Two is finished
It has taken me awhile, but I watched the following stories from Patrick Troughton, the Second Doctor:
1. The Power of the Daleks
2. Tomb of the Cybermen
3. The Enemy of the World
4. The Mind Robber
5. The War Games
Much of what I said regarding the overall atmosphere and quality carry over from the First Doctor episodes. The biggest exception: Troughton himself. Two is very much the essence of what we know today as The Doctor: Impish, easily distracted, excited by new things, but never without a way out for himself and those he cares about. And he won't abide innocent lives being put at stake. One had some of this, but I always felt more of a scheming edge to him (actually, I think Eleven was a perfect mixture of One and Two's sensibilities, but I digress). I simply had a lot more overall fun with Two, and he'll likely end up in my top five when all is said and done.
Troughton also has a lot of range, as "Enemy of the World" showed - where The Doctor gets in trouble for being a dead-ringer for the arc's villain. Two and Salamander are so distinctly different fully-realized it was sometimes hard to remember Troughton played them both.
Another kind of nice thing was that the Jaime character I met in "Tenth Planet" stayed with the crew until the Time Lords screwed everything up in "War Games," which gave me another anchor to the stories. He was a decent companion, though I never bought him being from Ancient Scotland - his hair was far too Beatle-y.
"Tomb of the Cybermen" already showed the massive de-evolution of the Cybermen as characters from their original incarnation. I miss the sing-song-y voices. And "Power of the Daleks" made me want to watch Eleven's "Victory of the Daleks" again because look, they're trying the same trick again. And I was aghast when the Sonic Screwdriver appeared in "War Games" and I realized I had missed its debut - perhaps when asking for recommendations I should have added "Important First Appearances", but it's too late now. Oh well.
1. As I've said, Two as a whole is one of my favorite Doctors so far. I just have a ball whenever he's on.
2. Also as I've said, watching Troughton switch between Two and Salamander in "Enemy of the World."
3. "Mind Robber" was a fantastical high concept done absolutely right. My only complaint is when everyone kept talking about a "Master", I kept thinking it was going to be THE Master, but that's my own fault (apparently, he's coming very soon).
4. The incredibly slow build "War Games" has, where everything you knew went completely haywire from episode to episode. Also, I think it's funny that The Warlord looks a lot like Steve Jobs.
Now it's time to start with Three, whose son is actually playing Alfred in "Gotham", which I am growing quite fond of.
Speaking of new episodes...
Bonus: Nilbog Watches The Twelfth Doctor (Spoilers Ahead)
Since Clone Wars ended, I realized I don't have the dedicated time or energy to review episodes of shows as they air, or else Gotham, Rebels, and Who would all have ongoing reviews.
That being said, now that Series 8 is over, I want to give a few thoughts.
Overall it seems a bit darker, but I think it only seems that way because Eleven's madcap antics aren't around to balance it out anymore. Whereas Ten and Eleven were absentminded professors (and Nine was an absentminded professor going through an emo phase - Nine's my favorite, but it's true), Twelve is full-on mad scientist. That's not a bad thing, and I'm quite fond of Twelve, but it changes the dynamic a bit.
Actually it was really Clara who came into her own this season, and I tend to think SHE would make an excellent Doctor. I also really liked Danny Pink which is why the finale was so hard to watch (that and Osgood WHYYYYYY?!).
I didn't call Missy as The Master until about ten minutes before the reveal, and I really should have seen it coming sooner. I really dug the performance and I don't believe for a second she's really dead. I mean, I've been through "The Master finally died" twice before, and will probably see it several more times as I delve further into Classic Who. The Master has Joker Immunity by this point.
1. A Dinosaur in the Thames. Poor Rex.
2. "These are attack eyebrows!"
3. Robin Hood
4. The reveal that once The Doctor and River had a fight so he spent some time sulking with Otters.
5. The Doctor humming "Another Brick in The Wall pt. 2" when seeing Clara being strict with her students.
6. "Mummy on the Orient Express", especially the cigarette case full of Jelly Babies and the 20's-era rendition of Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now"
7. "I'm Missy. It's short for 'Mistress'. Well, I couldn't keep calling myself 'The Master', now could I?"
8. The stinger in the finale. That I refuse to spoil, but I can't WAIT until Christmas.