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Jul 14, 2006

20 Questions

TwentyWell, that was the season that was. So, what did you make of it?

I'm inviting the BTS bloggers to submit season 2 overviews over the next couple of weeks and I'll be attempting to work out who won the competition over the next couple of days (it's gonna be hard work counting all those Torchwood references!). In the meantime the following season poll is open to everyone.

Incidentally, it appears that Typepad went tits up while I was away but it appears to be working normally again now. I don't know, I go away for a couple of days...*

1) What was your favourite episode and why?

2) What was your least favourite episode and why?

3) Best and Worst guest star?

4) Favourite moment of the season?

5) Favourite line of dialogue?

6) Favourite special effect?

7) Favourite director?

8) Favourite DW Confidential?

9) Favourite TARDISode?

10) Favourite use of music in an episode:

11) Favourite bit of spin-off merchandise:

12) Funniest moment:

13) Scariest moment:

14) Silliest moment:

15) Biggest Surprise:

16) Biggest Disappointment:

17) Sum up Season 2 in three words or less:

18) Favourite episode review on the blog (optional)

19) Favourite iWho podcast? (optional)

20) Favourite cameo by a member of this blog?

* and Syd Barrett died the night before I saw Roger Waters - talk about timing...

Comments

1) What was your favourite episode and why?

Girl in the Fireplace, by a countty mile. It was joyous (loved the "drunken" Doctor!), passionate, exciting, touching and the sexual chemistry between Madame de Pompadour and the Doctor was sizzling. The monsers were pretty, the final reveal was clever, and it had the most heart-in-the-mouth moment of the two new series so far, which I'll elaborate on in a second.

2) What was your least favourite episode and why?

Hmmm. Tough one... I really enjoyed Season 2 better than Season 1, and even the more poorly received episodes like Fear Her or Love & Monsters still struck certain chords with me. That said, I think the weekest episode, on balance, was probably Fear Her, but that's not so say it was as awful as many on here were making it out to have been. Admittedly, it had slightly convienient plotting, and felt lightweight compared to stories like The Satan Pit, and lacked a little bite.

3) Best and Worst guest star?

Best was Sophia Myles (or maybe Catherine Tate... ;)). None really stick out as candidate for the worst - I enjoyed Peter Kay immensely! - although Roger Lloyd Pack was a bit hammier than necessary.

4) Favourite moment of the season?

The denouement of Girl in the Fireplace, when the Doctor, full of love, rushes back to collect Madame de Pompadour, only to see her coffin being carried away. I shed a tear, honestly.

5) Favourite line of dialogue?

The Dalek v Cyberman bitchfest was fantastic, and alough "FOURRRR!!!!" had me guffawing, the stand out line for me was "You are better at DYYYYYYYIIINNNNGGGGGGGGGGG!".

6) Favourite special effect?

GITF clockwork monsters...

7) Favourite director?

Moffatt

8) Favourite DW Confidential?

Not having had a chance to watch them again, I'm gonna have to plump for Friends Reunited...

9) Favourite TARDISode?

The one for The Idiot's Lantern.

10) Favourite use of music in an episode:

ELO in Love and Monsters!

11) Favourite bit of spin-off merchandise:

I've already preordered my Cyberman-head Special Edition boxed set!

12) Funniest moment:

Dalek v Cyberman bitchfest in Doomsday.

13) Scariest moment:

The Doctor lowering himself into the pit in the Impossible Planet.

14) Silliest moment:

The paving-slab blowjob was beyond silly, really.

15) Biggest Surprise:

I really wasn't expecting Sophia Myles to be dead, as mentioned above.

16) Biggest Disappointment:

I wasn't especially "disappointed" by anything... I thought Tennant and co. were pretty much flawless and I loved the mix of humour and drama (and having rewatched all of Series 1 again I thought they achieved a better, more seamless mix this year than they did last)...

17) Sum up Season 2 in three words or less:

Tennant is Baker.

