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HUMAN NATURE OF COURSE!!!! (sorry, the stolen earth was good but it kind of failed in part 2) Human nature/Family of blood was very emotional with intimidating villains and a reason to like Martha
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #5
The other way??? But Capaldi was fine the way he was!!!
3 weeks, 3 days ago on DWM #484: What Next for the 12th Doctor?
The Power of Three- Underrated. Yes the resolution was terrible but the build up, the unique sounds, the emotional dilemma and Kate Stewart all make this episode work- 7/10
The Angels Take Manhattan- Blimey was this episode lazy. For no particular reason, I will now duck (ducks as he is shot at by angry fans). Now I must stress, the emotional side of Amy and Rory's side was done really well and the roof scene was one of the best in the series. But the rest of the episode.... underused angels, a pointless appearance of river song, a pointless pre-title scene (seriously as decent as it was, taking it out and replacing the time left over with P.S at the end would've been fab) and the plot-hole ridden ending makes it the second worst of the series. What is the worst? well look no further than the next episode- 5/10
The Snowmen- There are many things a Christmas special should be, wondrous, exciting, magical and above all with heart. The Snowmen has none of these things and I forgot it was set at Christmas for most of the episode. Terrible villains, wasted side characters, a dull and depressing plot and the resolution was just bone dead stupid on Steven Moffat's part. This is Moffat's worst script and it just left a bad taste in my mouth when I watched it recently- 4/10
The Bells of Saint John- Truth be told, there isn't a lot in this one. The concept was alright, it's well paced, the Spoonheads wasn't as stupid as I thought they would be, the resolution was clever. I think there were two problems here. One is that Clara didn't do much and she wasn't really TARDIS worthy. Two is that the pacing was too quick for me to digest it all. It was good... I guess- 6/10
The Rings of Akhaten- It had some wonderful stand out moments, good characters, a phenomenal look and a lot of heart. It just didn't have much meat to it and a conflict would have been better.-6/10
Cold War- The strongest of series 7B, Cold War was tense, claustrophobic, scary and a brilliant character study of an Ice Warrior. Just a shame it had a breakneck pacing.-8/10
Hide- Like the Rings of Akhaten, it had a lot of character and heart but the story was weak without much conflict. However the character moments are so good that it's better than Rings.-7/10
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS- It was well paced, atmospheric, had creepy villains but it's weakness was the fact that Steve Thompson didn't go all out with the premise and the Van Baalens (ugh)- 6/10
The Crimson Horror- This was a lot of fun with a good use of the Paternoster Gang, brilliant supporting characters and did I mention it was fun. The ending felt a bit like a pantomime though.- 7/10
Nightmare in Silver- It was decent with a fantastic performance by Matt Smith, intimidating Cybermen and a good supporting cast. Annoying kids and the fact that it was 45 minutes let it down.- 6/10
The Name of the Doctor- Yawn! Whilst it was straightforward with creepy moments and a decent conclusion to the impossible girl story arc, it was just a drag with underused, boring villains and a bleak tone which made it painful to watch. Honestly people only remember it for the ending and so do I.- 6/10
The Day of the Doctor- What can I say that hasn't been said already. Good use of the Doctors, excellent fan service and a gamechanger which makes it quintessential for all the right reason. However the Zygon stuff didn't add much to the story and WHY THE HELL HAVEN'T THEY MADE THE DALEKS THE MAIN VILLAINS???????? It was fantastic all the same and the scene when all 13 Doctors save Gallifrey is the best moment in all of sci-fi.- 8/10
The Time of the Doctor- They nailed the regeneration and it was enjoyable overall. However too much and too little happened at once. Too much because so much was going on for an hour and too little because it kind of stopped in the second act. Also the villains were wasted (especially the Silents who were good guys)- 6/10
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2012-2013 Recap
Ok my opinions on series 7 part 2 are almost opposite to the consensus so buckle up.
