Doctor Who: Alternative Series Pitch

Doctor Who: Alternative Series Pitch

This pitch was posted on kkoho87.wix.com/kalebkohowrites on December 5, 2015, before the release of series 9 & 10 and the announcement of the Jodie Whitaker as the Thirteenth Doctor. Whenever you read “12” or “Capaldi”, replace it with “13” or “Whitaker”.

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I got the idea for this pitch from the news that Peter Capaldi (the current Twelfth Doctor) wanted to do other projects on the side, which would result in shorter seasons. I decided to keep the standard twelve episode season. I’d also like to note that I haven’t seen a single episode of season nine at this time. I do not get BBC America on cable. Moving on…

Introduction

This season would open with the Twelfth Doctor in his TARDIS. He is basically distraught over losing Clara a few episodes ago in Season Nine or is basically doing something in his Tardis. He flashes back to his time in another incarnation. This would allow Capaldi to appear in the beginning of the series and end of the series or begin and end each episode, while being able to work on his projects. What incarnation would be spending time with, you ask? Well, I’m telling you that it’s a Doctor we haven’t seen a lot of. We’ve seen his beginning and ending, but what about in between? Of course I’m talking about that one hit wonder from the 90’s, the Eighth Doctor, played by Paul McGann. From here on out, I will be pitching each episode with a possible title and synopsis for each episode.

Episode #10.1 – The Eighth Day

This episode would begin with our flashback. The episode would lead into 8 and his companion, Grace (as we last saw them at the end of 1996’s Doctor Who movie). The episode would feature the Eighth Doctor take Grace back to the never before seen eighth day of Earth’s creation. There, they find aliens being created, one of which is the Silence. The 8th Doctor forgets ever meeting them at the end because of a Silence erasing the adventure from his mind. Twelve closes the episode by filling any loopholes with his smooth Scottish psychobabble. They leave the day as the winners however, defeating a plot by the silence to kill Adam & Eve to end Humans before they grew.

Episode #10.2 – Enter Grace

The Eighth Doctor & Grace battle Cybermen, who plan to delete an entire planet to expand their power. Grace is the hero in this episode and we get better development with her character. She shows grace on the Cybermen, allowing them to leave with their lives when The Doctor stops them.

Episode #10.3 – Exterminate

The Doctor & Grace encounter a group of rouge Daleks who plan to destroy a Time Lord embassy on the planet of the Sontarans. The Doctor & Grace foil the war criminals. The Doctor first catches wind of the 1st Great Time War, prompting him to return to Gallifrey.

Episode #10.4 – The Drums of War

The Doctor & Grace are summoned to Gallifrey by the War Council of Gallifrey. The council informs the Doctor of their dire need of his help. The Doctor refuses to get involved, even when being urged by a regenerated Master. Part One of a three part story.

Episode #10.5 – Treachery of the Time Lords

The Eighth Doctor & Grace are planning on leaving Gallifrey to continue exploration. Eight’s TARDIS is damaged by the Daleks as the fight is brought to Gallifrey. The War Council continues to hound the Doctor to join them in their war with the Daleks, begging him to save Gallifrey. He refuses. The head Time Lord, played by Timothy Dalton, hires an assassin to kill Grace and make it look like a Dalek killed her. Grace is killed. The Eighth Doctor is enraged and agrees to fight the Daleks, believing them to be the killers. He is assigned to the Master’s unit. End of Part Two or Three.

Episode #10.6 – Run

The Eighth Doctor fight ferociously and even bring the war to a tipping point. The Master, who is drunk while celebrating their inevitable victory, reveals it was the Time Lord War Council’s fault. Eight already knows what he is going is wrong. With this new information, he decides to run. He sneaks into the TARDIS shed and steals his repaired TARDIS & flees Gallifrey, being branded a war criminal. Part 3 of 3.

Episode #10.7 – Battle of New York

The Doctor is hiding out in New York City in the year 5000 A.D, when a group of Time Lords sent to arrest him attack. The Doctor defeats them and escapes. He continues on in a life of depressed solitude, blaming himself for Grace’s death. He begins suffering from PTSD.

Episode #10.8 – No More War

The Eighth Doctor finds himself battling The Master’s unit when they all discover the 1st Time War is over, but a second has broke out. The Master is called back to Gallifrey. The Doctor refuses involvement.

Episode #10.9 – The Skaro Advancement

The Eighth Doctor is kidnapped by the Master and his Time Lords & forced to travel to Skaro to lead a covert ops group of Time Lords in their attempts to end the Second Great Time War. The Doctor helps blow up the capital and kills several Daleks, however he refuses to aid the Time Lords and further. The Second Great Time War is won by the Time Lords, but a third and final war breaks out in revenge only months later.

Episode #10.10 – 2000 A.D.

The Doctor finds himself on Earth when Y2K, which wasn’t supposed to happen, breaks out due to a temporal anomaly. The Doctor is able to source the problem to Sontarans and moves on. The events of Y2K are erased, with the destruction date being set back thousand and thousands of years into the future.

Episode #10.11 – The Dalek Offensive

Part 1 of 2: The Doctor is forced into a confrontation between the Time Lords and Daleks & is taken war prisoner by the Daleks. He believes he is to die soon, not wanting to live any longer. The Daleks put him on death row. The Daleks take him to the execution chamber & he is set to die, but the Doctor isn’t done yet.

Episode #10.12 – The Night of the Doctor

The Doctor is saved from death row by the Master. The Master (who has gone rouge) has a plan to end the Time Wars forever, but he needs the Doctor’s help in doing so. The Master & The Doctor sneak back to Gallifrey & steal a weapon called The Moment. The Master & Doctor escape to a save place to use the device. The Doctor asks what the point of this device is, to which the Master replies by telling him it’s a weapon to blow up Gallifrey & kill everyone, that there’s no other way to end it, that he wants the drumming to stop. The Doctor defeats the Master and turns him over to the Time Lords, resulting in a full pardon for the Doctor and The Master was to be punished. The Doctor is reinvigorated with new life and purpose, but because of the Time Lords reputation in the Time Wars, he can’t save anyone because they don’t trust him. This is the case with Claire, who dies rather than let the Doctor save her. The Doctor dies in the crash with her, but, as the Night of The Doctor showed, he chose his regeneration into the War Doctor (played by John Hurt). Leading us back full circle, we catch up with 12 who is on his TARDIS concluding his flashback & telling us the untold story of the 8th Doctor.

The Force Awakens: An Alternative Scene Sketch

The Force Awakens: An Alternative Scene Sketch

This sketch was originally posted on kkoho87.wix.com/kalebkohowrites on December 22, 2015.

