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@supermoff, lover of Series 8 I've not finalised or averaged my S8 scores, but expect it to challenge S5 at the top of my rankings!
11 hours, 55 minutes ago on Rank the Revival: 2012-2013 Recap
Looking at my scores, S7 (Asylum to NOTD including Snowmen) averages a very credible 7.6, which puts in joint second with S4 (S5 well in the lead) in terms of main series.
Splitting into A and B, 7A averages 7.2, but 7B averages 7.9, helped by the 10s for Snowmen and NOTD, putting it in second behind S5.
My average for the specials was 8.5 (10 and 7)
14 hours, 44 minutes ago on Rank the Revival: 2012-2013 Recap
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @Planet of the Deaf But it would be a bit of a damp squib if the Doctor and Companion find Gallifrey, the Doctor is all ecstatic and joyful, for him to leave after a couple of stories to go back to Earth again.
Many viewers would probably wonder why he was that bothered about finding it in the first place!
1 day, 15 hours ago on Will Gallifrey Return in Series 9?
@PaddyB And where were the drawings of Clara? The ungrateful sod!
1 day, 15 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 3
Time of the Doctor
As I marked it down a bit (7/10) when compared with Name and Day (and Night) what didn't I like...
Whereas to me TEOT was far too long, Time of the Doctor needed to be 2 parts, and I still don't understand why they couldn't have produced 2 episodes as Matt's farewell, one a lighter episode for Christmas Day (the perfect day to highlight Matt's comedy moments) and a second episode which concentrated on Trenzalore, and did the 900 years justice, instead of cramming centuries into 5 minutes which was ridiculous.
As a result of having to answer many questions from S5 and S6, it assumed people would still remember events that happened 2 or 3 years earlier, and I'm sure many of the less fanatical viewers would have forgotten the exact details about cracks and Kovarian. Personally, I had moved on from this and enjoyed the fact that S7 didn't concern the Silence or cracks, so to be suddenly dragged back into all this was a bit jarring, especially as the events were very Pond centric, and we didn't even see River in the finale.
TOTD wasn't ideal Christmas Day viewing as a result, as there was an awful lot to fit in, and at times it felt like we were being told answers rather than seeing answers.
11's treatment of Clara during the episode slightly jarred as well, when you consider how close they were in DOTD. For her to then come back and get the Doctor a new regeneration cycle, just like that, seemed rather far fetched after he had had 900 years to come up with a solution.
The regeneration on the bell tower was great, but for the regeneration energy to be able to destroy all the Daleks, but for everyone in tower to survive was all a bit convenient...
I loved the regeneration in the TARDIS though.
I hated TOTD when I first saw it on Christmas Day, and while it has grown on me, I still find it the worst Moffat story of the last 2 years.
Why is Name of the Doctor so good?
It's a single 45 minute episode, but manages to
1) Resolve the "Impossible Girl" arc in a satisfactory and interesting way. Most people were genuinely unsure beforehand how the multiple Claras came about
2) Honour the Classic Doctors
3) Introduce a new Doctor
4) And have a decent plot without feeling rushed
It also has so many great moments
The pre credit sequence of Clara fragments with the Classic Doctors was jaw dropping, especially when combined with Murray's brilliant music
Strax in Glasgow (where else would you go for mindless violence!)
Weird soufflé metaphors :-)
The Conference call scene, a great idea and some lovely interaction and jealousy on display
"I think I've been murdered"
11's tears at finding out about Trenzalore's real meaning
Seeing the Doctor's grave and Time stream
The flashbacks to JTTCOTD
The Whispermen, who were actually pretty creepy villains
The GI rewriting the Doctor's life, and seeing Strax revert to his previous self
Clara jumping into the Time stream, "Run you clever boy and remember me"
Clara talking to William Hartnell's Doctor
11's farewell to River, which was genuinely moving
11 rescuing Clara and meeting John Hurt's Doctor, the one he never talks about
I think that's most of the best bits covered :-)
1 day, 17 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 3
@Doctavarium, Series Seven Superfan @Planet of the Deaf It could have been Midnight or Listen it got tagged on to, i.e. all the blame for the Maitlands finding the photos (something never really explained) belongs to NiS!
2 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 2
I'm sure Gallifrey will eventually be found, but then what? A whole series of episode set on Gallifrey might please some hard core fans, but wouldn't interest a lot others who want to see the Doctor fighting alien invaders, rather than getting into political battles with Time Lords.
Gallifrey is a nice dream for the Doctor, something to yearn for
CLARA: You won't just steal a Tardis and run away?
