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@The Administrator 1. William Hartnell

2. Jon Pertwee

3. Colin Baker


After that I begin to struggle. I suppose Sylvester or Patrick would come next, but I really can't decide.

20 hours, 22 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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I don't think I'd be quite as generous as you when it comes to rating these episodes, but I still liked the first half a lot.

The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe - 4/10

Asylum of the Daleks - 7/10

Dinosaurs on a Spaceship - 9/10

A Town Called Mercy - 7/10

The Power of Three  - 5/10

The Angels Take Manhattan - 9/10

The Snowmen - 5/10 (I count this as 7B though)

Overall, a great last run of episodes for the Ponds, let down only by the fact that The Power of Three wasn't long enough. My one other regret is that beyond The Angels Take Manhattan, we didn't really get to see much of River's relationship with Amy and Rory as their daughter, which makes the reveal in series six feel pointless because it didn't really go anywhere, and now never can (unless of course it gets explored more in spin-off media).


2 days, 9 hours ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 1)

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@Iris Wildthyme @TARDlSkey I agree on some points and disagree on others. My view is basically a less extreme version of yours. I enjoyed Day an awful lot, and still do, but there are lots of problems which stop it from being perfect for me (in particular the Paul McGann issue).

2 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@Iris Wildthyme I've been trying not to make so many lists and/or rankings lately, but now that there's been enough time for the dust to settle on series 7, I think I'll give this another go.


The Snowmen - 5/10

The Bells of Saint John - 9/10

The Rings of Akhaten - 4/10

Cold War - 4/10

Hide - 9/10

Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS - 4/10

The Crimson Horror - 8/10

Nightmare in Silver - 2/10

The Name of the Doctor - 9/10

The Day of the Doctor - 7/10

The Time of the Doctor - 2/10

Average: 5.7/10


A very mediocre series then. Definitely not my favourite run either. I'd have loved to have given at least one episode from series 7B/specials a 10, but even the very best were dragged down by some serious flaws. 


Hopefully I'll find more to enjoy in the upcoming series. It certainly looks promising.

2 days, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@Ladydetemps I'd love to be Liz Shaw if I could be anyone. She's smart and successful and she leaves the Doctor pretty much unscathed.

1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@ClassicWhovian @RoastNewt It's a very good episode! The only problem is that it doesn't actually have much Ben and Polly in it. They get quite badly sidelined. But on the plus side: it's the first story where Jamie really comes into his own, since he spent most of his episodes prior to that speaking lines originally written for Ben. 

But still, the one Troughton story I want more than any other is Fury. I watched the reconstruction for the first time not long ago and I was blown away by how scary it was! My favourite Troughton, for sure.

1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@ClassicWhovian @RoastNewt Well, I do slightly prefer the Hartnell era, but I'd really be overjoyed with any missing episodes - even the ones I don't really like! I'd particularly like some stories with Ben and Polly. I think they'd be a lot more fondly remembered if people could actually see their stories.

1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@ClassicWhovian My top ten:

1. The Crusade (this one does have enough existing material for a DVD release actually, but it seems we won't be getting one)

2. Fury from the Deep

3. Marco Polo

4. The Macra Terror

5. The Myth Makers

6. The Abominable Snowmen

7. The Power of the Daleks

8. The Highlanders

9. The Daleks' Master Plan

10. The Savages

1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@Big_Bird96 I adore Vastra and Jenny. It's just Strax I hate. He really brings the gang down for me.

2 weeks ago on Series 8 Launch Trailer Breakdown

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@Me and Stuff @theshipoftime @The Genie @TheOncomingSnow @TomLong2 IMO, Chris Eccleston is the best actor who ever played the Doctor, even if he isn't necessarily my favourite. Matt was very good, but there were one or two occasions when his acting made me cringe, like Nightmare in Silver.

2 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer

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@YaelMoise @Huknar I think you've summed it up nicely there. Comparing it to the very first series five trailer which aired after The End of Time, this one just doesn't capture that magical 'fresh beginning' feel. It looks like it's going into 2009 specials territory three series too early! Of course, the actual series could still turn great in spite of those things, but I definitely share your concerns.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer

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@stargazer0118 @RoastNewt Why thank you!


I'm trying not to lose my head over the trailer this year. Past experience has taught me that it leads to disappointment. Best to go in as open-minded as possible!

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer

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@The Outer Space K9 I think all Doctors are capable of being as dark as each other, but how much we see that depends on how far they're pushed and how they express it. Personally, I think Ten was a lot darker than many of the other incarnations because he was involved in a lot more tragic storylines, but any other Doctor could have been that dark as well if they'd been pushed as far as him.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer

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That was a very good trailer. Perhaps a little too dark and angsty for my taste, but otherwise, lots of interesting stuff. August 23rd can't come soon enough!

