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I don't doubt it.
But didn't they need some sort of explanation with Doctor 11, Doctor 10, the War Doctor, Tom Baker, Rose who wasn't Rose but the Moment.....?
While Blink might get newbies asking a couple of questions, I would think they would be fewer in number when compared to the questions that would arise from watching DAY of the DOCTOR.
I could be wrong of course... I am only human after all.
1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: The Grand Final
Dear MicahMahaffey :
Thoughts that appear in parenthesis provide additional colour to the main idea being expressed in the sentence.
Let's look at the main idea of the core sentence and see what's there:
Moffat's individual stories.... are BRILLIANT.
But BLINK is a story that can stand on its own merit and intelligence.
Day of the Doctor, on the other hand, requires the built-in knowledge of the audience fanbase.
Forgettable supporting characters in BLINK..???????
The only supporting characters in BLINK are the Doctor and Martha.
The rest of the PRINCIPAL cast are lovingly and sympathetically drawn, with rich and complex backstories.
Ahhh....the Doctor-light stories: they just feel so fresh and different. The Doctor is the supporting character rather than the one to run to for all the answers!!!
Shaking it up like that makes Doctor Who more accessible, opening it up to more people. That's why BLINK has so often been referred to as the episode for non-WHO fans to watch.
The world needs more of those!
"Okay, let me get my head around this: you're reading aloud from transcript of a conversation you're STILL having?"
~ Sally Sparrow, BLINK
omg, that is the best statement said in a long long while.
And I wholeheartedly agree. And I also wish there would be more Doctor Lite stories. They just feel so fresh and different. The Doctor as supporting character rather than the one to run to for all the answers!!!
Doing that also opens up the show to more people. That's why BLINK has so often been referred to as the episode for non-WHO fans to watch.
We need more of those!
oh man... this is a tough one.
Which one to choose.....?
Of course, I can't speak for all Moffat haters but I will say this: I don't HATE Moffat. Moffat's individual stories (particularly the ones when RTD was at the helm) are BRILLIANT.
I just hate Moffat as showrunner.
I'll say this now before "winner" is announced. And I don't mean this in a consolation prize sort of way. I truly believe the following:
It's almost like the Oscars: there might be 8 movies in line for BEST PICTURE but only 1 will win. But in recent years, acceptance speeches say something along the lines of "And we share this award with all the other amazing films nominated. This award is yours too!!"
And that, IMO, is the truth. Only one can be at the top. But it's in very good company with the ones just beneath it. In my opinion, if you're in the top 5, it's like you're all tied for # 1. And the remaining ones from 6 - 10? I see those as numbers 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
In short, the top 10 stories are all the cream of the crop.
The best of the best.
They are all # 1.
1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: Semi-Final #2
But you know what? It's almost like the Oscars: there might be 8 movies in line for BEST PICTURE but only 1 will win. The thing is though: most award winners in recent years say something along the lines of "And we share this award with all the other amazing films nominated. This award is yours too."
And that, IMO, is the truth. Only one can be at the top. But it's in very good company with the ones just beneath it. In my opinion, if you're in the top 5, it's like being # 1. And the remaining ones from 6 - 10: I see those as numbers 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
These top 10 stories are all the cream of the crop. The best of the best.
I don't see why it's a shame.... they win because they are universally lauded.
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart!
True.... but a frightening monster can sometimes compensate for a bad story.
1 month ago on Horror Who Part II: The Hinchcliffe & Holmes Influence
"Hinchliffe himself said children liked to be scared and see monsters."
Indeed. See my note above. I was like a moth to the flame with the frights and the horror and the monsters of the early Tom Baker years (Davros, the headless cadaver coming to life in THE BRAIN OF MORBIUS, the rotten husk of a body that was the Master in THE DEADLY ASSASSIN, the Krynoid infection in THE SEEDS OF DOOM).
Still terrifying to this day. But they absolutely made my blood run cold as a child in the mid-70s.
of storytelling with Who may not have appealed to the children viewers of the
show. But the victory of it overall was self-evident in the viewing numbers
each week, invariably peaking at 10 million viewers..."
Hey great article!!
I'm glad you said "may" not have appealed to children. Because, as a child in the mid-70s, I was profoundly mesmerized by this terrifying but fascinating show called Doctor Who. And even though it scared me to the point where I *did* hide behind the sofa or nearest cushion, I looked forward to it week after week. I was like a moth to the flame. I could not resist the pull of this horror show airing so early in the evening.
