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@Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs Robot of Sherwood is easily his best script. He certainly has improved since Cold War =D!
16 hours, 26 minutes ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 1
Robot of Sherwood, a mild analysis and defense
This episode is amazing in my eyes, purely because Gatiss writes his script in a way which means that he can address some complex character issues within the fun banter.
People say that this episode should have had the Eleventh Doctor, and while I feel like that would work, the story would have lost its main core. Capaldi at this point is still unsure who he is, and here he is being presented with a perfect hero, aka, his former self. His annoyance at Robin comes from the fact that the Twelfth Doctor sees himself as flawed and refuses to believe in perfect heroes. He scolds Clara for believing in Robin Hood with some great dialogue-
"When did you start believing in impossible heroes?"
"When did you stop?"
I don't have the actual quote, but it's lines like that which means this episode contains truly personal questions for the characters. And that's why I love it.
Let's also not mention great guest performances from Tom Reiley and Ben Miller, a plot which is paced perfectly and Capaldi being absolutely hilarious. My only flaw is the ridiculous arrow solution, which was similar to many endings in Series 7B.
Deep Breath: 8/10. This episode increased slightly in quality after a rewatch. I was unfairly comparing it to the Eleventh Hour, when DB is more character driven and while it doesn't have a Doctor Moment, it works as it is the first development of Twelve's character arc.
Into the Dalek: 8/10. Another increased score. Still slightly rushed with the Dalek threat not being satisfactory, but still a great story with some really black humour.
"Yeah, top layer, if you want a few words."
I love Series 8 so much! I love loving Who!
16 hours, 30 minutes ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 1
Surprised City of Death isn't mentioned. Everything about that story is perfect!"You're a beautiful women, probably."
So glad to see love for the Pirate Planet. A great script with Tom Baker giving a fantastic performance. The conversation with the Captain which you've quoted is one of my all time favourite Four moments. The story is so great I want to watch it again! 'Scuse me...
*100 minutes later*
Yeah, I love Douglas Adams. Not a fan of Logopolis though, with Episode One being one of the strangest things I have ever seen. The regeneration was absolutely marvellous though.
1 day, 14 hours ago on Tom Baker: The Beginning, End and In-Between (Part 2)
Series 7, Series 7. On the surface most stories are alright, 7A is actually pretty good.
But when you have stories like Cold War (which destroyed the Ice Warriors), Hide (which destroyed everything I love about Who), JTTCOTT (which destroyed any chance of having another story like this) and ruining a would be perfect Cyber two parter, there is a problem.
Add on top of that a Doctor who has forgotten what made him great, a bland and entirely plot focused companion (the Doctor trilogy sorted that out), a mediocre Dalek story, a mediocre Angels story, a series with no narrative thrust other than "Who is Clara?" and no emotional thrust other than "Who is Clara?". Even Series 2 had more focus on the emotions! As a result, despite some great stories, Series 7 is my least favourite series.
1. A Town Called Mercy- 9
2. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship- 9
3. The Snowmen- 9
4. The Power of Three- 7
5. Asylum of the Daleks- 5
6. The Angels take Manhatten- 5
1. The Doctor trilogy- 10
2. The Rings of Akhaten- 9
3. The Crimson Horror- 7
4. The Bells of Saint John- 6
5. Nightmare in Silver- 5
6. JTTCOTT- 2
7. Cold War- 2
8. Hide- 0 (voted 1, although it deserves -1).
So after all that, thank Moffat for Series 8. Time to get positive again!
1 day, 16 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012-2013 Recap
I love the Invasion of Time. The final episodes fail as an epic chase in the Tardis is nothing more than running through warehouses, but the first episodes are great. It establishes Baker as an unpredictable force.
Despite my criticisms of Robert Holmes, I do like the Talons of Weng Chiang, even though like most of his work I fail to see why it is so acclaimed. The Deadly Assassin is a lot better in my eyes.
2 days, 3 hours ago on Tom Baker: The Beginning, End and In-Between (Part 1)
Oh, and the run from Name of the Doctor to The Caretaker is superb! All high ranking episodes!
