manicsfan: (DW - Eleven: Everybody's aunt.)
Wow, just... wow! I figured I should get this Doctor Who series 5 finale squee post done now while everything is fresh in my mind, and as I am the saddo that is home alone on a Saturday evening with no better to do! So turn away now if you don't want spoilers and mad ramblings!

The Big Bang )

I have also just noticed that I am criminally lacking in Eleven, Amy and Rory related icons. I need more icon space! Ah well, I at least have one of Eleven on his own. I am now off to download and play the Cyberman episode of the BBC's Doctor Who game (I just finished the Dalek episode last night). Hey, I gotta do something to tide me over until the Christmas episode!

~ Ace.

P.S. I am going to Cardiff on Tuesday as a slightly late birthday treat (well, only a day late). I will be off to see Ianto's shrine again and visit the Doctor Who exhibit again. There have been more things added to the exhibit since I last went that I want to see. A perfect time to go while I am still hyped up on Doctor Who squee! :D
manicsfan: (DW - Ainley!Master sees what you di)
Ok, so this is going to be a short-ish reaction post. Mostly because my head was in a different place this week (no disembodied Cyberman head puns here!) and I couldn't really concentrate much in the episode. Which, for a penultimate episode where there is a lot going on, is not a great way to watch it. I will probably re-watch it again before next week so I can take it in fully before the finale. Anyway, enough rambling an on to the episode... The Pandorica Opens.

As ever there are spoilers and speculation so click with care )

Well that's about all I can think of to say for now. It was pretty awesome from what I saw of it, but I really will have to re-watch it before next Saturday so I can fully understand everything before the big finale.

~ Ace.

P.S. Also, I C what U did thar, Moffat, with the Cyberman head being very similar to the spider!head alien thing from The Thing. I really should watch that movie again sometime.
manicsfan: (Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night.)
(A fairly short) Review for this week's Doctor Who episode. Also a blittle bit os spoilery speculation on the two finale episodes.

The Lodger spoilers below the cut )

~ Ace.
manicsfan: (SotD - Any zombies out there?)
DOCTAH WHO REVIEW... hey, that rhymes!

I have to say I was kinda nervous about this week's episode. While the preview did actually look great, I'll have to admit to not being a great lover of Richard Curtis' writing (with the exception of Blackadder). Although that is mostly because I don't like romantic comedies (unless they have zombies in) which is predominantly what he writes. I am also not usually keen on episode that revolves around a real historical person. Although this was Vincent van Gogh. Someone I greatly admire (I have a print of Starry Night hanging about my computer).

Vincent and the Doctor spoilers this way! )

So... yeah, I was very impressed with this episode. As you can probably tell. Now I want Richard Curtis to write more! XD

~ Ace.
manicsfan: (Dr. Who - Proud Tardisaholic (damn strai)
It feels kinda weird doing just a Dr. Who review this week now there's no more Ashes to Ashes. I miss it already! Ah well, onto the review...

Cold Blood spoilery review )

I'm not sure what to think about next weeks episode. My first reaction was "bloody Earth again, has the Doctor given up going to other planets completely?!" My second was "Bill Nighty! Fuck yeah!" and my third was "So I guess this episode is going to be used as the reason that Van Gogh went insane and consequentially killed himself?" I'm not sure how to feel about that. I generally don't like ones where real historical characters are involved, but we'll see how it goes.

~ Ace.
manicsfan: (Dr. Who - Geek Ten.)
Sooooooooo..... the finale to A2A has finally come and gone. Prepare for many LONG incoherent and typo-abundant ramblings, and, of course, SPOILERS!!! Also is my review for the less dramatic than the A2A finale, but no less exciting, Doctor Who episode 8 review. Spoilers aplenty!

Ashes to Ashes S03-E08 spoilery review )

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The Hungry Earth spoilery review )

~ Ace.
manicsfan: (Dr. Who - Ten: SQUEE!)
This week's spoliery reviews for Ashes to Ashes and Doctor Who. Phew! We're one episode from the end of Ashes to Ashes and already halfway through this series of Doctor Who. How time flies. I hope next Friday/Saturday flies this way just as quickly!

Ashes to Ashes S03-E07 spoilery review )

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Amy's Choice spoilery review )

~ Ace.

