Doctor Who Story 165 – Boom Town

Episode

Who at Doctor Who central, thought the Slitheen were so go they needed a follow up?

Why is the farting a thing?

The chase scene with the teleport is comic gold.

Jack is so excited about everything and it’s really nice.

Rose has bad taste in men.

Russell T. Davies’ era is so kinky.

This is surprisingly a fun episode.

Good on Mickey for going out with Tricia. Bad on Rose for saying mean things about her because she’s “a bit thick.”

Mickey, you’re right. It’s always going to be the Doctor. There’s no reason to scream at Rose, just realize that it’s over and move on. Rose should be open about it and just break up with him, rather than dragging him to Cardiff and dragging out this relationship.

Well, there’s some setup for the finale.

Rose saying Mickey deserves better is both true and sad, he does deserve better, but he’s also shit.

Confidential

It seems the Doctor Who writers think the Doctor is the one doing the killing.

What I’ve discovered is Confidential did a good job at introducing new viewers to classic Doctor Who.

Doctor Who Story 164 – The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances

The Empty Child

No recap, that’s good.

She uses Spock like it’s a verb. Maybe say “pull out a tricorder” not “give me some Spock,” unless she wants to get some action with Leonard Nimoy. He was still alive in 2005, it’s okay.

The Doctor talking to a cat is great, and I wish her new companion would be a cat. Not a sentient cat. Just an actual cat.

The girl who plays the sister/mother of the “are you my mummy” boy looks like she’s famous. I can’t place her face, I looked her up, she’s Florence Hoath and she hasn’t acted since 2008 and I have not seen anything else with her.

Jack’s first line being “excellent bottom” is very appropriate.

Rose is terrible at being anything other than a horny teenager.

Confidential

They just used a clip of Colin Baker that they used in another episode.

The Doctor Dances

This story is the first one written by Steven Moffat, other than “Curse of Fatal Death,” which obviously doesn’t count.

Eccleston makes a good “mummy.”

This story still stands up. Moffat was a great Doctor Who writer when he wasn’t in charge.

This very thinly veiled discussion about alien sex is way too thinly veiled.

“Everybody lives, just this once, everybody lives.” I know that was meant to be celebratory, but it sounds like a threat.

“My leg grew back. When I came to hospital, I had one leg.” “Well, there’s a war on, did you perhaps miscount?” I like Doctor Who. This is a story that makes me like Doctor Who.

Okay, big mistake. The Doctor says he can dance, and Rose sheepishly says that perhaps Jack would like this dance. The Doctor replies, “I’m sure he would.” He starts dancing with Rose. He should have started dancing with Jack.

Confidential

Nothing to write.

Doctor Who Story 163 – Father’s Day

Episode

Not looking forward to this episode. It was really bad, and the Doctor taking Rose to see her dead father is a just irresponsible on many levels.

The Doctor doesn’t even blink at the thought of bringing Rose to her father’s death.

The Doctor is an idiot.

I forgot how bad the animation was in this episode.

Mickey clinging to Rose is cute.

The Doctor is giving her such a hard time but is not taking any responsibility at all. Which is very in character for the Doctor.

God, this episode makes no sense.

Confidential

The bullshit Billie Piper is shovelling right now about how great this episode is… sigh.

Doctor Who Story 162 – The Long Game

Episode

Rose and the Doctor teaming up impress Adam is fun, even though Adam sucks. He must be the only Adam to suck, because Adams are great.

The Face of Boe is pregnant, that’s lovely for Jack!

I forgot Simon Pegg was in this.

Why does he look so weird?

Apparently in 2019 the microprocessor became redundant. I wish that were the case.

Hey, it’s Fran from Black Books. Tamsin Greig is great.

Central heating is not plumbing, it’s HVAC!

Why is cooling a problem on a space station? Couldn’t they just vent out some of the heat, or pass the air through something that isn’t shielded outside to cool it down.

Confidential

Nothing to see here. Keep on moving!

Doctor Who Story 161 – Dalek

Episode

I can’t believe Adam is considered a companion and I have to list him in the tags.

It’s in 2012. The future… or so I thought. Damn, it’s now 2021. I’m old.

Guards show up and point guns at you, you say to your alien companion “someone’s collecting aliens, that makes you exhibit A.” What a stupid and dangerous thing to say. They don’t know he’s alien.

Metaltron is a terrible name.

I remember this episode being a huge deal.

The Dalek is so sad when he says, “I am alone in the universe.”

