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Blink is a lovely, compact little episode. It's got nice characterisation and great monsters and a plot perfectly suited to 45 minutes. Unfortunately, I think it is overrated hugely and I always feel a bit deflated after I watch it now due to its massive hype.
The Day of the Doctor is, too, a wonderful episode, but I always feel it disappoints a bit as an anniversary special. As an episode, fantastic. But along with the rewriting of the Time War, it lets me down a bit.
Can I vote for Human Nature / The Family of Blood?
23 hours, 42 minutes ago on Revival Face-Off: The Grand Final
Hooray for my favourite Doctor! He embodies all of those traits that are so fundamentally Doctor-y: shambolic, funny, caring, cunning...
And so many viewers back in 1966 must have agreed with me, for if he hadn't been such a wonderful Doctor, we wouldn't have the show now.
And how wonderful an era he had too: the Cybermen, Ice Warriors, the Great Intelligence, the (now at least so-called) monster season, and Jamie McCrimmon. Perhaps the best of the Doctor/companion combinations.
Yes, I am gushing a bit, but c'mon. There's a hell of a lot to gush about.
1 day, 3 hours ago on Patrick Troughton’s Birthday
Meh... Semantics! I can't explain why, but the idea of showing us any of the character's childhood is a big no-no for me. And yet, I love the idea of The Other. It's completely irrational, but I just don't like that scene in the barn. It might be something to do with how much influence Clara was given over the Doctor's life - again!
3 days, 12 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: Moffat Era Triple
Finding it hard to choose between Listen and The Day of the Doctor. I really like both, and yet consider both to be horrifically overrated. As Day doesn't contain the (to me, at least) abominable idea of a young Doctor, I'll have to go for that.
3 days, 21 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: Moffat Era Triple
I have a dilemma... So, I love them both, but Day more. However, I can't help but feel that it is way too overrated (best ever story? Really?) and want something else to have a fighting chance, something that I rate higher. So now I don't know whether to go with the one I thought was better, or vote strategically.
5 days, 21 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #12
I personally rate the Five(ish) Doctors above both of these!
Does anyone know how I can find the music from Robot of Sherwood when the Doctor tells Robin about the legend of Robin Hood and accuses him of being a robot? Its a really short piece of music, but I loved it.
6 days, 12 hours ago on Top 21 Tracks of Series 8 (Part 2)
It really saddens me that people who love this show can not accept that people may not like a certain take on it and so force someone out of the fandom. If I were in their position I would have advised to take a few years off, come back when Capaldi or Moffat had left, I would not have ostracised you from the fandom.
I personally have never strayed near a forum because I know how dangerous and damaging they can be. That doesn't make me a non fan, just different. You didn't enjoy the direction the show was taking. Again, that shouldn't have made you a non fan but, due to the bizarre cliques of Internet fandom, it did. That makes me feel quite sad for the fandom I consider myself part of.
Ah well. I hope you enjoy the shows you are currently watching, and I hope they have kinder fandoms!
P.S. I don't know if you've tried Supernatural, but that's a wonderful show that im currently binge-watching. Plus the fandom seems utterly bonkers, not unlike the show itself. Highly recommended if you haven't tried it!
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Doctor Why Bother?
I've already ordered DE4, but I'm not listening to it until it turns up on CD. Yep, I know it's weird, but I'm OCD. and anyway, it gives me a chance to listen to the series so far all over again!
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Dark Eyes 4 Review
Listen is so very close to perfect Doctor Who that it hurts. Lovely atmosphere, good music, fun, creepy, felt like classic Doctor Who, all stuff that everyone has said before. But then came that scene at the end which I just can't like. Discuss the Doctor's childhood in hushed whispers If you want, but please don't show us it "just 'cos" and certainly don't prise Clara in there. Don't get me wrong, I like Clara, but she really has been given too much influence over the Doctor. I would have problems with any companion being scatters along his timeline or guiding his childhood, but both? That barn scene at the end annoys me way more than it should. 9/10, for so much potential.