2 days, 17 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 3
Finally! Good episodes! All perfect 10's. These stories almost make up for the horrible abominations before them. Name is a character driven nostalgia trip, Day is a perfect celebration of the show and Time is a powerful and quietly touching end to Matt's era. I only wish that the final series itself was better.
"Calling the War Council of Gallifrey, this is the Doctor!"
"You might say, I've been doing this all my lives!""Good luck"
"Commencing calculations!""Soon be there!""Across the boundaries that cross one universe frrrom another!"
"I'll lock onto his coordinates..."
"And for my next trick..."
"I'd never thought I'd be well off! All twelve of them!""No sir! All thirteen!"
@Gustaff @Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things The kids suck. The Cybermen should have upgraded them! Like I said, it's not that good.
3 days, 16 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 2
*Inhales, raises finger* You know, let's talk positive first.
The Crimson Horror: My favourite stand alone Part 2 story. It actually feels complete, with a fun plot and a Hinchcliffe esque tone. The story makes no sense but I can look past that when an episode is this fun. 8/10.
Nightmare in Silver: Why does everyone hate this? Sure the story and pacing could improve, but there is a great setting and decent Cyber action, with a fantastic Matt performance. But yeah, it isn't THAT good. 5/10.
Bye bye optimism... Hide is coming... help!
So, let's discuss "that" story-
Cold War, or as I like to call it: Boring Dalek. Where do I begin? First of all, the Doctor. Matt Smith is great as usual, but the writing for him is bland and repetitive. Make jokes? Check. You're better than this speech? Check. Fast paced exposition? Check. It's the beginning of a trend of poorly written Eleven scripts, both in character and story.
And now: Clara. Was she IN this story? She does nothing and we learn nothing about her character. There is something about her being scared but that isn't resolved and isn't a good arc. Most useless use of a companion since the Fifth Doctor era.
You know what? I'm just going to say it. This is just like Warriors of the Deep, a terrible underwater story with a terribly executed returning foe and being an all around horrible experience. Even the production values are roughly the same!
So right, Cold War. Let's discuss the "Ice Warrior". I say "Ice Warrior" because apart from the name and appearance, this creature is no different from any other Who monster. He's a cyborg, like the Cybermen. He's the "last of his kind", like the Metaltron Dalek. He declares war on the human race, just like every single monster.
Mark, this isn't an obscure returning foe like the Macra, the Ice Warriors are hugely popular and this simply isn't good enough. And if I watch an Ice Warrior story, I don't expect a lizard which runs around gutters and preaches.
The characters. What characters? When compared to other supporting characters in other base under siege stories, these are terrible. I don't even know their names. The captain is shouty, the old man is unfunny comic relief and anyone else is a massive red shirt. The scene where Clara is talking to the old man could have been poignant like the Rose/Nancy scene in the Empty Child, but instead it's a joke. What a waste.
The logic. THE LOGIC! Why does the red shirt crack open the ice? How does an Ice Warrior look like a mammoth? Why does the other guy attack Skaldak? Why did the Tardis disappear? Because we need a Classic series reference and a contrived way to keep the Tardis away from the characters. And don't get me started on the ending...
So, is there anything I like? Well, the direction was good... and the Ice Warrior suit looked cool... and the music was good... the acting was good... yeah that's about it.
2/10. But at least the following episodes made up for this and this is just a rare fluke that... HAHAHAHHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! What a joke! I'm not looking forward to tomorrow...
4 days, 16 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1
This is...early. Oh well:
The Bells of St John is a fun thriller, though as a story it kind of fails. Clara is introduced well, and the action is great. Moffat wasn't lying when he said this was a Bond esque story, right down to the amazing climax. The pre credits itself is a thing of beauty, and is one of my favourites. However, the pacing is off and the Spoonheads and the GI are once again underused, and their isn't much story, so it must get a 6/10.
The Rings of Akhaten: Oh, what a story. I don't think a single story has divided as many people than this. If I went to a supermarket and they ran out of marmite, I expect to see this episode in its place (not that I'd shop for marmite). Still, I love this story. It is such simple storytelling, and watching it is a joyous experience. After several dark and broody episodes, an episode this visually stunning and unique is just great. Matt and Jenna both give great performances and I love how in the first half it's just a new companion experiencing her first adventure. No threat, no monsters, just fun.
