There's something new in you, yet something older than the sky itself.
In the Forest of the Night - 6/10
Dark Water - 10/10
Death in Heaven - 5/10
Last Christmas - 7/10
15 hours, 1 minute ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 4
@Gustaff @Huknar @Notsosmartguy @supermoff I liked the flashback and the scene that followed it, but it kinda ruins the tension a bit when you realise that she could have called the Paternosters in at any time she liked.
17 hours, 3 minutes ago on Moffat on Paternoster Return, Clara’s Original Exit
My only major gripe with Mummy was that the last few minutes felt really rushed. It's an absolute crime that Maisie (one of my favourite guest characters in a long time) didn't get a goodbye scene.
1 day, 14 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 3
Kill the Moon - 5/10
Mummy on the Orient Express - 8/10
Flatline - 9/10
So he starts off mean but gets more funny and lovable as his era goes on?
Hmm. Sounds an awful lot like my favourite Doctor. :) *glances at avatar*
1 day, 15 hours ago on DWM #484: What Next for the 12th Doctor?
Listen - 10/10
Time Heist - 7/10
The Caretaker - 6/10
Listen is definitely one of Moffat's best works since he took over the show. For once, he wasn't bogged down by the need to write an opener/finale/Christmas special/anniversary (etc.) and what we got was a clever, creepy self-contained story of the kind we haven't really had from him since the days of RTD. Now that the Silence arc has been left behind I hope that Moffat will write more like this.
2 days, 15 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 2
@Typo42 "Magic Carrots" To tell you the truth, I can hardly remember. I disliked it so much that I haven't gone anywhere near it since. I just remember finding it incredibly tedious, particularly the 'games' they had to play inside that flashing tower thing.
I've not got anything against Terry Nation on the whole though. The Keys of Marinus, The Daleks' Master Plan and Genesis of the Daleks were all fantastic, IMO.
3 days, 13 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 1
@Clara Bosswald, defender of Series 6. Well it’s mainly the ‘Good Man’ conflict which drags it down
to a 2 out of 10. I could have lived with a generic Dalek story but its hideously
angsty and unsubtle attempts to be dark and thought-provoking made for painfully
In my opinion it would have worked much better later in the
series (or in a different series entirely) when Capaldi’s Doctor was more
settled into the role, because at episode two I don't think we know him well
enough to be getting this introspective. The only evidence to suggest that he might
be ‘bad’ at this point was that he may or may not have stolen the homeless man’s
coat and pushed the Half-Face man out of the balloon in Deep Breath. Aside from that, there’s nothing, which makes the episode feel incredibly
jarring (especially coming so soon after The Day of the Doctor).
3 days, 14 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 1
*gnawed, damn it.
And to answer your question properly, Listen, for the same reasons as everyone else.
3 days, 15 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 1
@The Lazy Cat Returns! Well definitely not Flatline, since I don't fancy being flattened, pulled apart and displayed on someone's living room wall, so maybe Time Heist? But then my brain might get turned into soup, so... Deep Breath. Actually, no. I don't want to become a skin balloon. The Caretaker looked pretty fun though didn't it? Only problem is there's a risk of being barbecued...so Kill the Moon? Just as long as my face doesn't get knawed off by a giant spider-germ...
...and wow, series 8 was morbid wasn't it?
Deep Breath - 9/10
Into the Dalek - 2(.5)/10
Robot of Sherwood - 6/10
I was so glad when I enjoyed Deep Breath. After 8 months of bitterness over The Time of the Doctor, I was starting to worry that the show just wasn't for me anymore. Thankfully Moffat more than redeemed himself with this fantastic series opener, which - aside being a wonderful introduction to the Twelfth Doctor - finally made Clara feel like a person. (Although I'm not sure how much I should be thankful for that, since there was nowhere to go but up after series 7.)
Into the Dalek was a massive letdown unfortunately, and rivals Death to the Daleks as my least favourite outing for them. It felt like a watered-down version of Dalek (which is itself a tamer adaptation of Jubilee, as I'm sure many of you will tell me) and I hated its central 'good man' conflict, which came off as far too forced and unprovoked to me. The opening scenes of Danny in his class and the Doctor asking if he's a 'good man' are currently head-to-head for my #1 spot in the worst scenes of the Capaldi era so far.
Robot of Sherwood was fun enough but ultimately forgettable. Not much else to say about it really. I certainly won't be rushing to watch it again outside of any marathons.
