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Miss Kizlet was awesome but Moff will have a surprise up his sleeve. He always come up with brilliant twists.
4 months, 1 week ago on Series 8: Keeley Hawes cast as Ms Delphox
Wow wow wow. Another fantastic actor coming to Who. This sounds amazing. I can't wait to find out what the secret is. She is a brilliant actress who will be able to go toe to toe with Peter. The more I see and hear about season 8 and the whispers behind the scenes mean that season 8 is shaping up to be the best ever. I wonder what other treasures Moff has lined up for us!
It's a kind of quality guaranteed seal, isn't it. I woukd have rated 10s era as all 0/10 as I literally can't bear to watch Tennant/10 but there was a magnificent Moffat penned episode in each and I have a soft spot for Impossible Planet, not sure why as it isn't that great an episode but I love Toby and his possession . i also like Freema. It annoys me though that she was wasted as a character.
For me the inclusion of poor old Tennant in a tv show is a guarantee it will be ludicrously dramatic or maudlin but he surprised me in Broadchurch probably because he had his performance reigned in. The other zillion things he has been on since Who have all been flops anyway, so good for him I guess in at least having one hit show after Who. Wonder if he gets lucky again.
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 6 (2011)
Exactly! Not everyone agrees that Moff era is better than RTD and fair enough as we all have different opinions but simply a fact that more people watch now than ever before and it remains as popular. Don't think this will raise any contoversy here as people are reasonable.
Exactly. No ratings decline at all since Moff took over. In sddition to fact more people watch in different ways ( and thus is not measured), the blips in RTD ratings relate to Event Episodes such as JE or Kylie not a reflection on the entire season and the AIs are exactly the same.
= same or more people watching now in UK
= more people watching now than before worldwide, esp in US ( Matt IS the doctor for most Americans)
= same AI as ever was.
Continues to be popular thanks to Moff reinventing show to keep audience happy.
Whoops forgot to add that when you take iplayer and streaming into account, in fact Moff's seasons rated thevsame or higher than RTD, it's just that people watched it differently. This is in line with how people now tend to view tv but the way ratings are measured have not caught up. In addition, globally Who is more popular now than at any time. Finally, crtically Moffat's Who is much more lauded than at any time and is now accepted as mainstream drama. When Who or Matt are nominated for BAFTAs or NTAs along with other BBC dramas, it doesn't look out of place.
Best not to mention ratings though; one big kettle of fish!
I meant niche family time viewing, probably incrrect use of the word. Perhaps undemanding or commonplace is more what I meant! Thanks.
Well said. I personally found this season totally satisying but even those who may not, must admit that Moff's vision and ambition was brilliant and yes, I forgot the wonderful photography and special effects. We are so used to them now, that it is only if you happen upon an old RTD era episode you realise the masive improvement under Moff's watch.
I wonder if over time this may notch up an extra half point on repeated rewatching but it suffers a tiny bit coming after the triumph of season 5 as I guess expectations were so great.
After the extraordinary reimagining of Who by Moffat and Matt in season 5, moffat exerts his confidence with the introduction of a bold and intricate story arc and brings on board new high profile writers. The coup is Neil Gaiman, a huge fan of matt Smith's portrayal who produced one of the undisputed masterpieces of Who, The Doctor's Wife. Rory becomes more central to the plot with karen Gillan demonstrating that she is the most talented actress to ever play a companion and Arthur Darvill sealing the deal. The three of them shine together as the TARDIS finds its ideal occupants. To then add the wonderful, River, Moff's greatest ever female creation ( and that is saying something from a man who has given us so many well rounded and memorable characters), who takes centre stage.
Matt notches up his acting to 11. So many riches in this season. I loved the return of Craig, the heartbreaking resolution of Amy's struggle to find her baby, badass Rory, the magnificent Impossible Astronaut two parterr and the stunning Wedding of River Song. One slightly less than stellar episode - Black Spot, but otherwise Moff's hugely ambitious ambition pays off superbly.
For me, not as great as 5 and as perfect as 7A but further evidence that Who had become a rich, intellegent, well acted, stunningly photographed and confident show on par with the best on television and had shrugged off the cartoonish, niche show in seasons 1-4. Season 6 made me fall back in love even more deeply with the show I had grown up with and which Moffat and Matt returned back to its true heritage.
9/10 - Mark off for Black Spot
Season 1 - 4/10
Season 2 - 1.5/10
Season 3. - 2.5/10
Season 4 - 2/10
Specials - 0/10
Season 5 - 9.5/10
Season 6 - 9/10
Rewatching from season 5 shows how much Matt has changed. The gangly baby faced youth with the floppy mop of brown hair is now a stylish handsome mature man. He was adorable back then but he is a real head turner now. The actors always talk about how ageing the workload is on Who. You could see at times towards the end of season 6 that Matt was looking a bit tired. I was really shocked by how badly DT had aged when he was on Day of the Doctor. He looks much older than his 42 years and .I am sure a lot of that must be due to being on Who even though he hsd the year off beteen season 4 and the Specials.
Matt also did lots of conventions and publicity including trips to the US, plus audio books and all of the minisodes and TV and awards shows. Add that to the shooting schedule and you can see why it must take it out of you. I hope Peter has Matt's stamina!
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 5 (2010)
No wonder poor Freema was so unhappy on the show. She must watch the juicy plots and dialogue given to Amy and Clara and growl with frustration! Problem was Martha was only a plot device to keep Saint Mary Sue Rose shoved into the audience's faces. You have to laugh at the driticism aimed at Moff that he can't write women characters when you only have to compare any of his crations to Rose, poor Martha and gobby Donna. The sheer hypocrisy in this kind of one-eyed criticism really annoys me.
Martha isby far the pick of the three underwritten companions from RTD. She would have been kickass with 11. I agree that the hysteria around 10 put off a lot of people who didn't buy into that and 10 was just an inconsistent character, ranging from brave to cowardly, from cocky to snivelling but the main characteristic was giant bloated ego and vanitywhich ended up with him being pathetic and whiny at the end of his time. I am hoping that Tennant in real life isn't like that!
Tennant put me off watching, awful actor and awful doctor, but I agree that the companions and other actors in Moff's era are much much better than in RTD's. I think that shows the care Moff puts into things right down to casting extras. You just know he loves the show so very much so he treats every component with respect.
Nice to see one of the few misguided 10 fans (ha!) who are open minded enough to realise that 11 and Matt justblow what went before out of the water.
I find a couple of episodes from season one rate with anything done during Moff's time, eg Father's Day and Parting of the Ways and the empty child to me is still Moff's greatest episode. He even made the ghastly Rose likable in this for the only timeinthe show. If that isn't genius,don't know what else is!
Therer really s no comparison. RTD is virtually unwatchable once you have seen Moff and Matt. Everything before The Eleventh Hour is plodding, amateurish and visually dull. This is why the only episodes people remember with affection or rewatch from that era are Moff's episodes. The diffrrence in quality is astounding. It's why alot of long time fans who had given up in despair by the RTD era were giddy with delight when Moff took over the reigns and just kept making the show better and better.
Moff not only made Who great again, he made it into one of the very best things on television. Genius!
Props to RTD for bringing back Who - although he has unfairly hogged all of the credit for doing this! but Moff deserves higher praise and recognition as his careful curatorship of Who has saved it from the continuing decline in quality since season 1and likely cancellation to ensure it is in good health and strong and confident enough to continue for many more years.
I think the exceptionally fresh approach of season 5 blew away the staleness of the last few years and not only drew in new fans who may have heard bad things about the show under RTD's time and were surprised to find something exciting, as well as giving new hooe to long time fans like me who had given up on their beloved show because it had been driven into a wall. How exciting to have seen Who for the first time in the eleventh hour!
Wonderful series that saved Who from further decline into dreary soap opera and in hindsight is likely to have rescued it from possible cancellation. Moffat moved the show from its soap opera/ comic book sensibility with no strong overall vision and a misconceived concept of the doctor to one with a clear authorial tone, fully realised vision and a doctor who returned to being an unknowable alien. The visual design went from mundane to dazzling as well. Apart from the wonderful choice of Matt Smith who became the doctor in the first glimpse in The End of Time in a way David Tennant never managed in four years, the greatest improvement was in the writing. Big bright instantly forgettable stories with no organic connection replaced by dense yet accessible, rich, witty episodes full of well drawn characters which appeal to adults and children. The writing moved from writing down to the audience to writing with respect for the audience's intellegence. Who moved from a occasional guilty pleasure which could be tuned in and out of to a show being discussed by children at school as well as the culture pages of the toniest broadsheets and completely unmissable due to the clever weaving of story arcs.
Season 5 is just shaded for me by the perfection of season 7A for me and I can only give it 9.5/10. Like this golden era in Who history, all of Moffat's and Matt's work is worth at least 9/10 and towers over everything in NuWho which went before it. More watched and critically acclaimed globally now than ever before.
A lot of people don't rate Journey's End at all. I think at the time it was hyped up due to the semi-regeneration and there was a lot of excitement about seeing everyone together in the TARDIS. But once you get past that, the story is rubbish and the ending is just ridiculous. It's one of those episodes that has not aged well. I expect that if people who remember it fondly through the haze of nostalgia watched it again, they woukd be amazed by how poorly it stands up. Since then in the currentbera there has been a massive leap in cinematograpy, direction and production as well as story telling, dialogue and characterisation. An episode which simply doesn't reward rewatching.
Most overrated story is Midnight. Completely ripped off from Twighlght Zone with a dreadfully hammy performance from Tennant and zero tension.
I actually didn't mind Miracle Day but yes, it needed a big pair of editing scissors taken to it!
4 months, 1 week ago on River Song & Captain Jack: Five Favourites
Happy to say I much prefer Jack to 10 and River totally rocks, possibly the best and most well drawn character in NuWho apart from 11. I don't think a Jack/River story would make it past the censors though! Moffat really pulls out all the stops when he writes a River story.
I agree but much miire love than dislike from what I read and quite right too. It's close to perfect and I can't see how anyone could rate it lower than say 8 or 9, but everyone rates things differently.
