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Best of Matt Smith: Series 6 (2011)

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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, continuing with Series 6.

This is also your last chance to vote for all of the 2011 episodes before the polls close.

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Series 6: 9.83/11 (89%)

The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon: 11/11 (100%)

The Curse of the Black Spot: 8/11 (73%)

The Doctor's Wife: 10/11 (91%)

The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People: 9/11 (82%)

A Good Man Goes to War: 11/11 (100%)

Let's Kill Hitler: 10/11 (91%)

Night Terrors: 10/11 (91%)

The Girl Who Waited: 11/11 (100%)

The God Complex: 8/11 (73%)

Closing Time: 9/11 (82%)

The Wedding of River Song: 11/11 (100%)

The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe: 10/11 (91%)

MeglosProductions
MeglosProductions

Fantastic series in my opinion. The best series of the revival:

The impossible astronaut/Day of the moon- 10/10

The curse of the black spot- 7/10

The doctor's wife- 10/10

The rebel flesh/The almost people- 8/10

A good man goes to war- 10/10

Let''s kill Hitler- 7/10

Night terrors- 5/10

The girl who waited- 9/10

The God complex- 8/10

Closing time- 7/10

The wedding of River Song- 10/10

RoweMatthew
RoweMatthew

A more consistent series, apart from that awful christmas special

gunslinger19
gunslinger19

seriously underated! but definitely the least consistant series. i think this, along with series 1 and maybe 7, is probably my favourite series because when it does well it does create classic episodes. the opening 2 parter, drs wife, agmgtw, gc,cl and wors were all excellent imo! its just a shame that Curse, the clone episode and that Christmas special completely let the series down. im in the minority in that I love the arc and the doctor's impending doom gave the whole series an element of tension and drive. i think the series split was a mistake as instead of increasing anticipation, the sudden shift in tone (lkh) and lack of a prominent arc wiped out all of the previous tension. still, ill gov this a 9/10 because i love it so much :D

LaraHarris
LaraHarris

Funnily I seem to like the ones others hate and vice versa. TGWW bored me to tears and yet LKH I really enjoyed. TDW was dreadful (IMO) but TIA and DOTM was I felt a brilliant and very "Doctor" opening. I think the main issue was that this season was where things just started to get too complex and silly.



Overall despite more good individual epps than bad, this was a distinctly average *season* because of the arc.




The Rani
The Rani

What would you score The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon? 10/10! It was my first episode :-) Of course it's exceptional! :D





Huknar
Huknar

7/10. It's good, but it's not great.

Lord Styro the Drashig
Lord Styro the Drashig

I'd give Series 6 as a whole 8/10. A great one for sure, but not quite as great as the other two Smith/Moffat series.

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

Am I the only one who actually liked this series?

VortexDan
VortexDan

This season had the biggest quality drop from opener to closer. All of the problems of Moffat's run started cropping up slowly during this season, and it went from an absolutely brilliant opener to one of the cheapest and badly executed finales in television. Several episodes (the opener, Doctor's Wife, Girl Who Waited) are fantastic but the rest were average and had a couple bad episodes (Closing Time (except Stormageddon) and Night Terrors) and we got a taste of the monstrosity that would be season 7

pikus87
pikus87

3. The season I hate more of the Welsh revival. Nice episodes in the middle (I am a fan of the underrated "Rebel Flesh/Almost People", as well as of "The God Complex") but I cannot bear the main story arc, and I hope I will be paid the next time I will have to see "Let's Kill Hitler", a waste of time.

Oncoming_Badger
Oncoming_Badger

The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon: 8/10

The Curse of the Black Spot: 8/10

The Doctor's Wife: 9/10

 The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People: 8/10

 A Good Man Goes to War: 5/10

 Let's Kill HItler: 1/10

 Night Terrors: 2/10

 The Girl Who Waited: 6/10

 The God Complex: 9/10

 Closing Time: 2/10

 The Wedding of River Song: 3/10

 The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe: 4/10

Overall Series Score: 5/10

Ninjauthor
Ninjauthor

there were some great episodes here but the season felt all over the place so 4/10

