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Again, two sides to this coin. Yes, this show has the potential to be extremely dark and adult (not Torchwood adult, think more like the Alien movies adult). However, it would lose its status of a "family" show. And, no matter what we fans say (I, for one, would love the show to turn to adult sci-fi - but I am an adult), the BBC want the entire family to sit and watch the show. Besides, especially when compared with the classic era, it is dark enough - kids these days can handle (or maybe are allowed to handle?) a lot more adult and dark themes and storylines than I remember from the time when I was a kid (some 30 years ago). The "behind the sofa" thingy is surely a thing of the past...
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Should Doctor Who Adopt a Darker Tone?
Again, we should all be reminded that the John Simm Master could be in his second reincarnation, making YANA the first Mster, or Delgado's could be the fourth, or the TV movie's "Master without remaining lives" could be the Master that has used his third set of regenarations... The fact remains that we don't know anything about the Master's regenerations, apart from the one (or two, counting the movie - Tremas is not actually regeneration I think) we've seen on screen. And maybe, just maybe, it's better this way...
2 months ago on The Master’s Moffat Plan
3 months ago on The Theme – Time for a Change?
If the Doctor's wife hadn't made it into this list, I would lose my faith in the human race or something...
4 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Dream Run (Episodes 1-8)
Well, another easy one. The God Complex.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 11
Oooh, a VERY difficult one! And I cannot stress this strongly enough! All of these (and yes, I'm including 'Love and Monsters') are actually brilliant episodes, each for its own reasons.
As always, the final vote is heavily dependant on how one chooses to categorise the episodes. For instance, they can be divided in 2 broad categories, the arc/whole show important (the last two), and the mostly stand-alones (the rest). Another way to divide the list, is a weird one. You have those that you must know of the whole show in advance in order to get what's going on, and the others that knowing you are dealing with a show that goes on for 50 years is unimportant - they could be simply broadcast as mini-movies, with just a minor introduction to the characters and the TARDIS. The latter category includes "Vincent...", "Blink" and "Midnight" - all you had to know for these was that there's a guy named the Doctor for some weird reason, and he can travel in space and time.
Phew! What an unfair comparison!!! This ongoing, unfair, and agonising voting process, now asks for the perfect episode ten, which implies that you are dealing with a whole show, and not some sci-fi chunks - therefore, by my previous last reasoning, I have to exclude the best 3 of the list!!! And yes, I 've been a fan of the show for over 25 years now, and that's how I 'm suposed to vote. But I 'm also a huge sci-fi fan. So, I 'll follow my heart.
"The Doctor Dances": weird title. "Love...": clever story, stupid monster. "Vincent..."/"The Girl...": perfect drama, easy tears. "Journey...": Did not deliver, but gave an huge insight on the who-is-clara, and what's-the-secret thingys. Down to two...
If you ask me "What is your most favorite episode of NuWho", 9 out of 10 I'll say "Blink". But, when I see this list, I have to go with the Hitchcockian "Midnight". "Blink" is a perfect slice of sci-fi literature history. Boggles the mind with its timey-wimey (Moffat's best feauture), offers a chilling alien threat (along with the opportunity to teach kids what quantum physics is all about), and features great one-off characters and actors.
"Midnight", however, transcends the boundaries of a 'simple' sci-fi show, and it touches primal fears and insticts. It goes to show what you can (and can't) do with a handful of great actors, a 'plain' 'room' as a setting and a great story. Simple perfection - any way I cut and slice it.
Sorry, "Blink", this one goes to "Midnight".
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 10
Hey, an interesting one! This actually is pretty fun! The "splits are not counted" thingy is still pretty stupid, but here is a vote from Greece:
All stories are spooky , so that's easy. One of them is a second in a two-parter - so no counting this one. Night terrors was pretty dull, there's one out. "The Satan Pit" felt incomplete (well, it really was, but "The Empty Child" was far more complete, even if it was, yet again, a two-parter), "The Family of Blood", was a not-so-interesting-as-Blink Doctor-lite story, "Hide" had that hideous Clara in it, so that's out.
