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Name - 8/10
I remember watching this for the first time and seeing that opening scene and being absolutely blown away by it. Seeing all the Doctors like that was fantastic. And then there was that ending with John Hurt. That had us all guessing for months and was probably the best cliffhanger in the show's long history. This episode was a thoroughly enjoyable conclusion to a shakey series, and got me excited to see what the future held.
Day - 10/10
I don't even feel I have to justify this one. Well done Moffat, well done. It was everything I could have hoped for and more.
Time - 7/10
Ah, now, I have a confession to make. I've not actually seen this episode since it first aired on TV over a year ago, so my memories a little hazy on the subject. What I do remember about it though was that, while being entertaining enough, it felt like it was trying to tie up too many loose ends from the Smith era. Now don't get me wrong, I'm glad they were resolved, but the resolutions felt a bit rushed and unplanned in some cases, and there were so many of them that they made the plot feel a little cluttered. I enjoyed seeing Eleven aging, but it was nice to see him young again in his final moments. Most of all though, this episode (and the subsequent series 8) made me realise how unattached I was to Smith's Doctor because I wasn't really affected by his departure. Oh, and Handles was brilliant too. Funny how he's technically the Doctor's longest serving companion.
1 day, 9 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 3
Only if executed poorly, which it often was in the classic series. Big Finish had some fun with it. And I can't think of anything that would make a planet more interesting than a Time War.
2 days, 7 hours ago on Will Gallifrey Return in Series 9?
It does indeed, and it takes her polarising relationship with Andred to rather dark and interesting places.
I know I just mentioned this above, but if you want Doctor Who with political intrigue, listen to Gallifrey. That's basically what it is.
I should have guessed you were a Dark Eyes fan from your icon. Long live the Dalek Time Controller!
You're really missing out. Gallifrey is amazing, and Narvin is its best character, save perhaps the Doctor's manipulative older brother Irving Braxiatel. There's another character who needs to put in an appearance if Gallifrey should return.
I just hope they do something with the missing Gallifrey plot. It was all but ignored in series 8.
And if the CIA comes back, I hope it's Coordinator Narvin in the top chair. He's easily one of Big Finish's best characters.
2 days, 8 hours ago on Will Gallifrey Return in Series 9?
Great review. I really enjoyed this particular episode. I did agree with a couple of your points, although perhaps not as passionately as you did. I always enjoy reading negative reviews of stories that I like, and visa-versa. You see things that you completely ignored when looking at it through someone else's eyes.
2 days, 9 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 2
Am I the only one who thinks that alien looks like an anorexic Ogron? The colour might be wrong, but I'm colourblind so I'm not sure.
2 days, 9 hours ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain
My bad, The Crimson 'Orror should read 9/10.
2 days, 10 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 2
Hide - 7/10
A weird little story, but an interesting one none the less. It was a brilliantly spooky and atmospheric episode, although I feel that all that sort of dropped off towards the end. The monster was unique, especially with the way it seemed to move at a different frame rate to everything else, but I think it worked.
JTTCOTT - 4/10
I can't be bothered writing the full title. I, as I'm sure did many other fans, expected big things from this episode, but it didn't quite deliver. We just barely got the better look into the depths of the TARDIS that we'd been promised, with most of the story being set in the corridors. The guest cast was pretty unlikable as well. I tried to like them, but I couldn't.
The Crimson 'Orror - 8/10
So Gatiss, who's writing I normally don't like, had already suprised me with one brilliant story that year, surely he couldn't do it again. Well much to my suprise, not only did he do it again, but he exceeded Cold War. This story had all the makings of a great story. An interesting plot, a gripping mystery, a great guest cast and one of the most fun yet sinister villains in the show's history. Doctor Who has had many interesting monsters and aliens in it, and yet Ms. Gillyflower, a human old lady, beats almost all of them. It was great seeing the Paternister Gang again and even better that we got to focus on them a little more. This episode almost felt a bit like a pilot for a Paternoster spin-off. It was interesting having the Doctor and Clara come into the story so late, but they seemed to slot back in perfectly. All in all, this episode was fantastic (or should that be sweet).
