Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Matt Smith era Top 11

The Blogtor Who writing team, along with some special guests, have to got together to compile the "best of" the Matt Smith era. I asked everyone for their Top 5 and totaled the responses to give you the results below.

Just missing out on the Top 10 were:
A Good Man Goes To War, The Snowmen, Asylum of the Daleks, The Power of Three, The Name of the Doctor and Hide.


=11. The Girl Who Waited (2011)
=11. The Time of the Doctor (2013)
=11. A Christmas Carol (2010)
=11. The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone (2010)
Not much to separate this lot! This collection of episodes, all each equaling 2.6% of the vote, contain some of Matt Smith's early moments and his very last. And all featuring Amy Pond! (To varying degrees)

=9. The Angels Take Manhattan (2012)
=9. The Lodger (2010)
These two very different, and brilliant, stories neatly display just how varied Matt Smith's Doctor Who era was. Moffat's goodbye to the Ponds engaged the emotions and disturbed the nerves whereas Gareth Roberts' delightful episode showed a very different kind of love, between Corden and Smith. Both stories achieved 3% of the vote each. You can read Blogtor's contemporaneous review of The Lodger HERE.

=7. The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon (2011)
=7. Let's Kill Hitler (2011) 
Two bonkers series openers, of a kind, from Steven Moffat gained 3.5% of the love from the Blogtor Who gang. And both contained regenerations! You can read Blogtor's own review of the Series 6 two~parter HERE and HERE and Let's Kill Hitler HERE.

=5. Closing Time (2011)
=5. The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang (2010)
Another story from someone other than SteeMo! Gareth Roberts comes up trumps again following up The Lodger (see No. 9) with a sequel - James Corden was back and the love was strong. Review HERE. Equaling that was Matt's first series finale, which came to an end with a bang, a big one. [Oh dear, very poor - Ed.] And, as we now know, the effects of that explosion have just been resolved. Probably. Both received 5.7% of the vote.


4. The Day of the Doctor (2013)
The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary was celebrated worldwide by millions simultaneously and broke all sorts of records. Sadly, it didn't manage to top this particular chart (maybe in a few years time, who knows?) but it came mightily close amassing 11.7% of the Blogtor Who vote.

3. The Doctor's Wife (2011)
Only the third (of four) writers other SteeMo to be featured here, Neil Gaiman's first Doctor Who outing proved to be an instant classic (and said as much in my review HERE) and is also Blogtor's personal third favourite Matt Smith era episode - it won 12.2%.

2. Vincent and the Doctor (2010)
So close for one-off Who writer Richard Curtis, so very close! The Four Weddings & a Funeral author came along and blasted us all in the feels with his superbly moving tale about the doomed painter, Van Gogh. It gathered 13% of the vote and, for me, this is the very best of Matt's era and found a place in my Top 10 Doctor Who stories ever - check it out HERE.

1. The Eleventh Hour (2010)
Matt Smith's debut is still regarded as his finest hour by the gang here and was the most metioned story in everyone's Top 5s submitted. It also won the most No. 1s from the Blogtor Who team, so rightly stands atop a wonderful collection of stories. Steven Moffat's Eleventh Doctor opener won the chart with 18.2% of the vote. Check out where it landed in the Top 50 (of all time!) HERE.

Any episodes not mentioned above received zero votes. Stats fans may want to know that Series 5 episodes received 42.6% of the vote, Series 6 got 29.6%, Series 7 got 9.1% whilst Matt's Specials (all the Christmas eps and the 50th) won 18.7% .

THE READERS' VOTE
Now it's YOUR turn to vote! Let us know what your Top 3 stories (two-parters count as one story) of the Matt Smith era are (and in order, please). Feel free to include any "prequels" or "minisodes". You can leave your Top 3 in the comments section below, on Twitter HERE or on Facebook HERE. Poll closes Jan 1, 10pm [GMT].