18) Favourite episode review on the blog (optional)

Can't pick a specific one, but I got a little disheartened with Neil and Sean's attitutde midseries generally; I thought some of you were too harsh, too ready to pick holes. I did love both of those guy's actual writing styles though and am looking forward to next year! Hell yeah.

19) Favourite iWho podcast? (optional)

The only one I listened to was "The Five Doctors", and it had me in stitches.

20) Favourite cameo by a member of this blog?

*guffaw*

1) What was your favourite episode and why?

Impossible Planet for tension and slow building menace; plus the mini-cliffhanger in the opener had an amusing resolution.

2) What was your least favourite episode and why?

Love and Monsters - chiefly because of the ending. Resurrecting Ursula as a paving stone for Elton (not for Ursula even who had expressed no interest in being a paving stone) was the most misjudged and insensitive bit of writing in the entire show's history.

3) Best and Worst guest star?

Best- Anthony Stewart Head - Why do we need the Mater to return when we have Mr Finch?

Worst - Peter Kay, but it's really not his fault. He can do subtle, but they obviously didn't want him to.

4) Favourite moment of the season?

The cliffhanger at the end of Army of Ghosts (dammit! I hate to admit that!). My son and partner had no idea the daleks were coming back so that was a real feel good moment to watch their jaws drop and my son saying "Daleks and Sideboardmen! Daleks and Sideboardmen!"

5) Favourite line of dialogue?

I don't know it word for word but it went something like "to dismantle you would be a crime, it'd be an act of vandalism... but that's not going to stop me"

6) Favourite special effect?

I never really notice special effects. I loved reading the boards and feeling superior to those who complained about the unconvincing special effect of a horse jumping through a mirror into a ballroom. "You kids don't know you're born!" I thought, "when I were a lad we had rubber snakes on end o' stick... an' we were 'appy."

7) Favourite director?

James Strong for managing to play the fart joke in The Satan Pit so straight you don't even notice it's there the first time.

8) Favourite DW Confidential?

I can barely watch it anymore. If you think the Doctor or Rose are smug you should try listening to Mr Davies for fifeteen minutes of self-congratulation.

9) Favourite TARDISode?

New Earth. Was it me or was there an apparent inverse correlation between the quality of an episode and it's corresponding TARDISODE?

10) Favourite use of music in an episode:

Ravel's Bolero in Impossible Planet.

11) Favourite bit of spin-off merchandise:

Slitheen Whoopee Cushion as given free with issue two of Doctor Who Adventures. Good idea that.

12) Funniest moment:

Jackie assuming the Doctor is asking for an update on Eastenders when he asks "how did this happen?" That almost verges on social comment.

13) Scariest moment:

"Don't look round" scene where the voice of Sutekh, sorry I mean Satan, stalks Todd.

14) Silliest moment:

The last fifeteen minutes of Love and Monsters.

15) Biggest Surprise:

Shouldn't be that much of a surprise but the inference of the Torchwood thread seems to be that the Earth Empire as seen in Impossible Planet and numerous classic series episodes in fact evolves from a second British Empire, which presumably explains why they all have British accents.

16) Biggest Disappointment:

The Satan Pit for not addressing any of the issues of slavery and bigotry raised in the first episode. So we're supposed to accept that the Ood are slaves for no other reason than they happen to like it. Maybe they also request that if it's at all possible could their human masters please refer to them as "stupid cattle" because it really turns them on. Funny how Matt Jones is the only writer not to talk on Doctor Who Confidential. I wonder if that has anything to do with the fact that after the rewrites to his script he can't say the word "Russell" without having to spit.

