i love rtd

…the battle and the stakes have to be epic. Worlds have to be torn apart. Literally, you can only separate her from the Doctor by closing off an entire universe. Everything’s stepped up to a mythological level–even the Doctor freely starts referring to the Void as ‘Hell’. Silver and gold are fighting over London. Steel and bronze. Ground and sky. Red lasers verses blue lasers. Opposites. It’s all opposites, and parallels, at war with each other. Only something that massive can send the Doctor and Rose to Bad Wolf Bay…
—  Russell T. Davies (DWM 372)

Been busy with stuff and things, so have a cropped version of a drawing I did back in 2014 and never posted on this blog

(Please do not repost or use this or any of my art for fanmix covers, graphic edits and so on thanks)

defending nine

i have seen some unexpected nine hate recently and i really wanted to rant about dismiss some of the arguments i read…

  1. the ninth doctor was not cruel or mean. he could be unforgiving and ruthless, yes, but he was not mean. his less forgiving moments were perfectly understandable and often linked to the emotional trauma that nine experienced following the time war. it is part of the doctor’s character to be ruthless at times, as we see with ten in ‘the runaway bride’ and because of this he ‘needs someone to stop him’, as donna says.
  2. the ninth doctor was capable of happiness and joy and he was not solely shaped by his negative emotions (which if anything, for me, transformed the hero figure of the doctor to a more relatable person with his own problems and feelings). we see him be genuinely happy all the time because rose is the person who opens him up and makes him feel better, the person who allows him to heal slowly. his catchphrase is fantastic so he obviously isn’t solely an angry/moody doctor and he is always finding reasons to smile (or smirk at least)
  3. he was a genuinely funny, witty doctor just as the others are- that’s a large part of the doctor’s character- and i never saw him as simply silly or goofy. in my opinion, he has some of the best lines in the new who series- his great sense of humour was one of the main reasons i loved watching him as a child. i mean: “i give you… air from my lungs” “what are you gonna do? moisturise me?” “lots of planets have a north.” “that won’t last… he’s gay and she’s an alien” he was so funny!
  4. he was not a skippable doctor. as david tennant himself said, christopher eccleston’s portrayal of the doctor was what set the whole new who series off again, what brought doctor who into the next generation and what began the successful franchise of today. he even brought a northern accent into doctor who (literally he was the first properly northern one) *cheers for representation* while he didn’t stay for as long or act alongside modern special effects, nine’s acting and plots were brilliant and worth just as much as any of the other doctor’s.
  5. he definitely cared about others. i feel like a lot of people have the misconception that he ‘only saved the world because he had to’ or that ‘he didn’t really care about humans at all’. he cared about many of the people they encounter,for example, in ‘the empty child’ he seems to really care about nancy and the kids she looks after. i believe that despite his personal issues, all incarnations of the doctor have the basic tendency to care for others- that’s why he’s always saving worlds and rescuing civilisations and defeating terrible creatures and running a lot- because he wants to, because that’s the sort of time lord he is.
  6. and of course he loved rose deeply. the way that they look at each other and the way that they speak to each other alone makes it obvious. if you even need evidence…in ‘dalek’*, the dalek (who has seen into rose’s mind) calls her ‘the woman you love’, he thinks she is beautiful in ‘the unquiet dead’, he gets jealous of both captain jack and adam, and he values her more than anything else: “i could save the world but lose you” and ultimately it was nine that rose fell in love with in the beginning.

[*don’t even try to argue that he sacrifices her to kill the dalek because he doesn’t, he thinks she will make it to the gate and when she doesn’t he is distraught but rose knows it is not his fault- when he has the second chance he saves her]

i could have said this in less words but basically i love nine, especially because i got into doctor who through him, and i really wanted to put out some nine positivity because he is so often criticised and underrated when he was fantastic. (sorry)

[The EU referendum should be] the easiest vote in the world. I’ll vote in, of course. Mainly because everyone who’s campaigning to get us out is a fucking idiot. You look at them – there’s Gove, there’s Boris Johnson, there’s IDS. My mind is made up! Simplest vote in the world! I mean, don’t bother me with statistics – it’s easy. I am worried about the vote though. And I’m worried about Trump. Fucking hell. I’ve got quite a history of being a science fiction writer, but when I look at the real world, we could be months away from Boris Johnson becoming prime minister, leading us out of Europe. Well, then we are living in a dystopian future – it’s Hunger Games in the blink of an eye, isn’t it? How did that happen? I mean, what is Boris Johnson except one of the rich people with their silly hair from the Hunger Games?
—  Russell T Davies, interview with The Guardian
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Favorite Doctor Who Confidential Moments (7/?)

