"I have a new destination. My journey is the same as yours, the same as anyone's. It's taken me so many years, so many lifetimes, but at last I know where I'm going. Where I've always been going. Home. The long way round"
Have a wonderful birthday, Matt! An incredible actor and my first Doctor... I'll always remember when the Doctor was you.
3 days, 19 hours ago on Happy Birthday, Matt Smith!
I wasn't all that keen on this episode, but one thing it did perfectly was the way in which Danny was portrayed. Before In the Forest, I'd been 'meh' about Danny. I liked him but I just didn't care too much about him. Then this episode came along and developed Danny beautifully into a believable, 3D character.
For me, the failure of The Caretaker was that the whole episode focused on Clara and Danny, meaning that the monster and the plot were pushed into the background. Fortunately, the character development here was much more subtle and likable. Danny was portrayed as a fun, caring and dedicated teacher, contrasting against Clara in this episode. This was a fantastic way to develop an emotional attachment between the viewers and the character, perhaps setting us up for his departure or a big plot twist in the finale... Who knows...
4 days, 4 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From In the Forest of the Night
A well deserved 2nd place for a brilliant episode. My rankings so far:
3. Deep Breath
4. Mummy on the Orient Express
5. Kill the Moon
6. In the Forest of the Night
7. Into the Dalek
8. Time Heist
9. The Caretaker
10. Robot of Sherwood
4 days, 4 hours ago on Your Verdict on Flatline & Episode Ranking
I would love Gaiman to come back, simply because, IMO, The Doctor's Wife is one of the most beautiful and poetic episodes in the history of television. It is my absolute favourite story and it would take a hell of an episode to beat it.
I also extremely dislike The Nightmare in Silver. And by 'extremely dislike,' I mean almost Love & Monsters standard. At the moment it is my 3.5th least favourite New Who episode. However, the brilliance and sheer genius of The Doctor's Wife overcomes the disappointment that was NIS. For me, TDW is a masterpiece (and I honestly do not say that about a lot of episodes), and the reason why it would be fantastic to have Gaiman back.
1 week, 1 day ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode
@MetamorphmagusWho is a Member of C.L.A.R.A @NewWho2012 @The Trickster's Brigade SJA has been repeated this week on CBBC. Death of the Doctor and The Empty Planet - two of my favourite episodes - are currently on iPlayer. I dearly love and miss Horrible Histories as well. I'm still hopeful for a return of the show sometime in the future.
1 week, 2 days ago on The Doctor and the Dalek
I completely agree with this article. The problem for me is that Clara's underdevelopment in Series 7 is trying to be made up for by placing the emphasis on her in every episode in Series 8. At first we were presented with a new companion whose main role was to function as a plot device, and now the focus has largely shifted from the Doctor to Clara. Some people may appreciate this character development. I'm just not one of them.
I hope that the next companion will not be overshadowed by Clara in a similar way to Martha and Rose. I am not calling the show Clara Who- I simply dislike the way that Clara's character has been handled so far.
1 week, 3 days ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”
Thank you for this article for introducing me to an incredible new TV show! I've just finished season 1 and I'm hooked. Great plot and (some) fantastic characters.
1 week, 3 days ago on Lords of Time #8: Doctor Who Vs Heroes
6. Into the Dalek
7. Time Heist
8. The Caretaker
9. Robot of Sherwood
1 week, 4 days ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking
Wow- fantastic episode! I loved the mini TARDIS :)
1 week, 6 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
I think that quite a lot of the 'Lights On' votes might be in retrospective, rather than in that actual moment. Please note that I am not suggesting that everyone who voted On was influenced by the episode conclusion.
Firstly, in that particular situation surely you would assume that creature hatching = 'moon' destruction. The very random conclusion of the baby creature laying a gigantic egg would not have been a realistic expectation.
Secondly, this is one baby. Consider all the babies who have just been -or are just about to be- born. Would you honestly risk all these lives -gamble them, even- just for the possibility of saving one non-human life? Not to mention that this creature, unpredictable and unknowable, could then pose a threat to the Earth. In the real world it is a completely natural human decision to choose humanity before another species.
Sometimes there are no good solutions and Lights Off just seems to me to be the lesser of two evils.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote
In all honesty, I probably would have have turned the lights off. I have no regard for my own life in doing this, but for the lives of all the billions of humans (including family, friends and Whovians) and other creatures on Earth. I'm not a utilitarian- far from it- but the 7 billion lives of a species that I know and have grown up amongst compared to a creature I have never experienced and that I know nothing about... I would vote pro-Earth.
The baby creature laying a gigantic moon/egg within seconds of birth was both bizarre and unforeseeable. In the circumstances I think it was safe to assume that the destruction of the Moon by its hatching would be absolute.
However, from the way that the lights were turned off in the episode, it does seem likely that the governments of the world were making the choice, rather than individuals. So if this ever does happen, hopefully I won't be the one making the decision.
3 weeks ago on Poll: Lights On or Lights Off?
