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Best of Matt Smith: The Hungry Earth / Cold Blood

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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 second two-parter of 2010 comprising The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood. 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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mnsalz91
mnsalz91

These episodes were a great balance of scary/suspenseful the first time you watch it and wonderful to re-watch. Overall a great 2 parter.

eddiescthomas
eddiescthomas

I thoroughly loved The Hungry Earth. It kept me on the edge and was riddled with tension and mystery. It was near faultless in execution. Cold Blood, in my opinion, lost some of the drama which The Hungry Earth had. The direction of Cold Blood wasn't entirely snappy and edgy and the script seemed a bit out of place (in terms of dialogue and characterisation, particularly with the Silurians.) However both parts are consistent with the use of dark, harsher tones and the episode doesn't have to end on an uplifting note to make an impact on the viewer, something which Chibnall achieved with the death of Rory and how peace was so nearly achieved but was scuppered by Humans and Silurians waring with each other. Overall 6/10.

DawnTime
DawnTime

Not one of my favourites only a 6 from me. I sometimes have to skip this two parter when watching the box set as I find it a bit boring. A couple of bit I do like however, the Silurian's make up is Brilliant very real and well done. Top marks to the make up effects people.  Ending is good too very sad when Rory is forgotten by Amy.

Electric_Tuna
Electric_Tuna

I have seen every episode of the classic era from Jon Pertwee's entrance to Sylvester McCoy's exit.  And this episode isn't unique to the original Silurian appearance; humans drill in earth core, Silurians wake up, they get all mad and attack the humans and then one of them dies.  Eventually the Doctor convinces both species to negotiate peace with each other until one Silurian gets all butt hurt and then the other Silurians attempt one massive assault on the humans until the Doctor puts the lizard men back into stasis.


Happened in 1970, repeated in 2010.  While the episode(s) have features not in the original, it's still a copy of the original 1970 serial The Silurians, just with better looking lizard people.  All in all, 5/10.  The updated Silurians are good looking and Rory's death added to Series arc, but it's kind of a dud episode(s).  

On a side note, I hope they get more female actors to play the Silurians because I'm of seeing that one chick being recycled for completely different roles. 

twoheartsonemind
twoheartsonemind

On first watch I thought this episode was slow, but not uninteresting. On my second watch I came to really enjoy it though and while it isn't a favorite episode of mine, it is enjoyable. It's definitely one of the weaker, if not weakest, stories of series 5, but hey they all can't be Vincent and the Doctor. That being said, this is still a well-written and acted story. 7/10

JJ2000
JJ2000

6 - Above Average. I absolutely loved this story/episodes, one of the best EVER! I don't think it's the best ever. I don't think it's the second best ever. I don't think it's on par with an episode like The Eleventh Hour and I don't think it's on par with an episode like The Time Of Angels and Flesh And Stone, so I therefor give it a good score of 6. Brilliant re-introduction of the Silurians. Great episode!

GregChipman
GregChipman

The direction is flat and the new Silurians are completely uninspired, and the whole thing is basically just a dumbed-down 'The Silurians' with truckloads of awkward, incomprehensible moments. Still, I like the cast, and there are some isolated moments I enjoy, so it's not 'Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS' or anything.

2/5.

You know something that is good, though? 'The LEGO Movie'. Seriously, go see it!

WhoPotterVian
WhoPotterVian

7/10- Too slow-paced for a two-parter intending to reintroduce a classic series monster.

Baker Street is on the Orient Express
Baker Street is on the Orient Express

A good story, and I like the reintroduction of the Silurians. I just don't think it was executed too well - the acting and the directing let it down for me. But otherwise a great story, with some nice ideas, and for once there wasn't a happy ending. 7/10.





Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen
Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen

5/10. Nothing particularly new. It's like they were just doing a remake of Doctor Who and the Silurians. The Silurians were redesigned and looked more human, but being reptiles, this shouldn't be the case.

RecycledCompanion
RecycledCompanion

A 6 or 7 from me, and I finally went with 7. Not one of my favorite stories, even just looking at series 5, but enough good moments and good concepts to have me round up on this one to 7, probably just because I was glad to see the Silurians back at all.

Jamesssss1
Jamesssss1

Really very weak suspense moments, the cast is great but the characters annoying, then we have the Silurians - the new design sparked a lot of disappointment and criticisms because of how human they looked. Ultimately I think the producers wanted to aim higher but instead we got a bottle of flat Coke. 2/10

Judge Claude Frollo
Judge Claude Frollo

Gave this one a 8/10. I actually liked it, though it was arguably the weakest episode(s) of S5 next to Vampires and Daleks.

Oncoming_Badger
Oncoming_Badger

Some really good bits and shocking moments but the cliffhanger was a massive let down for me. 6/10

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

7/10 reasonable, but not episodes that I particularly want to rewatch...

The Mind Probe
The Mind Probe

7/10 - A good, solid story. Not the best, but still enjoyable.

Ninjauthor
Ninjauthor

8/10 a well rounded ep with some great characters

Jack Johnstone
Jack Johnstone

I thought it deserved to be up there with Eleventh Hour (10/10). Don't hit me! Everyone has different views. 

Jono81
Jono81

Season 5's worst episode, far and away. Only one I didn't love.

TARDlSkey
TARDlSkey

8/10 for me. I love the episodes, but there was some elements that let it down for me. I couldn't wait for the return of the Silurians and there was a very suspenseful cliffhanger at the end of The Hungry Earth and even more so at the end of Cold Blood. The acting was great and the characters each had something that made them interesting or even relatable. My only problem was the overall story grows tiresome over time. And overall, it was somewhat predictable. But still an enjoyable watch overall.

