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Series 8 Ratings So Far: 

'Deep Breath' - 8/10 

'Into The Dalek' - 4/10

'Robot Of Sherwood' - 7/10

'Listen' - 8/10


4 hours, 13 minutes ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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So after finally rewatching this episode, I'll settle on a final score of 8/10. It was a really good episode. Definitely not perfect, and I feel that having there definitely being a monster would have helped, especially if there was a deadly reason for why they could never be seen (such as the mere sight of them turns you into one of them). However for what it was it was very good.







4 hours, 13 minutes ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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@supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... @ahunter8056 @ThomasFirth Well, I have to say that 'Time Heist' looks pretty good judging from the 'Next Time' trailer, with the exception of Keeley Hawes' character.

1 day, 21 hours ago on Your Verdict on Robot of Sherwood

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@supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... @ThomasFirth In terms of where we are now I mean. Usually with 4 episodes in there has been at least one brilliant episode. The only two exceptions in my opinion are Series 3 and 4.

1 day, 21 hours ago on Your Verdict on Robot of Sherwood

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@supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... @ThomasFirth Personally I feel that Series 8 has been the weakest series since Series 4. I hope I'm not able to say that soon though.

1 day, 21 hours ago on Your Verdict on Robot of Sherwood

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A nice little article that I enjoyed reading. Thank you. Also, I never knew that they made Doctor Who Frubes! I'm disappointed that I never knew at the time now. :(

2 days ago on Why The Decline in Overnight Ratings Doesn’t Matter

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@supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... @ahunter8056 I don't care about something that I can spend an entire day analysing. I want something entertaining, not contradictory and confusing.

2 days, 1 hour ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?

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Yes, definitely. Unfortunately Moffat wasted the opportunity by not being able to make his mind up. He went from "yes there definitely was a monster" by showing something hiding underneath the bedsheets, to being all like "Nah, it was just The Doctor's imagination" at the end. He should have just gone in one direction and stuck to it instead of making a mess of an episode. The Doctor, Clara and Rupert were all aware of the monster's existence, so therefore it was clearly not The Doctor's imagination, but a real, physically present monster. 

2 days, 20 hours ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?

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@Doctor What @ahunter8056 Well to me, having it entirely unexplained and contradictory doesn't make any impact whatsoever. It could have been so much better if Moffat actually made his mind up.

3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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To clarify, I'm not saying that we needed to actually see the monster. I'm saying that it should have been acknowledged that a monster actually existed. You can't make it seem as though there is definitely a monster physically there (monster under the bedsheets, monster noises outside the door), and then at the end of it be like "Nope, turns out there was actually nothing there, The Doctor was just scared of his own imagination". They went too far in one direction, only to suddenly turn around and go in the completely opposite direction. Personally I think it would have been a much better episode if they confirmed that the monsters actually did exist, but gave an explanation for why they couldn't be seen, such as if you see them you die and become one of them. Watching this episode was like watching Paranormal Activity. In both cases I watched throughout expecting something to happen at any moment, only for nothing to happen at all. 



3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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@RieruM @ahunter8056 I don't really enjoy it. I find it quite a boring episode, and don't understand why it's so highly thought of.

3 days, 5 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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It was good, but I still think I need another watch to make my mind up. It was confusing. If it was apparently all just The Doctor's imagination, then what was the thing under Rupert's bedsheets? What were the monster noises coming from behind the door at the end of the universe? Who opened the door? Just a lot of unanswered questions, which I'm getting sick of. I'm tired of ambiguity. I don't like ambiguity, if it's an important plot point. It wasn't needed in 'Deep Breath', and it certainly wasn't needed in 'Listen'.



There was the potential of having a great episode, but instead they obviously decided "lets do a really cheap episode", and didn't bother to show the monster. What's the point of having a monster if you're not going to bother showing it, or giving an explanation as to what it is?


To sum up it was good, but could have been a lot better if they bothered to spend some money and answer crucially important questions.

3 days, 15 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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I just hope it's good. I've been quite disappointed with Series 8 so far, so I hope that it improves.

5 days, 20 hours ago on Listen Spoiler-Free Review

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Not gonna lie, this sounds very intriguing. Can't wait! :)

6 days ago on The Caretaker BBC Synopsis

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I went with 'Victory Of The Daleks'. I don't know why, but I love that episode, despite it featuring those multicolour abominations. All the rest are good, with the exception of 'The Idiot's Lantern' and 'Night Terrors'.

6 days, 20 hours ago on Face-Off: The Gatiss Episodes

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Well, I thought she was an awful character, as well as all the other supporting characters in 'Into The Dalek', so I definitely wouldn't want to see her return in any way, especially in such a vital role.