In my version of the film, we didn’t know Kylo Ren was Han Solo’s son. It was revealed when Kylo Ren, or Ben Solo, murders his father Han Solo. Rey and Finn, who were captured by Captain Phasma, are saved by Chewbacca, who viewed Han’s murder with the others. They run away from the base, Finn has his lightsaber and Chewy his bowcaster. As they get close to the Millenium Falcon, Kylo Ren walks off the Falcon, crossbar lightsaber in hand. He turns it on and screams, “Rey! We have unfinished business to attend to!” Finn activates his lightsaber and yells, “Over my dead body!”

 Ren replies, “That’s the idea, F-N2187”

“That’s not my name!” yells Finn

Finn charges at Ren swinging willy nilly. Ren smacks blades and shoves Finn. It’s clear that Kylo Ren is playing a sick game with Finn and toying with him. Finn gets struck up the back by Ren after a while of toying with him. Finn is severley injured and unconscience. Chewy shoots Ren in the side, grazing him. Just a flesh wound. Ren goes to kill Chewbacca, but Rey picks up Finn’s saber and and swings at Ren, but misses him entirely. She blocks Ren’s swing. She is able to defend herself but isn’t very skilled with the lightsaber. She leads Ren away from the Falcon giving Chewy (carrying Finn) time to escape on the Falcon. Meanwhile, Poe Dameron and his men cannot penetrate the starkiller’s port. The shields are damaged but not fully down and they are being destroyed by the First Order’s fleet. Poe and Wedge Antilles are the only ones left. They are being persued by seven TFO fighters. All hope is lost. Rey and Kylo fight on the edge of the charging Starkiller. We see the beam begin to glow red and that glow illuminates their fight. Rey loses her lightsaber and Ren points his blade are her throat and says, “You’re nothing. You’re an insignificant speck from an insginificant planet. You get lucky that’s all. Now you’re luck has run out.” He raises his blade but suddently stops. He turns to the sky. An old, faded X-Wing flys through the pack and destroys five of the fighters. Poe shouts to the other plane to attack and they wipe out the other two fighters.

The X-Winger shoots the final piece thatis keeping the shields up and destroys it. It’s an impossible shot. Poe shoots and fires in to the port. The Starkiller is going to be destroyed. Kylo Ren is immeditaly taken with fear. “Skywalker,” he says. Ren flees to his ship. Rey watches as Poe and the mysterious pilot fly away. Rey is then picked up by Chewbacca. When Rey returns Poe tells General Leia Organa-Solo about the mysterious pilot. “Luke,” she says. At this, R2 turns on with the map leading to Luke. Luke walks in from the shadows and says, “Don’t worry R2.. I’m back. I sensed I was needed more than I ever had been. I only wish I had been fast enough to save Han.” Everyone is so happy that he is back and to MEET THE WAR HERO & LAST JEDI. Luke Skywalker meets Rey and tells her that the Force is strong in her. That the Force has awakened and it is what called him back. Meanwhile, on a star detroyer, Kylo Ren reports Skywalker’s return to Snoke who tells him he is a failure. He will have to face his uncle and when that time comes, Snoke will have made him ready.

TO BE CONTINUED IN THE LAST JEDI.

Worldwide Movie Trivia Masterlist

Worldwide Movie Trivia Masterlist

Singles:

Champion: “The Aussie” Jacob Blunden (5-0)

  1. Lucas “Lucky Luke” Schildbach (5-1)
  2. “The Maelstrom” Manning Franks (6-3)
  3. “Maverick” Zack Mitchell (4-0)
  4. “The Meme Queen” Jen Kempe (4-1)
  5. “The Kid” Jonno Stowell (5-2)*
  6. “The Real American” John Salvi (3-1)
  7. Zach “The Sosmaster” Sosland (3-1)
  8. Zabeeh “The Poet” Rehman (3-2)
  9. Kees “The Assassin” Cornelisse (3-2)
  10. Chris “Skywalker” Dohmen (3-3)

Unranked

  • “The Silmaril” Kristen Smith (2-1)
  • “Superman” Matthew Kearns (2-1)
  • “A A Ron” Aaron Connole (2-1)
  • Greg “The Einstein” Weinstein (1-1)
  • “The Butcher” Luca Fallon (1-1)
  • Mike “Mr. DVD” Hanley (2-2)
  • Corey “The Governor” Brown (2-2)
  • Malcom “The Crusher” Lay (2-2)
  • Chris “The Legend” Day (2-2)
  • Robert “The Hobbit” Parker (1-1)
  • Madeeh “The Madman” Rehman (1-1)
  • Timmy Wells (1-0)
  • “T.M. Smith” Timothy Smith (1-0)
  • Aaron “The Titan” Turner (1-2)
  • Chris “The Killer” Woodburn (1-2)
  • Ryan “The Braveheart” McLellan (1-2)
  • Adam “The Doctor” Schultz (1-2)
  • Brett “The Schmoe Stoppper” Sheridan (0-1)
  • Ryan McKenna (0-1)
  • Rasika Wickramaratne (0-1)
  • “The Philosopher” Lucas Went (0-1)
  • Henry “Confidential” Sanchez (0-1)
  • Jan “The Giant” Engelmann (0-1)
  • Steven “Mr.” Anderson (0-1)
  • Harvey “The Killer Ginge” Dryer (0-1)
  • Frank “The Stat Man” Janisch (0-1)
  • “The Orangutan” Kyle Arango (0-1)
  • “Atomic” Ed Sale (0-1)
  • Evan “Showtime” DeGraff (1-3)
  • “The Dark Knight” Subrath Sharma (0-2)
  • “Mr. Pink” Matt Beer (0-2)

Upcoming Unranked Competitors:

  • Jeremy Hastings (0-0)
  • David Crosson (0-0)
  • “The Commander” Chris Clark (0-0)
  • Andrew Hays (0-0)
  • Russell Howell (0-0)
  • Isaac Horvat (0-0)
  • Dan Skip Allen (0-0)
  • Ryan Casey Duncan (0-0)
  • Zack Ford (0-0)
  • Liam Ward (0-0)
  • Andy Wood (0-0)
  • Jonathan Peck (0-0)
  • Patrick Ravida (0-0)
  • Jeremy Adams (0-0)
  • Andy Casalnova (0-0)
  • Christian Schelp (0-0)
  • “The King” Kaleb Koho (0-0)
  • Dan Jensen (0-0)
  • Linus L. Babcock (0-0)
  • Maxance Vincent (0-0)

Retired Competitors:

  • “The Wisconsin Crippler” John Macy (0-1)
  • TJ “2 Points” Pelon (0-1)
  • “The Cocaine Donkey” Ryan Conway (0-1)
  • Kyle “The Warrior” Durand (0-1)
  • “Lord” Nate Wallace (0-1)
  • Joey “The Wall” Morin (0-1)
  • Brian Fernandez (0-1)
  • Zac Horton (0-1)
  • Drake “The GOAT” Froemsdorf (0-1)

