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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 11/24/17 2:12 am
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Matt Smith's final performance as the current Doctor was sensational. There's a little moment in the first portion of the episode where he decides he will stay to defend Christmas, he goes out to introduce the townspeople, and says "Hello everyone, I'm the Doctor." Every time I watch this episode, this is the moment in the episode that holds the most emotional weight and impact. It's the last time we here him say that iconic saying and the way that Smith delivers the line is perfect. It also goes without saying that his final monologue or speech at the end, in the Tardis about moving on and change, but how he will always be the Doctor is stellar writing on Moffat's behalf, and I can only hope Capaldi gets similar treatment in Twice Upon a Time.

I do really enjoy this episode, mainly for Matt Smith, but there are some negatives to it. The pacing does feel a little off, I do have a feeling that Matt was supposed to stay for Series 8, and so Moffat had to cram everything into this 1-hour special. But i'd like to think that Series 8 would've been solely dedicated to the Doctor defending Trenzalore, and as the series went on we saw 11 age, and lose hope in life to the point in the finale on top of the clock-tower having the final standoff with the Daleks. A bit like having whole adventures per episodes, ala Tales of Trenzalore novel. Tasha Lem is a bit naff as well, she needed to be more fleshed out or a character we knew.

But overall, Time Of The Doctor is a sorely underrated episode, and a great final performance by my Doctor.
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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 11/19/17 3:47 am
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Robots of Death. Robots of Death. Robots of Death. One of the most classic and identifiable stories of the classic era of the show; it is so iconic, the robots are firm favorite in WHO culture, and its a part of arguably the "Golden" age of the show.
But I do not get it. Everyone in the cast puts in a fine performance, some of the crew including Poul and Uvanov for example are great supporting roles. But this story doesn't grasp me in to finish it. It's a run at the mill whodunnit but we now straight away its robots, because for one its in the title and two we see a robot kill the first victim.
I would agree in saying that it is a good story to show someone new to who, but this is not quintessential Doctor Who, especially for the Hinchcliffe era, the next story is far superior ;)
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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 11/5/17 2:40 am
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Finally months after finishing The Eight Doctor's and starting Vampire Science, I have finished it. With delays due to life, work, uni and Big Finish :P
Vampire Science really kicks off the Eighth Doctor Adventure novels properly with a traditional Doctor Who story, with the new Tardis duo having an adventure in modern day San Francisco. The novel starts with the two hunting down a group of vampires causing mayhem in the 70s where they meet Caroline, who is offered to travel with our heroes to which she declines. The next chapter we see Caroline 20 years later, living a normal life but regretting not leaving in the Tardis. The novel plays with the concept of normal life vs Tardis life with two characters, with the aforementioned Caroline, and with the new companion Sam Jones, who can't decide whether the danger and mystic of the Doctor is worth it.
The vampire plot is very nicely done, with different stages of the novel being split into parts, titles "First Bite" "Second Bite" and "Third Bite" that breaks the novel up into the different progression of both the plot and its characters. The Doctor, being his usual self shows everyone in the novel a better way of living, whether that's Caroline, Sam, Dr Shackle, James or the vampires themselves.
A way I would describe this novel is that it is very "domestic" or "grounded" it can be heavy in places and it is expressed through the character's internal struggles.
Overall I very much enjoyed Vampire Science and rate it 8/10, and am looking forward to The Bodysnatchers.
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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 11/3/17 2:29 am
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Very surprising this one isn't talked about as much, a very underrated story, easily recommended for someone a fan of Tom Baker or Leela.

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