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I really wonder what would have happened if Clara had wanted to meet Sherlock Holmes.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on 12 Great Moments From Robot of Sherwood
Nicely one. Thank you.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 1)
How about nicely 'done'. Stupid computer.
I enjoyed your rant and like you say, best ever? Ever? Nope.
I need to research this since I never saw the voting list.
I think movies like 2001 and Contact would trump even the Best of Doctor Who.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Why the Doomsday Farewell is Not the Greatest
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Moffat: Who says the Doctor is NOT human?
Well, this female fan of the program started watching during Tennant's run and never thought of myself as a fangirl. I liked Doctor Who, the program.
But then BBCA introduced me to Matt Smith, and somehow the program inproved amazingly. He even improved what I thought were crappy episodes. His Time Lord protrayal was amazing.
So Peter Capaldi is "grown up". What a ugly comparison.
He will have to prove he is the Doctor. As would any actor taking the part. It's called skill.
4 months ago on Colin Baker: Tennant & Smith Brought Female Fans to Doctor Who
Very insightful post. Thank you.
5 months ago on Why I Love… Series 7
I don't say much any more, anywhere, about Doctor Who due to feeling that my opinions are rather trollish and that is never my intention -I just seem to be so much more of a casual viewer of the program than most fans in that I don't let an awkward scene or character or crap dialog ruin an episode for me. Those things are rather a part of the charm and distinction of Doctor Who, to me.
So it was with great delight that I read this wonderful tribute to Series 7. Thank you, Will Atkinson.
Series 7, esp 7b, IS my favorite era of Doctor Who. Love it. Love Moffat. Love the diversity of Moffat's vision of Who. Love Matt Smith's Doctor, and this actor's ability to make me forget I'm watching an actor; he WAS the Doctor.
I love Doctor Who.
Very nice, Mr. Nash. Can I call you Mr. Nash, or is that your dad?
Anyhow. I never cared one way or the other about Rose, other than thinking Rose and Ten was an odd pairing. But then I never saw any of the Rose episodes until way after she was gone from the program, so perhaps that made a difference.
I know I 'm very much in the minority, but I thought having Billie Piper be the Moment was shameless grandstanding.
'K, I'll go back to my corner. Carry on.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on A Bad Wolf or Just Plain Bad? Addressing Rose Criticisms
Ooooo, maybe Sherwood Forest will really be the Gamma Forests!
6 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming: A Merry Day
Excellent, Amy. Also, the Doctor was purposely aggravating her so she would get angry and break the Dalek puppet conditioning. And it worked.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Time of the Doctor
:: Grumpy views scene in question. Again ::
Nope. No sexual assault.
The Impossible Astronaut will always be special to me. This was the first episode I saw as transmitted, and I will never forget the excitement leading up to it. And then the Doctor gets killed right away. Dang. Impossible story telling, impossible start to a series. Can't get much better than this. Day of the Moon is brilliant in its own right with the extraordinary idea of using the Apollo moon landing as was written. 9/10 averages out these two.
Curse of the Black Spot. Average. But it has that wonderful bit in the middle of the Doctor talking to the Captain about how sharing adventures make them so much better.
The Doctor's Wife. Or, what happens when a fairytale Doctor has hallucinogenics on board the TARDIS, and wishes really hard. Poor Amy is even affected, names her perfume "Petrichor". For the girl who has always wanted to smell like dirt. Well, wet dirt. Which is mud. How alluring, just dab a bit behind each ear. Poor Rory. Moffat whatever were you thinking in bringing the TARDIS to life and not making her Tinkerbelle. Oh wasn't Moffat. Nevermind. Great episode, though. 8/10
Rebel Flesh/Almost People. Matt was the only good thing I remember about these two. 5/10
A Good Man Goes To War. And so does the Doctor. Rory is great. A good episode, one of my favorites, but not perfect enough for a 10. So it's a 9/10.
:: break :: Whine incessantly about a mid season break. Think ugly thoughts to BBC. Whine some more.
