32 year old Whovian. A passionate, dedicated over-thinker in her spare time, of which she has little.
Over the past two days the website's been giving me trouble with loading older comments.
If anyone replied to my older posts and got no reply in return, this is the reason for it.
I apologize for any offence this gives, but I don't think there's anything I can do about it.
2 days, 10 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 1
@supermoff, defender of Deep Breath @YaelMoise Well, series 8 was very varied. I wouldn't dare describe as monotonous. In fact it was one of the most daring and innovative series ever, in what it attempted to achieve. So, in that respect I wouldn't doubt that series 9 would also differ in many ways.
It's just that I feel that series 8 rarely managed to achieve the daring and innovative things it set out to achieve.
The buck, and final mark of approval, stops at the hands of the man in charge - Moffat. He is the one entrusted with giving a final ok to everything. And since so many episodes, as I saw it, never quite reached the point of being ok, I consider it a lapse on his part. He was the supervisor. It happened on his watch.
It's quality control that bothers me, I feel, and even if I say "series 9 will have a completely different feel and have many different and new episodes that'll be nothing like series 8", quality control doesn't go away as a concern.
That's why I don't really view the approach of series 9 with any certainty of hope - Because it's not that I disliked "this episode" or "that episode". It's that I felt an over-arcing issue, a recurring motif of bad quality control and poor choices (in addition to my intense dislike of Clara, which is only partly my fault, and partly Moffat's fault).
I would love to see a difference in the next series, but with no significant change in any of the factors that led to series 8... I don't see that happening.
2 days, 11 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 1
@supermoff, defender of Deep Breath @YaelMoise That's very much appreciated, thank you... but I have to ask, do you honestly think that will happen? Don't get me wrong, I really DO appreciate the sentiment, but other than hope, what are you basing it on?
After all, nothing much of substance is due to be changed in series 9.
iirc, Clara will be in it for the long haul, Moffat is still at the helm. Why should the result be different this time? I mean, I would understand it if at least one of these elements were altered, but none of them are.
This isn't a rhetorical question... how do you see series 9 differing from this past one? Or do you suspect that my dislike is due to specific episodes only rather than over-arcing issues, and that's what you're basing this on - a belief that new stories bring a new opportunity for the existing framework to impress me, though is has failed so far?
@supermoff, defender of Deep Breath @YaelMoise I have tried rewatching some of them, yes. It does nothing for me, I'm afraid.
I suspect time and patience is the only thing for it.
I'm not all that concerned. I know many other people disliked much of the Matt Smith era, and some people disliked much of Tennant's era. I never felt anything of the sort. I suppose this is just... my turn. :)This too shall pass.
Till then... I suppose I just envy you your contentment. ;)
@supermoff, defender of Deep Breath I truly envy you your contentment, my friend. I truly do.
@The G Unitt - It's my initial, I'm not a rap fan I've said repeatedly during these polls that I feel a severe discrepancy exists between the number and the word descriptions. While some episodes would get no lower than a 7, if I were just asked to rank them numerically, here I was forced to give them a 4, because "bellow average" best described them. It does make things rather difficult, really, for me.
So, no, you are definitely not alone.
3 days, 11 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 3
Before I start, this isn't a complaint. Please do not bite my head off. It's an idle observation, and not anything else:
Don't get me wrong, but in many ways, the closer we get to the present, the less interesting these polls get, as far as commenting goes. I don't mean that I don't care what gets what, but simply... that the more recent the episodes the more recent the discussion about them and the less there is left to say about them.
I mean, I could sit here and explain why I gave Time a 1, or why, despite my having rewatched it a million times, I don't think I should give Day a 10, or why Name is a 7... but didn't I do that, like, five minutes ago? I know it's been over a year, but... let's be honest here, we've spent the past year, among other things, discussing these very episodes! And the same will apply today or tomorrow, when we reach series 8. I'm still voting and I'm still reading comments, but if up until now, it was fun, fresh, and interesting, at this point it feels a little... well, there's really no other way to say it... like I've done it five minutes ago and I have nothing fresh to say.
3 days, 19 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 3
@DaftDalek is the Aphex Twin Doctor @YaelMoise @supermoff, defender of The Time of the Doctor @Notsosmartguy @MrRazza is going all Craig Revel Horwood The point of view considered isn't theirs.
