Some Of My Favourite Things About The Nu-Who Era

• The Companions- particularly Donna, Martha, Rory and Bill

• River Song. Just, River Song.

• Captain Jack Harkness. I may not talk about him much, but he’s awesome.

• The epic adventure music we had in Matt Smith’s era. That was my jam back in the day.

• The casual LGBT representation. It’s been there since series one, but it’s never been a big deal.

• The Drunk Giraffe.

• There was actually an episode that used as many oo sounds as possible (Judoon platoon upon the Moon!) just to mess with David Tennant, because it was hard for him to maintain his English accent and say those words.

• I love the Master and Missy in equal amounts, because they are evil because they can be, and still act like the Doctor’s their best friend, especially Missy.

• Honestly, I’ll be sad to see Missy go- she’s basically a big ball of Glaswegian craziness, and she’s brilliant as a villain.

• The Paternoster Gang, because only on Doctor Who would you have a team comprised of a pair of interspecies crime solving lesbians and their pet potato.

• Nardole, mother hen extraordinaire.

• Amy and Rory’s relationship.

• “It’s smaller on the outside!”

• “Allons-y, Allonso!”

• “Bow ties/ Fezzes/ Stetsons are cool.”

• The Doctor’s entire message in Blink.

• All the nods to the Doctor’s past- Sarah Jane, UNIT, the Master, all the old monsters, even things like Twelve offering someone a jelly baby and the return to Coal Hill School.

• Many other things, but I can’t think of them just now.

“What? Whatwhatwhat?”

Cas answers the question as though Charlie hasn’t been shrieking at him. “I didn’t say there’s a being called the Doctor who likes to visit England. I just said that Time Lords exist. A fascinating race, Time Lords…”

Cas lets his thought trail off and continues to eat the spaghetti and meatballs Dean made for dinner. Charlie, Sam, and Dean sit frozen, staring, all thoughts of food forgotten. Dean has a forkful of spaghetti halfway to his mouth, which hangs slightly open.

“Time Lords. Are Real.” Charlie says it with a forced calm, but her clenched fists and sparkling eyes give her away.

“Oh yes,” says Cas, still eating his dinner. “I never met one myself, but I’ve observed them from a distance. They look human to your eyes, but of course an angel can spot the difference in their soul at a glance.”

“And the TARDIS?” Charlie asks, the fangirlish excitement creeping back into her voice.

“Well I’ve never seen one that looks like a police box, if that’s what you’re asking. But yes, when a Time Lord travels he–or she–generally uses a TARDIS. But they blend in, so you wouldn’t notice one even if you were leaning against it.”

Dean finally snaps out of his frozen shock; his fork falls to his plate with a clatter. “Can we get back to the part where there are aliens on earth sometimes? Walking around and hanging out with humans? And you didn’t tell us?!”

Cas quirks a grin at Dean. “You seemed so sure of yourself every time you said aliens didn’t exist. I didn’t want to burst your bubble.”

Sam bursts out laughing, followed quickly by Charlie. Dean glares, but they only laugh harder.

“Most of the tv show is rubbish, of course.” When Charlie starts to protest Cas quickly amends, “No, Charlie, I don’t mean it’s bad, I mean it’s untrue. Fiction created by the BBC. Daleks, Cybermen, Judoon, Zygons…” With each addition to the list, Charlie’s face falls a bit more.

“But,” he says, raising a hand to bring her back, “They do get something right every once in awhile. I actually met a Sontaran once. Cranky fellow. They really do look like potatoes, although they’re actually quite a bit taller. And,” he pauses, clearly for dramatic effect, “Weeping Angels are real, too.”

Charlie looks like she’s going to faint. Even Sam looks a little green. Dean looks from Cas to Charlie to Sam and back to Cas and asks, “What’s a Weeping Angel?”

“Only the scariest fucking monsters the BBC ever created!” Charlie says. Then she looks confused and says, “Or, great, now don’t know what to think! You’ve destroyed my whole worldview!” To Dean she says, “Weeping Angels are aliens that look like statues when someone is looking at them but can move really really fast when you look away. Or even blink. They don’t usually kill you, they just send you back in time to live until you die. Trust me, it’s much scarier than it sounds.”