And then, the speech:
Okay, then. That’s what I’ll do. I’ll tell you a story.
Can you hear them? All these people who've lived in terror of you and your judgement. All these people whose ancestors devoted themselves, sacrificed themselves, to you. Can you hear them singing?
Oh, you like to think you're a god, but you're not a god. You're just a parasite eaten out with jealous and envy and longing for the lives of others. You feed on them. On the memory of love and loss and birth and death and joy and sorrow. So...so come on, then. Take mine. Take my memories. But I hope you've got a big appetite, because I've lived a long life, and I've seen a few things.
I walked away from the Last Great Time War. I marked the passing of the Time Lords. I saw the birth of the universe, and I watched as time ran out, moment by moment, until nothing remained. No time, no space – just me. I've walked in universes where the laws of physics were devised by the mind of a madman! I've watched universes freeze and creations burn! I have seen things you wouldn't believe! I have lost things you will never understand! And I know things. Secrets that must never be told, knowledge that must never be spoken, knowledge that will make parasite gods blaze! SO, COME ON, THEN! TAKE IT! TAKE IT ALL, BABY! HAVE IT! YOU HAVE IT ALL!!
This episode is the only story in this half of the series (aside from Name) where the Doctor felt ancient, and Matt gives a phenomenal performance. He is literally acting against a green screen, and is still able to give a fantastic speech which is a defining Eleven moment. It's scripts like this, Day of the Moon, Dinosaurs on A Spaceship and all the Whithouse scripts where I love the Eleventh the most, as in all of these he proves to be multi layered and old, a stark contrast to the later stories of this series (spoilers).
All that said though, there are still flaws. The Vigil and Mummy were definitely underused, and as great as Clara's speech is, there is no competition against the Doctor's speech. There is also a lack of closure for the people of Akhaten. We go from death by leaf to in the Tardis. How are Akhaten going to survive without a sun? As much as the good stuff is so god, the flaws can't be ignored so this episode gets a 7/10, though it personally is a 9.
As for the "other" episode, well, I like to talk positive here, so I'm not going to discuss it. Soon, Cold War will here my wrath...
4 days, 17 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1
Men in Black? The Alliance of Shades maybe?
4 days, 19 hours ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain
I genuinely shouted "Woah" when I saw the alien. Then I saw that it was smiling and it was fine...
*runs into a corner and cries that the Tenerife monster will come"
The Power of Three should have had a better ending. Everything was perfect until the Shakri appeared. Too many unanswered questions mean this almost perfect episode has to have a 7/10.
The Angels take Manhatten is emotional, but also makes no sense. Couldn't the Doctor visit Amy and Rory somewhere else, as only New York is "time locked". The Angels are also weak in this story, and it seems like a combination of Blink and the God Complex (which the Ponds should have left in). 5/10
The Snowmen is one of the most entertaining stories ever. It's hilarious and imaginative, and sets up what could be a great series (optimism fades...). My only gripe is the villains. If you get Richard E Grant and Gandalf/Magneto himself, Sir Ian McKellan, as the villains then make them threatening. The snowman threat is like a whole separate plot from the Doctor/Clara stuff, so the villain is weak (though the GI was a great twist). 9/10.
5 days, 15 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2
I love Part One of Series 7. Some strong stories:
Asylum of the Daleks: Lots of plot holes, and the story doesn't really live up to the hype of all the Daleks appearing (the Special Weapons Dalek was a welcome cameo). Still entertaining and with a massive surprise I did not see coming. I personally thought this should have been a Cyber story, and Closing Time should have had the Autons or Zygons. 5/10.
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship: Oh how I love thee. This script really shouldn't be this good, but Chibnall understands how a fun romp works and writes a hilarious and creative script with fun characters, amazing effects, Matt Smith showing humour and depth to his performance and Solomon being the best villain in the entire series. The only downside is the robots. 9/10
A Town Called Mercy: I used to not like this one, and I don't know why. Maybe because I was expecting so much because of Whithouses's previous work that I was disappointed. But now I see it as a powerful character based drama which is far and away the best story of the series, with an intense performance by Smith, who has given three of his best performances with Whithouse's scripts. 9/10. I only have three things which stop it from being a 10-
1) Not enough Rory. This is the Doctor and Amy show, so Rory is pushed to the side Turlough style, contributing very little to the story.