Time Heist: with the controversy over, this was just a good, solid adventure which was thoroughly enjoyable with a good monster. It was predominantly well acted, but evidently even Capaldi has difficulty making "it's a time travel heist!" Sound convincing. 8/10
The Caretaker: Yeah, not the strongest plot, but who cares when it's this much fun? Plus it has some lovely character building. 8/10
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 2
There is expectation within fandom for Doctor Who to be good. What this means is that when it is, in somebody's opinion, sub-par, they will feel disappointed and compelled to express this on the handy opinions outlet of the Internet. When it comes back to being as good as expected, people think "well, that was good, wasn't it?" And move on. What this unfortunately means is that the Internet has ended up being a rather unpleasant cesspit full of genuine disappointment and irrational hatred while the people who like the show just sort of keep their distance. I know that I as a general rule stay a good distance from most comment pages.
Basically, if I were in the position of Moffat or Capaldi or Coleman, I would have to stay a very long way away from the Internet. Yes, there are some problems from time to time. But it is never as bad as you seem to read as the Internet only ever shows one side of the story.
1 month, 1 week ago on Say Something Nice: Internet Fandom
I had thought that maybe Clara was pregnant and had had a termination and regretted it, hence Danny being the last person to hear her say she loved them. However, I can't see why she would do that seeing as in Kill The Moon she said she wanted to have kids.
1 month, 1 week ago on What was Clara going to say to Danny?
I give most episodes a score of 7+ because I firmly believe that most episodes actually are that good. When it comes to my favourite show, it's not that I refuse to see bad stuff in episodes - I just don't. The Twin Dilemma is a fascinating portrayal of post regenerative trauma with a dodgy side plot about a comedy value giant slug to my eyes. I'm not going to pretend I like episodes less just so I can use up all of the numbers on the scale!
1 month, 1 week ago on Doctor Who and Episode Rankings
I thought Missy was far more two dimensional than Simm's Master. Don't get me wrong, I loved Missy, she's a stunning character and a wonderfully demented brand of evil, but I think Simm's Master (drums and all) was more credible and layered.
1 month, 1 week ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 3
It must be incredibly difficult to get the balance right - I was pining after darker Doctor Who and then along comes series eight and goes too far the other way! However, it was the closest the show has come in a long time be being spot on the right tone for me. Jamie Mathieson's brace of episodes and Last Christmas were spot on for me. Dark Water and Death in Heaven was generally too grim, but the whole Superman and "permission to squeeeeee" section made me cringe. A lot.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Why Series 8 Needed Child-Friendly Episodes & Moments
The difficult thing here is that an average episode of Doctor Who is "very good"!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2005 Part 1
I don't think there is any denying that Moffat is a fantastic writer - certainly up there with the likes of Davies, Holmes and Dicks. And like all of these, he has written some sub-par stories. And also like these writers, he has written some that are underrated, and some that are overrated (for me, The Day of the Doctor is pretty average and Listen goes places I don't think the show should ever go). I would never go so far as to say his era is the golden age of the show, but regardless it is very impressive.
However, I am ready for a change. Moffat has very firmly steered the ship for a nice long time now, and I think it is the right time to try something new and different. Series eight was certainly a bit of a change, but it was still noticeably a continuation of the Moffat era. I want to see what a new show runner will bring!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Steven Moffat: The Good, The Bad and the Timey Wimey
I'm actuall very glad to see some love for Kill the Moon seeping through here - some slightly dodgy science and everyone flips out at what I think is actually a good story with some great character writing.
2 months ago on Best of 2014 Awards #13: TV Story
I've gone MOTOE for what felt like an instant classic, a great fun adventure with plenty of tension, an awesome monster and great character scripting. It was a difficult choice with the list of great stories this year, with standouts for me being KTM, MOTOE, DW/DIH, LC. I did like Listen a lot, but I'm firmly in the camp that believes the sleeping tiger of Doctor's childhood shouldn't be touched with a stick shorter than Nelson's Column and so feel at best ambivalent to the ending of that episode. Everything else about Listen is astonishing, Capaldi and Coleman really shone but I really think it went too far and makes me feel a little uncomfortable every time. I kind of wish I liked it more so it didn't ruin a fantastic episode for me, but hey ho.
