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Best of Matt Smith: Series 7 (2012-2013)

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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, concluding with Series 7.

This is also your last chance to vote for all of the 2012-2013 episodes before the polls close.

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The 11th Doctor
The 11th Doctor

Series 7: 14.18/11 (129%)

Asylum of the Daleks: 11/11 (100%)

Dinosaurs on a Spaceship: 10/11 (91%)

A Town Called Mercy: 9/11 (82%)

The Power of Three: 8/11 (73%)

The Angels Take Manhattan: 11/11 (100%)

The Snowmen: 11/11 (100%)

The Bells of Saint John: 11/11 (100%)

The Rings of Akhaten: 11/11 (100%)

Cold War: 10/11 (91%)

Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS: 10/11 (91%)

The Crimson Horror: 10/11 (91%)

Nightmare in Silver: 11/11

The Name of the Doctor: 11/11

The Day of the Doctor: 11/11

The Time of the Doctor: 11/11

MeglosProductions
MeglosProductions

Series 7 part 1 was Ok, but part 2 was ghastly.

Asylum of the daleks- 7/10

Dinosaurs on a spaceship- 7/10

A town called Mercy- 3/10

The power of three- 9/10

The angels take Manhattan- 7.5/10

The snowmen- 5/10

The bells of st John- 6/10

Rings of Akhaten- 7/10

Cold war- 6/10

Hide- 3/10

Journey to the center of the TARDIS- 3/10

The crimson horror- 2/10

Nightmare in silver- 5/10

The name of the doctor- 7/10

Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd
Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd

In my opinion from best to worst series 

1.Series 1 5* 


2.Series 5 5* 

3.Series 3 5* 

4.Specials 4.5*

5.Series 6A 4* 

6.Series 4 4* 

7. Series 2 4* 

8. Series 7A 4* 

9. 7B (including specials) 3.5* 


10.Series 6B 3*

11.Series 7B (not including specials) 3* 



louistn0000
louistn0000

Asylum of the Daleks: 7/10

Dinosaurs on a Spaceship: 3/10

A Town Called Mercy: 9/10

The Power of Three: 7/10

The Angels Take Manhattan: 10/10

The Snowmen: 9/10

The Bells of Saint John: 8/10

The Rings of Akhaten: 6/10

Cold War: 7/10

Hide: 10/10

Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS: 5/10

The Crimson Horror: 8/10

Nightmare in Silver: 4/10

The Name of the Doctor: 10/10

The Day of the Doctor: 8/10

The Time of the Doctor: 10/10



KingoftheOod4450
KingoftheOod4450

Poorest series of the revival by some distance. Matt Smith and the special effects were the only two saving graces for me. As soon as we started AOTD with Amy and Rory's divorce, I realised they had outstayed their welcome. TPO3 gave us a good angle, for their decision, but the whole drop-off come-back didn't work for me... and then it was repeated with Clara. Who was great in her first 2 episodes and then very very bland afterwards. Most episodes had good concepts but were ALL too rushed. The Crimson Horror and A Town Called Mercy aside, not a single episode felt like the 45 minute timeslot was enough. The 50th made up for it a lot, thankfully.

DW_girl
DW_girl

Asylum of the Daleks: 10/10

Dinosaurs on a Spaceship: 7/10

A Town Called Mercy: 8/10

The Power of Three: 7/10

The Angels Take Manhattan: 10/10

The Snowmen: 10/10

The Bells of Saint John: 8/10

The Rings of Akhaten: 7/10

Cold War: 6/10

Hide: 9/10

Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS: 6/10

The Crimson Horror: 9/10

Nightmare in Silver: 8/10

The Name of the Doctor: 10/10

The Day of the Doctor: 10/10

The Time of the Doctor: 8/10


Series 7 Overall: 8/10 :)

JJ2000
JJ2000

Asylum Of The Daleks 7/10 - It is really good and definitely in my Top 20.

Dinosaurs On A Spaceship 6/10 - Really good, just not the best ever.   

