Wednesday, August 29, 2012

It's baaaaaaaaaaaaaack!!

Unless you're not a Whovian and/or have been living under a rock for the past week or so, you'll know that Doctor Who starts back in the UK, America, and Canada on Saturday night. Australia, on the other hand, will not see it grace our screens until September 8th. HOWEVER. The ABC announced yesterday that they will be putting the new episodes onto iView less than an hour after they air in the UK.
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This is insanely exciting, as it means I don't have to avoid the entire internet for the better part of a week, trying to stay away from spoilers. (I should point out that I will NOT be getting up at 5.10am on Sunday mornings to watch it. As much as I love Doctor Who, I can wait until a civilised hour, thankyouverymuch)

ANYWAY. In honour of this brilliant news, I hereby present you with a list:

Kirsti's Ten Favourite Episode of New Who (to date)

1. Tooth and Claw
Where I feel like Christopher Eccleston took a while to settle into his role as the Ninth Doctor, David Tennant dove in with fanboy glee, and had the Tenth Doctor to perfect by his second episode. As much as I love New Earth (seriously, how can you go past Cassandra??), Tooth and Claw is my favourite episode. Werewolves + Queen Victoria + Tennant being Scottish (albeit briefly) + the founding of Torchwood + an enormous diamond + kung fu monks + the chemistry between the Doctor and Rose = OMG SO AMAZING.
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2. Partners in Crime
A close second to Tooth and Claw for me is Partners in Crime. Obviously, I very much like the idea of being able to lose a kilo overnight EVERY night. I also love the scene where Donna sees the Doctor through the window and they start miming at each other. Kills me every time. Plus, it doesn't hurt that the Adipose are completely adorable. And to finish, that squee-worthy moment of "OMG ROSE FOUND A WAY BACK!!!"
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3. Blink
This episode terrifies me. I really want to go and take photos in the cemetery not far from my house, because there are all kinds of interesting monuments in there. But there are statues of angels, and NO THANK YOU. That said, the Weeping Angels are fantastic villains. And Carey Mulligan carries this episode fantastically well. It's a rare show in which you can put all the main characters in the background for an entire episode and still have it work brilliantly.
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4. Vincent and the Doctor
This is basically the only episode I loved from season 5. Sure, there were others that I enjoyed and that I'd happily go back and watch again. But THIS? I could watch every day without getting sick of it. It's written by Richard Curtis, the man behind The Vicar of Dibley, Mr Bean, Bridget Jones' Diary, and Love Actually. And once again, he delivers that perfect mix of humour and "OH GOD, RIGHT IN THE FEELS". Tony Curran is truly phenomenal as Vincent van Gogh, especially during the scene in the Louvre.
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5. The Runaway Bride
This is the only Christmas special to date that I've loved. Set seconds after the heartbreak of Doomsday, it gave us Donna Noble and the lines "Santa's a ROBOT!!" and "With this ring, I thee biodamp", showed us how the Doctor really does need someone to keep his humanity around, and taught us the importance of pockets. Especially pockets that are bigger on the inside. Also, the Doctor's not from Mars. Just in case you missed that.
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6. The Doctor's Wife
I seem to have this thing that my favourite episodes of the Moffat era are written by...Not Moffat. This was hands down my favourite episode from the giant mindfuck that was season 6 (PLEASE let season 7 be better. Pretty pretty please...), and it was written by Neil Gaiman. It's phenomenally beautiful and a little bit terrifying, with a wee dash of hilarious and a dose of heartbreak. You know, everything you expect from Neil Gaiman! Plus, Suranne Jones is phenomenal as the oddball Idris.
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7. The Empty Child
This is my favourite episode from the Christopher Eccleston era. It's not only completely creepy (I once walked through a supermarket and heard a small child saying "Mummy? Mummy? Mummy??", and basically ran for the exit), but it's the episode that finally sold me on Doctor Who. Prior to this point, I thought it was okay, but not great. From here onwards? Watch *ALL* the episodes! I swear it had nothing whatsoever to do with the introduction of Captain Jack Harkness, although he certainly didn't hurt!! (Seriously, Moffat. Can you bring Barrowman back please???)
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8. Closing Time
Another one from season 6, and an episode that is basically Amy and Rory free. It was almost like a palate cleanser after...well, all the episodes in between The Doctor's Wife and this. If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know that I love Gavin and Stacey, so it was great to see James Corden back again. The idea of the Doctor working in a shop is pretty fantastic, but my personal favourite thing from this episode is obviously Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All. It'll never not be funny.
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9. The Shakespeare Code
Because I'm a giant history nerd, I love the back-in-time-meeting-famous-figures-from-history episodes more than the what-whacky-future-can-we-come-up-with-this-time episodes. (This is probably already apparent from the inclusion of Tooth and Claw, Vincent and the Doctor, and The Empty Child) So an episode in which the Doctor both discusses his love of Harry Potter and also meets Shakespeare was always going to be a win in my book.
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10. Silence in the Library
While the Vashta Nerada are completely creepifying, how would I not love an episode that includes the biggest library in history, a crapton of books, David Tennant, and archaeologists?? I mean, come on. It basically has "Hey Kirsti, check this out!" written all over it. It also marks the arrival of River Song, back in the days before Moffat destroyed her character completely. SIGH.
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Honourable mentions:
Doomsday - It's amazing, but OH GOD SO MUCH UGLY CRYING
Journey's End - Again, completely amazing. The Doctor travelling with everyone at once. The Donna Doctor. Ten Too (aka the Metacrisis). But SO MUCH UGLY CRYING PART II.
The Unicorn and the Wasp - I love the international jewel thief part and the Agatha Christie part and the "How is Harvey Wallbanger one word????" part. The giant wasp bit was kind of bonkers, even by Doctor Who standards. But the rest of it is fantastic.

