THE ECCLESTON YEAR

The Scores

Here are Sue’s scores for Christopher’s stories:

Rose: “Proper Doctor Who.” – 10/10
The End of the World: “I could murder some chips.” – 8/10
The Unquiet Dead: “I bloody loved that.” – 9/10
Aliens of London / World War Three: “Loads of fun.” – 7/10
Dalek: “Brilliant.” – 10/10
The Long Game: “I’ll probably forget it tomorrow.” – 7/10
Father’s Day: “It really got to me.” – 10/10
The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances: “Perfect.” – 10/10
Boom Town: “A ****ing egg!” – 5/10
Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways: “Fantastic!” – 11/10

 

Ask Sue

I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to ask Sue a question (I’m sorry I couldn’t ask her everything – we’d be here all day). And now, without any further ado.

Bridget: What do you say to those people who skip Christopher Eccleston’s era?
Sue: Do people actually do that? Why would they do that? Are they thick or something? Idiots.
Big BrotherLorcan Murphy: If all the incarnations of the Doctor were in Big Brother, who would win and who would be evicted first?
Sue: Are we talking American rules or UK rules? If it’s the American rules, Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor would win because he’s a crafty bastard. He’d probably convince the rest of them to vote Tom Baker’s Doctor out first, because he’d be the biggest threat. They’d probably blind side him, using Peter Davison as a pawn (he’s so nice, he’d probably go along with it). And if Tom won the power of veto, they’d vote Peter Cushing’s Doctor out because he doesn’t count.
Me: And if they were playing by the UK Big Brother rules?
Sue: If the British public had anything to do with it, David Tennant’s Doctor would win. Because, you know, he’s David Tennant.
Dave Sanders: If Eccleston had stayed for another season, which classic monsters (other than the Daleks or Cybermen) should they have brought back for him to face?
Sue: The Yeti and the Sontarans.
Me: Why?
Sue: Because they’re the only two monsters I can remember. No! Wait! The Master! He’s a monster, isn’t he?
Jon Price: If you were Rose, but Rodrigo didn’t owe your mum a favour, how would you jemmy open the TARDIS console?
Sue: I’d ask it nicely.
Me: And if that didn’t work?
Sue: I’d take a ****ing chainsaw to it.
Christopher EcclestonDrew Simchik: Does Eccleston’s Doctor seem like the same man as the Doctors who’ve come before him? Why or why not?
Sue: If you mean did he act like the Doctor, well, yes, of course he did. He was a bit damaged, and sometimes I wanted to give his head a shake, but he was definitely the Doctor. He was less posh than the rest – a bit rough around the edges – but still the same character.
Paul Ingerson: If Christopher Eccleston had stayed for one more season, which David Tennant episodes would’ve been better with Eccleston? And which episodes would’ve been worse?
Sue: Any episode without David Tennant is automatically worse than any episode with David Tennant. Does that answer your question?
David Czeck: Sue, back in Rose you described the story as “the first episode of Doctor Who made for me”. Would you expand on this a little more please? What do you see as the single most significant change in Doctor Who that made it appeal to you between the series which ended 1989 and the one that returned in 2005?
Sue: Better scripts, better production values, a faster pace and more emotions. Apart from that, it was exactly the same. But seriously, I think it appealed to me more than it did Neil because it was grounded in reality. Neil wanted more spaceships and alien planets, whereas I was happy with the stories set on council estates. I could relate to the characters and situations a lot more.
Ian Brightman: Why did Christopher Eccleston leave?
Sue: How the **** should I know? Even Neil doesn’t know the answer to that one. It’s a shame, though. He left just as he was getting into it. Still lasted longer than my first marriage, though.
David TennantJames: Why aren’t you doing your third husband?
Sue: I ask myself that question every night, James. You’d have to ask Neil.
Me: Oh come on, that isn’t fair. You told me you didn’t want to do it either.
Sue: Don’t get me wrong, I want to watch them; I’ve enjoyed re-watching the new series with you. But blogging these episodes seems a bit pointless. They’re too good. I’d rather watch more episodes of Space 1999 – at least I can laugh at them. Plus you always end up crying, Neil.
Me: And finally, can you give us three words that sum up Eccleston’s Doctor?
Sue: A tough, self-righteous Northerner.
Me: Self-righteous?
Sue: It was either self-righteous or sexy, and I didn’t want to hurt your feelings.

Everyone who asked a question will receive a PDF copy of the The Miserable Git: The Wife in Space Volume 1. Yes, even if your question wasn’t chosen, you’ll still receive a copy. Hooray! Please check your emails now.