A Town Called Mercy 6/10 - Really good, just not the best ever, but enjoyed it very much.

The Power Of Three 3/10 - One of the worst episodes ever, absolutely utter rubbish.

The Angels Take Manhattan 7/10 - Really good, definitely in my Top 20, absolutely loved it, sad to see the Ponds go, but it was the right time for them and the perfect send off. Looks as though they left just in time. R.I.P. Ponds


The Snowmen 7/10 - Really good and one of the best episodes ever. It is my third favourite Christmas Special and the best Clara. Great villain, great acting, great everything.


The Bells Of Saint John 5/10 - Definitely a dip for Steven Moffat, not as bad as The Doctor The Widow And The Wardrobe. It wasn’t good, it wasn’t bad, it was just ok. I quite liked it, the music was good, the action was good, it was very cleverly thought out, just a bit too rushed and not exactly what I would have expected, but I can safely say that I don’t hate it and I can easily re-watch. Clara is just so annoying though.

The Rings Of Akhaten 2/10 - The second worst episode EVER! The only good thing about it was Clara’s backstory and that is about it.

Cold War 3/10 - Really wasn’t what I was expecting, it didn’t deliver anything I had hoped for, it was quite unrealistic, constantly back and forth and just all together, a mess.

Hide 3/10 - It wasn’t scary, it was quite stupid as well. Great casting though, Dougray Scott as Professor Alec Palmer and Jessica Raine as Emma Grayling were brilliant in it, also of course, Matt Smith was too.

Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS 3/10 - Some funny bits, I can only remember one though. I was hoping that Steve Thompson would impress after his last failure, he can write Sherlock, but not Doctor Who, I was hoping he wasn’t coming back, but I knew because he is bezzie mates with Steven Moffat, he is obviously going to come back. The acting was poor, a part from the one and only Matt Smith.Deus Ex-Machina at the end and just absolutely terrible. I couldn’t wait until the episode had 21 SECONDS TO GO!

The Crimson Horror 3/10 - Finally a good episode in this series, Mark Gatiss had finally bounced back to his good writing, it was funny and just really enjoyable, until Mr. Sweet, on her chest! Ruined the whole episode and the bit with the kids at the end and the photo was just so stupid and unrealistic. They can write good episodes (well they can’t), but then they just ruin it completely.

Nightmare In Silver 2/10 - Neil Gaiman didn’t impress again. The Doctor’s Wife is okay, but way too overrated. This is was just complete and utter poor. The cybermen speed was just stupid, it didn’t make them scary, it turned them into a freak show, the kids were annoying, obviously, Clara didn’t really care about them, Porridge’s proposal to Clara just seemed random, stupid, silly and out of the blue, it was just absolutely terrible.

The Name Of The Doctor 7/10 - One of the best episodes ever, finally a good one, the best of Series 7 Part 2. Really good and I enjoyed it so much.


The Day Of The Doctor 4/10 - Really wasn’t what I was expecting, I did not enjoy it at all, I actually thought it was rubbish. Some of it was okay, it was just too rushed and too hyped up and it just didn’t say: ‘We’ve been here for 50 years and this is how we’ve done it and this is how we are going to get to the next 50 years.’ It just didn’t say any of that to me, it was just a bit of a mess to be honest. Really, massively disappointed.


The Time Of The Doctor 2/10 - Worst episode EVER! Poor Matt Smith, got a rubbish send off. It looks as though Peter Capaldi doesn’t have any chance at being good, when the writing is so poor. They should be ashamed of themselves, they really should. Absolutely terrible.










































LaraHarris
LaraHarris

Asylum of the Daleks - 8/10 


Dinosaurs on a Spaceship - 4/10 

A Town Called Mercy - 6/10

The Power of Three - 2/10 

The Angles Take Manhattan - 3/10

The Snowmen - 8/10 

The Bells of Saint John - 8/10 

The Rings of Akhaten - 9/10 

Cold War - 4/10 

Hide - 4/10 

Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS - 7/10 

The Crimson Horror - 7/10 

Nightmare in Silver - 5/10 Would have rated higher but for the pointless and annoying and utterly unbelievable kids. Matt as Mr Clever was exceptional.