And we're back to our regularly scheduled Who. :)
Let's Kill Hitler. Melody and/or River. Great fun. Energetic. Ambitious. Confusing. The Amelia interface told the Doctor (and us) several times that he couldn't regenerate, 'cuz she'd been counting, and we all thought it was because of the poison which didn't kill Melo..River. 8/10
Night Terrors. No. 3/10 ghastly
The Girl Who Waited. Showcase for Karen. OK. Great for Matt's alienness. 8/10
The God Complex. 8/10
Closing Time. Average
The Wedding of River Song. Our out of sync lovers bowtie the knot. Good, but something felt off, and I've never figured out what. Still 8/10.
TDTWaTW. Imaginative. Beautiful sets. Best ending when the Doctor shows up at the Pond's door at Christmas. Extra points for the TARDIS in the snow. Always a stunning visual. But none of this saves me from rating it poorly. Ties with Night Terrors for series 6 least favorite episode.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 6 (2011)
BBCAmerica are you seeing this?
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Catch Classic Who on The Horror Channel This Easter
Ummm, did we see the same episode? Tasha Lem sexual assault? Don't recall that at all.
Danny Pink. And a new arc begins.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Danny Pink – Master of Disguise?
Overall Series 5 a 8/10. Higgest rated are Eleventh Hour, Amy's Choice, Vincent and the Doctor, and The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang.
A Christmas Carol remains my favorite 11th Doctor episode, rated 10/10.
Above average episodes are all the others except The Beast Below, Victory of the Daleks, and Vampires in Venice, which bring up my least favorite episodes.
I have a little different perspective than most of you who have watched since the Eleventh Hour was shown the first time. I had only seen some of Series 5 in reruns and out of order on BBCA. I only saw Eleventh Hour after I got the DVD. I only saw all of Pandorica Opens and Big Bang on DVD. I did see A Christmas Carol on BBC as a rerun so you can imagine my excitement when I got the DVD and saw the complete episode without all slicing and dicing made by the network to make it fit scheduling. It was like Christmas!
So this amazing "new", to this new fan, program called Doctor Who, was unlike anything I had ever seen, and I had been watching the Tennant years on BBCA in reruns, instantly became appointment television for me. And this amazing actor, whom I had never heard of commanded my every moment when he was on screen. Talented, I realized hardly began to describe him. He was different in every camera angle, every scene, and was consistently charismatic. I was hooked. The scripts, the music, the guest stars all were, like I said, unlike anything I'd ever seen.
Amazing, brilliant television.
"...did I mention at any point all of time and space"
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 5 (2010)
My thoughts, too. Thanks for typing this up for me. :)
I agree with all this, except that I loved the Doctor hallucinating Amelia and Amy. I thought it was a nice way to acknowledge his love for the first face his face saw all the way back to the Eleventh Hour, as you said you know.
Brilliant episode, indeed.
Tennant was my first Doctor and I thought he was so good that there couldn't be any better representation of the Doctor. Then BBCA began showing reruns of Smith's first series that I 'd never seen and suddenly this actor was the Doctor. I remember forgetting I was watching an actor since he was so believable as the Doctor.
Two actors with two wildly different takes on the Doctor. Now, though, I hardly ever watch any Tennant episodes; I much prefer Smith's Doctor.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Day of the Doctor
Maryanne123, you are best kind of fan - honest. No need to think less of yourself because of how you feel about this episode. For me, it should have been Perfect, it was after all, the 50th Anniversary special, forever to be known as such, so should have been the Best of them All. I wavered between a 9 and 10 and gave in to the 9 rating. I know Moffat doesn't let details bother him, but this was a Special episode, so his "rules" should have different. A lot of fans will hold this episode up as the Standard to judge other specials by and I fear it may not stand the scrutiny.
Great post. Thanks.
I responded to your post, but screwed up and it showed up as a separate post above. Sorry.
