Agile Update – Week 47

Last week was better than the week before and was topped off with my taking a much-needed weekend off, and attending a conference in Chicago. I returned energized, relaxed, and much happier. Last week I wrote two WordPress posts, my regular Agile Update post and a post about my cat, Gabby, whom I recently had to put down. So that was only two posts for the week – but with the Holiday and travel, I really only had three days to write. And I did write every day, because I also posted a review of Birds of Prey Volume 1 to my GoodReads page. See the widget on the lower right of this blog page to read it. So I wrote every day, which means I did hit the goal to write daily.

I didn’t have class at all last week, due to the holiday, but I did finish reading and taking notes on Chapter 17, and I did my homework sheet for Chapter 17. And I started Chapter 18. I really should have 18 and 19 also done by tomorrow. Still my A+ class is going well so far.

My Twitter followers also hit 375 followers – the most I’ve ever had. My next goal is 400.

My schedule in terms of the holidays and my vacation was on Wednesday I had Thanksgiving Dinner with my parents, then on Thursday I drove to my hotel in Chicago and checked in. I had an excellent time and was able to relax, meet people, and even do some professional networking. I returned home late Sunday night but energized and relaxed and ready for the week.

My goals are to write at least three posts a week, to exercise regularly, and to work on professional development – which is currently certifying or re-certifying in A+ (a basic-level computer science certification.) Next week I should be able to get back to my weekly Yoga class.

The Agile program emphasizes setting weekly goals, writing out your daily outcomes, then writing a weekly reflection on what went right and what didn’t over the week. But rather than beat yourself up for not meeting a goal, or not doing as well as you might want – it’s a program of continuous improvement. It’s excellent for those of us who pressure ourselves to do well and then get upset when something isn’t perfect. In organizations it’s also a cooperative, cross-disciplinary team methodology, rather than a competitive one. Also, unlike waterfall project management, where the entire project is designed at the beginning with the expectation that it is perfect – Agile strongly emphasizes that one continuously improve – so with a software program, for example, version 1 is “as best as possible”, but it is improved for version 2, etc. On a personal level, Agile can be used as a framework for organizing personal improvement. For me, that’s writing, health (especially exercise), and professional development. But it can be used for striving towards any goal.

Women in STEM Panel Chicago TARDIS

I spent the  weekend at Chicago TARDIS – an annual convention for Doctor Who fans in the Chicagoland area. On Friday, during one of the early panel discusssions someone mentioned that there would be a panel on Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) during the Pertwee Era. And after that panel, someone asked me why I was excited about it. (I had whoopped in approval and done the air-punch thing at the mention of the panel). Anyway, I talked to the woman running the panel on Friday, for about half an hour, about a lot of the issues surrounding women in STEM – and some of the changes and additional opportunities for girls now compared to say, the 1980s.

The panel discussion was on Saturday, and it was more of a lecture/presentation rather than a panel discussion, but it was still an excellent panel. The presentor,  Adrienne Provenzano, was also a NASA Solar System Ambassador, a volunteer who talks about NASA and is interested in Space Science. She mentioned not only STEM but STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Humanities, and Math. And really though she didn’t go into a great deal of detail about STEAM education – it really sounds like a good start for re-vamping public education in the US. Everyone today needs to know real science, they need to not only learn how to use technology by picking it up and using  it, but they need to know how it works. Practical engineering is a needed skill – especially hands-on basics in engineering is something students need to study in high school – so they will be interested in studying it in college. The US really needs to bring the Arts back into schools – art appreciation, music appreciation, cultural appreciation, but also actual hands-on arts like drawing, painting, pottery, crafts, theatre / drama, music, choir – we’re getting a generation that had no exposure to drama, music, and art in school – so they don’t care when arts budgets are slashed or theatres are closed. And finally everyone needs to know math, which is both a practical skill and the foundation of many of the sciences.

Adrienne’s presentation first focused on four areas for women in STEM:  Visability, Mentorship, Opportunity, Work environment.  All of those are important for both getting young girls interested in STEM – but they are also important because negative experiences in any one of those areas can drive girls and women out of STEM – and if an individual girl experiences two or more in a negative way – they will most certainly be turned off from the STEM fields.

Visability – Girls need to see women in roles that aren’t traditional gender roles. They need to be taught about Ada Lovelace, and Mde Curie, and other women in the sciences, computers, math, etc rather than having the female inventors and women in STEM swept under the carpet and being invisible because they aren’t taught in grade school and high school history classes. But girls also need too see women in their lives in the STEM fields. And girls need to see fictional women in STEM who can be roles models – because even though they are fictional – if it’s a realistic character and role, it can be inspirational. That’s one (of many) reasons why I love Felicity so much as a character – is because that a young girl can see her and say,  “Mommy, I want to be Felicity when I grow up” – and that’s actually possible (well, they can learn coding, and programming, and networking, and various other fields in IT), as I discussed in my post on Felicity Smoak as Role Model. I’ve mentioned it before on this blog, notably in my post about the importance of women-centric TV, but I didn’t have that as a kid. I’m not in the than the “women are teachers or nurses” generation; but I’m in the group after that where acceptable occupations were: teacher, nurse, doctor, lawyer, cop. If none of those sounded appealing it was really difficult to figure out what you wanted to do. My generation had people who invented their own jobs – because they didn’t like the way things were being done, but there were also people who re-invented themselves a lot – going back to school, learning new careers, becoming creative professionals, etc.

In terms of Doctor Who – the Pertwee Era had Dr. Elizabeth Shaw, scientist, Jo Grant – really a sort of secret agent want-to-be (but she also developed and grew-up a lot), and Sarah Jane Smith,  journalist. Especially with Liz Shaw, simply by being there – as a scientist, using lab equipment, understanding what the Doctor was saying – she’s inspiring girls to stay interested in the sciences.

With Jo – and I must say here that I love Jo, and meeting Katy Manning this weekend was simply incredible – she’s a wonderful person, but anyway, Jo’s introduced as a bit ditzy – but she’s also very young. And she grows and learns, and the Doctor takes the time to teach her and mentor her. Though she’s hypnotised by the Master in “Terror of the Autons”, in “Frontier in Space” she’s completely able to resist the Master’s hypnotism. So she had obviously asked the Doctor how to avoid being hypnotised – then practiced until she got it. Jo also in “The Green Death” marries a professor, in part, who reminds her of the Doctor.  And, when she returns in The Sarah Jane Adventures, she’s become a ecologist, and she’s even more developed as a character.

Sarah Jane is actually the character I find the most difficult to sometimes discuss (made infinitely harder by how wonderful Elisabeth Sladen was as a person and actor) because I always felt she started out strong, but ended weak. In her last story, “The Hand of Evil”, she leaves the TARDIS in a candy-striped jumpsuit, carrying a stuffed animal – she looks very young. The Sarah Jane Adventures makes up for that in some way, showing her with a career, and an adopted son, and really being the Doctor to three young people whom she mentors in their adventures. Still, I like Pertwee-Era Sarah Jane, but not so much with Tom Baker-Era Sarah Jane.

Mentorship is something that was mentioned also – and the need for women to have mentors – of both genders. I think it’s extremely important for students to have teachers who encourage them. It’s not coddling and it shouldn’t be – but also, there’s no need to tear-down or bully the next generation. In the panel, it was pointed out Pertwee mentored all of his companions – and that was true too. Though at times, he might seem a bit paternalistic – it comes accross, really, as a more loving father than a hinderance. It can be a fine line, and there’s a need for individual adaptation there as well. Some students like competition and challenge, and while I don’t think anyone really wants anything to be too easy, some students really don’t like being forced into competition and do better in a cooperative environment – which, incidentally, prepares them to be successful later in life in teams at work.

Opportunity – We can’t have more women in STEM fields if they aren’t hired. It’s as simple as that. And for some young women, constant rejection will cause them to choose fields other than STEM, or related to STEM but less prestigious. An audience member in the panel, who was in the biological sciences and studying to be a doctor, said that many women choose to be a Physician’s Assistant rather than a doctor – a choice sometimes due to work environment – the need for less hours and more flexible hours because of family and other obligations.

Work Environment – No one likes to work in a toxic work environment. No one enjoys being bullied or harassed, or even subtle (and largely non-actionable) but still clear indications from co-workers that “we don’t want you here”. There are all sorts of areas where how one is treated at work can cause one to want to quit and do something else. Conversely, a positive, supportive atmosphere can help one to grow and achieve more and go on to do better things. Also, as Adrienne pointed out, it needs to start in school, college/university, and graduate school as a part of mentorship that the mentors – of either gender – encourage female students to publish research papers, attend conferences, apply for grants, even apply for jobs. Once in the professional environment, women still need to be encouraged to move their careers to the next level rather than just settling.

