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50 years of Who: 2005

Hello from Nottingham!


The End of the World
The Unquiet Dead
Aliens of London
World War Three
The Long Game
Father's Day
The Empty Child
The Doctor Dances
Boom Town
Bad Wolf
The Parting of the Ways
Children in Need Special
The Christmas Invasion
Attack of the Graske

Doctor Who Annual 2006 (9)
The Clockwise Man (9)
The Monsters Inside (9)
Winner Takes All (9)
The Deviant Strain (9)
Only Human (9)
The Stealers of Dreams (9)
To the Slaughter (8)
The Gallifrey Chronicles (8)
Match of the Day (4)
Island of Death (3)
Spiral Scratch (6)
Fear Itself (8)
World Game (2)
The Time Travellers (1)
Atom Bomb Blues (7)
Short Trips: Seven Deadly Sins
Short Trips: A Day in the Life
Short Trips: The Solar System
Short Trips: The History of Christmas
Echoes (Time Hunter)
Peculiar Lives (Time Hunter)
The Tree of Life (Benny)

The Juggernauts
The Game
Three's A Crowd
The Council of Nicaea
Terror Firma
Thicker than Water
Scaredy Cat
Other Lives
A Storm of Angels
Bernice Summerfield: The Masquerade of Death
Bernice Summerfield: The Heart's Desire
Bernice Summerfield: The Kingdom of the Blind
Bernice Summerfield: The Lost Museum
Gallifrey: Lies
Gallifrey: Spirit
Gallifrey: Pandora
Gallifrey: Insurgency
Gallifrey: Imperiatrix
Iris Wildthyme: Wildthyme at Large
Iris Wildthyme: The Devil in Ms Wildthyme
UNIT: The Coup (included with DWM #351)
UNIT: Snake Head
UNIT: The Longest Night
UNIT: The Wasting
Cyberman: Scorpius
Cyberman: Fear
Cyberman: Conversion

The first Who from 2005 that I encountered: Hooray! Yep, along with many people reading this, I tuned in for the rebirth of the show on Easter Saturday 2005. I was 37.

My favourite Who from 2005: My favourite episodes are Dalek and The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances. But I also want to shout out for the second series of Gallifrey, particularly episode 2, Spirit, which explores the relationship between Leela and Romana, as the high point of another good year for Big Finish. Of the books, Winner Takes All and Only Human are my favourites.

Moving swiftly on from: Scaredy Cat, another rather forgettable Eighth Doctor audio.

So, what was your favourite of the above? What is the best bit? (And if you like, what is the worst bit?)

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Nov. 9th, 2013 07:45 am (UTC)
Likewise, Dalek and The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances

At times, the Ninth Doctor reminded me of the "Brilliant!" kid from The Fast Show. His opinion of humanity veered from extolling everything they did as "brilliant" to denouncing us all collectively as "stupid apes".

Despite a very winningly goofy grin, Christopher Ecclestone was a very serious Doctor who brief tenure revived the franchise. And at The Doctor Dances I found myself crying a bit. His emotional release was infectious.
Nov. 9th, 2013 11:31 am (UTC)
Ecclestone's first episode was the day of my 40th birthday, which I was celebrating in Lisbon with some friends. I forgot to set the video to record it (I don't think my expectations were very high, to be honest), so it was some time before I got to see it, and was hugely impressed with Ecclestone's Doctor in particular. I think Dalek might be my favourite single episode of 21st Century Who, and it's certainly the best Dalek episode of the new run.
Nov. 9th, 2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
Count me as another one who loved The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances. Even if I refused to watch the second part unless someone sat with me.
Nov. 10th, 2013 07:23 pm (UTC)
Dalek has my single favorite line in all of the Who I've seen, which is of course the Dalek's grated, "You would make a good Dalek." Again, coming from a viewer who knows How The Doctor Who Universe Works, but has no attachment to any of the old Who--the sheer gut-wrenching power of that line was just amazing.

It did not, however, make me cry, which "Just this once, Rose! Just this once, everybody lives!" did. Does. I didn't start watching New Who until the 3rd season, and a friend who does know and love All Who had quoted that bit as one of the most poignant moments of Who ever, so I knew it was coming...and it was still amazingly effective.

I also think Captain Jack is at his best and most charming in those two episodes. After that I often found him a little strained (less so in this season in general, but post-s1, yeah), but when I rewatch those episodes I'm reminded how stunningly easy and fun it was to fall in love with him.

Writing all this, in fact, is making it clear that probably Nine *is* my Doctor, because just about everything was right with this season, for me as a new viewer. I loved "Father's Day" and persistently feel terrible that poor Paul's fantastic episodes kept being followed by an even-more-fantastic Moffat ep, and just...yeah. I really loved this season. I don't remember particularly disliking any of the episodes. I guess I'd have to go back and re-watch.

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