The Name of the Doctor - 7/10
The Day of the Doctor - 9/10
The Time of the Doctor - 2/10
Time for me remains the absolute worst Doctor Who episode, classic and new. I'd go into all the reasons why, but I'd only be repeating everything you've heard before - it felt too rushed, Tasha Lem, the passing of centuries through a few lines of dialogue, etc. (also, it would take me far too long to say it all). I can see that there's a lot in it to be appreciated on a thematic level, and the final scene with Matt was done very nicely, but beyond that it's virtually unwatchable.
Please don't think I'm out to hate on Moffat though. As you'll see in the next few polls, I think he really returned to form in series 8, and some of his upcoming episodes are new all-time favourites of mine.
5 days, 9 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 3
Hide - 7/10
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS - 5/10
The Crimson Horror - 9/10
Nightmare in Silver - 2/10
6 days, 12 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 2
@HeyProfessor is waiting for Simms to come back Jones and Oswald? Sounds good to me. :P
1 week ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain
The Bells of Saint John - 9/10
The Rings of Akhaten - 6/10
Cold War - 5/10
1 week ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1
Just a random thought: would Martha be aware of Missy's existence, given her connections with UNIT? If so, can you imagine the tension of them meeting again? This is after all the same person who destroyed her planet, kidnapped her family and put them through a whole year of torture and abuse. It would be terrifying to know that someone like that was still out there, roaming free.
@Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen @supermoff, defender of Akhaten My Doctor: David Tennant
My favourite Doctor: William Hartnell
1 week ago on The Doctor Division
The Power of Three - 6/10
The Angels Take Manhattan - 6/10
The Snowmen - 4/10
1 week, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2
Asylum of the Daleks - 7/10
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship - 9/10
A Town Called Mercy - 7/10
1 week, 2 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 1
Who Waited - 10/10
Complex - 8/10
Time - 7/10
Wedding of River Song - 2/10
Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe - 2/10
be the killjoy here, but I'm really not a fan of Wedding. It was the first time
that Steven Moffat really dropped the ball for me, and in my opinion, he's
never quite recovered from it. There are so many things I dislike about the
episode that I really don't know where to begin. The wedding scene? The rushed feel of it all? The reveal?
Moffat's credit, I didn't see it coming. He definitely got me with the
Teselecta twist. But then the reason I didn't see it coming is because he told
us himself that this wasn't a possibility! No, really. Go back and watch the
DWC for The Impossible
Astronaut. In his own words, "He really does die in that first
scene, and that really is him." Erm, no he doesn't, and no it isn't.
That's a lie Steven. Lying isn't clever. And while I appreciate that he needed
to promote his story arc and get as many viewers tuning in as possible, I'm
sure he could have found more honest ways of doing so. By lying, he made it
inevitable that at least some of us would be disappointed by the answer.
issue I have with the episode (and with series 6B as a whole) is the way it
handles the Ponds and the trauma of losing their baby. Now I’ll admit it was
very satisfying to see Kovarian get her comeuppance after everything she put them
through, but as I've said in the past, it’s too little and too late. The fact
that the rest of series 6B lacked so heavily in this area meant that Wedding suffered all the more for failing to
address it. If the characters don't respond realistically to the events
in their lives, then why should I care? Having one small scene like that
and then brushing it aside doesn't make for a satisfying resolution to that
dislike all the little loose ends and questions left by the episode. Why did
Amy remember the events of the story in the garden at the end? She didn't have
those memories throughout series six so why does she have them here? Why did
the Silence go to all the trouble of kidnapping and conditioning Melody if they
were going to put her in an automatic suit anyway? And as for the marriage -
nope, sorry, I still don’t buy it. The Doctor/River romance was far too stilted
and sketchily built up to convince me they would marry each other. The wedding scene
just felt hollow.
Eh... anyway, I won't add any more to that. I'm sorry to have been so negative about it. If you like the episode, then please don't let me take that away from you! This is only one humble fan's opinion after all. I just think this finale had far too much riding on it
and needed at least another 45 minutes to spread things out a bit. It wouldn't
have made the reveal any less of an anti-climax, but at least the characters
would have had a bit more room to breathe. As it is, it retroactively ruins
what was a pretty decent season up to that point and does irreversible harm to
the Ponds' story arc, in my opinion.