No, I don't consider Courtney a companion, just as I don't consider The Paternoster Gang, Adam, Astrid, Wilf or Angie & Artie companions. I believe that for a character to be awarded companion status they have to accompany the Doctor for a significant period of time, at least from the viewer's perspective, otherwise they are just recurring characters. A companion (generally, but with exceptions) is someone who is loyal and devoted- someone who The Doctor learns from and someone who learns from him.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Is Courtney Woods a Companion?
IMO there have only been 9 New Who companions: Rose, Mickey, Captain Jack, Martha, Donna, Amy, Rory, River and Clara.
And as for Closing Time coming last... what treachery is this?! We, the 4.82% (seriously?!), must unite and prove to the Whovians of the world that Closing Time is a truly fantastic episode. James Corden, Eleven, Stormy... need I say more? Please, CT haters, throw down your pitchforks and rejoice in the awesomeness of such an incredible episode.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Your Verdict on The Caretaker & Episode Ranking
1. Listen (10/10)
2. Kill the Moon (9/10)
3. Deep Breath (8/10)
4. Into the Dalek (7.5/10)
5. Time Heist (7/10)
6. The Caretaker (7/10)
7. Robot of Sherwood (6/10)
1. Closing Time
2. The Lodger
3. The Unicorn and the Wasp
4. Planet of the Dead
5. The Caretaker
6. The Shakespeare Code
4 weeks ago on Face-Off: Gareth Roberts’ Episodes
I would love to have Ian Chesterton back. He is one of my favourite Classic companions. I honestly think that if Ian had graced our screens in The Caretaker, my rating of the episode would have rocketed up. Maybe Moffat is planning Chesterton's return as a full-time companion as I type. Well, we can dream ;)
1 month ago on Roberts Explains Why Ian Chesterton Didn’t Appear in The Caretaker
My dear Ponds... we loved, we laughed, we cried... and then we said goodbye. But I never could let you go. Just as Eleven was my Doctor, you were my companions. Rory graduated from a human nurse to a time-travelling, death-defying centurian just as the Doctor grew from a lonely man to a a man who knew just how loved he really was. The Ponds have, and always will have, a special place in my hearts.
1 month ago on Remembering the Ponds – 2 Years On
@Silurian53 Please, please, please!
1 month, 1 week ago on 2014 Christmas Special Guest Stars Confirmed: Frost, McMullen & Troughton
Fascinating article! I particularly love the 'tinkering' theory. I hope that the explanation is not that the barn was not on Gallifrey, as it would be a bit of a cop out, IMO. I'm eagerly awaiting Moffat's ingenious explanation!
1 month, 1 week ago on Listen: Breaking the Time Lock?
@LGwalchmai95 Very tough, but Name of the Doctor, The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang and The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon are my favourites for now
1 month, 1 week ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen
In my humble opinion, I don't think there was an actual, physical monster, just a psychological one. I think that the alien-looking face behind Clara may represent the being that Clara/the Doctor believe is behind them- it is an image in their subconscious rather than a physical object. We, the fans, are very much the Doctor, Orson and Clara in this episode. We want to believe there is a monster, but really there is nothing threatening there.
BTW, does anyone else think that the blurred face looks like Paul? Or is it just the image my subconscious is projecting...
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?
@seaguy3000 @Whovian @Merganman4 The Doctor offered the solution that the sonic screwdriver may have started the unlocking mechanisms of the airlock, causing it to open. Maybe this is the truth, or maybe there really was a monster. You can believe what you want to believe. That is the beauty of this episode.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
@Merganman4 It's open to interpretation, but in my opinion, the Doctor's fear was self-fulfilling. I believe he wrote listen on the blackboard absent-mindedly and that the noises we heard really were just pipes and machinery. Just like how right now I'm paranoid that there's something behind me- damn your genius, Moffat- I'm not going to sleep for a week!
I suppose that the being under the blanket may have just been a child, but I am less convinced on this point. When the blanket was removed the figure's head didn't look completely human (although it was extremely blurred). Maybe this will be explained later on in the series or maybe it will forever be a mystery. I love that these ideas have been left for fans to speculate. I totally agree with you that this episode was incredible :)
@LucasW I see your point but IMO, great DW respects the show's history and then expands on it and explores its past. I love the timey whimey episodes the most.
@supermoff is alone. Listen... @Ivegotkidneys is Breaking in! @Whovian Absolutely! I love LKH so much. I don't understand the hate for it. For me it's a 10/10 episode (probably because it focuses on River, who I adore) :)
@Ivegotkidneys is Breaking in! @Whovian In my opinion, Moffat is the perfect showrunner to introduce a darker Doctor at this time. I certainly haven't loved all of his episodes. BTW, I loved most of 6B, so each to our own, I guess :)
Wow! What a fantastic episode- tense, surprising and genuinely frightening. If we ever needed reassurance that Moffat is the perfect showrunner, this is it. By far the best episode of Series 8 so far, and one of the best episodes of NuWho.