2 days, 1 hour ago on Will Gallifrey Return in Series 9?
@Doctavarium, Series Seven Superfan If you mean the children finding the photos, then that has nothing to do with Crimson Horror, but was something tagged on the episode before NiS to explain the presence of the children...
2 days, 14 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 2
A bit of (non spoilery) local press coverage! And yes I did use Google translate to understand it :-)
2 days, 14 hours ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain
@DaftDalek is the Aphex Twin Doctor Actually the Doctor snogging Jenny was Matt's idea! Any excuse...
@supermoff, defender of The Time of the Doctor I have my list of reasons why Name of the Doctor is awesome ready! But you're on your own with Time of the Doctor!
2 days, 15 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 2
@TheCyberDoctor Hidden in Plain Sight I love this scene, as you might guess from my Avatar :-)
@Notsosmartguy @MrRazza is going all Craig Revel Horwood @DaftDalek is the Aphex Twin Doctor Looking at my scores, it seems that I gave JTTCOTT 6 and Journey's End 5, so a scrappy one nil win for the S7 episode...
2 days, 16 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 2
@divya12 I'm pretty sure there are no vacancies in "Team not dead" for Danny!
2 days, 16 hours ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain
@Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs @Planet of the Deaf @Notsosmartguy @TheCyberDoctor Hidden in Plain Sight @supermoff, defender of Hide Variety is good. As a contrast Crimson Horror ended with Gillyflower falling to her death, and the leech being splatted by Ada!
@Notsosmartguy @Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs @TheCyberDoctor Hidden in Plain Sight @supermoff, defender of Hide In liked the ending. Why should all aliens be baddies?
Peace and love man :-)
Hide 9/10 A really good character piece, a ghost story, but ultimately "this isn't a ghost story, it's a love story". It was good to see the Doctor frightened, and the relationship between Emma and Palmer was really nicely written, as were the conversations between the 4 main characters. A great Metabelis reference too :-)
Clara has some great moments in this. The "we're all ghosts to you" scene is her first realisation that time travel isn't all fun and games.
The way she shouts at Emma that she has to do it again shows that bossy, controlling Clara existed in S7.
And above all the scene of Clara arguing with herself was so good, it's my avatar! You're talking, but all I hear is meh, meh, meh, meh, meh
Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS 6/10 The Van Baalans were poor, the plot was a bit ropey, BUT there were good bits, especially between 11 and Clara. I tend to fast forward to the Eye of Harmony scene as from then on it picks up. With the death of the previous fragments, it was possible that this Clara could have died there, so it was slightly more of a real threat than for other Companions. The arc was then advanced a bit as the Doctor accused Clara of being a trap, something that would be referenced in NOTD. Oh, and Clara's dress is quite lovely :-)
The Crimson Horror 9/10 Gattis at his best. Slightly dark humour, a bit satirical, great guest performances, Matt's Yorkshire accent, and the nearest we'll ever get to a Paternoster spinoff. Oh and another great bit of direction by Saul Matzstein, the sepia flashback scene is lovely (but why isn't the music on the S7 soundtrack album?)
Nightmare in Silver 4/10 Oh dear, I liked S7 but I have to be fair in my marking, and really didn't enjoy this episode. The children, well I don't need to repeat what everyone else has said. Clara wasn't well written either, I can't see Clara being so comfortable in charge of the platoon. While I love 11/Clara, the line at the end about the tight skirt was a bit much, I'm not sure I want to think of the Doctor leching over Clara as she leans over the console desk!
But most of all, I dislike episodes where the "baddy" is made so strong, that the only way to defeat them is to blow the planet up! To me that's lazy story writing, and creates all sorts of problems further down the line for sequels...
@Antee991166 @Planet of the Deaf A lot of working class actually voted for her, "Essex Man" etc.
The Pertwee era is interesting historically, as so many episodes are set in factories, you couldn't imagine Missy infiltrating a plastics factory :-)
3 days, 13 hours ago on The Ultimate ‘Ism’: Doctor Who and Ideology
@Antee991166 @Planet of the Deaf Thatcher was very into small business (a grocer's daughter etc). The love of banking reached its peak under New Labour, but this is getting off topic :-)
@Antee991166 @Planet of the Deaf The Rings of Akhaten showed a very nice free market economy, peoples from all over the galaxy meeting to do business. Adam Smith would be proud :-)
@Antee991166 As discussed in that really good Culture show programme about Doctor Who, the Pertwee era had some left wing themes, but the framework of the show (the Doctor effectively working for or at least with a military organisation) was actually more right wing!
