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Dark is fine as long as there is an emotional counterpoint that provides viewers with some relief. The Doctor works best when he is unflappable in the direst of circumstances and quick with a smile and a joke, showing the companions and the viewers that everything is under control. Tom Baker and David Tennant both did this brilliantly.
2 months ago on Should Doctor Who Adopt a Darker Tone?
I don't know if anyone else has spotted it but Capaldi is still wearing his wedding ring in that photo.
2 months ago on Series 8 Airdate Confirmed, New Trailer & Image
Rather than griping about which scene from Doctor Who was chosen we should just be happy that DW beat Avengers, Star Wars, Game of Thrones and Harry Potter. That's quite an achievement.
2 months ago on Doomsday Farewell Declared Greatest Sci-Fi Moment
@sontaran17 I get that it is a joke, but then I'm bloody old.
2 months, 1 week ago on Colin Baker: Tennant & Smith Brought Female Fans to Doctor Who
He's right. My wife lost interest after Tennant left. But now my mother has expressed interest in seeing Capaldi in the role, so he will attract a different generation of female fans.
David and Karen together would have been just too sexy. Televisions around the world would have exploded.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on What if… Tennant had stayed for Series 5?
Colin's Doctor was no weirder than Sylvester's, he just had the unfortunate position of following Peter's relatively normal Doctor and was therefore such a jarring contrast. If Tom Baker had regenerated into Colin Baker we would have thought nothing of it.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The 6th Doctor: What Worked & What Didn’t
I can't see them doing a spin-off but they could easily use the 8th Doctor in a team-up with the 12th. It doesn't need to be an anniversary for them to go multi-Doctor, remember there was the story 'The Two Doctors' featuring the 6th and the 2nd. And a Christmas Special would be 'special' enough for a McGann & Capaldi outing.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on McGann Signed Petition for 8th Doctor Spin-off
TEN is my favourite of the modern Doctors, but I find that the series of Specials gradually moved him through a change of character so much so that by the time of the regeneration I was kind of glad to see him go. So it was wonderful to have him in the 50th and back to being the fun Doctor that I enjoyed so much.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The End of Time: Why it Needs More Love
The Moff should do something 'timey-wimey' and write an episode which makes Jenny the mother of Susan, the Doctor's granddaughter from the original series.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Bring Back… Jenny, the Doctor’s Daughter
@Deus_Ex_Machina I try to concentrate on completing one Doctor at a time. I have all of Peter Davison and am three short of all the Tom Bakers.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on 50th Anniversary Box Set Incoming
Makes sense that they would do this. That way the Smith era is nicely wrapped up without cramming the specials into the Season Eight box set. Similar to how they ended Tennant with a specials set. Now Capaldi gets his very own debut box set just like Matt did.
Never heard of her and don't know her music so I will probably miss the significance when she does appear in her episode. I'm gathering that this is some kind of attempt to draw a certain demographic to the show. P.S. Katherine Jenkins is a goddess.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on The Fox in the Box: Thoughts on Foxes’ Casting
I'm staying out of this one.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Sexism and Doctor Who: The Truth
Agree that Sir Ian was underused, perhaps his fee was considerably lower for voice only. Don't really care much about the others, a familiar face in a brief appearance has a wonderful affect regardless.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on 10 Misused Actors in Doctor Who
@GeoffreyFoster After Amy and Rory marry they are not always with the Doctor. He pops in and out of their life and goes off and has adventures in between visits which take up large chunks of his own timeline without affecting theirs. It's all there in the episodes, Eleven's extra 300 years on top of Ten are accounted for.
4 months ago on Moffat on Why Hurt to Eccleston Regeneration Was So Short
"the stranger we will soon get to know very well".
We won't be getting to know him at all. We will be watching him acting. Acting as another person who is not him.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on The Life and Times of Peter Capaldi (So far)
@WillAtkinson1 Thanks for picking up the mistake. Of course it was Battlefield, Battlefront is a Star Wars video game. There's just too much stuff bouncing around my brain.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: A Merry Day
Yes Robin Hood is just a legend, so is King Arthur but they used Arthurian characters in the Seventh Doctor story 'Battlefront' and even stated that the Doctor was Merlin. It would be cool if the Doctor was somehow involved in inspiring the Hood legend as well.
I have all the Fifth Doctor stories on DVD and without stepping away from the computer to have another look I think the Top 5 and Honourable Mentions in the article would probably be my eight favourites. I must watch all the Fifth Doctor stories again in order one of these days, haven't done that since the original broadcasts.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on The Fifth Doctor: Five Favourites
That Indiana Jones poster is just brilliant.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful
For me it's about whether I like the companion. In the Tenth era Rose was too dopey and Martha was too desperate but Donna was great so Series 4 is my favourite Tenth Doctor series. In the Eleventh era Amy had this whole crazy/sexy/scary thing going on which made it hard for me to warm to her but I'm totally in love with Clara so Series 7 has to be my favourite Eleventh Doctor series.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Smith: The best storytelling was in Series 5
Happy Birthday. I'm the same age as David Tennant so Peter Davison was my Doctor too. The Fifth is the only one of the classics that I have every DVD of (with only three stories to go from owning all of the Fourth).