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Time of the Doctor
For the domestic scene though, it was used for comedy. Nite also that moffat invested so much story into Clara's family with just a few scenes, rwther than dragging us through endless tedious storylines about Rose's, Martha's and Donna's ghastly families. I do love Wilf though. The gran would be a good match withnWilf - make it happen!
I agree that Broadchurch is his best performance to date and what makes it work is having Olivia Colman supporting him. I think he lifted his game in this in response to having a quality actress to work with. The rest of his TV work ranges from mediocre to poor. I think the fact that the two shows he was in after Bchurch got 2 star reviews and bombed in the ratings, the political one and the lawyer one, shows that his star is falliing.
To be fair, I didn't see Richard, but friends who go regularly to the RSC did and all expressed disappointment in a dull and static production and a lacklustre performance by Tennant. This was in the first week of showing at Stratford, so may have improved. Both the performance and production were totally overlooked at the recent Olivier Awards nominations as well which indicated that the majority opinion wasn't that strongly positive.
I guess I might sound harsh but four years of uncritical Tennant worship, rather than focusing on the many faults with his performance as the doctor and inadequacies of the RTD era followed by the hateful bile directed at Matt and Moffat by the same people ha soured my view. It is so nice to see how fair and balanced views on this site are.
I doubt Capaldi will draw any such unwarranted hate as most of the Bring Back Tennant Brigade have dropped out of fandom and people who appreciate Moff and Matt justvseem fairer and more reasonable people, looking at the comments on this site. So, quality television attracts quality people!
NowvMatt has sadly left, I'll probably just ignore the Tennant years and wish him well in future endeavours - provided he doesn't come begging back to appear on Who in the future. ha!
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Day of the Doctor
Hit the nail on the head. In typically Moffat-y fashion this episodes demads to be reseen to pick up all of the layered references and intricate plotting. You also then need to see the entire trilogy and Night of the Doctor to unveil all of the riches.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Time of the Doctor
I hated how RTD used his last story to selfishly claim ownership over story lines such as the time war by tying it up and acting as though only his vision is valid. But thankfully along comes Moff who respects the entire history of Who and isn't hung up about who createdwhat and treats the continuity with respect by writing out RTD's dead ends and openingup lots of exciting new possibilities for future Who. That really bothered me in the End of Time. With RTD, it wa ss if he and his creations such as Rose and 10 were the show, whereasfor Moff, treats it like he is a custodian whose duty is to care for it and pass it on to the nextshowrunner in good health.
Let's hope Moff reigns for as long as he wants.
I saw Tennant on stage in Hamlet and his limitations as an actor were on display there aswell. It wasessentially The Doctor Does Denmark. I think the problem is that he lacks the natural spark or talent which is abundant and obvious in Matt and has to fall back on technique, so youncan always see him acting.
What is really telling is that when fellow actors or directors seek to praise Tennant, the words they commonly use are: professional, learned his lines, turned up on time on the set each day, friendly. You don't hear people talk about nuance, emotion, spontaneity or life. Compare the comments the same actors and directors use for Matt - electric, creative, surprising, inventive, chameleon. One is a technician, the other is an artist. I remember listening to Patrick Stewart trying to come up with something positive to say about Tennant's performance in Hamlet and all he could come up with was that he was a nice man.
While I am no fan of Tennant and wish RTD had not cast him as a favour as the doctor, I also feel sort of sorry for him as he can't escape his most famous role. He has a series of failed television shows behind him, althoughhe lucked out with Broadchurch thanks to another casting favour from a mate who put him in a role which allowed him to share screen time with the wonderful Olivia Colman. No director has been willing to cast him in any decent movies and he has only been able to pick up straight to DVD fare and he has called on his RSC links to get on stage. Friends who saw Richard ii said it was a disappointment, with Tennant giving a lifeless performance at its centre. I think Tennant will be the actor who got a wonderful career lift from Who but who will never be able to escape this as the way he played tge doctor is the only way he can act.
Matt, however has the world at his feet and Who has givenhim the lift which he would have got anyway from sheer talent. For David, it has put him at a level of fame he could never had expected in a modest acting career and he is trapped ss he can never be as famous as he was then.
BTW, although Tennant was pedestrian in Hamlet, Patrick Stewart was magnificent!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Day of the Doctor
Beautiful, rich and strange. I notice some people who are not overwhelmed by this episode have only seen it on transmission. Watch it again and all of the care and thought put intp this episode will start to unfold.
I don't have to say how magnificent Matt is, so I'll use Moff's words - greatest ever performance in the entire history of Who and one of the greatest put onto TV.
There is no real need to defend this episode by comparing it with the utter failure that is the End of Time. Why would you compare fine food lovingly prepared by a master chef to a inedible cold overcooked lump of cheese? Matt Smith acting - subtle, nuanced, thrilling, heartbreaking > David Tennant acting - embarrasingly lazy, hysterical, one note, gurning and teeth gritting. One of the worst pieces of acting in Who history. 11's regeneration - well earned, heroic, dignified, beautiful, gentle, accepting, perfect > 10's regeneration -whining, snivelling, ego trip for the actor at the expense of the character, completely at odds with Who history, overblown, bloated, cringeworthy. Plot of Time of he Doctor - inventive, witty, balance of humour and heartbreak, full of thrilling moments, great momsters, epic battle with the Daleks > End of Time - utter drivel, rubbish skeletor Master, what wasthat Donna story all about? story-wise takes it into a dead end which Moff thanfully reset in Day of the Doctor. One is a beautiful celebration of Who's continuity, the other is a grotesque self-worship of the poorest era of Who since late Colin Baker. I must put a good word in for the lovely Wilf though.
I love the humour in this episode with the nudity, turkey and all; the beautifully judged inclusion of the luminous Amy; the kickass Tasha - what a great addition to Moffat's cast of strong women, but most of all I love that this celebrates the greatest actor, the greatest doctor and the greatest era of Who in a modest, warm and open hearted way.
Thankfully back to 10/10.
It will be interesting to see if this episode holds up down the track when some of the fairy dust from the excitement leading up to the 50th anniversary has been shaken off. I know I am in the teeny tiny minority of Whodom who doesn't rate this at least 10. - I still think it's great and am completely of the view that the Matt n Moff era is the zenith of all Who but I still think that the whole is much less than the sum of its parts. The zygon story was underwhelming but great to see 10 frolicking and Tennant game to having the mick taken out of him ( still think he looks pasty and ill/tired) but it just sort of petered out. It really did feel tacked onto the other parts as if it was an afterthought by Moffat to give 10 something 10ish to do, ie posture in front of the ladies and shout randomly at objects. The heart of the story with Billie and John Hurt was so tonally different and the conclusion was triumphant but somehow the path narratively from A to B just didn't gell. Clearly Moffat hadbeen working on this script for a long time but it was almost ss if he had to chuck out some pages at the last moment and insert generic Moffatty bits. To some extent I also thought the scenes in the undercroft and in the Tower dragged a little as well. And while I am at it, the stock war scenes/fleeing civilians were so pedestrian and unoriginal in concept when other parts were directed and visualised with such flair. I didn't see it in 3D and am assuming these scenes were only included for that purpose.
I feel like a bad fan for having any criticisms of this episode.......but there you go. I really do think that this will be seen as the least part of the Doctor trilogy in 'time'. I feel like I have to stand in the corner now.
Oh well at least I will be in the clear majority in gasping in awe in front of Matt's performance in the next one.
Apparently the theatre decided to not put forward a nominationthis year and will wait until the production goes into the West End later this year so Matt has to wait another year and then on to Broadway. Another Doctor family member, Mark Gatiss was nominated for best supporting sctor in supporting TomHiddleston inCoriolanus. Well done Mark. Hooe he wins.
Now to wait for Matt and Moff to get their BAFTA noms. Hope ,att isn't ineligible like last year due to the programme split.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful
I think the weakest of the trilogoy only because for me the Zygon subplot just didn't gell. The Zygons themselves were excellently done but Joanna Page's part was silly and Tennant looked uncomfortable and disengaged. I do like how Moffat put in lots of gentle ribbing about 10 and Tennant's portrayal of the role. The pompous speech to the rabbit showed up how bloated and hollow a shouty Tennant speech is and the love subplot also poked fun at the vanity of 10. Talking of vanity, I did have to smile when I saw that skinny Tennanthad put some meat on his bones so his pin- striped suit was poppingly tight and his hair was combed to cover his rapidly receding hairline. He looked very tired and pale and I wonder if he was unwell during this. Perhaps this explains the very dull performance. He was outacted by Matt at every turn. I wish Eccleston had been part of this as a subplot for 9 wouldn't have needed to be so wishy-washy. No doubt some day the fullstory will come out and I am sure Moffat was overruled in his original plans. Perhaps the BBC forced him to include Tennant due to concerns about ratings? That may explain why Tennant said he was approached very late in the day?
Hurt was awesome and I ache to see him and Matt together at some point again. Billie Piper was also on form. Another sly dig by Moffat at 10's era by having Billie there but not as Rose and no scenes interacting with Tennant. He has said before how ridiculous the doctor wuvs rose plot was and his disdain for it, so props for poking funat it by including Billie in this way.
Otherwise everything else was fan heaven right down to the coda with Tom. Matt and Jenna superb blah blah, cinematic scooe blah blah, sparkling dialogue blah blah.
I also love how Moffat set to rights the dead ends RTD drove the show into in Journey's End and End of Whine. It willallow much greater scope for plotting. Seeing Peter at the end was gasp inducing.
So, can only give this 9/10 due to the missteps around 10'ssubplot. The Name and Time, however are flawless, so only a slight blip for me. A grand episode nonetheless.
Ooh just relalised Olivier nominations will be announced later this morning. Matt is guaranteed one for Lead Actor Musical which will be his second nomination.
While not as strong a lock, I also think he's likely to again be nominated as Best Actor for a TV BAFTA on the strength of his performance in Time of the Doctor and he is widely liked and respected in the industry. I am sure there will be a push to recognise him as he leaves the role as he is regarded as the best actor to ever play The Doctor.
