The Fastest Thing Alive... and also a huge fan of Colin Baker.
Series 8 once again continues it's near perfect run with a great selection of episodes.
10, 9, 10
It's Listen. Need I say more? I feel the themes it portrays works wonders, and really makes the viewer think, something I love for movies and TV shows to do. I also feel Clara and Danny's relationship development here really gets home to me. It's almost poetic, really, with a smidge of human nature put into it.
Taking the repeated ending from Hide out of the way, Time Heist is a really good one. It's a really interesting setting, with such mass amounts of security involved. Feels like it's something Sci-fi would come up with, and it comes out really well. All tied with a nice time loop too, fantastic stuff.
The Caretaker, again, gets high praise for how Clara and Danny are portrayed together, it's great, and it shows so much from each character! It's also really amazing to see how this new incarnation reacts within a "normal" environment, so it's great to be learning even more. Skovox Blitzer is nice too, little underused though.
22 hours, 22 minutes ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 2
@supermoff, defender of Deep Breath @SonicTheHedgehogRules It's very interesting to know people heard Davros. I personally think he sounds absolutely nothing like him, but I guess that's what you get when people perceive things differently.
1 day, 21 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 1
@Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs Yeah, I know the one. I should probably get round to reading it, actually.
@supermoff, defender of Deep Breath I always thought that "I see into your soul" line from the trailer was the Dalek Time Controller. Ah well, one can still dream he will appear on TV!
Series 8, you absolute masterpiece. I love Series 8 to death, it had the correct balance of, well, everything! An excellent new Doctor, amazing themes, edge of your seat intensity, right from the beginning! Series 8, for me, ties with Series 1 for the best of the revival, and Peter Capaldi does an absolutely phenomenal performance for an incarnation who is very quickly becoming one of my favourites. Everything about Series 8 just sits so well with me, but I'll get into that as this poll progresses.
10, 9, 8
Dead Breath proves to be an excellent venture to a new era, one that I feel certainly benefits from the darker themes established here. I've watched this one plenty of times.
Into The Dalek is also another excellent tale, doing something completely different with a monster that is over 50 years old. Plus it's already great to see them commit some senseless murder. Typical Daleks! =P
I don't consider Robot of Sherwood bad (I keep calling it Robots of Sherwood cus it sounds better that way), it's certainly really good with toying with your perception of a supposed myth. Of course, it's one of two episode I consider weak (we'll get to the other one later). Of course, saying it's weak doesn't mean it's bad, because it isn't! Great romp from start to finish.
1 day, 22 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 1
@The Dreamer... dreaming about series 9 Fixed time where they ultimately get buried, yeah. Not how they lived, where they lived, if they left the states, when they died.
It's a huge plot-hole. Like, huge!
3 days, 18 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2
10, 10, 8
This IS the Doctor Trilogy afterall. I'm just here for the minor nitpicks.
Name is an excellent finale, not only wrapping up the Impossible Girl arc, but also going directly into the 50th. It's also really nice to see so many nods to so many elements of Who history here. There's only so much I can say, it's brilliant. Well, apart from the GI returning. Who cares, meh.
Ah, the 50th. Yeah I didn't watch this one live, unfortunately. Don't you have real life obligations? I did watch it about an hour later though. Now, I can't really say much positive about the story without sounding like I' repeating what everyone else will be saying, so I'll keep it short. It's beautiful. It's fun. It makes you think. It makes you cry. It's great! And seeing the Doctor that made me a fan of the show back? Amazing, Tennant is the same as ever (weird hairstyle aside), and really compliments Smith and the newly revealed Doctor, John Hurt. I love the War Doctor immensely, so it's great to add another legend to this exclusive club. Not only that, but we get a first glimpse of Capaldi too! It's all so much for the fans.
Like I said, there's only so much I can talk about, so I'll get into my minor nitpicks for the 50th.
Yeah, I'm one of those people who would've much preferred all the Doctors there. It's just the way my inner Classic fan nerd is, it seems! =P I feel they could've all played a great part, without undermining eachother, but I guess no everyone would want that. It's a good thing I've actually ordered The Light at the End Collector's Edition today, to which I consider the other half of th 50th I didn't get to experience, so it'll be great to hear all the Classics again! The other nitpick I can really think of with the story is probably the fact that we didn't get enough screentime with the Zygons, one of my all time favourite monsters. At least this leaves potential for them, they're perfect! Of course, none of these problems hinder the 50th's astounding quality, because it's a damn fine magnificent piece of drama as it is, although it certainly isn't in my top 10 for episodes. Should rewatch it again at some point.
As with the previous 2, Time is also an excellent final exit for the 11th Doctor, of whom I really became attached to in the end. References to his entire era all over the place, and the ending to it? Possibly my favourite regeneration scene (but not my favourite regeneration episode, ironically), and it's such a love letter to every 11th Doctor fan.