Nightmare in Silver - 7/10
I must admit, I never viewed The Doctor's Wife as anything more than an average episode. Even now, I still don't see why people go on about it so much. As a result, I was perhaps not as excited by Gaimon's return as others. Still, I'd read some of his other work and knew that he was capable of big things. And I got more pumped for it when I learned that the Cybermen (and a new breed at that) were involved. So did it deliver in the end? Definetly. There were just two hickups. The first was that I think they made the new Cybermen a little too strong. I mean, they had to blow up an entire world to beat them. How can anyone hope to write well for them in future (I'll save my thoughts for their Dark Water return for that mini-review)? The other fault (need I say it) is the Maitland kids. What's the biggest problem with them though? Was it the terrible acting? No, it's the fact that everyone only remembers their terrible acting. This episode has just become that story with the terrible child actors. Everyone seems to forget everything else, which is a shame because this story was brilliant. Matt Smith did a great job playing the Doctor and Mr. Clever simultaneously. Clara got a great chance to shine. The guest cast was fantastic as well, particularly Warwick Davis's Poridge. I hope we see him again some day, and going of the quality of this story, I hope we see Mr. Gaimon again as well.
If I'm not mistaken, I think it was the same for the classic serial Kinda. That particular story was reviled when it was first broadcast and was considered one of the worst stories ever. It quickly grew in popularity though and is now seen as one of the best stories of the Davison era. Maybe Akhetan is New Who's Kinda.
3 days, 8 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1
Can I just ask something? This happened to me, and it seems from the comments that many other people are in the same boat. Did practically everyone not like Akhaten upon their first viewing, only to realise that it was brilliant the next time around? It seems like it.
3 days, 9 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1
The Bells of Saint John - 7/10
By the time series 7B rolled around, I'd all but lost hope in the program. Other than the odd story, 6B and 7A had been thorough disappointments. This story though began to show a change. Sure, it wasn't the best episode ever, but it was beginning to show promise for the program. And improve it did.
Rings of Akhaten - 9/10
I have to admit, when I first saw this story, I didn't think much of it. Then I rewatched it and realised that it was actually one of the best stories of the Smith era. My biggest complaint is the underused monsters, but tiger than that this story was brilliant. That final scene always gives me goosebumps and is one of my all time favourite Matt Smith scenes. And this story had a fantastic child actor in it, but no one ever remembers the good ones in this program. All in all, one of the most beautiful episodes ever put to screen.
Cold War - 8/10
I've never liked Gatiss's stuff. I've always seen him as the weakest writer on New Who and couldn't for the life of me work out why they kept bringing him back. Naturally, when they announced that he would be writing not one, but two episodes that year, I was bitterly disappointed. Then when I learned that he was bringing the Ice Warriors back (one of my favourite aliens), I was even more disappointed. He was only going to screw them up. As a result of this, I went into this episode with very low expectations and was absolutely blown away. This episode was amazing. Sure, the ending was a bit rushed, but everything else was brilliant. A special mention to the ever brilliant David Warner who's definitely one of the sci-fi greats. And I have to point out the research that went into the unmasked Ice Warriors as they bore a strong resemblance to the unmasked ones from the classic comics. Nick Brigg's was great as the voice as well, but when isn't he brilliant?
So yeah, series 7B was quickly regaining my confidence as you can see.
The Power of Three - 6/10
Another bland episode in a rather bland half a series. The main problem was of course the pacing. The story seemed to move too slowly for most of the episode before suddenly moving to a ridiculously fast conclusion. Kate Stewart and Brian Williams were highlights of the story, but otherwise it wasn't really anything special.