An Olivier award and a BAFTA in one year would be amazing for Matt.
Good luck to him!
Matt is by far the best at delivering speeches but Sylvester was good and Eccleston withe right material, like Dalek was pretty good. Davison was too softly spoken, Colin too pompous and Tennant too shouty. Tom has a beautifully modulated voice that I could listen to all day.
Mcoy is a fine sctor. I saw him play The Fool against Ian Mckellan in the RSC Lear. My fourth doctor to see on stage including Matt in Psycho, Peter D in Monty Python's Holy Grail and Tennant in Hamlet. I thought he was pretty good and he got to play the spoons!
Sorry if I am repeating myself defending Simm here but let's separate the actor from the role. it still rankles me so much that he was served so poorly by RTD. Grrrr.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Major Series 8 Villain Revealed?
Not Simm's fault. He is a great actor. He was forced to play it that way because of the way it was written for him to match Tennant's acting style. Simm is very discreet but if you read his later comments or see any of his bits from Confidential at the time you can see how desperately unhappy he was at the time being forced to act the role like a demented loon. I wish Moffat had brought him back to play off Matt so he could have had an opportunity to play the part in a more measured way and against an actor of his own calibre. One of the great What Ifs in NuWho.
As Neiil Gaiman said already and Moff and Gatiss and pretty well every actor and crew member who has worked on Who during his time, Matt is not just the best actor who has ever been on Who, he's up thetre with the best actors working in the UK today, end of! Name and Time more than prove tht.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Name of the Doctor
Exactly. This is a celebration of both 11 and the history of the show. Name is 11's time in the limelight, soit is logical that it be the Paternoster gang and River who arethe focus. River is after all the most important in the Doctor's life over these last 50 years along with Susan. The next episodeis the one which name checks all the companions and includes Saint Mary Sue Perfect Rose, although thankfully not in her simpering incarnation in seasons 2 and 4 of NuWho.
From what I am readinghere andwhat I recall reading at the time, only a tiny majority rate this episode ss being less than 10/10. People always want to nitpick,especially when something is as watertight and confidently perfect as this episode.
Now the next episode doeshavea couple of flaws but not of Matt or Moffat's making....
I hope that they can get John Simm back to regenerate into say Charles Dance as it would be a great piece of continuity and also provide closure for Simm who has indicated how dreadfully unhappy his experience in RTD's Who was. Simm is a great actor and allowing him to do this would help erase the awful dialogue and manic acting he was forced to do. This will also give him more positive memories of Doctor Who. C'mon Moff make it happen - only takes one little scene and we know you love your Who continuity and you respect the Who family.
You won't find toomany who don't rate this as 10/10. At the time I read the reviews and unusually the praise was unanimous, so fan favouriet and critical favouriet too. It simply is perfect and that's official!
100 times yes. Perfect, perfect perfect. This episode will be the one from season 7 that will stand the test of time. If we hadn't had Name of the Doctor, this episode woukd stand as an affectionate and respectful salute to all 11 doctors. Matt and Moff at their genius best.
I agree. My favourite of the trilogy. Utter perfection both in terms of Who and UK television. Flawless.
The trilogy has to be seen as both a celebration of 50 years and a celebration of 11. Name focuses more on 11, so it makes sense for the most important people in this incarnation to be there. River of course transcends this, as along with River she is the most important female character in Who (intelation to the doctor) across the entire 50 years
A perfect melding of the epic and intimate with the greatest opening and closing moments in all of Who (apert from An Unearthly Child). Cerebral, compelling and bowing down in homage to all 50 years which proceeded it. Heartbreaking foreboding of 11's demise, gorgeous, gorgeous farewell between 11 and River, tender moments between Vashtra and Jenny and spine chilling new villains in the Whispermen. Matt is beyond magnificent - natch - butJenna matches him as she reveals that she is the most selfless and courageous companion of all. The ending reveals why Moff is the master of television drama.
I can't see how anyone could not be moved, thrilled and thoroughly entertained by this episode. Does not need so much as a minute more or less. I think it is even greater than Day of the Doctor which is unbalanced by the cringeworthy (and unnecessary) addition of 10 and a subplot which I guess Moffat was forced to write as broad comedy to limit Tennant's potential for teeth gritting gurning. I agree with the thatre critic from The Stage (and many others) who found that 10's inclusion in Day only highlighted the wide gap in acting ability between Smith and Tennant. I know it was meant for a laugh but this is the one episode in the trilogy that I woukd change. The bookends around it are flawless.
Anyway back to the good stuff about Name of the Doctor. Easily 10/10 - perfect Who.
Perfect time for The Master to return. With a more mature doctor, someone like CD would be a great foil. And I can't wait to think what sort of twisty plot lines Moff has up his sleeve for us. From all of the positive buzz and fantastic casting, season 8 looks set to be the best yet!
I love the drashigs and Carnival of Monsters. 3 and Jo rock!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on 5 Underrated Doctor Who Monsters and Villains
Along with Moffat's episodes and Dalek, The Impossible Planet two parter is the only other episode from RTD's era which could stand alongside season 5 to 7 as good Who. The cgi for the beast was pretty good and the set design and photography were also good. Nice to able to say something positivevabout poor old RTD for a change, even if he didn't write it.
It's hard to overpraise Matt but we are going to have to as his final three episodes are coming up and he is spectacular!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Nightmare in Silver
I think you're rightbabout the tight skirt remark. It's so jarringly out of place for Matt's doctor to act like that, that I think some other lines were cut or maybe there was a cutaway showing a slight metallic gleaming on Matt's face. Otherwise it makes no sense but apparently this episode was really cut about at concept and script stage. That's why I can only rate this 8.5/10 instead of 9/10 due to what is a piece of sloppy editing or script oversight. So unusual inMoff's era as things as usually tight as a drum under his run.
I had an allergic reaction to Journey's End and End of Whine!
Wedding of River Song is like a big feast, too much to digest at one sitting with lots of delicious nibbles, hearty meaty bits and sweet treats at the end. Scrumptious. The other two gave me indigestion!
Moffat at his best has so much richness in his plotscand so much continuity that you often need a repeat viewing. It definitely deserves it.
I think we should use this as a measure. Instead of how many stars do you give an episode, let's make iit how many paving slabs!
I reckon he'll be a Bond villain at some point. I think that the Ryan Gosling film Matt made has him as a badass guy, so watch out for that soon - will be Matt's first step towards global super stardom plus if you are in London, Matt will hopefully be reprising his role as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho soon in the West End. And then to Broadway. Matt is going to be smothered with awards for that role both here and in the US,. With a lead in an A list film plus Broadway debut in one year, man oh man, our boy is on top of the world.
Interesting yardstick with which to measure. Everything is better than Love and Monsters apart from The End of Whine, Doctor's Daughter, Fear Her and Planet of the Dead.
I think you will find mostly positive views on Time. Take away the standard Moff haters and Bring Back Tennants and you'll find a lot of appreciation of how superb the episode was. I've read so many posts by people who were "meh" on first viewing and on rewatch and seeing the trilogoy put together now realise just how great it is.
Anyway, we have lots of gushing for Matt and Jenna and Alex and Neve and John Hurt to go before we get there!
Wouldn't it be awesome if we had an author's remake of this episode. I rank this episode taking account of the interference in the script and it really brings it up to being one of the better episodes in season 7.
You mean mostly 10s from here on in. Three perfect episodes in a row from where I see it and what three episodes! Let the gushing begin....
I see it as more him being so comfortable withthecharacter that he's having a lot of fun in 7B and maybe dreading leaving the role.
Anyway the next three episodes are so good and Matt is just extraordinary inthem, especially Time, that we willall be back singing his praises together.
When I read comments about Matt ever being less than fab, I simply imagine what a mess Tennant would have made of the part and figure out the least best of Matt outshines the "best" of Tennant any day!
I think if you take away the kids and take accout of why that didn't quite work, the episode underneath is pretty awesome. Matt's performance and Warwick Davis alone make thus a top notch episode. It will be a keeper and in time will be viewed more kindly.
Neil Gaiman said that the purpose of the episode was to make the cybermen scary again (after the ill- judged clunky failed revival by RTD) and to give Matt a part to match his superb scting skills (and to secure another BAFTA nomination and possible win).
I think he mostly succeeded but the episode became unbalanced due to thechildren. Two things happennedthough: Gaiman wrote the parts thinking it would be Victorian Clara who became the companion and the insert with the children and Clara back at home were wedged in to meet other plot demands. If you take that into consideration and I have to take at least one mark off for that, then it re ealsitself as a rich and successful achievement.
There are so mnay great bits: Porridge, the humorous mottley crew of soldiers, the chess scenes, super scary Cybermen and gorgeous set design. Throw in Clara taking charge of things, some hilarious exchangesbetween Matt and the kids, creepy shots of the Cybermen infiltrating the castle and you have at least 40 minutes of sparkling entertainment.
So, did Gaiman make the cybermen scary - oh yes. Sleek, creepy, relentlessand with new powers. The redesign is more in line with older Who and better for it - no more disco flares and clunky boots. I hope they bring them back soon.
Matt is outstanding in this.. The cyberplanner dialogue with his riffing and twisting and scheming is masterclass stuff. It and Time of the Doctor should secure that BAFTA if eligibility rules allow. 11 also does a great 9 and 10 impersonation!
So, Overall I would have given this 9, but there is that weird false note at the end about thetight dress. Moff is so scrupulous about this kind of thing and makes his female characters so much more than just 'pretty girls' that it seems so out of place. I expect there must have been an editing cut of additional dialogue.
8.5/10 for me
Ha! If you thought that was hammy, imagine how far up the hambone Tennant would be gnawing?!