2) The ending makes no sense. Why couldn't Jex just let the Gunslinger kill him instead of running to his ship and risking the lives of the townsfolk? He could have made the same speech in front of the person who he tortured, which would have been more powerful.
3) The narration is pointless. The episode could have worked without it.
So a great start to Matt Smith's final series. This could go Series 4 style, or it could not...
6 days, 16 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 1
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things So there's two buttons. They can speak through the door, and Amy goes to the Tardis for her phone and leaves the other two. The Doctor and Rory go to one room, then Amy leaves the Tardis and without checking where the other two are presses another button. There's a reason it's a quarantine!
Didn't she think to check where the others where? And she blames all of this on the Doctor, when she is the sole reason she got herself into this whole mess? The situation is set up by stupidity!
Phew, need to calm down. If you like the episode, then go ahead and like it =D!
1 week ago on Rank the Revival: 2010-2011 Recap
A great two series. Sadly, Series 7 will force even me, the Moffat optimist, to be more negative than I have been. Anyway, so far-
1. The God Complex
2. Vincent and the Doctor
3. The Doctor's Wife
4. The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon
5. A Christmas Carol
2. The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People
3. The Girl Who Waited (when the script requires the characters to literally press buttons to get them where they need to be for the plot, you know you have a lazy script).
Anyhow, for those who don't like that final statement, don't worry, Series 7 will be here soon...
As for the rest:
3, 6, 6, 1.
I find the Girl Who Waited to be too complex with too many contrivances and convenient things happening to justify the emotions. (Look at me I'm a target!)
Closing Time should be one I hate because it treats the Cybermen as easily defeatable robots. I can't deny the character stuff and emotion though, so it is good television.
Wedding starts off perfect, but the resolution of the arc is unsatisfying.
TDTWATW is boring. Really, really boring. Moffat tries to replicate A Christmas Carol yet fails to have the character or the plot which made it work.
Overall a mixed end to the series, with a brilliant story to forgive it and the entire series.
1 week, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 3
Ok, doing this on Word the night before hand because I feel
like I need to say this as quickly as possible: The God Complex is the BEST
story I have ever seen. It has the most substance, the most heart, the most
imagination and the most emotion and it is the story which made Toby Whithouse
my favourite writer, Nick Hurran my favourite Who director and Matt Smith my
I’ve seen long posts about episodes like The Impossible
Astronaut (which I completely agree with) and why particular episodes are
favourites amongst the DWTV commentators (looking at you supermoff, I love
Series 6 too). So I feel like it’s my turn to explain why this episode is the
one which I have chosen as my favourite. Let’s
Whithouse brings the Eleventh Doctor to life and this
episode is a flawless example of this incarnation. A script this complex (hehe)
would be hard to pull of acting wise, especially given the personal stakes of
the story, but Matt Smith completely delivers in a multi layered and riveting
performance. This is, in my eyes, his best performance, as he understands this
character and the consequences this episode has on him.
To fully understand his character growth in this story, you
need to look back to his era so far. When you think about it, the Eleventh
Doctor’s emotional victories are few and far between. He contemplates killing
an innocent creature, The Daleks escape, he witnesses the Saturyne race die, he
fails to make peace between humans, Silurians and Gangers, witnesses Rory die
and is forced to live with the guilt, loses the only opportunity to speak to
his TARDIS (and loses an innocent life in the process), murders Amy and has
people die in battle in Demon’s Run just for him. Yet, in the face of all these
defeats on a personal level, he still makes jokes, still remains optimistic,
because he has one thing: Amy. The first face this face saw, and as long as she
is safe and stays with him, he is happy because, and this is important, he knows he can save her.
Rita points out that he has a god complex, and this is the
Eleventh Doctor’s fatal flaw: self-confidence. Now there’s nothing wrong with
that, but too much and he loses the very thing that is keeping him the way he
is. In this episode, there is no villain, no technobabble, no way to keep Amy
safe except admit his mistakes. In 45
minutes he loses friends and fails to save a dying creature, but perhaps the
biggest blow is losing his friend, losing what he stands for.
