I've read Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams' novel S. recently. Here are my thoughts. They are many and spoilery. If you haven't read the book, I highly recommend it.
Most of you will already have figured out this list by looking at the scores, but here it is, ranked, from best to worst:
1. The Unquiet Dead
2. The Doctor Dances
3. The Parting of the Ways
5. Bad Wolf
6. The Empty Child
7. Boom Town
8. The End of the World
9. The Long Game
11. World War Three
12. Aliens of London
13. Father’s Day
CONCLUSION: It's a good season structurally, but the majority of episodes are weak or alright. The actors and special effects are hit and miss, and the stories often take the easiest solutions - when they make sense at all.
SEASON ONE: 3.5 out of 5, 7/10 and B-.
I'm not entirely sure when I'll start doing season 2, but the first post will probably come during the weekend.
The last three episodes of the first season goes dark, but that still doesn't stop them from having easy solutions to complicated problems.
The middle part of Doctor Who's first season continues to be a rocky road, with one of the series worst episodes, along with the first good two-parter.
Two weak episodes and one very good is next for The Doctor, Rose and me.
My review of the series' first three episodes, as well as how I'm going to do this. Fun times are ahead!
After eating breakfast today, I sat down at my desk and felt the need to watch something... fun. My eyes drifted over to my DVD/Blu-Ray-collection, and I saw my Doctor Who box sets sit there, waiting patiently for me. I pulled out "The Complete Specials" (the episodes made between series four and five) and started flicking through it. And then something strange happened.
I'm a huge Doctor Who fan. I love the show, I love most of the characters, I love David Tennant and Matt Smith, and whenever a new episode pops up I make sure I'm at home, ready to watch it as soon as possible. But, looking over my box sets, I couldn't really remember any of the great episodes. I could pretty much count on one hand the ones I liked from the first four seasons - Blink is great, The Family of Blood two-parter is good, Moffat's Silence in the Library two-parter is fun... But that was pretty much it. So many of the episodes are subpar and merely alright.
I started going through the episode lists and I usually found one or two episodes each season that I really liked - the others were just fluff. Now, there are a few conclusions I could've reached based on these thoughts. One is "I don't really like Doctor Who after all", "I like the idea of Doctor Who more than the stories and scripts themselves", or "It's been too long since I've seen some of this." I reached the last one, pretty much immediately.
While I have rewatched season 5 a couple of times, and season 6 a whole bunch of times, I have never seen most Doctor Who-episodes more than once, especially of Russel T Davies' and Tennant's run. So, with 90 days to go till the show's 50th Anniversary Special and 102 episodes of Doctor Who made, I'm thinking of doing a mass rewatch and writing about every single episode.
The plan is to do one episode a day, but that's probably not going to end up working. So I'm thinking maybe a season done over two weeks, before moving on. Of course, two-parters (and three-parters) are going to be watched and reviewed mostly on the same day. Now, the plan for this project is probably going to spin out of control as soon as I begin, but whatever. I want to try, and we'll see how much time it takes before I fall through.
The plan is this; watch and review every produced episode of Doctor Who from 2005 to 2013, with the deadline of 23rd November. 90 days - 102 episodes. It's going to be a fun ride.