Day 16: What’s your favorite Who-related Tumblr (other than DWO)?
There are a lot, but my top two are also the first two tumblrs I viewed regularly and the ones that eventually convinced me to get my own account: adoctorworld and thisisgallifrey; for this they hold a special place in my tumblr-heart. Plus they’re awesome; ADW is funny, deep, and beautiful all at once, while thisisgallifrey is my #1 source for Tennant, Simm, and Tensimms spam.
Other DW tumblrs I love include:
30 Days of Doctor Who: Day 11 - What actor would you love to see guest star on Doctor Who?
Aidan Turner. Why? Not only is he freaking awesome, he’s the only member of Being Human yet to be on Doctor Who.
Sure he’ll be gone for The Hobbit. But it can happen.
#2 Instead of us reblogging a bazillion 30 day posts, we’re going to ask you to help us pick the best answers to reblog: Browse the ‘30 days of summer break doctor who’ tag and like and/or reblog your favorites. We’ll go through and pick one every couple of hours. If that doesn’t seem right, we’ll change it up for tomorrow.
Nix the popularity contest. Our idea for reblogging these is that there are episodes and series out there that some of us might never see unless our friends let us know just what we’re missing.
We’re also reblogging b/c we think that if you see someone who thinks the same stuff you do about the same things you do, you just might want to follow them.
This is not a celebration of popularity… it’s a CELEBRATION of QUALITY.
two one small “rule” changes!
#1 We’re not going to use the tag 30 Days of Doctor Who anymore out of respect for existing 30 Day DW memes. Not that anybody complained or anything — we just realized that it could be seen as rude. (you, of course, can tagspam your posts ‘pottermore magical quill’ if you wanted to.)
#2 Instead of us reblogging a bazillion 30 day posts, we’re going to ask you to help us pick the best answers to reblog: Browse the ‘30 days of summer break doctor who’ tag and like and/or reblog your favorites. We’ll go through and pick one every couple of hours. If that doesn’t seem right, we’ll change it up for tomorrow. <— forget this. This isn’t a popularity contest. It’s a CELEBRATION of QUALITY.
You know how the rest goes…
(gif by stillnot-ginger)
30 Days of Doctor Who, Day 2: What’s your favorite episode (and why)?
“Professor, I’m glad you’ve got an absolute definition of life in the universe, but perhaps the universe has got ideas of its own, hmm?” - The Doctor
There’s multiple reasons why I love this episode. The monster is of the unseen/incomprehensible variety that, to me, is much scarier than any CG creation. Its existence calls into question the common assumption that alien life must be of a certain kind (hence my favorite quote, above). The Doctor, cut off from Donna and the TARDIS, has only his wits and his sonic screwdriver to defend himself, and yet it’s not until the humans turn against him that he gets well and truly freaked out. The monster is scary, yes, but it’s the worst impulses of the human race that are the real danger.
Also, Colin Morgan. Nuff said.
What’s your favorite episode of Doctor Who (and why)?
Definitely Blink. Like by a mile. I liked this episode for a lot of reasons. For one, I think the Weeping Angels are the cleverest of all the Who villains. They’re this absolutely evil creatures who are doomed to live all alone for their entire lives. They’re also the scariest villain because they don’t actually kill you. They trap you somewhere in time. They kill you by letting you live a long life, just not when you’re meant to.
And I mean, every time I’m near a statue nowadays I’m always checking to see if it’s been moving when no one was looking. The attack faces of the angels are just…. haunting. They look so peaceful and beautiful at first, but then they have these teeth… and their faces are all twisted up in anger. You can see that they just hate everything.
But then our heroes for this episode are just normal every day people. Sally Sparrow is just a girl who happened to be in the wrong place at the right time. She wasn’t even involved with The Doctor.
This is just my favorite episode for a lot of reasons. Brilliant writing, brilliant acting, full of suspense and the ending is perfect.
Always my favorite episode.
Day 02: What is your favorite episode of Doctor Who (and why)?
My favorite episode of Doctor Who is ‘A Christmas Carol’ with Eleven, Amy and Rory.
I love it because it’s one of those episodes where the Doctor has to figure something out in a short span of time, but just because he’s THE DOCTOR, he’s going back in time into established events, which is one of his giant No-Nos, to make sure not only his companions, but an entire ship full of people (as well as those on the planet below) aren’t lost forever in a giant crash just because of some old angry fart who doesn’t care about anything but himself and his money. And it’s really great fun listening to the Doctor pep up Kazran for his first kiss - that was hilarious.
Also, role-playing!Amy and Rory is really kind of funny. There’s also a guy who looks like Geordi LaForge on the ship. And there’s actual snow this go ‘round. AND FLYING FISH AND SHARKS. That’s just amazing.