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer

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@stargazer0118 I agree. No good can come from panicking about it. The best course of action for now I think is to stay completely quiet about it. Keep it off Twitter, Facebook, etc. The more contained it is, the easier it will be for the BBC to deal with it.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@Djornad @doctorwhotvuk Let's hope that Tumblr doesn't find it first. Otherwise, the spoilers will be preserved in gif form for the next month until it airs!

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@Djornad @RoastNewt Oh yes; I firmly agree with that. Although these films aren't pleasant to watch, I do think it's important that they exist out there for all to see, should they choose to. When I say it was a 'displeasure' to watch, I of course recognise that I wasn't supposed to enjoy it, and that the film was good in the sense that it succeeded in its aim, even if it wasn't necessarily a pleasant one.

I'm not sure what how well you cope in terms of horror and gore, but I can tell you that, after years of watching brutal horrors and rarely batting an eyelid, this was the first and only film that's ever made me feel physically ill. If you can stomach extreme gore, then I'd say it's worth having a look at, but on the warning that: it isn't nice, you're not supposed to enjoy it, and that the film may be on your mind for a while after watching it. (Although I'm sure you knew that all anyway!)

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/beyond-the-whoniverse/

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Okay, I have to ask this, because it's been on my mind all week and I've felt really down since watching it: has anyone else seen a film called Martyrs, and if so, what did you make of it? 


Did you like it? Did you think it was well done? And how did you feel by the end of it?


It's the probably the single most shocking and depressing film I've ever had the displeasure of sitting through, so I'd be... interested isn't the word, but... well, I want to know how others took it. So anyone?

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/beyond-the-whoniverse/

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@The Finn I think they really overdid the plasticised Mickey. I was re-watching Spearhead From Space the other day and the plasticised people in that were handled with so much more subtlety - enough for the audience to know that they're plastic, but not so much that it becomes unbelievable to see the characters in the story ignore it. Still, good episode overall. I agree with your score.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@Notsosmartguy @RoastNewt @NerdWithWings I don't exactly agree with that myself, but as fans, they're perfectly entitled to say that if they like. We all have different taste after all. 


I, personally, would like the show to have a bit more fun next year, after all the Time War and Trenzalore business.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Series 8 Finale Filming: Beyond the Grave

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Happy birthday to Maureen O'Brien - a charming and delightful actress whose role as the lovely Vicki is often underrated. Time to celebrate with a re-watch of The Romans!

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@Notsosmartguy  @RoastNewt @supermoff @stargazer0118 The "rebound" storyline has never been a problem for me. Why should we care what Ten thinks of Martha? Surely we viewers are capable of making our own, independent judgements, instead of blindly subscribing to Ten's less-than-flattering views of her!

1 month ago on Should Doctor Who Adopt a Darker Tone?

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@supermoff @stargazer0118 Not exactly relevant here, but switch "plot device" with "lovesick puppy" and you have my thoughts on Martha. 

1 month ago on Should Doctor Who Adopt a Darker Tone?

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We've had so many articles and debates over this topic, and we've yet to see what will actually become of Gallifrey's return! I wonder how different people's stances on this might be in one or two years' time. I'm personally very excited for the return of Gallifrey. It opens up so much potential for the show in terms of storylines, characters, etc.


It will be interesting to see how it retroactively influences views on the RTD era for future fans as well. It's strange a thought that in another fifty years time when there's a new generation of fans eager to delve into the past, that we'll be able to tell them that we watched those first seven seasons with the genuine belief that Gallifrey was gone. In that sense, I feel rather privileged. No one else will ever experience these first seven seasons quite like we did.

1 month ago on Why Bringing Back Gallifrey Is Right…

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@Amy's on the Mofflex Diet I presume (s)he meant change within the show itself - the tone, the story arcs, the supporting characters, etc. - rather than in Moffat as a person. There'd be no reason to assume the latter.

1 month ago on DWM #475: Vastra, Strax & Jenny are Back

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It's a shame that Kate O'Mara couldn't have had the cover dedicated to her. Still, at least it means we should get some series eight news.

1 month ago on DWM #475: Vastra, Strax & Jenny are Back

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My verdict:

Let's Kill Hitler - 8/10

Night Terrors - 5/10

The Girl Who Waited - 10/10

The God Complex - 9/10 

Closing Time - 8/10

The Wedding of River Song - 3/10

Definitely not my favourite series. Let's Kill Hitler was a fun little episode, and the middling episodes weren't bad at all, but The Wedding of River Song was an absolutely shocking finale. It pretty much made me hate the show for the whole of 2012 until Asylum of the Daleks aired. Thankfully, Moffat's work got much better again, in time for the anniversary.


