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6, 6, 5
The Bells of St John was okay for the action quotient, but felt like a re-tread of lots of familiar things. Definitely with the wi-fi I felt as though Moffat was trying too hard to make something normal scary. And "snog-box" was cringey and horrible.
Akhaten is a terrible episode. No action at all. The entire episode is pure dialogue. Market scene - dialogue. First song - dialogue. In the temple - dialogue. Climax - dialogue. Sun defeated by - yes, dialogue. That being said the music is great throughout, and I liked both the opening montage of CLara's life and obviously the epic speech. Those elements save it from being more of a 3.
Cold War - one of the equally most dull episodes of New Who. Despite a great cast, I never felt the congested nature of the setting - instead it was merely bleak and boring. The Ice Warrior looked great, but I didn't like it coming out of the uniform. Clara felt completely unnecessary and some of the plot points felt far too forced for my liking, but that's Gatiss for you.
4 days, 15 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1
Ah, Series 7. You wonderful piece of tripe.
4, 6, 7.
AOTD is the worst Dalek story of them all. Completely undermines so much of them, the plotholes are ridiculous, the Oswin twist was the most predictable ever (though kudos for the eggs...eggs...exterminate line) and Amy and Rory felt truly unnecessary. The ending is abysmal, too - the "Doctor Who" chants were painful. And the fact that the Daleks suddenly rely on a hive mind is crap, I mean, The Doctor is such a fundamental part of their history that he cannot simply be erased.
Dinosaurs is filler. Ok, funny, dark in places. Premise doesn't achieve potential though, but fantastic CGI. Didn't really like Nefertiti or Ridder though, felt completely superfluous to the story. Bradley was brilliant as Solomon though, and as a filler episode, it was fairly entertaining.
ATCM is better, perhaps in part down to Whithouse, who is terrific. Isaac's death was great, but felt too early in the episode. Pacing problems aplenty began here in Series 7 for me, I felt as though we needed at least one or two more scenes with him before this happened. The dilemma was great, though, but Amy turned The Doctor around too quickly. He should have rigged the pod to kill Jex as he escaped and THEN realised his mistake. Also, Amy and Rory were completely pointless in this episode once again. On the whole, though, a better episode.
6 days, 13 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 1
Rebel Flesh/Almost People - 3 and 6 - This would be an average 1-parter but is awfully thin. Sure, it's meant to be glum and isolated but the colour tone of the episodes just made it bleak and boring. NIce character moments but the pace is just so slow! The excitement and momentum of Series 6 to this point is killed straight away. The "reveal" that there was a clone Doctor was spoiled massively way before airing, and even if not it was very very very obvious and made for a dull cliffhanger. Part 2 is better as The Doctors interact - of course a flesh version of him would never be evil - and the arc comes into play more - Kovarian, Amy's conversation with the wrong Doctor, the twist at the end. Would be even higher if not for the dreadful and unnecessary CGI monster at the end.
AGMGTW - 9. Very good. Interesting characters introduced. Dorium and Manton play wonderful roles. The idea is great and the way we don't see The Doctor for 17 whole minutes at the start is tense and exciting. The twists are great but the "fall" of The Doctor is a bit melodramatic, and the end revelation of "who" River was was underwhelming. Very enjoyable and high-stakes on the whole though, and believably so, which is a lot more than can be said for other episodes - Death in Heaven, for example.
Let's Kill Hitler - 7. Best bit here is Murray Gold's soundtrack. The 1938 Berlin backdrop feels wasted and as others have said the dialogue is often clunky. Mels is shoehorned in and the backstory doesn't sit right not having seen her before. River is thoroughly annoying here, the first time I felt that way about her, and it takes endless amounts of superb acting from Matt to save this episode. I didn't like the idea it jumped forwards 3 months or the fact that The Doctor couldn't find little Melody - why didn't he just ask River before leaving Demon's Run what had happened to her?
Night Terrors - 3. I'm being generous here. Scary in places but BORING BORING BORING. Again, Matt Smith is the ONLY decent thing here, his banter with the dad is mild fun, but George is annoying as heck, Amy and Rory really frustrated me for the first time - I just didn't care. The whole setting was like the Rebel Flesh again - dull and bleak. Tonally, despite visually creepy monsters, I felt the episode wasn't tense at all.
1 week, 2 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 2
Impossible Astronaut gets a 10. The FIRST opener in the revival to not have a new Doctor or companion to meet/settle in. IT cuts straight to the chase with action, excitement, and a shocking death - and then a twist. The way the team work so well together is great, and the way Toby Haynes works Canton's introduction to the TARDIS is brilliant. Keep up! Great ending, that astronaut sequence at the ending is hauntingly beautiful.
