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The Quotable Doctor Who - Volume Two: Enemies, Monsters and Other Characters.
The Quotable Doctor Who - Volumes Three & Four: Episode Guides - Classic Who and New Series. 

VOLUME TWO
To be published in 2011

ENEMIES, MONSTERS, & OTHER CHARACTERS

An exhaustive list covering most of the Doctor's 300 Enemies and Monsters - from the Daleks to Cybermen, from the Ice Warriors to Weeping Angels, from Autons to Zygons. Also included are Other 'Minor' Characters from the Doctor Who TV show. 


Book Details
Pages: 200 aprrox
Format: Paperback
Quotes: 1500 approx
Size: 17.00 x 24.40 cm
ISBN: 9781907338298
Authors: Colin M Jarman & Catherine A Davies
Publish Date: 2011
Twitter: @QuotableDrWho
Blog: WHO Said What About Dr Who

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To find out more about Volume Two or to be notified when Volume Two is published, please email Blue Eyed Books.


SAMPLE QUOTATIONS from VOLUME TWO

On the return of the BBC TV show in 2005 - "And the monsters were a bit crappy. By far the crappiest were those faceless showroom dummies, although to be fair it was nice to see Adam Rickett back in work so soon. I can’t imagine kids who’ve grown up on Men In Black, Buffy and Cat Deeley being scared by a talking underground blancmange."
Ian Hyland in The Sunday Mirror (2005)

"Generations of children are up watching TV from behind the sofa as various incarnations of the nation's favourite Time Lord were menaced by the worst kind of aliens the BBC's designers and special-effects department could muster inexpensively."
Quentin & Benjamin Falk, Television's Strangest Moments (2005)

THE ABZORBALOFF [Peter Kay]
Love and Monsters (2007) - "All was going well until the Abzorbaloff raised its Slitheen-esque body ... As performances go, it didn't match the rest of the excellent cast and would have better suited to the show that originated his costume, Blue Peter."
Cameron McEwan on DenOfGeek.com (2009)

THE ADIPOSE
Partners in Crime (2008) - "Infants that looked like a cross between pencil erasers and the Pillsbury Doughboy."
Andrew Billen in The Times (2008)

AUTONS
Rose (2005) - "Despite the possibilities of computer generation available to the revival - the opening episode rather encouragingly uses monsters who look as if they could have been knocked up by BBC props 40 years ago."
Mark Lawson in The Guardian (2005)

BANNAKAFFALATTA [Jimmy Vee]
Voyage of the Damned (2007) - "Bannakaffalatta whom could be described visually as 'mini-Darth Maul'"
Brad Trechak on TVSquad.com (2008)

THE BLACK GUARDIAN
[Valentine Dyall]
The Armageddon Factor (1979) - "Crazy name, crazy guy. And increasingly crazy hair. This chap is the personification of the universe’s forces of chaos and entropy - so is probably fun at the office party."
Ben Marsden on Wired.co.uk (2009)

BOK [Stanley Mason]
The Daemons (1971) - "Made of stone and totally bulletproof, Bok was a gargoyle. The Doctor managed to keep it at bay by reading a Venusian lullaby to it, but it went on the rampage attacking UNIT troops ... Subsequently, Bok returned to its statue form and is presumably still lurking out there somewhere."
Ben Rawson-Jones on DigitalSpy.co.uk (2008)

LADY CASSANDRA [voiced by Zoë Wanamaker]
The End of the World (2005) - "She is all that remains of the purely human species, and she has definitely overdone the dieting, having become no more than a stretched film of skin with a face ... she’s like Patsy in Ab Fab: bitchy and randy."
Bryan Appleyard in The Times (2005)

"This character is unique in TV history. Another first for Doctor Who’s history books. With four minutes of lip-synching (with Zoë Wannamaker providing the voice), such a CGI character has never been so complicated for a TV series. Take that Star Trek and shove it up your warp drive."
Matthew Walter on EyeOfHorus.org.uk

THE CREATURE
The Creature from the Pit (1979) - "The Creature: another unimpressive Who monster. This time it looks like a mix of tent and inflatable garbage bag, and its phallic qualities have been oft mentioned."
Brian May on PageFillers.com (2005)