I was very impressed with the work of Mathieson this year, especially seeing as it was his first brace of scripts. I would be sorely disappointed it he didn't return for series 9. Both MOTOE and F were, in my opinion, instant classics.
2 months ago on Best of 2014 Awards #11: Writer
Fantastic as Missy was... Gus. I mean... Gus!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #5: Best Villain
I always hate seeing articles like this purely because I refuse to downright hate any episode of Doctor Who. Even in the weakest episodes I see something to love.
Also, I'd like to offer an explanation for the Doctor's actions in this episode: he had been told that his song was ending, he thought he was heading for death. The Doctor in these episodes was barely over 900 years old, a pit stop for creatures like Time Lords who can "live forever, barring accidents".
Even thinking that he knew he was probably going to regenerate, the tenth Doctor had been around for about six years. Compare to the eleventh Doctor's 1000+ year run, plus the fact that he LOOKED LIKE DAVID TENNANT and I'd be pretty annoyed to be moving on that quickly.
I'm not the biggest fan of the End of Time (and god knows there are some pretty manic ones out there) but I don't think its all that bad.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Why I Hate the Tenth Doctor’s Regeneration
we haven't seen an answer to the "why does the TARDIS hate Clara?" question yet have we?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Impossible Girl: An Impossible Theory
ACC is great and very festive, but there are better Christmas specials however much I enjoy it.
Meanwhile, TEOT a is a great farewell to RTD and Tennant but I don't think it's great as a Christmas special.
I think I'm gonna sit this one out.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Festive Face-Off: The End of Time vs A Christmas Carol (Final)
To be honest, neither of these are anywhere near my favourite Christmas special!
And in Listen when he ran his finger down the crease of the book, feeling for the chalk
3 months ago on Rate & Discuss Last Christmas
I thank you :)
Given my current disappointment, I have changed tack and am now planning for a story with a giant talking lizard and some creatures called the Scourge. In very ancient Egypt. But don't tell anyone!
I am ANGRY.
Properly, properly cheesed.
Two years ago, I came across "the game". This concept may mean something to you, and if so, I apologise because I just made you lose. But on the plus side, I lost too!
Anyway, point is, I thought this was perfect Doctor Who fodder and scribbled it down in my notebook of many things. The idea worked away until I came up with a fantastic story (or at least I think it was fantastic) called "Hollow" where if you think about this monster, you become it.
Right, I say, over Christmas I'll turn this into a script! Then along come the sodding Dream Crabs. Damn.
Ah well. There'll be other ideas.
Am I the only one finding the "somethingy-womethingy" increasingly tiring? Timey Wimey was funny the first time, but spacey-wacey and humany-wumany etc. have been pushing it...
3 months ago on Last Christmas – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)
Anything's better than Geronimo: two against two!
3 months, 1 week ago on Festive Face-Off: Voyage of the Damned vs The Next Doctor
I love Christmas. I don't know why, but I've always loved the whole festive season, but a Christmas Day always seems like an anticlimax. As a result, an episode of Doctor Who really drags it up!
As soon as December rolls around, I sit down with my box sets beside me and watch all of the Christmas specials. And I do this about five times before Christmas Day! I Love all of the Christmas specials, but simply because they are more Christmassy (which, if it is a Christmas special I think is a good thing) I prefer Moffat's specials. However, VOTD and TND are also up there. My favourite? Pfft. There's no way I can answer that!
3 months, 1 week ago on The Christmas Conundrum
I know neither of these gets an awful lot of fan love, which I think is a real shame: VOTD is a very enjoyable romp which is very funny and also astonishingly dark with some of RTD's strongest character and world building. "All that banter and not a word wasted" applies equally well to the Doctor and the script.