PLUS…the Doctor’s hair looks FANTASTIC throughout the episode. I’d just like to point that out.
30 Days of Summer Break Doctor Who
What’s your favorite episode of Doctor Who and why?
Warning: I type like a 10 year old
If the photoset didn’t give it away, it’s the Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon. The beginning where the Doctor is trying to get Amy and Rory’s attention by popping up all over history is so wonky and entertaining. I also love how TARDIS blue is now a confirmed color…
Anyways, I heard criticism about how badly Daleks in Manhattan had turned out to be and that another episode in America would go down the drain. Whoever said that was wrong, because they captured the American Midwest quite well, incorporating such a beautiful place for the unexpected death of the Doctor. Luckily for all of us, his death was short-lived and there they are travelling back to 1969.
How they threw president Nixon, the moon landing and Area 51 into the episodes was spectacular, and not to mention that Canton Delaware the Third was also an amazing addition to the gang. The Silence also deserves some serious awards for creeping me out the most, a very original concept in-I can’t remember!
Day 02: What’s your favorite episode (and why)?
Vincent and the Doctor definitely.
It was the most beautiful episode that I ever watched. I genuinely cried (yes I cried during Doomsday). It was so spectacular. Coming out of losing dear dear Rory to the crack in time, Vincent Van Gogh was an amazing character to see. His understanding of the world and his paintings. I never listen to “Vincent” (as in the song) the same way again.
If you watched this episode and didn’t feel at least, MOVED to cry, you must really have a heart of stone. Come on, even when the alien died, it was sad. The scene with Amy, Vincent and the Doctor in the field is one of my favourites. Seeing Bill Nighy (in a bowtie!) talk about how much the world is changed by Van Gogh’s works, Vincent’s tears, the ultimate ginger kids, the tears Amy shed for the loss of a friend…
Vincent and the Doctor beats “The Doctor’s Wife” by smidge but it’s my favourite. I won’t be surprised if a lot more similar posts pop up.
30 Days of Summer Break Doctor Who: Day 2: Favorite Episode
The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit
To me, this episode has everything a good episode of Doctor Who needs - humor, mystery, excitement, genuine terror, interesting guest characters, a creative idea, and a hint of philosophy. It has some of the best acting Tennant and Piper did in the whole series, and it is the episode the reminds me why I loved the relationship between the Doctor and Rose (when Journey’s End makes me doubt it). Can Matt Jones write more?
Its one of the most overtly sci-fi episodes of DW - and I tend to like the historical ones more - but it shows all the best elements of sci-fi. It perfectly captures the terrible enormity of space and time: when it looks like the TARDIS is lost, we really feel the isolation of those few people standing on the edge of the universe. When the Doctor watches the Scarlet system disappear into the black hole, you can see the weight he always carries, being the only witness to the ending of so much.
Also, Ida is one of my favorite guest characters, and her scenes with the Doctor, talking about the urge to jump, are brilliant. Only Doctor Who would be capable of genuine deep thoughts on the nature of faith and curiosity in the middle of a kid’s adventure show.
We also see in this episode how much Rose has grown. She can act alone, taking charge of a dangerous situation and encouraging everyone around her to be the best they can be. She is more worried about the Doctor than she is about herself. And she is incredibly brave when she is entirely out of her depth.
The stuff of legend, indeed.
Seeming as I’m ahead of most of you, I figured I’d make a start on day two (that and it’s day two for me now).
So, this was rather difficult but I did manage to narrow it down to two stunning Hartnell serials, The Dalek Invasion of Earth and The Daleks (Can you pick my favourite villain yet?) I’ll stick to dot-points as I don’t want this to go on for forever, too.
The Dalek Invasion of Earth
This serial is magnificent for many reasons but there are two which stand out above all others. The first, is the scene where Barbara Wright, kidnapped historian and school teacher, is running across the middle of London with Jenny and wheelchair bound Dortman, while Daleks patrol the streets. It’s an epic scene, considering the budget at the time. In an interview I read, Jacqueline Hill (Barbara) stated that they had to be up and on set at 5am on a Sunday morning so that they wouldn’t get the crowds. It was completely unheard of to be up and about before Church on a Sunday morning for that generation, so that too adds to its epicness.
Recently, there was a reenactment of one scene, where Daleks are going over Westminster Bridge.
