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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 7 with Hide. 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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ericbfg
ericbfg

The very best I have seen Who since 2005

Jamesss
Jamesss

The last 5 minutes ruined it. It should've been left as a mysterious creature with the Doctor pondering what it was, not ruined by the crap revelation seemingly tacked onto the end of it "IT WAS A LOVE STORY ALL ALONG!" which was really just... such a disappointing ending.

DW_girl
DW_girl

9/10. Although it could be mistaken for a 'filler' episode, this story was one of the best episodes of series 7. It wasn't plot-heavy, but it was a nicely paced piece of writing and directing, with elements of fear, emotion, humour and romance, all bound together to create something rather splendid. It wasn't a masterpiece, though. The creatures, I think, shouldn't have been revealed, because it would have added more mystery (fear of the unknown). Also, the 'ghost' should have had more background to her character. It was nice to the see The Doctor's fear however, and also Clara's concern, when she mentions to the Doctor: "We're all ghosts to you"- This allows the episode to stop for a breather, and to gather our thoughts on The Doctor's life. Also, I liked Alec and Emma's characters, and the haunted house and the 'psychic' feel to the episode brought it all together nicely.

DawnTime
DawnTime

Well have been waiting to review this one.Another big fat wonderful 10.!Has to be in my top 10 of favourite Doctor Who of all time.Simply top notch.I LOVE the atmosphere .The Lighting, Camera work, and the forest scenes with Matt running and the smoke were so so effective. Together with the music. DIVINE.Scene’s within the Tardis with Clara going to different times were very well done and emotive.Acting was great from the supporting actors.Also the crooked man was so creepy and effective. Never mind the boring old Daleks and Cyberman this is what a modern monster should be.

Did you get the feeling I liked this episode.! YES !

TheCyberDoctor is Shrinking
TheCyberDoctor is Shrinking

7/10 - I was expecting better when I watched the episode, the hype made it seem like it would be more epic. Some scenes where excellent such as: Clara and the Tardis, plus the fact the Doctor compared it to a cat; the Doctor and Clara inside the Tardis; and most of the scenes with Emma. The first time I watched it the ghost and the creature in the house scared me a little (not as much as the Angels first two appearances), however, the ending kind of ruined this as it made it a love story. Not what we were promised! Matt and Jenna are brilliant in this, with the Doctor and Clara becoming some what closer (although he's still wary of her). And the guest cast are sensational. Could have been better!


Series 7 so far: TDTWATW - 7/10; AOTD - 10/10; DOAS - 8/10; ATCM - 7/10; TPOT - 7.5/10 (8); TATM - 9/10; TS - 10/10; TBOSJ - 10/10; TROA - 8/10; CW - 9/10 


NewWho2012
NewWho2012

Was looking forward to this one and although it was scary in parts, was kind of expecting better. I know it's Doctor Who, but for once couldn't it have been some sort of ghost or Poltergeist that was the 'monster' here. Not bad though 7/10

SouffleBoy
SouffleBoy

"We are all just ghosts to you" scene between Clara and The Doctor is probably one of favourite scenes on Series 7. This is why I love how Neil Cross writes. All the other writers seem to have them in always in witty comebacks conversations and random flirting, instead of actual character development. I'm looking forward to what he does in Series 8. :)

Lord of Time looks for an egyptian goddess
Lord of Time looks for an egyptian goddess

loved it, it looked very creepy when I first watched it, but the love story ruins it, and it isnt creepy anymore when you rewatch it. still 9\10 because there some really nice ideas like the whole  lifecycle of earth with the orange suit .  I must say the suit suits both actors tennant and smith.

eddie1611
eddie1611

It was a great episode but, like The Power of Three, the ending ruined it. Still good though, 8/10.

Creepy_Ghoul
Creepy_Ghoul

7/10. It's not the best story of the season, but it really gives you this feeling that something scary might pop up any time, which makes it all the more scarier.

JailBanksters
JailBanksters

Another one I don't really want to watch again.

That is one thing that marks the difference between S1 to S7A and S7B,

Most of the older ones I can watch over and over, but the 7B's once is enough and twice is a bit much.



sontaran17
sontaran17

Im rating this one 9/10 Because its great. Brilliant infact!! The mark is lost purely because while it was clever, the second ending didn't really feel necessary, and left me in a bit of shock because it was so fast, had to rewind it!!

