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I have to agree. Love, love, love Rings!
23 hours, 16 minutes ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1
The Bells of Saint John, ah, 6. Loved lots about this, esp the phone call the Doctor gets from Clara across time zones, the GI still evilly involved, the guest cast, but still, much of the episode doesn't work for me. 6
The Rings of Akhaten. I'm a lover of the episode. Absolutely one of my favorites. The Doctor's speech to Merry, what I call the 'star stuff' speech is my favorite, and I love the little actress who played Merry. Appreciated that although the Doctor reveals his soul to the monster, it wasn't enough to defeat him, and it took infinite possibilities to do so. And the music at that time is my favorite, too. 9
Cold War. Average, 5.
23 hours, 18 minutes ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1
"I'm a Doctor, but probably not the one you expected." Best line ever. And from a Doctor with a criminally small amount of screen time.
1 day, 22 hours ago on The Doctor Division
Well here we are on the last page.
The Power of Three. What an amazing title. What an amazing 30 mins or so. Then I don't know what the heck happened. What an amazing letdown. Memorial for the speech The Doctor tells Amy about things fading, etc., and the affection shown between these two. Still, can't rate this above average, 5.
The Angels Take Manhattan, or lookout Doctor Your Ten Is Showing. Another I have trouble rating. Terrible exit for the Ponds. Terrible idea that the Doctor can't ever, in any way, visit them, but River is somehow going to get a book to Amy!? What!? But. Wonderful 'human' flirting between the Doctor acting less alien and more human and River. Wonderful ending with the callback to the Eleventh Hour. Great music. Have to settle on 7.
The Snowmen. A favorite. Love just about everything about this episode, even if the Doctor is still acting way too human. Loved the story, the music, even Clara. 9
1 day, 22 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2
Shona was great, and was a welcome addition to the episode, but to have her return in every episode? No. Strong supporting or guest characters are expected now, and there have been so many. Then theres the problem of time: how to write a good episode and include another character. And I assume keep her in character and contribute to the story. Sorry not enough time, 'cause the Doctor and the main companion have to, or should, carry the episode. Then there's the niggling worry that given equal screen time she might outshine Clara. Ooops, surely that can't happen.
No, just continue to write really good supporting characters in a supporting role. Like Shona.
2 days, 21 hours ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Return
What!? This was 2012? Where has time gone!?
Anyhow I love Series 7. Matt Smith promised it would be "epic", and it certainly delivered. I'm in the minority, I know, but I like how each episode was different, and love how Smith was great in each and every one.
Asylum is not a favorite so is rated the lowest with a 7. I say again, did you ever think you'd hear a Dalek cry?
Love Dinosaurs on a Spaceship. Solid 8. Tricy was fine with me, but I really didn't like the robot thingies. Love the beginning with the TARDIS materializing around thd Ponds, and the ending with Brian Williams oh so casually looking out the TARDIS. We hardly knew you, Brian. What a shame. I think ole Solomon got his warning to leave from the Doctor, so think he was justified in sending the missiles after him.
A Town Called Mercy, another 8. Loved the guest actors.
I will rewatch any of these at any time.
2 days, 22 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 1
Oh, Closing Time. Didn't really care for it. Average, 5
4 days, 21 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 3
The Girl Who Waited is a solid 9. Love how all 3 actors are given so much material to work with. Rory really shines, Amy is great esp when talking to her future self, and the Doctor shines front and center with all his alien-ness. Music is great.
The God Complex is another solid 8. Another great story of our alien Doctor not being able to let go of his human companions, but he does try. Love the ending with him all alone at the console - alone again.
Don't know how to rate The Wedding of River Song. Best pre-title sequence ever, but it doesn't save the episode. River is a favorite of mine but I really don't like her here. Just comes across as selfish to me. Not a fail episode, and not a winner. Certainly not ordinary, so maybe a 6 or 7.
oh, and I for one did not mind the reveal of how the Doctor escaped his fate even if it doesn't hold up to close scrutiny. Loved the music in this one.