5 days, 9 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 2
@supermoff, defender of Hide @YaelMoise @Notsosmartguy @MrRazza is going all Craig Revel Horwood @DaftDalek is the Aphex Twin Doctor I'm paraphrasing a bit. The original is closer to "These are the remains of an animal that was partially eaten by some predator, and these are the remains of an animal that simply died of natural causes (but both are considered unclean for eating and therefore there's no difference between them)".
@Notsosmartguy @MrRazza is going all Craig Revel Horwood @DaftDalek is the Aphex Twin Doctor Both of you will have to pardon me, but there's a saying in my language - "One is a rotting carcass, and the other is decomposing animal remains".
Basically, they're both rubbish and it doesn't make a difference which is worse :P
I'm a sucker for Dougray Scott. Admittedly, the man never made it into my "five freebies" list, but he was a close runner up and always gets an honorable mention. So, it's hard for me to overlook his appearance in this episode. The sweet Jessica Raine is also something to note, even if for other reasons. She's so lovely and vulnerable. I can really feel her pain and inner conflict, as caused by her abilities. I'm also a bit of a sucker for fairy-tale endings... so them ending up together was stupidly satisfying on a girly, 6th year old playing with My Little Pony's (The original version! Not the new ones!) sort of level. The story was atmospheric, and I could just about picture the American soldiers leaving prayer notes to the shrieking spirit. It was really... quite well done. Also... I can't avoid the sheer joy of watching the Tardis fight Clara. I know... I know... but I just love that... ^^
Unfortunately, though, that's where the kudos end. The monsters looked ridiculous, their love story was problematic... and it being replicated later, and better, in Timeheist doesn't really raise it in my esteem. In fact it actually lowers it in my esteem. All in all it was a good episode and I DO occasionally rewatch it, but I wouldn't rate it higher than that.
Journey - I can't put my finger on why I don't like it. I suppose... because it provided less than I wanted it to? Also didn't connect at all with the story of the brothers. It was nice to see the Doctor finally level with Clara, but it wasn't as satisfying as I would have liked it to be. I suppose the only high light of the episode was when they dealt with the Eye of Harmony in relation to the TV movie (sort of). THAT was good... but it's not enough to save the episode.
Crimson - Um.................... I like it? I do. Really, I do. I know a lot of people hate it, but... uh... I honestly do like it. It may actually be my favorite "Modern Clara" episode. Correction... it's the ONLY episode of modern Clara's where I really don't mind her at all, where I don't feel like having her killed in a whole range of horrible ways. In some respects, that alone should earn it a 9, since that's a bloody miracle to achieve, but, honestly, there's no reason to go that far.
It's a very good episode. The story is quirky. The acting is hammy, but appropriate. The threat feels creepy, disgusting, and very 1970's horror movies. All in all, really very good. :)
Nightmare - Least said sooner mended. Before NiS I used to say that while I will love Neil Gaimen to the day I die for co-writing "Good Omens", one of my favorite books ever, and while I will always be grateful for The Doctor's Wife, will never forgive him for "The problem with Susan", or at least the last page of it, when Aslan eats Lucy and then proceeds to do something very explicit with the White Witch, right in front of Susan's face. After NiS, I added NiS to his list of crimes. Aside from Mr. Clever, there were really no redeeming qualities to it, as far as I'm concerned. I wish I could visit the alternate universe where Clara remained Victorian, so I could see what this episode looks like with the kids from The Snowmen... but till the day inter-universal travel is made freely and safely available, I think I'll just have to keep hating this episode.
5 days, 10 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 2
@supermoff, defender of Hide @YaelMoise @Gustaff @Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things No, no, please don't take this as criticism. I think you know well enough that I'm in favour of honesty and genuine emotion, even if that emotion is a negative one. I just can't remember ever seeing you be this critical of an episode, is all.
In all honesty, I can't say I disagree with you. It's one of my least favorites of the new series. I really love Mr. Clever, but other than that, the whole thing can be blotted from history and I wouldn't complain.
5 days, 11 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 2
@supermoff, defender of Hide @Gustaff @Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things Jesus, Supermoff. I'm genuinely surprised to hear you say that sort of thing. A bit difficult for me to imagine you disliking an episode that much. I literally did a double take when I spotted your name on these comments.