Nitpicks! Cybermen. You can tell Nick Briggs just doesn't care anymore about trying with the voices, he knows how silly they are now. The Wooden Cyberman sounds nice on paper, but it comes off as rather goofy. Sontarans? Of course they're the joke, it's a Moffat episode, not like Sontarans will get the respect they deserve anyway with him around. Daleks? Center of attention, as always. I actually like the Daleks, so this doesn't bother me that much, but this is probably the first time it really stuck out. Weeping Angels? Useless! Just like that have been since 2010. It was so pointless to bring them back, eugh. Amy Pond? The sentiment was nice enough, I suppose, but I still dislike her, so I was just rolling my eyes at this part of an otherwise perfect regeneration scene. That's about it for nitpicks, I guess. Again, the story is fantastic anyway, these are just nitpicks, because I'm a picky fan.
The Doctor Trilogy is an excellent part of Who history, one I have no problem going back to because of it's sheer quality. Excellent work Mr. Moffat, one of your finest.
3 days, 21 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 3
@Sometimes Childish But Amy and Rory didn't die. All that happened was they got sent back in time. They lived to death, which is what any human will do. The Doctor could've visited them whenever he damn well pleased. I'm almost positive he knows this full well, but decides to disregard it anyway.
Amy and Rory have a particular god like status among the 11th Doctor, from my point of view. One piece of dialogue that really annoys me is during the Power of Three, where Brian is asking the Doctor to take care of them and make sure they don't suffer a fatal end. He explains what happened to some of the people that traveled with him, then proclaims that none of them will happen with the Ponds. Who the hell made them so special compared to the rest?
I completely understand your point, and you've written up your explanation really really well, but that would only apply if they died. Which they didn't. They lived! Just not with the Doctor. Turned out really well for them.
3 days, 22 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2
@supermoff, defender of The Time of the Doctor I remember screaming at the screen crying out "NO NO NO HE ISN'T THE DOCTOR YET SO RANDOM AND AWESOME", and a friend of mine who just got into Doctor Who was watching with me, and he was just laughing so much at my reaction! XD
3 days, 22 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 3
@Typo42 "Magic Carrots" @SonicTheHedgehogRules The context is that he probably had no idea what he was taking about, hence the poor quality of the story.
It's in this interview, if you want more info. First question, second paragraph.
4 days, 17 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 2
@DaftDalek is the Aphex Twin Doctor @SonicTheHedgehogRules I'm almost positive the Dark Dimension Cybermen look absolutely nothing like the ones in the anime. The ones from DD have claws, and teeth, and noses. There's a picture of it somewhere on the Data Core. Creepy! O_o
I said I'd stop forgetting things. Nope! Edit button, return to us!
When trying to establish what Cybermen were in Nightmare in Silver, Neil Gaiman gave, what I consider, the funniest, most unresearched answer I have ever seen.
"Tom Baker Universe"
Now, what I see this, I imagine to myself a really mad world, with several 4th Doctor's flying around, Sherlock Holmes attempting to investigate it, a couple of Captain Redbeard Rum's standing around, a disgruntled, swearing man, complaining about a chocolate bar advert he has to do, all whilst being accompanied by the iconic Little Britain narration.
Did he seriously think about what he said? It basically cements the idea he knows jack about Cybermen. Tom Baker Universe, my god, I'm still laughing at that remark almost 2 years later! XD
4 days, 18 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 2
@supermoff, defender of The Time of the Doctor @SonicTheHedgehogRules Thank you very much!
I believe rather passionately in Cybermen, so I really had to get my word out. We'll get to Dark Water and Death in Heaven later of course, and I can't wait to talk about the vast improvements over this story!
4 days, 19 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 2
PART THREE - FINALE
You know what, I don't want to talk about the plot. Short to the point, it's boring. Who cares about these soldiers, who cares about some war, it all means nothing when Cybermen are portrayed so terribly, so the point where I don't even recognize them as the once iconic monsters of the Classic series. The chess game the Doctor plays with Mr. Clever just feels really out of place, and the fact that this arrogant little computer decides to use all these Cybermen just to beat him at chess, plays him off as an almost cartoon villain, clearly giving away his weakness, for all to see.
Well, it doesn't really matter anyway. Cybermen are immune to everything. With the snap of a finger, and a quick blurt of some Microsoft Sam text speak, "UPGRADE IN PROGRESS", and abra cadabra, your Cyberman is all good, ready to go. Does nobody else think this makes them so over-powered? Again, I'll call it Superman-syndrome, because that's exactly what it is. Not even Daleks are this powerful, how is this in any way meant to revitalize Cybermen?
A Cyberman, at it's core, is a forced cyborg. This person, who once was, had everything taken from them. They are no longer that person, what they are, however, are ruthless cyborgs, failing to understand what emotions are. Underneath, consider the worst, most violent thing you can think of. Now times that by 10, because that's what a Cyberman is underneath, this horrible, unspeakable mess or organs fused with plastic, metal, and machinery. Their voice, I'd argue, should be the one thing that gives you an impression there's actually something underneath (point one to the 80's Cybermen, my god I love them), as it gives off this robotized voice, but the fact that you can actually here a slight element of the person who was originally there? I think that makes it most horrifying of all.
Neil Gaiman, however, butchers all of this. He creates generic robots, to do the bidding of an emotional computer. Removal of limbs within this episode basically confirms their robots anyway. Why should they be able to remove their heads? Why isn't bloody gushing out in continuous puddles? Like I said before, these are just the Cybusmen, repainted and rebranded. These aren't Cybermen. They're wannabes.
