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Miss Kizlet was awesome but Moff will have a surprise up his sleeve. He always come up with brilliant twists.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8: Keeley Hawes cast as Ms Delphox

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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!

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8: Keeley Hawes cast as Ms Delphox

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 6 (2011)

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 6 (2011)

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 6 (2011)

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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!

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 6 (2011)

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I meant niche family time viewing, probably incrrect use of the word. Perhaps undemanding or commonplace is more what I meant! Thanks.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 6 (2011)

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 6 (2011)

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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

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 6 (2011)

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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!

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 5 (2010)

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 5 (2010)

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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!

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 5 (2010)

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 5 (2010)

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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!

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 5 (2010)

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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!

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 5 (2010)

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 5 (2010)

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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!

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 5 (2010)

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 5 (2010)

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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!

8 months, 2 weeks ago on River Song & Captain Jack: Five Favourites

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on River Song & Captain Jack: Five Favourites

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Time of the Doctor

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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!

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Time of the Doctor

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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!

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Day of the Doctor

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Time of the Doctor

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Time of the Doctor

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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!

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Day of the Doctor

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Time of the Doctor

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Day of the Doctor

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Day of the Doctor

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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!

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful

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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!

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Major Series 8 Villain Revealed?

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Major Series 8 Villain Revealed?

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Name of the Doctor

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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....

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Name of the Doctor

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Major Series 8 Villain Revealed?

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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!

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Name of the Doctor

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Name of the Doctor

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I agree. My favourite of the trilogy. Utter perfection both in terms of Who and UK television. Flawless.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Name of the Doctor

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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

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Name of the Doctor

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Name of the Doctor

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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!

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Major Series 8 Villain Revealed?

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I love the drashigs and Carnival of Monsters. 3 and Jo rock!

8 months, 2 weeks ago on 5 Underrated Doctor Who Monsters and Villains

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on 5 Underrated Doctor Who Monsters and Villains

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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!

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Nightmare in Silver

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Nightmare in Silver

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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!

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Nightmare in Silver

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Nightmare in Silver

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