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I am very ready for Twelve, but Eleven will always be my doctor. Although I could have watched him for one more season (I think he still had enough magic for one more), there's never a good time to go, is there? I wished he had stayed a bit longer, I am happy to see him doing well... Bittersweet.

4 months, 1 week ago on Smith Jealous of Capaldi and Series 8

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Mickey was the true companion, IMO. He opened his mind and heart to learning from and through the Doctor. Rose 'died'. She became defined by the Doctor and only the Doctor in the end. She should have been the one to forget and Donna should have gone into that parallel Universe to shake things up for the better.


4 months, 3 weeks ago on A Bad Wolf or Just Plain Bad? Addressing Rose Criticisms

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Agreed. I noted her flaws (especially her smugness and entitlement), but they didn't get in the way of me enjoying the show. Until Journey's End. It was like all she did and ever can and will do is to desire to be with the Doctor. I would have thought that after all her time with the Doctor, that she would have learnt that she is capable, to BE BETTER. That was when I grew so impatient with Rose that I just wish she'd go away forever. Thank goodness she did. 


4 months, 3 weeks ago on A Bad Wolf or Just Plain Bad? Addressing Rose Criticisms

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All companions have their fair share of 'hate'. We all have our favourites and lesser favourites. I don't agree with haters who post demeaning comments on the character, but for myself, I can point out why Rose is my least favourite and listen to those who point out why Donna Martha Clara Lady Christina is their least favourite and that's perfectly ok. Just as long as we all do so respectfully. I think haters is used too loosely here. Rose is my least favourite but that does not make me a Rose hater.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on A Bad Wolf or Just Plain Bad? Addressing Rose Criticisms

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I don't speak for everyone, but I do not hate Rose. She is simply my least favourite of all the companions so far in New Who. Nothing more, nothing less. Ungratitude is totally irrelevant.


4 months, 3 weeks ago on 10 Scene Stealing Clara Moments

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The so-called soap elements was he had affections for certain companions and persons he met on his journeys (Reinette). As with humans, it's not possible to rationalise why we click with some and not with others. So the Doctor is going to have companions he may feel more romantic towards than others, like Rose. Now I may not be a Ten-Rose shipper, but their story didn't get in the way of my immense pleasure of RTD's era. In fact, my heart broke along with his in Doomsday. Then came Martha and Donna - just mates - and that was a welcome relief after the heartache of watching him lose Rose. I think it gets overly soapy only if he had romantic inclinations (unfulfilled) towards ALL his companions.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on RTD on Doctor Who Becoming “Too Soapy”

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Ehhhh, she's not my favourite although infinitely better than Rose (my least favourite). The thing about Clara, I SHOULD like her. She has many qualities and traits I respect, and as pointed out, she makes a great role mode. Yet, I can't quite be really that tremendously fond of her. Eleven respected her greatly. Was she however, someone who meant a very great deal to him? I'm not sure. He was intrigued by her and the mystery about her, and he valued her. But I suspect that he probably would not implode if Clara leaves him, the way he imploded when Amy and Rory left him.


Somehow, instinctively, I feel Clara will have a better - no, fantastic even - fitting with Twelve. She's all right. Clara's ok. That's the best I can feel for her character. But I am looking very much forward to her friendship with Twelve.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on 10 Scene Stealing Clara Moments

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During their exile in the pocket Universe, it could happen that there was a power struggle of sorts and the good managed to assume control and start the process of reformation. So Gallifrey would no longer be a danger to return. The Time Lords weren't all morally corrupt. They were once highly intelligent beings that vowed not to use their almost god-like wisdom to interfere with the Universe. And Nine himself once said in Fathwr's Day that there was a time his people would have stopped those creatures from destroying Earth.

Well, just thinking out loud. Overall, I agree with the article. It will be very interesting to see how Gallifrey goes from here. Eleven found a renew sense of purpose. That was so wonderful to see. After all this time,the Doctor can finally release himself from the burden.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Thoughts on a Return for Gallifrey

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I think The Daleks will never ever be completely wiped out. They are the Doctor's arch nemesis and like all 'good' nemesises, they will endure as long as the Doctor endures. Like Joker for the Batman, Lex Luthor for Superman... Long may they live, I say!