Christopher Brown
Christopher Brown

Hands down the best episode of Series 7, though sadly the only one to match the heights of previous years.

Tbmferris
Tbmferris

This episode started out good bit fizzled

In the end.

grumpyoldcow
grumpyoldcow

Hide by Neil Cross is simply a delight. Only there is nothing "simple"about this episode. A multilayered story that doesn't have a dull scene. I really am appreciative of how this story combines so many things. There are two guest actors whose characters are well developed. The story weaves itself around comparisons of Emma and Palmer with the Doctor and Clara. The ghost story that's not a ghost story is revealed with lots of atmosphere: creepy old mansion; misty, scary woods; time travel used as never seen before.

I love how the Doctor is written in layers. At first he makes fun of the ghost hunters as well as the ghost, but since he doesn't believe in ghosts he has the mystery to investigate, then he is scared, then as he investigates he figures out that there's no ghost, just a lost futuristic time traveller, as well as a lost and lonely monster.

About mid-way through the episode there is that wonderful conversation in the TARDIS between the Doctor and Clara, that so defines the both of them. Clara upset that the Doctor can seem so unaffected by the birth and death of Earth, and the Doctor trying to understand her pov. Notice how still he becomes when talking to her, when trying to understand from a human's pov, but he cannot, something we don't often see. And Clara's little speech about we must seem like ghosts to you echos the same conversation between 9 and Rose and 10 and Wilfred. I don't mind the repeat at all. It reinforces the alienness of this long lived time traveller and how he, at least by this eleventh doctor, is asking questions trying to understand.

I don't quite understand the paradoxes in this story. How Hila can go back in time to meet her many times removed grandparents I thought couldn't be done. But the Doctor just blows it off, so I guess I should too.

So many great quotes. "There's something in the mist!" is really a good scary one. Loved all the funny bits. The Doctor loves toggle switches, lol.

Such a well crafted episode that I hate to nitpick. But. Some of the dialog was awful. The whole love story of Romeo at the end felt tacked on.

I'm sure I've forgotten 1/2 what I was gonna say, but I've got the flu, can't think, so I'm outta here.

Just one more thing. Neil Cross please write more Doctor Who stories.

The Mind Probe
The Mind Probe

7/10 - a good episode of Doctor Who. Not a classic, but nonetheless enjoyable.

Polyphase
Polyphase

Only seen it once and can barely remember it which doesn't sound promising. They repeat everything endlessly in Australia but not Doctor Who :(

Mikeyboss182
Mikeyboss182

8/10 

I was pleasantly surprised by Hide as it was a story I was expecting to be pretty meh. As a ghost story I suppose it fails because I didn't find it scary in the slightest but it's really entertaining and brilliantly written with some great one liners "But birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it" I think the ending kind of spoiled it though not every monster in Doctor Who needs some motivation as to what they’re doing.



Mr 11
Mr 11

Really strong episode here! The supporting cast were great, and the atmosphere and set design were top notch. Jenna did incredibly well considering it was the first episode she filmed. Newcomer Jamie Payne makes a great debut and hits the perfect tone from the start. The plot was fresh and but I really wanted a proper full on inexplicable ghost story something like Midnight and the monster was very clearly fake. On the other hand the twist at the end where they're in love was a plus and I liked the comparisons to the Doctor. I also have to praise the conversation between The Doctor and Clara where they discuss ghosts. It was very thought-provoking as it put a new perspective on the Doctor's time travelling. 9/10

Trenzalore
Trenzalore

I love a good ghost story. A 2 parter set in a haunted house would make me the happiest whovian in the world. But of course aliens are always involved (*sob, I wish we could have one where it's just left a mystery) anyway, one of my favourites of series 7, 9/10!

TheMysticalFez
TheMysticalFez

6/10 perhaps this is because I have only seen it twice and both of these times were after 1 am

EdWhovian
EdWhovian

Expected to hate it by was pleasantly surprised. 8/10

The Finn
The Finn

I thought it was very good, but again the ending is a bit of a letdown.


pinkjaguar12
pinkjaguar12

I actually really liked this episode.  The ending was a bit cheesy, but still kind of adorable.  Everything else was wonderful.  I loved the characters in it, and the parallels between the Doctor and the other man (forget his name).  It was also pretty scary :)

Lord Styro the Drashig
Lord Styro the Drashig

I completely forgot to mention the music in Hide. I was more than a bit miffed when I found out that the Series 7 soundtrack had only one piece from the episode on it. Check out the music at the beginning of this Youtube clip (watch?v=-pp_2B1J6D0) - it's one of my favorite pieces from 7B and really helps enhance the mood and pace of the chase sequence.