There was a lot more to the panel – both about women in STEM, the gender gap, women graduating from college and even graduate school with STEM degrees but not working in STEM fields, or the specific fields women choose to work in over others, and even the need for more people in STEM jobs. It was an excellent panel. I think it maybe could have used more discussion (such as having two people on a panel discussing, with audience participation) but it still was awesome to have at Chicago TARDIS this discussion – and I really liked how the discussion was connected to the Pertwee Era of Doctor Who.

In Memorium – Gabby the Cat

I had to put my cat Gabby down on Thursday 12 November 2015. She was the sweetest cat, and it was really hard. I was torn about even writing about it but I think it will help me.

Gabby and Cal (Caligari) who passed away a few years ago, were the first pets I got on my own that weren’t also family pets. I was living in Milwaukee at the time and had just gotten my first apartment on my own – something that wasn’t a dorm room or a living with roommates situation. Someone at work mentioned having two shelter cats they’d taken in but couldn’t keep – so I adopted Gabby and Cal. They were wonderful pets.

Gabby would sit on my lap when I watched TV (Cal sat right on my chest ’til he passed obviously.) I’d take them both back and forth from Milwaukee to Michigan when I visited my parents – and when my situation forced me to move back to Michigan permanently my cats came too.

When Caligari passed I was devastated. Having Gabby helped me get through it – and Dad soon got Moxie the kitten.

And I still had Gabby, who was so sweet – she was always there for me, sleeping on my bed, and following me around the house. She just wanted to me near me. And any time I was upset or even crying – I had my Gabby.

About three years ago I started giving her subcutaneous fluids, first every other day, then every day. This greatly improved her quality of life and extended her life.

But this month she just… suddenly went downhill. Her last few days she was crying all the time and her voice didn’t even sound normal. She was constantly drinking water – and even eating a lot but still losing weight. She’d even throw-up a couple times a day. She even one night while I was watching TV went over to the box of copy paper under my desk, got in, like it was her litterbox and peed. I think she was either confused, or it had become too hard for her to get in and out of the litterbox. I felt so  bad for her – but I really think it was her time.

Gabby, my sweet cat, was 19 going on 20. She is and will be missed. I really loved the little cat.

Agile Update – Week 46

This past week wasn’t so great for keeping up with my personal goals. The only post I wrote on this blog was my weekly Agile Update and that didn’t get done until Wednesday. Monday and Tuesday I worked on my class, getting chapter 16 done in the A+ book and finishing the handout for chapter 16 only. I did attend class Tuesday and Thursday – having had no class last week. It seemed very awkward being back in class after the one-week break. However, I did find out that not only did I have a good (and passing) score on the first test – but I received the best grade in the class – yea me! As I said, I also attended class on Thursday. It was a somewhat disjointed class, with the lecture instructor handling the lab too. I was able to set up my transcender account (quizzing software), and I did very well on his oral quiz on command line. I was actually though feeling nervous – I’m more confident in command line (DOS) than I thought I’d be – especially networking troubleshooting commands (because being essentially the network admin of my own home network – I’ve had to learn). But at the same time, I felt like either I wasn’t giving other people a chance to answer, or that I was showing off. I don’t know.

I applied to a tech writing job on-line – realizing after the fact that it was actually through a temp service and probably not a permanent position. This is why I’m going through this training with the hope of getting hired in – eventually. I just can’t do these 1-year assignments any more (and this one would require moving. True, it’s only about 45 minutes from where I currently live, but still, after a year, then what? I’d be living someplace with even less of a chance of getting a good job.)

I didn’t get to yoga this week. I didn’t feel like going and the weather was awful that day. And this week the class was cancelled because of Thanksgiving. I think I need to use my videos – at least a couple days.

Friday I had a great mother-daughter day with my Mom. We went to an early showing of The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 2, which is a great mother-daughter movie, actually. The short version is – the movie was good, but didn’t have the political bent of Mockingjay Part 1, still it’s pretty good. The scenes in the tunnels didn’t do my claustrophobia any good though. After the movie, Mom and I had a good lunch, then did some grocery shopping. It was a good day.

Saturday we had a nasty snow storm, and even lost internet for a bit. Sunday, I started chapter 17 in my A+ textbook. Oh, and I passed the 370 mark for Twitter followers. Yea. I’ve also been better at remembering to thank people for following (sooner) and even following back for some accounts.

So, overall, though it wasn’t the best week, I did get some work done for class. I think part of my malaise is that Winter has hit, early, and also I miss my cat. I had to put her down on Thursday November 12th. Gabby was just such a sweet cat. She was 19, nearly 20, and it was her time. She’d been on subcutaneous fluids for kidney disease for 2-3 years which greatly improved her quality of life, but she was just getting so sick and was crying all the time, so it was her time and it had to be done. I just miss her.



Agile Update – Week 45

Last week I wrote three posts on WordPress, my regular Agile Update, a post of the best speeches from Doctor Who, and a list of the Doctor Who Writers. Both the Speeches post and the Writers posts needed a fair amount of research and prep work before I was able to write and post them to WordPress. For the speeches post, choosing the speeches I wanted was the easy part, but getting the verbatim speeches took a little work. First, I checked the list of quotes from Doctor Who that I’ve kept as a Word Doc for, well, it seems like forever. Then, I checked my blank book TARDIS journal that I now use to record great lines and bits of dialogue. This gave me about half of the quotes I needed. Then, I re-watched the episodes that I wanted dialogue from, and transcribed the speeches. I, quite literally, sat there and wrote out the speeches word-for-word, writing down about 5-7 words at a time, hitting pause, going back to check my work, then recording the next sentence. It’s time-consuming. I also did something somewhat unusual for me in how I normally watch Doctor Who and went not only directly to the particular episode or story I wanted, such as “The Pandorica Opens”, but for Classic Who going directly to the specific episode, such as episode 10 of “The War Games” or episode 6 of “Genesis of the Daleks”, rather than watching the entire story. I’ve never watched Doctor Who like that. Well, I have, sometimes gone directly to a particular story, but normally I wouldn’t watch just part of a story. Next, I also searched youTube for clips of the episodes. I found most of the clips I needed, which I included in my post. So, I watched a lot of Doctor Who last week. I also wrote my weekly Agile post. And, when I commented about Capaldi’s incredible speech and performance in “The Zygon Inversion” on Twitter and/or Facebook, one of my friends on Facebook asked a very astute question, “Who wrote it?” And I realised that even though I had compiled, kept track of, and posted a number of different list concerning Doctor Who – I’d never listed the writers of the television show – so, from a number of different sources (three books and a website) I compiled a list of the show’s writers. Halfway through that project I realised I should also include the episode or story directors – so that comes next.

Also, I posted a review of Doctor Who State of Change to GoodReads, see widget on lower right of this blog. State of Change was one of the most fun Missing Adventures novels that I’ve read. I’m also closing in on finishing the entire Missing Adventures series – I have one more paperback novel to read and two or three e-books. I also have two e-books from the Past Doctor Adventures that I had missed when I collected those, as they were out-of-print and impossible to find. Reading all the Missing Adventures and PDAs is an accomplishment, but I think I’ll miss reading them too. Next up, the New Adventures, featuring the Seventh Doctor.

In terms of exercise, I did attend my gentle yoga class at church.

My A+ class was on break last week, after our first test. However, not only did I get an 830/900 score on the test, which was definitely a passing score – but I found out last night I had the highest score in the class. That is a definite confidence boaster! Still, last week, even though I was busy with other stuff I got a little bit of work done for class (just not as much as I wanted). On Tuesday, I went for a tutoring session and the instructor wasn’t there, but I ended-up installing Windows 7 as a dual-boot with Vista. I also spent some time in the classroom reviewing and studying and turned in my homework early.

Overall, though I didn’t get as much done for my class as I would have liked, I did write three well-researched blog posts, and write a book review, and attend yoga, and get some homework and studying done for my A+ class, so that was a successful week.

Doctor Who Writers

I commented last week Saturday on Facebook and Twitter about Doctor Who, and Capaldi’s incredible speech and performance in “The Zygon Inversion”. One of my friends asked a very simple but important question: Who wrote it? And I realised that, although I’ve made made lists for Doctor Who, lists of all the stories, lists of the episodes on DVD and the ones missing from the BBC archives, even lists of various series of original books – with authors, I had never listed the authors of the actual episodes – so here it goes. It actually took a bit to pull together this list. For Classic Who, author names and air-dates were pulled from Doctor Who the Programme Guide by Jean-Marc Lofficier (Second Edition), for McCoy’s final season – authors and airdates were cross-checked with Doctor Who the Programme Guide by Jean-Marc Lofficier and Randy Lofficier (Fourth Edition). Pseudonyms and possible errors (such as the one episode that only listed a month and year rather than an full air date) were cross-checked with the Classic Doctor Who DVD Compendium by Paul Smith. For New Who, I consulted TARDIS wiki. Please see footnotes at bottom of spreadsheet for details.

