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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.
10 hours, 42 minutes ago on Best of Matt Smith: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
What? Wait, Nighmare is next? How did I miss Crimson Horror?
10 hours, 48 minutes ago on Best of Matt Smith: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
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.
11 hours, 16 minutes ago on Best of Matt Smith: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
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.
1 day, 10 hours 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.
2 days, 10 hours 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.
2 days, 11 hours ago on Best of Matt Smith: Cold War
"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.
3 days, 10 hours 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.
Love the quotes!
3 days, 11 hours ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Rings of Akhaten
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.
3 days, 19 hours 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".
3 days, 20 hours ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Bells of Saint John
Yes, it does:). However I can be grumpy, but as far as I know not an "oldcow".
4 days, 10 hours ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Bells of Saint John
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.
4 days, 11 hours ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Bells of Saint John
"The Bells of Saint John." Oh, the weeks of speculation that went into what that title meant. Then its as simple as what's hidden in plain sight. I had such a good laugh to find out it was the TARDIS phone instead of one of the really way out there theories. Doctor, do patch that phone back through the console unit. I have a feeling its going to be very important one day.
A really fun adventure. Great dialog. Great cast. Great story. Loved it all. :)
My favorite parts are the timey, wimey bit of Clara reaching the Doctor in 1207, and almost immediately he is at her door in comtemporary London, and the whole "Doctor Who? Say that again, and his delighted little dance as he purrs, oh say that again, I never realized just how much I enjoyed hearing that said aloud" scene.and he's totally freaking her out because he is still in his monk robes. Hahaha! So funny! Was this Moffat making fun of all the critics who always bad-mouth the Doctor Who? bit? I wonder.
Have to mention the prequel that really did set up the Doctor retiring to a quite place to think about this girl twice dead. So impossible, but she IS!
And as it is with Moffat, the story just zips along. We get the beginning of the leaf arc - the page one of Clara, then we're zipping about with something in the Wi-Fi, then it's Ms. Kizlet and her spoonheads, and and so much more.
In no particular order, how brill . . . uh, great, are these bits:
RYCBAR123, "Summer Falls", by Amelia Williams and the cute bit about chapter 11, the reveal that the Great Intelligence is behind all the uploading, downloading ?? of all these people that "don't know where I am", the Doctor outsmarting Ms. Kizlet by hacking his own spoonhead, the Man Eating Chips who has wormed his way into fandom's heart forever more, oh, and the Doctor's new coat. Lastly, Clara is a different sort of companion, not one to run off on a whim with a mad mad with a box, and I for one love it, and esp.how it confuses the Doctor.
Done, but Doctor do tend to that phone!
Sherlock Who, indeed. :)
5 days, 7 hours ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Snowmen
"..a great, magical episode." Amen.
Thank you for a great post.
Well, of course it is.
5 days, 8 hours ago on Top Five References in Doctor Who