17) Sum up Season 2 in three words or less:

Difficult Second Album


18) Favourite episode review on the blog (optional)

Sadly My Sky+ Remote Didn't Fail To Record This

because it echoed my sentiments perfectly and was the first person online to express the view myself, my partner, her mother, and many of our friends all had in reference to that ending - "the idea that the Doctor can magic up the last victim into such a miserable existence as that flies against everything we know about him."
Frankly that was disturbing, and Doctor Who should be disturbing in places, but not when it's supposed to be The Doctor's idea of a happy ending. I can't understand why more people weren't commenting on this. Okay I won't bang on about it again, but I was glad to see I wasn't mad for objecting to that.

19) Favourite iWho podcast? (optional)

20) Favourite cameo by a member of this blog?

Definately the blinking scene in Rise of the Cybermen

1) What was your favourite episode and why?

The Impossible Planet, because that's what Doctor Who looked like in my head when I was a kid. (Thought the script and acting were great too. And it's a proper alien world. And it's got Sutekh's voice. And...)

2) What was your least favourite episode and why?

New Earth, because I couldn't believe they wasted all those effects and our first alien world on something so silly.

3) Best and Worst guest star?

Best: Anthony Stewart Head. Worst: Trisha

4) Favourite moment of the season?

Toby bathing in the black sun.

5) Favourite line of dialogue?

"This is not war. This is pest control."

6) Favourite special effect?

Probably the beast in the Satan Pit.

7) Favourite director?

James Strong, but this is by far the hardest question to answer.

8) Favourite DW Confidential?

Friends Reunited

9) Favourite TARDISode?

Tooth and Claw, because it actually showed something interesting that was relevant to the story and wasn't featured in the episode

10) Favourite use of music in an episode:

Reprise of Song for Ten for the final Doctor/Sarah scene, although I have a big soft spot for the moment when the Cybermen them turns into the Dalek theme at the end of Army of Ghosts.

11) Favourite bit of spin-off merchandise:

My sticker album. Makes me feel like a kid again. And I've nearly finished it, too, which I never managed with albums I had as a kid.

12) Funniest moment:

"We would destroy the Cybermen with one Dalek"

13) Scariest moment:

When Cassandra took over the Doctor and I had a moment of panic that there would be stuff like that in every episode.

14) Silliest moment:

New Earth from the moment Cassandra jumps into Rose until the Next Time trailer (Or possibly Elton being chased by the Absorbaloff)

15) Biggest Surprise:

Being pleased to see Mickey for all of his appearances

16) Biggest Disappointment:

New Earth

17) Sum up Season 2 in three words or less:

Uneven

18) Favourite episode review on the blog (optional)

Too many to choose from. Enjoyed them even more than last year, which is why I've started posting comments.

19) Favourite iWho podcast? (optional)

20) Favourite cameo by a member of this blog?

Rise of the Cybermen. Doomsday was phoned in.

1) What was your favourite episode and why?: 'The Girl in the Fireplace' for oh-so-many reasons. It has everything a good Doctor Who story should: comedy, romance, surrealism, mystery, action, scares, tears, a smattering of historical education, and killer robots. The fact that it managed to break a cardinal rule and (gasp!) allude to the Doctor getting his end away is testament to Moffat's enduring genius. And the final shot was sublime.

2) What was your least favourite episode and why?: 'Fear Her'. Dull, derivative, touchy-feely suburban filler, which includes *the* worst moment of the entire series. I wonder if you can guess what that might be. It also happens to conclude with a trailer that gives away one of the biggest "surprises" of the entire season. You have no idea how close this blog came to shutting down that night!

3) Best and Worst guest star?

Best: Sophia Myles. No contest.

Worst: I have no idea what his name is (and neither do I care) but he used to be the least annoying Ferrera brother in EastEnders. He played the Torchwood technician in AoG/DD and he was AWFUL.

4) Favourite moment of the season?: TGI Fireplace's final scene.

5) Favourite line of dialogue?: "Maximum Defence Mode!"

6) Favourite special effect?: The Daleks floating out of the sphere in Army of Ghosts.

7) Favourite director?: Graeme Harper for making John Paul look like he had a girlfriend.

