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Thing with this - as with most of Colin Baker's (and in my opinion, Davison's) era, is that it's filled with brilliant ideas. There's the standard Doctor Who tropes with added zest. Here, Daleks have been split into factions and behind a very mysterious facility - a massive change from the repetitive The Daleks/Planet of the Daleks/Death to the Daleks format which was a dull use of the machines. The problem is that a great scene/sequence will be followed by a poor one.
For example, the Doctor's death monument is a great idea, but doesn't really service the plot (and looks flimsy when it tries to crush him). The DJ is a great idea, but the execution is really poor. Dalek's don't believe Davros when he points out the Doctor just because he looks different? Come on.
But for me, Season 22 was an experimental success. Though 23 had some highlights, 22 was better overall, and certainly better than 24. If the strangling thing had never happened and Michael Grade wasn't a plonker, Colin Baker may well have had his desired 7 years in the role, because he's superb, especially here. It's just a shame that around him, a lot of the acting is inconsistent. That being said, this is a very dark serial that covers plenty of serious material, which might have left a few of the actors out of depth.
Still, a highlight of the Colin Baker era, no doubt. You can't watch this without getting goosebumps as "The Great Healer" gets teased in Part One.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on On First View: Revelation of the Daleks
Moffat isn't intentionally sexist, but I can see why some people have seen his work on Doctor Who as such. He does have strong female characters, but the characterisation between Amy, River and Clara has been blurred (not even going to mention Tasha Lem). And though they're not doting or dependant on men, River and Amy's main storylines on the show have revolved around their romantic/sexual developments. But the same could be argued of other characters.
On the other hand, though it's a great show, I think sexism is very apparent in Sherlock. Again, I don't believe Moffat has done it intentionally, but his treatment of Irene Adler in particular is shocking, and some of his subsequent comments about her hardly help. I'll give him some leeway, especially as he says in that other recent article about putting his foot in his mouth, but it can be seen as extremely sexist.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Sexism and Doctor Who: The Truth
Not knocking any of the guest stars announced so far at all, I'm sure they're all great, but I feel like some are being announced as though they have a massive "WOW they got them?!" factor, when I have to admit I'm not well informed about any of them. Then again, it's probably announced more professionally nowadays due to twitter and spoilers and everything. I just meant, thinking of Series 5 when there were names like Bill Nighy, Toby Jones and Michael Gambon!
2 months ago on Foxes Cast in Series 8
At the time, in 1975, we'd had a duff run of Dalek episodes. The original story, The Daleks, had been repeated almost identically in "Planet of the Daleks". Day of the Daleks was the first real timey-wimey story, but the ending was such a joke (as was 22nd century Earth). Death to the Daleks had been another wasted affair. The Daleks had become dull, repetitive and boring.
This changed everything.
Daleks weren't really featured in this story at all. They were kept as background figures. The synergy was wonderful - as a viewer, you remember what they are capable of. The Doctor, when captured, even recollects it - his first meeting, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, all of his past encounters... without showing them do anything, you remember how horrible they are.
The setting is also wonderful. Dark, hostile, brooding and desperate. Both armies running low on resources, resorting to brutal tactics. Davros at the centre, playing everyone like a chessmaster. I really wish to hear I, Davros sometime soon, because his psychotic nature is so intriguing here, and you wonder so much more about him. Its no wonder every classic Dalek story after this also featured him.
There are a few flaws, of course. The clams, for one. It's also pretty easy to get from one side of the war to the other and back, considering these are the two last bases left on the planet - bit weird they're so close to each other. And the end of episode 5 is all wrong. That mutant attack shouldn't have been the cliffhanger. "Do I have the right?" should have been the cliffhanger, leaving the viewer a week to mull it over in real shock. If made today, that would have shifted, because I feel emotional cliffhangers have grown in resonance since the 70's.
Anyway, this wasn't a review so much as a ramble of thoughts. If you've never given it a go, please do. But afterwards, don't go about with heights set too high, Revenge of the Cybermen follows and it's a horrid mess.