Story # Ep. # Episode Title Episode Author Date Num. Eps. Num. Discs
William Hartnell
1 1 An Unearthly Child Anthony Coburn 11/23/1963 – 12/14/1963 4 1
2 2 The Daleks Terry Nation 12/21/1963 – 2/1/1964 7 1
3 3 The Edge of Destruction David Whitaker 2/8/1964 – 2/15/1964 2 1
4 4 Macro Polo* John Lucarotti 2/22/1964 – 3/4/1964 7 *
5 5 The Keys of Marinus Terry Nation 4/11/1964 – 5/16/1964 6 1
6 6 The Aztecs John Lucarotti 5/23/1964 – 6/13/1964 4 1
7 7 The Sensorites Peter R. Newman 6/20/1964 – 8/1/1964 6 1
8 8 The Reign of Terror Dennis Spooner 8/8/1964 – 9/12/1964 6 1
9 9 Planet of the Giants Louis Marks 10/31/1964 – 11/14/1964 3 1
10 10 The Dalek Invasion of Earth Terry Nation 11/21/1964 – 12/26/1964 6 2
11 11 The Rescue David Whitaker 1/2/1965 – 1/9/1965 2 1
12 12 The Romans Dennis Spooner 1/19/1965 – 2/6/1965 4 1
13 13 The Web Planet Bill Strutton 2/13/1965 – 3/20/1965 6 1
14 14 The Crusade* David Whitaker 3/27/1965 – 4/17/1965 4 *
15 15 The Space Museum Glyn Jones 4/24/1965 – 5/15/1965 4 1
16 16 The Chase Terry Nation 5/22/1965 – 6/26/1965 6 2
17 17 The Time Meddler Dennis Spooner 7/3/1965 – 7/24/1965 4 1
18 18 Galaxy Four* William Emms 9/11/1965 – 10/2/1965 4 *
19 19 Mission to the Unknown* Terry Nation 10/9/1965 1 *
20 20 The Myth Makers* David Cotton 10/19/1965 – 11/6/1965 4 *
21 21 The Daleks Masterplan* Terry Nation, Dennis Spooner 11/13/1965 – 1/29/1966 12 *
22 22 The Massacre* John Lucarotti 2/5/1966 – 2/26/1966 4 *
23 23 The Ark Paul Erickson, Lesley Scott 3/5/1966 – 3/26/1966 4 1
24 24 The Celestial Toymaker* Brian Hayles 4/2/1966 – 4/23/1966 4 *
25 25 The Gunfighters David Cotton 4/30/1966 – 5/21/1966 4 1
26 26 The Savages* Ian Stuart Black 5/28/1966 – 6/18/1966 4 *
27 27 The War Machines Ian Stuart Black 6/25/1966 – 7/16/1966 6 1
28 28 The Smugglers* Brian Hayles 9/10/1966 – 10/1/1966 4 *
29 29 The Tenth Planet Kit Pedler, Gerry Davis, Pat Dunlap 10/8/1966 – 10/29/1966 4 2
Patrick Troughton
30 1 Power of the Daleks* David Whitaker 11/5/1966 – 12/10/1966 6 *
31 2 The Highlanders* Gerry Davis, Elwyn Jones 12/17/1966 – 1/7/1967 4 *
32 3 The Underwater Menace* Geoffrey Orme 1/14/1967 – 2/4/1967 4 *
33 4 The Moonbase Kit Pedler 2/11/1967 – 3/4/1967 4 1
34 5 The Marca Terror* Ian Stuart Black 3/11/1967 – 4/1/1967 4 *
35 6 The Faceless Ones* David Ellis, Malcolm Hulke 4/8/1967 – 5/13/1967 6 *
36 7 The Evil of the Daleks* David Whitaker 5/20/1967 – 7/1/1967 7 *
37 8 Tomb of the Cybermen Kit Pedler, Gerry Davis 9/2/1967 – 9/23/1967 4 1
38 9 The Abominable Snowmen* Mervyn Haisman, Henry Lincoln 9/30/1967 – 11/4/1967 6 *
39 10 The Ice Warriors Brian Hayles 11/11/1967 – 12/16/1967 6 2
40 11 The Enemy of the World David Whitaker 12/23/1967 – 1/27/1968 6 1
41 12 The Web of Fear Mervyn Haisman, Henry Lincoln 2/3/1968 – 3/9/1968 6 1
42 13 Fury from the Deep* Victor Pemberton 3/16/1968 – 4/20/1968 6 *
43 14 The Wheel in Space* David Whitaker 4/27/1968 – 6/1/1968 6 *
44 15 The Dominators Norman Ashby 8/10/1968 – 9/7/1968 5 1
45 16 The Mind Robber Peter Ling, Derrick Sherwin 9/14/1968 – 10/12/1968 5 1
46 17 The Invasion Derrick Sherwin 11/2/1968 – 12/21/1968 8 2
47 18 The Krotons Robert Holmes 12/28/1968 – 1/18/1969 4 1
48 19 The Seeds of Death Brian Hayles 1/25/1969 – 3/1/1969 6 2
49 20 The Space Pirates* Robert Holmes 3/8/1969 – 4/12/1969 6 *
50 21 The War Games Malcolm Hulke, Terrance Dicks 4/19/1969 – 6/21/1969 10 3
Jon Pertwee
51 1 Spearhead from Space Robert Holmes 1/3/1970 – 1/24/1970 4 1
52 2 The Silurians Malcolm Hulke 1/31/1970 – 3/14/1970 7 2
53 3 The Ambassadors of Death David Whitaker 3/21/1970 – 5/2/1970 7 2
54 4 Inferno Don Houghton 5/9/1970 – 6/20/1970 7 2
55 5 Terror of the Autons Robert Holmes 1/2/1971 – 1/23/1971 4 1
56 6 The Mind of Evil Don Houghton 1/30/1971 – 3/6/1971 6 2
57 7 The Claws of Axos Bob Baker, Dave Martin 3/13/1971 – 4/3/1971 4 1
58 8 Colony in Space Malcolm Hulke 4/10/1971 – 5/15/1971 6 1
59 9 The Daemons Guy Leopold 5/22/1971 – 6/19/1971 5 2
60 10 Day of the Daleks Louis Marks 1/1/1972 – 1/22/1972 4 2
61 11 The Curse of Peladon Brian Hayles 1/29/1972 – 2/19/1972 4 1
62 12 The Sea Devils Malcolm Hulke 2/26/1972 – 4/1/1972 6 1
63 13 The Mutants Bob Baker, Dave Martin 4/8/1972 – 5/13/1972 6 2
64 14 The Time Monster Robert Sloman 5/20/1972 – 6/24/1972 6 1
65 15 The Three Doctors Bob Baker, Dave Martin 12/30/1972 – 4/20/1973 4 1
66 16 Carnival of Monsters Robert Holmes 1/27/1973 – 2/17/1973 4 1
67 17 Frontier in Space Malcolm Hulke 2/24/1973 – 3/31/1973 6 2
68 18 Planet of the Daleks Terry Nation 4/7/1973 – 5/12/1973 6 2
69 19 The Green Death Robert Sloman 5/19/1973 – 6/23/1973 6 1
70 20 The Time Warrior Robert Holmes 12/15/1973 – 1/5/1974 4 1
71 21 Invasion of the Dinosaurs Malcolm Hulke 1/12/1974 – 2/16/1974 6 2
72 22 Death to the Daleks Terry Nation 2/23/1974 – 3/16/1974 4 1
73 23 The Monster of Peladon Brian Hayles 3/23/1974 – 4/27/1974 6 2
74 24 Planet of the Spiders Robert Sloman 5/4/1974 – 6/8/1974 6 2
Tom Baker
75 1 Robot Terrance Dicks 12/28/1974 – 1/18/1975 4 1
76 2 The Ark in Space Robert Holmes 1/25/1975 – 2/15/1975 4 1
77 3 The Sontaran Experiment Bob Baker, Dave Martin 2/22/1975 – 3/1/1975 2 1
78 4 Genesis of the Daleks Terry Nation 3/8/1975 – 4/12/1975 6 2
79 5 Revenge of the Cybermen Gerry Davis 4/19/1975 – 5/10/1975 4 1
80 6 Terror of the Zygons Robert Banks Stewart 8/30/1975 – 9/20/1975 4 2
81 7 Planet of Evil Louis Marks 9/27/1975 – 10/18/1975 4 1
82 8 Pyramids of Mars Stephen Harris 10/25/1975 – 11/15/1975 4 1
83 9 The Android Invasion Terry Nation 11/22/1975 – 12/13/1975 4 1
84 10 The Brain of Morbuis Robin Bland 1/3/1976 – 1/24/1976 4 1
85 11 The Seeds of Doom Robert Banks Stewart 1/31/1976 – 3/6/1976 6 2
86 12 The Masque of Mandragora Louis Marks 9/4/1976 – 9/25/1976 4 1