8) Favourite DW Confidential?: The episode that dealt with TGI Fireplace. Mainly for Moffat's bit about Madame De Pompadour fans going apeshit.

9) Favourite TARDISode?: They were all pretty shoddy but at least the one for School Reunion made a modicum of sense!

10) Favourite use of music in an episode: Murray Gold's 'Girl in the Fireplace' theme during the last 3 minutes of that episode.

11) Favourite bit of spin-off merchandise: The remote controlled K9

12) Funniest moment: The Dalek V Cybermen bitch fight.

13) Scariest moment: The wolf goes in for the kill in Tooth and Claw.

14) Silliest moment: Pavement sex in prime-time.

15) Biggest Surprise: Catherine "facking liberty" Tate. The only thing they managed to keep secret!

16) Biggest Disappointment: David Tennant.

17) Sum up Season 2 in three words or less: Smug.

18) Favourite episode review on the blog: Damon's 'Autism of Fire'. It manages to foreshadow Catherine Tate in a spooky way, it contains a very funny picture and it started this blog's slow metamorphosis into a BSG site.

19) Favourite iWho podcast?: 'New Earth' - so libelous it will never see the light of day. RRRRUNNNNN!!!!

20) Favourite cameo by a member of this blog?: Coleberg's turn as the Cyber-bride in 'Age of Steel'...

1) What was your favourite episode and why?

Tough call: Impossible Planet and Army of Ghosts show how this production team is so good at building up a good story. School Reunion is up there too.

2) What was your least favourite episode and why?

The Idiot's Lantern - I had high hopes but there were too many silly bits that led nowhere (eg. the hapless police) and the annoying monologues.

3) Best and Worst guest star?

Anthony Head closely followed by Peter Kay - here's hoping they both come back in some guise.

Worst? dunno

4) Favourite moment of the season?

Yeah the Cyberman/Dalek bitch-fest was great as was the mayhem afterwards in that episode. The Dalek related mayhem in both seasons has been really well done.

The moment Rose gets her back up as she realises that Sarah is an ex is great too.

5) Favourite line of dialogue?

"Die you fuc-arrgh!" from Age of Steel.

6) Favourite special effect?

Making K9 so un-annoying...

7) Favourite director?

Tough call: Graeme Harper did a great job with what he was given and Euros Lyn put in some excellent work too - esp. in T&C.

8) Favourite DW Confidential?

didn't watch them.

9) Favourite TARDISode?

ditto

10) Favourite use of music in an episode:

I got the feeling Murray Gold was saddled with the Welsh BBC Orchestra this season writing for which can't be easy (the only work of his I know is from Doctor Who) seeing as his score in the previous season was relatively understated in the previous season. So I reckon the best music was in the last couple of episodes where he was going back to his more modern or electronic tropes.

11) Favourite bit of spin-off merchandise:

Inflatable pavement slab

12) Funniest moment:

Probably the Dalek Cyberman sledging.

13) Scariest moment:

The cyber-conversion was really creepy - esp. in RotC

14) Silliest moment:

The Doctor lighting the Olympic torch...

15) Biggest Surprise:

liking k-9.

16) Biggest Disappointment:

the lack of disciplined script editing overall..

17) Sum up Season 2 in three words or less:

fun exciting corny

18) Favourite episode review on the blog (optional)

all good!

19) Favourite iWho podcast? (optional)

20) Favourite cameo by a member of this blog?

Faceless Londoner number 6 in the police warehouse.

1) What was your favourite episode and why?

Doomsday. It was such fun that I managed to forget the bad bits of the series.

2) What was your least favourite episode and why?

"Fear Her". Many reasons, but above all it was incredibly boring.

3) Best and Worst guest star?

Best: Oberman and the cleavage of destiny
Worst: Roger Lloyd-Pack

4) Favourite moment of the season?

The Doctor and Rose putting their faces against the wall in Doomsday. Brilliantly acted, and very touching.

5) Favourite line of dialogue?