If viewers can't understand what Capaldi is saying they should just use subtitles or Closed Captions. I often struggle to understand what actors are saying, regardless of accent, so I always use subtitles. I don't really see the cause for complaint.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Is Capaldi’s Accent Causing Issues?
@DWTV Surprised to see The Dalek Invasion of Earth so low down, although I suppose the NuWho episodes would have been more watched. TDIOE is one of the best Dalek stories ever, in my opinion. I especially loved the Daleks eerily emerging from the Thames... that gave me chills.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Face-Off: Dalek vs Into the Dalek
@Fadedeathdave The latter sounds very similar to The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith with Peter Dalton 'raised from the dead' by the Trickster. It is a brilliant idea, though :)
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Anderson on Doctor & Danny “Friction”
Would I travel with the Doctor? Hell yeah!
2 months ago on Would you travel with the Doctor? Pros and Cons
Oh my God... oh my God... oh my God...
2 months, 1 week ago on Series 8: Today Teaser
So excited! Tomorrow couldn't come too soon...
2 months, 1 week ago on Series 8: 1 Day Teaser
Yay! Fantastic news!
2 months, 1 week ago on “Doctor Who Extra” Announced
Happy birthday to a fantastic TARDIS team!
2 months, 1 week ago on Happy Birthday, Sylvester McCoy & Sophie Aldred
Brilliant and intriguing titles! In The Forest Of The Night, Dark Water and Death In Heaven are particularly awesome. I wish the the next few days would hurry up...
2 months, 1 week ago on Series 8: All Titles Revealed
Wow! A breathtaking trailer... I can't wait for Series 8!!!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer
Despite being a massive fan of The Sarah Jane Adventures, I had never heard of Doctor Who. In the SJA episode The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, I met the Doctor for the first time. This marvellous, mad man who travelled in blue box... who was he? And then, one Christmas day, I caught the end of A Christmas Carol- the part where Abigail is repeatedly taken out of storage. What was this show? I had idea what was happening but, in that instant, Doctor Who captured my imagination. It was so crazy and impossible that I adored it immediately. And so began my love affair with the greatest show in the Universe.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Why We love Doctor Who
@The Outer Space K9 I couldn't agree more. Doctor Who is the beacon of light and hope that has helped me through the darkness. It really has saved me. Not many TV shows can say that.
So excited!!! Can't wait for August... :)
5 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Confirmed for August, First Teaser Trailer
Matt Smith- not handsome??!!
5 months, 1 week ago on Moffat: Handsome Actors don’t suit the Doctor
Fantastic article! Happy birthday to the wonderful Catherine Tate! I love Catherine, and Donna is one of my favourite companions. My favourite Donna moments are mostly from Partners in Crime, which is just hilarious. Donna was the best thing to happen to the Tenth Doctor. Forget Rose and Martha, Donna was just brilliant!
5 months, 3 weeks ago on “Well isn’t that Wizard!” The Many faces of Donna Noble
@Antee991166 Sorry to correct, but the Daleks first say "Exterminate!" in the second serial, The Daleks, in episode 4 :)
6 months ago on On First View: The Dalek Invasion of Earth
Great article! I loved this story, it is definitely one of my favourites from Hartnell's era. The 'It is forbidden to dump bodies into the river' sign set the tone as dark and mysterious, but the most iconic image of the episode is the Daleks emerging from the Thames, which is a simply incredible moment. The farewell to Susan was beautiful. I agree that the Slyther was not needed, and that the story was far longer than it needed to be, but a brilliant story all the same :)
Wow, the violinist was incredible! The pictures were amazing. Love Agents of SHIELD too :)
6 months, 1 week ago on Weird and Wonderful
Wonderful article! Clara is competing with Pond for favourite new companion at the moment. I especially loved the beginning and ending of Name of the Doctor when she jumped into the Doctor's timestream and we see her with the different Doctors... what a perfect moment, when you suddenly understand how the Impossible Girl is possible and what a beautiful character she really is. Happy birthday, Jenna Coleman, looking forward to the return of Souffle girl soon :)
6 months, 1 week ago on 10 Scene Stealing Clara Moments
Happy birthday to two of the greatest people in the Whoniverse! Thank you for all the wonderful timey wimey adventures. I love you both so much :D
6 months, 1 week ago on Happy Birthday, Jenna Coleman & RTD!
How can Turn Left get 3/10? It was was amazing and emotional and it showed another side of Donna, where she was scared and desperate, completely contrasting her usually jolly, joking self. I loved the apocalyptic theme of this episode, although I felt the return of Rose was unnecessary and tried to take away from Donna's beautiful performance, but nevertheless this episode was incredible and reduced me to tears. I would give it 9/10, deducting one point for the awful beginning and Rose.
6 months, 1 week ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 4 (Episodes 6-13)
@TheCapaldiMasterplan @Whovian Don't dis the Adipose. Don't do that. No, really don't.
6 months, 1 week ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 4 (Specials, Episodes 1-5)