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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.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Best of Matt Smith: The God Complex
This choked me up. It was beautiful. And pitched perfectly for a four-year-old.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Matt Smith’s Heartwarming Gesture For ill Fan
@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!)
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Best of Matt Smith: Let’s Kill Hitler
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.
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.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Best of Matt Smith: A Good Man Goes to War
@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.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Rebel Flesh / The Almost People
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.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Best of Matt Smith: A Christmas Carol & Series 5 Recap
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.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang
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.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Lodger
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.
4 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Vincent and the Doctor
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.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Hungry Earth / Cold Blood
@Clara Prefect I don't think it was exactly that text, but I think that was the scenario. Thanks for finding that!
1 month ago on To Know Thine Self: What can or can’t the Doctor know about his future selves?
@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.)
@Amy the Consulting Commentator @RecycledCompanion@Oodkind @GibbyBloggerThat's certainly a very plausible explanation!
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.
@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?)
@BadWolf2 @TheRISEofCapaldiThis conversation reminds me of Galaxy Quest -- very funny scifi.
@Clara Prefect I could swear I'd read something similar to this somewhere -- not the story itself, but a description of it.
@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.
@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!