THE CYBERMEN
The Next Doctor (2008) - "We had a massive Cyberman stomping, Mr Stay Puft style, all over Victorian England. To say this reviewer had to suppress a guffaw would show a level of understatement that the massive Cyberman lacked. And yet, you couldn’t help but warm to the fella."
Simon Brew on DenOfGeek.com (2008)

"Everyone’s second favourite bad guys, the Cybermen."
James Whittingham on Kasterborous.com (2010)

DALEKS
"One of the finest creations for children since Bambi."
Ewan Ross

"With the possible exception of Tom Baker's scarf, the Daleks are the most valuable intellectual asset the Doctor Who franchise ever possessed."
Mark Borkowski in The Guardian (2004)

"The Daleks brag about their superior intellect but act like toddlers in perpetual hissy fits. In this, they are the perfect playground monsters, utterly evil but also utterly childish."
Kim Newman, Doctor Who [BFI Classics] (2005)

Victory of the Daleks (2010) - "Why do the master race Daleks look like cut-price Mac Book Pros crossed with embarrassing sex toys?"
Adam Mason on Alltern8.com (2010)

DAVROS [Various actors]
"The hideous Davros, a creature with a curious resemblance to the late Somerset Maugham in his dotage."
John Preston in The Daily Telegraph (2008)

"Davros is the scariest paraplegic in fiction."
Ben Marsden on Wired.co.uk (2009)

DJ [Alexei Sayle]
Revelation of the Daleks (1985) - "Alexei Sayle surprises by being sweet and subtle (and one of the few sentient life forms in the galaxy who doesn't want to molest Peri)."
Paul Cornell, Martin Day and Keith Topping, The Discontinuity Guide (1995)

THE DRAHVINS
Galaxy 4 (1965) - "The Rills turn out to be the goodies, while the Drahvins well and truly went over to the dark side when Darth Vader was still in nappies and teething on rusks."
John Bensalhia on ShadowLocked.com (2010)

ELIZABETH X [Sophie Okonedo]
The Beast Below (2010) - "Sophie Okonedo steals the show as the gun-toting undercover investigator, Queen Elizabeth X ... Maybe Liz 10 should come back in some sort of annual recurring capacity, bitching off against River Song?"
Daniel Martin in The Guardian (2010)

THE EMPTY CHILD
The Empty Child (2005) - "I never once hid from the Daleks but the Empty Child was almost a back of the sofa moment."
Sir Terry Pratchett in SFX Magazine (2010)

THE ERGON & OMEGA
"The Ergon, Omega's sidekick, is one of Doctor Who's dafter-looking monsters. Come to think of it Omega himself isn't one of the BBC's more successful creations either, though shown in negative he doesn't look that bad."
Rina Steenkamp on d9d1e2.com (2008)

THE FACE OF BOE
[voiced by Struan Rodger]
On being asked - at a convention in San Diego - if the Face of Boe would have its own show - "That’s kind of sick. You’re talking about a head in a jar. Unless someone carries him around, saying "Hello, meet my friend Boe." What I’m really intrigued about is how he becomes a head."
John Barrowman (2008)

MISS FOSTER [Sarah Lancashire]
Partners in Crime (2008) - "Sarah Lancashire starred as the unhinged Miss Foster, an out-of-space super nanny (without the Jo Frost super waistline)."
Jon Wise in The People (2008)

MISS HARTIGAN [Dervla Kirwan]
The Next Doctor (2008) - "Forget Dervla Kirwan's warm and sultry M&S voiceovers: she shows the steel as the frankly terrifying power-crazed Miss Hartigan."
Gill Hudson on RadioTimes.com (2008)

THE ICE WARRIORS
"I liked the Ice Warriors - they really gave me the creeps. I don’t know why. I’d sit in make-up with the guys who played them having coffee, and waiting for their make-up to go on, which took hours. But as soon as we started recording one, they really gave me the creeps."
Wendy Padbury

HARRIET JONES [Penelope Wilton]
The Stolen Earth (2008) - "I honestly think Harriet Jones has to stay dead, because we need closure on her character or something."
Charlie Jane Anders on io9.com (2008)

JUDOON
Smith and Jones (2007) - "A special mention should go to the rhino-faced Judoon, for their strong visual resemblance - until they removed their helmets - to a certain potato-headed race of time warriors from the old days of the show. Not so much lamb dressed as mutton, but Judoon dressed as Sontaran."
Ben Rawson-Jones on DigitalSpy.co.uk (2007)

