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New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 5 (Episodes 7-13)

John Hussey continues his series analysing the revival, this time with Series 5.

‘Amy’s Choice’

dream-lord-amys-choiceSeries Five continued with ‘Amy’s Choice’, a brilliant storyline centred around the idea of dreams and people’s inner-wishes. It is perhaps unfair to say it was a wholly Amy-centric story as the story affected the trio as a whole and certainly contained a lot of bitter delves into the mind of our favourite Time Lord. ‘Amy’s Choice’ was essentially a filler episode from the ongoing ‘silence will fall arc’ and acted as a little settle down where the newly formed trio could find their roots and bind them together to formulate the foundations they would have in future episodes. Rory was still unsure about his place within the TARDIS and Amy’s life. Amy was still caught between forever being with the man she loves or the mad man she can never have. Then of course there’s the Eleventh Doctor simply caught in the middle.

The end result was that Rory found his place on the TARDIS, was shown to be respected by the Eleventh Doctor, and better still, was shown that Amy would always choose him. It was a massive step for Amy and the Eleventh Doctor. The Eleventh Doctor had to let Amy go just as much as Amy had to let him go. They realised that they could be good friends and that Amy could also have Rory as well. Amy’s choice wasn’t as obvious as first thought: it was about her coming to the conclusion that she could have both if she made everything work. The reality question created by the Dream Lord (Toby Jones) was most interesting to watch and to see the trio make their decisions clearly to counteract both deadly dangers. The revelation about the Dream Lord being the Doctor’s inner-demons was a nice surprise and re-watching the episode made it all the more clear. Above all of the Doctor’s greatest enemies in the universe there was no one who hated him more than himself. It’s episodes like these I enjoy to watch the most as we see the Time Lord for who he really is and get to see him tackle against himself and share his thoughts upon himself.

‘The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood’

Doctor-Who-Hungry-Earth-(9)The trait of the new series bringing back classic monsters didn’t end with Series Five. Moffat decided to delve further into the past to find different enemies that weren’t necessarily as well known to the newer fandom. The Silurians finally saw a return to screen after their last appearance in ‘Warriors of the Deep’ back in 1984. After only having two appearances on the show they still remained an iconic member of the Time Lord’s baddy list. Chris Chibnall, who wrote ‘42’, was called in to grant them their return within ‘The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood’. I will happily go on record and say this wasn’t the best episode in the universe, far from it. The concepts and ideas were all there but I find the execution lacking that extra something which I can’t quite put my finger on. In some respects it was a little dull and off-putting (even upon re-watches). Nevertheless it was a great return for the Silurians and concreted their place within the new series.

Unlike with previous Silurian stories we weren’t placed with a global scaled catastrophe, nor were any militaristic elements added to provoke the ideas of warfare. Normal everyday people were caught in the cross-fire this time and added some interesting elements as to why a war between humanity and the Silurians would erupt. Ambrose (Nia Roberts) was provoked due to feeling her family were under-threat and this was used numerous times to showcase humanities weaknesses when it came to rash and panicked thinking. Ambrose nearly brought about the utter destruction of humanity and any chances of the Eleventh Doctor finally bringing peace between the two species. It is fair to say I find her character completely annoying. I understand her motives but disagree completely with her methods and somewhat selfish attitude. But at least this time round the Silurians were given hope in returning to the surface with all the bad Silurians getting their just-dessert.

The story itself was filled with many aspects of the ‘silence will fall arc’ that became very important for future stories. A Time Crack appeared at the most inconvenient moment and the Time Lord’s curiosity got the better of him resulting in the death of his companion Rory Williams. This was a truly sad moment upon first watching the episode as I’d grown really fond of Rory and enjoyed his character development. His death was just truly unfair. Amy had finally come to terms with her feelings for him in ‘Amy’s Choice’ and now he was to be no more. Not only that, Amy would forget all knowledge of him due to him being swallowed up by the Time Crack. This really kicked us in the gut just when we were already down. It’s no wonder the Doctor has moments of truly hating himself due to his actions because sometimes this is what happens: his curiosity brings despair to those around him. The biggest shocker concerning the Time Cracks was the revealing that they were caused by the TARDIS exploding.