"I ain't afraid of no ghost!" OR "Forget the shooty dog thing."

6) Favourite special effect?

Daleks at the end of AoG

7) Favourite director?

On a single viewing of each episode I find them hard to tell apart. Harper for old times sake.

8) Favourite DW Confidential?

Oh blimey what next! Favourite 15 minute slot from BidUp TV? I didn't even watch them all. The last one.

9) Favourite TARDISode?

I've wiped them from my mind. Again, I can only remember the last one with the world's least convincing newsreader.

10) Favourite use of music in an episode:

Gold's "folk button" moment at the end of Doomsday

11) Favourite bit of spin-off merchandise:

Neil's remote-controlled K9

12) Funniest moment:

The Daleks, Cybermen and their screaming handbag bitch-fest

13) Scariest moment:

It wasn't very scary this series, was it? The bloke changing into a werewolf in Tooth and Claw at a push.

14) Silliest moment:

"I ain't afraid of no ghosts!" But so many to choose from.

15) Biggest Surprise:

Catherine Tate cropping up

16) Biggest Disappointment:

That Tennant wasn't better. But when he's good, he's very good. The last ten minutes of Army of Ghosts, and most of Doomsday demonstrate this. I hope he tones his performance down a bit and embraces the beauty of a good solid brood next season.

17) Sum up Season 2 in three words or less:

Got there eventually.

18) Favourite episode review on the blog (optional)

Mr Querry's ravings normally do the job for me. Can't remember a specific one, I just imagine him in a strait-jacket ranting them all into a dictaphone.

19) Favourite iWho podcast? (optional)

Earthshock Part 4 made me laugh.

20) Favourite cameo by a member of this blog?

I feel honoured to know the ratfink.

1) What was your favourite episode and why?
School Reunion for the sheer joy of seeing Sarah Jane and K9 again.

2) What was your least favourite episode and why?
Love & Monsters – it wasn’t big (well some of it was) and it wasn’t clever.

3) Best and Worst guest star?
Elisabeth Sladen for best, Zoe Wannamaker for worst.

4) Favourite moment of the season?
Sarah Jane’s discovery that it is indeed the Doctor.

5) Favourite line of dialogue?
“Come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough” or words to that effect in Doomsday – you know the stuff I mean.

6) Favourite special effect?
The horse leaping through the mirror.

7) Favourite director?
Graeme Harper – a very generous director.

8) Favourite DW Confidential?
Cybermen.

9) Favourite TARDISode?

Idiot’s Lantern
10) Favourite use of music in an episode:
Doomsday

11) Favourite bit of spin-off merchandise:
Doctor Who Adventures – those free gifts are to die for.

12) Funniest moment:
K9 agreeing that he is indeed a bad dog.

13) Scariest moment:
Hootie & the Blowfish (or whatever the first victims name was) getting killed in The Impossible Planet.

14) Silliest moment:
Love & Monsters.

15) Biggest Surprise:
That David Tennant would be so annoying.
16) Biggest Disappointment:
That David Tennant was so annoying. And they cut my scene back in Doomsday 

17) Sum up Season 2 in three words or less:
John Paul Green.

18) Favourite episode review on the blog (optional)
I don’t read them. Joke – Neil Perryman’s Steel or No Steel.

19) Favourite iWho podcast? (optional)
The Five Doctors.

20) Favourite cameo by a member of this blog?
Me, me, me – insert a few cheesy grins if you want.

Ooo, this is tough.

1) What was your favourite episode and why?
The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit. It's the darkest episode we've had so far, it's set on an alien world (hooray!), it shows just how good Tennant can be and it has that wonderful shot of Toby standing on the planet's surface. Beautiful.

2) What was your least favourite episode and why?
New Earth. After all that hype and expectation, to und up with something so underwhelming wasn't exactly great. And what the heck was up with that ending? It made no sense! They were IV fluids, you don't pass them on via touch!