1 week ago on Taking a ‘Journey’ Into the Future: The Next Companion

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An absolutely brilliant article, one that I agree with every single point. I loved Clara in Series 7; she was my second favourite companion. However with 'Deep Breath', that all changed. She skyrocketed to the number one position, finally knocking Rose off the top spot after 9 years. Jenna Coleman has given some of the best acting I have ever had the pleasure of watching in these three episodes alone. I now absolutely love Clara, so much more so than ever. I really hope Clara doesn't leave at Christmas and stays at least for Series 9, and hopefully longer. An absolutely brilliant character.

1 week, 1 day ago on Mission Impossible: Clara Oswald in Review – Part 1

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Apparently I'm in the minority who thought 'Into The Dalek' was awful (it's strange that everyone I've spoken to personally shares my opinion, is my area limited to a single opinion? lol). At least some people are getting plenty of enjoyment out of it. :) Really surprised at the second poll though. Would have expected at least 80% for 'Dalek'.





1 week, 1 day ago on Your Verdict on Into the Dalek

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@Ottoman14 If you wouldn't bother using ratings 2, 3 & 4, then whats the point of having them there? You may as well rate it out of 7.

1 week, 1 day ago on Your Verdict on Into the Dalek

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Finally. The first episode of Series 8 that I haven't been disappointed with in any way. Perhaps it's because I wasn't expecting much from this. It was a good episode. I'd score it 7/10. A solid episode. I was expecting it to be too silly for my liking, but fortunately not. Although the way the problem was resolved was weak and didn't make much sense. However with that aside, I found the bickering between The Doctor and Robin Hood to be funny.

1 week, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood

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A lot better than last week's extra.

1 week, 3 days ago on Doctor Who Extra: Robot of Sherwood

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Sounds very interesting. Can't wait! :D

1 week, 4 days ago on Robot of Sherwood – 12 Hints & Teasers

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Without a doubt, 'Dalek'. Personally I feel that 'Into The Dalek' was one of the weakest episodes in Doctor Who history, whereas 'Dalek' was a brilliant episode and one of the highlights of Series 1.

1 week, 5 days ago on Face-Off: Dalek vs Into the Dalek

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All good until the end, where it got too silly. I'm all for fun, relaxed episodes every so often, but really? Then again, it's only a preview in which the scene cut off at the end, so there could be more to stop the silliness.

2 weeks ago on Robot of Sherwood Clips

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Never heard of him, or the rumour in question. Although I wouldn't be surprised if Moffat stepped down after Series 9.

2 weeks ago on Horowitz on Showrunner Rumours

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@sontaran17 Although there is definitely more positivity about the new title sequence than negativity, not everyone likes the new title sequence. There is definitely some negativity.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Interview: Billy Hanshaw on Series 8’s Title Sequence

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A nice little article. I'll admit, prior to 'Into The Dalek', I was not looking forward to Danny Pink. I felt he was just unnecessary, and was hoping he wouldn't become a companion. On initial broadcast, I was unimpressed with Danny Pink, seeing yet another recurring male character starting off as a complete loser. However after watching 'Into The Dalek' a couple more times, I'm beginning to like him. Of course we've seen him for a total of what? 5 minutes on-screen? I'm interested in seeing what happens when Danny Pink features in an episode, and this article more or less changed my opinion of him. Thank you.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on A Study of Pink: Danny Speculation

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Ugh. I was really looking forward to this episode, and even after having watched it 3 times, I am still very disappointed. It was an okay episode, but not one I can imagine myself ever willing watching again. I gave it 4/10




Negative Points:

- I really didn't care whatsoever for any of the soldiers. I found them all boring and unnecessary.

- Murray Gold's score was all over the place during the scene in which the Daleks have boarded the Aristotle. It was all just wrong.

- The camera work was shaky at moments it didn't need to be for simple dialogue scenes. They could have at least used a tripod.

- The extermination effects in this episode weren't as good as they should have been.



Positive Points:

- A Dalek turning on it's fellow Daleks was very interesting and made for interesting results.

- Yet again Jenna gives an incredible performance. I really hope Series 8 isn't her last Series, because she's been spectacular so far.

