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Best of Matt Smith: The Doctor’s Wife

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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 6 with The Doctor’s Wife. 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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MrRazza, WANTED: A Lord of Thyme
MrRazza, WANTED: A Lord of Thyme

I think this episode is greatly overrated. The interplay between the Doctor and Idris is great, and I like the scenes with Amy and Rory in the TARDIS, but to me it just feels like fanfiction...

DawnTime
DawnTime

Yes I agree some wonderful memorable lines in the story.  Beautiful. 10/10 from me to.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

Nor perfect, but as with all my favourite episodes the bits I like I like SO much as to make the quibbles pale into insignificance! Thus 10/10...


Lord Castabarus
Lord Castabarus

Initially I would have given it 9/10, but seeing the 10th Doctor's Console room again made me give it 10/10.




Seaborn W Deadman
Seaborn W Deadman

Haha, perfect one for Valentine's Day :P and one of the best Matt Smith episodes of all time! 10!

ericbfg
ericbfg

Those are examples of the way the show has been heading under Moffat. I thought the mystery of the tardis from the last 50 years has been built up well so we feel we only have seen enough to have more questions. I'm happy for it to stay like that. As I am with the whole

Time lord regeneration energy and what it can do . And I don't need books in the tardis with the doctors real name. It all adds up to a barrage of explanations and Who was never about that.

LeightonWestwoo
LeightonWestwoo

10 out of 10 because it's sad ,funny, adventurous and it builds on the tardis and the  doctors relationship. The plot works well and house is a great villain. I liked the scene where Amy thinks Rory is dead, it shows that even though she try to hide how she feels about Rory sometimes it shines through. I liked idris ( tardis ) characterization in this story. I love where for the 1st time in id tenure Matt smith cry's it shows how much this episode effects him. The continuity was perfect and didn't feel forced and just love the scenes with idris and the doctor especially the prison cell ones and that is why it is 10 out of 10.

KingOrokos
KingOrokos

Since many other people have said it already, and put it better than I could have, I'll skip past talking about most of what I loved about this episode. I'll skip past the fantastic performances - with Smith, Gillan and Darvill all on top form as usual, and supported by the wonderful Suranne Jones and the terrifying Micheal Sheen. I'll skip past the perfect production design, the top quality direction, the beautiful score. I'll even skip past the quite frankly unbelievable script, a masterpiece from one of my favourite authors of all time, written with flair and heart and exuberance, and full of hilarious and heartbreaking lines. Instead, I'll just say this: 

A boy and his box, off to see the universe. Honestly, it's the best thing there is. 10/10.

IanKerns
IanKerns

10/10 from me. Best Who episode. Ever. Simple as that.

Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

No question, absolute 10/10. Everything about this was perfection, my second favourite story ever.

gypsyking007
gypsyking007

One of the highlights of the Matt era. Beautiful, quirky, imaginative, emotional. I love it.

Balatsoukas Pavlos
Balatsoukas Pavlos

10 out of 10. Simple as that. Nothing less, nothing more - pure magic. Even some minor problems (for instance Rory was originaly not in this one, and Gaiman had to push him in the story somehow which is obvious in some moments) just fade away within the magic of the episode. Definately one of my personal top 5 episodes of Doctor Who (others include 'Blink' and 'The ark in space') ever.

Whogasms
Whogasms

I watched this episode and immediately thought. Hey this episode was brilliant and it actually worked, plotwise.

ericbfg
ericbfg

Not sure I want the Tardis demystified by putting it into a woman and then revealing her personality in the way this episode does. Quite why the writers of modern who feel the need to reveal everything is beyond me. Leave some things as they are.

Regeneration-the tardis-the doctors real name. I don't have to know.

lukashcartoon
lukashcartoon

Every once in a while, there is a Doctor Who episode that gives voice to a very simple concept. It doesn't change any past episodes  but reinforces a "Truth"!  The TARDIS is the Doctors only true love, and his only constant companion.  Family leave and die. Companions come and go.  Lovers flow in and flow out. Settings, adventures and time itself are elastic. The Doctor himself goes through changes.  But there is the one constant: The TARDIS is there.  And we know the TARDIS is a character itself.  And the voice that Neil Gaimen gives her, rings true.  "I may not get you were you want to go, but I get you to where you need to be."  She loves and protects the Doctor. And she picked the perfect madman to pilot an equally mad machine.  Long may she travel, long may she and her theif travel!






DrOswald
DrOswald

10/10. An absolute classic episode. Neil Gaiman is an absolutely brilliant writer and The Doctor's Wife  shows this. This episode is an absolute classic!

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

9/10, excellent episode that would be 10/10 except that it just doesn't feel epic enough for that. Sorry. Same with episodes like Blink.

Pockydon
Pockydon

9/10, an absolute classic. Neil Gaiman is a brilliant writer, and as one of the few people who loved Nightmare in Silver, I'm absolutely dying for him to return. In fact, he's the only person mad enough that I have faith in to be the next showrunner after Moffat.. 

9/10


JJ2000
JJ2000

3 - Personally, I think this episode is way too overrated, just because he's neil gaiman, the guy who always wears black clothes to make him look different and stand out and stands there in front of the camera reading out the script, he's literally so full of himself. His style of writing is always the same, the characters always speak the same and his latest story was even worse than this once. It's not bad, but most definitely not in the top 100 for sure.

Ninjauthor
Ninjauthor

I'm gonna be surprised if anyone gives this less than an 8

VictorWong1
VictorWong1

Why is this rated so high? Because this story is the template for how to deal with the series mythos.

