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Old 06-02-2013, 18:56
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http://doctorwhotv.co.uk/moffats-fav...ries-45154.htm[LIST=1][*]
[LIST=1][*]William Hartnell: An Unearthly Child[*]Patrick Troughton: The Tomb of the Cybermen[*]Jon Pertwee: The Three Doctors[*]Tom Baker: The Ark in Space (He also tips his hat to Pyramids of Mars, City of Death, Genesis of the Daleks, Logopolis)[*]Peter Davison: Mawdryn Undead (Maybe. He has a tough time choosing. The others are Earthshock, Kinda, The Caves of Androzani, Frontios)[*]Colin Baker: The Holy Terror (Robert Shearman’s Big Finish audio story)[*]Sylvester McCoy: Remembrance of the Daleks[*]Paul McGann: The Chimes of Midnight (Another Big Finish audio by Robert Shearman)[*]Chris Eccleston: Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways[*]David Tennant: The Christmas Invasion[*]Matt Smith: Vincent and the Doctor[/LIST]
[/LIST]Agree or Disagree?
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Old 06-02-2013, 19:32
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I can't give an opinion on the Big Finish ones, but I would have taken City of Death over Ark in Space.

Hard to argue with many of these. He's obviously got a Troughton bias if he chose The Three Doctors, but so have I.

Assume by Unearthly Child he's thinking of the first episode and not all the Kal and Za business.
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Old 06-02-2013, 19:35
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I can't give an opinion on the Big Finish ones, but I would have taken City of Death over Ark in Space.

Hard to argue with many of these. He's obviously got a Troughton bias if he chose The Three Doctors, but so have I.

Assume by Unearthly Child he's thinking of the first episode and not all the Kal and Za business.
No it's not, it's very easy! Would maybe agree with 2, definitely agree with 7, but disagree with the rest (strongly disagree with 3, 4, 6, 10 and 11).
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Old 06-02-2013, 19:37
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The Holy Terror was an unholy mess, but I can see why Moffat, with his style, would like it. With these two Big Finish choices I'm surprised he hasn't asked Sherman back to write for him.
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Old 06-02-2013, 19:49
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A damn shame Robert Shearman hasn't been back since Dalek.
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Old 06-02-2013, 19:49
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It's a good list to be honest.
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Old 06-02-2013, 21:28
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Not bad.
A few slight low blows though, choosing the Three Doctors for Jon Pertwee where his limelight is taken up by 2 other Doctors?
Also, choosing an audio story for Colin Baker?

For his Tom Baker choice I like all his secondary choices just a teensy bit more than Ark In Space, but I'm not complaining as Ark In Space has a freshness to it and the dynamic between the Doctor, Sarah and Harry really makes its mark.
But eww at including Frontios, I don't like that one. Mawdryn Undead is a good first choice though.
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Old 06-02-2013, 22:40
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So he is a fan of multi-doctor stories
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Old 06-02-2013, 22:51
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So he is a fan of multi-doctor stories
Apparently he likes at least one out of three...
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Old 06-02-2013, 22:52
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The Holy Terror was an unholy mess, but I can see why Moffat, with his style, would like it. With these two Big Finish choices I'm surprised he hasn't asked Sherman back to write for him.
Sherman doesn't want to do it apparently.
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Old 06-02-2013, 22:56
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I can't give an opinion on the Big Finish ones, but I would have taken City of Death over Ark in Space.

Hard to argue with many of these. He's obviously got a Troughton bias if he chose The Three Doctors, but so have I.

Assume by Unearthly Child he's thinking of the first episode and not all the Kal and Za business.
They're both scary ones.