Yeap, "The Empty Child" it is!!!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 9
When a poll arises and contains "the Doctor's Wife", well, it's pretty much a dead end.
The Doctor's Wife, nuff said.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 4
Now, I really hoped that I wouldn't vote on any of these "face-off" thingys, but then again, there's "School Reunion". Although it featured K-9, a weak excuse for a companion even in the old days, Mickey, another bad excuse for a companion, it also featured that shocking moment, when Sarah Jane stumbles across the TARDIS, followed by her and the Doctor meeting again - for the first time. Shocking! Really!
It also featured "the missus and the ex", the swimming pool confrontation, current companion's realisation of being "the latest in a long line", or the Doctor just leaving them behind... All sorts of cool stuff for an old-timer like me. Hey, even a brand new K-9 to kick-off a spin-off...
-Ah, it's not goodbye...
-Say it, please! This time. Say it...
-Good bye, my Sarah Jane.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 3
Marks introduction states that "Reintroducing the show to the audience after a long time off-air is no easy feat." If you agree on this, and I probably do, then where is "The Bells of Saint John" episode? Shouldn't it be considered a series opener? Granted, it officialy was not, however, if the remark by Mark is taken as a (sort of) definition, then it is.
What I'm trying to say is that this particular poll is not as clear as it could (or could not) be. What I'm ultimately trying to say is that all these polls are... Meaningless? Useless? Without-a-point? Something of the sort.
When considering the list of episodes presented here, as a list of episodes that for some reason are up for voting against each other, then my vote would go to "Asylum of the Daleks". But it isn't. So, no vote.
5 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 1
Yes, we will all find some oddities here and there - that's is just the voting process kicking in. And yes, for me the widow could be a little higher, say around 6,5.
What I find bizarre, is that the lowest score of all 39 'episodes' ('stories' would be a better word), is actually pretty high, considering there are 38 more of them to come. Could it be that we 'll see a grade of a 'perfect' 10 on the top spot? Mind you, a 9,899 and above could be considered as a perfect ten as well. And another thing - just for the sake of it, maybe doctorwhotv could give us any nymbers on the votes?
5 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (39-34)
And the time has come. The Day of the Doctor is up for vote. Actually, 2 stories in one, with the Zygon thingy being stupid as hell, and the Time War business being just excellent. Tennant was completely out of shape, and the Daleks shooting each other is plain rediculous. Another unfair comparison, this time with itself.
However, "DaftDalek" below, just sums it up beautifully: "None of this matters", he/she says, and this could not be more true in this case. A perfect 10/10 for this one.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Day of the Doctor
@Wimsey Let's not forget that we haven't seen all 13 incarnations of the Master. It could be an incarnation even before Delgado's... However, it is an interesting idea, all this time-lock thingy and the "End of time" events, after the Day of the Doctor...
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Major Series 8 Villain Revealed?
And, yes, like everything else in life, this "moment has been prepared for". All the episodes of the show, it seems, lead up to these three episodes: Name, (Night and) Day, Time of the Doctor.
The problem with the Name of the Doctor, though, is that it differs from every other episode in a major way: it cannot stand as a 'standalone'. Rather, it concludes some major arcs. Another difference with, say Pandorica/Big Bang, is that the arcs closing have an impact to the show as a whole. And I honestly don't know how can we see it as anything else...
So, how can one rate this bugger? Production-wise, it's excellent. Just plain simple old excellent. Story-wise? Well, there is no story here. Arc-wise? IMHO, Moffat delivers. The ultimate arcs are explained, a brilliant cliffhanger (although it was spoiled from the depths of the Internet), some old viewer eye-candy in the form of previous incarnations of the Doctor... It has everything.
Having to rate this particular episode, is just unfair to every other. However, as an old fan (well, not that old), I give it a perfect 10/10 - an unfair grade, no matter how it may be justified.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Name of the Doctor
If compared with Gaiman's previous story, it sure is a lot lesser. Of course, when comparing "The Doctor's Wife" to any episode, well... You get the picture. However, I really dislike comparisons of this (or any other) sort. So, as an episode, it really reserves a 10 out of 10. Well paced, nice story, excellent acting and so on and so forth... Even the title is awesome!!!!