2 months, 1 week ago on On First View: Genesis of the Daleks
I haven't watched Cold War since it first aired, much like the rest of Series 7. Simply enough, it was dull and had no impact. When a story grabs me, I rewatch it. I've rewatched Dalek plenty of times.
2 months, 1 week ago on Dalek or Cold War?
@ahunter8056 @Notsosmartguy the Superior VenomI felt that way, until I started watching it. There's something about it right from the off that catches you in, even if it does seem a little comic and ropey for the first few episodes. But I'd highly recommend it, and despite being introduced to it last year, I'd now say I find it much better than Doctor Who (please don't hurt me)
2 months, 1 week ago on 2014 BAFTA Television Awards: Day Triumphs!
Good article, but I have to completely disagree with the unique ideas things. Daleks+Humans has happened before - as recently as Series 1's Dalek, just two years prior - and is the most predictable story going. It literally has one outcome. Dalek's get humanised and change but something will stop them from become pacifists. The Sontaran 2-parter was better but the clone storyline etc was hardly original or a new take on things. Even the social commentary of ATMOS reeked of RTD's style - i.e. Adipose/obesity, Gridlock/traffic, Cassandra/Plastic surgery and so on.
And memorable characters? Luke Rattigan was quite good, as was Mace. Solomon wasn't half bad but the rest were very bland. Pretty much every accent in the Dalek 2-parter was infuriating. In fact, given how we saw next to nothing of the more fortunate of New York, I never really connected with the suffering of those in Hooverville anyway.
Still, despite all that, I did like her work in Torchwood, even if both episodes were a little predictable. I wouldn't be against her returning in the future.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Bring Back… Helen Raynor
To be honest, I've only listened to two dozen audios and I think I like them better than the revival. They tend to be a little more coherent in their story-telling, and generally manage to negate plotholes through dialogue without making it a drag. Obviously there's the odd contradiction as there is in the rest of the who universe, but there also seems to be a lot less in terms of 'love saved the day' and 'deus ex machina' resolutions. I don't know why, but I always find resolutions to be a fundamentally important part of the story for me.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Beyond the TV Series: Audio Arcs
The Waters of Mars.
Christmas Invasion is okay but a little mundane in hindsight.
The Runaway Bride is a good plot but the Racnoss is the worst villain in Who history. Shout and shout and shout and never actually do anything.
Voyage of the Damned is a fun romp but the angels thing was a bit weary at this point. Just one massive chase, but still quite exciting.
The Next Doctor was a good idea, but the Cybermen were used poorly. Still, they've been used worse in the Moffat era and I still think of this as their last 'proper' appearance.
The End of Time was great as a swansong, and had amazing moments of emotion, but looking back, its an unashamed mess. You might as well stop at the blooming 'Potions of Life'... and then the 'anti-potions-of-life-which-actually-don't-do-anything'.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: RTD Specials
There's only one episode here where the episode/story/series is resolved in a clever way. Just one. The Big Bang.
So clever, in fact, that it's clever in two ways:
The problems - the Pandorica and the exploding TARDIS - are used as the solution. Genius.
Then tying the wedding saying in with the TARDIS, and linking it wonderfully back to the first night Amy met her imaginary friend... powerful, powerful stuff.
ON the flip side:
TPOTW: Rose super-powers plot convinience.
D: Nothing too bad with it actually, but not a particuarly astounding resolution to the villains.
TLOTL: I'm not even going to go there.
JE: A couple of buttons that undo and control everything? Found in the BASEMENT of the Dalek Crucible? Moving the Earth like a pick-up truck... no words.
TWORS: The letdown to the most ambitious and exciting series. A re-hash of TBB in many ways. Unfortunately, unlike the Pandorica resolution, the Teselecta was a total cop-out.