I get why RTD would destroy Donna so completely. 1) It catalysed the utter unraveling of Ten; 2) It demonstrates that running with the Doctor is a dangerous business and some make it, some don't but all will ultimately pay a price for it. So good on RTD for not giving fans their satisfaction in giving Donna her consolation prize like Metacrisis Doctor for Rose *rollseyes*. I may hate it for Donna's sake, but it was right.

I really liked Turn Left for the themes that were explored - concentration camps from xenophobia in times of war, the course of our lives shaped from simple everyday decisions... I think they were far more meaningful compared to episodes like The Doctor's Daughter. 3/10 for TL vs 9/10 for TDD? Seriously?? Well ok. For me, it's the other way around.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 4 (Episodes 6-13)

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The thing about Donna - she had qualities I both liked and disliked.... and that made her incredibly human, relatable and ultimately, very likeable. She was certainly rough around the edges, but she was also the kindest and most compassionate of all the companions. I don't find companions who desire to visit their families boring at all. It just goes to show that family is at the heart of the Universe, and having a family worth fighting for (Martha), having a family worth missing and visiting (Donna), makes us better people. This is unlike Rose who would dump her family and Mickey - both who love her so unconditionally - for the Doctor. There is a difference between "we all have to leave home one day" - Martha and Donna did - and what Rose did. There is no cost to Rose in choosing to be with the Doctor, but Martha and Donna both older and wiser, recognised that the choices we make always affect the ones who love us.


4 months, 3 weeks ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 4 (Specials, Episodes 1-5)

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Rose was the only companion whom I felt did not grow as a person in her own right. Up to the very end, she continued to pine for the Doctor instead of just Getting On With Her Life Already. Enough please! People criticize Martha for being lovesick and all, but she recognized and accepted her situation with grace and wisdom in the end, left on her own terms and went on to be awesome. Now THAT'S strength and growth. No no no, I do not want to see a Rose spinof or any more of Rose. If Billie Piper came back as The Moment or guest-stars as some other entity, that's ok by me.

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Piper Up for Rose/Meta-Crisis Ten Spin-Off

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Yeah I get all of that - the secret being the grave not his name etc. My only point is that I just don't think it's realistic the way Clara casually saunters into his timeline. Ok, perhaps not saunter in. But she really does sort of walks in.... I mean seriously, no one will assent to being shattered to a million pieces so casually. And it would have been nice to know a bit more back story on the Great Intelligence and why he was so interested in wanting the Doctor destroyed. I do think it was beautifully made. It's just I'd like more facts to the story and not just as an episode to close loose ends like the proper goodbye to River or as a teaser to the War Doctor.

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Everything Else (Episodes 9-13, Specials)

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Thing is, I liked most of it and as I said above, it was beautifully built up up till the point of the tomb's opening. I love the character of River BUT I have never understood their 'marriage' ever - it just wasn't needed in the first place. So it was a sweet send off but well, I'm not emotionally invested in their relationship. The resolution of Clara being the Impossible Girl is the thing which misses most with me. She is very brave to do what she did, but knowing that she'd be shattered into a million pieces, knowing that the REAL Clara would die, the way she sort of casually hopped skipped and jumped into the Doctor's timeline seems unrealistic to me. I'm not looking for gut wrenching emotional scenes like Doomsday. But the climax (that was the climax!)  seemed over before it even began. I saw that coming from the time the tomb was opened. Then we saw John Hurt as the War Doctor and it was oh joy! But that was a teaser for Day of the Doctor and nothing to do with episode that is The Name of the Doctor. I guess that's why I just never could buy into Name of the Doctor.


4 months, 4 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Everything Else (Episodes 9-13, Specials)

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I like the themes explored - how our humanity is reduced in a "if you die, I may live" life-and-death situation, the herd mentality, that it took the ultimate sacrifice of a human in a moment of clarity to save everyone. Still, I cannot count it as anywhere near a favourite, I've never re-watched it. It did very well in the polls, giving Blink and Vincent a real run. I think one either loves or hates this episode. I am more the latter.

5 months ago on Midnight in Perspective

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Oh, my bad. I skimmed through "BEFORE" she (Idris) was pulled into the asteroid. Yes, there is nothing preventing an episode when she is just Idris and not Idris Tardis, before the asteroid, before she was part of the events of the doctor, those events would not be time locked. In such a context, I can accept her return more so this way, but I still would not wish it. I think what we love so much of her, what we see her as, is Idris the Tardis, that is, she IS the Tardis personified, her quirkiness and eccentricity is the Tardis' personality. To have her as just Idris, with none of that Tardis in her, it would diminish the myth.


