History Gush / DoctorWho

28th May '17 1:34:53 PM nombretomado
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!!TVTropes Hearts ''Doctor Who''

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17th Mar '17 12:50:23 PM MasterFuzzy
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** And then there's Roger Delgado, who defined AffablyEvil. You can tell that he isn't really trying to kill the Doctor too much-he'd miss him. They're really not that far off from being VitriolicBestBuds, and all the scenes where they work together warm this troper's hearts. Sorry, heart.
** Missy. EvilIsHammy, yeah, but she takes on the job of being the first female Master and runs with it.


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** TropeNamer for TheBrigadier. If that doesn't tell you how badass he is, what will?
17th Mar '17 12:43:15 PM MasterFuzzy
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** How many people can say that they're VitriolicBestBuds...with ''themself?''


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** In turn funny, awesome, and even scary, this troper completely seconds this recommendation.
15th Dec '16 1:05:29 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho034SpareParts "Spare Parts"]] -- The definitive origin story for the Cybermen. A story like "Genesis" but more tragic in showing there is little hope for the people of Mondas. And of course plenty of Nightmare Fuel. Much of this was adapted into the Series 2 Cybermen episodes.
* [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho048Davros "Davros"]] -- ADayInTheLimelight for Davros. This is quite possibly the best story for Davros. It has the 6th Doctor, but doesn't feature Daleks or companions. It has Davros experience a whole range of emotions, and defines his character well. It's also another great example of how much Big Finish has helped 6 shine. It proves a great prequel to "Revelation of the Daleks" as well.

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* [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho034SpareParts "Spare Parts"]] -- Creator/PeterDavison, 2002. The definitive origin story for the Cybermen. A story like "Genesis" but more tragic in showing there is little hope for the people of Mondas. And of course plenty of Nightmare Fuel. Much of this was adapted into the Series 2 Cybermen episodes.
* [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho048Davros "Davros"]] -- Creator/ColinBaker, 2003. ADayInTheLimelight for Davros. This is quite possibly the best story for Davros. It has the 6th Doctor, but doesn't feature Daleks or companions. It has Davros experience a whole range of emotions, and defines his character well. It's The interplay between Davros and the Sixth Doctor is also quite something to behold as well and another great example of how much Big Finish has helped 6 the latter truly shine. It proves a great prequel to "Revelation of the Daleks" as well.well.
* [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho052Scherzo "Scherzo"]] -- Creator/PaulMcGann, 2003. A great and emotional MinimalistCast tour de force of a character study of both the Eighth Doctor and his companion, Charley, and their relationship, set against a background that blends horror and absurdism. What Steven Moffat would later attempt to really great effect in the TV series with "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent Heaven Sent]]", Big Finish already pulled off incredibly well 13 years prior.
14th Nov '16 4:24:42 PM dlchen145
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** Have to add to this. ''[[Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures The Eighth Doctor Adventures]]'' got me into Doctor Who after months of skirting the edges of the fandom, put off by ArchivePanic. Novels!Eight is funny, adoreable, immeasurably compassionate and above all, a certified {{Badass}}.

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** Have to add to this. ''[[Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures The Eighth Doctor Adventures]]'' got me into Doctor Who after months of skirting the edges of the fandom, put off by ArchivePanic. Novels!Eight is funny, adoreable, immeasurably compassionate and above all, a certified {{Badass}}.badass.



* Martha. Fuckin. Jones. Full stop! Smart, check. Funny, check. BadAss, triple check! And she's inspired more PSL than anybody else on this list. Hell, even Shakespeare thought she was hot stuff!

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* Martha. Fuckin. Jones. Full stop! Smart, check. Funny, check. BadAss, Badass, triple check! And she's inspired more PSL than anybody else on this list. Hell, even Shakespeare thought she was hot stuff!