Sadly, it caused me to have nightmares and my parents eventually banned me from watching the show so they could get some sleep.
But those Hincliffe/Holmes stories (and even the previous season with Davros) made an indelible mark on me, as can be seen by my life-long love for the show and my joy when New Who goes into darker, more credible stories (where the risks are higher and the solution isn't achieved by the wave of a sonic screwdriver).
The ratings increase during the Hincliffe years was due to college students and adults tuning in to the more adult nature of the stories and the perfect storm that was Tom Baker. So, IMO, the thing to do is make the overall STORIES darker/edgier/deadlier. Capaldi is fine as he is. In fact, he's hilarious when he offsets the darker stories with this Malcom Tucker-esque antics -- they harken back to Tom Baker's brazenly humorous style of flinging himself headlong into danger with his big eyes and toothy grin.
P.S. I'll be perfectly honest with you: After showing my partner that New Who wanted to be taken seriously (with drama and strong emotional-engaging stories such as Father's Day, The Unquiet Dead and The Empty Child), he was eventually turned off when he started seeing episodes like Fear Her and The Idiots Lantern.
the first two were easy but listen and the day of the doctor... oh my god how to decide
1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: Moffat Era Triple
Ah, yes. There is some truth to what you say. But I really did enjoy the episode too.
Should have mentioned that.
1 month, 1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #12
Oh please. Day of the Doctor.
Sitting in an packed auditorium with all those Whovians. The 3D component creating such an intimate and immersive feeling -- like a warmth in my hearth -- ...something I'd never felt before with Doctor Who. And then there was the cheering audience and the feelings of communal rapture.
That was the most magical day.
And the most magical experience.
Beautiful Freema Agyeman!!! A very happy birthday to you!!! You lit up our screens when you joined the Doctor Who family!!!
1 month, 1 week ago on Happy Birthday, Freema Agyeman
Really? Oh wow.
Okay, I shouldn't make all-or-nothing statements.
But by and large, a huge majority of people were like "WTF!!!!!???? It was a complete shocker. And there's a plethora of "reaction" YouTube videos showing people's responses as they watched that sequence live.
I mean really, any photos we'd seen of John Hurt up to that point were thought to be strictly 50th anniversary special shots. No one had anticipated his appearance at the end of season 7.
IMO that was, at worst, an ending to get people talking and speculating. And boy did it ever. The Internet was on fire with speculation and debate over how John Hurt could be the Doctor.
1 month, 1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #10
We knew this moment would come.
While I love LOVE LOVE how scary the mummy was on MOTOE (like, proper scary: more frightening than all the mummies ever created in Hollywood), LISTEN is a masterstroke in sublime writing and composition. Eschewing hackneyed scare-tactics, Moffat went for the jugular by letting our imaginations do the work and -- in so doing -- created the biggest fear factor imaginable.
Try watching LISTEN when you are home alone and the lights are turned off. I dare you.
1 month, 1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #11
The moment when all of Doctor Who fandom collectively gasped:
"Introducing John Hurt as the Doctor."
DOCTOR WHO will return November 23rd.
Love it or hate it (or somewhere in between), it must be acknowledged that Moffat created the best and most appropriate cliffhanger to take us to the 50th anniversary special and all the global celebrations that took place on that memorable Saturday in 2013.
The Name of the Doctor is definitely my pick.
I guess I have to give it to The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon because (Demons Run when) A Good Man Goes to War ends on a cliff-hanger and, thus, feels like only half the story.
TIA/DOFM, on the other hand, is a complete story and therefore more satisfying .
Not to mention the Silents (yes, the Silents: their religious order is The Silence) are scary as fook, especially when they open their mouths before they kill someone.
1 month, 1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #9
"that's more to do with the CGI than the writing"
Perhaps we're both misunderstanding each other?
1 month, 1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #8
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @SonicTheHedgehogRules
A Peter Jackson directed episode... any day.
That's coming. He's basically offered to do it for free. The BBC would be stupid to not take advantage of this.
@Stradiwhovius and his ambiguous cosplay
Vincent falls a little on the monster story. I disagree with people that they should have removed it; I think the story is enhanced by an alien threat, it just wasn't executed as well as it needed to be.
