Nothing like sausage sandwiches when you're trying to work something out.
@10kcooper @Mr. Eyebrows I watched it again just recently and found myself really loving it. Perhaps I'm a bit biased because I was 10 the first time I saw it and it's quite a nostalgic one for me (although saying that, there are lots of fans on here who started with the RTD era and turned against it later, so I wouldn't put it all down to that), but there's just so much to love in the episode that even stuff like Chloe Webber and the Olympic torch can't ruin it for me. I guess it's just one of my many guilty pleasures.
21 hours, 5 minutes ago on All 117 Episodes of the Revival Ranked By You
@DWTV - Barbarically Evil Well we can still get a fairly good idea of the missing episodes from the reconstructions/soundtracks available. As long as you did the polls a season at a time, then you'd nearly always have surviving stories for people to vote on, and those of us that want to rate the missing episodes can do so. The only exception would be season 4, but even that has The Tenth Planet and The Moonbase which have both been released on DVD.
21 hours, 39 minutes ago on All 117 Episodes of the Revival Ranked By You
@Ivegotkidneys She used her lipstick to nick a spaceship? I wouldn't put it past her. ;-)
2 days, 20 hours ago on Your Top 20 TV Stories of the Decade
@TheNightmareChild: Ten Years Young I'm with you all the way. I realise it has its flaws but as a Martha fan I couldn't ask for a more satisfying end to her story. Freema alone makes it one of my all-time favourites.
2 days, 21 hours ago on Your Top 20 TV Stories of the Decade
Right then, because I love making lists and stuff, here's my top 10.
3. A Christmas Carol
4. Human Nature/The Family of Blood
5. The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
6. The Girl Who Waited
7. Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead
8. Turn Left
9. The Waters of Mars
10. Utopia/The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords
What a fantastic 10 years it's been!
@Polyphase Well do you know what? I liked the burping dustbin.
3 days, 7 hours ago on Doctor Who’s Revival: 10 Years On
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @RoastNewt @Doctavarium is Celebrating 10 Years of New Who @Aztecs,Daleks&Cavemen I do miss the purely historical stories. Marco Polo, The Aztecs and The Crusade are some of my favourites for example. That said, I can appreciate why it would be difficult to make them work nowadays - it's not like they were the most popular stories, even back then.
Incidentally, I'm reading a great Hartnell novel at the moment called The Plotters, written by Gareth Roberts. I'd recommend it to you if you're a fan of stuff like The Romans and The Myth Makers.
4 days ago on Patrick Troughton’s Birthday
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @RoastNewt @TheNightmareChild: Clown Slayer My apologies for misinterpreting you. :P In my defence though, you did call it a "mixed bag", implying some level of blaseness to it. I'll think twice before leaping to conclusions next time. ;-)
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @TheNightmareChild: Clown Slayer Well that makes a change from your 'On First View' article! :P If I recall correctly, you had a solid air of indifference to the story. What's changed? :P
4 days, 2 hours ago on Patrick Troughton’s Birthday
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @RoastNewt @Doctavarium is Celebrating 10 Years of New Who @Aztecs,Daleks&Cavemen Me too! Particularly since I love historicals, and Troughton had so few of them. The only others set in the past were Evil of the Daleks and The Abominable Snowmen, and even then the historical setting was nothing more than a window-dressing to a sci-fi plot. I think that's probably why I slightly prefer the Hartnell era overall.
Brilliant actor, brilliant Doctor, brilliant era. Not a single story I would consider below average, thanks the magical Pat Troughton, who made even his dreariest episodes very watchable. Happy birthday!
@Doctavarium is Celebrating 10 Years of New Who @Aztecs,Daleks&Cavemen Fury is #1 on my list. My favourite Patrick Troughton story and one of my all-time favourites in general. The Macra Terror would be pretty nice as well. It's one of the creepiest and most surreal stories of the '60s.
@YaelMoise @RoastNewt @Cali5 You've got a point. If I'm honest though, without wishing to sound, er, indelicate, the reason I wanted an Ian cameo in The Caretaker is more down to the fact that, well... William Russell isn't exactly getting any younger. The fact that he's still around today when he was already middle aged during his time on Who is quite honestly a miracle, and for that not to be taken advantage of in the 50th special - which even featured Coal Hill School - just seems like a bit of a waste to me. If there could have been one in Day then I'd have preferred it that way.
