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Best of Matt Smith: A Christmas Carol & Series 5 Recap

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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.

We continue with the 2010 Christmas special, A Christmas Carol. 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.

Series 5 Recap

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OnceTheDoctor
OnceTheDoctor

A Christmas Carol definitely deserves 10/10!!!

RoweMatthew
RoweMatthew

Christmas Carol is still the best Christmas episode. I just watched The Snowmen again last night, which is it's closest rival in my opinion, but the ending of that just feels very weak.

The 11th Doctor
The 11th Doctor

I honestly love all the Matt episodes.

11/10 for all of them from me. 

No, I am not just randomly putting 10/10 there for every one, it's honesty, which is why I'm posting this.

Oodkind
Oodkind

I know a lot of people love it, but I just don't see anything special. 7/10

KingOrokos
KingOrokos

Every time I give this episode another watch, it goes up in my estimations. Truly, the best Christmas story that Doctor Who has ever told. Of particular note are the performances Smith And Gambon give, bouncing off of each other with remarkable wit and menace. It is a testament to Gambon that he can steal the show from one of the most endearing protagonists of our era, and a testament to Smith that he can hold his own against one of the most accomplished figures in the industry. The story's tongue-in-cheek retelling of the original A Christmas Carol is one of the most ingenious concepts Moffat has ever helmed - forget carnivorous shadows and stone assassins, seeing the Doctor knowingly set himself up as the Ghost of Christmas Past is as clever as it gets. The timey-wimey aspects of the episode play fast and loose with the show's established laws but never outright disregard them, and the emotional core of the story is unquestionably one of the strongest the show has ever produced. Above all, the story's unflinching optimism, hope, and themes of love and redemption can only be described using two words: Doctor Who. 10/10.

WhoMallow666
WhoMallow666

A Christmas Carol - 8/10

The Eleventh Hour - 9/10

The Beast Below - 8/10

Victory of the Daleks - 8/10

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

The Vampires of Venice - 7/10

Amy's Choice - 7/10

The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood - 9/10

Vincent and the Doctor - 10/10

The Lodger - 1/10

The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang - 10/10

WhoPotterVian
WhoPotterVian

10/10- A perfect retelling of a Charles Dickens classic.

Matt999
Matt999

Y'know, when I watched this episode live, I really didn't like it. However, that was more because I was trying to get my dad to like the show (and failed.) Since then, I actually love this episode! The way they went all in with the Christmas theme and gave it such emotion makes it so great to rewatch. So a 10/10 from me.









Other episodes: 

The Eleventh Hour - 10/10






The Beast Below - 8/10

Victory of the Daleks - 6/10

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

The Vampires of Venice - 7/10

Amy's Choice - 8/10

The Hungry Earth / Cold Blood - 6/10

Vincent and the Doctor - 5/10

The Lodger - 7/10

The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang - 10/10








The Questor
The Questor

A Christmas Carol is my favourite Christmas and 11th Doctor episode. Wonderful, truly deserves a 10/10, which I've only given to a select few episodes. 

 Missed most of the voting, so I`ll give my ratings for them all:

 The Eleventh Hour - 9/10

 The Beast Below - 7/10

 Victory of the Daleks - 5/10

The Time of Angels / Flesh & Stone - 7/10

 The Vampires of Venice - 6/10


 Amy's Choice - 8/10

 The Hungry Earth / Cold Blood - 7/10

 Vincent and the Doctor - 9/10

 The Lodger - 7/10


 The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang - 9/10

 A Christmas Carol - 10/10







JamesCresswell
JamesCresswell

Love the way that many users are giving 10/10 so far on every episode. I think the expression rose tinted glasses fits the bill, but I digress.

As for this Christmas Special, Moffat began his copywrite infringement that would be the usual thing for Christmas Specials. How ridiculous was it? I mean if a flying shark wasn't enough, he even threw in Katherine Jenkins just to make it even more stupid.

The only redeeming factor of this so called special was Sir Michael Gambon. Although, why the hell a distinguished actor such as he would agree to be in this appalling episode beggars belief. Maybe he was short on cash, I don't know.

The only episode that's worse than this is the The Doctor The Widow and The Wardrobe, which I don't even consider Doctor Who anyway. So for that reason, I shall give it a 2/10 as much as it goes against the grain.


Finally if this poll is going to accurate, then please vote honestly and don't put 10/10 on everything. If you feel one is rubbish, say so.

 


DawnTime
DawnTime

8 from me enjoyed not my favourite I did like the scene where Matt came down the chimmley saying I think he could not resist pretending to be father Christmas. great fun. 

JailBanksters
JailBanksters

I Liked a Christmas Carol because you were exposed every emotion of the Doc

Fear, Anger, Rage, Happy, Sad

In fact all the ones I really really like have a similar thing


jj606
jj606

The first Doctor Who episode that I have hated so much that I couldn't even watch to the end. I really wish they would stop making Christmas specials, I have only ever liked one of them.