The Name of the Doctor - 9/10 

The Day of the Doctor - 7/10 

The Time of the Doctor - 5/10    

KarenBee
KarenBee

I found Series 7 a slight return to gorm after I lost interest in Who towards the end of Series 6. Matt Smith continued to show he is the best actor to have played the Doctor and Clara had potential but I found that the latter part seemed to lack editorial cohesion with Clara's character being inconsistent from episodeto episode. Calling her The Impossible Girl didn't seem sufficient to me to account for this. The pacing of some episodes in 7B also seemed off as if the production team were just told to wind things up. Voyage seemed too underdeveloped and Hide seemed too overwritten Surprisingly to me, Mark Gattis wrote the two best episodes with The Crimson Horror being the only fully formed episode in the Series to my mind. I was very disappointed with Neil Gaiman's episode and though even Steven Moffat was off game and fell back on past ideas with Belles being a set of past ideas stitched together only by Matt'sand Jenna's performances. Can I also becontroversial and say I also found a lot of strange sexualised parts in this Series such as the towel flick on the bottom, the doctor leering at Clara's tight skirt and silly unnecessary nudity and innuendo?

I was so disappointed that Time of the Doctor failed for me but I also thought it a primer on the Matt Smith/Steven Moffat era: ambitious ( perhaps overly so), gorgeous to look at, witty with memorable lines, poorly developed femme fatale characters, turning classic monsters into throwaway gag lines, great emotion, superb acting by Matt Smith, gratuitous sexualisation, gratuitous infantilsation of the Doctor, great ability to move between comedy and pathos, zinging with ideas, made with love, overconfident, respectful to Classic Who, bombastic, too in love with its own voice,killer lines of dialogue, wiiling to take risks, killing organic story telling to continuity, great understanding of how to use television, poorly paced, brilliant set pieces, time for a change.

I look forward to Peter Capaldi's take and thank Moffat for sharing Matt with us.

DaleMoar
DaleMoar

as far as I am concerned, there are no bad episodes, they are all exceptional. There is no other show like this,  so every episode is treasured by me. Every doctor is special to me, but I will miss Matt Smith the most. 

Christopher Brown
Christopher Brown

Asylum of the Daleks - 1/10

Dinosaurs on a Spaceship - 7/10

A Town Called Mercy - 5/10 (DW running in place with a good theme that ends in a cop-out)

The Power of Three - 6/10 (might be a 10/10 if the ending had worked out)

The Angels Take Manhattan - 0/10 (okay, 1/10, but whatever)

The Snowmen - 5/10 (would be higher if not for issues I don't have room to discuss here)

The Bells of St. John - 5.5/10 (5/10)

The Rings of Akhaten - 6/10 (more like this please, but better done)

Cold War - 5.5/10

Hide - 8/10

Journey to the Center of the TARDIS - 2/10

The Crimson Horror - 5/10

Nightmare in Silver - 3/10

The Name of the Doctor - 4/10


Night of the Doctor - 10/10


An Adventure in Space and Time - 8.5/10


The Day of the Doctor - 10/10 (except for the cannon fodder Daleks)

The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot - 10/10

The Time of the Doctor - 4/10

Adric the Genius
Adric the Genius

The Crimson Horror is Gatiss' finest episode, in my opinion.  That said, he seems to only be able to write in the past or on Earth.

Adric the Genius
Adric the Genius

Average of 6.8125.  There were some brilliant episodes, such as Asylum of the Daleks, A Town Called Mercy, The Crimson Horror and The Name of the Doctor, which all scored either 8 or 9.  Then there was the exceptional The Day of the Doctor, the only 10/10 in this category.  Other episodes were mediocre yet acceptable, such as Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, The Snowmen, Cold War, Nightmare in Silver and The Time of the Doctor.  Then, Series 7 was almost ruined by such episodes as The Angels Take Manhatten, with its various flaws, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS and of course, worst of all with its ridicule of religion and lack of good monsters: The Rings of Akhaten - 3/10.