1 week, 4 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 3
The Rebel Flesh - 7/10
The Almost People - 5/10
A Good Man Goes to War - 6/10
Let's Kill Hitler - 7/10
Night Terrors - 6/10
1 week, 4 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 2
The Impossible Astronaut - 9/10
Day of the Moon - 9/10
The Curse of the Black Spot - 5/10
The Doctor's Wife - 10/10
1 week, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2011 Part 1
Vincent and the Doctor - 8/10
The Lodger - 7/10
The Pandorica Opens - 10/10
The Big Bang - 8/10
A Christmas Carol - 10/10 (Not just my favourite Eleventh Doctor story, but one of my favourites in all Doctor Who. If I had a top ten list it would probably be on there.)
2 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 3
The Vampires of Venice - 7/10
Amy's Choice - 9/10
The Hungry Earth - 8/10
Cold Blood - 8/10
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 2
The Eleventh Hour - 9/10
The Beast Below - 8/10
Victory of the Daleks - 6/10
The Time of Angels - 8/10
Flesh and Stone - 8/10
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 1
Planet of the Dead - 6/10
The Waters of Mars - 10/10
The End of Time Part One - 5/10
The End of Time Part Two - 9/10 (The stronger half by far.)
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2009-10 Specials
Midnight - 10/10
Turn Left - 9/10
The Stolen Earth - 8/10
Journey's End - 6/10
The Next Doctor - 5/10
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2008 Part 3
Please, no pictures from that scene. It makes me teary eyed just think about it.
"I shall miss them. Yes, I shall miss them. Silly old fusspots."
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Top 10 Whoniverse Couples
The Doctor's Daughter - 7/10
The Unicorn and the Wasp - 8(.5)/10
Silence in the Library - 10/10
Forest of the Dead - 10/10
Another good chunk of episodes here. Silence was probably the last time I was truly terrified by Who. I remember at the time that we'd missed the episodes on broadcast and had to watch it much later at night... which was rather unfortunate, when it turned out be about flesh-eating shadows!
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2008 Part 2
How about the Twelfth Doctor with Barbara and Ian? That'd make for some tension in the TARDIS. They'd certainly keep him on the straight and narrow. :-)
2 weeks, 6 days ago on What if… Doctors Were Paired With Different Companions?
I'm not sure what the circumstances were behind the scenes at the time. He did appear later that year in an episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures so I doubt that unavailability was the issue. I think the most likely explanation is just that he wasn't considered necessary to the story, which is fair enough, though it still would have been nice.
3 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2008 Part 1
Partners in Crime - 9/10
The Fires of Pompeii - 8/10
Planet of the Ood - 8/10
The Sontaran Stratagem - 8/10
The Poison Sky - 8/10
A terrific start to a very enjoyable season.
My only (rather fanboyish) regret is that The Sontaran Stratagem and The Poison Sky felt like a missed opportunity to bring back the Brigadier. Stranded in Peru indeed! Can you imagine how awesome it would have been to see Nick Courtney alongside David Tennant? The Brig is one of those rare characters in Who that can traverse whole decades of the show and still strike up that same instant chemistry with the Doctor, regardless of the actor portraying him, so it's a real tragedy to me that he never got a proper appearance in the revived series.
@Alleigh member of P.O.N.D.S Mine too.
@Malohkeh, not a member of any acronyms @DaftDalek is the Aphex Twin Doctor @SirTrey @TheNightmareChild: Most Generous Voter @supermoff Oh dear. This comment's disappeared so many times now that it's starting to prove your point! Anyway, what I meant to say was...
Well I like Time and the Rani, quite a lot actually! Not only do I find it a very funny story, but the improved special effects along with Keff's kooky new music (which I realise isn't for everyone) gives it a really fresh and polished feeling.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 3
Human Nature - 10/10 (Including these two again just so I can admire all those 10/10s in a row!)
The Family of Blood - 10/10
Blink - 10/10 (Very likely my favourite episode that the show has ever produced. Is that a predictable choice? Yes. But I always say that if something's predictable, then it's predictable for a reason. And in Blink's case, that's because it's a bloody good story! :P)
Utopia - 10/10
The Sound of Drums - 10/10
Last of the Time Lords - 8/10
Voyage of the Damned - 6.5/10
So all in all, a near faultless half to my favourite season in the entire show. Sure, Voyage is a bit slushy and mostly forgettable, but it's endearing enough when I watch it with the right mood, and I don't even count it as series 3 anyway. :P
@supermoff @Switcharoo What's your issue with how they handle it with Ten, just out of interest? I can recall several occasions where his morality/self-righteousness was called into question by the characters around him, particularly by Donna. (My favourite moment being "Is that why you travel round with a human at your side? It's not so you can show them the wonders of the universe, it's so you can take cheap shots?!")