“Yeah. Sure,” says Dean. He starts to roll his eyes, then realizes he’s not actually talking about a tv show. He changes to a grimace. “I’m with Charlie. You’ve really messed with my head, Cas.”

“Wait,” says Sam. “How did the BBC find out about Time Lords in the first place? And Weeping Angels and Sontarans? I mean, Doctor Who has been on the air, off and on, for over fifty years, but the Weeping Angels are relatively new. That doesn’t make much sense.”

“No one knows for sure. Anna had lots of theories, though.”

“Anna?” Dean can’t keep the shock out of his voice. “Anna watched Doctor Who?”

“You know how fascinated she was with humans. That included human television. As I was saying, Anna had many theories. My favorite was that a writer fell in love with a Time Lord, traveled with him–or possibly her, there’s no way to tell, really–for a time, and then came back to Earth. The Time Lord left him here with an idea for a television show, and a long list of stories to tell. The Time Lord also agreed to visit the writers of the future, to give them more ideas. But some of the future writers, of course, made things up on their own. Even the original creator didn’t have complete control, that’s why we got the Daleks in the very first season. And that’s how the Weeping Angels didn’t come about until the Tenth Doctor. I don’t know if it’s true, but it’s a good theory.”

Charlie blinks.

“Or maybe the original writer was actually a Time Lord who thought it would be a funny joke.”

Charlie looks like she’s going to faint.

Pulling herself together, she says, “One more thing–for now, anyway, later I’m going to grill you for hours! Cas, do we have to worry about the Weeping Angels?” Charlie’s face flits between terrified and hopeful.

Cas smiles. “Don’t worry, Charlie. The Weeping Angels are no match for actual angels. They have never made it to the surface of the earth.”

Unable to contain herself any longer, Charlie jumps out of her chair. Throwing her arms around Cas, she squeals, “Cas, you’ve made my day. No, you’ve made my century. I’m going to go re-watch every episode of Doctor Who ever made. Twice.” Shrieking with glee, she bounces out of the room.

Sam, smiling sheepishly, stands. “I’m with Charlie,” he says, and follows her toward the tv.

When Sam is out of sight, Dean says, “Okay Cas, level with me. Were you just messing with Charlie?”

Cas grins. “Maybe.”

Dean lets out a breath. “I knew it! I knew there were no aliens. Jesus, Cas, don’t–”

“Maybe,” Cas says again. He winks, then adds, “But maybe not…”

Inktober with the Bunker || Day 27: Creature

Tumblr Fact or Fiction - Doctor Who - Judoon Platoon on the Moon

Claim:  Russell T. Davis included the phrase “Judoon platoon upon the moon” deliberately to give David a hard time - as it is pronounced differently in David’s natural Scottish accent as opposed to the Doctor’s Estuary accent.

History:  This claim didn’t originate on Tumblr - it’s been around since the episode aired and has managed to worm it’s way into many (fan-updated) wikis as though it is fact – but can anyone find an actual citation for this (Wikipedia couldn’t find one)?  Is it actually fact?

Source of the myth:  On March 28, 2007 David appeared on Chris Moyles’ radio show to promote series 3 of Doctor Who. They discussed Smith and Jones (featuring the quote in question). The hosts were also quite taken by David’s Scottish accent.  Among the quotes on the show:  
CM:  Do you ever get halfway through a scene and go, "Sorry I’m gonna have to stop, that’s too Scottish?”
DT:  Ehhh… no.  I don’t think I do really.
[later, after David tells them the name of the episode’s baddie]
CM: I think Russell T. Davies purposefully writes alien names that sound Scottish…
DT:  Yeah, to try to catch me out?
CM:  Absolutely!
DT: I think he does, yeah.  And there’s a line where I have to say, “Judoon platoon upon the moon.”
[everyone laughs]
CM:  Isn’t that the knife that you wear in your sock when you wear the kilt?
DT:  That’s a sgian-dubh.
CM:  Judoon platoon upon the moon?
DT:  Yeah
CM:  He’s definitely done that to wind you up!
DT:  [laughs] Yeah, he probably has.
CM:  [goes off on some imaginary scenario where RTD sits at home shouting to his wife(!!) to come up with Scottish-sounding names]

Source:  [ youtube ]

So, I believe that’s the source of the myth - and you would think that DT himself is a very good source, right?  But David really only jokingly agrees with Moyles’ suggestion, saying that’s “probably” what RTD does, so I don’t think that can be taken as fact.

