the girl in the end.
1 week, 2 days ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 7
The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang 9.5/10 (One of my favorites)
The Name of the Doctor 9/10
Dark Water/Death in Heaven 8.5/10
Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways 8/10
Utopia/Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords 7/10
Army of Ghosts/Doomsday 6.5/10
The Stolen Earth/Journey's End 6/10
The Wedding of River Song 5.5/10 (This one violates the crucial rule of Doctor Who: Don't be boring)
I'd just like to see Dalek stories be original. The "emotions" and "humanity" has been done to death: Dalek, Evolution of the Daleks, Victory of the Daleks, Asylum of the Daleks, Into the Daleks...
Have them invade somewhere, exterminate people, test The Doctor in terms of strategy, not morality. Testing The Doctor's humanity has become a cliche when pitted against the Daleks.
1 week, 2 days ago on Moffat: Daleks Are Not A Contractual Obligation
Weird clip. :P It definitely has my interest peeked.
1 week, 4 days ago on 2014 Christmas Special: Children in Need Clip
55? Now he's just bragging. :P
1 week, 5 days ago on Happy Birthday, Paul McGann
Gomez! An excellent Master. :)
1 week, 5 days ago on Face-Off: New Who Masters
Steven (I'm going call him by his first name today, first names seem more... human) deserves all the love!
1 week, 6 days ago on Moffat: Making Doctor Who Doesn’t Get Any Easier
"I would be working hard, even as a Scot, to be disappointed!" Bahahaahahaahaaa. I love Moffat. I love him. :D
1 week, 6 days ago on Moffat on Series 8 Ratings: There is no drop-off
I loved her as The Master. She is a very welcome addition to Season Nine for me! Can't wait to see more dueling and sparing between her and Capaldi -- as "Doctor Who" as you can get!
1 week, 6 days ago on Michelle Gomez Reveals Series 9 Return, Rani Trickery
@Malohkeh @MrRazza likes counting down with Tony Blackburn I spit my drink out when Moffat said that. :P
@Americanwhovian @Unibot Yeah, I know. I was suggesting that the First Doctor might have returned to her. He, after all, went back for medallion which suggested he might have actually have been telling the truth about caring for her.
2 weeks ago on Death in Heaven Review (Part 2): Questions, Questions
@Moffat'sLittleHelper I didn't notice that. Haha! :D
2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven
@ElyotWren @Zeldazelda The sugar is a reference to when Pertwee would load his coffee with sugar. ;)
There was always that time that The Doctor accidentally got engaged while drinking cocoa. Maybe he finally returned to marry her. "You're a very fine woman, Cameca, and you'll always be very, very dear to me." ... after all, he did decide to return and take her medallion with her.
@12th's Sonic can't wait for the xmas special @Unibot @Malohkeh Yes, holding the umbrella stiffly, staring straight into The Doctor's eyes as he landed.
And then, with restraint and charm, he'd say, "Brilliant. I love the telly here, but did you see that?", before a loud hammy chuckle to cut the tension.
Then he'd straighten his leather gloves and place the umbrella under his arm.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on DWM #480: Miss Me?
@Evolutionary Dead-End @supermoff Proof that AI means fudge all. :P
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@supermoff I want her back. Next season plllleeease. :)
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Your Verdict on Dark Water & Episode Ranking
One moment I liked was Capaldi putting a dozen sugar cubes into his coffee on UNIT's plane. Pertwee would be proud!
2 weeks, 2 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Death in Heaven
It'd explain why he could open the Tardis....
What if Nick Frost is playing a future Doctor? :P
"Miss Me?" < YES I DO. :( When we started speculating there would be a new Master, I never anticipated I would enjoy watching The Master this much. She was sensational in the part.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on DWM #480: Miss Me?
@Malohkeh I could kinda see Delgado doing it to be honest. :P
@jackrudrum I think that it is silly to say that because people have "bad days" that they aren't good people. The Doctor has upheld a personal promise to be never cruel or cowardly for centuries, rarely wavering from it - he's as good as anyone.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Poll: Capaldi’s Doctor – Hit or Miss?
I didn't like the "Is the Doctor a good man?" storyline. To me that was a big miss. It felt forced for dramatization. The Doctor is a good man.
Capaldi is at his best when he's playing it for laughs and heartstrings -- the "grumpy/mean" characteristics never felt like they actually reflected The Doctor, or Capaldi's portrayal. It just felt like an unsubtle way of saying, "now he has grey hair, he'll be mean and scornful and cynical", which doesn't make much sense at all and just tried to shoehorn Doctor Who in with other more cynical television programs. I liked Capaldi and I liked him best in episodes like Listen and Mummy, where we saw him as intelligent, compassionate but adrift and eccentric.
@Clara Laurinda @Americanwhovian Well put. She'll be back. :P
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Death in Heaven Review (Part 1)
@not764 I'm glad I'm not the only one revisiting my opinions on former Masters. I'd say we've got a real winner on our hands. ;)
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven
It was better on rewatch. I still loved Gomez as The Master, but everything else about the episode sat in a bit better and I was in a quieter setting, so I could understand some of the quicker lines better. The Brigadier had me in tears, plus the Clara/Doctor restaurant scene.
"I escaped". Bahaha, I spit my food out at that. I hope Moffat brings her back. ;)
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Doctor Who Extra: Death in Heaven
It was a good finale, but I did find it a little disappointing. Gomez was absolutely brilliant and electric as The Master. I really liked the Cybermen in this episode, but I disliked how the threat seemed to be disarmed almost seemingly as soon as the Cybermen were established. I think in some senses I would have preferred a good old invasion story -- the idea of The Master giving The Doctor an army was a little um, underwhelming, but The Doctor's, "I Am An Idiot!" speech was quite good. The departure of Clara was unsettling and didn't provide much satisfaction since they were both lying to each other. I liked Capaldi's frustrated response to "Gallifrey". Well performed there. Overall, I feel like there was more that could have been done with this story; my response to it is very similar to how I felt with Deep Breath.
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@pats86 Sure, but my point is that David Tennant alienated some viewers, so did Tom Baker and Matt Smith and so has Peter Capaldi etc. etc. Some viewers will always be alienated by the new doctor, regardless of whether they are male or female. Likewise, a new Doctor often brings with them new fans who can see the show in a different way with a new face to it.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Gender-Swapping Regenerations: Why Now?
What if Missy thinks she's helping The Doctor? Like... The Master's plan, alongside the Cybermen is somehow meant to stop Gallifrey from returning?
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Death in Heaven – Hints & Teasers (Set #2)
@Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom! Maybe there are two years in between Name of The Doctor and Time of The Doctor. There had to have been some time that passed between Name and Day, and Day and Time. Especially since Clara has settled into a new job by Day of the Doctor.
@DeadDanny Excellent work! It's got me even more excited for DiH!
2 weeks, 3 days ago on 10 Anticipated Death in Heaven Moments
@Gustaff @The Finn @MWTV What do you mean by "foe yay"? Is that a pun on "foray" or the foyer of cybermen?