To me Doctor Who, rather than left or right, is ultimately about individualism, about being what you are and doing the right things, rather than going with the herd. The Doctor hates soldiers as they swear blind obedience and do what they are told, following preset orders...
3 days, 14 hours ago on The Ultimate ‘Ism’: Doctor Who and Ideology
@Deus_Ex_Machina Yes, after my first watch I thought it was meh. Indeed I only went back to it after really enjoying Hide (several times), and found it wasn't bad, then after another viewing I quite liked it and so on!
I wonder if that infamous vote in Doctor Who magazine would be different now, as it's definitely a grower
3 days, 14 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1
@StephenAHayes Waiting for a hug? Perhaps she's the hugging kind!
3 days, 15 hours ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain
Rings seem to be getting some very high scores here, which is very interesting...
The Bells of St John 8/10 A textbook decent episode and character introduction, without ever reaching the heights that Moff can reach in his very best episodes. Some nice set pieces, and the resolution with the Doctor hacking the spoonhead to upload Miss Kizlet was very clever. Oh and Bah Bah biker of course
Rings of Akhaten 9/10 A much more unusual episode, and one I didn't enjoy on first viewing, but it really grows on you as it has soul.
Some great speeches, obviously the Doctor's big speech (and the cabbages one) but also Clara's to Merry about getting lost.
It's a musical episode, and while I wouldn't want a whole series of The Polyphonic Spree, this is the sort of risk taking I applaud.
It's very alien, my god there are lots of aliens in it. As someone once wrote in an article, the opening section was one of the rare episodes which showed the fun side of exploring an alien world. And the challenging side later, having to pay with emotional items.
It really fleshes Clara out well, it shows her upbringing, and her caring side. That she was prepared to sacrifice her mother's ring is notable, as was the fact that the Doctor wasn't prepared to even lose Amy's glasses.
It was really interesting showing the Doctor checking out his Companion's past, which if you are a time traveller is quite an obvious thing to do. It was great that Clara had a go at him for doing this, which showed her strong personality and that she wouldn't be swept off her feet by him.
So in summary, the first of 2 very good episodes by Neil Cross, someone who along with Moff wrote Clara best of all in S7.
Cold War 6/10 A bit dull really. The setting was good, but the episode was a bit forgettable and the archetypal average episode (yes I know the DWTV score for average is 5, but I give 6!)
3 days, 15 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1
@The Lazy Cat Returns! The leaf isn't the leaf. The leaf is the recipe
No, er hang on, wrong metaphor
@The Lazy Cat Returns! Her coffee hasn't arrived, and she's been waiting ages
This is all very intriguing. When they said they were filming in Tenerife, I assumed it was for the rocky scenery. That they're filming urban scenes there as well is much more interesting, as the dressing for the scene doesn't suggest either a UK substitute or an alien planet?
@TardisBoy! It regenerated before Christmas!
@Shane Michaels @SirTrey @Planet of the Deaf The nature of the show I guess is that it needs a few "cool looking" moments, to keep an easily distracted modern audience hooked.
RTD realised this from the start, with the scenes of the Big Ben tower being damaged in S1 being quite iconic in reintroducing the show.
4 days, 13 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2
@Shane Michaels @SirTrey Well magician David Copperfield did famously make the Statue of Liberty disappear (in the 80s?) so perhaps he did it again!
@SirTrey I think it was something included because it looked cool, and seemed like a good idea at the time for an episode set in NYC. I don't think NYC has any famous statues?
@supermoff, defender of Akhaten @MrRazza is going all Craig Revel Horwood I think it's a grower :-)
@Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen I think it's natural to be upset when a favourite Doctor leaves, but the skill of the show has been in creating a new Doctor who's different, but just as good. That's what kept the show fresh and interesting
4 days, 13 hours ago on The Doctor Division
@Mark McCullough I think your Avatar does suggest a leaning towards a certain Doctor. Ohhh Yes :-)
@supermoff, defender of Akhaten @Planet of the Deaf Don't :-)
It's interesting, but I only joined this site, Tumblr, Fanfiction etc after Clara started. To think how much time I've wasted because of her!
4 days, 14 hours ago on The Doctor Division
@SonicTheHedgehogRules It would be symbolic if the last "page" of the essay was ripped out by the administrators, so we don't see the ending :-)
4 days, 14 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2
@SonicTheHedgehogRules In a funny way I agree with much of what you said, but ended up marking more sympathetically as certain bits I enjoyed. That's the thing about Moffat episodes, I always find something to like in them, on rewatch.