TheAfternoonoftheDoctor
TheAfternoonoftheDoctor

Asylum of the Daleks - 10/10

Dinosaurs on a Spaceship - 5/10

A Town Called Mercy - 6/10

The Power of Three - 7/10

The Angels Take Manhattan - 8/10

The Snowmen - 9/10

The Bells of Saint John - 10/10

The Rings of Akhaten - 5(.5)/10

Cold War - 8/10

Hide - 9(.5)/10

Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS - 7/10

The Crimson Horror - 9/10

Nightmare in Silver - 4/10

The Name of the Doctor - 8(.5)/10

The Day of the Doctor - 10/10

The Time of the Doctor - 11/10

LeightonWestwoo
LeightonWestwoo

series 3 is my favorite David tenant series because all of the stories had high quality and all the one  characters were written really well like Lazarus and  Tallulah the only downside was the companion after 42 you never really got to see who she was in family of blood, she was acting like a 1900s maid and in Blink you hardly got to see her it wasn't until the finale she was written well again but that was the back for the return of the master. series 7 is my favorite Matt smith series the story's were brilliant and one of were brilliant like Issac and kahler jex. the companion was writing well from asylum to snowmen but after that she was terrible until name to time. i think the companions role is the only problem with these two serise.



RoweMatthew
RoweMatthew

A very poor series overall, but some great episodes

Amy is Hannibal
Amy is Hannibal

"The Angels Take Manhattan"

- Sigh. I'm not even going to bother this time.

Anthony Retondo
Anthony Retondo

The point for me when Who's writing started to get way too ambitious for its runtime. 7/10

Iris Wildthyme
Iris Wildthyme

Highest Scorer(s): Day of the Doctor 9/10 Lowest Scorer(s): Nightmare in Silver/Asylum of the Daleks 2/10. Definitely not my favorite series; the best three episodes were Day, The Power of Three, and The Rings of Akhaten, closely followed by Hide (last three 8/10). The rest were okay to mediocre to just plain bad. It all looked very pretty, though. Overall, I'd score it 6.5/10 or so.





Lewis94
Lewis94

5/10 for the series, it had a few good moments but the general vibe was that it didn't have that umph all of the others had. Whether that's because they changed companions and what not half way through I don't know, but it lacked something. Like I said though there were good moments I'm not denying that.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

A slightly generous 9/10. but then I've really enjoyed S7, especially the episodes with Clara/Oswin as it really refreshed the series...

Sir James Bond
Sir James Bond

A mixed bag of stories, raging from the good, ('Bells', 'Hide', 'Angels') the great ('Mercy', 'Day', 'Time',) and the indifferent ('Journey', 'Nightmare', 'Crimson'). As a season its a strangely staccato affair, its fluency in movement being seriously hampered by a jarring mid season break, and a final trilogy that's built more around an Anniversary get together rather than its all important departure and reboot. Thus the series lacks a pleasing crescendo. It staggers, it fluctuates,.....but what the heck, it gets the job done. 

Matt's swansong is as fitting and moving as any, in fact more so than I ever expected, but it's poignant gleam is far outdazzled  by the spectacular feel good pyrotechnics of the 50th. So what should have been the powerful culmination of not only a season, but a tenure, feels somewhat smaller and more intimate when placed next to the game changing shenanigans witnessed only a few weeks earlier. 

But maybe that's more fitting and appropriate. There's an understated beauty to Matt's adieu that ideally compliments this most unassuming of Time Lords. The passing of centuries over the course of one Christmas dinner is something uniquely Whoey, and distinctly Moffat. In fact 'Time' perfectly embodies Moffat's magical, fairy tale, take on the character, and is probably the most effecting and symbolic script the great man has ever produced. How fitting that the Doctor should become the protector of a town who's very name evokes feelings of peace, goodwill, and magic. Yes, at times it may feel functional, even rushed, but despite these minor flaws, I've really grown to love this story.....and this era.