87 13 The Hand of Fear Bob Baker, Dave Martin 10/2/1976 – 10/23/1976 4 1
88 14 The Deadly Assasin Robert Holmes 10/30/1976 – 11/20/1976 4 1
89 15 The Face of Evil Chris Boucher 1/1/1977 – 1/22/1977 4 1
90 16 The Robots of Death Chris Boucher 1/29/1977 – 2/19/1977 4 1
91 17 The Talons of Weng-Chiang Robert Holmes 2/26/1977 – 4/2/1977 6 2
92 18 The Horror of Fang Rock Terrance Dicks 9/3/1977 – 9/24/1977 4 1
93 19 The Invisible Enemy Bob Baker, Dave Martin 10/1/1977 – 10/22/1977 4 1
94 20 Image of the Fendahl Chris Boucher 10/29/1977 – 11/19/1977 4 1
95 21 The Sunmakers Robert Holmes 11/26/1977 – 12/17/1977 4 1
96 22 Underworld Bob Baker, Dave Martin 1/7/1978 – 1/28/1978 4 1
97 23 The Invasion of Time David Agnew (Graham Williams, Anthony Read)** 2/4/1978 – 3/11/1978 6 2
98 24 The Robos Operation Robert Holmes 9/2/1978 – 9/23/1978 4 1
99 25 The Pirate Planet Douglas Adams 9/30/1978 – 10/21/1978 4 1
100 26 The Stones of Blood David Fisher 10/28/1978 – 11/18/1978 4 1
101 27 The Androids of Tara David Fisher 11/25/1978 – 12/16/1978 4 1
102 28 The Power of Kroll Robert Holmes 12/23/1978 – 1/13/1979 4 1
103 29 The Armageddon Factor Bob Baker, Dave Martin 1/20/1979 – 2/24/1979 6 1
104 30 Destiny of the Daleks Terry Nation 9/1/1979 – 9/22/1979 4 1
105 31 City of Death David Agnew (Douglas Adams) 9/29/1979 – 10/20/1979 4 2
106 32 The Creature from the Pit David Fisher 10/27/1979 – 11/17/1979 4 1
107 33 Nightmare of Eden Bob Baker 11/24/1979 – 12/15/1979 4 1
108 34 The Horns of Nimon Anthony Read 12/12/1979 – 1/12/1980 4 1
109 35 Shada Douglas Adams not broadcast 6 3
110 36 The Leisure Hive David Fisher 8/30/1980 – 9/20/1980 4 1
111 37 Meglos John Flanagan 9/27/1980 – 10/18/1980 4 1
112 38 Full Circle Andrew Smith 10/25/1980 – 11/15/1980 4 1
113 39 State of Decay Terrance Dicks 11/22/1980 – 12/13/1980 4 1
114 40 Warrior’s Gate Steve Gallagher 1/3/1981 – 1/24/1981 4 1
115 41 The Keeper of Traken Johnny Byrne 1/31/1981 – 2/21/1981 4 1
116 42 Logopolis Christopher H. Bidmead 2/28/1981 – 3/21/1981 4 1
Special Special K-9 and Co. – A Girl’s Best Friend Terence Dudley 12/28/1981 1 1
Peter Davison
117 1 Castrovalva Christopher H. Bidmead 1/4/1982 – 1/12/1982 4 1
118 2 Four to Doomsday Terence Dudley 1/18/1982 – 1/26/1982 4 1
119 3 Kinda Christopher Bailey 2/1/1982 – 2/9/1982 4 1
120 4 The Visitation Eric Saward 2/15/1982 – 2/23/2015 4 1
121 5 Black Orchid Terence Dudley 3/1/1982 – 3/2/1982 2 1
122 6 Earthshock Eric Saward 3/8/1982 – 3/16/1982 4 1
123 7 Time Flight Peter Grimwade 3/22/1982 – 3/30/1982 4 1
124 8 Arc of Infinity Johnny Byrne 1/3/1983 – 1/11/1983 4 1
125 9 Snakedance Christopher Bailey 1/17/1983 – 1/25/1983 4 1
126 10 Mawdryn Undead Peter Grimwade 2/1/1983 – 2/9/1983 4 1
127 11 Terminus Steve Gallagher 2/15/1983 – 2/23/1983 4 1
128 12 Enlightenment Barbara Clegg 3/1/1983 – 3/9/1983 4 2
129 13 The King’s Demons Terence Dudley 3/15/1983 – 3/16/1983 2 1
130 14 The Five Doctors Terrance Dicks 11/25/1983 1 1
131 15 Warriors of the Deep Johnny Byrne 1/5/1984 – 1/13/1984 4 1
132 16 The Awakening Eric Pringle 1/19/1984 – 1/20/1984 2 1
133 17 Frontios Christopher H. Bidmead 1/26/1984 – 2/3/1984 4 1
134 18 Resurrection of the Daleks Eric Saward 2/8/1984 – 2/15/1984 4 1
135 19 Planet of Fire Peter Grimwade 2/23/1984 – 3/2/1984 4 2
136 20 The Caves of Androzani Robert Holmes 3/8/1984 – 3/16/1984 4 1
Colin Baker
137 1 The Twin Dilemma Anthony Steven 3/22/1984 – 3/30/1984 4 1
138 2 Attack of the Cybermen Paula Moore 1/5/1985 – 1/12/1985 2 1
139 3 Vengeance on Varos Philip Martin 1/19/1985 – 1/26/1985 2 1
140 4 The Mark of the Rani Pip & Jane Baker 2/2/1985 – 2/9/1985 2 1
141 5 The Two Doctors Robert Holmes 2/16/1985 – 3/2/1985 3 2
142 6 Timelash Glen McCoy 3/9/1985 – 3/16/1985 2 1
143 7 Revelation / Daleks Eric Saward 3/23/1985 – 3/30/1985 2 1
144 8 The Mysterious Planet Robert Holmes 9/6/1986 – 9/27/1986 4 1
145 9 Mindwarp Philip Martin 10/4/1986 – 10/25/1986 4 1
146 10 Terror of the Vervoids Pip & Jane Baker 11/1/1986 – 11/22/1986 4 1
147 11 The Ultimate Foe Robert Holmes, Pip & Jane Baker 11/29/1986 – 12/6/1986 2 1
Sylvester McCoy
148 1 Time and the Rani Pip & Jane Baker 9/7/1987 – 9/28/1987 4 1
149 2 Paradise Towers Stephen Wyatt 10/5/1987 – 10/26/1987 4 1
150 3 Delta and the Bannermen Malcolm Kohll 11/2/1987 – 11/16/1987 3 1
151 4 Dragonfire Ian Briggs 11/23/1987 – 12/7/1987 3 1
152 5 Remembrance of the Daleks Ben Aaronovitch 10/5/1988 – 10/26/1988 4 1
153 6 The Happiness Patrol Graeme Curry 11/2/1988 – 11/16/1988 3 1
154 7 Silver Nemesis Kevin Clarke 11/23/1988 – 12/7/1988 3 1
155 8 The Greatest Show in the Galaxy Stephen Wyatt 12/14/1988 – 1/4/1989 4 1
156 9 Battlefield Ben Aaronovitch 9/6/1989 – 9/27/1989 4 2
157 10 Ghost Light Marc Platt 10/4/1989 – 10/18/1989 3 1
158 11 The Curse of Fenric Ian Briggs 10/25/1989 – 11/15/1989 4 2
159 12 Survival Rona Munro 11/22/1989 – 12/6/1989 3 2
160 Paul McGann
The (FOX) TV-Movie Matthew Jacobs 5/14/1996 (US), 5/27/1996 (UK) 1
Special Special The Scream of the Shalka Paul Cornell 11/13/2003 – 12/18/2003 6 2
Special Special The Night of the Doctor Steven Moffat 11/14/2013 1 1
Story # Ep. # Episode Title Episode Author Date Num. Eps. Num. Discs
Christopher Eccleston
Series 1
1 Rose Russell T. Davies 3/26/2005 (BBC 1)
2 The End of the World Russell T. Davies 4/2/2005
3 The Unquiet Dead Mark Gatiss 4/9/2005
4 Aliens of London Russell T. Davies 4/16/2005
5 World War Three Russell T. Davies 4/23/2005
6 Dalek Robert Shearman 4/30/2005
7 The Long Game Russell T. Davies 5/7/2005
8 Father’s Day Paul Cornell 5/14/2005
9 The Empty Child Steven Moffat 5/21/2005
10 The Doctor Dances Steven Moffat 5/28/2005
11 Boom Town Russell T. Davies 6/4/2005
12 Bad Wolf Russell T. Davies 6/11/2005