TND on the other hand was far more Christmassy (the sequence at the beginning with the Doctor just soaking it in is glorious) and also served the emotional story of Jackson Lake and a fun Cyber-romp at the same time. I think people look down on it because of the next Doctor or gimmick, but if it were otherwise billed and less of a let down in that department, I don't think I could see any flaws in it. Even the Cybershades are quite cool and look great. The sequence in the graveyard in the snow is another classic one.
I don't know which I'm going to vote for. I really don't!
Ohhh... Cruel! I really like the Runaway Bride (yes, I know it hasn't got the best of reputations, but still...) but it doesn't have a hope in hell of beating The Christmas Invasion. It's so joyous and enjoyable, it makes a staggering hour's entertainment. The Runaway Bride, great as it is, doesn't quite live up to that. However, that final scene on its own puts it remarkably close. For a better story and more Christmassy-ness, I'm going The Christmas Invasion.
P.S. If this is littered with typos, I apologise. Autocorrect turned "beating" into "a bee sting" earlier so I'm finding it difficult to keep on top of it.
3 months, 1 week ago on Festive Face-Off: The Christmas Invasion vs The Runaway Bride
Gender is fluid on Earth too - sex is about genetics, xx and xy chromosomes. Gender is effectively a state of mind, the thoughts and feelings that are associated with being male or female. Unless Gallifreyan genetics work in a completely different way to ours (so the genes change when they regenerate) they would still be male or female by sex. However, there is nothing to say the body couldn't develop female features is there? And it has been established that mental states change, so a time lord could want to be a time lady.
None of which is particularly relevant to the question in hand, just something interesting to ponder.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey
I have to say I'm against the idea of a female Doctor.
Before people come with pitchforks and fire, let me explain.
After fifty years, it would be too great a change I think to go for a female Doctor. While it's very easy to say that you wouldn't be bothered by a female Doctor, actually not being bothered is very different. I'm going to hold my hands up: I'm not a fan of the idea. It would be a huge move, and it would probably alienate a lot of viewers. It's maybe quite sad that in the current age of equality and feminism that is how people feel, but I do think it's true. I would certainly class myself as feminist: almost anything we men can do, women can do just as well or better. But I'm still against the idea of a female Doctor.
After having had 12(ish) male Doctors I just feel that no-one, no matter what their skill, could overcome the feeling they'd cast a female so they could demonstrate equality, and stop it feeling like a gimmick. Even with Missy, as great as Michelle Gomez was, I still think it was done for a plot point and a gimmick. I don't feel like Missy is the Master. At least not yet.
Assuming that Gallifreyans go through normal pregnancy, what happens if a Time Lady becomes a Time Lord while bearing a child?
Two possibilities: 1) The Mirror are covering themselves to stop themselves looking stupid or 2) this is somehow expected to increase surprise levels during the Christmas special.
Number one seems unlikely given the Mirror has never had any worries about spewing rubbish onto its pages, so in this situation it's probably number two, so it is intended to perhaps ramp up surprise for a possible departure in Last Christmas.
Wait, 3) has appeared! How about this: as before, it's a complete load of...
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Rumour: Christmas Won’t Be Jenna Coleman’s Last
Matt Fitton. Alan Barnes. Eddie Robson. Jonathan Morris. Seriously, it's a mystery to me why some of the Big Finish writers haven't been snapped up.
4 months ago on Writers to Bring Back for Series 9 & Beyond
Your finales are better. My finales are better. Ha ha! It's an easy statement to make isn't it? (Though by the end of series 17 episode 12 "Bloodlines" I'm fairly sure you would agree with my second statement ;)
4 months ago on New Who Finale Face-Off: Your Top 8
Overjoyed to see some love for TSE/JE! So much fan hate and it still rocks up second on the poll.
I personally wouldn't have put TPO/TBB at the top, but ah well. It is a very good finale, but not my fave.
I really don't know... McCoy was my first experience of Who and I will always love his Doctor.
However, Tennant was the Doctor on telly when I really got into the show.
But the two stories which really cemented my fan-ness were The Tomb of the Cybermen and Earthshock. As such, Troughton and Davison also hold very special places in my heart.