TNOTD: Loved it on first viewing (perhaps because unlike the rest of Series 7 it seemed to have a point) but since then gone down massively in my views. Jenny's double-death, the underuse of the Whispermen... and let's face it, without finding a single spoiler I predicted this outcome from the moment we found Victorian Clara.
Only one winner, and what a clear winner it is. Though I've been fairly condemning, I do always enjoy the finales. You know that you're going to get some high stakes and good drama, and to be fair to them, they all have that. But most of them lack the balance shown in The Big Bang.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 13
Hello... Pandorica Opens... bye bye...
Though I must actually add, The Sound of Drums is second. Brilliant episode, the way Martha's life is ripped apart. Of course, let down by the worst episode in Who history that followed, but as an episode 12, it was exceptionally brilliant.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 12
Utopia. By blurb, sounds like a mundane affair. Simm's Master was a bit of a mess in Last of the Time Lords, but his introduction here was superb. The conversations between Yana, Jack, Martha and The Doctor are reference-heavy, and you have this feeling that they are all leading somewhere. Then - BANG. Suddenly, the most intense moment in the three years of the revival occurs as we recognise the fob-watch. All the Strange Strange Creatures is on form here as the stakes suddenly blow out of all proportion. Excellent viewing.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 11
The Impossible Planet, Human Nature and Silence in the Library are all wonderful. These 'second' 2-parters of their respective series are what give the RTD a big point versus the Moffat one (The Hungry Earth and The Rebel Flesh are just not the same level of intrigue or interest - both predictable romps with done-before plots).
Between those 3, Silence in the Library is the most wonderful, if I'm honest, just edging the other two. Mainly for the unique setting, the initial mystery of the girl, River and what had happened. Human Nature is similar with the intrigue, but the foe takes much more of a back seat as we get to know John Smith. The Impossible Planet is the peak of Series 2, but I think I'm just going to have to go for Silence in the Library.
Toughest one so far.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 8
Matt Smith is utterly fantastic in both, but his tonal shifts in A Good Man Goes to War just edge out Amy's Choice.
The major flaw with AGMGTW is the fact that the 'revelation/fall' of The Doctor is that the universe fears him - he's become too big. River was the completely wrong person to deliver that speech. She is a major hypocrite here, and it completely blew any impact of the speech as it came from her.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 7
Venice isn't bad and Lazarus is underrated but this is the easiest pick so far. Dalek by a country mile.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 6
I agree with almost everything, but 2 big drawbacks overlooked (though they do actually epitomise the Smith era). Tasha Lem as the duplicate River Song is an obvious biggie. The second point is the cop-out of having the regeneration cycle being passed through a crack to The Doctor after the ruthless Time Lords hear a weedy plea from Clara. At least The Doctor noted beforehand he would 'talk, hope something good happens and take the credit'.... I think something a little bigger could have been done to give him an extended regeneration cycle... and the fact that is passed through the sky towards him was pure, unexplainable magic...
4 months ago on Why “Time” was the Perfect Summary of Smith’s Era
Flesh and Stone - a cybernetic forest inside a ship inside a tomb on an alien planet... yes, I was very impressed. Teased the arc, not too heavily, but massively shifted the tone from Part 1. Very much trapped inside the ship, very very tense. Exciting climax too.