Asylum of the Daleks: woowee this is a toughie. No it is not a good episode, they underused the Daleks (especially the classic ones) and it got to the point where I forgot they were in it (TWICE!), the divorce sub-plot was only there just to be sorted out again in that same episode with no ramifications to the following stories, there are some inconsistencies that could've been sorted out with a single word (e.g. "it has become offensive to extinguish such divine hatred rather than what the actual line was could have explained a plot hole, and that ending was where the Daleks jumped the shark. However, the acting was great, Oswin made the episode and it looked amazing. I did enjoy some moments as well so I can't hate the episode.- 5/10
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship: This was a fun ride :D. It was never boring. This episode remind us all why the Doctor travels through time and space... to have fun. That's its biggest strength, it was fun and funny (except for the moments that needed to be serious), the dinosaurs were incredible (especially Tricey), Brian is a gem and that shot where Brian had a picnic in the TARDIS is possible the best shot in the show. The supporting characters needed tweaking and those robots... erk, but besides that it was really underrated!- 9/10
A Town Called Mercy: This episode collapsed under its own weight (seriously try to think the dilemma through) and Amy and Rory had little to no point to the story but the episode's greatest strengths were its setting and characters (especially Kahler-Jex and the Gunslinger). Saul Metzstein is a great director and the production design is simply the best of the series.- 7/10
1 month ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 1
@DrOswald the problem is, that I can't remember which one was Ashley. Shona was the only memorable supporting character besides Santa
1 month ago on Faye Marsay: There’s Been No talk of Shona Returning
@Mark McCullough Agreed. My favourite line from my favourite episode
1 month ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 3
@supermoff, defender of Series 6 I have to admit, as much as I dislike Let's Kill Hitler, there was one cracking line that was as good as the one you mentioned
I was on my way to the gay gipsy bar mitzvah for the disabled when I though gosh, the third Reich's a bit rubbish, I think I'll kill the Fuhrer. Who's with me?
I'll review series 6 story by story. The series was very hit and miss (mostly hit) in terms of quality but the overall story arc was its weakness:
The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon- This is a solid opener with creepy monsters, an amazing look and great performances. However, there are confusing elements such as the fact that Amy was kidnapped (why?) and the whole red herring about Rory or the Doctor thingy but other than that, the best aspect was the resolution which was genius and Doctor-y. 7/10
The Curse of the Black Spot- Ergh... this is why I don't like Steve Thompson. A story that grinds to a halt after 10 minutes, a poor villain ruined by an awful twist, terrible supporting characters that not even the writer cares about (one of then disappears without explanation) and it's so desperate to crowbar drama that they had to play the 'kill Rory' card again. Only saved by the doctor and the nice production values- 3/10
The Doctor's Wife- This could have gone very wrong in a lesser writer but luckily, Neil Gaiman saved it with a main plot that added to the mythology of Doctor Who and a sub-plot with some very creepy scenes and an intimidating villain. Not to mention some awesome fan service (hello Tennant Tardis) Only two issues: one minor and one major. The minor issue is the shoehorned Ood which, whilst creepy, had little purpose. The major problem was the run time. It's way too short for an episode like this and I wish this was the two parter rather than the almost people. I loved it anyway though and it is bound to be up there with Blink as a modern classic- 9/10
The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People- This was just ok. Whilst the style is weird and wonderful (and I love weird and wonderful) the substance wasn't as good. Bland supporting characters (the gangers were more human than them) with a plot that rips off the Hungry Earth and no justification of a two parter. It does get points for the double doctor plot but even that gets confusing at time (which one was the real one again?). The cliffhanger will not affect my score (nor will it do for The Name of the Doctor because let's face it, the episode was only memorable for that cliffhanger) but it's still intriguing all the same.- 5/10