THE KANDYMAN
The Happiness Patrol (1988) - "The villainous Kandyman, a giant creature made out of sweets and bearing a startling resemblance to Bertie Bassett, would probably do more damage to your dental hygiene than the fabric of time and space."
The Daily Telegraph (2009)

JOHN LUMIC [Roger Lloyd Pack]
Rise of the Cybermen (2006) - "John Lumic - the head of Cybus Industries and creator of this universe’s Cybermen. In a wheelchair, crippled and dying, the evil genius who creates a new race of creatures to provide a twisted longevity for his race, inspired by his own quest for immortality, Lumic comes across as nothing more than a low-rent Davros."
Scott Matthewman on Matthewman.net (2006)

THE MACRA
The Macra Terror (1967) - "Old 'monsters' such as Zarbi, Sensorites and even Daleks were alien cultures with a motive. But the Macra are the first ever purely monstrous enemy. They don't reason or argue or have a society, they really are just terrible things which lurk in the dark."
TheMindRobber.co.uk 

THE MASTER
[Various actors]
Mark Of The Rani (1985) - "The meeting of the Master and the Rani yields unexpected levity and humour. Instead of the two renegade Time Lords blending into an axis of evil, their pairing creates the Whovian version of the Bickersons."
Eric Profancik on DVDVerdict.com (2006)

Doctor Who: The Movie [1996] - "Eric Roberts overacts as The Master, but his grandiose performance works wonderfully. His exaggerated depiction convinces us of how completely immoral The Master really is, and that he’d have no problems annihilating a planet just to save himself. The Master believes he’s above any law, and Eric Roberts makes us believe that."
Joseph Savitski on BeyondHollywood.com (2004)

The End of Time (2009) - "John Simm’s turn as the Doctor’s nemesis was so fabulously demented it seemed churlish not to let him take over the world."
Caitlin Moran in The Times (2010)

THE MECHANOIDS

"No one could have stood the problems if they had caught on. They were just physcially impossible to move in and out of the studios. Terry Nation was very unhappy about it."
Dennis Spooner

FATHER OCTAVIAN [Iain Glen]
Flesh and Stone (2010) - "Iain Glen’s voice - like a cross between Swiss Toni and Patrick Ryecart in Mindwarp. Fruity doesn’t cover it. Get that man an audiobook now."
Paul Kirkley on BehindTheSofa.org.uk (2010)

OGRONS
Day of the Daleks (1972) - "I was very fond of the Ogrons, who were wonderful, because they were so big, even I was terrified of them."
Jon Pertwee

THE OOD
The Impossible Planet (2006) - "I invented the name. It's nice, isn't it? I thought, 'Well, I loved inventing the Slitheen and Raxacoricofallapatorius,' and then I thought, 'Why don't I just call something the Ood?' I did want them to be a bit odd."
Russell T. Davies in RadioTimes.com (2006)

THE PLASMATON
"Those Plasmaton monsters were quite amusing, though - they were supposed to look terribly menacing but the actors inside couldn’t see where they were going or what they were doing, so the effect was rather negated. They just sort of stood there and hoped for the best."
Sarah Sutton

THE RANI [Kate O'Mara]
"Much like the Doctor and the Master, this fashionable, female mad scientist is a Time Lord outcast. She was also hinted to have had a relationship with the Doctor, but we'll forgive him that; most of us have a crazy ex!"
Andy Hughes on ToplessRobot.com (2010)

RASTON WARRIOR ROBOTS
The Five Doctors (1983) - "The Raston Robot may be the most perfect killing machine ever devised but it moves like a member of Pan's People."
Mike Doyle

ROGIN [Richardson Morgan]
The Ark In Space (1975) - "Rogin’s self-sacrifice is quite touching, but for the most part, he’s like a used car salesman who’s been forced into the I’m A Celebrity jungle."
John Bensalhia on ShadowLocked.com (2010)

SALAMANDER [Patrick Troughton]
Enemy of the World (1967) - "Salamander is definitely a graduate of the Blofeld school of villainy, with perhaps just a touch of Scaramanga about him."
David Gibbs in Star Begotten (1990)