- Peter Capaldi giving another good performance, doing the best with what he's given.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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In my opinion, the new title sequence isn't the best, but it's an improvement on the Series 7 titles. To be honest, I'm one of the few on this website that didn't think much to billydakiduk's original title sequence concept when I first saw it months and months ago. Was it creative? Yes. But on the other hand, I found it slightly boring and too different. I don't understand why people like change simply for the sake of change. Changes should only be made when something doesn't work. Thankfully the official BBC version is better than the original concept. However it's still missing a vital part. The time vortex. Every good modern Doctor Who title sequence NEEDS the time vortex. It's an iconic part of the show. If this title sequence contained the time vortex, it would improve my opinion of it tremendously. After watching 'Deep Breath' about 7 times now, I really enjoy this new title sequence, but it still needs improvements. However on the topic of the new theme, I really enjoy it. It is too high pitched in the second half of the opening titles. Not only that, but yet again another theme that is missing the middle eight. I wish they'd go back to how it was in the RTD era with the theme being used for the 'Coming Soon' trailers and the credits. I recently read on a YouTube comment that Murray Gold dislikes the middle eight - is there any truth to that claim?



2 weeks, 5 days ago on Examining Series 8’s New Title Sequence

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I'm very glad to read that the Daleks finally actually exterminate people on-screen, evil as that might make me sound. :P

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Into the Dalek Spoiler-Free Review

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Although if I were to score them, 'The Eleventh Hour' would get 9/10, while 'Deep Breath' would get 8/10.


2 weeks, 6 days ago on Face-Off: The Eleventh Hour vs Deep Breath

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While both are great episodes, 'The Eleventh Hour' is simply one of Doctor Who's best.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Face-Off: The Eleventh Hour vs Deep Breath

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He was absolutely brilliant in the role, as were all the other robots. You genuinely felt as though these were actual robots, as opposed to humans dressed up as robots. I was under the impression that we would see him reappear in the series finale, considering he was recovered by The Gatekeeper Of The Nethersphere. I'd love to see him return.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Ferdinando on the Possible Return of Half-Face

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An excellent article. Prior to 'Deep Breath' I loved Clara and she was definitely number two on my list of favourite companions. However after 'Deep Breath', she is now undoubtedly top of my list. Jenna delivered an outstanding performance, to a character that was very well written in this episode. I recently rewatched Series 7 Part 2 after watching 'Deep Breath', and the differences between Clara then and Clara now are astounding! They're almost like two separate characters. I can't wait to see what Clara does next. I really, really, REALLY hope that Jenna stays on at least for Series 9, and preferably a great deal longer.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald

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@iKingsSGC @DocAsh59 If it is ever released that is.

3 weeks ago on Doctor Who Officially Invades Minecraft

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I saw this at the cinema, and it was hilarious. Can't wait to see it again in proper quality

3 weeks ago on Watch the Deep Breath Cinema “Prequel”

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@HopPyleen @ahunter8056 Either way, it was still a robot.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Whodunnit? The Fate of the Half-Face Man

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Yes! I don't understand why there is the problem that The Doctor should never kill. For a start, it's a robot, not a living being. Secondly, it had murdered an unknown number of innocent lives, and probably would have murdered more in the future. There is nothing wrong in my opinion with The Doctor destroying those who deserve it.



3 weeks, 1 day ago on Whodunnit? The Fate of the Half-Face Man

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I agree with all except the 'Heaven' scene. It's an okay scene, but I already don't like the Gatekeeper Of The Nethersphere character. Seems like another Tasha Lem, who I also didn't really like.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Deep Breath

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Well it's a similar situation as 'The Time Of The Doctor' (incredibly disappointed it on broadcast, LOVED it on rewatch. With 'Deep Breath, on broadcast I thought it was decent, but disappointing. After a second viewing, I thought it was pretty good. I look forward to watching it for a third time in the next couple of hours.



3 weeks, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath

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@Handles @ahunter8056 @supermoff Except that the Daleks aren't robots. They are living mutants encased in battle armour. A robot is a robot, and can't suddenly turn itself into a living, thinking being.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath

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@supermoff  @ahunter8056 Well I personally don't see the point of the ambiguity. It was a robot, not a living being, who had murdered an unknown number of innocent living beings. There was nothing wrong in my view with The Doctor pushing the robot out of the building to break. They should have made it clear as to what actually happened in my opinion. 

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath

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Ehh. It was a decent episode, but it could have been a lot better. Quite a few missed opportunities in the writing. I gave it 5/10. Hopefully it improves upon rewatches.



First of all, the T-Rex was severely underused. It should have been a significant part of the plot, and an earlier comment knocked it right on the head when they stated it was there purely just to feature in the trailer.



As I expected, I am disappointed by the new intro. I never liked billydakiduk's original YouTube intro, and the actual intro is practically identical, right down to the severe overuse of clockwork. Incredibly disappointingly, there is no time vortex. To me, it's not a good modern Doctor Who intro without a time vortex. Every modern Doctor Who intro needs the time vortex. The new theme is okay though, and sounds better the more I listen to it. 


