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 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):
And also thanks to my very special guests:
DVD documentary maker and BAFTA nominated director)