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Doctor Who: 5 More Potential Masters For Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor

Published June 9, 2014 by gossipzoo

The Master... dead or alive?

The Master (John Simm)… who could be his next incarnation?

Since David Tennant’s final appearance in the End of Time in 2010, The Master, the archenemy of The Doctor, has not been seen or heard from in any story or spoken by any character since. And Steven Moffat, the head writer of Doctor Who, has said nothing to ease fans fears that one of the most endearing and entertaining characters in the new revived series will not return to the small screen.

But if he were to return, would John Simm carry on the role, or would potentially a regeneration occur, leading to a whole new Master for the Doctor to contend with?

He has to be manic, he has to be smart, and he has to give the chilling vision of a man twisted with power… and only a few actors can achieve that. In the opinion of the writer, the following five candidates tick the right boxes, and hit the right targets, required to play the most villainous Time Lord ever created.

(And yes we have just posted another article from a WC writer on this topic… but my choices don’t overlap and deserve consideration).

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Doctor Who: 10 Most Traumatic Companion Departures

Published January 28, 2014 by gossipzoo

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Where would the Doctor be without his companions? In recent years he’s had no more than two at a time, but in the Classic era, it felt sometimes like the TARDIS was abuzz with activity. But still, one thing was for certain – every companion who strides in and mutters “it’s bigger on the inside!” for the first time has to eventually leave at some point in the future.

These exits have been varied. Quite a few have left to lead new lives with new loves in a foreign or distant land (either by location, or by time itself). A few have been simply written out abruptly, such as Liz Shaw, whose departure was simply mentioned in the following episode. Other characters have also failed at being companions – NuWho’s Adam stands out – while others have shuffled off mortal coil althogether, with Katarina being the first companion to die in the adventure The Daleks’ Master Plan.

Katarina was not the final companion to die on screen, or at least being given a sort of death sentence – Amy Pond and Rory Williams left under such circumstances recently – which was very similar to the scenario faced by Rose Tyler. Essentially all three were stuck in situations where they couldn’t see the Doctor anymore, with all the tragedy that brings.

So with this in mind, what were the most traumatic departures for companions? Who were we attached to and didn’t get their happy ending? Here is my top ten…

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5 Brilliant Doctor Who References In Doctor Who

Published September 8, 2013 by gossipzoo

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As Doctor Who fans, we all love the in-jokes and references that only a die-hard fan would understand, whether it’s Tennant in a gas mask saying “Are you my mummy?” or as subtle as Smith remarking that he used to own a patchwork umbrella (referencing his sixth incarnation to be precise).

References in a half-century old show are moments that fans can bond over; they’re checkpoints for the anoraks, and it gives us Whovians an “I know something you don’t moment” over the casual viewers in our families who put up with the show.

Perhaps more exciting and intelligent however, are the outside references and allegories, and I’m not talking about the Nazi/Dalek similarity, I’m talking about the Whoniverse itself. These are moments when someone references something that relates to Doctor Who, not the Doctor, and not just a moment of continuity. Like LINDA for example, being a portrayal of us fans, or the Doctor receiving the phone call about the Brigadier’s death and the sadness of that scene carried when you consider that Nicholas Courtney had died in real life.

These aren’t just nods to those of us that watch and rewatch every Who episode, they’re golddust for the fans that trawl Wikipedia, YouTube and Steven Moffat’s bins for extra nuggets of information, such as Matt Smith’s love for Radiohead or the exact dimensions of a TARDIS. Let me take you through five more ingenious, amusing and downright cute moments of NewWho writers winking at us through our very screens.

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Doctor Who: 5 Worst Creature Designs From The New Series

Published July 9, 2013 by gossipzoo


Before the show came back in 2005, Doctor Who was always remembered for the sometimes poor quality of the special effects, make up and design of it’s monsters. For some it was the reason to dismiss the show as cheap and unwatchable, for others it was part of the programme’s charm. But when the show came back, and when we first met the Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler we were also reintroduced to the Autons, a classic foe from the classic series, and they still looked lame! Nostalgic fans of the cheap production values of old could sigh a breath of relief as we were treated to men in rubber costumes and burping bins.

As it happens, as the episodes rolled on the sad factor that had previously been associated with the show was quickly wiped away and the Doctor once again became king of the BBC. The writing was good, the acting was good, and most shockingly of all the effects were good. Well, mostly good anyway. There’s always going to be the odd effect that looks like a tin dog or like they’re made of toilet rolls right?

So with that in mind let’s celebrate the best of the worst, as we look at the five worst designed creatures of the new era in Doctor Who!

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Doctor Who: 6 Actors Who Could Be The 12th Doctor

Published March 20, 2013 by gossipzoo

First of all Don’t Panic! You haven’t missed any announcements, Matt Smith hasn’t announced any imminent departure as our current Timelord, however with the news that he is to star in a new film written and directed by Ryan Gosling, speculation is mounting.

Fans are putting two and two together and making all sorts of numbers as they speculate that after the anniversary episode in November this year and maybe the Christmas special, Matt Smith may hang up his sonic screwdriver and leave the TARDIS vacant once more.

Even if this is all totally unfounded there must be a time when we do get a twelfth Doctor so it seems as good a time as any to wonder who might take over as the nation’s favourite Time Lord.

