"El Akir bent down suddenly and grasped her face cruelly with his right hand. Barbara shook her head away from him, brought her hand up swiftly from the ground and slapped him across the face as hard as she could."
I'm not wild about the Slitheen but I don't think they deserve they hate they get. They were funny monsters who worked well within the stories they featured in, and whose apathy toward human life was cleverly conveyed through the toilet humour. If they were to return then the only thing I'd change is to give the actors more flexible costumes, as the ones they had in both their Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures episodes were quite rigid and made their movements seem jolty and unnatural.
2 days, 13 hours ago on Are the Slitheen the Most Underrated New Who Monster?
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @RoastNewt Oh, you'd better be sorry. So sorry. More sorry than Ten ever was. And he was so so sorry.
2 days, 16 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #8
Or this one it seems. Thanks for that, sh*tty disappearing Android keyboard!
Anyway, the bottom line is, I regretted the fact that I couldn't vote for both Doctors, so nowadays I don't vote for any, which is effectively the same thing!
Well, I didn't get to finish that comment.
2 days, 17 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #8
As in all the previous polls, I shan't be giving any sort of vote! I've loved all of the New Who Doctors in their own different ways and my favourite is always the one I'm watching. Last time these two went up against each other, I made the mistake of voting for Smith - a decision I immediately regretted! I realised after that I s
Terrific article here Mark. Sums up everything I love about Tennant's portrayal of the Doctor.
On the subject of the Tenth Doctor's more romantic inclinations (and I guess, Eight and Nine and Eleven's too) - is it really so much of an issue? I can appreciate that some fans might not care for the show getting all lovey-dovey, which is a matter of personal taste, but I do find it odd that so many people seem to think it ruins the character and defies everything ever known about canon. Have all these people forgotten that the Doctor actually had a grandchild in his first incarnation, and all of the implications that come with that? And whatever convoluted rubbish people will come up with to deny that Susan was his granddaughter, what you have to remember is that at the time of his conception, the creative team responsible for the character (Verity Lambert, Sydney Newman, David Whitaker, etc.) truly believed and saw no problem with the thought of him once having had a romantic relationship, and that's ultimately what counts. Yes, you may not like the Doctor going all gooey-eyed for Rose, but to say that romance is completely off the cards for him (particularly once he's got a younger body again) goes against what we've known about him since the very first episode.
6 days, 11 hours ago on Why I Love The Tenth Doctor
@Huknar @Malohkeh @RoastNewt I'm rather fond of The Web Planet too. It's a very bold and imaginative story, and is probably more alien than the rest the show put together! In spite of its flaws, I still find myself revisiting it far more than many other episodes.
1 week, 1 day ago on 9 Foes That Are Due A Return
@Malohkeh Do not fight against it. Approach, approach...
1 week, 2 days ago on 9 Foes That Are Due A Return
How about the Animus from The Web Planet? I know it's not the most fondly remembered of stories, but the idea behind it was rather wonderful. A gigantic parasite which feeds on all the riches and culture and energy in a world until there's nothing left but a ravaged, barren wasteland. On the budget of the new series, it could be absolutely wonderful.
@TheNightmareChild is backing Ten @Malohkeh @ilyootha @RoastNewt @supermoff But, but... it's genius though. After all the fear that the TARDIS crew experience - the fear which forces them work as a team - it's something as simple as a broken spring which was behind it in the end. No monsters. No aliens. Just a simple, broken spring. It's like the classic version of Listen in that sense. Completely driven by the characters.
1 week, 2 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #3
@Malohkeh @RoastNewt @TheNightmareChild is backing Ten Well it's okay I suppose. The first four stories are actually pretty great. I think I'm just bitter because I had to watch Underworld and The Invasion of Time back to back. Leela deserved so much better.
