My heart ran away with a mad man in a box; he's held it ever since.
Fantastic article, John! The only one I've seen on this list is Talons of Weng-Chiang! It's an absolutely fantastic serial!
Aaaaand I just got Brain of Morbius today for my birthday, from my sister! :D I'm really looking forward to it now from your words here!
1 day ago on Tom Baker: The Beginning, End and In-Between (Part 1)
I loved Barnable, too. Such a sweet character! And the scene where he sits outside the TARDIS and says: "I'll wait", is such a touching parallel to Amelia Pond. The Doctor's face in that moment is very telling.
1 day, 16 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 3
Special mention to Joanna Pages' eyebrows. They have a life of their own, I can never watch her scenes without being distracted by them now! Shooting up and down XD
*that accompanies it: 'Song for Four'
The Name of the Doctor: 10/10 - A brilliant prologue to the Anniversary.
The Time of the Doctor: 8/10 - A flawed but brilliant send off to one of my favourite Doctors. It was rushed at times, the whole opening sequences jars horribly with the rest of the episode, the explanations of the arcs weren't given enough attention they deserved...but my gosh the emotion really drives this story, and the performances from the cast. Also I have to mention the wonderful scene where Clara and the Doctor look over Trenzalore as the sun begins to rise. It's such a beautiful moment, and the track that accompanies 'Song for Four' is absolutely gorgeous.
I don't really see it as a necessity to see them kill. The episode was more focused on the Doctor and his story, so it doesn't bother me.
The Daleks didn't kill on screen ...again. It's the Time War, we had to see them killing!
The reason for this, IMO, is a poetic one. In the episode the Daleks are faced with a family of Gallifreyans, one with children. And they COULD kill them, but instead they revert their attention to their deadliest enemy: the Doctor. The Moment then goes onto ask the Doctor how many children were on Gallifrey that day, and reminds him that'd be killing them all if he does what he plans to do. So if the Doctor did go through with destroying Gallifrey, it's saying that in the context of that Dalek scene, he'd be just as bad as his own enemies, in fact...he'd be worse.
That's my take on it anyway.
I honestly disagree with all of these. XD None of these were a problem for me.
1 day, 17 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 3
I honestly don't see any flaws in the episode. It's perfect.
Aww, thanks! :D
Thank you :)
Oops. I meant to put the Moment...not Rose...Awkward...
A tribute to The Day of the Doctor
Has it really been over a year since this episode aired? It only feels like yesterday that I was on this very site, with thousands of commenters on the specially made homepage…counting down the hours and the minutes until one of the most anticipated episodes the show has ever had hit out screens.
The air was rife with anticipation and expectation. It was such a wonderful atmosphere to be a part of. There were parodies of past episodes, there were so many wonderfully creative theories about the episode, marathons of previous episodes. The site was full of comradeship, laughter, and so much fun! It was a time when all negativity was forgotten. It was a time for celebration, reflection, and nostalgia. A time to look back and share our stories of what drew us to the show, our journeys, our thanks, our tributes, to fifty amazing years of one of most popular, and the BEST show on Television.
There was so much pressure on poor Steven Moffat. All eyes were on him to deliver something truly spectacular that would wow audiences from across the globe. That would reflect on the past but also look to set up the future of the show; the next fifty years. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to have been in his shoes at this very moment, his nerves were probably all over the place – doubt setting into his mind. But there was no need for him to worry…
…The Day of the Doctor is without a doubt the best episode the show has ever had, at least in my humble opinion it is anyway. It’s an astonishing display of TV drama at its absolute best. It was a love letter to not only to the fans, but to the show itself. It was written from the heart, and it was a hugely emotional 75 minutes; packed with so many thrilling scenes, jaw-dropping surprises, eye-popping visuals, and some of the best acting I’ve ever seen.
Indeed, Matt Smith, David Tennant, Billie Piper, Jenna Coleman, John Hurt…they all deliver such mesmerising performances. But the two standouts for me were the incredible John Hurt and Billie Piper. Hurt perfectly encapsulated the hardened, war-torn man. Someone has become bitter from the harshness of warfare, he’s tired of the atrocities, the slaughter, and the madness. He wants it to end, and he takes it upon himself to do this. He will end it the only way he can: by destroying both sides, even at the cost of his own life. Enter the Moment, one of the most amazing additions to the Whoniverse, ever. She can’t let the Doctor carry out this awful crime. And if he does, informs him that his punishment will be to live, and will be burdened forever with the knowledge that he destroyed so many of his friends, family, the children of Gallifrey, just to stop the war. The moment where she asks him to think of how many children are on the planet at that very moment is one of the most haunting scenes:
The War Doctor: If you have been inside my head, then you know what I've seen. The suffering. Every moment in time and space is burning. It must end. And I intend to end it the only way I can.