RecycledCompanion
RecycledCompanion

I just wasn't a fan of this one. I don't hate it, but I kinda had to force myself to sit through it when it aired, and I haven't felt like seeing it again. Maybe it was the mood I was in when I watched it, or maybe it's because one of the guest actors tends to grate on my nerves (sorry, fans of Michael Gambon, but as much as he's lauded, I just don't enjoy his performances), or maybe it was the pacing -- no, actually, I think the pacing was pretty good, from what I remember.


As an aside, I am one of those people who doesn't feel that the Doctor Who Christmas special has to be about Christmas. I think it's fine to have Christmas specials either with or without Christmas in them, but if it is Christmas-themed, it's got to work great as a Doctor Who episode apart from that.

Judge Claude Frollo
Judge Claude Frollo

A 9/10. It's my favourite Christmas special! Sure, it forced Christmas down your throat, but it had a fantastic soundtrack and a fantastic story.

Overall Series 5 Ranking:

TEH-10/10.

TBB-9/10

VoD-7/10

TToA/FaS-9/10

VoV-7/10

AC-9/10

THG/CB-8/10

VoTD-10/10

TL-9/10

PO/TBB-10/10

Overall Score:8.8/10

Angie Whodini
Angie Whodini

I just rewatched it some time ago and was surprised at how well the story works. It an episode worth watching as completely stand alone (not a series 5 marathon) because it just works so much better as it's own story. I think it also pays tribute to being Christmas-sy better than most specials, not so in-the-face IMO. It's nothing specially great or dramatic, it's just a nice little story about Christmas (and I believe that's all it should be).



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I don't think it's perfect. It just works. 





The 11th Doctor
The 11th Doctor

I am extremely biased. :P

10/10 for all of them from me.

KristiStoneman
KristiStoneman

To be honest, I hated "A Christmas Carol".  It is one of my least favorite Doctor Who episodes and definitely the worst Christmas special, in my opinion.

the doctors name is bob
the doctors name is bob

I really don't like this Christmas special, Catherine Jenkins was as two- dimensional as paper, it felt like it was forcing Christmas down your throught ( although in my opinion every Christmas special has done this except for The Christmas Invasion) and it was downright boring (in my opinion).                        2\10










ericbfg
ericbfg

One of the major flaws with this episode, and let me say I do like this story...

Is the use of the sonic. So many of the Smith era and the Tennant one too are dominated by the almost constant use of the sonic. It's starting to drive me crazy. Is there nothing the sonic can't do and if so then we will know how every single story will play out for years to come.

The Mind Probe
The Mind Probe

You know what... I'm giving this one 10/10! One of the most beautiful episodes of Doctor Who!

Baker Street is excited for Series 8!
Baker Street is excited for Series 8!

Another solid 10/10 for A Christmas Carol, which is another timey-wimey Moffat masterpiece and one of the best Christmas specials ever. After all, it had Matt Smith, Michael Gambon and Katherine Jenkins in it - it was hardly going to be bad!

So Series 5 looks like this for me:

The Eleventh Hour - 10/10

The Beast Below - 9/10

Victory of the Daleks - 7/10

The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone - 6/10

The Vampires of Venice - 8/10

Amy's Choice - 8/10

The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood - 7/10

Vincent and the Doctor - 10/10 (in my top 5)

The Lodger - 9/10

The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang - 10/10

A Christmas Carol - 10/10

Average rating - 8.5/10

shots1
shots1

A VERY average series. Only 11th hour was great. Each series thereafter has got better and better for me. I am an oldie so maybe age plays a part. ? These stories are definitely for the younger of the family.

Balatsoukas Pavlos
Balatsoukas Pavlos

Yes, the episode I hate to love. Torn between a score of 5 and one of 10, I will go with the latter. 10/10 from me. 5, because of the irrelevant and useless sentimentalism, a perfect 10 for the fine choice of actors and for the (rarely) brilliant use of timey-wimey. Although NewWho is often sad and emotional, this episode just went overboard. But, it is easily forgotten since the episode as a whole is just brilliant...

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

Excellent. A beautiful episode, another Moffat Masterpiece(I have a name for them now!), with just the right blend of humor and sadness.

Lord Styro the Drashig
Lord Styro the Drashig

10/10, largely due to the fantastic and gut-wrenching revelation about the Ghost of Christmas Future.

Ninjauthor
Ninjauthor

christmas carol is an excellent episode and one of the best xmas specials (up with invasion and voyage) other than jenkins' slightly wooden performance perfect 9/10

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

On paper this is a terrible story. No real villain. Far too timey-wimey. But somehow it just works. 9/10.

GregChipman
GregChipman

Performances: great. Aesthetics: great! Script? It's got some great stuff, certainly, but it never seems to know where it wants to go, plus the odd bit of sexism here and there.

3/5.