The Angels Take Manhatten - 2/10
Here goes. I want to start off by saying how suprised I am at the popularity of this episode in the comments. We were promised a brilliant and tear jerking finale for the Ponds, and Moffat didn't deliver. First off, why did River have to be in it? I like her and all, but it almost seemed as though she was in it for the sake of being in it. My biggest issue though is the Statue of Liberty. Usually I can let this stuff go, but not this time. How does something that big get around without being seen in the city that never sleeps? I would have thought more highly of the story had the Ponds jumped of that building, gone splat on the pavement and that would have been it, but Moffat had to bring them back to life (again) and give them a nicer exit. Their tragic suicides would have been a far more emotional send off in my opinion. And why didn't the Doctor look at the Weeping Angel to stop Amy from going back in time if he was so strongly against it? It's not like he was letting her go, he was trying to stop her, but he just kept looking at her rather than the Angel. And why the heck can't the Doctor go back and visit them? If not the year they were sent back to, then why not a few years later? Surely Moffat wouldn't have made Manhatten in that time period completely off limits to the TARDIS. That means we can never have a story set there again without creating a plot hole, and I for one think it's a very interesting setting. But you know, all of this I could ignore. All of this I could let go off, if it weren't for the simple fact that this was the Pond's final story. They were two of my favourite companions and I wanted a special send off for them, but instead we got this rubbish. Poor show Mr. Moffat, poor show.
The Snowmen - 8/10
And now for something a bit lighter. I don't seem to think as highly of this as others do, but I enjoyed it all the same. I thought it seemed a bit out of character for the Doctor to retire, but that was really my only issue with the story. The Paternoster Gang was great, especially Strax. Say what you will about him, but I think he's the best of the lot. The villains of the piece were great as well. Admittedly, Dr. Slime on felt a little two-dimensional at times, but I still liked him as a villain. And it was great to see the GI again after so long. Chuck in some evil snowmen as well and you've got a great band of villains. And then of course there was Clara. Jenna Coleman's acting was spot on and we all knew straight away that she was going to be a worthy replacement for the Ponds. Her tragic death at the end was a great suprise, and set up an interesting future plot. Good show Mr. Moffat, good show.
4 days, 9 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2
I swear they've been going to Span every other week to film. Do they still film in the UK, or has the production team just moved to Spain?
4 days, 9 hours ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain
Asylum of the Daleks - 7/10
Good, but not great. I don't feel that it really lived up to the hype. I'd have lived to have seen more classic Dalek's, as we barely got to see them in the episode. The highlight of the story was of course the Oswin plot which I cannot fault as it was brilliant.
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship - 5/10
I have no feeling either way for this story. It is perhaps the most average episode ever. There was nothing brilliant about it, but there also wasn't anything bad about it. Perhaps the only thing worth noting was the scenes shared by Arthur Darvill and Mark Williams.
A Town Called Mercy - 8/10
This episode wasn't at all what I was expecting. The whole concept of morality and sins of the past vs. deeds of the present made for an interesting storyline and resulted in this easily being the best story of series 7a. Doctor Who is always at its best when there's a realistic moral to the story, and that's why this is one of my favourite episodes of Smith's era.
Standby for tomorrow when I shall pick apart the utter monstrocity that is "The Angels Take Manhatten"...
5 days, 9 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 1
The Girl Who Waited - 6/10
An alright story, but way better than most of series 6b. I found it a little annoying that Amy hated the Doctor and Rory for leaving her for a few decades, and yet Rory waited for her for over a thousand years and was just fine. It also felt a bit drawn out in parts. A good episode, but could have been better.
The God Complex - 8/10
A jewel in a sea of sub-par episodes. This story was thoroughly entertaining from start to end. I've always enjoyed the more bizarre stories, and this was certainly one of those. The script did a terrific job of establishing all of the guest characters, so it was even more heartbreaking than usual to see them die. The Minotaur was a great monster too.
Closing Time - 4/10
As someone who'd not been that fond of "The Lodger", I probably wasn't as pumped for this story as many others were. I still liked Craig though, so that was something. This story was really inferior to its predecessor. The story was less entertaining and the jokes weren't as clever or funny. My biggest disappointment though was the Cybermen. I've always liked the Cybus Cybermen and all the stories they'd been in, despite what a lot of people thought about them by that point. This story though almost wrecked them for me. They weren't scary at all. Still, at least Stormaggedon was in it. Stormaggedon is awesome.
The Wedding of River Song - 6/10
I think I actually enjoyed this one more then most. Sure it was a bit rushed and would have been way better as a two parter, but that "look in my eye" scene was brilliant, I never saw it coming. The problem though is once you've seen it once and know about the plot twist, there's really not much going for it. A good episode should be rewatchable again and again. This one is not.