Rose: And you're going to use me to end it. By killing them all. Daleks and Time Lords alike. I could. But there will be consequences for you.
The War Doctor: I have no desire to survive this.
Rose: Then that's your punishment. If you do this—if you kill them all—then that's the consequence. You live. Gallifrey, you're going to burn it. And all thoseDaleks with it. But all those children too. How many children on Gallifrey right now?
The War Doctor: I don't know.
Rose: One day you will count them. One terrible night. Do you want to see what that will turn you into? Come on. Aren't you curious? I'm opening windows on your future. A tangle in time through the days to come, to the man today will make of you.
The whole thing gave me chills, and it was all down to the stunning acting from Billie Piper, who I truly believes gives her best performance for the show.
The story is what makes this episode so wonderful. It would have been easy for Moffat to take the traditional route with a multi-Doctor story. Some alien threat that requires all the Doctors to come together and put a stop to it. But it’s not about this, not really. It’s about the man himself. About the darkest day he ever faced, the final day of the Time War. The day he slaughtered both the Dalek race and his own race in order to save the universe from the endless war that was ripping apart time itself. It asks us the question of who exactly is the Doctor and what defines him? Is he the warrior the universe believe him to be? A heartless, cold blooded killer? But the answer we get is obvious, it’s been there right in our faces all this time. He is the Doctor. And that’s who he’ll always be. He’s never cruel, never cowardly. He never gives up and never gives in. He’s not a destroyer of the worlds, he saves them. He always looks for another way out.
And that is what makes the anniversary for me. It’s a reminder of why we fell in love with the character, why we fell in love with the show. And I just want to thank Steven Moffat for penning this truly beautiful tribute. Because through this story, for those 75 minutes, he united fans from around the world, from all different kinds of ages, all for one show that we all adore. That is one hell of a remarkable feat, and one that needs more recognition.
Of course there’s so much more I could talk about in terms of this episode: the gorgeous directing from Nick Hurran, the beautiful soundtrack from Murray Gold…I could go on talking about this episode forever. But I just want to finish on that final scene. Oh I love it so much. We’ve believed for so long that the Doctor has been running away from his home world, escaping who he is, everything that makes him who he is. But really, he’s been running towards it. For the past fifty years he’s been heading home, the long way round. And now, for the next fifty years that is what his quest will be: to find his home, and make it better. Moffat didn’t just give something to the current fans, he gave one of the best presents he could give to the next generation of fans: a secure future, a thriving future, for the greatest show on television:
Clara sometimes asks me if I dream. "Of course I dream", I tell her. "Everybody dreams". "But what do you dream about?" she'll ask. "The same thing everybody dreams about," I tell her. "I dream about where I'm going." She always laughs at that. "But you're not going anywhere, you're just wandering about." That's not true. Not anymore. 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 around.
Bravo is all I can say.
I will be dedicating a post to The Day of the Doctor today. Currently writing it now, the rest of the poll scores will follow shortly after.
Ermm, I'm not really sure about the idea of the Doctor meeting his younger self. Part of what draws us to the show is that we don't know that much about his past, and I fear it'd remove a lot of the mystery if this were to happen. I do think that Gallifrey will be back in the future, though I'm not too sure it'll be back in S9. I think that there'll certainly be hints, some teasers to its location - but nothing more. I think it's too soon after the 50th to see Gallifrey return fully fledged on our screens. There needs to be more build up IMO. Besides, after the time war, and the events of TEOT and Day...Gallifrey will be a mess. It wont be the same as it once was. So while it can return, it wont return as the state it was in during the Classic series. There's so much to explore in terms of the state of the High Council, the rest of the Time Lords, the people of Gallifrey: what has happened to them during the time they've been trapped in this pocket universe? It'll take a very, very long time for Gallifrey to rebuild, recover, and return to its former glory. That's what I'd prefer to see happen, a slow, gradual rebuild of the Time Lords and their return to power: showing the many conflicts which will arise, the civil wars, there's so much potential for that - and I hope this spans for the next few decades.
Great article though! :)
2 days, 12 hours ago on Will Gallifrey Return in Series 9?