The guy says that the lock has a billion possible combinations. The Doctor replies that a Dalek can calculate a thousand billion combinations in a second flat. Okay so the American is probably saying a billion representing 1,000,000,000, aka, what us North Americans call a billion. The Doctor says, a thousand billion, which implies a thousand million is not a billion, so 1,000,000,000,000,000 combinations per second, or in North American a quadrillion. However, the entry key has 8 digits, and it’s not alphanumeric or hexadecimal, it’s decimal, which means 100,000,000 combinations. 100 million. So what the hell is the tech saying when he says it a billion combinations. Now not only does the Dalek not just force its way out of there, it uses the key pad. Which to me means it’s punching in 00000000 then 00000001, etc. However, he might be able to type 1,000,000,000,000,000 combinations per second, the computer, no matter how advanced of a computer he has in 2012 is going to be accept that many key presses that quickly.

So my guess is the combination is set to 00000000.

“It just absorbed the entire internet, it knows everything.”

U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney did not win the most medals amongst the Fab Five, but her ‘tude-filled face did help make her the most Internet famous. 

After a tumble on her signature event, Maroney had to settle for a silver medal in the vault competition. During the medal ceremony, a photographer snapped a shot that seemed to sum up the gymnast’s feelings about her second place finish. The scowl flipped its way across the web and got ‘Shopped to gold medal glory on the Tumblr McKayla Is Not Impressed and elsewhere. 

President Obama even got in on the unimpressed action recently, solidifying McKayla Is Not Impressed as the meme for 2012.
I Googled top meme of 2012.

It might not have legs to walk up the stairs, but it has a gun still.

I was going to ask what kind of idiot ignores tactical advice from someone who has fought a species, but then I remember that millions of people are ignoring advice to wear a mask from medical professionals.

Emo Dalek.

Confidential

They had a clip of one of Peter Cushing’s Doctor Who.

Doctor Who Story 160 – Aliens of London/World War Three

Aliens of London

Another “Previously on…” don’t really want that.

Rose should have had a chat with Tegan before she left so that she knew not to expect to be able to get back.

This is something that Doctor Who should have addressed a long time ago. The agony of Jackie needing to know where her daughter was for a whole year. I can’t imagine that trauma.

Hey it’s Tosh from Torchwood.

All fat people are farting bad guys.

Are these red barets supposed to be UNIT? UNIT wear blue barets, right?

A closeup of the pig was a bad idea.

I know this is a kids’ show, but the fucking farting.

Wow, the special effect of the aliens coming out of the human bodies is so much worse than I remembered.

Ahh, cliffhangers, remember those?

Confidential

Oh, they showed that shot of Zoe on top of the TARDIS console in that damned jumpsuit. #bum

Now I’m annoyed. Eccleston just said that he was annoyed that the man was the intellect and the woman was there to look good and scream and not be very bright. And they showed a shot of Zoe. Zoe might have screamed… and looked good, but she was super smart. When it was her, the Doctor and Jamie, it was Jamie who was the idiot. Zoe was often running circles around the Doctor. It was great. I miss Zoe and Jamie and the Doctor.

“Rose joins many feisty females who are often ahead of their time.” Mostly they showed clips of the stronger women in the Doctor’s life, but for some odd reason they included Mel. She was not a strong woman.

They’re talking about Ace now, and I think she’s the closest to Rose.

World War Three

The chase scenes through the corridors are excellently Scooby Doo.

“I need to be naked.” “Rejoice in it, your body is magnificent!” I feel ya, man.

Also, if 10 Downing Street’s security is that bad. Yikes! Though we learned how poorly prepared the US Capitol is for an insurrection recently.

The Slythene family reminds me of the Fords.

The Doctor is such an asshole to Mickey.

Gah, don’t call him “Mickey the idiot.”

The cell phones in this are amazing. Remember T9 texting?

Confidential

Not really paying attention, but they were talking about the special effects as if they were good.

I may have just been ignoring that as I photoshopped Bernie Sanders into my Facebook profile picture.

Doctor Who Story 159 – The Unquiet Dead

Episode

I am not looking forward to this one. I remember it being the worst of the first season.

It was a great decision on the crew of the 2005 show to do a teaser before the credits. It’s nice to get a tense moment with the theme music coming in on top of it.

That’s a flimsy coffin. I’d ask for my money back from Sneed.

“The stiffs are getting lively again!” is a great line.

I never loved Rose, but I do like her sense of wonder.

The ghostly vapours actually look better than one would expect.

Companions always getting themselves in trouble. The Doctor shouldn’t leave his companions alone.

Poor Gwen, afraid of herself.

The Doctor is an asshole.

The Gelfling should have just play acted longer that they were good. They were the architects of their own doom.

Confidential

This entire episode doesn’t seem to be about the episode of Doctor Who just about the TARDIS.

Doctor Who Story 158 – The End of the World

Episode

Oh, we get a “previously on.”

Eccleston’s hurt when Rose says, “you think you’re so impressive” is great.