5 months ago on Suranne Jones on Bringing Idris Back

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It would be typical Moffat and one of my biggest issues with his writing - the way he constantly allows the Doctor to twiddle with his own personal timeline. Events of his own timeline are time locked, aren't they? But that would not stop Moffat.


5 months ago on Suranne Jones on Bringing Idris Back

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Tempted.... So very tempted. But no. If it ain't broke, don't fix it! This physical manifestation of the relationship was specific to Eleven and the TARDIS only. It was treated tenderly, perfectly. Let it remain as such. 

5 months ago on Suranne Jones on Bringing Idris Back

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Well this is a pleasant surprise! Not only are the top choices great deserving episodes (barring Name of the Doctor, JMO), but the placement of episodes which I feared would fare poorly actually beat out the seemingly more popular choices! Glad to see Stolen Earth and Journey's End respectably placed. They were never going to win given what they were up against. Vincent edging out Midnight is really satisfying, as is Vincent and Midnight taking away what I thought would be the runaway win of Blink. And I am ever so pleased that the Wedding of River Song took just 2% because honestly, it was a ridiculous ending (the wedding was totally unnecessary and reducing Madam Kovorian to a prisoner tied to a chair??).

Only Name of the Doctor is a bit disappointing but unsurprising. My biggest issue with it was how beautifully built up it was to the point of the tomb's opening, and then instead of the OMG moment of a season finale, it limped out with a whimper.



5 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Everything Else (Episodes 9-13, Specials)

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Flash Bang Wallop is pure fun! Now that's what Doctor Who is all about. Sad at times for sure, but at the heart of it all, a rollicking great time!

5 months ago on Weird and Wonderful

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The Angels Take Manhattan won by a large margin. Oh well. It's one of my least favourite episodes of all time. The Statue of Liberty as an Angel??? As soon as that happened, I burst out laughing and the Angels have ceased being terrifying for me ever since. Until that point, I would shiver at the Angels. Sigh. What a ludicrous way to ruin THE iconic villain of New Who.

5 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Everything Else (Episodes 1-8)

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To think, by then, perhaps he finally he would be too old and therefore capable of speaking without flapping his hands about.... But long may he never be able to walk past a fez!! Geronimo! I'm already looking forward to this. And yes, I really wish Christopher Eccleston would show some warmth towards his time as the Doctor. We all love him! Like the War Doctor said, I'm trying to think of a word than 'dread'.

5 months ago on Matt Smith: I’ll happily come back

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I always thought this was an interesting episode with a good resolution. The scene the Doctor has with Lazurus at the end was one of Tennant's great moments of acting. His pain and sorrow, a long long life of loneliness, of watching so helplessly as you lose the ones you love.... We all must have had such thoughts before on what it means to live forever. It's a fascinating theme. Martha really showed her worth here too, as a brave and loyal companion. I would watch this episode many times over before favourites like The Name of the Doctor.

5 months ago on Do you want to live forever? The Lazarus Experiment In Perspective

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The only one I did not vote for was Name of the Doctor. The build up was beautiful, but the resolution was an anti-climax - you knew where it was headed from the moment he opened his tomb. As a season finale, it was blah, lacked that jaw-dropping OMG moment.

I've said it time and again - my biggest issue with Moffat's scripts is the extent of liberty (or wriggle room as he likes to call it) he takes in allowing what the Doctor can do to change things. RTD was a lot more rigid in his parameters and I believe that is the way because even the Doctor must obey the laws of the Universe or risk turning into the Time Lord Victorious again. When Moffat wrote for RTD, I felt he was held to those parameters and that's when his brilliance and genius really showed. But left to his own, it got a little too wobbly wobbly for me. I still think he is brilliant, just would prefer to see more discipline and less liberties in his scripts.

5 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Dream Run (Episodes 9-13, Specials)

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Blink would have won for any Doctor run. Whatever we feel about that episode, the Weeping Angels was introduced here and it will go down as the most iconic villain from New Who. So glad that Stolen Earth/Journey's End is on the list. Although Doomsday was more emotional, it wore off and I got over that. But I still grieve over the fate of Donna.


In terms of acting alone, Tennant (and the supporting cast) in Midnight is hard to beat. But Midnight as an episode is not anywhere near my favourite five Tennant episode. Girl in the Fireplace was more poignant and it was fascinating to see the Doctor cruel to Rose at the end. In that instant, Mickey understood how complex and terrible the Doctor can be, but Rose never did.