‘Vincent and the Doctor’

Doctor-Who-Vincent-and-the-Doctor-Trailer-(2)‘Vincent and the Doctor’ was a bit different from the average Doctor Who plotline by being almost completely centred on character development, attachment and their emotional baggage. This concentration meant that the inclusion of an alien menace or villainous presence was pushed to the side and wasn’t the main problem (as such). The story of ‘Vincent and the Doctor’ included a second historical character for Series Five in the form of Vincent van Gogh (Tony Curran). Not being much of an arty person I didn’t know who Vincent was so this story was a great delve into history as it really seemed to grant him character and deliver a fair and accurate description of the man’s personality. Unlike with past historical character stories, this went about writing a story fully centred on them and their behavioural patterns rather than injecting fantastical elements to their supposed personality. Vincent created a unique direction within the storytelling of the episodes plot in the sense of his predicament mentally. It’s not often (or at all) in Doctor Who that a character full of depression is shown within a story and ‘Vincent and the Doctor’ worked incredibly well in showing Vincent’s pain and suffering through his depression, isolation and his mere doubt within himself and his work. Not only that but there’s the clear implication of his suicide which is a true event in history.

It was certainly an emotional journey which affected Amy in a strong way due to her devotion to Vincent’s work and her share sadness in his move of taking his own life. Like what Mark Gatiss did with Charles Dickens in ‘The Unquiet Dead’ Richard Curtis tried injecting some fan-fictional ideas of how it would be nice to shine a little light on the doom and gloom of their chosen historical character. This time it was done through the Eleventh Doctor taking Vincent to the future and showing him his accomplishments and what people truly thought of his work. That was a beautiful scene indeed. It was nice also to have Bill Nighy onboard for a story. Shame he wasn’t in it for a bigger part and that he was uncredited but I live in hope he’ll return again one day as he’s a great actor. The Krafayis was an interesting adversary in the sense it was a mindless creature rather than an intellectual villain. Its story was sad and added to the emotional journey the plot took. ‘Vincent and the Doctor’ served merely as another filler episode to develop our heroes and their connection with each other. The only true element to the ongoing storyline seen within the story was the mentioning of Rory’s death through Amy’s unknown sadness (which Vincent picked up on) and the Eleventh Doctor being extra kind to her to make up for his blundering.

‘The Lodger’

Doctor Who The Lodger PicsSeries Five reached its penultimate story and we received another filler episode with completely bonkers ideas that placed the Eleventh Doctor in hilarious circumstances. ‘The Lodger’ had the Time Lord become a flatmate and perform normal everyday human activities. This came about after the TARDIS was sent out of control due to time ruptures created by the unknown owner of the flat above Craig Owens (James Corden). Though the ideas and implications of ‘The Lodger’ were fun and interesting to see, I find it really undermined the Doctor’s character and deemed him to be quite ridiculous for unknown reasoning. The Doctor should surely know by now how humans think and act so why does he get everything so cocked up? Then again I guess this was all for the fun spirit of the episode and the fact they wanted to make the Doctor as alien as possible with his thinking and behaviour of understanding how humans do things. Plus the Eleventh Doctor could be without a doubt a massive idiot. Needless to say though I find ‘The Lodger’ to be a little irritating from time to time and too silly for my own personal taste.

Craig Owen’s character wasn’t anything too special, a light character who formed a good bond with the Eleventh Doctor and created a nice tale of friendship. It was interesting to see how his character worked into the resolution. The whole idea that the emergency holographic program only needing people who wished to escape in order to try and bump-start the spaceship worked well in having Owen and Sophie’s (Daisy Haggard) characters stopping its plans through their ideas of staying put for one another. Alas though, the episode didn’t serve for much real purpose other than giving off cheap jokes and laughs over the Eleventh Doctor’s incapability to be ‘normal’. The only important elements of the story was the introduction of the spaceship (which would later be revealed to belong to the Silence), the appearance of the Time Crack at the end and Amy finding her engagement ring from Rory.

‘The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang’

Pandorica-Timeline-(8)Moffat and Smith’s first series came to a climatic ending with ‘The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang’. I will happily admit I’m not as fond of this two-parter as most fans are, but I don’t disagree that it was a classic filled with many brilliant moments and twists leading to a very satisfying conclusion to Series Five. All the major plot points, including the mentions of the Pandorica, the Time Cracks and the Silence, were all brought together for a massive revelation. Through the ingenious idea of incorporating all the major supporting characters throughout Series Five, Vincent van Gogh, Winston Churchill (Ian McNeice), Professor Bracewell (Bill Patterson), Liz 10 (Sophie Okonedo) and River Song (Alex Kingston), the meaning behind the Pandorica was brought before the Eleventh Doctor. It was a very clever sequence. Said sequence also introduced us to Dorium Maldovar (Simeon Fisher-Becker) who became a more significant character within Series Six. Needless to say Moffat takes care in his writing, plot-threads and characters by using them all wisely to bring together important information.

