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Impossible astronaut is possibly my favourite episode of all time, so I chose that. But 11th Hour was the perfect 1st episode for any Doctor. Rose has nostalgic value, but it actually put my boyfriend completely off watching DW, and I was certainly not taken in by it.. I like it better in retrospect though.
4 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 1
I like that Moffat is in last place as well as in first place. (And also pretty much dominating the top 10). I hope he sees this list, so he can cheer himself up every time someone starts ranting that Moffat is ruining Doctor Who.
4 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (5-1)
@gunslinger19 24 is not bad. It still has a pretty good rating. There are just too many great episodes, we are spoilt for choice. (Also, some people hate Mercy and Dinosaurs :))
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (26-20)
@Deus_Ex_Machina 10/10 here, one of my favourites :)
@JJ2000 yuck, ew, lol?
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (33-27)
My favourite series. What got me properly, crazy hooked on the show. Has most of the best episodes, and fewest of the subpar. Fascinating overriding arc, great acting by all involved. 10/10.
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 6 (2011)
@LeightonWestwoo One has to consider the limits of a TV show. If this were in written form, much more would be possible, one could bring back Susan, and she could even be as young as she was in 1963, but when it's TV there are limitations in what actors you can and should get.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Name of the Doctor
@Huknar @Me and Stuff Whaaaa, the Crimson Horror a 10?? Wow, we Whovians truly are a divided and varied group of people.
Is this the one where the Doctor comments on Clara's tight skirt? I don't like the idea of the Doctor leering at his companions, it makes the concept of the Doctor travelling the universe with pretty young females somewhat more creepy. Good-ish episode. I found it strange that Clara would be so competent at leading an army. I like the new Cybermen, but I wonder how they will continue to beat them in the future, now that they seem so competent. Oh, well, that's the writers' problem, not mine.. *evil laugh*
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Nightmare in Silver
@Daleky I did not know this. Thanks for sharing :)
4 months, 2 weeks ago on The Actual Plot Holes in Doctor Who
I liked it, but I thought the ending was a bit too easy. Bippediboop, it didn't happen at all. But I like how it gets picked up in TNOTD.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
@DavidBlyth @Mithrilneth I loved "back of the neck" :D Donna! Doctor!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 8: Episode 4 & 5 Writers Confirmed
@Mithrilneth Hah... "Anyone can see"... Well sure if you say so..
Hmm, I seem to be on a 7/10 streak. Series 7 was weaker than previous series IMO, but it's heading toward something spectacular (the ...of the Doctor trio)
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Cold War
Awwww, and every Whovian heart just melted. I think it's OK for you to be the Doctor too, Peter Capaldi :)
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Capaldi: Matt Smith told me to look after Doctor Who
@FallenNocturne @Notsosmartguy Yeah, Clara is about my age. Unless she spent her whole life living in a cave, there is absolutely no way she could be so clueless about computers. You can't get through university without knowing how to use a computer, WIFI etc..
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Bells of Saint John
I like the story, the conclusion is fantastic! The Doctor outwits them all and saves the day :)
I don't like the Bah-bah-bah biker music, and I felt the episode looked a bit too light and bright to properly convey the mood of the story. 9/10
@Gallade Zero I think Strax is quite good in this :) Sure, it's a bit silly, but it's a nice balance to the rest of the episode.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Snowmen
@lastjellybaby @Notsosmartguy Most people don't like those two episodes, but there are some that do. There will always be people who love the things you hate.
@lastjellybaby Or people are on this board because it's their favourite tv-show of all time, and therefore it would follow that they love quite a lot of the episodes...
Almost perfect, visually stunning! Don't love the resolution with the tears (although it does make sense, and it is not a Deus ex Machina. It had been established that the snow could be controlled with thoughts). I don't love it because it's a bit sappy. And the Doctor is also being overly sappy toward Clara while she is dying. Other than that, I love it. Even the child actors are good. The image of Clara climbing up the spiral stairs toward the cloud with the Tardis on is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen in Doctor Who.
@TheRiseOfTheTwelfth The soundtrack is really beautiful, I used to listen to it on repeat walking to work in the mornings. But clearly it's the hair that truly makes the episode :P
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Angels Take Manhattan
@Sir James Bond Haha, good question. I figure it's either that the residents were put to use (They weren't all old and bed ridden at the same time), or that the residents were put in some sort of stasis. Stasis chambers? Or they lived the rest of their lives in a room. Terrible thought.
@HopeAbigailMacLeod I find it interesting that River got upset about him using his regeneration energy. Maybe she didn't know how much he had left, but knew he was running out of it?
The slap thing, I want to say I really hate it when they do that on TV. A woman slapping a man is NOT ok! If it were reversed people would be furious! Imagine slapping your boyfriend/girlfriend/Timelordfriend in real life! It's crazy, you wouldn't do that unless they had murdered your cat or something...
@TheOncomingFish @Ava Averson Yes, that is plausible. I'm not saying it's a plot hole, but I think it could have been explained better. Was it because the Doctor read "Amy's last farewell", or because of the time distortions that the Angels had created (the reason he couldn't land in New York in the first place without landing lights)?