Exactlly and Moffat was rightbto call 10's incarnation out on this with that line of dialogue. Moffat also had to fix up the mess left by RTD in creating the meta doctor through 10's part generation in Journey's End. I think the vanity line and the corrections made by Moffat to rewrite the destruction of Gallifrey and the meta doctor's inclusion in the count of regenerations has helped draw a line under the missteps of 10's era and let the show shuck off that baggage.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on The Actual Plot Holes in Doctor Who
The 11 is sexist nonsense really annoys me too. As you say it is made clear that this incarnation is more alien and doesn't understand how human interactions sometimes operate. His occasional lapses when he misunderstands signals or body language prove lots of laughs and great comedy for Matt. I also agree that 10 is written as such an egotistical, rude jerk that I shake my head as to how people could like that incarnation. Bad combination of actor and writer. People usually overlook how annoying 10 is when you objectively look at how he operates and putting Tennant's performance aside, but nitpick every part of Moffat's era, It's an annoying double-standard.
I also think it wa a dig at the whiny self-obsessed way 10 went to his regeneration. Putting aside how bloated and poorly acted the last part of End of Time was, 10's "reward" was to see Tennant gurning and smirking at other characters in a montage so toe-curlingly embarrasing that I am sure people were shouting, "just regenerate already" as he staggered to the TARDIS. To top it off, we get one last glimpse of the wretched Rose, the character who RTD Mary- Sued so much he can't bear to say goodbye. Finally some more self-indulgent snivelling from 10 before the worst piece of dialoge in Nu Who.
Moff's gentle ribbing of 10, Tennant and RTD about the character, characterisation and acting for 10 is completed by Moffat and Matt dlivering a regeneration that is dignified, solemn, celebratory and in tune with the history of the show played to nuanced perfection.
Vanity issues was a pretty apt summing up of character, actor and producer for 10's time in the TARDIS.
I always took that as a poke by Moffat at the fangirling over Tennant's "good looks"!
When is that Madame Vastra investigates spin-off going to occur? Mr Gatiss and Mr Moffat make it happen.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Crimson Horror
I don't think Journey's End's plot holes are the reason it is derided. More to do with the "plot" itself. I could never figure out if RTD was more in love with Ten or Rose, so I guess they were both Mary Sues for him. So that makes the episode both wretched and eomewhat incestuous!
Matt was priceless in this. Noone does physical comedy like him. I understand that the hilarious scene where he lands a smacker on Jenny was his own on the spot inclusion, hence the startled reaction of Jenny. I thought this episode was beautifully judged in terms of pacing and tone. It was deliberaely all notched up to 11. The emerging from the room was a great example of Matt's versatility. The next episode provides further examples of how at the top of his game he is throughout 7B.
You certainly won't find a television critic who doesn't find Eccleston and Smith to be better actors and doctors than Tennant and the facts speak for themselves in terms of critical acclaim (Matt is the only actor to recieve a BAFTA nomination for playing the doctor and I suspect if it weren't for the season splits would have been nominated more times. I think he may have missed out again tnis year due to the small number of episodes shown over the qualification period) and ratings (more people globally watch Who now than ever before and when iplayer ratings are added, Matt's era has more viewers in the UK than Tennant's).
The End off Time was a grotesque parade of ego which I think has left a sour taste for the RTD era and also any remaining affection for Tennant's take as the doctor. If they had both finished with Journey's End, an admittedly poor episode but infinitely better than End of Time, people would look back a little more fondly on Tennant's tenure but unfortunately ego and money overcame common sense. A pity as Tennant has now been unable to escape from the role. Unfortunately he was badly miscast in the role in the beginning and I wonder if RTD had screentested for Eccleston's successor, rather than handing it to a mate, if we might have got a better doctor and Who would not have gone so far backward diring that time. One of those interesting WhatIfs?
He has set the standard so high and just never gives anything other than a wonderful performance. I think Peter will be great too and is lucky enough to have Moff at the helm. I think we will have two of the best actors and greatest doctors in a row.
Peter is a known quantity with a history of Doctor Who fandom in his past, so he was never not going to be pretty good at least. I think both Moffat and Gatiss are genuinely thrilled that they actually have Peter on set and it must have been absolutely exciting to see him become the doctor before their eyes when he wrapped his first episodes. I can see why they would want to share their thrill and reassure anyone who might doubt that Matt's successor will be just as stellar as he was.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Gatiss: Capaldi Changes Everything, Brings New Rules
You are right. He hasn't written one good episode since 2005, he has written four great episodes since 2005 and one outstanding one!
I expect one of the reasons some of the timing of recent seasons has been a little muddled, not just beacuse of the BBC stuffing Who around, is that Moffat takes care to carefully map out plotlines and how he will introduce through lines into the following season. It means we have had to wait a bit longer but the end result shows that it is worth it as each episode bears repeat watching beacuse of the care which which it has been put together. In the RTD era, episodes were churned out more quickly but they were mostly by numbers plotlines with big plot holes and no real continuity. Fun and bright but quickly forgotten. With Moff you have to watch and listen. I guess many people now are so used to being on their ipad while watching TV or talking through it, that they miss out a lot. This isn't the RTD era when you could wander off for a cuppa and come back and follow the story. Every part in Moff's era is intricately plotted and needs the audience to give the show respect enough to pay attention.
It is so unfair whenpeople bash Moffat for so called plot holes when there are actually very few if people are bothered to watch closely and also we don't know yet how he may end up resolving some of the plot lines. Typically the numerous plot holes and ludicrous and non-sense story lines in the RTD era are glossed over. It is often hand-waved away by saying that the RTD era is meant to be cartoonish and bright and cheerful so it doesn't matter whereas Moffat is judged against a different standard because the expectations are higher as his era has provided more mature and emotionally textured stories which require the audience to engage with it and use their head, rather than just their eyes.
Sometimes I think the constant Moffat bashing is simply that his era is so good, particularly compared to RTD's, that people have to find something to whinge about. It's good for someone to present the facts, rather than rely on second hand comments from people who probably haven't even properly watched the show.
Wow. First Moff, now Gatiss confirming how great Peter is in the role. As if we thought he would be anything other than spectacular.
Looks like we are getting two all time great doctors in a row. The golden age of Who which began in 2010 when Matt first boarded the TARDIS continues. Welcome aboard Peter and long may we journey with you with Moff at the helm.
Gothic comedy horror masterpiece. Perfect marriage of writer and theme. Comedy masterclass from Matt. I have liked all of Gatiss' contributions apart from The Idiot's Lantern but I absolutely love this. My favourite 7B until the Of the Doctor trilogy.
An interesting episode which has improved for me on repeated watching. That's one of the reasons I much prefer Moffat's era on the show - the plots are much deeper and richer and the writing team squeeze in little bits and pieces which you can miss first up.
It's taken as a given that Matt is again superb moving effortlessly between broad physical comedy to intense drama. Never been a better actor in the role, never gives a less than fully formed and commited performance blah blah etc.
Jenna is excellent too as she starts to understand why the doctor is so unsure about her. Their interactions in this are some of the best of the show. I love the scene near the cliff in particular - just gorgeous.
The other great bits are the tour of the TARDIS and the glimpses into the various rooms. It is left open to explore further at some later time..The future echo zombies are well realised and scary, probably the best 'monsters' in this season. The backstory is intriguing and I love how the tension is ramped up as the clock ticks down. The excitement and tension in this episode contrasts with the same concept in 42 where the pacing was flat and the challenges set in the episode dull. Journey is another example of how a cocept from RTD's era is given more oomph and delivered much more successfully in Moffat's.
There are some absolutely stunning images I will always love this episode for: the cliff, the shattered heart of the TARDIS, the library and the engine room.
The literal big reset button ending is clearly meant to be a joke and a bit of a confident poking out of the tongue to fans who have criticised past Who for this.
My only quibble is the underdeveloped plot around the brothers. It doesn't quite come off and it's one reason I can only give this 8.5/10 despite being one of my favourites in 7B.
It's a pity people focus on this one small flaw rather than the other hugely successful parts. Like Nightmare is the episode for me with the extraordinary Mr Clever scenes and the thrilling redesign of the cybermen NOT the one with the annoying teenage girl, Journey for me is the one with stunning insights into the heart of the TARDIS and the pivotal episode for Clara and the doctor coming to terms with the mystery of the Impossible Girl NOT the one with the unnecessary brothers.
Another fantastic episode coming up next
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
For me now that spacesuit is Matt's. He totally owns it in a way 10 never did. I really like the way Moffat respects continuity in details like this.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Hide
For me 7A still tops the rest but every episode from the 11th hour is pretty good, great, brilliant or the best thing TV has to offer, so you reallyncan't go wrong!
I for one can't wait. Nothing wrong with being ambitious, inventive and have the ability to write crackling dialogue. I applaud Moffat bringing in and supporting new Who writers. The chap sure can write - his Luther series ain't have bad either!
Thanks. A great review and echoes how I feel. Any tiny niggles are cast aside by the outstanding features which you have captured so well. I like the tonal changes in this episode and Matt's hilarious goofiness in the first part is deliberate as are the use of ghost story tropes, a sly wink to show Who can do have its cake and eat it too.
So on to the next one. Another hugely ambitious episode with Matt and Jenna ratcheting up their acting to 12, brilliant cinematography, direction and creating a number of fresh iconic images for Matt's era, but are there some flaws.? Perhaps a tiny stumble before heading to the crown jewels of Moff's time at the helm, the peerless ..Of The Doctor run of rpisodes.
One of my favourites from 7B. The period detail was excellent and like all of season 7' the look of the episode was top notch with beautiful sets, gorgeous photography and music. What really stands out in season 7 is how much more emphasis is being given to production values. Compare this to the flat cinematography and less inventive direction from seasons 1 to 4 of NuWho which is not merely due to the change to HD.
The story is terrific and I really loved the change in mood in the coda. The ghost story was excellent with great atmosphere. This was undercut by wonderful comedy from Matt - he's genius at both slapstick/physical comedy and delivery of killer funny lines. His chemistry with Clara really shines in this as well.