You know, I'll say it time and time and time again, but it must be said. I believe that this video, right here, does Cybermen better than the New Series could ever POSSIBLY hope to achieve.
I have an undying love for this anime. Besides the Dalek voices (they really aren't very good), it basically gets absolutely everything right for each of the monsters, ESPECIALLY the Cybermen. Look at them! Look at how utterly beautiful they are! This is what it should be! Cyborgs, and the most violent of cyborg when it comes to the conversion progress. Leave nothing to the imagination, go all out. Now, I know that age ratings won't allow, but they have to try something, don't they? I love them! The voices? Oh my god, take the 80's voices and crank them up another 50 levels to AWESOME! Something a little closer to home to compare, however, is Real Time. Real Time, like this anime, also nails the Cybermen perfectly. Violence is the key to their success, in my eyes. It makes them something to be fears, to REALLY scare people of what may be our real life futures.
I bring this anime audio story up because I believe this is what Nightmare in Silver could've been. A revitalization. No more upgrading, no more deleting, they aren't computers guys. We get violent killings, merciless conversions, and best of all, we can feel something within them. Nightmare in Silver does none of this, at all. It ruined Cybermen for me. They clearly don't care enough about Cybermen to do something proper for them. I realize I've talked more about the Cybermen than the actual plot, but honestly, Cybermen were the plot to me, and they were terrible here. I defend my statement that Cybermen first appeared in the New Series as a cameo in Dalek, and then in full force with Dark Water. I'll explain that when we come to it, but this is how I feel. These are Cybusmen. Not the real deal.
This'll be my last negative review. Name of the Doctor onwards, for me personally, is all absolutely steller work. Minor nitpicks here and there, but I love it all.
FINAL VERDICT - NIGHTMARE IN SILVER: 1 (although I'd much rather not give it an umber)
Doesn't exactly get better from there. The Cyber-mites are ok, I suppose. Obviously Cyber-mats will always be superior, but at least they tried something new, right...? Can I bring up the fact that the Cyber-Wars aren't even worth referring to anymore, because they really aren't. They ended the moment they were introduced with Revenge of the Cybermen, and constantly going back to it is just beating a dead horse. They were in a war, we get it. That war is over now, give them something new to overcome. But the tenancy of the New Series is that Cybermen need to be at the brink of extinction to become any kind of threat. Point one to the Classic Series, considering it's there where Cybermen REALLY shine. Yeah, even Silver Nemesis is better than every "attempt" of the New Series (par Rise of the Cybermen/Age of Steel, but that was arguably the only worth while episode of the Cybusmen). Oh dear, I'm going off a bit, uhh, back on track.
The sudden appearance of a new Cybermen later within the episode is really random, and it then begins to run at an incredible speed to pick off one of the kids and run off with it (you see how much of an impact they make? I can't even remember their names!). What was the need to make it run so fast? I mean, certainly the mere sight of a Cyberman is enough to scare the pants off anyone, right? Well, true, but these aren't Cybermen. They're the cheap knockoffs from Pete's World that writers seem to believe are the real deal. Why do they even bother, really.
The Cyber-Planner, if I can actually call it that, comes off as the most un-Cyberman thing to have ever graced my eyes. Emotion? It's like giving a massive middle finger to everything Cybermen stand for, it really is. It's stupid, and it makes me question if Neil Gaiman actually knows what a Cyberman is, let alone if he's actually seen an episode. The "Cyber-Planner" comes off to be written rather poorly in my eyes, giving off a rather arrogant personality for something that shouldn't even have one. The converted Webley comes off closer to the Cybermen than he does, for the most part anyway.
Oh god, the choreography. The minute they start walking out of their tombs, it's just horrible to watch. If you thought they were robots before, you better believe they're robots now. They walk like them, act like them, even talk like them. They might aswell be an original monster! It's made even worse with their Superman-syndrome powers, surviving absolutely anything and everything thrown at them. I cannot stand this, making something so overpowered that you need to blow up a planet just to try and defeat it is just so over dramatic. They come off as dull because of this, again, I blame their robotic characteristics in this department.
Nightmare in Silver - A Critical Review (follow up to the incredibly lengthy Angels Take Manhattan review)
Oh hey, I gave a full title this time! It's more respectable than Angels, but only by about 1%.
I'm going to very quickly address, what I believe, is an issue that makes little to no difference in the quality of this story; the kids. It genuinely surprises me how people bring them up more often than anything else within the episode. I hardly noticed them for the most part. I suppose annoying kids don't particularly phase me, but they are almost meaningless and pointless during this story, they really are. They impact nothing and do nothing worth the attention.
Right, now we get to the real meat of this review.
Neil Gaiman. Oh how I adore you. Your brilliance in The Doctor's Wife elevated you to almost god like status for writers, right next to Robert Holmes and Steven Moffat, my favourite 2 writers for the show at the time. It was utterly beautiful, so my excitement was really high when his return was announced. But it wasn't just that, he was announced to be writing for the Cybermen! Finally, I thought, we'd get a REAL Cyberman story with PROPER Cybermen! It was almost a dream come true, really. Even up until broadcast, I was pretty excited. Now, before I go into the story, let's talk about the redesign.