The Taker
The Taker

I showed this a Non-Whovian friend of mine, and she ended up crying her eyes out. Excellent stuff, in my opinion, the best Christmas Special so far.

videogamemad00
videogamemad00

1/10. This just has nothing I like about it. One of the worst episodes ever. 

Pockydon
Pockydon

9/10, I think it's easily one of the best Christmas specials.  





Wastemaster24
Wastemaster24

9/10 fantastic episode gives you a nice warm feeling and when i watched i had a good christmas i believe it is horribly underrated but people who dislike it are people that prefer a physical violent threat where this story is a lot more theoretical fantastic idea and well played out probably my third favourite xmas special 

no. 1 being Runaway Bride

2. Voyage of the Damned

3. A Christmas Carol

4. The Doctor, The widow etc...

5. Time of the doctor

6. End of Time

7. A Christmas Invasion

8. The Next Doctor

i actually think there isn't one christmas special i don't like 

GibbyBlogger
GibbyBlogger

I've tried several times to like it, but I just can't. I don't find it interesting in the slightest. I'm not saying it's a rubbish episode, it's one of Moff's best - it's just not the episode for me.

5/10




Recap:

'The Eleventh Hour' - 10/10

'The Beast Below' - 6/10

'Victory of the Daleks' - 5/10

'The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone' - 7/10

'The Vampires of Venice' - 7/10

'Amy's Choice' - 9/10

'The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood' - 7/10

'Vincent and the Doctor' - 10/10

'The Lodger' - 6/10

'The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang' - 7/10




Not too keen on Series 5, if I'm honest...

AlessandroArsuffi
AlessandroArsuffi

@JamesCresswell I voted it 6/10 and this sets A Christmas Carol amongst my least favourite episodes from Moffat's era. I also believe the association with Dickens masterpiece was really "forced" into the plot. When I'll vote for The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe I'll give it 4/10 - same thing as ACC, with the addition of a terrible plot. I don't like Christmas episodes that are too Xmassy... Xmas shouldn't be the theme but only the background to the plot, as it was for The Snowmen.

Thesilence_1994
Thesilence_1994

Or maybe people honestly think the episodes ARE worth 10/10? Sure, I don't like every episode that has every been produced but I would NEVER have the audacity of accusing people of wearing rose tinted glasses or lying about their opinion of an episode simply because they disagree with me. 


ValeUndecim
ValeUndecim

@jj606  Thank Goodness they changed the comment section, or else you would be drowning in dislikes by now

AlessandroArsuffi
AlessandroArsuffi

@RecycledCompanion My full understanding for your last statement. Xmas should stay in the background and never be forced into the plot, like in The Snowmen. Copying Dickens or Lewis just gave terrible results.

Polyphase
Polyphase

@KristiStoneman Agreed, I sat down to watch it with my Mother and she said "It's more of a kids show these days isn't it" I was so embarrased, All I could do is agree :(

BeyondThePolice
BeyondThePolice

@ericbfg  The use of the sonic in this story was clever and made total sense. The Doctor used its glowy end to attract a skyfish, which had already been established as being attracted to light. Then the Doctor revealed that the sonic will try to repair itself if broken and will signal to its other half, which makes total sense (as far as the concept of a sonic device goes). Since he never recovers the other half of his sonic from the shark in the sky, the sonic is constantly sending out a signal to the other half in the sky, so it makes total sense for them to be able to use it as a speaker to use Abigail's singing, which is something else that was established earlier on in the episode.                                                                        

          I hate "sonic/techno babble fixes everything" as much as the next bloke, but CLEVER uses of such concepts, which Moffat is often extremely good at (all the clever plans the Doctor came up with in Day of the Doctor were cleverly preestablished in the episode, for example), are totally fine. Just no more "it's the sonic, it can do whatever" explanations; if they want it to be able to do something, they'd better provide an explanation that's clever, makes sense, and easy enough to explain. That's what I think, anyhow.







Angie Whodini
Angie Whodini

@Deus_Ex_Machina  I think Kazran is a sort of villain in a way. It's just that the Doctor actually takes the time to make him good again. That goes to show how at least some villains are not born evil. :)

BeyondThePolice
BeyondThePolice

@Deus_Ex_Machina  Good stories don't need great villains to prop them up, although a great villain will make pretty much any story more interesting. Day of the Doctor and Inception, for example.

tealeaves
tealeaves

@GregChipman Sexism? How so? I agree that Abigail is something of a 2 dimensional character but how is it sexist?

Angie Whodini
Angie Whodini

@Wastemaster24  Voyage of the Damned!! Well colour me surprised. XD Also, you forgot The Snowmen, which is my 2nd favourite BTW, in case you wanted revenge :P


Angie Whodini
Angie Whodini

@BeyondThePolice @ericbfg  I agree. Generally the use of the sonic is borderline ridiculous, but in this story it is cleverly used; it's just used as a 'sonic device' in a clever way.