The Pandorica’s true nature was the puzzling piece for the first part of ‘The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang’ and made us really question what was going on within the story. At first it was believed to be the prison to a mighty warrior which was slowly opening from the inside whilst the Time Lord’s greatest enemies attempted to take claim of this unknown power. The twist of the hour was that the Doctor’s enemies had now formed the Alliance and the Pandorica was built by them to imprison the Eleventh Doctor. This was due to them fearing that the Eleventh Doctor was the cause of the Time Cracks and wished to prevent him destroying the universe. This seemed to be all a part of a greater scheme formulated by the Silence (who were unseen at this point). The TARDIS was sent on a collision cause by the Silence and caused to explode on the accumulated date of Amy and Rory’s wedding. Meanwhile, due to the Alliance using Amy’s imagination to construct the perfect trap for the Eleventh Doctor, Rory was brought back as a Nestene duplicate. These events all led to the most shocking cliff-hanger of all time. It was a ‘what the hell’ moment that truly left me puzzled as to what would happen next.

Of course the Eleventh Doctor saved the day. This was done through a series of timey-wimey events by misusing time travel to his own ends. He went back to tell Rory to let him out of the Pandorica with his own Sonic Screwdriver, before returning to tell him to slip the Sonic Screwdriver into Amy’s pocket so that when she awakened in the future the Eleventh Doctor could reclaim his device. Very complicated just how Moffat loves it. Similar things are done to attract Amelia Pond (Caitlin Blackwood) to the National British Museum to help awaken Amy.

‘The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang’ was a unique finale in the sense it had no true enemy. Time itself was the threat and formulated a race against the clock before the entire universe fell apart due to the catastrophe at hand. The Pandorica ended up becoming the key to everyone’s salvation with it holding an imprint of the universe prior to its collapse. The Eleventh Doctor ultimately sacrificed himself by flying the device into his exploding TARDIS in order to reboot the universe with a secondary Big Bang. This act of sacrifice meant he would become trapped on the opposite sides of the Time Cracks upon them closing up for good. The Eleventh Doctor prevented his erased existence by planting Amelia with a series of information to remember him by and Amy used this to remember him back into existence. Her ability to do this was because her life was complicated due to the presence of a Time Crack eating away at her life, taking her parents away in the process. The restored universe brought them back to her (although this was an almost insignificant point as their characters aren’t seen again after this story).

‘The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang’ was an inventive way to end Series Five. The story gave further clues into who the Silence are and who River Song really is. Moffat cleverly though decided to take a different route to Russell T Davies by having an ongoing story-arc rather than a one-off story-arc for each series. This meant that things weren’t over yet and more events concerning both the Silence and River Song would occur in Series Six. The ‘silence will fall arc’ continued to sharp and develop throughout Smith’s era in ways we probably didn’t see coming.

My Verdict

  • 
‘Amy’s Choice’ – 10/10
  • 
‘The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood’ – 7/10
  • ‘Vincent and the Doctor’ – 9/10
  • ‘The Lodger’ – 6/10
  • 
‘The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang’ – 9/10

Continues later in the month with Series 6.

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Whovian1500
Whovian1500

Amy's Choice - 7/10

The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood - 10/10

Vincent and the Doctor - 9/10

The Lodger - 10/10

The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang - 9/10

The 11th Doctor
The 11th Doctor

My verdict on Series 5, Episodes 7-13 out of 11:

Amy's Choice: 10/11 (91%)

The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood: 9/11 (82%)

Vincent and the Doctor: 11/11 (100%)

The Lodger: 10/11 (91%)

The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang: 11/11 (100%)

Average Rating: 10.2/11 (92.7%)

DW_girl
DW_girl

My ratings...

