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  1. #21
    Yup, he pretty much encapsulates what suits modern-Who. I'm developing a new found appreciation for Smith though on these rewatches.
    Rewatching Capaldi's run will be the interesting one, I like the guy but I never felt things clicked for him mostly due to the poor way the last few seasons were handled.

  2. #22
    I really like Matt Smith. He has an interesting character mix because I find him very childlike and yet when he goes dark he can go really dark, like he feels things even more deeply. It gives him a sense of insanity and sadness even while being fun and happy and makes the character quite rich. He’s my daughter’s favourite Doctor.

  3. #23
    Agreed, those early features when he took the role nailed it with him. He was the youngest Doctor but he was very good at wearing the Doctors miles and coming across like the mind behind the hours was carrying a lifetimes weight and experience.


    -Cold Blood-
    The second part of this storyline continues along quite a predictable path. There's nothing of note really to the episode; it again, as so many of Who's two parters do, feels like one episode would have done the job. The only section of note is the climactic moments when they notice the crack on the wall again leading to Rory being shot. Despite his limited screen time up until this point it's still effective in showing the drama of how he passes and Amy's struggle to remember him as the crack erases him from history.

    Series 01 - 4 Strong Episodes
    Series 02 - 2 Strong Episodes
    Series 03 - 3 Strong Episodes
    Series 04 - 8 Strong Episodes
    Series 05 - 0 Strong Episodes so far

  4. #24
    -Vincent and the Doctor-
    Though broadly telling a fairly generic Who tale where the Doctor once again crosses paths with a historical figure amidst an alien threat, this episode works as a great example of carrying out that type of storyline and doing it justice. It makes the right move of committing the first half hour to the core storyline and then allowing itself time to wrap things up. The entire goodbye sequence and the handling of the character is perfectly done meaning Vincent makes more of a mark than most one and done characters.

    Series 01 - 4 Strong Episodes
    Series 02 - 2 Strong Episodes
    Series 03 - 3 Strong Episodes
    Series 04 - 8 Strong Episodes
    Series 05 - 1 Strong Episode so far

  5. #25
    http://www.darkhorizons.com/ecclesto...ctor-who-exit/

    Eccleston finally outright states the obvious as to who he had issues with.


    -The Lodger-
    A lot of this is measured by the viewers tolerance of James Corden but this is an episode that's mostly played lightly but works well for what it is and what it sets out to do. They manage to once again foster a good level of banter between the Doctor and Jamie's character within a one and done episode. It's an easy and brisk episode that makes good work of the format though I can't remember if they ever properly pay off on that plot point about someone trying to build a Tardis.

    Series 01 - 4 Strong Episodes
    Series 02 - 2 Strong Episodes
    Series 03 - 3 Strong Episodes
    Series 04 - 8 Strong Episodes
    Series 05 - 2 Strong Episodes so far

  6. #26
    -The Pandorica Opens-
    First part of the closing two parter and we're mostly back into run of the mill territory. As per usual it's all set up, getting everyone in place for the finale and explaining the last of the mysteries before we get to the one with all the action.

    Series 01 - 4 Strong Episodes
    Series 02 - 2 Strong Episodes
    Series 03 - 3 Strong Episodes
    Series 04 - 8 Strong Episodes
    Series 05 - 2 Strong Episodes so far

  7. #27
    -The Big Bang-
    Barring the Xmas special this is the series 5 finale with the Doctor, Amy, Rory and River racing against time to stop the stars themselves being erased from time. It quickly sets up some time travel aspects that are easily resolved stopping it from having the issues of becoming too complicated for it's own good. Smith puts in a good performance here too wrapping up his first stab at the character well though there's a whiff of Tennant about the structure of the episode with a fair bit of time dedicated to pushing for an emotional wrap up. Still, one of the better series finale's

    Series 01 - 4 Strong Episodes
    Series 02 - 2 Strong Episodes
    Series 03 - 3 Strong Episodes
    Series 04 - 8 Strong Episodes
    Series 05 - 3 Strong Episodes so far

  8. #28
    http://www.darkhorizons.com/ecclesto...ctor-who-exit/

    I read the above and realised my summation of Ecclestone was quite, quite correct.

    I mean, what a pretentious wanktard.

    It's a kids' show. It really is. He was proper minted at the time and verrrrry lucky but he thought he was better.

  9. #29
    Given how focused his issues are I wonder if they'll ever manage to convince him to appear again given none of the old crew remain in charge.

    -A Christmas Carol-
    Smith's first Xmas special and the wrap up of the fifth run is the episode with Michael Gambon that plays out much like the story the episode takes its title from. It plays out in a very predictable manner but it's fun enough with Smith bouncing in and out of past and present to change the past so he can save the crashing ship that Amy and Rory are stuck aboard. Who never completely nails the Xmas specials but this is a pretty reasonable one.

    Series 01 - 4 Strong Episodes
    Series 02 - 2 Strong Episodes
    Series 03 - 3 Strong Episodes
    Series 04 - 8 Strong Episodes
    Series 05 - 3 Strong Episodes

  10. #30
    On to Series 6 and we start to get to a point where reassessing becomes all the more intriguing:

    -The Impossible Astronaut-
    From here on the show started to frustrate with a reliance on fake out cliffhanger moments but with that element of suspense fully robbed from it, it's much easier to just enjoy the ride. This season opener to a two parter sets several things in motion that run season long but it never feels too slow or too quick paced. It has some lovely imagery to it and is just fun watching everyone enjoy a phase where they were accustomed to their characters but not caught in some massive farewell build up either.

    Series 01 - 4 Strong Episodes
    Series 02 - 2 Strong Episodes
    Series 03 - 3 Strong Episodes
    Series 04 - 8 Strong Episodes
    Series 05 - 3 Strong Episodes
    Series 06 - 1 Strong Episode So Far

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