My huge thanks to regular contributors (you can follow them on Twitter, click on their names):
Sarah Talbot

And also thanks to my very special guests:
Chris Chapman (Doctor Who DVD documentary maker and BAFTA nominated director)
Richard Starkings (former DWM comic strip editor and Elephantmen creator)
Tommy Donbavand (Doctor Who, Shroud of Sorrow author - review HERE)
Niel Bushnell (The Ice Warriors DVD animation producer and Sorrowline author)
Richard Unwin (Journalist)

49 comments:

Jared Butcher said...

Great list! Here's my top three:

1.) A Christmas Carol
2.) The Eleventh Hour
3.) The Day of the Doctor

Chris Webb said...

OK looks like I'm first. Don't disagree much with Blogtor.
1. Vincent and the Doctor.
2. Day of the Doctor.
3. The Eleventh Hour

But loved the The Lodger, The Girl Who Waited and The Doctor's Wife too.

Ombund said...

Good list there. Mine would have to be:

1. A Christmas Carol
2. The Doctor's Wife
3. The Eleventh Hour

The Lodger, The Name/Day/Time of the Doctor and The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang would all be very close behind (as well as many, many others!).

Exlonox said...

I'm surprised to see Closing Time so close to the top of the list. Here are my top three stories:
1. A Christmas Carol
2. The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang
3. The Lodger

Damien said...

1) The Eleventh Hour
2) Day of the Doctor
3) The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang

Fizzle said...

1: The Doctors Wife
2: Vincent and the Doctor
3: The Wedding of River Song

Paul said...

1. Day of the Doctor
2. The Doctor's Wife
3. The Impossible Astronaut

Mister said...

1) The Girl Who Waited
2) The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon.
3) Time of the Doctor

Andy P. said...

Tough one. I'm going with:

1) Pandorica Opens/Big Bang
2) The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon
3) Amy's Choice (a seriously underrated episode)

Close behind is A Good Man Goes to War.

David said...

1. The Doctor's Wife
2. Vincent and the Doctor
3. Asylum of the Daleks

So many good ones to choose from.

Anonymous said...

1. The Pandorica Opens.
2. Let's Kill Hitler.
3. Vincent and the Doctor.

soily said...

So hard to choose just 3, but -

1 Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang
2 Impossible astronaut/Day of the Moon
3 Vampires of Venice!

Anonymous said...

1) impossible astronaut / Day of the moon
2) Eleventh Hour
3) Doctor's Wife

Ophelia Autumn said...

Here's my list:
1- The Snowmen
2- Vincent and the Doctor
3- The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon

PS: is it fate? Got an 11 in my captcha :D

Andrew Dalpini said...

Where would you rate day of the doctor in terms of all time Tennant episodes?

Anonymous said...

Great idea,and although I'm not the biggest fan of Time of the Doctior, there was a lot to enjoy from 11s run!

1) A Good Man Goes To War
2) the Big Bang/ The Pandorica Opens
3) The Power of Three ( I know, controversial choice, but I stand by it!)

Darkglasses said...

1. Vincent and The Doctor
2. A Christmas Carol
3. The Girl Who Waited

Persephone said...

Sorry, I thought the Vincent one was a goopy, syrupy, sentimental mess.

1. Amy's Choice (by a mile)
2. The Doctor's Wife
3. The Day of the Doctor

It pains me to leave out any episode featuring River Song. She needs a spin-off series.

Dolgun Omer said...

1) The Day of The Doctor
2) The Time of The Doctor
3) The Eleventh Hour

WillowsCat said...

1. The Name of The Doctor
2. The Eleventh Hour
3. A Good Man Goes to War

Anonymous said...

Isn't thanking yourself like "liking" your own status?

purpleisafruit said...

1. The Eleventh Hour
2. The Doctor's Wife
3. The Day of the Doctor

J. Smith said...

Here is my Top 3:

1) Amy's Choice
2) A Christmas Carol
3) The Impossible Astronaut

Ben Hobson said...

1) The Eleventh Hour
2) The Day of the Doctor
3) Amy's Choice

Rob W said...

Top three...

