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I liked Journey to the Center of the TARDIS, but it wasn't as great as it could have been. I'm thinking the guest acting and direction is to blame. There were some solid ideas in that episdode.
Curse of the Black Spot...not my favorite episode of series 7. Again, I'm not sure if it was the direction or if the concept was too forced.
4 days, 4 hours ago on Series 8: Episode 4 & 5 Writers Confirmed
One of my favorite Pure Historicals was THE AZTECS. A great story involving great questions, such as meddling with the time, Doctor first Romance and a lot of historical facts (As understood for the time) I agree that Doctor Who could use a few of these types of stories, minus any alien influence. Or even better- Other Time Travelers mucking with time.
4 days, 7 hours ago on Bring Back… the Pure Historicals
Excellent article-while the Victorian Clara had a fascinating personality, we wouldn't have the same mystery behind her. And it fits a motif of the Doctor- Victorian Clara is the pas, soufflé Clara the future - leaving the present for our Clara.
Modern day Clara was surprisingly sweet and normal- she cares about people, likes the travel, faces the danger well. The Victorian Clara seemed a bit too clever and exceptional.
Still- I wondered if fan disappointment with Clara was due to how much people liked the Victorian aspect.
1 week, 2 days ago on What if… Clara had stayed Victorian?
You want to make a bet? It's almost obvious. Depends on their chemistry.
1 week, 6 days ago on A Few Thoughts On Danny Pink
It's perhaps the best showcase of Doctor Who's concept: whimsical time travel sci fi.
It has a deep dark villain: a man who treats life as expense; a light hearted concept: dinosaurs on a space ship. It has people from the past, game hunter and Neferiti, people from the present the ponds and people from the future: Solomon; it had comedy bits, hid had tragedy bits and it had acton bits.
And it was all led by a madman with a box, who can be a righteous judge.
1 week, 6 days ago on Best of Matt Smith: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
The part of the story that people complain about, Rory and Amelia divorcing unexpectedly, was to show how the doctor was beginning to separate from the Ponds. He was dropping in on them less frequently, so he missed the times of troubles. That way the Doctor and the viewer should feel that this development was uncharacteristic. It should feel wrong because wrpe know it was wrong.
1 week, 6 days ago on Best of Matt Smith: Asylum of the Daleks
I'll disagree with you on two points. River Fell in love with the Doctor in Kill Hitler. Especially after as he was dying, he was begging her to rescue Amy and Rory. Something a pout that moment hit her... That a man could be so selfless. Remember, she grew up fantasizing/ worship the doctor.
And the emotional aspect was true the whole time. When he came up withe the solution to with his SECOND visit to the tesatrac. He gave the letters over, and then came up with the solution. The doctors cavalier attitude was based on he had a solution, just frustrated he to take the long way around to solve it.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Wedding of River Song
Lot of negative nellies in here! It's okay. Not everything is for everybody. Time is screwed up. And gloriously so. And it's all because a fixed point in time of a time lord didn't happen. This was a magical, whimsically moment that you could only get in Doctor Who.
It starts out as a reminder what the doctor is facing: His mortality. It is harsh slow and foreboding. Then the pace picks up rather quickly. There is a calvilier attitude the Doctor has to his death, for a good reason. The doctor had already figured out how to cheat the fixed moment in time.
And this highlights why I liked Moffat style of writing. He gave us the pieces of information and abilities throughout the series. ( how manny doppelgänger hints to you need?) Checkovs Gun here or there, cleverly designed as entertaining episodes.
So the rush for the doctor here is not to cheat death', but to fix time! His attitude is cavalier because it's a simple fix-just a frustrating journey to get there.
And the scene, where Doctor meets some one who is willing to put the Doctor over the rest of the universe, just to let him know he is loved before he died,
A great, rocking exciting ending to one of the best seasons.
This is Karens finest hour as Amy. The anger, the sadness, the joy of the Girl Who Waited.
And the complete necessary bastardness of the Doctor. Rory calls him on it, but The Doctor gave him a taste of the decisions he often has to make.