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

After recent viewings a number of my scores have gone up, so the result looks like this now:

10 + 9 + 10 + 9 + 9 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 8 + 10 + 9 + 10 + 8 + 10 + 10 + 10 = 152

152 / 16 = 9.5 - Series 7 gets a 10/10 from me!

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

My favourite series! Every episode's unique and is always joy to watch, Matt is flawless, and Day and Rings are my two favourite stories of all time. A masterpiece.

LaraHarris
LaraHarris

This is an awkward one. Some really exceptional episodes and some utter duds. Overall it makes me rate the season as 5/10. It's very hard when you have clangers like TPOT and TATM and fantastic episodes like AOD and TNOTD

Pockydon
Pockydon

Really dunno what to rate this one, series 7 itself is definitely one of the weakest series so far in my opinion. So many awful episodes, mixed in with about three actual gems, the rest just sort of there on the side. So if it weren't for the whole Doctor trilogy being included, I would be very close to giving it a 5/10. Thankfully, these two masterpieces elevate it to a 7/10, including the rest of the series of course.

Lord Styro the Drashig
Lord Styro the Drashig

9/10, although in reality it's something like a 9.4 or 9.5/10. The "movie-a-week" approach may have created some pacing problems for the series, but it definitely had an impact on the visual effects. IMO Series 7 has some of the best visuals in Doctor Who ever.

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

I've always felt that beginning with series 6.2, Doctor Who entered a bit of a decline in story quality. This carried through to "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe", which was easily the worst Christmas special to date. After seeing the brilliant "Asylum of the Daleks", I had hoped the bad times were through. Unfortunately, series 7.1 turned out to be almost as bad as 6.2. "A Town Called Mercy" was okay, but the other three were rubbish. Luckily, 7.2 saw the quality of stories increasing. From "The Snowmen" through to "Cold War" I felt that each episode was better than the last. The series unfortunately dropped of again briefly with the average "Hide" and the low point of the half "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS", but quickly returned to the top of its game with the final three stories being some of the programs best. This high note continued with "The Day of the Doctor" and carried on through to "The Time of the Doctor" which, despite being the weakest of the five, was still damn good television. If only the first half of the series hadn't been there to drag it down, series 7 might have even gotten a 10 from me, but as is, the best I can give it is a 7/10.

Hopefully series 8 will continue this high note.

ahunter8056
ahunter8056

I'd give Series 7 a 7/10. There were some brilliant episodes such as 'The Angels Take Manhattan', 'The Rings Of Akhaten', 'The Name Of The Doctor', some good episodes, and some meh episodes. However there were some disappointing episodes such as 'Asylum Of The Daleks' and 'Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS.

ilyootha is in the Divergent Universe
ilyootha is in the Divergent Universe

I'm probably being a bit far too generous giving it 10/10, but then this is definitely my favourite series of NewWho, if not of all Who! Thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the second part - great stories, my favourite TARDIS team to date and a truly wonderful celebration of the 50th anniversary.

OzzyDenman
OzzyDenman

Asylum of the Daleks - 4/10 


Dinosaurs on a Spaceship - 6/10 

A Town Called Mercy - 10/10

The Power of Three - 1/10 

The Angles Take Manhattan - 1/10 (the worst in the history of who.. sorry 'n' all that)

The Snowmen - 8/10 

The Bells of Saint John - 7/10 

The Rings of Akhaten - 6/10 

Cold War - 9/10 

Hide - 8/10 

Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS - 7/10 

The Crimson Horror - 8/10 

Nightmare in Silver - 3/10 

The Name of the Doctor - 9/10 

The Day of the Doctor - 9/10 

The Time of the Doctor - 3/10                                                                                                                              overall: 99/160 , 33/80 


Who is the Doctor
Who is the Doctor

Overall, I give Series 7 a 9/10.  Clara was a mystery that started strong but was confusing and somewhat muddled in the middle but ended quite strong in the end as a perfect companion to the Doctor.  Her performance in all three of the "Trilogy" episodes were outstanding and made up for any shortcomings that her character had in the previous series 7B episodes. 