Celebrity Competitors:

  • RB3 (1-0)
  • Ryan Snelling (0-1)

*1st Singles Champion

Teams:

  1. Team Who Must Not Be Named (1-0) [Lucas Schildbach and Greg Weinstein]
  2. Team Smilies (1-0) [Zabeeh Rehman and Henry Sanchez]
  3. Disney Duo (1-0) [Paul Wulff and Chris Skalicky]
  4. The Death Eaters (0-1) [Ryan McLellan and Kees Cornelisse]
  5. Team Regulators (0-1) [Mike Hanley and Andrew Hays]
  6. Disney Renaissance (0-1) [Chris Dohmen and Jacob Blunden]

Title Matches:

  • Franks v Stowell; Winner: Stowell – Singles
  • Blunden v Stowell; Winner: Stowell – Singles
  • Blunden v Stowell II; Winner: Blunden – Singles

Schedule:

  • “The Maelstrom” Manning Franks v “The Meme Queen” Jen Kempe – August 20th
  • Lucas “Lucky Luke” Schildbach v “Maverick” Zack Mitchell – August 24th
  • Championship Match v “The Aussie” Jacob Blunden – August 31st
  • Jeremy Hastings v David Crosson – September 7th
  • Chris Clark v Andrew Hays – September 10th
  • Henry Sanchez v Ed Sale – September 14th
  • Russell Howell v Isaac Horvat – September 17th
  • Dan Skip Allen v Ryan Casey Duncan – September 21st
  • Retirement Match: Evan “Showtime” DeGraff v “Mr. Pink” Matt Beer – September 24th
  • Zack Ford v Liam Ward – September 28th
  • Andy Wood v Jonathan Peck – October 1st
  • Brett Sheridan v Frank Janisch; Patrick Ravida v Jeremy Adams – October 5th
  • Anthony Casalnova v Christian Schelp – October 8th
  • “The King” Kaleb Koho v Dan Jensen – October 12th
  • Kees “The Assassin” Cornelisse v “Superman” Matthew Kearns; Harvey Dryer v Ryan McLellan – Oct. 15th
  • Ryan McKenna v Jan “The Giant” Engelman – October 19th
  • Linus L. Babcock v Maxance Vincent – October 22nd
  • Mike “Mr. DVD” Hanley v Chris “Skywalker” Dohmen; Malcom “The Crusher” Lay v Robert “The Hobbit” Parker – October 26th
  • Special Horror Match – October 29th
  • Return Players Match (#1 v #2) – November 2nd
  • Rasika Wickramaratne v Kyle Arango – November 5th
  • Timmy Wells v New Competitor – November 9th
  • New Competitor Match – November 12th
  • #1 Ranked Contender Match; Returning Players Undercard – November 16th
  • New Competitor Match – November 19th
  • New Competitor Match – November 23rd
  • Returning Players Match; “The Real American” John Salvi v TBA – November 26th
  • Returning Players Match – November 30th
  • New Competitor Match – December 3rd
  • New Competitor Match – December 7th
  • New Competitor Match – December 10th
  • Returning Players Match – December 14th
  • New Competitor Match – December 17th
  • #2 Ranked Contender Match; Returning Players Undercard – December 21st
  • Special Winter Event – December 24th

Dear Evan Hansen: A Review

Dear Evan Hansen: A Review

Introduction:

Broadway is still reeling from the game-changing success of Hamilton, the rap musical that has taken the world by storm. Over a year after their major Tony Award sweep, Broadway is now buzzing about an under-appreciated gem: Dear Evan Hansen. The pop musical tells the story of Evan Hansen, a suicidal teen with social anxiety and a broken family background who is told to write letters addressed to himself to subside the anxiety. After a classmate commits suicide and is found with one of Evan’s letters, he mistaken as a friend of Connor Murphy’s, propelling him into the life he’s always wanted when he lands his dream girl and gets a new family. But can a family built on lies stand? The fantastic musical is written by Steven Levenson with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Directed by the Tony-award winning Michael Greif (Rent) with orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire (Hamilton).

1. Anybody Have a Map?

The first song in the musical sets up the different family dynamics perfectly, backdropped by a great pop sound. The utilization of acoustic guitars and pop stylings similar to Phillip Phillips is great. It’s a wonderful song to start the musical with.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

2. Waiving Through A Window

This is the My Shot of Dear Evan Hansen. This is an amazing ballad that talks about Evan’s anxiety and desires, with subtle hints to his failed suicide attempt. It’s an incredible song that I am really surprised didn’t make a bigger splash with mainstream audiences.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

3. For Forever

The song follows Evan’s fantasy as he imagines what it would be like to have a best friend while painting a realistic, fantastical, tragic story for Connor’s parents about the last time he saw his “friend”. It’s a very well done ballad about friendship that really brings tears to the eyes.

Trak Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

4. Sincerely, Me

After Connor parents ask Evan for more letters between the two, he enlists the help of a classmate, Jacob, to forge emails between Connor and Evan that paint them as friends. It’s a fun, bantering, boisterous song that just rocks. It’s so fun to listen to and sing along with.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

5. Requiem

This song is tragic and a sad, acoustic song that shows the individual feelings of hurt, sorrow, and betrayal felt by the family of Connor Murphy. It’s a hard song to get through. It’s pretty, but it’s not one that I will revisit any time soon.

Track Rating: 7/10

Grade: A-

6. If I Could Tell Her

This is a great love song. Zoe, Connor’s sister and Evan’s dream girl, asks him if her brother ever said anything about her. Evan, not knowing Connor, just says how he feels about her and what he thinks about her as if her brother said it. Ben Platt and Laura Dreyfuss play off each other very well in this song and the brief acting bits in the recorded track are stellar. Platt’s vocals are incredible.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

7. Disappear

This is another tragic song, but the entire ensemble comes together to make this a positive song. The ghost of Connor that has been present with Evan throughout the story begs him to make sure he isn’t forgotten. As the chorus says, “No one deserves to be forgotten.” It picks up over the course of the song and ends in a swelling of emotions.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A

8. You Will Be Found

Another ensemble piece, the act one finale picks right up from the previous track and provides hope and inspiration to the those who feel lost. It’s a wonderful song that is fueled with emotion and passion. It’s a great song and one of the best first act finales of all time.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

9. To Break In a Glove

This song felt out of place at first, but upon repeat listening, it fits perfectly. It not only gives Evan the father figure he always wanted and needed, it also shows Connor’s father’s pain of losing his son and the sense of failure he feels. It’s a beautiful and well-produced song.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A

10. Only Us

The second love song of the show is not as good as the first. It’s a pretty duet where Zoe reassures Evan about why she loves him. It’s nice and adds to the story, but it isn’t the best version of what it was trying to be.