I don't know if I thought he was "better", but I liked Ten in this episode. When I first heard he was going to be in the episode I didn't know who was crazier, Smith or Tennant. The potential was there for one or the other to be over written or over acted - a competition, I suppose. But the roles turned out to be pretty much equal in terms of scripting and acting. I thought Smith was very charitable in agreeing to share with Tennant knowing, perhaps, that fandom would just forget him once Tennant showed up. Or, it could have been contracted and he had no choice. Whatever. I thought they played off one another really well.
But, I wonder about some of Tennant's episodes, now after this episode, and how different I might view them had he been as he was I this episode.
Happy Birthday to you both! I wish you the best, but OMG I miss you.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Happy Birthday, Alex Kingston & John Barrowman
Oh how I love Doctor centered stories. And did we ever get one. Make that three.
I've only seen this twice and wasn't one of the lucky ones to see this at a cinema, but on a small tv screen.
I'd say the storytelling here is genius, but that's probably been said about a jillion times. Genius. There said it anyway.
I liked all the hopping back and forth from Elizabeth's time to contemporary time. Liked all the many references to the preceding 50 years of Who. This episode was indeed written for the fans. And written by a fan; it didn't feel rushed in the least.
Tennant, Hurt and Smith all were pleasures. Loved all the funny scenes between them.
9/10. Not perfect, but epic and ambitious, and truly entertaining.
"All of time and space, anything that's ever happened or ever will, where do you want to start?" Doctor shrugs embarrassingly, "unless it's TARDIS-proofed, as that does happen."
"The Name of the Doctor", is still hidden. In plain sight. So everyone thought we'd get the Doctor's real name. Color everyone who thought that foolish. After all, look who wrote it. Moffat, of course, is one big teaser. The little Dalek.
9/10 from me. It's not a favorite episode, but contains so many favorite parts. Epic favorite parts.
Loved the dark atmosphere throughout the episode. Sad, even. For someone who talks alot about hope the Doctor's lifetime is a collection of sadness, as he acknowledges with, "The tracks of my tears."
The wrapup of the River Song arc was a masterpiece. Bookending from her introduction of "Hello, Sweetie" to her goodbye scene with "Goodbye, Sweetie, than spans how many years, 5 or 6?, and with her music playing, and with the Doctor admitting he didn't know how to say goodbye to her, there couldn't have been a dry eye for the River/Doctor fans. I know mine weren't.
While this episode was written about the enigma that is the Doctor, the Impossible Girl's mystery is revealed. I loved it all, "Run you clever boy, and remember", and we loop completely around to Who's beginnings. And I thought that was the big game changer.
Nope. Moffat's biggest yet is waiting, in the form of the Doctor that is the Doctor's biggest secret -the one that cannot bear the name of the Doctor. And the trilogy is off and running.
Paternoster Gang please get your own spinoff series, so I don't have to see you in Who again.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Name of the Doctor
"quite probably the sexiest most wonderful thing I've ever seen."
Our work is done here.
We can all go home now.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Nightmare in Silver
An average episode of Who for me. Really can't say I remember much about it. I know very little about Classic Who, don't care about Cybermen, and don't know anything about chess, so, so three strikes and I'm out.
But there are bits I remember. Matt was the highlight acting against himself. Love the bit where, as Mr.Clever he hilariously tries to be romantic to Clara.Warrick Davis is great as Porridge. This is the first guest star I thought might steal the spotlight from Matt. Maybe that's why his part wasn't any larger. The amusementpark planet idea was fun and different. I LOLed about this planet being the ultimate humiliation to be sent to for this band of goofup soldiers.
Three million new cybermen, is that what was said? Was it also said why only one had the blink and you'll miss it new speedy ability? Imagine if all 3 million had it.That would truly have been a "Nighmare in Silver".
So was this Clara another splinter with her military and command abilities? I wonder.
Loved the cybermites. Probably why Matt cut his hair off.
Angie had the bestest scream, ever. Whether you like her or not.
The whole "next Wednesday, one of the Wednesdays" scene at the end is my favorite.
And we all know that the Doctor fantasizing about Clara as she left was just a bit of the Cyberplanner that had not been completely eradicated leaking through, right?