Squee post

May. 8th, 2010 10:08 pm
manicsfan: (Default)
Hung Parliament... shit. So we're still waiting for the outcome from that, an interesting time in politics. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for a LibLab coalition, although that's not looking very likely right now, especially since the Tories do still have the most seats, if not an outright majority :/

And now for something completely different, by which I mean my squee post for this week's Ashes to Ashes and Doctor Who. As ever thar will be spoilers! Click at ye own risk! ...I don't know why I'm typing like a pirate, yarrr! Ok, I'll stop now *g*

Ashes to Ashes S03-E06 spoilery review )

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The Vampires of Venice spoilery review )

So... yeah, a very squee-worthy week! :D

~ Ace.
manicsfan: (Default)
Election day is nearly here, and even though I've supported the Liberal Democrats since about 2007 - when Ming Campbell was still leader - this'll be the first time I have a chance to vote for them on Thursday. Happy voting, everyone, whoever you'll be voting for! :D

Now, onto the reviews!

Ashes to Ashes S03-E05 spoilery review )

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Flesh and Stone spoilery review and some rambling on my feelings of the series so far )

~ Ace.


Apr. 25th, 2010 12:23 am
manicsfan: (LoM - Gene ♥ Sam IS CANON NOW!!!)
Firstly I want to say sorry to anyone who has messaged me or made comments and I haven't replied yet. It's been another turbulent week. I just found out my cat, James, has cancer. They're going to do a second biopsy on her next week to find out the condition of her lymph nodes to see how far the cancer has spread and whether they can do anything for her. :/

Anyway, on to this weeks Ashes to Ashes and Doctor Who reviews, in my usual rambly style. So obviously, as usual, there are *adopts a Rivers Song voice* spoilers... and bad language!

Ashes to Ashes S03-E04 spoilery review )

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The Time of Angels spoilery review )

Also, WTF was up with them putting that advertisement for that Graham Norton show on near the end? Right during an intense scene too! The Beeb have never done that before. I thought that was the sort of thing that the TV license fee was supposed to stop happening?

Excuse the extra ramblyness of the reviews this week, and any mistakes/typos. My mind is all over the place at the moment! Anyway, roll on next weekend!

~ Ace.
manicsfan: (Dr. Who - Simm!Master skeleton.)
So, apparently I forgot to do my review post last week. I'm not sure why, I think I was too busy with other stuff. But as its a lazy Sunday this week I thought I'd take the opportunity to do this weeks reviews while I can.

Spoilers and speculation for episode S03-E03 of Ashes to Ashes and episode S05-E03 of Doctor Who below.

Ashes to Ashes spoilery review )

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Victory of the Daleks spoilery review )

~ Ace.

P.S. Happy 39th Birthday to David Tennant today!
manicsfan: (Dr. Who - Ten: Sex in specs.)
Well, the new Doctor Who has pretty much swept away any apprehensions I had about the new series, and the new Doctor. I am really looking forward to the next episode now. A good mix of humour, excitement and seriousness. Eleven and Amy are both pretty awesome so far!

No-one can replace Ten for me, he was, is and always will be my favourite and My Doctor, however, I'm thinking Eleven is going to be pretty brilliant and I can't wait to see more! :D

My favourite bits (I'm paraphrasing the quotes because I can't remember them exactly):

The Doctor meeting little Amelia/Amy and the whole scenario with the food. "You're Scottish. Fry Something!" LOL.

"I'm the Doctor, I'm worse than everyone's aunts... and that's not how I introduce myself"

The bit where the woman (played by Annette Crosbie) didn't realise Amy was a kiss-o-gram and asked about her various "jobs" as a police constable, nurse, and nun.

Olivia Colman was in it (briefly) which was awesome, because I like her a lot and didn't know she was going to be in it.

The Doctor undresses while Amy's boyfriends gets uncomfortable and Amy refuses to look away.

I'm sure there are other bits which I'm forgetting at the moment because my brain is rather fried right now. Me thinks this calls for a re-watch tomorrow!

~ Ace.
manicsfan: (Dr. Who - Saxon is down with that!)
God bless the BBC (and here's hoping the Tories don't ruin it when they get in power) for their great TV schedual. Ashes to Ashes today, which was awesome and I can't wait for the next one! However, I am worried about where the plot is going... although I wont post spoilers about it here. Doctor Who on Saturday. Which I am still somewhat apprehensive about but am trying to be optimistic and can't wait to see what Matt Smith (and Karen Gillan) will be like. And new Johnathan Creek - which we only get on special occasions now - with Paul McGann (aka. Doctor no. Eight) in it, I didn't even know he was going to be in it until yesterday. :D

On an unrelated note: I have given out SO. MANY. LLAMAS. on DeviantART!!! Some people count sheep to help them sleep, I will be counting llamas! It's still fun though, and I love what they did for April Fools (even though I was on Team Gaga, which I suppose is better than Twilight, and possibly Seeker since I don't know what Seeker is). And at least people relaxed a bit more this year, as opposed to the uproar from the Mudkips last year, and had a bit more fun with it.