Galactic Yo Yo
Galactic Yo Yo

I've said it before, but series 6 is massively underrated. I mean, the arc mostly doesn't work (although the two-parter that kicks it off is pretty stellar), but most of the standalones are rather great. "The Doctor's Wife" and "The Girl Who Waited" are classics, with "The God Complex" being just shy of a classic itself. And "Closing Time" is one of the most fun episodes of Doctor Who ever, while also having that great speech from the Doctor to Stormaggeddon. I think the Flesh two-parter is pretty solid, too. So, Impossible Astronaut/DOTM = 9/10, COTBS = 1/10, The Doctor's Wife = 10/10, Rebel Flesh/Almost People = 6/10, AGMGTW = 7/10, Let's Kill Hitler = 4/10, Night Terrors = 2/10, TGWW = 10/10, God Complex = 8/10, Closing Time = 8/10, TWORS = 7/10. Which comes out to an even 6/10 for the series as a whole, which feels about right.


grumpyoldcow
grumpyoldcow

The Impossible Astronaut will always be special to me. This was the first episode I saw as transmitted, and I will never forget the excitement leading up to it. And then the Doctor gets killed right away. Dang. Impossible story telling, impossible start to a series. Can't get much better than this. Day of the Moon is brilliant in its own right with the extraordinary idea of using the Apollo moon landing as was written. 9/10 averages out these two.

Curse of the Black Spot. Average. But it has that wonderful bit in the middle of the Doctor talking to the Captain about how sharing adventures make them so much better.

The Doctor's Wife. Or, what happens when a fairytale Doctor has hallucinogenics on board the TARDIS, and wishes really hard. Poor Amy is even affected, names her perfume "Petrichor". For the girl who has always wanted to smell like dirt. Well, wet dirt. Which is mud. How alluring, just dab a bit behind each ear. Poor Rory. Moffat whatever were you thinking in bringing the TARDIS to life and not making her Tinkerbelle. Oh wasn't Moffat. Nevermind. Great episode, though. 8/10

Rebel Flesh/Almost People. Matt was the only good thing I remember about these two. 5/10

A Good Man Goes To War. And so does the Doctor. Rory is great. A good episode, one of my favorites, but not perfect enough for a 10. So it's a 9/10.

:: break :: Whine incessantly about a mid season break. Think ugly thoughts to BBC. Whine some more.

And we're back to our regularly scheduled Who. :)

Let's Kill Hitler. Melody and/or River. Great fun. Energetic. Ambitious. Confusing. The Amelia interface told the Doctor (and us) several times that he couldn't regenerate, 'cuz she'd been counting, and we all thought it was because of the poison which didn't kill Melo..River. 8/10

Night Terrors. No. 3/10 ghastly

The Girl Who Waited. Showcase for Karen. OK. Great for Matt's alienness. 8/10

The God Complex. 8/10

Closing Time. Average

The Wedding of River Song. Our out of sync lovers bowtie the knot. Good, but something felt off, and I've never figured out what. Still 8/10.

TDTWaTW. Imaginative. Beautiful sets. Best ending when the Doctor shows up at the Pond's door at Christmas. Extra points for the TARDIS in the snow. Always a stunning visual. But none of this saves me from rating it poorly. Ties with Night Terrors for series 6 least favorite episode.

Stradiwhovius
Stradiwhovius

While Series 5 had a strong sense of consistency on its side, Series 6 has a few more really stand out episodes. I appreciated the darker, more arc-driven direction that it took, and - while it all unfolded a bit too fast - I was ultimately satisfied by the resolutions and complications. But it's the standalone episodes which stand out in Series 6: The Doctor's Wife, The Girl Who Waited and The God Complex all score 10/10: The most episodes of any series. Other episodes are almost as good, and I would probably give them a 10 too if they were among the stories of any other series. 

A Christmas Carol - 9/10  |  The Impossible Astronaut - 9/10  |  The Curse of the Black Spot - 4/10  |  The Doctor's Wife - 10/10  |  The Rebel Flesh - 8/10  |  A Good Man Goes To War - 9/10 

Let's Kill Hitler - 6/10  |  Night Terrors - 5/10  |  The Girl Who Waited - 10/10  |  The God Complex - 10/10  |  Closing Time - 2/10  |  The Wedding of River Song - 5/10



Mr 11
Mr 11

9/10 for me! While not quite as strong as Series 5, Series 6 was still very good! Matt, Karen and Arthur all stepped up their performances as they were more comfortable in the roles and showed different sides to their characters. Matt echoed Sylvester McCoy as he kept plot details and secrets under wraps from his companions and Karen showed a more vulnerable Amy and blew us all away with her performance in TGWW. I liked the story arc though at times it became too complicated and illogical. The Silence were great villains. The concept is just fantastic and they're undeniably creepy. The directing and cinematography became really cinematic this series as evidenced in the Series opener with it's glorious images of Utah. Murray Gold crafted several new inspiring tracks my personal favourites being The Wedding of River Song and The Majestic Tale of a Madman with a Box. The scripts could've been more consistent like Series 5 whereas Series 6 had some episodes that peaked and others that hit lows for example TCOTBS and CT are very cheesy and don't deliver on their premises however AGMGTW and TIA/DOTM have tight plotting and well-explored themes. On the whole not as strong as Series 5 but still a brilliant series! 