The Doctor loses. Fair and square. He realises what he is,
and pays the ultimate consequence. That’s why Eleven is my favourite, because
of this character arc. In my eyes, this episode is the true finale of Series 6,
as it resolves all the Eleventh Doctor’s character and emotions in a satisfying
way. His speech to Amy is my absolute favourite Doctor Who scene, and with
Murray Gold’s score it always moves me in a way no other story does:
“I can't save you from
this. There's nothing I can do to stop this. I stole your childhood and now
I've lead you by the hand to your death. But the worst thing is, I knew. I knew
this would happen. This is what always happens. Forget your faith in me. I took
you with me because I was vain. Because I wanted to be adored. Look at you.
Glorious Pond. The girl who waited for me. I'm not a hero. I really am just a
mad man in a box. And it's time we saw each other as we really are. Amy
Williams, it's time to stop waiting.”
Amy and Rory
This is as much Amy’s story as it is the Doctor’s.
Everything she does builds up to the final scene. Her conversation with Gibbis,
her willingness to follow the Doctor and the way she believes he will escape
the situation with no problem shows her loyalty. This links back to the
character growth of the Doctor, but also to Amy herself. She learns who the
Doctor is, the dangers of travelling and the nature of fear and the importance
of not believing in fairy stories. If The Big Bang was a story with fairytales
as its central theme, the God Complex is almost a parody of it. The lesson here
is: don’t believe in perfection or perfect people. Sometimes what they appear
to you is not what they are. This is also true of Gibbis, who I’ll discuss
And now, Rory. Rory is the moral highpoint of this
masterpiece. He isn’t jaded by stories nor does he have a high opinion of
himself, making him the perfect foil to both other protagonists. His usual
quips like “Every time the Doctor gets pally with someone, I have this overwhelming
urge to notify their next-of-kin” actually mean a lot, as he can see past the
Doctor’s illusion and notice flaws within his character. He also has the most
important line in the whole story: “I'd forgotten not all victories are about
saving the universe.” He is referring to Howie in the context of the
conversation, but he is also referring to the Doctor and once again, the
emotional and personal stakes of this story.
The supporting cast
Next to Midnight I haven’t seen such a fleshed out and
varied supporting cast in Doctor Who. Every one of them serve the story. Joe
may seem like a bland possessed person, and he is, but he is there to show the
Minotaur’s power and threat. Rather than telling us how powerful, dangerous or
important something is Robert Holmes style, Whithouse shows us everything: the
effect of the hotel, the Minotaur’s abilities, each of the characters fears and
Howie is a fun character, who is fuelled by the belief of conspiracies and is
essentially a massive nerd. His interplay with Rory is hilarious. He is the
least developed main supporting cast, but is still miles better than any other
Series 6 supporting character (outside of Canton).
Rita is the most important supporting character. She
definitely is companion material, from her initiative and her curious nature.
She is bound by her religion and to the Doctor, the kind of person who he wants
to travel with. Her death is incredibly powerful, as the Doctor sees someone
who was influenced and followed orders from him die, which links in with the
main theme of the story.
Gibbis is the most interesting, as he is essentially the
most antagonistic character. This story has no villain, instead it has people
who are flung into a situation, each with their own theories and beliefs.
Gibbis lies, manipulates and is a coward. He only cares for himself and to be
presented with a monster who wants to murder him terrifies him. In a strange
bit of irony, the reason the Minotaur can’t feast on Gibbis is because it and
the Weeping Angels have made him lose his faith, his faith of being enslaved
and having others care for him.
While the script is the real star, other aspects of the
production must be noted. All the performances are fantastic and Nick Hurran’s
direction is perfect. His use of slow motion, tracking shots and clever editing
make this story a joy to watch visually. Murray Gold’s music is unique and
powerful, and it is probably his most diverse episode. His inclusion of
screams, whispers and a choir make the soundtrack one of the most unique in the
history of the show.
While the gorilla may seem silly (though it might be
intentional), the Minotaur is fantastic and is a spectacular creation.
This is my perfect episode, and it is my favourite. I
haven’t even discussed the parallels between the Doctor and the Minotaur, the
subtext of religion or the way it escalates tension. If this post is unreadable
then I understand (I can’t analyse) but I hope I have expressed why I love this
episode so much.