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Happy Birthday, Peter Davison!
John Hurt probably said the same thing once upon a time.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Cumberbatch Rules Out Doctor Who Role
Basically it was 'the Doctor meets Catwoman'. Let's throw a bad-girl at him and see what happens. We were meant to warm to her at the same pace as the Doctor so that by the end we were happy with the outcome. For me it was a bit like the end of The Doctor's Daughter, it left me wanting to know what the character was going to do next and that's a good ending.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Lady Christina de Souza: The Companion Who Never Was
The Christmas Invasion. The Tennant era begins!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: RTD Specials
The Name of the Doctor gets my vote because of that superb revelation at the end. One of the best cliffhanger endings ever and it made the wait for the 50th special so much harder to endure. And they got John Hurt! Genius.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 13
Voted Pandorica, but Stolen Earth and Sound of Drums just as good.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 12
He'll be a one-off episode specific guest villain...not the Master. Still hoping for Charles Dance there.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Ben Miller Cast as Series 8 Villain
Sorry but I'm voting for 'The Lodger'. Not because the story or the monster were particularly fantastic but because Matt did such a great job portraying a Doctor who was so wonderfully out of place in a domestic situation. For me it was the comedy element of this episode that makes it a sentimental favourite. My second choice would be 'Utopia' because of Sir Derek Jacobi.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 11
The Ian-Type, but not necessarily the Other-Half. Ian's function in the original series was to be the man-of-action beside the elderly Doctor, so with an older Doctor again this type could make sense in the modern action-packed (so much running!) series and he does not necessarily need to be a romantic interest. Plus having two teachers from Coal Hill School again is too good for Mr Moffat to resist.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Danny Pink: Recurring How?
If we accept that any future point in time is subject to changes made in the present day then I am completely happy that 'Name' was only a possible future which was then negated by the events of 'Time' which occurred chronologically before it. Re-writing the future is a standard device in time-travel fiction. The tomb was just one possible future outcome and ultimately it doesn't matter because the Trenzalore prophecy didn't say that he died it said "the fall of the 11th" which is what we did see immediately before the rise of the 12th.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Doctor Who: Control-Alt-Delete
I showed 'Blink' to a mate who is into horror films but has never watched Doctor Who and it absolutely freaked him out.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 10
Not fair that 'Vincent and the Doctor' is up against 'Blink'. Sorry Richard Curtis but 'Blink' has my vote.
@Chronos the Fannibal A lot of Who actors are turning up on 'Arrow'. It's good to see John Barrowman and Alex Kingston whenever their characters are featured.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 9
The Family of Blood just wins over Forest of the Dead for me, both were strong second parts of great stories. My personal opinion is that The Satan Pit was a bit of a stunt/gimmick both in name and story and that other episodes on the list like The Empty Child and Night Terrors were much scarier.
Of course the real reason that the Doctor can't go back and get Amy and Rory is because Karen and Arthur have left the show. That's the same reason why he couldn't go get Rose back from the parallel universe, because Billie left the show. RTD wrote his way out of it so the Moff will too if he ever needs to revisit the Ponds.
5 months ago on Moffat Explains Doctor’s Timey Tomb
Human Nature. It was such a great idea, the Doctor being able to hide his Time Lord nature and completely forget who he was, and then the complications that being human brought him.
5 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 8
The Unicorn and the Wasp. Agatha Christie + Doctor Who = Television Gold.
5 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 7
He's brilliant in Davinci's Demons. Very Doctor-ish.
5 months ago on Series 8: Da Vinci’s Demons’ Tom Riley Cast
Though 'Dalek' was a pretty important episode for the revived series I'm voting for 'The Doctor's Daughter'. At the time it was an absolutely perfect teaser for fans of classic Who - he had a granddaughter originally so did this mean we were going to meet Susan's mother? Story aside, the fact that she turned out to ironically be the Doctor's daughter (Peter Davison's daughter) was just icing on the cake for a fun episode that featured a new alien species and not one but two companions in Donna and Martha.
5 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 6
Over on theonering.net they've got a cracker of an April Fools article about Leonard 'Mr Spock' Nimoy performing the end credits song for the third Hobbit film.
5 months ago on Capaldi is Not the Doctor!
@Huknar David Troughton doesn't just look like his father. He narrates the audio book of Stephen Baxter's 'Doctor Who: The Wheel of Ice' and he sounds exactly like his father when delivering the Second Doctor's lines.
5 months ago on Sean Pertwee: My father was very fond of Capaldi
Sean Pertwee is going to be awesome as Alfred in 'Gotham'.
Going with The Angels Take Manhattan because it was farewell to the Ponds.
5 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 5
Fires of Pompeii. It's got the brilliant Tennant/Tate double act plus future companion Karen Gillan and future Doctor Peter Capaldi.
5 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 2
When I was 10 Peter Davison was the Doctor.
5 months ago on Celebrate 9 Years Since Doctor Who’s Revival
The Girl in the Fireplace is one of my absolute favourites. It's a Moffat and it's a lovely tragic story. But I'm voting for The Doctor's Wife because it is such a brilliant idea that is perfectly executed by the actors.
5 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 4
School Reunion. SARAH JANE SMITH returns!!
5 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 3