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@TardisBoy Deep Breath - 9/10
Into the Dalek - 4/10
Robot of Sherwood - 6/10
Listen - 9/10
Time Heist - 8/10
The Caretaker - 7/10
Kill the Moon - 7/10
Mummy on the Orient Express - 8/10
6 days, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
@NightRises I look forward to reading more of your thoughts. Do you think you'll watch The Crusade from season two? It's the only story from the season to have any missing material (2 out of 4 episodes surviving), and is in my opinion one of the very best Hartnells (my personal favourite, in fact).
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
Since we're all doing it.
1. The Shakespeare Code
2. The Unicorn and the Wasp
3. The Lodger
4. The Caretaker
5. Closing Time
6. Planet of the Dead
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Face-Off: Gareth Roberts’ Episodes
I've thoroughly enjoyed every episode we've had from Gareth Roberts, but The Shakespeare Code is still the clear winner here. It's witty, extremely
funny, at times terrifying, and does a beautiful job of recreating Elizabethan England. The best of the 'celebrity historicals' to date.
Might as well give this a go, since my opinion of Clara has
improved so much since Deep Breath.
6. Rory (nothing against him though)
It’s nice to be back in a position where I can comfortably say that I like every companion on this list.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Remembering the Ponds – 2 Years On
@Antee991166 If you'd asked me this before series eight, I'd probably have said Amy, but Clara's blossomed so much in the last six episodes that she's now become my favourite Moffat companion, and my second or third favourite (of the new series) overall. Quite an improvement I'd say, considering she was one of my least favourite companions before!
@TheTimeTraveller is the 12th Doctor The Happiness Patrol.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
@Ladydetemps I know the feeling. I'm hunting for work myself at the moment, and my trip down there is always the low point of my week.
@whovian213 is suspicious of the new caretaker Definitely. I'd argue that Barbara is probably the most important companion in the history of the show, since she's almost wholly responsible for shaping the Doctor as we know him today (Ian helped too, but to a lesser extent).
Oh, and on the topic of strong female characters (pre-Sarah Jane), I have to ask… why is poor Vicki always forgotten? She was a brave, intelligent individual who could always hold her own against the foe(s), and in one case, even start a revolution against them!
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Celebrating “The Highlander” and “The Bad Wolf”
@TheDreamer @RoastNewt @YaelMoise I know what you mean. I got so bored during The Mutants that I ended up taking an entire month away from the classics. Definitely the most tedious Doctor Who story that I've ever encountered.
1 month ago on Celebrating “The Highlander” and “The Bad Wolf”
@TheDreamer I can barely remember the middle parts to be honest. I watched the whole thing in one sitting and it's all a bit of blur in my mind. I'm not complaining though, because given what what was coming, I was happy to spend as much time with Jamie and Zoe as possible!
@Mark McCullough All six episodes of Fury from the Deep! :P
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
@ Notsosmartguy The new Caretaker. I thought that at first, but watching it again it sounds more like "Oh my god, you're from space." Pity. I was all ready to boast about predicting the John Frobisher reference. :P
1 month ago on Next Time: The Caretaker
I wonder if this is the episode where they'll address his likeness to John Frobisher, seeing as it's the first one this series to be set entirely on modern day Earth.
@Chris502 There's a guy on YouTube who's uploaded loads of SJA music, including that track.
I'd recommend checking out some of his other stuff too - hardly anyone seems to know about his channel, despite him being one of the only people to upload SJA music in listenable quality.
@LucasW Martha's still my favourite companion since the series came back, but Clara's well on her way to joining her (or at least coming in at a close second) if she continues to be as wonderful as she has been so far this series.
Now, try telling that to the me of nine months ago!
