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Best of Matt Smith: The Girl Who Waited

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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 10th episode, The Girl Who Waited. 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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188 comments
Ninjauthor
Ninjauthor

7 interesting premise, but unfortunately not carried off so well by Gillan IMO, and the ending was too predictable

JJ2000
JJ2000

7 - Good. Really, really good. Brilliant acting, 3 actors, 4 characters, cool enemies. A real tearjerker, although I didn't cry, but I was close-ish. If it looks as though I am giving low scores, I am not, this is a high score for it. 7 means good and in my like Top 20 or something like that. 8 means in my Top 5 and 9 means second best of all time. 10 means my favourite and the best of all time, in my opinion. Haven't seen the best of the best episode yet though.

Stradiwhovius
Stradiwhovius

10/10 - A masterclass in weaving storytelling and character development.

DrWhoGoesThere
DrWhoGoesThere

I really can't understand the hype this one gets.  In my opinion, it was definitely below average.  Among other things, I didn't like how Karen Gillan portrayed Old Amy.  And the tone of the episode was off, making it less than enjoyable watching.


4/10 (And that's being generous.)



WhoPotterVian
WhoPotterVian

10/10- Beautiful masterpiece, If this was rated on Rotten Tomatoes, it would be 95% fresh.

NewWho2012
NewWho2012

Thought this was a brilliant one, better than the following two episodes anyway. A great episode showing the unbroken and consistantly strong relationship of Amy and Rory. 9/10

WhoFanNo565
WhoFanNo565

10/10 An emotional and heartbreaking masterpiece!

gunslinger19
gunslinger19

6/10, but very close to a 5. its a decent idea but the episode seems to have pacing issues towards the middle. and to be honest I wasn't that interested in Rory's choice in choosing young Amy. it seemed very predictable to me. It would have been more interesting if Rory had chosen old Amy and the doctor had intervened to help the younger I think. on the other hand, I like that the doctor lied about being able to save her to convince older Amy to cooperate and the premise was good :)

DawnTime
DawnTime

My husband hates this one. I must admit not one of my favourites and only a 5 from me. I can watch it, but I don't look forward to watching it.  I prefer the more epic episodes I think more adventure. It's very rare for me to go below a 6. !

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 - 6/10


Vincent and the Doctor - 9/10


The Lodger - 4/10


The Pandorican Opens/The Big Bang - 9/10


A Christmas Carol - 9/10


The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon - 7/10


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 - 6/10


Let's Kill Hitler - 1/10


Night Terrors - 2/10


The Girl Who Waited - 6/10

Matt999
Matt999

Hmm, I'm not sure what to rate this one. I loved it when it aired, but when I rewatched it just last week I wasn't into it quite so much. It's still a great episode though. I'll give it 8/10.

JailBanksters
JailBanksters

This defined what Amy was ,she was more than just an Assistant and she very Important to the Doctor. I think this was when the Audience really bonded with the character Amy.

lukashcartoon
lukashcartoon

This is Karens finest hour as Amy.  The anger, the sadness, the joy of the Girl Who Waited.


And the complete necessary bastardness of the Doctor.  Rory calls him on it, but The Doctor gave him a taste of the decisions he often has to make.


A completely beautiful bittersweet episode

Polyphase
Polyphase

This gets the lowest score yet, It annoys me right from the start.
2/10

Oodkind
Oodkind

If we're talking about a masterpiece, this is one to bring up. The writing and story are basically perfect, and everything flows. I don't think there's a single flaw in the storyline. The characters are believable, the acting was good, and the story was emotional and good. I can't say the story makes the most interesting one ever, so it's not my favorite to watch.

10/10 for quality, 7/10 for interest. I'll give it an 8/10.

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

Haven't watched this in a while, but it was great, and the end always makes me tear up. Also, to all the Amy haters, how could you? 10/10. Great development for all three characters, excellent villains(ish) and Rory the robot.