@Gustaff @Silent_Angel While I agree with you that "defeated by love" has gotten old and stupid REALLY quickly and that we ought to be past it by now... to be honest, I felt that Nightmare had written the show into a corner vis-a-vis the Cybermen. They because TOO formidable. TOO hard to kill. Ignoring it and reverting wasn't the answer, but I'm not sure what WOULD have been a good answer. In all honesty, it's one of the main reasons I hate NiS - I feel it was detrimental in the long run.
@SonicTheHedgehogRules I don't feel as you do about this episode. But, by jingo, that was an AWESOME read! Heaven knows there are episodes I feel the same about.
I love you for your passion and the sheer beauty in which you present what is essentially the most negative comment I've read in ages.
Thank you. Just... thank you.
6 days, 10 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2
@grumpyoldcow I love that one. It nearly gave me a heart attack, but I love it.
Still, I prefer "‘Four minutes? That’s ages. What if I get bored? I need a television, couple of books, anyone for chess… bring me knitting." Trust the Doctor to make knitting an act of defiance.
6 days, 17 hours ago on The Doctor Division
@JFrance I disagree entirely. That's not any way to measure someone being or not being a fan.
If a person has a house full of every possible piece of Doctor Who merchandise... a handmade Tardis-shaped bed... hell, a tattoo of Tom Baker on their rear end... but they picked up and left when Matt Smith went, or more likely, they watched Eccleston and decided this wasn't THEIR Doctor Who... are they not Whovians?
Nonsense. They are every bit the fan you are. Possibly even more so. We can't say, really, because we're not in any position to judge. And thank heavens for that. I wouldn't want the responsibility of it.
It's not up to any of us to say who's a fan and who isn't.
We can testify about ourselves. No one else.
6 days, 18 hours ago on The Doctor Division
My favorite of the new series is the 9th Doctor. My favorite of the old series... is a tricky question and one which I have no idea how to answer. Sometimes its 2, sometimes it's 4, sometimes it's 5, sometimes its 7, and sometimes it's 8... which is weird because the story I love most of all the classical era stories (multi-Doctor stories aside) is a actually 3rd Doctor story - Spearhead from Space - and the same goes for the runner up - The Green Death.
For myself, I think my least favorite is probably the 1st... he's a bit gruff in what I've seen of him. Somewhat raw. Unformed, I guess, when you think about what comes next.
I still gleefully watch episodes from his era and, were it not for the demise of Green Dude's channel on Dailymotion, I probably would have gone through all of them by now... but I guess that of all of the Doctors, he's the one I love the least.
The power of three... I won't kid you, I've seen better. However, whatever else you want to say about it, this episode is the one that gave us Kate Stewart, and "a kiss from a Lethbridge-Stewart". I cringe a little at the writing of it ("but he guided me, right up to the end" feels almost about as "good" to me as "Because we saved the universe, but at a cost", which is pretty much my least favorite line in Doctor Who, ever), but there's no arguing with the fact that, in Kate, we have a bit of the Brig back. And, really, who would complain about that?
It's also the first time Brian "comes on board", figuratively, after having first come on board, literally, in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship. It also sets the stage very nicely for the Ponds' departure in the next story, as well as for one of my favorite bits of Doctor Who - "P.S.".
As with Kate's arrival, I can't say that the writing of it is flawless. It isn't. But it's not bad at all. Put all of that together, add the Doctor playing tennis on Wii... and that just about adds up to an 8, I think. Definitely "very good".
Now, if The Power of Three is a less than pristine piece of storytelling rescued by several highlights, Angels Take Manhattan is, for me at least, the opposite. It's a potentially great episode spoiled by various issues. Like others have said, there's something a little rushed about it.
I'll also be honest with you... I really didn't like the statue of liberty thing. This felt to me like the final nail in the coffin of the weeping angels. Yes, it was REALLY nice to see them go back to killing people by displacing them, instead of just snapping their necks... but... well... even setting aside the notion that using looped human beings to feed "creatures of abstract" who live off the temporal energy of all your unlived future days would probably be a bad idea as they would end up with diminishing returns as the potential days of the second time around would theoretically be a lot less... "satisfying"... it's just that if they can be any statue, then they stop being "weeping angels"!