But otherwise, I'd pretty much agree with you. It's only really multi-Doctor stories that have to be 'rationed' for me. I can live with cameos and references as long as there's some kind of relevance to the story or setting (see Attack of the Cybermen for how not to do this, with it's utterly pointless reappearance of 76 Totter's Lane).
4 days, 19 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: Semi-Final #2
@YaelMoise @RoastNewt @Cali5 Depends on what the "big events" are though. If you're talking about multi-Doctor stories, then I much prefer it the way it is now. Stuff like that feels a lot more special if you have to wait for it. But if you're talking things like sudden unexpected companion departures (like Adric's), then I'm all for it! Something like that would really shake the show up a bit at this point.
4 days, 20 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: Semi-Final #2
@Cali5 True, but that argument sorta works the other way too. You've got to remember that due to their uniqueness as episodes of Doctor Who (one being a post-regeneration story, one being an anniversary special), they're afforded certain freedoms that other stories aren't - freedoms that could put them at a great advantage over your usual mid-season affairs. You couldn't for example have brought David Tennant back for any old episode 5/6/7; that sort of thing is reserved for anniversaries. (And before anyone says it, I know The Two Doctors wasn't an anniversary special, but that was produced in a time when the writers/producers didn't see the issue in randomly shoving in a load of past continuity for no good story-driven reasons.)
I adore the entire back half of series three, but Blink is still the clear winner. I'll have to flip a coin for the other two since I love them more or less equally.
4 days, 21 hours ago on Revival Face-Off: Semi-Final #2
Blink, Human Nature, Midnight
All fantastic stories, but it's still a pretty easy poll for me.
1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: RTD Era Triple
The Day of the Doctor, easily. Dark Water was an absolute masterpiece and the second best episode of series 8, but from the moment that the Cybermen started to fly it all fell apart in spectacular fashion. Not a bad finale on the whole, but pretty average.
1 week, 1 day ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #12
@ClaraOswald Happy birthday! :-)
1 week, 2 days ago on Happy Birthday, Freema Agyeman
Such an amazing, underrated companion. Still my favourite since the series returned. Happy birthday Freema!
@supermoff is now a Maximoff Please, don't remind me. It's completely obscured by clouds where I am. :-(
Mummy on the Orient Express was pretty great but the ending was a disappointment, so I'm voting for Listen, which was brilliant from start to finish.
1 week, 2 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #11
Although The Wedding of River Song has kinda damaged it in hindsight, I still love The Impossible Astronaut simply for being so fresh and bold and original, whereas Good Man... eh, it's not bad, but again I think it's diminished by what comes later, and since it doesn't have the amazing plot to support it like The Impossible Astronaut, it just ends up feeling a bit... 'meh'. So The Impossible Astronaut it is.
1 week, 4 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #9
@DoctarHoo The whole latter half of series three is absolutely brilliant, but Blink is still the clear winner for me. Best episode of the new series.
@YaelMoise watches them rise up high Actually, scratch that. On the poll it has both parts of each story, so I guess Journey's End really did make it this far! I suppose there must have been plenty of silent voters who loved it.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #5
@YaelMoise watches them rise up high I think it's just The Stolen Earth, actually. Remember that DWTV asked us to rank each part of the two-part stories separately. I'm sure if the scores for Journey's End were factored in then it probably wouldn't have reached this stage (and I say that as someone who finds it fairly enjoyable). Regardless of what people think Journey's End, The Stolen Earth is generally considered a very good set-up episode.
While I'm tempted to give The Stolen Earth a sympathy vote (for the most part it's pretty great), I simply have to vote for Human Nature. Aside from being an extremely original and thought-provoking story, it's probably Martha's finest hour and contains one of Freema's strongest performances. This is the story I always point people to when they say that she did nothing more than pine over the Doctor.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #5
@The Genie We were on holiday in Scotland the first time I watched it, and my brothers literally had to carry me to bed, kicking and screaming. I spent the whole night under the covers too afraid to even move, and by sunrise the next morning... well, let's just say my bladder was eternally grateful.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #2
Well both of these stories traumatised me back in the day, but The Empty Child traumatised me most, so I have to vote for that one!