The God Complex: ∞/10.
I love Tom's Doctor but I will admit I find the Gothic era slightly overrated. I love Genesis of the Daleks, The Ark in Space, The Seeds of Doom and the Deadly Assassin but the rest are merely good or ones I don't enjoy.
I much prefer the Williams era, with stories like Image of the Fendhal, The Pirate Planet and City of Death all being some of my favourites and the Fourth Doctor seems more suited to the larger than life, out there stories in that era and Romana and K9 are a brilliant companion duo.
I love Sarah Jane but mostly because of SJA and her adventures with the Third and Tenth Doctors. With Four her character dipped slightly, apart from stories like Genesis where she opposed the Doctor morally. That's the Sarah Jane I love.
From this point on we reach the JNT era, which I have... mixed feelings to say the least...
1 week, 1 day ago on Doctor Who In Perspective 1974-1981
Well that last paragraph went wrong XD!
1 week, 2 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 2
The Flesh two parter is only saved by Rory and the final twist. The rest is plot hole ridden, boring and a rehash of the Silurian two parter. (3/10)
A Good Man Goes to War is fantastic, only let down by the fact that Jack couldn't appear. It has one of my favourite Eleven moments: 9/10.
" Run away. I want you to be famous for those exact words. I want children laughing outside your door cause they found the house of Colonel Run Away. And when, you try to get to me, through the people I LOVE, is in any way a good idea... I want them to tell you your name."
I like that Shredder theory! Wouldn't put it past Moffat.
1 week, 3 days ago on Master Plan? The Mysteries of Missy
Oh, and make a Canton spin off. I don't care if it's television or audio. Canton Delware Everett III, defending America from aliens. I can see this work!
1 week, 3 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 1
TIA/DOTM is one of the most enjoyable stories of all time, with an epic scale, a complex plot and fantastic characterisation. It has flaws but I don't care, it still gets a 10.
COTBS is just silly. Not bad, silly. Could have been better, but could have been worse. 5/10
TDW: What to say? Just brilliant. 10/10.
Despite all my criticisms of the finale, I once again have to praise Arthur Darvill and Rory. In two episodes he decapitates a Cyberman, shoots a Dalek and guards a box with his fiance for 2,000 years. That is brilliant and one aspect of the story I have no problem praising.
"Trust the plastic."
1 week, 4 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 3
@supermoff I think the Krafayis works, as it is the catalyst for the visit to Vincent. It and Vincent are also both outsiders. I really like the parallel. I can understand people thinking it is unneeded though.
@supermoff @Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things I see. Must have missed it. There is so much going on in the story a throwaway line escaped me. Need to watch it again with all your new corrections.
@Antee991166 @Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things That's actually true. Opinions are opinions. =D!
Ok, that happened. Anyway...
The Big Bang: Uh oh, controversy alert. So this is why I can't call Series 5 my favourite or even one of my favourites, because the final episode isn't very good in my eyes, even after a rewatch. What bothers me is that there isn't a villain or a threat here, apart from an obligatory Dalek, so the pacing drags and there isn't anything at stake. Sure the universe will blow up (or has it already, I don't know) but everyone treats it like it's not a big deal. Also the Pandorica is opened by the screwdriver? Cop out much?But easily my biggest flaw with the whole thing is the "reboot the universe" business. Why isn't there a Turn Left effect? Did Amy imagine up the entirety of the Doctor Who universe. All the adventures still happened but what happened to everything? Did the Time Lords, Daleks and everything not exist? Did the return of the Doctor cause the whole universe to reset again? So Moffat uses three universes in one story? That is confusing.
That said though, I can't hate the story, because part one was brilliant, or the episode, as it had brilliant and touching moments. i just wish more care went into the story.
A Christmas Carol: Timey wimey done right. Amazing. 10/10.
Ahhh Vincent. Proof you don't need timey wimey, a complex villain or nostalgia to create brilliant television. 10/10 easily, one of my favourites.
The Lodger: Very fun and experimental, with a weak villain 9/10
The Pandorica Opens: Perfect event television. 10/10
A UNIT story with the Master? Looks like we're back to reversing the polarity... =D!