Finally. A competition I can contentedly sit on the sidelines for.
The invisible space-chicken in VATD was beyond silly and undermined the seriousness of the episode's theme.
And the Doctor's Wife.... wow! I know I'm in the minority here but I'm SO not a fan of that episode.
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @dragonsfyre @Typo42 "Magic Carrots"
I never questioned the writing my friend. In fact, a creature that can only be seen in a reflection is reminiscent of avoiding Medusa's power by looking at her in a reflection.
@Typo42 "Magic Carrots"
Thank God I'm not the only one who thought the monster in VATD was silly.
Space chicken!! What were they thinking?????
SKY: That's how he does it.
DOCTOR: That's how he does it.
SKY: He makes you fight.
DOCTOR: He makes you fight.
SKY: Creeps into your head.
DOCTOR: Creeps into your head.
SKY: And whispers.
DOCTOR: And whispers.
SKY: Just listen.
DOCTOR: Just listen.
SKY: That's him.
DOCTOR: That's him.
BIFF: Throw him out.
VAL: Get him out of my head.
BIFF: Yeah, we should throw him out.
VAL: Don't just talk about it, just. You're useless. Do something.
BIFF: I will. You watch me. I'm going to throw him out.
SKY: Throw him out.
DOCTOR: Throw him out.
SKY: Get rid of him.
DOCTOR: Get rid of him.
(Biff takes hold of the Doctor from behind.)
1 month, 1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #7
Would have been Turn Left but the cheesy plastic time beetle at the end ruined it and destroyed my suspension-of-disbelief.
Seriously, how did everyone on the production team fail to put some organic-looking special F/X slime on it...? You know, just to give it the feeling of realism.
Otherwise, up until that moment, Turn Left was perfect! 10/10. Essential DrWho viewing.
The Eleventh Hour. Just magic. And funny. And full of promise.
1 month, 1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #6
And if I may add: I hated all the "Doctor who?" "Doctor who?" "Doctor who?""Doctor who?" "Doctor who?" moments from the mid way point of his tenure onwards!!!
It got so prevalent (see all the Daleks chanting in AOTD and other episodes) that it seemed regular dialogue was no longer required. Hell, let's just have everyone asking and saying "Doctor who?" "Oh yes, Doctor Who!!" "Really, that is SO Doctor Who." "No, I think it would be better to Doctor Who the Doctor Who."
You points are good -- especially the part about Donna's tragic exit. It is beyond heart-wrenching.
But the momentum from THE STOLEN EARTH and the awesome cliffhanger fizzles immediately with JOURNEY'S END. Ten deciding he didn't want to regenerate? The towing of planet Earth.... I don't know it all seems so maudlin and falls flat on it's face after the stupendous build-up.
Best to just fast-forward to the tragic Donna/Doctor separation.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #5
This one is easy. Human Nature & The Family of Blood is one of the most beautiful and emotionally-poignant stories in Doctor Who history.
I only wish the scarecrows (which were bloody scary to look at on the wooden pegs) had a gait more similar to the Walking Dead zombies. Also didn't like how the family of blood's guns just vaporized people. Why can't people just fall down, charred to a crisp ( as in The Christmas Invasion ) ?
Still, a phenomenal story. Gets me every time.
Ah, but her two scenes were comprised of killer jabs at the Doctor.
Love the bit with "Trust me, just nod when he stops for breath."
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #4
THE WATERS OF MARS not making any sense:
Forty years earlier, in the midst of exterminating the human race, a Dalek decided to spare the life of the young Adelaide and simply fly away because -- somehow -- it knew that she'd be important to the future history of Earth.
And it did this despite the fact that the Daleks spent the entirety of "The Stolen Planet /Journey's End" developing a reality bomb that would unravel all of non-Dalek kind.
So it spared Adelaide to preserve a future history that, had it not been for the Doctor's involvement, the Daleks were hours away from wiping out themselves?
~ paraphrased from WHO IS THE DOCTOR
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #3
Well-written and I agree 100%
As for the listing of the dead, could it be possible that Zach was saving Scooti for last? After all, we don't hear the end of the list....
Not at all. Read carefully.
I said it's a great episode.
Are you on a witch hunt or something? If so, go back to the Shakespeare Code.