THE SEA DEVILS
"The very first thing I insisted on was those string vests for the Sea Devils - I positively refused to work with nude monsters."
Michael E. Briant - director

THE SILURIANS
The Hungry Earth (2010) - "The recycling of old-Who baddies the Silurians was a good idea. It’s also great that they’re impressive-looking, scaly lady-sauruses and not weird fish-gargoyles crafted out of latex, jelly and old socks like the original version."
'LadyRibenaBeret' on WatchWithMothers.net (2010)

THE SONTARANS
The Time Warrior (1974) - "Sontarans are bloated, cloned, and warlike alien astronaut types somewhat resembling third stooge Joe DeRita in Have Rocket, Will Travel with a Cockney accent and attitude like Warren Mitchell (Alf Garnett on Till Death Us Do Part)."
Stuart Galbraith IV on DVDTalk.com (2007)

SALLY SPARROW [Carey Mulligan]
Blink (2007) - "Ah, Sally! How we loved thee! Carey Mulligan was everything a companion should be (without being a companion) and I know five blokes in my office alone who would marry her tomorrow."
'XXNapoleonSolo' on ScyFiLove.com (2008)

THE STAR WHALE
The Beast Below (2010) - "A 50,000 tonne alien sea cow is going to put a strain on even the most watertight story."
Paul Kirkley on BehindTheSofa.org.uk (2010)

STYLES [Rula Lenska]
Resurrection of the Daleks (1984) - "Rula Lenska barks macho clichés like a second-rate Sigourney Weaver in a fan-produced video."
Mark Campbell on DVDTimes (2003)

TETRAPS
Time and the Rani (1987) - "The evil Tetraps are poor, I remember being disappointed back then and time has not been kind to them."
James Whittingham on Kasterborous.com (2010)

THALS
Dr. Who and the Daleks [1965] - "The pasty-faced, pacifistic Thals are a pretty dull lot, and the Doctor is in the position of rallying them into fighting their oppressors, but how seriously can you take a race of people who wear blue eye-shadow and false eyelashes - including the men?"
Graeme Clark on TheSpinningImage.co.uk

THE TOLL MASTER [Ken Dodd]
Delta and the Bannermen (1987) - "Thankfully Ken Dodd was killed off in the first episode."
Michael Mayo in TSV 6 (1988)

THE VALEYARD
The Trial of a Time Lord (1986) - "The Valeyard is the Kavanagh QC of Time Lords, only really spiteful and with a wackier cloak."
Ben Marsden on Wired.co.uk (2009)
   
VASHTA NERADA
Silence in the Library (200?) - "Mary Whitehouse labelled Tom Baker’s storylines 'teatime brutality for tots,' winning an apology from the BBC and an enforced lightening of the tone. What she’d make of modern terrors like the Weeping Angels or Vashta Nerada is anyone’s guess."
Robert Colvile in The Daily Telegraph (2010)

WEEPING ANGELS

Blink (2007) - "The Weeping Angels. Gott in Himmel. Monsters who can’t move; aliens who move when you’re not looking; statues that are alive. That’s actually three good ideas jammed into one. Steven Moffat always said, that idea’s so good you could make a whole movie out of it. It could’ve been a massive international franchise all on its own - but he gave it to Doctor Who. The fool."
Russell T. Davies in The Times (2009)

Flesh and Stone (2010) - "By the end, I have to admit I was a bit confused by the whole blinking/not blinking thing. ... Weeping Angels encouraging you to keep your eyes open feels a bit like the Daleks joining a rainbow alliance or The Ice Warriors installing central heating."
Paul Kirkley on BehindTheSofa.org.uk (2010)

THE YETI
The Abominable Snowmen (1967) - "Jon Pertwee said that finding a Yeti sitting on a loo in Tooting Bec was the most terrifying image he could imagine. In the Doctor Who universe, these creatures were not shy Himalayan beasties but the hairy robot pawns of the Great Intelligence - and therefore clearly not good company in the gents."
Matthew Sweet in The Daily Telegraph (2008)

ZYGONS
Terror of the Zygons (1975) - "A cross between an Easter egg and the off-cuts of a rubber tubing factory."
Cahal Milmo in The Independent (2005)



VOLUMES THREE & FOUR
To be published in 2011

THE QUOTABLE DR WHO EPISODE GUIDES

An exhaustive list covering the Doctor's BBC TV episodes from An Unearthly Child in 1963 to the final episode of Series 6 in 2011.