PeterGecko2
PeterGecko2

This is one of the most heartbreaking and intense episodes of Doctor Who. Great peformances, fantastic writing, and intense emotional moments give this episode a 9/10.

The Mind Probe
The Mind Probe

Sadly this is an episode which I find gets worse with each viewing, largely because it is far too melancholic with yet another rehash of the whole Amy/Rory relationship troubles, which had been done too many times before this (and after). 




Many lines were overly cheesy, such as "I know what my life is... hell." Older Amy is selfish and lacks any sympathy, so I wanted her to be left behind as soon as possible!


The ending was also far too predictable - of course we weren't going to have a wrinkly Amy in the Tardis!











grumpyoldcow
grumpyoldcow

So what is the opinion about that last final shot of the Doctor looking back at Amy and Rory before he soundlessly melts away down a corridor? I've read, in the past, that he felt guilty about OldAmy and forcing Rory to make the decision on what to do.I'm not so sure I agree. He looks more mad and confused to me, like in a "these humans!" sort of way.

Opinions?

Chronos the Fannibal
Chronos the Fannibal

Saddest episode I've seen in Doctor Who with a really touching story, as well as keeping in mind how little cast this episode actually had this episode was great 10/10

HisNameIsTheDoctor
HisNameIsTheDoctor

The Eleventh Hour - 10/10


The Beast Below - 7/10

Victory of the Daleks - 4/10

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

The Vampires of Venice - 6/10

Amy’s Choice - 7/10

The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood - 6/10

Vincent and the Doctor - 10/10

The Lodger - 8/10

The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang - 10/10

A Christmas Carol - 9/10

The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon - 10/10

The Curse of the Black Spot - 4/10

The Doctor’s Wife - 10/10

The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People - 7/10

A Good Man Goes to War - 9/10

Let’s Kill Hitler - 5/10

Night Terrors - 5/10

The Girl Who Waited - 10/10


Me and Stuff
Me and Stuff

One of my favourite episodes of all time. Also one of the darkest, most brutal and most merciless. The Doctor becomes the villain and shows himself from the side that he hides so well usually. 

The moment when he closes the door on old Amy and Rory says: "You're turning me into you" are two of the most brilliant and stomach-turning moments Doctor Who ever had, because they go against everything the show usually is and still make absolute sense.

Pockydon
Pockydon

Not only is this easily the best episode of series 6, but it's also one of my favourite Matt Smith stories in general. This is the perfect example of how to do a dark Doctor well. Karen is amazing, and the episode is jam packed with heartbreaking moments. 

10/10



GregChipman
GregChipman

It's not going to change your life, but this is really very good. Tom MacRae's come a long way since Rise of the Cybermen (2.5/5), Nick Hurran is a fantastic catch, and a lot of why it works is down to the cast: Smith, Darvill and especially Gillan give series-best performances here.

4/5.

Matt Smith so far:

The Eleventh Hour - 4/5

The Beast Below - 2/5

Victory of the Daleks - 1.5/5

The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone - 3.5/5

The Vampires of Venice - 3/5

Amy's Choice - 4/5

The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood - 1.5/5

Vincent and the Doctor - 5/5

The Lodger - 3/5

The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang - 3.5/5

A Christmas Carol - 3.5/5

The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon - 3.5/5

The Curse of the Black Spot - 1.5/5

The Doctor's Wife - 4/5

The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People - 1.5/5

A Good Man Goes to War - 3/5

Let's Kill Hitler - 2.5/5

Night Terrors - 2.5/5

The Girl Who Waited - 4/5

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

An excellent episode, looking back at S6, it's a series where I didn't like the main Silents/Kovarian/Melody/River/Teselecta arc but enjoyed many of the stand alone episodes

Galactic Yo Yo
Galactic Yo Yo

I'm really hoping this "Best of Matt Smith" voting thing allows people to reevaluate series 6, because I think it's massively underrated. There's some stone cold classics in this series, and this is one of them. In fact, these next three episodes are one of the most consistent runs of quality in the new series. It's not as good as series five, for sure, but it's still quite good, and Matt Smith is actually better in it than he was in five.