13 The Parting of the Ways Russell T. Davies 6/18/2005
David Tennant
Series 2
Special The Christmas Invasion Russell T. Davies 12/25/2005
1. New Earth Russell T. Davies 4/15/2006
2. Tooth and Claw Russell T. Davies 4/22/2006
3. School Reunion Toby Whithouse 4/29/2006
4. The Girl in the Fireplace Steven Moffat 5/6/2006
5. Rise of the Cybermen Tom MacRae 5/13/2006
6. The Age of Steel Tom MacRae 5/20/2006
7. The Idiot’s Lantern Mark Gatiss 5/27/2006
8. The Impossible Planet Matt Jones 6/3/2006
9. The Satan Pit Matt Jones 6/10/2006
10. Love and Monsters Russell T. Davies 6/17/2006
11. Fear Her Matthew Graham 6/24/2006
12. Army of Ghosts Russell T. Davies 7/1/2006
13. Doomsday Russell T. Davies 7/8/2006
Series 3
Special The Runaway Bride Russell T. Davies 12/25/2006
1. Smith and Jones Russell T. Davies 3/31/2007
2. The Shakespeare Code Gareth Roberts 4/7/2007
3. Gridlock Russell T. Davies 4/14/2007
4. Daleks in Manhatten Helen Raynor 4/21/2007
5. Evolution of the Daleks Helen Raynor 4/28/2007
6. The Lazarus Experiment Stephen Greenhorn 5/5/2007
7. 42 Chris Chibnall 5/19/2007
8. Human Nature Paul Cornell 5/26/2007
9. The Family of Blood Paul Cornell 6/2/2007
10. Blink Steven Moffat 6/9/2007
11. Utopia Russell T. Davies 6/16/2007
12. The Sound of Drums Russell T. Davies 6/23/2007
13. Last of the Time Lords Russell T. Davies 6/30/2007
Special The Infinite Quest Alan Barnes 4/2/2007 – 6/29/2007
Series 4
Special Voyage of the Damned Russell T. Davies 12/25/2007
1. Partners in Crime Russell T. Davies 4/5/2008
2. Fires of Pompeii James Moran 4/12/2008
3. The Planet of the Ood Keith Temple 4/12/2008
4. The Sontaran Stratagem Helen Raynor 4/26/2008
5. The Poison Sky Helen Raynor 5/3/2008
6. The Doctor’s Daughter Stephen Greenhorn 5/10/2008
7. The Unicorn and the Wasp Gareth Roberts 5/17/2008
8. Silence in the Library Steven Moffat 5/31/2008
9. Forest of the Dead Steven Moffat 6/7/2008
10. Midnight Russell T. Davies 6/14/2008
11 Turn Left Russell T. Davies 6/21/2008
12 This Stolen Earth Russell T. Davies 6/28/2008
13. Journey’s End Russell T. Davies 7/5/2008
The Specials (Series 4.5)
Special The Next Doctor Russell T. Davies 12/25/2008
Special Planet of the Dead Russell T. Davies & Gareth Roberts 4/11/2009
Special The Waters of Mars Russell T. Davies & Phil Ford 11/15/2009
Special The End of Time, Part 1 Russell T. Davies 12/25/2009
Special The End of Time, Part 2 Russell T. Davies 1/1/2009
Special Dreamland Phil Ford 11/21/2009 – 11/21/2009
Matt Smith
Series 5
1. The Eleventh Hour Steven Moffat 4/3/2010
2. The Beast Below Steven Moffat 4/10/2010
3. Victory of the Daleks Mark Gatiss 4/17/2010
4. The Time of Angels Steven Moffat 4/24/2010
5. Flesh and Stone Steven Moffat 5/1/2010
6. The Vampires of Venice Toby Whithouse 5/8/2010
7. Amy’s Choice Simon Nye 5/15/2010
8. The Hungry Earth Chris Chibnall 5/22/2010
9. Cold Blood Chris Chibnall 5/29/2010
10. Vincent and the Doctor Richard Curtis 6/5/2010
11. The Lodger Gareth Roberts 6/12/2010
12. The Pandorica Opens Steven Moffat 6/19/2010
13. The Big Bang Steven Moffat 6/26/2010
Special A Christmas Carol Steven Moffat 12/25/2010
Series 6
1. The Impossible Astronaut Steven Moffat 4/23/2011
2. Day of the Moon Steven Moffat 4/30/2011
3. Curse of the Black Spot Steve Thompson 5/7/2011
4. The Doctor’s Wife Neil Gaiman 5/14/2011
5. The Rebel Flesh Matthew Graham 5/21/2011
6. The Almost People Matthew Graham 5/28/2011
7. A Good Man Goes to War Steven Moffat 6/4/2011
8. Let’s Kill Hitler Steven Moffat 8/27/2011
9. Night Terrors Mark Gatiss 9/3/2011
10. The Girl Who Waited Tom MacRae 9/10/2011
11. The God Complex Toby Whithouse 9/17/2011
12. Closing Time Gareth Roberts 9/24/2011
13. The Wedding of River Song Steven Moffat 10/1/2011
Special The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe Steven Moffat 12/25/2011
Series 7
1. Asylum of the Daleks Steven Moffat 9/1/2012
2. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship Chris Chibnall 9/8/2012
3. A Town Called Mercy Toby Whithouse 9/15/2012
4. The Power of Three Chris Chibnall 9/22/2012
5. The Angels Take Manhatten Steven Moffat 9/29/2012
Special The Snowmen Steven Moffat 12/25/2012
6. The Bells of St. John Steven Moffat 3/30/2013
7. The Rings of Akhaten Neil Cross 4/6/2013
8. Cold War Mark Gatiss 4/13/2013
9. Hide Neil Cross 4/20/2013
10. Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS Steve Thompson 4/27/2013
11. The Crimson Horror Mark Gatiss 5/4/2013
12. Nightmare in Silver Neil Gaiman 5/11/2013
13. The Name of the Doctor Steven Moffat 5/18/2013
Special The Day of the Doctor Steven Moffat 11/23/2013
Special The Time of the Doctor Steven Moffat 12/25/2013
Peter Capaldi
Series 8
1. Deep Breath Steven Moffat 8/23/2014
2. Into the Dalek Phil Ford & Steven Moffat 8/30/2014
3. Robot of Sherwood Mark Gatiss 9/6/2014
4. Listen Steven Moffat 9/13/2014
5. Time Heist Stephen Thompson & Steven Moffat 9/20/2014
6. The Caretaker Gareth Roberts & Steven Moffat 9/27/2014
7. Kill the Moon Peter Harness 10/4/2014
8. Mummy on the Orient Express Jamie Mathieson 10/11/2014
9. Flatline Jamie Mathieson 10/18/2014
10. In the Forest of the Night Frank Cottrell Boyce 10/25/2014
11. Dark Water Steven Moffat 11/1/2014
12. Death in Heaven Steven Moffat 11/8/2014
Special Last Christmas Steven Moffat 12/25/2014
Series 9
1. The Magician’s Apprentice Steven Moffat 9/19/2015
2. The Witch’s Familiar Steven Moffat 9/26/2015
3. Under the Lake Toby Whithouse 10/3/2015
4. Before the Flood Toby Whithouse 10/10/2015
5. The Girl Who Died Jamie Mathieson, Steven Moffat 10/17/2015
6. The Women Who Lived Catherine Tregenna 10/24/2015
7. The Zygon Invasion Peter Harness 10/31/2015
8. The Zygon Inversion Peter Harness, Steven Moffat 11/7/2015
9. Sleep No More Mark Gatiss 11/15/2015