1 week, 3 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 1
and The Pandorica Opens through to Day of the Moon - the strongest 5 consecutive episodes in the history of Who.
1 week, 4 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 3
I won't labour the point, but A Christmas Carol is the greatest hour of Christmas TV/movietime ever. Absolutely magical - flying fish, shark rides, childhood ruined, silent night, timey-wimey, snow when clouds unlock, tragic love, it's perfect. Perfect. I watch it very lat every Xmas eve and always will.
Red dots? Must be Hydra bases. Crossover incomingggg
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Blink Director for Series 9
I firmly believe that Breaking Bad's Ozymandias episode (you know, the massive one where everything falls apart and crap hits the fan) is the best 45 minutes in television history. Generally, I tend not to compare to other shows, but when I think of the stakes in that program, how rich the writing and pacing is and how wonderfully character driven it is, then that has to be 10/10 quality. Given the DWTV's advice "10/10 = modern classic" (a la Blink) I can accept that Ozymandias is probably like a 12/10. But that always keeps me wary that very few Doctor Who episodes are perfect (and science fiction will always have plotholes that make things weaker on rewatch), so I try and judge fairly. Only a few episodes - Fear Her, Last of the Time Lords, In the Forest of the Night - are going to get really low scores, but at the same time, I'm not giving everything a 8/9/10 out of 10 simply because I love Doctor Who. Even within the better episodes of Who there is a massive quality range.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor Who and Episode Rankings
9, 9, 9, 3, 7 ...Last of the Time Lords is definitely in the worst five episodes ever. Tarnishes the reputation of The Sound of Drums, which is a brilliant episode as they go rogue, focusing on Martha's collapsing world. I've ignored that association here to give tSoD a well-earned 9.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 3
Interesting article, but I can't stand most of Davison's era because of JNT's humour ban and Tegan's dreadful personality. Donna and Ten had a great back and forth relationship, but Tegan constantly berates and belittles Five way beyond the point of annoyance.
And Susan was a naff character, let's be honest.
On the other hand, with regards to Mel, she was going to have a proper "introduction" episode/serial in Season 24 before Colin Baker got sacked - and as she had clearly been shown as Six's companion in the future, it was impossible to fit it in with a new Doctor (but might have still been better than Time and the Rani).
3 weeks, 2 days ago on 10 Classic Companions Who Deserve A Return
7, 8, 5, 10, 9. Satan Pit would be 10 if it wasn't for the sheer ignorance of basing all your hopes on faith in Rose
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 2
@rowan5215 has two broken hearts @Who is the Doctor - member of CATS if we want to get nice and complicated, the Big Finish audio series Gallifrey sets up one of the characters of Romana's government (can't remember who) to go back to the 4th Doctor and set up the events of Genesis. This went against Romana's will, but she wouldn't have been president in the first place if it wasn't for The Doctor and the TARDIS... confusing!
1 month ago on Who and What Would the Doctor be without the TARDIS?
@ElyotWren @KingoftheOod4450 Series 7 just didn't go anywhere. Matt was great but the single-episodes were poorly paced and hardly any episodes had GREAT supporting characters like we'd been treated to in Series 1-6 - think of Reinette, Harriet Jones, Craig Owens, Octavian, Canton etc... the Ponds outstayed their welcome, the impossible girl arc was dull and it really petered out over the last three episodes (Name was great first time around but on re-watch, it's horrid)
1 month ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 4)
@jg007k @KingoftheOod4450 Yeah, it has the nonsense-fairlytale stuff that worked ok with 11, but badly here - Robot of Sherwood was clearly written for 11 and Forest is the worst episode of Doctor Who hands down. The lack of two-parters and cliffhangers was a bad hangover from Series 7 and therefore there was never enough excitement for the next episode. On the whole, the pacing of individual episodes was much better though, but the arc was somewhere between the two and ended up being diddly squat. I'm sorry, I agree with Capaldi but I really wasn't a Missy fan. It's like Moffat thinks The Master has fused with The Joker or something, not the remotest trace of Delgado left in the character.
And the Brigadier scene practically ruined the series for me.
Really disappointed Series 8 won, but can't expect much more with a "Best of 2014" award. The arc was dreary and the scripts were wildly inconsistent. Add in a very mediocre finale and it's hardly above the trash of Series 7.