No way Holy Terror would be made now; last time I saw it in waterstones it had a 'not suitable for children' sticker covering a quarter of the cover.
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Old 06-02-2013, 23:22
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I've never seen Tomb of the Cybermen and Big Finish is unknown to me. Of the others, I've only seen two Hartnell stories, An Unearthly Child and The Time Meddler, and I preferred the latter. I don't much like The Three Doctors (there's lots of better Pertwee stories - Carnival of Monsters, The Curse of Peladon, The Time Warrior). Ark in Space isn't my personal favourite of Tom's, but it is one of his greatest so no real argument there. Remembrance of the Daleks I agree with totally. Mawdryn Undead - hmm. It's OK, but IMO not in the same league as Kinda or Caves of Androzani.

For the newer ones, I can only assume he's ignoring his own stories, as The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances is by far Eccleston's best and Blink is Tennant's. Even if you ignore Moffat's stories, though, The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit, Human Nature/The Family of Blood and Midnight are all far better than Christmas Invasion. No argument on Vincent and the Doctor though.

As always, it's amazing how opinions differ.
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Old 07-02-2013, 00:17
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I've never seen Tomb of the Cybermen and Big Finish is unknown to me. Of the others, I've only seen two Hartnell stories, An Unearthly Child and The Time Meddler, and I preferred the latter. I don't much like The Three Doctors (there's lots of better Pertwee stories - Carnival of Monsters, The Curse of Peladon, The Time Warrior). Ark in Space isn't my personal favourite of Tom's, but it is one of his greatest so no real argument there. Remembrance of the Daleks I agree with totally. Mawdryn Undead - hmm. It's OK, but IMO not in the same league as Kinda or Caves of Androzani.

For the newer ones, I can only assume he's ignoring his own stories, as The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances is by far Eccleston's best and Blink is Tennant's. Even if you ignore Moffat's stories, though, The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit, Human Nature/The Family of Blood and Midnight are all far better than Christmas Invasion. No argument on Vincent and the Doctor though.

As always, it's amazing how opinions differ.
I'm surprised by The Christmas Invasion. Not only does Tennant spend much of it in bed but he hasn't quite got into his stride as its his debut. Maybe Moff doesn't like his take on the Doctor.

Can't argue with Tomb or Remebrance. But other than episode One I find Unearthly a bit dull. I'd go for the War Machines, maybe not Hartnell's best but I prefer the more 'modern' feel to it. For Pertwee I'd pick Terror of the Autons, T Baker Terror of the Zygons, Davison Kinda, C Baker revelation of the Daleks, McGann (only know the TV movie), Ecclestone Dalek, Tennant Human Nature/F of B and Smith The power if Three (not the best but the one I have enjoyed most so far).
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:00
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For Jon, I'm a Daemons fan purely for the first episode, and much as I love The Christmas Invasion I think Midnight, The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit and Human Nature/The Family Of Blood are better. I'm obviously omitting Moff stories, as he probably is, but I don't think my choices would change.

I'd choose Kinda for Peter's reign, but then I like the more trippy stories (cf. Warrior's Gate).

Didn't RTD also have The Ark In Space as his favourite? I can find loads of sites saying that, but no actual quote.
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:15
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May as well just write my own for each Doctor....

1st - Dalek Invasion Of Earth
2nd - Tomb Of The Cybermen (with a nod to The Mind Robber)
3rd - The Sea Devils
4th - The Deadly Assassin (with nods to City Of Death, Robots Of Death, Genesis Of The Daleks, Face Of Evil)
5th Caves Of Androzani (With nods to The Visitation, Earthshock and Enlightenment)
6th The Holy Terror
7th Remembrance Of the Daleks
8th The Chimes Of Midnight
9th Dalek
10th Blink (with nods to Army of Ghosts/Doomsday, Gridlock, Human Nature/Family Of Blood, The Impossible Planet/The Satin Pit)
11th The Eleventh Hour (with nods to Time Of Angels/Flesh and Stone, Asylum Of the Daleks, The Snowmen)
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:32
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Some really strange choices from the Moff there. Frontios?! Mind you, RTD said on a few occasions that his favourite story was The Pirate Planet, so there's precedent for these bizarre choices...