A completely beautiful bittersweet episode
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Girl Who Waited
Strax is a funny character. I think that the Sotarans could effectively become allies of the doctor, just as the Klingons became allies of the Federation in Star Trek the next generation.
Or at least Straxs batch could become more than warriors.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Unpopular Opinion: Strax
It has great moments when ever Matt interacts with a child. There is just something about his chemistry.. He really cares for them.
However, this episode was far from memorable- the monster not that scary, and Rory and Amy are given little to do.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Best of Matt Smith: Night Terrors
Actually, the doctor being naked served a few futon plot wise. The first- humor , second, to start you thinking.(Moffat does not set up a joke without an explanation) Third, to show you how clever he is..( hiding the key under his wig) But the fourth- is more symbolic. He is going naked to a temple, and eventually sacrificed.
As for the science, the only issue is that the holographic projector wouldn't have to be implanted into anyone visual cortex: it's a light construct- the eye needs to receive normally.
The teleport ears seemed to me mote of the wormhole type. Based on the picture you posted (note the rings) and the effect ( which seems to unwrap or wrap up a person like a curtain)
And the truth field could be an actual wave emitter, that prevents the brain from using the abilities that lets you lie.
Just my view ;)
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Sciencey Wiencey: The Time of the Doctor
"You named your daughter after herself"
Rory gets to hit Adolf hitler, and put him into the cupboard.
"You got a time machine, I've got a gun, what the hell- let's kill Hitler"
There are only two small weakness in the show. 1) the introduction of Mel's should have been done before this episode. 2) if Amy and Rory are in their mid twenties- then they were born in 80's. What the hell was melody do for ten years?
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Best of Matt Smith: Let’s Kill Hitler
10/10 Easily one of the best Episodes of this story arc. It has grand concepts here: How far does an enemy go to kill the Doctor; how does time work as a weapon against the time lord, how far has the Doctor gone in his quest and how being so prominent is a detriment.
There's also Rory's greatest scene as the Roman. Arthur Duvall has never been so heroic or determined to get his wife and child back.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Best of Matt Smith: A Good Man Goes to War
Not the best story. It seems to be a rehash of many, many, old science fiction conceits. To me, the Ood episodes were a much better insight into slavery and dehumanizing the labor force. There was a few interesting bits of science fiction and character work... And Matt's brilliant turn as himself.
As part of the over all story arc, these episode show how far reaching and complex the conspiracy the Silent plot is against The Doctor is. It explained much about the mystery behind Amy's pregnancy/not pregnancy and her visions.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Rebel Flesh / The Almost People
Donna memory wipe was the most horrific thing the doctor had ever done. Donna Noble had come so far, and saw so much and grew so tall.
And for the Doctor to just rip it all away because he couldn't handle one more death. She would have have rather died than to go through that violation.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on 10 Most Heartbreaking New Who Moments
Every once in a while, there is a Doctor Who episode that gives voice to a very simple concept. It doesn't change any past episodes but reinforces a "Truth"! The TARDIS is the Doctors only true love, and his only constant companion. Family leave and die. Companions come and go. Lovers flow in and flow out. Settings, adventures and time itself are elastic. The Doctor himself goes through changes. But there is the one constant: The TARDIS is there. And we know the TARDIS is a character itself. And the voice that Neil Gaimen gives her, rings true. "I may not get you were you want to go, but I get you to where you need to be." She loves and protects the Doctor. And she picked the perfect madman to pilot an equally mad machine. Long may she travel, long may she and her theif travel!
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Doctor’s Wife
Not really a good episode, I'm afraid. Not very memorable, nor was it exciting. And the shocking thing about this...IT HAD PIRATES! IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN FANTASTIC!
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Curse of the Black Spot
Completely, absolutely best kick off for ANY seasons. Complete with total shock and awe at how the episode played out. No one, and I mean no one saw any of this coming.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon
Talented man who gave us some wonderful moments in Doctor Who history. My best to his family and friends.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on R.I.P. Christopher Barry (1925-2014)