The reason this gets top marks for me is the continuation in Moff's era of great guest stars well used. Dougray Scott and Jessica Raines' secondary story is engaging and tenderly resolved. It's remarkable that such a nuanced and delicate relationship can be contained in the midst of a family sci-fi show
The Crooked Man is a terrific invention and the scenes in the forest are some of the most memorable of Matt's era. I also love that the orange spacesuit from Ten's time has been handed down to Matt so that it now becomes an iconic item of clothing for 11. Moffat loves these pieces of continuity as he touches on the past and then improves things and moves them on.
A standout episode for me which combines a high level of technical creativity with two of the best guest stars given a worthy backstory, a lovely and inventive tale topped by superb Matt and Jenna.
Unlike Rings which somehow didn't quite bring together its excellent parts, this is a fully successful realisation by Neil Cross and I can't wait to see what he does next. 10/10 from me.
What is so heartening is how welcoming most people are about Peter. The hatedful bile directed at Matt when he took over was disgusting. I am glad that most of those so-called fans have left fandom and left it to those who like Who.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Capaldi: Matt Smith told me to look after Doctor Who
Great review. Although I think it gets much closer to the masterpiece that is just under the surface than you do . Wish you hadn't mentioned 42 because it might start me on a rant which incldes words like ridiculous plot, dreadful acting from guest star, stupid resolution, dreary domestic scenes thrown in, poor pacing and hideous teeth grindingly bad acting and gurning from the doctor. Whew got that out of my system and yes, Cold War is kind of the polar oppsite of 42 - like a really bad reflection!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Cold War
If it were just to rate Matt it would be 11 each time! Rewatching his run of episodes again, you realise there is simply no false notes, no falling back on earlier performances, just fresh and astonishing each time. How did he do that for three years? A masterclass in the art of acting.
Now his run on TV is over I hope Big Finish sign him up so we can have more audiobooks from him The couple he did show he is just as talented as a voice artist as he is on TV and film. I love the ones he did. Colin Bakers are great as welll. I am sure he would love to do these if his schedule allows. Something tells me he is going to be very busy in the future!
The stories in his run are pretty damn good too. Only three for me fall into the merely good, rather than great - Beast Below, Rings and Black Spot. Only Tom Baker"s middle era comes close to such consistent quality!
For me the slightly lesser of the two Gatiss episodes this season but still a humdinger. It looks fantastic! Atmospheric, tense and that scene with Clara and the ice warrior is superb. The wet, breathless, claustrophobic feel of this episode is what makes it so successful for me. Needless to say Matt is on top form, switching from his wonderful zaniness to tense and serious. Gosh, does he ever turn in less than an 11/10 performance?
Clara is also great in this one and more star cameos. I wish we could have seen more from David Warner ( Moffat gets such remarkable guest stars). The creature is genuinely scary and well realised.
Photography and direction among the best ever. This looks like a film, not a TV Show.
My only quibble is the ending felt a bit rushed, so half a point off, but a triumphant return of the Ice Warriors. 9.5/10. Another cracker episode coming up.
Who is so lucky to have another wonderful ambassador for the show after Matt. Matt is akways described as the nicest man in showbiz and Moffat and many others have described how much he has contributed to the great atmosphere on set, how willing he has been to devote his precious spare time from the exhausting work schedule to fans, and guest stars have gushed about his talent and kindness. That little gesture to Peter to welcome him to the Who family seems typical.
Peter is confirming his own reputation as a lovely man. It's heartening to read about these two when many so-called TV celebrities seem so self-important and shallow. And can I put a word in for Colin Baker - lovely lovely genuine man. So there you go, three fabulous kind actors and two fabulous doctors and one who is shaping up to be one.
A potentially magnificent episode which is marred slightly by poor pacing. Matt's speech alone, one of the greatest delivered in Who history, would by itself warrant full marks for this episode. Merry is wonderful and her interactions with Clara are beautiful. I love Clara in this and was moved to tears by the moment when the her past love and hopes defeat the evil. Fun scenes with aliens, loved the space bikes. I can see kids would adore all of these bits. Stunning photography and I for one loved the music.
As an episode it was probably too visually and intellectually ambitious and just fell short of the mark. I applaud the writer for his ambition. The fault may lie in the direction.
I also think the disappointment arises from the expectation that every episode in Matt's run will be exceptional. Coming after the wonderful high notes of season 7A and Moffat's season opener, this looks a little bit underwhelming. If this was put into RTD's seasons, it would shine by comparison. A victim of being a slightly less successful episode -merely good - among some of the best Who ever made.
8/10 (the lowest mark for me of any episode in Moffat's run, along with The Beast Below,which suffers from the same problem of somehow being less than its superb parts).
Can I just repeat - wow Matt's speech!!! I hope he is eligible for the BAFTA's this year as this should win him every acting award going.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Rings of Akhaten
A great fun bright and breezy romp. Great humour - Matt's monk scenes, turning up at Clara's doorstep and her reaction to getting into the 'snogbox'. Clara is cute and feisty in this and starts to make her mark in the role. Usual great sparkling dialogue from Moffat. Lots of interesting ideas included and enjoyed the reveal of the GI who provides a neat villain for this season. Spponheads were well presented and the Shard scenes were spectacular. Celia Imrie adds to the wonderful supporting roles in Moffat's era, another perfect little cameo plyed beautifully.
Another great opener from Moffat. Nothing much I can say apart from 9/10.
The next one will be interesting. I think its great bits outweigh its less than great bits but some people seem to really dislike it.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Bells of Saint John
I suspect you won't be alone in gushing although that was 7A and season 6 for me but even the least best Matt is better than anything else!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Snowmen
1. Christmas Carol 10/10
2. The Snowmen 9.5/10
3. Widow 9/10
4. Christmas Invasion 6/10
5. Next Doctor 4/10
6. Runaway Bride 3.5/10
7. Voyage.of the Kylies 2/10
8. The End of Time (the rankings don't go low enough)
I put Time of The Doctor both above all of these and also outside as although it's a Christmas episode and a great one at that, I find I am still absorbing its impact and don't feel I can rationally give it a rating as yet. It just seems much richer in content and meaning and Matt's performance so beautifully layered that I am still digesting it!
Oh dear my device is having a fit and posted this in the wrong place. Just assume this was posted against the Snowman. Whistles and walks away.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Angels Take Manhattan
Not as perfect as A Christmas Carol, not as iconic as Time of The Doctor, better than Wardrobe but boy oh boy what a wonderful Christmas stocking bursting with treasures. Goes without saying that Matt was wonderous, gorgeous music, loved the scenes in the cloud, hooray for Strax, fabulous guest stars REG and Sir Ian blooming McKellan if you don't mind. Sets up the arc for Season 7 B wonderfully, brimming with wit and emotion and then we have my favourite incarnation of Clara - sweet, wise , sassy, strong and inquisitive. As much as I adore Clara Prime and she's already my favourite ever companion behind the Ponds, I wish this Clara had travelled further with Matt. They ooze chemistry and just a little flirt on the side. Beautiful and sweet ending. Just delicious. And on to 7B. My least favourite of the Moff era but still it ends on three superlative notes with the Of The Doctor trilogy. Maybe a rewatch may firm up my views on a couple of the episodes which I only found warranted around a 7.
Yes but he also gave us farting aliens, plastic Mickey, Peter Kaye in a fat suit, dobby Doctor and walking fat. Moff gave us weeping angels, clockwork droids, gasmask zombies, vashta nerada, whispermen, the silence etc. hardly the right metric to compare the two eras. These comparisons don't hold up. The only thing in which RTD currently has an edge over Moffat is his longevity ( which is unlikely to hold up too much longer) but otherwise it's a pretty one- sided matchup.
You're right of corse. The Cyberking was one of the silliest ideas ever used by RTD? I think people forget about it because The Next Doctor is not a well regarded episode overall and pretty well forgotten whereas manhattan is a favourite with a lot of people and pretty iconic in Moffat's era as it's his first one farewelling his own creations. But people seem to like taking irrational pops at Moffat and it's probably the only (minor) thing which could be criticised in an otherwise perfectly pitched episode. I don't think you can otherwise compare the two episodes. Next Doctor is 3 or 4 oiut of 10 tops, whereas Manhaatan is at least 9 out of 10 even if you were worried about the Statue of Liberty.
Love amy and Rory to bits. With Matt, best TARDIS crew ever.
I'm with you! I love season 7. Another all time classic coming up next.
Thanks for the laughs. Neded it after rewatching this fabulous fabulous and beautifully realised episode.
This. I think only Matt's own farewell as the bowtie fell to the floor and Amy saw her raggedy man one more time has Who ever been as exquisitely heartbreaking. And seeing Matt with Amy's glasses. Excuse me I think I have something in my eye.
I think Matt's doctor will take over the role of iconic Nu Who doctor shortly anyway. Seeing Matt and Tom together at the end of Day of the Doctor seals that link nicely. Mind you we do have a certain Mr Peter Capaldi in the wings, so both 4 and 11 might be in for a challenge as the true icons of Who!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Top Five References in Doctor Who
I think 'best doctor ever' tag only comes from populist articles and meaningless popularity polls. IPeople who vote in those may have only seen one or twoepisodes or are fangirls/boys of Tennant or who just vote multiple times. Everyoneis aware of the kind of silly web accounts devoted to the actor, not the character of 10 where voting iin these polls is pushed so that genuine fans votes are overwhelmed. Anyway even David's popularity from being in Who is declining as Matt was voted most popular actor over Tennant at the NTAs this year.
I doubt you would find a single professional TV critic or well informed fiction website or magazine where 10 would ever be rated as the best. Facts speak for themselves. Matt is the only actor who has been nominated for a BAFTA playing the doctor and ranks at the top of any critics list. It is Mattwho has made Doctor Who into the worldwide success it now is.
David is perfectly adequate as an actor but he's just not a very good Doctor and as Moffat rightly picks up, he was very vain and shallow and arrogant. Nice hair and a raised eyebrow does not a Doctor make.
I always see it as a pich of David being promoted as himself rather than a Doctor and the kind of promtion and hysteria which was encouraged at the time and a big poke at how RTD was too in love with the actor and distorted Who to make it all about David and his hair! You can see Moff is happy to have a laugh on himself - just look at The Fiveish Doctors reboot.