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

Good, but not that memorable. Sort of annoyed me how much of a jerk old Amy was, even though it was sort of justified. The ending was beautifully sad though. 7/10.

Maryanne123
Maryanne123

Magnificent. Karen Gillan's finest hour and without doubt the greatest acting by any female actor in the entire Who catalogue. Matt and Arthur are their usual stellar best. Possibly only shaded by Matt's extraordinary performances in time of the Doctor, Pandorica/Big Bang , Name of the Doctor and Eleventh Hour in terms of the single best performance in Who history. And a slap in the face to thise who ever doubted her acting ability. I am at a loss as to how Gillan was overlooked for a BAFTA for her work in series 6.

MrGuymanwatch
MrGuymanwatch

@The Mind Probe  Older Amy is selfish? She was abandoned and completely alone fending for her life for 37 years all because the Doctor was completely careless. She has every right to be selfish and angry, have you any idea of what that kind of isolation would do to a person mentally?

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

I know! People seem to judge the whole series by The Curse of the Black Spot, Let's Kill Hitler, and The Wedding of River Song. Everything else was quite good in my opinion.

Jono81
Jono81

@Galactic Yo Yo  This. So much this. S6 may be very flawed, but it has a ton of phenomenal episodes.

grumpyoldcow
grumpyoldcow

Great line. My favorite "It's not rocket science, Rory, it's just quantum physics!"

The Mind Probe
The Mind Probe

@MrGuymanwatch @The Mind Probe  It was just as much her own fault as the Doctor's, as she was more concerned with Twitter than exploring a new planet! I just found Older Amy a really unlikeable character, and I wanted her to be left behind as her constant moaning (however justified) got tedious.

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

@Nightmarish  For me, the pitfalls were "The Curse of the Black Spot", "The Rebel Flesh"/"The Almost People", and "Night Terrors" (I guess; I still cannot remember that one very well). I loved "Let's Kill Hitler" and "The Wedding of River Song", which definitely helps my view of the series.

Galactic Yo Yo
Galactic Yo Yo

It reminds me a lot of series 3, which has some of the best episodes of the show and some absolute stinkers. "The Sound of Drums"/"The Last of the Time Lords", in particular, reminds me a lot of "A Good Man Goes to War"/"Let's Kill Hitler". They both have pretty solid first halves followed by wretched second halves that pretty much exemplify their writers' respective weaknesses. 



In fact, I've noticed that the two showrunners' tenures have been mirror images of each other, quality-wise. 4 and 5 are both really consistent throughout. 3 and 6 are both flawed with some incredible highs. And 2 and 7 are mostly slogs with a couple of bright spots. Hopefully this means that series 8 will be like series 1, as I'm quite fond of series 1. It's already on its way, seeing as how it's going to feature a less cuddly Doctor than the other three seasons of Moffat's tenure.


Mr_Fiction
Mr_Fiction

Why do so many people seem to think that series 6 was so flawed? What was wrong with it? I thought it was awesome.

Galactic Yo Yo
Galactic Yo Yo

See, that's interesting, because I wouldn't have put any of those together (except for maybe 1 and 6). Could you elaborate on that a bit?


TheCapaldiMasterplan
TheCapaldiMasterplan

@Galactic Yo Yo  For me, personally: Series 3 is more like Series 5, Series 4 is more like Series 7, Series 1 is more like Series 6, and Series 2 is just... tragic.

Galactic Yo Yo
Galactic Yo Yo

It's not so much a question of the format  being jarring as the myth arc episodes didn't have enough time to tell a compelling story. There was enough plot for the entire thirteen episodes to be myth arc episodes, but since there had to be standalones (I don't like the term filler), a series' worth of plot had to play out in four episodes. Thus it all felt a bit rushed.