1 month ago on Listen Review
@YaelMoise @stargazer0118 @supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... Yeah, I really don't like the whole
"She's the new Sarah Jane" thing. Not only do I find it sort of
insulting to suggest that the inimitable Lis Sladen can be 'recreated' with
Clara (which isn't to say that Jenna isn't amazing in her own way), but I also
hate being told that I should automatically like her because she's similar to a
character that I already love. It comes across as a very effortless attempt to
force me to accept her, and on top of that, I think it devalues what both Lis/Sarah
and Jenna/Clara have contributed to the series. I’ve really grown to like
Clara over the last few episodes, and I want it to stay that way, but every time I hear this it just reminds of everything that ever made me dislike her in the first
place. (This isn't aimed directly at supermoff's comment by the way. I'm thinking more of other occasions where I've seen people saying this.)
@DaftDalek is Ceter Papaldi Not at all - Into the Dalek is my least favourite so far!
1 month, 1 week ago on Your Verdict on Robot of Sherwood
@iamthedoctor "Fear makes companions of us all."
1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
Oh my word. That final throwback to An Unearthly Child. I was practically in tears. Just perfect.
@social_crime @supermoff is alone. Listen... It was only a rumour. I doubt that Moffat will let it get in his way if he has a good idea for bringing back Ian.
1 month, 1 week ago on The Caretaker BBC Synopsis
@ClassicWhovian The Reign of Terror, The Ambassadors of Death, The Claws of Axos (special edition)
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
@Sephora is Scottish now Thanks. I'll resist my urge to click it then. I'd rather wait until the episode to find that out!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Listen Promo Pics
Out of ten, how spoilery is the last pic?
@YouveBeenDuplicated I agree. The 'next time' trailers feel really sloppy and badly edited nowadays. I wish they'd bring the middle eight back.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Next Time: Listen
I'm in love with the new titles. Yes, they're a bit over the top, but somehow I like that about them. They feel like a perfect combination of Moffat era whimsy with an old school sci-fi feel (similar I think to the theme used for The Trial of a Time Lord), and it suits Peter very well. I'll be absolutely gutted if they're dropped any time soon.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Examining Series 8’s New Title Sequence
Well done on writing this Lazy Cat. I was wondering when we'd see it.
Speaking as someone who was heavily critical of Clara in 2013, I can't tell you
how happy it makes me to finally say she's won me over. I just watched Deep
Breath for the fourth time and it took me about five times longer than it
should have, because every time I reached one of these moments, I just had to
rewind and watch them again. For all the praise I've heaped on Capaldi, who is
already shaping up to be one of my favourite Doctors, it really was Jenna that
stole the show in this episode,
and the two of them together are sure to become one of my favourite TARDIS
So thank you Jenna, and thank you Moffat, for doing what seemed impossible
and making me love Clara Oswald. I can't remember the last time I felt this optimistic about Doctor Who!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald
Oh, and I saw an interesting post on Tumblr yesterday.
Strax said he saw lots of "muscular young men" in Clara's subconcious. But hang on, doesn't Strax always mistake women for men? So, applying that logic here...
What do we think people?
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
Just watched Deep Breath for the third time. I'm loving it more and more with every viewing. My new ranking for the series openers is:
1. Smith and Jones
2. Deep Breath
3. Partners in Crime
4. The Eleventh Hour
5. The Impossible Astronaut
7. New Earth
And although it's still early days, I can easily see Clara Oswald becoming one of my favourite companions if she carries on like this. I only hope that subsequent stories will serve her as well as this one did.
@The Finn Not at all. Lots of people on my Twitter who've seen or read the leaked ep were really impressed (people who generally have a similar to taste to myself). Plus it sounds like one of the most original Dalek stories in years.
But you're right to be cautious though. It's best to keep your expectations low.
I think the new theme tune is shaping up to be one of my favourites. At first I wasn't sure about the howling sound, but the more I listen to it the more I like it. It reminds me of the theme used for The Trial of a Time Lord.
@The Lazy Cat @ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey The phone call.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
@stargazer0118 As ever, I shall vote for Martha Jones with little hope of success. (3.92%!? Pah.) Still, glad to see Rose and Donna placing well.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
@TheNightmareChild redecorated (You better like it) @RoastNewt I knew someone else would if I didn't get there first! :P
2 months ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Partners in Crime
(And what I actually meant to say was Stacey!)