1 month ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 6 (Episodes 8-13)

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@The Finn The Keys of Marinus is one of my favourites of the Hartnell era, despite its rather clumsy plot; The Sensorites is an underrated classic; and I'm not a fan of Planet of Giants, mainly because of Barbara's (IMO) bad mischaracterisation. That said, I'm long overdue a re-watch of it, so don't take my word for it.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@ClassicWhovian @RoastNewt @The Genie I'm thinking Marinus or The Time Meddler tonight. But only if you want to! Xx

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@The Genie "Can we do pizza booze Hartnell serial?"

Oh David, you do crack me up! 

Sorry I didn't see this earlier by the way. Exams and all that!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@The Finn Chal from The Savages.

2 months ago on DWM #474: First Five Decades Cover

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@Sir James Bond @RoastNewt Why thank you, Mr. Bond! (And for the record, it is indeed 'Mr. Newt'.)

Monochrome Who, while not having the lavish production valuesor striking incidental music that later seasons would have, still proved to be one of my favourite eras from the show. Watching (or in many unfortunate cases, listening to/admiring telensnaps of) those first 6 seasons was quite a magical experience for me, as there really was a sense in those early days that the TARDIS could take us absolutely anywhere (as opposed to say the Pertwee or RTD eras which were largely based on contemporary Earth - not that that's a bad thing, as it worked tremendously well in those eras). I think if there's one word I'd use to sum up why I love those early years so much, it would be 'boundless'. We had an aimless TARDIS, a fine blend of sci-fis and historicals (minus unnecessary alien threats), and companions popping up from all over time and space. Anything could happen, and it was exhilarating to watch! 


Add to that the magnificent actors we had in Bill Hartnell and Patrick Troughton, and I'm sure we have here an era that will continue to entertain future Whovians for years to come. :)

2 months ago on Analysing The Top Doctor Who Stories (DWM 1998)

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Stop dissing The Sensorites everyone! It's a great serial.

2 months, 1 week ago on Frank Skinner Cast in Series 8

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@Creepy_Ghoul @Notsosmartguy the Superior Venom@MoxxThe Daleks' Master Plan was the longest actually, at 12 parts.

2 months, 1 week ago on Two-Part Finale for Series 8

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A well-written article Finn, even if I completely disagree with you (it's actually one of my top three Troughtons, along with Fury from the Deep and The Enemy of the World). I must say though, I was quite surprised to read your assessment of Zoe here. I thought she was fantastic in this, as in all her serials, and the scene where she kicked the cr*p out of Karkus is probably her greatest crowning moment of badass! Hopefully seeing more of her stories might give you a better impression of her in future. She's particularly kick-ass in The Invasion and The War Games.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on On First View: The Mind Robber

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@The Administrator Under The Mountain The Crusade, because it's my favourite William Hartnell story and my all-time favourite historical.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/012014/

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@Malohkeh @Antee991166@NotsosmartguyI feel like the only person left in the world who's immature enough to find the fart jokes, well, really really funny...


Plus, I think it added a childlike menace to the Slitheen - that they could laugh and joke and behave like kids only moments before butchering that poor General was actually quite horrifying to me.

3 months ago on 5 New Who Monsters in Need of a Return

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I can watch this episode over and over and it still gets better every time. A true classic, and the very best of Russell's work on Doctor Who.

3 months ago on Midnight in Perspective

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@sontaran17 I thought it was a really dull and tedious story - the worst of the Hartnell era in fact - so I don't much care for seeing the Toymaker return. On top of that, it would seem like a very strange and obscure choice of a classic villain to bring back, so unless they had a really good story planned for him, I can't really see it happening. (Although saying that, I doubt that anyone was expecting to see the Great Intelligence back either, so who knows?)

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/012014/

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@LGwalchmai95 William Hartnell. I love his zany, dotty mannerisms, and I love that despite his outwardly grumpy demeanour, he's probably the softest and most lovable Doctor of all.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/012014/

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@Galax @RobertLythgoe@ClassicWhovianYou should give The Fires of Vulcan a listen. That's a purely historical tale based on pretty much the same events and it's excellent.

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

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@Chris502 @TardisBoyOh dear. I've only seen it three times.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/012014/

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@The Genie @TardisBoyEr, yeah. I made a new account straight after. I was just becoming a bit obsessive about how messy my comments were getting, and wanted to delete them all in one fell swoop.


I've liked lots of comments since last night though, so I don't know how anyone even found out! Ha. Sorry to have done it a second time now. I used to do this with DISQUS too, but I'll try not to do it again.


And ta very much, that's lovely of you to say. I feel a tad ashamed of myself for saying this was a misunderstanding though! In fact, I feel like a right wh*re! Ah well, I'm flattered all the same. You're wonderful commenters - all of you, and I wouldn't dream of leaving this place!

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/012014/

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