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Three of my favorites -- Blink, Midnight, and Vincent & the Doctor! I don't think I can choose!

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 10

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I had to call my sister earlier today when I first saw the news. It is, indeed, a sad day. Kate had such vivacity and spirit, and Martinus, as others have noted, was responsible for some of the best, most memorable stories that helped shape classic Who. I'm going to watch Spearhead from Space tonight, one of my favourite stories, in his memory.

4 months ago on Obituaries: Kate O’Mara, Derek Martinus

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I was very torn between The Girl in the Fireplace and The Time of Angels, and ended up going with Girl, though there were elements of ToA that I loved, particularly in retrospect, where the episode tied in with others.


I really didn't like The Doctor's Wife, although it's one I should have liked, in theory, because I love the TARDIS, and I love her mysterious sentience.


I also didn't like The Power of Three, which felt contrived and lightweight at the same time -- just a matter of taste, as I'm sure that others perceived it differently.


The Sontarem Strategy was "meh," with some great moments (and I, too, loved the interaction between Donna and Martha), but overall, it wasn't one of my favorites.


Daleks in Manhattan had some nice themes, and some very good acting, but again, for me, just an okay episode in the overall New Who episodes.


I had to really think hard to remember Aliens of London, I think because there have been so many aliens in London! I can't say that the Slitheen are my favorite New Who aliens, but I did like that the show dealt with the repercussions for a companion of travelling with the Doctor and "vanishing" from her life for some time without being able to explain it to her family and those who knew her.


For these, I'd say my rating would be:


1) The Girl in the Fireplace (9.5/10)

2) The Time of Angels (9.4/10 -- catch me on a different day and 1 and 2 might be reversed)

3) The Power of Three (8/10 -- bonus half point for UNIT & Kate Stewart)

4) The Daleks in Manhattan (7.5/10 -- tied with 5)

5) The Sontaran Strategem (7.5/10 -- tied with 4)

6) Aliens in London (7/10)

7) The Doctor's Wife (6/10)


4 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 4

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@Regenerated Catterson  

For me, it would be

1) Series 4.5 Specials (those between series 4 & 5 -- the other specials I lump in with the previous/current series)

2) Series 2

3) Series 4

4) Series 5

5) Series 1

6) Series 7 (only because the first half, combined with the 50th & Christmas specials raised it up -- if the second half had been as good as the first, I'd probably rate it 2nd or 3rd)

7) Series 6

8) Series 3


But I wouldn't call either 6 or 3 bad TV! :)

4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results Series 5-7

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@Huknar Or vice versa. Something that happens backwards in his time line could be fun.


4 months, 2 weeks ago on McGann in the 11th Doctor’s TARDIS!

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9/10. For some reason, I never think of this episode as one of the "great" episodes for me when I think about my favorite episodes, but it really is a great one. It's chilling, has some truly fabulous guest actors/characters, and had some nice thrills and scares. Sure, I anticipated some of it, but in this case the story was so well done that I didn't mind that.

5 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: The God Complex

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This choked me up. It was beautiful. And pitched perfectly for a four-year-old.

5 months, 1 week ago on Matt Smith’s Heartwarming Gesture For ill Fan

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@ThePotatoOne All of those plot holes and stretches are things I didn't like, as well. Somehow, though, I still enjoyed the fun factor, and I really liked Rory here (again!), so I rated it higher. Still, it was a disappointment. (And I'm glad your comment was long, so mine didn't have to be! LOL!)

5 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Let’s Kill Hitler

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7/10 -- fun for the historical stuff, loved Rory, and I enjoyed seeing Melody/River regenerate. Some stuff didn't make sense (even with my ability to suspend disbelief wrt the most outlandish Doctor Who plots), but I still enjoyed it.

5 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Let’s Kill Hitler

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I liked this episode a lot more when I saw it the first time -- probably would have rated it a 9 or 10 out of ten back when it first aired. However, it didn't wear well with time for me. The best parts for me were the River bits, all of them, right from the beginning when she refuses to join everyone else, right through the moment with the cradle (though I'd already guessed that Rory & Amy were her parents quite some time back), and all of Arthur Darvill's performance -- loved Rory in this episode.


I've found that the overall premise of the episode (the good man going to war -- over the kidnapping of Amy & her baby -- and the Kovarian woman's complex schemes) wears less well with me. In fact, I find that I really don't like it much at all.


However, because the episode when it initially aired grabbed me so hard, and the lead-up to it was so good, I'm going to still give it an 8/10, though I now find it more of a 6-ish, or even lower. In the context of the season when watched for the first time, it was a big hit with me, though this is one of those rare occasions with Doctor Who when I actually like an episode less over time rather than more, which is usually the case.

5 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: A Good Man Goes to War

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@KingOrokos I gave this pair a 7/10, pretty much for the same reasons you gave. I loved The Rebel Flesh and would give it a 9/10, but I gave The Almost People a grudging 5/10. It was very average and unmemorable.