Discounting the myth:
On the DVD commentary track for Series 4 episode The Poison Sky (which was recorded right before The Poison Sky aired in the UK), Susie Liggat (producer) asked RTD:
SL:  Now, a thing that I’ve always wondered, with you two chaps in the room, is: Do you, Russell, set David the odd really difficult thing to say to see whether… like Raxicalla-whatever that one is?
RTD: No, to be honest.  I know what you mean, it could look like that.
SL:  Sometimes I think, nobody…
DT:  The square root of Pi to 30 decimal places wasn’t easy, Russell… thank you.  For episode 10.
RTD: [laughs loudly]
SL:  It feels like there’s sort of a gamesmanship, I suppose, about it.  Like, is he going to look this up in the Latin, ancient Greek…
RTD: I don’t really!  Honestly.  I just sit there and think of the Doctor. Absolutely honestly.  And that, unfortunately for you, that is what the Doctor is like as a man.  This version of the Doctor loves words. I think he talks to himself a lot of the time - he’s listening to himself.  He enjoys… He does puns that nobody even gets.
DT:  I love it, to be honest!
RTD: I do remember this year thinking, in Pompeii, that “Species designation according to the universal ratification of the Shadow Proclamation” [big laugh] I remember putting that in and thinking, that’s a laugh!  I think that’s the only time I’ve ever thought, “that’s a bit of a laugh”, actually.  Let’s have a go at that one.

Unless someone knows of a quote where RTD admits that he came up with the Judoon name/phrase to give David a challenge, I think we can’t count this myth as fact.  It started as a joke from Chris Moyles, and later Russell said that he doesn’t deliberately write lines in an effort to trip up David. This evidence isn’t entirely conclusive – RTD admittedly lied to protect plotlines and such, and people sometimes forget why they did certain things over time, but I don’t believe we have conclusive evidence that this myth is true. DT and RTD did the Smith and Jones DVD commentary together, and the line/reason for the name “Judoon” didn’t come up at that time.  Unless someone can provide a quote where RTD admits it to be fact, I personally count this as an untrue myth.

Sources referenced in this post:
[ part 2 of the Chris Moyles interview on YouTube ]
[DVD commentary for The Poison Sky - I don’t have a link, just the DVD]

I make no claim of being the keeper of all Doctor Who knowledge, and I’m certainly not perfect, but I can share the sources that I’m aware of and provide a place to gather evidence as to the veracity (or lack thereof) of these claims. Please let me know if you are aware of real, verifiable quotes from RTD or another knowledgeable member of the cast/crew and I’ll add it to the list of evidence. 

Other “Who Fact or Fiction” links (tag): 
The “shoes photo” from The Idiot’s Lantern isn’t David and Billie (or is it?)
David hadn’t seen Billie since Doomsday, and was surprised to see her in Stolen Earth

Incandécadence | Ch. 1

Ship: Ten/Rose
Rating: General
Beta: RL friend, ty if you see this <3
Tropes: Fake married, sharing a bed, bakery setting, mutual pining, solarpunk
Summary: The Doctor and Rose must disguise themselves as a married couple to stake out a bakery in an enchanting futuristic setting, so they can catch a war criminal wanted by the Shadow Proclamation. 

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Chapter 1

The Doctor tossed the green interdimensional crystal into the air. Rose’s eyes were on him, so naturally he caught it with a flourish. He’d just left the Shadow Proclamation headquarters after responding to a sub-frequency emergency request whilst Rose slept. Now that she had awoken and joined him in the console room, he filled her in on the details of their next mission.