So. Questions for you:
1. What is your favourite episode?
2. Are you kind of relieved that Amy and Rory are leaving?
3. On a scale of 1 to Kermit flail, how excited are you about season 7?
4. If you don't watch Doctor Who, why the hell not?

K xx

22 comments:

  1. 1. Blink - ALWAYS scary, no matter how many times I see it (and an interesting exception to your "favourite episodes not Moffat" rule)

    2. HELL NO! The introduction of a couple as companions was brilliant and let them examine all sorts of new areas. Rory as the centurion was heartbreaking, and of course Karen Gillam is quite insanely hot. So no, not at all relieved they're leaving.

    3. With a premiere titled "Asylum of the Daleks" kermit flail is at the BOTTOM end of how excited I am.

    4. Why the hell not indeed?!

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    1. 1. Things that are interesting: in seasons 1-4, I really like every episode that Moffat wrote. In seasons 5-6, I really DISLIKE every episode that Moffat wrote. I'm hoping season 7 will change this.
      2. I think what I've missed with Rory and Amy is the "Let's at least TRY to fit in by having the companion wear historically suitable clothing". Sure, they didn't do it for more than one episode with Rose, Martha or Donna. But there was at least a token gesture at it, rather than "Amy's wearing a mini skirt and tights again, but no one's blinking an eye."
      3. As excited as I am about Asylum of the Daleks, I think I'm even more excited about Dinosaurs on a Spaceship. Because I'm a history nerd.
      4. Convert *ALL* the non-Whovians!

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  2. I seriously can't choose fave eps, so let's go for stories instead... okay. It's a tie (yeah yeah, what a cop out, I know) between The End of Time and The Stolen Earth/Journeys End. Mainly because of all the enormous ugly cries and feels and Barrowman awesomeness and the Ten Duplicate and all the crossover and continuity awesomeness. There, does that answer number one?

    As for two and three... I am ambivalent about all of this. When I actually WATCH the first ep, I'm sure I'll be all OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG MUST WOTCH MOAR NOOOOOWWWWWW but until then... meh.

    On a completely different note, can we start a BRING BACK BARROWMAN campaign? I feel like the show is missing a fifty-first century omnisexual former time agent, and eleven is the first doctor from the modern series not to have a good flirt with Captain Sexy McSexypants.

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    1. BRING BACK BARROWMAN. I shall made a placard now.

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    2. Campaign started. We need a song. Somebody come up with a song.

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    3. JOURNEY'S END = OMFG SO MUCH CRYING. I think after season 6, I'm just sick of Amy and River (I will never be sick of Rory, but that's because he's a total BAMF). Plus, Amy and Rory's last episode includes Weeping Angels??? ZOMG.