Moffat has always been incredibly gracious about RTD and David and Chris and RTD had always praisedMoffat's writing and of course Matt has been full of praise for David and Billie and incredibly modest about himself.
Fair enough. I always feel that around the middle of season 4 Tennant basically sort of shrugged his shoulders and thought 'I don"t understand what I'm supposed to be doing' and just rsn on empty. It's one reason that Matt's arrival in the Eleventh Hour was so startling. He was full of energy and was *just* The Doctor straight away after the mopefest we had to endure through the last bit of the RTD era. I just never found that David really captured the character but he is an ok actor but he had to cope with some of the worst plotting and writing in Who history. I also found that the publicity around the show at that time was more marketed around David, rather than Doctor Who. Moffat took Who to being a story of a mad man in a box, rather than a vehicle for an actor.
Oh yes. I love that bit. He's a great mimic, isn't he? He's so good in that episode. I love it when he becomes Mr Clever. Brilliant!
Great. I love how game Matt is to make himself look ridiculousif the plot warrants. I wonder now if that dig about 10 having vanity isuues might also be directed just a little at David Tennant? Hmm...
Great article. Another reference to 11 was when Clara mentioned that a book she was reading only got good when it got to chapter 11 and that it would make you cry.
Also all of the jokes against the character of 10 in Day of the doctor were a great dig by moffat at some of the big flaws in the RTD, eg having 10's story be all about him facncying himself as a romeo then finding out he was outwitted by Queen Elizabeth, making him puff up with one of those OTT speeches from that era in front of a rabbit and best of all, using the I Don't want to go line as a throwaway at the end. Just brilliant way to prick the pomposity of that entire overblown part of Who. I also liked the way Moffat referred to the part regeneration in Journey's End as the doctor having vanity issues in his last incarnation.
Being a fan of Who doesn't mean though that you end up with the best result. Tennant was a huge fan yet missed the mark somehow and played the doctor as a bloke with great hair who fancied himself a little too much, yet Matt came in with little background and immediately got exactly what the show was about. Just look at the Eleventh Hour to see how the entire muddled RTD era is just blown away in 45 perfect minutes.
Fantastic. Hit all the right emotional notes. Brilliant brilliant performances. Spakling dialogue. Wonderful backdrop. Lovely music. Simply heartbreaking farewell to the best companions in Who history. That is how you do a companion exit. A fitting conclusion to what has bern the greatest chapter in Who history. 10/10
Count me in. Season 7A is my fave too!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Power of Three
There really is no comparison between how David and Matt delivered their lines in these two shows. I do feel sorry for David as you could see that by about half way in season 4 he really sort of stopped trying and a few of his performances, particularly the next doctor and plabet of the dead were just phoned in. Water of Mars was the last time he really bothered in the role and one of the reasons (of many) The End of Time is so poor is that David just reverts to his gurning and teeth gritting and doesn't put any 'truth' in his performance. Matt has literally never given a less than stellar performance and puts his heart into each one. That's why Matt's star is still rising and Tennant's is in decline.
I think Matt is delightful in Widow. That giddy way he rushes around showing the house to the children, the wonder when he meets the tree people and the beautiful moment with Amy at the end. Sometimes the script has let him down a little but he has never given less than 100% in each episode. There has simply never been a better actor to have played the role or one who has given so much to the show and its fans. So many people have commented that Matt is headed for even greater stardom in the next few years. I can hardly wait to see what he does next. Just such a truly gifted actor and wonderful human being. Doctor Who is so lucky to have had him and Moffat come together for this golden era.
Agree - but never enough of Matt and his skin. Sorry to be so shallow...
Ha. Anyone who doesn't love the next two episodes is just plain wrong and has no heart. Bring it on!
It's always great when two Who fans can see the same episode and come away with two different views. I love 7A and find it constantly rewatchable and thrilling and my favourite just above 6, 5, 7B. So hard to choose between any of Matt's era. Just so good. At least you must find next week's a classic!
Wonderful interactions from the leads and the glorious Brian returns. The geat Kate - she and 12 are going to be an epic partnership. please Moffat make her return in Season 8. Exquisite dialogue, brilliant physical humour. Another extraordinary performance from Matt and an intruiging storyline. Could have benefitted as a two parter as there was so much to explore. Has there ever been a better team on the TARDIS than Matt/karen and Arthur? The end is getting close now though.... Go and break my heart again.
9.5/10 (half a point knocked off as should have been teo parts).
He's so great at physical comedy. Although the s ript is great, it's those little bits of business which Matt does that lifts this episode from good to great. Plus i love the stetson - hot or what? Matt looks so great in any headgear though.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: A Town Called Mercy
I'm in denial. Moff can never leave. Sticks fingers in ears and goes la,la,la.
10/10. Magnificent. Stunning photograpy, a morally complex plot, matt ( again) proving that he is the most talented actor to ever play the doctor, Amy and Rory with good strong parts, fabulous supporting roles and who could forget Susan the horse. I particularly love the way the episode moves so seamlessly between comedy and drama. An almost perfect episode in one of the best run of episodes Who has seen. Heartbreak lies ahead thugh (sob).
Capaldi nailed the Doctor with his first appearance with just those eyebrows, so imagine what it will be like when we get to see him actually speak. This is gonna be epic! The show was already turned up to 11 with the run of episodes from 7A to Time of the Doctor but now it goes up to 12.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: A Night Out
Thank goodness we have Moff to defend the show. RTD was keen to sell off Torchwood to the US. Look what happened to that. Good thing he left W ho before he got to do the same with it. Sir Steven Moffat - defender of Who!!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat: Remaking Doctor Who would be Insane
Hilarious episode with Matt in spectacular form. Beautiful photograpy, fun new characters and the wonderful Brian Williams to boot. lots of fun but with a dark side. Creepy villain in Solomon and an ending which gives pause for thought. Moff's brilliant idea of a blockbuster a week brings great rewards. I love season 7A! Easily 10/10. And what a genius title.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
And the hits in season 5 keep coming. Brilliant ideas, sparkling dialogue, a clever resolution and boy that sexual chemistry between Helen McCory and Matt Smith- yowzer. Bet River would be jealous. 9/10.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Vampires of Venice
I think most people DID enjoy it. The ratings and AI figures bear that out. You certainly can't ask for more in a Christmas episode. Hey it's not as great as The Snowman or Christmas Carol, but not being as perfect as those two episodes are is no crime. And it sure beats Kylie in Space or that one with the giant robot. If Widow gets only 1 or 2 out of 10, what would those two bits of coal in your Christmas stocking rate?
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe & Series 6 Recap
Ooh seeing how much everone enjoyed this cracker of an episode makes me want to go back and watch it all again. Trouble is I'll then watch one more and one more. Matt and Moff are like a packet of penguin biscuits. Once you start, you just can't stop!
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Asylum of the Daleks
If you go back and read reviews at the time, it's a straight 5 star across the board. When people hate on Moff, just do yourself a favour and google reviews by professional TV writers and respected SciFi mags.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Wedding of River Song
I find season 6 just shades season 5 overall but maybe on reflection there are more good stories in 5. I think one of the reasons that season 5 often comes up with fans and critics as the best one in NuWho is that it just burst onto our screens with Matt becoming The Doctor immediately. The Eleventh Hour removed the sour taste of the Tennant years with words and actor chiming perfectly. Because of the contrast with the awful drag to the end of RTD's tenure, season 5 overshadows the season which followed. 7A rocks my boat though although I honestly love every one of Matt's episodes. He just can do no wrong.
Worst episode ever? Um, you did watch season 2 with Pouty and Gurner, didn't you? Or most ofseason 3 or most of season 4? Oh, you musnt't have seen The End of Whine then. That must be it! Yup, if you think a charming little bit of Christmas fun is the worst ever, you really haven't been into RTD's back catalogue!
Love it love it. Sometimes you have to stop and just break into a big fat grin when the genius words of Moff meet the genius acting of Matt!
Imagine if you had only known the Daleks from Army of Ghosts or the one with the pig men. You'd think they were in for comic relief! Asylum makes Daleks scary again, just as one short scene of the Cyberman in Pandorica wiped away the godawfulness of RTD' laughable clunkers. When the Daleks all started chanting, it was freaking scary. Fantastic episode, really fantastic. Although I have seen mnay times, if it comes on TV, I am so there.
I'm with you. Love 7A to bits. Maybe just above 6, then 5 then 7B which is still pretty damn fine. 1 with Ecclescake is just about bearable but the rest should be put in a lead-lined bin and disposed of in the same way as any other toxic waste. Of course, I'd save the Moff episodes in 2,3,4 and maybe part of Impossible Planet but the rest should be buried very very deep....
What?! It's witty and complex and human and heartbreaking and hums along at a right old place. Moffat agonises over each script. I doubt he even knows how to do lazy. Overambitious - yes. Complex and sophisticated - yes. Densely plotted and part of a wider Moffaty plan - yes. Awful or half- finished - hardly. No farting aliens or dobby Doctor or padding out here.
Comparing any aspect of 11 to 6 or 10 is fighting words! How very dare you insult poor 11 in such a way! Ha! Moff is a complete tease and surely noone really thought we'd see every Dalek with a significant role in the episode, so he didn't actually lie. I thought the Amy and Rory interaction was a strong point and showed the volatile nature of their relationship and Amy's impulsive character. It also showed the pain of losing her child which she carried deep inside. Karen and Arthur were wonderful and it sets up the heartbreaking finale in Angels so well.
I don't see 11's characterisation changing at all. He's an alien after all and who knows how his emotions work. Unlike 10 who was written as just a bloke with nice hair and a line in smug chatup, 11's character and motivation is more unknowable and complex. It's one reason Moffat's era is so re-watchable. You keep getting layers in Matt's performance and in the writing.
