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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 weeks, 4 days 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.
3 weeks, 2 days 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.
4 weeks, 1 day 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.
1 month, 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).
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
@Rani Nose Did you not see the words "could be" and "depend on?"
2 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.
3 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.
3 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!
5 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.
6 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.
6 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.
6 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...
7 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.
7 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.
7 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.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on The Speculator’s Guide to… The Next Showrunner