Now the Statue of Liberty, that is still the major problem, cannot be explained. Unless it's a picture of the Statute of Liberty (Anything that holds the image of an angel is itself an angel) that has become an angel, and not the actual statue. Or as someone has mentioned, some form of a perception filter. (Perception filters are so 10th Doctor :P)
9/10. Loses a point because of the angel Statue of Liberty (it bugs me like nothing else could!) and the fact that they didn't really properly explain why the Doctor can never see Amy and Rory again (i.e in New Jersey or something). I can make assumptions, and I guess it's maybe not New York at that time he can never go back to, but rather Amy and Rory's whole timeline. But I'm not sure about this theory.
.Other than that I love it. I weep like such a pathetic little baby at the graveyard scene, Gillan and Smith are wonderful together! Over time I've really come to love Amy and Rory, and it was so hard to say goodbye. And this was my first real-time companion-end.
I love the Doctor and River in this, I love Amy choosing Rory, I love her glasses. I like the idea of the Angels' time-farm, it's a neat concept. The baby angels are creepy. I like how the Doctor and Amy quickly stop by the Ming dynasty just to communicate with River. I like River and Amy's conversation, etc etc. Just the statue of Liberty thing bugs. It's like something you would come up with while on recreational drugs.
"Dude wouldn't it be totally awesome if the Statue of Liberty was a weeping angel?"
"Woah, man, yeah that would soo cool, doesn't make sense though"
"Dude, it's so awesome, no one's ever gonna notice"
@WiblyWoblyTimyWimyMOFFAT I don't get why people are comparing him to Mickey already. All we have is a picture, a name and the fact that he works with Clara. The next black guy won't necessarily be like the last black guy :P
5 months ago on Series 8: Meet Danny Pink
@DrWhoClone221b What? It's ok if the Doctor falls for her, but it is wrong if someone else does?
My least favourite Moffat-penned episode. I find it hard to believe it was actually written by him! Does have some good moments, such as the ending scene where he visits Amy and Rory, and the madness of the bedroom he had designed for those two kids, but all in all it's just not a good story.
I don't like the resolution where they save the dad, I think the story itself is pretty dull, and it doesn't improve upon rewatch. I'm glad I wasn't watching this live on Christmas, because the I would have been pretty disappointed. The Christmas specials before and after this one are both beautiful though.
5 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe & Series 6 Recap
I really enjoyed your description of Amy's story. It's very beautiful and sad. I always thought it was odd that she was about to get married at such a young age, to a man she wasn't even sure she loved yet, but when you look at it like how you see it, it makes sense. She was desperate to be a grown-up before the Doctor came back into her life. The Doctor really messed her up, didn't he..
5 months ago on Is Steven Moffat a Feminist Writer?
@Jeremy Kyle I normally hate resets too (series 3 finale, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS), but in this case I thought it was well done.
5 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Girl Who Waited
@edoe101 But that makes it seem like you are judging the episode based on what you had thought it would and should be, and not on what it actually was..
5 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Let’s Kill Hitler
@TheGloamglozer That kind of makes it sound like you're unhappy because the story wasn't about what you thought it should be about. One of the great things about this episode is that it does a complete 180 on all our expectations. It's tonally quite different from AGMGTW, and the storyline doesn't at all go where one expects it to go.
@Second Doctor I'm sorry, but Doctor Who has to keep up with the times. Most popular shows these days (Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, House of Cards etc) are serialised, and you need to watch pretty much every episode to follow. Yet these shows are not losing any viewers. The younger generation of today doesn't even need to watch shows as the appear on television. There is Netflix, and IPlayer and many variations of such programs.
When I first started watching Doctor Who, 6 seasons were already out, that didn't stop me from watching them. When you recommend people a show, they don't just jump in at any given point and expect to be able to follow everything, they go back to the beginning.
Now in Doctor Who, since it's been on for 50 years, there are several possible starting points. With NewWho the most obvious would be Rose, but 11th Hour is also a possibility. Or with David Tennant's first episode kind of works. However, one cannot start by watching an episode in the middle of series 6 and complain about not understanding it.
Truly exceptional! I love how we don't really know what's going on for the first half, what with the Doctor gathering up such an army. And the great Rory-moment. This seems like a "block-buster" type of movie, with the epic war and all. Not a dull moment to be found. (However if every episode had this feel, I would quickly grow tired of it) And we don't even know what the heck Kovarian is talking about until Time of the Doctor, yet that doesn't stand in the way of storytelling.
I guess some had already guessed the River-twist, but that would happen, as they did in fact drop hints here and there. When I was watching it for the first time, I was seeing all the episodes in a great big binge-viewing session, so I hadn't really theorised much about the origins of River Song, so for me it was really shocking.
Love River Song's voiceover, love Rory the roman, Lorna Bucket, the return of Dorium, Kovarian, the headless monks, and of course most of all the Doctor himself really shines here. "Doctor, the word for healer and wise man, throughout the universe. We get that word from you, you know, but if you carry on the way you are, what might that word come to mean?"