I don't know about you, but I'm not good with that. Yes, they are theoretically more terrifying if they can be in any statue, and the little plaster model of Michelangelo's "Moses" sitting on my desk could theoretically wake up one day, touch me in my sleep, and zap me back to the 1960s or something. But... gah! I can't really explain it. It just means they aren't "weeping angels" anymore. That they don't have to look like that anymore. That they don't have to hide their faces. It makes the whole thing lose its structure. Yeah, it makes it more terrifying for losing most of the rules that make you "safe", but it also loses a lot of its charm.
The episode's touching farewell to the Ponds (especially if you watch "P.S."), makes it a gem. But there are so many flaws in it that I can't bring myself to give it anything too high. It's very good, but it could have been great. Pity.
The Snowmen... damn it, I could cry about the Snowmen. I wish they kept Victorian Clara!!! She was wonderful. She had SUCH potential!!! She would have been fresh, interesting, innovative. "Victoria Waterfield... but with spunk!". It could have been wonderful.
I'm not exactly thrilled about the new GI, neither am I as enamored of the Paternoster Gang as some others here are, though I think this was an excellent showing for the latter and a better than average one for the former.
Either way, it really was a very good episode, with seeds of greatness... that never sprouted. An 8 and a bucket of tears.
1 week ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2
@MrRazza is going all Craig Revel Horwood Well said.
1 week ago on The Doctor Division
@Planet of the Deaf @The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! Something of a step down from Peri... but ok, I'm game.
1 week ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain
@Scootersfood can't wait for Series 9... The older one was Bellows. Fiona Bellows.
And, to be honest, she was my favorite of the episode (and that hurts to say, because Michael Troughton has top priority most anywhere, as far as I'm concerned). I would have loved to see HER as companion.
1 week ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Return
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @YaelMoise Well... I'm sorry I misunderstood you... but I still think that that question can only be properly answered by my by using my reality as a guide:
Suppose you say "It's not YOU you, it's just a hypothetical situation" and ask me to decide between my hypothetical mother and 5 hypothetical siblings.
The first thing to ask would be "Ok, what's my relationship with these separate people?"
Suppose you say that I'm fond of both sets equally, I'm still left with asking "Are these my only sibling?" and "How old is my mother?" and "How old are these sibling?" and "Is my father still alive?" and... yes... "What is my parents' will looking like these days?" which in the case of a hypothetical not-really-my-relatives-IRL scenario could potentially not be a joke at all... along with dozens, if not more, questions that would have a bearing on this case and which cannot be solved without a hell of a lot of narrowing down.
And even then... after you pin point the question to a VERY precise set of circumstances... the question still wouldn't really reflect any genuine answer on my part, because the question would reflect a highly hypothetical situation to which I would only have a mental connection, but not a genuine emotional one.
Which leads us back, I think, to why I think the only way to give a meaningful answer is to answer about me specifically and not on a general level.
1 week, 1 day ago on Doctor Who’s Impossible Choices and the Trolley Problem
This is a tricky one.
On the one hand, I really dislike the idea of little nano thingies that can turn you, willy-nilly into a Dalek. Why in the name of all things pink and fluffy would that be something the Daleks decide to make, even if it were all that reasonable as an idea? Weren't they into the whole "pure" thing? I'll admit I've never watched "The Dalek invasion of Earth" (Yes, I'm embarrassed about it. It's on the list, I promise you. I think I'm mostly delaying because I don't want to watch Susan get left behind. I think it'll break my heart), and I think they have some sort of hybrid thing there, or at least slave human thingies. Still... I would be surprised if they were made into full-on Daleks! It just does not sit well with what these guys are all about.
I also have issues with the "Hey, presto!" method of solving A DIVORCE (not a breakup... a divorce).
On the other hand... I love Oswin. LOVE her. To BITS. "I call him Nina, it's a personal thing". "The nose and the chin. You two could fence". "Pop your shirt off. Quick as you like" "Is there a word for total screaming genius that sounds modest and a tiny bit sexy?"