(source - I LoveLoveLove that Daleks from different eras are used in these shots :D (chronological order, too :DDDD))
And the second is of course, Susan’s goodbye. Though Hartnell plays a grumpy, cantankerous Doctor, we start to see his gentle, loving side begin to trickle into his decisions from the first few episodes but his goodbye to his beloved granddaughter hits home just how loving, genuine and humble he can really be. It’s beautiful. (Hereif you want/need to watch it)
The main and absolute reason this serial sticks out is the effects that were achieved with such a small budget - they were all aimed to be psychological rather than outwardly shocking. I mean, even if they had a multibillion dollar budget, the 1960s most top rated special effects were still rather dismal by today’s standards. This is the very first serial the Daleks appeared in and the second serial ever. Now, while egg whisks and plungers might not be terrifying any more, the way in which they’re slowly revealed through camera angles, cut shots and blood curdling screams resonates in the very depths of my own mind, years after first having seen it.
(Source - terrifying, isn’t it?)
Pretend for just a moment that you’ve never seen a Dalek, never heard a Dalek and certainly have no idea who or what Davros is. You’re only just grasping the concept that yes, you can travel through time and yes, you can indeed travel through space as well. Now, you’re stuck on a foreign planet and the leader of your party has dragged you into what seems to be an abandoned city, laid out like a maze that keeps changing its mind. You begin to panic and run sporadically through the corridors to get back to your friends until suddenly, this seemingly mechanical creature comes at you, while you’re still all alone and scared, with long things aimed at you from the darkness.
That is a Dalek. That is why they’re terrifying.
Day 2: What’s your favourite episode and why?
Human Nature/The Family of Blood (they count as one in my mind)
Watching John Smith fall in love is an amazing thing. And whether or not his Time Lord consciousness is hidden, you can see that this Doctor has always had this capacity to love - even if he doesn’t show it. In my mind, I see him outwardly loving Joan Redfern the way he inwardly loves Rose. And when he questions:
my heart reaches out to him. I know what kind of man doesn’t think of that - one that has just had his two hearts ripped out after leaving the love of his life behind. A man who is so utterly devastated, he couldn’t possibly predict he would lose himself again.
And the villains - oh how I love the Family of Blood.
Everything about them - and that head tilt - and Son-of-Mine’s impossible half smile.
I also love Joan Redfern’s comment, “ Answer me this - just one question, that’s all. If the Doctor had never visited us, if he’d never chosen this place… on a whim… would anybody here have died?”
It brings up an extremely valid point. One many of us Whovians don’t like to think about. Yes, the Doctor may save us from destruction, but in a way, he brings destruction wherever he goes.
Last but not least, Timothy Latimer. And two of my top Doctor Who quotes:
“He’s like fire and ice and rage. He’s like the night and the storm in the heart of the sun…….He’s ancient and forever. He burns at the centre of time and can see the turn of the universe…..and… he’s wonderful.”
“He never raised his voice. That was the worst thing… the fury of the Time Lord… and then we discovered why. Why this Doctor, who had fought with gods and demons, why he had run away from us and hidden. He was being kind… He wrapped my father in unbreakable chains forged in the heart of a dwarf star. He tricked my mother into the event horizon of a collapsing galaxy To be imprisoned there… forever. He still visits my sister, once a year, every year. I wonder if one day he might forgive her… but there she is. Can you see? He trapped her inside a mirror. Every mirror. If ever you look at your reflection and see something move behind you just for a second, that’s her. That’s *always* her. As for me, I was suspended in time and the Doctor put me to work standing over the fields of England as their protector. We wanted to live forever. So the Doctor made sure we did.”
There has never been a more powerful regeneration story in all of Doctor Who and, in my opinion, there has never been a greater story in Doctor Who.
A crackling and eventful serial from beginning to end, with loads of interplanetary political intrigue, good production values and incredible acting, it’s just….incredible.
I’ll always love this, I’ll always remember looking at its Wiki file and being wowed by it and being absolutely blown away when I finally saw it. I’ll remember clutching the armchair of my couch as Sharaz Jek’s androids nearly tear The Doctor’s arms off, and the last moments of Episode Three.And Davison. Wow, what a great actor. This was my first story from his era and I bloody love Peter Davison’s Doctor and I love “The Caves of Androzani”. It’s the best.
30 Days of Summer Break Doctor Who | 02 : What’s your favorite episode (and why)?
Of all this beautiful and awesome episodes that I really love much I chose The Doctor’s Wife. Maybe this is partly Neil Gaiman’s fault, ‘cause I love his works, but mainly the story in this episode touch my very soul. We can see there how much Doctor loves Tardis, how dear she is to him. She’s not a thing for him, she’s something more, something that we probably can’t understand. Tardis is the only one that is there with him every time, all this time, and they are similar, aren’t they? She is as mad as he is. He stole her, and she stole him.