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    My huge Doctor Who episode marathon.

    The Impossible Astronaut/Day Of The Moon- This is one of my favourite series openers. Moffat delivered an excellent start to this series. The acting is top notch from everyone. Smith, Gillan and Darvill have really settled into their roles by this point, and give very confident and impressive performances. Alex Kingston is great, as is Mark Sheppard. The Silence are brilliant monsters, but they suffer the same problems as the Weeping Angels in my opinion. They are frightening here, but as we learn more about them over the course of this series and the next one, they lose their impact for me. The visuals in this story are excellent, and the American locations look great. Most of the cgi is good as well. The pacing is excellent. The dialogue is great for the most part, and there are some very chilling moments, especially in the orphanage. I believe that Moffat nailed the set up of this story excellently in the first part, but the second part doesn't quite provide a fully satisfying resolution. Also, the scene in which The Doctor defats the Silence is an annoying one for me. I think it is clever how the moon landing was incorporated into their defeat, but the way that River circles around shooting them all in an over the top action scene just didn't work in my eyes. This story also did a very good job at setting up the series' arcs. It manages to set up multiple arcs (Amy's pregnancy, the continuation of the Silence arc from series r5, the introduction of Madame Kovarian etc) whilst providing a good story in it's own right, which is certainly impressive. Overall- 9/10. Onw thing I noticed upon rewatching this story. A key element of this story is The Doctor being shot and killed at the start of the first part. We see that he is shot once, and then begins to regenerate. He is then show again whilst regenerating and is killed. This makes sense, because we know that killing a Time Lord during regeneration will flat out kill them and stops them from regenerating. The problem is, later stories show us that this Doctor is the 13th in this regeneration cycle, so he shouldn't have begun to regenerate because he had no regenerations left at this point. of course the real world answer to why this happens is because the War Doctor wasn't even a concept at this point, but it's an interesting thing to think about in universe with the knowledge of what is revealed in series 7.
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    My huge Doctor Who episode marathon.

    A Christmas Carol- Despite this story being one of the most predictable the show has ever produced (considering it is basically the orignal story that everyone knows, just ever so slightly tweaked), this episode is still very enjoyable. Moffat proves he can write a good Christmas episode, as the dialogue is excellent. This is a very fun episode in my opinion, and the pacing is great. The cast are fantastic. Matt Smith really shines, and Michael Gambon is excellent as Kazran. Kazran is an interesting character, even if his character arc is essentially exactly the same as what happens to Scrooge in the orignal Christmas Carol story. Katherine Jenkins is good, and her singing is great. The production as a whole looks and sounds fantastic. The set design etc is excellent. The main issue I have with this episode is some over-the-top ideas which I don't think worked (the flying sharks are a great example), and the sub-plot regarding Amy and Rory. When the story is focused on The Doctor and Kazran it is really fun, but the secondary plot is dull and uninteresting, and I just wanted to return to the Kazran story whenever we cut back to Amy and Rory. Overall- 8/10.
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    And that's probably still a more efficient method than what we currently have here.
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    If we really could vote for him, Saxon would have my vote. Series 3 showed us how wonderful life would be under him.
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    My huge Doctor Who episode marathon.

    The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang- This is the first time that Moffat crafted a storyline that was too big for its own good in my opinion. The Pandorica Opens is a good episode, but The Big Bang is very messy. The leads are excellent, and Alex Kingston is still very good as River. The Pandorica Opens is a lot of fun, and is excellently paced. The cliffhanger is brilliant. If I was just ranking that episode I'd give it around an 8/10, because supporting characters aren't that interesting, and I'm not a fan of the storyline regarding Rory being an Auton. My big issues with this story come from The Big Bang. To be fair to Steven Moffat, there was probably no way of neatly tying up a story arc with a scope as large as this one, but The Big Bang does suffer due to this. The story is far too complex, and the ending is essentially just pressing a reset button, causing everything to return to normal. The script is messy and all over the place, as is the plot. I also found it to be poorly paced due to the extended run time. Overall- 6/10. Overall rating for Series 5- 7/10. Moffat started strong. Matt Smith is great throughout this series, as are Gillan and Darvill. The whole series looks and sounds more impressive than the Davies era did in my opinion. The Davies era was charmingly small scale for the most part, but this series was much grander in terms of scale. This is an interesting series, because the first third and the last third of this series consists of strong stories, but it really sags around the middle thanks to stories like The Vampires Of Venice and the Silurian two-parter. This is the first time that Moffat bit off more than he could chew, and although the time crack arc was well used during the series, the finale was far too rushed and messy and made the whole arc unsatisfying as a result, because Moffat's ideas are sometimes too grand there's just no way he could have resolved it satisfyingly.
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    My huge Doctor Who episode marathon.

    I love the Del Toro Hellboy movies, so I was excited to see what else could be done with the character and story, but this one doesn't hold a candle to the previous films. David Harbour was an excellent choice for Hellboy, and he is easily the best part of the film. The cast is excellent, but the material they were given isn't worthy of their talents. I agree that the writing was poor, and the over reliance on violence just didn't work. There were many references to the Hellboy comics which I enjoyed. I have no problem with violence in film so long as it is there for a purpose, but it feels like this film just threw stuff at the screen and hoped that it would improver the overall film, but it actually ended up dragging it down further in my opinion. The effects in general were pretty bad, which is unfortunate. If a sequel s made, I would see it to see more of David Harbour as Hellboy, but other than for him I wouldn't be at all excited for it. Overall- 3/10.
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    I don't mind what colour the sigs are so long as they are visible, so I'll be fine with using multiple colours on it.
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    I must admit I am really considering getting that one.
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    It worked. I'm thinking if the signatures are in black or gold they should be fine on that?
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    I'm thinking of getting a Doctor Who poster to get signed by most of the Doctor Who guests who I'm going to meet, but my question is, how big would you recommend the poster being if it's going to get signed? Would an A2 poster be large enough perhaps, or would that not leave enough space for signing?
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    My huge Doctor Who episode marathon.

    Sorry, but I'm missing another day of this. I'm seeing Hellboy in 10 minutes time instead today.
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    My huge Doctor Who episode marathon.

    The Lodger- Vincent And The Doctor is my favourite episode of this series, but The Lodger is a close second. I love this one. Companion-lite episodes are always interesting, and I love seeing how The Doctor operates without them. The setting of this episode is perfect. The Doctor has always had an awkwardness to him, so seeing him forced to live with someone and trying to fit in leads to many hilarious moments. James Corden's style of comedy has always been hit-or-miss to me, but I think he was great in Doctor Who. Gareth Robert's script is fantastic. Daisy Haggard is also very likable as Sophie, and their romance is well written and portrayed in a way which isn't irritating. Romances in episodes like these tend to be more grating than interesting, which is why it is nice to see an episode which manages to do it well. The only problem I have with this story is the resolution. The set up is great, but the pay off wasn't. The episode also ends far too quickly, the resolution is too simple. Other than that though, this episode is almost perfect. Overall- 9/10.
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    Ah I see, I never even considered that the auto could transfer to the glass if they touch, thank you for letting me know.
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    If I may throw my thoughts in here, I've seen Dumbo and I wasn't a fan unfortunately. I'm going to see Aladdin purely out of curiosity, I'm not really excited for it. The Lion King, on the other hand, I am really looking forward to. It looks a lot better than Aladdin does in my opinion, and as the animated one is one of my all time favourites there's no way I can't be excited for it.
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