Sue decided that James asked the best question (well, it made her laugh). I’ll be in touch with you later.

And on that bombshell, we’ve reached the end of the blog. Again. And this time we actually mean it. Again.

I’d especially like to thank Glen Allen, Graham Kibble-White, Marcus Bentley, John Callaghan, Steven Schapansky and Ian Berriman for all their help and support. And to everyone who visited the blog over the last three months, do you know something? You were fantastic too.

Next Time

The Scruffy DrunkThanks to the kind and generous Kickstarter backers who pre-ordered The Scruffy Drunk: The Wife in Space Volume 2, there will be one FINAL blog entry on Christmas Day 2015.

After that, the blog will close for good, although it will remain online for the foreseeable future. There are no plans to take it down.

And finally, if you backed any of our Kickstarter campaigns, this is when you can expect to receive your outstanding ebooks or extras:

The Wife in Space Versus Everything Else Vol.1 – early September 2015
The Scruffy Drunk: The Wife in Space Vol.2 – early September 2015
Sue Cooks The Doctor Who Cookbook (video) – late September 2015
The Wife in Space Versus Everything Else Vol.2 – November 2015
Pudsey Cutaway Video Commentary – December 2015
The Wife Has Been Assigned Sapphire and Steel – December 2015

You will receive these extras via Kickstarter, which means you should check that your email address is correct and Kickstarter emails aren’t being eaten by your spam filter.

I would especially like to apologise for the delay to The Wife Versus Everything Else ebooks – again! They are ridiculously late but hopefully they’ll be worth the wait.

The Wife in Space will return on Christmas Day…

 

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Comments

  1. Sean Alexander  June 22, 2015

    “It’s far from being all over…”

    It’s been a ride, and Christmas Day with Sue and the Sycorax sounds more palatable than whatever festive wheeze Moffat and co. have up their sleeves (The Doctor visits Bethlehem in 5BC…you know it’s gonna happen). And if someone decides to bung you both an offer you can’t refuse to do Tennant/Smith/Capaldi then I’ll still be reading. Though admittedly the blog might lack a little bite now that Sue likes virtually everything. Perhaps that suggestion of blogging all 25 Bond films (including the spoof and NSNA) isn’t such a bad idea..

  2. Nathan  June 22, 2015

    LIKE!

    The end.

  3. Anniew  June 22, 2015

    Nooooo. It can’t be the end. I haven’t prepared for it….I don’t want you to go…. Shit. I’m sad now. I know, new words to conquer and all that. Thanks both for a most enjoyable blogging experience.

  4. Jack  June 22, 2015

    Could someone please tell Sue that’s she’s been just as entertaining in the Eccleston blogs as she was in the classic series ones? Continuing with the new series would be anything but pointless, the blog has got even more entertaining if anything as it’s been nice to see some of Neil’s opinions coming through more.

    • Flynn Sullivan  June 25, 2015

      I’m with you 100%. Neil and Sue should continue. You can get so much humor out of Sue’s love for Tennant and Neil’s grumbling. I bet The Christmas Invasion review will be fantastic.
      We’ll never hear their thoughts on Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi, though. Hurts like a dagger in the chest.

  5. encyclops  June 22, 2015

    Thank you both very much for answering my question! I think I agree with you now that he seems like the same man, but at the time it was very hard to see. Which isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy his season, and I’m glad Sue did too.

  6. bestbrian  June 22, 2015

    Pity it’s coming to an end. Grading the episodes might be a bit pointless, but I’d still love to read the contrast in opinions between Sue and Neill, maybe as a compare/contrast with Neill’s original reviews from the old blog.

    Actually, Sue commenting on Neil’s old reviews after watching the episodes would make for a fine blog, itself. 🙂

    Godspeed to you both, and thanks for the smiles,

    Brian

  7. Chris-Too-Old-To-Watch  June 23, 2015

    First of all a huge thankyou for this whole project. It’s certainly made me re-evaluate some episodes and characters over the years, and help me see things with a fresh perspective. Shame that you won’t complete the set, but perhaps that’d be better settled by some other non-Who watching the rest of the comeback….mmmm, my hubby’s never watched it, maybe if I get him drunk enough…..
    For you two, there are a plethora of other series I’d suggest as well as the before mentioned Space 1999: what about “Sapphire and Steel”, “The Champions”, any Gerry Anderson series, “Torchwood”, and of course, “The Tomorrow People” (original series). They’d keep Sue commenting (or comatose) for a long time.
    All the best, and we’ll miss you!