Hide: 6/10 - Hmmm this story is a bit dull for me. I have no idea why, but I just can't get into it no matter how many times I try to watch it. The characters are likeable enough, but there's nothing surprising about this episode. I really disliked the twist at the end as well, it seemed to come out of nowhere and felt shoe-horned in. Disappointing is a good word I'd use to describe this episode.
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS: 8/10 - I'm really surprised that this episode is so underrated, it's very enjoyable! Sure, the brothers aren't that great (but they're not that bad either, I've seen worse acting)...but the rest of the story is brilliant IMO. It's tense, exciting, and very clever, too! Don't see the hate for it tbh :)
The Crimson Horror: 9/10 - Now this is absolutely brilliant. Absolutely bonkers and completely barmy, but that's why I love it! I love the Yorkshire setting, the wonderful Diana Rigg and her daughter as the mother and daughter duo: Mrs Gillyflower and Ada. I also love the further exploration of the Paternoster Gang as well, they're fantastic in this story! Especially Catrin Stewart as Jenny! I truly believe this is Gatiss' best script he's produced for the show. Wonderful stuff!
Nightmare in Silver: 3/10 - Just no. Terrible.
2 days, 15 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 2
Wow! What an absolutely fascinating and wonderfully unique article, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I very much agree with you that the show is built around love, compassion, and friendship; it's what makes this show so amazing, and the reason why it has so many adoring fans - and has done for 50 years! Thank you, James :)
3 days, 12 hours ago on The Ultimate ‘Ism’: Doctor Who and Ideology
The Bells of Saint John: 8/10 - A great series opener and a wonderful introduction to Clara Oswald. One thing I love about this episode is the London setting, it felt like an RTD episode at times - it was aesthetically gorgeous! The story was very intriguing, I adore the whole idea of using the wi-fi to upload human minds; it really is an ingenious concept. The spoonheads were great, but it was Ms. Kizlet who really shone! She was such a chilling villain, and was wonderfully played by Celia Imrie. Matt Smith was equally brilliant, too (as always!)
The Rings of Akhaten: 8/10 - Why is this episode so underrated!? It's amazing. I love how seamlessly the singing is interwoven into the story, and the songs were absolutely beautiful. What I also loved is the exploration of Clara's life, we got to see just how much influence her mother had on her life, how much her death affected her; the leaf scene is one of my all time favourites, Jenna was amazing. Yes, the monsters are very underused, but I really dont mind at all. It's the emotion and the stellar performances that really drives this episode. And of course I have to mention that Matt Smith speech: what a magnificent scene! I love it :D
Cold War: 4/10 - I was bored to tears. Not good at all.
3 days, 16 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1
Indeed, very true. I have a really good feeling about this series. I was anxious with S8 because I didn't know what Capaldi was going to be like. But what I'm feeling now is just blood-pumping excitement! :D
3 days, 18 hours ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain
I think it's the fact that my favourite characters from S8 are back (Clara and Missy)...so I'm just so excited to see more of them. WHY MUST WE WAIT D:
There's around 6 or 7 months to go until S9...
*Sits in the corner rocking backwards and forwards*
Yeah it wasn't a serious suggestion (Hence the wink :P ) I believe that Missy is using Clara for whatever scheme she has, tricking her into doing something. And perhaps even becoming her "familiar".
It seems Jenna's had a hair cut! It's looking very lovely as usual! :)
Maybe she's tempting Clara to join her ;)
Oooooo this looks very, very intriguing! :D Also, a scene between Clara and Missy!??!?! Hell yes! Can't wait to see it!
Well, I read every single word...and I don't agree with any of it XD
But well done for writing so much! Very passionate, I must say! :P
4 days, 12 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2
What a brilliant article! :) I tend to say that I have a favourite Doctor, but I keep changing it every time XD It never sticks. So I guess it'd just be easier for me to say that I love every single one that I've seen!
4 days, 12 hours ago on The Doctor Division
(Just to clarify, that was a joke XD)
4 days, 13 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2
*sticks tongue out at you*
They're not that bad IMO. I've seen worse acting XD
I like that one!
That and "Goodbye Pond" which always makes me cry. :(
And Murray Gold excelled as usual!