The Doctor gave an outstanding performance that ended with many of us just wishing for more and knowing that were not going to get it.  The era of the Capaldi Doctor is "a coming" and we are just going to have to wait.




Galactic Yo Yo
Galactic Yo Yo

One of the most interesting things about this whole poll thing was how much higher series 7 went in my esteem. Watching it live, I wasn’t super fond of a lot of it. It was my least favorite Matt Smith series. However, going through it again and thinking about it for this poll, it’s gone up a fair amount. If I average all of my ratings together, I rate series 7 as about the same as 6 (even though I enjoyed 6 more than 7 at the time). And if you factor in Day and Time of the Doctor, then it becomes my third favorite of the new series. I still think the first half is overrated and the second half is underrated, though. Even though everything in the first half is competent (except for "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship", which I think is mostly terrible), it all feels like the writers were playing things too safe. Even the best episode, "A Town Called Mercy", feels a bit like it's trying too hard to be a Great, Important Episode. Whereas the second half seems to have regained the sense of playful experimentation that the best Who embodies, even if not all of those experiments succeed. 

AOTD = 6/10, DOAS = 3/10, ATCM = 8/10, TPOT = 7/10, TATM = 7/10, The Snowmen = 8/10, TBOSJ = 5/10, TROA = 8/10, Cold War = 7/10, Hide = 9/10, JTTCOTT = 3/10, TCH = 6/10, NIS = 4/10, Name = 8/10, Day = 10/10, Time = 9/10 Which gives the whole series overall a 6.75 (which I'll round up to 7 for the poll)

Moves Like Jagaroth
Moves Like Jagaroth

Just between watching Matt's Silurian story - excellent storytelling, characterisation and pace - aspects almost entirely absent in most of 7b alas

Shadowbomb
Shadowbomb

I didn't like this series as much as series 5 and 6. Series 7 had good ideas but poorly put to paper and being contained in a 45 minutes and many of the stories seem to just end suddenly with something else saving the day (best example from me - Cold War). 


The worst part to me is the lack of any two-parters, TATM should have been a two parter and gave more time for the story to develop and end properly Cold War Nightmare in Silver The Power of Three and The TIme of the Doctor would have benefited greatly from Two-parters.

Eradallion
Eradallion

@Ivegotkidneys  This is a great list, and I agree. Personally I'd put series 5 on top, 'cause it was perfet Who for me, but I love series 1 as well. I'm so glad you picked up on the fact that 6A is actually pretty good (remember all the excitement and wild theories and general activity there was among Whovians at the time? GREAT), but then they ruined it with a really bad 6B.

Amy is Hannibal
Amy is Hannibal

Although as far as the votes go:

AOTD - 7/10

DOAS - 8/10

ATCM - 10/10

TPOT - 7/10

TATM - 10/10

TS - 9/10

TBOSJ - 9/10

TROA - 7/10

CW - 9/10

H - 8/10

JTTCOTT - 8/10

TCH - 9/10

NIS - 6/10

TNOTD - 10/10

TDOTD - 10/10

TTOTD - 10/10

Series 7 (with trilogy) - 10/10

Series 7 (without trilogy) - 9/10





SonicTheHedgehogRules
SonicTheHedgehogRules

@OzzyDenman  Is this true? Is there someone else who also believes The Angels Take Manhattan is the worst story in Who's history? YES, I AM NOT ALONE!!

DW_girl
DW_girl

@Lady Jayne 1 @SonicTheHedgehogRules@OzzyDenman 

Love and Monsters is not the worst episode ever. For example, it is much better than the likes of: The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe; The Curse of the Black Spot; and The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People. Series 6 is my least favourite series...

SonicTheHedgehogRules
SonicTheHedgehogRules

Love and Monsters is not only more watchable, but much better. My opinion of Angels is on the poll, but it's huge so I don't expect you to read it XD