Have to agree with this. With a little bit more development definitely a 10/10 but still brilliant Matt +. Great concept and heartbreaking finale. Wonderful character development in Amy's and Rory's relationship which serts things up for their farewell. I love the cocept of the blockbuster of the week and that Moff has the guts to try something different. Season 7A is my favourite of all of NuWho - for me not a dud episode in the lot. Good solid 8.5/10
In Moff we trust. The Amy and Rory relationship was wonderful and I trust Moff to create a well rounded and believable dynamic between all of the characters. Hadn't failed us yet. I bet the name is a clue - Moff you are such a tease!
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Series 8: Meet Danny Pink
Actors in Moff's era are cast on merit. We're not in the RTD era of stunt casting poc. This actor would be the best person for the role -end of.
This is gonna be great. I can just imagine him sparking with Cllara and her being adorably smug withnher superior knowledge about the Tardis. What a genius idea to link this back to Barbara and Ian. I love how Moff totally gets the rich history of Who and builds on it. If I wasn't already excited for this year, I am now. What other surprises does the Grand Moff have for all of his excited children?
Enjoyable but slight. Amy is great in this one and as usual Matt is great with kids. I think it is underrecognised as it is surrounded by so mnay extraordinay episodes. Season 6 has more jewels than any other season in Who's history that a decemt episodevthat would shine elsewhere ends up slightly overshadowed. 8/10
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Night Terrors
Massively entertaining and rewards multiple viewing. Extraordinarily beautiful visuals, the quality acting from the leads amd supports we've come to expectbin Moff's era and sets up ideas and themes for later episodes. Do yourself a favour and get lost in the glorious jumble of Moff's mind. Definitely 10/10. Love, love , love it!
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Let’s Kill Hitler
The worst run of Nuwho by several country miles. The only half decent episode is the impossible planet. The others are dire beyond belief. Awful,plots, awful pace, awful acting by the leads. This is where I finally realised that try as I might I could not take to Tennant's gurning or Piper's pouting. Self indulgent, infantile and sloppy. Until the End of Whine the absolute low point in both old and new Who history. -10/10.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 2 (Episodes 5-13)
Moffat should be applauded for bringing Lgbt characters to our screens. Inroducing superb strong and well rounded characters like Vastra, Jenny and Canton will hopefully allow more young people to feel comfortable about their sexuality. Stands and applauds.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Doctor Who and Sexuality
My goodness me Matt is a champ in making us cry. I'd repace River's goodbye to 11 with the one with 10. Even though they are closer in age, Tennant had zero chemistry with Alex and his gurning as usual spoiled the delicate words and plot developed by Moff. Just imagine how beautiful that scene would have been if Matt was playing it and giving proper weight to it
And Doomsday? Really? are kidding me? How is that cheesefest on the beach even allowed to be included with the others. Plus The End of Time is the funniest of the lot. Our family literally howled with laughter when Tennant made his funny faces and started whining. I presume you included it ss a joke. If that godawful episode has to be included to appease the Tennant fangirls at least pick a bit with someone who is able to do more than gurn and whine. I suggest the scene with Wilfred.Now that is class acting. How I wish he could have at least had one episode with Matt - what bliss. Instead he was wasted in what most critics see as one of the very lowest of RTD's low points as a writer and the worst doctor ever.
Your number one is spot on though. Simply sublime Matt Karen and Moff.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on 10 Most Heartbreaking New Who Moments
Just remember that Moff writes for intellegent people of all ages and trusts the audience to go with him. RTD just delivers it all in one big heap for you to give or take and assumes that everyone was as madly in love with wose and doctor 10as he was. It's not hard to follow Moff but unlike RTD you can't be on the phone or be having a conversation. You have to give the writers and wctors some respect and pay attention.
5 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe & Series 6 Recap
I wish others wre asooen minded. Look I really don't like what RTD did to the show but I have enough respect for him to rewatch every episode a little while after the first viewing. Yes even Fear Her and Love and Monsters. You always find something new and sometimes it helps make sense of what came after. I still don't like any of RTD apart from Moff's episodes and maybe the first bit of Impossible Planet If I fastforward past any wose wuvs the doctor stuff, but at least I have given it a go. If anything it just confirmed how much better Matt's era is and how really really overrated Tennant is.
If you had to rewatch all of RTD you'd need to be in therapy for years! Thank (insert the name of your diety here) that Matt and Moff came along to bring the show back from drowning inits own soap and to the magical and delightful family show I remember from when I was a child. The Eleventh Hour was the best late Christmas present I ever got!
There you go. I just wish more people would give this another go. It's actually a lovely little episode.
The whole point of it was torecall Narnia. Same with Carol and Snowman. That'swhat Moff was aiming for. A bit of sweet Crimbo fun.
Agree but I certainly want Christmassy Christmas specials at Christmas time. RTD never embraced this and as a result the Christmas episodes weren't special and really could have been set at any time of the year. Plusthey aren't evengoodstories. Christmas Invasion is the least worst but the others are both dire stories, let alone Christmas stories. While I know a lot of people don't like Widow, it sure is better in every department (acting, story, photograpy and ending) than the dreadful Kylie in Space. I forced myself to rewatch it and it is as awful as I recalled-shudder.
Another problem is that people expect every Moff episodeto be stellar. Hehits the target more than nine time out of ten, so anything that is just good, rather than great suddenly brings out all the Moff bashers calling doom and gloom and that he should be sacked immediately. The Wardrobe is just fine - maybe not the masterpiece which Carol is but if you allow Moff to have feet of clay, then this episode is more than just fine. Also check out the 4 star reviews from all of thenewspapers at the time. The hating on this only seemedto start a while after it was shown and it has been misremembered by a lot of people through this negative haze.
I think a lot of people saw this the once on Christmas night and probably thought it was fine and then starting hearing negative stuff from the usual moaning nellies. A lot of people probably didn't rewatch (and it was hard to get this on DVD for a while) so have this hazy idea that this wasn't that great. I reckon if people actually give it another go they will be charmed by it. We watch it along with Carol and Snowman every Christmas. It's a wonderful family tradition.
A beautiful magical Christmassy treat. The photography is luscious and full of jewel like colours. Wonderful comedy from Matt at his bumbling best and two great child actors. Madge is a great strong female charcter (yet again from Moff) with a lovely poignant story. And topped off by the poetic appearance by the Ponds at the end. Everyone in our house had a good sniffle. I just don't get the hate for this. Yes, it's corny but it's Christmas. Give me a schmaltzy, snowy, holly and mistletoe Christmas special with Matt the elf at the top of the tree anytime over crashing oceanliners in space, or giant spiders or robot Santas. If there is one thing that is clear about Moff is that he totally gets Christmas. Not as great as the superb Christmas Carol or the fabulous Snowman (but they are the two greatest Christmas specials in NuWho) but this sits nicely just under those two as a terrific Christmas treat for the whole family and only a grinch could not be moved by that ending. 9/10.
Ignore the OP, I smell me some troll.
5 months ago on Is Steven Moffat a Feminist Writer?
Agree. RTD's female characters include fish wife two dimensional mothers of the companions, Rose and Martha who exist only to go googly eyed at Doctor Wuv and Donna whose aim in liife is to get married (to pretty well anyone who'd have her). Then there's Lady Christina who wears a tight catsuit and of course despite being an international jewel thief falls in wuv with the doctor and even SarahJane's character was subverted to make her another googly eyed companion who wuvs Tennant.
Compare that to Clara saving the doctor's life without a second thought, brave and tough Amy let alone kickass Vastra who certainly doesn't need a man. Add River and you couldn't find a stronger group of well written and intellegent female characters in any show. Funnily enough it is Moffat's women in the RTD era who are much better written and well rounded than anything RTD wrote: Nancy, sally Sparrow and Mdm Pompadour.
The sexist argument is just a backdoor way for Moffat bashers to yet again totally fail to apply the same standards and criticisms to RTD. Sad little people who need to grow up.
River's a one woman rebuttal to any charges of sexism. She rules!
Magnificent. Karen Gillan's finest hour and without doubt the greatest acting by any female actor in the entire Who catalogue. Matt and Arthur are their usual stellar best. Possibly only shaded by Matt's extraordinary performances in time of the Doctor, Pandorica/Big Bang , Name of the Doctor and Eleventh Hour in terms of the single best performance in Who history. And a slap in the face to thise who ever doubted her acting ability. I am at a loss as to how Gillan was overlooked for a BAFTA for her work in series 6.
5 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Girl Who Waited
You know, not every actor would do this. I am sure Matt didn't mean for this to go public. He does tons of other stuff. This is why he is so beloved in the TV world and you will simply never find a bad word said against him. Colin Baker and Matt are the only two who literally have never had a bad word for the fans or not stopped to make time for them. Just lovely.
5 months ago on Matt Smith’s Heartwarming Gesture For ill Fan
This is why everyone loves Matt. He's a beautiful soul who adores his fans and he totally gets kids. As everyone says, he's the sweetest, most genuine and loveliest actor to have ever graced the character of the Doctor. God bless.
Just don't understand the hate on this one. It's so funny, James Corden and Matt Smith should totally get their own show and the baby scenes are priceless. Another 10/10 for me. Plus noone does physical comedy like Matt. For those who doubt his genius, compare how the physical comedy is handled in this episode and The Lodger - just amazing with how clunky Tennant is in Unicorn and the Wasp. same writer but just a totally different level of ability. Matt is like the rubberman - all loose limbs, yet graceful and sweet, That my friends is real natural talent. Sorry Dave, I know you are trying but you just don't get it.
5 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: Closing Time
Perhaps for Matt's era they should just do a poll to find which ones *don't* deserve 10/10.
This is a bravaura episode with eveything in the mix and Moff is the man to make it all look ss though it is precariously balanced and about to fall apart and damn but he goes and pulls it off. Moff just never lets you down with his finales as that big brain of his has been turning over all the pieces for months and then blam!
Pandorica is my fave finale 11/11 but this may just about be the next greatest but then Manhattan is awesome and Name of the Doctor is amazing and Time of the Doctor is just about perfect in the last 10 minutes. Shakes fist - damn you for making me choise.