Amy's Choice - 10/10 (A brilliantly enjoyable story - I don't really see it as a filler; as I feel it is highly important in developing the characters and their relationships, and establishing the foundations of the tardis trio for the next few series)

The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood- 7.5/10 (For the same reasons you described I'm not overly fond by this two parter- it's a bit slowly paced and the plot and characters isn't really that interesting, but the Silurians were great)

Vincent and the Doctor- 10/10 (One of my favourite episodes of all time- it ties together all the elements which make me love Doctor Who, from the humour and characters to the emotion and dialogue. It portrays Vincent in such an emotionally engaging way)

The Lodger- 8.5/10 (Offers some nice light hearted comedy, with The Doctor being very amusing to watch. The idea of the staircase that people go up but never go down was actually quite creepy)

The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang- 10/10 (Complicated and timey-wimey but in a good way, with the story arc tying together very cleverly, and allowing for the story to continue for the next few years. The fairytale element was beautifully evident here and the whole episode just felt like a Who Classic)

TheCyberDoctor is Undead
TheCyberDoctor is Undead

Series 5 was one of my favourite series, the writing, tone and style was excellent. Matt was just completely the Doctor right from the first episode, and his performance was just outstanding.

A great article, I can always see your standpoint even if I have a different opinion. Keep up the good work! ;)

Whogasms
Whogasms

My series 5: 

1.The Eleventh Hour 10/10



2. The Beast Below 6.5/10

3.Victory of The Daleks 7/10

4.The Time of Angels 8/10

5. Flesh and Stone 8.5/10

6.Vampires in Venice 7.5/10

7. Amy's Choice. 9/10

8.The Hungry Earth 7/10

9.Cold Blood 8/10

10.Vincent and the Doctor 9/10.

11.The Lodger 9.5/10

12.The Pandorica Opens 10/10

13.The Big Bang 9/10



































Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd
Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd

Overall for series 5 personally 

1.The 11th hour 8/10 (A good start to 11's era although unlike the most other members of the fandom I don't see what too special about it)

2.The beast below 7/10 (It got better on a rewatch but the Smilers was a bit underused)

3.Victory of the Daleks 6/10 (Worst Dalek story of new who but still it utilized it setting well) 

4.The time of angels 9/10 (could've been 10 but then we saw the angels move) 

5.Vampire in Venice 8/0 (It was my reintroduction for who so I have a soft spot for it)

6.Amy's choice 9/10 (A great episode where Amy gets some great development)

7.Cold blood 7/10 (despite the plot hole in the first part the second part of this story was quite good however I think they changed the Silurian design too much) 

8.Vampires in Venice 10/10 (Beautiful just beautiful) 

9.The lodger 7/10 (I'm not really a fan of James Corden I liked him in this episode`) 

10.The big bang 10/10 (2nd best finale only bad wolf beats it IMO hopefully Moffat series 8 finale will have the same quality and this beast) 




Master Michael Moon
Master Michael Moon

The thing that always makes me laugh is that Amy managed to 'remember' the Doctor back into existence. But that doesn't take away what such a great finale The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang was. Probably my favourite of all time, despite not being a general lover of the Moffat era. However I will also agree that the fact we never see Amy's parents mentioned or seen again was quite ridiculous. 


IanOTimelord
IanOTimelord

The Pandorica opens was good but the Big Bang was a let down, Could you really see the Daleks forming an alliance with all those other races. What was a Weevil doing there and General Kudlak from the SJA? It got complicated.

Liana21
Liana21

Amy's Choice: I like the plot of Amy having to choose between a normal life with Rory and a wibbly wobbly one with The Doctor. 9/10

The Hungry Earth/ Cold Blood: Am I the only one who like this episode? It was so pleased to meet the Silurians and poor Rory, it's a so sad moment. 8/10

And now it's when it come the 10 row, four of my favourite episodes on a row:

Vincent and The Doctor: Just wonderful, the way Richard Curtis wrote the relationship of The Doctor, Amy and Vincent is absolutely lovely and the scene in the museum is one of my favourite tearjerkers. 10/10

The Lodger: If I'd write an episode with Matt showing off all the skills I love about Matt (charm, humour sense, craziness, and, yeah, skin), it'd be similar to The Lodger. I love the bromance between The Doctor and Craig, he could have been a great long term Companion. 10/10

The Pandorica opens/ The Big Bang: I can remember the Pandorica speech in two different languages, and part of the one to little Amelia too. It's my favourite finale, I just love it. The concept of the Pandorica is so good and see all those monsters getting all together it was so cool, and I love the wedding scene and how Amy brings back The Doctor, something new, something old, something borrowed and something blue, it's so pretty. 10/10

The13thDoctor
The13thDoctor

Why does everyone love vincent and the doctor am i missing something? I feel the ep is 5/10 at best