My 11 year old truck doesn't have it, and my friends only refer to it as "GPS".
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Crimson Horror
Quite alright to like it. I know I am very much in the minority.
As this American had never heard of Thomas Thomas, the joke fell flat.
The rocket that blasts off in a contained area, at that, and has no after burn. Should have fried everyone. Nope, not buying it.
You are more generous than me by giving it a "5".
I didn't even know Gatiss wrote this until after the fact. He must be my least favorite writer. After all, he wrote "Night Terrors", too. Another of my least favorite Who episodes. I'd be happy if he would just stick to Sherlock. Seems to fit him much better.
Crimson Horror. Ghastly.My least favorite episode of Series 7b. In fact, of all Series 7. I barely rate this one 3/10. It is a 'horror'. I was unspoiled for this one; only had read that Diana Rigg was to be in it, and that in itself wasn't important to me since I barely knew who she was. So, I watched this when transmitted in shock, unbelieving what I was seeing. The story was gross, the acting terribly over the top, just WHAT? Decided this must be a parody. So I went on the net to see what I missed.
Found out this was supposed to be a comedy. Oooo mmm gee. That did not help. Crimson Horror is a sordid tale of parental abuse and neglect, torture and murder, dumping of rejected people into the city's water supply (!), selection and nurturing of people to create a superior race, and where was the dad/spouse? Were we ever told? And if all that's not enough to keep you awake at night, Diana Rigg was there in the campest role of her life as the wicked old crone. Ugly, wicked old crone.
And I found that most posters wanted to talk at length about the side events - the Doctor kissing Jenny without invitation, and Jenny's catsuit reveal arousing the Doctor as displayed by the sonic gag. Forget about the heart of the story, that this crazy old witch had a bitey leech attached to her chest, only it was doing what leechs do and that's not 'bite'. And she was harvesting the vemon from its interaction with her body. I don't even want to know how. Like I said. Ghastly.
Then there's the supposed to be cutesy bit about the Doctor, who makes up CLEVER LIES whenever he wants responding to how Clara could be Clara with, "It's complicated." Twice. Not funny.
One of the silliest bits ever in Doctor Who is the chair bit, "Chairs are useful!" Sorry, not funny, not even silly.Just another What??
Oh there was good stuff which kept it from being rated lower than a 3. Ada was great, and I loved her smashing Mr. Sweet. HA! Loved how she developed character by episode's end to rise above her horrid life. There were some great quotes. One of my all time favorites will be, "I'm the Doctor, and you're nuts and I'm going to stop you!"
Question: Just what was Clara doing in this story? I've forgotten.
And Doctor, that hat just isn't doing it. This one isn't cool.
How could I forget that part when the Doctor is so distressed, "she's always been there for me, now it's my turn and I don't know what to do." Really reinforces their relationship in a way.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
What? Wait, Nighmare is next? How did I miss Crimson Horror?
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS. No wonder we all shorten it to initials; that is a mouthful.Sort of like this episode -it has everything in it except the kitchen sink, and I'm guessing there's one of those in the TARDIS too, had we explored a bit more.
This is an episode unlike any other I've seen. Loved the story about the salvage dumbies who think they can take on a Time Lord and his Alien ship. The Doctor reading their name labels, "Van Baalen and Van Baalen. This could get complicated later." Nope, Doctor not with these guys. It gets more involved because of their greed, and general stupidity, not because they share the same last name.
This could be a 45 mins or so of set compliments and I'd be happy. And it nearly was. Love the Doctor's catchall closet with his cot and other items. Love the massive library and the Gallifreyan liquid encyclopedias, and of course with the History of the Time War opened to . . ? I don't think for a moment Clara saw his name on that page. Loved the Eye of Harmony, and didn't you just feel the heat and time winds? Loved the room of the globes where the TARDIS makes and repairs machines. Of course, there was the swimming pool, too.
The Doctor was in top form in this episode. His description of the missing Clara at the beginning had me LOL. "Girl, feisty." And his hand designating her height moves from shoulder height to way below. Love how he deals with the Bros, throughout the episode.
