Whovian can't wait until Series 9...
Happy New Year to Whovians everywhere :)
2 months ago on Happy New Year 2015!
Wow, wow, wow!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on BBC Theme Park Set to Feature Doctor Who
My first Doctor was Matt Smith. After watching the wonderfully whimsical A Christmas Carol on Christmas Day, I knew there was no turning back. I was introduced to the impossible, magical world that is the Whoniverse and I was hooked.
3 months ago on From 1-12: Who is YOUR Doctor?
Very pleased to hear that Santa won't be evil. I'm hoping he'll be revealed as a Time Lord with a TARDIS sleigh
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Christmas Special: Santa is Real, Not Evil
Thank you for that beautiful speech at the end. Doctor Who really does save people struggling in life. When the Doctor gave hope to the greatest painter who ever lived, he is also giving hope to a lonely teenage girl who is finding life hard to cope with. When Clara tells the Doctor that it is okay to be afraid, she is transcending the screen. She is reassuring so many people. Doctor Who is so important. It is a reason to live, a reason to carry on the constant battle. Each moment is another star in a very dark sky. I know there are so many people out there who are struggling and suffering, and I know that the hope Doctor Who gives is incredibly important. So thank you, Doctor Who, for adding to our pile of good things.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Steven Moffat: 10 Triumphs
I loved Name of the Doctor, but I'm going to have to go with the incredible Pandorica/Big Bang. What a beautiful finale.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)
A very happy birthday to the genius and all-round legend that is Moff. Thank you for every golden second of Doctor Who you have given us.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Happy Birthday, Steven Moffat!
I love all this secrecy. The speculation is so exciting!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat Can’t Confirm Jenna Coleman for Series 9
Fantastic viewing figures- Doctor Who is going strong. The legend of the Moff continues!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on BBC Declares Series 8 A Triumph
Ah. Name of the Doctor... what a masterpiece of an episode. One of my favourite episodes, surpassing even Day in its epicness. I love the impossible girl resolution and the way the story arc was incorporated throughout this episode. And that ending! Just incredible. It ties with Pandorica/Big Bang as my favourite series finale.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 7
I love this two-parter so much. There are so many scenes that send shivers down my spine- The Doctor's speech on Stonehenge, his plea "Listen to me!" as all hope seems to be lost, and, of course, the beautiful speech to young Amelia. It is a simply beautiful story. 10/10
3 months, 2 weeks ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 5
I never watch trailers, read spoilers or look at filming photos... except for the Christmas special!
A very interesting clip and I'm happy to see the incredible Dan Starkey momentarily shedding his Sontaran skin.
And "Nobody likes the tangerines" might just be the best line Doctor Who has ever given us.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on 2014 Christmas Special: Children in Need Clip
Please, please, please! Lego Doctor Who would be beyond awesome
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Lego Doctor Who Sets Could Still Happen
I understand why people are arguing against the complaints, but some of these comments are extremely rude and, frankly, ignorant. Personally, I was not offended by the episode, but someone who had recently suffered a loss may have found some of the themes disturbing- in particular the idea of the dead being able to feel what happens to their bodies. Obviously, it is clear from the statement above that this is not the truth, but is 3W manipulating the deceased so that they will delete their minds, but the idea is still a disturbing one. Whilst I and many others appreciated the exploration of the concept, we have no right to condemn those who found it uncomfortable. Please, have some respect
3 months, 3 weeks ago on BBC Defends Dark Water Complaints
Fantastic article! I love your theory about the same sex throughout multiple incarnations. Personally, I loved Missy in Dark Water and I really hope she is a regular reccuring villain throughout Series 9 in the style of Pertwee and Delgado.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on A Study of Regeneration: Lord or Lady?
Ouch- 0.43% for Curse...
The Doctor's Wife is a very worthy winner, but this series seems to be giving some 'classic' episodes a run for their money. And going by the quality of Dark Water, this could be one of the greatest finales we've ever had.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Your Verdict on Forest & Episode Ranking
That was AMAZING! The Master is back- Christmas has come early :D
4 months ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water
Have a wonderful birthday, Matt! An incredible actor and my first Doctor... I'll always remember when the Doctor was you.
4 months 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 months 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 months 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.
4 months, 1 week 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.
4 months, 1 week 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.
4 months, 1 week 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.
4 months, 1 week ago on Lords of Time #8: Doctor Who Vs Heroes
6. Into the Dalek
7. Time Heist
8. The Caretaker
9. Robot of Sherwood
4 months, 1 week ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking
Wow- fantastic episode! I loved the mini TARDIS :)
4 months, 2 weeks 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.
4 months, 2 weeks 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.
4 months, 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.
4 months, 3 weeks 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.
4 months, 3 weeks 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
5 months 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 ;)
5 months 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.
5 months ago on Remembering the Ponds – 2 Years On
@Silurian53 Please, please, please!
5 months, 2 weeks 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!
5 months, 2 weeks 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
5 months, 2 weeks 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...
5 months, 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.
5 months, 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.
5 months, 3 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.
5 months, 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 :)
6 months ago on Anderson on Doctor & Danny “Friction”
Would I travel with the Doctor? Hell yeah!
6 months ago on Would you travel with the Doctor? Pros and Cons
Oh my God... oh my God... oh my God...
6 months, 1 week ago on Series 8: Today Teaser