Note: Stories marked * are missing.
Note: Classic DW Titles, Authors, Dates, and Number of Episodes info from Doctor Who The Programme Guide by Jean-Marc Lofficier.
Note: David Agnew is a BBC Pseudonym. Per Paul Smith, and Script Editor Classic Doctor Who DVD Compendium “The Invasion of Time” was written by producer Graham Williams & script editor Anthony Read. The pseudonym was used for on-air titles due to BBC policy. (see p. 166)
Likewise, it is well-known Douglas Adams wrote “City of Death” and a pseudonym was slapped on the story by the BBC. (See Smith pp. 75-76).
Doctor Who: The Programme Guide, by Jean-Marc and Randy Lofficier (4th Ed.) used to check airdates for McCoy’s final season.
Airdates for the TV-Movie from Paul Smith, The Classic Doctor Who DVD Compendium, p. 204.
Authors for Season 8 from “Doctor Who Season 8: All Episode Titles, Writers & Directors Revealed” by Sandy Schaefer 8/18/2014 Screenrant.
Most New Series info (writers, dates) from the Doctor Who Wiki
Series 9 authors & airdates obtained by checking episodes, crosschecked with TARDIS wiki.

The Best Speeches from Doctor Who

Last Saturday’s episode of Doctor Who, “The Zygon Inversion”, featured an impassioned speech by the Doctor, played to perfection by Peter Capaldi. It was brilliant and had a Shakespearean quality to it. Afterwards Twitter just exploded with comments about the episode, the speech, and Capaldi – and comments about other great speeches from Doctor Who. This post is a collection of some of the best speeches from Doctor Who, roughly one per Doctor. I have no desire to do a “top ten” style list, so they are presented in reverse chronological order, newest to oldest, with youTube clips where I can find them.

12 – Peter Capaldi – Zygon Inversion,
written by Peter Harness & Steven Moffat, BBC 2015

“You just want cruelty to beget cruelty. You’re not superior to people who were cruel to you.  You’re just a whole bunch of new cruel people. A whole bunch of new cruel people being cruel to some other people who will end-up being cruel to you. The only way anyone can live in peace is if they are prepared to forgive. Why don’t you break the cycle?” – The Doctor
“Why should we?” – Bonnie
“What is it that you actually want?” – The Doctor
“War.” – Bonnie
“Ah. And when this war is over? When you have a homeland free from humans. What do you think it’s going to be like? Do you know? Have you thought about it? Have you given it any consideration? Because you’re very close to getting what you want. What’s it going to be like? Paint me a picture. Are you going to live in houses? Do you want people to go to work? Will there be holidays? Oh. Will there be music? Do you think people will be allowed to play violins? Who’s going to make the violins? Well? Oh, you don’t actually know do you? Because like every single tantruming child in history, Bonnie, you don’t actually know what you want. So let me ask you a question about this Brave New World of yours. When you’ve killed all the bad guys, and when it’s all perfect, and just, and fair, when you have finally got it exactly the way you want it. What are you going to do with the people like you? The troublemakers. How are you going to protect your Glorious Revolution from the next one?” – The Doctor
“We’ll win.” – Bonnie
“Oh, will you? Well, maybe. Maybe you will win. but nobody wins for long. The wheel just keeps turning. So, come on, break the cycle.” – The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), “The Zygon Inversion”, BBC 2015

“You set this up, why?” – Kate
“Because it’s not a game, Kate. This is a scale model of  war! Every war ever fought right there in front of you! Because its always the same, when you fire that first shot. No matter how right you feel, you have no idea who’s going to die! You don’t know who’s children are going to scream and burn! How many hearts will be broken! How many lives shattered! How much blood will spill until everybody does what they were always going to have to do from the very beginning – sit down and talk!” – the Doctor

“You’re all the same, you screaming kids, you know that? ‘Look at me, I’m unforgivable’, well, here’s the unforeseeable – I forgive you! After all you’ve done – I forgive you!” – The Doctor
“You don’t understand! You will never understand!” – Bonnie
“I don’t understand? Are you kidding? Me? Of course, I understand. I mean, you call this a war? This funny little thing? This is not a war! I fought in a bigger war than you will ever know. I did worse things than you could ever imagine! And when I close my eyes… I hear more screams than anyone would ever be able to count. And do you know what you do with all that pain? Shall I tell you where to put it? You hold it tight… until it burns your hand. And you say this! No one else will ever have to live like this. No one else will ever have to feel this pain. Not on my watch.” – The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), “The Zygon Inversion”, BBC 2015

11 – Matt Smith – Pandorica “The Pandorica Opens”,
written by Steven Moffat, BBC 2010

“Hello, Stonehedge! Who takes the Pandorica takes the universe. But bad news, everyone…Cos guess who? Ha! listen, you lot, you’re all whizzing about, it’s really very distracting. Could you all stay still a minute? Because I…am…talking! Now, the question of the hour is, Who’s got the Pandorica? Answer – I do. Next question, Who’s coming to take it from me? Come on! Look at me, no plan, no backup, no weapons worth a damn. Oh, and something else, I don’t have… anything to lose! So, if you’re sitting up there in your silly little spaceship, with all your silly little guns, and you’ve got any plans on taking the Pandorica tonight, just remember who’s standing in your way. Remember every black day I ever stopped you. And then, and then, do the smart thing. Let somebody else try first.” – the Doctor (Matt Smith)

10 – David Tennant, “Voyage of the Damned”,
written by Russell T. Davies, BBC 2007

“Wait a minute, who put you in charge?  And who the hell are you anyway?” – Pickton Slade
“I’m the Doctor.  I’m a Time Lord.  I’m from the planet Gallifrey, in the constellation of Kasterborous.  I’m 903 years old, and I’m the man who’s going to save your lives and all six billion people on the planet below.  You have a problem with that?” – The Doctor (David Tennant)
“No.” – Pickton Slade

9 – Christopher Eccleston, “Rose”,
written by Russell T. Davies, BBC 2005

“Really though Doctor,  tell me, Who are you?” – Rose
“You know like we were saying, about the Earth revolving?  It’s like when you’re a kid, the first time they tell you that the world’s turning, and you just can’t believe it, ’cause everything looks like it’s standing still.  I can feel it (takes Rose’s hand) the turn of the Earth.  The ground beneath our feet is spinnin’ at 1000 miles an hour, and the entire planet is hurling around the Sun at 67,000 miles an hour, and I can feel it.  We’re falling through space you and me – clinging to the skin of this tiny little world and if we let go… (pause) That’s who I am.  Now forget me, Rose Tyler.  Go home.” – The Doctor (Christopher Eccleston)

Comment vid – it was the best I could find.

7 – Sylvester McCoy, “Survival”,
written by Rona Munro, BBC 1989

“There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, where the sea’s asleep and the rivers dream.  People made of smoke and cities made of song.  Somewhere there’s danger, somewhere there’s injustice, somewhere else the tea is getting cold.  Come on, Ace, we’ve got work to do.” –the Doctor (Sylvester McCoy)

6 – Colin Baker, “The Ultimate Foe”
Written by Robert Holmes and Pip & Jane Baker, BBC 1986

“In all my travelings throughout the universe I have battled against evil, against power-mad conspirators.  I should have stayed here.  The oldest civilisation… Dedecant, degenerate, and rotten to the core… Power-mad conspirators, Daleks, Sontarans, Cybermen– they’re still in the nursery compared to us.  Ten million years of absolute power– that’s what it takes to be really corrupt!” –the Doctor (Colin Baker), “Trial of a Time Lord – The Ultimate Foe”

5 Peter Davison, “Earthshock”,
written by Eric Saward, BBC 1983

“They [emotions] also enhance life–when did you last have the pleasure of smelling a flower, watching a sunset, eating a well-prepared meal?” –The Doctor (Davison)
“These things are irrelevant.” The Cyber-leader
“For some people, small, beautiful events is what life is all about.” The Doctor in response, (Peter Davison)

4 Tom Baker, “Genesis of the Daleks”,
written by Terry Nation, BBC 1975

“Well, What are you waiting for?”  –Sarah Jane
“Just touch these two strands together and the Daleks are finished.  Have I the right?” The Doctor
“To destroy the Daleks, you can’t doubt it?” –Sarah
“But I do. You see, some things could be better with the Daleks.  Many Future Worlds will become allies just because of their fear of the Daleks.”  –The Doctor
“It isn’t like that!” –Sarah (Elisabeth Sladen)
“But the final responsibility is mine, and mine alone. Listen, if someone who knew the future, pointed out a child to you and told you that child would grow up totally evil, to be a ruthless dicator, who would destroy millions of lives. Could you then kill that child?” –The Doctor
“We’re talking about the Daleks, the most evil creatures ever invented, you must destroy them! You must complete your mission for the Time Lords!” – Sarah Jane
“Do I have the right? Simply touch one wire against the other and that’s it, the Daleks cease to exist. Hundreds of millions of people, thousands of generations can live without fear, in peace, and never even know the word ‘Dalek’.” – The Doctor
“Then why wait? If it was a disease, or some sort of bacteria you were destroying you wouldn’t hesitate.”
“But if I kill, wipe out a whole intelligent life form, then I become like them, I’d be no better than the Daleks.” The Doctor (Tom Baker)

