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Personally, my favorite Master stories are probably Utopia, The Sea Devils and The Mind of Evil. Utopia's ending is one of the best twists in Who history and having two fantastic portrayals of the character makes it a real treat. The Sea Devils is just plain fun! That sword fight! And I love how the Master remains in control, even while imprisoned. Finally, I think the list in the article really undersold The Mind of Evil: it's got international intrigue, a prison riot, a nuclear missile, and an evil, teleporting, hallucination-inducing, lobotomy machine!
1 month, 1 week ago on Ranking the Master Stories (Part 2)
Though not one of my favorites, Capaldi is undoubtedly the Doctor. There hasn't been a bad Doctor yet or a bad actor to play him. And who knows? Twelve could become my favorite down the line. I am looking forward to seeing how he develops.
1 month, 1 week ago on Poll: Capaldi’s Doctor – Hit or Miss?
I love the idea. It's a nice way of testing out how a gender-swapped Time Lord would work before doing it with the Doctor. Although, thus far, I don't think she's shown us the Mistress at her best (or worst).
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Poll: The Missy Reveal
Though I'm reserving final judgement until the end of the season, my reaction to 12 has been quite mixed. I'm still processing why, but I'll try to articulate it. For one thing, I think people, myself included, are comparing 12 to 11. Personally, 11 blew me away right from the start. 'The Eleventh Hour' remains my favorite Doctor Who story (and I've seen most of them, Classic included), and I believe it is well liked among other fans as well. Matt Smith had me worried after Tennant, who was my favorite at the time. But right out of the gate, 11 was just the Doctor, top to bottom. 'Deep Breath'...not so much. Part of the problem was the attitude displayed by Clara in that episode, and indeed much of the season so far. She is disturbed by his change, which is odd considering she's met other Doctors before. We in turn, tend to react as she reacts. Also, it seems that nearly every episode has been bent on reminding us that the Doctor can do terrible things. This isn't anything new, we've seen glimpses of the negative impact the Doctor can have, on his companions especially. I'm all for exploring the Doctor's darker side, but I've felt bludgeoned over the head with it at times this season. The audience WANTS to like the Doctor, but the writers seem intent on reminding us why we maybe shouldn't. That's not to say 12's run has been all doom and gloom though. I found Clara's subtle motherly influence on him in 'Listen' (a follow up, I think from 'The Day of the Doctor') to be extremely interesting to watch. I enjoy 12's professor-like nature, his blackboards and his "question/answer" style of deduction. 'Time Heist' fulfilled a scenario wish I've had for a long time (how has there never been a Who heist until now?) and 'Flatline' 's dimension bending antagonists and story elements were refreshing and innovative. All in all, I doubt 12 will be one of my favorites, but thus far the season has felt uninspiring. Perhaps that's what's been missing: inspiration. Even in their darkest moments, 10 and 11 still inspired hope and wonder in me. 12 has not done so as often, or with as much impact. Doctor Who remains one of my favorite shows, but season 8 has not been the bright spot at the end of my week. Like the Doctor's face though, his character is malleable. 7's clownish behavior gave way to Machiavellian cunning. Who's to say 12 won't lighten up as time goes one?
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Who is the Twelfth Doctor?
Unicorn and the Wasp, though Shakespeare Code is a close second. Both of them take a historical figure and then puts them in a situation similar to their work.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Face-Off: Gareth Roberts’ Episodes
I didn't like this episode very much. I have a hard time putting my finger on why though. I like Gareth Roberts' other work for the series and Moffat's my favorite writer. The acting was solid, and a lot of the humor, like the Courtney Wood bits, was very funny. I hope a rewatch will clear it up for me, but my initial impression is that this was a below average episode, which is unfortunate, since Danny and the Doctor meeting is potentially a very important event.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
Regardless of how they got there, the barn and the implied adjoining house are NOT the Doctor's childhood home. In "The Time Monster" the Third Doctor states that his family's house was on the side of a mountain. In Day of the Doctor, the barn is on a desert plain. If it's not the Doctor's home, then where is it? My guess is that like Danny, the Doctor lived in an orphanage. According to some material the Doctor's father at least was still alive before the Time War, so it may be he had to stay in this place while his father was away. Even so, I don't know that that's why he's crying. Also in "The Time Monster," the Doctor claims that he experienced his "blackest day" while still living at his family's mountain home and that he came to terms with it thanks to a Hermit on the mountain. Therefore it seems likely that the young Doctor has just looked into the Untempered Schism.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Listen: Breaking the Time Lock?