5 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Wedding of River Song
Their chemistry is amazing isn't it? Karen is of course heading for stardom quite rightly in the guardians of the Galaxy film plus has scored a US TV pilot. Pretty good, huh! And Moff has already called it by saying Matt is the one actor who played the Doctor who has the talent and charisma and is a genuinely beautiful person who is gunna break free of the Who legacy and be a global superstar. Imagine them on stage together on Broadway or in a big Hollywood film - oh yessss please. Moff must be so proud to have worked with such wonderful actors and lovely lovely people.
5 months ago on Gillan on saying Goodnight to her Raggedy Man
It would have given us more Matt awesomeness and avoided the awful year of specials (what a joke that name is). Although Journey's End is hardly a great episode (it was written by RTD and has the gurning one in it so it could only aspire to half decent), if they had got rid of friggin' Rose and her wuv doctor then, I think critical and popular opinion would look back more fondly on the entire RTD era, rather than see it so poorly in the light of the awful End of Whine nonsense. Plus we wouldn't have had the big break and letdown during the year off before Moff and Matt breathed new life back into the show. And it would have meant that Matt would have overtaken Tennant in terms of longevity which would be fitting as he is the best, most critically acclaimed and most beloved of the NuWho doctors. Pity RTD and Tennant couldn't have been crowbarred out of Who earlier..
5 months ago on Doctor Who’s Biggest Missed Opportunity: A Surprise Regeneration
Again, I really can't tell you how refreshing it has been to read such reasonble, thoughtful and spot on analysis which should now finally put to bed the tired criticism about how Moffat writes his female characters. I suggest that next time this nonsense is dragged out by some embittered Moff basher, just send them a link to this article which will dismantle all of their arguments in one go. Moff always says that he writes Who for intellegent people who don't need to be treated like infants. The wonderful contributions below celebrating Moffat's female characters certainly prove this. Goodnight.
But I'd much rather be sexy and kickass than dumpy and domestic!,
It's the same old hypoctritical argument Moffat haters trot out and try to argue that somehow Donna and Rose are these amazingly complex and independent women when their main function is to simper about how all they want to do is travel with the doctor forever. I always felt it was actually RTD speaking through the characters about his own love for doctor 10.
It's worse with Rose of course but it's the reason so many people despise season 2 of NuWho. At least Moffat got it right in Girl in The Fireplace by showing how ludicrous it was to have the doctor romantically involved with a simpering teenager compared to the exquisite intellegent and sophisticated Mdm Pompadour. Wonder how Moffat squeezed his disdain for the Rose doctor relationship shown so atrongly in that episode under RTD's nose!
Me too. Sadly I'm more Donna thanRiver!!,
Agrred. Everyone I know who loves Who (even those ones who still don't think 11 is the best Doctor.......... yet...i'm working very on converting them!) thinks one of the positive points in the current era is that there are so many strong and confident female characters. If anything, they think that Moffat goes out of his way to present women as the stronger and wiser sex. Look at Amy's relationship with Rory and how Clara doesn't need to have the Doctor as the most important thing in her life. Look at Vastra leading all of the inferior human men a merry dance. Look at River outsmarting and outgunning her male accomplices. And in terms of showing female flesh, it's very much the other way. We lucky lucky ladies has seen a hell of a lot more of Matt than so much as a brief glimpse of any female characters. I think Moffat actually goes the other way too much if anything. Probably because he knows he'll be criticised by the self-appointed minority if he dares to imply that women like men come in all levels of competence and sexuality
I meant to add (and not start a new thread) that in addition to writing strong and empowered female characters to inspire young girls, more than anyone else he has written openly gay characters who are proud of who they are and are as complex and flawed as everyone else. Ironically, RTD who did include gay characters in his episodes kept them in the shadows (except Captain Jack who was more like a gay fantasy). I hope Moffat's depictions of gay characters as an everyday part of the Who universe has also helped gay teens to feel confident about themselves.
Yes this x 100000. One of the strongest and most together female characters ever brought to TV vs mumbo-jumbo from people who clearly were too busy wearing their I Hate Moffat glasses to even properly view the episode.
I don't post here often and I don't hide that I infinitely prefer Moffat to any other era of Who but there is a good vibe in this community and people use evidence and logical argument. There is so much Matt Smith and Moffat bashing on other sites. But as I've posted already, the evidence shows that the public has spoken and more people all around the world watch Who now than ever before and it has never been more critically acclaimed. I know Moffat has already recieved BAFTA special awards and Matt remains the only actor to be honoured with a BAFTA nomination for his performance as the doctor (expect to see a further nomination this year) but just imagine what's going to happen when Capaldi's acting genius meets Moffat's amazing mind - watch out world!
Now don't go using evidence in this discussion. It's all about feels. Nasty sexist Moffat is nasty coz I saw a gif on Tumblr, so it must be true.
Thanks for including sweet reason.
Absolutely applaud RTD for bringing it back and for Eccleston for giving it credibility but without Moffat, there would be no Who today, no 50th anniversary and no global success. I think if RTD and Tennant had left with Journey's End, there would be more positive feelings about that era. But rather than leave at the perfect time, their vanity got the better of them. NuWho reached its nadir withe the godawfulmess of The End of Time and unfortunately it has cast a shadow since then across that era. Nuwho would have ended there and then if Moffat and Matt Smith hadn't have pulled it out of iits self-inflicted crash dive with extraordinary and fresh creative force of The Eleventh Hour. Just compare the sublime Day of the Doctor as a spectatacular celebration withe the Ridiculous End of Time (or rather Whine) to show how someone who started off with good intentions (RTD) could get it so wrong and someone who has put the fans before his ego (Moffat) could get it so right.
People always mention Donna as their argument that RTD writes more developed female characters but she was defined as only wanting to be married and live a nice suburban life. Rose was miss perfect with no development at all and poor Martha only existed to make Rose even more special. Compare that withe the subtle development of Clara's character ss she gains confidence in herself and doesn't only need to define herself in terms of the doctor, or River Song's journey or most of all Amy who was a fantastically complex and realised woman. These were all women with careers, strength, intellegence, guts and heart. They don't spend their time staring doe-eyed at the doctor like Rose or Martha. The same of course is true of the incredible depth which the doctor has as a character during Matt's time.
Oh c'mon, love and monsters, farting aliens, dobby doctor, ghostbusters and Torchwood not enough for you. I'm talking about scifi. Broadchurch was fine if massively overrated, second Coming was fine, the Great Train Robbery was passable and Bob and Rose was quite good, but neither Chibnall nor RTD are anywhere near as good as Moffat in writing for Who and certainly not as versatile or critically lauded. Good luck in finding any critic writing for quality newspapers or specialist SciFi journals who would say RTD's version of Whio is better than Moffat's or that Matt Smith's realisation is not the finest of the three in NuWho.
You can see by all of the comments this long overdue article has brought out that the silent majority who in the past have laughed off the moff is sexist trolling feel so strongly that Steven Moffat is being accused without any evidence. The kind of vitriol and bullying he has been subjected to drove him off twitter. The irony is that these haters are probably the same people who advocate tolerance and acceptance (except of course where it doesn't agree with their own views). I think the best approach is to now go back and ignore them and feel satisfied that they are denying themselves so much pleasure by not enjoying Mr Moffat's treats like most of the rest of the world outside. What a sad bitter world to live in!
At the end of the day there are a couple of whiners against the overwhelming majority of people who love and aporeciate what Steven Moffat had done for Doctor Who and the joy it had brought to their lives. The figures speak for themselves. How many millions joined together to watch Day of The Doctor worldwide? How many more young women have come into Who fandom (and stayed there even after Tennant thankfully left our screens) due to how Moffat has written such wonderful multidimensional characters, including young womem, they can relate to.
It can never be said enough. Who is more popular now than at any time in the past, more young women watch Who now than ever before. Who to thank? Steven Moffat. Who wouldn't be in anywhere as strong shape as it is now if Moffat hadn't taken the show in the direction he has. It is so frustrating that instead of thanking him for this, people spend their time sniping about things which only exist in their sad imaginations.
Exactly. People are too ready to trot out the same old cliches about character development without investing the time to see the characters actually*develop*. Moffat invests so much time in plotting his characters to allow them to slowly unfold before our eyes. There's so much subtllety that he puts into his writing it often gets ignored. This is why he takes a bit longer to bring his scripts to finality. It's the tiny details which he includes for those willing to put in the effort and what really brings it all together is to have superlative actors like Matt Smith or Karen Gillan. Just compare some of the slapdash writing, characterisation and acting in the early RTD years (if you can bear to see marySue Rose and Doctor Gurny again) and then watch something like Name of the Doctor or The Big Bang/Pandorica. One critic once wrote that the difference between Moffat and those who had gone before him was the same difference between sushi and hamburgers. They are both food and both are tasty but only one is the product of refinement, rigorous planning and is good for your soul and mind; the other looks good and flashy on the label but is cheesy, never tastes as good as it looks and you feel bloated and unsatisfied soon after!
The nonsense sexist arguments are put forward by a minority who seem to hate that Steven Moffat has become one of the most important and influential people in modern TV. His achievements are amazing over the last few years. He has turned Doctor Who into a sophisticated literate and intellegent family TV show which delights both the eye and mind, launched the careers of Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill who are likely to be fixtures at the top of both the US and UK industry in coming years and made Who into a world wide phenomenum. He has made Sherlock into the most popular show on UK TV and kept millions enthralled with his clever clever plotting and extraordinarily witty writing. He has helped bring Benedict Cumberbatch to the very forefront of acting anywhere in the world. What is most amazing though is that he has created so many real, genuine and vivid characters - men, women, aliens, straight, gay, homosexual, bisexual, asexual, young, old, lizard! Who speak so directly to millions and millions of people worldwide. We should be applauding his creating so many strong resilliant role models for the next generation and promoting equality and tolerance, not worrying about some sad haters. Just compare any of his creations to lesser writers like Chris Chibnall or Russell T Davies. Like them or not, his characters are bursting with life. Sexist? Hardly! Humany? Absolutely! Moff I salute you.