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Nightmare in Silver
Yes, the episode of the stupid questions: "How could they breath?" "Is it a star or a planet?" If you just relax and watch this amazing show, without trying to find flaws everywhere, then you 'll probably enjoy this truly amazing episode that has everything: Clara off to explore on her own, cheeky Susan reference for the older fan, story eating aliens, a speech, cool baddies (monsters?) of all sorts, brilliant music, visual effects, the leaf... Really, what's not to like? A 10 out of 10 for this one!
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Rings of Akhaten
Yes, another perfect one. 10 out of 10, just like that - plain and simple!
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Snowmen
@Galactic Yo Yo Exactly my thoughts! 5/10 for this one...
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: A Town Called Mercy
Pretty average (and yes, that means a 5/10). The story was average (apart from certain highlights, like the Doctor's price tag or the bad guy) and truly non-interesting, featuring two entirely non-interesting characters (that I thought were even unnececcary). This was probably a story that fell victim of the whole blockbuster-of-an-episode thingy that Moffat had going on. The only thing that stood out, was the scene when Rory's father sits on the doorstep of the TARDIS, enjoying a cuppa watching the Earth from above... A magical scene, that truly belongs to an (imaginary of course) anthology of magical moments of the whole show...
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
I never quite got the reasons all those people believe Moff is a sexist. I could never see it. In fact, what I see form Moffat is an equal representation of the two sexes, both of them being naughty or nice or anything in between...
6 months ago on Is Steven Moffat a Feminist Writer?
Not sure about this one, even after all those months of first watching it. Probably an 8 out of 10. High, just because of the crazy sci-fi element, low because I didn't particularly like the elements that Moff included in the show's universe.
Yeah, that's about it then.
6 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Wedding of River Song
Just perfect - 10 out of 10.
6 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: The God Complex
Not a big fan of Gatiss here, and this is not an exception. A really indifferent episode, not even worth of a scond chance... 3 out of 10, just for the effort...
6 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: Night Terrors
Now this is Moffat at his best! The trick was to promote the episode with a 'shocking' title, which turned out to be a really big and fat red herring. The dialogue is absolutely brilliant, the story, well, it had its ups and downs (don't they all?), all the actors at their best, and the direction was just splendid! It makes you forget about the easiest of solutions, the deus-ex-machina (quite literally) of the Teselecta, it makes you furious that no info is given on the Silence, and it leaves you with one of the saddest timey-wimey of them all: The Doctor leaves the blue "spoilers" diary to River - the beginning of the end, or whatever this means. An easy 10/10.
6 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: Let’s Kill Hitler
Now, this is a tough one. As all the series 6 arc episodes, it is important. When one looks at it that way, it is not such a big deal - maybe a 6 or 7. However, it is not important for the arc alone, but for the whole mythology of the show. As a fan of the show as a whole, I tend to regard it in the latter way. So, a 9 out of 10...
6 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: A Good Man Goes to War
Above average, this one. Some good elements, some great, some bad, some memorable. 7/10...
6 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Rebel Flesh / The Almost People
It's actually bizarre how some things can slip one's mind. I had forgotten all about this Doctor/Donna thingy, and it really was to cry for.
IMHO, I would not include "The Ponds gone" scene, as it followed a very long episode, full of plot holes, and all these blockbuster episodes where they weren't even proper companions any more - I was even (sort of) glad to see them go - and yes, I know this last sentence is enough to open the gates of eternal damnation... The scene when they fall together from a rooftop just to prove a point, though... That was heartbreaking.
6 months, 1 week ago on 10 Most Heartbreaking New Who Moments
Yeap, that's an 'Exterminate it!' one... Sort of interesting, but in reality not.
6 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Curse of the Black Spot
10 out of 10. Simple as that. Nothing less, nothing more - pure magic. Even some minor problems (for instance Rory was originaly not in this one, and Gaiman had to push him in the story somehow which is obvious in some moments) just fade away within the magic of the episode. Definately one of my personal top 5 episodes of Doctor Who (others include 'Blink' and 'The ark in space') ever.