3) Best and Worst guest star?
Best - Sophia Myles. Tennant is a lucky bastard.
Worst - Peter Kay. Don't get me wrong, he's a fine actor, but it's the suit that let him down.

4) Favourite moment of the season?
Ooo, there's lots of these, but I'll go with the end of Army of Ghosts.

5) Favourite line of dialogue?
Pretty much anything said by the Beast. Gabriel Woolf has such a beautiful voice.

6) Favourite special effect?
The black hole, which was simply beautiful.

7) Favourite director?
Who did The Satan Pit? That guy.

8) Favourite DW Confidential?
Welcome to Torchwood. I really wanna see that now!

9) Favourite TARDISode?
I thought they were all rubbish, but I'll go with TGITF one.

10) Favourite use of music in an episode:
I'll go with Murray Gold's beautiful piece at the end of Doomsday, which is currently playing on the BBC Doctor Who website.

11) Favourite bit of spin-off merchandise:
If we don't include Doctor Who Adventures and it's great free gifts, then I'll go with the action figures. Make your own adventures!

12) Funniest moment: That'd be the reveal of the Abzorbaloff. Utterly impossible to take the episode seriously after that.

13) Scariest moment: When Toby kills Scooti in The Impossible Planet.

14) Silliest moment: Same as the funniest.

15) Biggest Surprise: The Daleks. I knew they'd be there (the extermination in the ThrowForward), but it still gave me shivers down me spine.

16) Biggest Disappointment: The relisation that I preferred Eccleston's series to this one.

17) Sum up Season 2 in three words or less: Getting there.

18) Favourite episode review on the blog (optional)
Mine. :p

19) Favourite iWho podcast? (optional)
I haven't really listen to many, so I'll go with Rose.

20) Favourite cameo by a member of this blog?
There wasn't one, was there?

Yeah we *are* joking about the blogger cameos right?

I just found this interesting post on the oedipal subtext of Doomsday (I thought it was an electra complex, but never mind).

>Yeah we *are* joking about the blogger cameos right?

Now I'm confused - are you joking? There was definitely a significant blogger cameo.

Right. I must have missed that one... : / If there's a link about it please share. I'm afraid I only found this blog about half-way through this season.

1) What was your favourite episode and why?
Girl in the Fireplace. Beautifully written and (mostly) well played, an intriguing and surprising story, and beautiful clockwork robots. You can't go far wrong with clockwork robots.

2) What was your least favourite episode and why?
Probably School Reunion. Lovely to see Sarah-Jane and all, but the story really was rubbish. Bit of a waste of Gold Blend bloke as well.

3) Best and Worst guest star?
best - Liz Sladen.
worst - Roger Lloyd Pack, the new Richard Briers.

4) Favourite moment of the season?
Nothing beats last year's 'What you going to do - sucker me to death?', but spooky tattoo-faced bloke on the Impossible Planet's surface stands out. Excellent evil grin - with uplifting support from the victim.

5) Favourite line of dialogue?
I still use 'FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE!' in conversation.

6) Favourite special effect?
Werewolf, probably. Ooh, no, dirigibles!

7) Favourite director?
Hard to say - Euros Lyn has improved a huge amount, Graeme Harper still mostly does the business (with the occasional lapse), but I think James Strong wins out.

8) Favourite DW Confidential?
The one about FEAR!

9) Favourite TARDISode?
Tooth and Claw.

10) Favourite use of music in an episode:
The Doomsday coda.

11) Favourite bit of spin-off merchandise:
Top Trumps is the only new thing I've got this year. This will probably change come christmas.

12) Funniest moment:
'FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE!'

13) Scariest moment:
The 'Don't look round' bit in The Impossible Planet.

14) Silliest moment:
The fan hatred explosion. Though that wasn't so much a moment as an ongoing drone.

15) Biggest Surprise:
Jackie not getting killed in Doomsday.