twoheartsonemind
twoheartsonemind

This season averaged out to a 9/10 for me, but I bumped it up to a 10/10, because it was the first season I started watching and it got me hooked.

gypsyking007
gypsyking007

To be commended for its ambition but fatally flawed by the showrunner falling in love with writing River Song over the show's lead. This will always be River Who for me and, unfortunately, the pay off was not strong enough to justify the convoluted arc. A glorious failure (IMO, of course...)

lukashcartoon
lukashcartoon

I really enjoyed this series, there were only two below average episodes. Curse of the Black Spot and Night Terrors just didn't work for me.  However this series contains some of my favorite shows. 



Especially "Let's Kill Hitler" which had to be be the funniest, unexpected, madcap of all of 11's episode.I loved it because it answered missing Melody Pond plot quickly.I suspect most people thought that plot line would go on for several episodes. It really had everything A Doctor Who episode could ask for. Historical, Future and a major plotline for the companions resolved.

Let us not forget the great season resolution to one of the most tense questions ever: How will The Doctor avoid his death?Time all jammed together is one of the most innovative and clever "problems" the Doctor had to encounter













Polyphase
Polyphase

5/10 The first half of the series was great and then after AGMGTW it went downhill culminating in that awful wedding :(

Adric the Genius
Adric the Genius

Average for the series is 6.83333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333..., sp my score for it is seven.

EricPavlat
EricPavlat

Average score 5.33, so the season should get a 5 ... but I'll cheat and give it a 6 anyway, because I don't want the awful Doctor/Widow/Wardrobe to count against it.  :^)  It included some truly excellent stories, including the season-opening Silence two-parter, The Doctor's Wife (if I skip the frankly unpleasant Harlan Ellison sequences), A Good Man Goes to War, and my favorite Moffat-era-but-not-by-Moffat episode, The Girl Who Waited--all eminently re-watchable.


Unfortunately, there were also Curse of the Black Spot, Let's Kill Hitler, Night Terrors, Closing Time and the two-part Flesh tale (not counting the Christmas disaster), lowering the average back town to terran levels.


And I did enjoy this year's subplots--Who killed the Doctor?  Who is River?  How can Amy  be both pregnant and not pregnant?--more than I did season 5's smiley face.

ahunter8056
ahunter8056

I gave Series 6 a 6/10 overall. It started well with a strong two parter. It had a couple of brilliant episodes in 'A Good Man Goes To War' and 'Lets Kill Hitler', but it also had some awful episodes, such as 'Night Terrors', 'The Almost People' and 'The Rebel Flesh'.


sontaran17
sontaran17

Averages 9.38 so Season 6 gets a 9/10

Season 5 averaged 95.7 so a 10

MaraBackman
MaraBackman

The season has four episodes that I really like, six if I ignore the opening two-parter's role in the big story-arc. These episodes are all 8 or 9/10, but they are not enough to save the season I dislike enough as a whole for me to use the word "hate". 3/10.

Chronos the Fannibal
Chronos the Fannibal

Except for a few dips, overall the series wasn't too bad, a decent one I guess. So 7/10?

Pockydon
Pockydon

Pretty much everything in this series is either an 8, 9, 10 or a 3, 4, 5 out of 10. Just shows how up and down the series was.

StephenAHayes
StephenAHayes

That trailer was brilliant. Ah, those were the days...

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

I gave it 6/10 as it's my least favourite Moff series, some good episodes, but I didn't like the arc(s) particularly

hybries
hybries

The best series so far for me. After my favorite opener, it continued its brillance with instant classics such as The Doctor's wife, AGMGTW, The girl who waited, the god complex, and (yes I know this one is more divided) the wedding of River Song. Add to that mix some very enjoyables episodes (Let's kill Hitler, Closing time) and a two parter that had some interresting ideas to it even if it didn't all work out (rebel flesh/almost people) all of that mixed with an heavy story-arc really well handled. But no series is without flaws and COTBS and Night Terrors were both painful to watch, so I'll have to settle for a 9/10 and hope that series 8 will be this perfect run of episodes I've dreamed of since series 1.