Track Rating: 7/10

Grade: A-

11. Good For You

This song is the only one that is fueled by anger and spit and thus is the only rock song in the show. It’s like a break up song between Evan’s mom and his two friends to him for leaving them behind for his new family with the Murphy’s. It’s the most underrated song of the show.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

12. Words Fail

This is really the saddest song of the show. Evan comes clean to the family in this emotional ballad that exposes the personality and the psyche of Evan Hansen. It’s an explosion of emotion and features the best singing and acting blend I’ve seen in Broadway history. Ben Platt is amazing.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

13. So Big/So Small

This was a really sad song that adds to Evan’s story and adds character to his mom, but overall, it feels sort of jarring and out of place. It’s nonetheless a good song. It really hits emotionally and gives Evan’s mom her due emotionally, bringing her range full circle.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

14. Finale

This short and sweet finale leaves the audience simultaneously satisfied with the landing, but wanting more of a definitive conclusion. There’s not much in this song to say anything negatively.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A-

Conclusion:

Dear Evan Hansen is an amazing project and is a masterclass in performance art. Ben Platt is a massive talent and the whole team involved hold their own and shine. If Dear Evan Hansen had not been released so close to Hamilton, I think it would’ve been more of a phenomenon. Overall, Dear Evan Hansen is worth the download and is one of the best musical theatre albums of all time.

Album Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

 

To The Future: The Movies I’m Looking Forward To For the Rest of the Decade

To The Future: The Movies I’m Looking Forward To For the Rest of the Decade

As a massive cinefile, movies are my lifeblood. I love stories and there an abundance of them coming in the next few years. As the second decade of the twenty-first century begins to wind down, I decided to organize a list of films that I’m excited to see before 2020.

1. Cars 3

Lightning McQueen finds himself in the same position as his late mentor Doc Hudson and must decide wether or not to return to the racing world and defeat his new rival, Jackson Storm.

Release Date: June 16, 2017

Director: Brian Fee

Screenwriters: Keil Murray, Bob Peterson, and Mike Rich

Starring: Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Chris Cooper, and Nathan Fillion

2. All Eyez on Me

The life story of rap legend Tupac Shakur.

Release Date: June 16, 2017

Director: Benny Boom

Screenwriters: Jeremy Haft, Eddie Gonzalez, and Steven Bagatourian

Starring: Demetrius Shipp Jr, Danai Gurira, Kat Graham, and Hill Harper

3. Transformers: The Last Knight

The most disappointing and action-packed franchise in Hollywood returns with the latest installment. Optimus Prime returns from space to lead an attack on Earth and faces opposition from Bumblebee and the rest of the Autobots.

Release Date: June 23, 2017

Director: Michael Bay

Screenwriters: Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, and Ken Nolan

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock, Gemma Chan, and Isabela Moner

4. Despicable Me 3

After failing to catch the super villain Balthazar Bratt, Gru is fired from the superhero business and is enticed to return to super-villainy by his long lost twin brother: Dru.

Release Date: June 30, 2017

Directors: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin, and Eric Guillon

Screenwriters: Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul

Starring: Jenny Slate, Kristen Wiig, Steve Carell, and Julie Andrews

5. Baby Driver

A young getaway driver is recruited to work for a crime boss and finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

Release Date: June 30, 2017

Director: Edgar Wright

Screenwriter: Edgar Wright

Starring: Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jon Hamm, and Jamie Foxx

6. Spider-Man: Homecoming

Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker returns to New York where he works for Tony Stark and takes on a new superbad: the Vulture.

Release Date: July 7, 2017

Director: Jon Watts

Screenwriters: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Day, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, and Erik Sommers

Starring: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr, Marisa Tomei, and Michael Keaton

7. War for the Planet of the Apes

After years of a cold war between the apes and humans, Caesar seeks to make peace, but is forced to war by a new human faction lead by the Colonel.

Release Date: July 14, 2017

Director: Matt Reeves

Screenwriters: Mark Bomback and Matt Reeves

Starring: Judy Greer, Woody Harrelson, Andy Serkis, and Steve Zahn

8. Dunkirk

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Release Date: July 21, 2017

Director: Christopher Nolan

Screenwriter: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, and Mark Rylance

9. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Two intergalactic agents are tasked with protecting Alpha, a vast metropolis that houses a thousand planets.

RD: July 21, 2017

Director: Luc Besson

Screenwriter: Luc Besson

Starring: Dane DeHann, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, and Elizabeth Debicki

10. Atomic Blonde

A British special agent uncovers a plot within MI6 and finds everyone is now out to silence her.

RD: July 28, 2017

Director: David Leitch

Screenwriter: Kurt Johnstad

Starring: Sofia Boutella, Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, and Bill Skarsgård

11. Detroit

Following a police raid in 1967 Detroit, one of the largest riot in US history breaks out.

RD: August 4, 2017

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Screenwriter: Mark Boal

Starring: John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith, and Jacob Latimore

12. It

In small town Maine, seven friends come face to face with their greatest fear in the form of Pennywise, a clown that lives beneath the city.

RD: September 8. 2017

Director: Andrés Muschietti

Screenwriters: Chase Palmer, Cary Joji Fukunaga, and Gary Dauberman

Starring: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, and Sophia Lillis

13. Battle of the Sexes

The true story of the 1973 Tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

RD: September 22, 2017

Directors: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris

Screenwriter: Simon Beaufoy

Starring: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Sarah Silverman, and Elisabeth Shue

14. American Made

The story of a pilot turned CIA drug runner during the 1980s.

RD: September 29, 2017

Director: Doug Liman

Screenwriter: Gary Spinelli

Starring: Tom Cruise, Caleb Landry Jones, Jesse Plemmons, and Sarah Wright

15. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

After a murder case becomes cold, the mother of the victim paints three billboards leading into town with a controversial message for the sheriff, leading to clash between law enforcement.

RD: October 13, 2017

Director: Martin McDonagh

Screenwriter: Martin McDonagh

Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, and Peter Dinklage

16. Marshall

The true life story of Thurgood Marshall.

RD: October 13, 2017

Director: Reginald Hudlin

Screenwriters: Jacob and Michael Koskoff

Starring: Dan Stevens, Josh Gad, Chadwick Boseman, and Kate Hudson

17. Geostorm

I can’t even justify my excitement for this besides it’s Gerard Butler fights global warming.