Master Michael Moon
Master Michael Moon

6/10. I think Series 7 Part 2 tried to accomplish some different things, Hide was actually a good episode, but again, the ending let it down. It has come to my attention that this is a recurring theme within the show now, the endings are awful or rushed or simply not thought through enough. I think Cold War, Hide, Journey and Crimson are not only the consecutive broadcast order, but the highlight of Part 2. 

ClaraOswald
ClaraOswald

(I already forgot what I rated it, sorry)


Can I start this comment off by saying that I'm so proud of Jenna for doing such a good job on her first proper Doctor Who episode. If I had a hat, I would take it off for you, Jenna.


I was hoping for a really scary episode, but for me, this wasn't really scary at all. I guess that's because I watch horror movies all the time and I'm not even scared by those anymore, so yeah. 


I loved a lot about this episode:

- Jessica Raine, oh how I love her, she's an amazing actress

- Clara's banter with the TARDIS

- The Doctor trying to impress Clara by taking her both backwards and forwards in time, but not in space

- The shark joke at the end (that made me chuckle)

- The Witch of the Well photos (ok, those were creepy, I have to admit)


And most of all, I actually really enjoyed the ending. It just cut off right in the action with the Doctor getting ready to jump onto the TARDIS. The music in that scene was epic too, so yeah, I very much enjoyed that ending.


Thank you, Neil Cross!

Ninjauthor
Ninjauthor

10/10 another great episode in the Moffat eras greatest run

beccajane343
beccajane343

I liked the ending cause it reminds you that not all alien creatures are out to take over the world.

jellybabyeater
jellybabyeater

Good story and gripping- plot resulution and ending was a bit meh but apart from that good

 Notsosmartguy  likes watching "Clara Who"
Notsosmartguy likes watching "Clara Who"

8/10 this was a good story :-)

The good:

I loved the suppôrting cast this episode

Clara and the Doctor scenes were hilarious and heartwarming at times.

I loved Clara antagonistic relationship with the TARDIS

I didn't mind the twist at the end

The Bad:

While I enjoyed the twist I feel it was a waste of a good creature design.

It wasn't really scary (but to be honest I don't find the show that scary anyway)

Tennant_Capaldi
Tennant_Capaldi

Hated it , story was awful and so was the monster. The story had a structure like a worm and it was a massive disappointment .STEVEN MOFFAT IF YOU HAVE ANY SENSE DONT ASK NEIL CROSS TO WRITE AGAIN.

1/10

MikeGreenhalgh
MikeGreenhalgh

2/10, it wouldn't bother me as much if they hadn't hyped it up as the most scariest episode, and for those of you who argue they need to cater for kids, the SJA episode in the house was a lot scarier and much more enjoyable

Galactic Yo Yo
Galactic Yo Yo

The irony is that he's also much better at witty comeback conversations than some of the other writers as well.

Maryanne123
Maryanne123

For me now that spacesuit is Matt's. He totally owns it in a way 10 never did. I really like the way Moffat respects continuity in details like this.

Temporal Tomato
Temporal Tomato

Didn't we just recently have a run through the entire modern series for the 50th, though?

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

A little cheesiness never hurt anyone :)

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

@Lord Styro the Drashig  That is a great bit of music, also used in The Snowmen, yet missing from both soundtrack albums, I don't have all the Murray Gold sountracks yet, so if it one of the earlier series?

DW_girl
DW_girl

@ClaraOswald I agree with you there. Someone else who likes the ending- at last :)

Maryanne123
Maryanne123

For me 7A still tops the rest but every episode from the 11th hour is pretty good, great, brilliant or the best thing TV has to offer, so you reallyncan't go wrong!

Lord Styro the Drashig
Lord Styro the Drashig

I don't think it's on one of the earlier albums. Seems to just be unreleased music.


Tennant_Capaldi
Tennant_Capaldi

I have within the hour and I would now rate it a 5 , Hide is better than rings though

Maryanne123
Maryanne123

I for one can't wait. Nothing wrong with being ambitious, inventive and have the ability to write crackling dialogue. I applaud Moffat bringing in and supporting new Who writers. The chap sure can write - his Luther series ain't have bad either!