Malohkeh
Malohkeh

My thoughts on this run:

Amy's Choice - 9/10 (I love the surrealism)

The Hungry Earth - 7/10 (fairly average, but some nice claustrophobic moments)

Cold Blood - 8/10 (another fairly average episode with a lackluster conclusion, but the spectacular twist of Rory's death and erasure from history elevates it)

Vincent and the Doctor - 10/10 (there's a good reason it's one of Moffat's favorites)

The Lodger - 8/10 (weaker than some of Gareth Roberts' stories, but still a fine outing, with a great alien performance from Matt Smith)

The Pandorica Opens - 10/10 (the Stonehenge speech still gives me chills. Fantastic episode. It even managed to make the cybermen scary in little more than a cameo)

The Big Bang - 10/10 (fantastic conclusion to a fantastic series)

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

"Amy's Choice" - 8/10

"The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood" - 7/10

"Vincent and the Doctor" - 10/10

"The Lodger" - 10/10

"The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang" - 10/10

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

"Vincent and the Doctor" features one of my favourite Who scenes of all-time, when the Doctor and Amy take van Gogh to the gallery. It is true genius - an emotional, uplifting and seriously beautiful scene that, also thanks to "Chances" by Athlete, fantastic directing and a wonderful speech delivered by the brilliant Bill Nighy, I will never forget.

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

The final four episodes of this series are, in my opinion, some of the best the show has ever produced.

"Vincent and the Doctor" is a beautiful, dramatic and actually quite complex masterpiece that showcases not only the wonder of van Gogh and the Doctor, but the similarities between the two great men.

"The Lodger" is a refreshing episode, with superb performance all round, and I do love a bit of Who humour (and James Corden, for that matter).

"The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang" is my second-favourite finale (after "Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways"), and is a whirlwind of drama, epic directing and music, sensational acting, madness, time-travel, Daleks, Romans, loss, love and friendship.

Mary Sue's Vertue
Mary Sue's Vertue

Well said John. Although constructive criticism is a good thing, It's really nice to read positive comments about this wonderful show from someone who obviously love's it. Another great article, keep up the good work sir

TheSoundofDrums
TheSoundofDrums

I would like to thank those of you who follow my articles and especially those who go out of their way to defend my articles and postive nature. It really means a lot. I've held back from saying something this entire series but it's about time I just come and out say I'm really find up of the constant attacks at me over a few petty things. Yes I'm positive. Deal with it!!! If you want to rant on about how you find this show a pile of crap then write your own damn article, don't come shouting at me with abuse. I've suffered dearly with negativity over the years to the point where I've pretty much become clouded with negative energy. When I get postive that is a blessing for me, so for those of you who enjoy taking a stab at my postive ways - well done for attacking what little postivity I have. I often question upon the actions I do and whether or not they mean anything. I liked to think writing on this site was a good thing and I was actually doing good but when I'm bombarded for my ways it does make me wonder after a while whether or not I should bother anymore. But that would be foolish on my end because guess what, regardless of these said negative comments I actually enjoy writing for this site and showing my love for the show. So next time you want to take a crack at me just at least try to consider my feelings or at the very least remember these are my opinions and nothing more.

MeglosProductions
MeglosProductions

Amy's Choice- 9/10

Such an incredible episode. Very character driven and starring the deliciously evil Toby Jones as the dream lord


The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood- 5/10

Meh. I don't hate this but I thought it was a bit of a lazy rehash of the original Silurian story. Rory's death and erasure was really good, however.


Vincent And The Doctor- 7/10

*FLAME SHIELD UP*

I think it's overrated. Don't get me wrong, I like it. It's just not as good as everyone says it is. I'm not really a fan of the "Doctor meets famous people" episodes because he always goes on about how they are the greatest thing that's ever lived, etc. What puts this one above the others however, is the great way it handles mental illness and the MASTERFUL scene in the art gallery with Vincent.


The Lodger- 7/10

Just a really fun comedic episode.


The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang- 10/10

Amazing. Absolutely amazing. This is HANDS DOWN the best series finale of them all, as rather than being epic and overblown like RTD's Series 3 and 4 finales, it linked everything from the series together and tied it all up beautifully, and was perfectly split into 2 parts:

Pandorica Opens: The epic one

The Big Bang- A clever, witty, emotional character drama.

One of my favorites of all time.

KarenBee2
KarenBee2

Pretty good and diverse run of episodes which brought the series back to full throttle after the break of the Specials year.

