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I've used the full scale, but not because I'm ranking within Doctor Who but because the nature of the show, of trying something genuinely unique every week tends the show towards great successes and embarassing failures. It's the shows blessing and curse.
I think this shows that the writers attempt to apply a rule of averaging quality to Doctor Who is misguided - as writers and production teams change so does quality. In my eyes the best years in the shows history have been the early Tom Baker and Matt Smith seasons - not Hartnells and Ecclestons.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Doctor Who and Episode Rankings
@Unibot It's how to write a light Doctor Who episode.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 1
@Clara Bosswald wants Spider-Man to die @StephenAHayes It's what I gave it. They teleported a hospital to the moon. Not as bad as tractor beaming the earth - but that episode shall be getting a one from me too.
@DaftDalek For the love of god please don't!
All very low scores from me, as were those of the end of series 2.
I guess that's why I gave up making an effort to watch as episodes went out until series 5.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 1
Love and monsters right?
3 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 3
No, that's really all it is. I'm currently on a rematch and struggling to get through aliens in London (farting aliens aren't an easy watch).
I may HAVE to skip Love and Monsters for the sake of my own sanity there. There's no hidden depth - it wore what it was with pride, slapstick, and the viewers came back and said that's not who.
Good who the characters are mad and the scene allows suspension of disbelief. The weird and unfortunate blip on the shows history that was the RTDs years flipped this on its head for the worse.
@DoctorAR How do you define bad acting? You can't make a bad script work - the words don't roll off the tongue correctly.Ask a Who fan who has only seen season 24 and one who has only seen 26 what they think of Sylvester McCoys acting and you will get polar opposite responses.If that is the premise of the article then it's one built on a horrible misconception, that any one part of a whole can flourish when everything else is a failure.
Here's a little experiment for you. Take one of your favourite books, one that's never been turned into a movie, and record yourself speaking one of the lines of one of your favorite characters. Now record yourself speaking the lines of one of the characters from the Twilight novels. When you play that back to yourself you'll notice the difference.You may be an amateur but the rule applies to professionals all the same.
Actors don't live in a bubble -if there isn't a high quality script from which to draw on the best actor in the world will be indistinguishable from a lump of stone (see the Star Wars prequels).
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Colin Baker: Re-trial of a Time Lord
I believe it was in the DVD commentary for trial of a timelord - after the hiatus he and Nicola Bryant resolved to make their relationship more friendly and less hostile, regardless of the scripts. Try visualising a lot of the dialogue in the mysterious planet or terror of the ver voids with a harsher tone - suddenly the writers intent is painfully obvious.
Unfortunately given the matrix edits and the odd tone of mind warp those changes aren't visibile in the second 4 episodes of that series.
@DoctorAR The entire premise of the article is that Colin Bakers acting ability let the show down; his performances in Big Finish disprove this. A bad actor can mangle the greatest script - but at Big Finish he was treated to exactly the same writers, same producers, and same directors as the other 3 Doctors involved, and provided the most widely loved performance.What exactly is hard to understand about what I've said?
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Colin Baker: Re-trial of a Time Lord
@91 Queen of Evil It's worth noting that he did regret NOT fighting against those lines in his first series. It's hard to believe but the playful banter in the first part of Trial of a Timelord was written as an argument but he was able to twist the words into something altogether different and more watchable (and the improved AI reflected this).So maybe it's a fair criticism of his first series, but to say it's something he was incapable of is unfair. It was a failing on his part not to do it sooner - but he did make the same realization as the author after reflecting on his first season, and addressed it.
Very bizarre opinion, and one I can't agree with. His performances were generally top notch - especially once he'd come into his stride.I make no apologies for the scripts of his era but he's PROVED it's not his acting ability. It's no longer a matter for debate as he topped out fan polls of best audio Doctor time and time again.
Nye, Moffat, Gaiman, Whithouse, etc etc, sure.I don't want an RTD movie, no sir.
1 month, 1 week ago on Russell T Davies Interested in Writing A Doctor Who Movie
@Russell T DaftDalek I hope so!
Surely the first issue ls a gross over simplification, the boneless aren't really two dimensional, they aren't static so they move through time, a fourth dimension. Distortions in time due to mass result in Gravity, Gravity is able to bend light.
Physicist posit many other dimensions, and it's entirely possible that the boneless exist in MORE dimensions than us. A lot of physics doesn't make sense until you take thear additional dimensions into account, and they impact space time as we know it in observable ways.