@TheNightmareChild is backing Ten @Malohkeh @RoastNewt @supermoff Oh, and I hope I'm not coming off as elitist or anything. I wouldn't dream of it. It's one of my pet peeves in any fandom. If skipping around is your preferred method of watching it then that's fine by me. I would never look down on anyone who didn't do it my way. :P
@TheNightmareChild is backing Ten Well I'd be lying if I said I did it entirely in order. I started with An Unearthly Child and watched all the way through to The Dalek Invasion of Earth, before disappearing off to the McCoy era and watching all of his stories. It was only after finishing his era (and watching a few random ones from other Doctors) that I decided I wanted to do it in order, and so I went back, I caught up on the recons I missed and watched in order from The Rescue. I'm currently halfway though State of Decay and while there have been some stretches of the journey which have made me lose the will to live (season 15...), I have found it a very satisfying experience on the whole. :)
@supermoff It's interesting when we get this Rose/The Eleventh Hour discussion. It's very much the new series equivalent of the An Unearthly Child/Spearhead from Space debate. While in both cases I consider the latter to be the stronger story, the idea of skipping the earlier one when you have the choice to see it just doesn't feel right to me. I like to experience stuff in the order it was broadcast and see how the events of A led us to B, rather than starting at B and then going back to A... er, if that makes sense. :P
(Though you could call me as massive hypocrite there if you consider New and Classic Who as a whole. :P)
@ilyootha @RoastNewt @Malohkeh @Polyphase Ah, of course. How silly of me. It makes a lot more sense now that you put it like that. I bet this was all planned out years ago, in the secret notes of David Whitaker (sacred documents which can only be read by the current showrunner). The introduction of Captain Jack, the show's cancellation, early drafts of The Power of Three, everything - it's all part of the Whitaker masterplan. :P
1 week, 3 days ago on Why I Love The Twelfth Doctor
@The Joker @ilyootha While I did enjoy episodes like Journey's End, Utopia, Dark Water etc. I do wish sometimes that the show would be a bit less reliant on its iconic monsters and villains. It makes the universe of the show feel smaller and less imaginative if the big threats in the finale each year keep coming down to the same thing.
I disagree on your use of the word 'fanfiction' though. Like Alessandro says, everything written by Moffat, RTD, Gareth Roberts, Mark Gatiss et al is technically 'fanfiction' since it's, well, fiction written by the fans. :P
1 week, 3 days ago on Series 9 To Open With “Darkest ever plot”?
@Malohkeh @Polyphase @RoastNewt Eh, it hardly matters. I mean, The Enemy of the World is set in 2018 and I highly doubt that we'll be travelling from continent to continent in rockets by then. :P
@Pipnant What about the girl at the start of School Reunion? She gets eaten alive!
Peter Capaldi's Doctor already feels so similar to the classic Doctors (particularly One, Three and Four), and that's why I'd really love to see him have just one episode with a twentieth century companion. In an ideal world I'd have placed him alongside Liz Shaw, but since Caroline John has sadly passed away it would have to be someone else. Jo Grant perhaps? Tegan? Ace?
@Pidipi I remember the first time I saw that I thought he'd actually caused him to die, where he wouldn't have previously done so. I was really worried until I rewatched it and listened more carefully.
@Typo42 "Magic Carrots" But Eleven still kisses quite a lot, and actually gets married. That's worse than anything Tennant did! (Not that I care, because I support the idea of the Doctor having a romantic side.)
1 week, 4 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #1
@Typo42 "Magic Carrots" I can't speak for all New Who fans, but I've certainly never considered youth to be one of the requirements for a good Doctor. I mean, I started with Tennant and Hartnell ended up as my favourite. I'd have said it was the romantic side of Eleven which felt purpose-built for the new series, if anything.
@Shane Michaels I like mine with soy sauce.
@Malohkeh I was quite disappointed by the Hinchcliffe era as a whole to be honest. The only stories I'd consider absolute classics are The Ark in Space and The Seeds of Doom. For me, the Hartnell and Troughton eras were the by far the best at that point in the show's run.
1 week, 5 days ago on Genesis of the Daleks: 40 Years On
Another fantastic Doctor played by someone who really understands the character. It's the little touches like the Venusian aikido in Robots of Sherwood which make me love Capaldi's portrayal so much. You just can't help but get swept along in his clear love for the role. As with the last three Doctors: 9/10.
1 week, 6 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Twelfth Doctor
Should Moffat stay for another year? I don't know. My opinion of his work as showrunner is so inconstant that I've given up trying to decide my answer to that. If he does leave though, I still want him back to do a story for every Doctor that follows him. Because in spite of all the things I criticise (and there are a lot of them by this point), I still believe that he's one of the greatest writers that the show has ever had, and that the series as a whole is much richer for having him. :-)
2 weeks ago on Should Series 9 Be Moffat’s Last?
@Malohkeh Anything to have Shada without a score by Keff McCulloch...
@Malohkeh Perhaps, but I think a jolly regeneration story could have been quite fitting for a Doctor as barmy as Tom's. :P Certainly, I think it would have suited him more than Logopolis. (And I love season 18.)