The Unquiet Dead. Still one of my favorite pseudo-historicals. Cold War and The Crimson Horror would be my next picks after that.
3 months, 1 week ago on Face-Off: The Gatiss Episodes
Loved the return of the clockwork droids, Capaldi was brilliant, and I liked the hints dropped about the Doctor using someone else's face.
I do feel Clara's reaction was a bit extreme though, considering she's personally met 3 Doctors (if not all of them, with her timeline experience from Name). I also think some bits could have been trimmed, like Strax's examination. And the whole "boyfriend" business didn't really ring true for me. The Doctor really treated her as more of a puzzle until the "Doctor" trilogy.
Still I'm cautiously optimistic. I guess my standards were too high, since the Eleventh Hour rocked my socks when I first saw it (and since it's my favorite episode ever, classic or revived series).
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
@Rani Nose Did you not see the words "could be" and "depend on?"
4 months ago on Jenna Coleman Leaving at Christmas?
If that meant that this Danny guy would stick around, I could be on-board. The Doctor needs another Jamie, another bro. Still, it would depend on how good a character he is.
A crush on her? Hmmm....I think the Doctor was enamored with the mystery she presented, rather than anything romantic. And when he wasn't treating her like a puzzle, I felt he acted more like an absurd uncle than anything.
5 months ago on Moffat: Series 8 Not A Fairytale, There Are Consequences
I hope this is the new TARDIS color scheme. I love the gold time rotor.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 8 Airdate Confirmed, New Trailer & Image
I believe this was explained away in one of the Eighth Doctor's other format stories (i.e. comics or Big Finish). But if it wasn't, you just watch us RTD!
7 months, 2 weeks ago on RTD: Fans Can’t Ignore “Half-Human” Doctor
Although the choice is obvious ('Day'), it's not an easy one. A Christmas Carol is my favorite Christmas special and The Snowmen is a close second. And The Time of the Doctor may be my favorite regeneration story.
8 months, 1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Moffat Specials
While I have nothing but distaste for Love and Monsters, and Journey to the Center of the TARDIS is a good episode, many of the episodes here are among New Who's best! Blink is spectacular, The Doctor Dances is wonderful, Midnight is horrifying, and The Girls Who Waited is devastating, but I ultimately had to go with Vincent and the Doctor.
It does a fantastic job of emphasizing the characters over the plot, to the point where the creature is almost an afterthought. What's important is Amy and the Doctor helping Vincent. As someone who has depression, Vincent's struggles really hit home for me and the ending gets me every time. That Vincent is able to appreciate beauty even with his condition gives me hope. I'm reminded of the Third Doctor's Daisiest Daisy speech from Frontier in Space, the essential message of which is this: the secret of life is to enjoy it as much as you can.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 10
This is a really tough one. I love the whodunnit of the Unicorn and the Wasp, and Donna's my absolute favorite companion. 42 is my favorite episode for Martha, she's just fantastic in it. And The Long Game is a great commentary on the role of media.
A Good Man Goes to War is the best in terms of overall quality, although I almost voted for The Rings of Akhaten for its fantastic music, tone, visuals and Eleven's brilliant monologue.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 7
I'm glad so many others think as highly, or nearly as highly, of The Eleventh Hour as I do. It's my absolute favorite Doctor Who episode, including classic episodes (although I haven't seen all the black and whites). I was doubtful about Matt Smith going in, but this episode exceeded all my expectations. The music, the tone, the humor, the music, the villain, the foreshadowing, the MUSIC! And Matt Smith was so at ease and natural in the row, it's no wonder he's gone on to become my favorite Doctor. I look forward to Peter Capaldi, although I don't know if he can top Matt Smith in my book. Still, that's what I said about David Tennant...
9 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (5-1)
Hide made it much higher on the list than I was expecting! Can someone illuminate what I'm clearly missing about the episode? I like it fine, but not more than a lot of episodes seen so far.
9 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (26-20)
The Lodger and Amy's Choice made it much higher than I'd have thought. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy both, but for me the best episodes balance drama and comedy better than those two did.
9 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (19-13)
I would like to see either Whithouse, Chibnall or Gatiss or some combination of them in the role. Part of me hopes that Gatiss won't get it so he and Moffat can concentrate on Sherlock, though. And I hope that, unlike RTD, when he leaves Moffat may still contribute the occasional script perhaps another standalone like Blink or The Girl in the Fireplace.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on The Speculator’s Guide to… The Next Showrunner