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Old November 4 2013, 12:10 AM   #16
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Re: Radio Times 'Best Doctor' Poll

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Matt Smith started superbly... but that's it. If he'd built on how well he started he might be an easy best by now, but as it is I'd put him just above the middle of the 11, good but not competing for first place ( Tom or Troughton) or even 2nd tier (Hartnell, Eccleston). He's in there with Davison, Tennant and McGann for me.
Yeah, if they followed the route series 5 led and even the first two episodes of series 6 led, Smith would be much higher in my lists. Usually, a doctors first series is my least favourite (this goes especially for Tennant who I didn't like until late series 2, took me a while to place him above Eccleston. Not so keen on Pertwee's first either, prefer his later stuff). I think I preferred series 5 to series 2 (apart from a few series 2 episodes like Rise of the Cybermen/Age of Steel, Girl in the Fireplace, and Army of Ghosts/Doomsday), so if series 6 and 7 got better like they did for series 3 and 4 with Tennant, Smith could possibly even be in the higher end of my doctor list. Alas, they gave us the shittiest series of new who or possibly even entire doctor who which was series 6 with a tiny amount of decent episodes, then series 7 which was rushed to a stupid level (when I say that, I mean the episodes were rushed with silly last minute endings and the doctor using his sonic screwdriver all the time to get out of bad situations)
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Old November 4 2013, 12:49 AM   #17
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Matt Smith started superbly... but that's it.
I don't think it's him, I think it's the fault of the material he's had to work with. The series' format and the arc-based storytelling has ill-served Smith. His Doctor has been superfluous for the last two seasons, often serving as the kindly wizard that takes Amy, Rory, and Clara places so they can have adventures. And when he has scenes to push his character, they often revolve around the mystery of River Song. Smith has been crowded out, and I think that's the great tragedy of his era.
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Old November 4 2013, 12:52 AM   #18
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I seen very little classic who, but I'm surprised to see Hartnell at the bottom of people's lists! He was brilliant! I only saw a few first doctor stories, and I'm bothered by the silly plots and awful pacing, but the man himself was nothing short of stellar! Tennant and Smith are very good, but Hartnell's nuances are immediate classics!
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