4  Tom Baker, “The Ark in Space”,
Written by Robert Holmes, BBC 1975

“Homo Sapiens! What an inventive, invincible species.  It’s only a few millions years since they’ve crawled out of  the mud and learned to walk.  Puny, defenseless, bipeds.  They’ve survived flood, famine and plague, they’ve survived cosmic wars and holocausts, and now here they are, out among the stars, waiting to begin a new life, ready to outsit eternity.  They’re indomitable!  Indomitable!” –The Doctor (Tom Baker)

3  Jon Pertwee, Planet of the Daleks,
Written by Terry Nation, BBC 1973

“You know, what you did back there, leading the searchers away from us was very couragous.” – The Doctor
“I just didn’t give myself time to think.  If I had I certainly wouldn’t have taken the risk.” – Thal Scientist Codal
“I think your doing yourself rather an injustice there. If you hadn’t acted the way you did – we’ve all been captured. They give medals for that sort of bravery.” – The Doctor
“Bravery? I’ve been terrified ever since I landed on this planet. It’s different for Taren and Vabor – they’re professionals. They’ve seen action before.” – Thal Scientist Codal
“And do you think they’re any less brave because of that?” – The Doctor
“They know how to deal with fear. They’re used to living close to death. I’m not. I’m a scientist not an adventurer.”  – Thal Scientist Codal
“Well, forgive me if I’m wrong, but weren’t you a volunteer?” – The Doctor
“Yes.” – Thal Scientist Codal
“Well, you must have known what you were getting  into.” – The Doctor
“No. None of us did. We’re not a war-like people, Doctor. We’ve only just developed space flight. No one attempted a voyage of this length before. But every man and woman from my division volunteered. Over 600 of them, you see, I didn’t even have the courage to be the odd man out.” – Thal Scientist Codal

[The Doctor chuckles]

“What are you laughing at?” – Thal Scientist Codal
“You my friend. You may be a very brilliant scientist, but you have very little understanding of people, particularly yourself. Courage isn’t just a matter of not being frightened, you know.” – The Doctor
“What is it, then?” – Thal Scientist Codal
“It’s being afraid and doing what you have to do anyway.” – The Doctor (Jon Pertwee)

2 Patrick Troughton – “The Moonbase”,
Written by Kit Pedler, BBC 1967

“Evil is what I meant. There are some corners of the universe which have bred the most terrible things. Things which act against everything that we believe in. They must be fought.” – The Doctor (Patrick Troughton), “The Moonbase”, BBC 1967 (written by Kit Pedler)

2 Patrick Troughton – “The War Games”,
Written by Malcolm Hulke and Terrance Dicks, BBC 1969

“You asked me to justify my actions, I am doing so. Let me show you the Ice Warriors, cruel Martian invaders, they tried to conquer the Earth, too. So did the Cybermen, half creature, half machine. but, worst of all, were the Daleks, a pityless race of conquerers exterminating all who came up against them. All these evils I have fought, while you have done nothing but observe. True, I am guilty of interference, just as you are guilty of failing to use your great powers to help those in need!” – The Doctor (Patrick Troughton)

1 – William Hartnell, “An Unearthly Child”,
written by Anthony Coburn

“I tolerate this century but I don’t enjoy it. Have you ever thought what it’s like to be wanderers in the fourth dimension? Have you? To be exiles. Susan and I are cut off from our own planet, without friends or protection. But one day we shall go back. Yes, one day. One day.” “An Unearthly Child”, BBC 1963

And finally as an Honorable Mention, because it is a quote about the Doctor but not said by him.

The Family of Blood, Written by Paul Cornell (based on his original Doctor Who novel, Human Nature, published in the New Adventures series by Virgin Publishing), BBC 2007
“Because it [the watch] was waiting. Then because I was so scared of the Doctor.” – Timothy Latimer
“Why?” – Joan
“Because, I’ve seen him. He’s like fire and ice and rage. He’s like the night and the storm and the heart of the sun.” – Latimer
“Stop it.” – John Smith
“He’s ancient and forever. He burns at the center of time, and he can see the turn of the universe.” – Latimer
“Stop it. I said, stop it.” – John Smith (David Tennant)
“And he’s wonderful.” – Tim Latimer (Thomas Sangster)

All speeches and dialogue hand-transcribed by me. Authors and dates from Doctor Who – The Programme Guide by Jean-Marc Lofficier Second and Fourth editions for Classic Who, and from The TARDIS Wikia for New Who. Yes, I realize Paul McGann is missing – I hope to get something from one of the Big Finish audios or the BBC Books Eighth Doctor Adventures at some point. I do really like McGann’s Doctor.

This is why I love Doctor Who so much – it is so wonderfully written, and acted, and brilliant, and diverse. What are your favorite speeches from Doctor Who?

Agile Update – Week 44

Last week was a busy but successful week. In terms of professional development I spent most of the week studying for my first closed-book test in my A+ class. Up to now we’ve had open-book quizzes, and I’ve passed them all but made some somewhat basic mistakes that prevented me getting perfect scores. Well, I’m happy to report that I passed the test with 830 out of 900, which is an excellent score. My studying consisted of reviewing the previous chapters by writing out the chapter vocabulary (using the glossary from the book), watching some of the Professor Messer videos on-line, as review, and preparing and reading the notes from the videos. For me, personally, watching the videos first or before doing the reading doesn’t help. However, they are excellent for reviews, and then to review the video, the video notes are extremely helpful. I also made a e-book from the video notes, which my instructor wanted a copy of when I showed it to him. And since this is “vacation” week, I need to get that done as well as the reading for the next class. I’m proud of the score on the test though. This isn’t the actual A+ certification exam, but it is my first test – so I’m very happy about that.

Last week was good for writing too. I wrote three blog posts on this WordPress blog. I wrote my normal weekly Agile Update post. I wrote a review – of The Batman Season 2, which I’d watched before, but not in a long time. I also started watching Season 3. My third post was on Twitter Basics. Not only was this a technical post, something I try to do on a regular basis, but it gave me a chance to show what I know and have learned not simply by using Twitter for five years, but from following accounts like @TweetSmarter which is a great resource for learning about Twitter, and then branching out into research on Social Media for business and marketing. Not that I’m also running a business, but one can always learn, and the business-oriented infographics, blog posts, and articles have tips and tricks anyone can use. I also wanted to teach just the basics about Twitter for a general audience that isn’t familiar with the microblogging service. I may do a more advanced Twitter post later. Finally, my personal Twitter account went over 360 followers this past week which makes me both happy and humbled.

Twitter Basics


Twitter is a realtime micro-blogging public social media network. It has a 140-character limit for a Tweet, but recently removed the same limit for direct messages (more about those in a moment). Like most social networks, Twitter is free to join and can be joined by anyone. I’ve been on Twitter since 2010, and currently have 354 followers, and I follow hundreds of accounts. I also continuously read and learn about Twitter and other social media networks and run a curated board about Social Media for Business on Pinterest.

Getting Started with Twitter

To get started with Twitter go to and choose the new account or getting started link then follow the prompts. You’ll need to provide very little information to join the network, and you’ll need an valid e-mail address as your login. When you create your account you’ll be prompted to create your Twitter Handle – this is your username on Twitter and how you will be seen by others. You can use your name or a variation on your name (15 character limit). I found that my full name was too long for a Twitter handle and I had to use a diminutive instead. Besides using your name, you could also use your company name, your personal “brand” name, a nickname, the name of your cat, etc. but remember that your handle is your public face. When you create your account you should immediately replace the default “egg” avatar with a picture or some type of icon. You can also add a profile picture to the top your profile page. And finally, you’ll be asked to provide a profile page description and your website or blog address. The website isn’t required, but if you have one – fill it in.

Twitter as a Professional Networking Tool

Twitter has many sides to it, which is why it is not the most immediately intuitive social network to use, unlike Facebook. Since anyone can get an account on Twitter – the network is used by different people in different ways. Many celebrities are on Twitter, including writers, comic book artists, actors, musicians and people in the music business, directors and people in the film and television business, news agencies, businesses, etc. Even though the mechanics of the network are the same for everyone – different users emphasize different things with how they use Twitter. For example, many businesses use Twitter as word-of-mouth advertising. When a business does this they are concerned with “engagement” a metric that tracks how much customers interact with the business through social media including Twitter. This isn’t simply only traditional brick-and-mortar, corporate, or even internet businesses, however. Television networks such as the CW and USA require their creative teams to have a Twitter presence. Here’s CW Public Social Media Directory – note it includes all their shows and most creative people for those shows. Actors and other involved creative people who tweet about their CW shows are spreading positive good will about the show and hopefully, in CW’s eyes, increasing viewership. No longer do monolithic networks put out a product and expect the masses to absorb it without opinion. Now television viewership is more of a two way street. Viewers can express both positive and negative opinions about what they are watching – immediately, and without censorship or interpretation by a third entity. But many other companies are finding that Twitter can help improve brand reach and influence and even help bring in new customers.