~ Ace.
manicsfan: (Dr. Who - Master/Doctor mind link: Can y)
In my first post I attempted to keep the shippy side of things out of my reivew and focus on all the other points. Which sadly meant it was a pretty "meh" sort of review. Since going simply on those merits I considered it to be good in some ways, but also to have a lot of down sides too, especially plot wise, and overall being a "meh" sort of episode.

I have since watched the episode again and in this review I am going to focus on the one main redeeming feature. Yes, that is of course the wonderful Doctor/Master subtext in this, and the wonderful scenes between them which even eclipsed that beautiful wasteland scene from the first part. Focusing on the ongoing history and love/hate relationship between them.

This is cut because it's gonna be a long spoilery post (even thought I forgot to cut the last one!) but also because it will have a few screencaps, and to save anyone who doesn't have any interest in this pairing from having this dumped on their flist.

The screencaps used in this were snagged from here:

Onwards to a slashtastic review )

So anyway. I am also sad that those scenes, although slashtastic, are the last ever scenes my Doctor and the Master will have together. But I really do hope the Master will be back in the future to have scenes with the next Doctor(s). Although Ten's song has to end here, I'd hate their story to end here.

This has made me melancholic again. I think I'm gonna get some hot chocolate and read some Doctor/Master fanfic.

Stay Beautiful,

manicsfan: (Dr. Who - Ten: My Doctor ♥)
I rather thought the whole things with the Master and Time Lords ended rather suddenly. I was expecting some rather more... involved I guess. Especially with someone as awesome as Timothy Dalton playing the Lord President. I assume they were keeping time for the Doctor's regeneration. I was also kinda sad they had made the Time Lords evil through them being warped by the Time War.

Why wasn't the woman explained? Everyone had these wild theories over who she was, and I wanted to know, dammit! So most people believe it was his mother, as was rumoured, but it would have been nice to have it explained one way or another. Um, so Rassilon was was the Lord President... that didn't make much sense. Unless they resurrected him especially for the Time War, he was supposedly immortal afterall, as seen in The Five Doctors.

I actually thought the regeneration bit was pretty drawn out. Maybe it's just me, but I feel it would have had more impact had it been done quicker. When the Doctor got into that machine I just thought this can't be what kills him, there is 20 minutes of the episode left, they can't draw his death out for 20 mins can they? But they did. Nonetheless I was actually very moved by the Doctor's death scene. David's acting was just as brilliant as ever!

He still is, and always will be, my Doctor. So of course I still found it sad that he was going. I started welling up with tears a soon as Sarah Jane saw him and did the same, and cried until the end of the episode. But let's be fair, I'd have still cried if Ten had fallen head first into a toilet and drowned and regenerated that way! Basically, yes it was moving, the Doctor last line was particularly heart wrenching. But I do think it could have been done better. It was also sad that he regenerated alone in the TARDIS. With no companion by his side, not even Wilf, whom he "died" saving.

I also hoped for more sense about the Master's drumming. Afterall, if we really are to believe he has had it since he was 8, implanted by the Time Lords, why was it never mentioned before in the classic series? Surely the Master would have mentioned it at some point before Utopia? I was hoping for an explaination for that. There seems to be much better fanon theories in fanfics I have read as to why that was, compared to what actually turned out to be the canon reason.

Jack hooking up with Alonzo... well just don't get me started! It just seemed like them giving the finger to both Ianto and Janto fans. They clearly didn't care that it would piss some fans off to see Jack hooking up with someone else this soon after Ianto's death. (And yes, I know it could have been centuries for Jack in his timeline, but even still!) We also got a lot less Donna and other companions than I was expecting.

On a purely Doctor/Master shipper note, this episode was good. That wonderful exchange between them when the Doctor was tied down about how the Master could be beautiful. Here I thought nothing could beat that wonderful wasteland scene from the first part. NOw I'm sad that we're never going to get any new canon Ten/Simm!Master shippy moments again.

All in all I think it was an alright episode, but rather too rushed in some places, and too drawn out in others. Just bad paceing in general. Many things remained unanswered. It just seems like a VERY typical RTD script. He does build ups very well, but generally disappoints on the finale. IMO, he just can't write endings! Most the time anyway.