This would be my list:

1) The Edge of Destruction
2) The War Games
3) Inferno (The Silurians is a very close second)
4) Genesis of the Daleks
5) The Caves of Androzani
6) Mindwarp (but strictly without Peri's exit being retconned afterwards)
7) Remembrance of the Daleks
8) The Movie (I have no other choice here)
9) The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
10) Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead (honourable mention to The Waters of Mars, Human Nature, and Turn Left)
11) The Eleventh Hour (honourable mentions to The Girl Who Waited, The Doctor's Wife and Asylum of the Daleks)
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:51
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A damn shame Robert Shearman hasn't been back since Dalek.
A brilliant writer - and a lovely bloke!

'Dalek' will always rank as my favourite story from the Ecclestone series - not to mention one of the best stories of NuWho. Haven't read any of Rob's Big Finish stuff, but I imagine it will be pretty darn good.
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Old 07-02-2013, 20:25
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Also, choosing an audio story for Colin Baker?
Quite a damining indictment of the Colin Baker era from Moff really. I can't say I'm surprised myself. It was the point at which Classic Who passed the point of no return IMHO, and I think even Colin has said that he didn't get to play the Doctor as he wanted to until the audio adventures.
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Old 07-02-2013, 20:30
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Some really strange choices from the Moff there. Frontios?! Mind you, RTD said on a few occasions that his favourite story was The Pirate Planet, so there's precedent for these bizarre choices...
I think RTD was joking there. He's said on numerous occasions that Ark in Space was his favourite.

Mark Gatiss is also a huge fan of Frontios and once mentioned it in the same breath as Genesis of the Daleks and Caves of Androzani:

I wanted 'Nightshade' to be an ultra-grim and horrific adventure in the mould of favourites such as Genesis of the Daleks, The Caves of Androzani and Frontios.
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Old 07-02-2013, 20:44
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Didn't RTD also have The Ark In Space as his favourite? I can find loads of sites saying that, but no actual quote.
He has said Ark in Space several times, including in an interview at BAFTA in 2008.
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Old 07-02-2013, 20:51
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I don't much like The Three Doctors (there's lots of better Pertwee stories - Carnival of Monsters, The Curse of Peladon, The Time Warrior).
The Three Doctors may not be one of the best Pertwee era stories, but it's probably the funniest script. I reckon that's why Moff chose it. He likes a good laugh.
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Old 07-02-2013, 21:49
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A brilliant writer - and a lovely bloke!

'Dalek' will always rank as my favourite story from the Ecclestone series - not to mention one of the best stories of NuWho. Haven't read any of Rob's Big Finish stuff, but I imagine it will be pretty darn good.
Wasn't Dalek massively rewritten by RTD? There was a script floating round (which draft I have no idea) that was markedly different from the finished programme. Something tells me it was mentioned in The Writer's Tale (I'm yet to read it)? I am totally happy to be proved wrong!
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Old 07-02-2013, 22:37
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Wasn't Dalek massively rewritten by RTD? There was a script floating round (which draft I have no idea) that was markedly different from the finished programme. Something tells me it was mentioned in The Writer's Tale (I'm yet to read it)? I am totally happy to be proved wrong!
The original version of 'Dalek' involved something similar to the Toclafane, a child-like monster of sorts, in case they didn't get the rights to use the Daleks for the new series.
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Old 07-02-2013, 22:54
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The original version of 'Dalek' involved something similar to the Toclafane, a child-like monster of sorts, in case they didn't get the rights to use the Daleks for the new series.
Nah, the script I read (no idea if it was genuine,or which draft) definitely involved a Dalek.
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Old 07-02-2013, 23:23
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The Three Doctors may not be one of the best Pertwee era stories, but it's probably the funniest script. I reckon that's why Moff chose it. He likes a good laugh.
Hmm, I think some of the others are funnier. Irongron in Time Warrior had some classic funny lines. But all down to taste, I suppose.
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