32 days since the last Omega theory and I'm quite... oh, damn it, guys....
But nice theory. Feasibility 9/10, probability 3/10
1 month ago on Could Gallifrey Be in Omega’s Dimension?
Mummy is the only story without massive flaws. Dark Water is great as an episode, but then Death in Heaven is absolutely awful, on rewatch. Listen, Flatline and Last Christmas aren't bad.
1 month, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #13: TV Story
Looking back, most of these are naff. Nothing here is close to Roman Rory being badass while The Doctor destroys a Cyber-fleet. Or an unusual alternate universe culminating with the LAST person you'd expect to come out of the pandorica (alive!). etc etc. Mummy for me.
1 month, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #12: Pre-Title Sequence
I suspect a little more timey-wimey than Moffat's last finale. Perhaps a John Simm cameo. This will be Clara's last series in my opinion, and I think she'll definitely have a Gallifrey link.
My suggestion isn't fully formed, but I think:There's a huge twist about Clara and she realises that she's been an agent of the Time Lords all along - or perhaps an agent of her Gallifreyan version (which was created of course, to save The Doctor). Somehow The Doctor suffers a massive setback and simply needs help from Gallifrey, and Clara enables the return of Gallifrey. Then we're thrown back into this pocket universe and it is removed from "stasis", and then we see Simm turn into Gomez and escape, who then can have the whole Series 8 arc. Because of the paradox, the Time Lords/Clara/The Doctor reluctantly agree to send through the extra regenerations as seen in "Time of The Doctor" and then the problem in the first place leaves The Doctor and Clara trapped with Gallifrey in this pocket universe. Clara then sacrifices herself to restore Gallifrey to the universe, or something like that?
1 month, 1 week ago on Speculating on Series 9’s Big Cliffhanger (Part 1)
Particularly in Series 7 and 8, I've noticed the music less and less, and I'm a massive Murray Gold fan (I held a seance the day he left Twitter, having peed a little the time he'd replied to me before). Obviously there's been distinctive renditions of themes such as I am the Doctor and the wonderful music to Amy's goodbye, but on the whole, I feel as though it's melted in the background much more. Perhaps that is a good thing, but it makes this poll a lot harder. There's several episodes where I can't recall a single theme from - or a really powerful moment of music either - such as Robot of Sherwood, Time Hiest and In the Forest of the Night. I'm sure there were great musical moments but as the scripts have been naff it can be harder for the music to stand out I suppose.
As an aside, I feel both this poll and the last could be centered around moments/characters rather than whole episodes. For example, I voted Mummy on visuals for The Mummy, which was excellent on the whole, but Flatline had better moments of visual work etc.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #9: Music
Foretold, Boneless, The Teller. The rest were naff. The Foretold was closest to the sheer horror of some of classic Who, keeping that wonderfully slow pace (on screen, at least, 66 seconds is a long death). Conversely The Boneless is one of those great inventions of New Who, daring, terrifying. The Teller would maybe be higher up if it was a real "villain".
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #7: New Monster
Not much on offer here at all! Shona
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #4: Female Guest Actor
Ben Miller for me. Classic villain in all the right ways. The episode was uninspiring but every scene he was in certainly made up for it.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #3: Male Guest Actor
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Best of 2014 #2: Recurring Actor
@ElyotWren @KingoftheOod4450 I'm voting against her because I don't rate her acting. The speed she talks at, especially with sentences that could be quite poignant, make it sound as though she is rushing through the script for the first time, and I can only see Jenna, not Clara. A good example is that final scene of Mummy on the Orient Express where she changes her mind on The Doctor's way of life.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #1: Lead Actor
I can't tell if it's the way Moffat writes females or Jenna's acting but I hate how she unnaturally rushes lines all the time in a overly-decisive way. It's like the words are breaking through a dam, and I've never gotten used to it. That alone means Capaldi gets my vote here.
Kay as Caldwell was a really good character for the time - if done in NuWho, he would be the one-off character the audiences would really get behind. Caught between loyalty and morality, spurred on the strange goings-on that coincide with The Doctor's arrival, and then confident enough to take things into his own hands ...his character is probably the thing I remember the most about Colony in Space (apart from the dreadful 'pop' effect for the TARDIS materialising).
