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50 years of Who: 2010


The End of Time (Part 2)
The Eleventh Hour
The Beast Below
Victory of the Daleks
The Time of Angels
Flesh and Stone
The Vampires of Venice
Amy's Choice
The Hungry Earth
Cold Blood
Vincent and the Doctor
The Lodger
The Pandorica Opens
The Big Bang
A Christmas Carol
Torhwood: Miracle Day
Sarah Jane: The Nightmare Man
Sarah Jane: The Vault of Secrets
Sarah Jane: Death of the Doctor
Sarah Jane: The Empty Planet
Sarah Jane: Lost in Time
Sarah Jane: Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith
K9: Liberation
K9: The Korven
K9: The Bounty Hunter
K9: Sirens of Ceres
K9: Fear Itself
K9: The Fall of The House of Gryffen
K9: Jaws of Orthrus
K9: Dream-Eaters
K9: The Curse of Anubis
K9: Oroborus
K9: Alien Avatar
K9: Aeolian
K9: The Last Oak Tree
K9: Black Hunger
K9: The Cambridge Spy
K9: Lost Library of UKKO
K9: Mutant Copper
K9: The Custodians
K9: Taphony and the Time Loop
K9: Robot Gladiators
K9: Mind Snap
K9: Angel of The North
K9: The Last Precinct
K9: Hound of the Korven
K9: The Eclipse of the Korven

Books and original audiobooks
Doctor Who IDW Annual 2010 (10)
Doctor Who The Official Annual 2011 (11)
Doctor Who The Brilliant Book 2011 (11)
Apollo 23 (11)
Night of the Humans (11)
The Forgotten Army (11)
Nuclear Time (11)
The King's Dragon (11)
The Glamour Chase (11)
The Coming of the Terraphiles (11)
The Last Voyage (10)
Dead Air (10)
The Ring of Steel (11)
The Runaway Train (11)
Code of the Krillitanes (10)
Decide Your Destiny: Claws of the Macra (11)
Decide Your Destiny: The Coldest War (11)
Decide Your Destiny: Judoon Monsoon (11)
Decide Your Destiny: Empire of the Wolf (11)
The Weeping Angels
Judoon Afternoon  (Sarah Jane)
The Haunted House  (Sarah Jane)
Painting Peril  (Sarah Jane)
Blathereen Dream  (Sarah Jane)
The Nightmare Man (Sarah Jane)
Death of the Doctor (Sarah Jane)
Deadly Download (Sarah Jane)
Wraith World  (Sarah Jane)
Present Danger (Benny)

A Thousand Tiny Wings
Survival of the Fittest & Klein's Story
The Architects of History
City of Spires
The Wreck of the Titan
Legend of the Cybermen
The Whispering Forest
The Cradle of the Snake
Project: Destiny
A Death in the Family
Lurkers at Sunlight's Edge
The Demons of Red Lodge and Other Stories
The Hollows of Time
Paradise 5
Point of Entry
The Song of Megaptera
The Macros
Farewell Great Macedon / The Fragile Yellow Arc of Fragrance
Prison in Space / The Destroyers
Situation Vacant
The Book of Kells
Deimos Part 1
The Resurrection of Mars Part 2
Relative Dimensions
Bernice Summerfield and the Criminal Code
The Suffering
The Emperor of Eternity
Shadow of the Past
The Time Vampire
Night's Black Agents
The Guardian of the Solar System
Echoes of Grey
Find and Replace
The Invasion of E-Space
A Town Called Fortune
The Three Companions (last three parts)
The Four Doctors
The Revenants
Demon Quest: The Relics of Time
Demon Quest: The Demon of Paris
Demon Quest: A Shard of Ice
Demon Quest: Starfall
Demon Quest: Sepulchre
Short Trips - Volume 1
Bernice Summerfield: Resurrecting the Past
Bernice Summerfield: Escaping the Future
Bernice Summerfield: Year Zero
Bernice Summerfield: Dead Man's Switch
Bernice Summerfield: Bernice Summerfield and the Criminal Code
Bernice Summerfield: Dead and Buried
Jago & Litefoot: The Bloodless Soldier
Jago & Litefoot: The Bellova Devil
Jago & Litefoot: The Spirit Trap
Jago & Litefoot: The Similarity Engine
Graceless: The Sphere
Graceless: The Fog
Graceless: The End

The first Who from 2010 that I encountered: Yes, I watched David Tennant's protracted farewell and Matt Smith's debut on New Year's Day. I was 42.