RD: October 20, 2017

Directors: Dean Devlin and Danny Cannon

Screenwriters: Dean Devlin and Paul Guyot

Starring: Gerard Butler, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris, and Robert Sheehan

18. Thor: Ragnarok

Hela destroys Thor’s hammer and sends him to alien planet where he fights in gladiatorial combat against his fellow Avenger The Hulk. Meanwhile, Loki is left to defend Asgard and find Thor as the two team together with Doctor Strange to locate Odin, the last hope for Asgard.

RD: November 3, 2017

Director: Taika Waititi

Screenwriter: Eric Pearson

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, and Benedict Cumberbatch

19. Suburbicon

A home invasion shakes up a suburban community.

RD: November 3, 2017

Director: George Clooney

Screenwriters: George Clooney, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, and Grant Heslov

Starring: Matt Damon, Oscar Issac, Julianne Moore, and Noah Jupe

20. Justice League

Inspired by Superman’s sacrifice, Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince assemble the world’s greatest heroes to protect against an imminent threat of annihilation.

RD: November 17, 2017

Director: Zack Snyder

Screenwriters: Chris Terrio and Joss Wheadon

Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, and Jason Momoa

21. Murder on the Orient Express

Thirteen strangers are stranded on the lush Orient Express when a murder occurs. Lucky for the innocents, the world’s greatest detective Hercule Poirot is also on board.

RD: November 24, 2017

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Screenwriter: Michael Green

Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Penélope Cruz, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, Judi Dench, Lucy Boynton, Willem Dafoe, Derek Jacobi, and Leslie Odom Jr

22. Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi

Rey has found the last Jedi master Luke Skywalker and seeks training, meanwhile Kylo Ren and the First Order hunt General Leia Solo and the remaining members of the Resistance.

RD: December 15, 2017

Director: Rian Johnson

Screenwriter: Rian Johnson

Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher

23. Pitch Perfect 3

The Barden Bellas return as alumni return to coach the failing acapella team.

RD: December 22, 2017

Director: Trish Sie

Screenwriter: Kay Cannon

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, and Elizabeth Banks

24. The Current War

The race to create a marketable and sustainable system for electricity between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse.

RD: December 22, 2017

Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Screenwriter: Michael Mitnick

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Nicholas Hoult, and Michael Shannon

25. The Greatest Showman

The story of P.T. Barnum and his rise to becoming an international sensation.

RD: December 25, 2017

Director: Michael Gracey

Screenwriters: Michael Arndt, Jenny Bicks, and Bill Condon

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Zac Efron, and Zendaya

26. Black Panther

T’Challa defends his nation of Wakanda from physical threats and political challengers in a post-Civil War world.

RD: February 16, 2018

Director: Ryan Cooler

Screenwriters: Joe Robert Cole and Ryan Coogler

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Martin Freeman

27. Pacific Rim: Uprising

Following 2013’s surprise smash Pacific Rim, the world builds more defenses for an imminent kaiju return.

RD: February 23, 2018

Director: Steven S. DeKnight

Screenwriters: Emily Carmichael, Steven S. DeKnight, T.S. Nowlin, and Kira Snyder

Starring: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Charlie Day, and Tian Jing

28. A Wrinkle in Time

After her scientist father disappears, Meg and her brother and friend are sent to space to find him by three peculiar beings.

RD: March 9, 2018

Director: Ava DuVernay

Screenwriter Jennifer Lee

Starring: Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Zach Galifianakis, and Michael Peña

29. Sherlock Gnomes

When other gnomes go missing, Gnomeo and Juliet recruit Sherlock Gnomes, the world famous detective to solve the case.

RD: March 23, 2018

Director: John Stevenson

Screenwriters: Kevin Cecil, Andy Riley, and Ben Zazove

Starring: Johnny Depp, James McAvoy, and Emily Blunt

30. Ready Player One

A world suffering from an energy crisis serves as the backdrop for a virtual rollercoaster ride about a massive hunt for an easter egg within the open world of the OASIS, in which a high school senior makes the first progress towards winning the inventor Halliday’s fortune in five years.

RD: March 30, 2018

Director: Steven Spielberg

Screenwriters: Ernest Cline, Zak Penn, and Eric Eason

Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Mark Rylance, and Simon Pegg

31. X-Men: The New Mutants

A team of heroes composed of graduates from Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters embark on their first mission.

RD: April 13, 2018

Director: Josh Boone

Screenwriters: Josh Boone, Kante Gwaltney, and Knate Lee

Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Rosario Dawson, and Henry Zaga

32. Avengers: Infinity War

The Avengers face their greatest threat yet as they prepare for impending doom at the hands of Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet.

RD: May 4, 2018

Directors: Joe and Anthony Russo

Screenwriters: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillian, Zoe Saldana, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brie Larson, Dave Bautista, Cobie Smulders, Vin Diesel, Sebastian Stan, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Olsen, Tessa Thompson, Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Brolin, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Rudd, Peter Dinklage, Paul Bettany, Benicio Del Toro, Sean Gunn, Benedict Wong, Anthony Mackie, and Winston Duke

33. Han Solo: A Star Wars Story

The story of the young smuggler Han Solo leading up to his involvement in the original Star Wars.

RD: May 25, 2018

Directors: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

Screenwriters: Jon and Lawrence Kasdan

Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, and Woody Harrelson

34. Deadpool 2

Deadpool returns with Cable for more shenanigans and chimichangas.

RD: June 1, 2018

Director: David Leitch

Screenwriters: Rhett Resse and Paul Wernick

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, T.J. Miller, and Morena Baccarin

35. The Incredibles 2

The Incredibles return 15 years later.

RD: June 15, 2018

Director: Brad Bird

Screenwriter: Brad Bird

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, and Raymond Ochoa

36. Jurassic World 2

Jurassic Park meets Jurassic World.

RD: June 22, 2018

Director: J.A. Bayona

Screenwriters: Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow

Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum, and BD Wong

37. Hotel Transylvania 3

The monsters are back, and better than the Dark Universe.

RD: July 13, 2018

Director: Genndy Tartakovsky

Screenwriters: Genndy Tartakovsky and Michael McCullers

Starring: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, and Selena Gomez

38. M:I6 – Mission Impossible

Ethan Hunt teams with MI6 once again.

RD: July 27, 2018

Director: Christopher McQuarrie

Screenwriter: Christopher McQuarrie

Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill, and Simon Pegg

39. Scarface

A Mexican immigrant’s rise up the ladder in the drug trade.

RD: August 10, 2018

Director: David Ayer

Screenwriters: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Jonathan Herman, and Terence Winter

Starring: Diego Luna

40. Venom

Eddie Brock, a disgraced journalist for the Daily Bugle, discovers an alien symbiote that grants him superpowers similar to the hero who ruined his life: Spider-Man.

RD: October 5, 2018

Director: Ruben Fleischer

Screenwriters: Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg

Starring: Tom Hardy

41. Jungle Book

An orphan boy is raised in the wild by animals and hunted by a tiger.