16) Biggest Disappointment:
Rise of the Cybermen - the clunky retro-look Cybermen themselves worked better than I was expecting, but the story was just plain dull.

17) Sum up Season 2 in three words or less:
Honeymoon wears off.

18) Favourite episode review on the blog (optional)
Any that aren't fuelled by hatred of the programme, its actors or its writers. There's always the off switch, chaps. Actually, that 'I am not a fanboy' one had me in giggles.

19) Favourite iWho podcast? (optional)
Life's too short.

20) Favourite cameo by a member of this blog?
Everyone, on the Isolus child's wall doodle, if you look really close.

>If there's a link about it please share. I'm afraid I only found this blog about half-way through this season.

Here's a link, but a few of the blogs about Rise of the Cybermen mention it:

http://tachyontv.typepad.com/waiting_for_christopher/2006/05/control_alterna.html

Ah haa... OK Thanks for the pointer.

1) The Girl in the Fireplace. For its sheer balls-out bottle to do something different and charming. Light, beautiful, funny, scary, charming, sexy and clever at the same time, and a believably touching performance from Tennant at its heart for once. Not only the best of the season, but genuinely one of the best Doctor Who episodes of all time.

2) New Earth. Very much a curate's egg - some great, clever moments and performances, but a plot thinner than Tennant's suit lining and slapstick that completely undermined moments where tension was required. Russell's other scripts this season turned out to be far more consistent, so I'll put it down to a blip.

3) Best: Sophia Myles. Turned in a great performance as Reinette. I'd rather have seen Billie left behind in 18th century France and Sophia join the crew instead.
Worst: Peter Kay. Not for the performance - he was actually ok, and better than I'd expected. But for all the resultant hype and nonsense his casting brought, which overshadowed the episode completely.

4) Sarah Jane and the Doctor in the cafe, discussing the aftermath of her leaving. For once, Sladen wasn't irritating, Tennant was completely understated and as a scene it made perfect sense.

5) "The Loch Ness Monster!" The bitchy exchange between Rose and SJS peaks with the ultimate 'top that' line. Even Rose can't beat it.

6) The Werewolf. Not only was it a scary monster and an impressive effect, as a concept - an entirely CG villain that runs and jumps after the cast - it was incredibly ambitious.

7) Euros Lyn. Perhaps more than Billie, Lyn has been the greatest find of the new series. Brings dynamicism, visual flair and originality to the production. Consistently the direction this season has been high - James Hawes was the only disappointment, and even then he was flat rather than bad.

8) Friends Reunited (2.03)

9) Army of Ghosts.

10) Tight Fit in Rise of the Cybermen. Murray wasn't as intrusive this season, and generally his scores worked far better - a lot of the problem seems to be the volume in the mix, not the actual music. But the complete incongruity of In The Jungle appearing in the episode.

11) The Cybermen action figures. Although all the toys are great. Why the hell couldn't they have been that good in 1988?

12) The Doctor's 'drunk' acting in The Girl in the Fireplace, turning it into a big con as he douses the robot in anti-oil.

13) There weren't many out and out scares this season, sadly. The ideas behind the dad drawing in the wardrobe from Fear Her were pretty nasty though - scary in a subtle, hinted-at way.

14) THAT joke in L&M. What were they thinking?

15) Toss-up between the end of Doomsday - FFS - and the huge trailer running on BBCi just before the season started, which then got an airing on BBC1 completely out of the blue.

16) New Earth - it should have been a triumphant "We're back!" moment after the break between Christmas and season 2. Instead

17) Inconsistently enjoyable

18) Neil's review of The Idiot's Lantern. Although I fear the last par may have given RTD some of next season's storylines.

19) The TV Movie one - the perfect combination of bad puns and spunk gags. It was like a Russell T Davies script...


20)HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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The Tenth Doctor Novels
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Stripped Down Series 2
Stripped Down Series 3
Stripped Down Series 4
Stripped Down Series 5
Stripped Down Series 6