My favourite Who from 2010: This is another very good year. From TV Who, it has to be Vincent and the Doctor, though there are other good points too; this is also I think the best series of the Sarah Jane Adventures. David Tennant's last appearance is actually the excellent original audiobook Dead Air; and I seem to have given no fewer than 20 of the other books and audios (mainly audios) of this year 4/5 on LibraryThing, so it's a bit invidious to pick out only a few. However, I'll recommend the Sixth Doctor / Jamie trilogy, most of the Eighth Doctor audio arc from this year, the first Jago and Litefoot series, and the original audiobooks Deadly Download (Sarah Jane). The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who was an excellent innovation.

Moving swiftly on from: Prison in Space was a Second Doctor script that should have been left to fester in Fraser Hines' attic. Big Finish has some excellent stuff, as mentioned above, but the Companion Chronicles went through some sticky patches this year. And of the K9 TV show, well, when I mentioned to someone who had been involved with it that there had been some good bits, he fixed me with a firm and slightly sad stare, and said, "Oh yes? Which bits were those, then?"

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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( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 14th, 2013 12:23 pm (UTC)
Well, my favorite Who from this era was the End of Time Part II -- I mean, really, how can you beat Timothy Dalton chewing the scenery as Rassilon?

Of Matt Smith's debut... well, as I've said elsewhere, I think Matt has gotten overall weak scripts. I'm tempted to go with Victory of the Daleks, because, well, Daleks, but I think The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood is the best of this season. But a lot of the most MEMORABLE Smith moments come in other episodes -- his epic speech to the Atraxi ("... what happened to THEM?"), his multi-timelined solution to the Pandorica problem, the tearjerking finale of Vincent and the Doctor, etc., and Rory's becoming the Last Centurion is certainly awesome.

Worst... Amy's Choice, I think. That or The Lodger, but that one led to another very fun episode.
Nov. 14th, 2013 02:18 pm (UTC)
The thing I remember is the enormous feeling of relief when I watched "The Eleventh Hour" because I'd grown to really, really dislike 10, and I didn't want to dislike the Doctor and then suddenly we get the raggedy madman in a box and I was in love with Dr Who again. I'm really not ready for 11 to be gone.
Nov. 15th, 2013 09:02 am (UTC)
The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang is still the best thing ever.
Nov. 15th, 2013 01:37 pm (UTC)
My first favorite moment was Eleven walking through all the faces of the Doctor, which was just...beautiful. Again, as somebody with no attachment to Old Who, it just worked so beautifully for me anyway, and I was so admiring of it.

"Vincent and the Doctor" made me love Van Gogh's paintings, which I never had before. It also made me sob uncontrollably in the last museum scene, which is pretty well as perfect a moment of television as I've ever seen. That, in my opinion, is the best use of time travel imaginable (aside from saving the Library at Alexandria, which is obviously first on any reasonable person's list). I'd like to be able to pull Nikola Tesla forward to see the Tesla Museum that's being built, and the Tesla vehicle line, and all of the ways in which a madman who died in obscurity has been brought back to the light.

The Last Centurian is my last favourite moment in this season. OMG, Rory. <3

And yet overall I thought it was a pretty weak season. I just don't think Eleven has gotten good scripts, as a rule.
Nov. 15th, 2013 11:01 pm (UTC)
I must be the anti-seawasp because "Amy's Choice" and "The Lodger" were my favourites, while I found "The Hungry Earth"/"Cold Blood" dull. Not awful, just a bit slow-moving and unambitious. It's like a Pertwee story with modern production values—but production values are not the only things that have changed since 1970. (Neve McIntosh did a super job of acting through all those prosthetics, though—they were right to bring her back.)

"Vincent and the Doctor" had a magnificent performance from Tony Curran, but the heart-warming scenes at the end felt very hollow in the knowledge that Vincent killed himself less than two months after painting the church at Auvers. A limitation of the celebrity historical format, I suppose.
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