Iron Man. Was always my first though. Looking back at it, I honestly don't know why I liked them. They don't even look that much like Cybermen. Minus the head, could you tell it was? They look so generic, body wise. I actually really love the helmet design, it's simplicity really echos early Cybermen. But the body? Please, it's one step forward and two steps back here. They do not fit. It's probably made worse by the fact that, somehow, they actually look shorter than the previous designs. How? I'm not a fan, but were stuck with this one until someone has an actual idea of what exactly a Cyberman is. Speaking of which...
The story. Now, I'll be heavily focusing on the Cybermen themselves, as I believe a Monster makes a third of a Doctor Who episode (the other thirds being the Doctor himself and the plot of the episode). It starts innocently enough, Doctor taking the kids and Clara to a theme park. It's abandoned, so it adds a nice creepy atmosphere to it, presenting a sense of the unknown, what lurks within. Nice theme, shame it doesn't live up to anything. The very first sight we see of a Cyberman in the story is of a BLOODY CYBUSMAN! What the hell happened here? What is the need of reusing the older costumes? Why not start straight away with the new ones? This is failure one to me, as it STILL implies these ones are the Pete's World one, which quite frankly, they do no effort in hiding during the rest of the story, and even during Time of the Doctor (I'll get to that when it comes tomorrow). Why do we need the Cybusmen anymore? RTD tried very hard to get rid of them, only for them to be brought back time and time again. Are Cybermen some kind of devil word at the production office? Why do they insist on ruining them at every turn?
@Notsosmartguy @Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs @TheCyberDoctor Hidden in Plain Sight @supermoff, defender of Hide Well, it might make people want to Hide from the telly.
4 days, 20 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 2
@supermoff, defender of Hide I always look forward to reading your defenses!
Yeah, I absolutely love Hide, it's a great mixture of several different genres all in one big package. Still, the ending is rather dry. Ehh, love. Bit cheesey, isn't it?
@Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs @SonicTheHedgehogRules I would, but in reality, I consider giving it a 5 a complete insult to the story and the people who like it. Honestly, I have zero attachment to it. I feel absolutely nothing when I think about it. Giving it a number just doesn't sit well with me, really. =/
8, 7, Can I not give this one a number? I'll explain later, 1
Hide is awesome. Sappy ending aside, this one is definitely Neil Cross' better entry of the 2 for Series 7. I feel the rather claustrophobic nature of it works rather well, and add an element of time travel within the story and you've got yourself a nice story! Again, the ending is just kinda, eugh, but the rest is great enough to stand on it's own.
Journey, whilst a neat idea, certainly didn't live up to the hype that it was given. Missed opportunity after missed opportunity, I feel. I like the story enough, but my god, you name an episode about going through the TARDIS, and the limited rooms we see is absolutely staggering to me. Why is this? Just honestly man, such a wasted opportunity.
The Crimson Horror. You wanna know something? I can't rate this. Not because it's horribly bad, but not because it's brilliantly amazing either. Basically, it exists. It exists, and therefore it is. It's a thing. Honestly this is all I can come up with. I've watched it like 3 or 4 times now, and absolutely nothing of it stands out. I consider this episode to be the literal definition of average, really. The villains and monsters are rather generic, the Panternoster Gang are written rather, well, uninterestingly, and the Doctor and Clara are hardly in it, for the most part anyway. But this doesn't make the story bad, not at all. It just makes it rather... well, I don't particularly have a descriptive word for it, but it really doesn't stand out, I'm sorry. I feel no emotion at all when watching it. It's there! It's confused the crap out of me since I watched it. I honestly blame my view of it on it's positioning during Series 7, being sandwiched between 2 episodes people were absolutely craving. It probably sounds strange to you, but honestly, I'm unsure what to feel about it. It's average, plain and simple.
Nightmare in Silver, you ask? Well, I'll get back to you. Consider it a follow up to my incredibly long and ridiculous Angels Take Manhattan criticism, only it'll be much shorter (I hope). Oh boy, much fun awaits.
@YaelMoise @SonicTheHedgehogRules Well, thank you very much! Your kind words are very welcoming! ^_^
5 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2
@SirTrey @SonicTheHedgehogRules In all fairness, I'd such much rather have an explanation. I consider it more lazy than trying to be whimsical. What exactly prevented Neil Cross from writing a one sentence explanation? Would it do that much harm? Also, you bring up the TARDIS, and you're right about that one. It was explained in The Runaway Bride, and we're all happy with it. Doesn't really seem to make too much sense here though, considering there are already people living on the Rings, the TARDIS needing to do that for the Doctor and Clara, and, based on other peoples counter arguments to this, every inhabitant without the TARDIS even being there for thousands of years, wouldn't need to do that. Again, it just comes off as super lazy to me.
The gravity is something else though. Similar to the breathing situation, I don't feel it would hinder anyone creating a short, simple explanation for this. I can imagine to many, it's just me nitpicking, but this honestly completely destroys the quality of the story (even though I consider the plot average at best).
Hmm, I suppose people have different views on this, but I still feel Cold War gets the hot end of the stick more often than it should. About Mark Gatiss, let's be honest, he's the most likely contender for next showrunner, so I can imagine plenty of people stopping watching the show because of it.