Psychic paper makes its debut.

The Appearance of the Repeated Meme is really just an animated gif.

The giant jukebox being called an iPod is still a great joke.

Nice to have someone call out the Doctor on his lack of consent.

A suggestion to someone developing the operating system for an observation platform. If something is going to kill any living being, maybe make it require more than one button. Perhaps also have sensors to check if there’s an occupant.

There’s the first “bad wolf” mention.

Cassandra’s love of purity is not something I really want to watch, but at least Rose just had her best line, calling Cassandra a “bitchy trampoline.”

Jade was a great character and could have been a great companion.

For a man who doesn’t want to talk about who he is with Rose, he seems to get a kick out of being called a Time Lord.

The Doctor could have gone quicker and saved Jade.

“If you’re as clever as me, a teleportation field could be reversed.” He proceeds to rotate the dial.

Capital punishment really shouldn’t be an option for the Doctor. He had choices, he was in no immediate danger.

Confidential

What’s with the cheesy sexy music as the Doctor shows Rose the sun expanding.

Eccleston keeps calling the tree, Jabe. Not Jade. Looked it up and she is called Jabe. Wow, took me 16 years to learn this.

We had to make 200+ effect shots and we had 8 weeks, Gladiator had 100 shots and 9 months. Yeah… it looks it.

Colin Baker is taking about how the special effects were great for the time… compare it to Star Trek, which was 20 years prior to Baker’s era of Doctor Who.

Simon Pegg narrates this?

Doctor Who Story 157 – Rose

Episode

Hey! It’s time for a new Doc!

The quick day in the life is a great way to get to know Rose and she’s our point of entry for so many new fans to Doctor Who.

We see Jackie, and learn that Micky is obnoxious in the matter of seconds. We know she’s working a shitty job in retail and hates it.

Why is the CEO’s office inside the Hydro locker? My office has one of those and no one but Toronto Hydro has the key, so it would be strange if my boss used that as his office.

Oh man, the Doctor’s “RUN!” is one of the great moments of such a silly episode of Doctor Who.

Oh, CEO is not Chief Executive. It’s Chief Electrician. So why is she dropping the lottery money off with him?

“Nice to meet you, Rose, run for your life” is so great!

Micky is an asshole. So is Jackie.

Rose needs a new boyfriend, or to run off with a strange man with a time machine.

The Doctor’s costume is very normal, but it’s great.

He’s way too chipper for him to be right after he destroyed his home planet and killed every Time Lord and Dalek.

Micky is such an asshole.

Clive is an asshole if he leave the front door open for his wife to handle when she has an armful of laundry.

Putting Eccleston in the Kennedy photo is one of the worst photoshop jobs I’ve ever seen. I can do better than that.

“He has one constant companion… Sarah Jane Smith.” Well Eccleston’s constant companion is Rose.

Similarly, the CGI for the garbage bin that eats Micky is terrible.

I agree with plastic Micky… “pizza!”

That’s a fun way to introduce that the TARDIS is bigger on the inside.

In both this and the TV Movie, they spell out the acronym and it’s really weird.

“Lots of planets have a north!” is one of my favourite lines in new Who. Also, new Who is 16 years old.

And there’s the first mention of the war.

Rose’s decision to stay is the stupidest decision, but fortunately she doesn’t last long. The Doctor is much better than Micky.

Confidential

Oh, Sylvester McCoy is in this Confidential.

Oh and Peter Davison!

And Tom Baker!

There’s Colin Baker.

I’m not sure I’ll continue watching the Confidentials, I’m not sure if there’s anything of importance in there, and all I have to say about it, is that they talked to old Doctors.

This would be a podcast if this was now.

Doctor Who Serial xx – Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death

Well, it’s Steven Moffat’s first time writing Doctor Who. It won’t be his last. And he’ll get much better at it, and then he’ll get much worse at it.

Part One

The Master is wonderfully moustache twirling.

Rowan Atkinson as the Doctor is reminiscent of Pertwee.

This might be the genesis of Moffat’s time on Doctor Who, because this anticipating all the traps is very similar of how Capaldi’s Doctor will be.

The Master should learn not to team up with the Daleks. It never works.

The Master with a walker is the best joke in this.

“These corridors all look the same!”

Part Two

The recap is a bit too long.

The “we will explain later” joke is great. As is “5 Dalek minutes.”

The regeneration effect is very similar to the Eccleston one.

“You’re the camp one.”

It’s funny, because he has breasts (eye roll).

“Doctor!” “Oh, assistant!”

Ah! The joke is that the Doctor can be a woman. Oh and the assistant doesn’t want her anymore. This seems very Moffat.

Had some fun points, but also, Moffat sometimes don’t see the right jokes.