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Best of Matt Smith: Closing Time

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Across the next couple of months Doctor Who TV is running a series of polls to celebrate Matt Smith’s era. We want you to cast your votes on every story and at the end we’ll be comprising a list to find the top scoring.

We continue Series 6 with the 12th episode, Closing Time. All you have to do is rate the story with your score out of 10, so get voting and join us again tomorrow for the next episode.

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DW_girl
DW_girl

7/10. But the episode wouldn't have even made it to that score if it wasn't for the comedic Matt Smith. I like the Doctor-Craig-Alfie trio; they definitely added loads of humour. I liked having this light-hearted episode in between all the other story arc heavy episodes, as it gives us a breather and lets us appreciate the different aspects of Who. As with most other people on here, I agree that the Cybermen were too easily defeated, and with human emotion too. That, and the sonic screwdriver (these days), is becoming a sort of 'get out of jail free card'. The Doctor should use his actual brain more to defeat the monsters, because thats what he does best.

Handles
Handles

It's annoying. I really like this episode, because it's quite light-hearted. But that's another reason why I don't like it - it bastardised the Cybermen a bit too much. Had this episode used another, less iconic villain, I would probably have given it in the region of 7-9, but sadly I'm going to have to give it a 5.

Ninjauthor
Ninjauthor

6/10 interesting to see the doctor craig dynamic again, but the resolution was too predictable and nothing new was done, (extra point for stormageddon)

TARDlSkey
TARDlSkey

I quite enjoy this episode. It's not brilliant, but it's not bad either. It's got some fun, comedic elements that keep the episode enjoyable to watch, however the Cybermen played such an underwhelming role that it was also quite slow and, as exactly as I said: underwhelming. The Cybermats played a larger role, which I was thoroughly pleased about. They were long overdue and the redesign was superbly creepy! It was interesting to see the Doctor cope without Amy and Rory while also preparing for what he believed would be the final end. It was also fun to see him adapt to civilian life once again, much like The Lodger.


My problems with the episode were indeed the Cybermen. There wasn't much done with them and I believe the episode could have worked better with another foe, be it new or old. They just had no real connection to it and were quite a poor choice of monster to use in my opinion. Then we get to the 'love' bit. A sweet conclusion given the whole Craig trying to form a more fatherly relationship with Alfie narrative, however it didn't feel very climatic, quite the opposite in fact and overall made the Cybermen come across quite weak.


However, the pros overcome the cons and so I rate the episode an 8/10

JJ2000
JJ2000

4 - Below Average. It was good, with some funny bits, but then the whole episode was killed by the fact that he saved the day by love, so kinda (really did) killed it. Could have been good. Still good to re-watch it occasionally.

Anthony Retondo
Anthony Retondo

Love this one. Love the way The Doctor acts about his impending death. Another great one. Why do people hate series 6 again? XD

WhoPotterVian
WhoPotterVian

8/10- It was alright. Could have been a lot better,though.

HisNameIsTheDoctor
HisNameIsTheDoctor

The Eleventh Hour - 10/10


The Beast Below - 7/10

Victory of the Daleks - 4/10

The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone - 8/10

The Vampires of Venice - 6/10

Amy’s Choice - 7/10

The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood - 6/10

Vincent and the Doctor - 10/10

The Lodger - 8/10

The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang - 10/10

A Christmas Carol - 9/10

The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon - 10/10

The Curse of the Black Spot - 4/10

The Doctor’s Wife - 10/10

The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People - 7/10

A Good Man Goes to War - 9/10

Let’s Kill Hitler - 5/10

Night Terrors - 5/10

The Girl Who Waited - 10/10

The God Complex - 8/10

Closing Time - 4/10

ericbfg
ericbfg

Talks to babies. Oh my god. Could the doctor get any more puerile and ridiculous? Series 6 is better than 5 with the exception of this story. And James Corden ? How does someone like him get acting work when there's thousands of talented people out there.

grumpyoldcow
grumpyoldcow

Just a meh episode, but saved by Matt Smith, as usual.

Lots of laugh out loud moments; love the cybermats and the end with River leading up to the next episode.

The Petricor connection with The Doctor's Wife was a great addition. Loved the tag line of "for the girl who's tired of waiting." The Amy and Rory cameo was a nice moment too.

This episode includes one of my very favorite speeches by this Doctor when he talks to Alfie in the bedroom.

The Mind Probe
The Mind Probe

Not as bad as everyone makes out, as it is a good FUN story to break up the darker episodes of that series. However, it is not good as a Cyberman story (In the same way The Lodger would not have worked with Cybermen pottering around upstairs!)


I reckon with a half-decent episode-specific monster this story would be enjoyed as much as The Lodger!


As it stands, 6/10












Huknar
Huknar

An appropriate 4/10. Some score on bits of humour, but this story is just not good. Not as a cyberman one at least. However, I definitely commend the design of the cybermats. They have really made them terrifying for a new audience. I hope we see them return and not replaced with cybermites.

trenzalew
trenzalew

Never understood the hate. Cybermen are effective here, and they're destroyed by emotions... uh, that's totally fine! Okay, so the whole ship blowing up is odd, but the basic "destroyed with love" thing actually works here for once. The supporting cast are also great. One of Smith's best (and the best of Series 6 by far). 10.

