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This review is from: Doctor Who - The Complete Series 7 [DVD] (DVD)
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After the very disappointing Series 6, this is a great (though in some cases mixed) series to lead up to the 50th Anniversary special. I'll give a rating out of 10 for each episode and a brief review
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (6/10):
It's not the best episode ever, but it's a Christmas special, and is very "Christmassy". Good performance by guest stars and Matt Smith as always. It won't win any awards but is a very solid episode to bridge the gap between Series 6 and 7
Asylum of the Daleks (8/10):
I've never seen a Dalek episode I didn't enjoy, and this is no exception. Also good to see some cameos from classic Dalek models, and a return to the RTD Dalek model after the terrible ones from Series 5. Surprise appearance of Jenna-Louise Coleman also good to see
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (6/10):
Generally a bit of a comic-relief episode (as seen from the Mitchell and Webb robots), but is still very enjoyable to watch. Anyone who likes Harry Potter will be happy (me included) with two actors, Mark Williams and David Bradley, who were in it. Williams played Rory's dad, showing a bit of Rory's life apart from Amy.
A Town Called Mercy (7/10):
Interesting episode, one where we (and the Doctor) aren't 100% sure about who the real villain is. A bit more seen about the Doctor and the impact of everything on him, who is of course well-acted by Matt Smith.
The Power of Three (5/10):
Probably the weakest episode of the whole series. It's a good idea of a 'slow invasion', and it's good to see the Brigadier's daughter for the first time, but it's hard to get past the fact that the first half an hour is pretty much just everyone looking at cubes.
The Angels Take Manhattan (7/10):
Emotional end to Amy and Rory, who had been part of Doctor Who as long as Matt Smith had. Weeping Angels another enemy that rarely have a bad episode (though they've never come close to Blink). River Song is annoying as always, but she is made up for by the rest of the episode.
The Snowmen (9/10):
Where Christmas episodes have traditionally been among the weakest episodes of Doctor Who, this completely changes that. Richard E Grant/Ian McKellen are a good combination as the villain, and it's a good (and surprising) intro for Clara Oswald. I'm still not sure why the Doctor has a Silurian, Sontaran and random woman as friends though
The Bells of Saint-John (8/10):
Clara's third and final intro story. A lot is spent on that over the threat, which is another example of contemporary things being turned into problems in Doctor Who. Very good episode, with the "main enemy of the series" having a cameo at the end
The Rings of Akhaten (6/10):
One of the episodes that would have been more typical of Series 6, where a bad episode is turned into an OK episode by Matt Smith's incredible performance (I rate only Tom Baker as a better Doctor)
Cold War (9/10):
This was the first I'd seen of the Ice Warriors (though I've seen the classic stories since) and they seem to be a monster pretty close to the heights of Daleks/Cybermen etc. It's surprising the Cold War (where everything was already so close to ending) has never been used before, but it's used very well here
A "ghost story meets Sci-Fi" kind of episode that works very well, with good performances from the guest stars. Interesting end to the episode too
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS (6/10):
If the guest stars had been better, this could have easily been an 8. However, they weren't, and the performance part ended up being carried by Matt Smith/Jenna-Louise Coleman. The "getting lost in the TARDIS" story isn't exactly original though, and has elements from 'The Doctor's Wife'
The Crimson Horror (7/10):
One of those interesting stories, that lived up to its potential. Again, not the best episode in the series, but neither is it the worst. Pretty much an average episode, though the Silurian/Sontaran/random woman combination reappears
Nightmare in Silver (9/10):
Possibly the best appearance of the Cybermen since The Five Doctors back in 1983. The idea that they can upgrade themselves quickly gives them an extra dimension, and makes them a much bigger threat. Also, Harry Potter/Star Wars (or even An Idiot Abroad) fans, Warwick Davis appears
The Name of the Doctor (10/10):
Perfect way to set up The Day of the Doctor. Silurian/Sontaran/random woman combination returns but are possibly at their best, as is River Song (not that that's difficult). Finally discover how Clara is "the Impossible Girl", with a return of the Great Intelligence (only Richard E Grant, though, not Ian McKellen anymore). This is a spoiler, but I'm guessing everyone knows about John Hurt, and his sudden appearance at the end made the wait for Day of the Doctor seem even longer