A Good Man Goes to War- Now this is more like it! This is the Empire Strikes Back of Doctor Who because it puts the characters in a situation that leaves them either physically and emotionally devastated. The world building is great, the villains are great, the characters are great, Matt Smith is great and the climax and cliffhanger ending is phenomenal! It had me begging for Doctor Who to come back as I was looking forward to what happened next!- 10/10
Let's Kill Hitler- Wow what a let down! The main problem with this episode is the fact that it couldn't be both a story about Hitler and River Song's origin story. Personally I would've liked to see a story about the Doctor accidently saving Hitler and reluctantly being his bodyguard whilst the Tessalecta kidnaps Amy, Rory and River (who have answered a distress call from the Doctor who was kidnapped by Hitler) whilst trying to kill Hitler. But I'm reviewing what I got not what I want. The origin story undercuts a tragic ending from the previous episode by shoehorning in a rushed happy ending. Oh and it doesn't honour the title as Hitler is barely in it. This is a shame as it had good ideas such as the Tessalecta and its antibodies but the River Song/Doctor dying storyline gave it too many ideas and that was what killed the episode. This. for me, marked the downfall of Steven Moffat as besides The Day of the Doctor, Deep Breath and Listen (all of which were great but not perfect), his stories were all pretty meh in quality- 5/10
Night Terrors- This is a difficult one. There are some pacing issues and the Tenza reveal was stupid on Gatiss' part but it's also genuinely creepy with frightening monsters and a chilling atmosphere. This really is underrated but I can sort of see why people dislike it.- 7/10
The Girl Who Waited- I have mentioned already that this is my favourite but I'll say it again. The story, the characters, the style, the direction, the emotions and that ending! This is just perfect!- 10/10
The God Complex- This is some scary stuff with a nightmare inducing concept, a brilliant supporting cast, a decent villain but the last act didn't make much sense (Amy clearly still had some faith in the Doctor and couldn't the Minotaur go after Gibbis and the Doctor seeing as they both saw their rooms?). There is also another problem, I do forget this episode. It isn't as bad as Series 7 Part 2 in terms of forgettibility (I apologise if I have spelt that wrong) but it's still bafflingly forgettable.- 8/10
Closing Time- This was just hilarious! It was an emotional character piece for the Doctor and Craig but it also contained some amazing jokes (mostly centred around Alfie). However, the Cybermen sub-plot along with the idiotic resolution was what let it down however I still liked it all the same.- 7/10
The Wedding of River Song- This is literally half and half. The first half was great with some more excellent world-building (both the real universe and the timeless universe) some great character moments and a brilliant tribute to Nicholas Courtney's Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. However, come the second act (since River not killing the Doctor) was a train-wreck with sluggish pacing, loose ends (whatever happened to Madame Kovarian in the real world?) and an ending which renders the Doctor's emotional journey null and void.- 5/10
The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe- Whilst it did had some moments of genuine heart (especially the tear-jerker ending with Amy and Rory) and some decent supporting characters (Lily Arwell and the Miners) with a good look. The pacing was slow, Cyril and Madge were awful (the former having no personality and the latter being very annoying), it had some squandered potential (the tree people could've been awesome but they did nothing) and one does not simply waste Alexander Armstrong.- 5/10
Might I take a moment to say that The Girl who Waited is my favourite new who story? The story, simple yet very effective. The characters, beautifully written and acted! The villains, memorable and well designed (and also intentionally shoddy since they're not meant to be hostile). The production: stellar. Nothing in this episode was bad. This was just perfect.
(And series 6 as a whole? The arc was poorly handled by the end and there were some truly terrible stories *curse of the black spot* but most of the standalone stories were fantastic including The Doctor's Wife, A Good Man Goes to War and of course The Girl who Waited. Series 7 however... ergh talk about style over substance...)
where do you get these awesome pics from??
1 month ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 2
The Curse of the Black Spot is easily the worse. Little story, a poor villain, terrible supporting characters and not even Matt Smith could save this episode.