An intergalactic arms dealer had tipped off the Judoon that she was scheduled to meet with a notorious historical war criminal. Aside from it being a generally bad idea for a war criminal to procure deadly weapons, the target in question planned to purchase weapons for a war that had already taken place. A war in which his regime had been thoroughly defeated.

“So Borvil must’ve somehow traveled—”

“Borvil?” Rose yawned. She sat in her pyjamas on the jump seat, hair fluffed and face still rosey-warm from slumber. No mug of tea in her hands, which indicated that she hadn’t even stopped by the galley before she paid him a visit. There’d been a time when she wouldn’t reveal this unkempt side of herself to him. It felt suspiciously domestic, and he tried to ignore the odd pull in his chest that suggested it meant something deeper.

“The war criminal from the Telkar system that lived three hundred years ago, do keep up.”

Rose glared. “Hey, just woke up.”

“Yes, yes.”

“Well, crack on then.”

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anonymous asked:

I think the problem with a lot of 9th Doctor and early 10th Doctor stuff is that they didn't know what to do. "Do we act like the people know about Classic Who? Is this a soft reboot? hard reboot? How do we introduce stuff" and thats what made it seem a bit wonky. At least thats my opinion.

Tbh that makes a lot of sense. I think generally speaking RTD did a pretty good job of introducing elements of the Classic series. I would have liked to see him introduce a lot more, but Moffat did that when it was his turn, so I’m happy enough. 

RTD also brought in some great new monsters really well, like the Slitheen and the Judoon. Granted, the Slitheen are fairly juvenile, but they worked far better in SJA than DW so that’s not an issue. 

My only real issues with major things he did was: 

  • making the first companion have an epic romantic love story with the Doctor, thus setting the wrong tone for the Doctor/companion relationship for the show
  • giving the Master a weird tragic backstory that had never existed before to use as a plot device later. honestly. what the fuck. let the Master be evil because it’s who they are, not because some weird ass drums that they have NEVER MENTIONED BEFORE have been in their head driving them to madness the whole time
Tumblr Fact or Fiction - Doctor Who - The shoes photo from The Idiot’s Lantern isn’t David & Billie (or is it?)

The Photo in question:

Source of the myth:  I’ve posted the photo as part of a behind-the-scenes photoset, and many other people have posted the photo (and artistic variations thereof) as well, yet almost every time I see comments/tags from others who suggest that it’s not actually David Tennant and Billie Piper in the photo. Most of the time people suggest that these are cosplayers, not the real deal.

Breaking down the myth:  The main argument I see (aside from the fact that you cannot see their faces) is that Billie’s dress isn’t blue in the episode, it’s pink, thus this has to be cosplay – however on set Billie often wore a blue cover over her dress to keep the pink skirt pristine for filming, as seen below:

Mystery Revealed:  The fact is, back when Season Two aired, the official Doctor Who site would release a series of behind-the-scenes photos for each new episode, and the shoes photo was one of the official photos released as part of the promo materials for The Idiot’s Lantern.  The caption for the photo on the old official site reads “Fancy footwork from David and Billie” – so the photo is, in fact, David and Billie.

You can view the photo on an archived version of one of the old official BBC Doctor Who sites here.  A screen cap from the site is also available below:

So there you have it - it is indeed David and Billie. 

Disclaimer:  I make no claim of being the keeper of all Doctor Who knowledge, and I’m certainly not perfect, but I am happy to share the sources that I’m aware of and provide a place to gather evidence as to the veracity (or lack thereof) of these claims.  I’m always open to other evidence that can shed light on the matter.

Other “Who Fact or Fiction” links (tag):
Judoon Platoon Upon the Moon
David hadn’t seen Billie since Doomsday, and was surprised to see her in Stolen Earth

Second Thoughts || Phan


Originally posted by lunacidre

Second Thoughts

Words: 8382

Summary: Dan’s dared to date Jessica Lester. However to do so, he needs to befriend her brother and be approved by him.