Billie and David Becoming Cassandra

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Behind the Scenes of The Poison Sky / The Sontaran Stratagem (Part Three)

Excerpts from the DVD Commentary with David Tennant, Russell T. Davies, and producer Susie Liggat:

DT: It’s funny how the weirdest things can be very difficult.  That bit where I chuck that gun away, which has to look terribly carefree, careless, and yet throwing a gun away is so difficult because it’s an expensive prop

RTD: Yeah, yeah

DT: …that you can’t afford to break or scratch.  So to toss it away with such elan, you have to have fourteen people holding up duvets and cushions, desperately trying to catch this gun before it scratches itself or something else.

SL: I think Phil is an ex-rugby player or something because he’s got pretty safe hands, hasn’t he?

DT: Phil Shellard the grand-master of props

SL: He’s a legend

DT: I broke that [the device the Doctor makes in Rattigan’s lab].  There’s a Phil Shellard story!  The first time I did that, hitting that thing with a hammer, the prop broke in two.

RTD: [ laughs loudly ]

DT: And Phil Shellard mended it in about 30 seconds to go for another take.

SL: He was amazing.

DT: And you can’t tell.  Maybe if you freeze-frame you can just see a hairline crack, but I bet you can’t.  Oh you can!  Just at the bottom, see?

RTD: Oh yeah, look there!

DT: Below the red switch.

RTD: You vandal.

DT: Sorry 

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I love 9 too! I wish Eccleston had done more than one season, I think he was a great doctor. My favourite is still 10. I can’t wait for another showrunner for the show. I loved the RTD era to death but I lost interest pretty soon after Moffat came. He makes amazing single episodes, but I don’t like how DW has turned out now. I have only seen a couple of episodes of 12 doctor, I’m just not interested anymore.

Once I’m in a fandom, I stick through thick and thin so I’ve watched all the way up to and through 12.  There are things I like and dislike about what Moffat has done. I do agree I don’t like where we have reached in the large overall story, but great individual stories (that’s probably why he does so well with sherlock).  It’s just doesn’t feel quite right and I feel Moffat had run his course somewhere in 11′s time line.  Clara Oswald is probably my least favorite companion but I don’t think that’s her fault.  I don’t think she was really written all that well for the long haul like they kept her. Her character intrigued me and the ideas there but I don’t like how it was executed.

Honestly, my favorite companions were Captain Jack Harkness and Donna Noble.  It wasn’t so focused on romantic love but a love of friendship and adventure (well…..Jack probably wanted love but his openness is what made in endearing.) 

I’m excited for the changes that become possibilities now that Moffat is leaving the show.  I know it’s still sometime down the road before we start seeing episodes with a new writer but it still makes me happy and hopeful.  Someone with new ideas could really bring a freshness to the show that it desperately needs.

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Behind the scenes of The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit (Part 5)

Excerpt from director James Strong’s “Director’s Diary” (DWM #371)

It’s the week before we start shooting. The cast arrives in Cardiff for a read-through, followed by a rehearsal. This is such a treat. Too often, the first time that you’ll meet an actor is on set, and you’re straight into the work. Don’t get me wrong, you can’t do enormous amounts in a few hours, but any time with the cast in a room just talking through the script and the story can really help the end result. I tend to leave the script alone, and ask the actors to tell me who they think their character is? What do they like? We invent history and background, as well as exploring the relationships between the characters so when they arrive on set, hopefully they’ll have some concrete character notes in their minds.  This will enable them to launch straight into our story, as sadly on the day there will be no time to stop and ponder their ‘motivation’.

We gather early in the morning for the read-through. I nervously drink too much tea and need the loo constantly. It’s amazing the transformation that occurs when a script is read aloud. All the emotion and excitement of the page suddenly fills the room. It is so intoxicating, and, despite my dodgy reading of Zack (as Shaun couldn’t make it), the read-through goes really well, and everyone is looking forward to the shoot… regardless of the rather ominous weather reports, which warn of a major snow-front heading straight for us the day we start shooting!  Also, it’s my first chance to chat with Billie and David, who talk enthusiastically of the story as the scariest they’ve done!

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make me choose 
boetiesarecool asked: torchwood or doctor who

Sitting watching Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead and can’t help but think:

1) how much promise River Song’s story and Steven Moffat’s run in general had, and how much of that potential was wasted. Like seriously, his episodes during RTD’s run are among some of the best. It frustrates me so much?

2) also, before he’s even show runner, he’s basically started putting down Ten’s run as a way of promising that Eleven’s will be EVEN BIGGER AND BETTER. THE BESTEST EVER. Like River literally says ‘this doctor isn’t as good as my (read, Moffat’s) doctor’ and I get it in the context of River’s character but it just sounds like the first piece of Moffat’s self aggrandising bullshit al la 'wait until you get to eleven. That’s the best, I cried my eyes out’.

And ugh I used to love his RTD episodes so much but I can’t watch them now without noticing little bits like that and it pisses me off. It’s like the ultimate in telling and now showing. As if shouting about how amazing and super duper awesome your run is going to be can be a substitute for actual good writing.