It appeals to fans because it addresses what the fans care about - it amplifies some of the Time Lord society ( the concept of the Corsair), it presents a view of the Doctor from the one prop associated with the entire series, and it illuminates one of the oldest relationships of the series.

It appeals to the casual viewer because we get a situation where Amy and Rory are menaced by their environment, in a way that illuminates the relationship between them as well as their relationship with the Doctor.

bowtiesarecool100
bowtiesarecool100

I really don't see why people think this is one of the best episode. The plot was rushed, the characters were too underdeveloped and some of the writing was cringeworthy. 4/10.

Oodkind is foretold...
Oodkind is foretold...

A lot of people really love this episode, but I've never shared their sentiment. It was definitely good, but not the best I've ever seen by any means. Some people really like it, I think, because it's very sci-fi, which makes sense considering who the writer is. 


It had it's moments, and nothing came as over the top silly. Well done, just not the best I've seen. 8/10.

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

Okay, let's clear this up once and for all. Why does everyone think this episode is the best thing since sliced bread? I really want to know. Personally I think it's pretty average (6/10) and can't figure out what people see in it that makes it so great in their eyes. It's not really a memorable episode in my mind, so what's the deal?

Mad-Mad With A Box Productions
Mad-Mad With A Box Productions

An amazing episode that really goes deep into one of the most beautiful, yet understated and subtle relationships in the Doctor Who canon. Absolutely superb, 10/10 from me.

I've had an Accident
I've had an Accident

5/10 for me.  Didn't enjoy it that much, don't know why, I just don't think that the idea of the episode was very good. *prepares for angry fans*









Kiki Kiki
Kiki Kiki

@MrRazza  I am forced to agree. I like it, of course, but it is slightly overrated IMHO.  Although all the concepts in the story were great I personally didn't like Idris as a character.

TheOncomingFish
TheOncomingFish

@ericbfg  When was the Doctor's real name ever revealed? They just teased it and made us think they were going to reveal it. We never actually learnt anything new about it. And I can't remember them revealing anything about regeneration either.

Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor!
Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor!

@ericbfg  Here we go again with that "they're revealing too much" thing. I thought everybody was mad about Moffat not revealing enough...?


Plus, we've known about how regeneration works for a long time now... and we still don't know the Doctor's name, so I don't know why you mentioned that.


twoheartsonemind
twoheartsonemind

Having a particular style of writing does not make someone a bad writer. YOU may not like that style, but having one style does not automatically make them a bad writer. Also, I think you'll find quite a difference in how a character like Richard Mayhew speaks and how a character like the Marquis or Door speak, to use Neverwhere as an example. You can also see the differences in how characters speak in Sandman; the way Dream talks compared to Death or Desire or especially Delirium stands out hugely in the story.

Also, did you ever think that he wears black clothes because he likes them? And don't people usually wear the kind of clothes they do to express their personalities and thus stand out?

Calling him full of himself also seems, to me, to be a stretch. His words on his own writings have been, as far as I can find, relatively humble, even for the multi-award winning works.

Obviously, his work isn't going to appeal to everyone, but people liked the episode, because they thought the episode itself was good, not just because it was written by Neil Gaiman (I didn't even know who he was before watching the episode).

bowtiesarecool100
bowtiesarecool100

Look further into the comments. Many people have. Including me. I gave it a 4/10

twoheartsonemind
twoheartsonemind

It wasn't memorable to have the TARDIS speak to the Doctor?

JJ2000
JJ2000

@twoheartsonemind  He's stories seemed to be around mythical creatures trapped in bodies and stuff like that (some of them). He wears black clothes to make him stand out and he reads out his script on Doctor Who Confidential, so I've covered the topic of him being full of himself, although there is more. I've noticed a lot of the characters speak differently to what they usually would. I wasn't too keen on The Doctor's Wife and I really hate Nightmare In Silver, it was just absolutely rubbish. His style's the same and gets boring after a while. His episodes are too overrated and they are for no reason. I can understand people liking them (I understand a bit) and I try to understand. I just think he is no good for Doctor Who, plus he absolutely does my head in.

JJ2000
JJ2000

@Jeremy Kyle  I know. It isn't about the colour of the actor, it's about whether they play THE doctor in the role. He just thinks he rules everything. Then he was saying about how he might not return to write another Doctor Who script/episode because he's got lots of offers and gets paid to do a rewrite, whereas on Doctor Who he doesn't and he also doesn't have the time. I hope he doesn't have the time, coz he just wastes an episode which might have been written better by somebody else.

TARDlSkey
TARDlSkey

Exactly. That line, "Museum piece" wasn't meant literally. It was a way of describing how old the TARDIS was already and that it wasn't in fine condition. He didn't actually mean it was from a museum.

TARDlSkey
TARDlSkey

Think of it like this: The Doctor could have taken another TARDIS (likely because it was in better condition) but 'Sexy' wanted him and now that Clara and the TARDIS had made up, if you like, Clara now had a telepathic link with her thus realising the Doctor and 'Sexy' needed each other. She helped bring them together and the Doctor's never looked back.

Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor!
Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor!

@ivegotkidneys @Sharaz_Jek  No, the Doctor would have originally taken Sexy. The GI changed time so that he picked a different one, and then Clara changed it again so that he picked Sexy. What she said in this episode is still true, just in a different timeline (which would make no difference to a TARDIS).

grumpyoldcow
grumpyoldcow

Clara may be the Impossible Girl, but never underestimate what a grumpy old TARDIS may do to influence someone to steal and fly away with me to see the Universe!