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

To be honest, this series was a bit of a let down. The story arc was an interesting idea. I would have prefered not to have one, but the one we got was pretty good. The problem is the quality of the stories. There were a few good ones (the two part opener and the mid season finale), but for the most part they were pretty average at best. The biggest disappointment was series 6b. I liked The God Complex, but even that wasn't an extremely memorable episode. I know a lot of people will argue that I've missed The Doctor's Wife, but to be honest, I'm not a massive fan of that one. I see it as a pretty average story. All up I feel that, while definetly still an interesting series that has some great moments, series 6 is the weakest series of the show's revival to date. 6/10.

WeepingSilence
WeepingSilence

Glad to see all this love for The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon. One of the greatest Who stories ever in my opinion and the Silence were just exceptional. Hats off to Moffat for creating his second "classic" monster. What a contribution to the shows legacy

Maryanne123
Maryanne123

After the extraordinary reimagining of Who by Moffat and Matt in season 5, moffat exerts his confidence with the introduction of a bold and intricate story arc and brings on board new high profile writers. The coup is Neil Gaiman, a huge fan of matt Smith's portrayal who produced one of the undisputed masterpieces of Who, The Doctor's Wife. Rory becomes more central to the plot with karen Gillan demonstrating that she is the most talented actress to ever play a companion and Arthur Darvill sealing the deal. The three of them shine together as the TARDIS finds its ideal occupants. To then add the wonderful, River, Moff's greatest ever female creation ( and that is saying something from a man who has given us so many well rounded and memorable characters), who takes centre stage.

Matt notches up his acting to 11. So many riches in this season. I loved the return of Craig, the heartbreaking resolution of Amy's struggle to find her baby, badass Rory, the magnificent Impossible Astronaut two parterr and the stunning Wedding of River Song. One slightly less than stellar episode - Black Spot, but otherwise Moff's hugely ambitious ambition pays off superbly.

For me, not as great as 5 and as perfect as 7A but further evidence that Who had become a rich, intellegent, well acted, stunningly photographed and confident show on par with the best on television and had shrugged off the cartoonish, niche show in seasons 1-4. Season 6 made me fall back in love even more deeply with the show I had grown up with and which Moffat and Matt returned back to its true heritage.

9/10 - Mark off for Black Spot

Season 1 - 4/10

Season 2 - 1.5/10

Season 3. - 2.5/10

Season 4 - 2/10

Specials - 0/10

Season 5 - 9.5/10

Season 6 - 9/10

Galactic Yo Yo
Galactic Yo Yo

Oh, I forgot about "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe", which was a 4/10, which makes it 6.33, but that rounds down to 6 anyway.

DW_girl
DW_girl

Seriously? Hoe can you hate RTD's era that much? I respect it's your opinion but it doesn't stop me from disagreeing:

Series 1: 8.5/10

Series 2: 9/10

Series 3: 9/10

Series 4: 10/10

Specials: 8/10

Series 5: 9.5/10

Series 6: 6/10

Series 7: 8/10

:)

pikus87
pikus87

@Maryanne123 That's why I love this show: people can like so many different things... I couldn't disagree more with your comment and your hagiography of an overrated writer. I really cannot see how you can score less than 7 or 8 each Davies's seasons and give 9 to 5 and 6. I find 6 horrible and River insufferable!

supermoff burning bright
supermoff burning bright

@Maryanne123  I agree with your sentiment on Series 1-4, though would rank them slightly higher as they weren't all bad :)


Season 1 - 7/10

Season 2 - 3/10

Season 3. - 6/10

Season 4 - 6/10

Season 5 - 10/10

Season 6 - 11/10

Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh is in the Secret Play! Shh!
Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh is in the Secret Play! Shh!

I generally disliked the RTD episodes. Before I was a big fan of Doctor Who, I would watch a few episodes on Netflix. I didn't know anything about them beforehand, but whenever I saw "Written by Steven Moffat," I knew it was going to be a great episode.

KingoftheOod4450
KingoftheOod4450

@Maryanne123 I love your enthusiasm and agree with much of what you said... but series 1-4 were the exact opposite of niche. They were designed to draw in the bigger audiences and had better average ratings than Moffat's era.

DW_girl
DW_girl

@Basically Just Regenerating Again @RoweMatthew 

I know you weren't asking me, but:

1) The pacing was all over the place.

