Wanna see how many potential friends are out there :)
She is so much older.
Her features are softer, her flirtatiousness abated. All that sass and fire kept neatly behind her professorial title. And she lets him lead. She lets his younger self swoop in and out of deductions and only guides him when he can’t seem to see through his emotions. There’s no teasing or presentation, there’s just her hand to hold. A hand that no longer keeps a sonic blaster but his sonic screwdriver. This isn’t the wild River that baits Sontarans, she’s the Professor that slips her husband a note with a kiss before going to work. She’s so familiar and intimate and that’s why this moment kills me, because she’s giving it all up. She knows that whatever happens today will write their entire story - and without even blinking, she still lets him choose.
"My imaginary friend is called the Chiropractor and whenever someone at any point in history is in pain stubs their toe or is a bit achy, he turns up and gives them a rub." - Rory Williams (aged 10)
"My imaginary friend is not called The Raggedy Doctor as I am not allowed to write about him anymore because then Mrs Mitchell will get all cross and send me to the nodding lady who smells way too much of cats. Also he’s not imaginary." - Amelia Pond Age 10
"My imaginary friend tells me to kill people." - Mels Zucker (Age 10)
- The Doctor’s Lives and Times by James Goss and Steve Tribe
Can we just declare Delenn the Queen of the Galaxy already?
Wanna see how many potential friends are out there :)
When people constantly tell me “old movies are boring.”
"Old movies aren’t funny because they don’t swear."
"There aren’t any cute guys."
"Are you trying to be a hipster or something?"
Review 007: The Sensorites
One-Sentence Synopsis: The Doctor and his companions are forced to help the Sensorites, a race of telepathic aliens with a predilection for unflattering footie pajamas and a decidedly suspicious attitude towards humans.
Favorite Line:"This old ship of mine seems to be an aimless thing. However, we don’t worry about it, do we?" —The Doctor
Unanswered Questions: What did the Doctor and Henry VIII quarrel about?
We Don’t Need No Steenking Continuity: Susan describes her home planet (and her grandfather’s) as “quite like Earth, but at night the sky is a burned orange, and the leaves on the trees are bright silver.” When the Doctor visits Gallifrey later in the Classic era, it doesn’t really match this description, though the folks doing the CGI work for the post-2005 era of the show clearly had heard of it. Also, the Doctor refers to himself as human and, once again, mention is made of his heart in the singular.
Random Observations: Perhaps the most notable thing about this story is the revelation that Susan appears to have some telepathic abilities, which her grandfather believes she could develop more on their home world. Apparently this is explored in the Big Finish audio, “Transit of Venus,” which I may have to give a listen one of these days. Also of note is the way the writer tried to bring science into the story, in keeping with the original intention that the show should be educational. It may well be that a generation of British school children first heard the word “molybdenum” on Doctor Who.
My Verdict: A decent story, but fairly unremarkable. Casual viewers may wish to skip it. I did get a kick out of the crazy scenery chewing guy who played John, though, and the Sensorites look pretty cool except for their silly outfits.
fun fact: if you call any of the female classic dr who companions “anti-feminist characters”, there is a high probability i will drown you in a sink (⁎⚈᷀᷁ᴗ⚈᷀᷁⁎)
"Peter Capaldi is too old to play the Doctor."
Well, he was sorta asking for it, dressing in such flammable clothing.
if he didnt want to get set on fire, he should have stayed indoors
He was probably drinking that night, alcohol makes you susceptible to fire.
If it’s a legitimate inferno, the male body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.
God I love you, Internet.
Why didn’t he stop, drop, and roll? He should have stopped, dropped, and rolled. He must have secretly wanted it.
If you read the article, eyewitnesses said the man had purchased a lighter earlier that same day. Dude probably set himself on fire and lied about it. Typical.
He should have relaxed and enjoyed it. After all it was just a bit of kindling cuddling
A short summary of why Romanadvoratrelundar, Time Lady Sassmaster Extraordinaire, is basically the greatest companion to ever exist.
I mean, really, she all but decided that the Doctor was her companion.
(Let’s not forget that she went on to become the Lady President of Gallifrey.)
(Gifs not mine, just a random collection of Romana gifs I had at hand in my gif folder)
I wasn’t going to review this one because my thoughts on it are fairly straightforward. While there’s a decent amount that’s interesting to say about it, I dare say that it’s likely criticisms that people noticed themselves, rather than something they need revealed to them. Typically, when I write reviews, I like to reveal to the audience “why” they liked a particular story, or “why” they hated it, laying bare the underpinning mechanics that the untrained audience member simply absorbs without a second thought. Things like the cinematography, beat changes, etc.
For this one… Well, what it did wrong is obvious. What it did right is obvious. So, that sort of compelled me not to write up a review.
However, aside from that, it’s just a hard thing to review because it’s so patchwork in terms of quality. You’ll have one moment of absolute, unparalleled perfection and then, in an instant, it’ll go into absolute rubbish.
This is very strange for Steven Moffat as he tends to be very consistent in his quality. Like any musician will tell you - consistency is the most important thing in writing. If you play a song at an uneven beat (that is meant to be even), even if you play the notes correctly, it’ll sound worse to the audience member than if you play a piece evenly and mess up certain notes or phrases. It’s the same thing in writing. So if you write a mediocre episode and it’s mediocre throughout, it won’t enrage the audience - look at The Doctor, The Widow, and The Wardrobe as a perfect example. People didn’t like it, but no one actively hates it. Likewise, if you write a fantastic episode and it’s fantastic throughout, the fans will be absolutely thrilled - see The Day of The Doctor or Silence in the Library. Moffat, whether you like his writing or not, tends to be a very consistent writer.
Except here. That makes this a hard serial to review. My instinct is to break it down into scenes and say “This one worked, this one didn’t,” but that sort of analysis is boring and pedestrian. What is possibly unique about my reviewing style if I do that? You can get that anywhere. However, saying “Here is what is wrong with the serial from a mechanical perspective” is obvious in this case. In fact, I basically summarised the major problem above.
But, people wanted me to review this and comment very specifically on the regeneration, so here you go. This review’s more for the fans than for me, but I’ll give it my best.
Cast members who have played minor roles in the televised Doctor Who universe who have gone on to play major ones (and vice versa). No other show has as dedicated or rich a history of reusing talent, and it really wouldn’t be the same without it.
This doesn’t even include people like Lohn Levene, whose face was hidden when he played Cybermen and Yetis before taking on the recurring role of Sergeant Benton; or Naoko Mori, whose earlier appearance in Doctor Who was retconned into being Toshiko Sato, the same character she plays in Torchwood; or the dozens upon dozens of people who have played aliens and multiple one-off characters in a variety of stories throughout the show’s history, in both the classic and new eras (sometimes even both).
That would be nigh on impossible.