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Obituaries: Fiona Cumming, Bernard Kay
@Whogasms knows THAT MISSY TELEPORTED, NOT DIED! Mention him on the street, would 50%+ people know who you mean straight away by simply the name? He's a brilliant, big actor, don't get me wrong, but not quiiiiite a household name. Certainly not in the same way Michael Gambon or Kylie Mynogue are.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014) UK Ratings Accumulator
If Time was like Tennant's farewell, with a second episode on New Years Day and room to breathe, it would have a chance. I like the ideas, but loathe the actual portrayal of it all. Tasha Lem is cringeworthy throughout. Clara still feels useless-yet-the-magic-answer. The Weeping Angels cameo felt forced. But otherwise, much of it was brilliant but rushed way too quickly.
On the other hand I've already explained how ACC is not only the perfect Christmas Special in Who, but in all mediums of art and literature in general. Family, fish, proper use of time-travel, redemption, love, and an overwhelming Christmas vibe.
2 months ago on Festive Face-Off: The Time of the Doctor vs A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol by a country mile. Last Christmas wasn't bad, but ACC was Moffat's peak. After the brilliant Series 5 he delivered a sensational tale, with wonderful flying fish, a fantastic love story, perfectly capturing the emotions of children, adults, families and The Doctor alike. The soundtrack and visuals are sensational and time travel has never been utilised better. Definitive Christmas TV. 10/10.
After that we had the brilliant Series 6 opener, but Moffat's era has gradually become less and less engaging since. Series 6 had great moments but didn't measure up and Series 7 was a complete mess. The tone has been set right in Series 8 but there hasn't been a single, standout episode for some time. Last Christmas has continued that trend. You don't know where current Who is going in the short term, and that's a problem. I had little expectation for this episode and certainly wasn't disappointed, but I wasn't blown away either. A few good twists, great tension... but the whole thing felt like another cop-out and lacked any seriously distinctive Christmas vibes. 7/10.
2 months ago on Festive Face-Off: Last Christmas vs A Christmas Carol
All I know is, I love A Christmas Carol and watch it in the very early hours of Christmas Day every year. I avoid it all year round so as not to spoil it, because I really do enjoy it once a year. As Moffat teased when promoting it - it's the most Christmassy Christmas Special you'll ever see. Apart from the obvious adaptation (or in-story inspiration), something about the love story and the flying fish reek of an unexplainable Christmas vibe.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Christmas Conundrum
@SonicTheHedgehogRules Yeah I'd agree. Before we saw Missy, I argued with a housemate (who was very much Female-Doctor pro) that cross-gender regeneration on Gallifrey can't be normal - but I'd accept that if it was an enforced regeneration (a la a potion from Karn in Night of the Doctor) then that's reasonable. But clearly, it's not something that happens often.
After all, how many Time Lord regenerations have there been?13 for The Doctoralmost a dozen for The Master (including audio)
1 for the Rani (audio)Rassilon's had a fewRomana has had 3 (audio/books)Borusa, 3and so on... none of these have been cross-gender, so on stats alone, the number has got to be very very small, say a 1% chance of happening.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey
She'd dead. It's about time a character actually died, even if they are completely dispensable. Last time that happened with any real meaning was Harriet Jones? Can't think of anyone more recent. Jenny's double-death-and-return in Name of The Doctor being a good example of why this was necessary. That being said, I've never felt any overwhelming attachment to Osgood (though the same could be said of everything since "The Wedding of River Song")
3 months ago on Could Osgood Still Be Alive?
@Torrowan The Doctors each have plenty in common. Missy has nothing in common with Delgado. Moffat's truly ruined The Master for me.
3 months ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Final)
@Antee991166 @Doctavarium can't wait for Christmas @Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen @Alleigh I think 25 minutes is too short, but if we're talking, say 3 3-parters and a 4-parter for a series, then I'd love it. Ongoing arcs are better than "Promised Land" references or Missy cameos here and there. Cheaper to produce (sets etc) and allows better pacing and more believable stakes, for me. Win win all around.
3 months, 1 week ago on New Who Finale Face-Off: Your Top 8
@Doctavarium can't wait for Christmas @Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen @Alleigh The lack of cliffhangers hurt this series, for me. I like the anticipation of waiting for the next week. Even if easily resolved, a cliffhanger is far better than simply a trailer.
@troughton who? @Gustaff @ilyootha Have you seen him in The Thick of It opposite Capaldi? He starts slow but by Series 3 is an absolute star. Makes you smile with anticipation every time he comes on screen.
3 months, 1 week ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Classic Era)
Delgado shaped the character. His charisma was brilliant. The "crippled" versions are great, but for me only a desperate aspect of the character. Ainley and Roberts are enjoyable in their own ways, but Delgado steals it for me.
