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Best of Matt Smith: Series 5 (2010)

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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 episode and at the end we’ll be comprising a list to find the top scoring.

To wrap up we want your overall score for each series of Smith’s era out of 10, beginning with Series 5.

This is also your last chance to vote for all of the 2010 episodes before the polls close.

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MeglosProductions
MeglosProductions

Brilliant series. Not as good as series 6, but still the second best of the revival:

The eleventh hour- 9/10

The beast below- 8/10

Victory of the daleks- 6/10

The time of angels/Flesh and stone- 10/10

The vampires of Venice- 5/10

Amy's choice- 8/10

The hungry Earth/Cold blood- 6/10

Vincent and the doctor- 7/10

The lodger- 7/10

The pandorica opens/The big bang- 11/10

JJ2000
JJ2000

9/10 - Great! Absolutely loved this series, doesn't get full marks due to two episodes and a bit of another two as well. Loved Matt in it, Loved Karen in it, Loved Alex in it. Superb writing. More series' like this please.

RoweMatthew
RoweMatthew

My favourite series, though I rated series 6 more. This one has more personal attachment

Oncoming_Badger
Oncoming_Badger

The Eleventh Hour: 10/10

The Beast Below: 9/10

 Victory of the Daleks: 8/10

 The Time of Angels/Flesh & Stone: 10/10

 The Vampires of Venice: 4/10

 Amy's Choice: 8/10

 The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood: 7/10

 The Lodger: 4/10

 The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang: 9/10

 A Christmas Carol: 10/10

Overall Series Score: 10/10

DW_girl
DW_girl

Series 5 Overall: 9/10.

DoctorDoctorDoctor
DoctorDoctorDoctor

I love this Doctor Who site!  Does anyone know of similar sites that I can check out for Doctor Who fanatics looking to connect?

Maryanne123
Maryanne123

Rewatching from season 5 shows how much Matt has changed. The gangly baby faced youth with the floppy mop of brown hair is now a stylish handsome mature man. He was adorable back then but he is a real head turner now. The actors always talk about how ageing the workload is on Who. You could see at times towards the end of season 6 that Matt was looking a bit tired. I was really shocked by how badly DT had aged when he was on Day of the Doctor. He looks much older than his 42 years and .I am sure a lot of that must be due to being on Who even though he hsd the year off beteen season 4 and the Specials.

Matt also did lots of conventions and publicity including trips to the US, plus audio books and all of the minisodes and TV and awards shows. Add that to the shooting schedule and you can see why it must take it out of you. I hope Peter has Matt's stamina!

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

10/10, with no episodes I strongly dislike, the only episode I mildly dislike is Victory of the Daleks.

shots1
shots1

Best thing about the series.... Matt Smith . Alot of the episodes were average apart from Eleventh Hour and Christmas Carol.

grumpyoldcow
grumpyoldcow

Overall Series 5 a 8/10. Higgest rated are Eleventh Hour, Amy's Choice, Vincent and the Doctor, and The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang.

A Christmas Carol remains my favorite 11th Doctor episode, rated 10/10.

Above average episodes are all the others except The Beast Below, Victory of the Daleks, and Vampires in Venice, which bring up my least favorite episodes.

I have a little different perspective than most of you who have watched since the Eleventh Hour was shown the first time. I had only seen some of Series 5 in reruns and out of order on BBCA. I only saw Eleventh Hour after I got the DVD. I only saw all of Pandorica Opens and Big Bang on DVD. I did see A Christmas Carol on BBC as a rerun so you can imagine my excitement when I got the DVD and saw the complete episode without all slicing and dicing made by the network to make it fit scheduling. It was like Christmas!

So this amazing "new", to this new fan, program called Doctor Who, was unlike anything I had ever seen, and I had been watching the Tennant years on BBCA in reruns, instantly became appointment television for me. And this amazing actor, whom I had never heard of commanded my every moment when he was on screen. Talented, I realized hardly began to describe him. He was different in every camera angle, every scene, and was consistently charismatic. I was hooked. The scripts, the music, the guest stars all were, like I said, unlike anything I'd ever seen.

Amazing, brilliant television.

"...did I mention at any point all of time and space"

Polyphase
Polyphase

6/10 here, Not too bad. The arc was a disapointment though :)

The_War_Braden
The_War_Braden

10/10 I love every episode of this series, I think the only series I prefer is Series 1

Mr 11
Mr 11

9/10 for me! Steven Moffat perfectly structured the Series with consistent and interesting themes and the arc was perfect. Stronger than we've seen but not too complicated! Matt and Karen are excellent and sink into their roles really well, both of them becoming my favourite Doctor and companion! The scripts were very strong and consistent too! Murray Gold composed some of his best tracks including I am the Doctor and the all of the songs from the Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang were pretty good too!

Iris Wildthyme
Iris Wildthyme

A very good series over all. I'd give it a good 7/10; with the lowest score belonging to The Vampires of Venice (5/10) and the highest to Vincent and the Doctor (10/10, and the only one of the series). Very nostalgic.