However, Twitter can also be a professional networking tool – even if you have yet to start your own micro-business or small company, I’ve found that by following leaders, experts, and simply just other professional people in your business or profession, you can quickly build a professional network. And as you follow others, some of them will follow you. Also, by tweeting on professional topics, you will gain followers. Twitter, like Linked In, is the place to be in the professional sense, especially if you behave in a professional manner. And because Twitter lets you have as many accounts as you want (unlike Facebook per their terms of service) you could even create multiple accounts for different roles. Personally, I keep everything in the same account, but I don’t manage multiple accounts for others yet.

Twitter is a Public Social Media Platform

All tweets on Twitter are public (except some DMs discussed below). Everything you say in a tweet can be read by everyone else on Twitter. There is no difference between “friends” and “public”. This means you do have to think about what you’re saying. This means, for example, if you are currently job hunting, you might want to be a little careful about the content of your Tweets. It also means, if you don’t want something known – don’t tweet about it.

Also, because of the character-limited nature of Tweets, most items on Twitter aren’t necessarily original Tweets. They are Retweets, Links, occasional pictures or video, auto-posted content from other sources such as Instagram, Vine, a personal blog, or others. A Retweet (RT) is when you click the RT button on the bottom of someone else’s Tweet. This will post that Tweet to your Twitter as an RT. You can even RT a retweet someone else retweeted. So for example, my Twitter handle is @JackieOMoleski. If I see a Tweet I like, or find interesting, or even a link to a post or news article I want to read later, I’d click the Retweet button, so for example, if I RT a @BlackGirlNerds Tweet, it will appear on my timeline but as a Retweet. Similarly, if that tweet was a RT, it will show. Here’s an example:


Here I’m retweeting @BlackGirlNerds, who are in return Retweeting @InHollywoodland. On Twitter it’s always easy to tell something is a RT, and to track who the original Tweet came from. Therefore, there should be little misunderstanding about who’s content the Tweet actually is.

By contrast, here’s an original Tweet by me – on the same topic:

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The difference is obvious.

Twitter also has DMs which stands for Direct Messages. A Direct Message is sent from one Twitter user to another directly, with the implication it’s private. DMs start with @username (handle) at the beginning of the Tweet. To send a DM you must follow the person you are messaging and they must follow you. Also, see the little left-pointing arrow at the bottom of every tweet (see pictures above) – clicking on that will let you reply to the Tweet. Note, however if you have any characters before the handle in your DM – the message will post to all of Twitter as a public Tweet, this includes a simple dot or period prior to the handle.  Dot@User (handle) can be used to send a message to a particular user while simultaneously sending it to your timeline as a public tweet.

It is very important to remember that Tweets are public. Don’t make the faux pas of engaging a troll, and embarrassing yourself in public.


There are a lot of acronyms, terminology, and even slang that is used on Twitter – here are a few of the most common and necessary ones to understand.

Handle – Twitter slang for your username or identity on Twitter. It’s always preceded by the @ symbol.

Hashtag – The # symbol prior to any word or group of characters without spaces makes that topic searchable.

Trending – Twitter keeps it’s own statistics about how the site is used and hashtag topics that are extremely popular at any given time are said to be trending. Marketers and even fans often will try (sometimes successfully) to get a topic to trend. Also, when a hashtag gains popular use over time in the context of a political statement such as #Icantbreathe or #blacklivesmatter it’s often said to be a “trending topic” though this is a different usage than the Twitter metric or statistic.

Retweet – Explained in detail above, but a copy of someone else’s tweet sent via the RT (retweet) button to your own activity or timeline space with attribution to the original sender.

DM or Direct Message – Also explained in detail above, a “private” message between two Twitter users.

Dot@user (.@handle) – the most common way to copy a DM to your timeline, thus making it public. Another way is to place the username or handle any place in the Tweet (the end is also common) other than at the very beginning with no characters before it.

Live Tweeting or Live Tweet Event – Tweeting simultaneously to an event at the time it happens. For example, last Monday I live-tweeted the Supergirl pilot; in other words, I Tweeted reactions as I was watching it, as did many other people on Twitter. Live Tweet events normally have an “approved hashtag” (such as #Supergirl) that everyone uses in their tweets so they are linked and a search will bring up all such Tweets. Live Tweeting events sometimes include people associated with the event also live tweeting it, or answering questions. And Live Tweet events are also a lot of fun. Yes, one could live tweet from an irl event, such as a sporting event, parade, trade show, (fan or professional) convention, etc. Essentially, what makes live tweeting so much fun is the instant sense of community and the variety of perspectives. It’s also a great way to “meet” new people, find accounts to follow, and gain new followers.

Favorite – For a long time, Twitter had a “favorite” button (a star), rather than a “like” button. Twitter users used it to bookmark great Tweets. This week, Twitter change to a heart-shaped like button. My observation is that some users were upset by this. We’ll see if it lasts, and users adapt or not.

The Batman Season 2 Review

  • Series Title:  The Batman
  • Season:  2
  • Episodes:  13
  • Discs:  2
  • Cast:  Rino Romano, Alastair Duncan, Ming-Na Wen (credited as Ming Na), Kevin Michael Richardson, Tom Kenny
  • Original Network:  Cartoon Network
  • Production Network:  Warner Brothers (Animation)

The second season of The Batman starts, oddly, very much like Season 1 did – with completely disconnected episodes, that either bring back major villains (Joker, Penguin) or introduce new ones – Riddler, Soloman Grundy, Ragdoll, Spellbinder. Things get a bit more interesting towards the end of disk one. “Meltdown” sees the return of Ethan Bennett (aka “Clayface”). Bruce had tried to help Ethan, getting him medical treatment and giving him a job at Wayne Industries. But, unfortunately, Ethan’s feud with Joker and his anger and desire for revenge is too much for him – he ends up becoming Clayface permanently when he goes after Joker. “Fire and Ice” sees the mercenary, Firefly, working for Mr. Freeze, in this version of Batman, pretty much a gangster who’s mutated into an ice-wielding supervillain. The story itself was OK, but the animation was fantastic. There was a wonderful look to the ice and snow.

Although the second disc has  some of the “meet the new villain, who’s then captured – never to appear again”, there are some excellent stories as well.  In “Strange Minds”, Joker kidnaps Det. Ellen Yin, and Dr. Hugo Strange volunteers to use a new device of his to go into Joker’s mind to find out where she is. Batman piggybacks on to the signal and must search Joker’s mind without going mad himself. The episode is filled with wonderful visuals, and it’s very tense as Batman is in considerable danger – and of a nonphysical kind. In “The Laughing Bat” Joker decides that “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em”, and becomes Batman – catching minor criminals (a man who litters, a jaywalker, a grandmother who drives with her turn signal on for blocks, a woman who takes eleven items to a ten-items or less checkout lane etc.) and “treating” them with Joker venom which freezes their face in a horrible grin. As Batman confronts Joker, Joker is able to hit him with a dose of Joker Venom. With a limited time left to live and slowly suffering the effects of Joker’s venom, Bruce must come up with an antidote. It’s brilliant stuff.

I also enjoyed “Night and the City”. Joker and Penguin are fighting each other for control of Gotham City (and Penguin is actually a surprisingly good fighter) when Riddler arrives. He proposes they not fight each other, but that they join forces against their common foe – Batman. Riddler then offers a reward to the first to unmask the Bat. Meanwhile, Chief Rojas has gone on the warpath against Batman – again. He catches Yin with the Batwave and arrests her. However, Batman is able to avoid Rojas’ trap, rescue Yin, and catch Joker, Penguin, and Riddler. Commissioner Gordon places the Batsignal on the roof of police headquarters, and tells off Rojas.

Overall, The Batman is not the classic that Batman: The Animated Series was. And personally, I don’t enjoy it as much as Batman Beyond either (which I consider an under-rated classic). However, it does have its moments. And the writers and directors would end up writing various Warner Brothers Animated DC Universe films (Batman, Superman, Justice League, and Justice League – New 52). Next up, Season 3 – the first I haven’t seen at all before on DVD.