Matt Smith as Eleven seemed pretty cool from the brief moment we had with him. Hyperactive, but that's to be expected straight after regeneration. I am actually looking forward to his first episode. The trailer for it looks pretty great. Ok, so I wont like him as much as Ten, obviously, but I really hope I do still like him.

Stay Beautiful,

manicsfan: (Dr. Who - Ten: SQUEE!)
So, my first thoughts (or rather rambly incoherent ravings) on the End of Time part 1. I have only watched it the once so far, I will watch it again before next week, though, since I never manage to take it all in during the first watching and can miss things.

Obvious spoilers are obvious! )

I can't think of anything else to say right now. My brain is kinda fried from all the Christmas stuff (which I will also blame any typos in this entry on)! But all in all I loved it so much, and am soooooooo looking forward to next week! Despite the fact that it will be the end of my Doctor, and therefore I will be in floods by the end of it! D:

Stay Beautiful,

manicsfan: (OMG WTF BBC icon)
*Takes a look at the new Doctor Who promo pictures and spits cola all over the computer screen*


*Takes another swig of cola, looks again, and spits again*

Be still my kinky heart! I think the Doctor has taken a liking to his new dominant role in his relationship with the Master. As if a simple collar wasn't enough! Alright, this is a family show, and my mind is clearly lodged in the gutter... but really, RTD, really?! What do you expect us pervs to think?

There are also rumours that the Doctor is going to end up like this too, since David Tennant has apparently spoken of being strapped down in one scene. *DIES AND IS DEAD* And I have to watch this with my mother and brother on Christmas day!

Stay Beautiful,

manicsfan: (Dr. Who - Ten:  Hair apooft with amuseme)
A Doctor Who quiz where Catherine Tate didn't know exactly what the acronym "TARDIS" stands for... she nearly got it. BARROWMAN! Singing Ood. Phil Jupitus imitating the Doctor having sex with a Dalek, while David Tennant looks on. Bernard Cribbins completely upstaging David Tennant's joke about someone's bra on eBay (I can't remember whose it was now) with a better joke. "Knock, knock" and "doctor, doctor" jokes that are as old as time itself. Catherine Tate's confession that she didn't realise until very late that the Doctor was actually called "The Doctor" and not "Doctor Who" and David Tennant's even more shocking confession that he is the one person in the whole world that actually likes Coldplay (although I agree with him on Kate Bush)!

Yup, it was a great Buzzcocks!

Stay Beautiful,

manicsfan: (Dr. Who - Ten: SQUEE!)

Because seriously? Unexpected!Naked!Master and Collared!Master all the in same trailer?! I think the Beeb have read my Christmas wish list this year! Not to mention Bondage!Master in another preview clip! *Head asplodes* The Master finally has a goatee again (yay!) and can shoot lightning from his fingers! It will be really interesting to see if it is the Master who kills Ten. Some people seem to think he will be saving the Doctor from the other big bad in the episode.

The Doctor in serious Oncoming Storm mode whilst confronting the Master as the Master attempts to zap him with his lightning fingers. Also, what about that huge Seal of Rassilon behind the Master's head in that one scene? (I may have missed seeing it the first time because I was too busy joygasaming from the aforementioned Collared!Master.) Which only adds even more to the "Time Lords are returning" speculations.

I cannot express how much I am looking forward to this! I haven't been this exitced and anxious for Christmas to arrive since I was about 8. Can it be Christmas time now please? I just REALLY hope RTD isn't going to fuck it up somehow. I have rather little faith in looking forward to anything written by him too much since the whole "Children of Earth" monstrosity. But it's hard not to get excited when the trailers look so amazing. At least this time I know my favourite character is going to die, so that wont come as a nasty surprise!

Even still, though, this looks great, and at the very least should spawn some new Doctor/Master fics. Which is always a bonus :D

Stay Beautiful,

manicsfan: (Dr. Who - Go Fuck yourself macro icon.)
Well far be it for me to be lazy... but I am, so I'll start by copying and pasting my immediate response post on the review thread on the Doctor Who group:

SPOILERS ahead... No shit, Sherlock! But also for Torchwood and the forthcoming Doctor Who episode )

ETA: Also, on a less spoilery and more pedantic point of annoyance; What was up with the very deep red they showed Mars being? Anyone who has taken 2 seconds to Google images of Mars - both the planet and the surface of it - can see that it's nowhere near that red. At best it's a dull redish-brown colour. I've never been a fan of the CGI planets on Doctor Who, but that Mars especially bugged me.

Stay Beautiful,


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