RD: October 19, 2018

Director: Andy Serkis

Screenwriter: Callie Kloves

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Andy Serkis

42. X-Men: Dark Phoenix

The X-Men face a betrayal from within their ranks and fight an unexpected war.

RD: November 2, 2018

Director: Simon Kinberg

Screenwriter: Simon Kinberg

Starring: Sophie Turner

43. Mulan

A young woman rises up to save China.

RD: November 2, 2018

Director: Niki Caro

Screenwriters: Lauren Hynek, Rick Jaffa, Elizabeth Martin, and Amanda Silver

44. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Animated; The Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the town of Whoville.

RD: November 9, 2018

Directors: Peter Candeland and Yarrow Cheney

Screenwriter: Michael LeSieur

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch

45. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2

Dumbledore and Newt Scamander work together to stop the dark wizard Grindelwald.

RD: November 16, 2018

Director: David Yates

Screenwriter: J.K. Rowling

Starring: Johnny Depp, Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, and Ezra Miller

46. Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

Ralph’s adventures move from the arcade world to worlds of mobile and internet gaming.

RD: November 21, 2018

Directors: Phil Johnston and Rich Moore

Screenwriters: Phil Johnston and Pamela Ribon

Starring: Sarah Silverman, John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch, and James Cordon

47. Untitled Animated Spider-Man Film

Following the death of Peter Parker at the hands of the Sinister Six, a young boy named Miles Morales dons the mantle of Spider-Man after gaining superpowers.

RD: December 12, 2018

Directors: Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey

Screenwriters: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Rodney Rothman

Starring: Liev Schreiber and Shameik Moore

48. Aquaman

Arthur Curry returns to Atlantis following his escapades with the Justice League to find his brother Orin has stolen the throne.

RD: December 21, 2018

Director: James Wan

Screenwriters: Will Beall, Geoff Jahn, and James Wan

Starring: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, and Patrick Wilson

49. Mary Poppins Returns

The now adult Jane and Michael Banks and his three children are treated to a return from the ageless treasure Mary Poppins, who is accompanied by Jack, a young colleague of her old friend Bert.

RD: December 25, 2018

Director: Rob Marshall

Screenwriter: David Magee

Starring: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dick Van Dyke, and Meryl Streep

50. Bohemian Rhapsody

The story of Queen leading up to their Live Aid concert in 1985.

RD: December 25, 2018

Director: Bryan Singer

Screenwriter: Anthony McCarten

Starring: Rami Malek

51. Glass

A sequel to Unbreakable and Split; David Dunn returns to superhero duty at the news that a new villain called The Horde has surfaced, and is revealed to be manipulated by Mr. Glass himself.

RD: January 18, 2019

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Screenwriter: M. Night Shyamalan

Starring: Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, and Anya Taylor-Joy

52. The Lego Movie Sequel

A sequel…nothing is really known yet.

RD: February 8, 2019

Director: Mike Mitchell

Screenwriters: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

Starring: Chris Pratt

53. Bride of Frankenstein

The second installment I’m Universal’s Dark Universe.

RD: February 14, 2019

Director: Bill Condon

Screenwriters: Neil Burger, Dirk Wittenborn, Davon Koepp, Alex Kurtzman, and Chris Morgan

Starring: Javier Bardem

54. How to Train Your Dragon 3

The conclusion to Hiccup’s trilogy.

RD: March 1, 2019

Director: Dean DeBlois

Screenwriter: Dean DeBlois

Starring: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, and Gerard Butler

55. Fast and Furious 9

The family returns.

RD: April 19, 2019

Screenwriter: Chris Morgan

Starring: Vin Diesel, Lucas Black, and Tyrese Gibson

56. Avengers 4

The continuation of Infinity War.

RD: May 3, 2019

Directors: Joe and Anthony Russo

Screenwriters: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely

Starring: Everyone from Infinity War + Evangeline Lily

57. Star Wars: Episode IX

The epic conclusion to sequel trilogy that involves Rey, Kylo, Poe, and Finn.

RD: May 24, 2019

Director: Colin Trevorrow

Screenwriters: Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow

Starring: Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, and Andy Serkis

58. Minecraft

I’ll admit.. I just wanna see how they pull this off…

RD: May 24, 2019

Director: Rob McElhenney

Screenwriters: Rob McElhenney and Jason Fuchs

Starring: Steve Carell

59. The Lion King

A young lion prince runs away following the assassination of his father and returns to find his kingdom in disarray under the rule of his uncle.

RD: July 19, 2019

Director: Jon Favreau

Screenwriters: Jeff Nathanson

Starring: Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Seth Rogan, and Billy Eichner

60. Wicked

An aspiring young sorcerer uncovers a plot by the devious Wizard of Oz and rises up against him despite being branded the Wicked Witch of the West.

RD: December 20, 2019

Director: Stephen Daldry

Screenwriter: Winnie Holzman

 

 

Ranking The MCU: Live Rankings

Ranking The MCU: Live Rankings

The MCU is gearing up to the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming next month and I thought it was a good time to rank the various films in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. This franchise is one of my favorites and I can’t believe it’s already nine years old. Check back here after every Marvel movie to see my updated list!

16. Iron Man 2 (2010)iron-man-2-di

Iron Man 2 isn’t a bad film and definitely has rewatch ability. The plot just feels very filler and the film was kind of unnecessary to the overall MCU. It doesn’t do much but tease the next year’s films. It felt kind of like a cash grab, but it was the most enjoyable cash grab ever. It is nowhere near as good as the original, but it is definitely good for white noise on FX every month.

15. Thor: The Dark World (2013)460372

This was very boring the first time, but, upon revisiting, it is more enjoyable and contributes significantly to the MCU overall. It features the worst villain ever and the biggest waist of a great actor in Christopher Eccleston’s Malekith. Tom Hiddleston’s Loki carries the film through dull moments and is the emotional drive of the film. This was very much about Loki post-Avengers. And if they had made it Loki rather than jam it with meaningless Thor junk then maybe this would’ve been much higher on the list.

14. Ant-Man (2015)ant-man-captain-america-3-giant-man

Ant-Man is funny at times, but this character really only works within an ensemble. It’s a necessary installment to set-up Civil War and Paul Rudd is great, but it has no rewatch value and was very dull for an MCU film. It also introduces Marvel’s de-aging scene in the beginning, which is now a staple of MCU films.

13. The Incredible Hulk (2008)the2bincredible2bhulk2b1

The Hulk’s introduction to the MCU is good. It’s very interesting, but it does not feature nearly enough Hulk. In the long run, Marvel has sort of swept this one under the rug, mainly due to Edward Norton’s departure from the role in post-production and we’ve heard only small references to it. That was, until Civil War, but besides that, the film is still enjoyable, but is overly full of character and low on HULK SMASHING!

