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Thank you for this! One of my favorite episodes, too!
1 week, 5 days 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.
3 weeks, 3 days 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.
1 month ago on Merry (Last) Christmas!
This is beyond difficult! May have to flip a coin..
1 month 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!
1 month ago on Why I Love… The Time of the Doctor
#2 they both transport the Doctor ? Maybe? No?
1 month 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. ; (
1 month 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. . .
2 months ago on Torchwood’s Catherine Tregenna Penning Series 9 Story
Absolutely, looking forward to it.
2 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!
2 months, 1 week ago on Steven Moffat: 10 Triumphs
Yes. Great Doctor.
I just liked Smith's interpretation better.
2 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.
3 months ago on The Eleventh Doctor: Top Moments
I really wonder what would have happened if Clara had wanted to meet Sherlock Holmes.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on 12 Great Moments From Robot of Sherwood
Nicely one. Thank you.
6 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.
7 months ago on Why the Doomsday Farewell is Not the Greatest
7 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.
7 months, 1 week ago on Colin Baker: Tennant & Smith Brought Female Fans to Doctor Who
Very insightful post. Thank you.
8 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.
9 months ago on A Bad Wolf or Just Plain Bad? Addressing Rose Criticisms
Ooooo, maybe Sherwood Forest will really be the Gamma Forests!
9 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.
10 months, 3 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.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 6 (2011)
BBCAmerica are you seeing this?
10 months, 3 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.
10 months, 3 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"
10 months, 3 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.
10 months, 3 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.
10 months, 3 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.
10 months, 3 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.
10 months, 3 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".
10 months, 3 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.