“It’s pointless mate - she might like your mug but she doesn’t date anyone unless her brother approves. He has a ‘good guy’ radar or something.” Joe snickered at Dan who stared at Jessica Lester as she walked by. She was the most beautiful girl in school with her long strawberry blond hair, porcelain skin and bewitching blue eyes. Her curves prominent as she swayed.

“Give it up Howell.” Derek chuckled, “You’d never bag a girl like her.” Dan turned round and glared at his friends. Well, he said his friends - more like the assholes who were in the 'popular’ clique that he happened to be a part of. Putting up with them at least got him a lot of positive attention and no endless line of girls. He liked the attention, liked being popular. However he did miss having a real friend; the closest person to that description was his neighbour Louise but she went to a different school.

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Tumblr Fact or Fiction - Doctor Who - David hadn’t seen Billie since Doomsday, and was surprised when she appeared on the deserted street while filming The Stolen Earth

When the post making this claim first started making its rounds on Tumblr, many of us laughed it off because we knew it was completely false/made up. But the post caught on and became popular, worming its way into the fanbase as fact and showing up elsewhere online.  Even though it is entirely untrue, many people believe it (and spread it!)  Sure, it’s a semi-romantic notion (if you don’t get offended on David’s behalf that some people don’t think he can act unless he’s tricked into an emotional situation).  The truth of the matter is, the claim above is so very far from the actual truth - and there are plenty of ways to prove it.

Let’s break it down piece by piece.

Fallacy #1:  David hadn’t seen Billie since they filmed Doomsday

Fact: David and Billie saw each other plenty of times between the end of filming on Series Two and Billie’s times filming in Series Four.  According to the Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition - Series Two Companion, the final block of recording on series two ended Friday, March 31st of 2006.  A list of just some of the occasions when David and Billie were seen together after this (without getting into stalker-ish territory) include:
➤ June 2006 - David presented Billie with her award at the Glamour Awards ceremony
➤ September 4, 2006 - David and Billie attended the TV Quick/TV Choice Awards together (and both won)
➤ October 31, 2006 - David and Billie attended National Television Awards together (and both won, as did Doctor Who)
➤ early 2007 - David attended the play “Treats” starring Billie & Laurence Fox and left with them both after the play
➤ Dec 31, 2007 - David attended Billie’s wedding to Laurence Fox

Fact:  Doomsday wasn’t even the last episode shot in Series Two.  The production team scheduled filming on all of the Cyberman episodes together in a block - so Rise of the Cyberman/The Age of Steel/Army of Ghosts/Doomsday were filmed together in the middle of the shooting schedule.  The last episodes filmed for Series Two were the Impossible Planet/Satan Pit two-parter.  You can see evidence of this on David Tennant’s video diaries for the series – where he discussed filming Billie’s goodbye on the beach when they were really only halfway through the shoot, as well as Billie’s emotional final scenes for Satan Pit (and all of the exact shooting dates are available in the DWM Series Two Companion guide as well).

Fallacy #2:  David was surprised to see Billie when he turned around on that deserted street in The Stolen Earth

Fact: Billie’s first scene filmed for The Stolen Earth was David’s regeneration on the TARDIS set (which was filmed Friday, February 22nd, 2008 - according to the Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition Series Four Companion).  The goodbye-on-the-beach scene was recorded on March 5th.  The running-in-the-street scenes weren’t filmed until March 13th (and ran overnight into March 14th).  Basically, the street scenes were among the last scenes shot for the two-parter – David and Billie had already been on set together for nearly a month before he turned around to see her walking toward him on that deserted street.

Fact: The fact that Billie and the other companions were returning for the finale leaked in the press before the episodes even started filming.  The Daily Star leaked the returning cast information on October 8, 2007 (4 months before they would begin filming the two-parter).  In November (the 25th) The Daily Express claimed that Russell T Davies and David Tennant had persuaded Billie to return as Rose, with the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail not far behind with similar claims about Billie and David reuniting.  It would be a pretty sad state of affairs if all of the tabloids knew that Billie was back before David did.