Volume Three [ISBN 9781907338304]
covers the Classic Who seasons 1- 26 (1963 to 1989)

Volume Four [ISBN 9781907338311]
covers the New Series 1 - 6 (2005 to 2011)

With quotes from the actors, writers and production crew, reviews from fans and critics, and general comments from all and sundry ... Volumes Three & Four build into comprehensive quotations books that will provide a uniquely different insight and a light-hearted alternative to the more traditional, fact-based, technically-minded Doctor Who Episode Guides.


SAMPLE QUOTATIONS from
VOLUME THREE: CLASSIC WHO ('63-'89)


An Unearthly Child (1963) - "If you look at the first episode of Doctor Who, that betrays the lie that it’s just the 60′s, because that first episode’s really good. The rest of it’s shit … Nothing from the black and white days, with the exception of the pilot episode, should have got out of the building."
Steven Moffat (1995)

An Unearthly Child (1963) - "The earliest episodes centre on a tribe of cavemen, perhaps appropriately since it almost seems that the episodes could have been written and produced by cavemen."
DoctorWho.22Web.net

"The Lodger 's (2010) alien-among-us premise is thematically not that much of a stretch from the show’s own ground zero, An Unearthly Child (1963) - except we never saw William Hartnell in a small bath towel or scoffing biscuits in a call centre. I can't help thinking all that grunty stuff with the cavemen would have been a lot more fun if we had."
Paul Kirkley on BehindTheSofa.org.uk (2010)

The Daleks (1963) - "As for spine chillery ... well, I take back what I said a few weeks ago about Doctor Who having got off to such a bad start it could never recover. It has recovered, and, though it still has its daft moments, it also produces some first class sensations - as, for example, last Saturday, when, after the Dalek 'intelligence' had been lifted unseen from its robot and placed in a blanket on the floor, the episode closed with something very horrible indeed just beginning to crawl from under the blanket. So horrible was it, that I very much doubt whether I shall have the courage this evening to switch on to see what it was. Lovely stuff!"
Peter Quince in The Huddersfield Daily Examiner (1964)

The Daleks (1963) - "This mean-spirited, absent-minded man has become one of the most beloved science fiction characters of all time? Surely not! Let's not even discuss how boring An Unearthly Child and The Edge of Destruction are. If it weren't for that Dalek story , the series would have closed up shop long, long ago and saved us a lot bad effects, wobbly walls, and men in rubber suits."
Eric Profancik on DVDVerdict.com (2006)

Marco Polo (1964) - "At the moment, all seven episodes are still missing from the BBC archives, and there's about as much chance of them being recovered as Davros becoming a door-to-door carpet salesman."
John Bensalhia on ShadowLocked.com (2010)

On Ian's 'epic' fight scenes in 'The Romans' (1965) - "Such epicness gives The Romans the ambitions of Spartacus on a shoestring, or maybe' Quis crumens'? ("What Budget?")"
Stuart Galbraith IV on DVDTalk.com (2009)

"The Web Planet (1965) is quintessential Doctor Who because it’s brave, insane, slightly embarrassing but proud ... It is sheer insanity from beginning to end, but then that’s Doctor Who for you. Brilliant, poetic, shocking and imaginative on the one hand; childish, creaky, slow and under-resourced on the other. Six episodes of schizophrenic heaven."
Joe Ford on DoctorWhoReviews.co.uk (2010)

The Gunfighters (1966) - "The script was pure Talbot Rothwell, the acting was not even bad vaudeville and the direction was more West Ham than West Hollywood."
Jeremy Bentham in Doctor Who: A Celebration (1983)

The Power of the Daleks (1966) - "If you believe the programme overlords, most viewers have a compelling urge... to be frightened out of their wits. And that explains the strange affair of 'The Changing Face of Doctor Who.' The time travelling Doctor is back as usual on BBC1 this afternoon - and advance reports say that his return will be an explosive event to woo the kids away from Guy Fawkes bonfires. But something is very much out of the ordinary - instead of being played by William Hartnell, the Doctor is spooky character actor Patrick Troughton. When veteran Bill Hartnell decided to drop out it could have meant the end for Doctor Who. Scriptwriters have been turning mental somersaults to explain why a new hero is appearing, without warning, to young fans. Full details of his debut are being kept a secret, until today ..."
The Daily Sketch (1966)