5 months ago on The Tenth Doctor: Five Favourites

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Thrilled to see The Doctor's Wife here! If I had to vote an all-time favourite, that would be mine. I'm all right with the rest except for The Angels Take Manhattan. I think that was more a sentimental favourite, but in the end, we're all sentimental about things in our own way (like I am about the Doctor's relationship with the TARDIS hence my favourite The Doctor's Wife). School Reunion was special to me because of what Sarah-Jane realises in the end despite her own hurt and pain - "The universe has to move forward. Pain and loss, they define us as much as happiness or love. Whether it's a world, or a relationship... Everything has its time. And everything ends." The wisdom of a great companion.




5 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Dream Run (Episodes 1-8)

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Happy birthday to Doctor Ten! It was such joy and then such sorrow watching him play the Doctor. The sorrow comes because he made the Doctor so beloved, so real. Thanks for the laughs and the tears. All those faces! Love the faces! So glad they found him. Best wishes for a long illustrious post-Doctor career!

5 months ago on Happy Birthday, David Tennant!

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I agree with all here. I particularly disliked the Wedding of River Song because there simply wasn't a compelling enough reason given for the Doctor to marry River. She would have done anything for him by then - anything! - he needed to only ask. It did not make any sense to me. 



5 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 9-13, Specials)

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I guess to each their own. I personally really liked The Beast Below. I liked that Amy overruled the Doctor because she "saw" what he couldn't. This is what a companion is all about. I liked the exploration of the theme of oppression for the greater good, or how we humans exploit what we do not understand with needless cruelty when sometimes, a little understanding and compassion would serve us so much more. But oh well. I do agree with The Idiots Lantern and the Lazarus Experiment, particularly the Idiots Lantern. I just found the whole damsel in distress needing to be rescued thing very annoying. Not that I think a companion should never need to be rescued - they all needed rescuing - just something about the way THIS particular episode was done.



5 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 1-8)

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Ooooh looks like an episode of wobbly wobbly fun!

5 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming: A Merry Day

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Huge Cumberbatch fan here but I really don't see Cumberbatch as the doctor. I wouldn't mind seeing him as a villain though, or how about just as a character the Doctor helps. For once, I'd like to see him play someone 'small', afraid, very plain and ordinary, not at all magnificent like Khan or Sherlock. I think that would be interesting.

5 months, 1 week ago on Cumberbatch Rules Out Doctor Who Role

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Day of the Doctor. No contest for me. It was so fun! Just so much fun! I never tire of the gags. I never tire of the War Doctor's "What are you going to do??? Assemble a cabinet at them?!!", so many great lines and moments.... I laugh every time. I know I know, the criticism is that Moffat does it again. He takes something powerful and negates it. I do have some issue with his tendency to do that in his scripts. But this time is one time I have not found it to be the case. I don't see it as a negation but as an evolution of the Doctor's life going forward. Until that point, Gallifrey was to all his knowledge and belief, destroyed by his hand. This is not just my favourite Moffat special, it is my all-time favourite by a mile! Ten, Eleven and John Hurt..... Dream team. And the finale with all the Doctors flying in their Tardis and when Eleven walks out to join his other selves, always always brings a lump to my throat. 



5 months, 1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Moffat Specials

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Can't praise the Matt Smith speed painting enough. Gobsmacked at the talent and creativity! Fantastic. Absolutely fantastic.

5 months, 1 week ago on Weird and Wonderful

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As Matt Smith got better and better, the writing IMHO, fell further and further until S7 where I felt that it was his 101% passion and acting that saved the show, as well as solid performances from supporting cast. S5 was still honest and sincere. But things just got a tad too wibbly-wobbly as time progressed until the whole thing about travelling in time and changing personal histories and all that  became the show and not just part of the show. Moffat once mentioned that he used "wriggle room" but I liked RTD's clearer-drawn lines because the Doctor may be a superior intelligent being but the Universe has laws which even he must obey. I felt that the show kind of lost its way a little in S7. Still enjoyed it though, but that is largely because Matt Smith was perfect in his role as the quirky child-like Doctor set against darker themes.