I also find The Lodger

Mikeyboss182
Mikeyboss182

Amy’s Choice - 10/10: This story has it all, interesting and original plot, great character development, awesome villain and brilliantly written dialog. I adore Amy’s Choice.


The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood - 7/10: The Hungry Earth is pretty meh but Cold Blood is a great episode with a really interesting moral dilemma even if it is pretty much a retelling of The Silurians.

Vincent and the Doctor - 10/10: The best historical story I have ever seen and the ending was the first time I properly welled up at Doctor Who thanks to that amazing song choice and Tony Curran's acting.

The Lodger - 9/10: I do love a Gareth Roberts story, Matt Smith is freakin hilarious and both he and James Cordon make a great double act.

The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang - 10/10: My personal favorite Doctor Who story and quite possibly the best piece of television I have ever seen. Forget Blink and The Day of the Doctor, this is in my opinion Steven Moffat’s masterpiece. 

Pockydon
Pockydon

This run of episodes is simply flawless where I'm concerned. 

Amy's Choice - Has gone from being a nice little episode which I enjoyed to being one of my favourites. 10/10 

The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood - Shook me to the core when I first watched it. Cold Blood was probably my favourite episode for about a week. 10/10 

Vincent and the Doctor - Made me actually cry, and still kinda does. 10/10 

The Lodger - If there's a weak link in this batch, it's here. But still, this is the strongest weak link I've ever seen. Absolutely hilarious and great fun to watch. 9/10 

The Pandorica Opens/The Big Band - My favourite two episodes in, like, forever. Best cliffhanger in Doctor Who history, IMO. Also one of the best resolutions. 10/10

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

My votes for those episodes would be 10/10, 7/10, 10/10, 8/10, 10/10, as Amy's Choice, Vincent and the Pandorica 2 parter are all episodes I love. 



I loved having a finale that wasn't about a massive explodey wodey battle but instead revolved around 4 or 5 people in a collapsing universe. The way Moff then showed the Doctor rewriting time to plant messages in Amy's head was brilliantly done, and those speeches


"you won't need your imaginary friend any more" and "We're all stories in the end"


were a tour de force for Matt, the moment when I realised how good an actor he was, how this young man could look so old, and expose the Doctor's long history.

Galax
Galax

Amy’s Choice’ – 8/10. To me, it's overrated. It's good, but not masterpiece. It could have been better with more creativity in the plot.
 Still, eight out of ten is "very good" in my scale. 'The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood’ – 6/10. Quite decent. The first part is really boring and the second felt weird. It's like Chibnall wrote 30 minutes then it all turned into a Moff' episode. Considering those two facts I think it would have been better with a one-hour runtime. Vincent and the Doctor’ – 8.5/10. A little gem. The alien is rubbish but who cares ? I cry every time. ‘The Lodger’ – 7.5/10. Doctor Who and a sitcom. Could have been a disaster, but this bottle episode is clever and hilarous.
 ‘The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang’ – 9/10. The best finale to date. Loved every single scene.

shyx111
shyx111

Great part 2, with some really strong and innovative episodes in it! Though, to be honest I don't like The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood. Only the God Complex in Matt's era can be more weird than Amy's Choice; I think The Lodger is one of the funniest episode ever, I love Gareth Roberts' episodes, so I'm really looking forward to his new work with Capaldi. I also think it's useless to say how awesome (and in my opinion perfect) The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang is.

Amy's Choice 10/10

The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood 3/10

Vincent and the Doctor 7/10

The Lodger 9/10

The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang 10/10


TheNightmareChild sees into your soul!
TheNightmareChild sees into your soul!

 Amy's Choice-When I first watched this episode, I wasn't too keen on it, and I have no idea why.  On re-watch it's fantastic.  The Dream Master is perfectly well executed and the plot itself is equal parts creepy and emotional.  I think it probably comes down to the fact that Amy is just not my favorite companion.  She has grown on me though, and with her this episode has too.  


The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood-Lizards with breasts.  That is all.  


Vincent and the Doctor-Should've been a pure historical.  Then it would've been great.  Instead, half of it is a great episode, and the other half is a silly monster chase.  


The Lodger-Yet another episode that just isn't my cup of tea.  But I'm not holding that against the episode.  Just like Vampires of Venice, it's fine for what it is.  It's just not for me.  


