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Best of Matt Smith: The Lodger

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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 2010’s The Lodger. 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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50doctorwho
50doctorwho

is there a deadline to vote? I've just started my smithathon?


TheOncomingFish
TheOncomingFish

Hmmm.... 5/10. Some funny moments but overall I didn't like it that much... I especially didn't like the 'power of love' ending, that is way too overused and generally ends up being cheesy IMO. :P It was still entertaining though, so I've given it a medium score. 






































































































AlessandroArsuffi
AlessandroArsuffi

I loved this episode. It was extremely funny, especially because the Eleventh Doctor shows his alien side even more when he's forced to face everyday human things. Fans needed a light episode after the tearjerker of Vincent and the Doctor. It is rare to find two consecutive good episodes forming no two-parter and showing very different approaches - well, this is one of those rare occasions. 10/10 for me.

eddiescthomas
eddiescthomas

A thrilling nine. Perhaps the ending could've been tackled greater in the VFX department but overall, a true Doctor Who classic. This episode has everything you need for a truly entertaining Doctor Who episode. 9/10

HisNameIsTheDoctor
HisNameIsTheDoctor

A beautiful performance from James Corden, although the ‘power of love’ ending was very cheesy and the enemy was underused. A very humourous and fun episode, however.



So far:


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 - 9/10

The Lodger - 8/10

DawnTime
DawnTime

A Great 8 - am a big fan of Gareth Roberts.

Aaron the Whovian
Aaron the Whovian

10/10 for me. This episode, to this day, remains one of my all-time favorite doctor who episodes. I LOVED seeing the very alien Eleventh Doctor have to try to be normal and "blend in" with us humans. The juxtaposition of the Doctor and a normal life is absolutely fantastic. Craig is one of my favorite characters from the show, and this hilarious episode is still something I look back fondly on. I love it.

RecycledCompanion
RecycledCompanion

9/10 from me. I really enjoyed Craig, loved seeing the Doctor attempt normal life (and watching Smith play football was fun), and I liked the big and little stories. One of the stories I enjoyed the most from series 5.

DaveStone
DaveStone

One does not simply NOT give Craig a 10!

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

Good. I liked the chemistry between the characters; it worked well. Not my favorite episode. It was funny, but nothing really special. 7/10

Judge Claude Frollo
Judge Claude Frollo

Gave it a 9/10. It's not a masterpiece or anything but it's an extremely fun and somewhat heartwarming episode.

Americanwhovian
Americanwhovian

9/10 probably one of the funniest episodes not the best ending

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

8/10. Well written, with great chemistry between Matt Smith and James Corden. It would be higher, but it's too much of a comedic episode for that. I have nothing against comedy, I just tend to find more serious episodes that blow my mind(Vincent, etc.)

Polyphase
Polyphase

Not too bad until love wins in the end, Yuck :)

5/10

Sir James Bond
Sir James Bond

Isn't it marvelous that a character who's saved creation on more than one occasion, who's battled Gods and monsters and traveled from end of time to the other can also be found slumming it in an ordinary suburban flat. Its the one thing that distinguishes 'Doctor Who' from all other sci-fi/fantasy franchises, that sheer flexibility of format. Not only can this show confidently place itself at any place, or point, in time, it can also squeeze itself into a variety of genres, and 'The Lodger' is 'Doctor Who' does domestic sit-com. 

And for me it does it extremely well, in an 'Odd Couple'/Men Behaving Badly' kind of way. The script hit all the right comedy beats, offered an intriguing little mystery, and threw a charming little love story into the mix as well. 

Its a shame if anyone found the final product dull or unpalatable, but we should all applaud the fact that we love a show capable of such narrative and tonal detours. 


NewWho2012
NewWho2012

One of the better episodes of Series 5 along with Vincent and the Doctor before the very good big finale. Liked this one a great comedy episode showing how good Matt Smith is at making his Doctor funny. This is definitely the better of the two episodes featuring Matt Smith and James Corden, not as big a fan myself of 'Closing Time' as I am of this.