1 week, 4 days ago on Missy Back in Two-Part Series 9 Opener
Also, may I point out how awesome Rory is? Fighting a fish with a broom, shoving old ladies off a roof, being the leader of the human side in Cold Blood? Just a sign of how cool he is, and how cool he will be...
1 week, 5 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 2
The Vampires of Venice is probably Whithouse's weakest script, but it is still awesome. It is a deep insight into the Doctor's morality (something which Whithouse is great at doing) and is just fun. Reminds me of the Visitation in a way. 9/10
Amy's Choice is very underrated, but I love it. It may not have the emotional punch of later stories, but as a character study it is perfect. 10/10
I don't get the hate for the Silurian two parter. It has flaws (the crack showing up again, despite it being utilised better, some recycled dialogue), but it is smart and well written, incredibly entertaining and a great return for the Silurians. 9/10
You know, this poll is really making me appreciate this series more. It might beat Series 6, depends if my re watch of the finale changes my previous view of it (which wasn't very positive, but who knows, I might like it again). =D!
The Moffat era: my favourite. Although Matt wouldn't become my favourite Doctor till Series 6, his first series is pretty good, though not my favourite, as I'll explain later.TEH- 9/10: Pacing issues, but everything else is superb.
TBB- 6/10: A story I just like watching, even if it is a mess.
VOTD- 5/10: Amazing first half, rushed second half. Not terrible though
TTOA- 10/10: Perfect set up, brilliant scares and a hell of a cliffhanger
FOS- 6/10: A bit of a mess, with too much emphasis on the cracks and the ANGELS MOVE! Great climax though.
A great start to my favourite Doctor. The awesomeness is still to come...
1 week, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 1
Best Series: Series 4
Worst Series: Series 2
Best companion: Donna
Best story: Human Nature/The Family of Blood
Worst story: Love and Monsters
Story I like which many people don't: 42
Story I don't like which many people do: The Parting of the Ways (my opinion remember, doesn't stop you from hailing it as a masterpiece).
Great time for the show, although for the first two seasons it was pretty inconsistent. Pretty much anything Russel wrote (apart from Rose, Christmas Invasion and Tooth and Claw) were either terrible or heavily flawed. Thankfully he improved and made great scripts like Gridlock, Midnight, Turn Left and the Waters of Mars.
For me the best stories of this era (bar the latter three examples above) were all written by others.
The Moffat era approaches...
2 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: RTD Era Recap
@Mark McCullough @Malohkeh, not a member of any acronyms I've got six words:
"Half human on my mother's side".
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2009-10 Specials
POTD: Meh. Christina is irritating, the Stingrays are not threatening and it just happens. Malcom is awesome though. 3/10
TWOM: Brilliant. Just brilliant. Nuff said. 10/10
TEOT: A guilty pleasure. It's not a good story but I enjoy it for it's epicness, Wilf, Donna and the Time Lords. Not to mention Eleven's entrance is great. 6/10 and 5/10
OK, the rest of the run-
Midnight: Claustrophobic, terrifying and complex, with Tennant giving one of his best performances. One of RTD's best. 10/10
Turn Left: Wow. Astoundingly mature storytelling, with a horrifying alternate reality and Catherine Tate owning it in her best performance (and they said she couldn't do drama...). Donna is funny, touching, and deep in one of the strangest, yet most emotionally powerful stories ever. 10/10
The Stolen Earth: The Avengers, four years before and with Doctor Who. One of the most epic episodes ever, the Stolen Earth is just 45 minutes of sheer awesome. The Dalek music in this story= awesome. There is no need for a Doctor Who movie, as this is it. 10/10
The Next Doctor: I feel like I'm repeating all of my Christmas reviews here. A good romp with Cybermen, and that's all I need. Still not denying the fact it just isn't very good, but I don't hate it. 5/10
And that concludes Series 4, or as I like to call it, WA-HOO!
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2008 Part 3
Before I do anything I would like to do my defense of Journey's End. It won't be as long as many defenses on this site but here goes-
No, Journey's End isn't perfect. There ARE too many characters, the ending is unsatisfactory ( although it isn't a deus ex machina as I'll explain later) and Davros is underused. But in my eyes it does a great job of wrapping up the Series 4 arc which to me is: Humanity.
Think about it. Partners in Crime had a plot fuelled by human's obsession to make themselves perfect (aka less fat). The Fires of Pompeii had humans continue the legacy of the city, Planet of the Ood showed humans as evil, The Poison Sky and the Doctor's Daughter showed humanity's response during warfare, Silence in the Library had the world constructed by the human mind and Midnight and Turn Left both showed what happens to people if the Doctor can't do anything to stop a threat.That's the beauty of Series 4 and why I think it is the best series, and the finale is the epitome of these themes. Good people like Jack, Sarah Jane and Martha contemplate world destruction for the safety of reality. It's not what the Doctor would do, but it's what humans do. However, in the end, humanity are safe not just because of the Doctor and Donna but because they persevered and survived through hope.
The DoctorDonna is not the best ending I'll admit, but I find it far more acceptable than the Bad Wolf solution. The Doctor's hand and regeneration energy was an already established part of the story set up in part 1. It is an ending with a perfectly justified reasoning behind it, even if it isn't the best in my opinion.
I'll write up my thoughts on the rest of the episodes later.
Ah, the Doctor's Daughter. The only bad story in this entire series. If it wasn't for you I'd call this the greatest run in Who history.
So, now we've got THAT out of the way, let's resume with my Series 4 gushing-
TUATW- 9/10: Just so fun! The only flaw is that I wish the climax was more akin to the tone of a detective story. Other than that it is perfection! Easily one of the funniest Who scripts along with City of Death and The Doctor Dances. The detox scene is, no joke, one of the funniest things I have ever seen. "I need salt!" "How's this?" "What is it?" "Salt!" "Too salty" "Oh it's too salty. Donna is so bloody awesome in this one
SITL/FOTD- 10/10: Perfection. First class writing, acting, plotting and directing. To date my favourite Moffat script ever. Funny, heartbreaking, clever, inventive and terrifying, this is one of my all time favourites.
Tomorrow I will resume my Series 4 love letter! Why is this series so good?
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2008 Part 2
@TheNightmareChild: Most Generous Voter @supermoff "You're not mating with me sunshine!"
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2008 Part 1
Series 4-my favourite series ever! Donna, the writing, the acting, Donna, the story arc, the humour, the themes, Donna- everything just works.
PIC: 7/10 (one of the weakest stories, but only because the rest is so good)
TFOP: 10/10 (simply stunning. Sheer brilliance, with my favourite Donna line: "You fought them off, with a WATER PISTOL!? I bloody love you!")
POTO: 10/10 (Hugely underrated and beautiful. Why can't all Who be this good?)
TSS/TPS: 9/10 (Action packed, fun and a stunning reintroduction to the Sontarans, as well as establishing themes expanded in Midnight, Turn Left and Journey's End)
And this is only the beginning. We haven't even reached Forest of the Dead! I love being so positive about RTD Who so consistently!
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things @Trillian @The_War_Braden Whoops XD! You meant real world islands! Stupid me!
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Blink Director for Series 9
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things @Trillian @The_War_Braden Islands spawning over the world. Brilliant!
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @Trillian @The_War_Braden Now THAT's a premise!
Global UNIT threat? The population of the world about to be killed? So exciting =D!
@DaftDalek is the Aphex Twin Doctor My favourite arc is the emotional character arc of the Eleventh Doctor from his optimistic victories in Series 5 and Series 6 Part 1 to his crushing personal defeats of Part 2 (or more specifically the God Complex) . Not to mention the arc itself was fascinating. Series 3, 4, 6 and 8 and the best arcs in my opinion.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 3
@TheNightmareChild: Most Generous Voter Now THAT is an analysis. Well done!
I love the Master three parter. LOTTL has its problems (Yoda Doctor, Jesus Doctor) but it is an enthralling character driven drama which captivates me every time. The individual episodes get a 9, 10 and 7.
Blink is awesome, but it really is a one trick pony. It certainly scared me, but repeat viewings don't hold up as much. Still a great story though (9/10)
Voyage is just depressing really. It has its moments but is overall too dark and melodramatic for me (5/10).
Series 3 is my 4th favourite series =D!