@Bow Ties Are Cool @dragonsfyre
The Flood look awesome and gruesome. No contest there. It's the obvious hose spraying out water effect that was sloppy.
The body horror is brilliant. No contest there. It's the obvious hose effect that was sloppily done.
You could tell the Flood actors had water-hoses strapped to their arms.
Terribly cheesy effect for 2009 Doctor Who.
The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit.
Waters of Mars is a great episode but it loses marks for the terrible score and the fact that you can tell (at times) that the actors have water hoses strapped to the other side of their arms.
Now TIP/TSP: ahhhhhh, now this is a much more thought-provoking and lyrical experience. While it *is* frightening and has a jaw-dropping eerie musical score, this story goes where no Doctor Who story has gone before: into religious tropes and ideas -- confronting the Devil for Pete's sake!! The real one, the "truth behind the myth."
This story offers no easy answers and the quiet conversation about faith between Ida and the Doctor (as he hangs like a pendulum in the pit) is heady stuff indeed. Very cerebral.
And when all is said and done and the survivors on their way, Ida asks the perennial question: "You two, you never told us who you are..."
And how does the Doctor answer? He looks at Rose, throws a switch and says "Ohhh, the stuff of legends." A perfect and fitting response against a backdrop that dealt with myth, legend and faith.
GITF is in the top 10 - 15 of practically all Doctor Who story polls on the planet. The 50th Anniversary poll from DWM recently illustrated this story's staying power... edging it out of the top 10 but only by a bit.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #2
"Having less stories would save money by needing less sets and guest cast, it also means the BBC could get its money’s worth from their guest stars." ~ Harry O’Driscoll
I find it interesting that I was challenged and ridiculed for saying this very thing a few weeks back. But no one seems to think that Mr. O'Driscoll's logic is flawed here.
More two-parters do translate into bigger savings for the BBC and it makes more fans happy (when the two-parters are well written). The savings go on: with fewer stand alone episodes, there are fewer read-throughs, fewer props to create, fewer new actors to pay, fewer location scouting trips etc etc etc.
IMO, the huge savings in having fewer stories (but more two-parters) is the reason the BBC had each SJA season with only 6 two-part stories spread out over 12 episodes.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Why More Two-Parters Is A Good Thing
How can these two be pitted against each other??????? They're both 10/10 but for different reasons.
AAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRGH!!!!!!! Oh wait, I already said that.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #1
Personally, I loved Peter Capaldi from the word GO....or perhaps it's more accurate to say from the words:
"No sir! All 13!!!!"
No warm up period for me. He was the Doctor.
But I can sympathize with the people not taking a shining to Capaldi. It was the same for me during the Matt Smith era: I just absolutely could not stand the tweed jacket combined with all the buffoonery (mercifully, the last stretch of his tenure saw a much-improved outfit). Add to that the "Doctor Who as fairy-tale" thing from Moffat [at the outset] and things RELLY grated on my nerves.
Arthur Darvill was the only saving grace and made watching Matt Smith and Karen Gillan bearable.
That was, of course, until Karen swung for the fences and knocked it right out of the park with her tour-de-force performance in THE GIRL WHO WAITED.
And then I very VERY nearly severed ties with my 35yr love-affair with the program toward the end (read: season 7) when characters went around ridiculously chanting "Doctor who?" Doctor who?" "Doctor who?".... everyone from the Daleks to the Doctor himself as he twirled around the console.... .
You just don't say the name of the program INSIDE the program!! That was as bad as STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT when James Cromwell said "It's like you're on some sort of..... star trek."
But the promise of the 50th Anniversary being a special event and a game-changer in the Whoniverse kept me hanging on by a thread. And, of course, the casting of Peter Capaldi: I could not see him doing all the silly goofy things that Matt Smith did.
I knew that change was imminent and so I stuck it through to the end of season 7 and was thrillingly surprised by the cliffhanger leading up to the 50th.
With the revelation of John Hurt as the (War) Doctor I knew that the big shakeup was finally here.
So to all of you who are having trouble adjusting, please be patient.... the only constant in Doctor Who is change...and that will come, be it in the form of a new companion or a more approachable Doctor or something....
"Change my dear. And it seems not a moment too soon."
~ Colin Baker, THE CAVES OF ANDROZANI
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Why Bother?