Fact:  Billie always knew she was coming back (and David did too).  From the Series Four Companion:  “I knew I was coming back when I knew I was leaving,” explained Billie on Doctor Who Confidential, thinking back to her departure, which had been shot in January 2006, “We all made a little pact that I’d come back and do a few more.  I really love lying to journalists when they ask me if I’m coming back.  I’m sorry that I lied to fans, but I think it was a surprise worth waiting for.”

Fact:  According to Russell T. Davies’ book, The Writer’s Tale, Davies was having trouble writing the Journey’s End Bad Wolf Bay scene.  Before shooting on the two-parter began, Julie had mentioned that the Bad Wolf Bay scene as originally scripted just wasn’t working for her, and David had weighed in as well, saying it was tragic - and then Davies obsessed over it for a month (according to the time stamps on the e-mails in the book), agreeing with Julie that Rose wouldn’t go with Doctor #2, mentioning at one point that “I just realised, my plan to make the Bad Wolf Bay scene work - the one involving Voidstuff - won’t work, because I’d forgotten that Mickey has to be free to stay in our universe. Bollocks.  Julie’s upset. She’s saying, ‘Leave Mickey in the parallel universe,’ and I’m saying, ‘Too late! We promised Noel that we’d bring him back in Torchwood Series Three.’  Then later, in an e-mail dated March 1st, 2008, he tells Benjamin Cook that he’s re-written the scene again, giving more of the decision to Rose to put her in control - and that now, “Julie is happy, David is happy, phew, good.”  Not only was David fully aware that Billie was in the script, he was concerned/had input on her goodbye scene (and all of that was well before filming the street scene).

In Conclusion:  There’s absolutely nothing correct about that statement. Doctor Who is a television show, and David and Billie are professional actors (who must be booked well in advance, and who are given scripts containing their lines/the plot). They can act hurt without actually being hurt, look sad even when they’re happy inside, and can appear to be surprised/thrilled to see each other even though they’ve been filming together for weeks. They are also friends who get together socially, as well as making various public appearances together between the end of Series Two and filming on Series Four.  Both Billie and David always knew that Billie would be coming back, and Billie had been back and filming scenes for Series 4 (including other scenes with David) long before the infamous deserted-street scene was shot.

I make no claim of being the keeper of all Doctor Who knowledge, and I’m certainly not perfect, but I am happy to share the sources that I’m aware of and provide a place to gather evidence as to the veracity (or lack thereof) of these claims.  I’m always open to other evidence that can shed light on the matter (but in this case the statement in question really is just totally made up and inaccurate)

Sources for this post:  

  • David Tennant Series Two video diaries (on the Series 2 DVD boxed set)
  • Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition - Series Four Companion
  • Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition - Series Two Companion
  • The Writer’s Tale - Russell T. Davies and Benjamin Cook

Other “Who Fact or Fiction” links (tag):
Judoon Platoon Upon the Moon
The shoes photo from The Idiot’s Lantern isn’t David & Billie (or is it?)

anonymous asked:

can i ask what are your favorite NSA novels? i want to buy some but i have no idea which ones are good so a little help would be really nice ksjgjjg thanks in advance!!

Ooh, I can’t say I’ve read all of them, but I have read a fair few and I’m particularly nostalgic for the Martha ones, which were really the era I got into the show as a devoted fan. I can’t say these are extremely critical or complete takes because I grew up on these books and never did get them all, but some personal favorites include:

  • Winner Takes All - Marvelous Ninth Doctor era romp.
  • Only Human - Probably the best offering as far as books with Jack are concerned.
  • The Ressurection Casket - Genuinely one of my favorite Doctor Who romps ever. Kevin in particular cracks me up every time. It’s swashbuckling steampunk joy.
  • The Nightmare of Black Island - A nice atmospheric piece grounded in two generations of local children, which gives it a nice Goonies or E.T. kind of charm that goes a long way, alongside a nice edge of horrifying beasties. It’s tremendously invested in developing a community, and that pays off.
  • The Last Dodo - Wonderful. Some lovely weird storytelling devices and a strong environmental message with a great worldbuilding concept at its core. It just works.
  • Wishing Well - I don’t really have a reason to enjoy this one as much as I do, but reusing the core concept of the Krynoids in a slightly different way works a treat, with some great imagery and horror moments.
  • Forever Autumn - A lovely, gleefully macabre journey through American Halloween, with a nice tie-in to a one-off new series monster in mythos. Loads of good imagery.
  • The Pirate Loop - Another absolute highlight, a truly delightful conceptual romp in which Martha charmingly teaches badgers to eat cheesy pineapple sticks and gets horribly murdered. Up there with The Ressurection Casket in terms of pure joy, and I’ve read both more than most on this list.
  • Martha in the Mirror - I recall my sister really loves this one so I can’t leave it out.
  • Snowglobe 7 - I can’t be objective in this one. There’s a ski resort! In Doctor Who! Two of my special interests together! Yay! But there’s also some tremendously strong world-building and environmental messages driving it, if you’re less easily pleased than me.
  • Judgement of the Judoon - It’s camp space noir with rhinos and a young girl private eye as the one-off companion. It’s just fun.
  • Prisoner of the Daleks - Possibly the very best New Series Adventure. It’s harrowing and traumatizing, or at least was for me as a kid. It takes the hard edge sci fi pulp of the early Dalek serials and infuses it with an urgency and horror that makes the Daleks basically the scariest thing ever. Probably the best trick of the lot is how much of it is just about one Dalek, totally helpless…
  • Nuclear Time - The core concept here is absolutely ridiculous, and paid off with a dedication toward tight plotting verging on the insane, all offset by some delightful cold war nuclear aesthetics. Great fun.
  • Paradox Lost - One of the few books I’ve read with Amy and Rory, and one I enjoyed tremendously.
  • Dark Horizons - Another highlight of the range, a charming story about the Eleventh Doctor working with a village against a common tragedy. It’s just really wonderfully written and human.
  • Engines of War - It’s the War Doctor novel. His first solo story. Let’s be honest, even if it were total crap it’d be an essential read. Fortunately, despite a few rough parts, it’s quite good, and I’d even contend better than many of the audios the character got. And, of course, it’s hard not to love Cinder.
  • Big Bang Generation - It’s not actually good, but it is a lot of continuity-obsessed fun, and the basic pleasure of the Twelfth Doctor hanging with Bernice Summerfield is one I’m tremendously susceptible to.

Now, I grew up on all these with my sister @nymphofnovels, so she also has a lot of opinions on them! Again, particularly the Martha ones. (We really must get The Story of Martha one of these days, it looks excellent.)

Oh, and I hear Touched by an Angel is beautiful and emotional and very worth a read. And I know Ten/Rose fans tend to love The Stone Rose, though I think it’s probably the weakest of Rayner’s generally awesome new series novels, with the plot kinda going right off the rails partway through. Prose and characterization are still excellent, but I can’t quite love it.

Oh, and a friend of mine would probably recommend I add Deep Time, as I heard a ton of praise from them for it.

Anyone else got others worth mentioning? Or other opinions on the ones I already have? There’s a ton of NSAs out there, and they really are quite good for keeping the new series magic going when the show’s off air.


One favourite Clyde Langer moment per televised story
(A post series initially started to celebrate his birthday in 2011, finally completed in 2016.)

Revenge of the SlitheenEye of the Gorgon | Warriors of Kudlak | Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?The Lost Boy

The Last Sontaran | The Day of the ClownSecrets of the Stars | The Mark of the Berserker | The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith | Enemy of the Bane

From Raxacoricofallapatorius With Love | Prisoner of the Judoon | The Mad Woman in the Attic | The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith | The Eternity Trap | Mona Lisa’s Revenge | The Gift

The Nightmare Man The Vault of Secrets | Death of the Doctor | The Empty Planet Lost in TimeGoodbye, Sarah Jane Smith

Sky | The Curse of Clyde Langer The Man Who Never Was