Nov 14

Who-ular ’14

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I know that some of the visitors to this site ALSO watch Doctor Who. So as an experiment to see whether a) this is true and b) what sort of Doctor Who you lot like, here’s a poll on the season that finished on Saturday. I have set the bar pretty low as far as tickability goes, if you would like to be a little more stringent than “Any Good At All” you might imagine you’re giving marks out of 10 – tick ones that get 6 and over (a la the Popular year polls).

Which of these Doctor Who stories was Any Good At All?

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If you can’t remember which episode was which, there are reminders (spoilers!) below the cut:

DEEP BREATH: Victorian London, dinosaur, half-human clockwork robots.
INTO THE DALEK: The Doctor and Clara shrink down and go, er, into a dalek.
ROBOT OF SHERWOOD: The Doctor and Clara meet Robin Hood.
LISTEN: The Doctor investigates monsters under the bed.
TIME HEIST: The Doctor and Clara rob a space bank.
THE CARETAKER: The Doctor becomes a school caretaker, and interferes in Clara and Danny’s love life.
KILL THE MOON: It’s an egg!! Clara decides whether to blow it up or not.
FLATLINE: Clara fights 2D graffiti monsters.
IN THE FOREST OF THE NIGHT: Trees grow all over Earth.
DARK WATER/DEATH IN HEAVEN: Missy turns dead people into a cyberman army.


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    Steve Mannion on 10 Nov 2014 #

    Lots of 6 but nothing lower than 5. Shame about the combination two-parter – thought ‘Dark Water’ was cracking but ‘Death In Heaven’ a major disappointment (worst finale since ‘Journey’s End’) despite the excellence of Michelle Gomez and the cafe scene between Clara and the Doc.

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    weej on 10 Nov 2014 #

    I’m four weeks behind, and trying to avoid spoilers, so might be popping off for a week, sorry!

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    Mark M on 10 Nov 2014 #

    Thought Death In Heaven was extremely poor, as was Kill The Moon.
    (I think this was probably the first time I have watched every episode of a series of Doctor Who, so I’m very much a non-expert).

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    Kit on 10 Nov 2014 #


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    enitharmon on 10 Nov 2014 #

    Watch Doctor Who? In there from the beginning! Although to be honest I lost interest from the Fifth Doctor (Davison) onwards, missed most of NuWho until this season which I have watched avidly and thoroughly enjoyed with the two exceptions Robot of Sherwood and Kill the Moon which were both pretty dire. I thought the two-part series finale was terrific, with Michelle Gomez an absolute standout, and Peter Capaldi a welcome and overdue return to the Doctor as I knew him while asserting himself as a distinctive personality in his own right. I have particularly loved the frequent nods towards the Classic Years.

    So a vote for all episodes except the two I have noted as dire, with Listen as the outstanding episode of the season and an hon mensh for the finale. Great to see a surprise cameo from the Brigadier.

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    Brendan F on 10 Nov 2014 #

    I got lost trying to keep up with Amy’s storyline and haven’t watched it since, even though ‘Blink’ is probably the best single episode of any tv series I’ve ever seen.

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    jeff w on 10 Nov 2014 #

    I only watched the last two thirds of ‘time heist’ and ‘death in heaven’ so I suspect my opinions are unreliable. The former seemed good and the latter seemed a bit of a mess TBH (also I dislike nu-Who version of Cybermen). Clara is always brilliant though* so I hope we haven’t seen the last of.

    *i.e. in the few eps I’ve seen featuring her

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    Tom on 10 Nov 2014 #

    I think of all the episodes I’ve seen in those circumstances, Robot of Sherwood is the most improved by watching it with small children – it was uproarious for them. For the youngest set of fans – 5-8 – the spoon fight will be THE memory of Capaldi’s Doctor.

    On the 6/10 principle I ticked everything but Into The Dalek and Time Heist, though I thought Flatline was a bit dull too but redeemed by a few great moments and ideas (and unusually for Who, by its effects)

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    thefatgit on 10 Nov 2014 #

    Robot Of Sherwood was pretty poor for me, but I can understand Tom’s point of watching that ep with young ‘uns. I couldn’t mark The Caretaker, bcz I missed at least one third of that ep. All the others feature above the cut, but then Capaldi has won me over totally. He has brought something new to the role by simply playing up the alien and playing down the madman.

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    Rory on 11 Nov 2014 #

    What I liked about Robot of Sherwood was that it harked back to the Hartnell days of the Doctor popping back to see various historical figures (Marco Polo etc). Not that Nu Who hasn’t gone there before, but this seemed a more explicit nod to Old Who, as did so much of Capaldi’s performance throughout this series. I still wouldn’t rate it a 6, but it was okay.

    I’m on the fence about the series as a whole. Apart from the Moon egg and the world forest, I liked the storylines in general. Favourite episode was probably Flatline; I loved the shrunken TARDIS, and the 2-D concept was handled well. I agree that the finale was poor, after the promising start of Dark Water; it felt as if it needed an extra episode to make it work, but that’s so often the case with Nu Who.

    Peter Capaldi has taken some getting used to, but he’s an excellent actor and is winning me over. Clara as a character was much improved this series, and her dynamic with Capaldi feels much more satisfying than it had been with Smith (even though I loved his Doctor).

    I still feel that the best Nu Who series overall has been 5, though my individual favourite episodes are dotted across all of the series. This was decent, though. Part of the trouble may be that the combination of the 50th special and “An Adventure in Space and Time” last year were a Who high-point, which it’s been hard for series 8 to match.

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    katstevens on 11 Nov 2014 #

    I’ve enjoyed this series (esp Capaldi) a great deal – possibly because in most of them a) I felt I could actually follow what was going on, possibly bcs b) Murray Gold had been reined in a bit so I could actually hear the dialogue c) Clara was SO much better than the previous series, she had enough gumpf this time round that the emotional bits of the finale didn’t feel forced. But while every ep was above the nu-Who average, for me nothing quite hit the highs of the first Matt Smith series or the 50th special.

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    Mark M on 11 Nov 2014 #

    As I find Matt Smith if possible even more unwatchable than Cumberbatch, almost anyone would have been an improvement, but Capaldi is a definite upgrade.

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