However Strax was hilarious, especially in the scene where he brought the TARDIS to Vastra's house. The cinema exclusive upcoming DVD special feature was hilarious as well. 


It was really weak trying to make a connection to 'The Girl In The Fireplace'. These robots looked nothing at all like the Clockwork Droids in the Series 2 episode. There was no clockwork, encased in a glass. They may as well have been a completely different type of robot.


There was no 'I Am The Doctor!' moment in this episode. In 'The Christmas Invasion', we have the scene of the Tenth Doctor waking up, opening the TARDIS doors, and sorting out the Sycorax. In 'The Eleventh Hour', we have the scene of the Eleventh Doctor scolding the Atraxi, warning them of what will happen unless they leave. There was no such scene in this episode. Every new Doctor episode needs such a scene in order to establish said Doctor. The Twelfth Doctor was given no scene in which to shine. The ending was weak. The Doctor somehow convinced the robot to jump out of the building. Not very imaginative, and didn't really make any sense to me. It would have made a lot more sense to me if The Doctor convinced the robot that there was nothing left for it to do, and the robot shut itself down and ended it's core program. 


The pacing was far too slow, and there were not enough exciting scenes.

I completely forgot about the post-episode live streaming of the Q&A in the cinemas, and so walked out before it started. The cinema handled it poorly I felt. At least with the behind the scenes, they gave a reminder that there would be content afterwards. However, after the behind the scenes feature, the lights were switched back on, Doctor Who music played, and an image was put on the screen of The Doctor and Clara. There was no reminder or any indication that there would be more. After walking out and I heard the Q&A, I wasn't too bothered about it, and so decided to not go back in. It would be nice if it would be uploaded on YouTube, which I have a feeling it will.




3 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath

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A nice article, I think I agree with the placing.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Top Post-Regeneration Stories (11-6)

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Rating – Asylum of the Daleks



  • Episode Rating: 5/10
  • Effectiveness as an Opener: 4/10
  • Monster Rating: 7/10
  • Character Rating: 6/10

Final ratings and conclusion

This gives the episode a total of 32.9/40 and puts us in the position to view our final list to see how the series openers rank up.

  1. Rose: 35/40
  2. The Eleventh Hour33.5/40
  3. The Impossible Astronaut: 31/40
  4. Smith And Jones27/40
  5. New Earth: 22.5/40
  6. Asylum Of The Daleks: 22/40
  7. Partners In Crime15/40

3 weeks, 4 days ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: The Impossible Astronaut / Asylum of the Daleks

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  The Impossible Astronaut is a really good episode. I wish I could say the same for Asylum Of The Daleks, but I've never really liked that episode. Time for my rankings.


  • Episode Rating9/10
  • Effectiveness as an Opener: 6.5/10
  • Monster Rating: 8.5/10
  • Character Rating: 7/10

This gives 'The Impossible Astronaut' a total score of 31/40 So far this leaves the episode one ‘Leader-board’ looking like this:

  1. Rose: 35/40
  2. The Eleventh Hour33.5/40
  3. The Impossible Astronaut: 31/40
  4. Smith And Jones27/40
  5. New Earth: 22.5/40
  6. Partners in Crime 15/40

3 weeks, 4 days ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: The Impossible Astronaut / Asylum of the Daleks

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Definitely my second favourite series opener. 'Rose' will always be my favourite, considering it did a near perfect job of launching the show into the 21st century, but 'The Eleventh Hour' did a brilliant job of kickstarting the Moffat era. My scores:

  • Episode Rating9/10
  • Effectiveness as an Opener: 9/10
  • Monster Rating: 7.5/10
  • Character Rating: 8/10

This gives the episode a total score of 33.5/40 So far this leaves the episode one ‘Leader-board’ looking like this:

  1. Rose35/40
  2. The Eleventh Hour: 33.5/40
  3. Smith And Jones27/40
  4. New Earth: 22.5/40
  5. Partners In Crime15/40

3 weeks, 4 days ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: The Eleventh Hour

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Why couldn't this all happen AFTER the new series has aired? Damn Mirror...


3 weeks, 5 days ago on Coleman on Exit Rumours: “I don’t want to tell you the truth”

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Without a doubt, this is definitely my least favourite series opener. It's not a terrible episode, but it's not at all exciting. 

  1. Episode Rating4/10
  2. Effectiveness as an Opener: 4/10
  3. Monster Rating: 2/10
  4. Character Rating: 5/10

This gives the episode a total score of 15/40 So far this leaves the Episode One ‘Leader-board’ looking like this:

  1. Rose: 34/40
  2. Smith And Jones27/40
  3. New Earth: 22.5/40
  4. Partners In Crime15/40

3 weeks, 5 days ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Partners in Crime

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