Thank God for the Doctor's Wife
1 month ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 1
The Lazarus Experiment- 6/10
42- 8/10 (really underrated)
Human Nature/The Family of Blood- 10/10 (easily my favourite Tennant story)
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 2
Smith and Jones: 8/10
The Shakespeare Code: 9/10
Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks: 5/10
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 1
Love and Monsters- 5/10 (it really isn't the worst)
Fear Her- 4/10
Army of Ghosts/Doomsday- 8/10
The Runaway Bride- 5/10
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 3
Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel- 7/10
The Idiot's Lantern- 7/10
The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit- 9/10
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 2
New Earth- 6/10
Tooth and Claw- 9/10
School Reunion- 9/10
The Girl in the Fireplace- 8/10
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 1
Boom Town- 4/10
Bad Wolf- 8/10
The Parting of the Ways- 10/10
The Christmas Invasion- 7/10
Series 1 was very good overall. The effects and music are a bit dated now but I can excuse that because of the low budget. It also had great scripts (with the exceptions of Boom Town and The Long Game) and fantastic performances from Chris Eccleston and Billie Piper. Bring on the Tennant!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2005 Part 3
The Long Game- 4/10 (sorry it was just dull with Adam being Adric mark II)
Father's Day- 9/10
The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances- 9/10
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2005 Part 2
I know Blink will win but I will vote anyway.
The End of the World- 6/10
The Unquiet Dead- 9/10
Aliens of London- 6/10
World War Three- 6/10
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2005 Part 1
It should be mentioned that Russel T. Davies was gay
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Little Boxes Will Make You Angry: Doctor Who and Transphobia
Capaldi doy! But Gomez was great as well
2 months ago on Best of 2014 Awards #15: Outstanding Debut
6 rose higher than ever before and fell so much further (yes that was a reference to A Good Man Goes to War which is a definite high
7 was mostly meh and easily the weakest
8 was the second strongest with even the lows had admirable aspects.
But series 5 was when I was most excited for Doctor Who. It was new fresh and exciting and the stories were excellent even if Matt's acting wasn't as good as 6 and 7 (JUST TO CLARIFY! HE WASN'T BAD! HE WAS JUST FINDING HIS FEET THAT'S ALL!!!!!)
2 months ago on Best of 2014 Awards #14: Moffat Series
I honestly don't mind. He did all he could to the show and he did appear in the 50th so I'm content.
2 months ago on Tennant Won’t Be Returning Again Anytime Soon
Mummy on the Orient Express had me hooked from start to finish :D
Followed by Flatline (Clunky beginning but it got really good once the Boneless arrived and the tiny TARDIS jokes are priceless)
And Listen (great ideas and a brilliant ending though some segments were better than others [I preferred the bedroom scene than the end-of-the-universe scene] and it isn't very rewatchable)
2 months ago on Best of 2014 Awards #13: TV Story
They are all very good and keep me interested. But Listen, Mummy and Flatline just gave me chills. especially listen
2 months, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #12: Pre-Title Sequence
1. Series 5 (yet to be topped with exciting episodes and the best story arc I have seen on Doctor Who)
2. Series 8 (not a truly bad episode in there as all had their merits especially the Mathieson duo)
3. Series 6B (despite Let's Kill Hitler and The Wedding of River Song being two of Moffat's worst the rest were great with The Girl Who Waited being my favourite NuWho story)
4. Series 7A (despite yet again the first and last ones being ridiculously overrated, the 3 in between are very stylised and well done in terms of how fun they were)
5. Series 6A (ok it had the Doctor's Wife, A Good Man Goes to War and the silence two parter, The Curse of the Black Spot was so painfully bad and the ganger two parter so painfully meh it's hard not to put it this low)
6. Series 7B (wow have they ever been so consistent in quality in that I mean all ok but forgettable. With the exception of The Day of the Doctor there hasn't been anything that good or memorable)
2 months, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #11: Writer
Jamie Mathieson wrote the best episodes I have seen in Doctor Who for a long time. So he's my pick for best writer
Ben Wheatly. Now was he wonderfully weird?