2) Madge saving her children and husband with love is just a stupid solution which is over used in the Moffat era.

3) There was no real threat- the Harvesters were funny but childish and unnecessary.

4) It was annoyingly quite boring.

5) It was lacking in real body and direction.

But, I loved:

1) The beginning (escaping the spaceship).

 2) The ending (with the Ponds).

Maryanne123
Maryanne123

It's a kind of quality guaranteed seal, isn't it. I woukd have rated 10s era as all 0/10 as I literally can't bear to watch Tennant/10 but there was a magnificent Moffat penned episode in each and I have a soft spot for Impossible Planet, not sure why as it isn't that great an episode but I love Toby and his possession . i also like Freema. It annoys me though that she was wasted as a character.

For me the inclusion of poor old Tennant in a tv show is a guarantee it will be ludicrously dramatic or maudlin but he surprised me in Broadchurch probably because he had his performance reigned in. The other zillion things he has been on since Who have all been flops anyway, so good for him I guess in at least having one hit show after Who. Wonder if he gets lucky again.

Galax
Galax

@KingoftheOod4450 @Maryanne123  They were designed to draw in the bigger audiences and had better average ratings than Moffat's era.

Overnight* ratings. In fact, there are far more people in the country/in the world actually watching it since 2010. And anyway, ratings are not good examples at all. (I completly disagree with Maryanne's view on RTD's era though)





TheCapaldiMasterplan
TheCapaldiMasterplan

@KingoftheOod4450 @Maryanne123  Series Four: 8.41m

Series Seven: 8.19m

Bearing in mind that's mainly due to Journey's End and the overhype surrounding it, nothing has really changed. Also, ratings are just a sign of how many people watched something, not whether or not they enjoyed it.


Maryanne123
Maryanne123

I meant niche family time viewing, probably incrrect use of the word. Perhaps undemanding or commonplace is more what I meant! Thanks.

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@DW_girl @The Exploding TARDIS @RoweMatthew

1. The Pace was fine! It helps keep the story going without going to fast or slow.  


2. Well, it's Christmas, so this story is one that kinda should be lovely, instead of violent and bloody.


3. Do you want The Silence or The Weeping Angels to be threatening the kids? At Christmas?

4. It was fun, energetic, and exciting. No Idea what you mean.                         5. It had enough body and direction. Again; No Idea.






Notsosmartguy's got no strings on him
Notsosmartguy's got no strings on him

Meh my problems with 10's era boil down to a few of RTD decisions with the charecter, mainly his some what obsession with rose ( who while I love Billie was not to fond of as a charecter) and his vanity issues. I also didn't like how the show was basically about her even when she wasn't around. I also wasn't fond of the whole "doctor is dying arc" which I think is moronic especially when we knew he would just regenerate unlike Moffat's series 7 trenzalore arc where he was on his last regeneration and I thought he actually was gonna die.

But everything else I feel was good. Do I think he is overrated? hell yes, but I don't think he's a bad writer at all.

Series 1 10/10

Series 2 7/10

Series 3 8/10

Series 4 6.5/10

Specials 7/10

Series 5 8/10

Series 6 6/10

Series 7 9.5/10

Maryanne123
Maryanne123

Exactly! Not everyone agrees that Moff era is better than RTD and fair enough as we all have different opinions but simply a fact that more people watch now than ever before and it remains as popular. Don't think this will raise any contoversy here as people are reasonable.

Maryanne123
Maryanne123

Exactly. No ratings decline at all since Moff took over. In sddition to fact more people watch in different ways ( and thus is not measured), the blips in RTD ratings relate to Event Episodes such as JE or Kylie not a reflection on the entire season and the AIs are exactly the same.

= same or more people watching now in UK

= more people watching now than before worldwide, esp in US ( Matt IS the doctor for most Americans)

= same AI as ever was.

Continues to be popular thanks to Moff reinventing show to keep audience happy.

Maryanne123
Maryanne123

Whoops forgot to add that when you take iplayer and streaming into account, in fact Moff's seasons rated thevsame or higher than RTD, it's just that people watched it differently. This is in line with how people now tend to view tv but the way ratings are measured have not caught up. In addition, globally Who is more popular now than at any time. Finally, crtically Moffat's Who is much more lauded than at any time and is now accepted as mainstream drama. When Who or Matt are nominated for BAFTAs or NTAs along with other BBC dramas, it doesn't look out of place.

Best not to mention ratings though; one big kettle of fish!