TDTWTW is miserable. Only saving grace is the bit tacked on at the end of the Doctor showing up at the Pond's door. Rate this one a 2. At least one point for the TARDIS in the snow.
Something is missing. Did I skip an episode?
I might understand Let's Kill Hitler better now. Thanks.
6 days, 2 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 2
Don't care for the Rebel Flesh/the Almost People. Just meh.
A Good Man Goes To War is a favorite.
Let's Kill Hitler, was to me, confusing. If I never see it again I won't miss it.
Night Terrors is my least favorite episode of the Matt Smith era, even if it did have some lol moments.
So, miss, miss, hit, what the heck, exterminate.
Prefer Curse of The Black Spot.
Clever storytelling about a ship within a ship. A properly Alien ship, too.
Great guest star. Wonderful dialog. Great saving scene in the middle when the Doctor talks about the best journey is having someone share it with you.
1 week ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 1
Absolutely. As I'm almost always carrying, that line about they're Americans was lost on me. At first. Now I find it funny.
Loved these episodes! The Impossible Astronaut was the first episode I saw as transmitted. I was so excited! Then the lead character gets killed off in the first few minutes leaving me stunned, only to reappear as his younger self! Amazing.
Day of the Moon is such clever storytelling. Working the original moon landing into the arc plot is genius. So much good in this episode: Canton Everett Delaware III, the Slience, River Song, to mention a few. And that kiss at the end between the Doctor and River certainly wasn't romantic to me. Look closely, past all the Doctor's squirming, and notice the look on his face as he realizes he hasn't acted as River apparently thought/expected him to. Such good acting.
The Curse of The Black Spot improved every time I watched it. The Doctor is pretty much a doofus. But in the middle is that really brief conversation between the Doctor and the Captain that really boosts the episode.
The Doctor's Wife is another hit. See, I'm not always grumpy.;) Love me some Doctor..
That ending is so perfect.
1 week ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 3
A Christmas Carol remains my favorite episode.
It also showcases Matt Smith's many talents, in one episode, more so than any of his previous episodes.
And contains my favorite quote, "Have I mentioned at any point all of time and space."
Love this. Thank you.
. . we're all stories in the end, just make it a good one. .
1 week, 1 day ago on The Eleventh Doctor: The Oldest of Them All
Really miss Confidential.
1 week, 3 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 1
He just drops out of the sky and he's clever and mad and wonderful. Imagine what that does to an impressional young girl.
So that's not from any of these episodes, but it describes The Eleventh Hour perfectly for me. We are introduced to a eccentric new Doctor, a new companion, a new sonic, and a new TARDIS.
An added bonus for me was getting this on DVD and seeing all the tiny bits that had been shaved off to fit BBCA's time slot since I had only seen it in rerun.
Hello, I'm the Doctor, he says. Yes, yes you are, and I will always remember when you were. The Eleventh Hour. Doesn't get much better than this.
The Waters of Mars. Worth the price of admission alone to see Tennant lose his sh.., er, crap. Amazing episode.
1 week, 5 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2009-10 Specials
The Doctor and the TARDIS. Perfect.
1 week, 6 days ago on Top 10 Whoniverse Couples
Thank you for this! One of my favorite episodes, too!
1 month, 1 week ago on The Lord of the Dream: Amy’s Choice in Perspective
Difficult. Both have some redeeding qualities, but neither have enough to save them from being awful.
The Next Doctor is really good for the first 1/2 hour or so, and the reveal of this poor man's reason for thinking he is the Doctor, then the episode collapses into a cartoonish mess.
TDTWTW is only redeemable for the last couple of moments when the Doctor shows up at the Pond's door. No, there is some beautiful photography, too.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Festive Face-Off 2014 Winner
A Christmas Carol is my favorite episode of them all, so I am happy with the results. I like The End of Time as well, but it doesn't really feel like a "Christmas" episode.