(He also tends to write his characters a bit like that. Making them say really out of place comments about how well they know each other instead of showing us, and making characters say nice things about a character - the glorious amy pond - instead of, you know, actually making them likeable and giving them recognisable traits beyond 'sexy’ and 'feisty’.)

Idk I could go on about this for days, I just miss the show that it used to be. I want to be excited for doctor who again. I want to be sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for it to start every week but it hasn’t been that way for a while and I don’t know why :/

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The Christmas Invasion - Behind the Scenes [Part 4]

Excerpt from Benjamin Cook’s articles in Doctor Who Magazine #365

David Tennant is getting his first peek inside the TARDIS wardrobe. It’s actually the TARDIS control room - here, as always, in a warehouse in Newport - redressed with racks of clothes, a whole load of accessories and some tailor’s mannequins. Oh, and a Doctor Who scarf that Phil Collinson’s gran knitted when he was six! It all looks fab.

“Lots of frocks, aren’t there?” says David, gazing around in delight.

Maybe the Doctor was once a transvestite?

“Yes, somewhere in between his Sixth and Seventh incarnations,” he deadpans, pointing at a mannequin in a bright pink shell suit. “Ooh, I like that. That’s what the Eleventh Doctor will wear!”

Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Tomorrow, David will record his ‘rifling through clothes and choosing his new costume’ scene, which is, for those in the know, a bit of a regeneration story tradition.

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Behind the Scenes of New Earth (Part 2)

Excerpts from Benjamin Cook’s article in DWM 369

I must have the best job in the world. Billie Piper is in the shower, and I’m being paid to watch.  Okay, she’s not in an actual shower. She’s in a hospital lift. But she’s still getting wet.  In fact, she’s soaked through and through. Actually, it’s not a real hospital. Or a real lift. It’s a cramped set in a Newport studio. But I don’t care. It’s real water. And I’m not actually getting paid. Not in legal tender. But that’s a private matter between me and my employers. There. Breathe. Yes. Anyway. Billie.

“I don’t mind,” she says, mascara running down her cheeks, “I prefer it cold.”

“So says Billie Piper,” chuckles James Hawes, the director.  “Write that down, please, Doctor Who Magazine!”

David Tennant looks on. He’s already filmed his shower scenes, and he’s here to lend Billie some moral support. Hang on, he isn’t. He’s watching her get drenched, and filming it on his camcorder. The camcorder is shaking, because he can’t stop laughing. At one point, he actually shouts out, “Go, Billie, go!” I swear.

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Behind the Scenes of Daleks In Manhattan / Evolution of the Daleks (Part One)

Excerpts from James Strong’s “Director’s Diary” of the filming for DWM issue #383

- Tue 14 November -
It’s trying to rain.  Ignore it, you fools!  Tonight, the Doctor defies the Daleks, and we defy the showers.  Take after take, David delivers a spellbinding mix of anger, fear, and determination.  Afterwards, he sounds a little hoarse.  I hope he hasn’t overdone things.  Finally, we kill Solomon, who has to fall into the mud and ruin his costume, so we make doubly-sure that we’ve shot everything with actor Hugh Quarshie before he drops, which he does with consummate elegance - a fine and noble death.

- Thur 16 November -
[…] And then Phil calls with some really bad news:  David has lost his voice. His exertions over the past few weeks have taken their toll.  Guiltily, I think back to that extra take of him defying the Daleks.  We have to reschedule the day, and hope that his voice recovers in time for the Doctor’s confrontation with the remaining Daleks tomorrow.

- Fri 17 November -
The Doctor faces the remaining Daleks and the imprisoned Sec in the theatre.  We have to use the whole space, so I decide to put the Doctor and the company in the stalls.  However, that puts them miles away from - and at least six feet lower than - the Daleks on stage.  I ask David how he feels about crawling to the front and leaping on stage, but he suggests standing on the seats instead.  Genius!  David is now eye to eyestalk with his nemesis.

- Thur 23 November -
Torrential rain!  And on Doctor Who’s birthday too!  It’s the last night of the shoot, and finally our luck with the weather has run dry - or more precisely, wet. [… bits about miraculous short breaks in the weather, allowing them to film the scenes on the girders …]  We’re underway.  It’s freezing, though, and the poor cast are suffering as the rain comes and goes.  But we get it, we’ve done it, it’s a wrap.  I shake hands with my crew, I hug David - thank you for everything.  It’s going to be a cracker.

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The “in-vision” commentary for New Earth (Doctor Who new Series Two)

With Phil Collinson, David Tennant, and Russell T. Davies (being their joyful and glorious selves)

David:  That’s me kissing Billie Piper
Russell: Hooray!  
David:  Yeah
Russell:  Completely unscripted
David:  I know.  She just couldn’t help herself

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