*sigh of contentment*
Honestly, she was marvelous. The woman made me so utterly hopeful for Clara that I arrived at "The Snowmen" open wide and eager for the new companion... ...and then she died and I was saddled with the horrible "least of all Claras" modern version, but that's beside the point. The point is that she was marvelous. She makes this episode, with its genuinely cringe-worthy treatment of the Ponds' marriage issues, worth rewatching. She also made it possible for me to stomach Clara as a character on Doctor Who: Legacy (I use her costume and try to fool myself that it's Oswin instead), which is no small thing, because Clara... well, Clara+, anyway, is a regular fixture in my A-team.
I'm loath to give this thing anything over a 7, but I'm not sure how to proceed beyond that bit of sure knowledge.
Also, it's 1:29AM, I've had a VERY long day, and I'm 100% exhausted. Will vote in the morning.
1 week, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 1
@DaftDalek is the Aphex Twin Doctor @YaelMoise Ah, but then you need to take into consideration the fact that convictions are not a certainty.
For all you know, we might be dealing with 5 frame-ups. You would, under such conditions, theoretically be killing 5 innocent victims of the system, people who have already suffered a great deal at the hands of others.
The list of provisos on this dilemma just goes on and on, doesn't it.
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @YaelMoise Obviously very difficult to call... but most of all because it still stands on other details which we don't have:
For example, who are the other 4 people on track A, with my brother (I only have one sibling)? For all we know, they might be homicidal maniacs who would turn on us if freed.
What is the physical state of everyone involved? After all, whoever tied everyone to the tracks might have reduced my brother to vegetable state... or reduced ALL of them to vegetable state... or reduced my mom and brother to vegetable state while leaving the other 4 people hale and hearty.
What does my parents' will look like these days (Joke)?
As before... the best answer is "it depends".
Excellent article. Love anything that makes me think, so thanks a lot ^^
That said... a few thoughts:
1) If you have access to the lever, and the ability to use it, your inaction is an action. Therefore, therefore there is no avoiding the choice.
2) putting it down to simple numbers is a rather narrow way of looking at it. "WHO is on the track?" is quite frankly a VERY important question. Because I really do think that in the case of your mom (or significant loved one of your choice) on track B vs. 5 strangers on track A would make it a very bad day for the people on track A. At least, in the case of most people and their mom (or other significant loved one). And even if we go for a less personal (and selfish) angle, how about the world's greatest scientist, in the middle of coming up with a cure for a deadly plague on track B vs. 5 convicted child molesters on track A. Well... that's slightly cheating, that one. It makes the person on track A the equivalent of the people he could be saving. Alright then... one innocent hard-working family man on track B vs. 5 convicted child molesters on track A. Or... how about a child on track B vs. 5 convicted child molesters on track A? Or a child on track B vs. 5 old people on track A? Quantity of life can run both on the Y axis (length) and on the X axis (Number of lives) involved, after all.
Basically, this is a tricky one, and I think the best answer for it is... "it depends".
So sad about Kate O'mara. You can really see she wanted another go at playing the Rani. I really wish she could have had it. :(
1 week, 2 days ago on Weird and Wonderful
Bless heaven and earth, praise God, and pass the confetti!
I'm sorry. I know many of you were looking forward to her being the next companion, but I honestly never liked the idea.
Still... since I am something of a pessimist, I feel myself obliged to point out that the production has been nothing short of deceptive and secretive since Moffat took over. She may very well be lying. So there's still hope for you guys, a certain amount of dread for me.
1 week, 2 days ago on Faye Marsay: There’s Been No talk of Shona Returning
"Well, I was on my way to this gay Gypsy bar mitzvah for the disabled when I suddenly thought 'Gosh, the Third Reich's a bit rubbish. I think I'll kill the Fuehrer'. Who's with me?"
I don't like LKH. It's an ok episode, all in all, but it's also one of the biggest let-downs I've ever had. Never name your next episode THAT provocatively AND make the audience wait ages for it AND let it eventually be nothing more than a light romp (with a massive amount of plot holes and a character you pulled out of your rear iris... that last bit, I have to tell you seriously pissed me off because he COULD have seeded her along the series. Easily). It just will not end well for anyone involved, really.
