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1.0 out of 5 stars What happened people?, 19 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Doctor Who - Complete Specials (The Next Doctor/ Planet of the Dead/ Waters of Mars & Winter Specials) [DVD] (DVD)
Urgh, urgh, urgh, urgh,
The Next Doctor - 2 out of 10
Planet of the Dead - 3 out of 10
Waters of Mars - 9 out of 10
End of Time part 1- 4 out of 10
EOT P2 - 5 out of 10

And EOT P2 I only just managed to give such a high score is because its the end of a Doctor Who era, but God damn I'm glad that era ended after these abysmal serious specials. The Next Doctor was a bull return for the Cybermen, the Next Doctor idea was good, but failed to deliver anything. Although none of the David Tennant christmas specials were very good, this was the worst of the bunch, the CyberKing was so boring, and nothing stomping over cities is scary, it's terribly dull. Planet of the Dead was a cheesy attempt at being funny and Lee Evans was a waste of time, the special effects were good, but that was it, I expect more from Gareth Roberts who brought us fabulous episodes before. Waters of Mars was such a relief, it was actually good, scary monsters, brilliant acting, love episodes with fixed points in time and such, it was old fashion claustrophobic Doctor Who with better special effects - almost perfect.
Then the End of Time, and that was a load of rubbish, the way the Master returned was terribly cheesy - again with the cheese! How Tennant died was by whimpering like a baby, how incredibly unsatisfying, although watchable, unlike the Next Doctor, it was still a terrible way of ending a perfectly good era of Doctor Who, part of me wish Tennant died at the end of series 4, die when Doctor Who was good.
Don't worry though, 2010 and 2011 was a perfect relief, Matt Smith and Steven Moffat are a perfect combination, and don't you forget it. Series 5 and 6 beats even series 2!
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Initial post: 9 Jan 2012 07:46:10 GMT
This is a motley concoction, granted... some real stinkers, but no way on earth is the Moffat and Smith combination even close to the RTD and Tennant era. At its peak, Blink, Human Nature and Family of Blood ran sequentially... three of the greatest Doctor Who episodes in the history of the entire series and all in a row. We've not had anything remotely as good in this latest incarnation. The Silence are the only 'big bad' that have got my rocks off this time around. Which I can't quite fathom as Moffat was one of the best writers (after Paul Cornell) during RTD's reign. From his totally non-menacing United Colours of Benetton Daleks and his obvious swing back to very small child friendliness (which is different than kid friendly) to his bumbling Doctor (which is a great shame as Smith is a fantastic actor), it is like he's done his best to screw it up.

Someone wrote a piece in the papers at Christmas basically saying how these new shows make you pang for RTD and Tennant back, and he was correct in my book. I still watch the show, but it is a shadow of its former self. I often find myself sighing when I do watch it, wondering how the amazing Tenth Doctor would have done things. And this is from someone who grew up worshipping Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2012 17:32:06 GMT
Alex Iles says:
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Posted on 3 Jun 2012 22:45:10 BDT
Ah now I realise why you hated The Sarah Jane adventures, you just hate RTD, and I really think that has blinded you. If it was not for RTD Dr who would never have returned. I enjoy the Matt Smith Dr, but find the endless messing around with Time complicated and I am not the only one, the stand alone stories like the God Complex are much better. As for these specials granted the Next Dr was not brilliant, Planet of the Dead was better, and Waters of Mars was I think great (but then so do you). The final two I personally thought were very entertaining. Obviously we are all entitled to our opinions, but i am surprised you kept watching considering how you appear to hate anything from the pen of RTD.

Posted on 24 Oct 2012 09:54:28 BDT
Luskentyre says:
Given your individual story ratings, I'm not sure how 23/50 equates to 1 star out of five?
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