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50 years of Who: 2008


Partners in Crime
The Fires of Pompeii
Planet of the Ood
The Sontaran Stratagem
The Poison Sky
The Doctor's Daughter
The Unicorn and the Wasp
Silence in the Library
Forest of the Dead
Turn Left
The Stolen Earth
Journey's End
Music of the Spheres
The Next Doctor
Torchwood: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
Torchwood: Sleeper
Torchwood: To the Last Man
Torchwood: Meat
Torchwood: Adam
Torchwood: Reset
Torchwood: Dead Man Walking
Torchwood: A Day in the Death
Torchwood: Something Borrowed
Torchwood: From Out of the Rain
Torchwood: Adrift
Torchwood: Fragments
Torchwood: Exit Wounds
Sarah Jane: The Last Sontaran
Sarah Jane: The Day of the Clown
Sarah Jane: Secrets of the Stars
Sarah Jane: The Mark of the Berserker
Sarah Jane: The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith
Sarah Jane: Enemy of the Bane

Books and original audiobooks
Doctor Who Storybook 2009 (10)
Doctor Who The Official Annual 2009 (10)
Martha in the Mirror (10)
Snowglobe 7 (10)
The Many Hands (10)
Ghosts of India (10)
The Doctor Trap (10)
Shining Darkness (10)
The Story of Martha (10)
Beautiful Chaos (10)
The Eyeless (10)
Pest Control (10)
The Forever Trap (10)
Revenge of the Judoon (10)
Decide Your Destiny: Lost Luggage (10)
Decide Your Destiny: Second Skin (10)
Decide Your Destiny: The Dragon King (10)
Decide Your Destiny: The Horror of Howling Hill (10)
Short Trips: Defining Patterns
Short Trips: The Quality of Leadership
Short Trips: Transmissions
Short Trips: How The Doctor Changed My Life
Short Trips: Christmas Around the World
Torchwood Yearbook 2009
Something in the Water  (Torchwood)
Trace Memory  (Torchwood)
The Twilight Streets  (Torchwood)
Pack Animals  (Torchwood)
SkyPoint  (Torchwood)
Almost Perfect  (Torchwood)
Hidden (Torchwood)
Everyone Says Hello (Torchwood)
Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? (Sarah Jane)
The Lost Boy (Sarah Jane)
The Last Sontaran (Sarah Jane)
The Day of the Clown (Sarah Jane)
The Time Capsule (Sarah Jane)
The Ghost House (Sarah Jane)
The Vampire Curse (Benny)

The Bride of Peladon
The Condemned
The Dark Husband
The Haunting of Thomas Brewster
Assassin in the Limelight
The Death Collectors & Spider's Shadow
The Boy That Time Forgot
The Doomwood Curse
Kingdom of Silver & Keepsake
Time Reef & A Perfect World
Brotherhood of the Daleks
Forty Five
The Raincloud Man
Dead London
Max Warp
Brave New Town
The Skull of Sobek
Grand Theft Cosmos
The Zygon Who Fell to Earth
Sisters of the Flame Part 1
Vengeance of Morbius Part 2
The Catalyst
Here There Be Monsters
The Great Space Elevator
The Doll of Death
Empathy Games
Home Truths
The Darkening Eye
Return of the Krotons
The Mists of Time
The Ultimate Adventure
The Seven Keys to Doomsday
The Curse of the Daleks
Masters of War
Bernice Summerfield: The Wake
Bernice Summerfield: Beyond the Sea
Bernice Summerfield: The Adolescence of Time
Bernice Summerfield: The Adventure of the Diogenes Damsel
Bernice Summerfield: The Diet of Worms
Dalek Empire IV: The Fearless (fourth part)
Torchwood: Lost Souls

The first Who from 2008 that I encountered: The start of the second series of Torchwood, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang - tuned in to watch in in mid-January. I was 40.

My favourite Who from 2008: This is a very good year overall. I think Midnight is a colossally good Who episode, perhaps the best that Russell T. Davies ever wrote. Of the audios, I loved The Doomwood Curse, The Great Space Elevator, Brotherhood of the Daleks (revolutionary Daleks singing "The Red Flag"!) and The Bride of Peladon. A less good year for books, though I quite liked Wooden Heart, Sting of the Zygons, The Many Hands and the Torchwood books Pack Animals and The Twilight Streets.

Moving swiftly on from: Sick Building, by Paul Magrs, which features a monster called, I kid you not, The Voracious Claw. The Torchwood episode Fragments is pretty awful too, apart from the bit with Ianto and the pterodactyl which is mildly funny.

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. 12th, 2013 11:25 am (UTC)
And once more I'm the contrarian, considering "Midnight" one of the worst eps of New Who. My favorite eps were the Stolen Earth/Journey's End, because, well, DETONATE THE REALITY BOMB!!!!!
Nov. 12th, 2013 01:20 pm (UTC)
I noticed you friended me. I added you back.

Anyway, since this post isn't on doctorwho yet...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Donna. My husband hates her, lol. And I strongly dislike River, though at this point I didn't know that yet. :p Well, I knew I didn't like her, I just didn't know to what extent yet. This was the season/series that I did my own version of "Thinkies", though I called them Play-By-Plays and instead of doing it on a first watch I did it on the second.

My absolute favorite scene is flying the Earth home in "Journey's End". The visuals and the music and...gah! "Midnight" made me want to hug the Doctor again.
Nov. 12th, 2013 06:22 pm (UTC)
Donna is my favorite New Who companion.

Sarah Jane is the all-time champion, though.
Nov. 12th, 2013 01:58 pm (UTC)
The second season of Torchwood was amazing, particularly the undead Owen trilogy (Reset, Dead Man Walking and A Day in the Death) and Adrift.
Nov. 15th, 2013 01:14 pm (UTC)
Donna, totally to my surprise, turned out to be by far my favorite companion, even though I loved Rose's story. But Rose didn't make me cry, and Donna made me cry nearly every episode. I have endless love and respect for Catherine Tate now, when before I knew almost nothing about her. Consequently, because it is so much about her, I think probably "Turn Left" is my favorite episode of this season, although, boy. Pompeii and the Ood are right up there.

I liked the Library episodes in some ways and in others...really not so much, so they're probably the failures for this season for me. That and the deplorable treatment of Donna in the last episode. I read (or watched) somewhere that RTD had intended for her to hear the Tardis at the end, and to look up with a hint of memory, and he'd been talked out of it, but he was wrong to be. She/we/I needed that moment, and I'm still angry we didn't get it.
Dec. 18th, 2013 01:53 pm (UTC)
Silence in the Library is terrific. If you don't like it, you're probably not going to like New Who at all, because it's kind of the concentrated essence of the first four years of the show.

I'm ambivalent about Midnight. I like the "monster" -- it's just a woman who repeats things! And I absolutely love the fact that we never find out what the hell was really going on. The knocking, the destruction of the cab... no explanation. That's great, and I have no desire to ever revisit that planet -- let the mystery stay a mystery.

But it's talky, and the inversion of the Doctor's strengths against him is a bit by-the-numbers, and at the end of the day the terrified passengers *are right* -- she really is a monster, and throwing her out the airlock isn't a half bad idea. So it's a story where the mystery is never explained, /and/ a story where the Doctor loses, /and/ a story where the Doctor was wrong. Any of those would be fine; all three together is a bit much.

Doug M.
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