    • Paul Ingerson  June 23, 2015

      And MST3K. I’d love to see Sue’s reaction to Mike and Joel being forced to live her life.,,

      • Anonymous  June 26, 2015

        In fact, I’m surprised that no-one’s used the Love Theme From MST3K for a Wife In Space filk…

        In the not-too-recent present
        on Tachyon TV
        there lived a guy named Neil,
        not to different from you or me.

        He married a lass by the name of Sue.
        She didn’t know much about Doctor Who.
        But our Neil is a big Who fan
        So he got his act together and soon he made a plan.

        “I show her cheesy programmes,
        the worst I can get. (tra-la-la)
        She’ll have to sit and watch them all
        and I’ll post it on the net. (tra-la-la)”

        Now bear in mind, Sue can’t control
        when the programme begins or ends.
        She’ll try to keep her sanity
        with the help of her cute cat friends.

        Cute cat roll call:
        Blake (meow)
        Avon (meow)
        Cally (meow)
        Captain Jack (meow)

        If you’re wondering why she’s not killed him
        or lots of other boring facts,
        repeat to yourself, it’s just a blog.
        You really should relax
        for Adventures with the Wife in Spaaaaace.

    • dj  June 25, 2015

      I suggest Ivor the Engine: episodes are short, have sci-fi in the form of a dragon, and it goes back to 1958.

      • Chris-Too-Old-To-Watch  June 26, 2015

        And why stop there? Why not do all those programmes that used to end Children’s BBC. Sir Prancealot, is crying out for a serious critical look…..
        And as for Captain Pugwash…..

  8. John Callaghan  June 23, 2015

    It’s been a great ride and many thanks to you.
    And a big whoop for all my fellow readers for making this feel like one long party.
    As Gandalf said in The Myth Makers: “May the Force be ever in your favour and prosper. Medium atomic weights are available.”

  9. Thomas Payne  June 23, 2015

    Fantastic as per usual.

    I’ve been discovering the classic series for the past 2 and a half years and have been reading the relevant blog post after each story I’ve seen.

    Love this blog, great to hear that sue has to say on my era of the show and some of the episodes that made me a fan and I’m another who would love to hear what Sue (and Neil) have to say watching the rest of the new series one day.

    Thanks again to both of you. You are Fantastic.

  10. Paul Ingerson  June 23, 2015

    Thank you. It’s been amazing. And good luck with whatever you decide to do next.

  11. jsd  June 23, 2015

    It’s been a fun ride. Thanks for the entertainment, and good luck in the future!

  12. Neal  June 24, 2015

    Can you just do all of Capaldi’s episodes before the start of the new series?

  13. Lorcan  June 24, 2015

    Thanks for the ride! I’ve enjoyed the hell out of it!

  14. Flynn Sullivan  June 25, 2015

    I didn’t jump on the bandwagon until after you’d completed the classic series, but I’m glad I was able to follow you in real time, just for a little while. I’m watching the classics myself for the very first time(as I might’ve said in another comment) and as I’m currently at The Android Invasion, this blog has been such a reward for every episode. It’s like having two companions along. XD

    I’ll always hope you change your minds at some point and come back, but if you don’t, it’s okay. It’s still a great run. Thanks a lot, Neil and Sue.

    P.S. Your PDF was such a great read!

    • Flynn Sullivan  June 25, 2015

      P.P.S You might’ve forgotten, but I once asked you on Facebook under a different name whether or not you’d do The Night Of The Doctor. As it’s all shutting down now, perhaps it’d be a good thing to get that out of the way? TNOD being technically a Paul McGann story and all? No? *Tom Baker sad eyes*

  15. Taylor Edwards  June 26, 2015

    And I just recently got the nerve to ask questions. I wish you both the best. So long, and thanks for all the “Is it the Master?”
    *breaks down in tears*

  16. Derek Handley  June 26, 2015

    Wonderful.

    15/10

    I’ve enjoyed every post. Even episode 6 of “The Web Planet”.

    Thank you both! I can’t wait to see what you do next.

    • Derek Handley  June 26, 2015

      Actually: ESPECIALLY Episode 6 of “The Web Planet”.

  17. BWT  June 28, 2015

    Nah… this can’t be the end. You haven’t done “Sapphire & Steel” yet. And, as Sean Alexander suggests above, the idea of doing all the Bond films in order is too awesome an idea not to do. Besides, it could garner you an entirely new audience: I’d be up for that!

  18. donnie  July 3, 2015

    Noooooooooooooooo
    please continue with Sue’s third husband! Tons of fun

  19. Frankymole  July 4, 2015

    Has the blog been redecorated (bigger font size) or are my eyes going wonky?