@chrisew Imagine if Tom had been slated to leave in season 17 though. Would Shada have been his last story? Because if so that would have been so good! Tom would have left in a terrific story (which they'd hopefully be forced to finish) and the freshness of season 18 would have felt more natural with the arrival of Peter Davison. Aw, I kind of wish this had happened now. :P
Well okay, Hartnell wasn't replacing an outgoing actor, and McGann wasn't exactly 'leaving' when Eccleston stepped in and took his place, but you see what I'm saying. They all followed on from one another, with Hartnell as the first.
2 weeks ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the War Doctor
I'm very split when it comes to the War Doctor. He was well acted and written for sure, but I'm still not happy with him being inserted into the series' history like that, nor am I convinced that he was absolutely necessary. I find his presence in the story more of a distraction than anything else, only making me more aware of the Eccleston and/or McGann shaped hole in the special.
But, that said, he's undeniably the Doctor we all know and love, and I know that if Hurt had been given the role in the same way that the other twelve Doctors had (i.e. replacing an outgoing actor, rather than being retconned in), I'd have considered him one of the best.
So... for his role in the story: 5/10.
For his portrayal of the Doctor: 9 or maybe 10/10.
I'll refrain from voting in this round because I'm not sure I'd really be fair on him.
Well yeah, her hair is similar, but she's got quite a wide face as well. :P
2 weeks ago on Maisie Williams Hints At Her Series 9 Role
Another nine. A terrific incarnation who convinced a younger and more ignorant me that the show could survive beyond David Tennant. It's rather shaming to the fan I am today to admit that I intended to give up on the show when I heard that Tennant was leaving, but back then I simply refused to believe that there was any other actor up to the ask. How wrong I was. Smith's arrival really broadened my scope for the character of the Doctor and in many ways set me up to embrace the classic series, because until that point I wasn't aware of just how wholly the show could reinvent itself. So thank you for that, Raggedy Man! You're not my favourite but you'll always mean a lot to me.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Eleventh Doctor
@MrRazza is reporting you to the council! 1. Hartnell
2. C. Baker
Nope, I'm stumped. From 4 onwards it's impossible to decide. I just love 'em all!
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Tenth Doctor
He isn't my favourite Doctor, but he will always be MY Doctor. The one who got me started and made me into the fan I am today. All that charisma, all that running down corridors, and that totally infectious smile... I shudder to think of a life without him! Nine out of ten.
@TheNightmareChild is the G-Man "certainnshe"
Oh, sod it. I can't be bothered to delete my comment again. You know what I mean!
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Ninth Doctor
@TheNightmareChild is the G-Man I'm pretty sure she is a she actually. I can't recall anything specific, but I'm fairly certainnshe confirmed it back in the days of DISQUS (and since those comments are now inaccessible, we can't know for sure!).
Seems pretty pointless to me. The only difference would be
in the phrasing. To all intents and purposes, The Day of the Doctor was a Doctor Who movie – we just refer to it
as a 'special' instead.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Capaldi: A Doctor Who Movie Would Be Great
@The Lazy Cat I thought it was only me who overthought all this stuff! Whenever someone dies in the pre-titles sequence of an episode, all I can think of is how devastated their families will be. Flatline in particular was a nasty one for that. Looking at the people in the walls of the underpass, I'd have guessed that most of them were somewhere in their 20s-50s - old enough to be parents perhaps, to have families expecting them to come home at night. The idea that these people went out one day and never came home is both extremely terrifying and extremely sad, and a big part of what made the Boneless such a frightening baddie!
3 weeks ago on When The Doctor’s Cure Has Unforeseen Consequences
@TheNightmareChild @RoastNewt @Malohkeh is back to normal @TardisBoy is excited for Maisie Williams! "Umm is not an answer!"
3 weeks ago on Moffat: Revived Who To Last 15 Years Minimum
@Malohkeh is back to normal @TardisBoy is excited for Maisie Williams! Yeah, but you have some pretty amazing stuff too! :P LOST, Homeland, Firefly, 24, Breaking Bad, Judge Judy (shut up, I love her!), etc. And the UK can just as easily produce terrible television too. Overall I think the proportion of good : bad telly in both nations is probably about the same, it's just that the US has more of both, being such a gigantic nation. :P
Jamie Mathieson is great, but it's actually Catherine Tregenna I'm most excited for! New writers are always exciting and her episodes of Torchwood were some of the best in the (admittedly mixed) first two series.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Series 9: The Girl Who Died, and The Woman Who Lived
@TardisBoy is excited for Maisie Williams! Gwendoline Christie? :D
@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.
3 weeks, 6 days 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.
@Ivegotkidneys She used her lipstick to nick a spaceship? I wouldn't put it past her. ;-)
4 weeks, 1 day 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.
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.
1 month ago on Doctor Who’s Revival: 10 Years On