@YaelMoise was "all teeth and curls" for a night! "Well by his time, you lot have spread out across half the galaxy."
"So many species, so little time."
"What, that's what we do when we get out there? That's our mission? We seek new life and, and..."
"Dance." *cheeky Eccleston grin*
@YaelMoise was "all teeth and curls" for a night! This episode is full of great lines. My personal favourite is "Oh look. There's the sweat on your brow."
@Notsosmartguy likes Powers @TheNightmareChild It's just adorable.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #2
@Doctavarium @RoastNewt The Anne Droid still makes me laugh out loud.
"Then you are unemployed, and yet you still have enough money to buy peroxide."
That's such an Anne Robinson line! God, she used to scare me.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #1
Oh dear. This is going to be a tough one.
The Daleks are my favourite Doctor Who monsters and these are two of their finest stories. At a push though, I think I'd have to go for Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways.
People can complain all they like about the outdated pop-culture
references, but to those fans that do, I have to ask: what difference
would it have made if RTD had made his own game shows up? People will still be
baffled by them in 30 years time whether they’re real or not. The only
change it would have made would be to lose the brilliant sense of dark humour/satire which fuels those first 30 minutes of the episode, and that would
be a huge shame in my opinion. And anyway, is it really that important to understand them? The only one that I regularly watched back
then was The WeakestLink. I’d never
heard of What Not to Wear and I
detested Big Brother. Did that stop
me from enjoying the episode? No. Because it’s not important that you
understand how they work – just that bad things happen to the people who appear
on them. And to be honest, even if understanding them was crucial to the plot
and did ruin the episode on repeat viewings, I’d still love them anyway. I like it when Who references current events/trends etc. It makes going back through the show
a more satisfying experience because you learn a little about the time it was
made in (this is also why I love seeing
The Beatles in The Chase, and the
Clangers in The Sea Devils).
That aside, the rest of the story is great! The Daleks have never
felt more brutal in the new series than they do in this story. It’s horrifying when Floor Zero gets massacred off-screen, followed by Lynda with a
Y. Poor Lynda with a Y… She was so sweet. :'-(
I also really love the scenes of Rose
when she gets sent back to Jackie and Mickey. The chip shop speech should be
incredibly cheesy, but somehow Piper delivers it without making it sound mawkish. It’s incredibly moving and one of the many moments which made Rose feel so grounded and relatable.
And of course, I have to mention the regeneration! Nine wasn’t
my Doctor, and he’s not my favourite
either, but I really think that his final scene is up there as one of the very
best. It’s just so… dignified. I love that he leaves the show with a smile on
his face, having been one of the most tortured incarnations. It’s a perfect end
for Chris' Doctor. (And that's a good thing too, since it doesn't look like the grumpy ol' bugger's ever coming back!) :P
@TheNightmareChild is... Subject Delta I still think The Beast Below is Moffat's most underrated episode. I would never have imagined that people considered it bad if I hadn't taken my love ofthis show to the internet.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: Moffat Era Recap
In the Forest of the Night - 6/10
Dark Water - 10/10
Death in Heaven - 5/10
Last Christmas - 7/10
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 4
@Gustaff @Huknar @Notsosmartguy @supermoff I liked the flashback and the scene that followed it, but it kinda ruins the tension a bit when you realise that she could have called the Paternosters in at any time she liked.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Moffat on Paternoster Return, Clara’s Original Exit
My only major gripe with Mummy was that the last few minutes felt really rushed. It's an absolute crime that Maisie (one of my favourite guest characters in a long time) didn't get a goodbye scene.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 3
Kill the Moon - 5/10
Mummy on the Orient Express - 8/10
Flatline - 9/10
So he starts off mean but gets more funny and lovable as his era goes on?
Hmm. Sounds an awful lot like my favourite Doctor. :) *glances at avatar*
3 weeks, 4 days ago on DWM #484: What Next for the 12th Doctor?