However, that line is just great and Alex Kingston delivers it with such aplomb that for a few brief seconds you don't care about the rest of it, really. ^^
1 week, 3 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 2
@Runcible Re: tRF/tAP
Not even for the scene with the Doctor literally talking to himself? It's a very different kettle of fish to his usual encounters with himself. There's no animosity at all. It's really enjoyable. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a huge advocate of that story, but the scenes with him completing his own sentences and complimenting himself for being wonderfully inspirational to listen to, they're just such a good laugh.
1 week, 4 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 2
I've got nothing but love for the season 6 openers. A pair of episodes that leave you utterly desperate for answers in an unprecedented manner, where Who is concerned. I wouldn't call them "modern classics" because... well, because of the very thing that makes them great: They intrinsically hold a vacuum at their core. An emptiness that draws you in and makes you want to fill it with an explanation. They're incomplete. A question. An excellent question, but a question none the less. Call that a silly reason to knock off a point (after all, if they excel at what they do, then why not full marks?), but that's just how I feel.
Curse of the black spot... well, we're back to something I mentioned in a past poll - The discrepancy between the numbers and the verbal designation for them. I wouldn't dream of giving Curse a 4 in a straight up number poll. A 7, probably, a 6, possibly... but never a 4. Still, I can't get away from the fact that the best way to describe Curse IS in fact "Bellow average". In every possible way, it's below the show's general "batting average". The show has done better. It USUALLY does better. This episode isn't that bad. It's not Forests of the Night or Kill the Moon, or Fear Her. Not by a mile and a half. But it is definitely, and without a doubt, bellow the general standard of the show at large. So, 4 it is. Sorry, though I might be.
The Doctor's Wife... is a latter day Blink in every possible sense. Both in the sense that it is excellent and innovative and shocking... and in the sense that a lot of people will be rolling their eyes at what I just said and mumbling "Overrated!" at me. I love it. This is an episode that forever changed how I looked at Doctor Who. I recently listened to "Journey to the New World" on audio. Both at the beginning, when they land at Roanoke, instead of at the red tavern in London, and at the end when Jago and Litefoot end up in the 1960's, I found myself thinking the exact same thing: "Good old Sexy had a plan. I wonder what needs doing there". Before The Doctor's Wife I would have thought something completely different. Probably something less than complimentary about the Doctor's driving skills, or about the Tardis's reliability. And, thinking back further, what about that episode in series 8, when the Doctor, fraught with emotion, starts beating up the console, and my mind immediately classed him as a wife-beater, taking out his frustrations on his mate? Would I EVER have thought that before The Doctor's Wife?
What else can you call an episode that so completely transforms the way you view the show? What else can you call an episode that worms its way into your thoughts and changes them forever?
You call it a classic.
Simplest 10 ever.
1 week, 4 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 1
I'll be honest with you, I had my doubts when I first spotted the headline saying that she'll be back so soon. I love her, but I really was worried about over-using and over-exposing her.
However... the episode names have won me over. They genuinely sound intriguing!
My policy stands, I'm going to wait till I see them... but I have to say, this looks really intriguing ^^
1 week, 6 days ago on Missy Back in Two-Part Series 9 Opener
@TardisBoy! Actually, I think it's a reference to her and the Doctor. He's the magician ("I was going for minimalist, but I think I came up with 'magician'") and she's the witch. I was thinking the apprentice would be Clara. Not sure about the familiar. My first guess was Seb, but I don't think that's likely.
@The Lazy Cat Returns! lol I didn't say anything!
I was thinking it... but I didn't say it!
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 1
@The Lazy Cat Returns! That sounds wonderful. :) I'm looking forward to it.
@Esterath @The Lazy Cat Returns! You boys appear to be very mean to a cat.
Be careful or I'll sic the 6th Doctor on you.
@The Lazy Cat Returns! Oh, I see. It's good to have you back, btw. Missed you.
@The Lazy Cat Returns! But... I kind of remember you saying, before you vanished, that you're just about to watch series 5... what happened?
"I said there were ghosts, but that's not fair! Why him???"
That scene gets me every. single. time.
"There was never anyone else"
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Top 10 Whoniverse Couples
@PaddyB Noooooo... don't misquote one of my all-time favorites... not when it's such a nice list, otherwise. :(
It's "You're Mr. Thick, Thick, Thickity Thickface, from Thicktown, Thickania. And so's your dad!"