The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967) - "Given the young companions, the slasher nature of the episode, the Indiana Jones-like architectural exploration, complete with fatal traps, and the comic book qualities of the villains, The Tomb of the Cybermen seems more like Scooby Doo than prior Doctor Who. This approach has both positive and negative consequences, but the new Scooby Who certainly makes for a captivating change."
DoctorWho.22Web.net

The Evil of the Daleks (1967) - "It is Doctor Who at its very, very best ... not only obeying all the rules of good drama production but rising to the challenge of making credible science-fiction melodrama while neatly avoiding all the temptations either to send it up or, worse, camp it up."
Jeremy Bentham in DWB 50 (1987)

The Underwater Menace (1967) - "The Doctor Who equivalent of Plan 9 from Outer Space."
Paul Cornell, Martin Day and Keith Topping, The Discontinuity Guide (1995)

The War Games (1969) - "The best way to describe The War Games is like a role-playing game except it uses real people."
Geoff Willmetts on SFCrowsNest.com (2010)

Inferno (1970) - "Doctor Who will always have monsters and spaceships, but it's the 'boring bits' that make or break a story. This story has some of the best boring bits in the history of the programme."
Drew Vogel on DailyDrew.com (2010)

"The Brain of Morbius (1976) ripped off Frankenstein and offended Mary Whitehouse while simultaneously contributing to Time Lord mythology. Quite an achievement, I'd say."
Joe Briggs on PageFillers.com (2010)

The Androids of Tara (1978) - "This is Doctor Who as fairytale, with all the genre's trademarks - handsome princes, beautiful princesses, black-hearted Counts, and malevolent hunchbacks."
Tim Munro in Star Begotten (1992)

"The Five Doctors (1983) was like a command performance. Everyone came back to it. The story had moments in it that really worked well, but I feel in the end it didn’t kind of reach anything. I doubt very much that I could do another one - I don’t really think I’m that person now, and I don’t think you can play Sarah Jane so many years on. I’m different, and unless the script accommodated that, I don’t think I could make it work."
Elisabeth Sladen

"Resurrection of the Daleks (1984) is a perfect example of mid 1980s Doctor Who. It is frenetic, loud, plotless, badly acted and - ultimately - completely soulless."
Mark Campbell on DVDTimes (2003)

"Delta and the Bannermen (1987) is a sort of pastiche; music plays an important part in the script. Malcolm Kholl has specified which numbers are the background to which scenes, so that virtually all, but not all, the music has been selected by the writer. Really, I would hate anyone to call this Doctor Who - The Musical, but it’s the closest the show will ever get, because music was such a focal point in the 1950′s."
David Moloney - director in Doctor Who Magazine

Dimensions in Time [the Children in Need special] (1993) - "It sucks. Look, trust me: Doctor Who has never been this terrible. It's like watching a train full of cripples crash into an orphanage, then explode. Making Dimensions in Time even worse, keep in mind that it was aired during Doctor Who's 12 year hiatus, meaning it was literally the only Doctor Who fans got for over a decade."
John Brownleee on FilmCritic.com (2007)


SAMPLE QUOTATIONS from VOLUME FOUR: NEW SERIES

Rose (2005) - "Once Rose made her run into the TARDIS the programme would never mean quite the same thing again. The popular - if inaccurate - iconography that surrounded it was reshaped forever after just 45 minutes and now Doctor Who is hip, modern and most definitely fun. The sets don’t wobble, the effects aren’t cheap and not everyone is acting in the Queen’s English."
John Connors on LiveFromMars.co.uk

"Peter Davison regenerated at the end of the bleakly violent but solid episode The Caves Of Adrozani (1984), having sacrificed his life for his companion Peri. He expired with a quiet dignity that also conveniently marked the last time Doctor Who was worth paying any serious attention to until Rose."
Christopher Bahn on AVClub.com (2010)

Dalek (2005) - "One man's Dalek is another man's Android of Tara."
Sarah Dempster in The Guardian (2005)

Dalek (2005) - "Consider this the I, Borg episode of Doctor Who."
Helen Angela Lee on BellaOnline.com (2010)