With regards to Bells, well, it's certainly more more believable than Rings, in my opinion. Isn't it just their consciousness that gets taken through the internet? I forget. The anti-gravity bike though? Well he did say Anti-Gravity, so a degree of common sense can easily deduce it! =P
5 days, 7 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1
@supermoff, defender of Akhaten Excellent read as usual, Supermoff. You really do an excellent job in bringing your points across!
I still ain't a fan of this one though. The science in it just so questionable, and it diminishes my enjoyment out of it. Perhaps another rewatch is required, but I'm not eager.
And people say Kill the Moon has bad science, ehehehe.
5 days, 22 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1
@Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs Hey, go for it! I'd be up for reading it! ^_^
@ilyootha @SonicTheHedgehogRules Ah, seem it is indeed a planet.
Guess I should rerank it then. 4!
@Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs I honestly don't understand why people dislike it. It works rather well, really. Guess the ending is a little OTT, but that's about it.
Although, I may have slight bias with it, considering I'm a fan of pretty much anything related to the 1980's. Hungry Like The Wolf indeed. ^_^
7, 3, 9
Bells is alright. Nice little opener, does some great things here and there, but it doesn't really stand out. At least it's nice to get a version of Clara that doesn't die in the episode, so that's all and good, and it's also a great way to continue this excellent mystery.
Rings suffers the same problems Angels Take Manhattan does, it seems, although NOWHERE near the same extent. I like the scene during the opening where Clara is given a much more fleshed out backstory, I really do. It's nice to see her be given some depth. Of course, the first alarm bells start ringing when the Doctor and Clara step out the TARDIS. Standing in the pure vacuum of space, not choking to death due to lack of oxygen. Like I said before, there's a point where suspending my disbelief begins to feel silly, and them not even mentioning the fact that they can breath in a rather empty vacuum just confuses me! The next problem arises is the gravity of the situation (pun not intended), with that not being explained either. Clara is a very intelligent individual, why does she not question this? Not to mention the part in the story where there's somehow wind in space on those space bike things. Did I bring up the sun? How it's not blinding anyone or roasting everyone? I get it's E for everyone, but you don't need to make your audience feel stupid, well, I felt stupid after watching it anyway.
This completely ruins the atmosphere for the entire story for me, I just can't prevent myself from thinking about how ridiculous it seems. This is why the episode gets a low score. The story is ok, I guess. I got past the phase where music needs to be a central piece to get points across, I'm not too much into Disney movies anyway. Comes off as rather "ehh", but I can respect the music for being some of the best Murray Gold has produced. Then of course, comes the part that everyone, time and time again, seem to bring up about Rings, being the wonderful, if not overrated, speech the Doctor makes to the sun-god-face-thingy. It's uhh, nice. That's about it for describing it. The intro, music, and speech are probably the only things this story has going for it. The rest is bland and uninteresting, or so incredibly stupid it hurts my brain to wonder how it got past without someone pointing this out.
How come people hate on Cold War so much? What exactly makes it bad? It's similarities to Dalek are understandable (SPOILERS: Dalek is better), but I feel it does it's own thing to make it stand out. Plus it's Ice Warriors, who doesn't love them? I'm all about Classic villains returning, so I was pumped for this one. The only negative element from this story I can think of is seeing one out of it's armor (it's accurate, but completely unnecessary), and just the fact there was only one Ice Warrior, but I guess it's a back door for them to return soon, of which I really hope they do within Series 9.
@DaftDalek is the Aphex Twin Doctor @SonicTheHedgehogRules @Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs Nightmare in Silver has it's own, horrid problems. We'll get to that one soon.
@DaftDalek is the Aphex Twin Doctor @Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs Is Matt's acting ever in question? Has someone ever said "Oh, he's a bit naff in today's episode", because I've honestly never seen that happen, and I'm certain everyone will agree with me when I say Matt Smith is one of the best actors to ever grace our television screens and (soon to be) movie screens, so ya know.
@supermoff, defender of Akhaten @The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! I'm sure those guards will see sense soon.
5 days, 23 hours ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain
@The Lazy Cat Returns! She must be barking mad.
Random scary face is random.
6 days, 2 hours ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain
I always tend to forget something, need to stop doing that.
Now, P.S. was something was that was meant to be filmed with Angels too. Little disappointed when content gets cut, but it might be the for best. I love P.S., considering how much I loved Brian's character, it was really tearing at my heart there. It's just so nice, you know, seeing something like this, whilst sad in one respect, is happy in another. Brian may never see Rory again, but he'll get to talk to his son and build a new relationship with him.
If this short scene was the entirety of The Angels Take Manhattan, just this scene and nothing else, I'd certainly rate is a 10. It's beautiful, it honestly is. Fantastic drama right there.
6 days, 6 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2
@SirTrey @SonicTheHedgehogRules I'm always welcome to read people's reply, and you did indeed make very interesting points!
Yeah, I tend to feel 10's outburst was probably more to do with the fact that his death was prophesied, and I can understand how utterly annoyed he can get when it finally happened. I tend to put myself in the characters shoes to get a feel of how they are emotionally, makes it easier to understand the scene, I suppose.