Time leaks, paradoxes, TARDIS self destruct that isn't there, Big Friendly Button, Clara's anger at him, "Good guys do not have zombie creatures!", and her fear of him, "I'm more afraid of you right now than anything in that TARDIS, and her saving him with her "Beautiful fragile human skin. Like parchment", makes her so important in this episode.
But my favorite scene is at the very end when he tells her he needs to know that she's not afraid of him, and her confident answer.
Hide by Neil Cross is simply a delight. Only there is nothing "simple"about this episode. A multilayered story that doesn't have a dull scene. I really am appreciative of how this story combines so many things. There are two guest actors whose characters are well developed. The story weaves itself around comparisons of Emma and Palmer with the Doctor and Clara. The ghost story that's not a ghost story is revealed with lots of atmosphere: creepy old mansion; misty, scary woods; time travel used as never seen before.
I love how the Doctor is written in layers. At first he makes fun of the ghost hunters as well as the ghost, but since he doesn't believe in ghosts he has the mystery to investigate, then he is scared, then as he investigates he figures out that there's no ghost, just a lost futuristic time traveller, as well as a lost and lonely monster.
About mid-way through the episode there is that wonderful conversation in the TARDIS between the Doctor and Clara, that so defines the both of them. Clara upset that the Doctor can seem so unaffected by the birth and death of Earth, and the Doctor trying to understand her pov. Notice how still he becomes when talking to her, when trying to understand from a human's pov, but he cannot, something we don't often see. And Clara's little speech about we must seem like ghosts to you echos the same conversation between 9 and Rose and 10 and Wilfred. I don't mind the repeat at all. It reinforces the alienness of this long lived time traveller and how he, at least by this eleventh doctor, is asking questions trying to understand.
I don't quite understand the paradoxes in this story. How Hila can go back in time to meet her many times removed grandparents I thought couldn't be done. But the Doctor just blows it off, so I guess I should too.
So many great quotes. "There's something in the mist!" is really a good scary one. Loved all the funny bits. The Doctor loves toggle switches, lol.
Such a well crafted episode that I hate to nitpick. But. Some of the dialog was awful. The whole love story of Romeo at the end felt tacked on.
I'm sure I've forgotten 1/2 what I was gonna say, but I've got the flu, can't think, so I'm outta here.
Just one more thing. Neil Cross please write more Doctor Who stories.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Hide
Sorry, Sir Bond, but I was agreeing with just about all you said until you bad-mouthed, er, bad-typed Matt Smith and you lost me right there.He pretty much did what the script called for, yes, even atop the submarine. "Gurning"? Our Mr. Smith? Surely, you jest.
What is it with Gatiss stories? I agree. My least favorite writer, and my least favorite episode of 7b is yet to come.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Cold War
I seldom mention Matt Smith in his episodes, because for me he is the "masterclass"of acting, so for me to rate an episode it's for everything else that' s being presented. It's a given by now that he is always the best of any episode.
"Cold War" by Mark Gatiss, left me, well cold. Not by any fault of the episode itself just not my kind of Doctor Who. I prefer the arcs, the timey wimey stuff, the character episodes. This one is very tightly crafted. A straightforward, adventure story - the Doctor arrives somewhere and he's trapped, there's a monster lurking, or rather, running amuck, the Doctor saves the day or in this case, Earth, again, for about the millionth time, nobody really cares and Bob's Your Uncle.
Oh, and Clara is along for the adventure.
I did enjoy the production values. All that water and no one got electrocuted is a marvel. The soaked cast left me chucking more than once, unintentionally, I should add because I surely wouldn't make fun of them. And I've never seen so much as a drop of water on any of the lenses. So well done
Loved all the funny bits, from the Doctor's bigger on the inside pockets and his little yelp when being searched, to Clara not knowing the TARDIS was translating, to the cattle prod presumably used on polar bears, LOL. Um, think not, though about the cattle prod. Sorry, but to get that close to a polar bear to use a prod, you'd probably be dead already.