The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang-A great finale, even though I liked the first half better than the second.  The first half set up the second half perfectly, and had one of the most spectacular twist endings that the show had seen by that point.  The second half, while entertaining, does feel a little bit too silly at times, and the ending is definitely a mind-bender.  I'd be lying if I said I fully understood it even now.  But overall, a great ending to a great series of episodes.

Antee991166
Antee991166

In the latest poll these episodes reached:

Amy's Choice-105

The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood-178

Vincent and the Doctor-27

The Lodger-90

The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang-42


So overall this part of the series did very well, with the exception of The Hungry Earth. Personally, I either like or love all of them!

The 11th Doctor
The 11th Doctor

Silurian two parter gets 10/11. Average becomes 10.4 (95%)

Whogasms
Whogasms

@Ivegotkidneys you said vampires in venice twice, I think you meant Vincent and The Doctor lol

supermoff
supermoff

@IanOTimelord If all reality was threatened, including themselves, yes I could imagine the Daleks entering an alliance. The Daleks have done that sort of thing before with Mavic Chen in "The Dalek's Master Plan". If the alliance had succeeded, I'm sure the Daleks would have been happy to exterminate everyone in the Underhenge anyway. 

Whogasms
Whogasms

@The13thDoctor I thought it was average at first, but I was twelve when I saw it first. If you watch it when your older, you appreciate the message it tries to portray. Vincent doesn't believe his work is important, and The Doctor shows him it is. It was a more grown up episode.

floppy_who
floppy_who

@The13thDoctor It tackles the subject of mental illness with sensitivity and openness. Not something a family show does on a regular basis. It will have resonated with anyone who's life has been touched in some way by mental illness, either directly or indirectly.

Liana21
Liana21

I agree with you in that, they're also four of my favourite episodes

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

@TheSoundofDrums  I hope that any negative comments below aren't aimed at you, but because people have strong passions for their favourite or least favourite episodes, and sometimes it can be difficult to disagree with your score without it coming across as an attack on you and your judgments, which I'm sure wasn't the intention.

If anything most of the disagreements below are from people who  are even more positive than you are :-)

Gustaff
Gustaff

U and David are why I wanted to write for this site. U stand as inspiration. I urge u to ignore/flag the comments that upset u. I get ur point. This whole 'we have the right to be negative/insulting' is ridiculous. Nobody likes whiners/attackers. U have written I believe 40+ articles for this site. If nothing else, you've earned the right to have people just stay quiet if they want to hate/attack.

stargazer0118
stargazer0118

@TheSoundofDrums I think it's ok to disagree (but at least explain why), but there is No need  to personal insults or  agressive behavior. Sadly, it happens quite a bit and the mods allow it..

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

I must say that your articles are fantastic - they are detailed, interesting and extremely well-written, and I've been surprised at some of the negative responses myself which haven't been very well-justified. I'm loving this series, and if anyone is going to post comments that disrespect others' opinions then they should get off this site (I have little time for disrespect and negativity). Well done for posting the above comment, and for this series of articles (please continue writing for the site, your work is brilliant!).

 Notsosmartguy is superior again!!!!!!!!!
Notsosmartguy is superior again!!!!!!!!!

@TheSoundofDrums I've been loving your articles. It's nice to see some positive views in this fandom. I'm honestly surprised by the negativity of this fandom sometimes. I'm not saying we should be all smiles and rainbows but people are a little too negative and too bitter to the point where they don't see the good things about this show. Keep up the good work :-)

TheSoundofDrums
TheSoundofDrums

Sorry for taking up peoples time but I thought I would finally stand up and say what has been grinding my teeth for some time now. Again thank you for those who follow my work and enjoy it. Your appreciation is most appreciated and I hope you continue to enjoy this series and any other work I produce for the website. I'd also like to thank Doctor Who TV for giving me the opportunity to write for their site.

Mikeyboss182
Mikeyboss182

Btw really enjoying this series John, keep it up :)


MeglosProductions
MeglosProductions

@Antee991166  It's an absolute CRIME that The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang is rated LOWER than The Stolen Earth/Journeys End. Easily one of my top 20 stories if not top 10.

TheSoundofDrums
TheSoundofDrums

That means a lot for you to say that Gustaff. I'm glad that me and David gave you the inspiration to write for the site. Your articles are always brilliant and filled with valid points and passion. So yeah glad to inspire you. And again thank you for thinking highly of me and giving your support. It really does mean a lot.