The TARDIS Data Core is basically my bible when it comes to Doctor Who. Many a night reading about a richer and wider universe. I can't really help myself to be entirely honest, the TV show really isn't enough to quench my thirst for this incredible universe. =P
I'm sure there will be a point in the future where everyone can really discuss stuff like the Statue of Liberty being an Angel, I feel these things are very conversation worthy.
6 days, 16 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2
@SirTrey @SonicTheHedgehogRules You do indeed make very interesting points, but yes, I'll have to disagree with all of them.
Well, I might agree with you on being unfair on 11, but my general feeling on the matter is the fact that this is his first real outburst like this, and compared to every previous Doctor, it doesn't really make too much sense. Although, now that I think about, the 8th Doctor went through something similar before Dark Eyes, did he not? I should really get into Dark Eyes, eventually, it seems.
I'm surprised you'd said you can't really explain the Statue of Liberty but there we go I guess, I've brought up something to consider when rewatching the story! (not that I'll ever be doing that)
6 days, 17 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2
@ZakkVanBurace Can I just say, I love the simplicity of your comment, outlining why you gave it a 10 in one sentence, and then below it is me just tearing into the same episode, it's just so funny to see the contrast! XD
@DaftDalek is the Aphex Twin Doctor @SonicTheHedgehogRules WORTH IT!
@Planet of the Deaf @SonicTheHedgehogRules Bless those admins for putting up with this essay of mine. Possibly the best admins you can ever find to run such a wonderful website like this!
6 days, 18 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2
@DaftDalek is the Aphex Twin Doctor @SonicTheHedgehogRules Yeah, I'm sorry... =l
Hang on, I didn't even rank this episode with a number!
It doesn't deserve one, that's what it gets! It's certainly under -100, I can tell you that much. When mathematics can find out what the lowest number possible is, then that is the score it shall receive.
But for the sake of how the voting system works, guess I'll have to give it a 1. 1 standing for the amount of times I'll ever watch it. Shame there isn't a zero.
@supermoff, defender of Akhaten @SonicTheHedgehogRules @TardisBoy! That's it, I'm getting the wrecking ball out!
@supermoff, defender of Akhaten @SonicTheHedgehogRules Well thank you very much kind sir, but I feel the title of Best Essays would be best suited for you. You had the upper hand in rewatching the episodes on your end! =P
@TardisBoy! Oh I was never hoping anyone would agree with this, people are set in stone with this one, but it's worth a shot anyway! =P
2569 words. Wow, even I'm impressed with that. Did I win The Longest Essay Event loads of us had going here? Didn't really realize how much I was gunna type, but hey, if you feel so passionately about something, why not state your opinion? Perhaps you could get others to see it from your point of view, although I highly doubt I'll be changing opinions with this beast.
I'll apologize right now if it's too long, but I saved it, so that's something to be proud of, I guess.
PART FOUR - FINALE
Eugh, this episode, why does it even exist? What was the
point when you had a perfectly good ending in The God Complex? Why ruin
something that’s actually really good? The really annoying this about The Angels
Take Manhattan, is, from looking through the comments, and what people say
online over the years since it’s broadcast, I feel it’s some kind of crime
against nature to dislike it. How, I’m ordered to feel sad about one character
I give no damns about, and another I feel never got his time in the sunshine
properly. How it’s ordered to be this emotional story that I’m ordered to be
crying at constantly. How it’s this beautiful masterpiece that embodies
everything about the companions.
Well to me it certainly doesn't, and I can’t believe people
look through the obvious inconsistencies and screw ups and still managed to
somehow, someway, praise this abomination in any positive light. It honestly
confuses me! Obviously, respect to those people who like it, I ain’t gunna bash
you about it, but honestly, I cannot see how anyone can genuinely enjoy this
without noticing the various mistakes it has. I just detest how I’m supposed to
be feeling these feelings I do not have.
It was from this point where Amy Pond was a dark name for me
(LKH onwards), because it all lead up to this episode, and I genuinely do not
care in the slightest. I’d argue this entire episode is all about her, and nobody
else. It infuriates me. Just, eugh, go away this episode.
Following this, the Doctor is in a huge, depressing little
tantrum in a cloud in Victorian London. This is the only part of the Snowmen I
dislike, considering he’s redeemed himself real quick with Victorian Clara.
This starts a lovely new chapter in his life, and it’s one I (sort of) think is
where he got over this incident.
Long story short, I’ll be honest with you. I hate this
episode. I hate this episode to the purest of cores your imagination can come
up with. I despise it as a narrative, I despise it’s ridiculous errors that
people go “OH WELL SILLY MOFFAT HE’LL TRY AGAIN NEXT TIME AND GET GOOD GUY
POINTS”. It is the single worst episode of Doctor Who I will ever have the
horrible displeasure of ever watching. I’ve only ever seen it once, and that’s
how it stays. Even during my Series 7 run-through when I got it on DVD, I didn’t
even both with the next time trailer. As I as I’m concerned, this isn’t canon
to me. Amy and Rory left cus they got bored of the Doctor for me, and he got
all upset. Why would I consider this atrocity canon? Not only that, I consider
this the worst piece of fiction I’ve ever seen. I just cannot think of anything
else worse than this. I hate it. I hate it deeply.