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe - 3/10
In his time in the top job, Moffat has written some absolutely superb Christmas Specials. This is not one of them. It was boring, poorly paced and really felt like a waste of time. The guest characters were likable, so I'll give it that. The villains had potential, but felt really underdeveloped. All in all, a rather forgettable story.
1 week ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 3
THAT'S NOT ANIME!
1 week ago on Doctor Who vs Avatar: The Last Airbender
You missed one similarity, both shows are AWESOME!
Rebel Flesh/The Almost People - 7/10
Good, not great, but good. It definetly brought up some interesting ideas, although I sometimes felt like the humans were a little too anti-Ganger to be believable, and visa-versa.
A Good Man Goes To War - 9/10
A fantastic story with brilliant guest characters (so brilliant in fact that most of them became recurring characters in future). Even though we'd all guessed River's identity by then, it was great finally getting answers about her all the same.
Let's Kill Hitler - 2/10
Ah, series 6b, where it all started to go wrong. I'll admit that this episode had some funny bits like locking Hitler in the cupboard and River's gay gipsy bar mitzvah for the disabled, but all those are doing are saving this story from receiving a 1/10. One of the biggest wastes of time the show has ever produced and certainly not worth the massive mid-season wait.
Night Terrors - 2/10
Not much better than the previous story. This one had a good gothic atmosphere, but suffered the usual pitfalls of a Gatiss story, mainly pacing issues. It felt really slow for most of the story, then just as it picked up, it ended. Luckily, this would be the last terrible Gatiss script (I'd never been a fan of his) as all his stuff since has been fantastic in my opinion.
1 week, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 2
So do I. I don't see what the big fuss is about Wife, but Nightmare was a pretty good episode.
1 week, 2 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 1
The Impossible Astronaut - 9/10
One of the best openers of New Who. It had me glued to the screen from start to end and got me pumped for the next week.
Day of the Moon - 8/10
Not quite as strong as part 1 in my opinion, but still a damn good episode.
Curse of the Black Spot - 6/10
I think I'm being more generous than most. Sure, it wasn't the best episode ever, but it kept me entertained for three quarters of an hour.
The Doctor's Wife - 6/10
Some people may accuse me of blasphemy giving this the same rank as Curse, but I've just never understood why everyone raves on about it so much. I found it to be a pretty average story. Sure, it was alright, but was it really the best thing since Blink as everyone seems to think?
Easily one of the strongest bunch of episodes ever. "The Lodger" wasn't quite the type of story I'm usually into, but I can respect it all the same. The rest were fantastic though, especially "Vincent and the Doctor". That one gets me every time.
1 week, 3 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 3
I apolagise in advance, but I just have to say it.
"Permission to squeeeeeeee..."
1 week, 3 days ago on Missy Back in Two-Part Series 9 Opener
I was expecting her back, but wow, that was fast.
I don't care what you say, "The End of Time" will always remain my favourite Doctor Who story and one of the few that truly deserves a 10/10. I think I might rewatch it this afternoon for the 10 billionth time.
2 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2009-10 Specials
A warning to anyone who's never bought a Big Finish audio story and is now considering doing so as a result of this: I just counted and I own 530 Big Finish audios, with another 25 on preorder. This is what will happen to you!
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Kate Stewart Returns in UNIT Extinction
I'll go with that, sure. Sounds way cooler than me just being slack.
This is cool because it can bring a whole new group of people to Big Finish without them having to worry about having seen all the classic series and listened to some of the continuing heavy stories and stuff. I think I might even listen to this one with my little brother.
Are "Army of Ghosts" and "Doomsday" not listed seperately for you?
3 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 3
Two bombs, two brilliant stories, and then an average one.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 3
As far as I'm aware, it's never actually been explained in Big Finish or any medium how Romana got back to N-Space.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on 10 Classic Companions Who Deserve A Return
Grace recently appeared in IDW's 50th anniversary comic series "Prisoners of Time" back in 2013, so maybe they're being more lenient with the rights now. However, it was suggested in the Big Finish podcast that IDW used Frobisher without permission in that series, so Grace might be in the same boat.