The Empty Child (2005) - "The first true film-noir for Doctor Who."
Matthew Walter on EyeOfHorus.org.uk

The Christmas Invasions (2005) - "The most wildly anticipated show of the season - the Doctor Who Christmas Special. 'Wildly anticipated' because a) Doctor Who was the best show of 2005 by about 16 billion parsecs and b) it's our first proper chance to see David Tennant in action. Thank God, then, that this doesn't disappoint in the slightest. In fact, it's possibly the greatest Christmas episode of any programme ever."
Charlie Brooker in The Guardian (2005)

Tooth & Claw (2006) - "This episode was like a grown up version of Scooby Doo - being chased by a werewolf around a giant mansion! All we needed was for the werewolf to chase the Doctor and Rose into a room and find they had transformed it into a barber’s shop, and that they tried to give him a shave, or the doctor being surprised by the werewolf as he made a giant sandwich."
'XXNapoleonSolo' on ScyFiLove.com (2008)

The Girl In The Fireplace (2006) - "There wasn’t that much particularly great about the second series. Tennant was still adjusting to the Doctor’s shoes, Billie Piper’s Rose was about to bugger off and there was even an episode that featured the devil (WTF?) Thankfully, the run of fairly average episodes was lightened enormously by this one, a masterpiece of character, wit and time."
Adam Mason on Alltern8.com (2010)

The Shakespeare Code (2007) - "Tonight, the Doctor goes back in time and visits William Shakespeare. Alas, poor Tardis, it's only a brief visit."
David Bianculli in The New York Daily News (2007)

Blink (2007) - "A more appropriate title for this episode would have been Don't Blink, or even Let's Prevent Annie from Ever Enjoying the Sculpture Garden of Any Museum Ever, Ever Again. Ever."
Annie Wu on TVSquad.com (2007)

Voyage of the Damned (2007) - "How is it remotely conceivable to become so wrapped up in your own clichés and tropes that you are a mere parody of yourself after only three years on the air?"
Catherynne M. Valente on PinkRayGun.com (2007)

Turn Left (2008) - "It’s always better to have too many ideas than too few and, in Turn Left, Russell T. Davies’ scattershot imagination fires new (and, indeed, old) faces, locations, concepts and mysteries at us like an ADHD-afflicted Raston Robot who's missed his Ritalin shot."
Paul Kirkley on BehindTheSofa.org.uk (2008)

The Stolen Earth / Journey's End (2008) - "How on Earth do you review that? … the most bonkers, delicious, audacious, brilliant, silly, exciting and scary piece of Doctor Who seen in the 45-year history … Doctor Who at its most show stopping, entertaining and brilliant best."
Mark Wright in The Stage (2008)

Journey’s End (2008) - "PHEW! Watching the final instalment of Doctor Who was like seeing a Rubik’s Cube clicked into place by a master: exciting, incomprehensible, satisfying and slightly irritating all at the same time."
Sarah Crompton in The Daily Telegraph (2008)

"The Next Doctor (2008) is the best Doctor Who Christmas special yet, or is at the least on a par with The Christmas Invasion. It doesn't have the emotional scope of the Doctor and Rose's farewell in Doomsday but it's moving, funny, impressive and has a big, beating heart. Possibly two, in fact."
Gareth McLean in The Guardian (2008)

"A grand slam, a perfect game, a triple play all steroid free and rolled into one. Behold ... The Next Doctor???!!!??
Joseph Savitski on SciFiCool.com (2009)

The End of Time (2009) - "The Master taking over the planet so every person on earth had his face was simple AND sinister: The New Avengers at its best."
Jim Shelley in The Mirror (2010)

Victory of the Daleks (2010) - "Oh dear. Oh bloody dear. What a total disaster this is. No words can really do this justice – this episode of Doctor Who is a complete and utter shambles ... It’s so totally disappointing that the best thing to do is simply pretend it never happened. You read it here first – there was no episode of Doctor Who this week. It got lost in the post."
Adam Mason on Alltern8.com (2010)

"Next week: The Pandorica Opens (2010). Not sure what the Pandorica is. Possibly a new kitchen equipment showroom in a Welsh mining village if this series’ low budget feel is anything to go by."
'LadyRibenaBeret' on WatchWithMothers.net (2010)



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