5 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Rebel Flesh / The Almost People

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I just wasn't a fan of this one. I don't hate it, but I kinda had to force myself to sit through it when it aired, and I haven't felt like seeing it again. Maybe it was the mood I was in when I watched it, or maybe it's because one of the guest actors tends to grate on my nerves (sorry, fans of Michael Gambon, but as much as he's lauded, I just don't enjoy his performances), or maybe it was the pacing -- no, actually, I think the pacing was pretty good, from what I remember.


As an aside, I am one of those people who doesn't feel that the Doctor Who Christmas special has to be about Christmas. I think it's fine to have Christmas specials either with or without Christmas in them, but if it is Christmas-themed, it's got to work great as a Doctor Who episode apart from that.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: A Christmas Carol & Series 5 Recap

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I gave this duo 9/10, averaging the two episodes. I thought Pandorica was a solid 10, but Big Bang doesn't quite measure up to the previous episode, so it was about an 8.5 or 9 from me. They were definitely among my favourites of the Matt Smith era.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang

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9/10 from me. I really enjoyed Craig, loved seeing the Doctor attempt normal life (and watching Smith play football was fun), and I liked the big and little stories. One of the stories I enjoyed the most from series 5.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Lodger

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The tenth story gets a 10/10 from me. It was the first of the Eleven Doctor's stories that I absolutely loved, and I've seen it several times since. Every time, I love it as much. The acting was superb, the story was exciting, touching, multi-faceted, and I think it's one of the best episodes of any television show I've ever seen. It's my favourite episode from the Matt Smith era, excluding, perhaps, the last couple of specials.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Vincent and the Doctor

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A 6 or 7 from me, and I finally went with 7. Not one of my favorite stories, even just looking at series 5, but enough good moments and good concepts to have me round up on this one to 7, probably just because I was glad to see the Silurians back at all.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Hungry Earth / Cold Blood

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@Amy the Consulting Commentator @RecycledCompanion@ilyootha 

But Four never appears -- he's stuck in a loop punting with Romana. I don't think that One and Two ever see him. (But it's been a while since I've seen the episode.)

5 months, 3 weeks ago on To Know Thine Self: What can or can’t the Doctor know about his future selves?

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I think it must be like remembering a dream -- and trying to remember a dream from years (centuries!) ago, as well. So the event is "in there," but not really accessible.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on To Know Thine Self: What can or can’t the Doctor know about his future selves?

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@Amy the Consulting Commentator Very good point. 


(Edit -- 'cause this comment didn't follow Amy the Consulting Commentor's -- Very good point about Eleven not forgetting meetings with himself when he's crossed his own incarnation's timeline. Also, could the same be said of "Father's Day" -- I think that's the title -- with Nine and Rose?)


5 months, 3 weeks ago on To Know Thine Self: What can or can’t the Doctor know about his future selves?

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@Adric the Genius @Amy the Consulting CommentatorThat's also my favorite Sixth Doctor story. He (Colin/Six) really embodies the Doctor in all his warmth, cold abstraction, brilliant flashes, and moral courage. He expresses it all in his Sixth-Doctor-ish way, but this story really shows (IMO) what a fantastic Doctor Colin Baker was/could have been if he had been given a) a better initial introductory story, and b) overall better stories.


I don't think it's coincidental that this was a Robert Holmes story -- he was so intimately acquainted with the Doctor and his universe that he could really capture the essence of THE Doctor in his newest, most obviously brash, incarnation.


Of course, the fact that we got one more Patrick Troughton story out of it (and I love Two), and got to see Jamie again, was a real bonus, as well.


I'd actually not mind Twelve meeting the Androgums again sometime.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on To Know Thine Self: What can or can’t the Doctor know about his future selves?

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@ilyootha I've always wondered exactly when Three had met Four in order to know he was "teeth and curls", let alone remember it. Fodder for the imagination!

5 months, 3 weeks ago on To Know Thine Self: What can or can’t the Doctor know about his future selves?

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@Oodkind @GibbyBloggerI think he went back to her after DotD, as well. And when he got there, he couldn't remember marrying her -- or his recollection was hazy -- and that's one reason that she was so angry with him.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on To Know Thine Self: What can or can’t the Doctor know about his future selves?

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5/10 from me. Fairly boring, actually kind of annoyed me at points, and I didn't like the pacing, although some of the concepts were interesting. Not one of my favorites.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Amy’s Choice

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@RomanaOnCaprica @DrWhoClone221bI felt the same -- not bad, but not particularly outstanding. 6/10 for this one from me, as well. (Though I do really like Rory -- liked him increasingly over the course of his tenure as a companion and wasn't as fond of Amy, though she had a few stand-out episodes that I liked her in.)

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Vampires of Venice

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@Lewis94. I agree, though I guess I'll get used to it. I have to use Firefox now too, though, to view the site, since it simply won't load in Opera, no matter what I do -- clearing cache, forced refresh, etc. All I see is the Facebook "like" count and the "follow @..." and a black screen. :-(

Oddly, it works better on my phone now. Before, I couldn't view Disqus comments, and now I see them.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Site Update: 3 February 2014

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