1. The Day of the Doctor
2. The Eleventh Hour
3. The Girl Who Waited

There we go! I didn't think anything was ever going to beat The Eleventh Hour, but Day was everything I didn't dare hope. As brilliant an episode as will ever be released.

Funnily, my favourite David Tennant is the Waters of Mars. Something about those November pre-regeneration specials!

Allison said...

My favorites in order:

1) Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (am I the only one?!)
2) Eleventh Hour
3) The Lodger

Becki said...

My top 3 are:

The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon
The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang
The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone

All two parters, I know. But I don't care! :)

PocketGal said...

1. Day of the Doctor
2. The Doctor's Wife
3. The Snowmen

eurotrashfan1973 said...

1. A good Man Goes To War

2.The Wedding Of River SOng

3. The Name Of THe Doctor

The Rest OF His Era Is Loved THe Same of varying degrees of Affection... :D

Jon Wesley Huff said...

1. The Doctor's Wife
2. The Day of the Doctor
3. The Girl Who Waited

Anonymous said...

1. The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon
2. A Good Man Goes to war
3. Day of the Doctor

Anonymous said...

Mine would have to be:

1) Vincent and the Doctor
2) The Doctor's Wife
3) Asylum of the Daleks

Anonymous said...

1) The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon
2) The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang
3) The Eleventh Hor

elisabethflaum said...

#1 Vincent and the Doctor. Possibly one of the best DW eps of all time.

#2 The Doctor's Wife

#3 probably A Christmas Carol, though I loved Rings of Akhaten, it doesn't really hold up storywise.

Whelks said...

I suspect my list would have looked a little different yesterday (afflicted by a hangover). My top 3 - for today anyway:-

(1) The Day of the Doctor
(2) Asylum of the Daleks
(3) The Girl Who Waited

But the list will be different tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

1) The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang
2) The Snowmen
3) The Girl Who Waited

Dennis said...

1. Vincent and The Doctor
2. The Lodger
3. A Christmas Carol

Meghan said...

1. A Good Man Goes to War
2. The Doctor's Wife
3. The Lodger

Anonymous said...

1. Day of the Doctor
2. Vincent and the Doctor

Difficult to choose between Snowmen and Time of Angels for no. 3.

Anonymous said...

My top three:

1. A Christmas Carol
2. The Girl Who Waited
3. Cold War

and to round out my top eleven:

4. Amy's Choice
5. Doctor, Widow, Wardrobe
6. Nightmare in Silver
7. Vincent and the Doctor
8. The Eleventh Hour
9. Angels take Manhattan
10. The Snowmen
11. The God Complex

Allie said...

Mine are:

1. The Lodger
2. The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang
3. The Crimson Horror

I think I'm the only one who picked The Crimson Horror but I just loved how silly it was.

Rafael N AƱez Regidor said...

1. The Snowmen
2. The Day of the Doctor
3. The lodger

tilima said...

1. Vincent and The Doctor
2. The Day of the Doctor
3. Angels take Manhattan

Anonymous said...

My top 3 would be:

1. The Eleventh Hour
2. The Doctor's Wife
3. Vincent and the Doctor

And to be a bit different, bottom 3 ;)

1. The Doctor, the Widow & the Wardrobe
2. Let's Kill Hitler
3. The Time of the Doctor

Darren K said...

1. A Christmas Carol
2. The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang
3. Vincent and the Doctor

Erika said...

1. The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang
2. A Christmas Carol
3. The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon

Man was it hard not to include any of the last three episodes (Name/Day/Time) or The Eleventh Hour, but these have got to be my faves. And all Moffat's...not by design, he just always seems to be responsible for my favorite episodes.

Sarika said...

So, I think for me it would have to be:
1. The Eleventh Hour
2. Vincent and the Doctor
3. The Doctors Wife/The Lodger (I love them both equally)

Anonymous said...

1. Vincent and the Doctor
2. The Girl Who Waited
3. Let's Kill Hitler/A Good Man Goes to War (LKH if the "two parter" doesn't count)

Sleeveless in Seattle said...

1.) Vincent and the Doctor
2.) Asylum of the Daleks
3.) The Crimson Horror