12. Thor (2011)thor-3-ragnarok-chris-hemsworth

Thor’s introduction is fun and the most diverse introduction to an MCU character yet. The film has second act that is focuses on character and heart and boy does it succeed, but it’s just a hair long. The third act is short and effective, but ultimately dissatisfying. Overall, Thor is effective and a thrill, but ultimately fails to completely deliver.

11. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)the-avengers-2-ultron-captain-america-iron-man-official

The film had the big task of living up to the original while also introducing new characters and elements to drive the story forward. In most regards, it does. It gives us the first permanent death in the franchise, while also driving the direction of the MCU forward. It also features a great villain in the form of James Spader’s Ultron and turns Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye into a lovable character. Overall, AoU succeeds, but it does have some parts that feel weird and unnecessary, like the Thor in a cave pool stuff. Weird.

 

10. Iron Man 3 (2013)tumblr_static_ironman3

Widely considered as awful at the time, the film’s twist works and the story work as a self-contained ending for the Iron Man trilogy. It concludes his story perfectly, while being avoided by the wider MCU because of the poor fan reception and the fact that Robert Downey Jr’s contract was almost up at the time. Shane Black delivers a great story set in a superhero world.

9. Captain America: Civil War (2016)civil-war-2

Captain America’s series is one of the rare and beautiful examples of perfect trilogy. The series feels like they always mainly serve as Avengers stories without the whole team involved and this film definitely embraced that by bring virtually ever Avenger in for what can only be described as a better Avengers 2 or Avengers 2.5. The film is great, building fantastic character arcs and delivering amazing action sequences. Spider-Man and Black Panther are standouts and the rest of the cast is developed forward in their respective stories. It feels like a comic book crossover come to life and is an absolute delight.

8. Doctor Strange (2016)doctor-strange-1

Benedict Cumberbatch is excellent. With a fantastic story and self-contained discover for the MCU, the film introduces its most interesting character since Captain America. The film features a great ensemble and the best VFX of the franchise. Strange is a masterpiece and I can’t wait to see his return.

7. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)at6khn8b

This is the most accurate depiction of modern day high school on film. Tom Holland is fantastic and his ensemble cast is stellar. The film also features some of the best costumes in the franchise, as well as one of the best villains in the MCU in Michael Keaton’s Vulture. The film personalizes the MCU again, while still connecting to larger events. It was a fantastic high school film and stands as the best Spider-Man film.

6. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)rjhvhttx0kxduc5anmh9

Superheroes in World War II…what more do I have to say. This story is perfect and works as a great period piece while introducing arguably the best character in the MCU in Chris Evans’ Captain America. The film also features one of the best villains of the series in Hugo Weaving’s Red Skull. And that post-credits teaser for Avengers…what more must I say.

5. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017)guardians-of-the-galaxy-vol-2-wallpaper

The latest installment of the franchise works on so many levels. The growing ensemble has so much chemistry and work together so well. The great character development and the moments delivered pay off in unexpected ways and work so well. With breakout returning performances from Michael Rooker, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, and Dave Bautista, Guardians 2 succeeds immensely. The film also features the best villain introduced in the MCU since 2011 in Kurt Russell’s Ego The Living Planet. The film ends beautifully and features a great soundtrack. However, it does have too many post-credits scenes.

4. Iron Man (2008)greatest-superhero-films-iron-man

The film that started it all works so well. It’s a brilliant comedy and a self-contained story that gives the best character arc of any single film in the franchise. Iron Man is brilliant and kickstarted a franchise that has grown to an amazing powerhouse.

3. Captain America: The Winter Solider (2014)captain-america-the-winter-soldier-hd-wallpaper

The second film in Cap’s trilogy is so different from anything else in the MCU. The Winter Soldier is an amazing political thriller that is relevant and features a great villain in Robert Redford’s Alexander Pierce. The film pulls back the covers on the biggest, most detrimental twist in the MCU: SHIELD is HYDRA. The death of SHIELD affects the MCU in big way and helps shape the landscape in away that propels us towards Infinity War.

2. The Avengers (2012)the-avengers-2-full-page-feature

The culmination of the first phase of the MCU, The Avengers is a non-stop thrill ride that delivers excellent moments and a great story that finals births the MCU as we know it. It is eminently re-watchable and works on so many levels. It is the definition of a blockbuster and is the epitome of the Marvel Universe. It is the product of Kevin Feige’s vision and is a near perfect film.

1. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)guardians-of-the-galaxy-wallpaper-roster-nebula

This film is an instant classic that creates a whole new side of the MCU that is fun, thrilling, daring, and dangerous. The Marvel Cosmic Universe is the brainchild of James Gunn, who masterly directs this project through two installments that couple together to make a perfect, seamless story. This film, however, stands perfectly alone and features the most incredible cast with Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dame Bautista, and Vin Diesel and their chemistry is so explosive that is trumps the untouchable chemistry of The Avengers. And to top it all off, the film features the best soundtrack in cinema history.

Doctor Who: Ranking The Doctors

Doctor Who: Ranking The Doctors

The Doctor is one of the largest sci-fi icons of all time. Everyone who loves Doctor Who knows the greatest debate in the Whovian fandom: who is the best Doctor? For many, it is the version of The Doctor they were introduced to first. I will be ranking The Doctor’s various incarnations. These are my personal opinions and if you feel otherwise, feel free to converse with each other and me in the comments. Without further ado, let’s step back into the TARDIS and travel through my list. I will also include my top five episodes for Classic Who and top ten episodes for New Who.

13. Colin Baker – The Sixth Doctor (1985-1986)colinbaker

Almost every Doctor Who ranking list you look at, you will find Colin Baker at the bottom. I feel bad about the hate he gets for his performance, but it isn’t unwarranted. The Sixth Doctor had the impossible task of following up Tom Baker and Peter Davison, and, while he tried to do something new, it didn’t work too well. He was going for aloof and silly, but he came off as arrogant and sometimes dark. Audiences did not receive his Doctor well, leading to a very short run of 35 episodes.

  1. The Two Doctors
  2. The Caves of Androzani: Part Four
  3. The Trial of a Time Lord
  4. The Mark of the Rani
  5. Attack of the Cybermen

12. William Hartnell – The First Doctor (1963-1966)doctor-who

Now, this is controversial. Hartnell is the original and for that I thank him. However, the definition of what makes The Doctor has changed since the show premiered in 1963. Hartnell was great for his time, but his incarnation is pretty hard to watch at times. He is very grumpy and pompous, but he is also like your grandad. His time in the TARDIS is iconic, but the show and times have changed so much that Hartnell’s Doctor does not necessarily hold up.