Oh, and can I just say, that scene where poor old Tracey collapsed into Adipose terrified me as a kid. The special effect used still gives me shivers to this day!
I've always loved this episode. It might have silly aliens and a plot that's tissue-thin, but it's just so fun and heartwarming that I can't bring myself to dislike it. Plus, the window miming scene might just be the best moment of Doctor Who, well, ever!
@TardisBoy Yes, yes! This is it. It's from the scene where Sarah meets the Trickster in Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?
SARAH JANE: But if I died all those years ago. Never mind the Bane.
What about the Slitheen, and the Gorgons, and the Patriarchs of the Tin
I stopped them all from taking over the Earth. What happened to them?
TRICKSTER: I turned them all away. All I need is the meteor.
there you have it - proof that the Tricksters can alter multiple events
in order to shape an individual's life! In my headcanon, the time
beetle was saving the Earth for something much worse than the Titanic
(the reality bomb).
And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to leave before I get any more overexcited...
@TardisBoy Yes! Thank you. This was (I swear I'm not lying!) my theory too.
There was a quote in SJA somewhere which I used to explain this once - and I can't bleedin' remember it now. But it's a perfectly suitable explanation. They have to spend a little energy so they can profit in the long run! Love it.
@supermoff @Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! While I've not exactly been on the Moffat bandwagon of late (in terms of episode enjoyment), I have to agree with you here. One of the things I respect most about him is how highly he speaks of other writers - so many people try to paint an image of him as being horrible and arrogant, when to me he always comes across as such a kind, humble man.
Honestly, I don't know how he - or RTD - manage it. I know I'd cripple after one day under the pressure that they face in that job!
2 months ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Smith & Jones
@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! Interesting. Andrew Cartmel has also said in a recent interview (I forget where) that this is his favourite episode of the revived show. Whether popular among fans or not, it does seem to have attracted quite a bit of praise from other writers (but then it can be hard to tell with Moffat, since he's always so respectful of the others working with him!).
@SonicTheHedgehogRules What I love most about Miss Finnegan being a bloodsucking monster is that the actress, Anne Reid, played Nurse Crane in The Curse of Fenric, who was herself murdered by three Haemovores! Great little mirror image there - I wonder if it was intentional.
Nice article K-Ci. I really enjoyed the Seventh Doctor’s
era. I think it’s one of the most fascinating and creative periods of the show,
and it has a lot of my all-time favourite stories. Even season 24, with its
bonkers pantomime feel, still has a lot going for it. You see, one of the
reasons why I love this era so much, aside from a brilliant Doctor and one of
the best companion pairings in the show’s long history, is that it settled on a
theme and formed its stories around that theme, as opposed to simply picking a
monster and saying “this is the episode where [X] invades Earth.” The last two
seasons have some of the most intelligent and surreal storytelling that I’ve ever had the
pleasure to experience in Who, and for that reason this will always be one of my favourite parts of the show.
My picks for Sylvester are:The Happiness Patrol, Remembrance of the Daleks,The Curse of Fenric,The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, andSurvival.
And since I didn’t say it already: happy birthday Sylv
and Sophie! Long live Seven and Ace.
2 months ago on The Seventh Doctor: Five Favourites
@The War Genie I think The Time of the Doctor is the single worst episode since the series returned.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
I've only seen about three commenters talk about that line in a
notably offensive way. Everyone else has been pretty civil. Certainly, I
don't think the reaction we've had so far justifies belittling fans who
may not like it as pessimists looking only to complain.
2 months, 1 week ago on Deep Breath TV Trailer
McCoy's intro had the best theme in my opinion, but visually it hasn't stood the test of time. That's why the 2008 titles are still my favourite of the lot, because they had both great visual appeal and one of the best ever arrangements of the theme tune.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Series 8 Title Sequence
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
@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 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/
@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
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.
@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.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/