November. Eleventh month, Eleventh Doctor. Simple really. For me (and it’s boring I know) modern Doctor Who peaked with the Tenth Doctor. This doesn’t mean no other stories were worthwhile, far from it. It’s just my view. As you’ll see (if you carry on) I liked a lot of the Eleventh Doctor. Let’s dig a little deeper..
The Eleventh Doctor in retrospect
The big page of reviews is here: Matt Smith 2010–2013. On a quick look I’m surprised how many 5* reviews they give, but I also agree with at least some of them. They’ve also a best moments post. We’re well into episodes I reviewed at the time, so I’ll put a few links in. The first Matt Smith series is in a single post.
The 5* reviews
The Radio Times has gone for:
- Eleventh Hour
- Time of Angels / Flesh and Stone
- Vincent and the Doctor
- Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon
- A Good Man Goes to War
- Asylum of the Daleks
- Angels Take Manhattan
- Crimson Horror
- Name of the Doctor
- Day of the Doctor.
I most disagree with the Weeping Angels ratings. Yes, Blink is brilliant on many levels, but having more angels dilutes the effect for me rather than magnifying it. I also felt the relaunch in Eleventh Hour tried too hard, something I feel happened a lot post RTD.
The 1* and 2* reviews
At the other end of the scale, they’ve given the following 1* reviews:
I definitely disagree about Rings of Akhaten. I found this emotional and rather beautiful to watch. Yes ridiculous in places but a far cry from one measly star!
The 2* list is:
- Beast Below
- Curse of the Black Spot
- Rebel Flesh / Almost People
- Night Terrors
- Town Called Mercy.
I liked Liz 10 in Beast Below, but mostly agree with these. A mixture of trying too hard or just didn’t work for me.