5 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: A Good Man Goes to War
@Diana van der Pluijm If we didn't know that Vastra and Jenny were gay, we would know the same amount of things about them as we do now. I don't think the emphasis has been on their homosexuality, rather that they are a couple.
Now a Silurian and a human in a relationship, that is an oddity. We know very little about Vastra and Jenny on a whole, which is why depending on your view you could see them as those gay people, or those Victorian people, or the detective people, or just those random women who are friends with the Doctor for some reason.
5 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who and Sexuality
@Gustaff I think Amy's dislike of the ganger-Doctor was pointing to the fact that she was a ganger herself. The whole reason the Doctor went to that place was to gather more information about what was happening to Amy. Agree it's not the best episode, if it had been 1 instead of 2, I think it might have worked quite well.
5 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Rebel Flesh / The Almost People
@Ninjauthor @Amy the Consulting Commentator About the time stream, I get where you're coming from, as at first River is really adamant that he absolutely should not enter his own time stream. And that when Clara enters she would not be able to come back. Clara came back because the Doctor went and got her, that's fine, that makes sense. However the Doctor didn't have any trouble getting out, and nothing bad came out of him going in there (other than bumping into war-Doc. I wonder if River knew about him). That was indeed slightly misleading :)
The rest of your points are actually explained in the stories or they are too self-explanatory (ie the Daleks) to spend time on explaining. Amy actually mentions that they haven't seen the Doctor in a while. Also, remember that the Doctor aged from around 900-something to 1100 while Amy and Rory were his companions. So obviously he spent a lot of time apart from them.
.(Btw, sorry if I was a bit rude in an earlier comment)
5 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon
The way that the resuscitation of Rory is depicted is wrong! I know they do these things on TV-shows, but it bugs me, because people might do it the way they saw on TV in real life... That's all..
5 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Curse of the Black Spot
@TheOncomingFish @Amy the Consulting Commentator Happy to see that there are more of us on this site :) Series 6 is my favourite. Most of the episodes are really good, the only ones I tend to skip on re-watch is Curse of the Black Spot, and Night Terrors, and the Almost People (and even those I don't actually dislike).
The arc is great, the resolution has a few problems, but all in all is still pretty good. The mystery of what's going on with Amy ( I never noticed she was wearing the same type of shirt for all those episodes), not knowing who and what River is, the 1100 year old Doctor dying, and the 907-ish year old Doctor knowing it has to happen, but not quite why.
The reveals, the last line of the series (Doctor Who?... Chills..), the storylines being completely nuts and constantly going in unexpected places. Even the non-arc episodes like the Doctor's Wife and the God Complex being some of the very best of Who..
@Amy the Consulting Commentator @Ninjauthor Good job explaining!!
I know it's wrong, but it kind of bugs me when people cannot put 2 and 2 together, and then go online to complain about "not getting it".
@RomanaOnCaprica @Amy the Consulting Commentator Hah, great episode, absolutely bonkers!
@StephenAHayes The Tesselecta could build a new motorbike from "nothing", of course it could fake a regeneration. River was put in the suit so that she could stay under water and come up the exact point to make a fixed point for the Doctor to die. The whole point of the Silence stealing River as a baby was to raise her to kill the Doctor.
@WhoMallow666 They weren't actually shot... It was fake.
@stargazer0118 @MaraBackman A bunch of stuff River did had nothing to do with the Doctor. Being chased by Sontarans, investigating the Angels in Manhattan long before the Doctor even showed up, leading an expedition to the Library. None of these actions had anything to do with the Doctor until he showed up. The reason we only see her life as revolving around the Doctor is because the show is about the Doctor, and the rest is just hinted, or read between the lines. Yes, seemingly she went to study archeology to find out more between the Doctor, but other than that we don't know what she did. Oh, and she dated an android at one point.
5 months, 1 week ago on Matt Smith Doesn’t Want to see River with Capaldi
I've always thought the episodes with River have that extra spark, so I would love to see her with 12 once. However, if not, I'm quite happy with the fact that we got a proper goodbye between her and the Doctor, and that could also work as a goodbye to us. Sweet of Matt Smith to be possessive of his TV-wife :) I sometimes wondered if they as actors found it awkward to play these roles considering their real life age gaps. But it seems mabe they did not :)
Whenever I rate an episode 5 or 6 and then look at comment section and see a bunch of great moments in an episode I never thought highly of, it makes me want to bump up my rating a point. Even the episodes that seem the worst have wonderful moments!
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Hungry Earth / Cold Blood
@joshuayetman71 @Ava Averson Hmm, interesting, thanks! The only Torchwood I thought was pretty great was Children of Earth, though :)
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Steven Moffat on his Doctor Who Future
@Lewis94. Oh, yeah I do, not just in the UK though. I'm omnipotent.
@Me and Stuff Wow, you're right, just had a look at that list. Only Doomsday and Family of Blood are the non-Moffat episodes that made the top 10. Yet on most DW sited he gets so much hate. Moffat is not perfect, but he almost consistently (with the occasional mis-step) writes episodes of such a quality few others are capable of ever reaching.