I saw the boneless not as gaining three dimensions, as they were never truly corporeal, but as learning to manipulate our third dimension, one they can deduce the existence of but not directly observe.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Sciencey Wiencey: Flatline
It's not a matter of judging the Doctor, but the writing.It wasn't in character, he wasn't asked to do anything he'd not done before, and done so with dignity.With a new showrunner in stepping in and making radical changes it wasn't a particularly wise move either, the sentiments of this episode carried over to a lot of impressionable fans unwilling to give the new reigime a chance.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Why We Shouldn’t Hate The Tenth Doctor’s Regeneration
@supermoff It's frankly disturbing that the End of Time was even in the running.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Festive Face-Off 2014 Winner
Easy, a Christmas Carol.
If the End of Time wins this I shall lose all faith in who fandom. It's my least favourite episode bar none (yes I've seen and am including season 24 and Timelash!!!)
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Festive Face-Off: The End of Time vs A Christmas Carol (Final)
@NumberNine I just watched and loved the Time of the Doctor.It may be my favourite who episode of all time
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Festive Face-Off: The End of Time vs A Christmas Carol (Final)
@TheNightmareChild, lone agent how could you hate a christmas carol and not the flying master and rassilon revived and in serial killer mode?
If the end of time wins my faith in humanity loses.Seriously, it was THAT bad.
@thebluetooth the hell it is
@VictorWong1 Really needs to be McGann, he was so good in the special and I've little time for Eccleston. And so soon after the 50th is a great time to do it - there wasn't exactly a long delay between the 20th and the Two Doctors.
2 months ago on 7 Things I’d Like to See in Series 9
Fantastic article, and I agree. I adored the episode when I first saw it, and I still do.When compared to say the End of Time, the closest possible comparison, I just can't see how it's ended up coming off unfavourably.
2 months, 1 week ago on Why I Love… The Time of the Doctor
@Mikeyboss182 Parting of the Ways taken on it's own is a great send-off, but I always find Bad Wolf to be painful to sit through.
@TonySimmons That was a work of genius to let people go in excited but without spoilers. Really worked for me
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat Explains “Clara Who”
@SonicTheHedgehogRules That poster is my desktop already. If you want the hi-res version click the name of the artist to goto their homepage, then select the poster and his download.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful
What a bizarre mix of classics and duds.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who: Fifty-One Favourites (Part 3)
@calliarcale Mum Paula Reily reads the Mirror. Her kids probably can't handle basic plots.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 8 Is A “Ratings Flop” (Apparently)
Just a note: Beware of the Big Finish main range recommendations. These are some controversial choices, leaning towards the sillier side. If I might make some more classical recommendations: The Marian Conspiracy, The Klein Quadrilogy (Colditz, A Thousand Tiny Wings, Survival of the Fittest, the Architects of History). I'd also add the Magic Mousetrap as a nice companion piece to Solitaire (the lost story the Nightmare Fair uses the same actor but isn't such a strong story). I'd also add Leviathan as my favourite Lost Story.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The End of Doctor Who: An Adventure in the Wilderness
Much more agreeable list than part 1 :) Love all of this. Especially happy to see the Girl Who Waited up there.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Doctor Who: Fifty-One Favourites (Part 2)
@YaelMoise @ilyootha, agent of C.L.A.R.A. On the contrary, the entire thing was set up as a tribute to the Brig, not vice versa.
3 months ago on The Problems with Death in Heaven
@YaelMoise @Malohkeh Your reasoning eludes me.
@Stu_Hakin I think my issue with your problems is they largely end up with you feeling "dissatisfied", amd then titling the article "The Problems with...".
There's a difference between what doesn't resonate with you and a problem. For example the parting of the two in Death in Heaven, to me, was gloriously painful. Any episode that tugs the heart strings for right or wrong reasons is something to be applauded. In this case the two were parted by their own good intentions, trying to protect eachother. It's ending like that which people remember.
It's practically Romeo and Juliet - a tragic ending brought about by two peoples love for eachother. .
My Top 10:
The Girl Who Waited (11)
Curse of Fenric (7)
The Big Bang (11)
Genesis of the Daleks (4)
City of Death (4)
Silence in the Library/ Forest of the Dead (10)
Amys Choice (11)
The War Games (2)
The Name of the Doctor (11)
3 months ago on Doctor Who: Fifty-One Favourites (Part 1)
This is not a list I can endorse
End of Time, Unicorn and the wasp and voyage of the damned are all in my bottom 20
@Romanadvoratrelundar is looking for Gallifrey @ElyotWren Not a positive contribution I'd say. Barbara Clegg (the first woman to *actually* write a script, rather than receiving credit) produced one of my all time favourite scripts in the form of Enlightenment however.