6. David Duchovny

Maybe it’s time for an American to play the Doctor? David Duchovny was interviewed in 2008 at which point he mentioned that he had no interest in taking over from David Tennant but was a fan of Doctor Who. He expressed some interest in the idea of playing a villain in the show.

It’s now a few years later and ten years since David played Fox Mulder in the X-Files tv show; given his experience in defeating the alien menace it seems to me that it still worth considering him as a possible candidate for the TARDIS key. The one drawback may be that he spends all his time looking for missing relatives but he is used to working with a companion though Dana Scully may have her own views as to who is in charge!

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Doctor Who: Matt Smith’s 10 Greatest Moments

Published February 4, 2013 by gossipzoo

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Personally, I find Matt Smith to be the most interesting Doctor of the New Who, due to my comparison to the New Who doctors as grades in high school.

Nine (Christopher Eccleston) represents the freshman year, as he is obviously a little off, not entirely in touch with everything that happens around him, and is unnaturally susceptible to falling head over heels for someone. Ten (David Tennant), who is my favorite and my personal first Doctor, represents the sophomore year- he’s more matured, knows exactly what he wants in the world, but breaks like a Sherlockian when bad things happen. Eleven (Matt Smith), the current Doctor, and possibly will be the longest running Doctor of the New Who, represents the 11th grade, far more comfortable in his own skin and much more free-willing and fun to be around, but when push comes to shove has horror stories from his previous days that will darken his face like a raincloud.

This makes him the most mature and the most proud of the Doctors, living his life with either the purpose to bring joy or to win solemnly, Eleven is a true hero of a character.

And it’s not difficult to see why. If there was any doubt, here are his 10 greatest moments…

10. Vincent And The Doctor – Museum Scene

Van Gogh Dr Who

Very possibly the most dramatic and emotional moment that Doctor Who has ever encountered, the season 5 episode ‘Vincent and the Doctor’, which has Eleven and his companion Amelia Pond running around 19th Century Europe with the famous and troubled painter Vincent Van Gogh. The episode crescendos not with the monster of the episode being defeated, but after that, when the two bring Van Gogh with them to an art museum in the modern day, where, barely able to contain his excitement for his new friend, Eleven asks the curator (Bill Nighy) to explain what he thinks of Van Gogh’s art.

The next minute, as Van Gogh overhears the curator’s explanation to the Doctor of how he believes this man to be the finest painter in history, is a flood of emotions that is hard to match. The entire time, the shots show snippets of the Doctor’s face during this, and his joy and pride at making a sad man feel so unbearable happy is infectious if not a plague.

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11 Amazing Stories That Define Doctor Who – A 49 Year Retrospective

Published December 2, 2012 by gossipzoo

“All of time and space, everywhere and anywhere- where do you want to start?” As Doctor Who bounced back onto our screens in 2010 with a new Doctor, a new companion and a new TARDIS, these words were the narrative trigger for the resuming of an infinite number of adventures throughout the Time Vortex. With Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor, we’ve travelled to the distant future of the human race, to an asteroid outside the universe and to times long-gone such as the Second World War and the Wild West, entailing three further years of the show that have now led to its forty-ninth anniversary since the original story An Unearthly Child first aired.

So, with the big 50 just around the corner, there’s undoubtedly a question which should be on fans minds in the run up to November 23rd, 2013- which stories that define this legendary British science-fiction saga? To kick off the discussions in full, I’ve compiled a list of eleven classic adventures that sum up why Who has remained in the minds of viewers for nearly half a century now, and indeed why it will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. There’ll be plenty of time next year for ‘Best Episode’ lists, so that isn’t what this is intended to be: instead, there’s a story from every Doctor that I believe best defines the characters and personalities of each of the incarnations of the Time Lord.

Step inside our conceptual episode TARDIS, then, and witness the wonders of the universe once again…or you could just stay home and eat your fish and chips by the telly. Your choice.

11. The Impossible Astronaut/Day Of The Moon

If ever there was a time when Doctor Who had a pressing need to redefine its priorities and cater for a large audience, it was Season Six. Though I was a massive fan of Matt Smith’s opening run, there was no doubt in 2011 that many fans felt a bit uncertain about the future of their allegiance to the show as a result of David Tennant’s departure. Current show runner Steven Moffat pulled off a master class, then, with the opening America two-parter of his second full stint on the show, kicking off an audacious narrative arc with a bang.

In the build-up to the first episode’s broadcast, DWM had teased that ‘The Doctor, Amy, Rory or River will die’, so naturally given Rory’s tendencies to bite the bullet we all assumed that the season premiere would put a definitive end to Darvill’s character. The surprise? It was the Doctor who was in hot water, shot down by a mysterious astronaut figure who was seemingly immune to underwater suffocation, and watched upon by the sinister leaders of the Silence. Throughout the course of the run, we would discover why the Silence wanted the Time Lord to kick the bucket (though the arc of his fight back now continues even further into Season Seven!), yet it was in the two-part opener that the show really shone once again, introducing a complex and thrilling arc along with a creepy new villain for us to root against after the credits.

Regardless of your stance on how the Doctor’s death arc was resolved- I thought the Tesalecta twist worked well, in that the Moff would have struggled to do anything else without confusing new viewers- it is impossible to deny that the Astronaut two-parter is amongst the best stories Who has given us in its forty-nine years on air, a true master class in modern science-fiction storytelling.

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