5 months, 1 week ago on Smith: The best storytelling was in Series 5

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I'm one of those who did not like Christina. I don't understand why really, because she is everything I think a companion should be. She's highly intelligent, more than capable of taking care of herself, strong, brave.... I am so tired of companions that play second fiddle to the Doctor or who fancies him. I just want someone like Donna again - a best friend - with no mating, sunshine. But yet something about Christina irritates me. Maybe I can't get over how at the heart of herself, everything she does is self-serving. She has no wonder or curiosity at the Universe. She's just seeking out another thrill, of a kind she hasn't encountered before, and that's the only reason she wanted to go with the Doctor. Certainly, they can write in her character development along the way. On potential alone, the character of Christina is big. But since she is already so adept at taking care of herself, the only development that can occur is moral development. Ugh. Preachy.












5 months, 1 week ago on Lady Christina de Souza: The Companion Who Never Was

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I have to say, I didn't particularly like any of these episodes because I found them in general, to be too keen to please fans and not particularly needed. Take Journey's End for instance. Writing in Rose so she can receive her consolation prize.... Or The Wedding of River Song. There really was no need to wed River. By that time, River would have done ANYTHING for the Doctor. All he needed to do was to simply say to her - now you have to trust me River, I am the Doctor - and she would have done exactly what he asked, married to him or not. Now the Name of the Doctor was beautifully built up. I was so in love with the episode.... until the resolution. That's it? Jump in? That's all? Oh I do not underestimate the courage of Clara and how it explained her as the Impossible Girl. But I guess I just expected something more wrenching. So even as I am so tired of TenRose, I'm going for Doomsday (it was either Doomsday or The Parting of the Ways). You don't need to be a shipper to feel the pain and anguish of their loss of each other. RTD could have written something 'kinder' but he didn't, and I like that he kept it real. The Doctor knows without exception, one day, he will lose his companion and he will have to carry on. I also particular enjoyed Mickey Smith as this confident, self-assured, mature young man. This is what the Doctor does. He changes people for the better.














5 months, 1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 13

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It's either the Waters of Mars or Runaway Bride. I know Runaway Bride didn't get a lot of love because of how Donna was portrayed there. Loud, brash, common, annoying.... But right off, I found her lovely and funny! "Have you ever seen a bride with pockets??" Gets me every time! And just when you think she can't get any more thick, she goes and does the most compassionate thing: knowing when to stop before your soul crosses into the dark side. (May the Force be with her!) She had every right to hate the Racnoss for making her believe that Lance loved her - something she has always craved - yet she tells the Doctor it is enough and to stay his hand. She also tells him at the end to please not be alone. So I always felt she made the right companion with the right heart and instinct. I would choose this because of Donna alone. But I guess as far as how completely good an episode is, I will have to choose my head over my heart and go with The Waters of Mars. The Time Lord Victorious. How chilling and what a great performance by the Doctor and Adelaide Brook and the supporting cast. Didn't we just feel for them when the water (just one drop) touched them and they knew what they would have to turn into? I didn't like Adelaide in the beginning, the way she chastised her deputy and constantly reminded her crew that she was to be called Captain. But in the end, she displayed more wisdom and acceptance of things than the Doctor for all his super intelligence. This episode foreshadowed the downfall of Ten. This is what happens when the Doctor travels alone.














5 months, 1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: RTD Specials

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It's either Stolen Earth or Pandorica. I love Stolen Earth for the sentiment, but Pandorica wins for me on the sumptious dialogue alone. I see Donna's coming of age as a companion - intelligent, unafraid, yet still kind and compassionate - fully and so satisfying in this episode. But Pandorica has some of the show's greatest lines, of the kind that will be legend. Although The Doctor's speech defying the forces gathered ahead was a real pleaser (and scenes like this recalls to me how River told Ten that the very mention of her Doctor can send armies fleeing), I am more interested in Rory, I suppose for similar reasons as Donna in Stolen Earth.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 12

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It's Turn Left or Utopia. I chose Turn Left. It's fascinating how the seemingly mundane choices we make determine the shape of our life in years to come. We don't, can never realize, the impact at the time of the decision. In my own life, I often find myself saying "if I didn't...., I never would have....." These little decisions are a very big deal.

I am also profoundly moved by the exploration of attitudes towards immigrants in times of extreme crisis. This is sadly and painfully relevant even in our time. The immigrant family that took in Donna were good people, really good people, who shared what little they had. But that didn't matter and they were sent to internment camps anyway. We lose our humanity when we are forced to survive. It's terrifying.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 11

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1. Partners in Crime

2. The Beast Below

3. The Unquiet Dead

4. The Doctor's Wife

5. Flesh and Stone

6. Dalek

7. A Good Man Goes to War

8. Father's Day

9. The Empty Child

10. Vincent and the Doctor

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 1-10 Recap

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The Unquiet Dead. It's Charles Dickens! Enough said.