4 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 5
Had to go with The Doctor's Wife, as it is overall, the best story. We all know why we love it, but it is visually incredible as well, which goes for all of Series 6 and 7 (despite the flaws). 10/10
Aliens in London was revolutionary at the time, building on the snippets of Ace's development and giving Rose big ramifications for going off with The Doctor. Though the enemy was a bit ...pants... the storyline was tense. For me, the Big Ben crash was the moment that the revival announced itself. The mystery of the aliens within Downing Street was well done. Shame that Part 2 of this wasn't as strong. 7/10
Not going to go into Daleks in Manhatten much. Caught the struggle of the everyman well, but otherwise, a waste. Daleks isolated, alone = good, but the rest was predictable and uninspiring. 5/10
And the exact opposite can be said for Girl in the Fireplace. You always know The Doctor and the TARDIS will be reunited, but when he smashed through the mirror my jaw dropped. Possibly the best villains in Who history as well, even if their motives are a bit convulted. The romance did feel a little forced though, if I'm honest, especially coming after School Reunion where The Doctor makes a point about not getting overly invested in the lives of the fleeting. But the chemistry was clearly sparkling so I'll let that pass. One of those endings that really sticks with you for a long, long time. 9/10
The Sontaran Strategem actually gets better on repeat views. Again, the 2nd part wasn't very good, but it's a lot better than I first thought. Donna's role is perfectly played and Martha is set up well until she is wasted next episode. The premise is also good, though after a while The Doctor gets far too shouty and the quirpy humour starts to feel very bombastic. Still, Mace was a likeable general and every scene with Wilf was golden. 7/10
Time of Angels was brilliant as well. The weeping angels were used as well as you could possibly expect in their first appearance since Blink, mixing things up and being a direct threat to The Doctor this time. The TV scene was breathtaking. As was the twist. Again, the Angels were let down by moving (and taking a back seat to the Time Field) in the next episode. Not quite as good as some of the others, but a thrilling, dark, almost classic-Who romp for the most part. 8/10
And then, The Power of Three. A new stance, a question that had never been asked of the companions before. But as Amy asked The Doctor why he kept coming back, I felt I had to agree. I just didn't buy that their connection was so much stronger than any other companions', and it reminded me how redundant the Ponds were in 7A. Brian was a big plus, but I'm still mild on Kate and the Moffat-era of UNIT. The plot was also intruiging, but heck, we all know the faults... 3/10 (would be a 1 but for Matt's acting and Brian)
4 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 4
Agree with others, 2 episodes from him this series would feel too much. We all know his style, and he'd probably nail a Jane Austin story. If that's all he does, I'd be happy. Unless (very unlikely) it's a 2-parter..
4 months ago on Gatiss Confirms Two Capaldi Eps, Hints at Jane Austen Story
Much tighter than yesterdays! Will unfortunately rule out Dinosaurs straight away, and The Beast Below was just a little bit too unbelievable in various ways for me to take it as a good Doctor Who story.
But beyond that, it's tight. Day of the Moon should, by rights, be the front-runner. Massive opening with everyone being hunted down - and then that STUPENDOUS moment where The Doctor, with a beard, tells them that his secret weapon is the foot of Neil Armstrong. Right up there with the most ambitious moments in Who history. And then there was that brilliant cliffhanger. I've said before that people sometimes give this 2-parter a little less credit than it deserves because of its association with the messy ongoing arc... but taken alone, it's absolutely mesmeric. Full marks.
Tooth and Claw and The Shakespeare Code were both typical RTD-era stories - slightly stereotypical monsters in a pseudo-historical setting that typically made for a good romp. Both cases had great moments of characterisation but nothing that really sets either aside from the rest of the field. Both a solid 7/10.
The End of the World is of course similar in contrast, and now, looking back, a little heavy on the metaphors it was making about society, but nonetheless a good story. It managed to hit home very well, with the revelation that The Doctor was alone, that the world span on for everyone else... perhaps the 'whodunnit' was a little too obvious. 8/10.
Which leaves Pompeii. Something about this episode didn't really stand out to me at first, and I generally don't class it as one of my favourites. But again, the characterisation is brilliant. Some of the foreshadowings of the sisterhood seemed a little unneccesary, and the whole Pyrovile plot was a bit of a dull affair. However, the final act, with The Doctor's decision and Donna's plea, was very well handled - and without that sequence, The Waters of Mars would have probably fallen flat on its face. Going to give it another 8/10 as I found the overall plot a little uninteresting.
So I'd better go back up to the top and vote for Day of the Moon!