It’s s***. Forgive me, but it’s basically the one word I can
think of that summarizes this in exactly the feelings I wish it to do. I will
never, ever, willingly watch this. Just, no. We’ll get to Weeping Angels and
Amy Pond again in an upcoming episode, but for now, I’m leaving it here.
You may argue that “Well it’s Sci-Fi, it can make up
whatever it damn well pleases”, but I don’t view Doctor Who, or as a matter of
fact, any Sci-Fi work of fiction like that. I can actually believe almost
everything in the DW universe can actually happen in reality. I’m sure creating
something bigger on the inside can be done, not within out lifetimes obviously,
but technology can progress far enough to allow this. I feel this is just, so
dumb. Just, so so so so so dumb. Done talking about it, we move on.
So it’s then decided, to save take themselves out of the
paradox, Amy and Rory decided to jump off the building together. Now this? I
can actually say I found some enjoyment in, this was a fantastic way to redeem
Amy in my eyes, she sacrifices herself to save New York from the Weeping
Angels, and she doesn’t do it alone. This was supposed to be their end, and I
might’ve actually liked this episode, were that the case. But no, of course we
can’t have that. They wake up in the grave yard in present day New York (for
whatever reason), with the TARDIS conveniently there. Aww, isn’t that nice and
convenient for all the characters? They can just wonder off and forget this
SUDDENLY, A WEEPING ANGEL! “Oh no”, all the little boys and
girls cried, “It’s going to get you!” Predictability at its finest, really. I
could tell this was going to happen, I mean, that gravestone might have been
for someone else who just happened to have the same name, no? And someone must’ve
taken the time out of their day to actually compare people with the same name
and see if they’re connected in some way. Imagine the research within the DWU?
Scientists on Earth would go mental trying to figure this out, and UNIT would
have a damn fine job attempting to cover this up.
It zaps Rory. Not even a goodbye from him? It just kinda
happens. It’s so sudden, I don’t really have any time to react to the
situation. Now, I believe Amy does the smart thing here, wanting to be zapped
too, ‘cus at least she stayed with Rory. That’s nice, but I’ll get to what they
could do later. The Doctor, completely forgetting this isn’t the first
companion that’s left him, bursts out like a little kid whos dropped their ice
cream on the floor. Seriously, it’s almost as if every other companion he’s
ever had from his previous 11 incarnations is just non-existent. Where were the
tears for Adric? Or Sara? Or Katrina? Not even any tears for when Donna’s mind
was wiped. It’s just so sappy for me, it’s so utterly cringy and awful to
watch. It completely destroys any impact previous companions had.
Now, you too might say “Well it was the first face his face
saw”, then I once again bring up Adric as an example. How come no other Doctor
does this, and I’d argue 8 and 10 are much more emotionally connected to their
companions, so this, for me anyway, seems completely out for me.
Now, of course, we bring up the fact that Amy
and Rory are now stuck in 1930’s New York, and the Doctor is unable to get to
them because he can’t land in that specific year or location. Did Moffat not
consider writing in the fact that the Doctor can just park his TARDIS outside
New York and take a bus into the city to, at the very least, visit them? I
mean, it’s so utterly easy to do, you’d think, in the Doctor’s full on strop in
the following episode, he lost some common sense, or something. Even Amy’s
novel, Summer Falls, states that they actually left New York to visit
Washington! They’re not stuck, and he isn’t unable to visit them, they’re just
too invested in their own emotions to realise how simple it is. Worked in Let’s
Kill Hitler to attract the Doctor, what makes it so difficult to work now? I
guess the little ending speech from Amy at the end is nice, but considering the
above circumstances, she basically wasted her time, considering the simplicity
to leave. Now, the gravestone only stated they were buried in New York, they
could’ve gone travelling with the Doctor at any point they wished. Too bad, it
From this point onwards, I’ll limit myself to recounting the
entire story, and just point out the select areas that require a look at. I’d
love to stay and chat about it (that’s a lie), but I’d much rather not fill the
comment threads with my extended ramblings.
The scene in Central Park is rather self-aware, isn’t it? It’s
all quiet and peaceful, not even hiding the fact something is gunna go down.
The book element is nice, I guess. The
fact that the TARDIS can’t make it into New York just screams “Because the plot
demanded it”, but we’ll get back to that element much later. River being there
is entirely unnecessary, and this is also a point where I begin to question if
River is just this token love interest. It seems rather forced here, from my
perspective. She called the Doctor Sweetie with like, no emotion, especially
when the Angel grabs her arm later in the episode. That reminds me, the Weeping
Angels are made of stone when someone is looking, right? There ain’t nothing
preventing someone getting a damn sledgehammer and just whacking the thing into
confetti, is there? Might aswell just tickle it, or something. Guess we gotta
break a wrist, and then use magic to fix it. Almost as if nothing happened,
makes the scene bloody pointless if you ask me. Following some scenes here and
there, I recall Rory being thrown into the cellar, where you’re expecting
something horrible and deadly. I thought “Well Rory probably dies here, wasn’t
really expecting Moffat to care about him anyway”, and I was figuring it was
probably this super Weeping Angel monster that we’ll see later down the
NOPE! Baby Angels! I’m sitting on the couch laughing myself silly
at such a ridiculous sight. BABY WEEPING ANGELS?!?! The idea is still so
utterly stupid, even today! You’re supposed to make a monster superior to their
first encounter, that’s the point of a sequel, you improve over what was done
previously. Obviously, the wrong end of the stick was given here, considering
we got little chubby Cupid statues instead of a legitimate threat. Honestly
man, I can’t believe this was done, it’s so ridiculous! Even as I type this I’m
just smiling like a little kid at how funny it is. The laughing they make
honestly doesn’t help either.