Wasn't too impressed with the Professor and his appetite for 80's music. Since I 've never seen the original Ice Warrior episode I have nothing to draw comparison to.
Although Clara had some nice parts, I dislike the ending with the "Saved the world. That's what we do." Um, what? And, sorry, but this director had her standing on something in that scene, and that's a pet peeve of mine. Find another way to minimize that height difference, if you mustat all!
Did we ever find out why the sonic was red this time?
Although I saw things a bit differently, I like your take on them and consider myself educated by it.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Rings of Akhaten
It was a sophisticated telling of faith, the aliens faith in what their memories meant for their existence as well as their faith in their 'religion', Clara's faith in what her leaf, her 'page one' meant, and our Doctor's faith (altho a bit shaky) in himself and that things always seem to turn out alright.
Agreed, sontaran, a gem. Best of the best.
"Something awesome", Clara answers the Doctor and away I'm whisked to the Rings of Akhaten. And I have a new favorite writer, and am thrilled to find out later he wrote "Hide" as well! My most favorite episodes of 7b. Awesome Neil Cross.
Don't know where to start about Rings. So many others have said it all so well below.Good on all of you who liked this episode and said so.
Although this is my favorite episode I can only rate it a 9/10. Points off for how confused I was the first time I saw this and didn't know where I was. Camera angles didn't help. Was I on space debris that had the singing arena place built into it, or on another planet, or what.
But, otherwise a brilliant episode. Clara and her backstory were great. Loved the alienness of the marketplace, and, our alien Doctor's fascination with it. Merry was terrific, and what a great child actress. All the dialog was great. ALL the speeches are instant classics. As much as I loved the Doctor's take my memories speech, and Matt's tremendous delivery of it, its not my favorite. What I call the 'star stuff' speech the Doctor gives Merry is my favorite, and, of course, Clara's speech of the leaf's representation of a life's infinite potential that never got lived is just top notch. But, truthfully, how can I choose. Just love them all.
My favorite scenes include the little bit where the Doctor pulls the sonic from his pocket and put it back in with a shake of his head and a 'I don't think so' look on his face at the thought of giving it up in the marketplace, Clara's, "1,000 years and that's it. Your spanner.", "shippy thing, timey-spacey", and the end, when in the TARDIS, Clara tells the Doctor about just her and there's a blink and you miss it moment when the Doctor has a sort of well, I'm not so sure you're the only Clara, look on his face. Priceless. Then Clara leaves and the Doctor watches her leave with that doubtful, suspicious look. Really well done, Matt.
This was truly a mature, sophisticated episode, so the kids had to be remembered. We get the marketplace full of aliens, the mo-ped, the Vigil, and one really scary mummy, and, and, a giant evil planet. But all these things are well crafted into the storytelling to keep the kids watching, as well as the adults.
Have to mention the music. My favorite piece turned out to be the one that played during Clara's infinite potential speech, so I was beyond thrilled when it turned out to be Matt's regeneration music. All the music was great, and I surprised myself by not minding a more musical episode at all. And that last bit as Clara leaves the TARDIS is so cinematic. I can't wait to get this soundtrack.
FWIW, I never thought of the Doctor stalking Clara, just watching her grow up, making sure, as he said, that he could continue investigating her since he knew she was the Impossible Girl. And I didn't mind the sonic use either.
"Have you locked us in?" Yep. "With a soul eating monster?" Yep. LOL
Wonderful review as always, Amy. I read somewhere that the missing pages coincide with important dates in real world Who, but sorry to be so vague, I don't remember the facts. But it's at least a start if you want to look it up.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Bells of Saint John
heh heh heh :) So. Not deaf.
Well gotta go to work and then dig out my armor for the battle ahead over "Rings".
Yes, it does:). However I can be grumpy, but as far as I know not an "oldcow".
It's fun to speculate as always, but I couldn't care less if we ever know. Sometimes keeping things a mystery is fine. For example, I was disappointed with the reveal of what was in room 11 in the God Complex. I preferred the mystery of not knowing.