      BRING BACK BARROWMAN!!!! I feel like we could work with "Hero of Canton" from Firefly for the song - "The hero of Torchwood, the man they call...Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack". Yes?

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  3. Because I am so terrible at keep up with news about things like this, I only found out about the upcoming premiere of season seven on Saturday and I have pretty much been flailing ever since.

    I don't think I have a favourite episode but I pretty much adore all of the Donna season because she was pure awesome. Catherine Tate could so easily have made Donna into a caricature, but she's just so human and so affected by everything that she sees that she becomes something fantastic. I love it.

    After your run-down of favourites, I want to watch every episode of the new Who right this minute!

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    1. As much as I love season 2 and the chemistry between Rose and Ten, season 4 is my favourite. Because Donna Noble is AMAZING and I want to be her when I grow up. Except for, you know, that whole thing that happens at the end............ *ugly crying*

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  4. UGH I can't decide which is my favorite episode. I really can't. THERE ARE TOO MANY. So I'm just going to say ditto on all of your favorites. LOL. And I am SO GLAD that I'm not the only one who isn't in love with Rory and Amy. OK... I do like Rory, more than Amy. (I mean, the whole last centurion thing. He is awesome. Can I have a man who will protect me for 2000 years?) But I don't know... they aren't my favorite companions. They aren't bad, but they aren't amazing either. AND KERMIT FLAIL! Too bad I still need to find a way to watch season 7... any suggestions for us Americans who don't have BBS America?

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    1. Make friends with someone who DOES have BBC America?? I honestly have no ideas, short of illegal downloads, which I would never ever suggest to anyone at all, nope definitely not.

      Cosign on Rory and Amy - they're not bad, but they're no Donna Noble.

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  5. I've actually never watched Doctor Who (*ducks*) but I couldn't resist commenting on the phrase, "On a scale from 1 to Kermit flail." I am so going to start using that!

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    1. Go for it! Also, you should watch Doctor Who #justsaying

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    2. lol Yes, I know. My husband wants to start watching too, it's just one of those we've never gotten around to. It's on Netflix though, so...

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  6. Last of the Time Lords, if only for the last scene with Jack, The Doctor, and Martha. I still maintain that it is in the top five most genius moments category. There was definite flailing and omfging and epic fangirling.

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    1. YES. The look on Martha's face at that moment was AMAZING.

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  7. I'm still working my way through Doctor Who with my boyfriend (who's seen them all a few times), so I'm only up to Season 4 (of the new stuff obviously), watched 'Planet of the Ood' last night. 'Last of the Time Lords' is probably my favourite so far, I loved the Face of Boe reference :-)

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    1. There are some truly amazing episodes coming up for you in season 4!! Midnight is proper creepy, and is actually the first episode of Doctor Who I ever saw.

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    2. Just thought I would let you know I am now up to episode 1 season 6. Has taken a slight back burner to current season US shows but getting there :-)

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  8. I think Christopher Eccleston took a while to settle into the role because he was basically redefining the entire New Doctor - whereas the other two since then have had the shape of the role cut out for them. My favourite episodes are The Impossible Planet/ The Satan Pit story arc. SOOO scary!

    Also, I hate Rose as a companion. She was lame. I like Amy, but I think Donna was definitely one of the most interesting companions in the new series of episodes.

    I wonder if they'll ever give him an alien companion this time around?

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    1. Yeah, that's a good point... (I've been kind of biased about Eccleston ever since I saw an interview with him where he badmouthed the show and the fans, which has tainted my feelings towards Nine)

      An alien companion would be awesome. I kind of want them to have Eleven encounter Jenny from The Doctor's Daughter. That would be *all* kinds of fun! Maybe next year, along with everyone else ever for the 50th anniversary.

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  9. I just started watching Doctor Who a month ago. Luckily, Netflix has all the seasons so I am almost completely caught up. The library episode is by far my favorite. And I am in love with Matt Smith as the Doctor. David Tennant always kind gave me the creeps.

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    1. I like Matt Smith most of the time. But Tennant is *my* Doctor - the first episode I ever saw was 'Midnight', which is totally creepifying and Tennant is brilliant in it. But yaaaaaaaaaaaaay to more 20SB Whovian converts!!

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