4 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 2
Been slowly working my way through the audios and they are brilliant. I think I prefer them to New Who to be honest - in a way, they're more grown-up. Less meandering towards 'love' solutions and more of a focus on complicated time-travel based stories with wonderful arcs that bring every inch of the whoniverse together (within legal restirctions). So far I absolutely love Evelyn, Erinem and Charley in particular, though I'm sure I'll be wowed by the rest in due course!
4 months ago on Beyond the TV Series: Audio Companions
5 or 6, 5 or 6, 5 or 6....
4 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 1
I'm not surprised Series 7 is above Series 6, but let's face it, it was awful. The Day of The Doctor and Matt Smith being the only saving graces.
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results Series 5-7
Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon should be higher. Most explosive season opener ever. No fear, shocking opening, big cliffhanger, then a big story jump. Great effects, great acting, clever twists and a very smart resolution with the command to kill themselves. I think sometimes people associate this with the general Silence arc and the weaker Series 6B. As a standalone 2-parter, this is in the top 3 or 4 stories of the era.
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (12-06)
Fair enough except for A Christmas Carol. That plus the 2-parter at the end of Series 5 and the 2-parter at the start of Series 6... 5 episodes on the grandest scale. The strongest 5 consecutive episodes in New Who for sure, probably in all of Who. Moffat has never quite got back to those heights. I suppose it probably loses a few points for being a 'special' rather than a normal story though... but it truly was as Moffat described - the most Christmasssy Christmas Special ever!
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (19-13)
@SonicTheHedgehogRules I don't know about that. The Doctor ends up too flawless in the episode and it ended up feeling a bit farcical.
I personally feel a better ending would be that The Doctor had rigged the ship on his first visit, so that the password has changed. The Doctor causes Jex to die. Then, without purpose, the Gunslinger reprimands The Doctor for taking his revenge. Amy and Rory are shocked at The Doctor's actions and it hits home to him a lot more than it did midway through the episode when Amy has a mini-rant at him for not being merciful. Then it more or less ends the same.
I think if events had been that way around it would have been far more dramatic, interesting and believable ending.
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (26-20)
Best caption ever!
4 months, 1 week ago on Moffat: Doomed dialogue sounds great in Scottish
Cold War was the first time in New Who that I've genuinely been bored. Ugh
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (33-27)
Unbelievable that Vampires is down here. Is someone trying to tell me Cold War was better in any way?
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (39-34)
Poorest series of the revival by some distance. Matt Smith and the special effects were the only two saving graces for me. As soon as we started AOTD with Amy and Rory's divorce, I realised they had outstayed their welcome. TPO3 gave us a good angle, for their decision, but the whole drop-off come-back didn't work for me... and then it was repeated with Clara. Who was great in her first 2 episodes and then very very bland afterwards. Most episodes had good concepts but were ALL too rushed. The Crimson Horror and A Town Called Mercy aside, not a single episode felt like the 45 minute timeslot was enough. The 50th made up for it a lot, thankfully.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 7 (2012-2013)
@Galax Probably a 9 for AGMGTW but otherwise I'm spot on in agreement with your ratings.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 6 (2011)
@Maryanne123 I love your enthusiasm and agree with much of what you said... but series 1-4 were the exact opposite of niche. They were designed to draw in the bigger audiences and had better average ratings than Moffat's era.
A really poor last 2 episodes knocked the stuffing out of Doctor Who's most ambitious series ever. A dramatic, enticing opening that didn't suffer the "hey here's your new companion" that almost every opener of the revival had had to date. A brilliant set-up for a complex arc which I followed with ease, intrigue and pleasure. The resolution - in this series - was haphazard, but in reflection from The Time of The Doctor, I think it all works fine. A little more fleshing out on Kovarian's actions on starting a rebel faction would have been nice, however.