Moves Like Jagaroth
Moves Like Jagaroth

This was an 8/10 season for me.  Strong, fresh, richly characterized, with strong stories and an intriguing series arc.  A ball somehow got dropped in the following season, then dropped further again.  If pushed I would say the Angels double did it for me - a real triumph.

gunslinger19
gunslinger19

wow that trailer really takes me back! but then it really doesn't feel that long ago. very inconsistent this series, but the good episodes really were magnificent! 8/10!

Pockydon
Pockydon

9/10, my absolute favourite series. One dud is the only downer on this fantastic showcase of brilliant acting and writing ability, with the best series arc to date and easily the best series finale. 

HitchcockWhovian
HitchcockWhovian

This is, in my opinion, the only real coherent, flowing, satisfying series completed by Moffat and Co. Don't get me wrong, there have been some amazing individual episodes, and Matt Smith was always on good form - but this was when the show felt fresh, revitalised, different, daring and ambitious. Up there with Series 4 and 1 for me as the top 3 of New Who. 9/10


geronimon
geronimon


imagine the eleventh hour novelization oh my go s h    sl a p   m  e

Anthony Retondo
Anthony Retondo

9/10 for me. I adore Doctor Who, but series 5 is something special. This is the one I will remember for all time. It defines my love of the show. Other seasons are great, but this was the one that turned me from a more casual fan to a hardcore Whovian. 

TheCapaldiMasterplan
TheCapaldiMasterplan

10/10 - the best series since the show's return in 2005. Fantastically constructed arc, nice diverse range of episodes (from the calm and simple The Eleventh Hour, to the wacky and strange Amy's Choice, to the out of this universe The Big Bang) and one incredibly happy viewer here.



Master Michael Moon
Master Michael Moon

After deep thought, I would rate Series 5 10/10. There was just something about it. I'll admit when I first watched them, I didn't like it at all- the whole Matt Smith thing. Then they grew on me more and more and the finale is just magnificent storytelling. It has such a fresh feel to it and I never get bored of any of the episodes. Although I dislike Smith and Moffat in general, Series 5 is and always will be exceptional! 


Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

This is hard. Although a weak start, which is never good when trying to adjust too new Doctor, the series eventually found its footing. Some brilliant stories such as the Angels two parter, the finale and of course Vincent and the Doctor. On the other hand Victory of the Dalrks was the worst episode of the 11th Doctor era in my opinion. 8/10.

Maryanne123
Maryanne123

Wonderful series that saved Who from further decline into dreary soap opera and in hindsight is likely to have rescued it from possible cancellation. Moffat moved the show from its soap opera/ comic book sensibility with no strong overall vision and a misconceived concept of the doctor to one with a clear authorial tone, fully realised vision and a doctor who returned to being an unknowable alien. The visual design went from mundane to dazzling as well. Apart from the wonderful choice of Matt Smith who became the doctor in the first glimpse in The End of Time in a way David Tennant never managed in four years, the greatest improvement was in the writing. Big bright instantly forgettable stories with no organic connection replaced by dense yet accessible, rich, witty episodes full of well drawn characters which appeal to adults and children. The writing moved from writing down to the audience to writing with respect for the audience's intellegence. Who moved from a occasional guilty pleasure which could be tuned in and out of to a show being discussed by children at school as well as the culture pages of the toniest broadsheets and completely unmissable due to the clever weaving of story arcs.

Season 5 is just shaded for me by the perfection of season 7A for me and I can only give it 9.5/10. Like this golden era in Who history, all of Moffat's and Matt's work is worth at least 9/10 and towers over everything in NuWho which went before it. More watched and critically acclaimed globally now than ever before.

 Notsosmartguy  the dalek of Jersey
Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey

Series rating:8/10

I will always defend series 7 as Matt's best but this was an awesome start with a ton of memorable adventures and overall story arc.

Oncoming_Badger
Oncoming_Badger

Series 5 was the game changer. Doctor Who had been what it was for such a long time and The Eleventh Hour came on screen and everything was so different it was like watching a brand new show and it was exhilirating. Even the did episodes were more fantastic than past dud episode, Series 5 stole my heart and breathed life into a show that needed some fresh air.

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

Also, i loved the arc and the finale

Maryanne123
Maryanne123

I think the exceptionally fresh approach of season 5 blew away the staleness of the last few years and not only drew in new fans who may have heard bad things about the show under RTD's time and were surprised to find something exciting, as well as giving new hooe to long time fans like me who had given up on their beloved show because it had been driven into a wall. How exciting to have seen Who for the first time in the eleventh hour!

supermoff
supermoff

@Maryanne123  I have to agree. The sheer jump in quality between Series 4 and Series 5 was staggering. Although I liked the RTD era, this new era of Who took the show to new levels of quality. 

Mr_Fiction
Mr_Fiction

I could not agree more. Apart from some stand out episodes from the earlier seasons (most of which were written by Mr. MOFF) it wasn't until the 11th hour that I really felt like I was watching the same Doctor I had loved as a kid. For me Matt Smith is one of the best Doctors ever, hands down the best of the modern series.