Stradiwhovius
Stradiwhovius

4/10. I couldn't call this episode bad, because it isn't. I just don't like it very much at all.

IanKerns
IanKerns

One of my favorite all-time episodes. 10/10 for me.

Jack Johnstone
Jack Johnstone

I thought it was alright, but it didn't quite make me want to watch it many times. 7/10.

Master Michael Moon
Master Michael Moon

8/10. A very different story to what we usually see, but as a one off I think it worked. The humour was very good and the plot well thought out. It certainly reflected the fun tone that Series 5 delivered and is a precedent for the epic two part finale, which I love so much.

FutureCompanion001
FutureCompanion001

9/10. Loved the relationship between the doctor and Craig, it was nice to see him in every day situations. Brilliant!

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

Not the funniest episode of all time, but up there none the less. The chemistry between the Doctor and Craig was great and you can see why they brought him back. 8/10.

Jamie Reviewer
Jamie Reviewer

It was A funny episode of Doctor Who The Lodger 

I Give it 9/10 and it was the funniest .......  :-) 



Jono81
Jono81

The show's funniest ever episode IMO. Yet another reason series 5 is my favorite. 10/10

The Grey Ghost
The Grey Ghost

9/10, a very good, funny story, a welcome breath of fresh air in Doctor Who.

The Questor
The Questor

I quite enjoy these sort of fun episodes from time to time, but they'll never achieve true greatness, simply because comical episodes never do for me; I prefer the more dramatic oh-no-what-is-going-to-happen-next sort of episodes. It gets a 7/10 for me, which is a much better score than James Corden's second appearance in Doctor Who, in Closing Time. 

''Well aren't you lucky I came along. More lucky than you know. Less of a young professional. More of an ancient amateur. But frankly I'm an absolute dream.''






Mikeyboss182
Mikeyboss182

9/10 - Great

Of all the story's in Series 5 this is the one I was least looking forward to but it's now become one of my favourite Matt Smith story's and definitely one of the funniest. Matt just steals the show throughout and he and James Cordon make a great double act.

A surprise hit from Matt's first season.  

JJ2000
JJ2000

5 - It was really very good, but the ending was a bit silly, how they just save the day just like that, so has to be awarded with an Average score.

JustinTurnbull
JustinTurnbull

I always thought that they missed a great gag opportunity in this episode. Instead of Eleven saying, 'Well that's good because I'm your new lodger' in the opening sequence he should've said, 'Well that's good because I'm the new tenant'. It would've driven the fanbase a bit wild, especially the ones who don't know what a tenant is. Saying that, I'm not sure what the difference is between tenant and lodger, and if there is a difference that would render saying tenant instead of lodger wrong, then I'll understand. If not, missed opportunity. But a funny and entertaining episode it was. I put 7/10.

Adric the Genius
Adric the Genius

8/10.  This episode is always fun to rewatch, and I actually enjoy it more than Vincent and the Doctor, so it is awarded 8.

OnceTheDoctor
OnceTheDoctor

6/10 - Sorry worst episode of Series 5. Too childish and a bit silly though if I'm honest. The concept though is pretty scary - people who go up the stairs but never down. I think Gareth Roberts could have done a better job on that one.

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

9/10. A great episode that develops the 11th Doctor well. It's filled with laughs and also warms the heart a little. I love revisiting this episode!

TheOncomingFish
TheOncomingFish

@TakeTheType40  Sorry this is off topic, but just wondering, how did you do line breaks in your comment? I'm probably being stupid, but I tried pressing enter and it doesn't seem to work :P

Me and Stuff
Me and Stuff

@Liana21 I'm a largely heterosexual man and I enjoy Matt almost naked about as much as Kissogram-Karen. Good thing he got naked pretty regularly.

Moxx
Moxx

The funniest episode for me is another Gareth Roberts gem - The Unicorn and the Wasp - but I get where you're coming from. The Lodger is well up there!


Mr 11
Mr 11

@Moxx Cannot understand all the hate TUATW gets. It's not very traditional but the style and comedy make it one of my favourite episodes of all time!