* Rory "The Last Centurion" Williams has basically just two settings {{Adorkable}} and {{BadAss}} and he's brilliantly awesome in both. An amazing EnsembleDarkhorse whose CharacterDevelopment was so well done (by both actor and writers) that he believably went from being a ButtMonkey boyfriend that most [[{{Shipping}} Shipper fans]] wanted out of the way, to becoming the [[TheHeart True Heart]] of the current TARDIS team while simultaneously [[TakeALevelInBadass taking so MANY Levels in Badass]] that he now has his own MemeticBadass meme to rival [[Website/ChuckNorrisFacts Chuck Norris's]]. Nurse-Boy done good!

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* Rory "The Last Centurion" Williams has basically just two settings {{Adorkable}} and {{BadAss}} badass and he's brilliantly awesome in both. An amazing EnsembleDarkhorse whose CharacterDevelopment was so well done (by both actor and writers) that he believably went from being a ButtMonkey boyfriend that most [[{{Shipping}} Shipper fans]] wanted out of the way, to becoming the [[TheHeart True Heart]] of the current TARDIS team while simultaneously [[TakeALevelInBadass taking so MANY Levels in Badass]] that he now has his own MemeticBadass meme to rival [[Website/ChuckNorrisFacts Chuck Norris's]]. Nurse-Boy done good!
16th May '16 5:16:39 PM skidoo23
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*** Which is made more amazing by the fact that Donna was only on the show for one season, and actually only had three or four episodes in which she was not competing with Rose, Martha and River!


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** And her character development over her 2 1/2 seasons was profound and amazing. You can actually see how she grows in confidence, in her ability to accept what the Doctor does and embrace it (after her major wobble in Series 8). Some fans complained about her becoming too much like the Doctor, but that was the ''entire point'' of the character. And this was not an AssPull by Moffat; you can see this from her very first episodes in late 2012, most notably The Snowmen. Much of the credit has to go to Jenna Coleman and her intense and amazing chemistry with both Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi, the latter of which rather obviously caused the writers to pivot away from their plans to eliminate romance between the Doctor and Clara; in fact, putting aside TheILoveYouStigma the series abides by, the old-fashioned romance between the Doctor and Clara (as described by Capaldi) led to some of the most intense moments this series has ever had, and culminated in the trilogy that concluded Series 9 which tackled the topics of grief, loss, and "if you could save a loved one with a time machine, would you?" head on.
16th May '16 5:09:43 PM skidoo23
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** The above statement regarding Matt Smith isn't hyperbole; Smith acknowledged that it was Troughton who made the most impact on him when he was doing his research in preparation for playing the Doctor. Troughton's influence on Smith can be seen throughout his time on the series.
16th May '16 5:07:42 PM skidoo23
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** The partnership between the Twelfth Doctor and Clara Oswald, played by Creator/JennaColeman, is on par with the classic companionships of the past like the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane, and goes places the series has rarely gone. Although fans will never agree on whether romance is acceptable in ''Doctor Who'', the relationship depicted between the Doctor and Clara, whether one sees it as a romance (both Coleman and Capaldi directly described it as such in an interview with Wil Wheaton beamed to cinemas across North America in September 2015) or simple friendship, allowed the series to address mature issues such as loyalty, grief, loss, morality, ethics, ageism, and numerous other topics that had rarely been touched upon in this series.
27th Apr '16 9:39:56 AM Sapphirea2
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* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E9TheEmptyChild "The Empty Child"]] / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E10TheDoctorDances "The Doctor Dances"]] -- Creator/ChristopherEccleston, 2005. The first ''really scary'' episodes of the new series. An ostensibly empty spaceship crashes into Blitz-era London and unleashes a plague of gasmask zombies. Meanwhile, the Doctor faces off with a member of Time Agency, played by Creator/JohnBarrowman. Equal measures witty, scary and atmospheric, these were the first episodes written by Creator/StevenMoffat.

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* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E9TheEmptyChild "The Empty Child"]] / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E10TheDoctorDances "The Doctor Dances"]] -- Creator/ChristopherEccleston, 2005. The first ''really scary'' episodes of the new series. An ostensibly empty spaceship crashes into Blitz-era London and unleashes a plague of gasmask zombies. Meanwhile, the Doctor faces off with a member of Time Agency, played by Creator/JohnBarrowman. Equal measures witty, scary and atmospheric, these were the first episodes written by Creator/StevenMoffat.Creator/StevenMoffat, and won the show it's first Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) in 2006.



* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E11Utopia "Utopia"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums "The Sound of Drums"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords "Last of the Time Lords"]]. A satisfying finale to the best of the revived series. There may be quite a DeusExMachina but it is still a better 10 finale to his later ones.
** For the most part the plot is well written, Capitan Jack returns, and Master is just so incredibly awesome in everyway. One of the best season finales in the series.

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* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E11Utopia "Utopia"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums "The Sound of Drums"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords "Last of the Time Lords"]]. A satisfying finale to the best of the revived series. There may be quite a DeusExMachina but it is still a one of Ten's better 10 finale to his later ones.
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finales; for the most part the plot is well written, Capitan Captain Jack returns, and the return of the Master is just so incredibly awesome in everyway.every way. One of the best season finales in the series.



* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife "The Doctor's Wife"]] -- Creator/MattSmith, 2011. A fan favorite for two reasons: being written by Creator/NeilGaiman, and giving ADayInTheLimelight to [[spoiler:the TARDIS herself, getting a human form and working with the Doctor to defeat an alien that's possessed the regular TARDIS and escape an AlternateUniverse.]] She proves herself to be a ManicPixieDreamGirl and even bigger {{Cloudcuckoolander}} than the Doctor himself and finally gets the opportunity to voice her love and loyalty for him, which she does in [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming the sweetest of ways.]]

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* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife "The Doctor's Wife"]] -- Creator/MattSmith, 2011. A fan favorite for two reasons: being written by Creator/NeilGaiman, and giving ADayInTheLimelight to [[spoiler:the TARDIS herself, getting a human form and working with the Doctor to defeat an alien that's possessed the regular TARDIS and escape an AlternateUniverse.]] She proves herself to be a ManicPixieDreamGirl and even bigger {{Cloudcuckoolander}} than the Doctor himself and finally gets the opportunity to voice her love and loyalty for him, which she does in [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming the sweetest of ways.]]]] 2012 Hugo Award winner for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form).



* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E4Listen "Listen"]] -- Creator/PeterCapaldi, 2014. The first great Twelfth Doctor story: He's obsessed with finding a creature capable of "perfect hiding", the source of the universal nightmare about what's under the bed...but does it even exist? Clara has her doubts, but his determination to unravel the mystery will profoundly affect their lives ''and'' that of her new boyfriend Danny Pink. Scripted by Moffat, it's splendidly spooky and tender, with a final sequence that takes a gamble by journeying into [[spoiler: the Doctor's childhood]] and comes up aces. Nominated for a 2015 Hugo Award, and recommended as a good first story for newbies by the official ''Doctor Who'' Tumblr.

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* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E4Listen "Listen"]] -- Creator/PeterCapaldi, 2014. The first great Twelfth Doctor story: He's obsessed with finding a creature capable of "perfect hiding", the source of the universal nightmare about what's under the bed...but does it even exist? Clara has her doubts, but his determination to unravel the mystery will profoundly affect their lives ''and'' that of her new boyfriend Danny Pink. Scripted by Moffat, it's splendidly spooky and tender, with a final sequence that takes a gamble by journeying into [[spoiler: the Doctor's childhood]] and comes up aces. Nominated for a the 2015 Hugo Award, and recommended as a good first story for newbies by the official ''Doctor Who'' Tumblr.



* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E7TheZygonInvasion "The Zygon Invasion"]] / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion "The Zygon Inversion"]] -- Creator/PeterCapaldi, 2015. Two years after "The Day of the Doctor" comes a globetrotting continuation of its B-plot as an uprising of renegade, shapeshifting AliensAmongUs threatens Earth. Highlights include a startling [[TheReveal reveal]] leading into a classic "How will they get out of ''this'' one?" {{Cliffhanger}}, the triumphant return of [[spoiler: fan-favorite Osgood (one of her, anyway!)]], delightful comic dialogue to ease the tension, provocative RippedFromTheHeadlines plot points, and Jenna Coleman at her best as Clara faces off with [[spoiler: her evil Zygon double Bonnie -- so, ''two'' excellent performances for her]]. The Doctor's climactic monologue is a {{Tearjerker}} that might be Twelve's greatest single scene, masterfully played by Capaldi.
* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent "Heaven Sent"]] -- Creator/PeterCapaldi, 2015. Perhaps THE most audacious effort from Creator/StevenMoffat yet, if not televised ''Doctor Who'' as a whole. In the second part of a three-part Series 9 finale (sandwiched by "Face the Raven" and "Hell Bent", both more conventional), the Twelfth Doctor is TrappedInAnotherWorld with only a voiceless monster and his own thoughts to keep him "company" in the wake of betrayal and disaster. While the total effectiveness of this three-parter is debatable (with such events as [[spoiler: Clara's death/return to "life", the Doctor's return to Gallifrey, etc.]]), this episode justifies the whole effort. The Doctor's struggle as his anguish begins to overwhelm him has gorgeous visuals and poetic dialogue. Another brilliant Capaldi performance -- in what's ''very'' close to a one-man show -- reveals the Doctor's hearts and mind as never before.

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* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E7TheZygonInvasion "The Zygon Invasion"]] / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion "The Zygon Inversion"]] -- Creator/PeterCapaldi, 2015. Two years after "The Day of the Doctor" comes a globetrotting continuation of its B-plot as an uprising of renegade, shapeshifting AliensAmongUs threatens Earth. Highlights include a startling [[TheReveal reveal]] leading into a classic "How will they get out of ''this'' one?" {{Cliffhanger}}, the triumphant return of [[spoiler: fan-favorite Osgood (one of her, anyway!)]], delightful comic dialogue to ease the tension, provocative RippedFromTheHeadlines plot points, and Jenna Coleman at her best as Clara faces off with [[spoiler: her evil Zygon double Bonnie -- so, ''two'' excellent performances for her]].performances]]. The Doctor's climactic monologue is a {{Tearjerker}} that might be Twelve's greatest single scene, masterfully played by Capaldi.
* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent "Heaven Sent"]] -- Creator/PeterCapaldi, 2015. Perhaps THE most audacious effort from Creator/StevenMoffat yet, if not televised ''Doctor Who'' as a whole. In the second part of a the three-part Series 9 finale (sandwiched by "Face the Raven" and "Hell Bent", both more conventional), conventional stories), the Twelfth Doctor is TrappedInAnotherWorld with only a voiceless monster and his own thoughts to keep him "company" in the wake of heartrending betrayal and disaster. While the total effectiveness of this three-parter is debatable (with such events as (between [[spoiler: Clara's death/return to "life", the Doctor's return to Gallifrey, Gallifrey]], etc.]]), ), this episode justifies the whole effort. The Doctor's struggle as his anguish begins to overwhelm him has gorgeous visuals and effort. Gorgeous visuals, poetic dialogue. Another dialogue, and another brilliant Capaldi performance -- in what's ''very'' '''very''' close to a one-man show -- reveals reveal the Doctor's hearts and mind as never before.
before. Nominated for the Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) Hugo Award in 2016.
25th Jan '16 3:44:03 PM dibdobs
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** Likewise, Creator/ChristopherEccleston was indispensable to reviving the Doctor and causing a whole new generation of fans to fall in love with. It's a shame he's so often overshadowed by David Tennant, who, by the way, is also awesome.

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** * Likewise, Creator/ChristopherEccleston was indispensable to reviving the Doctor and causing a whole new generation of fans to fall in love with. It's a shame he's so often overshadowed by David Tennant, who, by the way, is also awesome.
**Tennant himself, as well as Peter Capaldi have mentioned in interviews Eccleston's (and Bille Piper's) acting is what got Doctor Who back on its feet. The Ninth Doctor is also the Queen's favorite incarnation, incidentally.
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