  1. An Unearthly Child
  2. The Tenth Planet
  3. The End of Tomorrow
  4. Flashpoint
  5. The Day of Darkness

11. John Hurt – The War Doctor (2013)wardoctor

John Hurt’s secret Doctor is stellar. He really is fantastic. The late John Hurt was a phenomenal actor who brought such a gritty, realistic picture of what a solider version of The Doctor would look like. The only reason why the War Doctor is this low on my list is because he really only got to shine in one episode, where he sort of just criticized the other characters. He made two very gritty cameos in two other episodes that season, but he only starred in The Day of The Doctor. He has the shortest run of any Doctor ever, but he won over so many fans with the limited amount of scenes he had. RIP John Hurt.

  1. The Day of The Doctor
  2. The Night of The Doctor
  3. The Name of The Doctor

10. Patrick Troughton – The Second Doctor (1966-1969)patricktroughton1

Troughton’s Doctor is phenomenal. His Doctor is funny yet serious, grumpy yet happy. The Second Doctor is a living paradox that is fun to watch, but does get sort of old. He is low on this list, simply because I like the other Doctors on this list better.

  1. The Power of the Daleks
  2. The Tomb of the Cybermen
  3. The Evil of the Daleks
  4. The Three Doctors
  5. The War Games

9. Jon Pertwee – The Third Doctor (1970-1974)sean_pertwee_and_katy_manning_celebrate_doctor_who_star_jon_pertwee_on_his_birthday

Jon Pertwee is fantastic. Despite the mind-boggling decision to strand The Doctor on Earth, Pertwee makes it work in fun and interesting ways. This Doctor is entertaining, but again, he is only low on this list because I like some of the others more.

  1. The Three Doctors
  2. Spearhead from Space
  3. Inferno
  4. Day of the Daleks
  5. The Time Monster

8. Sylvester McCoy – The Seventh Doctor (1987-1989, ’96)sylvester-mccoy-doctor-who

While Colin Baker brought unintentional edginess to The Doctor, McCoy brought a secretive, sometimes manipulative darkness to the role that somewhat legitimized the show. McCoy gave a brilliant performance, but his tenure suffered from lazy storytelling and a severe lack of funds from low viewership. He is a very underrated Doctor who was given a shocking end when he regenerated in the 1996 TV movie.

  1. Time and the Rani
  2. The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
  3. Battlefield
  4. Survival
  5. Ghost Light

7. Paul McGann, The Eighth Doctor (1996, 2013)mcgann1

The most underrated Doctor of them all is McGann. His Doctor gave an interesting new take in the TV movie that would serve as the early blueprints for the new, revived Doctor Who. McGann’s Doctor was incredible, especially in his send-off minisode The Night of The Doctor.

  1. The Night of The Doctor
  2. Doctor Who (TV Movie)

6. Peter Davison – The Fifth Doctor (1981-1984)peterdavison-5thdoctor

Following up Tom Baker was a very hard task. Davison did it masterly, presenting a younger, fresher Doctor who went hands free. His adventures were remarkably told and expertly crafted, with Davison’s performance always shining.

  1. The Five Doctors
  2. Arc of Infinity
  3. The Caves of Androzani
  4. Planet of Fire
  5. Four to Doomsday

5. Tom Baker – The Fourth Doctor (1974-1981)tom-baker-doctor-who-blow-up-bbc

Tom Baker is the quintessential Classic Doctor. His performance endured for years and he entertained through some of the best storylines of Classic Who. His Doctor was light hearted and fun, but was unafraid to get serious and dark. He was the original David Tennant, but with weaker storylines.

  1. Genesis of the Daleks
  2. Revenge of the Cybermen
  3. Terror of the Zygons
  4. Logopolis
  5. City of Death

4. Peter Capaldi, The Twelfth Doctor (2013-2017)peter_capaldi_confirms_he_s_leaving_doctor_who_at_the_end_of_series_10

In his first season, I couldn’t stand the grumpy old man calling himself The Doctor. But as Capaldi progressed, his Doctor became more light-hearted and fun. Now, 12 ranks as one of my all-time favorites. With great stories from Time Heist to Heaven Sent to Extremis, Capaldi shines and it will be hard to say goodbye.

  1. Extremis
  2. Heaven Sent
  3. World and Enough Time
  4. Time Heist
  5. The Lie of the Land
  6. The Husbands of River Song
  7. Listen
  8. Oxygen
  9. Kill The Moon
  10. Deep Breath

3. Christopher Eccleston – The Ninth Doctor (2005)christopher_eccleston_1

While he only starred in one season, Eccleston’s Doctor was..well, fantastic. He brought a darker Doctor who was still light-hearted and wanted nothing more than to prevent death, even after he had destroyed the Time Lords and Daleks. Many people say to “skip nine”, but that would deprive audiences of one of the greatest Doctors of all time.

  1. The Parting of the Ways
  2. The Doctor Dances
  3. The Empty Child
  4. The End of the World
  5. Rose
  6. Bad Wolf
  7. Dalek
  8. Father’s Day
  9. World War Three
  10. Boom Town

2. David Tennant – The Tenth Doctor (2005-2010)DOCTOR WHO

To many, David is the greatest Doctor. He was funny and light-hearted, with fantastical whimsies and a lovable personality. He was also harboring an under-level of angst and anger that simmered just below the surface. His tenure flourished with good stories and  great performances, but it did suffer some from a very low budget. Despite this, Tennant will go down in history for his amazing portrayal of The Doctor.

  1. Blink
  2. The Unicorn and the Wasp
  3. The Girl in the Fireplace
  4. Forest of the Dead
  5. Last of the Time Lords
  6. Doomsday
  7. Journey’s End
  8. Time Crash
  9. New Earth
  10. The Fires of Pompeii

1. Matt Smith – The Eleventh Doctor (2010-2013)hpm7gqe

If David Tennant was the Tom Baker of the revived Doctor Who, then Matt Smith was the Peter Davison. Having the impossible task of following up Tennant, Smith brought a fun and youthful energy while still maintaining The Doctor’s trademark simmering darkness. I prefer Smith to Tennant simply for Smith’s lovable attitude and personality that just makes you want to be his companion. Matt had better companions than David in the form of Amy, Rory, River, and Clara. Besides the great companions and excellent performances, Matt’s tenure was made even better by fantastic storytelling and a significantly improved budget.

  1. The Day of The Doctor
  2. The Eleventh Hour
  3. The Angels Take Manhattan
  4. The Time of The Doctor
  5. Amy’s Choice
  6. Asylum of the Daleks
  7. The Rings of Akhaten
  8. A Town Called Mercy
  9. A Christmas Carol
  10. The Big Bang

What do you think? Who is your favorite Doctor? Let me know in the comments below and feel free to read the other articles I have around here.