Timestamp: Series Six Summary

Doctor Who Series Six Summary

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Matt Smith’s sophomore series was about the same as the previous round.

The Moffat formula remains intact here, approaching a season-spanning threat while maintaining an adventure-of-the-week format. This version made the threat more personal by focusing on the Doctor’s impending death, the pursuit of Amy and Rory’s child, and revelations about Steven Moffat’s perennial favorite River Song.

One thing I really liked about this season’s approach was how it didn’t constantly remind us of the overarching threat. Series Five kept showing us the crack at various points, almost to the point of defenestrating each adventure. The reminders in Series Six were frequent, but they were also a bit more diffuse, allowing each story to thrive without constantly glancing at the sword dangling above.

I’m still up in the air about the conclusion. The end goal was the death of the Doctor – a fixed point in time – and The Wedding of River Song was pretty clear about what would happen if the Doctor was spared. Yet, he was spared because a machine that looks like the Doctor was shot and destroyed.

So, what happens when the Silence finds out that the Doctor survived? Alternatively, it is possible to subvert other “fixed points” through shenanigans and/or tomfoolery?

Anyway, to the numbers!

Series Six earned a 4.2 average. That leave this group at eighth place overall, tied coincidentally with the classic era’s Eleventh Series. Ahead of it in this ranking are Series One, Series Three, and Series Five (all tied for fifth), David Tennant’s specials, the TV Movie, Series Four, and the classic era’s Ninth Series.

A Christmas Carol – 5
The Impossible Astronaut & Day of the Moon – 4
The Curse of the Black Spot – 3
The Doctor’s Wife – 5
The Rebel Flesh & The Almost People – 5
A Good Man Goes to War – 5
Let’s Kill Hitler – 5
Night Terrors – 2
The Girl Who Waited – 5
The God Complex – 5
Closing Time – 3
The Wedding of River Song
– 4
Space/Time & Night and the Doctor – 3

Torchwood Series Four Average Rating: 4.2/5

The Timestamps Project is still proceeding in mostly chronological order. Up next is the final series of The Sarah Jane Adventures. After that, we embark on a straight shot through the seventh, eighth, and ninth series of Doctor Who.

UP NEXT – Sarah Jane Adventures: Sky

The Timestamps Project is an adventure through the televised universe of Doctor Who, story by story, from the beginning of the franchise. For more reviews like this one, please visit the project’s page at Creative Criticality.

Timestamp: Series Five Summary

Doctor Who: Series Five Summary

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Series Five shifted gears with a new Doctor and a new showrunner.

Having seen the Matt Smith episodes before, I haven’t looked back fondly upon them. I think part of it was my mindset, especially after binging the episodes from Series One. I’m also a big fan of David Tennant and the paradigm shift from Russell T Davies and David Tennant to Steven Moffat and Matt Smith was a shock.

There’s a lot later in Steven Moffat’s tenure as showrunner to be critical about, but Series Five is much better than I remember.

The big stumbling blocks were Amy’s Choice and The Lodger. In the former case, the issue was presenting a mystery for the audience to solve but leaving out a critical puzzle piece to make the Doctor the smartest man in the room. In the latter case, the story was obviously a filler episode. The season also had a hard time selling me on the love between Amy and Rory. He obviously adores her, but she treats him like refuse far too often.

But it’s hard to be angry with such a fun and interesting slate otherwise, from the “I’m the Doctor” moment in The Eleventh Hour to the Daleks winning the battle in Victory of the Daleks, the return of the Silurians in The Hungry Earth & Cold Blood, and the time-traveling epic that is The Pandorica Opens & The Big Bang.

Lest we forget the most beautiful story in this batch: Vincent and the Doctor. It makes me cry every time.

Series Five comes in at an average of 4.3. That leaves it in a three-way tie for fifth place for the Timestamps Project, coming in behind the classic Ninth Series, the new era’s Series Four, the Eighth Doctor’s run, and the Tenth Doctor’s specials. It’s on par with two other revival groupings – Series One and Series Three – and just ahead of the classic Eleventh Series.

The Eleventh Hour – 5
The Beast Below – 5
Victory of the Daleks – 4
The Time of Angels & Flesh and Stone – 4
The Vampires of Venice – 4
Amy’s Choice – 3
The Hungry Earth & Cold Blood – 5
Vincent and the Doctor – 5
The Lodger – 3
The Pandorica Opens & The Big Bang – 5

Series Five (Revival Era) Average Rating: 4.3/5

Next up, we head back to Bannerman Road with the fourth series of The Sarah Jane Adventures.

UP NEXT – The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Nightmare Man


The Timestamps Project is an adventure through the televised universe of Doctor Who, story by story, from the beginning of the franchise. For more reviews like this one, please visit the project’s page at Creative Criticality.