Some of these characters have reunited with the Doctor in the Big Finish stuff, and their eventual fates were revealed in those (I'm looking at you post-war Leela), but otherwise I completely agree with this list. Mel is an odd choice, but I think she's a highly under rated companion. Sure, she was never that great on TV, but Big Finish did some great stuff with her.
I've recently started making my way through the enormous backlog of Doctor Who comics. There actually really fantastic, but are sadly the most overlooked Doctor Who medium.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Comic Launching February in UK
Until reading these comments, I thought "Tooth and Claw" was more popular. Personally I thought it was brilliant. An interesting twist on the classic 'base under seige' story format.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 1
She became a companion like six or seven years ago. I think that after that amount of time, you're allowed to spoil it.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on The Sixth Doctor: The Last Adventure
First Big Finish announce that they're releasing a regeneration story for Colin Baker's Doctor, then Lego announces this. Is Doctor Who trying to make me go broke?
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Lego Doctor Who Is Officially Happening in 2015
I've always enjoyed the darker, grittier tone of Colin's era, but I agree that the stories themselves were often quite poor. Having said that though, I enjoyed "Vengeance on Varos", "Revelation of the Daleks" and "The Trial of a Time Lord".
I'm just happy that Colin was eventually dealt a fair hand with Big Finish. To anyone who has not heard his audio stuff, I can't recommend it highly enough. It really turns old Sixie around and makes him into an all time favourite. I'm just interested to see what they're doing with him next as they've just announced they're giving him a regeneration story. Should be fantastic.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Colin Baker: Re-trial of a Time Lord
While I'm not super keen on a female Doctor, I think his argument is a little off, given recent events on the show. As for a Jenny spin-off, I'm sure that one day in 10-20 years time, Big Finish will do one for audio, right alongside a Paternoster Gang spin-off and a Canton Everett Delaware III spin-off. If there's spin-off potential, Big Finish will do it, and do it brilliantly. Why don't they have a new series license yet?
1 month ago on Davison Wants To See Doctor’s Daughter Spin-Off
Interesting, I've never once thought of the Master's gender swap regeneration as 'transgender' until reading this.
1 month ago on Little Boxes Will Make You Angry: Doctor Who and Transphobia
That "Broadchurch" video just sums up why David Tennant is the greatest person alive.
1 month ago on Weird and Wonderful
In an episode like "Blink", despite how strong the script is, it's really up to the director to create that atmosphere that the episode needs to be good. MacDonald didn't just succeed at that, she excelled. Hopefully she gets another scary and atmospheric script this time around.
1 month, 1 week ago on Blink Director for Series 9
Good on Tennant. I started watching "Broadchurch" this week and he's brilliant in it. He plays a character so unlike the Doctor, but he does it so well. When an actor can pull off two such different roles so brilliantly, that's when you know they're a great actor. A well deserved award.
1 month, 1 week ago on 2015 National Television Awards UPDATE
Another great review as usual. I finished the set last night and agree with everything you said about it. I'd call both stories flawed gems. They had the potential to be brilliant, but just didn't make it due to the issues you pointed out. They were still thoroughly enjoyable though. Either way, it was good to see Tom Baker and Lalla Ward putting aside their differences and reuniting for the sake of the fans. I have a feeling though that they were recording in different studios to one another, which did show occasionally. Usually Big Finish interactions feel so genuine as all the actors record their lines at the same time, but I feel as if some interactions in this felt disingenuous for that reason.
Oh well, now I have to start on "Vienna" and "Graceless" and get up to date on "Iris Wildthyme" and "Sherlock Holmes" in time for "The Worlds of Big Finish". Should be interesting.
1 month, 1 week ago on The Fourth Doctor By Gareth Roberts – Volume 1 Review
I've just finished Big Finish's adaption of "The Romance of Crime". It was my first of their Fourth Doctor stories I'd listened to, aside from "The Light at the End". He was fantastic in it. Decades have passed and he's still the Doctor. I've already bought a whole heap more of his stuff to listen to.
Happy birthday Mr. Baker.
1 month, 1 week ago on Happy Birthday, Tom Baker!
Well, radio plays are better than nothing. Hopefully there will be something for TV in future. Loving Barrowman on "Arrow" though in the meantime.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Barrowman Reveals New Torchwood Plans