Series 5, then Series 1. After that it's a toss-up, they're all very inconsistent in their own ways. Doomsday has a nostalgia feel to me and certainly isn't the awful deus ex machina that S3 and S4 are, whilst S6 and S7 both suffered massively from being undercooked 1-parters. Death in Heaven really didn't excite me at all, comes somewhere in the middle.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)
@The Dreamer wants her Who Christmas NOW! It's practically 2 series though, 8 episodes in 7b, plus Asylum, Snowmen, Day and Time (which are feature-length) and that's a whole series worth. It's been 2.5 years since we first saw her as well. I feel - unless we have some adventures with some of her splinter versions - that we're done with her story.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat Can’t Confirm Jenna Coleman for Series 9
Genesis of the Daleks - Season 12
Destiny of the Daleks - Season 17
Resurrection of the Daleks - Season 21
Revelations of the Daleks - Season 22
Remembrance of the Daleks - Season 25
Of course Doctor Who had massive ups and downs during this period, but the average gap here is about three years. Although the end idea from "Into the Dalek" leaves us with Rusty turning on the Daleks - and giving a fair bit of future potential - I'm happy for Series 9 to be Dalek-free. And if that is the case, don't do an Asylum and force them in the Series 10 opener. I hated Asylum passionately. Let it comes naturally.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat: Daleks Are Not A Contractual Obligation
He was only the Master for about three minutes, bu Jacobi wins by a mile. Cruel, calculating, chilling. No lunacy. That is not the Master. Neither Simm nor Gomez have properly captured the Master at all.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Face-Off: New Who Masters
Great score for Utopia/Sound of Drums. Last of the Time Lords deserves about a 2, and gives the overall average around 6.5-7. The first two episodes really are sensational - sometimes i think it's underrated just how powerfully Saxon rips apart Martha's life.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 3
@Arkleseizure For me, nowadays, I know what to expect with Moffat, even if it is the unexpected. He likes to keep things fresh, but more often than not for the sake of it. His timey-wimey - especially The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang was exactly what was needed after RTD. And the new angle this series is promising, though I'd argue it hasn't fully delivered. Yet the finale reminded me of my criticism. You'll never get an episode that does the Daleks or Cybermen justice under him. It can't be a typical invasion/survival plan, even if with a clever twist. He has to add a new element, push it forward - Asylums, Parliaments, New Paradigms, Zombies, Good Daleks - some of which are interesting ideas, some of which are appalling. The same can be said of a few other principles of the show, and sometimes I'd just like to enjoy a enemy with a "classic" invasion/survival plan (a la Bad Wolf/Parting of the Ways or Daleks in Manhatten (though without the awful hybrid Sec).
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat on Series 8 Ratings: There is no drop-off
@gunslinger19 I can't agree with anything more. Well put.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Your Verdict on Dark Water & Episode Ranking
He's a hit, but hasn't had enough epic moments for me yet. A couple, yes, but nothing on par with either of Ecclestone's, Tennant's or Smith's first seasons. But he's brilliant, and it'll come. I'm fully used to him as The Doctor, but I do still miss 11...
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Poll: Capaldi’s Doctor – Hit or Miss?
@GalaxyEyes @_divya12_ The Doctor doesn't do domestic. He inspires you to travel with him, you go away until you reach the end of your tether/find a stronger pull than the TARDIS. Somewhere down the line you may have a reunion or two. That's the way The Doctor works, and his dependence on Clara to date does seem unstable.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Death in Heaven Review (Part 1)
@sontaran17 is being upgraded @NotsoSmartguy @Regenerated Catterson doesn't exist! As much as I disproved of the scene, I have an overwhelming desire to hear a Cyberman say "Chap with the wings there, five rounds rapid".
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat on Finale Death, Master Future
@butapek @SonicTheHedgehogRules @mrclever has been replaced by Missy @StandardWhovian To be honest I hated the idea of Orson ...it felt really uneven in Listen. And humans getting Time Travel ability in the 22nd century... that goes against established Who canon and made no sense...
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven
8/10. Gomez is a good character, but it's not The Master. Each actor has taken him/her further and further away from the original Delgado. Didn't feel right at all. And I see she was giving The Doctor an army, but because of that, most of the Cybermen were just standing around. Felt under-used. Also left confused by Danny - what exactly happened in his conversion? I liked the ending and had some good character beats.
Was the episode implying Brig's corpse had been converted? I.e. his consciousness had gone to the Nethersphere and pressed "delete". I don't believe he would do that. Nice idea, but strange.