Congrats to all involved with ACC!
Have yourselves a Merry Little Christmas, ya'll.
2 months ago on Merry (Last) Christmas!
This is beyond difficult! May have to flip a coin..
2 months ago on Festive Face-Off: The Snowmen vs The Time of the Doctor
Gush all you want to. Eleven is my favorite Doctor as well. Thanks for a wonderful article.
Merry Christmas, and, oh, Geronimo!
2 months ago on Why I Love… The Time of the Doctor
#2 they both transport the Doctor ? Maybe? No?
2 months ago on Last Christmas – Hints & Teasers (Set #2)
Your Christmas hat must have covered your eyes, sweetie. I love a Christmas Carol for all the reasons you don't. Also, new planets with fish that swim in fog. Just sayin.
Don't think I love you anymore. ; (
2 months ago on Festive Face-Off: A Christmas Carol vs The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
I so agree. "I Love New Planets", is exactly what we expect the Doctor to say. I love the guest stars in the Christmas episodes as well.However, I wasn't too keen on the little boy. Some of Matt Smith's scenes with this little actor have the distinction of being the only time I have ever felt that his performance seemed forced. Hard for me to watch.
THE ending when the Doctor shows up at the Pond's door is simply one of the best little scenes in the program's history. Amusing as well as endearing. Great acting all around. And the TARDIS in the snow. Simply beautiful.
A Christmas Carol.
I'm not familiar with this writer so I wish her well with Who.
I really don't care who pens an episode so long as they quit pandering to fans of original Who with all the references to past Doctors that go right over the heads of newer, less knowledgeable Who fans. Cute, heartwarming, etc - I get it - but use that bit of time on the episode at hand. And, quit throwing stuff in for the kiddies, the 4 to 6 year olds, esp since I seem to keep reading this is not a kids show. Use that bit of time on more development on the episode at hand.
Yeah, I know I'm in the wrong place to be negative, so carry on. . .
3 months ago on Torchwood’s Catherine Tregenna Penning Series 9 Story
Absolutely, looking forward to it.
3 months, 1 week ago on Moffat on His Series 8 Worries
Perhaps I needed a spoonful of sugar.
While I admire Moffat for his ambitious creative desire to try things with the 12th Doctor and his first series, it just hasn't worked well for me. Capaldi is great as the Doctor, even if it is hard for this fan to appreciate his "darker" Doctor, so I am not bashing him.
My problem is simply that the program is not Fun anymore. If its not Fun to me, why would I want to watch it. Too many times I frowned through an episode, and/or looked at the clock too many times. I don't seem to get engaged with the episodes. Perhaps I'm drifting away; it happens.
Perhaps I'm just grumpy.
But, I'm optimistic. Can't wait for the Christmas program.
Love this! Thank you!
3 months, 1 week ago on Steven Moffat: 10 Triumphs
Yes. Great Doctor.
I just liked Smith's interpretation better.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Poll: Capaldi’s Doctor – Hit or Miss?
Thank you for this! The 11th Doctor is my favorite and I agree with your choices.
4 months ago on The Eleventh Doctor: Top Moments
I really wonder what would have happened if Clara had wanted to meet Sherlock Holmes.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on 12 Great Moments From Robot of Sherwood
Nicely one. Thank you.
7 months 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.
8 months ago on Why the Doomsday Farewell is Not the Greatest
8 months 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.
8 months, 1 week ago on Colin Baker: Tennant & Smith Brought Female Fans to Doctor Who
Very insightful post. Thank you.
9 months, 1 week 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.
10 months ago on A Bad Wolf or Just Plain Bad? Addressing Rose Criticisms
Ooooo, maybe Sherwood Forest will really be the Gamma Forests!
10 months, 2 weeks 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.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Time of the Doctor