Ari S Gans
Ari S Gans

I didnt care for this one very much.

Lemonhead118
Lemonhead118

Meh 7/10 (Why can't I go to a new line on this commenting system??)






Earthborn
Earthborn

I thought the reinvention of the silurians was great dispite the ridiculous change in design

ahunter8056
ahunter8056

I gave this an 8/10. It was good, and I can't think of anything specifically wrong with it (apart from how much of a moron the mother was), but it wasn't outstanding.

Anthony Retondo
Anthony Retondo

Definitely my least favorite of series 5. Love the final 15 minutes of "Cold Blood" though. Rory dying was such a great swerve of drama. 

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

8/10 for me. Not the best of Series 5, but not bad either. I didn't find it worth too many rematches, but still, the themes introduced were good, and we saw a darker side of Doctor Who.

Terror_Tardis
Terror_Tardis

Well it's S5 which means it is going to be at least 9. So I would probably say 9 comparing it to some of the 10s that I am certain of. Really fun episode with a really good moral interesting episode, I love the Silurian design and Chris Chibnall is just magic.

OnceTheDoctor
OnceTheDoctor

Genuine 10/10 for me. Proper good introduction of the Silurians into NuWho and emotional and comedic scenes, plenty of action and so on. Brilliant episode, well done Chris Chibnall on that one!

Lord Castabarus
Lord Castabarus

9/10


Didn't get full marks because the Silurian Design was changed so much.

sontaran17
sontaran17

8/10 - A brilliant new design of the silurians debuting in a great story to suit them!

Wastemaster24
Wastemaster24

4/10 i am just generally don't like this episode i feel it is a weak return to the silurians

Antee991166
Antee991166

7/10 While I do enjoy this episode, I feel I have to detract some points for the fact that it is heavily a rip-off of "Doctor Who and the Silurians" and I personally don't like the Silurian redesign. Other than that though a good story. 

Chronos the Fannibal
Chronos the Fannibal

I feel like there should have been a more organic look to some elements in the episode (can't pinpoint anything specific), like how the Zygons were styled


shyx111
shyx111

One of those episodes I watch only if it's on tv... 3/10

MaraBackman
MaraBackman

I still don't like Chibnall's episodes except for 42 and I still dislike the new Silurians, but I give this episode grudgingly a 7 because it is actually kinda good.

Edoe
Edoe

Another 8. I loved these two, it's just a shame that they didn't really look as much like Silurians. If anyone has the 2011 Brilliant Book, then you would've seen a design for them, which looked much more like the originals. Also, that bit with the part of the TARDIS coming from the crack (not a euphemism). Ambrose is also sometimes annoying, but nothing to get worked up about.

TheCyberDoctor isn't a Mummy
TheCyberDoctor isn't a Mummy

6/10 - The concept of these episodes were great, the Silurians were well redesigned and utilised in a brilliant manner. However, I did find Ambrose to be annoying and thoughtless at times, with her reasoning behind her actions being rather pathetic. Restac and Alaya were great villains, and deliberately designed to be prejudiced towards humanity. Rory's 'death' was sad, but this any emotion was decreased due to the events of the previous episode. Also, the 'shrapnel' from the crack being revealed to be part of the TARDIS was so unexpected and I was gobsmacked.

Unfortunately, the flaws of these episodes were quite obvious and made them the worst episodes of the series in my opinion. But, the episodes certainly aren't terrible and I won't not watch them. Anyway,


Series 5 so far: 

TEH - 10/10



TBB - 8/10

VOTD - 7/10

TTOA/FAS - 9/10

VIV - 7.5/10 (8)

AC - 7/10

THE/CB - 6/10



BeyondThePolice
BeyondThePolice

@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen  Just because they're reptiles doesn't mean they can't look more human. Similarly, just because Time Lords live extremely far away from the Earth doesn't mean most of them should look identical to humans.

BeyondThePolice
BeyondThePolice

@TheRoastNewt  Sometimes it's not a problem with the quality of the writing, but problems the director and the rest of the crew has with translating those ideas onto the screen; something always gets lost in translation, especially when you get constrained by budget, time, and whether or not the story is a two-parter. That's why people like Joss Whedon (Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Avengers), Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity), James Cameron (Terminator, Terminator 2, Aliens, Titanic, Avatar), and Christopher Nolan (the Dark Knight trilogy, Inception) are so good at what they do; they have near-total artistic control of the project. It's also partly why Day of the Doctor was as phenomenal as it was; no time restraint, not a huge budget, and a perfectly-selected director.



Baker Street is on the Orient Express
Baker Street is on the Orient Express

@TheRoastNewt  I agree. Sometimes I think that his scripts are let down in the execution of the episode, because they are really top-notch. 42 was nail-biting and constantly surprising (and very dark), The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood was a solid story to reintroduce the Silurians (although I don't think it's his best), Dinosaurs on a Spaceship was a fun romp that was actually quite a dark story underneath, and The Power of Three is, and I am going to say this, a fantastic story: it reintroduced UNIT, the slow invasion was a great concept, and the TARDIS/home lives provided some great character development for Amy and Rory.

DrunkenDalek
DrunkenDalek

I always thought the old ones were just basically bugeyed monsters

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

Oh. Now after reading the comments about all the amazing moments I forgot about I want to change my rating to 9/10.