Listen - 10/10
Time Heist - 7/10
The Caretaker - 6/10
Listen is definitely one of Moffat's best works since he took over the show. For once, he wasn't bogged down by the need to write an opener/finale/Christmas special/anniversary (etc.) and what we got was a clever, creepy self-contained story of the kind we haven't really had from him since the days of RTD. Now that the Silence arc has been left behind I hope that Moffat will write more like this.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 2
@Typo42 "Magic Carrots" To tell you the truth, I can hardly remember. I disliked it so much that I haven't gone anywhere near it since. I just remember finding it incredibly tedious, particularly the 'games' they had to play inside that flashing tower thing.
I've not got anything against Terry Nation on the whole though. The Keys of Marinus, The Daleks' Master Plan and Genesis of the Daleks were all fantastic, IMO.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 1
@Clara Bosswald, defender of Series 6. Well it’s mainly the ‘Good Man’ conflict which drags it down
to a 2 out of 10. I could have lived with a generic Dalek story but its hideously
angsty and unsubtle attempts to be dark and thought-provoking made for painfully
In my opinion it would have worked much better later in the
series (or in a different series entirely) when Capaldi’s Doctor was more
settled into the role, because at episode two I don't think we know him well
enough to be getting this introspective. The only evidence to suggest that he might
be ‘bad’ at this point was that he may or may not have stolen the homeless man’s
coat and pushed the Half-Face man out of the balloon in Deep Breath. Aside from that, there’s nothing, which makes the episode feel incredibly
jarring (especially coming so soon after The Day of the Doctor).
*gnawed, damn it.
And to answer your question properly, Listen, for the same reasons as everyone else.
@The Lazy Cat Returns! Well definitely not Flatline, since I don't fancy being flattened, pulled apart and displayed on someone's living room wall, so maybe Time Heist? But then my brain might get turned into soup, so... Deep Breath. Actually, no. I don't want to become a skin balloon. The Caretaker looked pretty fun though didn't it? Only problem is there's a risk of being barbecued...so Kill the Moon? Just as long as my face doesn't get knawed off by a giant spider-germ...
...and wow, series 8 was morbid wasn't it?
Deep Breath - 9/10
Into the Dalek - 2(.5)/10
Robot of Sherwood - 6/10
I was so glad when I enjoyed Deep Breath. After 8 months of bitterness over The Time of the Doctor, I was starting to worry that the show just wasn't for me anymore. Thankfully Moffat more than redeemed himself with this fantastic series opener, which - aside being a wonderful introduction to the Twelfth Doctor - finally made Clara feel like a person. (Although I'm not sure how much I should be thankful for that, since there was nowhere to go but up after series 7.)
Into the Dalek was a massive letdown unfortunately, and rivals Death to the Daleks as my least favourite outing for them. It felt like a watered-down version of Dalek (which is itself a tamer adaptation of Jubilee, as I'm sure many of you will tell me) and I hated its central 'good man' conflict, which came off as far too forced and unprovoked to me. The opening scenes of Danny in his class and the Doctor asking if he's a 'good man' are currently head-to-head for my #1 spot in the worst scenes of the Capaldi era so far.
Robot of Sherwood was fun enough but ultimately forgettable. Not much else to say about it really. I certainly won't be rushing to watch it again outside of any marathons.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 1
The Name of the Doctor - 7/10
The Day of the Doctor - 9/10
The Time of the Doctor - 2/10
Time for me remains the absolute worst Doctor Who episode, classic and new. I'd go into all the reasons why, but I'd only be repeating everything you've heard before - it felt too rushed, Tasha Lem, the passing of centuries through a few lines of dialogue, etc. (also, it would take me far too long to say it all). I can see that there's a lot in it to be appreciated on a thematic level, and the final scene with Matt was done very nicely, but beyond that it's virtually unwatchable.
Please don't think I'm out to hate on Moffat though. As you'll see in the next few polls, I think he really returned to form in series 8, and some of his upcoming episodes are new all-time favourites of mine.
4 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 3
Hide - 7/10
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS - 5/10
The Crimson Horror - 9/10
Nightmare in Silver - 2/10
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 2
@HeyProfessor is waiting for Simms to come back Jones and Oswald? Sounds good to me. :P
1 month ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain
The Bells of Saint John - 9/10
The Rings of Akhaten - 6/10
Cold War - 5/10
1 month ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1