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 2
The Lazarus Experiment - 7/10
42 - 8/10
Human Nature - 10/10
Gosh, I'm getting lazy aren't I? I would do justifications but... effort.
Series 3 rocks.
I've been looking forward to this one. As anyone who's read enough of my comments will know (what do you mean you don't?!), I'm a big big fan of series 3. If I didn't still have about 7 seasons left before I finish classic Who, then I'd probably call it my favourite series ever. It introduces one my favourite companions, has a wonderful Doctor in the lead, and maintains an excellent standard of quality throughout, with the second half in particular being one the strongest runs to date. I couldn't rate a single episode from this series any lower than a 7, and nearly all of them are higher than that.
Smith and Jones - 9/10
The Shakespeare Code - 8/10
Gridlock - 8/10
Daleks in Manhattan - 7/10
Evolution of the Daleks - 7/10
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 1
Well that's the first box set pre-ordered. Normally, I prefer to wait until something's out before I make a purchase, but because this is a chance to prove to the BBC that there's demand out there for revived series audios, I'm going to make an exception. Now please November, hurry up!
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Kate Stewart Returns in UNIT Extinction
@ Inverted Notsosmartguy How about a sequel to Dimensions in Time? :P
@TardisBoy! I believe there's a book of that, actually. Never read it, but it's called The Story of Martha if you're interested.
Love & Monsters - 6/10 (It really was fantastic until the reveal.)
Fear Her - 5/10
Army of Ghosts - 7/10
Doomsday - 8/10
The Runaway Bride - 7/10
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 3
Rise of the Cybermen - 7/10
The Age of Steel - 7/10
The Idiot's Lantern - 7/10
The Impossible Planet - 9/10
The Satan Pit - 9/10
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 2
Ah, series two. Wonderful, underrated series two. Admittedly, it's difficult for me to separate my judgement of these episodes from the strong emotional connection I feel for them, since it was here with Tooth and Claw that my journey with DW began, but I don't think this run is anywhere near as bad as fandom seems to view it these days.
Oh, I know it has its flaws. Even at age 10, my best friend and I thought Love and Monsters was crap, and while Fear Her was once my second favourite episode of the entire show (hey, don't judge), I can see now with hindsight that it was miles from being perfect, or even particularly good. But if for just a moment you can put those duds to one side and look at some of other gems on offer - The Girl in the Fireplace, The Impossible Planet, School Reunion, to name a few - then you have in my opinion a very fine run of episodes - the equal in quality of many seasons that came before it.
I will admit though, it didn't begin with the strongest of openers. Sorry New Earth.
New Earth - 5/10
Tooth and Claw - 8/10
School Reunion - 8/10
The Girl in the Fireplace - 9/10
4 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 1
@Iris Wildthyme "Father's Day has aged awfully though"
Interesting point of view, but I'm not sure what you mean. How so? In terms of CGI? I don't see what other aspect of it CAN age.
4 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2005 Part 2
Not a lot to say one these ones really. Boom Town is an underrated gem, and Parting is one of the best regeneration stories. A truly fantastic end to Chris' short but satisfying era.
Boom Town - 8/10
Bad Wolf - 8/10
The Parting of the Ways - 9/10
The Christmas Invasion - 7/10
4 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2005 Part 3
Oh, I think you've misunderstood my (admittedly terrible) joke! I love the Eccleston era. It's because you put a comma instead of a decimal point in your average, so that it looks like your average score is more than 7000 out of 10, rather than 7.
Sorry to confuse you. I'll keep my lame sense of humour to myself next time. :P
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2005 Part 3
@Clara Bosswald approves of female Ghostbusters Well that's a pretty generous average. ;)
@Antee991166 "...it was originally submitted for the McCoy era..."
1 month ago on Rank the Revival: 2005 Part 2
Now this is where series one really kicked it up a notch. Bar for The Long Game, which is average at worst, the remaining episodes are some of my favourites.
Dalek - 9/10
The Long Game - 6/10
Father's Day - 9/10
The Empty Child - 10/10 (New Who's first!)
The Doctor Dances - 10/10