The following point would be Winter Quay. Nice place this,
farm for Weeping Angels. Neat idea, I guess. No really something to praise
about. Is it here you see Rory as and old man? Oh look, Moffat killing him
again! The audience laughs and I just sit there annoyed at how useless Rory
becomes during these situations. How come he’s always the punching bag? I get I’s
a running gag that he dies, but it kinda stopped being funny, you see. It’s at
this point, after running through some corridors and seeing that smiling
Weeping Angel (summarises my exact reaction when watching the episode
originally, although goofy is a word I’d use to describe it, not creepy), we come
to the point I addressed earlier.
The Statue of Liberty. Behind Amy and Rory. A hollow, copper
structure, walking from Liberty Island, changing its face to match a Weeping
Angel, not only gets up and walks using its non-existent legs, but manages to
do that without alerting any living creature besides the conveniently located 4
main characters of the story. Not a sound to any New York citizen, not even
anybody noticing it’s actually moved. It’s just there. I’m sorry, WHAT?!?! I’m
sorry, I can only suspense my sense of reality for oh so much. It’s utterly
ridiculous, I can’t seriously watch this and think of the plot at the same
time, it’s just so, SO, SO incredibly stupid! It’s a metal structure for crying
out loud! How does it even move without nothing seeing it or hearing it! It’
New York, not some kind of desert. Now, I don’t care if it’s some BS on how the
Angels alter your perception of reality or whatever, I’m judging it by what it
seen on the screen, and I view all these events as happening in real time of
the DW universe. It’s just so silly, it gets to the point where I have
difficulty in actually describing how ridiculous it is.
PART ONE (I'm sorry, I'm so so sorry)
*sighs disappointingly, taps table infuriatingly, looks at
Let’s just get this over with. Quicker I do this, less time
I gotta spending thinking about it.
The Angels Take Manhattan – A Crit-… you know what? It ain’t
even worth the formality. You give formalities to respectable things, I can’t
do it for this.
Now, I’d love to do an in depth, vigorous, and critical
review of the entire story, in a similar fashion to supermoff’s excellently
written and informative defences, but 3 problems arise with this.
1 ) That involves actually rewatching the episode, something
I have not done since the day it aired, and don’t ever intend to do whilst I’m
still mostly sane (I think).
2 ) The length of this would probably be 3 times greater
than my previous critic of the story, way back when DWTV ran a poll on the Best
of Matt Smith. You remember the one, the huge, massive, almost 2 or so page
long paragraph that was unformatted and looked horrible (thanks Google Chrome),
so I’d like to keep it as short as frustration allows me.
3 ) I bloody hate this pile of utter trash some people
actually consider any level close to the quality of “ok”. You’ll have to excuse
me hesitance to care about even talk about it.
Let’s go back to the beginning, when this stories first details
were revealed. Weeping Angels confirmed for mid series finale. Happy days!
Right…? Well certainly not for me. All hope for the Angels was shattered in
Series 5. They were a former shell of themselves in that story, they appearance
for Series 7 meant jack to me. On top of that was the confirmation that is was
going to be Amy’s last story. HAPPY DAYS INDEED! I can finally get a real laugh
at her hilarious demise. Hang on, what’s this? The Statue of Liberty will be a
Weeping Angel? We’ll go into that later.
More details keep coming and coming, I think to myself, “well
they can at least try and salvage something for Amy’s last appearance, maybe I’ll
actually care for her in the end”, so there was some level of curiosity. The
thing that kinda taints 7A for me is that this story loomed over all the rest
of them. It’s this big dark shadow that casts it’s foreshadowing all over the
damn place and I just get utterly sick of it. You can tell from as early as
Asylum that something is gunna happen to these 2, eugh. The poster for it
probably doesn’t help too much, it’s so bloody centered around them I just begin
to utterly detest it.
Keep in mind it hasn’t even broadcast yet.
So we get to the ending of The Power of Three, and I’m like “Ok,
here we go, time to see how the hilarity ensues”, and the trailer plays. My
curiosity is peeked, but my feels remain the same. I’m not gunna like it.
Here it is, the day is here. 29th September,
2012. Sitting in my lounge, waiting for the episode to air. The opening is very
interesting, to say the least, giving off a nice time traveling vibe. Angels
are doing what they were established to be doing in Blink? Well at least some
form of respect is given back to them. Like 000.1%, that is.
@Strontium @supermoff, defender of Series 7 Why not have both? It's what I do! Most of the time anyway.
@DaftDalek is the Aphex Twin Doctor @SonicTheHedgehogRules @supermoff, defender of Series 7 Sad for Rory. Ish.
Laughable for Amy. I'd put it on some kind of comedy reel if I could.
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