Anthony Retondo
Anthony Retondo

@Maryanne123  Oh absolutely. I really enjoyed the Tennant era, and I was very hesitant of Moffat's takeover. But "The Eleventh Hour" and series 5 blew me away so much that I realized just how much better Doctor Who could be. No more banking on nostalgia by bringing back classic villains. It had original, ambitious ideas with a wonderful new fairy tale atmosphere. It was like series 5 showed me how Doctor Who should be written: from the minds of a mad man. 

HitchcockWhovian
HitchcockWhovian

@supermoff @Maryanne123  Oh, I don't know. Certainly, Series 5 was more lively and fresh than some of those 2009 specials, but I think both Series 4 and 5 are incredible; each showrunner at the absolute top of their game. 

Maryanne123
Maryanne123

Therer really s no comparison. RTD is virtually unwatchable once you have seen Moff and Matt. Everything before The Eleventh Hour is plodding, amateurish and visually dull. This is why the only episodes people remember with affection or rewatch from that era are Moff's episodes. The diffrrence in quality is astounding. It's why alot of long time fans who had given up in despair by the RTD era were giddy with delight when Moff took over the reigns and just kept making the show better and better.

Moff not only made Who great again, he made it into one of the very best things on television. Genius!

Anthony Retondo
Anthony Retondo

My notification said this was a reply to me, but I don't believe I ever called Tennant an awful actor. :O

Anthony Retondo
Anthony Retondo

@Notsosmartguy  I will definitely agree with that! Rose was just not enjoyable to me. She always spoke with a breathy voice and everything to her was about loving the Doctor. Very one-note imo. And her mom... ugh XD. I loved the realism of having a companion with a concerned mother, but man, it was just not done right imo. 

Anthony Retondo
Anthony Retondo

@Maryanne123  Oh I personally don't think he's an awful actor. But I absolutely think he was melodramatic at times. Tennant is a theater actor and it really showed in certain scenes XD. He would have the most serious, distraught look sometimes. I felt he was overdoing it. That being said, I think he did the role of the Doctor quite well and he has a ton of charm. But yep! I was a diehard Tenannt fan who grew to love Smith and the Moffat era much more. 

Maryanne123
Maryanne123

No wonder poor Freema was so unhappy on the show. She must watch the juicy plots and dialogue given to Amy and Clara and growl with frustration! Problem was Martha was only a plot device to keep Saint Mary Sue Rose shoved into the audience's faces. You have to laugh at the driticism aimed at Moff that he can't write women characters when you only have to compare any of his crations to Rose, poor Martha and gobby Donna. The sheer hypocrisy in this kind of one-eyed criticism really annoys me.

 Notsosmartguy  the dalek of Jersey
Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey

Martha was definitely under appreciated by the doctor. Another reason I'm not to fond of 10 he's got a great young lady who is actually useful and he treats her like junk cause he's to busy pinning for the most overrated charecter ever.

Maryanne123
Maryanne123

Martha isby far the pick of the three underwritten companions from RTD. She would have been kickass with 11. I agree that the hysteria around 10 put off a lot of people who didn't buy into that and 10 was just an inconsistent character, ranging from brave to cowardly, from cocky to snivelling but the main characteristic was giant bloated ego and vanitywhich ended up with him being pathetic and whiny at the end of his time. I am hoping that Tennant in real life isn't like that!

Maryanne123
Maryanne123

Tennant put me off watching, awful actor and awful doctor, but I agree that the companions and other actors in Moff's era are much much better than in RTD's. I think that shows the care Moff puts into things right down to casting extras. You just know he loves the show so very much so he treats every component with respect.

Nice to see one of the few misguided 10 fans (ha!) who are open minded enough to realise that 11 and Matt justblow what went before out of the water.

 Notsosmartguy  the dalek of Jersey
Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey

I myself never got into 10 as a charecter, maybe because I feel he was hyped up by fan boys so I had way to high expectations. He also seemed too vain and egotistcal toward the end of his run. But I did love Martha and Donna. (I hate Rose with a burning passion). I also enjoyed RTD work on series 1(my fav series) and 3 and the 1st 2 specials.

Anthony Retondo
Anthony Retondo

@Maryanne123  Oh yes, there can be no doubt RTD deserves praise for bringing the show back. Even if I think his stories rely way too much on nostalgia and melodrama I have to give it up to him for that :) Tennant was actually what kept me watching all the time. I've never been too fond of the extras on Who (with the exception of Donna), but this is especially true in the Davies era. I kept watching for Tennant and the stories, not for much else. 


Maryanne123
Maryanne123

Props to RTD for bringing back Who - although he has unfairly hogged all of the credit for doing this! but Moff deserves higher praise and recognition as his careful curatorship of Who has saved it from the continuing decline in quality since season 1and likely cancellation to ensure it is in good health and strong and confident enough to continue for many more years.

Maryanne123
Maryanne123

I find a couple of episodes from season one rate with anything done during Moff's time, eg Father's Day and Parting of the Ways and the empty child to me is still Moff's greatest episode. He even made the ghastly Rose likable in this for the only timeinthe show. If that isn't genius,don't know what else is!