Her contribution stands out as truly unique in the Davison era and a is great argument for the benefits of a more diverse writing staff.
3 months ago on Torchwood’s Catherine Tregenna Penning Series 9 Story
The title is misleading. YOUR Doctor, is not always your first Doctor. He's just more likely to be. My first Doctor is Sylvester McCoy. I really loved the show (I was very young). When it went off the air I went back and watched old episodes and it was Tom Baker that HOOKED me on the show.
Matt Smith deserves a mention as I'd not much enjoyed the new incarnation (despite how excited about it's return I'd been), and it was Smith and Moffat together and the outstanding series 5 that turned me from an ex-fan with fond memories to a currently active member of the fanbase.
3 months, 1 week ago on From 1-12: Who is YOUR Doctor?
The last paragraph says it all about the fanbase really
3 months, 1 week ago on Moffat on His Series 8 Worries
It'd be fun if the site could support drag down options so we could give each episode a ranking out of 10 to allow a direct contrast with the DW.tv teams list. Non devisive episodes that are largely enjoyed won't be well represented by this method.
3 months, 1 week ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)
I don't have a problem with the team providing their own averages, but the line "a mean was beginning to emerge" is a bit out of place. Clearly there is more bias here to the RTD scripts than the general public. Taking the dynamic rankings site (which claims to have 8943 votes rather than 10) I think we get a better idea of public opinion, certainly more in line with what I would expect.
#22 The Name of the Doctor
#27 The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang
#28 Bad Wolf/ Parting of the Ways
#51 Army of Ghosts / Doomsday
#60 The Stolen Earth / Journeys End
#89 The Sound of the Drums/ The last of the Timelords
#105 The Wedding of River Song
3 months, 2 weeks ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 7
Well is the Big Bang isn't topping this list then it's fair to assume the two top spots aren't moving... Which is horrifying. Series 3s finale made me actively dislike RTDs tenure
3 months, 2 weeks ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 5
Look at all the comments calling this the best finale! 10 votes of connected individuals is clearly not enough.
Whatever the connection between people, their views are always more likely to fall in line with eachother over an unbiased mass vote.
Let us vote. Let us vote!
@The Finn @MicahMahaffey How on earth did it not work out? It's one of the most highly regarded serials.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat Mulls Future Companion Not Being Another Earth Girl
@ar2261 @TheEleventhWheatley Thing to remember is there are people on both sides of the fence there. I was over the moon when Dr Who came back to our screens... but the farting aliens had me worried and Big Brother in space clinched it for me. This wasn't "my" show anymore.
Clearly it was yours.
Despite growing up with the classic show Series 5 is probably my favourite of the shows long history.
My advice to you (and in particular to Mr Selby) is to bare this in mind - as I try to. I can't have my ideal series without someone else enduring their worst nightmare of one. I struggle to think of anything worse than series 2 and season 24, but both have their fans.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on 2nd Opinion: Death in Heaven
@TheEleventhWheatley Especially odd given the generally positive reaction to the episode in the fanbase. Not quite so universally loved as Dark Water but still. I'm especially tired of David Selbys reviews. He long since gave up the pretence of trying to be fair and has simply dropped into "it's by that showrunner I hate so it's going to be awful. Let's re-list all the reasons I think Moffat scripts are terrible and then spend a little time on this one". Not to mention the need to praise an RTD script thrown in there.
I can't imagine what was superlative about the series 2 finale... Cybermen vs Daleks with smack talk. It struck me as the worst kind of fanfiction.
@DawnTime At worst it was average, the bottom two on the list earned their spot.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Your Verdict on Dark Water & Episode Ranking
Can't agree at all. And incomplete? There's nothing more frustrating than a forced happy ending. Look how many superb movies were utterly ruined by studio changes to "tie up loose ends". Blade Runner is an obvious one, but there's been many others such as the Butterfly Effect and the alterations to the novels ending for the LotR movies. This bittersweet parting was beautiful and apt.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Death in Heaven Review (Part 1)
Tough one... I mean Utopia brought him back more out of the blue (with some superb casting that only lasted 5 minutes). Dark water introduced a Master (well, misstress) that I want to see a lot more of, and was a better episode.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Face-Off: Utopia vs Dark Water
@LiamMorkham I always find Game of Thrones overly manipulative. It's a little too obvious that it's trying to push the audiences buttons and hence I never could get immersed in it.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Doctor Who Battling Game of Thrones