Nonetheless, the effects in this series began to really hit the big time. That sweep-out shot of Apollo 11 when The Doctor is found inside - utterly magnificent. We have Churchill, Hitler and Nixon all in one series. A nicely-sized TARDIS team plus recurring cast. Some duffers, as with every season - Curse of the Black Spot, Night Terrors, but on the whole, very very good. Probably felt The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People could have been one episode. It was obvious The Doctor would be cloned and it was also quite a predictable storyline. The only part of the series that really lagged.
So yes, as I started with - the final two episodes. I enjoyed Craig in Series 5 and was happy with his return, as well as his interaction with 11. But the cameo of Amy and Rory (plus being in the titles) took away a little for me. And of course, the ridiculous use of the Cybermen (and their defeat) felt like an utter waste. The finale, again, had some good ideas, but felt like too much of a rehash of the last Series finale - alternate universe, time collapsing, etc.
A few shames, though. Yes, the Teselecta was a bit of a cop-out. Why did the Silence have to use River? Yes, River could fall in love with The Doctor after Berlin - but after ONE meeting she was willing to risk all of creation for him? A little extreme (but not for a psychopath, you argue. Of course, Moffat is hideously wrong there... by definition she is no psychopath). And it would have been nice to see Mels teased somewhere in Series 5.
Otherwise though, bravo for the ambition. Better in Series 5 in some ways, not so in others. Overall Series 5 maybe slightly edges it. Certainly better than Series 7 in every way. But Matt Smith was phenomenal from start to stop and was the only good thing about some of the episodes. 8/10.
9/10. Most consistent series of Moffat/Smith's tenure. No coincidence it doesn't have a split and boasts an incredible 2-part finale.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 5 (2010)
10/10. Didn't capture the time-travel elements of the time war and the dark sides of the Time Lords, but heck, I'm nitpicking. Couldn't ask for much more. Still not sold on Kate or Clara, but heck, the script was phenomenal. Clever, too. No 'love' resolution - using a part of the plot as some sci-fi resolution (the statis cubes) is what hasn't happened in Doctor Who enough recently. If only the rest of Series 7 had had such clever ideas and resolutions!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Day of the Doctor
@stargazer0118 Exactly how I felt, down to a tee. Spine-chilling on first vieweing but another Series-7-specialty (messy) when you analyse it.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Name of the Doctor
The Android Invasion however did have a fundamental flaw - had Crayford really not taken off his eyepatch all the time that he was working for Styggron to set up the invasion? If he had have, even for a second, he would have realised he'd been set up and Styggron's wonderful plan would have looked incredibly silly. I think that would have fitted nicely into the plot-hole post yesterday somewhere.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on 5 Underrated Doctor Who Monsters and Villains
@MrGuymanwatch Rory does say he's 30 in Dinosaurs though, and he was the same age as Amy, who was 7 in 1996... making that roughly 2019, four years ahead of your expected placement. Just confusing things further :)
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Actual Plot Holes in Doctor Who
Despite a strong cast and the appealling return of the Ice Warrior(s), I found the episode to be exceedingly boring. Perhaps the nuclear-warhead-to-make-Earth's-forces-blow-themselves-apart plot felt too used. As did The Doctor's I'll-kill-us-all-to-save-the-Earth mantra. The tone was naturally huish and glum, being undersea, but it helped me to lose interest as the episode went on, which is very rare for me. An episode were Clara was marking space too, I'm afraid. 4/10.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Cold War
Out of interest, when these results are totalled, are they ranked by % of 10/10 (as the usual post-episode polls are) or by an average percentage (which I'd prefer). Because this one is certainly going to have a wide berth of results...
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Rings of Akhaten
I liked this on first viewing... but read a scathing review by the girls at Androzani and had to agree - the ENTIRE episode is just TALKING. Nothing else happens! Pure dialogue for 45 minutes, and once you realise, you can't not see it. Makes the episode seem a little flat.
Also, why does The Doctor struggle to hold the door up with the sonic? The weight shouldn't be passed on to him...
That being said the music is phenomenal, as it Matt Smith's performance. Best speech ever.