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2009-10 Specials
5th Doctor was my Doctor. There's no denying it. He was the one I first watched, and it was my love of him that convinced me to give 9th Doctor a go.
But the 5th Doctor didn't make a Whovian of me. 9th did.
5th Doctor couldn't stop teen-aged me from storming off in a huff, midway through The Twin Dilemma and (almost) never coming back.
But the spell that 9th put me under, all those years ago, managed to keep me sitting through the past series and a half (of which I think you all know what I thought)..
5th Doctor was my Doctor, no doubt about it... but maybe a girl can have two "My Doctor"s. Maybe the revival makes it possible.
If a girl can have two firsts, two "My"s... then you're my Doctor, Eccleston.
Thank you for making me a Whovian.
Have a very happy birthday!
...and please come back to us soon :P
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Happy Birthday, Chris Eccleston!
*view, not few.
Getting sick of copying and editing. :(
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2009-10 Specials
I quite like Planet of the Dead. I'm alone in that opinion, in my family. My brother despises it. It's fun, it has a very pleasing ending, and I really like Malcolm and his Bernards. It's not a masterpiece. Not by a long chalk. But it's fun, and it's nice, and it's good for filling up an evening.
Waters of Mars... um... Are these all your opinions, Miss, or did someone ask you to transport one for them? I'm afraid that's what this score feels like for me. This episode is my Breaking Bad. My Sopranos. It's an episode the quality of which I recognize. I KNOW it's good. It's evidently good. I can't deny that it's good.
I just... really don't like it!
I think that if I had liked Waters of Mars, I'd have given it a 10. But I haven't, for the life of me, ever been able to get attached to it. I wouldn't like to watch it, unless there's really nothing else on. It's just... not en episode I like.
So, 8 with a bit of a grudge. 8 for acknowledging a few that every fibre of my being rails against. Gotta love having a detached intellect sometimes. *grumble* *grumble*
And then we come to the abominations.... What can I say? Bad writing? Bad acting? John Simm in an ugly dress? Dreadful villains? "I don't want to go"? Meta self-adoration? Utter disrespect of future and previous incarnations? It's a veritable smorgasbord of things for me to dislike and disapprove of. This story is SO bad that I'm forced to wonder if my love of The Eleventh Hour has anything to do with the stark contrast between it and the hot mess immediately preceding it. I think not, but I suppose I'll never know for sure. All I know is that the only part of that story which I actually like... is the part right after it more or less ends. Matt Smith's first scene is one of my favorites. A magic scene that transformed from a Smith-hater to a veritable 11th-fangirl. Still... End of Time ended with "I don't want to go"... so no points for Matt Smith's grand entrance for you. It's 1s all-round. Sorry.
@SirTrey @YaelMoise @Malohkeh, not a member of any acronyms All I know is that when I first watched it (online... sorry... Who broadcasts were once not so common here) it didn't have subtitles (and, yes, I assumed it was the Tardis translating for Martha and the others), but when it arrived on TV a few months later, the thing had built-in English subtitles for the Hath bits. And I don't think it was added by the powers that be over here, because they would have no reason what so ever to put in subtitles in English on top of the ones they're adding in Hebrew. And these subtitles were... well, they looked BUILT-IN. You know what I mean. You can tell the difference between subtitles that are a part of the movie you're watching and the kind they add later.
Well... so, this is a bit odd, then.
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@Malohkeh, not a member of any acronyms Already got some! :D
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@SirTrey I also love that she had his daughter.
The Doctor's Daughter was really a Doctor's daughter, ended up married to a Doctor, and then had his daughter. It's just brilliant.
That aside, I read an interview with Davison and he said that far from making it awkward, it actually might have been the catalyst for them getting together at all. She was well versed in the craziness of being the Doctor and everything that entails, and she was also not awed by it like so many other people are, because she basically grew up with it.
@Malohkeh, not a member of any acronyms @YaelMoise I didn't hear about it either... until one day when they were repeating it on TV, and suddenly there they were, large as life - Built-in subtitles for the Hath.
@Malohkeh, not a member of any acronyms @YaelMoise There ARE versions with subtitles!
@Malohkeh, not a member of any acronyms @TardisBoy! I actually don't really like that coda. It feels like it turns her bitter-sweet ending into a sad one.