6 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Doctor’s Wife
Yes, the episode I hate to love. Torn between a score of 5 and one of 10, I will go with the latter. 10/10 from me. 5, because of the irrelevant and useless sentimentalism, a perfect 10 for the fine choice of actors and for the (rarely) brilliant use of timey-wimey. Although NewWho is often sad and emotional, this episode just went overboard. But, it is easily forgotten since the episode as a whole is just brilliant...
6 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: A Christmas Carol & Series 5 Recap
Hmmm... Moments, just moments. That what this episode gave to me - storywise at least... Lines to remember (the least one can expect from the Great Moff), and this whole timey-wimey that is so ugly as a resolution to any problems the characters face, but still very clever. The actors gave their best, the direction is just spectacular... One particular moment comes in mind, something I will probably never forget: Just before the Pandorica closes, trapping the Doctor "forever", we see the faces of his enemies, still and emotionless. Just there, for only a couple of seconds, the Dalek eyestalk appears... The camera is not upright, a small flame is burning in the background, the music is haunting and sad... It was probably the first moment in my adult life that I felt that the Daleks are actual alive creatures, and not just oversized pepper pots. Feared, hated across the universe... Yeah, the direction is the only thing worth mentioning. Unfortunately, I found the story itself weak (although it was "crazy" sci-fi, much closer to the books than the average episode) and weirdly unimportant... An 8 from me.
PS. I really cannot "judge" or watch this episode as the closing/finale of series 5, since the show just goes on - I strongly feel that only a handful of episodes deserve to be watched as anything else than mere episodes (for example, any anniversary ones - The Three Doctors, Remembrance of the Daleks, The Day of the Doctor - or, God forbid, the last ever episode).
6 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang
@gunslinger19 Yeah, this has (sort of) happened... "Trial of a Time Lord", any one?
6 months, 2 weeks ago on To Know Thine Self: What can or can’t the Doctor know about his future selves?
"You could never handle one reality, Doctor. Take two, and call me in the morning".
With lines like these, you can never go wrong! An instant classic, from the 'Next time' trailer even. The Doctor's dark side, first seen over 25 years ago, is easily the most interesting aspect of our beloved Time Lord. The downside was probably the rushed ending/explanation (a plague that runs throughout NuWho). However, it was far from enough to make this episode something less-than-pure-perfection. An easy 10 from me, with a plea to the writer to give us another sample of his unconventional and rational ideas in the future!
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Amy’s Choice
BiBernadus says it (sort of) perfectly. The highlight of the episode, is probably the confrontation between the Doctor and Rosanna. However, I found the story sort of indifferent, an episode probably not missed if not having been made. A 6 from me...
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Vampires of Venice
Forgetting the horrible re-design of the Daleks, this is actually pretty good! A major dilemma for the Doctor ("Kill the Daleks now and destroy Earth, or let them go and spawn another army and let the Earth be"), which, him being so fond of us, lead to a whole new race of pure Daleks. On the down side, I found the stop-the-bomb-with-love thingy (later shown again in 'Closing Time') was stupid and pretentious... An 8 from me...
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Victory of the Daleks
A highly anticipated episode, that failed to deliver in so many ways. We saw the Angels move...
Although the episode provided some more intel as to what the Angels can and cannot do, although it re-introduced River Song, an essential part of Moffat's plans for the show, although it was the first on-screen episode where the Doctor actually confronts them, I feel it was just a catchy way for the Moff's Great Intelligence to give us something to talk about with the Doctor with his coat appearing to Amy with her eyes closed, and a more deep look to the whole 'crack' bussiness.
A 6 from me. Really.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Time of Angels / Flesh & Stone
Yes... That's the Doctor you have to love! Amazing storyline, even if there are alternative ones lying around to choose from, but this is it! Great article Nick!
And that should be an item in the agenta of Mr. Moffat - try and clear things a bit up with this whole mess of canon/non-canon media.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Who is the Doctor?