2 months, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #10: Director
Deep Breath, It started the 12th Doctor's theme
2 months, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #9: Music
YAAAAAAAAAY A TWO PARTER WRITTEN BY ONE OF MY FAVOURITE WRITERS :DDDDD CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!
2 months, 1 week ago on Toby Whithouse Two-parter Confirmed for Series 9
Flatline purely because of the Boneless (the flowiness of their 2D form and the rigid stumbling versions of their 3D form)
2 months, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #8: Visual Effects
Why I picked the Boneless.
Robot Knights- Generic
Listen Entity- wait there was a monster?
The Teller- Very good but its motivations and 'don't do this' gimmick that we've since lots of times before let it down
Skovox Blitzer- PAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA just no XD
Spider Germs- Well designed but poorly executed
The Foretold- Brilliant make-up with a great gimmick (the 66 seconds thing was genius) slightly let down by its motivations
The Boneless- Very unique and brimming with imagination!
The Kantrofarri- Sorry guys I don't see the appeal. The dream idea was cool and the sound design was creepy but it was underused and it was another monster that you can't do anything with (e.g. don't think about them which is WAY too much like The Teller)
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #7: New Monster
The Boneless. Quite possibly the most uniquely designed and most original monster the show came up with for a looooooooong time
Clockwork droids were only good because of the Half-face man. The Cybermen were just useless so it has to be the Daleks who actually improved and they were intimidating at times
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #6: Returning Monster
another two enemies I would like to see return are the Sea Devils (maybe in a paternoster story since Vastra is a Silurian) and Sutekh since we didn't see his full power in the Pyramids of Mars
2 months, 2 weeks ago on 9 Predictions for Doctor Who Series 9…
Missy even though I'm not entirely convinced she is the Master
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #5: Best Villain
Looking at the list, with the exception of Shona and possibly Maisie, the female guest cast is pretty poor :( I'm going with future companion (I hope) Shona
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #4: Female Guest Actor
this is a toughie but I'm going to go with Santa Frost :)
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #3: Male Guest Actor
Oh Missy you're so fine,
You're so fine you blow my mind.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of 2014 #2: Recurring Actor
really? You're going to ask us that when there's a new Doctor about?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #1: Lead Actor
5/10 Santa was awesome, the dream crabs were intriguing, the stuff with Danny was actually pretty good and the supporting cast were memorable. However the inception stuff was repetitive, the sleepers were underused and that ending. UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
3 months ago on Rate & Discuss Last Christmas
I'm not happy :( Is there anything more they can do with her??? (Also her dying of old age would've been a perfect send off)
3 months ago on Clara’s Fate & Series 9 (Spoilers)
You see Moffat? You've made the Master the subject of Fan Fiction!
3 months ago on Weird and Wonderful
how is that scary? It looks like Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors (I've yet to see it obviously but seeing as how Moffat [under]uses his monsters lately, I have my doubts)
3 months, 1 week ago on Last Christmas Allegedly “Too scary” for Kids
@supermoff of C.L.A.R.A. can't wait for Christmas! @JolomontheCube Phew for a moment there I thought Moffat went mad. (I mean he's old enough to be her dad. It was bad enough with Matt and River)
3 months, 3 weeks ago on New Last Christmas Clips in BBC Festive Showreel
(seeing the update) Moffat are you drunk or is something else going on?
So I guess the Dream Crabs possess the humans and they become Sleepers
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Last Christmas Promo Gallery
I'm still not sure about Moffat. Whilst none of his stories were bad per-se they didn't have the wow factor that Blink or Silence in the Library had (with the exception of Listen which proves he is capable and has no excuse botching things up)
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat Says He’s Not Running Out of Ideas Yet
Ok Moffat, as long as they're the most original ideas ever, I'm sold
so... could santa be a dream?
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Frost on “Gangster” Santa, Last Christmas Monsters