Christopher Brown
Christopher Brown

Lots of great stuff, crappy treatment of the villains (as usual) - *except* for the brilliant moment when it looks like Craig is going to be converted, which is the only time the Cyberman have come close to being scary outside of "The Pandorica Opens". I voted 8/10 but thinking back it might deserve a 7/10...then again, Stormageddon brings it up to a 7.5/10...hmmm...but Sophie's absence kinda brings it back down...AAAARRRGGGHHHH


Kiler1995
Kiler1995

I never understood why the Doctor didn't use John Smith as his name when applying for a job at the store, nor did I understand how they would allow him the job without giving them a proper name.

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

Not as good as The Lodger, and nothing in which the Cybermen are defeated by love is going to get high marks. I did enjoy the return of the Cyber-Mats though, and the little nods to Tomb of the Cybermen. 5/10.

Now if you don't mind, I have to go sharpen my sword. War is on the horizon...

Oodkind
Oodkind

I have mixed feelings about this episode. I thought the Craig-Doctor dialogue was good. Stormy was great, and the theme was a lot of fun. But it also pretty much ruined the cybermen. That whole element was awful. It didn't fit in with the cyberman canon, it didn't even make them scary. The ending with "killing them with love" was just cheesy. It's fun, but not a good cyberman story. The ending with fitting it into the silence plot worked. I'd give the episode a 6.5/10.

ClassicWhovian
ClassicWhovian

It's a romp, it's good fun, and that's great, and works for a story. But not for a Cyberman story. the two elements clash so violently that the whole thing suffers. The episode feels conmfused about what it wants to be, and this is most evident when the Doctor and Craig are in the Cybermen's ship. The whole thing is messy.

VERITASERUMUK
VERITASERUMUK

This story is like Marmite - you will either love it or you won't. For me it was a bit of a let-down - especially after the 2 previous episodes which were much better. It failed to use the Cybermen to their full potential and they were far too easy to defeat. 6/10

gypsyking007
gypsyking007

I found this a poor sequel to the Lodger. There was obviously no story to tell and the ending was pretty awful. The first of these I've given less than half marks to.

The Genie
The Genie

7/10 - works as a foreshadowing prelude to Wedding; works because of the chemistry that's already been established, even if the storyline itself is poor.  Some good moments from Matt Smith. 

Stradiwhovius
Stradiwhovius

2/10. My first really low score. I don't find the story engaging. I don't find the threat credible. Most importantly, I just don't find it very funny.

the_ponds_forever
the_ponds_forever

"The gave me a nametag incase I forget my name, That's nice of them as that does happen" (not perfect from memory) that quote alone gives this a solid 7


gunslinger19
gunslinger19

I love Craig in both episodes he's in, matt smith's performance is stunning and I like the sense that the doctor is close to his death. however, the resolution was one of the weakest in the show's history, worse even than the Power of Three's imo. I originally watched it with a friend who cant keep quiet when watching tv and he was like "believe in yourself!" as a cliché and then the doctor actually said it moments later and I thought it was cringe worthy! please can writers stop using the love defeats everything ending it pretty much never works. I don't care if your going to make a joke out of it afterwards. its still just lazy. another bit I hated was the bit with the kids and then their future selves giving commentaries. the whole ending was just appalling (until river and kovarian come along of course). still I gave it a 7 just because it was such a light hearted episode and the doctor/Craig/stormy relationship worked so well. I liked the cybermat and the line, "saw a shop, got a job. you've got to live in the moment," is just awesome! iv noticed with series 6 and 7 that I absolutely love the first halves of the series and really dislike the second. im glad we should be returning to a full series next year! 7/10

John Sully
John Sully

I can't wait for Asylum when this comments section goes to war. (I'd be on the love it side)



DW_girl
DW_girl

@JJ2000 I don't get why Moffat feels the need to have some of the most iconic and scary monsters defeated by human emotions. It happened in 'The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe', which was easily the worst episode in Who history.

DW_girl
DW_girl

@Anthony Retondo Because the story arc is too heavy, and some of the episodes, such as 'The Curse of the Black Spot', 'The Rebel Flesh', 'The Wedding of River Song', and certainly 'The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe' (if you count that as series 6) weren't that exceptional, in my opinion. Also, i find River Song a bit annoying.

Maryanne123
Maryanne123

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.

grumpyoldcow
grumpyoldcow

I thought it was strange too that they'd give him a name tag with "the Doctor" on it, but it was charming and funny that he was delighted with having a name tag. He didn't say name tags are cool, did he? I don't remember.

Pockydon
Pockydon

Oh lord, part of me is actually quite excited...

JJ2000
JJ2000

@DW_girl @JJ2000  ikr. I used to think it was the worst, but after a re-watch, I don't think it's the worst, I'd say third worst. With The Rings Of Akhaten at second and The Time Of The Doctor the worst EVER! In my opinion anyway.

TheDreamer
TheDreamer

@DW_girl It happened in the age of steel too, and that had nothing to do with Moffat. And what monster did he defeat with emotions in the doctor, the widow and the wardrobe? You lost me there.


ericbfg
ericbfg

Don't remind me. It's all too silly.

JJ2000
JJ2000

@HopeAbigailMacLeod @DW_girl  It worked so well in The Age Of Steel, it actually made sense, this time, it just didn't and it was just so last minute.

DW_girl
DW_girl

@HopeAbigailMacLeod @DW_girlThe Age of Steel is a different concept to what I was talking about. Madge transports herself and her children back home with her love for her husband, and then her husband is saved as a result.