I also watched all of the Tom Baker stories in a row which makes him important to me too! If only it was simple... Which one should I choose?
4 months ago on From 1-12: Who is YOUR Doctor?
I can't accurately pinpoint the time I became a fan. Doctor Who has always been a part of my life, ever since I was tiny and sat on my dad's knee watching repeats on UKTV Gold. My first "solid" memory is of watching Time and the Rani on my own on a Sunday morning. This may be the basis for my irrational soft spot for the 80s.
What this means is that by the time the new series rolled around, I was already a fan of the show. So I don't know when I officially "joined" fandom - it just sort of slipped into my life.
I think the closest to a beginning I can find is December 2006. I've gone late night shopping in Hull with my mum and she says I can buy two DVDs. I go scurrying away and come trotting back, remarkably pleased with myself and purchase The Tomb of the Cybermen and Earthshock. (Incidentally, these remain some of my favourite stories, the Cybermen my favourite villains, and the second, fifth and seventh my favourites Doctors). Since then, I have collected every DVD available, a huge CD collection (thank you Big Finish) and countless books and magazines. I just want to take a moment to thank the likes of Panini and Big Finish who keep us in stories in the dark days between each series.
Doctor Who has become more than a show for me. It is escapism after a long day at college and a mountain of homework. It's diversion in the shower when I'm formulating my own ideas. And it is an ambition - I want to go away and become a doctor personally, but regardless of that, my main life aim is to write for Doctor Who. I will be devastated if I go through life and never get one of my scripts on the telly.
In two years time I will be packing off for university - med school hopefully! - and I will have to leave behind three things dear to me: my family, my cat, and my collection. I really don't know which I will miss most. After all, family can still gibber down a phone.
The point of all that was really to show that everyone has their own story. Your story will be hugely different to mine. Everyone's experience is unique. Who'd've through a silly little tv show nestled away on a Saturday evening would affect so many people?
51 years? Pfft. You can beat that!
4 months ago on Doctor Who’s 51st Anniversary
The wonder of BBC shop preorders!
4 months ago on The Complete Eighth Series Box Set Review
The special edition has a standard DVD style case as opposed to the digipak trays used in the series 1-7 boxes.
Don't suppose anyone who has the "standard" box set can tell me whether it is in an amaray case or digipak can you? Thanks
I've got a real soft spot for those early adventures, I think it's a testament to the quality of them that someone who wasn't born until the depths of the wilderness years can taken them to their heart. That original TARDIS team in that astonishing TARDIS set - well done. You got us this far!
4 months, 1 week ago on Happy Birthday, William Russell
Why not? There's nothing wrong with flexibility. The first two were finales to eras, the second two finales to half-series. And also, I firmly believe that AGMGTW and TATM are a damn sight better than their respective series' "proper" finales.
4 months, 1 week ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)
1: Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways
2: The Stolen Earth / Journey's End (yes, I know)
3: The Name of the Doctor
4: The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang
5: Dark Water / Death in Heaven
6: Army of Ghosts / Doomsday
7: The Wedding of River Song
8: The Sound of Drums / The Last of the Time Lords
The truth is though that I don't dislike any of them! TSOD/LOTTL comes at the bottom purely because I enjoy it least, but it is still great. They all have problems, but I somehow manage to overlook them for all of the finales. Weird.
Do you ever get the feeling that in this fandom there are some episodes you're just not allowed to like?
4 months, 1 week ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 8
I cant help but feel that this finale is a little bit overrated. Of course I love it, but I love all of Doctor Who. Sure, it's clever and funny and interesting and sad and twisty and turny but then so are lots of episodes. It was a great way to round off Smith's first series and I think encapsulated the series it concluded perfectly. It probably isn't my favourite simply because I wasn't a huge fan of the fairytale element. This comes fourth for me in the running of finales- following The Parting of the Ways, Journey's End (yes, I know...) and The Name of the Doctor. It comes joint fourth along with Death in Heaven for me.
4 months, 1 week ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 5