@TheOncomingFish @KingoftheOod4450 As a few others have said I feel that it was Moffat trying to give some sympathy to Amy and establish her as being as loving as Rory. I felt it was unnecessary - because episodes like Amy's Choice and The Angels Take Manhatten did it enough for me.
And considering Rory is a nurse, and a rather intelligent guy (reading up on transcendental dimensions and all) I think he'd've got an inkling as to Amy's actions (considering also he's her husband). He also likes to put his foot it and I just find it inconceivable that they wouldn't have talked at some point, even if she was really reluctant to.
It also just felt a bit silly the Daleks deciding to kidnap The Doctor's associates simply because he works better with them... their abductions felt awfully out of place.
But yeah, it was resolved very quickly.
5 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: Asylum of the Daleks
4/10. Excellent production values, but very much let down by the rest.
Amy and Rory are wonderful but from this moment on they suddenly felt utterly superfluous to the plot. Their role seemed jarring and their whole breakdown seemed ridiculous - of course they would have talked through all of that before.
The Oswin-is-a-Dalek twist was obvious from the moment she appeared on screen. It didn't make for a clever reveal at all. Slight intrigue at how Jenna was to return to the series after this but it automatically made me think of River and another wibbly-wobbly timeline which I felt I wasn't ready for.
The Daleks' motives here are a bit bewildering. The idea of an Asylum is interesting but surely the pre-time war Daleks should all be dead? This is now thrown into doubt by The Day of The Doctor, but that was my initial thought at the time...
The start was also a bit jarring, but probably even more so than the ending. Already it felt as though this was a rushed episode (but there was worse to come). And after 'resting' the Daleks was Series 6 I was hoping for a longer break. All in all set up Series 7 for a very bland run.
The resolution is far too similar to The Curse of Fenric for my liking, though better executed. Overall tone of episode was great, but a few flaws
- Surely Rory had faith in something?
- Not sure I liked the idea of the crack being 11's biggest fear
- Wasn't really as taken in by the Minotaur on subsequent viewings
5 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: The God Complex
I agree but I'd happily keep him. Have a serious Sontaran episode next season, I'd be happy with that. But keep Strax as an ally, perhaps even beyond that. It will keep the contrast and for me, solve the issue.
5 months, 1 week ago on Unpopular Opinion: Strax
A love ending and a serious lack of tension (and lets be honest, there's not even a clever twist to the plot). 4/10
5 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Night Terrors
Best article I've read in a while and I wholeheartedly agree. I don't want to see the Series 8 finale focusing on Gallifrey returning - that would be far too soon. And there will have to be rammifications. Time Lords are - as the Sixth once dramatically stated - as villainous, if not more so, than anything else.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on A forecast on Capaldi’s Doctor: The Frustrated Optimist
Probably my favourite story ever. The peak of the Moffat era was this through to Day of the Moon, 5 superb episodes. The best cliffhanger of anything ever - all 4 main characters left either dead, trapped or plastic. And then the universe explodes. You have no idea what will happen next, and the whole timey wimey was fantastic. As was the whole trap, Murray Gold's music, the timey-wimey and the fact that there was actually a clever resolution - flying the Pandorica into every moment of time and space to extract the old universe. Genius.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang
If you take away the moving angels at the end, it's a bloody good story. As the Doctor boasts to Amy in the ship... "have I impressed you yet?" this two parter really allowed me to accept Smith. The presence of an arc that was suddenly more prominent than under RTD made a very exciting change, regardless of how long it went on or where it ended up. Image of an Angel.. teasers about River... future Doctor... very very good.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Time of Angels / Flesh & Stone
This had two major flaws but otherwise was pretty awesome. The love resolution and the dalek redesign. That aside, great battle spectacle, very tough side to the new doctor introduced. Watching him lash out at the Dalek was breath-taking. Nice change that the Daleks escaped after the all-extinct-except-theyre-not theme of the RTD era. 7/10
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Victory of the Daleks