Say what you want about the writing, but the direction in these episodes was AMAZING. Each director really did make the episodes feel like mini blockbuster movies. They were all visually gorgeous *O*
It's called the oxford comma, and it is an absolute must for a sentence to make grammatical sense. :P
Otherwise you have the same problem myself and Clara Bosswald had in thinking he meant "Amy and Rory" as a collective :P
Well Rory would have had the P.S scene, but sadly Mark Williams was unavailable for filming, so it couldn't be helped.
o_O I just posted almost the exact same comment!
4 days, 14 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2
Even then, I still disagree. Rory got his final character defining moment when he stood on that rooftop, ready to jump in order to save both Amy and Rory. And Amy was the main companion of this era, so it was inevitable she would get a bit more focus. :P
Well it was their final episode...so of course it focused on them XD
Seriously, Series 7A is an absolutely incredible run of episodes IMO. They were a perfect send off to the Ponds. And let them go out on a real high! I know many dislike the episodes on here, but I think they each showcase the very best of what Doctor Who is all about. :)
Aaaaah what a truly wonderful run of episodes these are, I love all three of them!
The Power of Three: 9/10 - I genuinely do not see the hate for this episode, I really do not. I mean, the only thing I dislike about it is the fact that the ending was a bit rushed. But other than that it's one of the most beautifully written character pieces I've seen on the show. It's a wonderful tribute to the Ponds and their time on the show. Chris Chibnall is by far one of my favourite writers, because like RTD his skill is in his characterisation; he has Amy and Rory down to a tee. It not only explores their relationship with each other, but also their relationship with the Doctor. And the river scene has to go down as one of the most beautifully understated moments in the shows history - it's phenomenal acting from Karen and Matt here. And of course, the introduction to Kate Stewart was absolutely marvellous. But it's not just a wonderful character piece, oh no. It has such an ingenious concept too: a slow invasion. Slowly but surely more and more of these mysterious cubes start appearing, and of course we humans are fascinated by them and start taking them into our homes, our work places, etc. etc. Then when the time is right they unleash their plot. What a brilliant scheme, and I'm surprised other villains haven't thought of this before! But yeah, the episode is beautiful, engaging, thrilling, and at times hilarious! I love it! :D
The Angels Take Manhattan: 10/10 - This episode will always go down as being one of my all time favourite episodes, ever. I adore it. It's a perfect ending to the Ponds and their era, closing off their story perfectly. I don't care that people say there's plot holes (supposedly), I don't care what people may say about it. It's the emotion and the absolutely stunning performances from the lead characters that really sets this episode above the rest. It's astonishing. Seriously, I don't think I'v cried so much when watching an episode, and it's all down to Karen, Matt, Arthur, and Alex Kingston - they all give their absolute all, here. The Weeping Angels are also brilliant IMO, they are back to their menacing ways, and I was genuinely terrified at certain points in the episode. It's also such a cruel scheme, but no surprising coming from these monsters. But what really makes this episode for me is that glorious rooftop scene. Oh my gosh, that music, I love it. It's the moment where we see 2 and a half series worth of character development finally come to its head. Finally, Amy makes her choice. There's no longer room for the Doctor in her life, it's always been Rory, and never anyone else. She is in this for the long run. It's them together, or not at all. And then just when we think they've gone. BAM no they're not. And just to make sure it's final, Moffat has them leave the Doctor's side forever. It's a touching, bitter-sweet end to what is frankly a beautiful fairytale.
The Snowmen: 9/10 - One of my favourite Christmas Specials. It's just so magical and Christmassy! I love the introduction of Victorian Clara (SHE SHOULD HAVE STAYED!), I loved the Great Intelligence, I loved the Snowmen, I loved the Paternoster Gang. It was just so much fun (well, except for that ending!). Definitely one of Moffat's best IMO :)
Oh my gosh the scenery looks breathtaking! I cannot WAIT to see how it looks on screen *O*
Consider me intrigued!
4 days, 16 hours ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain
Write one then.
5 days, 11 hours ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Return
I'm not sure about what it is for anyone else...but with me it's the fact that I love the character so much, that I start seeing the potential in them, and how they could grow and develop by travelling with the Doctor in the TARDIS. So because of this potential, I want to see it realised on screen, and I want them to return. It's as simple as that. There are characters I just get attached to. While I don't see the appeal in Shona, it's what happened to me with Osgood.
5 days, 12 hours ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Return
To be honest, from what we know of Shona it's not hard to come up with a suitable reason. She seems to come from a rough background, one that would require you to present yourself as someone with a tough exterior. So the knowledge that she once used to like My Little Pony is obviously going to be a point of embarrassment for her :P