Ok, but seriously, I just love the idea of a servant girl saving the earth and no one knows about it, no one mourns her or misses her. It echoes what the Doctor says over and over again - that ordinary people are always important people. And in the end, Charles Dickens finds his courage and his humanity to step up. He is lifted by the Doctor's visit to hope and wonder at life again, to strive to be a better person. And that is completely what the Doctor is all about.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 3

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Why WHY must Vincent be up against Blink??? One is the best of Doctor Who monsters. The very best. I shivered all night in bed after the episode. That was how good it was. The Weeping Angels will go down in legend, together with the Daleks. Monsters of that calibre come by so very rarely.

But Vincent! The message of hope and love, of holding on... This is why I love Doctor Who so much. This is the Doctor at his most compassionate and all-wise and so comforting (and I'm not referring to Eleven, but the Doctor). The pile of bad things not taking away from the pile of good things....

I'm choosing Vincent. Only because I have to choose one.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 10

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I think the released regeneration version was very in-character of Eleven. It was quiet, peaceful, touching, achingly sad, beautiful.... No OTT drama. I would love to see the other versions though. How brutal are we talking about? Eleven is never brutal or loud, I can't imagine him raging. Maybe one day they will release those versions and I'd love to hear of Matt Smith's choice.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Smith’s Regeneration Was Originally More Brutal & Troubling

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Like the majority, it was Angels Take Manhattan or Flesh and Stone. I chose FaS. The ending was brilliantly resolved. The Doctor tricking the Angels by his cleverness - fantastic!!! And River being River and teasing Eleven, him getting slowly but surely intrigued and attracted to River despite himself - lovely!! And of course the image of the Angel becoming the Angel.... Great supporting acting all round too.

I would choose ATM on grounds of sentimentality. How not to feel the anguish of Amy and the Doctor in the finale... But as long as the Doctor or River was looking at the Angel, Amy would not get touched by the Angel just be turning around, no? Anyway, FaS it is.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 5

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1. Partners in Crime

2. The Beast Below

3. The Unquiet Dead

4. The Doctor's Wife

5. Flesh and Stone

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 1-5 Recap

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It's either Father's Day or Silence in the Library. I chose FD because what I really like about it is RTD establishing clear rules and boundaries on what can be changed and what cannot unless you want terrible consequences for the interference. One of my biggest issues with Moffat is how he is 'allowed' to change personal histories without apparent consequences or regard for the cost of the decision. Not referring to Day of the Doctor, just overall he really complicates things and then says it's "wriggle room".

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 8

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The Empty Child.

Of all the episodes, who doesn't remember "Are you my mummy?" Iconic!

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 9

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My top three choices were:

1. A good man goes to war - amazing amazing acting from Matt Smith here. He's funny, poignant, dark, terrifying, yet afraid, tender.... Beautiful acting. I love his friends, their loyalty to him, his to them. Epic reveals. Nothing better.

2. Unicorn and the wasp - classic whodunit Agatha Christie mystery + Doctor Who madcap adventure with Donna and Ten = magic fun!

3. Rings of Akhaten - I love the dialogue. So well written. And Matt screaming up and defying the God and Clara riding in to save the day. All the elements are there. But it just was too formulaic and predictable. I'd choose this episode on the dialogue alone and Matt's passionate delivery.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 7

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It was a very hard decision between Pompeii and Beast. In the end I chose Beast because Amy defies the Doctor. That is what a companion needs to do sometimes, when she sees things from a perspective which the Doctor overlooks or is unable to. She teaches the Doctor. I love Donna, she's my favourite companion. But Beast wins by a hair.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 2

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The Doctor's Wife. I think the title says it all regarding his relationship with his TARDIS and indeed with anyone else. No one else has the place in his hearts like his TARDIS, no one ever will. They were destined for each other - in sickness and in health till death do they part. I mean at the end, when Idris corrects the Doctor and says, "No. I just wanted to say.... hello, hello Doctor, it is so very very nice to meet you." And he cries and begs her not to go. My heart broke! And in her last breath she says I love you.... This is a sentimental choice for me. I chose it on the strength of how it moved me so deeply.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 4

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