It's certainly not an episode I watch very regularly though...
I don't seem to have a "favourite" modern Doctor as I seem to be able to move on.
I cried at the end of TEOT and "didn't want Ten to go" (even if I hated the actual episode), but when Eleventh Hour came along, thought Eleven was great, and a brilliant new Doctor! I loved Eleven and Clara, and really wanted Matt to stay for another series, but then Twelve became "my Doctor".
In a funny way, I'm much more attached to Clara than I have been to any of the Doctors, moving on from her for me will be a LOT harder!
@Bow Ties Are Cool I'm sure the weather is a major factor (as well as the scenery), a damp and cold Welsh quarry in February isn't a very good simile of a boiling hot alien planet!
4 days, 14 hours ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain
@Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs The brothers were bad, but I quite liked the interaction between 11 and Clara, and it did advance the arc a bit too
@russell t dalek @Planet of the Deaf I think Victorian Clara was written to be like a one episode guest star so had to be WHAM in our faces, whereas modern Clara was more reserved and mysterious, and hence less immediately appealing...
@James Nash @supermoff, defender of Series 7 Definitely the best version, it has more energy, but also has little melancholic oboe bits that make it more dramatic than the slightly syrupy Clara's theme!
4 days, 15 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2
@TardisBoy! I think the run of episodes, Angels take Manhattan, The Snowmen, Bells of St John and Rings of Akhaten is amazing musically, and really highlights his talent. Incredible variety and some great tunes!
@MrJimiTheFish @TardisBoy! Just had a look at the Wikipedia article on serial commas, it was surprisingly interesting, though I would prefer a private lesson from a Doctor Who related English teacher...
@Antee991166 @Clara Bosswald, defender of Series 6. @Adric the Genius I assume the comma after Amy was zapped by a weeping angel :-)
@MetamorphmagusWho Well it makes selecting the right box to select easy :-)
@russell t dalek Victorian Clara was amazing, indeed it took me a few episodes with modern Clara to get over her, especially as she (deliberately) written to be less accessible.
The impact of the death for me is still there, as unlike with the Rory deaths, each Clara is unique. There is a family in Victorian London who lost their governess, two children who will always looks back at Christmas with sadness...
The Snowmen a perfect 10 for me, and probably the episode
I've watched most out of ANY Doctor Who episodes.
A great start as we see the young Dr Simeon and A Voice in the Snow plays in the
background (so much good music in this episode). Seeing the Snowmen appear for
the first time and attack the workmen shows that this is going to be darker
than the previous Moff Christmas episodes. And it’s Richard E Grant, and the
voice of Ian McKellen!
A great looking episode, Saul Metzstein does a brilliant job
with this, it really looks the part of Victorian London, and to be looks so
much more vivid than say Deep Breath. The scene of Clara climbing the staircase
to the TARDIS (with my favourite version of the Clara theme powering her
movement) looks amazing, and we get the first scene of someone entering the
TARDIS from outside in one shot.
It introduces the Paternosters properly for the first time,
and they really add to the atmosphere of the episode.
It’s funny, the memory worm scene is one of the funniest in
the revived series, as is the Sherlock Who scene. Strax adds some welcome
Christmas levity to the proceedings.
Unlike other Christmas episodes, this one has an effect on
the series, reintroducing The Great Intelligence, who will be the ultimate
baddy for S7. Yes, the way Simeon was overcome was slightly convenient, but did
make sense in the context of the story.
We see a Pond less 11th Doctor for the first
time, which would spur Matt on to even greater heights in his acting.
It was two very good and well written child performances,
unlike those later in the series.
But above all the episode belongs to Victorian Clara, such an
amazing performance, or rather two performances by Jenna as the saucy barmaid
and the prim and Mary Poppins-ish governess. We see her inquisitiveness, we see
her sauciness, but we also see a serious and intelligent side in the amazing
one word sequence.
And then she dies. Probably the biggest shock (after the
aborted Ten regeneration) I’ve experienced watching the programme, as they
introduce this person as a brilliant new Companion and kill her in her first
episode! And yes, she did die, just like Oswin really died. A really sad scene
(more lovely music Whose Enigma) but
then the Doctor realises that there could be another Clara out there, and The
Impossible Girl arc is on its way!
@TazminDaytime Aren't they just crew members? All I see is a load of people milling around!
4 days, 16 hours ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain